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Ready to Go (Windows 10) Pro?

When Windows 10 was released in the middle of 2015, it came out with three versions – Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows Pro 10 for Workstations. Like previous Windows release, the public was quick to conclude that the Home version is, as its name implies, best for household use by the family. Individual contributors and office workers will benefit from the Pro release, and large working groups is the obvious target for the Pro 10 for Workstations.

But then, people that have been using the Pro version have been singing it praises, this despite the constant bugs to updates. So now, people who want more than what the Windows 10 Home provides and even those who still have Windows 7 (which has been de-supported in the middle of January 2020), ask, “Is updating to the Windows 10 Pro worth it?” and “What would the differences be between Windows 10 Home and pro?

 

Remote Desktop

Take note that all versions of Windows 10 can remotely connect to another Windows 10 PC. However, if you’re looking for remote access, only Windows 10 Pro has that. Staying with Windows 10 Home edition will not let you find settings to enable remote desktop connection, although you can connect to another PC, if that PC runs on Windows 10 Pro.

The Remote Desktop or RDP feature is disabled by default so you will need to enable it in the settings.

(Via: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/setup-use-remote-desktop-windows-10/)

 

Bitlocker

For those who prioritize their security and keep their data safe from possible intruders, it’s time to consider switching to Windows 10 Pro even with its extra cost. Also, for those who have gotten used to Filevault of MacOS’, the Bitlocker found in Windows 10 Pro is the most similar to that service you’re looking for.

BitLocker is the name given to the full disk encryption software that’s built into Windows. First introduced with Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, BitLocker is now available with the Pro editions of Windows 8 and Windows 10.

(Via: https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/getting-started-with-bitlocker-windows-10s-built-in-full-disk-encryption-tool)

Trusted and Secured Boot

Working in tandem Secure Boot and Trusted Boot aids in keeping your system away from malware and rootkits, allowing you full control of it. Trusted and Secured Boot, as their names suggest, works by checking each component of the startup process before it is loaded.

By working with Windows 10 device manufacturers, Microsoft hopes to make firmware security compromises, those that happen before Windows itself boots, a thing of the past.

(Via: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daveywinder/2019/10/25/windows-10-security-microsoft-announces-a-new-before-windows-boots-strategy/#2a5ff5056f26)

 

Hyper-V

Virtual machine fans, rejoice! Hyper-V on Windows 10 Pro allows you to run virtual machines on CPUs that support virtualization.

There are many reasons to use a virtual machine. In most cases, they are used to run software that does not work on your OS. Whether you’re using a Windows, Mac or Linux OS, a VM will remove its limitations. For example, if you have a Windows machine and want to install an application that is only available for Mac, you can run a macOS instance on your Windows laptop to install it.

(Via: https://www.cloudwards.net/hyper-v/)

 

Windows Sandbox

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How Do You Partition A Hard Drive?

Drive C and D are part of the hard disk drive (HDD) or more commonly known as hard drive. If you find drives C and D in your PC, then it means it already has one partition. But can you make more partitions? Yes, you can. Computer users do this if they want to separate data and programs, or if they want to have another operating system on their computer.

Drive C is the main partition that contains the operating system, system files, applications, programs, and data related to them. Drive D, on the other hand, is used only for back up storage. Why C and D though? What happened to A and B?

 

But first things first. Keep in mind that HDDs along with SSDs (Solid State Drive), DVDs (Digital Versatile Disc), CD-ROMs (Compact Disc-Read Only Memory) are physical storage devices. And they have two volumes. Now that we got that out of the way, what did happen to A and B?

 

A and B were letters assigned for floppy drives and the older tape drives back then. And since such things no longer exist (well, technically, they still do but they are no longer in use), the letter assignment was awarded to the next line: C and D. Succeeding letters will be for other storage drives both internal and external.

 

But again, before we proceed with the partition, you might want to take extra precaution when it comes to your data and files.

 

The first thing you want to do is have backup. Back up as many files as you can: photos, music, videos, documents, and other important files.

Make a full image backup of the entire drive if you don’t already have one. Disasters happen.

(Via:https://www.pcworld.com/article/2066191/how-to-partition-a-hard-drive.html)

 

Ensure that there is enough space.

Make sure you have enough free room on the existing partition to create the new one.

You might also want to empty the recycle bin.

If you still don’t have enough room, you can move files to an external drive. Once the partitioning is done, you can move them back to a new partition.

(Via:https://www.pcworld.com/article/2066191/how-to-partition-a-hard-drive.html)

 

Next, open or run the partition tool.

