Friday, 8 November 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat arrives, focuses on budget phone performance

On this 31st Oct, Google announced details of its long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for the first time, going beyond just the candy bar branding. KitKat is designed around three major tentpoles, Google told TechCrunch, including reaching the next billion (it previously announced 1 billion activation's) Android users, putting so-called Google “smarts” across the entire mobile experience, and building for what comes next in mobile devices.
Google said that Android is growing at three times the speed of developed markets in developing countries; but the phones that are catching on in those markets are mostly running Gingerbread, a version of Android that’s now many versions out of date. These phones, however, have lower specs with only around 512 MB of memory available, and Gingerbread is what’s required to fit within those tech requirements.
That presented a technical challenge Google was keen to tackle: How to build KitKat in such a way that it can bring even those older and lower-specced devices up-to-date, to help provide a consistent experience across the entire Android user base. That mean reducing OS resources, and then also modifying Google apps to stay within those boundaries, as well as rethinking how the OS manages available memory to make the most of what is present.
None of this was enough, however, so Google went further to help third-party developers also offer their content to everyone on Android, rather than just those with the top-tier devices. A new API in KitKat allows devs to determine what amount of memory a phone is working with, and serve a different version of the app to each, making it possible for the same application to run on even the earliest Android devices.
“People generally launch new versions of operating systems and they need more memory,” Android chief Sundar Pichai said at a Google event today. “Not with KitKat. We’ve taken it and made it run all the way back on entry level phones. We have one version of the OS that’ll run across all Android smartphones in 2014.”
That’s the single biggest feature being announced here: Google wants to get everyone on the same platform, and is doing more than it ever has to end the fragmentation problem. One version over the next year is a hugely ambitious goal, but if the company is serious about not only serving a growing developing market, but offering it something like software version parity, it seems like it’s finally figured out how to go about doing that. It’ll still be up to manufacturers to decide whether or not devices get the KitKat upgrade, Google notes, so we’ll probably still see a fair amount of older devices get left out via official update channels.
Here’s what’s coming with KitKat, which launched on the new Nexus 5.

Lock & Home Screen -

Aside from making KitKat the One OS To Rule Them All, Google has also introduced a number of new features with this update. Album art is displayed full screen behind the lockscreen when music is playing, for instance, and you can scrub the track without unlocking. There’s a new launcher, with translucency effects on the navigation bar and on the top notification bar.
translucent-barLong-pressing a blank space on any homescreen zooms out to allow you to re-arrange them all, and when you’re running an app that is written for full-screen, the navigation bar and the notification bar both now disappear entirely from view.
Launcher-specific stuff is Nexus-only initially, of course, and whether some of these elements make their way to manufacturer-specific home screens will depend on those OEMs.

Dialer -

HangoutsAndroid now offers up a new dialer, which incorporates search for easy reference. This means you can enter the name of a business even if you don’t know it’s number or have it stored in your address book, and then the dialer will retrieve it from the same database that powers Google Maps. It’s incorporating local data, as well as looking for the name used in your search. This also allows the phone to provide caller ID information for incoming calls, too, and there’s a new auto-populating favorites menu that builds a list of your most frequent dialled numbers.
Google has indeed consolidated the entire text/video/MMS experience with Hangouts, as predicted. It replaces the default messaging app, and allows you to send an SMS just as you would’ve before, to a number or to someone in your contact book. There’s also a new Places button for sharing map locations, and emoji support is finally built-in to your software keyboard.
This is the iMessage equivalent that Android has been lacking thus far. It’s going to be a tremendously useful feature, especially for those who are transitioning to Android from BlackBerry in that next 5 billion Google is adamantly pursuing.
You can now attach photos to communications not only from your local library, but also from Google Drive, and from Box, as well. Any third-party provider can provide a hook to be included, according to Google, which is impressive considering that Google isn’t limiting things to its own ecosystem.

Camera -

New HDR+ software is built-in to Android KitKat, which has no apparent changes to the surface user experience – a device owner just snaps the shutter button. Behind the scenes, however, Google’s mobile OS is taking many photos at once, and fusing the best parts of each together seamlessly to come up with a better end product. Lights appear more natural, faces are visible even when backlighting threatens to overwhelm, and moving objects are more in focus.
HDR+ is Nexus 5-only to start, but Google says they’re looking to bring it to other devices later on, too.

Wireless Printing -

Developers can now add printing to individual apps, and Google will work with building it out for additional manufacturers, too, something it says is “easy” to accomplish. Right now, any HP wireless printer works with the system, and any printer that already supports Google Cloud Print will also be able to take advantage of the new feature.

