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  1. There's already been rumors that Nokia is working on an 8-inch tablet device, which would follow the company's recently announced 10.1 inch Lumia 2520 with Windows RT. Today, a new rumor claims that the 8-inch tablet model has a real name, the Lumia 2020, and it will be revealed by Nokia as part of their Mobile World Congress activities. NokiaPowerUser reports, via an unnamed tipster, that the 8-inch Lumia 2020 "will run on Snapdragon 800 and will have a 1080p resolution display. It will be faster and have higher PPI display than Lumia 2520 and will come with stylus support." The same tipster also claims Nokia is working on a new smartphone, which it calls the Lumia 1820, that will have a "metal unibody and Lytro-style camera." The story claims both of these products will be introduced during MWC 2014, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain from February 24-27. Nokia is still developing new hardware products even though the company announced it will be selling its Devices and Services division to Microsoft. That deal, which is pending government approval from the U.S. and Europe, is expected to close before the end of March 2014. Original Article
  2. Microsoft announced this afternoon that the zero-day vulnerability being exploited in a watering hole attack against an unnamed U.S.-based NGO website was already scheduled to be patched in a cumulative Internet Explorer update tomorrow. The zero-day was reported publicly on Friday by FireEye researchers and today a few more dots were connected on the attack, which is dropping a variant of the McRAT Trojan that has been used in a number of targeted espionage attacks targeting industrial secrets. Microsoft promised a relatively light Patch Tuesday tomorrow that included another IE rollup, a staple of the company’s monthly security updates in 2013. Dustin Childs, a group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group, said today that the vulnerability in an IE ActiveX Control will be patched in MS13-90 tomorrow. In its advanced notification released last Thursday, Microsoft said the IE bulletin is rated critical because it involves flaws that can lead to remote code execution. The critical rating applies to IE 6-8 on Windows XP, IE7-9 on Vista, IE 8-10 on Windows 7, and IE 10 on Windows 8 and 8.1; all other versions are rated important. FireEye, today told Threatpost, that the attack is limited to a single U.S.-based website hosting domestic and international policy guidance. No details were available on how the site was compromised, only that the victims were hit by malware in drive-by download attacks targeting an information leakage vulnerability and a memory corruption issue leading to remote code execution. What differentiates this attack from other watering hole attacks is that victims are not subject to malicious iframes or traffic-redirects to attacker-controlled sites and further malware downloads. Instead, McRAT is injected directly into memory, a new twist on advanced targeted attacks. By using memory-only methods, the attack is exceptionally difficult for network defenders to detect, when trying to examine and confirm which endpoints are infected, using traditional disk-based forensics methods,” said Darien Kindlund, FireEye director of threat intelligence. Microsoft said a number of mitigations are available to IE users as a mitigation until a patch is applied, namely setting security zone settings to “High” to block ActiveX Controls and Active Scripting, though users could experience some usability issues. IE can also be configured to prompt a user before running Active Scripting. The Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) is also a viable mitigation, Microsoft said. The IE patch is one of eight bulletins scheduled for tomorrow, three of those rated critical. The scheduled security updates, however, will not include a patch for the Windows TIFF zero day being actively exploited in attacks primarily in Pakistan. The vulnerability in several Windows and Office versions is being exploited in targeted attacks against Windows XP systems running Office 2007. Microsoft released a Fix-Ittool as a stopgap measure until a patch is released out of band or with the December security updates. Source
  3. Windows 7 Professional Integrate November 2013 ( 32 & 64 Bit ) l 4.36 GB If you use your PC for work, you'll want Windows 7 Professional. It helps you be more productive and protects the critical information you work with. Many routine tasks just take a couple of clicks, so you can spend less time setting up projectors, printers, and networks. Advanced backup options help you protect your hard work with automatic backups to your home or business network. And with Windows XP Mode, you can use virtually all of your Windows XP programs in Windows 7. Work anywhere easier Find and connect to networks in just three clicks. Automatically connect to your preferred network printer with Location Aware Printing. Give presentations more professionally with easy projector connection and special display settings. Keep using most business programs with Windows XP Mode. Work more securely Help safeguard your work with automatic backups, including network backups. File encryption can help keep confidential information secure on PCs with more than one user. Assistance features, such as Windows Troubleshooting, reduce the need for outside support. Record step-by-step processes to create training tools or document problems requiring outside support. Relax a little Use Windows Media Center to access all your entertainment. Play amazingly realistic games with DirectX 11. DOWNLOAD HERE [ 5 PART ] http://pastebin.com/s9hnCS1i NO PASSWORD ! ENJOY :)
  4. Does anyone here still using IE web browser? I like how IE starts, it's way too fast than any of my web browser installed in my system, however, I'd like to know if there is a great way to block those nasty ads that keeps on popping up while browsing. Do you know any adblock filters for IE? I think Adblockplusie is fake.
