Thursday, February 28, 2013

Use Classic Start Menu and Modern Start Screen Together with StartW8

Windows 8 has one of the main features in the form of new start screen, which has a tiled interface when compared to start menu in previous version of Windows. But many people were used to the old start screen that, it was difficult for them to get used to new start screen in Windows 8. We have covered many free tools to bring back the old start screen in Windows 8 including Start Menu 8.

StartW8 is yet another freeware app for Windows 8 which brings in the classic start menu. But one good feature of StartW8 is that you can enjoy the features of both the classic start menu and the modern start screen. This app does not disable the modern start screen, but runs the start menu side by side.

StartW8 has few other quick options when you right click on the start button. You can access the settings and also quickly restart and shutdown Windows along with options to run command prompt.

StartW8 allows users to access their apps and folders with greater ease as it adds a fully-functional Start Menu to their Windows 8 computer/notebook. Users can also easily search a specific file or program by entering a relevant keyword, or they can simply shut down their PC, reboot or switch users.

You can configure the other options from the settings like which all personal folders needs to be displayed on start menu and also the ability to switch to desktop after sign in to Windows 8.

StartW8 key features
Automatically switch to desktop immediately after signing in
Added Windows 7 style Start menu
Activate menu with Win key
Log off, lock and turn off buttons
Traditional search field
Favourite applications
All user configurable

The app is compatible with 32bit or 64bit version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Turn Off Or Disable Skype Notifications For Specific Users

Turn Off Or Disable Skype Notifications For Specific Users:
Instant messaging is a big distraction for me, I don’t prefer using it while I am working. When your concentration is at its optimum stage and when you are amidst a creative process, it feels really annoying when your brain is obstructed as you receive a new message on Skype, Facebook or Gmail.
But sometimes, you are left with no choice other than using an instant messaging application at work. For example, your company or organization uses Skype for corporate communications and the policy is to be online on Skype while you are working. However, there are ways to turn off Skype notifications or disable Skype notifications for specific users, so you won’t be distracted by less important people at work or colleagues who are not related to you.
In this article, I will show you how to enable or disable Skype notifications for specific users and avoid distraction at work

Completely Turn off Skype Notifications

The best way to turn off notifications on Skype is to close the application itself, finish your work and then log in to Skype again. However, if you are not allowed to turn off Skype during office hours, it might be a good idea to mute Skype notifications for sometime and resume it when you are done with work. Here is how to do it:
While Skype is running, go to “Conversations” and select “Notification settings”. Next, choose “Do not notify me” and click “Ok”
Turn off Skype Notifications
Note: There is a little option that says “Mark unread messages as Read immediately”. Selecting this option will completely skip Skype messages that were received while you turned off notifications in Skype. It is recommended not to select this option if you have impotant incoming chats coming to you while you choosed to ignore or block Skype notifications. When you choose to get notifications as usual, simply go to Conversations again and navigate to “Notification settings”. Then choose “Notify me” and click “Ok”.
More tips on Skype:
  • Login to two Skype accounts on Windows
  • Get Facebook chats and video calls on Skype

Turn Off Skype Notifications For Specific Users

Now there may be situations when you would prefer to turn off Skype chat notifications for specific users, rather than completely diabling notifications for all users. Here is how you disable Skype notifications for specific users in your Skype contacts:
1. From the contacts list on the left, right click the contact whose notifications you want to turn off.
Turn Off Skype Notifications for specific users
2. This will open the following window where you can choose to turn off notifications from a particular Skype contact or user
Turn off Skype Notifications
Later, when you are done with your work, you can enable Skype notifications the same way you disabled it. Quite easy and helps me stay focussed on work
Now you may wonder why not block the user tempiorarily and unblock the contact when you’re done with work? What is the difference between blocking users in Skype and tuning off their notifications. There is only a minor difference.
When you block someone on Skype, you don’t receive messages from the user for the time you have blocked him or her. So if you are busy in a 2 hour long meeting and blocked a Skype user, you won’t receive any message from that particular user during that period. But if you choose to turn off notifications, you will receive the messages but you won’t be disturbed by desktop notifications. If you ask me, I would rather choose to block Skype notifications over blocking Skype users.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

