Windows 10 is a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and 8.1 users

Windows 10 will be free

Windows 10 is a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

Wondering how much Windows 10 will set you back? In most cases, more or less nothing. Microsoft has announced that the new operating system will be a free upgrade in the first year for everyone using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1. The company sees Windows as a service rather than a product, Terry Myerson explains.

Microsoft is partly following in Apple’s footsteps (OS X upgrades have been free since Mavericks), but can you really complain about getting a big update for free?

Joe Belfiore demonstrated Cortana, which Microsoft announced it has added to the PC

Joe Belfiore demonstrated Cortana, which Microsoft announced it has added to the PC.

Windows 10 brings the same operating system to devices of all sizes, rather than having different ones for PCs/tablets, mobile phones and the firm’s Xbox games console.

One of the features highlighted at the presentation was how Cortana – the voice-controlled digital assistant previously limited to Windows Phone handsets – would now work on PCs.

Cross-device multiplayer gaming, Game DVR & more. The @Xbox experience is coming to #Windows10.

Cross-device multiplayer gaming, Game DVR & more. The @Xbox experience is coming to #Windows10.

Microsoft is currently live with Windows 10 Briefing: Watch the live event here.

Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS to access your computer from your iPhone/iPad

Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Google releases Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS

Google today released its Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS after a release on Android devices last year [iTunes Link].

The app, available for both iPhone and iPad, allows users to remotely access their computer via the Chrome Remote Desktop app available in the Chrome Web Store.

To get things started, you’ll just have to download and run through a setup for the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your Mac or PC and then open the new Chrome Remote Desktop app for iOS to establish a connection:

On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store… On your iOS device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect.

Google first released the app for Android devices in April of last year and before that had its Chrome Remote desktop app for remotely accessing Macs and PCs from other desktop computers.

The app is available now through the App Store for free and works for remotely accessing both PCs and Macs.

The X Factor 2014: Voting results revealed (Series Percentages)

X Factor 2014

X Factor 2014

We are thrilled that Ben Haenow took the title of The X Factor champion 2014!

Now that we finally know who this year’s winner is of The X Factor 2014 is, let’s have a look at the percentage of votes from each week of the live shows. It is a numbers game, after all! Ben Haenow’s results are in bold below – taking the lead for 8 weeks in a row.

Week 1
Andrea Faustini – 19.2%
Lauren Platt – 10.4%
Paul Akister – 10.0%
Ben Haenow – 8.7%
Fleur East – 6.0%
Lola Saunders – 5.7%
Jay James – 5.5%
Jake Quickenden – 5.1%
Jack Walton – 5.0%
Stevi Ritchie – 4.9%
Stereo Kicks – 4.6%
Chloe Jasmine – 4.3%
Only the Young – 4.0%
Stephanie Nala – 2.9%
Overload Generation – 2.7%
Blonde Electra – 1.0%

Week 2
Andrea Faustini – 14.5%
Lauren Platt – 12.7%
Paul Akister – 9.9%
Ben Haenow – 9.1%
Jay James – 7.6%
Lola Saunders – 7.6%
Fleur East – 6.0%
Stevi Ritchie – 5.9%
Only the Young – 5.6%
Jack Walton – 5.3%
Jake Quickenden – 4.8%
Stereo Kicks – 4.4%
Chloe Jasmine – 4.0%
Stephanie Nala – 2.6%

Week 3
Andrea Faustini – 14.4%
Lauren Platt – 11.8%
Ben Haenow – 10.1%
Paul Akister – 9.4%
Fleur East – 9.3%
Stereo Kicks – 8.9%
Stevi Ritchie – 7.4%
Jay James – 7.1%
Lola Saunders – 6.9%
Jack Walton – 5.3%
Only the Young – 5.2%
Jake Quickenden – 4.2%

Week 4
Ben Haenow – 12.2%
Andrea Faustini – 11.9%
Stevi Ritchie – 11.5%
Lauren Platt – 11.0%
Paul Akister – 9.5%
Fleur East – 9.4%
Only the Young – 9.0%
Jay James – 8.3%
Stereo Kicks – 8.3%
Lola Saunders – 6.3%
Jack Walton – 2.6%

