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MoreSky Windows Give Apartment Dwellers, Well, More Sky


One of the many indignities suffered by those having to live in cramped downtown apartments is the lack of sunlight. Granted it’s a tradeoff from having to mow the lawn and clean out the gutters, but that’s still no reason to dream about being able to eat your cake and have it too. Argentinian architect Aldana Ferrer Garcia thought of a solution and invented the MoreSky Windows. They look just like normal windows but have a hinged telescoping mechanism that lets you lean back on them and stare at the sky. It also looks like you might fall to your death, so we suppose you can consider this a thrill-seeking adventure type product as well as a cool new way to get more daylight.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is just a concept from Mr. Garcia, and isn’t a product you can buy.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Inhabitat ]

3D Printing App Makes Object Creation Easier For Windows 8.1 Users


The ecosystem around 3D printers gets a little more mature each day. Just last week we were reporting that about the Smithsonian launching a set of 3D files of their exhibits that you can print at home. And now comes news that Microsoft has released an application for Windows 8.1 called 3D Builder. It’s meant to make it possible for people with no experience with CAD software to easily create objects to print. Aside from containing a catalogue of items that you can use immediately, the app allows you to modify them and even to import your own external ones, of course only as long as you have the hardware to do so. It’s free and you can give it a spin at the link below.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

Samsung’s ATIV Q Hybrid Runs Windows and Android, Could Crush the Competition

Samsung ATIV Q

Samsung wants to crush the competition and they’re pulling out all the stops with the ATIV Q. It’s a tablet-hybrid laptop that not only runs Android, but Windows 8 too. As if that’s not enough, it comes with a sharp 3,200 by 1,800 qHD+ display. The ATIV Q measures 13.3 inches diagonal, making it larger than Samsung’s previous tablets. But that’s probably just as well, especially when you want to use it with its keyboard.

Samsung’s ATIV Q runs on a Core i5 Haswell, so you shouldn’t be too concerned about Windows performance. Users can switch between both operating systems easily with a push of a button. In fact, both Windows and Android can actually run side by side. Samsung also made sure to keep important files and essential documents visible on both systems, so you don’t need to switch between systems just to open a particular file.

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Pet Peek Dog Window Satisfies Pooch’s Curiosity

The beauty of images is that the often do the talking for you. We don’t need to wax poetic about the above Pet Peek Dog Window; it’s pretty clear what it is. All we can do is add some details, like to inform you that it’s 9.5 inches in diameter and made from acrylic. And we can also point out to you that it’s likely your doggy will love it and spend hours staring at the neighbour’s fancy squirrel circus. What, your neighbour doesn’t?… Oh that’s sad, squirrel circuses are great.

See what happens when you try to fill some space with unnecessary words? So we’ll stop here.

It’s $35.

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Install Windows From A Bootable USB Drive


By Chris Scott Barr

With a rise in netbooks and a new version of Windows on the way, there are plenty of users who find themselves in a bit of a pickle. Sure, you can go out and buy an external optical drive just for installing the OS, but who wants to do that? Besides, discs are too easily scratched and otherwise damaged. So why not instead use a flash drive to load Windows?

WinToFlash looks as though it would be a great solution for those with a netbook, or any other computer that’s not equipped with an optical drive. Basically, this free utility transfers your Windows installation disc to a bootable USB drive. Then when you’re ready to install your OS, just pop it in (make some BIOS adjustments if your computer doesn’t boot from USB by default) and you’re on your way. If it works like they claim, I might just start loading Windows from a flash drive. I hate dealing with discs when I don’t really need to.

[ WinToFlash ] VIA [ Lifehacker ]

Windows 7 Pricing Revealed, Plus Pre-Order Discount!


By Chris Scott Barr

I’ve been running Windows 7 on two different machines since RC1 was released, and I’ve been happy with it thus far. I’ll definitely be buying a full license when they become available on October 22nd. Just how much will the different versions set me back? Well Microsoft finally gave up the details and I’ve got the full list below.

  • Home Premium (Full) – $199.99
  • Home Premium (Upgrade) – $119.99
  • Professional (Full) – $299.99
  • Professional (Upgrade) – $199.99
  • Ultimate (Full) – $319.99
  • Ultimate (Upgrade) – $219.99

The prices (mostly) fall in line with their Vista equivalents. Sure, it’s still pretty expensive to upgrade, but you’re in luck. Starting today through July 11th (in the US only) you can pre-order the Home Premium upgrade for $50 or the Professional upgrade for just $100.

[ Yahoo News ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Maximum Specs Announced For Windows 7 Netbooks


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’re wanting to get a new netbook with a copy of Windows 7, it will come with a special version of the OS. Obviously, it is a somewhat limited version that will cost less (thus making the netbook cost less for the end-user), but just how limited is it? Surprisingly, it’s not nearly as bad as some have thought. For one, Microsoft has decided not to limit the graphics capabilities (such as Aero) or the ability to use a touchscreen which is nice. The main thing that Microsoft is worried about is making sure that the hardware used isn’t too powerful. That’s right, this is the first piece of software that I’ve seen with “maximum hardware requirements.”

Basically what it comes down to is that the netbook will need a 10.2-inch or smaller screen, no more than 250GB of storage on a hard drive, or 64GB on a SSD and no more than 1GB or RAM. The CPU can only have a single core, be clocked at no higher than 2.0Ghz and run at 15W or less. It doesn’t look like these are set in stone yet, but it does give us a good idea of what to expect.

[ TechARP ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Microsoft Finally Adds Netflix Support To Windows Media Center


By Chris Scott Barr

I always liked the concept of Windows Media Center, I really did. I just couldn’t ever quite justify upgrading to MCE or Vista on my little HTPC, so I made do with what I had. Eventually my 360 would turn into my main media player in the living room, supplemented by my old HTPC running Boxee. Well for those of you that are depending on Windows Media Center, you’ll be happy to know that Microsoft has finally added support for streaming Netflix.

I feel like I should be more excited about this than I really am. You see, I use Netflix, and I already stream my movies to my Xbox 360. Hell, I’ve been doing that for like six months. Sure, it’s great to see them add this to WMC, but shouldn’t this have been done a long time ago?

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Microsoft Confirms Holiday Release For Windows 7


By Chris Scott Barr

Have you checked out the Windows 7 RC yet? If you’re the early-adopter type, I’d definitely recommend it. I just wiped off Vista from my main PC  this past weekend and am typing this up on Windows 7 as we speak. So far, it’s been great, with no hiccups to speak of yet. Installation was quick and painless, without the need to even run off and download any drivers whatsoever.

As for the official release of Microsoft’s latest OS, we’ve heard rumors that point to October 23rd. Now a statement from Redmond has at the very least confirmed that it will indeed be out in time for the “holiday shopping season.” That being said, I still think it is very reasonable to think that October 23rd will in fact be the official date. We’ll just have to wait and see.

[ Microsoft ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]