Linux the kernel is a wonderful thing. It one of the marvels the human race has produced. It a joint work of large corporations such as IBM and countless work hours of truly great programmers who donate an amazing work to the human race for free. It stable it fast it secure no wonder every top 5 supeputer runs Linux and pretty much every other hardware except for 97% of desktopputers. When I think about that it makes no sense. If Linux is that good so widely used and it free why is Windows still around? Simply because people don care much for the OS? The Windows license cost is too small for people to care? I don buy that. People would gladly get a Ferrari if it was free even if they don need one or don care much for cars. The problem is not Linux the kernel it what sits on top of it. Don get me wrong desktop environments are great and I personally like Gnome because it gives Linux a personality instead of trying to mimic Windows or MacOS. The good people behind Gnome KDE etc. are idealistic and skilled programmers but they don have the kind of money to invest in perfecting every corner of the Linux user experience. Long story short Linux is like Lego 3 and Lego is great! 3 but to make nice things with Lego you need to devote time and gather experience to mount the pieces yourself. For instance try installing Spotify on a Fedora Workstation 27 fresh install. It should be as simple as clicking a button in a software boutique but in fact you have to a fewmands on the terminal install a new package manager etc etc. (to be fair it a lot easier in some distros). That would be unacceptable for the average Windows user. If there was apany to willingly invest zillions of dollars in perfecting the user experience in Linux we would then get Android! italic Android is a Linux distro after all. The most used OS in the world perfected by Google fortune (people time and money). We only have Android because Google makes money out of it despite being free to smartphone vendors. What otherpany would invest that kind of money on Linux only to see otherpanies profiting from their investment? Google position is unique. To support my thinking take Chrome OS. It Linux with a simple user experience. Despite its limitations it managed to more than double s the Linux (desktop) installed base very rapidly. That how important the user experience is and that why most people remain on Windows and MacOS. Besides Windows 1 is finally the Windows I wanted arguably the best Windows ever. Ive had Windows 1 running on average Dell hardware since its launch in 215. I never ever had a BSOD. I might have experienced programs freezing once and a while but never the OS never the UI became unresponsive. In my experience W1 is stable fast and powerful and itpatible with all my hardware (I don even bother checking forpatibility issues). In my Linux experience however some applications and even parts of Gnome itself freeze quite often. My fault? Dell fault? Probably both but the truth is I don face those issues on Windows 1. That why despite idealistic reasons which I certainly have I find no practical reason to move to Linux. WTF I have a hard time finding a cheap non-gaming keyboard without the Windows key (call me crazy but I feel annoyed having to live with the Windows key while using Linux). There is onepany however that seems to be doing to desktop Linux what Google did to Linux on mobile the Chinesepany Wuhan Deepin Technology is backing Deepin Linux. The latest Deepin releases offer an amazing user experience and the distro future looks bright despite the initial prejudice some people had because ites from China (totally unfair I might add). In the future who knows? Ive been flirting with Linux since the 9 but I have always found apelling reason to move back to Windows. That might change with Microsoft moving away from the consumer and Linux distros getting better.
What are some of the coolest apps you should never miss in a Windows phone?
