Finally facebook makes iphone app which runs twice as fast

Facebook for iOS

The new Facebook app for iPhone and iPad hit the App Store yesterday which promises a mobile experience that’s twice as fast as the previous version. Download it from iTunes Store. The new version speeds up the Facebook mobile experience to make everything from scrolling through your News Feed and photos to simply starting up the app a bit smoother.

With a faster load times for news stories and photos there are minor upgrades too. Messenger, which was previously a standalone app has now been integrated into the general Facebook app. Photos now appear in full screen mode and you can swipe between those like you did in the iPhone’s camera roll. 

A “Sort” feature lets you sift through the stories in your News Feed by Top Stories and Most Recent. And iPad users can now view Timeline.

Definitely this long awaited speed update is good news both for the users and for the advertiser-hungry Facebook. 

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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.

Want to be a Facebook India Ambassador?


It’s time for you all to be an Ambassador at Facebook Representing Indian Ambassador of Facebook.

 

Facebook has now introduced a new Ambassador program in India to promote the usage of Facebook on mobile phones in the country.

The requirements are simple and everyone can participate. You are supposed to convince your friends to install the Facebook app on their mobile phones. Once the app is installed, your friend will also have to associate his or her mobile phone number with Facebook.

You can then pass on this list of phone numbers to Facebook India and users who bring the maximum number of conversions will be rewarded with the Facebook Ambassador status.

 


There’s no compensation involved and going forward, you may be required to promote Facebook in your school too.

 

If instructed by Facebook, you will engage in activities to promote Facebook.

These activities may be like working with your school administration to setup the authentic page for your school on Facebook, creating you college Yearbook on Facebook, uploading pictures of each class and tagged students in the pictures, organizing a Facebook Day on Campus that focuses on educating the audience about using Facebook on mobile devices, etc.

Happy Facebooking! J

 


 

Hands on with Windows 8 RTM

August 1, Microsoft released what I call one of the biggest gamble and facelift of any operating system in the tech world. First thing you are going to notice about this operating system is that familiar Desktop version is almost dead and it has remain just a part of windows 8. The OS is entirely App focused. I admit using those were fun and they no lesser than a conventional programs.

 

Everything is about the Apps

Right on the Start screen, you’ll see the new builds most noticeable updates: Three new apps — Sports, Travel and News — are pinned directly on the screen, and come built into the OS. Each of the apps implements great Metro design, but caters to a very specific purpose that might not appeal to every user. Still, they’re all slick and highlight how much Microsoft wants its PC experience to more closely resemble an app-based mobile experience.

 

The Microsoft Store

Microsoft has integrated an inbuilt app store from where you can directly install apps. The most beneficial feature in installing this is every time you refresh your PC (Refreshing in windows 8 is near to System Restore. Doing a system refresh it installs a fresh copy of windows without affecting your apps and documents. It is possible that you will lose those apps which you have installed from other media) these apps are reinstalled with all those customization which you have done previously. So we need not to install the same app every time we refresh PC.

 

Some great Features include

  • Much faster startup. Let’s be honest, there’s no comparison with the time it takes to start using an iPad versus a Windows 7 laptop. Windows 8 makes great strides towards eliminating this difference.
  • New Start screen with live tiles that update with app info such as arriving emails, news items, weather, and stock tickers. Default apps are included that provide all this.
  • Syncing with all your PCs through Microsoft account sign in. This capability syncs personalization preferences, Internet Explorer favorites, backgrounds, WiFi passwords and more with cloud-connected accounts.
  • New App Store. The apps sold here will run on both Windows 8 tablets and full PCs. The apps will have to pass standards, and can be updated and installed on multiple PCs in your account (just as with the Mac App Store). They’ll also get the ability to connect with other apps for services like email or social network updating.
  • Improved battery life for laptops as well as tablets.
  • Faster Wi-Fi reconnect times.
  • Faster graphics and text performance, thanks to hardware acceleration.
  • A much improved Internet Explorer 10, with far better support for the new HTML5 standards and faster performance.
  • New file folder window choices.
  • New Task Manager
  • Trusted Boot. This prevents malware from loading before the OS, on systems with UEFI boot. In general, security is much tighter in Windows 8 than in Windows 7 (though we’ve heard that song before).
  • Built in Consumer apps—People, for social network contacts; Photos, Mail, Messaging, Calendar, Video,
  • ISO mounting. The OS can now make a disc image file appear as a drive.
  • You’ll get all this and more for a mere $39.99 upgrade from Windows XP and later. And don’t forget that Windows 8 runs on any hardware that can runs Windows 7. It will also be able to run any programs that run under Windows 7, unless you opt for a Windows RT tablet, which will only run new-style Windows 8 apps.

