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Prototype Windows 10 app eliminates the napkin by turning sketches into code

The latest invention stemming from the Microsoft Garage Project is an app called Ink to Code that eliminates the napkin by converting doodles into lines of code. It's based on Smart Ink and aims to speed up app development.The post Prototype Windows 10 app eliminates the napkin by turning sketches into code appeared first on Digital Trends.

Prototype Windows 10 app eliminates the napkin by turning sketches into code

The latest invention stemming from the Microsoft Garage Project is an app called Ink to Code that eliminates the napkin by converting doodles into lines of code. It's based on Smart Ink and aims to speed up app development.The post Prototype Windows 10 app eliminates the napkin by turning sketches into code appeared first on Digital Trends.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is enjoying a smoother ride to the top

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update, Fall Creators Update, is rolling out faster than its predecessor, Creators Update, while Surface Pro remains the number one form factor among Microsoft hardware.The post Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is enjoying a smoother ride to the top appeared first on Digital Trends.

Dell joins the hologram party with its own mixed reality Windows headset

During the IFA 2017 show in Berlin, the Dell Visor hit the scene, supporting virtual and augmented reality experiences on Windows 10. The headset requires the Creators Update and does not ship until October, for $400.The post Dell joins the hologram party with its own mixed reality Windows headset appeared first on Digital Trends.

Microsoft promises new unified update schedule for Windows 10 and Office 365

Today Microsoft announced that Windows 10 and Office 365 will be aligning update schedules going forward, meaning we should see two major “feature updates” for both products every year.The post Microsoft promises new unified update schedule for Windows 10 and Office 365 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Windows Insider update offers power savings and cleans up desktop icons

Microsoft released another Windows Insider build this week filled to the brim with helpful new features and a host of bugfixes -- including one that will keep your desktop a little tidier.The post Windows Insider update offers power savings and cleans up desktop icons appeared first on Digital Trends.

Latest Windows Insider update targets battery hogs with ‘Power Throttling’

The Creators Update is live, but work continues behind the scenes. Today's Windows Insider build introduces the usual assortment of bug fixes, and a brand-new feature that could increase your laptop's battery life.The post Latest Windows Insider update targets battery hogs with ‘Power Throttling’ appeared first on Digital Trends.

Windows 10 Creators Update lets administrators take away some user options

Creators Update made changes to the core operating system and to policies that are accessible to more technical users, such as IT administrators, who are important to Microsoft as it continues to push Windows 10 to a billion machines.The post Windows 10 Creators Update lets administrators take away some user options appeared first on Digital Trends.

Original version of Windows 10 will stop getting security updates in May

Even though Windows 10 is a relatively new operating system that will enjoy full technical support for some time to come, the very first version of Windows 10 will soon be running out of time.The post Original version of Windows 10 will stop getting security updates in May appeared first on Digital Trends.

Microsoft test suggests that using the Edge browser will yield better battery life

Creators Update has improved the Edge browser's underlying performance, and Microsoft has been touting Edge's advantage in power efficiency for a while. Now, the company has published some additional results to back up its claim.The post Microsoft test suggests that using the Edge browser will yield better battery life appeared first on Digital Trends.

Raspberry Pi 3 can now call upon Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana

Cortana has been assisting users across Windows PCs, smartphones, and tablets for years. Now the voice assistant is set to expand its services to include Raspberry Pi 3 single-board computers.The post Raspberry Pi 3 can now call upon Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana appeared first on Digital Trends.

Microsoft rolls out new Insider build just days ahead of Creators Update release

We’re mere days away from the official release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, but that doesn’t mean Windows Insiders are left out in the cold, a new build just hit the Fast Ring.The post Microsoft rolls out new Insider build just days ahead of Creators Update release appeared first on Digital Trends.

Extra steps required to run Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac via Boot Camp

Apple's Boot Camp lets you split your storage between Windows 10 and MacOS and dual-boot between them. If you want to use Boot Camp with Microsoft's latest and greatest Creators Update, however, you'll need to take some extra steps.The post Extra steps required to run Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac via Boot Camp appeared first on Digital Trends.

Logitech adds support for webcam users affected by Windows 10 Creators Update

Following widespread reports of Logitech webcams having issues as a result of the Creators Update for Windows 10, the company has published documentation to help users address the problem.The post Logitech adds support for webcam users affected by Windows 10 Creators Update appeared first on Digital Trends.

