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How to use Windows 8.1 on your Mac without restarting

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 are growing in popularity, with some Mac users wondering how they can have the best of both worlds – VMware has an answer.

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Windows on your Mac – yes, it’s possible

If you’re a Mac user, you’ve probably seen some of the cool things that Windows 8.1 can do, but you are in love with your Mac and aren’t willing to part with it. You may not have to, as there are options out there that allow you to run Windows right from your Mac. Maybe you’re one of the people who already use Windows on your Mac but hate that you have to restart your computer to relaunch in Windows mode – we’ve hunted down an option that overcomes this objection.

Apple computers already come with Bootcamp which allows you to install Windows on a Mac, but you have to restart to use Windows and access the tools that are built only for Windows. Enter VMWare Fusion 6 which allows you to use Windows without ever restarting. Bingo.

We haven’t tested the software out, but according to their site, it launches Windows right inside a separate window on any Mac desktop. VMware Fusion operates on any 64-bit capable Intel Mac using OS X 10.7 or later, requiring a minimum of 4GB of RAM, and it does require a monstrous 750MB of disk space.

Copy and paste and drag and drop

Fusion runs Windows OS in full screen mode, or in a separate window, and files can be dragged and dropped from your Windows desktop to the Mac Finder and from Mac to Windows. Copy and paste works between the operating systems as well, allowing you to fully use all of the features of Mac or Windows apps.

VMware Fusion also offers Unity mode wherein the Fusion window and Windows desktop spaces disappear, and opened Windows applications appear right there on your Mac desktop right alongside OS X apps. The bottom line is that you never have to leave OS or Windows to access one or the others – they’re both right there inside of your beloved Mac!

Users have said in reviews that it is easy to set up and works reliably. The price tag is is currently $49.99 and there are less expensive upgrade options for current VMware users.

Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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  1. rolandestrada

    November 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Interesting to know. Probably the first thing an Apple employee will tell you if you intend to run Windows is to buy either Parallels or VMWare Fusion. I switched to a Mac in 2006. Sadly I couldn’t make a clean switch because the MLS only functioned in Internet Exploder – yes I meant to spell it that way. I hated having to do that.

    Using either of the two works pretty well and there there is a third free option called VirtualBox. That said, none of them are perfect. To say they are free of glitches would not be correct.

    Let’s face it the reason Windows users switch to a Mac is they are tired of the tedious pain in the rear that is the Windows experience, especially Windows 8/8.1. There was an agent in my office whose Windows laptop crashed. She said If she had to learn learn a new system she might as well get a Mac. There are several agents in out office that have switched and have no regrets.

    Despite the claims made in this post, there is no discernible advantage to buying a Windows machine over a Mac much less taking up 30 to 50 Gigabytes of hard drive space to put it on your Mac. There are very few use cases where you would need to install Windows to begin with. Real estate agents are one of those cases if your MLS has not switched to a cross-browser compatible system. Our system, CRMLS finally made the switch this year after ten years of complaining by the membership. Bad coding habits die hard.

  2. rolandestrada

    November 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    By the way, If you can’t stand the fact that there is no real Start button in Windows 8 or 8.1, there is an app for that. A company by the name of Stardock has an application call Start8. Start8 returns the Start button and menu to your desktop.

    And if you are tired of having to run “Metro” apps in full screen, Stardock also makes ModernMix. ModernMix lets you run Windows 8 Modern apps in a window on the desktop, display and pin Modern apps on the taskbar and explicitly close a Modern app by clicking its close button.

  3. Fred Glick

    December 1, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Huh? Fusion and parallels have been around for years. Am I missing something?

    • rolandestrada

      December 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      No. Must have been a slow week at the news desk.

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Experts warn of actual AI risks – we’re about to live in a sci fi movie

(TECH NEWS) A new report on AI indicates that the sci fi dystopias we’ve been dreaming up are actually possible. Within a few short years. Welp.

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Long before artificial intelligence (AI) was even a real thing, science fiction novels and films have warned us about the potentially catastrophic dangers of giving machines too much power.

Now that AI actually exists, and in fact, is fairly widespread, it may be time to consider some of the potential drawbacks and dangers of the technology, before we find ourselves in a nightmarish dystopia the likes of which we’ve only begun to imagine.

Experts from the industry as well as academia have done exactly that, in a recently released 100-page report, “The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence: Forecasting, Prevention, Mitigation.”

The report was written by 26 experts over the course of a two-day workshop held in the UK last month. The authors broke down the potential negative uses of artificial intelligence into three categories – physical, digital, or political.

In the digital category are listed all of the ways that hackers and other criminals can use these advancements to hack, phish, and steal information more quickly and easily. AI can be used to create fake emails and websites for stealing information, or to scan software for potential vulnerabilities much more quickly and efficiently than a human can. AI systems can even be developed specifically to fool other AI systems.

Physical uses included AI-enhanced weapons to automate military and/or terrorist attacks. Commercial drones can be fitted with artificial intelligence programs, and automated vehicles can be hacked for use as weapons. The report also warns of remote attacks, since AI weapons can be controlled from afar, and, most alarmingly, “robot swarms” – which are, horrifyingly, exactly what they sound like.

