05 April 2014

Spotify Rolls Out New Darker Theme And New Features



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Spotify, one of the most popular methods of consuming music on the go and in front of a computer, has launched a huge refresh that changes the look of all of its applications while also adding some new functionality and features that should make everything easier to use. The first thing you will notice is that the app has been given a new look, with dark colors throughout. Everything from the colors to the icons and text has been given a major overhaul, and it’s definitely slick looking. The redesign allows the content of the app to look like it’s...


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8 Geeky Ways To Customize Windows To Your Needs



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Whether you’re a tech guru or you feel as if you’re hardly getting by on your computer, customizing Windows is for everyone. That’s right – even if you don’t feel as though you’re the “tech savvy” type, you should customize Windows. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll help you navigate your computer better. And thanks to the Internet, you don’t have to figure these customizations out yourself – we’ve covered a significant portion of them right here on MakeUseOf. Manage & Enhance The Context (Right Click) Menu If you thought your context menu could never be edited, you’ve...


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How to Force the Browser to Remember the Username and Password



When you enter your username and password to log into a website, Google Chrome will prompt you to remember the password. If you accept, Chrome saves the password internally and the next time you open that site, it will auto-fill the username and password fields for you.


The password-saving feature is available in all modern browsers but some websites, maybe for security reasons, disable this option for their login forms. For instance, the PayPal website doesn’t allow the browser to remember your password and thus you are forced to enter the password every time you open PayPal. Some banks websites do that as well.


TL;DR — Use the Remember Password extension for Chrome and it will force the browser to remember passwords even if the site has disabled the option.


You can force the browser to remember your password

You can force the browser to remember your password



How Websites Disable Password Saving


Websites can easily disable the auto-fill option for login forms by setting autocomplete=off for the password field. For instance, if the login form is written as below, the browser will never prompt the user to save the password field because form autocompletion is turned off.



<form>
<input type="text" name="username">
<input type="password" name="password" autocomplete="off">
</form>

Force the Browser to Remember Password


Now that you know how websites turn off the option to remember passwords, getting around this problem is simple.


You can set the autocomplete attribute of the password fields on a web page to on (if they are off) and you’ll be able to save passwords. Here’s a piece of JavaScript that will automatically turn on autocomplete for all password fields on a web page.



var fields = document.querySelectorAll('input[type="password"]');
for (var i = 0; i < fields.length; i++) {
fields[i].autocomplete="on";
}

No, you don’t have to worry about the code as there’s a simple extension for Chrome – Remember Password – that does it automatically for you.


Install the Remember Password extension and then open a site like PayPal that does not allow you to save passwords. Login with your username & password and the browser will now prompt you to remember the password.


Also see: The Best Google Chrome Extensions




This story, How to Force the Browser to Remember the Username and Password, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 04/04/2014 under Google Chrome, Password, Software

04 April 2014

Amazon Announces And Starts Selling Fire TV Set Top Box



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One of the worst kept secrets among tech circles was Amazon’s plan to enter into the set top box game with its very own Android-based device. Well, the once book seller now eCommerce giant has made it all official with the recent announcement of its new device called the Fire TV. Of course, while the fact it was coming was a surprise to no one, Amazon did have some tricks up its sleeve for its big reveal. One of the first surprises for Amazon’s box is just how powerful it is. It boasts a quad core processor, 2GB of RAM,...


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How To Make Skype Calls Via Your Browser



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Learn how to make a Skype call from Outlook.com in just a few simple steps. Because some moments are just right for Skype. Set up a couple of simple things and you could soon be bringing all your friends into Outlook with one click. If you are always in your browser, and hate opening up apps you’ve probably realised that Skype is one of those things you generally forget to open. Well, that just changed. You can get Skype in your browser. Here’s how. Install The New Skype Plugin Microsoft recently released the Skype Web Plugin for browsers, meaning that...


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Google Keep OCR



Google Keep has recently added a few new features. You can now upload images and Google automatically performs OCR and indexes the text, so you can quickly find images by searching for a few words from the images. This is not the smart visual search feature from Google Drive and Google+ Photos, but it's still useful. You can also transcribe the text, so that you can actually extract the text from the image. Another options lets you "make a copy" of a note.









