4 Useful Websites To Help You Pronounce Names Correctly

As a blogger I have to answer many questions to readers from across the world. Luckily, I converse with them either via emails

Lock Your Computer With Secure My Screen

There are several tools and methods to protect a computer from unauthorized access under a working environment. I had mentioned many of them in previous posts.

Create Multiple Aliases with Outlook.com Account

Microsoft has launched the latest version of their webmail service called Outlook.com. The new webmail replaces the existing Hotmail and users can now create their new Outlook.com email address

Thursday, August 30, 2012

4 Free Apps to Scan Documents using iPhone/iPad Advertisement

In the present world, most of the documents are available in PDF form and also stored in the cloud to access it from anywhere. But there are times that you wanted to scan an important document, but you are left with no scanner. If you own an iPhone, the best way to save documents is by using the iPhone as a scanner. The iPhone has a very good camera and this can be used to scan documents, save it as PDF and then upload it to cloud or access it locally.There are many apps to scan documents using the iPhone, (both paid and free) and we will be covering the best free apps to scan documents using the iPhone. Please note, some of these apps are available for iPad as well.

1. CamScanner Free:

CamScanner Free is one of the popular scanning apps for iPhone. All paper documents, receipts, notes, invoices, whiteboard discussions can be scanned and processed automatically. Enhanced image processing technology ensures images more clear and readable. Multiple edits are also supported by this app. Other features include group management, Sort by Date or Title, and Tag or Thumbnail views, manage all scanned documents smartly. You can also upload the scanned files to cloud storages, fax or back up them in handy, share via iTunes or Wi-Fi.

2. Genius Scan:

Genius Scan is another useful free app which turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF. The Genius Scan scanner technology includes smart page detection, perspective correction, image post-processing. It allows you to build PDF documents with multiple scans.

3. Office Drop:

Office Drop is another great way to scan, search, sync and store your paper is now available on your iPhone and iPad. OfficeDrops is a free, searchable cloud storage service that lets you scan paper, text search paper & digital files, organize everything and share files – right from your mobile device, the web or from your Windows PC. With OfficeDrop’s mobile scanner technology, you can snap a picture, crop & rotate, & send it directly from your phone. Unlike the previous two apps, this one has support for iPad as well.

4. DocScan:

DocScan lets you instantly scan multi-pages document and send out when there is no scanner nearby. By having it, you can scan not only documents in sight, but also whiteboards, receipts, business cards, posters, coupons, books etc. It can fast auto-detect document edges from a picture, correct perspective distortion, remove shadows and brighten.

There are many other free apps to scan documents available in the app store. If you are looking at advanced features, there are some good paid apps as well including TurboScan and ScannerPro.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

View Browsing History from IE, Firefox, Chrome and Safari

Each browser has its own way of handling browsing history and also displaying them. But if you want to search the complete browsing history of all web browsers combined, then there is no particular option. BrowsingHistoryView is a freeware utility that reads the history data of 4 different Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari) and displays the browsing history of all these Web browsers in one table.
Browsing history view
The browsing history table includes the following information: Visited URL, Title, Visit Time, Visit Count, Web browser and User Profile. BrowsingHistoryView allows you to watch the browsing history of all user profiles in a running system, as well as to get the browsing history from external hard drive.
Advanced options
From the advanced options, you can select which all browsers needs to be displayed in the report. You can also do a bit of filtering of reports from the options. You can specify a particular date range as well.

(Via Nirmal)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

One of the features still missing in Windows Explorer is the availability of tabbed interface. The good thing about any tabbed interface is that you can quickly navigate between windows. We had covered tools like QTTabBar which brings in tabbed interface to Windows Explorer. Clover 2 is a freeware utility for Windows, which when installed brings in the Google Chrome like tabbed interface to Windows Explorer. The tabs are neatly arranged on the top very much similar to Chrome.
Tabbed interface Clover 2
To master this powerful tool, just remember that Ctrl + T to open the page, and Ctrl + W close the page, Ctrl + Tab to switch pages. You can also bookmark any folder or drive on to the app. Bookmarks can be added using shortcut key or from the context menu of the tabs.
Context menu
Once you install the app, whenever you open Windows Explorer, this app is opened by default. It also has a neat icon on the taskbar which makes it easy to identify as well.
Overall, Clover 2 is a nice free tool which can be called a true Windows Explorer replacement.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How to Print from Windows 8 Metro Apps

