14 December 2013

New Photosynth Brings Spin, Panorama, Walk and Wall for Immersive 3D Photos



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Microsoft’s Photosynth is a fantastic way to create 3D panoramas to really give you a look and feel of a place. And it’s just got a whole lot better. A preview of the new Photosynth offers a peek at the different upcoming features, which Microsoft calls Spin, Panorama, Walk and Wall. Spin: Spin around any object to capture it from all angles. It only lets you go all around though, not up and down as well. (20-30 photos) Panorama: Stand in one place and turn in every direction to capture a 360-degree view of everything around you. Again, only go...


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Google Spreadsheet Gets Offline Support, Speed-up and Bunch of Features



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Google Spreadsheet, the spreadsheet app of what was formerly Google Docs and is now Google Drive, already lets you do pretty cool things, including making your own RSS reader. Well, Google’s now amped it up with more functionality, including offline support and some cool features. Google Docs and Slides have worked offline for some time and Google Spreadsheet is now getting the same treatment, provided you’re running Chrome. While you can’t create new spreadsheets, you can edit existing ones offline, which will be synced when you reconnect to the Internet. It’s a one-time setup. Of course, if you aren’t yet...


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Balance Transfer Trick for All Indian Mobile Operators - 100% Working



Mobile Balance Transfer is one of the very unique service provided by mobile operators. Using this method your friend or you can transfer mobile balance to other mobile within few seconds.


In today’s post I will share a awesome trick which will help you transfer balance from one mobile to other.

But before every thing , this service is not available for all mobile operators. Some operators which provide this service are – BSNL, Airtel, Idea, Tata Docomo, Vodafone, Aircel, Reliance, Uninor. If you are already using this service provider well and good, if not, to enjoy this you may have to port to these networks.


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Types Of Small Business Marketing Automation Tools



Businesses that market to other companies can make money directly and indirectly. When done directly, one business sells straight to another business. For example, a business might sell office furniture at wholesale prices to another business, helping the buyer furnish five satellite offices. With indirect business sales, a company might sell furniture to another company through a reseller. Marketing automation tools like social marketing and email marketing are a part of this and other sell processes.



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Skype on Linux: Is It Functional, Or Falling Behind?



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Skype, the popular chat service known for its high video quality, has had a Linux port of its client around for several years. However, like a handful of other Linux ports, it isn’t quite the same client as you might find on Windows or Mac OS X. Is the Linux port of Skype still a functional application, or is it in need of some tender loving care by its developers? Let’s take a look. First Impressions When you first download Skype for Linux, you’ll notice that the version is 4.2 (which means it’s finally out of its “beta” phase), which...


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13 December 2013

How To Make A Shared Christmas Shopping List Using Google Shortlists Or Pinterest



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You’ve no doubt been in this position before: a group of people are trying to decide what gift to buy the extended family for the holiday season. My family is in the same boat. While trying to collaborate on Christmas gift ideas, I thought, “We both have computers and smartphones, so how can we make this easier?” This got me thinking about the best way to share a visual list of potential gifts between a couple of people (or more) privately. Here are two great solutions I’m sure you’ll enjoy too. Google Shopping Shortlist Google Shopping is yet another great...


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5 Internet Memes That You’ll Never Be Able To Forget



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When was the last time you drove past an accident, and couldn’t resist — no matter how hard you tried — turning and trying to catch a glance of the mishap. Yes, the Internet is like that, and the best memes out there were some of the worst Internet accidents we’ll never forget. The Internet is a series of unfortunate viral memes that sparked from some ludicrous and outrageous ideas, and then spread like a brush fire in high wind. Before you know it, the whole world is on fire with everyone talking about it, people discussing it at the...


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RT Desktop Store: Browse And Install 50+ Desktop Programs In Windows RT 8.1



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Windows RT 8/8.1 is an ARM specific variant of Windows 8/8.1 designed especially for tablets and mobile devices that use ARM processors. Unlike Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 is only available pre-installed on select tablets and PCs, and doesn’t support applications tailored for x86 and x64 systems. Even though Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 […]

Google Adsense Introduces Custom Ad Size for All Publishers



This is a great news for Google Adsense Publishers. Now you can create Google Custom Ad Sizes that exactly fits to your blog size and layout. Though I was using a hack since few days to display custom ad sizes on my responsive design, Google finally openly introduced custom ad sizes for all publishers(previously it was available for only premium publishers). Few days back they introduced 300*600 ad unit, then responsive ads, A/B Split Testing and now custom ad sizes which will add extra $$ to your Adsense Account.