Google Search -

Search is at the core of Google’s overall product experience, the company explained, so it’s doing more to make that accessible on mobile. Search is now on every homescreen by default in Android, and it supports hotwording, so that you can just say “Okay, Google” to get search up and running at any time, much like you would on Glass.
Speech is crucial to Google with this update, and it said it was proud of its improvements so far; the error rate of speech recognition dropped 20 percent last year, and there’s been a 25 percent increase in overall speech recognition accuracy over the past few years, according to Pichai. Using voice recognition also now allows you to tap a word and bring up a list of alternatives to select from. The system also now asks more clarifying questions, using natural language, to ensure better service overall.

Google Now -

Google Now has been updated to be accessed via a swipe form the left side of the screen, which is a tweak from when it was accessed via swiping up in previous versions of Android. Google also focused on answering questions like “How can we help users in more ways, and bring up the most relevant content?” with this update, which means new types of cards.
Now can now figure out that The Walking Dead is a favorite show of the user, for instance, and offer up articles related to it and its progress. So not only is Google Now aware of your surroundings and schedule, but also what type of content you’re interested in. It can also note which blogs you check regularly, and provide you info about when new posts appear; in other words, Google is adding some of the features that were core parts of Google Reader to Now, and making them more contextually-aware.
It can also incorporate crowd-sourced data to make better recommendations. For instance, it could know that people often search for geyser times at Yellowstone National Park, and provide a card with those if it sees you’re in the area. If you’re near a cinema, it’ll present movie times and a link to the Fandango application for purchasing tickets.
Another example Google provided is that Stanford students, who often search for the academic calendar in fall, will now receive that data automatically when the correct season arrives, provided they’ve informed Google of their student status previously in some way. These types of Cards will roll out in mid-November, Google says.

Deep App Linking For Google Search -

android-deeplinkingNow when you Google things, results can link into apps directly – and not just to the app generally, but to specific content within the app. Some results will have “Open in App X” next to them, and those will take you directly to a relevant section within, like a recipe for example. Partners at launch include Expedia, Moviefone, OpenTable and more. This is a Nexus-only feature at launch, but Google says it will be available for all KitKat devices in time.

Availability -

Android 4.4 KitKat is available today via the Android Open Source Project, and it’s available on Nexus 5 hardware immediately, which also goes on sale today in 10 countries. It will also be available on Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and the Google Play edition of both the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in the coming weeks.
It’s an OS update that Google says is focused on furthering their vision for software that will run across all levels of all kinds of devices, not just on phones, which has interesting connotations give everything we’ve been hearing lately about Google wearables.

