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Creating Folders with Different Colors in Windows

Creating Folders with Different Colors in Windows Microsoft’s Windows operating system have completed almost 30 years of successful run, with more and more features and user friendly user interface being added one after another However Windows users still lack few of the features which they think should be enabled with their Windows OS. One of which is, feature which can enabled is to add “colors to folders” or to add different colors to different folders in Windows run PC. You may think what is the use of “adding colors to Folder in Windows”, well colored folders looks more attractive and are easier to navigate. While Microsoft does not provide any option to change colors of the folders in windows. few softwares available online may help you change colors of the folder as of your choice. Here, in this article I will explain you a similar method which will help you to add different colors to folder in your Windows run PC. How to Customize folders with different colors in Windows? Too…

How To Recover Deleted Contacts From Android Phone

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Did you ever face a problem of losing your contacts from your Android phone? Ahh…it really gets me when I accidentally delete or lose phone number of my colleague or friends. I put all the blame to my phone for that even if it’s my fault and I guess most of you also do the same thing. That’s why I am writing this blog post on how you can recover deleted contacts from Android using a simple method.
Recovering contacts from your Android phone is easy. Take a look at the methods listed below: Probably your contacts are not deleted Before you start to panic realizing your contacts are gone, I will recommend you to first take a look at your Android device. It might be possible that your contacts are not deleted. For that, first you need open the Contacts, then click on the three dot hamburger symbol located at the top right corner. Now select Contacts to display and make sure that you have selected All contacts. Now return and check whether you got your contacts back or not; if it’s back …

Pepper robot to go on sale to public

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Pepper can respond to emotions, its makers say Pepper, the humanoid robot that its makers say can recognise and respond to human emotions, goes on sale in Japan this weekend. SoftBank, the company behind the robot, is planning to release 1,000 robots every month. Pepper will sell for 198,000 yen (£1,000), and businesses will be able to rent it for 1,500 yen an hour. Robotic expert Prof Noel Sharkey said SoftBank's business strategy was "risky". Although the upfront price is relatively cheap for a sophisticated robot - SoftBank is actually selling it at below manufacturing costs - customers will also have to pay monthly service fees of up to 24,000 yen and sign up to a three-year contract. "SoftBank is hoping to make money from apps, but it is risky as it is not clear whether anyone will develop any for it," said Prof Sharkey, from the University of Sheffield. There will be 100 apps available for download at launch. The robots will be manufactured by FoxConn. C…

Samsung Launched World’s First Transparent and Mirrored Display

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Technology company Samsung has recently unveiled world’s first transparent and mirrored OLED display panels earlier this week at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Till now you’ve seen transparent displays in futuristic movies and TV shows and now for the first time they are a reality. The Samsung Transparent Display presents visuals in Full HD 1920x1080p resolution. This was displayed in a showcase for informational browsing and personalized shopping. The OLED display technology of Samsung is integrated with Intel RealSense technology that makes the viewing experience for users a more enriching and engaging experience. The RealSense technology of Intel uses 3D cameras to see the people around it and its surroundings. Due to its integration with transparent and mirrored OLED displays, Samsung has created a “virtually fitting room” where customers can see clothing apparel, shoes or jewelry from a different realistic perspective. The Samsung Mirror OLED display has more than 75 …

Supersonic car bid put back to 2016

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The Bloodhound Super-Sonic Car is not going to get into the desert this year to break the world land speed record.The 1,000mph vehicle's basic build will be complete in a few months, ready for "slow-speed" testing on a UK runway.But a delay with its rocket system means there will be insufficient time to run Bloodhound on its specially prepared race track in South Africa before seasonal rains start to fall.The plan now is to wait until April or May 2016 to try to drive at 800mph.Assuming that goes well, the team would then stage a second campaign on the dried-out lakebed of Hakskeen Pan in Northern Cape, with the aim of getting all the way up to 1,000mph (1,610km/h). The hope is that this could also be done in 2016.The current land speed record is 763mph (1,227km/h).Bloodhound's chief engineer, Mark Chapman, is disappointed to have to announce the slip in schedule, but believes it is the right decision."The amount of investment to get us out to South Africa to ru…

Twitter chief Costolo steps down

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Dick Costolo is stepping down as chief executive of Twitter, the company has announced.The social messaging service's co-founder Jack Dorsey will take over as interim chief on 1 July and stay until a replacement can be found.Mr Costolo had been under pressure from investors unhappy with the firm's user growth.In a statement, he said he was "tremendously proud of the Twitter team".Twitter said that its board had formed a committee to undertake the task of finding a successor.Following the announcement, shares in the company jumped by more than 7% in trading after US markets had closed.Slowing growthTwitter debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2013 but has not been adding users as fast as investors had hoped.In April, the firm missed Wall Street's forecasts for revenue growth and posted a net loss of $162m (£104m).Its share price has declined nearly 30% since then, and is currently trading below the price it debuted at in 2013.Analysts remain pessimistic about…

