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Microsoft's Suface 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2015 04:11
Microsoft's Suface 3
Microsoft's newest tablet/PC hybrid is aimed at would-be PC buyers for whom the Surface Pro 3 is too big, too expensive, or both. So what do you get for a starting price of $499? I've just unboxed one of the first shipping units of Microsoft's Surface 3. Like every previous member of its family, it's solidly built and physically attractive, with first-rate retail packaging. After I've had a few days to put Microsoft's newest tablet/PC hybrid through its paces, I'll have more to share on what the experience is like, especially how well it does on battery life (Microsoft claims 10 hours). For now, here are some first impressions of the Surface 3. This is, for all practical purposes, a scaled-down version of the successful Surface Pro 3. And when I say "scaled down," I mean that in every sense. At 10.8 inches (measured diagonally), the Surface 3 is noticeably smaller than the 12-inch Pro 3 model. Both models have high-DPI displays, with the Surface 3's display resolution of 1920 x 1280 matching the unique 3:2 aspect ratio of the Pro 3. The Surface 3 is the lightest Surface device Microsoft has ever offered for sale. As a tablet, the Surface 3 weighs 622 g (1.37 lb); with the optional Type Cover, which turns it into a PC, it weighs 904 g (just a feather under 2 lbs). That's a half-pound less than the Pro 3. Computing power is scaled down as well. To fit in the slim (8.7 mm, or 0.34 in.), fanless enclosure, the Surface 3 uses an Atom x7-Z8700 processor (it's the first device to ship with a CPU from  Intel's new Cherry Trail series). That's significantly less processing power than the Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs in the Pro 3. The two standard configurations also offer half the RAM of the Pro 3 model, with storage maxing out at 128 GB...Follow the launch and general availability of Microsoft's latest table the Surface 3 at windows8newsinfo forum
Intel SSD 750 Series Solid-State Drives PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 April 2015 02:27
Intel SSD 750 Series Solid-State Drives
Intel has officially unleashed their latest SSD 750 series solid-state drives meant to push storage drive speeds on the consumer front by harnessing the NVMe (Express) and PCI-e 3.0 standard. The latest SSDs from Intel are focused towards enthusiasts and high-performance users demanding consistent performance and high transfer rates with added reliability, all three of which are handled quite well by the SSD 750 series drives. Starting with the specifications, the SSD 750 Series will be available in two form factors, the standard 2.5″ bay drive which features the SFF-8639 connector cable to boot up while the second option is an add-in-card which fits into a half-length PCI-e slot. Since the motherboards don’t officially yet provide connectivity to the latest SFF standards which Intel is using on their latest SSD 750 series drives, they do bundle two connector cables with the 2.5″ variants that include an SFF-8639 to SFF-8643 (mini SAS) and SFF-8643 to M.2/SATA power cable. Since Z97 and X99 series of motherboards from AIBs do come with M.2 interface slots, the drives will easily be compatible with the current and upcoming generation of motherboards however most M.2 are Gen 2 x2 and to gain full potential of the SSD drives, its advised to equip them to a Ultra M.2 interface slot which are capable of x4 PCI-e Gen 3 speeds. Coming to the speeds, both the 2.5″ (15mm) and PCI-e add-in-card drives are backed by the PCI-e 3.0 x4 and NVM Express standard. Intel is using their latest 20nm 128Gbit MLC NAND on the SSD 750 series which are backed by the Intel CH29AE41AB0 controller.Specifications wise, both SSDs do sound a lot similar to the SSD DC P3700 which were aimed at data centers and professional workspaces however the difference lies in how Intel has repurposed the new drives for the consumer market with a focus on random performance (random IO...Read this entire review with images and benchmarks at windows8newsinfo forum.
Facebook Community Standards PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 April 2015 05:48
Facebook Community Standards
No need to say that Facebook is one of the most used social networks with all kinds of things being shared there. There are many who intentionally or unintentionally post objectionable material that may or may not be in accordance to new Facebook guidelines for posts. To remove the confusion, Facebook has released a 2500 word booklet containing information on what information to share and what information on Facebook will be removed. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts from Facebook booklet in details. To make things easier for users of Facebook, the social networking site released a booklet containing information about what types of posts will be considered in contrast to Facebook standards. The booklet starts by saying that the social networking site’s mission is to provide people with power to share and make the world more connected and more open. It says that the conversations that happen on Facebook are reflections of the thoughts of a community that is almost 1 billion members. It further states that since it wants people to feel safe while sharing their information, they have come up with improved community standards. The Facebook community standards will help you with what to post and what not to share. It takes up different categories of posts and explains in detail whether or not such posts are entertained on Facebook. It further details what types of posts violate the Facebook community standards and will be removed. Facebook says it will take personal and public threats seriously, even if they sound humorous. Posts that pose a threat to public property or one or more individuals will be removed. In doing so, Facebook will look into the physical locations and public visibility of posts to consider removal of posts. It will take into account, the posts from people living in violent prone areas before deciding if a post is actually a threat. Images and posts promoting self-injuries are not entertained anymore...There's plenty more at windows8newsinfo forum.