Getting Started with Custom Ad Sizes:




  • Like we create a normal Ad Unit, creating a custom ad unit is quite simple.

  • Login to your Account My Ads-> New Ad Unit ->Ad Size you choose Custom Size from the Drop Down.




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Custom Maps in the New Google Maps



The new version of Google Maps constantly brings back features from the classic Google Maps, which shows that it's almost ready to become the default interface. The new Google Maps shows a link for your custom maps below the search box. If you click the link, you should see a list of custom maps created with Maps Engine Lite or My Maps.






You can access your five most recent My Maps and Maps Engine maps in the new Google Maps. To quickly get to your custom maps:



* Open Google Maps and make sure you're signed-in.

* Click into the searchbox.

* Click the 'My custom maps' suggestion that appears below.

* Click the name of the map you want to view. Your map will either open in My Maps or Maps Engine.



You can also still access all of your My Maps and My Places content (available through classic Maps). To get there from the new Google Maps, click the Gear icon gear menu in the bottom right and select My Places.


Auto Awesome Snow Shake in Google+ for Android



This is another fun feature for the holidays, but it's limited to the Google+ app for Android: "Shake your device while viewing one of your photos, and watch the snow fall. Shake it again to save your new snowy photo and share it with family and friends."



It's a way to manually trigger the Auto Awesome Snow effect for any photo.






You need the latest version of the Google+ app, which was released today.





How To Send Your Friends Apps For Christmas



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When you think about it, apps are the perfect gift. You can buy them online and instantly send them to someone – even if they’re far away – without having to mail anything or pay shipping fees. They’re nice and cheap, too. You can send an app and show someone you’re thinking about them without paying too much. Every platform allows you to give the gift of apps in one way or another. Regardless of what platform your friends use, here’s how you can send them apps for Christmas. iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Apps You can easily buy an...


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Updated Google Settings Page



The Google Settings page has received a major makeover and switched to the card interface that's used in many Google services and apps. The page is more compact, better optimized for mobile devices and only focuses on the most important features. Advanced features like Google Dashboard or Takeout are linked from the "data tools" section. Google+ settings are available if you click "edit notification settings" and this page also has a new interface.






The security section lets you change your password and recovery options.






The language section lets you skip translations for one or more languages and also enable input tools.









While the new interface looks nice, I feel that there are too many links that send you to separate pages and the transition is not smooth.



{ Thanks, Emanuele, JD, Jérôme. }

Bop.fm: Why Let Region Restrictions Stop You From Sharing Great Music



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It’s an idea that should have arrived sooner. The idea of a universal playlist free from regional restrictions of music streaming surely has struck most of us at one time or another. It was far easier for a short while during the age of Napster. Enter online music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, Last.fm, and Rdio just to mention a few…and your musical choices aren’t restricted to what’s on your hard drive or that of your friends anymore. The only restriction is placed by geography. Barring the United States, most of the services are kept restricted to a large portion...


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Google Uses a Proxy to Load Gmail Images



This is one of those features that users will love and marketers will hate. Until now, Gmail didn't display the images from messages sent by people that aren't in your address book if those images had to be loaded from an external site. You had to click "display images below" or "always display images from..." to see the images. This was done to protect your privacy: embedded images could set cookies or include unique IDs and inform those who sent the messages that you've read them or that the email address is active. Many newsletters and spam messages include images.



Google found a way to address this issue: it will display all the images by default, but load them from a proxy server. "Instead of serving images directly from their original external host servers, Gmail will now serve all images through Google's own secure proxy servers. So what does this mean for you? Simple: your messages are more safe and secure, your images are checked for known viruses or malware, and you'll never have to press that pesky 'display images below' link again. With this new change, your email will now be safer, faster and more beautiful than ever," informs Gmail's blog.






"Some senders try to use externally linked images in harmful ways, but Gmail takes action to ensure that images are loaded safely. Gmail serves all images through Google's image proxy servers and transcodes them before delivery to protect you in the following ways: senders can't use image loading to get information like your IP address or location, senders can't set or read cookies in your browser, Gmail checks your images for known viruses or malware. In some cases, senders may be able to know whether an individual has opened a message with unique image links," mentions Gmail's help center.



