If you have grown up with Microsoft Paint as a rescue to all creative worries, Monday must have looked like a black day in history. The cyber world went into a tizzy Monday morning over news that Microsoft would be phasing out 32-year-old Paint application. Many of us were wondering, why would Microsoft take away our favourite doodling app? The news was based on a Microsoft Monday report that placed Paint in the ‘deprecated’ column of the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
The good news is that our worries were short lived. Microsoft has been quick to clarify that we were all jumping the gun. In a blog post, the Redmond-based technology giant said that Paint is “here to stay”. Although the app will move away from Windows 10, it will be available on the Windows Store. Users will be able to download the app whenever they want.
Paint has been part of Windows for 32 years, turning into a basic tool that everyone relied on. For many of us, it was the first app you learnt. So when news of a possible demise started making the rounds, it put all fans in a tizzy.
Clearing all the worry in the air, the Microsoft blog said, “Today, we’ve seen an incredible outpouring of support and nostalgia around MS Paint. If there’s anything we learned, it’s that after 32 years, MS Paint has a lot of fans. It’s been amazing to see so much love for our trusty old app.”
Asus clearly knows how to break the mold and create a completely breathtaking piece of machine. The Asus ZenBook UX305LA is proof of that. Clearly, we are in awe of the new offering made by the Taiwanese giant. Here’s why.
Firstly, it is a good-looking laptop available in three colours–black, white and a stunning gold. It is also available with different variations in color so buyers can choose from Core M, Core i5, and a Core i7-5500U. Apart from this, the laptop has many other features.
The new Asus ultrabook is slim and has been tastefully designed with gleaming corners and clean sides. Apple Macbook Air has a clear completion in this one from Asus.
It is feather light and we mean it. Weighing 1.3 kg, UX305LA feels like you are a carrying an elegant and a dainty book in your hands.
It offers crisp picture quality, thanks to a 3200×1800 pixel LED-backlit display. The colors don’t irritate the eyes and the best bit is you can work on this machine for hours without getting tired.
We expected a battery life of upto 15 hours, but the laptop lasts for only 10 hours. This is where Asus could have done some improvements.
It comes loaded with two USB ports and features a HD webcam. The laptop also has a SDXC card reader a microphone-in jack, a headphone-out jac.
The laptop will go on sale in India from 15 October. ZenBook UX305LA runs on Windows 10 and is being billed at Rs 97,990. This might be a hefty price to pay but most of the features are worth that hole in the pocket.
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Oculus Rift will be available for pre-order by the end of this year. However, it will only reach buyers by early 2016. This has been confirmed on a blog post by Oculus. While Oculus hosted the Oculus Rift June Live event sometime back, details about the new releases and availability was made public only now.
The blog posted today mentioned that Oculus Rift will be based on the comfort, immersion and presence of the prototype Crescent Bay. It will also come laced with an improvised tracking mechanism as well as support for standing and sitting experiences. The June event did highlight that physicality will be revamped.
What’s Up With Oculus Rift?
Oculus Rift is highly anticipated because it will be able to stream games from the Xbox One and allow gamers to enjoy their own virtual playground. This idea appeals to many.
Compatibility with Windows 10 adds to the benefits of the Oculus Rift. It will also be compatible with a lot of games by next year, the company has said. Oculus will be pumping in $10 million for new games for the VR headset.
The Surprises In Store
It was announced that the Oculus Rift will not have its own controller. However, it will come with the hyped Xbox One Wireless Controller following a partnership with Microsoft.
This is just the beginning of more good things, including the arrival of Oculus Touch sometime in the future. Meanwhile, the controller will work on a matrix of sensors and haptic feedback.
Taiwanese manufacturer Asus has announced two new convertible gadgets, the Transformer Book T100HA and Transformer Book Flip TP200SA. These gadgets meet the requirement of people who want a tablet at one moment and a laptop soon later. User requirements of computing are so varied today that these convertibles will soon make a space for themselves.
