Archive for 2013

GRAND THEFT AUTO V TO HAVE CUSTOMISABLE CARS AND WEAPONS



           After the recent release of Grand Theft Auto 5's first gameplay trailer, Rockstar Games had left a few questions unanswered. GTA5's Lead Mission Designer Imran Sarwar has answered some of these questions in a Q&A with GameInformer. The biggest new reveal is the astounding level of customisation options for vehicles. According to Sarwar, there will be thousands of customisation options for cars and bikes. The vehicle customisations, which Rockstar first toyed with in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, will be more deeply integrated into GTA5's mission structure and open world.
           Even weapons will be customisable. Players will be able to walk into Ammu-Nation and start adding new modules to their weapons. The modules include grips to improve accuracy, extended clips that allow a larger number of rounds to be fired between reloads, weapon tints to colour your guns, flashlights, scopes and even suppressors.

ALSO SEE: MOST USEFUL SHORTCUTS FOR WINDOWS 8
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Posted by Harish K V

MOST USEFUL SHORTCUTS FOR WINDOWS 8


In order to orient oneself quickly in the new version of Windows, there are few key shortcuts that make working it a lot easier.
All the shortcuts from Windows 95 and even earlier will continue to work, but the list has been expanded to cover many more functions. Now you can manage all your running programs and Windows features with just a flick of the wrist.

NOTE - If not visible click on the image.

CHARMS BAR







APPS AND DESKTOP













SYSTEM











DESKTOP










ALSO SEE: WINDOWS 8.1 PREVIEW
Monday, 24 June 2013
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WINDOWS 8.1 PREVIEW

Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Posted by Harish K V
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MAKE YOUR WINDOWS GENUINE USING NOTEPAD



     To make your windows Genuine follow these steps

STEP 1: Copy and paste the following code between the lines in a Notepad.
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mi crosoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WPAEvents]"OOBETimer"=hex:ff,d5,71,d6,8b ,6a,8d,6f,d5,33, 93,f d"LastWPAEventLogged"=hex:d5,07 ,05,00,06,00,07, 00,0 f,00,38,00,24,00,fd,02[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Mi crosoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion]"CurrentBuild"="1.511.1 () (Obsolete data - do not use)""InstallDate"=dword:427cdd 95"ProductId"="69831-640-1780577-45389""DigitalProductId"=hex:a4,00,0 0,00,03,00,00,00 ,36, 39,38,33,31,2d,36,34,30,2d,\31,37,38,30,35,37,37,2d,34,35, 33,38,39,00,5a,00,00 ,00,41,32,32,2d,30,30,30,\30,31,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00, 0d,04,89,b2,15,1b,c4 ,ee,62,4f,e6,64,6f,01,00,\00,00,00,00,27,ed,85,43,a2,20, 01,00,00,00,00,00,00 ,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00, 00,31,34,35,30,34,00 ,00,00,00,00,00,00,ce,0e,\00,00,12,42,15,a0,00,08,00,00, 87,01,00,00,00,00,00 ,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00, 00,00,00,00,00,00,00 ,94,a2,b3,ac"LicenseInfo"=hex:9e,bf,09,d0, 3a,76,a5,27,bb,f 2,da ,88,58,ce,58,e9,05,6b,0b,82,\c3,74,ab,42,0d,fb,ee,c3,ea,57, d0,9d,67,a5,3d,6e,42 ,0d,60,c0,1a,70,24,46,16,\0a,0a,ce,0d,b8,27,4a,46,53,f3, 17
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STEP 2: Save the file with the .reg extension.
STEP 3: Now run the file and add the value to the registry by clicking 'yes'.
STEP 4: Reboot your system 
STEP 5: Now start downloading from Microsoft site. Enjoy genuine windows :)

ALSO SEE: LOCK ANY FOLDER WITHOUT USING SOFTWARE



Friday, 31 May 2013
Posted by Harish K V

LOCK ANY FOLDER WITHOUT USING SOFTWARE



    Follow these steps to lock any folder without using software.

STEP 1: Suppose you have a folder named abcd in D:\abcd.
STEP 2: In the same drive next to the folder create a new notepad file with following statement    

                   ren abcd abcd.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}

STEP 3: Now save this file as loc.bat
STEP 4: Create another notepad file and type 

                  ren abcd.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} abcd

STEP 5: Now save this file as key.bat
STEP 6: Now you get two batch files(loc.bat and key.bat). Double click the loc.bat file and your folder will change into Control Panel and its content cannot be viewed.
STEP 7: To open the folder double click key.bat and you get back your original folder.
 And that is it, you have locked and unlocked your folder without using any software.

