If there was one company that was conspicuous by its absence at the tablet orgies at both CES and MWC this year, it was Sony. While all major consumer device manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Motorola and LG were jumping all over each other trying to get their tablets noticed, Sony fans had to make do with its new Android smartphones – the Xperia Arc, Play and Neo.
However, we soon learned that Sony was busy working on the Sony S1, a Playstation certified Android tablet powered by Honeycomb, which comes with a 9.4 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display and is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.
Today, Engadget uncovered some more information about Sony’s tablet plans. Apparently, the S1 is not the only tablet Sony is working on. It is also working on another Android tablet – the Sony S2 and a Windows 7 slider tablet.
The Sony S2 is a clamshell tablet powered by Android 3.0 Honeycomb which will pack a pair of 5.5 inch displays. It will be more like a book and will have specifications similar to the Sony S1. Sony will heavily modify Honeycomb to run on the S2, and we also don’t know if it’s Playstation certified. It will likely retail for around $699.
The other tablet will be a Vaio branded slider powered by Windows 7 with a 9.4 inch display. It is supposed to launch around October and will be priced at around $800.
While the Sony S1 seems genuinely interesting and full of potential, the Sony S2 seems like it is doomed to failure from the very start. Sony’s history with customized Android UIs hasn’t been very encouraging, and if I had to choose between the S1 and the S2, I would definitely go with the S1.
In most places in the northern hemisphere, frigid winter has already begun making way for the delightful spring. Snow covered sideways and icy winds have been replaced by blooming magnolias. However, if you are already missing the snow, you can deck up your desktop with Microsoft’s new “Antarctic” themepack for Windows 7. The new themepack features 15 stunning wallpapers that capture Antarctica in all its glory. Australian comedian Andrew Denton had been very correct when he remarked that, “If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare”.
Microsoft has also published a “Rango” themepack, ahead of the release of the animated film of the same name. Rango is a comedy that tells the tale of a pet chameleon who aspires to be a hero, and is then thrust into the role when he ends up in a western town plagued by bandits. The movie features Johnny Depp’s voice in the titular role. It will hit the theaters on March 4 in US and UK, and on April 20 in India. In the meanwhile you can enjoy seven lighthearted wallpapers from Rango courtesy of Microsoft.
Recently, we posted the Dell’s leaked smartphone roadmap, which revealed some of the upcoming Android Ice Cream and Windows Phone 7 based smartphones. And now, the guys at Android Central shared the leaked slide of the Dell’s 2011 tablet roadmap. According to the roadmap, Dell will launch 4 Android powered tablets and 2 Windows based tablets, ranging from 5 inch to 10 inch touchscreen display. The codenames of Android based tablets are Gallo, Sterling, Opus One and Silver Oak, while the codenames of Windows based tablets are Rosemount and Peju.
Dell Gallo is the company’s first Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) powered tablet with 10 inch touchscreen display. On the other hand, Dell Sterling is a 7 inch tablet powered by the same operating system. Dell Gallo is expected to launch in April 2011, while the Dell Sterling will be available during Q4 of 2011.
Dell is not only planning to launch Android Honeycomb based tablets, but the company is also planning to launch Windows 7 and Windows 8 based tablets. Dell Rosemount is a 10 inch tablet with 1366 x760 pixels HD display. Rosemount runs on the Windows 7 operating system. Dell Peju is the company’s first tablet which runs on the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Dell Peju also features a large 10 inch touchscreen display. Rosemount is expected to launch in June 2011, while the Windows 8 based Dell Peju will arrive next year. Dell Peju might be showcased next year at the CES 2012 in Las Vegas.
Dell Opus One and Silver Oak are Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) based tablets, but the Opus One comes with a 5 inch touchscreen display, while the Silver Oak comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display. Both the Opus One and Silver Oak will be arriving next year. These tablets are also expected to be showcased at the CES 2012, along with the Dell Peju tablet.
Are you excited about the Windows 8 powered tablet? Or you will go ahead with the Android powered tablets? Let us know your views, in the comments below.
Microsoft has officially announced and made available the Windows 7 SP1 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 to their OEM partners. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will be available to MSDN, TechNet and Volume License customers on February 16th and to general public on February 22nd through the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update.
