Facebook Testing Phone App for Android

Facebook phone? No, we’re not talking about a new Facebook-branded smartphone (and we’re happy that we’ll likely never see those rumors again). We are, however, talking about a potential app that Facebook is allegedly testing out—the details of which were accidentally leaked via a server-side update to the Facebook app, which was probably fixed rather quickly.

According to Android Police, the new app is called Phone—at least, we’re pretty sure it’s an app, given that the description briefly found within Facebook’s app indicated that you could “install or update” Phone to try it out. Tapping on the option to install or update to Phone did nothing, since Phone (with a [FB-ONLY] tag appended to the name) is likely something that only Facebook employees can access internally.

However, the description of Phone seems to indicate that the app, which is likely just an app meant to replace your smartphone’s standard dialing functionality, would allow users to receive information about who is calling them whenever the call comes in. We can only surmise that this info would come from Facebook itself, and it’s unclear whether Facebook would only cough up information on your smartphone’s screen for your Facebook friends, or any Facebook user who has let Facebook know his or her phone number.

Facebook’s Phone app would also “block calls from commonly blocked numbers,” which is a bit vague. We don’t yet know whether that means Facebook’s dialer would block calls from people that you’ve already elected to block on your specific device—which would be a good thing—or people you’ve also blocked on Facebook itself. That, or perhaps Facebook is applying some kind of groupthink technique to dialer, and telemarketing calls that a number of people might tend to block would then be blocked for all.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that Phone exists to Venturebeat, but that’s the only detail said person would share.

“We are always testing things and have nothing to announce at this time,” the spokesperson said.

You can bet, however, that Facebook would only launch Phone—if it does—as an Android app. Apple, to little surprise, is very particular about letting other apps completely replace its smartphones’ core abilities.

Apple Kicks Windows 7 Out of New MacBooks' Boot Camp

If you just bought a brand-new MacBook laptop, and you loathe everything about Windows 8—but still need to run a Windows operating system on your MacBook for some reason—then we have a bit of bad news for you. According to the latest support page updates from Apple, owners of its newly refreshed MacBook Pro and Macbook Air laptops will be unable to run anything butWindows 8 via their laptops’ Boot Camp feature.

That means, of course, that you’re stuck with Microsoft’s divisive user interface for Windows 8—that split between its touch-friendly, blocky Start Screen and the common Windows desktop you’re probably used to by now. And if Windows 8 has drawn just too deep of a line in the sand for you to feel comfortable crossing, you’ll just have to wait until Windows 10, which should hopefully work just fine on your new laptop’s Boot Camp.

We say hopefully, for Apple hasn’t mentioned Windows 10 on any of its support pages for Boot Camp, but it only stands to reason that Applewould have way of supporting this summer’s big operating system release on its latest laptops. If you’d like to give it a whirl on your new laptop, you can always try installing the Windows 10 preview using Boot Camp Assistant to get an idea of how it might go.

And, keep in mind, those who own a copy of Windows 7 or 8 will be able to upgrade to a free version of Windows 10 anyway, so Apple’s restriction on Boot Camp for Windows 7 will be a moot point in just a few months. At least, as long as you don’t mind the visual differences between Windows 7 and Windows 10.

Even though Windows 7 was released in 2009, the latest figures fromStatCounter still have it as the most popular desktop operating system worldwide by a considerable margin over its peers. According to the site’s figures, Windows 7’s adoption rate sits at 54.1 percent as of February of this year. StatCounter splits Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 (with adoption rates of 4.1 and 14.8 percent, respectively), but they’re still not even half of Windows 7’s share when combined.

Toshiba Satellite A15 Clogged Fan

Toshiba suddenly shuts down by itself

My Toshiba laptop suddenly shuts down by itself without any warning. Sometimes it works fine for hours, sometimes it shuts down in 10-15 minutes.” This complaint we hear from our customers over and over again. About 15-20% of all Toshiba laptops we get for repair, suffer from an overheating problem. Yep, OVERHEATING!

This is one of the most common problems with Toshiba laptops we deal with.

Indications of laptop overheating problem:

  1. The keyboard and the bottom of your laptop are very hot when the laptop is working.
  2. The CPU fans are working all the time at maximum rotation speed and operate much louder than before.
  3. The laptop suddenly shuts down by itself without warning. When it just started, the laptop was shutting down after 1-2 hours and how it shuts down after 5-10 minutes of operation.
  4. The laptop works fine when it runs idle, but shuts down as soon as you start using any memory demanding applications (DVD player, image editing software, video editing software, etc.).

Solution:

If the CPU heatsink is not clogged with dust and lint completely, you can use canned air and just blow it inside the laptop through the openings on the bottom and on the sides. It’s nice as a precaution measure, but it might not work if your laptop already has a problem and the heatsink is completely clogged.

  1. Open the laptop case, so you can access the CPU fan and the heatsink. In some cases you can access the heatsink through the latch on the bottom of the laptop. Sometimes you have to open the laptop case all the way down.
  2. Carefully disconnect the fan cables on the system board and remove the fan. If the fan makes unusual sound when it spins (grinding sound), I would recommend to replace the fan.
  3. Clean the fan and the heatsink with compressed air.
  4. I would also recommend removing old thermal grease from the CPU and applying new grease for better heat conductivity.

UPDATE: I just received a nice tip from MC N’Colorado. I think it could be useful for all of you with guys:

I decided to use a shop vac to suck the dust out and it worked. I tested it by letting the machine run all night and it worked. It’s been a couple of weeks now and I’m glad I did it. I was ready to take the machine apart, now I’m glad I didn’t. I’d suggest you use a heavy duty shop vac to clean out the fan and heat sinks first.

