First Official Thrustmaster Flight Stick For Xbox One Is Out

There aren’t a ton of Xbox One games you’d need a flight stick for, but if you’re a fan of something like Elite Dangerous, you might want to give the T.Flight HOTAS One from Thrustmaster a look. The T.Flight HOTAS One has the distinction of being the first officially licensed flight stick for the Xbox One, so if you’re looking for a immersive experience while flying planes and spaceships, this could be a good place to start.

At first glance, its immediately clear that the T.Flight HOTAS One is more than just a simple flight stick. In addition to the stick itself, you’ll also be getting a dedicated throttle, something that you don’t often see with similar devices. Thrustmaster says that the throttle is detachable, so you can use it either attached to the joystick for a smaller footprint or detached for more “authentic piloting conditions.”


Over on the flight stick itself, you’ll have a wide hand rest at your disposal, helping your hands stay stable as you control your craft. The stick’s weighted base will help with that too, and you’ll be able to adjust the resistance of the stick to get your sensitivity to the perfect level. The T.Flight HOTAS One also has a dual rudder system that will allow you make right and left turns without losing elevation.

That Elite Dangerous mention in the first paragraph wasn’t just a coincidence, either. As it turns out, Thrustmaster has been working alongside Elite Dangerous developer Frontier to design the T.Flight HOTAS One. A new update for Elite Dangerous is adding full support for the flight stick today as well, so if you decide to pick one up, you’ll at least be able to look forward to full compatibility in one game.


Those of you who split your time between Xbox One and PC have even more reason to consider the T.Flight HOTAS One, as it’s also compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10. PC users will likely get more mileage out the flight stick, considering the number of space and flight sims available for the platform. The T.Flight HOTAS One launches on October 7 with a suggested retail price of $79.99.





The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo in Details

Porsche is expanding its hybrid range, as a powerful plug-in hybrid is being added to the Panamera Sport Turismo model line. The new Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo flagship model will combine a four-litre V8 engine with an electric motor, resulting in a system power of 500 kW/680 hp. Even when just above idle speed, the Panamera Turbo offers 850 Nm of torque. That means it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h. Average consumption in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) is 3.0 l/100 km. The most powerful Sport Turismo has a range of up to 49 kilometres using solely electric power and therefore producing zero local emissions. 

It is not just the balance between performance and efficiency that makes the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo unique in its segment; its spatial concept, including a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating configuration, means that the new flagship of the model line offers a high standard of everyday practicality. Porsche combines unique design and excellent everyday practicality with top performance and maximum efficiency.

Zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and 3.0-litre fuel consumption

As with the Panamera sports saloon flagship model, Porsche is now also demonstrating the huge performance potential of hybrid technology with the Sport Turismo. The boost strategy used in the series-production all-wheel drive Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has been taken from the Porsche 918 Spyder super sports car. Even at 1,400 rpm, the V8 biturbo (404 kW/550 hp) and the electric motor (100 kW/136 hp) deliver the maximum system torque of 850 Nm. The decoupler integrated into the hybrid module is electromechanically actuated via an Electric Clutch Actuator. The result is short response times and a high level of comfort. 



The fast-shifting, eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) is used to transmit power to the standard adaptive all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM). The E-performance drive allows the vehicle to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds. It only takes a further 8.5 seconds to reach the 200 km/h mark. The top speed is 310 km/h. Despite this level of performance, the plug-in hybrid model is also extremely efficient: The result from the New European Driving Cycle was fuel consumption of 3.0 l/100 km and power consumption of 17.6 kWh/100 km. The Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo has a range of up to 49 kilometres and a top speed of 140 km/h when driven solely using electric power, which result in no local emissions. The lithium-ion battery has an energy content of 14.1 kWh and can be charged within 2.4 to 6 hours, depending on the charger and power connection.


2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo


Unique design, adaptive roof spoiler and 4+1 seating concept

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers all of the innovations of the second generation of the Panamera. These include the digitalised Porsche Advanced Cockpit, ground-breaking assistance systems such as Porsche InnoDrive including adaptive cruise control and optional rear-axle steering. Another of these innovations is the roof spoiler, which is unique in the segment, the pitch of which is set to one of three different angles depending on the driving situation and selected vehicle settings. It also generates additional downforce of up to 50 kg on the rear axle. 

