APPLE ANNOUNCES A BRAND NEW 9.7 INCH IPAD PRO

In another move to freshen up their mobile computing portfolio, Apple announced a new member of the iPad Pro family. During their Spring event yesterday, Tim Cook and co. unwrapped the latest iPad Pro, a 9.7 inch computing monster to compliment the original 12.9 inch iPad Pro. They didn’t just scale the size down however, as Apple made a few small tweaks to actually improve upon the original.

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For starters, Apple added an additional anti-reflective coating that they claim gives it the lowest reflectivity of any tablet available. There’s also an increase in pixels per inch or PPI, over the iPad Air 2, which will also make this screen the brightest on the market as well. The new Night Watch feature (Reduces blue light emission during night hours) that was announced for iOS 9.3 should definitely come in handy with the increase in brightness.

There’s also support for the Apple Pencil and a dock made for the Apple keyboard, which was also scaled down for the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. The camera system was essentially ported from the iPhone 6S and straight into the iPad Pro, as it too will have a 12MP iSight camera, 5MP Facetime HD camera and support for 4K video recording, Live Photos, and Super Slo Mo at 240fps. Apple also stuffed the A9X processor and the four-speaker system into the new iPad Pro, all while keeping it weighing less than a pound.

The new iPad Pro will be available in four different colors – Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. There’ll be three different storage options: 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and will cost $599, $749, and $899 respectively, for the Wifi Only models. LTE models will set you back about another $150. It will be available for preorder starting March 24th, and will go on sale as of March 31st.

Asus Introduces Windows 10 VivoStick| Out Now In Australia

For years, we’ve been tempted by the idea of tiny Intel Atom-powered PCs built into Chromecast-esque dongles, plugging into our TVs’ and monitors’ HDMI ports with proper Windows 10 onboard. Asus’s VivoStick might be the best version of that ideal yet, with a new Cherry Trail processor, a healthy serving of RAM and flash storage, and two USB ports.

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The VivoStick is like the Intel Compute Stick in that it’s built around a HDMI connector, plugging into your TV or monitor directly to display a Windows 10 desktop. Power doesn’t come through the HDMI port’s measly current, though — there’s a microUSB port on the VivoStick’s side that needs its own AC power adapter. And, conveniently, audio output is handled through the combined mic/headphone jack.

Two USB ports — one USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 — mean both a keyboard and mouse can be connected separately, or external storage can be used to supplement the VivoStick’s internal 32GB capacity. There’s only a single variant with an Intel Atom Z8350 system-on-chip and 2GB of RAM, but even that is significantly more powerful than the last-generation Compute Stick — at least until Core M-powered Windows-on-a-stick devices come out later this year.

With Windows 10 running on every VivoStick sold, this is probably one of the cheapest Windows 10 devices you can buy. Asus improves the experience with a few of its own apps, including VivoRemote, which functions as a rudimentary keyboard or mouse via a companion app on your smartphone. The VivoStick TS10 is out in Australia now, and will set you back around $249 — although we’ve already seen it a little cheaper than that RRP at a few online retailers. [Asus]

An untethered jailbreak for iOS 9 already exists

Just days ago, Apple took to the stage to show off new iPhones and iPads — all running iOS 9. With the new OS set to roll out to the public in just a few more days, someone’s already come up with a jailbreak for it — an untethered jailbreak, no less.

Often, early jailbreak solutions for Apple’s new iOS releases are tethered. For the uninitiated, a tethered jailbreak requires an iPhone or iPad to be plugged into a Mac or PC when it’s booted. Boot without tethering it, and it won’t enter a jailbroken state. An untethered jailbreak doesn’t have that limitation. Once a device has undergone an untethered jailbreak, it’s always jailbroken — even after a reboot. That’s what iOS hacker iH8snow has shown off on video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBqkj7RsFo&feature=player_embedded

The jailbreak also reportedly works on the iOS 9.1 beta, too. Curiously, though, iH8snow has stated that he has no plans to release his jailbreak to the public. He does refer to it as “dirty and hacky,” but also notes that doesn’t mean it isn’t a proper jailbreak. Based on what’s shown in the video, it seems clear that it gets the job done.

While the decision not to release this jailbreak may cause some frustration, it could be short-lived. If iH8snow already managed to jailbreak iOS 9, it’s very likely that someone else will, too. Should you decide to go looking for one, make sure that you stick to solutions offered up by trusted members of the jailbreak scene.