One of the major changes to Windows 8 is the availability of Windows Store and ability to install apps for the store. These apps has a modern Windows 8 UI and are totally different from the normal apps which you download and install. There are many such preinstalled apps like Metro IE, Email app, weather, messages etc.
Now, these apps does not feature the normal menus and functions, so what if you wanted to print an email you received on the mail app or print a web page from the metro UI Internet explorer? For this, Microsoft has included the option in the Charms bar. So in case you want to print from metro apps like email or IE10, then open the charms bar (Win +C )and select Devices. Under devices, you will be able to see the installed printers and you can select from them.
Sent to printer
Alternatively, you can also press CTRL +P from the app to directly got to devices menu. Once you select the printer, a Settings screen for your printer appears, from which you can change the number of copies, orientation, color mode, and other settings.
Print options
This function works seamlessly across all metro apps and is pretty useful to print files directly. Printing from normal desktop applications in Windows 8 works the same as it does in previous versions of Windows.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Improve the Way of Closing Metro Apps in Windows 8 with Close Threshold for Metro Apps

In Windows 8, one can close a running Metro style app (aka Modern UI apps) by dragging the app from the top edge of the screen to the bottom end or by using Alt + F4 hotkeys. If you’re using mouse movement or touch "swipes" to close a running metro app, here is how to improve that with a tiny application called “Close Threshold for Metro Apps”.

Close Threshold for Metro Apps lets you close a Modern UI app (metro app) with a much smaller mouse movement or touch swipe. Depending on your settings, you don’t need to drag the app to the bottom end of the screen to close an app.

Using “Close Threshold for Metro Apps” is very simple. After run the app, set sliders (Threshold for close via mouse or Threshold for close via touch gestures) to desired level, and click “Save Changes” button.

The app is also lets you disable Metro apps closing with mouse or with touch. Also, all changes can be set to default by clicking “Reset to Default” button.

Close Threshold for Metro Apps can be downloaded from developer’s website here.

Monday, August 13, 2012

How to Use Camera Translation in Google Translate For Android

Google Translate for Android has just updated with new useful features like instant translation, camera translation (image translation), etc. Camera translation is one of the top features of this update and as it name implies it lets you translate foreign text by pointing your phone’s camera at it. One of the most obvious uses of camera translation is it can use as a travel guide. For example, you can translate a signboard that is in another language into your desired language by just taking its snapshot.

Currently Google Translate’s camera translation supports only a few languages. If you select an unsupported language, the camera icon will not be displayed on Google Translate app. Moreover, to use Camera translation, you need a data connection and requires Android 2.3 and above.

Using camera translation or image translation is quite simple.

- Open Google Translate on your Android phone and select a desire language that you want to translate. If the language supports camera translation, the camera icon will be displayed at the bottom right of your screen.

- Tap on the camera icon to take a snapshot of the image. Focus the image correctly to get a clear picture.

- After taking the snapshot, highlight the text on the image (that you want to translate) with your finger (draw carefully above the text on the image with your finger). If the text selection is perfect, Google Translate will process and displays the result.

Final thought: For me, camera function of Google Translate is a superb feature; however, it is unfortunate that many languages aren’t supported yet. However, I am sure that Google will add more languages in the next update of Google Translate for Android.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Disable Typing Animation In All Office 2013 Applications [Tip]

If you’ve started using the new Office 2013 (or version 15, as some may call it), you might have noticed the new typing animation. As you type, the animation is pretty obvious to note. Some may term it as a modern and contemporary addition to the flavor of the new Microsoft Office Suite while others would simply get annoyed. It is for such people that we present a registry hack to get rid of the fancy typing animation. This hack has a reversible effect and if you feel the need to revert to the default graphics, you are just a click away. Moreover, this will apply not only to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the like, the impact would hold for the entire suite. Through this post, we are in no way undermining the typing animation, but only presenting an alternative for the annoyed ones, out there.
If you’re using Windows 8, move to Start Screen, search regedit and hit enter to open Registry Edior. You can also use Run console using a Win+R hotkey combination to quickly open the Windows registry editor. Now, navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\Graphics path in order to implement the registry hack. Disabling the animation will allow you to adjust with new features with a similar yet feature-rich environment, making you extract the maximum benefits without reserving yourself to the older versions. In the Graphics key, you are required to set the data field of the DisableAnimation value to 1. Setting it to 0 would enable the animation again. Similarly, you can delete the Graphics entry to achieve the same result.
If you are unable to find the Graphics key, you can create it to have the same impact. To do this, right click Common and select New>>Key from the context menu. Name the new key as Graphics. Navigate to the newly created Graphics key to see only a default REG_SZ type value visible. Now, right click the blank area to create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it DisableAnimation.
Double click the DisableAnimation value to open the Edit DWORD (32-bit) Value. Set the value data to 1 and enable the Hexadecimal option in Base. You have now successfully applied the registry hack. Open Microsoft Word 2013, and start typing. Can you feel the difference?
Remember to close any active Office 15 Suite components before applying the hack. We hope that you found this useful, and should you encounter any problem, inform us by leaving a comment below.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

