Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ShellHWDetection (Shell Hardware Detection) and AutoPlay in Windows

Maybe, one of our problem in browsing the list of services of Windows is the short names and out-of-this world acronyms with short description. Just like of AeLookupSvc and IKEEXT, we may think of threats running in the background services of our computer.

ShellHWDetection is another shorthand that can lead to confusion. In behalf of the technical term, it stands for Shell Hardware Detection, a system services for the line Windows Server 2003 as well in Windows XP. And it is added since the first build of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the said operating system.

Furthermore, ShellHWDetection is responsible for providing notifications in AutoPlay hardware and also serve as agent for some multimedia services (such as in detecting AutoPlay event for pictures, MP3 (any audio raw file), and video files.

Please do not terminate this background service if you think it is responsible or a contributing factor for some issues in your computer (specially in memory requirements that may disrupt your processing speed). And remember, it is the most important part of every Windows OS in AutoPlay features.

Are LanmanWorkstation and LanmanServer Bugging You in Windows Services?

LanmanWorkstation and LanmanServer are two different background services in Windows operating system. Both of these program are started automatically in a default configuration. And if you are thinking of its memory consumption for slowing computers, these services are like a piece of agent responsible for computer's network connectivity.

If it is bugging you because of their short descriptions on the list of Windows services and recursive names in Task Manager, you have nothing to worry because it is needed by every system to communicate. There is no threat in keeping these program to run but it is also the most vulnerable part of computers to be exposed over the network.

To be specific with the function of LanmanWorkstation, it is design to store data for active configuration or setting in workstation services. According to Microsoft, it is responsible for computers (started in Windows 2000 to Windows 10) to communicate and to provide a network connection detection capability.

For LanmanServer, it is a third party service for Local-Area Network (LAN) Manager of Windows platform. And just like of the LanmanWorkstation, it is also design to store the configuration data of another services. Terminating this in your Windows Task Manager will also terminate its related thread of background programs.

What is IKEEXT in Windows Services?

In relation to my previous post (about the AeLookupSvc in Windows), IKEEXT is another interesting entry in my computer's list of services. And this one is more interesting than the other (correct me if I'm wrong) because it is a network-related background program.

We have nothing to worry about the IKEEXT and probably, just because of its appearances on the list of Windows services (in uppercase letter with short description), it can open our curiosity and start to type this uncommon name in a search engine.

According to a Windows 7 Ultimate power user (from Seven Forums), IKEEXT stands for IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules. It is responsible for the encryption and authentication of IP security. A network protocol responsible for Internet Key Exchange (IKE) as well in Authenticated Internet Protocol (AuthIP).

It means, as part of Windows requirement for network resources and protocol, we have nothing to worry about the IKEEXT. Keep it running to avoid threats and network related problems.

Furthermore, IKEEXT is a required service for event auditing and other related user's action. It is not a threat for any user but maybe for your anyone who is a subject for Internet or network usage auditing.

Run Old Software and Compatible Devices through AeLookupSvc in Windows

At first, I am wondering how the AeLookupSvc (stands for, Application Experience) in my computer. Due to a serious issue related to the speed of my computer, I end up looking for any unwanted running services that can possibly contribute to slowing machine. AeLookupSvc is one of those services that capture my attention.

According to Maximum PC Guides (a reliable source of any solutions in fixing computer-related problems), AeLookupSvc is a background services since the time of Windows XP and Windows Vista. And because of the big leap, driver compatibility for different platform become a serious issue. However, AeLookupSvc is responsible for notifications about the software installation failure and any related problem.

Furthermore, this background service is also responsible for request in processes application compatibility cache. An agent for catching errors in software installation errors as well for detecting old and uncompatible hardware in Windows computer.

In addition, for Microsoft Windows 10 operating system, AeLookupSvc is also available just like in Windows 7 and Windows 8 platforms. A lightweight background app capable of knowing the right OS for our old software and hardware.

But if you are comfortable with your current computer configuration, you may wish to disable this running agent through the Control Panel in Administrative Tools and list available Services.

Someone Revealed the Picture of the Upcoming New Line of Surface Pro

Since the appearances of Surface Pro in the market, I missed a lot of details on how the Microsoft's line of handheld computer continue to evolve over time. In the early months of 2013, I heard that it is coming to Best Buy following the company's official announcement. By the following week, the Windows-powered tablet started to appear in Chinese market. And by the following year, I heard that the second generation received an Intel Core i5 treatment and even with a new Windows 8.1 OS.

A lot of accessories started to appear in stores following the availability of Surface Pro 2 in stores. To start in exclusive keyboard, the 12-inch handheld machine started to evolve with the new generation of Intel Core i5 and i7 processor. From mainland China, some of that famous tablet of its time also appeared in Hongkong.

And now, someone from a Chinese online forum revealed the first photograph of a possible new line of Surface Pro. However, no one from Microsoft officially announced or confirmed their plan to produce a sleek-looking and thinner version of the said Windows tablet. Maybe, the details associated on that thread is not enough to confirm the validity of the entire story.

The original photo added with details in Chinese is look like the following:

Upon translating the entire content, you cannot catch a single word for a possible specs or anything that can validate the entire story of a new Surface Pro. But I think it is good enough to tease the craving fanatics of the said Windows tablet.

Recently, Google terminated their very own line of Nexus Android tablet for unknown reason. But for Microsoft, this might be a new opportunity to sell a small but powerful handheld machine.

Asus Introduces a Sleek and Thin Intel Core i-Series Powered ZenBook 3

Asus introduces their very own MacBook-like machine at Computex 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. ZenBook 3 will surely ignite the rivalry of the two tech giants to manufacture a super-slim machines with almost similar specs. This new and elegant 910-gram ultra-portable computer is much thinner compared to Apple's MacBook Air according to reports.

