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  1. SlimRock

    iTunes 11.1

    Apple today released iTunes 11.1, a major new update to the company’s media player and digital storefront application, adding a range of new features and enhancements, as well as full support for the upcoming iOS 7. full changelog: iTunes Radio. iTunes Radio is a great new way to discover music. Choose from over 250 stations or start a new one from your favorite artist or song. Enjoy iTunes Radio ad-free once you subscribe to iTunes Match.Genius Shuffle. Introducing a magical new way to experience your music library. Choose Genius Shuffle and iTunes instantly plays songs that go great together. Click it again to hear something new—enjoying your music has never been this easy.Podcast Stations. You can now create custom stations of your favorite podcasts that update automatically with new episodes. Your stations, subscriptions, and current play position sync over iCloud to the Podcasts app.Sync with iOS 7. You can now use iTunes to sync your favorite music, movies, and more to devices with iOS 7. In addition, iTunes now makes it even easier to quickly organize and sync apps to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Note: If you are using OS X Mavericks, your book library can now be found in iBooks for Mac.Homepage : http://www.apple.com/itunes/ Download Link: Windows: x86 : https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/iTunes11/041-8597.20130918.PmmEw/iTunesSetup.exe x64: https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/iTunes11/041-8598.20130918.Exe55/iTunes64Setup.exe Mac OS X : https://secure-appldnld.apple.com/iTunes11/041-8596.20130918.VL65G/iTunes11.1.dmg
  2. geeteam

    Downgrading Windows 7

    Hi guys, i need help on how best i can downgrade from windows 7 ultimate to professionals without doing any windows installation or loosing my files. i mistakenly upgraded my office pc to windows 7 ultimate which was not my intention. pls dont ask why i upgraded was trying out something. now i want to downgrade to back. i need help pls.... and also anyone has the idea of getting back my windows product keys? no backup of license was made. thanks...
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  4. hitminion

    Useful Registry Hacks

    1- Prevent Windows Update from Forcibly Rebooting Your Computer Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box or run dialog and navigate down to the following key creating new keys if they don’t exist HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU Create a new 32-bit DWORD value named NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers and give it a value of 1 to prevent automatic reboot while users are logged on. Delete the value to put things back to the way they were. Or just download and extract the registry hack files and double-click on WUNoAutoReboot.reg to disable automatic reboots. The other script will remove the hack. 2- Add "Open with Notepad" to the Context Menu for All Files Open regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box and then browse down to the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell Right-click on “shell” and choose to create a new key calling it “Open with Notepad”. Create a new key below that one called “command”. Double-click on the (Default) value in the right-hand pane and enter in the following: notepad.exe %1 The change should take effect immediately just right-click on any file and you’ll see the next menu entry. Or just download, extract and double-click on the OpenWithNotepad.reg file to enter the information into the registry. There’s also an uninstall script included. 3- Disable All Notification Balloons in Windows 7 or Vista Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced Right-click on the right-hand pane and create a new 32-bit DWORD with the following values: Name: EnableBalloonTips Value: 0 You’ll have to logoff and back on in order to see the change or to be more correct, you won’t see any popup balloons anymore. Or simply download, extract, and double-click on the DisableNotificationBalloons.reg file to enter the information into the registry. There’s also an included EnableNotificationBalloons file that will reverse the change. 4- Add Any Application to the Windows Desktop Right-Click Menu Open up regedit.exe through the Start Menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell Right-click on the “shell” key, and then choose New \ Key from the menu. Give the new key the name that you want to show up on the desktop context menu. For this example we’ll be using Notepad. Create the command key that will actually hold the command used to launch the application. Right-click on the new Notepad key, and then choose New \ Key from the menu. Give this key the name “command” in lowercase. To complete this step you’ll need the full path to the application that you want to launch. You can use Shift + Right-Click to get the Copy as Path menu item to find this more quickly. Now click on “command” on the left side, and then double-click on the (Default) key in the right side to edit the string value. Paste in the full path to the executable that you got from the “Copy as Path” step above, or you can put in the full path yourself if you’d like. 5- Add Registry Editor to Control Panel After installation you’ll need to choose System and Maintenance in the control panel. Perhaps most useful it’s now available through the start menu search box. Just extract and double-click on the installation script. You can remove using the included removal script. 