21 December 2013

15 Awesome Websites And Online Services That Were Born In 2013



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While developers are definitely preferring to make apps for mobile platforms like iOS and Android, the Web isn’t going anywhere for a while, so you will still have some cool Internet services and apps being made. And while you might think 2013 didn’t see much innovation on the web, you’d be surprised at what developers were up to when you really look back at the year that has nearly gone by. In no particular order, here are the best web apps and services that were launched in 2013: Postach.io While it’s not difficult to launch your own blog with WordPress...


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20 December 2013

God of the Air Gaps: How Malware Can Be Spread By Microphone



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There is an accepted wisdom when it comes to avoiding getting infected with malware. Don’t install software from websites you don’t trust. Make sure your computer is up to date, patched and all software installed is running the latest updates. Don’t open any suspicious-looking attachments, no matter who sends them to you. Ensure you have a current anti-virus system in place. That sort of thing. As Internet access, email and wireless technologies have progressively became more widespread, we have had to adjust to keep ourselves secure from malicious software and from hackers. With each new threat that emerges, our accepted...


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God of the Air Gaps: How Malware Can Be Spread By Microphone



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There is an accepted wisdom when it comes to avoiding getting infected with malware. Don’t install software from websites you don’t trust. Make sure your computer is up to date, patched and all software installed is running the latest updates. Don’t open any suspicious-looking attachments, no matter who sends them to you. Ensure you have a current anti-virus system in place. That sort of thing. As Internet access, email and wireless technologies have progressively became more widespread, we have had to adjust to keep ourselves secure from malicious software and from hackers. With each new threat that emerges, our accepted...


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5 Easy Ways To Have A Frugal Christmas And Not Be Called A Scrooge



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Christmas is expensive. The tradition of exchanging gifts with friends, family members, and acquaintances can put a real dent in your wallet and leave you feeling bitter, especially since most gifts tend to be given out of obligation rather than actual joy. This Christmas season, why not give your wallet a break? Depending on whom you ask, frugality can be seen as a negative. The immediate assumption is that frugal implies poor, as if frugality were an insane decision that people would only make when no other options are available. I tend to see it from the opposite angle —...


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Feel Like Living Dangerously? Then Try Out The New Valve Steam OS



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Are you a reckless brave Linux user who wants to live dangerously during the holidays? If so, Valve, the company behind the Steam gaming marketplace, has just the experiment for you. The company has released their Linux-based gaming operating system for anyone with a spare hard-drive, an NVIDIA graphics card, and nerves of pure steel. Step forward Linux commandos! The new SteamOS was designed for the specially-made hardware – the “Steam Machines” – which are now in the hands of 300 lucky people. Eventually the company wants everyone to have the operating system set up in their homes (the company...


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What Is The Best Way To Find New Podcasts?



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There’s a good chance that you are reading this article on your own time and at your own pace. Great; but there’s just one slight “hitch”. You are somewhat tied to your screen from the start to the end (I don’t mind, by the way!). That’s where a podcast shows its merit. Listening as against reading, is a more immersive experience. That’s why anyone who loves podcasts would recommend it for all the idle minutes you have…or for simply relaxing while commuting or after. Podcasting followed blogging into the mainstream. A podcast combines the liveliness of a radio show with...


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Windows 8 Refresh Not Working? Try These Tips



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Windows 8′s Refresh feature allows you to quickly revert your Windows system back to a clean, freshly installed state. It’s like reinstalling Windows, but it’s easier, faster, and preserves your personal files. If Refresh fails or doesn’t solve your problems, these troubleshooting tips should help you fix things. Bear in mind that refreshing your PC will remove all your installed desktop software. This gives you a clean, fresh Windows desktop and eliminates problems caused by third-party software, but means that you’ll have to reinstall your software later. Resetting your PC instead of refreshing it will erase everything, including any personal...


