EaseUS Data recovery software has gotten several positive reviews from all over the world, through a number of tech reviews and customers. The software has been the foremost choice of users, due to the flexibility it provides to the user in terms of recovering the files.
Just like all other data recovery software out there, EaseUS data recovery software offers user the ability to recover deleted files or folders. The software is able to recover data from various situations, such as software failure, mac data recovery, virus attacks, OS crash, hard disk failure, lost partitions etc. The software features an interactive interface along with easy-to-use tools to make the recovery process much simpler.
To use this software, no prior technical knowledge is required. A beginner can easily use the software, without needing any assistance.
The software makes use of data remnants for recovering the deleted files. Data remnants are pieces of data left behind when a file is deleted. By finding these remnants in the memory, the software is able to compile them together and recover the desired file.
EaseUS Data recovery software can easily be downloaded from the official website of the software. The software is available in three different versions, which are Free, Pro, Pro+WinPE.
Each of the version comes with its own benefits and advantages. The first package, which is free, comes with no cost, but a person can only recover 2 GB worth of data with it. If a person wishes to recover more, they have to purchase the Pro or Pro+WinPE version, which comes with additional technical support, unlimited amount of data recovery and much more.
The scanning process is comprised up of two different scan modes, which are the quick scan mode and the deep scan mode. Before the scanning process is started, the user must select a drive whether it will commence.
The Recovery Process
Once the location has been set, the quick search mode is initiated. As the name suggests, the quick search mode offers a reliable and fast experience, especiallyfor recycle bin recovery, by delivering results in a few minutes. This search mode quickly scans the memory for all data remnants that were left by recently deleted files. After this mode ends, the results are displayed and the deep search mode is automatically initiated. The deep search mode, in contrast to quick search mode, takes a much larger time to scan due to its advanced nature to dive deeper into the memory and search for data remnants that were previously left by the initial search.
Once both the scan modes are done scanning, all the results are displayed on the screen. The files are readily available for recovery as soon as they are displayed, and multiple files can be recovered at the same time. The files can also be filtered according to file types for easier navigation through them. If you want to search for a specific file, you can do so by using the search bar. Other than this, the preview feature is also available, which allows you to view the content of the file before recovering it.
One would think that Samsung’s latest flagship Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones with their near bezel-less design and top-of-the-line hardware are enough to attract consumers towards them, but Samsung wants to make sure the transition is smooth and simple. The South Korean tech giant has updated its Smart Switch website that makes it ever more simpler to transfer content from your phone to your new Galaxy handset.
Smart Switch, which is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and BlackBerry handsets, lets you transfer content from your phone to a Galaxy device in three ways – directly over Wi-Fi using the Smart Switch app, by connecting your old and new device via USB, or through the Smart Switch computer software. Once you’ve established connection through any one of these options, Smart Switch will guide you through the content you wish to transfer and will do so quickly.
Using the desktop app lets you also backup your phone and Samsung says that the desktop interface makes it easy to restore your content on a new Galaxy smartphone. It also provides a simple way for you to conduct firmware updates.
Keep in mind that Smart Switch will transfer content from any phone or OS to Galaxy devices ranging from Galaxy S2 to the current Galaxy S8 smartphones (including tablets) running Android 4.0 and above. Additionally, certain devices running Android 4.0 and above may not support wireless transfer in which case you will need to use the other two options mentioned. Meanwhile, transfers between Android to Galaxy devices via USB cable require Android 4.3 or above as well as MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) USB support.
While Samsung updates its own Smart Switch app, Apple too has been trying to attract Android users to its iOS platform having recently launched three new ad campaigns for its Move to iOS app, which works in a similar fashion to the Smart Switch, helping you easily transfer essential files to an iOS device.
Russia’s FSB security agency on Monday said the Telegram messaging service was used by those behind the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, the latest salvo by authorities after they threatened to block the app.
“During the probe into the April 3 terrorist attack in the Saint Petersburg metro, the FSB received reliable information about the use of Telegram by the suicide bomber, his accomplices and their mastermind abroad to conceal their criminal plans,” the FSB said in a statement.
