End of MovemberPI Party

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MovemberPI will be having its end party tonight, November 29, at Time, 7840 Makati Avenue. The Stache Wars will start at 10 PM.

Upgrading to Windows 8.1 – The Results

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The Start button is back and you may now have your beloved desktop directly up after booting. Those were some of the things that you’ll get after upgrading to the free Windows 8.1. Here’s what I found out so far.

Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Fig. 1 Windows 8.1 with Start button and SecureBoot problem.

Yup. The Start button is back but the Start Menu isn’t. Geez, Microsoft! I thought it was a package deal thing – Start button with a start menu. There were some who even pointed this one out when 8.1 Preview was released. But Microsoft is really stubborn. The new Start button just switches your desktop to the Start screen. Right-clicking it would bring out a power user menu. Win+X will also bring out this menu.

Power User Menu

Fig. 2 Power User Menu

I also had the SecureBoot problem (Fig. 1) as my SecureBoot isn’t enabled yet. Design-wise, it’s almost just the same. Moving some panels from one side to another. The search function (Win+Q) will now slide a search everything panel on the left on the screen. Win+Q opens an “Everything Search”, Win+W is for “Settings Search”, while a Win+F is for “File Search”. Bing is also integrated in the search if you opted to use it during the configuration phase of the installation.

Search

Fig. 3 Search

There are also added options for personalization for when the Start screen is up.

If you haven’t configured your Windows 8.1 to go directly to Desktop after booting, just right-click on an open space on the Taskbar and select Properties. Go to Navigation tab and check the first option in the Start screen area (When I sign in or close…).

If you want reviews for Windows 8.1, you may want to check out articles from ExtremeTech, The Verge, TechRadar, and PCWorld.

EnviroPop: Saving Endangered Marine Lives

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Rescue Chi-Chi the Panda and other endangered creatures from sea hazards on EnviroPop. This iOS game (coming soon on Android) is developed by AppLabs Digital Studios Inc in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines).

Aiming to spread awareness on how to minimize the perils to marine life, the game requires users to tap and swipe three or more similar sea hazards like oil, cyanide, PET bottles, trawl nets, and dynamites to eliminate them in one minute. The more hazards eliminated, the higher you’ll score. The other characters that you need to save are Gary the Grouper, Bobby the Butanding, Dolly the Dolphin, Dougie the Dugong, Pattie the Pawikan, and Clara the Clown Fish. More information about these creatures are found in its website.

EnviroPop app comes in Lite and Full versions and are available for download on the iTunes App Store. The full version may be purchased for only $0.99 (around Php40.00). Proceeds from purchasing the full version will go directly to the marine conservation programs of WWF-Philippines.

This is a sure fun game that will also educate us about the featured sea creatures and the dangers they’re facing. Download and enjoy EnviroPop and be aware on how to save our endangered marine friends.

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