01 March 2014

Kids Can Learn Programming Basics With “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” In 20 Minutes



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Kids have a new incentive to learn programming. Thanks to Code.org, they can design their own Flappy Bird game in 20 minutes. The “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” tutorial is designed for kids as young as six-year olds. It’s a great idea to leverage a popular game and tap into its global craze for teaching kids about the basics of programming. Children don’t even have to dive into intricate blocks of code and worry about functions, return values, loops and conditionals. It’s 20 minutes of fun. The Flappy Bird tutorial page gives you a fair idea how the learning progresses....


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28 February 2014

It’s A Dangerous World Out There. Travel Safely With Kitestring



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Ever found a great deal on Craigslist, but passed it up because you’d have to go to the shady part of town in the darkest reaches of night just to grab it? I have. It’s a dilemma that effects anyone who buys and sells things online. Or simply makes a trip anywhere. But what if there was a service which makes you check-in with it, and if you fail to do so texts a friend or family member? That service exists, and is called Kitestring. And it’s really good. Here’s why. Meet Kitestring Kitestring is an SMS based service which...


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4 Websites For Affordable Recipes That Won’t Break the Bank



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Want to save a few hundred dollars every month? Stop eating out and start cooking! When you eat out, you’re paying a premium for the service that went into cooking it and that can really add up over time. By cooking for yourself, not only do you eat healthier and save money, it could even become a fun and relaxing hobby. Finding the best deals and couponing online are two useful methods that’ll save money in the long run, but cooking is a dime-saving skill that will make you feel better about yourself. Furthermore, “you get what you pay for”...


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Ten Google Easter Eggs You Missed Somehow



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While technology is cold and rigid, it’s still made by humans. And where there’s a human, there’s a sense of humor. Often, engineers will slip a fun secret into the code of their product—an Easter Egg, it’s called. We have seen some fun and surprising Easter Eggs in operating systems, but the king of these secrets is everyone’s favourite search engine, Google. Over the years, Google’s engineers have built a great number of these hidden treasures into its many services. Here are ten of the coolest ones that you might have missed somehow… The Anagram Of… Google for the word...


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Spying On Yahoo, Bitcoin Feds, Apple Admiration, Minecraft Movie [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, GCHQ spies on Yahoo, Bitcoin vs. the Federal Reserve, 25 years of the Web, Apple admiration, Amazon’s plans for a music streaming service, Warner Bros. is making a Minecraft movie, and a working Game Boy is revealed as the best cosplay ever. British Spies Targeted Yahoo Webcams GCHQ thinks nude people are “offensive.” But invading their privacy? Not at all. Oy. http://t.co/EaFyRE3NnS — Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) February 27, 2014 GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, spied on Yahoo users chatting via webcam. The program, titled Optic Nerve, is the latest revelation to emerge from...


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Why Selling Tickets On Seatwave Was The Most Expensive Mistake I Ever Made



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I really like French music. MC Solaar. Charlotte Gainsbourg. Carla Bruni. I can’t get enough of it. Sadly, it’s quite rare for a French language musician to tour the UK. However, when Belgian-Rwandan rapper Stromae announced tour dates in London, I was overjoyed. He was playing at Koko — a reasonably small music venue in Camden, and tickets were sure to get snapped up in short order. This is largely due to the huge amount of French language speakers in London (400,000 French people live in London. More French people live in London than Bordeaux or Strasbourg), as well as...


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27 February 2014

Bing for iPhone Gets Some New Features For You To Fiddle With



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Bing have just released some exciting new features for their iPhone app, including new Metro-style tiles and multiple searches. Let’s give you a rundown on what’s new to play with. The biggest visible change is that you can see very clearly what is currently trending with the big Microsoft-style tiles. Just tap on a tile to be taken to the search results. You can also be taken to the other trends, the news, and more images, just by tapping the appropriate tiles. A really cool new feature is that you can run multiple searches, and still keep the original results....


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Download Office 2013 Service Pack 1 (SP1)



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Earlier this week, Microsoft released the first Service Pack (SP1) for its Microsoft Office 2013 suite and is now available for download from Microsoft servers. The SP1 is available for all Office 2013 products, including Microsoft Office 2013, Exchange Server 2013, and SharePoint 2013. According to Office blog, SP1 improves the compatibility with Windows 8.1 […]

That’s What Everyone Says: 5 Free Tools For Effective Online Surveys



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There’s no easier way to gather opinions than with an online survey. Most can be created and distributed within minutes, all at no cost to you. For a while, you wouldn’t have had much choice about which survey service to use, but nowadays there are plenty to choose from. Which one is best for you? Online Surveys Are Still Relevant Some think online surveys have been made obsolete thanks to social media services but I disagree. Social media polls are great, don’t get me wrong, but there are times when you want to gather opinions from many different places and...


