Archive | January, 2013

House windows 8 is all about touch

8 Jan

A simple take a look at our hottest personal computer Ratings tells a unique account: Despite the discharge of the modern Glass windows 7 OS, a lot of Home windows Seven computer systems remain which is available from a variety of retailers, and lots of prime each of our Rankings. Should you be purchasing a brand-new computer right now, there are many why you should choose Glass windows Several.

Is really a look at the positives and negatives from the fresh main system, and some reasons why you might like to go old school.

If it is not shattered. Glass windows Several normally acquired advantageous evaluations if this was published. Many years soon after it’s 09 release, there nevertheless haven’t been lots of complaints. If you’ve been happy with Home windows Seven as well as Or windows 7 up until now, there is no compelling purpose to change for you to Home windows 8-10.

You’re not investing in a touch screen. House windows 8 is all about touch. Once you start the idea, the opening monitor is a bit program. Yes, you can use it which has a computer mouse or perhaps touch pad, but it’s built to make you naturally want to faucet on the pc screen, and even swipe the idea. With out a touchscreen display, causes of replacing a vintage system as well as getting a laptop or computer along with Windows 8-10 diminish persuasive.

That you do not such as alter. Home windows 8 doesn’t have your comfortable Begin option regarding starting applications and also closing the device straight down. Of course, it isn’t challenging to start the apps from the beginning screen with the Windows 8 tile software. But then again, additionally it is totally different from hitting your current Commence option and seeing a list of packages. So if you prefer the outdated method, choose Windows 7.Individuals still need upgrading. Some Glass windows 7 models still are certainly not carrying out and also estimated, and Windows 6 personal computers capped many of the new versions. The need for suppliers to be able to bring up to date his or her House windows Eight motorists might clarify the particular less-than-optimal overall performance (your Vizio CT15-A4 shown earlier mentioned had been very, together with superb overall performance).

You happen to be on the fence. There’s a chance you’re happier obtaining a Glass windows 7 computer for the present time, waiting for the actual dust to stay, and also modernizing to be able to Windows Eight afterwards. Despite the fact that we haven’t but seen rates dropping on elderly House windows 7 types however, there are still some Very best Purchases inside our Scores (like the Acer Aim TimelineU M5-481TG-6814, revealed towards the top of this text). If you opt to upgrade over the following several months, it will cost you simply $15 to do so, supplied you purchase your new personal computer by the end of January and also register to be able to upgrade by simply Feb 31, The year 2013.

However , . . . There are reasons to acquire Home windows 8 pcs, however they are possibly reliant on individual personal preference. If you are obtaining a touchscreen display and also like the idea utilizing your pc somewhat which are similar to a tablet, House windows 8-10 could be in your case. If you’d prefer the concept associated with “live” tiles that will modify while brand new e-mails or social-network revisions come in, you are going to appreciate the tile interface about Home windows Eight. We’ve got anyone covered, using more than a dozen recommended Glass windows 8 notebook computers and four a desktop.


Apple MacBook Air

6 Jan

Not too long ago, the MacBook Air practically stood alone in the computer landscape with its unique blend of design, size, and performance, an improvement on the thin laptop with low-voltage CPU. The MacBook Air, in turn, influenced the arrival of the ultrabook, and a wave of newly designed Windows ultrathin computers aspiring to one-up the Air at its own game.

The 2012 MacBook Air no longer stands as the coolest Mac laptop: that crown has been temporarily stolen by the Retina Display MacBook Pro. Nor is it as unusual. However, it still remains the best example of an ultrathin laptop — for its construction quality, performance, and ergonomics.

The 13-inch Air has the same looks as last year, and nearly the same build, with a few key differences: a new third-gen Intel Core i5 processor, USB 3.0 ports (replacing the previous USB 2.0), a higher-def 720p Webcam, and an altered MagSafe 2 charge cable and connector. Also, both 13-inch MacBook Pro models now cost $100 less, bringing the entry-level model with 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) to $1,199, the exact same cost as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. While the new Air doesn’t have Mountain Lion, the next version of OS X, installed, a free upgrade will be made available when it’s released.

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The improvements in this year’s 13-inch Air are far less dramatic than last year’s, both from a features and performance standpoint, but the Air is truly the go-to MacBook now, and even more affordable, although its cost still looms well above that of most Windows ultrabooks. Because of that and its excellent performance, the MacBook Air remains the MacBook of the current batch we’d most recommend.

Want a MacBook that’s easily portable? This is it. Want a back-to-school MacBook? This is the one. And, until the $2,199 Retina Display MacBook Pro drops in price, the $1,199 13-inch Air remains the MacBook for the masses. It’s lighter, it performs better than ever, and it’s less expensive, and in head-to-head tests with the 2012 13-inch MacBook Pro, the Air performed very closely, and had better battery life: nearly 45 minutes better than the 2011 MacBook Air.

