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lockscreen apps for windows phones

4 Best Free Lockscreen apps for your Windows Phones

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Here are the 4 best free lockscreen apps for your Nokia Lumia smartphone. Nokia Lumia is just out and you must be pretty excited owning this envious and slick gadget. Watch out there are a lot of bad people out there who will do anything to get their hands on it. Hehe 🙂 Just kidding, but watch out!

Lockscreen apps are a must have for any smartphone as you can avoid dialing of numbers by accident, and also as an added security from robbers who might misuse with your sensitive data lest it gets stolen. These apps will surely protect you from these common disasters and keep your smartphone safe and secure.

Windows Phone Lockscreen apps

1. MazeLock: This app is a must have for your phone as its very hard to breach the locking mechanism, simply because it is so intelligently designed. Mazelock works on the idea on how you slide your fingers across your touchscreen to create a pattern. It doesn’t have any numbers or codes to unlock. Once you set a pattern in your lockscreen settings you can unlock it by creating the same pattern when your phone gets locked. Thus making it hard for any individual to figure out that specific pattern created by you.

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mazelock lockscreen for windows phone

2. SlideUnlock: Slideunlock is also a good lockscreen app. Perhaps this app is more designed towards providing a nice graphical interface rather than on the security features. You just need to slide you finger on the lockscreen to unlock, the kind seen on Apple iPhones. You can also add new app shortcuts onto the lockscreen to launch them directly. A nice feature in this app is it also supports shake to unlock.

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slideunlock lockscreen for windows phone

3. Quick Lock: As the name suggests, this app is designed to get you quickly in and out of the lock state. You simply press the lock and it gets you onto your desktop screen.

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quick lock lockscreen for windows phone

4. LockscreenButtons: Lockscreenbuttons gives you a swipe to unlock feature alongwith an extra advantage to add application shortcuts. It will automatically place the six frequently used applications by you onto the lock screen. You can launch your apps directly without the need to unlock your phone. Quite handy isn’t it?

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lockscreenbuttons for windows phone

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sify mystorage backup solutions

5 reasons Sify mystorage is better than Dropbox or Box.com

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sify has recently introduced its new cloud storage services here in India. sify mystorage allows users to store their files and documents online at a very cheap and competitive rate. These days storing files on cloud is very expensive and sometimes unaffordable. sify has now made it easy for the common man to keep their data backed up continuously in a secure environment.

sify mystorage application - a sneak peek

Why you should adopt the sify mystorage online storage facility?

Some of you might be asking yourself why should i go for sify mystorage when i have Dropbox, box.com or other such leading backup solutions. Well here are 5 reasons that will definitely change your mind.

1. Very Cheap: You get a backup plan of as low as Rs.175/- per month for 10GB storage. Now that’s something to think about.

2. Automatic Backup: Your files are immediately backed up whenever there is a slight modification, so that you don’t have to manually back them up all the time.

3. One license for all: You don’t need an additional license to set up the backup functionality on another computer. One account for all devices!

4. Exact copy of your files: Your files and folders are exactly mirrored i.e they are backed up in the same fashion you have stored them on your computer.

5. Secure is not just a word: Secure file transfers. Now many of the backup solutions boasts of this feature that they are highly secure but sify uses AES 256 bit encryption mechanism to carry out all your tasks and you can also verify this by visiting https://storage.sifyservices.com/

Well these were just some of the answers i gave to your question Why you should give sify mystorage a go?, but the real question you should be asking yourself is Why Not?

Here is the Official Press Release by Sify Technologies,

 

Sify Technologies launches ‘Sify mystorage’
Cloud-based Online Storage and Backup Service for Consumers and Small Businesses

President Nateshmani at the sify press conference

India, Bengaluru, December 22, 2011: Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ Global Markets: SIFY), a leader in Managed Enterprise, Network and IT Services in India with growing global delivery capabilities, today launched Sify mystorage, a cloud-based online storage and backup solution targeted at Consumers and Small Businesses. Sify mystorage enables users to insure critical files—documents, mail, photos, videos, music, etc.—in the computer against everyday risks like virus attacks, file corruption, accidental deletion or a PC crash. Sify mystorage automatically and continuously backs up and stores the users’ files in a secure cloud thus providing foolproof protection against data loss.

Advantages of Cloud-based Online Storage:

1. Unlike hard drives, cloud-based online storage is not susceptible to hardware failure/software corruption/theft
2. Ease of data access – from anywhere
3. Cost-effective – no investment in additional hardware

Source: Media and industry reports

With a single mystorage account, a user can backup and store documents from any number of devices. A file saved in Sify mystorage can be accessed online from anywhere or can be shared with friends and family easily. Sify mystorage is intuitive to the extent that the user’s files are organized and stored in the cloud in exactly the same folder structure as in his/her device.

