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LauncherPro launcher

Best Launcher for Android: LauncherPro+Android Pro widgets

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Android can be customized in a million ways and that’s what i love about it. Today i will introduce you to two new apps: LauncherPro and Android Pro widgets. I will tell you how you can give a modern look to your android smartphone free of cost.

Many of you might have heard about LauncherPro because its one of the most popular launchers in the Android world. Although the paid version of LauncherPro consists of many new features, i will tell you how you can get those paid widgets for free by installing an extra app known as Android Pro widgets.

Android pro widgets app

For those of you who don’t have a lot of RAM and have trouble running many apps, i had suggest you to install LauncherPro, as it takes minimal energy resources and is a lot faster than your stock launcher. Go download LauncherPro.

Next, there is no need to purchase the LauncherPro widgets because the same widget experience can be enjoyed by installing Android Pro widgets app. Now download Android Pro widgets.

Android pro widgets themes

So do you like it? The most exciting of all is you don’t even have to pay for the apps, as they are available for free in the Android Market.

LauncherPro is sure fast and smooth but it isn’t as customizable as GoLauncher EX (another favourite Launcher in the Android world) like we can install cute new themes in GoLauncher EX but LauncherPro doesn’t have the option to change themes. GoLauncher Ex sure has a few cons too, like its a

drain on your battery and RAM but more on that later!

Did you enjoy this tutorial? Comment and share your views with us. Which is you favourite Launcher?

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WordPress Tooltip – Pop a cute tip for your readers!

Bloggers are under a lot of pressure these days. There being a lot of competition around, every blogger thinks to try out something different in his blog every now and then to increase his readers and maintain his Google PR.

Some of us can’t handle pressure and just exhaust out of options and then the blog sits somewhere in the corner waiting to get noticed by a passer-by. And then there are some, who try out a lot to modify and add interactivity to their blog, and finally those “some” do get noticed. Here is another plugin *SPOILER ALERT* (not “another”) that one plugin which really makes your blog stand out of the crowd. Yes, i am talking about the WordPress Tooltip.

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Developed by Muhammad Haris, this plugin gives you a cute little tooltip when you hover over text or links on your post. Tooltips are designed to give the reader a short description on the content being hovered upon. So what are you waiting for, download this plugin right now and activate it.

After activation. the next time you write a post, there will be a small tooltip icon added to your post editor kinda like a small bubble. Just click it and a pop-up box will appear giving you fields where you can enter tooltip content, text and url to be shown when a reader hovers. Finally click Add a Tooltip to save your changes. If you are a code-savvy person, you can also implement this functionality by adding a shortcode in your post instead of using the lightbox:

[tooltip content="This will show in a tooltip" url="This will make tooltip a link"]Hover over me for tooltip[/tooltip]

If you would like to see a working demo of this, head over to this page and see for yourself!
Time for your comment. Please do tell us if you liked this tutorial, and if it has helped you any way.

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AddThis 2.0 for WordPress released!


All the successful bloggers are sure to use AddThis as its the best plugin for sharing content. Most of the AddThis users already know that but for some of you here is a short explanation for why addthis is better than other sharing plugins.

CODE FLEXIBILITY

First of all, addthis is completely modifiable. The script can be modified to place the button wherever you would like it to appear. For Blogspot and Tumblr users this feature is quite interesting as it brings out a particular blogger’s creativity into light about how the buttons can be arranged more systematically on a webpage.

MYRIAD LAYOUTS

addthis offers a variety of buttons. Currently addthis gallery has 13 different layouts and can be configured to include many other social network buttons. You can also make your own buttons if you know your way through CSS.

EXQUISITE BUTTONS

addthis buttons are very interactive and rich in graphical beauty. They shine on the webpage and add to the website’s modern look and feel. These cool buttons also brings in more readers as the site is more user friendly and they also get tempted to read your Blog.

RECENT DEVELOPMENT

Anyway the latest news from addthis is that recently it has released the 2.0 version of its plugin for WordPress users. With this release you get a new settings page. addthis can now be placed either above the post or below the post. To make your share numbers go viral you can also place it both above and below the post to get the most out of your readers.

