Sunday, March 31, 2013

6 Awesome Dialer apps for Windows Phone

6 Awesome Dialer apps for Windows Phone:
Just like any other dialer app for smartphones, Windows Phone 8 also features a good dialler where you have the option to search for any contact, history, voicemail etc. But at the same time quite a lot of functions are missing like the ability to search names while you type number or contacts deeper integration with the dialer. Well in such cases, you can search for alternative dialer apps for your Phone.
Similar to other platforms, Windows Phone app store also features quite a lot of dialer apps, some of them free and some of them paid ones. In this article we are listing some of the best available dialer apps for Windows Phone 8.
1. RapDialer :
RapDialer is without doubt one of the best dialler apps available in the app store. RapDialer aims at providing rapid dialling experience on Windows Phone in Metro style. The app is fast and fluid and has complete integration with contacts and also supports gestures. It also features fast full-text search with T9 keypad. The free version has no feature limitations but little ads in Settings page.
RapDialler RapDialler1
2. Metro Dialer:
Metro Dialer allows you to dial your phone number in Metro style. Changing your colors of your phone will change the color of this app. It contains 2 themes (a classic rotary phone and a button phone) with different sound effects and different tiles.
Metro dialler Metro dialler1
3. Phone Dialer:
Phone Dialer is yet another free app which supports T9 predictive input while dialling. It provides Fast and smart search against your contacts using T9 and transliterate. This app does not have the option for speed dial.
Phone dialer Phone dialer1
4. Rotary Dialer Free:
Rotary Dialer provides an option to Turn the rotary such as the telephones in the 20th century. This is a real classic / retro-themed rotary dialer for the Windows Phone.  Turn the rotary and call your friends and change your modern smartphone in a classic rotary phone.
Rotary dialer Rotary dialer1
5. Truedialer:
Truedialer is a smart phone dialer which searches for your friends and contacts using a simple numeric dial pad. Truedialer even connects to all the white and yellow pages of the world giving you instant access to information about people your about to call AND let’s you save that information simply by the click of one button.
Truedialer Truedialer1
6. Easy Dial:
Easy Dial is a simple dialler to copy and paste numbers, search phone book via Numeric keypad in T9 style, to edit a number before calling and to have one touch access to the keypad from the start screen via a live tile.
Easy Dial Easy Dial1
Apart from these apps, there are quite a lot of other dialer apps like Super Dialer, Rotary Phone and Smart Dialer.


Via Nirmaltv
read more

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Microsoft Word Mail Merge Tutorial

MS Word’s Mail Merge function, aside from letting you generate form letters also lets you easily create mailing labels.To do this, click on Tools, then Letters and Mailings, then select the Mail Merge Wizard. There are pre-cut mailing labels available, and it is easy to configure the mailing labels to fit the size of your label. Click on Label options.Select the kind of printer you will be using to print the mailing labels, and then select the brand of your label.When you have selected a brand, it will show the different models available for the brand. The details of each label will be shown. It is important to select the correct label as each label come in different sizes.You can use an existing list from a previous mail merge session or from an Excel file, pick recipients from your Outlook contacts or type a new list. In this example, we will use an Excel spreadsheet.

Get from here to download Microsoft Word Mail Merge Tutorial
read more

Friday, March 29, 2013

How To Secure Your Wireless Network

People have more flexible time due to wireless network. Thanks to the invention of wireless. People can now work from home while taking care of their kids or doing house works. No more stress from traffic jam anymore. Is this great?

Well, there is something you should realize. Working from home while using a wireless local area network (WLAN) may lead to theft of sensitive information and hacker or virus infiltration unless proper measures are taken. As WLANs send information over radio waves, someone with a receiver in your area could be picking up the transmission, thus gaining access to your computer. They could load viruses on to your laptop which could be transferred to the companys network when you go back to work.

