Monday, May 30, 2011

Trade In Old Gadgets And Books For Gift Cards At Amazon

Amazon has launched an online trade-in program which allows people to trade old electronic goods, video games, movies and textbooks in exchange for gift cards. All you need to do is head to Amazon's trade-in website and pick the item you'd like to trade in. Amazon will accept only those items that are listed on their Trade-In stores. To find whether your old junk is eligible for trade-in, you can search by product title, ISBN, or product model number or manufacturer.

Automatically Move Photos to Folders Based on Exif Date

In Windows 7 you can quickly group photos in explorer by the date the picture was snapped – this data is readily available in the EXIF tag of the photos and added by almost all digital cameras. However, the timeline used in the ‘group by date’ option in Windows is relative. For example, files and photos are grouped by “this week”, “last week”, “last month”, “a long time ago” and such vague time periods.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Put Firefox Downloads In Menu Bar, Tab Bar or Status Bar

When you compare how different browser’s display progress of downloading files, you will notice that Firefox has the most detestable behavior. When you start a new download in Firefox, it will pop open the download window in your face. Other browsers are less annoying – Opera opens it in a background tab, Chrome opens a download bar at the bottom of the page, while IE9 displays a balloon like notification box at the bottom.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Show/Hide Taskbar Icon Labels With a Shortcut

In Windows 7, the labels on taskbar icons are hidden by default. This, along with the ability to group icons, is designed to allow more and more program icons to remain pinned or minimized in the taskbar. The obvious disadvantage is that when more than one window of an application is open, such as two or three browser window or explorer window, it requires more clicks to select and open the program. The labels also has the advantage of displaying real time updates on the taskbar such as title of the playing song in music players, download progress etc.

Free Download WinX DVD Ripper Platinum KungFu Edition

Until May.31, 2011, Digiarty Software, Inc. is offering one of their flagship product WinX DVD Ripper Platinum KungFu Edition as a free download. Digiarty Software explains,

We are specially running the giveaway in this summer movie season in hope of benefiting users at the right time. We call it Kungfu edition because it is the recent version upgraded with significantly enhanced performance and a cool interface.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Counting Tweets Shows Tweet Counts of All Links on Any Page

Previously, I wrote about two excellent Twitter search engines - Topsy and Ubervu - that lets you find not only great stories shared on the micro blogging network but also use it as research tool to find about any website’s popularity on Twitter – which links were shared the most, who shared it, broken down by timeline and all. Apparently, Topsy has an API which has been utilized to build a useful Twitter application called Counting Tweets.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

G Data CloudSecurity: Anti-Malware Browser Plug-in

You might have never heard of G Data, but this German security software developer has constantly topped anti-virus test results largely due to its dual malware detection engine. G Data’s products are not free, but the German developers have recently released a free security solution called CloudSecurity which offers real-time protection from malware and phishing attack from malicious websites.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Bing Maps Aerial Imagery Dynamic Windows 7 Theme

Bing Dynamic theme pack for Windows 7 was introduced last year. Dynamic themes, as the name suggests, are dynamic. They are equipped with an RSS feed that brings fresh content to the desktop in the form of wallpapers every week. When you install a dynamic Windows 7 theme you automatically subscribe to the RSS feed and your computer downloads new images when they are added to the Microsoft theme server and you are connected to the Internet. The images are saved to a special folder, and automatically appear on your desktop when you use the dynamic theme.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Follow Space Shuttle Endeavor’s Mission in Google Earth

The space shuttle Endeavor took off yesterday morning on its final mission to the International Space Station. When Endeavor touches down at the Kennedy Space Center on June 1, it will be the final time the 19 year-old vehicle will ever return to earth. With just one more mission to go - the Atlantis, before NASA wraps up the space shuttle program, every mission on the last leg of the shuttle program has been historic.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Mp3 Folder Structure Maker Moves Music Files Into Folders By Artist, Album Name

Most media players are capable of organizing your music by artist and album, by reading the relevant information from the meta tag such as ID3 on MP3 files. The actual files on your hard drive often remain untouched. So even though you may appear to have a neat library when viewed through your media player, from Windows explorer your collection could be a complete mess.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Zoom vs Magnification: What Digital Camera Manufacturers Won’t Tell You

camera-zoom2All digital camera makers advertise their products in terms of megapixel and zoom. The megapixel myth has been debunked several times in the past. What about zoom? Is it another marketing tool to get people to buy large zoom cameras?

Digital Camera makers often use the zoom ratio of a camera to hoodwink you into thinking that it means image magnification. When a camera is advertised to have 5X zoom or 10X zoom, they want you to believe that shooting pictures at that zoom ratio will magnify your images 5 and 10 times respectively. They do not.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Show Facebook Chat Message Count in Favicon

Sometime last year, Facebook began showing the combined number of friend requests, inbox messages, and notifications within the browser tab. The figure on the tab updates whenever new alerts are received to keep the user up to date on any changes even if the Facebook tab is not open. But this does not include chat messages which usually updates more often than notifications.

