14 September 2013

Chrome's Data Compression Feature in iOS



There's no Chrome Beta for iOS, so you can't enable the data compression proxy. This feature is gradually rolled out and some lucky Chrome users were invited to try it: "You're invited. Join a limited preview of a new feature from Chrome. Save bandwidth and browse more securely."



Here's a video that shows this feature:







If you use Android, you can install Chrome Beta and enable this feature in the settings.



{ Gracias, Adrià Vilanova Martínez. }

Circa Launches Online Version of iPhone News App



Lead_Image

Developers of the news aggregator iOS app, Circa (Free), have launched an online preview version of their news sharing service. Circa keeps users updated on current news stories that are condensed down to the essential points, quotes, photos, and new developments— or what the developers call, “atomic elements.” The iPhone version of Circa was released back in October 2010, and the company maintains a team of technicians, investors, and an editorial staff that selects a wide range of international, national, technology, and science & health related stories of interest to readers. Each story includes a list of citations editors used...


Read the full article: Circa Launches Online Version of iPhone News App



Ten Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry



Today I am providing the ten cool changes you can make in your own Registry.


registry

1. Expand the scope of IE’s AutoComplete feature.

In Internet Explorer, you can enter an incomplete URL (i.e., hackillusion instead of ww.hackillusion.com) and IE will attempt to complete the address itself by searching for all instances. However, IE only searches the .com, .edu, .net, and .org top-level domains (TLDs) by default, and only tries the www prefix. To add new domain suffixes and prefixes to search, go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\UrlTemplate

By default, this key has four values in Windows XP: 1, 2, 3, and 4, set to www.%s.com, www.%s.net, www.%s.org, and www.%s.edu, respectively. The value names (the numbers) specify the search order (lower numbers take precedence), and the data specifies the format. Feel free to rearrange the existing

items, remove unwanted items, or add new TLDs, like .gov (for US government websites), .co.nz (for commercial web sites in New Zealand), or .store (one of the newly proposed TLDs, still on the drawing table at the time of this writing).


2. Roll back any single setting to the Windows default.

An entire branch in the Registry is used as a template with which to create new user profiles. As described earlier in this chapter, the path: HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT is duplicated for each new user that is created in Windows XP. If, down the road, you trace a certain problem to an incorrect Registry setting, you can just visit this branch and obtain the default value. For example, I recently ran into

a problem caused by incorrect data in the UserPreferenceMask value, located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop. I looked up the corresponding value in HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop, and copied its data into the active UserPreferenceMask value. Problem solved!


Another use of this key, especially for those who need to configure a large number of users, is that any change made to the .DEFAULT branch will appear in each new user that is added to the system (existing users won’t be affected). This can be a great way, for example, to disable the system sounds for each student account on a classroom computer.


3. Disable the Shut Down command.

If you’re running a kiosk or demo system (or if you just don’t want people shutting down your machine), you can disable the Shut Down command by going to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

Create a new DWORD value in this key and name it NoClose. Double-click the new value, and set its data to 1. You’ll have to log out and log back in (or restart Windows) for this change to take effect. Note that in order to shut down now, you’ll have to press Ctrl-Alt-Del, and click Shut Down. Toundo this change, just delete the NoClose value.


4. Registry Editor remembers where you were.

Each time you open the Registry Editor, it automatically expands the branch you had open the last time Registry Editor was used, but no others. So, if you find yourself repeatedly adjusting a particular setting and then closing Registry Editor (such as when implementing the previous tip), make sure the relevant key is highlighted just before Registry Editor is closed, and that key will be opened next time as well.

Note also the Favorites menu, which works very much like the one in Internet Explorer, allows you to bookmark frequently accessed Registry keys. While it’s useful, I personally find the existence of such a feature in a troubleshooting tool like Registry Editor to be more than a little eerie.


