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Blogging is rapidly becoming a mode where people can share their opinions, views and information, in recent times platforms like WordPress and Bloggers have made setting up a personal blog way too easy. You can setup your blog and make it up and running in a matter of minutes with these platforms.

You can find scores of blogs online, ranging from Travel blogs to Food blogs or simple personal or family blogs. But most of the time people don’t prefer setting up there blogs, they rather prefer a simple looking platform where they can share stuff like videos, pictures, quotes or even their written articles. Recently I stumbled upon a very useful web service that will let you do this sharing thing the right way.

What is Jux Service?

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Jux is the name of the web service that let users share stuff like pictures or videos, articles or top 10 lists in 6 varying templates. All of the templates themes offered by Jux are full screen and good thing is that you can share your created templates easily on social networking platforms like Twitter or Facebook. There is no text clutter that you normally find on normal Blogs, rather Jux display contents in a beautiful symmetry.

How to use Jux?

First of all you have to sign-up for the service, selecting a Jux template is at user’s discretion. You can simply select what kind of Jux you prefer amongst the 6 offered themes. The Blockquote template on Jux allows users to add quotes to any image they want. The other templates namely are Photo, video and Slideshow, you can add images or upload videos using these templates. Then there is a Count down template that let users to create any list of items in a descending order.

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Just pick a template depending upon the contents that you want to upload, after choosing the template you can upload videos and images. Jux also gives the option to upload images directly either from Flickr, Facebook or from your computer. You can also add captions or effects to videos and photos you have uploaded, same goes with the fonts. Font size and font effects can be changed as well, effects like Tilt shift and Black & white effect can also be added to uploaded images.

Jux is surely a unique kind of a service that allows users to represent contents in a totally different manner. Plus its full-screen viewing capability also gives it a more glossy touch because you can view them on your tablet or your large-size monitors. You can get more information about Jux or sign-up for the service by visiting their official website.

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Are you working on any project and want to find an easier way to create diagrams to improve the presentation of your project? Now, we all know that it is not easy to create diagrams in Microsoft Word and can be a time consuming task if you use other software like Paint, Photoshop and simply any software. To help you save time and create good looking diagrams for your projects, you should give Diagrammer a try.

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Diagrammer is a useful online tool which helps users create diagrams by writing sentences. It might be a little tricky to get used to this service but once you know how to properly use it, it can be a really helpful tools. Click on Start diagram button on the homepage and it will redirect you to a new page where you can create your diagram. All you have to do is type the sentences which you want to use in your diagrams and hit enter.

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If you want, you can even change the layout of your diagram. Click on “Change Layout” button and you will notice small arrow icons appearing right next to your sentences along with the change in the diagram layout as shown below. Using those buttons you can change the placement of the text you used in you diagrams.

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Once you are finished, you can embed the image to any webpage using the embed code, share it with you friends or save the image to your computer by right clicking on the image.

Do try Diagrammer and let us know what you think.

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Internet is not a safe place any more. Before opening any URL from a person, one must make sure that it will not take him to some malicious or unsafe site. If it does, there is a high probability that your PC will be infected with loads of viruses and Trojans. And many people these days shorten URLs for easy access and sharing. What I normally do when someone shares a shortened URL is check where this URL will redirect me. To do that, there are many useful websites available on the internet and one of them is, KnowURL.

KnowURL is a useful online service which helps users expand the short URL and find out where it will lead them. To make long story short, it unshorten the link and you can be sure whether the link you are opening is safe or not.

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To use the service, all you have to do is paste the short URL in the field provided and click on Expand Me button. Within seconds, it will display the full URL and you can check whether the website you are opening is authentic or not.

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KnowURL is a really useful service for those who want to be on the safe side and make sure that they do not open something which can harm their computer. If you like KnowURL, you can even install its extension which is available on Google Chrome. The service currently support all the major URL shortening services including bit.ly, tinyURL and few others.

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Talk about not knowing the difference between speed and top speed and this new device from Samsung falls under the same category. A device that’s neither a mobile phone nor a tablet device. Kind of the same situation we had with the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Samsung unveiled a new device at IFA today, the Galaxy Note, which is literally too huge to be called a phone, but it is one.

The Samsung Galaxy Note has a super huge 5.3 inch Super AMOLED display with a 1280 x 800 resolution that makes photos, notes and everything else look real good. The big screen isn’t the only thing that’s awesome with this device. The Note brings a new interface known as S Pen, that uses a Stylus to draw and store things directly from your homescreen. It’s integrated with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and consists of apps such as a Planner, a To-Do list and Memos that can be used as a piece of paper. Also, developers can develop apps for the S Pen interface since Samsung has decided to let the SDK out.

