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Microsoft just took it to 100. Google is still finding it's feet.

Microsoft just took it to 100. Google is still finding it's feet.

About three years ago, Google unveiled project Glass, a wearable computer that can be interacted with using voice commands and displays the requested information to the wearer. Glass was awesome, it provided a new way to do computers, a new hands free way to communicate and share life images, as you see it.

Last week however, what was meant to be a simple unveiling of the upgrade to Windows 8 (Windows 10) turned out to be a lot more interesting than anticipated. Turns out, the Redmond based has been secretly working on a VR (virtual reality) product that takes holograms to a whole new level, if the demo and video is anything to go by.

A lot of people might be asking; isn't this this the same as Oculus VR. Well, the answer is no, because unlike Oculus, HoloLens does not completely take you away from reality, just like glass, it does however allow you to transform surfaces, fusing virtual and real world seamlessly.

Despite having a three year head start, Google project glass seems to have lost traction and it doesn't seem to have produced the sort of interaction it once promised and not a lot of people have adopted it as Google would have liked. Google still has its niche, however since I do not see people walking around with HoloLens anytime soon.

Despite this, Microsoft has truly changed the wearable and VR computing space and developed something that could hail a new era in communication, design and education. And they aren't done. I wonder what else Microsoft has in store for us with Windows 10 and HoloLens.

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5 Cool shortcuts you didn't know existed in Windows 8/8.1

5 Cool shortcuts you didn't know existed in Windows 8/8.1

Windows 8/8.1 has been one of the most controversial operating systems to date. Well, depending on what part of the fence you are standing on. Many love it, others don't, just as much don't understand the whole Metro UI thing and the rest well, we will leave that for another day.

If you are among the many that hold Windows 8 in high esteem, here are 5 shortcuts you wished you always knew about.

  1. Wiz through those apps. The Windows key has been given a lot more power in Windows 8. Pressing the Windows logo key and full stop (.) will allow you to cycle through open apps. Easily!
  2. Harness the power of a Microsoft mice. Ever seen those cool things Mac users do by swiping three fingers up on the Magic Mouse? Well you can do it too. Simply click the middle button on a Microsoft mice and get this ...
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  3. Share it fast! Seen something you like? You can quickly open the share charm by pressing Windows logo key + H.
  4. Lazy? In bed? Need to magnify? Well its now a lot easier to bring up the magnifier in Windows 8. Simply press Windows logo key and Plus(+) and watch the magic happen. I use this when I need to read an email with my wireless keyboard and mouse. You get the drift.
  5. Since we are on the topic of ease of access, pressing Windows logo key + U brings up the Ease of Access center. From here you can control everything from magnification to the built in Narrator.

And there you have it. Five absolutely vital shortcuts you probably didn't know about. What is your favourite shortcut in Windows 8? Comments below.

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