6- Remove "Shortcut" Text From New Shortcuts in Windows 7 or Vista Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search box, and then browse down to the following registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer On the right-hand side you’ll find a key that is just called “link”, with a default value of 1e 00 00 00. Open this key up and change the 1e to 00 instead, leaving you with 00 00 00 00. You’ll have to log off and then back on to make this change take effect. Please note that this won’t affect existing shortcuts, only shortcuts that you create from now on. To change the setting back, just change back to the 1e value, log off and back on. Or just use these ready-to-use registry keys 7- Hide Drives from Your Computer in Windows 7 or Vista Open up regedit.exe by using the start menu search box, and then browse down to the following key. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer If the Explorer key does not exist, you can right-click on Policies, select New Key and name it Explorer. The NoDrives key most likely does not exist by default, so you’ll need to create it with right-click \ new 32-bit DWORD and name it NoDrives. This value is a 32 bit number, and the bits are arranged in reverse order with a value of 1 hiding that drive. For example, if we wanted to hide drives A: and F: we would arrange it like this: A = 1 B = 0 C = 0 D = 0 E = 0 F = 1 G = 0 H = 0 I = 0 J = 0 K = 0 L = 0 M = 0 N = 0 O = 0 P = 0 Q = 0 R = 0 S = 0 T = 0 U = 0 V = 0 W = 0 X = 0 Y = 0 Z = 0 Converting 100001 to decimal we end up with a decimal value of 33 or a hex value of 0×21, so if you double-click on the key in the registry editor, choose Decimal and then enter 33 into the value field. In order to see these changes, you’ll need to restart explorer.exe, which you can do easily from Task Manager or the longer way by just logging off and back on. To disable this tweak, simply remove the NoDrives registry key entirely. Here’s a list of the values you’ll want to enter for a few different drive letters. Drive Letter - Decimal - Hex A 1 1 B 2 2 C 4 4 D 8 8 E 16 10 F 32 20 G 64 40 H 128 80 If you want to hide multiple drives, you’ll need to use the table of all the drive letters to figure out the correct binary code, and then convert that to decimal or hex. 8- Add Recycle Bin to “My Computer” in Windows 7 or Vista Open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MyComputer\NameSpace Right-click and create a new key. Name the key with the following text: {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} Or simply download the file, extract it, and then either double-click on the AddRecycleBinToMyComputer.reg to add Recycle Bin or RemoveRecycleBinToMyComputer.reg to remove it.
  5. 1.Open Notepad.2.Copy and paste the following text into the notepad window function Get-WindowsKey { ## function to retrieve the Windows Product Key from any PC ## by Jakob Bindslet ([email protected]) param ($targets = ".") $hklm = 2147483650 $regPath = "Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" $regValue = "DigitalProductId" Foreach ($target in $targets) { $productKey = $null $win32os = $null $wmi = [WMIClass]"\\$target\root\default:stdRegProv" $data = $wmi.GetBinaryValue($hklm,$regPath,$regValue) $binArray = ($data.uValue)[52..66] $charsArray = "B","C","D","F","G","H","J","K","M","P","Q","R","T","V","W","X","Y","2","3","4","6","7","8","9" ## decrypt base24 encoded binary data For ($i = 24; $i -ge 0; $i--) { $k = 0 For ($j = 14; $j -ge 0; $j--) { $k = $k * 256 -bxor $binArray[$j] $binArray[$j] = [math]::truncate($k / 24) $k = $k % 24 } $productKey = $charsArray[$k] + $productKey If (($i % 5 -eq 0) -and ($i -ne 0)) { $productKey = "-" + $productKey } } $win32os = Get-WmiObject Win32_OperatingSystem -computer $target $obj = New-Object Object $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty Computer -value $target $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty Caption -value $win32os.Caption $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty CSDVersion -value $win32os.CSDVersion $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty OSArch -value $win32os.OSArchitecture $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty BuildNumber -value $win32os.BuildNumber $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty RegisteredTo -value $win32os.RegisteredUser $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty ProductID -value $win32os.SerialNumber $obj | Add-Member Noteproperty ProductKey -value $productkey $obj }} 3. Save the text above into a file with the ".ps1" extension on the Desktop. Bonus tip: To make sure that you saving the file with the ".ps1" extension, you can type its name with double quotes, for example, "GetProductKey.ps1". 4. Open the Powershell console as administrator by typing "powershell" in the search box of the Start Menu or right on the Start Screen and then press CTRL+SHIFT+Enter. This will open the elevated Powershell window. 5. Enable the execution of local files which are not digitally signed. This can be done with the following command: Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSignedPress Enter to allow the execution policy to be changed. 6. Now you should type the following command:Import-Module C:\Users\Winaero\Desktop\GetProductKey.ps1; Get-WindowsKey 7. Voila, you product key is displayed on the screen! Thanks to WinAero
