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Month: November 2013

Pro Tip: Share Your Desktop Wallpaper On Your Start Screen

Pro Tip: Share Your Desktop Wallpaper On Your Start Screen

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Do you know what the biggest problem with Windows 8 is?  Despite everything that Microsoft does the Desktop environment is still what everyone uses, and with good reason.  While that’s not that bad on its own, switching to the Desktop and its Windows 7 era Aereo UI is jarring – the Modern UI and Aereo are polar opposites.

Despite all signs to the contrary it seems like Microsoft’s fully aware of this problem.  In Windows 8.1 they added a nifty little feature that makes the Windows 8.1 user experience so much better, so much more coherent.

The Tip

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Right click on the taskbar, click on’Properties’.  Next click on the ‘Navigation tab’, and click the box next to “Show my desktop background on Start”.

I don’t know why this option’s hidden away in an nearly obsolete environment and in a submenu, and I really can’t understand why it’s under Navigation instead of just in the Personalize screen, but I digress.  Sharing the wallpaper between the Desktop and Start makes for a great change in user experience, a very positive change.  If the contrast in UIs has been nagging, this will soothe your itch.

In Pictures: Robot Wars 2013

In Pictures: Robot Wars 2013

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Each of the robots is impressive. The blue Ace is possibly the least intimidating of the 4: Hades dominates with its nuke green paintjob and lifter, the Widowmaker has a massive saw/spinner jutting out of its body, and Chewie lies low on the ground like a Victorian ironclad. I can’t overstate my respect for each team’s ingenuity.  

Here are a few particularly awesome moments from the tournament:

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The Invisible Bike Helmet

The Invisible Bike Helmet

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Bikes are tremendous fun but wearing a helmet’s a bit of a pain in the arse.  Sure, you can ride a bike without wearing a helmet but what if something happens?  And it’s not like Maltese roads are safe for bikers any.  Trust me, I know, my family lost someone to a horrific hit and run accident a while back – he was cycling at the time.

So what if you can have all the safety of a bike helmet, perhaps a little more, but without wearing that stupid thing on your head?  That’s what two Swedish women, Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, set out to create and what they created is the single most impressive piece of technology I’ve seen in years.  Watch their short film after the break.

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Watch LG’s G Flex….Flex

Watch LG’s G Flex….Flex

LG G Flex Flexes

It won’t snap easy

If I had an LG G Flex right now my greatest fear would be that I’d somehow bend it a little too far and it would just snap in two.  Do you know what, though?  The thing can bend pretty far on its own before breaking, even laying flat!  Sure it takes quite a bit of force to do so but if ever sat on it by mistake you’ll know that it won’t break, it’ll either resist or weight or bend accordingly.

How far will it flex before it breaks? That, fellow readers, is the real question.  Read on past the break so watch it flex.