Windows 8: Nine unanswered questions about the new OS | pcworld.com


Despite the looming October 26 launch date of Windows 8, a handful of questions about Microsoft’s next operating system remain. Some are big, some are small, but all should be relevant to hard-core PC users who have decided to take the Windows 8 plunge, as well as to people who plan to buy new Windows 8 hardware.

Here we’ll do our best to explain nine mysteries, as well as to provide context on why you should care.

How will users sync their media with phones, including Windows Phone devices?

Until now, Windows Phone users have relied on a Zune desktop app to sync their media files from a PC to the phone. With Windows 8, the Zune brand will disappear, and we haven’t yet received official word on what will replace it.

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Microsoft’s Windows Store

The Verge has posted a leaked screenshot of a Windows Phone companion app, but that provides only a glimpse at how syncing might work. In addition, it doesn’t answer the question of whether a desktop sync application will remain available.

On a related note, we don’t know whether Apple will release a version of iTunes for the Windows Store. It seems unlikely, but that would be the only way for Windows RT users to sync their content to an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Will Apple ignore these users because they dared to choose an RT tablet over an iPad? Only time will tell.

What are the details on Xbox Music?

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Xbox Music

Although Microsoft announced Xbox Music in June, details remain murky. The service is expected to be a competitor to Pandora and Spotify, with free radio-style streaming and subscription-based music on demand, but the official word is to wait and see about specifics on pricing and packaging.

The biggest remaining question about the service is whether it will be an answer to Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud, which acts as an online repository for all the music you already own. Whether Xbox Music will have a similar music-locker element is unclear. We expect answers soon, but as of press time Xbox Music remains quite mysterious.

What are the specifics on SmartGlass?

SmartGlass is a companion app for Windows 8 tablets—and eventually other mobile devices—that lets users control and send content to the Xbox 360. It can also show additional content on the small screen while a video is playing on the television.

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SmartGlass on mobile devices

That sounds great, except we don’t know exactly how content selection will work for third-party apps, such as Netflix. We’re also uncertain about how many apps will offer second-screen content for SmartGlass. To date, Microsoft has demonstrated HBO GO and shown concepts of what Halo 4 on Smartglass might look like, but the company has released little hard information.

Will other Microsoft apps, such as Paint and Movie Maker, go modern?

Microsoft will preload Windows 8 with several of its own tablet-optimized apps, such as Bing, Sports, Finance, and Weather. Even Solitaire received a makeover for the new touch interface in Windows 8.

Still, some apps, including Paint and Movie Maker, haven’t crossed over from the desktop. This is somewhat surprising, considering that Apple’s content-creation apps, such as iPhoto and iMovie, have become big selling points for the iPad.

Will Microsoft port its own apps, or will it rely on third parties to fill in the gaps? That’s a critical question, considering that the Windows Store, Microsoft’s app portal, is woefully understocked. If Microsoft really wants consumers to take its app ecosystem seriously, it should ensure that all of its key, legacy desktop software products come in modern-style touch versions too.

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Patch Tuesday for October 2012 | by nakedsecurity.sophos.com


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by Chester Wisniewski

Microsoft released seven bulletins this morning as part of its monthly patch program. Fortunately only one of the bulletins was rated critical, the remaining six received an important rating.
Patch Tuesday for October 2012

Two vulnerabilities are fixed in MS12-064, this months only critical bulletin. The flaws affect users of Microsoft Word and Word Viewer for Windows and can lead to remote code execution (RCE) if a victim were to open a booby-trapped document.

MS12-065 addresses an RCE vulnerability in Microsoft Works 9 and MS12-066 fixes an elevation of privilege (EoP) flaw in Microsoft Infopath, Sharepoint, Groove, Communicator and Lync. Leer más “Patch Tuesday for October 2012 | by nakedsecurity.sophos.com”

This Ultimate Toolbox helps customize your Android ROMs




 

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Software modders know all too well that customizing an Android ROM can be a time consuming process – even for veteran users.

