Monday, February 28, 2011

150,000 GMail users get squeaky clean inboxes

Over the weekend, about 150,000 users logged into GMail to check their email. Guess what they found? All emails, folders, labels, everything gone. Plus, there was a 'welcome to GMail' message ready in front of them.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tech News Flash: New MacBooks here, iPhone 5 leaked?

New MacBook Pro line: MacBook Pros have finally been refreshed. And they have Intel's Light Peak technology, now called Thunderbolt. There's a minimum of 4GB RAM and some models have quad-core processors. They start at $1,199 for the 13-inch model.
[Apple via CNET]

iPhone 5 front part leaked: Possible images of the front of the next generation iPhone have come out on the web. What do you think? It has space for a wider LCD. And in my opinion, it looks rather ugly.
[9 to 5 Mac via Boy Genius Report]

Nintendo 3DS launches in Japan: The much-awaited glassless 3D handheld game console has come out in Japan, a month before it comes out in the US. Engadget have a photo gallery of the final product.

Google may launch a streaming service in the UK: YouTube is showing clues to getting closer to launching an unlimited streaming service in the UK before US.
[Download Squad via NYPost]


Friday, February 25, 2011

What version of Ubuntu is right for me?

So you want to dual-boot (or maybe switch to) Linux. And you have been convinced that Ubuntu is one of the best and most documented distros out there. But when you go to the Ubuntu website, there are so many editions available. Which one should you choose?

Here's help for you.


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Run .SH scripts in Ubuntu

Files with a .SH extension are little scripts that can be used to perform a set of given tasks without typing them in the terminal again and again. For example, you can get a script to automatically install the 64-bit Flash Player on Ubuntu at this site.

But when you attempt to open such a file, it just opens it up in Gedit. Here's how to run it.


Google Chrome may lose the URL bar

ConceivablyTech reports that Google may be thinking of getting a "major" UI refresh. Chrome has looked pretty much the same since it first came out. They may be redesigning it so there will be four modes to it.

The URL bar may go away. You will see it in only some cases. So the interface will be more streamlined and you will see more of the web than your browser. This is somewhat like Firefox's Home Dash idea.


Monday, February 21, 2011

You didn't know this: Google has an online dictionary (a real one)

No, no, I'm not talking about the web definitions that appear when you add a 'define:' before a word and search for it. Google apparently has it's own dictionary, which doesn't talk about an external source for the definitions.


New MacBooks to have Light Peak?

An unnamed source has told CNET that Apple will be making an announcement soon about the new MacBooks having a new, high speed connection technology.

Intel has been working on a super-fast connector technology that it is calling Light Peak. The initial versions will use copper, but they will later move on to fiber-optics. It was touted by Intel as a technology that will replace all kinds of various connectors required to connect peripherals to a computer.

Put the two facts above together. What do you get now?


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Humor: Evolution of Human Input Devices

[via MakeUseOf]


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Google Docs gets support for 12 more file formats

Google Docs now supports 12 more file formats. You can open and view these new file formats directly in the browser. This doesn't mean that you can edit all of them. But anyway, you don't need to download email attachments in these new file formats. You can simply view them in your browser.


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Google getting UI refresh?

So many users today saw a clean, slick bar at the top of most Google services, containing the links Web, Images, Videos, Maps and so on. It doesn't work everywhere, and there is no other highly visible change.

See the bar at the top of the page?

Is it a harbinger of other UI changes coming soon? Or as TechCrunch says, the Google '+1' social network?


Firefox 5 to get site-specific features

As you probably know, Firefox is going to get a faster version release cycle. This means that FF 5, 6 and 7 could release by the end of 2011. And there's already talk about a few features that will be seen in the next edition of the amazingly good contender to Google Chrome.

The Mozilla UI team has put out a few of their draft plans about the user interface in Firefox 5. And the new features look pretty promising.


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Humor: A Legacy Left Behind


Monday, February 14, 2011

Two more RIM PlayBooks this year?

The first PlayBook

While Samsung is coming out with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, RIM (Research In Motion) says that there are two new BlackBerry PlayBooks coming out this year as well.


