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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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Airbnb has blocked 50K+ bookings for being too big during COVID-19

(NEWS) Airbnb has cancelled a huge number of reservations as a security precaution during COVID-19 in the past year or so.

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In the last year or so, Airbnb has purposefully prevented at least 50,000 people from making irresponsible reservations on their properties, in many cases blocking those people from the platform itself. This prevention, at least in theory, helped cut down on the number of COVID parties during the pandemic.

According to The Verge, Airbnb’s head of trust and safety communication, Ben Breit, acknowledged blocked reservations in several cities across the United States, including Dallas, San Diego, and New Orleans. Breit confirmed that this response was an attempt to prevent large gatherings and parties during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic during which many areas banned group activities involving more than a few people.

While some requests for reservations were simply denied or “redirected”, many users were blocked from using Airbnb entirely. Airbnb noted that the number of blocked requests outpaced the number of people who were blocked, signifying that some accounts attempted to make more than one reservation before being removed from the platform.
Airbnb reportedly stated that “Instituting a global ban on parties and events is in the best interest of public health” prior to enacting a total ban on rentals at the beginning of 2020, a decision that gave way to the blocks and redirections in the last 12 months.

The evaluation system used to flag problematic reservations is relatively simple, according to Breit: “If you are under the age of 25 and you don’t have a history of positive reviews, we will not allow you to book an entire home listing local to where you live.”

But Airbnb didn’t entirely remove multiple-body listings or large rentals. The Verge reports that flagged users with the aforementioned criteria were still able to book both small rentals in local locations and larger rentals in reasonably distant locations.

Regardless of the optics here, Airbnb’s policy efficacy can’t be ignored. Multiple cities reported comparatively “quiet” holiday seasons–something that may contribute to Airbnb’s decision to extend their policy through the end of this summer.

The hosting company is also offering increased security measures, such as noise detection and a 24-hour hotline, at a discounted rate to property owners.

As both the vaccine gap and the proliferation of the Delta variant of COVID-19 continue to contribute to outbreaks, one can reasonably expect Airbnb to hold to this policy.

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TL;DV summarizes video meetings so folks can catch up in quickly *with* context

(TECHNOLOGY) TL;DV makes catching up on video team meetings slightly more tolerable and easily digestable.

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2021 was the year of virtual meetings, and while there are some perks associated with remote collaboration (I’m looking at you, pair of work pants that I didn’t have to wear once this year), these meetings often feel exponentially more arduous than their dressed-up counterparts. TL;DV, a consolidation app for Google Meet, looks to give back a bit of your time.

TL;DV (an acronym for “Too Long; Didn’t View”) is a Google Chrome recording extension that helps users specify important sections of meetings for anyone who needs to view them asynchronously. Users can tag specific segments in Google Meet sessions, transcribe audio, and leave notes above tagged sections for timestamp purposes, and the subsequent file can be shared via a host of both Google and third-party apps.

While the extension is only available for Google Meet at the time of writing, the TL;DV team has included a link to a survey for Zoom and MS Teams users on their site, thus implying that the team is looking into expanding into those platforms in the future.

The mission behind TL;DV is, according to the website, to empower users to “control how we spend our precious time” in the interest of combatting FOMO and meeting fatigue. By dramatically shortening the amount of time one must spend perusing a meeting recording, they seem well on their way to doing so.

Of course, the issue of human oversight remains. It seems likely that meeting facilitators will drop the ball here and there while tagging sections of the recording, and employees who miss crucial information in a recorded session are sure to be frustrated in the process–just not as frustrated as they might be if they attended the entire meeting live.

The current (free) version of TL;DV is in Beta, so users will have a three-hour cap on their videos. The development team promises a professional version by the end of 2021, with the added bonus of leaving prior recordings available for free for anyone who used the Beta. This is certainly an extension to keep an eye on–whether or not you’re remaining remote in 2022, virtual conferencing is no doubt here to stay.

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Hiding from facial recognition is a booming business

(TECH NEWS) ‘Cloaking’ is the new way to hide your face. Companies are making big money designing cloaking apps that thwart your features by adding a layer of make up, clothing, blurring, and even transforming you into your favorite celebrity.

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Facial recognition companies and those who seek to thwart them are currently locked in a grand game of cat and mouse. Though it’s been relentlessly pursued by police, politicians, and technocrats alike, the increasing use of facial recognition technology in public spaces, workplaces, and housing complexes remains a widely unpopular phenomenon.

So it’s no surprise that there is big money to be made in the field of “cloaking,” or dodging facial recognition tech – particularly during COVID times while facial coverings are, literally, in fashion.

Take Fawkes, a cloaking app designed by researchers at the University of Chicago. It is named for Guy Fawkes, the 17th century English revolutionary whose likeness was popularized as a symbol of anonymity, and solidarity in V For Vendetta.

Fawkes works by subtly overlaying a celebrity’s facial information over your selfies at the pixel level. To your friends, the changes will go completely unnoticed, but to an artificial intelligence trying to identify your face, you’d theoretically look just like Beyonce.

Fawkes isn’t available to the general public yet, but if you’re looking for strategies to fly under the radar of facial recognition, don’t fret; it is just one example of the ways in which cloaking has entered the mainstream.

Other forms of cloaking have emerged in the forms of Tik Tok makeup trends, clothes that confuse recognition algorithms, tools that automatically blur identifying features on the face, and much more. Since effective facial recognition relies on having as much information about human faces as possible, cloaking enthusiasts like Ben Zhao, Professor of computer science at the University of Chicago and co-developer of Fawkes, hope to make facial recognition less effective against the rest of the population too. In an interview with The New York Times, Zhao asserts, “our [team’s] goal is to make Clearview [AI] go away.”

For the uninitiated, Clearview AI is a start-up that recently became infamous for scraping billions of public photos from the internet and privately using them to build the database for a law enforcement facial recognition tool.

The CEO of Clearview, Hoan Ton-That, claimed that the tool would only be improved by these workarounds and that in long run, cloaking is futile. If that sounds like supervillain talk, you might see why he’s earned himself a reputation similar to the likes of Martin Shkreli or Ajit Pai with his company’s uniquely aggressive approach to data harvesting.

It all feels like the beginning of a cyberpunk western: a story of man vs. machine. The deck is stacked, the rules are undecided, and the world is watching. But so far, you can rest assured that no algorithm has completely outsmarted our own eyeballs… yet.

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