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Date: Friday, 01 Jul 2011 15:57
google plus

Google Plus has undoubtedly been the buzz this week and it definitely looks promising. Though nothing can be said about tags like "Google Plus is the Facebook Killer" at such a preliminary stage when barely anyone is using it.
If you have an invite to Google Plus, here are the steps to invite your friends as well:

1.If you want to invite your Facebook friends into Google Plus, import your Facebook contacts into Yahoo Mail or into Hotmail. For this, you need to connect Facebook with your Hotmail or Yahoo account.

2. Now, go to Google Plus and click on the “Circles”.




3.Create a new circle to add your friends into.

4. Drag all of the people you want to be added into that group.

BONUS TIP: Go the the Google Plus Home section.


Write a status update and tag your friends (using @friendname) you want to invite to Google Plus. This ensures that they get an email invitation within the next 20 minutes.

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Date: Friday, 26 Nov 2010 22:34
Facebook has already announced its next-generation message E-mail system. This service can be used to talk to your friends via SMS, chat, email or messages. Every Facebook user can get his own @facebook.com email address while the employees of Facebook will get @fb.com email address.



However, these messages are not email. This means, there are no subject lines, no cc and no bcc. It is more like a conversation than a conventional E-Mail. The new Facebook messages service is still in invite only phase.

Get Invitation for New Facebook Messages
You can apply for an invitation to new Facebook messages here
Share your views about this new service as soon as you start using it by commenting below.

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Date: Saturday, 09 Jan 2010 09:43
Skype is undoubtedly the most popular VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service which allows you to make free or cheap calls to many countries around the world. Skype has released its latest version, Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows which will bring a revolutionary change in online webcam video chatting. Skype 4.2 beta is capable of carrying webcam videos in 720p High Definition (HD) at 1280 x 720 resolution and 30 fps (frames per second).

If you have a high speed broadband connection and a high quality webcam just download the Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows and enjoy HD Webcam Chat with your friends.




Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows Features:


  • Free unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls
  • Free unlimited Skype-to-Skype video calls using webcam
  • Call to landline or mobile phones from Skype client
  • Receive inbound calls via online Skype number
  • Voice conference feature – joint calls with up to 24 other parties
  • Support for up to 720p HD video calls
Download Skype 4.2 Beta for Windows

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Date: Monday, 04 Jan 2010 10:00

Google’s own phone called Nexus One is a android powered smartphone, made by HTC. The Google Nexus One phone may arrive in market on January 5 according to reports from Reuters. Gizmodo, which is a popular blog about gadgets has revealed some of the details of Nexus one:

  1. Nexus One will be available at $530 ( unsubsidized and unlocked ), $180 subsidized on the T-Mobile network with a two year contract.
  2. In case you cancel your plan before 120 days, you will be charged $350 ( the subsidy difference between what you paid and the unsubsidized price) OR you may simply return the phone to Google.
  3. There is a limit on buying Nexus One phones per Google account. You can only buy five Nexus One phones per Google account. I wonder why would they put up such a limit?


[Via Gizmodo]
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Date: Monday, 04 Jan 2010 07:15
Aero is the default theme in most editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. Aero stands for Authentic, Energetic, Reflective and Open.  Aero effect includes new translucency, live thumbnails, live icons, animations and more eye candy.The Aero effect of Windows 7 and Vista can only be activated if your PC meets the minimum system requirements especially a proper graphic card. Moreover, Aero effect is not available in Windows 7 home Basic and Windows Vista home Basic editions.



Aero Enabler lets you enjoy the Aero Glass Effect on your Windows Vista or 7 PC irrespective of Windows edition or hardware requirements. It forcefully enables the Aero Glass effect on your computer. Aero Enabler requires .NET Framework to be installed on your PC.




Download Aero Enabler for Windows Vista and Windows Seven
 

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Author: "noreply@blogger.com (Mohit Prabhat @ TechacK)" Tags: "Software, Tips and Tricks, Windows 7"
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Date: Friday, 01 Jan 2010 09:03
Sometimes you can forget the password to a PDF file created by yourself if you use the file after a long time. PDF Password Remover can help you in such a situation. It is a utility which allows you to remove password from password protected PDF documents. The price of this utility is around $20 but thanks to this festive season you can get a Genuine Key for PDF Password Remover free of cost.




Just follow these steps to get your free key for PDF Password Remover:
1. Visit promo page of anypdftools.com
2. Enter your details.
3. Click on the check box which says “Agree to receive newsletters from AnyBizSoft Studio”
4. Click on the ‘Get KeyCode’ button.

5. Download PDF Password Remover
6. Launch PDF Password Remover and click on register button.
7. Enter e-mail address and registration code and click on register.

You now have fully functional version of PDF Password Remover. Hurry the Free offer expires on Feb 24, 2010.