Interesting, don’t you think? Well, for a phone with a 5.3 inch it’s just normal. Now let’s have a look at the basic specifications of the Galaxy Note. It has the similar processor as the Galaxy S II, the  dual-core 1.4GHz processor and an 8 megapixel camera at the back. In spite of it’s huge size, the phone is extremely thin and considerably light as well. There’s no word on the pricing or availability yet, but Samsung is in talks with the Carriers to get it out in the open as soon as possible. We hope the same. Now, just relax and watch this video of the Samsung Galaxy Note, which should leave you with your mouth open for about 4 seconds.

We’ll let you know as soon as this beast is available in the market. Until then answer this riddle. What has a 5.3 inch display, is not a tablet, can place calls, but again, it can’t be called a phone. Don’t think so hard!!

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Sony recently unveiled it’s first tablets, code-named S1 and S2, which were launched earlier today at IFA. Along with that, they also. to everyone’s surprise, announced a Sony E-book Reader to compete with the likes of Kindle and Nook Color. The Reader Wi-fi from Sony, as it’s known, has been credited as the lightest e-book reader on the planet running on the Android operating system.

That’s not the only thing that would make you buy one, as it also looks magnificently beautiful and has a multi-touch screen. And although, it’s only 6 inches in size with E-Ink Pearl display and not a color one, it’s still quite a gadget. Basically, the function of an e-book reader is to open PDF files and replace your regular fat and allergy causing paper books.

Reader Wi-Fi handles a wide range of digital formats, including the popular EPUB eBook standard plus PDF and TXT documents. View your collection of digital photos on screen, or plug in a pair of headphones and listen to stored music tracks while you’re reading. The front cover image of your current title or a favourite photo can be displayed as a screensaver when Reader is in standby.

Speaking of PDF files, the Reader Wi-Fi can connect to any public library in US, UK or Canada that has an e-book collection and download them for free. There’s inbuilt storage of 1.3GB to store that Harry Potter collection, which can be expanded to 32GB via a microSD card. The battery is just like other e-book readers, 2-3 weeks with Wi-Fi and 3-4 weeks without Wi-Fi depending on how much of an e-book reader you are.

You can expect this, if you’re in the US or Europe, some time in October for a decent price of $149. And yes, it comes in black, white and red, for all those who want to look a little cool while reading an e-book.

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Most of the times it is the USB and flash drives that are the main carriers of viruses in PCs, we normally plug them in our PCs without first scanning them for malicious programs and viruses. But today I will be reviewing an application that will very much solve this problem of virus influx via USB Devices. Here is a brief run down of the application.

What is Antirun?

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Antirun is a minuscule application that features multitude of protection options so that the users can safeguard their systems from malicious programs and viruses that might occur because of plugging-in of removable media devices such as phones, external hard-disk or USBs. It simply starts scanning automatically the devices that are being plugged into your PC and it immediately prompts whenever a threat is found.

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Antirun simply identifies the threats by directly linking the attributes of files on external media. Whenever a virus or any threat is detected the application provides users with an option to remove it immediately. Users can mange multiple external devices that are connected because Antirun shows each connected device as a separate tab.

The thing that I liked the most about Antirun is that it doesn’t fiddles with the antivirus software already installed on your PC. Just Launch it when you are about to plug-in an external media device.

How to Use it?

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Application will sit in your tray once installed, just open it before connecting an external device to ensure that no harm is done by any Spyware or malicious program. You can either open the external device, eject it or check the disk information within Antirun UI. It also provides a drag-drop file copying functionality without ever having the need of opening the external drive.

Antirun can be downloaded for free from the developers official page. The application works perfectly on Windows Vista and Windows 7.

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Apple released the latest beta of iOS 5 and iOS 4.3.5 recently. Both of them turned out to be jailbreak friendly, but the procedure involved pointing Redsn0w to the last firmware to get the jailbreak done. iOS 5 beta 6 can be jailbroken using the same method, however, it’s a tethered jailbreak. The same goes with iOS 4.3.5, point to the iOS 4.3.4 ipsw and get your device jailbroken.

Luckily, the iPhone-dev team has released an upgrade for Redsn0w, which doesn’t require you to point to any previous firmware files.  It’s still a tethered jailbreak, which would require you to connect your iDevice to the computer and boot using Redsn0w. Looks like there isn’t going to be any untethered jailbreak coming our way until iOS 5 is officially released an out of beta. The team also seem to have fixed a certain error with the CDMA iPhones that occurred after jailbreak. They explain;

Apple updated the iPad1 iOS5b6 IPSW without changing its version number or filename, so we’re releasing redsn0w 0.9.8b7 to handle both the original and changed IPSW. We’ve also added explicit support for a tethered 4.3.5/4.2.10 jailbreak (instead of pointing at the 4.3.4/4.2.9 IPSWs) and fixed a 4.2.10 problem.

