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Comment on Microsoft releases Bing Translator for Windows 8 by SiNTAX

I can't believe that the Windows Phone 8 version accepts the basic camera on my cheap Nokia 620 but this version will not work with the camera on my Asus VivoTab Smart.
"your camera does not meet the requirements for camera translation"
To be fair though, I won't use it much as I've always found the translations to be pretty shocking to be honest (Windows phone 8 version). I've been living in China for 14 months now and it has never once provided me with a truly accurate translation. 4 in 10 attempts with give me something I can just about understand, but most of the time it's pure gibberish. A real shame to be honest, I would love this work properly. 我的中文不好!

2013-06-09 14:51:00

Comment on Microsoft demos the new Windows 8.1 Start button - is it what you were hoping for? by Martin Spedding

All they have done is put an icon of the Windows key on the screen. When you start using Windows 8 you learn about the Windows button within the first few minutes/seconds. The start button never went away it just became the Windows button. I can see how it might be useful for people who try and use Windows 8 without training but really it is just a piece of Window dressing.

2013-06-07 11:54:00

Wearable cloud tech makes users feel more self-confident, clever... and sexy? Wearable cloud tech makes users feel more self-confident, clever... and sexy?

A study by
in conjunction with
reveals that users of wearable technology - such as the Nike+ FuelBand and Jawbone UP - feel using such devices boost their intelligence levels. The study looks at residents of the UK and US, and finds the wearable tech users not only feel cleverer, but also more self-confident.
These are not the only benefits the study unearths. US participants were generally rather more impressed with the benefits of wearable technology - 71 percent of American users felt their health and fitness had improved as a result of using such devices, compared to 63 percent of those in the UK. More than half (53 percent) of US users believe wearable tech helps to improve intelligence, compared to just 39 percent of UK users.
Google Glass is one of the most desirabl

2013-06-05 20:04:18

PlexConnect brings Plex goodness to the Apple TV crowd PlexConnect brings Plex goodness to the Apple TV crowd

Have media files and looking for a better way to stream them? Good news then. Plex, the amazing little server/client that helps users send media to all sorts of devices (and which originally forked from XBMC) just got better for Apple TV customers.
Plex's developer
a new PlexConnect app built on its API. The same API which is used to port the service to the web, Roku, Samsung TV, Google TV and more.
This latest app adds full functionality where it never was before - "there’s one little box in the living room which hasn’t been as fully compatible with Plex as we’ve liked, and that’s the Apple TV", says Plex.
PlexConnect is essentially a hack which allows a fully-functional Plex client on un-jailbroken Apple TV2 and Apple TV3 devices. The company explains the process as "you run a

2013-06-05 14:24:03

Got an hour to kill? Watch (nearly) every version of Windows being installed Got an hour to kill? Watch (nearly) every version of Windows being installed

The first version of Windows I ever installed was Windows 3.1, and the most recent was a leaked build of Windows 8.1. In between those two points I’ve installed every new version of Windows Microsoft has produced, most more times than I care to recall.
The installation process has definitely improved over the years, but I shudder to think how much of my life has been spent waiting for each install and reinstall to complete.
I may never get those hours back, but I can now relive them (and waste another hour) by watching a video which shows almost every installation from Windows 1.0 all the way up to Windows 8.
The operating systems included in the video are:
Windows 1.01
Windows 2.03
Windows 3.0a
Windows 3.1
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8 Pro

2013-06-04 19:52:07

Asus unveils VivoMouse - the mouse/trackpad combo to beat Magic Mouse? Asus unveils VivoMouse - the mouse/trackpad combo to beat Magic Mouse?

Looking not unlike a prop taken from the set of Star Trek, the VivoMouse from Asus takes the humble mouse in something of a new direction. Bringing together the traditional wireless mouse and the trackpad more usually found nestling at the front of a laptop, the peripheral harnesses the best of both worlds and delivers them in a single, sexy-looking device.
The VivoMouse - which Asus claims to be a "world first" - can be used in exactly the same way as a regular mouse, but the integrated trackpad means that there is support for Windows 8's full range of multi-touch gestures. This is something that is sure to prove popular with users who have battled with Windows 8's interface; while touchscreen displays are increasing in popularity, they are still far from the norm.
Just as Apple's Magic M

2013-06-03 11:54:54

Keep your passwords secure with Dashlane for Windows, Mac and Android Keep your passwords secure with Dashlane for Windows, Mac and Android

Dashlane, Inc has launched
Dashlane 2.0
for desktop and
Dashlane for Android 2.0.1
, major new updates of its secure password management tool that allows users to securely store sensitive personal details such as online passwords and credit card information via free desktop and mobile apps.
Both builds gain a complete new user interface, the promise of a "massive jump" in product quality and support for two-factor authentication via Google Authenticator. In addition the desktop build gains a new Security Dashboard feature, while the Android version expands support for tablets and adds in-app browsing.
The Dashlane 2.0 app for Windows and Mac opens with a brand new redesign with new color schemes and contrast levels designed to improve readability as well as the app’s overall look. It also

