08 June 2013

Fix: Library-ms No Longer Working In Windows 7/8



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Libraries, one of the hundreds of features introduced with Windows 7, make it easier to search, find, and organize your files. With Libraries, you can easily organize files scattered across multiple drives and networks with ease. In simple words, a library helps you see your files in one place, no matter where they are located. [...]

Amazon Affiliate Program Goes Live in India



Amazon Associates, the popular affiliate program from Amazon, is now available for website owners in India. The referral fees offered by Amazon India is higher than competing shopping sites.



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Porn banned from Google Glass



Immediately after the first application to Google pornographic Glass appeared, the U.S. giant has banned any app to sexually explicit content.


Some will be disappointed, others relieved. After MiKandi has launched Tits & Glass application, containing photos and pornographic videos, Google has decided to ban the app and change the conditions of use for developers.


Disappointing for the CEO of MiKandi, which nevertheless pleased to have recorded 10,000 unique visitors to its site in 24 hours.


Porn banned from Google Glass



But the developer is not going to stop there, as he said he would take into account the new Google policy and its application to submit an update for her to return under the conditions of use.


This is the first big limit on Google Glass today. But this new technology, expected a big geek community, should allow for new experiences . As the ability to quickly and easily capture anything you can see in picture or video.



Google and Facebook provide billions for navigation app



The navigation app Waze is in great demand. First, Facebook wanted to buy the app for one billion U.S. dollars - and numerous local data. Now Google also wants to access.



To the navigation app Waze is characterized, according to a media report, a billion-dollar bidding contest between the major players in the Internet industry from. Besides Facebook and Google be interested in writing the financial news agency Bloomberg .


Google and Facebook provide billions for navigation app


Waze had obtained quotes from several sides and wants more than a billion dollars in the event of a sale. At the same time the start-up could instead also get new money from investors and remain independent, it said, citing people informed.


Almost 50 million users

Waze routes are statements based on user information and also works as a kind of online network for motorists. They inform each other about traffic jams, accidents or speed traps. The start-up, founded in Israel and has since moved to California, according to recent information, has 40 to 50 million users.


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Waze is one of the apps that Apple CEO Tim Cook had last year recommended as an alternative to the then troubled first own mapping service of the iPhone Group.


Those who buy the app, its users can reach in the car. At the same time, the app is a channel for location-based advertising.Both areas, both Google are interesting business as well as Facebook.


"Cards play the same role on mobile devices such as the Internet search on the Web," said Noam Bardin Waze founder j├╝ngst on a technology conference . On smartphones you can earn money with local search. Waze is funded primarily through location-based advertising .



A Less Confusing View of World Time Zones



If you need to schedule a meeting or conference call with colleagues located in different time zones of the world, these web apps will help you find a common time easily.



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The Beginner's Guide to Firefox OS from TechnologyFlow



You may have heard of the new Firefox OS for smartphones being launched later this year. What it is and what it means for users of smartphones? We break down the key points to present the basics of Firefox OS.


The Beginner's Guide to Firefox OS from TechnologyFlow


What Firefox OS?


The new kid on the smartphone block Firefox OS is a product of the Mozilla Foundation, the same people who make the Firefox browser, the Thunderbird email client and others. It is currently available for developers - both as a development tool and first smartphone models - and should be available on consumer devices later this year. As Google's Android, Firefox OS is based on the Linux kernel, open source, platform non-profit: in essence, a database that allows anyone who wants to build their own operating system on top of it . Firefox has a touch-based interface rather simple icons with multiple home screens and notification shade down.


If you are thinking at this point that Firefox is much like Android, you're not wrong. They share the basic code, open source philosophies, and even a strong visual similarity, at first sight, until the icons. But while Android is generally regarded as the "open" mobile OS of the main actors - easy to "side-loading" of applications found on Google Play, allowing companies to make devices without having to license the system Operating Google, etc. - according to Firefox developers OS, even that is not nearly enough open. Firefox OS is designed to be a completely open platform, even to the point of ignoring some of the classic features of current smartphones.