Action over Google 'right to forget'

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Google said the right to be forgotten ruling focused on services directed at Europeans Google has 15 days to comply with a request from France's data watchdog to extend the "right to be forgotten" to all its search engines. Last year a European Court of Justice ruling let people ask Google to delist some information about them. However, the data deleting system only strips information from searches done via Google's European sites. French data regulator CNIL said Google could face sanctions if it did not comply within the time limit. In response, Google said in a statement: "We've been working hard to strike the right balance in implementing the European Court's ruling, co-operating closely with data protection authorities. "The ruling focused on services directed to European users, and that's the approach we are taking in complying with it." The 2014 court ruling allowed Europeans to submit applications to Google to remove data from searc…

Oculus and Xbox create VR tie-up

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Richard Taylor takes a first look at Oculus's Rift headsetOculus VR has shown off the version of its virtual reality headset that will be sold to consumers, and revealed it will come with an Xbox One controller.The Facebook-owned company also revealed it is working on its own handheld controller system called Oculus Touch.The Rift headset will be released early next year. Until now, only a "developer" version had been sold.It will compete with rival VR headsets such as Sony's Morpheus and HTC's Vive.Google has made a more basic entry into the market with its Cardboard product, which uses a person's smartphone to create a VR effect.The deal with Microsoft means Oculus owners will be able to stream Xbox One games to the headset and see them as if they are being viewed on a huge "home cinema" screen.Microsoft's gaming boss Phil Spencer made a surprise appearance at the event to introduce the partnership.The Rift headset will be sold with a sensor f…

How to speed up Chrome on Android

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If you're looking for ways to speed up Chrome on Android, Jack Wallen has four tips that are sure to give your browsing a performance boost.  If you're a heavy browser user on the Android platform, chances are that you're using Chrome. When you first started using that browser, it was probably pretty zippy--but as time wore on, the browser slowed a bit until its performance degradation was noticeable. Or maybe, from your initial usage, Chrome never seemed fast enough. No matter your case, I have a few tips that will help you speed up the Chrome browser on Android. None of these tips will require the installation of third-party software, and they're do-able by any level of user. Let's get to it! Close tabs It's really easy to forget you have that plethora of tabs open... until Chrome bogs down. When you have too many Chrome tabs open, your browser may slow down and your device can take a performance hit. When you open up the browser, look for the small square wi…

Live Rowing Is An App and Rowing Machine Monitor That Lets You Challenge Your Friends To A Boat Race

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Rowing has been a social activity since the time humans started paddling in the water. It’s one of the oldest Olympic group sports, and many an Ivy League college has a crew team. But indoor rowing machines are a mostly solitaire affair.That’s not very inspiring to those who like to workout this way, according to rowing enthusiast Nick Sheedy. He aims to bring the social aspect of outdoor rowing to the great indoors with a new iOS app and performance monitor that will hook up to almost any rowing machine.Called Live Rowing, the app, and device enables rowers to go boat-to-boat in a racing challenge, see how well they stack up in time, distance and calories burned or check in with friends and hold each other accountable.It does this by mounting the Connect2 Rower monitor to the machine and then hooking up the LiveRowing Connect with Apple Lightning cable to your phone. The monitor is then able to pick up data from any digital display and relay that back to the app.The TechCrunch video …

The Online Privacy Lie Is Unraveling

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A new report into U.S. consumers’ attitude to the collection of personal data has highlighted the disconnect between commercial claims that web users are happy to trade privacy in exchange for ‘benefits’ like discounts. On the contrary, it asserts that a large majority of web users are not at all happy, but rather feel powerless to stop their data being harvested and used by marketers.The report authors’ argue it’s this sense of resignation that is resulting in data tradeoffs taking place — rather than consumers performing careful cost-benefit analysis to weigh up the pros and cons of giving up their data (as marketers try to claim). They also found that where consumers were most informed about marketing practices they were also more likely to be resigned to not being able to do anything to prevent their data being harvested.“Rather than feeling able to make choices, Americans believe it is futile to manage what companies can learn about them. Our study reveals that more than half do …

