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One of the key features that Windows Start button provided in previous versions like Windows 7 and Windows Vista was the ability to search for files and applications using the search box in the start menu. However, even though Windows 8 does not include the start button, searching for apps and files is not hard at all.
In order to search for applications, files or even settings, just hit the Windows key and start typing whatever you want to search for. Once you do that, Windows 8 will show you the search menu where you will be able to search for apps, settings and files.
Typing text will display the search results on the left hand side pane. You can easily navigate between app results, settings results and file results by using your mouse or arrow keys in the right hand pane.
Bonus Tip: If you want to browse all the installed apps on Windows 8, hit the Windows key and then start typing something. Once you are on the search screen, just hit the escape key and Windows 8 will list out all the installed apps to you.
One of the important thing that is missing in Windows 8 from Windows 7 and Windows Vista is the start button. Old Windows users have become so accustomed to the Windows start button and menu that they found it very surprising to be missing from Windows 8.
However, getting back the Windows start button and menu in Windows 8 has now become a breeze thanks to a new application from Startdock called Start8.
Unlike an earlier Windows 8 Start button, Start8 is a free Windows 8 application which will add a fully functional Windows 8 start button which resembles the one in Windows 7.
Once you install the Start8 application the Windows key will bring up the start menu just like earlier versions of Windows instead of taking you to the Start screen. You can also search your files, apps and settings like you did in earlier versions of Windows (Read: Search files, apps and settings in Windows 8).
Start8 is definitely a good application for people who are used to the Windows start button and menu and want to continue using it till they get accustomed with Windows 8 features.
Windows 7 style Start menu with Windows 8 enhancements
Users can search for Windows 8-style (Metro) apps with it
Users can pin desktop and Metro apps
Full support for Jump Lists
Users can boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
Fast access to shut down, devices, music, documents, videos
Automatically matches color to the color of the taskbar
Start button is now skinnable
Optionally disable the desktop “hot spots”
Supports WindowFX 5.1 startmenu animations “currently in beta”
The Windows 8 Start screen becomes accessible from the Start menu
Start menu size fully configurable
Adds option for WinKey to show fullscreen Metro desktop
Important Note: After installing Start8 clicking the Windows key will not take you to the “Start screen” and instead open the Windows start button menu. You can configure the software to change that behavior.
Amazon Kindle and the Kindle app is one of the best devices/apps to read books. In addition to reading books, Amazon also allows you to upload your personal books and documents to your Kindle library. This feature is missing in Google Books.
One of the easiest ways to read ePub books on your Kindle is to convert the books to a format which Kindle understands (.azw, .mobi, .PDF) and then upload the books to your Kindle library using the “Send to Kindle” app or through your personal Amazon Kindle email address (Read: How to add or send books to Kindle).
In order to convert ePub files to a Kindle recognized format, you can use an excellent software called Calibre. You can read our earlier guide on converting ePub files to Mobi and other formats to learn how you can do the conversion of your books.
I have used several different book readers including Google Books and iBooks but have found the Amazon Kindle app to be the best software to read books on the go. The Kindle Reader is also one of the best ebook readers you can come across.
However, there may be times when you already have books from other sources which you would want to read on your Kindle app or Amazon Kindle. If you have an Amazon Kindle, you can easily upload books from your computer to your Kindle library by connecting it to your PC.
If you are using a Kindle app on Android or iPhone device, you do not have this feature. You can use several other methods though to upload your personal eBooks and documents to Kindle.
One of easiest way to upload your personal documents and books to your Kindle library is to send the books through email to your personal Kindle email address which can be found at this page. To be able to use this service, you will have to register your device for Personal documents and then also add approved email addresses from which you can send documents to your Kindle.
In addition to that, you can also use an app called “Send to Kindle” which will allow you to upload documents directly from your PC or Mac to your Personal Documents in Kindle library, while also allowing you to directly send those books or documents to your registered Kindle device.
While using the “Send to Kindle” app, your documents will be converted to a Kindle specific output which you can then read using the Kindle app or Kindle reader device.
Finally!!! The largest bank in America; Bank of America has finally got a feature to remotely deposit checks to your bank using your Android device. Several other banks already had this feature for a while, but the latest update for Bank of America, which was rolled out today, now allows users to deposit checks using their mobile phones or tablets.
