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Reasons Why Choosing A Good Web Host Is Key - 13 Feb 2016 16:37

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[[html]]What if it were possible for you to obtain a high quality web page hosting service that offered a lot of flexibility, and significant savings simultaneously? For those who make a living through websites, it's important to get quality web page hosting. You need to know how to compare hosting packages and what options to look for. The information in this article will help you determine how to choose the best <a href="http://tsohostpromotionalcode.weebly.com/">Tsohost Promotional Code</a> host for you.<br><br>Check your hosting site to determine what type of sites they offer. In some cases, sites that are free will only allow pages to be very static, meaning that you cannot make them individual in nature. This will limit the scope of your site, so you may want to upgrade to a paying host.<br><br>Find several reviews when you are searching for a web host. Taking two reviews on a company and using those to make your final decision can be detrimental to your choice because that's not enough different sources to truly know whether or not the hosting agency is truly that good or that bad.<br><br>Be sure to register the name of your domain separately from your web page hosting service. In case the service shuts down, or you have conflicts with the company, you will still own your own domain name and can just change to a new host. Your host will have the control of your domain registration.<br><br>For most people, it is best to pay-as-you-go rather than commit to a long-term hosting contract. You never know what the future will hold when it comes to your business or the web host. If the web page hosting company goes out of business, service declines or your company outgrows your current hosting plan, you might not be able to get back money that was paid for months that you have not used.<br><br><object width="400" height="241"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/v=ewq6zKp_4mQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/v=ewq6zKp_4mQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="241"></embed></object><br><br>When selecting a web host, look for a company that offers you detailed site statistics and traffic information to your website. Put a counter on your home page, and compare the number it shows to the number your host gives you. As an online business owner, you will benefit from using this information to tailor <a href="http://tsohostpromotionalcode.weebly.com/">Tsohost Promotional Code</a> your approach to your audience.<br><br>After reading this article, you should be aware of what each website hosting service is offering you, and whether or not it meets your needs. The time it takes will ensure that you get everything you need for your site. Use the preceding advice to streamline your search for a web page hosting provider that will allow your business to flourish.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How to get Windows 10 help | Windows 10 free tech support - PC Advisor - 30 Jan 2016 09:53

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[[html]]Windows 10 help is available in several forms: from Microsoft in the form of the Contact Support app built into Windows 10, from PC Advisor's extensive catalogue of Windows 10 tutorials, and from independent Windows 10 forums. We detail all your Windows 10 help options within this article.<br><br>We explain how to get help and advice with Windows 10. Windows 10 tips. Windows 10 guides. Windows 10 tutorials. Windows 10 tech support, and Windows 10 forums. Yup: this is the page about Windows 10 help. See also: how to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10.<br><br>Like it or not - and I like it -Windows 10 is here. And if you run most versions of Windows 8 or Windows 7 on your PC, laptop or tablet, you will be nagged until you accept the upgrade to Microsoft's all-new operating system. In general this is a good thing. Windows 10 offers new features, should be more responsive, and has been at least partly shaped by user request.<br><br>But it isn't perfect, and Windows 10 could be different to what you are used to. For a lot of people that difference will cause problems - Microsoft is not famed for guiding people through change in quite the way that Apple or even Google is. (Here's how to downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.)<br><br>So here we outline three great ways to get help with Windows 10. If you have a Windows 10 problem, the answer is here.<br><br>How to get help with Windows 10: from Microsoft<br><br>We wouldn't recommend you go down this route for just any minor complaint, but when you just can't find the help you need Microsoft has provided a safety net. In Windows 10 Microsoft has added an app called 'Contact Support. Just as you might imagine, this app gives you an easy way to contact Microsoft's Windows Support when needed.<br><br>The easiest way to access the app is to type "Contact Support" into the search box. In just a few quick clicks you can be connected by chat or phone to Microsoft Answer Desk. This is a one-on-one connection with a 'Windows 10 expert'. (You may use the term 'call centre operative', but either way you are getting help).<br><br><img class="lz" src="data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAIAAAAAAAP///yH5BAEAAAAALAAAAAABAAEAAAIBRAA7" data-src="http://cdn2.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3616293/how_to_get_windows_10_help.jpg" alt="Windows 10 help - Contact Support" width="322" height="529"/><br><br><img class="" src="http://cdn2.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3616293/how_to_get_windows_10_help.jpg" alt="Windows 10 help - Contact Support" width="322" height="529"/><br><br>From this app you can also connect with Microsoft's own Windows community forums, or request that someone from Answer Tech rings you as soon as possible so you don't have to wait on hold or schedule a call at a convenient time. It even lets you know the current waiting time.<br><br>Again, we wouldn't suggest you always go to the Contact Support app. But when times are really bad, it is a great final call.<br><br>How to get help with Windows 10: top Windows 10 tips and tutorials<br><br>We would, of course, recommend our own extensive Windows 10 tips and tutorials. Of course we would.<br><br>Our editors have spent months using Windows 10, putting together simple guides and tips and tricks to help you to get to grips with Microsoft's new operating system. We've foused on petty irritants and new features, trying to respond to what we think will be the biggest gripes of new users who suddenly find Windows 10 thrust upon them. (We'd be delighted to help if you have a specific Windows 10 problem, by the way. Just let us know in the comments below.)<br><br>You can find all of our Windows tips and tricks here.<br><br>And here is a selection of Windows 10 tips and tutorials:<br><br>You can also find useful advice in our Windows 10 UK release date, price, features and Windows 10 review articles.<br><br>How to get help with Windows 10: independent Windows forum<br><br>Last, but very far from least, is the PC Advisor Windows forum. The PC Advisor forums are Europe's largest technology help resource, peopled by more than 300,000 forum angels, happy to help users with problems large and small. The PC Advisor Windows Help forum is the place to discuss new features and compatibility issues with all Windows operating systems. Fix problems with Windows 10, but also Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.<br><br>Search the forum for the answer to your question, or post your own question dealing with an issue with Windows 10 - whether on Windows PC, laptop, tablet or phone. Our experts will be delighted to help with any Windows problems you are having.<br><br>Visit the PC Advisor Windows forum now.<br><br>Windows 10 poll[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Nearly 300,000 civilian drones registered in US in 30 days - 26 Jan 2016 12:05

