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  • Why Windows 9 download date will be a HUGE step for Microsoft

    Computerworld Blogs - Windows
    Richi Jennings
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Big boy Satya Nadella: Size matters. Microsoft is said to be ready to launch Windows 9 at the end of next month, with a preview download available soon. Code named Threshold, the new operating system is expected to finally fix our gripes with Windows. It's akin to Windows 7 after Vista. At least, that's the hope. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if Satya's plans measure up.
  • Today's $300 PCs Already Compete with Chromebook

    Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    You can have simplicity or versatility, but not both While Microsoft's formal response to the Chromebook threat will result in a number of inexpensive new PCs this holiday season, you don't have to wait if you're curious about the low-end of the PC market. There are already a number of PCs available for under $300 if you're looking for the familiarity and power of Windows. read more
  • Todd Park To Exit Federal CTO Role, Says Fortune

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    David F Carr
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Fortune Magazine is reporting White House CTO will leave that post but may help with Silicon Valley recruiting.
  • Microsoft NoSQL database and full-text search service previews available on Azure

    ZDNet | All About Microsoft Blog RSS
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Microsoft is making available previews of two new Azure services: Its DocumentDB NoSQL service and its full-text search service built on Elasticsearch.
  • Watch out Chromecast - Microsoft might have a new TV contender

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    Dilraj Singh
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Great news for Windows Phone users that were feeling left out by the Chromecast - Microsoft may be planning its own streaming device! The device is reported to include Wi-Fi, HDMI, and a USB port. From the specs it sounds likely it will go head-to-head with Google's offering.
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    Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

  • Today's $300 PCs Already Compete with Chromebook

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    You can have simplicity or versatility, but not both While Microsoft's formal response to the Chromebook threat will result in a number of inexpensive new PCs this holiday season, you don't have to wait if you're curious about the low-end of the PC market. There are already a number of PCs available for under $300 if you're looking for the familiarity and power of Windows. read more
  • Home Swap 2014: 1000+ Photos

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:02 am
    Lumia 1520 for the win On last summer's home swap, I shared my experiences using a Lumia 1020 as the family's only camera for a three-week trip to Amsterdam and Belgium. This year, we've taken well over 1000 photos with a Nokia Lumia 1520 on our home swap in Barcelona, which included a side-trip to southern Spain and Tangier, Morocco. The results were just as good, if not better, than last year. And these kinds of handsets make it hard to even consider a smart phone that doesn't have an absolutely superb camera. read more
  • OneDrive for Windows Phone Gains Recycle Bin Access

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Now with undo OneDrive for Windows Phone was updated last night, adding a fairly important feature: The ability to access recently deleted files in the Recycle Bin and then optionally restore them. read more
  • Samsung's Nook Tablet: An Interesting Case of What Might Have Been

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    No Wook for you Two months after announcing plans to deliver a new Nook tablet based on the Galaxy Tab 4, Samsung and Barnes & Noble are now selling the device. The awkwardly named Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook looks like a solid and affordable entry in already-crowded mini-tablet market. But looking at this product through a Microsoft lens, it's hard not to wonder about an alternate reality in which this device was a Nook-branded Surface Mini. read more
  • Windows Weekly 376: Take Back Your Roubles

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    The one where the Internet actually works in Barcelona In the latest episode of Windows Weekly, Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley and I discuss the Threshold technical preview, this month's Patch Tuesday disaster, a second Windows IoT preview for developers, the new HTC One M8 for Windows, the vast Apple-wing conspiracy that is keeping Windows Phone down, an update for Windows Phone 8.1.1, a new Surface Pro 3 firmware update, a $200 Windows laptop, OneNote updates, and Steve Ballmer steps down from the Microsoft board. read more
 
 
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  • Why Windows 9 download date will be a HUGE step for Microsoft

    Richi Jennings
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Big boy Satya Nadella: Size matters. Microsoft is said to be ready to launch Windows 9 at the end of next month, with a preview download available soon. Code named Threshold, the new operating system is expected to finally fix our gripes with Windows. It's akin to Windows 7 after Vista. At least, that's the hope. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if Satya's plans measure up.
  • Will September 30 be the date a Windows revival begins?

    Preston Gralla
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Reports say that the first Windows 9 preview will be released on September 30. Will that be the day that Windows finally gets back its mojo, or will the operating system continue to be lambasted by critics and users alike?
  • Steve Ballmer's 5 greatest YouTube hits

    Preston Gralla
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    With Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, it's time to bid him a fond farewell -- and the best way to do it is with a look at five of his greatest YouTube hits.
  • 16 tips for Mac users who must use Windows

    Jonny Evans
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    I was forced to use a Windows PC the other day. It was a shock, particularly because search engines generally generate tips for switching from Windows to Mac when queried on this. It made me suspect Mac users may sometimes need a little help when they use Windows because they can't get to a Mac. I assembled these short tips to help such temporary migrants:
  • Steve Ballmer: ''Bye, Microsoft board.'' Bloggers read between lines

    Richi Jennings
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    A lot of words, but what do they mean? Microsoft has lost a key Board member. He's called Steve Ballmer -- you might remember him. Resigning his seat on the Board of Directors, Ballmer cited the pressure of his other commitments, but included some pointed warnings to his protégé, Satya Nadella. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say the words that, while said, remained unsaid. Not to mention: developersdevelopersdevelopersdevelopers…
 
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  • Microsoft announce preview of DocumentDB & Azure Search

    Vijay
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Many applications use search as the primary interaction pattern for their users. Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers and cloud architects to embed a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain, or manage any infrastructure. With Azure Search, a developer can enable the power of searching data in their application, reduce the complexity around managing and tuning a search index, and get up and running quickly using familiar interfaces…
  • Alcatel OneTouch launch Idol Series and Hero smartphones

    Vijay
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Alcatel One Touch, a brand of TCL Communication and one of the top ten mobile phone manufacturing company in the world, today launched a new series of smartphones for its customers in India with a focus on south and west regions. The launch announced smartphones in two series; Idol and Hero. The two series consist of smartphones in the mid and high range and are targeted at consumers across various age groups. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Steven Zhao, Country Manager APAC – India Business Unit said, “We are delighted to launch our series of smartphones specially designed to cater to the…
  • Security and threat information exchange: Microsoft Interflow

    Vijay
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    Today, Microsoft announced the private preview of Microsoft Interflow, a security and threat information exchange platform for analysts and researchers working in cybersecurity. Interflow uses industry specifications to create an automated, machine-readable feed of threat and security information that can be shared across industries and groups in near real-time. The goal of the platform is to help security professionals respond more quickly to threats. It will also help reduce cost of defense by automating processes that are currently performed manually. Benefits of Microsoft Interflow…
  • Download Mailbox for Mac – Public Beta

    Vijay
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Mailbox announced the public beta of their Mac app yesterday and also launched several new features including draft support and the ability to snooze messages until you get back to your desk. Mailbox has been a popular application to access emails on mobile devices. They are bringing this same interface to desktops too (OS X only). Similar to the the iOS version, Mailbox for Mac maintains a very minimalist look, with lots of white space and neat fonts. It also supports full-screen display for more screen-area and less disturbances. The Mailbox uses your Dropbox (Parent Company –…
  • Shop Pirate: Helps you with Deals and Coupon Codes in India

    Vijay
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    There was a time when the ghost of Indian ‘can’t touch, won’t buy’ mentality bugged online retailers. But things seem to be taking a roundabout now. India has finally arrived at the e-commerce scene and how! In 2013 the e-retail segment took a whooping leap of 80% in the overall revenue and it is expected to increase another sevenfold in the next five years. Presently country’s online market-space is worth $3.1 billion annually, which is likely to become $22 Billion by the end of 2020 owing to improvement in internet connectivity, logistics and other infrastructure related…
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  • Announcing new F12 dev tools features in August update

    ieblog
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Today we’re excited to share all the F12 features that shipped in the August update to IE11! In April, we shipped a swath of new features of F12 Developer Tools in Internet Explorer 11 focusing on providing accurate data in the DOM Explorer, actionable data in the memory and performance tools and a smoother debugging experience with Just My Code. With the IE Developer Channel in June we previewed more features in the F12 Developer Tools and now all of these features are shipping out to all of our customers. It’s a long list which you’ll find below or on MSDN but the highlights are:…
  • August updates for Internet Explorer

    ieblog
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    The August update for Internet Explorer includes updates to the WebGL and F12 features, in addition to the latest security updates. As discussed on the Windows blog, we’ll continue to use our existing monthly update process to deliver more frequent improvements in addition to security updates. New features for Internet Explorer 11 The update includes four feature improvements, based on customer and developer feedback. Some of these improvements were previewed in the Internet Explorer Developer Channel and are now ready for release thanks to your feedback. Improvements to F12 Developer Tools…
  • Stay up-to-date with Internet Explorer

    ieblog
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    As we shared in May, Microsoft is prioritizing helping users stay up-to-date with the latest version of Internet Explorer. Today we would like to share important information on migration resources, upgrade guidance, and details on support timelines to help you plan for moving to the latest Internet Explorer browser for your operating system. Microsoft offers innovative and transformational services for a mobile-first and cloud-first world, so you can do more and achieve more; Internet Explorer is core to this vision.  In today’s digital world, billions of people use…
  • Internet Explorer begins blocking out-of-date ActiveX controls

    ieblog
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering a more secure browser, starting September 9th Internet Explorer will block out-of-date ActiveX controls. Note: The original post stated that the ActiveX blocking would begin on August 12th. Please refer to the addendum for further details. ActiveX controls are small apps that let Web sites provide content, like videos and games, and let you interact with content like toolbars. Unfortunately, because many ActiveX controls aren’t automatically updated, they can become outdated as new versions are released. It’s very important that you…
  • The Mobile Web should just work for everyone

    ieblog
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Update 8/4/2014 - Developers can now preview these updates by joining the Windows Phone Preview for Developers or downloading the Windows Phone 8.1 Update Emulator. Details on platform changes described in this post can be found on MSDN. We have also published updated best practices on updating tailored sites to support standards. Windows Phone 8.1 Update includes hundreds of Internet Explorer 11 enhancements that greatly increase compatibility with the mobile web. Based on your feedback, we pursued a web experience for IE users consistent with what is available on iOS and Android…
 
