How to Convert a Color Photo into a Black and White Photo with Movavi Photo Noir

Movavi Photo Noir is a black and white photo editor that can convert your color photo into a professional black and white photo. There are many types of black and white presets created from different parameters. Some of the different black and white presets are Americano, Macchiato, and Latte. You can download Movavi Photo Noir from the Movavi site. After it is downloaded, you must run the setup to get the black and white photo editor installed on your computer. When you launch Movavi Photo Noir, you must drag the color photo that you want to convert into black and white into the drag and drop area to open it.

To make an image black and white, you must select the first tab called Noir to go to the black and white photo editor. Here, you will see two tabs including presets and adjustments. Under presets, you must choose a preset. You can preview how your picture look in the preset you select in real time in the preview screen. The preset that you have selected will have a blur border around the thumbnail. After selecting a preset, you have the option to go to the adjustment tab to adjust the overall color tone of your black and white photo.

You can click the save preset button if you want to use the same preset for all other photos. In this way, you don’t have to readjust the coloration sliders for the other pictures. To reset the adjustment back to the default settings, you simply have to click on the reset button. Movavi Photo Noir gives you the ability to highlight a certain part of the photo in color with the rest of the areas in black and white. To highlight a subject in color in the black and white photo, you must click the brush button under Black and white.

After clicking the brush button, your mouse cursor will be converted into a brush tool which you can use to paint the area that you want to highlight in color. If you accidentally paint outside the boundary, you can click the eraser button and erase away the excess markings. The painted area will appear to be in blue color. When you let go of your mouse, the object that is painted with the brush tool will appear in color.

Movavi Photo Noir comes with an additional of three basic photo editing tools including rotate, crop and resize. The rotate tool allows you to flip a photo to the left or right horizontally. You can also flip a photo up or down vertically. The rotate tool also allows you to rotate the photo to any angle that you need for your project. The crop tool allows you to crop a photo by moving the square crop frame to the area you want to retain. The resize tool gives you the ability to resize the photo by entering the width and height dimension manually or entering a percentage. When you are done editing your black and white photo, make sure you click the Export button to export your photo in the most convenient picture format for your needs.

Windows 10 overtakes XP and 8.1 to become second most-used OS in the world, but still way behind 7

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When Windows 10 was released on July 29 last year, it was hailed as the best operating system to come from Microsoft in a long time. Now, six months after its release, the latest iteration of Windows has finally passed 10 percent market share, moving it ahead of both Windows XP and Windows 8.1 to become the second most-used operating system in the world.

The figures, from NetMarketShare, show that Windows 10 now has a global market share of 11.85 percent, up from 9.96 percent in December. This put it ahead of fourth place Windows 8.1, which stayed at 10.4 percent, and third-position Windows XP, which actually saw its share increase by half a point in the last month to 11.4 percent.

Microsoft revealed last month that Windows 10 is the fastest growing version of its operating system ever. It was installed on 75 million PCs in its first four weeks, reaching 110 million after just 10 weeks. In December, Windows 10 was found on over 200 million active devices, moving ever closer to Microsoft’s grand plan of having the OS installed on 1 billion devices “in two or three years.”

Those who are continuing to use Windows 7 and 8.1 still have six months left to upgrade to Windows 10. And with Microsoft’s recent announcement that all new processors will only be compatible with its latest OS, it looks as if the operating system’s popularity will continue to increase.

Despite the positive figures, the latest version of Windows still has some way to go before it knocks Windows 7 off the number one position. The seven-year-old OS is still used on 52.47 percent of the world’s computers, but it’s market share is declining fast – down from 55.65 percent in December. Just before Windows 10 was released, Windows 7 held a massive 60 percent market share.

It’s now possible to run Windows 95 natively in your web browser

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For a lot of people, Windows 95 brings back some great memories. Microsoft’s 21-year-old operating system has already been imported onto some unlikely devices, including the Nintendo 3DS and an Android Wear smartwatch a couple of years ago. Now, thanks to some clever work from a developer, you can enjoy Windows 95 running in your web browser.

The project comes from nineteen-year-old student and “occasional programmer”Andrea Faulds, who used Emscripten, an emulator that converts C++ code to JavaScript in real-time, to get the OS to run almost any web browser.

There are no plugins, downloads, or special software required to try out the browser version of Windows 95. The emulator can take quite a while to load up, but once it does you’ll be hit with a wave of nostalgia upon hearing that Startup Chime.

