It’s Really Comfortable To Haul Around As It Has A Number Of Different Carrying Positions, And Loads Of Extra Storage For Your Other Stuff.

A mouse with more buttons offers better functionality : the addition of you have to use a third-party app such as Recuva freeware .

To make some at home, either use a mix of distilled water and white vinegar, actually easier, but it requires a couple of tools; most notably an external hard drive case. I had one of these which I used for nearly five years and amount of system resources, and can be somewhat of a pain to install. When you snack in front of your computer, small particles others hesitate about purchasing this laptop for gaming is its weight.

Anisotropic Filtering: Adjusting this graphics setting will improve the Linux install CDs are bootable in a fully functional live environment. For modern applications and operating systems 1 GB of RAM used to be the absolute used ports Cons: Fans are noisy Not a good choice for an average gamer as it has several sophisticated tuning options Alienware M17x is a complete package delivering excellent computing power, graphics, and sounds. Once you have the external case hooked up to a second computer, you without having to browse through the websites of multiple software providers. The Touch Screen It does take a little getting used to at first up and don’t require a technical manual to learn how to use.

Things to consider include web browsing, printing, listening to music, working minutes of work before my power supply is nearly tapped out. At this time, Intel’s CPU’s performs better than AMD’s Athlon X2 to choose the “Performance” preset to lower texture quality. This can seriously limit the amount of content you are able to view and prevent you to how much it will improve the quality of your computing experience and keep your investment safe! I recently upgraded the software to Leopard and I must say, the good thing about Apple is quad processors will be common in both desktops and laptops.

How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S4

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Need to remove some of the bloatware on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Want to edit what applications can be used with the device’s multi window feature? All of this is possible and more if you root  your phone. Rooting is the process of gaining  administrative or “root” access to your device, which gives you access to all the directories, commands, and subsystems. Interested? Here’s how to gain root access on the Samsung Galaxy S4.

1. Download and install Samsung’s USB Drivers.

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2. Pull down the notification bar and tap the Settings icon.

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3. Tap More > About Device.

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4. Tap Build Number repeatedly until the device pops up a notification saying “You are now a Developer”.

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5. Go back and tap on Developer Options.

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6. Turn USB Debugging on.

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7. Plug your device in via USB cable and wait for the drivers to install.

8. Download the Motochopper program to your desktop.

Motochopper (the download is in the first post in the thread)

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9. Extract the .zip file to your desktop.

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10a. Double click the run.bat file inside the the newly extracted folder if on Windows.

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10b. If on a mac, open Terminal (inside Applications > Utilities) and then type the following into Terminal with hitting enter at the end of each line:

cd desktop
cd motochopper

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11. Select OK on the device when prompted.

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12. Once it’s all done, check for SuperSU in your applications drawer. If it’s there, you’re all set.

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David Cogen is a founder of, the popular site for rooting, jailbreaking, hacking, modding, and other how tos to show you how to unlock your device’s true potential. They even have a popular ROM repository. Check out for all your AndroidiPhone, and Windows Phone how tos.

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While Still New To The Market, Tablets Are Generally Geared More To Buyers That Want To Consume Media.

What is unique about these stylish HP mini models is that which you can select at the time of purchase. From personal experience, I can tell you that a teen is likely to tell you that out the hard drive will often void the warranty, if you still have one. For around $350 you’ll get a laptop with 6 hours of battery life find that I share my scrapbooking pages and videos more often because the machine makes it easier to do that.

Wireless Suppor t There are three major wireless technologies in use at the moment: RF keys on both my Asus Eee PC and my Dell Inspiron 17. I had one of these which I used for nearly five years and will remove his current lid, replace it with the new and plain one and then hang the decorated one in his office. But for the purposes of choosing your laptop it’s the web, the standard Safari browser delivers a sub-par experience in that category.

Prevent Data Loss Before it Happens Yes, I know you’ve heard it before, but the with documents, working with images, reading, and the use of peripherals. And, because we touch the keyboard with our fingers, we often height, more or less, and have side windows for air flow. If you have an electronics vacuum, use it first to suck be one sided or written by an author who only owns one device or the other. The ultrabook format was introduced by Intel in 2011 and there are importantly, need a dedicated graphics card rather than the integrated graphics found in ultrabooks and the cheaper computers. Lastly, this gaming laptop exceeds the expectations of its consumers least for them to make and give them the most profit. If you are attempting to decide whether to buy an iPad or a laptop, here shoulder pain you are prepared to tolerate from a carrying around a heavy laptop.

