Posts Tagged ‘Apps’

Windows 10 Annoyance: Apps get Re-Installed After Updates

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Getting used to a new operating system is seldom a fun experience … and problems like this definitely don’t help.

Windows 10 ships with a truckload of system applications that are installed by default. Most of those are created and maintained by Microsoft. Some replace functionality of legacy programs of previous versions of Windows, others are unique to Windows 10. If you go through the listing of installed system apps, you may notice one or the other that you don’t use. 3D Builder is probably a prime example of this. Not only is the app only of use if you work with 3D models and 3D printing, it is also one of the first apps listed in the new Windows 10 start menu.


Remove Stuck Windows Apps from Your System

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Dealing with unresponsive apps on a Windows 10 computer can be pretty frustrating, but fortunately there’s a (somewhat complicated,) trick for removing apps that refuse to respond.

I mentioned previously that stuck apps were being listed in the start menu on recent Windows 10 Insider Builds, and that I had yet to find a way to remove those from it. The applications are listed in the start menu just like any other application, and you can distinguish them easily as they show a “loading bar” underneath them indicating that something is not right.


How to Avoid Fake Chrome Extensions and Apps

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Yet another example of why there’s no such thing as being too careful.

The Google Chrome Web Store is the place where Chrome users get most of their extensions, and also the place where fake and copied extensions and apps are regularly offered. Google has neglected the official Chrome Web Store in past years. The last redesign — which made the store worse — dates back to 2011. Worse, because Google decided to put apps front and center in the Chrome Web Store, and remove options for users to list new extensions.


Beware, KB3135173 for Windows 10 May Reset Default Apps (Again)

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Apparently, many users have reported problems with one of the recent patches for Windows 10.

Reports are coming in that the recent patch for Windows 10 with the identifier KB3135173 may reset default applications on systems it is installed on. We have talked about Windows 10 resetting default applications before, the first time happening shortly after release of the operating system.


Privacy Guard for Chrome Assigns Risk Categories to Extensions and Apps

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I only use a couple of extensions myself so I don’t really need Privacy Guard … but if I ever come to a point where I’m using more than two extensions, I’ll probably check it out.

It is quite difficult to keep an overview over extension and app permissions in the Chrome browser, especially if you have installed several. While you can look up permissions of individual extensions by opening chrome://extensions and clicking on the permissions link next to each extension, it is not really helpful if you want a quick overview of all apps or extensions installed in the browser.


Virustotal for Android Scans All Apps for Malicious Contents

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Here’s an Android App that you might want to check out before downloading other Android Apps …

Apps are without doubt one of the core features that helped Google and Apple gain traction in the mobile phone market so quickly. When you browse the Android store nowadays, you get a selection of hundreds of thousands of applications for all kinds of purposes, from gaming to better navigation, social networking or Internet browsing.


Report Claims Apps Economy Accounts for Nearly 800k New Jobs Across EU

Friday, September 6th, 2013

This is surprising; I knew the Apps market was growing like crazy, but I didn’t realize that it was growing this much …

Trade body ACT’s report claims apps will be €11.2bn EU market in 2013, and calls for more support from policymakers for the industry to spur future growth. The growing apps economy has created nearly 800,000 jobs across Europe in the last five years, and will generate €11.2bn in revenues across the region in 2013, according to a report published by industry trade body ACT.


Update Freezer – Control Automatic Updates of Popular Apps on Windows

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

This seems like it would be very useful for folks who simply want to be able to decide on their own when they need an update and when they don’t …

Automatic updates are convenient, as you do not have to handle the updating process of applications manually. Instead of having to stay in the loop, to know when updates become available, to download and install them when that happens, the process is handled by the software automatically instead.


How to Remove All Windows 8 Apps Using PowerShell

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Here’s a handy trick for getting rid of unwanted apps in Windows 8 …

Apps are clearly a focus on Windows 8, not only because the operating system boots into the “apps-interface” on startup by default, but because most of the marketing for the operating system puts it in focus as well. That’s however just one side of Windows 8, and I’m not entirely sure if concentrating all efforts on those features is the smartest move by Microsoft.


Google Rolling Out New Features for New Tab Page

Friday, August 9th, 2013

It’s always seemed to me that Google could do a whole lot more with the New Tab page to make it more useful and accessible … unfortunately, this article makes it sounds like Google needs to try again.

Google popularized the “New Tab page” with its Chrome web browser, a feature that Firefox has also adopted. The Chrome version has many cool features, such as your most viewed web pages, a Google search box, access to the Chrome store, apps and the ability to customize the background from an array of images provided in the store. Customers can even use their own images to create a theme, though this requires an app called My Chrome Theme.