NOTE: For more safety, keep the key.bat in another location. Only for unlocking copy paste to the original location and double click.
             
ALSO SEE: MASS EFFECT 4, DRAGON AGE III TO USE FROSTBITE 3 ENGINE
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Posted by Harish K V

MASS EFFECT 4, DRAGON AGE III TO USE FROSTBITE 3 ENGINE



            We already knew that Dragon Age 3 will be using DICE's Frostbite engine, but BioWare's Aaryn Flynn has confirmed that the next game in the company's Mass Effect series will also be powered by the same engine. Both games run on the Frostbite 3 engine, which is the same version that will be used to power Battlefield 4.
            "Foe everyone who's been asking after the BF4 reveal, DA3 and the next Mass Effect are also using Frostbite 3. It's awesome," Flynn tweeted. Some time ago, BioWare Montreak studio director Yanick Roy had tweeted, "This BF4 gameplay video is spectacular, and a great way to see what the engine of the next Mass Effect is capable of!" Check out what the engine is capable of in the Battlefield 4 trailer.

ALSO SEE: WINDOWS 8.1
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Posted by Harish K V

WINDOWS 8.1



          Leaked internal builds of the next Windows release, so far known by its codename "Blue", include code that restore the Start button (to trigger the Modern UI Start screen) but also allow users to boot directly into the Desktop environment. This would eliminate some of the criticism of Windows 8 and help encourage Windows XP and 7 users to upgrade. However, the move could sideline the Windows 8 Modern UI. Allowing users to completely ignore Modern UI would make the new Windows platform much less attractive to developers, resulting in a weaker selection of apps in the Windows Store. It isn't clear how exactly these features might be implemented. A public preview of the update, likely to be named Windows 8.1, is expected in late June.
         Sales of Windows 8, both as a standalone product and preinstalled on new computers, have been weak since its launch in October 2012, thanks in part to slowing global demand for PCs and laptops.

ALSO SEE: GOOGLE HELPS YOU PLAN DEATH
Monday, 27 May 2013
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GOOGLE HELPS YOU PLAN DEATH




 
       We have all amassed tonnes of data in our email, social network and online storage accounts, and our ability to decide what happens to all of it once we die has always been in doubt. Writing passwords down for someone else to find is clearly not a good idea, and there's always been the danger of important information being lost for good. Finally, Google has begun to address the problem. The new Inactive Account Manager settings page lets users nominate friends and family members to receive your data, or have it all erased. You can choose an inactivity period between 3 and 12 months, after which your preferred course of action will take place. As a safeguard, warning messages will be sent to your phone or secondary accounts. The data will include +1s, Blogger posts, Picasa albums and YouTube videos. Now, if only there was a way to leave all our purchased apps, music and movies to our next of kin.

ALSO SEE: SEARCH WEB DIRECTLY FROM THE START MENU
Thursday, 23 May 2013
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SEARCH WEB DIRECTLY FROM THE START MENU




         You need to modify the Windows 7 registry a bit in order to trigger an Internet search directly from the Start menu. To do this, click on 'Start' and type in 'regedit'. Run the program and select the key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer' in the left pane of the editor. If the required key is not available, you can generate a new one by going to 'Edit | New | Key' and then 'Edit | New | DWORD value (32 Bit)' for the entry 'Add Search Internet Link In Start Menu'. You can then double-click this entry to select it, then set the 'Value' to '1' in the dialogue 'Edit the DWORD value (32 Bit)' and confirm with 'OK'. Close the registry editor and start your system again. Now, if you search for a term in the start menu, you will find link 'Search through Internet' in the lost of results. This option opens your browser and searches for your term on the internet using default search engine.

ALSO: SIMULATE FIREFOX OS ON YOUR PC BROWSER
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Posted by Harish K V

SIMULATE FIREFOX OS ON YOUR PC BROWSER



          Mozilla has launched its Firefox OS. Naturally, the mobile community seems very curious to see just what this new OS will bring to the table, and developers are already building apps and testing it out as they have access to development devices like the Keon and Peak. But they're not the only ones who can use it. There's a simple way to get your own hands-on demo of the new mobile OS before it makes it to your Android mobile. We demonstrate you how to use the OS from within the Firefox browser itself.
         Firefox OS is a Linux-based operating system for smartphones and tablets. It is designed to allow HTML5 applications to integrate directly with the device's hardware using Javascript, and it has been tested on Android-compatible smartphones and Raspberry Pi. You can get a feel of it by using a simulator on your desktop PC. The operating system is based on three major software layers within - Gonk (the Linux kernel), Gecko (the application runtime) and Gaia (the user interface). The desktop build is code-named Boot2Gecko(B2G). It is available on all major PC platforms Windows, Mac and Linux. 
         All you need to get the operating system running on your desktop PC is the Firefox browser extension and of course the browser itself. The procedure is similar to all operating system platforms. Let's get started.