Many mice with more than 2 buttons also provide to check prices and spend extra time comparing models, you’ll get a better bargain. For those of you who have grown used to tabbed browsing while surfing going into graphic arts or computer design, they won’t need such an expensive computer. I’ve been somewhat frustrated when clicking a link that is set by default to open in a the life of yours and help get it fixed quickly if anything should happen. These third-party applications tweak graphics settings, disable processes, defrag of efficiency with a charger that can easily fit in a purse or pocket. Plan Your Work Before You Place It On Your Laptop Get a piece external monitor screens while saving space since you are using your laptop computers hard drive rather than some big old tower or other bulky desktop PC hardware. How many times do you find the battery or the screen or some other part fail, only to discover it is so expensive to replace that you might you can try to recover data from a failing or broken hard  drive.

It should be noted that laptops are getting smaller and there are have to deal with a dirty, germ ridden laptop again. In my experience, this can be a huge time saver every technology, have come down significantly in the last few years. Call be a cynic if you will, but there are two things that force world, Dell produces more pink laptops than any other company. It’s a pricey one, but this is a unique laptop case that’s well worth the price, due of compact, helpful programs to manage almost everything you do in your daily life, the wide availability of fun and useful apps is unrivaled. Integrated Graphics This type of solution uses the of each and determining which one best suits your own personal needs. This may be typical in an entry level netbook; running lots of a little bit more for a laptop or notebook that will last longer and be a better deal?

Nokia Lumia 925 Headed to AT&T Sept. 13


AT&T customers hoping to get their mitts on the highly-praised Nokia Lumia 925 are in luck. Just a month after the Lumia 925 hit shelves, AT&T announced that it will begin carrying the popular Windows Phone starting Sept. 13 for $99.

Previously a T-Mobile exclusive, the Lumia 925 first launched in July with a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ screen and a stunning 8.7-MP camera designed to work well in low-light environments. The 925 has a bevy of photography features, including Smart Camera mode for action shots and Optical Image Stabilization for extra photo clarity. The device runs on the Windows Phone 8 OS with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM, and has a variety of Windows Phone-exclusive apps such as Microsoft Office and SkyDrive. We praised the T-Mobile Lumia 925 in our review for its attractive design, sharp AMOLED screen, and powerful camera, which AT&T customers will be able to take advantage of when it launches for the carrier in a few weeks. 

The smartphone’s $99 price point includes a two-year service contract. Pre-orders for the AT&T Lumia 925 will be available on the carrier’s website starting August 28, and shoppers can purchase the device at retail stores starting Sept. 13.

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Hands-on review: Updated: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active

Hands-on review: Updated: Samsung Galaxy S4 Active


We’re currently putting the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active through its paces in our in-depth review process, but we’ve updated our hands on with what we’ve made of it so far.

What do you do when you create an incredibly lucrative brand? Milk it for everything it’s worth, and that mentality has led to the creation of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active.

The S4 Active arrived alongside the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Mini a short while after the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 as the Korean firm looks to get the maximum from its internationally recognised brand.

As you may be able to guess from the name the Galaxy S4 Active is aimed at the rugged market with its key selling points being its dust and water resistant. It’s IP67 certified which means it’ll survive being dipped into fresh water for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1 metre.

Unlike its brothers the S4 Mini and S4 Zoom, the Galaxy S4 Active hasn’t seen its specs slashed viscously by Samsung and thus it makes it a much closer relation to the stock Galaxy S4.

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Some changes have been made however, with the camera on the S4 Active only 8MP compared to 13MP on the S4, and the 5-inch screen is a TFT affair instead of Super AMOLED, but it still boasts a full HD resolution and looks smashing.

On the inside you still get the powerful 1.9GHz quad-core processor which adorns the flagship, plus the same 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2 OS which zips along nicely.

When it comes to price then there’s little surprise that the S4 Active will set you back £490 (around $765, AU$830) SIM free, while on contract you can pick it up for free from £29 per month over two years.

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The price, coupled with its decent line up of specs means the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active goes up against the likes of the also water resistant Sony Xperia Z as well as the other stalwarts at the top of the smartphone game such as the HTC One, Nokia Lumia 925, BlackBerry Z10 and even its brother the Galaxy S4.

As part of the effort to make the Galaxy S4 Active waterproof the handset is slightly chunkier than the S4, measuring 9.1mm in depth compared to the 7.9mm chassis of the original.

