Tag Archive: Microsoft Windows


TransOS – OS in the Cloud

Have you ever thought you can use your PC without actually having a Hard Drive attached to it???? Yes, it is absolutely possible.

Due to the advancements in Cloud Computing many of the organizations are shifting to VDI (Virtual Desktop Environment) which has many advantages which will be addressed later in this article.

TransOS – A new-cloud based operating system for all kinds of computer is being developed by researchers in China.

 

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STUXNET – a highly sophisticated computer virus has created a havoc in Iran since it had attacked the Nuclear plant in Iran and led to misoperation and finally shut down. This malware was basically meant to attack the SIEMENS systems which the Nuclear Plant used and attacked the PLC ( Proggamable Logic control ) unit of the hardware.

Many believe that this virus was intentionally created by USA and ISRAEL to attack IRAN’s nuclear power ( Which was reported that the innovations in Nuclear domain has gained a straight 60% increase than its previous year in 2009 ). So these counter contries wanted to attack the power of IRAN.

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Suited for commuting and in field scenarios, the tablet offers virtually anywhere connectivity .The tablet serves lifestyle computing uses just as well as business tasks with its package of communications and entertainment features

Microsoft Surface isn’t the only Windows tablet you’re likely to see in October, not by a long shot. One of the first announced tablets is the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, a reconceptualization of the original Android-based Think Pad Tablet.Unlike the two versions of Surface running Windows RT on a Tegra processor and Windows 8 on a full-fledged ultrabook-grade Intel Core i5 CPU, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 runs a full Windows 8 Professional OS, but does so on a next-gen Intel Atom processor.

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A good news to the Windows and Mac users…. you can have fun with android apps on Windows and IOS by using an application named ” BLUESTACKS” ….

Have you ever wanted to run the apps on your Android phone or tablet on your PC? Or would you like to use Android apps even if you don’t own an Android device? An innovative application, named BlueStacks, lets you do exactly this: With it, you can install and run Android apps on a Windows computer.

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Nokia Lumia 610

Nokia Finally Understands the Public demand for Smart Phones at a lesser price and brings down its series of Lumia ( Windows OS ) Phone to a cheaper price by releasing its new product LUMIA 610 which is priced at a much lower price than its   former Series phones….

As we all know that Nokia is facing a very tough competition from Android Smart Phones, It is more focusing to get smart phones at a cheaper price…. 

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Most of the people in the world use WINDOWS Operating System as it is more user friendly and most of the Third party Applications run on Windows, but coming to the Windows Media Player ( WMP ), we find it to be very shabby because it does not play many different File Formats….

File Formats Supported by Windows Media Player are :

  • .avi
  • .wav
  • .wax
  • .wma
  • .wm
  • .mpg
  • .mpeg

Most of us must have used a Microsoft product atleast once in a Lifetime….Many famous Microsoft products like WINDOWS OS, Microsoft office etc., According to the recent statistics more than 70% of people who use Computers have Windows Operating System in it and the remaining use other OS like LINUX and MAC….

This is the reason why Windows is much affected by Virus than any other OS, as the number of users are more all the hackers will try to target the larger population so we have around 100,000 known computer viruses only for Windows.

More of the complaints we get regarding Windows PC is about virus infection. You cannot use a Windows machine without antivirus or anti-malware. Even after having these programs installed there is still the risk of getting infected. Sometimes, viruses and malware even get past the best solutions. On the other hand, with Linux, you don’t need to worry at all about this. Your PC will hardly get infected with viruses with this operating system.

One of the key reasons LINUX and Mac are less prone to virus infection is that these systems require privileged access to install and run viruses. Malware rarely is able to gain root or privileged access to these devices and so it is more difficult to leverage system vulnerabilities. The idea that the dominance of Windows is a reason for its susceptibility is specious. LINUX install base covers everything from embedded processors to super computers. While Windows is definitely the dominant desktop OS, the increasing prevalence of embedded devices is rapidly making LINUX the most prevalent OS in the world. All without a major increase in susceptibility to malware.

Advantages of Linux

Stability 

If you have used other operating systems, once you have made the switch to Linux, you will notice that Linux has an edge over Windows here. I can remember rebooting Windows many times over the years, because an application crashed, and I couldn’t continue working. Linux can crash also, but it is much harder to do. If an application crashes in Linux, it will usually not harm the kernel or other processes.

 Free Software

Most software can be obtained without cost for Linux. For example, one thing that has kept people from Linux is the lack of office software. That has changed with Open Office, and now you can edit documents and presentations from the popular Microsoft software. The conversion isn’t 100% perfect, but it has worked remarkably well in allowing me to correspond and use documents that people send me via e-mail or the web.

