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The Logitech K780 Will Add a Touch of Modern Style To Your Desktop

The Logitech K780 Will Add a Touch of Modern Style To Your Desktop

Have you felt your desktop’s been a little bland lately? I know I have. I have a black desk, and a black keyboard, with a black monitor, and a black mouse. Everything is black and plain…or it’s bright and gaudy, with shiny metal, bright LEDs, and logos so large opposite ends are in different post codes.

This fantastic new keyboard from Logitech, designed by the Red Dot Design Award winning Feiz Design studio, is such a breath of fresh air. Its composite wedge shape consists of a marbled white rubber base and a simple black keyboard with round chuckles keys, keeping things delightfully simple but pleasing to the eye. The two work together for one of the tricks up the K780’s sleeve: the ridge between the keyboard and the rubber base is designed to hold phones and tablets up to 12.9” in size.

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Three Easy-Switch toggles embedded in the number row let you switch instantly between three different devices, regardless of type or OS. I could be writing this article on my Windows laptop right now, switch to my Android phone to answer Whatsapp messages, then fire off some iMessages on my iPad.

I’ll be personally purchasing one of these in the coming days for sure, so expect a review soon! And in the meantime you can check out the links below to buy one for yourself, or click through the gallery for more photos of the Logitech K780.

You can buy the Logitech K780 keyboard now from Amazon UK (£) or Logitech’s store.

With Windows 10 Microsoft Is Turning Its Operating System Into A Service, Not A Product

With Windows 10 Microsoft Is Turning Its Operating System Into A Service, Not A Product

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Microsoft’s Windows is possibly the last commonly used piece of software (albeit a crucial one at that) still sold as a product. A single major version is released every few years, maintained, then superceded by another version that you buy again as an upgrade. This, however, seems to be coming to an end with Windows 10.

Microsoft is now planning on turning Windows 10 into a service, not a product. There will be no Windows 11, or 12, but Windows 10 will receive updates that are both major and minor as the company releases them, putting everyone on the same platform.

How?

When it came to developing Windows 10 from Windows 8 Microsoft took a different tack, breaking the operating system up into a series of smaller, independent modules. The Start Menu, for instance, is a separate module of its own so it can be easily updated independently of the rest of the operating system. Windows 10 is definitely far more complex than previous versions, but then again it’s also meant to be used for much more. Microsoft envisions Xbox Ones and its Holo Lens, as well as phones, tablets, laptops, and PCs.

This method works. Google’s massive fragmentation problem (yes, it’s a massive problem) has caused major headaches in the past, and Google did the same thing Microsoft is doing with the Windows 10. A lot of functionality was moved to Google Play Services, as were all stock apps. You might not have Android 5.1, but you still have a lot of Android 5.1’s security updates and all apps are updated with extra functionality.

What about the money?

This, for me, is the real question. How does Microsoft plan on making money? With no major product launches they can no longer sell Windows to users looking to upgrade, and the only time a user actually registers a version of Windows is when they purchase a Windows device – never again after that. Microsoft will still sell licenses to OEMs of course. But how do you charge for a service?

I envision a more interesting business model based on this service model. Microsoft already sells Office subscriptions – why not expand that to Windows? Without payment you’ve got basic Windows features and updates limited solely to important updates, but a yearly fee  for Windows 10, Office 365, and OneDrive storage unlock all features and enables tight integration of the services across all devices.

What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

Source: The Verge

HOW-TO: Analyze your Laptop’s Power Configuration

HOW-TO: Analyze your Laptop’s Power Configuration

Battery life is an important factor for every laptop. Using some commands built into Window’s command processor you can easily generate a report about your computer’s power configuration.

Note: This only works in Windows 7 and possibly Windows Vista. The powercfg -energy subroutine has not been added in Windows XP.

WARNING:  The Command Prompt is a very useful tool however it can easily render your computer inoperable if you’re not careful. Use the Command Prompt at your own risk.

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories. Right click on ‘Command Prompt’ and select ‘Run as administrator’.
  2. Click ‘Yes’ when prompted. A black screen will open.
  3. Type the following command into the prompt: powercfg –energy –output “C:\battery.html”
    Now the prompt will observe system behavior for a minute. Try not to use the computer during this time.
  4. After the time has passed the prompt will display a basic summary of the problems found. Type exit into the prompt to close it.
  5. Open ‘My Computer’ and navigate to “C:\”. There should be a file named ‘battery.html’. Open it with your web browser to view your report.