If you click the 3-dot menu icon from a note that includes a list, you can change list settings. New list items can be added at the top or at the bottom and checked items can be moved to the bottom. By default, the changes also apply to new lists, but you can uncheck this setting.






Here's what happens after enabling "move to the bottom" for checked items:






When you delete a note, it's now moved to the Trash and it will be permanently removed after 7 days. Go to the Trash to empty it or restore some of the notes you've accidentally deleted.






The Android app was also updated with support for multiple accounts, a yellow action bar that changes color with notes and the same new features from the desktop interface.





How To Install Windows 8.1 Update 1



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With Windows 8.1 Update 1, Microsoft is trying to address the mistakes that it had committed while developing Windows 8. Even though, Microsoft hasn’t re-introduced the Start menu with Windows 8.1 Update and will bring back the same with in a future update later this year, the newly released major Update for Windows 8.1 enhances […]

Net Neutrality, Cuban Twitter, Brendan Eich, Open Source .Net [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, net neutrality in Europe, Cuban Twitter plot revealed, Brendan Eich resigns, open source .Net, new Kinect for Windows, Lingua.ly on Android, and the advanced Bitcoin simulator. Europe Votes For Net Neutrality The European Parliament has voted to protect the idea of net neutrality, with a major telecoms reform package clearing its first hurdle. The reforms clearly define what net neutrality is and ensure telcos treat all services equally. For those unsure of the issue at hand, we previously explained the concept thusly: “Net neutrality is, at its core, a very simple concept. It describes an...


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Customize Google's App Launcher



Last week, I mentioned that you can customize Google's app launcher, but the feature didn't work well: changes weren't saved. Now it works well and you can reorder the apps using drag and drop. You can also add new shortcuts: go to Google Keep, Google Sites, Play Music, Webmaster Central, Google Voice, Google Patents, Google Groups, click the app launcher icon and then click "Add a shortcut".









There's no way to remove shortcuts, but you can always drag them to the second page, so they're out of the way.

No More SMS in Gmail Chat



A few days ago, Google removed the experimental SMS feature from Gmail Labs, which was launched back in 2008. "As of April 1, 2014, sending SMS messages to phone contacts through Chat in Gmail will be discontinued for all supported mobile operators. All existing users can opt in to Hangouts and select to receive messages in SMS settings," informs Google.






If you're in the US or Canada, you can send SMS from Google Voice. You can also switch to Hangouts and "continue receiving SMS messages as follow-me (i.e. if you're offline and receive a Hangout message, you'll get an SMS message)."



Google says that "by streamlining our services, we're able to focus on creating the best possible products for our users," but I suspect that Google wants to discontinue Gmail Chat and switch all the users to Hangouts.



Unfortunately, the SMS feature from Hangouts is more limited and supports less countries. When click this link, I get this message: "We're sorry, the feature you are looking for is currently only available in a limited number of countries."



There are plenty of other ways to send SMS online. You can use the SMS feature from Yahoo Mail or Yahoo Messsenger, use MightyText, which has a nice web app, browser extensions, an Android app and also integrates with Gmail.



{ Thanks, Beta Aly and Michael Hardt. }

Caption Contest: You May Now Text The Bride



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Wait, you’re just checking in now? Caption this cartoon, will ya? Enter your captions in the comment section and you’ll be in the running to win a free MakeUseOf t-shirt! Every comment counts as one entry, and there may be more than one winner! Paul Harris won the Water Cooling contest with his caption: “I said use water to cool it, not cool it in water.” Congratulations, Paul! We’re still accepting submissions for Glassastrophe, so head over there and think of a great caption. The winner will be announced tomorrow.