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[[html]]Nearly 300,000 drones have been registered in the US in the last 30 days, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revealed.<br><br>Compulsory registration of civilian drones in the US was introduced on 21 December covering all manner of remote control flying systems from toys to aerial cameras. Any small unmanned aircraft weighing between 250g and 25kg must be registered before being flown outdoors, and pilots must be aged 13 or older.<br><br>FAA administrator Michael Huerta said: The registration numbers were seeing so far are very encouraging. Were working hard to build on this early momentum and ensure everyone understands the registration requirement.<br><br>Owners who registered before 21 January had their $5 fee waived, while the online registration system is only open to recreational users. Drones must be registered every three years, and clearly marked with their registration number. Anyone who operated a drone before 21 December must register before 19 February to continue legally flying it.<br><br>High profile incidents involving drones have highlighted the need for safety and accountability. In 2013 one was flown towards German chancellor Angela Merkel, and in May last year there were attempts to fly over the White House, while in December one narrowly missed downhill skiing champion Marcel Hirscher on the slope in Italy.<br><br>Supplying the FAA with the name, address and email address of the owner is part of the registration process, which is intended to help prevent abuse and nuisance drones. Currently when a drone is captured it is difficult to trace back to an owner. The FAA hopes that registration will help.<br><br>US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx said: The National Airspace System is a great resource and all users of it, including [unmanned aerial system] users, are responsible for keeping it safe.<br><br>Around 1m drones were expected to be sold in the US by the end of 2015, which means only about one-third of those newly acquired drones have been registered.<br><br>The current legislation in the UK is different. It is illegal to fly a drone within 50m of a building or a person and 150m of a built-up area. In addition, the maximum flight height is 400m and the drone has to remain in line of sight and within 500m of the pilot. But civil drones do not currently need to be registered. <br><br>Commercial drone pilots must complete a training course and apply for a permitfrom the Civil Aviation Authority to fly the drone.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

How to use Apple Music Memos - 22 Jan 2016 11:12

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50 Essential Windows 7 Tips, Tweaks, And Secrets ... - 16 Jan 2016 21:45

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[[html]]By John A. Burek<br><br>Here at ComputerShopper.com, weve been pinching and prodding Windows 7 since it was a baby in beta. And now that the new operating system (OS) has officially hit the street, were confident that Microsoft has a winner on its hands. Based on countless hours of installs and test-drivingactually, weve been using Windows 7 to produce the stories on ComputerShopper.com for some time nowthe consensus of our editorial team can be reduced to an analogy familiar to anyone whos ever taken a standardized test:<br><br>Windows 7 is to Windows Vista as Windows XP is to Windows Me<br><br>In simple terms, 7 smoothes out the bumps of its predecessor, and it has the potential to be Microsofts new keeper version of Windows, a laurel earned only by Windows XP and, to an extent, Windows 2000. Although we think Vista is still somewhat unfairly maligned because of its early troubles with drivers and hardware support, Windows 7 has already bested Vista in that regard. In our experiences with the beta, Release Candidate (RC), and Release to Manufacturing (RTM) versions, hardware support was largely transparent across a variety of desktops and laptops. (In fairness to Vista, thats because Windows 7 works partly off the compatibility infrastructure Vista has painstakingly built since 2007.)<br><br><img src="http://www.computershopper.com/var/ezwebin_site/storage/images/media/images/tips-tweaks.web-whiteright2/399087-1-eng-US/tips-tweaks.web-whiteright_large.jpg" width="230" height="256" alt="tips&amp;tweaks.web-whiteright" title="tips&amp;tweaks.web-whiteright" /> <br><br>On the surface, Windows 7 may not seem a radical departure from Vista. The most obvious changes are a redesigned and rethought taskbar, the suppression of Vistas default Windows Sidebar, a much more conservative (and tweakable) User Account Control warning scheme (the bane of Vista, for many), and a much slicker, graphical Devices and Printers panel for configuring your hardware. But Microsoft incorporated a tremendous number of subtle improvements and under-the-hood tweaks. None is jaw-dropping by itself, but the critical mass of all these smart changes adds up to an OS that feels more polished, tighter, and more mature than any Windows that has come before.<br><br>In our Windows 7 journey, weve been keeping a running list of the shortcuts, tips, ah-ha! moments, and lesser-known features weve run across. Some have been well-documented elsewhere; some youll find new. But all are worth checking out as you wind your way through the new Windows, or even if youre just considering making the leap. (And if youre on the fence and running Vista, check out our detailed step-by-step guide to dual-booting Vista and 7. You dont have to drop Vista until youre good and ready.) Either way, these tips will help you get your moneys worth in saved time and efficiency.<br><br>(Editors' Note: Sarah E. Anderson, Jonathan Rougeot, and Matt Safford also contributed to this guide.)<br><br>Click below to see our 50 tips and tweaks[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Windows 10 tips: Your first 30 minutes with the Technical ... - 10 Jan 2016 05:30

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[[html]]Congratulations! Youve signed up for Microsofts Windows Insider program, downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file, and are just about ready to install it. Consider this your orientation for your new operating system.<br><br>Brad Chacos has already outlined the steps fordownloading and installing the Windows 10 Technical Preview on a virtual machineor hard drive partition.I went the simpler route: I took an older machine (a Surface 2 Pro), wiped it clean, then reinstalled and updated Windows 8 to the present.<br><br>Windows 10 installation: the final steps<img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/windows-8-recovery-drive-100468002-medium.png" alt="windows 8 recovery drive Microsoft" width="300" height="238"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Make sure you back up your PC via a recovery drive, and then separately copy your photos, documents, and other files to external media.<br><br>If you have a spare machine lying around, updating to Windows 10 is extremely simple, especially if you have a spare 8GB USB key at the ready. As Brad recommends, back up all of your spare files (photos, documents, saved games, etc.), preferably to an external hard drive or OneDrive, just to be safe. Then jump into your Start screen and type create a recovery drive. Click on the search result. In just a few steps, Windows will copy your PCs recovery drive to the USB key, erasing whatever was stored on the USB drive in the process. This is important, as after you upgrade to Windows 10 theres no going back.<br><br>After youve created your recovery key, make sure that the Windows 10 ISO file is copied to an external USB drive, DVD, or flash drive. From there, swipe right to access the Charms, select Settings, then Change PC Settings. Click on Update and Recovery, then Recovery. Clicking the Restart Now button under Advanced Startup will reboot your PC, and allow you to select the media on which youve stored the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO file.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/windows-8-boot-from-external-media-100468003-large.png" alt="windows 8 boot from external media" width="580" height="292"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Download the Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO onto a flash drive or other external media, then use the Advanced startup option to restart your PC.<br><br>From there, installing the ISO should be relatively straightforward. Your PC may have to reboot several times over the next 10 minutes, but it can be left unattended. Youll know its completed when your PC begins a Windows 8-style setup process: Youll be asked for your Microsoft account; whether you want to sync your settings with another Windows machine; whether you agree to some legalese; and to input a verification code that Microsoft will email you. After that, Windows 10 will load your applications, ask you for your username and password, and dump you unceremoniously into the Windows 10 desktop. Youre done!<br><br>A couple of caveats before we continue: This build of Windows 10 will run on multiple monitors, but some of the snap features work best on a single monitor. And make sure you have a mouseWindows 10 isntespeciallytouch-friendly at the present. I never had any problems inserting a mouse, but plugging in headphones generated an error message.<br><br>Welcome to Windows 10<br><br>Im not going to lie: Your first moments with Windows 10 are going to feel somewhat anticlimactic. If youve synced your settings with another machine, youll see the same desktop background as before. But wait, that toolbar looks differenttheres a search icon, and a weird icon to the right of that: Its the task view, as youll find out later.