NaClBox Brings Classic DOS-based Games to Chrome

NaClBox is an amalgamation of Chrome’s Native Client Technology and DOSBox that allows old MS-DOS based programs including games to run natively inside the Chrome browser.

Native Client is an open-source technology that lets developers to build web applications that seamlessly execute native compiled code inside the browser. In other words, it allows web apps to access the hardware directly and work like a normal software installed on your computer.

Facebook Now Allows You To Tag Pages In Photos

Facebook has launched a new feature today that gives people the ability to tag photos on Facebook with a product, company or person’s Facebook page the same way they can tag their friends. Photo tagging for Facebook Pages enables people to “share richer stories with friends about the things they interact with in the real-world, such as businesses, brands, celebrities, and musicians,” wrote Facebook in a blog post.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Texmaker: Cross-Platform Open Source LaTeX Editor And PDF Viewer

Texmaker is a free, open source LaTeX editor for Windows, Linux and Mac that integrates many tools needed to develop documents with LaTeX. Like most other text editors Texmaker is equipped with a unicode editor to write LaTeX source files with syntax highlighting, undo-redo, search-replace. Most of the LaTeX tags and over 370 mathematical symbols can be entered quickly using menus. Handy wizards guide first time users through creating tables, tabulars, figure environments etc. Texmaker opens PDFs too.

iVPN Accounts Giveaway Winners

The giveaway from iVPN anonymous VPN accounts that we conducted last week received plenty of entries – I guess everyone needs an anonymous VPN account. The random list generator at has picked up 10 names from among those who left their names in the contest. If you have taken part in the giveaway, checkout below to see if you are among the 10 lucky winners.

Trillian 5 Released. All Pro Features Become Free

One of the best multi-platform, multi-protocol, IM application – Trillian, has just been updated to the latest version 5 that brings to the free users all features previously available only to paying customers, in return for some unobtrusive advertisements. The latest version includes a beautiful new interface, vastly improved social integration, cloud-based chat history, and synchronization of open IMs between all your devices.

Sysinternals Suite: All Sysinternals Tools in One Pack

toolboxWindows Sysinternals supplies users with numerous free utilities to manage, diagnose, troubleshoot and monitor a Windows environment, most of which are being actively developed by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell. Many popular programs like Process Explorer - an advanced version of Windows Task Manager, Autoruns - an advanced manager of startup applications, RootkitRevealer - a rootkit detection utility, PageDefrag – a defragmenter tool for Windows pagefile and many more are all part of Sysinternals utilities.

Play Angry Birds Online + Unlock All Levels

Popular video game Angry Birds, which until now, was available only on the Android and iOS platform has finally become platform independent when the developers released an HTML5 version of the game. The game was released specially for Chrome but you can be played on any modern web browser, including Opera, Firefox and IE. The entire game is also available to play offline.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

3 Tools to Search And Download Subtitles With Context Menu Integration

Do you watch non-English movies or movies in languages other than your mother tongue? If not, you are missing out on a huge chunk of good cinema. European countries such as Germany, France, and Italy produce excellent movies. Persian movies are exceptionally touching and down to earth. Japanese and Koreans are famous for the horror genre. There are so many good cinemas in the world, none of which we could have enjoyed without subtitles.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

YouTube Launches Movie Rental With 3000 Titles

After months of speculation, Google confirmed that YouTube will indeed be offering Hollywood movies for rent through the YouTube Movies service. YouTube has partnered up with Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, Lionsgate Films, Starz, The Weinstein Company, and Magnolia Pictures and others to offer full length feature films including a slew of recent blockbusters such as Inception and The King’s Speech. Already 3000 titles has been added to the catalog.

Monday, May 9, 2011

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter Giveaway Winners

Here is the announcement - the winners of last week’s giveaway contest for AnyBizSoft PDF Converter. We had promised to gift 5 licenses of the $59.95 software that allows you to convert PDF files to 6 different formats - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, Text and HTML. If you have taken part in the giveaway, checkout below to see if you are among the five lucky winners.

Now You Can Kill Osama Bin Laden Too [Games]

Last week's US Navy SEALS mission in Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Laden has now been replicated as a free multiplayer game that uses Valve's Source Engine, reports Newowin. The Kuma Games development team has released the latest chapter of their classic First Person Shooter Kuma War II, that allows gamers to recreate the mission that changed the world.