Believe it or not! Up to 75 per cent of WLAN users do not have standard security features installed, while 20 per cent are left completely open as default configurations are not secured, but made for the users to have their network up and running ASAP. It is recommended that wireless router/access point setup be always done though a wired client.

You can setup your security by follow these steps:

1. Change default administrative password on wireless router/access point to a secured password.

2. Enable at least 128-bit WEP encryption on both card and access point. Change your WEP keys periodically. If equipment does not support at least 128-bit WEP encryption, consider replacing it. Although there are security issues with WEP, it represents minimum level of security, and it should be enabled.

3. Change the default SSID on your router/access point to a hard to guess name. Setup your computer device to connect to this SSID by default.

4. Setup router/access point not to broadcast the SSID. The same SSID needs to be setup on the client side manually. This feature may not be available on all equipment.

5. Block anonymous Internet requests or pings. On each computer having wireless network card, network connection properties should be configured to allow connection to Access Point Networks Only. Computer to Computer (peer to peer) Connection should not be allowed.

Enable MAC filtering. Deny association to wireless network for unspecified MAC addresses. Mac or Physical addresses are available through your computer device network connection setup and they are physically written on network cards. When adding new wireless cards / computer to the network, their MAC addresses should be registered with the router /access point. Network router should have firewall features enabled and demilitarized zone (DMZ) feature disabled.

All computers should have a properly configured personal firewall in addition to a hardware firewall. You should also update router/access point firmware when new versions become available. Locating router/access point away from strangers is also helpful so they cannot reset the router/access point to default settings. You can even try to locate router/access point in the middle of the building rather than near windows to limit signal coverage outside the building.

There is no guarantee of a full protection of your wireless network, but following these suggested tips can definitely lessen your risk of exposing to attackers aiming at insecure networks.
read more

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Windows 8 Update Notifier

Windows 8 Update Notifier:
With the release of Windows 8, quite a lot of things have changed along with the new start screen and other UI changes. One of the smaller change is that the Windows update notifications on desktop is no longer available. These notifications informed you of new updates available for your PC. You can choose the option “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download them” within the Windows Update Settings, but you will not be informed about new updates via a popup on the desktop (as it was in windows 7). Only on the logon screen you can see a hint in the bottom right corner.
Now if you are using a Windows 8 desktop, you can get back these notification on desktop with Windows 8 Update Notifier. It is a freeware and portable app which notifies you from the system tray on availability of updates.
Updates available
Although the application is developed for Windows 8 it also works on Windows 7 (but it is not necessary as Windows 7 offers this feature by itself).
Search updates
You can also manually check them from the system tray. There is also option to open the Windows Update control panel from the app.
Download Windows 8 Update Notifier

Via Nirmaltv
read more

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

How To Change Your Mac Application Icons Easily and For Free

One of the aspects of the Mac that most users never even think about, is customization. This is in part Apple’s fault, since the main elements of OS X already come neatly organized and most of them have gorgeous graphics and icons. However, despite what many people think, OS X is highly customizable and allows users to change many of its elements.
Icons are of course, one of the design elements that every Mac user fancies changing every now and then. However, doing so usually requires you to buy applications like CandyBar, which makes the job super simple, but that comes at a high price.
Instead, let’s learn about a quite easy way to change the icon of any application on your Mac for free.
Here’s what you need to do.

Getting Your New Icon Ready

You can prepare your own icon files, but we’ll use a small piece of software to create ours, since it makes it extremely easy to do so and comes at no cost.
Step 1: Download and install the free version of Img2icns from this website. This is an app that allows you to turn any image into the .icns file required for this process. Once the installation is complete, open the app.

Important Note: Make sure the image file you plan to use is perfectly square. It is not required but will deliver better results.
Step 2: With the application open, take your image file (Img2icns supports all the popular formats) and drag it to the application’s main panel as shown in the image below. Then click on the Icns button to the right of the app’s window. A dialog box will appear prompting you to choose where to save your new icon.

Do so and the new file will be saved and ready to use.

