Windows 8.1 provides a number of options for shutting itself down. Let us count the ways:
The easiest method to exit Windows 8.1 is through the new Start button. Simply right-click on the Start button to display a pop-up menu of features and commands. Click on the command to Shut down or sign out. A submenu appears with such options as Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, and Restart. Click on Shut down to power down your PC.
You can also use the method introduced in Windows 8. Launch the Charms bar, click on the Settings charm, and then … Read more
Windows 8.1 will try to make your life a bit easier by letting you shut down or restart your PC from the Start screen.
The preview edition of Windows 8.1 isn't due out until Wednesday. But the Windows Server 2012 R2 preview is available now for download. Since both versions share many features in common, the server-based preview provides a good glimpse at what's ahead for PC and tablet users.
Windows 8.1 users will be able to trigger a shut down or reboot much more quickly than in Windows 8. On the PC's Start … Read more
Just as Syria recovers from last week's countrywide Internet outage, a number of government opposition groups are reportedly saying that their Facebook pages have been shuttered, according to Al Arabiya.
One of the pages that is no longer available is the profile page of the former brigadier general of the Syrian Republican Guard, Manaf Tlass, who defected from the government last year. According to Al Arabiya, his page was visited by tens of thousands of Syrians to discuss the country's civil war.
Tlass told Al Arabiya that he reached out to Facebook to get his page back online … Read more
BlackBerry's BBM music sharing service will be no more.
As of June 2 the service will be shuttered, according to Mobilesyrup. BlackBerry sent out a mass e-mail to all of its BBM Music subscribers today informing them of the news.
Here's a portion of BlackBerry's e-mail, according to Mobilesyrup:BBMT Music service will be discontinued as of June 2, 2013*. For paying customers, April is the last month that you will be billed. In May, as your BBM contacts stop using the service, songs in your playlists will begin to turn grey and will no longer be … Read more
When you shut down OS X, the system will first attempt to quit all open applications smoothly and then proceed with the shutdown; however, if a program takes too long to quit, then it may halt the shutdown process and issue a warning that the program has prevented the system from shutting down. While this usually just requires you to quit the program manually and save your data, at times it can be frustrating to deal with, especially if some programs simply take a while to quit.
MacFixIt reader Frida recently wrote in with such a problem:Several applications, particularly … Read more
Need to shut down your PC in a hurry? Simple. Here are two handy keyboard shortcuts to save you time and mousing.
Close all open programs A little-known set of keystrokes will shut down all active programs at once in no time.
Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete and then Alt-T to open Task Manager's Applications tab. Press the down arrow, and then Shift-down arrow to select all the programs listed in the window. When they're all selected, press Alt-E, then Alt-F, and finally x to close Task Manager.
For those of you keeping score at home, that's seven steps that … Read more
Some sites are well known for their excellent comments section, but many more are filled with trolls, spam, and worse. Shut Up is a great Chrome extension that hides the comments sections of most Web sites by default, but makes it simple to view comments when needed. Here's how to use it:
That's it! Most sites should now be blissfully comment-free. If you're visiting a site you'd like to see comments on (like, say, CNET), just click the dark speech balloon icon in the upper right. By default, Shut Up remembers the … Read more
Loud screams of excitement have been heard ever since the revelation that two Japanese researchers had developed a gun that could stop people talking. Without killing them.
I wrote about this fascinating firearm only the other day.
Now the Japanese researchers who developed it are so excited by the excitement that they have released a YouTube video of the device.
And what a frisky little Colt .45 silencer it is.
Wired reports that the two creators, Kazutaka Kurihara at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji Tsukada at Ochanomizu University, are bemused at the … Read more