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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

Apple iOS 8.1 Finally Jailbroken

Apple iOS 8.1 JailbreakJailbreak fans who were holding upgrades to Apple iOS 8 can now take the plunge as Chinese iOS hacker group Team Pangu has finally achieved a iOS 8 – 8.1 jailbreak that works successfully on Apple devices including the latest iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2 along with all previous devices. For now the jailbreak utility is Windows only and allows users to get SSH access - using which one can install Cydia (Saurik has already uploaded Cydia for iOS 8 on his website). The user must disable passcode lock and turn off "find my iphone" feature before using Pangu for iOS8.

The list of devices and iOS firmware version supported by the new jailbreak : iOS 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2, 8.1 on Phone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad 2/3/4/Air/Air 2/mini 1/mini 2/mini 3 and iPod touch 5.

Pangu iOS Jailbreak Tool
Pangu iOS Jailbreak Tool

WonderFox 2014 Halloween Giveaway Party

While Indians are celebrating Deepawali our readers in other part of the globe are waiting for Halloween. What’s your plan for this Halloween? This October, to welcome the big festival of Halloween, WonderFox started to seed the special Halloween gift for Megaleecher users, valid through November 6. Three products are provided for giveaway in the event period.

WonderFox 2014 Halloween Giveaway Party
  • WonderFox HD Video Converter Factory Pro (October 20th to 27th)
    This HD conversion software helps users convert video from Standard-Definition (SD) to High-Definition (HD) like HD MP4, HD MKV, HD AVI, HD MTS, HD TRP even Ultra HD 4K standard, and it also supports the newest encoders H265 (HEVC) and VP9.
  • WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro (October 25th to October 31st)
    With WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro, you can rip any copy protected DVD to digital video, and transmit it into your portable device like iPhone6, iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 4. It lets you backup a DVD to MPG video within 5 minutes.
  • WonderFox DVD Video Converter (October 28th to November 5th)
    WonderFox DVD Video Converter provides one-stop total solution to rip DVD (released by Disney, Paramount, Sony, etc), convert video to nearly all the formats and devices, download online video, edit and play video with excellent performance.

[Video] Apple iOS 8.1 Review

New Google Nexus Family With Android 5.0 Lollipop Announced

Google has officially unveiled the Android 5.0 Lollipop with a new range of Nexus family devices. The newly announced devices are a 6-inch smartphone named Nexus 6, a media streamer called the Nexus Player, and a 8.9-inch tablet built by HTC Nexus 9 - all powered by the next Google Android OS, the Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google New Nexus Family With Android 5.0

The Battle Of The Best : Siri Vs Google Now Vs Cortana

The voice-activated personal assistant on your phones are getting smarter by the day and the battle for most usable artificial intelligence is being fought between Apple Siri, Google Now and Cortana. Stone Temple, a consulting company decided to put these three against each other to determine the best technology amongst them by evaluating each with no less then 3,000 voice queries.

Want to know who won the fight? Just watch the video below and click the "Read More" link below to get the exact results.

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