10 must-have gadgets for every home

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You’ve got your own place and it’s probably time to fix it up with all the necessary devices needed to turn your house to a home. The list of things you need is seemingly endless but on that long list, some items remain absolutely essential. Yudala provides an insight into the top 10 must-have devices for your home.

Electric kettle: In need of some hot water for a cup of tea or to make eba (garri)? Looking to fast-track boiling your rice? Or you simply wish to sterilise your baby’s bottle with some sizzling hot water? Then you definitely need an electric kettle.

Blender: The blender is one of the most under-rated home appliances ever! How often do you actually want to go out and grind your pepper at the public roadside grinder’s place? Do you feel this is a hygiene issue for you? One word: Blenders.

Home entertainment system: Are you a movie or music lover? Do you crave the sound effect and acoustic difference, which a quality entertainment system delivers? Then you definitely have to get a Home Theatre System. Imagine watching the ‘Fate of the Furious’ in your living room, supported by a powerful Home Entertainment System. Certainly an experience worth having.

Microwave oven: Nobody likes coming home to eat cold food after a long, hard day. A good microwave is in order and a very essential appliance for your home.

Refrigerator: Cold water, cold drinks, fresh fruits, preserved left-overs, what do all these wonderful things have in common? Yes, you got it right, a quality fridge. The importance of a refrigerator can never be overemphasised!

Gas cooker: You definitely have to cook something at some point. Even if noodles are all you are good at; a table top gas cooker is perfect. There are several great options at e-commerce stores. An added incentive is that gas cookers are quite durable and easy to clean.

Air conditioner: The weather in this part of the world can get really humid. Gone are the days when a good air-conditioning unit was considered a luxury. With several competing brands in the market, you can now get an air-conditioning unit that combines excellent design with great functionality!

Washing machine: Dirty laundry? No worries. Now you can do your laundry in record time and without expending your energy. With a small budget, you can get a useful, quality brand that can handle your laundry tasks for many years.

TV set: Your home is certainly incomplete without a TV set hanging from your living room wall. Interestingly, TV sets come in various screen sizes and in most cases, the bigger the screen, the better for your viewing pleasure, especially for movie and sport lovers.

Inverter: One of the most important items your home needs is a quality inverter. How do you intend to power all your appliances when public power supply fails? Unfortunately, power supply is often erratic and cannot be relied upon exclusively. If noisy generators are not your thing, you can give yourself and the neighbours the much-needed peace of mind by getting an inverter.

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Top San Jose Web Design Firm Awards Released for June 2017 by 10 Best Design

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Passionate and consistent awards organization 10 Best Design brings attention to web firms that are staffed by people with a drive for producing exceptional work. With the Best San Jose Web Design Firm List for June 2017, the organization highlights top-notch agencies on a list that garners respect and attention.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (PRWEB) June 23, 2017

10 Best Design recently presented the winners of its Best San Jose Web Design awards for June 2017. Rasteroids and Baunfire were among the honorees, along with Big Drop Inc.

The representatives of 10 Best Design are passionate about providing people with information and updates regarding which digital advertising firms can offer them excellent, effective services. As such, 10 Best Design is pleased to reveal its newest award category: Best Web Design Firm. This release provides a summary of the top San Jose Web design firms as well as several other digital firms that made the list.

Being one of the best web design firms, Big Drop Inc is the organization business owners should get in touch with when they realize that they’re in need of web design and development services that will increase their sphere of online influence. The professionals of this organization know which techniques to deploy for the purpose of making this happen, and one of them is responsive web design. The Big Drop Inc professionals utilize this strategy to ensure that the site is mobile-friendly, thereby ensuring that it can generate more traffic and sales. The Big Drop Inc reps also offer dynamic graphic design services that result in an incredibly innovative website that stands out from the cookie-cutter replicas that already exist in the online world.

