Friday, August 28, 2015

TAG Smart Halo, Amsterdam, Smart Bike, GPS, Activity Tracker

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The Smart Halo
Smart Halo latches onto any kind of bike and provides an intuitive solution for bikers to focus on the road rather than a map.
(Photo : Smart Halo)
Enter the smart bike — or rather, a bike with smart capabilities. Developers behind the Smart Halo are focused on creating a safe and accessible way for urban cyclists to navigate cities through GPS tracking and intuitive design.
The flat and round Smart Halo device can turn any bike into a smart bike: all you need is smartphone connectivity and the companion app. A luminescent and transforming halo provides a turn-by-turn navigation system that tells bikers where to go without having to deal with the clunk of an intricate smartphone map. The lighting system is pretty versatile in the information it can give the rider: where to turn, how much to turn, when to slow down and when to stop — all with a simple glance.

(Photo : Smart Halo)

There's a hoard of other features packed into the device as well, including a light that illuminates the rider's path, a notification system for incoming calls and weather changes, and a sensor-activated alarm to prevent bike theft. All of these features are based around different permutations of the central light display. And of course, its military-grade lock system can latch safely onto any kind of bike.
Using the device and its companion app is also incredibly simple. There's no need for a start or stop option. The device begins working the moment you start peddling — with the activity tracking system calculating time, distance, speed, elevation and even calories burned. All you need to do is input the destination (like in any mapping system), tuck your phone away, and let the device do the rest. The battery lasts for about three weeks and can be charged with a simple USB plug-in.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Skin Cancer Checker App, SkinVision, Snags $3.4M To Move Beyond Moles

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Can an app warn you that you might have skin cancer? Digital health startup SkinVision is using smartphone tech and vision algorithms to allow consumers to track changes to their moles. Users of its iOS and Android apps, which have been downloaded some 200,000 times since launch back in 2011, take a photo of a mole and the app then performs a visual analysis, with the aim of identifying suspicious growths such as melanoma.
“Skin cancer grows chaotically and potential suspicious moles are identified based on signs of non-natural growth,” explains CEO Dick Uyttewaal. “The algorithm within the online assessment reviews signs of non-natural growth of skin lesions and is based on an established mathematical methodology in biology called fractal geometry.
“The algorithm currently looks at seven different criteria and will be further improved based on the continuous growth in our database (currently in excess of 1 million pictures).”
Moles are rated using a simple traffic light system (using a red, orange or green risk rating). The app lets users store photos in multiple folders so they can track different moles over time.
“A changing mole (color, size, symmetry etc.) is a clear sign that something is wrong and that the person should visit a doctor immediately,” he adds.
How accurate is the SkinVision tech at identifying melanoma? Uyttewaal says it’s as good as the “average eye of a dermatologist”, noting also that it’s the only such skin cancer detector app to have obtained CE certification in Europe.
“Medical studies show that the sensitivity of dermatologists to recognize melanoma is 70 to 90 per cent… [A 2014 study of the app, conducted by the university clinic of Ludwig Maximillian University] shows an overall accuracy to recognize melanoma with the red rating of 83 per cent, and a sensitivity to recognize melanoma of 73 per cent (with red rating) and 92 per cent (with red and orange ratings),” says Uyttewaal.
“The study was based on the SkinVision technology that was looked at November 2012, and since the study we have continued to deliver enhancements to the technology,” he adds.
SkinVision is now announcing what a terms a late Series A/early Series B funding round of €3 million ($3.4M), bringing its total raised to date to between €5 million and €6 million. Since the initial app launch, the business has grown into what Uyttewaal terms a “solutions platform”, monetizing its software via different monthly subscription pricing models — which vary depending on the country. Some free usage is possible, although a subscription payment model is its primary monetization channel at this point. (And one which has triggered a rash of negative reviews of its apps.)
“Consumers are only starting to get used to paying for health related applications. For those that provide support in a health risk area, and have been clinically proven, consumers have begun to pay monthly fees in excess of the SkinVision subscription, because they recognise the value and importance of managing potentially risky lesions early to prevent the need for longer term, more invasive and costly treatment,” argues Uyttewaal.
“I would also like to add that SkinVision does not use customer data for commercial purposes,” he adds.
SkinVision’s new tranche of financing comes from European pharmaceutical firm LEO Pharma, whose business unsurprisingly also has a strong focus on dermatology, so there’s obvious synergies to be leveraged there. Also part of the round: prior investor and SkinVision majority shareholder Personal Health Solutions Capital, a Dutch investment firm focusing on consumer-centric digital health solutions.
SkinVision notes specifically that a key impetus for the investment is widening applications for its technology — so applying it to track and assess other serious skin conditions, beyond moles and melanomas. So again, having a pharma company as an investor aligns with its expansion plans.
Commenting on the funding in a statement, LEO Pharma’s SVP of global development, Kim Kjoeller, notes: “The Internet is dramatically changing how consumers manage their health and that creates new opportunities for us to deliver innovative, value-added services. We are very pleased to collaborate with SkinVision, because we will gain unique learnings about the convergence of digital technologies with medical applications.
“The coming years will see an ever changing and increasingly digital health care environment and LEO Pharma wants to be at the forefront of that trend. This is a huge opportunity for the European technology and pharmaceutical industries to become world leaders.”
SkinVision’s new financing will also be used to expand into new geographical markets, and to try to establish stronger ties with national healthcare systems in select markets, adds Uyttewaal.
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Use Cortana to define words for you in Windows 10

