02 February 2013

How to choose a blogspot name

Blogger Tips : Here we have given simple rules to follow when choosing a blog name:


  • It must describe your blog: It is likely that lots of people will see a link to your blog before having the ability to actually read it (in search engines, for example). Guess what, if just by looking at the name they can figure what the blog is concerning they will be more likely to visit it.

  • It must be easy to memorize: suppose your blog talks about travelling, fitness and health advice in general. Naming it "travelling, Fitness and General Health Advice Blog" would offer quite a complete description of the blog, but would it also be easy to memorize? Stick with simple names.

  • It should be equal to the domain name: This rule is often unnoticed by people, probably because finding a suitable domain that has not been registered yet is a complex task. Still if your domain name does not match the blog name you will possibly lose some readers along the way. When people visit your blog through a link they will just read the name of the blog. Should they choose to revisit the site a couple of days later they will just type that name followed by a dot com. If they do not find your blog once they hit enter they will just go someplace else.

Must Have WordPress Plugins for Every Website

WordPress is a powerful CMS, what makes it even so powerful is its support for WordPress plugins with which you can add new functionality that’s otherwise not provided by the free version of WordPress i.e., WordPress.org.

However, adding enormous number of WordPress plugins in order to make your WordPress powerful doesn’t give any benefits and instead it increases your WordPress blog’s loading time. So, below is a list of few recommended WordPress plugins that everyone can find useful.

Best WordPress Plugins 2012

Best & Recommended WordPress Plugins for a WordPress Powered Blog

  1. WordPress SEO: This plugin is created by Yoast and is probably the best WordPress SEO plugin you need. It helps in creating better titles, prevent duplicate pages such as archives, categories and tags from getting indexed by search engines. This plugin even adds necessary meta tags needed for more SEO friendly snippets.

  2. Redirection: If you’ve changed your WordPress URL structure or an existing post URL, the old URL might show a 404 not found error. These errors can easily be rectified using this Wordpres redirection plugn. Divert all your visitors who lands on your error pages to the right pages.

  3. YARRP: In order to reduce bounce rate, showing related posts on every article is recommended. In order to do so, this related posts plugin will be helpful.

  4. WP DB Manager: Taking a backup of your WordPress database is always recommended. This plugin helps you to backup your database either manually or automatically. Regularly backup your SQL database to stay safe.

  5. Google XML Sitemaps: An XML sitemap will help Google and other search engines to know about each and every pages or post of your website and so its recommended to have an XML sitemap for every website.

  6. Pubsubhubb: This plugin will instantly ping Google once you publish a blog post letting Google know that you’re the original author for that particular post. It helps in fighting content duplication.

  7. Login Logger: This pluging logs all the details of the logged-in person such as his computers IP address, date and time. In this way, you can know if any unauthorized person has logged into your wordpress dashboard easily and then can block that particular IP address.

  8. W3 Total Cache: This is byfar the best caching plugin for WordPress to improve page speed. You can minify scripts; add expiration tags to files and more.

  9. WordPress PDA: If your website doesn’t use a responsive design, then this plugin definitely comes handy in serving the mobile version of your website.

  10. Broken Link Checker: It helps you to monitor and rectify 404/broken links in your blog.

Hope, this list of WordPress plugins are more than enough for many of the blogs present on the Internet. However, few blogs which need advance functionality can install plugins that fulfill their requirements in addition to the WP plugins listed above.

How to Read Facebook Chat Messages Yet Stay Undetected - Disable "Seen" in Chat

  • Want to stay away from annoying people in Facebook Chat?

  • Do you want to skip replying to people whom you don't want to chat with?

In the past you could have just left the conversation without giving an reply or pretend as if you didn't see the message.But ever since Facebook has introduced the feature "Seen on" or "Seen By" you don't have any option to skip replying to others message as others will get notified as soon as you see the message.

  • There is no default Facebook Privacy Settings to "Disable" this feature.So in this post I will be explaining a trick where we will be using third party applications which serve our need.

Installing FB Unseen:

Features of this Extension:

  • All the chat messages you read stay undetected .That means your friends wont be able to see option "Seen",so he wont know whether you read the message or not.

  • Easy installation.

  • Available for all major browsers.

For Google Chrome Users:

  • Go to this web page [Fb Unseen]

  • Then you can straight away add this extension to chrome.

  • As soon as you click Add to chrome it will be installed and will be enabled by default.

