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Upgrading From Windows 8 To Windows 8.1

A couple of weeks ago, i decided to upgrade my Windows OS from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Ordinarily, it does not sound like a big deal but it was.

Firstly, you will have to initiate the upgrade from within the Windows store. Perhaps due to the large number of early adopters it was almost an impossible task. It was even worse in regions were Internet speed is very slow.

Windows-8.1Secondly, the upgrade requires at least 3.5GB of download data. That is about half my monthly data allocation. For an incremental upgrade, it is definitely a whole lot of data!

Additional problems i also identified are;

1. I do a lot of Operating Systems installations (and reinstallation). Would i be going through the time and data wasting routine of an online upgrade, the only official route provided by Microsoft?

2. The finacial implication of the Internet data download for the OS download and setup is at least N4000 based on the rates from my ISP. It adds up quickly when you do a lot of installations like i do.

The ideal solution that would work for me would be;

1. Look for a “Once and for all” solution. By this, i would need to find a way to download an ISO image of Windows 8.1 which i can burn on a DVD and use repeatedly without a need for internet access to download a fresh install for every machine i need to install Windows 8.1 OS on. Also, I could easily share the DVD and save others the costly internet access and the stress of slow data downloads.

2. To save myself even the estimated N4000 for the Windows 8.1 OS download, i could wait till 12 midnight. My ISP gives its subscribers free internet access with no download restrictions from 12am – 6am daily. That way i could do a whole lot of post installation downloads. Very nice option that comes at a cost – your sleep!

A quick search on the Internet brought up this link here. With it i was able to generate an ISO image of Windows 8.1. Took me almost 5 hours to download the data for the 3.5GB ISO image but, like they say, all is well that ends well.

Please note that if you follow the process in the link above closely, it will only generate the ISO image and should not install the OS yet. You can easily install the ISO image on a DVD.

For the OS installation proper from the DVD, you may encounter a problem whereby the product key may be rejected. Thing is, your license only qualifies you for an upgrade installation via the Windows Store and not a Clean Install. To get around this, pick up a temporary relevant product key from here for your installation, depending on the Windows OS type you purchased a license for. Note that you will still need to use your Windows 8 key to activate your installation online.

Good luck!

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Entertainment

“Oh Sweet Lorraine” – Emotional Song From A 96 Year Old To His Late Wife

953637-fred-stobaugh-and-his-wife-lorraineThe good Lord definitely works in mysterious ways.

It took the whole 96 years of Fred Stobaugh’s life for him to be transported from relative obscurity to worldwide limelight, thanks to the letter he penned to his wife.

Sitting alone in his living room one month after the death of his wife, he decided to write a letter to Green Shoe Studios in response to the singer/songwriter contest advert he saw in the newspaper. The lyrics he had the inspiration to pen that evening and its composition, was a tribute to his late wife – his companion for 75 years.

Currently, the single “Oh Sweet Lorraine” is sitting pretty at No 7 on the top of the US  iTunes charts with over 6000 downloads so far, rubbing shoulders with songs from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Robin Thicke.

3-oh-sweet-lorraine-650-430I tip this song for a Grammy nomination for best new song and a win for best country song – for all objective and sentimental reasons. Probably listened to the track more than 50 times these past couple of days.

Click here to buy the song, you just may be ensuring the man lives the remaining years of his life in comfort.

The official documentary of this song has witnessed about 3 million cumulative views so far. You too can view it from the link below. Please view it. The song itself starts from around the 5.53 minute mark. Careful, you just might start feeling all so mushy with emotion. The last time i felt this way was while watching Kevin Skinner’s first audition at the 2009 “America’s got Talent” contest. He eventually won the $1m top prize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDi4hBWsvkY&w=640&h=385

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“Diary of a Geek” Rebrands!

aw logo wDiary of a Geek started out in 2010 as a meeting point for technology enthusiasts with especial focus on Nigeria. Technology is very much the first love of our readers and has been the focus of the blog.

