Acer Aspire S7-393-55208G12ews, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel i5 2.20GHz

This is in an AS NEW state. And comes boxed with all original accessories unused. Not a mark or scratch on it. Comes with Windows 10 Pro, x64 and Office Pro Plus 2016

Model Name: Aspire S7-393

Part Number: NX.MT5EK.001

Aspire S7-393
Intel® Processor Type

Core™ i5 i5-5200U
Processor Speed 2.20 GHz
Memory Card Reader
Storage Solid State Drive Capacity 128 GB
Display & Graphics

Acer Aspire S7-393-55208G12ews, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel i5 2.20GHz

GTX 970 – Asus Strix DirectCU II

I have this GTX 970 Graphics card for sale on behalf of my brother-in-law.

I will list it as used but know first hand that this has seen little use outside of being tested on a custom build when first purchased (about 4-6 months ago – I’ll tell you exactly once receipt is found). He is currently hunting for the receipt from PC World/Curry’s so I can include this if found.

Comes boxed with all accessories.

Any questions feel free to ask. I have the card at the moment so can answer queries…

GTX 970 – Asus Strix DirectCU II

Introducing the UWP Community Toolkit

Recently, we released the Windows Anniversary Update and a new Windows Software Developer Kit (SDK) for Windows 10 containing tools, app templates, platform controls, Windows Runtime APIs, emulators and much more, to help create innovative and compelling Universal Windows apps.

Today, we are introducing the open-source UWP Community Toolkit, a new project that enables the developer community to collaborate and contribute new capabilities on top of the SDK.

We designed the toolkit with these goals in mind:

1. Simplified app development: The toolkit includes new capabilities (helper functions, custom controls and app services) that simplify or demonstrate common developer tasks. Where possible, our goal is to allow app developers to get started with just one line of code.
2. Open-Source: The toolkit (source code, issues and roadmap) will be developed as an open-source project. We welcome contributions from the .NET developer community.
3. Alignment with SDK: The feedback from the community on this project will be reflected in future versions of the Windows SDK for Windows 10.

For example, the toolkit makes it easy to share content from your app with social providers like Twitter, taking care of all the OAuth authentication steps for you behind the scenes.

            // Initialize service
            TwitterService.Instance.Initialize("ConsumerKey", "ConsumerSecret", "CallbackUri");

            // Login to Twitter
            await TwitterService.Instance.LoginAsync();
            // Post a tweet
            await TwitterService.Instance.TweetStatusAsync("Hello UWP!");

Additionally, the toolkit provides extension methods that allow developers to animate UI elements with just one line of code.

await element.Rotate(30f).Fade(0.5).Offset(5f).StartAsync();

Below you will find more details about the features in the first release, how to get started, the roadmap and how to contribute.

UWP Community Toolkit 1.0

The toolkit can be used by any new or existing UWP application written in C# or VB.NET. Our goal is to support the latest and previous stable release of the SDK and at this time, the toolkit is compatible with apps developed with Windows 10 SDK Build 10586 or above.

The toolkit can be used to build UWP apps for any Windows 10 device, including PC, Mobile, XBOX, IoT and HoloLens. You can also use the toolkit with an existing desktop app converted to UWP using the Desktop Bridge.

Here are just some of the features included in the first release of the toolkit.


We are also releasing the UWP Community Toolkit Sample App in the Windows Store that makes it easy to preview the toolkit capabilities even before installing the tools or downloading the SDK. The app will also allow you to easily copy & paste the code you will need to get started using the toolkit in your project.


Getting Started

It’s easy to get started:

1. Download Visual Studio 2015 with Update 3 and the Windows 10 SDK
2. Create a new UWP project (or open an existing one)
3. Launch Visual Studio 2015
4. Create a new project using the Blank App template under Visual C# Windows Universal

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5. Add the UWP Community Toolkit to your project
6. In Solution Explorer panel, right click on your project name and select “Manage NuGet Packages”


7. Search for “Microsoft.Toolkit.UWP”
8. Select desired packages and install them


9. Add a reference to the toolkit in your XAML pages or C#

          a. In your XAML page, add a reference at the top of your page

<Page  x:Class="MainPage"

          b. In your C# page, add the namespaces to the toolkit

using Microsoft.Toolkit.Uwp;
namespace MyApp

10. You can copy & paste code snippets for each feature from the Sample App, or find more details in the documentation.


In the future, we plan to release stable updates through the Visual Studio NuGet package at a regular cadence.