A quarter of a million iOS users in China recently learned that lesson the hard way. They wound up with a bit of malware called KeyRaider on their devices after utilizing a dodgy jailbreak and grabbing some equally dodgy apps. KeyRaider then proceeded to quietly steal their Apple account credentials.

 

Li-fi 100 times faster than wi-fi

Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi – a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) – in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.

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And now, scientists have taken Li-Fi out of the lab for the first time, trialling it in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia, reporting that they can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second – that’s 100 times faster than current average Wi-Fi speeds.

“We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology,” Deepak Solanki, CEO of Estonian tech company, Velmenni, told IBTimes UK.

“Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the Internet in their office space.”

Li-Fi was invented by Harald Haas from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland back in 2011, when he demonstrated for the first time that by flickering the light from a single LED, he could transmit far more data than a cellular tower. Think back to that lab-based record of 224 gigabits per second – that’s 18 movies of 1.5 GB each being downloaded every single second.

Top 10 Windows 8 tips and tricks

Update to Windows 8.1

Microsoft has released Windows 8.1, which is a free upgrade for anyone running Windows 8. This update addresses many of the problems users have had with Windows 8 and also adds a Start button. Visit Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 page for the update.

Customize your tiles

Windows 8 tiles

Make the most of your Windows Start screen tiles by adjusting the sizes, where they are located, and what is listed.

  • Move any tile by clicking and dragging the tile. While moving a tile, if you need a larger view of the Start screen move the tile towards the top or bottom of the screen to zoom out.
  • Use your mouse wheel to scroll left-to-right through your tiles.
  • Any Desktop shortcut or program can be pinned to the Start screen by right-clicking the icon and choosing Pin to Start.
  • In the bottom right-hand corner of the start screen is a magnifying glass with tiles, click this icon to get a zoomed out view of your Start screen. In this view, if you right-click on a group of tiles you’ll be given the option to name group, which can be useful if you have a group of related tiles (e.g. games). In this view, you can also click and drag a group to organize your tile groups.
  • Create a new speed bump between tile groups by moving a tile to a speed bump.
  • Resize any User tile or Live tile by right-clicking the tile and choosing resize.
  • If there is a tile you want on your Taskbar, right-click the tile and choose Pin to taskbar.
  • Show admin applications on the Start screen by clicking Settings in Charms, click Settings, and change the Show administrative tools from No to Yes.
  • In Internet Explorer 10, you can also pin any of your favorite web pages to your Start Screen.

Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts

Knowing at least some of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts helps make your Windows 8 experience much more enjoyable. Try to memorize these top Windows 8 shortcut keys.

  • Press the Windows key to open the Start screen or switch to the Desktop (if open).
  • Press the Windows key + D opens the Windows Desktop.
  • Press the Windows key + . to pin and unpin Windows apps on the side of the screen.
  • Press the Windows key + X to open the power user menu, which gives you access to many of the features most power users would want (e.g. Device Manager and Command Prompt).
  • Press the Windows key + C to open the Charms.
  • Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings, which is the same Settings found in Charms.
  • Press and hold the Windows key + Tab to show open apps.
  • Press the Windows key + Print screen to create a screen shot, which is automatically saved into your My Pictures folder.

See our Windows shortcuts page for a full listing of all Windows shortcuts.

Know your hot corners

The corners on your screen are hot corners and give you access to different Windows features. Below, is a brief explanation of each of these corners.

Bottom Left-hand corner

The bottom left-hand hot corner of the screen allows you to access the Start screen, if you’re in the Start screen and have the Desktop open, this corner opens the Desktop from the Start screen.

Tip: Right-clicking in the left hand corner opens the power user menu.

Top-left corner of the screen

Moving the mouse to the top-left corner and then down displays all the apps running on the computer. Clicking and dragging any of these apps to the left or right-hand side of the screen will snap that app to that side of the screen. Each of these open app icons can also be right-clicked to close or snap.

Right-hand side of the screen

On the full right-hand side of the screen will be given access to the Windows Charms.

Taking advantage of search

The Search in Windows 8 has been significantly improved when compared to all previous versions of Windows. To search for a file or run a program in Windows 8 from the Start screen just start typing what you’re trying to find or want to run.