If the images are loaded using a proxy, the external server still receives a request and the sender can find if you've read the message. I wonder how Google deals with this issue.



You can still choose to manually authorize images by selecting "Ask before displaying external images" in Gmail's settings. This is especially useful if you have a slow Internet connection.

12 December 2013

Google's Animated Decorations for Christmas



Last month, I mentioned that Google's search results pages got some special decorations when searching for [Hanukkah] and [Festivus]. Nothing for Christmas? Todd Kuk, a reader of this blog, says he noticed an animated image when searching for [Christmas], [A Christmas carol] and other queries that include "Christmas". I tried these queries, but I don't see the ornaments.






Here are the decorations from 2011 and from 2012.



{ Thanks, Todd. }

How To Ensure Your Email Signature Doesn’t Give The Wrong Impression



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Saying goodbye is so hard to do, isn’t it? It’s uncomfortable, and sometimes it’s awkward. Well, there may not be any instructions for those situations, but at least we can offer some instructions for how you can say goodbye in an email without feeling awkward. An email signature is for all intents and purposes, your “goodbye”. It’s not whether you hug someone or give them a handshake. It’s not whether you only give them your name, or hand them your business card with all of your contact info included. It’s how you make an impression. Or not. In this article,...


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Take Full Control of Your Airplane Trip with KLM Mobile



Simply plan and book your trip, and arrange lots of convenient services and comfy extras on your smartphone. KLM Mobile has quick access to the best deals, timetable of flights to the selected destinations, check-in for your flight and review your account.With the KLM app for Android you will enjoy having all your travel details at your fingertips.


Getting Started with KLM Mobile




  • You can either get KLM for Mobile or download KLM app for your Android Mobile

  • Choose a KLM destination worldwide, just enter your travel details and you can find all the destinations worldwide. You can either checkout via your Credit Card or Paypal.

  • You can also check the status of your flights with updated information.

  • You can also check how many Flying Blue Miles you have earned, recent transaction details, and how many Miles you need until the next membership level.




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Feedly Was Stealing Your Content — Here’s the Story, And Their Code



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Last week, Feedly rolled out a controversial new “feature” – hijacking feed links to steal traffic from millions of bloggers. Redirecting shared links with Feedly to Feedly’s own view of the article instead of the article itself on the original site is a concern for original content creators on many blogs. It not only results in loss of traffic, but is also deceptive for those who follow a particular blog. Here’s the full story of why people are angry, and how one blogger helped to right the situation. I also delve into their source code to show you just how...


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Food Panda - Order Food Online Expanding to Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai and 33 Countries





Food Panda has already raised over $20 Million in Budget. Currently its one of the largest food delivering company based in India.

In a recent press release, Rohit said, “I see a lot of scope in making Foodpanda the medium through which people order their food. We aim at securing a dominant share of the est INR 5,000 crore food delivery market in India in the next 5 years. Having already launched in 10 cities, we target scaling the company’s growth to 16 cities with 5000 partner restaurants within this year and over 33 countries.”

Amit Kohli (pictured above), co-founder, said: “We are quite excited about our entry in 3 new cities, covering Kolkata and Ahmedabad till mid August and Chennai by early September. This expansion is part of our strategy to significantly increase our footprint across the country and slowly in the whole world. With this move, customers from these regions will also be able to avail our services.”



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Spotify Vs. Rdio, Free Windows, YouTube Good/Evil [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, Spotify and Rdio both up the music streaming ante, Microsoft is considering offering Windows RT and Windows Phone for free, Yahoo Mail fails, GTA: San Andreas lands on mobile, YouTube cracks down on gaming videos, Facebook adds autoplay videos to the news feed, Viber 4.1 is released, and the biggest YouTube videos of 2013 are revealed. Spotify & Rdio Up Ante Both Spotify and Rdio, two hugely popular music streaming services, have been in the news recently. Spotify has gone free on tablet and mobiles, though with only a limited service for non-paying customers on...


