Monday, 10 August 2015
1. The New Start Menu
Microsoft has (thankfully) returned the Start menu to the lower left-hand corner of the user interface, and this time, the menu doesn't focus exclusively on desktop apps. There's a host of information that can be found in the Start menu, with Microsoft having added a metro-style dash, which incorporates Windows 8-style tiles into the menu. For those who don't want live tiles, they can be turned off.
2. Windowed Apps
Windows Store apps have been given a refreshed look. Instead of being immediately dumped into a full-screen style app, they will be windowed, offering a mouse-friendly toolbar. These apps will also alter their interface to best fit the size of the user's display.
Some might not be ready to delve into the use of a personal assistant, however, Cortana is really convincing for those on the fence. This is the first time we have seen Cortana on desktop, and it's a very nice addition to the software. Cortana will ask for access to your personal information, after which it will use that information, coupled with cloud-based intelligence, to provide you with the information you seek.
Hello will help users log into their systems without having to type in a password. Instead, users simply sit in front of their computer — and the computer will recognize them and log in. Android has had a similar feature for a number of years now, but Microsoft suggests that its tech is more advanced, with special camera requirements and infrared use. Not many computers can use Hello just yet, but it's sure to appear on more computers as time goes on.
There will certainly be skeptics for any Internet browser from Microsoft – given Internet Explorer's past – but early reviews suggest that Edge is actually a pretty neat browser. It's been completely overhauled, including Cortana support and a note-taking mode that allows users to draw on web pages. It's important to mention that Edge does not support plugins at this time, but the feature is on the way.
6. Action Center
Action Center takes the notification panel in Windows 8.1 to a new level. The Action Center is accessible through a simple swipe from the right of the screen, or by clicking on the Action Center icon in the taskbar. It essentially organizes all notifications from apps and provides access to a number of settings that are often used.
7. Virtual Desktops
Virtual desktops have long been a feature that users have asked for, and at last, Microsoft has answered them with Windows 10. Virtual desktops basically allow users to organized full-screen apps or other "desktops" as they like, enabling them to switch between these desktops whenever they want.
8. Xbox Streaming
Many Windows users are also Xbox users, making this feature a huge step forward. This is especially important for those with multiple people in one household, as it allows Xbox players to play even when the TV is in use. The feature is currently still in beta, but it works pretty well over Wi-Fi and allows users to utilize the Xbox USB controller. Users can also record up to two hours of their playing to their computer's hard drive.
One of the biggest features in Windows 10 is Continuum. It allows users to seamlessly utilize devices that have both desktop and tablet modes, without having to change the layout of their desktop. On the Surface Pro 3, disconnecting the keyboard will cause apps and the start menu to go into full-screen mode.
The feature will also allow smartphones to be used as desktop computers when connected to the right display.
10. Core Windows Apps
Maps such as Mail, Calendar, Photos and Maps have all been revamped, and this time around, the apps are good enough that people may actually want to use them. Apart from the new interfaces, the apps also feature Cortana integration, allowing the personal assistant to feed the user information based on their emails and calendar.
Best Buy rolls out a pretty nice deal if you're looking for a new console and TV.
You can get a new Xbox One (the Master Chief Collection bundle) with a Samsung 40-inch 1080p Smart HDTV for just $500. Purchased separately, you'd pay $780, so the bundle saves you $280.
As of Monday morning, units remain available in stock. The one catch is that shipping is not available; you'll have to choose the Store Pickup option.
Best Buy is aiming this deal at college students.
"It's the perfect college student deal, as a gaming console like the Xbox One is a college essential and a 40-inch TV is a great size for a dorm room," the retailer said in a statement.
The deal expires Saturday, August 15.
Google plans to reboot its Android One project in India. The Android-maker, which debuted the initiative in the country last September with sub-Rs. 6,500 handsets, will soon resurface with a sub-Rs. 3,000 Android handset as part of Google's 'massive' investment push in the country.
