The New Updated Foursquare application for Android

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Foursquare application for Android device received a new look that made it easier to navigate.A new update has just been applied to the Android application, which brings even more new features, as well as lots of redesigned screens.

Possibility to check-in to events that take place at specific locations,this is a new feature introduced with Foursquare for Android.The application also gets few visual upgrades and has a nicer look.Another good feature is the capability to view In-line image previews of your FourSquare friend list.

Other good features are:-

1. Now showing events attached to places

2. Photos in-line in Friend tab

3. Venue page redesign

4. Checkin details page redesign.

The check in button now appears at the top of the screen, making it just a click away from anywhere in the app. That widens the other tabs a bit and makes them easier to click.If you’re out at a movie, concert, or sporting event, you can check in and share exactly what you’re doing with Foursquare application.

The Upcoming Windows8 Explorer has Ribbon Interface

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Microsoft has confirmed that Windows Explorer will use its ribbon interface in its upcoming Windows 8 operating system.ribbon interface in Windows 8 will provide simpler access to third-party add-ons to Windows Explorer .More files can be viewed in a Windows Explorer window in Windows 8 than in Windows 7.


The ribbon will replace the menu and toolbars of Windows Explorer with the exception of the search and navigational toolbar.

How Windows Explorer looks with the new ribbon interface:-

Home tab in Windows Explorer:-

Home tab is focused on the important file management tasks, and all the major file management commands like Copy, Paste, Delete, Rename and Cut

Share tab in Windows Explorer:-

Share tab is used for sharing files  by different methods like zipping them up and E-mail them to a friend, or burning them to drive or USB. Users can quickly share the files with other people in their home group or in their network domain.

View tab in Windows Explorer:-

View tab provides access to options for customization. One-click access has been enabled for turning on/off the Navigation pane, Preview pane, and Details pane.

File menu in Windows Explorer:-

Users can find a variety of contextual tabs which activate in the context of specific files and folders, and also useful for tasks like searching, managing libraries, viewing pictures, and playing music.

Simple, Affordable Nokia 100 and 101 Unveiled!!!!!!

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Nokia launched a couple of cheap dual SIM phones in Nairobi , Kenya. Looks like finally realising the importance of Dual SIM phones eating it’s market share in the lower end.

With the intent of offering an economical, simple and fun-featured handset to its next billion users, the Finland-based Nokia Corporation has unveiled its two eligible candidates, dubbed Nokia 100 and 101. Both handsets work on Series 30 operating system and

The New Google Music Downloader Extension For Firefox

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Google Music Downloader is a new Firefox add-on which can download all songs from Google Music.Google Music is a service which allows you to upload your personal music collection and access it instantly on the web or any compatible device. 

With Google Music Downloader, you will be able to download songs just by right-clicking them. The extension does not require any restarting of Firefox after

HP-Touchpad:A New Tablet In The Market…..

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HP has launched its new Touchpad which is similar to Apple’s iPad.The cost of this stylish Touchpad which was released on august 19 is  $99. 

Since the past year no other tablet has been able to change the enchantment of the people who have with the iPad, but the TouchPad has shown a few that there is a brand other than Apple when it comes to Tablets.

The TouchPad’s biggest strength is its elegant webOS operating system, which still does multitasking better than Android or Apple’s iOS.If you want to see what applications are open, press the button below the home screen and they’ll appear in miniature form like a hand of cards on a table; tap one to select it, or flick it towards the top of the screen to close it.

An iPad level of display quality and strong audio were still highlights. At its best, the TouchPad is pleasurable to use.Like earlier web OS phones and Android devices, the TouchPad syncs easily to such cloud-based services as Google’s contacts and calendar applications.
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Find My iPhone:A New Phone Recovery Tool Launched By Apple..

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If you have lost your iPhone then Find My iPhone application can help you to locate your missing iPhone.Find My iPhone is a new recovery tool launched by Apple.This application is free on the Apple store and available to anyone.
So if you misplace your iPhone device,just download the Find My iPhone application on friends iPhone,iPod or iPad and sign into access all the features of Find My iPhone application on the spot.
The devices show up on the map as a blue dot. You can then pick the device and choose to remote lock it, remote wipe it or send it a message or sound.