5. Change the registered user and company names for Windows XP.

When Windows XP is installed, a user and company name are entered. Unfortunately, there is no convenient way to change this information after installation. Surprise—you can do it in the Registry! Just go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion

The values you need are RegisteredOwner and RegisteredOrganization, both of which can be changed to whatever you’d like. You may notice that the Registry key containing these values is in the Windows NT branch, rather than the more commonly used Windows branch. Don’t worry, both branches are used in Windows XP. The less-used Windows NT branch contains more advanced settings, mostly those that differentiate the Windows 9x and Windows NT lines of operating systems


6. Change your default installation path.

When you install Windows XP, the path to your installation files is set in the Registry. Unfortunately, this setting is not updated when drive letters change or when you point to a different location when optional components are added or removed. To change the default setup path, making subsequent

configuration changes more convenient, go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

Start by changing the SourcePath value to either the root directory of your CD drive (e.g. d:\), or to a path on your hard disk or network containing the Windows XP installation files. Note also the Installation Sources entry, which is a REG_MULTI_SZ value (see “What’s in the Registry,” earlier in this chapter, for details on this value type). It contains a list of all the folders displayed in Windows’ drop-down list, allowing you to quickly point to any one of several favorite installation paths.


7. Try something new with My Computer.

Double-click the My Computer icon, and the My Computer window appears. It doesn’t have to be this way. The program launched when you double-click My Computer is simply another value in the Registry. Start by navigating to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

You’ll notice that the structure of this key is very similar to standard file type keys , which means we can treat this object like a file type and create new actions for it. Open the Shell subkey, and create a new key named open; in the new Open key, create a new key named command. You should then be here:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}\shell\open\command

Double-click on the default value of that new Command key and type the full path and filename of the program you wish to open. For example, I find it handy to have the My Computer icon open an Explorer window; to do this, just type explorer.exe for the value data. You’ll have to log out and log back

in for the change to take effect.


8. Some handy Registry navigation shortcuts.

The previous tip involved navigating to the Registry key associated with the My Computer icon on the Desktop, which is located in the HKCR\CLSID branch. If you visit this branch, you’ll notice hundreds of Class ID keys, all sorted alphabetically, which makes finding a single key rather laborious. Luckily, there are a few alternatives that will greatly simplify this task. First, you can simply search the Registry for “My Computer.” Start by highlighting the key at the top of the tree (coincidentally named “My Computer”),

which instructs Registry Editor to begin searching at the beginning. Then, use Edit ➝ Find, type My Computer, make sure that all the “Look at” options are checked, and click Find Next. The first instance it finds will probably be the key you’re looking for, although it won’t always be this easy.


Another shortcut is to use the keyboard. Like Explorer, when you press a letter or number key, Registry Editor will jump to the first entry that starts with that character. Furthermore, if you press several keys in succession, they will all be used to spell the target item. For example, to navigate to:

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

start by expanding the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT key. Then, press C + L +S quickly in succession, and Registry Editor will jump to the CLSID key. Next, expand that key by pressing the (+) button, or by pressing the right arrow key, and press { + 2 + 0 (the first three characters of the key name, including the curly brace), and you’ll be in the neighborhood of the target key in seconds.


9. Permanently remove many unwanted system tray icons.

In the “HKCU\Software and HKLM\SOFTWARE” section, earlier in this chapter, the HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run key is described as listing many programs that are run automatically when Windows starts. Some of these entries are included in order to install icons in the system tray (the area on your Taskbar, by the clock). Since most of the tray icons that

come with Windows can be toggled on and off in Control Panel, the more bothersome ones are usually installed by third-party programs. To disable one or more of these tray icons, preventing them from loading the next time Windows starts, you’ll have to delete the corresponding value in this key (renaming isn’t sufficient). Use caution, and certainly make a Registry patch to back up the entire key before fiddling with it.


10. Alphabetize your Start menu in one step.

The Windows XP Start menu allows you to rearrange shortcuts by dragging and dropping them; the unfortunate consequence of this feature is that new shortcuts and folders that appear when applications are installed are added to the end of the list. Now, you can sort a single Start Menu folder alphabetically

by right-clicking any shortcut and selecting Sort by Name, but this can get tedious very quickly. The solution to this is in the Registry; just navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\MenuOrder\

Start Menu and you’ll see subkeys and values that determine the sort order of the contents of the Start menu (and the Favorites menu, next door). Simply delete the entire Start menu key to sort all of the folders in your Start menu alphabetically, or selectively delete the desired subkeys to sort corresponding

folders.


The post Ten Cool Things You Can Do in Your Registry appeared first on Hack Illusion.