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4 Simple YouTube Music Players For A Swim In The Stream Of Free Music



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YouTube is for watching videos, right? No arguments there. But YouTube is also an unlimited source of restriction-free music anyone in the world can listen to. While it’s easy enough to find and listen to it on YouTube itself, there are other, easier ways. These services will turn YouTube into your own personal streaming service. Streamus (Chrome) Streamus is probably the easiest way to play YouTube songs in your browser. Streamus is a Chrome extensions that lets you find songs and tracks from YouTube and start listening to them without ever visiting the YouTube website. Or any website, for that...


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Dogecoin: How A Meme Became the 3rd Largest Digital Coin



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What happens when a joke turns into a currency with a market cap over $30 million? You get Dogecoin. If you browse sites like Reddit and 9GAG, you’ve most certainly run into the doge meme and its iconic Shiba Inu, but you may not know that that same Shiba Inu is now the mascot of a digital coin. Wow, such money. What Is Dogecoin? Dogecoin is a derivative of Litecoin, which is a cryptocurrency inspired by Bitcoin. Don’t let the term cryptocurrency frighten you, though; just think of it as digital currency and you’ll be fine. While the technology behind...


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03 April 2014

How To Download Windows 8.1 Update 1 Right Now



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At BUILD 2014, Microsoft officially unveiled Windows 8.1 Update and announced that the Update will be rolled out to Windows 8.1 users on April 8th. As you might know, Windows 8.1 Update has been made available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers and users with one of these subscriptions can download and install the update right […]

Download Windows 8.1 Update Now [For MSDN and TechNet Subscribers]



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At BUILD 2014, Microsoft officially revealed Windows 8.1 Update features and has released the Update to MSDN and TechNet. That is, MSDN and TechNet subscribers can now officially download the first major update to Windows 8.1. Microsoft has also announced that it would bring back the Start menu to Windows 8.1 in a future update […]

Amazon Fire TV, Windows Phone Cortana, Indiegogo GoBe, Binge Watching PSA [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, the Amazon Fire TV, Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana, Windows 8.1 Update 1 for mouse and keyboards, GoBe on Indiegogo, Rdio, Vudu, and Crackle on Chromecast, and a PSA about the dangers of binge watching. Amazon Launches Fire TV Set-Top Box Amazon has unveiled Fire TV, a powerful set-top box for streaming content and playing games. The Amazon Fire TV is available immediately and priced at US$99. The remote control is included, with a custom controller for playing games priced at $39.99. The Amazon Fire TV is an Android-powered set-top box with a quad-core CPU,...


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What Is The Best Online April Fools’ Day Prank Ever? [We Ask You]



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Another April Fools’ Day has been and gone, which is a huge relief for anyone who works online. Determining the real news from the fake news can be tough, especially with so many companies and websites entering into the spirit of the occasion. It’s time, with your help, to sort the wheat from the chaff. Foolish Foolhardy Fools We want to know, What Is The Best Online April Fools’ Day Prank Ever? Please do limit your comments to online April Fools’ Day pranks because, as interesting as your real-world April Fools’ Day pranks may be, they’re not quite what we’re...


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Improve Your Health, Improve Yourself: 3 Fitness Bloggers Show You How



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You know that good health and habits are vital for a better life. But perhaps you lack the know-how, the motivation, or both to work on these key areas. The result? You’re trapped in a vicious cycle of bad habits, failure, and dejection. The good news is that you can release yourself from it with a healthy dose of inspiration. To help you find the motivation to work on your fitness and habits, we have shared resources like body contests that pay you for being fit, apps for self-improvement, and subreddits that focus on health. But there’s nothing more inspiring...


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How to Delete your Google Chrome History Selectively




Would you not like Google Chrome (and Google) to keep a record of websites that you have visited recently? Well you can remove your browsing history from Chrome in two easy steps. Type chrome://history in the browser’s address bar, click the “Clear Browsing Data” button and your history will be deleted permanently.


Quickly select items in your Google Chrome history

Quickly select items in your Google Chrome history (video)



Remove Chrome History Selectively


Now consider a slightly different scenario. You want to preserve most of the browsing history in Chrome but would like to selectively remove certain items from the history. Maybe you want to remove all traces of visits to a particular website. Or you are trying to remove all web pages from Chrome’s history that contain a particular keyword.