Monday, 29 July 2013

All About Windows 8.1 Preview

What is Windows 8.1?
Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8. A preview version was released on June 26, 2013, for Windows 8 and Windows RT. If all goes according to plan, the final version should be released to manufacturing in August so that it can be widely available for the 2013 holiday season, roughly a year after the debut of Windows 8.
This is the first release in Microsoft’s new “rapid cadence” update cycle for Windows, which accelerates the pace of Windows development to annual releases compared with the traditional two-to-three-year cycle for Windows desktop clients.
Hands on with Windows 8.1 preview
The Windows 8.1 Preview has its own home page. Microsoft has published a somewhat long-winded Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ that has a few facts mixed in with the marketing happy talk. For technical support, Microsoft has created a dedicated Windows 8.1 forum at its Community site.
What’s new? What’s changed?
You’ll find a long list of new and changed features in Windows 8.1. Here’s a partial list:
  • A Start hint that appears on the taskbar, where the Windows 7 Start button is located
  • More flexible Start screen customization options
  • The option to go directly to the desktop instead of the Start screen
  • Much tighter integration with SkyDrive
  • More options for arranging modern (Metro) apps side by side
  • New “first party” (Microsoft-authored) Windows 8.1 apps
  • A redesigned Windows Store
  • New capabilities for third-party Windows 8.1 apps
  • A greatly enhanced PC Settings module that duplicates the desktop Control Panel
  • Support for smaller tablets
  • Internet Explorer 11, with significant improvements in tab handling and security
  • Some new capabilities for the on-screen keyboard on touch devices
  • Integrated search
Some features and apps that will be in the final release of Windows 8.1 are not yet in the preview. This includes a significant update to the Mail client, which Microsoft has shown in demos but did not include in the preview release.
What’s missing?
A few features that were in Windows 8 are not in the Windows 8.1 Preview at all. Some have been changed radically, with features removed, at least for the preview. I’ve included a detailed list here: “The missing pieces from the Windows 8.1 preview.”
What are the system requirements for Windows 8.1?
Any device that can run Windows 8 should be able to run the Windows 8.1 Preview. The Windows RT 8.1 Preview requires that Windows RT already be installed and that you have at least 10 GB of free storage space. The update is available in 14 supported lanugages: English (U.S.), English (U.K.), Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. Language Packs are available after installation for other supported languages, via PC Settings.
Will the Windows 8.1 Preview run on a device with an Atom CPU?
For the initial release of the preview, some Atom-powered devices were initially blocked from upgrading. This block has since been removed, although it remains for at least one device. You must update the device’s firmware before installing the Windows 8.1 Preview. See this forum discussion for details.
Can the Windows 8.1 Preview be uninstalled?
Eight changes I'd like to see in Windows 8.1 (but probably won't)
No. The only way to roll back to your previous installation is to wipe out the installation and replace it with a backup created before you installed the preview.
Will there be a direct upgrade path from the Windows 8.1 Preview to the final release of Windows 8.1?
Probably not. The company’s official documentation does not cover this topic, so your best bet is to assume that a complete reinstall will be necessary.
What happens to Media Center during the Windows 8.1 Preview update?
If Media Center is already installed on the system to be updated, it will be available after the update is complete. If you install the Windows 8.1 Preview using an ISO file, you’ll need to use your Windows 8 Pro Pack or Media Center Pack product key to re-enable Media Center.
If you use an Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender, you should skip the preview release. Windows 8.1 does not work properly in that configuration. The problems should be resolved by RTM.
How do you install Windows 8.1?
The preferred way for consumers to get the final release of Windows 8.1 is either preinstalled on a new device or via the Windows Store. If you visit the Windows 8.1 Preview page on a device running Windows 8, that’s the way you’ll be gently steered. After installing a Windows Update Standalone installer package, you’ll be prompted to restart your Windows 8 device, at which point you’ll see this message.
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When you kick off the update via the Windows Store, you must use a Microsoft account, at least initially. You can switch to a local account later.
If you are running Windows 8 Enterprise, you cannot update via the Store. Likewise, you’ll need to use an alternative mechanism if you want to set up a dual boot system or perform a clean install on an existing partition.
Developers and IT pros should start at the Windows 8.1 ISO Download page, where links are available to download ISO files that can be burned to a DVD, copied to a bootable USB flash drive, or mounted in a VM for installation. ISO files are available in 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions in 14 languages. This page also includes the universal product key for the preview: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F.
If you have an active TechNet or MSDN subscription, the preview files are available from the Downloads area, and you can claim up to three product keys for TechNet and five keys for MSDN.
I’ll have a more detailed look at different update scenarios in a follow-up post.
What customization options are available in Windows 8.1 for desktop users?
You can set options to boot directly to the desktop, bypassing the Start screen. You can disable the hot top left and right hot corners. You can also customize the Start screen so that its background is the same as the desktop background. You can also tweak the default display of the Start screen so that it shows the All Apps view, with desktop apps shown first, by category.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts to help users who have just upgraded to Windows 8. Hope you find this helpful guys.


Friday, 21 June 2013

How to Find All Commands of CMD in Your Computer

Usually Windows give all the commands of cmd of your version. So there is no waste of time on internet to find commands. When there is a command to display all commands. so, you do not have to remember them.

Steps -

  • Go to start and click on RUN. Go to RUN and type CMD.

  • Command prompt will open.

  • Type in HELP and press enter.

  •  All the commands will be displayed which are operable in your current  version.

Tips -

  • If you want to know how to use the command more then type "Help" "Space" and then write "Command name". For Further How To Use The Command Instruction, that is If You Are a first time User.

  • If you forget any command, you can use this command.

List of Windows CMD Commands (Part 2)