Steps to set up Find My iPhone  application:-
1. Make sure  your iPhone is running iOS 4.2 or later .If you are creating a free account for the first time you need an iPhone 4
2. Go to setting icon and select Mail,Contacts,Calender.
3. Go to Add account button and select MobileMe.
4. If you have your Apple id and password then login to your account otherwise create free Apple id and follow the onscreen instruction.
5. Verify your Mobile Me account.
6. After verifing switch on the Find My iPhone application.
7. When the Find My iPhone application appears click on Allow.

How to Secure Your Laptop From Theft!!

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Laptops are small and convenient, making them easy to take with you on trips for business or leisure, to school, work or other places; however, it also means they are easy to steal. According to a report from officers from JustStolen.net, one in ten laptops are stolen during a laptop’s lifetime. In the same report, FBI figures calculated that the rate of successful recoveries was only five percent. However, you can take certain measures to protect your laptop and improve its chances of recovery, such as installing tracking software that uses the Internet to broadcast its location if stolen. We’ve also added a few handy precautionary measures you can take beforehand, so your laptop has a better chance of making it home safe if the two of you become separated.

How To Prevent Theft and Protect Data

Here are a few things you can do beforehand to help make sure your laptop finds its way home and that your data stays protected.

1. Install Prey

Prey is a monitoring application that you can activate remotely should your laptop become missing or stolen. Prey then “calls home” to the Prey server (or your own server, depending upon configuration) once the laptop connects to the Internet. A Prey report gives the IP address, geolocation (complete with map) and even a screenshot from your webcam. You can also use Prey to lock your device to prevent others from accessing it

 

 

2. Encrypt Sensitive Data

Many personal data are stored in laptops.Personal data such as credit card, financial and medical records should always be encrypted — this is doubly true if your computer is portable. Encrypting your data will help to ensure that your identity doesn’t get stolen along with your laptop

There are a number of good encryption tools out there, and many modern operating systems have encryption options baked in. One popular, free encryption tool for Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms is TrueCrypt.

3. Make Your Laptop Easy to Return

Make a file and place it on your desktop (e.g. REWARD_IF_FOUND.TXT) containing your contact and information and  information about a reward which you offer to the guy who found your laptop These details will make it easier for anyone who’s stumbled across your missing computer to return it to you without the need to go digging through personal data. It may even cause a remorseful thief to have a change of heart — especially if you can provide a way for the laptop to be returned anonymously.

4. Back Up Your Data Frequently

You should  backing up your data on a regular basis to protect against hardware or software failure. If you’re on the go with your laptop a lot, you may want to take advantage of online backup services like Dropbox. If you choose to backup to an external hard drive, don’t store the drive in your laptop bag.

 

5. Consider an Engraving

You should  consider having your company or name and a piece of contact information such as your email address or phone number engraved into a prominent location on your laptop. This greatly decreases its resale value and makes it obvious who the laptop belongs to. Engraving is a reasonably good deterrent against theft and provides just one more way of letting the finder of your laptop know who to return it to.


 

Cloud Computing: The Layperson’s Guide to Distributed Networks!!!

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Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet)

 

Cloud computing provides computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. Parallels to this concept can be drawn with the electricity grid, wherein end-users consume power without needing to understand the component devices or infrastructure required to provide the service.

 

The concept of cloud computing fills a perpetual need of IT: a way to increase capacity or add capabilities on the fly without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software. Cloud computing encompasses any subscription-based or pay-per-use service that, in real time over the Internet, extends IT’s existing capabilities.

Major Cloud Providers and Companies

 

Amazon Web Services: In 2006, Amazon launched its cloud computing platform, Amazon Web Services. AWS is comprised of a number of different products that allows businesses and application developers to build their own cloud-enabled applications.

