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5 Interruptions Caused by the Windows 10 Upgrade PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 June 2016 19:53

Watch out, PC users! If you haven’t already, chances are you’ll be upgrading to Windows 10 whether you like it or not. Even if you try clicking that white X in the upper-right corner, you’ll give consent to start your upgrade. It’s part of a new update strategy to boost Windows 10 infiltration.Some PC users and companies are angered by the interruptions the upgrade has caused. Here are five horror stories from people who received the automatic update at the seemingly worst possible moment. 1. During a live newscast.
Metinka Slater, a meteorologist for Iowa’s KCCI Channel 8, was reporting the day’s weather during a live broadcast when the Windows 10 upgrade notification appeared over the map behind her. Taken by surprise, Slater briefly found herself reporting on the software update rather than the forecasted rainfall.
2. During a nine-hour gaming marathon.
Many online gamers are complaining that the blue “window of doom” pop-ups have made their games

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Google Promotes Pirate Movie Ratings In Search Snippet PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 June 2016 19:12

Google and Hollywood are not on the best of terms and this isn't going to change anytime soon. While the movie studios are urging Google to increase its anti-piracy efforts, the search engine is now overtly promoting movie ratings of a pirate site. The move is likely a mistake, but it certainly doesn't help to move things along. In recent years Hollywood has taken a rather aggressive approach against Google. The movie studios believe that the search engine isn’t doing enough to limit piracy, and have demanded more stringent measures. One of the suggestions often made is to boost the visibility of legal movie services in search results. For example, show a list of streaming and download portals when users search for a movie. In recent months Google has experimented with exactly this. People who search for classic “pirate” terms may see ads for legal options. In addition, the search engine now shows a snippet with all sorts of movie details when people search for a title. This movie information also includes reviews and ratings from around the web, with links to IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and other prominent sites. A useful feature for sure, but Hollywood will not like all of the sites that are featured.

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Samsung Gear IconX earbuds are completely wireless PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 03 June 2016 15:24

I picked up a set of Bluetooth earbuds last year when I realized what a pain it is to use wired earphone while exercising. The model I use sells for about $24 and offers pretty good battery life and decent, but hardly spectacular audio. But Samsung is hoping you’ll spend $200 on its Gear IconX earbuds when they ship later this year. What makes them worth 8 times as much as my earbuds? For one thing, they’re totally wireless: there’s not even a cord running from the left earbud to the right one. For another, the Samsung Gear IconX isn’t just a set of wireless earbuds. It’s also a fitness tracker. The Gear IconX includes sensors for tracking your heart rate, distance, and speed. Pair the earbuds with the S Health app and you can view your stats on your phone or use the IconX voice guide to get verbal support while you work out. Samsung’s earbuds have 4GB of built-in storage which you can use to play music even when your phone isn’t nearby. You can tap or swipe the earbuds to pause, play, switch tracks, or adjust the volume. The earbuds come with a carrying case that also functions as a charger…

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How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:49

Microsoft Windows has traditionally granted users wide access to almost all areas of the operating system, but there are some locations that Microsoft would prefer users avoid in order to prevent the inadvertent modification or removal of critical system files. Microsoft manages to keep most users out of these important areas by hiding them from view in File Explorer. The hidden files and folders are still there of course, and the applications which rely on them can still access them, but to the average Windows user, they’ll never be able to open, or even see, these hidden files. But, occasionally, certain troubleshooting efforts require temporary access to these hidden Windows files, and some Windows power users prefer to unhide these files altogether. It’s important to reiterate that Microsoft has hidden these files for a reason: modifying or deleting some of these files may cause irreversible damage to your Windows installation and personal data. But if you understand the risks and need complete access to all of the

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Why It’s A Serious Issue That Myspace Was Hacked PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 12:02

