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Jan 28, 2016 at 22:22 o\clock

Top 10 Windows 8 tips and tricks - Computer Hope

Update to Windows 8.1 Microsoft has released Windows 8.1, which is a free upgrade for anyone running Windows 8. This update addresses many of the problems users have had with Windows 8 and also adds a Start button. Visit Microsoft's Windows 8.1 page for the update.

Customize your tiles Windows 8 tilesMake the most of your Windows Start screen tiles by adjusting the sizes, where they are located, and what is listed.

Move any tile by clicking and dragging the tile. While moving a tile, if you need a larger view of the Start screen move the tile towards the top or bottom of the screen to zoom out. Use your mouse wheel to scroll left-to-right through your tiles. Any Desktop shortcut or program can be pinned to the Start screen by right-clicking the icon and choosing Pin to Start. In the bottom right-hand corner of the start screen is a magnifying glass with tiles, click this icon to get a zoomed out view of your Start screen. In this view, if you right-click on a group of tiles you'll be given the option to name group, which can be useful if you have a group of related tiles (e.g. games). In this view, you can also click and drag a group to organize your tile groups. Create a new speed bump between tile groups by moving a tile to a speed bump. Resize any User tile or Live tile by right-clicking the tile and choosing resize. If there is a tile you want on your Taskbar, right-click the tile and choose Pin to taskbar. Show admin applications on the Start screen by clicking Settings in Charms, click Settings, and change the Show administrative tools from No to Yes. In Internet Explorer 10, you can also pin any of your favorite web pages to your Start Screen. Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts Knowing at least some of the Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts helps make your Windows 8 experience much more enjoyable. Try to memorize these top Windows 8 shortcut keys.

Press the Windows key to open the Start screen or switch to the Desktop (if open). Press the Windows key + D opens the Windows Desktop. Press the Windows key + . to pin and unpin Windows apps on the side of the screen. Press the Windows key + X to open the power user menu, which gives you access to many of the features most power users would want (e.g. Device Manager and Command Prompt). Press the Windows key + C to open the Charms. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings, which is the same Settings found in Charms. Press and hold the Windows key + Tab to show open apps. Press the Windows key + Print screen to create a screen shot, which is automatically saved into your My Pictures folder. See our Windows shortcuts page for a full listing of all Windows shortcuts.

Know your hot corners The corners on your screen are hot corners and give you access to different Windows features. Below, is a brief explanation of each of these corners.

Bottom Left-hand corner

The bottom left-hand hot corner of the screen allows you to access the Start screen. If you're in the Start screen and have the Desktop open, this corner opens the Desktop from the Start screen.

Tip: Right-clicking in the left hand corner opens the power user menu.

Top-left corner of the screen

Moving the mouse to the top-left corner and then down displays all the apps running on the computer. Clicking and dragging any of these apps to the left or right-hand side of the screen will snap that app to that side of the screen. Each of these open app icons can also be right-clicked to close or snap.

Right-hand side of the screen

On the full right-hand side of the screen will be given access to the Windows Charms.

Taking advantage of search The Search in Windows 8 has been significantly improved when compared to all previous versions of Windows. To search for a file or run a program in Windows 8 from the Start screen just start typing what you're trying to find or want to run.

As you begin typing, the results will start appearing on the left-hand side. The Search also supports limiting the search to apps such as Finance, People, Maps, Photos, Mail, Music, Videos, Weather, and much more. If what you are searching for is not a file or program, click on the app you want to use as the search. For example, if you were searching for "New York" and selected the Weather App you would be shown the weather in New York, NY.

By default, Search organizes the available Apps by how frequently they are used and then in alphabetical order. If you want to keep your favorite app at the top of the Search list, right-click the app and choose Pin. Pinning the app will lock it in place regardless of how often it is used. If there is an app you don't want (e.g. Finance) you can turn on and off any of the search apps through the PC settings, which is found under the Settings in the Charms.