Top web design agency Rasteroids Design is a community of dedicated, diligent site developers who thrive on helping business owners share their brand with online audiences in an interactive, engaging way. The techies of Rasteroids Design are passionate about maintaining a holistic approach to the web design and development process, and this means that they will optimize sites for all of the key components. Some of those components include mobile friendliness, functionality, engagement, and aesthetic appeal. Also note that the Rasteroids Design professionals maintain a client-centered outlook which ensures that the business owner’s specific interests and brand vision are always understood and respected.

Another top San Jose web design agency, BAUNFIRE is a community of sedulous, diligent digital marketing experts who operate in excellence so that the client can attain an exceptional return on investment (ROI). To ensure that the client’s website is absolutely incredible, the BAUNFIRE techies maintain an innovative approach that involves coming up with unique templates, backgrounds, colors and fonts. In addition to making the website aesthetically appealing, the BAUNFIRE representatives focus on optimizing sites for mobile friendliness, usability, and conversion.

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Govt to infuse Rs 10,000 cr in BharatNet for for rural broadband

Strengthen the government’s Digital India push, the government on Wednesday said it will pump Rs 10,000 crore in 2017-18 in its BharatNet project to lay optical fibre cables (OFC).

“Under the BharatNet Project, OFC has been laid in 1,55,000 km. I have stepped up the allocation for BharatNet Project to Rs 10,000 crore in 2017-18,” Jaitley said while presenting the Union Budget for 2017-18.

“By the end of 2017-18, high speed broadband connectivity on optical fibre will be available in more than 150,000 gram panchayats, with Wi-Fi hot spots and access to digital services at low tariffs,” he added.

Saying the telecom sector is an important component of the country’s infrastructure eco system, Jaitley said the recent spectrum auctions have removed spectrum scarcity in the country.

“This will give a major fillip to mobile broadband and Digital India for the benefit of people living in rural and remote areas.”

The Minister said the government will launch a DigiGaon initiative, which will provide tele-medicine, education and skills through digital technology.

 
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How to speed up Windows 10

Want to find out the top tips and tricks to make Windows 10 faster? Read on…

Despite (or perhaps because of) all the bells and whistles, Windows 10 can sometime run a little slower than other systems, particularly on older machines. If you’re one of the new Windows 10 users who feels that they’ve had to sacrifice speed to get the latest version of Windows, here’s how to speed it up.

Make starting up Windows 10 quicker

By default, Windows 10 will ask for the user’s password every time the computer boots up. Although this is an example of security best practice, you may feel it’s a touch unnecessary, particularly if your machine sits in a secure home office.

If you want to get rid of this safety precaution, click on the Search field next to the start menu and type ‘netplwiz’ and then press Enter. Untick the box next to ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer’, click apply and enter your password to finish up.

Be warned, however – this will disable all forms of login authentication, meaning that anyone will be free to use your PC. We would discourage anyone who handles sensitive or valuable information from doing this, and password requirements should never be disabled on laptops.

Make shutting down Windows 10 faster

If you like to shut down your computer after a hard day’s work, then you will realise that the process still requires three clicks. To speed this up you can use a shortcut. Simply right-click anywhere on a free part of the desktop then click New > Shortcut. In the Location field, type in the following.

%windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

Click on the Next to finish. Now each time you click on that shortcut, your PC will immediately shut down. Be careful though!

Disable Startup programs in Windows 10

Virtually every version of Windows allows you to disable startup items, and Windows 10 is no exception. Stopping some programs from starting up will speed up the OS.

To find this option, right-click the taskbar and choose Task Manager, and then click on the Startup tab. Here you can disable the programs you don’t want to start up.

Remove bloatware in Windows 10

No one likes bloatware (except PC manufacturers) but it does mean your system is slightly cheaper as a result. But you can ditch this crapware. For the most part, these are programs such as disc burning software, backup tools from the manufacturer or other utilities that you don’t necessarily need.

Why programs such as PC Decrapifier and CCleaner do a sterling job of getting rid of bloatware, if you have a brand new (but bloatware laden) computer, then a clean install of Windows 10 could be the best way of clearing out unnecessary software clogging up your system.