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Microsoft’s Cortana has many uses including sending emails or checking the weather. One of the best uses though is a simple look-up feature for words and their definitions. Combined with the Hey Cortana voice recognition using Cortana to tell you quickly what a word means is a great hands-free tip.
There are multiple ways to get Cortana to define a word. If you have Hey Cortana enabled you can simply blurt out your request:
“Hey Cortana what is the meaning/definition of inchoate?”
“Hey Cortana define ubiquitously
You can, of course, also just type in your request e.g “define beatitude” although this admittedly takes some of the speed (and fun) out of using the personal digital assistant.
For many words, Cortana displays the definition within a card, and OxfordDictionaries or EncartaDictionaries powers it. Sometimes, if Cortana misunderstands you or does not have the definition, the assistant opens up a web page after performing a web search for it.
There is not much else to say about the feature outside of it being helpful, especially if you are writing something.

Ask Cortana

If you are using the Microsoft Edge browser and are reading an article with a word you do not know, Cortana has you covered here too. Simply highlight the word using your mouse (or tap if on a touch screen) and right-click to bring up a menu. Choose Ask Cortana and the assistant should grab the definition for you in a slide-out window from the right side.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Samsung Is Really Really Really Keen To Convert iPhone Owners To Its Smartphones

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Got an iPhone? Got a dollar? That’s all you need if you want to take one of Samsung’s newest smartphones for a thirty day, “no obligation” spin. (That’s assuming that you live in the U.S.)
The Korean phone maker, which continues to see its growth slip as Android smartphones themselves suffer a global decline, is pinpointing customers of arch rival Apple with this very specific offer, as CNET first spotted. The trial even includes a free data plan, to get the most from a Galaxy device, which is not restricted to any single operator.
While Apple continues to go from strength to strength — its Q3 2015 net profit rose nearly 40 percent year-on-year to reach $10.7 billion — Samsung’s vital financial stats keep moving in the wrong direction. Samsung Mobile’s operating profit sunk 37.6 percent year-over-year to 2.76 trillion won, while its operating profit margin in the last quarter was 10.6 percent, a significant decrease from 15.5 percent in Q2 2014.
Samsung last week unveiled the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, its latest competitors to take on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+, but already critics are unsure whether the devices, and their lofty pricepoints, can put a dent in Apple’s brand and its flagship device, which have helped the U.S. firm gain marketshare in pretty much all major global markets. And, with the next iterations of the iPhone set to launch next month, the competitor is only set to get tougher.
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Almost everyone set password for login to computer. However, people often forgot computer password and locked themselves out of the computer. So people’s concern is how to reset computer password.
There are many methods to reset computer password, among which it’s the most practical way to reset computer password with another computer.

Step 1: Create a password reset disk on another computer

1. On anyone workable computer with internet access, download, install, and then runiSumsoft Windows Password Refixer.
2. Select one media type and insert a USB flash drive or CD/DVD drive into the computer.
3. Note the drive letter of the inserted flash drive. Then click on the Begin burningbutton.
4. When burning successfully dialog pops up, you have successfully made a password reset disk for another computer.

