03 May 2013

Google Image Search Shows the Images From a Page

There are many extensions and applications that let you see all the images from a web page. Another way to do that is to use Google Image Search. Search for [site:URL], where URL is the address of the page. This doesn't work for domain names, subdomains and subdirectories because Google shows the images for all the URLs that start with the name you've entered.

Example: [site:http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/search/knowledge.html].

It's not a new feature, it's just another way to use the site: operator.

Tag Friends On Instagram Photos With The New ‘Photos Of You’ Feature [Updates]

A new Instagram update for Android and iOS brings a new feature that lets you people in your tag your Instagram photos. This Facebook-borrowed feature is not surprising since the social network bought the photo-sharing app lock, stock, and barrel. Some slight differences remain, however: The new Photos of You Instagram feature allows only the photo taker to tag a photo, and not everyone the photo is shared with. You can tag not only your friends, but any Instagram account, social hangouts like coffee shops, or even a pet.

When you upload a photo to your Instagram account, the app will give you the option to tag the photo with the usernames of your friends. The Photos of You section will appear in your profile and a notification will tell you when someone else has tagged you in a photo. You can adjust your settings so nothing appears on your profile until you approve it.

The idea is to thread together all your memories, some in photos taken by you and some taken by friends. It should also make it easier to share and discover photos around specific tags and people. Earlier, you had to trawl your activity feed to search for mentions of your username.

You can play around privately with the Photos of You feature until May 16th, after which the Photos of You section would go public on all profiles. Read the specific how-to on Instagram’s Help Center.

Source: Instagram Blog

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Finding HTC One Using Google and Bing

When HTC named its latest flagship phone HTC One, I wasn't sure if it was a great idea. It's hard to find information about HTC One when there are so many pages about HTC One X, HTC One S, HTC One V and a few other phones with similar names.

Almost 3 months after HTC announced its phone, I tried 3 basic queries using Google and Bing: [htc one], [htc one review] and [htc one price]. I've switched to the US English interface and made sure that the results aren't influenced by personalization. All the screenshots show the first Bing results on the left side and the first Google results on the right side. For some of the screenshots, I scrolled down past the ads.

The results for [htc one]:

Bing's top organic result is the HTC One X homepage and the HTC One homepage is not even in the top 50 results. All Google results from the first page are about HTC One and the first result is the right one.

The results for [htc one review]:

The top 3 Bing results are HTC One X reviews, while all Google results from the first page are about HTC One.

The results for [htc one price]:

The first Bing result is about HTC One V and the third one is about One X, One S and One V. Google's results are relevant.

It's not clear if Google does a better job because it favours recent results or because it realizes that HTC One is a different entity. When searching for [htc one], the first Google result about One X is at #38.

MetroTube For Windows 8 Released


There is absolutely no shortage of good Modern UI-style YouTube apps for Windows 8. While Google is yet to release the official YouTube app for the newest iteration of Windows, a bunch of decent apps are available to search and watch YouTube videos on Windows 8 without having to open the web browser. Apps like [...]

Top 5 Android Games in 2013

Find the top 5 Android games and find my selection of the best games of this platform. This first quarter of 2013 ends and mobile platforms have been spoiled. That is why I offer this Top 5 Android Games that returns to the beginning of the year in terms of thunderous mobile games. Of course, games that appear in the top 5 are not all released in 2013.

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The Top 5 iPad games and Top 5 iPhone games are in preparation and due to the success of some games, it is likely we are several times the same games. Anyway, let's get to it. Google Android Market, hello Google Play Store. The Android platform has seen some significant changes and has hosted several video fun nuggets in recent months.

