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Sunday, May 13, 2012

LG Optimus 2X ICS update pushed back to Q3

LG made some waves as being one of the few manufacturers to publicly release a detailed list regarding updates to the latest Android version. This is a good idea if you want to show your customers that you're serious about future-proofing your smartphones, but is not so good if you can't stick to your schedule, which is what appears to have happened with the Optimus 2X.



LG Mobile Singapore have spilled the beans on Facebook that we won't be seeing the latest Android version on the 2X until Q3 of this year. This means the 2X is joining the ranks of several other Optimus smartphones which were (and hopefully continue to be) also slated for a Q3 update.

Whether this delay also affects the other LG smartphones on the update list remains to be seen. We'll be sure to let you know the moment we hear anythin

Galaxy S III has PenTile AMOLED because it lasts longer

After the Galaxy S III announcement many people, including us, were wondering why Samsung decided to use a PenTile Super AMOLED screen instead of an Super AMOLED Plus unit.

Well, a Samsung spokesman has explained why. The reason turned out to be plain simple – it’s not because Samsung can’t satisfy the demand – it’s just that the PenTile will last longer.

As it turns out, the RGB AMOLEDs degrade much faster than the PenTile AMOLEDs so the picture quality becomes worse faster. The blue pixels are the ones to blame – they degrade faster than the red and green pixels. The PenTile displays have less blue pixels because of the RGBG subpixel layout and that’s why they have longer life span.

Samsung wants to ensure top-notch display quality even two or three years after the users get their Galaxy S III and it seems the only way is to use PenTile displays.

Does that mean that the Galaxy S II users have only two years of proper service ahead?

We already met the Galaxy S III and thanks to its high ppi density, the PenTile matrix is hardly noticeable (as opposed to the Galaxy S), so you should not worry about the image quality.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 review: Different magic

Introduction

Samsung's impressive tablet lineup is already in its second generation, but the one that stands out is surprisingly at the lower end of both the size range and the age bracket. The ultra-thin and incredibly light Super-AMOLED-packing Galaxy Tab 7.7 may as well be the one the iPads should be afraid of.

Most of the tablets on the market are powered by dual-core chipsets, and the new Galaxy Tab 7.7 will have no trouble blending in. Scratch that. Some of its peers may find it hard to keep up. Sure, it will soon be looking at some quad-core slates fast approaching in the rear view mirror, but that time is yet to come. The Exynos SoC with those twin 1.4GHz cores is more than sufficient for a 7-inch device by our books.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 official pictures

What makes the Galaxy Tab 7.7 so special is the screen and the compact form factor. This is the first and only tablet to use a Super AMOLED Plus display and - you don't have to take our word - it looks gorgeous. Equally, if not more importantly, this is the only tablet to feature a 7.7" screen. So, is it Samsung's insistence on finding an empty niche where no one else in their right mind will care to look or is the Galaxy Tab 7.7 really that special?

There's a lot of ground to cover before we can give a definitive answer. But honestly, we can see why people looking for a genuinely compact and portable tablet with premium specs would go with the latter.

Key features

  • 7.7" 16M-color Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels)
  • Weighs 340 g only
  • Exynos chipset: Dual-core 1.4GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor; 1GB of RAM; Mali-400MP GPU
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb with TouchWiz UX UI (4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the works)
  • Quad-band GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G with HSPA connectivity (HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps)
  • Support for voice calls, texts and MMS
  • 16/32/64 GB of built-in memory
  • 3.2 MP autofocus camera, 2048x1536 pixels, LED flash, geotagging
  • 2.0 MP front-facing camera; native video calls
  • 720p HD video recording @ 30 fps with stereo audio recording
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • HDMI TV-out (adapter required), USB host (adapter required)
  • microSD card slot
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Adobe Flash 11 support
  • GPS with A-GPS support; digital compass
  • 1080p DivX/XviD/MKV video support with subtitles
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor; three-axis Gyroscope sensor
  • Polaris office document editor preinstalled
  • 5100 mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery

Main disadvantages

  • Non-replaceable battery
  • Proprietary 30-pin connector for charging and connectivity
  • No Full HD video recording (might be fixed by the ICS update)
  • No ICS yet (coming up though)
  • Keyboard dock works in portrait mode only
  • Not cheap

Besides being one of the best looking tablets, much of which comes down to the Super AMOLED Plus screen, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 manages to get the rest right too. The Exynos chipset, the rich connectivity, the solid battery backup and the multimedia skills round off an impressive package. The voice call support is a major boost too - the ultra-portable tablet saves you from carrying an extra phone.

In fact, it's the compact size above all else that make the Galaxy Tab 7.7 a worthy option to consider by those who find the iPads and other 10-inchers too much of a hassle to carry around. Of course, the iPad 3 and some of the most recent 10" droid slates have raised the bar too high in terms of screen resolution, but the Galaxy Tab 7.7 isn't so desperately behind in actual pixel density and the AMOLED screen still has an edge outdoors.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 live pictures

There is a lot going on for the Galaxy Tab 7.7. There're some question marks hanging over it too, which we'll try to address. Coming up next is the hardware inspection and that's good news for this here slate. It's highly unlikely to start on the wrong foot as long as we're talking Super AMOLED Plus and brushed aluminum. Shall we?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review: Make it two

Introduction

The question this second-generation Samsung tablet is trying to answer is not "How much better can it get?" The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 stops at how much. It feels safe pretending there's no such thing as a third-generation iPad.

Under different circumstances, the second-generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 would've been a disappointment. It still is, in a way - especially if you expected a substantial upgrade of the original. This duty however falls on another member of the Samsung tablet lineup.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 official pictures

The 10-inch Note is the one with the better specs and the S Pen adds an extra dimension to the tablet experience. And it certainly needs every bit of muscle and brains to stand up to the iPad 3. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has the seemingly easier job to compete with a discounted iPad 2.

On a second thought, although not as much as everyone may've hoped, the actual upgrades over the original manage to make a difference. The voice-call support and the memory-card slot are most welcome. And of course, it comes with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.

Key features

  • 10.1" 16M-color PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen of WXGA resolution (1280 x 800 pixels)
  • TI OMAP 4430 chipset: Dual-core 1.0GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor; 1GB of RAM; PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with TouchWiz UX UI
  • Quad-band GPRS/EDGE and quad-band 3G with HSPA connectivity (HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps)
  • Voice calls
  • 16/32 GB of built-in memory
  • 3.2 MP autofocus camera, 2048x1536 pixels, geotagging
  • 2.0 MP front-facing camera; native video calls
  • 720p HD video recording @ 30 fps with stereo audio recording
  • Stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • HDMI TV-out (adapter required), USB host (adapter required)
  • microSD card slot
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Adobe Flash 11 support
  • GPS with A-GPS support; digital compass
  • 1080p DivX/XviD/MKV video support with subtitles
  • Accelerometer and proximity sensor; three-axis Gyroscope sensor
  • Polaris office document editor preinstalled
  • 7000 mAh Li-Po battery

Main disadvantages

  • Proprietary 30-pin connector for charging and connectivity
  • No camera LED flash
  • Average screen resolution
  • Non-replaceable battery

Samsung have not one but two tablets to inherit the original 10" Galaxy Tab. Two tablets to challenge Apple and their iPads. Two options for users to choose between. Essentially, it's a choice between the special and the second-best, the exciting and the affordable.

Taking the gloomy view, the second-gen Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn't good enough for the slim profile, the Exynos chipset and the fullHD videos of the Note. Not to mention the game-changing S Pen. For those who look on the bright side, it's an affordable ten-incher with the latest Android and better specs than the iPad 2.


Nokia Asha 302 review: E-serious

Introduction

The Nokia Asha 302 comes between the Asha 300 and the Asha 303 in Nokia's updated featurephone lineup, but it doesn't quite follow the numerical order. Although obviously not a smartphone, this S40 messenger is almost halfway there. It aims to bring good connectivity and more than reasonable processing power without unnecessarily complicating the interface.

Touchscreen and dual-SIM support are the two extremes in the Asha lineup but the Nokia Asha 302 sticks to the middle, finding balance and confidence in robust functionality and good build quality. It's a value package with plenty to offer to many potential upgraders looking to replace their S30 or S40 phones.

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Nokia Asha 302 official picture

The Asha 302 is compatible with any GSM network worldwide and features both 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. It makes sure your email, Facebook and Twitter accounts are never more than just a click away. That's where the QWERTY keyboard is most welcome too. On the outside, a side-mounted memory card slot and metal accents make the best out of a classic messenger design. Here's what goes on inside.