Step 2: Reset password on your locked computer

1. Disconnect the USB drive or CD/DVD flash drive and insert it into your password forgotten and locked computer.
2. Start or restart the computer and set computer to boot from USB drive or CD-ROM.
3. Once computer boots up, Windows Password Re fixer will be running on the computer.
4. It displays Windows operating system installed on the computer and all user accounts existed on Windows. Select the target Windows and account. Then click on the Reset Password button.
5. It asks if you want to reset password to blank. Click Yes to confirm. Then it will reset your computer password to blank.
6. Take out the USB or CD/DVD drive. Restart your computer and you can log onto computer without password.
Other ways to reset computer password:
  • Way 1: With a password reset disk
  • Way 2: Use a Windows installation disc
  • Way 3: By booting computer into Safe Mode
Although the above three ways is alternative to reset computer password, they aren’t always really helpful. Because, many people don’t create a password reset disk previously before they forgot computer password. And not all people have an available Windows installation disc and it’s troublesome to reset computer password with installation disc that not all people can do it by themselves. On the other hand, not all people would activate Windows built-in administrator account, if built-in administrator account isn't enabled, then you can’t reset your computer password by booting computer into safe mode. Above all, it's the best choice to reset computer password with another computer.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

You Can Now Run Windows 10 On Your Mac

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Thanks to Apple updating Boot Camp, that is. If you have had a hankering to try out Microsoft’s latest operating system — and I can recommend at least taking it for a spin — now’s the time.
Apple’s full directions here are worth your time, but the broad strokes are simple: If you have a Mac no older than ‘mid 2012,’ and are running the most recent build of OS X, you should be able to get Windows 10 running without too much bother.
Boot Camp will also let you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 if you have a prior build running on your machine at the moment. If you don’t have Windows installed already, you will probably have to buy yourself a copy of the code. Microsoft is providing a year of free upgrades, after all, not a free ride for everyone.
Here’s the full list of compatible Macs, via Apple:
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Microsoft likely doesn’t mind Apple making it easier for Mac users to run Windows 10 — after all, it has to reach that billion device threshold. I doubt the software firm cares much about what device is running Windows 10, provided that it is in fact running the code.
It’s Friday, so if you were going to play around at your desk and call it work, you now have a prime excuse.

With $100M In Funding, Carbon3D Will Make 3D Manufacturing A Reality

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Carbon3D, a startup building 3D printers for manufacturers, has pulled in $100 million in new funding to move 3D printing out of the prototyping phase and into production.
Google Ventures led the Series C round, joined by new investors Yuri Milner, Reinet Investments, and F.I.S., along with existing investors Sequoia Capital, Silver Lake Kraftwerk, and Northgate Capital.
If Carbon3D’s printers look like something out of a Terminator movie, it’s because that’s where co-founder Joseph DeSimone drew the inspiration for the technology. The printers are powered by a photochemical process, rather than the layer-by-layer process of traditional 3D printers, which allows them to print functional parts at 100 times the speed of existing printers.
“This is the first 3D printing tech that really has the potential to break out of the prototyping realm that 3D printing has been relegated to until now,” says Andy Wheeler, who led the Carbon3D investment for Google Ventures. “For one because of the sheer speed, but perhaps even more importantly due to the range of materials.”
Carbon3D can print everything from a remote control to the arm of a chair by utilizing a variety of materials that a typical 3D printer cannot.
The company is already working with a dozen large manufacturers spanning the automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics industries, including Ford and special effects studio Legacy Effects.
Many of the parts Carbon3D’s printers are churning out were previously made with injection molding, which gets expensive if you’re only creating a handful of parts. Potentially the most exciting aspect, though, is that this technology makes it possible to create an entirely new range of structures and parts.
Instead of using steel to build certain high-strength components of an airplane, for instance, Carbon3D would be able to 3D print a lightweight alternative by shaping plastic into a form previously impossible to manufacture.
Currently in beta, the company will begin selling its industrial-scale printers to manufacturers later this year.