Up to a speed of 170 km/h, the aerodynamic guide element - a central system component of the Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) - stays in its retracted position at an angle of minus seven degrees to follow the roof line, which slopes to the rear. Above 170 km/h, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position with an angle of plus one degree, thereby increasing driving stability and lateral dynamics. When in the Sport and Sport Plus driving modes, the roof spoiler automatically moves to the performance position at speeds of 90 km/h upwards. PAA also provides active assistance by adapting the roof spoiler's angle of inclination to plus 26 degrees when the panoramic sliding roof is open at a speed of 90 km/h or above in order to compensate for the turbulence created.

Conceptually, the top-of-the-line model offers all of the advantages of the new Sport Turismo range resulting from the avant-garde design. The roof line of the Sport Turismo, which is raised in comparison to the sports saloon, allows for easier entry and exit at the rear of the vehicle and ensures greater head clearance. The usability of the luggage compartment benefits from the wide opening tailgate, which is electrically operated as standard, and a loading edge height of just 628 millimetres

The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is also equipped with three rear seats. The two outside seats take the form of individual seats-in keeping with the model line's claim for sporty performance with maximum passenger comfort-thereby producing a 2+1 configuration at the rear. Two electrically adjustable individual seats for the rear can also be ordered as an option. Measured to the upper edge of the rear seats, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo offers 425 litres of storage space. The backrests of the three rear seats can be folded down together or individually (in a 40:20:40 split) and are unlocked electrically from the luggage compartment. In this case, the loading volume is increased to up to 1,295 litres.

Extensive standard equipment including ceramic brakes


The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo is available to order now, with prices starting from EUR 188,592 including VAT in Germany. The standard equipment is extensive: For example, it comes with electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC Sport) roll stabilisation including the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) rear differential lock, the high-performance Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) braking system, 21-inch alloy wheels in a 911 turbo design, Power Steering Plus, the Sport Chrono Package and auxiliary air conditioning as standard. As with all Panamera Sport Turismo models that deliver more than 324 kW (440 hp) of power, the new top-of-the-line model also features adaptive three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) for a broad range between a high level of driving dynamics and driving comfort.





You Want To Build A Progressive Web App: The 5 key Things To Take Into Consideration

Welcome to the exciting world of Progressive Web Apps. You're likely reading this because you've been converted to the PWA cause: a best-of-both-worlds fusion of website reliability and app functionality. Finally, we have a mobile friendly way to combine the speed and directness of websites (no downloads required) with the functionality of apps, like offline browsing, home screen installation and push notifications.

With brands from Twitter to the Washington Post and Lancôme (more on that later) embracing the possibilities of PWAs, the question is no longer "Should you have a PWA?" but "What are the implications for my business?"


So, before deciding to build a PWA, let's take a look at some key points you need to consider, both from a design and resources point of view and from a strategic marketing point of view.

1. Do you have the expertise to build your PWA in-house?
There's no shame if you don't. PWAs are a very new technology, so there's very little precedent for how to build them. Most web developers are exactly that, technical experts with a deep experience of building websites. They'll have to learn new skills and protocols to create a PWA from scratch or convert your existing site into one. A PWA is as much app as it is website. For example, most websites consist of various separate HTML pages strung together, with each one loading afresh as users link-hop through your site.



A PWA, on the other hand, is built on the solid foundation of a Single Page Application (SPA). This is a single HTML page which can be viewed in different ways, resembling the user experience of travelling through different areas of a site whilst never leaving that single page. This goes a long way to making PWA's so fast and reliable.

The first time a user visit's your PWA their browser automatically "installs" the web app; downloading the complete shell of the app which is then cached to avoid subsequent time lost re-downloading site components.

You'll also need a team experienced with deploying Service Workers. This is an area that can cause headaches even for the most experienced web tech bods.

Your dev team needs to be prepared psychologically to be building an app rather than a website as it's conventionally thought of; this means familiarising themselves with new processes and methodologies.

You're going to need a front-end engineer to help build your PWA. Their experience will go beyond JQuery and HTML, straddling concepts as varied as JavaScript and Front End Frameworks to handling CSS Preprocessors, "RESTful programming" and how to design responsive and mobile-friendly sites. Often in ecommerce operations front-end engineers are a restricted resource, but you'll need to deploy them to the team building your PWA.