You may have believed that Myspace was a social network from a bygone era, largely harmless and irrelevant. It even gave us some chuckles when internet sleuths found the unfiltered ramblings of Taylor Swift before she became the pop behemoth she is today. But in a bad twist of fate, Myspace was hacked, with hundreds of millions of passwords stolen, and nobody seemed to know about it until last week when the information turned up on LeakedSource, where you can pay for hacked data. According to Engadget, Myspace’s new owners, Time Inc., found out before Memorial Day weekend that someone was trying to sell user information for accounts that were registered before June 2013. Around that time, Myspace had relaunched and instituted new security protocols, so that the passwords, emails, and user names that were affected came before that crucial date. Myspace has invalidated all of the compromised passwords, but since many people use the same password for everything, those who were affected might want to change

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Why You Should Upgrade To Windows 10, And How To Avoid It If You Don’t Want To PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:14

On July 29, Microsoft will stop offering free Windows 10 upgrades to current Windows users and the price will jump to $120. As a result, they’re stepping up their campaign to get you to upgrade and users are pushing back. Here’s what you need to know, whether you want to upgrade or not. Why Does Microsoft Want Me To Upgrade? - There’s a two-fold answer. The first is that Windows 10 is more secure and stable than Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. This is the line Microsoft trumpets, and while it’s reasonable to consider their ulterior motive, it’s undeniably true. As for that ulterior motive, Windows 10 is designed to work across all your devices, including your phone and your game console, so Microsoft is hoping you’ll buy more Microsoft stuff to go with Windows 10. The fact that it’s tightly integrated with Bing, which also makes them money, doesn’t hurt, either. That said, Microsoft hasn’t earned any friends with its overly aggressive tactics.
How Pushy Has Microsoft Gotten On This? - Microsoft hasn’t been showered in accolades for  its push to get users upgrade to Windows 10. Yes, offering it for free was nice, but it started as an optional upgrade.

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Android N: What's new in Google's latest OS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 May 2016 03:15

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Google on Wednesday showed off the latest features in the latest iteration of Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world. For those who have been paying close attention, Google's Android N demos on Wednesday were no surprise. For the past two years, Google has used I/O to give the world its first look at changes to Android. But this year, for the first time, Google dropped a preview version of the software months earlier, in March. The idea was to give developers even more time to get acclimated with the new software. New features include a split-screen view that lets you run more than one app simultaneously. You'll also be able to reply to texts directly from a notification, instead of having to stop what you're doing and go to the texting app. The software will also have a battery-saving feature called Doze on the Go. When Google released Android Marshmallow last year, it unveiled a feature called Doze, which puts a halt to the background computing your phone is doing if you haven't been using it for a while.
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UWP apps gain ability to access Kinect data PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:45

 UWP apps gain ability to access Kinect data

While Microsoft has been deemphasizing the Kinect from its Xbox One gaming console over the last years, the motion sensing input device is far from dead as the company will soon allow Windows developers to builds apps that can access data from the sensor. Following the release of a limited developer preview for Kinect on Windows 10 in December, a new post on the Kinect for Windows blog reveals that the Windows 10 anniversary update will help to “bring Kinect for Windows into the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) world.” According to the blog post, UWP apps today cannot access most of the data from a Kinect sensor (or any third-party sensor) including RGB, infrared (IR), depth data and skeleton data, the last one being very important to Kinect apps. To access this data, Microsoft has already introduced the Windows.Media.Capture.Frames APIs, a set of extensions that provide a unified way for desktop apps and UWP apps to access sensor data (right now, Microsoft explains that the Kinect sensor’s microphone array is already visible to the UWP audio and speech recognition APIs). However, Microsoft explained that unlocking the full power of these APIs and enabling UWP apps to access Kinect will require three additional things. Microsoft adds that existing Kinect Win32 apps and SDK capabilities will not be affected by this new UWP support. To see a preview of the full capabilities that will be available when the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK and the supplemental Kinect SDK are released to the public this summer...Want to know what is required, visit our forum to learn more.

 
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