Key features

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support
  • Penta-band 3G with 14Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA
  • Asha S40 platform
  • Four-row hardware QWERTY keyborad
  • 2.4" QVGA 256K-color TFT display
  • 1GHz processor
  • 128MB RAM, 256MB ROM
  • 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera
  • VGA video recording at 15fps
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Bluetooth v2.1 (with A2DP)
  • Standard microUSB port (charging enabled)
  • USB On-The-Go support
  • microSD card slot (32 GB supported, 2GB included)
  • 3.5mm audio jack

Main disadvantages

  • No multitasking
  • Fixed-focus camera
  • No smart dialing
  • No video-call camera
  • No document viewer

So, the Nokia Asha 302 is raising the stakes in the low-cost telephony but makes sure it doesn't get into fights it cannot win. Halfway between a Nokia C3 and an E63, it looks on the safe side of the line. We cannot think of a better example to follow than the immensely popular Nokia C3 but it should be aware of the potential pressure of affordable smartphones - Symbian and Android alike.

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Nokia Asha 302 live pictures

The Asha 302 is ready for a presentation, and so are we. Proceed to the next page where we begin to discover what the latest of the Ashas is really made of.

HTC Desire C spotted in the wild once again

he HTC Desire C, previously known as Wildfire C or Golf, leaks once again in live pictures.

This time it was spotted on the Orange Romania Facebook page. Someone there apparently decided to take pictures from the Marketing’s team office and post them on Facebook. The HTC Desire C can be found in two of those pictures.

Enjoy!


HTC Desire C

The Desire C is rumored to feature a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, either a single-core 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a 5 megapixel snapper with a front-facing video-call camera, 512MB RAM, 4 gigs of storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and a microSD slot. It is going to run on the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

With this many leaks, we expect the announcement to happen very soon.

Thank you, Spike, for sending this in!

HTC Desire C first press shot and specs leak on Vodafone

The HTC Desire C is not a stranger anymore. We've seen it star in not one, but two blurry photo sessions. However, this is the first time we get to see it in its proper attire - via a leaked press shot. Obviously, Vodafone Portugal jumped the gun on this one and included it in its May catalog even before the thing was announced.

Leaked specs and photos are the bread and butter of this job, so we are more than happy to introduce you to the HTC Desire C.

As you'll see below, the catalog also sheds some light on the specs of the device. Here's what we have confirmed for now: The HTC Desire C has a 3.5-inch screen with 320x480 resolution and runs on a 600MHz processor. Connectivity-wise it's 3.5G, whatever that means, but we're guessing it's HSDPA. The handset also has 4GB of internal memory and a 5MP camera. But most importantly, this low-spec'd device will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

According to one of our tipsters, the Desire C has a 1230 mAh battery and should retail below 200€. After all these leaks, we should see the smartphone announced rather soon.

Best Indian News Apps For Windows Phone 7

Indian magazines readers are very well acquainted with the leading news and business magazines India Today and Business Today. But, how much time does the working professionals get these days to actually go through these magazines in the print form which just lures only some budding students and that too the readership is on a constant decline in these digital times where everyone wants almost everything on the go. So their mobile app versions had to be there sooner or later. And yes, they are actually available in the Windows Phone marketplace now.

India Today App Description:

The India Today application allows users to view up-to-date news articles, images, videos and live TV served through the India Today Network. The application is powered by India Today, India’s no. 1 news magazine. The app consists of latest & breaking news, sports news, political news, cricket updates, entertainment news, bollywood & Hollywood news, movie reviews, celebrity interviews, images and videos.

Business Today App Description:

The Business Today application allows users to view up-to-date news articles, images, videos and Stock updates served through the India Today Network. The application is powered by Business Today, India’s no. 1 business magazine. The app consists of business news & articles, stock updates, business analysis and videos


The best part is that both the apps are available for free in the marketplace. Nothing gets better for the avid readers of these 2 magazines, just in case they are the proud owners of the Windows Phone device as well.

Download India Today App For Windows Phone 7.5 or higher

Download Business Today app For Windows Phone 7.5 or higher

Aircel Pocket Internet Smart Prepaid Plans [1 May 2012]

Aircel is launching a set of new 3G Plans and we would like to share the same with you. You would recall that 3 years ago when Aircel launched Pocket Internet, it changed the way mobile internet was perceived and consumed. It truly democratised data for the consumer.

With 3G we are at a similar juncture. While consumers understand the benefit of 3G and there is a desire to adopt, 3G remains out of their reach. With Aircel’s new offering of Pocket Internet Smart has Aircel is ready to revolutionize the landscape of mobile internet unlocking the true 3G potential, both for the consumer and the business.

Pocket Internet Smart will offer Aircel consumers unlimited 3G at attractive prices. It will also for the first time, offer, unlimited 3G and 2G data on a single recharge and the plans will be device agnostic. These innovative features will provide consumers benefits such as freedom from data bills shocks, ease of recharge and convenience of using the same plan across devices – mobiles, tablets and dongles.
Aircel Pocket Internet Smart Pre Paid Plans

10 reasons why we feel the Aircel’s Pocket Internet Smart would help the consumers:

1. 3G is currently 10X more expensive than the 2G offering.
2. Currently, a customer needs to buy separate packs to browse on 2G and 3G.
3. As of now most 3G packs in the market allow limited browsing, i.e. post free usage user is charged at 10p/10KB that effectively translate into INR10/MB leading to huge bills!
4. There is no availability of daily, weekly or sachet unlimited 3G packs for intermittent/ casual usage.
5. With the current 3G/2G packs, the customer has to keep toggling between 2G and 3G on his phone so that he doesn’t end up using his expensive 3G data in 2G network. With the new plans, he no longer needs to do this.
6. Dongle plans from Aircel now start at as low as 198 per month. This is also an unlimited plan and the customer can freely consume data without worrying about the bill.
7. The new dongle plans are also a major deviation from the current set up. Unlimited plans from Aircel start at below Rs 200. There is a possibility of using Aircel card on existing dongles (which could be a Micromax/ Huawei/ etc.) and benefit with these new plans.
8. For the first time, Aircel has come out with low priced plans, which don’t have a rider – there’s not even a speed rider. Even the lowest plan, at Rs. 8, comes with a 3.6Mbps speed.
9. All the plans can be used on roaming. So a customer moving to a 2G area can consume data seamlessly. Also, even if he moves to a 2G circle, he can continue consuming data seamlessly (at 2G speeds).
10. At and above Rs. 198, the customer can freely move his plan from mobile to dongle to tab etc. There is no restrictions on type of device – which is currently there on every operator – including Aircel.

Learn C++ computer programming basic tutorial with Microsoft C++ 2010 edition

What is C++?

Unlike other programming language, C++ needs a compiler to compile and run the program. There are many C++ compilers such as Microsoft visual C++, Borland C++, Dev C++ etc. you can choose anyone you like. But I am going to recommend Microsoft Visual C++ 2010. You can download it from the internet freely.

Downloading and installing compiler:
You can download Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 from this link http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downloads/#2010-Visual-CPP.
Then download Visual C++ and install it in your computer. You can also use Visual C++ 2008.

Setting for C++ Programming:
After installing Visual C++, start the Visual C++2010 from desktop shortcut or go to Start >> All Programs >> Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Express Edition
A screen will pop up as Figure 1.

(fig-1)

Then to create a new program, go to File >> New>> Project, then a diagnose box will open as shown in Figure 2.
























(fig-2)
Make sure that you click on Win32 and Win32 Console Application. Write the project name and click OK.




Click Next after this diagnose box pops up. (Figure 3)








After clicking Next this diagnose (Figure 4) box will pop up. Make sure that Console application and Empty Project age checked. Then click Finish.





After that go to the "Solution Explorer" on the left side and right-click on the project name (that you gave before). Once you have right clicked on project name select Add>>New Item or simply press Ctrl + Shift + A.

































On the top select C++ File (.cpp) and enter a name and click Add. After clicking add your Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 will look like Figure 6 and you are ready to write your program

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Writing first program: (Hello World)
Now inside the blank screen just write the following syntax.
#include
using namespace std;
int main ()
{
cout <<"Hello World";
}

Then simply press Ctrl + F5.




























Most of your programs should have the first three lines. Anything that you want to change should be between the “{----}”. In the above program, the word count refers to printing on the black screen.

How to make animation with Pivot Stick animator - create your own stickman animation

Hello :) Do you like cartoon? .Most of you are familiar with stick man.Cartoons . I am going to show you how to make stick-man animation easily. As you can see at the left side , I have created a a stickman who is dancing. Is he? ;) You can also create better animation.


First of all you will need to download pivot stick animator. To down load Click here then click download now. Install the software and you are ready to start.

It is very easy to make animation by this software. At the beginning I will tell how to make .gif animation first. Later you will learn how to make .avi videos and cartoon of stickman. You can add sound , voice , extra animated accessories to make a real cartoon. But before that , lets learn the basic first.








Animation: A simple animation of game :)



I have recorded a quick tutorial to help you learn how to use the software - check the video ;)

How to customize your windows by rocketDock application use your windows like mac

Are your bored of running your old windows PC ? Obviously it doesn't feel good to stick with the old same boring thing. Many people likes to use Mac but doesn't have enough money to buy one. I can give you a solution to solve this problem . You can use Rocket Doc (smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher) . With the help of this application you can access shortcuts in a easy way. It has many facilities like Real time windows preview in vista, Simple drag and drop interface , Multi monitor support, customizable etc etc. The most important thing is RocketDock is completely free but you can give some donation if you want .


