Antirun: Protect your PC from Virus Infected Removable Media Devices

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.

Antirun detection

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?

Antirun Use

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.

How-to Make Your Android Phone look like WP7

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.

Samsung Galaxy S II will Meet Uncle Sam Very Soon

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?

Motorola Announces Pro+: Specifications and Features

Yet another + from Google Motorola. Don’t you think Google is just stretching the Google+ too long. After Google bought Motorola Mobility, two phones were announced  – Motorola Defy+ and now Motorola Pro+. But that doesn’t matter really because the specifications and features of the phones are still as great as they ever were. Motorola always announces cool and nice phone and it’s no exception this time.

This is yet another Touch-and-Type phone which are now flooding the mobile phone market. Motorola also announced that Defy+ would hit the shelves of United Kingdom sometime in September. That would be good to see. For now, we would just check with the specifications of Motorola Pro+. Read on!

  • It comes with a QWERTY keypad and a TFT capacivite touchscreen(Touch and Type phone).
  • The size of the display screen is 3.1 inches with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 113 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 4 GB which is expandable up to 32 GB using a microSD card. 512 MB RAM is available.
  • It has a 5 megapixels rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED flash and geo-tagging. Normal video recording is available. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
  • It runs on Android v2.3(Gingerbread) which you are most likely to see on all the latest smartphones.
  • It has a 1 Ghz processor to make your experience of using this phone as fast as possible.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 and microUSBv2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1600 mAh standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 312 hours
    Talk time : Up to 8 hours
  • Motorola Pro+ is expected release someday in October 2011.

Just like all the other smartphones, this phone will also be packed with 2G and 3G compatibility. These kind of phones(Touch and Type) really benefit people because the users can use their phone in any way they are comfortable with. If you want touch, you will use touch and if you want to type, you will use the buttons. And yeah, the QWERTY keypad would make all the typing much easier and hassle-free in this phone. So, I am just waiting for its launch to see what is the response of the people.

Share your views and opinions about this phone in the comments

Samsung Announces 3 New Phones in Wave Series

Another announcement of multiple phones from Samsung. Very recently, they announced four phones in their Galaxy series to suit their new name-scheme and now they have announced three new phones in the Wave series. The phones are – Samsung S8600 Wave 3, Samsung Wave M S7250 and Samsung Wave Y S5380. This trio was announced yesterday and I am sure it would be a successful trio when all of them hit the stores. All of these phones are great in specifications as well as in design. You will get to know the specifications about all these three phones in this post. So, read on for the specs and features.

Samsung S8600 Wave 3

  • It comes with a Super AMOLED touchscreen.
  • The size of the display screen is 4.0 inches with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.
  • It weighs 122 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 3 GB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.
  • It has a 8 megapixels camera with autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, face, smile and blink detection, image stablilization and touch focus. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. It also has a VGA secondary camera.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0 which is Samsung’s own creation.
  • It has a 1.4 Ghz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1500 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 480 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 8 hours 30 min
  • Samsung S8600 Wave 3 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Wave M S7250

  • It comes with a TFT capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.65 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 121 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. Plus you would get 2 GB free in the box.
  • It has a 5 megapixels camera with autofocus, LED flash, smile-detection and geo-tagging. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. A VGA secondary camera is available as well.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0.
  • It has a 832 Mhz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1350 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 480 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Samsung Wave M S7250 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Samsung Wave Y S5380

  • It comes with a TFT capacitive touch screen.
  • The size of the display screen is 3.2 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
  • It weighs 102 grams.
  • It has an internal memory of 150 MB which can be expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card. You will get 2 GB card free in the box.
  • It has a 2 megapixels camera with LED flash. Video recording is available in [email protected] frames per second. No secondary camera is available in this phone.
  • It runs on Bada OS v2.0.
  • It has a 832 Mhz processor.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB v2.0 are available in the “Connectivity” section.
  • It has a 1200 mAh Li-Ion standard battery.
    Stand-by : Up to 570 hours
    Talk Time : Up to 6 hours 40 minutes
  • Samsung Wave Y S5380 is expected to release in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Share your views and opinions about the phones in the comments.

