Windows 10 may be giving permission to Microsoft to share your internet bandwidth with others. Next Web is the first to spot this feature in the new version of Windows.
The feature called Windows Update Delivery Optimization downloads the same updates and apps that you get through Windows Update and the Windows Store and then shares it with other people on local internet.
Delivery Optimization creates a local cache, and stores files that it has downloaded in that cache for a short period of time.” Next Web opined, “Depending on your settings, Windows then send parts of those files to other PCs on your local network or PCs on the Internet that are downloading the same files.” This feature works similar to BitTorrent.
This is a feature that is enabled by default in all the Windows 10 desktop editions. However, on Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Enterprise, this feature distributes the update files on local network only.
It is better to turn this feature off and the process to do it is as simple as to visit Settings>Update & security>Windows Update>Advanced options. Thereafter, select ‘Choose how updates are delivered’ and then use the toggle to make ‘Discovery Optimization’ feature off.
After Wi-Fi Sense, this is yet another feature of Microsoft Windows 10 that irritates its users. Wi-Fi Sense was first made available on Windows Phone only. It used to share Wi-Fi credential to everybody on the contact lists of Outlook, Facebook and Skype of the users.
News is that the MacBook Pro 2016 laptop is all set to see the light of the day and reports on its features have already started surfacing. We do a MacBook Pro 2016 preview based on the features reported so far.
Limited number of ports
It has come to light that the MacBook Pro 2016 will be equipped with two ports only, of which one will be the headphone jack. The other would have a USB Type C port and work as your slot for charging as well as data transfer purposes.
We are expecting a redesigned keyboard on the MacBook Pro 2016. The keys will be way bigger than we have seen Apple produce. They would also have a butterfly hinge, which would enhance comfort while typing.
In colors too!
For those in it for the looks, rejoice as we are anticipating the 2016 MacBook Pro to come in gold and a couple of other colors, namely Space Grey and Silver. As for the entrails, the MacBook 2016 is set to pack in a latest iCore version from Intel. With so much on the upcoming MacBook, users could be spoiled for choice.
Apple has already scored a hit with its Force Touch MacBook 2015 revamped releases but wait until you get hands on the MacBook 2016 due next year. Stay tuned for more news on this front here.… Read the rest
Laptops have become essential to everyone’s daily needs. Whether for use at home, in the office or at school, they are meant to serve many purposes. Buying a laptop is complex because of the variety of options available. As for me, the easiest way to narrow down your choices is by identifying these primary factors–the purpose of the laptop,
Let’s explore the top 5 laptops of 2015 so far:
Toshiba Satellite L505 is an easy pick for those who want a basic laptop at a really low price. Priced at about $529, this laptop is cost effective. However, the low cost models from HP and Toshiba offer better performance.
Asus UL30A is a lightweight razor thin laptop with a thickness of just 0.98 inches. The battery of the laptop offers a 12-hour back up and the configuration enables high speed performance.
Apple MacBook is for Apple lovers. Even though the cost is on the higher side, the specifications and hardware provided are good.
Dell XPS 13, which was launched recently, has become the forerunner laptop for the brand. Packed in an 11-inch chassis, it is a compact laptop. Useful for those who travel a lot with their laptop.
Lenovo ThinkPad X250 has become a leading laptop of 2015 because it has a wonderful hardware. It is lightweight and comes with 15 hours of battery life.
It has been long that we pitted two laptops against each other that were as powerful as Macbook Pro 13 with Retina and Dell XPS 13. At around $1299 and with 13 incher displays onboard, there are chances that both win this battle. Moreover, the design specs for both are so good that at best—they are a draw. The Macbook Pro is sleek with an aluminum uni-body that renders it extra class; the Dell XPS 13 is made from carbon fiber with an aluminum frame as well. The soft touch style makes it lighter and the edge-to-edge screen style is a winner. The touch and key styles fare better on the Macbook Pro 13 incher as does the backlit style.
Processing Prowess Weighed
The Dell XPS 13 is not slow in terms of performance thanks to the Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, 1.6 GHz clock speed and Turbo Boost speed of 2.6 GHz. However, this sheens off against the Macbook Pro 13, thanks to the Intel Core i5-4258U processor with a base clock of 2.4 GHz and Turbo Boost 2.9 GHz. Both laptops come with 128GB SSD RAMs but the Apple can be upgraded to 1 TB while the Dell can go up until 256GB only.
Battery Life Weighed
The Macbook Pro 13 lasts six hours, 23 minutes on a standard browsing usage while the Dell XPS 13 takes honors here with seven hours and 48 minutes battery life.
Windows 10 has been creating a lot of hype of late as people are anxiously waiting to get hold of the operating system. While PC users are waiting to get a glimpse of the cutting-edge technology, Nokia Lumia 930 users in Greece already claim to catch preview of the Windows 10 Mobile in their mobile phones.
Nokia Lumia 930 gets Windows 10 Mobile preview
According to the reports, Nokia Lumia 930 users in Greece had received a surprise OTA update from the service providers, which offered a preview build of the upcoming Windows Mobile 10. It has also been reported that the operating system was found to host a large number of bugs that might be troubling initially.
Though the bugs update might be a disappointing for some, it is not something unusual as the operating system for phones is still in a very nascent stage.
The report also mentioned about the phone’s tendency to get over-heated frequently. According to the Greece report, the phone gets heater while running videos . Though the issue is quite annoying, it is expected to get resolved once the operating system is launched officially.