Furthermore, ZenBook 3 is a compacted machine in a metallic elegant-looking aluminum case and it is lighter compared to MacBook line with only 11.9mm thickness. In terms of price, the base specs will cost the prospect buyer of about $1,000.00 up to $2,000.00 for Intel Core i7 powered model with the highest memory and storage capacity.

For available variants, the cheapest model is equipped with Intel Core i5 (quad-core) processor, 4GB of memory, and 256GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage. Buyer can also choose an upgraded model (for 256GB SSD storage) with the same RAM and other underlying specs for about $1,500.00. And maybe, Asus will also give a good prices for either 8GB or 16GB of memory upgrade.

In addition, the price of Intel Core i7 powered model with standard 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage will start at about $2,000.00 only. And these prices are all reasonable for a Microsoft Windows 10 machines compared to MacBook Air. For my own verdict, these ZenBook computers are ideal for resources-heavy graphic applications, software development (for programming), and as a powerful gaming rig for massive PC player.

To know more about the said sleek and thin machine, see the following video of ZenBook 3:

However, for now, no words for its other underlying devices aside fro CPU, RAM, and storage, but it is possible for this line of ZenBook to sport an Intel HD graphic chips.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Vernee is Giving $30 Coupon for Deca-Core Powered Apollo Lite Smartphone

Vernee is giving a free $30 coupon for their very own Apollo Lite phone through Facebook. For a prospect buyer, you need to like the company's product page, tag at least three of your friends and share your favorite features of the said 5.5-inch handset.

Those simple steps can give you a chance to avail the $200 Android phone through a simple activity in social networking site. However, there will be no assurance for this promo because a company representative will choose ten random winners among those Facebook users to send a $30 coupon. And to know more or to discover the upcoming Apollo Lite, see the following promotional video from Antelife Exclusive:

Before of anything else, Vernee Apollo Lite is powered by Helio X20 deca-core (64-bit) processor. The first of its kind and a 4G LTE-enabled and dual-SIM smartphone.

For the complete specifications of Apollo Lite, see the following:
  • CPU: Mediatek Helio X20 (MT6797) Deca-Core 64-bit
  • Memory: 4GB LP DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB (with 128GB TF Card expansion card support)
  • Display: 5.5-inch FHD
  • Screen Technology: Corning Gorilla 3, 2.5D Touch Panel
  • Camera: 16-megapixel (rear-facing), 5-megapixel (front-facing), With 4K Video Recording Capability
  • Ports: Type C (Micro USB)
  • Connectivity: 802.11ac/b/g/n WiFi, 4G (Dual-SIM), Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: 3180mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • Others: Available in Either Moonlight Silver or Space Gray
Apollo Lite offers an elegant metallic compacted design with the ambiance of outer space. It has a unique underlying specs for a cost-effective smartphone. And for me, it is hard to compare this model in other 5.5-inch handset with quad-core or alike processing technology.

Furthermore, in terms of speed, I missed to catch the exact frequency of the said Helio X20 deca-core chip used on this Vernee's dual-SIM signature Android phone. And the above mentioned promo will only last for few days or weeks.

From here, what you need is, login in your Facebook account, look for Vernee's official page, like, comment, and wait to be chosen by their representative to receive a coupon code.

Virtoba X5 VR Headset for Simulating IMAX-Like Movies at Home

Virtoba is not new in producing virtual reality (VR) headset. Following the appearances of their visual entertainment product line, the X5 series has something to offer than its pioneering models. According to reviews, it is ideal for simulating IMAX-like 3D movies for less than $40. Aside from having a cost-effective price, it is also noted for having a good viewing angle.

Furthermore, Virtoba X5 has a complete adjustable 120-degrees field of view (FOV) from its aspherical 42mm lens and interpupillary distance (IPD) support of about 58mm up to 72mm with 5mm auto-focus adjustable feature. It is also equipped with "Indirect Touch" primary button and adjustable headband.

To know more about the said VR device, see the following video from Gear Beast below:

In addition, Virtoba X5 is also ideal for rendering several 3D video games to simulate a vivid and realistic scenes. It has a core flexible headphone which is essential for a good sound quality and high phonetic effects for users.

Aside from the above mentioned qualities of X5, for me, it is an ideal gadget beginners who would like to experience the rumbling environment of any cinematic effects at home in a cost-efficient device.

iRulu eXpro X1 Tablet Treated with Allwinner A33 Quad-Core Processor

While taking a look around in a Chinese-owned website, I spotted the 7-inch iRulu eXpro X1 tablet. It is equipped with Allwinner A33 processing chip with only 8GB of storage. For others, its built-in storage capacity may not enough for saving more than ten movies and other multimedia files, but it is enough for users who are looking for a $50 tablet.

Compare to other 7-inch tablets, iRulu eXpro X1 is another low-cost machine with standard underlying features to run an Android platform. The memory is only half of other models manufactured in mainland China. And probably, the entire package shows that is also enough for the cheapest handheld.

For the complete specification of eXpro X1, see the following list below:
  • CPU: Allwinner A33 at 1.5GHz (Quad-Core)
  • Memory: 512MB DDR3
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC (with expansion slot that supports a maximum of 32GB)
  • Screen Size: 7-inch TFT with 16:9 Ratio
  • Operating System: Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat)
  • Camera: 0.3-megapixel (front-facing), 0.3-megapixel (rear-facing)
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g WiFi, 10/100Mbps Ethernet
  • Ports: Micro USB, Standard 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Battery: 2800mAh Lithium-Polymer
  • Others: Built-in Speaker, Built-in Microphone
The operating system is slightly old compared to other tablet computers and convertibles. Unlike with Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 (iPad Mini clone), the other bigger model from China is already treated with dual-boot system and Android 5.1 (Lollipop). But the good thing about the smaller machine, it is available in several different vibrant colors.

