Windows 10 should i?

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Technology | 0 comments

Windows 10 should  i?

Written by Gavin Phillips Windows 10 is roughly five months old. Considering its relatively short consumer facing existence, Windows 10 has generated miles of column length, billions of characters, and has left some users wondering just what on Earth is going on in their Windows 10 powered device. At this grand old age, and as we approach the peak new device period, we ask ourselves “is it time to upgrade to Windows 10?” Why You Should Upgrade Windows 10 received some excellent reviews following its late July 2015 release. Rightly so; it seemed to be the long-awaited merging of the best of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, forming a somewhat delightful lovechild Microsoft dubbed “Windows 10,” skipping a numerical generation to deliver what Microsoft calls its “final operating system.” Windows 10 brought forth a number of exciting features, and sent a few less-than-popular features packing. Microsoft’s virtual AI assistant Cortana, despite initial teething problems, clearly has massive potential. The Windows 8 Metro-style was toned down to allow Windows 7 users the chance to acclimatize, and the new Start Menu really is an excellent feature that has been reconsidered from the end-user perspective. Microsoft also appears to have listened to their massive audience, too. The Windows 8 environment pushed upon desktop users is vastly scaled back in favor of a considered balance between traditional desktop users, and those accessing Windows 10 using a touch-first-device. This is epitomized in Windows 10 Continuum feature, allowing you to efficiently switch between desktop and tablet mode, using peripherals to initiate the mode switch, if required.  Microsoft also reimagined some of their core utilities. The new Settings app is easier to navigate, again with touch-devices in mind, and the search-navigation bar makes finding and using system settings that much easier for new users. Certainly an intuitive system switch. Similarly, Microsoft overhauled the base Mail and Calendar applications, delivering vastly improved, vastly efficient experiences compared to their Windows 8 counterparts. Windows 10 will keep your system updated, all the time, with new features, security patches, and more. For some users, and I’ll elaborate on this in a moment, this is a terrible “upgrade” in the Windows ecosystem. But for other users, mitigating security hole vulnerabilities is a big plus, and that their device will be updated without having to consider the options only adds to the positive feedback. Finally, gamers may well consider the upgrades to DirectX available for Windows 10, with DX12 support as standard, and many users have reported improved battery performance, even on some older devices. Something to think about. Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Have you got ten minutes? Microsoft has once again shipped a bug-filled operating system, seemingly designed to destroy any remaining hope that the Redmond-based software giant has made good on past errors. Windows 10 is far from finalized, though you’ll see the issues affect different demographics to different degrees. One of the biggest gripes concerns alterations to Windows Update. The update system you’ll be familiar with from Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 has been removed. The replacement is an altogether more totalitarian system, where updates are 99% obligatory, and you cannot opt-out of feature updates. Microsoft has relatively patchy history when it comes to updates, but the removal of end-user choice is what has truly irked potential and current users alike. Much has been made of Windows 10 privacy settings, and the amount of communication the operating system seems to make with select Microsoft servers. While Microsoft maintains that nothing malicious is taking place – and for the most part, I believe them – many would argue, myself included, that this mass data...

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Article: Surface Book Review: Windows has its first flagship laptop

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Article: Surface Book Review: Windows has its first flagship laptop