They used Telegram “at each stage of the preparation of this terrorist attack,” it said.
Fifteen people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was claimed by the little-known Imam Shamil Battalion, a group suspected of links to Al-Qaeda.
Telegram is a free Russian-designed messaging app that lets people exchange messages, photos and videos in groups of up to 5,000. It has attracted about 100 million users since its launch in 2013.
But the service has drawn the ire of critics who say it can let criminals and terrorists communicate without fear of being tracked by police, pointing in particular to its use by Islamic State jihadists.
The FSB charged that “the members of the international terrorist organisations on Russian territory use Telegram”.
The app is already under fire in Moscow after Russia’s state communications watchdog on Friday threatened to ban it, saying the company behind the service had failed to submit company details for registration.
Telegram’s secretive Russian chief executive, Pavel Durov, who has previously refused to bow to government regulation that would compromise the privacy of users, had called that threat “paradoxical” on one of his social media accounts.
He said it would force users, including “high-ranking Russian officials” to communicate via apps based in the United States like WhatsApp.
The 32-year-old had previously created Russia’s popular VKontakte social media site, before founding Telegram in the United States.
Durov said in April that the app had “consistently defended our users’ privacy” and “never made any deals with governments.”
The app is one of several targeted in a legal crackdown by Russian authorities on the internet and on social media sites in particular.
Since January 1, internet companies have been required to store all users’ personal data at data centres in Russia and provide it to the authorities on demand.
Draft legislation that has already secured initial backing in parliament would make it illegal for messaging services to have anonymous users.
Last week, Uber had announced the launch of a new feature called UberPASS in select cities as a pilot. Now, the company has started rolling out the option to users. With UberPASS, you pay a flat fee to ride, with no cancellation fees or subscription – however, at least during the current pilot, you have to complete a minimum number of rides this week, to continue accessing it next week. The UberPASS fares are being applied to UberGO rides, and don’t apply on shared rides, or higher car categories.
The UberPASS feature is being rolled out to users in a phased manner – the only way to access it is if Uber sends you an email or SMS alert. After that, you can select it while booking the car.
According to the company, select riders will receive an email to unlock the feature. There is no specific eligibility criteria, but about 10 percent of riders in the four cities will get access to UberPASS. These riders will then get offers (which could include flat fares) on UberGO rides, which would vary from city to city. This in turn would unlock UberPASS.
In Mumbai, for Rs. 99, you can take an Uber for up to 8km, and Rs. 159 for 8-15km. As mentioned above, there are no cancellation charges or subscription fees with UberPASS, and no promo code either; UberPASS is simply an option in the ride types, along with UberX and UberGO.
In Bengaluru, the company is offering fares of Rs. 49 for 6km, and Rs. 99 for up to 12km. An Uber representative who spoke to us said it wouldn’t be able to share a city-specific breakup, but it appears that the Chennai fee is Rs. 100, and it’s pointed out that actual drop location and pickup location must be entered correctly – changes could mean that the flat fee does not apply.
Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 less than a month since the grand unveiling at this year’s WWDC 2017.
Highlights include person-to-person payments using Apple Pay, a new design for the Control Center and a completely overhauled App Store. But it was iOS 11 on iPad that received the most significant updates, showing once again Apple is keen to turn the iPad into a genuine alternative to a laptop.
As with all iOS releases, registered developers have been trialling the software since WWDC to iron out any initial bugs before each iteration is sent for testing by consumers. Apple is keen to stress that the software is not the final version and improvements will be made before the full release roll-out. As a result, Apple will not be held responsible if downloading the beta interferes with your handset (although all steps are taken to avoid this) and you donwload the software at your own risk.
How to get the iOS 11 public beta
To download the iOS 11 public beta, you need to be part of the Apple beta program.
The Apple Beta Software Program is open to anyone with an Apple ID who accepts the Apple Beta Software Program Agreement during the sign-up process. If you’ve ever downloaded an app or music track, you’ll have an Apple ID. If you don’t have an Apple ID, you can create one via the App Store. The program is free to join.