If your developers are up for the challenge of building a PWA, and that's the most time and cost effective route for your company, they'll want to brush up on the coding necessary to pull this off. Google's developer site has lots of in-depth code labs and information resources your developers will want to check out. Again, there's no shame in outsourcing to a reliable PWA developer.

2. Asking, what's the cache?
PWA's present some technical challenges that aren't so much thrown up in traditional web design. Caching is a big one. In many ways it's the open secret at the heart of PWA architecture. By caching the data needed to deliver your web app experience PWAs save on the reload time that can hinder websites. This increases performance. But caching creates a dichotomy between delivering performance and providing a fresh web experience. So you'll need to make sure you dedicate the time to fine tuning your cache architecture before you have the solid foundations for building your PWA.

3. Consider the mobile experience
PWAs put a premium on mobile-friendliness. Let's rephrase that; contemporary ecommerce puts a premium on mobile-friendliness, with over half of internet traffic coming from mobile devices. A study by Deloitte showed that 32 percent of UK smartphone users browsed a shopping website or app at least once a month and 18 percent at least once a week. Getting your PWA up to speed (literally) is vital if you are not to deter mobile users (it's a Progressive Web App so you're entering their turf). Even the mighty Amazon.com only has a 49 percent mobile performance rate (55 percent for its UK site) according to Google's PageSpeed Tools. By contrast, the FlipKart's PWA has a 71 percent performance. The Washington Post cut its page load times from 2.9 seconds to 0.9 seconds with a PWA.



Before building your PWA you'll want to test and optimise your site's current mobile performance and set targets for seeing improvements in speed with your PWA.

4. Have you developed a vision for your PWA?
Before you build your PWA you need to consider exactly what you hope to get out of it. The best apps understand precisely which functionality of a website needs to be condensed into an app. If you run a restaurant, your app would need to prioritise food ordering. If you run a news site, you want to focus on delivering content that can be read offline. Anyone who uses Twitter via a mobile app will appreciate that it has limited functionality compared to the website version. An effective PWA should be a distillation of your website and be so handy that users will want to add it to their home page. Before you begin building your PWA, have a detailed discussion with your developers where you discuss what you want to get out of the build. You're about to invest time, effort and resources into this project, so you need to make sure your developers share your vision and understand what it is they are expected to deliver.



5. Do you have a contingency plan?
PWA's are a brave new world where web meets app. You need to understand what the landscape looks like before you start your PWA build. For example, Google are spearheading this exciting new movement, and Microsoft have enthusiastically rallied to the cause. Apple, however, are dragging their feet. Certain functionality like push notifications and bookmarking aren't supported on iOS. It seems likely they will support PWAs in the future, but it's worth thinking about what impact, if any, this will have on your PWA.

This fact hasn't stopped Lancôme who pushed ahead with a PWA. Despite the limitations of running a PWA on an iPhone or iPad, they saw an overall increase in conversions of 17 percent and even delivered a 53 percent boost in their iOS sessions; showing that Apple users were undeterred (and giving plenty of reasons for Apple to get with the program).

When all's said and done, there is plenty to think about before building your PWA. When trying something new you want to leave as little to surprise you as possible. Make sure you've read widely on the topic and have a plan for building your PWA. Make sure that you can provide the resources needed to maintain it and make those inevitable adjustments that come when new online technology meets the real world (and real customers). Even if going it alone with your PWA build, make links with experts in this area so you have guides as you embrace the possibilities of PWAs.

Ian Naylor, Founder and CEO of AppInstitute.

Published under license from ITProPortal.com, a Future plc Publication. All rights reserved.




How To Fix Error code 0xc1900104 "You can’t install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup"

When you try to upgrade your Windows 8.1/8 to Windows 10/8.1, you may receive an error message – Couldn’t install Windows, You can’t install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup Error code 0xc1900104. If you do, here is what you need to do to fix the issue.

You can’t install Windows on a USB flash drive from Setup

Sometimes the error message is followed by the Error code: 0xc1900104.  I’ll discuss few steps that may resolve your issue.
First of all, you have to make sure your system meets the minimum system requirements. My experiences with this issue are limited to the various user reports so the information may or may not work for you.


