Facebook shut’s Free Basics in India

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In a boost to net neutrality, Facebook has decided to shut down its controversial ‘Free Basics’ programme in India, following telecom regulator TRAI’s move to bar operators from charging different rates for Internet access based on content.

In a latest decision TRAI has ruled against differential data pricing tied to content services from telecos and others effectively ending zero-rating platforms in India. Zero-rating platforms provide access to some websites for free. Facebook’s Free Basics is an example and the company had tied up with Reliance Communications to launch the program in India. Now the TRAI ruling means that the end of Free Basics in India.

Government agencies agencies including the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) spent several months over the past year trying to assume a stance on net neutrality principles. While it was doing so, the TRAI ordered mobile carrier Reliance to block Free Basics last December. Facebook reportedly spent over $44 million on an ad campaign to garner citizens’ support for the service.

Facebook had met with severe criticism for its programme, which aimed at providing basic Internet access to people in partnership with telecom operators.

Critics saw this as violation of the principle of net neutrality that states that entire Internet should be available to everyone on equal terms as Free Basics allowed access to selected websites.

Free Basics isn’t completely dead: it’s still operational in more than 30 other countries across the globe. However, the TRAI’s ban in an effort to uphold net neutrality principles, along with Facebook’s decision to pull the plug on its zero-rating service today may well have a ripple effect on Free Basics’ future around the world.

Microsoft releases printable Windows 10 key shortcut list

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Well do you know your Windows key shortcuts in Windows 10? Just go through my previous post for handy keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10. If you need a cheat sheet, Microsoft has just published one that you can download and print.

While Microsoft already offers online documentation on keyboard shortcuts, the format of the page can be difficult to sift through. Fortunately, Microsoft now offers an offline version in Word .DOCX format

Thanks to Mary Jo Foley for spotting it.

There are 42 shortcuts in total, mostly dealing with window management, the Start menu, the Task view, and Cortana. Keep in mind the list only includes Windows key shortcuts, not shortcuts involving Ctrl or Alt.

You can grab the official document straight from Microsoft. Also the Office Web Apps version

Windows 10 – Keyboard Shortcuts

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Friends,

In this blog post, I’d like to share a list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts with you.

Windows 10 has been launched and it is running on over 70 million devices as when the post is being written. This post lists many new keyboard shortcuts that have been included in Windows 10 and also the ones that pre-exist on Windows devices.

Here’s my list of Windows 10 shortcuts, and – in addition – some of my favorite “old but gold” shortcuts known from previous versions of Windows:

New Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

  • WIN + A : Open Action Center
  • WIN + G : Open Game Bar
  • WIN + I : Open Settings “Trusted Windows Store” App
  • WIN + Q : Search using voice in Cortana
  • WIN + S : Search using text in Cortana
  • WIN + X : Open Context menu associated with Start button
  • WIN + Print Screen : Capture Screenshot of current window and save it in Pictures folder
  • WIN + Ctrl + D : Create new Virtual Desktop
  • WIN + Ctrl + Left / WIN + Ctrl + Right : Switch between Virtual Desktops
  • WIN + Ctrl + F4 : Close Current Virtual Desktop
  • WIN + TAB : Open Task View
  • WIN + Left Key / WIN + Right Key : Snap Windows to Left/Right
  • WIN + Up Key / WIN + Down Key : Snap Windows to Up/Down

Existing Keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10

  • WIN + B : Show Hidden Icons in Task bar
  • WIN + D : Show Desktop
  • WIN + E : File Explorer
  • WIN + H : Open Share Bar
  • WIN + K : Open Connect Bar
  • WIN + L : Lock User
  • WIN + P : Project Screen
  • WIN + R : Open Run Box

I’m pretty sure there are much more keyboard shortcuts you can use to speed up your work with Windows 10. If you experience new ones, please let me know! I will try to keep the above list up to date.

Hope the shortcuts help you. Keep learning and sharing.

Visual Studio Code – A Free Cross-Platform Code Editor

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Code Editing. Redefined.

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Introducing Visual Studio Code, a new, free, cross-platform code editor for building modern web and cloud applications on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows

Microsoft announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows at the //Build developer conference

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. You can now download it here.

This marks the first time that Microsoft offers developers a true cross-platform code editor. The full Visual Studio is still Windows-only, but today’s announcement shows the company’s commitment to supporting other platforms.

