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, January 31, 2013

8 Awesome Keyboards for iPad

8 Awesome Keyboards for iPad:
Apple’s iPad has taken the tablet market by storm ever since it was released, selling millions of them in very less period. iPad has also hundreds of apps to customize like the iPhone. Most of us use the iPad for emails, web browsing, chatting and also social networking. But at the same time iPad has also gained popularity in the corporate world. But using the iPad for work is a bit difficult with typing documents, presentations etc using the on screen keyboard. Although the on screen keyboard performs well, for longer typing it is not suited and also it occupies almost half of the screen. In such cases you can get one of the external Bluetooth enabled keyboards for your iPad.
So here is a list of 8 best keyboard accessories for your iPad (2, 3 and 4 generations).
1. Apple wireless keyboard:
Although Apple Wireless Keyboard is not particularly made for iPad, it works well. The Bluetooth enabled keyboard works with Macs as well. Since this keyboard is designed for Macs, the keys are well spaced and easy to type. This is one of the best keyboards available for iPad, but does not come with a docking unit, you will have to use a separate dock with iPad.
2. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard cover-
Ultrathin keyboard is a stylish, ultrathin aluminium screen cover that feels great and looks even better designed to complement your iPad. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover securely attaches to your iPad, thanks to the clever magnetic clip. Aligned with the magnets built in the iPad’s frame, it draws tablet and cover irresistibly together. Instant On/Off automatically wakes your iPad when you open the cover and sends it to sleep when you close it and It is priced at $99.
3. Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad-
With the Solar Keyboard Folio, you don’t have to worry about battery or wires. The built-in Bluetooth keyboard draws its power from any type of light, both indoors and out. The Instant On/Off automatically wakes your iPad when you open the folio and sends it to sleep when you close it. The keyboard is priced at $129.99.
Solar folio
4. Zagg Zaggfolio:
Created with a stylish design and a durable microfiber lining, the ZAGGfolio is an impressively thin multi-function iPad keyboard case for Apple iPad 3 & 4. The folio is complete with a removable Bluetooth keyboard and a built-in stand system, ideal for on-the-go use.The ZAGGfolio is priced at 99.99€ for folio and keyboard and 69.99€ for the keyboard alone.
5. ZaggKeys Pro and Pro Plus:
The ZAGGkeys PRO and PROplus are ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard accessories that accentuate the utility and convenience of the Apple iPad 2, 3 or 4, with the added benefit of backlit keys on the PROplus model.The lightweight and durable aluminium construction of the ZAGGkeys PRO and PROplus match the look and feel of the iPad. The keyboard is priced at 139.99€ for the PROplus version and 109.99€ for the PRO version.

6. ClamCase:
If you are looking to make your iPad look and work like a laptop or a netbook, then Clam Case is the best solution. It has a cover where you can slide you iPad and close it and look exactly like a laptop. But the main issue is the design and weight, if you are looking to carry it around, then its bulky. The keyboard is priced at $169 for the Pro version and $149 for the normal version.
7. Belkin Keyboard Folio case:
Belkin Keyboard Folio Case was originally designed for iPad 2 and comes with a folio cover and a keyboard. It is a smart keyboard case with a strong keyboard and a flexible set of versatile transforming shapes for everyday use. It is priced at $79.
8. Crux 360:
Crux360 for iPad features an all new snap in from the front design, which makes it very quick and easy to insert and remove your iPad. The new Crux360 also features a “window cover” on the back, which allows you to cover or uncover the Apple icon. It is compatible with various types of screen protectors. It is supported for iPad 2, 3 and 4 versions. Crux 360 is priced at $99.
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How to Share Instagram Photos to a Facebook Page

If you have a brand or business or a website, you might have already created a Facebook page to get connected with the audience and also to expand your reach. You can share photos, videos and posts to Facebook page. Instagram is the most popular image sharing service with apps available for iPhone and Android. Many brands and businesses have started using Instagram to promote their products or business.
So when you are using your Instagram account with your business, it makes sense to share such photos directly to the Facebook page instead of sharing to timeline. To add sharing of photos to Facebook page, go to the Settings on your Instagram account from your Android or iPhone. Select Facebook and select the arrow against it. (you will need to login to Facebook if you haven’t connected it).
Below you can see the option to Choose a page.
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Facebook will ask whether you want Instagram to access and post on your behalf. Once the access is granted, you can select the page to share the photos.
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Any time, you can switch back to sharing the photos on the timeline itself by following the same steps.