Photos Credit – GSMArena

VoiceKeys Brings Speech-to-Text to iOS devices [Cydia]

Voice Recognition is a feature that hasn’t been perfected yet, but every smartphone manufacturer is trying to improve it every day. Google’s voice recognition is pretty wonderful and quite accurate if you’re not a heavy breather and speak fluent English. Recently, there was this Apple Patent that was all about the text-to-speech and speech-to-text capabilities and Voice related developments for iOS and iOS devices. There isn’t any real such feature in the new iOS 5 either, but reports have suggested that there might be. For now, if you’re eager to check out Speech-to-text on your iOS device, then this Cydia App will make it happen.

VoiceKeys is a free Cydia app that brings voice recognition to native iOS apps such as Messages, Notes and anything that might require you to type. It’s actually pretty good and adds a new VoiceKeys button to the usual shortcuts that appear when you tap on the screen to type. It uses Google’s Voice Recognition engine, hence an internet connection is required and also some pretty good speaking skills. You’ll have to speak word by word for the app to understand what you’re saying. I played around with it for a bit and also tried speaking punctuation marks, when things got really interesting.

This app actually converts punctuation to text, which is quite impressive, well, I din’t know that Google Voice could do that. Wonderful in short. If you speak slowly, the voice will be converted to text and that too proper words, not some gibberish. You can download and install this on your jailbroken iOS device from the Big Boss Repo. It doesn’t weigh much, so it’ll just take some seconds to install.

It’s a very useful app if you’re one of those who like to take the easier and lazier route towards everything. Instead of typing words, you can just speak it out slowly and then hit the Recognize button. Yes, after you select VoiceKeys, a pop-up appears that says ‘recording voice’, and you’ll have to hit the Recognize button for it to stop and start doing its thing.

Do try out VoiceKeys and let us know what you think of it.

4 Ways How iPad can Help Students Perform Better in Schools

It is by no doubt a fact that consumer electronics and gadgets like PCs and Tablet devices have also revolutionized the education systems in Schools, colleges and universities. Now students don’t have to carry bundle of books with them, rather a single gadget is good enough to carry all of their course and stuff. In the recent times we have seen that Apple’s highly popular tablet iPad has increasingly become popular amongst educators and people attached with academia. So today I will be outlining 4 uses of iPad that can eventually help students excel in their educational institutions.

An Instant Source of Reference

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This is by far the best way a student can employ iPad in their studies, there are loads of iOS apps that can help a student to find facts, definitions and statistics. Apps like Qwiki, Britannica Encyclopedia and Wikipedia offline are perfect examples of how you can use iPad as a referencing tool.

Notes Taking

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Another department in which iPad acts as a perfect tool for students, though there are loads of Note taking apps available on iTunes app store but some of them are really useful and helpful. Apps like Evernote, Simplenote and Plain text are ideal iPad applications for taking down notes while student are sitting in a class or taking lectures. All of these note taking apps that I have mentioned houses the capability of synchronizing and transferring text pieces from one device to another.

Managing Assignments & Classes

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Time Manager on your iPad is very necessary if you happen to be a student because so much is going around and keeping track of all the things is difficult. I personally like InClass app, it is a perfect time managing apps for students that can help them to put things in order. Moreover, apps like Producteev and Wunderlist are also good quality To-Do managers that also allow users to share and sync tasks amongst various devices.

Digital Books

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The obvious use of iPad for a student is that he/she can keep their entire books collection whether course books or reference books on iPad. Students can place loads of books on iPad and can take them along anywhere. Students can add notes or any kind of annotation on these digital books without being concerned for damaging the book. Internet is full of eBooks in varying formats like PDF and ePub, you can download them on your device easily.

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Well these are some of the obvious ways In which a student can use iPad for their studies, if you happen to use iPad for studies in a different way then do share it with us in comments.

Say Cheese to Click Pictures with This Camera App [Android]

Recently we reviewed a one of a kind camera app for iOS devices known as ShutterVox, which clicked photos when you shouted Cheese, Snap etc. If you were sad that you couldn’t do the same with your Android device you would be wrong.

A new camera app is now available for Android phones that does the same things. However, the Android version adds some extra features too, such as a Stealth mode.