Week 5
Ben Haenow – 14.8%
Andrea Faustini – 14.0%
Lauren Platt – 13.1%
Stereo Kicks – 12.4%
Fleur East – 10.8%
Stevi Ritchie – 10.3%
Only the Young – 8.4%
Jay James – 8.1%
Paul Akister – 8.1%

Week 6
Ben Haenow – 16.4%
Fleur East – 14.0%
Lauren Platt – 13.2%
Andrea Faustini – 12.7%
Stereo Kicks – 12.2%
Only the Young – 12.2%
Stevi Ritchie – 10.8%
Jay James – 8.5%

Week 7
Ben Haenow – 19.4%
Fleur East – 16.1%
Lauren Platt – 16.0%
Stereo Kicks – 15.3%
Stevi Ritchie – 14.7%
Andrea Faustini – 13.2%
Only the Young – 5.3%

Week 8
Ben Haenow – 26.4%
Andrea Faustini – 21.0%
Fleur East – 17.9%
Lauren Platt – 17.8%
Stereo Kicks – 16.9%

Week 9
Ben Haenow – 36.5%
Fleur East – 24.3%
Lauren Platt – 20.1%
Andrea Faustini – 19.1%

Week 10 (Freeze)
Ben Haenow – 45.1%
Fleur East – 32.7%
Andrea Faustini – 22.2%

Vote 10 – It’s Final
Ben Haenow – 57.2%
Fleur East – 34.3%
Andrea Faustini (carried over from freeze) – 8.5%

How To Restore Tap To Tweet & Tap To Post Widget In iOS 8 Notification Center

TapToShare By Nonthawat Srichad

TapToShare By Nonthawat Srichad

iOS 5 and iOS 6 introduced some social integration features which, among other things, allowed users to quickly post tweets to Twitter and status updates to your Facebook right from the Notification Center using a simple tap. It was a convenient, effective way for users to get their 2 cents in without too much hassle.

However, with iOS 8 this it’s not longer a feature. But with Apple having given third-party developers a license to develop third-party Notification Center widgets – something only previously available via jailbreak – the NC can now be filled up with useful shortcuts and functions, and one developer has naturally seized the opportunity to re-introduced those sorely-missed functions.

Called TapToShare (By Nonthawat Srichad) on the App Store, the widget nestles itself into the Notification Center, and as you’ll see from the screenshot, it looks comfortably native enough. Then again, given that these buttons were once a part of the stock repertoire, this shouldn’t be too surprising, and if you’re an avid online socialite, then you’ll surely be pleased to have them back.

Once installed, you can readily pull down the Notification Center blind and use the Tap to Tweet for those casual, short utterances on The Twitters, and should you feel the need to divulge your most intimate thoughts on one extraneous topic or another, then you’ll probably want to consult the Tap to Post option. But remember, it won’t bring the Share Sheet up in the Notification Center, instead, it will launch the app from where you can tweet or Facebook away. A small compromise, but a worthwhile one.

We’ve tested it on an iPhone 4s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus already and as well as confirming that it works as advertised, we’re very much enjoying our reunion with these tap-to buttons.

Download it, give it a whirl, and as ever, be sure to post your thoughts in the comment section below.

Download TapToShare (By Nonthawat Srichad) for iPhone on the App Store – It’s completely free of charge.

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Nexus 6 UK price confirmed and it’s cheaper than the iPhone 6 Plus

Motorola, Nexus 6

Motorola, Nexus 6

We’ve already seen a US price (from $649) for the Nexus 6, so we weren’t exactly hopeful for a low cost smartphone here in the UK, and now that’s become a reality with Google posting a price on the Play store.

The 32GB Nexus 6 will set you back £499, while those of you fancying more internal storage will need to stump up £549 for the 64GB model.

While these prices aren’t nearly as attractive as previous Nexus models, it does mean the Nexus 6 is still considerably cheaper than possibly its closest rival, the iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple’s 5.5-inch monster device starts at £619 for just 16GB of internal storage, while the 64GB version is £699.

The Motorola-made handset gives you a 5.96-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 13MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing snapper and Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Hold your horses! Because you can’t actually buy the Nexus 6 from Google Play just yet – in fact, it’s not even available for pre-order – with the site simply saying “coming soon”.

Previous reports have pointed towards a November 18 pre-order date in the UK for the Nexus 6, while those in the US have been able to pre-order since October 23 – although Google’s now out of its initial inventory.

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