Use these popular Windows 10 laptops? You have a tough choice to make

The team at Lenovo even confirmed the problems and posted a support page explaining that, after installing the August 2020 cumulative update for Windows 10 Version 2004, users could experience issues such as the Blue Screen of Death and problems logging in via Windows Hello.

Now it seems there’s another problem as a workaround to end the Blue Screen of Death nightmare might leave these PCs open to attack from hackers.

According to ZDNet, Lenovo announced a way of stopping the problems caused by the Windows 10 update which involved disabling the Enhanced Windows Biometric Security setting in BIOS Setup.

However, it seems that doing this could have some serious security consequences.

In fact, Microsoft is so concerned, it’s released a statement advising consumers to be extremely cautious.

“This workaround may make a computer or a network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses,” the Redmond firm said

“We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk,”

So it seems Lenovo Thinkpad owners are now left with a nightmare decision to make.

Leave things alone and face the possibility of their laptops crashing or fix that bug and leave their machines with a possible security flaw.

Hopefully, an official fix will be released soon with both Microsoft and Lenovo working hard to release an update. Sadly, no date has yet been set for this patch.

The news comes as another warning has been issued to Windows 10 users.

The latest update from Microsoft purportedly triggers the dreaded Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) as well as a number of other critical issues. This month has seen the release of the two patch, known as KB4571756 and KB4574727, for Windows 10. But while we’d usually recommend Windows 10 users download any security or bug fixes as soon as they become available… these new patches have a number of unintended side-effects.

As revealed in a post on Windows Latest, there have been multiple reported issues with the KB4571756 and KB4574727 downloads.

Problems include performance issues, sign-in problems, the Start Menu crashing and the infamous Blue Screen of Death making an unwelcome return. Not only that, but some Windows 10 users have found themselves unable to download the latest Patch Tuesday release as well.



China fights back: Beijing imposes tough restrictions on US diplomats as tensions rocket

Last week, senior Chinese diplomats were required to get State Department approval before visiting US universities or holding cultural events with more than 50 people.

Announcing the new rules, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “We’re simply demanding reciprocity. Access for our diplomats in China should be reflective of the access that Chinese diplomats in the United States have, and today’s steps will move us substantially in that direction.”

The State Department also said it would take action to help ensure all Chinese embassy and consular social media accounts were “properly identified”.

The Chinese Embassy in Washington condemned the move as a “gross violation” of the Vienna Conventions, which governs diplomacy.

And now, China has retaliated by imposing harsh restrictions on US diplomats.

China’s Foreign Ministry did not specify the measures but described them as reciprocal.

They will apply to all staff at the US Embassy and its consulates in mainland China and Hong Kong.

Keith Krach, the State Department’s under-secretary for economic growth, alerted governing boards of US universities to alleged threats posed by China.

Mr Pompeo said: “These threats can come in the form of illicit funding for research, intellectual property theft, intimidation of foreign students and opaque talent recruitment efforts.”

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Mr Trump also accused the World Health Organisation of being too “China-centric”.

Back in May, the US President said: “The World Health Organisation has been a disaster. Everything they said was wrong and they’re China-centric.

“All they do is agree with China, whatever China wants to do. So our country, perhaps foolishly in retrospect has been paying $450million a year to the World Health Organisation and China’s been paying $38million a year but they were more political than all of our leaders previously.

“What they did, what World Health did, was they missed every single call and we’re not going to put up with it.”

The US has also banned a number of Chinese-run social media platforms and mobile networks such as TikTok and Huawei.

Mr Pompeo also urged the UK to ban the 5G network and blamed China for “coercive bullying tactics”.

He wrote on Twitter: “The United States stands with our allies and partners against the Chinese Communist Party’s coercive bullying tactics.

“In the latest example, Beijing has reportedly threatened to punish British bank HSBC and to break commitments to build nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom unless London allows Huawei to build its 5G networks.

“Beijing’s aggressive behaviour shows why countries should avoid economic over-reliance on China and should guard their critical infrastructure from CCP influence.”

The two nations have also increased their military presence in the South China Sea, sparking fears of a World War 3 outbreak.

Mr Pompeo urged other nations in the highly disputed region to counter China’s dominance in the area.



Trump praises Putin and Kim Jong-un as ‘tough’ and ‘smart’ in bizarre televised outburst

The President made the comments during an appearance on Carlson Tucker’s Fox News show. He phoned in for the interview, which lasted around half an hour, from the White House.