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Spotify Vs. Rdio, Free Windows, YouTube Good/Evil [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, Spotify and Rdio both up the music streaming ante, Microsoft is considering offering Windows RT and Windows Phone for free, Yahoo Mail fails, GTA: San Andreas lands on mobile, YouTube cracks down on gaming videos, Facebook adds autoplay videos to the news feed, Viber 4.1 is released, and the biggest YouTube videos of 2013 are revealed. Spotify & Rdio Up Ante Both Spotify and Rdio, two hugely popular music streaming services, have been in the news recently. Spotify has gone free on tablet and mobiles, though with only a limited service for non-paying customers on...


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Windows 8.1 Lets You Perform Full Shut Down Or Cold Boot From The Charms Bar



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Windows 8/8.1 isn’t just about Start screen, apps store, and lock screen. The super-fast boot process is one of the first things that you notice when you install or upgrade to Windows 8/8.1. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 boot significantly faster when compared to Windows 7 and previous versions of Windows operating system, thanks to […]

Recommend A MakeUseOf Article From 2013! [We Ask You]




The end of the year is nigh, with 2013 soon to make way for 2014. Like most people, you probably enjoyed some highs and endured some lows over the past 12 months, but you lived through them all, racking up experiences both good and bad. One thing we hope played a small part in your enjoyment of 2013 is MakeUseOf, the ever-present repository of geeky goodness you’re reading right now. We know our place, and we know we’re not the most important thing in your life, but we try to educate and entertain each and every day of the year....


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Secure Your Microsoft Accounts With Recovery Codes and Recent Activity



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Time and again, we hear of important services–some as big as Adobe and Buffer–getting hacked and losing high-security information like accounts and passwords. It’s best to lock down your accounts as tightly as possible beforehand and Microsoft is taking a step in that direction with its new security features for online accounts. Back in April, Microsoft added two-step authentication to its online accounts. It’s one of the 5 ways to deter hackers, so you should enable that if you haven’t already. Following this up, Microsoft is now providing information about recent activity, recovery codes and security notifications. Recovery Code One...


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Google's Video Duration Experiment



This is a strange experiment: Google tests adding the duration of a video to the search result title. I've noticed this experiment by searching for [zero 7 in the waiting line]. Google seems to change the title only for YouTube videos, but not for all of them.






The duration of the video is already displayed on top of the thumbnail, so this is redundant.

11 December 2013

10 Festive Wallpapers To Prepare Your Desktop For The Holidays



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Did you notice that Christmas is coming? If you venture out of the house once in a while, you’ve probably noticed the decorations slowly going up. But what about your home? With Christmas being almost 3 weeks away, chances are you haven’t started decorating, yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit right now. Unlike decorating your house, decorating your computer only takes seconds, and is a great way to put yourself in the right mood for the holidays. As expected, there are tons of sources for Christmas wallpapers out there, but if you’re too busy...


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10 Festive Wallpapers To Prepare Your Desktop For The Holidays



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Did you notice that Christmas is coming? If you venture out of the house once in a while, you’ve probably noticed the decorations slowly going up. But what about your home? With Christmas being almost 3 weeks away, chances are you haven’t started decorating, yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get into the holiday spirit right now. Unlike decorating your house, decorating your computer only takes seconds, and is a great way to put yourself in the right mood for the holidays. As expected, there are tons of sources for Christmas wallpapers out there, but if you’re too busy...


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Technophilia 92 Live From MakeUseOf



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This week we talk with Lou Hong from BitTorrent Inc, the company behind BitTorrent Sync and uTorrent. We’ll ask about direct file syncing and managing your reputation when your name is shorthand for piracy in the broader culture. Also: the army leaked chat logs between Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning. Don’t they respect the right to secrecy? And we’ll let you know the easy-to-remember nuclear launch codes from past decades, just in case you’re travelling through time this weekend. This week’s episode is brought to you by BitDefender Antivirus for Mac. Think Macs don’t catch viruses? Think again! Although Macs...


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Make Beautiful Christmas Cards In 5 Minutes With Canva



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Christmas is coming, and as the Yuletide season nears, you’ll be faced with the unfortunate reality of sending Christmas cards. If you want to send personalized cards that actually look good, you’ll either have to fork out a small fortune, or compromise on quality by sending Aunt Mabel a flimsy piece of A4 littered with enough word art, it could have been made with Microsoft Publisher 98. But what if there was another way? Remember Canva? That’s the kick-ass startup from the Antipodes which makes it easy for non-design minded people like myself to make vaguely passable graphics? The one...