How To Migrate Apps From Windows 8.1 Preview To RTM



CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POST



Even before the release of Windows 8.1 Preview to the public, Microsoft had announced that Windows 8.1 Preview users wouldn’t be able to migrate desktop programs and apps downloaded from the Store to Windows 8.1 RTM. Now that Windows 8.1 RTM is released, many users who have downloaded Windows 8.1 RTM ISO from Microsoft might […]

3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC



sms_pc_intro

If you’re someone who constantly works on a computer, you’ll probably want to stay on that same computer with as few interruptions as possible. The biggest interruption possible is to completely switch devices, which is something a lot of people end up having to do if they’re in the middle of an SMS conversation with a friend. This dramatically inhibits your productivity, and it can get downright annoying when you’re sending 50+ SMS messages back and forth. Ideally, you should be able to see and send text messages directly from your computer, without even having to touch your phone. Lucky...


Read the full article: 3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC



3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC



sms_pc_intro

If you’re someone who constantly works on a computer, you’ll probably want to stay on that same computer with as few interruptions as possible. The biggest interruption possible is to completely switch devices, which is something a lot of people end up having to do if they’re in the middle of an SMS conversation with a friend. This dramatically inhibits your productivity, and it can get downright annoying when you’re sending 50+ SMS messages back and forth. Ideally, you should be able to see and send text messages directly from your computer, without even having to touch your phone. Lucky...


Read the full article: 3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC



3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC



sms_pc_intro

If you’re someone who constantly works on a computer, you’ll probably want to stay on that same computer with as few interruptions as possible. The biggest interruption possible is to completely switch devices, which is something a lot of people end up having to do if they’re in the middle of an SMS conversation with a friend. This dramatically inhibits your productivity, and it can get downright annoying when you’re sending 50+ SMS messages back and forth. Ideally, you should be able to see and send text messages directly from your computer, without even having to touch your phone. Lucky...


Read the full article: 3 Ways to Send and Check SMS Messages from Your PC



13 September 2013

RSS Support Returns To Google Alerts After Demise Of Google Reader



google-search

You can once again use RSS feeds to have all Google Alert notifications delivered to your feed reader of choice. Google Alerts has reactivated the option, which had disappeared following the shuttering of Google Reader a few months back. Coupled with the usual email digests, this returns to you the RSS option that was favored by many who wanted to keep their inboxes decluttered. Google Reader was the vehicle of choice for catching all feeds. When it was discontinued, Google Alerts followed suit in removing the RSS feature. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason but as a message on...


Read the full article: RSS Support Returns To Google Alerts After Demise Of Google Reader



Automatically close Not responding programs



Some time programs become non-responsive. When we see in task manager their Status will be Not Responding instead of Running. Than we had to Manually end the program by clicking on the End Task Tab in the task manager.

The Program became ‘Not Responding’ due to many reasons. May be there is a programming error and the application fall in a never ending loop. It may be due to malfunctioning of any hardware or The application is still performing the previous function and you are trying to perform next function and some times System Tends to hang.

We can set the windows to end them automatically as they become ‘Not Responding’. so here is the trick for it.Open Registry by going to Start then Run and Enter regedit.than Navigate to


HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl Panel Desktop


In Right side panel look for ‘AutoEndTasks’ and Modify its value to 1.

You can also set time for waiting before end the application if an application becomes Not Responding.


For this setting on the same panel find the ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’ key and change its value to the time after which you want to kill a not responding application.(Time here is in Milliseconds)

That’s It..



The post Automatically close Not responding programs appeared first on Hack Illusion.



Google Change Homepage Look- Remove Navigation Bar



It’s seems, google changes the homepage look, Google recently removes the navigation bar and adds a app section in the top-right side. So now the homepage looks much more cleaner than previous.


google-home-page-new-design-look


In the new design google has removed the whole navigation bar and put all apps links including, youtube, google play, google maps, news, drive etc in top-right corner.


google-home-page-apps


Update…


The post Google Change Homepage Look- Remove Navigation Bar appeared first on Hack Illusion.



Some cool tricks for windows XP



Here are the some cool tricks for windows XP.