<br><br>Ah! Theres the Start button! Click it and you see…the Windows 8 Start page?! (Note: whether you see this option as the default may depend on whether you have a touch-enabled device.)<br><br>Yes, you do. And thats the last time youll ever see it, if you so choose. Right-click the toolbar, select Properties, click the Start Menu tab, and click Use the Start Menu instead of the Start screen.Sayonara, Start Page. Theres only one odd caveat: Opting out of the Start screen for the Start menu requires you to log out and in again. I have no idea why.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/windows-10-start-menu-options-100468016-large.png" alt="windows 10 start menu options" width="580" height="555"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>The Start Menu tab under the toolbar options allows you to configure the Start Menu over the Start page. Click the Customize button to tweak things further.<br><br>Now click the Start button one more time to bring up the Start menu. Yes, this is why you downloaded Windows 10, isnt it?<br><br>How to tweak your Windows 10 Start Menu<br><br>With a little tweaking, the Start menu can be a powerful tool. Note that it, too, is a window. By hovering the mouse over the edges of the window, it can be dynamically resized. But leave it as it is for the moment.<br><br>On the left, the Start menu provides a list of applications and locations that youll access frequently: Documents, Pictures, PC Settings, and the File Explorer tool are all at the top right. If you go back into the toolbar settings menu, you can also click a series of checkboxes to specify which folders and locations are shown in the upper list. At the bottom of the menu are two important buttons: All Apps and a Search bar. Well come to back to Search later.<br><br>Clicking All Apps lists all of your apps, in alphabetical order. But its also a gateway to the Live Tiles to the right.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/screenshot-2-100468029-large.png" alt="Windows 10 Start menu Microsoft" width="580" height="326"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>The central hub of Windows 10 is the Start Menu, where you can quickly access all of the apps and folders you most often use.<br><br>Now why are those Live Tiles there? Well, they can be shortcuts to frequently accessed apps, certainly. But theyre also live widgets that can dynamically update you on your mailbox, the weather, sports news, and more. Youll see some Live Tiles already populated; feel free to right-click each and resize them, for example, or move them around. If you want to addmore Live Tiles, open the All Apps list and drag one of the apps into the Live Tile region, then right-click it and turn the Live Tile capability either on or off. You can also tell the Live Tiles not to display personal information, via the Start menu preferences.<br><br>Finally, you can resize the Start menu, transforming it from a skinny skyscraper to a massive window that evokes the Start page. Adding Live Tiles at the edge can increase its size. You can also click and drag the top edge down. Use a mouse, thoughthis early build isnt overly touch-friendly.<br><br>Making the most of search in Windows 10<br><br>Search worked fairly well on Windows 8. On Windows 10, entering a search term in the field suggests either a file on the local machine, a webpage, an app on the Windows Store, or a portal to the Bing underworld, where an HTML page opens up displaying results for, say, Fleetwood Mac. Clicking any search result then launches Internet Explorer.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/screenshot-3-100468030-large.png" alt="Windows 10 Bing search" width="580" height="326"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Whats this, then? Microsofts Bing quickly jumps at any opportunity to help you with searches.<br><br>Theres not much to tweak here, but some of the more innovative featuressuch as launching Xbox Music when a song is searched for, or rendering hero pages when searching for celebritiesarent connected yet. (Xbox Music does work, however.) With Windows 8, Microsoft attempted to remove search from the browser. With Windows 10, its just doing a better job of it.<br><br>How to snap apps to the four corners of Windows 10<br><br>As noted previously, you can run Windows 10 on multiple monitors; I hooked an external monitor up to my Surface. But one of the features that Windows 10 offersfour-corner snapworks best on a single screen.<br><br>Its really quite simple: Drag a window to a corner of the screen, and it will snap to one-quarter of the display. Snap it to the right or left, and it will cover half the screen. Just like the Charms bar is somewhat problematic on multiple monitors, however, so too is four-corner snap on an extended display. (You can also use the Windows+arrow keys to snap windows, as well.) But theres a problem: Some apps simply wont play nice. The Weather app, for example, wanted too much space to snap neatly to a corner of my Windows 10 Surface tablet.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/screenshot-7-100468043-large.png" alt="Microsoft windows 10 snap" width="580" height="326"/> Mark Hachman <br><br>Some apps will dutifully snap to the four corners of a Windows 10 desktop, as theyre supposed to. Others, like this Weather app, wont.<br><br>The Snap Assist feature isnt bad; expect it to suggest other applications in windows you already have open. But in general, theres a reason that Microsoft employees demoed Windows 10 on large, single-monitor setups: These seem to work best at the moment.<br><br>Managing Windows 10s virtual desktops<br><br>Finally, we come back to the task view icon on the taskbar, and the virtual desktops they help create.<br><br>Clicking the task view button brings up a collection of apps on top, as well as a slideshow view of different virtual desktops on the bottom. A virtual desktop is nothing more than a screenful of snapped apps. One Microsoft executive described it as a poor mans multimonitor setup, with users switching back and forth between these virtual screens of collected apps. Clicking a virtual desktop navigates to it, or you can type CTRL+WIN+ the right or left arrow, where WIN stands for the Windows key. You canalso click the application on top, and jump directly to that desktop, and that app.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/windows10-task-view-virtual-machines-100467268-large.png" alt="windows10 task view virtual desktops" width="580" height="435"/> <br><br>This is how virtual desktops should look under Windows 10: nice and neat. But they can grow out of control quickly, too.<br><br>Creating a desktop, however, is still somewhat frustrating. Filling a single screen is easy enough, as you can open up an Internet Explorer window, for example, snap it to the right, and open up Xbox Music next to it.<br><br>But lets say you go a little crazy, open up a number of windows, then want to organize them into virtual desktops afterward. Once a window is opened in one virtual desktop, theres no way, apparently, to shift it to another. It seems like your best bet is open a second desktop, then try and open up another instance of the app inside that desktop. (To open a second, separate browser window, for example, right-click the Internet Explorer icon.)Update 10/2: Readers have pointed out that you can right-click an app window and select "Move to…" to shift between virtual desktops.<br><br>But swiping in from the left, which showed your recently opened apps in Windows 8, now shows all your open apps, not your most recent ones. That may annoy some of you.<br><br>How to send Windows 10 feedback to Microsoft<br><br>By now, you should have a pretty good handle on whats new in the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Feel free to keep exploring.<br><br><img src="https://cms-images.idgesg.net/images/article/2014/10/windows-10-feedback-app-100468056-large.png" alt="windows 10 feedback app" width="580" height="326"/> Microsoft <br><br>Microsoft has made available a Windows 10 Windows Feedback app so users like you can report bugs and suggest improvements.<br><br>So far, I really havent seen much behavior that indicates that Microsoft is actively seeking feedback. I did see one popup that vanished before I could click on it, which may or may not have been a question. But if you do find something to complain or comment about, make sure you use the Windows Feedback app (Click the Windows button, then type Windows Feedback to access the app.)<br><br>I havent run into any showstopping bugs. Ive loaded a few apps, connected an Xbox controller and played a game I downloaded from Steam. And, hey, Netflix works.<br><br>As Microsoft has said previously, this is a build of Windows 10. Microsoft still has nine months or so until the final release. Hopefully this gives you a sense of what works in Windows 10, and how to make it better. Whats next is up to youexplore Windows 10, discover how it works, and if you find some aspect you dislike, let Microsoft know. Theres still time to make Windows 10 what you want.<br><br>Updated on Oct. 2 with additional information.<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