Follow the video from their official you tube channel







To download RocketDoc Click here

Funny Facebook prank tricks to have fun with your friends

Hello,

In this Post I will tell you how to make fun with your Facebook friends. Well this prank is very old and common. Once upon a time I was a victim of this prank. So now I have decided to share it with you.




Prank 1:
The prank is very simple. Just post a status using this link , - http://facebook.com/profile.php?=638383373

This link looks like a link of original Facebook profile. But actually this link is not valid. The code is given randomly and whenever some one clicks the link,will be redirected to their own profile.

Now you can make a prank by posting status like " Everybody Please report against this stupid profile - http://facebook.com/profile.php?=638383373"

Obviously your friends are going to check who's profile is that. They will be very shock to see their own profile. Most Probably they will get upset and may ask you why you are doing this.? why? :P

Prank 2:
The second pranks is all about insulting. So don't make this prank with someone who is very sensitive to jokes.

http://www.is-a-jerk.com/ is a site where you can make links to insult people. Just type the name of the person(.) then the URL address of the site. For example , you want to make fun of your friend named "kallis". Then the URL will be http://kallis.is-a-jerk.com

step1: This prank is also very simple like the previous one. At first choose a friend on whom you are going to apply this prank.

Step2: Make the URL and post it to your friends Facebook wall. Or you can just share it in your wall.

Important: Use this pranks to have fun with your friends. Do not insult them harshly. Have fun and bring peace :)

How to edit webpage by Google chrome inspect element and have fun

Today i am going to show you how to edit a webpage easily by your Google chrome we browser. The editing won't be permanent rather it will be just for a while. After editing if you press the refresh button all the data will come back to normal. Then what is the purpose? The purpose is just for fun. You can take a Screen shot of your edited webpage and share it with your friends for fun.

The process is very easy. I am not going to write the steps here again as i have already written an article on this in another site. The reason why i am not posting again it's because posting same type of article in 2 different places is not ideal for search engine optimization . Click here to read the article. In the article i have shown you how i have edited my google adsense revenue of 0 dollar to 10,000 dollars just for fun. Now you can also edit whatever you want .
I hope the article will help you. I will share you my other article as well. Keep visiting my blog. Thank you for your support.

How to create a folder without any name

How to create a folder without any name: At first select a folder or create a new folder. Now remove the name by rename option. Or Simply click F2 and then press backspace to remove the name. (Hold on that position and look if your Numlock in On. If it is off make it on because you have to type a code only by Numpad. In many laptop there is no numpad, the numpad is mixed with the keyboard so e careful about it. )
Now in that position press ALT button and type a code 0160 by the help of your number pad and press Enter. you will see there is no name on it. Hope you will love it :D

How to increase windows startup speed by windows registry configuration.

When we start our computer it delays for a while to make your computer ready for action. You can reduce this delaying time completely by editing a simple thing in the registry setting. It will not harm your computer.

Note: This will boost in starting the windows. This will not increase the overall performance of your computer. The performance speed depends on the processor of your computer and the load it is taking on.

The process:

Step 1: Click Run and then type Regedit.


Step 2: Now you will notice a box will pop up. From there Select HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Then Select control Panel , then Desktop Folder.


Step 3: Now in the right hand side you will see lots of settings. From there select "Menu Show Delay". Double click on it and changed the default value "400" to "0".






Now you are done. You will notice a slight increase in the loading time when you start your computer. If you increase the value to "1000" then it will take longer time to show the Menu.


This tricks does not make any difference actually. But learning it is not a bad Idea. Is it?


Hope you have enjoyed it. Cheers :)

How to check the temperature of your laptop or PC Hardware - Download Speedfan

Hey guys!! This is another Blog where I am going to give a short review on a free software to check you computer/ Laptops temperature.

Speed fan is a useful software to check the temperature of you laptop. The software is very simple and the most important thing is that , it is Free! I recommend the software to those who are using their laptop or PC for a long period of time.

When you run speedfan software , it will first scan your computer to and then show you the result. As you can see in the picture below.




If all the temperature is too high then you should give some rest to your laptop or PC. It will also detect if any Error occurs to your Laptop/PC Fan.

Start with the Basics: How to Design an Attractive Website

These web design tips can be used by newbies and advanced web designers alike. Sometimes it pays to go back to the basics and build a website based off of principles that really work to attract visitors to visit again and again.

1. Use a cohesive color scheme. If your business has specific colors or a set company logo, this is a good place to begin. If you are starting from scratch, choose several colors and stick with them throughout the design of your website. If you’re not sure what color scheme to choose, check out a few of your favorite websites and see what looks best. You can use these websites to model your website color scheme off of.
2. Start with a template. If you are new to web design, a template is a great place to begin. Many templates come with web design software or can be downloaded for free. Additionally, templates are often customized to specific niche markets, like health and beauty, business, or blogging.
3. Make your website user-friendly. Many web designers make the critical mistake of designing their website only for SEO. But that is only one side of the coin! It is equally as important to design your website for visitors, as well as search engine spiders. Yes, it is important that your website is optimized so that it can be indexed in the search engines. But if visitors can’t find your website or can’t navigate through all of the pages, then your traffic will leave, and your sales will decrease.
4. Remember that less is more. As you get more experienced in web design, it can be tempting to go out with guns blazing. But many times, less is more. Have you ever noticed that the Google homepage is completely blank, yet it is the one website that controls the entire Internet? In the same way, put careful thought into the special effects that you use for your website, like flash and spinning graphics. These special effects can be distracting and may cause a page to load slowly.
5. Consider the color of your background. It is most important that any website visitors can clearly read the text on your website in contrast to the background. This means to avoid yellow font on a white background or gray font against a black background. A black font against a white or lightly tinted background is your best bet to ensure that all content is attractive and easy to read.

Top 10 funny interesting troll websites to have fun in your boring time

Hey!! In this Post I am going to write about the top 10 funny interesting sites where you could have fun in your boring time. While you work on your computer you might get bored and want something interesting to get rid of the boringness. Check the list of top 10 troll Websites Below ;) :

1) 9GAG: This is currently the most popular troll website to have ultimate lough and fun. Many users publishing extremely funny content everyday. Sometimes I get very surprised to see the creativity and humor of the 9Gag users.

2) Break: This is another great site for watching interesting funny photos and videos. You will find lots of funny pictures and videos to get rid of the Boringness.

3) Failblog: You must have heard about Failblog. This is one of the most popular website for watching real EPIC fail videos and photos.

4) Membase : Membase is the Source of Internet Troll. You can create a troll comic by using Membase and upload it. Users can vote the uploaded comics to rank them up.

5) VideoBash: Another Awesome website where you can watch some great funny Videos.

6) TheOnion : Well Onion usually brings tear into our eyes but trust me, this onion site is going to make you lough hard.

7) Reddit: Reddit is a social Bookmarking site where most of the bookmarks are for fun. You will find lots of funny contents if you choose the right category.

8) Fark : Have I posted too many similar sites which making you sleep? How about a site with lots of funny news. Fark provides real news and they are real funny.

9) Cracked.com: This would be a great site if you are looking for funny articles.

10. Pctrick.com : The last and final Website is Pctrick!! Yes and that is my own Blog. Well I know I am Bias.



Thanks for reading my Blog. Make sure to bookmark this Blog. Keep visiting and have fun.

How To Watch 18+ Adult Videos on YouTube Without Logging In

Youtube is the most popular video streaming website. YouTube has thousands of streaming videos on nearly every topic. Which are free to watch.Certain videos that contain nudity, explicit, or violence content are put under 18+ category and you can’t watch these videos on YouTube unless you are logged into your YouTube / Google account.In this post I will show you a simple hack on how to see those videos ;)

The following message appears while you try to watch 18+ Video,

“This content may contain material flagged by YouTube’s user community that may be inappropriate for some users.”

“To view this video or group, please verify you are 18 or older by signing in or signing up. If you would instead prefer to avoid potentially inappropriate content, consider activating YouTube’s Safety Mode.”
Watch 18+ Videos Without Youtube Account or Loggin in

Here is a simple hack for seeing those videos,
Just replace “watch” in the YouTube URL with “watch_popup” and the 18+ video will play on your screen without restrictions.
Example:
I am trying to see Gangster loses fight to next karate kid (real fight) video,
The URL is,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O07u7KdRVo0
Now just replace “watch” in URL with “watch_popup”
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=O07u7KdRVo0

Simple Trick to Lock Your Computer Using Mouse

Today lets see a simple trick on how to lock your PC using mouse click.We normally use Alt+Ctrl+Del or Windows+L to lock our PCs.Instead of trying those windows keyboard shortcut keys to lock Pc, lets now tryout something new ;) .Some might have already know this trick already…
1. Just Right click on the desktop, point to New and click Shortcut.
2. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, copy the following into the ‘Type the location’ of the item text box:
“rundll32 user32.dll,LockWorkStation” remove quotes while typing.
3. Click Next.
4. In “Type a name for this shortcut”, type LOCK MY PC and Click Finish
5. Now just double click on the icon, your desktop will be locked.