Windows 10 PC squeezed inside plug

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A Taiwanese company has created a plug-like computer capable of running Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 10 operating system. Quanta's Compute Plug is designed to be pushed directly into a power socket, has an HDMI port for TV connections and two USB sockets. It is not the first such device. US chipmaker Marvell has promoted a range of similarly formed PCs since 2009. But they are designed to work with the less processor-intensive Ubuntu OS. To date, Marvell's "plug computers" ecosystem - which is targeted at schools and smart home enthusiasts - has had only niche appeal. Fingerprint PC Microsoft announced details about the new wi-fi enabled Windows device on its blog, indicating that it was designed to be cable-linked to a screen to turn it into a voice-controlled portable computer. "The new Compute plug from Quanta is a mini PC and power adapter in one that can be plugged into any outlet and connected to a TV to turn it into a smart computer that can be co…

YouTube tool reveals music secrets

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Ed Sheeran's three biggest territories are the USA, the UK and the PhillippinesYouTube's new analytics tool reveals some surprising secrets about the world's most popular musicians.Music Insight lets artists see where their videos are being streamed, helping them plot tours and target their most fervent fans."This data can help you get a song added to radio by showing a programmer how big your local fan base is," YouTube told musicians on its blog.It also reveals that, for example, Ed Sheeran is "big in the Phillippines".His videos have been streamed in the country more than 178 million times since September 2014, making it his third biggest market after the US and the UK.Sheeran discovered the Phillippines' enthusiasm in March, when he played the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay."This is honestly, hand on heart, 100 per cent the best reception I've ever received," the British star said.Here are some more surprising facts uncovered by YouTu…

First Steam Machines up for sale

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Alienware's Steam Machine will be sent to buyers in OctoberThe first Steam Machines - an attempt to bring PC gaming to a wider audience - are available to pre-order.PC makers Alienware and Cyberpower have both announced machines that will be sent out to buyers in October.Several Steam Machines will be out this year, an attempt by games publisher Valve to compete with consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation.Many analysts are not convinced it poses a threat to those well-established brands.Steam is a hugely popular gaming platform and shop for the PC market. In September 2013, owner Valve announced it was to work with manufacturers to develop Steam Machines in the hope it would encourage PC gaming in the living room - a domain all but sewn up by consoles.'Expensive'"I don't think it will disrupt the established order in the living room," said Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at analysts IHS."Our view is that it will be a good few years before …

First Steam Machines up for sale

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Alienware's Steam Machine will be sent to buyers in OctoberThe first Steam Machines - an attempt to bring PC gaming to a wider audience - are available to pre-order.PC makers Alienware and Cyberpower have both announced machines that will be sent out to buyers in October.Several Steam Machines will be out this year, an attempt by games publisher Valve to compete with consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation.Many analysts are not convinced it poses a threat to those well-established brands.Steam is a hugely popular gaming platform and shop for the PC market. In September 2013, owner Valve announced it was to work with manufacturers to develop Steam Machines in the hope it would encourage PC gaming in the living room - a domain all but sewn up by consoles.'Expensive'"I don't think it will disrupt the established order in the living room," said Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games research at analysts IHS."Our view is that it will be a good few years before …

US facing 'dedicated' hacking enemy

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The Office of Personnel Management was the targetThe US says it faces a "dedicated adversary" and an "ever evolving threat" to the nation's cyber security, after a major data breach.The hacking of federal government computers may have compromised the records of four million employees.US officials have blamed China for the attack, but the Chinese have denied any involvement.Four million current and former US government employees are being told to take precautions.They have been told to monitor or close bank accounts, freeze credit reports, and change online passwords.Some have spoken to the BBC expressing fears over how their personal information will be used."Identity theft is one thing I'm concerned about," said Bryan Sivak, a former technology officer with the Department of Health and Human Services."But depending on what information was accessed, I'm more worried about this information being used to illegally access various networks or…

Power beamed to camera via wi-fi

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The power beaming system used modified wi-fi routers and hubsWi-fi signals have been used to beam power to a surveillance camera.The battery-free camera was modified so it could scavenge power from ambient wi-fi signals, store it and then use it to take photos.The experiment was one of several by US researchers looking at ways to use wi-fi as a power source.The team behind the project believes its techniques will be useful for powering the many devices expected to form the "internet of things".Adding noiseThe system, known as power-over-wi-fi, has been developed by PhD student Vamsi Talla and colleagues at the Sensor Systems Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle.The team realised that the energy contained in ambient wi-fi signals that are now ubiquitous often came close to the operating voltages required by a variety of low power devices.Unfortunately, because wi-fi signals are broadcast in bursts across different frequencies the required amount of energy was only a…