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Maximising Windows 10 By Unlocking Secret Settings

Everyone has an opinion about Windows. The new Windows 10 registry is chucked full and sprawling with usually impenetrable settings file covering just about every aspect of the operating system and applications running on a computer. A lot of these settings are hidden from the user, but if you know what you’re doing, you can don your tweaking and customize Windows in a variety of ways. Here’s how to get started.
To edit the registry, type “regedit” into the search box in the taskbar and launch the application listed. It’s important to note that you carry out these edits at your own risk. While you shouldn’t run into problems with the tweaks listed below, playing around with the registry has the potential to cause Windows some serious problems.

The Regedit utility is pretty simple to use. Double-click on folders to open them or values to change them, and right-click to create new keys and values when required. It’s a good idea to make a backup of the registry before you start attempting any of these tweaks, which you can do by selecting File and then Export from the Regedit menus.

1) Enable the dark theme

There’s a hidden dark theme in Windows 10. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Themes, create a Personalized key, then create a new DWORD value inside it called AppsUseLightTheme and leave the value as 0.

Repeat the process for HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Themes and when you restart your machine the new theme appears. Delete the two AppsUseLightTheme DWORD values to go back to the light theme.

2) Speed up startup times
Windows puts a delay on any apps that boot with Windows to get you up and running with the actual OS more quickly, but you can disable this if you want. If you don’t have many apps starting with Windows then, it can shave off some seconds during the boot up process.

Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Serialize (create the Serialize key if it doesn’t exist), create a new DWORD value called StartupDelayInMSec and set it to 0. Delete the Serialize key if you want to revert back.


3) Increase the taskbar transparency

You can make the taskbar (and Start menu and Action Center) transparent through the Personalization section of Settings, but if you want more transparency than this option gives you, there’s a registry tweak to show even more of the desktop background.

The registry key you want is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\ Advanced. Create a UseOLEDTaskbarTransparency DWORD value inside it, and set it to 1. Delete the same DWORD value to undo the changes.

4) Disable the login image
When you reach the login screen in Windows 10, you’ll see the default hero image created by Microsoft, but you can disable this if you want to. Head to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows\ System and create a new DWORD value.

Call the value DisableLogonBackgroundImage and set its value to 1. The same solid color you’ve set for the accents elsewhere in Windows will be set on the login screen too, but How-To Geek has an excellent guide to changing this color or adding a different image.

5) Hide OneDrive from File Explorer

If you don’t make much use of OneDrive then you can hide its entry in the navigation pane with a registry tweak. The registry key you need to open is HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\ CLSID\ {018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} (note Regedit does have a Find function).

Locate the System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree, double-click on it, and set the value to 0. This hides the OneDrive icon from the navigation pane but it’s still there on your system—go to C:\ Users\ <username>\ OneDrive if you need to find it again.

Happy exploring.

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The New Rolls-Royce Concept Is At Least 2 Centuries Ahead Of Us

The British company is calling it the “Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100” and people are struggling with the right adjectives to describe it. This particular self driving car meets the demands of every gratuitous millionaire who is looking for ways to burn money... but it’s zero emission so that’s really okay.

 

Wheels standing at 28 inches and made with 65 pieces of aluminium, for no reason at all.

 

It’s almost hard to tell what’s going on with the wheels but lord have mercy, it does look sleek. To announce the cars arrival, the BMW-owner luxury car makes wrote a press release scarce of actual technical insight but managed to describe the car using an array of very peculiar words.

Effortless

Autonomous

Spacious

Beautiful

Revolutionary

Authentic

No-compromise

Coachbuilt

Personalized

Zero-emissions

Bespoke

Exquisite

Helpful

Discreet

Vigilant

Powerful

Advanced

Precious

Contemporary

Natural

Sensual

Luxurious

Regal

Opulent

Futuristic

Artful

Sensual

Graceful

Expressive

Dramatic

Bold

Smooth-bottomed

Unruffled

 

 

All the luxury space you can afford.

That’s a lot of words, yes.... It’s safe to say that the Brits aren’t trying to coax you into buying this car with automobile jargons, if you have the money and want the luxury, this is your car.