Online Microsoft Office Training PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 04:33
Online Microsoft Office Training
There are many computer training institutes scattered all over the world offering Microsoft Office Training – both online and offline. This article covers links to some of the best free online Microsoft Office training courses and materials, and can be considered a resource, to aid the learning of MS Office, at your pace, from anywhere in the world. What could be the best option than to learn the software from the developers of the software? Microsoft offers plenty of courses that enable you to learn Office related software online. You can learn at your pace. The courses are available as text and as webcasts that you can view and take notes. Different courses are available online for different apps in Microsoft Office. Also, there are different courses for different versions of Microsoft Office – from Office 2003 onwards. You can learn office 2003 or 2010 or 2013, depending upon what version you are using. You can also opt to get certified by taking online tests at a small fee. The courses are free but when you register to take an exam so that you can get a certification, you will have to pay some fee related to the exam you are taking. You can take an exam for entire Microsoft Office Suite or for different apps in the MS Office suite – such as MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, MS OneNote and more. These certificates come from Microsoft and hence are considered better than any other type of certificates. Visit the online training resources for MS Office on Microsoft’s website to know more. Read about the benefits of Microsoft certifications in our article at The Windows Club. It explains how you gain edge over others with a Microsoft Certification. Next to getting trained at your own pace using the tutorials and webinars present on the Microsoft Office training website, the best method is to get enrolled with a Microsoft partner who can offer you online training...Discover more at our forum.
Pirates can upgrade to Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 March 2015 04:32
Pirates can upgrade to Windows 10
Microsoft has given up trying to stop people from pirating Windows. We already knew that Windows 10 was going to be free, but now Terry Myerson has revealed that it will be free to everyone, including people who are running pirated copies of earlier versions of the operating system. Speaking to Reuters the Windows chief said: "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10". The move is an admission that the fight against piracy was a battle Microsoft was never going to win, but the benefits that will be felt extend far beyond just a free copy of Windows. Microsoft later expanded on this by saying: "Anyone with a qualified device can upgrade to Windows 10, including those with pirated copies of Windows". We reached out to Microsoft for a further explanation and we were told that while pirated versions of Windows can be upgraded to Windows 10 free of charge, the upgraded operating system will not be supported. Previously, no matter what obstacles Microsoft tried to put in the way of pirates -- from the simple serial numbers through to product activation -- they were all overcome very quickly with "corporate keys" and activation cracks. The problem did not just hit Microsoft's pocket, it also decreased the security of computers around the world. Pirated versions of Windows are often from unreliable sources making it difficult to determine if there is malware lurking in the background. More than this, there was also the fact that pirated versions of Windows were often denied access to Windows Update, leaving systems running such versions of the operating system vulnerable and, by turn, increasing the ease of spreading malware...Ahoy matey, get more detailed information at windows8newsinfo forum.
Open Source Windows OS PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 04 April 2015 18:48
Open Source Windows OS
Could Microsoft's open source advocacy ever result in the company offering its cash cow Windows OS up to open source? It's possible, according to one Microsoft official, though his comments Wednesday should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt. During a technology panel session in Silicon Valley, Microsoft's Mark Russinovich, CTO for the company's Azure cloud platform, did what Microsoft officials have been prone to doing in recent years: Preach Microsoft's conversion from open source skeptic to proponent. Open source, Russinovich said at the Chef Conf 2015 conference, was "no longer taboo" at the commercial software giant, pointing to Microsoft's accommodations for open source, such as having Linux account for roughly 20 percent of virtual machines deployed on Azure. The company also recently open-sourced its .Net CoreCLR, as opting for open source can entice developers to use Microsoft technologies, Russinovich explained. "For something like .Net, we believe that that is an enabling technology that really can get people started on other Microsoft solutions." Panel moderator Cade Metz, business editor at Wired, asked Russinovich if Windows itself might eventually be made open source, which elicited loud applause from the audience. "It's definitely possible," Russinovich responded. "Like I said, it's a new Microsoft." The company is having every conversation that could be imagined about what to do with its software and services, he said. Russinovich described Microsoft's open source epiphany as a learning experience. "Microsoft didn't have a long tradition in open source, and so this transformation is a lot of learning." The company has embraced open source projects like Apache Hadoop, but there could be challenges to open source at times, such as offering something via open source that comes with a build system that requires "rocket scientists and three months to set up," he said...Learn more about this exciting new development at windows8newsinfo forum.