Chuwi Hi10: Just Another Dual-Boot Enable, Intel Atom Cherry Trail Z8300 Tablet

Due to my curiosity about a dual-boot enable tablets, I end up searching a handful of these China-made machines with the same Windows 10 and Android 5.1 (Lollipop) platforms. Probably, because of Intel Atom Cherry Trail capability to support the requirements of both operating systems, the case brought up the name of these models in global market.

Chuwi Hi10 is another line of dual-boot capable machine with Teclast TBook 10 (convertible tablet) and Cube iWork 10 Flagship. And guess what, all of these models are compacted device with a common 10.1-inch screens. The only difference are, their Chinese name, right? That is because of their quad-core chips and similarities in memory sizes.

But before of anything else, see the following for the complete specification of Chuwi Hi10:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5 Z8300 at 1.44GHz (Quad Core)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC (flash)
  • Screen Size: 10.1-inch with 1900 x 1200-pixel Resolution
  • Camera: 2-megapixel (front-facing), 2-megapixel (rear-facing)
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, No words for Ethernet support
  • Ports: USB 3.0, Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Standard 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Battery: 6600mAh Lithium-Ion
  • Others: Available in Plastic Black
Furthermore, Hi10 (also considered as another 2-in-1 machine) supports a maximum of 128GB of external storage and that makes this tablet different from other China-made models on the market. Compared to Teclast TBook 10, it is slightly slower due to its 1.44GHz processing speed.

And before I can forget, this model is also equipped with a docking keyboard just like of the above mentioned convertible tablets. It is not just a dual-boot enable device for OS, but another excellent machine for playing multimedia files.

Teclast X98 Pro vs Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 - Comparison of Intel Atom Cherry Trail Powered Tablets

Upon knowing Xiomi Mi Pad 2 (iPad Mini clone), I tried to look around for any Intel Atom Cherry Trail powered tablet to compare. In my surprise, I found out that Teclast X98 Pro is a dominant 9.7-inch model with the same line of processing chip. Although it is much bigger than the other China-made machine, both are running a quad-core processors.

The price of X98 Pro is slightly higher compared to Mi Pad 2 and it is equipped with Intel Atom Cherry Trail T4 series chip. However, both of these models are all available with either Microsoft Windows 10 and Android 5.1 (Lollipop). And due to almost similar specs and minimal difference, these two different tablets are also treated with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of eMMC (flash) storage.

Recently, I spotted a big brother of Teclast X98 Pro, dual-boot capable and convertible TBook 10. It is also equipped with the same line of Intel's quad-core chip and pre-loaded operating systems.

In behalf of X98 Pro and Mi Pad 2, see the following list of specs for you to compare the two different ultra-portable machines from Chinese manufacturers:

Teclast X98 Pro Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Atom Cherry Trail T4 Z8500 (Quad Core) at a Maximum of 2.24GHz
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC
  • Screen Size: 9.7-inch with 4:3 Ratio
  • Screen Resolution: 2048 x 1536-pixel
  • Camera: 2-megapixel (front-facing), 5-megapixel (rear-facing)
  • Ports: Micro HDMI, Micro USB, Standard 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Connectivity Support: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: 30400mWh Lithium-Ion
  • Others: 3G Module Support
Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500 (Quad-Core) at 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: Available in Either 16GB or 64GB
  • Screen Size: 7.9-inch
  • Screen Resolution: 2048 x 1536-pixel
  • Camera: 5-megapixel (front-facing), 8-megapixel (rear-facing)
  • Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Standard 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Connectivity Support: 802.11ac/b/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Battery: 6190mAh
  • Others: No words for external storage support
Aside from having a more powerful camera, the 2GB DDR3 memory of Mi Pad 2 remains its shortcoming. Both of these models shares a similar resolution in a different screen sizes.

And my verdict, aside from having a good underlying capabilities and power, these models are excellent choice for cost-effective tablets in playing multimedia files (for different video formats) and opening lightweight files.

Xiaomi Mi Pad 2: Windows 10 Home Edition and Android 5.1 Tablet

Next to bunch of two-in-one tablets, Xiaomi Mi Pad 2 is another portable machine packed with Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition and a very common Android 5.1 (Lollipop). According to reports, this device is available in either three different versions. One is pre-loaded with a licensed platform from Microsoft, one treated with the flavor of Android, and a dual-boot version.

Xiomi Mi Pad 2 is not a convertible tablet just like of TBook 10 from Teclast and iWork 10 from Cube. However, it is look like an iPad Mini 2 clone due to its metallic appearances. It has an elegant external design just like of Apple's blockbuster tablet in a high-quality looking case. But of course, do not expect an iOS enabled machine from a Chinese brand! For about $200 to $280, it is a good option for cost-sensitive consumers.

For more about Xiaomi Mi Pad 2, see the following list of specifications:
  • CPU: Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8500 at 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: Available in 16GB and 64GB Models
  • Screen Size: 7.9-Inch with 2048 x 1536-pixel Resolution
  • Display: IPS Tech, Retina, QXGA-Enabled
  • Connectivity: Standard 802.11ac/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Ports: Type-C USB (Micro), Standard 3.5mm headset jack, Mini HDMI
  • Camera: 8-megapixel (rear-facing), 5-megapixel (front-facing), both are treated with autofocus
  • Battery: 6190mAh
  • Others: Available in Either Silver or Pink
Furthermore, Mi Pad 2 is maybe capable of having an external TF card storage, but there is no words for its available supported size. And regardless of operating system, the 64GB model with dual-boot capability comes with a much higher price.

