Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

Activate Windows 10 Using Windows 7 and 8 Product Keys Next Month

There has been a lot of feedback provided to Microsoft around Windows 10 activation via Windows Insider Program. Its easy for Windows 7 and 8 users to install and  activate Windows 10 without any problem. If you are trying to get a clean install of Windows 10 free upgrade then you must install Windows 7 or 8 first and then earn the free upgrade to Windows 10. What a waste of precious internet bandwidth! This will change coming month with next big update for Windows 10.

Microsoft Windows Insider Program reported that they are planning to introduce a new activation method which will prompt you to enter a product key of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 while performing clean installation of Windows 10. Sometimes prayers are answered but it takes some time.

So what it means for us? Technically you don’t have to install Windows twice as per the current scenario. If you are planning on activating it now, please think again as it will be different soon and you don’t have to install older operating system before installing an upgrade.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 | Windows Insider Blog

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Microsoft Surface Book – The Ultimate Laptop

Microsoft Surface Book – The Ultimate Laptop

Microsoft unveiled a surprise device at their October event. People were definitely expecting Surface Pro 4 tablet and Lumia 950 and 950 XL among others. Microsoft Surface Book is an impressive laptop convertible which made this event special. The laptop is shipped with Windows 10, a touchscreen friendly version. I found that Microsoft did not do justice to Microsoft Surface Book with their new advertisement.

Microsoft Surface Book Specs

Microsoft claims it’s the “fastest 13-inch laptop anywhere on any planet,” a statement that we don’t have the means to confirm, and that it’s “two times more powerful” than the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

“We made the ultimate laptop. We made the Surface Book,” said Microsoft Surface team leader Panos Panay while presenting the new device on stage.

Display

Microsoft Surface Book comes with 13.5-inch display with a screen resolution up to 3000×2000. The display also supports pen and touch. You can also take advantage of Surface Pen which is claimed to be sensitive enough to detect 1024 different pressure levels. Apple must have taken a note for their next pressure sensitive hardware tech.  PixelSense touchscreen with 6 million pixel which translates into (267 ppi).

There is a dedicated GPU is in the base of the laptop and it will switch to the Skylake integrated GPU when the screen is detached from the base. In order to use the GPU at full throttle you must get the laptop docked.

The display surpasses the 1080p mark which makes it very good for watching HD videos and other graphics consuming apps.This is not a wide screen laptop, it is 3:2 which is not a favorite choice of modern laptops. I believe its more to do with your personal choice than the productivity factor.

Performance

The high end convertible is powered with 6th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GPU of the same class. You have an option of 8GB or 16GB of physical memory to keep you in game for multitasking

Storage

Microsoft Surface Book uses a Solid State Drive (SSD) as its main storage device. Please read more about Solid State Disks Performance Factor. In short, SSDs are the fastest storage medium available in the market. Microsoft Surface gives you 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options.

Design

I am in love with the detachable keyboard. Microsoft is calling the technology as Muscle Wire which holds the keyboard and it can be easily detached by just pressing the button.

The base of the laptop includes a backlit keyboard which can be separated as I told earlier. It works in Clipboard mode or Canvas mode when detached. Here are the three modes of this convertible.

3 Different Modes for Microsoft Surface Book Convertible | Image Courtesy Microsoft

The laptop also includes 1.6mm key travel and a glass trackpad with 5-point multitouch, and there are two USB 3.0 ports and a full-size SD card slot.

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard

Microsoft Surface Book Keyboard | Image Courtesy Microsoft

Microsoft Surface Book is sleek, but when compared to other 2-in-1 laptops the Microsoft Surface Book is slightly heavier than the average of 3.08 pounds.

Battery

This laptop has great battery life and can go most of the day without having to be plugged in. Microsoft claims the Book has 12-hour battery life. You should take a note here that running graphic and resource intensive applications can drain your battery faster and may not last for complete 12 hours.

Price

Microsoft Surface Book was compared at the launch with Apple Macbook Pro and it is definitely in league of Apple Macbook Pro. Microsoft Surface Book starting price is $1,499 whereas the MacBook Pro’s pricing starts at $1,299. The top model goes up to $2,799 (roughly Rs. 1,82,500)

Overall, Microsoft has done a decent job with their first ever laptop and I am sure that its going to give Apple Macbook Pro a run for its money. Microsoft Surface Book will be launched on October 26.

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Delhi Public Transport Offline App For Commuters By Google

Delhi Public Transport Offline App For Commuters By Google

Google launched Delhi Public Transport Offline app to help India’s capital city to get around. Delhi’s public transport is well supported by Delhi Metro, DTC buses, DIMTS Orange buses and Gurgaon Rapid Metro. Sometimes its overwhelming to find the shortest route or which bus to hop on in order to reach your destination. (more…)

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Backup WhatsApp Chat, Photos and Videos To Google Drive With New Update

Backup WhatsApp Chat, Photos and Videos To Google Drive With New Update

Image Courtesy Google Drive Blog

I have seen a lot people losing their WhatsApp messages, photos and videos quite often. Reason – They lost the phone or formatted it and all other strange reasons. Not anymore. Google Drive announced an integration into WhatsApp application which will allow you to backup WhatsApp messages, photos and Videos to Google Drive. The update will be gradually rolled out and there is no fixed way to find out. As per Google Drive blog you need to keep on checking the settings to verify the option. (more…)

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Pocket for iOS, Android and Windows

Pocket for iOS, Android and Windows

Pocket is a combination of cloud based bookmarking and a fine reader. It lets you save link (URL) of articles, news or story you care about to your Pocket account. I am going to show you how you can use Pocket to share information from any platform to your Pocket account and its super easy. So lets get started.

Getting Started

You must create an account on Pocket using your email address. Once done you can start saving links to your Pocket account. There are multiple ways of sending links to your Pocket account. The easiest option is to download the client application on your device which will allow you to share links directly to Pocket. Pocket has apps for following platforms:

  • Android
  • iPhone /iPad
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows Phone
  • Kindle
  • Others

Pocket for iOS comes in two separate apps; for iPhones and iPad. You will even find Pocket for Kobo, S60 and WebOS. Isn’t it sweet that it offers wide range of devices covered and the Pocket team has many other customized apps which are created by other developers.

If you do not find your platform listed above then you can save your links to your pocket account by sending the link via email to add@getpocket.com. Please ensure that link is mentioned in body of the email. You can add articles using any email address and as many you want although you need to confirm the email address when you send the email for first time. You will receive an email in your inbox to confirm and subsequent links will be added directly.

Better Reader

Pocket offers neat interface and possibility to change font and background color. I prefer to read on Pocket because it keeps all distractions like pop ups, ads and other stories. It’s a distraction free interface where you can only focus on your interest. Pocket also shows you the updated information which means it will sync with the source URL whenever you open the article. For an instance, you saved a news story but there is an update on the story now as per latest development. Pocket will intelligently identify this change and it will show you the updated article instead of old story.

Pocket is well equipped with powerful APIs to support images and videos without disturbing them in any way. You can watch this tutorial in this video to witness the simplicity and productivity of Pocket.

Let me know your thoughts in comments.

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