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When Google+ social networking site released, the first thing which I liked is it’s too easy to create list using circles and manage it. and for obvious reasons we didn’t expect Facebook to copy this feature, though couple of Facebook engineers created a site call Circlehack which will let you easily and quickly manage Facebook list using Circles.

If you have used Google+ circle feature you will find this site exactly the same. Though for any Facebook users, this is one of the easiest way to manage Facebook list.

Here is a screenshot of CircleHack:

Seems like launch of Google+ is going to change the way we use Social networking site. As it is we are expecting Facebook to announce Facebook video chat and may be Facebook iPad application. Anyway time will tell how the clash between top two companies social networking site is going to bring revolution to social networking market.

For now, you can try CircleHack here.

If you have tried Circlehack, I would love to know your opinion about it and do you think Facebook should also integrate something like Circles to quickly manage Facebook list?

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In this multimedia age, keeping yourself upto-dated with the latest happenings in the world is a very simple thing. We have loads of news sites and TV channels that dish out latest news and happenings from around the world to us. Keeping in mind the user trends, a large number of broadcasters are also scooping up audiences by putting live feeds of their channels on internet. Here is a list of live News Streams that you can watch on the internet without ever paying a penny:

Al Jazeera

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Not such a favorite among Arab dictators but really a News channel worth watching. Plainly speaking it’s a very hard hitting form of Journalism coming directly from Middle East covering global issues. You can watch Al Jazeera’s live news stream on your desktop either with either the LiveStation app or you can also view the channel’s live feed by visiting their website.

RT

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Basically it’s an international broadcast that is partially funded by Russian government, it offers documentaries and latest news from around the world. This particular live news stream is tagged as a bit blatant as compared to the other Live channels available. So If you are looking to find a place where you can get the news from an entirely different perspective then RT Live news stream is the right place to tune-in.

C-SPAN

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C-SPAN is by far one of the best news channel for political junkies having an inkling for the latest happenings around the globe. The live streaming link of C-SPAN provides viewers an upto-date coverage of the latest news covering things like latest from Washington DC and power lobbies.

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The News streaming services that I have highlighted here are having pretty good quality. If you happen to know of some other free streaming news services then feel free to share with us in comments.

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We know how useful jailbreaking an iOS device is, but iPad 2 users never got the opportunity to experience it. You must’ve heard from your iOS friends how much they’re enjoying the freedom of buying applications and tweaks thanks to jailbreaking. If you’re stuck with an iPad 2 then you’re in luck. Earlier today, a certain tester/hacker leaked the much talked about iPad 2 Jailbreak that developer @comex was working on which uses the PDF exploit.

It was shared few weeks ago that Comex was working on an iPad 2 jailbreak using the PDF exploit that he’s known for. It was back in 2007 that he used the PDF exploit for jailbreaking iOS devices and has been known for it ever since. JailbreakMe 3.0 was supposedly going to be released soon enough to jailbreak iPad 2 using the same PDF exploit. Unfortunately, someone performed a dictionary attack and got hold on comex’s PDF exploit and leaked it on the internet providing download links and a tutorial on how to get it done.

Comex seemed unhappy about this and recently mentioned on twitter that someone had leaked his work, a rather buggy jailbreak into the wild. The leaked jailbreak for iPad 2, is hence only a buggy version and may not work properly if you’ve got a copy of it on your hard-disk. Also, Comex’s jailbreak doesn’t require you to connect your iOS device to a computer, it rather works by opening your Safari browser on your device and downloading the exploit. Here’s how to get the jailbreak running on your iPad 2, running on iOS 4.3.3 or lower. But, do not blame us if something goes wrong!!

  • Open Safari on your iPad 2 and then download this PDF from this website.
  • Now reboot and you should see a Cydia Icon on your homescreen.
  • That’s it, simple as that. It could take sometime for your device to boot since it’ll be running the patch.

Also check the video after the break;

Again, only try this if you’ve got at least 4 iPad 2′s at your disposal, because this isn’t the official release and could be boogie trapped with lot of bugs. Of course, you could also wait for Comex to release the official jailbreak, which after this incident, shouldn’t be that far. This jailbreak will only work on the iPad 2 Wi-Fi only devices and not Wi-fi+3G devices, as far as I know, but if you got it working on your Wi-fi+3G iPad 2 then do let us know.

