Welcome to MikeSel.info


MikeSel.info was born in July 2006, designed and built by Mike Hudson, Staffed by a team of tech evangelists from all over the globe focused on spreading knowledge and expertise.

Originally a home for bespoke applications Lync (Skype for Business) Custom Status, Time2Epoch, Random File Generator and general blog posts, the site quickly morphed into the information portal it is today.

Covering a vast array of subjects: Android News, Apple News, Apple Reviews, Apple Rumours, Gaming NewsGaming Reviews, Gaming Rumours, General News, General Rumours, Microsoft News, Microsoft Reviews, Microsoft Rumours, Software Reviews, iOS How-Tos, Linux How Tos, OS X How Tos, AppleScript How-Tos, Automator How-Tos, PHP How-Tos, Powershell How-Tos, VBA How-Tos, vbscript How-Tos, .NET How-Tos, Windows How-Tos, WordPress How-Tos

If you'd be interested in getting involved or have tips, tricks, help or rumours to offer then get in touch using the contact us form.


Hosted ExchangeThe clever boffins over at Free Virtual Server head quarters have managed to land a fantastic deal for people just like you! New to the FVS portfolio is hosted Microsoft Exchange mailboxes! FVS have teamed up with a well known company in their field  MessageStream to bring you a 50GB mailbox which offers 24/7 accessibility on any platform. Served from the ‘cloud’ the service is fully resilient, which almost guarantees absolutely no time spent without your mail, contacts and calendar items..

A hosted exchange account is much more powerful then an IMAP or POP3 mailbox solution, which most hosting companies offer by default. Exchange mailboxes sync across a myriad of devices using Microsoft standards.

The FVS solution offers you:

  • Reduced IT infrastructure costs
  • Exchange 2013
  • Instant deployment
  • Massive 50GB per mailbox
  • Enhanced security
  • Mobile email ‘push’ technology
  • No upgrades or repairs
  • Shared calendars and contacts
  • Easy mailbox control
  • Public folders and subfolders
  • Instant scalability
  • Multiple UK Based Data Centres

All that starting from just £4.99 a month… You’d be crazy not to really! Whats more for only an extra £1 a month you bag yourself a licensed copy of Microsoft Outlook, which is by far the best application for keeping your mail and calendars organised.

If you’d to find out more check out the FVS website

FVS have been my (MikeSel.info) hosting provider since day of inception 8+ years ago.. They are always on hand to help out, knowledgeable, friendly and genuine guys.. I can’t go far enough in my recommendation of them. Worlds apart from other hosts in my opinion!



Windows 10 LogoFor all of you who you are excited about the up and coming release of Windows 10, which should land on the 29th of July, you may be pleased to know there’s a way you can bag yourself a free – fully activated copy, without even owning Windows 7 or 8 first!

Microsoft have released news stating that all early adopters, i.e. those who sign up for the Windows technical BETA program, will be eligible for a free activation upon release. The technical BETA program (dubbed insider) gives you access to pre-release software, and is aimed at software developers. However, it’s freely available to anyone and very easy to join.

There’s one caveat in Microsoft’s recent announcement.. That is, in order to keep your copy of Windows 10 updated and activated you must be willing to stay subscribed to the ‘insider’ program. Thus meaning you will see early and be ‘forced’ to test early releases of future OS updates as and when they come along. Now, for some, who love living life on the bleeding edge, may think that that’s a fair deal.. Where as others, may want to steer clear of it for now. It’s fair to say the technical BETA release of Windows 10 has not been without it’s far share of BETA issues!

If you understand the above and would like to bag your copy anyway, all you have to do is head over to insider.windows.com and sign up for an account, if you don’t already have one. Once you’ve signed in, select the relevant ISO for your language preferences and the download should commence. You will also need to make note of your activation key, which can be located just above the list of ISO’s.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the technical BETA, you will need to make sure you sign into Windows with the same account you used to download it from the insider site. This will make sure you will get access to the full release of Windows 10 on the 29th. Whats more, you will be given the chance of a completely fresh install at the time – so you can mess around with your Technical BETA as much as you like!

Going forward, you will then be presented with future BETA releases using the normal Windows Update technologies!



27-inch iMacApple have today announced a recall on a small number of 27-inch iMac’s with 3TB drives, purchased between December 2012 and September 2013. They have acknowledged a batch of 3TB hard drives used in a particular manufacturing cycle have been prone to failure. In light of this they have kicked off a replacement hard drive scheme. Apple will replace hard drives free of charge, should the iMac fall within the range of specific serial numbers.

If you think your iMac may be one of the affected ones, you can enter the serial number on this page on the Apple website.

Apple have confirmed they will continue to replace drives in affected models until December 19th 2015, or 3 years from the original purchase date of the iMac.

At this time there is nothing to suggest any other models or years of Apple products have been affected by similar drive failures.

…Just another reason to make sure you have a upto date backup, no matter how much you pay for your computer equipment, drives are prone to fail..



In the latest release of the Playstation operating system, Sony seem to have finally come to their senses and given the device the media playing functionality it always deserved. 

The Playstation 4 is now capable of streaming content over Wi-Fi using DLNA, or playing content off external storage such as a USB device. 

Supported media types for the media player are as follows:

Movies in:

  • MKV
  • AVI
  • MP4
  • MPEG2

Photos in:

  • JPEG
  • BMP
  • PNG

Music in:

  • MP3
  • AAC

If you’d like to build your own DNLA server, I’d highly recomend running Kodi.tv on a Raspberry Pi! 



iPad Pro UserSince the day of release of iOS 9 power users and developers have been hunting through the code looking for clues relating to future hardware releases. One which keeps working its way to the top of the pile is that of the iPad Pro.. A 12.9″ iPad which is potentially going to feature a 2735×2048 resolution screen which equates to  263 pixels-per-inch, according to code found in iOS 9.

Some other things rumoured about the iPad Pro is that it will have:

  • Built in support for USB class C devices, including keyboards
  • Support for multiple user ‘profiles’
  • Stereo speakers (instead of the current mono speaker across the iPad range)
  • A9 Processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Touch ID

A larger screen would certainly be welcomed by those users intending to use the new split screen functionality… Rumours are the iPad Pro will be aimed at (but not solely) business and education users.

Should this be true, I’d expect to see a release of this later on this year. Probably October in the Apple Keynote, based on the fact the iPad 2 Air was announced in last Octobers keynote.

The below is a link to hirakujira’s tweet, where you can see a screenshot of the code from iOS 9 and details of potential screen resolutions:




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