Once you have signed up, click here to access the iOS 11 public betadownload files. Make sure you have backed up your files before continuining with the download. A list of supported devices is in the infobox below.
iOS 11 release dates
Developers can download the iOS 11 beta now. The public beta will open at the end of June and the final release will come in September
iOS 11 supported devices
iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE, 7, and 7 Plus; iPad Air and Air 2; the iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4; 5th-gen iPad, all iPad Pros; 6th-gen iPod Touch
Devices not supported
iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and 4th-gen iPad (or earlier) not compatible due to lack of 64-bit support
Here are bests bits from the iOS 11 beta so far:
1. The iPad is becoming even more like a Mac
Alongside the new 10.5-inch and 12.5-inch iPad Pros, Apple demonstrated several new enhancements to iOS 11 on iPad. The most significant of these is the new dock, which is similar in appearance to the dock on macOS High Sierra.
You can dock more apps now and it serves as an advanced app switcher, as well. For example, if you drag an icon from the dock onto the screen, you can place it side-by-side with the app that’s already on-screen. Where previously the dock was only accessible from the home screen, now you can bring it up wherever you are just by dragging your finger up from the bottom edge of the screen.
There’s also a new app switching view, pictured above. It integrates the Control Center and presents recent applications in a grid with the dock at the bottom.
Key to these changes is the introduction of drag-and-drop support. This allows users to drag and drop elements from one app to another. For example, if you have the Notes app and Safari open at the same time, you could select text and images from a web page and then drag it across into a note.
The drag-and-drop facility is important to another new iOS 11 feature: the Files app.
Up to now, iOS never had a file manager in the traditional sense. Files belonged to specific applications, so you had to choose to open them in another app to move them around. The iCloud Drive app was an attempt to correct this, but the Files app is more powerful.
It combines all the files storage locally on your iPad with the files stored in the cloud. And it doesn’t just support iCloud, it integrates with popular cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Box as well.
2. Siri is everywhere
Keen to show Apple can do AI as well as Google (we remain unconvinced), iOS 11 showcases several improvements to Apple’s digital assistant.
Apple has improved the voice of Siri, making it more natural. It can now say words in different ways. Apple used the example of three versions of the word “sunny”. This should, in theory, allow Siri to use the right intonation based on the context of what it is saying. That’s the theory, anyway.
Everything you do with Siri is now synced across all devices, all with end-to-end encryption. This means if you ask a question on your phone, Siri’s answer will be available on your Mac or iPad at the same time. Siri’s also learned a new trick: translation. It can translate common languages into English, and vice versa, and even supports Chinese translation.
Finally, it’s learning more about what you do. For example, if you’re viewing web pages about Iceland, Apple News might start showing articles about Iceland. If that sounds like the kind of tracking Apple’s keen to avoid, you’d be right, but Apple says everything is encrypted and it’s not tracking you to try to sell you stuff.
3. Apple Pay is about to get even more useful
Apple Pay has quickly become one of the best features of iOS and it’s getting better in iOS 11 because Apple’s added the ability to send money to individuals.
Built into the Messages app, payments are authenticated using Touch ID and can then be transferred to your bank account. It’s a small but significant addition which could prove very popular.
4. Lots of apps and features have been redesigned
Apple has tweaked the look and feel of iOS 11 in numerous ways.
The Control Center is now on just one screen and allows you to use 3D Touch on specific elements, such as the music controls, to reveal more detailed controls. It’s not clear how this would work on devices that don’t support 3D Touch, though.
The App Store redesign takes cues from the the Music and News apps. It’s now split into a few key tabs: Today, Games, Apps and Updates.
The Today tab will be updated daily with different content, such as an App of the Day, tips on how to get the most out of popular apps and other app news. You can keep scrolling down to see the featured apps from previous days.
5. Your phone won’t bug you when you’re driving
Apple’s added a ‘Do Not Disturb while Driving’ mode to iOS 11. It stops notifications and if someone sends you a message while driving, iOS 11 will automatically send a message back saying you can’t respond. The mode will activate automatically based on your movement and whether you’re connected to a car stereo.