In an interview with The Financial Times, Rajan Anandan, Google Managing Director, India and Southeast Asia, reassured that the company is very committed to the project and intends to launch even more affordable handsets. Anandan said Google wants to target the "sweet spot" in the cost conscious Indian market by launching a smartphone that costs between Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 3,000.
Announced at Google I/O developer conference last year, Android One is the company's project that aims to improve the user experience of affordable Android handsets. The company partnered with several OEMs including India's Karbonn, Spice, Micromax, and most recently Lava to launch low-cost Android handsets with modest specifications.
But software is what makes Android One smartphones even more enticing. These devices run stockAndroid (no bloatware) and get updates directly from Google instead of relying on the manufacturer and carrier, a change from the usual process that means most Android phones never receive an update.
Since the debut in India, Google has expanded the Android One project to several other regions including Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. But despite its gradual expansion, the initiative hasn't seen much traction.
One of the issues which has crippled the success of Android One is the unavailability of decent bandwidth in the aforementioned regions. In the new batch, the company plans to address that by introducing offline versions of some of its apps, the FT.com report adds. The company introduced offline playback feature in YouTube in India last year.
Besides the limited bandwidth issue, the company also acknowledges that its local search feeds could use some improvement. "There are several battlegrounds where we are not winning [and] local search is clearly the one where it's most apparent," Anandan told the paper.
"Strategically [India] is very, very important. Don't get me wrong, the revenue is interesting, but [...] we're here really because 10 years from now a billion Indians will be online and when we have a billion Indians online we think that's going to make a huge difference to the global internet economy."
With an Android One handset priced between Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000, Google will be able to target a larger pool of market. The country, which is the home for more than a billion people, only has about200 million smartphone users. The company realises that there are plenty of users who will be purchasing their first smartphone in coming months.
After days of speculating whether Himawari really awakened the Byakugan or it was just one bad dream for Naruto, the full English version of the Naruto Hokage One-Shot Manga is now available online on Tumblr (Part 1 / Part 2) to answer everybody's question.
On the day Naruto was about to be officially introduced as the 7th Hokage of Konoha, the legendary shinobi couldn't make it in his big day, and his then four-year old daughter has to be blamed for that.
Himawari indeed activated the Hyuga clan's powerful dojutso, the Byakugan, after Boruto drove her to complete madness for ripping off her stuffed toy's head. Himawari, blinded by her rage, launched a gentle fist attack towards his brother but hit an intervening Naruto instead, knocking his father unconscious with one single blow in his chakra points.
With the 7th Hokage's inauguration in jeopardy following Naruto's fate at the hands of his daughter, Kakashi and Shikamaru hatched a plan by asking Konahomaru to use his transformation jutsu and disguise as Naruto at the event.
The plan worked as Konahamaru pulled off a detailed transformation that left no one in suspicion, except his senpais. Back at Naruto's residence, Hinata found his husband lying on the ground while Himawari continued her pursuit of Boruto, who learned the terrifying side of his sister the hard way.
Naruto may have missed the biggest moment of his life as he has always been dreaming of becoming a Hokage since he was a child, but he nevertheless got pretty good consolation from all of that: his daughter now has a Byakugan.
Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F grossed another $1.36M on Saturday to bring its five-day total to $5.58M in North America, easily jumping past the total domestic grosses of Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle ($4.7M) and The Wind Rises to become the first indie in the Top 10 highest grossing Anime films domestic. In fact, it bleated out the Shaun the Sheep Movie which was playing in major chains across the country and on many more screens (2,320 theaters) to gross $4M since bowing on Wednesday. Resurrection F, from FUNimation, opened on Tuesday and was in a smattering of theaters in a sporadic run. It now becomes No. 9 of Top Anime domestic grossers and Wind Rises (with $5.2M) is now No. 10.
To reach that spot is even more noteworthy because both of Miyazaki’s films were released by Disney and had to play for weeks to get their grosses. Not so, with Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F which has been on a rollercoaster event release schedule and playing for only one week.
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