Of Course BlackBerry’s Upcoming Android Phone Is Awkward

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Meet the FrankenBlackBerry. Is it an Android phone? Is it a BlackBerry? No, it’s the new BlackBerry Android phone! If you ever wondered what would happen if you slapped a BlackBerry keyboard onto an average Android phone, look no further. BlackBerry has this device for you.
Notorious leaker Evan Blass shared a rendering of the new device on Twitter. It’s everything you’ve ever dreamed, and probably even a bit more. As you can see on the picture, it runs stock Android. BlackBerry opted for a more traditional 16:9 display instead of its tiny square-ish displays as well.
But the downside is that this thing looks incredibly tall. Of course BlackBerry had to tilt the rendering angle a bit so that it doesn’t appear as tall as it seems. But I can’t help but see a gigantic TV remote control.
So what’s BlackBerry’s solution to make this device fit in your pocket? A slider! It’s 2005 all over again. Sliders are great. Except that they break, make phones less durable, add weight and thickness and are inconvenient. And given the tall form factor, it will probably be very uncomfortable to type on this thing as the display will feel heavy.
The keyboard looks very flat as well. You might not get the good old BlackBerry feeling when you type on this device. We will have to try it to know for sure.
BlackBerry is throwing everything against the wall to stay relevant — square phablets, classic BlackBerry phones, modern 16:9 BlackBerry phones… Nothing seems to appeal to customers.
Android is a much needed improvement as developers have abandoned BlackBerry’s operating system years ago. But BlackBerry can’t just become yet another Android OEM — all of them are already suffering from too much competition. That’s why adding a keyboard makes sense, in some way. I’m just not sure about the execution. But this FrankenBlackBerry might be too little, too late anyway.

Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

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Silent Circle showed off the second generation of its pro-privacy Android-hardened smartphone, the Blackphone, back in March at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — touting a summer launch for the device.
In the event, it’s still not launched, and the company has now quietly put up a pre-order pageon its website for a September release — sans price tag.
Blackphone 2
The Blackphone 2 updates the original handset in the look and feel department, with an all-glass front and rear, plus a larger full HD display. At 5.5 inches across, it’s generous enough although lags behind palm-stretching phablet offerings. Other updates include a 64-bit processor and more RAM.
There’s no further word on the other device Silent Circle has in the works: a tablet, with the unfortunately clumsy moniker: Blackphone+, also announced back in March.
Both devices will run Silent Circle’s SilentOS (formerly called PrivatOS): a security focused flavor of Android, and come pre-loaded with pro-privacy apps such as Silent Circle’s suite of secure messaging apps, as well as bundling access to third party pro-privacy services such as SpiderOak secure cloud storage.
The company has pivoted from its initial prosumer target for Blackphone to concentrate more of its energies on serving the enterprise market — chasing a space that used to be occupied by RIM’s Blackberry, and now selling devices, software and services under its “enterprise privacy platform” banner.

Google Launches OnHub Router, Promises Faster Wi-Fi And Simpler Setup

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Google today surprised us by launching a router with the help of its partner TP-LINK. The $199.99 OnHub router promises to do away with many of the issues you’ve likely experienced with your existing router: Wi-Fi slowing to a crawl, videos buffering and connections randomly dropping out. That always meant unplugging the device, waiting a minute or so, plugging it back in, and then hoping for the best.
Screen Shot 2015-08-18 at 9.41.42 AMGoogle promises the OnHub router will “give you Wi-Fi that’s fast, secure, and easy to use.” The company says setup is easy and the device automatically scans your local airwaves to find the best channel for you. “A unique antenna design and smart software keep working in the background, automatically adjusting OnHub to avoid interference and keep your network at peak performance,” Google says.
The router will also automatically install updates and new features as they are released.
Unsurprisingly, the router is controlled by a single mobile app that can run on Android and iOS. From there, you can manage all of your devices and check up on your network. You can also use the app to quickly send your WiFi passwords to your friends.
Unlike similar devices, the router is actually also nicely designed and looks a bit more like the ill-fated but beautiful Nexus Q than your standard Netgear equipment.
The new router is now available in the U.S. on the Google Store, as well as at Amazon, and Walmart.com. It’s also coming to retail stores in the U.S. and Canada soon. Google says it will soon launch a similar device with ASUS, too.
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At almost $200, OnHub is definitely a bit of a luxury item, so it remains to be seen how well it will sell. If anything, though, it will hopefully give other router vendors an incentive to step up their game. For what it’s worth, Apple’s AirPort Extreme clocks in at a similar price point, but it’s been two years since Apple launched the 6th generation of this product.