Make the Windows 10 Start menu and other Windows zippier

The brand new Windows 10 Start menu can be slower to pop up on older machines. This is because making this appear in a whiz-bang fashion consumes compute power. To turn off this animated feature, bring up Systems Properties (type in the search field sysdm.cpl and press Enter.)

Click on the Advance tab, then click on the Settings button in Performance. Untick the box for Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing, then click Apply.

This should speed up not only the Start menu but also all other windows that appear on your desktop.

If you really wanted to, you can disable all visual effects to really speed Windows 10 up. Just click on the radio button next to Adjust for best performance.

 

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How to move Windows 10 from your old hard drive to SSD

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he move to a solid-state disk will make your Windows PC faster

One of the best ways of making your PC run faster is by installing a solid-state drive (SSD). However, moving Windows to an SSD is not an easy task.

The best way to move Windows 10 (or any other OS) onto an SSD is by using a cloning tool. This takes everything on the old drive and copies onto the new one. Of course, for a lot of people, this will be like trying to fit a pint in a half pint pot. With all your music, photos and videos, taking up a terabyte of space, you may find compromises will have to be made.

Before you move the Windows installation files to an SSD, you have to separate any other data (documents, pictures, music, videos) to another disc as these won’t be transferred to the SSD.

You will then clone the Windows OS onto the new SSD and move personal data onto the old disc. The great thing here is that you will get the benefit of running Windows from a faster drive while retaining the spacious hard drive for data.

If you are doing this with a desktop computer, then you will have little trouble fitting in both the new disc and the old disc as there should be space for both. Things get a little more difficult when it comes to laptops. At this point, you may have to remove the optical drive to fit in a second drive or spend more money on an SSD that can accommodate all the data present on the old disc.

What do you need?

As mentioned before, for this project you will need your current hard drive (or spinning platters of rust), which you will migrate data from; your new solid-state drive which data will be migrated to; and a backup of all your data, as you can only clone the system files.

You will also need a cloning tool. In this instance, we will use EaseUS Todo Backup Free. Mainly because it is free and also because it is easy enough for most people to use. Also, the tool is good at cloning data from a large disc to a much smaller disc

Defrag your disk and back up your data 

As we are cloning a disc, it is a good idea to defrag the file system before we start anything. Click on the Start menu and type in defrag, when you see the option for Disk Defragmenter, click on its and run the tool to tidy up the disc.

Next thing to do is the back up ALL your data. An external drive is a good start or an online service such as CrashPlan is a good alternative, but the latter will take a lot longer to complete, even with a good internet connection.

 

[Source:- ITPRO]

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

Has your PC frozen during an update? Here’s how to get it running again

Keeping your Windows 10 installation up to date is incredibly important; it patches security holes, adds new features and generally keeps your machine running smoothly.

It can often be something of an irritation, however. Windows 10, in particular, has an annoying habit of deciding to apply updates at inconvenient times, and if its gets stuck during the process, it can take some serious time out of your workday. If your Windows 10 update gets stuck, here’s how to fix it.

First, though, a note: make sure your PC is genuinely frozen before you attempt any of these. If you were in the middle of doing something when the update hit, you’ll likely be impatient to get back to whatever it was, but remember that jumping the gun can cause more problems than it fixes. If there’s been no on-screen activity for a couple of hours, you can be pretty sure that something’s wrong.