Bonus tip: The Search is also found through Charms and can also be opened by pressing Windows key + F.

Running two apps side by side Any app can be pinned to the left or right-hand side of the screen. For example, open the People app and then press the Windows Key + . (period) to move that app to the right-hand side of the screen, pressing the same keys again will move it to the left-hand side, and pressing the same keys again makes it full screen. While an app is pinned, any other app or program can be opened and loaded into the available space on the screen. For example, in the picture below, we've opened a browser window and have the People app running to monitor our social networks.

Windows 8 People

Any open app can also be pinned using your mouse by clicking at the top of the tile and dragging it to the left or right-hand side of the screen.

Bonus tip: The Desktop can also be pinned to the left or right-hand side of the screen.

Note: For snap to work properly your resolution must be at least 1,366 x 768.

Windows 8 Task Manager The Windows 8 Task Manager has been significantly improved over previous versions of Windows. Some of the changes include a total percent usage of your Processes, improved Performance graphs, a Startup tab to see startup processes, and the App history tab (as shown below) for total resources an app. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to start exploring the new Task Manager.

Windows 8 Task Manager

Use a picture password to log into your computer Windows 8 includes a new feature called Picture password, which allows you to authenticate with the computer using a series of gestures that include circles, straight lines, and taps. Enable this feature if you want a new way to access your computer or have a hard time with passwords.

Open the Windows Charms. Click Settings and then More PC settings In the PC settings window click Users and then select Create a picture password Bonus tip: A four digit pin password can also be created and used to access your computer.

Take advantage of Windows 8 apps Windows 8 comes included with several apps to help you get the most from your computer. Below are just a few of the included apps.


Microsoft touts the People feature in Windows 8 because they understand how many people are using social networks today. In the People feature you'll be able to connect your Windows computer to all the major social networks including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Once connected, you can pin the people app and monitor your social network (as shown below), use People in Search to find people, and get an overview of what is happening in all your social networks.

Windows 8 People


The Reader app gives you PDF support right out of the box.


The SkyDrive app gives you access to the Microsoft cloud service for storing photos, documents, and other files in a cloud and access or share those files easier.


Take advantage of the Windows Store and install one or more of the thousands of available apps designed for Windows 8. The Store is found in the Start screen, or use Search to search the Store app for any apps that you are trying to find.

Know the answers to common questions Windows 8 is the biggest change to Microsoft Windows since the introduction of Windows 95, which was released all the way back in 1995. Since so many people have grown up with Windows, it can be difficult to transition to a new way of doing things. Below, is a short list of the most common questions previous Windows users have.

Know the Jargon Knowing all the new jargon introduced with Windows 8 help improve your familiarity with Windows 8 and make it a more enjoyable experience. Below, are just a few links to the most commonly used Windows 8 terms.

Jan 24, 2016 at 22:22 o\clock

How to get American Netflix in the UK, on iPad, iPhone, Mac & Apple TV

How can I watch the US version of Netflix here in the UK? They've got some great TV shows over there that I want to watch, but they're unavailable in the UK.

Yes, you can get US Netfix in the UK, and we'll show you how in this article.

If you're a fan of Netflix (the popular TV streaming service), you're probablyaware just how much better Netflix is in the US than here in the UK.Across the pond our American friends pay less for Netflix (the equivalent of 5.09 instead of 5.99); gallingly, for that lower cost US Netflix users get more movies and TV shows, and get the latest films and programmes long before they arrive in Blighty.

(To be fair, this discrepancy isn't reallyNetflix's fault; mostly it's because the US studios offer different deals to their domestic customers and the Britishgovernment charges a higher tax rate than is leviedin the US.)

No wonder British Netflix users are so keento get the same service as the Americans.But don't worry: it's possible to access the US Netflix service in the UK. In this feature we show you how to watch American Netflix shows and other content in the UK using arange of Apple devices: Mac,iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. But in each case the principle is the same: you'll be using a VPN, or virtual private network. Don't worry: we'll explain what that is, and how to use one.

