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Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 finally released

February 28, 2013 1 comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/26/microsoft-internet-explorer-10-for-windows-7-finally-released/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e807%2evh0ao03kwj%2etuv

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Microsoft just a few seconds ago released Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7. The web browser that got initially released for Windows 8 last year, and then later on as a preview version for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, has been much awaited by the Internet community.

It is important that Windows 7 users pick the right download of the web browser. The 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 10 can only be installed on 32-bit versions of Windows 7, while the 64-bit version is reserved to 64-bit versions. The 64-bit version is almost double in size with its 42.3 MB than the 32-bit version with its 22.0 MB.

The following system requirements are required to install IE10:;

  • CPU: at least 1 GHz with support for PAE, NX and SSE2
  • RAM: at least 512 MB of memory
  • Hard Drive: at least 70 MB of storage space for 32-bit versions, and 120 MB for 64-bit versions
  • Windows 7: Service Pack 1 installed

internet explorer 10 screenshot

Please note that you may need to reboot your system before all functionality becomes available.

So what is new in IE10 for Windows 7? Microsoft back in October mentioned that the browser would offer better performance, developer capabilities, improved real-world site performance and better standards support than Internet Explorer 8 or 9 on the operating system.

The web browser is scoring 320 and 6 bonus points in the HTML5 test which gives an indication on how well – or not – HTML features are supported. That is a lot better than Internet Explorer 9′s 138 and 5 bonus points but still trailing browsers such as Chrome 24 with its 448 and 13 bonus points, Opera 12.10 with its 419 and 9 bonus points or Firefox 19′s 393 points and 10 bonus points. Still the gap has been closed considerable and that is a good sign for Internet Explorer users.

Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 does not ship with a native version of Adobe Flash which makes it similar to the desktop version of the browser on Windows 8 which also does not ship with native Flash support.

For users of IE8 or IE9, Internet Explorer 10 is definitely an improvement in many regards including performance and standards support. While Microsoft’s browser is still trailing behind other browsers, and sometimes even in front depending on which benchmark and test you run, it is fair to say that the company managed to close a wide gap with the release.

Note that IE10 will not be released for Vista or previous client or server versions of the Windows operating system.

My personal recommendation: upgrade if you can even if you are not using Internet Explorer.

What’s new in Internet Explorer 10

Apart from better web standards support and performance, IE10 users do benefit from a number of features that Microsoft added to the browser.

The browser supports Do Not Track now and sends the header by default to all sites you connect to. This caused some controversy with companies like Yahoo stating that they would not honor Microsoft’s Do Not Track implementation. The core reason for that is that the feature has been designed as a conscious choice. To find the setting tap on the Alt key in the browser and select Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Security > Always send Do Not Track header.

IE10 do not track screenshot

The second feature worth writing about is the inclusion of a spell-checking and auto-correction module in the browser. Microsoft’s Internet browser did not support spell checking up until now, and you had to resort to extensions such as IE7 Pro to add spell-checking to IE9 and previous versions.

Here is how you can disable the spelling correction feature of Internet Explorer if you find it too obtrusive. Tap on the Alt key again, and select Tools > Manage Add-ons from the menu at the top.

Here you find spelling correction listed under add-on types. The installed languages are displayed here by default. You can click on Get more Spelling Dictionaries online to install dictionaries for other languages. Here you can also disable the spelling correction feature.

internet explorer 10 spelling correction screenshot

Blocking automatic updates

If you do not want to use Internet Explorer 10 on your computer or network of PCs yet, you may be interested in blocking the automatic update delivery so that it is not automatically installed on the system.

Internet Explorer 32-bit or 64-bit?

Note that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 runs in a 64-bit and 32-bit hybrid mode on 64-bit versions of Windows 7. To change that, enable Enhanced Protected Mode in the Internet Options. This breaks plugins that are only compatible with the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer.

NEW 3D QURAN DOWNLOAD FREE

February 25, 2013 1 comment

After uploading Quran Flash Version, Now we introduce 3D Version of Quran, which is just like the original Quran placed in front of you. You can Find Specific Surah or Chapter by clicking the content by Surah or Chapter at right side of your screen, while its open. You can zoom in zoom out, or set the direction which suits to your eyes best while reciting. Here is the snapshot how it looks like:

Quran 3d

Download Link1 for 3D Quran:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bzhnrm0g4Q9ueDhoR2prSVJqMDA/edit?usp=sharing

(After you click the link above, go to File>Download show on top left of the screen to download the file)

Download Link 2 for 3D Quran:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/90441241/3d%20Quran.rar

Please provide with your feedback how you find this new 3D Quran. Its a gift for all Muslims. Thanks.