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

Step 1. Try pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. In some cases, the update will get stuck on a particular point which will allow you to access the login screen by using the trusty ‘three-finger salute’. If it works, simply sign in as normal. If not, move on to the next step.
Step 2. Restart your PC. Resetting your PC mid-installation is a cardinal sin and expressly warned against by manufacturers, but if your update is genuinely stuck then you haven’t got a lot of options. Use your computer’s physical power or reset button, and remember than you may have to hold it down.
Step 3. Boot into Safe Mode. Accessible from the Startup Settings menu, this mode disables everything but the absolute essentials Windows needs to run, ensuring that any software conflicts that could be interfering with the update are removed. After the update installs, you can restart Windows to exit Safe Mode.
Step 4. Perform a System Restore. In order to safeguard against this type of thing, Windows will usually create a restore point just before applying an update, so you can roll it back if there are any problems. You can access the System Restore function from Safe Mode, or from the Advanced Startup Options if that doesn’t work.
Step 5. Try a Startup Repair. A more in-depth fix than just doing a System Restore, the Startup Repair tool (also accessible from the Advanced Startup Options screen) can sometimes fix underlying issues that may be hampering the update process.
Step 6. Perform a clean Windows installation. This is pretty much the ‘nuclear option’, but if all else fails, you may be forced to simply erase your previous copy of Windows and simply start from scratch. Be warned, though, that this will erase your entire hard drive, so make sure that any vital data is as thoroughly backed up as possible beforehand.

 

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Windows 10 release date, features, devices and free upgrade: Windows 10 update protected against bugs before patches

Windows 10 at-a-glance

Windows 10 launched globally on 29 July 2015 and touted as “the last version of Windows”, marking the end of decades of occasional heavy duty OS updates in favour of a more incremental approach. Available as a free upgrade for a year after launch, Windows 10 became full price on 30 July 2016. Here’s our round-up of everything you need to know about Windows 10.

  • Windows 10 started rolling out on 29 July 2015 as a free upgrade
  • Windows 10 free upgrade ended 29 July 2016 and Anniversary Update launched on 2 August
  • Read our full review of Windows 10 here
  • Enterprise users can manage company-wide rollouts for Windows 10 updates
  • Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Windows 10’s default browser
  • Android and iOS apps will run on the new OS
  • Windows 10 latest news

    16/01/2017: The August update to Windows squashed bugs even before Microsoft officially patched them.

    The company said the Windows 10 Anniversary Update included a host of security enhancements, some of which Microsoft’s security team said mitigated against zero-day attacks that were later patched in November. That suggests anyone installing the August update was safe from two specific attack vectors even before the patches.

    The vulnerabilities in question included a flaw in Flash that allowed for elevation of privileges, which was used by the Strontium attack group in spear-phishing against American think-tanks and NGOs. The second flaw was in the Windows font library, also allowing hackers to elevate privileges; this time, the attacks were mostly seen in South Korea.

    Microsoft’s researchers said attacks on both flaws were mitigated by protections in the Anniversary Update, offering protection to users and forcing hackers to come up with new attack techniques.

    “While fixing a single-point vulnerability helps neutralise a specific bug, Microsoft security teams continue to look into opportunities to introduce more and more mitigation techniques,” noted Matt Oh and Elia Floria, of the Windows Defender ATP Research Team, in a blog post. “Such mitigation techniques can break exploit methods, providing a medium-term tactical benefit, or close entire classes of vulnerabilities for long-term strategic impact.”

    They added: “These mitigation techniques are significantly reducing attack surfaces that would have been available to future zero-day exploits.”

     

    Windows 10 release date

    Windows 10 started to roll out to consumers on 29 July 2015.

    The news of a July release came as little surprise to Microsoft watchers, as the company had stated the release would come in summer 2015, and AMD’s CEO Lisa Su tipped the world off to a July launch thanks to a slip of the tongue during an earnings call in April that year.

    The RTM build was delivered to OEM partners to image new devices on 15 July, and another build is being delivered to retailers to upgrade unsold devices currently running Windows 8.1.

    The first end users to get the finished version of the product were the five million Windows 10 Insiders using the operating system in a preview. Following that, Redmond began offering the upgrade to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users.

    One year after the initial launch of Windows 10, Microsoft rolled out the Anniversary Update, which introduced useful tweaks but was a little light on new features. You can read our full review of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update here.

    Volume licensing customers are able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education from the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

    System requirements for Windows 10 can be found here.