But over time, there have been an increasing demand for a more inclusive and wider range of topics to be covered on the blog.

In the past, we had flirted occassionally with bits of socio-political news and this received mostly favourable responses from viewers. Also, my interactions on Twitter with my handle @diaryofageek has been anything but strictly technology.

All these informed the decision for a subtle and proactive rebranding of the blog, for it to evolve to meet the yearnings and interests of its readers – evolving to remain relevant. The entire rebranding exercise would also allow the blog to reach broader horizons, reaching out to new audiences of varied interests.

As a first step of this rebranding process, the primary domain name of the blog has been moved from artwales.biz to diaryofageek.com to reflect a more professional appearance and, of course, a more memorable name. Naturally, all the old links on the artwales.biz domain still works, linking directly to the new domain name. (Why would we call ourselves geeks if we can not undertake such a simple task?! 🙂 )

Secondly, the blog would now feature social media news, news and developments in mobile, entertainment, online video, business, web development, technology , music (on the old school tip!) and gadgets. Also expect loads of geek stuff written in SIMPLE English (no geek speak!), read about tips, tricks, downloads and the technology that will help you work and live smarter and more efficiently in this digital age.

Look out for blog posts as “Diary of a Geek” rebrands to a lifestyle blog, from the viewpoint of an introvert geek.

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Storing Up Your Treasures On Earth

Last weekend, i decided to backup the downloads i had acquired over the few months i last did a back up. I also intended to rummage through my 25,000+ mp3 music files in response to a request. Less than half way through my backups, my 1.5 TeraByte Western Digital External Hard Drive suddenly spluttered and went belly up – just like that!

It was a surreal experience, it was like a dream. Try as i could, the drive suddenly became invisible to my laptop, it could not recognize the drive.

The least of my problem was the US$110+ that i paid for the drive at BestBuy, my problem was the years of downloads and backups that i had stashed into the hard drive that had suddenly gone up in smoke. Over 25,000 Mp3 songs, softwares, ISO images of DVDs and Video tutorials, tons of ebooks, the list is endless. In the face of such a catastrophic and monumental disaster, it is funny how i remained calm.

Still in a trance, i quietly packed up the drive and stored it away. I definitely was not in a right frame of mind to attempt any recovery of the data on the hard drive.

Thankfully, my movies were not in the crashed drive, they were safely stashed away in yet another Western Digital 500GB External Drive.

Looking back at it all, i can not help but wonder if it is worth it, accumulating all those digital files, not sure how long it would last. Yes, i could sync to the clouds and i did so but not 1.5 Terabytes (1,500 Giga Byte) of data!

I have turned philosophical, licking my wounds. A particular verse in the Bible aptly comes to mind:

Mathew 6:19
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.

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Gadgets Mobile

Top Apps On Offer On Google Play For Only N40!

As Google play witnesses the 25 billionth download on its Google Play app store, top apps are being offered to all and sundry for only 25 cents (N40)! You will recall a similar discount offer that took place only last December 2011 when Google Play witnessed the 10 billionth download, and it offered apps for just 10 cents.

The apps would be available for this price for only 5 days, so hurry!!!

Though unconfirmed as of the time of filing this report, Apple has witnessed at least 30 billion downloads from its App store but has not being known to offer such discounts at any time.

Google Play is very much accessible from Nigeria using Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards from all the major banks.

Below is an official statement from the Google Android team;

Whether you’re looking for directions, checking email or sharing a picture with friends, apps are now an indispensable part of life. And if you’re using Android, it all starts with Google Play, home to 675,000 apps and games. That’s a lot of choice. We’ve now crossed 25 billion downloads from Google Play, and to celebrate we’re offering some great discounts for the next five days.

Every day you’ll be able to choose from a collection of apps from some of the world’s top developers including Gameloft, Electronic Arts, Rovio, runtastic, Full Fat and more. And all for just 25 cents. We’ll also be offering some special collections like 25 movies you must own, 25 banned books, 25 albums that changed the world and our 25 top selling magazines, all at special prices. Visit Google Play a little later today to check them out.

