Windows XP Support Has Ended, Now What’s Next?

Microsoft has said Goodbye to Windows XP. This means the support for Windows XP has come to end from now onwards.

Microsoft Windows XP  wordmark official                   (Photo Credits :Wikipedia)

Microsoft Windows XP wordmark official (Photo Credits :Wikipedia)     

 

Microsoft provided support to Windows XP from past 12 years. But the time has come now to make necessary updates on the OS (Operating System) itself so that Microsoft will able to root in recent technologies to give great new experiences to its users.

Despite Microsoft’s best effort to convince the users to upgrade to a latest version of Windows, there are still millions of them who are using Windows XP.

What’s the next step for those users now?

So, if you are among one of them, who are still using Windows XP, the big question is what’s next after the support has ended?

There are bunch of articles available on net warning about the security in using Windows XP, incoming hacker storm, but how genuine is the scenario?

Well, I have tried to enlist some points that will be useful to keep your Windows XP computer stay protected.

Download the latest update of Windows XP

 

Microsoft Windows Update
Microsoft Windows Update

When it is said that XP support ends in April, it means that Microsoft will no longer be circulating any kind of security updates for this OS. So, it’s a good deal to download the latest security updates NOW!

Set Up your Anti-Virus

You need to have proper security software installed in your PC/Laptop to stop faults in Windows XP being overworked. You need to choose a proper Anti-virus tool, as your current security is might be on risk.

FYI: Microsoft has agreed to provide Anti-Malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.

However, Microsoft Security Essentials is free, but there are many other options available in market too including suites from Kaspersky and others.

Switch Browsers

The web browser is the only place where most of the users end up getting infected with a virus or malware

Well, if you are using Internet Explorer under Windows XP, it’s high time now to stop using it as Windows XP ONLY supports Internet Explorer 9.

Instead, move on to Firefox or Chrome. Both the browsers have up-to-date versions of Windows XP and even Mozilla and Google are bound to support XP for at least one more year.

Take data backups and migrate to new Windows destination

If you are using Windows XP since long, moving away can be hard. But there are services available that made it easier than ever before.

Microsoft had teamed up with Laplink to allow users to easily migrate their data.

The PCmover Express app from Laplink is free and will move over personal files, user profiles and settings to Windows 7 or any latest windows version 8 or 8.1

They say the free data transfer will not be able to move your apps.

Change is inevitable, but essential too

It’s very hard for some users to move away from Windows XP though the system is still in running phase. But time never stops for anyone, we have to move on and on for our better future.

As long as security software’s, drivers and other apps have Windows XP updates for them, the OS can be used securely and dependably.

At some point you will discover that the hardware and software does not support the OS, thus, moving on from Windows XP to its latest version would be a good deal.

http://mashable.com/2014/04/08/windows-xp-upgrade-or-switch/

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/software/1304965/when-windows-xp-support-ends-this-is-how-you-secure-your-pc-and-save-all-updates

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows/end-support-help

http://indianexpress.com/article/technology/technology-others/windows-xp-end-of-support-today/2/

Gmail Celebrates Its 10th Birthday Introducing Some New Features

Happy Birthday Gmail!

Happy Birthday Gmail!

On 1st April 2014, Gmail: The groundbreaking platform of Google celebrates its 10th birthday along with introducing new features Email Snoozing and Email Pinning.

1st April is widely celebrated as April Fool’s day all over the world, but on this very day 10 years ago, Google made debut of its email-service that offered massive amount of storage and numbers of innovative features.

gmail

From the beginning, Google has set itself unique. Being search company at the time and a little more, Search was one of the core features of Gmail.

Era of seemingly limitless cloud storage

Right from the start, Google never missed any opportunity to prove its uniqueness. Gmail effectively dominated the mail platforms like Hotmail, AOL and Yahoo because of its ability of massive storage space per account, threaded conversation views, ability to, 1GB of storage space per account, mail attachments up to 25MB in size and effective spam filtering.

More about the Email service

The email service was built in JavaScript known as Ajax, that allowed messages in inbox to appear without refreshing the entire page. Gmail first time used Ajax, though it had been there at that time but not that much popular in the mainstream.

Google took three years to made the service available for the users and was finally roll out on Valentine’s day in February 2007.

Gmail’s new feature updates

Email is one of those things that is used on regular basis otherwise completely ignored until you want to use it.

Now as Google has completed 10 years, it is exploring new, innovative ways to make email user-friendly and something that people actually want to use it.

