Month: September 2015

Tips and Tricks to Get The Best Out Of Windows 10.

Tips and Tricks to Get The Best Out Of Windows 10

Here here some cool tips and tricks to get more out of Windows 10

From the time, Microsoft launched its new operating system Windows 10 on July 29, it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. While some complained about the security issues, some said that it is little better than Windows 8. However, not all of the things in Windows 10 are bad.

Here are some tips and tricks for those who have recently purchased a computer with Windows 10 or have upgraded, that will help you save time and make the operating system more effective and user-friendly.

Use Cortana

You can ask Cortana anything, and you will get your answer. For example, you can ask Cortana question about the weather, the age of your favorite celebrity or the events coming up on your calendar. Cortana, a digital personal assistant not only finds files and launch apps, but can be also used to type in requests for Cortana.

To send emails, you need to simply type in “Send an email to <NAME> about <SUBJECT> and then you can set alarms or reminders as well. You also do not have to open a separate app to do so. You can save a lot of your time, as you can do almost anything with Cortana by just requesting or asking it something.

Get a Longer Battery Life

Are you aware that there is a battery saver mode that will start when the AC power is unplugged? There are some things that you can do to make your battery life last longer. All you need to do is, go to “Start” and then “Settings”, click on “System” and “Battery Saver”. This will allow you to see what apps on your computer are consuming the most battery power. You can then add apps to the list of exclusions, which means that when the battery is low, Windows 10 will restrict those apps. This can really help you when you have very low battery power.

Increase Monitor Size

Windows 10 has an in-built function for a virtual Desktop, which makes it very simple to control the open apps that you have on your computer. All you need to do is to keep moving these open apps to their own Desktop, until you have to access them. In order to see the three Desktops that are the default, press [Windows] + [Tab] and you will be able to get a summary of the open apps on each of the three Desktops. To see the contents, all you need to do is keep the mouse pointer over one of the Desktops at the bottom of the screen.

You can also drag the apps from one Desktop to another Desktop, and then add more Desktops by clicking on “New Desktop”. This is very helpful for those who work from home and who require a lot of windows and apps to be opened at the same time. For instance, if you are looking at multiple types of documents at the same time, or browser apps and Excel or Word. You can also switch easily between the Desktops by pressing [Windows] + [Ctrl].

Using the Hidden Start Menu

With Windows 10, Microsoft brought back the Start Menu. The best feature about the Start Menu is that you can customize in a number of ways. Every one is aware of the left click, but you can now also right-click the Start Menu too. If you right-click on the Start button, it will allow you to access a range of shortcuts that are basically for the more complicated parts of Windows. Just use the right-click option on the Start Menu, if you want to access these advanced parts promptly.

Record Videos of Apps

Use the in-built app Game DVR for taking screenshots and recording videos. Meant for taking screenshots of videos games, Game DVR can be used with any open app and can make screenshots or record any types of videos of anything that you may have opened in Windows 10. It is very simple to use and helpful when you are looking to make a video for a family member or friend on your computer. You can access it through the shortcut by using [Windows] + [G]. However, it might not work through shortcut all the time.

Change File Explorer’s opening folder

In Windows 10, File Explorer opens with Quick Access selected. Old-school Windows users might prefer to start in This PC (previously known as My Computer), which includes the six standard data folders in your user profile as well as any local drives and removable media such as USB drives.

No problem. On the ribbon, open the View tab, click Options, Change folder and search options, and then choose one of these two options.

Use the expanded Send To menu

Yes, you can right-click a file or folder (or multiple items, for that matter) and use the Send To menu to do a few interesting things, like move or copy the selection to your Documents folder, create a compressed file (in .zip format), or send the selection as an email attachment.

Customize the Send To menu

Speaking of the Send To menu, you can make it much more useful by adding and removing the options on the default (short) menu. They’re just shortcuts, but good luck finding them, because they’re buried in a folder hidden deep within your user profile.

To get to that folder, open the Run box (Windows key+R), type shell:sendto, and then press Enter.

