Get Windows 10 or go obsolete.

It’s now Windows 10 or nothing as software giant Microsoft cease retail of its Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8.1 products to PC manufacturers.

Windows 10 home screen
Windows 10 home screen

After giving a two-year extension on its deadline, the software company puts an end to the most widely popular favored operating system.

 

 

Sales of OS 7 licenses were stopped by Microsoft to PC manufacturers, signifying a large highlight for the 7-year old operating system.

As stated by the software company’s regulations, sales of Windows 7 Pro or any Windows 8.1 version to Original Equipment Manufacturers were stopped starting October 31.

Windows 8 default start screen
Windows 8 default start screen

 

The demise of both Windows 7 and 8.1 made room for Windows 10 to be the only option for OEM’s being the pre-installed OS on their products for a long time.

The first deadline for the end sales of Windows 7 Pro was October 31st of 2014, that’s two years following Windows 8 came out but on the same year, Microsoft called for an end to user systems instead, breaking its practice.

This left for the opening of Windows 7 Pro cut-off, with Microsoft giving a one year warning prior to its demand to OEM’s to cease retail of computers with that version.

That warning was issued by Microsoft last year.

Some institutions with software assurance and business licensing arrangements may keep buying new computers then change the pre-installed OS on the machine into the older Windows 7 version if they want to continue utilizing then older version.

OEM’s on the other hand are permitted to utilize whatever licenses they already have making it possible for machines with recent Windows 7 Pro to not disappear quickly.

Take Dell’s digital store, it still has seventeen various notebook devices with preinstalled Windows 7 Pro. Same with the smaller PC retailers like the Auburn, Wash. Custom computer manufacturer Puget Systems. Shops like this can keep building new computers equipped with Windows 7 Pro until their stock is all purchased.

The software company halted sales on Windows 7 even when it was widely favored by almost all users worldwide.

Users have until January 202o to have Windows 7 support and after that, they have to upgrade or use another OS.

Inventions and Modern Technology

Back in 2010, Sony invented the perfect combination of technology and, wait, what? furniture?

 

the Sony Fusion Computer Coffee Table in red, blue and white
the Sony Fusion Computer Coffee Table in red, blue and white

 

Yup, you read that right – furniture. The end result? The sleek Sony Fusion Computer Coffee Table. It combines work and relaxation. Sounds pretty good to me.

Sony has been doing these excellent inventions since it started back in 1950 and at present, the company has been put in the frontline with contemporary revolution idea of blending furniture with technology by creating the Sony Fusion Coffee Table.

Responsible for this innovative modern-day design is Zyane Tan, a designer based in Singapore. He came up with this multifunctional object which can be used as your normal coffee table and with just a press of a button, it transforms into a sleek desktop workstation.

This single unit is basically a desktop computer combined with a straightforward coffee table with structured lines and a matte black aluminum chrome lining.  The table is reinforced by chrome legs that are arched and pushing the power button will make the table divide in two and slips apart to show a keyboard (touch sensitive outlined with LED lighting). The screen is adjustable and can be turned into different angles to permit the perfect work position for the user. The DVD ROM and audio jack is located on the sides. This awesome unit is available in three colors namely blue, red and white and it can be yours for a whopping $3000.

keyboard with LED lights
keyboard with LED lights

 

If the pricetag is too hefty for your liking, you can get the LED Video Coffee Tables as an alternative for this coffee table desktop workstation.

 

Welcome to Sunny California: Sony moves home-base to the West coast

From Asia to America, Sony calls California its new home.

 

the San Mateo headquarters
the new headquarters in San Mateo, California 

 

The geographical move also brings together the two companies, PlayStation and the PlayStation Network.

 

It was reported that the company plans to move its PlayStation international HQ to California from its old headquarters in Tokyo, Japan this year.

 

Sony headquarters in Tokyo
Sony headquarters in Tokyo

Users who are not located in Japan have become essential for the company’s PlayStation, gaming network and overall entertainment enterprise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new company will be called Sony Interactive Entertainment and it comprises of two firms: the company that carries and expands hardware for the PlayStation which is Sony Computer Entertainment, and the company that runs the PlayStation Network which is Sony Network Entertainment International.

 

The new headquarters will be located in San Mateo and will be ready to do business on April 1st which is the first day of the financial year in Japan. Andrew House, PlayStation’s current CEO, will retain his post and keep core business operations both in Tokyo and in London.

 

After the PlayStation console debut back in December 1994, Sony put the product on sale in Japan, making it the first country to have access to the console. The PlayStation was a success both in Japan and in markets worldwide.