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Kratos Is Back Again And This Time With A Son

Two days ago at SONY's E3 2016 conference, the company revealed a new God Of War developed by Sony Santa Monica. The game takes inspiration from Norse mythology and with the game's soundtrack composed by Bear McCreary, the composer behind Battlestar Galactica, The Walking Dead, this new God Of War is a sure hit.

The demo begins with a much older player controlled Kratos teaching his son how to hunt before drifting off to brutal weapon attacks and gory hand to hand combats the franchise is known for. After a dramatic encounter with a dragon, the demo ends with a peaceful father and son moment with our new Kratos and his son whom we don't know his name yet. All we know is he has a bow, an arrow and a knife passed on to him by his mother.

Watch the demo down below and pre-order on Amazon if you like.

 

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Snoring: It's Not Only For The Plus Sized

We all know someone that snores and it could be very annoying especially for the light sleepers. We’ve all heard different reasons as to why people snore and the most commonly heard is ‘He/She is overweight that’s why they snore’ or ‘I’m very tired’. Well this isn’t entirely true as there are people that aren’t on the plus size and they snore too. So why do people snore? The reason is more complex than just having a long day or being overweight. Snoring occurs as a result of vibration of respiratory structures and the resulting sound due to obstructed air movement during breathing while sleeping.

Let me explain further, When you fall asleep, the progress is from a light to a deep sleep, and gradually the muscles in the top (roof) of the mouth, throat and the tongue (the pharynx) relax, partially blocking the air-passage inside the throat. These cause the tissues to vibrate: the narrower the passage gets, the greater the vibratory sound. This is also the reason why, if you are overweight, or have a longer uvula (the triangular tissue suspended from the palate) the extra tissues may further narrow the air-passage. That’s the reason why most overweight individuals snore. Asides that, there are various other reasons why people snore;

 

Why people snore?

  • Being overweight or out of shape. 

Fatty tissue and poor muscle tone contribute to snoring. Even if you’re not overweight in general, carrying excess weight just around your neck or throat can cause snoring.

  • Age. 

As you reach middle age and beyond, your throat becomes narrower, and the muscle tone in your throat decreases. While you can do anything about growing older, lifestyle changes, new bedtime routines, and throat exercises can all help to prevent snoring.

  • The way you’re built. 

Men have narrower air passages than women and are more likely to snore. A narrow throat, a cleft palate, enlarged adenoids, and other physical attributes that contribute to snoring are often hereditary.

  • Nasal and sinus problems. 

Blocked airways or a stuffy nose make inhalation difficult and create a vacuum in the throat, leading to snoring.

  • Alcohol, smoking, and medications. 

Alcohol intake, smoking, and certain medications, such as tranquilizers like lorazepam and Valium, can increase muscle relaxation leading to more snoring.

  • Sleep posture. 

Sleeping flat on your back causes the flesh of your throat to relax and block the airway.

 

How do we fix it?

So a lot of research has been conducted and different solutions have been devised to cure/stop snoring. Some go as far as purchasing sleeping devices to help them become sound sleepers but end up looking like Darth Vader.

Snoring can be stopped by making certain changes both in one’s everyday life and bedtime rituals before sleeping

Lifestyle changes to stop snoring

  • Lose Weight 

If you’re overweight, dropping even a few pounds can reduce fatty tissue in the back of the throat and decrease or even stop snoring. 

  • Exercise

This can also help to stop snoring. As well aiding weight loss, exercising your arms, legs, and abs, for example, also leads to toning the muscles in your throat, which in turn can lead to less snoring. There are also specific exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles in your throat.

  • Quit Smoking

Quitting is easier said than done, but smoking irritates the membranes in the nose and throat which can block the airways and cause snoring.

  • Avoid alcohol, sleeping pills, and sedatives 

These relax the muscles in the throat and interfere with breathing. Talk to your doctor about any prescription medications you’re taking, as some encourage a deeper level of sleep which can make snoring worse.

  • Establish regular sleep patterns 

Create a healthy bedtime ritual with your partner and stick to it. Hitting the sack in a routine way together can help you sleep better and often minimize snoring.

