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Increase your chances to get a confirmed train ticket from IRCTC

I believe almost every one of us have faced problems while booking online tickets from IRCTC. And especially when it comes of booking the Tatkal tickets. Time plays the most crucial part in the booking. The more it takes time in filling in the details, the less are chances of getting a confirmed tatkal ticket. And we need to fill in that details every time the transaction gets cancelled or we need to book an another train ticket. You must be thinking isn’t there any way by which we can reduce the time which we waste every time in filing in the same details like name, age and sex and ID number? Of, course there is. You just have to click on a bookmark and all the details of the passenger are automatically inserted into the IRCTC booking details page. You may save as many number of passengers you want to. Here is how. The video explains how to reduce the time spent in booking hence increased chances of getting a tatkal ticket from IRCTC.

Now here is a trick to make sure you are all ready with your filling details even before the bookings are started. What you will need for this is Magic Autofill. It’s a simple online tool which will fill the passenger details on the IRCTC website with the click of a button thus giving making you ahead of others.

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Now how to do. Click on “ctrlq.org/IRCTC” around ten minutes before the time when Tatkal booking is going to be open complete the form on the website – its almost a copy of the form available on the Indian railways website. Once you’ve filled the passenger details, click on I’m Feeling Lucky and the tool will generate a Magic Autofill button. You need to drag this button to your bookmarks toolbar.

Now when you are ready to book a ticket on the Indian Railways website , just click the same Magic Autofill button on your bookmarks toolbar and magic will happen as your form will be automatically filled up with the passengers details!

This happens because you are filling a form in advance and saving it as a bookmark. When you are on the actual form, and you click the bookmark, you  transfer the previously filled values to your new form.

There are some forms in IRCTC form which may not have every field that’s available on the Magic Autofill website like food preference or ID details, in that case, you can just ignore these fields on the Magic Autofill site. Try it yourself for any train you feel like or you are about to board very soon.

You’ll also have to provide an ID number on the online reservation form of all passengers when booking for Tatkal tickets.

A list of Finest utilities to make your system run faster

You recently bought a brand new computer and don’t know how to choose between the software as which one to keep and which one to uninstall.  Do not worry. This post explains everything. From making email accounts to linking desktop over the network, we have tried to explain everything. We also mention some of the finest utilities that will make your system run even smoother.

A very interesting piece of article I found over the net. The article basically is a letter written by a son to his mother who is using internet and computers for the first time. A guide which is essential for  not only first time internet using mom but for every one who wants to gain some plus knowledge about the software and internet. The letter has suggestions regarding the really useful tools and web apps available for different occasions.

Dear Mom,

I hope you are enjoying the new notebook. Now the first thing I want you to do is install PC Decrapifier – this will detect and remove all the unwanted trial programs that came pre-installed with your machine.

Next you should install Firefox – it’s an Internet Explorer like web browser but slightly better. Instead of using browser bookmarks, try the delicious add-on to save the addresses of all your favorite websites. Another add-on that you should install is Iterasi – web pages come and go but Iterasi will permanently archive your favorite web pages (like that eggless cake recipe).

You should create two email accounts one Gmail.com – share the primary email address with your friends and family but for everything else (like the newsletter and shopping deal alerts) always use the secondary email address. If you come across a site that requires registration, generate a temporary email address from 10MinuteMail.com and enter without sharing your main email.

With so many websites around, you’ll soon find it very hard to remember all those passwords so get into the habit of putting down all the different passwords into KeepPass from day one.

If you plan to carry this laptop in public places (like the Library), get this Laptop Alarm software that will emit a loud sound if someone tries to shut down your computer or remove the power cable. Laptop thefts are not so uncommon after all.

The trial version of Microsoft Office on your computer will expire after 60 days so you may completely uninstall that software and switch over to Google Docs – it has all the basic feature you would need in an Office suite including templates for tracking expenses and utility bills. You can use your primary Gmail address to log into Google Docs.

Sometimes your friends will send you documents, images or video clips that won’t open on your computer – that’s because you don’t have the right viewer software on your machine. You can simply go to zamzar.com and convert the file into some simple format (like avi for video, jpg for images, doc for documents, mp3 for songs, etc.) that you computer can play/open.