Tech News Flash: Bigger Galaxy Tab coming. Smaller iPhone? Maybe

10.1 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab coming: Samsung is releasing a bigger version of the super-hit Android tablet. Specs are out and a couple of websites have a hands-on first look review. It's called, by the way, Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Smaller iPhone may come: More and more people are confirming the rumors for a smaller iPhone that will be sold alongside the normal line. WSJ even says that someone actually saw a prototype. It had an edge-to-edge screen too.
[Wall Street Journal via Gizmodo]

Free educational material from Khan Academy on torrent: Non-profit organization Khan Academy is now giving away gigabytes of educational videos via torrents. That includes K-12 material, test prep and a lot more.

[TorrentFreak via Download Squad]

Flash 10.2 coming to Android and BlackBerry: Adobe says that they're releasing mobile versions of Flash 10.2 for Android Honeycomb and BlackBerry tablet OS. Moreover, they're planning to build Google's WebM video format support into Flash Player as well.


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Motorola Xoom on pre-order... for $1,199

Yes, the Android 3.0 powered super-awesome tablet from CES 2011, the Motorola Xoom is on pre-order at BestBuy! But before you go crazy and order one in a couple of minutes, consider the price tag.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

How to find your DD-WRT version

Love the advanced QoS settings on your DD-WRT router? Me too. Now that it's a long time since you flashed the Linux-based firmware onto your router, you may want to check the version number so that you can know if you need to upgrade. Here's how to do it.


Hitachi announces screen better than the Retina Display

Apple flaunted its Retina Display which is in use on the iPhone 4 and the latest iPod touch for a long time. Now, it's a thing of the past.

Hitachi has announced a 4.5 inch screen for mobile devices that fits 1280x720 pixels in its frame. Thus there are 329 dots per inch. The iPhone 4 has 326 dpi. Plus, it will have a 1,100:1 contrast ratio. On a phone? Awesome!

I completely agree when Engadget says "That basically means CES 2012 is going to be filthy with handsets offering full 720p resolution -- we can't wait."

[Hitachi via MobileCrunch via Engadget]


Friday, February 11, 2011

Opera Mini coming to the iPad

Opera is almost a truly universal browser now. The cross-platform browser is coming to the iPad! It was already available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Symbian, Android, iPhone, Java phones, everywhere. 

Now it is coming to the iPad. And Opera has a little emulator on their website.

[Opera Press Releases via Gizmodo]


Facebook Pages get an overhaul

Facebook has given their Pages an overhaul so that you can "make it easier for you and your fans to connect with each other". And it comes with its good and bad points. Here's an overview of what has changed and what has not... Well, I don't think anything has remained the same.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

HP webOS event roundup

The big and "exciting" webOS announcement from HP was yesterday. Here's what they had to say... and show us.

Credit: Gizmodo

Seriously, I feel that they've named the tablet very poorly, and it will sure give you wrong search results. Really.


Beginner Tip: Find your DirectX version

For non-geeks, it may be, at times hard to quickly check what version of DirectX you are using. Here's how to do it.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Tech News Flash: iPad 2 is now in production, Google Translate (iOS) translates your voice

Google Translate app for the iPhone gets speak-to-translate: Now you can speak and the Google Translate app on your iPhone will translate what you said. You can also store pronunciations to hear when offline.
[Google Translate Blog]

GMail for mobile gets Priority Inbox: The super-useful GMail feature, Priority Inbox is now available for GMail in Android and iOS devices.
[Google Mobile Blog via BGR]

Firefox 4 beta 11 adds Do Not Track feature: You can set Firefox 4 so that sites that advertise based on what you've been looking for are no longer able to track your behavior on the web. They say, however, that the advertiser may refuse to allow this feature to work.
[The Mozilla Blog via TechStuff]

Apple iPad 2 now in production: Yes, you read it right. Reports say that the next generation iPad, which as usual, it is lighter and thinner is now in production. Oh, did I mention that it's got two cameras?
[Wall Street Journal via Mashable]

Smartphones sold more than PCs in Q4 2010: In the fourth quarter of 2010, for the first time in history, smartphones sold more than PCs.
[ReadWriteWeb via BGR]


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Kindle getting actual page numbers

One of the biggest things that people have disliked about the Amazon Kindle ebook 'platform' is that there are some things called 'locations' instead of page numbers. This was annoying because it was hard to cite passages and chapters from the books. And you couldn't share the page number with your friend who had a print version of the same book.


Monday, February 7, 2011

Small Tip: Use a Tilde in Google searches to also search for synonyms

Credit: Guardian UK
This is a great tip from If you use the 'tilde' search operator with a word when searching Google, it will also search for synonyms of that word.