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  7. 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
  8. Windows Update Notifier 1.4.1 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=813256&FileTime=130391820119870000&Build=20885
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  10. Generally when you open too many tabs in Google Chrome, the browser starts shrinking the tabs and one stage comes when only a cross (x) button is displayed on tabs. In such situation you can't recognize tabs because no page titles are displayed on tabs. It becomes quite irritating, and you need to click on each and every tab until you find your desired tab. This tutorial will to tell you how to enable a hidden secret feature called "Stacked Tabs" in Google Chrome which will bring Mozilla Firefox style tab stacking feature to Google Chrome. type c h r o m e : / / f l a g s (without spaces) in Google Chrome address bar and press enter. scroll down and look for the "Stacked Tabs" or Press "Ctrl+F" keys together to launch find box and type "Stacked Tabs" (without quotes) in the find box. Click on the "Enable" link given below the option. Click on "Relaunch Now" to save the changes and relaunch Google Chrome. Congrats... You now have the secret stacked tabs feature similar to Mozilla Firefox web browser. ENJOY!!! SOURCE
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  12. When you browse the Web, changes occur to your computer system. Some of these might be harmful, like the unsolicited installation of malware. When you use Sandboxie to protect your browsing session, it catches all these changes just as the browser is about to apply them into your computer system. Sandboxie does record these changes on behalf of the browser, but it records them in a special isolated folder, called the sandbox. Thus, with Sandboxie, you can browse the Web securely while still keeping all your browser's functionality for active and dynamic content, such as javascript and ActiveX. All undesired side effects can be easily undone. Homepage: http://www.sandboxie.com OS supported :Windows XP SP 3 - Windows 8.1; 32-bit + 64-bit Forum Link for this beta version update: http://www.sandboxie.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=41 Download links: 32-bit http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall32-407-02.exe 64-bit http://www.sandboxie.com/SandboxieInstall64-407-02.exe Change log will be updated here(in this post) once it is updated on Sandboxie's forum Important note from developer:
  13. Tweaking.com - Windows Repair v2.0.1 FINAL Software informations Plateform : Windows Description Tweaking.com - Windows Repair is an applications you need if you have a problem on your Windows and have no idea how to solve it. It will help you resolve many Windows problems such as registry errors, file permissions, and many more. Tweaking.com - Windows Repair come with wizard on what you want to fix. Just follow the steps and you will find your Windows problem solved. It will also suggest you to clean up your system in case any infections exists on your computer, check the file system and also suggest you to make a backup of your data. Informations about upload Number of files : 1 Size : 4.75 Mo Download Download
  14. Since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft decided to remove the start button from the OS. Ever since, a lot of developers has used that as an advantage to create apps to bring back the start bottom. Microsoft thought of this and brought it back in Windows 8.1, yet still users are not appreciating it, and still want a start bottom app to replace Microsoft's start bottom. I have come across a lot of start bottom apps - used most of them. Day inn and Day out more and more start bottom apps is been released. Which is the BEST? BringBack Wentutu Start Menu Ex7forW8 Handy Start Menu Start for Windows 8 RetroUI Pro Samsung Quick Starter StartFinity Start Menu X StartW8 Start Menu 8 StartMenuPlus8 Start Menu Reviver ViStart Win8StartButton Win8Starter StartButton Icon Pokki Stardock start8 Classic shell StartIsBack IObit Start Menu 8 Others(state with your reviews) wiki Let me know your mind below