Bedtime remedies to help you stop snoring

  • Clear nasal passages. 

If you have a stuffy nose, rinse sinuses with saline before bed. Using a nasal decongestant or nasal strips can also help you breathe more easily while sleeping. If you have allergies, reduce dust mites and pet dander in your bedroom or use an allergy medication.

  • Keep bedroom air moist. 

Dry air can irritate membranes in the nose and throat, so if swollen nasal tissues are the problem, a humidifier may help.

  • Change your sleeping position. 

Elevating your head four inches may ease breathing and encourage your tongue and jaw to move forward. There are specially designed pillows available to help prevent snoring by making sure your neck muscles are not crimped.

  • Sleep on your side instead of your back. 

If you roll over onto your back, wedge a pillow stuffed with tennis balls behind your back. After a while, sleeping on your side will become a habit and you can dispense with the tennis balls.

  • Try an anti-snoring mouth appliance.

 These devices often resemble an athlete’s mouth guard and help open your airway by bringing your lower jaw and/or your tongue forward during sleep. While a dentist-made appliance can be expensive, cheaper do-it-yourself kits are also available.

                                                               

Just incase you were wondering what the breathing facemask and mouthpiece looks like

With these you would at least be able to let other people and even yourself to sleep peacefully without the added background noise.

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Lucifer Is Coming Back Sooner Than You Think

The first season of the TV show “Lucifer” aired on FOX on January 25, 2016 and has since then gathered a lot interest from viewers and critics. Seeing the show gain over 7 million viewers, FOX in April decided to renew the TV show for a sophomore season. The show centres around Lucifer Morningstar, the devil himself on a vacation in Los Angeles after getting bored of doing his “Dad’s” dirty works. He finds himself in a tangled mess with his crime fighting – detective sidekick Chloe Decker while trying to run a successful night club and avoid been coaxed into returning to hell by his angel brother (Amenadiel) who believes the writing in the first season earned it a second instalment.

“We got picked up for Season 2, so obviously. What they came up with for Season 1 worked and was successful and it worked well enough to get us a second season that looks like it’s going to be longer than the first season.” D.B. Woodside, who stars as angel Amenadiel.

The TV show created by Tom Kaponis scored high with the viewers rating it 7.6/10. Rotten tomatoes gave the season one a 49% and IMDB an 8.4 out of 10 based on 42,800 user votes.

 

Release date

As earlier mentioned, the crime dramedy was renewed for another season this April and despite mixed reviews from critics, it comes as no surprise because people who actually watch it rate it highly enough. FOX has yet to announce the release date for the sophomore season but according to rumours, it is scheduled to return this fall.

 

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Twitter Gives In To Self-Absorption And Now Lets You Retweet Yourself

The new twitter update drops the dot-@, usernames and attachments from the 140-character limit, and now finally lets you retweet your own tweets but you can already tell which new feature is getting all the attention.

Ever felt like your tweet didn’t bang as much as you intended, don’t worry, with this new twitter, you can always increase your blast radius after dropping those bomb tweets.

 

 

 

Before you shove this aside as yet another narcissistic and self glorifying tweak by another social network, you should know that this is an incredible power to have if you own a small business you are trying to promote. You no longer have to rely on friends to amplify your tweets when you can do so regularly yourself.

While some twitter users wait for the elusive "edit" button, others are running wild with this new feature, some think it's a pretty useless feature likened to cyber masturbation.

 

 

On security, the company has taken the block button more seriously with blocked users not being able to see tweets from their blockers even if they are quoted or retweeted, a feature you probably would get to experience if you retweet your tweets one too many times.

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iOS 10 Is Here And Its Worthy Of The Milestone Figure

The new apple iOS 10 is available in its beta stage today but what does it mean for its users?

The update was announced during the company’s WWDC 2016 keynote. The update contains some impressive improvement especially in the iMessage division for both mobile and tablet users alike.

If you’re in a rush, here’s a 2 minute video of what the upgrade contains courtesy Techradar.