  5. A tweet from evleaks proves that like us, the reliable source is slaving over a hot QWERTY over the weekend. But even more important is the content of the tweet which is a list of alleged new code names for upcoming Nokia devices. A couple of names on the list have a "Bond, James Bond" connection such as Goldfinger and Moneypenney. The other names are Normandy, Phantom and Spinel. Considering that Spinel is a magnesium aluminum mineral with the symbol MgAl2O4, this could be the code name for an aluminum clad Windows Phone handset. The other names lend themselves to a number of various interpretations. Windows Phone has picked up momentum in 2013, starting with the low-light photography niche, picking up speed with the strong sales of the entry-level Nokia Lumia 520/521, and continuing with the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet with specs that rival that on any Android device. The latest data shows that Windows Phone captured 4% of the U.S. smartphone market in the third quarter. Perhaps one of the phones mentioned in the tweet will be the next big Windows Phone model. Source: PhoneArena Via: @evleaks
  6. Next Tuesday, April 8 2014, Microsoft will release the last ever security patches for Windows XP. And if you look at the figures from Net Market Share, things aren’t looking too good. Net Market Share keeps a tally on worldwide operating system and browser usage by measuing the hits on websites and – according to them – Windows XP is still powering some 27.69% of worldwide PCs. That’s an alarming statistic. But is it true? Well, as we have all learnt through life, statistics can be deceptive. The truth is that in much of the world, the usage of Windows XP is probably not anywhere near 27.69%. It’s commonly believed that the figures have been skewed massively by China where – according to some reports – Windows XP still had a marketshare of approximately 50% at the end of 2013. A large part of the problem in China, no doubt, is the widespread usage of pirated versions of the operating system dubbed “GhostXP” locally. The stat appears to be backed up by Microsoft’s figures for usage of the no-longer-trusted Internet Explorer 6, the default browser in Windows XP. Microsoft’s IE 6 Countdown website gives percentages for Internet Explorer 6 usage around the world. And, surprise surprise, there’s only one country which sticks out like a sore thumb: China. Regardless of what the figure for Windows XP usage is in your country, chances are that even if a small percentage of your internet-using population is using the old OS, it could still amount to a considerable number of computers. And that’s a problem. Because, if those computers continue to run Windows XP, and don’t receive any more security patches they are not just putting themselves and the data they carry at risk, they are endangering all of us who use the internet. How so? Well, every computer that is compromised or hijacked by hackers can be used as a launchpad for further attacks – whether they be denial-of-service attacks, spammed out phishing campaigns, or deliberate dissemination of malware. And if it happens that you are unlucky enough to have your personal information stored on a computer at a business still running Windows XP (and sadly, many businesses are still running legacy computers running creaky old versions of the Windows operating system) then it could be your private sensitive data that is up for grabs. The worry is that malicious hackers will reverse-engineer future security patches from Microsoft (designed to enhance the security of more recent versions of Windows), but the flaws that they are designed to fix will also be present in the newly-retired XP operating system. In short, hackers will be interested in targeting the now poorly-protected Windows XP platform with even greater vigour. ESET security veteran and fellow WeLiveSecurity scribe Aryeh Goretsky has written some wise words, offering practical tips for people who have decided they need a little extra time and plan to stay protecting Windows XP computers for a little while longer. Source
  7. Among a bevy of announcements, Microsoft had another announcement to make regarding the cost of Windows Phone and Windows to OEMs who’d want to license it for their devices. According to the announcement, Windows and Windows Phone will now be available for free to manufacturers for use on devices with displays smaller than 9-inches. This includes all smartphones and small tablets with 8-inch displays. This should make Windows a lot more attractive option to OEMs to use on their low end devices in particular. This was one of the reasons for Android’s popularity, that it was free for use. This move might even help drive down the cost of low-end Windows devices in future. Source