First order of business: delete the Fax Recipient shortcut. After that, you can add shortcuts to favorite folders (local and network). You can also add shortcuts to programs. Adding a shortcut to Notepad or another text editor makes it much easier to quickly edit any file, for example. Ditto for pictures and your favorite image editor.

Hope you like the tricks: Please share you own tips and tricks in Windows 10 for the benefit of other readers.

How Much Does the Entire Internet Weigh?

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How much does the internet weigh? No more spoiler here. Read more and find out.

The data we upload on the web, the information we share, the chats we do with our friends and every other key typed and every mouse click – everything makes the internet a more vast and complex place.

And, they also continue to make our internet a “heavier” place. So, how much does the internet weigh? How much would all the data on the internet at any one moment weigh?

I was watching random videos on YouTube and I came across this amazing video on Vsauce, a YouTube channel. The video describes and calculates the weight of the internet, after taking the inspiration from reports that indicate that each book loaded onto Amazon Kindle e-reader makes the tablet slightly heavier.

There are lots of theories on the internet that calculate the weight to be as small as a fat strawberry- and some claim it to be as light as a teeny grain of salt.

Using Einstein’s formula e=mc², Professor John Kubiatowicz, a computer scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated that filling a 4GB Kindle would increase by 0.000000000000000001 gram.

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The Internet runs on electrons and that’s how data is stored. These electrons weigh very less. To make an ordinary email of 50 kb, it takes about 8 billion electrons. This sounds like a big number but it weighs just “two ten-thousandths of a quadrillionth of an ounce.”

In the video below, Vsauce explains how the entire internet weighs about 50 grams. These calculations are based on a decade-old data but it gives us a rough idea. Every year more and more servers are added, the internet gets a few grams heavier.

Watch Video here: https://youtu.be/WaUzu-iksi8

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Microsoft Challenges Google Cardboard With its New VR Kit.

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To challenge the affordable VR viewer Google Cardboard, Microsoft is bringing its own VR Kit. Read more to know about the same.

Google’s virtual reality kit Google Cardboard is pretty famous among DIYers as it provides a low-cost virtual reality experience on your smartphone. Along the similar lines, Microsoft is planning to launch its own affordable Microsoft VR Kit for Windows devices.

In a message on its Russian website, Microsoft is inviting developers to a hackathon in Russia to develop new VR apps. Redmond will be providing its unreleased VR Kit to the worthy suggestions.

This hackathon will be held on October 17. It should be noted that Microsoft VR Kit is an entirely different product from the HoloLens.

In the past, Google Cardboard has made the specifications and cutout designs of the Cardboard open and people can use their smartphones to enjoy virtual reality. It’s expected that Microsoft will follow the same route as well.

Microsoft is trying to present Windows 10 as a single OS for the devices of all form-factor and Microsoft VR Kit, providing cheap VR applications, easily fits in this picture.

The VR Kit will appear at the Russian hackathon where apps in the gaming, education and enterprise category are being accepted.

Not much about Microsoft VR Kit is known right now and we’ll keep you updated as we hear more from Microsoft.

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iPhone 6S is More Powerful Than the New Apple MacBook, Test Shows.

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All hail the new Apple A9 chip. In some surprising tests results, it’s recorded that the new iPhone 6S is more powerful than some new Apple MacBook models and it gives a tough competition to the others.  

No, there isn’t a typo in the article title. According to some tests, Apple iPhone 6S is as powerful as the Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook, and the phone even outperforms it in some tests.

We all know that the iPhone ‘S’ models are always the most innovative ones and they deliver the best performance. Along the same lines, this year’s iPhone 6S broke the previous records and it’s as powerful as the Apple’s latest MacBooks.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber performed some benchmark tests on iPhone 6S using Geekbench 3. For the readers who don’t know, Geekbench 3 is a multi-platform testing tool used to measure the overall performance of a system.