The 8 most common problems with Windows 10 Creators Update, and how to fix them

Like every major OS update, however, the Creators Update is not without its problems. So, we've put together a list of the eight most common Windows 10 Creators Update problems, and how you can fix them.The post The 8 most common problems with Windows 10 Creators Update, and how to fix them appeared first on Digital Trends.

Windows 10 and Xbox stores no longer allow game emulation apps

One significant change to the general Windows Store terms and conditions is to the "Gaming and Xbox" section, which has been bulked up and now stipulates that emulation apps are no longer allowed.The post Windows 10 and Xbox stores no longer allow game emulation apps appeared first on Digital Trends.

Microsoft details new privacy options, pledges data-collection transparency

Microsoft is renewing its commitment to user privacy by offering more information about its practices to users, and cutting down the amount of diagnostic information collected from Windows 10 devices.The post Microsoft details new privacy options, pledges data-collection transparency appeared first on Digital Trends.

Microsoft improves high-DPI display support in Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft worked hard on improving the so-called "high-DPI" performance in last year's Anniversary Update, but it didn't stop there. It put work into improving high-DPI support in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update as well.The post Microsoft improves high-DPI display support in Windows 10 Creators Update appeared first on Digital Trends.

Close to the Metal Ep. 37: Does the Windows 10 Creators Update live up to its name?

Ready or not, the Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to systems. On this week's Close to the Metal, we'll let you know if you should update right away, or run in fear.The post Close to the Metal Ep. 37: Does the Windows 10 Creators Update live up to its name? appeared first on Digital Trends.

Official Windows 10 Creators Update disk image now available for Insiders

Microsoft has officially released disk image files containing the Creators Update to members of the Insider program, allowing them to perform a clean install of the new version of Windows 10.The post Official Windows 10 Creators Update disk image now available for Insiders appeared first on Digital Trends.

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5 popular apps like Instagram for Android users

Social media needs to introduction to anyone who actively uses the internet. More than 4.5 billion people in the world use the internet. Nearly 4 billion of those users are active on a social media platform. There are many social media platforms that are available today. One of the most popular out of those is Instagram.Instagram was founded in 2010 and over a billion social media users are active on it. One of the biggest reasons behind its popularity is it being a visual content-based platform. Users share their lives through photos and videos and follow their favourite people too. Instagram is surely a great app but not the only one. Here are 5 more apps like Instagram that you should be using.FacebookWhile Instagram has a good number of users it is still considerably low in comparison to Facebook. With over 2.5 billion users, Facebook is the biggest social media network today. In fact, Instagram is now owned by Facebook. As a result, they share some common aspects like the stories. The major difference between the two is that Facebook allows text-only posts. Despite that, you can choose to follow pages and accounts that share visual content which makes it a great alternative to IG. Facebook has recently incorporated the ” Going Live ” feature on the platform and we might see more Insta-like features in the future. Facebook’s Groups and Messenger are two key elements that you do not find on Instagram on top of that. Facebook has two apps for itself and the messenger along with two Lite versions of both.RedditReddit was founded in 2005 and today it has over 430 million users. Dubbed as the front page of the internet, Reddit is one of the most unique social media networks. Reddit can be described as a social aggregator. Everything meaningful that happens online or offline can be found on it. Reddit has countless small communities where its users are divided. They are called subreddits that are created for specific genres, niches, and topics. It ranges from memes to politics to conspiracy theories and whatnot. The content can be in form of texts, videos, gifs, anything. If you want to learn new things or just want to pass some time, Reddit can do them both.PinterestPinterest was launched in 2009 and has over 400 million active users today. It is a perfect alternative to Instagram and similar to that in many aspects. Being famous on these social media platforms is a dream of everyone and the rivalry between Pinterest vs Instagram for being the best app for being famous is still a hot topic. Pinterest exceeds in this as, first of all, it is completely based on visual content like photos, videos, and gifs. You can also follow people to see what they post or like on Pinterest. The posts on here are called Pins. A collection of pins is called a “board” that you can choose to follow. The posts from the user and boards you follow will appear on your Pinterest homepage. It is used by not only users for finding recipes, designs & other ideas, but by brands for marketing as well.TumblrTumblr is enjoying 13 years of a good fan following, having been founded in 2007. Today it has over 475 million users and the number is only getting bigger. Tumblr is like a fusion between social media and blogging. Like Facebook and Instagram posts, you get to publish blogs here on Tumblr. It is a visual-heavy platform that allows photos, videos, and gifs but you can also make text posts on it. It is the prime favorite of bloggers as well as the young demographic of under 25 years. Tumblr is known for its mature & progressive style and content. It is often considered to be a calm and positive environment unlike most of the other platforms.TikTokDespite being centred around by many controversies, TikTok is the fastest rising social media platform today. It was originally released in 2016 and within 4 years it had managed to create monthly traffic of over 500 million users. If you like the idea of being insta-famous, TikTok is the best and probably an easier way of getting viral online. Many users worldwide have successfully done so. It has been a Cinderella-esque story for many who have gone from being nothing to having a fan-following of millions. The content of TikTok is pretty similar to that of Instagram as well. You can not post images but videos of under a minute of length. If you use IG for entertainment, then too TikTok is the perfect alternative app.The world has not yet settled around the debate of the pros and cons of social media. While it has certainly made networking easier, the cases of its misuse have been increasing as well. Whichever platform you use, what’s important is to use it for good. Everything you do and say on the internet can be traced back to you. With that being said, these were the 5 apps that you would love if you like Instagram.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Lanmodo Vast Pro Night Vision Dashcam review

