Wednesday, September 28, 2011

8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8

Microsoft windows dominated the desktop market for 10 years from the time they launched Windows 95. Steve's iOS brought down the market in the year 2007 and Windows Vista was a great failure of the entire Windows' operating system. So serious efforts were made for windows 7 but they were not lucky enough. Now it is the Windows 8 which has already made a lot of buzz in the town. The tablet centric multitouch interface is the main topic of discussion among all. Here are a few things listed which all Windows fans and desktop users should know about the latest operating system. 

1. Windows 8 Runs On ARM Chips: 

Windows running on ARM chips has finally authorized by the Steven Sinofsky, the president of Windows division, Microsoft. But there are complications when it comes to up gradation of the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 8. As Windows 8 is the only OS which can run on the devices powered by ARM based architectures. This will allow the OS to work on both desktop and tablets. 

2. Windows 8 Has a New Interface: 

Windows' every launch of new operating system version comes up with a several design changes
and new features all the time. 

This time it is the metro interface that's going to take all the credits as this is said to be the one of the riskiest decision by Microsoft. This allows the user to switch back and forth between the two allowing for maximum productivity sans multiple devices. The new OS features live tiles, which will allow the users to have the updated information about their apps. It will present both full and partial screen views of apps. Snap, a special feature that will be found in the side bar of the screen and the file manager has been extremely smoothed. 

3. Windows 8 Has a Tablet-Centric Multitouch Interface: 

Use of touch screen has become fundamental among the mobile and tablet users. Bringing a finger in contact to the screen of smartphones, tablets, monitors, and other devices has made the Microsoft to introduce the multitouch interface in their operating system. Microsoft have done demonstrations on the touch navigation in their OS which swipes the live tiles and apps displayed on the screen and multitouch split keyboard for the thumb typist (tablet users). 

4. Windows 8 Has Xbox Live Support: 

Microsoft plans to amalgamate its PC gaming and console gaming experience optimistically by bringing Xbox live on the desktop, But Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, the director of programming for Xbox, wrote in a blog post that "Bringing Xbox Live to Windows 8 is part of our vision to bring you all the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, made easy." 

5. Windows 8 integrates Cloud Features: 

Windows 8 features will be incorporated with Microsoft's cloud based services. SkyDrive account will be provided for every Windows 8 user. Accessing files stored on SkyDrive will be similar to the accessing done in the local machines. The OS will allow the user to connect to the other system if it also uses SkyDrive. This will permit the user to transfer files from the one system to another even when the firewall of the system is turned on. 

6. Windows 8 provides App Store: 

Windows 8 has introduced an app store feature which is similar to the Mac OS X's desktop. The one difference will be Windows will allow the users to experience the taste of software by offering the trial versions. Microsoft will recommend the authorized applications like games, productivity and photography. Non metro style desktop apps will also be available in the Windows apps store. 

7. Windows 8 has improved Security: 

Windows whenever introduce their new version of OS, flaunt about the improved security systems they bring in. The OS provides high security which can be checked while the booting is performed. Only the trusted applications and softwares are laden, Windows defender is an additional matter which to the antivirus for full protection. An application reputation protection provided by the OS will prevent the user from installing the dubious apps. 

8. Boots in lesser than 10 Secs: 

The boot and shut down in Windows has been made faster. It takes hardly ten seconds as the new operating system hibernates just the minimum elements. When the PC in switched on, these elements recommence and lessens the boot time. Moreover Windows 8 utilize all the essential processor during boot cycle. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Add Your Friends From Facebook To Google+ (Plus)

If you are one of the early adopters and want to give Google+ a try, one of the biggest problems for you must be how to import all of your Facebook friends into your Google+ profile.
There is no direct way to do this, yet, but here’s a short and easy workaround that will add your Facebook friends to Google+ in no time.

