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Chrome beta gets hands-free voice search

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A few months back, Google had released an extension for Chrome that would allow you to use search simply by using your voice and saying the phrase “Ok Google”. Now, that functionality is being built-in to the browser and is available first through the new beta.

If you install or update to the latest Chrome beta, you will be able to do a voice search from the Google homepage or from the new tab page. You can use it the same way you’d use it on your Android phone, by starting with “Okay Google” and then saying your query. You can also use it to set a timer or a reminder. Read more »

Facebook Messenger for Windows to shut down on March 3

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Those of you using the Facebook Messenger on Windows probably got the same message as myself this morning. According to the notification, the Messenger will stop working on Monday, March 3.

There is no explanation why Facebook decided to kill its standalone messenger app, but it isn’t unexpected. Read more »

Nokia Here Maps out on Windows 8.1

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You can download Nokia Here Maps from the Windows Store starting today.

It’s available for all Windows 8.1 Tablets, PC’s, or laptops. Read more »

Windows 8.1 will get its first significant update this spring

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Microsoft has announced that the first significant update for Windows 8.1 will start rolling out in the spring.

Mr. Joe Belfiore, the vice president and manager for Windows Phone Program Management, made the announcement during the company’s press event at the Mobile World Congress. Read more »

New Doom beta is on the way

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You heard that right, Bethesda is planning the next Doom game.

There aren’t many details about the release or any features, but if you pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order, you’ll have access to the beta. Read more »

Firefox ‘Directory Tiles’ will bring sponsored content to your New Tab page

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Mozilla has announced plans on further monetizing the Firefox desktop browser, and this involves adding sponsored content through a feature called Directory Tiles. This feature will suggest sponsored content to new users after they install the browser.

Currently, the new tab page on a freshly installed Firefox shows blank tiles on the New Tab page (as seen above), which eventually get populated by your frequently browsed websites. What Directory Tiles will do is instead of showing blank tiles, it will show you content from Mozilla ecosystem, popular websites from your geographic location and sponsored content from selected Mozilla partners. The sponsored content will be explicitly marked as such so you know what you’re clicking on. Read more »

Modern UI based Firefox for Windows 8 Touch now available as beta

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First announced in early 2012, the Modern UI based Firefox web browser is ready for download (if only in beta form). The browser is optimized for touchscreen interaction and makes use of Windows 8 features like swipe gestures, the Share charm and, of course, tiles.

Traditional Firefox features like the Awesome bar and Firefox Sync are available too. Read more »

Windows 8.1 Update 1 slated for April

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Are you eagerly awaiting an update for Windows 8.1? Well you won’t have to be twiddling your thumbs for much longer, because rumor has it that the first major update for Microsoft’s latest Operating System will launch in early April.

Initial reports indicated that Update 1 would be available in March, but now it seems that it’s been pushed to April 8th. What changes will the new update bring? Join us after the jump to find out. Read more »

Apple will donate to classrooms for education initiative

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It looks like the White House will be getting a little bit of help with its ConnectEd Initiative.

A bunch of tech companies will be offering free products and services and amongst them, is Apple. Read more »

With just two months of life left, Windows XP powers almost 30% of all PCs

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Recently, Microsoft announced it will cease support for Microsoft Windows XP, leaving the 13-year-old OS without future updates or optimizations after the April 8 deadline.

The latest data from Net Applications shows that adoption of Windows XP is actually rising in light of this news, with the percentage of Windows XP users going up to 29.23% in January. Read more »

Windows 8.1 Update 1 gets leaked

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We recently talked about the upcoming Update 1 for Windows 8.1 that was expected to arrive in March and bring with it several UI changes that would make Windows 8.1 more usable for keyboard and mouse users by avoiding the new Metro style start screen at launch and making the Metro-style apps behave a bit more like traditional desktop apps.

Now, that update has leaked on file sharing sites well ahead of official release. Read more »

Windows 8.1 Update 1 said to be arriving on March 11

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Microsoft will be releasing an update to the current Windows 8.1 OS, tentatively called Windows 8.1 Update 1, on March 11, according to ZDNet. The update will brings several under the hood changes, as well as a bunch of user facing ones that will help bridge the gap between the desktop and ‘Metro’ modes.

One of the new changes said to be present in Update 1 is the ability to pin Metro-style apps to the taskbar in the desktop mode. This will allow you to launch those app quickly just as you would a standard desktop app. You can also hover over the icons of minimized apps to see a thumbnail preview. Lastly, Metro-style apps are also said to get a close button that will make it easier and more obvious on how to quit an app. Read more »

Desktop and Metro to play nice in upcoming Windows 8.1 update

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Thanks to some images that popped up over in Russian leakster WZor we get a glimpse of what Microsoft is working on for the first update to Windows 8.1.

In said leaked shots we see metro apps (in this case the Store) pinned on the taskbar in Windows 8.1 update 1 Desktop mode. An option dubbed ‘Show Store apps on the taskbar’ seems the likely culprit here – pictures after the break. Read more »

JOdin3 flash tool for Samsung Androids runs on Windows, Mac and Linux

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If you’ve flashed a Samsung Android device then you’ve encountered Odin and you’ve done it through your Windows PC. CASUAL recently launched JOdin3, which is written in Java and supports Linux, Mac OS X and even Raspberry Pi. You can run it in a web browser, too, if you like.

JOdin3 looks mostly like Odin3, which people are familiar with, but uses the Heimdall as a base. This means the app will require a PIT file, but it can automatically grab it for itself if you don’t have it at hand. Read more »

Nokia releases three DNG color profiles for Adobe Lightroom

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After enabling RAW shooting support for the Lumia 1020 and 1520 with the Lumia Black update Nokia is now helping those that use it to get better results with Adobe Lightroom.

DNG stands for Digital Negative and is basically a file containing all the information that the sensor has captured (rather than the JPEG images which use lossy compression) and give you more options in post processing. The DNG file has its own color profile and you can tinker with it in order to get interesting or more accurate results but to save you time Nokia has released three color profiles that can be inserted straight into Adobe Lightroom. Read more »