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Game 5: Shadowgun


Shadowgun is an action game in the third person worthy of mainstream Top 5 . With its quick start, its life and its high quality HD graphics, Shadowgun is a safe bet in the game action. It will still pay a little more than 3 € to acquire this game. Get it here

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Game 4: Anomaly Warzone Earth HD


Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is a Tower Defence game genre in a future dominated by machines.The game offers a very interesting gameplay that lets you face a whole different bunch of enemies.This is certainly at present the most successful tower defence on Android.This is Paid application. Get it here

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Game 3: Reckless Racing

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For the best racing game of the moment on Android , we selected Reckless Racing. With a grip fast and simple, Reckless Racing 2 offers excellent driving experience, allowing controlled slides and body creases. The graphics have made ​​a pit stop and have been improved over the first version. Finally, the helicopter view adds more visibility and fits perfectly for small screens. This is Free Application. Get it Here

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Game 4:Ceramic Destroyer


Ceramic Destroyer is the ideal solution. The objective of the game is simple: it is to destroy the ceramic using verses bombs. Combining precision and strategy, Ceramic Destroyer offers a life above the average since it has more than 140 levels.

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Game 5: Cut the Rope

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Join Om Nom as he travels back in time to feed his ancestors with candy. Cut the Rope: Time Travel is a completely new adventure filled with time-traveling, candy-crunching, physics-based action!

With two cute monsters to feed in each level, Cut the Rope: Time Travel is twice the fun but familiar to play. If you like Cut the Rope, you’ll love Cut the Rope: Time Travel! Get it Free Here

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3 Websites To Download Virtual Disk Images For VirtualBox

If you’ve yet to play around with your own virtual machine, you’re missing out. When I first found out that this type of technology was possible, literally emulating another operating system and essentially another “computer” within your own, I was pretty stunned and amazed. This opened a lot of possibilities for me and offered a lot of new things for me to explore and get familiar with. It was a real joy to go back and revisit my favorite OS of all time, Windows 98.

Virtual machines are more useful than just for fun and games, and they’ve helped me a huge deal in work-related areas of my life. Using a virtual machine offers a great sandbox if you’re ever dealing with sketchy software that may be riddled with things that you’re way too nervous to allow on your main disk. While some trojans and malware are sophisticated enough to pass through virtual disks, it’s still a common practice.

In a very well-written post from Justin just last year, it was thoroughly explained how you can get a VirtualBox up and running in practically a matter of minutes (depending on your download speed). In this post, I’d like to show you three great websites where you can find a heap of free virtual disk images.

VirtualBoxes on SourceForge

VirtualBoxes takes on an extremely convenient and familiar approach to offering a very high number of free VDIs to you and I.

You’ve surely navigated and downloaded from SourceForge before, and VirtualBoxes follows the exact same format.

VirtualBoxes boasts 49 VDIs that you can download, all 100% free. They are as follows:

  • OpenSUSE

  • CentOS

  • Linux Mint

  • Syllable

  • Ubuntu Studio

  • Zenwalk

  • Lubuntu

  • Debian GNU_Linux

  • Ubuntu Linux

  • UbuntuServer

  • Special

  • Xubuntu Linux

  • Fedora


  • FreeDOS

  • Kubuntu Linux

  • AROS

  • SLITaz

  • Archlinux

  • Haiku

  • Plan9

  • ReactOS

  • Puppy Linux

  • Android

  • Debian-kfreebsd

  • Milax

  • Vector Linux

  • Sidux

  • temp

  • PCLinuxOS

  • Tiny Core Linux

  • OpenSolaris

  • moonOS

  • Gentoo

  • Nexenta GNU_OpenSolaris

  • Moblin 2 Beta

  • Dreamlinux

  • Mandriva Linux

  • FreeBSD

  • Damn Small

  • TinyMe

  • gOS

  • gNewSense

  • Deli Linux

  • Fluxbuntu

  • Slackware


The Images section of VirtualBoxes.org actually amounts to nothing more than a new face wrapped around our previous entry’s downloads. So why list both? Because you have a choice! VirtualBoxes.org takes the VirtualBoxes SourceForge page and sets it off with a more user-friendly interface. If browsing the SourceForge page comes across as uncomfortable to you, VirtualBoxes.org makes an attempt at sorting the VDIs more effectively and even includes screenshots.

Downloads on this version of the website offer slightly more information in regards to each VDI. You are told the file size, active user accounts (if any), and any notes that people deem worth sharing.

Being practically the same website, VirtualBoxes.org also includes links to 49 active VDIs.