If the computer contains too many programs that you’ll rarely or never use, get the Revo Uninstaller to get rid of such programs permanently. To free up additional space on the hard drive, use WinDirStat to learn about file folders that are occupying the maximum space on your computer and delete the unnecessary files.

Be very careful when deleting files on your computer but if you ever delete something important accidently, Recuva may help you recover all those erased files. It even works with the memory card of your digital camera.

To download pictures from your digital camera onto the computer, get Windows Live Photo Gallery. This software can also upload your photos to our common family Flickr account so everyone gets to see your pictures even though we are several hundred miles away from you.

If the computer is not able to play your huge collection of DVD movies, you’re probably missing some codecs (don’t worry about the term) –  just download the VLC player and the DVDs will play just fine.

You should also get Live Mesh – it will allow us to share files and documents with each other privately plus you can use Mesh to backup important files onto the cloud (I mean the web).

I am almost always available for chat on Google Talk but if some of your online friends use other chat software (like Yahoo! Messenger or AOL), you can easily connect with them through Miranda or, if you don’t want to install any software, use Meebo.

Another thing – do open an account at PayPal and link it to your main credit card as this will make online shopping easier. If you ever have a problem with PayPal or something isn’t clear, just call their toll-free 1-800 support number from your browser using Gizmo.

If your current voice plan is too expensive, I suggest that you download Skype – it lets you make calls from the computer to any landline or mobile phone at much cheaper rates. We can also use Skype to have video chats on weekends but if you don’t find me online, just send me a video email with Eyejot.

If you have newspaper clippings, bill receipts and business cards lying in the closet, just take a picture of them separately using the camera of your mobile phone and transfer them to the computer with Evernote – it will turn your “paper” documents into digital format that is always so easy to find and manage.

When planning a movie or weekend dinner with friends, you can send all of them a quick reminder for the event via phone and SMS for free using Notifu. If you’re inviting people at home for a party, head-over to sites like VideoJug.com, SuTree or 5min.com for new ideas about food, cocktails, party games, etc.

If you ever need to fax a document somewhere, just go to FaxZero, upload the document and fax it for free. FaxZero is only available for fax numbers of US or Canada but for international numbers, you may try eFax.

You can also consider dropping those magazine subscriptions that are delivered by snail mail – switch to Zinio instead that delivers the same magazine but in digital format.

As far as I remember, you’re currently using an unlimited data plan for the Internet but if that’s not true, get BitMeter – it will help you visually monitor your bandwidth usage so you never exceed the plan limit. You may also want to download FlashGet for downloading big files from the Internet.

If you notice carefully, some websites add an orange colored icon in the browser address bar (go to cnn.com to see a live example) – this icon means that you can get updates about new articles posted on that site automatically without having to visit the site again and again. If that’s the case, go to Feed My Inbox and type the address of that website – you’ll be notified automatically via email.

When browsing the web, you’ll frequently come across photographs, web pages and videos that you’ll want to share with us (your family members) – you could either send the link in a group mail or better still, simply create an account at Tumblr and start saving all the “interesting” stuff there.

And if you ever find yourself spending too much time on the computer, get RescueTime to know about websites where you spend most of your time.

There are a few other things that I want to do on your computer like installing a hosts file and configuring OpenDNS so that sites load quickly on your machine. These however require some geeky knowledge so I will try configuring them from here itself via CrossLoop– a remote desktop access tool.

Source: Digital Inspiration

101 Most useful sites of 2012

Here is the list of 101 most useful sites of 2012. All the sites mentioned below solve at least one problem with much ease.