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Mac Pro Sale, Hacking Target, Porn Filters Include Sex Ed, Google Tips [Tech News Digest]




Today in Tech News Digest, the Mac Pro 2013 is here, Target becomes a target, Yahoo brings tabs back, Google launches a tips service, porn filters in the U.K. are shown to not work, and Microsoft sets off on a search for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. No, really. Mac Pro 2013 Now On Sale We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It’s the most powerful Mac ever. Orders start tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Jrd1Gic3Ya — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 18, 2013 Apple has started selling the new Mac Pro 2013, but people who want one will need serious amounts of both cash...


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19 December 2013

Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook



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Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook. Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you...


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A Full Guide To Getting Started With Mining Litecoin



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Missed out on making millions with Bitcoin (what’s Bitcoin, you ask)? Don’t worry – you’ve still got time to jump in on alternative cryptocurrencies, like Litecoin and Feathercoin. Thanks to a different algorithm at the core, those can still be mined by anyone with a graphics card – expensive ASIC Bitcoin miners won’t work. What are you waiting for?! Kannon published a tutorial back in July about getting started with Litecoin, but the software tools have improved since then, so I thought it would be worth publishing an update. One point to note is that at the time of Kannon’s...


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Google Maps Easter Egg for Christmas



The Pegman icon from the new Google Maps looks different: it now has a Santa hat. The classic Google Maps still shows the standard icon.









Check this Google+ album to see almost 200 outfits created when Pegman was added to the new Google Maps.






{ Thanks, Mukil. }




How To Use WinSetupFromUSB To Create Multiboot Windows USB



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In our previous post, we let you know about the release of WinSetupFromUSB v.1.1, the free software that enables you prepare multi-boot USB drive with a few mouse clicks. Even though the interface is very simple and straight-forward, first time users may need a little help in preparing multi-boot USB drives. In this guide, we […]

What Are Your Predictions For Technology In 2014? [We Ask You]




Technology isn’t an industry that stands still. Instead, each year brings new innovations, new gadgets, and new inventions. Existing tech companies and products also change and evolve, though not always for the better. For us geeks, the end of the year is a time to look forward rather than back; to imagine what the tech world will look like in 12 months time. Which is our challenge to you, dear reader, in this edition of We Ask You. In 2014, I Predict… We want to know, What Are Your Predictions For Technology In 2014? Just tell us at least one...


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The Perfect Modern Notetaking App: OneNote For Windows 8



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One of the most convenient parts of having a Windows 8 tablet is the ability to quickly scribble notes in it just like a notebook, and Microsoft’s OneNote application is perfect for that. Even if you’ve got a Windows 8 laptop, OneNote also supports typing notes, as well as a host of other features like Camera Scan, Optical Character Recognition, and a Share Charm. Let’s take a closer look at this modern notetaking app. Creating Notes The basic structure of OneNote’s organization involves three layers: Notebooks, Sections, and Pages. Below, you can see that I have two notebooks, one for...


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See all the Major Events of 2013 in One Drawing (Picture)



2013 comes to an end. Mario Zucca has collected almost 90 major news stories that broke this year and formulated in the form of a picture. He called the drawing here's to 2013. He has covered almost all the major stories like Miley Twerking, iPhone 5S & 5C Release, GTA V, X Box and much more that shook the whole Internet.


You can check the Original Drawing below



To collect all the major stories of 2013 was quite a big task and we appreciate the efforts of Mario Zucca for his remarkable efforts. Do let us know what was your major event in 2013 in your comments.




Super Fast Browser: The Android Browser That Lives Up to Its Name



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Tired of sluggish apps bogging down your phone and bringing it to a crawl? Who doesn’t want a faster phone with faster apps so we can accomplish our tasks faster, faster, fast? Mobile browsers can sometimes be packed with unnecessary features, resulting in lag and frustration while surfing the web. Super Fast Browser attempts to fix that. There is, of course, the danger of swinging to the other side of the spectrum. Even if we didn’t want a fat and bloated browser, a barebones browser without any features would be just as frustrating. Super Fast Browser understands this and strives...


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Google Music to Add Upload Feature



To upload audio files to Google Play Music, you need to use Music Manager. It's only available as a native app for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, so you can't use it if you have a Chromebook or a mobile device.



