Google search now has card-based suggestions for all the best recipes

It seems Google search is getting smarter and smarter; it certainly is getting more convenient for mobile devices. Ever since Google introduced its card-based UI, things look more organized and are easier to spot. And the search giant is bringing a slew of recipes in that format. Now when you search on the Google app for a particular recipe, “you’ll see a carousel of tappable suggestions to make sure you catch the best recipe.”

For instance, if you type in “Chicken wing recipes,” not only will Google gather various recipes from the web with scrumptious pictures, it will also give you suggestions for more specific types such as “Buffalo,” “Honey,” “Spicy,” or “Slow cooker.” If you tap on one of those keywords, Google will show you a list of cards, each from a different website, along with a preview of ingredients, reviews, calories, and how long it’d take to cook. Pretty neat, eh?

Google will show you a list of cards, each from a different website, along with a preview of ingredients, reviews, calories, and how long it’d take to cook.

So whether you are preparing for a party, in need of some inspiration, or just salivating at 2AM looking for some food porn, Google wants to be the place to go to for easy step-by-step recipes. If you haven’t done so already, give it a try – ranging from simple appetizers to full-blown Korean dishes, it should have a thing or two that pleases you.

 

[Source:- androidauthority]

 

No Man’s Sky Was One of Steam’s Best Selling Games of 2016

No Man’s Sky Was One of Steam’s Best Selling Games of 2016

Steam reveals its best selling games of 2016, with No Man’s Sky reaching the highest tier and beating out many of the year’s other top titles, despite its challenges.

As we enter the New Year, it’s fun to look back and think about our favorite games of the past year, and reminisce on the entertainment and enjoyment that accompanied those games. It’s also useful to consider the games that were most disappointing, especially those that garnered massive hype, only to let players down in a big way.

Interestingly, games from both ends of the spectrum in terms of quality and reception can find massive financial success. This is perfectly displayed in Steam’s best selling games list of 2016. Over on Steam’s Top 100 Best Sellers of 2016, players will see some of the year’s biggest titles, including Rocket League, Tom Clancy’s The Division, No Man’s Sky, DOOM, and many others.

One game that stands out due to its placement on the list is No Man’s Sky. The space exploration title was one of the most highly-anticipated titles for years while gamers anxiously awaited the game’s release. Unfortunately, No Man’s Sky became one of the most disappointing games in recent history, sparking a massive rush for refund requests and leading the game to receive an “Overwhelmingly Negative” status on Steam.

Yet despite its failings, it seems No Man’s Sky is still a commercial success for developer Hello Games, at least according to Steam’s list of best sellers. That said, many gamers will look to No Man’s Sky as a clear example for an argument against pre-ordering video games. All the hype and excitement around the game helped drive incredible pre-order and first-day sales, which is likely how the game made the “Platinum” level of best sellers on Steam.

Once players got a chance to try the game and discover it was severely lacking many features that were touted for the space sim, sales plummeted, and haven’t recovered. So while No Man’s Skymade strong initial sales, its shortcomings will undoubtedly affect any future sales, as well as upcoming titles from Hello Games.

Interestingly, many of the year’s hottest titles don’t rank very high on Steam’s best sellers list. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare barely scraped its way into the Bronze class, despite its position as a top selling game in November and December. Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Skyrim all made the Silver class, while DOOM and Stardew Valley both achieved Gold. Rocket League broke into the Platinum tier alongside No Man’s Sky.

The Division also reached the Platinum tier, despite its own challenges after launch. While the Ubisoft title experienced a boost toward the end of the year thanks to some much-needed updates and the release of a well-received expansion, it suffered months of player hemorrhaging over the summer, and currently sits at a “Mixed” position with player reviews on Steam.

It’ll be interesting to see how well this year’s lineup of games perform, especially 2017’s most highly-anticipated titles. Will players continue to pre-order, instead of wait to receive game reviews, or will they blindly move forward based on hype and marketing?

