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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Muzei Is An Amazing Android Live Wallpaper That Switches Backgrounds From Configurable Sources

Android stands tall over its competition in a lot of areas, mainly when it comes to customization possibilities and changing the overall look and feel of the device. One such element is the choice of wallpapers. If we look at the primary competitors, iOS started offering wallpaper customization pretty late in the day, and even those are not much use except on the lock screen, since the home screen is usually riddled with app icons that hide whatever you’ve set as the background. Likewise, Windows Phone wallpapers are visible only on the lock screen. With the variety of launcher and home screen choices that you get with Android, that’s the platform where having a different background truly shines.
Live wallpapers, despite being battery hogs, are one of the prime preferences for a lot of users. A while back, we saw 500 Firepaper see the light of day – an excellent live wallpaper that cycled through choice images from the 500px library. Taking the same concept many notches further comes Muzei – a live wallpaper that can automatically cycle through wallpapers from a variety of other sources, thanks to the number of extensions that are already available for the app. Let’s take a closer look at what it has to offer.
Muzei Android (1) Muzei Android (2)
Coming from the famed developer of DashClock, Muzei speaks quality and finesse from the first launch. The concept behind the app is that it works with different “sources”, and by default, it picks from a library of popular works of art, alongside providing you the ability to include your local photo library as well.
Since Muzei is open source, Goolge Play Store is riddled with extensions that expand on the source collection and allow you to include the likes of 500px, Reddit, Flickr, Facebook, and a variety of others.
Muzei Android (3)
What sets Muzei truly apart is the way the developer has left things open ended for the development of extensions. Most of the customizations are dependent on the sources that you add. The app allows you to get notified when a new wallpaper gets applied, and configure the change interval. Also, remember how some wallpapers are so color/texture-rich that they tend to cloud the icons on the home screen? Muzei addresses that by dimming the wallpaper by default, which can be then brought to focus simply by double-tapping the home screen. A simple and elegant solution, if you ask me.
Overall, Muzei is one of the finest wallpaper apps I’ve ever used, including the famous 500 Firepaper. The app is well thought out, elegantly built and does everything that it promises, and some more. A must have if you’re a fan of Android customization. This free app requires Android 4.2 or above to work.

Share Your PC’s Screen With Any Computer Over WiFi Or LAN Using ScreenTask

I usually prefer services and apps on the web that are free from complex sign up procedures or complicated installation setups. Unfortunately, many screen sharing apps available for Windows suffer from both these annoyances, on top of being fairly expensive. ScreenTask is an open-source screen sharing application that simplifies this task for users who just want to share their screens with others on their local network. As the sharing is done over local WiFi or LAN, it eliminates the need for cumbersome signups. Once the app is up and running, it provides you with a unique URL that can be shared with as many local computers as you want. What’s more, ScreenTask doesn’t require client-side installation. That is, using the URL you shared with them, other users can view your PC’s screen on any web browser and any platform without additional software. Details to be followed.
The application is very easy to set up. The only quirk – if this qualifies as one – is that the app isn’t portable, so if you constantly shift between computers or networks, you can’t simply run it from a flash drive. You’ll have to install it on the system you intend to use for screen sharing. Once you’ve done that, the rest can be configured within a few mouse clicks.
Launch the application and start by selecting the network device you’re currently using from the IP drop down menu. Next, you need to specify the port number, and refresh time in milliseconds.
Optionally, you can also make the screen sharing session private with a username and password. To do that, simply enable ‘Private Task’ and fill the empty ‘User’ and ‘Password’ fields to its right. When you’re done, click the ‘Start Server’ button to begin the screen sharing session.
Screen Task then generates the appropriate URL for you, which you may share with others on the same network. The link comprises your PC’s IP address and the port number that was set. Recipients just have to enter the URL in the address bar of their web browsers. If the sharing session is private, they will have to enter the associated username and password.
The web-based interface has three options at the bottom that allow recipients to stop watching the session, tweak the refresh time and switch to full-screen mode.
Even though there are quite a lot of screen sharing desktop apps, if you ever find the need to share your screen with several users on the same WiFi network or LAN, ScreenTask is definitely worth trying out.

