Monday, 30 September 2013

Apple : iOS APP

iSketchnote: an iPad Cover That Digitizes Your Paper Scribbles

iSketchnote: an iPad Cover That Digitizes Your Paper Scribbles

Get in on the ground floor as we look at the most exciting crowdfunded tech projects out there right now. This week: iSketchnote, a cover for the iPad that allows users to digitize their paper-based sketches and notes in real time. No electronic pen is required, yet the magnetic technology can recognize the color of the ink being used.

Microsoft Windows OS based LapTop

How to Tease Top Performance Out of Your Windows Laptop

      By Patrick Nelson

Much like cars, Windows PCs need an occasional servicing to keep running at their best. That can mean replacing the battery, freeing up disk space, defragmenting and more. For example, older, nickel cadmium laptop batteries were never designed to be left endlessly plugged in -- as we all do with our laptops -- and often die before the laptop does.

If you're noticing that your Windows laptop runs slower and crankier the older it gets -- I'm talking about your laptop here, not you or me -- it's probably because it needs a bit of maintenance.

Some tender loving care will take care of most old-laptop lethargy in much the same way a routine service visit can extend the life of your car and let it operate with more vroom.

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Here's how to fix your laptop.

Step 1:

Buy a new battery if your laptop is no longer portable and needs to be tethered to the wall.

Older, nickel cadmium laptop batteries were never designed to be left endlessly plugged in -- as we all do with our laptops -- and often die before the laptop does.

Tip: Remove the battery pack from the under side of the laptop and perform a search for the model number on the Internet.

Choose newer Lithium Ion, or Li-ion, battery chemistry, if you can find that option, for the least weight and limited memory effect.

Step 2:

Run Windows Maintenance Tasks by opening the Control Panel in Windows 7 (older Microsoft operating systems are similar), and browsing to System & Security and then Find and Fix Problems.

Select Run Maintenance Tasks and allow the troubleshooter to run.

Tip: Run Maintenance Tasks will correct maintenance issues like excessive unused files and shortcuts.

Step 3:

Free up disk space by returning to the Control Panel home page and browsing to System & Security again. Choose Free Up Disk Space from the Administrative Tools area. The cleanup will run and prompt you to delete redundant files.

Tip: Freeing up disk space provides more elbow room within the hard drive.

Step 4:

Remove programs that you don't use by selecting Free Up Disk Space again. This time, choose Clean Up System Files and then the More Options tab.

Allow the list to populate and uninstall programs you don't use by double-clicking on the program label.

Tip: Programs take up space on the hard drive. As with the previous step, making space helps the laptop. Plus, fewer programs loading on laptop startup frees RAM.

Step 5:

Defragment the hard drive by choosing the Defragment your Hard Drive option label adjacent to the Free Up Disk Space label.

Click on Analyze and the tool will analyze the disk and advise you if defragmentation is necessary. Follow the prompt to perform the defragmentation.

Tip: Defragmenting physically organizes file clusters on the hard drive, making the day-to-day file reading faster.

Step 6:

Turn on Windows Update by clicking on Automatic Updating On or Off within the same System & Security section of the Control Panel, and choosing Install Updates Automatically.

Tip: Windows Update is a Microsoft service that pushes bug fixes and enhancements to the laptop.

Ensure the computer is running and online at the scheduled check time. Follow any prompts.

Step 7:

Install antivirus software. Browse to the Microsoft Windows Consumer Security Software Providers Web page and choose an antivirus application. I've had success with the free AVG product, but others are available too.

Follow the prompts to install the product and allow a scan to take place. Follow any prompts to repair virus damage.

Tip: You may have to delve deep into some of the antivirus websites to find the free version of the product.

Step 8

Install maintenance software. I've used IObit's free Advanced SystemCare, which has corrected issues for me.

Browse to the IObit website for the download. Install the application and allow it to perform a Smart Scan. Smart Scan will identify and remove malware, fix registry issues and scan the disk for errors, among other optimizations.


