Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Microsoft will offer free upgrade to Windows 10 to pirated Windows users

Microsoft Corp is making its biggest push into the heavily pirated Chinese consumer computing market this summer by offering free upgrades to Windows 10 to all Windows users, regardless of whether they are running genuine copies of the software.

The move is an unprecedented attempt by Microsoft to get legitimate versions of its software onto machines of the hundreds of millions of Windows users in China. Recent studies show that three-quarters of all PC software is not properly licensed there.

Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft’s operating systems unit, announced the plan at the WinHEC technology conference in Shenzhen, China.
“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” he said in a telephone interview with Reuters. The plan is to “re-engage” with the hundreds of millions of users of Windows in China, he said, without elaboration.

Myerson said Windows 10 would be released globally sometime “this summer”. That is the first time Microsoft has put a time frame on the release, although it has been expected in autumn, based on Microsoft’s release history.

Microsoft said in January it would offer free upgrades to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7 or later in an attempt to hold onto users and make up for lost revenue by selling services such as Office over the Internet.

Myerson said, Microsoft is working with Lenovo Group Ltd, the world’s biggest PC maker, to help roll out Windows 10 in China to current Windows users.

It also is offering Windows 10 through security company Qihoo 360 Technology Co and Tencent Holdings Ltd , China’s biggest social networking company, which will build a Windows 10 app that will work on smartphones and PCs for its popular QQ gaming and messaging service. QQ has more than 800 million users.

Lenovo said in a statement that it will make phones running Windows software, available through China Mobile, sometime later this year.

Microsoft also said it is working with Chinese handset maker Xiaomi Technology Co Ltd – which generally uses a form of Google Inc’s Android on its devices – to offer some customers a test version of Windows 10 on their smartphones.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Minimum Hardware Requirements For Windows 10 For Phones Revealed by Microsoft

At WinHEC, Microsoft revealed the minimum hardware requirements for Windows Mobile, that is Windows 10 for phones.
This is more or less same as the previous Windows Phone 8 hardware specs. Minimum RAM remains 512MB, storage remains 4GB and power, volume up/down buttons are required.

Another interesting thing is the display size which can now go up to 7.99 inches. Also, Microsoft now requires minimum RAM for devices based on display resolution.

For full HD display devices, 2GB RAM is required and for QHD displays, 3GB RAM is required.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Pen Made of Magnets

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Apple Delays Production Of iPad Pro Till September

Apple is delaying the launch of the iPad Pro, following issues with the display panel supplier in procuring enough 12.9-inch panels in time for an early launch.

Internal conflict is also delaying the launch, with some executives looking into adding additional USB 3.0 ports, alongside ports for a mouse and keyboard.

This would go against the previous aesthetic for the iPad, involving one port for charging and another for headphones. Adding a USB 3.0 port and a few others would make the iPad Pro a rather chunky device.

It might be what is needed however to compete with the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft’s own hybrid tablet/computer. Microsoft recently announced triple the sales of hardware in 2014, with over one million Surface Pro sales.

Non-Official Image [Probably Rumor]

The new release date will be in October, alongside the launch of the iPad Air 3 and iPad Mini 4. The iPad Pro will be targeted at business customers, instead of the Air and Mini, both consumer products primarily.

There are worries the iPad Pro will cannibalize the MacBook market, currently on a large increase with 5.5 million sales in 2014. This will be even more relevant if the iPad Pro features a 12.9-inch screen, basically the same as the top-end 13-inch MacBook Air.

Price for the iPad Pro will most likely be $150 more than the iPad Air, right in the high-end market.

VLC Media Player Released New Version

VLC 2.2.0

The new version (2.2.0) of the desktop version, code named Weatherwax, is available now. It plays almost every video format that you can think of and comes stacked with new features such as the ability to automatically rotate vertical videos, support for resume playback on desktop, as well as improved support for Ultra High Definition codecs. Subtitles can also be downloaded via an extension. Unfortunately support for Google’s Chromecast is still missing, though it is chalked up for the upcoming 3.0 release that is due for release later in 2015.

VLC Media Player is a versatile, stable and high quality free media player. It has dominated the free media player market for over a decade and looks like it may do for another 10 years, due to the constant development and improvements by VideoLAN Org. For the first time VideoLAN Org has released a version of VLC player that spans Android, iOS, desktop, WinRT and Windows Phone. This release also marks a global return to Apple’s App Store for the iOS version.

Click Below Links to Download VLC 2.2.0


Friday, February 13, 2015

HTAM - Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology


Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology brings the concept of simultaneous multi-threading to the Intel Architecture. Hyper-Threading Technology makes a single physical processor appear as two logical processors; the physical execution resources are shared and the architecture state is duplicated for the two logical processors. From a software or architecture perspective, this means operating systems and user programs can schedule processes or threads to logical processors as they would on multiple physical processors. From a micro architecture perspective, this means that instructions from both logical processors will persist and execute simultaneously on shared execution resources.

Hyper-Threading Technology makes a single physical processor appear as multiple logical processors [11, 12]. To do this, there is one copy of the architecture state for each logical processor, and the logical processors share a single set of physical execution resources. From a software or architecture perspective, this means operating systems and user programs can schedule processes or threads to logical processors as they would on conventional physical processors in a multiprocessor system. From a micro-architecture perspective, this means that instructions from logical processors will persist and execute simultaneously on shared execution resources.