As you begin typing, the results will start appearing on the left-hand side. In addition to being able to search for files and run programs, the Search also supports limiting the search to apps such as Finance, People, Maps, Photos, Mail, Music, Videos, Weather, and much more. If what you are searching for is not a file or program, click on the app you want to use as the search. For example, if you were searching for “New York” and selected the Weather App you would be shown the weather in New York, NY.

By default, Search organizes the available Apps by how frequently they are used and then in alphabetical order. If you want to keep your favorite app at the top of the Search list, right-click the app and choose Pin. Pinning the app will lock it in place regardless of how often it is used. If there is an app you don’t want (e.g. Finance) you can turn on and off any of the search apps through the PC settings, which is found under the Settings in the Charms.

Bonus tip: The Search is also found through Charms and can also be opened by pressing Windows key + F.

Running two apps side by side

Any app can be pinned to the left or right-hand side of the screen. For example, open the People app and then press the Windows Key + . (period) to move that app to the right-hand side of the screen, pressing the same keys again will move it to the left-hand side, and pressing the same keys again makes it full screen. While an app is pinned, any other app or program can be opened and loaded into the available space on the screen. For example, in the picture below, we’ve opened a browser window and have the People app running to monitor our social networks.

Windows 8 People

Any open app can also be pinned using your mouse by clicking at the top of the tile and dragging it to the left or right-hand side of the screen.

Bonus tip: The Desktop can also be pinned to the left or right-hand side of the screen.

Note: In order for snap to work properly your resolution must be at least 1,366 x 768.

Windows 8 Task Manager

The Windows 8 Task Manager has been significantly improved over previous versions of Windows. Some of the new changes include showing a total percent usage at the top of your Processes, which makes it easier to determine total memory and CPU usage, improved Performance graphs, a Startup tab to see startup processes and their impact to system performance, and the App history tab (as shown below) that gives you the total resources an app has used over a period of time. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start exploring the new Task Manager.

Windows 8 Task Manager

Use a picture password to log into your computer

Windows 8 includes a new feature called Picture password, which allows you to authenticate with the computer using a series of gestures that include circles, straight lines, and taps. Enable this feature if you want a new way to access your computer or have a hard time with passwords.

  1. Open the Windows Charms.
  2. Click Settings and then More PC settings
  3. In the PC settings window click Users and then select Create a picture password

Bonus tip: A four digit pin password can also be created and used to access your computer.

Take advantage of Windows 8 apps

Windows 8 comes included with several apps to help you get the most from your computer. Below are just a few of the included apps.

People

Microsoft touts the People feature in Windows 8 because they understand how many people are using social networks today. In the People feature you’ll be able to connect your Windows computer to all the major social networks including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Once connected, you can pin the people app and monitor your social network (as shown below), use People in Search to find people, and get an overview of what is happening in all your social networks.

Windows 8 People

Reader

The Reader app gives you PDF support right out of the box.

SkyDrive

The SkyDrive app gives you access to the Microsoft cloud service SkyDrive, which allows you to store your photos, documents, and other files in the cloud and access or share those files with any computer with Internet access.

Store

Take advantage of the Windows Store and install one or more of the thousands of available apps designed for Windows 8. The Store is found in the Start screen, or use Search to search the Store app for any apps that you are trying to find.

Posting Drone Video On YouTube Might Get You Fined in Australia

If you own a drone, you have to be responsible about where you fly it — and that means respecting the existing rules in place from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Uploading footage of your less-than-legal drone antics might see you copping a fine from the boys in blue.
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Drone image via Shutterstock

EFTM reports that a Queensland man received a $850 fine after uploading footage to YouTube of him operating a DJI Phantom drone that flew within the Townsville restricted control zone, flying above the 400-foot ceiling for civil or hobby use, over populous areas, and within three miles of Townsville Airport.

The man in question then received a phone call from a CASA safety investigator. After confirming he was the owner of the drone and the one flying it, CASA then asked him to remove the videos from YouTube. Not too long afterwards, to add injury to insult, he copped a fine in the mail. The fine came about not because any one of the breaches was serious in itself, but because there were multiple breaches.

So, let this be a reminder to you. If you’re a hobbyist or amateur drone pilot, learn the rules around using your fancy flying machine and follow them. And, if you accidentally break any rules, for God’s sake, don’t post the video to YouTube — you’ll get caught.