Related Link: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/90441241/Quran_Flash_By_www.Qasmisoft.blogspot.com.rar

First Windows 7 version nearing its end of support date

February 23, 2013 2 comments

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/15/first-windows-7-version-nearing-its-end-of-support-date/?_m=3n%2e003a%2e115%2evh0ao03kwj%2e477

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Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system in October 2009, roughly three and a half years have passed since then and it may come as a surprise to many that the first Windows 7 product is nearing its end of support date already. In fact, its support date ends before Windows XP support will end. How this can be? Lets find out.

Support for the Windows XP operating system ends about 14 months from today in April 2014. It is the end of the product’s extended support date after which support for the product is not offered anymore. This includes the release of security updates and other updates which won’t be produced and released anymore for these versions of Windows.

When you look at the support table for Windows 7 you will notice that mainstream support for all versions ends in January 2015 and that extended support ends in January 2020. But that does not include Windows 7 RTM which will expire as of April 9, 2013. You may ask yourself why it is expiring that early and the answer is revealed when you look at how service pack releases alter support end dates.

The support lifecycle of a product ends 24 months after a service pack for it has been released. The service pack in this case takes the place of the product so to speak and support will either expire at the product’s support lifecycle end or 24 months after the next service pack release whichever comes first.

This means basically that Windows 7 RTM’s support lifecycle ends in less than two months from today, and that support for Windows 7 with service pack 1 installed will take over the support end dates of the product. This leaves us with the following extended support end dates:

  • April 9th, 2013: Windows 7 without service pack
  • April 8th, 2014: Windows XP SP3
  • April 11th, 2017: Windows Vista SP2
  • January 1st, 2020: Windows 7 SP1
  • January 9th, 2023: Windows 8

Windows 7′s mainstream support ends on January 13th, 2015 and Windows 8′s mainstream support on January 9th, 2018.  The difference between mainstream support and extended support is the following:

  • Mainstream support: request to change product design and features, security updates, other hotfixes, complimentary support, paid support
  • Extended support: security updates and paid support

What this means? Windows 7 users need to make sure to have the first service pack for the operating system installed so that they will continue to receive updates for the operating system.

You can check out the lifecycle of any Microsoft product on this page.

Add a background wallpaper to Google Search

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/20/add-a-background-wallpaper-to-google-search/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e801%2evh0ao03kwj%2etml

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Google some months ago announced that it would remove a feature from its search interface that allowed users to add custom background wallpapers to the main search page.  While purely cosmetic in nature, it enabled users to add a tiny bit of customization to Google’s front page. As of November 16, 2012, this feature is no longer available and users need to look for third party solutions to add the option to display background images on Google’s homepage again.

One of those options at your disposal is Custom Google Background for the Google Chrome web browser. The web browser extension enables you to add a custom wallpaper to Google Search just like you were able before. Apart from that, it is also offering a couple of extra features that may be interesting to some users.

google search background wallpaper screenshot

Once you have installed the extension in Google Chrome,  you need to open the options of Custom Google Background to select a wallpaper that you want to use there.

The extension makes available the following three options:

  • Upload an image from your computer.
  • Use a web address instead that is displaying an image.
  • Search and use a picture from the 500px website.

The first image is automatically selected as the background wallpaper which you can check right away by visiting the Google homepage. Note that you can add multiple wallpapers to the extension which you can then switch between with a single click in the settings. Here you can also disable the background functionality again if the need arises.

google background wallpaper screenshot

I already mentioned that the extension makes available a couple of additional options that some Google users may find useful. If you look at the screenshot above, you may already notice some of the enhancements.  The following options are at your disposal:

  • Hide Google logo
  • Hide Search button
  • Hide Lucky button
  • Hide Footer
  • Hide Promotion
  • Stealth Modus

Most features should be self-explanatory. Stealth-modus adds transparency to the search form so that the wallpaper shines through.

Verdict

If you miss the background image on Google Search and want it back, and use Google Chrome as your browser, then this is the extension to use for that. It is versatile enough in terms of image sources as you can load them from the local system or Internet, and the options it makes available on top may be useful as well to some Google users. In fact, some users may want to use the extension just for that purpose.

Sony announces Playstation 4 (PS4) but does not show it

February 22, 2013 1 comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/21/sony-announces-playstation-4-ps4-but-does-not-show-it/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e801%2evh0ao03kwj%2etmg

By on February 21, 2013 – TAGS: None

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While Nintendo managed to get a head start by releasing the Wii U gaming system in 2012, both Sony and Microsoft are expected to release their next generation consoles this year. Rumors have been floating around for a while now but since neither company commented on those rumors, they were just that.

Sony announced the new Playstation 4 yesterday in a show that provided us with information about what we can expect the company to deliver. Before we take a look at what that is, I’d like to point out that Sony did not show the Playstation 4 console during the show or reveal a final price.  While that is certainly disappointing, Sony at least revealed information about the PS4 system architecture.

Sony moved away from the Cell cpu architecture of the Playstation 3 to the x86 architecture with an 8 core cpu. The most likely reason for that move is to drop production costs and maybe also to make it easier to bring PC games to the system (and PS4 games to PC).

