Windows 10 will soon let you choose exact Windows update download speeds
In next year’s major update to Windows 10, currently known as 20H1, users can expect a new advanced feature that lets them select exactly how fast Windows Update downloads.
The feature is hidden for now and was spotted by developer Albacore in Windows 10 preview build 18912, which was released to the fast ring on Wednesday. Microsoft didn’t announce the update speed settings feature in the release notes for this build.
SEE: 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (free PDF)
The feature builds on the update controls that came with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in the Settings app. Under Advanced options, users could limit how much bandwidth would be used for updates based on a percentage of total bandwidth.
The new ‘Absolute bandwidth’ option now appears above the percentage-based control. Users can select the exact speed in megabits per second for downloading updates in the background as well as control how much bandwidth in Mbps is used for downloading updates in the foreground.
There’s also a new unannounced Calendar Quick Compose feature.
The only new feature Microsoft did announce is an update to the Narrator app, which can now tell users the title of a webpage behind a ‘Click me’ link. To do this, users need to press Caps + Ctrl D.
“Narrator will take the URL of the hyperlink you are on and send it to an online service that will provide the page title to Narrator.”
There’s also dozens of bug fixes in this update, including ones for green-screen issues and win32k.sys error reports, an issue causing screens to briefly go black, problems with Focus Assist, and taskbar search results not appearing when a remote desktop is used to connect to an enhanced VM session.
There are nine known issues in this build, including the same problems with anti-cheat software that happened with 19H1 previews.
“There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue,” explained Microsoft’s Windows Insider team.
“To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.”
Additionally, some users have had problems downloading this build due to high RAM consumption. The download will happen, only it will take “much longer than usual”. Microsoft suggests skipping this build if delays will be a problem. A fix for this issue is in progress and should be available in the next build.
More on Microsoft’s Windows 10 20H1 update
15 Best SNES Games On Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online has an awesome collection of old-school games sure to get your nostalgia running on overdrive. Here are some of our favorites.
Zoom Just Added New AI-Powered Features, Here’s What They Do
Zoom is also adding an AI-assisted auto-framing system called Intelligent Director to its Zoom Room system. This one relies on a multi-camera setup and picks up the best camera angle to depict a person in a video conference. The company says it paves the way for a “more equitable meeting experience for remote and in-person attendees.” Interestingly, Zoom is borrowing the idea of huddles from Slack, which itself introduced video chats to huddles last year that look a lot like Zoom. Introduced earlier today, Zoom Huddles is a video-centric virtual coworking space with a healthy bunch of collaboration features.
Zoom also wants to offer its very own email inbox and calendar so that users don’t have to jump between the video calling platform and other apps. The result of those ambitions is Zoom Mail, which is now available to all users as a client that can be connected to your existing Gmail or Microsoft inbox. Additionally, if you want Zoom’s very own email service, the company is also offering something called Zoom Mail Service with its very own hosting, but it is limited to paid customers only. Then there’s Zoom Calendar, which lives in the main sidebar and aims to replace rivals from Microsoft and Google that are currently a part of your workflow.
How To Schedule Or Automate iPhone’s Always-On Display
Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are the first iPhones with an always-on display. The setting is enabled by default in currently-available iOS builds, but you cannot schedule or automate iPhone’s always-on display. That changes with the latest iOS 16.4 beta, adding an option to automate the feature.
That sounds exciting, but here’s a caveat. Since iOS 16.4 is available as a release candidate to registered developers or public testers, you might find getting your hands on it challenging. Even if you decide to download it to automate your iPhone’s always-on display, you might experience some performance issues or bugs, ranging from worse battery life to iOS crashes.
Nevertheless, if you’re sure about trying the new features, head to the Apple Beta Software Program page and follow the instructions to install the latest iOS 16.4 beta, which has a new feature to schedule always-on display on the iPhones.
Automate always-on display using Focus Filters
Two ways to automate iPhone 14 Pro’s always-on display in iOS 16.4 are via Focus Filters and Shortcuts. First, let’s discuss the steps in enabling the feature via Focus Filters.
- First, head to the Settings app on your iPhone and tap Focus.
- Create a new Focus by pressing the plus icon in the top right corner. Select Custom from the available options and name the Focus mode. Tap on Customize Focus and head to the next screen.
- Swipe down and select Add Filter under Focus Filters.
- Under System Filters, select Always On Display. Ensure the Filter is enabled and tap Add in the top right corner.
- Now, under Set A Schedule, do one of the following things.
- Enable Smart Activation, which applies the Focus Filter at relevant times of the day based on your app usage, location, and other metrics.
- Select Add Schedule and set when you want the Focus Filter to be active, enabling the always-on display.
You’ve successfully linked the always-on display to the Focus mode, which will now be active during the schedule you set.
Set up a Shortcut to activate always-on display
You can also connect your iPhone’s always-on display to a Shortcut.
- Head to the Shortcuts app and press the plus icon in the top right corner.
- Select Add Action and locate and select the Set Always On Display option through the search bar at the top.
- By default, the Turn and On buttons activate the always-on display when you access the Shortcut.
- Tap Done in the top right corner.
- Accessing this Shortcut will trigger the always-on display.
Now that you know how to schedule or automate always-on display on your iPhone, here are a few things to remember. Currently, the feature is only available in iOS 16.4 beta, so regular users can’t access the feature. Although Apple is expected to release iOS 16.4 as a stable build for everyone soon, we can’t give an exact date. Second, using the always-on display might deplete your iPhone’s battery faster than usual, which is normal.
15 Best SNES Games On Nintendo Switch Online
Nintendo Switch Online has an awesome collection of old-school games sure to get your nostalgia running on overdrive. Here are...
The 6 Best Auto Clickers For Mac And Why You Might Want To Use Them
Auto-clickers can help you automate repetitive tasks, up your gaming experience, or even help you click more efficiently. Here are...
Biden’s executive order limits government’s use of commercial spyware
Getty Images President Joe Biden on Monday signed an executive order barring many uses by the federal government of commercial...
The 5 Best Android Apps For Note-Taking In 2023
There is a variety of reasons why Google Keep is one of the best Android apps for notes. For starters,...
NY officials detect polio again, warn of possible summer wave
Enlarge / Transmission electron micrograph of poliovirus type 1. Health officials in New York have once again detected poliovirus in...
Social12 months ago
Web.com website builder review
Social3 years ago
CrashPlan for Small Business Review
Gadgets4 years ago
A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg – TechCrunch
Cars4 years ago
What’s the best cloud storage for you?
Social4 years ago
iPhone XS priciest yet in South Korea
Mobile4 years ago
Memory raises $5M to bring AI to time tracking – TechCrunch
Security4 years ago
Google latest cloud to be Australian government certified
Social4 years ago
Apple’s new iPad Pro aims to keep enterprise momentum