  8. I shared a quick tip with you yesterday on how to jump straight to a folder or file in Windows Explorer using the keyboard. Ghacks reader Ray mentioned that he was using Listary for that purpose and many others, and I decided to check it out to see what it is all about.Listary is available as a free and pro version which differ in functionality and in which context it can be used. The program improves file management on Windows. Not only when you are using Windows Explorer, but also globally to a degree. I will concentrate on the free version in this review and mention the additional functionality of the pro version only briefly at the end of the review. Listary Review You can download a portable version, an installer, or a beta version of Listary from the developer website. When you start the program for the first time, it recommends that you follow a tutorial that explains some of its functionality. You do not have to do that at the time, as you can load the tutorial from the program's system tray icon at any time. The tutorial walks you through several concepts such as selecting files or switching folders. It is helpful but may be a bit much as it displays a lot of information on a couple of screens. This gets better once you start using the program though, so don't worry to much about it then. One of the core features of Listary is the option to type in any Windows Explorer window to display matching files and folders in it. Listary displays a menu overlay with all matching folders and names of that path and all of its subfolders which you can select either with the keyboard or mouse. That's however not the only option you have to interact with the data snapshot. When you press right-arrow, you get the context menu that is displayed normally on right-click. This way it is possible to use all context menu items without using the mouse on select folders or files in Windows Explorer. Actions including copying or moving data, or using the open option to open a file with one of the available file viewers. Another powerful feature of the program is its search option. I already mentioned that it finds files and folders that are stored under the root path when you start to type. If you prefix your input with > it will search globally instead, so that > wp-config.php searches for all instances of wp-config.php on all connected drives on the system. The search is really fast and there is little delay before results are displayed to you, even on first run. Another useful feature is the directory jump option. When you press Ctrl-G, Listary quickly jumps in the open window or dialog to the location that is open in the file manager window. This can be useful during open and save dialog windows for instance, as it enables you to quickly jump to a folder instead of navigating to it. Listary Free supports two additional features of interest. The first allows you to set favorites that you can then open quickly whenever the need arises. The app displays a small toolbar attached to open and save dialog windows which allow you to pick favorites or recent folders directly from it. The second feature is a list of commands that you can run directly on select files or folders. Commands range from opening the command prompt window at the location to copying paths or to export the content list to a csv file. You may want to check out the preferences at least once, as you find lots of useful settings here. It is for instance possible to manage favorites right here, add or remove commands, configure hotkeys, or add or remove drives from search. And Listary Pro? The Pro version of Listary is available for $19.95 for a life-time license. It can be installed on up to three computers and is no longer limited to personal use. A couple of pro exclusive features are added on top of that: Projects provides you with the means to search select project folders from any location. It sits in the middle of the regular folder search while that folder is highlighted and the global search of the free version. Actions is listed as a pro feature, but it was available in the free version that I downloaded. It displays the context menu items on right-click. Fuzzy Navigation helps you find files even if you mistype the file name. Other features include selecting last opened and last saved files automatically, adding custom commands, or using submenus to organize favorites. Verdict Listary is a useful program, especially if you use a file manager a lot, or use save or open dialogs several times a day as it can speed up operations significantly for you. The application itself is unobtrusive and out of your way until you need it. It is fast and there is not really anything to criticize here. SummaryAuthor RatingSoftware NameListaryOperating SystemWindowsLanding Pagehttp://www.listary.com/ Source
  9. At this year’s CES, Asus announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300 which was to run both Android and Windows. It was soon followed by a report from Digitimes which said that Google wasn’t happy with the Taiwanese giant’s new project. According to a new report from Digitimes Research, following Google’s strong dislike towards the dual-OS concept, Asus has now postponed the Transformer Book Duet TD300 project. Google believes that this unison will do more good to the Windows operating system than to Android. In addition, Google also doesn’t like the fact that only Intel processors are able to run these dual OSs. Asus, unlike Samsung, isn’t in a position to upset Google and still stay friends with it. However, Intel had tied up with Asus earlier this year and will be providing its support throughout 2014. Asus is in a dilemma over whether to make its reliable hardware partner happy, or side with the software one. So whether Asus will try venturing into this project again is something we will find out only as the year progresses. Meanwhile, as Google notes, the dual OS project would have definitely helped Microsoft’s Windows tablets to bloom. Asus hasn’t officially offered any statement yet. We will update the post as we learn more. Source
