It looks like Metro apps on the desktop will happen before Windows 9 arrives. Microsoft’s first big update to Windows 8.1may let you do it when it arrives this spring.

More leaked images have been shared by WZor, and they offer a closer look at some of the key changes Microsoft is working on for Windows 8.1 Update 1.

The first clue we got that Metro apps were heading to the desktop was that they could be pinned to the taskbar in an earlier leaked build. In WZor’s latest images, you can see that Metro apps are finally getting a title bar. Microsoft’s done it well, too, integrating the new controls in a way that doesn’t take away much screen space (20 vertical pixels or less) from Metro apps. So while Metro apps on the desktop seem all but certain, there’s still plenty of mystery surrounding the Start Screen.

WZor claims that Windows 8.1 Update 1 boots directly to the desktop. Other who’ve gotten their hands on the leaked build say that’s not always the case. Now, this is a work in progress. It’s possible that boot-to-desktop was enabled by default merely to test something in the update. It’s also possible that Windows was picking up a user preference from synchronized user data or a previous install.

t’s not likely that Microsoft would make skipping the Start Screen the default for all Windows 8.1 users. The tiled interface is a fixture on all their platforms — Windows, Xbox, Windows Phone, and even Windows Server. It’s too early to pull the pin on it.

Many Windows Vista users hated the new Start Menu it brought, yet praised the Windows 7 version — which wasn’t really all that different. The Start Screen needs more time, too, and Microsoft won’t give up on it just yet.

There may be another option, though. During the first run wizard, why not present users with a choice: do you want to see the Start Screen first or head straight to the desktop? Give users some reasons they might way to choose either option, and then let them pick. Just don’t be sneaky and hide it in the express settings, OK?

Wish you could see what Android’s all about or to test a particular feature without having to shell out for yet another device? There are plenty of good, free ways to emulate Android on the PCs you already own!

Genymotion is a hardware-accelerated Android emulator that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. It’s designed to let you play with Android on top-selling devices, which makes it a good choice for developers. That said, if you’re looking for a full-screen solution, Genymotion isn’t for you.

The free Android x86 project is an even better option. Generic .ISO files are offered, as are a handful of images that have been customised to support specific x86 laptops and tablets. If you don’t have spare hardware laying around to install on, don’t fret. The generic .ISO works nicely inside VirtualBox (also a free download) and you can run Android x-86 as a live CD — no need to do a full install just to play around with it. Androidx-86 even includes access to Google Play.

Windroy is a lot like Android-x86, but you don’t have to bother with a setting up VirtualBox and a virtual machine. Just download the .EXE and install it. Launch the app, and you’ll “boot” into a full-screen Android experience. Access to the Play Store isn’t part of the package, but installing the Amazon Appstore is easy enough to do.

Windows and Mac users who just want to be able to use Android apps — and not the whole OS — can download and installBlueStacks. The BlueStacks runtime allows you to run just about any Android app inside Windows or OS X just like native apps.

Bluestacks also offers Cloud Connect in the Play Store, and it lets you automatically sync apps from your phone back to your PC.

 

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Wish you could see what Android’s all about or to test a particular feature without having to shell out for yet another device? There are plenty of good, free ways to emulate Android on the PCs you already own!

Genymotion is a hardware-accelerated Android emulator that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs. It’s designed to let you play with Android on top-selling devices, which makes it a good choice for developers. That said, if you’re looking for a full-screen solution, Genymotion isn’t for you.

The free Android x86 project is an even better option. Generic .ISO files are offered, as are a handful of images that have been customised to support specific x86 laptops and tablets. If you don’t have spare hardware laying around to install on, don’t fret. The generic .ISO works nicely inside VirtualBox (also a free download) and you can run Android x-86 as a live CD — no need to do a full install just to play around with it. Androidx-86 even includes access to Google Play.

Windroy is a lot like Android-x86, but you don’t have to bother with a setting up VirtualBox and a virtual machine. Just download the .EXE and install it. Launch the app, and you’ll “boot” into a full-screen Android experience. Access to the Play Store isn’t part of the package, but installing the Amazon Appstore is easy enough to do.

