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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.
 
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.
 
FCC publishes 400-page net neutrality rules PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 March 2015 01:36

net neutrality rules

Many considered last month’s landmark decision on net neutrality as a win for the Internet. The proposal promised to do away with things like paid prioritization and classify broadband as a public utility through selective enforcement of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. But without actually seeing the proposal, proponents really had no idea exactly what they were championing and were more or less trusting the FCC to do the “right thing.” On Thursday, the FCC published the full text of its Open Internet Order which gives ordinary citizens their first look at the new rules. If you were hoping for a quick read, guess again – we’re talking about a 400-page document here. Those with a strong stance on net neutrality are encouraged to give it a read. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T’s business and mobility arm, said until everybody reads the fine print and understands it, they won’t be able to comment in detail. The executive said he plans to read it cover to cover. The order aims to strike down some of the beliefs that opponents of net neutrality have. It states that it is Title II tailored for the 21st century and unlike the application of Title II to incumbent wireline companies in the 20th century, a swath of utility-style provisions (including tariffing) will not be applied. Despite the ruling and publishing of new rules, the matter is far from over as broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast are expected to sue the FCC to try and block the order. Since you are seeing this here, I'm sure you have surmised we have the entire 400 page report posted at windows8newsinfo forum for your intensive reading pleasure.

 

 
Microsoft Releases Four Security Patches For Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 March 2015 13:10
Microsoft Releases Four Security Patches For Windows 10
It may not seem like it, but today is Update Tuesday, the designated day of each month when Microsoft rolls out fixes and updates for its software and operating systems. On the desktop, that is to say, not smartphones. And if you’re one of the millions that are running Windows 10, the company has an engagement of four new security patches for the preview version of the upcoming OS. Microsoft recommends these to be deployed and installed as soon as possible. Security patches, remember. This ensures that your installation remains safe from threats. Simply fire up the Windows Update tool on your Windows 10 computer and the four updates will be there waiting for you to be downloaded. The patches fix issues with Internet Explorer, Flash Player and the Malicious Software Removal Tool. And although the company is yet to completely detail these, at least at the time of this writing, you can hit up these links to get an idea what they fix. These of course, apply to Windows 10 build 9926, which is the most current version available to Windows Insiders. Also known as the January Technical Preview. These patches do mean that it may be a while until the next preview version is released to public. There are no reported issues with these patches, yet, so feel free to deploy them on your Windows 10 installation as soon as you can...For a complete run down on these patched visit 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.
 
Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 March 2015 05:17

Mac OS X

OS X users like to make fun of Windows users as the only ones that have a malware problem. But that’s simply not true anymore, and the problem has increased dramatically in the last few months. Join us as we expose the truth about what’s really going on, and hopefully warn people about the impending doom. Since it is actually Unix under the hood, OS X has some native protection against the worst types of viruses. But the problem these days isn’t viruses that completely break your computer, it’s spyware, crapware, and adware that sneaks onto your computer, hijacks your browser, inserts ads, and tracks what you are looking at. And much of it is legal, because you get tricked into clicking the wrong thing during an installer. And now download sites, fake ads for software on search engines, and sketchy applications are bundling adware and crapware into installers for legitimate software. You can’t just assume you are safe anymore because you’re on OS X. You need to be careful what you download and what you click. If you don’t think this is a big deal, think again. These pieces of adware insert themselves directly into the browser, and they are analyzing and running even on secure sites like your bank, credit card site, and email, sending back data to their servers. They aren’t using an HTTPS hijacking proxy quite yet from what we can tell during our research, but it’s only a matter of time, and they might already be doing it and we haven’t found the proof yet. Since we are primarily Mac users ourselves here at How-To Geek, we’re really hoping that Apple takes a different tactic with this problem than Microsoft has with Windows and doesn’t allow these scam artists to destroy their platform...Full details can be found at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Delay In Launch Of New Windows 10 Builds PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 10 March 2015 05:24
Delay In Launch Of New Windows 10 Builds
Well, it’s technically not a delay when there is no confirmation of releases, but Microsoft did actually promised faster release of Windows 10 builds this year. Redmond even has something like the Fast and Slow rings for Windows Insiders. But despite this, even with talk of a new preview build of the operating system every month (some went on to suggest multiple preview builds every 30 days), we are here stuck with the January Technical Preview, build 9926. And although the company is preparing new versions, the head of the Windows Insider program, Gabriel Aul, meanwhile has spent his most of his days recently answering questions from eager fans. Questions like when is the next build coming? Anyway, the company has decided to answer this burning question in a blog post detailing the frequency of releases, explaining in the process why they don’t actually announce firm release dates. The idea is simple really — doing so would mean holding onto a stable build that might be weeks old and lacking in features. Plus there is always the chance that some last minute bugs might end up raining on the party, forcing Microsoft to miss the deadline. For this reason, the software titan constantly keeps building and testing these preview builds, and when they hit upon one that has the right balance of stability and features, they will let it out. Eh, sounds painfully logical! Aul has admitted that Microsoft has been a little too conservative when it comes to pushing builds out, and there may be a possibility of something such as a “Ludicrous speed” ring — for users that just can’t wait. Or rather, fans that just can’t wait. The goal still remains to push multiple releases every month, and with the development coming along at breakneck speeds, future builds are sure to be stable and complete enough to be pushed along at a much faster pace...Read the rest on our forum.
 
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