Friday, 3 October 2014

10 things to know before installing Windows 10 Technical Preview

So, Microsoft has released Technical Preview-version of the operating system Windows 10. As part of the testing Windows Insider Program users have already begun to actively download a preliminary version of the system. Volunteers, who are already familiar with the product, note the stability of its work. Microsoft is asking users to remember a few simple rules, and points that will help to further evaluate the changes in the system.

  1. Install Windows 10 Technical Preview only if you,
    • Want to try out software that’s still in development and like sharing your opinion about it.
    • Don’t mind lots of updates or a UI design that might change significantly over time.
    • Really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.
    • Know what an ISO file is and how to use it.
    • Aren’t installing it on your everyday computer.
  1. Reliability: Unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. Some printers and other hardware might not work, and some software might not install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks.
  2. Protect Your Privacy: Microsoft has updated the privacy statement for Windows 10 Technical Preview. if your PC runs into problems, Microsoft will likely examine your system files. If the privacy of your system files is a concern, consider using a different PC. For more info, read the new privacy statement.
  3. Hardware Compatibility: Technical Preview should work with the same devices and programs that work with Windows 8.1, but you might need to update or reinstall some of them. Drivers for basic functions like storage, networking, input, and display come with Windows. These drivers allow you to complete the Windows installation and connect to the Internet. You might be able to get more drivers from Windows Update.
  4. Try Windows 10 Technical Preview on a keyboard/mouse setup: Your apps and devices should work as expected, though of course there will be exceptions. We’d love to know what you think about how the new Windows works with mouse and keyboard and whether it provides the best of new and familiar functionality for Windows and apps.
  5. If you have a touch PC: Technical Preview works with touch, but some things will be rough and unfinished. More touch-friendly improvements are on the way. In the meantime, let us know what it’s like to interact with Windows and apps in the preview.
  6. What can  you keep when upgrading?
This table shows what you can keep when you upgrade from your current version of Windows. Keep in mind that no matter which operating system you’re upgrading from, you should play it safe and back up everything.
If you’re upgrading from
You can keep
If you’re upgrading from
Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
You can keep
Windows settings, personal files, and most apps
If you’re upgrading from
Windows RT 8.1 or Windows RT
You can keep
Technical Preview doesn’t run on Windows RT systems
If you’re upgrading from
Windows 7
You can keep
Windows settings, personal files, and most apps
If you’re upgrading from
Windows Vista
You can keep
Nothing—you must boot from media and perform a clean install
  1. Windows Update will be set to automatically install important updates as they become available. You won’t be able to turn off automatic updates in Windows Technical Preview. To change when preview builds are installed, open PC settings, click Upgrade and recovery, click Preview builds, and then click Change the time my PC installs preview builds.
  2. System Requirements: Basically, if your PC can run Windows 8.1, you’re good to go. If you’re not sure, don’t worry—Windows will check your system to make sure it can install the preview.
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
    • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
    • Free hard disk space: 16 GB
    • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
    • A Microsoft account and Internet access
    • Technical Preview is only available in English, Chinese Simplified, and Brazilian Portuguese.
  1. To go back to previous OS: You’ll need to reinstall your version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don’t have recovery media:
    • For Windows 7 or Windows Vista: Before you update, you might be able to create recovery media from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more info.
    • For Windows 8.1 or Windows 8: You might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Top 5 Advantages of curved display of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

It's been a while since Samsung tried its hand at a rounded screen, and even longer since the device-maker took a stab at anything resembling a second display. Nevertheless, here is the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, essentially a stylus-toting Galaxy Note 4 with a curved -- and independent -- right edge that has its own purpose and behavior.

Curved like an infinity pool, the touchscreen bend on the Edge's face contains its own contextual controls, app shortcuts, and notifications that you can see and interact with without leaving whichever window you're on.

note edge info 1

The Edge display can give you access to your top apps so you can launch them from anywhere in the OS. We didn’t have an issue with the old sliding drawer from traditional Galaxy Note handsets, but making access to favorite apps more quick and efficient is always a welcome change.

note edge info 2

Since the Edge display can display information independently of everything else, you’ll be able to see incoming notifications no matter what you’re doing, even when viewing full-screen content like games and video. This also works for incoming calls so you won’t be kicked out of your game when an unsuspecting phone call comes in.

note edge info 3

We’re not sure how many of you care about personal expression outside the use of your standard wallpaper, but you can customize the Edge display to show whatever it is you want when it’s not in use. You can add images and text as you see fit, including drawings with the S Pen. Samsung’s main use case for wanting to customize your Edge display is when it’s sitting inside a folio case, but we’d imagine most people would rather have the display off whenever it’s not needed.

note edge info 4

The Ticker Board app can show live information about stocks, sports scores, live news and Twitter trends so you can keep tabs on the latest without having to tab your way through a multi-step user interface. It’s nothing a typical notification can’t handle, but it does look pretty neat.

note edge info 5

Finally, the advent of the Edge display makes way to quick tools that can be used without much effort, including a stop watch, a timer, a ruler, flashlight control and voice recording. Samsung has it 5th on their list, but we’d probably shoot this one closer to the top of the list of useful features the Note Edge enables.

Thermal Imager For Mobile Devices

Owners of mobile phones, for one reason or another and yearn to get this imager should look at the Seek Thermal - miniature thermography compatible with smartphones based on Android and iOS. The device weighs only 14 grams and is able to capture a wide range of temperature: -40 to +330 degrees Celsius. Seek Thermal offers four different ways to measure the temperature.

Connecting to iOS- and Android-powered device is organized with the help of Lightning connectors and micro-USB, respectively. Switching between an ordinary camera and thermal imager in shooting mode occurs with a single swipe. The cost of a thermal camera is $ 199, that for this category of devices is more than acceptable result.

Chuwi V10HD - Tablet Running On Windows 8 And Android

The Chinese company Chuwi introduced a new tablet computer Chuwi V10HD, the main feature of which is the ability to switch between the two operating systems: a full Windows 8 and Android. The rear surface of the plate covered with glass sides have metal inserts, and on one side of Chuwi V10HD are two stereo speakers. To connect to the Internet in the unit has a slot for SIM-card and support for 3G HSPA +.

Chuwi V10HD has a 10-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, 64-bit processor Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail with a clock speed of 1.83 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, 5 megapixel primary and 2-megapixel front cameras, as well as the battery capacity of 6800 mAh.

It is expected that Chuwi V10HD will be available not only in China, where the cost will be about $ 275, but also in other regions.