Quick! Deals today on networking gear and home network storage

Relevant to our recently published articles on wifi, home networking and backup strategies are today’s deals on Amazon (here).  We’re writing about them today because in our reviews we mention some particular products and if you are quick, you can save some serious money on them.  This brief post is organised around the relevant themes we’ve covered in the past.

Windows 10 Backup (link: How to backup a Windows 10 PC; time machine for Windows)

In this article we discuss backup strategies for Windows 10 using the built in File History software.  We cover off how you can use a USB hard drive, or if you are on a home wifi network you can use a network backup storage.  We recommended the WD My Cloud devices and they are currently discounted:

WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Network Attached Storage – This is a massive storage device, with 8TB of space to backup even the largest of PCs.  If you get to this deal soon you can save $137 off Amazon’s usual price.  Click here for the deal.

WD 12TB My Cloud Mirror Personal Network Attached Storage – The mirror part of the name is the key with this version of the My Cloud.  This is for the seriously backup conscious as it has two internal hard drives meaning that, if one fails, your data is still stored on the other one.  Click here for the deal.

Home Networking & Wifi (link: Answered: How do I extend the range of my home wifi?)

In this article we discuss the options for extending the range of your home wifi network, coming to the conclusion that a powerline device is the best route in most circumstances.  In the current Amazon deal there are some excellent mark downs, for example, checkout:

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Adapter Gigabit Extender Starter Kit – A great powerline starter kit which will extend your wired network across your home power network.  Save $50 today, click here for the deal.

TP-LINK AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender – A wifi range extender, with a saving of $50.  Click here for the deal.

There are many more networking related items in the Amazon sale which our readers may find very appealing (be quick, many run out today), so it’s worth checking it out here: Amazon Networking Deals.

How to set a photo as your iPhone’s lock screen

In this short guide we’ll show you how to set one of your photos from your photo library as your lock screen image.
Your lock screen is shown when your device is locked, before you put your pin code in.

To set this to a picture:

  1. Open up your photo library
  2. Choose the picture that you want
  3. Holding your phone vertically, tap the share button (found at the bottom of your browser window with an arrow pointing upwards)
  4. Scroll down and select ‘Use as wallpaper’
  5. You can then zoom in and out to crop the picture
  6. Once you are happy with this tap ‘Set’
  7. Select whether you’d like this as your lock screen image, your home screen (behind your app icons) or both.

Hey presto, you’ve just pimped your lock screen!

How to backup a Windows 10 PC; time machine for Windows

A good backup strategy is critical. Your personal files, documents, photos and more are all stored on your PC, and you certainly don’t want to lose these. In this article we walk you through how to use the built in tools on Windows 10 to back up your files and automatically keep revision histories.

Apple’s OSX has had a backup utility as part of the operating system for some time now. This is actually a really good system that tends to just work. For a while Windows was lacking a simile tool, although 3rd party tools went quite some way to addressing that.

Windows 10 has a very effective backup solution built in, which is now comparable to Apple’s time machine. For most people Windows 10 is a free upgrade, click here to find out more.

File History is a Windows backup application, that comes as standard in Windows 10, and can be found in the Control Panel (search for Control Panel in Cortana, once in the Control Panel just search for File History in the top right search box).

File History does two things:

  1. Keeps a backup of your files – this is necessary incase your hard disk catastrophically fails.
  2. Keeps a revision history of your files (every hour or so) – this is important because it protects against you accidentally deleting files or making changes that you want to undo.

When you open up File History for the first time you will need to select a secondary hard disk to back your files up to. We’ve had success with two different options:

  1. A small hard disk that plugs into a USB socket. This is probably the fastest option but not great if you move around the home a lot. We use this in our office. It is worth selecting a good reliable brand. click here for the Western Digital USB drive we recommend.
  2. A network hard disk. This option connects to your network so that your laptop can back up over your wireless network. Most often you put the hard disk next to your router and plug them in together. We do this at home so we can move about the house. We like the Western Digital disks as they are reliable, but also if you want to use them as a media server then this is possible too. Click here for the Western Digital network drive we recommend.

The File History control panel allows you to select which files you want to backup (or exclude from the backup). Once you have configured your backup disk, File History will do an initial backup. From that point on (assuming your backup disk is plugged in or on the same network) it will monitors your files for changes and keep them backed up too.