Many of the updates available in Windows 7 SP1 has already been previously delivered through Windows Update, so there wouldn’t be much changes for users who have already applied those updates.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been in development for a long time now and it is finally making it’s way out to the users. This could also mean the impending release of Internet Explorer 9 is around the corner.
However, what if you are a Windows user? Well, thanks to sites like Download.com and Softpedia, you can downloads and use tons of apps or software as we prefer to call it. However, App stores provide users with a unified experience of software installs, software updates and easy installation. In case of Windows, this experience is hard to get.
All My Apps providers users with a web interface and desktop tool to download and install apps. The advantage of using the desktop software is that it will also check for available updates for installed software. This will make updating software on your computer as easy as clicking a single button.
All My Apps has a big catalog of Freeware which you can download and install for free. The app also provides one-click-installation of software which does away with the multiple-screen software installation you are usually accustomed to. The software also acts like an app launcher, allowing you to launch installed applications by double clicking on it.
All My Apps is a really good way to discover new software and keep them up-to-date. However, the software is still buggy as it does not discover the software which was already installed on my Windows 7 PC. However, since the software is still in beta, we can expect these things to be taken care of in the future.
Another nice thing about this software is that it does away with those pesky multiple-screen software installs and replaces it with a single click. However, some advanced users might find the lack of advanced options like changing install directory and removing start menu listing a problematic.
Overall, All My Apps providers users with one of the easiest ways to install new software to your computer and is a recommended download.
Today, ASUS unveiled a bunch of new tablets at the ongoing CES 2011. In all ASUS announced 4 new tablets, of which 3 are based on Android. The three new Android based tablets from ASUS are the Eee Pad Transformer, Eee Pad Slider and the Eee Pad MeMo.
The Eee Pad MeMo has a 7-inch screen (1024×600 resolution) and is powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualacomm. The back of the tablet sports a 5MP camera with a LED flash while there is a 1.3MP camera in the front for all your video chatting needs. ASUS has also bundled a capacitive stylus with the Eee Pad MeMo. The Eee Pad will run on Android 3.0 when launched in June. The tablet will be priced from $499.
The other two Android 3.0 based tablets Eee Pad Transformer and Eee Pad Slider. The former has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard while the latter has a dock (or a detachable keyboard, whatever you prefer to call it) which has a full size keyboard and number pad. Both the tablets are powered by Nvidia Tegra 2 processors and have a 10.1-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×800.
The tablets also sport a mini-HDMI port, a microUSB port, Bluetooth 2.1, a 5MP camera at the back and a 1.3MP front cam along with a microSD card slot.
The dock’ for the Eee Pad Transformer also has an inbuilt battery which will help the tablet provide a battery life of nearly 16 hours. The Eee Pad Slider will hit the stores sometime in May and will cost in the $500-$800 range. The Transformer will launch in April and will cost around $400-$700.
Along with the trio of Android 3.0 tablets, ASUS also announced a 12-inch Windows based tablet. The ASUS Eee Slate EP121 tablet is powered by a Core i5-470M processor, 64GB SSD, and up to 4GB of RAM. The 12.1-inch IPS display has a Wacom digitizer, thus allowing users to draw portraits and take notes with the included stylus.
The usual Wi-Fi, mini-HDMI port, microSD card slot, microUSB port and dual-cameras are also present. The EP121 tablet should be out sometime later this month for a whopping $1000.
Do you have plenty of free space on your C: drive? If so, one of best things you can do is to create another drive on your hard disk by creating a new partition (also known as a volume). Fortunately, Windows Vista and Windows 7 both allow you to do this easily.
You might be wondering why this is such a good idea. The safest place to store important information would be on a different machine, a backup drive or DVD. These aren’t always immediately available. It’s convenient to have an extra drive always there when needed. Another reason is that your operating system may some day need to be re-installed. If your personal information is on the same drive as the OS, you might lose it if it’s not backed up somewhere else.
Now that I’ve told you why, I’ll show you how. First, we’ll open the disk management console. An easy way to do this is the hit the Start button and type in the word partition, then select the result labeled Create and format hard disk partitions.