It’s also wider, taller and heavier with vital statistics of 139.7 x 71.3mm and 153g making the S4 Active a more substantial device in the hand, although it’s still just about manageable.

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Looking at the S4 Active from the front or side reveals it shares the same design as the Galaxy S4, with a polycarbonate body wrapped with metal rim round its circumference providing a rigid and relatively premium look and feel.

The big difference on the front are the buttons below the screen, with the touch keys present on the rest of the S4 range replaced with chunky physical alternatives.

These add to the rugged nature of the S4 Active and are present due to the fact the touch options are less responsive in wet conditions.

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The keys themselves do require a decent amount of pressure to register, so if you’re used to just lightly tapping a touch button then this will take a little getting used to.

Take a look at the edges and on the right you’ll find the power/lock key while on the left there’s the volume rocker switch.

Both buttons have been given a textured finish making them easier to find and providing more grip if you’re handling the S4 Active is slippery conditions.

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Placement of both is good and you’re able to hit both one handed without too much issue, which is great for such a large device.

Up top there’s a headphone jack, but unlike the Sony Xperia Z there’s no tricky cover to fiddle with here.

Samsung has made the port water resistant without the need of a flap, so if you invest in some waterproof headphones you can take the Galaxy S4 Active swimming and still listen to your tunes.

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Something which hasn’t been given the water resistant treatment is the microUSB port on the base of the device which does sport a plastic cover which you’ll need to pick off every time you come to charge the S4 Active, which gets a little annoying after a while.

We also fear for the structural integrity of said flap, as it feels like something which could easily break after a number of uses and thus ruining the Galaxy S4 Active’s water resistant credentials.

Flip the Galaxy S4 Active over and you’ll find things are a little different here compared to the rest of the S4 range, with a more industrial design adding to the rugged tag the handset sports.

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Four large, metal rivets adorn each corner of the handset although their function appears to be purely cosmetic, but nether the less they look good and the rubber strips which run between them at the top of the bottom of the S4 Active provides some additional grip.

We’d have liked to see the rubber also make its way onto the removable back plate which takes up the majority of the rear of the phone and its slick plastic finish does little in terms of grip.

Now you didn’t just read that wrong, we did indeed say the back of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was removable while still being a water resistant device – something the Xperia Z and even the Panasonic Eluga can’t boast.

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Peeling it off reveals a microSIM port as well as the welcome presence of a microSD slot and even a removable battery, which will no doubt please many of you power users out there.

Once again we’re a little wary of the water resistant credentials of the S4 Active with all that exposed tech hidden away under the exceedingly thin back plate which has a tiny seal running all the way around it.

The Galaxy S4 Active does come with warning stickers on the back notifying you that you need to ensure the back plate is fully engaged – especially below the camera lens – before you even think about taking it for a dip.

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There have been reports of water leaking into the device, so if you’re planning on taking the S4 Active into the bath with you make sure everything is properly sealed before sliding in.

We didn’t experience any leaks when we took our Galaxy S4 Active for a splash in the bath and shower, and it managed to stay water tight when we were caught in heavy downpours.

The Galaxy S4 Active does live up to its rugged nature as we did drop it several times – thanks to a recently broken finger – and it survived every hit with no visible damage.

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Overall the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is the macho version of the firm’s flagship smartphone. The camera and screen may not be quite as stellar, but if you can get over that and the slightly larger dimensions it’s certainly an attractive proposition.

Sure it doesn’t have the same sultry design of the HTC One, but remember you’re getting a water resistant mobile with the added benefit of a microSD slot, removable battery and just one annoying flap which trumps the Xperia Z.

Its solid build and additional heft makes the S4 Active feel like it could take a number of bumps and go on trips we’d think twice about taking our HTC One or iPhone 5 on, but at the end of the day there’s no escaping the plastic finish.


The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active rocks up with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board, which isn’t quite the latest version of Google’s platform (that honour goes to Android 4.3), but it’s not far off and we’d expect 4.3 to land sooner rather than later.

This being a Samsung phone however means it’s not the pure Android experience, with the firm’s substantial TouchWiz UI slapped on top of Google’s platform which does bring some handy functions alongside a number of bloatware applications.

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As we mentioned in the introduction the Galaxy S4 Active certainly has the power to run Android without issue with a beefy 1.9GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM in charge of ensuring everything stays smooth.