 

 

[Source:- Gamerant]

Best Windows 10 tips and tricks

Here’s some of the best hacks for Microsoft’s flagship operating system

Windows 10 has come in for its fair share of flak since it launched in July last year, with many naysayers citing installation problems, leaky privacy settings and compulsory updates among the reasons why they’re sticking with Windows 7 or 8.1.

But, as we’ve shown in previous features, these problems can usually be overcome with a little patience and the odd settings tweak. Follow our advice and you should be left with a secure, modern operating system (OS) that will be supported by Microsoft for years to come and offers many tangible benefits over previous versions of Windows.

‘Cast’ photos and videos to your TV

If you own a Miracast-enabled TV or set-top box, then you can use Windows 10 to send media – including music, photos and videos – from your PC to your TV. It’s true that Windows 8.1 can do something similar, but Windows 10 adds the ability to cast media directly from the Edge browser.

Launch Edge and navigate to the page you want – this could be, for example, a photo slideshow, YouTube video, or even files you’ve stored in Dropbox or OneDrive. Next, click the menu button (three dots at the top right) and select ‘Cast media to device’. A small window will pop up listing available screens and receivers – click your TV to cast the media to it.

If you don’t see your TV (or other preferred device) listed, make sure your PC and the device you want to cast to are both connected to the same network and the receiving device is turned on. This tip will work for BBC iPlayer, though annoyingly other TV-streaming services, such as Netflix, don’t support Edge casting.

Create PDFs in almost any program

Converting documents, maps and other content to PDF files can make it easier to share them over email. Until now, you had to install a third-party PDF tool to carry out these conversions, but many, such as CutePDF, come crammed with adware, toolbars and other unwanted junk.

Sensibly, Microsoft has built PDF creation into Windows 10. Better still, the feature has been incorporated as a print option, meaning that any program or app that allows you to print will also allow you to create or convert your files to PDF.

Let’s say you want to save a web page as a PDF. Simply click your browser’s menu button (usually in the top-right corner) and select Print. Then choose ‘Microsoft Print to PDF’ from the list of available printers. Change any other settings as needed, then click Print. You’ll be prompted to give your PDF file a name and choose a location to save it in. Do so and your PDF will be created.

Copy and paste in the Command Prompt

Many advanced PC fixes require you to enter specific commands into the Windows Command Prompt tool (CMD) – “shutdown /r /o”, for example, will restart your PC and bring up the Advanced Start Options menu, from where you can launch Safe Mode.

Typing complicated commands can produce errors, which is why it’s great that Windows 10’s revamped CMD tool finally lets users copy and paste directly using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V keyboard shortcuts. It’s astonishing that Microsoft seemingly hadn’t thought of this until now.

To enable this, right-click Start and select Command Prompt. When it opens, right-click the header bar at the top of the program window and select Properties. On the Options tab under Edit Options, tick the box next to ‘Enable Ctrl key shortcuts’. While you’re here, you can enable some of Windows 10’s other unique new features too.

QuickEdit mode’ lets you click and drag to select text in the Command Prompt window; ‘Filter clipboard contents on paste’ automatically removes unnecessary characters from commands you copy; ‘Enable line wrapping selection’ lets you select and copy multiple lines of text; and ‘Extended text selection keys’ provides support for even more keyboard shortcuts (such as Ctrl+A to select all text). Click OK when you’ve finished ticking these.

Set reminders via your voice

Most Windows 10 users will probably agree that Cortana – the operating system’s much-vaunted personal assistant – is nowhere near as impressive as Microsoft would have us believe. That said, there are times when Cortana’s skills can actually come in very handy – for instance, when you want a quick way to set reminders.

Let’s say there’s something important that you need to do at a certain time of day – take some medication, perhaps. Just click the microphone icon in the taskbar and say ‘set a reminder’. Cortana will ask you what it is you need to remember and when you need the reminder to pop up.

You can even set up recurring reminders by saying ‘every day at four o’clock,’ for example. Double-check that all the details displayed in Cortana’s panel are correct, adjust them if necessary, then say ‘yes’ or click Remind. Bear in mind, however, that this will only work if your device has a microphone.