 

the PS4 console
the PS4 console

The PlayStation’s popularity abroad has increased considerably following its debut in 1994, and in late 2013 when the PlayStation 4 hit the market, it became the first console to launch in the U.S and Europe before its home, Japan. Overall profit for the PlayStation console hit 36 million earlier this year.

An ergonomically-designed computer keyboard for Microsoft’s Surface admirers

Microsoft reveals an ergonomically-designed computer keyboard for Surface admirers

 

base ergonomic keyboard and mouse
base ergonomic keyboard and mouse

 

 

Complete with a keyboard with a fingerprint reader and a brand new mouse, tech giant firm Microsoft created this ergonomic accessory for its Surface Pro device. The wireless keyboard is efficiently a mix of the older Designer Bluetooth Desktop and the ergonomic input device. The users will be able to more comfortably type with the keyboard’s quiet, low-profile keys. Add in the double-cushioned palm rest made of the same material as Alcantara but more special and more durable this time. The device guarantees a gentler resting surface for the user’s hands. You will need a pair of AAA batteries for it.

 

 

 

 

The delicate alteration to the keytop shape and arrangement, gapped space bar and organically shaped arch shield you from hand and wrist strain. This wireless, ergonomically-designed input device uses exactly the same keyboard switch mechanism as the Surface but the difference is with the extended 2.5mm key travel that makes the keys stay elevated.

 

 

Surface ergonomic keyboard and mouse
Surface ergonomic keyboard and mouse

 

 

For users more concerned with desk space rather than protection from wrist strain, there’s also a non-ergonomic designed keyboard available as well as a mouse complete with a scroll wheel made of metal.  In addition to that, there’s even a special version of it still with a fingerprint reader to assist users to log into OS Windows 10 quicker.

 

 

All of the latest accessories will ship 10th of November, and are available for pre-order today. These are a bit expensive, however. You can get the base Surface Keyboard for $100, add $30 to that and the ergonomic version is yours. The fingerprint keyboard one has no pricetag as of now. Expensive pricetags aside, just think that you now have other options if you want to have peripherals that would goes well with your Surface device.

 

 

Specifications of the Surface product:

 

  • Bluetooth (Low Energy-compatibility) 4.0 / 4.1
  • 11 x 9.02 x 1.36 in, 2.23 lbs with a pair of AAA batteries
  • OS : Works with Bluetooth Smart Ready Device with Human Interface Device assistance
  • Wireless range of up to 10 m (32 ft)
  • Battery life = 12 months

Microsoft Paint in 3D

Microsoft has updated several versions of its software, Windows, but there’s a built-in program of the software that has not been updated in recent releases, the Paint app.

 

Recently discovered by a Twitter user named WalkingCat, he found out that the famous Paint app tool will be getting its own upgrade (which I personally think is long overdue).

 

The discovery of the video demos of the said upgrade shows the app’s new version is clearly designed for Windows 10.

 

Still familiar but better

 

It was noted on the video launch of the new Paint Preview that the new version of the app tool still included the familiar features of the older versions of Paint but the tech giant has added a support wherein it is possible to “paint” or draw in 3D.

This was a perfect additional support for HoloLens, Microsoft’s program to create high-end holograms.

 

Avid users of Paint will be able to design objects in 3D and can freely annotate them. The Bill Gates -founded company has a wide selection of art tools and markers to further assist artists in creating objects, as well as brushes that can be utilized directly on 3D.

 

All of these tools look to be “pen and touch friendly”, with an interface that combines and blends 3D figures, 2D illustrations, stickers and 3D content community tools

 

 

We have seen previous evidences of Microsoft creating an update on Paint that will match Windows 10. There have been leaks of screenshots of the application several months back, but now  it looks like the app update has progressed from then on.

 

The tech company looks to be testing out early “alpha” versions of Paint and the video demos signifies that the popular app could be ready to be presented to the world soon.

 

 

The videos of the app preview came hours after Microsoft unveiled its plan to do a special affair later this month in New York City. The tech company is largely expected to reveal a new Surface accessory during the event, with speculations implying it will be a do-it-all PC desktop.

 

 

A strategic plan that could work very well in the end

 

Sources familiar with the company’s plans said that any likely AIO PC will be targeted at creatives. Microsoft is also said to be working on hardware as well as software that will further improve the use of touch, stylus and conventional information on a complete desktop PC.

 

 

The new Microsoft Pain app for Windows version 10 will play into this strategy as well as third party applications. The software company’s improvements will be complimented with any promising Surface hardware.