That’s not difficult either. Use the search box in the Chrome history page to find web pages from a particular website, then hover your mouse over the items you wish to remove and select the checkbox. Do this for every page you need to remove and then click the “Remove Selected Items” button.


If you are to remove 50 pages from the history, you will have to select 50 different checkboxes manually. There’s no “Select All” button in Chrome’s history pages.


That can be tedious task so here’s a simple workaround that requires no Chrome extensions.


Select the checkbox against the first item in the history results and then scroll to the bottom of the history page. Now select the checkbox against the last item but keep the SHIFT key down. This will select the entire list and you can now remove them from history with a click.





This story, How to Delete your Google Chrome History Selectively, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 02/04/2014 under Google Chrome, Software

Computer Auctions And Why eBay May Not Be Your Only Option



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Name the first online auction site that comes to your mind. Can you even think of any besides eBay? For most of us it’s the only online auction site that matters, but if you’re browsing through eBay to find great deals on computers, you may be better off using an alternative auction platform. Why look somewhere other than eBay? Less competition when placing bids. Less dependence on PayPal. Avoid common eBay scams. If you need a very specific item and price isn’t a top concern, by all means keep using eBay. The site is so massively international that you won’t...


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02 April 2014

Rdio, Vudu, and Crackle Add Chromecast Support



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Google’s $35 media streaming device known as the Chromecast is picking up steam with users, and as such, more companies are launching support for it. Rdio, Vudu, and Crackle have just joined the ranks of Chromecast supporters with updates for each of its services. Starting with Rdio, both the iOS and Android application have received updates that add support for the Google streaming stick. It features a very simple big-screen interface that puts the album art right in the center of the screen. You can also pause and scrub through the track using the smartphone’s controls. Additionally, Rdio also added...


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Rdio, Vudu, and Crackle Add Chromecast Support



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Google’s $35 media streaming device known as the Chromecast is picking up steam with users, and as such, more companies are launching support for it. Rdio, Vudu, and Crackle have just joined the ranks of Chromecast supporters with updates for each of its services. Starting with Rdio, both the iOS and Android application have received updates that add support for the Google streaming stick. It features a very simple big-screen interface that puts the album art right in the center of the screen. You can also pause and scrub through the track using the smartphone’s controls. Additionally, Rdio also added...


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The Best Online Tools To Know Everything About a Website



How do I contact the owner of a website? Where is a particular website hosted? What other websites are hosted on that same server ? Is the site using WordPress or the Drupal platform? What ad networks are they using to monetize a site? Is the site accessible from China?


The best tools to know everything about any website. Picture credit: Flickr

The best tools to know everything about any website. Picture credit: Flickr



Here are some of the most useful online tools that will help you know each and every detail of any website. Let’s get started.



  • just-ping.com — Use Just Ping to determine if a particular website or blog is accessible from other contries. Unlike other online ping services that have service in a couple of locations, Just Ping has 30 monitoring stations across the world including Turkey, Egypt and China. If the ping results say 100% Packet Loss, most likely the site is inaccessible from that region.

  • who.is — If you like to know the contact address, email and phone number of the website owner, this free whois lookup service will help. This is a universal lookup service meaning it can simultaneously query the whois database of all popular domain registrars.

  • whoishostingthis.com — Enter the URL of any website and this online service will show you the name of the company where that website is hosted. This may come handly if you need the contact information of the web hosting provider for writing a DMCA Notice or if you are looking to switch web hosts.

  • popuri.us — You can use popuri to estimate the relative popularity of a website on social sites like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. It also display the Google Pagerank of a website and the Web of Trust matrix.

  • chillingeffects.org — When there’s a copyright related complaint against a website, a copy of that letter is archived in the Chilling Effects database. Anyone can query this public database to know about all the copyright infringement complaints against a particular website.

  • myip.ms — MyIP.ms offers a comprehensive report of any website or I.P. Address. You get to know about the hosting provider, the physical location of a website, the IP Address change history of a website and the DNS information. Netcraft also offers similar reports.