If you want to access files from the backup, File History allows you to scroll back in time to find the version of the file you are after. You simply select this file and restore it to your primary hard disk.

It’s also worth noting, that this backup solution is often used in combination with cloud services such as Microsoft Onedrive. It is not one or the other. These give you a good option for off site backup, but you are not in control of it. We would recommend running both a cloud backup for smaller, important documents, but also keep your own backup for peace of mind and big files.

If you want to understand more about antivirus software for Windows 10, check out this post: Answered: Do I need anti-virus software for Windows 10?

Buy stuff online in the UK? Cashback sites are a no brainer…

Over the past couple of years I have earned £234.59 in cashback. What arduous task did I have to carry out to do this? Click a button before buying the item that I was already going to buy anyway. That’s it, seriously. This cash was brought to me by Quidco, one of two major online cashback sites in the UK (the other being Top CashBack.. more on that later). In this article, dedicated to the UK, we’ll show you how you can get paid for buying things online that you were already going to buy anyway.

I can’t be bothered to read more, summarize..

OK then, register for both Quidco (click here) and Top CashBack (click here). Before you buy anything online, search their directory for the store you are on, and click the referral link. If you want to save time, install their browser plugin which will tell you when you are on a cashback site. We prefer Quidco‘s plugin, but it is up to you.



How does it work?

These sites, known as cashback sites, sit between you and the online store that you are going to buy from. If the store is registered with the cashback site (and, to be honest, a significant portion of the UK online retailers are) then you will get a few percent of the deal slugged back to you. What you must do though, is click what is know as a referral link from the cashback site before your purchase.

When you do this, and actually carry out a purchase, the store that you are on will log that you came from a cashback site. This is communicated back to either Quidco or Top CashBack who will log this and pay you the money.

When do I get paid?

This all depends on when the cashback site gets paid from the online store. The site will tell you the usual payout time for that store, but it’s usually about 30 days. Tracking that the purchase has taken place usually happens within minutes or hours. Once the money is in your account with the cashback site, they usually payout when you’ve reached a certain threshold.

How do I get paid?

Payment from both services can be done via Paypal or direct to your UK bank account. You can choose to get a potentially better deal (i.e. more cashback) if you chose to be paid via a 3rd party. For example, with Quidco you can boost your cashback by being paid with Amazon vouchers (click here to see what you can do with Amazon vouchers). Top CashBack has a huge list of different 3rd parties, including Avios points towards travel with British Airways.

How do I know when I’m on a supported store?

You can check manually by searching each cashback site’s directory. This is also a good way to check which cashback site has the best % payment, but also to see if there are any specific offers available. However, we’d strongly recommend installing their browser plugins. These notify you when you are on a supported site. This is important for two reasons:

  1. It’s much quicker then going and hunting through the cashback site’s directory.
  2. You’re more likely to build up cashback because you are reminded during your normal browsing activity that cashback is available.

Both Quidco and Top CashBack offer browser plugins, however we prefer the UI and interaction of the Quidco plugin. This is entirely a preference though.

OK, so that’s online. What about in-store, real world purchases?

Both cashback sites have solutions to this, and to be honest, they are rather good. With Quidco you register you debit or credit card number with the site as part of their Quidco High Street product. Again, this is completely free to register. A subset of their supported stores will then recognize when you spend cash in their physical store and credit the cashback to you in your Quidco account. If for some reason the cashback isn’t tracked you can send them a copy of the receipt to credit it to your account.
Top CashBack have a service called In-Store Offers, which is very similar to Quidco. You register your debit or credit card details and pay in store as above.. cashback is credited to your account. In addition you can print out vouchers or submit a receipt to them.

What else?

Well, both providers give you mobile apps for iPhone and Android which ply you with offers or tell you where the nearest supported in-store cashback place is:

In addition, if you have some downtime you can complete surveys via Quidco and Top Cashback to earn additional money.

So, Quidco or Top CashBack?

There is really no reason not to use a cashback site. Of the main two in the UK, which should you go for? Well, honestly, both. They are almost identical services. What you should do really is, once you’ve signed up for both, look for the best deal online that you want to buy and then see if that retailer is listed with either of the cashback sites you are on.

If you really want to only go with one, then we’d recommend as our preference to go for Quidco, simply because their browser plugin for Google Chrome is beautiful.