  1. screenr.com – record movies of your desktop and send them straight to YouTube.
  2. ctrlq.org/screenshots – for capturing screenshots of web pages on mobile and desktops.
  3. goo.gl – shorten long URLs and convert URLs into QR codes.
  4. unfurlr.come – find the original URL that’s hiding behind a short URL.
  5. qClock – find the local time of a city using a Google Map.
  6. copypastecharacter.com – copy special characters that aren’t on your keyboard.
  7. postpost.com – a better search engine for twitter.
  8. lovelycharts.com – create flowcharts, network diagrams, sitemaps, etc.
  9. iconfinder.com – the best place to find icons of all sizes.
  10. office.com – download templates, clipart and images for your Office documents.
  11. followupthen.com – the easiest way to setup email reminders.
  12. jotti.org – scan any suspicious file or email attachment for viruses.
  13. wolframalpha.com – gets answers directly without searching  
  14. printwhatyoulike.com – print web pages without the clutter.
  15. joliprint.com – reformats news articles and blog content as a newspaper.
  16. ctrql.org/rss – a search engine for RSS feeds.
  17. e.ggtimer.com – a simple online timer for your daily needs.
  18. coralcdn.org – if a site is down due to heavy traffic, try accessing it through coral CDN.
  19. random.org – pick random numbers, flip coins, and more.
  20. pdfescape.com – lets you can quickly edit PDFs in the browser itself.
  21. viewer.zoho.com – Preview PDFs and Presentations directly in the browser.
  22. tubemogul.com – simultaneously upload videos to YouTube and other video sites.
  23. ctrlq.org/dictation – online voice recognition in the browser itself.
  24. scr.im – share you email address online without worrying about spam.
  25. spypig.com – now get read receipts for your email.
  26. sizeasy.com – visualize and compare the size of any product.
  27. myfonts.com/WhatTheFont – quickly determine the font name from an image.
  28. google.com/webfonts – a good collection of open source fonts.
  29. regex.info – find data hidden in your photographs
  30. livestream.com – broadcast events live over the web, including your desktop screen.
  31. iwantmyname.com – helps you search domains across all TLDs.
  32. homestyler.com – design from scratch or re-model your home in 3d.
  33. join.me – share you screen with anyone over the web.
  34. onlineocr.net – recognize text from scanned PDFs
  35. flightstats.com – Track flight status at airports worldwide.
  36. wetransfer.com – for sharing really big files online.
  37. hundredzeros.com – the site lets you download free Kindle books.
  38. polishmywriting.com – check your writing for spelling or grammatical errors.
  39. marker.to – easily highlight the important parts of a web page for sharing.
  40. typewith.me – work on the same document with multiple people.
  41. whichdateworks.com – planning an event? find a date that works for all.
  42. everytimezone.com – a less confusing view of the world time zones.
  43. gtmetrix.com – the perfect tool for measuring your site performance online.
  44. noteflight.com – print music sheets, write your own music online.
  45. imo.im – chat with your buddies on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk, etc. from one place.
  46. translate.google.com – translate web pages, PDFs and Office documents.
  47. kleki.com – create paintings and sketches with a wide variety of brushes.
  48. similarsites.com – discover new sites that are similar to what you like already.
  49. wordle.net – quick summarize long pieces of text with tag clouds.
  50. bubbl.us – create mind-maps, brainstorm ideas in the browser.
  51. kuler.adobe.com – get color ideas, also extract colors from photographs.
  52. liveshare.com – share your photos in an album instantly.
  53. lmgtfy.com – when your friends are too lazy to use Google on their own.
  54. midomi.com – when you need to find the name of a song.
  55. bing.com/images – automatically find perfectly-sized wallpapers for mobiles.
  56. faxzero.com – send an online fax for free – see more fax services.
  57. feedmyinbox.com – get RSS feeds as an email newsletter.
  58. ge.tt – quickly send a file to someone, they can even preview it before downloading.
  59. pipebytes.com – transfer files of any size without uploading to a third-party server.
  60. tinychat.com – setup a private chat room in micro-seconds.
  61. privnote.com – create text notes that will self-destruct after being read.
  62. boxoh.com – track the status of any shipment on Google Maps
  63. chipin.com – when you need to raise funds online for an event or a cause.
  64. downforeveryoneorjustme.com – find if your favorite website is offline or not?
  65. ewhois.com – find the other websites of a person with reverse Analytics lookup.
  66. whoishostingthis.com – find the web host of any website.
  67. google.com/history – found something on Google but can’t remember it now?
  68. aviary.com/myna – an online audio editor that lets record, and remix audio clips online.
  69. disposablewebpage.com – create a temporary web page that self-destruct.
  70. urbandictionary.com – find definitions of slangs and informal words.
  71. seatguru.com – consult this site before choosing a seat for your next flight.
  72. sxc.hu – download stock images absolutely free.
  73. zoom.it – view very high-resolution images in your browser without scrolling.
  74. scribblemaps.com – create custom Google Maps easily.
  75. alertful.com – quickly setup email reminders for important events.
  76. picmonkey.com – Picnik is offline but PicMonkey is an even better image editor.
  77. formspring.me – you can ask or answer personal questions here.
  78. sumopaint.com – an excellent layer-based online image editor.
  79. snopes.com – find if that email offer you received is real or just another scam.
  80. typingweb.com – master touch-typing with these practice sessions.
  81. mailvu.com – send video emails to anyone using your web cam.
  82. timerime.com – create timelines with audio, video and images.
  83. stupeflix.com – make a movie out of your images, audio and video clips.
  84. safeweb.norton.com – check the trust level of any website.
  85. teuxdeux.com – a beautiful to-do app that looks like your paper dairy.
  86. deadurl.com – you’ll need this when your bookmarked web pages are deleted.
  87. minutes.io – quickly capture effective notes during meetings.
  88. youtube.com/leanback – Watch YouTube channels in TV mode.
  89. youtube.com/disco – quickly create a video playlist of your favorite artist.
  90. talltweets.com – Send tweets longer than 140 characters.
  91. pancake.io – create a free and simple website using your Dropbox account.
  92. builtwith.com – find the technology stack of any website.
  93. woorank.com – research a website from the SEO perspective.
  94. mixlr.com – broadcast live audio over the web.
  95. radbox.me – bookmark online videos and watch them later.
  96. tagmydoc.com – add QR codes to your documents and presentations.
  97. notes.io – the easiest way to write short text notes in the browser.
  98. ctrlq.org/html-mail – send rich-text mails to anyone, anonymously.
  99. fiverr.com – hire people to do little things for $5.
  100. otixo.com – easily manage your online files on Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
  101. ifttt.com – create a connection between all your online accounts.