Windows and Mac users who just want to be able to use Android apps — and not the whole OS — can download and installBlueStacks. The BlueStacks runtime allows you to run just about any Android app inside Windows or OS X just like native apps.

Bluestacks also offers Cloud Connect in the Play Store, and it lets you automatically sync apps from your phone back to your PC.

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The downside with BlueStacks is that it’s free for now. They’ve actively been seeking out OEMs (like Asus and Lenovo) that want to partner up, so it’s very likely that it eventually become payware like the “free” antivirus bloat Windows PC buyers have grown accustomed to over the years.There’s also the official Android SDK, which you can download from Google. It’s obviously intended for developer use, but there is an emulator included that lets you try Android out on your PC. Its performance isn’t on par with Android-x86 and Windroy, either.

And then if emulation really isn’t your thing, you can always buy a cheap HDMI dongle or a phone or tablet off of a site like Geekbuying or Pandawill. The budget-priced Rockchip and MediaTek devices vendors are selling out of China actually perform quite well.

Know another way to experiment with Android? Share it in the comments!

It’s been well-documented that Sony’s PS4 has thoroughly beatenMicrosoft’s Xbox One in sales since both consoles released back in November. The Xbox One isn’t floundering by any means, though, but the perception and fact that it’s in second place will only hurt the console in the long run, especially with the PS4′s looming release in its home market of Japan on February 22 poised to significantly grow the gap between the two consoles. The one strategy Microsoft can employ to mitigate some of Sony’s impending sales explosion is to change the Xbox One’s price to one that can compete with the PS4. A new report claims that Microsoft will indeed employ this strategy, and cut the price of the Xbox One to compete with the PS4, which is currently priced at $399.

A generation or two ago, this significant of a price cut within one year of a new console’s release would mostly be unprecedented, but Nintendo employed the strategy with both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U after facing financial disaster. While news of the price cut is from a “well-respected source,” Microsoft has faced a number of leaks this week, from a white Xbox One to a model that comes equipped with a 1TB hard drive. While anything coming from the omniscient and omnipresent Anonymous Sources should be taken with a shipping crate full of shakers of salt, Microsoft is reportedly looking to take legal action upon the leaker of the news, which does add an air of legitimacy to the details.

While the other tidbits leaked aren’t too surprising – another Forza is in the works, Crackdown will get another sequel, Halo 2 will get an anniversary edition — the price cut is easily the most juicy. The current $499 price makes it very difficult to favor the Xbox One over the PS4 from a consumer standpoint. The PS4 is $100 less for more powerful hardware, doesn’t force an Xbox Live-like paywall on top of your other subscription services like Netflix or MMOs, has a larger install base of people to game with, has what many are calling the most comfortable controller ever made, and arguably has developers that create more impactful exclusives. If the Xbox One does drop to the same price, then the argument becomes a little more difficult — you get the sophisticated Kinect and the Xbox One’s cable integration for “free,” as well as Microsoft’s more competent online service — that might lessen the blow of somewhat inferior hardware.

 

Supposedly, the price cut will hit sometime this year, but as this year has just begun, we could be in for a long wait.

 

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  • First, thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you  find all what you are looking for.
  • I’ll teach you how to create a Wi-Fi Hotspot in all versions of Windows.
  • I’ll  use Windows 8 distribution in this  tutorial.
  • we will do this step by step.

Wi-Fi Hotspot

Below is the step by step guide to create and share your laptop internet connection with other wifi devices.

Let’s start:

First  thing  to do is  find up the CMD we cant go  to search open it on “The Administrator Mode” :

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After you have opened cmd write the following command and look for the thing mentioned in the screen shot that whether it’s written yes or no. It it’s yes then you can go on “It means that you can enable the hotspot and can share your internet connection.

netsh wlan show drivers

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dont’t  close the CMD as you are going to use cmd again , now you have to enter this following command to create the hosted network

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=nameOfwifiHotspot key=yourpassword

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Press the enter and hotspot will be created.

Now  we will start the  hosted network by typing this  following command :

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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And  now  we are  going to sharing the working interent connection with the windows 8 Wi-Fi hotspot

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That was it and you are done, the password to connect with the hotspot is the same which you used while setting up hotspot in the cmd. 

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