Changing An Application’s Icon




Step 3: In your Applications folder, find the app you want to change the icon of, right-click on it and choose the Show Package Contents option.

Step 4: A series of folders will be revealed. From them, open the Contents folder and in it, head to the Resources folder. Open that one as well.

Step 5: Inside the Resources folder scroll until you find the icon file for the application. It will be a .icns file. Copy the name before the extension and use it to rename the icon file you created with Img2icns. It is required that the new icon file retains the original name in order for this to work.


Important Note: If at some point you would like to return to the old icon of the application, you should save a copy of the file before overwriting it.
Step 6: Once you are ready, simply drag the new icon file to the Resources folder and overwrite the original one. If you are required to introduce your user password, do so.

Step 7: In some cases the application icon will not change immediately. If this is the case for you, you might need to restart your Mac for the changes to take effect.
 
There you go. Now go and play with these icons!

Via guidingtech
read more

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Attach and send files upto 10GB in Gmail using Google Drive

Google has just announced that they will be adding a new feature for Gmail Users, you can attach files that are stored on your Google Drive.

Normally you can attach files upto 25 MB in size via Gmail, but the new Google Drive support will allow you to send files upto 10GB in size. Of course you need to have sufficient free space in Google Drive for making use of this feature. But I think it will be useful for users who use the 5GB free account too.

You will need to turn on sharing settings for the files that you are tying to send. If Gmail detects that the file isn’t shared with the recipients, it will allow you change the settings without leaving the email. The Gmail team have said that this will work like the forgotten attachment detector. You can also send the files by just pasting a Google Drive link in your email and it will work..

How to attach files using Google Drive in Gmail:

To use this feature you need to have Gmail’s new compose feature enabled. If you haven’t done so already, you can do it by clicking on the Compose button and clicking on the “Try out the new compose experience” button.

Please note that this feature is just rolling out and as yet may not be available to all Gmail users.

In the meanwhile, you can just paste the Google Drive link for the files you want to send in your email.

Thanks to Gmail Blog for the info and the image.
read more

Monday, March 25, 2013

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher 2007 is a desktop publishing program that can be used to create a variety of publications. Using Publisher, you can easily create business cards, greeting cards, calendars, newsletters and much, much more. Unlike the other programs in Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Publisher 2007 uses the Microsoft Office Toolbar and a Menu system in place of the Microsoft Office Ribbon. Some Useful Definitions: Frame – Most publications are divided into several different areas called frames. A frame can contain a variety of objects such as graphics, tables, or text boxes. Frames can be resized, moved and manipulated to suit your needs. Handles – When you click on a frame, small circles appear around the edge of the frame. These are called handles. You can click and drag on the handles to resize your frame.Template ‐ A Template is a tool used in Publisher to help you easily create basic publications. The template has a set of pre‐chosen design styles that you can use as it is or customize as you see fit. Opening Publisher To Open Publisher either: Double click on theMicrosoft Publisher Icon on your desktop, OR ‐OR Click on Start in the lower left hand corner of your desktop, move up to Programs, and then click onMicrosoft Publisher.

 download Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
read more

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Browse Instagram In A Beautiful Pinterest Like Layout With Share me