Microsoft Surface 3 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 04:22
Microsoft Surface 3
The new Surface 3, the affordable tablet/laptop hybrid just announced today, proves it. Rather than the dumbed-down version of Microsoft’s operating system that its predecessors ran, it’s been imbued with full-fledged Windows 8.1 (with a free Windows 10 upgrade coming as soon as Microsoft can release it), thanks to Intel’s new x86-based Atom X7 processor. For $499, you can get the same lovely design from the Surface Pro 3, only in a smaller, less powerful package. And you can still get up to ten hours of battery life. So why would you want—hell, why would Microsoft even make—something less? A device like the Surface 3 simply wasn’t possible a year or two ago: there wasn’t a CPU fast enough and efficient enough to run in a fanless device for longer than about 20 minutes. Advancements from Microsoft and Intel, though, mean that’s no longer the case. Meanwhile, Windows RT was never much more than a bandage, built to let something called “Windows” run on cheap hardware. It looked like Windows, but could only run apps from the Windows Store. Most of the desktop apps we need to get work (and life) done were just incompatible. You could use a browser, Office, and a handful of decent apps, and that was it. Now that cheap hardware is also good hardware, the Surface 3 can finally be just a smaller, more affordable version of the Pro 3 without also being strikingly less capable. First of all, it’s still very much a Surface: a silver, magnesium tablet-cum-laptop with a kickstand. Other than a few tweaks, like the new reflective Windows logo or the fact that there’s no fan, it’s dead ringer for its pricier big brother. Sadly, it’s not quite as adjustable as the Pro 3; it clicks into one of three positions, instead of pretty much anywhere you want it...Follow this exciting confirmation along with us all at windows8newsinfo forum.
Preinstalled Microsoft Apps On Android Devices PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 26 March 2015 04:48
Preinstalled Microsoft Apps On Android Devices
Just the way it should be! Point being, users will, in no way, be forced to use the bundled Microsoft apps on Android smartphones and tablets if they don’t want to. Microsoft’s mobile strategy now goes beyond the Windows Phone platform. And as part of introducing new users to its products and services, the software titan outlined a new deal with a number of top Android hardware vendors (including Samsung, Pegatron and Dell) to preinstall select apps on new devices. Apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype. And as Redmond puts it, preinstalling these apps has got a lot to do with the fact that users have been asking for Microsoft apps on Android hardware: However, the company will provide the ability to uninstall all these apps from Android powered smartphones and tablets, meaning these application will not actually become the latest bloatware for the Android platform. The ultimate goal, obviously, remains bringing more people to the Windows 10 for Phones platform, the new mobile operating system currently under development at Redmond. Just how much of an impact this strategy has will be evident in the coming months...You can follow Windows 10 developments at windows8newsinfo forum.
What is Meerkat PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015 05:03
What is Meerkat
Last week, I was all set with my popcorn and soda to watch the live stream of Apple’s “Spring Forward” event. By 10:02, the stream still hadn’t started on any of my devices, so I knew something was wrong. I logged into Twitter to see if anyone else was having a problem seeing the event. I noticed that one of the tech news writers I follow had posted a live stream via Meerkat of Apple’s event, right from his seat in the audience. It was pretty cool to see the event from his point of view. Meerkat is a live stream video app specifically for Twitter that allows users to stream what they are doing right now. Similar to Snapchat, the video goes away forever once the user is done. Currently, the app is only available on iOS, but you can watch the videos from any web browser. To start a video stream, download the Meerkat app and log in with your Twitter credentials. You will see two buttons, one for posting a schedule announcement and one to start your live stream video. Type in a few words about your video and tap one of the buttons. When you tap “Schedule,” you will be asked to enter a specific date and time. The tweet you send out will specify when your video will go live so that your followers can actually watch it before it is too late. When you tap “Stream,” you will begin your live video stream. If your followers miss the video, it will be too late for them. Once your video is over, no one can see it. As far as watching a live stream goes, when you see a tweet that begins |Live Now| and ends with #Meerkat, the link in between will send you to the live stream from that user. You don’t have to download the app to see the feed. You don’t even have to sign up for the service. You can watch the video from your smartphone or computer via the app or a web browser. I actually prefer to watch live streams more than make them. I don’t do much interesting stuff, so I have little reason to live stream anything...Find out and download from our forum.

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