Twenty-five billion is more than twice the distance, in miles, that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled since its launch 35 years ago. It’s the amount of time, in minutes, that have passed since some of our earliest ancestors began to set foot in Europe. And now, thanks to all of you, it’s a Google Play milestone. We look forward to the next 25 billion.

Expectedly, yours truly has snatched up a number of these apps already. “Awuff no dey run belle !”

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Gadgets Mobile

How Free Apps Can Make More Money Than Paid Apps

While building apps for Apple and Android app stores can be highly lucrative ventures for developers, one of the hardest decisions an app developer has to make is how to get the app to pay for itself. Often the “monetization strategy” — shorthand for “how will this app make money?” — is left for last.

It’s hard enough to get discovered by consumers among the millions of already existing apps, not to mention convince people to buy it. People increasingly prefer free, ad-supported apps for their tablets and smartphones, yet many developers still aren’t sure how to tackle the free vs. paid issue. Deciding when to charge for your app, and when to try an ad-supported model, is one of the hardest decisions developers must make.

Four Monetization Strategies for Apps?

Developers have several monetization options available, each with its own requirements and pitfalls.

Before moving forward with a strategy though, there are a few of questions an app developer should explore in order to answer the ultimate question, “how can I monetize my app?”

  • Is my app engaging enough for people to use it often?
  • How willing are people to pay an up-front fee for my app?
  • How do competitors in my space monetize their apps, and how successful are their strategies?

As app markets across platforms explode, developers are talking to each other to determine the best type of monetization model to use. Most will tell you it’s a choice among four major options:

  • Selling your app in the app store
  • Offering a free, subscription-supported app
  • Offering a free app, with in-app purchases
  • Offering a free, ad-supported app

But the choice really boils down to two strategies: getting paid by users or getting paid by advertisers.

Who Pays More for Apps: Users or Advertisers? (AKA Which Monetization Strategy Makes More Money: Free or Paid?

When it comes to users, the overwhelming majority of Android and iOS users resist paying — whether it’s for apps, subscriptions, or add-ons–so smartphone and tablet developers are particularly interested in experimenting with monetization through ads. On the other hand, advertisers are MUCH more willing to pay developers than users are. Just like developers, advertisers need to market their product.

How Much Money Can an App Make With Advertising?

Ad spending on apps of all kinds – both mobile and desktop — is growing. Most industry analysts choose to measure only mobile app spending though, as most apps are created for the mobile and smartphone space. Mobile advertising revenue increased nearly 1.5X in 2011, to top out at $1.6 billion for the year.

The future of app monetization clearly lies in ad-supported model. A recent study by Cambridge University computer scientists found that 73% of apps in the Android marketplace were free, and of those, 80% relied on advertising as their main business model. Free apps are also far more popular in terms of downloads, the researchers said. Just 20% of paid apps are downloaded more than 100 times and only 0.2% of paid apps are downloaded more than 10,000 times. On the flipside, 20% of free apps get 10,000 or more downloads.

The Best Part Is: You Can Deploy Multiple Monetization Strategies

While free apps reach the majority of users who tend to be price-sensitive and almost never buy apps, there is a subset of users who prefer to avoid advertising and seek paid (sometimes called “pro”) versions of their favorite apps.

Developers can cater to both types of users with a two-pronged approach to app development: create both a free version and a paid version. The multi-pronged approach is popular with big players in the publishing industry. For example, The Guardian (UK) is testing two apps: a free, ad-supported Android app and a paid-only iPhone app. Echofon is also a great example of an app that caters to both kinds of users. They have free and paid apps for all platform versions of their Twitter apps.

In short, before moving forward, investigate all ad-supported revenue options when you launch a new app. There are many ad networks available – shop around and see what CPMs (cost per thousand impressions) or CPCs (cost per click) they offer and how much work is involved integrating ads into your app.