An unofficial LinkedIn app for Windows 1 Mobile it's a ARM UWP app. Get - Microsoft Store s Feedlab A UWP Feedly client for Windows 1 Mobile and PC it has way more features than the official Feedly client available for iOS and Android like Mobilizer TTS and has an excellent UI. s s Bookviser The best eBook reader for Windows 1 Mobile and PC. It has the best UI I've ever seen on a eBook reader and supports offline dictionary highlighting bookmarks TTS and online sync of notes bookmarks reading status across all your Windows 1 Mobile devices. s s Latermark for pocket A Pocket client for Windows 1 Mobile and PC it has a nice UI and all features of official Pocket client along with TTS. Get Latermark for Pocket - Microsoft Store s Short News An unofficial inShorts client for Windows 1 Mobile oddly enough it works smoother than the official app. Get Short News - Microsoft Store India s Awesome Tube An unofficial UWP client for YouTube with all features of the official app and with better UI. It also has few additional features like background playback and option to download even copyright protected videos to your phones storage (full fledged downloads not just preloads). Your request appears to be from an automated process s Piny An unofficial UWP Pinterest client with all features of the official app however its UI is way better than the official app. Your request appears to be from an automated process s Podcasts (beta) A UWP podcast manager with support for both audio ad video podcasts. It also supports synchronisation of podcast subscription between your Windows 1 Mobile and PC via OneDrive. Get Podcasts (beta) - Microsoft Store India s Cover - Comic Reader It aic book (.cbr .cbz .zip .rar) reader for Windows 1 Mobile and PC and truth be told it has the best UI Ive ever seen in anyic book reader for any platform. It also supports synchronisation of yourics and reading status between all your Windows 1 devices via OneDrive. Your request appears to be from an automated process s onePedia An unofficial UWP Wikipedia client for Windows 1 PC and Mobile phone it has all the features of the official Wikipedia client. Get Onepedia - Microsoft Store India s ReadIt An unofficial UWP Reddit client which has all the features of the official Reddit app however it does have a better UI. Your request appears to be from an automated process s Imgur4Windows An unofficial UWP Imgur client with all features of official app and great looking UI. Get Imgur4Windows - Microsoft Store India s Fliky An unofficial UWP Flickr client with all features of the official Flickr app. Get Fliky - True Flickr Client - Microsoft Store India s Explorer for 9GAG The best 9GAG client in Microsoft store it has all the features of the official 9GAG client but it also has additional features like in-built meme creator. Get Explorer for 9GAG - Microsoft Store India s Meme Generator Suite An excellent app to make memes it has 3 offline meme templates and 1 online meme templates. It has a nice UI (Way better than the UI of ZomboDroid Meme Creator available on iOS and Android). Get Meme Generator Suite - Microsoft Store India s XKCD Explorer The best XKCD client for Windows 1 Mobile and PC. Your request appears to be from an automated process s Perfect Dictionary The best offline dictionary client for Windows 1 Mobile and PC with support for pronunciation of words. Your request appears to be from an automated process s UrbanDict The best UWP Urban Dictionary client it lets you search and share witty meanings of words. Get UrbanDict - Microsoft Store India s Manga Blaze A UWP manga viewer and downloader it has an excellent UI. Your request appears to be from an automated process s zTwitch An UWP Twitch client with excellent UI and all the features of the official app. Your request appears to be from an automated process s# An excellent Google Drive and Google Photos client for those who need them on Windows 1 Mobile. Get - Microsoft Store India s Perfect PDF Ultimate The best UWP full fledged PDF editor it not only lets you sign annotate and fill up PDFs but also reposition images edit etc. It like full fledged Adobe Acrobat X PDF editor. Your request appears to be from an automated process s Loadkit Download Manager The best UWP download accelerator and manager it even lets you download in the background. Your request appears to be from an automated process s Copy Space A clipboard manager which has option to auto-sync your clipboard content between all your Windows 1 devices (PC Mobile and HoloLens) via OneDrive. Get Copy Space - Microsoft Store India s# Google News Reader The best UWP Google News client for those who need one (I see no reason to use it since Microsoft News is good enough). Get Google News Reader - Microsoft Store India s# Torrex Pro The best UWP Torrent client with support to stream audio and video torrent it also lets you download torrents in background. Buy Torrex Pro - Torrent Downloader - Microsoft Store India s 8 Zip An excellent UWP archive manager with Cortana integration. It as all the features of WinZIP and WinRAR. Your request appears to be from an automated process s QR code & Barcode A tool to scan and create barcodes. It lets you not only scan barcodes but also create barcodes out of Applications Email Addresses Phone Numbers Contacts Informations Bookmark & Clipboard. Your request appears to be from an automated process s# ScanWritr 1 A UWP document scanner app other than converting documents to PDF you can even annotate and sign scanned documents. Your request appears to be from an automated process s
What are are the best apps for the Windows Phone?
