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linux mint - the best new linux operating system

Have you heard of Linux Mint? Its better than UBUNTU!

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Did you ever know about Linux’s most popular operating system? No its not Ubuntu, at least that’s what most of us would say. Its the new LINUX Mint.  According to the statistics at DistroWatch (the site that collects data regarding the best Linux Operating systems) the most popular Linux OS currently leading is the new Linux Mint!

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The guys at ZDNet have been kind enough to let us know the existence of Linux Mint or else we would have never known about it. I myself (an out of the street LINUX lover) have found out about Linux Mint just now. And when i saw the screenshots of the latest Linux Mint 11 codenamed “Katya”, i was anxious to try it out.

Linux Mint is very elegant looking and of minimalistic styles. It is not too eye candy and doesn’t require a lot of resources to run. In fact it offers an out of the box multimedia solution, meaning you don’t need a high quality graphics card to enjoy its uniqueness. And the nice part is Linux Mint is based on Debian and Ubuntu operating systems, both the distributions, that’s why you get the best of both environments.

linux mint - the interface

Also as you know LINUX Mint is totally free and its code is open source. The perks you get by using this operating system is its interface is powered by GNOME 2.32, which i like the most. Working in Gnome is easy and fast. That’s what i like about Gnome. If you are also a GNOME fan as i am, then you should definitely check out this operating system.

Head to the download page now and start Minting your Linux. The CD version can also be installed using the Windows installer ‘WUBI’.

So pass on your comments if you liked this short review about Linux Mint. Have you tried it yet?

Source: ZDNet

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Motorola Xoom 2 leaked images and spec details

Motorola Xoom 2 surfaces! [Leaked images, Specs and rumors]

Motoroal Xoom 2 images have been surfaced on the web. We are pretty sure that it is the Xoom 2, the new Android powered tablet from Motorola Mobility Inc.

Showcasing the new Motorola Xoom 2

Just recently Motorola had launched its most awaited tablet, the Motorola Xoom and now rumors are already cropping up about its next tab the Xoom 2.

This is my Next has come with some interesting news. Here are some spec details regarding the hardware that’s rigged within the Xoom 2.

Motorola Xoom 2 just 9mm thick

  • 9mm in thickness compared to Apple iPad 2‘s 8.8mm.
  • Media Edition sports an 8.2 inch HD IPS display and weighs in at 0.95 pounds, also includes an IR blaster and a subwoofer at the back.
  • 1.2GHz ARM Chip dual-core processor powered by Google’s Android 3.2 Tablet OS
  • 1GB RAM which is the same we saw in the Xoom
  • Capable to record 1080p videos and sync files wirelessly to your PC
  •  Tablet ships out with the latest Adobe Flash Player 11
  • Keyboard Case and a Stylus Pen are also included in the accessories.

Motorola Xoom 2 HD Graphics

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YouTube's new video editor is now live

New YouTube Video editor launched: Have you tried it yet?

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YouTube has launched a new browser based video editor that performs quick fixes to a video after it has been uploaded. This is a built-in editor that launched on 14 Sept, 2011, unlike the cloud based YouTube video editor that we saw in 2010.

After a video gets uploaded on YouTube, you could never make changes to it, rather you had to start from Step 1 i.e. upload it again. With the addition of this editing tool, you can now make changes to the video by clicking Edit Video button.

“Until now, when you uploaded to YouTube, your video was hosted and shared, but couldn’t really be changed. Starting today, you can edit your uploaded videos right on YouTube”, said YouTube software engineer John Gregg.

While the tools are not so legendary that you see in a professional video editing software, these editing options will prove very helpful in making some small changes to your video. Some of the editing tools are:

Rotation of a video, Stabilize a shaky footage, Adjust the brightness such as Saturation levels, Color intensity and Temperature. You can also add extra effects to a video such as make it a Black and White video or effectify it with Sepia.

The exciting news is that even after editing of the video, YouTube does not swipe off all your user interactions on that video. Comments, View count, Video URL and ID, all settings are left intact. You can also undo the edit anytime in the future and still expect a positive output.

Here is a small teaser video that shows you what new features you will get in the new YouTube video editor.

So did you enjoy the new YouTube video editor. Share your experiences by a comment and let us know!

via CNET

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BitDefender 2012 beta version is out. Grab it now!

BitDefender just released its newest and latest antivirus software for all, the BitDefender Total Security 2012. But the antivirus is still in beta. Lets quickly list out the new features which will force you to make the change.