The first implementation of Hyper-Threading Technology is being made available on the Intel. Xeon processor family for dual and multiprocessor servers, with two logical processors per physical processor. By more efficiently using existing processor resources, the Intel Xeon processor family can significantly improve performance at virtually the same system cost. This implementation of Hyper-Threading Technology added less than 5% to the relative chip size and maximum power requirements, but can provide performance benefits much greater than that.

Each logical processor maintains a complete set of the architecture state. The architecture state consists of registers including the general-purpose registers, the control registers, the advanced programmable interrupt controller (APIC) registers, and some machine state registers. From a software perspective, once the architecture state is duplicated, the processor appears to be two processors. The number of transistors to store the architecture state is
an extremely small fraction of the total. Logical processors share nearly all other resources on the physical processor, such as caches, execution units, branch predictors, control logic, and buses. Each logical processor has its own interrupt controller or APIC. Interrupts sent to a specific logical only that logical processor handles processors.


  • High processor utilization rates: One processor with two architectural states enable the processor to more efficiently utilize execution resources. Because the two threads share one set of execution resources, the second thread can use resources that would be otherwise idle if only one thread was executing. The result is an increased utilization of the execution resources within each physical processor package.
  • Higher performance for properly optimized software: Greater throughput is achieved when software is multithreaded in a way that allows different threads to tap different processor resources in parallel. For example, Integer operations are scheduled on one logical processor while floating point computations occur on the other.
  • Full backward compatibility: Virtually all multiprocessor-aware operating systems and multithreaded applications benefit from Hyper- Threading technology. Software that lacks multiprocessor capability is unaffected by Hyper-Threading technology.

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Bacterio-Rhodopsin Memory

At first, it was sufficient to paint on the family cave wall how one hunted. Since the dawn of time, man has tried to record important events and techniques for everyday life. Then came the people who invented spoken languages and the need arose to record what one was saying without hearing it firsthand. Therefore later, more early scholars invented writing to convey what was being said. Pictures gave way to letters that represented spoken sounds. Eventually clay tablets gave way to parchment, which gave way to paper. Paper was, and still is, the main way people convey information.

However, in the mid twentieth century computers began to come into general use . . .
Computers have gone through their own evolution in storage media. In the forties, fifties, and sixties, everyone who took a computer course used punched cards to give the computer information and store data. In 1956, researchers at IBM developed the first disk storage system. This was called RAMAC (Random Access Method of Accounting and Control).


Since the days of punch cards, computer manufacturers have strived to squeeze more data into smaller spaces. That mission has produced both competing and complementary data storage technology including electronic circuits, magnetic media like hard disks and tape, and optical media such as compact disks.
The demands made upon computers and computing devices are increasing each year. Processor speeds are increasing at an extremely fast clip. However, the RAM used in most computers is the same type of memory used several years ago. The limits of making RAM denser are being reached. Surprisingly, these limits may be economical rather than physical. A decrease by a factor of two in size will increase the cost of manufacturing of semiconductor pieces by a factor of 5.

Currently, RAM is available in modules called SIMMs or DIMMs. These modules can be bought in various capacities from a few hundred kilobytes of RAM to about 64 megabytes. Anything more is both expensive and rare. These modules are generally 70ns, however 60ns and 100ns modules are available. The lower the nanosecond rating, the more the module will cost.
Currently, a 64MB DIMM costs over $400.
All dimensions are 12cm by 3cm by 1cm or about 36 cubic centimeters. Whereas a 5 cubic centimeter block of bacterio-rhodopsin studded polymer could theoretically store 512 gigabytes of information. When this comparison is made, the advantage becomes quite clear. Also, these bacterio-rhodopsin modules could also theoretically run 1000 times faster.

In response to the demand for faster, more compact, and more affordable memory storage devices, several viable alternatives have appeared in recent years. Among the most promising approaches include memory storage using holography, polymer-based memory, and our focus, protein-based memory.

The bacterio-rhodopsin protein is one of the most promising organic memory materials. Seven helix-shaped polymers form a membrane structure, which contains a molecule known as the retinal chromophor. The chromophor absorbs light of a certain color and is therefore able to switch to another stable state in addition to its original state. Only blue light can change the molecule back to its original state. 

There have been many methods and proteins researched for use in computer applications in recent years. However, among the most promising approaches, and the focus of this particular web page, is 3-Dimensional Optical RAM storage using the light sensitive protein bacterio-rhodopsin. Bacterio-rhodopsin is a protein found in the purple membranes of several species of bacteria, most notably Halobacterium halobium. This particular bacteria lives in salt marshes. Salt marshes have very high salinity and temperatures can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Unlike most proteins, bacterio-rhodopsin does not break down at these high temperatures.

Early research in the field of protein-based memories yielded some serious problems with using proteins for practical computer applications. Among the most serious of the problems was the instability and unreliable nature of proteins, which are subject to thermal and photochemical degradation, making room-temperature or higher-temperature use impossible. Largely through trial and error, and thanks in part to nature's own natural selection process, scientists stumbled upon bacterio-rhodopsin, a light-harvesting protein that has certain properties which makes it a prime candidate for computer applications. While bacterio-rhodopsin can be used in any number of schemes to store memory, we will focus our attention on the use of bacterio-rhodopsin in 3-Dimensional Optical Memories.

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