The latest version, Redsn0w 0.9.8b7 can be downloaded from here for both Mac and Windows.

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So you’re a big fan of the new Metro UI of Windows Phone 7 and you desperately want it on your Android device. Of course you’d be tempted to try the Metro UI, because it’s exceptionally beautiful and simplistic to use, but you can only enjoy it on a WP7 phone. However, it’s not impossible to get the similar look of WP7 on your loyal Android phone with the help of some launchers and widgets.

If you’ve been trying to make your Android phone look like WP7 then here’s a helpful tutorial to get things to look more tiled. The most outstanding feature that we need to perfect are those tiles for applications, which are used instead of icons. There are many widgets and themes out there that will make it happen, but it’d be even better if you follow the steps below. Before beginning this, you’ll need to root your device and upgrade to a custom ROM. You cannot do all this on a stock ROM. It’s also preferable to have a really good phone.

Root your phone.

Install CyanogenMod 7 Custom ROM.

Now you’ll need to install Widget Locker, the Lockscreen customization utility that adds custom sliders and shortcuts and the CoWon d3 lock theme for Widget Locker.

You’d also require Clockr Evolution, to get the Windows Phone 7 Clock

If you’re running on the stock ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro, then it’s time you switched them with Launcher 7 Pro.

You would require a Font Changer and then download the font WP7 Segoe light.

Download Simi Clock widget for weather and clock on your homescreen.

Lastly, the Mortem Tuam tile pack and wallpaper for Launcher 7 that you can download from here.

After installing everything, it would all depend on how creative you are in putting all of it together and make a beautiful homescreen for your device. It’s easy once you have it all. Check out some screenshots below of it will look once you’re done with this.

All credit goes to idroidd from deviantart who created this with the help of his Samsung Galaxy Captivate.

What do you think of this? Are you going to try this on your Android phone? I’m a huge fan of the Metro UI and I already tried this on my Xperia X1.

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Dropbox has revolutionized the way we save our files. Before Dropbox, majority of people used to carry USBs and external hard disks to save files, especially if they work on multiple computers. But now, all the files can be synced directly to your Dropbox, so that you can access them from any computer you use. But there are times when you are using a computer and you don’t have permissions to install any application there.

If you want to download any file, you must either upload it manually to your Dropbox by logging in to your Dropbox account or email it to your smartphone so that you can upload it to dropbox. To solve this problem, we came across a useful web app named URL Droplet.

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URL Droplet is a simple and easy to use web application which helps users download files directly to their Dropbox account. To get started with URL Droplet, login to your Dropbox account through URL Droplet and authorize it to upload files to your dropbox account.

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After authorizing, just paste the link of the file you want to download to your Dropbox and click on Save button. You can even rename the file name before download by clicking on the Save As button. It will then add the file in queue, so that it can be uploaded to your Dropbox account. You will be able to check the status of the file on the homepage if you have authorized the application at the bottom of the page. If you are using a PC with your Dropbox logged in, you will get a confirmation message once the file is uploaded. You can add as many files in queue as long as you don’t run out of space in Dropbox.

The service is still in beta stages so there are some bugs and flaws in the service. For example, the file may remain in queue for some time or maybe hours before its uploaded to your Dropbox account.

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People in the United States have waited really long for this day, the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S II. The Android powered super smart-phone was never announced in the United States, but was available in it’s home country Korea and few other place including India.

However, the phone never met with Uncle Sam and all the countrymen and women were sad. You don’t have to be anymore, as Samsung has just announced that the S II will very soon be available from AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Sadly, Verizon users will not be able to get hold of the most powerful Android Smartphone, carrying the best hardware and software, apparently.

The Galaxy S II was a great success, selling around 5 million units in just 85 days, which is quite remarkable as it wasn’t even available in the U.S. Now that it is, analysts say that it could sell even more. All the carriers selling the device will name and price it accordingly, also they’ll be shaped differently. The specifications of the device such as hardware and software will mostly be the same, only the pricing and other carrier related charges may vary. The 1.2GHz Cortex A9 processor, 4.3 inch of Super AMOLED display, 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage will remain the same.

What may vary is the data connection speeds. Of course you’ll have 4G connectivity, with Sprint using WiMax, AT&T and T-Mobile holding hands with HSPA+. You can see in the image below, all the designs are different for all the carriers, including the logo placement.

There’s no much information about pricing and availability, but we did read ‘very soon’ and yes you can expect it to be priced like the iPhone 4. Perhaps $199 a pop. We’ll keep you informed about the availability and pricing as soon as we get word.

So any of you living in the US? How’d you feel about this?

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