Click here to sign up for Quidco and click here to sign up for Top Cashback.

How to secure erase a Windows 10 computer

Your computer stores your personal information, be it confidential business information or personal emails, photos and contacts. When you come to get rid of your computer, maybe selling it, gifting it or disposing of it you will want to make sure this data is gone. In this short guide, accompanied by a video, we’ll show you how.

Firstly, simply deleting files won’t do. Even if you empty the recycle bin they can still be recovered. In addition there may well be data that you don’t know about, in places that you don’t know about.

Windows 10 has a built in feature which will securely erase all your data and apps, and then reinstall the operating system (that is, Windows 10 itself).

Be warned, if you do this there is no going back and your data will be gone forever!

Follow these steps (shown in the video below, direct link here: https://youtu.be/vCjnHpJV2Jo) to securely erase your Windows 10 computer and reinstall Windows:

  1. Make sure your PC is plugged in to a power source
  2. Click on start
  3. Open settings
  4. Select Update & Recovery
  5. Select Recovery from the options on the left
  6. Then select Get Started from under Reset this PC
  7. From the three options available choose Remove Everything – at this stage this isn’t necessary a secure erase
  8. Select the second option ‘Remove files and clean the drive’.  This is the critical part and will make sure all your data is destroyed

The process will take a few hours as it needs to reformat your computer’s storage. The PC will restart a few times and for a lot of that time the screen may be black – don’t be alarmed!

Once the process is complete you will need to set the computer up again as if it were a new one.

For further Windows 10 reading check out: Windows 10: The Missing Manual on Amazon

Windows 10 is a free upgrade. Click here to find out more.

 


Answered: How do I extend the range of my home wifi?

Gone are the days when we plugged all our devices into a wired network to access the internet at home. In fact, many smart devices that you buy today don’t even have a network socket so you have to connect over wifi. However, what if the wifi doesn’t extend over your whole house? Maybe your house is rather tall, so the top floors or basement don’t get coverage? Or maybe it is a rather wide bungalow so the ends don’t have coverage? In this article we run through your three options for extending wifi across you whole house. We’ll also provide direct links to the products so that you don’t need to go hunting for them.

I can’t be bothered to read the whole article, please summarize!

The best option for most is to use the power network in your house as a data network which enables you to place an additional wifi access point in the dead zone that needs addressing.  This access point talks to your main router over the power cabling already in your house so there is no additional wiring.  You should buy a kit like this: Netgear Powerline 500 with Wi-Fi – Essentials Edition on Amazon .

For those that want to read on…

The equipment that your Internet provider gives you usually contains a modem (the bit that connects to the internet), a router (the bit that manages traffic on your network and talks to the router) and a wifi access point (the bit that provides the wifi signal). Now, these bits all work in tandem in one box usually, so you don’t need to worry about them being separate. However, what we want to do is get more wifi coverage, so you don’t need another modem or another router, you just need more wifi access points. The challenge is how these access points connect to your main router and hence the internet. We’ll walk through three options here: 1) rewire your home with fast ethernet cabling (extreme solution but the best), 2) add wireless repeaters (ok solution, but we’ve not had great performance) or 3) a powerline solution that turns your existing power cabling into a wired network (our recommendation).

So, in no particular order:

1. Rewire your home adding in network cable across the house. BUDGET: Depends on the local cost of labor
Performance wise, this is the best solution. Network cables are designed to carry computer communication traffic and they do this very well.

You’ll be looking to do two things:

  1. Place a wireless access point which broadcasts a wifi network in the dead spot(s) in your home. You can call this network what ever you like, but make sure you connect to it at least once on your devices so that they know it can be connected to
  2. Connect this new wifi access point to your main router with network cables. One end of the network cable plugs into the back of your router (make sure you have a spare network port) and the other end plugs into your new wifi access point

Whilst this can be done simply by buying some network cable from Amazon you’re going to want it not to look really crappy in your home. This means paying an electrician to lay the cables and place network sockets (as you probably have seen in your workplace) next to your new wifi hotspot.
On the plus side, this solution will give you excellent performance. Generally these network cables can operate at gigabit speed, which is going to be faster than pretty much all but the fastest of internet connections. If you invest in a good wifi hotspot you’ll be getting great performance.