Maps now includes indoor maps for a large number of international airports, as well as maps for popular malls in the US.
6. Music gets big upgrades
Not satisfied with the launch of HomePod, the Siri-enabled wireless speaker, Apple introduced several upgrades to its music ecosystem in iOS 11.
Speakers have been added to HomeKit, allowing people to control compatible wireless speakers from the Home app. Bear in mind, however, HomeKit requires extra hardware to work, so don’t expect your existing speakers to work with the Home app. Apple’s also launched the new AirPlay 2 protocol, which adds support for collaborative party playlists.
The Music app now shows music your friends are listening to and developers have greater access to Apple Music through a new MusicKit API. Shazam, for example, is using the API to add music it identifies to your library, while fitness apps can use the API to control your music from within their apps.
7. Augmented reality is Apple’s next big thing
Arguably the biggest addition is the new ARKit API, which allows developers to add augmented reality features to their apps.
Apple demonstrated adding virtual objects to a desk on stage, showing how its system could identify surfaces and place objects with the correct scale. For example, a coffee cup on a desk would be the correct size for the desk.
Apple is working with partners already and hinted that IKEA is already working on how it could use these AR features.
Abandoned phone boxes scattered around London and other major UK cities are being transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots offering free calls and digital services.
The partnership was unveiled in October and now the first of these InLinks have been installed on Camden High Street. Up to 100 InLinks are expected to be installed elsewhere in the borough of Camden and at least 750 InLinks will be installed across London and other major UK cities over the next few years. The exact locations and timings have not been announced.
“Hundreds of users within range of a Link will be able to access free ultrafast Wi-Fi on the move, with speeds of up to 1Gbps – the fastest free public Wi-Fi service available,” said BT.
InLink kiosks also offer premium calls to both landlines and mobiles, charging points, access to maps, directions and local services. These services will be paid for by advertisers, being led by Primesight.
Elsewhere, InLinks have sensors that capture real-time data about the local environment, including air and noise pollution, temperature and traffic and 55-inch (139.7cm) high-definition displays for public service announcements and “neighbourhood advertising”.
However, despite the promise InLink kiosks bring, the launch in New York raised some concerns. Browsers on the New York Link kiosks had to be disabled after people would “linger for hours, sometimes drinking and doing drugs and, at times, boldly watching pornography on the sidewalks,” reported the New York Times.
Intersection told WIRED that it learnt a lot from this beta period in New York and, as a result, InLink tablets in the UK will not include web browsers meaning there won’t be the opportunity for people to monopolise the kiosks.
Is there anything more annoying than a pop-up ad? Particularly when you’re browsing on your mobile phone, a pop-up can completely take over the screen or bombard your device with unwanted tabs, degrading performance badly. The good news is that whether you’re browsing on your phone or on the PC, popular browsers like Chrome, UC Browser, and Opera come with features that allow you to put pop-ups in their place. Opera is the third-most popular browser in India – across desktop, mobile, and tablet combined – and you can follow the steps below to manage pop-ups. We’ve also written about Chrome, Firefox, and UC Browser, if you don’t use Opera. It’s not completely fool-proof, as people are constantly working on new ways around these systems, but it’s a good enough step to take for now.
How to block pop-ups in Opera (Android)
If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Opera for Android, follow these steps:
Tap the hamburger menu button in the bottom-right corner, and then tap the gear icon in the middle.
Scroll down to find Block pop-ups under the sub-head Content.
Turn off the toggle to allow pop-ups, or turn it on to block pop-ups.
How to block pop-ups in Opera (iPhone/ iPad)
If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Opera for iOS, follow these steps:
Tap the Opera logo in the bottom tray, and then choose Settings.
Turn on the toggle for Block Pop-up Windows to block pop-ups, or turn it off to allow pop-ups.
How to block pop-ups in Opera (Windows/ macOS/ Linux)
If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Opera for desktop, follow these steps:
Click the menu button in the top-left corner, and then choose Settings.
Choose Websites from the left-hand side.
