Windows 8 can wipe a PC clean in just six minutes

By on March 5, 2012 at 7:45 AM.

Windows 8 can wipe a PC clean in just six minutes

BGR published a full review of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview last week, and to say we were impressed is an understatement. Make no mistake, Microsoft has plenty of work left to do, but we found its next-generation operating system to be a breath of fresh air while still managing to stay true to the groundwork laid by Windows 7. We covered a number of impressive Windows 8 features in our write-up, but another one was brought to light late last week: the reset function. Windows users know how painful it currently is — and has always been, historically — to start fresh once a PC has been harmed irreparably, but that is no longer the case in Windows 8. As noted by Paul Thurrott of Supersite for Windows, Microsoft’s new push-button reset function can return a Windows 8 PC to its factory-fresh state in as little as six minutes according to Microsoft. A factory reset with Windows 7 took at least 20 minutes to accomplish, and that doesn’t include the arduous set-up process after the fact. The speedy reset function on Windows 8 may not seem overly significant on the surface, but it is certainly an engineering feat and yet another example of the serious effort Microsoft is putting into making Windows 8 an enjoyable, user-friendly experience from start to finish. More →

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Sprint launches Protection App for Total Equipment Protection customers

By on February 28, 2011 at 11:01 PM.

Sprint launches Protection App for Total Equipment Protection customers

U.S. wireless provider Sprint has announced a new mobile application available to subscribers of its Total Equipment Protection (TEP) program, titled Protection App. Protection App — available to Android and BlackBerry users — will allow customers who have lost their smartphone to locate the device using a web portal, remotely lock the device, erase address book contacts, and manage contacts. Sprint customers can sign up for the TEP program within 30 days of a new handset purchase; the application can be downloaded for free from Sprint’s website. TEP retails for $7 per month. Hit the break for the full press release.
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HTC's Sense web portal open for business

By on October 7, 2010 at 7:17 AM.

HTC's Sense web portal open for business

If you live across the pond, and have picked yourself up an HTC Desire Z or Desire HD, you might want to hit up htcsense.com. The site, which allows users to backup and manage their HTC handset from the web, has officially opened its doors for business. You can read more about exactly what HTC’s web portal does here. If you set up an account, let us know what you think. More →

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RIM announces BlackBerry Protect

By on July 12, 2010 at 1:02 PM.

RIM announces BlackBerry Protect

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RIM’s consumer-grade protection software for BlackBerry smartphones, dubbed Blackberry Protect, has just been officially announced. Rumored for months, the new service lets customers not attached to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server:

  • Protect important information on a lost BlackBerry smartphone by remotely wiping or locking the device from your desktop
  • Remotely add contact information to the home screen of a locked BlackBerry smartphone so it can be returned if found
  • See your BlackBerry smartphone’s location and pinpoint the current whereabouts of a lost or stolen device with cell tower and GPS device tracking
  • Find a nearby misplaced BlackBerry smartphone by remotely activating a loud ringer
  • Back up data from your BlackBerry smartphone (including Contacts and Calendar; Memos and Tasks; Browser Bookmarks and Text Messages) over Wi-Fi
  • Restore your data to a new BlackBerry smartphone, or simply switch from one BlackBerry smartphone to another

We recently got a demo of the Protect software, and — to be honest — we think it’s pretty solid. It will be in beta starting this week, and a more open beta later this year. More →

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BlackBerry Shield screenshots emerge at long last

By on June 25, 2010 at 8:14 AM.

BlackBerry Shield screenshots emerge at long last

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It’s been a long time since we first mentioned BlackBerry Shield, but that all changed Thursday. BNews.pl managed to get a hold of a handful of screenshots of the security service which lets users remotely locate, lock and wipe their misplaced and/or stolen BlackBerry just like iPhone users can do Find My iPhone. When it’s released — and it’s not clear when this is going to happen, other than it’s going to enter testing “very soon” — BlackBerry Shield will be free to BIS users. More →

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