Originally posted on Code Red 10:

Hey all. I was looking through my registry yesterday when I stumbled upon how to find Visual Studio product keys using the Windows Registry. This should work for any Visual Studio edition (2008, 2010 etc), so here is the registry key you need.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Microsoft -> VisualStudio -> 10.0 -> Registration -> 2000.0×0000 -> PIDKEY

The above path will take you to the Visual Studio 2010 Product key. For Visual Studio 2008, simply change 10.0 to 9.0 and then you’re done. In the 2000×0000 key, click on the string “PIDKEY” and there is your product key for Visual Studio.

For Visual Studio 2008

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Microsoft -> VisualStudio -> 9.0 -> Registration -> 2000.0×0000 -> PIDKEY

For Visual Studio 2005

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Wow6432Node -> Microsoft -> VisualStudio -> 8.0 -> Registration -> 2000.0×0000 -> PIDKEY

For Visual Studio.NET


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Google’s Nexus 6 & Nexus 9 with Android 5.0 aka “Lollipop”

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Google has done what many predicted it would, and ventured into phablet territory with the Nexus 6, its latest Android reference smartphone. The Motorola-made gadget has a 5.9-inch display, and 1440×2560 resolution, resulting in what should be an eye-popping 496 ppi pixel density. As Darrell has previously said, that seems like it could make the gadget fairly unwieldy, but Google apparently thinks it has seen the future, and the future is huge.

The Nexus 6 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor running at 2.7Ghz to help it show off Android L (or, as it’s now known, Android “Lollipop”), the next generation of Google’s OS which makes its debut here.

A 13-megapixel camera on the back should help improve picture quality, which has never been amazing on Nexus mobile phones. The look overall is very much reminiscent of Motorola’s new Moto X, and the larger phone has buttons repositioned to…

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


Finally Microsoft get it right in Windows 10…

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


This morning at an event in San Francisco, Microsoft announced the next version of its Windows operating system: Windows 10.

The name is definitely not in line with expectations, but also comes on the heels of rumor talk that it could pick up another title. Happily, the last 943 people to cover the operating system got the name wrong. I am among them.

Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will launch a Windows Insider Program that will give users who are comfortable with running very early beta software access to Windows 10. This first preview will be available for laptops and desktops. A build for servers will follow later. Microsoft says it is opening up this beta process to get more feedback from more users early on, but also noted that this will be a learning experience for the company and that some experiments users will get in new builds may not make…

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iPhone 6 Plus Owners Claim It’s Bending in Their Pockets

Originally posted on TIME:

Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus has an awesome new design feature fanboys can’t get enough of: Some owners of the 6.2-inch-tall device are complaining their brand new phones are bending when they’re put in smaller pockets, MacRumors reports.

And in the video above, one YouTube user is seen bending the iPhone 6 Plus with his bare hands. However, to be fair, this isn’t the first smartphone to experience posture issues: The pocket-curving phenomenon has been discussed by Android users, too. And some Apple users have also posted photos of curved iPhone 5s units:

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Galaxy Note Edge, A Phablet With A Curved Edge Display

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Perhaps taking a bit of the spotlight from the new Galaxy Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge is essentially a Galaxy Note 4 with a special curved display on the edge of the phone. Thus, the super clever name.

The Galaxy Note Edge has almost identical specs to the Galaxy Note 4, save for a slightly smaller battery and, of course, a random display hanging off of the side of it. The Edge display works entirely independently of the regular screen, while at the same time offering contextual controls based on whatever app you’re using.

For instance, if you’re in the camera app, the camera’s controls will appear on the Edge display. If you’re using the S Note app, controls for drawing, text, etc. will show up on the Edge display. If you have music playing, controls for seek, volume, and pause/play will show up there.

However, if you’re…

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Forget “OK Glass, now control Google glass with your thoughts.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Google Glass has made a name for itself (somewhat infamously) as head-mounted hardware that you can control with your voice and a sliding finger. Now, a team based out of interactive studio This Place in London, is launching a new app that it hopes will kickstart an even more seamless way of interacting with the device: with the power of your mind.

MindRDR, as the app is called, links up Google Glass with another piece of head-mounted hardware, the Neurosky EEG biosensor, to create a communication loop.

The Neurosky biosensor picks up on brainwaves that correlate to your ability to focus. The app then translates these brainwaves into a meter reading that gets superimposed on the camera view in Google Glass. As you “focus” more with your mind, the meter goes up, and the app takes a photograph of what you are seeing in front of you. Focus some more, and the meter goes…

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The next-generation email platform which works with gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange and others.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Founded by Dropbox and MIT alums, a new startup called Inbox is launching out of stealth today, hoping to power the next generation of email applications. Similar to the newly launched Gmail API, Inbox offers a more modern way to build apps that access end users’ inboxes. But instead of being limited to Gmail, it also works with Yahoo, Microsoft Exchange and others, the company says.

In addition, jabs the company’s website, “Inbox is an email company. Google is an advertising company. This product is our focus, and will not be ‘discontinued’ unexpectedly.” Burn!

Google made waves with the announcement of a new “Gmail API” at its Google I/O developer conference earlier this month, which offers developers who build email applications new tools to access messages, threads, labels and other parts of the Gmail inbox without requiring full inbox access. The idea is to reduce the reliance on older protocols, like IMAP, when apps…

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