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HashKey: 1 Button For All Your Hashtagging Needs

Social media networks have become an incredibly important part of society. Updating through Twitter, sharing photos on Instagram, and everything in between on Facebook are actions that are performed numerous times throughout the course of a day. Although these actions take place on different social networks, there is one factor that is common to all – and that is the #hashtag.
 
Almost everywhere, people are found using the hashtag while updating their status or posting a picture. Considering the widespread use of hashtags nowadays, it seems unimaginable that there is no separate key for the hashtag. Instead, it has been assigned to the same button as 3 (did you just check?). Moreover, the hashtag symbol can only be entered by pressing SHIFT and 3.
 
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One man in the United Kingdom plans to rectify this problem by inventing the HashKey. The HashKey is a keyboard, but with only one key! That single key is the honor given to the hashtag.
 
What is the HashKey?

The HashKey is the first keyboard in the world to feature a single key only. Currently, the inventor is asking for funds through Kickstarter so that the hashtag can be finally given the respect and honor it deserves as an integral part of the social networking experience.
 
The Developer

This tiny keyboard has been invented by Ben Gomori, based in London. Ben is a former marketing employee dealing in social media and has stated that the HashKey was an absolutely necessary invention. In fact, the invention was bound to happen sooner or later as the demand is quite high. Ben goes on to say that people were always asking him and his girlfriend, also a social networking nerd, about the location of the hashtag key. They wanted to know how to get the symbol to appear. The HashKey is going to solve all their worries about the hashtag now.
 
How Does HashKey Work?

The HashKey is just like any other USB keyboard. It just needs to be plugged into the USB port of any computer or laptop. After that, you can forget about using SHIFT+3 to get the “#” symbol to appear.
 
The Benefits

Just think about the problems that the HashKey are going to solve for you in your social life! Suppose you are having a delicious hot dog and want the whole world to know about it. You need to put the hot dog down, then press SHIFT+3, and then type in the rest of your hashtag. Doesn’t that sound exhausting? With the HashKey, you can just press the # key with a single finger. You can even do it while eating the hot dog!
 
The promo video for the HashKey on the Kickstarter page shows the problems that users had to face because of the lack of a separate hashtag key. People have suffered from finger cramps and even delirium! HashKey can be the next big revolution in social networking.
 
If you can’t take this device seriously, neither did a lot of other people.

From the Kickstarter project: Funding Unsuccessful. This project’s funding goal was not reached on December 22.
 
 

Forget Windows 9! Microsoft Reveals Windows 10

Microsoft recently unveiled Windows 10. Yup, that’s right, Windows 10, not Windows 9, is the next OS to come out from Microsoft. After the aftermath of Windows 8 and the loss of many desktop PC users, Windows 10 is set to win back some of its market share.
 
Microsoft revealed the latest Windows at a launch event in San Francisco in 2014. The company presented a collection of new and older features for the upcoming version of Windows. It has a revamped Start menu, something that was dearly missed in Windows 8. It has Cortana voice assistant’s new version, a notifications center and the option to create and operate multiple virtual desktops at the same time.
 
Rumors about Windows 10 have been out there for months. Recently, some of the features were revealed in detail. Here are some of them.
 

Start Menu – Let’s Start Again!

The Start menu was inexplicably removed earlier in Windows 8. They tried to fix it with Windows 8.1, but it still wasn’t the same. The new Start menu lets you search through your files, utilities and programs. The start menu is now a hybrid between the older Start menu and the Windows 8 Start screen user interface. The tiles in the UI can be added/ removed, edited, enlarged and so on.
 
A lot of people would want to instantly shield their eyes from anything that looks like Windows 8. In such case, they can easily replace the tiles in the UI with shortcuts to their favorite apps.
 

Multiple Virtual Desktops

Windows 10 allows you to create and operate more than one virtual desktop on the same computer. This feature is called Task View. Once you open Task View, you will have to press a black rectangle coupled with a plus sign. As you open more desktops, the rectangles will appear at the bottom of the screen, horizontally. A feature called Snap Assist will let you move apps running in one virtual desktop to another.
 