And more than anything, make sure to consider any changes to the user experience that will occur if you introduce by the ads. After all, you want ads that integrate well into the user experience, rather than ads that drive users away in annoyance.

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Gadgets Mobile

App Review : FIFA 12

My largest download, ever, from the Google play android app market is the FIFA 12 game from the stables of EA (Electronic Arts)

Deceptively listed as 13MB in the app market, it was not until i had paid, installed the app and ready to play the game that i got a prompt that i needed to make an additional data download. And guess what? It was a whopping 1.2GB download! What?!!!

This is a common trend with game apps. Only the basic installer is available on the Google app market, with the bulk of the data housed on the servers of the game developers.

Well, there was no going back, i have parted with US$4.99 already. I weighed my options, I definitely was not keen on eating into my 7GB monthly data quota from my Cobranet ISP “Home Bronze” subscription, my only choice was to wait till 12 midnight when i could access the free data quota that Cobranet offers. This runs till 6am.

Wanting to eat my cake and still have it, i set my tablet up for the download and went to bed.Why must i lose my sleep because of this? Woke up 3 hours later, the 1.2Gb download was already completed. Thanks Cobranet! Confirmed briefly that the game runs, went back to bed.

I must admit that i am not a very keen football fan, however, i was curious to see how well the graphics of this game would render on my Android Honeycomb Toshiba Thrive Tablet.

A quick spin of the game confirmed what i had heard. The graphics are awesome and controls optimized for touchscreen input. Moreover, EA made sure you’ll be guiding real players rather than fictional ones — just like they do with all their sports games.

Selling points touted by EA Sports include:

  • Experience vibrant graphics and ultra-realistic animation like never before
  • Play like a superstar with famous footballers like Kaka, Rooney, and more
  • Dominate leagues like the English Premiership, La Liga, MLS and beyond
  • March toward glory in 32 real stadiums
  • Handle the ball with precise new controls optimized for Android
  • Stay in the game as you take on daily challenges

Definitely a good buy and unreservedly recommended.

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Gadgets Mobile

Design Your Own BlackBerry Themes

There is an almost inexhaustible supply of blackberry themes on the internet. I have come across very cool looking ones and of course, trashy ones too. However, very few of these can be considered to be functional or perfectly suited to ones personal needs.

Personally, I like my themes to be able to give me at a glance, a summary of my itinerary, agenda or scheduled tasks on the homescreen and bottom dock icons, aside from other bells and whistles. Themes like these are not very common and those that fit this bill usually come at a fee.

Thankfully, Blackberry has made it possible for everyone to design themes that suits them. This can be done with just a few clicks. However, some level of skills is required to design more visually appealing ones.

Point your browser to http://us.blackberry.com/apps-software/themestudio/ and downland BlackBerry Theme Studio version 5 or 6, depending on your OS version. Caution, the download size is about 300mb with no option of resuming downloads if you are using a download manager.

 

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114 Things You Should Know About Apple’s New Offerings


Mac OS X Lion

1. Mac OS X Lion is the 8th major release of the OS.

2. It will be available in July.

3. It has over 250 new features (not all of which were detailed)

4. It comes with 3,000 new developer APIs.

5. It will be only available by download through the Mac App Store.

6. It features Multi-Touch gestures and fluid animations that let you interact directly with content on the screen

7. New gestures include momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps.

8. All Mac notebooks ship with Multi-Touch trackpads and desktop Macs can use Apple’s Magic Trackpad.

9. Mac OS X Lion features full screen apps to take advantage of the entire display

10. The Mission Control feature combines Exposé, full screen apps, Dashboard and Spaces.

11. You can swipe to get your desktop to zoom out to display your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full screen apps and your Dashboard.

12. It comes with the Mac App Store built in.

13. The Launchpad feature makes it easier to find and launch apps, and with a single multi-touch gesture, all your apps are displayed in a full screen layout.

