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New Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 01 August, 2015

New Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 has now been with us for a number of days with initial consumer reaction suggesting that it’s a hit with those who have already upgraded from Windows 7 or 8.1. Sitting amongst the many changes and improvements within Windows 10, comes a new focus on the desktop, and with that ultimately comes a whole new set of keyboard shortcuts for desktop users to memorize and get to grips with. As you might expect, we are right there by your side with a comprehensive list of the available shortcuts that are centric to Cortana, Activity Center, Microsoft Edge and much, much more.

Regardless of whether you’re a general user who interacts generally in the web browser, or even a hardcore user who deals with new features like Cortana, Virtual desktops, Activity Center or recording of the screen, this list should have enough shortcuts to sort out your needs.

Here’s a list of keyboard shortcuts that are new in Windows 10:
Windows Key‌+S – Open search
Windows Key‌+C – Open Cortana in listening mode

Activity Center
Windows Key+A – Open Action center
Windows Key+V – Cycle through notifications
Windows Key+Shift+V – Cycle through notifications in reverse order
Windows Key+B – Set focus in the notification area
Virtual Desktops
Windows Key+Ctrl+D – Add a virtual desktop
Windows Key+Ctrl+Right arrow – Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the right
Windows Key+Ctrl+Left arrow – Switch between virtual desktops you’ve created on the left
Windows Key+Ctrl+F4 – Close the virtual desktop you’re using
Windows Key+Tab – Open Task view
Game bar
Windows Key+G – Open Game bar when a game is open
Windows Key+Alt+G – Record the last 30 seconds
Windows Key+Alt+R – Start recording (press the shortcut again to stop recording)
Windows Key+Alt+Print Screen – Take a screenshot of your game
Windows Key+Alt+T – Show/hide recording timer

Microsoft Edge
Ctrl+D – Add current site to favorites or reading list
Ctrl+J – Open downloads pane
Ctrl+I – Open favorites pane
Ctrl+H – Open history pane
Alt+C – Open Cortana
Ctrl+Shift+R – Enter reading view
F12 – Open F12 Developer Tools
F7 – Turn caret browsing on for the current tab
Ctrl+K – Duplicate tab
Ctrl+Shift+P – Open a new InPrivate Browsing window

Windows Key+K – Open the Connect quick action
Windows Key+I – Open Settings
Windows Key+E – Open File Explorer
Windows Key+H – Open the Share charm
Windows Key+T – Cycle through apps on the task bar
Ctrl+Shift+Esc – Open Task Manager

Mozilla cries foul on changes to Windows 10's default browser settings

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Mozilla cries foul on changes to Windows 10's default browser settings

In a recent blog post and open letter by Mozilla to its CEO, Satya Nadella, Microsoft has come under fire for the changes made to default settings in Windows 10, with Mozilla CEO Chris Beard going as far as to say that "user choice has now been all but removed [in Windows 10]."

He goes on to state:

The upgrade process now appears to be purposefully designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want...On the user choice benchmark, Microsoft's Windows 10 falls woefully short, even when compared to its own past versions. While it istechnically possible for people to preserve their previous settings and defaults, the design of the new Windows 10 upgrade experience and user interface does not make this obvious nor easy.
If the strong language used in this post wasn't enough, Mozilla has also penned an open letter to Satya Nadella, outlining all the issues they have with the new version of Windows. The company claims that changes to the default API settings are now less intuitive and make it harder for users to use third party apps, with changing your defaults requiring twice as many clicks compared to previous versions of Windows.

The letter ends with the following exhortation:

We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people's right to choice and control of their online experience by making it easier, more obvious and intuitive for people to maintain the choices they have already made through the upgrade experience. It should be easier for people to assert new choices and preferences, not just for other Microsoft products, through the default settings APIs and user interfaces.

It looks like Microsoft is under increasing fire regarding its new browser, Microsoft Edge, as Symantec - the company behind Norton Antivirus - have already taken issue with the lack of extensions, arguing that it leads to a less secure experience for users. Following that, we now have Mozilla, one of Microsoft's biggest competitors in the browser space, all but accusing the company of being anti-competitive.