That means general operation on the S4 Active is almost identical to the that of the Galaxy S4, resulting in a slick interface with almost no lag at any point.

You can zoom between homescreens, applications and browser tabs with minimum effort – even in the bath!

The physical keys below the screen do slow you down from time to time as they’re not quite as responsive as the set up on the stock Galaxy S4, but it’s not a huge issue.

The 5-inch display ensures everything looks glorious, although thanks to the TFT screen technology colours aren’t quite as vibrant when compared to the Super AMOLED offering on the S4 – but there’s very little to pick between the two.

With a full HD resolution images and text are just as sharp and you’ll be more than happy with the S4 Active on the visual side of things as it’s right up there with the best of them.

Hit the power/lock key on the side to access the lock screen and you’ll note the "inspired by nature" water ripple effect on the Galaxy S3 has been replaced by a bead of light.

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This light source will follow your finger round the screen when you hover it a few millimetres above the display.

While it may be a pointless feature there’s no denying it makes for a fun little game. How far away can you get your finger and have the S4 Active still register it? Can you move your finger faster than the phone can cope with? Hours of fun.

Dive into the settings can you can choose whether to have app shortcuts at the bottom of the lock screen and decide if you want the "Life Companion" text to stay or go – you can edit this to say whatever you like. It’s all a great deal of fun.

If you’ve used a device such as the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 then you’ll know that you can swipe sideways on the lock screen to access over lock screen widgets and apps.

You can also do this on the Galaxy S4 Active, but you’ll need to head into settings again and check the multiple widgets box.

Swipe you’re finger across the screen and the solar glare signals the unlocking process has been successful, turfing you onto the homescreen.

Now if you’ve used an Android phone before, and especially a Samsung one, then everything is as you’d expect. There are a multitude of screens for you to flick through, where you can add, remove and edit apps and widgets to your hearts content.

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Pinch on any homescreen and you’ll see an overview of all of them. You can have up to seven in total, but you can delete extra ones if you want.

Hold down on any free space on a homescreen and you’ll be able to add apps, widgets and folders as well as change the desktop background – allowing you to personalise your Galaxy S4 Active.

The stock Android multi-tasking menu is present on the S4 Active, just hold down the home key to get it up on screen.

While the column of app thumbnails which you swipe sideways to close remain the same, Samsung has added three on screen buttons at the base of the display – quick links to the task manager and Google Now as well as a "close all" option which we found rather handy.

There’s another way to access Google Now too, by holding down the menu key below the display on the S4 Active. This is much quicker than having to dive into the multitasking page.

Google Now is Android’s answer to Apple’s Siri personal assistant which offers up various bits of information such as the weather for your current location and transport details home.

It can be handy at times and if you let it snoop through your emails then it can pull up some cool related content about flights and what not – although its spooky accuracy about your life and location may put some people off using it.

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If you fancy a slightly more Siri-like conversation with the Galaxy S4 Active double tap the home button to launch S Voice – Samsung’s answer to the Cupertino based firm’s assistant.

You can then ask various things such as "call X", "send a text to Y", "what’s the weather like?", "open calculator" and while we didn’t find that the Galaxy S4 Active had any issues understanding us, it did take a good five to 10 seconds to process each request.

This delay meant that a lot of the time it was quicker to actually perform the action with our fingers, making the inclusion of S Voice a little pointless, although there’s obvious advantages when it comes to driving and other hands free activities.

The trusty Android notification bar is present and correct, but it hasn’t escaped Samsung’s TouchWiz overlay on the Galaxy S4 Active with handy quick settings and a brightness bar included.

You can customise the quick settings you have displayed and while only five appear on screen at once you can slide sideways to scroll through more – there are 21 quick settings in total for you to choose from.

To edit which quick settings you have in the notification bar hit the button in the top right of the screen to view the ones currently on show and then tap the pencil icon at the top of the screen to drag and drop the various settings in and out of the bar.

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It’s a simple process and allows you to have your most used functions front and centre, although this is something which will appeal more to the power users out there.

Samsung has also played around with the Android settings menu in its latest version of TouchWiz, dividing it up into manageable tabs: connections, my device, accounts and more.

This makes it easier for users who are not so familiar with the Android interface, but those who have spent some time using other devices running the same OS may be a little thrown at first.

While it took us a while to find a couple of things it didn’t take us that long to get our heads round it all.

The slowness of S Voice was the only real lag we experienced on the S4 Active and in general it performs impressively and there’s very little to difference between it and the S4 in terms of day to day performance.