Right click on the C: drive and choose Shrink Volume. This is the first step in creating the space you need for your new partition.
Now you’ll see the system checking to see how much space you can borrow from your C: drive.
After the query process, you’ll see the size before and size available. Type in the number of megabytes you want for your new partition. Keep in mind that 1024 megabytes is equal to one gigabyte. Also make the size smaller than the availableby a one or two thousand megabytes, just to allow a safety margin.
After the Shrink process finishes, you’ll see the new partition as Unallocated. The next step is to turn it into a simple volume. Right click on the unallocated space and chose New Simple Volume.
Now you’ll see the New Simple Volume Wizard.
After clicking Next, you’ll be asked to specify a size for the new volume. The default is what you’d normally want, so click Nextonce again.
You’ll be prompted to assign a new drive letter. I usually choose a higher letter so that the DVD or other devices on your system won’t have to be assigned new letters when they are detected. Click Nextwhen you are done.
Now you’ll be asked if you want to format the new volume. The best choice is typically NTFS. After making your choice here, click Next.
You’ll be given one more look at the settings before you launch the formatting process. Review the info and click Finishwhen ready.
Before it starts, you may get a warning about Dynamic disk’s. If you aren’t dual booting another operating system, you can ignore this and click Yes. If you are using more than one OS, you might lose any special boot managers at this point. You should research your best options if that’s the case.
Your new disk will appear in the Disk Management console now.
That’s all there is to it. When you return to Windows, you’ll be able to use the new disk to store your personal information.
Earlier, some geeks had managed to run Ubuntu on the device, however, here is something much more interesting. A YouTube users has managed to install and run both Windows 7 and Max OS X on the Chrome Cr-48 laptop.
Yes, the hardware specs and storage space might not be that great on the Cr-48, but it can definitely run these OS. Watch a video of the Google Cr-48 running Mac OS X below.
According to the latest report by Digitimes, Toshiba is planning to launch 3 new tablets in 2011. What’s even more exciting, is the fact that each of the tablets will be running a different OS. Toshiba plans to launch one with the Android OS, possible Android 2.3 Gingerbread or Android 3.0 Honeycomb, one with the Google Chrome OS which is slated to launch today, and one with Windows 7.
This move should probably cover the entire potential tablet market, except for iPad fans.
Two of the tablets will have 10.1 inch displays while the third will sport a 11.6 inch panel. If I had to bet my money on it, I would say that the 11.6 inch tablet will probably be the one running Windows 7.
Toshiba will be showcasing the three tablets at CES 2011, which Techie-Buzz will be covering live.
When Microsoft added UAC (User Account Control), the promise was that it will make Windows more secure. Pardon me if I come across as a cynic, but all it seems to be capable of doing is annoying users. Yes, Windows 7 makes UAC a lot more bearable, but it’s still annoying. On top of that, it doesn’t actually do a lot to prevent malware attacks or malicious program execution. To make things even worse, a new flaw has been uncovered that can be used to completely bypass UAC in Windows Vista and 7.
The developers of popular security software Pervx spotted a new 0-day vulnerability being discussed in a Chinese forum. According to them, “This is a serious flaw because it resides in win32k.sys, the kernel mode part of the Windows subsystem. It is a privilege escalation exploit which allows even limited user accounts to execute arbitrary code in kernel mode.”
This flaw basically enables an attacker to execute applications with system (full) privileges. Unfortunately, there is not a lot you can do to keep yourself safe at this point of time. Sophos has suggested a workaround; however, it is not known how effective the proposed safety measure is.
What did Microsoft do that puts libraries at risk?
They retired Windows SteadyState. In case you haven’t heard about it, SteadyState is a free application for Windows XP and Vista which completely protects a Windows operating system from everything except a hardware crash. It makes Windows almost bullet-proof. Thousands of home users, internet cafes, schools and public libraries depend on SteadyState for protection. However, it won’t be available for Windows 7.
According to Yardena,
â€¦ not only is SteadyState incompatible with Win7, Microsoft says it has no plans to introduce a Windows 7-compatible version. That’s leaving some IT managers scrambling for replacement technology and others vowing not to upgrade to Windows 7 at all.