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The Apple iPhone 6S features the impressive A9 chip that beats Apple’s 1.1GHz and 1.2GHz MacBooks, and it gives a tough competition to the 1.3GHZ model. On a single core, the iPhone 6S scored 2,500, which is higher than 2,295 score of 1.1GHz MacBook and 2,420 score of 1.2GHz MacBook.

Willing to know more about these Geekbench tests?

Well, it tests the gadgets in 3 different categories and then generates an overall performance score. These categories consist of how the device performs overall, its ability to run heavy-duty applications, graphics performance and much more.

“The new iPhone 6S beats the new MacBook in single-core performance on Geekbench, and is within spitting distance in multi-core. That’s astounding. I can’t wait to see the scores for the iPad Pro later this year,” John Gruber writes.

Well, it tells a lot about the power Apple is packing under the hood of iOS devices and I’m excited to try out the iPad Pro and see if it has the power and usability to replace my MacBook.

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This Bike is World’s Fastest Human-powered Vehicle that Just Broke 85 MPH.

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Today, we are going to tell you about the world’s fastest human-powered vehicle that just broke the 85mph barrier. Know about this amazing bike Eta and watch the video below.

On a bright Thursday morning in Battle Mountain, Nevada, at 16th annual World Human Powered Speed Challenge, Eta speedbike broke the 200-meter men’s record of world’s fastest human-powered vehicle. The WHPSC is a challenge where cyclists give their best to break the pedal-powered speed records.

This is the 16th event of its kind where this vehicle challenged the previous record of 83.13 miles per hour. The record is made by a 3-year-old Toronto-based design firm, AeroVelo.

This firm’s bike is unusual in many ways. It looks weird, like a kayak from the sideways and it’s world’s fastest human-powered vehicle that made the new 85.71mph speed.

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Eta speedbike is a 55-pound and aerodynamic bike. The outer shell is made of carbon-honeycomb and its frame is made of carbon fiber. For navigation, the pilot uses an on-screen display, which is aided by 2 SD cameras.

Take a look at the amazing video and tell your views: https://youtu.be/Y8bbPmn8q6s

Surprise! Google Isn’t Becoming a Car Maker, But It’s Up to Something Bigger.

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At Frankfurt’s IAA motor show, Google’s managing director for central and Eastern Europe said that Google has no interest in becoming a carmaker. Instead, the internet company is looking to collaborate with the other car makers.

Google has been spending millions on its adorable autonomous cars and the recent developments indicate that Google could become a big force in the automobile industry. Every day countless number of articles are published speculating the prospects of Google’s self-driving car in the already crowded car market.

However, at Frankfurt’s IAA motor show, Google’s managing director for central and Eastern Europe said that Google has no interest in becoming a carmaker.

He said,”That is not something we could do alone. Google also does not intend to become a car manufacturer.” According to Philipp Justus, Google has no intentions in joining the other companies of the car industry to build its own lineup of cars.

Instead, the car company is looking to collaborate with the other car makers.

Earlier, Google car rumors got some concrete ground when the internet company hired John Krafcik as the first ever CEO for its autonomous car project. Google said that experience of John Krafcik in the auto industry will bring valuable inputs to the company.

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“This technology can save thousands of lives, give millions of people greater mobility, and free us from a lot of the things we find frustrating about driving today. I can’t wait to get started,” said Krafcik.

So what does it mean? Why is Google testing its self-driving cars and spending millions?

From the past experience, we know that Google is amazing when it comes to inventing new software and new technologies, but making hardware hasn’t been its strong point. It seems that Google will follow the Android route where it’ll be selling its software to the car makers.

Instead of a competitor, it looks as if Google wants to become car manufacturers’ potential friend. Something bigger?

Watch Video: https://youtu.be/CqSDWoAhvLU

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15 Of The Largest Animals Of Their Kind.

Is bigger always better? These gigantic animals would probably say so. From huge toads to breathtakingly large dogs, these creatures will not only surprise you, but they’ll also probably make you pretty grateful you don’t have to clean up after them. These animals come from all corners of the earth and make us rethink what we thought was possible in nature. Most of us don’t like coming face to face with a beetle, but once you see one that’s 6.5 inches long, others won’t seem so bad.