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9 New Languages in Google Translate



Google Translate supports 9 new languages: Hausa (Nigeria, 35 million speakers), Igbo (Nigeria, 25 million speakers), Yoruba (Nigeria, 28 million speakers), Somali (Somalia, 17 million speakers), Zulu (South Africa, 10 million speakers), Mongolian (Mongolia, China, 6 million speakers), Nepali (Nepal, India, Bhutan 17 million speakers), Punjabi (India, Pakistan, 100 million speakers), Maori (New Zealand, 160,000 speakers). Google Translate now supports 80 languages and that's impressive.






According to Ethnologue, there are 80 languages with more than 10 million native speakers, 200 languages with at least 3 million speakers and 1,300 languages with at least 100,000 speakers. Google Translate supports all the languages with more than 100 million native speakers, 13 of the 16 languages that have between 50 and 100 million speakers, 4 of the 13 languages that have between 30 and 50 million speakers and 15 of the 47 languages that have between 10 and 30 million speakers.





Share Files Up To A Whopping 30GB With Anyone Through Filemail



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One of the biggest limitations of email is sending files. Almost every email provider imposes limits on the size of files that can be sent through their service, which is fine for sending documents and spreadsheets, but when you need to send something really large, that’s when issues arise. Enter Filemail, an awesome service that allows you to send massive files up to 30 gigabytes on a free account (with no size restriction on a premium account) to anyone. Getting Started You can use Filemail in a number of ways. First, you can just jump on the site, enter the...


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Create Portable Windows 7 USB Using VHD W7 Compact



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Windows To Go is a fantastic feature introduced with Windows 8 operating system to enable users install and carry Windows 8 on a USB drive. Officially available in Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise edition, it requires a minimum of 32GB mass storage device such as USB flash drive in order to prepare your Windows To Go drive. […]

5 Windows 8 Apps To Get You Into The Mood For Christmas



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Christmas is upon us once again, but this time it’s slightly different: there are Windows 8 apps that you can use to enhance and enjoy the seasonal cheer and get you in the mood for the visit from “the fat man.” If you’re looking for music, entertainment, a tradition made digital or help preparing food for the biggest feast in the Christian calendar, the apps listed here – easily installed from the Windows 8 Store – are what you’re looking for. Advent Calendar Fun For adults, planning for Christmas starts early. Children, too, might be planning their Christmas list in...


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How to Resize Windows on your Mac to Specific Sizes



One of my favorite Windows utility happens to be Sizer, a tiny app that can resize any window on the desktop to an exact size. For instance, when I am recording screencasts for the YouTube channel, I use the 1280×720 (HD) or 1920×1080 (1080p) preset to automatically resize the target window before hitting the Record button.


Surprisingly, there’s no Sizer like app available for the Mac platform.


Resize any window to a specified size with Apple Script

Resize any window to a specified size with Apple Script



I did find some paid alternatives in the Mac App store – Mercury Mover, TileWindows and Divvy to name a few – that do allow you to reposition and resize windows on the Mac with keyboard shortcuts but these apps are more targeted at power users for working efficiently with multiple windows while Sizer is purely a resizing utility.


Resize Windows with Apple Script


If you are looking for something more simple, without the extra bells and whistles, a little AppleScript should do the trick.


Just open the AppleScript editor and copy-paste the script below. You can change the app name (theApp) from “Google Chrome” to iTunes or any other window that you wish to resize. The script resizes the window to 1920×1080 and moves it to the center. You can set a different default height and width through the appHeight and appWidth variables.


Now you can press Cmd + R to run the script. Alternatively, you may export the script as an application (.app) and run it anytime with a double-click.


There are some Safari (Resize Me) and Chrome extensions as well that will you resize the windows to any specified size on your Mac but they will obviously work with the browser window only.



(*

This Apple script will resize any program window to an exact size and the window is then moved to the center of your screen.
Specify the program name, height and width below and run the script.