For your convenience, we've broken down the basics of Firefox OS and what it means for you a few basic facts that will help you get to know potential new option for buyers of smartphones.


1. likeness with Android is superficial.


While they are both based on Linux and have a similar user interface, this is the common stops. To start, Firefox is designed not to have a centralized app store and ecosystem, quite the opposite of how Android revolves around Google Play. This is part of the "open" philosophy of Mozilla, the idea that the OS should not be linked to something. No central application store, and in a sense, no "apps". Firefox removes the "native" applications such as Android and iOS use; All applications for Firefox, and even the Firefox interface itself is written in HTML5, essentially making their web apps that you can download. This has the effect of making simpler, but also easier to develop potential applications, because anyone with a working knowledge of HTML5 can build without having to learn another language. This encourages the location, since each carrier and each country could create their own ways to distribute applications without having to deal with a single, centralized source specific rules, like Google or Apple. Which brings us to ...


2. It is designed for emerging markets, especially on phones very cheap.


While Firefox OS is likely to appear on the consumer models of smartphones in the United States and Europe, the largest target demographic is the low-cost phones in emerging markets such as China, India and Africa. Current smartphones Firefox development also sell cheap as $ 120 without subsidy support, target any price can be as low as $ 50 wildly unsubsidized. Obviously, this kind of price is incredibly cheap, even for a low margin product, and also requires low specs. The Geeks phone Keon, $ 150 a demonstration model Firefox OS, sports only a single-core 1 GHz processor, 3.5-inch 320 x 480 screen, and 4GB of memory, the cheaper models will be well below. However, the Firefox OS is a platform designed for small properties, in particular to allow these kinds of extremely affordable to proliferate and go to people in the poorest countries and areas that could not buy a smartphone and smartphones get online.


3. This is not without competitors.


As a cheap phone that is designed to run Firefox, it is already competing to have.Although the phones "license" Android - the kind that feature Google Play and the rest of the Google ecosystem - are not likely to be striking an unsubsidized price $ 50 anytime soon, generic clones (especially Chinese manufactured) of them are already extends to these types of prices, which may eventually hinder Firefox off. A larger, more popular OS with more apps could actually eat the meal Firefox before it gets there, since buyers may need to spend money on a phone that can run many Android applications available, even if it costs a few dollars more. Or maybe not, it's always hard to tell what buyers in emerging markets - or even low-end Western markets - may decide they want. The only certain fact is that the popularity of an OS is usually an indicator of how much, and how the applications are for her.


4. Firefox OS is completely non-profit.


Unlike Google Android - making money through licensing fees from leading manufacturers and out of Google Play - Firefox OS is not designed to make money.Never. The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit group, which means they do not have a profit for one of their software, the money they use to develop applications comes from donations and treats each beneficial. An example of the latter is the Mozilla agreement with Google, which provides the majority of funding in exchange for Mozilla Google is the default search engine on the hugely popular Firefox browser. (In case you're wondering, this is a very likely to be bothered by taking Firefox on Android in the market for low-end smartphones arrangement not because Google seems inclined to let the low-end Android market fend for itself same.) But it is possible that non-profit nature could make Firefox OS attractive for buyers who want to avoid the marketing and the potential for things like clever advertising or Carrier IQ that come with Android, especially the recognition and facial biometrics become a larger part of the platform.


5. The same things that make it are not expensive, it is good for the lower western end market.


Although it may be primarily aimed at emerging markets in the East, it is not a reason to think that there is no possibility of the West. A $ 50 smart phone - even if it is not provided the contract of more than $ 300, iPhone or Droid model - might appeal to a large number of clients in a cash-strapped economy. Especially with attempts by carriers to eliminate subsidies for the smartphone service, there is the definite place for good third market for smartphones fill the bill. The Google Nexus 4 quite successful - a "cheap for its specs" smartphones priced at $ 299 without a contract - no contract underlines the importance relatively cheap smartphones, such as those that Firefox is available.