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3 Useful Terminal Commands Every Mac User Should Know

In past articles we have already shown you how powerful your Mac’s Terminal app can be. This time, we put this extremely helpful utility to use to show you a few simple, yet useful tweaks that will make your Mac experience even better.
But first..

The Basics of Terminal

The Terminal app is a command-based emulator that is able to control the underlying UNIX-based operating system of Mac OS. It comes pre-installed with all Macs and can be found in the Utilities folder located within the Applications folder. You may also do a quick search on Spotlight for it to open it up.

Needless to say, if you are not familiar with Terminal and are not sure what you are doing, you should just drop it entirely. The power the Terminal app has over your Mac is huge to say the least, and you could end up damaging your Mac seriously if you don’t take care. So yes, a bit of geekery is needed to use this tool.
Ready now? Then let’s start!

Disable Pop-up Accent Windows on Lion/Mountain Lion

If you happen to use your Mac to type in more than one language, you might have noticed that in most places where you can enter text (on both Lion and Mountain Lion) if you press and hold down a letter while typing, an accent window will pop-up. This window can be extremely helpful in those cases, allowing you to just choose the accent you need.

However, if you write almost exclusively in English, this same window can be quite bothersome, forcing you to press a letter every time if you want to enter it repeatedly.
To disable this behavior with Terminal, open the application and then copy and paste the following line of code:
defaults write -g ApplePressAndHoldEnabled -bool false
Once you do, hit the Return key and then log out and back in again for the changes to take place.
Cool Tip: To restore back this feature of OS X, just enter the same command in Terminal, but change the last word from false to true.

Show Your Mac’s Hidden Files

By default, Macs don’t show hidden files, This is ok, since most of the time these files are completely irrelevant. However, sometimes it can be useful to be able to see them.

For example: After using my USB thumb drive for a few months, I realized that despite being empty, it still had very little space left in it.

I used this Terminal command and I saw that there was a folder with a lot of files that I had forgotten to delete by emptying the Trash.

Here’s the command:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
After you enter the command, press Return. Then enter the following one and press Return again for the changes to take effect:
killall Finder
As with our previous command, you can change the last word of the first command from true to false to hide your Mac’s hidden files and folders again.

Change the Default Format of Screenshot Captures

By default, every screenshot you take on your Mac will be of the PNG format. That’s all good and smooth, but why settle for one fixed format when you can use a simple Terminal command to take advantage of a wide array of them?
Fire up Terminal an copy and paste this line of code into it:
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type jpg
Note that we used the JPG format in this example. However, you can choose from a few formats, including PNG, PDF, GIF, TIFF, and JPG. All you have to do is to replace jpg at the end of that command line for any of these formats and press Return.

There you go. I’m sure you will find at least one (if not all) of these Terminal commands very helpful. And if you know about other basic ones, let us know in the comments below.

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Neox Screen Is A Great Screenshot Tool With Several Upload Options & Unique Capture Modes

Neox Screen Is A Great Screenshot Tool With Several Upload Options & Unique Capture Modes:
While Windows offers its own screenshot utility in form of Snipping Tool, the features it offers are simply not enough for the needs of bloggers and power users who need good quality screenshots often. We have seen countless third party screenshot tools that attempt to differentiate themselves from each other by offering different capturing modes, output formats, editing options and file saving functionality. Recently, we covered EzSnap that let you quickly capture screenshots of your desktop as well as photos from your webcam. Today’s screenshot tool does not take advantage of your webcam, but provides you with some really interesting capturing modes. In addition to the regular 3 modes of area, window and full screen, Neox Screen allows you to capture images in different shapes such as Rounded Rectangle, Ellipse, Triangle, Diamond, Polygon and Free Hand. The image is not locally saved by default, and is directly uploaded to an online image sharing service of your choice from several options available. You can also upload local images, text and files directly to different websites and share them with others using an automatically-shortened URL.