 

addthis now offers more layouts for its buttons and you can also change the size of the buttons.

 

Before, addthis sticked to display buttons only on post pages but now it can be put on homepage, archives page and other pages too.

 

 

addthis now displays a statistics widget on your WordPress dashboard too displaying the most recent shares of your webpage and the ClickThrough Rate.

 

 

HELLOBAR that gets noticed!

HELLOBAR is a little bar placed on websites at the top, to drive visitors to buy their products or simply to get their attention.
digital-telepathy introduced it in 2010 and since then it has gained a lot of interest. Novice Bloggers who are new to Blogosphere can generate traffic to other pages of their Blogs by integrating this bar.

Hellobar offers to customize the bar manually (a static message will be displayed) or dynamically (regular feed updates will be displayed) or you can also allow Twitter Updates to be displayed. A link at the end of the message shall be provided to direct your visitors to other pages.

Appearance wise, you can change the bar color, message color, link color too. Hellobar offers you millions of colors for you choose from. It presently gives 22 font styles to decorate your text message including the popular Comic Sans, Verdana, Arial and Times New Roman. Hellobar also gives you many tweaks to play around with, in the Settings area. You can set time when to show or hide the bar, how the bar will be positioned, you can also allow users to close the bar or wiggle the bar after a short period of time.

Installing the bar is pretty easy too. After customizing the bar according to your taste, just click the ‘Get Code’ button, and in seconds you can paste the script into your favourite blog platform. Hellobar also gives you a small guide in case you dont know where to place the code in your template.

The feature from which Bloggers gain an extra edge by using this bar is the STATS page. In here you can monitor the ClickThrough Rate or CTR of your bar. You can also track how many impressions have been made onto the bar.
Hellobar also has a funny and cute tagline ‘the bar that gets noticed’ that is displayed when you hover over the H symbol on the bar!

If you want to try out the bar, please click here. And just FYI, it is totally free of cost!! Have Fun :)

WordPress 3.1 is here.

Good news for all the bloggers…Wordpress has just released its new version 3.1 today. It’s code is named ‘Reinhardt’.


Now lets quickly give a glance about the cool new features integrated in this version.

1. INTERNAL LINKING:

Everybody’s talking about this new feature. lets see what it does. With this new functionality WordPress makes it easier for bloggers to link back to already published content. Now you dont have to search the whole site for the post you are looking for. In the post write panel click the link button and enter the search term you are looking for, then click ‘Add Link’ button. Thats it. Easy as it sounds.

2. ADMIN BAR:

If you are an administrator or a guest author of a blog, entering into your wordpress account gives you a bar at the top of a page. Well the same bar has now been customised to connect the back end to the front end of your blog. It has a new look. But this feature is useful for multi-site owners, as for single-site users this feature may pose as a hindrance. Well no problem you can always remove the bar if its not suiting you.

3. POST FORMAT STYLE:

We Bloggers write a lot of posts, and some posts require a different style of formatting. Some posts have videos, pics or some other external links attached to them. WordPress now gives its authors a post format style similar to Tumblr’s. Now administrators can customise their stylesheet to modify the look of specific posts according to their preferred style.

A WordPress employee wrote a great post on Post Format Styles here at Otto on WordPress You might want to check it out.

Now Download Opera Mobile Widgets as Mobile Apps.List of Opera Widgets

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opera mobile widgets

One good news for those mobile web developers. Till date it was not only difficult enough to create mobile compatible site but horrendous task to create web application for mobile.Well Opera came up with platform that can be used to run application. This level of abstraction allows developers to forget about the underlying architecture and concentrate on the application itself.
Opera widgets uses standards like HTML,CSS and javascript Which almost all website is made up with . Opera supports widgets from 9.5 version.One can download a large number of widgets from opera widgets site . Developing your own opera widget is not that difficult too . Would take a no-voice developer few hours to come with with a widget and opera widgets site allows you to publish it too. Can it get better ?
Some of the widgets i found useful were

Opera Twitter Widget.

This Widget is yet another application added to the already billion ones that are available . but the best part is that this is a little but faster .