14. You can organize apps into any order or into folders and swipe through unlimited pages of apps.

15. There’s a redesigned Mail app with widescreen layout.

16. The Mail app has a new conversations feature that groups related messages into a scrollable timeline.

17. The Mail app has a new search feature that lets you refine searches and suggests matches by person, subject, and label as you type.

18. The mail app also includes support for Microsoft Exchange 2010.

19. The OS includes Resume, which lets you bring apps back to how you left them when you restart or relaunch the app.

20. Apps will save automatically as you work.

21. Versions records the history of your documents as you create them, and gives you a way to browse, revert, and copy/paste from previous versions.

22. An AirDrop feature lets you find nearby Macs and set up P2P wireless connections.

23. Mac OS X Lion will be available as an upgrade to Snow Leopard from the Mac App Store for $29.99.

24. The upgrade will be at about 4GB (the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store).

iOS 5

iOS 5

25. Apple calls iOS 5 “the most extensive software update ever for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.”

26. iOS 5 has over 200 new features.

27. iOS 5 is a free update.

28. iOS 5 gives devices access to iCloud (see below)

29. Apple has not detailed all 200 features, but highlights a few as “key features,” which include: notification center, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, Twitter, Camera, Photos, Safari, and PC Free.

30. Notification Center aggregates all of your notifications, and can be accessed simply by swiping down from the top of the screen.

31. It shows stocks and weather at the top of the screen.

32. It will display a little pop up at the top to let you know about it while you’re watching a video or playing a game, then it will go away.

33. The “Newsstand” feature automatically downloads (in the background) the latest issues of magazine and newspaper apps that you’re subscribed to, and keeps the available for online or offline access from one place.

34. iOS 5 comes with built-in Twitter integration, where you save your Twitter info, which can easily be shared with any other app. This will make it easy to simply Tweet just about anything from the device. – Twitter can be used to automatically update contacts (if they’re on Twitter).

35. Safari gets a button called “Safari Reader,” which converts articles into just text, eliminating ads and other clutter on the page. Some publishers may take issue with this.

36. It also lets you email the content to people.

37. Safari also has a reading list feature that lets you save stories to read later (on multiple devices).

38. Safari gets tabbed browsing.

39. The “Reminders” feature lets you keep lists and assign reminders to specific dates and locations, so you can get reminded of something not only by time, but also based on when you enter or exit a specific location.

40. There is a camera icon on the lock screen providing quicker access to the camera app.

41. You can use the volume up button to take pictures.

42. You can pinch to zoom in the app and edit photos directly on the phone.

43. Mail comes with rich-text formatting, indentation control, draggable addresses, and the ability to mark items as unread, search entire messages, and S/MIME.

44. There is a new dictionary feature that lets you look up words from any app by tapping on the word and getting a definition.

45. There’s a new keyboard feature that lets you split the keyboard apart into two pieces.

46. The “PC-Free” feature means you’re no longer required to connect to a PC. You can set up and activate the box right out of the box, and software updates don’t require plugging in.

47. Updates are “delta,” meaning it only updates what needs to be updated, as opposed to the whole thing, which should save time and data.

48. The Game Center will show achievement points.

49. It will also show scores of freinds’ friends

50. The Game Center will also show friend and game recommendations.

51. You will be able to purchase and download games right from the Game Center.

52. Turn-based games can be played from the OS.

53. Messaging will work among any iOS users. In other words, whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, you’ll be able to send and receive messages to other users.

54. That applies to text, pictures, and video, and includes Group messaging.

55. You can also switch devices yourself in the middle of conversations.

56. The SDK is out for developers.

57. iOS 5 will ship to customers in the fall.

58. iOS 5 will support iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and IPod Touch (3rd and 4th gen)

59. You can give Apple your email address here to get notified when iOS 5 is ready for you to download.

iCloud

iCloud

60. iCloud ships in the fall.

61. There is a beta available now for iOS and Mac Developer Program members.

62. iCloud lets you store content in the cloud and access it on all your devices.

63. iCloud works with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Mac, and PC.

