Logo-TeamViewer-2016TeamViewer has always been a popular tool to remote control or trouble shoot a client’s computer. The platform that this software supports now expands to non-PC arena like Android. This opens up a whole lot of new perspectives on how this tool can be utilized, e.g. controlling your phones from a computer and vice versa controlling your computer from a phone remotely. Try it out and see if these new features make sense and apply to you (free for personal use).

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NAPS2 (Not Another PDF Scanner 2)

NAPS2If you have an older scanner that still works but the software does not behave properly in newer versions of Windows, you may want to give NAPS (Not Another PDF Scanner 2) a try. It has a clean user interface and works with most WIA and TWAIN scanners, and it is free.

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Western Digital to acquire SanDisk for $19B

WD to acquire SanDisk The acquisition brings together two powerhouses in the data storage space. SanDisk was founded in 1988 originally under the name SunDisk. Seven years later, the company went public, trading on the Nasdaq exchange at $10 a share. The company is best known for its line of memory cards and USB flash drives used for storage…..(read the whole story)

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Office 2016 is Here

Office 2016

Microsoft has released the first new version of Office for Windows in three years, adding a series of new features designed to bring the stalwart productivity apps into the cloud computing era.
Office 2016 allows several people to work together on documents and incorporates a “Groups” section into its software that makes it easier for people to collaborate on projects……..(read the whole story)

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Upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Windows 10 is familiar and easy to use. It includes an improved Start menu and is designed to startup and resume fast. Plus, it’s packed with new innovations including Microsoft Edge – an all-new browser. Your personal files and apps you’ve installed will all be waiting for you. We’ve designed the upgrade to be easy and compatible with the hardware and software you already use.

Don’t miss out as this free offer won’t last forever. Reserve your upgrade today. Follow steps below to get started……….(read the whole story)

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Acer Laptop Booting Problem

Acer LaptopIf you encounter problems when booting an Acer laptop (no posting, no screen, fan is running), you can try the following power drain procedure, it may do the trick.

1. Remove the ram sticks (Clean with a soft lint free cloth while they are out)
2. Remove the power cord and battery
3. Hold the power button for 58 seconds
4. Replace everything.

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Connected Standby (or called InstantGo in Windows 8.1)

windows-8_1-airplane-mode_w590“Connected Standby” is a new feature in Windows 8. At first, only ARM devices with Windows RT supported Connected Standby. Some Intel Atom PCs with full Windows 8 now support it, too — and it will only become more common.

This is Microsoft’s attempt to give Windows 8 and 8.1 the “always-on” state people get from iPads, Android tablets, and smartphones. A PC with Connected Standby can’t use other power-management states like Sleep and Hibernate……(read the whole story)

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‘Devices and Printers’ is blank, hangs, empty

2000px-Bluetooth_svg_w150If you try accessing ‘Devices and Printers’ from Control Panel and the system hangs or does not return any device, this could be caused by a not-so-perfect driver written for a Bluetooth adapter. The problem may cause other seemingly unrelated symptoms such as printers being offline for no reason.

Try the following and see if this will resolve the issue:

Click Start button, type “services” into the search program and files box. This brings up a list in the menu, select Services. This should open a list of local services on your system. Find ‘Bluetooth Service” and make sure it has started, right click and set to ‘automatic’. Select “Bluetooth Support Service” and start, set to automatic. Restart the system.

The above steps apply to a Windows 7 system. Similar procedures are available for other versions of Windows.

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Blank Videos

FacebookIf you experience problems viewing online videos, e.g. in Facebook, which are Adobe Flash based, using Internet Explorer, you can try setting on ‘Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering’ in Internet Options under the Advanced tab.

One of the most common problems is that the video plays but it is blank; audio is fine. You will need to restart the browser for the option described above to take effect.

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Bluetooth Device Intermittent Connection Problems

hp-touch-to-pair-mouseIf you experience intermittent connection problems with a Bluetooth device, e.g. a Bluetooth mouse, this could be resolved by turning off a feature in the Bluetooth adapter device settings.

Go to the Control Panel then Device Manager; locate the Bluetooth adapter; right click on it and select Properties; go to the Power Management tab and uncheck ‘Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power’; and click OK.

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