During the discussion Mr Trump described claims he’d insulted dead American soldiers as “total disinformation” and claimed his coronavirus response helped save at least two million lives.

The President delivered the warm words for the Russian, Chinese and North Korean dictators during an attack on the integrity of US journalists.

He argued, without providing evidence, that reporters had been giving his Democratic Presidential rival Joe Biden advanced copies of questions they planned to ask.

Mr Trump also claimed, again without proof, that Mr Biden had been reading answers to journalists’ questions from an autocue.

The President commented: “Putin, Xi and Kim Jong-un – much tougher, much smarter, than reporters.”

Referring to Mr Biden he added: “It would look to me like they gave him the questions and he’s reading the answers.

“Its obvious Joe Biden is reading answers.”

Currently Mr Trump is trailing his Democrat rival in national opinion polls.

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Specifically, he referenced the bans on travel from China and much of Europe and the national emergency declaration on March 13.

However, his record has been sharply criticised by rivals such as Democrat nominee Mr Biden.

On Wednesday Mr Biden tweeted: “If Donald Trump had acted just two weeks earlier, 54,000 lives could have been spared in March and April alone.

“Instead, he downplayed the threat and refused to take action — costing lives and sending our economy into a tailspin.

“It’s an unjustifiable dereliction of duty.”

Mr Trump also used the interview to respond to allegations published in The Atlantic that he’d described American troops killed in WWI as “losers” and “suckers”.

According to The Atlantic multiple sources claim Mr Trump made the comments in 2018 after deciding he didn’t want to visit a US military ceremony in France.

However, on Mr Carlson’s show the president hit back describing the claims as “total disinformation”.

He added: “The secret service wouldn’t let me take the trip.

“It was foggy like you couldn’t see anything.”



Trump praises Putin and Kim Jong-un as ‘tough’ and ‘smart’ in bizarre televised outburst

The President made the comments during an appearance on Carlson Tucker’s Fox News show. He phoned in for the interview, which lasted around half an hour, from the White House.

During the discussion Mr Trump described claims he’d insulted dead American soldiers as “total disinformation” and claimed his coronavirus response helped save at least two million lives.

The President delivered the warm words for the Russian, Chinese and North Korean dictators during an attack on the integrity of US journalists.

He argued, without providing evidence, that reporters had been giving his Democratic Presidential rival Joe Biden advanced copies of questions they planned to ask.

Mr Trump also claimed, again without proof, that Mr Biden had been reading answers to journalists’ questions from an autocue.

The President commented: “Putin, Xi and Kim Jong-un – much tougher, much smarter, than reporters.”

Referring to Mr Biden he added: “It would look to me like they gave him the questions and he’s reading the answers.

“Its obvious Joe Biden is reading answers.”

Currently Mr Trump is trailing his Democrat rival in national opinion polls.

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Specifically, he referenced the bans on travel from China and much of Europe and the national emergency declaration on March 13.

However, his record has been sharply criticised by rivals such as Democrat nominee Mr Biden.

On Wednesday Mr Biden tweeted: “If Donald Trump had acted just two weeks earlier, 54,000 lives could have been spared in March and April alone.

“Instead, he downplayed the threat and refused to take action — costing lives and sending our economy into a tailspin.

“It’s an unjustifiable dereliction of duty.”

Mr Trump also used the interview to respond to allegations published in The Atlantic that he’d described American troops killed in WWI as “losers” and “suckers”.

According to The Atlantic multiple sources claim Mr Trump made the comments in 2018 after deciding he didn’t want to visit a US military ceremony in France.

However, on Mr Carlson’s show the president hit back describing the claims as “total disinformation”.

He added: “The secret service wouldn’t let me take the trip.

“It was foggy like you couldn’t see anything.”



Coronavirus map LIVE: Tough new rules in Bolton as COVID-19 rate soars to nation's highest

The latest raft of restrictions aims to prevent a local lockdown, Bolton Council has said. The COVID-19 infection rate now stands at 99 cases per 100,000 people per week. More than 90 percent of cases recorded have related to people aged between 18 and 49, according to the council.

The new rules, ushered in by the council following consultation with Public Health England (PHE), apply to meetings indoors and outdoors but exceptions will be made if a person is part of a support bubble.

Journeys on public transport should only be made for essential trips, such as getting to work, school or a medical appointment.

Council leader David Greenhalgh said: “Now, more than ever, we need everyone in Bolton to play their part.

