05 October 2013

Create Beautiful Photo Collages With These Great Tools



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A picture is worth a 1000 words. So how many words is a 4-image collage worth? Sometimes, a nice collage is the best way to share an experience quickly. It takes minutes to make, it’s easy to share, and rather than bombarding your friends with several photos, you can only send one that tells the whole story. The tools below will help you create beautiful collages from your images, no matter which platform you’re on. Picisto [Web] Picisto is a feature-rich collage maker that employs an interesting business model. It’s not completely free to use (although all basic features are),...


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Create Beautiful Photo Collages With These Great Tools



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A picture is worth a 1000 words. So how many words is a 4-image collage worth? Sometimes, a nice collage is the best way to share an experience quickly. It takes minutes to make, it’s easy to share, and rather than bombarding your friends with several photos, you can only send one that tells the whole story. The tools below will help you create beautiful collages from your images, no matter which platform you’re on. Picisto [Web] Picisto is a feature-rich collage maker that employs an interesting business model. It’s not completely free to use (although all basic features are),...


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Runnable Wants To Be The YouTube For Code With A Searchable Repository



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Runnable aims to be a huge library of code anyone can search for code snippets and then reuse. For all practical purposes, they want to be the “YouTube of Code”. Searching for code has become a Web activity now for many developers as they look to fast track development with re-usable bits of code, instead of going through the process of doing it from scratch and wasting precious time. Runnable wants to make it easier to search for those bits of code and fit them together quickly in any developmental project. Runnable aggregates APIs, scripts, frontend objects, database calls, and...


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Tips for Google Bar's App Launcher



Google's new navigation menu is useful for visiting some of the most popular Google services, but did you know that you can still use it to find search results? This only works when you use your browser's search box. For example, you can search for [bogota], click the grid icon and select "YouTube". Instead of sending you to YouTube's homepage, Google's menu uses your query and sends you to YouTube's search results page.



Here's a list of services that show search results: YouTube, Play, Maps, Translate, Books, Shopping and Finance. You can middle-click or Ctrl-click the icons to open pages in a new tab.






Unfortunately, this feature is buggy: if you try another query, the links from the drop-down menu send you to the search results for the first query. That's because the feature doesn't work in the AJAX interface.



Useful tip: you can quickly open Google's list of "even more" services by middle-clicking the grid icon. You can also right-click it and select "open link in new tab".



Another tip: instead of clicking "more", you can scroll down.



Fun fact: Google's code includes icons for some other Google services. One of them is Google Reader. Other services: Google Groups, Google Video, Google Image Search, Google Contacts.






Speaking of Google service icons, you can find more icons here.

The Storage Used by Gmail and Google Drive



Now that Google offers unified storage that's shared between Gmail, Google Drive and Google+ Photos, it's more difficult to tell how much storage is used by each service. You can always click "Manage" next to "X GB (Y%) of Z GB used" at the bottom of the page in Gmail and Google Drive, then mouse over the chart.






Google Drive has a new feature that shows more details about your storage without having to open a new page: just mouse over "X GB (Y%) of Z GB used" and you'll see something like this:





10 GB of Free Google Storage for Installing Quickoffice



If you've installed the Quickoffice app for Android or iOS 2 weeks ago, you'll now have 10 GB of free storage for 2 years. Check the Google Storage page, mouse over the chart and look for the "Quickoffice promotion".






You only had to install a free app. You didn't have to buy a Moto X phone (50 GB for 2 years), a regular Chromebook (100 GB for 2 years) or a Chromebook Pixel (1 TB for 3 years). Google Drive's offers for phones and Chromebooks have special pages.



It's funny to see that Google offered free storage for installing an app that used to cost $15-20.

Best Rated Android Apps for SEO and Analytics in Google Play




High quality websites with valuable content and bright features will be wasted if not completely competent in visibility approach to all search engines. This article focuses on mobile application with regards to effective tasks in SEOs and Analytics.


