Windows 10 hits all the right buttons

Microsoft’s plunge into touch-based computing with Windows 8 did not go too well. It did not make an impact with the usual users and developers. For all those who were disappointed, Windows 10 is here to make amends!

Microsoft is offering free upgrades from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10. This version sure seems to be a great hybrid of the last two versions.

Let us see why Windows 10 should be a hit-

Widows 10 Start Menu

  • Start Menu Makes a Comeback– it should have never disappeared. Nevertheless, it has made a grand return with an amazing make over. Therefore, the positioning is just where you remember it- in the bottom left corner of your screen. The windows 8 tiles are now fitted into the Start menu so that they do not cover your screen.The Start menu can be customized with contemporary as well as conventional apps of your choice. Settings, shut down and restart options have an easy access. There is a list of the most used apps as well!

 

  • Gorgeous theme– Yes, every version of windows comes with a brand new theme and so does Windows 10. This time it is a grand black theme. However, if it does not suit you, you may customize that as well. Like Windows Vista, the Windows 10 has added a slight transparency effects to the menu and task bar. This gives it a fresh look!

 

  • Smooth Navigation– Navigation is smooth is ever! The good news is that the hot corners are gone. Cheers! App alerts and settings are now looked after by the Action Center.The latest Snap feature makes multitasking a joy. Click and drag any pane to the monitor’s edge and snap it. All the snapped panes will line up in an assortment.

    The Task View lines up all the open panels in one space. Thus, navigating between multiple  windows is smooth and quick!

 

  • Its Very Own Virtual Assistant– Ever wanted to have your own Siri? Well, be glad with its Windows version named Cortana. Now you too can search with voice commands or hurl questions with the “hey Cortana” command.Since it is cloud powered, you can synchronize the same information and data in your laptop, PC or phone. The most remarkable is its reminder feature. Simply set a reminder with Cortana to collect clothes from the laundry. As soon as you near your laundry, the reminder will activate.
  • New Browser– The ‘Edge’, though a brand new browser, bears striking similarity to the Internet Explorer. It is neat and smooth but does not have many features of the latest browsers.

The Xbox app, convenient mailing app and other inbuilt apps of the Windows 10, make it a pleasure to use. The latest Windows Store. Apps, games, music, movies, and TV are now assorted in a single space for best convenience. The development of Windows 10 is brilliant and one does not need an exhaustive tutorial to get equipped with it. It is better than the best you have seen until age. For any assistance installing or upgrading to Windows 10 get in contact with Jack B.

 

Why the Samsung Gear S2 is a Show Stopper

Samsung has delivered a master-stroke with its latest gadget – the Samsung Gear S2 smart watch. Now you will not have to deal with bulky, ugly and non-responsive gadgets that are complex to use. The Gear S2 is the most uncomplicated device that you have ever seen

This Samsung gadget flaunts a cool 1.2-inch AMOLED display with a whopping PPI of 302. That is not as sharp as its Apple counterpart is but is great nevertheless. Gear S2 is sleek and slim at 1.14 cm. The screen is evidently brighter and precise than its predecessors. With its sporty look and waterproof body (up to 1.5m), it guarantees a great user experience.

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The construction is hardcore and the look will easily make way into your heart. The spinning bezel is dazzling as you use it to flip through the apps, notifications, and view messages or to select just the right emoticon. That grabs all the attention of the techies out there!

There is this instant urge to rotate the dial on this gadget. The round menus make it further enticing. Spinning it to the left displays notifications and right displays widgets that you may customize as per your needs. You can add your day’s tasks, calendar, and update yourself with the weather on the home page. You may gauge your heart rate and daily work out as well!

To give you a smooth experience, there are back and home buttons installed on the smart watch. Going back to the previous screen is facilitated with the back button and the home button takes you to the applications menu. Thereafter, one can easily spin the bezel to flip through various pages.

The sensor is amazing. Go through your notifications or simply dismiss them in a stroke. Glide your finger through the messages or simply tap on the apps you wish to explore. The Gear S2 is by far has the most hassle free navigation!

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The watch can be your fitness friend as well. It does more than merely counting your steps. The Gear S2 estimates the number of hours that you have been active, moderately active or inactive. You might feel like a smack when you stand up after a long lazy hour on your couch and your watch congratulates you! Well, that could be good for you. Your pulse can be monitored regularly and a whole lot of information can be stored for your workout routine. For those who love to be fit, it is the right coach to keep by you.

Messaging is easier now. With flexible options such as quick access to favourite, ready to use templates, emoticons on the menu and S-voice feature one can respond swiftly without having to pester yourself between many tabs!

The battery is really long lasting and reliable. Using it for hours and hours will not drain it out, which gives it an edge over other smart-watches. Overall, the Samsung Gear S2 offers to a great punch with its waterproof body, solid battery life, spinning bezel interface, amazing fit, sleek and slender contour!

The Macbook Pro Challenger – Microsoft Surface Book Review

Surfacebook Pro in Hybrid Mode

How many times have you wished to enjoy the portability of a tablet and convenience of a laptop together? Microsoft has launched a hybrid just to make such convenience available. Microsoft’s Surface Book is literally split into two- the keyboard and the display. Together they harbor to be a marvelous notebook. Flip the cover, lay it flat, put it down on upon the keyboard or detach it to use it as a gigantic tablet! It transitions from one look to another with ease.

The Surfacebook can be be used as a laptop or a tablet

The Surfacebook can be be used as a laptop or a tablet

Microsoft has launched a challenger to step into the zone of Windows 10 laptops and be the budding champion amongst consumers. Conventional PC manufacturers have a reason to worry now. This gadget offers the finest features but at a premium price.

However, Microsoft takes the big dig to compete against just one company – Apple. Both present and potential MacBook Pro users are likely to be attracted to this Microsoft product.

Let us see whether with its crazy hinge and flexible design, Surface Book manages to stand up with MacBook Pro (13-inch version).

Surfacebook pro new flexible hinge design

Surfacebook pro new flexible hinge design

The look is dashing. It has a complete aluminum look, which gives it a groovy edge! The cover displays a reflective Windows logo, which is cool. It is not as sleek and glossy as the MacBook, but the groovy look has its own class.

The display is a stunning 3000x 2000 pixels, 13.5-inch piece. The output is clear, precise and detailed. The viewing angles are amazing. The show stealer here is its touch-enabled and pen-enabled feature. With a PPI of 267 and at 13 inches, it belongs to the retina-class in every way. MacBook Pro, has a PPI of only 227 and is retina-class at 15 inches.

As opposed to Microsoft’s Core i7 processor, the Apple MacBook Pro uses a Core i5. The CPU performance seems similar. The battery life of Microsoft is a whopping 12 hours when used with the keyboard. The screen when used as a tablet, gives a battery life of 3 hours. The MacBook Pro on the other hand sports a 10 hours battery life.

Surfacebook and stylus

Surfacebook and stylus

The company’s VP engineering Panos Panay brags the Surface Book to be doubly faster than the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro consumes a great wattage. It is installed with the dual-core 28-watt chip and 2.7 GHZ basic clock speed. On the other hand, the Surface Books has the Skylake dual-core, which is a 15-watt chip. It sports a cool clock speed of 2.4GHz and a 3GHz Turbo Boost.

To cut it short, the Surface Book is a terrific device. It is a show stealer with its distinctive and well-constructed design. As a tablet, it is strikingly light and exhibits a gorgeous screen! The pen input is a remarkable feature and works well. The keyboard is comfortable to use and the performance is swift. For those who feel hesitant to shell out large bucks for the premium model, can choose from the six available varieties.