Written by Amit Agarwal on December 10, 2013

*)

set theApp to "Google Chrome"
set appHeight to 1080
set appWidth to 1920

tell application "Finder"
set screenResolution to bounds of window of desktop
end tell

set screenWidth to item 3 of screenResolution
set screenHeight to item 4 of screenResolution

tell application theApp
activate
reopen
set yAxis to (screenHeight - appHeight) / 2 as integer
set xAxis to (screenWidth - appWidth) / 2 as integer
set the bounds of the first window to {xAxis, yAxis, appWidth + xAxis, appHeight + yAxis}
end tell




This story, How to Resize Windows on your Mac to Specific Sizes, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 10/12/2013 under Mac, Software

Google Settings Page for Phone Numbers



Google's account settings page has an updated section for phone numbers that groups some features that were already available elsewhere. If you click "edit" next to "phone numbers", Google will show the phone numbers associated with your account.



You'll probably see a phone number associated with Hangouts. You can enable or disable this setting: "Help people who have your phone number find and connect with you on Google services, like Hangouts and caller ID by Google." You can edit the phone number, change the way it's verified or remove the number.



There's also a phone number that's used for account recovery. Google encourages users to enable this feature, but it's optional. For now, the account recovery page is not integrated with the account settings page, so it looks different and has a long URL. "We'll use your phone to do things like challenge hijackers or send you a text message to help you access your account if you forget your password," informs Google.









The phone number management page was added back in May, but now it's more functional.



{ Thanks, Herin. }

10 December 2013

Get One Year License Of RoboForm Everywhere For Free



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Those of you closely following the Internet would know that more and more online accounts are being compromised these days. There are three simple things you can do from your end to protect your online accounts: replace all weak passwords with stronger ones, avoid using the same password for multiple accounts, and change passwords at […]

How to Remove Ads from your Kindle without any Hacks



The Kindle reader starts at $89 but you get a $20 discount if you opt for the Kindle with Special Offers. The two models look alike and have the same set of features except that Kindle with Special Offers model will display sponsored ads on the home screen when idle.


The ads on the Kindle with Special Offers edition are unobtrusive but Amazon does offer an option to remove ads from the sponsored Kindle for a $20 fee. Go to your Kindle dashboard on Amazon.com, click the Manage your Devices link, select your registered Kindle device and click Edit next to the Special Offers link.


Request Amazon support to remove sponsored offers from your Kindle

Request Amazon support to remove sponsored offers from your Kindle



Disable Ads on Kindle with Special Offers


There’s another easier option as well that will let you remove ads from your Kindle for free.


You can contact the Amazon support team and request them to disable advertising on your Kindle with Special Offers. They are likely to oblige if you using a Kindle outside the USA since special offers cannot be claimed in other countries.


Here are the steps involved:



  1. Open the Contact Us page on Amazon and select your Kindle device from the list.

  2. Under the Issues section, select Kindle Device -> Kindle with Special Offers -> Problems claiming offers.

  3. Select the Chat option and here you can request the Amazon representative to disable ads on your Kindle device.


You’ll get a notification on your Kindle device (see screenshot) once the sponsored offers have been turned off. Restart your Kindle and the ads should no longer appear on the device.


I tried this on my Kindle and the ads were gone in 5 minutes. The trick, which also applies to the Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Fire tablets, was originally shared on Reddit but has been pulled down by the submitter.




This story, How to Remove Ads from your Kindle without any Hacks, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 10/12/2013 under Amazon Kindle, Software

ChrisPC Win Experience Index: Windows Experience Index (WEI) For Windows 8.1



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Windows Experience Index (WEI), introduced with Windows Vista and present in Windows 7 as well as Windows 8, evaluates the performance CPU, RAM, disk drive, graphics card, and gives a score between 1.0 to 9.9. PC users who have upgraded from Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 will immediately notice the absence […]

09 December 2013

Google Open Gallery



If you expand the list of services from Google's support page, you'll find an interesting service: Open Gallery. Clicking the link redirects you to the main Google support site.






I tried to find this service and searched for [open gallery]. Most of the results are about art galleries. Google actually has a service that brings museums online: Google Cultural Institute's Art Project. "Museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings are available in 'gigapixel' format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail," explains Google.



I've checked the source code of some Art Project pages and found this: "New! Artists, museums, galleries, archives: discover Google Open Gallery, powerful free tools to bring your content online." Google Open Gallery pointed to google.com/opengallery, which shows a 404 error message.









{ Merci, TomHTML. }