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HP :Gesture-Enabled PC

HP Leaps Across Finish Line With First Gesture-Enabled PC

 By Richard Adhikari

However stellar its hardware, HP could still face the same problem bedeviling mobile device vendors: the availability of apps. "Gesture-based control is an interesting concept and there are interesting things you can do with it, but it has no value unless it has software," noted Bob O'Donnell, a program vice president at IDC. "The question is, are there enough apps that are compelling enough?"


Facebook's Truly, Madly Deeply Learning the Story of Your Life

 By Richard Adhikari

Knowing what you say and do may not be enough to satisfy Facebook's data cravings, so it might get a deep-learning artificial intelligence system to figure out what you're going to do and how you feel about it. "You can call it by many names, but it's basically data analysis on steroids," said tech analyst Jim McGregor. The danger is that "Facebook or anybody tied to Facebook can sell this data."

Google's new search algorith


Google's Little Hummingbird

       By Erika Morphy                             


One of the distinguishing features of the new Hummingbird algorithm is its ability to handle longer, more complex search questions. In fact, Google is trying to embrace natural language search more fully, especially as more people start to use voice search via their smartphones, noted Ken Saunders, president of Search Engine Experts. "As a result, search queries get longer and use more words," Saunders said.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Microsoft Surface 2

Surface 2 release date, news and features

Microsoft has announced Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 at an event in New York.

Surface Pro 2 features Windows 8.1, while Surface 2 will feature the Windows 8.1 retread of Windows RT, known asWindows 8.1 RT.

Secrets of cinema: Part 2

from vibrating seats to IMAX

Take your movie watching to the IMAX!

Are you sitting comfortably...

If you are not up for bubbles and smells but still want to make your cinematic experience that bit more interactive and immersive, then Try a D-Box screening. D-Box seats are programmable motorised chairs that move with the action of the film.
By Rosie Fletcher 

Secrets of cinema: Part 1

ultimate tips for the best movie experience

By Rosie Fletcher

A little bit of movie magic

There's something magical about sitting in the pitch black of the cinema while new worlds unfold around you and envelope you in their wonders. With tickets expensive, plus pricy popcorn, in this age of VOD services

WD's Red drives

Keep your files and photos safe with Network Attached Storage (NAS)
 WD Red: the hard drives specifically designed to protect your files

WD's Red drives are specifically designed for NAS

If you're anything like us, you'll have several tablets, phones or computers in your home. Multiple device use has increased significantly over the last decade – and that's before you get to other home entertainment devices such as smart TVs or digital photo frames. The trouble with all these devices is that they can all create or display content, so the challenge is increasingly about knowing where your photos, music and files are stored.

Intel's Bay Trail

The next big thing in mobile computing

 By Jeremy Laird

It's a small chip, but Intel's Bay Trail could have a big impact

Intel's Atom processor was always a good idea. Shrink the power profile associated with the full-power x86 instruction to ultra-mobile proportions.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

iOS 7 video tip:

 How to shut down running apps

by Steven Sande

One of the big questions we're hearing from people who are making the jump to iOS 7 is "How the heck do I shut down apps that are running in the background?" In the past, you'd double-tap the home button and get a display of app icons on your screen, then tap the red "X" on those icons to shut them down.

iOS 7

OmniGroup overhauls OmniOutliner, OmniFocus and OmniPlan for iOS 7

by Megan Lavey-Heaton

The OmniGroup has overhauled its iOS apps for the iOS 7 release, including creating a completely revamped OmniFocus on the iPhone that is just a joy to use. OmniOutliner 2 adds a number of keyboard shortcuts and a redesigned Doc Picker, as well as new templates. The Doc Picker makes its way over to OmniPlan 2 as well and adds an in-app purchase for importing Microsoft Project files.