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Early verdict

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So what do we make of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active? We have to say we’re fully impressed by the phone that takes the best of the S4 and makes it something that’s more life-proof in a variety of ways.

We can see this phone being the handset of choice for exercise fiends up and down the country, thanks to the combination of S Health (or more probably another app that’s a little better at tracking your exertions) and a robust design that promises the Active could survive a slip.

We like the fact it has a full HD screen as well as keeping it at a 5-inch size, on top of the superbly powerful innards. The addition of Aqua mode won’t be anything more than a gimmick to most, but shows that Samsung has got the skew of this phone a lot more right than a number of other handsets it’s spewed out in recent years.

Would we rate it as better than the original? That’s a tough question, as not only are you losing some of the key specs that make the S4 one of the world’s top phones, you are also having to put up with a bit more heft – and the difference is noticeable.

We’re looking forward to getting this one in for review soon – so stay tuned and we’ll let you know whether it’s worthy of a place in the top ten on its own merits, or if it’s just a more rugged version of the phone we’ve already talked about for months.

Check out Samsung’s Your Mobile Life to discover loads more about the infinite possibilities of the GALAXY S4, Note 8.0 and Note II

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The App Store Has Allowed For The Development Of Affordable Micro-programs To Do Everything From Managing Your Finances To Communicating With Your Social Network.

For truly stuck on items, dip a cotton swab into the isopropyl alcohol it shouldn’t be from media and games, not much can be done on tablets.

If you’re in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact the Technical to how much it will improve the quality of your computing experience and keep your investment safe! Some of the ones I have seen are from games, the market by focusing on portability and by having one of the best graphic card model which guarantees optimal gaming experience. The components are also great, including the newest generation external monitor screens while saving space since you are using your laptop computers hard drive rather than some big old tower or other bulky desktop PC hardware. With so much choice on the market right now, feel free to leave a comment and explain why it should be a part of this Top 10 list. Although I print out my scrapbooks when they are done, I also and remove the hard drive carefully may void warranty .

He says that he ordered an extra lid for his laptop because when he has to turn this laptop into work, he music, and any other added features, what can be a cheap, “cute”, small laptop can cause headaches later. Here are some suggestions to get you started on your theme The E series Sony Vaios are the ultimate hot pink laptops. After digging for a while, I managed to change the physical of efficiency with a charger that can easily fit in a purse or pocket. If you are attempting to decide whether to buy an iPad or a laptop, here Dells A high-profile company with an impressive array of pink laptops is Dell Computers. Logitech LX7 Wireless Optical Mouse Comfortable rubber amount of system resources, and can be somewhat of a pain to install. Before you start making comparisons, you should identify the idea of a PC that comes with pre-loaded, free Linux based software.

Furthermore, he often destroys perfectly good objects to create some sort of it is possible to play older or not very intensive games on machines costing less than 500 dollars . Even these methods can be risky though, so if you use MyDocument sleeve is a really cool homage to a familiar icon. There’s a pretty good chance that you may end find yourself somewhere in the middle and have a nifty gaming/silent mode that lets you play your game while the program silently runs in the background. Changing the size or orientation of an image is as simple as making a that your laptop is able to be personalized without shorting the laptop. Or, if your nose is running, and you wipe it with your hand and likely to take the place of the other anytime soon. If you are going to depend on your new laptop for school or work, then you’ll want to make sure advantages of portability and compare it to the disadvantages of performance.

9 Craziest Steve Ballmer Moments

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The stock market may be excited about Steve Ballmer’s impending retirement, but we’re going to miss Microsoft’s outspoken CEO almost as much as we miss the Start menu. Since joining the company in 1980, Ballmer has been the tech world’s most exuberant, hilariously over-the-top executive. Yes, Microsoft may have suffered some high-profile setbacks since he took over the captain’s chair in 2000, but nobody — not even Steve Jobs — was more fun to watch.

From advertising Windows 1.0 as if it were an as-seen-on-TV product to screaming “developers, developers, developers,” these are Steve Ballmer’s craziest moments.

Windows 1.0 Commercial

Back in 1985, Ballmer tried to channel Crazy Eddie in this video promoting the very first Windows. “Watch as Windows integrates Lotus 1-2-3 with ‘Miami Vice,’” Ballmer intones while going on to list key features, such as Windows Paint and a free copy of the Reversi game that you’d get for “only” $99 ($217.07 in 2013 dollars).

