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How to Use Your Xbox One Controller With a PC

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The Xbox One controller is a step up from the Xbox 360 controller, refining an already fantastic gamepad. The 360 controller is the de facto standard for many a PC gamer who prefers to play games without a keyboard and mouse, and thanks to rubberised analogue sticks that give it much needed grip, and a directional pad that’s actually usable in fighting games, the Xbox One controller is well worth the price of entry.

While Microsoft is taking its own sweet time in making it usable on the PC without wires, you can easily game on your computer with an Xbox One controller that’s wired in.

In addition to a computer with Windows, all you need is a Micro-USB cable (used for charging most Windows and Android smartphones), an Internet connection to download the required drivers, and, of course, an Xbox One controller.

    1. Install drivers
      Boot up your PC, connect to the Internet. Download and install one of these driver packages depending on your version of Windows:

PC drivers for 32-bit Windows

PC drivers for 64-bit Windows

  1. Connect the controller
    With the drivers installed, plug in the Micro-USB end of the cable to the controller and the USB end of it into your computer’s USB port. If it works, the controller will vibrate. If it does not vibrate, try another Micro-USB cable and/ or a different USB port.

That’s all you need to do to get your Xbox One controller working on the PC.

Please note:

If you plan on using the same controller with an Xbox One, you will need to re-sync the controller to the console. You can do this by holding the wireless sync buttons on the console and controller at the same time or attaching it to the console via Micro-USB cable.

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4D Printing to Create 3D-Printed Objects That Can Transform Themselves

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Ever heard of a 4D-printed automatic valve that can change shape according to surrounding needs? Well, scientists have already developed one.

As 3D printing gets increasingly popular, scientists have moved on to 4D printing that takes 3D printing to an entirely new level.

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Google- Asus Chromebit ‘Computer on a Stick’ With Chrome OS

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Google and Taiwan’s Asus are launching a “computer on a stick” which can plug into a display to turn it into a PC.

Google said in a blog post that the Asus Chromebit would be arriving mid-year with a low price tag.

“Smaller than a candy bar, the Chromebit is a full computer that will be available for less than $100,” Google said. (more…)

How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

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When Microsoft stock was at a record high in 1999, and its market capitalization was nearly $620 billion (roughly Rs. 38,31,445 crores), the notion that Apple Computer would ever be bigger – let alone twice as big – was laughable. Apple was teetering on bankruptcy. And Microsoft was so dominant in personal computers, then the center of the technology universe, that the government deemed it an unlawful monopoly.

This week, both Microsoft and Apple unveiled their latest earnings, and the once unthinkable became reality: Apple’s market capitalization hit $683 billion (roughly Rs. 42,20,769 crores), more than double Microsoft’s current value of $338 billion (roughly Rs. 20,88,755 crores). (more…)

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Laptop and Tab 2 A7-30 Tablet

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Lenovo on Tuesday launched the Yoga 3 Pro ‘ultrabook’ notebook in India, with prices starting from Rs. 1,14,990. The successor to the Yoga 2 Pro, the Yoga 3 Pro was first launched in October in the US, starting from $1,349.99 (approximately Rs. 82,500).

In India, the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro will be exclusively available via the Lenovo Smart Connected Devices store (thedostore.com), and select Croma retail outlets across the country.

Alongside, Lenovo has also brought the tablet it launched at CES, the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30, to India at Rs. 8,500 for the 2G variant, and Rs. 11,800 for the 3G variant. The device was launched alongside the Lenovo Tab 2 A7-10 at CES, but already made its way to India last month at Rs. 4,999. (more…)

How to Use Android Phone From Your Computer To Make Calls, Send and Receive SMS

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The launch of iOS 8 in September brought a number of very cool features, with Continuity perhaps topping the list of enhancements. It allows you to make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages using your iPad or Mac, as long as they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network and Apple ID. This is quite handy if you’re working on your Mac and don’t want to switch back to the iPhone just to check a text or to receive a call. (more…)

Microsoft Office 2016 Scheduled to Release in Second-Half of 2015

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Microsoft’s next version of Office for desktop will be called Office 2016, and is scheduled for general availability “in the second half of 2015.”During the Windows 10 preview on Wednesday, when Microsoft unveiled the touch-optimised version of Office for Windows 10 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook – for mobiles and tablets, it didn’t say anything about Office for desktop.

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CES 2015: HP Launches Stream Mini and Pavilion Mini Affordable Compact PCs

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HP on Monday launched the low-cost Windows alternative to Chromebox – the HP Stream Mini PC – at $180 (approximately Rs. 11,500), complete with a bundled keyboard and mouse.

Alongside, the company has also introduced the Pavilion Mini PCs starting at $319.99 (approximately Rs. 20,000) with the Intel Pentium CPU, and $449.99 (approximately Rs. 28,000) for the Intel Core i3 model. (more…)

Microsoft’s Windows 10 likely To Be Released In September 2015

Microsoft expects to have its new Windows 10 operating system on the market by autumn 2015, slightly later than previous comments had suggested.

Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told Japanese news service Nikkei on Wednesday that the new system would be released “early next fall.”

Microsoft has not publicly set a firm timetable for the release of Windows 10, but only last week suggested the possibility of an earlier release.

“By next late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS (operating system). That’s the current plan of record,” Turner told the Credit Suisse Technology Conference last Thursday.

An autumn release would put Windows 10 on track for launch three years after Windows 8, which got a mixed reception as it confused many traditional PC users with a design more suited to tablets.

Microsoft unveiled the name Windows 10 in late September, saying the jump in numbers from 8 to 10 marked a leap as it looks to unify the way people work on tablets, phones and traditional computers.

An early test version of Windows 10 – which blends the traditional look and much-loved start menu with newer features – has been available for download from Microsoft’s website for more than two months.

Windows is still a core part of Microsoft’s business and dominates the desktop computing market with 1.5 billion users. But the growth of smartphones and tablets means Windows now runs on only about 14 percent of computing devices worldwide, according to tech research firm Gartner.