For Mozilla Firefox Users:

Other Browsers:

If you are using any other browser than Google chrome or mozilla then here is a way to make this trick work.

  • Block the below URL in your browser using Adblock.


  • Don't worry it wont harm your PC and Facebook Profile.

How to uninstall this extension/Addon:

Un-installation is as simple as installation.

  • If you are using Google Chrome go to Tools -> Extensions and there you can enable/disable or completely remove the extension.

Uninstall Fb Unseen

  • If you are a mozilla firefox user then go to Addons from drop down menu and there you can uninstall the extension.

  • For other browsers just unblock the url above and everything should come back to normal.

Its a great extension to stay away from annoying people by pretending as if you didnt read the message with this extension.If you have any touble in installing the addon let us know in your comments.

01 February 2013

Download Windows 8 HD Desktop Wallpapers

Already I have given you Free Windows 8 Themes for your Windows 7 PCs. Today I'm gonna give you the largest pack of Windows 8 wallpapers from Microsoft's official site. Microsoft site offers you awesome desktop backgrounds for your computers. You can download huge number of high quality Windows 8 desktop background from Microsoft site.

Click Here to Download Windows 8 HD Wallpapers [From Microsoft Site]

Scanner’s Charts Can Save Your Disk From A Low Space Catastrophe [Windows]

I’m a person who is very conscious and concerned with my available disk space. As someone who has experienced catastrophic performance issues due to not even having enough disk space for disk defragmentation to work properly, it’s something I find hard to forget. In other articles, you may have noticed the screenshots where I highlight the size and available space remaining on my local drive. It’s always very low. I’m a hoarder.

When I’m not hoarding and saving everything I come across, I’m looking for quality disk visualization software (such as DiskSavvy). I’ve tried probably a dozen of them and none are easier and more straightforward than a little tool I’ve found called Scanner. Let me show you just what Scanner is capable of.

Scanner – Free & Portable

First and foremost, Scanner is free, portable, and only 243K in size. This alone should be reason enough to give it a spin, as you’ve got nothing at all to lose. Scanner should work just fine on every version of Windows from XP onward.

Download the archive and extract it to any folder you’d like. Run the executable and Scanner will immediately begin crawling all drives (including external and flash) on your system.

You can interrupt the summary scan (as a scan of your entire system is called, denoted at the bottom left) and scan a single drive just by clicking on it or the blue icon next to it towards the left-hand side of the application’s interface.

As you can see in the screenshot above, I’ve scanned my C: drive. The scan can take a while to complete (depending on your read/write speeds and the size of your drive), but you can see the result: a neat little sunburst chart.

Using your cursor, you can now hover over chunks in the chart and the folder path responsible for that chunk of disk space will be shown beneath the title bar. The largest chunks obviously represent the most disk space. If you don’t know how a sunburst chart works, they layer out from the center. From the middle, the first rung of chunks are folders in your root directory (like “User” and “Program Files”). The chunks on the next rung outward are sub-directories under those respective directories.

At any given time, you can click on a chunk on the chart to bring the focus to that specific directory.

As you can see, this allows you to pinpoint directories and disk usage more finely. On the lower right-hand side, there are three buttons: parent directory, back, and rescan folder. These should help you navigate around.

To the top left of the interface, and to the right of the drive letters, are buttons for zoom effects. Clicking the plus or minus sign allows you to respectively enlarge or shrink the size of the graph.

The buttons to the top right-hand side of the interface will open the Programs and Features window within Windows or empty your Recycle Bin.

That really caps off the features for Scanner, but if you’re a visual person (like I am) then you can fall in love with understanding your disk space in this way. In one quick glance you’re able to see directories that are responsible for holding the most space on your disk. No numbers involved, just a visual. Clicking through the chunks is, in my opinion, always an easier way to detect over-sized folders versus looking at flat numbers.

Scanner proves that you don’t need a Swiss army knife just to clean up a bloated disk. Launch the application, hover and click through your largest visual chunks, and it’ll be practically impossible to miss a folder that shouldn’t be as big as it is.

What do you think of Scanner? Is it too simple or does it get the job done just right? Let me know in the comments!

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Can A Windows RT Tablet Replace My Laptop?

windows rt tablet previewSince tablets these days are amazingly powerful little devices, many people are starting to wonder if they can replace a regular laptop completely. Especially now that there are some great Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets available, the prospect of working entirely from a tablet is indeed looking more likely.