Download offline maps

Windows 8.1 has a map app, but Windows 10’s version goes one better by letting you download maps to your PC, so you can view them without an internet connection. Open the Maps app, click the Settings (cog) icon, then click ‘Download or update maps’.

You’ll be taken to the ‘Offline maps’ page of the Settings app. Click ‘Download or update maps’, select your continent (Europe, for example), followed by your country, then your region. Close the Maps app and your map will begin downloading.

 

[Source:- ITpro]

 

The best web hosting services of 2017

Whatever size of website you have, this article will help you find the best web hosting services for you as well as the best hosting deals to go for.

The first step is to identify what your needs are – with one eye on future growth of your website – then choose an appropriate plan at the right price. Value for money is not just going for the cheapest. Web hosting companies usually offer three main paid-for tiers of hosting packages.

Shared hosting means youshare a server with other sites and web hosting accounts. The site can often be slower and these plans are for sites that don’t use a lot of bandwidth.

With a dedicated server, you have the entire web server for your own use. Faster performance is pretty much guaranteed.

Virtual Private Servers (VPS) or Cloud Servers enable you to scale resource as and when you need it rather than being restricted by the limitations of a physical server. They draw from a pool of processing power, memory and storage depending on your requirement.

Finally co-located hosting enables you to purchase your own server and, while it will be kept in the vendor’s data centre, you’ll have complete control over it so you can install anything you need onto it.

Some providers arrange their web hosting deals according to business segments (small businesses, e-commerce, artists, resellers), features (WordPress compatibility, email hosting, cloud computing, managed service providers) or platforms (Linux or Windows).

Many packages include a wealth of features that you may or may not place value upon, including control panel, the ability to create online stores easily, easy site builder tools and varying levels of support (either on the phone or live chat).

Our list is made up of UK providers (those with a UK storefront with a UK phone number) as well as some foreign web hosts that comply with several ground rules like having EU data centres, a right to cancel, a cooling period, a full refund policy and/or a free trial period.

So first, we’ve picked out a bunch of deals that are ‘best for WordPress or other features’ followed by a run-down of our favourite deals from the best web hosts.

 

 

[Source:- Techrader]

Windows 10: The best hidden features, tips, and tricks

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Now that Windows 10 Anniversary Update is out and millions of people are running it, let’s take a look at some of the best hidden features, tips, and tricks in the operating system. Windows 10 combines the best of Windows 8 — super-fast startup, improved security — with much of what made Windows 7 familiar and easy to use, and without trying to force you to buy a touch screen or learn a whole set of hidden UI gestures. The Anniversary Update only makes it that much sweeter.

And if you’re a computer nut like me, tweaking the OS is always the fun part. Discovering and implementing power user tips are my favorite part of getting a major new version of an OS. I still remember back when DOS 5.0 came out, and I was running DOS 3.3, and I got to try all these new things to optimize my 286. And when I upgraded from Windows/286 to Windows 3.0, I felt like my life had changed. (We’ve come a long way.) Nostalgia aside, here’s what you need to know to amp up your Windows 10 install and take it to the next level.

 

[Source: Extreme Tech]

The best Windows 10 deals in August 2016

The best Windows 10 deals in August 2016

Windows 10 is free for anyone who wants to upgrade an existing PC or laptop from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Simply download from the Microsoft site and off you go!

However, if you’re building a brand new system or want to install Windows 10 on a device that doesn’t already have Windows 7 or 8.1 already installed, you’re going to need to buy a copy. Don’t worry though, because we check the prices of Windows 10 every day to make sure you get the best deals. Deals below are for DVD copies windows 10 – no dodgy third party codes here!

Windows 10 Home deals

The perfect version of Windows for home users

Windows 10 Home is the version that most people will need. It’s for home use and includes game streaming from Xbox One and other consumer features like Cortana, as well as Windows Hello for logging into your PC via a fingerprint scanner or your face. If Windows 8 was the steepest learning curve imaginable, Windows 10 is like meeting a great friend you once knew again – it’s just that they’ve bought some new clothes of which you really do approve.