The password is saved onto ur system but come with flaws like i cannot see more tweet just a few display.
cannot favorite a tweet. Overall is it better than those available ? I guess yes and u should try it .
To download Opera Twitter Widget
Click here

Opera Facebook widget

This is a pretty neat app i’d say . Looks very familiar. The only problem felt is cramped information but that is wat facebook is lotta of unwanted information . So Digg wat u want :)
To download opera facebook widget
Click here

Artist Sketch book 1.6
artist sketch book
This is the best i liked when ever i want to copy a pic from net and wanna edit this is the app i use . Man it does make life simpler :) and i just love this cool widget and at times i use it to take notes to :)
To download Artist Sketch book 1.6
Click Here

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Opera ebook reader Widget
Ebook reader
Well this is the most used pp according to opera . This is a simple reader which can read epub format which is the most famous open standard form of e-book. Well this is one app we would recommend you to try and boy will u love it
To download opera ebook reader widget CLick here

Well these are just a few of the widgets that are useful . My next post would be how to create a opera widget in simple steps. Until then try out other widgets and let us know how u like it :) Soon we could Download Opera Mobile Widgets as Mobile Apps..

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Gmail Gadgets For Social Networks

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Millions of people around the world access the internet daily. Most people use the internet for Email, Instant Messenging, and playing games. Out of the millions of us out there we all seem to choose to use Social Networking sites like; Facebook, Bebo, Myspace, Twitter, ect…

But at least every user on the internet use’s an email account. On April 1, 2004 Google released Gmail. But at the time it was by invertation only. Over the past 5 years Google’s Gmail has has provided millions of users a email address.

Back in 2009 Google added “Add a gadget by its URL”.This gadget is used by a large majority of Gmails users. The application allows users to added a Gadget to the Gmail user interface.

I don’t know about you but sometimes i dislike having Mulitple tabs in a browser open all at one time. Well the Add By URL gadget has helped me reduce the need of  Tabs.

Today i will be showing you how to Add  a couple of  Social Networking gadgets to your Gmail Account, but you will need Gmail Standard. To change to Google Standard, login to Gmail, scroll to the buttom of the page, and click on “Google Standard”. This may take some time to load for slow internet users

1. Simply login to your Google Account and click  on “Settings” which is located in the upper right of the Gmail interface.
2. Now click on “Labs“, which is the third options from the right.
3. Scroll to the very buttom of the page
4. locate “Add any gadget by URL” and than hit the “Enable” button on the right.
5. Click “Save Changes”

Gmail should than reload and return to Settings if not click settings again. and this time go to “Gadgets

Now depending if your already using Gadgets you may have to find the Add By URL gadget. Once found simply copy and paste any on of the URLs below to added various social network tabs to Gmail.

By adding the Social Networking tabs you just have to click the sites name in Gmail and than click on the sites gadgets which is located in “Gmail” on the left hand side once the url has been inputted.

To add and of the social networks below simply Copy and paste the URL’s into the Gmail “Add By URL” gadget.

Facebook

http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/104971404861070329537/facebook.xml

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Twitter

https://twittergadget.appspot.com/gadget-gmail.xml

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Digg

http://digg.com/goog/ig.xml

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MySpace

http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/100080069921643878012/myspace.xml

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Flickr

http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/100080069921643878012/flickr.xml

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Orkut Scrapbook

http://hosting.gmodules.com/ig/gadgets/file/105297062528314471242/doomer_orkut_scrapbook.xml

Now if for some reason after using the gadgets Gmail will not work click on the URL below to remove all Gadgets. This will remove all from your Google Labs Gadgets.
https://mail.google.com/mail/?labs=0

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Speed Dial for Mozilla Firefox Browser

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If you have used Opera or Google chrome, you will come to know easily what i’m talking about. If you have been using either chrome or opera, you can see the speed dial feature when you open a new tab. It shows the thumbnail view of recently or most visited webpages. So that we can quickly select the page from it.

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Today we have Fast Dial Firefox add-on which helps us to replace any new blank tab with visual bookmarks (thumbnails) of your choice. FastDial is a clone of Opera’s new tab bookmarks.