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Project Ara Arrives, Apple Hates Snow Leopard, Nintendo Kills Multiplayer [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Project Ara is real and happening, Apple quietly ends support for Snow Leopard, Nintendo loudly ends support for online multiplayer on Wii and DS, Sony announces the closure of the majority of its bricks-and-mortar stores, Facebook retires its email service, and retro games are set to invade Adam Sandler. Project Ara Is Getting Serious When Motorola announced Project Ara in October 2013, some people were extremely skeptical about the feasibility of creating a modular smartphone. But the Advanced Technology and Projects group is forging ahead with its plans, being retained at Google despite the sale...


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What Website Or App Do You Wish You’d Created? [We Ask You]



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There are more websites than any of us can ever hope to visit in our lifetimes. And, thanks to the march of the smartphone, there are also more apps than any of us can ever hope to download and install. Every single one of these websites and apps was created by people like you and I. And we suck for not getting there first. $19 Billion, You Say?! We want to know, What Website Or App Do You Wish You’d Created? This question was, rather obviously, prompted by Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion. It was such a big...


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How To Investigate Why Your Website Lost So Much Search Traffic



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What would you say if I told you that your current salary is going to be cut in half. What if I didn’t even bother telling you why? Well, that’s exactly what happens when website owners get hit with one Google search algorithm update or another. You’ll be rolling along with wonderful, organic search traffic for months, and then suddenly, in a single day, your incoming traffic from Google drops by nearly fifty percent. That income you’ve been getting used to – the advertising revenue that’s been helping you put food on the table and pay the bills? That gets...


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On A Good Note: 4 Types Of Emails You Could Write To Start Your Day



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Reading inspirational quotes, visualizing a successful day, and repeating a set of affirmations are some of the ways people choose to guarantee an optimistic start to their day. Have you considered that sending out an email can work equally well? While social networking websites draw you in with their lively banter, email conversations have a charm of their own. They make you feel like you belong, like you’re “in on something that the world does not know or understand”. Unfortunately, email discussions can get out of hand with just a negative word or two slipped in, whether out of anger,...


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26 February 2014

Team Spirit Trumps Technology: How To Master Remote Collaboration For Online Teams



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Being part of an efficient team can be one of the most rewarding career experiences of your life. Working with a team means you have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and skills to draw from. Great collaboration depends on many factors, including leadership, trust, team spirit, compromise, and a unifying goal. Unfortunately, collaborating doesn’t get easier if you have to work together remotely and only share the Internet as a common connection. Technology can help navigate the chaos, but it’s only the icing that possibly makes a flexible and effective team perfect. Let’s see what you can do to make...


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Want To Enhance Your YouTube Videos With Clickable Links? Here’s How!



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Have you ever tried to add a clickable link to your YouTube videos, only to find that you can’t? There are in fact three ways to do this, methods that have remained hidden – until now! YouTube Now Lets You Create Clickable Links! YouTube is great (our free YouTube guide explains this assertion in greater detail). You can upload videos, share them with the world…you can even monetize them with Google advertising. In the past two years, YouTube has also (at last!) added the ability to include clickable links in your videos, an invaluable help to explain something you might...


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Is Internet Freedom Under Threat From Internet Service Providers? [MUO Debates]



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Imagine a world where the content you view on the Internet is tightly controlled by your Internet service provider. What would you say if I told you that world is now a reality? Case in point — in January of 2014, a U.S. Federal Court rejected FCC “net-neutrality” regulations, which would enforce rules requiring Internet service providers to enable access to all online content and applications regardless of the information or the source. Favoring, blocking or manipulating service quality for particular services or content would be prohibited. While the United States does not create the rules for Internet access across...


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The Ultimate Guide To XBMC Tools On Your Chromebook



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Regular TVs have remote controls, while XBMC makes use of any device in your house as a remote control. So, which extensions do you need to install to turn your Chromebook into another fantastic remote for XBMC? Whether you’ve got a Raspberry Pi as your media centre, or you’ve got another decidated Media PC running XBMC, you’ve no doubt realised that having remote controls on your various devices just makes sense. It’s not at all uncommon these days for people to watch TV shows on XBMC while they noodle around on a laptop or tablet, so having these XBMC controls...


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How To Fix High CPU Usage In Windows



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If your computer fans frequently hit top speeds, it’s a sign that your CPU is fully loaded. Simultaneously, your computer may slow down. That’s annoying, especially if you’re not actually doing anything. The CPU (central processing unit), also known as processor, is the brain of your computer. Like your own noggin, it can become overwhelmed if bombarded with too many processes, or if a single task consumes undue attention. Just as you may find work difficult when overwhelmed, your processor can slow to a crawl if too much is asked of it at once. Normally, this situation can be avoided...


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25 February 2014

Keep A Cleaner Inbox As Gmail Gets One-Click Unsubscribe Button



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Google is making it easier to unsubscribe from pesky email newsletters you don’t want cluttering up your inbox. A prominent “unsubscribe” link at the top is the small but user-friendly change that is coming to all Gmail accounts. The “unsubscribe” link right in the header information of an email is a timesaver. Many users don’t bother to rummage around in the footer section of a promotional email for that tiny “unsubscribe from newsletter” link that’s barely visible. The quickly accessible unsubscribe link should make dealing with unwanted emails a one-click axe job. The change also helps genuine marketeers. It saves...