Simple Trick to Display Windows Version on Desktop

Most of you might have noticed Windows version on the desktop in the lower right-hand corner during beta releases of windows.Lets now see a quick trick on doing this in your windows platform.I tested this registry hack in Windows Xp, Vista and Windows 7 and its working fine :)
Steps to show windows version on Desktop

1. Goto Start –> Run (Windows Key + R)
2. Type Regedit and hit Enter.
3. In Registry editor, navigate to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
4. Select “Desktop” in left pane and search for “PaintDesktopVersion” in right pane and double-click it.

Show windows version on Desktop

5. A dialog will pop-up, change the “Value Data” field from 0 to 1.

Show windows version on Desktop - Registry Hack

6. Restart the Windows you will find Windows version printed on the desktop.

Trick to Display Windows Version on Desktop - Windows 7

Check Windows version on the desktop in the lower right-hand corner

How to block sites on computer without using Software

In this tutorial, you will learn how to block sites on computer. There are thousands of softwares are available on internet to block sites but, in this tutorial, you are gonna learn how to block sites on computer without using any software.

Block Websites in Windows Without using Software

It is very easy to block sites on computer without any software. This trick will work on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. I have tried this trick on all windows and it really works. Follow the steps below to learn how to block sites on computer.

* Go to Run(Windows Key + R)
* Type C:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts
* Hit enter
* Open the file as Notepad
* Type 127.0.0.1 www.yoursitedomain.com below 127.0.0.1 local host
* Save it.
* Done!

Find YouTube Videos that Were Shot Near Your Location using Videos Near Me

YouTube.com, being one of the most popular video sharing websites on the net, features content of all types. I consider YouTube to be educational, fun, entertaining, ridiculous and even stupid. I also consider the wide multitude of people on YouTube to be educated, fun, entertaining, ridiculous, stupid and just plain dumb as well. It has been reported that the widely used video website has nearly 500 million users. In today’s post, we will review how you can filter YouTube based on location and geography.

YouTube Videos Near Me

Amit Agarwal, technology blogger for Wall Street Journal India and founder of the website Digital Inspiration has recently published a web based application that can find YouTube videos based on geo location.

Digital Inspiration Screenshot

Dubbed “Videos Near Me,” Amit has modified the Google Maps API, Google Feeds API and YouTube API to fetch YouTube Videos that have been geo-tagged based on location.

To get started, simply jump to the Videos Near Me page and drag the Google Maps pointer to any location on earth.

YouTube Videos Near Me

From there, the YouTube videos will be queued and presented in list format below the map. Additionally, because it can be difficult to specify an exact location using Google Maps, the exact address that is being used for the query will be listed.

Videos Near Me Results

Clicking a video from the list will open it directly within the Videos Near Me page, but of course, you can click the YouTube logo to view the page on YouTube.com.

Videos Near Me Video Play

All images are screenshots and credited to Digital Inspiration, Amit, and YouTube.

That’s basically all there is to it. Videos Near Me is a simplistic, yet effective method for sorting YouTube videos based on geo-location, a feature that YouTube currently has not yet supported or added. While very simple, the Videos Near Me page offers a fun way to find YouTube content that was shot near a specific location.

Increase Your Iphone Battery Life With These Easy to Use Tips

Increase Your Iphone Battery Life With These Easy to Use Tips

If you are an iPhone users then you must be aware of the less point of Apple’s iPhone is its Battery. With every usage of it the %age of battery decreases. Iphone offers its users whole new world of features, apps, games which cannot be resisted from exploring. But the main concern for the user will be saving the battery throughout the day. Maximum iPhone battery is 100% and it rapidly decreases according to the usage.

But every problem has a fix to it and Apple has done that for the battery issue. So let’s explore these few simple and few little tricky ones to get that extra bit of battery.

When Not in Use Turn off Your iPhone All Wireless Applications

All the latest phones, being specific Smartphone come with inbuilt wireless applications like Bluetooth and wifi access. So it is advised to switch off such features when they are not in use. As these features tends to deplete your iPhone battery fast. So turning them off can help you extend the battery life for several hours.

If not required then disable the 3G as well. As the 3G technology survives on the battery of the phone. If possible to turn off it will give you long battery life for whole day.

Make use of the auto brightness feature of your iPhone. This will automatically adjust the back light of IPhone as required. This adjustment also helps in saving battery.

Manually Lesser The Screen Brightness

Although you have enabled the auto brightness feature but in some scenarios it does not dim the light as required. There you can manually lower the brightness of the home screen for saving of the battery. Preferred is to keep your brightness to 49% to make optimum use of the iPhone battery.

End Background Apps

According to Apple, the background apps are not technically ‘running’, unless they are front and centre, which means they should not draw any power.

The multitasking application for the iPhone continues to use resources of system more efficiently depletes your battery.

Applications, for example, Skype or even other VoIP can be especially benefit from the battery when you perform within the setting and so it is better to start launching the applications only when you need which can save the battery life.

Cool Off The IPhone Temperature

High temperature of iPhone also eats up its battery life. If you find that while charging your phone the temperature is increasing, then remove the phone cover before plugging in for charging. Let it also have a breath of fresh air so place it on a table or in open space instead of your pocket. The optimum temperature for iPhone and its battery is between 32°F to 95° F.

Make Use of Solar Chargers

Solar chargers give you freedom of charging your iPhone from anywhere. So if your battery is dying out, you can save it with solar power.

Also another advantage is that you can follow the motto “Go green” while saving the electricity which in turn protects the environment.

Frequently Use your iPhone:
We all know that iphone is a precious thing for anyone but that does not mean that you restrict its use to protect it from daily wear and tear. It is best valued with optimum use of it. Not using the iPhone for a long time can reduce its battery life. Therefore one should use it regularly and change iPhone battery at least once every 6 months.

Apple has also strongly recommends that you should charge your iPhone when the battery is completely finished i.e. 0%.

So follow these tips and you can easily save your iPhone battery life and enjoy it for long.

15 Most Interesting Linux Facts

Linux is one of the world’s most powerful and popular operating system. Linux operating system was developed by Linus Benedict Torvalds at the age of 21. At present there are more than 300 flavors of Linux available and one can choose between any of them depending on the kind of applications they want. If you are new to Linux read, Top 5 Advantages of Using Linux Os

Linux is a freeware and generally speaking its free from Virus and other malware infections. In this post I will share few Linux facts which may or may not be know for many of us.
15 Most Interesting Linux Facts

1. Only 2% of the current Linux kernel written by Linus Torvalds.
2. The Linux kernel version is written in the programming language C.
3. The first commercial distribution GNU / Linux was Yggdrasil was launched Lice-CD format in 1992. Red Hat was one of the first distributions to settle within companies and data centers in 1999.
4. A guy named William Della Croce Jr. registered the name Linux and demanded royalties for use of the mark. Later, he agreed to assign the trademark to the true owner, who is Torvalds.
5. Countries such as Russia, Brazil and Venezuela have put their focus on Linux as a basis for interoperable management , cost efficient and technologically independent.
6. U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy Submarine Fleet, Federal Aviation Administration uses Linux in government offices. Indian state of Tamil Nadu uses Linux for education purpose.
7. 90% of the world’s most powerful supercomputers using an operating system GNU / Linux, in fact, the top ten of supercomputers use Linux. In fact, the penetration of Linux in data centers is very high, 33.8% of the world runs on Linux servers compared to 7.3% does so in a Microsoft operating system.
8. The name of the penguin, Tux , is not entirely clear. On the one hand, it is said that the origin of the name comes from the fact that penguins appear to be wearing a tuxedo, which in English is said max tuxedo tux and is abbreviated. In contrast, another source comes from the letters of the logo of Tux are Unix Torvalds.
9. Torvalds wanted to call the kernel Freax (a combination of “free”, “freak”, and the letter X to indicate that it is a Unix-like), but his friend Ari Lemmke, who administered the FTP server where the kernel was hosted for download, the download directory called kernel of Linux Torvalds.
10. Debian was one of the first GNU / Linux that was constituted and organized as a community of developers.
11. Linux is present in highly critical applications such as Japan’s bullet trains, traffic control, San Francisco, the New York Stock Exchange, CERN, many air traffic control systems or control of nuclear reactors of submarines and ships many nuclear war.
12. Linux programmers are often associated with living “isolated” in the world, however, over 75% of the code developed for the Linux kernel came from private sector developers. In fact, large technology companies like Intel, Google, IBM, AMD, Sun Microsystems, Dell, Asus, HP, Analog Devices, Oracle, Novell or Red Hat help developing applications, contributing to the core or pre-installing any GNU / Linux their machines. In fact, during the 2003 Super Bowl (which paralyzes the United States and remains glued to the TV for many Americans), IBM delivered a beautiful ad talking about Linux and open source options.
13. The GNU project in 1991, had no drivers and kernel, that’s what led to Linus Torvalds to address the Linux kernel development. If GNU had had, perhaps, Torvalds had not been put to work on that.
14. The Linux kernel is now the most widely ported operating system, running on a great variety of operating systems.
15. World known companies such as Google, Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, Linked in etc use Linux as their main operating system.