It appears that software applications adamantly propagate nowadays not only in PC’s but most especially in mobile devices. Without the eye of an expert, it is difficult to distinguish which one is useful and which one is not functional. Unfortunately, there are applications that are just too good to be true in ads but failed to live up with its so called good name. So which is which? SEO analytics utilizes various software applications to optimize existing websites and also to maximize its visibility in all search engines. The following are compiled Android application for SEO and Analytics advantage.


Top Android Apps for SEO and Analytics in Google Play:


WebRank SEO application





This application achieved high reviews from SEO analytics. This is free software that generates SEO data from Website Ranks- such as Google Pagerank, Alexa Rank and Compete Rank, Social media stat, Pages Indexed and Backlinks from popular search engines. SEO analytics will be delighted in exploring site’s keywords using this application.

SEO SERP Application





This application comes in free and Pro version. SEO SERP application is very functional for all SEO analytics in tracking website position, social media rank performance, as well as the website health status. It also features unlimited keywords for all SEOs. This is helpful in developing a well optimized site.



SECockpit Application





This is a keyword- search friendly application. A very much free application that is packed with SEO keyword tool that is perfect for SEO analytics. SECockpit Application generates fast- pace key- word finding for SEO analytics that needed speed and accuracy.

SEO Keyword Checker Application





This application is essential in web page analysis as well as tracking most keywords in web pages. SEO analytics needed an application like this to ensure a high visibility ranking site in all search engines.

mAnalytics Application





This is top rated software application which supports all Android devices. This is a handy tool for SEO analytic in managing their Google analytic account without the hassle of desktop computer. This is free software apps so need to squander.

AdSense Dashboard Application





This is a grab- and- get software application that helps SEO analytics view and manages their adSense account anywhere they wanted to. Updates and reviews will be easily viewed in this application.

HootSuite Application





This is a so much in demand application for Android devices. As we can see, social media overrides multiple top rated websites in all forms. HootSuite application consists of social media management tools that enables multiple social media account to sync up all at once. Very convenient for SEO analytics and a must have application.

Ad-ology Marketing Forecast Application





All SEO analytics must be on top and advance when it comes to online marketing strategies. This application is a perfect tool for market analysis. It features related topics, advance research and what is trending online.

Marketing Plan Application





To be successful in online marketing, it is necessary to seek help from the experts. Marketing Plan Application is a brilliant application for online marketers and SEOs. It features consultation from online professional marketers regarding market strategies and also advocates campaigns tutorials. This application aids in the marketing analysis for a more enhance site.

Google Drive Application





This application is perfect for all SEO analytics that works in different place and time. It allows them to work on a same file regardless of their location. Sharing documents here is easy. Google Drive Application contains user- friendly tools and formats that is accessible to all shared users.



Truly, it is always great to take advantage of free software. Besides, these applications are the mostly used software programs in all Android devices. Users worldwide assess the level of functionality of these apps. It is a common knowledge that it is impossible for a site to be on top of the search engines if not completely optimize. So, it is critical in web site development to become acquainted in all areas of keyword- search programs. The above applications are highly recommended and certainly won’t waste the time of any users.

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10 Curiously Geeky Virtual Tours You Can Take On Google Street View



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A geek is an explorer at heart. It could be the search for mysterious knowledge. It could be an expedition through the Internet. To quote St. Augustine — the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page. Our collective heads may be buried in books or the computer, but what better way to set your bowlines free than to travel. And what could be better than going to some of the geekiest landmarks around the world? You probably won’t make it to all the places on your bucket list. Don’t worry, there’s a lifetime...


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04 October 2013

How to Boost Your PC Startup Time With BootRacer and MSConfig



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A slow-booting PC is enough to drive anyone completely up the wall. You’ve cleaned and scanned all of the nasty viruses and malware off your computer, but still the problem remains. You turn on your computer, and it feels like it isn’t until half an hour later when you can actually start using it. No viruses. No Malware. Yet, it runs as though it was built in 1995. What’s the deal? Why is your PC so….horribly….slow!? I’ve known people to get so completely frustrated with this problem that they’ve literally thrown out the computer, and gone out to buy a...