Okta Customer Research Finds Office 365 Most Used Cloud Service

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As a cloud identity management service, Okta collects tons of data about how its customers use other cloud products. Today it released its first Okta Business @ Work Report. Among the many compelling findings was that Microsoft’s Office 365 was the favorite cloud service overall so far this year.
Okta is not alone in using the data it collects to generate reports. ZenDesk puts out aquarterly report based on customer service data running through its systems. In fact, last year I wrote an article, Actually Every Company Is A Big Data Company with the idea being that data is an artifact of simply doing business. These companies are acknowledging and formalizing that notion by sharing the data with customers.
The company found that it was using this type of data to decide where to concentrate its resources, CEO Todd McKinnon told TechCrunch. “We used data to see what apps people were using and the frequency of usage and then made integrations to those [most popular] things the best,” he said.
With 2500 customers using over 4000 cloud applications, he said the amount of data was such that it made sense to generate a report and share it. He acknowledges that this is a snapshot of his customer base and may not always correlate with the world at large, but it does present an intriguing picture of how Okta customers are using the cloud.

Some Interesting Findings

Okta has been tracking app usage since 2012 and for most of that time, Salesforce.com has held a firm lead in usage statistics, but over the last year Office 365 which has been climbing steadily finally surpassed it with Box coming in third, according to the report.
Cloud app usage data from 2012 to 2015. The top 3 today are Office 365, Salesforce and Box.
You’ve probably been hearing about Slack, the increasingly popular corporate messaging app. Not surprisingly, it leads app growth over the last quarter with a 50 percent increase. More unexpected, PagerDuty, a tool for managing IT incident information was second with 25.5 percent growth. SurveyMonkey, the online survey service was third at 23.5 percent.
Okta app survey data. Top growing companies over last quarter. Slack, PagerDuty and SurveyMonkey comprise the top three.

The average number of stand-alone cloud apps in place at Okta customers is between 11 and 16, and this is true across a range of company sizes, the report found. This was a number that ended up surprising McKinnon who expected it to be much lower, he said.
The report even looked at tablet usage and found the top three tablet users by industry were pharma, biotech and education. Meanwhile, education and retail were the top industries when it came percentage of users logging in using a mobile device.
Since Okta is an identity management company, a report from them wouldn’t be complete without some security details and the company found that multi-factor authentication (MFA) has been on the increase with Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com and Office 365, the top three services when it comes to MFA implementation.
The report was based on anonymized data from 2500 customers, running 4000 applications (with thousands of additional custom integrations) with millions of daily authentications from 185 countries.
The report looked at many other details such as popularity of apps by industry, region and other pieces. McKinnon said that he could see a day when they look for a way to charge for this information, but for now, the report is free.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger

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Everyone wants to be free and standalone. Remember when Facebook Messenger got its own site that maybe people use but we’re not sure because they don’t talk about it?
Google Hangouts wanted some of that action, too. Starting today you can go to http://hangouts.google.com to make a phone call or ping a friend:
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Interestingly enough, the product hasn’t broken away from the Google domain yet. It doesn’t even own Hangouts.com. Domain names aren’t a strong suit of Google.
Yes, this is also part of the breaking away that Google+ services are going through, joining the Photos product in all of its “standalone” glory. I use Hangouts in Gmail on the desktop, but I might switch over. Having a big old call button is actually kind of handy.
This is also, of course, a massive branding exercise for Google. It wants to build powerful brands to compete with other micro-products coming out of Facebook, Microsoft and Snapchat. Google has Photos and Hangouts, Facebook has Instagram and Messenger and Snapchat is coming on strong with Stories.

WhatsApp Web Download and Install On iPhone – Enable The Process

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As any WhatsApp enthusiastic, you must know that there is a Web version of this app which makes things a lot easier all together. You might have your phone charging, or you’re just in front of your computer and you’d rather talk to your friends through a mouse and a keyboard, rather than your smartphone. The WhatsApp team has made this version available to Android and other operating systems like Microsoft, but they didn’t, however, made it available to iOS users. We are sure that the company is working on this issue, because a lot of their customers use an Apple product, but while they get on that, we have to share with you a secondary method on how to get it yourself.
This method is unofficial and will require you first having in your possession a jailbroken iPhone, otherwise, this will not work. So the first and most important step is to have your smartphone jailbroken so you can go on to the actual installation of the Web version of the app.

If you had your iPhone jailbroken before, or if you’re doing it now, you will notice a new app called Cydia which will help you with this process. All you have to do is search for the app ‘WhatsApp Web Enabler’. You will find this app being a part of the BigBoss Repo.
From now on, it is a pretty easy process. You have to download it, wait for it to install, then look for it in your menu. Once opened, the app will present itself with a Enable or Disable button. After enabling it, you can go to your WhatsApp settings and you will easily find the Web option for the app. You just need to select it, and you will connect to the Web version in no time.
If you do not wish to jailbreak your iPhone, there is no current way to get it, but wait for WhatsApp to make this option available to iOS users as well.