VirtualBoxImages.com is probably the most well-known collection of VDIs online.

Navigating through the downloads is incredibly easy. Just click the header for a VDI that you’re interested in and you’ll be taken to a page that offers a torrent link above a list of patch notes and some information regarding the VDI that you’ve chosen. You’ll also get a nice screenshot, a date for the most recent activation, and the release date of the VDI.

The available VDIs on this website are well into the hundreds, and here are a few examples of what you can expect to be offered:

  • Ubuntu 13.04 amd64 LAMP Server

  • Ubuntu 13.04 amd64

  • Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 amd64

  • LinuxMint 201303 Debian Cinnamon 32bit

  • LinuxMint 201303 ‘Debian’ amd64 Cinnamon

  • Ubuntu 13.04 i386

  • openSUSE 12.3 Gnome x86_64

  • Ubuntu 12.04.2 amd64

  • FuelPHP Framework Server w-Desktop

  • CentOS 5.9 x86_64 Gnome

  • LinuxMint 14 KDE Desktop 32bit

  • Ubuntu 12.10 i386 Desktop VirtualBox

  • Ubuntu 12.10 amd64 LAMP/Tomcat Server

  • OS4 Opendesk 13 32bit

  • Hanthana 17 i386

  • Snowlinux e17 Crystal

  • Slackware 14 32bit KDE

  • Fedora 18 x86_84

  • Sabayon Linux 10 amd64 Gnome

These three (or two, depending on how you look at it) offer the best selection of clean and completely free virtual disk images that you should be able to find online. Remember, be cautious when you’re hunting down a website to download any VDIs or ISOs frpm because many of the lesser-known websites harbor malware-infected versions that are out to do nothing more than give you an incredibly hard time.

Is there a reputable VDI vendor that I don’t have on the list? Please share any more that you know of in the comments section below!

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YouTube Tests a New Carousel UI for the Homepage

YouTube experiments with a new homepage interface that groups multiple videos from the same channel or topic. You can click the small thumbnails to switch to a different video or click the "play" button to watch the entire playlist.

{ thanks, Rubén. }

Artificial Google Suggestions

The suggestions that are diplayed when you type a Google search query are useful most of the time. Google tries to finish your query and suggests some popular queries that start with the keywords you've typed.

Sometimes Google also shows suggestions from web pages and many of them are pretty long and verbose. They look artificial because it's unlikely that many users typed them. Google compiles a list of popular n-grams from web pages and includes them in the list of Google Instant suggestions. You'll find page titles, excerpts from Wikipedia articles and press releases, but also incomplete suggestions that don't make any sense.

It's easy to spot these artificial suggestions: type a long query until Google no longer shows suggestions, type more keywords and Google will suddenly show long suggestions.

Here are some of them:

In the last example I've searched for ["the * why it's inaccurate"] and started to type a new word after "the", when I saw these absurdly detailed suggestions. If you search for [why would it be inaccurate], Google shows a single suggestion: [why would it be inaccurate to speak of an nacl molecule]. You need to type [why would it be inaccurate to call t] to see this suggestion: [why would it be inaccurate to call the pituitary gland the master gland of the body]. This long phrase can't be found in any web page, but it shows up because Google merges various word sequences.

3 Unusual Uses For A Gmail Account

uses for gmailGmail is a powerful webmail client. You can manage multiple email accounts using a single Gmail account, easily set up advanced filters to manage incoming email, or quickly find archived emails using Google’s advanced search options. There is no end to Gmail’s awesomeness for everyday use, hence most users don’t even scratch the surface of what this tool can do.

Since Gmail comes with so many in-depth features, some hidden and some available as browser add-ons, it can be used in ways that are not immediately obvious. We previously elaborated on alternative uses like writing a diary, keeping your diet, or organizing books and movies. Much has happened since then and we found that Gmail can handle some seriously challenging tasks now.

Maintain Inbox Zero by Pairing Filters with Aliases

Filters are fine and dandy, but they require a lot of manual intervention and sometimes fail. Each new subscription and every outdated filter means more emails will default to your inbox until you are bothered enough to fix or set up a new filter.