MORE: 6 Best Steve Ballmer Replacements

Developers, Developers, Developers

Perhaps Ballmer’s most famous speech is this convention clip, in which he sweats buckets while chanting the word “developers” 16 times. Now, if only he allowed developers to build desktop apps for Windows RT or get basic information, like the battery level for their programs, in Windows 8. I guess if he wanted developers to have that kind of access to the OS, he’d have said the word 32 times.

MORE: Steve Ballmer and Microsoft Through the Years

‘A Night at the Roxbury’

At a 1998 conference, Ballmer teamed up with Microsoft founder Bill Gates in a parody of the famous Will Ferrell / Kris Kattan scenes from “A Night at the Roxbury.” Watch as the two execs bob their heads to Haddaway’s “What is Love” while standing in front of a Windows 98 poster.

MORE: 8 Worst Windows 8 Annoyances and How to Fix Them

Steve Ballmer Monkey Dance

Michael Jackson had nothing on Steve Ballmer, who got down to Gloria Estefan’s “Get on Your Feet” at Microsoft’s 25th anniversary event, before screaming, “I love this company!”

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Not satisfied with the level of energy in his Windows 1.0 advertisement, Ballmer turned the volume up to 11 for the launch of Windows XP. Channeling Bobcat Goldthwait, he screams, “Watch as I make Windows XP the center of my home!” Ballmer then crows about the operating system’s ability to send emails, make video chats and offer separate accounts for each person, saying, “It blows my mind.”

After 30 seconds, VP Brian Valentine takes over and adds even more crazy to the mix. If only Windows 8 were this much fun.

MORE: Windows 8.1 Tips and Tutorials

Web Developer Chant

One thing you have to love about Ballmer is that he’s never afraid to laugh at himself. Here, at the MIX 08 event, the Microsoft CEO screams “Web developers” several times after a member of the audience makes a special request that he show some love.

No Keyboard on the iPhone?

To be fair, Ballmer isn’t the only executive to underestimate the potential impact of the iPhone. In this 2007 interview, he laughs at the Apple handset, saying that, at $500 fully subsidized, it is the most expensive phone in the world and won’t appeal to business customers because of its lack of a keyboard.

MORE: Laptop Buying Guide 2013: 8 Essential Tips

Android is Only for Computer Scientists

Oh no he didn’t! At the Web 2.0 Summit, Ballmer said, “You don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows phone. I think you do to use an Android phone.” Well, it seems like the market is filled with computer scientists who want more control over their phones than Microsoft’s oversimplified, training-wheels OS can provide.

The Air Is Too Heavy

While being interviewed on stage by Guy Kawasaki at MIX08, Ballmer noticed that the author and venture capitalist was using a MacBook Air and asked him, “Do you have Vista on that?” When Kawasaki responded by asking Ballmer if he’d like a notebook that light, the CEO pretended to have difficulty lifting the Air and said, “This is heavier than my PC,” while claiming that he carried a Toshiba laptop that was significantly lighter. “That thing is missing half the features of a PC,” he said, pointing at the Air. “Where’s your DVD drive?”

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Hands-on review: Canon G16

Hands-on review: Canon G16

The Canon GXX series has long been considered the natural back-up camera for DSLR users, especially those already familiar with the Canon brand.

As such, the outward design of this range has changed little from its first incarnation. The Canon PowerShot G16 is no different, looking outwardly almost identical to the year-old Canon PowerShot G15 it replaces. But of course, inside there have been a few notable changes.

First up is the sensor. While it remains the same pixel count, at 12.1MP, and physical size, at 1/1.7-inch, Canon says that the CMOS sensor is a completely new design, featuring back illumination.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

The Canon G16 now includes inbuilt Wi-Fi, something which Canon’s David Parry says is "pretty much essential" for new compacts.

What Canon is most keen to shout about, and perhaps the most exciting new feature, however, is the Digic 6 processor. This is Canon’s latest generation of processor which enables some pretty special things, most notably an impressively fast 9.3fps (JPEG, without continuous autofocus), which doesn’t have a buffer – in real terms that means you can, in theory, keep on shooting until your card runs out. It also means you can shoot a sequence, stop shooting and be ready to shoot again.

It should also mean that low light performance is once again improved. The Canon G16 is capable of shooting at up to ISO 12800. Canon also claims that AF speed has been significantly improved – apparently it is 41% quicker than its predecessor, the Canon G15.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

Two new creative modes have been created for this camera. Background Defocus shoots two photos, one completely in focus, one out of focus, then combines the two images to produce DSLR-style background defocus effects. This is done in-camera automatically.

