Facebook’s Messenger App now available for Windows 10

 

 

A spokesperson for the company has confirmed that Facebook started the first public showing of its feature last week.

 

 

 

 

 

Similar to the Messenger app for Android and iOS, the phone icon which is located in the upper right corner in the Windows 10 app screen, lights up in green during a chat when the other person is presently active, so you know you can contact them straightaway.

 

When starting a call, the app lets you know that the calls use either Wi-Fi or your data plan, which is bizarre because normally, your phone has the data plan NOT your Windows 10 PC.

 

Before, in order to make voice or video calls, you had to exit Messenger for Windows 10 and go to Facebook.com or Messenger.com but now there’s no need to do that.

 

Voice over internet phone or VoIP is very important particularly in Messenger and at Facebook in general. Back in July, the social media company said 10% of all VoIP calls are made through Messenger. And in September, Facebook reported that out of its billion plus active monthly users of Messenger, 300 million of those are video and voice callers. In addition, WhatsApp, the Facebook owned calling app, was assisting more than 100 million calls a day, as of the month of June so making video and voice calls services accessible across all the vital mediums only makes sense.

 

The Messenger desktop app, however, does not have give the user the choice to set a reminder or when a person is calling, sending a message is not possible. This is not the case with Messenger for either iOS or Android. But you do get a notification on your desktop when there is an incoming call. And if the call isn’t answered, you can still leave a voicemail just like on Android or iOS.

 

And during the call, you have the option to choose which camera to use, and the usual buttons are still there like the mute button, enabling video snaps, end call and network connectivity.

 

 

The same with Facebook Messenger for both Android and iOS, after each call, Messenger for Windows 10 asks you to rate regarding the quality of the call. There’s also a “Not Now” option.  If you give a low rating, Facebook will show a list of issues to choose from, just like in Messenger’s mobile apps.

 

 

 

Group voice calls are now available but not group video calls.

 

A spokesperson from the company said that at present, the Windows phone app does not have voice and video calling.

 

 

Become a 3D Animator with just a stroke of a Pen

 

…Or by just clicking the mouse and voila! Your 2D drawings turns into 3D. No need to have sophisticated training. Neat, isn’t it?

 

 

 

 

It is called Mosketch  , a computer program that allows users to have a go at 3D creation without having to work hard at drawing several sketches.

 

This 3D software integrates inverse kinematics and direct kinematics – two central methods in animation. According to its developers, artists can utilize it to smoothly transforms a 2D move into 3D strokes.

 

Mosketch, which has a beta version available now, was developed by a research institute in Switzerland focused on physical sciences and engineering. The software is being touted as expert-like software that can be used by free artists and companies specializing in animations.

 

 

 

According to the head at EPFL, Ronan Boulic, Mosketch mechanizes the organic stream a graphic artist’s action, enabling anyone to make animations.

 

When utilizing the software, users are able to target on optical clues than particular coding to make the actions, he added. The artist utilizes the mouse or pen to sketch the prompts while the 3D software does the “behind the scenes” chore of planning out a movement.

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

Deep Sea-Diving Robots released to eliminate killer Lionfish

Lionfish
Lionfish

 

 

iRobot, the robotics manufacturing company which is known for designing the independent and lovable Roomba vacuums, is making a move to eliminate the lionfish located in the waters boardering the Atlantic, with an android machine to mark and finish off the intrusive fish.

 

 

 

A diving android machine will make it possible for people on the surface of the ocean to destroy and execute the lionfish with energetic charges from afar. The purpose of this endeavor is to help restrict the increasing number of these insatiable hunters/killers which are acknowledged by habitat officials as a somber warning to aquatic ecosystems in the West Atlantic.

 

 

 

 

RISE, which means Robots in Service of the Environment, is the action to send off the robot that targets the lionfish and symbolizes an iRobot alliance with institutions and volunteer specialists in the areas of conservation, engineering   and robotics. According to a statement given on the RISE website, this project is the initial effort to acknowledge challenges in the environment with the help of robotic resolutions.

 

 

 

3D providers of the android machine demonstrate a far-off guarded gadget furnished with a camera so that people who use them can follow the lionfish from afar. Two discs are found at the front of the android which are seated on rods and are placed face to face. When the lionfish is caught between the discs, the android’s controller brings about a deadly charged shock and the android machine, in turn, compiles the lionfish in a container (net or cage) to bring it to dry land.

 

Image courtesy of RISE
Image courtesy of RISE

 

 

 

Deadly Pterosis genus

 

Lionfish, which has a dozen species, are astonishing to look at.  Bold stripes and dainty, flickering fins that are balanced by a series of poisonous spines cover their bodies, making them a favorite among aquarium owners.