Keep Track of your Employees Through A Blackberry Spy

You want to keep track on your employee, spouse, child, you can trust a Blackberry Spy to help you. You must be wondering whether this actually happens. Yes it does and works very well.

What is this Spy Application?

* It records the phone activities without letting the other person know you are monitoring it .It keeps the record. This software might be compatible with other phones like the iPhone and the smart phones and the android.

* You can spy on the call logs, text messages, location of where the device is and the email details.

* You can see the data anytime and anywhere in the world.

How to get the software?

* You need a net connection on your mobile or your computer.

* Find the Blackberry Spyware which has good reviews.

* From that download the Blackberry tracking software program on your computer or your phone directly.

* Configure it.

* It will start recording and you can see the records online on your computer.

* Switch off the mobile and restart it.

* Start tracking what you wish to track.

* You have to buy this software online. But u need not buy the expensive one.

* The Blackberry GPS Tracker software program is good software.

How To Track With Blackberry Spy application?

* The Blackberry GPS tracker checks the exact location. This helps the boss to keep track on the employees specially the ones who go out for the tours. You can do the same or your child or spouse.

* The SMS tracker checks the SMS exchanged.

* The call log can be checked through the CALL tracker. You can know the calls received and dialed. YOU can also hear the conversations alongside. For employees it helps you keep a track whether you are using the phone for personal or official work.

Dynamically Link an Excel Spreadsheet into a Word 2010 Document

There are times when you’re working in both Word and Excel where you’d like the data that you’re using in Excel to appear in your word document as a table, but you’d also like any changes you make to the Excel sheet to be automatically updated in your Word document. This is possible using dynamic links with OLE objects.

To see how this works, first open and create a simple Excel spreadsheet, in this example, we’ll use this simple example sheet:

Beginning Data Sheet

Next, open a blank Word document and type in a heading for your table, then press the Enter to make room for it, such as we’ve done here:

Empty Word Doc

Next, go back to Excel and highlight, then copy the whole table minus the heading.

Highlighted Data

Then, move back to Word again, and click below where you wrote your heading; then, click on the Paste down arrow on the main Word ribbon:

Past Special Main Menu

Choose Paste Special, you should get something that looks like this:

Paste Special Choices

Select Microsoft Excel Worksheet Object from the list of options, and then check the bubble that says Paste-Link.

Then click on the Ok button and the spreadsheet data you copied should be placed into your Word document as a table.

Data Inputted into Word Table

To show yourself that it’s linked, go back to the Excel sheet and change the contents of one of the cells:

Data Changed in Excel

Note: In this example the bottom numbers are sums of the columns above them, thus when one cell of data is changed, the new summation is automatically calculated at the bottom.

…then go back to Word again, and you should see that the data in your Word document table has also changed to the new cell contents in the Excel sheet.

Dat Changed Automaticaly in Word

When you link an object in Word with an outside OLE source, you are physically linking them; to see this in action, go back your Excel document and save it to your hard drive; the name you give it doesn’t matter. Then, close down Excel.

Next, go back to your word document and double click on the table you created with the Excel sheet; you should see that doing so causes Excel to launch with the saved sheet. And furthermore, you should notice that if you once again change some of the data in your sheet, it should also be changed in your Word document.

That’s how you dynamically link an Excel sheet to a Word table.

How to Remove, Crack, or Break a Forgotten Excel XLS Password

Have you forgotten your Excel password for a workbook or sheet? Or has someone left your office and they forgot to unlock an Excel workbook with a password set on it? If you’re stuck with an XLS file with a password that you need to break or crack, you can try out a small little utility that just might be able to get you back into your Excel file.
Remove Excel Passwords

Excel Password Remover 2007 is a freeware program that you can use to remove/crack/break/unlock a password on an Excel workbook or sheet. However, you still have to be able to open the file itself. If the file is protected in that you cannot even open the file without typing a password, I’ll mention another program that you can use to crack that Excel password.

However, for most Excel password protection, it’s usually on the workbook or sheet so that someone can view the file, but not make structural changes to the file or changes to the cells. If this is your case, download the add-in and double-click on it. Excel will open and you’ll be asked whether to enable or disable the macros associated with the add-in. Of course, enable it.

Then go ahead and open the Excel workbook that has the password on it that you would like to get rid of. There will be two new menu options under Tools, called Unprotect Sheet and Unprotect Workbook.

crack excel password

I created a test workbook and protected both the sheet and the workbook with a simple password at first. The program worked perfectly and it removed the protection very quickly!

remove excel password

However, I decided to see how well it worked with a fairly complex password set to the workbook! I used 9 character password that had a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and a symbol to put the Excel password remover to the test and I was quite surprised that it actually managed to crack it after about 2 minutes! Not bad at all!!!

Note, however, that this program only works with Excel 2000, XP and 2003. Excel 2007 has much stronger encryption and this little tool would take centuries trying to crack that.
Remove Excel Protection and Remove VBA Passwords

Now if you’re trying to crack the password that is needed to open the Excel file itself, you will have to try out some other programs, which unfortunately are not free like the one above, however, there are your best chance at getting into that Excel file.

Excel Key recovers all types of passwords for Excel (xls) spreadsheet files including sheet, workbook, file open, etc. This program also works up to Excel 2007. You can download a demo of the program that will only display the first two characters of the password, however, this might be enough to jog some people’s memory! If you still can’t remember, you can buy it for $45.

excel password recovery

If you need to crack an Excel VBA password, you should check out VBA Key from the same company. It supports all office products including Word, Excel, Access, etc for VBA password recovery. It also supports multilingual passwords. It also costs $45.

Any other Excel password recovery tool you use that you would want to mention? Post a comment! Enjoy!

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10 Corporate Tech Blogs to Follow

Technology blogging is arguably the most popular niche. There are a wide variety of great tech blogs on the web, and we’ve previously recommended sites like How-To Geek, Digital Inspiration, MakeUseOf, Lifehacker and Addictive Tips. While sites like these ultimately excel at all that is technology, sometimes it’s also good to jump straight to the source. In today’s post, we will review 10 of the best corporate technology blogs to follow.

1. The Official Google Blog

The official Google Blog, powered by Google’s very own Blogger.com, is a great blog to follow in order to stay up-to-date with all that is Google. This is not only a blog to follow if you are a webmaster who uses services like Google Analytics, but a great blog for anyone to follow. At the Google Blog, you will find anything from news releases about Google as a company to the latest on YouTube. With the countless services that Google now offers, the Official Google Blog is a great resource for anyone that uses their products.

Google Official Blog

2. Apple Hot News

Apple doesn’t necessarily have an official blog. However, they do have their Hot News webpage where they list milestones and other corporate related news about Apple as a company. Aside from straight company stuff, the Apple Hot News page sometimes re-posts articles regarding Apple from other tech blogs and sources like the Wall Street Journal and All Things Digital.

Aside from Hot News, Apple fans may also consider subscribing to some of their other feeds, which include things like iTunes News, News for Apple Developers, and even the latest Apple Support feeds.

Apple Hot News

3. Microsoft’s TechNet Blog

If you’re a Windows user, why not follow Microsoft’s TechNet Blog, an online publication that commonly posts news regarding Microsoft as a company. Taking a more traditional route towards corporate blogs, the TechNet Blog is commonly updated with various posts about what Microsoft is planning for the future, but also their current products. The blog is managed by Microsoft’s Corporate Communications Team, but they occasionally have guest posts from other important Microsoft figures too. Microsoft fans may also want to consider following News Center, their official release website.

Mr. Bill Gates himself also has an official blog.

Official Microsoft Blog

3. The Facebook Blog

Facebook’s official blog commonly lists news about new features and website changes going on at Facebook, and helps to introduce new things that are gradually being built-in to the social network. The Facebook staff are the main contributors to the blog, but Mark Zuckerberg himself posts there occasionally too. Even if you’re just a Facebook user and not a developer, following the Facebook blog can help keep you up to date with the website that you likely visit the most.

The Facebook Blog

4. The Twitter Blog

The official Twitter Blog is of course a great source for corporate news regarding Twitter. However, the blog is also a fun place to find cool trends and various other topics that are hot on the website. Twitter, being a media hotspot, is a constant source of trends, regarding not only the United States, but the world.