Consider the following access point:Edimax BR-6428nS V2 300Mbps Wireless Range Extender / Access Point on Amazon

In addition you’ll need plenty of network cable, although your electrician should be able to provide this.

2. Add wireless repeaters at the edge of your wireless coverage. BUDGET: $35
This solution is completely wireless and doesn’t require adding any new cabling to your home. The idea is this: your main wifi access point that is broadcasting from your router gets to a certain distance in your home. You place a repeater, essentially a booster, inside this coverage area which in turn broadcasts another network which will extend further than the original signal. When your device connects to the repeater, the communication is then passed on to your main wifi network.

This is a good idea if you are extending your coverage just a little bit. In reality we’ve found that this tends to be quiet a flaky solution for real world use. To get any decent extension in coverage the repeater needs to be placed at the edge of the original wifi coverage area, this means it already is receiving quite a poor signal.

It is significantly cheaper than option 1, but unless there is some reason that holds you back from option 3 using powerline devices, there’s no really compelling reason to go with this option. If you are going to, then check out the following Netgear device:

Netgeart WiFi Extender Essentials on Amazon

 

3. Use a powerline device and a wifi access point. BUDGET sub $60:
This one requires a bit of an explanation. In essence you are doing option 1 (placing a wifi access point in the dead zone(s) and connecting it to your router with a wire) however, instead of placing network cable across your home you use a pair of devices that send the data signal over your home’s existing power network. There’s no need to add any extra wiring to your home.

The devices you need to get plug in to your power sockets and allow you to plug a network cable into them. You need to buy them in pairs, so that you plug one into the mains near your router (and connect a network cable from your router to the powerline device) and then you plug the other device into the mains next to your new wifi access point and connect the network cable from the access point to the powerline device. In this manner your new wifi access point is connected to your router over the power network in your house.

You’ll find that some devices put the wifi access point and powerline device into one unit in one of the pair so that you don’t need to have a separate access point (we’d recommend this option unless you have a good reason to keep the wifi access point separate from the powerline device).

Now, the speed you get will not be the same as running dedicated network cable around your home. It will also be influenced by the quality of wiring in your home. Most devices nowadays conform to the HomePlugAV500 specification – which in theory can transmit data across your powerline at 500mb / sec (you will see some devices which conform to the AV2 specification introduction in 2012, however there aren’t that many of them out there). In reality the speed you will achieve will be much lower, however even if you only get a 100mb transmit rate, this is likely still faster than your web connection and good for most use cases.

One thing to look out for on the devices is whether they allow you to plug other mains powered devices into them (known as passing through the power). This can be handy if you are short of mains sockets, but not essential.

We’d recommend a pair of devices such as these Netgear ones, they are completely plug and play (meaning no configuration) and one of the pair has a wifi hotspot included in it (no extra plugging in):

Netgear Powerline 500 with Wi-Fi – Essentials Edition on Amazon

 


Python development on Windows 10

So, speak to most people in the Python community and they are going to be Mac users or Linux users. Python is baked into these operating systems and everything works nicely (most of the time). But, there are some of us who work on Windows (or, more precisely, all platforms) so how do we fair?

In the past, Windows has been a bit of a pain for the Python developer. What should be simple never was; if it wasn’t a build script failing, or a compiler not present, then it was lack of support for awesome tools such as virtualenv, easy_install and pip. Things just weren’t as simple as they were on OSX or ‘nix.

But here we are with Windows 10, and more importantly Visual Studio 2015. Now, Visual Studio was always a good development environment if you were writing for .Net. It was fully featured and had many happy users. With Visual Studio 2015 there are three important things to note:

  1. It is free. Yes, the community edition (with the Python tools) is 100% free. If you’re part of an organisation and you the want the Pro edition, there’s the usual Microsoft fee: Visual Studio 2015
  2. It has the brilliant Python tools for Visual Studio built in which gives you virtualenv management, with pip, requirements.txt, etc.
  3. It installs all those pesky compilers that you always had to hunt around for.

So, you download Visual Studio 2015 and go to install it.. make sure you select all the Python tools! This is a complete set of tools (you can also get them separately from GitHub here: https://github.com/Microsoft/PTVS if you miss this, but it’s just easier to install it all at once). When you install all these tools, you’ll find that the compilers that are needed for pip to be able to build your Python packages are installed to. Bye bye build errors.