If you settled for the answer given in that Windows Secrets post, you’d give up. In the article, Yardena says:
Third-party solutions, such as Faronics’ Deep Freeze, don’t appeal to cash-strapped educational institutions, which are already spending considerable money upgrading to Windows 7.
Worse yet, if you listen to Microsoft, they’ll tell you that you don’t need it. Here’s the Microsoft spin:
We have just released a whitepaper along with an accompanying document that describes Group Policy settings that you can use to configure computer and user settings and also a reference excel worksheet which can be used to look up and filter the settings described in the whitepaper. (source)
Fortunately, a security company named Comodo, recently released a free replacement for Windows SteadyState. As far as I can tell, Comodo Time Machine does nearly everything SteadyState does. It’s currently supported and works in Windows XP, Vista and 7.
If a librarian or teacher came to me and asked about setting up several public computers , I’d have two ready answers for them. I could save them money and practically guarantee that they wouldn’t have any spyware or virus problems.
1. I’d burn a set of Live CD’s with Edubuntu on them. They could disable the hard drives and put these in the CD Rom drives. Whenever the PC boots up, they’d have a fresh new operating system that’s ready to use and kid-proof.
India will be celebrating Diwali or Divali starting today. Diwali is also known as the festival of lights and is celebrated with great fanfare in India. This festival is one of the biggest festivals in India and is celebrated across the country by making beautiful rangolis and lighting diyas (small lanterns).
If you are a Windows 7 user and like to change your Windows 7 Theme with the season, you can now download and install a Diwali theme for Windows 7. The Diwali theme for Windows 7 consists of several wallpapers. Download the Windows 7 Diwali theme from here.
Want more Windows 7 Themes? Check out our collections of Windows 7 Themes for your desktop. We also want to wish all our readers a Happy Diwali. Have fun and stay safe.
ViewSonic announced the ViewPad 7 Android tablet and the ViewPad 10 Windows-Android dual boot tablet today. It will be launching both the tablets soon, with the ViewPad 7 coming in November. We also have some details about the specifications of both the tablets.
The ViewPad 7 will run Android 2.2 Froyo and will offer Android Market support. It will be powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will have 512 MB RAM with 16 GB internal storage. It will have two cameras – a 3 MP camera and a VGA secondary camera. It will also offer 3G connectivity along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and sports a 7 inch capacitive touchscreen display, just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It will be priced at $479.
The ViewPad 10 will be a dual booting tablet running Android 1.6 and Windows 7 Home Premium. It will have a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom processor, a 16 GB SSD and 1 GB RAM. It is expected to be priced at $629 and will be launched in Q1 2011.
Sometimes a file won’t open in the application you want for it. Normally, you might use the Open withcommand in the file right click menu when you click on a file.
However, if the action you want isn’t in that list, there’s always the Sendto menu. It’s also in the right click menu for files.
The Sendto menu in Windows is a handy place to store links to all sorts of applications or actions that you rarely use. It used to be easy to add items to the Sendto menu in Windows 9x and Windows XP. Since the arrival of Vista and Win7, it’s gotten a little trickier. I’ll show you one way to do it.
The items in the Sendto menu, are actually links stored in a folder labeled Sendto. The Sendto folder used to be located in the Documents and Settingsfolder under each user name. In Vista and Win7, it’s buried deeply in the Users\Yourname\AppDatafolder, which is normally a hidden folder.
One way to get to AppData quickly is to use the Runmenu, by holding down your Start button and tap the Rkey. Then type in %appdata% and click OK.
Next you’ll have to dig down even further. Go into the following folders under AppData.
Roaming \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Sendto
Now you can see the shortcuts in the Sendto folder. It’s a simple matter of copying or creating shortcuts in this folder in order to see new items listed in your Sendto menu.
The first shortcut I normally add to the Sendto folder is Notepad. Some other apps that you might use there are Paint and WordPad. For the webmasters among you, I’ve also written up a tutorial on adding a Sendto FTPlink.
Not only can you add shortcuts to applications, you can also add shortcuts to folders, drives and network locations. You can even add shortcuts to batch files that will perform specific actions on files.
Sendto is a flexible feature that can serve you well, once you learn it’s secrets.