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HTC Windows Phone 8 Receives its First OS Update

Microsoft has rolled out its first OS update to its Windows Phone 8 offered by HTC. There aren’t many changes but it has a few bug fixes and enhancements in features that you will love. You might scroll up to see the name given to the update once you read through to the end of the article. Yea, update 8.0.10211.204 isn’t something you will want to try memorizing. It could have been something simple like Windows 8.01 or just Windows 8.1 so that we can remember what changes were made to which version. However, having heard that the update has come, we can’t wait to explore what has changed. So, let’s dive right in and check out what’s new about Windows 8.0.10211.204 or what’s called in other words as Portico Update. I hope Portico will be easy for you to remember.

The update will occupy 50MB of space and can be done only from your phone. However, you can do it over Wi-Fi or a mobile network. To update your phone’s OS, access Phone Update under Settings and activate the ‘Notify me when updates are available for my phone’ option.

Answer calls with a message:

The update enables you to answer calls with a pre-typed message. For instance, if you get a call while driving, you can send a message that you are driving instead of answering the call. You can save messages like these as templates and use them whenever necessary. It will be really helpful when you’re in meetings, driving, and so on.

Edit Messages:

You can edit the text messages before forwarding them. Those who were using the old version could not do it and they could only forward the text messages they received just as they were. This is one of the tweaks expected by many users.

Bulk Messaging:

The Portico update enables you to send the same message to multiple numbers in a few taps. You can enter multiple contacts in the recipients field and send it to many people at the same time.

Save Unsent Messages:

If the message you send is not delivered to some recipients, it will automatically save those messages as drafts so that you can send it later.

Delete Browsing History:

You can delete select items from the browsing history. Until now, users had to delete the whole history or keep it as it is. The update lets them delete only the items they want to delete.

Reduced Data Usage:

The Portico update stops the Internet Explorer from automatically downloading pictures, helping you minimize data usage. So, hereon, accessing pictures won’t be counted as downloads.

Advanced Wi-Fi Settings:

The OS can learn from how often you connect it to which Wi-Fi network and automatically make connections when it is taken into the range according to the priority. This will save you a lot of time and you needn’t wait until the phone connects to a Wi-Fi network.

Though these are not major changes, this update addresses the stability issues that many devices had. HTC users can enter the New Year with this update and enjoy sending New Year wishes to many people at the same time.

Travis Ramsy likes writing articles related to Technology News, Gadget Reviews and How To. He also does guest posting for buycharter.com – a site that offers savings and current information on charter cable, as well as charter.com services.

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Speed Up Your Computer

We have a list of things which will increase speed of your computer.

Fragmented Hard Drive

One of the most common causes of a slow computer is a fragmented hard disk drive. Checking the disk for fragmented data won’t take too long and can help with dealing with slow performance issues. In Windows 7, open Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.

Too Many Permanent Temporary Files

Temporary folders are supposed to make using Windows and your browser faster by providing easily accessed files that can be loaded up quickly.

When your hard disk drive becomes over 90% full you will find that performance drops. In order to fight this, one of the best things you can do is delete your Windows temporary files. While deleting your Internet history and temporary Internet files is something you can do from your browser, CCleaner is a good option for tidying up the Windows temp folders.

System Startup

Booting Windows typically takes around the same length of time on any computer. As you install software to your PC, any that is required to launch as part of the Windows startup will result in poor performance of your computer, and perhaps even freeze your computer.

To fix this you will need to reduce the number of applications that are loading at the startup.

Viruses & Spyware

Malicious software is one of the main reasons for slow or poor system performance, and can add themselves to your computer while you install software downloaded from the web. Malware doesn’t just come in the form of viruses, worms and Trojans.

You can deal with malicious software by ensuring that your computer is fully equipped with anti-virus.

Old Hardware

Old hardware can prove deadly to your computer. It’s a familiar tale – the computer bought years ago slowly upgraded component-by-component until it eventually has all brand new shining parts that simply cannot hope to perform as intended.

Windows Registry

When you uninstall software on Windows, the uninstaller doesn’t necessarily remove everything from your computer.

The Windows Registry is like a database of filepaths and instructions for the operating system and installed software, and it can become corrupted and overloaded. These issues will cause slow boots, poor performance and a very slow shut down.

You can CCleaner to fight this problem.

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Mac vs. PCs – How much have they sold in 2012?