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  • The user experience of blowing hot air

    Long Zheng
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    As someone who enjoys paying a lot of attention to detail and user experience, I’m always delighted by “they thought of that” moments when I come across it. This one took me 9 years to notice. A couple of days ago I was in a 2005 BMW 3-series and I noticed something different about the climate system. It’s winter here in Australia so the temperature was set to the highest and the car was obviously warm, but there wasn’t any hot air blowing out of the face vents. I was slightly puzzled, did a blower stop working? I toggled the face vent override button and it…
  • The 12 step process to download Microsoft SQL Server Express 2014

    Long Zheng
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:53 am
    The Microsoft SQL Server team has many goals. One of them is to create an industry-leading, high-performance, scalable and resilient database software. The other is to make said-software difficult to download. In previous years, the team has employed the confusing file-name strategy. But this year, with SQL Server 2014, they have done their best work yet. Step 1: I guess I want to “evaluate” SQL Server 2014 Express. The hip developer guy not using his ergonomic Aeron chair instead opting for a standing desk certainly looks like he’s enjoying his SQL Server. Step 2: Good to…
  • Hurry up Xbox team

    Long Zheng
    29 May 2014 | 5:33 pm
  • MSN Messenger and AIM instant messenger war: reverse engineering and sabotage

    Long Zheng
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Found this amazing Microsoft story from Twitter told first-hand by David Auerbach, a former Microsoft developer in 1998 on the MSN Messenger Service team. It’s a sleuthing story of back-and-forth reverse engineering by Microsoft and sabotage by AOL, all for one simple feature – chatting with AOL Instant Messenger friends inside MSN Messenger. It’s a bit long but a great weekend read. After we finished the user part of the program, we had some down- time while waiting for the server team to finish the Hotmail integration. We fixed every bug we could find, and then I added…
  • Google Chrome 35 beta adds much needed DirectWrite font rendering on Windows

    Long Zheng
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Web designers rejoice. The jaggies are gone! Fonts in Chrome on Windows no longer look like they’re from the XP-era. Thanks to a new experimental flag added to the latest version of the Google Chrome beta (35.0.1916.27 beta-m), Chrome is finally rendering fonts with the advanced DirectWrite font rendering engine. For a before and after comparison, here’s one I compiled with the Windows.com website. The effect is most noticeable on big curves like the “a” and bends of the question mark. Simply open the Chrome experiments screen chrome://flags/#enable-direct-write and…
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    Microsoft Security Bulletins

  • MS14-049 - Important: Vulnerability in Windows Installer Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2962490) - Version: 1.1

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Severity Rating: ImportantRevision Note: V1.1 (August 20, 2014): Bulletin revised to add prerequisite information for customers running Windows Server 2003 who install updates manually. See Update FAQ for more information.Summary: This security update resolves a privately disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker runs a specially crafted application that attempts to repair a previously-installed application. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
  • MS14-045 - Important: Vulnerabilities in Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2984615) - Version: 2.0

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Severity Rating: ImportantRevision Note: V2.0 (August 15, 2014): Bulletin revised to remove Download Center links for Microsoft security update 2982791. Microsoft recommends that customers uninstall this update. See the Update FAQ for details.Summary: This security update resolves three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to the system and runs a specially crafted application. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit these…
  • MS14-044 - Important: Vulnerabilities in SQL Server Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2984340) - Version: 1.1

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Severity Rating: ImportantRevision Note: V1.1 (August 13, 2014): Revised bulletin to correct the Update FAQ that addresses the question, Will these security updates be offered to SQL Server clusters?Summary: This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft SQL Server (one in SQL Server Master Data Services and the other in the SQL Server relational database management system). The more severe of these vulnerabilities, affecting SQL Server Master Data Services, could allow elevation of privilege if a user visits a specially crafted website that injects a…
  • MS14-048 - Important: Vulnerability in OneNote Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2977201) - Version: 1.0

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Severity Rating: ImportantRevision Note: V1.0 (August 12, 2014): Bulletin published.Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft OneNote. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a specially crafted file is opened in an affected version of Microsoft OneNote. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.
  • MS14-051 - Critical: Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2976627) - Version: 1.0

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Severity Rating: CriticalRevision Note: V1.0 (August 12, 2014): Bulletin published.Summary: This security update resolves one publicly disclosed and twenty-five privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who…
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    MSDN Blogs

  • Small Basic - Physics for Marionette Challenge

    litdev
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    A 'Big ' Challenge for groups of programmers has been created by Nonki.  We are recruiting during August for development in September. In summary the challenge is to create a marionette puppet in Small Basic, here is an extract of the challenge: "create a marionette (or puppet) per group which can be moved by user interaction" If you fancy working on this in a group effort, whatever your programming level, then add a post to the Small Basic Big Challenge Thread.  Working in a group can make learning programming more fun. This blog outlines some ideas for the physics part of the…
  • Getting Started With SharePoint Online Automation Using Azure Runbook

    Razi bin Rais
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    Azure Automation provide powerful capabilities to automate tasks across services both inside and outside Azure platform. In this post I will cover a scenario where you connect to SharePoint Online from Azure Runbook and display the list of all provisioned site collections for a particular Office 365 tenant. This post is predominantly geared towards getting you started on Azure Automation and performed basic configuration needed to connect to SharePoint Online. Once equipped with this knowledge you can build Runbooks that tackle more advance automation scenarios. Prerequisites First things…
  • my new role: Customer Success Manager (Yammer & Office 365)

    Ragnar Heil
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Today I want to share exciting personal news for me: I have accepted a job offer at Microsoft Corp. as a Customer Success Manager for Yammer & Office365, starting September 1st. 2014.That means that I am going to leave my SharePoint focused Senior Consultant role at Microsoft Germany and move within the Microsoft organigram to the Marketing organization, lead by Chris Caposella.Within Jared Spataro`s Product Marketing Group, I am going to be part of the Customer Success Manager Team EMEA and be resposible for the Central and Eastern European Market.So what exactly does a CSM do? I am…
  • Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable のブートストラッパーによるインストールについて

    Visual Studio Support Team in Japan
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
     こんにちは、Visual Studio サポートチームです。 今回は、Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable のSetup.exe などのブートストラッパーによるインストールに関し、既にインストール済の環境であっても繰り返しインストールされてしまう現象と、その回避方法をご紹介いたします。 Setup.exe などのブートストラッパーを使用して Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable をインストールする際に、対象の環境で Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable…
  • Top 10 Microsoft Developer Links for Friday, August 22, 2014

    RobCaron
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Steven Edouard: A Stroll Through Node: Building a Real-time Communication App InfoWorld: Stroustrup: Why the 35-year-old C++ still dominates 'real' dev Ashley Rogers: Extending the SharePoint 2013 Ribbon Using Visual Studio Jeff Martin: Python Tools for Visual Studio 2.1 RC Released Ricci Gian Maria: Download code of a specific changeset in TFVC Jeff Bramwell: Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio Jonathan Rozenblit: Visual Studio and the Role of the Architect Visual Studio Toolbox: Multi Device Hybrid Apps Singh Deepika: First MVC Application for Beginner's Beth Massi: Fun with the…
 
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    TechNet Blogs

  • Weekend Scripter: PowerShell and Chocolatey

    The Scripting Guys
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Summary: Guest blogger and Honorary Scripting Guy, June Blender, talks about using Windows PowerShell and Chocolatey. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today, I welcome back guest blogger, June Blender. I’m probably one of five people on earth who really do not like chocolate, so I wasn’t too keen to learn about something called “Chocolatey.” But I kept hearing about Chocolatey and other “package installers,” such as NuGet, and I wanted to know what all of the fuss was about. Then along comes Windows PowerShell 5.0 Preview with a module…
  • Kevin Remde and Dan Stolts continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud, check it out!

