Apple explains what the death of iTunes means for users

The company has explained where users can find their music, videos, podcasts and audio books after iTunes is killed off.

For concerned music lovers – some of whom have been maintaining an iTunes library since it was first released in 2001, six years before the iPhone – Apple stated:

:: Music previously imported or purchased will be in the new Apple Music app
:: iTunes playlists will also be in the Apple Music app
:: Users can still buy music in the iTunes Store
:: Gift cards and credits will still work with the new apps and App Store

Other users who have used iTunes as a media library for television shows and movies are also in luck:

:: Movies and TV shows will be in the new Apple TV app
:: The Apple TV app for Mac will be used for future purchases and rentals

Podcasts that people subscribed to or added to iTunes will be in the new Apple Podcasts app.

Audiobooks purchased from iTunes will go into the updated Apple Books app, which is where people will be able to purchase audiobooks in the future.


Huawei unveils Mate X folding phone to rival Samsung Galaxy Fold

Device has eight-inch flexible screen that folds all the way round the outside of the phone

Huawei’s Mate X
Huawei’s Mate X held open. Photograph: Sergio Pérez/Reuters

The Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has followed Samsung’s lead by unveiling a super-luxury 5G phone with a folding screen called the Mate X with a price tag of €2,299 (£1,995).

Introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Sunday, the Mate X has a flexible OLED display that covers both the front and back of the device, and which unfolds outwards to become an eight-inch (20cm) tablet screen.

Richard Yu, the chief executive of Huawei’s consumer business, said the Mate X represented “a voyage into the uncharted”. “As a new breed of smartphones, Huawei Mate X combines 5G, foldable screen, AI and an all-new mode of interfacing to provide consumers with an unprecedented user experience,” he said.

The Chinese firm, which has been at the centre of a political storm, was pipped to the post by its South Korean rival with the launch of its Galaxy Fold smartphone last Wednesday.

When closed the Mate X has a 6.6in screen comparable to today’s top-end non-folding phones. When closed the Mate X has a 6.6in screen comparable with today’s top-end phones. Photograph: Sergio Pérez/Reuters

The design of the two cutting-edge devices is quite different. Samsung put the folding screen on the inside of the device, which opens like a book to reveal a 7.3-inch screen, and a smaller 4.6-inch screen on the outside for use like a standard phone.

Huawei’s Mate X has just one screen on the outside. When closed, the front screen measures 6.6 inches, comparing favourably with large non-folding smartphones such as Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro. The screen that folds around the rear is dormant unless used to take photos or for other similar tasks. That leaves the flexible screen exposed to the outside world at all times and at risk of scratching.

The 0.4-inch (11-mm) thick Mate X also has a solid strip on one edge that sits flush with the rear screen when folded over, acts as a handle and contains a quadruple Leica camera system. The phone also features a fingerprint sensor built into its power button, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, a large battery and a new 55W version of the firms SuperCharge technology that can reach 85% from zero in 30 minutes.

Analysts viewed the unveiling as broadly positive, giving Samsung competition in the new folding-phone space, but were sceptical that a device costing as much as three times current top-end smartphones would sell in significant numbers.

Francisco Jeronimo, an associate vice-president with IDC, said the Mate X’s “form factor seems a lot more user friendly than the Samsung Galaxy Fold”.

Ian Fogg, vice president of analysis for OpenSignal, called the Mate X’s foldable design striking but warned: “Remember a foldable design places new tough demands on all aspects of the hardware, not just the display – it still has to deliver a great network experience, battery life etc.”

Huawei says the Mate X is the “world’s fastest foldable 5G smartphone”, and that its position as a manufacturer of 5G network infrastructure has given it a unique advantage because the company was able to test the phone on internal 5G networks before release.

That same position, however, has also made it a geopolitical talking point. The US has told European countries that it may find it difficult to work with anyone who uses Huawei products in their networks after raising security concerns about the company.

Huawei is the second-largest smartphone manufacturer by volume ahead of Apple and behind Samsung, and it has its eyes on first place. It is also expected to launch a range of flagship smartphones in Paris in March.

Huawei said its Mate X would be available later in the year to coincide with the launch of 5G networks, which are expected to begin limited rollout this summer in the UK and elsewhere. Several other Chinese firms, including Xiaomi, area also expected to unveil folding-screen phone designs this year, as the battle to lead the next wave of smartphone innovation heats up.

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Windows 10, frivolous Apps & Services are constantly running in the background, on by default

Microsoft Windows 10, frivolous Apps & Services that are constantly running in the background by default, unless you go into your Privacy Settings to specifically turn them off.

MS apps running in background
  • Alarm & Clock
  • Calendar
  • Get Office
  • Groove Music
  • Maps
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Movies & TV
  • People
  • Phone
  • Phone Companion
  • Photos
  • Skype Video
  • Store
  • Twitter
  • Weather
  • Xbox

Even more annoying is when they keep on running even after you’ve exited the App or application; you then have to manually go into Task Manager to ‘End’ or ‘Kill’  the task to stop it guzzling up precious CPU %

Is Windows 10 Spying still a problem?

Here’s a list of what Microsoft collects during a typical Windows Update – basic mode:

Update events


This event sends data during the download request phase of updating Windows.

The following fields are available:

  • ErrorCode The error code returned for the current download request phase.
  • PackageCountTotal Total number of packages needed.
  • PackageCountRequired Number of required packages requested.
  • PackageCountOptional Number of optional packages requested.
  • ObjectId Unique value for each Update Agent mode.
  • SessionId Unique value for each Update Agent mode attempt.
  • ScenarioId The scenario ID. Example: MobileUpdate, DesktopLanguagePack, DesktopFeatureOnDemand, or DesktopDriverUpdate
  • RelatedCV Correlation vector value generated from the latest USO scan.
  • Result Result of the download request phase of update.
  • PackageSizeCanonical Size of canonical packages in bytes
  • PackageSizeDiff Size of diff packages in bytes
  • PackageSizeExpress Size of express packages in bytes
  • FlightId Unique ID for each flight.
  • UpdateId Unique ID for each update.
  • PackageCountTotalCanonical Total number of canonical packages.
  • PackageCountTotalDiff Total number of diff packages.
  • PackageCountTotalExpress Total number of express packages.
  • RangeRequestState Represents the state of the download range request.
  • DeletedCorruptFiles Indicates if UpdateAgent found any corrupt payload files and whether the payload was deleted.

Reddit Source: Does a version of Windows exist that doesn’t spy on you?


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