While several other banks like Chase already had this feature for ages, BofA was the only bank which did not have it. Today’s update to the Bank of America app adds the following features:
– Make check deposits
– Choose the BankAmeriDeals™ you want, and earn cash back
– Receive Bank of America Alerts as push notifications
– Securely send money to others, using their mobile number or email address (requires enrollment)
I am definitely happy with this update because it was definitely becoming a pain lugging around those checks to an ATM or bank branch just to deposit. Finally, I can now deposit checks to Bank of America while I am lazing around in my house.
I have been using the Nexus 7 for over a week now, and it definitely lives up to all the hype that has been created about it. Nexus 7 is Google’s flagship Android tablet device built in partnership with ASUS. It comes with a great hardware configuration and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
I am very impressed with the Nexus 7 and would recommend it to anyone. However, don’t just take my word for it, and read the Nexus 7 review below to learn how the Nexus 7 performs and why it is so good.
Nexus 7 comes with a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a whopping 1GB of RAM. This makes the device run very fast even when you are playing games which use heavy graphics and game play. It also has a 7″ display with a whopping 1280×800 HD resolution which would put several existing laptops and desktop PCs to shame. The high resolution also makes watching movies a treat.
Nexus 7 is pretty lightweight at just 340g and does not have a plastic feel. Additionally it comes with NFC and a Micro USB slot. Nexus 7 also comes with a 4325 mAh battery which provides up to 8 hours of active use. However, the battery can live up to 2 days with moderate use. I managed to run the Nexus 7 without charge for almost 2 and half days while just reading a book.
The Nexus 7 also provides you with video chatting capability with a 1.2 MP front facing camera. I tested out the front camera and it does the job well when it comes to video conferencing on apps like Skype and WebEx. However, there is no back camera on the device. For me this isn’t a problem, because I usually find it funny looking at people taking pictures with their tablets.
Last year, Apple had revealed the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. However, both these devices did not see major changes from their predecessor versions. With the release of Samsung Galaxy S III, the mobile market has really taken off and Apple definitely needs to pull off some magic with their next device.
Rumor also suggests that Apple may also launch a 7″ version of the iPad. However, this device may actually eat into Apple’s own profit and compete more with the iPod Touch than other devices. However, Apple has always managed to pull out surprises, so the September 12 event for the rumored launch of iPhone 5 and iPad Mini will definitely be very interesting.
While live videos of the events are not usually available, you can always watch the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini event live at Apple later on at http://www.apple.com/apple-events/.
In latest developments, a New Zealand high court said that the warrants issued against Kim Dotcom did not hold merit and was invalid. However, the U.S. is still looking to deport the Dot Com Mogul back to the United States to face criminal justice.
While the case is still ongoing, a video of the armed raid at Kim Dotcom’s mansion in New Zealand was released online. The raid was organized by the New Zealand police in cooperation with the United States FBI and Just Department among others. The video below reveals how the armed cops stormed Dotcom’s mansion with guns, helicopters and attack dogs. It almost seemed like a Hollywood movie.
Dotcom alleges that he was manhandled by the cops, however, the video does not show everything and just focuses on how the armed cops got into the house. More updates on the arrest and developments can be found at Wikipedia.
The war is officially on between Apple and Google with their competing mobile operating system; iOS and Android. Apple recently built their own Mapping system for iOS 6 and removed the integration with Google Maps. However, the most recent update to iOS 6 also drops the YouTube app.
According to The Verge, the removal of the YouTube app from iOS 6 was done because Apple and Google had come to an end of their licensing terms.
Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.
YouTube is probably the most popular app on the iOS operating system and Google will definitely come up with a replacement before iOS 6 is shipped to consumers. However, it looks like the default app will still be available on older iOS versions.
Apple’s decision not to renew the license for the YouTube app may be based on their thinking to get rid of as much Google dependency as possible. I won’t be surprised if Apple also decides to go with Bing as the default search engine in future. If that happens, it would be a huge blow for Google because they make a large chunk of their revenue from the search option in iOS.
However, less than a moth later, Microsoft has now released an update to Office 2013 which updates the version to 15.0.4128.1019 from the earlier version 15.0.4128.1014. However, there is no change log available for the update and I am still trying out figure out the changes in this release.