64. It’s free with the upcoming iOS 5.

65. iCloud is “seamlessly” integrated into apps.

66. MobileMe has been discontinued as a service, and the Contacts, Calendar and Mail services have been reworked to work with iCloud.

67. Users can share calendars with friends and family.

68. Users can get an @me.com push mail account (which has no ads).

69. inbox and mailboxes are kept up-to-date across devices.

70. App Store and iBookstore download purchased iOS apps and books to all your devices (not just the one they were purchased on).

71. The App Store and iBooktore also let you see your purchase history, and download any apps/books to different devices by hitting the “iCloud” icon.

72. You can replace your stuff on a new device (up to ten devices) free of charge, using your Apple ID.

73. iCloud Storage stores all documents created using iCloud Storage APIs, and automatically pushes them to all your devices.

74. When you change a document on any device, iCloud automatically pushes the changes to all devices.

75. Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps take advantage of iCloud Storage.

76. iCloud’s Photo Stream automatically uploads photos you take or import on any device and pushes them to all devices.

iCloud

77. Photo Stream is built into photo apps on all iOS devices and saved to the Pictures folder on a PC.

78. To save space, the last 1,000 photos are stored on each device so they can be viewed or moved to an album to save forever.

79. Macs and PCs will store all photos from the Photo Stream.

80. iCloud will store each photo in the cloud for 30 days.

81. Users get up to 5GB of free storage for mail, documents, and backup.

82. Storage for music, apps, and books purchased from Apple doesn’t count toward the storage limit.

83. Storage required by Photo Stream doesn’t count either.

84. Users can buy more storage – details on this will be announced when iCloud ships in the fall.

85. iTunes lets you download previously purchased iTunes music to all iOS devices at no additional charge.

86. Music not purchased from iTunes can be synced using iTunes Match.

iTunes Cloud

iTunes Match

87. iTunes Match upgrades songs to 256 kbps AAC DRM-free versions if it can match it to songs in its library.

88. If it can’t match it, it will upload it.

89. iTunes Match will be available in the fall for $24.99 a year (US only).

iCloud vs. the competition

90. iTunes in the Cloud is available now in beta without iTunes Match.

91. iTunes in the Cloud will support all iPhones that iOS 5 supports.

92. Apple has invested over $500 million in one data center in Maiden, NC to support demand for free iCloud services.

93. You can give Apple your email address here to get notified when iCloud is available.

Random Apple stats (According to Apple)

94. Over 54 million Mac users around the world (and growing)

95. The PC market has shrunk 1%, while the Mac has grown 28%

96. Mac has outgrown the industry every quarter for the last five years

97. Mac sales are nearly 3/4 those of notebooks

98. Over 200 million iOS devices sold

99. iOS the “number one mobile operating system” with over 44% of the market

100. Over 25 million iPads sold

101. Over 15 billion songs sold through iTunes

102. 130 million book downloads from the iBookstore

103. There are 90,000 iPad apps

104. Over 14 billion apps downloaded from the App Store

105. Apple has paid over $2.5 billion to developers

106. Over 225 million accounts with credit cards and 1-click purchasing

107. Over 100 billion notifications pushed

108. 1 billion tweets sent per week (relevant considering the new Twitter integration)

109. Nearly 2/3 of all mobile web browsing done through Safari

110. Over 100,000 game and entertainment titles in the App Store

111. 50 million Game Center users (that’s in nine months, and is compared to Xbox live getting 30 million in 8 years)

Other

112. Steve Jobs Appeared at the event, despite his medical leave of absence from the company.

113. His physical appearance has caught the attention of a great deal of commentators – many not incredibly optimistic.

114. After rising ahead of the event, Apple’s stock declined in afternoon trading after Jobs’ speech ended.

 

Source : WebProNews

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Norton Internet Security 2011 (90 Days License)

Symantec, the company behind Norton Antivirus, is offering their Norton Internet Security 2011 free for 90 days. Click here to make your downloads, no serial number needed.

One year subscription for up to 3 PCs costs $69.