    Blain Barton
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Kevin Remde and Dan Stolts continue our series on “Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud” with an overview on how to plan for a hybrid cloud storage solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Tune in for this lively discussion on the many storage options available to you as well as discussions around performance, reliability and security.       [1:18] Let’s start with a quick summary of existing storage capabilities using modern infrastructure on-premises as supported by Windows Server 2012 R2 [10:16] What is Azure Storage? [11:17] …
  • [Reference] The scheduled task is disabled after install

    Tim Macaulay
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:41 pm
    You have just installed Microsoft Azure Active Directory Sync Services (AADSync).  You discover that the Scheduled Task in Task Scheduler is disabled.  The Status of the Scheduled Task is determined by what you do with the Synchronize Now checkbox on the last page of the Configuration Wizard.  Scheduled Task Enabled Scheduled Task Disabled If your scheduled task is disabled, simply enable the task to begin your runs every 3 hours.  
  • ULS Viewing Like a Boss (ULS Viewer is now available)

    Bill Baer (Microsoft)
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I’m excited to announce we’ve published a new and improved version of the ULS Viewer. About the Unified Logging Service The Unified Logging Service (ULS) is the primary logging mechanism in SharePoint to make it easier to develop applications, expose in-depth information for debugging, and vehicle to isolate problems or threshold issues when they are encountered. ULS writes events to the Trace Log and stores them in the file system. For Developers ULS logs act as an extension of existing development...(read more)
  • How to enable verbose logging for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Essentials

    SBS Bloggers
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:22 pm
    [This post comes to us courtesy of Swapnil Rane and Rituraj Choudhary from Global Business Support] This post explains how to increase the logging level for the individual components of Server Essentials role for troubleshooting purposes. In order to accomplish this, we need to modify the Logging.config file. This file can be located at C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin on a Windows Server 2012 Essentials machine. On a Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials this file is present at C:\Windows\System32\Essentials. Make sure to save a backup copy of the file before modifying it. You need to change…
 
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  • On the Threshold of Windows 9: Preview said to arrive late September

    Kip Kniskern
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    “Threshold” is the code name of the next version of Windows, and according to a report today by Mary Jo Foley, it’s coming soon. Mary Jo reports that according to her multiple sources, the new OS will enter a public Technology Preview in late September, with a final version to be released in the spring of 2015. The new OS will build upon Windows 8, but is said to include a “mini-Start menu”, the end of the “Charms bar”, the ability to run Metro/Modern apps in windows on the desktop, Cortana integration, and virtual desktops. According to Foley, the…
  • Continue your conversation with Bing

    Kip Kniskern
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    A few years ago when Microsoft rebranded Live Search to Bing, it promised to move beyond the “10 blue lines” that described Google search at the time. In the years since that, search has indeed moved well beyond those 10 blue lines, first with the introduction of Siri and Google Now, followed closely behind by Cortana, all providing voice recognition and natural language searches, connection with mobile device elements like calendars and contact lists, and a more “conversational” approach to search. Bing, too, is moving toward a more conversational approach to search,…
  • Windows Phone Cyan / Dev Preview update, an easier way

    Kip Kniskern
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Just now I wrote about the hoops I jumped through to get a fully working and fully updated Windows Phone, which is now running Nokia’s Cyan update and the Windows Phone 8.1.1 update. In short, there has been an issue with updating directly from Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview to Cyan, which is a Nokia specific update that includes the final bits of Windows Phone 8.1 but also some firmware updates, including Bluetooth 4 LE, so it’s worth making the upgrade to the “official” bits. However, in order to revert your Developer Preview enabled phone, you have had to run…
  • Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 now available

    Kip Kniskern
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Last week in China, Joe Belfiore announced that Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 would be available to “developers” soon, and indeed today, it’s here. The update includes significant updates to IE 11 for Windows Phone, a new take on “Live Folders”, additions to SMS and VPN management, and brings Cortana to more markets (specifically China and the UK, with Canada, India, and Australia coming on board under an “Alpha” status). In case you haven’t been following along at home, Microsoft “solved” the problem of having to wait for mobile…
  • Cortana expands, Windows Phone plays “catch up”

    Kip Kniskern
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    Late last night (Pacific Daylight time – mid-Wednesday morning in China), Microsoft announced the expansion of Cortana to two new markets in beta, China and the UK, as well as the alpha release of the personal digital assistant for Windows Phone in India, Australia, and Canada. In addition, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of the Developer Preview of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, coming next week if you’ve signed up for the Developer Preview (ie: get beta software sooner) program. Cortana isn’t only coming to China and the UK, it’s coming with a local flair, and in…
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  • Microsoft's email change is confusing

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    I have a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7, and when I click on your column , I used to use the file button on the top of the page, and when the email link is shown, I used to hit it and my email addresses came up so that I could forward your column to my sons-in-law.
  • Surge In Chromebook Sales Catches LCD Suppliers Off Guard

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    According to a report from NPD Displaywatch , demand for LCD panels this year is outstripping the supply, mainly because of a surge in Chromebook sales and a rush to replace old Windows XP machines.
  • Google Chromebooks and Windows XP demise cause surprise LCD surge

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    DEMAND FOR LCD SCREENS is outstripping supply as more gadgets are being built, with experts warning that prices are climbing as a result.
  • 5 Awesome Open Source Cloning Software

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Disk cloning is quite useful in modern data centers for: In this post, I'm going to list the Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning that you can use for GNU/Linux, *BSD and Mac OS X desktop operating systems.
  • Users still running Windows XP - survey

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    More than 16 percent of all PC users who agreed to provide data to the distributed global Kaspersky Security Network were still working on computers running Windows XP in June 2014.
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    NT Compatible

  • Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit and more

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100 Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Kingston V310 SSD Review QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage Review ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review XFX Type-01 Bravo Review Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual...
  • 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review and more

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review AMD bringing new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply Review Bitfenix Fury 750 Watt PSU Review: Individually Sleeved Cables Right From The Box Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review EVGA teases its upcoming X99-based mATX motherboard i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming keyboard Review In Win 901 MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Review NETGEAR EX6...
  • Looks like Microsoft is testing free play days for Xbox One games

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Techradar posted a story that Microsoft appears to be testing a feature that lets Xbox Live Gold members play full Xbox One games for up to 24 hours for free...
  • Opera Becomes Official Browser of Microsoft-Nokias Non-Windows Phones

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    DailyTech reports that Opera will become the official browser for Microsoft/Nokias non-Windows phones...
  • Microsoft gives date for Windows 9 launch: 30 September

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Silicon Republic posted a story that Microsoft have given the first confirmation that the next instalment of its operating system (OS) – Windows 9 – is to be showcased on 30 September....
 
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    NT Compatible

  • Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit and more

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100 Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Kingston V310 SSD Review QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage Review ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review XFX Type-01 Bravo Review Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual...
  • 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review and more

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review AMD bringing new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply Review Bitfenix Fury 750 Watt PSU Review: Individually Sleeved Cables Right From The Box Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review EVGA teases its upcoming X99-based mATX motherboard i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming keyboard Review In Win 901 MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Review NETGEAR EX6...
  • Looks like Microsoft is testing free play days for Xbox One games

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Techradar posted a story that Microsoft appears to be testing a feature that lets Xbox Live Gold members play full Xbox One games for up to 24 hours for free...
  • Opera Becomes Official Browser of Microsoft-Nokias Non-Windows Phones

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    DailyTech reports that Opera will become the official browser for Microsoft/Nokias non-Windows phones...
  • Microsoft gives date for Windows 9 launch: 30 September

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Silicon Republic posted a story that Microsoft have given the first confirmation that the next instalment of its operating system (OS) – Windows 9 – is to be showcased on 30 September....
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    NT Compatible

  • Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit and more

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100 Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Kingston V310 SSD Review QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage Review ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review XFX Type-01 Bravo Review Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual...
  • 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review and more

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review AMD bringing new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply Review Bitfenix Fury 750 Watt PSU Review: Individually Sleeved Cables Right From The Box Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review EVGA teases its upcoming X99-based mATX motherboard i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming keyboard Review In Win 901 MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Review NETGEAR EX6...
  • Looks like Microsoft is testing free play days for Xbox One games

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Techradar posted a story that Microsoft appears to be testing a feature that lets Xbox Live Gold members play full Xbox One games for up to 24 hours for free...
  • Opera Becomes Official Browser of Microsoft-Nokias Non-Windows Phones

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    DailyTech reports that Opera will become the official browser for Microsoft/Nokias non-Windows phones...
  • Microsoft gives date for Windows 9 launch: 30 September

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Silicon Republic posted a story that Microsoft have given the first confirmation that the next instalment of its operating system (OS) – Windows 9 – is to be showcased on 30 September....
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  • Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit and more

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100 Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Kingston V310 SSD Review QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage Review ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review XFX Type-01 Bravo Review Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual...
  • 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review and more

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review AMD bringing new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply Review Bitfenix Fury 750 Watt PSU Review: Individually Sleeved Cables Right From The Box Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review EVGA teases its upcoming X99-based mATX motherboard i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming keyboard Review In Win 901 MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Review NETGEAR EX6...
  • Looks like Microsoft is testing free play days for Xbox One games

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Techradar posted a story that Microsoft appears to be testing a feature that lets Xbox Live Gold members play full Xbox One games for up to 24 hours for free...
  • Opera Becomes Official Browser of Microsoft-Nokias Non-Windows Phones

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    DailyTech reports that Opera will become the official browser for Microsoft/Nokias non-Windows phones...
  • Microsoft gives date for Windows 9 launch: 30 September

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Silicon Republic posted a story that Microsoft have given the first confirmation that the next instalment of its operating system (OS) – Windows 9 – is to be showcased on 30 September....
 