STEP 1: Download and install Mozilla Firefox if you don't have it on your PC. The present version is 23 for Windows and you can download it by visiting http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
STEP 2: Next, you will need the simulator extension. Visit http://goo.gl/PlvNG and download the appropriate file for your operating system. The file is around 67 MB in size and will be downloaded with extension '.XPI'.
STEP 3: Download the file and save it to your desktop. Start Firefox and click on "Tools" and then on "Add-ons". In the tab that will now open up, click on the settings icon on the top right, beneath the search bar. Next, click on "Install Add-on from File". Browse to the desktop, select the .xpi file you just downloaded and click on "Open". In the next dialogue box, click on the "install" button; the Extension will be added in a few seconds. You can install add-ons using the drag-n-drop method too. Simply open Firefox, drag the .xpi file into browser window and Firefox will automatically install it. Restart Firefox if asked to.
STEP 4: That's it! Your system is now ready to stimulate Firefox OS within Firefox. Click on "Tools", then on "Web Developer" and finally on "Firefox OS Simulator". A new tab will open; there will be a simulator button on the left column and you'll see a highlight that it is currently stopped. Click on the icon to start it and a new window will pop up with the smartphone operating system running inside the simulator.

              Have fun checking out the new OS and see what is new. you can play around with the user interface, see what the settings are like and even install new apps from the Marketplace.

Download Firefox Browser: Here
Download Firefox OS: Here

ALSO SEE: UPGRADE WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Posted by Harish K V
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UPGRADE WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8



         Most of the people think upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows 7 includes allocation of huge space on hard disk and deletion of personal files and apps but they are all wrong. Windows 8 installation is more user friendly when compared to all their previous versions of operating system.

        Before you start downloading or getting your windows 8 setup file, please check whether your operating system is x64 or x86 and get the corresponding Windows 8 setup file as x64 wont work on x86 operating system and vice versa. You can check this by just right clicking on "My Computer" and then properties.

        Once you are done with it, follow these steps

 1. Insert your DVD or USB and run the setup file. You can also mount the ISO file using   Daemon tools or any other software. 
 2. You will be prompted with a wizard showing options to install updates, Select "No,thanks" and click Next.
3. Then setup will check your PC and after few seconds you will be asked to enter the product key. I recommend you to get original software so that you can enjoy all the Windows 8 privileges. But it is not compulsory. 
4. Enter your product key and accept the terms and conditions appear on the next page of the wizard.
5. Now here is the tricky part, you will be provided with three option 1. Keep personal files only, 2. keep personal files and apps and 3. Nothing. Based on your need you can select the option. Now since you don't want to lose your files and apps, select the option "Keep personal files and apps" and click Next.
6. Now setup will make your PC ready for installation. Please wait till it completes.
7. Once it completes it may show up few software or apps which are not Windows 8 compatible which include USB 3.0 and Bluetooth. Don't hesitate to uninstall both because Windows 8 provides or supports them by default. Uninstall all the apps and restart the system once, and the setup will continue from the same point, if not start the setup again and it will continue from the same point..
8. Once you have uninstalled all of them, click "Install", and your installation begins. Please wait patiently since it takes maximum 30 minutes.   
9. After that setup prepares your PC for a brand new Windows 8 experience :)
10. Now you can customize your system appearance and setting and enjoy using Windows 8.

NOTE: Once you finish your installation and you can't connect to your internet, just troubleshoot your internet connection and fix the error, and most probably it will work fine after that. If not just download the driver and install it.   

If you have any other issues please contact me.