What if a dashcam could not only record what is happening in front of or behind (with an optional rear view camera) your vehicle in real-time but also help you spot trouble down the road further than your eyes could see? That’s the claim the Lanmodo Vast Pro Night Vision Dashcam makes.According to its crowdfunding/sales page, the Vast Pro camera allows drivers to see over 3x further than the vehicle’s high beam headlights alone. Add to that 24-hour vehicle monitoring similar to Tesla’s Sentry Mode and it appears to be a no-brainer deal for the current asking price of $229 (front view camera package). Let’s dig in to see if this camera lives up to its own hype.BuildThe Lanmodo Vast Pro features an 8” IPS wide 1920×1080 display screen which dominates the front of the device. Because it is not a touchscreen display, physical buttons are placed along the top of the Vast Pro. From left to right those buttons are: power (tap to for display, hold 3 seconds to power unit off), Signal switch (front or rear camera), scroll up, scroll down, and “OK.”A micro-SD slot sits along the left bottom edge of the device. Also along the bottom edge is a pigtail wire for connecting to a 12V power source and rearview camera.The rear houses a Sony CMOS type 5MP sensor behind a positionable 7-layer glass lens.Tapping the “scroll up” button along the top brings up the on-screen menu.Menu Settings are: (Defaults are bold)Video Recording (On, Off)Audio Recording (On, Off)Recording Time (1, 3, 5 min)Brightness (Low, Med, High)G-Sensor Sensitivity (Low, Med, High)Installation (On Dashboard, On Windshield)System Time (Select to change date and time)Video Playback (Select to play back or protect recorded video)Language Settings (English default)Format Memory Card (Select to format)Because the Vast Pro is not a touchscreen device, I really wished that button function would be displayed on-screen under its respective location when the menu is called up. Otherwise it is a guessing game to feel out the button location and hope that you are selecting the intended one. For a device that is supposed to aid in night time vision, I would say this is an oversight.InstallationThe Vast Pro comes with two different mount types. One for attaching to your windshield and the other is a stationary mount with “Nano Glue” to mount directly to your dash.I chose the dash mount primarily due to my OCD realizing that the windshield mount would position the “Lanmodo” branding along the bottom edge of the device upside-down.Installing the base was simple using the supplied screwdriver to remove a screw from the Vast Pro, attach base, and then putting the mounting screw back in place.Once the chosen base is secured, the next decision is whether to connect to power using either the included cigarette lighter plug or OBD adapter cable. I chose the ODB cable for 24 hour recording as well as keeping my cigarette plug free for phone charging. It would have been nice if the cigarette lighter plug offered at least one USB charging port.Upon removing the protective plastic from the bottom of the base, the Nano Glue holds the device securely in place. The camera lens allows for minimal adjustments to the recording angle. It takes a little bit of force to move and once in positioned, it doesn’t seem as it will go out of adjustment easily.There was more than enough cable length to route from the middle of my dashboard to the OBD port. My only gripes with the installation are 1) the base does not allow for any adjustment of the display unit. Unless your dashboard is completely level, there will be a slight lean to your unit. Remember my OCD? 2) Cable guides weren’t included to hold the cable in place across my dashboard for a cleaner look. 3) The microSD port is positioned in a location that pretty much requires removing the Vast Pro from your dash in order to install or remove.PerformanceUpon starting my car, the Vast Pro powered on and displayed a warning that the card was not compatible and needed to be formatted. Since I was using a brand new Sandisk card provided with my test unit, I was surprised that it wasn’t properly formatted out-of-the-box. That said, I simply confirmed formatting and the card worked as expected within the unit itself.My first test drive was about one hour