Conclusion


Everything else aside, even in the best case, the Firefox operating system has a tough battle to fight. Despite its positive aspects, the simple fact is that being the newest operating system in an arena that already has two titans - Android and iOS - and two markets hungry so-called kings in the form of Windows Phone and Blackberry 10 makes it extremely difficult to get a foot in the kind of devices that most manufacturers want to sell mid-range to high-end smartphones with high profit potential. If she can break into this market, or whether it can carve out a healthy following on the low-end market, or the United States and Europe or abroad, is an open question. But there is no doubt that Firefox is facing a tough battle in the smartphone market becomes increasingly competitive.



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6 Ways To Learn Something New Online Everyday



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The Internet is a double-edged sword - it can be used to procrastinate the day away, or it can be used to learn something new everyday. Here at MakeUseOf, we're particularly focused on the latter. There are a lot of ways you can use the Internet on a daily basis to learn something new in a matter of minutes.

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4 Ways To Sell Your Used Video Games With Ease




Currently, with the newly announced Xbox One, there is a lot of talk about used games. Microsoft is talking about charging fees when a game is installed on more than one console, and obviously, this has gamers upset. However, while we are still blissfully on the current generation, selling used games is still a completely viable option for making some quick cash. There are lots of online places where you take your used games and turn them into cash.

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Color Me Impressed: 3 Tools For Effortlessly Finding Beautiful Color Schemes For Any Project



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Color is important. It's one of those primeval things -- colors make us feel. They can communicate danger, passion, calmness, and almost any other emotion. They work across language barriers, and they can clash in jarring ways, too. Like it or not, you will use color: Just about any creative project needs a color scheme.

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Show, Don’t Tell! 3 Best Free Screencasting Tools for Windows



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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be priceless - and there are times when a video is more convenient and effective than simple words. A screencast, also known as a video screen capture, is a recording of your computer screen outputted in video format. It can include the audio sounds from your computer, or a voiceover using a microphone, or both. It might seem like a difficult task, but screencasting is surprisingly easy thanks to the software available.

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Best Screencasting Tools Intro

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a video must be priceless - and there are times when a video is more convenient and effective than simple words. A screencast, also known as a video screen capture, is a recording of your computer screen outputted in video format. It can include the audio sounds from your computer, or a voiceover using a microphone, or both. It might seem like a difficult task, but screencasting is surprisingly easy thanks to the software available.

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Dropbox Makes It Easy to Capture and Share Screenshots



You can now use Dropbox to capture and share screenshot images of your desktop with a simple keyboard shortcut. The feature is available for both Mac and Windows.



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07 June 2013

Determine if your Mobile Phone will Work in Another Country



Can you buy a mobile phone from a foreign country and use it in your own country? Here are tips to help you determine if that phone will work in your country or not.



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Update Windows 8 Drivers With IObit Driver Booster



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There are plenty of free as well as paid software out there to scan your PC for outdated drivers. While most paid software function as advertised, many of the free tools designed for the same job don’t help you in updating the software. That is, many tools scan you PC for outdated and missing drivers [...]

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Support Your Favorite Online Artists And Get Exclusive Rewards On Patreon



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Patreon is a new initiative from musician and video-maker Jack Conte, that tries to solve the age-old problem both artist and fans face every day. For artists, it's the need to stay afloat while still doing what they love, and for fans, it's the precious few ways to support your favorite artists, especially if you live outside the US. Patreon caters to both.

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Toonami Aftermath Brings You Back To The Days Of Cartoon Network’s Greatness



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Cartoon Network featured a few lackluster shows, but nothing on the planet could beat their action-animation block: Toonami. Debuting in 1997, Toonami featured cartoons and anime like Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, and more. Toonami was sort of a huge revolution for cartoons, and introduced a hip new style with a twist of Japanese culture to American television.