Amazon is a huge player in the cloud platform space, with major web companies like Groupon and Foursquare using various parts of Amazon’s cloud infrastructure to power their products.

 

Salesforce.com: In  the enterprise cloud, Salesforce.com is a huge player. Beyond its flagship Salesforce.com CRM system, Salesforce.com also allows enterprises and businesses to build their own tools on its Force.com platform.

 

 

Google: Although Google offers its own infrastructure product by way of its Google App Engine, the search giant’s bigger cloud ambitions are still emerging. Right now, most of Google’s cloud offerings are accessible in the form of consumer- and enterprise-focused services, such as Google Apps and Google Docs.

Still, Google maintains its own cloud infrastructure and has helped define the idea of the modern cloud-based web application.

Microsoft: Microsoft launched its platform appliance aimed at allowing large customers like eBay, HP and Dell to offer their own cloud services using Microsoft’s technology, but in their own data centers.

IBM: IBM has been working on various cloud initiatives for the last several years. In April, it launched its more robust set of offerings by way of the IBM SmartCloud and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise brands.

 

Consumer Cloud Services :

Google Apps: Google Apps, which includes your mail, contacts, calendar events, and Outlook notes are stored in your Google account in the cloud and in Outlook on your computer. Google Apps Sync makes sure data is the same in both places by regularly copying, or synchronizing it back and forth. Incoming messages, meeting invitations, and contacts are downloaded from the cloud to Outlook, while changes you make locally sync back up with the cloud. Because the cloud is accessible from anywhere on the Internet (not just from behind your firewall), you can access this information from any computer anywhere—either from Outlook, or by logging in to Google Apps using a web browser.

Box.net: Box.net unique because  it has robust APIs and application support not just for other web apps, but for mobile and tablet apps as well.

Dropbox: Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud and file storage solutions because it makes sharing files with other users or across computers dead simple. The service is focused on consumers, but many businesses use it, too.

OnLive: The idea of being able to play games from the cloud — no disc or download required — is something that is likely to catch on, big time, in the next few years.

 

iCloud: Apple will formally roll out its iCloud offering, and the general consensus is that this will be what brings the idea of cloud to the mainstream.

Already, Apple has made its iTunes in the Cloud music service available to users.

 

Major technology companies, as well as small businesses and consumers, are seeing the benefits of the cloud and those benefits are only going to increase as products that heavily use cloud infrastructures and technologies integrate themselves into our lives.

Zinio Magazines On Android Phones!!!

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The ultimate app for magazine lovers is ready for Android 2.2, 3.0 and 3.1. Get thousands of magazines instantly, many with special interactive features built especially for your Android device. Discover the premier mobile reading experience.

Zinio’s Android app, which has recently been unveiled for Honeycomb tablets, is no longer limited to select few markets. Rather, users from all around the world can now access and read various magazines from their phones and tablets.

 

On Friday Zinio added support for Google Android handsets, bringing content from more than 1,000 digital magazine publishers to smartphones and small tablets running Android versions 2.2 and 2.3, approximately 78 percent of all phones currently powered by Google.

The application requires that your device runs Android 2.2 or higher, meaning pretty much any smartphone or tablet bought this year will do the job just fine.

 

Although Zinio hasn’t mentioned this in their news release, I suspect more Android phones will come with the Zinio client pre-loaded. you may have noticed that Zinio was already on the phone, for example. Those types of pre-installation partnerships between Zinio and carriers are likely to help attract digital magazine readers, perhaps even more than having the free Zinio software available in the Android Market.

 

You can start to browse magazine content within a minute or two of starting a magazine download, but the optimal experience won’t happen until the entire title is downloaded. Until the magazine completely loads high-quality page images, it can show some text fuzziness when zooming in. And on the 3.7-inch, 800×480 resolution display of the new myTouch phone, there’s plenty of zooming required.

 

If you’re reading magazines on Zinio — and you already can with an Apple iPhone, iPod touch or iPad — I’d be curious what device you use most to do so: a tablet, a computer or a smartphone?

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