One-Click Shutdown

You Can Shutdown your PC on a Single Click:

Navigate to desktop. On the desktop, right-click and go to NEW, then to SHORTCUT (in other words, create a new shortcut).You should now see a pop-up window instructing you to enter a command line path.Enter one of these as the path:

Use this path if your operating system is Windows 95, 98, or Me: C:\windows\rundll.exe

user.exe,exitwindows

Use this path if your operating system is XP: SHUTDOWN -s -t 01

If the C: drive is not your local hard drive, then replace “C” with the correct letter of the

hard drive.


Click the “Next” button. Name the shortcut and click the “Finish” button. Now, whenever

you want to shut down, just click on this shortcut and you’re done.



Disable Error Reporting


You can get rid of the Windows XP error report messages if you don’t want to send another one in. Start the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION UTILITY:

Click START, and then click RUN.

Type msconfig to open the SYSTEM CONFIGURATION UTLIITY.

Click the SERVICES tab.

Clear the Error Reporting Service check box, and then click OK.

Hit RESTART to reboot your system.



Adjust various visual effects


Open up the CONTROL PANEL. Go under SYSTEM and click on the ADVANCED tab. Click SETTINGS under PERFORMANCE OPTIONS. You can now change various

graphics and effects (mainly animations and shadows.)



Close Multiple Windows


This trick works in all versions of Windows, If you just opened a number of separate, related windows (a folder inside a folder, and so on,) there’s an easier way to close them all than one-at-a-time. Hold down the Shift key as you click the X caption button in the upper-right corner of the last window opened. Doing

so closes that window and all windows that came before it.



The post Some cool tricks for windows XP appeared first on Hack Illusion.



How To Change The Start Button In Windows 8.1



CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POST



Microsoft has restored the Start button with Windows 8.1 update. While the Start button in Windows 8.1 takes you to the Start screen instead of Start menu and the new Start button isn’t what users were looking for, nevertheless it greatly enhances the look of the taskbar and desktop. A click on the Start button […]

YouTube's Compact Controls



A few weeks ago, YouTube tested a feature that grouped controls like annotations, video quality and player size. This feature is now publicly available.



"Notice something a little different about YouTube videos? We've just launched a new version of the player with improved caption controls and a cleaner look. If you're looking for the annotations switch, just click the gear button - you'll find size and quality controls there too," informs YouTube.






The gear button was previously used for the quality dropdown. This change makes the player less cluttered and makes the video quality dropdown less visible. When YouTube removes it, fewer people will complain.



Now it's hard to tell if a video has annotations without clicking the settings button. Each of the settings require an extra click.



{ Thanks, Tolis and Sushubh. }

The New Google+ Photo Editor



This is weird. Google+ had a photo editor that used Flash, worked in any desktop browser and it was powered by Picnik. Google changed this and switched to a new photo editor that's based on the Snapseed mobile app, but the new version doesn't use HTML5. It's a Native Client app.



That's the reason why the new photo editor only works in Chrome. No other major browser supports Native Client and it's likely that won't change in the near future. This is probably the first feature of a Google web app that uses Native Client and I have the feeling that many others will follow.






So what's new? The new photo editor has most of the features of the Snapseed app, so it's likely that Snapseed has been ported to Native Client.






"Auto Enhance already makes the photos you add to Google+ look great. Now you can customize and fine tune these adjustments if you have a different look in mind. Selective adjust lets you make edits to specific parts of your image, so you can make that summer sky look even more blue without affecting the beach in the foreground. Filters like Vintage, Drama, Retrolux or Black and White give your photos a new look. Add the finishing touch with a frame."






I've noticed that more and more Chrome apps and extensions use Native Client: Google+ Photos app, the Office Viewer and Editor. Porting mobile apps to Native Client doesn't make the web better because these apps only work in Chrome.



"The Native Client open-source technology is designed to run native compiled code securely inside browsers. Native Client puts web applications on the same playing field as local applications, providing the raw speed needed to compete with traditional software like 3D games, video editing, and other applications. Native Client also gives languages like C and C++ (and eventually others as well) the same level of portability and safety that JavaScript provides on the web today," explains Google.