The application runs in the system tray and can be brought up by double-clicking its icon. The top toolbar lets you access most of the app’s features including Clipboard Upload, File Upload, Capture, Destinations, History and Settings.
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You can choose any capturing mode by selecting it from the list or hitting its hotkey. Next, drag your mouse to select the required capture area in the form of the selected shape. For instance in the screenshot below, I selected the Diamond mode from the list. As soon as you capture an image, it is automatically uploaded to the selected service.
Neox Screen Diamond
The Destinations button allows you to select the default websites for uploading the images, text files and any other files from various available options that include most popular image, text and file sharing services. You can also choose a URL shortener service from several popular options, to quickly share links of your uploaded files and screenshots with others.
Neox Screen Destinations
Furthermore, you can select the Configuration options from the Destinations menu to tweak individual settings for each service in the list. There are various public and private hosting services available such as TinyPro, Imgur, Flickr, Photobucket, TwitPic and a lot more; just select the one you want from the list and enter the required details to set up the account.
Outputs Configuration - CUsersFawadDocumentsNeoxScreenUploadersConfig.xml
The History dialog box lets you search the previously uploaded images using date, file name, file type and host filters. You can then copy or open the URL of the required image to share it or save it to your computer.
Neox Screen History
The Settings dialog box allows you to tweak a plethora of options for the app, organized under General, Upload, Hotkeys, Image, Clippboard upload, Capture, History, Proxy and Debug tabs.
NeoxScreen r9 - Settings
Neox is one of the most feature-filled screenshot capturing apps we’ve seen so far, but it lacks a very basic option of directly saving the captured image to your computer without having to upload them online first. Neox Screen works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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Discover Fun Places Recommended By Friends With Scoopt For Android & iOS

Looking for a simple location discovery app that helps you easily find the best nearby and worldwide amenities recommended by your very own friends? You might want to give Scoopt a try. Utilizing the trusted and widely used services of Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram and Foursquare, Scoopt is a free location discovery social app for Android and iOS that claims to offer the best recommendations for interesting places to eat, drink, shop, sleep and visit. It does so by presenting crowdsourced location-based information from actual visitors, app users and your friends instead of fake advertisers and promoters. The app sports arguably the best interface that we have seen in a while. In just a few taps, you can end up finding some of the most fascinating places to spend your weekend, or you may let your friends know about a nice little food spot you’ve just discovered in town. The app’s Holo-ish UI is curated in a way to help you easily explore all the recommended places by their order of submission, proximity, categories or a point of interest anywhere on the map.

Scoopt uses Facebook for login and content sharing purposes. Instagram integration allows the app to fetch gorgeous geo-tagged images relevant to your select places, while the app’s location discovery and sharing feature works in combination with Foursquare. Needless to say, the app’s integration with Google Maps allows you to track exact locations of shared places on maps.
First of all, you’ll be required to log in to the app using a Facebook or Scoopt account. New users can register for an account from within the app for free. Past the login phase, you’ll be greeted by the app’s timeline that lists the latest activities performed by various Scoopt users from all over the world. As mentioned earlier, each post is supplemented with images powered by Instagram, location info (check-ins and all) powered by Foursquare, geographical positioning powered by Google Maps and user profiles powered by Facebook (only in case of your Facebook friends).
The buttons at the top as well as the app’s sidebar allow you to quickly navigate to other location discovery modes supported by the app. As you can see in the screenshots below, the sidebar allows you to share new places, invite new friends, log out of the app, and explore Scoopt spots by latest, nearest, map or category.
Each spot featured on Scoopt is represented on Google Maps by a relevant placemarker, helping you to know at a glance whether the spot is meant for eating, drinking, shopping, entertainment or dwelling. If you wish to filter out locations by their respective categories, just head over to the app’s Explore section, tap one of the six supported categories and you’re good to go!
In case you’re looking to share some favorite location of yours via Scoopt, you’re presented with the option to pick a listed place from the Foursquare directory. Next, you can specify a category for the place, compose a brief review, rate it accordingly, and pick a handful of images fetched from Instagram to tag along with your post. Each post you submit via Scoopt can also be shared on your Facebook Wall.
All in all, Scoopt happens to be a fun app that does its job in the simplest yet quite effective manner. Though, we’d love to see it expand with the passage of time, and add more features such as checking-in to your favorite places, snapping custom images & videos natively, widgets for your home and lock screens, and the ability to share the places on other renowned social networks like Google+, Twitter and others.
Download Scoopt For Android
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Hands-On With The Official XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ For Android [Review]