VSCode is folder and file based. You can open a folder and work on its files. No project file. No solution file. Just grab the code folder and go. When there is a project context, such as with ASP.NET 5, and you open a folder (with an ASP.NET 5 project), VSCode detects the project context.

Visual Studio Code offers developers built-in support for multiple languages and as Microsoft noted in today’s Build keynote, the editor will feature rich code assistance and navigation for all of these languages. JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js and ASP.NET 5 developers will also get a set of additional tools.

The editor features all of the standard tools you would expect from a modern code editor, including syntax highlighting, customizable keyboard bindings, bracket matching and snippets. It also works with Git out of the box and

You can also follow Visual Studio Code on Twitter at @code.

Installing

Read the docs and see the links below for more details on the prerequisites and how to install and get up and running with VSCode.

  1. Get started
  2. Download Visual Studio Code

Top Features

  1. Debugging – awesome, fast, and easy debugging of server side JavaScript and and C#
  2. Intellisense – C#, TypeScript and even for JavaScript and JSON … not to mention autocomplete and hints
  3. Git integration – super helpful to be able to integrate with git, show diffs, stage, commit, clean
  4. Refactoring – tons of features that make refactoring easy and fast

I like VSCode because it’s super-fast and provides some rich development features (code completion, navigation, deployment, debugging, Git, task running).

At-last i shall say  It’s fast editing experience is similar to what you get with brackets, Sublime while it’s debugging and integration experience is similar to what you get with Visual Studio.

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Microsoft announces India pricing for Windows 10

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Following the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday in 190 countries as a free upgrade for Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1 users and new PC and tablet users, Microsoft on Thursday made the latest version of its desktop and tablet operating system available to buy for new users in India. Microsoft has now listed the pricing for the full version of the software.

The Windows 10 operating system can be purchased from Microsoft’s official online store – Microsoftstore.com.

Users who do not qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 (including users of Windows Vista and XP), people who’re assembling a new PC and Mac users can buy the full version of the OS at Rs 7,999 for the Home version and Rs 14,999 for the Pro version.

Microsoft is offering free upgrade to Windows 10 for users of Windows 7 and Windows 10 users provided they update their systems within one year of the OS’ availability.

People who reserved their upgrade to Windows 10 will be notified in phases when their upgrade is ready to be installed. For business customers, Windows 10 is available to start deploying within work environments, and starting August 1, organizations that have volume licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education.

A Microsoft Phone Companion app enables iPhone’s, Android or Windows phones to work with Windows 10 devices.

Microsoft Unveils – Windows 10 Launch Website

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Before of the launch of Windows 10 on Wednesday, Microsoft has unveiled a website dedicated to the launch event of the OS. The launch site — http://blogs.windows.com/launch/ — has tweets embedded that show individuals from all around the world talking about Windows using the hashtag #UpgradeYourWorld.

The website also lists all the videos in the “10 Reasons to Upgrade” campaign, highlighting several Windows 10 features including Microsoft Edge, Cortana, Continuum, Windows Hello and more. And finally, Ninja cat is also represented. The site has also included a Windows Quick Guide

Hello Windows 10: Release Date – July 29

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Terry Myerson –

Today, I’m excited to share the availability date for Windows 10. In fact, I thought I’d let Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant, share the news. You can ask Cortana for the answer, or if you don’t have a Windows phone or a PC running the Windows 10 Insider Preview handy – you can hear it for yourself.

Yeah it’s official now! Microsoft has publicized the release date of Windows 10.  Windows 10 will be available on July 29 in 190 countries. This is the day in which all existing Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users who reserved their free upgrade will be able to install Windows 10.

Hear Cortana announcing the date!

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Microsoft on Monday announced that Windows 10 would hit the market on July 29, nearly three years after the company launched Windows 8. Windows 10 will initially be available for laptops and PCs and Microsoft hasn’t yet announced when smartphones and tablets will get the upgrade. The company hasn’t yet announced pricing details for Windows 10, although the final retail price has been tipped.

Microsoft has said it has been working to ensure that all your apps from previous versions of Windows work smoothly on Windows 10. Myerson says, “The Windows 10 upgrade is designed to be compatible with your current Windows device and applications. We are hard at work to make this upgrade process a great experience.”

This is excellent news for all users looking to upgrade to Windows 10 soon. Microsoft recently started the Windows 10 advertising campaign by allowing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to reserve their upgrade via a popup on the taskbar. July 29th is exactly where rumors were pointing earlier in the year, so it looks like Microsoft are on track.