Native Client is great for apps that can't be built using web technologies, but it looks like Google starts to rely too much on Native Client. Google managed to build a powerful office suite using web apps that work in any modern browser and it now ports a mobile Office editor to Native Client. There are many HTML5 photo editors that work well, but Google chose to port a mobile photo editor to Native Client. I think that's the wrong path to follow. Chrome was supposed to make the web better, not to become an operating system that runs its own apps.

How to Disable or Delete Recent Document History Automatically



In windows, Recent Documents showing the list of files and documents that you have used recently. sometimes it may be a threat to your Privacy. You can clean recent documents history manually but it may be annoying to do it again and again.


You can also empty this folder whenever you Shutdown or Logoff your Computer or can also stops all your recently opened documents from being saved in a list.A ) Empty My Recent Documents Automatically on Shutdown or Logoff

1) Go to Run then type gpedit.msc and press enter

2) Then Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Task Bar

3) Then on the right side look for the “Clear history of recently opened documents on exit” option.

4) Double Click it & select Enable Option & then just Apply it.



B) Disable Recent Document History


1) Go to Run then type gpedit.msc and press enter

2) Then Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Template > Start Menu and Task Bar

3) Then on the right side look for the “Do not keep history of recently opened documents” option.

4) Double Click it & select Enable Option & then just Apply it.



The post How to Disable or Delete Recent Document History Automatically appeared first on Hack Illusion.



Embed Google+ Posts



One of the things I don't like about Google+ is that it's hard to embed content from Google+. You can't embed photo albums, you can't embed videos uploaded to Google+, you can't add a widget that shows your latest Google+ posts, at least not officially. There are workarounds, but these are features that should be added by Google. Picasa Web Albums had a cool slideshow widget, YouTube lets you embed videos and almost any other Google content service supports feeds.



There's a new Google+ feature that somewhat addresses these issues. You can now embed almost any public Google+ post: just mouse over the post, click the arrow icon and click "embed post". You'll get some code you can quickly add to a blog post.









The embedded post looks just like a Google+ post from the homepage, so you can only read the first sentences of the post and the most recent comment. Obviously, you can expand the post and the list of comments. "Text, photo, and media posts are all supported, and the embeds are fully interactive, so visitors can +1, comment and follow inline," informs Google.



Here's an example:








This page has more information about the Google+ embedding code. If the post includes a video uploaded to Google+, the video will play inline. If the post includes a Google+ photo or photo album and users click a photo, a new page will open and they'll see the Google+ image view.



This feature is limited to public posts. You can't embed posts from a community, posts restricted to a Google Apps domain, private posts, event posts and Hangout on Air posts.

12 September 2013

Google Plus Now Offers More Powerful Image Editing For Chrome Users



google-plus-editor

Google has just announced powerful new photo editing features for all Google Plus users. The features were developed by the team behind Snapseed, the excellent Google-owned image editor we’ve previously reviewed. Snapseed users will recognize many of the new controls, which are identical right down to the icons used: Filters such as Vintage, Drama, Retrolux and B&W can be applied via the browser, as can frames and tone adjustments. Even Snapseed’s excellent Selective Adjust feature has been implemented, allowing you to tweak specific areas of your photo without having to make complicated selections. Here’s a video from Google showcasing the...


Read the full article: Google Plus Now Offers More Powerful Image Editing For Chrome Users



Don’t Be A Fender Bender: 5 Driving Simulators That Teach Road Safety



5 Driving Simulators That Teach Road Safety

Online car simulator programs are for entertainment and education purposes only. After all, the arrow keys are hardly a steering wheel. They cannot teach you how to drive. But they can give you a feel of the basics…like staying on the right side of the lane and parking properly among other things. Some simulations as we will see, also teach you the proper safety measures and important road manners. I was the fender-bender in the family. Jittery hands and a nervous disposition. But I still learnt to drive after guzzling a few gallons of fuel. I always wished that I...


Read the full article: Don’t Be A Fender Bender: 5 Driving Simulators That Teach Road Safety



Everything You Need to Know about iPhone 5C



For the first time in the history Apple has announced one more device along with its next generation iPhone 5S.While the 5C's specs are largely familiar to anyone who owns an iPhone 5 (retina display, LTE, iSight camera, A6 chip), everything else about the new phone is surprising — at least for Apple. It’s the company's first budget smartphone (costing $99 with a two-year contract for US residents), its body is polycarbonate (or as Jony Ive put it, “unapologetically plastic") and it shared the stage in Cupertino on Tuesday with Apple's second new handset: the iPhone 5s. Before this week, no iPhone has ever had to share the spotlight.