However, in the case of Windows RT, this is not quite as easy as you might think. This is because Windows RT is not anything like a regular windows install – It looks like Windows 8, but it’s really very different. Most notably, you can’t install regular Windows applications on it. You can only install apps from the Windows Store, similar to using an iPad or Android tablet. That’s not to say that working from your Windows RT tablet is impossible, though. You may be surprised.

Completing Day-To-Day Work On A Windows RT Tablet

You may recall that recently Christian wrote an article about trying to do all his regular day-to-day work using only a tablet. His experiment proved to be somewhat difficult, although I’d say his day-to-day work needs were more involved than most people would need. I won’t be trying anything of the sort, as I already know that there are certain things I just cannot do using Windows RT involving programs I can’t install. This doesn’t rule out using the Windows RT tablet for a large portion of my work though.

windows rt tablet preview

You’ll find that the Windows RT store has a huge selection of applications, however many popular tools do not yet have an official app. For instance, you won’t yet find apps for: Remember The Milk; Facebook; Twitter; most Google tools; Flickr; LinkedIn; Tumblr; Pinterest; GoodReads; Delicious; and much more. This is not the end of the world, though. Read on!

Personally, I use a lot of web apps like Google Documents and other Google products. Gmail can be set up quickly with the native Windows RT email program, and the native calendar application will easily sync with your primary Google Calendar. It’s not quite seamless , as you can’t use Gmail functions like Starring and you won’t automatically see all your other Google Calendars. However, with a little program called gSync, you can get your other calendars back. Google Documents and other Google tools can be opened in the browser and used that way.

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For all of the web apps you use on a daily basis, just navigate to the page in Windows Explorer then pin the page to your Start Menu (swipe up from the bottom to get the pin option). You’ll then be able to group it with other apps you use and have quick access to it when you need it. I’ve found almost all of the web apps I use regularly work quite well in Explorer, barring a few exceptions that use Java or flash. Internet Explorer in Windows RT is unable to install add-ons, which rules out Java, and will only run Flash on a whitelist of sites.

Windows RT has a selection of popular Office applications ready to use natively: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. All of these apps are set up to automatically sync your files to Skydrive so that you can work on them elsewhere seamlessly.

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Essential Windows RT Apps To Download For Daily Use

To get you started, here are some truly useful applications which will help you to make the most of Windows RT. All of these links will open in a browser, then if you’re using your Windows RT tablet it will offer to open the app page in the store for you.

windows rt tablet

  • gSync – For syncing all your Google Calendars

  • LastPass – For password management (use it in split-screen mode to copy and paste credentials into websites)

  • XMarks – To access your everyday bookmarks from your regular computer (use this in split-screen mode to easily pin all your favourite web apps)

  • Evernote – Access all of your notes.

  • Dropbox – Access your documents.

  • Box – Access your documents.

  • Basecamp – Co-ordinate your projects and to-do lists.

  • gTasks – Sync your Google tasks locally.

  • EBay – Keep track of eBay sales.

  • Amazon – Easily shop at any Amazon store.

  • Skitch – Powerful, yet simple annotation tool for images.

  • IM+ – Use all your IM accounts in the same app.

  • Note Anytime – Great note-taking app.

  • Share All – Easily share anything to Facebook or Twitter.

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Some programs, like Skype and Kindle come pre-loaded with Windows RT. For your other entertainment needs, browse around the Windows RT store. There are some fantastic apps available. In fact, sometimes there is too much choice.

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Multitasking With Windows RT

With many tablets, it’s impossible to multi-task. However, with Windows RT you can multi-task in two easy ways: switching between open applications by swiping from the left to right; or using two applications at once by dragging another open application in partially and locking it in place.

Limitations And Strengths Of Windows RT

Windows RT is limited to store apps, which rules out using any of your regular Windows applications. If you must use Windows apps, find a tablet running Windows 8 instead. Another limitation of this decision is that the Windows store doesn’t yet have a lot of popular applications available. Check out another MakeUseOf article on what you can and can’t do using Windows RT.

The limitations of Windows RT do seem to work in its favor though, as it is a very stable OS. You are unlikely to have problems with malware either, as you can only get apps through the store and the only browser is limited deliberately.

Despite the limitations, Windows RT is quite powerful and designed very well. It’s easy to see yourself using it on a regular basis to replace a laptop. The app store will only get bigger and meanwhile web apps are generally quite accessible.