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What’s the Best Way to Calculate the Value of Your Website?



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“Worth” is a difficult thing to define. My father often told me that something is only worth what someone else will actually pay for it – but if you’re trying to sell your website, what’s a reasonable figure to ask for or expect at auction? Right now, I’m fairly certain I could sell my little niche gaming blog for about $20k. How did I get to that figure? Now that’s the million dollar question. Let’s look at the options. The Easy, Useless Way: Online Tools Let’s start by doing this the wrong way: using sites that try to estimate a...


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What’s the Best Way to Calculate the Value of Your Website?



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“Worth” is a difficult thing to define. My father often told me that something is only worth what someone else will actually pay for it – but if you’re trying to sell your website, what’s a reasonable figure to ask for or expect at auction? Right now, I’m fairly certain I could sell my little niche gaming blog for about $20k. How did I get to that figure? Now that’s the million dollar question. Let’s look at the options. The Easy, Useless Way: Online Tools Let’s start by doing this the wrong way: using sites that try to estimate a...


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These Are The Apps You Need After You Reinstall Windows



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Just your luck: for some reason – maybe a virus infection, maybe a corrupted hard drive – you had to reinstall your operating system. In the process, you lost all of your data and your favorite programs and now you’re left with a blank slate. Instead of fretting over the situation, consider this an opportunity to start off on the right foot. Here are the essential apps that will take care of 99% of your computer activity and, best of all, they’re available for free. Anti-Malware: Malwarebytes Malware and virus infections can be a pain in the neck. Best case...


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Better Inline Previews for your Gmail



Gmail supports YouTube and a limited number of web services for inline previews but with you can now preview almost any web link, including regular web pages, right inside Gmail.





This story, Better Inline Previews for your Gmail, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 04/10/2013 under GMail, Google Chrome, Internet

Are You Taking Friendly Fire? 3 Tips To Stop Spam From Friends



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“Help this abused puppy! Every time someone shares this photo, the Humane Society will donate $1 to help this miserable puppy! Open your hearts! Sharing takes just one click!!!” Sounds familiar? We all get spam from time to time, it can’t be helped. But when it’s our own friends that send this spam our way, things can get sticky. Knowingly or unknowingly, much of the spam we receive (that does not get filtered out automatically) comes from people we know. People you can’t or don’t want to block, mark as spam, unfriend or unfollow. So what do you do to...


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Be First In Line To Buy A Nexus 5 With Four Easy Tips And Tricks



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Want an absolute bullet-proof strategy for getting a Nexus 5? The Nexus 4 debacle taught us that the Nexus line of smartphones sells out quick. So how can you guarantee getting one without waiting months? You need a systematic approach. After testing methods for getting my Nexus 4 in February this year, I learned what works and what doesn’t: You want to use multiple methods for redundancy. First, you need software that provides instantaneous alerts. Second, you will need web automation software, such as IFTTT, to receive either SMS or email notifications when the latest Nexus goes on sale. Unfortunately,...


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Pocket For Web Gets Redesigned, Adds Keyboard Shortcuts



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Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later, is the ultimate digital bookmarking service in our opinion. And the Web version of the app has just got a major update that includes a few redesigned elements, new features and under-the-hood tweaks that improve the speed of downloading lists and loading images. Pocket is focusing on reducing visible elements with this update and has removed the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to include its elements in the top bar. Now, the toolbar is all you need for all actions. Pocket also includes Retina-compatible images to make it a beautiful...