Asus Transformer Book T100HA at a glance
The Asus Transformer Book T100HA is an easy-to-use tablet supported with a completely detachable keyboard along with 10.1-inch display at a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. Powered by the Intel Atom x5-Z8500, this tablet comes with a choice of 2GB as well as 4GB memory along with 128GB, 64GB and 32GB choices for storage. Not just that, the device also offer choices of the operating system you can install. Users can choose between Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.
To ensure user-friendliness of the device, the makers have offered multiple connectivity options like 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro-HDMI port, Micro-USB 2.0 port, USB 2.0 port and USB Type-C port. The hybrid device is available in rouge pink, aqua blue, silk white and tin gray options. It also supports a 5MP rear camera along with 2MP front-facing camera.
Transformer Book Flip TP200SA at a glance
Transformer Book Flip TP200SA, the name hints about its hinge that can flip 360 degrees. With a 11.6-inch display, the device boasts of a bright screen with a pixels resolution of 1366×768.
Although the device runs on an Intel Pentium N3700 quad-core processor, the company offers a choice of using it on the Celeron N3050 dual-core chipset. There are two choices for internal storage, viz. 32GB eMMC or 64GB eMMC. Storage is easy with its 4GB drive that can be extended with an 128GB SSD drive.… Read the rest
To further enhance user anticipation, Microsoft has launched an insider preview build of the Windows 10 Mobile. Called the Windows 10 Mobile Insider PreviewBuild 10536, it gives Windows insiders two updates—Build 10514 and Buld 10536.1000. According to a Windows blog, the latest update is delayed but comes with many surprises.
Firstly, it includes the Insider Hub yet again and fixes the Mobile hotspot functionality. Support has also been provided to include two more languages in the voice input—Japanese and English (India) for greater global acceptance. The latest update on this Windows 10 Mobile build also includes two-factor authentication and enhanced start time.
Improved Photo app
The latest build is reportedly adding folder view options so that users can easily see pictures from their PC as well as OneDrive using a Photo app. Not just that, the new update will also allow users to access files in the SD card directly. When speaking of the latest release, Microsoft blogger Gabriel Aul said that the update will not only make photo viewing easier, but also much faster.
New features for improved user experience
Microsoft has also introduced the “one-handed mode” to the latest build, something that was earlier restricted to devices with large screens. Some new features users can expect from the build are setting quite hours and pinch/zoom maps.
For now the build is just restricted to Windows insiders when they sign up. However, Iit is not recommended for those using Lumia 1020 as the preview build is not quite compatible with it. … Read the rest
Windows devices are finally coming into the big league thanks to Lenovo. The maker announced launch of its latest array of Windows 10 based laptops as well as desktops for the B, E, M and S series at IFA, Berlin in Germany on Wednesday. The laptop variants that saw revelation are ThinkPad Yoga 260, IdeaPad 100S, the IdeaPad 300, IdeaPad 500, Idea IdeaPad 300, IdeaPad 500 and Lenovo’s Miix 700 devices. Also, up for availability in the retail marts soon are the IdeaCentre desktops and the Yoga Tab 3 Android tab.
Dissecting The ThinkPad Yoga 260
We chose to dissect the ThinkPad Yoga 260 that is causing buzz with its LTE capability. The classic stand, tend and normal modes are still available on this Yoga baby.
Read More: With a 12.5-incher display, users can choose a full HD or a FHD option when it comes to screen res. Powering the entrails of the ThinkPad Yoga 260 is either an Intel Core i3 or an i5, as you can afford.
There is a very meaty Intel Core i7 Skylake chipset processor powered variant too. The Lenovo launch supports up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and up till 512 GB SSD of internal storage. A couple of USB 3.0 ports plus a Mini Display Port with HDMI out port add utility to the new release. Of real worth is the 720p RealSense webcam and the Hello spec that Windows 10 comes with.
The Pricing Story
Choose from silver or black hues and be relaxed about running the laptop for 10 hours with a single round of charging. The pricing starts at upwards of $949 and you could bag one from November onwards.… Read the rest
Windows 10 is now out in the market and has successfully retained its pre-launch hype. The new operating system of Microsoft has earned positive response from users, thanks to its unique Start Menu. The new Start Menu is not just convenient to find and use, it offer several hidden functions for enhanced user-friendliness.