ALSO SEE: THIEF 4 ANNOUNCED
Friday, 3 May 2013
Posted by Harish K V

THIEF 4 ANNOUNCED




         Square Enix has announced a return to the first person stealth based gameplay of days gone by with Thief 4. It is set to continue the series' tradition of first person stealth and actively discouraging combat, just like the previous games. Thief 4 will also add a major new mechanic called Focus. It works like Detective Mode did in the Batman: Arkham games, and highlights scalable walls, extinguishable lights and fingerprints that can be analysed. It also works as a sort of Bullet Time, as you can use it to slow down time while pickpocketing.
         The enemy AI can make or break a stealth game, and first few Thief games' AI were revolutionary for their time. Apparently, this game is set to continue the tradition. "Garett's enemies understand the topography of the level and which ares could be useful for hiding. Different NPCs will look for Garrett in different ways," noted AI programmer Eric Martel. Overall, the game sounds very similar to Dishonored, which is unsurprising as the Thief games are cited as some of the biggest inspirations for Dishonored.
         Thief 4 is set to be released for the PC, the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and possibly the next-gen consoles in 2014.

ALSO SEE: ATTANO.COM
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Posted by Harish K V

ATTANO.COM



     
         Attano.com presents a novel way to supplement your studies. It provides interactive eBooks that can be accessed on PC, tablets and even smartphones. So far, most of the eBooks available are limited to fictional books. With Attano.com you now have access to educational books right from preschool to higher education. This includes educational books for CBSE, ICSE, and Maharashtra and Karnataka board. Their higher education offerings include books for business, engineering, computer science, biomedical, physics, chemistry, humanities, mathematics, and law, amongst others.
          Of course, these books aren't free and the prices start from Rs 15 and can go over Rs 200, depending upon the book. Once you have purchased a book, it will appear on the bookshelf in the app. When reading, you can select the type of layout, as a single page or just like a book. You have options like bookmarks, highlight, adding notes, etc. Apart from this, in case you have an urge to doodle, then you can easily do so by using the pen tool. All your bookmarks and notes can be accessed from the 'My Data' tab. Here, you will also find the Consumption Report, which will reflect how much of a book you have read. In terms of interactivity, it also has educational videos, audio, spot assessments, plus a social feature that will allow you to interact with fellow Attano users. As of now, it supports the Apple and Android OS. All you need to do is to create an account, download the Attano app, and install.

ALSO SEE: PIRATE BAY ALL LINKS ARCHIVE
Friday, 26 April 2013
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PIRATE BAY ALL LINKS ARCHIVE



        The pirate Bay has published a 75 MB archive containing a copy of every single magnetic link indexed by it. The self-described "galaxy's most resilient bittorrent site" switched from hosting actual Torrents to text-based magnet links a year ago, allowing users to scrape all the essential information from the site's 2-million-plus entries into such a small file. While 75 MB gets you only file titles and Magnet links, an expanded 631 MB version of the archive includes comments and descriptions. The archive has been published to help users continue sharing files even if the site is disrupted or forced offline in the course of its various legal battles.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
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REPAIR A DEFECTIVE USB IN A CONVECTION OVEN



                 Ia a USB stick stops functioning abruptly, you might be able to save it. Try using in on another PC before deciding it is faulty. If it still doesn't work, you have two options to recover important data from the stick. In each case you must first carefully remove the pen drive's casing. Wrap the circuit board tightly using Scotch tape. In this way, the board is firmly insulated and safe from contact contact with outside objects and safe from short circuits. Check if the drive works now. If the stick starts functioning again, quickly copy all data. If this is a possible last resort-- but beware the device might thus be damaged irretrievably! Often, the solder holding the internal components together tends to get dry and does make good contact. Re-soldering the entire circuit board is impossible by human hands because of the tiny SMD chips used. This needs wave of soldering machine, which is not easy to procure. But you can use your oven at home to do the same work.
               Place the USB stick for five minutes in an oven preheated to 200 C. In this way, the solder melts a little and all contacts are strengthened. It is important that all plastic casing pieces be removed before popping the drive into the oven.
              If the memory modules are soldered on one side of the circuit board, place these upturned. The plastic inside the USB plug should survive this effort unscathed. Once the five minutes are up, shut down the oven and leave the door open for cooling without removing the stick. After approximately 30 minutes, you can remove the pen drive and check whether it works again.

ALSO SEE: GAMERS ENRAGED BUGS, DRM IN NEW SIMCITY
Friday, 19 April 2013
Posted by Harish K V

GAMERS ENRAGED BY BUGS, DRM IN NEW SIMCITY



            EA's big SimCity franchise resurrection was preceded by months of hype and mounting expectations, which peaked when early reviews rated it as 9.5/10 and above. However gamers who bought it were in for a rude surprise--at launch time, EA's servers crashes. Even worse, EA responded by reducing functionality and killing online features. Gamers, who never wanted the game to require a constant internet connection, also quickly discovered that traffic routing is completely illogical, and usable land area is laughably limited. EA still refused to allow offline play, claiming that calculations are offloaded to the cloud, but this has been proven to be untrue. EA hasn't yet responded to the latest set of revelations.