I agree. Try to fix the problem without taking the laptop apart first but I would recommend using a powerful air compressor instead of a vacuum cleaner.

If your laptop is still under warranty, you can take it to any Toshiba Authorize Service Provider and fix the problem at no charge to you.

Toshiba Satellite A15 Clogged Heatsink

 

Toshiba Satellite A35 Clogged Heatsink

Toshiba Satellite A35 Clogged Heatsink

 

Toshiba Satellite P15 Clogged Heatsink. Absolute champion!

 

Toshiba Satellite P15 Clogged Heatsink

How to recover files after OS crashed

In this guide I explain how to recover files from a laptop (or desktop PC) with crashed, failed, damaged operating system.

WHEN CAN YOU USE THIS RECOVERY GUIDE?

1. The guide will work if the OS is damaged but the computer hardware still works fine.
2. The guide might work if the hard drive has some minor damage, like a few bad sectors.

PREPARING FOR RECOVERY

For this recovery I’ll be using a Ubuntu CD (Linux OS). Also, you can create a bootable Ubuntu USB flash drive. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a Linux guru for that. The Linux interface will be very similar to Windows OS.

You need another working computer to download and create a bootable CD or USB drive.

1. Download the latest version of Ubuntu OS here. When you click on the download button you’ll start downloading an ISO image.

2. Burn this ISO image on a CD or create a bootable USB stick. It’s explained on the same download page, just scroll a little bit down.

3. Find the target drive where you going to save recovered files. You can use an external hard drive or USB flash drive. The target drive can be formatted with any common Windows file system: FAT, FAT32, NTFS.

DATA RECOVERY PROCESS

STEP 1.
Boot your laptop from the Ubuntu CD or USB.
If the computer keeps trying to boot from the internal hard drive, you’ll have to enter the BIOS setup menu and change the boot order. Set your CD/DVD drive or USB stick as first device in the boot order. Safe changes and restart the computer.

From my experience, Ubuntu OS works fine with most laptop and desktop PC hardware and you shouldn’t have any problem booting it to the desktop. It may not work if your computer hardware is too new.

STEP 2.
The computer will start booting from the CD or USB stick.
Now read carefully!
After some time a welcome screen will pop up. On this screen you can choose your language and choose between two options: Try Ubuntu and Install Ubuntu.
Select Try Ubuntu. The Linux OS will run directly from the CD or USB stick without changing any files on the hard drive.

STEP 3.
Ubuntu OS will continue loading and after a while you’ll boot to the desktop, as it shown on the following picture.

STEP 4.
In order to access the internal hard drive, you click on Places in the top toolbar. You should see your internal hard drive in the drop down menu under the Computer.

STEP 5.
When you click on the internal hard drive a new window will open up. In this window you’ll see all files located on the hard drive.

Files on hard drive

STEP 6.
Now plug in your target drive into the computer.
Another window will pop up. In this window you’ll see files located on the external drive. In my case I have no files on the external drive, that’s why the window is empty.
You can move windows same way you do it in Windows OS. Arrange both windows as you like.

STEP 7.
Finally, drag and drop needed files from the internal hard drive to the external drive.
After the transfer is done, you can unplug the external drive and use it on any other computer.

 

No, You Can't Upgrade from Pirated Windows to 'Legit' Windows 10

Pirates get Windows 10 for free! Pirates don’t get Windows 10 for free! Arrr! But seriously, why would Microsoft give away Windows 10 for free?

These questions, and many more, have been buzzing around lately, thanks to a plethora of recent reports that indicate Microsoft is planning to allow just about anyone to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. And, no, this doesn’t appear to be a grand misunderstanding on pundits’ parts. This news came straight from Microsoft itself.

“We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” said Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, in an interview with Reuters.

However, there now appears to be some confusion as to what kind of a Windows 10 experience unlicensed upgraders will be able to get.

According Ars Technica, Microsoft representatives have indicated that those with pirated copies of previous Windows versions will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but the Windows 10 they get will be considered an “unofficial” version.

“With Windows 10, although non-genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license … If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade,” Microsoft said in a statement.

This clarification may have come following chatter by some folks that it would make sense to install an unlicensed version of Windows now, just to get (previously presumed to be) bona fide Windows 10 later.

As for what having a non-genuine version of Windows 10 will mean, Microsoft didn’t clarify. It seems likely there will be some kind of restrictions in place for those who end up with non-legit Windows 10, but it’s complete speculation at this point as to what, exactly, Microsoft might be considering.

Perhaps the upgrade itself will only allow a person to tap into a “lite” version of Windows 10—one that contains basic functionality, but doesn’t allow a person to do everything he or she would want without that genuine activation in place. Perhaps some kind of “annoyance factor” will come into play, similar to how non-genuine copies of Windows 8, for example, annoy you into paying for a real copy via constant reminders, your desktop background turning black, or an inability to access non-critical updates.

Perhaps Microsoft might even cut you off from access to the Window Store or the Xbox Video Store—preventing you from downloading games, apps, or accessing any kind of media that you’ve otherwise purchased through Microsoft (less likely as Redmond probably wouldn’t want to turn away customers).

All that said, many think that Microsoft’s decision to offer free upgrades to Windows 10, limited or otherwise, is a move to get more people hooked into the Microsoft ecosystem. Microsoft might be willing to take a hit on OS upgrade costs if it can lock more people into using Windows for all their apps, games, and media needs.