20 tips for Windows 8.1 - CNET - 03 Jan 2016 09:46

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[[html]]<img src="http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/70259d0d-8ee5-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/0d5a41c3b2ae8f5bd4ecf67084484fcf/windows-8.1-main.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Now that we've all got over the shock of big, bright, animated tiles in Windows, Microsoft has released version 8.1 as a refinement of its vision of a unified multi-platform operating system. There are a few tweaks of note, both in its surface appearance and deeper down, and these tips will bring you right up to speed with what's new and updated in the latest operating system.&#13;&#13;<br><br>1. Use the Start button<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/27f576cc-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/e0fffb0dff914401a804003d04d21db0/windows-2.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/27f576cc-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/e0fffb0dff914401a804003d04d21db0/windows-2.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Let's start with the Start button, reinstated in 8.1 after being omitted from Windows 8. It actually doesn't do much more than the old bottom-left hot corner did, but many will find it reassuring anyway — click the Start button to bring up the Start screen (or to go back to the desktop), or right-click to access key system sections (such as the Control Panel and Task Manager).&#13;&#13;<br><br>2. Boot straight to the desktop<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2906168a-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/11172ce807842a952931492f5ddaf3f5/windows-3.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2906168a-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/11172ce807842a952931492f5ddaf3f5/windows-3.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>While we're on the topic of undoing all the changes Windows 8 brought about, let's talk about booting straight to the desktop, now possible in Windows 8.1 for those with an aversion to big sliding blocks of colour. Right-click on the desktop taskbar, choose Properties and then open up the Navigation tab — tick the top option under the Start screen heading to boot to the desktop (and return to it when there are no apps open).&#13;&#13;<br><br>3. Customise the Start screen<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2a1cbb0f-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/dc13dcf37fe45a0d4e980e2afc374d96/windows-4.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2a1cbb0f-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/dc13dcf37fe45a0d4e980e2afc374d96/windows-4.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>If you are a fan of the Start screen, there are now more options for customising it — you can name individual groups of shortcuts, access more shades of colour, and switch between three app tile sizes. Right-click on the Start screen and choose Customise to change group names and tile sizes; open the Settings charm and choose Personalise to access the wallpaper and colour options.&#13;&#13;<br><br>4. Make playlists from Bing<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2b3690cc-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/b56e467fe530f64898b03dbecd8b4941/windows-5.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2b3690cc-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/b56e467fe530f64898b03dbecd8b4941/windows-5.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>If you haven't already noticed, Microsoft is very keen on integrating its premier apps as closely as possible. Try searching for your favourite artist in Bing using the Internet Explorer Start screen app; with the results on display, open the Share charm. You'll notice there's a Music option there to create a playlist based on the artist you've searched for, which can come in handy when you're checking out the best new band of the week.&#13;&#13;<br><br>5. Check app sizes<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2c447b61-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/4e0c64f4c250b102ad3e0df1cc829c31/windows-6.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2c447b61-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/4e0c64f4c250b102ad3e0df1cc829c31/windows-6.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Open up the Settings charm, then choose Change PC settings &gt; Search and apps &gt; App sizes. Windows 8.1 presents you with a list of your currently installed apps, with the biggest at the top — this can be useful if you're looking to free up some space on your hard drive (or tablet's flash storage) and want to know what you can cut.&#13;&#13;<br><br>6. Use the Reading View<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2d496be8-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/bec4052ec7b4cad9415795cffcb9fc7f/windows-7.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2d496be8-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/bec4052ec7b4cad9415795cffcb9fc7f/windows-7.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 8.1 comes bundled with the all-new Internet Explorer 11, and if you're running it in Start screen mode you'll notice a chunky book icon on the right of the address bar when viewing certain pages. Click this icon to enter Reading View, where adverts and unnecessary paraphernalia are stripped away to leave only the content you care about. You can also send articles to the new Reading List app from the Share charm.&#13;&#13;<br><br>7. Get your libraries back<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2e52aa77-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/f6e2934ebc3c5043e1316278b785c85d/windows-8.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2e52aa77-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/f6e2934ebc3c5043e1316278b785c85d/windows-8.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>The File Explorer in Windows 8.1 isn't quite as keen on libraries (music, videos, photos and so on) as its predecessor. Open up File Explorer to find the newly renamed 'This PC' view, then choose View &gt; Navigation pane &gt; Show libraries to bring them back on the left-hand side.&#13;&#13;<br><br>8. Create a lock screen slideshow<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2f5c12d4-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/2c80e67215325cf36805e98518475312/windows-9.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/2f5c12d4-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/2c80e67215325cf36805e98518475312/windows-9.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>One of the neat new features in Windows 8.1 is the ability to set up a slideshow of pictures on the lock screen rather than one static image. From the Settings charm, choose Change PC settings &gt; PC and devices &gt; Lock screen. Switch the slideshow option to 'On' and you can specify a local folder or SkyDrive folder to source images from.&#13;&#13;<br><br>9. Set a universal wallpaper<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/306037e9-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/3b75b3bdf453f4fff118a52ddcf58012/windows-10.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/306037e9-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/3b75b3bdf453f4fff118a52ddcf58012/windows-10.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Get the feeling that your desktop backdrop would look equally fetching on the Start screen? No problem — Windows 8.1 lets you use the same picture for both. Choose the Personalise option from the Settings charm on the Start screen and you'll see your current desktop wallpaper appear as the final option.&#13;&#13;<br><br>10. Save to SkyDrive<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/316ba005-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/6a6bec7620ab60abf09a9d4128f6c850/windows-11.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/316ba005-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/6a6bec7620ab60abf09a9d4128f6c850/windows-11.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Microsoft is very keen for you to make use of its SkyDrive app, and with 8.1 it's more integrated into Windows than ever before. From the Settings charm, select Change PC settings and then open up the SkyDrive page — the options here enable you to use SkyDrive as your default save location, upload photos automatically and sync configuration settings across multiple PCs.<br><br>11. Edit your photos<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/326c21c8-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/df1872da1e9ac768f9e2d1929c752e03/windows-12.