Windows 10 Pro deals

Go Pro if you think it’s worth paying more for the Pro features

Windows 10 Pro comes with security and management improvements over the Home version above. It includes Hyper-V for virtualisation, BitLocker whole disk encryption, enterprise mode IE, Remote Desktop, a version of the Windows Store for your own business and assigned access (which locks a PC to running only one modern application, to use like a kiosk). Network admins can also schedule updates so they don’t happen at important times

Windows 7 deals

Buy Windows 7 for cheap and upgrade to Windows 10 for free!

What’s this? Windows 7 deals on a page that advertises Windows 10? This is probably the cheapest way to get Windows 10 on your system right now. Remember, anyone with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. So if you can pick up a cheapo copy of Windows 7, you can then upgrade to Windows 10 without paying more. It will be slightly more hassle, but that’s the fun right?

 
[Source: Techrader]

The best pro gaming to watch this weekend

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Happy Lies Day, everybody! Hope you’ve enjoyed a wonderful day of lies. It’s time to bring the festivities to an end, however, and settle in for a weekend of extremely serious and definitely happening digital sports. CS:GO is hosting the week’s highest-profile clash, but there’s plenty of LoL, Dota 2, Smite and fighting to go around. If any of the below tournaments turn out to be April Fools jokes, I will not be accountable for my actions. Haha! A cheeky Lies Day lie. It’ll be fine! Nobody need get hurt.


League of Legends: NA and EU LCS quarterfinals

There’s an awful lot of League of Legends this weekend. The EU and North American scenes are both getting stuck into their quarter finals, with EU playing at 16:00 BST/08:00 PDT on both days with NA following at at 20:00 BST/12:00 PDT. You can find the stream at LoLesports. China’s LPL and Korea’s LCK are also playing this weekend: once again, check out LoLesports for stream details and a schedule.

Dota 2: Epicenter Qualifiers

There’s top and mid-tier Dota 2 going on all weekend in the Epicenter Qualifiers running around the world. In particular, check out Invictus Gaming vs. Vici Gaming at 18:00 BST/10:00 PDT on Saturday. The easiest place to find a schedule and English-language stream is on Gosugamers’ hub page for the tournament.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: MLG Columbus 2016

CS:GO has evolved a MOBA-style prize pool for this $1m Major tournament. It’s been running for a while already, but this weekend is your opportunity to catch the dramatic final rounds (or just sit in chat and complain that you haven’t had any loot drops.) Play starts at 08:00 EDT (13:00 BST/05:00 PDT) on Saturday and 10:00 EDT (15:00 BST/07:00 PDT) on Sunday, running throughout. Find the livestream on MLG.

Capcom Pro Tour: Hypespotting

As our FGC man Andi Hamilton reported earlier this week, the Capcom Pro Tour is coming to the UK this weekend at Hypespotting in Glasgow. There’s competition across the fighting game scene, from Street Fighter V to Mortal Kombat X to Smash. The Hypespotting website is down, at the time of writing, but this tweet has more information about the schedule.

Smite: Spring Split

Smite’s new season has begun and the round robin continues this weekend in both Europe and North America. Play begins at 15:00 EDT (20:00 BST/12:00 PDT) and runs for a couple of hours. The best place to find information on the teams and format is onSmite Esports and you can find the livestream on Twitch.

 

[Source:- PCgamer]

The best Android launchers

There are tons of launchers available for android — these are some of the best!

Launchers are the way Android users customize their smartphone and tablet experience. There’s superficial stuff, like changing screen transitions, icons, and fonts, but the best Android launchers out there enable users to tweak the device’s behavior to suit their daily usage, so long as you’re willing to put the time into defining those customizations. Some launchers act very similarly to the one that came with your device, while others completely change the way you interact with your home screen. You can make your home screens as simple or complicated as you wish, while tweaking every little detail or just taking what’s given to you by default — all by installing one single app.