  10. This is an advance notification of 5 security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on March 11, 2014. 2 rated as Critical and 3 with a rating of important http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-mar http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/archive/2014/03/06/advance-notification-server-for-the-march-2014-security-bulletin-release.aspx
  11. MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.AND.SERVER.2012.R2.SPRING.2014.UPDATE.ADK.KIT.EEAP.ENGLISH-WZT magnet:?xt=urn:btih:4E0170476AC12F17D96FCA36258F387A48DC5F7ARELEASE DATE: 02/19/2014FILES: ADK_140219-1702.zipSIZE: 3,182,812,377 byteSHA-1: EDF880A13DBB3FA4BB9CBDB13B2CF395D3172E15MD5: 9927B91EBFFDA43025D1064ECF19F091NOTE: this is original M$ files.Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update 2014 The Windows ADK enables two key scenarios: Windows deployment and Windows assessment. Windows Deployment is for OEMs and IT professionals who customize and automate the large-scale installation of Windows on a factory floor or across an organization. The Windows ADK supports this work with the deployment tools that were previously released as part of the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) and the Windows Automated Installation Kit (AIK) including Windows Preinstallation Environment, Deployment Imaging, Servicing and Management, and Windows System Image Manager. IT Professionals can use the tools in the Windows ADK to facilitate deployment of a new version of Windows. The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) inventories applications used in your organization and identifies potential applications compatibility issues. With the User State Migration Tool (USMT), IT Professionals can migrate user data from existing Windows installations. Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) enables IT professionals to deploy Windows installations in their organization and manage the activation status of their PCs. Assessments are for OEMs, IHVs, and IT professionals who measure the operational characteristics of a computer, including its performance, reliability, and functionality. Windows assessments are tools that help you make these measurements, diagnose problems, and determine how to make improvements. Windows assessments can help reduce support costs by identifying potential issues as you create your hardware and software experiences. By using these tools, you can help ensure that the hardware and software that you develop are responsive and high-quality. The tools available in the Windows ADK include: - Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) helps IT Professionals understand potential application compatibility issues by identifying which applications are or are not compatible with the new versions of the Windows operating system. ACT helps to lower costs for application compatibility evaluation by providing an accurate inventory of the applications in your organization. ACT helps you to deploy Windows more quickly by helping to prioritize, test, and detect compatibility issues with your apps. By using ACT, you can become involved in the ACT Community and share your risk assessment with other ACT users. You can also test your web applications and web sites for compatibility with new releases of Internet Explorer. For more information, see Application Compatibility Toolkit. - Deployment Tools Deployment tools help you customize, manage, and deploy Windows images. Deployment tools can be used to automate Windows deployments, removing the need for user interaction during Windows setup. Deployment tools include Deployment Imaging Servicing and Management (DISM) command line tool, DISM PowerShell cmdlets, DISM API, Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), and OSCDIMG. For more information, see Deployment Tools. - User State Migration Tool (USMT) USMT is a scriptable command line tool that IT Professionals can use to migrate user data from a previous Windows installation to a new Windows installation. By using USMT, you can create a customized migration framework that copies the user data you select and excludes any data that does not need to be migrated. USMT includes ScanState, Loadstate, and USMTUtils command line tools. For more information, see User State Migration Tool. - Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) VAMT helps IT professionals automate and centrally manage the activation of Windows, Windows Server, Windows ThinPC, Windows POSReady 7, select add-on product keys, and Office for computers in their organization. VAMT can manage volume activation using retail keys (or single activation keys), multiple activation keys (MAKs), or Windows Key Management Service (KMS) keys. For more information, see Volume Activation Management Tool. - Windows Performance Toolkit (WPT) Windows Performance Toolkit includes tools to record system events and analyze performance data in a graphical user interface. WPT includes Windows Performance Recorder, Windows Performance Analyzer, and Xperf. For more information, see Windows Performance Toolkit. - Windows Assessment Toolkit Windows Assessment Toolkit is used to run assessments on a single computer. Assessments are tasks that simulate user activity and examine the state of the computer. Assessments produce metrics for various aspects of the system, and provide recommendations for making improvements. For more information, see Windows Assessment Toolkit. - Windows Assessment Services Windows Assessment Services is used to remotely manage settings, computers, images, and assessments in a lab environment where Windows Assessment Services is