Surface Book review: Windows has its first flagship laptop by Napier Lopez Tweet  When was the last time you were really excited about a laptop – especially a Windows one? For several years, hype in the tech world has largely revolved around phones, tablets and smartwatches, and there arguably hasn’t been a truly revolutionary laptop since Apple pulled a MacBook Air out of a manila envelope in 2008. Some spec bumps and crazy designs, sure, but nothing that really changed the way we used our devices. But then Microsoft surprised the world with the Surface Book a couple of weeks ago, and something special happened: we finally had an exciting laptop again. A device with great design, ultrabook dimensions, 12-hour battery life, dedicated graphics… and it could turn into a tablet? It almost sounded too good to be true, but after a couple of weeks using the Surface Book, I’m happy to report Microsoft not only built one of the best laptops you can buy right now, it also created one of the most forward-looking devices I’ve used in years. It’s gorgeously engineered I’ve got to hand it to Microsoft; it’s somehow managed to build an all-metal laptop that doesn’t look like a Macbook. In the couple of weeks I’ve used it, I’ve had four completely random people approach me just to ask what laptop I was using. The dynamic fulcrum hinge looks really cool. That’s largely thanks to the Surface Book’s zany ‘dynamic-fulcrum’ hinge, which kind of looks like an awesome cross between a scorpion tail and a bendy straw, but also helps keep the relatively top-heavy design (more on this in a bit) from toppling over by elongating the base when folded out. It stands out, and it makes a statement. The hinge might initally look like it can to bend 360 degrees a-la Lenovo Yoga, but it actually has a relatively short range (also likely to help stop it from falling over). The screen is a little wobblier than some laptop hinges, but it never bothered me. The Surface Book is built from a magnesium alloy chiseled into a chassis slightly larger than a 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s thicker at the hinge due to the gap with the keyboard, but is slightly thinner on the other end. Microsoft’s laptop is actually lighter than the MBP in its base configuration, but with the GPU – which the Pro doesn’t offer – weighs an identical 3.48 pounds. Surface Book vs MBP That is, until you detach the display. In something of a minor engineering miracle, Microsoft managed to fit all the basic computing components in just the top portion of the laptop – the keyboard base houses just a larger battery, ports and optional discrete graphics. Press the eject key on the top right of the keyboard, and suddenly you have a really big – but really thin and light – tablet. Seriously, it weighs just 1.6 pounds (about the same as the original iPad, which had a 9.7 – inch display), and it’s almost exactly as thick as an iPad mini. Surface Book vs iPad mini Impressive engineering aside, it also just looks really nice, striking a purposeful balance between retro and futuristic. For instance, the metal is whiter and more matte than most metal laptops; it’s clearly silver most of the time, but in some lighting it looks a bit like 90’s beige. Plus, the lines created by the hinge when open also remind me a bit of a Commodore 64, which is pretty sweet if you ask me. The detachable tablet display is fantastic 13.5 inches might seem a little big for a tablet (though hey, Apple has a massive tablet of its own on the way), but you might feel a...

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Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide

Nerves rattled by highly suspicious Windows Update delivered worldwide by Dan Goodin – Sep 30, 2015 9:27pm EEST Microsoft said a highly suspicious Windows update that was delivered to customers around the world was the result of a test that wasn’t correctly implemented. “We incorrectly published a test update and are in the process of removing it,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to Ars. The message included no other information. The explanation came more than 12 hours after people around the world began receiving the software bulletin through the official Windows Update, raising widespread speculation that Microsoft’s automatic patching mechanism was broken or, worse, had been compromised to attack end users. Fortunately, now that Microsoft has finally weighed in, that worst-case scenario can be ruled out. What follows is the remainder of this post as it appeared before the company issued its explanation. This Web search, which queries the random-appearing string included in the payload, suggests that it’s being delivered to people in multiple regions. The same unexplained and almost certainly unauthorized patch is being reported in a variety of online posts, including this one hosted by Microsoft. The updates appear to be coming directly from servers that are cryptographically certified to be part of Microsoft’s Windows Update system. “Clearly there’s something that’s delivered into the [Windows Update] queue that’s trusted,” Kenneth White, a Washington DC-based security researcher, told Ars after contacting some of the Windows users who received the suspicious update. “For someone to compromise the Windows Update server, that’s a pretty serious vector. I don’t raise the alarm very often but this has just enough characteristics of something pretty serious that I think it’s worth looking at.” White is still trying to obtain a copy of the binary file that gets delivered to people receiving the update. He plans to run it in a restricted environment to see exactly how it gets delivered and what it does once it’s installed. One person reported that the update won’t download. White said for those who can get the download to work, the payload should be located at c:\windows\msdownload\update\software\defu\2015\09\testexe_xxxxxxx.exe (where xxxxxxx is the random-appearing characters found in the update bulletin. A Microsoft spokesman said company officials are investigating the reports. One user has reported installing the update and finding that it rendered the computer largely inoperable. “My laptop was screwed after the update,” the user, ByGodZombie, reported in a comment to this post. “Windows explorer crashes VERY frequently now and most of my programs stopped working even in admin mode. System restore didn’t work and I don’t have the information I need for a reinstall. Basically whatever it was killed my system and compromised my gear so I wouldn’t want to look up anything sensitive to personal data on your machine.” Assuming the worst, that Windows Update has been compromised, it wouldn’t be the first time. The Flame malware reportedly developed by the US and Israel to spy on Iran hijacked Windows update so it could spread from one PC to another inside infected local networks. Earlier this year, researchers demonstrated an attack on the Windows Update servers used by large organizations to patch large fleets of computers they operate. It’s still extremely early in the investigation into this unusual behavior. So far, all the accounts viewed by Ars report the update being delivered to computers running Windows 7. That may or may not mean the patch is limited to that version. The explanations run the gamut from a bug to a malicious attack that has compromised one of the world’s most widely used software update mechanisms. For the moment,...