Source: Mozilla

How to Force Download Windows 10 Free Upgrade

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 29 July, 2015

How to Force Download Windows 10 Free Upgrade, Tutorial

Today is July 29, the day Microsoft launches final version of Windows 10. However unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft is doing a phase rollout of Windows 10 upgrade, which means not everyone will get the update on the same day.
But as they, where there’s a will, there is a way. And so if you are in the same boat as many others whose Windows 10 upgrade hasn’t automatically started downloading yet, you can follow the tutorial below to force Windows Update to download the update for you right now. I have personally tested this and can confirm it worked on my Surface Pro 3. There’s no reason why it won’t work for anyone of you on any other computer running Windows.

How to check if your PC isn’t already downloading the Windows 10 upgrade? Navigate to C:\ drive and see if it has a folder named $Windows.~BT (you may have to enable Hidden items to check this). If it is there, you are all set, but if it isn’t there, you will need to follow the instructions below to force Windows 10 downloading.

Ready? Lets do this!


  • Must be running genuine copy of either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Must have all the previous updates installed from Windows Update.
  • Make sure your PC meets all other Windows 10 requirements, you can check those here: How To Prepare Your PC For Windows 10 The Right Way [Guide].

Step 1: Make sure you have reserved your free copy of Windows 10. If you haven’t done this already, you can follow the instructions here on how to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade.

Step 2: Run Windows Update, and make sure you are set to receive updates automatically.

Step 3: Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder and delete everything in this folder. Don’t worry, it wont ruin your system.

Step 4: Now run Command Prompt utility in Administrator mode. Simply search for ‘cmd’ from Start Menu/Screen, right click, and then click on run as administrator.

Step 5: Type this command and press enter: wuauclt.exe /updatenow.

Step 6: Now after a few minutes, check for updates in Windows Update. You should now see Windows 10 being downloaded on your PC. The size of this download will vary depending on the version of Windows you are currently running. Download time will also vary depending on the type and speed of Internet connection you have.

Step 7: Once the download is complete, it will start ‘Preparing for installation’ after which you can install the update.

Enjoy it !!!

Major Android security flaw leaves 950 million phones vulnerable to being silently hacked

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 28 July, 2015

Major Android security flaw leaves 950 million phones vulnerable to being silently hacked

A huge security vulnerability in Android has been uncovered by a researcher, who revealed that devices can be hijacked using nothing more than a simple MMS message. The exploit is believed to affect almost all Android devices currently in use today, including those running all versions of the OS from Android 2.2 FroYo onwards.

Joshua Drake, VP of platform research and exploitation at mobile security specialists Zimperium, discovered several vulnerabilities in a core component of the OS called 'Stagefright', which is used to play, create and edit multimedia files. He describes this latest Android security flaw as "the worst Android vulnerabilities discovered to date", adding that "if 'Heartbleed' from the PC era sends [a] chill down your spine, this is much worse."

He found that some of these vulnerabilities could be exploited to remotely run code on the device, simply by receiving an MMS message, or by watching a specially constructed video file in a web browser, or even viewing a seemingly innocent web page with embedded media content.

As PC World explains:

The library is not used just for media playback, but also to automatically generate thumbnails or to extract metadata from video and audio files such as length, height, width, frame rate, channels and other similar information.
This means that users don’t necessarily have to execute malicious multimedia files in order for the vulnerabilities found by Drake to be exploited. The mere copying of such files on the file system is enough.

What makes this threat particularly troubling is that it doesn't require any authorizing action on the part of the user at all. Drake points out that your phone could receive an MMS while on silent as you're sleeping, execute malicious code on the device, and then set the MMS message to delete itself, so you'd never even be aware of the fact that your device just got pwned.

However, attackers are limited in the capabilities that can be exploited using this vulnerability; some devices afford higher privileges to the Stagefright framework than others, so the extent of the vulnerability will differ between devices. On most of them, the camera, microphone and and external storage partition will be vulnerable - but Drake believes that around 50% of affected devices run Stagefright with higher privileges, making it easier to gain root access and fully take control.

Drake didn't only publish information about the vulnerabilities - he also created patches and gave them to Google in April. He says that Google added the fixes to its internal Android code base within 48 hours.

