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Windows 10 Build 9888 Bumps Kernel Version to 10.0

A new kernel version signify new changes at the very core level of the operating-system, and the build 9888 of Microsoft Windows 10 which just surfaced via some private channel suggests a kernel version jump from 6.4 to version 10.0 as shown in images below. This large jump in kernel version number hints at massive overhaul of the underlying components and seems to be targeted on company's effort to consolidate all of its platforms into OneCore, a name given by Microsoft to it's single kernel for all of the company's operating systems (Desktop and Mobile).

Microsoft Windows 10
Microsoft Windows 10

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Complete Schedule

The much awaited event for cricket fans is finally approaching and here we have the final schedule and venue information for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Venue Chart

Easy Screen Capture And Annotation - Giveaway Of 10 Licenses Worth $300

Folder Size - Free Disk Space AnalysisDue to the huge interest in the past for the products provided by MindGems Inc., Megaleecher is once again organizing a giveaway. This time we provide 10 licenses worth $300 for Easy Screen Capture And Annotation.

Easy Screen Capture And Annotation is a powerful utility for creating and editing screen captures.

The tool can capture and annotate any part of the screen. It provides many annotation objects like callouts, arrows, highlights and others that will help to clarify the captured content. There are also effects like pixelize and blur that can be used to hide sensitive information. It provides project files which is very convenient for projects where the background changes while the annotations should stay about the same. This could be for example a screenshot with information about an application, a tutorial and so on. Multiple screenshots can be combined and manipulated inside a single project as the tool provides vector-based editing. This means that unlike raster-based tools like Microsoft Paint, the objects that are added in ESCAA can be moved, resized, edited, deleted without loosing quality.

Captured images can be saved, sent by email or directly uploaded to the web in order to send a link to a friend or colleagues via instant messaging applications.

Free Image Hosting Included Powered By:
Free Image Hosting - PhotoBucket

 

Multiple capture options are available:

  • Full Screen
  • Active Window
  • Active Window Without Borders
  • Rectangle - allows you to select rectangular part of the screen using the mouse
  • Window or Control - will let you capture a certain part of the application - button, toolbar, system tray etc.
  • Scrolling Window - will capture the entire area of a scrollable window by automatically scrolling
  • Color - will capture any color on the screen setting it as foreground color and copying its value in the clipboard
Folder Size Main Window - Analyze Drive Size

Mozilla Finally Brings Multi-process And 64-bit Firefox

As blogged earlier after Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, our beloved Firefox web-browser is also coming with multi-process support. To make things even sweeter Mozilla has also announced an official 64bit version of the web-browser for Windows OS, although this was unofficially available as Waterfox.

Firefox Multi Process

Affordable Bluetooth 4.0 USB Dongle For Raspberry Pi

While Raspberry Pi certainly is a cheap mini-computer, adding accessories to it blows up ownership costs a lot. While adding WiFi is relatively cheap, finding a compatible Bluetooth Low Energy 4.0 (BLE) for a bargain is hard. Luckily, I found the Orico BTA-403 Mini Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter Dongle which comes with CSR8510 Low Energy Chip and is compatible with Linux and Raspberry Pi despite being not listed as such in the description, this is certainly a must-have deal for $8 including worldwide shipping. Instructions for setup are as shared below.

ORICO BTA-4 BLE USB

Windows 8 : Destined To Be The New Windows XP !!!

Windows XP was without a doubt one of the best operating-system ever, it was such a hit that users still prefer it over newer versions of Windows OS. However, slowly and steadily Windows 8 is gaining acceptance with users thanks to it's stability, performance and a fresh new look.

Released just over two years ago, Windows 8 introduced a number of major changes to the operating system’s platform. Compared to previous versions, industry commentators praised its performance improvements and security enhancements.

GTA V PC And The Unhacked Denuvo DRM Service

Gamer forums and blog got buzzed with chatter on how the upcoming GTA V (First Person Reincarnation) for PC would put a full-stop to piracy of the game by using the uncrackable Denuvo DRM service. The chatter started when somebody noticed Rockstar's Logo on Denuvo's website under "Who we work with" section, this new DRM which is being successfully used in FIFA 15 and Lords of the Fallen makes use of DRM code which changes every time, which has made it uncrackable. This made pirates worrying how they were gonna enjoy one of the most exciting new feature of the game (First person gameplay) in the upcoming reincarnation of GTA V.

GTA V PC DRM

SPMC - XBMC Port With H.265 Video Codec Support

Successor to the hugely popular H.264 MP4 codec, HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) or H.265 is a new video compression format which offers smaller file-size with better video quality then it's predecessor. While the new codec is gaining popularity online with new contents getting published in this new format, multimedia players are still catching-up with support for decoding of this new codec. Desktop player's like VLC are now capable of decoding this new codec but we still do not have H.265 support on mobile device like Apple iOS and Google Android.

Luckily, SPMC (Semper Media Center) - a fork of XBMC for Android can not only be installed from Google Play or Amazon AppStore (One needs to download and install XBMC/Kodi from their website) but also comes with some handy tweaks and modifications. The latest version takes the lead from it's parent by adding support for H.265/HEVC on platforms such as Rockchip RK3288, Amlogic S805/S812, and other SoCs using MediaCodec API and libstagefright.

SPMC

Fixing "The program can't start because the detoured.dll is missing from your computer." Error On Windows

Majority of Windows users face missing .dll file errors every now and then, but missing detoured.dll takes the prize for being the most annoying of them all. Unlike other missing .dll errors this will popup with message "The program can't start because the detoured.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem." everytime an .exe file is launched on your computer either manually by the user or via autostart.

On the computer I diagnosed this, the error was being flashed 7-10 times on every boot and one needs to close each prompt, on further digging I found detoured.dll is infact part of an Microsoft Research technology named "Detours" which allowed hooks into every application launched on Windows OS (scary!!!). Having such a dll on a computer without any specific use-case was not acceptable so I devoted time to get rid of this error without the need to re-install this dll in my System folder.

detoured.dll

Fixing Lastpass Android App Login Prompts On MiUI 6

Disappointed with not only the design but overall package of the new Apple iPhone 6, I finally gave it a ditch and went for Xiaomi Mi4. The phone is not available in India but importing the device from HongKong costed me roughly $450 (Rs. 28000/-) and I am very satisfied to get such a brilliant phone for almost half the cost of an iPhone6.

Xiaomi phones are also known for their popular MiUI Android interface, and I installed the latest MiUI 6 Beta having Google Android 4.4.4 under the hood. MiUI 6 comes pre-installed with an excellent Security app which features an Anti-malware Scanner, System Cleaner, Data Monitor, Call/SMS Spam Blocker, Battery Manager and an excellent permission manager which lets you take control of which apps have root access and other permissions. Having Android allows you to do a lot more like LastPass Auto Login feature for applications, this however failed to work on MiUI6 and always timed-out as shown below, thankfully the fix was easy as instructed next.

MiUI Floating App Issue

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