2013-05-30 15:15:13

Linux Mint 15 - The best Linux distro gets better Linux Mint 15 - The best Linux distro gets better

Linux users are a strange bunch. As a distro gets popular, it tends to lose credibility with the Linux elitists. It is much like an underground rock band. As the band gains mainstream success, the original fans view the band as "sell-outs". For instance, Ubuntu, the most popular Linux distro, is viewed negatively by many as a beginner distro (Linux users only feel this way because of its success - Ubuntu is a wonderful OS). Linux Mint however, is the exception to the rule - it is revered by newbies and elite users alike. This is despite its long-held top spot on
and the fact that it is based on Ubuntu.
On May 29, 2013, Linux Mint 15, codenamed "Olivia" was released. This is the newest version of Mint and is based on Ubuntu 13.04. While Linux Mint is built on Ubuntu, it

2013-05-30 12:32:18

Comment on If Microsoft can’t beat them, it bashes them by FF222

Author is a funny guy. Practically all of Microsoft's competitors define themselves - and have defined for years, some even for decades - as nothing more, than being anti-Microsoft.
They advertisted their products as not being prone to crashes like Microsoft's, not as unsecure as Microsoft's, themselves (the companies) not being monopolistic like Microsoft, their solutions not being closed/proprietary like Microsoft's, not forcing the hands of their users, not locking them in like Microsoft, etc. IBM, Google, Linux, Apple, you name it. They did all the same thing: they defined themselves through bashing Microsoft and its products - and that mostly based on unsubstantiated claims and half-truths.
And now you're complaining that Microsoft - after playing for so many years fair in this area -

2013-05-23 10:54:00

Spybot +AV adds full antivirus protection to Home and Professional editions Spybot +AV adds full antivirus protection to Home and Professional editions

Irish security firm Safer-Networking Ltd has announced the release of
Spybot +AV 2.1
, a major reinvention of the package which sees the addition of virus protection for the Home ($13.99) and Professional ($25.99) versions (the free build removes malware and rootkits only).
A great deal of this new release is about delivering the framework necessary to support the antivirus engine. An update mechanism delivers antivirus signature files multiple times a day, for instance. The system offers real time protection, too, although this can optionally be turned off if there’s a chance of it conflicting with something else.
One potential risk with this kind of major change is that you’re affected by false positives, with the program flagging every tiny utility you’ve downloaded recently as a seriou

2013-05-22 13:38:12

Reboot-To launches the OS you need direct from the desktop Reboot-To launches the OS you need direct from the desktop

If you’ve installed multiple operating systems on a PC then normally, when your system starts, you’ll have to choose the one you need from a boot menu. And while this isn’t difficult in any way, it can be a minor irritation, especially if you’re switching between operating systems on a regular basis.
, though, and you’ll have another option. When you need to restart your PC, just choose one of your installed operating systems from the Reboot-To menu - Window Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Ubuntu (wubi) and Ubuntu Server (wubi) are supported - and it’ll reboot directly into that OS, without you ever seeing the boot menu at all.
Reboot-To is straightforward to install, and by default sets itself up to run when Windows starts, addin

2013-05-21 16:22:07

RunKeeper overhauls its website RunKeeper overhauls its website

If you happen to be a runner then you have a plethora of choices these days for tracking every bit of workout information that you could possibly have wanted to know, and likely some you did not. There are websites, mobile apps and even watches that know more about you than, well, you do.
One of the most popular is called
. The service falls into every category I named and even comes with Pebble Watch, in addition to its own watch. Now the service brings a major overhaul to the web side of things. "We created RunKeeper to be a powerful personal trainer in your pocket, but many of you look to our website to do things like drill deeper in your workout tracking, interact with friends, and connect with other partner apps" the company claims.
RunKeeper was concerned that some feature

2013-05-14 08:46:58

Use Google Fonts offline Use Google Fonts offline

Google Fonts is an excellent resource for web designers, with hundreds of top quality open source fonts freely available for anyone to use.
Now, though, you can also easily access and use the same fonts on the desktop, Windows or Mac, just by installing the
client. The program requires you to first create a fonts.com account. But with that out the way, SkyFonts adds an icon to your system tray and is ready for use.
When you need a new font, right-click the SkyFonts icon, select Choose Fonts > Google Fonts, and a
will open at the fonts.com site. Click “Browse Google Fonts”, use the browser to find a font you need, click SkyFonts > Add, and it’ll immediately be downloaded and installed.
The program can also synchronize your fonts with other devices, as well as automaticall

2013-05-10 08:12:18

Google Translate for Android 2.7 adds 16 more languages (but not Klingon - yet) Google Translate for Android 2.7 adds 16 more languages (but not Klingon - yet)