Here are the main sections of this article, so you can jump to the bit you're interested in:

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Is it legal towatch US Netflix content in the UK?

All you need to do to watch US Netflix content is trick Netflix into thinking you are currently in the US. This is, as it turns out, remarkably easy to do.But at this point we should point out that this goes against the terms and conditions you signed up to when you signed up with Netflix.

The Netflix terms and conditions explicitly state: "You may view a movie or TV show through the Netflix service primarily within the country in which you have established your account and only in geographic locations where we offer our service and have licensed such movie or TV show."

So be warned that this is against the rules. To our knowledge Netflix doesn't check for people using this trick and hasn't blocked any users from accessing US Netflix in the UK. (A Quora user claims to have been told by a member of Netflix customer support, "we don't encourage nor recommend the use of [VPNs], but if you haven't had any issues while streaming, it won't affect anything on your account as we don't have an official stand about it". Take from that what you will.) But the companydoes have the right to suspend your service.

Whether it's legal or not to use a VPN is more of a grey area, and varies depending on locallaws, but it's hard to imagine anyone pursuing a case for copyright infringement. Indeed, manyobservers would argue that Netflix is technically broadcasting to the US, for which territory it obviously owns the broadcasting rights.

Assuming you're happy to proceed, having read all this, here is how you access US Netflix content on your Apple devices in the UK.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: How to use aVPN

Netflix provides a different service based upon where you're currently located. So if you access Netflix in the US you get American Netflix, while if you log on to Netflix from the UK you get the British edition. Netflix monitors your IP (Internet Protocol) address to determine where youare.

As we mentioned, Netflix has to strike different deals with the TV companies for each location, and generally the US edition of Netflix has a farbetter selection of movies and TV shows.

The good news is that it's pretty easy to watch US Netflix from the UK, because your account is international. If you ever visit the US you can watch US Netflix using your UK account. So you just have to trick Netflix into thinking you're in the US when you are actually in the UK.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Using a VPN

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Using a VPN

If you've ever been to the US you can sign in to Netflix using your UK account details, and you'll notice that all the new content is available to you. This is because you essentially have an international license to use Netflix, but it delivers the content based on your actual location.

Netflix knows where you are by checking your IP (Internet Protocol) Address. This is a unique number that is assigned to your computer when it goes onto the Internet. The IP address is how the Internet knows to route which web pages (and other data) to which computer. You can find your IP address by opening Safari and typing IP Address into the Smart Search Field (Google will display your own IP address above the Google search results).

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Your IP address

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Your IP address

The trick is to change your IP address so that Netflix thinks you're in America. You do this by signing up with a VPN.

A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, works like a second internet sitting between you and the larger internet, your computer connects to the VPN, which then connects to the internet. You ask it for the website, it sends the website to you. The VPN itself can be based anywhere, but you want one that's based in the USA. The VPN talks to Netflix, and Netflix thinks it's talking to a computer inside the USA, and the VPN passes the show on to you.

Can youtrust VPN companies?

One last thing to bear in mind: the company running the VPN service theoretically has the power to intercept your web traffic, so be cautious about the company you sign up with (as usual when trust is involved, it's best to go for a big name that has something to lose if it gets caught misbehaving), and remember to switch off the VPN when you stop using Netflix. You won't need it when logging on to your online banking, for example, and you could suffer badly if the VPN company turns out to be untrustworthy.