4 Ways to Speed Up Windows 8

Microsoft has made available Windows 8 on October 26th and it is now available for purchase (upgrading from old version to Windows 8). Windows 8 comes with lot of new features like start screen, Windows Explorer, task manager etc. There is also a new Windows Store to install metro UI apps on your PC. Windows 8 also comes with lots of improvements in speed and performance.
Installing third party tools always makes your PC slower and most of these programs adds themselves to the start up list making it slower on boot. If you feel your PC is working slow, you can try out these simple tips to speed up the PC.
speed up Windows 8

Ways to Speed up Windows 8:

1. Clean Start up items:
This is one important aspect when it comes to low performing PCs. When you install third party apps, many of these apps also add themselves to start up and hence it takes a longer time to boot. So in case you feel, you do not need the particular app at boot, you should definitely remove it. The new task manager in Windows 8 has a tab for start up items, you can view this list and see which all apps needs to be started when Windows 8 boots. You can disable unnecessary items. If you want a more advanced tool, we highly suggest Soluto app, which can optimize your start up.
Start up
2. Performance Information and Tools:
Performance Information and Tools lets you know the ratings for Windows performance. Here you can tweet many settings like visual effects, indexing options, power options, disk clean up etc. These options can improve the speed of your Windows PC. To open Performance Tools, click on the start menu and type Performance Information and Tools and select Settings from the side bar. This will show the Windows Experience Index as well. The Windows Experience Index provides a summary of your PC’s capabilities. It shows you which parts of your PC are performing best and which might be slowing things down.
Performance Tools
3. Advanced Tools to Improve Performance:
In the Performance Information and Tools mentioned above, you can see an Advanced tools option, this settings has tools like disk defrag, resource monitor, event log etc. You can also view notifications about performance-related issues and what to do about them. You can even consider doing a registry clean up. But make sure you take a backup of registry before doing any changes.
Advanced tools
4. Speed up your PC with ReadyBoost
ReadyBoost can speed up your PC by using storage space on most flash memory cards and USB flash drives. If you have a storage device that will work with ReadyBoost, you’ll see an option to use ReadyBoost when you plug it into your PC. The autorun for USB drive shows the ReadyBoost option. If you select this option, you can choose how much memory on the device to use for speeding up your PC.
Ready boost
There are also other third party tools which allows you to optimize your PC
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Create Accept Invitations and Access Dates Fast On Your iPhone’s Calendar

Many iPhone owners don’t make much use of the built-in Calendar app for more than just adding a few events, birthday reminders, sharing calendars and so on. However, this Apple app is quite powerful and convenient if you master all of its functions, like creating and accepting event invitations and using a cool (and very efficient) way to navigate through date.
Let’s take a look at both of them.

Creating and Accepting Invitations on Your iPhone’s Calendar

First, let’s see how to create an invite using your iPhone’s Calendar app.
Step 1: Open the Calendar app and either create a new event or locate an existing one. Tap on it to open it and then tap on the Edit button located at the top right of the screen to edit the event.

Step 2: Once the details of the event are ready to be edited, scroll down until you find the Invitees option, and select it. You will then be taken to a screen that looks just as if you were going to compose an email where you can add the people you want to invite to the event.
Cool Tip: Additionally, you can also tap the blue “+” icon to be taken to your contacts and choose from among the people you want to invite to your event.
Step 3: Once you add your invitees, tap the Done button. You will be taken to the event’s main screen, where you can confirm how many people you have invited and how many of them have responded and accepted your calendar invitation.

Now, to accept a Calendar invitation:

Step 1: When someone sends you a calendar event invitation, a badge will show up on the Calendar app. Open the app and at the bottom right of the screen you will see the Inbox button. Additionally, you will also see the event you are begin invited to greyed out. Tap on either of these to access the event invitation.

