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Dell Latitude 10: What is it?

Dell latitude 10 is a recently released multi-touch 25.4 cm tablet which runs on Windows 8.  Dell claims this tablet as a “Business” device as it has Trusted Platform Module (TPM) and support for computrace.

 

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The long lasting battery (9:03 / 16:01) puts it apart from its competitor tablets. The Bright IPS Display is one of its key features.
Productivity dock and the optional keyboard support could serve you as a good add-on.

Screen size of 10.1 inch, screen resolution of 1366 x 768, weighs just 1.57 lb with Corning® Gorilla® Glass display and stylus support.

You can have a look at the official page for complete tech specs

Pros:

  • A very good battery life.
  • 3G Connectivity.
  • IPS Display with Gorilla Glass.
  • Pen input.
  • TPM and computrace security.

Cons:

  • No USB 3.0  support.
  • Non upgradeable 2 GB RAM

If you are looking for a windows 8 experience on tablet consider going for this. Have your say in comments section.

Microsoft surface tablets - A Closer Look

Microsoft Surface Tablets: 6 Reasons it will make your iPad look Ancient

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Microsoft Surface Tablets are probably the latest buzz on the Internet. People have already decided to part ways with Apple, after seing the specs of the new Windows 8 powered tablet devices by Microsoft.

Long before there was the Apple iPad and now there is the Microsoft Surface Tablet. Microsoft is taking its tablet industry one step ahead by launching these touchscreen tablets.

1. Fastest Processors on the Planet

Microsoft surface tablets - tegra processors

The Surface tablets will come in two versions, the Windows RT version and the Windows 8 Pro version. The RT version will run on Nvidia’s ARM chipsets and the Operating system will be Windows RT.

While the Windows 8 Pro version will run on Intel’s latest generation Ivy bridge processors and will be powered by the Windows 8 Pro operating system.

2. Windows 8 Operating System+Metro Style Apps

Windows 8 operating system which is still under development is supposed to make its debut on these Surface Tablets. The Metro Style dashboard and apps are probably the only WOW factors on Windows 8.

Although the concept of Windows 8 was taken a tad poorly by reviewers because it is designed more towards the touchscreen interfaces, its applications will now carry that extra Oomph when it will be previewed on Windows 8 Pro Surface tablets.

3. Full-HD Displays: Time to WOW

Microsoft surface tablets - 1080p displays

Both the RT and Windows 8 Pro will have the same size displays on-board i.e. 10.6 inch cleartype HD panel, although the Pro version will be a Full HD (1080p) display and you are likely to enjoy it more because it also gets you 6 hours of battery life with a 42W battery.

Magnesium casing will further protect the body and give you the added textured finish to your Surface tablets.

4. Touchpad (SURFACE): One of a Kind

Microsoft surface tablets - touchpad surfaces

What makes these tablets unique are their touchpads! The Surface tablet (unlike the iPad), will have a physical keyboard and a trackpad too which can be fixed onto the keyboard with the help of covers which will allow you to use it as a touchpad.

Additionally, a built-in kickstand will offer you the much needed ease of use. Oh did i tell you, there’s also a pen input? Yes this is not an ordinary pen, the digital ink will flow when you touch the screen with the pen, by which you can hand draw almost anything take a digital Mona Lisa for example hehe…top that iPad!

5. MS Office 2013: Ahead of the future

If you are a student and use Microsoft Office often (i know i do), the RT tablet will come with Office 2013 alongwith the Windows RT, and the guys at the Guardian are already regarding the RT tab as the best MS Office experience.

Fast typing on a tablet is obviously not possible, mostly because of the touchpad and Surface tablets eliminate that drawback by giving you access to physical keyboards.

6. Slimmer than the iPad, Lighter than Miley Cyrus (Almost)

Microsoft surface tablets - very thin and light

Images credit: laptopmag.com

Measuring at a mighty 9.3mm thickness, definitely less than the iPad, the Surface tablets weigh at 676g which is give or take the same as iPad. The RT tablet will be available in storage size of 32GB and 64GB whereas the Pro version will offer you 64GB or 128GB storage spaces.