1] There were lots of users who reported that they were able to resolve the problem by simply marking the Windows partition active.
To do so follow these steps:
  • Go to the Metro screen and type in Control Panel
  • Then clicking System and Maintenance, clicking Administrative Tools, and then double-clicking Computer Management
  • In the Navigation pane, under Storage, click Disk Management.
  • Right-click the primary partition that you want to make active, and then click Mark Partition as Active.
Once you have marked the partition as active, please reboot the system and try to update again from Windows Store.
2] The other fix few users reported as being helpful, was to change a registry value. Please be careful while working in the registry. Make sure you create a backup of Registry before you proceed.
  • From the Desktop screen press Win + R
  • Type in Regedit
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control
  • Change the value PortableOperatingSystem to “0” from 1.
Once you change the registry value, please reboot the system and try to update again from Windows Store.
3] Finally, very few users reported that if the partition reserved by Windows 8 was too small especially for SSD’s, then you may encounter this problem. The easiest way to fix this will be to use a Partition Manager software and increase the reserved partition to at least 500 MB ( it may be around 100 or 150 MB). There are lots of free partition manager software out there that help you in increasing the partition size. Please proceed with caution, and it’s best if you can create a backup image of your drives just to be sure.
While this post mentions Windows 8.1/8, it applies in the case of Windows 10 too.
I hope this will help you resolve your issue. Do let us know if you find out any other way to resolve this problem.




How to Fix Google Chrome's ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR Issue

Google Chrome remains the preferred choice for many Internet users for browsing the web. It is fast and secure but sometimes is known to cause problems. For example, when you try to connect to a website you may receive an error message – This site can’t provide a secure connection and displays the following error code ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR. On most occasions, this error is due to a problem with the server, or it may be requiring a client authentication certificate that might not be available. In addition, the same error could be caused by other several reasons. Nevertheless, here are few solutions that you can try to fix the nagging issue.

ERR_SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR

To enable users to browse safely on Chrome, Chrome requires websites use trustworthy certificates.  A secure website must have trustworthy SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates. In other words, if the website doesn’t have a trustworthy SSL certification on Chrome, you may face this error. 



See the URL of the website. If the connection is secure, the address should begin with https (note the s at the end). Alternatively, you can check the security status on the address bar of Chrome. How? To the left of the website address, check the security status. If ‘Secure’ with a lock icon appears on your computer screen, it means the website is secure. Besides ‘Secure’, if you notice ‘Info or not secure’ or ‘Not secure or dangerous’ you should abandon the website immediately.
If you are sure that the website is genuine, proceed to troubleshoot, as follows:

1] Disable Chrome QUIC Protocol

Disabling of QUIC Protocol method in Chrome is one of the tried and tested method to fix SSL error. So if you want to disable QUIC protocol on Google Chrome browser, copy the following address and paste it into the address bar
chrome://flags/#enable-quic” and hit Enter.
Next, select “Disabled” in the drop-down list and then restart your Google Chrome browser. Hereafter, you should stop seeing SSL_PROTOCOL_ERROR in Google Chrome.

2] Configure Correct Date and Time Settings

Sometimes, a change in date and time settings too can cause this conflict. So, it better to configure this setting appropriately
First, type Date and Time settings in the search box and choose this setting. Next, click on “change Date & Time” to change it.
Click on “Time Zone” to change the same.
When done, Press OK.

3] Disable your Internet Browser Extensions

When you face ssl connection error, try launching Google Chrome in Incognito mode and load the same web page with ssl connection error in incognito mode. If you are able to access the webpage, you can be sure that one of your extensions is giving this error. Try to find out the culprit extension and then disable it or remove the extension. To do so, open Google Chrome browser, click on the Menu icon visible at the top right and select ‘More Tools‘ option.
Next, click on the Extensions options there and uncheck the Enabled option marked against the extension you want to disable.
Then, click on Remove to delete it completely.

4] Clear your SSL state

Sometimes the SSL state can unknowingly block the SSL connection. Proceed with these steps to clear your SSL state:
Open Control Panel and click Network and Internet applet in the Category section.
Then, select Network and Sharing Center and choose Internet Options.
Finally, click Clear SSL state in the Content tab and press OK button.

5] Change Your Internet Security And Privacy Level

If you have set the “High” level as your security and privacy level, it might block some unknown connections, including SSL connections. That may result in Err_SSL_Protocol_Error error flashing on your computer screen.
By changing these settings to be “Medium” or “Low”, you can fix this issue and your SSL connections will not be blocked anymore. In order to change your internet security and privacy level, open Control Panel and choose Internet Options.
Next, select the “Security” tab and set “Medium” level.
Do the same with the “Privacy” tab. After changing these settings, try to reload your Google Chrome browser again to confirm if the issue is resolved or still persists.

