I dare say I'm pretty good at avoiding running into lampposts and people while my eyes are glued to my mobile phone screen. Of course, being able to see what's ahead while furiously punching out a text message would be icing on the cake.
Well, it turns out LG has a solution with its free Look n Type app for the Optimus 7. The app activates the phone's camera so that instead of a nondescript black background, you get a good view of your immediate vicinity. You can pick from 12 available fonts, as well as color … Read more
It's rather well-known that Steve Jobs doesn't like Netbooks, which he calls "slow, low-quality displays" that run "old PC software." And who would like a computer like that? I know I wouldn't.
However, as you more often than not should take what Jobs says with a grain of salt, Netbooks don't have to be that way. Case in point: the all-new MacBook Air. More specifically, the $999 11.6-inch 2010 version of what Jobs called "the third kind of notebook."
The computer meets every criterion of a modern high-end Netbooks. It's small and light, doesn't have an optical drive, has a limited number of peripheral ports, a limited amount of storage space, and a small screen. And most of all, it's relatively cheap (for an Apple product, that is.)
Now that we've settled with the category, to Jobs' credit, he has just created the best Netbook ever. The MacBook Air is arguably the only Netbook on the market that is not only comparable with laptops but, in some cases, outdoes them in terms of performance.
So you've gotten yourself the sleek new MacBook Air and your first thought is to install Windows 7 on it. OK, that's my first thought. The problem is the laptop has no optical drive, meaning you'll probably have to buy an accessory that costs around $80 to do the job.
Well, unless you're reading this. Yes, it's totally possible to install Windows 7 (or Vista) on the MacBook Air without a DVD drive. All you'll need is a computer running Windows 7 (that has a DVD drive), a 4GB or larger USB thumbdrive, a Windows 7 installation DVD, and about an hour of free time.
Note: make sure you back up the contents of the thumbdrive as they will be completely erased during this process. Also, the actual work is a lot shorter and less intimidating than the look of this article.
Ever since Apple started using Intel processors, the line between Macs and PCs has been blurred as Mac users have the option to combine the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows in one machine with help from Apple's Boot Camp. Version 3 of Boot Camp, which comes with Snow Leopard, makes it even better by offering Windows the ability to read a Mac partition, which is formatted in HFS+ or HFSX file system.
Boot Camp, by the way, is a bundle of software drivers and utilities that allow you to install the Windows operating system on an Intel-based Mac. You then have the option of booting the computer in either Mac OS or Windows. You can also install and use only Windows on the Mac hardware.
However, if you want the ability to have full read-write access to a Mac partition from Windows, you'd need another utility, such as HFS+ for Windows from Paragon.
Paragon announced Thursday the latest version of this software, called Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8. The company claims that this version is the industry's fastest two-way solution, capable of transferring files between Windows and Mac OS X at a rate higher than native HFS file-system performance.… Read more
Anyone who owns the WD TV Live HD media player from Western Digital knows that it's kind of painful to navigate among movies using the device's tiny remote control. Now, however, users can take advantage of software that's already on their Windows 7 computers.
Western Digital on Thursday said that its WD TV Live media player will be the first that supports the Play To feature of Windows 7. This features allows users to initiate and control the streaming of digital content to the WD TV Live HD media player, or any other compatible home entertainment systems, … Read more
One of the best features in Windows 7 is its native support for touch screens, and Microsoft has finally allowed the general public to download six touch-centric games and apps built for Microsoft Surface for free.
Newly repackaged and now open to all Windows 7 touch-screen users, the Windows 7 Touch Pack ranges from an interactive globe and collage-maker to fun time-wasters. See what the Touch Pack offers in this First Look video.
There's no doubt that Windows 7 is the most polished operating system Microsoft has released, but that doesn't mean there's no room for improvement. This collection of free utilities great and small will give you tools to change a significant amount of Windows 7's behavior, from the look of the Start button to hulking out Windows Explorer with FTP powers.
Before we get to gritty fine-tuning apps, let's start with some of the more-aesthetic ones. The aforementioned Windows 7 Start Button Changer is a one-hit wonder. Calling it a "wonder" may be a … Read more
When Microsoft made it clear to users who wanted to use the Windows 7 beta and release candidate builds that there would be no upgrade path for them, it also announced that the release candidate would live for a few months past the official street date of Windows 7. That bill is coming due on Monday when the Windows 7 release candidate will start to automatically reboot every two hours. It turns out, though, that there is an unofficial upgrade path for adventurous users who aren't afraid to get their hands a little bit dirty.
If you are waiting to install Windows 7 on your MacBook Pro, the wait is over. Apple recently released Boot Camp 3.1, a set of software drivers that provides official support for running Windows 7 on a Mac. I have used Windows on a MacBook Pro ever since Boot Camp 2.1, and here are my impressions of running Windows 7 64-bit with Boot Camp 3.1.
First of all, you will still need Mac OS X, at least at first, to install Windows 7. For Boot Camp 3.1 to work properly on certain Macs, it's necessary … Read more
While a number of people have been successfully running Windows 7 on their Boot Camp partitions since the first public beta releases were available, many have been waiting for official support from Apple before installing it. Yesterday Apple released Boot Camp 3.1, which provides support for Windows 7, but full support on some systems may not be as straightforward as updating Boot Camp and then installing Windows 7. Additionally, some people have wondered whether or not the updates that state specific support for Windows 7 are applicable to Vista and XP installations.… Read more