On the list is more tabs, a new pin system and the power to temporarily quiet an email notification.

When an email hits in your inbox, you either read it or skip the reading. By the time, the email has dropped down to the bottom of your inbox, ohh!

When  mailbox was launched (its now owned by Dropbox) in January 2013, their solution was “Snooze” aka the ability to snooze an email to have it on the top as read until the timer goes off. Then it will float at the top of your inbox until it is unread.

This was an exciting feature and now Google is testing some new features for Gmail in which Snooze is also included.

Email Pinning is another great feature on the list. In plain English language, email pinning means to force an email to stick at the top of your inbox until you decide to unpin it.

Gmail's new Pin Icon Feature

Gmail’s new Pin Icon Feature

They say, if “Snoozing” is like hitting the snooze button on your alarm, then “Pinning” is like letting the alarm beep until you get out of the bed.

These two features will eventually allow you to make frequent responses on your important emails.

It is actually not the concluding version of Gmail, these features are still in their beta version and these shots are the result of Google trying out new features to see what and how it will work until they are made publically available.

The search giant’s main goal with each of these features is to give flawless service to its client and something that you can better  organize and manipulate to serve its customers needs.

Hope we would enjoy these services in coming future. Best wishes to Google team!

Via:

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/02/gmail-snooze/

http://www.geek.com/android/google-is-testing-an-army-of-new-features-for-gmail-1589767/

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/1/5570694/gmail-10-years-old-today

http://www.techspot.com/news/56221-happy-birthday-gmail-turns-10-years-old-today.html

 

 

Yahoo’s New Weather App for iPhone users with Flickr Integration

Yahoo just had come out with the beautiful weather app for all the iPhone users that is easy to use and filled with useful information with NO clunky look :)

Checking the weather forecast is daily routine work for everyone. For most of us, knowing the current weather conditions of the place we have travelled or of our dream destination is the moment of anticipation or could even be a topic of discussion with strangers. aren’t you constantly checking the weather conditions on your cell phone or is it just me?

Ever wonder what could be the current weather of New York City? Is it a cloudy day or sunny day?

Well, Yahoo just released an independently operating weather app for iPhone users.  Yahoo! Weather for iPhone, that uses location and specific images to show the current weather conditions you want to know around the world at any given time from your Smartphone.

Yahoo with integration with the Flickr community have brought together the beautiful images to show the current weather conditions and all the detail forecast you want to know about your city.

Surprising things to know about the Yahoo weather app

An California based company, created a new weather app that will provide current temperature and forecasts on top of the slideshows featuring the pictures of landmarks or other local sceneries in the cities that are chosen by the user.

Yahoo weather app 

The initial screen will look simple and nice. It will show all the basic things like, the current temperature, the days highs and lows, the local time of that city and a short description of the current weather condition of the city you are searching for.

The pictures are derived from Flickr’s “Project Weather” community on the site powered by Yahoo but will operate separately from iPhone’s built in weather app. The app doesn’t promote Yahoo’s brand in the app panel.

FYI: The Flickr group is already in existence and is open for anyone to submit photos. The photos are selected by staff members so that you won’t wind up with any surprises!

If the app doesn’t find any suitable photo of exact city you are looking for, it will pull up the nearby major landmark and will update the weather forecast you are looking for.

For the places where no photos are submitted, Yahoo shows a generic weather based photo. For example, a cloudy day will be represented by a photo of clouds in the sky.

The images get changed on weather conditions and the time of the day, thus you wont be seeing the same picture late at night that you checked in the morning.

Yahoo weather app 

The weather data is presented very neatly, but the amazing thing here is the design of the app itself. it’s like a million impressive thing with the changing of background images when you dive into more details.

The app also features rich in terms of content. A five day weather forecast, a radar showing a high level overview of conditions and the wind pressure information as well as the timings of sunset and sunrise for that city/area is also shown.

The Yahoo Weather App is indeed a very useful and informative app for the geeks who want a quick overlook of the weather conditions of any city around the globe.

Yahoo Weather for iPhone is now available at Apple’s App Store.

Related:

http://mashable.com/2013/04/18/yahoo-weather/

http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/18/yahoos-surprisingly-gorgeous-new-ios-weather-app-centers-around-crowdsourced-photos/

The Future Upcoming devices may come with Flexible Displays

At first glance: The next generation devices probably may hit the grounds with unbreakable, flexible phone screens.