 

Source: Digital Inspiration

Want to access Wikipedia Offline? Here is how

 

Ever thought of accessing Wikipedia on your computer without internet connection? Well that is possible and very easy too. Here are some of the easiest method to consider.

World largest encyclopedia provides database dumps of all their wikis that one can download for free. And once you download you will be able to view those offline.

Step 1.

Install the Kiwix software on your computer which can be downloaded from here.

Step 2.

Download one of the Wikipedia editions – the articles are packaged as .zim files that will open directly inside Kiwix without requiring any conversion.

The latest .zim package for various editions of Wikipedia can be downloaded from kiwix.org using any download manager or you can use this .torrent file to download using any BitTorrent client. This is 9.7 GB file and includes all the text of Wikipedia pages but NO images.

Alternative Way

Download the the free and portable WikiTaxi software. WikiTaxi ships with an importer that will first un-compress the Wikipedia database files (.bz2) and then converts them into a .taxi file format. Now you open these .taxi files inside WikiTaxi just like the way you open .doc files inside Microsoft Word. If you are running low on space, the original Wikipedia dumps can be safely discarded.

The dumps are available as .xml.bz2 files and don’t worry these are updated more frequently.

 

Let us know if you face any problem regarding taking Wikipedia offline.

Now Access Facebook on Any Mobile Without Data Plan

Do you have an old phone like the Nokia 1100, which has no browser and you wanna do little more than only making calls? Or are you stuck in some remote place where there’s no Internet or no other form of data (EGDE/GPRS/3G) connectivity is available?

Well then you can use your Facebook account in India by dialing *325# (or *fbk#) from your mobile phone – this service requires no data plan or Internet and it will even work on every phone with or without data plan or Internet Connectivity. Here is how.

Facebook India has partnered with Fonetwish to bring Facebook on every mobile phone without requiring any apps or even the Internet. You dial the *325# number, then enter your Facebook username and password and you are in. You can then send number based commands to access various features of Facebook, chat with friends who are online, add new people to your friends list, and more.

PRICE is reasonable too. Just pay a subscription fee of 1.00 per day for unlimited usage.

Ultrabooks vs MacBook Air: What Should You Buy?????

Now this thing Trend is really on a move. Every PC maker now has at least one Ultrabook on the market, and some have this more . It may even be said that as the time passes by knowing all this more clearly, you’ll see many of these super-sleek laptops all set with much more attractive prices.  How aggressive? Try $600 less than the $1,299 MacBook Air.

Now the question here is what is an Ultrabook and how does these notebooks comparable to Apple’s first-class ultraportables?