Some Major Features of iPhone 5C:


1.iPhone 5C comes with 5 different colours:





The multicolored iPhone is built from a single piece of polycarbonate and is available in green, white, blue, red, and yellow.

2.iPhone 5C comes with iOS 7:





The iPhone 5C will come with iOS 7,which is Apple's completely re-engineered mobile operating system. The device also includes an A6 chip and a slightly larger battery than the iPhone 5.

3.Same Measurements as iPhone 5:





The iPhone 5C has the same measurements as the iPhone 5 and 5S, but it's constructed from soft silicon rubber, rather than anodized aluminum.

4.iSight Camera:





The iPhone 5C's iSight camera touts a 3x video zoom and a new FaceTime HD camera. The rear camera is 8 megapixels, and comes with back-side illumination and a hybrid IR filter. It also supports more LTE bands than any other smartphone in the world.

5.iPhone 5C Cases:



For just $29 iPhone 5C users can dress up their devices with 5 different brightly coloured cases.The cases come with holes to add color-contrasting to the device.

Availability of iPhone 5C:


Pre-orders start on Sept. 13 2013, and the iPhone 5C will go on sale on Sept. 20 in the United States, China, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom. By December, the iPhone 5C will be available in over 100 countries and on 270 carriers.






Remove Start Button From Windows 8.1 Taskbar Using StartIsGone



CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POST



Start button on the taskbar is one of the first things that you notice after upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. Unlike Windows 7, Vista or XP, the Start button on Windows 8.1 taskbar takes you to the Start screen, the Start menu replacement introduced with Windows 8 operating system. While users who prefer to […]

How To Return To Desktop After Closing Apps In Windows 8.1



CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POST



One of the annoying features of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 is that when you close a modern app (app installed from the Store), Windows takes you to the Start screen. That is, when you close an app in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, Start screen appears so that you can quickly launch another app. […]

Google Alerts Brings Back Support for Feeds



Two months ago, when Google Reader disappeared, Google Alerts dropped support for feeds. Now feeds are back and they look just like before. Feeds continue to include references to Google Reader.









"As you can see, you have the option within 'deliver to' to deliver the alert to a feed. After you click 'create alert', you will be taken to the manage Google Alerts page where you will find the RSS URL you can copy and paste into your preferred RSS reader," informs Search Engine Land. (Feeds actually use Atom, not RSS.)



It's not clear why this feature was removed, but I wouldn't mind to see Google Reader back online. Quietly brilliant.

YouTube Channels Integrate With Google+



If you haven't integrated your YouTube channel with Google+, YouTube offers more options. You can connect the channel to your Google+ profile and use your full name or connect the channel to a Google+ page. You can use an existing Google+ page, create a new Google+ page that uses your YouTube username or create a Google+ page with a different name. Click "I don't want to use my full name" to choose a page instead of your Google+ profile.



YouTube keeps showing the Google+ integration box and you can temporarily bypass it by reloading page. You can also go to youtube.com/account and click "Link channel with Google" to see the box.









This page shows more information about your options. "Profiles are subject to the Google+ Names Policy. The name on your profile should be the one you're commonly known by. Pages don't have name constraints, as names vary greatly among brands, business and organizations."



You have 14 days to change your mind. Just click "Temporarily disconnect Google+ page/profile, and use your YouTube username" in the account settings page.






What are the changes? Your channel will use the name and photos from your Google+ profile/page, it will link to the profile/page and you'll also see Google+ notifications and links in the YouTube navigation bar.



You can also create multiple channels. Use this page or click "switch account" in the navigation bar to switch to a different channel or create a new one. Each new YouTube channel comes with a Google+ page.





Chrome's People Search



Chrome's app launcher is not just for launching apps. It also has a search box that includes many of the features of the Chrome omnibox. It shows suggestions from your list of apps, your browsing history, Google's top search results and popular queries, instant answers for queries like [10 in in cm].