APPLE : rescue battery life

How to stop iOS 7 from destroying your iPhone's battery life

by Mike Wehner

iOS 7 is all kinds of sexy, but with a slew of fancy new features comes more strain on the ever-important statistic of battery life. iOS 7 is compatible with iPhone 4 or later (though not all features are supported on


The Apple Store is down, down, down!

by Kelly Hodgkins

Get those fingers ready to hit refresh and those credit cards out as the Apple Store is down. The next time it comes back up, you'll be furiously clicking and typing your way to a new iPhone 5s. Don't forget -- the store will come back online for iPhone 5s orders at 12:01 Pacific Time, 1:01 Mountain Time, 2:01 Central Time and 3:01 Eastern Time

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


Angry Birds Space gets new Cosmic Crystals update

by John-Michael Bond

After all these years, the birds are still angry. You can hear the cries of their swine enemies as structures fall around them in all eras, be it in the future or a galaxy far, far away. That's right guys, the Angry Birds franchise is back with a new update for Angry Birds Space.

APPLE : iTunes

iTunes 11.1 will have new iOS app organizer

by Michael Grothaus

Last night Apple seeded the eighth Developer Preview of the upcoming OS X 10.9 Mavericks. While there were no significant changes since the last build, this release does include the next version of iTunes, as images by Filipe EspĆ³sito shows.

APPLE iPhones

On Apple, the new iPhones and points made and missed

by Victor Agreda, Jr.

As you might expect, overnight some smart folks wrote some smart postsabout the smart things going on in Cupertino (our wrap up of the event can be found here). Yesterday I went on local TV to talk about the 5c and 5s, and as I drove away I realized that I hadn't had time to chat aboutCoreMotion, new camera modes and a half dozen other things Apple announced yesterday.

Apple APPs

Five apps that look fantastic on iOS 7

by Kelly Hodgkins

Today is the big day you've all been waiting for since WWDC 2013. After months of reading about iOS 7, you can finally download this version iOS and install it on your iOS device. Once you get settled in with the new features, you'll want to install some apps. To get you started, here are five of our favorite apps that look great on iOS 7.

Motorola Droid Ultra XT1080

Image Hits the Web

Leaked image offers no indication of hardware inside

Leaked images of smartphones and other hardware that surface online ahead of the official announcement and unveil are nothing new. Sometimes those leaked photos come with some details on hardware specifications and launch dates. Other times we get nothing but a single photograph to tease us with no indication of how well the device will perform.


Tiffany Kaiser


BlackBerry Could be Sold Off in Fragments as Bidders Remain Skeptical of the Whole

Bidders just want the valuable patents

A few bidders are eyeballing struggling phone company BlackBerry, but no one seems to want to buy the company as a whole.

Nokia Bandit Windows Phone Leaks

Shane McGlaun
Leaked image shows extra columns of tiles on the home screen

A leaked image has turned up on Twitter (courtesy of evleaks) that claims to be a screenshot from the big-screen Nokia “Bandit” smartphone. The screenshot shows a reworked on screen for Windows Phone

Leaked Bandit screen shot (Source: evleaks)

GTA :Grand Theft Auto v

Shane McGlaun

Gamer Posts Vine Videos Spoiling GTA V, Microsoft Bans His Console For Life

GTA V Vine Leaks (Source: Gizmodo)

If you're going to leak footage, be smart enough to remove move your gamer tag from the video

Lumia 1520

Jason Mick

Nokia 6-inch Lumia 1520 Phablet Gets Pictured, Headed for Oct. 22 Launch Event

Nokia's biggest Windows Phone yet sees its unveil bumped a month, but that shouldn't impact its Nov. sale date
Like many rumors, reports that Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) subsidiary Nokia Oyj. (HEX:NOK1V) would unveil its upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 six-inch phablet at a Sept. 26 press event in New York City proved premature. Nokia reportedly opted to bump that unveil date till Oct. 22, according to WPCentral and the @evleaks Twitter account.


Tiffany Kaiser

Microsoft Replaces $40 Billion Share Buyback Program, Offers Dividend Increase

Microsoft is upping the quarterly dividend from $0.23 to $0.28

Microsoft is investing its cash into its own stock through a new share buyback program, and has also

Monday, 16 September 2013

It targets efficiency and cost reduction to connect the next 5 billion

By Zachary Lutz 

If ever hopes to be successful with its goal of bringing affordable internet to the next 5 billion people, the cost of delivery will need to be much cheaper than it is today. Today, members of the coalition --

Microsoft deal Mobile

Nokia Lumia 1520 launch reportedly delayed in wake of Microsoft deal Mobile

                       By Jon Fingas

If you believe the rumors, Nokia was supposed to launch the supersized Lumia 1520 (aka Bandit) as soon

FREE iPhone 5c

Sprint offering free iPhone 5c to carrier switchers

Now that the latest iPhones have debuted, it's time for the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas -- it's cellular providers undercutting each other for market share! Sprint is the first one out of the gate, with a new promotion launching September 20 with the iPhone 5c. Customers who switch their phone number over to Sprint will get US$100 off any new phone, including the new iPhone 5c and 5s.