Tappin Allows Secure Remote Access To View & Share Large Files

These days, we usually have our digital content stored in multiple locations at once. With so many electronic devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones, it’s hard to keep a copy of everything in each device you own. To make the content available on every device, services like DropBox require you to upload files to access them from configured devices. Tappin is a cloud service that lets you access any file stored on your hard drive without the need to upload or sync your files to central server; the files stay safe and secure on your computer. It allows you to remotely access documents and media files from browsers, mobile devices (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7) and tablets. The application forces no size limits on the files, and you can access your data on another computer as well as share the files with others. Tappin not only provides secure and private remote access to you files, but also compresses and encrypts that content before making it accessible from other devices.
The application requires you to sign up for the services to set up your private cloud storage. Just visit Tappin (link given at the bottom of the post), enter email address and password to receive an activation link. Clicking the link will begin installing the client app, which can be accessed from system tray.  After installation, it will prompt you to enter the email address and password to login.
Tappin System Tray
When you want make local folder accessible from other devices, right-click the system tray icon and select Tappin Folders to open its web app. You will be prompted to select the folders that you want toMake Available. Select Make Another Folder Available from the bottom right corner, and select the folder you want to add to Tappin. Once added, it will be placed in the Private tab (Private folders are viewable only by you).
TappIn Add Folder

The folders you add to Tappin can be accessed from any remote location. All you need is a web browser to access your account to view and download the file at specified local location. Moreover, Tappin allows you to stream audio and video files without having to download them. To share a folder, click Share This Folder (option available underneath each folder), select the Sharing type (With Login and No Login required), enter your name, and then specify recipient email address to send the file share invitation.
TappIn Share Folder
The recipients will receive a link in their email inbox enabling them to access the shared folder.
TappIn View Shared

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Weezo: Share, Transfer And Gain Remote Access To Hard Drive Content

Weezo is a remote access/file sharing application that lets you gain remote access to the content on your computer, such as photos, music, videos and documents. You can either access the items in your computer from a remote location, or share them with your friends with safe, immediate and unlimited file sharing ensured. Weezo takes the concept of file sharing, and simplifies the process to such an extent that its just a matter of sharing a link and password to give your friends access to your hard drive folders. Other than sharing data, music, videos, documents etc, the application also allows you to give remote desktop access, remote startup and shutdown, and lets others view your webcam in their browsers (with your permission, of course). Even that’s not all, as Weezo is not only a file sharing service, but also lets you send whole folders and stream content from your computer. Read on to find out more about Weezo.
Before you can start using this program, you will have to configure the application. The configuration process is made quite easy by a very helpful Weezo wizard, that guides you through the whole process. First, enter your Account Name, Email address, Password and click Validate.
weezo.net Account
While configuring Weezo, the Windows firewall will ask you for permissions at some point. Click Allow Access to let the application communicate on Private and Public networks.
Windows Security Alert
Once the configuration process is complete, you will be asked to start Weezo in Simple Mode or Expert Mode. It is advised to select Simple Mode when using the application for the first time.
The application does not come with any difficult options or configuration menus, and sharing content is pretty easy. The Resources pane at the left has different categories, such as Files, Music Sharing, Video Sharing, Webcam, Multimedia, Photo Album etc, while the sharing settings appear in the right pane. To share a file or folder, choose a category in the left pane (we selected Music Sharing), enter a folder name under Name, and drag the files and folders that you want to share under the area titled Files. AURL Link and Password will be automatically generated by the application. The URL Link can be shared via simply copying it to clipboard, generate a QR-code and by using Email, Facebook, Twitter orAddThis.

Weezo Music Sharing
Share the link with someone along with the password to enable access to your files and folders. The web-app of Weezo lets you view documents, play videos and listen to music directly form the browser, eliminating the need to download most multimedia content to the hard drive.
Weezo Music Sharing Webapp
All the other categories are as easy to configure as Music Sharing. Just select a category from the left side and follow the same process to share them with others. Weezo also allows sending content to various recipients. Select the Send pane from the right side, choose the folder that you want to send and click Create to create a New Direct Link to download the file.
Weezo Direct Link
Weezo works on all versions of Windows.