What if you need to upload a few songs and you don't want to wait until Music Manager syncs your files? What if you're using someone else's computer and you can't install Music Manager?



Google Play Music's source code includes a message which suggests that you'll be able to upload songs from your browser: "Drag songs or folders here to add music to your library. Or, if you prefer, select from your computer."






{ Thanks, Florian K. }

Sound Search Playlist in Google Music



Google's Sound Search widget for Android has a history page which shows all the songs that have been recognized by the application. You can also find this list inside Google Play Music if you go to this playlist. This is especially useful if you subscribe to the All Access feature and you can play all the songs.









A Google screenshot shows the Sound Search playlist in the sidebar:






"Hear a song you like while you're out and about? Touch the microphone on the home screen of your Android phone or tablet. Google Play identifies the song and adds it to the Song Match playlist. You can also use the Sound Search for Google Play app," mentions the page.



The first feature doesn't work for me, but maybe it will be added in the future.



{ Thanks, Florian K. }

Google Zeitgeist 2013



Google's Zeitgeist site redirects to Google Trends, which shows the year in review lists and some clever visualizations.



The search topics with the largest increase in search volume are: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker, iPhone 5S, Cory Monteith, Harlem Shake, Boston Marathon, Royal Baby, Samsung Galaxy S4, PlayStation 4 and North Korea. Other popular gadgets: Xbox One, Nexus 5, HTC One, iPad Air, Blackberry 10 phones, Galaxy Note 3 and Nokia Lumia 1020. The most popular movie is Man of Steel and the most popular TV show is Under the Dome.



Google also shows a list of popular Google+ hashtags (#Boston, #BreakingBad, #TyphoonHaiyan) and YouTube videos (The Fox, Harlem Shake Army Edition, How Animals Eat Their Food).






You can select different countries and find the trending topics from other places. For example, the hottest technology topic in South Africa was BBM for Android, the hottest search in Spain was Outlook and the second most popular phone in India is Nokia Lumia 520.



There's also a globe that "visualizes the hottest daily Google searches in 2013 in over 150 cities. Explore what mattered to people by turning the globe, selecting a city, and sliding the date slider to any day of the year."






This video highlights the most important events from 2013 (some Google features too):





18 December 2013

Google's Christmas Carols Easter Egg



Google has a new Easter Egg for Christmas, but this time it's only for mobile devices. Search for [let's go caroling] using an Android or iOS device or use voice search and say "let's go caroling" and you'll see a list of 5 carols you can play: "Jingle Bells", "Up on the House Top", "Deck the Halls", "O Christmas Tree" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". Tap one of the carols and Google will start playing the karaoke version of the carol, while also displaying the lyrics.















Maybe this Easter Egg will actually be useful.

More About Gmail's Proxy



Last week, Google announced that Gmail will load external images using a proxy. I have the new feature in my Gmail account and it's easy to tell when it's enabled - Gmail will show this message:



"Loading images in Gmail is now safer, so you'll automatically see all images within a message when you open it. You can learn about images or change this option in Settings."






So what's new? You no longer have to click "Display images below" to see the images from a message. Until now, Gmail only displayed the images automatically for the people added to your address book (you had to send them a message at least once or manually add them to the address book). Now Gmail shows all the images, except for spam and other messages that are likely to be dangerous. "Gmail scans every message for suspicious content and if Gmail considers a sender or message potentially suspicious, images won't be displayed and you'll be asked whether you want to see the images."



Images are no longer loaded directly from external sites, they're loaded using a Google proxy. Here's an example of URL (I highlighted the original URL of the image):



https://ci6.googleusercontent.com/proxy/WuyGWXPxgKnQjRUiz1tva8I8DAdNvnURSGw8TD5KUHWka12vCEvPGpD5g0C0jPtY8a0JqxflQfH7DqTxcoA_qsEi8HsYbQ=s0-d-e1-ft#http://qsf.is.quoracdn.net/-b94cd3f312ea9653.png



Images are only loaded the first time when you open a message and they're cached. Google's requests include: "via ggpht.com GoogleImageProxy" and appear to be from Firefox 3.0.7.