What is an Ultrabook?

An Ultrabook is a mini notebook computer designed to provide similar or superior computing functionality as that of a standard laptop but with less size, weight and an extended battery life.
The Ultrabook is a trademark name that was initially conceived by the Intel Corporation in 2011, but the term has expanded to refer to a new category of notebook computers that sits somewhere between lightweight laptops and tablets. Ultrabooks are integrated with consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) processors, graphic card accelerators, solid state drives and limited external communication ports.

Where Ultrabooks Beat the MacBook Air

They’re Cheaper

While the 13-inch Air costs a somewhat steep $1,299, you can pick up an Ultrabook like the Toshiba Portege Z835 (pictured) for as little as $799. It’s the lightest Ultrabook yet at just 2.4 pounds and lasts nearly 7 hours on a charge. It’s Core i3 processor and 128GB solid state drive aren’t as fast as the Air, but you get good performance for the money.

Other Ultrabooks, like the Asus Zenbook UX31 and Dell XPS 13, cost $999. These laptops step up to faster Core i5 processors and have sexier designs. Plus, thanks to Intel’s Smart Connect technology inside the Dell, the Ultrabook can keep your email and social networking feed up to date even with the lid closed.

By this summer I expect to see a number of Ultrabooks in the $699 range, though they won’t be equipped with solid state drives.

See Full ReviewsToshiba Portege Z835Asus Zenbook UX31, Dell XPS 13

More Sizes, More Choices

There’s no question that the sweet spot for Ultrabooks is 13 inches. This size laptop is small enough to take anywhere but big enough to be your primary PC. But not everyone shopping for an Ultrabook is a road warrior. Some people just want a bigger screen in a sleek design.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre is particularly unique in that the lid and palmrest are made of scratch-resistant glass, while the Samsung Series 9 15-inch crams a high-resolution 1600 x 900 screen into a chassis that’s less than 4 pounds. Or how about a 15-inch Ultrabook with discrete graphics like the Acer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3?

See Full ReviewsHP Envy 14 SpectreSamsung Series 9 15-inchAcer Aspire Timeline Ultra M3

Additional Port Options

While some Ultrabooks leave out important features like SD Card slots (Dell XPS 13, Lenovo IdeaPad U300), many of our top picks include more ports than the MacBook Air. For example, the HP Folio includes two USB 3.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port (no adapter required) and Ethernet for those users who demand it. The Portege Z835 goes a step further by including a VGA port, which will help business users connect to older projectors.

See Full ReviewHP Folio 13

Some Models Give You More Storage

One of the complaints people have about the MacBook Air and certain Ultrabooks is that you’re limited to just 128GB of solid state storage in most cases out of the box. If you need more room for all your stuff consider an Ultrabook like the Samsung Series 5 Ultra. This 14-incher combines 16GB of ExpressCache (which allows for a 30-second boot) with a 500GB hard drive.

However, while the price is a relatively low $849, Ultrabooks in this price range-and cheaper-don’t offer the same speed and responsiveness of the MacBook Air and more premium Ultrabooks with a full-fledged SSD.

See Full ReviewSamsung Series 5 Ultra

Where the MacBook Air Beats Ultrabooks

Superior Screen Quality


I don’t know where Apple got its displays for the 11- and 13-inch Air, but they’re vastly superior to the vast majority of Ultrabook screens out there. They’re bright, have excellent viewing angles and don’t suffer from nearly as much glare when used outdoors. They’re really in a class of their own. I recently used the 13-inch Air outside on a sunny day with no problem. I couldn’t do that with the Zenbook UX31, even though it has a higher-res screen. The only Ultrabook screen that’s in the same league as the Air is the 13-inch Samsung Series 9.

See MoreFace-off: ASUS Zenbook UX31 vs Apple MacBook AirSamsung Series 9: Has the Air Met its Match?

Best Touchpad

This is what happens when you have total control of the hardware and software. While many Ultrabooks we’ve reviewed have touchpads that offer erratic performance, the glass trackpad on the Air is silky smooth, dead accurate and reliable. On the Windows side of the house, we’ve seen Ultrabook after Ultrabook get touchpad driver updates after launch that fixes one issue or another. Here’s a thought: test your product before you release it.