Step 2: The event will open and at the bottom right of the screen you will see the Accept button. Tap on it to accept the invitation to the event and it will be added to your calendar and show up just as if it were an event you created.

Reach Any Date on Your iPhone’s Calendar App Fast

To complete our two Calendar tips, here are two quick ways that I find very useful when scrolling across past and future calendar events.
Let’s say you want to add a calendar event that will take place in three, four or more years. Usually, we do this by tapping the “+” button located at the top right of the screen, then tapping the Date field and finally, use the scrolling “wheel” to scroll endlessly until finding the year we want to add the event to.
There are two faster ways to do this though:
You can tap and hold on any date on the monthly calendar and use the scrolling wheel to scroll through the years until you find the year you like.

Enable the Month view, but instead of scrolling through dates or pressing the “+” button, simply press and hold either the right or left arrows located to the sides of the month. You will notice that months start to fly through the screen, allowing you to reach any specific month on any specific year in no time.

There you go. Creating events on distant dates and adding and accepting invites on your iPhone is now a cinch.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 free 6 months key code

Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2012 (also known as Trend Micro Internet Security 2012) is a Trend Micros mid-level product for families who shop or bank online, and access online photos, music and other files. Strong, fast and easy-to-use, it provides protection for your family so you can connect with confidence. Its an advanced security solution that safeguards you, your family, and your data.

Titanium uses cloud technology to proactively stop viruses, spyware, and other threats before they reach your computer, so it wont slow you down. Its the same technology Trend Micro uses to protect some of the worlds biggest businesses. Now, its available to you and includes parental controls, data theft prevention, secure online storage, and more. With Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security, your digital life is protected.

Key features:

Automatically stops threats before they reach your computer
Uses less than half the disk space and memory of competing security products
Monitors and limits kids online activity and access to inappropriate content
Keeps your information like credit card numbers and passwords private
Allows storing and sharing up to 2 GB of your precious photos, documents and more in the cloud
Protects your Mac devicesTrend Micro Internet Security 2012 free 6 months key code:

In honour of the New School Year 2012-2013, Trend Micro Vietnam is giving away free six months license of Trend Micro Internet Security 12 to everybody. One year license protecting up to three PCs of Titanium is priced at $47.00.

1. Visit the Vietnamese promotional page, enter your name and e-mail address, then click on the "ĐĂNG KÝ" (Sign up) button.

2. Instantly, you will receive an e-mail from with the confirmation link. Click on that link to complete the registration process.

3. Immediately, you will receive another e-mail from the same above e-mail address with the key code.

4. Download Trend Micro Internet Security 2012 from this direct link. Install it and use your key code to active the full version.

Note: The promotional key must be activated before December 31st, 2012.
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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Set Windows 8 Start Screen Background To Change After Specific Time

Set Windows 8 Start Screen Background To Change After Specific Time:
The Windows 8 Start Screen has been the topic of discussion for a long time now. The Start Screen is the main workspace for the users of Windows 8. Instead of downloading and installing the applications in desktop mode, the Windows Store will contain all the apps that you can get on your Windows 8 device, just like the Android and iOS platforms. Since the Start Screen is the main interface that you will be looking at whenever Windows starts or whenever you exit an app, customizing it to your own taste seems like a good idea. The default Windows options for the Start Screen lets you change the background color and apply themes; however, a much-needed option i.e. the ability to set a custom wallpaper is still missing from PC Settings. Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer is a tool for Windows 8 that lets you change the Start Screen background, choose the number of app rows to show, and tweak the opacity settings for Start Screen and app tiles. Moreover, you can choose a large number of images and set the background to change after a specified time interval.