Fortunately, Despotovski01 of XDA Devs has coded the aptly named Ultimate Toolbox Pro to help fellow Android enthusiasts simplify their quest for the perfect mod.

As FallenWriter of XDA Devs notes, this utility helps eliminate the more tedious steps involved in customizing a ROM.

Key features include:

* Update.zip creator
* Update.zip signer
* Flash kernels
* Flash recovery images   >>> Leer más “This Ultimate Toolbox helps customize your Android ROMs

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4 formas distintas de aprovechar una memoria USB | via Bitelia


 

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Las memorias USB son conocidas y usadas por todos, nos permiten almacenar importantes cantidades de datos, son fáciles de transportar y cada vez son más pequeñas y económicas. Pero con la creciente popularidad de los servicios de almacenamiento en la nube muchos las hemos dejado en el olvido, sin embargo, estos pequeños dispositivos son tan versátiles que podemos darles diferentes usos más allá del simple almacenamiento.

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1. Bloquear el ordenador

Podemos usar una vieja memoria USB como “candado” para prevenir accesos no autorizados a nuestro ordenador gracias a una interesante aplicación llamada Predator, cuyo funcionamiento es increíblemente sencillo.

  • Enciendes el ordenador e insertas la memoria USB.
  • Inicias la aplicación Predator. Aunque lo ideal es que arranque automáticamente al iniciar el sistema operativo
  • Comienzas a trabajar normalmente.
  • Si vas a estar lejos de tu PC por un tiempo, simplemente extrae la memoria del puerto. Esto bloqueará el teclado, el ratón y la pantalla.
  • Para desbloquear el ordenador solo tienes que volver a insertar el pendrive en el puerto respectivo.

La aplicación cuenta con una versión personal totalmente gratuita que puedes descargar desde su sitio web. Leer más “4 formas distintas de aprovechar una memoria USB | via Bitelia”

Increase Your PC’s RAM Speed Using Usb Drive


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Tired of your slow old Computer ? But Now After Reading This Story You People Surely Gonna Make Your Computer Faster In Performance.

Don’t blame ur poor PC if it has little RAM . It’s not hard to turn an extra USB stick lying around that’s collecting dust into extra memory for your computer, allowing it to run speedier and manage more applications better.

Upgrad your computer’s RAM can be a little costly . Windows Vista introduced a useful new feature called ReadyBoost.

ReadyBoost has a unique ability to transform ordinary flash based memory into newfound memory for your computer.

These days, USB flash drives are cheap and easy to find, giving you the perfect opportunity to upgrade your memory.

Note:

This Trick Is Valid For Windows 7 or Windows Vista

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The Rules of Randomness & How You Can Stand Apart – http://99u.com


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by Frans Johansson
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The world is an unpredictable place. Everyone seems to agree with this statement. We all recognize that unpredictable things happen every day, from a chance conversation to an unexpected meeting; from the rapid rise of an Instagram to the dramatic fall of a Lehman Brothers. We don’t question random forces in our personal lives or the world around us. But what about in our careers or in business? Why don’t we account for unpredictability in these areas?

Let me start with a personal example: In 2004, I was waiting for the publication of my first book, The Medici Effect. I was nervous, hopeful and relieved to finally be done with a three-year obsession—an investigation into how groundbreaking innovation happens at the ‘intersection’ of different industries, cultures and disciplines.  But the timing couldn’t have been worse. Clayton Christensen’s book,Seeing What’s Next, was also coming out the same month, from the same publisher.Soon, I was knocking on the doors of Innovation Officers and strategy leaders at companies to ‘consult’ on innovation and maybe give a talk or two. Turns out, it was a bad plan. Everyone else, some better known than me—including Christensen—were doing the same thing.

One evening, my then-fiancée came home and announced that her boss at JP Morgan had tasked her to find a “business case for diversity.” As we discussed this, it became clear that my book—my ideas about the “Medici Effect”—fit the bill. Within a week, I was presenting to the head of the investment side of JP Morgan Chase.