To cater to the different storage needs of Consumers, SOHOs and SMBs, Sify mystorage service is available in a wide range of prepaid plans, starting as low as Rs.175/- per month for 10 GB storage. Users can effortlessly renew plans or upgrade their current plans to higher storage, online.

Sify mystorage encrypts the users’ data before transferring the same to the storage cloud thereby ensuring advanced security.

Special Sify mystorage MS Office plug-in:
Sify mystorage comes with a special Microsoft Office plug-in which enables users to upload and backup documents directly from MS Office applications: MS Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

Speaking at launch, Mr. Natesh Mani, President – Commercial & Consumer Business, Sify Technologies Ltd, said, “Sify is deeply committed to enabling a digital lifestyle for its consumers. As one of India’s largest and most advanced data centre companies, we are confident of revolutionizing daily life with valuable and novel cloud services.

To bring cloud and thereby a host of digital services to the common man, we launched Sify mylife, India’s first Consumer Cloud Platform, last year. Now with our latest offering, Sify mystorage, an intuitive automatic backup and storage service, we wish to bring the benefits of cloud services to consumers and small business.

Features of Sify mystorage:

1) Automatic storage: Backs up files automatically

2) Safe & secure: Highly secure, state-of-the-art data centre used

3) No license: No license per device required; unlimited access with single account

4) Access anytime, anywhere: Your digital life travels with you, no need to carry external hard drives

5) Share: Share with family and friends from anywhere

6) Mirror: Mirrors the folder structure of device; easy to use, intuitive

7) Sify mystorage MS Office plug-in:Plugged into MS Office as a tab. Users can easily backup the working file with a single click

To start with, we plan to market Sify mystorage among our 80,000 broadband customers and 19 million visitors on Sify.com. In a country of over 90 million internet users and 7.6 million SMBs, we see a huge need and opportunity for cloud-based storage. In this environment of exploding data, we look forward to innovating constantly on Sify mystorage.”

For a FREE TRIAL of all features of Sify mystorage, and more information, one could visit: https://storage.sifyservices.com/

Did you like this article? What are you thoughts about sify mystorage, drop in a comment and let us know!
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Final-Cut-Pro-X

Apple’s Final Cut Pro X is a disaster!

Apple launched its latest version of Final Cut Pro, (video editing software) the Final Cut Pro X on June 21st. Apple states that Final Cut Pro X is completely built from scratch and is a lot more advanced than the previous one.

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FCP X consists of a high-end video editing technology that beats every other video editing software out there. Apple has put together a complete featurelist over what new improvements it holds on its predecessor. The most prominent feature being it grabs out the heart of your 64-bit CPUs and throttles it completely. Full GPU utilization and adding more speed by making use of the latest Thunderbolt I/O ports are some of the key features of FCP X.

Apparently the developers of FCP X failed to include many of its important features, such as the ability to open previous FCP projects. FCP X also revolves around a number of issues like limited XML support, no 3D support and unusability of third-party add-ons. Apple has also officially stated that all other versions of Final Cut have been discontinued. The reviews have completely gone down, the negative criticism to this app went upto such an extent that Apple had to close down new reviews, although Apple regards this as an App Store bug. As TNW has rightly said it, “We’ll treat this one as a bug, though with some skepticism.”

This app has wreaked havoc even in the HOLLYWOOD. Conan O’ Brien mocks this piece of shit openly on his show. Take a look at this video.

For a complete PROS and CONS list refer to this article.

We at CHAAPS recommend of not investing in this software, atleast until it is fully patched by Apple. If you want to still give it a try, proceed to this link and click Buy. Thanks to Apple for keeping this app as a low budget software, FCP X is currently priced at $299.

Drop a comment to share your views about this huge disaster! Will video professionals revert to some other Windows app or keep continuing working in the buggy FCP X’s environment. Share your thoughts.

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Make your own portable software that runs from a pen drive without installation

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Pen Drive

Software developing has advanced dramatically. Today, almost anyone, ranging from a high tech IT expert all the way down to a high school kid, are software developers. They need not be the creator of a software who has done a lot of coding, but instead, some software developers are just people who modify open source software and release them.

You too can make your own software !!This software which you make can be portable and simple.

Here’s a simple trick to make any software portable:

Requirements:

  • Winrar – Archive Manager
  • Your software – Open Source is better
  • Some free time and some interest

1. Download the Software

For this tutorial I’ll prefer using FastStone Screen Capture. You can download the 30 day free trial to try it out yourself.

Just go to the FastStone site and visit the download page.

You get the option of downloading either the setup or the portable version directly. This gives you the flexibility of making your software. To begin with, just download the portable version.

2. Extract the file you download (OR JUST RUN THE SETUP)

Since I’m first trying it with the Portable .zip version I downloaded, you can do the same.