The app will be downloaded as a zip file. When you unzip it, you will notice that the extension of the extracted executable file is ‘ex_’. In order to make it work, just rename the extension to “exe”. Now, double-clicking the file will start the app. This might seem unusual but we’re guessing the server used by the developer has a restriction on uploading files with .exe extension, even in compressed archives.
The application is designed to be quite user-friendly and all the options are available on the main interface. From the left side, you can change the color of the Start Screen and apply the default themes, as well as set the maximum number of rows to appear on your Start Screen (the minimum number is automatically chosen by Windows 8 according to your resolution), and increase/ decrease the Start Screen Opacity and Tiles Opacity. The right side lets you apply a custom wallpaper to the Start Screen. Just click Load Picture to choose an image, and press the Apply and Save button to apply it.
Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer
You can also choose to automatically change the Start Screen background after a specified time interval by selecting a number of images. Choose the Select Pictures option at the bottom, select the desired images and check the Slideshow box.
Select the pictures for your slideshow
The images will automatically change on the Start Screen.
Start Screen
Even though the application works perfectly on smaller resolutions, it tends to be buggy when dealing with higher ones. In our testing, the application worked fine on 1366 x 768 resolution, but failed to work on 1920 x 1080.
Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.
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Access Recent Favorite Apps From Anywhere In Android With HomeFlip

Access Recent & Favorite Apps From Anywhere In Android With HomeFlip:
Such is the popularity of Android app launchers and task switchers that every few days, we come across a brand new concept of multitasking and quick app switching that appears to be more convenient and user-friendly than its predecessors. Today, we have another candidate vying to become your default Android app switching solution, especially for those who love to have a few favorite apps of theirs available just a few taps away from anywhere in the OS. With a file size of just 44 KB, HomeFlip (beta) by XDA member id0x12345 is easily among the most lightweight Android app launchers that we have come across so far. However, don’t let the meager file size of the app fool you; it boasts some very handy features that expedite multitasking on Android better than most existing solutions. Available for ICS and Jelly Bean devices, HomeFlip lists your recent apps/tasks anywhere in Android upon tapping the Home key. From the app’s dedicated recent tasks list, you can use various touch and swipe gestures to switch to required apps, pin select apps as favorites, hide items from the list and reorder favorite apps to your liking.

Continuing with the app’s features, the developer promises to keep HomeFlip completely free and ad-free forever. Despite its minimalism, subtle animations while scrolling between recent apps and various downloadable themes add a visual appeal to your multitasking experience.
HomeFlip-Android-Sample1 HomeFlip-Android-Theme
Since the app’s functionality is mapped directly to your Android device’s Home key, it’ll prompt you to set HomeFlip as the default launcher upon the very first launch. This won’t affect your current home screen preferences one bit, as you can always switch back and forth between HomeFlip and your Android launcher(s) with a mere tap of the home key. In case you have multiple launchers installed on your device, you can select your preferred one as the fallback home screen from the main screen of HomeFlip. Therefore, you can rest assured that HomeFlip will neither intervene with your favorite launcher’s functionality, nor will it alter your personalized home screen preferences.
Once you have set up HomeFlip as your default launcher and optionally specified your fallback launcher, all you need to do is press the home key to view your recent apps list. This activation mode is configurable, and it’s upon your discretion to trigger the HomeFlip recent apps lists upon a single or double tap on the home key.
HomeFlip-Android-Settings1 HomeFlip-Android-Settings2
Scrolling the list vertically shows you all the apps you’ve launched recently. To add an app permanently to the favorites list, just give it a left swipe, while a right swipe on it will remove it from the favorites list, and doing the same for a non-favorite item hides it from the list. To view hidden apps, tap the eye button or hit Menu > ‘Show hidden tasks’. To reorder the favorite items, tap-and-hold the task you want to reposition and simply drag it vertically to the desired position. The box icon at the bottom can be tapped to restore the list, complete with both hidden and favorite tasks. Needless to say, all your favorite apps will always appear on the list regardless of whether they’ve been launched recently or not, making them easily accessible from anywhere across the entire OS and eliminating the need to go to your home screen or app drawer to launch them.
Once a theme is downloaded, you’ll have to manually import it into the app. For this, navigate to the Downloads folder through your preferred Android file manager, tap the downloaded ZIP file, and select HomeFlip as the default action for it. You’ll then be able to switch to it from HomeFlip’s settings under ‘Theme’. Among the app’s other customization options, HomeFlip supports automatic and manual sorting of favorite items, user-selected spacing between items on list, custom background dimming level, custom app & font size of listed items, and disabling the animation as well as the on-screen app menu.
Already impressed by the app’s features? The developer has some great ideas in mind that he aims to implement in future releases. For instance, HomeFlip will soon allow you to modify your themes, view current time & date from the recent apps list, and most importantly for many, add support for left-hand operations.
Remember that HomeFlip is compatible with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and higher devices only.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