I share this story because it was the moment when everything “clicked” for me. My entire strategy for a “brilliant career as an innovation though leader” had just been obliterated. Never in all my planning and careful analysis did I ever consider that the answer would lie in the Diversity Office, rather than Innovation. After embracing this possibility, everything changed—so much so, that I finally found the time to focus on finding out whether the success of other individuals and companies all hinged on a similar “click moment” as it did for me.

The answer is simply, yes. From Starbucks to Microsoft Windows to Diane von Furstenburg to Twilight, and its ‘inspired’ Fifty Shades of Grey.

The world is unpredictable, and that means we cannot foresee whether an idea or project will turn out as planned. In fact, the plan may very well become outdated before we even start to execute it. And if we can’t logically plan our way to success, then it must mean that success, when it happens, is a result of something unexpected—of something random. It is a revealing paradox.

The world is unpredictable, and that means we cannot foresee whether an idea or project will turn out as planned.

If Howard Schultz had never taken a stroll down a street in Milan and wandered into a café, Starbucks as we know it would probably never have happened. If Murray Sargent and Dave Weise hadn’t happened to meet at a party on the Microsoft campus one night, the operating system we know as Windows would have been killed off—and most likely the PC revolution would not have happened as quickly, if at all.

Yet, we resist this notion. We want to explain away success as being more than just good fortune or luck. Indeed, very few people I talked to had spent much time thinking deeply about how to incorporate randomness into their corporate or professional strategy. The reason seemed obvious: randomness defines the part of our lives that we can’t control, so how can we rely on it?

Simply put, randomness makes us stand apart. In The Click Moment, I talk about a number of different approaches for using randomness to our advantage. Here are a few of them:

1. Increase the number of click moments in our lives. This is a lot easier than we think. Most of us, by nature, are creatures of habit. We like the familiar and avoid placing ourselves in uncomfortable positions. In a crowded room, we tend to gravitate toward the people we know, rather than striking up a conversation with a stranger. And we become so immersed in a certain path—or the momentum has driven us so far down it—that we’re unwilling to question or take our eyes off it.

Instead, change up your routine. Go to a different café. Read a magazine you otherwise never would. Talk to someone in the elevator, on the plane, or in the park—and go beyond the weather and your busy schedules. Surround yourself with people who are different from you, be it their backgrounds, their professions, their cultures. Embrace that diversity.

Randomness defines the part of our lives that we can’t control, so how can we rely on it?

2. Reject the obvious path. If we do what’s logical—take the path that everyone ‘knows’ to do—we will do exactly what someone else is doing, and never stand apart. My friend Marcus Samuelsson, food activist, restaurateur, and chef-owner of Red Rooster, recounted to me how he came to be the guest chef for the White House’s state dinner for the Indian Prime Minister Mammohan Singh.

Every state dinner since 1874 has featured French-American cuisine. The White House invited 15 elite chefs, including Marcus, to present a menu for the dinner. Everyone presented a French-American menu with a meat dish, save Marcus. Knowing Prime Minister Singh is vegetarian, he presented a vegetarian menu inspired by Indian flavors. He was selected as the guest chef, and the White House broke its French-American state dinner tradition.

3. Make lots of bets—but purposefully.  Leer más “The Rules of Randomness & How You Can Stand Apart – http://99u.com”

Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order


Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order


Today we present you some useful script for Adobe Illustrator. These scripts have been designed by a talented Ukrainian developer and a friend of mine – Yemz, who is also known as the developer of the Free Mesh Tormentor Plugin. The Random Order script places the selected objects in random order in the Layers panel.

You can download Random Order script by clicking the Download button on this page.

Install the scripts into the following folder:

  • For Windows: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Presets\en_GB\Scripts
  • For Mac: Applications / Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS5\Presets\en_GB\Scripts

To demonstrate the work of the script we take any symbol from the Symbol library and using the Symbol Sprayer Tool splash it on our Artboard.