Read also: Is artificial intelligence going too far, moving too quickly?

Lastly, the report warned that artificial intelligence could be used by governments and other special interest entities to influence politics and generate propaganda.

AI systems are getting creepily good at generating faked images and videos – a skill that would make it all too easy to create propaganda from scratch. Furthermore, AI can be used to find the most important and vulnerable targets for such propaganda – a potential practice the report calls “personalized persuasion.” The technology can also be used to squash dissenting opinions by scanning the internet and removing them.

The overall message of the report is that developments in this technology are “dual use” — meaning that AI can be created that is either helpful to humans, or harmful, depending on the intentions of the people programming it.

That means that for every positive advancement in AI, there could be a villain developing a malicious use of the technology. Experts are already working on solutions, but they won’t know exactly what problems they’ll have to combat until those problems appear.

The report concludes that all of these evil-minded uses for these technologies could easily be achieved within the next five years. Buckle up.

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Daily Coding Problem keeps you sharp for coding interviews

(CAREER) Coding interviews can be pretty intimidating, no matter your skill level, so stay sharp with daily practice leading up to your big day.

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Whether you’re in the market for a new coding job or just want to stay sharp in the one you have, it’s always important to do a skills check-up on the proficiencies you need for your job. Enter Daily Coding Problem, a mailing list service that sends you one coding problem per day (hence the name) to keep your analytical skills in top form.

One of the founders of the service, Lawrence Wu, stated that the email list service started “as a simple mailing list between me and my friends while we were prepping for coding interviews [because] just doing a couple problems every day was the best way to practice.”

Now the service offers this help for others who are practicing for interviews or for individuals needing to just stay fresh in what they do. The problems are written by individuals who are not just experts, but also who aced their interviews with giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

So how much would a service like this cost you? Free, but with further tiers of features for additional money. Like with all tech startups, the first level offers the basic features such as a single problem every day with some tricks and hints, as well as a public blog with additional support for interviewees. However, if you want the actual answer to the problem, and not just the announcement that you incorrectly answered it, you’ll need to pony up $15 per month.

The $15 level also comes with some neat features such as mock interview opportunities, no ads, and a 30 day money back guarantee. For those who may be on the job market longer, or who just want the practice for their current job, the $250 level offers unlimited mock interviews, as well as personal guidance by the founders of the company themselves.

Daily Coding Problem enters a field with some big players with a firm grasp on the market. Other services, like InterviewCake, LeetCode, and InterviewBit, offer similar opportunities to practice mock interview questions. InterviewCake offers the ability to sort questions by the company who typically asks them for that individual with their sights targeted on a specific company. InterviewBit offers referrals and mentorship opportunities, while LeetCode allows users to submit their own questions to the question pool.

If you’ve really got your eye on the prize of receiving that coveted job opportunity, Daily Coding Problem is a great way to add another tool in your tool box to ace that interview.

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Quickly delete years of your stupid Facebook updates

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Digital clutter sucks. Save time and energy with this new Chrome extension for Facebook.

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When searching for a job, or just trying to keep your business from crashing, it’s always a good idea to scan your social media presence to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure with offensive or immature posts.

In fact, you should regularly check your digital life even if you’re not on the job hunt. You never know when friends, family, or others are going to rabbit hole into reading everything you’ve ever posted.

Facebook is an especially dangerous place for this since the social media giant has been around for over fourteen years. Many accounts are old enough to be in middle school now.

If you’ve ever taken a deep dive into your own account, you may have found some unsavory posts you couldn’t delete quickly enough.

We all have at least one cringe-worthy post or picture buried in years of digital clutter. Maybe you were smart from the get-go and used privacy settings. Or maybe you periodically delete posts when Memories resurfaces that drunk college photo you swore wasn’t on the internet anymore.

But digging through years of posts is time consuming, and for those of us with accounts older than a decade, nearly impossible.

Fortunately, a Chrome extension can take care of this monotonous task for you. Social Book Post Manager helps clean up your Facebook by bulk deleting posts at your discretion.

Instead of individually removing posts and getting sucked into the ensuing nostalgia, this extension deletes posts in batches with the click of a button.

Select a specific time range or search criteria and the tool pulls up all relevant posts. From here, you decide what to delete or make private.

Let’s say you want to destroy all evidence of your political beliefs as a youngster. Simply put in the relevant keyword, like a candidate or party’s name, and the tool pulls up all posts matching that criteria. You can pick and choose, or select all for a total purge.

You can also salt the earth and delete everything pre-whatever date you choose. I could tell Social Book to remove everything before 2014 and effectively remove any proof that I attended college.

Keep in mind, this tool only deletes posts and photos from Facebook itself. If you have any savvy enemies who saved screenshots or you cross-posted, you’re out of luck.

The extension is free to use, and new updates support unliking posts and hiding timeline items. Go to town pretending you got hired on by the Ministry of Truth to delete objectionable history for the greater good of your social media presence.

PS: If you feel like going full scorched Earth, delete everything from your Facebook past and then switch to this browser to make it harder for Facebook to track you while you’re on the web.

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