Windows 10 Home could finally allow you to pause updates

Those running Windows 10 Home will soon be able to pause updates for the operating system – for up to a week, anyway – or at least that’s the hope going by a recent change to the preview build of Microsoft’s OS.

As you’re probably aware, this has been a much-requested feature, as previously the majority of folks who run the Home edition of Windows 10 have not been able to put a block on an update themselves (at least not without implementing some sort of clunky workaround). Although Windows 10 Pro users do get the ability to pause an update.

However, it seems that the feature is in the pipeline for Windows 10 Home in the next big update to the operating system which is due to arrive in the first half of this year, as Thurrott.com recently spotted a new option in the latest preview version of Windows 10.

This gives Home users the ability to pause an update for between one and seven days.

Breathing space

Okay, so that’s not a massive amount of time, but it still gives you a bit of breathing space to block an update temporarily if you don’t fancy installing it right at the time of release.

That might be because you’re the cautious sort, and you just want to wait for a little while to make sure there are no initial bugs present in the update(s) – which let’s face it, definitely can and does happen.

And of course it means no more scenarios where your machine launches into processing an update when you’re in the middle of some kind of critical task. Yes, it seems that Microsoft is finally realizing that not only Pro users perform important work on their PCs, and the firm is listening to feedback from the many Home users who have been requesting this ability for a long while now.

The pause option lives in Settings > Update & Security> Windows Update, so if you’re testing Windows 10 you can check it out. Bear in mind that this is just a concept Microsoft is playing around with implementing at the moment, so there is no guarantee it will make the cut for the release version of Windows 10 Home.

Meanwhile, those with Windows 10 Home will have to use the old clunky workarounds if they want to defer an update (like setting your Wi-Fi network as a metered connection, in which case it won’t automatically download them).

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Via CNET

Gigabyte’s Aero 15 for 2019 uses Microsoft AI to optimize performance

During a CES 2019 press conference, Gigabyte pulled the curtain back on a brand-new Aero 15 with Nvidia’s RTX graphics and a complete suite of Intel components inside.

The laptop is identical to the previous model in terms of chassis design. Instead, Gigabyte is focused on not only updating the hardware inside the laptop but ensuring as much of it is Intel-made as possible – from the processor to the SSD and the modem.

There’s a reason for this: Gigabyte has partnered with Intel and Microsoft to bring cloud-based, artificial intelligence-driven (AI) hardware optimization to the Aero 15.

This is how it works: upon setup, a user can opt-in to share processor, graphics, fan, keyboard and audio usage data with Microsoft’s Azure AI cloud service. Microsoft’s servers will then take that data and use it to optimize the hardware inside the laptop for the given use case, whether it be gaming or content creation or something else entirely.

Of course, being a machine learning tool, this feature is expected to only grow more accurate and impactful as you use it.

What’s inside, and how much will it cost?

The new Gigabyte Aero 15 includes the Intel Core i7-8550H processor to start, which you can upgrade to the Intel Core i9-8950HK for some extra cash. Either processor will come paired with an Intel 760p SSD at an unknown capacity, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and a Killer 1550 802.11ac Wi-Fi modem powered by Intel Wi-Fi.

As for graphics, the Aero 15 will house Nvidia RTX chips inside, but the specific models of GPUs are currently unknown.

All of these performant parts are accessed through a 15.6-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) screen with a 144Hz refresh rate. This can be upgraded to a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) display with a standard refresh rate, if you want that extra sharpness but care less about speed.

We’ll update this story as soon as we learn the Gigabyte Aero 15’s pricing and availability.

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Honor 10 Lite is available now for just £199.99

The Honor 10 Lite is now available to buy in the UK for just £199.99.

It replaces the Honor 9 Lite, which was one of our best cheap smartphones in 2018, so hopes are high that the 10 Lite can repeat the budget trick in 2019.

For £199.99 you get a 6.21-inch 19.5:9 display boasting a 90% screen-to-body ratio, a small ‘dew-drop’ notch for the front facing 24MP AI camera, Kirin 710 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 3,400mAh battery and Android 9 Pie.

Audio fans will be pleased to hear that the handset does include a 3.5mm headphone jack, while a microSD card slot allows you to add up to 512GB of additional storage space, plus there’s a fingerprint scanner located on the rear of the Honor 10 Lite.

Super Night Photography

One of the key features on the Honor 10 Lite are the dual rear cameras, with a main 13MP AI camera sitting above a 2MP depth sensing snapper. It offers up HDR support, portrait mode, solid low light capabilities and AI scene recognition.

You’ll also find the Super Night Photography mode within the camera app, which uses AIS (AI Image Stabilization) to produce better snaps in extreme low light.

Android 9 is covered in parent firm Huawei’s EMUI 9 interface, and Honor has also included GPU Turbo 2.0, making the Honor 10 Lite better at gaming with higher frame rate support and a reduction in jitter rate.

The Honor 10 Lite is available in three colors; Sky Blue, Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue. In other regions a 4GB of RAM model is also available, but this variant isn’t coming to the UK.

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Samsung now has a robot for everything: Bot Care, Bot Air, Bot Retail and more

You’ve got an 8K TV, you’ve got your own AI smart assistant and connected home system. What’s left for Samsung at CES 2019? Robots, that’s what.

Samsung has used the Las Vegas press conference to reveal its first line-up of robots, covering everything from retail solutions to mobility support.

There’s the charming Bot Care for at-home medical support, the Bot Air for air quality monitoring and air purifying, the Bot Retail to take on the SoftBank Robotics Pepper in offering support at shopping centres and other consumer-facing locations, and the Gems exoskeleton to help in the support of lower-body mobility and strength. 

Bot Care: what can it do?

It was the Samsung Bot Care that received the most attention however, being the only one of the devices physically revealed at the Samsung press conference.

Demoed onstage, the roll-around Bot Care is a glossy white bot with a screen for a face that can not only display the robot’s ‘emotions’ but also information on an owner’s vital statistics. 

Taking voice commands and returning information to a user with a voice of its own, the Bot Care can offer exercise and stretching guidance, track medication intake and monitor a user’s sleep too.

The Bot Care can also take live readings over a user’s vital statistics too, thanks to a sensor embedded just under the display. Place your finger on it and it can offer a blood pressure reading. If it suits the owner you can also set the Bot Care to send a report to a loved one based on your health monitoring stats – great if you’ve an elderly or poorly loved one that you’d like to check in on remotely. Should the Bot Care notice an emergency, it can call on local emergency services too.

There’s no word yet on home or commercial releases for the bots, but if you’d like a sci-fi helper for your home, Samsung will soon be able to deliver that.

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