OneDrive on Windows 8.1 Updated with New Features for Desktop Users!

One of the updates for Patch Tuesday on June 10, 2014 was for Microsoft OneDrive. This update brought significant UI update for desktop users. Let’s check it out. Continue reading

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Pro Tip: Use Custom Colors for Windows Phone Start Screen Tiles

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With Windows Phone 8.1, you can now choose any background images for your Start screen tiles. A nice side effect of this is that you can now also put custom colors for your live tiles too! No, Windows Phone 8.1 did not add new accent colors for you to customize device with. Instead, you can use a solid color of your choice as the background picture for your tiles! Continue reading

Windows 8.1 Update 1: Multi-Window Taskbar Thumbnails for Windows Store (Metro) Apps

We kicked off our information about Windows 8.1 Update one with new taskbar features coming to Windows Store apps, namely the Jumplists and media controls. Today, I want to share with you another neat feature I uncovered. Windows Store (metro) applications running in multiple Windows show up in the taskbar as multiple windows. This behavior is the same in Desktop Applications since Windows 7. It is nice to see that it is being included in Windows Store applications. Continue reading

#AppleProbz & The iPhone #7

The moment all Apple lovers have been waiting for may be right around the corner. According to the iPhone “experts” we should be expecting the 7th iPhone this Summer since we haven’t seen a new devices since October when the iPad Mini was released. Though Apple is continuously working with its counterparts in Asia on a lower-end [less expensive] iPhone. The device is rumored to be about 4 inches long, have wireless charging [rumors say a patent has been filled concerning wireless charging] and have different colored skins.

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”

-Steve Jobs

Many experts are beginning to question the performance of Apple due to their slowness compared to other major electronic companies like Samsung. Samsung is also rumored to be on the verge of releasing their Galaxy S 4 this Summer at a much faster rate than Apple. The Tim Cook lead company is expected to to upgrade the camera and processor for the 7th iPhone but for now those are just rumors. Apple’s stock has also seen a drop due to its extensive time between new product releases. Compared to September 2012, Apple has lost $272.31 in stock value as of April 2013. Apple has usually held their new events to release new devices in March but this year is the first in Techtronica’s being that we have not seen a release. So maybe we’ll be waiting till June for an iPhone 6, iPhone 5 S, The New iPhone or more specifically the 7th Generation iPhone.

A New Name. A New Beginning…

If you haven’t seen our post on facebook or twitter, we are changing the name and logo of Techtronica tomorrow! It’s exciting news and we want you, the reader to help us pick a great new name. Techtronica is a name that has served us well for years and we are sad to see it go. BUT! we also love positive change and giving Techtronica a new name will give us a new beginning! Below are some requirements for suggesting our new name.:

Requirements:

#1: Must be catchy

#2: We have to be able to get the domain name for it aka newname.com as an example

#3: You need to provide a new catch line for the new name.

#4: It must get more than 5 likes or favorites.

What are you waiting for? You’re about to be apart of something great! Post on our Facebook wall or Mention us with the new name and catchline with the hashtag #Techtronicaname. So get to it, we are counting on your!!!

-Techtronica Staff

NCAA Football 13: Game Review

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Continuing my previous posts of; “NCAA Football 13: Innovation or Needed Renovation?” and “NCAA Football 2013: An Insider’s Look” I’ve decided to do a review after 5 months. NCAAF13 was one of the most anticipated releases of the year and in my opinion one of the largest changes users have seen since the gaming industry released their first High-Definition game. Some of the positives about the game include the new commentating featured by Kirk Herbstreit and Brad Nessler, live recorded in-game sounds for more realistic gaming, exact stadium layouts, and more. Continue reading

Rumortronica: iPhone 5 & iOS 6

The iPhone 5 is slowly becoming one of the more talked about things on the tech grid. From iOS 6 we can already learn a lot about what the new iPhone may have in store. Rumors speculate that the iPhone 5 may be released as soon as September but with many features we’ll just wait to confirm characteristics till one shows up in a bar again. Continue reading