 

But for almost twenty years, intrusive lionfish have been multiplying in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at a frightening rate. And with no everyday hunters/killers  in those areas to keep their population in check, lionfish are obliterating native fish populace.

 

John Rizzi, executive director of RISE, told Live Science that diving robots can help environmental species conservationists win back control of these intrusive fish by permitting users to aim at deep-sea waters where these killer pests procreate and where diving hunters usually are not able to go.

 

“We’ll be their first predator,” Rizzi added. “They won’t see us coming.”

 

Original reference from LiveScience

New top-of-the-line Chromebook from Samsung is forthcoming

 

a previous Samsung Chromebook model

 

An upcoming top of the line Chromebook with the touchscreen feature and stylus from tech giant Samsung is coming soon.

 

 

Reports of a fresh Chromebook with the nickname “Kevin” spread all over the internet early this summer and a few days ago, ChromUnboxed discovered the not-yet-declared model via a string of merchant selections that read: the Samsung Chromebook Pro.

 

 

 

ChromeUnboxed cited that it received a tip from a user of a listing on B&H for the gadget, however, that listing has been taken down. Besides that, the site also brought up a landing page for the Chromebook as well as another listing for the device on Adorama.

 

 

The latest Chromebook boasts an array of remarkable features:

  • 3 inch 2400 x 1600 touchscreen resolution which can go around 360 degrees
  • Slight bezels
  • A storage of 32 GB, internal memory of 4GB RAM
  • A stylus
  • Metal covered body with 12.9mm thickness
  • Battery time of 10 hours

 

It seems pretty obvious that the Chromebook’s hardware was created with the Android app support in mind.

 

 

 

 

The Chromebook is presently listed with a price tag of $499 and is available for pre-order on Adorama. No official word yet on when the device is going to be released but ChromeUnbox stated that the date of availability written on the deleted B&H product listing page was October 24th.

Presenting Eve-Tech’s Crowdsourced, User-designed laptop: The EVE V

The Finnish tech startup company had help from an online community of tech geeks and enthusiasts to shape the design of its new machine.

 

The result was something really distinct.

 

 

 

Eve-Tech’s T1 tablet computer, its first device launched to the public, was well received for its high-end feel and affordable price but also got a lot of criticisms from users and reviewers regarding the quality of the outer casing, back camera and ports. The device was met with opinions from consumers on how it could’ve been better.

 

 

We at Eve-Tech, together with end users, is a crowd-advancing consumer electronics

 

The feedback gave Konstantinos Karatsevidis, the tech startup’s co-founder and CEO, the idea to have those users give their comments during the making of the design and could be combined into the eventual outcome, thus creating the perfect product.

 

Eve-Tech created a platform online, letting techies who were unsatisfied with products presently on the market, join and assist in the design creation of its second gadget, a Windows laptop/tablet/computer called the Eve V.

 

The project drew attention from Intel and got a six-figure investment from them and from Microsoft, which supports the project.

 

Furthermore, the Finnish startup’s central technical creators desired a thin gadget with just no more than 3 ports.

 

Design and specifications of the Eve V

  • Windows 10 OS with a battery life of 12 hours
  • 3-inch monitor/display
  • ports for Thunderbolt, USB A and USB C
  • Has four speakers with an audio amplifier
  • Aluminium-carved body that has a variety of colors to choose from

the tech enthusiasts are presently deciding the final options. The closest that is comparable to the device is probably the Surface Pro 4, however the Eve V will be more affordable, Karatsevidis has said.

 

 

The Eve V is available for preorder in early November.  Eve- Tech has been creating and experimenting the elements of the device and will be available for preorder in early November.

 

Trouble in the PC Industry

 

Two-year decline is longest downslide in history for the PC Industry

 

The condition of the PC industry is not in good shape.

 

 

Global shipments of PC’s in the first three months of 2016 decreased by 5.7 percent, to 68.9 million units, According to Gartner, an analyst firm. In a press announcement released today, the firm writes that, that downslide indicates the eighth straight quarter of PC shipping drop, the lengthiest period of drop in the history of the PC business.

 

In addition, Gartner mentions abysmal back-to-school profits and decreased demand in emerging markets. The analyst firm also said that the bigger problem, as it has been for awhile now, is more subjective than that.

 

Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst from Gartner, mentions that, for most of the buyers, the PC is not their main device and so, the need to upgrade their PC’s has decreased. Some consumers may even decide to never upgrade to a PC again.

 

This analytical hazard is due, for the most part, to the emergence of smartphones.

 

These gadgets have  more advancing cycles of upgrade compared to PC’s and have developed strong and effective enough to go up against both desktop and laptop computers at functioning less exhaustive undertakings.

 

Adding to this are the tablets, like Apple, which is steering its iPad Pro products as a usable and effective alternative for the PC machines.