Popular Android Content Transfer App Pushbullet Comes To Windows

Mobile devices have become an essential part of our lives. They are slowly reducing the time we spend on traditional computers to surf internet, check emails, watch movies or play video games. Nonetheless, traditional computers are still around, and we often find ourselves exchanging information between our mobile devices and computers to keep data backed up or synchronized. Pushbullet, a brilliant Android app that allows users to send almost anything from phone to PC and vice versa, recently took the wrap off of an all-new Windows variant. Pushbullet for Windows lets users quickly send and receive files, links, notes, and text etc. to and from other computers or devices over WiFi.
We covered Pushbullet back in January 2013, but since then, the service surely has outdone itself, adding many extra features to its arsenal, along with a Windows application that should make sharing ever more convenient.
Pushbullet’s Windows tool, which is a public beta as of this writing, has a 7.4 MB installation package, sports context menu integration (allows sending files from their right-click menus), the ability to push links, notes, and files up to 25MB in size. The devs promise greater sizes for file transfer and more features in future builds.
After launching it for the first time, you need to sign in to your Pushbullet account. New users can also use their Google accounts to speed things up. The UI of the application is extremely simple. The drop-down menu at the top lets you select your target Windows PC or device. The five buttons at bottom let you chose the item type you need to share, namely, message, link, attachment, list or contact information.
For simple text messages, you can enter the subject along with the actual message body, while lists are handy for creating to-do items.
Files can be sent by clicking the large button that appears in the middle after selecting the file transfer option  (attachment icon) from the bottom, through drag and drop, or from the right-click context menu of the intended file.
Once you’re ready, all you need to do is click ‘Push It!’ to send the item on its way.
PushBullet Rigth Click
It also displays desktop notifications upon sending and receiving files. A small feature, but handy nonetheless.
PushBullet File Recieved
Pushbullet for Windows works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Remember that the app is currently in beta. As mentioned earlier, more features have been promised in future updates.

DVDFab Ripper Review: A Comprehensive DVD Backup Solution

Do you own a rack full of DVDs that you so passionately archived over years? Now that the collection is taking up a humongous space, are you planning to go for a digital archive? The best alternative you can go for is creating backup copies for those DVDs. For that you will need a hassle free solution for making DVD clones. If you are looking for one feel free to try DVD Ripper.
DVD Ripper houses a complete set of functionality that helps you rip DVDs like a pro. With an extensive list conversion formats, support for all popular devices and proper utilization of recent hardware the tool ensures a speedy and compatible conversion of all kinds of DVD videos. The tool supports DVD, DVD folder as well ISO files as input. The output formats include MPEG-4, DivX, XviD, H.264, AVI, MP4, WMV, DPG for video and MP3, MP4, M4A, WMA, WAV, ACC, AC3, DTS for audio. You can customize conversion settings to suit your need or you can choose from the list preset conversion profiles for ease of use. There are more than 20 output modes and 100 preset profiles. Since it support batch conversion you can set all the conversion at once and wait for the conversion without any manual tweaking in between. You can set multiple video effects, add subtitle as well as forced subpicture or external audio tracks for a complete personalized conversion if needed. The tool also house features to bypass copy protection ensuring successful conversion of any DVD you own.
The tool does offer some of the most needed functionality for ripping or copying DVDs. All of that comes for a price which is $49.95. The price although is reasonable, you still have a choice to use the tool for free for 30 days before you choose to buy it. However every video that you convert or rip will have a watermark which is kinda frustrating but you can’t complain, sadly, it’s company policy.
Apart from the DVD ripping feature the tool also offers many other relevant video conversion options and also helps you archive Blu-ray discs to normal DVDs and plenty more choices are included for the user to go digital archiving. So if you are willing to backup, or play any DVD movie on your iPod touch or just want to share some personal videos with your friends DVDFab has got your back. Feel free to drop in your comments about what you liked or disliked about the tool.

Via Ampercent

Install Android OS on PC, Mac or Linux, With Ease

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the installation process of Android OS on PC, Mac or Linux.
  • Download Virtual Box from here. (Virtual Box is a virtual machine which lets you install and run another OS parallely with your current operating system. For more info, clickhere.)
  • Download the Android OS image of your choice. find the links below:

Steps to install Android OS on PC, Mac or Linux:

  • Install Virtual Box. Follow the installation instructions.
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  • Open Virtual Box, click “New” and Select “Linux” and “Other Linux” from the drop down menu. Name the OS and click “Continue”.
os_type_install android os on pc, mac and linux
  • Allocate the memory to the virtual machine. Minimum allocated memory should be beyond 512 megabytes.
  • Select the Hard drive type and make it dynamically allocated.
create_hard_drive_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Choose the location of the installation. Fix the virtual hard drive size (any where between 20-50 gigabytes)
file_location_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Navigate to “Settings” and then Storage. Highlight “Empty” under the “Storage Tree”.
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  • Now, click the small DVD icon located at the right side and mount the Android OS image of your choice and click “OK”. (Note: We chose Android 4.3)
mount_image_2_install android os on pc, mac and linux
  • Start the virtual machine and  choose to “Install Android to harddisk” and press “Enter”. (Use up and down arrow keys)
select_to_install_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Click “Create/Modify partitions”-> ”New”-> ”Primary”.
  • Allocate the partition size.
  • Select “Bootable” -> Select “Write” ->Type “Yes” and Select “Quit”.
  • Select “sda1″ parition and click “OK”.
select_partition_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Select “ext3″ in the list.
select_parititon_type_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Format it.
format_partition_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Install grub.
install_grub_install android os on pc, mac and linux
  • Android OS is installed. Click “OK” to continue with the post installation processes.
  • Follow the post installation process. (Select time zone, add your name etc)
installation_done_install android os on pc, mac or linux
  • Here you go, you are done my friend.
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  • Congratulations, you have successfully installed Android OS on your machine.
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Android version 4.4 (KitKat) ISO isn’t available for download to be used with Virtual PC at this moment. We will add the image as soon as it becomes available.

