Windows 10 Build 15019 may be about games, but its many bugs could spoil the fun

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The gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build that Microsoft promised earlier this week, with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming and other features, is rolling out—but with some game-breaking bugs, unfortunately.

What’s officially known as Build 15019 for the Insider Fast Ring also includes a number of more general improvements, including a version of Edge that will read your ebooks aloud and a better out-of-box experience, complete with voice actors to guide you through the process.

If you’re hoping to try out the new PC-centric Game Mode for yourself, though, be wary: Microsoft warned that unspecified “popular games” may experience crashes or black screens when loading, and clicking on certain elements in a Win32 game may cause it to be minimized (and therefore unplayable) unless killed. Even the new Game Mode will show up as OFF when in fact it’s enabled by default. Also, be aware of one download glitch: The issue Microsoft had with its progress bar is still there, so the download will still show “0% completed” even when it’s actually downloading.

“We recognize that this is painful for those wanting to try out the new gaming features announced this week,” Microsoft’s Insider chief, Dona Sarkar, wrote in a blog post. “We deliberated a lot on whether to release this build to Insiders with these issues; however we decided to go ahead and release it as we need feedback from Insiders on other areas of the OS.”

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Windows 10’s new Game Mode settings, which are designed to optimize your PC for gaming.

Some great new gaming features

Build 15019 is specifically optimized for gaming, with new additions to both the Xbox One and Windows 10 platforms. (A separate build for Xbox Insiders should roll out today, with support for Screentime, a parental control that is already on Windows 10.) Our previous story outlined the new additions, but we’ll briefly recap them here:

Game Mode: a specific mode for the PC that minimizes the resources other background tasks have at their disposal, giving the game all of the resources your PC can spare. My colleague Brad Chacos has outlined what Game Mode does for your PC. The Windows Game Bar now supports 17 more games in fullscreen mode, including Battlefield 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, FIFA 14 and FIFA 17, Rocket League, and more.

Gaming Settings: Microsoft has consolidated gaming controls for Game Bar, GameDVR, and more into a Gaming section in Windows 10’s Settings.

Beam livestreaming: Microsoft bought Beam and its livestreaming technology last year to take the games you’re playing on Windows 10 and the Xbox and broadcast them to others on the Internet. You’ll be able to trigger the Game Bar (Win + G) and show others how fast you can drive in Forza Horizon 3.

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Action Center now keeps tabs on your games.

Microsoft also revealed a small additional convenience: If you buy a game from the Microsoft Store app, you’ll be able to track its download progress in the Action Center notifications. The company also fixed a bug that would crash the display controller if an Xbox controller was attached, and another that could cause the screen to flicker if a player used Alt + Tab to change focus to another window.

A better out-of-box experience

Having just reset a balky Surface Pro 4 that couldn’t get past Build 15002, I can confirm that the out-of-box experience that build introduced is excellent—and Build 15019 promises to improve on it even more. Setting up a new PC is now voice-driven: Cortana asks you the questions you’d normally have to be at your keyboard to answer. (For those who are unable to hear Cortana, there are now subtitles.)

Windows 10 out of the box experience

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Cortana will guide you through the new “Out of the box” setup experience,

With build 15002 and the latest build 15019, you can be working away at another PC while Cortana’s voice asks you if you’d like to accept the default options and other questions. It’s fun to holler “Yes!” and keep typing.

At one point during build 15002’s reset process, Cortana’s voice was replaced by a more robotic text-to-speech voice. That’s been fixed, with additional voice acting in place to maintain a consistent, pleasant tone. A bit of spit and polish has updated the UI, including the way in which you sign in with a Microsoft account. Windows Hello enrollment, which simply asks you to smile at the camera for a second or two, has also been updated.

Troubleshooters, all in one place

I have sporadic issues at my home office where my Wi-Fi connection needs to be reset, requiring me to right-click my Wi-Fi icon on the Taskbar and launch the troubleshooter. For Build 15019, Microsoft’s grouped all of the Troubleshooter options inside Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot so you can see the complete list, including tools for resolving printer issues, Windows updates, Bluetooth, and more.

Windows 10 troubleshooters

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The collected Troubleshooters.