Microsoft Remote Desktop Microsoft Corporation Category Business Price Free View and manage files on your work or home PC from your phone or tablet. Microsoft Remote Desktop allows you to refer back to your desktop PC find files or simply access documents from your Windows device even when youre away from your desk. You can also stream video and audio read and edit documents and take advantage of the app multi-touch experience. Main Idea This app is designed for people who need to be able to work from anywhere so it perfect for professionals who need to access their PC from home or during theirmute. OneDrive Microsoft Corporation s Category Tools & Productivity Price Free The most popular cloud storage app for the Windows Phone Microsoft own OneDrive lets you keep your photos videos documents and more in a single location that accessible across all of your devices. Once you start using the app everything stored within the drive can be accessed from your PC Windows phone or tablet and you can also share things more easily between colleagues. Main Idea There are a lot of cloud storage options out there. If youre not sure which is best for you check out our more in-depth look at the most popular services. Alternatives Box s Dropbox s Mail s Category Business Price Free No matter how many ways there are for us to interact with each other email has remained the primary method ofmunication in professional environments. The Mail app for Windows devices is a no frills functional way of accessing your account create and edit messages organise your inboxand more with an interface that takes away all unnecessaryplications. Main Idea A simple functional way to access your email account from your Windows Phone. Translator GoTiles s Category Tools & Productivity Price Free A simple yet effective translation app that perfect for business users Translator helps break that pesky language barrier with 85 languages available. Anyone working for globalpanies will find themselves in need of a good translation app and this one is versatile and easy-to-use. Main Idea Remote workers and businesses operating internationally can often be hampered by language barriers but this app allows them to quickly translate words and phrases straight from their phone. Alternative Translator s Adobe Reader Adobe Systems Incorporated s Category Utilities & Tools Price Free The most popular app for viewing editing converting and sharing PDFs Adobe Reader allows you to view PDFs straight from emails and more. The app also allows you to view password-protected documents for extra security convert DOC RTF and easily share files and documents between team members. Main Idea PDF files are widely used in business so it incredibly useful to be able to view and interact with them across more than one platform. Alternative PDF Reader s Evernote Evernote s Category Utilities & tools Price Free The Evernote workspace syncs across all of your devices so you can easily switch between tablet smartphone and desktop. More than just a note-taking app create checklists and clip webpages for later reference in one uncluttered workspace. The search tool makes it easy to conduct research and save information without having to worry about how youre going to find it later. Evernote even has a presentation mode and work chat to make it easier for you to collaborate and share your work with others. Main Idea This app is here to help you work but only if you let it. Evernote is an indispensable tool if you use it regularly but falls flat if you don take advantage of its unique features. There a helpful ge s to help you get started. Alternative OneNote s and others like 8 zip lite Files HERE maps Kick Notes Briefcase Apps by SOLO learn (all of them) Metro file manager NTES and IRCTC (if you are in India) pocket extractor Quaro (client application for quora on windows 1 mobile) SHAREit unofficial Xender Sofascore Truecaller reader VLC
Why is PDF such an ubiquitous file format?