  15. By John Gruber Tuesday, 4 February 2014 In broad strokes, here is my view of Microsofts history. In the beginning, Bill Gates stated the companys goal: A computer on every desk and in every home. That was crazy. The PC revolution was well underway, but the grand total of PCs sold when Gates stated that mantra was, by todays standards, effectively zero. PCs were for hobbyists. Everyone involved knew they were on to something, but Gates realized, at the outset, that they were onto something huge. The industry was measuring sales in the thousands, but Gates was already thinking about billions. Heres Gates, in an interview from 2010: Paul Allen and I had used that phrase even before we wrote the BASIC for Microsoft. We actually talked about it in an article in I think 1977 was the first time it appears in print where we say, a computer on every desk and in every home and actually we said, running Microsoft software. If we were just talking about the vision, wed leave those last three words out. If we were talking an internal company discussion, wed put those words in. Its very hard to recall how crazy and wild that was, you know, on every desk and in every home. At the time, you have people who are very smart saying, Why would somebody need a computer? Even Ken Olsen, who had run this company Digital Equipment, who made the computer I grew up with, and that we admired both him and his company immensely, was saying that this seemed kind of a silly idea that people would want to have a computer. He was right. And not only did the first part of the phrase come true, the last three words running Microsoft software did too. From the mid-90s and for the next decade, there was, effectively, a computer on every desk and in every home running Microsoft software. At least 95 percent of them were running the Windows operating system, and among the rest, most were Macs running Internet Explorer and probably Microsoft Office too. Windows was almost everywhere, and Microsoft was everywhere. Peak Microsoft was unfathomably pervasive. They won so thoroughly that Steve Jobs conceded that theyd won, telling Wired in February 1996: The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. Thats over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and its going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade. Steve Fucking Jobs said that. He was exactly right. And who knows where wed be today if Jobs and Next had not been reunified with Apple the next year. A computer on every desk and in every home was incredible foresight for 1977. It carried Microsoft for 25 years of growth. But once that goal was achieved, I dont think they knew where to go. They were like the dog that caught the car. They spent a lot of time and energy on TV. Not just with Xbox, which is alive and well today (albeit not a significant source of income), but with other ideas that did not pan out, like media center PCs and the joint ownership of MSNBC, which was originally imagined as a sort of cable news network, website, dessert, and floor wax rolled into one. What they missed was the next step from every desk and home: a computer in every pocket. Its worse than that, though. They saw it coming, and they tried. Pocket PC, Windows CE, Windows Mobile swings and misses at the next big thing. They werent even close, and worse, Steve Ballmer didnt even seem to realize it. Thats whats so damning about that video of him laughing at the original iPhone. Whenever I drudge that video up, a handful of defenders will write and tell me its unfair to mock him for his reaction, that he was actually right that the original iPhone was too expensive. But what should have scared Microsoft wasnt what the iPhone was in 2007, it was what the iPhone clearly was going to be in 2008, 2009, 2010. Prices come down, chips get faster. Software evolves. Apple had unveiled to the world a personal computer that fit in your pocket. That was amazing. That the original iPhone left much room for improvement is simply the way revolutionary products always get their start. Microsofts institutional lack of taste had finally come to bite them in their ass. While Ballmer laughed at the iPhone and presumably walked around with a Windows Mobile piece of junk in his pocket, Larry Page and Sergey Brin carried iPhones. Google never laughed at the iPhone; it made money from it by providing web search and maps. Google quickly became, and remains to this day, a leading developer of iOS apps. And it was Google that was fast to follow the iPhone with Android, slurping up the commodity-market crumbs that Apple, focused as ever on the quality-minded high end of the market, eschewed. I dont think it was ever within Microsofts DNA to produce the iPhone, but what Android became the successful fast follower could have been theirs if theyd recognized the opportunity sooner. The Microsoft of 1984, a decade away from industry dominance, wrote software for the original Mac, and learned from it. When Bill Gates first saw a Mac, he didnt laugh he wanted to know how it worked, right down to specific details, like the smooth animation of its mouse cursor. No company today has reach or influence anything like what Microsoft had during the golden era of the PC. Not Apple, not Google, and not Microsoft itself. I dont think Ballmer ever came to grips with that. Ballmers view of the company solidified when it dominated the entire industry, and he never adjusted. Hence Windows 8. One OS for all PCs, traditional and tablet alike, because thats the only way for Windows to run almost all of them, and Windows running almost all