Bitdefender 2012 next gen antivirus

1. Autopilot – This feature is the same one seen in the G-Data antivirus. It takes decisions for you without any manual intervention. No pop-ups, no alerts, nothing to configure.

2. Scan Dispatcher – This feature intelligently performs a scan of your system when PC usage falls below a certain level and pauses it when usage is maximum or above normal.

3. Rescue Mode – Sometimes hidden viruses are very adamant and thus become very tough to remove, which is what we call as rootkits. When this situation occurs BitDefender switches the system into Rescue mode where they can be wiped clean.

4. Streamlined installation – This is less of a feature and more of a plus point to the antivirus. With this, the installation speed of the antivirus is greatly increased. BitDefender claims 2012 version takes half the time to install than its previous version.

5. Online Backup+Cloud integration – All the files of your BitDefender products are safely uploaded to the BitDefender servers. This way if there is an outbreak next time you can safely rollback to the files sitting on the servers. Currently BitDefender Total Security 2012 offers you a free plan of 2GB storage space.

6. File Sync – Synchronize all your files from one computer to another or a whole workstation. Changes made to one system are automatically applied to other systems.

7. Smart interface – Most frequently accessed items are automatically visible on the main window. So that next time you want a specific task done you don’t have to navigate all the way where the component is located.

8. Social Networking+ – We see a lot of links on the various social networking sites. Have you thought that some of them are spam and are deliberately put there for you to get affected? BitDefender now scans all your links on Facebook and Twitter so that you can surf without any worries.

Bitdefender 2012 Beta

NEW INTERFACE (Bonus Feature) – BitDefender has completely revamped the user interface. It now features a XBOX 360 like alert circle. Lighting system is bright and next-gen type. The design is clean and smooth. Don’t worry it wont hog your system resources, it is light and silent!

DOWNLOAD the beta and see for yourself. (NOTE: The antivirus is still in beta mode, use it at your own risk)

Drop in all your comments and tell us what you think of the new BitDefender 2012! Will you make the change?

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Viewsonic ViewPad 10pro dual-OS tablet brings Windows and Android closer

Viewsonic has recently introduced a new version of the its tablet Viewpad, the ViewPad 10 pro. ViewPad 10pro will bring in a new era of tablets as this one boasts of a dual-OS, the first of its kind.

 

Yes, you read it right. ViewPad 10pro packs a mighty hard Windows 7 OS alongwith the favourite mobile OS by Google, Android 2.3. Viewsonic says there’s no dual booting required to power on the Android, there’s just the app integrated on the Windows homescreen to take you there. CNET tested the Android performance on the tab and says it switches from Windows to Android in just 3 seconds and Android to Windows almost instantaneously. Although i don’t know how good Windows 7 OS will prove for the tablet users, as its not quite the tablet-friendly software one would have a go for.

Another neat feature of this tab is its battery backup which is seen on none of the tablets in its competition. Viewsonic, the manufacturer of some of the most top visual displays in the world claims that the tablet can run upto 8 hours straight on a single charge. This is a great add-in on the tablet featurelist as most businessmen prefer a long running tablet which is equally efficient as well.

The one biggest con i found in this tablet is its weight. Weighing in at a hefty 800g, this tab will prove as a troublesome to carry! The key goal of any tab is that it should be easy to carry around which this tab fails to deliver. Apart from this one minor drawback everything else looks promising.

As for the specs, the Viewsonic ViewPad 10 pro is powered by a 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Z670 processor, 1024×600 capacitive touch screen, Intel GMA 600 graphics card, 2GB in-built memory, expandable upto 32 GB via microSD slot, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing, HDMI port for 1080p media playback, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR and a USB port too.

VERDICT: My verdict on this device is that if you are a user who likes Windows 7 and wants to migrate from a desktop to a touch screen interface and want to enjoy the combined feel of an Android device then i would say give it a go! Don’t look back, this might be just the tab you were looking for and also the battery backup this tab offers is more than OK.

PRICE and RELEASE: ViewPad 10pro is available in two models,

  • the first one which comes with Windows 7 Professional, Android 2.3 and a 32 GB SSD drive is priced at $699
  • the second one features a Windows 7 Home Premium, Android 2.3 mobile OS and 16 GB SSD which is priced at $599

The product is ready to be released late this august. Want to be the first one to grab hands on it? Then subscribe to our feed and we will update you quick enough.

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Time Travel in Games now! Girl discovers exploit in mobile games

A 10 year old girl from California whose is called as CyFi in the hacker world has discovered an exploit in Android and iOS games. This exploit allows users to time travel in games.

