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Microsoft to launch own wi-fi streaming dongle

Apart from the highly-anticipated Windows Phone devices like Nokia Lumia 730 and Nokia Lumia 830, Microsoft is also rumored to have plans of unveiling its own wi-fi streaming dongle during the IFA consumer tech show in Germany on September 4. The device, reportedly named HD-10, is said to be the software giant’s answer to Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s Apple TV.

HD-10 is said to be using its own Miracast technology to allow Windows PC, tablets, hybrids and smartphone users to stream or “cast” their display to a larger screen, like an LCD or LED television set, for a better viewing and gaming experience. The streaming dongle is also said to be coming with Wi-Fi and HDMI capabilities along with USB support. (more…)

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Windows 9 Preview to be Unveiled on September 30th

Software giant Microsoft is planning to unveil a preview Windows 9 at a special press event set by the end of September, reported Tom Warren on The Verge. Sources within the company told Warren that the press launch, slated on September 30th or soon thereafter, will detail upcoming changes to Windows 8 via its successor, Windows 9, currently still in development.

The preview aims to provide developers a first look at the major changes in terms of design and features of Windows 9, currently code-named “Threshhold,” compared to its predecessor, which was launched less than two years ago. Warren added that the date of the press event is not yet final and may still change in the coming weeks. (more…)

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Windows 9 to Bring Back Start Menu; to Get Rid of Charms Bar

Rumors about Windows 9 continue to pop up all over the place as anticipation to its upcoming release rises. Will it be a better operating system than its predecessor? No one really know yet but if these rumors are to be believed, Microsoft is set on appeasing users who were not impressed with the way Windows 8 and its updates turned out.

One of the biggest improvement of Windows 9, at least according to rumors, is the impending return of the iconic Start button, which was kicked out of Windows 8 in favor of the Charms Bar, those icons that pop up on the right side of the screen when you move the mouse cursor over there. While convenient for touch screen devices, the Charms Bar is found to be a nuisance by users of desktop PCs. (more…)

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How to Summon the Charms Bar via the Trackpad

The Charms Bar serves as a “one-stop” access to several commonly used functionalities of Windows 8 devices. Depending on the device, it can be summoned in different ways. For touch screen devices, the Charms Bar is accessed by swiping in from the right edge of the screen. The keyboard also provides easy access to the Charms Bar. Simply hit the “Windows Key” + “C” and the bar will pop out of the right side of the screen.

Unfortunately for mouse-navigated PCs, invoking the Charms Bar is not as easy. It requires moving the cursor to the “hot corners” (either the top-right or bottom-right corners of the screen) to make the Charms Bar to “partially” appear, then, slide the cursor up or down the edge depending on what corner was chosen, to make the bar fully active. (more…)

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Microsoft releases Video Tuner app for Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft launched on Wednesday Video Tuner, a video editing app for Windows Phone 8.1. The app boasts of features that go beyond Movie Moments app for Windows Phone 8.1, another video editing app which Microsoft debuted a couple of months ago.

The Movie Moments app only allows Windows Phone 8.1 users to edit a clip down to 60 seconds or less before saving or sharing it online. The Video Tuner app, on the other hand, is designed to let users easily edit a video they have captured and quickly share it online. (more…)

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