The toolkit is completely open-sourced on GitHub, including the source code of the toolkit, source code of the sample app and even the documentation. The roadmap for the next release is available here.

  • If you need to report a bug or share a feature request, please use this form.
  • If you would like to contribute your code, please start from here.

We are excited about the contributions that several community members already submitted in this first release, including Morten Nielsen, Scott Lovegrove, Pedro Lamas, Oren Novotny, James Croft, Diederik Krols, Hermit Dave, Thomas Nigro, Laurent Bugnion, Samuel Blanchard and Rudy Hyun. We are looking forward to continuing to grow the toolkit with even more community contributions.

So please go browse the sample app and learn about the experiences, then grab the NuGet package yourself and play around. We want developers to give us feedback on the usability and helpfulness of the features that exist in the toolkit. There is much to do in an open source project: we can get some help to improve accessibility and localization, and ensure the current capabilities work for all apps.

And while you are at it, JOIN THE FUN!

Giorgio Sardo, Principal Group Program Manager, Windows/PAX

David Catuhe, Principal Program Manager, Windows/PAX

Customer segmentation and push notifications: a new Windows Dev Center Insider Program feature

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new customer segmentation and push notifications feature to the Windows Dev Center Insider Program. To try it out, you’ll need to join the Dev Center Insider Program if you haven’t done so already. Then, get started with an overview video to see detailed steps on how to create segments and push notifications. With this feature, you can quickly create custom notifications to send to your app’s customers—all of them, or to only a selected segment that meets the criteria you define, like demographics and purchase status. Customer segments and notifications can be used to encourage desired actions (like buying something) or for loyalty and retention campaigns, maximizing cross and up-sell opportunities, identifying product differentiation strategies and discovering what each segment finds most valuable.

When defining a customer segment, you first select a specific app. Then you can create AND/OR queries that include or exclude customers based on attributes such as app acquisitions, acquisition source and demographic criteria, with options to refine further. You can also select criteria related to first time purchase status, total Store spend, and total spend within the app you’ve selected. Most of these attributes are calculated using all historical data, although there are some exceptions: App acquisition date, Campaign ID, Store page view date and Referrer URI domain are limited to the last 90 days of data. The segment will only include customers who have acquired your app on Windows 10; if you support older OS versions, downloads on those older OS versions will not be included in any segments you create.  You won’t be able to create customer segments that don’t meet a minimum size threshold, and only adult age groups are included in any customer segment.

To define a segment of your app’s customers:

  1. Click Customer groups from the left navigation pane of your Dev Center dashboard.
  2. Use a segment template or click Create new group.
  3. Choose your app and construct your own filter criteria.
  4. Click Run to apply your filters and see quick results.
  5. Save your segment for later use.

After you save a segment, it will become available to use for notifications after 24 hours. Segment results are refreshed daily, so you may see the total count of customers in a segment change from day to day as customers drop in or out of the segment criteria.

To send a custom notification to a segment of your app’s customers:

  1. Register your app to receive notifications.
  2. From your Dev Center dashboard, select your app.
  3. Click Services from the left navigation pane.
  4. Click Push notifications.
  5. Click New notification to create the notification.
  6. Define your notification and parameters.
  7. If you have not already created your segment as described above, click Create new customer group. If you have already created your segment, it will appear in the drop-down list (after 24 hours from the time you created the segment).
  8. Schedule the time to deliver the notification, and then click Save.

Please try it out and let us know what you think. What additional attributes would you like? What else would help? Please give us your feedback using the Feedback link at the bottom right corner of any page in Dev Center, or take our 2-minute survey.

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14905 for PC & Mobile

Hello Windows Insiders!