What this also means, and this is without doubt a negative, is that PS3 games won’t run on Sony’s Playstation 4 on launch. That’s a big issue for current generation Playstation users who want to keep playing their large collection of games on the new system. While they could simply keep the PS3 and switch between both systems, it may not always a viable solution.

Sony’s PS4 console will have 8 Gigabytes of GDDR 5 RAM, local hard drive space (no mentioning of how many Gigabytes), and a 3D camera. Sony did not reveal many technical information about the gpu (graphics processing unit), only that it almost reaches 2 Teraflops of computational performance. Information about other hardware related features, if a disc drive is used, the connectivity features, how much power it consumes, have not been revealed during the announcement.

playstation 4 architecture screenshot

The new Dualshock 4 controller was revealed during the show. The biggest change in design is a touchpad that Sony added to the top of the controller. The controller on top of that features a share button, a  headphone input jack and a light bar that is being used by a sensor unit to determine the controller’s position in the room.

ps4 controller

 

As far as other features go that were introduced: Sony’s PS4 supports suspending and resuming of game sessions with the press of the power button. The game data is preserved in RAM, and when gamers want to continue playing the game, they can do so almost immediately according to Sony.

Another interesting feature that was announced during the show is the share option. What this makes available, basically, is an option to hand over the controller to a friend so that this friend can jump right into your game to continue playing where you left of. This can be interesting if you are stuck for instance and want your friend to help you overcome a particular scene in the game.

What’s also interesting is that you can tap right into streams of games that other users or friends are playing right now. We all know that live game streams are highly popular, and this seems to be Sony’s way of making those available natively on the console.

playstation 4 interface screenshot

By now you are probably dying to see what the console has to offer in terms of games.

Google Drive gets file preview feature, mobile gets video streaming

February 22, 2013 Leave a comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/21/google-drive-gets-file-preview-feature-mobile-gets-video-streaming/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e801%2evh0ao03kwj%2etmb

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Google’s cloud storage and file synchronization service Google Drive has been around for a while. It is Google’s go-to solution when it comes to syncing and storing files online. The company has integrated it into many of its service, Google Docs comes to mind for instance, which certainly improved the service’s reach.

Yesterday Google announced an upcoming change to Google Drive that is being rolled out as we speak and should be available to all users in the next couple of days.

The company has integrated a new preview feature in to Google Drive which is available for more than 30 different file types including image and video formats as well as document formats such as pdf. To use the new feature, right-click on a supported file type on Google Drive and select preview from the context menu.

google drive preview screenshots

A preview of the selected item is then displayed on the screen. What makes this preview feature interesting is that you can browse related items easily right from it. Google displays a thumbnail stream at the bottom that you can click on, or you can use the back and forward buttons that are displayed on the left and right side of the browser window to switch to the previous or next item in line.

Previews not only show static imagery, you can also preview videos right from there or scroll through documents. Another interesting feature that has been integrated into previewing files on Google Drive is the option to copy text from the preview right away. Google furthermore built-in zooming options, and options to download, print, share or open files for editing.

In other news: the official Google Drive application for Android was also updated yesterday. The main new feature that it makes available is support for video streaming on Honeycomb or newer versions of Android. According to the release notes, Google has improved the application’s performance across the board and integrated pinch to zoom support in presentation mode.

Bing updates Facebook photo search

February 20, 2013 Leave a comment

Original Post: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/19/bing-updates-facebook-photo-search/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e799%2evh0ao03kwj%2etk0

Last year Microsoft’s search engine Bing rolled out its “Friends Photos”, but today the company announced a huge update to the service, which allows users to search photos on Facebook. Before you press the panic button, the company assures us that “Bing respects your Facebook privacy settings. Your Facebook friends will only be able to see the photos you have made viewable and your photos will never be shared with the public”

MK Li, Program Manager for Bing Social, also points out that “more than 300 million photos [are] uploaded to Facebook per day”. That is a huge amount, but the social network also has a monstrous user base. He also stated  that the Microsoft hopes this will make it ”easier to scan, discover and explore your friends’ photos”.

So what is included in this brand new update? Two things — a new interface and a slideshow mode. Both will make your searches a bit simpler in the future.

bing facebook photo search

First, the new interface incorporates a more Metro, or Modern UI, design to the look of the search results. This brings it inline with Microsoft’s updates to the latest version of Windows — Windows 8, as well as Windows Phone, Office 2013, Xbox and the vast majority of the company’s web sites.

Second, there is a slide show mode. This allows a user to click on an image and initiate a slide show that will display all of the results of that particular search. Li points out that “from there, you can also search for additional photos, or simply browse”.

The updates have begun rolling out to all customers, but remember that these things frequently are gradual, meaning you may not get it right away. To check if you have access you can head over to Friends’ Photos and give it a try. For me, it is working just fine, but results may vary by user and location.

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