Owners of last year’s Air need not consider an upgrade, but if you haven’t pulled the trigger on getting an Air yet, this is the best time to leap on board.


Price as reviewed $1,199
Processor 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 ULV (third-gen)
Memory 4GB, 1,600MHz DDR3
Hard drive 128GB SSD
Chipset Intel HM77
Graphics Intel HD 4000
Operating system OS X Lion 10.7.4
Dimensions (WD) 12.7×8.9 inches
Height 0.11-0.68 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 2.98 pounds / 3.68 pounds
Category ultrabook

The all-aluminum unibody design of the MacBook Air has become iconic, and its rock-solid wedge-shaped build has influenced many of the current crop of Windows ultrabooks. However, just as the iPhone started iconic and gradually found itself surrounded by a sea of similar competitors, the MacBook Air now sits among ultrabooks, no longer as much of a stand-out it was a year ago. That doesn’t mean the Air is any less comfortable or excellently built, but the look, going on a few years old, is less surprising.

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The 13-inch Air is still one of the thinnest laptops around, but it does have a screen bezel that’s larger than the current norm in high-end ultrabooks. The keyboard, wide and comfortable with slightly shallow keys, also has quite a bit of extra space around it. It’s hard not to imagine a 13-inch Air that’s a little more compact, perhaps shrinking to a smaller footprint. That’s a small quibble, though; at 2.96 pounds, this laptop is unlikely to feel imposing in any bag.

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The new 13-inch Air has one small but important change: it uses a different charge cable, called MagSafe 2, that replaces last year’s MagSafe. It looks similar, but it’s actually wider and flatter, and requires a differently shaped power cable that juts out from the side of the Air rather than hugging the side like existing MagSafe cords. I prefer the older design, and unfortunately, old MagSafe cables you have lying around will now require a $9.99 adapter to work with your new Air. Keep that in mind.

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The Air has a shallower keyboard than the type that’s on Apple’s MacBook Pros and the wireless Bluetooth keyboard you get with an iMac, but it’s just as great for typing. The backlighting adjusts well to ambient light. Like on all Macs, a row of function-reversed buttons control volume, screen brightness, and other functions. A button to the top right, normally the eject button, powers up the Air. It’s still a tiny bit weird that this isn’t a hard circular power button instead, like on the Pros.


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The large multitouch and multifinger clickpad still stands as the best touch pad in the industry. It never hiccups, and gestures are as silky-smooth as on an iPad. It remains a perfect synchronization of hardware and software, and no Windows ultrabook has been able to match it. Competitors now offer similarly sized pads, but not ones of similar quality.

Unlike the 11-inch MacBook Air’s, the 13-inch screen is not a 16:9 display, maintaining the same aspect ratio fragmentation as last year’s Airs. The screen area also lacks the edge-to-edge glass over a black bezel found in other MacBooks; instead the screen is surrounded by a thick silver bezel. On the positive side, the native resolution of the display is 1,440×900 pixels, which is a better than the current 13-inch standard of 1,366×768 pixels. In head-to-head comparisons, the new 13-inch Pro’s glass showed far more glare than the Air’s, which is treated with an antiglare coating. The 13-inch MacBook Pro screen has a lower resolution of 1,280×800, and does not offer any higher-res screen upgrades, meaning it has the highest-resolution 13-inch display you can get on an Air; if you want a Retina Display, you’ll have to pay up for that far larger $2,199 next-gen 15-inch Pro.

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The MacBook Air comes with OS X Lion 10.7.4 preinstalled, but owners will be grandfathered in to a free OS upgrade to Mountain Lion when it’s released — a $19.99 value. Apple’s standard suite of iLife software is preinstalled as well, giving you GarageBand, iPhoto, and iMovie.

The Air’s speakers are oddly quiet, especially compared with those of ultrabooks such as the Sony Vaio T. They’re fine for solo streaming of TV and movies, and game audio, but in a crowded room you’ll prefer headphones.

A new HD Webcam has an increased 720p resolution, catching up to the quality of the Webcams in other Macs. FaceTime calls look far crisper, and it’s a welcome upgrade.

Windows 8 Market Share Sees Christmas Growth

4 Jan

Windows 8 Market Share Sees Christmas Growth

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer will be anxiously eyeing up the sales and shipment figures of Windows 8, as Redmond seeks to reaffirm the desktop proposition in the eyes of the consumer, against the tablet pretenders to the throne.
And the latest figures from Net Applications could offer Ballmer some crumb of comfort, but tinged with some unsettling news: although Windows 8 usage is growing, it looks like it is not growing as fast as Microsoft’s disastrous operating system, Vista, did after its launch.

Good and Bad

Net Applications measures the penetration of various operating systems globally by watching 40,000 websites and seeing what OS was used to access them. The good news for Ballmer and Microsoft is that according to the Net Applications’ latest figures, Windows 8 seemed to enjoy a good Christmas after it grew its market share to 1.72 percent as of 31 December. This is still a long way off the 45.11 percent share enjoyed by Windows 7, but it is still relatively early days for Microsoft’s latest operating system.
The ancient but very popular Windows XP stubbornly remains around with a 39.08 percent market share, while its less liked successor Windows Vista maintains a 5.67 percent market share.

