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

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Access Photos Across Devices & Share Them As Tapestries With NeroKwik

We all love to share photos in different ways. Some people upload them to social networks for others to see, and then there are those who email their pictures as slideshows to share memorable moments with their friends and family. Developed by renowned computer software company Nero AG – known for their DVD burning application and entertainment suites - NeroKwik is a web, Android, iOS, Windows 8 & RT app that makes photo sharing a fantastic experience. The app allows you to create digital photo tapestries or collages, which you can then share with others through social media. Apart from your local storage, the app can also access photos from other devices as well as the ones you’ve uploaded to Facebook, Google+ and SugarSync. Join us after the break for a hands-on of the Windows 8 / RT variant of the app.
The first time you launch the app, you’re presented with a login screen where existing users can sign in to their NeroKwik account, while new users can create one via the signup section on the far left. The signup process is pretty quick and instantaneous, and just requires you to fill in a few details like your full name & email address, and specify a password.
NeroKwik_Sign In
The landing screen of the app houses navigation buttons for all its sections at the top namely All, Tapestries, Marked, Shared and Trash – all of which are pretty much self-explanatory. NeroKwik automatically scans all the images from the default Pictures library on your local drive upon first run, and presents those photos on the main screen. You can then make picture collages or tapestries from them by right-clicking the required photos. You can scroll horizontally through the pictures to view and select from the available choices.
NeroKwik
Once you have selected the required images, the next step is to give your tapestry a name using the Tapestry button on the app bar. Apart from the said button, you will also find Clear selection, action, share, slideshow and themes buttons in there.
NeroKwik Select
Upon giving your tapestry a name, you can then customize a few more bits about it by clicking Themes from the app bar. You can choose the photo size (custom, random, rating, social) and style, and sort them by newest. The Slideshow feature simply launches a full screen slideshow session of the images, with some simple sliding effects and nothing special or groundbreaking.
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If you want to use photos from your Facebook, Google+ or SugarSync accounts, you can access and make tapestries out of them on the fly by connecting these services with NeroKwik. To do that, simply head to the Connections pane from Settings in Charms Bar.
NeroKwit Connections
All in all, it’s a pretty decent app with a great approach to photo sharing. NeroKwik is a multi-platform application that is available for Windows 8/RT, iOS, Android and the web. You can grab it for free from the link below.

View Stats For Windows Logon & Logoff Times With WinLogOnView

It hasn’t been a while since Nirsoft released its last offering called TurnedOnTimesView – a utility designed to track when your PC was on and off. The freeware expert has just rolled out another awesome application for Windows by the name of WinLogOnView, which is a tiny, portable utility (about 80KB in size) that lets you monitor the date and time when you logged in and out of your system. In short, it displays information regarding logon sessions of all users of a Windows PC using the information saved in the Windows Security Events log. This can come in handy if you suspect someone’s using your PC without your consent during times when you’re not around. The tool can analyse data from local and remote computers as well as external disks. More details after the jump.
If you’ve ever used a Nirsoft tool, you will instantly find yourself at home, and the utility provides an equally intuitive usage for first time users as well. It should be noted that WinLogOnView doesn’t required to be installed to your computer and launches straight from its EXE file. Upon launch, you’re presented with a an easily understandable UI. The application immediately lists all the logon sessions, along with basic details like logon ID, user name, domain, computer, logon time, networks address, logoff time and duration. It also allows you to export this data to tab-delimited, comma-delimited, HTML or XML file. You can either choose to export all the information via clicking View > HTML Report – All Items, or only the highlighted items in a similar fashion.
Since the tool is based on Windows security events log, its accuracy depends on the data stored in the said log. Therefore, you might notice some of the information missing from the available data, specifically for logon sessions without any log off times for occasions such as system power failures.
WinLogOnView
The Advanced Options window can be accessed via pressing the F9 key or from the Options menu, and it allows you to specify the data source for the required information, Simply click the drop down menu and WinLogOnView will let you select between Local Computer, Remote Computer and External Disk. When remote computer is selected, you can specify the computer’s name, while selecting the external disk option requires you to specify the folder on the disk that contains the security events log (security.evtx) file.
Advanced Options
WinLogOnView is available at the developer’s official page and can be downloaded for free via the link provided below. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Nekoze For Mac Monitors Your Posture & Alerts When You Start To Slouch

Nekoze For Mac Monitors Your Posture & Alerts When You Start To Slouch:
Keeping a good posture while using a computer is very important to avoid issues like RSI, but for many of us, sitting upright and making sure our elbows are level with the table takes a backseat to slouching in our chair and getting comfortable. Ergonomic work setups can significantly help, but the fact is that unless you force your self to stop slumping, there is no chair comfortable (or uncomfortable) enough to get you to straighten your spine. In all fairness, we’re so used to slumping in our chairs that we often forget what we’re doing to our spines. Nekoze is a free health and fitness Mac app that takes a somewhat different approach to helping you maintain a good posture while you work. It connects with your webcam and detects when you start to slump in your chair. An on-screen and audio notification alerts you to sit up. You can customize how lenient or strict the app is in its assessment of your sitting posture.