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Date: Friday, 25 Dec 2009 05:49

Producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra has announced that movie 3 Idiots, which is releasing today, will be the first Bollywood film viewers can download legally. "This is the first film ever that you can actually download and watch on YouTube after 12 weeks from now," said Chopra.

YouTube will allow users to download the complete movie at a fixed price. The download price has not been disclosed yet but it is expected that the charges might be equal to the cost of the DVD. If this happens, will the people still download 3 Idiots off YouTube or will they prefer to go to the nearest store to buy the DVD. Let us know your opinion by commenting below.

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Date: Monday, 21 Dec 2009 10:21
Paypal is the most secure way to do transactions online without revealing credit card details. The good news for Indian users is that they can now withdraw money to their Indian bank accounts within 7 days of submission of request. Paypal deducts a small fee of Rs. 50 if the total withdrawal amount is less than 7000 INR.

First, add a bank account to Paypal and then follow these steps to request for a fund withdrawal.

  1. Login to your Paypal account
  2. Click on Withdrawal under “My Account” tab
  3. Click the first option which says “Withdraw funds to your bank account
  4. Enter the amount to withdraw and select a bank account
  5. Click Continue to proceed to the final step
  6. Paypal will display the withdrawal amount in your local currency
  7. Click Withdraw to complete the withdrawal process

Generally it takes 3-4 days to get the fund deposited in your bank account. Be cautious to provide accurate informations such as account number, IFSC code etc, else the amount will be returned to your Paypal account and a return fee will be charged. Visit RBI's website to find IFSC code for your Bank.

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Date: Monday, 21 Dec 2009 05:05
GTA IV is a action-adventure video game with high quality graphics, sound effects, various stages and characters.It is the sixth 3D game in the Grand Theft Auto series. Grand Theft Auto IV has already received overwhelmingly positive reviews, becoming one of the highest-rated games of all time on Games review websites.


Officially the game is compatible with Windows 7 but some of the users get the following error when pressing the “Play” button
DD3D30
D3D Error – Please re-boot your system
This problem continues even after changing the compatibility mode to Windows Vista or Windows XP for the game or rebooting the system.

Here is a workaround to fix this by reducing the color quaility from highest quality of True Color (32 bit) to lower quality of High Color (16 bit). Right click on Desktop >> select Screen Resolution >> Advanced settings >> Monitor tab. and change the display resolution. Else you can also reduce the desktop display resolution to 800×600 pixels as GTA 4 runs properly at this resolution. Once you are in the game, change back to original resolution.


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Date: Sunday, 20 Dec 2009 11:10
Facebook is full of nice applications and some of the most additive online games. You will surely agree with me on it. Here I look at five most addictive games on Facebook which have millions of users playing them everyday.

#1 FarmVille
Farmville is the most popular game on Facebook by Zynga with over 11 million daily active users. FarmVille is a real-time virtual farming game released on Facebook in mid June.
FarmVille


In Farmville, you are given a land and some coins to start the game. You have to plow your land and plant crops to earn more coins and experience. When the crops are grown you harvest them to earn more coins. Use these coins to buy new seeds and other items from the market. As you progress through the game you collect ribbons yellow, white, red and blue ribbons for completing certain tasks. This earns you coins and experience.

#2 MafiaWars 
This is the second most popular game by Zynga, which was most popular before the release of Farmville. It has over 6.9 million daily users.

Mafia Wars

In MafiaWars you have to create your own Mafia from your friends on facebook. You earn money by doing jobs that can be used to buy better weapons. Doing these jobs and fights earn you experience and this experience helps in moving up to higher levels.

#3 Happy Aquarium
If you hate farming or Farmville, this game might interest you. With over 26 millions monthly users, Happy Aquarium by CrowdStar is one of the fastest growing games on facebook


In this game, you are given a fish tank and some coins to start your game. You can purchase your own fishes from the store and train them. The tank can hold 10 fishes initially but as you progress through the game, you can expand your tank by earning more coins. You need to feed your fishes daily. once your fishes become adult, you can mate the male and female fishes.

#4 Pet Society 
Pet Society

Pet Society is a game by PlayFish with over 22 million monthly users. Similar to other games in this category you have to create your own pet, feed it, earn coins etc. These coins can be used to buy food, clothes and furniture for your pet

#5 Texas HoldEM Poker
Texas HoldEM Poker
In Texas HoldEM Poker, various tournaments are offered to the players. You can join a tournament at any time and you don't have to exchange real money to play this game!

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Date: Saturday, 19 Dec 2009 10:15
Few of Windows 7 users, like me, can get the error while installing Google Chrome, Google Earth or any other Google product:
Google update installation failed with error 0x8004071c
The error means that your computer is currently in Windows Audit Mode and is conflicting with the installation. To solve the problem of Google update installation failed you need to modify your registry:



1. Go to Start->Run and type in the following and then press OK: regedit
2. Find the following reg key:

For Windows 7/Vista: The value of 'ImageState' in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\State
For XP: The value of 'AuditInProgress' in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\Setup

3. Right click the reg key and select Modify
4. Delete the value then press OK.



Now you can install your Google product without any error messeges.