More To Read If You’re Buying A Tablet

If you are considering buying a tablet, there are more than a few previous MakeUseOf articles you should check out first. Read about things to know before you buy a tablet, reasons to buy a tablet, ways to use a tablet to boost your productivity at work, reasons to buy Android tablets over iPads (some of those reasons may lead you to consider Windows tablets too), reasons to buy a cheap tablet, our Microsoft Surface tablet review, and crucial things to know before traveling with your tablet.

So, can a Windows RT tablet replace my laptop?

In conclusion, I knew from the start I could never completely replace my laptop with a Windows RT tablet, but I am very impressed with the sheer amount of things I can do with it, the quality of some of the apps and how user-friendly the whole Windows RT experience is. I can certainly do a LOT of work on the Windows RT tablet, which is good enough for me.

Have you tried using a Windows RT tablet? Could you replace your laptop with it?

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31 January 2013

Even If You’re A Windows User: Top 5 Uses For A Linux Box

uses for linux boxDespite advances made by other operating systems, Windows still stands as the most used operating system in the world. And, as a Linux user, I respect your decision to stick with it as it does have a large ecosystem that both businesses and consumers seem to agree on.

But just because you use Windows as your daily driver does not mean that you can’t experiment with other operating systems for any of your computing needs. In this case, Linux systems are the most flexible and least expensive to build, plus I’m sure you’re not going to experiment with other operating systems by getting an expensive Mac. But, as a Windows user, what exactly can you do with Linux boxes that will still benefit you and your Windows setup?

Second Desktop/Laptop

uses for linux box

First, we’ll need to get the obvious option out of the way. You can install Linux on any of your computers, either alongside Windows or as the sole operating system. When installed on your main system, it will be a great way to try out Linux and everything you can do with it. As some people have been disappointed with the direction Microsoft is taking with Windows 8, now is one of the best times to check out Linux as your future operating system as you are offered plenty of choices and low costs if any. When installed on any other computer, especially an older one, it can give it a few more years of life before it really is time for it to hit the dump. Linux can be used for plenty of daily computing tasks where it won’t disturb your affair with Windows.

Home Server

best uses for linux

Linux has also been an operating system of choice when it comes to the creation of home servers. The OS and any tools needed to share files are all free and relatively easy to configure, so any household without too many complicated needs will find Linux to be highly beneficial and cost efficient. Users also have the choice of combining all the tools that they want to use themselves, or rather use a package that combines many different technologies together such as Amahi.

Media Center

best uses for linux

Besides sharing files among your home network or across the globe, your Linux box can also be used as a media center. There are many possible interpretations of this, where it can act like a home server and stream media across your network, be a box that sits near your TV and is connected via an HDMI cable, or a combination of both. There is plenty of software out there which can be used as visually-pleasing media centers, such as XBMC. Plenty of streaming sites also support Linux, such as Hulu or Netflix (unofficially).


While Linux doesn’t have a lot of software that many businesses rely on as the developers of such software know that most businesses run Windows, there are still plenty of software available under Linux which address certain tasks. For example, with software that is freely available for Linux, you can run your own weather station, play around with ham radio, mix music for DJ purposes, and much more. While I’m sure that there is free software available for Windows to do all of these things as well, why not do it on Linux and save yourself from buying another Windows license!


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Finally, the last top use of a Linux box — gaming. Yes, I said gaming. While it isn’t a very convincing point at the time of writing, it certainly will be a few years down the road. The push for games on Linux is starting to get on a roll as Steam is making great progress with their client and the porting of games. Before you’ll know it, most games offered via Steam will be playable on Linux as well, making the platform a much greater force in gaming. Even while we wait, there are a handful of great games available; just not quite as many.


Of course, there are plenty of other great benefits of trying out Linux or using it for certain tasks. It’s free, frequently updated, virus-free, and easier than ever to use. Linux is also becoming an increasingly common technology as everywhere you turn you hear about more Linux adoption. Therefore, whether you are interested in trying out Linux or just want a cheap box to do what you need, look no further!

As a Windows/Mac user, what Linux boxes do you have sitting around and what do they do? How well does this setup work for you? What prevents you from using Linux as your daily driver? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credit: Pablo BD

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Custom Date Range Tips for Google Search

Google's search engine has a cool feature that lets you restrict the results to a certain time range. It's mostly used to find recent results, so the default options are: past hour, past 24 hours, past week/month/year, but you can customize the time range. Just click "search tools" below the search box, then click "any time" and select "custom range" from the list.