CMD Commands starting with alphabet N-
NET : Manage network resources NETDOM : Domain Manager NETSH : Configure Network Interfaces, Windows Firewall etc NETSVC : Command-line Service Controller NBTSTAT : Display networking statistics (NetBIOS over TCP/IP) NETSTAT : Display networking statistics (TCP/IP) NOW : Display the current Date and Time NSLOOKUP : Name server lookup NTBACKUP : Backup folders to tape NTRIGHTS : Edit user account rights
CMD Commands starting with alphabet O-
OPENFILES : Query or display open files
CMD Commands starting with alphabet P-
PATH : Display or set a search path for executable files. PATHPING : Trace route plus network latency and packet loss PAUSE : Suspend processing of a batch file and display a message. PERMS : Show permissions for a user PERFMON : Performance Monitor PING : Test a network connection POPD : Return to a previous directory saved by PUSHD. PORTQRY : Display the status of ports and services POWERCFG : Configure power settings PRINT : Print a text file PRINTBRM : Print queue Backup/Recovery PRNCNFG : Display, configure or rename a printer PRNMNGR : Add, delete, list printers set the default printer PROMPT : Change the command prompt. PsExec : Execute process remotely PsFile : Show files opened remotely PsGetSid : Display the SID of a computer or a user PsInfo : List information about a system PsKill : Kill processes by name or process ID PsList : List detailed information about processes PsLoggedOn : Who's logged on (locally or via resource sharing) PsLogList : Event log records PsPasswd : Change account password PsPing : Measure network performance PsService : View and control services PsShutdown : Shutdown or reboot a computer PsSuspend : Suspend processes PUSHD : Save and then change the current directory.
CMD Commands starting with alphabet Q-
QGREP : Search file(s) for lines that match a given pattern Query Process : Display processes (TS/Remote Desktop) Query Session : Display all sessions (TS/Remote Desktop) Query TermServer : List all servers (TS/Remote Desktop) Query User : Display user sessions (TS/Remote Desktop)
CMD Commands starting with alphabet R-
RASDIAL : Manage RAS connections RASPHONE : Manage RAS connections RECOVER : Recover a damaged file from a defective disk REG : Registry: Read, Set, Export, Delete keys and values REGEDIT : Import or export registry settings REGSVR32 : Register or unregister a DLL REGINI : Change Registry Permissions REM : Record comments (remarks) in a batch file. REN : Rename a file or files. REPLACE : Replace or update one file with another Reset Session : Delete a Remote Desktop Session RD : Delete folder(s). RMTSHARE : Share a folder or a printer ROBOCOPY : Robust File and Folder Copy ROUTE : Manipulate network routing tables RUN : Start | RUN commands RUNAS : Execute a program under a different user account RUNDLL32 : Run a DLL command (add/remove print connections)
CMD Commands starting with alphabet S-
SC : Service Control SCHTASKS : Schedule a command to run at a specific time SCLIST : Display Services SET : Display, set, or remove session environment variables. SETLOCAL : Control the visibility of environment variables. SETX : Set environment variables SFC : System File Checker SHARE : List or edit a file share or print share ShellRunAs : Run a command under a different user account SHIFT : Shift the position of batch file parameters. SHORTCUT : Create a windows shortcut (.LNK file) SHOWGRPS : List the Workgroups a user has joined SHOWMBRS : List the Users who are members of a Workgroup SHUTDOWN : Shutdown the computer SLEEP : Wait for x seconds SLMGR : Software Licensing Management (Vista/2008) SOON : Schedule a command to run in the near future SORT : Sort input START : Start a program, command or batch file. SU : Switch User SUBINACL : Edit file and folder Permissions, Ownership and Domain SUBST : Associate a path with a drive letter SYSTEMINFO : List system configuration
CMD Commands starting with alphabet T-
TAKEOWN : Take ownership of a file TASKLIST : List running applications and services TASKKILL : Remove a running process from memory TIME : Display or set the system time. TIMEOUT : Delay processing of a batch file TITLE : Set the window title for a CMD.EXE session. TLIST : Task list with full path TOUCH : Change file timestamps TRACERT : Trace route to a remote host TREE : Graphical display of folder structure TSSHUTDN : Remotely shut down or reboot a terminal server TYPE : Display the contents of a text file. TypePerf : Write performance data to a log file
CMD Commands starting with alphabet U-
USRSTAT : List domain usernames and last login
CMD Commands starting with alphabet V-
VER : Display version information. VERIFY : Verify that files have been saved. VOL : Display a disk label.
CMD Commands starting with alphabet W-
WAITFOR : Wait for or send a signal WHERE : Locate and display files in a directory tree WHOAMI : Output the current UserName and domain WINDIFF : Compare the contents of two files or sets of files WINMSDP : Windows system report WINRM : Windows Remote Management WINRS : Windows Remote Shell WMIC : WMI Commands WUAUCLT : Windows Update
CMD Commands starting with alphabet X-
XCACLS : Change file and folder permissions XCOPY : Copy files and folders :: Comment / Remark

Commands marked • are Internal commands only available within the CMD shell.
All other commands (not marked with •) are external commands.
ExteCrnal commands may be used under the CMD shell, PowerShell, or directly from START-RUN.


List of Windows CMD Commands (Part 1)

CMD Commands starting with alphabet A - 
 ADDUSERS : Add or list users to/from a CSV file
 ADmodcmd : Active Directory Bulk Modify
 ARP      : Address Resolution Protocol
 ASSOC    : Change file extension associations.
 ASSOCIAT : One step file association
 AT       : Schedule a command to run at specific time
 ATTRIB   : Change file attributes