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  • August updates for Windows Server 2012 R2

    Microsoft Windows Server Team
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    In today’s Windows Experience blog, we communicated our intent to deliver regular improvements to Windows in order to address feedback quickly while continuing to bring you an enterprise-class platform.  We also provided a heads up that the next update for Windows happens on August 12.  On August 12, we will also release an update to Windows Server 2012 R2.  In addition to regular security updates, this update will deliver bug fixes that will improve performance and reliability for your infrastructure.  There are no changes to system APIs, your applications…
  • Paul Smith sets the trend in business agility with a new hybrid cloud solution

    Microsoft Windows Server Team
    13 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    In business for more than 40 years, Nottingham-based Paul Smith is a preeminent British designer. The company has 14 different collections—produced in England and Italy—under the global Paul Smith brand. In addition to 17 shops in England, Paul Smith retail stores are found in fashion capitals around the world. Paul Smith opens three new stores a year on average and the demand for IT services from the business is growing. “Our goal is to manage costs and improve service delivery, but we are challenged by an IT budget that doesn’t keep up with expectations from the…
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update: Availability of WSUS fix and revised servicing timing

    Microsoft Windows Server Team
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Following our announcement from last week, we have now released the fix through Windows Update for theissue with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update communicating with WSUS 3.2 servers in certain non-default configurations. For servers that have already installed the update, Windows Update will re-offer the complete update, but it will only install the fix. Please read KB2959977 and the WSUS team blog for further details. As always, we’ve been listening to your feedback and want to ensure that you have a smooth deployment experience and continue to receive enterprise-grade…
  • Updated Volume License Media Available Today for Windows Server 2012 R2 Update

    Microsoft Windows Server Team
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Following our announcement from last week, we’ve now released the media for Windows Server 2012 R2 Update on the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) today. Additionally, we wanted to create awareness of an issue with the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update VSLC/MSDN media that manifests under very specific configuration settings.  Most of you should see no impact whatsoever.  For the small number of who might encounter this issue, we have issued additional information and workaround guidance here.  
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is now generally available

    Microsoft Windows Server Team
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Following our announcement from last week, we are happy to announce that Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is now generally available through Windows Update. The Windows Server 2012 R2 evaluation experience and has also been updated to the new OS image. The Volume Licensing Service Center will be updated on April 14, 2014 and the new image will be coming to Azure soon. We encourage you to apply this update to your Windows Server 2012 R2 systems as soon as possible. As a reminder, this becomes the new servicing baseline for Windows Server 2012 R2 systems, so next month's security updates (i.e.
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    Windows Virtualization Team Blog

  • Migrate Windows Server 2012R2 Virtualized Workloads to Microsoft Azure with Azure Site Recovery

    Rajesh Goli [MSFT]
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Azure Site Recovery not only enables a low-cost, high-capability, CAPEX-saving, and OPEX-optimizing Disaster Recovery strategy for your IT Infrastructure, it can also help you quickly and easily spin-off additional development and testing environments or migrate on-premise virtual machines to Microsoft Azure. For customers who want a unified solution that reduces downtime of their production workloads during migration and that also enables verification of their applications in Azure without any impact to production, Azure Site Recovery with its in-built features makes migrating to Azure…
  • ExpressRoute + ASR = Efficient DR solution

    Praveen Vijayaraghavan,MSFT
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Microsoft recently announced the availability of Azure ExpressRoute which enabled our customers to create a private connection between their on-premises to Microsoft Azure. This ensured that the data to Azure used an alternate path to the internet where a connection to Azure could be established through an Exchange Provider or through a Network Service Provider. With ExpressRoute customers can connect in a private peering setup to both Azure Public Cloud Services as well as Private Virtual Networks. This opened up a new set of scenarios which otherwise was gated on the network infrastructure…
  • Azure Site Recovery adds InMage Scout to Its Portfolio for Any Virtual and Physical Workload Disaster Recovery

    Praveen Vijayaraghavan,MSFT
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    Azure Site Recovery with Hyper-V Replica already supports the ability to set up disaster recovery between your two Windows Server 2012+ Hyper-V data centers, or between your Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V data center and Microsoft Azure. Recently we acquired InMage Systems Inc., an innovator in the emerging area of cloud-based business continuity. InMage offers migration and disaster recovery capabilities for heterogeneous IT environments with workloads running on any hypervisor (e.g. VMware) or even on physical servers. InMage’s flagship product Scout is now available as a limited period…
  • Out-of-band Initial Replication (OOB IR) and Deduplication

    Aashish Ramdas [MSFT]
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    A recent conversation with a customer brought out the question:   What is the best way to create an entire Replica site from scratch? At the surface this seems simple enough – configure initial replication to send the data over the network for the VMs one after another in sequence. For this specific customer however, there were some additional constraints placed: The network bandwidth was less than 10Mbps and it primarily catered to their daily business needs (email etc…). Adding more network was not possible within their budget. This came as quite a surprise because despite the…
  • Azure Site Recovery – case of the “network connection failure”

    Praveen Vijayaraghavan,MSFT
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Luís Caldeira is one of our early adopters who had pinged us with an interesting error. Thanks for reaching out to us Luís and sharing the details of your setup. I am sure this article will come handy to folks who hit this error at some point. Some days back, Luís sent us a mail informing that his enable-protection workflow was consistently failing with a “network connection failure” error message. He indicated that he had followed the steps listed in the tutorial (http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/hyper-v-recovery-manager-azure/). He had: Setup SCVMM 2012 R2…
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    Articles

  • Short Takes: August 22, 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    An often irreverent look at this week's other news An often irreverent look at this week's other news, including the ongoing problem of "scam" apps in the Windows Store, HP's quarter is saved by strong PC sales, HP's layoffs dwarf Microsoft's, Sony doesn't understand why the PS 4 is doing so well, but I think I have the answer, and Apple's stock surges on speculation, as always. read more
  • Ballmer's Out. Is Gates Next?

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    He should be The sudden announcement earlier this week that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was stepping away from the Microsoft board of directors raised a number of questions. But the elephant in the room, so to speak, is another former Microsoft leader who's been hanging around the firm's Redmond campus a lot more than usual lately. Is it finally time for Microsoft co-founder and tech industry icon Bill Gates to step away from the software giant for good as well? read more
  • Steve Ballmer Unexpectedly Steps Down from Microsoft Board

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Just a shareholder now Former Microsoft CEO has stepped down from the company's board of directors. The move, which comes just six months after he retired from Microsoft, effectively severs Mr. Ballmer's ties to the company, though he is of course still its biggest individual shareholder. The question is: Why? read more
  • Patch Tuesday Tripped Up by Rapid Release Era

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    But I just installed that update Microsoft removed the download links to several Patch Tuesday-based software updates after customers complained of frequent problems, including in some cases non-booting PCs and Blue Screens. This isn't just unprecedented, folks, it's catastrophic, and it casts a pall over Microsoft's rapid release strategy. read more
  • T-Mobile, Sprint Quickly Prove They're Better Apart

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Maybe four big carriers really is better than three Sprint dropped its $32 billion bid to purchase T-Mobile earlier this month because US antitrust regulators had indicated that they would block the merger. Now, it looks like the government got it right for a change: In just the few weeks since that reversal, both Sprint and T-Mobile have moved aggressively to lower prices and make more versatile wireless plans available to customers. read more
 
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  • Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit and more

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: ASUS Maximus VII Impact Review ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Review Elite Screens ezCinema Plus 100 Hands on with the ECS LIVA Mini PC Kit Kingston V310 SSD Review QNAP HS-210 Network Attached Storage Review ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review XFX Type-01 Bravo Review Zalman Reserator 3 Max Dual...
  • 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review and more

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:20 am
    Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles: 15 AMD Radeon R7 260(X)/265 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 (Ti) cards review AMD bringing new FX-8370 and FX-8370E CPUs Antec High Current Pro Platinum 1000W (HCP-1000) Power Supply Review Bitfenix Fury 750 Watt PSU Review: Individually Sleeved Cables Right From The Box Crucial MX100 256GB Solid State Drive Review D-Link DIR-880L AC1900 Wi-Fi Router Review EVGA teases its upcoming X99-based mATX motherboard i-Rocks K10 USB Gaming keyboard Review In Win 901 MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K Review NETGEAR EX6...
  • Looks like Microsoft is testing free play days for Xbox One games

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:38 am
    Techradar posted a story that Microsoft appears to be testing a feature that lets Xbox Live Gold members play full Xbox One games for up to 24 hours for free...
  • Opera Becomes Official Browser of Microsoft-Nokias Non-Windows Phones

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    DailyTech reports that Opera will become the official browser for Microsoft/Nokias non-Windows phones...
  • Microsoft gives date for Windows 9 launch: 30 September

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:34 am
    Silicon Republic posted a story that Microsoft have given the first confirmation that the next instalment of its operating system (OS) – Windows 9 – is to be showcased on 30 September....
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    Digital Inspiration Technology Blog

  • How do you Make Money on the Internet

    Amit Agarwal
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    You may have a well-paying job but it wouldn’t hurt if you can earn a few extra dollars every month utilizing the knowledge and skills that you already have. There are no shortcuts but if you ready to put in the effort and time, here are some “legitimate” ways to help you make money on the Internet. 25 Ways to Make Money on the Internet Start a website or a blog and earn revenue through advertising networks like Google AdSense and BuySellAds. You can even sell your own ads directly through Google DFP. Launch a curated email newsletter using MailChimp and find sponsors or…
  • How to Easily Recognize Web Colors from RGB Codes

    Amit Agarwal
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    If you’ve ever customized the design of your HTML website, or tried changing the background color of your social profiles, you’ve probably encountered Hexadecimal color codes. These are a string of 6 characters – like “0066FF” – that you know represent colors but we rarely make the effort to understand them. Here is a simple guide to help you recognize web colors more quickly from their RGB codes. No more guessing or consulting the color palettes. In a typical web representation #RRGGBB, the first 2 digits denote red, the second 2 digital are for green and…
  • How to Send Out of Office Replies in Twitter

    Amit Agarwal
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Twitter, for many, has become a preferred medium of communication. Your email messages may never get read or, in the worst case, may get caught in the Spam folder but tweets and @mentions are very likely to get noticed. When you are travelling or going on a vacation, with limited access to the Internet, you often create an “out of office” reply in your email program to let people know that you won’t be able to respond to them right away. How about doing something similar for people who are trying to reach you through Twitter? What will the Twitter Auto-Responder do Unlike…
  • How to Create RSS Feeds for Twitter