When using Visual Studio 2015 with Python tools, you have to change your mentality a little bit from the OSX/Linux world. Much less is done at the shell, instead you click on things. You get all the Python syntax highlighting you would expect, and Visual Studio lets you manage your interpreters too. If you want to use a virtualenv you simply click on a few menu items and Visual Studio will build it for you – it has a rather cool feature too: if you have a requirements.txt file in your project, the env will automatically be built with pip setting up all your dependencies from the requirements file.

When you are in full coding mode, you’re going to need a decent debugger. Visual Studio give you a sturdy debugger which gives all the usual analysis – and it doesn’t feel like a bolt on at all. You even get a the ability to quickly pop open an interactive python shell for some quick hacking.

For further reading checkout the excellent Python Tools for Visual Studio on Amazon Kindle or Paperback (click here)
by Cathy Wong.

Of course, there are other IDEs out there that are good too. We particularly like PyCharm and use this across multiple OSes. The only issue here is that you have to install the compilers in Windows yourself (and we’ve been burned by this before).

Ultimately the choice of IDE is a personal one. However, Python development on Windows is finally coming of age and should not be written off!



Answered: Do I need anti-virus software for Windows 10?

Those that have been Windows users for a long time will be familiar with buying antivirus software. For a long time it has been essential, and potentially considered irresponsible to not use it (you can distribute viruses to others without knowing about it, for example). Apple Mac users used to look on smugly as their Windows using counterparts suffered attack after attack.

Windows users regularly installed software such as Norton, McAfee, Kaspersky etc. However, Windows 10 has is now here and stable. Windows 10 is a free upgrade (click here to find out how) for most, however if this isn’t the case for you or you are installing it onto a new computer you can buy a copy of Windows 10 Home on a USB stick from Amazon (click here for a direct link). Does it get rid of the need for anti-virus software? No, of course not. There are still plenty of viruses, malware and other nasties kicking around the web. However, Windows 10 comes with a comprehensive set of built in security tools that will more than address your needs. These all come under the umbrella of Windows Defender.

Windows Defender is a robust set of tools that automatically scan your computer for viruses, malware, spyware and more. It does not get in the way of your everyday use of the computer, letting you get on with your tasks at hand, but it does keep running in the background keeping everything secure.

A major point is that, whilst you can have the best antivirus software in the world, if its knowledge of current viruses is out of date then its performance will suffer. It needs up to date definitions to know what to look for, so you have to keep your software update date. This is where Windows 10 with Windows Defender really wins. Windows 10 is now an operating system as a service, which means it is updated in the background without you having to do anything (especially if you are on Windows 10 Home… Pro users have more responsibility to manage updates). New virus definitions are updated along with all the usual Windows updates, which you don’t need to take control of. The upshot is that your system will be as up to date with the latest virus definitions as it can be, without you needing to take any action.

With Windows 10 there is little need for additional security software (unless, of course, you are the type of person who prepares for doomsday) given what Microsoft have made available for free. Of course, you have to trust Microsoft to get it right, but that’s another story. 🙂

How to play Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Deezer and more in your car for under $12

The automotive industry is lagging behind the rest of the technology world, it always has. We moved on from CDs years ago, first to downloads such as from the iTunes Store and then onto streaming services from the likes of Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Deezer, and more. We will show you how you can have all this music, in your car, wirelessly.

You can already listen to these services on your computer or phone, or stream wirelessly to your speakers via Bluetooth or TV via a Chromecast.

So why can’t you do this in your car? If you’re purchasing a new car you may be lucky and find that it has Apple’s CarPlay or Google’s Android Auto built in. If so, stop reading now and go explore this option.

For the rest of us we don’t have this option. My car just has a standard CD player. But there are still brilliant options which stream music from your (or your passenger’s) phone. In addition, if you use apps such as Apple Maps or Google Maps for navigation you’ll have both Spotify and your navigation instructions through the car speakers. So, your three options are:

  1. Plug in. If you can find the aux in or line in of your car stereo you can plug your phone’s headphone port into this. You’ll need a cable with a headphone plug on one end and, depending on your stereo, another headphone plug or a pair of red and white plugs. See these links as examples:
     


     
    The problem with this though, is that the cables become dangerous and they can get caught up in the car. Also your passengers in the back will struggle to join in.