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APIs Are The New FTEs

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Technology | 0 comments

APIs Are The New FTEs

  APIs Are The New FTEs by Gaurav Jain Crunch Network Contributor Facebook, Google and Twitter have to deal with outrageous amounts of spam and abuse. They hire teams of engineers to stop trolls, outwit bad actors and otherwise keep their walled gardens free of misanthropes. It’s a costly business. Pete Hunt, Josh Yudaken and Julian Tempelsman worked on anti-fraud technologies at Facebook, Instagram and Google; they dealt with phishing, hacking and other challenges on a daily basis. Huge teams of Full-Time Employees, or FTEs, are charged with stopping these attacks at other companies, and it’s easy to imagine millions of dollars per year being spent on the problem. When Hunt, Yudaken and Tempelsman realized that most startups couldn’t afford to have anti-abuse teams of that scale, they quit to start a company called Smyte. Now, the knowledge of the world’s leading experts is available as an API for a fraction of their former salaries. We thought it was a great team and a great idea, and eagerly invested. But more importantly, it helped us crystallize an idea about how the startup landscape is changing. In The New World, FTEs Will Become APIs The team at Smyte isn’t alone. Much has been made about how the dropping cost of website infrastructure has spurred a boom in startup formation, with Amazon Web Services held up as the prime example. The capital cost of servers has been eliminated, but even more important is the plummeting human cost. A decade ago, a VP of engineering at a startup might have evaluated the resumes of five solid front-end engineers. Five years ago that VP would have looked at GitHub profiles. Today, they are just as likely to evaluate a front-end framework like Ionic, Meteor or Aurelia and build it themselves. It’s not just front-end options. We’ve seen a massive proliferation in frameworks, libraries and other tools that allow a single talented engineer to do the work of a team. Companies and products like Heroku, Celery, RabbitMQ, Mandrill, Fastly, Chartio, Chargebee, Shipwire, Docker, Codeship, Rainforest QA, Replicated and Chartbeat have changed the nature of tech development. These are just a small subset of services that replace the work of individuals or entire teams. You could probably find most of them represented as laptop stickers in a single San Francisco coffee shop! APIs For All KPIs This trend applies as much to marketing and front-office activities. Sawhorse Media spends $55,930.08 on SaaS services every year. That may seem like a fortune for many startups, but imagine trying to find a single employee that could cover all those bases for that sum? In the absence of these service, startups would have to hire one or more employees to fill the role. Instead of bringing on new employees, they can empower a small team of engineers and designers to multiply their efforts using the company credit card. WordPress Ate Webmasters This trend has pros and cons. It will make life harder for those with only mid-tier technical knowledge. Look at what WordPress has done to “webmasters.” The blogging platform turned CMS has colonized the web, and accounts for ~23 percent of Internet traffic. A decade ago, a simple marketing task like setting up a website required tech chops. You’d have to write specs, commission a designer and hire a web developer to build it, largely by hand. Today, for ~$10 you get essentially the same basic benefits. You can register a domain and install WordPress with a single push of a button. Anyone can browse thousands of pre-built themes, many of which are free, with high-end options topping out...