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Everyday, millions of Indians travel by train. The Indian Railways, largest rail network in the world runs hundreds of trains and it is indeed a difficult task keep all train on time. Commuters often have to track the running status of their trains and status of their reservation tickets.

The android application: Indian Railway Train Alarm tracks the running status of your train and notifies you if the train is running later or if it is expected to arrive on time. This application also tracks the reservation status of your wait-listed ticket and notifies you the status changes. [click to continue…]

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Being a blogger, I frequently write reviews about different websites, softwares, mobile applications etc. To make my posts more attractive and interesting, I always make sure that I include the screenshots of the app or website I am reviewing. Taking screenshots on a computer is very easy, as there are hundreds of tools available that enable you to do so. But, how do you take screenshots on an Android phone?

Well, I had to do a lot of Googling before actually finding a solution to this. Basically, there are 2 ways to take screenshots on your Android phone. The first method is a little tricky and involves the use of Android SDK to capture the screen. The second method involves installing apps on your phone to capture your screen. In this post, I will explain both the methods of taking screenshots on your Android phone.

Method 1 : Using the Android SDK

The Android SDK is basically a software development kit which enables developers to create applications for the Android platform. The kit contains a utility called Dalvik Debug Monitor. This is the software we will be using to take the screenshots.

Step 1 : Installing the SDK and other necessary files

Before you install the Android SDK you need to make sure that you have the Java Development Kit installed. If not, you can download it from here. Scroll down to the Java SE Development Kit bundles and download the “JDK x Update xx with Java EE”. Install the SDK and it’s various libraries, including the Android tools.

Once you have installed the Java Development Kit, head over to the Android Developers website and download the Android SDK. The SDK is available on Windows, Mac as well as Linux. If you are using Windows, it is better to download the installer rather than the zip file as it provides an easy way to install the Android SDK. In case you have downloaded the compressed file, just extract it’s contents into a folder.

Now, for the purpose of taking screenshots, these steps should be enough. But, those who want to develop applications for Android, can check out this comprehensive tutorial on how to install the Android SDK.

Step 2 : Getting your device ready

The SDK can communicate with your device, only when USB debugging is enabled on your device. To do this, just head to Settings->Applications->Development on your Android device and tick the “USB Debugging” option. You can also tick the “Stay Awake” option to prevent your device from going offline when plugged in.

Once you have enabled USB Debugging on your device, just connect your device to the computer. Your Android device is now ready to communicate with the SDK.

Step 3 : Launching the Dalvik Debug Monitor

To open the Dalvik Debug Monitor Service, just navigate to the folder where you have stored the SDK and go to tools->ddms. The Dalvik Debug Monitor window opens.

Here, in the left pane you will see the list of all connected devices. Just double-click on your device. Also make sure that your device is “online”.

Step 4 : Taking Screenshots

If you have followed the above steps correctly, your device should now be ready to take screenshots. To capture the screen of your device, just go to Device->Screen Capture or press Ctrl+S. The Device Screen Capture window opens with a screenshot of your device screen. This image is a static image, and hence you will need to hit the “Refresh” button in order to update the captured image.

If you want to change the orientation of the screen, just hit the “Rotate” button. You can save the screenshots as a PNG file or even copy the image to clipboard.

That’s it! You can now take screenshots of your device any time you want. Well, if you find this method a bit tricky you can always opt for the second method which is relatively easier.

Method 2 : Using third-party Android applications

Those who don’t prefer using the SDK for the purpose of taking screenshots, can use third party applications to do so. If you search for the term “sreenshots” in the Android Market, you will find that there are various apps available that let you take screenshots of your device. But the problem is most of them require you to root your Android phone. There are quite a few apps which lets you take screenshots without rooting. Below, you can find simple steps on how to root your Android device as well as a list of Android apps that lets you take screenshots.

Taking screenshots by rooting your device

Rooting is a process of modifying your phone to gain complete control over it. There are various methods to root your Android device. A very simple method is by using an app called Universal Androot to root your device. Using this app is very easy and you can root your Android phone with just one-click.