Girl discovers exploit in mobile games

According to CyFi, we can now fast forward the game progress by advancing the clock. The logic is simple, disconnect the device from WiFi and advance the clock by small increments then reconnect it to WiFi. The result is you are now ahead of time and you are pretty much enjoying it!

She was out sitting playing a Farmville game and apparently got frustrated because the game wasn’t moving fast enough. The game is designed such that a particular crop takes more or less 10 hours to mature. CyFi discovered that if we can advance the clock somehow we can jump into the time sequence and skip the previous chapters.

CyFi told CNET,

“It was hard to make progress in the game, because it took so long for things to grow. So I thought, ‘Why don’t I just change the time?’”

She calls this creation as “Zero Day”. Mobile developers and Testers failed to discover this flaw in games with which we can easily cheat a game. CyFi has done a great job by discovering this vulnerability, she is denying to reveal further details of the flaw as she wants to give the game developers time to fix it. Don’t take this kid lightly she is the co-founder of DEFCON KIDS which is a small part of DEFCON ( The World’s largest underground hacking conference).

So how did you enjoy this story? Pass a comment and let us know quickly!

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Blackberry Torch 2 leaked

Blackberry Torch 2 leaked: RIM says its better than Torch

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Just hours before, we spotted new documents regarding a possible announcement of the Blackberry Torch 2 smartphone of RIM (Research In Motion) technologies on the FCC website. The model number listed as RDM71UW is undoubtedly the Torch 2.

BlackBerry Torch 2 slim

OK, lets get down to the point. The major changes you will see in this version of Torch i.e. the Torch 2 are as listed below:

  • Screen size is 3.2 inches delivering a 640×480 resolution whereas the Blackberry Torch 9800 was a 480×360 resolution one.
  • It gives you a 1.2 GHz processor (still single-core) with 768 MB of RAM compared to a mere 624 MHz processor speed seen in its predecessor.
  • Runs the latest Blackberry OS 6.1 whereas Torch ran a 6.0. Folks at RIM already deemed 6.1 as a “major upgrade“. Lets see what 6.1 packs in this time.
  • You get enough storage facility this time. Blackberry Torch 2 boasts of a 8GB  internal memory and a 32GB external memory, expandable with the help of a microSD card.
  • 5 megapixel camera with Autofocus and LED Flash integrated. Records videos in HD i.e. 1280×720 resolution.
  • Other great features you could expect are Bluetooth 2.1, NFC integration (which is huge), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Quad-band GSM, Tri-band HSDPA, WCDMA II and V bands compatible, Accelerometer, Magnetometer (digital compass), Proximity Sensor and an Ambient Light sensor.

BlackBerry Torch 2 5MP camera

Watch the hands-on video below to get a first hand look on the latest Blackberry Torch 2.

For a full list of specifications refer to this guide.

engadget has managed to perform a complete review and pass a verdict of this product, please visit here to view it.

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Microsoft Social Network

Microsoft Tulalip: A rumored to be Social Network

Microsoft is planning to take down Facebook and the very latest social network by Google, Google+ by starting its own social network which goes by the name Tulalip.

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Fusible was the first to report this news. Shocking as it came we noticed a welcome screen hung upon on the site socl.com which is short for Social. The welcome screen reads,

“With Tulalip you can Find what you need and Share what you know easier than ever”

Reports suggests that, Microsoft purchased the domain socl.com recently just two weeks ago, exactly when Google launched its social network. Obviously Microsoft was planning this way before. From what we know, the Search box where it reads OPEN is currently non functional. The Facebook Sign in feature too does not work.

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The Twitter Sign in feature is where we have been able to gather more information about what this new service is going to be all about. As soon as you click it, you will see Twitter’s authorization page. In here glance over the application control features:

Read Tweets, Follow others, Update Profile and Post Tweets automatically

Now what impression does this give to you? That its some kind of social network right! Yes as nice as that news maybe to you, you will bummed to hear that its just a experimental app for now.

If you look at it closely, you can see that it says

Tulalip, By Microsoft Research, Experimental App.

Well it speaks for itself, we don’t think we will hear of Tulalip in a while as the service is currently under development. If you like you can check out SOCL.com yourself. Presently the page reads,

“Thanks for stopping by. Socl.com is an internal design project from a team in Microsoft Research which was mistakenly published to the web. We didn’t mean to, honest.”