Secret Start Menu at a glance
By now, many of you know that the new operating system can be used in touchscreen mode as well. Users who want to operate the device in touchscreen mode just need to tap and hold the Start button for one or two seconds to make it functional.
Apart from the touchscreen mode, the shortcut menu also has some secrets that comes handy for many of the users. By using this menu, users can directly go to the tool they want without going through multiple menus. Whether you want to access the computer management tools, disk tools, system information or event viewer, you can directly find it from the Windows Administrative Tools in the All Apps section under the Start Menu. While Run command, Task Manager, Control Panel and Command Prompt can be found from the Windows System tool in the All apps section of the Start Menu. … Read the rest
Windows 10 is now out in the market and by this time many have tried their hands on its new features. Though the new OS has brought in several innovative features for users, some of them will really steal your heart.
Top 5 features at a glance
Customization of start menu: Windows 10 features a user-friendly start menu, which was last seen in Windows 7. The new start menu is even better as it can be customized depending on the preference of the user. One can get it enlarged to full-screen mode or keep it small. The content of the menu can also be organized as per choice with large, wide, medium and small tile sizes.
Real Assistance from Cortana: This is undoubtedly one of the most praised features of Windows 10. Once the Notebook collects relevant information from the user, it immediately processes it like a human and provides complete assistance to plan tours or arrange events. Cortana can be used as a complete search bar or as an icon.
Microsoft Edge browsing: The new browser has already gained much appreciation for its performance. It is not just user friendly but also has built-in Cortana support.
File explorer boon: Now, users can get a much organized file explorer with recently accessed files, designated favorites and frequently visited folders. Though this is useful for everyone, it is more advantageous for people working on projects containing multiple elements.
Work on virtual desktop: Managing multiple applications or programs is no longer a tough job with the virtual desktop feature. Dedicate one work space for each app and work without any distraction.
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Launched on July 29, Windows 10 has created ripples across the tech industry with the features and functions it has to offer. Users of Windows 8 are stating that the new update from Microsoft in the form of Windows 10 is the best thing that has happened since Win 8.1 was released. Users of Windows 8.1 remained dis-satisfied with its features for a long time because of which they were eagerly waiting for Win 10 since the day it was announced.
Advantages of having Windows 10 over Windows 8
Lets take a look at the benefits users have attained from migrating to Windows 10:
Users will have access to the Start Button once again. This feature was sorely being missed in Windows 8. In addition to this, the start button is supercharged and provides additional features to users.
As the update was free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, it was easy to migrate to the new OS. In addition, users will now be able to get all updates related to the Windows 10 free of cost.
Windows 10 users now have the advantage of enjoying Microsoft’s personal assistant Cortana that was missing in Windows 8 and Windows 7.
Superfast Microsoft Edge is another big advantage of the Windows 10 because it provides an enhanced browsing experience.
Since its launch on 29 July, Microsoft Windows 10 received its third update yesterday. Three consecutive updates from Microsoft has placed the sustainability of the latest Microsoft operating system in serious doubt. Experts associated with Microsoft stated that the updates are bound to happen as it is for the development and betterment of the OS. Additionally, a spokesperson from Microsoft has stated that users were facing some issues while using Windows 10 and the updates were meant to solve them.
What was the update all about?
KB3081438 is the latest update that Microsoft has provided for Windows 10.
Even though it was stated that the new update was done to make Win 10 work smoothly, a spokesperson has said it was designed and re-aligned to solve issues relating to the Windows Store. Users were unable to download applications, download updates or access the store because of which the update was required. After the update, the issues were put to rest, users have reported.
Features not disclosed
While receiving a Windows 10 update, users do not know for which application the update was itemized. However, it is suggested for Win-10 HOME users to update the OS as and when updates are made available from Microsoft because they are working on improving the OS.
Microsoft is expected to make some big changes along the way as they are busy handling updates and patch work. Meanwhile, users are happy about the new updates because that has helped o remove a lot of glitches.