The Technology Industry so far has surpassed the lifestyle of common people by inventing revolutionary tech gadgets such as wearable tech coats, Google Glasses and is now a step towards a bigger revolution in screens and displays those that can be bent, folded and stretched up :)

The future devices may appear very different in looks with screens that can be rolled out and even get stretched in terms of toady’s heavy, bulky and breakable glass displays.

Well, that could be a cool surprise for all the tech lovers around the globe!

A Reveal of Flexible OLED Phone by Samsung Electronics

Samsung Flexible display screen

Samsung, The Korean Electronics Company has shown off a revolutionary ‘bending’ phone that could be virtually unbreakable.

According to the sources, the screen is expected to tie up with Samsung gadgets which ran with Microsoft phone software, though were only prototypes.

The screen doesn’t appear to be flexible enough but could be bend into a tube. These types of screen uses the OLED technology.

 More about OLED Display for newbie’s

OLED Displays

OLED is a brand new technology using which the light-emitting organic materials, beautiful and efficient displays can be produced. OLED’s are very thin and they can be put on flexible materials like plastic or metal foil etc, thus making them possible to bend. As these displays are not covered with glass, thus they are more durable and virtually splinterproof.

These displays are not used in market still, but Samsung and LG displays seems to be closest to explore this new technology in their upcoming new models.

FYI: The OLED chemicals are extremely sensitive to oxygen, thus they need to completely covered off from air.

Coming on the topic, Samsung used this technology in many of their phones already though with glass screens but for the bendable phone, Samsung placed the chemicals over thin plastic instead of glass.

They say, “ the concept of the flexible screen has been around for some time, but it finally looks as if Samsung is really going to deliver on that technology”.

Rumors are in the air singing that Samsung may use this OLED display technology in its upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Wow!

There is a gradual change in the technology world and we as the users should welcome each and every change. You have something, a material, and you are looking for an application, That’s the Game!

Via,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2260254/The-unbreakable-mobile-phone-Samsung-shows-radical-paper-flexible-screen.html

How to Convert Android Phones into a ‘Facebook Phone’?

Facebook announces a new app Facebook Home, that allows its users to experience Facebook features on their Android phones, Go social with Facebook HOME!

Facebook is taking over the Android OS( Operating System),  sounds interesting!

But what do that mean exactly?

Mark Zuckerberg, the maker of the world’s largest free online social network Facebook, had step up ahead of this modern communication media and launched an app aka  Facebook Home allowing its users a tone-setting home screen that will make android phone more personal than ever.

The Facebook CEO quoted “Instead of our phones being designed around apps … we can flip that around and design our phones around people first,”

More facts about Facebook Home App

Facebook Home

Facebook Home app turns out to be the modern way of connection over Facebook using mobiles or tablets. It is similar to Android launcher apps as it changes the home screen of the device as well as the way of accessing of the app.

Home app when installed presents the latest Facebook updates from your friends on the home screen of your mobile phone. Also it permits users to update their Facebook status directly from the home screen.

In today’s scenario, apps are rather more important. We spend almost the day messaging and communicating over phones.  Messaging is treated like an another essential app. Switching between apps causes irritation, we want to talk to people and not with the apps.

Facebook Home

Thus, not to get in more annoyance, Home app brings a Facebook Chat Heads feature when a friend messages you. Also it pops up a person’s face and tapping on their face you can start a conversation without loosing any context of what you are doing behind the app.

FYI: Chat Heads means you don’t have to leave the current work you are doing. It just allows the communication to flow and also allows to let you tap between multiple messages threads.

The new Home App is extremely visual and features wall-to-wall images with covered text like news feed, timeline and other recently designed Facebook experience.

To get Facebook Home now, just open up the Facebook Messenger on your Android phones that will prompt you to download the app.

You can also download Home app from Android Play as well as now Facebook Home available for download on Google Play for a limited selection of Android devices like HTC One X, HTC One X+, Samsung Galaxy SIII and Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Are Facebook and Google Rivals or Friends?

Now that could really a tricky question to answer…

Well, This is of course not the first time that Facebook has focused a huge amount of attention, time and its valuable efforts on Android. Rather, the social network has put it engineering long back behind the Android code and even offer the King of search engine, Google an OS saving hookup in its hour of need.

As far as I know, Facebook and Google began to compete each others more on a social ground. Actually their relationship is bit more dependent when it comes to Android.

A Facebook Engineer quoted” We are a very significant app to them and they are a very significant platform for us”.

Well, we can assume that being in good relationship with one another Facebook and Google could reach at great new heights. Wishes!