The proxy feature can't be disabled. You can only go to Gmail's settings and enable "Ask before displaying external images", so you can manually enable images, but this doesn't disable the proxy.

Technophilia 93 Live From MakeUseOf [Including Waterproof iPod Giveaway]



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This week: Facebook plans on putting autoplay video ads in your timeline. Will this be the last straw for Facebook users? No! But we’ll still complain. Twitter changes how blocking works, then changes its mind when users complain. Backpedaling on a policy because your users don’t like it? “That’s weird,” said a statement from Mark Zuckerberg. And, in what can only be called bad decision making, the people at Underwater Audio sent us a waterproof iPod. In the mail. We’re giving one away to a live listener, but only if they do part of our work for us. This week’s...


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Catch An Aurora! 5 Of The Best Tools To Spot The Magical Polar Lights



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This winter is one of the best times to see polar lights. The next best time is in about 10 years, so you better catch them now. To stand a good chance of a polar light sighting, you need to be in the right place at the right time. An understanding of how Aurorae work and forecasts can help. This article provides the resources for both. What Is An Aurora? An Aurora, also known as polar lights, is a natural phenomenon caused by electrically charged particles from the sun that enter Earth’s atmosphere. Aurorae are best visible close to the...


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Bing Adds TED Talks To Search Results



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Bing has just added TED talks and audio play to their search results page, plus a host of other useful pieces of information. In an effort to win over Google lovers, Bing is really lifting their game. In the face of such mighty competition, many search engines have withered over the years, but Bing refuses to be bowed. And to show it is not going anywhere anytime soon, they have added some more features to make the search engine even more useful, mostly to the “snapshot” area on the right of search results. One of the major new improvements is...


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Download WinSetupFromUSB For Windows 8.1



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Those of you following us for a long time would know that this isn’t the first time we’re talking about multi-boot USB drives on IntoWindows. About three years ago (time flies!), we first introduced you to WinSetupFromUSB and showed you how to create a multi-boot USB containing Windows XP and Windows 7 with the help […]

3 Simple And Elegant Tricks To Stop Drowning In Your Own Bookmarks



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If you need rescuing from the clutches of your bookmarks, this article is for you. With such great content available online, you get into the habit of saving every nice thing you come across, usually with the intention of reading or viewing it later. Somehow, you never get around to doing that because you’re busy bookmarking the next interesting article or cool video or quirky website that has caught your fancy. You often spend precious time sorting, tagging, and sharing links, many of which you’re are unlikely to revisit. Decluttering those links from time to time does not stop the...


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Why The Classic Desktop Version Trumps Skype For Windows 8



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Want to make voice and video calls on your Windows 8 computer? A touchscreen version of Skype is available from Microsoft, but how does it compare to the desktop version? Skype for Windows 8 Modern: Why? One of the most surprising things about Windows 8 is that Skype isn’t pre-installed. Perhaps wary of previous decisions against them concerning the installation of browsers, Microsoft instead makes the touchscreen-friendly version of Skype available via the Windows Store. Interestingly, the Modern interface version of Skype can be installed on the same system as the “classic” desktop version. This can lead to problems; more...


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Holiday Shopping List: For The Techy Outdoorsman



Technology and nature are rather conflicting areas of interest, but the lines between the two are blurring as technology advances into outdoor gear. First there was GPS, then waterproof cases for cameras, and soon after, waterproof cameras themselves. Now, we have a wide array of rugged tech gear from Bluetooth speakers to portable water purifying […]

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MakeUseOf Fails In 2013 [We Ask You Results]




We’ve had quite the year here at MakeUseOf, with thousands of articles published, dozens of hardware giveaways, a burgeoning collection of rewards for readers, a controversial makeover, new writers joining the team, and new columns increasing the range of content covered. We’re giving ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done, and were hoping you would do the same. We thought we’d had a big enough year that, when prompted to recommend an article from 2013 to a friend, the readers would respond in droves. We were wrong. OK, So We Suck, What Of It?! We asked...