CMD Commands starting with alphabet B -
 BCDBOOT  : Create or repair a system partition
 BCDEDIT  : Manage Boot Configuration Data
 BITSADMIN: Background Intelligent Transfer Service
 BOOTCFG  : Edit Windows boot settings
 BROWSTAT : Get domain, browser and PDC info
CMD Commands starting with alphabet C -
 CACLS    : Change file permissions
 CALL     : Call one batch program from another.
 CERTREQ  : Request certificate from certification                             authority
 CERTUTIL : Utility for certification authority files                          and services
 CD       : Change Directory- move to specific Folder.
 CHANGE   : Change Terminal Server Session properties
 CHKDSK   : Check Disk- check and repair disk problems
 CHKNTFS  : Check the NTFS file system
 CHOICE   : Accept keyboard input to a batch file
 CIPHER   : Encrypt or Decrypt files/folders
 CleanMgr : Automated cleanup of Temp files, recycle                           bin
 CLEARMEM : Clear memory leaks
 CLIP     : Copy STDIN to the Windows clipboard
 CLS      : Clear the screen.
 CLUSTER  : Windows Clustering
 CMD      : Start a new CMD shell
 CMDKEY   : Manage stored usernames/passwords
 COLOR    : Change colors of the CMD window.
 COMP     : Compare the contents of two files or sets                          of files
 COMPACT  : Compress files or folders on an NTFS                               partition
 COMPRESS : Compress individual files on an NTFS                               partition
 CON2PRT  : Connect or disconnect a Printer
 CONVERT  : Convert a FAT drive to NTFS
 COPY     : Copy one, more files to another location.
 CSCcmd   : Client-side caching (Offline Files)
 CSVDE    : Import or Export Active Directory data 

CMD Commands starting with alphabet D -
 DATE     : Display or set the date.
 DEFRAG   : Defragment hard drive
 DEL      : Delete one or more files
 DELPROF  : Delete user profiles
 DELTREE  : Delete a folder and all subfolders
 DevCon   : Device Manager Command Line Utility 
 DIR      : Display a list of files and folders.
 DIRUSE   : Display disk usage
 DISKPART :Disk Administration
 DISKSHADOW : Volume Shadow Copy Service
 DNSSTAT  : DNS Statistics
 DOSKEY   : Edit command line, recall commands, and                            create macros
 DriverQuery : Display installed device drivers
 DSACLs   : Active Directory ACLs
 DSAdd    : Add items to active directory (user group                            computer) 
 DSGet    :View items in active directory (user group                           computer)
 DSQuery  : Search for items in active directory(user                            group computer)
 DSMod    : Modify items in active directory (user                               group computer)
 DSMove   : Move an Active directory Object
 DSRM     : Remove items from Active Directory
 CMD Commands starting with alphabet E-
 ECHO     : Display message on screen.
 ENDLOCAL : End localisation of environment changes in                           a batch file.
 ERASE    : Delete one or more files.
 EVENTCREATE : Add a message to the Windows event log
 EXIT     : Quit the current script/routine and set an                           error level.
 EXPAND   : Uncompress files
 EXTRACT  : Uncompress CAB files
CMD Commands starting with alphabet F -
FC : Compare two files FIND : Search for a text string in a file FINDSTR : Search for strings in files FOR /F : Loop command: against a set of files. FOR /F : Loop command: against the results of another command. FOR : Loop command: all options Files, Directory, List. FORFILES : Batch process multiple files FORMAT : Format a disk FREEDISK : Check free disk space (in bytes) FSUTIL : File and Volume utilities FTP : File Transfer Protocol FTYPE : File extension file type associations.
CMD Commands starting with alphabet G -
GETMAC : Display the Media Access Control (MAC) address GLOBAL : Display membership of global groups GOTO : Direct a batch program to jump to a labelled line. GPRESULT : Display Resultant Set of Policy information GPUPDATE : Update Group Policy settings
CMD Commands starting with alphabet H -
HELP : Online Help
CMD Commands starting with alphabet I -
iCACLS : Change file and folder permissions IF : Conditionally perform a command. IFMEMBER : Is the current user a member of a Workgroup IPCONFIG : Configure IP
CMD Commands starting with alphabet K -
KILL : Remove a program from memory
CMD Commands starting with alphabet L -
LABEL : Edit a disk label LOCAL : Display membership of local groups LOGEVENT : Write text to the event viewer LOGMAN : Manage Performance Monitor LOGOFF : Log a user off LOGTIME : Log the date and time in a file
CMD Commands starting with alphabet M -
MAPISEND : Send email from the command line MBSAcli : Baseline Security Analyzer MEM : Display memory usage MD : Create new folders. MKLINK : Create a symbolic link (linkd). MODE : Configure a system device MORE : Display output, one screen at a time MOUNTVOL : Manage a volume mount point MOVE : Move files from one folder to another MOVEUSER : Move a user from one domain to another MSG : Send a message MSIEXEC : Microsoft Windows Installer MSINFO32 : System Information MSTSC : Terminal Server Connection (Remote Desktop Protocol) MV : Copy in-use files

Commands marked • are Internal commands only available within the CMD shell.
All other commands (not marked with •) are external commands.
ExteCrnal commands may be used under the CMD shell, PowerShell, or directly from START-RUN.