Because not everyone has Microsoft Word or Windows italic You see before Word became amon desktop publication application there were many in the 199. I myself used Wordstar at home for a project WordPerfect at MSOE and I recall a Mac application for a temp job. Before we connected online we all had our own desktop application suites or applications. Some had more sophisticated applications more suited for professional print publications. (QuarkXPress) PDF is the one format to unite them all! You can import any file into Adobe Publisher and save it to a best viewing format. PDF is standard for online catalogs public documents forms to be filled and more. I have filled out PDF forms for printing and signing many times. I have created PDFs with Word Windows 1 and print to PDF option. How else do you get a sales agent page that needs your contact information filled out in the space provided to customize it? PDF editors. (Which are either free or by subscription.) With PDF and Docusign you can do all or most form filling work online with less mailing. Only if you need a notary present do you need to meet with a person. Other than that you should never have to leave home or use up paper toplete signed documents. That the power of the 199 developed PDF format. italic PDF format can be viewed on any device screen size operating system or only needs free reader app to load and interpret PDF code. It is one of the oldest of formats that became very useful and much used for online views of based documents. It stands with TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) as essentialputer graphical view formats for best presentation of ual data with least amount of fuzziness or distortion that you get with other image formats. READ FOR UNDERSTANDING pdf file format history s
What makes the iPhone better than Android, and vice versa?
Android n Promotes expandable storage letting you upgrade your storage capacity as high as you'd like with fairly cheap MicroSD cards Promotes an open developer atmosphere. If you're a developer it's free to learn code and publish apps to Android. Has widgets which give you information from inside apps without having to open apps. Think every app you open daily having its information displayed on your homescreen (or other screens). Has better notifications. Android was the first to have a concept of a notification center. Any update an iOS user gets to it has most likely been in Android for months and months already. Has larger screens. If you like the 4 screen of the iPhone you can pick up apact Android phone with the same screen size or you can choose a bigger size to fit your hand. Has NFC. You can pay for things by touching your phone to a reader. You can send anything you want to another Android phone just by holding the backs of the phones together and tapping your screen. It's pretty magical. Has Google Now. Siri (kind of) gives you answers when you ask for them. Google Now gives you answers before italic you ask for them. (Yes really.) Has tactile feedback. Some people don't like it but some people love it. The option is there if you want it. Lets you choose default applications. If I want to use Chrome I can make all s open in Chrome. If I want to use Safari I can make all s open in Safari. Lets you choose a different keyboard. Swype is a popular choice (tracing from letter to letter without lifting your finger) but there are some pretty cool keyboards for different uses. Lets you attach anything to emails. The new iOS 6 mail on the iPhone 5 kind of got this (with previous versions allowing no attachments at all) but only lets you attach pictures and video. No documents no powerpoints no zips nothing useful for getting stuff done. Could shoot panoramas for quite some time before Panorama mode was touted as a new feature in the iPhone 5. This is typical. Doesn't limitpetitor apps. Example Chrome (or any other browser) on iOS is not allowed to use the Safari engine making the Apple app always the fastest. Competition and options are good mmmkay? Supports multiple app stores. You can download apps from Google's Play Store or Amazon's Kindle app store or other app stores you fancy. Is used on most phones. This means you can pay as little or as much as you want to get the exact screen size processor look or other specs that you italic want. Integrates tightly with the Google ecosystem. You can sign in to services with your Google account by just pressing OK when it prompts you. Has standardized cables. The same cord to charge my camera can charge my phone. The same cord to charge my phone can charge my friend's (different-model) phone. Can be themed to look exactly like iOS. Google Hangouts rock the socks off of FaceTime. Has Google Maps. Angry Birds is free italic . n'nuff said.
What are some very useful but not so popular iOS apps?