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Raspberry Pi’s Father Speaks: Eben Upton On The Future of Technology And More



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Enthusiasm radiates from Eben Upton. He's the driving force behind the Raspberry Pi, that small computer that has been revolutionising hobbyist computing since its launch in 2012. Tall, and dressed casually, the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation is explaining to me the background to the amazing minicomputer. But Upton isn't your usual computer designer. He and his team didn't build the Raspberry Pi to retire on. What they planned was something audacious, something fantastic.

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How To Create Amazing Facebook Cover Pictures For Your Timeline



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The Facebook cover photo crowns your Timeline. You can choose a stunning photograph and keep it simple or create an eye-catching composition. No place on Facebook is better suited to show off your creativity and express your personality than this. Don't despair if you're not a master of Photoshop. Facebook makes it easy.

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New Nexus 7 User



When it comes to hardware, I'm usually a late adopter. Just when most people expect to see the Nexus 7 refresh, I decided to buy last year's hardware. There are many things that deterred me from buying an Android tablet: from the aspect ratio to the hardware issues and the lack of tablet-optimized apps.






Google got serious about tablets last year when it launched 2 tablets and started to encourage developers to build tablet-optimized apps. Andy Rubin's stance didn't help. Now there are special sections for tablet-optimized apps in Google Play and that's a great thing. Tablets need apps that take advantage of the bigger screen, not bigger phone apps.



I usually don't write reviews, so don't expect a Nexus 7 review. It's light, compact, there are many apps that work well and are more useful than their phone versions. I'm still not convinced that 16:10 is the right aspect ratio for a tablet: Chrome feels cramped and browsing the web is not a comfortable experience, especially in the landscape mode.



I'm the one who writes tips and tricks, so this may sound surprising: any tips for a new Nexus 7 user? You had one year to find all the great apps, hidden features, workarounds and use cases.



Note: I'll be gone on a short vacation for about a week. I'll read your tips, but don't expect new blog posts.


New UI for Related Searches in Google Image Search



A few weeks ago, I posted about a new Google Image Search experiment for related searches. Now it's no longer an experiment.



Google shows some thumbnails next to the related searches, so you can preview the results and see if those queries are relevant. Until now, you had to mouse over the results to see the thumbnails.






Click one of the related searches and you can see bigger versions of the same thumbnails. There's an extra click to actually see all the results.






Chrome's Data Savings Chart



Chrome Beta for Android added a few weeks ago a cool graph that shows how much data you save using the compression proxy. Just go to Chrome's settings, select "Bandwidth management", "Reduce data usage" and make sure that the feature is enabled.






The numbers aren't impressive if you open mobile-optimized sites, but this changes when you visit standard desktop sites. The nice thing is that Google's proxy doesn't slow down browsing, so you may not even notice that you're using it. For some reason, this is the only way to enable Safe Browsing, which protects you from phishing and malware and it's enabled by default in the desktop Chrome. Here's a neat URL that helps you test if Safe Browsing works: http://malware.testing.google.test/testing/malware/.



So, what's your savings percentage?


Google's CalDav and CardDav APIs for Everyone



Back in March, Google announced that the CalDav API for Google Calendar will no longer be open to everyone. "CalDAV API will become available for whitelisted developers, and will be shut down for other developers on September 16, 2013. Most developers' use cases are handled well by Google Calendar API, which we recommend using instead."



Now Google changed its mind and decided to keep the CalDav API public and to make the CardDav API for Google Contacts available for everyone. "Since that announcement, we received many requests for access to CalDAV, giving us a better understanding of developers' use cases and causing us to revisit that decision."



That's a great news because you can access your calendars and contacts in future third-party apps that couldn't be whitelisted by Google because they haven't been created yet. Google still promotes the Calendar API, which offers more features.



It's also a good PR move, now that Google has been accused that it no longer cares about open standards. "Google, long a champion of open standards and 'one click away' competition, has started dumping open standards, ostensibly to force fealty to Google products," says Matt Asay.