Enter Gmail aliases. Instead of filtering emails by their content, use a unique email address for different purposes and set up filters based on the aliases emails were sent to.

You can create Gmail aliases on the spot, simply by adding +xyz to the part before the @ sign. For example email sent to tina+feedback@thisdomain.com or tina+offer@thisdomain.com will arrive in the inbox of tina@thisdomain.com .

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Now each time you sign up for something online or hand out your email address, decide where you want those emails to go and use the respective alias. By combining aliases with filters, your email will automatically get sorted and you won’t have to worry about a cluttered inbox anymore.

Aliases can be used in many other creative ways :

  • Manage an Email To Do List

    Send yourself emails to your To Do List alias, which is filtered to your To Do List label.

  • Cloak Your Private or Work Email Address

    Add the respective email address as forwarding address (> Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP ). Then auto-forward email sent to a specific alias to this email address.

Auto-Answer Emails with Canned Responses

Essentially, canned responses are saved snippets of text that you can insert into your emails. Instead of typing the same stuff over and over again, you ‘can’ it once and subsequently dish it out whenever needed. The person on the other end receives the information they needed faster and you gain time, too. Find a great walk-through for setting up Gmail canned responses and auto-responders here.

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Canned responses are great for manually pasting standard bits of text where you need them, but there are more clever things you can do with them! Paired with filters and aliases, canned responses can answer your email without you intervening at all. Here are a few ideas:

  • Out Of Office Reply

    Set up an auto-responder to let people know you are on vacation and when they can expect to hear from you. You can target any incoming email with a new filter or add a canned response as action to existing filters.

  • Email FAQ

    Create filters for specific keywords in which the action is to send a matching canned response, for example to share requested information or answer a common question.

  • Automated Chat

    Set up filters for common phrases, such as how are you, what do you think, or other things some people frequently ask or tell you and let them auto-respond with canned responses. Admitted, this is a silly idea, but could make for a good joke.

Manage Customer Relationships and Projects

Why use an additional service if you can meet all your CRM and PM needs within Gmail? Plenty of browser add-ons can turn Gmail into a productivity beast that will make other established tools look dated. My favorites are Boomerang and Streak, both available for Chrome.

With Boomerang you can schedule emails and reminders. You can make archived emails return to your inbox when you need them, send emails on a specific date, and make sure you are reminded of an email you sent whether or not the recipient has replied in the meantime. It’s a great tool for managing projects with deadlines and following up on conversations. You could even automate emails with Birthday wishes, so you will never forget. The add-on is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari and the free version is limited to 10 emails per month.

Streak on the other hand is a full-fledged project management add-on for teams. It offers templates for the most common types of projects, but you can also set up custom ones. With multiple people collaborating, each from their own inbox, you can assign tasks, have a colleague follow up on a support request, or collectively move projects from start to finish.

Another great tool that belongs into this category is ActiveInbox. Unfortunately, I haven’t been using it myself (yet). However, it does look impressive. See for yourself:

The free version of ActiveInbox offers all key features, except for deadlines, notes, GCal integration, and saving / syncing preferences.


With Gmail you can do so much more than sending and receiving emails. It’s a versatile tool, which can be adapted to your needs. If there is an insane or creative use you can think of, there will be ways to make it happen.

How do you tap the full potential of Gmail? Have you discovered any cool uses for Gmail that I didn’t address above?

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Google Table Search

Google has a very cool feature that restricts search results to pages that include tables. The snippets are table rows and you can import the tables to Fusion Tables.

"Google Tables allows you to search across public Fusion Tables and millions of web pages with data presented in a table. Once you find the right table, you can import the data to Fusion Tables for filtering, visualizations, collaboration, downloads, and access with the Fusion Tables API," informs Google.

There's a search box for this feature when you create a Fusion Table file, but Google Table Search is also useful as a standalone feature. It's interesting that there are a lot of Wikipedia pages that show up in the search results and a search for [the] returns about 39 million results (vs 25 billion web search results).

{ Thanks, Florian K. }