Saturday, April 30, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Google Adds Date Annotations on Image Search

The trouble with Google Image search is that there is no way to search image by a specific date range or to search only for recent images. So when you search for photos of a current event, such as the ongoing football championship league you can never be sure whether the images returned are stale or fresh. You can add the year 2011, but it still doesn’t ensure that the first results will be from 2011.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

End of an Era: The Last Typewriter Factory Closes

Like me, many others of my generation has never used once, although I did get to type a few keys once when I was a kid. Typewriter were already in the decline when I was growing up, replaced by computers and dot-matrix printers. Within the next few years they will be gone for good as the last typewriter factory left in the world - Godrej and Boyce - has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India with just a few hundred machines left in stock.

IObit Advanced SystemCare 4 Released

Free system utilities producer IObit announced the release of its flagship product Advanced SystemCare 4, a free program that tunes and optimizes your PC to its best performance possible. Adopted with IObit’s latest engine and improved program core structure, Advanced SystemCare 4 is now capable of delivering more comprehensive and deeper system cleaning, repairing and optimization experience.

SETI Institute Shuts Down Search For Aliens

The SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) institute has effectively given up search for intelligent life on alien planets for lack of interest and funding. The 42 20-foot wide dish telescopes operated by SETI were shut down last week because the government was unwilling to fund the project. The Allen Telescope Array requires just $5 million to operate over the next two years.

Ribbon Hero 2 For MS Office Released

Ribbon Hero 2: Clippy's Second Chance is the sequel to the Ribbon Hero game for Office 2007/2010 that Microsoft Labs introduced early last year as a mean to help users learn the ribbon interface in Microsoft Office products. Ribbon Hero 2 features a standalone interface with animated graphics, multiple levels of gameplay and even storylines featuring the celebrated Clippy as the lead character.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Now Upload Entire Folders to Google Docs

Over the next few weeks, Google will be releasing three new features to Google Docs to make it easy for users to upload files to the cloud.

The first new feature is folder upload where you can upload the contents of entire folders to Google Docs. This will be very convenient for people who tend to upload a lot of documents. Even better: the upload will actually preserve the folder structure, which means that folders within folders will also upload and become collections within collections.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Go800 Turns Twitter Names Into Phone Numbers

You don’t memorize phone numbers anymore, do you? Nobody does. All your contacts’ phone numbers are saved in your phone. When you need to call someone, you whip out your phone, type your contact’s name and hit the call button. That’s very convenient, until you lose your phone or the battery runs dry. Then you can’t call anyone because you don’t know anyone’s number – even though there might be plenty of phones around you.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Microsoft Image Composite Editor Now Makes Video Panorama

The latest version of the Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE) comes with an exciting new feature that enables users to put together panoramic images not only from a collection of photographs, but also from video. Instead of snapping multiple pictures, you can now record a video and then let Microsoft ICE generate a panoramic image by stitching together frames from the video.

3 Award Winning Free Games to Play This Weekend

Let’s look at three great games to enjoy this weekend.

The first one is PaperPlane, a simple video game where you fly a paper airplane through and around a rural farmhouse landscape. Flying through the swing or under the belly of the grazing cows enables “childhood memories” that give you access to little sketches which can be viewed in a polaroid pictures book inside a tree house.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Create Flash Animation Without Adobe Flash With Vectorian Giotto

Vectorian Giotto is a simple but powerful flash animation software that allows you to create professional quality Flash animations for websites and other projects without coding. Users who are already familiar with Adobe Flash will immediately find themselves at ease, for the user interface is identical to that of Adobe Flash. For the new user, there is a gentle learning curve that can be easily overcome with a few minutes (or hours) of dedication.

An Incredible Portable Image and File Uploader

Portable Image Uploader is an extraordinarily feature rich image and file uploading utility that can capture images of the screen as well as from video and upload them to any image or file hosting site in one swoop. It supports uploading to more than 20 image hosting sites and 7 file sharing sites at the time of this writing. After uploading, Portable Image Uploader generates HTML code or BBCode for posting the image in online forums or blogs.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MailNesia: Disposable Email Service That Automatically Clicks Activation Links

A new free, temporary email service called MailNesia has just been launched. Like other services of this type, MailNesia allows you to create disposable email addresses on-the-fly for the purpose of registering on websites and forums, or for any correspondence where you don't want to reveal your real email ID. The most fabulous feature that makes MailNesia stand out from the crowd is that it can automatically open mails and click on activation links thereby completing the account registration process on its own.