 Runs on old hardware

If you have an old 386 or 486 laying around collecting dust, you can use this to run Linux. I remember running Linux just fine on a Pentium 100 with a 1 GB disk drive, and 16 MB of memory. One use of an old machine like that could be a file server. Just go to your computer store, buy a large hard disk (as long as your old stuff can support it), and you can make a great storage server. With all the digital pictures and movies around today, this could be a great use for Linux. Look into using Samba, a server application for Linux that allows you to make your machine share the disk as a Windows share.

Security

Linux has the advantage of the code being in the public domain. This can be a double-edged sword; while you can look at the code, and developers can fix holes rapidly, it also means hackers can find bad code. I have been very impressed with the security of Linux, and the programs that run on it. I think having the code out in the open, and the ability to fix things yourself if necessary is a big plus. Who likes to work blind? With some distributions, on installation the computer will ask you what levels of security you would like for your system. You can be very trusting, or you can be paranoid. Linux gives you this flexiblity.

courtesy: wiki.answers.com, itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com, linux.bihlman.com, http://www.pcworld.com

 

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Mahesh ( MGIT ECE 4th year )

4D Technology

You might have heard of 2D movies and even 3D movies….but yes even 4D technology has now come up adding a new dimension to 3D….
4D technology is used primarily in medical imaging devices, such as ultrasounds or CT scanners, to produce real-time images of internal organs as they slightly shift position within the body over a period of time.

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Windows 8 Tablet PC

Like Apple’s latest attempt at a desktop OS, Windows 8 borrows largely from its mobile kin, Window Phone 7, bringing its signature live tiles to tablets and PCs, and from what we’ve seen it does so effortlessly. Before we go ruining a good thing, however, we have to point out that this isn’t everything Windows has to offer — it’s still a developers preview (and in turn, an OS under construction), and the device it’s running on hasn’t been approved as an official Windows 8 slate. Got all that? Good. Read on for our first impressions!

Metro style UI

 

You’ll hear the words “Metro-style” almost endlessly surrounding the release of Windows 8. Live tiles, hidden menus and controls, large, flashy graphics, bold white type, multi-touch gestures: these are the characteristics that set the OS apart from its predecessor and, to some degree, from its competitors. You won’t see any of the old, static Windows here, unless of course you choose to — the desktop that you’ve grown used to in Windows 7 is still present, albeit as an app, but more on that later. If you’re familiar with Windows Phone 7, the user experience should be pretty familiar, but not entirely so.

 

Touch Gestures

One thing becomes abundantly clear when you’re zipping through those customizable live tiles: Microsoft is banking on touch screens. The outfit’s execs weren’t shy on that point at yesterday’s press preview, going so far as to say that “a monitor without touch feels dead,” but the proof is in the pudding. Fortunately, most of the touch gestures are perfectly responsive; simple swipes left and right allowed for quick scrolling, a swipe from the right edge of the screen pulled up the appropriate navigation menu, and a gentle tap and pull on any given tile selected it for customization, but there was one gesture we never managed to master. Live tiles are supposed to be easily reorganized, and they are, but so are their selected groupings. A simple pinch-to-zoom technique should bring up a simplified overview of the entire start page, allowing you to rename and customize groupings. However, no amount of pinching or prodding could get our prototype to fall in line, thus our tile teams went unnamed.

Keyboards

Because not every PC has a touch screen quite yet, we’ve been told you can use the conventional keyboard and mouse to make your way through the new UI. While we weren’t able to get our hands on a compatible mouse in time for this write up, we did give the Series 7’s keyboard a spin, and, much as we experienced in our first hands-on with the device, it got the job done. But Windows 8 is clearly a touchy-feely OS, and its various ways of getting text on the page are a testament to that. There are three different methods for text input: two touch keyboards and handwriting. We were amazed that throwing down our signature chicken scratch actually proved fruitful, but handwriting on any computer still seems counterintuitive. The other two keyboards were responsive, and the layout was as good as any we’d seen.

 

Metro Style Internet Explorer 10

That full-screen experience is carried over into the browser, which also gets the Metro treatment, giving you unencumbered viewing of whatever it is you look at on the internet. Frankly, we’ve never been put out by scroll bars, tabs, or URLs, but it seems nothing is untouched by Windows 8’s new Metro wand. And, truth be told, after doing without for a while, we’re not entirely sure we miss all the added distractions.

 

courtesy:www.engadget.com

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Mahesh (MGIT ECE 4th year)

 

 

 

By the end of 2011 there are gonna be no flying cars, no plots gonna be built in mars and no other sci-fi predictions. But there will be some major advancement in terms of smarter Internet devices and great leaps forward in the area of emerging technologies. This year already gave some fruits like Motorola Xoom, Android Honey comb and some cool stuff. And there are lots to come like iPad2, Play station phone and so on.

So let’s talk about some of those new products which are going to hit the market and leading to revolution.