1. Coconut Crabs

These crabs are so powerful they can actually crack coconuts, which is how they got their name. If you’re ever exploring parts of the Indian ocean or the Pacific ocean, you might just see one for yourself.

2. Nomura’s Jellyfish

Weighing in at a staggering 440 pounds, the Nomura Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. These creepy critters can be found off the coast in Japan.

3. Goliath Toad

f you’re planning on visiting Cameroon anytime soon, keep in mind you might encounter one of these big guys. Goliath toads can reach up to 12.6 inches long and weigh over 10 pounds.

4. George the Great Dane

Substantially bigger than the average human, this sweet dog almost looks more similar to a horse than a canine. Coming in at 245 pounds, George consumes over 110 pounds of kibble each month.

5. Mekong Catfish

While it looks to be the size of a shark, the Mekong Catfish is in fact just a fish. That is, if you can call a 10.5 foot long fish “just a fish”.

6. South American Beetle

A far cry from barely inch long beetles we’re used to seeing, is the South American Beetle. Measuring up to 6.5 inches, that’s one creepy crawler.

7. Flying Fox Bat

Although these bats have a wing span that can measure over 5.5 feet, they tend to weigh less than 3 pounds. Though it probably doesn’t provide much comfort, bats are known for being non-aggressive to humans.

8. Trigger The Cow

Moo-ve out of the way, Trigger is coming through! This cow weighs over 1 ton and is more than 10 feet long and 6.5 feet tall.

9. Green Anaconda

The thickest of all snakes, the green anaconda can measure up to 28 feet long and weigh 500 pounds. Luckily, they’re relatively solitary creatures who mostly stay hidden.

10. Darius The Rabbit

A real life Easter Bunny, Darius the rabbit weighs a whopping 50 pounds and is 4.4 feet tall. In one month alone, Darius will consume 360 carrots, 30 apples, and 15 cabbages.

11. Freshwater Stingray

It might look like something dreamed up for a horror movie, but the giant freshwater stingray is a real thing. These endangered species have been known to weigh up to 1,300 pounds.

12. African Snails

Most snails that people see on a regular basis are about the size of the end of a thumb. These African Giant Snails are not only bigger than a thumb, at over 8 inches long, bigger than your whole hand.

13. South American Moth

There probably isn’t a mothball in the world big enough to keep these moths at bay. A startling sight, they are actually bigger than most birds.

14. Hercules The Liger

Hercules the Liger is the offspring of a male lion and a tigress. At 922 pounds and 49 inches at the shoulder, he also holds the world record for the largest living cat.

15. Samson the Shire Horse

Samson was an English horse who was over 2.2 meters tall at the withers. He also weighed almost 1.5 tons.

Scientists Code the First Complete Tree of Life with 2.3 Million Species.

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For the first time, scientists have programmed a comprehensive tree of life that combines us all together. This tree shows a complex relationship of all the living beings that trace back to the beginning of life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago.

Our beautiful Earth is home to numerous life forms of varying shapes and sizes. There are humans, bacteria, fungi, animals, flowers, fish: blooming on its surface – and under water. This is for the first time, scientists have programmed a comprehensive tree of life that combines us all together.

This tree shows a complex relationship of all the living beings that trace back to the beginning of life on Earth more than 3.5 billion years ago.

Over the past years, researchers have made thousands of such smaller trees with branches of life, but this is for the first time all those branches are combined to build a giant tree. Published on Friday in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, this resultant tree of life includes 2.3 million named species on Earth.

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Principal investigator Karen Cranston of Duke University in a statement: “This is the first real attempt to connect the dots and put it all together. Think of it as Version 1.0.” “Although a massive undertaking in its own right, this draft tree of life represents only a first step,” the researchers wrote.

To compile this huge data, researchers accounted for the different taxonomy names, spellings and misspellings coming across various research papers. This tree will grow with time and newly discovered species of animals, plants etc. will be added each year.

