Windows 8 comes with a new feature known as “Refresh your PC“. When your Windows 8 PC is not working properly, you can use the “Refresh your PC” as the last option to revive the ailing operating system. By default, when you refresh your Windows 8-based computer, it keeps your personal data and re-installs Metro style applications. But it removes Desktop apps, and their names will be placed in a file on your desktop called Removed Apps, unless you have created a custom system image. Once you create system image of Windows 8, the custom system image is used by the operating system as the refresh image, instead of any existing image or OEM restore image. [Read more...]
Microsoft seems to love keeping start screens for its various products. Be it Windows 8, the latest operating system or Office 2013, the latest office productivity suite from them, the start screen becomes very annoying for most of the users after a few days of usage.
Whenever you open any Office 2013 product, by default, you will see Office 2013 template selection screen. From this Office 2013 start screen, you can choose from the available online templates and continue your work. Microsoft thought its very convenient but if you just want to start working right after opening the product, it’s actually very annoying. Normally, most users want to either directly open a blank document, spreadsheet or presentation instead of using a template. So, the first thing a user will want to do is disable Office 2013 start screen and get rid of the annoyance. [Read more...]
Download Facebook Poke App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Now Send Self-Destructing Messages, Images and Videos Easily
Facebook has launched its official Facebook Poke app for iOS. Poking, which according to the company is a “fun and easy” way to “say hello to friends wherever you are.” Facebook’s official poking application for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users, running iOS 5.1 (and newer versions), enables them to jab their friends with a message, photo, or video.
Of course, if you have ever used the Poke feature on Facebook, you know a dedicated poke app for it doesn’t sounds exciting. So, Mark Zuckerberg and his team of Facebook developers have added a number of exciting features to enhance your poking experience. You can now poke a friend with a message, photo or video. You can even decide for how long your friends can see it via simple taps in the settings menu. You can also press and hold a friend’s name to see pokes from friends, see their poking location and, also see when their friends take screenshots. [Read more...]
Happy Holidays! As holidays have started, Microsoft has created a special category in the Windows Store called “Great offers on apps.” From this special category, you can buy some of the best apps for Windows 8 at special prices, you can even get premium Windows apps or games for free.
The description of the “Great offers on apps” reads, ”Check out these offers and save some money. You’ll find great apps, subscriptions and premium services for a reduce price or, in some cases, for free! The fine print: offers valid through January 31, 2013 (while supplies last), in the Windows Store, in the United States only and made available by the app publishers, not Microsoft.” [Read more...]
Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg, last month, quietly announced the death of 64-bit version of Firefox for Windows. He posted a thread over on the Google Groups, mozilla.dev.apps.firefox discussion board titled “Turning off win64 builds” making the announcement. At the thread, he listed some main reasons behind taking such a decision. Some of the reasons given are, missing or less plugin support for 64-bit versions of Firefox, slower 64-bit builds than 32-bit versions. Another reason given was that the stability team had problems distinguishing crash statistics between 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Firefox. After the announcement was made, a huge uproar from 64-bit for Windows users was seen on a Hacker News thread pointing to another discussion board.
Now, after what Smedberg primarily referred to as “significant negative feedback,” he has made a compromise on the decision of stopping Firefox 64-bit builds, he had reviewed that feedback, consulted with his release engineering team. According to a Google Groups post on the mozilla.dev.apps.firefox discussion board titled “Update on turning off 64-bit Windows builds,” the main reason for the change of plans appears to be that certain users regularly run into the 4GB memory limits of 32-bit builds due to hundreds or even thousands of tabs. So, Firefox 64-bit users can rejoice now as the development of Firefox 64-bit for Windows nightly builds will not be switched off, even though final build may never be released. [Read more...]