Windows 8
There is little doubt that Microsoft has been keen to stress the uptake success of Windows 8, and in late November it revealed that one month after the launch of the operating system, it had sold 40 million Windows 8 licences.
But these claims were tempered by some worrying reports. In late November Net Applications revealed that only only 1.19 percent of the computers it tracks for usage statistics were running Windows 8, compared to 45.54 percent running Windows 7 and 39 percent running Windows XP.
But even more concerning for Steve Ballmer is the realisation that Windows 8′s 1.72 percent online usage share is still less than the 2.2 percent that Vista had in the same two months after its release. Microsoft for its part is currently remaining quiet about the actual shipment figures so far of Windows 8.
Matters have not been helped when a survey of 50,000 Windows 8 users by, a Windows 8 help and support site, revealed that more than half still prefer Windows 7 over Windows 8.

Drag Factors?

There have many suggestions as to why Windows 8 is not experiencing a massive uptake at the moment, for example weak economic outlook coupled with corporate indecision over whether to upgrade their ageing Windows XP desktop fleet to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Another factor could be that Windows 8 has been designed to make use of touchscreens, and not many users are prepared to invest in the necessary touchscreen monitors for their PCs (or the extra cost of touch-enabled laptops). And the Metro interface (now renamed simply “Windows 8″)  is said to take some getting used to.
Late last year the President of Fujitsu Ltd, Japan’s biggest provider of computer services, was quoted by Bloomberg as saying that the company would miss its annual shipment target for personal computers amid slow demand for Windows 8. Initial appetite for the software, introduced in October, was “weak,” Fujitsu President Masami Yamamoto, reportedly said. He blamed slumping demand in Europe amid the ongoing debt crisis.
This stance was backed by a recent report from London-based researcher Context, which found that  adoption of Windows 8 has so far been slow across businesses in Western Europe.
Microsoft is trying hard to convince the market to upgrade by offering very reasonable upgrade prices for users upgrading to a newer Microsoft operating system.
Microsoft is also hoping that its Surface tablet offering will convince those thinking of jumping ship into the tablet camp, to remain in the Microsoft fold. But sales of the Surface device remain patchy despite a massive advertising blitz, due to a combination of a modest retail presence for the devices, coupled with what some observers feel is too high a retail price for the machine.

Where can I get Remote Desktop Protocol 8.0 for Windows 7 SP1?

4 Jan

A: The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 8.0 update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 can be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft download site. Before installing the RDP 8.0 update, install the Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) support update.

After both updates are installed, Windows 7 SP1 will have the new RDP 8.0 and RemoteFX capabilities, both as an RDP client and as an OS connected to via RDP.

See also the FAQ “Q: What versions of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client work with Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services?” You might also be interested in the FAQ “Q: How do I enable Remote Desktop connections to Windows 7 using Group Policy on a Windows Server 2008 R2 domain?

Paparazzo killed by oncoming traffic after photographing Justin Bieber’s Ferrari

2 Jan

Paparazzi have had nasty run-ins with pop star Justin Bieber, including a high-speed chase in July that prompted a city councilman to predict that such an encounter could end tragically.

It happened Tuesday.

A photographer, who thought he spied Bieber sitting in his parked white Ferrari, was struck by oncoming traffic as he walked across a Los Angeles freeway to get back to his car after snapping photos.

An opportune picture of the 18-year-old celebrity can rake in hard currency — but Bieber was not in the car at the time of the New Year’s Day incident.

California Highway Patrol officers had pulled over Bieber’s vehicle Tuesday evening at an off-ramp of Interstate 405.

The photographer spotted the sports car, parked his own vehicle across the street, crossed to get closer to Bieber’s car and took photos of its occupants, said Los Angeles Police spokesman James Stoughton.

Officers told the man twice to return to his car, CNN affiliate KTLA reported.

A car struck the paparazzo as he crossed back across the street to leave, Stoughton said.

Authorities have not released his name.

“While I was not present nor directly involved with this tragic accident, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the victim,” Bieber said in a statement.

“Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves.”

In July, a group of paparazzi chased Bieber in separate vehicles down a freeway, whizzing past Los Angeles city councilman, Dennis Zine, a reservist on the LAPD.

“He was coming up behind me, making abrupt lane changes, not giving signals, cutting off cars,” Zine said. The photographers were keeping up with Bieber, thick on his heels.

Zine said he expected to see a crash and feared someone could die.

The lawmaker, known for supporting tough measures against obnoxious paparazzi behavior, alerted the highway patrol, who ticketed Bieber for speeding in his Fisker Karma, an expensive electric sports car.

A photographer was slapped with criminal charges, including reckless driving.