WhatsApp Web Version for Microsoft Edge Browser to Launch Soon: What to Expect?

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WhatsApp free download, popularly known for its instant messaging and voice calling services rolled out a Web version earlier this year.

This version, known as WhatsApp Web, is meant for use on devices other than mobile phones, among them PCs and tablets.
Initially, this messenger was only available on mobile phones. However, after users kept demanding for a PC version to be rolled out, the company instead rolled out a Web version. When WhatsApp introduced the PC version, it was only available on one platform – Google Chrome. What this meant was that for any person to use WhatsApp Web on PCs, they had to first install Google Chrome. This did not however last long as support for more browsers was introduced, but only for those using Firefox and Opera.

WhatsApp Web will be compatible Microsoft Edge browser 

Despite the additional support of Firefox and Opera web browsers, those using other browsers such as Internet Explorer are yet to taste this application on their devices. This was at some point associated with the fact that the company was working on a new web browser known as Microsoft Edge, which was launched with Windows 10.

The company has now made it clear that it will be working towards introducing support for Edge browser in Windows 10. When this update is available is not clear yet, but as expected, it won’t be long before this update comes to life. According to a Windows Insider, Microsoft will only avail this update to those using Microsoft Edge on Windows 10.
 There is still no word on whether this update will be availed to those still using Internet Explorer, which leaves them with the option of using Chrome, Firefox or Opera.
WhatsApp Web for Microsoft Edge is not yet official; however, the company behind it claims that this feature will be availed as part of an OS update. The company has also predicted that this platform will be the most secure of all Windows operating systems.This is good news for the millions of people who use it on a daily basis for personal and business purposes.

Even though it is unclear when this feature will be released, what is clear is that with WhatsApp available via the Edge browser, making calls and sending messages will now be much easier than before.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Google’s Next Version Of Android Is Called “Marshmallow”

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Google has made it a thing to name its Android OS versions after food. Letter by letter in the alphabet (har har). But not just any food — food that’s really bad for you. This version, which has been called “M” until now, had its name unveiled today….
The new “marshmallow” statue was unveiled today on Google’s campus in Mountain View.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Touchjet Wave Turns Your Old TV Into an Android Touchscreen

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A new gadget is promising to turn your standard TV into a touchscreen Android device for just $99 (about £60).
Touchjet Wave is basically an Android PC that mounts on to the top of your TV with a motion sensor that looks down at the screen, monitoring your hand movements using an infrared grid so that it can figure out where you are. This is similar to how the first touchscreens worked, before capacitive touchscreens took over.
Android KitKat 4.4 (modified with the company's own TouchJet UI) is loaded on to the device so it can run apps from Google Play, as well as receive shared content over DNLA, Miracast or the Touchjet media sharing app. So you can boot up the likes of Spotify and listen to some music, or a drawing app and use your fingers on the big screen. It also comes with a stylus in the box.
The company is targeting both consumers and business users - with the above video showing both kids playing with it, and Serious Business People doing some Serious Business.
It is certainly an intriguing concept but forgive us if we're a little sceptical: it'll be interesting to see how good the device is at matching touches on the screen with software commands. Given it is an "aftermarket" solution (to borrow from car jargon), it is never going to be as perfectly integrated as, say, the touchscreen on your tablet or phone. I'm also not convinced that you should be encouraging people to prod their TV displays, given that they tend to be a little more delicate than glass-covered phone or tablet screens.
The first Waves will be shipped out to IndieGogo backers in March, with the official "global launch" set for April, presuming that it meets its $100,000 goal. Though you should probably buy some screenwipes too if you're going to start putting your fingers all over the telly.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How to Create a Windows 10 USB Installer

