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Fix for Pen Dragging Canvas in Photoshop 2018 CC after Windows Update

There’s a whole lot of Creatives in the Microsoft Surface Answers Forum complaining that after installing Cumulative Update KB4089848 that the pen drags the canvas around instead of drawing. Uninstalling the KB fixes this (and this is the first I’ve seen that functionality changed dramatically after installing a Cumulative update, but you never never know. And now there may be a “fix” to return to “legacy” behavior.

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Turning a WordPress Blog into a PWA

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are web apps that feature a native Windows app experience, and can use features like push notifications. The addition of Service Worker support in EdgeHTML makes this all possible. Other platforms (iOS, Android) have had this support for a while. PWA’s can be defined to run as standalone, run in browser, or minimal UI. Microsoft has been using Bing crawlers to find existing “high quality” PWA enabled sites and will be automatically adding some of these to the Windows Store (and later letting site owners to claim these apps and augment them).

I decided to get a head start on this technology and have gone through the process to produce a PWA for digitalmediaphile.com which runs on WordPress. It took some “fiddling” so I am sharing the process here. Continue reading

Get Hue or LIFX light alerts for Dona Sarkar Build Tweets

flight If you’re a hard core Windows Insider, you’ll want to be one of the first to know when new Insider Builds are available for download and corresponding blog posts go up. You can always watch @donasarkars Twitter stream (and check the hints that builds are coming in images she posts), but if you have Hue or LIFX connected bulbs, you can use IFTTT to set up an Applet (used to be called a recipe) to get a visual alert.

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Bluetooth Setup Work Around for 15031 Insiders Build (Use Dynamic Lock)

If you didn’t pair your cellphone before installing 15031, there’s a work around using the legacy control panel. Many want to test the cool new Dynamic Lock feature, but since the Settings App, Devices functionality is broken, think they need to wait for a new build.

Nope. The legacy control panel is still there and can be used to get Bluetooth devices paired.

1. Type Control in the Cortana Search field and open Control Panel

2. Change Category to Small icons if needed

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3. Select Devices and Printers

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4. Select Add a device

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5. Verify your phone is in discoverable; it should appear in the Add a device list. Select it and then select Next.

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6. Your phone and the Add a device window should display the same code. Select yes in Add a device and select Pair on your phone.

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7. Wait a minute or so while files are installed.

 

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8. Voila! Paired phone is now visible in Devices and Printers

 

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9. Last step is to go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and toggle Dynamic lock to “on”

 

Enjoy!

Add a Fingerprint Reader to Surface 3

You read the title correctly. I’ve added a fingerprint reader to my Surface 3. (And you can do this with any Windows 10 device that has a USB port). Windows Hello is a wonderful feature that provides an extra level of protection from prying eyes while traveling. While I’m not necessarily paranoid, I don’t want strangers seeing my password or PIN while I’m lunching and computing. I feel more secure.

While you can purchase a typecover for the Surface Pro 4 (that also works with Surface Pro 3, but this combo has some power management issues), there is no similar option to purchase a typecover with a fingerprint reader for a Surface 3.

Luckily, there’s a way to do this (if you don’t mind using the single USB port on the Surface 3 and tying it up at least while you log in; you can remove and attach this peripheral while Windows is running so for me it is no big deal).

Amazon sells this super tiny add-on fingerprint reader from “Eikon” at a good price. It’s made by Authentech, who made many of the built in fingerprint readers for nearly all the big computer vendors (they were purchased by Apple in 2012).

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