Windows 8 touchscreen tablets, convertibles, and hybrid devices

Desktop users might be wondering what all the fuss is about but if you interact with your computer via a touchscreen then there’s plenty to like about Windows 8. Built from the ground up for these finger-friendly devices Microsoft’s latest cash cow is expected to spark a flood of touch-enabled tablets convertibles and ultrabooks. With…

Make your own Windows home server OS

 Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on Windows Home Server (WHS) is interesting to say the least. It’s decided to fold the OS into the new Essentials version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012. You can read about the move in the company’s product PDF at tinyurl.com/779nytz. Basically Microsoft reckons WHS saw best use among…

The Zero-cost Home Server

These days there’s almost an unwritten rule in most homes: you need at least one computer system for each person and one central system that everyone congregates around whether it’s for streaming music swapping files or accessing the house printer. I call it the ‘one each and one for the pot’ rule. But frankly I…

The Ultimate iPhone User Guide: Introducing iCloud

What’s that you’ve gotten yourself a shiny new iPhone? Our comprehensive guide to getting the most out of your iPhone will have you up and running in no time.iCloudiCloud encompasses a range of new features in iOS 5 but we’ll only cover three of them in this feature: Back Up Photo Stream and Find My…

Better browsing: playing guest to your hosts

With the proliferation of the internet we have one of the most powerful tools in our history. And like many innovations just as it helps build societies and communities it also plays host to the less scrupulous side of human nature. In between browsing our favourite sites or watching the latest video you sometimes have…

Decoding Microsoft’s free security tools

While there are plenty of third-party options to choose from when it comes to anti-malware and anti-virus products for Windows Microsoft’s homegrown options these days are actually pretty good. And more importantly they’re free for legitimate Windows users to boot.But as Microsoft’s stance to security evolved so too has its range of products and today…

Android Masterclass: Building a simple Android app

Albert Einstein: The Alpha geek and the inspiration for the application we’ll construct this chapter (inset).In the previous master class we focused on installing the development environment and built a rather simple Hello World application. In this class we will focus on the Android conventions and construct a slightly more interesting application – one with images…

How to turn your phone or tablet into a monitor

If you’re desperate for extra screen real estate on your PC or Mac you can now extend your desktop onto a tablet or even mobile phone. This is made possible by the iDisplay app from Shape Services. It was first introduced as an iOS app which turned an iPad or iPhone into a secondary monitor.…