Apple iOS 7 announced at it's Worldwide Developer Conference

We heard it would be flat. We heard it would be black and white. We heard that it would be a totally different experience.
It is. iOS 7, the latest version of Apple’s flagship mobile operating system, is here, and it’s almost entirely different from the versions that came before. Gone are the skeuomorphic designs and 3D effects, replaced by Sir Jony Ive’s “flat design.” Rumors had been flying for weeks about the new OS and now it’s here and it is, at least at this early reckoning, a massive change for the six year old operating system.
First, we must remember that Ive, Apple’s industrial designer now in control of software following the departure of Scott Forstall, isn’t a believer in interfaces that copy real-world objects. In the past, making the Notes app look like a legal pad or the calendar app look like a Moleskine calendar notebook were part of the iOS design philosophy, as ingrained in the OS as “Slide To Unlock.” All that is gone now.
Are you ready for a whole new world?


  • iOS 7 has a new font leading the way, which seems to be a sort of Helvetica Neue Ultra. It’s very skinny, clean, and it was hinted at in the iOS 7 banners that went up for WWDC yesterday.
  • Instead of white bars on a black background, Apple will now tell you what kind of service coverage you have with five little dots, which are white and grey depending on how strong the signal is across a translucent background.
  • The lock screen is changed for the first time in iOS’s history, with no more shine top or bottom bars for slide to unlock or the clock. Instead, Slide to unlock is translucent above the background image.
  • Default app icons are now flatter, but not quite flat, just as predicted.
  • Jony Ive’s hand has had its way with iOS notifications. The notifications panel isn’t laced with dark grey linen anymore, but actually has a very flat look to it. There is a today view, that lets you see friends birthdays, upcoming invitations, calendar, stocks, and a quick look at tomorrow.
  • The apps all seem to have a white base, except for the stocks app which has a black background and the weather app, which shows motion in the background to convey the current weather.
  • The keyboard is more white, than grey, with a translucency that lets you see what’s underneath the keyboard.



  • Control Center is a pull-up tray that is available in your lock screen.
  • You can adjust brightness, volume, and other settings including Wifi, Airplane mode, rotation lock, or Bluetooth.
  • The Control Center even offers a flashlight, along with tabs for music, camera, and other quick-access apps.
  • The Control Center takes on the environment it’s in, so if you swipe up while you’re in mail, it will have the same blue and white coloring under that translucent panel.


  • iOS 7 lets you multitask between all third-party apps with much better battery consumption.
  • You can double-tap the home button to enter into multi-tasking mode, just like always, but the interface for multitasking has been revamped. It appears to offer live previews, but Apple wasn’t clear about that.


  • Safari opens straight into full screen mode now, with the option to pull down to bring up the search bar at the top.
  • The search field has been improved to be a unified smart search field, which lets you have access to all your favorite websites with a single tap.
  • Tabs come with a totally new interface, scrolling in a vertical carousel, and there are no longer any limits. In other words, you can have as many tabs as you want, as opposed to just 8 like before. Swipe a tab off to the side to throw it away.
  • The new Safari is integrated with iCloud keychain from OS X Mavericks, and also comes with parental controls.


  • You can share sharesheets with other people by simply tapping their name. No NFC required.
  • Airdrop supports iPhone 5, iPad 4th gen, iPad Mini

photos_moments_screenCAMERA AND PHOTOS:

  • The Camera app lets you swipe between your various camera types, such as panorama or HDR so you can quickly take a pic instead of fumbling around with settings.
  • Photos marks the first update to the photo gallery on iOS since it was introduced.
  • You can search based on date, and location, within the photos app.
  • Instagram must be flattered — Apple has introduced photo filters so you can add a little professionalism to the picture.
  • Users can share via AirDrop, iCloud photo-sharing, as well as shared Photo Streams.
  • You can even share video with iCloud photo-sharing.


  • Siri has a new voice! It sounds similar, but also weird. You can choose a male or female voice, if you like. Voices include languages like French, German, and other languages “over time.”
  • The visual UI has also been upgraded, with a sound wave going along the bottom.
  • Siri has also been integrated with settings, letting you tell her to turn on bluetooth, or lower the screen brightness.
  • The company has also added support for Twitter, Wikipedia, and shows web search results direct from Bing.


  • iOS in the Car depends a lot on Siri.
  • It puts the iOS homescreen on the screen of your car, and lets you search for directions, listen to music, etc.


  • You can now search for apps based on location. In other words, search for apps by the Louvre and see a lot of French museum apps.
  • The App Store also automatically updates apps for you in the background now. Hallelujah again!

itunesradio_mystationsITUNES RADIO:

  • Apple has finally introduced the much-anticipated iTunes Radio, which gives a Genius-like experience to the entire 26-million title iTunes catalog.
  • You can see the full list of songs on each station by clicking history, with purchase and preview buttons built right in to send you to the iTunes store.
  • iTunes Radio also lets you customize each station by clicking a star to show that you want more of this type of music.
  • iTunes Match users will get an ad-free experience, but others will be able to use the app for free with a few audio and text ads.