installed. This application can run on any computer with access to the server that is running Windows Assessment Services. For more information, see Windows Assessment Services. - Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) Windows PE is a minimal operating system designed to prepare a computer for installation and servicing of Windows. For more information, see Windows PE Technical Reference. What’s New in ADK Windows 8.1 Update? Windows image file boot (WIMBoot) New for Windows 8.1 Update, devices can be configured to boot and run Windows directly from a .wim file. This provides several benefits: • Windows can run on smaller solid state drives • Increases available disk space for end users • Reduces OEM manufacturing time To support WIMBoot, you will need updated versions of Windows PE and DISM. In addition, you will need to change some of your existing Windows customizations, recovery configurations and manufacturing workflows. This includes: • Windows PE is updated to support WIMBoot. You will need to recreate your Windows PE images to support WIMBoot. • DISM includes new command line parameter, such as /WIMBoot. When capturing and applying images, you must use this new parameter. • You can use your WIM Boot image as a recovery image, saving disk space. You will have to update your recovery configuration and disk partition layout on the devices you build. WIMBoot is only supported on Windows 8.1 Update images with the Windows 8.1 Update version of the Windows ADK. For more information about WIMBoot, see the following topics in ADK_Online.chm file. Create and deploy WIMBoot images: • WIMBoot: Windows image file boot (WIMBoot) • Create WIMBoot Images • Deploy WIMBoot Images DISM Command line options: • What's New in DISM • DISM Image Management Command-Line Options • DISM Windows Edition-Servicing Command-Line Options Installing Windows 8.1 Update In this EEAP release, Windows 8.1 Update is available as an MSU file. You can update your existing Windows 8.1 images by applying the update. WZT 03|05|14
  12. In December, Bing Maps introduced a new version of its on-again, off-again 3D mapping product, the “Bing Maps Preview”, this time completely rebuilt from its Silverlight predecessor to now use WebGL, a web standards graphics engine introduced in Internet Explorer 11 (Web GL has been a staple of Webkit browsers like Firefox and Chrome for quite some time, although Microsoft has argued that it was insecure ): This week, Bing Maps introduced a number of new cities to the preview (although still with no target for a full featured product…. maybe Build?). You can read more about the additions on the Bing Maps blog, or check out some quick links to 3D enabled cities at the Bing Maps 3D Cities website. Source
  13. Reddit To Go! remains one of the leading apps that allow users to access Reddit in the Modern UI of Windows 8.1, so the developer behind this app is trying to provide us with regular updates bringing new features and performance improvements. The application today received an update delivered to users through the store, so make sure you check for updates as soon as possible. Version 3.1.1.0 changes the way comments are loaded in the app, according to the official release notes published in the store. “When additional comments are auto-loaded via scrolling, they'll be remembered if you switch away from the comments to a different article and then back, instead of requiring re-fetching from reddit,” the changelog reads. Bug fixes are also part of the release, fixing issues affecting the login process, crashes, and other bugs experienced when trying to view YouTube links. Just like the previous builds, the new version of Reddit To Go! works on all Windows 8.1 versions on the market, including the Windows RT 8.1 build aimed at tablets. The new version can be found in the store, but you can also download Reddit To Go! for Windows 8.1 manually to find out what’s new right now. Source : Softpedia
  14. Microsoft and the Computer History Museum have both announced today that the historic MS-DOS and Word for Windows source code are now available to the public for the very first time. These important pieces of source code (as well as history) will be preserved and made available to the community for historical and technical scholarship. "On Tuesday, we dusted off the source code for early versions of MS-DOS and Word for Windows. With the help of the Computer History Museum, we are making this code available to the public for the first time," Microsoft stated in an official blog post. The museum will have MS-DOS 1.1, MS-DOS 2.0, and Microsoft Word for Windows 1.1a. In 1980, IBM approached Microsoft to work on a project codenamed "Chess" and Microsoft eventually provided the BASIC language interpreter for IBM. Microsoft was then asked to create an operating system for IBM, and the company eventually licenses an operating system from Seattle Computer Products, which would become the foundation for MS-DOS. The Redmond giant's DOS-based version of Word was not a success against WordPerfect, the software that dominated the word processing market at the time. In 1989, Microsoft released Word for Windows, which generated over half the worldwide word processing market revenue in just four years from its launch. "We think preserving historic source code like these two programs is key to understanding how software has evolved from primitive roots to become a crucial part of our civilization," says Len Shustek, Computer History Museum Chairman. The Computer History Museum is located in Mountain View, California. Source