That, then, ishow you use a VPN.Sounds complex? It isn't really, because there are some great free services out there that make it easy. Two in particular come recommended: Hola and Tunnelbear. Let's look at how these services work.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: On Mac I (using the Hola VPN service)

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Hola

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Hola

Hola is a free VPN service that works by a plug-in with your browser. The only gripe we have with Hola is that it doesn't work with Safari, instead you have to use either Chrome or Firefox web browsers (we're going to use Firefox). Here is how to use Hola to access Netflix:

Open Firefox and visit www.hola.orgClick Sign Up. Enter your email address and a password you want to use. Click Create Account.Open Mail and look for a message with "Verify your Hola email address" as the subject. Click the link in the email address.Click Get Hola, It's Free.Click Allow and Install Now.

This will install the Hola extension in Firefox. You will see it in the top-right displaying the American flag. This means that you are viewing from America. Now all you need to do is load the Netflix website, but stop! Netflix has been under increasing pressure to block Hola and other VPN services, and if you go to it doesn't work. There is a workaround: log into For now this seems to work, but for how long we cant say.

Log into your account and browse as normal.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: OnMac II (using theTunnelBear VPN service)

How to get American Netflix in the UK: TunnelBear

How to get American Netflix in the UK: TunnelBear

If you'd rather watch Netflix in Safari then there is another option. Use TunnelBear instead of Hola. TunnelBear works as a Mac OS X app, although you need to sign up and log in to your account.

Once you've signed up with TunnelBear you get an icon in the Menu bar, click the switch to On and ensure that the drop-down menu says "United States".

Now log into Netflix as normal (you can even use the regular address instead of using the trick). With TunnelBear installed and running you can watch Netflix movies in Safari on your Mac.

The only downside of TunnelBear is that you get 500MB of free data every month, although you can get an extra 1GB per month by tweeting an advert for TunnelBear. If you find the service useful you can pay $4.99 per month to get unlimited tunnelling.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: On Mac III (using the TunnelBlick VPN service)

There's a lot of difference of opinion when it comes to VPNs, and which VPNs are best or most trustworthy. So here's a third option: TunnelBlick.

One of my colleagues hasTunnelBlick installed on his Mac so hecan connect and disconnect to the VPN whenever needed directly from the toolbar, makes life a little easier. (He gets his my actual VPN access from a website called - it's $4.99 a month and my colleague hashad no issues accessing US Netflix, along with blocked sites such asThe Pirate Bay.) All hehad to do was add hisconfiguration to TunnelBlick from and hewas able to connect instantly, and the 'location' can be changed from the website.

My colleague points out that it'salways best to pay for a VPN server rather than use one of the 50p (or worse, free) servers online because they are more likely to value your privacy.As we mentioned above, hetends to only enable theVPN for specific reasons (torrent, US Netflixand so on) and disables it before logging into email, online bankingor similar,as the trafficcan be accessed by the VPN provider.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Apple TV

How to get US Netflix in the UK: Using Netflix with AirPlay

How to get US Netflix in the UK: Using Netflix with AirPlay

The easiest way to watch US Netflix from the UK is to use your Mac to stream the Netflix show, and use AirDrop to send it to the Apple TV. Because both Hola and TunnelBear work via the Mac, if you try to sign in with the Netflix app on your Apple TV you will be sent back to the UK website.

Follow these steps to watch Netflix shows on your Apple TV:

Open using either the Hola or TunnelBear method.Start playing a show.Click the Full Screen icon in the bottom right of Netflix.Scroll to the top of the screen to reveal the Menu bar, click on the AirPlay icon and choose Apple TV.

The TV show will now start to play on your Apple TV. We think this is the best method, but if you really want to get your Apple TV to play American shows directly using the Netflix app on the Apple TV you can change the DNS settings on your router to those provided by your VPN service.

There are many different VPN services available, although comes highly commended. They have lots of tutorials to help you set up VPN, and you can even buy pre-configured routers ( We think this is overkill if all you want to do is watch the occasional show from US, and it's easier to use or TunnelBear and use AirPlay mirroring.