Official Twitter BLog

5. The Pinterest Blog

We’ve yet to post anything here at Online Tech Tips regarding the quickly growing Pinterest.com website. However, as fast as the website is growing, the blog is growing too. The official blog is a great place to stay up to date with everything going on at Pinterest. From tutorials on how-to better use the website, to interviews with other notable tech companies and even actual Pinterest users, this blog is an interesting take on what a corporate blog should be, and it’s awesome.

Pinterest Blog

6. Ma.tt

A blog by a guy who created perhaps the best blogging platform to date seems like a must follow. Ma.tt, the official blog of Matt Mullenweg is a great place to stay up-to-date with both the founder of WP and WordPress as a company. The guy is one of the top software innovators of our time. For strictly WordPress related news, you can also follow The WordPress News Blog. Ma.tt, is of course, proudly powered by WordPress. Hello World!

Ma.tt

7. Oracle Blogs

Oracle is one of the wealthiest companies in the technology world. Although many consumers may not use a lot of Oracle software directly, many businesses and companies behind companies are powered by Oracle products. The company that acquired another popular tech company, SUN, has not just one blog, but an entire network of blogs. Oracle’s blog network is a great community to follow, particularly if you are a computer engineering student or someone that works in IT.

Oracle Blog Network

8. Blogs@Intel

Intel is the company behind the company when it comes to the latest technology to reach the market. Apple, Dell, and countless other companies incorporate Intel technology into their own products. A place for developers and consumers alike, Blogs @ Intel is a good blog to follow if you want to keep up with latest from one of the top tech manufacturing companies. Want to get the latest news regarding technologies like Ivy Bridge? Check out Intel’s blog.

Blogs at Intel

9. Cisco Blogs

To most consumers, Cisco is simply the company that makes their wireless routers. However, Cisco technology goes far beyond basic home networking, as the company offers several business based products also. Cisco is notably partnered with many other tech companies too, such as VMware, developer of the popular consumer products VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. For networking enthusiasts and technology buffs in general, Cisco Blogs are a must follow.

Cisco Blogs

10. YSearchBlog

Sure, Google is likely your search engine of choice. However, there is a good possibility that you may also have a Yahoo account, which is necessary for using some of the company’s unique services such as Yahoo Answers. The YSearchBlog commonly posts about general news regarding Yahoo and search engine stuff. However, they also post about fun trends on Yahoo and popular topics that are going around Yahoo’s vast collection of websites. For Yahoo users, this blog is a must follow.

Yahoo Search Blog

Thank you for stopping by the site for today’s post. The above blogs are simply some recommended, official tech blogs by some of the world’s best technology companies. If any of our visitors have any other official blogs that they follow, feel free to leave a link in the comments section.

How to Read and Open .DAT Files in Windows

So you just received an email with an attachment that someone sent you, but the extension on the file is .DAT. What exactly is a .DAT file and how to you open .DAT files? Those are two questions I’m going to try to answer as this is an issue that I’ve seen many times in my IT career!

The first thing to understand about .DAT files is that it indicates a file that has arbitrary data. That means it’s not associated with any one particular program or application. When you see a file with a .XLS extension, you know it’s referring to an Excel file, and so on. But with .DAT files, you have to figure out how to open it yourself and it may not be the same program each time.

file types
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The best way to open a .DAT file is to use the program that created it. However, if you’re not sure, you can always try Notepad. Now when you open it in Notepad, you may be able to recognize some of the data, but the rest will most likely be junk spewed out by the program that created it.

You’ll normally only see this file format when receiving emails with attachments. Most common programs today do not generate .DAT files and only computer programmers use these files on any kind of regular basis.

So your first step would be to ask the person who sent you the email if they know which program was used to create the file. Now if they tell you that they actually sent a picture or a document and they are not sure why it’s a .DAT file, it could be that the file extension was changed in the process of having the email routed to you.

For some strange reason, some email programs automatically change the file extension on email attachments to .DAT. So if the person sent you a picture and now it’s a .DAT file, you first need to save it to your computer and then change the file extension to JPG or GIF or PNG or whatever you think it’s supposed to be. If they sent you a Word document, change it to .DOC, etc.

You can change the file extension on a file by first going to My Computer, clicking on Tools and then Folder Options.

tool folder options

Next click on the View tab and then scroll down to the option “Hide extensions for known file types” and UNCHECK it. In this way, we’ll now be able to see the file extension and change it to something else.

hide file extension

Now simply right-click on the .DAT file and change the file extension after the dot to the desired file format.

change file extension

You should also see the icon representing the file change to the appropriate program use to open that file type, i.e. Excel in the above picture.

So what do you do if you’re not sure which program it came from or what the original file extension was supposed to be? You can also try right-clicking on the file and then choosing Open With and try different programs. For example, I changed one of my Excel files to a .DAT extension and then right-clicked on it to open it with Excel and it worked!

open .dat file

Now I just chose Microsoft Excel from the list and Excel was able to read the file since the data was written by Excel, it just had a wrong file extension.

open file

You can also try other programs like Windows Media Player since it will open it if it happens to be a video, MP3, or similar media format. So hopefully you are now able to open your mysterious .DAT file using one of the above mentioned methods! If not, post a comment and I will try to help! Enjoy!

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Burn an ISO File using Mac OS X the Easy Way

One common misconception about burning CDs and DVDs is that you need to download additional software to burn certain formats. Some additional software does add some nice features and utilities. However, you can burn just about anything by taking advantage of Mac OS X’s built in capabilities.

os x screen shot

ISO files are a common format that you run into when messing around with operating systems and virtual machines. For example, the popular operating system Linux is distributed via ISO file.

So, if you wanted to have a backup disk of the Linux operating system, you would need to burn the ISO to a DVD. The process of burning a CD or DVD in ISO format is different from just creating a data disc. An ISO must be burned as an ISO so that it has the capability to boot and auto-run.

ubuntu iso

To get started burning your ISO file with OS X, you need to launch the Disk Utility. The Disk Utility can be found at Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility. You also need to make sure that you have your ISO file saved directly to your computer, preferably on the desktop.

disk utility screen

Click the File button on the OS X top navigation bar and select Open Disk Image. This should open up the Select Image to Attach pop up box. Navigate to the ISO file that you want to burn, select it, and click the open button.

osx disk utility iso

This will automatically mount the disk image into OS X. Now, you should see the ISO file listed in the left hand side drives list within Disk Utility. At this point, insert a blank CD or DVD into your computer if you have not already done so.

Select the ISO file from the left hand side drives list by clicking it once. Select the Burn option from the from the top toolbar within Disk Utility. A drop down menu should pop down, asking you to verify the burn. Click the burn button.

mounted iso file

That’s all there is to it. Now all you have to do is wait for your disc to burn. ISO files tend to be somewhat large in size, so the disc burning process may take up to 15 minutes, depending on the speed of your burner.

This is a great way to create backup discs of software. You can even use this method to create a backup of your OS X install discs. However, you will need dual layer DVDs as burning most operating system ISOs requires quite a bit of space.

6 Free Blu-ray Disc Burning Software Apps

Looking for a way to burn Blu Ray discs? After Blu-ray won the battle with HD DVD, more and more people are starting to buy computers with Blu-ray burners built-in or buying them separately. Either way, as Blu-ray becomes more common like CDs and DVDs, the time is going to come when you are going to burn your first Blu-ray disc!

You can also purchase software like Nero or Sonic Record Now to burn Blu-ray discs or you can use free open source Blue-ray burning software. That’s why I’ve come up with a list of free apps you can download to burn Blu-ray discs. I’m sure there will be a lot more freeware apps soon, but here’s what I could find so far:

1. BurnAware

burnaware

BurnAware is a very simple and easy to use CD/DVD/Blu-ray disc burning app. You can use it to create data backups, audio CDs and to create or burn ISO image files. The free version does not support disc copying or bootable discs.

2. CDBurnerXP

cdburnerxp

Another good freeware app to burn CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Like BurnAware, you can create and burn ISO images. However, with this software you can create bootable discs and convert BIN/NRG files to ISO.

3. StarBurn

starburn

StarBurn from Rocket Division is a nice full-featured CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning app. It has a nice GUI interface that splits your burning options into audio, video, and data. You can burn images and build ISO images also. Unique features include the ability to erase a disc and to compress audio.

4. ImgBurn

imgburn

ImgBurn has been one of my favorite CD/DVD burning apps for a long time and now it also supports Blu-ray discs, which makes it even better! It has a bunch of other features that make it popular, including supporting the latest drives, the ability to batch create images, support for a wide range of image file formats, and lots more.

5. Express Burn

express burn[4]

Express Burn uses a propreitary optimization system and claims to be the fastest CD/DVD burning software. Not sure if that’s true or not! Has all the features mentioned earlier, plus some extra like recording video files to PAL or NTSC format and choice of widescreen or standard format for DVD authoring.

