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Dolby’s been making a bigger push for consumer recognition in the last few years, so it was really just a matter of time before it released a branded product. As far as those things go, headphones make as much sense as anything. Even so, the over-ear Bluetooth headphone market is a tough on to crack, between quality sets from Bose and Sony, along with the flashiness of Beats and its ilk. Dolby Dimension is working a pretty interesting angle here, however, as the “first wireless headphones perfected for home entertainment,” rather than going after the same frequent flier demo as most of the competition. Reviews so far are pretty positive on both sound and comfort, which is nice, given the fairly astronomical $599 asking price. It’s a lot to ask for a pair of headphones catering to a relative niche in the overall market — after all, most of us likely find ourselves less inclined to wear a headset at home. It’s not like being on a plane or public transit where forcing others to listen to your music qualifies you as one of history’s greatest monsters. The Dimension offers a premium build and the sort of sound quality one expects from Dolby calibrated devices. There’s also a number of different settings to let ambient sound in or block it out completely, along with some clever touches like head tracking, which keeps the sound source in place as you move. We have an early review posted on OUR FORUM.

Windows OS is the primary and only choice for a lot of gamers and while it is the best OS for playing games on PC, in some cases it falls short. Microsoft continues to release all of their first party games in Microsoft Store (previously Windows Store) which was introduced with the release of Windows 10 back in 2015. A large number of third-party titles are available in Store but after all these years, users are still facing issues while downloading, installing and updating apps and games through the Microsoft Store. There are many store titles which come with restrictions like no support from apps like Discord, NVIDIA Shadow Play, Fraps etc. But things are likely to change as Microsoft is rethinking about the Microsoft Store from the gamers point of view. Few fixes are already showing up in Store with the latest update but still, there is room for improvements and Microsoft shared some exciting news at XO18. Microsoft’s Xbox Chief Phil Spencer in a statement confirmed that a new update for Microsoft Store is planned and it would improve the gaming experience on PC. Windows 10 has an Xbox app which allows certain control over gaming if the user already has Xbox consoles. However, the true PC gaming requires additional features which are already available on third-party platforms like Steam, Origin, GOG. This is continued on OUR FORUM.

Wired has an interesting article on the tablet market, noting that the market has now been shrinking for nearly as much time as it has been growing. Sales peaked in 2014 with 250 million tablets shipped worldwide, and the market has been shrinking for the last 16 quarters and is likely to generate as much revenue this year as seven years ago. “At the end of this year we’ll see revenue numbers that are equivalent to 2011,” says Tom Morrod, senior research director at IHS Markit. Part of the problem is that for most tablet owners, there’s not really a compelling reason to upgrade. “The trend is that tablet users were not really renewing their device,” says Daniel Goncalves, a senior research analyst at IDC. “The device they had was good enough for their daily needs – streaming, video, and television.” The product is being squeezed between ever larger phones and thinner and lighter, more portable PCs. “It’s not a well-defined category,” says Morrod. “Because of that, it’s been encroached upon by other markets. There’s not much left in the middle.” Companies have fled to the higher-end productivity part of the market, which has held steady, but analysts still feel growth there is impeded by the limited functionality of tablets, due to imprecise input options. They note that although the iPad Pro might technically be as powerful as a laptop, its design and user interface acts as a handbrake. Further details posted on OUR FORUM.

Windows 10 19H1 is projected to launch in April 2019 and it is reported to feature a long list of changes and improvements. A report claims that Windows 10’s Spring 2019 update could introduce visual improvements and improved personalization setting page. Windows 10 19H1 will come with the ability to change the color of the taskbar and other elements like the tray flyout menu. Microsoft plans to update the personalization setting page to include “Choose your default Windows mode” option. The option “Choose your default Windows mode” will change the color of the taskbar and tray flyouts. It’s likely that the users will be finally able to change the taskbar color to white. “Just like the “Choose your default app mode”, there will also be a “Choose your default Windows mode” option. This should change the color of elements like the taskbar and the tray flyouts, resulting in a light shell like the ones we’ve seen on concepts in the past years,” Albatross said in a tweet. “This also means that you’ll be able to control the default shell and app modes individually”. The while or minimal look of taskbar certainly makes sense and we have seen these changes in early concepts of Windows 10. The feature is expected to arrive next year but it’s not yet available in preview builds and Microsoft hasn’t officially confirmed such reports. A more substantial overhaul of the customization options in Windows 10 is needed and users expect these options to make the operating system truly personal. There's more this and other upcoming features posted on OUR FORUM.

An internal Google Chrome page allows users to see all interstitial warnings or notifications that may be encountered while browsing the web with Chrome. An interstitial warning page is shown when Google wants to warn or notify a user about a particular risk or concern before a web page is loaded into the browser. For example, if a web page has been flagged as a phishing site, it will display the above warning before allowing you to proceed. At these warning pages, users can decide whether they want to ignore the warning and proceed or go back to the previous page they were at. While researching the recent deceptive mobile billing interstitial coming to Chrome 71, I stumbled onto the internal chrome://interstitials page that allows you to view all warnings that are supported by the particular Chrome version you are using. For example, Chrome 70 will have different warning interstitials than Chrome 71. When at this page, you can view interstitials related to SSL, SafeBrowsing, Captive Portal, and Supervised Users.  For the Safe Browsing category, you can also see normal warning pages that are shown in Chrome for mobile and desktop as well as the quieter warnings that will be displayed by Android apps using WebView. WebView is the Android platform that allows web pages to be viewed within Android apps.  The warnings for WebView are typically "quieter" than the warnings shown in Chrome browser itself. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

A seeming problem with Microsoft's Windows activation servers wich caused a number of Windows 10 users to see false messages informing them they were running non-activated software. At the end of the day (U.S. Eastern time) on November 8, some users were reporting these issues were resolved. On November 8, a number of users who had activated and licensed copies of Windows 10 Pro began receiving messages saying they needed to install Windows 10 Home or go back and purchase a "genuine" copy of Windows. This included both Windows Insider testers and those builds released to mainstream users (including some users with the Windows 10 October 2018 update/1809). Some users said they had contacted Microsoft support and were told incorrectly they needed to repurchase licenses or somehow obtain new product keys. (And some people said they did this.) Some users also said they followed the instructions they received in the erroneous messages and rolled back to Windows 10 Home. Meanwhile, Microsoft officials said very little officially about what was happening. In the afternoon (ET) of November 8, after asking Microsoft for an update on the situation, I got the following message from a spokesperson: read more on our Forum