To get Windows 10 on launch day, Microsoft suggests that you reserve a copy. The company says the reservation process, for both upgrades and purchases, is simple. An update notification will pop up in the system tray of eligible computers and user can click the notification to complete the reservation process. Alternatively users can reserve a copy by visiting this page. Should you purchase a PC or laptop running Windows 8.1 between now and July 29, the device will be eligible for a free update to Windows 10. Microsoft said many retail stores will be able to update these computers to Windows 10 for free.

The Windows 10 upgrade is designed to be compatible with your current Windows device and applications*. We are hard at work to make this upgrade process a great experience. You can reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade now through a simple reservation process. Look for this icon in your system tray at the bottom of your screen, simply click on the icon, and then complete the reservation process. Terry Myerson further added that, Windows 10 for other devices would be available later this year. You can find more details on how this works at Windows.com.

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If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you.

Releasing Windows 10 on July 29th. Count Down has begun. Will you be upgrading?

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People Sense – finding friends on Windows Phone

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According to Spanish-language site Microsoft Place, the company is in the process of developing an app called People Sense, which looks to deeply integrate Bing Maps with messaging and calling features.

Currently in the development stage, People Sense, codenamed Buddy Aware will allow you to share your location in real time with contacts stored on your agenda. The basic concept is familiar if you’ve seen Apple’s Find My Friends, but there’s a stronger emphasis on reaching out — you can call or message contacts in-app, and even get directions if you’d like to meet face to face.

In addition to providing real-time location info for the people you follow, it will give detailed directions to contacts’ locations and also have calling and messaging baked right in. By the looks of it, the only thing it lacks is notifications for when friends are nearby, though more features might be on the way.

The features included are:

  • Share your location in real time with your contacts.
  • Integrated messaging and calling application.
  • Integration with navigation applications step by step drawing paths to your contacts.
  • Integration with your favorite places to show like “home” or “work”
  • New features to be added before leaving the store

 

The application is currently not available in the store . You must wait a little longer to enjoy it.

WhatsApp starts rolling out voice calling feature

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A few weeks ago, WhatsApp began rolling out calling through their app to a few users. No one really knew how to get it activated on their phone and keeping it activated. This meant that initial testers were able to extend it to their friends who further helped other WhatsApp users join the club. However, this invite system is not working for all users. It appears that today, WhatsApp has begun rolling out calling to everyone now. WhatsApp has flipped a few switches to get it going today, as there’s no new update here, and it works on version 2.11.528.

According to Android Police, a friend with WhatsApp Calling enabled has to call you to get it to trigger. As that’s how they got the functionality enabled. While it may be annoying, but it is a good way to have a slow rollout and make sure this feature doesn’t kill their servers.

WhatsApp has calls in its dedicated tab now. So you have Calls, Chats, and Contacts. So you are able to see your call log, your chats with various contacts, and then your contacts on WhatsApp. All from that “home screen”. Which is definitely nice to have. If you tap on the contacts picture, you’ll get a bigger picture along with the option to call chat, or view their information. Kinda similar to the Contacts app in Android.

The update seems to get activated when a user with voice calling capability calls his WhatsApp contacts. Once the update is activated, the user interface also changes to feature a separate voice calling screen. A phone icon also appears next to the WhatsApp contacts, and you can also see the call logs of your device.

WhatsApp hasn’t officially announced the roll-out but with the number of devices supporting the feature, we can anticipate an announcement any time soon.

With this offering, Facebook owned WhatsApp will also direct an assault at voice calling apps like Viber, WeChat and others. You can even expect a backlash from the phone companies in the form of increased data pack costs. But no matter what, the 700 Million WhatsApp users are going to get a reason to celebrate real soon.

Calling through WhatsApp uses Wi-Fi or 3G/4G to make calls. It appears that you are not able to make calls to your WhatsApp contacts from the phone app on your phone. You’ll have to exit the app to do that, unfortunately. Which probably isn’t a big deal, but if you’re in an area with slow internet, you may want to use their voice network. Hopefully WhatsApp will add the ability to switch between voice and VoIP in the future for their calls. But it is nice to see this feature finally rolling out

While calling feature is available with WhatsApp Version 2.11.528, it is buggy. For the better experience, use the Version 2.11.531, which is available directly from WhatsApp website.

SOURCE: Android Police

So how many of our readers use WhatsApp? Are you excited about their Calling feature to finally be rolling out? Be sure to let me know in the comments down below