Easily Batch Resize Images On Your iPhone With Photo Resizer

Easily Batch-Resize Images On Your iPhone With Photo Resizer:
No one can claim that iOS does not have enough photo editors, but even some of the most feature-rich apps belonging to that genre lack something as basic as resizing options. A few of the apps do let you change the dimensions of a photo, but only a few presets are available, with little thought given to aspect ratio preservation or changing the size to a custom value. These features can easily be found in desktop apps, but having a comprehensive image resizing tool on your iPhone can certainly come handy in many situations. The plainly named Photo Resizer app does what its name says – offering you a way to resize photos stored on your iDevice. You get full control over the image resolution and aspect ratio, and can even select a custom size for the photo. The best thing about the app, though, is its ability to batch-resize entire albums in one go. The original images are preserved unaltered, and resized images are created as new copies.
Photo Resizer iOS Setings Photo Resizer iOS Options Photo Resizer iOS Custom

Photo Resizer has been designed for a straightforward purpose, and hence its usage is pretty easy to understand as well. To get started, tap the small gear icon on the main screen to access the app’s ‘Settings’ menu. There are three fields in this section. To load images from the camera roll in their actual resolution, toggle on the ‘Full Resolution’ option. The other option is to load images in their screen resolution. If you choose to scale down a photo by a fixed percentage, the aspect ratio is maintained automatically, but in other scenarios, you get to decide whether to preserve the ratio or not. Apart from percentage, you can resize images by a custom value by defining the desired width and height.
Photo Resizer iOS Albums Photo Resizer iOS Pick Photo Resizer iOS Edit
Now that you have configured everything, it’s time to load images for resizing. Tap the button in the top-left corner, which yields a complete list of all the albums present in the stock Photos app. Simply select all the images you want to resize by tapping on them, and hit ‘Done’. The resolution of the photo shows up at the bottom of the screen, and to switch to another photo in a batch, you just have to swipe across the screen. When you’re ready to resize the loaded images, hit the ‘Resize’ button. Photo Resizer does not show you the resized image in the app, but you can easily see them in the Photos app like any other images. You can start a new session by tapping the small red button on the sidebar, which removes all the currently loaded images from the app’s cache.
Photo Resizer doesn’t crop images automatically, and compensates for the changes by giving photos a squeezed or stretched look if you don’t toggle on the Aspect Ratio option. Since the original images remain untouched, you don’t have to worry about ruining your photos. The app is optimized for iPhone/iPod touch, and you can grab it for free from the link provided below.
Download Photo Resizer For iOS

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Know The World Around You With FieldTrip

Travelling to a new place or just moving around your neighborhood? There are a ton of things there you hardly know of. Be it of historical importance or an eatery to salivate you. You can get to know them with Field Trip an Android app from John Hanke, the brain behind Google Maps.
Get the app from Google Play store. The app runs in the background and pops up whenever you get near anything of interest. You will then read about the place or if you are connected with your headset the app even reads out the details for you. The database of local places is provided by multitude of services adept at tracking attractions around places.
The app has some smart features like tracking while you drive and speak the instructions without making you read it. It also learn along the way as you keep discovering new places and uses this knowledge to tune the discovery engine to show you things you had previously liked.
The attractions are listed under categories: Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Lifestyle, Offers & Deals, Food Drinks & Fun, Movie Locations, Outdoor Art and Obscure Places of Interest. The app also lets you explore you with a collective map of local interests around you and enthrall you with more info about them. The attraction discovery engine works the reverse way too. You find a place yourself and the app can also enrich you more valuable info about it.
So if you are a travel addict be sure to have your Android phone equipped with Field Trip so you don’t miss something along the way.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