XBMC is likely the best and most feature-rich cross-platform media center application available for almost all leading computer platforms. The immensely powerful open-source software has always been revered for the wide array of media discovery, playback & streaming tools it supports, and things only seem to get better with the release of version 12 of XBMC codenamed ‘Frodo’ that not only brings with it a slew of brand new features, but also introduces us to the official Raspberry Pi and Android variants of our beloved media center. As with both recently-supported platforms, the latest release of XBMC now lets Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, ATV and iOS users enjoy full HD audio support, improved AirPlay support, new translations powered by Transifex, advanced content filtering in media library, better UPnP sharing support, video library tags, improved image support, and most importantly, integrated Live TV and PVR support. More to follow.

In addition to all aforementioned features, 64-bit support has made its way to OS X as well, whereas Windows and Linux users get to enjoy much improved controller support on their respective platforms. As of this writing, the brand new XBMC AudioEngine is not available for OS X and iOS. As for Android, the latest build of XBMC supports more or less all the features except for hardware-accelerated video playback, which would be considered a major miss by many but fret not – it is expected to be added very soon.
In what is to follow, we shall be presenting our readers with an overview of some of the core features offered by the Android variant of XBMC 12 Frodo from its gorgeously-designed, sleek ‘Confluence’ home screen. While the features will be nearly the same on all other supported platforms as well, the user experience may obviously vary across platforms.


Upon launching the XBMC app, you’re greeted with a menu offering a total of six sections, with Weather being the first one (starting from left). As its name implies, you can use this menu to keep a close check on the latest weather forecasts of multiple locations of your choice from around the world. Both in terms of aesthetics  and feature set, this particular facet of XBMC looks good enough to blow even the best weather apps out of the water.
The weather section shows you plenty of weather details about each location including current temperature, cloud condition, sunrise & sunset times, dew point, humidity level, UV index, wind speed, a 10-day, 36-hours, weekend & hourly forecast, and Up-to-date weather alerts via radar maps. In terms of customization, you have the option to specify a custom weather service provider, adjust map zoom level, and toggle animated maps.


As the name implies, the Pictures section is home to your memorable photos and photo albums in a slick interface. It also supports a tons of add-ons, allowing you to import high quality images from a plethora of online image hosting services including 500px, Flickr, iPhoto, Picasa, Google Images and lots more. For importing local photos, you have the option to specify custom media directories. Using the left sidebar, you can opt to switch between six different preview modes, sort & filter items in multiple ways, and start full-screen slideshow of photos, with the option to randomize slideshow items.
XBMC lets you set custom duration for displaying each image in slideshow, enable pan & zoom effects, and toggle various options such as viewing EXIF info for photos, automatically generating photo thumbnails, previewing video files in listing and more.


This section is your one-stop shop for enjoying local video playback and streaming live videos from a wide array of online sources including YouTube, Vimeo, Al-Jazeera, Blip TV, CollegeHumor, ESPN and whatnot! Supported features include background playback, subtitles importing, video bookmarking, advanced browsing of online content, complete DVD menu support, custom video de-interlacing, video scaling, zoom level adjustment, option to hide watched videos, integrated video searching & filtering, vertical shift & pixel ratio adjustment, custom volume amplification level adjustment and lots more.
For advanced video settings, just head over to the app’s System Settings menu. From here, you can tinker with the video library settings, playback settings, file lists management, extended subtitles preferences and various DVD settings.


The Music section offers you a unified place to access your local music files as well as stream audio from a large pool of online services including SoundCloud, Apple iTunes Podcasts, Shoutcast 2, Sky.fm, Icecast, TWiT and quite a few others. Besides supporting basic music playback controls, the app’s visually-rich audio player interface helps you fetch song lyrics from various online service, and sports various eye-catching visualizations.
As with the video settings, you can navigate to the app’s system settings to tweak the settings for several aspects of the music playback experience including your music library, advanced playback (PreAmp & cross-fading etc.), file list, song submissions to Libre.fm & Last.fm, preferences for audio CDs, and a handful of karaoke options.