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Hello World

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in HeadLines, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hello World

Hello World : Windows 10 Available on July 29 by Terry Myerson Today, I’m excited to share the availability date for Windows 10. In fact, I thought I’d let Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant, share the news. You can ask Cortana for the answer, or if you don’t have a Windows phone or a PC running the Windows 10 Insider Preview handy – you can hear it for yourself here: Through the feedback and testing of over four million Windows Insiders, we’ve made great progress on Windows 10 and we’re nearly ready to deliver this free upgrade to all of our Windows customers*. Do Great Things with Windows 10 We designed Windows 10 to create a new generation of Windows for the 1.5 billion people using Windows today in 190 countries around the world. With Windows 10, we start delivering on our vision of more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices, including speech, touch, ink, and holograms. We designed Windows 10 to run our broadest device family ever, including Windows PCs, Windows tablets, Windows phones, Windows for the Internet of Things, Microsoft Surface Hub, Xbox One and Microsoft HoloLens—all working together to empower you to do great things. Familiar, yet better than ever, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love. Windows 10 is faster than ever before, with quick startup and resume. And Windows 10 provides the most secure platform ever, including Windows Defender for free anti-malware protection, and being the only platform with a commitment to deliver free ongoing security updates for the supported lifetime of the device. We’ve designed Windows 10 to help you be more productive and have more fun, with a range of innovations**: Cortana, the world’s first truly personal digital assistant helps you get things done. Cortana learns your preferences to provide relevant recommendations, fast access to information, and important reminders. Interaction is natural and easy via talking or typing. And the Cortana experience works not just on your PC, but can notify and help you on your smartphone too. Microsoft Edge, is an all-new browser designed to get things done online in new ways, with built-in commenting on the web – via typing or inking — sharing comments, and a reading view that makes reading web sites much faster and easier. With Cortana integrated, Microsoft Edge offers quick results and content based on your interests and preferences. Fast, streamlined and personal, you can focus on just the content that matters to you and actively engage with the web. Office on Windows: In addition to the Office 2016 full featured desktop suite, Windows 10 users will be able to experience new universal Windows applications for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, all available separately. These offer a consistent, touch-first experience across a range of devices to increase you productivity. Designed from the ground up to run on Windows 10, you can easily create and edit Word documents, and deliver PowerPoint presentations while annotating on the fly. With new touch-first controls in Excel you can create or update spreadsheets without a keyboard or mouse. You will also be able to enjoy new versions of OneNote and Outlook, which are included with Windows 10 at no additional cost. Xbox Live and the integrated Xbox App bring new game experiences to Windows 10. Xbox on Windows 10 brings the expansive Xbox Live gaming network to both Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One –...

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C.H.I.P., ο υπολογιστής των $9

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in HeadLines, Technology | 0 comments

C.H.I.P., ο υπολογιστής των $9

Source: PCmag Αν ο Raspberry Pi2 σας μοιάζει μικρός και οικονομικός, τότε μάλλον θα πρέπει να αναθεωρήσετε. Ο C.H.I.P. της Next Thing είναι ένας υπολογιστής open-source και κοστίζει μόλις 9 δολάρια. Ο C.H.I.P., όπως και ο Raspberry μπορεί να χρησιμοποιηθεί με ποικίλους τρόπους. Αν συνδέσετε σε αυτόν τα απαραίτητα περιφερειακά – mouse, keyboard και οθόνη – γίνεται PC. Διαφορετικά, μπορείτε να τον κάνετε έναν emulator για retro games, ή ένα robot. H Next Thing ενθαρρύνει τους χρήστες να μάθουν κώδικα και να κάνουν πολλά πράγματα με τον C.H.I.P. Τα τεχνικά χαρακτηριστικά του C.H.I.P. περιλαμβάνουν επεξεργαστή Allwinner A13 στο 1GHz, 512MB RAM και 4GB εσωτερικής μνήμης, τα οποία τον καθιστούν ικανό για να τρέχει εφαρμογές και για περιήγηση στο Διαδίκτυο. Επίσης, διαθέτει μία θύρα USB, μια micro USB, audio jack με μικρόφωνο που γίνεται και έξοδος εικόνας, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n και Bluetooth 4.0. To C.H.I.P. τρέχει λειτουργικό βασισμένο στο Linux. H χρηματοδότηση του γίνεται αυτή τη στιγμή μέσω του kickstarter. Δείτε το video, στο οποίο οι δημιουργοί του C.H.I.P. εξηγούν τι είναι και τι κάνει. C.H.I.P. Taken from here! Share this:ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new...

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