Windows 8 – Common Problems

Microsoft Window’s newest operating system has its fair share of problems. While many issues are related to the confusing new interface, some have much deeper roots.

Here are the most common problems that you can run into, and the solutions to fix them!

Finding the Start menu:

The number one issue that new Windows 8 users complain about is the missing start menu. Fortunately, there are some third party solutions that resurrect it in Windows 8. If you install the app ‘Start menu reviver’, then set Windows 8.1 to boot directly to your desktop, you can almost forget that the problem used to exist.

 Explorer.exe crashes and reloads frequently:

Some of you may face repeated appearances of “Windows Explorer has stopped working” after installing a fresh version of Windows 8. The problem usually occurs every few minutes, and makes this very hard to use! To fix the problem, you’ll need to use the “Refresh My PC” feature. Go to Settings, change PC Settings, and then Update and Recovery. After that, open Recovery, and click or tap get started under Refresh your PC without affecting your files.

Backup saves multiple copies of files that haven’t been changed:

Windows has a robust backup utility with file history functionality built in, hence the backup service can detect files that changed and backup the new version while retaining the old one. But it has been found that Windows 8 is backing up new versions of files that are not changed. This fills the backup drive to capacity with redundant files! Your best bet is to disable the default backup service and use a third-party backup program instead like Crash plan!

 Blurry or fuzzy text

You may also notice that some programs display poorly on your Windows 8 PC. This typically is a problem with older software which was designed for screens that have a lower resolution! To turn this off, go to the Compatibility tab and check the box for “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.” Then restart the program.

We intend to update this guide for you on occasion whenever new, common issues come to light!

 

 

 

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Nokia Lumia 1020 – Is It The Best Phone By Nokia So Far?

To evaluate the Nokia Lumia 1020 is to review a compact camera that happens to have some phone features tucked onto it. Essentially, you would only buy this thing for its 41MP Pure View camera with Xenon flash!

HARDWARE:

aWe are happy to see that you haven’t immediately skipped down to the camera section because even though the camera plays a role of crucial importance behind the success of the 1020, the experience you have using the rest of the phone is also vital to your overall enjoyment of the device!

Nokia Lumia 1020 inherits characteristics of other members of the Lumia family, with a unibody polycarbonate chassis that assures us of its durability. The layout of buttons and other ports is pretty standard as well, with the volume controls, power and dedicated camera buttons on the right edge. The top edge has the headphones port and the micro-SIM slot, while the bottom has the Micro-USB port, loudspeaker and a lanyard slot.

The heart of the Lumia 1020 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, with a boost of 2GB RAM.

The back of the Lumia 1020 looks different, thanks to the 41-megapixel camera module that sticks. It’s an aluminum circular module with the lens on top and two flashes — LED for video and focus assist, and Xenon for stills — lining the left side. Hence, the phone is unable to lie flat on its back; instead it rests at an angle that makes it easier to glance at the screen from any direction. The phone weighs 158 grams, but doesn’t feel too heavy. The Lumia 1020 comes in three colors (yellow, black and white), each with a matte finish and a coating that’s both fingerprint- and dirt-resistant.

aSOFTWARE:

The Lumia 1020 packs in itself a full suite of OEM and carrier-specific applications. This includes Nokia Care, Music, Pro Cam as well as a set of Here-based programs such as City Lens, Drive+ Beta, Maps and Transit.

DISPLAY:

The Nokia Lumia 1020 comes with a 4.5-inch Clear Black AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The display is bright and the colour reproduction closer to the real world. The screen comes with Nokia’s super sensitive touch technology which means that the touch-screen can be operated even using a pen as a stylus.

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The whole of Lumia 1020′s existence is to ensure that you can enjoy the closest thing to a DSLR-like imaging experience on a smart-phone. So we will be focusing mostly on this section.