A bevy of other useful features

Build 15019 adds a number of other useful features, most of which don’t require that much additional explanation:

  • A new “read aloud” button in Microsoft Edge will read ebooks stored in Edge in 24 languages.
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    Edge’s new “read aloud” interface.

  • Full-color emoji, on those sites that use them.
  • Blue light support, which removes the blue colors your display produces late at night so as to help prevent insomnia. (Microsoft now calls the feature “night light.”)
  • If you use the Hyper-V feature to create virtual machines, you can now resize the window and the guest OS will rescale the resolution appropriately.

70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger

70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger
A whopping 70 million Indian women above age 15 use smokeless tobacco (SLT), which alone constitutes 63 per cent of the world’s SLT consumption, according to a Union Health Ministry report on SLT.

The first-ever comprehensive report by the ministry, launched at the ongoing World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) here, also stated that one factor influencing SLT use among disadvantaged women is the desire to suppress hunger while performing difficult and laborious tasks.

“Easy availability and low cost of the SLT were other key factors promoting SLT use by women. The SLT use raises women’s risk of adverse reproductive outcomes. The prevalence of SLT use when pregnant or breastfeeding was similar to prevalence of use among all women of reproductive age in India,” said the report.

According to the Health Ministry, over 3,500,000 people are dying due to exclusive use of tobacco, of which over 100,000 are dying due to cancer.

According to the report, the consumption of SLT stood at 9.5 per cent for the school-going children, with 10.7 per cent of the boys and 7.5 per cent of the girls being its regular users.

“India is the first country to prohibit the sale, storage and manufacturing of smokeless tobacco product like gutkha across all states. However, stronger measures are required for effective implementation of the law,” said Amal Pusp, Director at Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The report outlines all the facets of smokeless tobacco use, including their determinants, economic costs and health consequences, along with advocacy, policy and judicial measures that can be utilised to curb its impact, Pusp added.

The report also says that the prevalence rate of use of dual tobacco use — both smoking and smokeless tobacco — was 5.3 per cent of the total population, amounting to 42.3 million adults.

“The Northeast region had the highest prevalence with 9.8 per cent of the population affected by dual tobacco use. The interval between starting the use of the two forms of tobacco was two years or less for over half of all dual users,” said the report.

The report, which will act as the source of data for every health department of India, also stated that the incidence of cancer of oral cavity and pharynx are an important public health problem in India, with nearly 85,000 new cases among men and 34,000 among women in India each year.

“At least 90 per cent of these cancer cases were caused by tobacco use in some form, and more than half by SLT use. Using SLT during pregnancy also caused 70 per cent higher risk of anaemia in pregnant women, 2-3 times higher rate of low birth weight and 2-3 times higher rate of still births,” said the report.

The report was compiled by the Health Ministry in collaboration with the WHO, Public Health Foundation of India, Healis-Sekhsarisa Institute of Public Health Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and National Cancer Institute, US.

“The author of the report undertook a review of all existing scientific evidence and socio-political developments in India, in order to produce an evidence-based and peer-reviewed compendium of information on smokeless tobacco use in the country. All the chapters were edited by technical editors from partnering institutes in India and the USA,” said Prakash C. Gupta, Director, Healis-Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health.


Respiratory distress up, many land in ICU

Respiratory distress up, many land in ICU (Photo credit: AFP)Respiratory distress up, many land in ICU (Photo credit: AFP)
With Delhi witnessing the worst air pollution of the season, hospital emergencies have witnessed a sudden increase in patients suffering from respiratory distress in the past few days. Many of them have even landed in the ICU.

“We have eight ICU beds. All of them are occupied and the OPDs are also flooded with patients with breathing difficulty or those suffering from aggravation of underlying illness,” said Dr J C Suri, professor and head, department of pulmonary medicine at Safdarjung Hospital.

A senior doctor at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said they had admitted nearly 40 patients, who were directly or indirectly affected by pollution, in the past week. “Three patients are still on ventilator support,” he added.

High pollution levels, particularly the fine particulate matters, tend to make breathing difficult when they enter the lungs. They can also increase the level of carbon dioxide in bloodstream.