This report will give you basic information about the computer, the ‘errors’ it found (I had configured those listed above intentionally), warnings, as well as some more useful technical information, such as which processes were most active during the 60 second time interval, power management for various components, and battery information, including to what capacity it was last charged as well as the design capacity of the battery for comparison.

n my case, the battery has a design capacity of 57720 however the last full charge of the battery was 50180, or 87% of the design capacity, meaning that my battery can now only store 87% of the energy it used to be able to when it was brand new. Batteries naturally wear out over time, however there are ways to maintain battery health. Always allow batteries to discharge to about 5% charge or less, before plugging the device in, and allow the battery to recharge fully before removing it from mains power.

HTC’s Windows Phone Plans Revealed – A One Series By Another Name

HTC’s Windows Phone Plans Revealed – A One Series By Another Name

 

After the Windows Phone 8 announcement, HTC seems to be the talk of the town with rumours of its 2012 line up.  The specs will not wow any current Android user but if these rumours are true HTC is making great strides in the hardware game, from a Windows Phone perspective.

The strategy is identical to HTC’s One line, hence the title.  An entry level device, a mid-range device, and a high-end device.  The names, obviously, are not final and are  the Rio, Accord, and Zenith – in ascending order.

Rio

The low end of the bunch, the Rio has specs that are comparable to any current Windows Phone device on the market. The display’s pegged to be of WVGA resolution and at 4″, with technology yet to be revealed. A 5MP camera can be found round the back, capable of 720p video capture, and a Qualcomm MSM8227 processor coupled with 512MB of RAM powers the device.  In terms of network, maximum speeds on 3G are 14.4Mbps HSPA, though I wouldn’t put it past AT&T or T-Mobile to release an LTE version in the US.

Accord

The Accord seems to be the mid-range device of the bunch with a standout 720p screen at 4.3″, giving it immense clarity and making it not only a rarity in the smartphone world but also an envy of Android users that lust after this screen size but have to make do with antiquated software (looking at you, Sony) or qHD resolution with PenTile.   Screen technology’s supposed to be SuperLCD 2, the same tech in the HTC One X, and it’s listed as having 1GB of RAM coupled with a dual core processor, NFC, 1080p video and HSPA+ radios.  Here’s to hoping the camera’s at 8MP or greater, eh?

Zenith

If the Accord is Windows Phone’s One S, then the Zenith has got to be its One X.  The screen’s an identical 4.7″ SuperLCD 2 unit with 720p resolution.  The camera’s likely to be the same too as it’s rumoured to be an 8MP unit with 1080p video recording.  Where it trumps the One X, however, is in terms of CPU.  The current dual core Krait rivals the Tegra 3 in many benchmarks, and the Zenith is rumoured to have the quad core Krait version. Wow.

 

All I can say is, wow.  Microsoft’s relaunching Windows Phone with a bang, and I can’t wait for Christmas ’12!

HTC Omega To Be Windows Phone Mango’s Launch Device?

HTC Omega To Be Windows Phone Mango’s Launch Device?

The folks over at PocketNow have managed to grab a hold of some pretty official looking press shots of an upcoming HTC Windows Phone device code named “Omega”.  The phone’s pegged as a Windows Phone Mango (or 7.5, if numerals are what you’re after) and has quite a nice spec sheet.  First off is a Qualcomm processor rumoured to run at the 1.5GHz mark.  Now this is a little odd as the chipset in question, the Snapdragon MSM8255 can only be clocked to 1.4GHz, but can run at 1.5GHz out of the box if it’s dual core.  The specs also list 512MB of RAM, a 3.8″ display and an 8MP snapper.

The design itself seems reminiscent of the HTC Flyer with the same plastic finish and form round the back, with what seems to be an aluminium rim around the screen that splits the lower bezel in two creating a kind of double chin.  Seems rather nice, even in white, but doesn’t seem to scream high end.  HTC have an event planned for the 1st of September that also falls in with Windows Phone Mango’s Q3 release.  It’s only 5 days away, but the next couple of months are going to be interesting to say the least.