If you use Chrome Canary or a recent Chromium build, you can also enable people search. This way, the app launcher shows Google+ results, just like the search box from Google.com. To enable this feature, open a new tab, copy and paste this address: chrome://flags/#enable-people-search and click "Enable" below "Enable people search - Enable searching for people directly from the apps list search". Then click the "Relaunch now" button to restart the browser.









Right now, the feature is partially implemented. While Chrome shows the search results from Google+, clicking them doesn't have any effect.



{ Thanks, MickeyJayDee. }

In A Nutshell, How Would You Describe MakeUseOf To A Friend? [We Ask You]




You may have noticed a few changes around here of late. The site has been given a makeover, with a new look that mixes things up a little. We are currently seeking your views on the redesign, and welcome both positive and negative comments. We’ve also welcomed several new writers, and some of the content has shifted ever so slightly. However, despite the gradual evolution of MakeUseOf, the core of the site remains the same. And we’re still doing all that we do with you, the MakeUseOf readership, in mind. There aren’t many websites that would ask for honest feedback...


Read the full article: In A Nutshell, How Would You Describe MakeUseOf To A Friend? [We Ask You]



Why You No Longer Need a KVM Switch For Your Multi-PC Setup



multiple-monitors

Whenever I think of a KVM switch, my mind turns to those archaic hardware A-B switches that used to allow you to hook up a parallel printer to two computers. Yes, these were the days before WiFi, high-speed Internet, and USB hubs. A KVM switch isn’t quite that archaic – it’s actually short for “keyboard, video and mouse”, and is a still-relevant device that lets you hook up one keyboard, mouse and monitor to multiple computers. You can always buy a KVM switch for pretty cheap these days, or if you really want to save some time and money, there...


Read the full article: Why You No Longer Need a KVM Switch For Your Multi-PC Setup



Back To School? How To Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote



evernote_school_intro

School time can become stressful for both students and teachers, especially in high school and later in college. Therefore, it’s absolutely crucial that you stay as organized as possible so that you know where to find the information you need and make things as easy as possible for yourself. Evernote is a fantastic tool to take care of all of this as there are many reasons to use Evernote, so here are a few tips which you can use to get an advantage in school. Lecture Notes Of course, the most obvious tip is to use Evernote for your lecture...


Read the full article: Back To School? How To Organize Your Classroom Work With Evernote



4 Great Apps And Extensions To Renovate Chrome’s New Tab Page



chrome-tabs

By now, customizing Chrome’s New Tab Page isn’t a new concept – there are lots of apps and extensions that can do this. And in that rises the problem – there are so many to choose from. Do you want something clean and minimal? Do you want something full-featured? Do you want something that is just functional and gets the job done? Do you want all of the above? We all have different tastes when it comes to looks, and needs when it comes to function, so perhaps you’ve been a bit overwhelmed with the vast amount of options available....


Read the full article: 4 Great Apps And Extensions To Renovate Chrome’s New Tab Page



4 Great Apps And Extensions To Renovate Chrome’s New Tab Page



chrome-tabs

By now, customizing Chrome’s New Tab Page isn’t a new concept – there are lots of apps and extensions that can do this. And in that rises the problem – there are so many to choose from. Do you want something clean and minimal? Do you want something full-featured? Do you want something that is just functional and gets the job done? Do you want all of the above? We all have different tastes when it comes to looks, and needs when it comes to function, so perhaps you’ve been a bit overwhelmed with the vast amount of options available....


Read the full article: 4 Great Apps And Extensions To Renovate Chrome’s New Tab Page



11 September 2013

More Than Just A Social Network: 5 Creative Uses For Google+ On The Go



google+ on the go

There’s a lot you can get out of Google+ as a social network, but if there’s one place it really excels, it’s on your mobile. Available for both Android and iOS users, the Google+ app is a slick offering that gives you access to all the main features of the social network. You can post links, images, and text updates, as well as share your location. You can also access Google+ Communities and Google+ Events. In addition to the traditional use of the social network itself, you can get creative with how you interact with Google+ on the go. Whether...