DuckDuckGo for Windows 8

DuckDuckGo is an Internet search engine. It uses information from crowd sourced websites such as Wikipedia to augment traditional results and improve relevance. The search engine policy emphasizes privacy and does not record user information. Because users are not profiled, all users are shown the same search results for a given search term.
DuckDuckGo has now released an app for Windows 8 which allows you to search from Windows 8 tablets and laptops. This app does not track your searches or IP address. When you open the app, it shows the latest news, the sources of these news can be configured from the settings in the Charms bar.
The search box available has quite a lot of features, first is that it provides suggestions like any other search engine, secondly it auto-suggests any phone apps when searching and thirdly it allows you to access all your recent searches.
Search results
Overall, DuckDuckgo app does a decent job with its clean interface and options. The links open with the default web browser on your Windows 8.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Data Backuper Offers One Click System Backup Disk Volume Cloning

Data Backuper Offers One-Click System Backup, Disk & Volume Cloning:
Normally, data backup applications allow you to create backups of files and folders without saving their original organization structure. For instance, if you have backed up three folders from different partitions, you will have to manually place them in their correct location when you are restoring them. One way to overcome this problem is by using a disk image backup tool that lets you generate a backup of all information on a disk, complete with the locations of files and folders, the Master Boot Record, and even information about the the empty space on your drive. It is the best solution for backing up complex folder structures if you want to be able to restore everything in its original form. Today, we have a backup tool called Data Backuper that allows you to create complete disk backups, partition backups, system backups (to backup system drive) as well as disks and partitions clones. The app’s options allow you to check the integrity of a backup image, create bootable media from it, and even mount it to explore the contents via Windows Explorer without having to restore it first.

Data Backuper lets you choose different compression levels, encrypt the backup file, split large backups and make use of Intelligent Sector and Microsoft’s VSS technology for backing up system files. The main interface of the application is divided into 5 tabs namely Home, Backup, Restore, Clone and Utilities. The Home tab maintains a list of all the previously created backups, letting you restore them and create new ones.
Data Backuper Home
Clicking the New Backup button on the Home tab takes you to the Backup tab. It has three self-explanatory options: Disk Backup, Partition Backup and System Backup.
Data Backuper Backup
Each option has two steps. First, you choose the data that you want to backup. Next, you specify the destination for saving the backup image. After providing this information, simply click Start Backup to begin the backup process.
Data Backuper Start Backup
The Backup Options button lets you add comments to your backup file, change compression level for the backup image, enable encryption and set a password, specify a splitting size in case of a large backup, enable Intelligent Sector Backup to only backup the used section of file systems for reducing the backup image size, and enable Microsoft’s VSS technology to backup data without interrupting any running applications.
Data Backuper Backup Settings
The Restore tab lists all the backup images created by the application, and lets you browse your hard drive to import any that you have created using another computer or on your previous Windows installation. You can just select the image file, specify the restore location and start the restore process.
Data Backuper Restore
The Clone tab allows you to create clones of existing drives and partitions. This type of backup will include all the information on the disk, including the Master Boot Record information, and a record of the free space on the source drive or partition.
Data Backuper Clone
The Utilities tab offers different tools that allow you to check the integrity of the backup image, create bootable rescue media such as CD/DVD/USB Flash drives. and explore the contents of a backup image file by mounting it as a virtual drive without having to restore it first.
Data Backuper Utilities
Its impressive feature set and price tag of free makes Data Backuper an impressive contender in the Windows backup tools arena. The application works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7,Windows 8, Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012.
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