USB 3.0 connectivity can only be seen in the Pro version, whereas the RT houses the (not so) outdated USB 2.0, and microSD slots are available in both the Surface tablets.

Pricing and Release

Microsoft hasn’t yet officially announced the pricing of these tabs though from what the engadget guys are speculating, these tablets will be more or less in the $500-$700, again that’s just a rumor. Steve Ballmer is planning to release these tabs late this 2012, although Verge is already expecting it in October.

Hands crossed, these Surface tablets will surely be a great competitor to the iPad and unless the guys at Apple are thinking of something unique for their next iPad these tablets will surely hit a home run this summer.
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avast 7 internet security reviewed!

Avast 7.0 Internet Security AntiVirus Brings New User Interface for Users

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avast 7.0 antivirus has recently been released. Apart from giving a whole new look to avast.com the team has also uplifted its product’s interface from modern to eye-catchy.

Let me give you a walkthrough of what major ch

anges you will see in this latest version of Avast i.e. the 7.0.

Avast 7.0′s new UI

The installer has also been rebuilt to be more user friendly and in appearance too. The antivirus interface now boasts of a new black rugged look alongwith yellow and blue combinations to make it look neat

and attractive.

avast 7.0 internet security - new user interface

There hasn’t been a lot of features introduced in this version, just some slight modifications here and there, the major update being the capability to use remote assistance.

Remote Assistance feature at a look

Remote Assistance is a nice tool which can connect your computer to other computers in your network. Basically it is used for providing technical advise to people almost instantly by making remote connections. This feature has now been incorporated in the standard avast antivirus 7.0.

avast 7.0 internet security - remote assistance feature

Sandbox and Safezone features remains intact

Avast Sandbox and Safezone features remain as it is. You can launch untrusted programs in the sandbox utility to allow safe execution of such applications. Safezone provides a similar environment, only here you can run programs which are extremely sensitive to make sure nobody

is eavesdropping.

avast 7.0 internet security - sandbox feature

Browser Protection becomes more intelligent

Browser Protection page has been modified a little bit in this version. Avast integrates a plugin of its own in every browser you have installed on your computer. This Webrep plugin allows you to identify harmful sites on the web. Through this control panel, you can check the status and choose on which browsers this plugin should be installed.

avast 7.0 internet security - browser protection plugin

Better overview of your Protection Services

The Real Time Shields page has received a major interface overhaul. All the shields are now arranged in a circular fashion giving you a better view on what each shield is doing. You can also track which shield is running or stopped by checking what color its displaying, green means on.

avast 7.0 internet security - real time shields

Cloud services brings you streaming updates

Avast 7.0 also brings cloud services with it to provide better updates to its product users. Avast introduces a concept known as streaming updates. Its a feature wherein your virus definitions will be updated the minute avast discovers of a new virus and adds it to its database.

avast 7.0 internet security - cloud services

Cloud services page also gives you a nicer look as to which service is currently turned on. When the nebula’s wire is yellow it means you have enabled the service, when it becomes gray that means its off.

Avast Market introduces new Products on its list

avast! market has three new products available to purchase this time. avast backup which syncs your data to the cloud is tagged at $49.99 / year. avast rescue disc is available for just $9.99 and avast easypass which lets you store your passwords securely in a vault is priced at $9.99 / year.

If you think i have missed out any other features, please feel free to drop by a comment and i will include it in the list above.
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lockscreen apps for windows phones

4 Best Free Lockscreen apps for your Windows Phones

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Here are the 4 best free lockscreen apps for your Nokia Lumia smartphone. Nokia Lumia is just out and you must be pretty excited owning this envious and slick gadget. Watch out there are a lot of bad people out there who will do anything to get their hands on it. Hehe :) Just kidding, but watch out!

Lockscreen apps are a must have for any smartphone as you can avoid dialing of numbers by accident, and also as an added security from robbers who might misuse with your sensitive data lest it gets stolen. These apps will surely protect you from these common disasters and keep your smartphone safe and secure.