Nekoze runs in the Menu Bar and adds a little cat head icon to it. If you’re using a Mac mini, you’ll have to connect an external webcam in order to use the app. Nekoze will automatically detect the iSight camera. When you’re ready to start, sit up straight, adjust your seat to a comfortable position and click ‘Start’. When you eventually begin slouching, and the app will notify you. The on-screen alerts change appearance if you continue to sit in the wrong way. The audio alerts use a cat’s meowing sound, and I personally found them inadequate to get me to sit up.
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If you think Nekoze is policing you a bit too harshly, you can go to the app’s preferences and adjust how strictly you’re monitored, as well as how often the app checks your posture. The default setting for ‘Frequency’ seemed reasonable enough in our testing, but you might want to adjust the ‘Accuracy’ to suit you better.
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Nekoze can be set to start with your Mac, and the volume for its audio alerts can be adjusted from the ‘General’ tab in its preferences. You can also mute the sound notifications altogether if you like.
Nekoze pref
Nekoze is a pretty decent concept, but the sound alerts need to be more assertive in nature. A tiny little meow, regardless of how high the volume on my Mac is, is going to make me giggle at best. At the very least, the sound should be customizable so users can set one of the system sounds or a clip of their choice as an alert. If you’re looking for more apps that do amazing things with your webcam, give Flutter a try.
Download Nekoze From Mac App Store
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

LinkedIn Contacts For iPhone Unifies Local & Online Address Books & Helps You Stay In Touch

LinkedIn Contacts For iPhone Unifies Local & Online Address Books & Helps You Stay In Touch:
LinkedIn has released a standalone iOS app for its new LinkedIn Contacts feature that aims to help you handle your professional relationships with ease. The app has been built to let you stay in touch with your pals, family and business associates over the world’s largest social network for professionals no matter which channel you use to interact and communicate with the them. It aggregates your contacts from your iPhone Address Book, LinkedIn itself, Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook,  and brings them together all in one place, eliminating the need to use separate services or apps for the purpose. This can come exceptionally handy for those who have  their contacts spread across all these various services and would prefer to access them in one place. There’s also third-party app integration with services like Evernote to help you sync notes with different contacts across the aforementioned services. The app boasts a great-looking UI and feels fairly snappy. Let’s take a look.


When launched, LinkedIn Contacts asks you to sign in to your LinkedIn account to gain access to what it has on offer. Simply provide your credentials (email and password) and tap sign in. It also gives you an interactive tour to showcase its features when launched for the first time. In addition to get you acquainted with the app, it loads your contacts in the background. When this process finishes, you can tap Continue.
LinkedIn Contacts-tour LinkedIn Contacts_Continue
Next up, you’re asked to choose the service(s) that you’d like to connect with the app. Simply mark the ones that you wish to connect (followed by authorizing them) and tap Done at the top right corner of the screen. It should be noted that you can always connect them later on if you wish. Your contacts from all added services will now start loading up. At the far-left, there’s the Contacts tab, along with To Do and Calendar. The app does a pretty great job in letting you manage your tasks, and also includes a calendar for taking a peek at your contacts’ birthdays, recent job titles, reminders et al.
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Tap a contact and you’re shown your relationship with them, their complete contact information like phone number, email and the company they are working in, the emails you both have exchanged, and other pertaining details like the source of connection, and their professional bio including education and employment history. The app loads professional info directly from the contacts’ LinkedIn profiles, so nothing surprising in there. You can also instantly communicate with a contact via email or phone without even leaving LinkedIn Contacts.
The app also lets you sort your contacts in different orders, such as alphabetic, recent or newly added, as well as via tags, companies, titles, locations, sources – in short, it provides a lot flexibility and control over how you want your contacts list to appear. The To Do section of the app lets you keep up with important events like birthdays etc.
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LinkedIn Contacts is available on the App Store for free and you can grab it using the download link provided below.
Download LinkedIn Contacts For iOS
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Easily Transfer Contacts & Calendar Events Among iOS Devices Over WiFi

Easily Transfer Contacts & Calendar Events Among iOS Devices Over WiFi:
The fact that iCloud has the capability to keep your contacts and calendar entries synced across multiple iOS devices might have contributed towards repressing the development of alternative ways to get your personal data transferred to a new device whenever you purchase a new iPhone or iPad. In case you keep all your contacts and reminders synced with a cloud service, this isn’t much of a problem, but if your data is scattered across multiple services or is only available offline, shifting from one device to another can be a real headache, even if the newer one is an iDevice as well. In the past, we have seen solutions like securedContacts, which lets you export your entire address book as a CSV file, but this option only works for jailbroken devices and requires a few extra steps even then. With Device Switch, you don’t need to sign up for any account or perform any complicated procedure; all it takes is a Wi-Fi connection, a few taps and you are done transferring your address book and calendar events to your new iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Device Switch iOS Welcome Device Switch iOS Options