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Date: Saturday, 19 Dec 2009 09:44
Windows 7 can run on machines with lower specs than required for Windows Vista. Infact, many users are actually finding it runs better than Windows XP on lower spec machines. Windows 7 is also ideal to run on newer netbooks, but unfortunately many of these do not include a DVD drive so here is a trick to install windows 7 on a machine without a DVD drive by using a USB Drive.

How To Install Windows 7 From A USB Drive

windows 7 usb1. Plug a 4GB USB Drive into your computer.
2. Press Win Key + R to open Run. Type cmd and click OK. Once cmd is open type diskpart and a new window will open
3. In the new diskpart window type:

* ‘list disk’ : This lists all the disk drives attached to your machine
* Look for your USB drive and note the number and then type: ’select disk #’, where ‘#’ is your USB disk number
* then type ‘clean’
* then type ‘create partition primary’
* then ’select partition 1′
* then ‘active’
* then ‘format fs=fat32 quick’



Once you’ve finished these steps you need to copy your Windows 7 files to the USB. To do this mount your Windows 7 ISO as a virtual DVD:

1. Install MagicDisk (free)
2. Once installed, right-click on MagicDisk in your system tray click on ‘Virtual CD/DVD-Rom’, select your DVD drive
3. then ‘Mount’ and in the dialog window that opens up, select your Windows 7 ISO
4. Now in windows Explorer, click on your DVD drive and you should see all the Windows 7 Files. All you have to do now is copy and paste all the files to your USB key and you have a Windows 7 USB Installation Stick!
5. Plug in the stick in the PC you want to install Windows 7 on and boot up by configuring BIOS to boot from USB Drive.

Experience the power and the features of Windows 7 on your computer!
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Date: Saturday, 28 Nov 2009 21:53
While I was searching for buying a LCD TV this Diwali,I came across a great website ConsumerMate.com. The website is an Initiative by 9.9 Media and provides comparison for Laptops, LCD and Plasma TVs. They have recently launched a Mobile section.





ConsumerMate is an excellent website which allows you to search for phones and get all the information about the product- prices, expert reviews, user reviews, technical description. ConsumerMate.com has data for more than 20 different Mobile Brands like Nokia, HTC, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and others.

ConsumerMate is user-friendly and has a nice UI. You can simple drag the selector to specify your range and get results. Though I missed a Search functionality through which I could directly search for the mobile of my choice by specifying model number.

Other interesting features include:
  •     Ask Us(allows you to ask the gurus to solve your queries)
  •     Buying Guide(helps you to find the relevant features to look before purchasing a product)
  •     Hot Deals (Get the latest deals in a single click)
  •     Test Centre Ratings by Digit
  •     New Launches(Get all the information about the latest models launched in the market)
Users can get ratings for various specs & features of a product from Features, Build & Overall performance which helps a consumer a great deal in making the best choice.

Get Latest mobile prices and hottest deals on ConsumerMate. Do share your opinion about this website by commenting below.

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Date: Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 17:53
Google Chrome does not support flash based websites or flash contents. If you want to run flash files on Google Chrome, you have to manually configure it with flash plugin for Chrome. Here are the instructions for installing Flash Player on Google Chrome:
  1. Download flash player for Windows.
  2. Rename the downloaded file to flash.zip.
  3. Extract the Zipped file to a folder.
  4. Select and copy flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll from the extracted folder.
  5. Navigate to Google Chrome plugins folder. Normally, it is C:/Documents and settings/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/Plugins
  6. Paste both copied files in Google Chrome plugins directory.
  7. Restart Google Chrome.
You can now open and run flash contents on Google chrome.


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Date: Wednesday, 15 Jul 2009 10:15
Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince

Don't be shocked seeing the title of this post, TechacK is not offering this movie for download. In fact, this post is to warn users about such titles being used by malware authors to cash-on the upcoming release of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.


Cyber criminals are doing mass-level Search Engine Optimizations targeting Harry Potter fans. They hide their malicious codes inside fake downloads which offer full length pre release version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie. Other websites lure users to click on a link which leads them to another website asking to install their streaming codec to watch the leaked version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince online for free. But this streaming codes is actually a malware and opens your computer for trojans and viruses attack.



Harry Potter and Half Blood Prince



Just wait for the release of the movie and go and watch in at a theater near you, instead of getting infected by viruses and trojans.


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Date: Tuesday, 14 Jul 2009 17:06
Samsung had announced the launch of Samsung NC20 netbook, the successor of the NC10, in early 2009 and finally it has hit Indian markets. The Samsung NC20 is larger than NC10 yet the design is quiet similar (view the image and judge yourself).

