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, June 25, 2014

Convert Everything Is The Most Powerful Android Conversion App

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We live in a global economy. We trade in encrypted currencies. We live in bytes. Online, we are one. Before this turns into a Fight Club sequel, let me dial down.
The online world is great, but the problem is that rest of the world has not been able to progress at the same rate as we have in the last two decades. The barriers between countries, culture, languages, units etc still stand. And dealing with them is more annoying than ever. My dad knows how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius off the top of his head. I on the other hand ask Google or Siri or even Cortana to do that for me. Good thing, though, is that he doesn’t knowhow to write CSS, so it’s not a major blow to my ego.
The fact remains, as much as we love the idea of net neutrality, openness and equality, it’s just not true. Take any measure you want, the “one true unit” to “rule them all” just doesn’t exist.
So we need to use Google and Siri to do the hard work for us.
If you use an Android phone, there’s a better, more powerful, and far easier way to do it. And all it takes is one app.

Convert Everything for Android

I thought the name of this app was a bit over the top at first. Convert Everything? Really?
But after testing it out, I’m convinced.
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It’s a simple app with basically every unit of conversion you can think of. It has the usual suspects like time, time zones, date difference, length, temperature etc. But as you keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, you find things you never heard of. Some of them are amazingly useful and some you don’t even know what to do with.

Converting Everything

Let’s get comfortable with the app. It’s a simple app with three panes – ConvertFavorites andCategories. Convert gives you the long list of things you can convert. Favorites list the units you have starred (you’ll really need to use that) and the Categories tab, well, shows you the categories.
There’s the ever useful search function at the top and the ability to switch between a light and a dark theme. The app will also show you a history of all your conversions with the results. As I said, a pretty powerful app.
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Tap on a unit you want to convert. Usually you’ll have to input the base unit yourself or select one from a drop down menu. If it’s something simple like Temperature, there’s only one unit to figure out. But there can be many more if you picked something complicated like Acceleration – Linear.
Input the data and scroll down till you see a big box that reads Click To Continue. Click on it to see the results. You can change the numbers to update the result on the fly or use the refresh button up top. The star button next to it will add the conversion units to your favorites pane.
By far, the best thing about this app is that it doesn’t just show you the conversion for one unit. No, it shows you the conversion for all the listed units. So if you go into Length/Distance input the quantity to convert, select the base unit but leave the Convert to unit and All available units, the app will show you the converted quantity in every available unit in the app.

Lots Of Crazy Things

As I said, Convert Everything lets you convert things you never even thought you could in an app. One of the pleasant surprises was the CSS option. Dealing with font heights in CSS is a mess. This way you can enter a font height in pixels and have it converted in ems, picas, points and a lot more in seconds.
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There are of course many more things in the Convert Everything app. Things I’m not smart enough to use properly. But if you come from an engineering background or work in the field of science, Convert Everything might just take up space on your dock.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Flash Fill in Microsoft Excel 2013

Some of the most time consuming and irritating aspects of Excel are working with repetitive information. This included writing formulas, formatting, separating dates, and entering names and email addresses manually. Fortunately, the Flash Fill feature introduced with Microsoft Excel’s 2013 edition makes these tasks easier with brilliant automatic filling.
Excel’s Flash Fill is a time-saving feature which fills in data for you when a pattern is evident. It can also can extract and insert as well as format and concatenate. This feature can even reverse text, numbers, dates and much more.
Let us walk through how to use Flash Fill with some examples.
1. Separating First Name and Last Name Using Flash Fill
We have a list of full names in one column, and we will separate the data in this column into two individual columns using Flash Fill.
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2. Concatenating Last Name and First Name with Comma Separation
We have a lengthy list of full names in one column, and we wish to have the pattern: last name, comma, first name.
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3. Extracting Initials from Full Names
We have the same list of full names. We will extract initials from the full names using Flash Fill.
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4. Formatting Phone Numbers Using Flash Fill
Using Flash fill to format phone numbers, you can concatenate with brackets to make it easily readable.
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5. Extracting Text before the Symbol @ from Email Addresses
With the Flash fill feature, extracting text before the @ symbol from email addresses is simple.
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Note: Flash Fill cannot recognize source data modification.
If you apply Flash Fill on source data and then try to modify the source data, Flash Fill cannot recognize the changes and make modifications in available results as Excel formulas do. Therefore, it is best to use Flash Fill with data which is not going to be modified in the future.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Talk.to – Seamless chatting across Facebook and Google and Send free SMS!

