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Virtual Audio Cable Enables Multiple Audio Outputs in Windows 7

Virtual Audio Cable Enables Multiple Audio Outputs in Windows 7 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Windows 7 by design does not support multiple audio output and that is the limitation that many Windows 7 users are not happy with. Some people may want to play sound simultaneously to both speaker and earphone but that is not possible. Once you’ve plugged in the earphone, Windows 7 automatically recognizes it and routes all sound to the earphone. For more complicated scenarios such as wanting to output the sound from a computer game to the earphone while the main speakers plays music from a media player, then it would seemed even more impossible.


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VLC 2.0 'Twoflower' Released

VLC 2.0 'Twoflower' Released | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

VLC 2.0 "Twoflower" is a major new version of our popular media player. With faster decoding on multi-core, GPU, and mobile hardware and the ability to open more formats, notably professional, HD and 10bits codecs, 2.0 is a major upgrade for VLC.

Twoflower has a new rendering pipeline for video, with higher quality subtitles, and new video filters to enhance your videos. It supports many new devices and BluRay Discs (experimental). Completely reworked Mac and Web interfaces and improvements in the other interfaces make VLC easier than ever to use. Twoflower fixes several hundreds of bugs, in more than 7000 commits from 160 volunteers.

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BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 release confirmed for February 21st

BlackBerry Playbook OS 2.0 release confirmed for February 21st | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

There's been plenty of back and forth between the web and RIM lately regarding the debut date of the next OS release for the PlayBook, and now we've got some hard evidence showing that the software is set to be let loose on February 21st .

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New Windows Logo Shows Microsoft Is Going All In With Windows 8

New Windows Logo Shows Microsoft Is Going All In With Windows 8 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

In a move that demonstrates how cleanly Microsoft intends to cut itself off from the last 20 years of its most widely-used and widely-recognized products, they have given the Windows logo its most significant redesign in 20 years.

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Microsoft Engineers File System for a New Era

Microsoft Engineers File System for a New Era | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

The upcoming release of Windows Server 8 will feature an entirely new file system, called ReFS, that addresses many of the shortcomings of the aging NTFS (New Technology File System) now used across all current Windows editions, the company announced Tuesday in a blog. Over time, Microsoft expects to use the file system to replace NTFS for the desktop and other versions of Windows as well, noted Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky, in a preface to the blog post. The file system is being designed to work for a wide range of devices "from the smallest footprint machines to the largest data centers," said Microsoft development manager Surendra Verma in the blog post. ReFS will be able to support file names and file paths with as many as 32,000 characters. It can host files as large as 18 quintillion bytes, and host as many as 18 quintillion files.

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The Best Airports and Airlines for Tech-Dependent Travelers

The Best Airports and Airlines for Tech-Dependent Travelers | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

What airports have abundant outlets and Wi-Fi? What airlines have a good mobile app? This infographic has all that and more.

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It's Not The Post-PC Era

It's more like the "multiple device" era. It's amazing to me that there are people who can buy into conspiracy theories like questioning President Obama's "real birthplace," but when it comes to this brave new world of technology that requires us to have multiple devices, no one is suspicious this happened on purpose.

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Prettier than Apple? Vizio’s new line of computers is very attractive

Prettier than Apple? Vizio’s new line of computers is very attractive | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Vizio, a company best known for its line of LCD televisions, is launching a new line of sleek-looking computers. The company debuted the computers today at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas...

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FTC Expands Its Google Antitrust Investigations

FTC Expands Its Google Antitrust Investigations | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Bloomberg is reporting that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is expanding its antitrust probe of Google Inc. to include scrutiny of its new Google+ social networking service.

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The Pirate Bay Decides To Stop Offering Torrent Downloads - Advanced Tech Tips Blog - Blog Top Sites

World's leading torrent download website The Pirate Bay has decided to do away with torrent downloads in upcoming days. In a month's time The Pirate Bay will no longer offer downloads of .torrent files. Shocked? Don't be. They are just going to move forward to a better alternative offering downloads via magnet links. As of now, The Pirate Bay has made the magnet links the default download choice instead of torrents before .torrent file downloads are completely stopped in a month's time from now.

 

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Graphene could make computers and cellphones last longer

Scientists found that graphene conducts heat about 20 times faster than silicon, which is used in most modern technology as a semiconductor material. The finding by UT Dallas engineers could lead to more-efficient cooling of electronics, producing quieter and longer-lasting computers, and cellphones and other devices. “Heat is generated every time a device computes,” said Dr. Kyeongjae ‘KJ’ Cho, associate professor of materials science and engineering and physics at UT Dallas and one of the study’s authors.

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How to keep Freecell Data from Windows XP while upgrading to Windows 7

How to keep Freecell Data from Windows XP while upgrading to Windows 7 | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Works like a charm; if you've got a bunch of games logged and want to continue on from there, fear not. Keep in mind that you have to transfer the original version of Freecell XP to your new Win7 machine -- the stats don't appear in the new Win7 version of Freecell.

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2 Tech Tips to Simplify Your Online Life

2 Tech Tips to Simplify Your Online Life | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Mastering your productivity isn’t always about the latest apps or newest gadget but becoming more effective and efficient with the tools we already use.