  • This is for those of us who have had an iPhone stolen.
  • If a thief steals your phone and tries to turn off Find My iPhone, they can no longer turn the device back on without your iCloud password.
  • Users can also block messages and calls from other users.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

25 HTC One Tips

When you've purchased a new handset, it's understandable to be excited by the sheer potential contained within the phone's sleek frame -- but it's also common to feel a pang of trepidation. Modern mobiles are almost as convoluted as desktop PCs, offering a dazzlingly range of options and settings.

Thankfully, here at CNET UK we've got plenty of experience in dealing with these complex beasts. Here, we offer up 25 top tips for the HTC One, which are sure to make ownership of this flagship Android blower a pleasure rather than a pain.

1. Bypass BlinkFeed to get a more traditional home screen -

BlinkFeed is a big part of HTC's new Sense UI, but it's something of an acquired taste -- for some users, it's a little too different to the traditional Android homescreen experience. Sadly for those individuals, you can't disable BlinkFeed entirely, but you can render it less obtrusive by making one of your other homescreens your default view whenever you unlock the device.
Simply long-press on any homescreen and then long-press the thumbnail at the top of the screen. You'll see the option 'Set as home' appear. Select any screen other than BlinkFeed, and bingo -- you can now ignore it completely.

2. Customise your lock screen -

If you're finding the default lock screen a little dull, you can switch to something more dynamic by going to Settings > Personalise > Lock Screen Style. You can pick from a rundown of your unread notifications -- including texts, missed calls, emails, calendar events or a selection of photos from your gallery. You can also have a music-based lock screen which allows you to quickly access your tunes.

3. Take a screenshot -

Hold down the power button and down volume key to snap a screenshot of your phone's display.

4. Automatically upload your photos to the cloud -

Open up the camera, tap the three dots in the bottom-left corner of the screen and then select Camera Options > Auto Upload. Select which service you'd like to upload the images to, and you'll never have to worry about backing up your snaps again.

5. Make your photos come alive -

'Zoe' is HTC's flashy name for a new kind of image capture. Zoe images are a few seconds of video and 20 different images, and these really bring your photo gallery to life. To enable Zoe mode, simply tap the camera icon on the left side of the screen, in the middle. You can tell when you're taking a Zoe shot as the camera symbol slowly changes colour to illustrate that capture is in progress.

6. Customise your app drawer layout -

Don't like the arrangement of icons in your app drawer? Why not tinker with the layout to suit your tastes? In the app drawer, simply swipe down slightly to reveal a row of settings. You can choose to arrange icons in 'Alphabetical' or 'Most Recent' order. You can also create a custom arrangement by moving icons around and creating folders.

7. Control which notifications fire up the phone's LED -

Although you sadly can't pick the colour of the LED notification light, you can tell it what notifications you want it to flash for. This is handy if you're concerned about missing a text message, but aren't bothered about being told you have an inbox full of unread emails. Go to Settings > Display, Gestures and Buttons > Notification Flash to pick and choose.

8. Fill BlinkFeed with the content you want -

BlinkFeed comes with a selection of pre-determined content sources, including The Guardian and CNET (naturally). You can customise what content is displayed in your BlinkFeed stream by pulling down on the stream and then tapping the three dot icon which appears on the right-hand side. You can select to have your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn status updates appear in the stream, as well as various news topics.

9. Disable Beats Audio -

The HTC One's aural experience is powered by Beats Audio, which offers deep, rich bass for those times when you're simply itching to work your way through Dr. Dre's entire discography. This booming quality isn't for everyone, and those of you who like listening to lighter stuff -- Keane or Fleetwood Mac fans, anyone? -- will be relieved to know you can turn it off. Simply go to Settings, scroll down to the 'Phone' section and switch Beats Audio to off.

10. Use your HTC One as a TV remote -

Is there anything this phone can't do? Using the pre-loaded HTC TV app, you can make your handset mimic a remote control, which means you'll never have to struggle down the back of the sofa to find that remote again.

11. Perform a hard reboot -

Back in the old days, when your phone crashed you'd just pop the back off and pull out the battery to reset it. This method is being slowly phased out, however, with the advent of totally sealed phones. Thankfully there's still a way to reboot your HTC One on the rare occasions it decides to lock up entirely. Simply hold down the power button for 10 seconds and the phone will perform a hard reboot.

12. Enable Sleep Mode to save power -

When your phone is in your pocket it doesn't need to keep sucking juice. Sleep Mode switches off 3G connectivity when your phone is inactive for long periods of time, and this saves an incredible amount of power. To turn it on, go to Settings > Power > Sleep Mode.

