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Each software and each version brings its own bag of problems and a whole lot of bug fixes and patches. Windows 8.1 is no different. Recently I came across a problem which I have not been able to solve but making all efforts to fix. This post describes the problem and the attempts to correct it. Recently I copied over several hundred image/video files from my Windows Phone 8.1 Preview to my Windows 8.1 (x64 bit) Toshiba Laptop. This is when I started noticing problems. The computer became slow and I lost access to the properties of files / folders on the desktop. I also noticed that it was not possible to run the command processor (cmd.exe) in the elevated mode which I required for some diagnostics. For example, if I right click any file, the rotating wheel would start and after a minute or so, the whole desktop would refresh as if nothing happened. Of course I found so... (more)

Microsoft to launch cross-platform SmartWatch in the near future

Within the next few week you will be seeing Microsoft Smartwatch in the Microsoft stores. Two very important features that distinuguishes Microsoft SmartWatch from the others (Samsung Galaxy Gear, Moto360,etc) are, Twice the battery life Cross-platform Being cross-platform it can sync with iOS and Android phones which is a big feature as the phones with other OSs have a larger market share and limiting to Windows Phone OS (<2.5% market share)will not be business-wise. Presently it may be Windows 8 based but i the future it will be probably Windows 10, the made-for OS across all dev... (more)

Jump start your Cross-Platform App Development skills with Intel's XDK

In my previous post some of the cross-platform app development tools/programs were described in a general way.  In this post I describe the Intel XDK tool which does not require skills except HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript. From here you can jumpstart your App development skills after downloading the Intel XDK. You can write once and deploy to several platforms. It is generally argued that while HTML5/CSS3/Javascript is a good option to create cross-platform apps it is only suitable for some simple, inexpensive apps. In order to buld more complex apps you need a single language to access t... (more)

Samsung Jumps on the IoT Bandwagon

There was news today that Samsung has acquired SmartThings, a start up that will operate all your home appliances, including garage doors, with a router that sends out commands that you send over the Internet. Right now SmartThings have stuff for iOS and Android only. You can buy your stuff now to remodel your home. Google of course started the ball rolling, buying up Nest, the smart-home thermostat and the Dropcam via Nest to monitor homes with a Wi-Fi camera. I believe Samsung ($200 million) made a much better deal than Google ($3.2 billion). Read this informative article on the Fo... (more)

Quo vadis? Cross-Platform App development - Part 1

There are lots and lots of Apps. In fact there are over a couple of million Apps including all of the major brands, Apple, Google, Blackberry, Microsoft with Apple at the top and Microsoft in the bottom. But this is a growing market. The variety is truly bewildering, different size devices; different operating systems(OS); different programming languages;  and different orientations. This post is not very recent but you can see how the various mobile operating systems compare: http://www.ibtimes.com/android-vs-ios-whats-most-popular-mobile-operating-system-your-country-1464892 The ... (more)