 

 

 

Of all the changes made, the one people seem to relate well to is the fact that with the new OS, you can delete any app, yes, even those in-built apps you never actually use.

If you have iOS 10 beta, you can remove these apps from your Home screen: 

Calculator, Calendar, Compass, FaceTime, Find My Friends , Home, iBooks , iCloud Drive, iTunes Store, Mail, Maps, News, Notes, Podcasts

Even those really annoying ones.

Reminders 

Stocks

Tips

 

Other new features include the new lockscreen that comes simpler and better than any of the previous version. It features a raise to wake tech which unlocks your mobile device when you hit the fast TouchID home button.

 

 

Better lockscreen notification which breaks down notifications into bubbles and uses 3D touch to show hidden menu options much like what the latest generation of Apple users enjoy.

Clear all notification button is now available. If you have ever had to delete all your notifications on the previous OS, you’d know what a horrible waste of precious time this exercise is. Just hard press over the little "x" icon within the redesigned (and now dedicated) notifications pulldown menu and tap the "clear all" box that pops up.

 

 

 

Sleek new Control Center that looks a lot better than the previous iOS, the iOS 10 control center fixes the clustered mess that Apple made before now, segmenting each feature appropriately, from the Airdrop to the now playing and the night shift.

 

 

Even looks better with music.

 

A new lockscreen widget now lets you see how your day goes. All since older versions of Apple’s OS, swiping up from the bottom right of your lockscreen automatically takes you to the camera but here’s the new thing, swiping up from the bottom left shows you Apple’s “Today widget” which lets you see your fitness, health and sports update once activated. It’s not as customisable as Androids but it’s a step in the right direction.

Better Siri: Two billion requests a week go through Siri, and it's now going to do so much more, according to Apple. With that, they announced that iOS 10 will open up Siri to third-party developers.

Very soon, Siri would be able to say things like “Remind Bukky on Whatsapp to bring the stew out of the fridge” and just in the same manner, Siri would be able to take commands along the same line.

Also, Siri would be saying a lot less “Sorry, i can’t...” this is all thanks to Apple’s new intense API which functions just as well in other languages.

iMessage improvements

The all new iMessage comes with a lot of inprovements, imagine typing a sentence and then having the emoji replaceable words highlighted because according to Apple, Emojis make texting better.

That’s just one, emojis can be sent 3x bigger, and now we have emotion texts which lets you send texts which now appear in bubbles. They pop up depending on the mood you’re trying to text in, really slow for a more sad text and faster for a loud shout but it all depends on you, you control the motion.

You can also use "invisible ink" that requires the message receiver to slide their finger over a text or photo. It'll be either a nice surprise, or horrific shock from friends. You decide

You can now send handwritten texts via iMessage also, pretty cool... even allowable are hand drawn smileys.

 

Although, it’s in its beta stage and Apple is testing, one thing is sure, it’s going to come with a lot of bugs but it’s going to be worth it.

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Uber Cupcake Update

For those of us that patronise cupcakes and lack the motivation to go out and get it ourselves, Uber has now announced they would be partnering with Rum ‘n’ Passion to create UberCupcake, an initiative that allows you to order cupcakes and they would be delivered to your location for free. This initiative would kick off on the 15th of June 2016. It’s currently just for Uber users in Lagos but we are looking forward to them sharing the sweet love all around the country real soon.

Here’s Uber’s guideline on how to get your cupcakes

 

  • Open your app on Wednesday, June 15th between 11am – 2pm 
  • Slide over to UberCupcake, hit “Set Pickup Location” and request on-demand deliciousness for you, your friend, or your colleagues!
  • An UberCupcake car will arrive at your location and deliver a cupcake to you for FREE
  • Note: Due to high demand, only 1 cupcake per request!

And it doesn’t just end there, an extra special treat for the social media faithful to sink their teeth into! Capture the UberCupcake by taking and tagging a picture with the hashtag #UberCupcake and mentioning @UberNigeria & @Rumnpassion on social media. Three lucky winners will be chosen to win a box of cupcakes from Rum’n’Passion and credits from Uber!

So tell a friend to tell a friend… Happy cupcake hunting

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