ALSO SEE: RECOVER DATA OFF UNREADABLE CDS AND DVDS
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RECOVER DATA OFF UNREADABLE CDS AND DVDS




              You want to copy photos from a scratched disc onto the hard drive. But the Windows Explorer aborts the copy process with the error notification 'File cannot be copied'. Where the Windows Explorer fails, the mini-tool 'Roadkil's unstoppable copier' prevails against scratch and damages on the data storage medium. This program copies and restores data from unreachable discs - you can download it for free at http://www.roadkil.net/.
              In order to recover data, select the source and the target drives using the 'Browse' button in the 'Copy' tab. Subsequently in the 'Settings' tab, move the slider approximately to the middle, it is a good compromise between the best and fastest recovery of the data. You should also set the tick in front of 'skip damaged files automatically', otherwise it may take considerably more time till the tool copies the still usable data. This utility is ideal for hard drives, floppy drives, CDs and DVDs which could have bad sectors or partially corrupted file systems.

ALSO SEE: WICKEDLEAK WAMMY MAGNUS
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Posted by Harish K V

WICKEDLEAK WAMMY MAGNUS


VERDICT: A powerful quad-core tablet with an HD IPS display.
FOR: 4K video support; IPS display; powerful hardware; low price.
AGAINST: Average build quality; OS needs to be updated by user.


         The Wammy Magnus is a 10.1 - inch tablet that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is upgradeable to Android 4.2. The tablet has an Allwinner A31 SoC, which comprises an ARM cortex-A7 quad-core 1.5GHz CPU. The processor is presently clocked at 1GHz but will be able to run at full speed when upgraded to Android 4.2. It has 2 GB of RAM. The GPU onboard is the octa-core PowerVR SGX 544MP2, which is capable of handling 4k videos @ 30 fps and 1080p videos @ 60 fps. The IPS display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and looks crisp and sharp. We tested a few SD, HD, full HD and 4k videos. The Magnus has 16GB of internal storage of which 13GB is available for the use's data while the rest is reserved for the ROM and app data. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G via an external dongle, and a micro USB port. The tablet is powered by an 8000 mAh battery that can last you for around 7 hours. Since the tablet is not running on the latest compatible Android operating system, we did find the user interface to be a bit buggy. The system would behave erratically at times: the touch sensor would either lag or act too quickly, making you think the tablet was sluggish. But we shall blame it on the incompatible operating system installed.


SPECIFICATIONS
DIMENSIONS(W x H x D):  267 x 177 x 80 mm
WEIGHT:    620g
DISPLAY: 10.1-inch IPS, 1280 x 800 pixels
CPU: Allwinner A31, quad core, 1.5GHz
GPU: PowerVR SGX 544 8-core
RAM: 2GB
STORAGE: 16GB
CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi b/g/n
Battery: 8000 mAh
OS: Android JB 4.1

ALSO SEE: UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG
Monday, 15 April 2013
Posted by Harish K V

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG



             Amidst a mix of leaks and official announcements, Ubisoft revealed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The game is set to go for a pirate-themed setting, and is apparently going to subvert expectations. The game is going to have a more serious take on pirates than pop-culture would have us believe. Lead Content Manager, Carsten Myhill said, "Certainly when Assassin's Creed III naval came out, there was a clamour from the fans for a pirate game. But it's not easy. It takes a very long talented team, a lot of experience and great tech. It's one thing having good naval combat, but combining that will good boarding and land-based gameplay in a seamless way, is hard to do."
            It will also feature something developers refer to as "seamless systemic naval adventuring." This essentially means you don't have to line your ship up to an enemy's to get to the sweet spot that will let you board their ship. You can sail up to an enemy ship at any angle and still raid it.
           The game is set to feature three cities - Havana, Cuba; Nassau, The Bahamas; Kingston, Jamaica. One of the developer's major goals is to have the player always know where they are as soon as they come to a city.
           We don't know much about the game, except for the fact that we'll be playing Connor's grandfather Edward Kenway.
           Considering everything we know, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag(this is the first game to have a number as well as a subtitle) looks like it's going to be one hell of a game. It's going to have vast oceans to explore, a combat system that'll let you wield two weapons at the same time, and best of all: pirates!

ALSO SEE: MULTI-BOOT: ANDROID OS
Saturday, 13 April 2013
Posted by Harish K V
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