Facebook’s New Comment Editor

Thursday, Facebook rolled out a brand new feature that most users have all needed at some point in their time on Facebook. You know that embarrassing moment when you comment “you speled that weong” and there’s no way to change it but delete it? Well, coming to you soon is a new comment editing feature. The new feature will appear as a pencil icon in the top right of your comment and will allow you to edit the comment as needed. So what’s the security of it? If you like a comment that says “Techtronica is the best tech website around” and someone changes Techtronica to IngramTek than you’ll be able to see that change in the comment history. Continue reading

Happy Birthday iPad! 2 Years of Revolutionary Innovation Down

On April 3, 2010 the US experienced the release of the first iPad. As we reported 2 years ago, the iPad was 9.7 inches long and weighed 1.5 pounds. Over 300,000 iPads were sold on the first day in the US alone.

Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in a “sold-out” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. One of his firsts comments about the iPad was,

“We want to kick off 2010 with a truly revolutionary and magical product”

Though the starting price for the latest generation of the iPad has not changed there have been many changes over the course of the 3 generations. From the 1st generation to the 2nd users experienced a higher resolution screen, included camera, less weight, smaller frame and Apple’s A5 chip. From 2nd to 3rd generation Apple claimed they brought things to a whole new level. With now “more pixels than a HD TV”, A5X Chip, increased camera quality and the continued ability to have internet access through WIFI or wireless carriers. The iPad truly is one of Apple’s mosts distinguished and long lasting products.

“Every once in awhile a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything.” – Steve Jobs

Learn more about the new iPad by checking out the links below:

NCAA Football 2013: An Insider’s Look

EA Sports held a special presentation to preview the sights and sounds of the 2013 version of NCAA Football.

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 marked a milestone in EA Sports as they revealed to the public a preview of the sights and sounds of their new version of NCAA Football. Featuring on this year’s cover will be Robert Griffin III, but there’s a catch. Not only will the Baylor QB be featured on the front page of EA Sports top seller but so will either Herschel Walker or Barry Sanders. Both of these athletes were voted to be in the top 2 of the vote and now the world most vite between the two. Continue reading

Weighing the Pros and Cons of the New iPad

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Apple took the stage on March 7th and said that the new iPad would be available in 9 days. Since the March 16th release date many negative and positive comments have been made about the iPad. Many say it was only made to give people something to “cling” to while waiting on the iPad 4 to come out with supposedly a whole new design and layout.  Now we’re unveiling the good, bad, and ugly features of the iPad [3].
One of the most talked about features of the new iPad is its ability to reach 92.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Not sure if that’s a world record for iPads yet but it has got to be close. When compared to the iPad 2 there is a 10 degree difference in the maximum temperatures reached by one another.

From a positive aspect on the iPad there’s always the astounding number of 2048×1536 pixels included in the new iPad. Many improvements in the iPad are centered around the the retina screen but there is also a downside to these pixels. When set on full brightness like many users prefer, it does quite a job on the battery. The president of DisplayMate recently conducted a study on the new iPad’s battery and found this

“With the iPad off or sleeping, it now takes 5.5 hours from a complete discharge to fully charged”

Rumors have it that some users have had ranges from 8-10 hours to charge the battery from 0%-100%. Apple was also questioned about the accuracy of the battery percentage display and Apple had this to say;

“That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like”

He’s speaking of the feature that keeps the iPad from “overcharging” or causing long-term damage to your iPad or other iOS device. As he says above this has been a long term design of iOS devices and will stay that way. Also keep in mind there is almost a full hour and a half difference between the iPad 2 charging time and the new iPad’s changing time with the iPad 2 in lead.