While the sensor inside the Lumia 1020 is 41-megapixel, the pictures it clicks are either 38-megapixel or 34-megapixel, depending upon if you are clicking pictures in 4:3 mode or 16:9.  It also comes with a wider f/2.2 aperture. Nokia Lumia 1020 packs in a six-element lens array- which consists of five plastic lenses and one made of glass, and a BSI (Back Side Illuminated) sensor. Another significant improvement in the 1020 is the addition of Optical Image Stabilization!

The default lens featured on the Lumia 1020 is called the Nokia Pro Cam, and it’s arguably one of the best on any platform. The user experience is pretty intuitive, and it has more manual adjustment options than we are used to enjoying! It’s set up as a series of sliders, each one representing a different adjustment setting: white balance, manual focus, ISO (up to 3200), shutter speed (1/16,000 to 4 seconds) and EV are all here, many of which have the ability to adjust in real time. The entire process couldn’t be smoother, and it helps ensure that you’re not spending precious minutes attempting to properly frame your shot.

You can switch from stills to video by sliding your finger down on the shutter key. An icon in the bottom-right corner lets you switch to other lenses, such as Cinemagraph, Panorama, Smart Cam or others.

So we’ve gone into a lot of detail about how the Lumia 1020 camera works, which undoubtedly has a lot of you drooling. Simply put, the camera is stunning.

OUR VERDICT:

Nokia Lumia 1020 is priced at Rs. 47,222 which makes it slightly more expensive than the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and considerably pricier than other devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4HTC OneSony Xperia Z1 and Sony Xperia Z Ultra. It is fair to say, that as far as the overall experience is concerned, the other phones provide better options. But yes for those looking for a medium budget smart phone Lumia 1020 with its superior photography choices can be the best buy!

 

 

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Best Tablet To Buy In India

Tablets are the new personal laptops for the modern generation and everyone desires to own one. Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, and since then the craze for tablets has only hiked at a meteoric rate.

While Apple still holds the biggest share of the tablet market, other big brands have launched their own models. But with so many options in the world of tablets, it might be difficult for you to decide which tablet will be the best according to your needs.

Let’s guide you through some of the most popular tablets available in the market nowadays.

Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display

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Apple iPad Mini has a display is of 7.9 inch along with a stunning screen resolution of 2048X1536 pixels. It is equipped with A7 chip that makes the device much faster. Apple also added a co-processor called M7. The battery life is up to 10 hours. Apart from all these impressive features, iPad Mini carries the latest interface iOS 7 which helps to do multi-tasking.

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Samsung Galaxy tablet carried a display of 8 inches with a screen resolution of 800X1280 pixels. It flaunts a 1.3 megapixels front-facing camera along with a 5 megapixel rear camera. An impressive feature that this device boasts is its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor with Exynos 4212 chipset. The device has a battery life of 11 hours since it carries a 4450 mAh battery.

Nokia Lumia 2520

Nokia’s first tablet called Lumia 2520 comes with a 10.1 inch full HD display. Its polycarbonate body may remind you of Nokia’s Lumia phones. It sports a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. Along with this Nokia has added a 6.7 megapixels camera with Carl Zeiss lens. The device gives around 16 hours of battery life.

Google Nexus 7

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Google Nexus comes with a 7 inch display along with a screen resolution of 1920X1200pixels. It is equipped with the latest update of Android 4.3. Google has also added wireless charging for the device. It has a 1.2 megapixels camera on the front for video calling and a 5 megapixel rear camera. It has an amazing battery which lasts for 11 hours.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z is considered to be the thinnest tablet in the world. It sports a water and dust resistant feature. It is a 10.1 inch tablet with a screen resolution of 1200X1920 pixels. The device has an internal storage if 16GB which is expandable. The tablet flaunts an 8.1 megapixel camera along with an impressive front-facing camera of 2.2 megapixels. It is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. It has up to 10 hours of battery life with a 6000 mAh battery.

Conclusion

Tablets are useful for their portability. It is ideal for those who want a computer to take with them on-the-go. Their touchscreen and light weight makes them ideal for portable entertainment, instant access to the Internet, and taking notes.