6] Exclude SSL protocol scanning in your Antivirus settings

Sometimes, an Antivirus application can cause unknown problems. So, to fix this, simply go to Setup > Advance setting > Protocol filtering” >“SSL” > ‘Do not scan SSL protocol’. Why do you need to do this? Because at times conflicts between antivirus and encrypted data is inevitable. If this method helps you troubleshoot the problem successfully then, update your browser, your antivirus, and operating system. Also, clear your browser data and try to enable your SSL scanner again.




Doomtrooper, An Ancient Collectible Card Game is Now Going Digital

Doomtrooper is a collectible card game, based on the Mutant Chronicles RPG setting, that was originally released in the 1990s. It's still around, apparently—there's a website up at thewinternet.com if you want to delve deeper—and now there's a new project underway aimed at bringing it to the world of digital CCGs.

Developers Secret Cow Level and Cabinet Entertainment already have a playable alpha finished, and now they've taken the project to Kickstarter, where they hope to raise $15,000 to put the finishing touches on it. The goal will see the completion of the "base game," with 1v1 online multiplayer and a set of 400 cards, but of course there are stretch goals in place as well: Hitting $20,000 will enable the development of a card crafting system, $25,000 will add login rewards and daily "quests," and $30,000 will enable the creation of a Linux version.

The alpha version of Doomtrooper as it stands "looks and plays solid," but cards and systems are still being added and tweaked. "Alpha tests are more focused and usually have some gameplay systems disabled," Secret Cow Level founder Justin Reynard said. "Alpha testing is more reserved and under NDA to prevent sharing and streaming as we’re still testing and implementing core systems."  



The plan as it stands is to launch an initial beta "in the coming months ... when we are content complete and have what we think are near final cards," the Kickstarter pitch says. "This will allow us to collect feedback to really test balance, deckbuilding and any specific feedback we wish to address to improve the game experience. Missing from these tests: Storefront, final animations and graphics. We will begin inviting more people who back the project or want to help make the game better."

A second round of beta testing will be more focused on polish, while the "estimated delivery" date—"The goal to have the core game complete and be in heavy balance testing, if not further," Reynard explained—is January 2018.

The Doomtrooper Kickstarter went live today and got off to a running start, having already pulled in well over half of its base goal. The campaign will run until October 25, and you can sign up for beta access at doomtroopergame.com
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Lifx Tries To Lure Philips Fans by adding Apple HomeKit support to its smart lights

When it comes to smart lighting, you probably think of Philips first, but there are other options, such as Lifx. It makes Wi-Fi enabled smart lights, including ones that change colour. And it has finally added support for Apple HomeKit to its existing Lifx and Lifx + product lines, making it more of a direct competitor to Philips.

With support for HomeKit, you can control your lights with your voice through the Apple Home app or via Siri on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Not only do you get Siri voice control, but also the ability to sync up your lights with other HomeKit-enabled devices, whether that be window blinds or door locks. 



So, with one voice command, they can interact with multiple parts of your smart home at the same time, "creating a completely unified experience", Lifx explained. All you have to do is create "scene" in the Home app, so that the lights can run at a certain time or location. You can even remotely control your lights

Lifx lights offer more than 16 million colours, too, and you can adjust them so that they create the perfect mood. Just ask Siri to adjust your lights. For more details on how, check out Lifx's HomeKit site here.





Want To Upgrade To MacOS High Sierra? Please Convert Your External Drives to APFS Too

With the launch of Apple's new Mac operating System, MacOS High Sierra, Apple has introduced a new file system called APFS.

Standing for Apple File System, the new file format offers a much quicker experience that is designed for future growth and brings the MacOS operating system in line with the same file system that is the backbone of iOS.


Installing High Sierra on your Mac automatically makes the change for you on your main hard drive, be it your MacBook or iMac, but it won't convert any external drives you have connected to the computer.

You have to opt to do that yourself, and for good reason.

Converting your external drives to APFS will give you all the same benefits you get from converting your main drive and will mean faster copying and duplication, better partition management, and native encryption, amongst other things.

You can convert all your external hard drives, regardless of whether they are solid state or not, via Apple's Disk Utility app.