 

 

PC manufacturers are feeling the weight of the pressure. Companies like HP, Dell, and Asus all had poor growth with single–digit profits. Acer, Apple and Lenovo, on the other hand, have all experienced downslide, with both Apple and Lenovo experiencing double-digit declines. At the same time, the remaining PC retailer, which generally transports more of the stocks every quarter than any of the commercially successful brands, experienced decline of more than 16 percent.

 

 

These results still have a brighter side. There’s proof that low-cost notebooks are becoming a more favorable alternative choice as earlier computers get, whether given away or passed along. Kitagawa writes that the report on PC shipment does not include Chromebooks, the initial sign demonstrates that Chromebooks surpassed PC shipment surge.

Are you passionate about photo editing but can’t afford Photoshop?

Here are my top 5  best free Photoshop alternatives in 2016:

 

screencap of Photoscape
screencap of Photoscape

 

PhotoScape

This is for you if you are looking for a program to get a quick review of your photos and images using easy ways to make the most out of them.

 

Straightforward, unusual, it is a photo editing tool that can handle more than just pictures. Features include RAW conversion, cutting and combining of images and creating gif animations.

 

It’s a straight-up tool for the neophyte, but you can still get some substantial outcomes so it’s a good option if you need to sharpen an image or add minimal refinement to images in a snap.

 

 

 

 

GIMP

Never mind the funny name, this is an exceptional photo-editing software.

 

The oldest photo editing of this kind, GIMP is the software that provides features most comparable to Photoshop.

 

 

 

Paint.NET

 

Sometimes less is more.

 

One of this software’s key features is simplicity; it is a fast, uncomplicated to operate editor that is most suitable for those small tasks that don’t need the complete capabilities of GIMP.

 

Its interface has added necessary editing tools like that are useful for recomposing images like a 3D rotate and zoom function, a raft of filters, layers, several plugins designed by the community and an undo history.

 

If your machine does not have a big enough RAM, this software is your better choice.

 

 

 

Pixlr
Pixlr

 

Pixlr

 

Pixlr, which is ad-supported web photo editing software, comes in two options: the more equipped package which is the Editor; and the most suitable for applying easy remedies, the Express.

 

This is the online editing software we are inclined to lean towards because of its upright, contemporary interface and its effectiveness even on machines with less processor capabilities.

 

 

 

Vintager

 

Vintager

 

My personal favorite, this has been a hit on social media. It gives your photos a classic-film feel to them.

 

It has filters, borders and layers to make your hurriedly-taken snapshots look like they were intended to look that way. This editor is an easy way to add style to pictures before sending them.

 

 

 

This list is by no means the only free alternatives, though; if you have a favorite and you think it should be included in the list, feel free to tell me about it in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

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.

Sony PlayStation VR : Hit or miss?

 

The Sony PlayStation VR – Available on October 13, 2016, pre-order yours now for RRP $549.95

 

Driven by PlayStation4, the PS Virtual Reality is the newest addition to the PS4 bunch and if you already own any PS4 console, you’re all set to use the PS VR. Just attach the headset to your PS4, include a PlayStation Camera and enter virtual reality.

 

From fast and exciting futuristic sports of RIGS: Mechanized Combat League to swimming in shark-filled bodies of water with PS Virtual Reality Worlds, steering spectacular supercars in Driverclub VR or the intense terror of Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and a whole lot more.

 

 

Components of the PS VR:

 

* PS Camera
with double lenses and 3D sensors, it traces your every move – from the orientation of the headset, PS  Move controller and to the DUALSHOCK 4 light bar

 

*Precision tracking

to ensure dead-on exactness within the game experience, wherever you are in the room.

 

*DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller

The accuracy of the PS4 control that everyone loves take on a new scope with the PlayStation VR; the games are congruous with the wireless controller, while the light bar is regularly traced to further improve movement during the game.

 

*PlayStation Move motion controller
Bring yourself into the world of virtual games and fully control your VR know-how

 

*5.7” OLED screen
Real 3D settings come alive with this screen.

 

*360 degree of visual sense

 

*smooth visuals and low latency together makes for an unbelievably engrossing world of games

 

*3D sound

Lets you perceive exactly the direction and distance of anything that is audible coming from everywhere around you

 

*Inbuilt microphone

 

 

PROS

  • Affordable
  • Quality performance almost identical to that of a PC
  • Huge variety of enjoyable games

 

CONS

  • Required accessories are bought separately
  • Not so good quality at sealing out light
  • Motion controller tracking is irregular

 

 

 

 

OUR CONCLUSION:                     

The PlayStation VR is a good and affordable prelude to topnotch quality VR. A lot of the experiences aren’t as fresh or as engaging as the ones on the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive but, for an entity that uses a PS4 instead of a high-priced PC gaming equipment, there really is nothing major to complain.