There is no doubt Windows 8 is going to be the star attraction amongst the software lineup of the current year. All Windows releases get a lion’s share of the spotlight and customer attention, but this time the effect is going to be amplified many times over. This buzz is largely due to the Metro interface that’s making a transition from Windows Phone 7 to millions of desktop computers.
At this juncture, each and every tech enthusiast out there has witnessed and appreciated the awesomeness of Metro and people can’t wait to have the same goodness on tablets and desktops. With the Windows 8 Release Preview launch from a few days ago, we are inching closer to the final launch date.
After the break we have covered in detail what’s new and what has changed in Windows 8 since the consumer preview. Hit jump to learn more!
October 2011. Nokia was ready to showcase its first effort in Windows Phone with the Lumia 800, only ten months after announcing the switch from Symbian to Microsoft’s operating system as its main smartphone platform. Touted as the “first real Windows Phone”, the Lumia 800 was received with big fanfare from the Nokia fans, and a few shrugs from the Android and iOS crowd, as well as Samsung and HTC who had already released several Windows Phone devices.
Now, eight months after the announcement, the Lumia 800 has been out-spec’ed by the Lumia 900, and out-bargained by the Lumia 710 and Lumia 610, yet it still holds a good place in the Windows Phone ecosystem, with frequent updates and many operator contracts worldwide. Here is my personal review of it, focusing on the specific Lumia experience compared to other Windows Phone devices, outlining the reasons of its success as well as the shortcomings that I’ve noticed over a couple of months of regular use.
A picture is worth a thousand words and a moving image can say even more. Cliplets is a unique tool from Microsoft that enables you to create something that bridges the gap between still images and videos.
This free software lets you combine still and moving elements of video footage into a ‘cliplet’. This is essentially an image that includes a small amount of movement, or movement in only one area – the effect is quite spectacular.
Over the years, Microsoft has bundled several useful utility apps with their flagship Windows Operating systems. Sadly, screen capturing is not one of them. Sure, you can press “Prnt Scrn” and paste it in Paint as you’ve always done, but it doesn’t work for most of us.
Today, we’re going to take a look at a very light-weight utility, Shotty, to capture beautiful screenshots. Join me after the jump to find out how it works.
To the average denizen of the 21st century, the smartphone has become to say the least, the essential accessory. Whether you’re in need of checking emails, snapping impulse photographs, playing a questionably riveting round of Angry Birds, or I dare say make a call, your trusty touch-screen is the place to go.
Of course it’s no secret that the the mobile phone was not always this glorious; back in the day the only real portable telephone you could get your hands on was the size of a brick and weighed – just as much. Even then, you would be restricted to the then-revered practice of just making a call. Of course times have changed, and we now live in an age of all sorts of pocket-size wonder. In this, there are many parallels to the ways that other technologies have matured and branched, and this is what I intend to look into.
In a gamer’s life, there is nothing more interesting than the announcement of a title that’s been long awaited. I clearly remember being super excited right before the release of Battlefield 3 and totally charged up when DotA 2 was unveiled last August. However, my excitement was cut short by the realization that my PC might not be able to handle the load of these ‘heavy’ games.
While a game’s performance depends upon the specifications of the system (fellow geeks, read that as CPU, RAM, HDD, PSU & GPU), optimization is another facet that is frequently ignored by most gamers. Having the juice in your components and keeping the juice flowing when it matters are totally different scenarios, and I am going to focus on the latter one here. So, are you interested in getting the best possible performance out of your PC while playing your favorite games? Read on to find out how!
The graphical interfaces we normally interact with are a relatively recent invention. Underneath, and still accessible, lurks the older command line text based interaction with the computer. For most day to day activities, the graphical interface provides an easier and more intuitive way to control your computer. Sometimes you need (or want) to work at the command prompt.
Windows built-in terminals, the command line and PowerShell, are useful and powerful shells, but the terminals are limited. Multiple sessions require opening completely separate windows. The customization options to match your preferred work style are limited. Can Console improve the command line?
In an event in LA, Microsoft showed off Surface, its presumptive flagship Windows 8 product that’s a full-blown tablet set to compete with models coming out of Windows OEMs. Coming in both Intel and ARM flavours, the Surface runs Windows 8 and is perhaps best used in conjunction with one of two accessories that offers the device a traditional keyboard and trackpad input.
Not only is Microsoft compete with its own licensees with the Surface, but they’re also going far into living out my personal dream for them, creating a stronger, more cohesive ecosystem that isn’t tainted by third parties.
With the decline of WebOS and Blackberry, the contest for the best mobile OS has largely been narrowed to just three: Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7). Each operating system has its benefits and its downfalls, and as each matures, it will be interesting to see which adds the killer features to sway the majority of users. At this point, it’s obvious that Apple has the app crown for now, Google owns the customization realm, and Windows is catering to business users and anyone looking for something sophisticated and modern.
As someone who has used all three systems over the years and generally kept up with the news for each, I feel I can provide a decent overview of where they stand today. The sad truth is that all the OS hopping I’ve done is because each excels in a few areas over the others, but there is no one OS to rule them all.Hit the jump for a detailed comparison.