Coronavirus: United Kingdom, facing worst recession on record, sees GDP drop 20.4% in Q2

The UK has seen its economy, hit by the coronavirus crisis, suffer a "record" contraction of 20.4% in the second quarter, and is officially facing its worst recession on record, agency figures show National Statistics (ONS), published Wednesday 12 August. 
Economists consider that a country enters a technical recession when it accumulates two consecutive quarters of contraction in its economy. According to the ONS, most of the contraction, which began to be felt in March, occurred in April, an entire month of containment and almost total cessation of activity in the country, which saw production collapsed by 20%.

With a very early recovery in construction sites and manufacturing activity, gross domestic product (GDP) rebounded in May by 2.4% (revised figure), followed by an acceleration in June (+8.7 %) thanks in particular to the reopening of all shops. This is the biggest contraction in the UK economy since the ONS began these quarterly statistics in 1955, he said…

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.
 
the blocking for the 2004 version is lifted on the Surface

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 update

Even though a patch (KB4557957) was released on June 9 as part of Patch Tuesday, the blockage was still present. However, BleepingComputer.com noted on July 1 a change in the information released by Microsoft, which says that the blocking is removed as of June 29. The company said, however, that following the change, it could take up to 48 hours before the update to Windows 10 version 2004 is "offered".

After the announcement of the deployment of the May 2020 update via Windows Update) on May 27, Microsoft had to publish a list containing a dozen related problems not mentioned previously, which could possibly cause the installation of the 2004 version Today, July 2, a number of officially recognized issues related to this update persist, and there is no solution yet.




Among the issues listed, and which Microsoft is currently "investigating", is a problem with older NVIDIA display adapters; errors causing shutdown when plugging in or unplugging a Thunderbolt dock; problems during or after updating devices with Conexant ISST audio drivers; difficulty connecting to more than one bluetooth device; and varying refresh rates not working as expected with Intel's iGPU. There were also compatibility issues between the storage space and the 2004 version, which led the company to suspend the 2004 version. This last problem is not mentioned on the release note, we do not know why.