Open Windows partitioning tool. Windows comes with a reasonably useful partitioning tool. It will probably serve your needs, and if it doesn’t, you’ll know soon enough. To open it, type partition into the search bar, then click on Create and format hard disk partitions. (In Windows 8, type partitions—yes, you need the s).

(Via:https://www.pcworld.com/article/2066191/how-to-partition-a-hard-drive.html)

 

Shrink the current partition.

Right-click the partition and select Shrink Volume.

Then wait. It may take a while Eventually, a dialog box will ask how much you want the partition shrunk. The default number will be the maximum available.

And therein lies Disk Management’s problem. If the current partition has 228GB free, you should be able to shrink it by anything less than 228GB. But Disk Management may not let you shrink it anywhere near that much. If the program won’t allow you to shrink the partition as much as you want, skip to the last paragraph.

Let’s assume that Disk Management allows you to shrink the partition sufficiently. In that case, set the right size,

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Choosing the E-Reader for You

With most of us having so much time for work and play because of lessened commute time, we may find ourselves developing a hobby. Some of us have taken refuge in that almighty app called Netflix, where we pass hours in a day finishing full TV series or movie franchises. There are also people subscribing to hours of online fitness classes to shake off lethargy and make sure their fitness gains pre-COVID are kept and maintained. There are those who keep on enrolling in online classes to upskill and use this time to make themselves more marketable in the job market. Then, finally, there are those who go back to an old habit, like writing in a notebook, cooking, or reading. If you are one of those people who missed reading because you didn’t have a lot of time during your work week to indulge in the written word, this pandemic may be giving you more time to go back and read as much as you want, from fiction to biographies, from crime thrillers to sci-fi and fantasy.

One thing you may be thinking of when wanting to read is how to get books when going to the library is not really an option and buying books isn’t that smart when you don’t have the space to put all these books. That’s where e-books and e-readers come in handy. With everything in electronic files, you can indulge in your reading habit without having to think about the space your books will take up and without having to leave your place. E-readers have come a long way, though and there will be things to look for when you are about to secure one for yourself. Should you go for a Kindle? A Kobo? A Nook? Or should you just go ahead and download an e-reader app on your tablet or phone and use your device as your e-reader? There are pros and cons to that, so do weigh your options.

Consider the screen type

You need to obviously consider the screen of your e-reader because you will be staring at that screen for as long as you are reading. Screens of tablets and phones are not really effective in reducing glare and will therefore strain your eyes even if you are just looking at it for a short time. E-readers employ e-ink and other technologies that do not really give off a lot of light, so you can comfortably read from it even for long periods.

Traditionally, eBook readers have been equipped with two kinds of screens: LCD displays and eInk. Depending on your needs and wants, choosing a reader with one or another is a principal decision as the type of a display determines essential things about your eBook reader.

(Via: https://www.booknizer.com/articles/types-of-ebook-reader-displays.htm)

Consider its size

Considering you are at home most of the time, having handy and light gadgets may not really be a priority at this time. However, considering that you want to be comfortable while you read, you would need to consider if you can hold your e-book reader in one hand like how you hold a paperback book because a clunky gadget can make your reading experience more of a hassle.

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Be an A-C-E on U-S-B’s

In this age of connectivity where transferring data is almost second nature for the majority of us, three letters have skyrocketed in popularity – USB. The universal serial bus, whether they be connectors or cables, have been a ubiquitous ingredient in our lives. Particularly nowadays where everyone still pretty much prefers staying at home to work rather than exposing yourself to the virus, knowing a thing or two about USBs may be required but handy knowledge.

But then, there is also quite a lot of things related to the USB cables and ports that might prove to be quite overwhelming especially to those who are not really technically proficient. There’s USB-A, B, C, mini-USB, micro-USB, and then USB 1, 2, and 3 (and even 3.1) that casual users may ask themselves if it is really worth knowing all of these. It is, so without further ado, here is everything you need to know about USBs:

Cables and connectors

Before you get overwhelmed, remember this: numbers for cable types (and their speeds) and letters for connector types. So, when you hear USB-A, B, C, mini- and micro, you are talking about the various types of USB connectors. On the other hand, USB-1, USB-2, and USB-3 refer to the data transfer speed of particular USB cables. As can be deduced by their names, the higher the number the faster the speed of data transfer. This means that nowadays, USB-3 is quite fast, and is already considered the standard when it comes to USB cables.

USB connectors come in different shapes and sizes. Most of the versions of USB connectors, including the standard USB, Mini USB, and Micro USB, have two or more variations of connectors.