One of the common chores while browsing the internet is chats. You have chats open in Facebook, chat boxes in your Gmail window, even in Windows Live. It surely is a big task managing all your friend’s chats and miss a few pings that you wish you could reply to. For those chat addicts, chatting with friends all at one place would be great. Though it is not the first app, Talk.to certainly aims to integrate all your chats in one place in an elegant interface and seamless experience.
Talk.to is available on Chrome desktop browser as well as on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. After installing from the Chrome Web Store, Talk.to acts as a webapp that you can access from the list of other webapps. Talk.to supports Facebook, Google Talk, Windows Live and Pingpong.
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One can set up the respective accounts with ease. While integrating Facebook, remember to check whether you want the app to post on your behalf that is visible to your friends. It is highly suggested that you choose “Only me” option from the dropdown.
Talk.to imports contacts from the accounts you have integrated, displays them on the right sidebar. Online users have a neat green indicator adjacent to their name (Google Talk contacts will have a red indicator if they are busy). You can start chatting with any of the contacts in the list. All the active chats appear on the left and you can choose to close them through the close indicator. The clean interface is refreshing and offer little distraction while you chat.
Talk.to also opens up whenever somebody from either of the accounts pings you. It has its own notification sound and in chrome it appears in the bubble notification. You can also carry over a chat in Talk.to from Google, Facebook, etc. All the chat history will be stored in the sites, so you won’t miss any of the previous conversation.
Talk.to also allows you to send SMS to the contacts if they are not online or are not responding. The app though does not import the contact details, so you will have to enter the number yourself. Even then this feature is handy and you get up to 200 SMS free with additional 5 free SMS every Sunday to your credit.
Talk.to has groups, where other users of Talk.to can join in to discuss. This is handy especially when all your friends are on different networks. One can create a group and invite users to the group. The best part is this is not temporary, so you can chat to multiple users any time. Talk.to has also integrated search box, that let you search for contacts and groups from all the accounts you have logged in.
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On the mobile platforms, Talk.to offers nearly the same functionality. On Android, Talk.to has widget support that show notifications and active chat windows open. Future versions will have group chats and smiley packs in the mobile version.
Talk.to is free to download on all platforms. A standalone app is available for Windows users, though the webapp on Chrome browser is a pleasure to use. Download Talk.to for seamless integrated chat experience.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Save Snapchat Images and Videos to Windows with Saver for Snapchat

Snapchat is a photo messaging application currently available for iOS and Android and using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps” and users can set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps after which they will be hidden from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers. According to Snapchat in May 2014, the app’s users were sending 700 million photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day.
If you want to view these images and videos outside Snapchat on a Windows PC, here is a simple app called Saver for Snapchat. Although this application does not allow sending new photos or videos, you can retrieve all photos and videos you have received and view them on PC and also save it to PC.









The application has a dead simple interface, you need to login with your Snapchat account. Once logged in, it retrieves all your messages along with the media (video or photo) which can be downloaded to your PC.
Benefits of Saver for Snapchat (PC)
Use Snapchat on your computer
Save photos and video that’s sent to your Snapchat
Edit, view or save pictures your Snapchat friends send you
No time expiry – stop Snapchat from deleting your treasured photos from your friends
Save all of the photos and video that’s sent to you on your computer, no leads or messing about with your phone
Free and easy to use





You can view the media or download it from the app.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Download Facebook Photos, Tagged Photos, and Friends’ Albums



Social Photo Download is a handyonline Facebook photo downloader that helps to download Facebook photos of your account. You can download your Facebook albums, tagged photos, friends albums, and their tagged photos. All this can be done with a few mouse .

Social Photo Download lets you download all photos in a zip archive. From mobile uploads to timeline photos, cover photos to profile photos, you can backup each and every album. You simply need to login with your Facebook account and authorize this application to access your account. Then you can download any desired album.


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As you could see in above screenshot, it provides separate sections for downloading Facebook photos. Although Videos section is also available there, but this feature will come in future.

You may also check these free software to download Facebook photos and albums.
How To Download Facebook Photos Using This Free Application?

It is very easy to use application to download Facebook photos from your account. All you need to do is just follow some simple steps. These are as follows:

Step 1: Go to its homepage and click on Start Downloading button. Its homepage link is provided at the end of this review.

Step 2: In the next step, it will provide you button to login to your Facebook account. Clicking on that button will open Facebook account page where you need to login with your Facebook credentials.