6. FinalBurner

finalburner

Finally, FinalBurner is the last free Blu-ray supporting disc burning software out there. You can use it to create a data cd, audio cd, and video cd.

If you know of any other software that is free and that can burn Blu-ray discs, feel free to post them in the comments! Also check out my post on how to burn and backup or copy a CD or DVD. Enjoy!

How to Convert Powerpoint to DVD Video, Flash and PDF

I’ve been asked how to convert a Powerpoint to DVD, Flash, and PDF so many times by my co-workers that I am finally going to just write a tutorial on how to do it! Powerpoint presentations are great, but they are a lot more useful sometimes when you don’t have to use Powerpoint at all!

Converting a Powerpoint presentation to DVD is great because it is much easier to distribute to others. Also it’s playable on any DVD player in the world, whether it be a laptop, desktop, stand-alone DVD player. Converting Powerpoint to PDF is good for those who want to send the presentation slides electronically, but don’t want people to be able to edit or modify the slides. Finally, converting Powerpoint to Flash is useful for those who want to embed the presentation on a web site.

Converting a Powerpoint presentation to video is also a nice because you can then upload those videos to YouTube or MySpace for sharing. Converting to MP4 format will allow you to enjoy Powerpoint presentations on your iPod or other mobile device! So let’s get into it.
Convert PowerPoint to DVD for Free

If you’re looking for a free way to convert Powerpoint to DVD, you have two options. The first method involves uploading to a Powerpoint hosting site that automatically converts your presentation into MP4 format, which you can then download and burn to DVD using free DVD burning software. The other way involves recording your screen into video format while playing a Powerpoint presentation and then burning it to DVD.

The first method involves taking a completed presentation and uploading it to a site called AuthorStream. You have to sign up to use the service, but it’s free and definitely worth it. It’s not as popular as Slideshare, but it’s still good. AuthorStream will also keep any audio recordings that you may have in the presentation. You can record audio by going to the Slide Show tab and clicking on Record Narration.

record audio

Once you have it uploaded, you will see links to download the file as a video in MP4 format. Along with that, you can directly upload the Powerpoint video to YouTube or download a video podcast version of your presentation into iTunes so that it can be synced to your iPod!

authorstream

Image Source: DigitalInspiration

This is a very simple and easy way to get your presentation into a video format. The second method involves using a free screen recording program to capture the entire presentation in AVI video format. After that, you can use another program to convert the AVI to a DVD ISO image and then burn the image to DVD.

Firstly, check out this tutorial on how to use Camtasia to record the Powerpoint presentation to AVI format. Don’t worry about Step 2 or Step 3 because that software is no longer available.

camtasia

Once you have captured your presentation and saved it to AVI format, you can Avi2DVD to convert it and then use DVD Decrypter to burn the final DVD!

avi2dvd

AfterDawn has an excellent tutorial on the exact steps you need to take to convert your AVI to DVD and then burn it.
Convert Powerpoint to Flash

If the conversion steps for DVD seemed a bit much, you’ll be happy about converting to Flash. Most of the time people convert to Flash so that they can embed their presentations into a web page. Luckily, there are already many sites that convert Powerpoint presentations to Flash and even give you the embed code, so you don’t have to host the presentation off your servers.

You can check out Slideshare, SplashCast, AuthorStream, Scribd, Zoho Show, and SlideAware for getting flash versions of your Powerpoint presentation. Digital Inspiration wrote up a post with all of the Powerpoint media players from each of the above sites. See which one you like the best and then use it to create your own Powerpoint media player. You can then embed it into your blog or web site.

If you want to convert the Powerpoint presentation to Flash and have it saved on your local computer, you need to use a desktop application instead of the web sites above.

authorPoint Lite is a free desktop software that provides fast, accurate and high quality conversions of PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps, .pptx and .ppsx) to Flash (.swf). Once converted, your Flash presentation has the same impact as your PowerPoint presentation retaining its effects, sound, animation, and rehearsed timings etc; plus you have all the benefits of a Flash file like reduced size, secure content, and easy distribution on the Web.

authorpointlite
Convert Powerpoint to PDF

The only way I could figure out to convert a Powerpoint presentation into PDF for free was to use CutePDF Writer software and print out all of the slides. CutePDF Writer allows you to create PDFs for anything that you can print.

You’ll notice two links on the left side, one for free download and one for free converter, you need to download both and install them. Now go to PowerPoint, open your presentation, choose Print, and choose CutePDF Writer from the drop down menu.

cutepdf write

That’s it! Hopefully, using the guides above you have been able to convert your Powerpoint presentation into the desired format! If not, post a comment and we’ll try to help you convert it! Enjoy!

You can also read up on other conversion posts, such as how to convert PDF to Word.

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3 Best Online Document Sharing Sites

Looking for a place to share your documents online? Previously, I’ve written about services like Show Document, a free online document collaboration tool. However, I’ve not yet gone into detail about document sharing websites.

Firstly, there are a bunch of them! If you simply want to upload a file and share it with your friends, family, book club, college organization, company team, etc, it’s a piece of cake nowadays.

However, online document sharing sites are also really useful for those who want to read original works created by millions of people. Thinking Wikipedia? Basically, these sites are mini versions of Wikipedia, but are sometimes better because they contain book excerpts, slideshows, recipes, puzzles, magazines, sheet music and a lot more.

Here is my list of the top 3 sites for sharing and finding documents online:

Scribd

scribd[5]

Scribd is the titan in the document sharing business. They have over 60 million readers a month and almost 50,000 documents uploaded every day! That’s a huge user base. Not only that, they have documents in over 90 languages.

Their iPaper document readers supports a huge array of document file types, including pdf, doc, ppt, tiff, png, jpg, OpenDocument, and StarOffice documents.

Other nice feature of Scribd include the ability to upload multiple files at once, upload from a URL, categories, groups, tags, and folders.

Finally, it also includes traffic analytics for free, so you can keep track of how many views, downloads, etc occurred with your document.

Docstoc

docstoc

Docstoc is another decent online document storage site, but not as good as Scribd. However, it has several million documents, so there’s still a lot of stuff you can read online for free.

Docstoc does not support as many file types as Scribd, but it has more sharing/embedding options, such as posting to social network and social bookmarking sites.

It also has better document viewing features, such as fullscreen, fit width, fit page, rotate, related docs, and other docs by user.

SlideShare

slideshare

SlideShare is one of the largest sites for sharing presentations only. The presentations are nicely organized into categories and uploading is quick and easy. You can also import your Google Docs presentations into SlideShare.

SlideShare also has some nice social networking features like the ability to Follow others (like twitter), start discussions, and create groups, etc.

You can embed the slideshows onto your own blog or website or share the slideshows with others privately. You can also sync audio to your slides and market your own events on SlideShare.

I’m sure others will feel that these are not the best document sharing sites, so feel free to post what you think is best. Other good sites include DocShare, Yudu Freedom, and Calameo. Enjoy!

Use Your Smartphone as a Photo or Document Scanner

Smartphones are quickly becoming an all-in-one replacement solution for many of the other technology based devices that we own. In another post, we reviewed how you can use your smartphone to control your television, Blu-ray player, etc… In today’s post, we will review how you can use an iPhone or Android phone as a replacement for a basic computer scanner.

Basic Scanner

iPhone

The iPhone AppStore offers a variety of different options for scanner apps, but one of the best reviewed and most popular is an app titled Genius Scan. With a near perfect AppStore rating, Genius Scan serves as a basic replacement for a desktop scanner, but it also offers some additional features too.

Genius Scan

For example, with this app you can convert any scanned document into a PDF or JPEG file directly from within the app. Why is this useful? If you have several printed documents, such as recipes, that you would like to digitize and backup to your computer, you can simply scan them as PDFs. Of course, this app is very general and can be used to backup a digital copy of any document, not just recipes.

French Onion Soup App

Alternatively, you could even back the documents up to the cloud rather than your PC, if you wanted. The app offers direct PDF or JPEG export to Evernote, Box.net, Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs, Dropbox and More.

Export to Cloud Genius Scan

Now, that all seems cool, but why not just use the built-in iPhone camera to snap a picture of a document, then email it? Aside from direct PDF conversion, Genius Scan also incorporates:

Genius Scan Features

Android

For Android users, the app CamScanner is a nice choice for scanning documents quickly and simply. This is another app that has received very good ratings from users, with nearly 30,000 perfect 5 star reviews.

CamScanner

The app is currently available for free, directly from Google Play.

Like the iPhone app mentioned above, CamScanner for Android offers similar direct sharing and upload features for the cloud and popular social networks. Thus, you can directly upload a scan from the app to Dropbox, Google Docs, Box.net, etc… very quickly.

CamScan in Google Docs

Additionally, this app is different from the basic camera on Android phones also. With this app, you can directly convert and save scans as PDF documents, auto crop scans, password protect documents and even batch scan and merge multiple documents.