Another advantage for the Air is the myriad multitouch gestures you can use to perform various tasks, from opening Launchpad (four-finger pinch) to engaging Mission Control (three-finger swipe up).

See MoreCrappy Clickpads Could Kill the Ultrabook

Comfy, Well-Backlit Keyboard

Having tried all 10 Ultrabooks we’ve reviewed thus far, I can say with confidence that none of them are as comfortable to type on than the MacBook Air. Apple’s ultraportable offers a good amount of travel for its thin profile, enough that I don’t have to think about it. Meanwhile, the backlighting is bright and easy to read. Some Ultrabooks don’t have backlit keyboards at all (to save on cost), while others like the Samsung Series 9 15 inch are so I could barely see it in the dark.

See More5 Things to Look For in Your Next Notebook Keyboard

Friendlier Software

As we learned from the recent Flashback Trojan attack, which affected more than 600,000 Macs, Apple’s OS is certainly not immune to security threats. But overall I find OS X Lion easier to use than Windows 7. Features like Resume and Auto Save, the time-saving search token feature in Mail, and Mission Control, I find it easier to get work done. Plus, I find Lion to be more stable than Windows 7. I have to force quit or restart much less often.

See MoreOS X Mountain Lion Preview

Bottom Line

Ultrabooks are a work in progress. For every model we strongly recommend like the Zenbook UX31 and Samsung Series 9 there are underwhelming Ultrabooks like the chintzy Acer Aspire S3 or SD Card-less IdeaPad U300s. But I expect the quality to improve quickly, especially with upcoming laptops that take advantage of Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors. Lower prices will help, too.

Ultrabooks will get even more exciting when Windows 8 launches later this year. I’m psyched to review models that integrate touchscreens like the IdeaPad Yoga that take full advantage of the OS’ capabilities. This Cove Point Tablet-Ultrabook Hybridconcept also looks compelling.

Then again, the 11-inch Air continues to be a great value, while the 13-inch Air remains my favorite ultraportable on the market. If you’re willing to spend $1,299, there’s no reason to get anything else unless you really want Windows.

Apple will also likely adopt Intel’s next-gen Core processors in short order and likely expand its screen size options. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 15-inch Air this year. And with OS X Mountain Lion launching in summer, which brings more iPad features to the fold, the Airs will continue to be the “Ultrabooks” to beat.

Why to Buy A Smartphone…

Faster Internet accessibility and ability to use more applications are the main reasons that drive people to buy smartphones, a report by Ericsson Consumerlab said.

“Among today’s users in high growth markets,smartphone adoption is driven by application functionality and a faster Internet experience,” the Ericsson ConsumerLab’s Emerging App Culture report said.

About 43 per cent people say that better Internet access is the main reason for buying a smartphone while 33 per cent prefer to buy these devices to access more applications, the report said.

The research was carried out among smartphone users in the 15-54 year age group, who accessed Internet at least once a week, in India, Russia and Brazil.

“The app culture emerging in these high-growth markets reflects a trend similar to that in the US… we see a general evolution toward new users purchasing increasingly specialised apps, such as those for dating services and price comparison, from the moment they get their smartphones,” Ericsson ConsumerLab Senior Specialist Jasmeet Singh Sethi said.

People mostly use their smartphones to check in to locations, use maps for navigation, watch Internet TV, movies, live news, play online games, among others, the study showed.

A majority owners are first-time users who purchased their smartphone during the past six months, it added. However, mobile applications (apps) are used differently across the three markets.

“The Indian smartphone users are more interested in downloading personalisation applications, such as screen savers, live wallpapers and third party browsers apart from social media applications and games,” it said.

Russians use their phones for navigation and maps, shopping comparisons, barcode scanners, translators, dictionaries while the Brazilians used applications to enhance their social interactions, the report said.

The study said users have few applications on their phones but they use them frequently.

“While 69 per cent say they access Internet using applications daily, almost half do not use more than one to five applications on a weekly basis,” the study said.

When it comes to the daily application usage, 49 per cent people say they use it for social networking, 39 per cent for chat, 31 per cent for weather forecasts, 26 per cent for news, 20 per cent for maps, GPS and navigation and 12 per cent for timetables and traffic.

Adobe to offer Creative Suite 6 online…

Adobe is launching the latest version of its software package for designers and Web developers.