A disadvantage of this feature is the amount of memory utilization which could take its toll on your system. The system is welcome, however, it greatly resembles Mac OS X’s Expose.
 

Metro Apps

Windows 10 greatly welcomes the use of metro apps where they can appear in smaller windows and make it easier for you to use Windows overall. Windows 8.1 let you run metro apps but didn’t allow for them to be used in smaller windows.
 

Release Date and Technical Preview

According to Microsoft, desktop and laptop users will be able to try a Technical Preview version of Windows 10. It has been available since October 1, 2014. The official version of Windows 10 will be released in mid 2015. There are no speculations related to the price of Windows to date. To try the Technical Preview for Windows 10, do it here.
 

Will Windows 10 be worth the wait? Let us know what you think!
 
 

HELIOS: First Wireless, Solar-Powered Headphones

Wireless technology is great because it brings a huge amount of freedom and comfort with regards to mobility into our lives. However, as with all types of technology, this also requires a large amount of energy. Helios is your environmentally conscious and practical nomadic headset that charges with solar energy and allows for more time spent on using the device. Conventional charging will provide the majority of the power requirements of these headsets, and people will not have to worry about the sky being cloudy or without much sun.
 
The solar cells of the company along with the entire project are patented and supply an unlimited source of free and clean energy.
 
What Is Helios And How Does It Work?
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Helios is a wireless headset that works with Bluetooth 4.0 and has a solar panel that has been mounted onto its top face. Power is then drawn using completely natural light that comes in through the solar panels. This helps to recharge the internal battery of the device. The energy that has been collected cannot be extracted to charge another device. It’s also possible to use the AC outlet in order to recharge the device.
 
Where Helios Stands
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Helios makes use of a non-polluting process that helps in recharging the internal batteries of the device. This happens with the help of a photovoltaic film that is located on the headset’s top. This will help to give the headset the energy that is necessary for it to operate and for the Bluetooth 4.0 technology to function in a proper manner. If you don’t have natural light around, you always have the ability to charge it by using a cable connected to its Micro-USB port.
 
Special Features and Descriptions

The headphones consist of the following amazing features:

  1. Hybrid headphones
  2. Photovoltaic panel – this helps to recharge your headphones and thus allows you to enjoy a quality music experience
  3. Micro USB Port
  4. High quality precision sound – the overall quality of the speakers is great and the leather will provide you with the ultimate comfort so that you can listen to your music comfortably no matter where you are
  5. Multifunctional buttons – with the help of these, you can easily adjust music volume, change your tracks, answer any calls, and turn the solar panel on or off
  6. Built-in microphone – the built-in microphone will allow you to easily make use of the microphone along with your headset

 
Overall, this new device has all the traits that you would want in quality headphones. The best part is that they can run on renewable solar energy which is thus environmentally friendly. The sound quality of the device is of the highest quality and the feature of active noise cancellation also makes the whole experience great. The technology is definitely worth using or at least trying out.
 
 

“Flow” – The Next Generation Mouse

 
When it comes to various modes of control in recent years, think touch, then motion control, and now voice recognition, there has been nothing whatsoever to remove the significance of the mouse as an important constituent in computing. That is, until now!

 
Introducing – Flow! At its core, it’s a wireless and programmable controller that is as small as a mouse. The Flow has been created by a German team called Senic. The guys here are confident and have incorporated a sufficient amount of features for it to be classed as an important innovation.

 

What are the Features?

 
Flow is able to recognize gestures. This allows for a lot of ways of interaction with a system so that users can be benefited. The surface seems as if it is touch-based. There is also a button which is pushed on it, and can identify with the gestures we make and contains a ring which permits the user to share. It is sensitive to rotation.
 