In addition, this tablet has no docking keyboard just like of other convertible models.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cube iWork 10 Flagship 2-in-1 Tablet with Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 CPU

Following the appearances of Teclast TBook 10 from China, Cube iWork 10 Flagship is another convertible two-in-one machine treated with Intel Atom Cherry Trail X5-8300 chip. Guess what, both are also pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 10 Home Edition and Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating systems. A portable machine with dual-boot capability running in quad-core technology.

Cube iWork 10 is another convertible tablet from Chinese market. Compared to the current price of TBook 10, it is slightly lower due to some indifference. According to my own perception, both of these 2-in-1 machines are coming from a single Chinese manufacturer. That is because, both has a common underlying specs.

For more about iWork 10, see the following specs below:
  • CPU: Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 at 1.44GHz (Quad-Core)
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Storage: 64GB (flash) with 128GB external TF card support
  • Screen: 10.1-inch with 1900 x 1200-pixel Resolution, 10-points IPS Touch Screen Tech
  • Connectivity: Standard 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, No Word for Ethernet Port
  • Camera: 2-megapixel (front-facing), 2-megapixel (rear-facing)
  • Color: Deep Blue
  • Ports: Micro USB, Type-C, Micro HDMI, Standard 3.5mm Headset Jack
  • Battery: 7500mAh (for tablet module only)
  • Others: With Type-C Port, Built-in Microphone, and Stereo Speakers
Unlike with TBook 10, iWork is equipped with dual-camera but they are both designed to support a maximum of 128GB of external flash storage. A few difference between these two machines shows a the flagship of a Chinese brands, right?

In addition, just like of TBook 10, the iWork 10 Flagship is also equipped with a docking keyboard.

Teclast TBook 10 Convertible Tablet with Windows 10 and Android 5.1 OS

Teclast got a new line of distinctive product! A two-in-one tablet and a dual-platform machine, the TBook 10. It is a 10.1-inch convertible device treated with quad-core processor and stunning 64GB of flash storage. This model could be integrated with other devices like in smart television and even with a typical Android phone.

The entire package came in two major pieces, the tablet module and an exclusive docking keyboard equipped with its own built-in battery. According to a detailed description of TBook 10, this can extend the battery life of its tablet module due to its capability to pass charges from its own power bank.

See the following list for the underlying specs of TBook 10:
  • CPU: Intel Cherry Trail X5-Z8300 (Quad-Core) at 1.44GHz
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • Storage: 64GB (flash)
  • Graphic Card: Intel HD
  • Screen: 10.1-Inch
  • Resolution: 1900 x 1200 pixels
  • Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Camera: 2-MP (front-facing only in tablet module)
  • Ports: Micro USB (version 2.0), Standard 3.5mm Earphone, Mini HDMI
  • Color: Available in Metallic Gold
  • Others: USB On-the-Go (OTG) Enabled Device, Built-in Stereo Speakers
Furthermore, the tablet module of TBook 10 is powered by 6500mAh battery. That is different from a 3500mAh bank added in the keyboard module. This machine is typically design to work as a stand-alone tablet and touchscreen laptop at the same time. And for about $200, it is also treated with a pre-loaded Microsoft Windows 10 and Android 5.1.

Roundup: MSI GS63 Stealth Pro, End of Nexus 9, PDF Converter, Deep Freeze Enterprise 8.3, and More

After a long year of freezing our content, here comes the new wave of entry from the past few days of blogging. After fixing our feeds and content, a healthy start for this year shows a surprising improvement in search engines. Our standing continue to rise from the scratch and we are glad to test and catch our content appearing in the first or second page of search result.

Let me start this roundup in MSI GS63 Stealth Pro. An upcoming Intel Core i7 and NVidia GeForce GTX-970M powered gaming machine which is about to hit the market few months from now. For the massive rig, user can choose from 8GB (base configuration) to a maximum of 16GB of RAM. And according to reports, it is also expected to hit the upcoming Computex 2016.

On the other side, here comes the end of Google Nexus 9. The Taiwanese manufacturer officially announced their plan to stop the line of the said Android tablet.

In behalf of my own needs to convert PDF files to MS Excel format, I am sharing my own review for Aiseesoft PDF to Excel Converter 3.2. A promising and excellent tool for converting read-only PDF files to MS Office spreadsheets.

Furthermore, if you are thinking of computer restore software, Deep Freeze Enterprise 8.3 is a smart choice. It is said that it is now working well in Microsoft Windows 10 (Professional and Enterprise Edition).

From a Chinese tech blog community, I spotted this upcoming ZTE Axon 7. A 5.5-inch Android phone powered by Snapdragon 820 processor and guess what, a slightly huge storage of 64GB.

Samsung remains a competitive producer of Android smartphones as they bump their very own Galaxy C series in mainland China against the massive Chinese brands.

Because of a new update in Microsoft platform, updating your Windows 10 Pro to Windows 10 Enterprise can now be done without restarting the entire system. They are allowing the user to upgrade from one version into another in a very simple way.

Creating your own bootable USB drive is simple task with Rufus. It is a powerful tool for converting disk images or .iso files to a fully usable flash drive that can be used in installing operating system without a DVD or any optical drives.

Getting tired of the never-ending update notification from your Windows task bar? Here comes the GWX Control Panel. A third-party application for controlling the action of Automatic Updates and other significant functions of your operating system.

HP is not too late to introduce their very own line of laptop and desktop gaming rigs. The company recently announced their very own line of Intel Core i7 powered portable and tower PC to answer the standard requirements of the massive gaming universe. HP introduces their new line of Omen computers which are expected to hit the global market few months from now.