How Do You Unblock People on Facebook

Yesterday I talked about How to block people on Facebook and many people get rid of those stalkers who have been irritating them for a while. Though, many people got lose while searching for people they have blocked on Facebook and finding a way to unblock them. Since you can’t unblock people on Facebook profile directly, a normal Fb user might find it hard to unblock, blocked people. Specially, when you are blocked by any of your friend by mistake, the only way to fix it by contacting the other person outside of Facebook (Email, Phone, SMS) and ask then to unblock you.

So, here I’m sharing a quick guide which you can use to see the list of people you have blocked and also learn how to unblock people on Facebook. When you block a person, he/she adds into your list of privacy settings, and it’s privacy settings which doesn’t allow you to visit their profile and they can’t see yours.
Guide to Unblock People on Facebook:

I assume, you have couple of friends blocked already and you are trying to unblock them. Login to Facebook and click on Drop down menu > Privacy settings. Click on Managed blocking under Blocked people and apps option. This will be the last option on the page.

Now, here you will see list of already blocked people on Facebook under Block users tab. In front of every blocked person name, you will see an option to unblock them. Click on Unblock, and that person will be unblocked to see your profile and interact with you on Facebook. You have to confirm the action by hitting the confirm in pop-up box.

Though, before you unblock any people on Facebook from your Blocked list, I highly suggest to be sure of your action. Make sure, the problem or reason for which you have banned that person to see your profile is solved. No doubt, Facebook is no.1 social networking site as it gives all the option to users to manage the privacy factor of their profile.

Anyhow, if you are stuck anywhere while performing this action, do let me know and I will try to solve your query asap.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Outlook Email Service: Import Your Gmail Contacts Into Outlook Address Book (How to)

Microsoft has recently renamed its email service to Outlook.com and it presents you with a cool, fluid metro interface. Have you just switched to the new Outlook email or created a new @outlook.com email address? Then you might also want to import your contacts from your other email accounts into your Outlook address book, for example from Gmail. Here is how it is.

The previewed version of Outlook email service currently offers you to import contacts from Gmail or from other email account using a contact csv file, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts into the your Outlook address book. The process is quite simple and saves your valuable time.

To get started to import your contacts, for example from Gmail, log in your Outlook.com account and click on the Outlook button to get access to Outlook tabs.

You will see four Outlook tabs. Click on the People tab from it.

It’ll redirect you a page where you can add contacts from other accounts. Select Google Contacts from the list. You can also upload contacts via csv file (most email providers offer this feature).

After clicking on Google Contacts, it will open a new window where you need to authorize Outlook to access your Google account. You must login with your Google account to authorize Outlook to import your contacts.

Then, click on Connect button to complete the process. That’s all!

Via Techtricks

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How to Import Gmail Contacts in Microsoft Outlook Email Service

Microsoft just started a new email service called Outlook and many users have already started using it to get a fresh change in their daily email experience. I have also created dozens of email accounts with Outlook because it is a new service now. I had some good email addresses that I wanted to book first for future use. After creating a new address in Outlook, most people want to import their contacts from their old email accounts. As of now, Outlook supports import contacts from Gmail using a contact csv file. Outlook users can also import contacts from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. In this article, I will explain how you can import your contacts from your old email accounts to Outlook.

Importing contacts from other email accounts can save you lots of time as you can start using your newly created email account instantly without any issues related to contacts. To get started, please login with your Outlook account and follow the instructions given below:

1. After successfully logging in with your Outlook mail account, click on the Outlook button to get access to other Outlook tabs.