Perhaps examples will better illustrate my point.

Search for "~easy computer tips" and it will search for other keywords as well, like "simple computer tips". Thus you can broaden your search rather than searching those specific keywords. It will sure get you something that you might not have stumbled upon right away.

How does it work for you? Let me know in the comments.

[GoogleGuide via Reddit]


Sunday, February 6, 2011

New malware: AVG Antivirus 2011

Yes, you read it right. There's a new piece of malware on the loose. And it’s called AVG Antivirus 2011. Now don’t say I didn’t warn you!


New York's The Plaza has iPads in every room

Since January, five-star hotel The Plaza in New York City has put in iPads in every room. Why? To control the room, what else!

The custom app that it runs replaces an older touch control panel. Watch the video below to see more.


Humor: The 7 types of iPhone users


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Facebook celebrates its 7th birthday today

It's Facebook's seventh birthday today. Exactly seven years ago, the social network giant opened to the general public.

On this occasion, they posted this photo (right) on their Wall, and wished the "1.5 million" people on Facebook who share their birthday.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Read your Instapaper articles on your Amazon Kindle

Credit: Unplggd
I have an Amazon Kindle and I also happen to use Instapaper. And I love the fact that Instapaper can actually format the articles you save in it for your Kindle. Here's a tutorial on how to go about doing it.


Nokia might go the Windows way

We saw how Android overtook Symbian in worldwide market share. Now it appears that Nokia may switch from their OS to Windows Phone for all handsets. What's more, they may announce this sometime next week!

Credit: WMPoweruser


Beginner Tip: Use 'Undo Send' in GMail

I know, this has happened to everyone. You hit the 'send' button and then realize that you forgot to attach the document, sent it to the wrong person, forgot to include someone, forgot to write the subject... and so on.

GMail has a feature which is in labs (beta) that sends the email after a specified time. Within those few seconds, you can 'undo' sending the message completely. Here's how to do it.


Thursday, February 3, 2011

How someone ended up getting a free (autographed) replacement of Dead Space 2

Someone on Reddit just came up with an interesting story. His/her friend's dog knocked over the friend's XBOX 360. The Dead Space 2 disc ended up breaking. The friend tweeted about this, and she got a huge surprise.


WikiLeaks nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

WikiLeaks sure sent a ripple across the web last year. Ah, the controversy. Get ready for the next bit: It has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

Snorre Valen, a member of the Parliament of Norway has nominated the organization for the Prize. He says why on his blog:
"Publishing material that is deemed classified by the government is an obvious right that newspapers and media have practiced for many, many decades. This way, the public has become aware of abuses of power that governments should be held accountable for. The internet doesn’t change this – it merely makes information more accessible, easier to distribute, and more democratic in the sense that virtually anyone with an internet connection can contribute."
What do you think?

[via Mashable]


Beginner Tip: Change the default dictionary on the Amazon Kindle

Word definition at the bottom
The lookup feature is certainly one of the most useful on the Amazon Kindle. It allows you to look up word definitions, and also research online.

If you purchase a new Kindle now, it will come with two complete dictionaries, the Oxford Dictionary of English and The New Oxford American Dictionary. Apart from looking up words directly, you can also look for definitions of words in any text, as you read, just by navigating the cursor to it. The word is looked up in the default dictionary.

Here's how to change that default.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bing steals Google search results, MS denies, Google announces it to public

Apparently, Microsoft's Bing has been stealing search results from Google lately. And now they are denying it. But then the funny part is that Google themselves wrote a blog post about it and published the news themselves.


And according to me the Google blog post looks a bit towards the 'angry' side. This sure has launched a bit of a war between the giants.


LG Optimus 3D rumors confirmed

Remember the little rumors that said LG is releasing a new phone with a 3D glasses-free screen, probably called the Optimus 3D? Well, it's confirmed now. They have announced in a press release that such a phone is actually coming.

And there's a photo:


Beginner Tip: Enable Firefox smooth-scrolling

People who are switching to Firefox from Internet Explorer may find the scrolling a bit jerky. That is because Firefox does not have smooth-scrolling enabled by default. But there is a way to enable it, don’t worry. 

The smooth-scroll in Firefox may not be as beautiful as it is in Opera, but it just does the job.