Microsoft Makes It Easier for Mac Users to Switch From Evernote to OneNote

After unveiling the OneNote Importer tool for Windows in March, Microsoft has now announced that it is also releasing the same tool for OS X users in an attempt to make the transition smooth and hassle-free.

Microsoft announced its battle with Evernote, perhaps the biggest name in the note-taking services market, by launching the OneNote Importer Tool five months ago. Back then, it was announced just for Windows users, but Microsoft had promised a release for Mac in a few months.

Microsoft Makes It Easier for Mac Users to Switch From Evernote to OneNote

Now that Evernote increased the price of its Premium service to $69.99 per year, similar to Office 365 Personal’s yearly plan, Microsoft likely thinks this is the best time to give more users the option to shift if they so preferred. Microsoft notes that Office 365 subscription offers OneNote, Word, Excel, and all the other Office apps, with an additional 1TB of cloud storage.

The OneNote app offers most of the services of Evernote, including the famous Web clipper for all major browsers. The company is also trying to attract Evernote users with a range of premium note-taking features. OneNote, for instance, offers unlimited monthly uploads. In comparison, Evernote only offers 60MB per month to free users. OneNote users can also save emails in their notes and digitise business cards without spending a dime.

Microsoft reveals that about 71 million Evernote pages have been moved to OneNote since the launch of the OneNote Importer Tool in March. Prior to this importing tool, if you wanted to move from Evernote to OneNote, there weren’t many ways to move your content seamlessly. The OneNote Importer tool also takes care of preserving the tags and right format when moving your notes from Evernote.

Microsoft notes that the tool is supported on Mac computers running on OS X 10.11 and above only. The imported files will sync across devices, software platforms (PC, iOS, and Android), and Web browsers for free. Microsoft warns that before importing, users should ensure that the Evernote app is installed on the Mac and all the files are synced for smooth transition. Users can download the OneNote Importer tool from the company site, and follow the step-by-step instructions listed there for the transition.

Microsoft Launches Feedback Hub; Windows 10 Mobile Now Supports Up to 9-Inch Displays

Microsoft is gearing up for the big Anniversary Update, and we already know a few features and improvements that it is set to bring. Just ahead of the update, which is expected to arrive by July, the company has introduced a dedicated app that allows all Windows 10 users (whether, tablet, desktop, or mobile) to give feedback on their experience with the operating system.

Microsoft Launches Feedback Hub; Windows 10 Mobile Now Supports Up to 9-Inch Displays

Earlier, the app was only available to Windows Insiders program members. It helped them give Microsoft feedback, while testing the beta version on their phones or laptops. However, the app is now available for download to all users – on the Insiders program or not.

The Feedback Hub app is designed like a forum of sorts for users. The app allows the user to submit a complaint to Microsoft directly. It shows trending complaints, segregated in fields like Start Menu, Microsoft Edge and other depending on what the users are most complaining about.

Opening the app up for all users, the company has anticipated unconstructive complaints. The trending feature has therefore been introduced so that only the most voted complaints will be highlighted. It even allows users to filter by category and search words within the app.

Additionally, Microsoft has distinctly listed on its minimum hardware requirements page (first seen by MSPoweruser), that it has increased the maximum screen size limit for Windows 10 Mobile handsets and tablets to 9-inches. This means manufacturers will now be able to integrate Windows 10 Mobile platform into devices that are up to 9-inches in size, instead of the early maximum limit of up to 8-inches.

The page also lists that device manufacturers will have to embed auto flash in phones running on Windows 10 Mobile. The platform also requires minimum of 8GB of native storage, and 1GB RAM. Lastly, the page confirms that the software only supports Snapdragon 810, Snapdragon 808, Snapdragon 617, Snapdragon 210, Snapdragon 208, Snapdragon 820, and Snapdragon 625 processors.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update for desktop and mobile are expected to hit the market sometime in July.

MacBook Pro Overhaul to Bring Touch ID, Oled Touch Panel in Q4

While the iPhone 7 has been busy hoarding all the headlines, new information on the upcoming MacBook Pro laptops may shift focus. Noted KGI analyst Ming Chi Kuo claims that the MacBook Pro lineup will get the most significant upgrade of all of Apple’s portfolio this year when launched sometime in Q4.

MacBook Pro Overhaul to Bring Touch ID, Oled Touch Panel in Q4: KGI

Kuo notes that there will be two new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops introduced this year, and they will come with the an Oled display panel above the keyboard that will replace the physical function keys. The company will also include Touch ID, the fingerprint sensor technology first introduce on iPhone devices. Kuo reiterates previous claims that the new MacBook Pros will sport a lighter and thinner form factor, said to be similar to the new 12-inch MacBook.