However, the rate at which Android updates roll out is notoriously slow - eight months after its launch, Lollipop had only reached 12% of current devices. Drake believes that around 95% of Android devices in use today - around 950 million in total - are still affected.
You might want to blame the carriers for that, but even Google's own Nexus devices remain impacted today, as the company has not yet patched all of them against this vulnerability. Drake told PC World that the Nexus 6 was the only device in Google's range to have received fixes so far, and on his blog post, he even includes screenshots (shown at the top of this article) captured on a hijacked Nexus 5 running the very latest Android release, 5.1.1 Lollipop.

And because many manufacturers and carriers abandon their devices after 18-24 months, rolling out no further updates after that initial period, he believes that it's optimistic to believe that even 50% of Android devices vulnerable to this threat will actually be properly patched, which - if accurate - will leave a huge number of users at risk.
Drake will present more details on his research into the vulnerability at the Black Hat USA security conference on August 5, and at DEF CON 23 on August 7.

Source: Zimperium via PC World

Sony Xperia Z5 could launch with Spectre movie... and keep current CPU

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 26 July, 2015

Sony Xperia Z5 could launch with Spectre movie... and keep current CPU

No Mr Bond, I expect you to upgrade!
One of the benefits of being a multinational conglomerate with both a movie studio and a mobile phone division is that you can use one subsidiary to promote another - and it sounds like that's exactly what Sony plans to do.

Leaked images from China suggest the upcoming Sony Xperia Z5 is going to be "Made for Bond" - in other words, the company's next flagship phone will feature heavily in the Spectre movie and launch alongside it.
That means an arrival in late October or early November depending on where in the world you are. Intriguingly, the images blur out the "Z" part of the Z5, suggesting Sony might be ditching its long-time naming strategy.

Out with the old?

The images may have been mocked up by a bored Bond fan in Photoshop but the timing and the strategy make sense, so we thought they were worth reporting. They're not the only Xperia rumours doing the rounds this weekend either.
User agent profiles spotted on the Sony website suggest there are indeed two new flagships coming this year - potentially the Z5 and Z5 Compact - but these profiles keep the Snapdragon 810 CPU of existing models, and the same screen resolutions too.
Would Sony bother with such an incremental upgrade for its next flagship phones? Or does it just want new handsets to tie in with the upcoming Bond film? Our spies will keep their ears close to the ground.

Fan-made 'GTA V' interactive map app puts Rockstar's to shame

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Fan-made 'GTA V' interactive map app puts Rockstar's to shame

Grand Theft Auto V really seems like the gift that keeps on giving. The latest present? An unofficial map app (Android, iOS and web) that's been updated with collectibles locations from the current-gen releases like Peyote plants that let you play as sharks, eagles and more -- yes, flying around as a bird of prey is bizarre as it sounds.

The differences between this and the official app are pretty major, too. As VG24/7 reports, you can add personal notes to the map, track your collectibles progress and even switch between atlas and satellite views of the terrain. Future plans include making streets searchable by name. Interested? Hit the source links below to grab it for your device of choice.

VIA: VG 24/7
SOURCE: Google Play, iTunes, GTA 5 Map

Intel and Microsoft are working on a fixing a bug that reduces battery life in Windows 10

By Giáp Nguyễn Bá → 25 July, 2015

Intel and Microsoft are working on a fixing a bug that reduces battery life in Windows 10

As Microsoft is getting closer to the finish line, the company is becoming increasingly vigilant about squashing any and all bugs they can find. To that end, the company has already released numerous hotfixes and security patches since last Thursday, when build 10240 hit RTM. A bug that is currently affecting the battery life of some laptops running Windows 10 is being worked on by Intel and Microsoft.

Intel confirmed the existence of the problem and stated:

Intel and Microsoft are working to optimize drivers for battery performance on Windows 10 across Intel platforms. While we are working on technical optimizations, we have seen very minor hits to battery life but even the upper end of what we have seen is below 10 percent. Do know that we expect battery life on Windows 10 systems to be nearly the same as on Windows 8.1 systems once the final Windows 10 drivers have been updated and released.
Microsoft isn't alone in ramping up optimizations as the launch of the highly anticipated OS draws closer. Several OEMs, such as HP, Dell and Acer, and readying their supply chain and distribution channels for shipping Windows 10 PCs; enterprise-oriented partners and accessory makers are also tuning their wares to better support the new OS.

Source: PCWorld