Now select other symbols and repeat the action couple of times.

Select all the Symbol Sets and go to the Object > Expand and then ungroup the received groups (Object > Ungroup). Leer más “Free Script for Adobe Illustrator – Random Order”

Instagrille, el cliente de escritorio para disfrutar de Instagram


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La llegada de Instagram a Android y su posterior compra por parte de Facebook supusieron un renacimiento para esta red social en la que los usuarios pueden compartir fotografías (realizadas desde sus *smartphones) que pueden editar sobre la marcha (aplicando alguno de los filtros disponibles). Hasta su llegada a Android, Instagram estaba únicamente disponible en iOS y, salvo algunos servicios que usaban el API, el acceso a esta red social está enfocado para hacerlo desde dispositivos móviles aunque, poco a poco, han ido surgiendo múltiples servicios y extensiones que nos abren Instagram al navegador de nuestro equipo de escritorio. Si somos usuarios de equipos con Windows, también tenemos laposibilidad de acceder a Instagram desde una aplicación de escritorio usandoInstagrille.

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¿Está Apple creando una nueva aristocracia?


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El sitio web Diccionario.com define el término aristocracia como “clase de personas que tiene un rango excepcional y privilegios.

Revisando noticias recientes, nos preguntamos: ¿ha creado Apple una nueva aristocracia?

Privilegios en los viajes

Los aristócratas se caracterizan, entre otras cosas, por tener ciertos privilegios sociales, por ejemplo, en transporte. En los siglos XVII y XVIII en Europa, los aristócratas viajaban en carruajes tirados por caballos. El resto de gente, no solo tenía que ir andando, sino que tenían que apartarse y dejar el camino libre cuando una persona importante llegaba con su carruaje.

 ¿Está Apple creando una nueva aristocracia?

Por otro lado, un informe reciente rebeló que Orbitz habitualmente ofrece a los usuarios de Mac solo las habitaciones más caras, ya que se detectó que los usuarios de Mac gastan más igualmente (según Orbitz claro). Esta práctica se hacía sin informar a los usuarios. Los usuarios de Mac simplemente vivíamos en un mundo en el que los hoteles son mejores y más caros.Cult Of Mac reportó en abril que Apple había solicitado la patente para una aplicación llamada iTravel. La aplicación es una especie de “Easy-Pass” para los viajes en avión. Mientras la plebe tiene que hacer cola para el check-in, la revisión de seguridad y el embarque, los aristócratas de Apple solo tendrán que pasear hasta el avión. Por supuesto, suponemos que el coste del billete será mayor.

Privilegios comerciales… Leer más “¿Está Apple creando una nueva aristocracia?”

Microsoft previews new Metro website


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Microsoft has released a preview of a new Metro version of its website. The new website features a streamlined look, including Metro-style tiles, large text and an easier navigation options.ms11111

The tiles and large text will likely appeal to users with touchscreen devices, as links will now be easier to select without zooming in. Microsoft had previously redesigned its website to its current look featuring Metro-style tiles last January, although the current site lacks large text for more touch-friendly navigation. Users can provide Microsoft with feedback on the new design by visiting the preview and clicking the scrolling “Feedback” button on the right side of the page.

Microsoft is also expected to launch a Metro-style redesign of its Hotmail service later this year. As with the new Microsoft.com homepage, the new Hotmail will appeal to both desktop- and touch-based users with its new design. Additionally…, Leer más “Microsoft previews new Metro website”

Dónde conseguir el mejor software gratis


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Varios sitios resisten la aparición de las tiendas centralizadas en Windows y OS X y permiten obtener una gran cantidad de aplicaciones con un simple clic

Hubo un tiempo, previo a la Web, en el que obtener nuevos programas para una computadora requería el traslado físico a una tienda par obtener el disco (o diskette) de instalación. Con el correr del tiempo, la popularización de la Web y la disponibilidad de banda ancha hicieron posible la puesta en línea de almacenes de software (sobre todo gratis) desde los que descargar toda clase de aplicaciones.
Hoy eso está cambiando: tanto Apple como Microsoft han tomado una idea base de Linux y ofrecen un repositorio centralizado de aplicaciones. La tienda de Apple se llama Mac App Store y debutó con la versión 10.6 de OS X (Snow Leopard); Microsoft implementará la suya con Windows 8, que llegará al mercado en el último trimestre de este año.