Via ampercent

Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML

OPML stands for “Outline Processor Markup Language”. It’s an XML file format that is being used to share RSS feeds amongst different RSS readers.
Feedly helps you to import or export Feedly subscriptions to OPML and use them with different RSS readers. Sounds good , right? This is how it works:

Steps to Import or export Feedly subscriptions to OPML

First, we will see how to export Feedly subscriptions to OPML:
1. Login to your Feedly account.
2. Click “Organize” located in the left side panel.
click_organize_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML
3. Scroll down till the very end and click “Save as OPML”.
save_as_OPML_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML
4. Click “Click here to download your Feedly OPML” and save it somewhere recallable in your machine.
download_the_copy_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML
Note: You can send this OPML file to your friends or relatives to import it to their Feedly account. You could also import this file to other RSS reader applications or a different Feedly account. The Import process is detailed below.
Now, we will see how to import Feedly subscriptions from OPML
1. Login to your Feedly account.
2. Click “Organize” located in the left side panel.
organize_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML
3. Click “Import OPML”.
import_OPML_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML
4. Click “Choose file” and select the OPML file, upload it and click “Import”.
choose_file_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML
5. All the Feedly feeds will be added to the respective Feedly account.
feeds_imported_Import or Export Feedly Subscriptions to OPML

Note: Following the same process, you could import Feedly subscriptions to any other RSS reader. However, different RSS readers have different importing techniques.
This article is solely written for the purpose to import or export Feedly subscriptions to OPML to a different Feedly account. The same process may work with other RSS readers as well. Please follow the respective RSS reader import/export guidelines.

Access Android Media And Playlists On Your Windows Or Mac Computer

One of the problems with managing your media library is that it is not homogeneous across all the devices you own. You have a good volume of songs in your phone, some albums in your PC, some in your iTunes library. All your media is scattered across different devices and there seems to be no easy way to access or maintain a single playlist for all your media.
I play all the music on my mobile, since its portable. When I am at work and need to listen to music for concentration, I feel the need to access my Android’s playlist on my Windows computer. In short, I would like to add more tracks, create playlist, manage the media library of my Android phone from Windows 7 or Mac OSX.
So how do you manage your Android’s music playlist from a computer? By managing, I mean you would want to fire up a playlist on your computer’s media player, the playlist that is saved on your phone’s SD card. You would also want to add new songs to the playlist from the computer itself and would like to sync everything to your phone at the touch of a button.
There are paid apps like Doubletwist which lets you sync Android music to your computer but it has a serious drawback. Although you can access the playlist from your computer but you can’t manage it. You can not add new songs to your already existing playlist or modify it. You can sync the tracks to your computer’s media library but you cannot modify the playlists that are saved in your phone.

An easy way to access, modify or manage Android playlist from your computer

Winamp is the best way to wirelessly play songs stored on your Android phone iin your PC or MAC computer. You can even modify, add, delete playlists directly to your phone, given that the phone and the computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Winamp music player for Android
Here is how to access Android playlist from Windows or MAC
1. Download and install Winamp’s desktop player on your computer.
2. Install Winamp’s Android app on your phone (Android only)
3. Connect both the devices to the same Wi-Fi network or router. Please note that Winamp does not require an internet connection to sync the playlists or media. It just needs a common shared network (which will work without internet access as well)
4. Open Winamp’s desktop app and click the Devices link in the left pane as shown below
5. You will be able to connect your Android phone with your computer’s media player now. Double click a playlist and Winamp will buffer all the songs directly from your  phone’s SD card and stream it on your computer.
Here are the settings you should have on Winamp’s desktop application
Please note that Winamp does not saves songs to your computer’s media library (although you can do that from the preferences pane). When you want to add songs to your phone, simply drag and drop the song into the devices pane and it will be copied. So this is a nice and easy way to transfer songs wirelessly from Windows to Android. You can even add new songs to an already existing playlist, create a new playlist or delete existing ones. Winamp’s Wi-Fi sync gives you complete control over your phone’s media library.
I bought Doubletwist and a few other apps for syncing songs and playlist but I have removed all of them now. Winamp is effortlessly easy to use and the best part is that you don’t have to go through rigorous configuration settings. It just works!