“Nobody wants these restrictions to remain a moment longer than necessary and we believe these new measures will keep everyone safe and help avoid a full lockdown in Bolton.

“Alongside a range of additional measures and interventions across Bolton we are asking everyone, particularly the younger age groups, to continue to follow the guidelines.”

The change to rules in Bolton comes as the leader of Leeds City Council said she was concerned about “a bit of a complacency coming in” as the city was added to the Government’s “areas of concern” watchlist.

Judith Blake said there had been a rise in house parties, with seven £10,000 fines issued to illegal rave organisers last weekend.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Blake said: “We feel there is a bit of a complacency coming in. What we are seeing is the numbers are changing, and actually more young people are testing positive and they are spread around the city.

“So whereas we were focusing more on specific communities at the beginning, it is now clear the pattern is changing.”

She said the council was urging young people to “recognise their own responsibility” in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

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9.26am update: India reports global daily record of new coronavirus cases

India added more than 90,000 cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, a global daily record, according to data from the federal health ministry.

There were 90,632 new cases in the 24 hours to Sunday, according to the data from the Ministry of Health and Famlily Welfare, while the number of deaths rose by 1,065 to 70,626.

The country is set to pass Brazil on Monday as the second most affected country by total infections and will be behind only the United States, which has 6.4 million cases and nearly 193,000 deaths.

Coronavirus cases in India have reached 4.1 million and about 3.2 million affected people have been treated so far, the government data showed.

9.25am update: Russia reports 5,195 new coronavirus cases and 61 deaths

Russia reported 5,195 new coronavirus cases on Sunday taking its total to 1,025,505, the fourth largest in the world.

The Russian coronavirus crisis centre said 61 deaths had been confirmed in the past 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 17,820.



Lidl just rivalled ASDA with a brilliant 55-inch 4K TV deal that's very tough to beat

If you fancy a new television in your living room (or bedroom, or home office) but don’t want to pay the premium prices you’ll find some brands charging, then a trip to LIDL should be on your To Do list today. Yes, the bargain-busting supermarket chain is currently selling a 55-inch Sharp 4K TV with HDR support for just £299 – a saving of £100 off the usual price – in its long-fabled middle aisle. 

That colossal amount of screen real estate at that price beats a similar offer from ASDA, which is selling a smaller 40-inch Polaroid TV in select stores for the same price. LIDL’s Sharp TV not only includes Ultra HD technology (with four times the number of pixels squeezed into a standard 1080p HD set) but you also get HDR (High Dynamic Range) as well which makes sure the picture looks better than ever.

For those who don’t know, HDR can display a higher level of contrast between light and dark areas of the screen – so you won’t lose any detail in a movie scene when someone is in a darkened room, looking out of a small window to the brightly lit outdoors. Panels without HDR support will often blow-out the detail in the light – or smudge the blacks. HDR TVs are capable of brighter images too.

Along with a pin-sharp picture there’s DTS-HD surround sound and speakers from Harman/Kardon.

Like most modern televisions the Sharp TV is internet connected with services such as Netflix and YouTube all available directly on the screen. If you need some content to watch on this big screen, there’s another nice offer available right now for anyone who downloads the LIDL smartphone app.

If you fancy cutting down on your monthly Sky bill then there’s a way to get 25 percent off thanks to LIDL. The supermarket chain’s loyalty app is currently offering cheaper Sky TV and it’s not just for new customers.

The blockbuster discount is available to new and existing users who sign up to any Sky TV pack. These include Sky Signature, HD, Kids, Ultimate On Demand, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and Sky Q experience.

To claim the money off your bill you simply need to sign up to the LIDL Plus app then head to the partner discounts section at bottom of the screen.

Here you’ll see the Sky 25 percent off offer and instructions on how to redeem. Once activated, it’ll reduce services such as Sky’s entry-level telly package by 25 percent.

That means instead of paying £25 per month you’ll only pay £18.75 with that discount lasting for the full term of the 18-month contract. It’s worth remembering that this deal does not include broadband bundles so you can’t cut the cost of your internet bills.



As virus rages, working parents face tough choices

“Either way is bad,” Spencer said. “If they go back physically with the virus, it’s not safe. But if they don’t go back, we can’t go back to work.”






COVID school

Nadia Spencer, holding daughter Silvyana, is unsure how she will juggle work and school for her son Aidan, who will be a second-grader at Lake View Elementary. This summer’s rash of gun violence has also made her afraid to take the kids to neighborhood parks. “I’ve got anxiety through the roof,” she said.