Y esto, por supuesto, va más allá de las tiendas centralizadas de los equipos móviles (como el App Store de Apple, Play de Google, App World de RIM BlackBerry, Ovi de Nokia, Windows Phone Marketplace, etcétera).

Pero aunque la Nube gana presencia y cada vez más reemplazamos aplicaciones con sitios , para muchas cosas todavía siguen siendo útiles los programas instalados en nuestra computadora.

En la Web hay una gran cantidad de sitios que recomiendan freeware (es decir, software que sus creadores ofrecen sin costo) como una alternativa a quienes no quieren o no pueden pagar por aplicaciones comerciales y prefieren no incurrir en la piratería. Estos sitios tienen análisis (en inglés), recomendaciones, comentarios de otros usuarios, vínculos a las páginas de los desarrolladores, etcétera. Basta con cliquear en el botón de descarga para bajar el archivo instalador a la PC; un doble clic inicia el proceso de instalación.

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We Are Watching the Reinvention of Microsoft


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Its not every day that we get to watch a company that helped make personal computing a reality reinvent itself. Yet that is exactly what we are watching as Microsoft inches closer to one of its biggest operating system launches to date. Not only is this launch critical to Microsoft’s future, but so is the journey it will embark upon to reinvent itself.

Creating Software for the New Era

The computing devices that have helped make Microsoft what it is today are not the mainstream computing devices of the future. Of course, things like notebooks and desktops play a role in the computing ecosystem but in my opinion, devices like tablets, smartphones, and perhaps even some new devices represent what will consume the bulk of our personal computing time.

This means that Microsoft needs to reinvent itself for this new era of computing. There was a time when the computing devices driving the industry were primarily running Microsoft software. However, in today’s world that is no longer the case.

(MORE: Let’s Hope Microsoft’s Kindle Fire Competitor–Assuming It Exists–Isn’t a Kin)

The more I study the trends in the industry, the more I’m convinced that Microsoft’s future depends on it becoming a hardware-agnostic software company. Throughout most of Microsoft’s history, its major innovations and value have been strictly limited to companies who license Microsoft’s software platform, Windows. This worked in a Windows-dominated world, but with the role of smartphones, tablets, and even shifting tides in notebooks and desktops, it’s no longer a Windows-dominated world. I don’t believe we’ll see a Windows-dominated world again like we did as the computing industry was maturing. Leer más “We Are Watching the Reinvention of Microsoft”

Video Pick: Best Tips to Work Better, Not Harder


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View engaging conference lectures, interesting how to discussions, and high quality freelance advice via video here on FreelanceSwitch.

This week we look at Best Tips to Work Better, Not Harder byLifehacker. In this video Adam Dachis and Adam Pash show us how to improve our freelance office setup, with ergonomic setup advice, cable management hacks, and processes for sinking your laptop and mobile phones. There’s more tips in this episode, including a hack on how to save money at Starbucks while getting the same caffeine buzz. Leer más “Video Pick: Best Tips to Work Better, Not Harder”

The 2011 Web Analytics Review – Infographic based on Google’s 2011 Data


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Hundreds of thousands of websites across the globe have participated in Google’s ongoing study of web browsing behavior. So far, the results of the study have been very insightful. For example, global bounce rates and average time-on-site metrics are decreasing. In the operating systems wars, the Macintosh market share is steadily growing, while the Windows market share is dropping. Dig into the data presented below to discover global web usage trends.

The 2011 Web Analytics Review

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