    Amit Agarwal
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Twitter has dropped support for RSS Feeds but there is a simple solution that you can use to generate RSS feeds for your various Twitter streams including Twitter search results, user timelines, favorites and even Twitter lists. Without RSS feeds, it is difficult to use your Twitter data elsewhere. For instance, you can no longer create recipes in IFTTT that get triggered when there’s a new tweet that @mentions you. You cannot import your Twitter timeline automatically into your blog. You cannot track Twitter search results for certain keywords in your RSS reader. How to Create RSS…
  • Google Drive No Longer Offers Web Hosting [Workaround]

    Amit Agarwal
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Remember you could host websites on Google Drive for free? All you had to do was create a public web folder inside Drive, upload your HTML and CSS and the Drive would generate a website. The process was so easy and you could host static websites, Facebook Pages or even JavaScript based apps inside your Google Drive. Well, Google has recently upgraded the Google Drive interface for everyone and, according to the support page, the web hosting feature is no longer available in the new Google Drive. You can still create public folders inside Drive but the option to publish that folder as a…
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    Channel 9

  • TWC9: Visual Studio 14 CTP 3, PerfTips, .NET vNext, Bing Developer Assistant and more | This Week On Channel 9

    Brian Keller, Dan Fernandez, Greg Duncan
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This week on Channel 9, Dan and Brian discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:17] Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 Released (John Montgomery)[00:58] PerfTips: Performance Information at-a-glance while Debugging with Visual Studio (Dan J Taylor)[02:29] Try out the new releases: .NET Framework vNext, ASP.NET vNext, .NET Native and RyuJIT[03:25] Azure Resource Manager Tools (Preview) for Visual Studio - Advanced Template Editing [Matt Sampson][05:37] Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio focuses on improving productivity within the experience[06:36] Announcing RTM of Katana 3…
  • Episode 150: Azure Remote App with Thomas Willingham and Nihar Namjoshi | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

    Nick Harris, Chris
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    In this episode Nick Harris and Chris Risner are joined by Thomas Willingham and Nihar Namjoshi, Program Managers on the Remote Desktop Services team.  In this episode, Thomas and Nihar demonstrate Azure Remote App which allows you to deploy client applications in Azure and then run them via the cross-platform Remote Desktop tool.  Azure Remote App enables deployment via a managed cloud model and a customizable hybrid model.  Hybrid deployment enables applications running in Azure Remote App to connect back to resources, such as SQL Server,…
  • Introduction to Azure DocumentDB | Data Exposed

    Scott Klein
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week, Scott welcomes Ryan CrawCour on the Data Exposed show. Ryan is a Senior Program Manager for Azure  DocumentDB on the Data Platform Group at Microsoft. In this long-awaited episode, Ryan introduces us to Azure DocumentDB, a NoSQL document database-as-a-service. Ryan and Scott discuss DocumentDB's feature set which includes rich querying, transactional processing over schema free data, and query processing and transaction semantics that are common to relational database systems. Ryan gives us the background and insight into why DocumentDB was created then breaks…
  • Live Broadcast “Windows Compatible Hardware Development Boards” Event this coming Monday (Aug 25, 2014)

    Greg Duncan
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're a SoC, Sharks Cove hardware dev, want to be or just interested in the whole thing, make sure you tune into http://channel9.msdn.com/ for the live event broadcast, "Windows Compatible Hardware Development Boards."Can't make it then? I'm sure it will be available On-Demand pretty quickly... You are invited!!We are hosting a live online event on August 25th where we will show you the capabilities of the Sharks Cove development board from Intel, demonstrate how it can be leveraged by developers for driver development and see how our partners have successfully used this…
  • Fun with the Interns: Santiago Fernandez on LLVM Based Optimizer for MSIL

    Beth Massi
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    A few weeks ago when I was up in Redmond I had the pleasure of interviewing some interns on the .NET team to talk about their experience as an intern at Microsoft and to show off the projects they are working on. In this interview I sit down with Santiago Fernandez, a Developer Intern on the .NET team, and we chat about his internship experience and summer project.Santiago really likes being close to the metal. So he investigated what it would take to use LLVM in the .NET Native code generator. Here he patiently helps me understand what the heck it's all about! LLVM is a…
 
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    Channel 9

  • TWC9: Visual Studio 14 CTP 3, PerfTips, .NET vNext, Bing Developer Assistant and more | This Week On Channel 9

    Brian Keller, Dan Fernandez, Greg Duncan
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This week on Channel 9, Dan and Brian discuss the week's top developer news, including;[00:17] Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 Released (John Montgomery)[00:58] PerfTips: Performance Information at-a-glance while Debugging with Visual Studio (Dan J Taylor)[02:29] Try out the new releases: .NET Framework vNext, ASP.NET vNext, .NET Native and RyuJIT[03:25] Azure Resource Manager Tools (Preview) for Visual Studio - Advanced Template Editing [Matt Sampson][05:37] Bing Developer Assistant for Visual Studio focuses on improving productivity within the experience[06:36] Announcing RTM of Katana 3…
  • Episode 150: Azure Remote App with Thomas Willingham and Nihar Namjoshi | Microsoft Azure Cloud Cover Show

    Nick Harris, Chris
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    In this episode Nick Harris and Chris Risner are joined by Thomas Willingham and Nihar Namjoshi, Program Managers on the Remote Desktop Services team.  In this episode, Thomas and Nihar demonstrate Azure Remote App which allows you to deploy client applications in Azure and then run them via the cross-platform Remote Desktop tool.  Azure Remote App enables deployment via a managed cloud model and a customizable hybrid model.  Hybrid deployment enables applications running in Azure Remote App to connect back to resources, such as SQL Server,…
  • Introduction to Azure DocumentDB | Data Exposed

    Scott Klein
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This week, Scott welcomes Ryan CrawCour on the Data Exposed show. Ryan is a Senior Program Manager for Azure  DocumentDB on the Data Platform Group at Microsoft. In this long-awaited episode, Ryan introduces us to Azure DocumentDB, a NoSQL document database-as-a-service. Ryan and Scott discuss DocumentDB's feature set which includes rich querying, transactional processing over schema free data, and query processing and transaction semantics that are common to relational database systems. Ryan gives us the background and insight into why DocumentDB was created then breaks…
  • Live Broadcast “Windows Compatible Hardware Development Boards” Event this coming Monday (Aug 25, 2014)

    Greg Duncan
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you're a SoC, Sharks Cove hardware dev, want to be or just interested in the whole thing, make sure you tune into http://channel9.msdn.com/ for the live event broadcast, "Windows Compatible Hardware Development Boards."Can't make it then? I'm sure it will be available On-Demand pretty quickly... You are invited!!We are hosting a live online event on August 25th where we will show you the capabilities of the Sharks Cove development board from Intel, demonstrate how it can be leveraged by developers for driver development and see how our partners have successfully used this…
  • Fun with the Interns: Santiago Fernandez on LLVM Based Optimizer for MSIL

    Beth Massi
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    A few weeks ago when I was up in Redmond I had the pleasure of interviewing some interns on the .NET team to talk about their experience as an intern at Microsoft and to show off the projects they are working on. In this interview I sit down with Santiago Fernandez, a Developer Intern on the .NET team, and we chat about his internship experience and summer project.Santiago really likes being close to the metal. So he investigated what it would take to use LLVM in the .NET Native code generator. Here he patiently helps me understand what the heck it's all about! LLVM is a…
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    Softpedia News - Microsoft

  • Microsoft Quietly Starts Removing Windows 8.1 Scam Apps

    Softpedia News (Bogdan Popa)
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    As we’ve reported to you this week, the number of scam apps in the Windows Store skyrocketed in the last few months and Microsoft didn’t really seem to care about it. And still, after complaints from users disappointed with the company’s attitude towards scam apps increased as well, Microsoft finally admitted in a public statement that it indeed needs to act quickly and remove some of the entries that could make people pay a few bucks for nothing. It turns out that the soft... (read more)
  • Microsoft Removes Post Detailing Windows 7 BSODs

    Softpedia News (Bogdan Popa)
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    Some of the updates released by Microsoft this month are wreaking havoc on a number of Windows 7 computers, with lots of users reporting BSODs after installing the August patches. Microsoft has since removed the patches, but it appears that the company has decided to go one step further and removed a complete thread from its Community forums where users were discussing the causes behind this trouble. What’s more important is that the thread was also hosting the post of an alleged Micro... (read more)
  • Windows 9 to Reach RTM by December 31

    Softpedia News (Bogdan Popa)
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:46 am
    Windows 9 is on the horizon, that’s for sure, and even though Microsoft refuses to talk about this project, we already know that a preview build could be unveiled next month. Now according to Windows leaker WZor, Windows 9 is scheduled to reach RTM by December 31, which could be a sign that the new operating system might actually see daylight before April 2015. This, however, contradicts previous reports which indicated that RTM wouldn’t be reached before February 2015, which see... (read more)
  • Users Find Cause for Surface Pro 3 Overheating and Excessive Fan Noise

    Softpedia News (Bogdan Popa)
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    The Surface Pro 3 tablet, which is currently Microsoft’s most advanced tablet to date, is said to be suffering from overheating and excessive fan noise, according to some users, although this behavior hasn’t been confirmed for all units. Lots of users complained on Microsoft’s Community forums about this problem and some have even tried to fix it on their own, as Redmond hasn’t provided too many details on what exactly is happening. Some of those who purchased a Surfa... (read more)
  • Windows 9 Preview Could Leak After September 15 – Rumor