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Fix: The File Is Too Large For The Destination File System



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This past Sunday, while transferring a couple of files from my friend’s PC to my USB flash drive, I got an error saying that The file Ubuntu.vdi is too large for the destination file system. My USB flash drive’s capacity is 16GB (actual capacity is 14.9 GB) and the size of the file in question […]

Add Shortcuts to Web Apps in Chrome for Android



The latest release of Chrome Beta for Android lets you add to the home screen a shortcut to the page you're currently visiting. Until now, you had to bookmark the page, go to the new tab page, long tap the bookmark and select "add to home screen". If you use the latest Chrome Beta, you can open the Chrome menu and tap "add to home screen".



There's even a bonus feature: "Sites launched in this way will open in a normal Chrome for Android window, unless they include the mobile-web-app-capable meta tag. Those sites will instead open in a special fullscreen Chrome for Android window that doesn't display tabs, buttons, menus, or the Omnibox. Try adding a shortcut to weight.aerotwist.com to see this in action."












This is a good news for web apps fans and it's nice to see that a feature that was available in iPhoneOS 1.0 finally finds its way to the mobile Chrome. Unfortunately, Chrome for iOS won't add a similar feature because third-party iOS apps can't add shortcuts.



Another new feature integrates Chrome with Google Wallet. "requestAutocomplete() makes it easier for users to fill out online forms by offering web developers programmatic access to the browser's autocomplete information (with the user's explicit permission). For this first release, we've made it work for web payments. On sites with requestAutocomplete(), users will be able to either use their existing payment data stored with the browser or enter new details through a browser-provided interface." This works in Chrome Beta for Android, Windows, and Chrome OS.

Google Now Updates for Notable People



After adding support for reminders about the latest releases from your favorite music artists and actors, Google Now lets you subscribe to updates when you search for notable people. Just click "Keep me updated" in the Knowledge Graph card from Google's search results page and you'll get the latest news articles about that person in Google Now.






Google Now also shows cards for "breaking news and other developing stories you may be interested in", based on your web history.



It's not clear if the new updates feature will replace the reminders feature. Right now, a search for [U2] shows "Remind you about new releases", while a search for [Madonna] shows "Get updates about Madonna".



"Keeping up with the latest information about your favorite musicians, movie stars and other notable people just got easier thanks to the Knowledge Graph and Google Now," informs Google. "Say that you're a Lady Gaga fan and like staying informed about her latest album releases. On the Google Search App, search for [lady gaga]. On the card that pops up, tap 'Remind you about new releases?' and Google Now will keep you updated on your phone or tablet. Similarly, use Google Now to stay in the know about your favorite athletes. For example, search for [colin kaepernick] and tap 'Get updates about Colin Kaepernick' on his card; doing so lets Google Now know that you'd like to receive news. Remember that to use this feature, you'll need to be signed into your Google account on the Google Search App."



Well, I don't see 'Remind you about new releases?' when searching for [Lady Gaga].





YouTube Updates Center-Aligned UI, Adds Carousel



YouTube tests a new interface that uses carousels on the homepage, so it can show more videos from a channel. It's another version of the center-aligned layout, which uses a persistent header, a guide sidebar that's visible only when you click "Guide" and a card-style interface.












Here's how you can enable the experimental feature. If you use Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer 8+:



1. open youtube.com in a new tab



2. load your browser's developer console:



* Chrome or Opera 15+ - press Ctrl+Shift+J for Windows/Linux/ChromeOS or Command-Option-J for Mac



* Firefox - press Ctrl+Shift+K for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-K for Mac



* Internet Explorer 8+ - press F12 and select the "Console" tab



* Safari 6 - if you haven't enabled the Develop menu, open Preferences from the Safari menu, go to the Advanced tab and check "Show Develop menu in menu bar". Close Preferences and then press Command-Option-C to show the console.



* Opera 12 - press Ctrl+Shift+I for Windows/Linux or Command-Option-I for Mac, then click "Console".



3. paste the following code which changes a YouTube cookie:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=lnq3tYnrDNU; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



4. press Enter and close the console.