First of all, this comparison is not for showing a particular brand in the limelight nor does it have something to do with pointing out the performance of a particular company. I have used both the machines and I should confess that I was equally satisfied. People responsible for today’s innovation put in a lot of brain and soul to come up with a technology and this post is to mainly realize how much their efforts have reached the people intact.

To begin with, there are two types of computers we use; the one which runs on Microsoft’s windows and the one which runs on Apple’s Macintosh OS (I like to call it Mac). Now, both of these tech giants have revolutionized the way we compute today, to a great extent and both have their own loyal fan following. But, the question is “which one has more?”

It all started here:

Windows:

Microsoft released its first graphical user interface version of windows named Windows 1.0 along with MS-DOS on 20th November 1985. It later released a series of Operating systems under the names – Windows 2.0, 2.1X, 3.0/1, 95, 98, ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Mac:

Initially referred to as System software, the original Macintosh was first released in 1981, and went on to be renamed as Mac OS. Some of the notable releases include Classic Mac OS and the latest OS X. It also released its own Mac powered laptops named Mac Book. The latest one (Mac Book Pro) is powered with a Retina Display and offers stunning visual quality.

Now coming to the distinction,

According to a recent report, over 78 % of the computers in the world have their operating system as Windows (be it any version), while, over 3.5% computers are found running with Mac. The recent research by Asymco reveals Microsoft reaching the zenith of sales in the year 2004 (it sold 50 times the number of Macs) and on the contrary, the 4th quarter of 2011 recorded the worst downfall of sales for both Mac and PCs (probably due to the advent of Smartphone and tablets).It is difficult to anticipate and conclude the number of sales this year as both (Windows and Mac) are ready to release their trump cards – Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

To conclude, we are now in a transition phase where tablets and Smartphones are silently creeping ahead of desktops and laptops due to their equivalent features and functions. But, with Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain lion waiting to be set free, there lies certain hope somewhere and who knows, the sales of computers might eventually get back on track as well. What do you think?

This is a guest post by Jena Branch. She is a writer from Buycox.com and writes more about digital cable and high speed internet. To get more information, click here.

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Flame exploits Windows bug to attack PCs

Microsoft Corp warned that a bug in Windows allowed PCs across the Middle East to become infected with the Flame virus and released a software fix to fight the espionage tool that surfaced last week.

Security experts said they were both surprised and impressed by the approach that the attackers had used, which was to disguise Flame as a legitimate program built by Microsoft.

“I woke up to this news and I couldn’t believe it. I had to ask, ‘Am I reading this right?'” said Roel Schouwenberg of Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab, one of the researchers who helped discover the Flame virus.

Experts described the method as “elegant” and they believed it had likely been used to deliver other cyber weapons yet to be identified.

“It would be logical to assume that they would have used it somewhere else at the same time, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for security software maker F-Secure.

If other types of cyber weapons were indeed delivered to victim PCs using the same approach as Flame, then they will likely be exposed very quickly now that Microsoft has identified the problem, said Adam Meyers, director of intelligence for security firm CrowdStrike.

Cyber weapons that bear the fake Microsoft code will either stop working or lose some of their camouflage, said Ryan Smith, chief research scientist with security firm Accuvant.

A spokeswoman for Microsoft declined to comment on whether other viruses had exploited the same flaw in Windows or if the company’s security team was looking for similar bugs in the operating system.

Flame’s code included what is known as a digital certificate, which falsely identified it as a piece of software from Microsoft.

The creators of the virus obtained that certificate by manipulating a component of the Windows operating system known as terminal services licensing, or TS licensing, that is designed to authorize business customers to use advanced features of Windows.

A bug in TS licensing allowed the hackers to use it to create fake certificates that identified Flame as being from Microsoft, Mike Reavey, a senior director with Microsoft’s Security Response Center, said in a blog post.

He feared that other hackers might be able to copy the technique to launch more widespread attacks with other types of viruses, Reavey said.

“We continue to investigate this issue and will take any appropriate actions to help protect customers,” Reavey said in the blog post.

News of the Flame virus, which surfaced a week ago, generated headlines around the world as researchers said that technical evidence suggests it was built on behalf of the same nation or nations that commissioned the Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran’s nuclear program in 2010. Researchers are still gathering information about the virus.

Microsoft’s warning is available at http://blogs.technet.com/b/msrc/

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