If you're keen to learn more about the Apple TV, by the way, here are some basic tips:

How to get American Netflix in the UK: iPad & iPhone

As we've seen, on a Mac laptop or Apple TV it'spretty easy to get American Netflix in the UK; it's simpleenough to install an app like Hola or TunnelBear on a Mac. But readers often ask us if it's possible to use Hola or TunnelBear on an iPad (or an iPhone). It is!

Use a VPN (Hola) for iPad or iPhone

How to get US Netflix in the UK: Installing Hola on iPad

How to get US Netflix in the UK: Installing Hola on iPad

Hola is one of the main services that people turn to when wanting to watch US television or access other US-only services while based in the UK.

When you're using Mac OS X, Hola is a plug-in for the Chrome or Firefox web browsers (but not for Safari, unfortunately). The good news is that Hola is available for the iPad (and iPhone) in the form of an app. Here's how to install Hola on the iPad:

Download the Hola app from the App Store.If you already have a Hola account, log in with your email and password. Alternatively, enter a new email and password and click Create Account.The Hola app now walks you through installing the VPN settings on your iPad (or iPhone). Click Ok, Let's Do It.The app switches to Safari, which loads some settings, then switches automatically to Settings in the Install Profile section.Tap Install.If your iPad has a passcode lock, enter the four-digit code.Tap Next, Install, Install and Next.Tap Done.

You have now set up Hola to act as a VPN (virtual private network) on your iOS device. It will be ready to steam shows from America to your Netflix app on the iPhone or iPad.

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Select VPN on iOS

How to get American Netflix in the UK: Select VPN on iOSUse a VPN (TunnelBear) for iPad or iPhone

TunnelBear is another option for watching US Netflix in the UK. On the Mac, TunnelBear is a separate app that makes it easy to divert all your internet traffic through the TunnelBear server. On the iPad and iPhone, TunnelBear is also an app that you download from the App Store.

TunnelBear on the Mac works very differently to Hola on a Mac, but on iOS both serviceswork in a largely similar manner.

Get watching!

Once you've got Hola or TunnelBear set up on your iPhone or iPad you should be able to watch Netflix using the Netflix app.

You do this in iOS by turning on the VPN service in settings. Follow these steps to turn on the VPN:

Tap Settings and VPN.Scroll down and check that Hola United States has a tick next to it. If you do not see Hola United States you may need to follow the Hola installation again.Tap the switch next to Not Connected to set it to On.Wait for the switch to change from Connecting to Connected.

Now open the Netflix app. If you've done every right, it should be displaying the content from the American version of Netflix. Happy viewing!

Jan 20, 2016 at 21:39 o\clock

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How to Enable DirectPlay in Windows 8/8.1/10. Users reporting errors while trying to enable DirectPlay have had success by disabling their antivirus. Some antivirus, such as Kaspersky and the newer Avast, do not let the user make changes to their system while it is enabled.

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Jan 7, 2016 at 15:16 o\clock

Apple finally publishes El Capitan Darwin source

Stung, perhaps, by its ill-fated marketing claims about open source software, Apple has published the Darwin source code to its El Capitan OS X release.

When it released Swift as open source, Apple made a rather contentious claim that it was the first major computer company to make Open Source development a key part of its ongoing software strategy.

That sparked both a Tweet-storm and a change of heart, with Cupertino revising the marketing-speak to read that Open source software is at the heart of Apple platforms and developer tools (true, ever since it bet on FreeBSD**), and Apple continues to contribute and release significant quantities of open source code (others do more*, but what the hell).

The source code directory for OS X 10.11 is here, and the kernel is here.

Given the widespread lack of interest in actually doing much with the Darwin source code, the release is as much an intellectual curiosity as anything else. Swift, on the other hand, seems to have a much sunnier future.


* To be fair, the full Apple open source list, here, is pretty decent. And if you're quick, you can still see Cupertino's original "first major computer company" wording there, which El Reg is sure will get edited soon.

** This originally read "OpenBSD". Like John Cleese in A Fish Called Wanda, the author is very, very, very, very, very, very sorry.

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