  15. Windows Update Notifier 1.4.2 Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) do not offer a desktop notification about new available Windows Updates. You can choose the option "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download them" within the Windows Update Settings, but you will not be informed about new updates via a popup on the desktop (as it was in windows 7). Only on the logon screen you can see a hint in the bottom right corner. Microsoft’s official answer on that matter is that it is a design choice: "The reason of removing this feature is based on most of the users’ feedbacks. If a notification were to be displayed, this is suppressed if the user is doing something important, especially when a user watching a movie or playing a game, or in the business environment being interrupted during a PowerPoint presentation." That's why the Windows Update Notifier has been developed. It informs about updates via a popup and it enables to open the windows update dialog directly by clicking the popup. The application only appears as an icon in the system tray so it will not interfere with your work. Although the application is developed for Windows 8/8.1 it also works on Windows 7 (but it is not necessary as Windows 7 offers this feature by itself). As the Windows Update Notifier is a portabel application which runs on x86 and x64 systems, it doesn't need to be installed. It can be set to start automatically on windows logon. For further information (instructions, screenshots) see the documentation page. Features - Is shown as a icon in the system tray - Inform about updates via a popup - Shows the number of updates in the system tray icon - Supports Windows 7, 8, 8.1 - Search for new updates every hour (by default) - Open the windows update dialog by clicking the popup (or via the context menu) - If connection to the update-service can not be established, retry every 30 seconds. for 10 times. - Four icons states: "searching", "updates found", "no updates available", "not connected" - Settings dialog for changing update interval and configuring the app as auto startup. - Select between two popup-styles: The Windows 7 Style and the Metro Style. - Support for automatically installing Windows Defender updates HOMEPAGE http://wun.codeplex.com/ LINK http://download-codeplex.sec.s-msft.com/Download/Release?ProjectName=wun&DownloadId=817915&FileTime=130402062207200000&Build=20885
  16. Those of you using the Facebook Messenger on Windows probably got the same message as myself this morning. According to the notification, the Messenger will stop working on Monday, March 3. There is no explanation why Facebook decided to kill its standalone messenger app, but it isn’t unexpected. The Facebook Messenger installer for Windows has disappeared completely from Facebook’s website a while ago. Even its Help articles on the website were hard to find, so it was clear back then Facebook will be dropping support for the tool in the future. Well, it is time. The app will stop working on March 3. The help section is available now and explains how to uninstall the Messenger off your PC. As a user who really got used to the app, I am quite disappointed. I guess my only option now is to rely on the dedicated Metro/Modern Facebook app. Bugger! Source
  17. Mouse cursor, the term refers to pointing devices, such as trackballs, touchpads and pointing sticks built into notebook computers. It is sometimes also referred to as the pointer and serves a purpose we all are aware of. And we are also aware that it is tilted to the left. But have you ever wondered why? What could be the possible reason for this angle of inclination? Some say that it emulates our natural way of writing, where we hold the pen at such an inclined angle. But if a person is left-handed and writing , the wrist covers the text you just completed and therefore drags through the fresh ink when you proceed in the opposite direction. This view, I believe won’t have many takers when it comes to computers as the ink used is digitized. Also, some say, it is so, because we Read from Left to Right. But this too does not seem entirely plausible. Why is the mouse cursor tilted?The more sensible or scientific argument is offered by computer software developer Bart Gijssens over on Stack Exchange. The expert familiar with the history of computer technology put forth the explanation citing a document more than 30 years old (from 1981). He confirmed that Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the mouse, first portrayed the arrow cursor vertically. It was initially an arrow pointing up. Palo Alto Research Center, shortened form – PARC the research and development unit of Xerox was the first to implement the graphical interface of the operating system in practice. It was the document of this unit that first described the cursor in 1981. It argued that it was practically impossible for the developer then, to design a vertical mouse arrow of small size, easily visible to users so much so much so that they decided not to increase the size of the pointer, but instead turn it slightly so the left side of it was verticaland the right one tilted under 45°. So, it was an attempt to reduce the amount of ‘pixelated’ edges on low resolution screens and not weight-imbalance that forced developers shift to the other design, leaning towards the left. In addition, the reason the arrow is tilted to the left