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/326c21c8-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/df1872da1e9ac768f9e2d1929c752e03/windows-12.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Microsoft has been busy at work on many of the Start screen apps, including Photos, which now includes basic editing tools. Select an image from the Photos app to open it, then right-click and choose Edit to access a variety of tools, filters and adjustment options.&#13;&#13;<br><br>12. Restart apps<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3370f1df-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/002be6cb16ac440718d63f8511efe72c/windows-13.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3370f1df-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/002be6cb16ac440718d63f8511efe72c/windows-13.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>In Windows 8, dragging the top of a Start screen app down to the bottom of the display closed it. In 8.1, this makes the app disappear, but it remains running in task manager in case you need it again. You can use the same action to restart an app, but instead of letting go of the mouse button at the bottom of the screen, keep hold of it. The app card will flip over, at which point you can bring it back up on screen to restart the app.&#13;&#13;<br><br>13. Disable hot corners<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/346d1fbe-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/b9b961aeeb06343882433c93bd8ca142/windows-14.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet3.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/346d1fbe-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/b9b961aeeb06343882433c93bd8ca142/windows-14.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>The 'hot corners' let you access touchscreen swipe operations (like opening the charms bar) with a mouse, but you can turn them off in Windows 8.1. Right-click the desktop taskbar, choose Properties and then open the Navigation tab. Under the Corner navigation heading, you can disable the top left (open apps) and top right (Windows charms) corners.&#13;&#13;<br><br>14. View the full apps list by default<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/358a087e-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/62c33f6b7d8d306ff368adfb854dadbb/windows-15.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/358a087e-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/62c33f6b7d8d306ff368adfb854dadbb/windows-15.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>As well as launching the Start screen or the desktop when your PC boots up, you can choose to launch the All Apps screen instead (normally found by clicking the small down arrow in the lower left-hand corner of the Start screen). You'll find an option for this by right-clicking on the taskbar, choosing Properties and opening up the Navigation tab.&#13;&#13;<br><br>15. Make quick calculations<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3699dc01-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/0f80892ab9b517b747e659714b9acfa2/windows-16.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3699dc01-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/0f80892ab9b517b747e659714b9acfa2/windows-16.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Click the down arrow in the lower left-hand corner of the Start screen and you'll find the new Calculator app included in Windows 8.1. You can use it full-screen or keep it in a docked window for making quick calculations — here's a standard view, a scientific view and a conversion tool that covers volume, length, weight, temperature and more besides.&#13;&#13;<br><br>16. Create a system image<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3793ec9c-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/57ac6a80419444cbfc223475cd2f8d55/windows-17.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3793ec9c-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/57ac6a80419444cbfc223475cd2f8d55/windows-17.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 7 and Windows 8 both included a system image backup tool, but at first glance it seems to have disappeared in Windows 8.1. It hasn't actually vanished, but it has been well hidden. Launch the desktop Control Panel, then choose System and Security &gt; File History window and the System Image Backup option is down in the lower left-hand corner.&#13;&#13;<br><br>17. Set alarms<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/38a10968-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/d170d526561e100af7b985f62f1db79f/windows-18.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet1.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/38a10968-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/d170d526561e100af7b985f62f1db79f/windows-18.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 8.1 includes a new Alarms app that will wake you up in the morning or remind you to take the dog out for a stroll. If it's not visible on the Start screen, click the downward arrow in the bottom left-hand corner. You can configure repeating alarms, set up a countdown or run a stopwatch. Note that alarms will only ring when your PC is awake.&#13;&#13;<br><br>18. Dock your apps<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/39af60d9-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/0bac758882b30fe3ade9575d5bddb7f9/windows-19.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet4.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/39af60d9-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/0bac758882b30fe3ade9575d5bddb7f9/windows-19.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Windows 8 let you dock two apps alongside each other, but Windows 8.1 lets you arrange three, and adjust the dock sizes at the same time. Drag an app from the top down to the side of the screen to dock it. You'll notice many of the Start screen apps have mini-modes that they can revert to.&#13;&#13;<br><br>19. Switch off universal search<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3ab45906-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/fbd38023c049dca5f3c17ae003a29e8a/windows-20.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3ab45906-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/fbd38023c049dca5f3c17ae003a29e8a/windows-20.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Enter a keyword or two into the Search charm and you'll be presented with a cornucopia of matching results from your PC, Windows settings and the Web. For a less expansive, less stylised experience, disable the online component via the Settings charm &gt; Change PC settings &gt; Search.&#13;&#13;<br><br>20. Get more help<br><br><img src="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/20-tips-for-windows-8-1/" class="lazy " alt="" height="578" width="770" data-original=" http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3bbcbd1c-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/c2b0d5e912528cd4198946316fb79614/windows-21.jpg"/><img src="http://cnet2.cbsistatic.com/hub/i/r/2013/11/25/3bbcbd1c-9877-11e3-a24e-d4ae52e62bcc/resize/770x578/c2b0d5e912528cd4198946316fb79614/windows-21.jpg" class="" alt="" itemprop="image" height="578" width="770"/><br><br>Perhaps in recognition of all the Windows 8 users who were perplexed by the Start screen, Microsoft has built a special Help + Tips app into Windows 8.1 to make it easier to find your way around. If you can't find it on the Start screen, click the down arrow (bottom left) to see the full list of installed apps. Help + Tips should be available under the first Apps section. If you've installed Windows 8.1 for a friend or family member, you can fire up this app and then bid them a good evening.&#13;&#13;<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

Can Donald Trump's social media genius take him all the way to the White House? - 27 Dec 2015 13:53