If you’re looking for a change of pace from the out-of-box software experience on your phone, consider a new launcher. We’ve found the best ones available today, and listed all of the pros and cons of each.

ACTION LAUNCHER

Action Launcher

Action Launcher is a great option that mixes things up and changes the interface paradigm from what you’d expect in a “normal” launcher — but not too much. You still have a highly customizable home screen and dock, but if you want to find an app, rather than going into the traditional app drawer (which you still have the option to use), you swipe in from the left side of the screen for Quickdrawer. This compact app drawer makes finding an app much faster than swiping through pages in a traditional app drawer, and the quick-scrolling feature allows you to zip through your app list no matter how many apps you’ve installed.

You also get Shutters and Covers, which give you innovative ways to launch into folders and widgets with swipes — it’s all about getting to your apps and content quicker. There’s a free version of Action Launcher for everyone to try, with a pro upgrade costing just $3.99 — and after you figure out the time-saving features you’ll want to unlock it.

It’s fair to say that Action Launcher is one of our favorites as well as being one of the very best.

GOOGLE NOW LAUNCHER

NOVA LAUNCHER

Nova can get complex or Nova can keep it simple.

Nova is a massively popular launcher that offers a whole bunch of animation options, folder views, and desktop behaviors. One particularly cool addition is swipe actions, which allow app icons to act as a folder with a swipe, or a standard app launch with a tap, similar to Action Launcher’s Covers. Theming Nova with custom icons and custom wallpapers is easy, especially with the Google Drive integration. You can backup your Nova layouts and themes directly to the cloud service of your choice, and restore backups directly from the cloud, too, which can make setting up a new phone a great deal easier than putting everything back how you like it manually.

Nova is a highly functional launcher that can be as subtle or as loud as you like, making it completely unique if you spend the time tweaking it.

AVIATE

Aviate builds collections of your apps based on different types of activities. You can, of course, tweak those collections manually as well, and Aviate can offer suggestions to fill in collections. Aviate figures out where you are and what time of day it is, and serves up relevant collections in custom-built interfaces called Spaces so you can better handle those activities. For example, if you plug in your headphones, it offers you quick access to media controls and your favorite music apps. Hit the road, and you’ll be offered shortcuts to navigation home and to the office.

Aviate excels for having a high amount of polish and requires minimal maintenance, even though you might lose out on some customizability. .

The Google Now launcher is the obvious pick for anybody looking for a pure, clean Android experience. It comes right from Google (and is pre-installed on Nexus phones), so you can shear away anything the manufacturer has loaded up in one install. Transitions are quick and clean, and there’s nothing superfluous getting between you and your apps and widgets. Beyond that, the left-most home screen becomes Google Now, so you can launch into searches, view cards populated based on the time of day, your location, and general browsing habits, and execute all sorts of hands-free “OK Google” commands. The only real downside here is that you won’t be able to enjoy the level of customization available on more robust launchers — you get what Google gives you here.

Use the Google Now launcher if you’re looking for high stability and a consistent Android experience. Pair it with the Google Keyboard for the full experience.

APEX LAUNCHER

Apex Launcher

Apex offers a similar range of functions as Nova. You can tweak the icon tray size and scrolling, change animations, adjust home screen behaviors, and customize gesture commands for various pinches, taps, and swipes. A plug-in allows notification data to be fed to Apex from a variety of apps, and out to any Android Wear devices, too, so long as you’re willing to upgrade to the pro version for $4.49. There are a wide range third party themes available in the Google Play Store which let you change the overall look of your Android experience, but as a functional core, Apex does extremely well.

Z LAUNCHER BETA

Z Launcher has a certain appeal to it if you have no patience for sorting.

At first glance, Z Launcher Beta may seem a bit like Aviate and other prediction-based launchers, but it’s got a few twists on the concept that make it stand out. Rather than typing in what you want with a keyboard or swiping over to categorized drawers, Z Launcher Beta has you draw a letter on the screen to bring up apps and contacts for you. If you want to listen to music, doodle an M on the center home screen and a list of apps with M in them appear. This even works with apps that have M as the second or third word, like Google Play Music.