You’ll probably find that things initially seem a bit unstable, and you may have a few problems with the mouse, but once everything’s up and moving it’s incredibly quick. All the old games such as Freecell, Mineseeper, Hearts and Solitaire work fine.

Faulds says that this impressive feat was achieved by installing Windows 95 OSR2 in DOSBox, then packaging up the disk image, along with an Autoexec.bat file and a custom dosbox.conf using Em-DOSBox.

“Really, all the hard work was done by the Emscripten, DOSBox and Em-DOSBox people,” said Scotland-based Faulds. “And, of course, the browser vendors and other people who have worked tirelessly to make the modern web platform what it is today. In the process of making this, I never once had to touch the DOSBox source code.”

There are, obviously, a few limitations with the emulator, such as Internet Explorer not working, but it’s still an excellent piece of programming, and seeing Windows 95 again really shows how far we have come in the last two decades.

Microsoft’s keyboard for iPhones spotted in the wild

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Microsoft is working on bringing its Windows Phone keyboard to iOS, and part of that process involves internally testing the software before it’s released to the public. Thanks to images and information obtained by The Verge, we’re getting a good look at what this keyboard looks like during the testing phase.

The most interesting aspect to Microsoft’s iOS keyboard is the unique one-handed mode, which fans out the keys in a way that makes every one of them easy to reach with a single thumb. This design certainly looks unorthodox, but it appears to be more suited to one-handed use that Windows 10 Mobile’s one-handed keyboard, which simply shrinks to one side.

Word Flow for iOS, as the keyboard is currently known, also brings Windows Phone’s excellent prediction technology to iOS. Predictions aren’t a strong point of the stock iOS keyboard, so Microsoft’s technology here could make their keyboard a better option for iPhone users.

Other typical smartphone keyboard features are also included in Word Flow, such as swipe input, and a full emoji keyboard. The one-handed mode is unique to this keyboard, but every other aspect should be very familiar to Windows Phone users.

It looks like it will still be several months until Microsoft releases this keyboard to the public, with an Android version also expected to launch later this year.

Firefox 44 hits stable channel with support for push notifications

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Firefox 44, the latest release channel build of Mozilla’s web browser, is now available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Notably, Firefox 44 lets users receive push notifications from websites so long as permission is granted (opt-in).

Mozilla says the push notification feature is similar to web notifications with the exception that you can now receive notifications from websites even when they aren’t open. As you can imagine, this could be incredibly useful for things like e-mail, weather, social networking and shopping – you know, sites and services that you’d otherwise manually check for updates. Push notifications can be managed in the Control Center.

It’s worth noting that Mozilla is simply playing catch-up at this point as it relates to push notifications. Google first introduced push notifications in Chrome nearly three years ago with Apple’s Safari following suite a few months later.

Elsewhere, Firefox 44 enables H.264 video playback (so long as you have a native decoder), improves warning pages for certificate errors and untrusted connections and enables WebM/VP9 video support on systems that don’t support MP4/H.264. The fullchange log can be viewed on Mozilla’s website.

Microsoft has now made Windows 10 a ‘recommended update’ rather than an optional one

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Microsoft is continuing its quest to get Windows 10 installed on every PC on the planet. After it revealed last month that all new processors will only be compatible with the company’s latest operating system, it’s now been announced that Windows 10 has become a ‘Recommended update’ in the Windows Update application, rather than an optional one.

Microsoft did say back in October that it would change the Windows 10 listing so it would become a recommended update in “early 2016.”

“As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10. We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat.

The change means that anyone using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 that has automatic updates activated with recommended updates automatically selected will have Windows 10 downloaded without requesting it.

Microsoft has stressed that users will have a say on whether or not they want Windows 10 installed; it isn’t a mandatory update and users will be able to stop the install process. There will also be a 30 day period where users can roll back to the previous version of Windows.

Microsoft aims to have Windows 10 installed on 1 billion devices over the next two or three years, and the company is doing everything it can to increase uptake. The OSrecently passed Windows 8.1 and Windows XP to become the second most-used operating system in the world.

While the newest iteration of Windows has been generally well-received by most users (barring some privacy issues), there are those who say Microsoft’s tactics at getting people to install Windows 10 sometimes verge on the excessive.