Gmail Notifier Pro: Google Mail, Calendar, News, RSS All-in-One

Gmail Notifier Pro sounds like its only purpose it to provide notification for Gmail messages but actually it can used to monitor Google Calendar and Google News as well. Initially the program started only as a Google email notifier, but on subsequent releases support for Google Calendar, Google News and RSS/Atom news feeds were added making it one comprehensive utility to keep track of multiple Google services for multiple Google accounts.

Classic Opera Brings Opera Tab Features to Firefox

I use all browsers, but my primary browser is Opera. Whenever I’m required to use another one like Firefox, the inability to perform some basic actions that has become almost my second nature when browsing with Opera constantly pokes at my brain’s annoyance center. Today I’m going to fix a handful of those issues, at least the ones related to tab behavior, with the Classic Opera add-on.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

iPrint: Print Multiple Pages on a Single Paper

Previously, I wrote about a printing application called CleverPrint that did a wonderful job in cleaning up pages before printing with the added ability to print multiple pages on a single paper. A similar free program called iPrint was recently brought to my notice by Freewaregenius. Although not as feature rich as CleverPrint, it does a good job as far as saving paper is concerned.

Friday, May 6, 2011

iVPN Anonymous VPN Accounts Giveaway is a privately owned offshore company based in Malta that offers maximum security, anonymous VPN service with servers located in UK, USA, Netherland and France. iVPN is based on OpenVPN technology and uses strong 256 bit AES encrypted connection that is essentially unbreakable. They also offer L2TP/IPSec as an alternative for those wishing to use this service over mobile devices such as Android and iOS.

Comodo Internet Security Pro 2011 Free For One Year

Comodo Internet Security Pro 2011 is being offered for free for one complete year - no strings attached. Basically they are extending the trail period of the $50 software to one year. During the trial period, you are entitled to 24 x 7 remote support that comprises PC support for first 60 days and Comodo Internet Security software support for the remainder of the trial. Malware removal service and Protection Plan are however excluded from the 1 year trial.

Opera Dragonfly 1.0 Browser Debugging Tool Released

Opera Software has just released the first official version of Dragonfly, the web developer toolkit which ships with the Opera web browser. Opera Dragonfly was first introduced in version 9.5 in 2008 and was in beta ever since. But now Dragonfly is ready for prime time and offers several compelling features you won’t find in competitor products such as Firebug.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Internet Explorer Too Can Delete Flash Cookies

Last week, Google Chrome added a Flash cookie deleting feature in the dev channel of the browser enabling users to remove the persistent Flash local shared objects data from within the browser. This was made possible by the NPAPI ClearSiteData, which Adobe has implemented in Flash Player 10.3. Turns out that Chrome isn’t the only browser that had this function.

Gmail Now Stores Up to 25,000 Contacts

Previously, Gmail used to have a limit of 10,000 contacts. This was enough for most of us, particularly after Google enabled users to turn off automatic inclusion of email addresses of people they email to, to Gmail’s contacts which was the primary reason for some people hitting the 10,000 contact limit. But starting today, Google has increased the limit for all Gmail users, including all those who use Google Apps, to 25,000 contacts

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tiny Burner: Free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Burner

Tiny Burner is a portable free optical disk burning program for those who want to move from commercial programs such as Nero. Like any capable disk burning program, Tiny Burner supports the most popular hardware burners and can write to all types of optical media, including CD, DVD and Blu-ray (single and double layer). Tiny Burner can not only write data to disks but also create ISO images from existing discs.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Say Hi to Opera Next, The Dev Channel For Opera

Until now, Opera had no separate channels for development builds like those on Google Chrome (Canary channel, Dev channel) and Firefox (Aurora and Nightly). Users wishing to try out new snapshots of work-in-progress builds of the Opera browser were forced to abandon the stable version because two different versions were not made to exist together. This is now changed with the introduction of Opera Next – the developer channel of the browser.

Monday, May 2, 2011

12 New Windows 7 Themes [May 2011 Edition]

Here is a fresh collection of great looking themes for Windows 7. Please read instructions provided by the theme author to know how to use it. Often the theme author provides links to wallpapers, icons etc. which makes to possible to achieve the exact look as shown in the screenshot. These needs to be downloaded and applied separately or using separate tools, some of which has been previously discussed here.

Movie Monkey: The Easiest Movie Organizer Ever

Lately I have been reviewing a lot of different movie managers cum organizers. The trouble with the majority of them with the exception of My Movie Library, to a certain degree, is that the preparation of the library consumes too much time. If your collection consist of hundreds and thousands of gigabytes of movies, manually entering the title of each movie is a logistical nightmare.

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter Giveaway

AnyBizSoft PDF Converter is a commercial PDF conversion utility that can be used to convert PDF files to 6 different formats - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, Text and HTML. The most notable feature of this program is that it is capable of retaining the original layout and formatting of the PDF including graphics, tables and even hyperlinks in the converted document with a fair degree of accuracy.

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