The only requirement of transferring data using Device Switch is that both devices must be running the app, and on the same Wi-Fi network. To get started, hit the ‘Next’ button and wait for the app to scan your network for devices. Once the iDevice you are looking for shows up, just tap its name. Now you have to tell Device Switch whether you want to transfer data to or from the selected device. In either case, a code shows up that the user has to enter into a text box to authenticate the connection.
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Once Device Switch has established the Wi-Fi connection between the two devices, the next step is to choose the type of data you want to share. It is possible to transfer both contacts and calendar events using the app by toggling on the appropriate options. As soon as you hit the ‘Next’ button after that, the transfer is initiated. Just make sure the Wi-Fi connection remains undisturbed during the transfer and neither of the devices goes in sleep mode. When the transfer is complete, Device Switch displays a summary of the entities that have been shared.
Device Switch is a pretty smart app and automatically sends all the transferred data to the right apps in your iPhone. The photos and additional information associated with your contacts are imported by the app as well, leaving little room for improvement in the whole app (except its interface perhaps). You can get Device Switch for free by heading to the following link. The app only works with iOS 6, and is optimized for iPhone/iPod touch.
Download Device Switch For iOS
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Monday, July 1, 2013

How To Add Facebook Chat To The Mac OS X Messages App

How To Add Facebook Chat To The Mac OS X Messages App:
Both the Facebook app itself as well as the dedicated Facebook Messenger app allow you to chat with your Facebook friends on your smartphone, giving you two very easy ways to keep in touch with them. When it comes to OS X though, despite Facebook’s integration in Mountain Lion, no native chat feature exists in the OS itself that would allow you to connect with your Facebook friends. If you would like to integrate Facebook chat with OS X itself without having to resort to a third-party app, you need look no further than the Messages app in OS X that is more than capable of acting as a chat client for Facebook. Here’s how you can set the app up to send and receive chat messages from Facebook,


To add your Facebook account to Messages, you need to provide your credentials in form of your Facebook user name followed by @chat.facebook.com. If you don’t know what your user name is, visit your Facebook profile in your browser and check the URL bar. Just make sure to copy it exactly as it appears after facebook.com/ including any periods (in case it has any), and you’re ready to proceed.
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Next, open Message on your Mac, go to the ‘Accounts’ tab in its preferences and add a new Jabber account. Under ‘Account Name’, add your Facebook username followed by ‘@chat.facebook.com’ (without the quotes). Enter you Facebook account’s password under the ‘Password’ field, click ‘Done’, and you’re really done!
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Open Messages and wait until your Jabber status changes to ‘Available’. In the ‘To’ field, start typing a friend’s name and it will pull a list of friends from Facebook, searching them as you type. Messages will also show a friend’s online status. Messages you send and receive will be saved by Messages, while you can still access them on Facebook itself as well. For those conversations that you’d prefer not to keep a record of, here’s how you can delete your Messages history in OS X Mountain Lion.
Facebook Messages
For those who haven’t upgraded to Mountain Lion, this trick will work in the iChat app as well, since it can also connect over Jabber. If you’ve upgraded to Mountain Lion but haven’t connected your Facebook account, you need not worry because this method with Messages works independently of it. Facebook will detect when you are using another chat client, and its web alerts i.e. those annoying sounds that make me think my battery is about to die will be automatically disabled. You will be able to send messages to both online and offline friends, but Messages will not be able to mimic the ‘Seen’ feature that tells you a message has been read. If you are using a separate chat client merely for Facebook chat, this method can prove to be one very good alternative to it.
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10 Great Chrome Extensions For Twitter

10 Great Chrome Extensions For Twitter:
Twitter is a very engaging network; you can open your timeline and before you know it, you’ve spent the better part of an hour reading links or conversing (read: debating trolls). For this and several other reasons, many users prefer Twitter clients over the web interface. Most Twitter clients not only have better features, but also support notifications for your @mentions, direct messages etc. At the same time, they give you control over the content you see, ensuring that only important things disrupt your work. The problem is that Twitter likes to axe the abilities of third-party Twitter clients by restricting its API, and many users have to turn to its web interface whether they like it or not. It’s situations like this when extensions can be very handy. Provided you have the right ones installed, your browser can act like an impressive Twitter client itself, and we’ve compiled a list of extensions for Chrome that will help you do just that.