An amazing News Reader with Innovative Bing Reader

Trust me this is one of the most exciting feature of the windows 8. The Bing Daily! It gets automatically updated and I am sure you will enjoy reading news like never before. The built in browser has the superb and innovative clarity and it is on your screen exactly the way it is in the newspapers.

More interestingly you can add a My News. In my news you add few topics and it automatically searches those topics in news and puts in front of you the most apt news regarding those topics. I have added topics like “apple” and “India” and I need not to search for news regarding these topics. It feeds me automatically. Go read the news like never before!

 

Multitasking to a New Level

Windows 8 am sure is going to take multitasking to a great new level. You can actually spilt the windows and keep on working on the either windows without any hazzle. You can view videos in right pane while making your visual studio program in the main pain.

 

The final Opinion

The edition which Microsoft has released seems to be more concentrated on the homes users. Apps like ” 7Days” and “Never Late” are fun but are of great use for home users in specific. The real robustness of the system will be evaluated once the commercial version is out. A lot more is to be done by the windows 8 developer as the freezing problem is most common. And yes while using on laptop do use your external mouse otherwise I am sure there are more chances of you hating the new OS.

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.

iPhone Is Now More Worth Than All Microsoft Products

This is one of the most stunning statistic which I recently came across. Apple’s iPhone sales are now worth more than all of Microsoft.

One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975. In the quarter ended March 31, 2012, iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion; Microsoft Corporation, $17.4 billion.

And the thing is, that’s not really the most remarkable thing about Apple’s recent achievements. The truly strange thing is that they’ve managed to gain this level of sales while making software style margins on selling hardware. That’s the trick that no one else is managing at all.

The Next Galaxy About To Hit

The hype surrounding the upcoming Galaxy smartphone has just gotten bigger. The folks at Samsung have devised a new way to further egg on the excitement regarding their upcoming flagship smartphone, commonly referred to as the Samsung Galaxy S III. The brand has put up a cryptic message on their Twitter account with the words, ‘Destination: tgeltaayehxnx.’ The latter word may seem like like rubbish and in actuality it is, but those with a keen eye for puzzles can figure out that it is actually an anagram and when deciphered reads, ‘the next galaxy.’

Few hours till the next puzzle

Few hours till the next puzzle

 

The brand has not just stopped there and has also made a URL with the same cryptic word and when the link http://www.tgeltaayehxnx.com is clicked, it takes one to a countdown page with the words, ‘Coming Soon’ in bold and below that the reference to when the next step in presumably another puzzle can be taken. This would lead one to believe that if not a puzzle, Samsung might reveal something more about the upcoming Galaxy smartphone like maybe a teaser video or like in the case of Motorola when they revealed an image puzzle before announcing the RAZR smartphone.
In case any of you missed out here are some of the rumoured specifications of the next Galaxy smartphone:

 

  • Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.6-inch display Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1184 x 720
  • 1,4GHz quad-core processor
  • Mali-400MP GPU
  • 16GB Internal memory
  • Expandable via MicroSD card
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • NFC
  • 2250mAh battery

Rumours of this smartphone have been doing the rounds since late last year and over the last few weeks have gathered a lot of steam. The biggest bit of information came a few days back when a Vietnamese website posted a hands on video of the device. The website had detailed specifications of the smartphone, but what still remains in doubt is how this handset will look once it is officially unveiled.

 

As of now we have to just wait and see what Samsung has planned regarding their much talked about smartphone. For all the rumours and speculations surrounding this smartphone, click here.

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.