For kids, here comes a new version of Minecraft. A PvP (Player vs Player) enabled version to promote sportsmanship and camaraderie to the massive community of the said blockbuster game. Along with the PvP-enabled version, the education edition of Minecraft is coming.

Microsoft is giving a Snipping Tool like application for free knows as Snip. User can get a copy of the said native app in Windows straight from Mix Officer server without a corresponding cost. Compared to Snipping Tool, the application allows the user to capture screenshots along with the Print Screen key. That includes a more advance environment by combining the capabilities of Snipping and Paint in one app.

And here comes a DC-inspired Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. A "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice" themed Android phone for the Dark Knight fanatics. Last year, the Korean company introduced an Iron Man (from Avengers: Age of Ultron) inspired model for Samsung Galaxy S6 model.

The battle of Sony and Xbox One continue as a game developer from Microsoft revealed a few details about their plan to use VR technology in gaming industry. While having a serious turn for gaming consoles, Sony is giving a 10% discount for Uncharted 4 in European network.

Furthermore, let me introduce a power-efficient Vorke V1. A mini PC packed with Intel Braswell Celeron J3160 CPU paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of SSD storage.

Intel Braswell Celeron J3160 Powered Vorke V1 Mini PC with 4GB of RAM

While taking a look around in an online tech selling website, a black Microsoft Windows 10 loaded mini PC captured by attention. This machine is equipped with Intel Braswell Celeron J3160 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 4GB (DDR3) of RAM, and 64GB of SSD storage. And my first impression, Vorke V1 can offer a good processing power for MS Office application down to resources hungry graphics application (Adobe Photoshop and alike).

Because of Intel Braswell Celeron J3160 technology, I can say that Vorke V1 is a humble power-efficient machine. A low-powered chip that can operate up to 2.6GHz in high-peak phase. It has a 2MB of L2 cache in quad-core technology.

Furthermore, Vorke V1 has a compacted enclosure of 6" x 6" x 1.5" with standard VGA and HDMI ports, USB 2.0 and 3.0 support, standard Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11ac wireless connectivity. Just like of other low-powered mini computers, it has an input rating of 19 volt and 2.1 ampere only. Standard output for speaker and microphone are also available.

For the entire package of Vorke V1, a proper AC power adapter, charging cable, and user manual are also included.

Sony is Giving 10% Discount for Uncharted 4 in European PlayStation Network

Recently, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End earned the top spot of UK's video game chart while having a massive drop on global sales. And now, Sony is giving a 10% discount for European PlayStation Network fanatics. This might be a 5-star PS4 exclusive promo but good enough for anyone who would like to own the month-long game for about 50-pound only.

Sony is giving this special offer to European players but for now, there is no word for the craving North American players.

According to one of Uncharted 4 review, the video game offers a unique experience for players. As a third party shooter, the Counter-Strike inspired map and environment brought up an action-filled experience.

Furthermore, just like of other special prices offered in video games (for Xbox One, PlayStation, and PC), the 10% discount will only run for up to few days or weeks. And as a prospect player, you may think of this as your great and right opportunity for Uncharted 4.

Xbox One's Video Game Developer: They Are Working on a VR Title

This year, Microsoft is expected to showcase their very own title with virtual reality (VR) gaming technology in the upcoming E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) gaming conference in Los Angeles, California. But before that, someone from their very own game developers revealed a few exciting details about the plan. According to report, they are currently working on a title with VR headset support.

In addition, Microsoft previously inked a deal with Oculus, a well-known producer of VR technology. The unknown developer missed to mention a few words about the supported hardware. However, the said title is probably design to work in Oculus Rift or to any available gear from the third-party company. And sad to hear that availability of that VR-enabled title will start by next year.

Maybe, before the 14th of June (as scheduled for the upcoming E3 conference), someone from the video game industry will connect the dot about the awaited plan of Microsoft. Furthermore, someone from video game insiders said that the company is planning to sell a more powerful Xbox One by 2017.

Asking for a Perfect Gift? Think of Samsung's Iron Man Inspired Android Phone

Following the appearances of upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: Injustice Edition in a Chinese website, an old possible perfect gift (as collectors item) version catches my attention. It is no other than Galaxy S6 Iron Man Limited Edition! And my first impression, this might be first ark reactor powered smartphone. But it is no other than typical handsets with a standard battery performance.

For me, it is perfect entry for my wishlist this coming Christmas season. The casing gold and titanium red combination shows a very elegant style inspired by Marvel superhero. However, the newest limited edition line of Galaxy S got a taste of DC's blockbuster film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Of course, the latest Captain America: Civil War film may remind us to ask a new superhero-inspired line of smartphone.

The above 1-minute video shows the old Samsung Galaxy S6 with the same specs (as expected) in stores.

Furthermore, aside from a curvy appearance, the Iron Man inspired model brought up a new ark reactor souvenir (just like Dark Knight edition) and a special Android theme from the movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Unboxing Video of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge DC Inspired Limited Edition

A DC Limited Edition inspired Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is about to hit the mobile phone market of mainland China, Singapore, South Korea, Southern America, and Russia by next month. According to report, the Dark Knight inspired model will come in two variants, one is treated with the signature red of Edge and the other is up in a black gold model.

The unboxing video entitled "Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition" shows the elegant packaging of the black gold version. Because of a Batman logo in front, kids may think of a bat mobile or something good from the superhero collections, right? However, the clip shows a golden metallic boomerang as part of the whole package.

From the 1-minute video, a movie poster of "Batman v Superman" with a tagline "Injustice: God Among Us" appearing in the special edition of Android phone is a possible unique feature not available in other line of Edge. As an iOS phone user, I wish Apple will also produce and follow Samsung for a superhero-inspired handsets in the near future.