Open Disk Utility (command+space to launch Spotlight then type Disk Utility), then select the drive you want to convert. Go to Edit in the menu bar, and click on "Convert to APFS".

The process, depending on the size of your drive, will take only a couple of minutes, and once complete, the external drive will be running on the new APFS format.

There is a catch though.

Converting your hard drive to APFS means it won't be able to be read by Macs or PCs not running APFS drives, which is any computer that isn't running MacOS High Sierra.

High Sierra is able to run on all iMacs and MacBooks launched after 2009.

If you only use your external hard drive in your home with your own Macs that are all running High Sierra it won't be a problem, if however, you use that drive to share with other computers that you know won't have upgraded to High Sierra, it won't work. The drive will be unreadable to everyone but you and your High Sierra running machine.





Full Windows 10 Might Be Replacing Windows 10 Mobile in 2018

Surely, it’s safe to say that Windows 10 Mobile is on its last legs since Microsoft has not released a new handset in quite a while. Not surprising because the operating system isn’t getting a lot of support from third-party developers, and to make matters worse, Microsoft has chosen to support competing operating systems over its own.

It’s never a good feeling as a Microsoft fan to see new apps released by the company, heading to Android and iOS while Windows 10 Mobile users have to wait a few weeks to get the same app – if they are lucky. To make matters worse, the software giant tends to release several apps on competing platforms, but never on its own.
For those who haven’t been keeping up, 2018 is the year Microsoft will end support for Windows 10 Mobile, and no one is fully certain where the company will go from there. 



How about full Windows 10 instead of Windows 10 Mobile?

Ever since Microsoft shipped its first mobile operating system to partners when Windows Mobile was one of the most advanced operating systems, the company has longed to have the best Windows experience on a small screen.
The best way to do that and to keep development costs down is to make it possible for Windows 10 to scale correctly to smaller screens. We believe this is Microsoft’s endgame, which became more evident after the announcement of Windows 10 on ARM.
Recent patents from Microsoft have shown that the company might not be fully out of the mobile market just yet. You see, I believe the next mobile device from the software giant should not be a smartphone, but a device that works as a computer with the ability to make phone calls.
Imagine a small pocketable ARM-based device that can do all the same things as full Windows computer that is also based on ARM? That could make for a hugely successful product, but it comes with its drawbacks.
A device like this would call for another reboot, and while necessary, it’s asking fans to purchase another smartphone. Bear in mind that Microsoft did this in the past with Windows Phone 8 after revealing no Windows Phone 7.x product will be upgradeable.
At the end of the day, things would only work out for the best, but only if Microsoft executes as intended. The company has been failing in that department for some time, but with the success of Windows 10, Azure, and its artificial intelligence services, there’s a sign that things are about to change.




Best free Windows PC Sticky Notes

Did you often use the Sticky Notes in Windows 10/8/7 but wished they offered some more features? Well, in this post, we’ve talked about some of the sticky notes applications available for Windows 10. These note-taking applications not only make your life simpler but also makes your desktop look beautiful and full of information. Towards the end we have also mentioned a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that lets you create sticky notes. 

Free Sticky Notes for Windows 10

Stickies

Stickies is a simple note-taking application that can remind you of the old days of yellow colored sticky papers. You can fell in love with the simplicity of this tool. The digital notes created by Stickies always stays on top of other applications but can be moved back easily. Moreover, you can associate Stickies with an application so that the notes come forward only when a particular window is open. The notes are highly customizable; you can change colors, font types and so on. Or you can download pre-curated themes from the Stickies website. You can even add reminders or make the notes automatically hide after a certain amount of time. 
Click here to download Stickies.



ZenR Notes

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ZenR Notes is not a sticky notes application exactly. But if you are looking for some security, then this might be it. ZenR Notes is a password protected note-taking application that encrypts and stores all your notes in a secure manner. The app comes in a portable form factor and lets you create your notes on the go. The notes can include anything like text, images, lists, and formatting is also supported. If you happen to forget any of your passwords, ZenR Notes support recovery using email ID. If you like, you can download ZenR Notes from here.