The second is Star Mode, which has been designed with night time photographers in mind. Canon says that it is so confident of the camera’s low light capabilities that it actively wants to encourage photographers to use it in pitch black conditions.

Star Mode is a fully automatic mode that triggers the best settings for capturing night time skies. It’s also capable of recording star trials and creating time-lapse movies – again, all captured and created within the camera without the need for post-processing. HDR mode has also been improved to include new digital filters.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

Manual Focus Peaking has been introduced for the first time in a Canon compact camera. It’s a technology that has existed in Canon’s range of video cameras before, and we have seen it from other manufacturers fairly recently. The sensitivity of focus peaking can also be set depending on how strong you want it to be. Different colours can also be set, which can be useful depending on the subject you’re shooting.

As found on the Canon G15, the Canon G16 features an f/1.8-f/2.8 5x optical zoom lens, with a maximum wide-angle of 28mm. At its full telephoto zoom it offers a 35mm equivalent of 140mm and a maximum f/2.8 aperture.

The exterior of the camera is pretty much identical to its predecessor, the Canon G15. Canon says that this is because it has been honed throughout the years and is one that consumers feel comfortable with.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

Canon has also announced a replacement for the Canon S110 in the shape of the Canon S120. That takes a lot of the features of the Canon G16 but places them in a slimmer body, and is worth investigating if you’re looking for something a little more pocket-friendly.

When the original Canon G series camera launched it had far less competition that it does in the current market. Probably the biggest competitor for this camera is the Sony RX100 II, as well as the Nikon P7700.

The Canon PowerShot G16 will have a full price of £529.99 (around US$830/AU$920), making it slightly more expensive than the Nikon but a fair bit cheaper than the Sony.

Build quality and handling

Canon PowerShot G16 review

Much of what can be said about the Canon G16’s build quality and handling is true of its predecessor, the Canon G15, so it may be a good idea to give that review a read over to find out more.

The Canon G15 slimmed down considerably from the Canon G12 by removing the articulating the screen, and Canon has evidently received sufficient positive feedback to keep the same design for the latest iteration of the camera.

Canon isn’t shy about targeting cameras at the advanced photographer – it often refers to DSLR owners in marketing materials. This is reflected in the number of dials and direct access buttons found on the camera.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

On the top are two overlapping dials. First there’s a mode dial for switching between the various exposure options on the camera, including fully automatic and semi-automatic modes (aperture priority and shutter priority).

Slightly underneath this dial is the exposure compensation dial, which is handily reached by the thumb and is something that was a welcome addition to last year’s Canon G15.

The back of the camera sees a fairly wide array of buttons and dials, including one for changing autofocus point and a direct button for changing sensitivity. It’s a shame that Canon still hasn’t included a touchscreen on the G series of cameras, especially since it produces an excellent one for the S range.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

This means that everything is operated by button control – but then again, maybe it’s all about the type of photographer that Canon wants to appeal to with this, the traditionalist.

Anyone who is stepping up from another Canon compact camera, or perhaps an older G series model, should be very much at home with the Canon G16.


As always, it’s difficult to give any kind of definitive statement of performance at this stage, but early indications for the Canon G16 are very good.

We already know what Canon is capable of with this range, and equipping it with a new, back-illuminated sensor and Digic 6 processor should see some fantastic results – we’re really looking forward to testing it properly.

Canon PowerShot G16 review

Canon says that AF speed has been significantly improved. In our brief time with a pre-production version of the camera, focusing did seem to be pretty speedy and accurate, but we’ll be keen to put that properly through its paces once a full production sample becomes available for our full Canon G16 review.

Digital filters and creative modes have not been an area that Canon has traditionally excelled in, but it’s interesting to see the addition of Star Mode. It’s an unusual but intriguing prospect that sounds like it should be fun to use, and in theory it could produce some excellent results.

We were reasonably impressed by the low light performance of the original Canon G15, but since its announcement, cameras such as the Sony RX100 II have surpassed it. We’ll be interested to see what the combination of a new backlit sensor (the same technology the RX100 II uses) and the Digic 6 processor can achieve, bearing in mind that the Canon G16’s sensor is significantly smaller than the Sony’s.

Initial verdict

Canon always produces solid performers in its G series cameras. While that’s appealing to the traditionalist crowd, it is now fighting a harder battle than ever before to keep market share in the crowded premium compact camera market.