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[[html]]In sentences I never thought Id write: Donald Trump is still riding high in the polls as part of his bid to be the next President of the United States. Late last month, the Republican nomination hopeful dropped a massive 12 percentage points in a single week following comments on creating a Muslim Database, but it speaks to his unfathomable popularity that even with such a vertiginous fall he was still hitting 31%, and since then, his ratings have climbed ever higher.<br><br>If theres anything that goes some way to explaining Trumps popularity in the midst of his quasi-fascistic views that reached a nadir with his call to ban all Muslims from entering the United States, it is his social media prowess. Trump has more than 5.5 million Twitter followers and 4.5 million Facebook fans. He has a presence across YouTube, Vine, Instagram and Periscope. Dan Pfeiffer, Obamas highly-regarded former digital and social media guru, has said Trump is way better at the internet than anyone else in the GOP which is partly why he is winning.<br><br>'I'm the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters'<br><br>Donald Trump<br><br>Unusually for such a modest man, Trump has also, er, trumpeted his own social media savvy, saying that he understands it maybe better than anybody, ever. He has also called himself: the Ernest Hemingway of 140 characters.<br><br>Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer)September 21, 2015The Trump @twitter q&amp;a is a reminder that he is way better at the Internet than anyone else in the GOP which is partly why he is winning<br><br>Whats behind Trumps social media strategy? Is it carefully calibrated or is it authentic? Does he always get it right, and do mainstream media outlets need to be worried? How are those against Trump fighting back online in particular after his most incendiary comments? And perhaps, most important of all: what does this mean for his candidacy?<br><br>Lets take a look at the ins and outs of Internet Trump.<br><br>His Instagram videos are the future of American politics<br><br>Trump is fond of posting short clips to Instagram, as well as Vine, Twitter and Facebook. The brief videos evolved from his presence on YouTube (the Trump channel now has upwards of 1.3m views). Most of the clips consist of him yelling into a camera, flecks of spittle hitting the lens.<br><br>Trumps 15-second Instagram shorts are the brainchild of his 29-year-old director of new media, Justin McConney. Costing nothing to produce, lo-fi, short and to the point, the spots are often picked up and run across mainstream TV networks. Essentially, Trump is gaining free TV advertising when it is estimated that 2016 presidential candidates will spend, together, $4.4bn (2.9bn) on television campaigns. Trump has spent just 1% of the money Jeb Bush has on TV adverts. Thats an extraordinary figure, especially for a man of Trumps wealth.<br><br>Donald Trump addresses Barack Obamas ridiculous concerns about global warming.<br><br>As well as the quick desk-based rants, Trumps team also cut quick, slick videos, often featuring doom-laden music, out-of-context soundbites and black-and-white filters (a similar aesthetic to truthers). Again, the reach outweighs the shoddy production values. The video posted in Novermber of Hilary Clinton laughing over a wreckage in Bengazi is a good example. <br><br>Trump has spent just 1% of the money Jeb Bush has on TV adverts<br><br>Trump has now extended his video output, announcing that he will be holding weekly live-streams on Periscope. Hes not the first politician to use Periscope, but he is the first to announce a regular Q&amp;A session. <br><br>Trumps shorts arent always so slick, however, as the video of him being attacked by an American bald eagle attests.<br><br>Donald Trump attacked by American bald eagle videoThe tradition of politicians adopting zeitgeist media<br><br>Goebbels had his Leni Riefenstahl films to (agit)prop up Hitler in the 1930s. Some of the most famous political speeches of all time came from Churchill, crackling over the radio during wartime, (or more specifically, from a voice actor), galvanising a nation. In the US, Franklin D. Roosevelts fireside chats are the stuff of legend. John F. Kennedy, meanwhile, is known as the first TV president. <br><br><img class="gu-image" itemprop="contentUrl" alt="Winston Churchill broadcasts from the White House in&#10;1943." src="https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/cefa31c0d26a4f8c57c91b12381116252fdc4366/0_0_3524_2772/master/3524.jpg?w=300&amp;q=85&amp;auto=format&amp;sharp=10&amp;s=35febf58ca2655e0c920c1e06305978b"/> Winston Churchill broadcasts from the White House in<br><br>1943. Photograph: Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORB<br><br>Donald Trump, in many ways, is carrying the baton from Barack Obamas successful 2008 election campaign, which some called the Facebook election. That campaign saw Obama implement a digital team including 24-year-old Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes. Obama has since made many digital appointments, including Pfeiffer (who has since left), Matthew McGregor (who later worked for Labour in the UK) and former Twitter executive Jason Goldman as his chief digital officer.<br><br>For his part, Trump apparently sends the majority of his own tweets, especially in the evening, when his staff have gone home. The two most important things for a celebrity on social media are to be authentic and to give your fans what they want, says McConney, who does most of the video editing.<br><br>Hes a skilled live-tweeter<br><br>Trumps Twitter coverage of major events has become a key part of his online presence. He first offered live reaction during the 2012 GOP debate (another idea of McConneys). He has also live-tweeted the Oscars and Celebrity Apprentice, as well as the Democratic debate earlier this year which prompted an excellent response from Hillary Clinton:<br><br>Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)October 13, 2015.@realDonaldTrump Glad you'll be watching. It's going to be "huge."<br><br>Most recently, he live-tweeted the latest Democratic debate which took place over the weekend, taunting Clinton for arriving late to the stage after she was caught in a queue for the bathroom during a commercial break. It always helps to be talking about whats trending at the moment, says McConney. I think its great for his fans to be able to watch these events and see his thoughts on them simultaneously.<br><br>Live-tweeting an event is a fine art especially when its a crowded field. Tweet an observation or joke that hundreds of others have already made and followers will be sure to let you know about it. But live-tweeting a popular event is an opportunity to engage with a wide audience in real time and Trump knows that.<br><br>#AskTrump<br><br>There were many online media round-ups of the most mocking, often scathing, responses to Trumps #AskTrump question and answer session in September, with most outlets declaring that the exercise backfired. It may well have done, but the Q&amp;A trended worldwide and the mogul answered many questions posed by challengers as well as supporters. He answered via his favoured method the short video clip rather than simple text.<br><br>Once again, he effortlessly dominated the conversation online which translated into mainstream media coverage. Some of the piss-taking tweets, were, however, hilarious. <br><br><img src="http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPcWzivUAAEFnQK.jpg" alt="" rel="nofollow" class=" js-tweet-main-image tweet-main-image"/> Brock Lange (@brock_lange)September 21, 2015#AskTrump who wore it better? pic.twitter.com/DO0ISLwXf9<br><br><img src="http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CPcJTJoUEAEtdwA.jpg" alt="" rel="nofollow" class=" js-tweet-main-image tweet-main-image"/> Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh)September 21, 2015If you build a wall to keep Mexicans out of the US, how will you get your suits into the country? #AskTrump pic.twitter.com/g4OECUskeL<br><br>Hes easily meme-able (and gullible)<br><br>Trump loves to talk about how high his IQ is and how low everybody elses is. This despite the fact that nobody with any actual smarts believes an IQ score to be indicative of actual real world intelligence. In truth, Trump is often caught out by basic Twitter pranks. A particular trick he falls for, seemingly again and again, is retweeting photographs of well-known people when Twitter users dupe him into believing they are Trump supporters as opposed to, say, infamous murderers Fred and Rose West. He threatened to sue over that particular incident.<br><br><img class="gu-image" itemprop="contentUrl" alt="trump tweet fred west" src="https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/12/3/1449161112150/ea592500-e5d3-404a-8952-afa3ecd25afd-518x540.jpeg?w=300&amp;q=85&amp;auto=format&amp;sharp=10&amp;s=bc97435fbf20e8bafda89dff21d10580"/>Photograph: Twitter screengrab<br><br>Trump also mistook a picture of the British leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn for a tweeters first-time voter father. As well as not being able to identify Corbyn, he retweeted a picture of former Scottish Labour party leader, Jim Murphy. (But to be honest: us neither).<br><br>Trumps incredible foot-in-mouth skills also mean the man is made for internet mockery. For instance, this gem from before his presidential bid, part of the fallout from this Jon Stewart skit that came in response to Trumps trolling of the presenter: <br><br>Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)May 3, 2013Amazing how the haters &amp; losers keep tweeting the name F**kface Von Clownstick like they are so original &amp; like no one else is doing it…<br><br>Trump doesnt care for mainstream media, and he might not need it<br><br>A question asked by the political commentariat is this: is Trumps dominance of social media unnerving the fourth estate and traditional broadcast media? And that answer appears to be, to some extent: yes.