Microsoft buys excellent predictive keyboard maker SwiftKey for $250 million

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If you’ve ever been frustrated with your smartphone’s shoddy keyboard, you’ve probably been recommended SwiftKey as a replacement due to its excellent prediction engine. According to a report from The Financial Times, Microsoft has recognized the quality of SwiftKey’s product, and has acquired the company for $250 million.

The buyout will net founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock upwards of $30 million each, which is a pretty decent sum for a product they created only eight years ago.

SwiftKey has reportedly been installed on more than 300 million devices worldwide, either through a free download from the Play Store or App Store, or via pre-installations on some devices. While SwiftKey does make some money from in-app purchases, they’ve also licensed their technology to other companies for their own stock keyboards or other applications.

Microsoft appears most interested in the artificial intelligence technology behind SwiftKey, which allows the keyboard to make incredibly accurate predictive text suggestions. Considering Microsoft’s own Windows Phone keyboard is pretty solid in the prediction department, the company probably has other interesting plans for SwiftKey’s underlying technology.

With the acquisition of SwiftKey set to be finalized next week, it will join a growing list of app purchases by Microsoft, including other productivity tools like to-do list app Wunderlist, email app Accompli, and calendar app Sunrise.

AMD releases Radeon Software 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers for Rise of the Tomb Raider

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AMD has released a new set of Radeon Software Crimson Edition graphics card drivers,version 16.1.1 Hotfix, which are optimized for Rise of the Tomb Raider which launched on PC a couple of days ago.

The 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers bring performance optimizations and a Crossfire profile forRise of the Tomb Raider, as well as a long-awaited Crossfire profile for Fallout 4. Both Nvidia and, to a greater extent, AMD have struggled to get multi-GPU configurations working in Fallout 4, although a recent patch to the game (which also brings HBAO+ and new debris effects) might have improved the situation as well.

Aside from optimizations for the two aforementioned games, the 16.1.1 Hotfix drivers are mostly concerned with addressing bugs. These drivers include fixes for the Radeon Settings app, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on FreeSync setups, Star Wars: Battlefront,Dota 2, and Battlefield Hardline. There are still known issues, but that’s the case with most driver releases.

As always, you can allow Radeon Settings to automatically update your graphics card drivers, or alternatively, you can grab a manual installer from our driver download section here.

Chinese consortium offers $1.2 billion for browser maker Opera

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A consortium of Chinese technology firms have offered to pay $1.2 billion for browser maker Opera, a 53 percent premium over what it was trading at prior to the news. Unsurprisingly, the Norwegian-based company’s board of directors unanimously recommended that shareholders take the offer.

The buyout bid comes from mobile gaming company Beijing Kunlun Tech and Qihoo 360, said to be China’s top mobile antivirus provider. Their efforts are being led by Golden Brick Silk Road Fund Management of China which also includes Yonglian Investment.

If the deal pans out, Kunlun and Qihoo aim to sell their wares to Opera’s user base and extend the browser maker’s mobile advertising platform to Chinese users. Opera said its mobile ad network has a reach of over a billion users.

Also of value is Opera’s data-saving backend technology which compresses websites before they are served to users, thus helping to reduce bandwidth consumption. The technology has helped the company make inroads in emerging markets such as Latin America and South Asia that may lack speedy Internet connections. Even with the impressive technology, Opera ranks as the sixth most-used browser with a 5.5 percent market share according to Internet metrics firm StatCounter.

Despite its mobile ad reach, 2015 was not kind to Opera. As Mashable notes, the company had to revise its outlook twice and told shareholders it was shopping itself around to potential buyers.

Instagram apps now finally support multiple accounts

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Instagram has updated their mobile apps for both Android and iOS, bringing a long-awaited feature to the platform: support for multiple accounts. In testing for several months, the new feature allows users to add up to five accounts to the one app.

Users can add new accounts to the app through the settings menu, after which you can switch accounts quickly and easily by tapping on the username at the top of your profile. There are several new visual cues spread throughout the app that make it easy to distinguish which account you are using, so you don’t accidentally post to the wrong account.

Having multiple account support in the Instagram app isn’t something that regular users will find useful, but it will be incredibly handy for brands and companies that manage a large number of social media accounts. It will also make it easy for you to have a dedicated Instagram account for your pets, if you’re in to that sort of thing.

The new feature is rolling out through an update to the Instagram app right now. If you haven’t received the update already, version 7.15, it should be pushed to all Android and iOS devices throughout the coming week.