(Via: https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/u/usb.htm)

Thunderbolt!

Like almost everything else, Apple likes to be different and quirky. Thus, the birth of Thunderbolt, which was, for most of its history, distinct from USB. That is, until Thunderbolt 3 happened, which uses a USB Type-C connector. So now, with the widespread use of Thunderbolt 3, the divide between Thunderbolt and USB may not be as obvious as before.

Designed in a collaboration between Apple and Intel, Thunderbolt is an alternative to USB that was brought to the market in 2011, but was initially shown off as Light Peak by Intel in 2009, running on a Mac Pro. Compared to USB, Thunderbolt aimed to offer considerable benefits, including multiplexing data lanes for PCIe and DisplayPort hardware together, namely mixing data with video, as well as a fast data rate of 10Gbps for each of two channels, 20Gbps in total.

(Via: https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/08/24/usb-3-usb-4-thunderbolt-usb-c—-everything-you-need-to-know)

What’s compatible with what?

When faced with the selection of 1, 2, or 3 cables, you should not really be worried as all these cables are compatible with any USB connector and technology. What is limiting is the connector and ports available on your device. Obviously, if your device has a USB-C port, then you cannot use a micro-USB cable on it. Same with a USB-C cable for a device that only has a mini-USB port. In other words, be more conscious of connectors and ports for compatibility rather than paying too much attention to USB cables.

On the other hand, you wouldn’t want to buy a cable with a

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HDD and SSD – How Do They Differ?

Before we dive in with their differences, let’s look at their similarities. Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and Solid State Drive (SSD) are both storage components of your computer. Both also come in external or portable form. But how they function and store data are completely different.

 

Whenever consumers shop for new computers, even second-hand ones, they always check for the storage. And what they commonly encounter as the storage of say, example 1TB, is the hard drive, and very rarely the SSD. But some desktops and laptops have SSD in them as storage. Ultimately, what you use your computer for will determine which one you will need more. Wait, you can run a computer without an HDD? Well technically, yes. But it will be tricky.

 

The reason why HDD is one of the first things you see when shopping for a computer is because its quality and technology is tried and tested with time. 5 decades, to be precise.

The technology behind hard disk drives is well known and well-tested. Hard disk drives have been around for more than 50 years, steadily increasing their storage capacity and decreasing their physical size. HDDs rely on spinning disks, or platters, to read and write data.

(Via:https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ssd-vs-hdd)

 

Spinning platters and moving arms are what mainly compose a hard disk drive.

Hard disk drives consist of one or more magnetically-sensitive platters, an actuator arm with a read/write head on it for each platter, and a motor to spin the platters and move the arms. There is also an I/O controller and firmware that tells the hardware what to do and communicates with the rest of the system.

(Via:https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ssd-vs-hdd)

 

HDDs have stood the test of time. They have a trusted and reliable technology. Moreover, they are more affordable than SSDs even with the same storage amount. And compared to SSDs, they also come with more storage in the market. The bad? They use physical power. The moving parts can stop working when your computer is mishandled, especially laptops.

The drawbacks to HDDs are a result of the mechanical parts used to read and write data, as physically finding and retrieving data takes more time than electronically finding and retrieving data. The mechanical parts can skip or even fail if they are handled roughly or dropped. This is a concern in laptops, but not as much in desktops. HDDs are also heavier and use more energy than comparable SSDs.

(Via:https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ssd-vs-hdd)

 

An SSD, on the other hand, utilizes flash memory. This means that its processes are electronic, not physical.

Solid state drives use flash memory to deliver superior performance and durability. Because there are lots of small, moving parts inside your hard drive — magnetic heads, spindles, and spinning platters — it’s easy for things to go wrong and you could lose your important data. Without moving parts, SSDs are more durable, run cooler and use less energy..

(Via:https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/ssd-vs-hdd)

 

SSDs run on NAND technology. And no, it is not an acronym. Unlike HDDs, SSDs have gates and charges.

SSDs can be thought of as large USB drives; they use the same base technology. NAND, the technology in solid state drives, is a kind

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Prime Gaming July 2021 Offerings Detailed


The July 2021 offerings for Prime Gaming include exclusive content, free games, and a number of perks.

Starting July 1, players will be able to add Batman: The Enemy Within – The Telltale Series, RAD, The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature, Tales of the Neon Sea, Automachef, and Portal Dogs to their libraries.