can be attributed to the fact that the click position is easier to calculate, because the origin of the cursor’s bitmap is in the upper left. This saved the mouse tracking subroutine a calculation on every click (it’s not much, but it helped on older machines). From a convenience point, the slight bend feels a lot more natural as it reflects the posture of your hand using the mouse. The key feature from the tilted arrow is that the left side is a vertical line. Even the hand, at times used assubstitute for pointer, features a tilted line with the index finger. There are various other reasons cited at Stack Exchange for adopting such a design, another being Low level visual cognition.The design has not been updated even with higher resolution screens. The only development that occurred – Steve Jobs borrowed it for his software, followed by Bill Gates! Incidentally, just like the tradition of portraying the mouse cursor tilted by 45° is preserved, the arrangement of keys and characters on the QWERTY keyboard, a carry over from the days of mechanical typewriters too remains same. Source
  18. Windows 8.1 Update comes with plenty of improvements for the desktop and tweaks some of the features that Microsoft implemented in the previous OS update, so many believe that Redmond has actually changed its mind and is now going in reverse to fix some of the mistakes it made with Windows 8. Microsoft Executive Vice President of operating systems Terry Myerson explained in an interview with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley that the software giant is actually trying to appeal to a broader customer range and, although some believe that it’s stepping back, the company is really keen on going forward with its touch environment. “We're trying to get to one program and platform that spans all kinds of devices, from the Internet of things to phones to tablets to game consoles to servers to whiteboards. We're trying to get that whole spectrum, and you get a whole bunch of different input modalities there,” Myerson explained. “Now you get Kinect, you get mice, keyboard, touch, speech. What we've added in the update (Windows 8.1 Update) is more support for mouse and keyboard in some new ways, but we didn't take away anything on touch.” Microsoft brought back the Start button in Windows 8.1, after being heavily criticized for removing it in Windows 8. Additionally, the company is now working to restore the Start menu as well, in another attempt to make the operating system better for the desktop. Many however believe that, by bringing back the Start menu in Windows, the company is actually admitting that it made the wrong decision in October 2012 when it shipped Windows 8 without such a feature. That’s not true, Myerson explained, adding that touch continues to be a priority for the company, but optimizing the operating system for the traditional desktop is also a key focus these days. “We're not stepping back. We totally believe in touch. Touch is just fantastic. But there are hundreds of millions of new PCs shipping every year without touch. We want to support those. We want our customers to love our products. If they come to us and say I'd love it more if it supported this, we want to be a company that listens and responds and responds quickly,” he added. The Start menu is expected to return to Windows sometime this year, but the company hasn’t provided any specifics on this. As far as consumers are concerned, this is quite the best news in months, as the Start menu was the only element missing from the operating system that could turn the platform into a much friendlier working environment. Source
  19. Hello Nsane, I have a Windows 8.1 32bit & 64bit DVDs & I would like to know how to create bootable DVDs using files inside these discs. Thank You
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  21. At 10 AM Pacific time on Thursday, Microsoft will release an update to address the zero day vulnerability recently disclosed in all versions of Internet Explorer. The advance notification of the update lists Windows XP as among the affected platforms, indicating that it will be among the platforms patched, in spite of its support period ending weeks ago. Adrienne Hall, General Manager, Microsoft Trustworthy Computing stated "[T]he security of our products is something we take incredibly seriously. When we saw the first reports about this vulnerability we decided to fix it, fix it fast, and fix it for all our customers." Users with Automatic Updates enabled do not have to do anything, although running Windows Update will apply the fix immediately. In a blog entry, Hall explains Microsoft's approach, which mostly is to urge users to move on from Windows XP. The company decided to move quickly when they were made aware of this vulnerability and to patch Windows XP because of the proximity to its end of support period. Further information on the update may be found at KB2964358. Among the advice there, IE will crash if you install the update on a Windows 7 system whch does not have KB2929437 installed. If you use Windows Update these determinations and appropriate installations will be made automatically. Otherwise, follow the instructions in KB2964358. Source