Under Pop-ups, choose from the two options to allow or block pop-ups.
Have you had any trouble with pop-ups on Opera? Share your questions via the comments below.
Browsing on the Web on your phone or computer can become a fraught experience if you visit sites that throw a lot of pop-ups at you. It’s particularly bad on the mobile where it is hard to dismiss these. However, this is slowly becoming less of an issue, as most browsers now allow you to prevent pop-ups altogether. Firefox is the second-most popular desktop browser in India, and you can follow the below steps to block pop-ups with Firefox. We’ve also written about Chrome, UC Browser, and Opera, if you don’t use Firefox.
How to block pop-ups in Firefox (Windows/ macOS/ Linux)
If you’d like to block pop-ups on Firefox for desktop, follow these steps:
Click the hamburger menu button in the top-right corner, and choose Options.
Choose Content in the left-hand side.
Tick Block pop-up windows to block pop-ups, or untick to allow.
How to block pop-ups in Firefox (Android)
If you’d like to block pop-ups on Firefox for Android, follow these steps:
Type about:config in the address bar.
Search for dom.disable_open_during_load.
Set it to false to allow pop-ups, and true to block pop-ups.
How to block pop-ups in Firefox (iPhone/ iPad)
If you’d like to change the pop-up blocker setting on Firefox for iOS, follow these steps:
Tap the hamburger menu button at the bottom.
Swipe left, and then choose Settings.
Turn on the toggle for Block Pop-up Windows to block pop-ups, or turn it off to allow pop-ups.
Have you had any trouble with pop-ups on Firefox? Share your questions via the comments below.
At WWDC 2017, a little over a week ago, Apple announced Monument Valley 2 for iOS. The original was highly acclaimed, and even found prominent mention in the Netflix series House of Cards. In the past, developer Ustwo has spoken out against a sequel, but a fresh team with new concepts and features changed things, the company said.
The game – out now for iOS, with an Android version in the works – is available for Rs. 400 ($4.99 in the US), and most of the early reviews were extremely positive. The original was also one of our favourite mobile games, thanks to its gorgeous design and intelligent gameplay. So it was obvious that we were going to give Monument Valley 2 a shot as well.
The sequel is – obviously and predictably – gorgeous and the delight of exploring the pastel worlds it presents alone is worth the price of entry. But the “freshness” that’s promised is nowhere to be seen. The game has changed, yes, but only in the most basic sense. As an experience, Monument Valley 2 remains much the same as the original, only it doesn’t even have the appeal of being something completely original and, thus, delightful.
When Monument Valley came, it had the advantage of there never having been anything to compare it to. Playing Monument Valley 2, you get a clear baseline to measure it against, and while the second game is still enjoyable, it’s less satisfying nonetheless.
Monument Valley 2 is a gorgeous game that pairs impossible geometry with beautifully laid out landscapes, and characters who start off as ciphers and slowly gain in personality. Much like the original, the pastel colour palette stands out, and the now familiar towers are filled with strange systems to get you from point A to point B. Without spoiling things, the game features a series of puzzles – that are largely simpler than the original – as you work your way through a series of impossible buildings, slowly unfolding the story just like the structures themselves. It’s all very pleasing, if familiar.
It’s possible that people won’t agree with this – we’ve seen vicious Twitter battles play out on this topic already – but Monument Valley 2 feels more like an expansion pack, rather than a new game. Both Monument Valley titles are short games that offer up a beautiful world for you to inhabit, but at this point, and after the hype of the WWDC reveal, perhaps our expectations were simply at the wrong place for this game to be worth the asking price.
This becomes clearer when you compare Monument Valley 2 to another iOS sequel that just released recently – Framed 2. The game released this week, also at Rs. 400 ($4.99 in the US), which makes for a good comparison. Framed is another one of those “concept” games you’ll find on iOS; the original game from two years ago has a unique premise – you’re shown a series of comic-book frames, and if you change the order of the panels, you can change the outcome of the story.
Pop art colours, sharp lines, and retro background music all come together to make Framed an engaging buy, though the concept wears a bit thin by the end of the game. Framed 2 recognises this, and fine tunes the game, elevating it from quirky and interesting, to must play.