<br><br>This question has come up before in various political races particularly in the campaign for the Labour Party leadership in the UK, when supporters of Jeremy Corbyn who is frequently savaged by the right of the British mainstream media mobilised online. Corbyn won the vote by a landslide. <br><br>Social media like owning a newspaper but without the losses<br><br>Donald Trump<br><br>But contrast this with many commentators and pollsters blindsided by the majority Conservative 2015 election win. Demographics are skewed when it comes to online v phone polling; much of politics on social media is an echo chamber thanks to algorithms partly based on who we follow and our location settings. Photoshopping a #milifandom picture of Ed Miliband doesnt mean you support him, and engaging behind a screen requires less effort than getting to a voting booth.<br><br>As well as spending a pittance on traditional TV advertising, Trump is also wont to turn down media appearances because he can just click a button and get his views out there. This, in particular, speaks to the issue of whether social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are becoming publishers with editorial codes. (What would happen, say, if Trump crossed a line and tweeted something that could be regarded as hate speech? Many would argue he already has)<br><br>Cue plenty of think pieces, like this one and this one, on what this all means for broadcast and print. Trump, meanwhile, doesnt care and seems keen on disparaging most journalists and outlets both left and right-leaning.<br><br>Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)December 1, 2015Highly untalented Wash Post blogger, Jennifer Rubin, a real dummy, never writes fairly about me. Why does Wash Post have low IQ people?<br><br>Zac Moffat, responsible for Mitt Romneys digital campaigning in 2012, said: [Trump has] used social media to replace the traditional apparatus of a political campaign. Hes living on this medium. Asked about his talent for social media, Trump said its great. Its like owning a newspaper but without the losses. Burn.<br><br>It is worth mentioning that there are signs the media is fighting back. After Trumps heinous comments on Muslims, the Huffington Post moved all of its Trump related content from its entertainment section, with Arianna Huffington writing that she no longer viewed Trumps candidacy as amusing. Buzzfeeds editor-in-chief Ben Smith also tweeted a memo he wrote to his staff, in which he said it was fine for them to call Trump a mendacious racist. <br><br>Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)November 26, 2015The failing @nytimes should focus on fair and balanced reporting rather than constant hit jobs on me. Yesterday 3 boring articles, today2!<br><br>He doesnt seem to care about the facts, either<br><br>Trump tells a lot of lies. A lot of lies. Often, dangerous and divisive lies more suited to the type of conspiracy theorists who stay up editing 9/11 videos until four in the morning. But, again, he doesnt care. <br><br>Challenged on retweeting untrue statistics on race and crime, he responded: All it was was a retweet. Though hes deleted tweets in the past (including the Fred and Rose West one), he more often leaves tweets up. Or blames it on an intern. It is hard for the media to hold a politician to account when he doesnt try to cover up his lies or blatant disregard for the facts. Trumps main medium is the internet and the internet is a place where lies quite comfortably live.<br><br>Just 42% of Trump's Facebook followers are in America<br><br>But he does care for the fans<br><br>Trump often tweets quite personal things about his family. He also frequently thanks his supporters, which is unusual for a figure with so many followers. As well as this, he engages with gossip and celebrity and popular culture. The New York Times warns of the risk of appearing frivolous, but it helps to make billionaire Trump seem more in-touch than other fusty politicians. This fits in of course with his entire stance, which is that of the anti-politician. He still claims to speak for the silent majority (or, as self-described in this excellent GQ piece, the quiet people) and paints himself as an everyman (an everyman with who lives in a $100m penthouse, sure).<br><br>Are all his online fans real?<br><br>As touched on above, social media activity and popularity does not necessarily translate to the polls or electoral success. There are many reasons for this namely, it is much easier to click a like button than make the effort to go to the voting booth. Also to consider: those engaged online tend to be younger and dont vote in big numbers IRL. Further just because a person follows a social media account, it doesnt mean they agree with or support it. <br><br>Then theres the knock-on effect of virtue signalling. Many people will tweet charity campaigns for refugees or support for left wing politicians because they think it makes them look good. Its possible that people who support immigration controls or policies that belie their self-interest keep it under wraps (see also: the shy Tory phenomenon). <br><br><img class="gu-image" itemprop="contentUrl" alt="Supports hold up camera phones at a Trump rally in Virginia." src="https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/6ca3bc68cd6b03fc129aba7cbb4e4335064c7248/0_0_3000_1929/master/3000.jpg?w=300&amp;q=85&amp;auto=format&amp;sharp=10&amp;s=57379628ad1f4be80eef2ddb6c5f1f2f"/> Supporters hold up camera phones at a Trump rally in Virginia. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images<br><br>But there is another side, which is the existence of bot or spam followers and supporters and likes. One study found that of Trumps millions of Facebook followers, only 42% were from America. Many followers were from developing countries, in particular countries in Asia. 1 in 27 of Trumps followers was based in Malaysia. <br><br>What does this mean? It means that much of Trumps online support is coming from places notorious for online and social media fraud. It is common for individuals to be paid by brands and companies to like their products and events to give the impression of popularity. And so-called like farms and comment armies are often used by undemocratic parties in certain parts of the world (Russia, for example). <br><br>I used TwitterAudit to give an estimate of the real-to-fake ratio of Trumps Twitter followers and 64% were thought to be real but that means more than 1.6 million are thought to be fake. I am not suggesting that Trumps campaign team is buying fake support itself I dont think it is but its interesting that a lot of his support seems to come from places of particularly spammy regions. <br><br>Trump doesnt actually seem to understand the internet<br><br>He might be good on Twitter, but Trump hasnt covered himself in glory when it comes to understanding the rudimentary elements of the internet. He was widely mocked after proclaiming in the most recent GOP debate that areas of the internet should be closed off. <br><br>max (@MaxRappaport)December 16, 2015Trump's gonna put a password on the wifi, but the password's gonna be password<br><br>Not only does this posit a dangerous oppression on censorship and freedom of information more typical of despotic dictatorships such as North Korea, or Chinas great firewall, but its also something which cant be simply implemented, which Trump doesnt quite seem to understand. Its as though he thinks he can just hop from house to house in Raqqa unplugging ethernet cables and the whole Isis death cult thing will be sorted. He is also quite keen on referring to the internet as our internet. The US doesnt own the internet, Donald. <br><br>How is the internet fighting back?<br><br>The internet, as anybody with a connection will know, gives as good as it gets. Trump may have saturated social media, but there are plenty of people pushing back on his 140-character vitriol, 15 seconds of posturing or his Nuremberg-in-a-wig broadcasts. The mocking of Trump is not just limited to specific social media events such as the #AskTrump question and answer session. Pretty much everything Trump tweets or posts will have comments and replies calling him out as racist, xenophobic, sexist, misogynist. <br><br>Memes mocking Trump abound his alleged toup and radioactive tan are often targeted but his policies are also taken to task in succinct style. There has also been plenty of online support for Muslims, and defence of Islam, in the wake of Trumps comments. In particular, after Trump ridiculously asserted that there were no-go areas in London that police feared to visit, ostensible hotbeds of terrorism, #TrumpFacts began trending on Twitter, calling out Trumps seeming allergy to rational truth.