  22. Here's a guide on how to possibly increase your torrent speeds by a significant amount. Protocol EncryptionProtocol Encryption makes it to where your ISP can not identify torrent traffic, which decreases the chance of them throttling, or limiting your bandwidth while downloading torrents. Open utorrent, from the menu, select Options > Preferences select BitTorrentSet "Protocol Encryption" to "Enabled" and check "Allow incoming legacy connections". BandwidthIt usually result in a dramatic increase in download speeds. Select Bandwidth.Set "Max upload rate," and "Max download rate" to Zero (which means unlimited).Now go down to Number of Connections,Set "Global Max number of connections" to 2500,Set "Max number of connected peers per torrent" to 500 andSet "Number of upload slot per torrent" to 10. Last But Not The LeastClick on advanced. "Ignore all warnings"Set "bt.allow_same_ip" to 'True'.Set "gui.show_notorrents_node" to 'False'Set "rss.update_interval" to '20'Apply and close out of Advanced settings. Restart uTorrent or torrent client.Enjoy your faster download speed! Ofcourse there are several factors to speed up your torrent downloads speeds. Depending on your the speed of your internet connections. Also, the number of seeders on a file you want to download. Source : techfate
  23. Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia was finalized last week, and most of the news over the weekend has been related to the big transition. The newly-bolstered software maker is very keen to get back to business as usual, however, and on Monday, made a noteworthy tweak to the pricing of the app of its previous major acquisition – Skype. The change sees group calling go free on Windows, OS X and Xbox One, and you can catch the important details after the fold. Microsoft paid a huge bunch of cash to acquire Skype, and even though the company has been making a concerted effort to expand and improve the service over the past couple of years, there’s still much work to be done. Now fully integrated into the Dashboard of the Xbox One, those wishing to partake in group video chat on the console, or Windows (desktop) / Mac can do so free of charge, and according to one of Skype’s marketing managers, other major platforms will be added in the foreseeable future. No ETA has been attached to the arrival of free group video calling on Windows (touch-based devices), Windows Phone, iOS and Android will arrive, but at the same time, we’d fully expect the Microsoft platforms to get first dibs when the roll-out does eventually begin. Even though the Skype infrastructure is robust, it’s still very much a work in progress, and so while the number of devices that can be supported by group video chat is expansive, there remain some reasonable limits. On Windows desktop PC and Mac OS X, this limit is set at ten machines, while the Xbox One supports up to four interconnected devices. Still, it’s good to see that users are able to converse and communicate without incurring a fee, and Skypers on mobile will no doubt be anxious for Microsoft to add the update to Windows Phone, iOS and Android. Just as soon as it does, we’ll have all of the info right here, as well as the download links, so stay tuned to our coverage here at Redmond Pie. For those on Windows, Mac or Xbox One, there’s no actual update to download – simply start a group video chat and away you go! Source
  24. Unlike BlueStacks, Youwave & Others which merely runs Android apps, this free utility gives you a fully operable Android experience on a Windows or Mac system, and can even sync with your existing Android device. Here's how to get started: Step one: Download and install Andy. Start it, You'll need to approve a Windows firewall request the first time you run it. Step two: After about a minute of "booting," you should see an Android Welcome screen, same as if you'd just booted a new tablet. (Andy currently runs Android 4.2, aka Jelly Bean.) Use your mouse to click Start (unless your system has a touchscreen, in which case you can tap!). Step three: Sign into your Google account (if you have one), then complete the rest of the setup screens -- again, same as you would on a tablet. You'll also be asked to supply your Google account info for 1ClickSync, the app that lets you sync between Andy and your Android device. Step four: Now you should be looking at an Android home screen. You can rotate between portrait and landscape orientations by clicking the corresponding buttons at the bottom of the Andy window. Likewise, there's a Fullscreen button that acts as a toggle between fullscreen and window modes. You'll also see Back, Home, and Menu buttons, which can be helpful if you encounter an app that somehow obscures those buttons within Android proper. And that's it! Now you can knock around Android, visit the Play Store, install and run apps, and so on. However, Andy offers a few other features you might want to try. Source : CNET Homepage : andyroid.net Image Credits: @InnoCentGee
  25. This free utility brings Jelly Bean to Windows and Mac so you can run apps, play games, and more. There are lots of great reasons to use an Android emulator. Perhaps you're thinking of ditching your iPhone in favor of, say, a Google Nexus, but want to test-drive Android first. Or maybe there's an app that would be convenient to run on your PC, like Messaging or WhatsApp. Heck, maybe you just want to enjoy the Clash of Clans on a larger screen. Whatever your plans, Andy should be able to accommodate them. Unlike BlueStacks, which merely runs Android apps, this free utility gives you a fully operable Android experience on a Windows or Mac system, and can even sync with your existing Android device. Get started over here Homepage
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