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Construction. Flow is made up of a combination of stainless steel and aluminum. The touchpad of the device is made of polycarbonate and can work with a battery which can be replaced from time to time. The average lifespan of the battery is of 4 months.
 
Infrared based system. Flow has an infrared oriented system that helps with the operation of gestures. The interaction is often reminiscent of the Leap Motion.
 
The dimension of Flow is 70mm in terms of diameter woth a height of about 15mm. The communication is done with other devices by connecting it through Bluetooth version 4.0.
 
The overall idea is to offer shortcuts for a number of common functions in a fast and intuitive manner. The makers also aim it to adapt well to particular programs like Photoshop. The initial support is presently being carried out in the Mac OS. Later, the makers will incorporate Windows and move to the iOS, Linux and Android systems. A relationship with systems such as Raspberry Pi or Arduino is also being considered.
 
Just as you have guessed, Flow is not yet hitting the stores. It’s currently a project on Indiegogo and intends to be available as an actual product by 2016. As stated here their original campaign was 505% funded on January 10, 2015.

10 Free Microsoft Apps Worth Downloading!

Microsoft has certainly made a pretty penny by selling software and programs for its Windows operating system as well as other OS’. However, a lesser known fact is that Microsoft also gives a lot of its software away completely free. These free apps are not limited to Windows either. You can get free apps from Microsoft on your Mac, iPhone, other Apple devices, and even on devices that run Android.
 
These apps can help you complete a variety of tasks including sharing media, accessing documents remotely, organizing files, and so on.
 
Photosynth

Photosynth is an app with which a 3D photo can be created. Such a photograph is called a synth. A synth is simply a collection of photographs that overlap each other. Currently the app is available for users of Windows Phone and iOS.  It’s also accessible through the Internet. The 3D view of the app allows users to literally navigate through the photo in different ways.
 
Xim

Microsoft Xim is an image sharing app. You can share up to 50 photos t

Turn Your iPhone Into a Security Camera

If you have an Apple iPhone, you already get to enjoy benefits that not everyone gets to boast of. That sleek white piece of technology in your hand lets you do just about everything that you could do with a phone and more.
 
The iPhone has always been a trendsetter and no phone can pride itself for being more functional or efficient than it. However, once you’ve paid all that money for a phone – you start wishing that it could go beyond what it really is. You wish you could do more than just play Angry Birds, watching the latest Beyoncé video or Skyping with your boy/girlfriend when they’ve gone away for a weekend.
 
What you can do with an iPhone (other than your routine daily tasks) does not necessarily have to be high tech or extraordinarily functional either. One such thing would be a security camera. Let’s say you want to have surveillance for a certain item in your room for a short amount of time. For something like this, you wouldn’t want to spend $200 on a security camera.
 
In such a situation, you can simply turn your iPhone into a security camera, sit back, and enjoy the results!
 
Following are the steps you have to follow to accomplish this:
 

1. Get a jailbroken iPhone. You can also get yours jailbroken from a service you can find, if you get lucky.
 
2. Install Cydia app.
 
3. Download and install Veency iPhone VNC Server on it. This program (stands for virtual network computing) will help build a link between your computer and your iPhone. It will enable you to view whatever your iPhone’s camera is capturing live.
 
4. Install a video recorder on your iPhone. Since your computer has control of your phone, you can use it to start and stop video recording whenever you wish to. Your phone can be far away from your computer and you can still control it from your PC.
 
Note: The amount of video that your iPhone records will depend on the space on your memory card or internal memory. So make sure that there is enough space to capture the video that you wish to record.
 
Using your iPhone for this purpose also lets you do so with very good video quality when comparing to other security cameras or webcams.
 
Here’s a few side tips:
 
Whatever you’re trying to secure with a makeshift security camera, it’s not going to be more valuable than the iPhone itself (right?). Make sure that you keep the phone hidden.
 
Make sure that the phone is charged – you wouldn’t want the phone to die midway through.
 
Turn off the flash. If you’re not too confident about the flash, use selfie mode.