2. Out of the four Outlook tabs, click on the People tab from Outlook’s pop-up option.

3. Clicking on People tab will move you to another webpage where you can add people from different accounts. At present, Outlook supports importing contacts from Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also upload the csv file of contacts as most email providers have the feature to export all the available contacts in csv format. So you have two ways to import contacts from another account – by directly linking your old account to Outlook or using the import/export contacts option. To import only Gmail contacts in Outlook mail, click on Google Contacts option.

4. When you will click on Google Contacts, Outlook will open a new window where you need to authorize Outlook email service to access your Google account so that it can easily import all of your contacts. You must login with your Google account to authorize Outlook to import your contacts. If you have already logged in with your Google account within the same browser then Outlook will import all the contacts instantly once you click on the Connect button.

Finally, after pressing the Connect button, you will see that all your contacts are now available in your Outlook Email Service.

Lost Photos: Search For & Download All Images From Your Email Accounts

There was a time when your email inbox was capable of holding only text and a couple of emails. Hotmail and Yahoo only provided you with 10 MB or 20 MB of online storage, but when Google launched its email service, it introduced the concept of massive inboxes, where you could store thousands of emails with images, audios and even video clips attached. Nowadays, your email inbox allows you to store well over 10 GB of data (Gmail), and emails can have any type of file attachments, including images, audio files, video files, presentation files etc. On one hand, having such a huge space in your inbox for receiving and storing emails is a good, as it is almost impossible to get all that space filled up and miss any important emails, but having too many emails stored also raises an issue. When you want to retrieve a specific email, it is very hard for you to search for it. Looking through such a huge pile takes a lot of time and effort. If it is an image you are looking for that someone sent you as an email attachment, today we have an application that can help you in the task. Lost Photos is an application available for Windows, as well as Mac, which lets you look for and download images stored in your email inbox, and share them directly to your Facebook and Twitter Account or email them as an attachment.

The application has a very neat interface providing you with just the necessary options without confusing you with excessive menus. When you run the program, you will have to sign in to your account using your email address and password.
Lost Photos Main
Click the Options button available below the email address field to extended options for the program. You can choose to ignore images smaller than 8k (to skip downloading logos and other small images in emails), ignore all the images in GIF format, and set up a date criteria for searching the photos. Click Find My Photos! button when all settings are done.
Lost Photos Options
As soon as you click the Find My Photos! buttons, the program will connect to your account and start looking for the images stored in it. If you are having trouble signing in to your account, look for the solution provided on the product page.
Lost Photos Found
You can share the found images directly to Facebook, and Twitter, or Email them to any address from within the interface.
Lost Photos Share
Lost Photos works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Shortcuts for Gmail Teaches You Shortcuts On the Fly

Chrome: Gmail has an excellent range of keyboard shortcuts if you just take the time to learn them. You can radically speed up the process with Shortcuts for Gmail, a handy little extension that reminds you of the keyboard shortcuts as you navigate through the Gmail interface.
It’s a straight forward tool from the same people that created KeyRocket–a Windows-based program that teaches shortcuts as you work, shared with us by HTG reader Shankar.
Simply install the extension, ensure your Gmail language is English and Keyboard Shortcuts are on (the extension kicks you over to the settings panel on first run so you can double check) and then resume using Gmail like normal. Every time you click anything in the GUI interface that has an associated keyboard shortcut a small toaster-style popup in the lower right corner will remind you of the equivalent keyboard shortcut. Press compose, for example, as we did for the above screenshot and you’ll see a little popup reminding you that you could press the C key instead.
Shortcuts for Gmail is a free Chrome extension; hit up the link below to grab a copy.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Features of Read Mode in Office 2013 and How to Enable it

All applications in Microsoft’s new Office 2013 such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc have new features. For example, the new Word 2013 features a Live Layout tool, which lets you formatdocument by dragging and dropping. Another new feature of Word 2013 is Read Mode. As its name indicates, Read Mode is intended for people who just want to read the documents. It makes your reading experience as easy and efficient as possible.

Read Mode contains a bunch of tools designed for reading instead of writing. When you enable Read Mode, it optimizes Word and presents you with a clean and distraction-free readingenvironment.

You can change background color (in Read Mode, go to View – Page color), page layout and column layout (useful on small screen sized devices) as per your preferences.