after sunset. It was basically pitch black because the moon had not yet risen above the horizon. My first observation of the Vast Pro is that the display is quite large and depending on your vehicle, how it is positioned in your field of view or even your height may affect how much of your view of the road it consumes.My next observation is that the display is extremely bright. Even at its lowest setting, it was quite distracting for night time driving. Perhaps this is something I could get used to? Another observation while driving is that approaching headlights tends to wash out the display.If you’re planning on using this for dashcam functionality, you may not capture the video evidence you are looking for as it will be blown out by the light amplification. Finally, the specifications indicate a frame rate of 25FPS but I think the actual frame rate varies depending on the amount of light available. As the road ahead gets darker, the frame rate drops to allow for more light amplification.Once I arrived at my unlit alley connecting the high school and middle school parking lots, I put the car in park and tested with normal headlights, high beam headlights and no headlights.As you can see in the photos, the Vast Pro does exactly as it claims and it honestly does it quite well. I tried navigating the alley without headlights and using the Vast Pro as my guide. Admittedly, I haven’t spent much time with it so I wasn’t very successful; I drove only about 100 yards and found myself fully in the left lane of a 2-way street upon turning my headlights back on.While the playback of video seems to work fine on the Vast Pro itself, it is very cumbersome to sort through 28 hours of footage broken into 3 minute segments based on timestamps alone.Unfortunately, files need to be copied from the included SD card to my computer in order to play because the data transfer rate is not sufficient to play directly from the card itself. Copying 128GB of data took over an hour. On top of that, my Windows 10 PC determines that the disk needs repaired every time I plugged the card in.The repair appears to splice footage from one day to the next day. You’ll notice in the sample videos that about 23 seconds is appended to the three minute video segment. Lanmodo Vast Pro 1 of 13 ConclusionThe Lanmodo Vast Pro delivers on its promise to enhance nighttime visibility. While parked, I can definitely see much clearer detail and colors than  without using the Vast Pro. Lanmodo claims 300m or 984ft versus the 80m you’d get with high beam headlights. I didn’t measure the exact distance but based on my limited experience, I’d buy it plus or minus 50m.The real question is whether or not it’s worth the current Indiegogo backing price of $229 US. The rearview camera is available separately for $49 or as part of a package for $258 saving you $20. You’ll want to add a 128GB microSD card (max capacity supported) if you don’t have one readily available. You can purchase that as an add-on along with a USB card reader for $19.Sample Videos (Hosted on Google Drive)Night Drive (Highway)Night Drive (Residential)Parked with No Lights OnIf you travel frequently on poorly or unlit roads, I can see where the Vast Pro could aid in spotting obstacles in the road sooner than relying on your headlights and vision alone. Fall season in Ohio typically means deer are actively rutting and as a result drivers need to be on alert for deer crossing over roadways.  Having a few hundred extra feet of visibility may save an insurance claim as well as an animal’s life. That alone may be worth the asking price.It would be nice to see Lanmodo improve upon this system with some artificial intelligence for object recognition and provide audible or visual notifications when it spots objects on the roadway. This would allow the driver to focus on the road in front of them but know to slow down and view the Vast Pro when there may be something to steer around further up the road.AvailabilityYou can learn more about the Lanmodo Vast Pro at the manufacturer’s website as well as the Indiegogo crowdfunding page.

ViewSonic TD1655 review: Portable touchscreen triggers productivity

Expanding your screen real estate is a cinch with the ViewSonic TD1655 — a portable monitor that covers all the