“There’s a pretty big gap between the sum of what scientists know about how living things are related, and what’s actually available digitally,” Cranston said.

This tree of life is public to all and isn’t hidden inside some academic research paper or journal. You can get your hands on the tree as well as the source code of the tree of life.

Arrested 14-year-old Kid Now Invited By Obama, Google and Facebook.

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Ahmed Mohamed is out and released without any charges against him. He was earlier arrested because his school authorities mistook his engineering project for a bomb. Yet another instance of racial prejudice.

The news of a 14-year-old kid arrested for allegedly bringing a bomb to a school has been trending for quite some time now. (P.S. It was just a homemade clock). And what could have led the authorities to mistake the circuit board and wires for a bomb? Probably that he was a Muslim child.

Ahmed Mohamed, by the way, is quite proud of his engineering achievement and police have decided not to press charges against the kid. Thank you sir!

With all the humanitarian crisis in parts of the world, you get a feeling that something is very wrong somewhere. The big compassionate talks do not obscure the constant prejudice faced by certain sects of the society, as we have been a witness to in many instances.

After #IStandWithAhmed went viral, many sympathies poured in for the boy and the US President Mr Barack Obama has tweeted to bring the “cool clock” to the White House.

been a witness to in many instances.

After #IStandWithAhmed went viral, many sympathies poured in for the boy and the US President Mr Barack Obama has tweeted to bring the “cool clock” to the White House.

Later, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook appreciated Ahmed’s engineering skills and invited him to Facebook. facebook-invite-Ahmed-mohamed Google has invited Ahmed to attend the Google Science Fair this weekend and asked him to bring his clock specifically.

Here’s the tweet of Twitter offering an internship to Ahmed:

Reddit Cofounder is also willing to meet Ahmed:

As of now, Ahmed is happy and positive after the incident which would have been a torturous experience for any kid. Ahmed replied to his supporters with a tweet of his own stating the sad reality of the racial inequalities children like him had to face everyday.

Listen what Ahmed had to say about all this.

Apple’s First App for Android Asks You to Stop Using Android.

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With the iOS 9 launch, Apple has released its first Android app “Move to iOS”. This app allows you to move to iOS by migrating all your Android contacts, data, texts etc. However, Android fans are slamming the app in Google Play Store by bombarding it with 1-star reviews.

Yesterday iOS 9 was released worldwide and people have been downloading the upgrade on their devices in large numbers. You can either download the new iOS version using simple OTA update, or use iTunes to upgrade your iOS devices. With iOS 9, Apple has brought some great features for the iOS users. Along the similar lines, Apple has also released its first app for Android- and Android fanboys aren’t amused by the idea.

The Android app Move to iOS could be used by Android smartphone users to transfer their data from Android phones to new devices running iOS 9. This app aims to improve the Android to iPhone switching easier. Move to iOS app will move all your contacts, texts, pictures and videos, accounts, calendars, bookmarks and events from your old phone to the new one. However, the apps purchased in Google Play Store won’t be benefitted here. This app is compatible with Android 4.0 and above.

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One angry user writes and calls Apple the next BlackBerry:

“I’d rather be shot in the face Than switch to a closed, controlled environment. Apple will be the next BlackBerry in a few years. If you use this app, then you deserve to pay more and get less. Apple would never allow this on their communist environment. Google is too accommodating to isheep.”

Another Android user is offended as Apple didn’t even bother to make the app using Material Design:

“Why is there not an option to give -ve stars! They could have at least followed the Android design patterns. I hope this app gets kicked out of the Play Store soon. #HatedIt.”

Some users also wrote funny responses claiming that this app has life-changing capabilities:

“This app made me a better person. I installed this app in the hope of experiencing just a taste of the splendour that iPhone users so regularly talk about. The moment this app had installed, I realised I was better than everyone else and perpetually right.”

Right now, the Move to iOS app is rated 1.8 out of 5 at Play Store. Try it out.