Read the full article: More Than Just A Social Network: 5 Creative Uses For Google+ On The Go



Technophilia 80 Live From MakeUseOf



technocover

This week: Apple announces a thing that, while better than last year’s thing, isn’t quite as good as the thing people can imagine in their heads. Or, at least, the thing they could imagine with their heads if they had any imagination left at all, but unfortunately they’ve spent all of their down time staring at a thing, mindlessly flicking things into other things to destroy their thing structures. Oh, and reading those 140-character things about other things. This week’s show is brought to you by Bitdefender’s Clueful for iOS. It is the world’s first and only way to really...


Read the full article: Technophilia 80 Live From MakeUseOf



How To Install Windows 8.1 Without Microsoft Account



CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL POST



With Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a new way of signing-into Windows. In addition to the local account, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 let you sign-in using a Microsoft account. That is, you can use your Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN, or Live email ID to sign-in to Windows. The advantage of signing-in with a Microsoft account is […]

Find Who has Access to your Files in Google Drive



Wondering who has access to your Google files and folders. This simple Google Script will show a list of all files that you may have ever shared with public or specific contacts.





This story, Find Who has Access to your Files in Google Drive, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 11/09/2013 under Google Drive, Security, Internet

Inside Kickstarter #2: What Does It Feel Like To Make $500,000 In 2 Weeks?



featured 22 pressy

Can a handful of people raise half a million dollars in 10 days? Two weeks ago, we told you about Pressy, a then anonymous Kickstarter project like thousands of others, that was standing before its biggest moment yet: its Kickstarter launch. The odds were wide open. Anything could happen. For the developers, this was do or die: Pressy’s $40,000 goal wasn’t even enough for them to break even. All they wanted was to make Pressy come true, and after months of work and preparations, the moment has finally come. If Pressy couldn’t raise the goal, it would be gone forever....


Read the full article: Inside Kickstarter #2: What Does It Feel Like To Make $500,000 In 2 Weeks?



Google Operating System, Phishing Site?



If you use Opera to visit the site, you'll probably see this warning: "This site has been reported as fraudulent. Exchanging sensitive or confidential information with this site could put you at risk for identity theft and/or financial fraud. Opera Software strongly discourages visiting this page."






Opera uses Netcraft's phishing database. You'll get a similar warning if you install Netcraft's extensions:






Netcraft's site report page doesn't provide too many useful information. I could only find that the Google OS blog has a 5/10 risk rating, but the rating varies depending on the URL. The recent post about the Google logo has a 7/10 risk rating.






Many factors contribute to the risk rating of each site. The dominant factor for most sites is the age of the domain name in which the site appears. Domain names that have never been seen in the Netcraft Web Server Survey are given a high risk rating, since many phishing sites and relatively few legitimate sites fall into this category. Other factors which can influence the risk rating include:



* Any other known phishing sites in the same domain.

* Whether a hostname or a numeric IP address is used in the URL.

* Whether or not a port number appears in the URL.

* The hosting ISP's history with respect to phishing sites.

* The hosting country's history with respect to phishing sites.

* The top level domain's history with respect to phishing sites.

* The site's popularity with Netcraft Extension users.



So just because other Blogger blogs are used for phishing, Netcraft decided that this is a phishing site? It's hard to say. Google's official blog has a 0/10 risk rating, while a random blog like googlelatlong.blogspot.com (it's not Google's Maps blog) has a 7/10 risk rating, but there's no warning.



A site that lets you check multiple anti-phishing databases is the Google-owned VirusTotal. "VirusTotal is a free service that analyzes suspicious files and URLs and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms, trojans, and all kinds of malware." VirusTotal reported that there are 3 services that flag the Google OS blog: Opera, Netcraft and Kaspersky. They probably have the same source.






Here's Kaspersky's "access denied" message:






Ironically, a recent blog post from Kaspersky's site informs that: "Kaspersky's product blocked 99 percent of the 187 phishing websites while producing zero false alarms among the 400 legitimate URLs, earning first place among its competitors with an Advanced + award from AV-Comparatives."



I used Netcraft's browser extension to report that the URL was flagged by mistake and received this message after a few minutes: "Thank you for your enquiry. Following a review of the URL in question, I have unblocked the URL from the toolbar. Please allow a short period of time for the changes to propagate."






{ Thanks, Josh Rich. He reported this issue. }