    Softpedia News (Bogdan Popa)
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Information that reached the web this week has revealed that Microsoft is planning a press event in late September to introduce the new Windows 9 Preview and thus break the news on a project that’s eagerly-awaited by all company enthusiasts. Even though Redmond is very likely to reveal the very first details about Windows 9 on September 30, it’s not yet clear whether the Preview is going to be released for download during the same day or soon after that, as work continues on this ... (read more)
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    The Digital Lifestyle.com

  • Media Browser 3.0.5346 Beta adds Chromecast to the web client

    Ian Dixon
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    There is a refreshed version of Media Browser Server available for downloading today. Version 3.0.5346 adds support for sending media to a Chromecast dongle from the web interface. So you can put Media Browser on your server and then use the web interface to stream content to your TV via the dongle. Other changes include a fix to Samsung DLNA issues, the web interface now has simple sorting options plus there is a new Play All option in the web UI. Media Browser is a great platform for storing your media on. With clients for iOS, Android, Roku, Windows Media Center and Windows Phone is a…
  • Why after two years away I switched back to Windows Phone from Android

    Ian Dixon
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Two years ago I wrote a post on why I switched from Windows Phone to Android. I spent a month using Windows Phone switching from a Samsung Galaxy Note to a HTC 8X and by the end of month I had switched back as Windows Phone didn’t cut it for me. Well two years later I have made the reverse switch going from a Nexus 5 running Android to a Lumia 1520 running Windows Phone 8.1. I thought it would interesting to look back what put me off Windows Phone at the time and why two years later I switched back. At the time I liked the hardware of HTC’s 8X but it was the phone OS and apps that…
  • Microsoft preparing to release a Miracast streaming dongle

    Ian Dixon
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    In June I wrote that Microsoft should make a low cost set top box to complete to with Google, Amazon and Apple’s ecosystem which could be used to bring Microsoft’s services like Xbox Music and Xbox Video to the TV without the expense of a full gaming solution of the Xbox One. It could also act as an end point for screen mirroring from Windows Phone just as you can with a Chromecast and Apple TV. It looks like Microsoft may be thinking along similar lines with a Microsoft Miracast Dongle going through US FCC certification (which you can read on the FCC site). The device codenamed…
  • Google Play Music for iOS updated

    Ian Dixon
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:34 am
    Google Play Music is a great music service for Android user and iOS users aren’t left completely out in the cold as there is an official Google Play Music for the iPhone. The app has just been updated up to version 1.3.2.2559 and it has the ability to remove music from your library via the app, navigate to your music from the download manager and library management has been improved. The app is still iPhone only and you have to run it in x2 mode on an iPad. I will probably end up cancelling my Google Play Music subscription as they don’t support Windows Phone but for iOS and…
  • Quick Review: Nokia Lumia Smartphone Cases

    Ian Dixon
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    When you spend your hard earned money on a smart phone you want a case to protect it, there are a pleather of cases available and it can be hard to find the right one. Mobile Fun sent me a few cases to try out so here is a quick look at some of ones they sent me. Lumia 1520 My main phone is a Nokia Lumia 1520 (see my review) which is a beautifully designed 6 inch phone and I didn’t want to have a big bulky case covering the design up. Nokia’s official case for the 1520 is the CP-623 protective flip cover which has a hard cover that clips on the back with a thin cover over the…
 
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  • Microsoft turns to IT community to help name TechEd successor

    Jeff James
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Microsoft has turned to the IT community for help with naming the successor to the Microsoft TechEd conference. What names would you suggest for Microsoft's latest tech conference? The post Microsoft turns to IT community to help name TechEd successor appeared first on Petri.
  • Windows 9 Preview Slated for September 30th

    Jeff James
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Windows 9 won't officially be released until mid-2015, but a Windows 9 preview event might be slated for September 30th. Read on to find out more! The post Windows 9 Preview Slated for September 30th appeared first on Petri.
  • Connect to Windows 8 Remotely Using PowerShell

    Russell Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Need to connect to a Windows 8 client remotely? Russell Smith shows us how to use PowerShell to do exactly that in this handy how-to article. The post Connect to Windows 8 Remotely Using PowerShell appeared first on Petri.
  • How to Enable PowerShell Remoting in Windows 8

    Russell Smith
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    Russell Smith shows an easy way to enable PowerShell Remoting in Windows 8 with the command line or Group Policy. The post How to Enable PowerShell Remoting in Windows 8 appeared first on Petri.
  • Using the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager Tool

    Russell Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Learn how to get started with Microsoft’s free Security Compliance Manager (SCM) tool and how it can be used to manage security and Group Policy settings. The post Using the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager Tool appeared first on Petri.
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  • Microsoft Removes Windows 8.1 August Update For Causing Black Screen at Boot Error

    SK Mezanul Haque
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Microsoft released Windows 8.1 August Update (also called Windows 8.1 Update 2 or Windows 8.1 August 2014 Update) this month. August Update was stated to bring many new improvements and features to Windows 8.1 Update 1. Details about the new features and improvements are at the bottom of this post. But it seems all didn’t went well for some users who installed this update. After installing this update, some Windows 8.1 users complained of a Black Screen at Boot. Microsoft acknowledging the issue and withdrew all the four patches that were part of the August Update. The four patches…
  • Best Free Duplicate File Finder For Windows

    SK Mezanul Haque
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Duplicate files may seem harmless to many computer users. If only users knew that these files causes more trouble than good. They eat up hard disk space and system resources, further slowing down your computer. Before you will even know, your large 1 TB or more hard disk space gets filled up. All of these unneeded files causes chaos and increases disorganization in your computer system. Recently, I started facing this inevitable issue myself. My hard disks, (internal and external, which is more than 6 TB in total) got filled up with files. As happens to any user having tons of disk space, I…
  • Microsoft Windows 9 May Be Offered Free To Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP Users?

    SK Mezanul Haque
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Earlier we heard the rumor about Microsoft offering Windows 9 (aka Windows Threshold) to Windows 8 users free of cost. Now another rumor is brewing about Windows 9, the successor of Windows 8.1. Rumor is, Microsoft may go as far as offering Windows 9 free upgrade to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users? Expected to land in spring 2015, Windows 9 is now one of the most anticipated Windows next edition. Microsoft is also expected to offer a minor update, dubbed Update 2 to all Windows 8.1 Update 1 users. According to a blog post by ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Windows 8.1 Update 2 will be in…
  • How to Download Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Now

    SK Mezanul Haque
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:23 pm
    During WWDC 2014, Apple unveiled the next iteration of its Mac OS X operating system, OS X 10.10 codename OS X Yosemite. Apple also promised to release OS X Yosemite beta for everyone. Keeping its promise, Apple opened the doors of OS X Yosemite beta program. If you have a compatible Mac you can download and install OS X Yosemite Beta to test a preview of the operating system. How to get into the OS X Beta Program and download OS X Yosemite Beta now? To get into the OS X Beta Program, you need to first sign up through the official OS X Beta Program site. You will need a working Apple ID to…
  • SpeedyFox Review: Easily Boost Firefox, Chrome And More In One-Click

    SK Mezanul Haque
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:35 pm
    SpeedyFox is a free portable software available for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms. The developers of SpeedyFox claims to boost performance of Firefox, Chrome, third-party web browsers built on them and more. SpeedyFox eliminates fragmentation and compresses the databases to optimize applications it supports. Without much adieu, let’s see how this portable application works and if it really live up to its expectations. SpeedyFox Review Introduction In the big world of web browsers, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are the most popular browsers. They give the best web browsing…
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  • Filelize Syncs Recent Files To Your Preferred Cloud Storage Service [Windows]

    Fatima Wahab
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    Dropbox lets you selectively add files and folders to your account. When the app is installed, an option is added to the context menu that lets you send an item to your Dropbox. If the selective upload feature isn’t enough for you, simply  because it means you have to manually add a file to Dropbox which you might forget at times then Filelize is a Windows app that automates it. The app runs in the background and works with many other cloud storage services in addition to Dropbox and uploads recently opened files to the selected service. The app requires you have the respective…
  • Digify: Secure, View Only, Self-Destructing File Sharing With Dropbox Support

    Waqas Ahmed
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    It’s seemingly pivotal, from time to time, to discuss the essential process of protecting your sensitive data. We’ve discussed apps before that are designed to help you securely share files online, but today we’re going to take a look at another entry in that race that combines Snapchat like prowess with Dropbox-esque file sharing. The app is simply referred to as Digify and it aims to give you the most secure file sharing solution. The application achieves this via the good ‘ol file destruction method. That is, rather than giving recipient permanent access to a file, it sets a time…
  • New Features In Firefox 31 For Desktop & Android

    Fatima Wahab
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Has it been six weeks already? Yes it has and that means it’s time to get a new version of Firefox for both desktop and Android. Firefox 31 is now available for direct download or you can upgrade the current version by clicking the help button in the options panel. Firefox 31 for desktop brings new features for both end users and developers. Noteworthy among them is the Prefer:Safe feature which tells websites the current user is accessing the web behind parental controls. A new search field has been added to the new tab page, and a nice color picker tool has been added for developers,…
  • BrightExplorer Adds Tabs To Windows File Explorer

    Waqas Ahmed
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    It feels surprising that Microsoft has not redesigned the default File Explorer of Windows in ages. Even though some features like the Ribbon UI were added in Windows 8 for improved navigation, the core usability issues still remained untouched. Windows Explorer, for instance, doesn’t offer users a way to open multiple directories via tabs. Now imagine if you had to browse the web without the multi-tab interface which is now found in many modern web browsers like Firefox and Chrome. That being said, if someone needs to work with multiple directories, the Windows File Explorer doesn’t cut…
  • Lingua.ly Teaches You English, French, Spanish, Arabic & Hebrew

