Windows 10 announced today

Microsoft announces Windows 10

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Today Microsoft has announced the name of its new operating system,  Windows 10. According to Microsoft,  the OS will run on a wide range of devices from tablets to PC’s, smartphones and the Xbox.

Start me up!

Windows 10 brings back the Start button

Yes the return of the start button makes its way back to Windows 10.

Some of the new features are:

Start menu

The familiar Start menu is back, but it brings with it a new customizable space for your favorite apps and Live Tiles.

Everything runs in a window

Apps from the Windows Store now open in the same format that desktop apps do and can be resized and moved around, and have title bars at the top allowing for maximize, minimize, and close with a click.

Snap enhancements

You can now have four apps snapped on the same screen with a new quadrant layout. Windows will also show other apps and programs running for additional snapping and even make smart suggestions on filling available screen space with other open apps.

New task view button

There’s a new task-view button on the taskbar for quick switching between open files and quick access to any desktops you create.

Multiple desktops

Create desktops for different purposes and projects and switch between these desktops easily and pick up where you left off on each desktop.

Find files faster

File Explorer now displays your recent files and frequently visited folders making for finding files you’ve worked on is easier.

See more from today’s announcement from Microsoft

 

 

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I think that Windows 7 is probably my favourite operating system MS has put out. Although Windows 8 does work for touch screen fairly intuitively, it does take some getting used to with the gestures and navigation as a whole. One of the reasons we posted how to disable swipe gestures in Windows 8 in this post. Messing with the start button really through people off, hence the return in Windows 10.

So it will be interesting to see the adoption rates for the new OS, as I’m sure they will be much higher than today.

Did you switch to Windows 8, or were you a fan of 7 like me?

 

Apples iOS 8 Features

Privacy settings you should change in iOS 8

Previously, we discussed some of the new features that iOS 8 had to offer in this post, here are some updates to your privacy settings you should look at.

Privacy Settings in IOS 8

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8 has many features that are tied to your location, as well as new privacy settings allowing you to limit how long data is stored, message expiry and private browsing. Read some tips below for updating your settings within the shiny new OS:

Prevent apps from accessing, uploading your data

iOS 8 Privacy settings - Contacts

Go to Settings > Privacy and select each app, like Contacts, and swipe on or off which third-party apps you want to grant access to. If you have already granted an app access to your contacts, or other personal data, switching off the service does not mean that service will delete your data.

Enable ‘Find My iPhone’ for lost and stolen devices

iOS 8 Find Mobile

You can use Find Your iPhone app to locate your device, if it’s powered on. It displays on a map where your device is, which can be handy if it’s stolen. To change go to:

Settings iCloud Find My iPhone (or iPad) and make sure that it is switched on. You may need to enter your device passcode.

By selecting Send Last Location, with less than 1 percent of battery life left, your device will update Apple’s servers with the last location — just before it powers down.

Prevent sharing your location to others

iOS 8 Share my Location

Leaving this on can be handy for certain apps, but can also be annoying and, anything else that is running is consuming battery power. To disable this go to:

Settings >Privacy Location Services Share My Location. You can also disable it. You can also decide to share other device locations that are connected to your iCloud account.

Limit advertisers tracking your location, data

iOS 8 Advertising

Safari had an update in iOS 7 and iOS 8, and now offers a number of privacy-related tweaks. One of the key ones relates to advertising, which can track and monitor your location.

Not so easily found, as it’s not in the Safari settings, go to:

Settings Privacy >Advertising and enable the Limit Ad Tracking option. From here, make sure you hit the Reset Advertising Identifier option, and then accept any prompts.

 

See more links on Apple’s new iOS 8

Apple - iOS 8 Apple website | See what’s new on iOS 8 | Wikipedia – iOS 8 article

 

iOS 8.0 Storage Requirements

Apple describes iOS 8.0 as “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store”. They weren’t kidding!

ios8 storage requirements

There has been a flurry of responses on social media, especially on the heels of U2′s free album download. Not to mention Download Spikes

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Windows 8 disable swipe gestures

How do I turn off the gesture swipe on windows 8

Swipe Gestures in Windows 8

Along with the introduction to Windows 8, Microsoft also introduced some swipe gestures for both the mouse and the touchscreen. One very annoying ‘feature’ is the swipe on the mouse that switches screens. When you drag your finger from the bottom left corner of your screen up, it switches between your recent apps. Similar to ALT+TAB.

To disable the corner navigation follow these steps:

  1. Go to your PC Settings (swipe in from the right-hand side of your screen ;)
    • Windows 8 change pc settings
  2. Then go down to PC and devices
    • Windows 8 change PC settings
  3. Go down to Corners and edges
    • Windows 8 disable swipe gestures

Here are some common actions using touch

The following table shows how to do some common actions on your PC by using touch. For a full list of touch gestures, see Touch: Swipe, tap, and beyond.

For a full list of keyboard shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts.

Action How to do it Keyboard shortcut
Action

Open the charms

How to do it

Swipe in from the right edge of your screen.

Keyboard shortcut
Windows logo key Windows logo key + C
Action

Show commands for an app

How to do it

Swipe in from the top or bottom edge of the screen.

Keyboard shortcut
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Z
Action

Switch to your last app

How to do it

Swipe in from the left edge of the screen.

Keyboard shortcut
Windows logo key Windows logo key + Tab
Action

See a list of recent apps

How to do it

Swipe in from the left edge, and with your finger still on the screen, move it back toward the left edge.

Keyboard shortcut
Press and hold the Windows logo key Windows logo key + Tab
Action

Close an app

How to do it

Drag the app from the top edge of the screen to the bottom of the screen.

Keyboard shortcut

Alt+F4

Action

Zoom

How to do it

Touch the screen with two or more fingers, and then move your fingers toward each other (pinch) to zoom out or away from each other (stretch) to zoom in.

Keyboard shortcut

Ctrl+Plus Sign (+) or Ctrl+Minus Sign (-)

Action

Select an item

How to do it

Swipe down or across the item, or press and hold to select it.

To see if you have a touchscreen

Your screen must be a touchscreen to use these interactions.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Click PC and devices, and then click PC info.

To check your screen resolution

Your screen resolution must be at least 1024 x 768 to have multiple windows and apps on your screen at the same time.

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
  2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Display.

See more from Microsoft and Windows 8 here. Also see the Getting around with touch from Microsoft

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