YEAR OF TABLETS:

The tablets which started addict tech lovers are continuing their legacy in 2011 also. They had a good break through by the release of Motorola Xoom and Blackberry playbook. They may be jus a preview of what tablets are capable of. And by the end of the year there will be few surprises from Apple iPad2, dell, Acer and by many others. Google’s next generation tablet OS, Android Honeycomb, is also one to watch out for. Microsoft might reveal touch optimized Windows OS for tablets by mid 2011, but the most anticipated will be the Palm OS on HP Palm Pads.
The tablet war will be fierce with these new tablets, which might bring steep price drops into the tablet PC segment. At the same time, there will be huge improvements in tablet screens; probably more OLED adoption. Intel might also launch its Oak Trail processor tailored for tablet PCs, and without doubt there will be improvements in processor speed, RAM, storage space and cameras.


 Motorola xoom and blackberry playbook respectively

Broadband to speed up with 4G this year:

All of us want a faster connection and 2011 will bring more bandwidth to our mobile world with 4G. It is believed to be 10 times faster than current 3G networks and provides the speed equivalent (or more) than a standard landline wired connection. The launch of 4G around the world will vary greatly as telecoms seek to balance their 3G business with 4G, and as infrastructure is still being set up in many areas. Whether it’s 4G or not, mobile broadband will definitely speed up due to more manufacturers launching cheaper 3G devices and more people switching to 3G.

Motion control gaming:

65% of US households play video games and gaming will grow crazily in 2011, irrespective of the devices—smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops and gaming consoles. More mobile devices will come equipped with gravity sensors and motion sensitive controls.
Nintendo’s Wii plus, Sony’s PlayStation Move and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 Kinect will become more widespread in 2011. In 2011 gaming consoles will start tracking your movements through cameras and follow voice commands through microphones (examples include the Xbox Controller and PlayStation Motion Controller).
Social gaming was on the rise in 2010 and it will soon get more popular on mobile phones and tablets. Smart phones and tablet PCs will primarily connect your social life in 2011, but with better graphics, more power, and more proficient augmented reality apps.

Google in the PC:

Google entered our lives in 1998 and might revisit the PC again with Google Chrome OS in 2011. Chrome OS is currently in its public beta testing phase on 12-inch Cr-48 notebooks, but might enter into commercial netbooks in mid 2011. Acer, Samsung and many big players are planning to launch netbooks powered by a lighter and faster Chrome OS. The much secured Chrome netbooks will run on 3G connectivity and could bring netbook prices down to USD 100 or lesser. Watch out Microsoft, Windows has a lot to fear from Chrome OS in 2011.

Near field communication:

  Near Field Communication or NFC technology will turn your phone into a digital wallet. Although Google Nexus S became the first smart phone to embrace NFC in 2010, NFC won’t be main stream until later in 2011. Google, Apple, LG and loads of other manufacturers have lined up to get their gadgets packed with NFC, a high-frequency wireless communications technology that enables exchange of data between devices at a distance of 10cm or less. So you have to flash your NFC enabled smart phone at a retail outlet instead of your credit card.

    Nokia has plans to bring NFC to all its smart phones. Google Android 2.3 already supports NFC and LG will roll out different NFC enabled gadgets this year as well. Apple is taking NFC seriously as well since 57% of iPhone users have shown interest in NFC; and the iPhone 5 is rumored to feature it.

Location based networking and Augmented Real

Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, Gowalla, and Yelp, everyone wants to show your location and publish recommendation for friends, followers and even strangers. Nokia has inked a deal with China’ leading web portals Sina and Tencent to enable Chinese social users to tag locations in their updates. FourSquare currently has over 5 million users, 25000 new users daily and 2 million check-ins. Analysts expect that to quadruple in 2011. So it’s only going to get bigger.

More Surprises:

Apple surprised everyone last year with the iPad. What will be making us go wow in 2011?! The Sony PlayStation phone tops my list, but there are other contenders like the BlackBerry Presenter phone for showing PowerPoint presentations on projectors and monitors using Bluetooth connectivity. The Sony Vaio 3D, which will have a button to switch to 3D mode to play 3D games and watch 3D movies with glasses gets another Sony product near the top of my must play with list. Then there’s the MintPass dual screen dual boot tablet with Windows and Android, iPhone 5, PalmPads and Verizon LTE phones. HTC is experimenting with E-Ink displays and so is Amazon; there might be radical e-readers in the pipeline for 2011. Voice control will improve and more gadgets, from gaming consoles to televisions, will start recognizing your voice. Better Internet connection and improved FaceTime and Skype apps will improve video calls in 2011.
The Shanzhai will continue to gain inspiration from all of these advancements, continuously striving to offer devices at unique local price points, often improving on brand names designs in the process. But what’s potentially very compelling is the possibility of more Shanzhai companies developing into brands themselves. Since the market for smartphones, tablets and other devices is continuously expanding, so too is demand and the room for new players to make an impact.

Let’s watch out the making of history and let’s be a part of it…

Courtesy: various websites and anonymous views

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Gopi chand ( MGIT ECE 3rd year)