Windows 10: the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

Technology: Microsoft was preventing certain Surface devices from updating to the 2004 version due to technical issues. The blockade was lifted on June 29.
Microsoft releases the block it placed on certain Surface devices to prevent them from updating to version 2004. This block prevented users of certain Surface models manufactured by Microsoft, including Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7, from downloading and manually install the latest Windows 10 feature update.

According to information released as part of the May 2020 update, devices with more than one network adapter capable of operating in "Always On, Always Connected" mode may experience unexpected shutdowns and reboots. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 both fall into this category. (Other surface devices can also be included; I asked Microsoft for a list of affected devices, but got no response).



Several technical problems when launching the updateEven though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of …

Gold demand increased slightly in the first quarter amid uncertain Covid-19

According to a report by the World Gold Council published on Thursday, demand for gold increased by around 1% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2020. It stood at 1,083.8 tonnes, driven by a increased demand for ETFs associated with gold.
 
Gold demand increased slightly in the first quarter amid uncertain Covid-19

Gold is considered a safe haven in times of crisis like the one the world is currently going through with the Covid-19 pandemic. Investors therefore turned to the yellow metal to secure their capital, thus compensating for the drop in demand on the consumer side. The restrictions imposed in most countries to fight the virus have indeed affected the demand for jewelry which has declined by 39% year on year.




At the same time, the institution notes, lower central bank gold purchases (-8%) and lower technological demand have limited the record increase in gold coin purchases (+ 36%). Mining production also decreased 3% year-over-year to 795.8 tonnes, its lowest level in 5 years.