Windows Phone Lockscreen apps

1. MazeLock: This app is a must have for your phone as its very hard to breach the locking mechanism, simply because it is so intelligently designed. Mazelock works on the idea on how you slide your fingers across your touchscreen to create a pattern. It doesn’t have any numbers or codes to unlock. Once you set a pattern in your lockscreen settings you can unlock it by creating the same pattern when your phone gets locked. Thus making it hard for any individual to figure out that specific pattern created by you.

Download link

mazelock lockscreen for windows phone

2. SlideUnlock: Slideunlock is also a good lockscreen app. Perhaps this app is more designed towards providing a nice graphical interface rather than on the security features. You just need to slide you finger on the lockscreen to unlock, the kind seen on Apple iPhones. You can also add new app shortcuts onto the lockscreen to launch them directly. A nice feature in this app is it also supports shake to unlock.

Download link

slideunlock lockscreen for windows phone

3. Quick Lock: As the name suggests, this app is designed to get you quickly in and out of the lock state. You simply press the lock and it gets you onto your desktop screen.

Download link

quick lock lockscreen for windows phone

4. LockscreenButtons: Lockscreenbuttons gives you a swipe to unlock feature alongwith an extra advantage to add application shortcuts. It will automatically place the six frequently used applications by you onto the lock screen. You can launch your apps directly without the need to unlock your phone. Quite handy isn’t it?

Download link

lockscreenbuttons for windows phone

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Microsoft’s Meet the Don2: Mission Berlin Contest

One good reason to buy Windows PC, Windows Phone , XBOX or any of your favorite Microsoft product- Microsoft India has announced a contest named “Meet the Don2: Mission Berlin”, A once-in-a lifetime opportunity for you to take a free trip to the beautiful, historic city of Berlin and also to meet SRK.

To enter the contest one has to purchase any one of the Microsoft products like Windows PC, Windows Phone, Office and Xbox and then login to www.MissionBerlin.in

Looks like Microsoft has been associated greatly with Bollywood. Involvement with Shah rukh khan’s Movie Don2 with their recent tagline “It’s a great time to be a family” suggests MSFT is going BIG towards its Indian Customers.

Meet

The Don 2 and Mission Berlin Contest has some amazing prizes to be won.

First Day First Show

For the first 1000 correct entries, there’s a chance to win 4 tickets to the very first show of Don2 on the big screen, along with families and friends.

Meet and Greet the Don

Of the 1,000 select entries, 5 will be shortlisted and each of these families – “SRK, here I come!” – will get a chance to “Meet and Greet Shah Rukh Khan” …

Berlin Bound!

Now, the big one! Of the five lucky entries, the luckiest one will win the never-before opportunity of an all-expenses-paid dazzling tour to Berlin, now also known as the city of Don2 too!

Microsoft in other news..

Microsoft is making quite a lot of noise these days with its amazing TV commercials in India. Here is One such interesting TV ad which caught our eyes which features Microsoft products like Windows PC, Phone and Microsoft office

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f85IyulX0TI&feature=relmfu

To Enter “Meet the Don2: Mission Berlin Contest” visit
http://missionberlin.in/ .

Feel free to share your thoughts by dropping your comments.

Microsoft reveals the biggest windows phone ever

Have you seen "the biggest Windows Phone ever"?

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Microsoft has just launched its new set of Windows Phones and to promote these classy smartphones, the company has unveiled us by building “the Biggest Windows Phone ever” in the New York City.

biggest windows phone ever in nyc

Yes Microsoft has recently released a new line of Windows phones namely Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash, HTC Titan and HTC Radar 4G. To promote these phones, Microsoft decided why not build the biggest Windows Phone tower in the most popular city in the world, i.e. New York. The tower is 6 story and 55 foot high and is located in the most

busiest place at Herald Square. It is just opposite the world’s largest Macy’s store and is as huge as it can get.

Many musicians and bands are live performing in the Windows phone. Don’t believe it then check out this video uploaded by Microsoft itself on Youtube and tell us you aren’t amazed!

 

Microsoft is sure creative and a little crazy too, by the way don’t you think you should buy a Windows phone now? LOL.

Comment and share us your thoughts about this biggest Windows Phone ever to be built by Microsoft!