“The normal level of CO2, a waste product of bodily functions, is 36 to 40 millimetre of mercury. On Tuesday, we admitted a 62-year-old man whose CO2 levels was as high as 70 units. He was drowsy and barely able to breathe, which necessitated admission,” said Dr Arup Basu, chest specialist at Ganga Ram hospital. He added if urgent steps were not taken to check pollution levels, more people might land in hospitals.

“I have not been able to sleep well for the past three days. Due to pollution, there is constant coughing and the prescribed level of medication has failed to control that,” Abha Rani, a resident of Moti Bagh, said. On Friday, she had to be rushed to Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj.

Dr Vivek Nangia, who heads the pulmonology division at the hospital, said the situation was terrible. “My unit has seen nearly 400 patients suffering from respiratory distress in the past 10 days. Nearly 10% of these required admission for immediate control of symptoms,” he said.

While those suffering from acute symptoms are being treated, a large number of patients are likely to suffer from long-term complications due to increasing level of pollutants. “It could even trigger a heart attack or stroke,” said Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant (internal medicine) at Apollo Hospital.

He advised the children, senior citizens and those suffering from pre-existing illnesses like asthma and COPD should avoid going out in the morning when there is more pollution. “One should drink plenty of water and consult a doctor if there is breathing difficulty,” Chatterjee said.


Delhi chokes on worst Nov smog in many years

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Delhiites woke up to apocalyptic grey skies as a heavy smog hung over the city on Wednesday , reducing visibility to its lowest for the month of November in many years. The air quality was so poor that it was comparable to the post-Diwali spike in pollution. The air quality index for 4pm on November 2 was 432, in the “severe” category , while the index on October 31 (post Diwali) was 445.
The Met office said visibility at the IGI Airport was in the range of 300-500m -on a par with dense fog days seen in December and January -which was the worst the city has witnessed in November in many years. An official said Wednesday’s visibility was poorer than in November 2012, when the city had the worst smog (for the month) in recent years.

The smog thickened by nightfall and at 9pm, visibility at IGI had dropped to 250m. Experts called for an “emergency response” since the air quality has been in severe or very poor levels for more than a week now .On Wednesday , PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) concentrations peaked to dangerous levels in the morning. PM 2.5 levels crossed highs of more than 700 micrograms per cubic metres at various locations such as R K Puram, Punjabi Bagh and Anand Vihar on Wednesday morning after 7.30 am. The PM 10 (coarse pollution particles) levels peaked to 1,600 micrograms per cubic metres at these locations and remained higher than 1,000 micrograms per cubic metres for most of the day .

Scientists at air quality monitoring agencies said the very high levels of pollution were due to the cumulative impact of crop residue burning in neighbouring states and pollutants emitted on Diwali, which were still lingering in the air . “Look at the large-scale crop stubble burning in Punjab. NASA images show smoke has spread all over the region. The pollutants cannot disperse because of the calm conditions,” said a scientist from Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The wind speed through Wednesday remained extremely low , around zero metres per second.

“The crop fires have been going on for weeks now . Also, the firecrackers burst on Diwali are still hanging in the air. There is no immediate intervention to address this. We need the government to take emergency action now . How else will the levels come down?” said Anumita Roy Chowdhury from the Centre for Science and Environment.Some scientists in pollution monitoring agencies even suggested that primary schools should be closed so that children are not exposed to such high pollution levels.

In Beijing, as part of their four-tier pollution alarm system, this kind of severe air pollution on three consecutive days would result in a “red alert”, where schools and kindergartens are closed, power plants directed to cut emissions, car use regulated according to number plates (restrictions similar to odd-even).

Delhi government did announce a winter action plan on Tuesday which includes crackdown on construction sites violating norms, reviving the Swachh Delhi app, re-starting vacuum cleaning of streets and sprinkling of water on arterial roads to tamp down the dust and others. But it didn’t announce any timeline for implementing these plans. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research under ministry of earth sciences on its website said when firecracker emissions were about to dissipate, wind direction on November 1 evening became north-westerly for a few hours before settling down to north-easterly.


Your DNA can tell how many kids you’ll have

Your DNA can tell how many kids you'll have (Getty Images photo)Your DNA can tell how many kids you’ll have (Getty Images photo)
The age at which you will have your first child and the number of kids you are likely to have may be encoded in your DNA, say scientists who found that genetic data can be used to accurately predict our reproductive behaviour.