The analyst claims that the new MacBook Pro lineup will adopt USB-C and ThunderBolt 3. “While long overlooked, the MacBook line is the brightest spot for Apple’s 2016 rollouts. This is particularly true of the two new MacBook Pro models, to be introduced in 4Q16, as they will have a thinner and lighter form factor, Touch ID, use OLED display touch bar (to replace physical function keys, located above the keyboard) and adopt USB- C / Thunderbolt 3,” Kuo tells MacRumors.

The new devices were rumoured for a second quarter release, but Kuo claims that the new MacBook Pros won’t see the light of the day till the fourth quarter. The new devices are said to come with faster Intel Skylake processors, and sport AMD’s new 400-series Polaris graphic cards. The new 12-inch MacBook launched in April saw the introduction of Intel’s new Skylake architecture. The new MacBook had faster RAM, an improved battery life, and a new Rose Gold colour variant.

Samsung Begins Mass Producing 10nm DRAM With 3200Mbps Transfer Rate

Samsung has announced that it has begun the mass production of its 10-nanometer class 8-Gigabit Double Data Rate 4 (DDR4) DRAM. The new chip, Samsung claims, offers a transfer rate of 3,200 megabits per second.

The South Korean technology company continues to innovate in the semiconductor space. It says it had to overcome technical challenges in DRAM scaling in order to manufacture this chip. It apparently did so by mastering ArF (argon fluoride) immersion lithography, utilising EUV (extreme ultra violet) equipment.

Samsung Begins Mass Producing 10nm DRAM With 3200Mbps Transfer Rate

“Samsung’s 10nm-class DRAM will enable the highest level of investment efficiency in IT systems, thereby becoming a new growth engine for the global memory industry,” said Young-Hyun Jun, President of Memory Business, Samsung Electronics. “In the near future, we will also launch next-generation, 10nm-class mobile DRAM products with high densities to help mobile manufacturers develop even more innovative products that add to the convenience of mobile device users.”

As for what the 8-Gigabit DDR4 DRAM brings to the equation, the company says that the chip offers significantly improved wafer productivity over the 20nm 8Gb DDR4 DRAM it launched earlier. The data transfer rate of 3200Mbps is also 30 percent faster than the 2400Mbps rate of 20nm DDR4 DRAM. It is more energy efficient, too, offering 10 to 20 percent less power consumption.

The DRAM modules are different from those based on NAND flash memory, for those unaware. Instead of utilising only a transistor, the DRAM cell requires a transistor as well as a capacitor that are linked together. Moving forward, the company believes it will be able to introduced 10nm-class mobile DRAM solution with high density and speed later this year.

China Plans Supercomputer Capable of More Than a Billion Billion Calculations per Second

China is planning a supercomputer 1,000 times more powerful than its groundbreaking Tianhe-1A within two years as it faces rising demand for next-generation computing.

The National Supercomputer Centre in Tianjin will release a prototype in 2017 or 2018 of an “exascale” computer – one capable of at least a billion billion calculations per second, Meng Xiangfei, head of the applications department, said on Friday.

Exascale computing is considered the next frontier in the development of supercomputers and it would represent a significant achievement in computer engineering.

China Plans Supercomputer Capable of More Than a Billion Billion Calculations per Second

Tianhe-1A was recognised as the world’s fastest computing system in 2010. Though it has since been superseded by Tianhe-2, Tianhe-1A is being more widely used.

Computer scientists are finding it challenging to run contemporary applications at their optimum on faster supercomputers.

With its uses including oil exploration data management, animation and video effects, biomedical data processing and high-end equipment manufacturing, Tianhe-1A’s capacity is being stretched, Meng was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

It is carrying out more than 1,400 computing tasks and serving about 1,000 users per day.

The exascale computer will be wholly independently developed by the National Supercomputer Centre, according to Meng.

About a seventh of Tianhe-1A’s CPU chips are Chinese.

Aorus X7 DT

The Aorus X7 Pro-Sync was already a little monster of a gaming laptop and now Gigabyte has even managed to squeeze in a desktop Nvidia GTX 980 GPU. With the beefier graphics card this slim 17.3-inch notebook is as capable of pushing virtual reality as a full on desktop.

Almost no thicker (1-inch) than its dual Nvidia GTX 970M predecessor and a pound heavier (7.6 pounds), the Aorus X7 DT is wrapped in a very similar black anodized aluminum shell with plenty of cutout vent holes. Around the laptop you’ll also find the eagle motif can still be found throughout the notebook including the beak on the lid and bird-like logos on the trackpad, power button, and the screen lid.