Aside from the teasing video, for now, there is no word for the actual price of Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition. That may vary according to consumers geographical location and telecommunication carrier.

In addition, if you are one of those waiting for a new Android phone and a Superman-inspired model, you may group and start send your voice to Samsung!

Friday, May 27, 2016

How to Use Microsoft Snip and the Keyboard Print Screen

The basic routine in copying, cutting, and pasting content in computer needs a simple keyboard tricks. A simple combination of Ctrl + C and Ctrl + P maybe enough for text and images. However, if you are planning to expand the reach of your skills, you can use the built-in tool of every Windows operating system.

At first, Microsoft offers a Snipping Tool for anyone who would like to sneak and copy content in multimedia (for pictures only) format. It is a built-in application accessible through the Accessories shortcut of Windows operating system. User can simply lunch the application and do the basic tasks of copying and pasting content anywhere within the system.

Snipping Tool is just one of those built-in application for the said basic routine in duplicating content. Microsoft offers a free and downloadable "Snip" app that offers a more advanced capabilities. Compared to the native app (the Snipping Tool), Microsoft Snip is an alternative, lightweight, and works along with the keyboard Print Screen.

User can run Microsoft Snip in the background services, stay on top of the entire screen, and way for the Print Screen to trigger its action. A little combination of this app can further enhance the content of the newly captured screen. It is a combination of Snipping Tool and the ever-powerful Paint which allows the user to write, highlights, erase, copy (to computer's memory), and save a captured content.

Microsoft Snip is also equipped with the basic picture-editing features, voice recording to be added on file, and capable of saving its current settings according to the preference set by the active  user.

And before I can forget, this simple but powerful app will work in all Windows platform (in Windows 7, 8, and 10). Furthermore, you can get a free and downloadable copy of this tool in Microsoft Office Mix official download site.

Playing While Learning in Minecraft: Education Edition

Can anyone imagine a classroom filled with interactive video games? Is it effective or creative? Does it give a significant outcome for students? Minecraft: Education Edition is coming to offer a "Playing while Learning" scenes for primary school fanatics. This upcoming version is about to change the players perspective towards the famous video game in some point.

Microsoft officially announced the availability of the said educational version of Minecraft in April. That is to turn handful of school reading materials to become effective in different and interactive ways. And to help global players in absorbing knowledge while on their own way of learning. Keeping up with the upcoming version can help anyone in Minecraft universe to experience the one-of-a-kind scenes.

However, for now, there is no word for any available educational maps. But according to reliable sources, Minecraft: Education Edition is up with Windows and Macintosh OS X support. Both the PvP edition along with the said knowledge-base version will become available by the month of June 2016.

Player vs Player (PvP) Edition of Minecraft is Coming!

Microsoft along with 4J Studios officially announced the most exciting twists for the blockbuster video game. Minecraft: Console Edition is up this June with a new exciting player vs player (PvP) enabled feature. Multiple players can now enjoy the battle in a randomly selected scenes that supports a maximum of four simultaneous users.

In using Xbox Live as the network hosting platform, the game offers a maximum of eight players to offer a more exciting battle scenario. A special map is also available for PvP users with another corresponding fees. The good thing is, the game offers a multiplayer environment to promote sportsmanship and another level of excitement.

Furthermore, the upcoming update will support a dual-screen mode and simultaneous background music can be experienced by active players. And guess what, all changes on Minecraft will be given for free to all platform.

HP Introduces Omen Line of Gaming Laptop and Desktop PC

The universe of PC gamers is about to rocked by HP's new and powerful gaming rigs, the Omen laptop and desktop line. A new line of gaming industry standard to answer the needs of the craving players around the globe. According to reports, the said upcoming models are expected to hit the market few months from now.

HP's Omen line of laptops are available in 15-inch (notebook) and 17-inch models, both are equipped with full high-definition (HD) and 4K display technology. Other specs includes a stunning new generation of Intel Core i7 CPU paired with 8GB of RAM (for base model), 1TB of hard drive (HDD), and 128GB of SSD storage.

The 15-inch model is also equipped with 4GB of dedicated memory within the NVidia GTX960M GPU. An excellent pair for any resources-demanding video games, right?

In addition, user can choose to upgrade the base model with 8GB of memory to 16GB, 1TB of storage to 2TB and option for NVidia GTX965M graphics (with the same 4GB of memory). And for 17-inch model, base specs starts with 12GB of RAM, 1TB of HDD, and 128GB of SDD storage.

For HP's Omen desktop line, it is an upgraded version of Envy Phoenix. It is also equipped with Intel Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, 3TB of HDD, and 512GB of SSD storage treated with NVidia GTX1080 GPU. The portable and desktop models are both loaded with Microsoft Windows 8.1 (no words for Windows 10).

These portable and powerful machines are also built to support VR systems such as Oculus Rift as well with HTC's Vive. Furthermore, availability of the said portable gaming rigs will start on July 10, 2016 in Best Buy and HP's official online store. Prices will vary according to costumer's selected specifications. And the desktop (tower PC) line is up on the following month.

On the other side, MSI is about to showcase their very own GS63 Stealth Pro in Computex 2016, a high-performance portable machine with slightly similar specs to Omen 15-inch machine.

Microsoft Windows 10 Notifications and GWX Control Panel

You may ask on how to stop or block the never-ending notifications of Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 for another update. In some point, it is already bugging you for another changes in your platform, right? I am not telling you to stop the significant updates for the security and hot fixes of your operating system, but for other reason, you may choose to disable the update notification.