To go back to the regular interface, use the same instructions, but replace the code from step 3 with this one:



document.cookie="VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=; path=/; domain=.youtube.com";window.location.reload();



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Google Starts Analytics Academy To Teach People About Google Analytics



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If you are a website owner, you know that understanding who has been visiting your site, where they are from, and what pages they looked at (and for how long) is absolutely essential if you are to have any hope of growing and developing your online presence. If you have no idea who your site visitors are, then you are walking blindfolded. The tool that most people turn to, in order to achieve this knowledge, is Google Analytics. But I can attest from personal experience that Google Analytics is not the easiest site to understand and navigate. If you are...


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03 October 2013

Google Starts Analytics Academy To Teach People About Google Analytics



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If you are a website owner, you know that understanding who has been visiting your site, where they are from, and what pages they looked at (and for how long) is absolutely essential if you are to have any hope of growing and developing your online presence. If you have no idea who your site visitors are, then you are walking blindfolded. The tool that most people turn to, in order to achieve this knowledge, is Google Analytics. But I can attest from personal experience that Google Analytics is not the easiest site to understand and navigate. If you are...


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How To Spell Check A Document Without A Word Processor



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Still copying text into Word so you can check your spelling? Stop. It’s 2013, and spell check is built into everything from browsers to PDF readers. Old habits die hard, and when it comes to computers, it might mean you’re working harder than you need to. For a long time word processors like Word were the only programs on a computer to feature built-in spell check, meaning copying text to and from them was the quickest way to check for obvious mistakes. That’s been over for a while, however. Here’s how to check your spelling in your browser, PDF files...


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Google Buys Flutter, Gesture Recognition App



Google acquired Flutter, a startup that built a software that lets you control music and movies with gestures. The desktop software uses your computer's webcam to detect your gestures. "Just put your hand up to stop the media playback, point your thumb right for 'next' and left for 'previous'," reports ArsTechnica.






You can still download the apps for Windows and Mac OS X. The software supports media players like iTunes, Windows Media Player, Winamp, Spotify, VLC, but also sites like YouTube, Netflix and Pandora using a Chrome extension.






Gestures are intuitive, but detection didn't work that well for me.






Flutter's comic-style site asks users to join "the fight against unnatural user interfaces".






"When we started three years ago, our dream to build a ubiquitous and power-efficient gesture recognition technology was considered by many as just 'a dream', not a real possibility. Since then, we have strived to build the best machine vision algorithms and a delightful user experience. Today, we are thrilled to announce that we will be continuing our research at Google. We share Google's passion for 10x thinking, and we're excited to add their rocket fuel to our journey," wrote Navneet Dalal, Flutter's CEO.



From touch interfaces, voice-driven user interfaces to gesture recognition, object recognition, facial recognition and biometric scanning, it looks like computers will change dramatically and natural user interfaces will make computers disappear into the background. Xbox Kinect, Google Glass, smartwatches and other wearable computers, flexible screens are probably just the beginning.

How To Upgrade Windows XP To Windows 8.1 By Keeping Personal Files



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While Windows 8.1 is a free update for existing Windows 8 users and one can upgrade Windows 8 installation to Windows 8.1 without losing installed apps, PC users who’re running an older version of Windows can’t directly upgrade to Windows 8.1 update. Even though Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 […]

You Don’t Know It All: 10 Amazing Tech Hacks You Can Find On Reddit



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Recently, we showed you 10 amazing technology ideas you could find on Pinterest. But over the past couple of years, Reddit has become the go-to place to share life hacks, whether it’s on the LifeProTips subreddit, the LifeHacks subreddit or other topics where such cool posts pop up. Among those, the ones to do with technology can get lost in a sea of constant updates, comments, and posts. We scoured through the site to come up with 10 amazing tech hacks you probably didn’t know about. Make an autocorrect shortcut on your phone for your email address Lots of mobile...


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