Instagram rolled out profiles last year, complete with a Facebook-like cover photo. While the interface is lacking in many basic features, still something is better than nothing. There have been many services in the past to give you a web interface for Instagram even before it had one of its own, and  Share.me is the newest member of the list. What makes it different however, is its Pinterest-like approach to displaying the images that have been shared on the service. It also makes it considerably easier to find new users, by grouping them under categories. You can view a single user’s images by clicking on their username. You can also like images, comment on them, and share them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Some of the major shortcomings of user profiles on the default Instagram website include no option to see your followers or those you are following (you only get shown the count), no way to search or browse for users, and lack of any sharing options. Share.me addresses all these shortcomings.
Like all other Instagram apps and services, you will need to authorize Share.me to connect with your account. Once connected, it will load your feed, with more images getting displayed automatically as you scroll down. The search bar on the top allows you to search Instagram by hash tag or by user. The buttons on the right of this bar allow you to log out, view all photos you’ve uploaded, the ones you’ve liked, or the ones taken near your current location or popular photos, or see your home feed.
Share me
The left bar features different channels; pictures in these channels are shown based on the hash tags used with them. You will occasionally find irrelevant images here though. Share.me has an image viewer that allows you to comment on a picture, like it, print it, and share it on Facebook and Twitter.
Share.me image
For more convenient sharing, and sharing on Pinterest, just move your mouse over an image, and buttons for sharing, liking, and commenting on the picture will appear. If you click on a user’s name, Share.me will take you to their profile, from where you can easily follow them and view all their photos, the people they are following, and their followers. Clicking a hash tag will search for all pictures having the same tag.
Share.me options
Share.me’s interface is very smilar to Pinterest and is one of the better interfaces for viewing your Instagram feed.
Visit Share.me
Advertisement
read more

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Create Stunning Online Flyers Instantly with Smore


Online invitations are pretty cool in case you are organizing a party and there are many websites available that will do that job on behalf of you. But what happens if you are organizing a public event or want to make your party open to all? Then you are not just in the business of inviting, you are in the business of promoting. And to promote, flyers are a great tool of trade. That’s where you need Smore. No need to hire a web developer or designer to make stylish and amazingly effective online flyers, you can do it by yourself. Smore, created by Gilad and Shalomi, makes professional looking flyers in minutes and also publish instantly to the web.
Smore-intro-page
To try out Smore, you need to sign up first. You can do it with Facebook or use your email address and create an account. After logging in, just click Start a new flyer button and you can have tons of option to choose from, like event invitation, product, personal, business, informational, app, promotion of a sale event of your store or choose ‘other’ if nothing matches to your requirement. Smore offers any combination of headings, body text, images, buttons and lists. Its rich content support lets you add not just text and photos, but you can embed videos, tweets, product reviews too. You can arrange your content easily with drag and drop editing.
Smore-design-suggestions
Smore-user-interface
Along with great online flyers creation Smore offers other important things too. Every Smore page comes with great promotional tools which you can see on the right side of the page once you are done with designing. You can post your flyers on Craigslist, share on social networks like Facebook and Twitter or you can share with traditional email way. Smore also give you a direct link to share or you can use embedded link for websites. Instead of Smore address, user can use their own domain name if needed. Also Smore makes ad buying easy on Google and Facebook.
Smore-analytics
You can check your page’s performance time to time with clear analytics. User can track incoming traffic source details, how people are interacting with their pages etc. effortlessly with interactive diagrams and processed data. Personally, I like this site very much. It is beautifully created and also brilliantly written. I didn’t find any glitch using this tool. If you want to create online flyers instantly and share painlessly, Smore is highly recommended.


read more

Friday, March 22, 2013

Power Mac G5 Modem Replacement Instructions

Warning: Always shut down the computer before opening it to avoid damaging its internal components or the components you are installing. Do not open the computer or attempt to install items inside it while it is on. 2. Wait 5 to 10 minutes to allow the computer’s internal components to cool. Warning: After you shut down the system, the internal components can be very hot. You must let thecomputer cool down before continuing. 3. Unplug all external cables from the computer except the power cord. 4. Touch the metal PCI access covers on the back of the computer to discharge any static electricity from your body. (Figure 1) Important: Always discharge static before you touch any parts or install any components inside thecomputer. To avoid generating static electricity, do not walk around the room until you have finished working and closed the computer.

