Month: May 2015

The Complete Guide To Pinning Everything To The Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Have you ever wondered what kind of items can you pin on your Start screen? Well, there’s a lot of stuff you can pin that you probably didn’t know about such as libraries, networks locations, websites, different apps and many others. If you didn’t really liked the Start screen or you never saw its usefulness maybe after reading our guide you will. If you haven’t figured it out yet, our purpose is to teach you how to pin different items to your Start screen in a short but comprehensive guide. Let’s go:

How To Pin Windows 8.1 Apps On The Start Screen

Pinning Windows 8.1 apps on the Start screen is a really simple task. First, you need to locate the app you want to pin. To do this press the arrow-shaped button placed at the lower-left corner of the screen.

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How to Copy a Disc (CD, DVD or Blu-Ray) in Windows

Are you searching for a way to create a disc to disc copy, of a CD, DVD or Blu-Ray you have created at home? Then you are in luck. In this guide, we will discuss the steps and principles involved in making a copy of any disc. Then, we will cover some of the best tools for the job. If you are interested, don’t hesitate to read more.

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Introducing Windows 8.1: Group Shortcuts On The Start Screen & Name Them

Organization is the key to productivity. Having important stuff you pinned on theStart screen scattered all over the place is not very efficient. Your favourite apps will be hard to find, especially if there’s a large number of apps pinned on the Startscreen. The best option for Windows 8.1 users is to group the items and label them properly. Besides the utility of this feature, you will notice that your Start screen will also look more attractive. In this article we will show how to easily group the items on the Start screen and how the name the groups you created.

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Simple Questions: What Is WiFi Direct? How Does It Work?

WiFi? You know that, and use it everyday. Bluetooth? You know that too, and also use it quite often. What if you could combine all the best features of the two? Well, it turns out you can and that’s WiFi Direct. In this tutorial we will talk about this technology and how it works. Let’s get started:

Before Describing WiFi Direct, Let’s Talk WiFi

So, there is this thing called WiFi (or Wi-Fi, whichever you like, there is really no rule on which one to use). You have probably heard about it and you probably use it quite a lot, maybe even now. This is a wireless communication technology that has lots of uses, but it is most widely used for accessing the Internet.

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Windows 10: Taking a look at the Task View feature

Back in November of 2014, using Build 9860 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, I took a look at an early version of Task View, the operating system’s built-in virtual desktop feature. Since that time, Microsoft has made multiple improvements to how Task View works and looks. As such, I thought I would revisit this feature.

It’s important to bear in mind that while Task View is pretty slick in the current Build of 10074, chances are good that it will still undergo some changes before the final release of the Windows 10 operating system this summer.

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Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force A Manual Sync, In Windows 7 & Windows 10

Even though we like the OneDrive service and we use it a lot, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here’s how these things are done in Windows 7 and in Windows 10:

NOTE: If you’re looking for ways to learn when your OneDrive files were last synced and also force a manual sync in Windows 8.1, we already wrote a tutorial. You can find it here: Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync.

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Windows 10 or Ubuntu: Which will be the one OS to rule them all?

As the proprietary and open-source systems battle for mobile and PC users, what are the prospects for these two champions of converged computing?

As sales of tablets and phones continue to outstrip demand for PCs, the technology industry is preparing for a shift in how people use computers.

The expectation is that phones and tablets will begin to be used as desktop PCs, a change that will force a fundamental redesign of software.

Instead of operating systems and applications having a single interface, apps will alter their look and controls to reflect how they are being used. For example, a UI that favours large, easily-tappable buttons on a touchscreen tablet might switch to tightly-packed icons when the tablet is used with a monitor and a mouse.

The idea was dubbed convergence by Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu operating system, when it launched the idea for a phone that would double as a PC in 2013.

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Which Are The Best Free File Recovery Tools? Comparing 5 Of The Most Popular Programs

These days you can find quite a few programs that promise to help you recover accidentally deleted files. It is great to have lots of options but, which programs are really good at recovering deleted files? Which of them deliver on their promise? To find out, we tested some of the most popular applications in this niche, all of which are free for personal use. Let’s see what we discovered.

The Testing Procedure

We took a USB memory stick and formatted it, to make sure there’s nothing left on it. Then we copied a wide range of file formats to it, 67 files in all, including: pdf, doc, docx, rtf, epub, azw3 (Kindle eBooks), iso, mp3, jpg, nef, pptx, exe, avi, mp4, 7z, tar and zip. The total size of all the files was 3.44 GB.

Next we deleted those files with Shift+Delete and added 10 new files on the memory stick, to see how good each program would be at recovering files when there are chances of having some deleted files partially overwritten by others. Since the deleted files were on a USB stick, we recovered the files to our test computer’s hard drive.

Then it was time to test the data recovery programs we planned to review. We chose the programs you see below, because, at this moment, they are the most popular programs in the niche. We also wanted to restrict this review only to free programs, without any kind of limitations, because most people are not keen on purchasing a lot of software.

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