Samsung's Gear VR Headset Will Cost $US200

How much cash will you need to spend to turn your Samsung Galaxy Note 4 into a bonafide virtual reality headset? Now, we finally know: the Samsung Gear VR will officially cost $US200.

There will actually be two versions: the standalone $US200 Gear VR headset, and a $US250 bundle that comes with Samsung’s Bluetooth gamepad. Both ship early December. Either way, you’ll also need a Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, so you’re looking at one heck of a total sticker price.

Samsung partner Oculus, which announced the price in a blog post, also says you can now download the Oculus Mobile SDK. Which, in case you’re not familiar, is the software that developers need to make apps, games, and other VR experiences for the Gear VR and any future VR headsets based on Android. If that describes you, maybe you’ll want to go download that, yes?

Which doesn’t mean that the Gear VR won’t have quite a few experiences to begin with: you can read about some of the best things I saw in the Gear VR right here.

Importing Contacts from Outlook 2010 to Office 365

You can use Outlook 2013/2010 to bring contacts from other email accounts (or address books) into your Office 365 account.
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Important: If you use Outlook Web App and Outlook 2013, 2011, or 2010, to connect to your Office 365 account, you will only need to import these contacts once using any of these clients. Once imported, they will be available to you in the other clients.

How do I import contacts using Outlook 2013/2010?

  1. Export the contacts from your other email account to a .csv file. Note where you save the .csv file. For steps that show you how to export contacts using Outlook 2010, Outlook Live, Gmail, and Yahoo!, see Learn more about importing contacts.
  2. Start Outlook.
  3. Click the File tab.
  4. Click Open & Export. For Outlook 2010, click Open.
  5. Click Import/Export. For Outlook 2010, click Import.
  6. Click Import from another program or file, and then click Next.
  7. Under Select the file type to import, click Comma separated values, and then click Next.

    The most common is Comma Separated Values (Windows), also known as a CSV file. If you are importing contacts that were exported from Outlook to an Outlook Data File (.pst), click Outlook Data File (.pst).

  8. Under File to import, click Browse, select the file that you want to import, and then click OK.
  9. In the Import a File dialog box, under Options, click one of the following:
    • Replace duplicates with items imported    If an Outlook contact already exists, it is replaced by the information that you are importing.
    • Allow duplicates to be created    If an Outlook contact exists, the imported contact is created as a second contact.
    • Do not import duplicate items    If an Outlook contact exists, the information for the imported contact is not imported.
  10. Click Next.
  11. In the Import a File dialog box, under Select destination folder, click a folder for the imported contacts, and then click Next.

    This usually is the Contacts folder unless you have multiple accounts, or have created multiple contact folders for an account.

  12. If your contacts were exported from Outlook, click Finish. If they were exported from another client, like Thunderbird, see the instructions below:
    •  Map Custom Fields
      • Before clicking Finish, select Map Custom Fields…You will now see a screen similar to the image below. The “Values” column on the left side displays the items that you are importing. The right side has two columns. The “Field” column represents fields in your Outlook address book, and the “Mapped from” column shows which data will fill each field. For example, if the field E-mail 1 is mapped from the value Business E-mail, your contact’s business email address will show up in the first email address field once it’s imported to Outlook.

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        To make sure your contacts import correctly, make sure that the items in the “Mapped from” column are consistent with items in the “Field” Column. You will have to click on the plus sign (plus_icon) icons to expand items in the “Field” column. To designate a field for a given value, simply drag the item from the “Value” column to the “Field” column.

        In the example below, The name fields do not have anything in the “Mapped from” column. If these contacts were imported as is, none of the contacts would have names in the Outlook address book.

        02-Mappedfromvs.FieldAfter dragging the values Title, First Name, Middle Name, and Last Name to the right hand side, the names will import correctly. This process should be repeated for email addresses, and any other piece of contact information that you want imported.

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Changing Outlook 2010 default attachment location

If you would like to change Outlook 2010’s default attachment location, follow the instructions below:

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To change Outlook 2010’s default “insert attachment” folder

1- Open Word 2010 (not Outlook!)

2- In Word 2010, go to the “File” tab (left of the “Home” tab).  Click “Option” (near bottom of left hand list).

3- In “Word Options” pop-up window, find “Save” (middle of left hand list)

4- Look for “Default file location:” and browse to whichever folder you wish.

5- Click OK.

6- Back to Outlook: close and re-open Outlook 2010, and the default folder will be changed.