Rev. A Figure 1 5. Unplug the power cord. 6. Hold the side access panel and lift the latch on the back of the computer . (Figure 2) Warning: The edges of the access panel and the enclosure can be sharp. Be very careful when handling them. 7. Remove the access panel and place it on a flat surface covered by a soft, clean cloth. Figure 2 Power Mac G5 Modem – 2 8. Remove the air deflector and place it on a soft, clean cloth. (Figure 3) Figure 3 Important: Always remember to replace the air deflector after you have finished working inside yourcomputer. The Power Mac G5 computer will not function properly if the air deflector is not replaced. Power Mac G5 Modem – 3 Removing the Installed Modem.

read more

Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to Get Chrome like Browser Based PDF Viewer in the New Firefox


I hardly ditch Chrome for Firefox or Opera but whenever I do (usually due to technical reasons), I often come out with new and helpful stuff. And this time it’s about reading PDF files in Firefox using the inbuilt PDF reader. Yes, it’s a new feature. Read on to know more.
Mozilla-Firefox
If you have used the last few builds of Chrome, you might have noticed how PDF files open up in the browser itself. This integration makes sure that your workflow doesn’t break while switching from one application to another and also helps in memory management.
Firefox 15 and above come with an integrated PDF reader but it’s disabled by default. Today I am going to show you how you can enable it and open all the PDF files in the browser instead of downloading and opening them using a third-party tool.

Enabling Inbuilt PDF Reader in Firefox

Step 1: Open Firefox on your computer, type about:config in the address bar and press enter. Firefox will give you a warranty void warning when you open the address. Click on the button, I’ll be careful I promise and proceed.
about config
Step 2: In the about:config page, search for pdfjs.disabled. The search result will return single preference name you queried for.
pdf disabled.
Step 3: The value of the preference will be true by default. Double click on it and toggle it tofalse.
You many now restart your browser and try to open a PDF file. It should now open in a new Firefox tab itself. But if it doesn’t work, here’s a list of troubleshooting steps.
sample PDF Reader

Few things that might come in the way

After enabling the inbuilt PDF reader, you will be able to open and read all the PDF files in the browser but sometimes they fail to open. Here are a few things that might come in your way.

Download Accelerators

download manager PDF
Many download accelerators are programmed to automatically catch some regular files from the browsers (like apps, documents and media) and show you the download now dialog box to you. In such cases, you will have to disable PDF file type in those program options.

PDF Reader Plugins

add on
When you install a PDF reader in your computer, most of them integrate themselves as an add-on to Firefox browsers. To disable them, click on the Firefox button and open Add-on Manager. In the Add-on list, simply disable the PDF tool that manages your PDF files in Firefox and restart your browser.

Conclusion

That’s all, you should now be able to read all the PDF files using the inbuilt Firefox PDF reader. Have a question in mind? Post a comment and we will try to address it.
read more

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

5 Tips to Save Battery when using Windows 8





When you are travelling, laptop or a tablet is one essential device which allows you to get connected to Internet or use it for your work. But one of the major hindrances in using laptop or tablets for work is the battery consumption especially when travelling. Many times, you might just run out of battery power in the middle of an important meeting or a long flight. Although most of the OS are optimized for battery usage, because of a variety of reasons the battery might just go out in a couple of hours. Similar to the previous version of Windows 7, Windows 8 is also optimized for battery usage. But there are many things a user can do to save battery consumption on your Windows 8 tablets or desktops.
Below are some of the easy tips you can follow to save battery on your Windows 8 tablets.

1. Power Plan- Choose the best one:

Windows 8 has by default two power plans, balanced and power saver. Sometimes OEM might have additional power plans based on the device you own. When you are travelling you can switch over to power saver. Apart from just switching to power saver mode, you can even customize the power save mode to get more juice out of your battery. You can even create a custom power plan based on your needs that save the power.
Change plan settings

2. Reduce Display Brightness:

Display is one the major battery consuming part on your PC. You can reduce it based on your requirements. To change the settings, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings. If youre using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings. Tap or click Brightness to make the change you want. Some PCs also have a dedicated button to change the display brightness.
Brightness

3. Change the time for sleep and dimming the display

When youre not using your laptop or tablet, even for brief periods of time, you can save power by having Windows dim and then turn off the display after a period of inactivity. This in turn can save lot of battery power. You can customize the power plan (mentioned in step 1) and reduce the time before the computer goes to sleep and also the time for dimming the display.
Edit power plans

4. Turn off or remove devices not in use:

You might have connected multiple USB devices like mobiles, pen drives etc. Many USB devices use power just by being connected, so you might want to unplug these devices when youre not using them. If you use a USB mouse, you can save power by replacing it with a touchpad or tablet pen.