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Stuck For Holiday Ideas? Let Wunderlist Help With Their Curated Lists



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You can now use Wunderlist to create specially curated lists for things like Christmas wishlists and gift lists. The holidays is a bit of a stressful time for all of us, especially when it comes to buying gifts, and planning social events. So a lot of people view the approaching holiday period with a certain amount of dread, knowing that it will be tough to get through it all (especially if you have young excitable kids). But the free to-do list app, Wunderlist, is offering to help a bit by giving us specially curated lists that we can work from....


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The Undiscovered Country: Getting To Grips With Tumblr Etiquette



Etiquette is more than simply being kind and polite. It's about learning the internal, unspoken rules of a community. Here are a few Tumblr guidelines to keep in mind.

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How to Add Custom-Sized AdSense Ads to your Website



Google AdSense, since its inception in 2003, has supported a dozen-odd ad units – from the 300×250 Rectangle to the 160×600 Skyscraper – that abide by the IAB guidelines. Premium AdSense publishers do have the flexibility of customizing the layout of text-only ads but not the image or rich-media ads.


Last week Google introduced custom-sized ad units in AdSense that blurs the line between Premium and regular publishers. Now all AdSense publishers are given an opportunity to create ad units of custom dimensions, tailor made for their own website. Let me explain.


Say your website has a sidebar that is 250 pixels wide. Previously, you could only choose between the regular skyscraper formats – 120×600 or 160×600 – even though none of these units would perfectly fit inside your sidebar. With custom-sized units now available in AdSense, you can create an ad unit that is exactly 250×600 in size thus taking all the available screen estate. Or if the sidebar is long, you can even choose to have a 250×1200 unit.


Custom-Sized Ad Units vs Regular AdSense Ads


An obvious advantage with custom-sized units is that they better fit the layout of your website. That said, Google algorithms may sometimes override your choice.


For instance, if you have created an ad unit that is 500×300 pixels, AdSense can still serve display ads in standard formats like the 300×250 or 336×280 for that unit. The smaller ad will be center-aligned and the remaining area is filled with whitespace.


Google may display small display ads inside custom-sized ad units.

Google may serve display ads of lesser dimensions inside custom-sized ad units.



Since Google is likely to display the highest performing ad – which could either be a custom-sized unit (that you’ve requested) or a regular unit – it may be a good idea to use custom-sized units in place of regular units as, with the former, you get the best of both worlds.


Convert Existing AdSense Ad Units to Custom-Sized Ads


Google recommends that you create a new ad unit in your AdSense dashboard and choose the option “Custom Ad Size” for creating a new custom-sized ad unit. You can however use your existing Ad units and convert them into a custom sized units.


All you have to do is adjust the width and height values in your existing ad code and regular unit will be automatically converted into a custom sized unit. Just make sure that both height and width values are less than 1200 pixels and that only one of these values is greater than 300 pixels.


Custom-Sized Ads vs Responsive Google Ads


Earlier this year, Google introduced Responsive AdSense ads where the size (read width) of the ad is dynamically specified based on the screen size of the device where that ad is being served. With responsive ads, you can serve a 336×280 large rectangle on the desktop and the same ad slot may serve a 320×100 ad when the page is viewed on a mobile device.


Now that custom-sized ad units are available, should you make the switch to these new units or continue to use the Responsive Ad units.


Google’s official recommendation is:



Custom-sized ad units are fixed sized ad units, i.e., they don’t dynamically change their size or respond to changes in screen orientation. If your site uses responsive design, we recommend that you use a responsive ad unit instead.



You can however still make your custom-sized ad units responsive such that their suggested size changes based on the device size or orientation. In Responsive Ads, you serve ads of a fixed width based on the screen size while in custom-sized ads you specify the maximum width that the ad can occupy. If you can dynamically specify this “maximum” width, your custom-sized ad unit will be responsive as well.