Be sure to visit these links to find out more about the iPad:

New iPad Overview: http://techtronica.net/2012/03/29/new-ipad-overview/#more-8280

Setting Up Your iPad: http://techtronica.net/2012/03/29/new-ipad-setup/ 

New iPad Unboxing: http://techtronica.net/2012/03/28/unboxing-new-ipad/

New Page Theme Rolling Out For Facebook

Wednesday, you might have noticed a change to your Facebook Pages you visit. Facebook rolled out a new and timeline-like theme to their pages layout. As an administrator to many pages on Facebook I can personally say there are many new things that will change the way you use your page and smaller things like profile picture sizes and cover photos. Continue reading

A New, Metro Style, Bing Is on Its Way!

Bing is slowly rolling out its new version to certain users. I have been “chosen” as one of the users to get a new update. But the interesting this is that I seemed to have received two different updates of bing in my two separate PCs. On the first PC, the update brings about new animations to the search engine. In addition to the animated wallpaper in the bing homepage, this new update gives smooth transition when you enter in a search query or switch from one type of search to another (for example web to images). Now, I cannot take a picture of the animation update, but I can show you the new update I got in my other PC.

My second PC received an UI update. The new update reduces color and has a “metro” feel to it. This UI seems to be part of Microsoft’s attempt to make the UI across its products consistent. Windows 8, Windows Phone, and the Xbox dashboard all feature the metro style UI. Take a look at the screenshot below; click it to enlarge.

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As we can see, the new bing takes the attention off itself, as per the metro UI principles. The space is mostly white, and the content shine. You may also notice that some search results are social driven, showing what my friends like on Facebook. Of course, I can always disconnect Facebook from bing if I don’t like social integration with search.

Connecting and disconnecting bing and facebookThere are, however, some UI headaches that I face with this new user interface. For example, on the old bing UI, it was easy to get to other types of search such as News. With the new bing UI, these other types do not always appear on the top. Perhaps they do not appear if they don’t have any content for that type; I am not sure. But it bothers me because it is difficult to deal with UI that isn’t consistent in every search. One would expect the top to always have the same links for easy access, but with the new UI, this is dynamic, and can be unpredictable.

For me, I only get the new UI for web search. If I do an image search or a new search, I am returned to the old bing. So, it is still under development; so, thing can very well be tweaked. I am curious to know if any of you reading this have gotten this new bing. Better yet, did you get another bing update that I didn’t get? Share your comments; I look forward to them. :)

Survival Apple: iPad 3 Release

Rumors speculate a March release of the iPad 3 which is said to be in full production.

As of late one of Apple’s highest selling products has been a part of world-wide news but will Apple survive without the Steve Jobs Keynotes? As of late there has been a lot of speculation on the iPad and we’ve got the scoop. Some of the major rumors going around about the new iPad is that it will have the capability to access AT&T 4G and Verizon’s LTE Network. The most talked about feature though would have to be the higher resolution camera and display. Many people are speculating about when the iPad first went into production but the average time that we have seen was in the very beginning of January. Another [rumored] aspect of the iPad 3 is its quad-processor. This will allow for iPad users to switch between applications quickly without as much lag or between time.

“Apple is trying to make iCloud the place people go to store all their applications and content,” Kerravala said. “So to me LTE makes a whole lot of sense as part of the iPad 3, along with the high-resolution screen, faster rendering, and better games. With LTE, iPad 3 users could leverage iCloud — and that would help promote the concept of the all-Apple buyer. This is very consistent with what Apple has done with iPhone.” Bloomberg’s Zeus Kerravala

According to reports from various sources the iPad is already being produced by Foxconn’s Chinese factories. The biggest factor in all of this news about the iPad 3 is about how well Apple will do without their “marketing face” Steve Jobs. Many say Apple will just step down from their “high throne” and just become another company but in my prospective no one will ever have all the great features have to offer. Apple has not yet officially commented but who knows? Maybe we will see an iPad left in a bar this time to let us know it’s coming soon?