In case Universal Androot doesn’t work for your device, you can try the methods posted here.

Once you have rooted your phone, you can use any of the apps listed below to take screenshots of your Android device.

1. Screenshot It – Screenshot It is a simple app that lets you take screenshots of your phone’s screen and save it as a jpg or png file. It lets you take screenshots by setting a timer or by even shaking your phone. In addition to this, it also enables you to crop the screenshots and choose a custom directory for your screenshots. However, this is a paid app and will cost you $3.99.

2. ShootMe – ShootMe is a free app to take screenshots of your device. You can shake your device, shout or even use the light sensor to take the screenshot.

3. PicMe – Compared to the above apps, PicMe lets you control as well as take screenshots of your device from a remote browser. All you have to do is fire up the app and go to http://your_phone_ip_address:8082 to control your device and also take screenshots. This app too is available for free in the Android Market.

Taking screenshots without rooting your device

There are various reasons why people do not root their Android device. Well, in that case you can use the app below for taking screenshots.

No Root Screenshot ItNo Root Screenshot It is a paid app that lets you take screenshots of your phone without rooting. It is similar to the app Screenshot It, both in looks as well as features, since it was developed by the same person. You can download this app from the Android Market at $4.99.

Well, these are the different ways I could find to take screenshots on Android. If you are experiencing any problems with the above listed methods or happen to know any other method to take screenshots on Android, tell us about it via the comments section.

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One thing which I liked about Google when they released Google+, they let you download data from your Google+ account and along with Google+ data liberation feature, Google also added a new feature call Google Takeout to download all your Google data.

Using Google takeout, you can download data from Google Buzz, Google Circles, Picasa, Google Profile, Google+ stream and contacts.

Google Takeout

Google Takeout

Download data from Google takeout is easy and here is a guide which you can use to download your Google data.

How to use Google takeout to download Data from Google?

Go to Google takeout homepage and login using your Google ID. Click on Choose services

You can click on any service and it will show the time it will take to download all the data. Click on create archive and it will start archiving your data from day1 to now and you can download it within one click on next page. (Screen below)

Indeed it’s a great move by Google to create one place to download all data. I wish if they start offering multiple file format options to download data.

Here is a nice video from Data liberation Front announcing Google takeout service.

 

You should atleast use this service once to download all your data now and to create a local backup. Do let us know what do you think about Google takeout service? Do you think it’s going to be useful for you and others?

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So if you one of those lucky one who are trying out Google+, must be getting lots of Email from Google+. By default Google+ sends you Email notification for everything, though this can be controlled too.

Getting Email notification is useful but for everything if you keep Email notification “On” on Google+. you might be bombarded with unlimited Emails. So in this quick guide, I will share with you on how you can disable Google+ email notification.

Login to your Google+ account and if you have not received any Google+ invitation, you can receive one from this page “Get Google+ invitation”. Now go to, Google+ settings  <Direct link>, here you can control for which notification you need Email.

You can uncheck all the activities for which you don’t want to receive Emails. Further if you liked a post, you can click mute to stop receiving Emails.

Do let us know if you have completed above steps to stop reeving annoying unlimited Emails from Google+? Are you using Google+? If you new to Google+ social networking site, see my first hands on experience with Google+.

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Looks like its raining tablets at the moment, with another tablet arriving at the Indian shores. Motorola Mobility India Private Limited announced their new tablet, the Motorola XOOM in Wi-Fi and 3G variants in India. The XOOM tablet is the world’s first device to run on the Android 3.0 Honeycomb, which is a specially designed operating system for tablets.

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The tablet features a 1 GHz dual-core processor and a 1GB RAM, which comes with  multi-tasking support. The Xoom joins the bandwagon of Android OS devices, which offers users access a wide range of applications from the Android market.