The study , led by researchers at University of Oxford, includes an analysis of 62 data sets with information from 2,38,064 men and women on the age at which they had their first child and 3,30,000 men and women for the number of children. Until now, reproductive behaviour was thought to be linked to personal choices or social circumstances.

“We also found that women with DNA variants for postponing parenthood also have bits of DNA code associated with later onset of menstruation and later menopause,” said professor Melinda Mills.

The study shows that DNA variants linked with the age at which people have their firstborn are also associated with characteristics reflecting reproduction and sexual development, such as the age at which girls have their first period, when the voice breaks in boys and at what stage women experience their menopause.


Many top selling sunscreens don’t offer adequate protection

About 40 percent of the top selling sunscreens on don’t meet the American Academy of Dermatology’s guidelines for sunscreens. This was largely due to a lack of water or sweat resistance, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

The study also found consumers spend up to 3,000 percent more for products that provide the same sunscreen protection as lower-cost sunscreens.

Northwestern investigators wanted to identify high performing products that are affordable and popular to know what to recommend to their patients and, hopefully, increase the likelihood of their using it.

Sunscreen use is low for adolescents and adults. And, if they do wear sunscreen, they don’t use enough or apply it frequently enough. Cost and “cosmetic elegance” of the product — how it feels on the skin, color or scent — may be factors.

“We are often asked to recommend sunscreens, and we wanted to know what consumers prefer,” said lead study author Dr. Steve Xu, a resident in dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “This way we are suggesting popular products they will actually use that will protect them.”

“You don’t want to wear a chalky, greasy, terrible-smelling product, even if your dermatologist recommends it, ” Xu said. “This gave us insight into what consumers prefer, so it can guide our recommendations and be cost conscious.”

Xu said he was surprised at the 3,000 percent difference in price for products that provided basically the same protection.

To identify the most popular sunscreens, investigators looked at the top rated 1 percent of the 6,500 sunscreens with four or more stars sold on They came up with the 65 top-rated products. The goal was to identify high performing products that are affordable and popular to encourage adherence to sunscreen use.

Their median price was $3.32 an ounce; median SPF was 35; 92 percent had broad-spectrum coverage claims and 62 percent were labeled as water or sweat resistant. The cheapest sunscreen was 68 cents an ounce and the most expensive was $24 an ounce.

The study was published July 6 in the journal JAMA Dermatology.

Sunscreens are particularly important for individuals with certain dermatological conditions such as transplant patients who have photosensitive skin due to the drugs they must take or individuals with certain dermatological conditions, Xu said.

“Dermatologists should have a voice in consumer choices when it comes to skin health, a voice that takes the patients’ best interests at heart and is not influenced by marketing claims,” Xu said.


risky 7-Zip flaws positioned many other software products at risk

Code reuse makes it hard to keep track of vulnerabilities

two vulnerabilities recently patched in 7-Zip should put vulnerable to compromise many software programmerchandise and devices that package the open-supply document archiving library.

the failings, an out-of-bounds study vulnerability and a heap overflow, were observed by researchers from Cisco’s Talos security group. They had been constant in 7-Zip 16.00, launched Tuesday.

The 7-Zip software program can percent and unpack documents the use of a huge wide variety of archiveformats, consisting of its very own 7z layout, that’s greater efficient than ZIP. Its versatility and open-sourcenature make it an appealing library to encompass in different software projects that want to manner anddeal with archived documents.

preceding studies has proven that most builders do a bad job of keeping song of vulnerabilities inside the0.33birthday party code they use and they not often update the libraries covered in their initiatives.

“7-Zip is supported on all foremost structures, and is one of the most popular archive utilities in-use these days,” the Cisco Talos researchers said in a blog publish. “users can be surprised to find out simply what number of merchandise and appliances are affected.”

A search on Google famous that 7-Zip is used in many software program tasks, inclusive of in safetygadgets and antivirus products. Many custom business enterprise programs additionally likely use it.

The out-of-bounds read vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2016-2335, stems from 7-Zip’s handling of acceptedDisk layout (UDF) files, at the same time as the heap overflow situation, CVE-2016-2334, can arise whilecoping with zlib compressed files.