You can use Google's calendar widget to pick the dates, but there are some tricks that help you enter dates faster:

1. Enter "2011" in the "from" field, instead of "1/1/2011". Obviously, you can use any other year.

2. Enter "3/2011" or "March 2011" in the "from" field, instead of "3/1/2011" (or "1/3/2011", depending on your country).

3. Enter "2011" in the "to" field, instead of "12/31/2011" (or "31/12/2011", depending on your country). Obviously, you can use any other year.

4. Enter "3/2011" or "March 2011" in the "to" field, instead of "3/31/2011" (or "31/3/2011", depending on your country).

5. To restrict the results to pages from 2011, enter "2011" in the "from" and "to" fields.

6. To restrict the results to pages from March 2011, enter "3/2011" in the "from" and "to" fields.

7. Leave the "to" field empty instead of entering today's date.

8. Leave the "from" field empty to find pages created before the day entered in the "to" field.

5 New Ways In Which You Didn’t Use Google Circles Before

Google Plus Circles allow you to organize your contacts and the people you follow into groups. Most people intuitively group contacts based on how they know them, i.e. family, friends from school, colleagues etc. For Google Plus Circles, a better way to arrange people is to ask yourself two questions; (1) What do you want to share and experience with your contacts? and (2) How much do you care for what they want to share with you? I touched on the first point in a previous article. The key is, how you want to interact with people doesn’t depend on how you know them, but on the type and quality of the relationship.

This article provides some ideas on how you could organize your Circles. Keep in mind that neither people you are following, nor people who have you in their Circles, can see what Circle/s you add them to or even that you add them to more than one Circle. So do experiment with Circles!


You might have picked this point up in the introduction already, but I would like to make it very clear. There are two main functions of Google Circles:

  1. To organize people you share stuff with and determine who gets to see what.

  2. To organize people you are following to read what they share with you at your leisure.

Obviously, you will want to keep the first point in mind anytime you share something. Be sure to double-check what Circles are selected before you hit the Share button. When you are posting from within Google Plus, it depends on what tab you are viewing. When you share from anywhere else, Public is typically selected per default. Public means that anyone visiting your Google Plus profile can see the post. Posts shared with your Circle/s can only be seen by the people in the respective Circle/s.

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Interest Based Circles

Many people use Google Plus to share stuff they like. But you know that not all of your friends are into the same stuff you are or maybe you don’t want your entire family to find out about your fetish. Creating Circles based on common interests can help you share relevant content with your contacts.

how to use google circles

Likewise, you should organize the people you follow in ways that allow you to read only the updates you care for. Not everyone’s update is interesting all the time. So put the people or accounts whose updates you might want to see in one read into the same Circle, so you can read them at your leisure.

Location and Language Based Circles

With today’s lifestyle, we know people all over the place. If you travel a lot, have lived in different cities, or have friends, family, or colleagues in different places, maybe even different countries, it probably makes sense to create location or language based Circles. Not only can you share relevant local content with the people who understand and care about it. You can also send messages to people in your area to meet up spontaneously or ask for local advice in the local language, without making anyone feel like they’re excluded.

how to use google circles

Projects and Events Based Circles

This is similar to interest and location based Circles, but slightly different and a little more specific. Projects and events based Circles are temporary, meaning you create them for the occasion and resolve them afterwards. To make this type of Circle worthwhile, you should share it, so the everyone involved in the project or event gets to participate equally.

how to use google circles

For example when you plan a party, you could create a shared Circle of co-organizers and potential participants. You can then discuss the party, including the theme, location, schedule, food etc. Not only can you discuss, but you can also share relevant material, such as the website for a restaurant, a link to its Qype rating, or an article on cool party themes.

Circles as Invite Lists

You can use Circles to create an invite list for Google Hangouts. This comes in very handy if you have regular Hangouts with a particular set of people.

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Circles as Gmail Labels

Finally, it’s good to remember that Circles are also shown as labels in Gmail. You can even search mail in Gmail by Circle, e.g. circle:friends. This means you can take advantage of Circles to indirectly organize your email.


Understanding Circles means taking back control over your sharing, as well as your time spent on Google Plus. Google Circles allow you to target who gets to see what and determine when you want to see posts from specific groups of people. A smart use of Circles can lead to engaging and meaningful exchanges with your contacts.