How to Make Custom-sized AdSense Ads Responsive


The AdSense ad units on this website are custom-sized units but they are responsive too. Here’s how you can implement such a thing on your own website or blog:



<div id="google-ads-1"></div>

<script type="text/javascript">

/* Replace ca-pub-XXX with your AdSense Publisher ID */
google_ad_client = "ca-pub-XXX";

/* Replace YYY with the AdSense Ad Slot ID */
google_ad_slot = "YYY";

/* Replace ZZZ with the custom height of your Ad Unit */
google_ad_height = ZZZ;

ad = document.getElementById('google-ads-1');

if (ad.getBoundingClientRect().width) {
google_ad_width = ad.getBoundingClientRect().width;
} else {
google_ad_width = ad.offsetWidth; // for old IE
}

/* The width of an Ad unit should be between 120-1200 pixels */
if (google_ad_width>1200) {
google_ad_width = 1200;
} else if (google_ad_width<120) {
google_ad_width = 120;
}

/* The height of an Ad unit should be between 50-1200 pixels */
if (google_ad_height>1200) {
google_ad_height = 1200;
} else if (google_ad_height<50) {
google_ad_height = 50;
}

/* Both height or width cannot be more than 300 pixels */
if ((google_ad_width>300) && (google_ad_height>300)) {
google_ad_height = 300;
}

document.write (
'<ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:inline-block;width:'
+ google_ad_width + 'px;height:'
+ google_ad_height + 'px" data-ad-client="'
+ google_ad_client + '" data-ad-slot="'
+ google_ad_slot + '"></ins>'
);

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

</script>

<script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script>

Go to your AdSense dashboard and create a new Ad unit with the type as “Custom Ad Unit.” You can specify the dimensions as, say, 300×1200 pixels (either the height or width should be 300 pixels or less) and choose a default color and font scheme for the ad unit. Click the “Save and Get code” button to generate the ad code.


Note your AdSense publisher ID, Ad Slot ID and replace those values in the above block of code (line #6 & #9). You should also change the default height (line #12) of your custom sized unit (the width is automatically determined by JavaScript). Copy-paste the modified code anywhere in your web template and the custom-sized ads will fill the available width while being responsive.


The technique will work on both responsive and regular (non-responsive) websites.




This story, How to Add Custom-Sized AdSense Ads to your Website, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 17/12/2013 under Google AdSense, Internet

Don’t Poke Me! How Internet Slang Words Have Transformed Language



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Srsly, did you really just twerk while taking a selfie? OMG what a n00b. Epic Fail. What’s crazy about the sentences above is that they are no longer just strange artifacts of the Internet. Sure, the “selfie”, as Dave Parrack described, is forever a part of the Oxford Dictionary. Quite honestly though, there are many words that have crossed over from the community of the Internet into everyday life. James even took some time to explain what a bunch of those odd Internet words mean. It didn’t start with the selfie for sure. There were different areas of technology that...


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17 December 2013

Amazon Launches Payment Plans For Kindle Fire HDX Tablets



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Amazon is now offering payment plans for its Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablets and 8.9-inch tablets. These plans allow you to pay 25% of the price of the tablet upfront, plus shipping and tax, and then pay the rest of it in three more payments each 90 days apart, giving you a total of 270 days before you have to pay it off completely. There is no credit check and no interest or finance fees, making this a pretty good deal for those who would like to spread out the payment for their tablet. The deal runs until 11:59PM December...


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Tekiki Helps You Find The Best Deals For Good iOS Apps Every Day



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Who doesn’t love free apps? If for some reason you absolutely hate free apps, feel free to leave this article now. Still here? I’m not surprised. Finding an app on offer for free, especially the kind that usually costs money, is a universal favorite. Getting your hands on a app that usually costs $3.99 without paying a dime gives you this warm fuzzy feeling inside, and this gets even better when the app is actually good. There are many ways to find discounted iPhone and iPad apps — from following your favorite websites for alerts, to apps such as AppsFire...