Think of GWX Control Panel, a third party application that can help you with the said notification problem. GWX stands for "Get Windows 10," a tricky name coming from those folks who are responsible behind the entire app. A popular software for geeks who are willing to sacrifice the time-to-time privileges offered by Microsoft for the licensed Windows users.

GWX Control Panel in Windows 10

GWX Control Panel is equipped with several functions to stop, hide, or disable the pop-up notifications of Windows 10. Through the said blockbuster software, you can block all the automatic updates without a user intervention and preventing the future re-appearances.

Furthermore, upon installing GWX Control Panel in Windows 10, while running, it is accessible through the system tray just like of other background applications (running as background services). And remember, GWX is a free and downloadable app (not included in any OS original installation) for anyone who would like to embrace the functions of the said updates blocking software.

Note: You can also disable the automatic updates of Windows through its own Control Panel (for a wiser and simple steps). However, pairing your Windows 10 with GWX is a different story.

How to Create a Bootable Flash Drive in Few Easy Steps

New portable computers are always equipped with USB ports but expect the absence of DVD or optical drives. Some users choose to buy a separate external device for reading optical disks and alike. Stores are selling laptop computers loaded with either Microsoft Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. However, as a power user who would like to go beyond the features of the said pre-installed platform, we might asks for a major changes to the whole system.

Aside from Microsoft, we have a lot of options to choose for the type of operating systems. Ubuntu, Fedora, and UNIX-like (Linux) platforms are also available for download without a corresponding cost (in other words, for free). And if you are planning to embrace one of these free operating systems, you can start to think of a possible tool to convert your installation package (from DVD) to a laptop supported drive.

OS Installer Bootable Flash Drive

Most of free operating systems can be downloaded from its respective official website in either image or .iso format. The good thing about it, you can directly convert that file to a bootable (USB readable) flash drive. For few and easy steps on how to do it, see the following:

Step 1. Get a copy of your free operating system from any reliable source (be careful with your source, it must be from the official download website of your chosen platform).

Step 2. Check the file format of the entire package (if it comes as image or .iso format, you don't have to worry for converting that file to other form).

Step 3. Get a copy of Rufus (the author suggested tool for creating bootable USB drives) or any reliable bootable drive creating software (if possible, get a licensed and fully functional copy).

Step 4. In your computer (if possible, with Windows 7 OS) used for creating the bootable drive, insert your flash drive (storage sizes will vary according to the actual size of your installation package). Reminder: You may choose to use drive with a storage capacity of about 4GB to 8GB for DVD-size installer.

Step 5. Run your application for creating the bootable USB drives and take a look around for some necessary option or action on how to browse (the image or .iso file), format (setting the drive file system), or adding of important details (the label of your bootable device) to your drive. And there you go!

Note: The speed in creating your drive depends in your computer's memory (RAM) size and processing capabilities. You can also use the remaining free space of your new drive for storing other files.

The above steps are also applicable in most of Microsoft Windows installation package. In my own way of doing the above simple steps, Rufus (must be in the latest version) is one of the promising applications you can use in converting image or iso files to a fully functional bootable USB drive.

Furthermore, if your installation package is in DVD disk, you can also use an image maker software such us the Power ISO or other type of application with the same functionalities.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Update Microsoft Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise in Easy Way

Recently, Microsoft is giving a handful of significant features for Windows Insider Program participants. Build 14352 brought out a lot of surprising changes in Cortana (personal digital assistant app) as well in Windows Ink. However, some of the new wave of updates are still available in English, but it is also expected in the other languages few more days from its official release.

According to a Microsoft-bound report, along with the said beneficial changes, the updated version of Windows will allow anyone to upgrade from Windows 10 Pro (Professional) to Windows 10 Enterprise (in a very simple and easy way) without restarting the entire system. That will ask the user to enter a valid licensed or product key along with only few on-screen instruction and simple steps.

Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise Upgrade

The enterprise version of Windows offers a wide variety of functions. Compared to professional setting and environment, user can now extend the reach of the new platform to a server-like environment. That includes support for a complete installation of Microsoft Visual Studio .Net programming tool, IIS (for Web server), and more.

Unlike with the previous version of Windows (either in 7 or 8), the upgrading routine is slightly different. Furthermore, user can choose to obtain a licensed copy of Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise on a separate disk (usually, from DVD package), launch the installation disk, and wait for the complete changes to take effect.

Update: Due to unknown technical problem with my Microsoft Windows 10 package, I prefer to wait for another build before the upgrade. It means, the above steps will only take effect from the most updated version of professional edition.

Samsung Galaxy C5 and C7 Debuted in Mainland China

Again, the Korean smartphone giant is bumping a low-cost 5.2-inch Samsung Galaxy C series in the Chinese market. A good strategy for the mainland manufacturers to keep an eye on the newest line of Android phone that may capture the tastes of their own people. According to reliable sources, the C5 and C7 are specifically design to start a new Android phone revolution.

Prices of Samsung Galaxy C series in Chinese market starts at about $340 and less than $400. All models are equipped with 4GB of RAM with varying flash storage sizes from 32GB (for standard 5.2-inch C5 model) to to a maximum of 64GB. The cost of 5.7-inch C7 with the same memory and storage capabilities are slightly higher compared to its smaller version.

Samsung Galaxy C Series Smartphone in China

Furthermore, these Samsung Galaxy C series are also packed with a promising battery charging capabilities. Just like of other new Android smartphones from Korean manufacturer, both are expected to have a fast-charging features and battery efficiency.

The said models are also equipped with Snapdragon 617 CPU and screen resolution support in up to 1080-pixel (in Super AMOLED display).