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla players will be able to claim for themselves the Druidic Settlement Bundle, Black Raven Settlement Pack, Mystical Settlement Pack and 5x One Hour XP Boosters through August 16. For fans of Riot Games’ League of Legends, Prime members will be able to grab various Mystery Skin Shards on June 21, July 1, July 12, and July 22. Finally, Valorant will receive an Anniversary Drop, which includes an Exclusive EP 2 // FORMATION Player Card.

Learn more with the sneak peek below:

July 2021 Sneak Peek – Prime Gaming

You can find the complete list of perks for Prime Gaming members here.

Source: Press Release
Prime Gaming July 2021 Offerings Detailed

The July 2021 offerings for Prime Gaming include exclusive content, free games, and a number of perks

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Amazon Luna+ July Games Announced


All Amazon Luna+ players can enjoy DIRT 5, Saints Row The Third: Remastered, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition in July.

Saints Row The Third: Remastered

Saints Row The Third: Remastered allows players to control the Third Street Saints at the height of their power, taking the fight to Steelport against the Syndicate. This release adds enhanced graphics that pairs well with its signature over-the-top action.

Valkyria Chronicles 4

Meanwhile, Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition is a strategy RPG from SEGA that places Squad E in a leading role with Operation Northern Cross. Imperial soldiers and the godlike Valkyria stand between you and victory, and players must command their squad to victory. This release includes all bonus content. The title will launch on July 8.

DIRT 5

Finally, Codemasters’ DIRT 5 features 70 routes in 10 global locations. A story-driven Career mode, eight race event types, a Photo Mode, and a livery editor have all been included. The title will launch on July 15.

For those who’d like to get in on the action now, DiRT Rally 2.0, Killer Queen Black, The Falconeer, and Yakuza 0 were added to the service in June.

Source: Press Release
Amazon Luna+ July Games Announced

All Amazon Luna+ players can enjoy DIRT 5, Saints Row The Third: Remastered, and Valkyria Chronicles 4 Complete Edition in July

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Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Expansion Pack Now Available


Take a trip to a desert village with the Terracotta Oasis Expansion Pack for XSEED Games’ Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town, now available on the Nintendo Switch.

Originally making their appearance in Story of Seasons for the Nintendo 3DS, Raeger, Iris, Giorgio, and Marian will return once more for this DLC expansion. Raegar runs a local restaurant, Iris is a talented novelist, Giorgio is a farmer fixated on flowers, and Marian is a fashionable doctor.

Learn more with the trailer below:

STORY OF SEASONS: Pioneers of Olive Town – ExpansionPass Pt.3

This DLC is available for $19.99 as part of the “Expansion Pass” on the Nintendo eShop (you can find a direct link here). Alternatively, one can also get this DLC as part of the “Expansion Pass Set” that includes the base game for $69.99.

You can read our review of the base game here, which we gave a score of 75/100.

Source: Press Release
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Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus Encore DLC Now on Epic Games Store

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A double dose of blue blur action is making its way to the Epic Games Store with the release of SEGA’s Sonic Mania and Sonic Mania Plus Encore DLC.

Originally released in 2017, the world of Christian Whitehead, Headcannon and PagodaWest’s Sonic Mania carries the torch for a formula that originated on the SEGA Genesis. A number of old and new 2D levels await as players set out to defeat the evil Dr. Eggman and the Hard-Boiled Heavies.

See the opening animation for yourself with the trailer below:

Sonic Mania – Opening Animation

Released a year later, the Encore DLC expansion for Sonic Mania includes Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo. A new mode has also been included, which features new zone layouts.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Sonic Mania Plus – Official Trailer

You can grab Sonic Mania on the house here through July 1. For those who’d like to learn more about these releases, you can find our review of the original release here and the Sonic Mania Plus Encore DLC here.

Source: Press Release
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Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Snowdrop Tech Showcase Released


Discover how Massive Entertainment, Lightstorm Entertainment, Disney, and Ubisoft are bringing the world of Pandora to life with the tech showcase for the game.

This title was developed exclusively for the next generation of consoles, allowing the team to utilize the Snowdrop Tech to create the open world of Pandora.

See it in action with the following video, featuring Technical Art Director Sebastian Lindoff, Senior Technical Artist Kunal Luthra, Senior Render Programmer Oleksandr Koshlo, and Lead Narrative Realization Designer Alice Rendell:

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – Snowdrop Tech Showcase | Ubisoft [NA]

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora puts players in the shoes of Na’vi as they embark on a journey across the Western Frontier. Unique creatures and new characters await, and players must take the fight against the RDA forces that threaten this land.

The game will come out for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PC, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna in 2022.

Source: Press Release
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