Archive for the ‘Windows 8’ Category

Want to find out which program or app is using the Internet from your Windows PC? While you can configure your firewall to block or allow incoming and outgoing connections for certain applications, keeping an eye out on applications can often be needed. This can be done via internal and even external tools.

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Windows 10 is all the rage these days. For those who are excited about Windows 10’s aesthetics, a Windows 10 Transformation UX Theme Pack has been released and shall dress your Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 in all the makeup required to walk the Windows 10 ramp.

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It took quite a while for VideoLan to bring forth a Metro-fied version of its famed VLC media player app for Windows 8, but despite the lengthy delay, it was definitely worth the wait. Late on last year, Microsoft went ahead and pushed Windows 8.1, a reasonably tweaked and improved version of the original Windows 8, and although it has once again taken a while, VLC for Windows 8.1 is now upon us. Full details, as well the all-important download link, can be seen after the break.

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Alienware, the American computer hardware outfit owned by Dell Inc., has announced that its first Steam Machine will be available for the public to get its hands on in November. The Alienware Alpha looks likely to be the first commercially available Steam Machine when it launches, but rather than being built on top of Valve’s SteamOS, the Alpha hardware will be reliant on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 operating system. The curiosities doesn’t stop there either as Alienware looks to penetrate the PC gaming market with a Steam Machine that is likely to differ vastly from the initial crop that hit the market.

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Microsoft’s Windows update schedule has been much more frequent over the past few years, with the software giant looking to maintain a solid experience for users while the plans for significant feature implementations are made. Today, as a part of a move to bring monthly house-keeping improvements, the ‘August Update’ for Windows 8.1 has been rolled out. Naturally, the tweaks are relatively minor, and below, we’ll run through everything that Microsoft has bundled into this release.

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Quite how well Microsoft’s third attempt at the Surface is doing still remains a bit of a mystery, but with the Surface Pro 3 it’s believed that the company may actually be onto something this time around. Already available in the United States, Canada and Japan, Microsoft is set to bring its latest tablet to a further 25 markets at the end of this month, making it available to pre-order right now.

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 release has been held in much higher regard than the preceding Windows 8, largely due to the fact that it plays more nicely with those rocking a more traditional keyboard-and-mouse rig. Despite the reservations that some users have in relation to functionality and ease-of-use, though, the user interface has seldom offended, and today, the software giant has added 11 new themes to its flagship OS.

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Following the BUILD developers conference a few months back, Microsoft subsequently rolled out the minor-yet-eagerly-awaited Windows 8.1 Update 1. Therein, we found quite a few tweaks and performance enhancements as a part of the software giant’s mission to appease those running traditional PC rigs, and according to a new report, Update 2 is almost ready, and will arrive in three weeks’ time.

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It was revealed at Microsoft’s BUILD developers conference earlier this year that the traditional Start menu would be making a re-appearance at some point in the near feature, and although Microsoft stopped short of offering specific details, a new leak gives as an insight into what we can expect of this feature once reinstated.

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Apple finally unveiled OS X 10.10 Yosemite earlier on this week at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech, and although we knew the UI would be overhauled in-keeping with the look of iOS 7, it was nice to check out the upcoming software in all of its glory. If you’re on a Mac, there’s a good chance you’ve already grabbed the Developer Preview for a first-hand look at what’s new, but if you’re on Windows, things are a great deal trickier. There are numerous ways to install OS X on a PC, of course, but if you’re merely a fan of the aesthetics, then you might want to check the just-released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Transformation Pack for Windows 7/8.x.

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The blogs and various social media channels have been speculating for quite some time about what Microsoft’s special Surface event in New York City would reveal this morning, and now, we finally have the details. The Surface Pro 3 is its name, and Microsoft is touting its thinner, faster and more powerful slate as the “tablet that can replace your laptop.” For a full run-through of the hardware, display and accessories, join us after the fold!

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We’ve given away device accessories, iPhones and even granted our readers early access to the fantastic Titanfall Xbox One / PC beta that graced the gaming world before its official launch. Today we area back with yet another giveaway, this time for Windows 8 Pro license.

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