  • ewhois.com — Ewhois, short for enhanced whois lookup, will help you determine other websites of someone. It looks the whois details, the AdSense publisher ID and the Google Analytics code of websites to figure out other web domain that may belong to the same owner. See example.

  • builtwith.com — Use BuiltWith to know the technology stack of any website. It helps you figure out the mail service provider of a domain, the advertising partners, the tracking widgets that are installed on a website and whether the site is using any CDN like Amazon S3 or Google Cloud. See example.

  • whatsmydns.net — When you buy a new domain or switch from one host to another, the DNS records for the domain change and it may take a while to propagate these changes worldwide. WhatsMyDNS check your DNS records from various locations and it can check your domain’s A, CNAME and MX records.

  • modern.ie — This online app will help test your website’s compatibility with various web browsers and detects coding errors that might cause problems. The site is integrated with BrowserStack so you can quickly know how your site looks on different devices and browsers.

  • developers.google.com — Find the Page Speed score of any website on both desktop and mobile devices. The higher this number, the better. The Google tool also offers suggestion on how the score can be improved.

  • ctrlq.org/sandbox — – The AdSense sandbox solves two problems – it shows the various advertisers that are targeting a website and it will also help you figure out if a particular web domain is banned in the AdSense network or not.

  • httparchive.org — The HTTP Archive is a repository of all performance related metrics for a website. It keeps a record of the size of pages, their average load time and the number of failed requests (missing resources) over time. See example.


Also see: 101 Most Useful Websites




This story, The Best Online Tools To Know Everything About a Website, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 02/04/2014 under Web Domains, Internet, Tools

How To Format A Write Protected USB Flash Drive



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32GB of sweet USB flash drive storage space just sits in your office drawer, ironically taking up space. Why? Because you can’t put anything else on it. It’s write protected and you can’t format the stupid thing! Or can you? We get a lot of people asking about formatting write protected USB flash drives. First, make sure this is what you need to do. Are you sure you don’t just have a dead USB port? Maybe it’s just that your flash drive is corrupted? We’re going to get to the bottom of this problem and either you’ll be stashing all...


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April Fools Roundup, Apple Attacks Samsung, Mozilla CEO Controversy [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, enjoying April Fools, Apple versus Samsung, Mozilla CEO speaks out, Amazon adds Metacritic scores, Zuckerberg takes pay cut, Coursera on Android, and Kaspersky maps the Cyberwar. April Fools Hits The Web Dumbledore is alive! April Fools. — Professor Snape (@_Snape_) April 2, 2014 April 1 is the worst day of the year for anyone seeking real technology news, which is why yesterday’s edition of Tech News Digest wasn’t all it at first appeared to be. Fake news was everywhere on the Web, so what follows are just a few of our favorites from the roundups...


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Dukto Offers Cross-Platform, Drag-And-Drop File Sharing



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Drag and drop a file; send it to the desktop of another computer on your network. Dukto makes local file sharing simple, regardless of operating system. Setting up a home network can be complicated, especially if some combination of Mac, Linux and Windows is involved. Sometimes, giving someone access to your shared folders isn’t worth it – when a guest wants to quickly share a few files, for example. Don’t reach for the thumb drives: any two computers with Dukto installed can quickly share files and text. There’s no setup, and no cloud service to sign into: the transfer occurs...


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Dukto Offers Cross-Platform, Drag-And-Drop File Sharing



dukto-file-sharing

Drag and drop a file; send it to the desktop of another computer on your network. Dukto makes local file sharing simple, regardless of operating system. Setting up a home network can be complicated, especially if some combination of Mac, Linux and Windows is involved. Sometimes, giving someone access to your shared folders isn’t worth it – when a guest wants to quickly share a few files, for example. Don’t reach for the thumb drives: any two computers with Dukto installed can quickly share files and text. There’s no setup, and no cloud service to sign into: the transfer occurs...


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Gallery for Custom Gmail Themes



Gmail Skins is a site with nice pictures you can add to Gmail as custom themes. The site was built by Greg Bullock, from the Gmail team.