Google Translate for Android 2.7
, a major update, is available. There’s one new feature - support for the website’s Phrasebook feature - and an extension of the app’s camera-input feature to support an additional 16 languages.
The app is basically an extension of the
Google Translate website
, allowing users to translate both text and speech between more than 70 different languages.
Users wishing to take advantage of the camera-input feature should take a photo of the sign or text in question, then select the portion that requires translating using their finger. Google Translate for Android will then attempt to detect the text and translate it into the user’s native language. The 16 new languages supported in version 2.7 are primarily based in the Baltic, central and southern regions of E

2013-05-09 17:48:23

Uh-oh, Skype, Viber 3.0 goes desktop Uh-oh, Skype, Viber 3.0 goes desktop

Mobile VoIP provider Viber has broken new ground by releasing
Viber for Desktop 3.0
for Windows and Mac, extending its existing mobile service beyond the mobile-only
Viber 3.0 app
to desktops and laptops.
The new desktop build provides all the functionality currently enjoyed on the mobile app, including free voice calls, photo messaging, text chat and location-sharing with other Viber users, but also adds support for desktop-to-desktop video conferencing too.
It’s hard not to draw comparisons between Viber and other similar VOiP services, in particular
. However, there are key differences, particularly in the sign up and registration process. Viber users must install the mobile app first and register their mobile number, which is used to identify them on the Viber network.
The adva

2013-05-09 09:24:36

Avast! adds VPN protection, improves stability and performance Avast! adds VPN protection, improves stability and performance

Avast Software has released
avast! Free Antivirus 8.0.1488
avast! Internet Security 8.0.1488
for PCs running Windows XP or later. Version 8.0.1488 is the first notable update since version 8 was
at the end of February.
Version 8.0.1488 adds one major new feature to the security tool’s roster: a SecureLine component, which provides protection for users browsing over Wi-Fi via VPN. The feature isn’t provided free, but comes with a free 24-hour trial that can be activated at any time. Thereafter, access costs from $7.99 a month.
VPN is used to encrypt data prior to it being transmitted over the internet - although primarily used by businesses, it’s also increasingly used by security conscious users who wish to use "open" Wi-Fi networks - often public - where data can be easily

2013-05-03 14:41:13

Skype video messaging for Windows 8 out now Skype video messaging for Windows 8 out now

On April 30th, while announcing Skype video messaging for the desktop, Microsoft let it be known that the feature would be coming to the Windows 8 app soon, as well. The company did not lie - soon arrives today. The communication app already had video calling, but Skype Video Messaging lets you record and send a video message, as opposed to making a live call. This enables getting your message across, even when the recipient is away from his or her PC or phone - think SMS with video capability.
The new version of the Skype "Metro" app is officially 1.7 and available now from the
Windows Store
, although the feature is still considered a "preview".
Microsoft purchased Skype two years ago this month and has been slowly working the functionality into its software, such as Windows and

2013-05-02 16:59:40

BlackBerry Q10 now available at Vodafone UK BlackBerry Q10 now available at Vodafone UK

Four days after the smartphone surfaced at
UK retailer Selfridges
, the
BlackBerry Q10
is now also available through UK mobile operator Vodafone. Die-hard QWERTY fans in Canada are able to purchase the handset starting tomorrow.
At Vodafone UK, the BlackBerry Q10 is available with no upfront costs alongside two-year contracts, starting at £37 per month. Customers who are willing to shell out £129 upfront can get the smartphone on a two-year plan with less costly £33 monthly payments.
When purchased with no upfront cost, the two-year plans for the
BlackBerry Q10
come with unlimited minutes and texts and 1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB of cellular data for £37, £42 and £47 monthly payments, respectively.
The less expensive £33 per month, two-year contract, only provides 600 minutes, unlimited texts an

2013-04-30 13:58:45

Comment on Foxit Reader 6.0 gets Office 2013 ribbon by AngryFly

Just got update from foxit "What did the do ?!" the replaced the normal menu for a terrible ribbon interface. If it cant be disabled. its bye bye foxit reader. shame it where good.
The ribbon is not userfriendly and screen space wasting.

2013-04-21 13:01:00

Family Tree Builder 7.0 syncs with MyHeritage.com Family Tree Builder 7.0 syncs with MyHeritage.com

MyHeritage Ltd has released
Family Tree Builder 7.0
, a major new version of its free Windows app for recording, managing and sharing a family tree. Version 7’s major new features tighten its links with the
website by introducing two-way sync and providing access to the billions of historic records held at the website, some free, but most requiring a subscription.
Version 7.0 also implements full Unicode support, tweaks the user interface and extends language support to four additional countries in the Mid and Far East.
Family Tree Builder 7.0’s headline new feature is the implementation of two-way sync. Previously users could upload their tree to the MyHeritage.com servers - free account holders are limited to 250 individuals in their tree - but version 7.0 now makes it po

2013-04-19 20:33:49

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