To take advantage of the flaws, attackers can craft especially crafted documents in the ones formats anddeliver them in a way that would reason the inclined 7-Zip code to method them.


Glaucoma: why are so many of us blind to this sight-stealing disease?

aucoma is a primary cause of vision loss and blindness in the US, affecting around 2.7 million people – a number that is expected to reach 4.2 million by 2030. While severe glaucoma-related vision loss can often be prevented, there is one major barrier: around half of patients with the disease do not know they have it.
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Glaucoma can take away as much as 40% of a person’s sight without them realizing.

Glaucoma is a group of conditions that cause damage to the eye’s optic nerve – a cluster of more than a million nerve fibers.

The optic nerve links the retina – the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye – to the brain; any damage to the optic nerve can lead to vision loss and blindness.

Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight” – because it rarely presents symptoms; it can take away as much as 40% of a person’s vision without them noticing, and once this vision has gone, it cannot be restored.

Early diagnosis, however, opens the door to a number of treatment options that can halt glaucoma-related vision loss.

In line with Glaucoma Awareness Month this January, we look at the risk factors for glaucoma and how an early diagnosis can be achieved, increasing the likelihood of stopping the sight-stealing disease in its tracks.

Types of glaucoma

Glaucoma can occur in one or both eyes, and there are two main types – open-angle glaucoma – the most common form, accounting for around 90% of all cases – and angle-closure glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma, also called primary or chronic glaucoma, is characterized by a wide, open angle between the iris and the cornea.

Fast facts about glaucoma

  • Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide
  • There is no cure for glaucoma; early detection is key in preventing vision loss from the disease
  • Unfortunately, around 10% of people who receive suitable treatment for glaucoma still experience vision loss.

Learn more about glaucoma

It develops when a clear fluid called the aqueous humor leaves the eye’s anterior chamber too slowly through the drainage canals, resulting in a fluid build-up. This build-up increases eye pressure, causing damage to the optic nerve that can lead to vision loss.

Vision loss from open-angle glaucoma normally begins with peripheral vision – vision outside the central area of focus – before affecting central vision.

In its early stages, open-angle glaucoma presents no symptoms and vision appears normal, explaining why around half of individuals with glaucoma are unaware they are affected.

In angle-closure glaucoma, also called acute or narrow-angle glaucoma, the angle between the iris and the cornea is narrow or closed. The drainage canals in the eye become fully blocked, leading to a sudden rise in eye pressure that can damage the optic nerve.

Unlike open-angle glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma does present symptoms, including eye redness, blurred vision, severe pain and nausea.

Other less common forms of glaucoma include normal-tension glaucoma, in which optic nerve damage occurs despite normal eye pressure, and congenital glaucoma – a rare condition in babies, in which the eye’s drainage canals fail to develop or develop abnormally.

The risks and warning signs

Glaucoma is most common among adults over the age of 60, individuals with a family history of the disease, and black people.

According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, black Americans are around six to eight times more likely to develop glaucoma than white Americans, and black Americans are around 14-17 times more likely to go blind from the disease than white Americans of the same age group.

Other risk factors for glaucoma include diabetes, severe nearsightedness, previous eye injuries, steroid use and a history of severe anemia.

While most glaucoma cases do not present symptoms in the early stages, there are some warning signs to look out for. These include:

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Red-rimmed, swollen or crusty eyelids can be a warning sign for glaucoma, though the disease often presents no symptoms in the early stages.
  • Red-rimmed, swollen or crusty eyelids
  • Watery eyes
  • Dry eyes with itching or burning
  • Double vision
  • Recurrent pain in or around the eyes
  • Squinting or blinking due to unusual light sensitivity
  • Dark spots at central vision
  • Change in iris color.

More severe signs include sudden blurred vision, sudden loss of vision in one eye, halos or rainbows around light, and black spots or flashes of light.

While these symptoms may not necessarily be related to glaucoma, the presence of at least one warrants a visit to an eye doctor – an optometrist or ophthalmologist – for an eye examination as soon as possible.

On the next page, we look at the importance of regular eye screening, the treatment options for glaucoma, and we investigate what is discouraging people from routine eye exams.
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