You will need a Yahoo! account and (of course) Google (+) Plus account.
1. Go to your Yahoo! mail account and go to “Contacts” tab. Then click “Import Contacts”.
2. From the given options, choose “Facebook”. After that, you will be asked to grant permission to Yahoo to access your Facebook contacts, so you go ahead and click “Okay”.
Then you will see short message “Retrieving data from Facebook…” And just so you know, this process might take a while… It depends on number of your friends, if you have 1000+, you’ll need to be patient for a moment (however ironic that may sound)
3. Refresh page and go to your “Contacts” tab again. Check the button to select them all from the list. Now click “Actions” and from the drop-down menu choose “Export All…”

4. From the available options of exporting, choose Yahoo CSV format and click “Export Now”.
You will be asked to enter a Captcha anti-spam code here, so you do that. Then wait for about 5 seconds and you will see your contacts have been exported and downloaded into a Yahoo CSV file format. We will use that file now to upload the contacts to your Gmail account.
5. Go to your Gmail account. Click on “Contacts” button located below “Mail” button on the upper left side. Then click “More” and from the drop-down menu choose “Import”.

6. In the pop-up window, click the “Choose File” button and find the Yahoo CSV file that we downloaded before in the step 4. Then click on “Import”.
7. And now finally, you can see all your contacts there in Gmail, which means they will also be available in the Google+ Circles panel.
So now go to your Google plus page, go to Circles and click on “Find People”. There you will see all of your Facebook friends ready to be added to your Google plus circles.
Now just add them to corresponding circles of your liking and enjoy your Google+ experience.
If you don’t have Google+ account and would like to create one, but you need an Invite, then just ask for it in the comments, and I will send you one.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Apple iPhone 5

For Those That Have Been Awaiting The iPhone 5

A little Comic release while we anxiously await an announcement from Apple on when the new iPhone 5 will be released. Don’t fret iLovers because all signs point to an announcement being made ANY DAY NOW due to the Increase in productivity from Apple suppliers oversees, Apples store front being down for a while today and increasing overall delivery times on current model iPhone 4. We can look at these as signs of Apple preparing for one of the largest Pre-Orders in the history of online purchasing.
Check out the video

iPhone 5 Design & Features :

Sunday, September 11, 2011

By 2013, Computers Will be 1000 Times Faster

LONDON: Get ready for the next-generation computers and smartphones that are up to 1,000 times faster than the systems you use today.
Computer maker IBM is developing "skyscraper" computers using huge sandwiches of silicon chips by sticking layer after layer of chips covered with tiny components together.

The process, for which IBM has roped in glue maker 3M, will make PCs and smartphones up to 1,000 times faster than the existing ones and are expected to be available in market as early as 2013.

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3M currently makes heat resistant glues, adhesives used in the aerospace industry and sticky tapes, but the hi-tech glues created for IBM could actually be the key step towards making the next evolutionary leap in computing, reports said.

The attempts at piling chips vertically -- known as 3D packaging -- has so far been suffering from overheating. But, the new glues could potentially conduct heat through a stack of densely-packed chips and away from logic circuits that could be burnt out by the heat.

The research aims to create "stacks" of up to 100 layers of silicon, the report said.

Mike Bowman, marketing manager for 3M, said: "This material fits underneath computer chips when they're attached to printed circuit boards -- the unique part of what we're doing is that our glue conducts heat out to the edge of the sandwich.

"Our glue will spread heat more evenly through the chip. With conventional chips, with just one or two layers, but once you're stacking chips, the problem can become very severe."

According to the researchers, a ball of advanced adhesive is placed between layers of chips, allowing up to 100 chips to be stacked without overheating.

"Today's chips including those containing 3D transistors are in fact 2D chips that are still very flat structures," Bernie Meyerson, a vice president of IBM Research, said in a statement.

So far, most increases in computing power have been driven by scientific breakthroughs that allow chip makers to etch ever-smaller circuits onto ever-smaller chip wafers. The new '3D' approach could accelerate gadgets such as tablet computers to unheard-of new speeds.

"Our scientists are aiming to develop materials that will allow us to package tremendous amounts of computing power into a new form factor -- a silicon skyscraper," said Meyerson.

"We believe we can advance this, and create a new class of semiconductors -- faster, with lower power usage, ideal for tablets and smartphones."

Other 3M glues are used in hi-tech industries such as solar power, as well as in markedly lower-tech environments such as carpentry.

Both companies did not speculate on a release date for the new technology, but insiders said such versions could be on the market as early as 2013. 

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