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Top 14 hidden features in Windows, iOS, and Android

It must be Friday since the news bucket here at BCCHardware has pretty much dried up. Luckily in those cases I like to go to the good old "Best of" articles and today I've found a gem. PCWorld has come up with a list of 14 of the best hidden features in Windows, iOS, and Android. Chances are good you'll probably find something to make your life easier or at the very least impress your friends.

You may think you're a high-tech power user who knows all the nooks and crannies of Windows, iOS, and Android, but let's be realistic: There could be at least a few undocumented (or poorly documented) commands, control panels, and apps that have slipped by you—maybe more than a few. 

We've dived deep into each OS to uncover the best hidden tips and tricks that can make you more productive—or make common tasks easier. Got a favorite undocumented tip to share with readers? Add them in the comments section at the end of the article.

Windows 9 - September 30th

The rumor of the week is that Microsoft is planning on unveiling Windows 9 (Threshold) on September 30th. This date isn't set in stone yet but so far all signs lead to this being the date that the world will get to see the newest OS from Microsoft. It will still be a while before Windows 9 hits store shelves, but for the early adopters it probably won't be long after that you'll be able to get your hands on a beta copy. CNET has more details.

Microsoft's Windows 9, the successor to the widely panned Windows 8, could be shown off at the end of next month, according to a new report.

Microsoft is planning to hold a special press event on September 30 to show off Windows 9, The Verge is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the company's plans. The date is currently "tentative," according to the report.

Tablets with the best battery life

One of the biggest selling features of a tablet is battery life because no one wants a tablet that can barely make it through an entire movie on a long plane ride. CNET has put a whole bunch of tablets to the test to see just how long they actually run and which ones last the longest.

No spec -- no matter how appealing -- should ever be viewed in a vacuum, and the decision to actually commit your time and money to a consumer electronics investment will hopefully have been informed by a multitude of factors.

From design to features; performance to comfort, it's always best to inject your brain with all aspects of a product, swirl them around a bit and wait to see which ones rise to the top for you.

Readers absorb less on Kindles?

A new study has come out that is trying to figure out if you retain information better on an ebook reader or on paper and according to their findings paper still wins when it comes to readers remembering what they've read, especially when it comes to timing of events. This is interesting as ebooks become more and more popular, yet there are still a large amount of people who prefer good old fashioned paper. The Guardian has the full story.

A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were "significantly" worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisation on the reading experience.

The study, presented in Italy at a conference last month and set to be published as a paper, gave 50 readers the same short story by Elizabeth George to read. Half read the 28-page story on a Kindle, and half in a paperback, with readers then tested on aspects of the story including objects, characters and settings.

FLIR ONE Torture Test

The FLIR One is perhaps one of the coolest devices to hit the market in recent months and this thermal imaging attachment gets put through the RatedRR Torture Test. Thankfully, they record it all in Slow Motion for us to enjoy. That was thoughtful of them.


Humble Jumbo Bundle 2

If you are looking to while away a few more hours this summer playing games, the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 may have a few titles that will keep you interested. There are a few Indie titles at the start, but if you manage to donate $15 or more, they even throw in Microsoft's Age of Empires Legacy Bundle to boot. That, combined with everything else would normally sell for $210+, but if you want to support these guys, it's yours for much cheaper.

The monstrous Jumbo bundle returns! It towers over the city leaving bundles in its wake. No gamer is safe when Jumbo comes to town. Is it friend or foe? The only thing we know, it's Jumbo! Pay what you want for the DRM-free version of Deadlight. Paying $1 or more gets you access to the title on Steam, as well as The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Complete Pack and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition. If you pay more than the average price, you'll also get Terraria, THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Steam Edition and Crusader Kings II with 3 DLC Unit Packs. Those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above, plus the Age of Empires Legacy Bundle.

Source: HumbleBundle

Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

It's official, Steve Ballmer has officially dropped off the board at Microsoft just six months after he retired as CEO. He is citing reasons that include his purchase of an NBA team as well as teaching opportunities. This comes as quite a surprise for most people and while Steve really wasn't doing much at Microsoft anymore, the reality is that he was still a figurehead that made the company feel solid.

I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company’s future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company. Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing. The company will move to higher heights. I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can. 



Source: Microsoft

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Android APp Pick - Vanishing Hitchhiker

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we get mysterious with Shiver - Vanishing Hitchhiker Hidden Objects. This is a fairly standard hidden objects game, but with a story. If you like finding stuff as well as a good murder mystery novel, this game combines both to give you hours of good fun. Check it out!

Vanishing Hitchhiker



WTU Episode #276 - Moto 360 is the Smartwatch King

We have just posted up Episode #276 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Motorola's 360 Smartwatch gets leaked early at BestBuy, Blackberry attempts a comeback, but first, here comes Lenovo. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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