 

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Why You Should Buy A Fully Automated Washing Machine?

One of the most important considerations before buying machines and gadgets is to have basic knowledge of the functions, benefits and cost effectiveness. We are really concerned about our customers who put untainted faith in our opinions and value our suggestions. In this article therefore we will deal about what people think of a fully automated washing machine and if they think it correct!

aShould you buy a full- automatic washing machine?

In this modern era, washing machines are one of the most important gadgets today. Washing machine also provides you that “ease and convenience” for overcoming the burden of washing clothes that keep accumulating every day!

You can find several automatic and semi-automatic products offered in Indian market. However, there are pros and cons for each. Mainly when you are selecting a washing machine you should be more concerned about the type – top loading or front loading.

Semi-automatic washing machines have separate tubs or vessels for the washer and the drier. There are two separate timers, as well, that enable setting washing and drying times. About the pros people say that you can regulate washing cycles in semi- automatic washing machine, you can move the machine when-in-power-mode around the house and it can save energy. For the first two reasons I shall ask you only one question –do you think it is of immense help for you to have control on the washing cycle? Or to move the machine around the house? Why would you need to monitor or move the machine around in the first place ? And saving power – if you choose a five star rated machine of the fully automatic range you will save as much electricity.

Fully automatic machine:

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In fully automatic washing machine there is only one tub that serves as the washer, rinser as well as the drier. The starting price range for fully automatic machines are around Rs.14000. IFB is the first company to produce front loading type of washing machine in India. There are many companies that produce washing machine such as LG, Whirlpool, Samsung etc.

 Pros:-

  • All you have to do is provide the water connection, put the detergent from time-to-time in its storage space and put the clothes, the fully automatic washing machine does the rest of things automatically!
  • Generally has more cycle settings – many washers have a heating element for an extra hot wash.
  • Is good for delicate clothes.
  • It has certain features such as– Child lock, Hot water wash, Wash load sensor etc.

A fully automatic washing machine is a better choice for you than a semi-automatic washer, as it requires much less effort in washing clothes. And trust us you don’t want to fiddle around with machine while it’s doing its task – buy the time to do your own!

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Apple I Pad Mini Vs Apple Mini I Pad 2 Retina

Key differences between the iPad mini and iPad mini 2:

Screen:

The newer iPad mini comes with a Retina display. This offers a much higher resolution (2048×1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch) than the original iPad mini (1024×768 resolution at 163 pixels per inch).  The screen is much sharper and brighter – it’s one of the best tablet screens around! The original iPad mini’s screen is also decent. Video and pictures look good, it’s when reading text that you’ll wish for a higher resolution.

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The iPad mini comes with the iPad 2′s Dual core A5 processor in tow. It’s a little long in the tooth now but has no problem running apps. The newer iPad mini comes with the same processor as the iPhone 5S, the 64-bit A7. You’ll find that 3D games, like Infinity Blade 3, offer more detail and 3D effects on the Retina screen of the new iPad mini. If you want to use heavy duty apps like 3D rendering and video/photo editing you may want to pick up the more expensive iPad mini. What’s more I pad 2 Retina has M7 motion co-processor!

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The new iPad mini has a slightly better front and rear camera. You’ll get better shots in lower light conditions with it. Video recording is much better in the ipad mini retina as it has a 3x video zoom, along with the same features of ipad mini.

Battery life:

Both iPad minis last about the same amount of time – 10 hours of constant use.

Cost:

This is the other big difference between the original iPad mini and the new one. The original has dropped in price and costs INR 21,900 for the entry level 16GB Wi-Fi only model, while the iPad mini Retina costs INR 28,900.

Both of them have fast, have up-to-date displays and are closer in size and weight to each other than ever before. If you only intend to use your iPad for light apps and browsing then the original iPad mini should suffice, but if you can afford the extra 7000 bucks, it is highly recommended that you splurge on the new ipad mini retina. You won’t be disappointed!

 

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