3. Put all the files into an archive

After extracting the file you download, you’ll find a lot of files. But the file which you need to run is FSCapture.exe and the remaining files are required, but they just make it look more ugly.

So lets try to make 1 file which runs this portable app. For this, just select all the files in the folder, and right click, if you have Winrar installed then you should get the option Add to archive. Select that option.

4. Make your archive self-extracting .exe format

In the new pop up you find, select Create SFX ARCHIVE. This should make your compressed archive as .exe format.

You may want to keep the name of the archive as FSCapture-Portable.exe

Then head on to the advanced tab and see the SFX OPTIONS. In RUN AFTER EXTRACTION just put the exact name of the file you want to run. In this case, we need to run the file FSCapture with an extension .exe

The exact name of the file will be FSCapture.exe

In the MODES tab, just select UNPACK TO TEMPORARY FOLDER and in Silent Mode select HIDE ALL.

You can also make your own license to this. For that just see the license tab. You can fill in the details and the user will be prompted to accept the license if he/she wishes to continue.

Under the text and icon tab you can choose your icon if you want any. Else the default winrar icon will be used.

5. After putting the files in the .exe archive just run the executable file you created

Now you should notice a new file called FSCapture-Portable.exe in the folder you was working on. That is the only file you need. Copy(or cut) paste that file into the desktop and run the file. In a few moments it should run your software.

But what if you don’t find a portable version download ????

Simple, install the software and just check your program files directory in C: drive. It’ll usually be C:\Program Files

Since I’ve already installed FastStone I just need to go to C:\Program Files\FastStone Capture

I just consider that the portable files are in that folder. I do the same procedure, just select all files in the folder and compress it into a .exe file with Winrar giving the same commands.

That’s all !!

Want to try this with other software ?? Sure, almost any and every software will work.

Can Firefox also be made portable ? Lets see:

Portable Firefox

If you have Firefox installed then go to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox

Select all the files there and add it to .exe archive in Winrar. Remember to follow the same procedure I did for Faststone. The only difference is here you need to run firefox.exe instead of FSCapture.exe

That should make Firefox into 1 portable file !!

You can repeat this for any software, though not all software will work this way. But I’ve managed to do it to several software. I now have my own Portable Photoshop CS4, Dreamweaver CS4, Counter Strike, NFS Carbon, etc. All these as portable files.

Why should I do this anyway ?? Whats the purpose of all this when I can just install the software ?

Just try it out. Make your own portable games and portable browser. Put the portable version which you made in your pen drive. Then, take the pen drive with you to a cyber cafe and try it out there. It should work just fine. Now you dont need to worry which games or which browser is going to be there in a cyber cafe. You can use your own portable version 😀

If you want portable software in your pen drive ready-made for you, then you can check out PortableApps.com. They have many awesome portable software which will run only if you install their software first.

Try it out yourself and give us your comments……

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Your Face is now your password : Download Luxand Blink

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Lenovo was one of the companies which started giving Facial Recognition program in their notebooks. Other brand users may have been jealous of this feature. Maybe the maker of this software were also desperate to get that feature in their PC or notebook so they designed a beautiful software which I am going to introduce to you today.

Luxand Blink is a masterpiece in the history of softwares. It allows you to login to your PC with your face. All you need is a web cam attached to your PC and this sweet software.

Earlier Key lemon also introduced this concept but the bad bad company demanded money. I think there is a free alternative of everything in the IT world. So here comes Blink to rescue. A free 8MB application.

Features:

  • Windows 7 and Windows Vista 32 Bit versions.
  • Free handy application.
  • Easy To Use.
  • Fast Processing of image even if you change your looks 😛
  • Also takes picture of the person who tries to access the PC with wrong password or face.

I could not test this software because I am running a 64 bit version. So It won’t run on mine PC.

Links:

Download Luxand Blink: Download

Homepage: Visit

And last of all sorry for not posting for many days as my twitter account and my email id’s were hacked. But I got my email ID back 😀

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Stardock released WindowBlinds 7 with lot new features

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Stardock has released the latest version of WindowBlinds 7 with whole lot new features. WindowBilinds is a utility application that makes the windows users to completely change every aspect of the Windows interface’s look by applying the new skins. WindowBlinds provides thousands of new looks for your desktop.  This works by applying the new skins to the entire user interface of the Windows operating system. WindowBlinds 6 was certified by Microsoft and WindowBlinds 7 was even better when compared to the previous versions.

WindowBlinds has steadily improved their popularity, compatibility, performance with over 12 million downloads, which is one of the most popular desktop enhancement utility of all the time. WindowBlinds 7 will support Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 by providing native skinning to the GUI.

What’s new with WindowBlinds 7:

WindowBlinds 7 is available in 3 versions. Download the free trail version here.

  1. Free version
  2. Enhanced version – 19.95$
  3. Object Desktop – 49.95$

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