Via Ampercent

Find the Right Flash Storage Capacity that’s Right for your Computer, Camera and Mobile

Flash drives as we all know are available as USB sticks, camera memory and mobile memory cards to store, transfer and backup digital files from host devices like computers, cameras and mobile phones. It is possible to store beyond 1TB (around 1000+ GB) data on a flash drive. But before determining what storage space we need for our camera, mobile memory card or for that matter a USB stick, it is important to decide what kind of data will be stored on it and its core application.

The following tables, shared by Kingston Technology on its community site gives a understanding of how much storage is needed for storing your photos, videos and data files.

Some definitions that can help you understand above mentioned tables clearly
Mbps = Megabits per second
GB = Gigabytes
.MKV = Matroska Media Container
.MP4 = MPEG-4 Media container)

* Some of the listed capacity on a Flash storage device is used for formatting and other functions and thus is not available for data storage. As such, the actual available capacity for data storage is less than what is listed on the product.

** Approximate number of JPEG (compressed file) pictures. JPEG file sizes vary based upon camera model and internal file size and compression settings, as well as user-selected resolution and compression mode settings. In addition, JPEG compression will result in different file sizes based upon picture complexity. Some host devices may not support all of the Flash storage capacities listed. Consult your device’s owner’s manual for supported capacities.

*** Actual recording time will vary based upon camera model, selected resolution, compression settings and the content being recorded. Some host devices may not support all of the Flash storage capacities listed. Consult your device’s owner’s manual for supported capacities.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Free Motion Detection Software That Captures Every Small Move

SGS HomeGuard Free is a free motion detection software that captures every single movement happening in the covered area. It works like a  surveillance camera that captures everything in the nearby surroundings. The free version of this software does not have the feature of recording. But, it takes a screenshot every time there is some movement and saves that screenshot in archives. It has a scheduler that you can enable to set the time period for which you want the software to record and take screenshots. There are two different modes: detection mode and Watch mode. The software supports different camera models & USB webcams and you can choose to save images in different image formats like Jpg, PNG, BMP. To download this software, you will have to first create a free account on the website.

We have also compiled a list of 5 Best Free Webcam Surveillance Software, that you can go through.

HomeGuard free-motion detection software-icon

Install And Start Recording:

This motion detection software is quite a lightweight software (around 12MB) considering the work it does. After you install the software, you can straightaway begin the recording. You have to connect it either with a camera or a USB webcam. While you are connecting the camera or webcam with the software, you can manually alter the settings like its resolution, brightness,  frame size, frame rate, zoom etc. This option is not available once you have begun recording. You will have to restart the software again for it.
HomeGuard free-motion detection software-properties
On the interface you will see a small window that shows the area covered by your device. There are two modes that you have to choose from- Detection mode and Watch mode. Both these modes let you capture screenshots and save them in archives. The only difference is that in the detection mode the camera captures every small motion, and in the Watch mode screenshots are taken every 10 seconds, irrespective of any movements or motions. The time frame of capturing screenshots in Watch mode can be manually changed by you. In case there is an interval or pause in the monitoring, a screenshot is captured immediately after the interval. All the images show the time and date on which they were taken.
HomeGuard free-motion detection software-options
While the software is functioning, important details like start time, current time and time elapsed are visible on its interface. It also detects the mode that is currently in operation. Your recordings go on without any hindrance and images are taken at set time. Now, this motion detection software also has a feature of Scheduling a recording. You can set the time frame for which you want to record the covered area and the software will automatically stop functioning after the time expires. The screenshots will be saved in the event history tab and you can view them from there. These images can be saved in popular file formats like BMP, PNG, GIF, JPG.

Key Features Of This Motion Detection Software:

  • Works with different camera models and USB webcam
  • Comes with two different modes
  • Every small motion is captured in Detection mode
  • Screenshots are taken automatically after a specified time gap, in Watch mode
  • Saves all the images with their time and date
  • Supports all the popular image formats like JPG, PNG, GIF
  • Allows you to schedule a recording
  • Allows you to pause/play anytime
  • Takes a screenshot immediately after an interval

Final Verdict:

This motion detection software is a fantastic and a very efficient software for your security. It has a wide range of effective features that work very efficiently. The interface is also very simple and everything is quite easy to understand.
Get it from here.