The story of Framed 2 features the same characters and it’s again told without any dialogue, but there’s a lot of drama and emotion nonetheless. The different settings are dynamic, while the core mechanic of rearranging panels remains. You will rearrange the frames to determine what happens next, and find ways to evade capture using the environment.
The difference between these two sequels can not be overstated. Framed 2 is the result of a developer taking a hard look at its game, deciding it could do better, and delivering on that thought. Monument Valley 2 claims to be the same thing – but feels more like a developer looked at its output, and thought, “this is great”.
As a result, where Framed 2 has not been afraid to change things up, making the police more effective and the storytelling crisper and more fulfilling. On the other hand, Monument Valley 2 tries to be a more faithful sequel, and in the bargain, misses out on building on the original.
As the reviews have pointed out, whether you’re new to the series or a big fan of the original, Monument Valley 2 is well worth your time and money. But given how original the first game felt, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed.
Sega Forever is the company’s attempt at bringing back its older games to modern devices, games that are synonymous with consoles such as the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis as it was known in the US), Sega Master System, and of course, the Sega Dreamcast to name a few.
To kick this off, Sega has made classics like Comix Zone, Phantasy Star II, and Sonic the Hedgehog available on the App Store and Google Play. You can play them for free with ads and cloud saves, or simply pay a nominal fee of Rs. 160 ($1.99 in the US) to play them ad-free with support for local saves. Unfortunately, the free versions doesn’t support offline play.
While this initiative is called Sega Forever, typing that into the App Store or Google Play doesn’t take you to any app named ‘Sega Forever’. Instead you’ll see some of the aforementioned titles available for download as separate apps.
It’s here that the very idea of Sega Forever falls flat. You see, Sega is positioning this as the Netflix of retro gaming. On paper, this sounds cool. Unfortunately, the practicalities of this have yet to be ironed out. Netflix and Amazon Prime Video let you download or stream a host of content from those apps, but this is not the case with Sega Forever.
Sega Forever doesn’t have a subscription for classic games either either. Well, not for now at least, with Sega stating that it wants to use the smartphone as a gateway with ads to allow for some form of monetisation. It’s also eyeing the PC games space too and it might have a different revenue model.
This lack of consistency – intentional or otherwise – continues in the titles on offer. Firing up Sonic the Hedgehog, you’re smacked silly with nostalgia. From opening menus that have the game’s box art and cartridge, invoking a sense of simpler times, to the classic ‘Sega’ refrain when the logo pops up on screen, the company hasn’t shied away from its heritage or its fans.
But this isn’t the same across games. Comix Zone for example, doesn’t have the same attention to detail that Sonic the Hedgehog gets in terms of menus, though much like Phantasy Star II and other titles at launch, it does have visual references to the console they were all for – in this case the Sega Mega Drive – front and centre.
At the same time, these games have a mention of Sega Forever and other titles under the label in the first screen of the game itself – something that Sonic doesn’t have. The blue hedgehog might be Sega’s mascot, but you’d think that Sega would use his popularity to highlight the other games in the Sega Forever initiative too.
Every bit of what constitutes to Sega Forever is disorganised and scattered. Granted, Sega is doing what it can under the framework of current guidelines from the likes of Apple, but it makes us wonder if this is an earnest attempt to make and preserve classic titles available to a larger audience, or simply a quick money grab.
By launching on mobile the company gets access to more users, but not necessarily those with the capacity or inclination to pay. Rather, Sega Forever on iOS and Android has more potential to serve as an ad platform thanks to the sheer number of titles that can be offered from the Mega Drive and Master System libraries alone.
The real test of realising the idea that is the ‘Netflix of retro gaming’ will depend on Sega Forever’s execution on consoles and PC. With the potential for better aggregation and bundling, a unified achievement system, perhaps a trading card meta-game layer (on Steam), and pixel perfect reproduction minus ads, it could just be what the Sega faithful and newcomers need. Till then, you’re better off getting your retro fix elsewhere.