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Windows 10 in 2020: Microsoft shows off faster Bluetooth pairing in 20H1 preview

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Microsoft’s latest preview of Windows 10 20H1 brings improvements to the Bluetooth-pairing prompts and fixes a host of glitches for users on the Windows Insider Fast ring.

In Windows 10 version 1803, Microsoft introduced ‘swift pair‘, allowing users to connect nearby Bluetooth devices from pop-out prompts and saving the hassle of opening settings to pair devices. 

Now the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18985 from the 20H1 branch enables faster pairing by removing one notification and including a ‘dismiss’ button. Previously, it only had a ‘connect’ button. 

And now the notification also displays the device name and category when that information is available. 

The Bluetooth pairing notifications currently work with Microsoft products, including the Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, Surface Precision Mouse, Microsoft Modern Mobile Mouse, Surface Mobile Mouse, Microsoft Arc Mouse, Surface Arc Mouse, and Surface Headphones. 

The new notification is rolling out to half of all users on the Windows Insider Fast ring and will roll out to additional users in future.

Microsoft is also working on improvements for optional updates, such as drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates. 

All new updates will be listed in ‘View optional updates’ in Settings. Microsoft notes that Windows Update will automatically keep drivers up to date, but optional drivers could help solve a problem. 

Windows 10 users can test the features by joining the Windows Insider Fast ring. The update otherwise is scheduled for release around April 2020. 

The Windows 10 screenshot tool Snip & Sketch version 10.1907 is now coming to all Insiders in the Release Preview Ring as well as to some users on the mainstream release. 

The update brings a single window mode as the default setting, but users can change that in settings if they like multiple windows. There’s also zoom support to help users make notes or sketch on images that are too small. 

There’s a host of bug fixes in this update too, including one that resulted in Task Manager showing “an unexpectedly high temperature for certain GPUs”. 

Another bug that caused the setting for a device to go passwordless by requiring Windows Hello sign-ins was showing for local account users. Now it only shows for Microsoft account users. 

Microsoft has fixed a bug affecting the Reset a PC via cloud download option, which wasn’t working when some optional features were installed.

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The Bizarre Porsche Cayenne That Was Never Actually Made

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Porsche’s engineers eventually came up with two designs for the Cayenne-PMF, both of which varied predominantly over the tail light. But ultimately, the entire idea was canned. With the Cayenne-PFM convertible idea, Porsche originally set to answer four key questions:

  1. If the windscreen and A-pillars are reduced, and the roof tapers over the rear half, would the car still offer a comfortable seating experience?
  2. If the Cayenne’s doors are elongated by 20 centimeters and it is offered as a two-door model, does it make sense from a practical standpoint?
  3. Is it possible to accommodate a quick-folding soft-top roof that also meets Porsche’s standards for quality and design?
  4. And the most important question of them all: How the rear should look?

Michael Mauer, Chief Designer at Porsche, remarked that “an SUV as a convertible is a challenge both aesthetically and formally.” Mauer, who wasn’t a part of Porsche back then, added that “very strange shapes” emerge when an SUV’s bulky body is amalgamated with a convertible’s smaller, open-roof looks (per Porshe). However, it was not the just aesthetic and practical failures that put the Cayenne convertible plans on cold ice. 

“Forecasts regarding profitability were not particularly promising and doubts remained as to whether the car would look as appealing as a Porsche should,” says the official blog marking the 20th anniversary of Porsche’s venture into the SUV segment. As for the one-off Cayenne-PMF convertible unit, it lives on at the Porsche Museum in Germany’s Stuttgart.

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Tesla Body Damage Repairs Cost Way More Than You Might Expect

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In a YouTube video, Ryan Shaw, a creator who specializes in Tesla and Tech content, described just how much it might cost to repair a Tesla after an accident. According to him, the repair cost of his Tesla Model Y after a rear-end collision was almost $20,000! Some of the most expensive parts that were replaced included the lift gate at $1,200, the quarter panel at $1,150, and the rear bumper at $680. Ryan Shaw’s Tesla Model Y was also involved in another rear-end collision with a repair bill that cost around $10,000. Lucky for him, the repair costs of both accidents were covered by insurance.

It’s not the first time that Tesla vehicles have proven to have expensive repair bills — a windshield replacement for a Tesla Model X could cost you as much as $1,311 without labor. Another YouTuber, Rich Rebuilds, claims he fixed a Tesla Model 3 at his garage for $700 after Tesla estimated the repair cost at $16,000. Also, a Tesla owner based in Finland decided to blow up his Model S after Tesla estimated a cost of $22,600 to replace the battery (via Gizmodo).

Similar stories are all over the internet, and even though the can’t all be verified, it’s a concern that most Tesla owners complain that repair costs are too expensive without a warranty or insurance cover. At the moment, Tesla discourages its customers from taking their cars to third-party repair services.  

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Supercar Brands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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In 1990, an unnamed businessman from the UAE contacted German racing car manufacturer Lotec and asked for the fastest car in the world. With the promise of a blank check, Lotec began developing the car in 1991, and by 1995, the C1000 was finished. It featured a 5.6L Mercedes twin-turbocharged V8 engine that made over 1,000 horsepower. According to Motor1, Lotec claimed the car had a 0-62 mph time of just 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of 268 mph. The C1000 was strictly a one-off, but at a development cost of $3.4 million, it’s not like many other buyers could have afforded one anyway.

Creating the C1000 gave Lotec owner Kurt Lotterschmid the supercar bug, and shortly after development finished, he set about building a follow-up. By 2001, the brand’s next car, the Sirius, was unveiled. It was planned that five units a year would be created, each car selling for $462,000. The Sirius featured a mid-mounted Mercedes V12 making 850 horsepower, with many of the car’s internals derived from Lotec’s racing parts bin. It was a similar recipe to the Pagani Zonda, which launched just a few years prior, and shared the same engine. However, unlike Pagani, Lotec couldn’t drum up much interest in its ultra-expensive supercar, and only one example of the Sirius ended up being built.

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