  2. Bluetooth. This is our recommended option. With this you wirelessly pair your phone over Bluetooth to the car and then play audio over the car’s speakers. Anyone in your car can pair up and there will be no dangerous wires draped across the car. In this setup your phone is the transmitter so you’ll need a Bluetooth receiver which plugs in to that aux port you found. These cost less than $16, and are a brilliant solution that everyone can join in with. We’ve tested this model which plugged straight into the aux socket in our car and paired immediately to our iPhone.
     
  3. FM transmitter. If you can’t locate the aux port on your stereo then neither of the above options are going to work for you. However, I’ve yet to come across a car that does not have an FM radio, so you still have an option. What you need is an FM transmitted that plugs into the headphone socket of your phone, which you set to broadcast on a particular FM frequency (be sure to select one that doesn’t clash with an actual radio station in your area). You then tune your car stereo to this radio station and you’ll have your music. If you are on a long drive you may need to adjust the broadcast frequency if you clash with a local radio station. You’ll need something like this:
     

With one of these three options, you’ll be streaming music over your car stereo with very little cash or time invested.

Great apps for Windows 10 tablets

So, you’ve got your new Windows 10 tablet, maybe it’s a nice shiny Microsoft Surface device… now you’re going to need some apps to get you going.

If you’re running a Windows 10 laptop or desktop PC, this guide still applies to you however you have a wealth of programs that can be run in desktop mode (sure, you can run them on a tablet… but it may make you hate your tablet!).

This guide will list each application, along with a direct link to the Windows Store to download them.. No need to go searching!

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle for Windows 10

Amazon Kindle for Windows 10

Everyone knows Amazon’s Kindle service. It’s the most popular e-reader out there, but you don’t have to use a physical kindle. This is a great application lets you access your library, read your books and keep in sync with all your other kindle devices and apps.

Download Amazon Kindle for Windows 10 here

Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, OneNote Mobile & PowerPoint Mobile

Office Mobile for Windows 10
Office Mobile for Windows 10

OK, not one app but four. These apps are specifically designed for a touch interface. This means that you won’t have lots of fiddle tapping on an interface designed for a mouse, and you don’t need to install the desktop version of the Office suite. You can view, edit and share the documents you work on, saving them to cloud services such as OneDrive and Dropbox.

Download Office Mobile for Windows 10 here

Netflix

Netflix on Windows 10
Netflix on Windows 10

I couldn’t live without my Netflix subscription, and sure, you could watch it in the browser but with a dedicated app you have native performance and an optimized touch interface. All we wish for here is that the app would support our Chromecast as it does on iOS and Android.

Download Netflix for Windows 10 here

Flipboard

Flipboard for Windows 10
Flipboard for Windows 10

Windows 10 actually comes with a pretty good news app by default, and we’re not knocking that… Its live tile is really good. However, you really can’t beat Flipboard for its coverage and scope for customization. Of course, it is free..you just have to sign up for an account..

Download Flipboard for Windows 10 here

Skyscanner

Skyscanner on Windows 10
Skyscanner on Windows 10

Your tablet is your travel companion, so book some trips. Skyscanner’s Windows 10 app hunts down the best deal for you so that you don’t pay over the odds. It is all touch friendly and lets you filter by flight duration, time of day, airline, airports and more.

Download Skyscanner for Windows 10 here

Minecraft

Minecraft for Windows 10
Minecraft for Windows 10

This is the ultimate classic game, now under the Microsoft wing. It does cost a few bucks, paid through the Store, but its worth it.. It’ll keep you entertained on those long commutes!

Download Minecraft for Windows 10 here

One Calendar

One Calendar for Windows 10
One Calendar for Windows 10

The built in calendar application in Windows 10 is a bit of a let down. Important features are just missing. Good job that One Calendar is here to step in. It is a fully featured calendar which syncs with most of your cloud services including Google Calendar.

Download One Calendar for Windows 10 here

Facebook

Facebook for Windows 10
Facebook for Windows 10

Admit it, you can’t do without Facebook can you! Facebook for Windows 10 offers a snappy, responsive and familiar user interface. Pin the app to your start menu to get nice snippets from your timeline without having to open the app.

Download Facebook for Windows 10 here

Of course, there are some key applications and functionality missing, which we’re hoping will appear soon.  We’d love Chromecast support and please, where is the Spotify app?