I think Microsoft heard about its possible leak and posted that message. We certainly don’t think it was a mistake. DO YOU?

Speak with us by a comment. If we are the first one to get in, maybe who knows you would be the first one to get invited!

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Flash Vs HTML5

Google Swiffy Introduced: Flash “out” HTML5 “in”

With the introduction of Google+, Google also introduced its new Flash to HTML5 converter on Tuesday. This creation is the work of a very young, energetic and passionate Googler known as Pieter Senster.

Google Swiffy Labs

According to this software, it can convert Flash animation files known as .SWF into fully functional HTML5 files. As we know Flash is very important to us. All the videos we watch on YouTube and other internet players are Flash related content, so with the introduction of this technology people can now watch videos without installing the Flash plugin, like iPhones and iPads which do not support Flash.

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Speaking in Technobabble, simply feed the Swiffy converter with a .swf file and the result is a JSON file rendered with the help of SVG and a bit of HTML5 and CSS3. Modern browsers like Google Chrome and Apple Safari reads the converted files as Javascript and renders the content smoothly to you. Take a look at some of the demo content here at Swiffy Galleria.

Maybe you would have also heard a similar Flash to HTML5 converting tool developed by Adobe and only known as Wallaby. But Google claims that Swiffy has lot more advantages than Wallaby. Some of the primary being Swiffy can convert .swf files whereas Wallaby only focuses on .fla file conversion. Also Wallaby’s converted file can easily be edited whereas Swiffy’s files are very hard to breakthrough. For a more deeper review refer to FAQ over here.

Don’t forget to visit Swiffy Labs. Time for your comment! You can also submit your creations over here.

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Google+ The Social Network

On Tuesday, Google revealed yet another product named as Google+ Project. Google+ is a new social networking platform created by the popular search giant. It is a social network which will completely revolutionize the way people interact on the Web 2.0.

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Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Google Engineering and founder of the Google+ Project said in Google’s official blog that

We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships, and your interests. And so begins the Google+ project

Here are some features of Google+ that will surprise you of how creatively the Google team have designed this project to meet your requirements.

Google+ Feature:

  • Circles

Did you ever wonder how to stop those annoying tagging of friends on Facebook, constant App invitations, unwanted addition to Facebook Groups and million other small things that really get on your nerves, well that’s when Google+ comes into the picture dressed as a Superman. What the Circles feature is all about is that it allows you to categorise your friends and family in a very easy and smart way. This way you dont have to worry about what you share and whom you share it to.

google-plus-circles

Categorising is as easy as dragging and dropping your friends from the friends list into a particular circle created by you and visible only to you. Sharing the things you like is more easy now and the next time you say something no need to be cautious about whom you say it to because the Circle will automatically take care that your content is shared to the people you would like it to.

  • Sparks

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Are you bored on Facebook when there’s no one online and when you have nothing to talk about. Google+ breaks that silence by providing you with a built-in recommendation engine to discover the content you are interested in. Google knows what your interests are (just like your wife or girlfriend) by analyzing what you constantly share on the Google+, through the +1 button and your queries on the google search. Google smartly gathers all that information and provides you with the latest articles, photos, videos pertaining to your specific interests at the click of button kinda like Stumbleupon but in a Google fashion.

  • Hangouts

You see your girlfriend or your best friend online in your Facebook chat. You ping them by saying Hi…………………………………… waiting this much wasn’t your plan! What do you think? You will ultimately assume that he’s just not so interested to talk to you or has left his PC to go check out your girlfriend! Isn’t that rude? Definitely it is, don’t worry Google+ isn’t that mean to you.

google-plus-hangouts

No more embarrassments and no more hiding under the rug, Google+ introduces to you a video chat interface where you get to hangout with your friends whenever you want. Just go to your favourite  circle and click ‘Start a Hangout’, you will immediately jump in a video chat screen and your friends will join you as soon as they know that you are “HANGING OUT”.

  • Mobile

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Google+ is available on the Android platform too. What makes Google+ing on Mobile cool is its auto-upload feature. According to Gundotra, your phone now is not just a device which can take photos and videos and store them on a memory card. With Google+ power comes less responsibilities, captured multimedia content gets directly uploaded to your PC and is available for instant sharing the next time you log onto your computer. No wasting time sitting and uploading pics, latest is the best what Google+ believes in.

End of Tour.

Presently Google+ the social network is being tested only for a select few. Invites are temporarily disabled at the moment. If you wish to receive an e-mail as soon as the service is ready for use, request an advance invite over here.

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