Aorus X7 DT review

More surprisingly it’s still an air cooled system despite having a desktop GPU. Additionally, users can outfit their system DDR4 memory, SSDs and either an Intel Core i7-6700HQ or 6820HK processor.

Specs aside, the performance of the Aorux X7 DT is phenomenal. I ran through two silky smooth Oculus Rift demos of Project Cars and Star Wars Battle front using the desktop GPU powered Aorus X7. The first had me sprinting down the Nürburg ring and the Green Mile rendered before me without a hitch even when I was nearly pushing 180mph.

In another demo, the Aorus X7 DT was strapped into a backpack that I could wear while hooked up to another Oculus Rift and motion sensing gun-shaped controller. Although Battlefront was never designed with virtual reality in mind I had no problem wandering in the virtual battlefield with the laptop powering the whole experience.

While it’s amazing to have this much power packed into such a thin laptop it comes at a cost. For one thing there’s hardly any room for batteries and while we haven’t tested it, we can draw some assumptions from the SLI-version which only ran for an average of two hours. There’s also the loud fan noise to consider as well.

Dell gives XPS 13 a graphics upgrade and new gold option

A year after announcing what is arguably the best, if not one of the best, Windows notebook on the market, Dell is still making tweaks to the wildly popular XPS 13. Dell’s aluminum-clad XPS 13 with its Infinity Display will be getting a graphics bump.

Dell will offer a variant of the XPS 13 with Intel Iris graphics, which Dell claims will deliver a 40% boost in graphics performance over the non-Iris counterpart.

Innovations from Dell’s premium XPS 13 are trickling to business-class notebooks. For example, Dell announced a premium 30-inch OLED monitor with a 0.1ms refresh rate with miniscule InfinityEdge bezels, a feature borrowed from the XPS 13. And Dell is also bringing this slender bezel innovation to this year’s Latitude 13 7000 Series refresh, a business-class notebook that takes its inspiration from the consumer-centric XPS 13.

Dell gives XPS 13 a graphics upgrade and new gold option

 

The XPS 13 is gold for Dell

Not only is the XPS 13 a popular notebook for Dell, but it will soon arrive in yet another color option. If silver aluminum livery isn’t posh enough for your taste, then you’ll be able to pick up the XPS 13 in a new gold color.

According to The Verge, the gold tone hue will only be applied to the exterior of the notebook, meaning that the keyboard deck, palmrest and trackpad will maintain their black aesthetics. The publication noted that the gold is subtle and not “gaudy.”

For some, Dell may have not gone far enough with its Midas touch by not coating the entire notebook in gold. For comparison, the MacBook’s gold finish is applied to the laptop’s lid, bottom, keyboard, trackpad and palmrest. Only the individual keys of the keyboard are black once you open up Apple’s slim notebook.

If gold is your thing, you’ll have to pony up for the premium configuration. You’ll also get an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of memory, 256GB of storage and a QHD+ for the $1,699 asking price.

In addition to the XPS 13, Dell’s refreshed XPS 15 is also arriving in early February.

 

 

Windows 10 Surpasses 200 Million Installations Worldwide

At a media event in October, Microsoft announced that Windows 10, its newest desktop operating system, had surpassed 110 million installations worldwide – after its launch at the end of July. According to a new report, the install count is now well over 200 million. The achievement, if valid, comes roughly five months after the release of Windows 10.

There are several factors in play behind the fast adoption of Windows 10. The first being, Microsoft released the developer preview of the new operating system to enthusiasts last year. As of July 2015, there were more than 5 million registered Windows Insider participants. Which means that on the day of the release, Microsoft already had millions of users on Windows 10. The operating system is also free for Windows 8 and Windows 7 users, giving users a great incentive to upgrade their computer and experience an improved desktop experience coupled with advanced features such as Cortana. This means a large number of installs are coming from users of previous Windows versions.

Windows 10 Surpasses 200 Million Installations Worldwide

It is also worth pointing out that Microsoft has been aggressively pushing Windows 10 to users. As we’ve seen in the past few months, the company has been notifying Windows 7 and Windows 8 users about the availability of new desktop version, and it has also been downloading Windows 10 installation files to their computers, sometimes even without asking.

But nonetheless, 200 million installs is something Microsoft would want to boast about. Over the years, the slow adoption rate of new versions of Windows has been made fun of by rivals, including and especially Apple.

For a refresh, as of 2014, Microsoft had sold around 200 million licenses of Windows 8 – roughly 2 years after its 2012 launch. Windows 7 continues to lead the chart, it currently has around 600 million installs count. It had hit 100 million installs in six months since its release in late 2009. Apple’s OS X, across all its versions, was roughly being used by 80 million users as of June 2014.