Download Galleries of Your Favorite DeviantART User or Group

DeviantART is a rich online community that showcase various forms of user-made artwork including photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash, filmmaking, skins for applications, wallpapers, along with extensive downloadable resources such as tutorials and stock photography. DeviantART is one of my favorite hunting ground for Windows themes, wallpapers and more.

uTorrent 3.0 Beta Adds Video Streaming, Ratings and Comments

uTorrent has officially released the long-awaited version 3.0 Beta of their popular BitTorrent client. Version 3 has added a number of new features, the most notable ones being the ability to watch streaming videos as you download, as well as rate and comment on torrents so that other uTorrent users can see from within uTorrent and thus find high quality torrents easily.

Mozilla Changes Firefox Add-on Compatibility Policy

Mozilla recently moved Firefox to a rapid release cycle to bring new features and security, stability, and other bug fixes to users much faster than previously. This means that users will be able to see at least one major version of the browser in one of the four development branches every 6 weeks. But this also means that add-ons could break more frequently. To deal with the issue, Mozilla has proposed a new plan.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Microsoft Safety Scanner: Free On-Demand Virus Scanner

Microsoft has released a free, portable on-demand virus scanner for Windows called Microsoft Safety Scanner. Although not specifically stated, Microsoft Safety Scanner is presumably powered by the same technologies as Microsoft’s popular Security Essentials anti-virus software. The only difference is that Microsoft Safety Scanner offers no real-time protection. On the positive side, this makes it possible to use this portable anti-virus scanner alongside your existing security software.

Know What The Power Button Symbol Says

blue_power_buttonEver noticed the little symbols that appear on the power button of your device and equipment? Most people don’t. If it is a toggle switch like the light switch installed on your home and office, you just know which way is ON and OFF since you use them everyday. If you live in North America, the switch is ON when it is “up” and OFF when “down”. This is reverse in many countries such as the UK, Ireland, India, Australia, and in New Zealand.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Windows 8: Improved Disk Cleanup Tool

Recently an early build of Windows 8 (build 7850) leaked to the web. While this build is from Milestone 1, an early compilation of the OS dating back to September 2010, there is still a lot under the hood for the users to discover. Users, particularly at the mydigitallife forums have been digging around the build and have come across several new features such as the portable workspace, push notification and a webcam tool. Meanwhile, a blogger at Softpedia has discovered that the Disk Cleanup utility has been vastly improved.

Force Opera to Show Website Logos in Speed Dial

Opera 11.10 aka Barracuda, that was released a few days ago, includes a new improved Speed Dial function with a fluid layout, i.e. users can add as many sites as they want to the speed dial page; Opera no longer restricts users to a fixed number of columns and rows. The website thumbnails on the speed dial page automatically resize itself to make room for new thumbnails.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Leaked Video And Screenshots Show More of Windows 8

German website WinFuture has posted a video and a bunch of new screenshots from Windows 8 M3 build 7955 showing the Windows 8 login process and more about SmartScreen filtering, mounting of ISO images, Explorer and other areas of the OS. The images are from an early preview version, which is part of the third milestone of the development. The screenshots shown below does not necessarily represent the current state of the operating system as many recent changes are reported to have been added, says the German website.

Customize Gmail Themes With Your Own Background Images

The appearance of your Gmail inbox is now fully customizable, Google announced in a blog post today. Gmail Themes have been around for a while, but these were limited as you only get to choose a color scheme or a theme from the ones that were available. Not any more. Starting today, you will be able to upload your own images and use it as a background to your Gmail inbox.

Print Preview And Print to PDF in Chrome

Google has introduced a new Print Preview option in early development and Canary build of the Chrome browser strongly indicating that these will become available in the Stable Channel of Chrome fairly soon. If you are using Chrome 11 Beta or Chrome 12 Dev and/or Canary you can enable this feature from the “about:flags” page in Chrome (just type “about:flags” in the address bar and hit Enter).