5. Turn off PC cards and integrated wireless devices.

If you are not using wireless devices and PC cards, then you can probably think of turning them off. These devices also use power, so turn them off if you dont need them.

read more

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

PicsArt Brings Its Collage Maker Photo Editor Drawing App To iPhone

PicsArt Brings Its Collage Maker, Photo Editor & Drawing App To iPhone:
PicsArt might not be a familiar name for iOS users, but it has been among the best image editing tools for Android for a long time. The app was recently released for the iPhone with the same set of features that gained it popularity on Android. PicsArt is not a routine photo editor by any stretch of imagination. It has hundreds of image filters , allows users to sketch, make collages out of photos and drawings, and to top it all off, the app has a photo sharing service of its own. You might think such a feature-rich app would be hard to use, but PicsArt is a model of simplicity, both in terms of its usage and interface. What more can you ask of a photo editor?


PicsArt iOS Home PicsArt iOS Interesting PicsArt iOS Shop
The homepage of PicsArt lists shortcuts to all the important sections of the app. Apart from these areas, you can access the ‘Interesting’ gallery by swiping to the right. This gallery features all the popular and public images shared over the PicsArt network by its users. To download, rate and share these photos, you will have to sign up for a PicsArt account. This can be done by hitting the icon in the top-right corner.
The collection of photo effects, themes and clip art available in PicsArt is so vast that the app doesn’t come bundled with them all. It has a separate ‘Shop’ section that is dedicated to downloading these items for offline use. Most items in the Shop are free, so you won’t have to shell out extra cash through in-app purchases.
PicsArt-Add-misc PicsArt Masks PicsArt iOS Brush
Other than choosing photos from the camera roll, or capturing new ones from within the app, you can import pictures from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. On the editing screen that follows, here is a brief rundown of everything that is on offer:
  • Tools: Change the hue, color ratio and brightness of the photo. Other options let users tinker with the orientation and dimensions of the image. The app supports both ‘free crop’ and ‘shape crop’.
  • Effects: Categorized into FX, Pop Art, Artistic, Paper and Corrections. Most effects and filters available are customizable to some extent and can be applied to select portions of the image by painting over them.
  • Draw: Users can draw on an empty canvas or over an imported photo. Multiple brushes, erasers, a full color palette and predefined shapes are available in this section.
  • Masks: Textures, borders and bokeh effects from this section can be applied to the image with an orientation and blending mode (screen, multiply, darken, etc.) of your choice to get stunning end results.
  • Misc.: Photos can also be adorned with clip art, stylized text, speech boxes, frames and even other photos!
The app’s collage creator lets you select one of many themed backgrounds, frames. You can edit and stylize each photo within the app’s regular editing screen before adding it to the collage with a border and in a position, size, orientation and blending mode of choice.
PicsArt-collage-creator-custom PicsArt-collage-creator
After adding your first image to the collage, continue to hit the add button next to
When you are done editing a photo or collage,you can share it with others via Facebook, Twitter or the PicsArt network or simply save it to the camera roll. The service has a comprehensive tagging system for easy image organization.
Like its Android counterpart, PicsArt is available for free on the iTunes App Store. If you can get past the ads displayed at the bottom of the app, you’ll find it to be one of the most flexible and feature-rich photo editing smartphone apps out there.
Download PicsArt Photo Studio For iOS
Via Addictivetips
read more