PCs is the way things ought to be. Rather than accept a world where Windows persisted as merely one of several massively popular personal computing platforms, and focus on making Windows as it was better for people who want to use desktop and notebook PCs, Microsoft forged ahead with a design that displeased traditional PC users and did little to gain itself a foothold in the burgeoning tablet market. It was easy to see. Windows 8s design wasnt what was best for any particular device, but instead what seemed best for Ballmers Windows everywhere vision of the industry and Microsofts rightful place atop it. Horace Dediu captures the change in the industry wrought by iOS and Android in this succinct (and, as usual, well-illustrated) piece from a few months ago, writing: If we include all iOS and Android devices the computing market in Q3 2008 was 92 million units of which Windows was 90%, whereas in Q3 2013 it was 269 million units of which Windows was 32%. Thats a startling change, and Ballmer never seemed to accept it. Windows 8 wasnt designed to adjust to the new world; it was designed to turn back the clock to the old one. ··· I think its a very good sign that Satya Nadella comes from Microsofts server group. As my colleague Brent Simmons wrote today: Creating services for iOS apps doesnt sound at all like the Microsoft I used to know. Using Node.js and JavaScript doesnt sound like that Microsoft. The old Microsoft would create services for their OSes only and youd have to use Visual Studio. Theres still a lot of the old Microsoft there, the Windows, Office, Exchange, and Sharepoint (WOES) company. Its most of the company by far, surely. (I just made up the acronym WOES. It fits.) But in the Azure group, at least, theres recognition that Microsoft cant survive on lock-in, that those days are in the past. Even if you dont choose to use Microsofts cloud services, I hope you can agree on two things: that competition is good, and that Azures support-everything policy is the best direction for the future of the company. In short, Nadellas Server division is the one part of Microsoft that seems designed for, and part of, the post-iOS, post-Android state of the industry. A division pushing toward the future, not the past. Successful companies tend to be true to themselves. The old Microsofts Windows and Office everywhere, on every device strategy was insanely ambitious, but also true to their culture. Apple has grown to eclipse Microsoft in financial size, but never set its sights on Microsoft-ian market share size. Google is unfocused at the edges, but its never tried to act like any company other than Google. Google makes operating systems and office applications, but in a decidedly Google-y way. The last thing Microsoft should do is attempt to be like Apple or Google. Cloud computing is one potential path forward. The cloud is nascent, like the PC industry of 1980. In 30 years well look back at our networked infrastructure of today and laugh, wondering how we got a damn thing done. The world is in need of high-quality, reliable, developer-friendly, trustworthy, privacy-guarding cloud computing platforms. Apple and Google each have glaring (and glaringly different) holes among that list of adjectives. Satya Nadella needs to find Microsofts new a computer on every desk and in every home running Microsoft software. Heres my stab at it: Microsoft services, sending data to and from every networked device in the world. The next ubiquity isnt running on every device, its talking to every device. http://daringfireball.net/2014/02/microsoft_past_and_future
  16. If you asked a regular consumer their thoughts on Windows 8, they'd probably turn around and say things like 'Rubbish', why? Because everyone else says it. The same happened with Windows Vista. While Windows Vista was indeed troublesome in the beginning, Service Pack 2 changed that, but as Windows Vista was already named the worst OS, there was no saving the sinking ship. Some could say Windows 8 is in the same boat, many aren't happy with it, many are naming it the New Vista. Windows 8.1 will hopefully point things in the right direction, but there's a high chance its too late. If so, Microsoft could do what they did with the successor of Windows Vista, name 8.2 something new. Instead of building on an OS that's already been dubbed horrible. Microsoft may be planning to name Windows 8.2 'Windows 9' if Windows 8.1 is received poorly by consumers. "If Windows 8 ends up perceived by the general public more positively than it is currently, Blue's successor may end up as an 8.X release; if it doesn't, Microsoft could end up going with Windows 9 just to distance itself from Windows 8." - Mary Jo Foley. It's a good idea, as Microsoft have done something similar before. Windows 7 was built on the foundation of Windows Vista, but since Microsoft named it Windows 7, it encouraged consumers to give it another go, and they were happy. If Microsoft name Windows 8.2 'Windows 9', it could persuade them to give Windows another try. Of course, Microsoft may not even be planning to name the successor of Windows 8.1 'Windows 8.2', we'll have to wait and see. source What do you think?