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Firefox 6.0 Aurora (Alpha) Available For Download

Mozilla has just released the first Alpha or Aurora (Nightly build) of Firefox 6.0 offering users an early glimpse into the browser. Aurora is the new development channel that Mozilla introduced in addition to Central, Beta and Stable Releases. The Aurora channel will be the next development channel after the central channel, where new features will be tested to be either included into the Beta or dropped.

Review And Giveaway: All My Movies, Movie Organizer

All My Movies is a personal movie database manager with a powerful set of features that you can use to catalogue and manage your personal collection of movies on your hard drive or on DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes. The software retrieves all information including cast, review, director, rating etc. from the internet along with movie posters and automatically adds them to your database. You can then browse through the collection, search movies, sort and filter your movie list using different parameters and play them from within All My Movies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

VirtualDub Filter Pack: 200+ Plugins

VirtualDub is an open source, linear video editing software for Windows that appears very bland and dated on the outside. But looks can be deceiving. Aside from the typical cut, copy and join features that most people believe is what video editing is all about, VirtualDub can perform a number of video manipulation such as video resizing, rotation, compression, direct stream copy, interlacing/de-interlacing, video filtering, etc.

Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1 is Out

Internet Explorer 9 is barely months old when Microsoft announced Internet Explorer 10 at its MIX developer conference in Las Vegas, yesterday. Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 1 is the first public preview of the IE10 web platform. In this release, Microsoft is showcasing support for CSS3 Flexbox, CSS3 Grid Alignment, CSS3 Multi-column, CSS3 Gradients on background-images and ECMAScript5 Strict Mode.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Reseller vs. Regular Hosting Services: Case Study

This is a guest post by David Murton

server-rackShared Hosting has revolutionized the Internet by enabling many small- and mid-sized businesses to acquire websites with plenty of disk space, bandwidth, e-mail boxes and IT maintenance support. Online businesses don't need to make large initial investments in hardware, software and IT personnel when they outsource their Website Hosting to third-parties. Besides Conventional Shared Hosting Services, the market also offers Reseller Hosting and Virtual Private Server (VPS) Hosting options to website owners. These are a step up from Regular Shared Hosting but not quite as advanced as Dedicated Hosting.

Can’t Afford Adobe Photoshop? Rent It

adobe-logoAdobe has launched a subscription model for its new Creative Suite 5.5, a collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications. Under the subscription scheme users can rent the entire Creative Suite or individual applications on a month-to-month basis or for an entire year, without paying for the full product upfront. This will enable freelance designers and small businesses to legally use Adobe’s products at a fraction of the cost.

How to Make FeedDemon Portable

FeedDemon is one of the best Windows desktop based RSS feed reader that I have seen to date. It has a set of very competitive features for easy reading and management of feeds such as the filter tool, Watches and tags. It has built in search, offline mode and the best of all – Google Reader synchronization. What FeedDemon lacks is a portable version. This is what we are going to create.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Google Earth Gets Better View of Mountains

Google has added some new features to the Mountains layer in Google Earth to “more easily appreciate their elegance and beauty”. This include tours, videos, pictures and others.

To get to the Mountains layer, expand the Primary Database tree under the Layers panel on the left, and then expand Borders and Labels. Mountains can be found under Labels.

Windows 8 to Feature Native SmartScreen Protection

Microsoft is planning to boost the security of Windows 8 by implementing SmartScreen file checking inside the operating system to shield users from malicious applications. SmartScreen is a file verification utility that will check downloaded files, or for that matter, any files against a dynamic list of known illegal, viral, fraudulent, or malicious URLs that Microsoft identifies and maintains online. If a match is found, Windows 8 will prevent the application from executing.

Friday, April 8, 2011

How to View All Your Facebook Likes

The Facebook Like button is the web equivalent of nodding your head in approval. It’s the new way to tell the world that you like this website or this story or this person or this picture. When you ‘like’ something on a website or when you click ‘Like’ under someone’s comment that information is posted on your Facebook page and appear on your friends’ stream.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Aura: Change Windows 7 Aero Color by Wallpaper And Taskbar Icon

The barrage of Windows 8 updates that the duo of Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott has been bringing the last few days has provided us some helpful insight into the upcoming version of Windows that we are all waiting to get our hands on. These updates are also keeping the small developers and designers busy as they race to get their themes out and the little tools that recreate Windows 8 functions on current Windows version.