It’s a more polished beta, but a beta nonetheless. While you can add widgets to the left-most page of the launcher, the sizes are awkward and you’re limited in the number you can have. You don’t have many options with the dock or app icons, either, but the one you should absolutely enable is Enable large icons.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Though we spent the most time on our absolute favorite launchers, there are quite a few more out there worth your consideration:

  • Buzz Launcher
  • Solo Launcher
  • Smart Launcher 3
  • Themer
  • Z Launcher
  • Lightning Launcher

YOUR FAVORITE LAUNCHERS?

The Google Play Store has a truly ridiculous number of Android launchers available for users of all kinds, so we’re always interested to hear what you guys are using. We’re curious to see how you’ve customized your own launchers too — sound off in the comments!
[Source:- Androidcentral]

5 of the best Huawei smartphones in Q1 2016

In this H1 of 2016, we bet there will be a lot of handsets getting launched, including Huawei smartphones. Some of them will be super cool with high-end hardware; some will be very affordable. Check out what Huawei has given and will give us in the first 6 months of the year!

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1. Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus: Affordable mid-ranger

First of all, it is a model with a pretty long name: Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus. Spec-wise, it features a handy 5.0-inch HD screen, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6735P processor, 16GB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB), and 2GB of RAM. In addition to Huawei Honor Holly 2 Plus specs, there are Emotion UI based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS, a massive 4,000mAh batt enabling the phone to last about 3 days with just one charge, and a combo of 13MP primary and 5MP secondary camera on board to run the whole phone.

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2. Huawei P9: Flagship smartphone

So, actually, rather than launch Huawei P9 at MWC 2016, Huawei has instead announced a dual-boot notebook. Anyway, don’t worry. Huawei P9 will still come. Spec-wise, it is said to pack a modern fingerprint scanner, a Kirin 955 chip, 4GB RAM, and a 5.2-inch Full HD display. Besides, a decent 2,900mAh battery, a dual rear shooter including a 12MP main sensor, and an 8MP selfie one will be on board as well to complete the Huawei P9 specs.

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3. Huawei GR5: Good phablet in $250 range

Huawei GR5 specs contain a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, a Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor (4 x 1.5GHz + 4 x 1.2GHz), 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Besides, the whole machine is run by Android 5.1 Lollipop OS with Huawei EMUI 3.1 on top and a good 3,000mAh cell. Additionally, the GR5 comes with many connectivity options such as GPS, AGPS, Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1,WI-FI 402.11b/g/n, 2.4G, 2G, 3G and 4G. As for photography, the main cam is capable of 13 megapixels with Sony BSI sensor and LED flash while the secondary shooter is 5 megapixels.

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4. Huawei Y6 Pro (or Huawei G-Power): “Superior power for the all-day hero”

Huawei Y6 Pro uses a big 4,000mAh battery that can give long-lasting performances thanks to the help of Smart Power Saving technology built in the device. Moreover, it is also able to act as a charger for other electronics, providing “15 hours of data use, 39 hours of talk time, 48 hours of heavy use time, and 90 hours of light use time”. Other Huawei Y6 Pro specs are a MediaTek MT6735P quad-core 1.3GHz chipset, Android 5.1 Lollipop, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, a 5.0-inch HD screen, and a 13MP/5MP snapper package.

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5. Huawei Mate S2: Stunning concept

Last but not least, we have the great Huawei Mate S’s successor: Mate S2. This model was designed by Hasan Kaymak with a metallic rounded unibody, an USB Type-C port, and super slim bezels. In terms of Huawei Mate S2 specs, it is very likely to boast a Quad HD display instead of the original’s Full HD, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, a fantastic 20MP rear camera, powerful 4GB of RAM, and a massive batt capable of 4,000mAh.

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So, those are the 5 main Top Huawei smartphones we want to introduce to you today. They are all elegant and strong enough to perform any task. Yet, which one do you like most? Share with us!

 

 

[Source:- Pricepony]