ZTE Introduces Axon 7 5.5-Inch Android Phone with 4GB of RAM

Straight from mainland China, the local telecommunication giant introduces a new line of Axon equipped with Snapdragon 820 CPU. It is paired with 4GB of memory and the tempting 64GB of flash storage. A 5.5-inch handheld device with 2K Super AMOLED QC 3.0 support and a combination of 20MP (main) and 8MP (front-facing) cameras.

ZTE introduces Axon 7 with several changes from pioneering models. Aside from a single flash-enabled main camera and some underlying specs, the overall style is completely different. Compared to the older line models, ZTE is redefining this Android phone with the taste of a more advance outside appearances.

ZTE Axon 7 5.5-Inch Android Phone

According to a Chinese website, ZTE Axon 7 is available in three different models. To start in low-end line (for the standard 64GB of storage) with a price tag of about $400 to a high-end version (with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage) for more than $500.

Availability of the said Android smartphone will start on mainland China to be followed by American and European markets as noted by the official statement of ZTE.

Deep Freeze Enterprise 8.3 Supports in Microsoft Windows 10

Deep Freeze is a prominent computer restore software from Faronics. It is known as powerful tool to overcome most of malicious scripts and viruses. The pioneering versions are proven and tested as effective application for keeping us safe from different possible threats. And for the past years, the said application evolved to answer the never-ending problem in computer technology.

Faronics, the company behind the early and ongoing development of Deep Freeze officially announced the availability of a fully-released version with Microsoft Windows 10 operating system support. This update is also available for existing installation in Windows 8.1 and earlier computing platform. According to official statements, a handful of bugs in older version are completely fixed.

The following are several hot fixes added in Deep Freeze Enterprise 8.32.220:
  • Problem in Maintenance Mode
  • Problem in Microsoft Windows Updates
  • Problem in Workstation Task
  • Problem with Deep Freeze Console Crash
  • Problem in Windows 10 Support for Deep Freeze Console
  • Problem in Validation of Licensed Key
  • Problem in Command Line Utility
  • Problem in Console and Active Directory
  • Problem in Cloud-based Update
Expect a several upcoming updates for other unknown problems of Deep Freeze Enterprise in Windows 10. As an active user of this computer restore software, you can read and catch the entire changes through the company's official online library.

Aiseesoft PDF to Microsoft Excel Converter 3.2 User Review

Consider this as an odd post in a technology and gadgets blog. However, a licensed copy of Aiseesoft PDF to Excel Converter 3.2 in my computer reminds me of a possible review that can help anyone on the line. It is a fully running application with several beta version, a powerful tool used to convert any read-only PDF files to Microsoft spreadsheet format.

It is a simple, light-weight, and powerful application for anyone who needs this type of software. An ultimate version of the said PDF converter is also available for a different cost. In my own version, it is already enough to convert few to thousand pages of documents. User can choose a range from the minimum of one to the maximum number of pages or it is also possible for Aiseesoft to convert the rest of document (for all pages) at once.

In terms of speed, Aiseesoft PDF to Excel Converter is capable of converting files in a short period of time in a powerful desktop computer. Specification is not a necessary requirements in installing this software. An Intel or AMD powered machine with 1GB to 2GB of RAM and few hard disk storage space is already capable of converting 1000 pages in 5 to 10 minutes.

Adding of multiple PDF files at once is also possible. User can also rename the existing document to the physical drive within the application.

For file output, expect a fully refined MS Excel format (with .xlsx extension). A percentage of error could possibly rise while in conversion process. This might be a common problem for a PDF converter dealing with sophisticated unknown file structure. In my own experience, sometimes, output for lines and cells are in undesirable location but everything goes fine with the operation.

The interface (graphical user interface) of Aiseesoft allows the user to navigate the to be converted PDF document by jumping from one page into another at no time. Aside from that, user can also choose to rename or remove a particular page from the current document.

As a conclusion for my own review and experience of Aiseesoft PDF to Excel Converter 3.2, it is a promising application that can solve our problem to turn read-only documents to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and even 2013 formats. And before I can forget, a PDF to Word converter (available in ultimate version) is also available in a different package.

Google Nexus 9 Tablet is Now Out of Manufacturing Line

HTC in Taiwan officially confirmed the end of Nexus 9 tablet according to CNet. The company stopped manufacturing the line of the said Android device but some models are still available for sale. As I can remember, this model started to appear in Google Play store way back in October of 2014. And now, you need to say goodbye to the closest competitor of iPad within the range of $300 to $400 tablets.

Compared to Google Nexus 7 from Asus line of products and Nexus 10, this might be the one of those competitive tablets that hit the market and captured the tastes of Android users. Maybe, they are currently working for a new line of Nexus 9 with different name from other Chinese manufacturing company.

However, as a Nexus 9 user, you can continue to enjoy your gadget with the same privileges given by Google and the Android market. You have nothing to worry about the promising features and specifications of your own model. That may be considered as obsolete, but try to think of the memories with your portable buddy.

MSI GS63 Stealth Pro with Intel Core i7 6700HQ Gaming Laptop

While taking a look around in a Taiwanese website to catch a handful of prospected gadgets in the upcoming Computex 2016, an Intel Core i7 6700HQ powered machine poke my attention. MSI GS63 Stealth Pro is one of those powerful machines which is about to capture the heart of PC players in video game industry.

It is equipped with NVidia GeForce GTX-970M GPU and a promising 8GB to 16GB of RAM. This might be a compacted gaming rig but it can be inline to some desktop PC performance in terms of specification and underlying capabilities.

Aside from Intel Core i7 CPU and GTX-970M graphic card, MSI GS63 is powered by sophisticated but effective cooling system. Other specs includes the common and typical parts of an ultra-portable machine. However, if you are planning to own this model in the near future, try to think of its battery capacity.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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