After login, you have to authorize this application to your Facebook account.

Step 3: This step will show some details related to your account, such as: your name, account level, and email address (if entered). A Facebook Photos button will also be visible to you, just like screenshot below.



Click this button to explore all the sections of this application.

Step 4: Now you will be able to view all the sections provided by this Facebook photo downloader application. Each section contains different photos. For example, tagged section will let you view all your tagged photos, and Photo Albums section will show you all your Facebook albums.



All tagged photos can be downloaded in a single zip file. But if you have to download your photo albums or your friend’s photo albums, then one album at a time can be downloaded. Click on any photo album to download it.



In the similar way, you can download other albums as well.
Conclusion:

Social Photo Download is really helpful to download Facebook photo albums. If you are looking for a simple and straightforward solution to backup your favorite moments on PC, this application is worthy to use.

Use Social Photo Download for free.

Free Video Converter To Convert Videos in Android, iPhone Formats



WinX Video Converter (free edition) is a handy video converter for Android, iPhone, and iPod. It can also generate PC compatible videos. It brings some special features, such as: set separate output format for individual videos, add subtitles to videos, and trim video height and width. You can add videos in bulk and can set separate output settings for each video.

WinX Video Converter supports multiple Android devices and generates output in avi and mp4 format. It also provides built-in video player to preview input videos. Moreover, you can even take snapshots of input videos. Thus, a lot of interesting features are available in this freeware. Therefore it has also gained a good position in the list of our best free Android video converters.


Edit Input Videos:

All input videos added on the interface of this video converter can be edited using theEdit window. You can generate customized videos by editing input videos. Edit window can be opened using Edit option present for each input video. In this window, you will find different options, such as: General, Subtitle, Crop & Expand, and Trim. Have a look at these options:
Subtitle option: This is an interesting option which is useful to include subtitles for output video. If there are preset subtitles in video, then its fine. If not, you can add external subtitles by adding the srt subtitle file.
Crop & Expand: If you want to crop/expand height and width of video, use this option.

Trim option: As the name suggests, you can extract a specific part of video by trimming that particular video. All you need to do is select a start and an end point.
General option: This option helps to set volume for output video.

Once you have set up editing options, click on Done button. This will save all editing settings and you will come to main interface. After this, you can select output format, and tap on RUN button to generate a customized video.
Other Important Features:
For each individual video, different output format can be selected by you. For example, you can set mp4 format for first video, avi format for another, and so on. This is a rare to find feature and valuable as well.
A built-in media player is present on its interface. This is used to preview input video files as well as take still images from videos. Images are stored in PNG format.

Input videos can also be converted into audio files. When you have to extract audio from videos, this feature is useful.
How To Convert Videos for Android, iPhone, iPod, and PC With This Freeware?

To convert videos for Android or for other platforms with this video converter, you need to download its setup file. It is around 30 MB in size. Use the download link I have placed at the end of this review to download it. After completing the download process, start the installation wizard. Installation is very simple as only basic steps have to be followed. Once the installation is completed, run this free video converter.

Its interface is mainly divided into two parts. Left part plays an important role as videos will be added here. Right part provides built-in media player and Run button to start converting videos.


Add Videos, Select Output Profile, and Start Conversion:

To add videos, use Video button. You can also drop videos on its interface. It supports most of the popular video formats, such as: flv, mp4, avi, mpeg, mov, and wmv. As soon as you have added videos, Output Profile window will open up. Using this window, you will be able to choose output profile category and output format. Supported output profile categories are: Android mobile, Android Pad, Apple device, Microsoft device, Sony Device, and PC general video.



Each category contains multiple devices to choose from. For example, for Android mobile, Samsung, HTC, Google, General Mobile, Huawei, and HTC devices are supported. You can select the device of your choice and can choose the output format. Output video format comes with preset codecs, resolution, and audio format. So you don’t need to worry about setting up profile manually.

Once you are all set with output profile, click on OK button. Then you will come to the main interface of this free video converter. Now you can perform conversion process using RUN button.



Conversion speed is also good. Output videos are saved to default destination directory. But you can also choose the destination folder using Options.
Conclusion:

WinX Video Converter provides many valuable features. I was really impressed with the editing feature and feature to set separate output formats for input video files. Apart from Android device, it is useful to convert videos for other platforms as well. All in all, a good free video converter.

Get WinX Video Converter free.