  17. Microsoft has pulled the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows store investigating a situation affecting 'a limited number of users' updating their Windows RT devices, which is a big move for Microsoft. The exact issue has not been revealed but for Microsoft to pull the update means that the issue must be quite serious. Microsoft states the following when asked by a user as to why the update was not in the store. "Windows RT 8.1. Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available." source
  18. The privacy and anonymity of users’ online communications has been at the forefront of many discussions in the tech community and the general public in the last year as more and more information has leaked out about the NSA’s methods and how the agency collects vast amounts of user data. Keeping Web sessions private and secure can be a daunting task, especially for users who may not be so familiar with how to lock down their browsers, but WhiteHat Security is trying to make that process simpler with the release of a beta version of its Aviator browser for Windows. Aviator is built on the Chromium code base, like Google Chrome, and is designed with security, privacy and anonymity in mind from the beginning. The browser, by default, doesn’t allow any tracking of users’ movements on the Web and WhiteHat doesn’t have any partnerships with advertisers or tracking companies. It also has DuckDuckGo set as the default search engine, a major change from most other browsers, which typically have Google or Bing as the default. DuckDuckGo doesn’t save any search history data from users or perform any tracking. The disconnection from ad networks is a big part of the security and privacy model for Aviator. The browser doesn’t simply block ads, the way that many browser extensions do. Instead, the browser doesn’t make any connections to ad networks at all, which stops a large part of the tracking done on Web pages and also prevents potentially malicious ads from running. This difference also makes the browser faster than many of the other major browsers. “We’re going to do some tests to see exactly what the difference is, but it doesn’t make all of those outbound connection requests so you can tell how much faster it is when you use it,” said Robert Hansen, director of product management at WhiteHat. WhiteHat released a Mac OS X version of Aviator in October, and it has since been downloaded tens of thousands of times, company officials said. But users immediately began asking for a Windows version, along with Android and other platforms. Aviator was developed as an internal project at WhiteHat for employee use, and eventually the company made the decision to release it to the general public. Because the browser doesn’t include ads or partnerships with ad companies, WhiteHat is considering different revenue models for the browser. “Therefore, some of our efforts will also be directed towards determining how to sell this in a way that does not involve profiting from our users’ information as many other browsers are in the unfortunate business of doing. As the saying goes, ‘if you aren’t paying for it, you’re the product’,” Hansen wrote in a blog post. “That said, we want to make sure that all of our existing users of WhiteHat Aviator know that they will continue to get the browser for free, forever.” Source
  19. Windows 8.1 isn't even here yet and rumors regarding the next version(s) of Windows are beginning to surface on the web. Today, a report from Mary Jo Foley claims that Microsoft originally had plans to release the next major version of Windows in Fall 2014, but this doesn't seem to be the case anymore. According to the report, Microsoft is working on releasing the next major version of Windows in 2015, Spring 2015 to be exact. We already know about an upcoming update for Windows 8.1 which is set to debut in Spring 2014, but this isn't an entire new OS. The 2015 release of Windows will be the next 'major' version of Windows, (Windows 9 maybe?) The 2015 release will bring closer both Windows and Windows Phone OSes, and signifies that the recent Windows Store merge rumor is indeed legitimate. Mary Jo Foley also claims that Windows RT and Windows Phone will be one OS by the time 2015 rolls around, which also lines up with recent rumors regarding the merge between those two operating systems as well. It appears that Microsoft is aiming to make Spring the new time of year for Windows launches. Usually Microsoft would launch a new version of Windows in the Fall of the year, much like Windows 8.1 and it's predecessors. source: winbeta