You can sort photos by date, title or popularity, select a category like macro, water or nature, find your favorite image and set it as a Gmail background. There are two options: light themes and dark themes.



The site also lets you upload your own photos to the gallery. "Only upload images which you own.

Only images which are 1) mega-awesome and 2) sufficiently large will be published."









{ Thanks, Greg. }

What A Busy Day: 10 Savvy Ways To Find Time For Your Personal Projects



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Lisa Sugar worked in advertising but loved celebrity gossip. Ray Chen was a university student who just wanted to share funny images. Craig Newmark was new to San Francisco and worked for a brokerage and banking company. These three sound everyday people. They also created little websites — PopSugar, 9GAG, and Craigslist in that order. These were all personal projects of the three founders while they were busy earning their bread doing something different. Dig deeper and you will find many success stories that came from following large passions with tiny first steps. Do you have a passion that is...


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01 April 2014

DigitalOcean: The Best VPS Host For Newbies



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If you’re looking for VPS hosting – whether to run a Minecraft server, host a bunch of files, or simply to run a 24/7 remote computer – you would do well to start with DigitalOcean. Not sure what the difference is between VPS hosting and shared hosting? We’ve got you covered with a quick explanation of the various types of web hosting. If all you need is a cheap server to run a WordPress blog, you’d be better off with one of these web hosting services. But if shared hosting is too limited for you, you’ll want to look into...


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Share Gmail Themes



If you use a custom Gmail theme, you can share it with other people. Unlike regular Gmail themes, custom themes use the picture you've selected, so you can generate a permalink that allows other Gmail users to quickly switch to your theme.



Just go to Gmail's Themes page, go to the "custom themes" section and pick "share your theme" if you already use "custom light" or "custom dark". If you don't use them, click "custom light"or "custom dark" and select a background image.






You can share your theme by email, using Google+ or you can simply copy the URL generated by Gmail. Here's an example.






When someone clicks the URL, Gmail will show a "theme change confirmation" dialog.





Watch Carl Sagan’s Cosmos Right Now On YouTube [Stuff to Watch]




Back in the 1980s, we knew considerably less about the world around, above and within us. In a world gripped by Cold War, Carl Sagan’s Cosmos served as a reminder that science is about discovery and knowledge, rather than just a means of increasing your arsenal. Thirty years on we can stream Carl Sagan‘s groundbreaking documentary for free on YouTube, and still learn something from it. Despite the decades of knowledge gained since the show’s inception, the show is still brimming with intrigue and relevance, so sit back and enjoy the show that inspired a whole generation of scientists to...


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Google Releases Windows Phone App for Google Reader



Google is about to launch its second Windows Phone app. This time, Google picked a service that was used by a few million users until it was discontinued last year: Google Reader.



While the new app won't be able to show the latest news from your feeds, it's a clear sign that Google started to embrace Microsoft's mobile platform. Apparently, Google was about to launch the app in January 2013, but developers were busy updating Google's apps for Android and iOS. A week ago, someone found the app and decided it's a good idea to release it. The application lets you login to your Google account and shows this message: "Google Reader has been discontinued. We want to thank all our loyal fans. We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you'll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader."






It's simple, minimalist and pretty late, just like Windows Phone.

How to Set Up CDN the Right Way and Avoid SEO Problems



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Tired of your website loading like a snail? Well, installing a CDN system on your WordPress blog can help, but setting it up wrong can really hurt. I’ll show you why and how to avoid those problems. CDN stands for “Content Delivery Network”, and it’s a way to cache content on your website that doesn’t change very often across several servers located all across the Internet. This might include scripts and images that make up parts of your web pages that never change. So now, whenever someone in California, for example, accesses your website in their browser, the content is...


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Gmail, Back to 2004



To celebrate 10 years of Gmail, Google will launch a special Gmail interface that takes you back to 2004, when Gmail was launched. The retro interface doesn't include a contact manager, drafts, a rich text editor and other advanced features. Gmail will only show the most recent messages, since the storage is limited to 1GB.






Source: Kevin Fox