How to Prevent Gmail From Automatically Adding Contacts

Gmail by default automatically saves details of every person you email to in your contact list. If you are a prolific email user who receive lots of email from different people, and if you diligently reply to them all, your contact book must have grown to unmanageable proportions, just like entrepreneur and angle investor Brad Feld found out a few weeks ago.

Windows 8 Automatic Aero Color Based On Wallpaper

Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott who has been brining us lots of new information about Windows 8 has revealed a new UI personalization feature that will be available in Windows 8.

Microsoft has added an automatic color selection tool for Aero, that will automatically configure the color of Aero elements, like the Start Menu, Windows Explorer windows, and the taskbar based on the desktop wallpaper.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How to Create Animated Wallpapers (GIF) or DreamScenes

Windows DreamScene is a utility that came with Windows Vista that allowed videos and animations to be used as desktop wallpapers. Technically, you can use any video as a ‘DreamScene’ but proper DreamScenes are short videos, usually a video loop, having simple animations and optimized in dimension for the desktop. You can also use animated GIFs as wallpaper, for which no Windows Vista or Windows 7 or DreamScene is required.

Canonical Will No Longer Ship Free Ubuntu CDs

The distribution of free Ubuntu disks comes to an end. Canonical announced in a blog post yesterday that the company is killing the ShipIt Programme that distributed free disks with the Ubuntu OS - a service that has helped millions of people around the world to get their hands on the Linux operating system, and in a large way contributed to the continued success and steep adoption rate of Ubuntu over other distributions.

UMPlayer – MPlayer Based Media Player With YouTube And SHOUTcast Support

Aside from VLC Media Player, some of the finest applications in this category are based on the open source MPlayer such as SMPlayer and KMPlayer. All of these are frontends to the ubiquitous MPLayer. UMPlayer – short for Universal Multimedia Player – is yet another fork of MPlayer that is capable of playing anything you throw at it. Additionally, it comes packed with a number of features that you will sure find useful.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Windows 8 To Have Built-in PDF Reader

Microsoft is planning to integrate a PDF reader into Windows 8, the next version of Windows, due to be released in 2012. This will enable the operating system to natively open PDF files, thus making third party PDF readers such as the popular but bloated Adobe PDF Reader and many open source programs too, such like Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF reader and others redundant.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Mozilla Publishes List of Add-ons That Slow Down Firefox

Firefox’s core strength has been its extensions that allows the browser to adapt itself to the different needs of different users. But extensions also are the primary cause of most of Firefox problems, from memory leaks to security attacks to slow startups. To address these concerns Mozilla has decided to crack down on add-ons that adds precious seconds (or milliseconds) to Firefox start-up time.

How to Remove or Change Headers And Footers When Printing In Internet Explorer

Printed Web pages from within Internet Explorer contain the page title, page number and total number of pages in the header, and the URL of the page and date in the footer. It is possible to remove these unwanted information from the page, or if you wish, customize it to include additional information such as your name.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Windows 8 Leaked Screenshot: Explorer Ribbon

Windows Explorer sported a toolbar until Windows XP, then got dropped in Windows Vista and Windows 7. If the changes that are currently cooking inside Redmond office make its way into the final build of Windows 8, due to be released sometime in 2012, the toolbar could make another appearance on the operating system, albeit in a different form – the Ribbon.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Blogger Gets Dynamic HTML5 Templates

Google today added a set of five dynamic templates to Blogger that can be switched from one to the other by the visitor on-the-fly. Unlike other Blogger templates that are sort of hard coded into the blog and can be applied or changed only by the blog owner or administrator, the dynamic templates can be applied by any visitor to the blog, offering visitors fresh ways to browse and read Blogspot blogs.

Microsoft Enables IE 9 Desktop Notifications For Hotmail

Microsoft has announced a new feature that will enable Internet Explorer 9 users to get desktop notification of incoming messages to their Hotmail accounts. The notification will be available for those user who have pinned Hotmail to Windows 7 taskbar. Starting today, the pinned tab will be displaying the number of unread emails on their Hotmail inbox, similar to Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 icon which dynamically updates to show the count of messages that have been delivered since they last visited Hotmail.

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