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Asus Warranty Doesn't Cover Damages In Case of Alien Invasion

Asus Warranty Doesn't Cover Damages In Case of Alien Invasion | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it
If you have an Asus computer and aliens invade Earth, you are screwed.
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Download 128 Ready to Use Pre-Made Windows 7 Shortcuts for Your Computer

Download 128 Ready to Use Pre-Made Windows 7 Shortcuts for Your Computer | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Shortcuts can be very useful as a quick way to access Windows 7′s native programs and settings, but do take time to create individually for your desktop or app launchers. Rather than go through all that work and hassle you can download this awesome set of pre-made shortcuts ready to use on your favorite system instead!

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Screen Names vs. Email Addresses As User IDs

This is an example of where the internet did things wrong. There are a lot of things it does right, but the stinkers stick out, and this is one of them. Originally, any system that required a user ID asked you what you wanted for a screen name. Simple systems only allowed letters and/or numbers. Advanced ones allowed letters, numbers, dashes (-) and underscores (_). People were OK with this and it worked well. The email address you used to sign up for the account was separate from the username, meaning an email address change did not affect your username. Then someone got the not-so bright idea of having the email address itself as the username, and this is where things started to go wrong. Very wrong.

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How to Rip DVD Movies Using Freeware

How to Rip DVD Movies Using Freeware | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Most countries allow you to make backup copies of DVD's you own. Here's how you do it using free software.

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Ubuntu TV: Coming Soon To a Living Room Near You

Ubuntu TV: Coming Soon To a Living Room Near You | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Apple TV is a little device you hook to your television. Ubuntu TV (motto: "TV for human beings") is going to be inside your TV, says Peter Goodall, Canonical's Product Manage for Ubuntu TV. At CES, he described Ubuntu TV to Timothy Lord in detail.

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House Kills SOPA

House Kills SOPA | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill.

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Is It Time For Computers To Have Their Own .Data Domains ...

Is It Time For Computers To Have Their Own .Data Domains ... | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

The web, as we all know, was built for humans. A nice graphical interface to the internet, which has been around much longer. But as the web has grown from a nice way to display information to the largest computing infrastructure on the planet, we need to make the web friendlier for computers once again. Computers don’t want to look at pretty web pages. They want data. Of course, there are a whole mish-mash of APIs and other ways computers speak to one another across the internet. But it is not standardized, and it is a mess. Computer scientist and Wolfram Alpha founder Stephen Wolfram thinks there is a better way for computers to speak to each other. He suggests that it is time for a new .data top-level domain.

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Tablet computers take wait out of waiting tables

Tablet computers take wait out of waiting tables | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Who needs service with a smile? Not 26-year-old Ivan Tsurikov. "I actually dread human interaction of any kind," he said. That's why Tsurikov, who works for a small investment firm on the Peninsula, prefers to order his lunch from a computer rather than a server. This week he and two friends tried the Presto tablet, a computer smaller than an iPad and larger than a smart phone, at Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto.

The Presto takes orders, predicts when diners' food will arrive at their table, acts as a personal sommelier, provides self-checkout, splits checks and even calculates the tip. It will either e-mail the receipt or a server can bring a paper one - your choice.

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Blame the Internet: London's burglars won't even steal CDs, DVDs

Blame the Internet: London's burglars won't even steal CDs, DVDs | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Pity the poor plastic disk—London's burglars won't even grab them anymore. It's not hard to see why. Imagine yourself in black mask and gloves, creeping through the darkened Grosvenor Square residence of Lady Fincherton-Smythe, trying to decide what to stuff into your sack. You see a huge pile of CDs and DVDs—recent, chart-topping hits that belong to Lady Fincherton-Smythe's wastrel son, Nigel "Pikey" Fincherton-Smythe—the sort of thing that might have brought in quite a few quid in the mid-90s. You hesitate; surely some of the lads round the pub wouldn't mind a discounted version of that Dr. Who DVD box set?

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Samsung ships GB hard disk drive internal for notebook computers

Samsung ships GB hard disk drive internal for notebook computers | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Samsung this week, announced the internal hard drive Spinpoint M8 with 1TB capacity, which could raise the bar available on portable storage. The player has two 500 GB platters and 9.5mm (0.37 inches) high, so that the reader can adapt easily to portable storage arrays. The Spinpoint M8 5400RPM MSRP is $129 and is available in Europe and the United States.

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Rumor: Microsoft Planning Kinect-based Settop Box

Rumor: Microsoft Planning Kinect-based Settop Box | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Join me, friends, as we take a little stroll down rumor lane. Paul Thurrott of the Supersite for Windows and Windows Weekly fame has related a rumor that Microsoft may be working on a Kinect-based settop box.

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Ubuntu Tablet OS To Take On Android, iOS

Ubuntu Tablet OS To Take On Android, iOS | Cotés' Tech | Scoop.it

Canonical CEO Jane Silber discusses the Ubuntu maker's ambitions in the mobile market, saying there is plenty of room for a new player in tablets, TVs, and maybe even smartphones. 'There is a real demand for an alternative platform..."

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