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Take Control Of The WordPress Editor With TinyMCE Advanced



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Love WordPress, but wish the WYSIWYG editor offered more features? Install TinyMCE Advanced, a plugin that adds features like tables, emoticons and custom font families to your editor’s toolbar. The main WordPress editor is WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), and lets users create HTML without realizing that’s what they’re doing. But editing HTML they are, and WordPress’ interface tries to strike a balance between power and simplicity. Part of how this balance is accomplished: leaving out features likely to confuse beginners and look terrible, especially if they’re not necessary for basic writing and editing. After all, advanced...


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Galaxy S5, Nokia X, Google Smartwatch, Xbox One Price Cut [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Samsung unveils the Galaxy S5, the Nokia X is revealed, WhatsApp announces free voice services, Google is rumored to be working on a smartwatch, the Xbox One gets its first price cut, and selfies may be helping to spread head lice. Samsung Unveils The Galaxy S5 As expected, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The South Korean company’s latest flagship device isn’t a huge step up from the Galaxy S4, offering a similar design and only slightly improved specs. The front of the S5 looks the same as the S4,...


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Gnome Boxes: An Easy Way To Set Up Virtual Machines in Linux



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VirtualBox and VMWare, which can run multiple operating systems on top of your current OS, aren’t the only two virtualization options available for Linux users. If you’re a Gnome Shell user (as in, you use the main interface of the Gnome 3 desktop), you can use something called Gnome Boxes for all your virtualization needs. About Gnome Boxes Gnome Boxes is a simple virtualization tool that prefers ease and convenience over numerous customization options. For the technically inclined, Gnome Boxes implements QEMU, which is a completely open source machine emulator and virtualization tool that claims to achieve near native performance...


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24 February 2014

Troubleshoot and Share Your Wireless Internet in Windows 8



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Wi-Fi problems can be obnoxious, but there are some simple ways to fix most wireless problems without a degree in computer networking. If you’d like to share your Windows 8 PC’s wireless Internet connection with other PCs, that’s also easy. This works whether you want to share a tablet’s cellular data connection, a wired Ethernet connection, or even another Wi-Fi connection. Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi First, try rebooting your computer. Yes, it may seem silly, but rebooting fixes a surprising amount of problems. For example, if you’ve run into a bug with the driver for your WiFi hardware, rebooting will reinitialize...


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Google's Blink Easter Egg



There's a new Google Easter Egg: search for [blink html] and the words "blink" and "html" will start to flash slowly. Google emulates the <blink> element, which is no longer supported by modern browsers.



"The blink element is a non-standard presentational HTML element that indicates to a user agent (generally a web browser) that the page author intends the content of the element to blink (that is, alternate between being visible and invisible). Despite its initial popularity amongst home users in the 1990s, it has since fallen out of favor due to its overuse and the difficulty it presents in reading," explains Wikipedia.






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Netflix Comcast, Windows Phone Leak, PS4 Japan, Silicon Valley Sitcom [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Netflix and Comcast do a deal, Windows Phone 8.1 leaks, Sony launches the PlayStation 4 in Japan, Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8.1, WhatsApp goes down, the new Google Maps emerges from beta, LinkedIn introduces member blocking, and Silicon Valley gets its own TV show. Netflix & Comcast Teaming For Streaming Netflix paying Comcast for expedited data service is like red blood cells bribing the femoral artery. — Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) February 24, 2014 Netflix and Comcast have done a deal [subscription required] which means Comcast customers should be able to stream Netflix content...


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Netflix Comcast, Windows Phone Leak, PS4 Japan, Silicon Valley Sitcom [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Netflix and Comcast do a deal, Windows Phone 8.1 leaks, Sony launches the PlayStation 4 in Japan, Microsoft cuts the price of Windows 8.1, WhatsApp goes down, the new Google Maps emerges from beta, LinkedIn introduces member blocking, and Silicon Valley gets its own TV show. Netflix & Comcast Teaming For Streaming Netflix paying Comcast for expedited data service is like red blood cells bribing the femoral artery. — Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) February 24, 2014 Netflix and Comcast have done a deal [subscription required] which means Comcast customers should be able to stream Netflix content...


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5 Browser-Based Fighting Games That Are Actually Good



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The simplistic player-vs-player style of Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat is easy to get addicted to. Your character is on one side, the opponent (or AI bot) is on the other, and you duke it out to see who comes out on top. And while multiplayer games don’t focus so much on this style any more, it’s not entirely out of fashion yet. In fact, some of the best fighting games are actually available for free as Flash games in your browser. Simon didn’t include any in his roundup of the best Flash games, but don’t worry, I got you...


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23 February 2014

The 5 Commandments For Choosing The Right To-Do App For Productivity



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If I gave you a collection of 100 coffee mugs and asked you to organize them, how would you do it? Would it be by color? By the image on the mug? By its size? Different people organize in different ways, so something like choosing a to-do app really depends on the kind of person you are. I have a confession to make. I’m an obsessive to-do list tester. In the past five years I think I’ve tested approximately 20 productivity management tools, and I’ve yet to stick with a single one. Often times, I’ll discover one that I absolutely...


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