OrangeNote

OrangeNote is a combination of a modern sticky notes application and a clipboard manager. The duo comes with a lot features integrated into each other that makes this application one of the best in this list. You can easily create customized sticky notes that stay on your computer screen all the time. Other than that, the application maintains a database of your clipboard history, so that you can quickly search and anything you’ve copied earlier. Also, you can assign hotkeys to your clippings so that you can directly paste anything in a program using that hotkey. OrangeNote is a powerful note-taking application that comes with a lot of features. You can even upgrade to PRO if you need features like synchronization across computers. Visit its Home Page for details.
The Windows Clipboard is very basic in nature and does not offer many features. As a result, many free Clipboard alternatives like ArchiveClipboard, Enhanced Clipboard Manager, CopyCat, Clipboardic, Ditto, Clipboard Magic, etc, are available on the internet.

Simple Sticky Notes

Best Free Sticky Notes for Windows
As the name suggests, Simple Sticky Notes is a basic note-taking application that lets you add your notes as sticky windows on your desktop. The application runs entirely from the system tray and is very easy to operate. The color of the notes is customizable, and each note can be closed or minimized individually. Click here to download Simple Sticky Notes.

StickyPad

StickyPad is a free utility that lets you create floating notes on your desktop and on top of other windows. StickyPad lets you decide opacity of the notes. You can have translucent notes so that you can continue doing your work while the notes always stay on your screen. StickyPad also lets you save and print your notes. Another interesting feature is that the program lets you set an hotkey which when pressed will start StickyPad in the note-taking mode. You do not need your mouse to navigate around, all you need to do is hit the hotkey and enter your notes. Click here to download StickyPad.

PNotes

PNotes is a simpler open-sourced note-taking application that comes with a lot of nitty-gritty features. You can customize individual notes or apply skins to customize them. The program supports multiple languages and other features like transparency. The best part about the software is the portable form factor. The application is completely portable and leaves no traces in the registry or other areas. You can simply carry it around in your USB drive and run it on whatever computer you may like. Apart from that, PNotes comes with application-level password-protection. You can password protect individual notes or apply password-protection to a group of notes. Other than that, the program supports other features like backup and synchronization of notes too. Click here to download PNotes.

7 Sticky Notes


7 Sticky Notes is a free desktop notes software that creates Sticky Notes directly on your Windows Desktop as well as passwor-protect it. It has a good-looking realistic sticky note appearance for ultimate user experience, and offers amazing features that make 7 Sticky Notes powerful, simple to use, reliable, and light. 
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hott notes

hott notes is a simple yet creative note-taking application. For all those people who quickly want to jot down something or just scribble around some important info, this might be the perfect tool. hott notes let you make notes in a variety of ways. You can add simple reminders or create lists of a task. Or you can create ‘Scribble’ notes that lets you just scribble anything on that particular note. The program comes with all the necessary features required to customize and manage your notes. Click here to download hot notes.
So, these were some of the sticky notes application that we love. Do share your suggestions in the comments section. All these tools are available as Windows programs and are free to download.
Apart from these, we are also mentioning two more entries in this list, and these are browser extensions for Chrome & Firefox.

Sticky Notes Chrome extension

Available to download on Google Chrome Web Store, this extension makes it easier to take notes while you are browsing the internet. You cannot just create sticky notes limited to your browser, but you can also move the notes to your desktop. Being a browser extension, this application comes with features that no other application can offer. The extension supports automatic Google Drive backups and speech recognition. All other basic features like font and color customizations are also available. Go here to get the extension.

Sticky Notes Firefox Addon

This one is a similar extension for Firefox, that lets you put sticky notes on a web page. The extension supports synchronization across devices and also offers simple customization and management. Go here to download Sticky Notes for Firefox.




BILL GATES STARTED USING ANDROID PHONE DITCHING HIS WINDOWS PHONE



Bill Gates is no longer involved in the day-to-day at Microsoft, but he’s still, to many people, the face of the company. Bill Gates is Microsoft. He has always been a big proponent of Microsoft products, but it sounds like even he can’t use Windows Phone anymore.

In an interview with Chris Wallace, Bill Gates was mainly asked about his work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At the end of the interview, he was asked about his relationship with Steve Jobs and the new iPhone. Bill said He switched to an Android phone with “a lot of Microsoft software.”

This is not exactly a shocking revelation, but it goes to show how irrelevant Windows Phone has become. Microsoft doesn’t seem to care much about the platform anymore. New devices are few and far between. If you want the best experience with Microsoft apps, you’re better off using Android or iOS.





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