In Read Mode, you can look for meaning of a word or get additional background information by just right clicking the text. Also, you can translate the content from the context menu.

Another feature of Read Mode is Object Zoom. If a document contains lot of charts, tables and images, it’ll resize to fit the reading pane. If these elements contain lot of information, but difficult to get details due to its small size, you can easily zoom “into” the object with a double-click or double-tap.

Read Mode can be enabled by going to View – Read Mode, or using a shortcut key (See end of this post to know how to assign a shortcut key for Read Mode)

Assign a shortcut key for Read Mode: To assign a shortcut key for Read Mode, click “File” menu and select “Option”. Then click “Customize Ribbon” and then click ‘Customize” button.

From the “Categories” list, choose “View Tab” and then from the“Command’ list choose ReadingModeLayout. Enter a key or key combination (for example, Ctrl + R) and click “Assign to save the settings.[via]

How To Embed Files Inside Other Files Using Steganography in Windows


Do you have documents or pictures that you don’t want anyone else to find? Read on to find out how you can embed your important files inside of other files so that nobody will ever know that they existed, except you of course.

Hiding Data

Head over to the EmbeddedSW website and grab yourself a copy of OpenPuff.
Once it has downloaded, extract and launch it, then hit the hide button.
The first thing you will need to do is enter 3 unique passwords.
Now you can select the file you want to hide.
Finally you will need to add one or more Carriers, these are the files that you want to hide your file inside of.
Then go ahead and click the Hide Data button, you will be prompted for where you would like to save the new file.

Extracting Your Files

Once your files are hidden, you will probably want to get them back at some point, to do this, again launch OpenPuff this time click unhide.
Then put in the passwords you used to hide the file.
Now you will need to specify your Carrier, if you used more than one make sure that you add all of them in the correct order.
Then click the unhide button and select a location to save your hidden file.
Once completed you will be given a report which will tell you the name of the file that was hidden.
That’s all there is to it.

How To Edit Multiple Images And Merge Them Together

Photo-camera-with-photosWith the rise in popularity of pocket camera and photography, it is to no surprise that the next thing to be in hot demand is an entry level photo editor. In Make Tech Easier, we have covered plenty of image editors, from entry level to professional grade. Today, we are going to show you how to edit multiple images and merge them together with a simple tool – FotoMix.

FotoMix is a very easy to use image editor and only requires a single click operation top merge two (or more) photos together. It can also be used for simple photo editing tasks like cropping, resizing, rotating, mirror flipping and enhancement of pictures.


The installation of FotoMix is rather tricky. It can install a host of other software if not installed carefully. When I first started installing FotoMix, it asked me if I wanted to install Babylon along with the software. You will need to uncheck “Download and Install Babylong 9″.
babylon ad

Then you’ll see a dialog box confirming the operation. You will need to press “Cancel” in order to not install Babylon search engine in your browser.

babylon search
Next came another ad about SpeedUpMyPC. You’ll need to uncheck the checkbox in order to avoid installing another software.


The last one was in Spanish so it was a difficult task for me to translate. You will need to select “No estoy de acuerdo”. This will prevent the advertisement software from installing. The advertisements may vary but you’ll need to be careful on each and every screen. After all these are done, the actual FotoMix software will download and install.

When you start FotoMix for the first time, you’ll see a very user friendly interface. On the left hand menu, you’ll see buttons like resize, crop, rotate and mirror flip and on the top menu you’ll see buttons like background, foreground composition, touch up, finish.

The top menu actually guides you through the photo editing process. First you’ll need to select a background, then a foreground and then make a composition of the foreground and the background along with other options like adding text to the picture, adjusting fading, transparency etc.
FotoMix Composition
Touch tab will let you use brushes like color brush, tint brush, clone brush, blend brush and smooth brush on the picture.
FotoMix Touch Up
The Finish tab will finally let you adjust the frame size, save, print or copy the final image.
FotoMix software supports a lot of languages. You can click on the globe icon on the top right of the software window. It will display a list of languages which are supported. You can select any language to change the language of FotoMix immediately.
Overall, FotoMix is a great choice for those who don’t have much experience with photo editing especially for combining two images together to form a new image. What are your thoughts about this nifty software? Will you use for your own purpose or do you prefer any other image editing software? Please share your thought in comments below.

(Via maketecheasier)