The Programs menu can be used to access all system and third-party apps installed on your device. In addition, you get to browse and install dozens of free apps featured on XBMC’s own repository. These apps are to be considered more as XBMC Add-ons for Android, rather than standalone apps. The list of available apps currently includes the likes of Facebook Media, iBeLight, Gmail Checker, RSS Editor, uTorrent, Web Viewer, XBMC Library Auto Updater and several other useful apps that enhance your XBMC experience on Android.


In the System section, you’ll find four submenus for advanced system settings, native file explorer (to specify default custom media directories), XBMC profile management and system info. The File Manager and System Info menus are pretty much self-explanatory. From the Profiles menu, you can customize the master XBMC user settings, and define profiles for additional users. You can also enable/disable the login screen for the XBMC app from here, and select the various subsections of the app that you wish to lock separately from other users.
However, it’s the Settings screen within this menu that comprises the most important options of all. Ranging from the app’s overall layout to Live TV settings and remote access preferences, you can extensively tweak all the advanced settings of XBMC. It is also form here that you can affiliate your XBMC media app with other UPnP supported devices, your web server, SMB client or AirPlay devices. Other useful options include adjusting the app’s video (display) & audio output settings, power saving preferences, internet access settings, managing all your XBMC add-ons, toggling the app’s notifications, customizing the Live TV, recording & parental settings, and managing your custom RSS feed settings by utilizing the relevant add-on.
If you’re ready to give XBMC a shot on your Android device, just download the APK file from the link at the end and sideload it on your device as you would normally do with any other APK. You’ll find download links for other platforms on the same page.
Download XBMC For Android

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Fireplug For iPhone Tracks Reading Habits & Creates Smart News Feeds

News apps that learn your preferences with the passage of time have been around for quite a while now, but Fireplug has just made this concept novel once again. Released by the team behind retickr, Fireplug combines social networking, automation and a sense of competition to bring you the only news reader you are ever likely to need on your iPhone. Like most modern apps of this genre, Fireplug has a ‘smart’ news stream that offers more relevant stories as you interact more often with the app. You can also maintain separate streams for different topics, but the best feature of the app is that everything you read is reflected on your profile. This makes Fireplug a good app if you are interested in keeping track of your own reading trends and showing off your expertise on your subjects of interest based on what you read.
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You have to sign up for the service using your email ID, though for a more social experience, Fireplug suggests connecting your Facebook account with the app as well. If you are too lazy to configure things manually, Fireplug has you covered. The ‘My Streams’ section features just random stories at first, but it tracks your interests to get more personal as time passes. The ‘Social News’ section lists articles shared by you (or your friends) on Facebook. For just some idle browsing, you get a few readymade ‘Streams’, though you can edit them and add new ones to the list quite easily. Your personal streams can consist of as many categories and sources as you want. If a feed is not listed in Fireplug by default, you can use the ‘Search’ option to find it and add it to your personal stream.
Fireplug iOS Stream Fireplug iOS Article Fireplug iOS Share
All the streams in Fireplug get refreshed quite regularly. You can swipe across the screen to navigate to neighboring streams, while the same gesture works for changing stories within a feed. You can bookmark articles, like or dislike them and share them via email.
Fireplug iOS Profile Fireplug iOS Stats
Fireplug tracks the tags of every item you read, and these tags are used in drawing up your expertise stats. Head to your profile to see the total number of articles you have read, shared and liked. The same stats are available for sources too. Fireplug rates its users according to the number of articles they have read. You are granted a rating for the most frequent tags that have ever come up in the stories you found interesting. The more you read, the more badges you earn from Fireplug, which can be a good way of keeping yourself motivated and having some bragging rights among friends.
Fireplug has a pretty neat interface, and is optimized for iPhone/iPod touch. It is available as a free download, and you should give it a try if you are looking for a smart yet customizable news reader.
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