Source: TNW

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Avira Antivirus 2012 has been officially released!

Avira Antivirus 12 Free and Premium Internet Security has been released!

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Avira Antivirus for 2012 has been released today. Avira GmbH which is a major software company known for providing the best antivirus products for the users has unveiled its yet another version of its popular antivirus software AntiVir 12.

One of the editors at the CNET, Seth Rosenblatt just revealed it today in the official blog post.

Avira has done some serious changes to the interface. It looks amazing and works faster than the “former products” Avira Antivir (what’s the name again?). Yes that’s right, Seth told us the company has dropped the “AntiVir” title and now is just known by the name Avira Antivirus.

Avira Premium Antivirus 2012 new interface

Coming to the good part, the new changes in the latest product is the “two-click” install. According to the Avira team, the antivirus is more lighter now and gets installed in just a matter of seconds and within few clicks. Don’t worry the features have not been compromised, the product actually performs better than before and as many say Avira is known for

its “false positives”. Well you don’t have to worry about that, the new product has been fixed and is more reliable now.

Although you may want to make sure that you don’t have any other antivirus softwares installed prior to the installation. Even if you have, Avira makes sure to uninstall it before proceeding with the setup. As we all know running two or more antiviruses not only makes our system slow but also brings instability into the antivirus components.

Avira Webguard has also undergone some advanced changes. Let us hear what Seth has to say,

“the WebGuard takes a more aggressive approach to detecting sites that could be hosting malware before they load on your computer.”

Avira Free Antivirus 12

So if you are convinced enough, go try out the new antivirus today and check out for yourself. Here is the download link for Avira Free Antivirus 12 . As for the paid products, Avira Antivirus Premium Security 2012 comes with 1 year license for $29.99 but if you want you can also try it out for free for 30 days. The wholedeal i.e. Avira Internet Security 2012 comes with 1 year license for $49.99 only.

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BitDefender 2012 beta version is out. Grab it now!

BitDefender just released its newest and latest antivirus software for all, the BitDefender Total Security 2012. But the antivirus is still in beta. Lets quickly list out the new features which will force you to make the change.

Bitdefender 2012 next gen antivirus

1. Autopilot – This feature is the same one seen in the G-Data antivirus. It takes decisions for you without any manual intervention. No pop-ups, no alerts, nothing to configure.

2. Scan Dispatcher – This feature intelligently performs a scan of your system when PC usage falls below a certain level and pauses it when usage is maximum or above normal.

3. Rescue Mode – Sometimes hidden viruses are very adamant and thus become very tough to remove, which is what we call as rootkits. When this situation occurs BitDefender switches the system into Rescue mode where they can be wiped clean.

4. Streamlined installation – This is less of a feature and more of a plus point to the antivirus. With this, the installation speed of the antivirus is greatly increased. BitDefender claims 2012 version takes half the time to install than its previous version.

5. Online Backup+Cloud integration – All the files of your BitDefender products are safely uploaded to the BitDefender servers. This way if there is an outbreak next time you can safely rollback to the files sitting on the servers. Currently BitDefender Total Security 2012 offers you a free plan of 2GB storage space.

6. File Sync – Synchronize all your files from one computer to another or a whole workstation. Changes made to one system are automatically applied to other systems.

7. Smart interface – Most frequently accessed items are automatically visible on the main window. So that next time you want a specific task done you don’t have to navigate all the way where the component is located.

8. Social Networking+ – We see a lot of links on the various social networking sites. Have you thought that some of them are spam and are deliberately put there for you to get affected? BitDefender now scans all your links on Facebook and Twitter so that you can surf without any worries.

Bitdefender 2012 Beta

NEW INTERFACE (Bonus Feature) – BitDefender has completely revamped the user interface. It now features a XBOX 360 like alert circle. Lighting system is bright and next-gen type. The design is clean and smooth. Don’t worry it wont hog your system resources, it is light and silent!

DOWNLOAD the beta and see for yourself. (NOTE: The antivirus is still in beta mode, use it at your own risk)

Drop in all your comments and tell us what you think of the new BitDefender 2012! Will you make the change?