Google : App Store

Google Glass app store will debut in 2014

By Melissa Grey

Back in July, a Google Glass software update inadvertently spilled the beans on a forthcoming app store

APPLE : Touch ID sensor

Why a disembodied finger can't be used to unlock the Touch ID sensor on the iPhone 5s

When a lot of folks think of fingerprint-scanning technology, they often assume there's a single way to do it, but nothing could be further from the truth. There are actually more than a half-dozen different technologies -- and combinations thereof -- that various devices employ to read prints, with varying levels of reliability, and

Google Glass : Data sharing

Google Glass no longer requires tethering plan for smartphone data sharing Mobile

By Alexis Santos

An Explorer Edition of Glass is already a pricey piece of tech, and smartphone tethering plans required to give it a mobile internet connection have only made ownership that much more expensive. However, there's

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Amazon Greenlights HTML5 Web Apps

 By Richard Adhikari

Amazon's support for HTML5, following Monday's announcement that CEO Jeff Bezos was purchasing The Washington Post, might raise the question of whether there is a link between the two. They are unrelated,

Map Apps : Navigation

All Things Appy: Top 5 Map Apps for Firefox

  By Patrick Nelson

Even the best of us need to look up addresses or research destinations once in a while, and for that Mozilla's Firefox platform offers ample assistance. In this review we look at pop-up maps, unique map-related search


Nice Idea but Not Ready for Prime Time

                By Patrick Nelson

One major part of the app is that you're supposed to be able to track a phone's location if it's lost or stolen. I tested this feature and requested tracking data for my mocked-up lost phone through the website, but I didn't receive any tracking event notifications, even though the website dashboard knew the phone was lost and I had a data connection.

PanicGuard is available for free in the Google Play store.

In-Flight Internet

Gogo to Bring In-Flight Internet Up to Speed

By Rachelle Dragani

One of the things that makes air travel bearable is being able to log onto the Internet, but the available services are costly, unpredictable and often slow -- way too slow to stream video. Gogo aims to change that

Data Security

Needle in a Haystack: Harnessing Big Data for Security

By Dan Hubbard

The process of validating suspicious hosts can be cost- and resource-prohibitive. To validate threats across the entire Internet would require an army of analysts. The good news is that there are thousands of potential

Apple iPhone

Apple iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c: which is for you? Mobile

By Zachary Lutz

We use the term loosely, but the iPhone is no longer a "one size fits all" smartphone. Today's Apple event

Acronis : Cloud backup service

Acronis True Image Online

250GB for £39.95/US$49.99/AU$59.95 per year

Best known for its desktop backup software, Acronis is now trying to make an impact in the cloud storage world, and its True Image Online is certainly a good place to start.

ClouD BackUP Service

What's the best way to keep your data safe from disaster? 


Unlimited for US$59.99 (around £39/AU$67) per year

Most online backup tools are cut down, extremely basic, the core essentials and nothing else. CrashPlan takes a different approach, though - it's easily the most powerful tool in this set.

Apple : Increased battery size

Apple Increases iPhone 5C and 5S Battery Sizes relative to iPhone 5

by Brian Klug

While poking through the FCC documents and piecing together a story on the network band situation for the

Apple iPhone 5C and 5S launch gives China hang up over high price

Chinese analysts and consumers at Apple press event in Beijing say plastic 5C model is not low-end as publicity had suggested

Jonathan Kaiman in Beijing

An Apple employee is surrounded by reporters in Beijing. One user compared iPhone 5C to a potato peeler, others saying the C stood for costly, not cheap. Photograph: REX/Imaginechina