13. View the Web fullscreen -

When using the HTC Web browser, tap the top of the screen to reveal the URL bar and then tap the three dot icon. Select Settings > General and then tick the 'Fullscreen' box. You can also force the browser to display the desktop view by ticking the box in the Settings menu. After all, who wants to view a mobile version of a site on a phone with such a massive screen, right?

14. Install a custom keyboard -

One of the great things about Android is that if you don't like your phone's on-screen keyboard, you can install one of your own. There are loads of alternatives available on the Google Play store, and once you've picked and installed the one you like you simply have to go to Settings > Language and Keyboard and select your new option. Before you ditch the default though, make sure you try out the wonderfully intuitive 'trace to type' option -- you can enable it from the Language and Keyboard menu.

15. Customise your home screen dock icons -

Across the bottom of the screen are four icon shortcuts which allow you to access your phone book, messages, Internet and camera. You can customise these shortcuts to suit your own personal tastes, and even add folders to increase the number of apps in the dock. Simply long-press an icon and drag it away from the dock to remove. To add an icon, locate it in your application drawer and then long-press to pick it up and drag it down to the dock. You can create a folder by dragging one icon over another.

16. Find an app quickly -

If you've downloaded loads of apps and games from the Google Play store then finding the one you want is easier said than done, especially if you're in a hurry. To save yourself searching through the entirety of the phone's app drawer, simply tap the magnifying glass icon and type in the name of the app you're after.

17. Use your phone as a torch -

Trying to unlock your front door in total darkness isn't a fun task, but with the HTC One you can get a bit of illumination to help when you return home from your late-night activities. The Torch app boasts different brightness levels, too.

18. Keep your kids safe when they're using your phone -

The HTC One comes with Zoodles Kid mode pre-installed, which means you can keep your little ones safe when your phone is searving as an all-important entertainment device on long, dull car journeys. Kid Mode selects content appropriate for the child's age and won't allow them to use apps which could potentially put them t risk online.

19. Transfer your content from your old phone -

Getting a shiny new handset is one of life's simple pleasures, but the process of getting all of your information from your old phone to its replacement is often a painful affair. Thank goodness then that the HTC One comes with a handy tool to make things easier. Go to Settings > Transfer Content and select which kind of device you're upgrading from. It doesn't even have to be an Android handset -- you can port over content from your iPhone, Windows Phone or Blackberry.

20. Extend the phone's stamina with Power Saver Mode -

Modern smart phones are veritable powerhouses of cutting-edge technology, cramming Wi-Fi, 3G, super-bright screens and powerful graphics chips into their svelte frames. The downside of this is that battery life isn't as good as it could be, which is why you'll want to use the HTC One's built-in Power Saver mode to ensure your phone gets through an entire day before gasping for a top-up.
This mode is based around four key areas: CPU Power, Display, Vibration and Data Connectivity. You can choose to activate one or more of these to dial-down the phone's ravenous appetite for power.

21. Backup your phone's settings to the cloud -

Misplacing your phone is one thing, but losing all of the valuable settings you've spent weeks perfecting is almost as annoying. Thankfully, you can backup this valuable information to the cloud which means that if you do happen to lose your handset, you can configure the replacement in a matter of seconds.

22. Share media content with other devices -

You can effortlessly share images and video to your TV using the HTC One's media sharing capability. You'll need a HTC Media Link box, or a device on the same Wi-Fi network which has DLNA support. Predictably, HTC's option is a little slicker, as it works with the phone's touchscreen to make the process even more intuitive. To share a photo to the TV, all you have to do is place three fingers on the phone's screen and 'fling' the image upwards.

23. Shut down unused apps -

Because the HTC One lacks a multi-tasking button, to access the standard Android multi-tasking menu you have to do things a little differently. Simply double tap the home button and you'll see a grid of running apps. To shut one down, simply place your finger on it and then swipe upwards.

24. Switch off unwanted applications -

The usual strategy when you have an application which annoys you is to simply uninstall it, but some applications can't be removed. Thankfully, Android now allows you to disable irksome programs. Go to Settings > Apps > and then swipe across to the 'All' panel. Find the app and tap the 'Disable' button. Be wary of turning off key system apps, as this may cause your phone to behave strangely.

25. Secure your phone's lock screen -

If you've lost your phone, what kind of sensitive data could a stranger discover on it? Work information in your emails? A link to your online banking? Your name and address? Too many of us are content to leave our phones unprotected, which is why you'll want to engage some kind of lock screen security when you get your HTC One.
By default it is set to 'none', which means all you have to do is slide up the lock icon to gain access. To change this, visit Settings > Security > Screen lock. You can select from a pattern lock, a numerical pin, a password or even your face. Face Unlock uses your mug to grant access, but it's not 100 per cent foolproof -- it can be overcome using a photo of you, so don’t rely on it too much.