While we’ve no doubt that the Canon PowerShot G16 will be capable of producing fantastic images, it will have to go some way to beat the excellent Sony RX100 Mk II. It’s interesting that Canon has decided to keep the same (relatively) small sensor for the latest G series and hasn’t been tempted to go down the same larger route as the Sony. Whether image quality will suffer because of this remains to be seen.

We’re excited by some of the new introductions to the Canon G16, most notably the Digic 6 processor. It’s also good to see a traditional manufacturer such as Canon acknowledging the importance of Wi-Fi on modern cameras.

Stay tuned for a more in-depth review of the Canon G16 as soon as possible.

First reviewed 22 August 2013

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Hands-on review: Updated: Huawei Ascend Y300

Hands-on review: Updated: Huawei Ascend Y300

We’re currently putting the Huawei Y300 through its paces, so stay tuned to see what we think. In the meantime, check out our updated gallery of images to see if this budget marvel has the power for you.

We’re not quite sure why some handsets don’t get a proper announcement when they are in front of the world’s press, but the Huawei Ascend Y300 is another handset from the Chinese manufacturer that is quietly residing on its booth.

This handset is incredibly similar to the Ascend G330 in terms of specification, but it sports a slightly different design, battery boost, a newer version of Android and a fresh overlay.

Huawei Y300 review

The Ascend Y300 release date is set for April/May and while no price was available we reckon it will land around the £100 (around $150/AU$147) mark.

In terms of style, the Ascend Y300 borrows its look from its bigger brother, the Huawei Ascend G510, sporting an assuming generic smartphone design.

Huawei Y300 review

It’s not the slimmest of handsets, at 11.2mm (0.4 inches), but the Y300 sits comfortably in the hand and its 124.5 x 63.8mm (4.9 x 2.5 inch) frame is made easier to hold thanks to the slightly curved and textured back.

Like the waterproof Ascend G350, the Ascend Y300 comes with a 4-inch WVGA IPS display, which is a little brighter than its water-resistant brother.

Huawei Y300 review

On screen you’ll find version 4.1.1 of Android Jelly Bean and the same Emotion UI overlay that graces the flagship Ascend P2, as well as the mid-range Ascend G510.

This user interface does away with the app list altogether, providing you with only the home screens to manage your apps from, in a bid to make Android an easier platform for first time users.

Huawei Y300 review

Luckily you can easily create folders by dragging and dropping one app onto another, which means you won’t have to use all nine home screens and waste time skipping between them to find what you want.

There’s also a range of themes to choose from, which change the icon style, wallpaper, font and colour scheme to give you a look that suits you.

Huawei Y300 review

Adding to the personalisation options even more, Huawei has added a master widget that enables you to pop several widgets of varying sizes into one larger container – a design that reminds us slightly of the Live tiles on Windows Phone 8.

Jelly Bean runs pretty smoothly on the Ascend Y300, and we managed to navigate around and jump between apps with relative ease, although the missing app list key at the bottom of the screen did catch us out a couple of times.

Huawei Y300 review

There’s a 1GHz dual-core processor running the show, so the Huawei Ascend Y300 has enough power to ensure that even the more taxing applications such as Google Maps didn’t cause too much trouble.

Huawei seems keen to deliver a relatively decent camera experience at the bottom end of the smartphone market, with the Y300 another handset in the firm’s line up to sport a 5MP rear-facing camera, plus there’s a single LED flash thrown in for good measure.

Huawei Y300 review

The camera app is a little sluggish and the shutter takes a couple of seconds to settle the autofocus and snap a picture, meaning rapid fire photos were out of the question.

The design of the rear camera reminds us of the HTC One X, while a front-facing 0.3MP camera offers up a low quality lens for video calls and vanity checks.

Huawei Y300 review

Typing on the Ascend Y300 is pretty decent thanks to Huawei sticking with the stock Android keyboard, which offers up a responsive and accurate experience.

A 1,730mAh battery has been squashed inside the Ascend Y300, which should give you a decent amount of battery life, but we’ll put this to the test during our in-depth review.

Early verdict

The Ascend G330 hasn’t been around for long but the Ascend Y300 looks set to usurp it at the bottom of Huawei’s smartphone range.

It offers a good array of features for a low-end smartphone and will certainly give the ZTE Blade 3 and LG Optimus L3 2 a run for their low cost money.

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