The netbook has 12.1 inch LCD providing 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The screen is brighter and crisper than most netbooks in the market and it will surely make your Web browsing experience and casual gaming an absolute joy. Other feautres of the NC10 is the use of the more powerful 1.6GHz VIA Nano U225 processor and VIA Chrome 9 HC3 Graphics. It means that Samsung NC20 netbook can play Full HD (1080p) video without any problems. Another striking feauture is the high capacity battery. The company claims that once fully charged, Samsung NC20 can last for upto 10 hours, making it an ideal netbook for my next long flight. This has been possible due to the use of power efficient Nano processor.



Samsung NC20

However, I was a bit puzzled seeing the Windows button on the right as well as the size of the arrow keys and the function keys being slightly smaller than the rest.

Thanks to its full-size keyboard with optimal key spacing, the Samsung NC20 is a highly portable device that blurs the line between netbooks and laptops. In short, all these features at an attractive price makes Samsung NC20 one of the best all-round netbooks.

If you own this product or have seen it at a dealer's shop, do let us know your thoughts on Samsung NC20 and your experiences with it by commenting below.

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Date: Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 17:57
After Bing, Microsoft has launched Windows Live Planet which is a new social networking site designed primarily to take on Orkut and Facebook. Windows Live Planet is similar to most of the other social networks, but is totally different in design and the User Interface as evident from the screenshot.

Windows Live Planet

Most of the features on Windows Live Planet are fast due to the use of AJAX. You can invite your friends from other social networks or directly email the invite. You can sign in to Windows Live Planet using your Hotmail / Windows Live. Windows live messenger is integrated with Live Planet, similar to Google Talk being linked with Orkut, and you will automatically get signed in to your messenger as soon as you login on this site.


The Scribble Pad is similar to Scrapbook feature in Orkut but each scribble can be up to 150 characters in length. It means they are even incorporating Twitter's features. So,



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Date: Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 16:42
Google has already announced that it is going to build Google Chrome OS. This Operating System is being designed especially for small netbooks and notebooks. I don't think that one should expect it to be a Windows killer straight away. Possibly, not in the next 5 years. Here are some features you can expect in Google Chrome OS:

    Google Chrome OS
  1. Pre-Bundled with Google Desktop Search and other Google products.
  2. Serving contextual ads in every folder. :D
  3. Presence of the “I am feeling lucky”button. (How can you forget it!)
  4. All the Microsoft product will be marked as suspicious. :P
  5. Google Chrome OS will be in Beta stage till 2020 (or maybe even more) =))
  6.  
     
    What features do you think it will have besides those mentioned above? Let us know via comments.

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    Date: Saturday, 11 Jul 2009 08:34
    Norton Internet Security 2010 And Norton AntiVirus  2010 is now available for public downloading, the new version is much faster and lighter then previous versions.

    New And Improved Features In NIS / NAV 2010 Public Beta includes:

       1. Performance Enhancements.
       2. Improved Norton Insight - Norton Insight now also provides information on prevalence, age, and runtime performance data.

       3. Now supports Windows 7 including Teredo and Home Groups.
       4. Download Insight is a new line of defense against the introduction of untrusted applications on your system. Download Insight monitors new application or installer downloads, automatically analyzes and classifies the application using the Quorum technology, and provides you with a trust rating for the application before allowing the application or installer to execute.
       5. Completely re-written SONAR behavioral protection technology.
       6. Power saving options are available that helps conserve battery power by only running non-critical when on AC power.
       7. Improved Silent mode now detects automatic detection of CD/DVD burning and media recording applications with options for user-defined applications that will trigger Quiet Mode.
       8. New Anti Spam engine now uses world’s leading Symantec Brightmail technology.

    Download Norton Internet Security 2010 And Norton AntiVirus 2010  public beta with 14 day free trial activation registration key here. You will receive your trial key by E-Mail.

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    Date: Saturday, 11 Jul 2009 08:14
    Windows 7 is promising to be a much better update over Vista. Windows 7 is scheduled to ship October 22, 2009. Lenovo and HP, world’s biggest computer makers have started offering free Windows 7  upgrade to those who buy new PCs.  Lenovo will provide upgrades to Vista installed PC newly bought between June 26, 2009 and January 31, 2010 whereas HP recommends to visit their site for eligibility

    Otherwise, People with Vista or XP have to pay $119 and $199 respectively to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional editions.


    HP's term and conditions for free upgrade to Windows 7 include:

    Your PC must be purchased between June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010
    One of the following Windows Vista versions must be factory-installed on your PC:
        * Windows Vista Home Premium
        * Windows Vista Business
        * Windows Vista Ultimate
    Your PC must be on the Eligibility Models list

    Visit for more details,
    Lenovo website
    HP Website

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