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Have It Your Way: Hide The Windows 8.1 Start Button



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You probably know that Microsoft killed the Start button in Windows 8. With the Windows 8.1 update, they restored it, turning it into a shortcut button for the Start screen or desktop. Thing is, some users aren’t happy – they don’t like the Start button, and want to remove it. You Can’t Please Everyone Windows users. You’ve got to hand it to us, we know how to complain. Following the introduction of Windows 8, we complained at the lack of a Start button. At first, Microsoft held its nerve, but eventually relented in the face of users installing third party...


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3 Free Tools To Get Windows Experience Index In Windows 8.1



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It’s a well-known fact that Microsoft has dropped the GUI version Windows Experience Index from its latest Windows 8.1 operating system. Windows Experience Index, a feature first introduced with Windows Vista, evaluates and then rates your PC’s hardware. As some of you may know, even though the GUI version of WEI isn’t present in Windows […]

6 Ways to Watch Live TV on Windows 8



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Watching TV has never been easier, with apps for smartphones and tablets streaming live pictures to your handheld device. It’s been tougher for desktop users, but with the release of Windows 8 several apps have come along that make enjoying TV on your computer much easier. Desktop and notebook owners have long had the advantage of TV cards and USB signal converters that enable the capture, display and recording of TV signals from terrestrial, satellite and cable providers. However, setting up these devices can be tricky, and in the case of the USB solutions, a drain on your system resources....


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16 December 2013

Take The Guesswork Out Of Buying Gifts With These Cools Tools



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The holiday season is upon us and just like every year you need to get gifts for family and friends. While the holidays are usually fun and relaxing, the days leading up to them are usually quite hectic. To be honest, remembering what your nephew wanted for Christmas and dealing with the hectic pre-season activities is a tough task. This is exactly why you need some tools to help you select the best gifts for everyone. In this article, I will show you some great tools you can use to come up with gift ideas, refine them, and materialize them...


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6 Really Easy Ways To Make Charity A Happiness Gift For Your Christmas



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Christmas is a celebration. Thankfully, it is also a state of mind. When Yuletide comes around every year, we put love into our actions. We put thoughts into our gifts. We also place charity in our hearts. The Web makes it so much easier. Charity organizations have taken readily to the Web, and with a few innovations they make giving as easy as a click. Last year, we took a look at some tech savvy charities and the year before that we took Angela’s advice on how to charitable throughout the year and not simply wait for a special season....


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What To Back? Use Social Networks To Find Great Kickstarter Projects



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Kickstarter projects are a great way to spend your hard-earned money on something truly fun and innovative. Some projects go super nova, at which point everyone writes about them, but most projects aren’t so lucky. There are several ways to find good Kickstarter projects to back, but most require some diligence and a bit of research. The simplest way to find those Kickstarter gems is to integrate your search with something you already do daily — namely, your social networks! With these feeds, you’ll always know what to back, who to back, and when. Twitter @CrowdFundingBB 5 Hottest New CrowdFunding...


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How to View your Old Notifications in Android



There were a couple of pending notifications sitting in the status bar of your Android phone and you have just tapped the “Dismiss” icon to clear them all. And then it occurred that you may have dismissed certain important notifications. Where did they go? Can you retrieve the old notifications even if they have have removed from the notifications bar?


Well if your phone is running a more recent version of Android, Jelly Bean or later you can get a log of notifications that have pushed by various apps. Here’s how.


Go to your Android home screen and tap the apps icon. Switch to the Widgets tab, tap and hold the 1×1 Settings Shortcut and place it on your your home screen. Now select “Notifications” from the available choices.


Tap the settings icon that you have placed on the home screen and it will display the notification history in reverse chronological order. You will know the name of the app that pushed the notification, the title of the notification and the time when that message was pushed.


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You may also use the notifications shortcut to prevent certain apps from sending notifications to your phone. Just tap the name of an app and deselect the option that says “Show Notifications” from the App info page.


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This story, How to View your Old Notifications in Android, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 16/12/2013 under Android, Software