Yesterday, we began rolling out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile. Thank you to all of the Windows Insiders who downloaded the Cumulative Updates first and gave us feedback that helped us prepare for this release to our customers. Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14905 for PC AND Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring! This is our first new Mobile build from our Development Branch after launching the Windows 10 Anniversary Update yesterday for Windows 10 phones. We know you all have been excited for Mobile builds to start up again as have we!

Here’s what’s new in Build 14905 for Mobile

  • We are introducing a newly refined sound set in this build, uniting the best of our past and present. We aspire to set a new bar for mobile sound set quality, and are trying to make the soundscape of technology more beautiful and harmonious. This also helps align with new sound design direction of the Windows platform as a whole, so that mobile sounds will family with desktop and tablet and be feel instantly familiar to all Windows users. We will continue to evolve – head to Settings > Personalization > Sounds to see the updated list of available sounds and let us know what you think!

Improvements and fixes for PC

  • We have fixed an issue causing a large blank space to appear between the address bar and web content after the address bar moves back to the top when opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge.
  • We have updated Narrator Scan mode for table navigation to now support CTRL + ALT + HOME to go to the beginning of the table CTRL + ALT + END to go to the end of the table.
  • Microsoft Edge now supports the CTRL + O keyboard shortcut for setting focus to the address bar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Sketchpad and Screen Sketch crashing after trying to change the ink color twice in a row when the ruler was visible.

Improvements and fixes for Mobile

  • Missed call notifications are now more actionable, with inline options to call back, text or remind yourself to do something about it later.
  • We fixed an issue where videos played in Windows Phone 8 apps might not pause when an incoming call was received.
  • We fixed an issue where, if “Show my caller ID” is set to “My contacts”, the contact being called might still see a blocked caller ID.
  • We fixed an issue where the Lock screen might fail to update to the new time after a time zone change.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in music not resuming after a call was finished, if Turn-by-Turn directions were being read out from the Maps app when the phone call came in.

Known issues for PC

  • Support for kernel debugging over 1394 has been removed, but will be available in an upcoming kit release. A work-around will be posted to the Debugging Tools for Windows Blog shortly.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader crashes when you try to launch it.
  • Cortana’s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build. For example, Cortana won’t be able to read text messages out loud for you, tell jokes, sing, or give verbal prompts.
  • When clicking on the power button on the Start menu, it closes the Start menu without opening the flyout with restart/shutdown options appearing. As a workaround – you can right-click on the Start button (or WIN + X) and choose to shutdown via this menu instead.
  • Apps such as Yahoo Mail, Trivia Crack, Google and the Skype Translator Preview app will crash in this build due to a compatibility issue from a recent platform change.
  • The Settings app may crash on certain editions of Windows 10 when navigating to different settings pages due to a missing .dll file. We are working on getting this fixed soon.

Known issues for Mobile

  • If you move apps between a SD card and internal storage (either direction), those apps will get stuck in a pending state. The workaround to get your apps working again is to uninstall the app through Settings > System > Storage (apps cannot be uninstalled from All apps list). Then you can re-install the app from the Store.
  • Cortana’s text to speech capabilities is not working in this build. For example, Cortana won’t be able to read text messages out loud for you, tell jokes, sing, or give verbal prompts.

A few months ago, we set out to design a new T-shirt for the Windows Insiders Program – and what better source for ideas than Windows Insiders themselves! So, we organized a design competition with a few simple rules:

1. Come up with a design that reflected the innovative spirit of the Windows Insider Program

2. Include the Windows logo and a call out to Windows Insiders.

In just a few weeks, we received some absolutely amazing designs from around the world. After a long – and often heated – selection process (including a vote by the Windows Insider community), our judges narrowed it down to five finalists before picking the ultimate winner: a beautiful design concept by E. Bautista from the United States. The final design below (zoom in to see the finer details) will soon be available on the eCompanyStore. We’ll let you know when it’s ready. Thanks to everyone for participating and congratulations to our finalists – and ultimate winner!

Final WIP T-shirt Contest Design

Thank you for everything you do and your amazing passion for Windows. We love you.

Keep hustling,
Dona <3