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Classic Retweet

On Twitter for web, you cannot edit a tweet before retweeting it. The absence of this feature on the web interface is puzzling, since it is there in its mobile apps. It’s the number one reason I’ve always retweeted from my phone rather than from my desktop, but Classic Retweet takes care of that by adding a ‘Classic RT’ option to Twitter’s web interface that lets you edit tweets before they are retweeted in the good old RT style.
Classic Retweet
Classic Retweet For Chrome

Previeweet

Tweets that link to images or news stories are likely what more time is wasted on. Not only do we compulsively click on links to see what they are, but we also tend to spend time reading and then sharing many of them. If you would like to – at the very least – be able to preview images shared on your timeline, Previeweet is what you need. The extension adds a small thumbnail next to tweets containing links to images hosted on Twitter’s servers, Dribbble, Instagram, Photobucket, Facebook, Apple, Yfrog, Twitpic, Twitvid, Flickr, and Imgur. The previews load automatically with the tweets.
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Previeweet For Chrome

Tweeter: App.net client inside Twitter

If you recall our review of Kiwi, an App.net client for OS X, you will remember that it is strikingly similar to most Twitter clients. If the similarities ever made you wish you could combine your Twitter and App.net feed, stop looking – Tweeter: App.net client inside Twitter is an extension that will do just that. You will need to sign in with your App.net account and authorize it to connect with the extension. You can choose to view updates by all users or just by the ones that you follow.
Tweeter

Tweeter For Chrome

Notifier for Twitter

One of the primary reasons why many people prefer third-party Twitter clients is notifications. Though if you’ve wanted a way to get notifications for your @mentions and DMs, Notifier for Twitter is an extension worth giving a try. It’s actually more of an in-browser Twitter client in a popup, from which you can view your timeline and tweet. However, if you aren’t a fan of these clients, you can still install Notifier for Twitter solely because of its desktop notifications. You can specify which activity you will receive them for and set alerts for Direct Messages and Mentions as sticky. The extension even works with Growl for OS X to streamline notifications.
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‘Notifier For Twitter’ For Chrome

Open Tweet Filter

Twitter trends are not always worth keeping up with but if you follow the right crowd, you might never have to read the many tweets that contribute to annoying trends. If Twitter trends aren’t the only thing you would like to filter from your timeline, you can use Open Tweet Filter. It allows you to block tweets containing certain keywords, or tweets from a particular user. To view the filter popup, click the cog wheel next to the compose tweet button on Twitter for web and select the newly added ‘Filters’ option.
Open Tweet Filter
‘Open Tweet Filter’ For Chrome

Twipster

If you’ve ever wanted a very clean and minimal interface for your Twitter timeline, you’re looking for Twipster. It removes the ‘who to follow’ suggestions from Twitter, as well as the list of trending topics and the compose tweet box. The interface is wholly taken over by your timeline on a plain white background overriding all other backgrounds. The only remnants of the original Twitter interface is the black bar at the top. It’s very minimal, very clean, and very hipster (we’re kidding, normal people can use it too).
Twipster
Twipster For Chrome

Chromnitweet

In the absence of a Twitter client, the only way to tweet without visiting Twitter is to install one of the many extensions that open a popup that you can compose your tweets in. Chromnitweet does things differently; it lets you tweet right from the Omnibar itself! Type tw in the Omnibar, hit space and type in your tweet. Hitting enter will send the tweet. The only flaw with this method is that you cannot see how many characters you have used.
Chromnitweet
Chromnitweet For Chrome

Twitter Omnibox

While we’re on the topic of Chrome extensions for Twitter and the Omnibox, Twitter Omnibox allows you to open any user’s Twitter profile without having to type in the complete URL. Type @ in the Omnibar, hit space and type anyone’s Twitter handle. When you hit enter, you’ll be taken directly to the user’s Twitter profile if a user with that handle exists.
Twitter Omnibox
Twitter Omnibox For Chrome

TweetRight

When sharing links on Twitter from your browser, you’re either copying URLs or using Tweet buttons that have been added to the web page. In either case, you have to tweet the entire page or nothing. TweetRight lets you microtweet i.e.tweet everything from a single image to selected text on a web page. You’re no longer tied down to URLs or sharing buttons; TweetRight adds a ‘Tweet’ option to the right-click context menu that you can use to tweet an image, a link, an entire page, or selected text. TweetRight also adds a button in the URL bar to let you quickly compose your own tweets.
TweetRight
TweetRight For Chrome

InstaTwit

We have already featured InstaTwit on our list of extensions that improve your image viewing experience on Twitter. This handy extension basically allows you to view Instagram images in Twitter’s web interface once again. All you have to do is click ‘Expand’ in any tweet with an Instagram link, and the extension will load up the preview in a way similar to how Twitter itself used to do before the Instagram integration became broken.
InstaTwit
If you know any other great extensions that make it easier to use Twitter’s web interface or let you do more with your browser, let us know in the comments.
InstaTwit For Chrome
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