One of our top picks for best desktop software, f.lux announced Tuesday that they have released a major update to their popular screen dimmer application. f.lux 3.9 now allows your screen to go even warmer, from a previous setting of 3400K down to 2700K or optionally to 1200K, if you prefer. So now you can simulate that working-by-candlelight experience on your HD display. Movie mode allows you to keep the warm setting but preserves details in picture quality such as shadows and skin tones. This mode also has a built-in timer, which allows you to watch most … Read more
Windows 8.1 is set to arrive later this week as a free update to Windows 8 via the Windows Store. Windows 8.1 has several new features, including being able to boot directly to the desktop as well as the return of the Start button.
As with any major update, taking a few moments to prepare for it will go a long way to ensuring a smooth update. Here are a few steps you can take to make sure your update to Windows 8.1 goes without a hitch:Back up your personal data
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Microsoft is making Windows 8.1 commercially available over the next day-plus -- depending on your time zone.
Unsurprisingly, this milestone leads many Microsoft watchers, partners, and customers to wonder what will be coming next. Again, unsurprisingly, Microsoft isn't talking about what will be the follow-on to Windows 8.1, code-named Blue. But that doesn't mean things are at a standstill.
Here's what I'm hearing from my sources.
Microsoft will cut off support for Windows XP in April 2014, but Google will keep the XP version of Chrome updated for another year.
In a blog posted Wednesday, Mark Larson, director of engineering and superintendent of public safety for Google Chrome, said that Chrome support for XP users won't end until April 2015. That means Chrome XP users will continue to receive updates and patches to keep the browser secure. As Larson said, malware often sneaks its way onto computers through holes in unpatched browsers.
Microsoft's pulling of the XP plug next April means that the now … Read more
Lenovo is debuting a new 8-inch tablet alongside the imminent Windows 8.1 operating system upgrade. Called the Miix2, it's a semi-sequel to a 10-inch Windows 8 hybrid that we had frankly completely forgotten about after seeing it briefly back in June 2013.
The new version cuts the screen size, but also smartly cuts the price. The Miix was $550, whereas the new Miix2 is $299, and includes Intel's latest Bay Trail generation quad-core Atom processors, a 16:10 1,280x800-pixel screen, and 32GB SSD storage (a 64GB version will be $349). The system also comes with a … Read more
Windows 8 received mixed reviews when it was released last October. Critics blasted Microsoft for its dramatically redesigned user interface and removing the famous Start button. Concerns were eased when the company promised improvements in the next iteration of the operating system, now known as Windows 8.1.
Here are a few tips to get you started with Windows 8.1:
Design: Avast's new layout is a unique and clean take on managing security. Rather than copying a flat Metro look like so many others, Avast organizes its environment and prioritizes it in a sensible manner. Flat icons and subtle menu animations look great, secondary pop-out menus don't feel cluttered, and the toggle icon also helps create a cleaner experience.
Security: An improved firewall, noninvasive scanning, and a complementary, crowdsourced, whitelisting approach via Community IQ keeps this security suite on alert for untrustworthy sites and phishing scams. A noninvasive browser add-on protects your Web usage with built-in do … Read more
Surface Pro 2 buyers who preorder the 256GB or 512GB editions may not receive the tablet for another two months.
Set to launch on October 22, the new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets have been up for preorders since September 24. The shipping times for certain models found at Microsoft's online store have fluctuated since then. The latest estimates indicate that the 64GB Surface Pro 2 will ship by October 21, while the 128GB version will ship by October 25.
But the 256GB and 512GB flavors both display a ship date of December 15, pointing to a … Read more