    Waqas Ahmed
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:33 am
    Learning a new language online isn’t something new. We’ve seen tools like Duolingo that make the process easy and fun. And a quick search on Google will reveal a lot of similar techniques and methods, in the form of browser extensions, web and mobile apps, and well, whatnot. Lingua.ly is one such amazing tool that wants to make the entire web your language learning playground. It lets you know how well you know on particular language and then recommends different words and text to read and improve your skills from there on. Quizzes can also be taken from time to time to see the outcome of…
 
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  • Memolocation for windows phone reminds you location of interest

    Priya
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    The post Memolocation for windows phone reminds you location of interest appeared first on Windowsphonereview, a site about Windows Phone reviews. Memolocation is a unique application for windows phone that reminds you every time you are near one of your location of interest. So how does it works? The application will show map to the end user and he can save a memo on the desired location. Every time a user is near one of the […]
  • OverVolt Review, an excellent racing game for windows phone

    Priya
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    The post OverVolt Review, an excellent racing game for windows phone appeared first on Windowsphonereview, a site about Windows Phone reviews. If you love racing games we highly recommend checking out OverVolt where you control small slot cars. You can go as fast as you can but if you are too fast around the corners and turns, your car will spin off the tracks. The gameplay is very simple. You control the accelerator by pressing and […]
  • Meet Databot, the Virtual Talking Robot for Windows Phone

    Priya
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    The post Meet Databot, the Virtual Talking Robot for Windows Phone appeared first on Windowsphonereview, a site about Windows Phone reviews. Databot is a very unique application for windows phone. It is a one of its kind talking robot that answers with its voice to requests made by user in the topic of their choice. Apps and services integrated to modules in its memories give back at users images, research services and multimedia presentations. For instance, […]
  • Peek Battery Status from Windows Phone Lock screen using Battery Peek

    Kamaldeep Singh
    29 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    The post Peek Battery Status from Windows Phone Lock screen using Battery Peek appeared first on Windowsphonereview, a site about Windows Phone reviews. A cool Windows Phone application called Battery Peek allows you to peek at your battery directly from your lock screen in a fun way, instead of showing you percentages and numbers, your battery status is visualized as icons. Users select their favorite background and an awesome icon from the range available in Battery Peek, including […]
  • Simple.TV Introduces Windows Phone 8 Support with New App and Custom Program Guide

    Priya
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:38 am
    The post Simple.TV Introduces Windows Phone 8 Support with New App and Custom Program Guide appeared first on Windowsphonereview, a site about Windows Phone reviews. Simple.TV has introduced Windows Phone 8 support to become the only cord-cutting solution to support the most popular mobile operating systems. The company has released a free app supporting Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, giving users the ability to access their whole-planet DVR. Users can watch live TV, schedule recordings of their favorite TV shows […]
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  • Tech Lolz: Cats Taking Over the World, But Not My Keyboard!

    Cristina Nica
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    For those of you who are blessed enough to own a feline, you are well-aware of their intent to make you as uncomfortable as possible in your daily routines. Needless to say that because of their cuteness, you tend to allow their mischievous behavior and worse, get used to it. Well, my fellow friends, it is time we take back what is ours. It's going to be a long process, and, most likely, we will not win, but God-damn-it, I will not stand here with my arms crossed, while my cat makes a mess out of this articleksjdngffklrddgjy634567uh. Point taken, cat!
  • How to Change the Windows Firewall's List of Allowed & Blocked Apps

    Emilian Blaga
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:59 am
    Windows Firewall is a security feature built into Windows that helps block unauthorized access to your computer while permitting authorized communications to and from your computer. It has been improved in each new version of Windows. With Windows 8.1, this tool can filter both inbound and outbound traffic or set rules and exceptions, depending on the type of network to which you're connected. In this article we will show how to edit the list of allowed apps and features. You will learn to edit existing connection rules, add new apps to the list of exceptions or remove them from it.
  • Best of the Web for Windows Users – 10 - 16 August 2014

    Vlad Falon
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:28 am
    This past week brought quite a big chunk of news about Microsoft's consumer ecosystem, including new Xbox One features and news about the next version of Windows. To learn all the details, read this week's recap!
  • Tech Lolz: Is This a Keyboard or a Toaster? Or Maybe Both?

    Cristina Nica
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Hello there! You all know the classic question: "to be or not to be?". Adapting it to our modern times, we could transform it into: "to buy or not to buy?". I'm sure that all of us have lived that moment when we could afford either object A or object B but not both. So we were in the difficult situation of choosing between them. Now, if any of you are like me or like Sheldon (remember the Big Bang Theory?), this task is nearly impossible. But, luckily for us, Microsoft has thought of everything: from operating systems to toasters. Yes, you read right. I said toasters. And this brings me to…
  • How to Use the OneDrive Troubleshooter to Fix Your Problems

    Ciprian Adrian Rusen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    If you have problems with OneDrive and your files are not synchronizing correctly, you may want to consider trying the official OneDrive Troubleshooter that's offered by Microsoft. It is a small troubleshooting wizard that you can download and run in order to fix your problems. Here's where to find it and how it works:
 
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  • Is the app gap still killing Windows Phone?

    Preston Gralla
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Apps sell phones, and Windows Phone has long lagged behind both iOS and Android in app availability.  Is it finally closing the gap, or is it still being hurt by the app gap?
  • Will September 30 be the date a Windows revival begins?

    Preston Gralla
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Reports say that the first Windows 9 preview will be released on September 30. Will that be the day that Windows finally gets back its mojo, or will the operating system continue to be lambasted by critics and users alike?
  • Steve Ballmer's 5 greatest YouTube hits

    Preston Gralla
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    With Steve Ballmer leaving the Microsoft board, it's time to bid him a fond farewell -- and the best way to do it is with a look at five of his greatest YouTube hits.
  • Is the Windows-based HP Stream 14 a Chromebook killer?

    Preston Gralla
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Microsoft may have the answer to the Chromebook surge: An under-$200 laptop from HP with full-on Windows 8.1, a 14-inch screen, and 100 GB of free cloud-base storage. Will this be the machine that kills off Chromebooks?
  • Will Microsoft's Satya Nadella dump Windows Phone and the Xbox?

    Preston Gralla
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    If Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is true to his logic, one day he'll dump both Windows Phone and the Xbox -- and of course, the Surface. But is he willing to follow that logic, or instead keep Microsoft's worst-performing divisions?
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  • Microsoft reportedly working on a Chromecast-like streaming device

    Chris Welch
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Making a cheap video streaming stick has worked out pretty well for Google; the $35 Chromecast is still perched at the top of Amazon's electronics best-seller list. Now it seems Microsoft may be making its own play to build a similar device tailored for Windows users, according to recent FCC filings. Windows Phone Daily spotted documents that indicate Microsoft's upcoming streamer will feature Wi-Fi, HDMI compatibility, and a USB port — so the hardware sounds not unlike Chromecast (or any other set-top box for that matter). Obviously Microsoft won't be using Google's Cast technology to…
  • Microsoft hints at 24-hour game trials on Xbox One

    Chris Welch
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Xbox One owners may soon be able to try out games for an entire day. A Redditor taking part in Microsoft's preview program has posted an image revealing the so-far unannounced "Free Play Day with Gold" feature. As with most good things on Microsoft's console, the name suggests you'll need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to access 24-hour demos. It's hard to imagine that each and every forthcoming Xbox One title will be supported; that'd take an awful lot of generosity on the part of publishers. But even if only a small crop of titles are offered, the opportunity to sample a game for a full…
  • Microsoft set to unveil Windows 9 on September 30th

    Tom Warren
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Microsoft is planning to unveil its Windows 8 successor next month at a special press event. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the software maker is tentatively planning its press event for September 30th to detail upcoming changes to Windows as part of a release codenamed "Threshold." This date may change, but the Threshold version of Windows is currently in development and Microsoft plans to release a preview version of what will likely be named Windows 9 to developers on September 30th or shortly afterwards. The date follows recent reports from ZDNet that…
  • Professor Steve Ballmer: coming this fall to Stanford, this spring to USC

    Ross Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Now that he has stepped away from Microsoft — first as CEO and then as board member — new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer will be driving down the California highway, teaching business classes as he goes. First up is Stanford's Graduate School of Business. According to Business Insider, he'll be "working with faculty member Susan Athey for a strategic management course called 'TRAMGT588: Leading organizations.'" After Christmas break, Ballmer will pack up his 1970 Pontiac GTO, roll the windows down, blast the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, and drive 250 miles down I-5 S…
  • Skype finally fixes notifications

    Nilay Patel
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Skype! Remember Skype? Good old Skype. It was dominant, powerful, a friend that only let you down at most twice or three times per day. Then the market was suddenly flooded with competitors: Google Hangouts, Whatsapp, FaceTime, on and on. I would use Skype, you said to yourself pensively, but some parts of it are really weird. Today Skype gets slightly less weird. Today the notifications are finally fixed. Skype's rolling out what it's calling "active endpoint," which basically means it's smart enough to know that while you're actively using Skype on your phone, you don't need notifications…
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  • Nokia Lumia 830 revealed in photos

    Diyan
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    An upcoming Windows phone codenamed RM-985, known also as Lumia 830, made another appearance in a set of new photos and user manuals. The 830, which has been described as an affordable high-end device, has just passed through ‘Anatel’ certification ... Read More The post Nokia Lumia 830 revealed in photos appeared first on Windows Phone Area.
  • A Miracast Dongle Developed by Microsoft

