Future Windows updates will take longer to install, but it’ll feel quicker


Enlarge (credit: William Warby / Flickr)

One of the less appealing aspects of the twice-yearly Windows 10 feature updates is that they’re slow to install and, for most of the installation process, your PC is out of commission, doing nothing more than displaying a progress indicator.

Thanks to a new upgrade process, the next update—expected to be released in April—should result in substantially less downtime. The install process is split into two portions: the “online” portion, during which your PC is still usable, and the “offline” portion after the reboot, during which your PC is a spinning percentage counter.

Microsoft estimates that the Creators Update, released almost a year ago, would take about 82 minutes on average during the offline phase. Improvements made in the Fall Creators Update cut that to about 51 minutes, and the next update (which still hasn’t actually been blessed with an official name) will cut this further still, to just 30 minutes.

Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

index?i=u1SF11EXy4I:7AZeHRNcMMk:V_sGLiPB index?i=u1SF11EXy4I:7AZeHRNcMMk:F7zBnMyn index?d=qj6IDK7rITs index?d=yIl2AUoC8zA



Atari’s retro console has a new name, but remains a tease

ataribox-ed.jpgAtari’s retro Ataribox console has been more sizzle than steak since it was first unveiled last summer, with delays and a distinct lack of game announcements dampening the enthusiasm. And unfortunately, that trend is mostly continuing today. The comp…


Instagram Stories gets “quote tweet”-style feed post resharing

Instagram’s next big Stories feature could let you compliment or trash talk other people’s feed posts, or embed a “see post” button to promote your own. A TechCrunch reader sent us these screenshots of the new feature, which Instagram confirmed to us is appearing to a small subset of users. “We’re always testing ways to make it easier to share any moment with friends on Instagram” a spokesperson wrote. Now those moments can include dunking on people. 

Instagram has never had a true “regram” feature with the feed, just slews of unofficial and sometimes scammy apps, but this is perhaps the closest thing. Users often screenshot feed posts and share them in Stories with overlaid commentary, but this limited the cropping and commentary options. Making an official “reshare could unlock all sorts of new user behaviors, from meme curation to burn book shade throwing to social stars teasing their feed posts in their Stories. Brands might love it for using their Stories to cross-promote a big ad campaign. Employing Stories to drive extra Likes and comments to permanent posts could help them gain more visibility in Instagram’s feed ranking algorithm.

Here’s how the feed post to Instagram Stories sharing feature works. You pick any public, permanent Instagram post and tap a button to embed it in your Story. You can tap to change the design to highlight or downplay the post’s author, move and resize it within your Story post, and add commentary or imagery using Instagram’s creative tools. When people view the story, they can tap on the post embed to bring up a “see post” button which opens the permanent feed post.

Users who don’t want their posts to be “quote-Storied” can turn off the option in their settings, and only public posts can be reshared. Facebook says it doesn’t have details about a wider potential rollout beyond the small percentage of users currently with access. But given the popularity of apps like Repost For Instagram, I expect the feature to be popular and eventually open to everyone.

Quote-Storying could help keep the feed relevant as more users spend their time sharing to the little bubbles that sit above it. And it offers a powerful viral discover mechanism for creators who can now ask fans to quickly reshare their post rather than having to awkwardly screenshot and upload them.

While both Instagram and Snapchat have let people privately send other people’s posts to friends as private messages, Snapchat lacks a way to embed other Stories or Discover content in your Story. Snapchat may have pioneered the Stories format, but Instagram has been rapidly iterating with features like Super Zoom and Highlights to extend its user count lead over the app it cloned.

The move by Instagram further ties together the three parts of its app: the permanent feed, ephemeral Stories, and private Direct messaging. You can imagine someone finding a post in the feed, resharing it their story, then joking about it with friends over Direct. It’s this multi-modal social media usage that turns casual users into loyal, ad revenue-generating ‘Grammers.

Let’s block ads! (Why?)



Why Won’t My USB Show up on My PC?


Welcome to the first weekly installment of Tech 911, our brand-new tech-advice column designed to help you fix the problems you’re having with your desktop, laptop, or other favorite gadgets.

Read more…



HQ trivia was pulled from the App Store due to one simple mistake


Startup founders, they’re just like us. 

HQ — the popular trivia app that almost gave away $25,000 to one lucky winner on Sunday — has been pulled from the App Store due to one tiny, but important mistake. The person behind the company’s iTunes developer account forgot to update an expired credit card. 

We were alerted to HQ’s absence from the App Store by Adam Blacker, communications lead at Apptopia. After looking through the App Store rankings this morning, as part of his work routine, he did not see HQ. We checked and found when you search for “hq” only other trivia games appear:





More about Apps And Software, Hq Trivia, Rus Yusupov, Scott Rogowsky, and Tech



Facebook starts direct PC-game streaming and spectator in-game rewards


Facebook starts direct PC-game streaming and spectator in-game rewards  VentureBeatGames will soon livestream directly to Facebook  EngadgetFacebook offer direct streams from games, and rewards for you when you watch  PCGamesNFull coverage



AirDrop Is Your iPhone’s Most Underrated Tool


For all the complains you can levy against Apple—user-hostile repair and upgrade practices, The Great Slowdown, removing the headphone jack—there remains an undeniable truth: Overall, the user experience you get from using Apple’s devices is simply better than anything else. And this is doubly true if you stay within…

Read more…



How to upgrade and install a new PSU

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQrr4N32g_yMVhthxfEiOo How to upgrade and install a new PSU  PCGamesNAMD Makes a Big Dent in NVIDIA’s Graphics Business  Yahoo FinanceGlobal Graphics Processing Unit Market 2017 – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Strategies and Forecast to 2025  Consumer Electronics NetFull coverage



Microsoft Offers $250000 Bug Bounty To Prevent Another Spectre-Meltdown Fiasco


Microsoft Offers $250000 Bug Bounty To Prevent Another Spectre-Meltdown Fiasco  Hot HardwareCybersecurity roundup: March 11 to 17, 2018  RapplerIntel says chips addressing flaws set for release this year  Jakarta PostFull coverage



Twitter may be clamping down on cryptocurrency ads


Twitter will soon ban several types of cryptocurrency ads on its platform, Sky News reported Sunday.

The ban, that is slated to go live in two weeks, will be global and it will prohibit ads for initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrency wallets. Twitter might also ban ads for cryptocurrency exchanges — with some “limited exceptions,” the report claims. 

If the report is accurate, it would mean Twitter is following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google. Both companies have recently banned all cryptocurrency ads on their respective platforms — though Google’s ban goes into full effect in June this year.  Read more…

More about Twitter, Ads, Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, and Tech