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As of July 29th, 2015, Windows 10 has started its great rollout, leaving in its wake a swarm of Windows 7 and 8 users just waiting for the upgrade notification to pop up in their system tray. If you’re tired of waiting for the automatic download and upgrade, you could always go and create your very own Windows 10 USB Installation stick.
This, of course, leaves the question of how, but that’s what we’re here for, right?
Click here to go to Microsoft’s website, where you can download a Windows 10 Download/Installation tool. Be sure to select the one corresponding to the architecture (32 bit or 64 bit) that the system you’re using is on.
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To check what architecture you’re on, open Start, right-click “Computer” and select “Properties.”  On the screen that follows, under “System” you’ll see “System-type” 32 or 64-bit (For Windows 8 users: simply open your Start screen and type “See if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows.”).
Once the Windows 10 Download Tool has finished downloading, open it and begin walking through the installer.Before proceeding, make sure you have a USB stick with 3GB+ of storage space to install Windows 10 on and that any important data on that stick has been backed up, as it will be wiped in this process.
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“Upgrade this PC now” will start a Windows 10 download and allow you to upgrade your current PC to Windows 10. If you want to create clean install media for this machine or another machine, select “Create installation media for another PC.”
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Under “Language,” select your preferred Language.
“Edition” depends on a multitude of factors. If you’re running normal Windows, you should stick with Home. If you run Windows 7/8 Professional, however, select Windows 10 Pro. If this is for a completely new PC with no prior Windows installation, choose whichever edition you’re willing to pay for.
“Architecture” offers 32-bit, 64-bit or both. 32 and 64 bit require at least 3GB of storage on your USB drive, while having both versions on the stick will require at least 6GB. Choose this based on the architecture of the system you’ll be installing it on.
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“USB flash drive” will install the appropriate files to a flash drive. Downloading an iso file will allow you to burn a system image to a DVD, but we’re not doing that in this guide. To learn how to burn ISO images to a disc, check out Tanmay’s guide here.
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At this stage you’ll be selecting the USB drive you want to use for the install. Make sure you’re familiar with the drive letter/volume label of your USB stick, or simply consider removing the sticks you aren’t going to use during this installation to minimize the risk.
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Now you will need to wait. Let the download and installer run on its own. Once it’s finished, you will have a USB stick from which you can install Windows 10!

How to Change the Color of Window Title Bars in Windows 10

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In Windows 10 the title bar of all the desktop apps is just plain white. Unlike in the previous versions of Windows, you cannot change the title bar color that easily with just a few clicks in the personalization panel. Even though the decision to remove the ability to change the title bar color is part of the design choice, it is absolutely a deviation from the previous Windows options.

If you think the white-colored title bar is too light for your eyes, or if you just want to change the title bar color to your favorite color, then you can do that by following the below guide. The procedure detailed below is not necessarily difficult but is certainly messy. So follow through and you can easily change the color of Windows 10 title bars.
Note: this procedure only applies to desktop apps and not to modern apps. This is due to the fact that the developers of modern apps can choose their own colors.
To change the color of Window title bars, we are going to be using Windows Aero Style files. To start, open the File Explorer and navigate to the folder “C:\Windows\Resources\Themes.”
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Once you are in the Themes folder, copy the folder “aero” and paste it in the same folder. This action will create a new copy of the “aero” folder. You will receive a couple of warning messages; just click on the “Continue” button followed by the “Skip” button on the second warning window to complete the copying process.
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This is what it looks like once the file has been copied (duplicated).
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Once the folder has been copied, rename the folder to “color.”
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After renaming the folder, open the folder, locate the “aero.msstyles” file and rename it to “color.msstyles.”
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In the same folder, open the “en-US” folder and locate and rename the file “aero.msstyles.mui” to “color.msstyles.mui.”
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Once you are done with the above changes, head back to the “Themes” folder and copy the “aero.theme” file to your Desktop.
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As soon as you’ve copied the file, rename it to “color.theme.”
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We need to edit this file to change the path for “VisualStyles.” To do that, right-click on the file, select “Open With,” select “Notepad” from the list of options and click on the “Ok” button.
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The above action will open the file with Notepad. Here, scroll down and find the line “Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\Aero\aero.msstyles” under “[VisualStyles],” and modify it to “Path=%ResourceDir%\Themes\color\color.msstyles.” Now, save the file and close it.
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After completing the editing part, cut (Ctrl + X) the file and paste (Ctrl +V) it in the Themes folder. After pasting the file in, simply double-click on it to make the changes take effect.
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If you’ve done everything as described in the article, Windows will change the title bar color as shown in the above image.
The title bar color will be the same as the Windows 10 Accent Color, but you can easily change it in the “Colors” panel in the “Personalization” settings. If you let Windows pick the Accent Color automatically, then the title bar color will be changed according to your desktop wallpaper.
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As mentioned earlier, the change is only applicable to the desktop apps and not to the modern apps. If you want to undo the changes, simply double-click on the “aero.theme” file in the Themes folder.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to change the window title bar color in Windows 10.