How do you use Circles? Are there additional types of Circles you would suggest?

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Office 2013 or Office 365 – Which Edition Should You Buy?

Microsoft has introduced a new version of their trusted Office productivity suite and home consumers essentially have to make a choice between Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365.

Office 2013 vs Office 365

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30 January 2013

Easily Share Free Books With Your Friends Using Ownshelf

Browse the books your friends are reading – or share collections with your friends. You and your friends can download the books to read later. It’s called Ownshelf and it’s intended to be a way for friends to share freely distributable books.

It’s possible to use this to distribute copy-written material – because of encryption, Ownshelf wouldn’t even necessarily know you were doing so. This is not the intended use of the app, however: it’s supposed to be a way for people to share works in the public domain or otherwise free to spread.

There might be copyright issues here, long term, as The Next Web pointed out.

“We promote and provide books that are public domain or creative commons. Of course what users actually upload to their personal shelf is up to them,” said founder Rick Marazzani, according to the article. “We hope that by using real names and real friends via Facebook that people will stick to what they deem as fair use. All the content on the server is encrypted, so we cannot see what’s in the user’s files. So we could not manage DRM or rights centrally.”

So this is a great tool that may or may not end up being abused by pirates – much like the Internet itself. But enough background: let’s see just how Ownshelf works.

Your Online Bookshelf

Head to OwnShelf.com to get started. You’ll need a Facebook account to log in; there is unfortunately no email-only option. When you do log in you’ll be presented with an empty shelf and the ability to browse your friends’ books. If none of your friends use OwnShelf (likely) you’ll still see three sets of books to browse: the shelves of Paulo Coelho and MC Lars alongside a collection of books that later turned into movies. Feel free to browse these collections to discover how the site looks.

Click on any book and you’ll see the option to “borrow” it.

If you “Borrow” the book it will show up on your “Books” page, along with any EPUB files you’ve uploaded to the service yourself (more on uploading later).

Click any of the books and you’ll be given the opportunity to download them as EPUB files.

You can easily add these books to your iPad or iPhone using iTunes, or add them to any e-reader that natively supports EPUB files (Kobo, Nook). If you want to send this file to your Kindle Nook or just about any e-reader on the market, try Calibre. We offer a free Calibre manual if you need help.

Uploading Books

You can upload books from the “Books” page of OwnShelf; the button for doing so is right at the top. You’ll be able to browse your computer and add as many EPUB files as you like.

Want some books to upload? Why not grab free EPUB versions of our many manuals? They are free to download and to distribute. I uploaded a bunch of them to Ownshelf; you could too and share the information we offer with friends quickly and easily.

Of course not every free EPUB file on the web comes from us – just the best ones. If you want more choices for some reason you could check out these 3 Good Online Sources With Free eBooks To Read and Angela’s article that outlines 5 eBook Tools and Tidbits for more book tips.

What are you uploading to Ownshelf? Let me know in the comments below, or tell me about other websites for uploading and sharing free books.

Oh, and if someone from Ownshelf is reading: we’d love to be a featured shelf. Get in touch if you’re at all interested.

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iOS 6.1 Brings LTE To Many New Carriers Along With New Siri Features [Updates]

Apple has released a handful of updates for iOS 6 and its supported mobile devices. The 6.1 update includes expanded LTE support, several new Siri and iTunes Match features, and a new button to reset the Advertising Identifier.

According to Apple, the new LTE capabilities will provide 4G data access to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers around the world. It says the new update will provide “ultrafast wireless performance” to the iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad with Retina display, so users can browse, download, and stream content faster.

The update also adds the ability to use Siri to purchase movie tickets in the US through the movie app Fandango. You can’t actually use Siri to complete the ticket purchasing process, but you can use vocal commands (e.g. “Buy tickets for Parker at 10:15pm.”) to search for nearby movie listings and times. Choosing a listing will send you to the relevant Fandango page to complete your selected purchase.

The update also allows iTunes Match subscribers to download individual songs to their iOS devices from their iCloud account. This feature was removed in a previous update, but is making a comeback now.

iOS 6.1 is available as a free software update, and is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (except 1st generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (4th and 5h generation). To install the update, launch the Settings app and go to Software Update.

Have you installed iOS 6.1 yet? What do you think of the new features?

Source: Apple

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