    Chris
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:49 am
    A new product has just appeared in the database of the FCC. It is developed by Microsoft Mobile and its essence was a mystery, at first. Its model name is Microsoft HD-10. Initially, the product was suspected to be a ... Read More The post A Miracast Dongle Developed by Microsoft appeared first on Windows Phone Area.
  • OneDrive now has a Recycle Bin with options to delete & restore files

    Michael
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 pm
    A useful addition to OneDrive client for Windows Phones is called “Recycle Bin”. The bin functionality is hidden under the app many bar. Tap the ellipsis (…) and scroll down to the bottom of the menu to access the Recycle ... Read More The post OneDrive now has a Recycle Bin with options to delete & restore files appeared first on Windows Phone Area.
  • HTC One M8 for Windows includes ‘Motion Launch’ or ‘Double Tap to wake’

    Diyan
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    New Windows Phone SDK from early 2014 suggested that Microsoft’s exclusive Windows Phone feature called ‘Double Tap to wake’ could be employed by other Windows manufacturers. Double Tab to wake was introduced in 2013 and immediately became one of the ... Read More The post HTC One M8 for Windows includes ‘Motion Launch’ or ‘Double Tap to wake’ appeared first on Windows Phone Area.
  • Here is the proof that Windows Phone is far more battery efficient than Android

    Diyan
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The first smartphone ever to ship with two different operating systems is the HTC One M8, enabling us to make the first direct comparison between Windows and Android running on the same hardware and draw important conclusions about OS speed, ... Read More The post Here is the proof that Windows Phone is far more battery efficient than Android appeared first on Windows Phone Area.
 
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  • 5 Best Encrypted Email And Internet Messaging Services That Respect User Privacy

    Rizwan Ahmed
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    One of the most common uses of digital technology is in the field of communication. Be it with your friends, family or coworkers, Internet messengers and email services have become a necessity of life. One of the most popular email services in the world is Gmail by Google, besides Yahoo and Outlook. But unfortunately none of ... Source: 5 Best Encrypted Email And Internet Messaging Services That Respect User Privacy via Tech Attend.
  • [Tech Deals] CyberpowerPC GUA880, Denon AVR-E300 5.1, TsirTech iPads Smart Table

    Waqas Ahmed
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    When it comes to buying technology products, consumers are always thoughtful about how they spend their money. There are a ton of great deals out there, but if you don’t have the time to sift through long reviews and product catalogs, let us help you snatch the best discounts. From 3D pass through home theater ... Source: [Tech Deals] CyberpowerPC GUA880, Denon AVR-E300 5.1, TsirTech iPads Smart Table via Tech Attend.
  • WikiWand Is Your Stunning Wikipedia Extension For Chrome And Firefox

    Waqas Ahmed
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    Besides being a great information resource, Wikipedia is also a source of entertainment for many people. It’s an encyclopedia “anyone can edit” and make best use of however they please. I’ve been using Wikipedia for so long that I don’t remember a time when it wasn’t around. However, being an interface snob, the overall UI ... Source: WikiWand Is Your Stunning Wikipedia Extension For Chrome And Firefox via Tech Attend.
  • How To Change Windows 8.1 Product Key After Installation

    Waqas Ahmed
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Although Windows 8 has received mixed reviews from users, it remains one of Microsoft’s most popular operating systems. The same goes for Windows 8.1, a free update for the OS that was released back in April 2014. Windows 8.1, just like its predecessor, comes with a product key, which enables each copy of the operating ... Source: How To Change Windows 8.1 Product Key After Installation via Tech Attend.
  • 10 Ways To Protect Your Computer From Malicious Software From USB Drives

    Waqas Ahmed
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    Malicious software like Viruses, depending on severity, can cause serious damage to your system. Put simply, a virus is never good news. One of the most common ways that computers these days get infected with viruses is through removable USB flash drives. We can’t stop using USB drives because of their usefulness, which means we are ... Source: 10 Ways To Protect Your Computer From Malicious Software From USB Drives via Tech Attend.
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  • Weekly Comic: Evolution of Windows

    Yuri Pustjens
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:54 am
    Life is not always serious =) We use this section to promote some of our favorite technology related comics. Have fun! Did this article help you?How would you score this article?012345How easy was it to follow? 1 = hard, 5 = easy.012345The post Weekly Comic: Evolution of Windows appeared first on WindowsInstructed.
  • FIX: Wireless network connection doesn’t have a valid ip configuration

    Yuri Pustjens
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    FIX: Wireless network connection doesn’t have a valid ip configuration The error Wireless network connection doesn’t have a valid ip configuration means that Windows cannot find a valid ip configuration for your current and/or other wireless connections on your systems. An IP address is an identifier on the world-wide web which shows who you are. Each internet user has one (one per household in most cases (99%)) The error has multiple reasons and therefore we have multiple solutions listed below, please start at solution one, we have sorted them by success rate. Solution 1:…
  • TWEAK: Removing XPS Printer and Viewer

    Yuri Pustjens
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
     TWEAK: Removing XPS Printer and Viewer Windows has by default the XPS printer and viewer installed on it, the ideology is a bit like PDF from Acrobat. Some users find this printer and viewer useless and would rather get rid of it, in this guide we will explain how to remove it or enable is again.   An XPS document is any file that is saved in the XML Paper Specification, or .xps, file format. You can create XPS documentsby using any program that you can print from in Windows; however, you can only view these documents by using an XPS Viewer, such as the one included in…
  • TWEAK: Enable Hyper-V in Windows 8

    Yuri Pustjens
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    TWEAK: Enable Hyper-V in Windows 8 Hyper-V is a new feature that is included in Windows 8. It allows you to run virtual guest operating systems on your Windows 8 machine. Windows 8 includes the same version as was available in Windows Server, so consumers now get a fully featured virtualization product for free in Windows 8! Perfect if you want to learn tweaking, or working IT. WindowsInstructed.com is also proud to say we use Hyper-V to give you all the screenshots for our posts. System Requirements However, your system, especially your CPU, does need to meet a number of system requirements…
  • FIX: Com Surrogate has stopped working

    Yuri Pustjens
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    FIX: Com Surrogate has stopped working. The error “Com Surrogate has stopped working” is an error that could appear at any moment and sometimes has no reason at all to appear. The two solutions to this problems are however easy to execute, but make sure you have enough time. Since not all of them work for any situation and finding the right one for you might take some time. Let’s get going! Solution 1: Turning off DEP for dllhost.exe. 1. Open Start and type “Advanced System Settings” and select “View Advanced System Settings” Search: Advanced System…
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  • Hypernaut – A Reaction-based Arcade Game for Windows Phone 8

    Kazi Mahbub
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Certain games make you frustrated with yourself, since after each ‘Game Over’ you think: “Darn! Should’ve taken a turn there!”. And you try again, and again, and again… Hypernaut is an arcade game of the same veins. Much like The Impossible Game and SpeedX 3D, Hypernaut is a purely reaction-based arcade game.   Screenshots   The main menu is quite barebones. You get the options to select difficulty level (easy and hard, no such thing as normal since you either play hard or play safe). You can also choose between accelerometer controls or touch…
  • TaskCrunch – Unofficial Todoist Client for Windows Phone

    Faisal Bin
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Features of TaskCrunch for Windows Phone - Offline support – make changes when offline, then sync them when online - Add, edit, delete and reorder tasks and create subtasks - Add and view notes belonging to tasks - Review – increase your productivity by reviewing what you have done in past days and weeks - Share projects with colleagues and friends - Live tile keeping you up to date with your current to-dos - Add tasks using Cortana - Notices – get a notifications when a tasks becomes overdue Screenshots   TL;DR   For those waiting for a Todoist client on Windows…
  • Pako – Obsessive Car Chasing Game for Windows Phone

    Samarpit Khare
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Features of PAKO for Windows Phone Addictive Gameplay Auto level restart to keep to engaged Pretty nice collision effects Global leaderboard enabling you to compete with players worldwide   TL;DR   Who doesn’t love a good Cop Car Chase!! Pako, is the same scenario implemented in a game.  You’re the rogue driver who has to save himself from an incoming stream of cop cars from every direction. But you are trapped in a closed area and to add cherry to the pie, there are no breaks to your car. So eventually, YOU ARE GOING TO GET CAUGHT, the question is – For how…
  • MoneyZoom – Beautiful Personal Finance Manager for Windows Phone

    Faisal Bin
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Features of MoneyZoom for Windows phone Set budget in total or by spending category Customize categories , even create your own Describe and edit expences the way you want Look at your daily records and see what’s left in the budget in real time Analize history in details with help of nice charts Set remainders to protect you from late payment fees Screenshots   TL;DR First, you’d need to sign up for a MoneyZoom account. Everything you do in the app will be synced with their servers instantly. As you have guessed, it’s cross platform. Before actually using the app, you have…
  • Blue Skies – Hyper-local Weather Info on Windows Phone

    Kazi Mahbub
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Features of Blue Skies for Windows phone - Summary of next hour (Is not available for all locations) - Summary of next 24 hours - 24 hour forecast - 5 day forecast - Detailed weather information including: precipitation, humidity, wind speed, sunrise, and sunset - Displays severe weather warnings and advisories - Live tile with small, medium, and wide tile sizes - Transparent live tile perfect for Windows Phone 8.1 - Choose the live tile update frequency to reduce battery consumption - Choose between a light or dark theme - Simple and easy to use - Use voice commands to get the weather -…
 
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