VizzyWig 217 It's the priciest camera app in the app store it has lot of controls to fine tune photography & videography but its USP is somethingpletely different. When this app is installed on iPhone SE 6S 6S Plus 7 and 7 Plus then it lets you record 5K videos on them something no other mobile phone can do. Wondershare PDFElements This app is a PDF editor for iOS and by PDF editor I mean a real full fledged PDF editor not like those stunted and crippled ones like Xodo PDF Nitro PDF etc. It lets you edit or delete in pdf reposition images add or delete pages has scanner with OCR technology sign documents fill forms etc. It's literally like a Adobe Acrobat Editor in your pocket. Now many of us think that who needs a full fledged PDF editor on his phone but believe me this app is indeed quite nifty to make last moment edits in your PDFs. Pixelmator When we think about photo editors for phones we often think about Adobe Photoshop Elements or any other editor which essentially have nothing more than few curve adjustments brightness & contrast adjustments and few filters. But how about having an advanced raster graphic editor on your phone well if you are one of those few who crave for an advanced graphics editor with layer support brush tool etc then Pixelmator is the best tool for you. xkcd-Open Source It's an open-source xkcd client for iOS and hands down the best xkcd client for iOS. As of xkcdics well they are indeed quite funny with witty remarks about scientists engineers.puter programmers etc. YACReader The abbreviated name for Yet Another Comics Reader. It hands down the bestic book reader for iOS and it also available for Mac & Windows. The best feature of this app is to keep yourics synchronised between your iOS device and your Mac or Windows PC. It UI is beautiful (the onlyic book reader Ive seen with better UI is the Cover Comic Book reader but it a UWP app available only for Windows 1 Mobile & PCs)
Which phone should a post-graduate student opt for between the Google Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus?
I have no idea how the choice of phone is related with one being a graduate or post-graduate. Anyway it depends on your preferences. If you want a crazy fast phone in which you can edit and export 4K videos at maximum speeds then go for iPhone 7 Plus. It has further advantages iOS is the only mobile phone OS other than Windows 1 Mobile to support full fledged pdf editing i.e. you can not only sign annotate fill forms and highlight pdf but also edit the of pdf add or remove pages reposition and resize images in pdf via Wondershare PDFelements. It is like a full fledged Adobe Acrobat PDF editor in your pocket. It's quite nifty to carry out last moment editing of the pdfs related with your assignment or research papers. Android has no equivalent app for that on Android you can only sign annotate fill forms or highlight the pdf. If you install VizzyWig 217 camera app on iPhone 7 Plus then you can record 5K videos at 3 FPS something no Android can do. If you own a Mac then you would be surprised with the synchronization between Mac and iPhone. All files playlists podcasts eBooks and evenics are perfectly synchronized. The hands off feature lets you continue your work exactly where you left on your iOS device and your Mac. They also have universal copy paste feature between them i.e. you can copy on iPhone and paste it on your Mac and vice versa. iOS tends to be more secured than Android apps are strongly sandboxed even if a virus enters it can't affect and corrupt your other apps. iTunes store has more stringent app publishing policies than Google Playstore so chances of getting malware and adware from store is pretty minimal. iPhone 7 Plus uses a NVMe flash storage which has way faster read and write speeds than the eMMC storage module of Google Pixel XL. Apps on iOS are not only better optimized but also have better UI with everything meticulously arranged the UI of apps on Android has all elements scattered randomly on screen and apps like Snapchat Quora suffer from optimisation issues on Android. The to speech engine of iOS is hell lotta better than Android. On Android it has odd accent no matter what you do whether you set the speech to English US or English UK the speech sounds like Mario talking to you. You can use your iOS device like a guitar or bass preamp via iRig and GarageBand you can even add programmed drums there's no alternative to GarageBand on Android the app called Stagelight for Androides close but it lacks many features of GarageBand it's prone to crashes and is full of in app ads. Many games like Infinity Blade series Tales of Monkey Island series The Secret of Monkey Island Special Edition Monkey Island 2 LeChuck's Revenge Special Edition Sam & Max Beyond Space & Time Day of the Tentacle Remastered were never released for Android. Games launch and load faster on iPhone. The Apple A1 processor has a larger and faster processor cache than Snapdragon 835 forget aboutparing it much weaker Snapdragon 821 processor of Pixel XL. The PowerVR Series 7XT Plus GPU on iPhone 7 Plus is even more powerful than the new Adreno 54. Forget aboutparing it with weaker Adreno 53 on Pixel XL. So in most segments iPhone 7 Plus has a definite upper hand. However if you want slightly better camera and more customizability and you're okay with sacrificing speed and some features then you can go for Pixel XL.