Although HP has been a pioneer of notebooks, it could not compete well in the Ultrabook market. However, HP lovers can now rejoice as the company is ready with the Spectre x360 Ultrabook.
Spectre x360 Ultrabook At a Glance
Boasting a sturdy metallic hinge, the device has kept its stylish look intact without compromising on practicality. An extra large glass track pad also attracts attention. The device works a dual purpose as it can be used in the notebook form or as a tablet. To suit working as a laptop, it is supported by a backlit keyboard that allow users to work even in low light conditions. The touchscreen feature of the device helps while using it as a tablet.
Meant for everyday use, Spectre x360 comes with a QHD display, which makes it the perfect choice for those who do video or photo editing on the device. The best part is its lightweight and slender look that makes it easy to carry. However, that does not compromise its functioning as it comes with an Intel Core i7 5500U (2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 3 GHz) powerful processor. Operating on Windows 8.1, the device can stay cool even when heavy duty works are performed. Priced around Rs. 1, 25, 000, it also offers a strong battery support for extensive use.
Laptop users today prefer compact machines that offer great functionality. At the same time, they want it for a good price. Two recent releases seem to meet all these requirements–the Dell Inspiron 13 7347 and the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display 15-inch version. We compare both the laptops for their worth:
Dell Inspiron 13 7347 vs. Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch)
The latest Dell Inspiron is sturdy and slim so it works well as a business laptop. Easy to carry, it also works well for entertainment purposes. The edges have a curved appeal for a soft look. With a screen size of 13.3 inches and IPS touch screen grade, it is convenient to use for longer hours. This laptop has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Delving Into The Dell
The processor does not let you down with its Intel Haswell Core i5-4210U CPU and Intel HM87 chipset. As for video viewing, you can experience good clarity thanks to an integrated Intel 4400 HD build. With an 8 GB DDR3 memory inbuilt in the system and Seagate ST500LM000 500 GB SSHD grade storage, storing files and using them is easy. Finally, the two-in-one form factor and the HD webcam are show-stoppers on the Windows 8.1 OS backed laptop from Dell but we are more impressed with the Apple Macbook 15 inches.
Apple Keeps The Dell Away
The resolution of the Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display is mind blowing at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels on a 13.3-inch screen. The CPU keeps it going thanks to the 2.7GHz Intel Core i5-5257U processor. Performance is also enhanced with the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz memory. Gaming or videos appear smooth thanks to the presence of 1,536 MB Intel HD Iris Graphics 6100. Presence of a unibody aluminum frame and the edge-to-edge glass display finally earns the Apple baby brownie points and threatens the success of the Dell competitor.
We sure salivate over the convertible hybrids that Dell is throwing our way and the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 is worth a detailed dissection. It looks ordinary expect for the fact that there is a 360 degree turning angle for the screen. However, the Inspiron 13 7000 is dependable as well as budget friendly considering the specs. The pricing is around $999 for the highest variant powered by a Core i7 processor.
Delving Into The Dell
Dell already takes credit for delivering designs that are functional and the Inspiron 13 7000 lives up to this. There is no plastic of polycarbonate on the body. However, the laptop is sturdy with full-sized QWERTY keyboard and a multi-touch track pad. We were particularly impressed with the easy-to-tap buttons on the laptop and a USB 2.0 port along with an additional SD card slot. In terms of size, the Inspiron 13 7000 Special Edition comes in 13-inch and 8.7-inch varieties.
Other notable specs of the Dell Inspiron 13 7000 are:
2.4GHz Intel Core i7-5500, dual-core, 4MB cache with up to 2.9 GHz backed by Turbo Boost
The MacBook Pro in 15 inches has struck a cord with us. With superb graphics of AMD variant, the Pro attracts us mainly because of its Retina display. The sleek body and the Force Touch are other highlights that make the new Macbook a buy worth considering. The track pad is interesting and the battery backup works for 9 hours with usual browsing and light computing. The hard drive sure is jet fast thanks to the CPU of 2.5-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 grade.
The Features Compared
Add to this 16GB RAM that is Upgradable, and not many laptops will compete against the Macbook Pro 15” except for the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15, that is. The latter boasts CPU of 2.2-GHz Intel Core i5-5200U on and OS Windows 8.1 clubbed with 8GB RAM. With SSD type hard drive, the machine is mean despite having about 15.6 inches of screen size. The Pro came in 15.4 inches precisely clubbed with native resolution of 2800×1800. The native resolution on the Lenovo is 1920×1080 but the NVIDIA GeForce 840M graphics card steals the show here from the MacBook Pro 15”.
We Root For Yoga
With long battery life and sturdy build on multi-mode support, the Yoga machine is a great buy. Be sure of solid performance despite the minor dullness when operating the webcam.
Microsoft has replaced Spartan with Edge on its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build. At the moment, Microsoft is looking to improvise its offerings on Windows 10 and according to Build 10158, there are a host of latest specs that will help in rebranding the browser.
What’s On Offer?
Those who have convertibles or hybrid models can expect Continuum to see much revamp on its new build. This offers latest animations and Windows StoreApp support besides access to Win32 apps in tablet mode.
Cross Browser Imports Are Possible
When at Start menu, users can swipe towards the upward area from the left side so as to open All apps. In addition, given that Microsoft Edge comes with an all new app ID as opposed to Project Spartan mode, once you switch to Edge will all your bookmarks and settings will be reset. Select Internet Explorer and import all saved favorites in directory into the new Microsoft Edge. The New Tab page can also be customised from here on.