  20. Windows 8.1 is set for release as a free update to current Windows 8 users on October 17th. Windows 8.1 is set to hit general availability on October 18th. But did you know that mainstream support for Windows 8.1 ends in 2018? Those on Windows 8 will have two years to update to Windows 8.1, if they wish to be under the support lifecycle. Windows 8.1 users, on the other hand, will have Mainstream Support until 2018. For those who like to be 'in the know,' Mainstream Support for Windows 8 ends January 9th of 2018. Mainstream Support covers paid support (per-incident, per hour, and others), security update support, non-security hotfix support, no-charge incident support, warranty claims, design changes and feature requests, product-specific information that is available by using the online Microsoft Knowledge Base, and product-specific information that is available by using the Support site at Microsoft Help and Support to find answers to technical questions. Extended Support, which ends January 10 of 2023, covers everything listed above except you will not receive non-security hotfix support, no-charge incident support, warranty claims, or design changes and feature requests. Of course, those wishing to extend the "non-security hotfix support" can do so by purchasing an extended hotfix agreement, which must be purchased within 90 days of mainstream support ending. On a side note, Surface Pro, which runs Windows 8 Pro, will receive the Windows 8.1 update on October 17th and will see Mainstream Support until July of 2017. If you want more details on the support lifecycle, head over to the policy page. SOURCE
  21. On Saturday, Microsoft halted downloads of Windows RT 8.1 from the Windows Store, due to an issue that the company said was "affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1." While those particular downloads have yet to resume, Microsoft is now offering a recovery image for people who have been dealing with the problems caused by the update. The download can be found on the Microsoft Downloads website. The file size is pretty large at 3.7 GB and it also contains a PDF file that offers instructions on how to install the file on a Surface RT tablet. Owners of the tablet will have to have a USB Flash drive and a PC that's running Windows 7 or later to create the Surface RT recovery drive. After the drive is made, users can then insert the Flash drive in the Surface RT's USB port and follow the instructions on the PDF form. The download is labeled for the Surface RT tablet, so it's unknown if this file can be used for any of the other Windows RT tablets that are out there like the Dell XPS 10, the Lenovo Yoga 11 and others. source
  22. Soon after Windows 8.1 launched in October, many users noticed that that playing some games with certain mouse products was causing a great deal of lag. At the time, Microsoft did not offer any comments on the matter, but a recent post on their support forums indicates they are aware of "several different issues" with using some mice in Windows 8.1. The support forum post states that one of the problems is that the mouse cursor seems to move quickly back and forward when moving inside a game. Microsoft says, "This occurs in some games because Windows 8.1 handles the games’ checks for the mouse status differently." Another problem is when users turn off mouse acceleration "to make the distance on the screen match the distance you move the mouse". Microsoft says this may no longer work with Windows 8.1. Finally, the Polling Rate on some mice products may have a lower than normal reporting frequency. The forum post indicates that Microsoft is looking into a fix for all of these problems but does not yet have a date when they will be implemented. In the meantime, Microsoft does have some detailed workarounds for two more mouse-related issues in Windows 8.1. One of them fixes a problem if a mouse may not be able to reach all areas of the game world, while the other deals with an issue where left-clicking with an integrated pointing device right after pressing a key no longer works. Microsoft also mentions that some users have achieved some success in older games and apps by activating compatibility mode. Again, the post has the procedure for turning this mode on in Windows 8.1. source: neowin
  23. It looks like Nokia is about to build an 8-inch device, if the trust-worthy @evleaks is to be believed. @evleaks has a long history of leaking credible Nokia content, the Finnish company is building an 8-inch tablet that will run Windows RT and is codenamed the ‘Illusionist’. Little else is known, but it should not come as a major surprise that Nokia is going to be building another tablet in the smaller class size to help it compete in the low-cost tablet market. Seeing at it runs Windows RT, just like its bigger brother the 2520, makes a lot of sense even though Bay Trail tablets offer up many competitive advantages too. For Nokia, they need to master only one OS for tablets, rather than Windows RT and Windows 8.1. Nokia is likely building on Windows RT to appease Microsoft, who will be acquiring the device division from Nokia. As it stands now, only Microsoft and Nokia will be selling Windows RT products. No release date, price, or images of the device yet but if the past is to be repeated, all this information should surface soon. source: neowin
  24. 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
  25. 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
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