Firefox 7 beta released

Firefox 7 goes into Beta! Promises 50% less memory usage

Mozilla released Firefox 6 just 2 days ago and pushed its Firefox 7 from Aurora build to the Beta phase on the same day. Firefox 7 Beta is now available from download from Mozilla’s update channel.

Firefox 7 goes from aurora to beta

Key improvements in Firefox 7 is its minimal memory usage. As we all know, Firefox 6 hogs down your memory considerably. I myself have tested it out by opening multiple tabs on Firefox and checking the memory consumption rate. When it takes 1,00,000K amount of memory for just 2 tabs, you can predict at what pace the memory rate will jump when 3 or more tabs are open.

This is why Mozilla team is introducing the MemShrink project with the release of Firefox 7. A project solely concentrated to clean out the memory leaks and crashes seen in the Firefox browsers. Mozilla team is claiming that it is getting successful results.

Developer of Mozilla, Nicholas Nethercote quoted on his blog,

“Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. In particular, Firefox 7′s memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs.”

Other great features to be expected in Firefox 7 are:

  • Azure Direct2D for Canvas which renders canvas based animations in HTML5 smoothly.
  • Improved Javascript Garbage collector.
  • Firefox Sync is faster now which means all your passwords and bookmarks will be synchronized instantly.
  • New add-on to be introduced called as Telemetry which allows users to send performance data to Firefox developers.

Firefox 7 is destined to be released this September 27. But for other anxious people who can’t wait, here is the Beta download link.

Firefox 7 beta in review

I think Firefox 7 will be a good news for everybody and since Mozilla has introduced this rapid updates we will be seeing a new version of Firefox released every 6 weeks. I am very excited for its release. Are you?

Place your thoughts by a comment and we will get back to you right away!

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Viewsonic ViewPad 10pro dual-OS tablet brings Windows and Android closer

Viewsonic has recently introduced a new version of the its tablet Viewpad, the ViewPad 10 pro. ViewPad 10pro will bring in a new era of tablets as this one boasts of a dual-OS, the first of its kind.

 

Yes, you read it right. ViewPad 10pro packs a mighty hard Windows 7 OS alongwith the favourite mobile OS by Google, Android 2.3. Viewsonic says there’s no dual booting required to power on the Android, there’s just the app integrated on the Windows homescreen to take you there. CNET tested the Android performance on the tab and says it switches from Windows to Android in just 3 seconds and Android to Windows almost instantaneously. Although i don’t know how good Windows 7 OS will prove for the tablet users, as its not quite the tablet-friendly software one would have a go for.

Another neat feature of this tab is its battery backup which is seen on none of the tablets in its competition. Viewsonic, the manufacturer of some of the most top visual displays in the world claims that the tablet can run upto 8 hours straight on a single charge. This is a great add-in on the tablet featurelist as most businessmen prefer a long running tablet which is equally efficient as well.

The one biggest con i found in this tablet is its weight. Weighing in at a hefty 800g, this tab will prove as a troublesome to carry! The key goal of any tab is that it should be easy to carry around which this tab fails to deliver. Apart from this one minor drawback everything else looks promising.

As for the specs, the Viewsonic ViewPad 10 pro is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor, 1024×600 capacitive touch screen, Intel GMA 600 graphics card, 2GB in-built memory, expandable upto 32 GB via microSD slot, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing, HDMI port for 1080p media playback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a USB port too.

VERDICT: My verdict on this device is that if you are a user who likes Windows 7 and wants to migrate from a desktop to a touch screen interface and want to enjoy the combined feel of an Android device then i would say give it a go! Don’t look back, this might be just the tab you were looking for and also the battery backup this tab offers is more than OK.

PRICE and RELEASE: ViewPad 10pro is available in two models,

  • the first one which comes with Windows 7 Professional, Android 2.3 and a 32 GB SSD drive is priced at $699
  • the second one features a Windows 7 Home Premium, Android 2.3 mobile OS and 16 GB SSD which is priced at $599

The product is ready to be released late this august. Want to be the first one to grab hands on it? Then subscribe to our feed and we will update you quick enough.

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