    Windows 10 different versions

    As with its predecessors, Windows 10 is available in various different versions: Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Education and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise.

 
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Windows 10 Home vs Windows 10 Pro: the key differences explained

When you count all the different ways Windows 10 will be available, there are actually seven different editions: Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enterprise, Education, Mobile and Mobile Enterprise, plus several versions designed for Internet of Things devices and embedded systems.

The list of SKUs makes most sense when you divide it up by screen size, because that is what controls the user interface you see, as well as the features you get. Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise are for smartphones and tablets that have screens smaller than 8-inch; they have the Windows Phone-style screen, the Edge browser without Internet Explorer, and come with the Office for Windows 10 apps pre-installed.

Windows 10 Home, Pro, Enteprise and Education are for desktop PCs, laptops, 2-in-1s, convertibles and larger tablets. Mostly, they’re the equivalent of the similarly named Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 editions. In this article, we’ll go through the exact details of each version…

 

 

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Windows 10 Will Not Be Free For Enterprise?

Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 10 expired on July 29. Windows 10 Home currently costs $120, Windows 10 Pro costs $200 and upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Pro costs $100. Enterprise customers pay by volume pricing.

Back in January of 2015, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson revealed that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for those using Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. These customers will be able to get the upcoming operating system for free within one year after its release.

Myerson also branded Windows 10 as a “Windows-As-A-Service” platform given that it will be kept current for its supported lifetime. That’s a big step for Microsoft and good news for small businesses. Unfortunately, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not part of the free Windows 10 upgrade program.

“Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise are not included in the terms of free Windows 10 Upgrade offer we announced last week, given active Software Assurance customers will continue to have rights to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer – while also benefiting from the full flexibility to deploy Windows 10 using their existing management infrastructure,” wrote Microsoft’s Jim Alkove in a recent Windows blog update.

Alkove went on to explain that with Windows 10, the company is taking a new approach to enterprise customers called “Current Branch for Business” and “Long-Term Servicing Branch.” For the latter, businesses can receive enterprise-level support by way of critical updates and the latest security fixes, but their Windows 10 devices will not automatically retrieve new features within the next five years after the platform’s release.

As for “Current Branch for Business,” businesses can install new features after they’re released to consumers and tested for compatibility on Windows 10 devices. Meanwhile, said devices will receive security updates as they’re released by Microsoft.

“This gives IT departments time to start validating updates in their environments the day changes are shipped broadly to consumers, or in some cases earlier, if they have users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program,” Alkove said. “By the time Current branch for Business machines are updated, the changes will have been validated by millions of Insiders, consumers and customers’ internal test processes for several months, allowing updates to be deployed with this increased assurance of validation.”

Alkove added that businesses can choose to get their Windows 10 updates through WSUS, which will allow IT departments to manually distribute features, or automatically through Windows Update.

Towards the end of the post, Alkove said that the first Windows 10 Long Term Servicing branch will be released alongside the consumer version of Windows 10 later this summer. He also expects to see businesses take a “mixed” approach in how Windows 10 devices will be kept current. Different users and systems will likely have different update schedules.

Businesses are encouraged to join the Windows Insider Program, download the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, and provide feedback.

 

 
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Windows 10 Insiders Get Green Screen of Death

Blue is so last build of Windows 10 Insider Preview. As part of build 14997, Insiders will now get a green screen of death. The change in color will reportedly roll out to all users next year.

The change may be for Microsoft techs, more than just for aesthetics. If the team sees a green screen online they will reportedly instantly be recognizable as a priority.

Microsoft senior program manager for Windows, Matthijs Hoekstra hinted at the change, but it was found in the wild by @chris123NT Twitter user.

Build 14997 will also come with a blue-light reduction feature, the ability to enable Cortana during the initial setup phase, app folders for Start Menu and improvements to Microsoft Edge tab management. Note: This build has not officially been released to the public, so we wouldn’t recommend downloading it from an unsecured third-party.

 

 

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