Batch Scan Document App

That’s basically all there is to it. These apps, of course, do require a steady hand and movement. However, they are also simple to use and the user reviews for them back that. Now you can scan and digitize your important documents quickly and simply and back them up directly to the cloud. Thank you for stopping by the site for today’s post. If any of our site visitors use any other apps that they recommend over these, feel free to link to them in the comments section.

Google Voice Actions/Assistant is Siri for Android

Looking for a quality Siri application for Android? Google Voice Actions is an Android 2.2 (Froyo) and higher compatible voice command service that uses Google’s many services to answer questions and control various functions on Android based smartphones.

Google Voice Actions for Android

The Siri personal assistant app by Apple works fairly nicely with the iPhone 4S. However, Apple has placed stricter limitations on Siri. They won’t allow iPhone 4 or 3GS owners to run Siri without hacking their phones, and do not offer Siri as an AppStore download. So, if you don’t have a 4S, no Siri for you.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

California judge throws out Proview's U.S. iPad lawsuit

Apple iPad 3Proview may no longer be a big name in electronics, but when it comes to suing other companies they clearly have been watching the “big boys” do it. So when they felt that Apple wasn’t responding quickly enough to their request for a $2 billion dollar buyout of their iPad trademark on mainland China, they filed a lawsuit in another country – namely here in the United States.

Unfortunately for Proview, a California Judge has now dismissed that case, agreeing with Apple’s argument that both parties had already agreed to settle their dispute in the Hong Kong courts. The judge found that Provide had not provided any evidence that the parties negotiations in Hong Kong were in some way biased against Proview, so they lacked grounds to sue Apple in the U.S.

Not surprisingly, Proview takes issue with this ruling, and their lawyer released a statement that said the decision “was not based on the merits of the case.” Proview’s statement indicated they have not yet given up on U.S. litigation, adding "We are looking forward to presenting the facts in the case to the appellate court, and we are confident that the facts will show that Apple fraudulently obtained the iPad trademarks."

Meanwhile, both sides continue to work together in mediated negotiations with the Guangdong Higher Peoples Court, where Apple submitted a new settlement offer yesterday (presumably with a number significantly south of two billion). Given the importance of the Chinese market to Apple and other mobile device manufacturers, we can assume it’s only a matter of time (and leverage) until a deal gets done.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Introduction:

Crazy to imagine, but the Samsung Galaxy Nexus swooped into our hearts courtesy of Verizon way back in December, which is nearly 5 months ago. In the short time since then, we’ve seen some enticing new handsets from the competition that gives the original Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone a good run for its money, but at long last, it finally made its way to Sprint – with LTE connectivity in tow of course. Knowing that, will it still be enough to entice customers who know that other highly prized smartphones are on the horizon?

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review
The packaging contains:

* microUSB cable
* Wall Charger
* Get Started Guide
* Important Information Guide


Design:

Identical in almost every way, aside from the obvious Sprint branding it’s flaunting, there is nothing we haven’t seen before with this version. Back 5 months ago, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was the talk of the town with its clean design, but now, it’s starting to look rather dull after seeing the beauties from HTC’s camp. As expected, the construction is typical of any Samsung made device – meaning, it’s fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is fairly lightweight and solid thanks to its plastic body

Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

You can compare the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

Boasting the stock ICS experience, this baby is free of any capacitive buttons, which adds to its clean overall appearance. However, perched above the display, is just the front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Peering around the sides of the phone, our fingers take hold of the raised feel of the power and volume control buttons, which are both springy to the touch. Meanwhile, we also find its dock connection ports, 3.5mm headset jack, microphone, and microUSB port – the latter of which provides video-out functionality with the aid of an optional MHL adapter.

3.5mm jack and microUSB port (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Volume rocker (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Top edge - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Power key (right) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

3.5mm jack and microUSB port (bottom)


Volume rocker (left)


Top edge


Power key (right)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Just like before, there’s a 5-megapixel auto-focus snapper with LED flash in the rear of the handset, while two notches on the other end makeup its speaker grill. Removing the flimsy rear cover, we’re given access to its 1,850 mAh battery.

Back - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Battery compartment - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Back


Battery compartment


Display:

Over the course of the last few months, we’ve been engorging ourselves with some immaculate smartphones brandishing some high quality displays. Nevertheless, the 4.65” HD (720 x 1280) Super AMOLED display of the Galaxy Nexus is still an appealing one – despite its choice of employing a PenTile matrix arrangement. In fact, looking at it from a good distance away, it still exhibits plenty of sharp details, while continuing to entice us with its oversaturated color production and wide-viewing angles.

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Nexus for Sprint Review

Viewing angles

HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

The Samsung Galaxy Note bully is not just the record holder in screen size among high-end phones, it also comes with a baseball bat to crush the competition, in the form of a stylus. This actually puts it in a category of its own, but for the sake of the comparison with another giant - the HTC One X - we’ll pretend that size doesn’t matter.

Once you go big, you might never look back - valid as much for banks as for smartphones now. If you’d told us just two years ago that we will be comparing a phone with a 4.7” display to one with a 5.3-incher as if it’s no big deal, we’d be recommending a full mental checkup.

Yet here we are, comparing HTC’s high-end for the year - the One X - with the phone Samsung took a big risk with and won - the 5.3” Galaxy Note. We say won, since it has sold millions to date, backed by a lofty marketing campaign, whereas the HTC One X has only been around for a few weeks, but the Taiwanese already pledged that its One series trio will receive the best marketing attention the company’s ever done too.

So which one of these gigantic and expensive phones should tickle your fancy? Read on to find out...


Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Note is actually pretty well done in terms of size and weight, considering the display diagonal. It’s bearable if you have larger palms, but we won’t pretend that one-handed operation is viable on it with anything, including typing. The 5.3” size of the screen has other virtues, but the phone being comfortable to hold in not one of them. Thankfully the handset is less than 1mm thicker than the One X, so you can slip it in a back or even a baggy front pocket, but it’s way more suited for a purse or a handbag, which might explain why Samsung threw so much money to position it amongst women, and offering the Note in pink.

The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Android buttons - The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Front-facing cameras - The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Android buttons

Front-facing cameras

The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right)


The HTC One X is no small potatoes with its 4.7” screen either, but the so-called “Infiniti Display” is made to seem as if falling off the sides, despite the normal amount of bezel around it, and the phone is made of unibody polycarbonate, making it compact, light and durable. This brought along a sealed battery compartment, lack of microSD card slot and a micro SIM card, though, and those are easily accessible on the Note by just prying off the thin back cover over the 2500mAh battery, which is a huge plus.

Left - The sides of the HTC One X (top) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (bottom) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Right - The sides of the HTC One X (top) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (bottom) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Top - The sides of the HTC One X (top) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (bottom) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Bottom - The sides of the HTC One X (top) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (bottom) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Left

Right

Top

Bottom

The sides of the HTC One X (top) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (bottom)


The S Pen stylus is what drew many to the Note, and it’s not only from nostalgia. Stashed in the lower left corner of the back, it is unfortunately not very easy to draw out quickly, but you get used to it with time. There is no arguing that it is more natural to scribble down an address, reminder or a shopping list quickly on the huge screen of the Note than to type it on even the most comfortable on-screen keyboard, but in reality if that’s the only use you find for the Note’s stylus, you’d better look elsewhere. Samsung touts drawing design sketches, directions, floorplans and whatnot with it, so if that’s your thing, the Note is certainly for you.

Backs - The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Speaker grills - The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Rear cameras - The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right) - HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note

Backs

Speaker grills

Rear cameras

The HTC One X (left) and the Samsung Galaxy Note (right)


The One X actually has a pretty cool Notes app, which allows you to doodle with your finger on the screen, and if you master it enough, it could serve as a partial substitute to the stylus frenzy around the Note.


Displays:

You have to be really picky to tell the PenTile pixel matrix arrangement on the Note with its 1280x800 pixels of resolution. You've got to stuff the phone in your face and examine solid colors like the green in the battery icon, or the red in Contacts up close and personal to notice an alternative pixel arrangement.

HTC One X vs Samsung Galaxy Note
Yet the 4.7” Super LCD2 HD display on the HTC One X is one of the best, if not the best LCD screen on a smartphone we’ve seen to date. It just doesn’t have a weak spot. Granted, at first look the saturated colors of the HD Super AMOLED display on the Note are more appealing to the eye, but the colors on the One X are vibrant enough, too. Its contrast is very good as well, even though the blacks still look greyish compared to the infinite contrast of the AMOLED screen, which in its turn has the typical cold colors those Samsung screens exhibit.

Amazingly enough, the viewing angles are almost on par on both phones, but the One X has a huge advantage in terms of display brightness, which is pretty important if you want to use the phone comfortably outdoors. The Galaxy Note is brighter than the Galaxy S II, for instance, but no match for the luminous screen on the One X.

HTC One X 360-degrees View:



Samsung GALAXY Note 360-degrees View:

Drag the picture or use the keyboard arrows to rotate the phone. Double click or press keyboard Space to zoom in/out