1. Just Install Fast Dial on your Firefox browser.

2. After installing, You can see a blank speed dial page.

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3. Just click that to add your own bookmarks.

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4. If you go to Properties – You have choice to set the number of bookmarks to display like 3×3 column, etc.

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5. You can also set colors for thumbnails etc.

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Some of the best features are :

1. Add new sites to Fast Dial by right-clicking site page and choosing “Add to Fast Dial” from the context menu.

2. Use drag-n-drop to change thumbnail position. Ctrl+drag to move thumbnail into a folder.

3. Set any bookmark folder to be Fast Dial home.

Fast Dial – Download Firefox Add-on

All together, Fast Dial is great and very useful for your Firefox browser.
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List of 10 Websites For Resizing and Cropping Your Images Online

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There are many desktop tools like justresizeit for resizing your images, but incase if you need to resize or crop your images online, you can use these 10 websites for resizing and cropping images. Many situations you want to shrink a picture for an avatar? or Make any images smaller? Then get into the list below and anyone can resize images and digital pictures online.

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List of 10 websites for resizing images online -

1. Shrink Pictures

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Shrink Pictures tools that are no more difficult than posting in a Forum and now anyone can Resize Images and Digital Pictures. Another common use is to resize photos before sending in an email or posting it to your Blog. To resize your images it is as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

2. Pic Resize

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The Internet’s best picture resizing tool. Easily crop and resize your images online for free at picresize. Start Now !

3. ReShade

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On Reshade you can resize images maintaining quality, edges and texture. This means Reshade reduces or eliminates most of the usual side-effects of photo enlargement.

4. Resizr

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Resizr is a free online image resize and crop tool with lots of extras! Some Features are Resize Pictures with High quality, Crop to get just what you want, Rotate 90, 180, 270 degrees, Specify the exact size you want, Resize unlimited pictures.

5. Fotosizer

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Fotosizer is a freeware batch image resizer tool. It resizes your photos in just 3 easy steps – 1. Photo selection, 2. select resize settings, then 3. Start the resize!

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6. Resize Your Image

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Resize your image is a magnificent tool to help you maintain your website, to send images via email or to resize large images to print it. Not only does it let you determine its size (in pixels), it also brings down the size of your file.

7. Resize 2 Mail

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Resize 2 mail is an online resize website utility developed for digital camera owners, webmasters, people travelling or anybody who quickly wants to resize a digital image for email or publishing on a web site.

8. Rsizr

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One of my fav cropping tool. The interface is so cool and easy to use. just try out !

9. Resize pic

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Sometimes you want an image to be a certain size, for example forum avatars often have size limits. This site lets you resize images (pictures).

10. Online Image Resizer

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OIR (online image resizer) is the most comprehensive free image resizer tool online. Not only you can resize images and resize photos, crop images, crop photos but also make a basic image processing such as converting your image to “gray scale” (making it black and white), rotating or mirroring image, controlling image quality and finally paste a text over image (creating a copyright watermarks or simply pasting a date or any other text).

On making the list, I might have missed some online cropping tools, so please feel free to add on the comments section -;)
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How to Add Gadgets in Google Wave?

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You Can Add Gadgets in Google Wave by Just Specifying The Gadget URL in XML form..
Here is The Step by Step procedure how you could add a Gadget for Google Wave .

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Step1:

Click on The New Wave Tab and Start a Fresh Wave
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Step2:

As Soon as you Click on The New Wave Button, you will be able to see a wave box in the 3rd column of your Wave Homepage.

In Order to See The Link Gadget you Need to Expand the Wave Window

Google Wave Shrinked Box

Step3:
In the enlarged Google Wave Window, Locate The Gadget Icon and Click on it . A Box Pops Up Prompting for an URL Add Gadget by URL

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Please Note:
While adding The Gadget URL make sure it is an XML file.
The Example URL which i have used is http://blah.appspot.com/wave/sudoku/sudoku.xml which is a Sudoku Gadget…
Once You Have Added The URL, You Could see The Corresponding Gadget and you u can add all your contacts to use the gadget all at Real Time!

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Here is The List of Gadgets Available in Google Wave

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