<br><br><img src="http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVuLrJ-WUAAzogy.jpg" alt="" rel="nofollow" class=" js-tweet-main-image tweet-main-image"/> Martin Belam (@MartinBelam)December 8, 2015Britain so radicalised that the Queen now wears a hijab instead of a crown #TrumpFacts pic.twitter.com/34jxu72dGn<br><br>Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg even wrote in a post that he would fight to create a safe and peaceful environment for Muslims. While he did not explicitly name Trump, the post appeared after Trumps comments about wanting to ban Muslims. <br><br>An online petition calling for a ban on Trump entering the UK clocked up more than 360,000 signatures in just 24 hours. Apps exist that will remove all mention of Trump online (including the well-named Trump Trump) and a Chrome extension transforms his name into the poo emoji . The hacking collective Anonymous also announced a fightback against Trump.<br><br>What now?<br><br>It remains to be seen whether a man so hateful, so farcical, a man whose permanent expression is that of someone whose drunk friends superglued his eyebrows into a frown while he was sleeping, can become president of the United States. <br><br>Despite his strong polling numbers, it is probably unlikely. But Trump, thanks to the fact he can rack up 3.6 m Facebook engagements just by announcing his candidacy, has taught us that in 2015 its not enough for politicians to be able to adeptly read an Autocue. Theyd better be able to take a decent selfie and understand a meme, too. <br><br>How Tsipras and Varoufakis turned Greek tragedy into Twitter triumph<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0

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[[html]]How long have I got?<br><br>Im thinking of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Im told the free upgrade is only for one year, and after that you have to pay 80 for it. Is that the case? Robert<br><br>You have one year from the launch to accept the free upgrade to Windows 10, so you must do it before 29 July 2016. After you have accepted the free upgrade, there is no further charge for the life of the device. It remains to be seen whether Microsoft will offer any deals after the deadline, but Windows 10 costs 99.99 or $119.99 from Microsoft. Other suppliers may sell it for less.<br><br>Can I download now and keep it for later?<br><br>We are currently using Windows 7. Can we download Windows 10 now and install it later? And why or why not? Tracey<br><br>Windows 10 is Windows as a Service and it is frequently updated from the cloud. You can download Windows 10 and keep it on a DVD or USB stick, which is handy if you need to upgrade several PCs. However, the download will soon be out of date, so that is not a long-term solution.<br><br>Windows 10 has a cloud-based authentication system, so you must install the upgrade before 29 July 2016. If you miss the deadline, Microsofts servers will not authenticate the free upgrade and you will be asked to pay.<br><br>Can I keep Windows 7?<br><br>I am running Windows 7 at the moment. Can I download Windows 10 and have both systems on my machine? John<br><br>No, Microsoft is not giving away copies of Windows 10, just offering to upgrade existing licences for Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 for free. If you want to run two versions of Windows, you have to buy two licences.<br><br>Can I move it to a new PC?<br><br>I own an Asus laptop with Windows 7 installed, but I am going to be building a new gaming rig very soon. Is there any way I can use my existing copy of Windows to get the upgrade on my new desktop? Not being able to use the laptop afterwards is not a problem. Hkon<br><br>Sorry, no: see above. Cheap pre-installed copies of Windows are locked to the PC on which they are pre-activated and shipped. Only the more expensive retail version can be moved from one PC to a different PC. And to reply to Chris: when you upgrade your retail copy of Windows 7 to Windows 10, it will retain its rights. That means you will be able to move your copy of Windows 10 to a different PC. (Obviously you can only run it on one PC at a time.)<br><br>Getting authenticated<br><br>I was having a blue screen problem with my Gateway laptop running Windows 7. I installed Windows 10 from USB and that has resolved my issue. So now I am sitting with this lovely operating system, but I know I will require a product key for it soon enough. Can I email Microsoft and beg for one, or is there an easier way? Mike<br><br>The correct procedure is to install Windows 10 as an in-place upgrade, after which Microsofts online servers will authenticate it automatically. Once Windows 10 has been authenticated, you can do a clean installation from a USB stick or DVD, and that will also be authenticated automatically. (There is a possible workaround.)<br><br>However, following user complaints, Microsoft changed things with Windows 10 version 1511, the Fall Update released last month. This can be activated using the Windows 7/8/8.1 key from your laptop: its probably on a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) sticker.<br><br>To check, go to Settings, select Update &amp; Security, and then Activation. If it says, Windows is activated then you are OK. If not, change the product key to your old Windows 7 key. If the worst came to the worst, you would have to ask for a phone activation, or re-install Windows 7 from a backup and then install Windows 10 again.<br><br>Upgrading from Vista via Windows 7<br><br>My laptop hard drive died. My data was backed up so no big deal. However, I had purchased an upgrade disk to go from Vista to Windows 7, and this tells me that it only works as an upgrade [to Vista]. I dont have a copy of Vista. Brian<br><br>If you had made a full backup of Windows 7 which is easy using the built-in backup software then you would be able to restore that to the new hard drive, and then upgrade to Windows 10. However, you could try installing the Windows 10 Fall Update from a DVD or USB stick and then entering your Windows 7 product key, as explained above.<br><br>Alternatively, you could download the Vista code from Get Into PC, and use your original Windows Vista product key to activate it. Thats probably on the COA sticker on your PC, if you didnt record it anywhere else. Once Vista is activated then you can use your disk to upgrade to Windows 7, after which Windows Update will offer to install Windows 10.<br><br>Can I go back to Windows 7?<br><br>I had Windows 7 and loved it. I accepted the free Windows 10 upgrade and I am sooo sorry. Is there a way to get Windows 7 back? Barbara<br><br>Yes, if you act within 30 days. Go to Settings, select Update &amp; Security, and click Recovery. This allows you to go back to your previous operating system, which has been stored in a Windows old folder. Windows eventually deletes this to save space.<br><br>Note that the Windows 10 Fall Update is a new version of Windows 10. When its installed, the earlier version of Windows 10 becomes the new Windows old. After that, you cant simply go back to Windows 7/8/8.1.<br><br>Can I downgrade a Windows 10 laptop?<br><br>A friend has bought a laptop with Windows 10 pre-installed. He is quite homesick for Windows 7, and longs to get it back. Can he get Windows 7 free? Barry<br><br>Pro versions of Windows include downgrade rights. If your friends new laptop has Windows 10 Home then he would have to buy an upgrade to the Pro version before making the downgrade. Microsoft describes the process in an article, Understanding downgrade rights.<br><br>Unfortunately, theres no obvious way to get a legal copy of Windows 7, unless the PC manufacturer agrees to provide one. Yes, you can download it from Microsoft, but you have to enter a valid Windows 7 product key to get it.<br><br>But I wouldnt bother. The upgrade to Windows 10 Pro costs 99.99, so your friend would be better off making a complete backup of his current system, then buying a discounted copy of Windows 7.<br><br>However, a Windows 10 laptop may have been designed for and tested with Windows 10. It may not have been tested with Windows 7, and there is no guarantee that all the right drivers will be available. If it goes wrong, your friend must be able to restore Windows 10 from his backup.<br><br>Ask Jack has had about 850 questions about Windows 10, which is too many to answer personally. If yours isnt answered here, see Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: five questions answered, Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: 10 more of your questions answered, Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: seven more questions answered, Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade: the last roundup, and Microsoft Windows 10 free upgrade revisited: seven more of your questions answered.<br><br>Have you got another question for Jack? Email it to moc.naidraugeht|kcaJ.ksA#moc.naidraugeht|kcaJ.ksA<br><br>[[/html]] - Comments: 0


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