Aidan needs more supervision than his mother can provide while also watching his 15-month-old sister. His father is a truck driver, only around on weekends.

“Unfortunately, he can’t do much,” Spencer said.

Spencer applied for the MSCR Cares program, which will offer in-school supervision for up to 1,000 elementary-age children, but she hasn’t heard if Aidan has been accepted.

“They sent something saying it was time to register. I thought I already registered,” Spencer said. “I called … to clarify for me what it is. Nobody called me back. I just signed up, but I don’t know what it is.”



Lessons outside of the classroom are important

With just over three weeks before the start of the school year, Spencer feels she’s in limbo.

“I’m very confused. I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Spencer said. “Right now we’re just sitting and waiting and praying.”

Caught in the middle

As a teacher and a parent, Hollis Rudiger said she feels caught in the middle.

Rudiger, who works as a librarian at Nuestro Mundo Community School, said schools just aren’t set up to accommodate the type of social distancing needed to provide safe in-person instruction. But after struggling to help her own kids, ages 7 and 12, navigate online learning in the spring, she understands parents’ frustration.

Lidl just beat ASDA with a cheap TV deal that's very tough to beat

Like most modern televisions the Sharp TV is internet connected with services such as Netflix and YouTube all available directly on the screen.

If you need some content to watch on this big screen the there’s another nice offer coming via Lidl’s smartphone app.

If you fancy cutting down on your monthly Sky bill then there’s a way to get 25 percent off thanks to Lidl. The supermarket chain’s loyalty app is currently offering cheaper Sky TV and it’s not just for new customers.

The blockbuster discount is available to new and existing users who sign up to any Sky TV pack.

These include Sky Signature, HD, Kids, Ultimate On Demand, Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and Sky Q experience.



Sky TV just gave its customers another tough choice to make as new content announced

It’s a hugely welcome upgrade that seriously improves the quality of the picture – and easily the biggest upgrade to Sky Q since the arrival of Ultra HD 4K content. However, before you get too excited about an HDR binge there are big decisions you’ll need to make.

Sky has already confirmed not all Sky Q boxes are compatible with HDR (you can find the full list here) and those who don’t feature on the list will need to upgrade their current device at a cost of either £25 or £50 (depending on their current set-top box). This includes postage and packaging, admin costs, as well as the return of the customers’ old Q box.

However, paying out for a new Sky box isn’t the only decision customers need to make. That’s because when switching over to HDR you have to send your old set-top box back. As such, many of the hours of recordings could be lost as there’s no way to transfer the content you haven’t got around to watching quite yet to the new HDR-compatible Sky Q box that arrives through the letterbox.



China-Australia tensions erupt – Washington praises tough stance taken against Beijing

Australia has taken a hard line stance against China with Prime Minister Scott Morrison warning conflict with Beijing could now not be ruled out. Like the UK, the state has also ordered the removal of Huawei kit from its own 5G network, causing US congressman Joe Courtney to praise Australia’s actions against the Chinese Communist Party. In glowing praise from the congressman who is also a member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee in Washington, Mr Courtney claimed the US must now follow in Australia’s footsteps.

He told The Sydney Morning Herald: “In terms of coming to grips with our own relationship with China, we have a lot to learn from Australia.

“It’s clear that Australia is still not spoiling for a fight – they’re just looking to create some space so that international norms can continue, which is really an end game that some of the China hawks in the US don’t quite see clearly.

“Australia, in some ways, is the voice that has the most value in terms of trying to remain balanced.”

The Democrat did also add Australia should have joined the US in its freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea earlier.

The US has upped manoeuvres in order to try to halt China’s territorial gains in the region.

Mr Morrison’s Government has so far resisted the move which would mean sending ships close to islands and territories now claimed by China.

Mr Courtney added: “To me, normalising safe passage – whether it’s for navy ships or commercial traffic – is really something that has to become a focus for all the countries who care about this.

“It shouldn’t just involve one navy.”

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Meeting with Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, they agreed to increase military efforts in the region.

They also pledged to boost naval exercises in the South China Sea and develop technologies capable of combating against Beijing’s aggression in the waters.

Mr Pompeo has previously deemed China’s land claims in the region as illegal.

He has also vowed to stop China creating a naval empire in the region.

In support of the US and Australia, Japan too has claimed it will stand up to any aggression from Beijing.

Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono said: “Anyone who is trying to change the status quo by force needs to be forced to pay a high cost.