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“Motorola XOOM is redefining the tablet experience by pre-empting the future mobile experience today. Designed from the ground up with the user in mind, it offers productivity while on the go and, provides more ways to have fun and connect with friends. Whether surfing the Web, watching the latest hit movie as it was intended or video-chatting with friends, Motorola XOOM will delight customers with its ease of use, speed and vivid graphics. Motorola XOOM is everything that a tablet should be” said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head for Sales and Operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility

Motorola Xoom Specifications

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS
  • 10.1 inch WXGA Capacitive touch screen HD display
  • 249mmx167.8mmx12.9 mm
  • 708g (WiFi), 730g (3G)
  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot (supports upto 32GB)
  • 5MP rear camera with Auto-focus, Digital Zoom, and 720p HD video recording
  • 2MP front facing camera
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • A-GPS
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI port
  • Proximity sensor
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Aarometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Battery: 24 W-hr (upto 10hrs battery backup)

Motorola Xoom Price

  • WiFi – Rs 32,990 (MRP: Rs 34,490)
  • 3GRs 39,990 (MRP: Rs 41,490)

The Motorola Xoom tablet will be available in select outlets in selected cities.

So which tablet would you prefer? Would you buy a Honeycomb tablet?

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I’d understand if you’d say that you’re working for Facebook or Google, then you couldn’t possibly control your internet addiction. But, in case you’re not and still are on a certain website or two all the time, then you should probably visit a shrink or sign up with KeepMeOut.

KeepMeOut is an online web service that will help you get over your addiction to certain websites, adult or not, by literally keeping you away from them. While using this service, you’ll not be given access to such addictive websites, but then you’ll be the one deciding that. It’s only another web service, but without any help from you, it’s not going of to be of any help to anyone. Of course, there are some websites that you’d like to check regularly like CallingAllGeeks or ShoutMeLoud, now these aren’t addictive sites. Facebook, on the other hand, is a really very super addictive website.

KeepMeOut is only a web service, it’s not any kind of mind reader that will control your brain to not visit a certain website. It only works if you decide that you need to help yourself and get things done, rather than drool over something on Facebook or Youtube. Here’s how you get things started;

  • Tell yourself that you can get rid of that deadly Facebook addiction. If you’re addicted to CallingAllGeeks then stop reading!!
  • Visit http://keepmeout.com and type in the name of the website that you want to keep yourself out from
  • Now get the settings right, for example, if you want the website to warn you to stay away from a website for say 2 hours, then you can select the settings for that. There are few Advanced options as well.
  • Now click on submit and save the created link as a Bookmark.
  • Make sure you use the created link to visit the desired website, so as to keep yourself not addicted to it.

It’s pretty much going to work out if you decide that it should. After all, addiction is not a good thing!! So be good fellow addicts and try to get rid of that nasty website addiction of yours.

Are you addicted to any other websites other than Facebook, Youtube et cetera?

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Note taking tools and apps has increasingly become a category that a lot of internet users take interest in. If you happen to be fond of scribbling or taking notes in any scenario then you will be very delightful to know that there are scores of apps and browser available on the internet that can turn out to be useful note takers.

For browsers, you wont find Note taking apps as a built-in feature except for Opera browser. Neither Google Chrome nor Firefox has a integrated note taking package, meaning you have to download the packages for these browsers. So today I will be highlighting some really appreciable and useful note taking apps for Google Chrome worthy of downloading and using:

Chromepad

Chrome Pad App

Chromepad is not accessible with a right-click, rather you can access it by clicking on the little icon besides address bar that pops-up a little word like interface on which you can type-in your notes. All the notes are stored locally, not on the web and you can use the normal keyboard shortcuts for copying and paste functionalities. Chromepad is not that stylish but it is quite easy to use.

Note.It

Note.It Android App

This particular Google Chrome Note taking app uses HTML5 capabilities and in turn give users a very slick note taking interface. Moreover, the app also has some potential in it because of some basic formatting tools present within the main interface. Options like ordered and unordered listing, italics, strikeouts and picture insertion give note taking with Note.It a definite edge.

Notes

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By far this is the most stylish and coolest of all the Note taking apps available on Chrome web store. Just click on the ‘+’ sign and start-off with the note taking, users have the power to change the color of notes or arrange notes as per their liking.

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Notes is present as a free download on Chrome App store.

Try them and let me know that whether these apps have been worth trying out or not.

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