Adobe Systems Inc unveiled Creative Suite 6 at an event in San Francisco. CS6 includesPhotoshop, Illustrator and other programs.

Unlike previous versions, which came shrink-wrapped in a box, Creative Suite 6 will be available on a monthly subscription basis as part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud offering. Subscriptions will start at $50 a month for those who sign up for a year. Subscribers will be able to download programs such as Photoshop, InDesign or Illustrator, store their work online and share files with others.

This will likely make the pricey software package more desirable to new customers who may not want to shell out thousands of dollars upfront.

Scott Morris, a senior marketing director at Adobe, compared the new pricing policy to the company’s decision nearly a decade ago to start selling its design-software products in one package. The result then was higher sales, and Adobe hopes to replicate that success with its new revenue model.

Selling CS6 through subscriptions should also help Adobe reduce piracy, a persistent problem for companies that sell shrink-wrapped software.

Customers will still be able to buy CS6 as a packaged software suite, just as they can still buy the programs separately. Prices for CS6 range from $275 for the cheapest upgrade to $2,599 for the full “Master Collection.”

Adobe’s Creative Solutions business, which is responsible for Creative Suite, accounts for the bulk of the San Jose, California, company’s revenue

Customizing Blackberry 6 Homescreen

One of the major attractions of Blackberry 6 is absolutely the presence of in-built customization features. The choice of customization has increased the popularity of this device in the international market considerably.

Now let’s take a close look at the procedures that are involved in customizing the Home screen.

Home Screen Options Menu

Inorder to access the Home screen options menu, users will have to;

  • Click on the Menu Key

  • Then select ‘Options’

Now the users can change the following settings as per their wish.

Search applications

This feature allows the users to decide whether they need a Universal Search or Application Shortcuts. Universal search allows the users to type on the home screen itself to begin the search.

Creating Application Shortcuts

Application shortcuts can be considered as a wonderful feature that allows the users for quickly accessing the Blackberry Apps using the shortcut keys.

Wallpaper Settings

  • Users can either use the default wallpaper

  • Users can also select one of their own images on Blackberry 6

Folder download options

These are considered to be the folder settings that decides the location where the user wishes there downloaded apps to get installed

Reset Settings

Users mainly have two options as far as the Reset settings are concerned. They are;

  • Reset Everything altogether

  • Reset each feature individually

Home Screen Folders

Users are provided with the option of adding more folders on the users home screen inorder to organize the Blackberry 6 icons by means of using the all view.

  • Select the Menu key

  • Then click on to the ‘Add’ folder

  • Users will then have to provide a Name to the folder

  • Inorder to remove the folder, users will just click on to the folder that they wish to delete and then click on to the ‘Delete’ tab

  • If the user wishes to rename the folder, just click on to the folder and hit the menu key and then select ‘Edit Folder’

  • Users also have the option of moving the folder by clicking on to the folder that the users wishes to move and then pressing the menu key and selecting the ‘move to Folder’ option

Show and Hide Icons

  • Select the ‘Show on Home Screen’ icon

  • Then click on to the ‘Menu’ key

  • Then select Hide

  • It is always desirable that the users hide icons if they have enabled Keyboard shortcuts

Inorder to view the hidden icon that is present on the Home screen;

  • Select an icon that is present on the Home screen of the Blackberry 6 smartphone

  • Click the Menu key

  • Then select ‘Show All’

  • Click on the transparent icon that is represented on the Home screen

  • Finally click again on the Menu key

  • Finally select Hide inorder to remove the checkmark

Addition of Instant Messaging Contacts and Browser Bookmark icons to the users Home Screen

  • Select a contact

  • Then click on the Menu key

  • Press the ‘Show on Home Screen’ tab

  • Users can now select the folder where the icon appears and can mark it as favorite

Inorder to remove the icon, highlight the icon and then click on the menu key and then select ‘delete’.

Bookmarking websites

  • Users will have to add a Browser Book mark icon on to the Home screen

  • Select the Menu key

  • Then click on Add to the Home Screen

  • Now the users can see their home screen enhanced with Browser Bookmark icon with that of the website

Themes

Users can change the themes in their Blackberry 6 Home Screen by navigating towards the Blackberry App world in the themes category.

This is how the users can personalize their Blackberry 6 Home Screen.