The app is called Say Cheese Camera, and is a perfect stock camera app replacement because it has voice recognition, stealth mode and mass photo sharing options. That’s what everyone needs at the moment, don’t they? A cool camera app that does more than just click photos. I haven’t tested the voice commands, but reviews say that not all of them work perfectly, just as the iOS app. There are many camera apps for Android, but this has all those features put together plus some more.

The voice recognition is the most interesting one, which lets you take pictures by saying words like Cheese, Smile etc. Another useful feature is the ability to mass upload photos to Facebook and create slideshows using rainSlides.

The app has many settings and useful options that’ll make it easier to take pictures. If you click on settings, you’ll find options for auto-focus, Auto-Save, Timer, Stealth ModeVoice Response & Voice Pitch, effects and the option to use your Camera button to launch this app.

It also has a Gallery for easy picture viewing so you don’t have to navigate all the way to your Android gallery. You can select multiple photos together and as I mentioned before, upload to Facebook. It’s easy to setup, all can be accessed through the settings option. There’s also a pretty useful Torch option to keep your flash on during the photo shoot, just in case you’re afraid of the dark. That mostly sums it all up. I would suggest that you try this app right away and let us know what you think of it.

You can download Say Cheese Camera app from the Android Market for free and it would require Android 2.2 and above.

HP TouchPad Running CyanogenMod 7, Android 2.3.5 [Video]

So HP decides to stop production of WebOS devices and the HP TouchPad sales increased as if the world were going to end and the only way to survive was to buy one. No, of course that’s not why the sales have increased tremendously. The HP TouchPad is a brilliant device with a good collection of hardware that some folks believe is better than the iPad 2. However, all that doesn’t matter as HP has stopped production of said device and will soon be selling webOS too. So, naturally, the deflation in the pricing.

Few days ago, the HP TouchPad 16GB was going online for a mere $99 and the 32GB for $149. The online stores that were selling the TouchPad quickly went out of stock and it’s no longer available anywhere on the internet of in stores. HP has said that they will be clearing off all the remaining tablets for the same price in the same way, but we have no idea when that Firesale will kick off again. Since the tablet has some pretty nice hardware, a 9.7 inch display and a very Linux friendly processor, it has all the required ingredients for being Android friendly too. Yup, that’s one of the main reasons why people want to get their hands on the TouchPad.

The tablet was seen by Mr. Blurrycam running Android OS right after HP announced the tablets horrible fate. Later on, the TouchDroid project was started by four developers who took an oath to run Android Gingerbread on the HP TouchPad. And now, days later, they’ve made some progress and the future looks good. They have managed to cook an all new Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 ROM based on CyanogenMod 7 for the TouchPad. And these aren’t any normal cooks, they’re the CyanogenMod developers themselves, the masters of custom Android ROMs.

There’s a video of CM7 running on the device, but nothing is working yet, except for the display. The touch doesn’t work and the graphics is all messed up. Yet, it does feel good to see that familiar Android on the HP. Watch after the break;

So? Happen to have a TouchPad lying around somewhere? Don’t worry, it will be reborn. Read the official announcement by the guys over here.

Use Gtalk on any Tab in Chrome Using Gtalklet

Google Mail is used by a lot of people every day and Gtalk is one of the most frequently used chat clients. I use Gtalk all the time to keep in touch with my Gmail friends and contacts. It’s pretty simple, the audio clarity is okay and so is the video chat. It’s fast too and comes free with Gmail, so you don’t have to install anything to use it. However, the chat is only available in Gmail tab and Google+, meaning you cannot access it from any other tab and will have to switch back to the Gmail tab to reply to your conversation.

Gtalklet is a really super useful Google Chrome extension that lets you use the Gtalk chat on any tab, any webpage in Chrome browser. It’s really simple to setup and works really well too.

With this installed, the need to switch tabs every time you need to reply to a friend or client is a thing of past. I’ve tried this extension and it works really well. After you’ve installed the extension, you’ll need to head over to the Extension Settings and then add your Gmail username and password so that it connects to Gtalk.

Unfortunately, Google Apps account can’t be used with this extension. So only regular, non-business Gtalk users can enjoy this at the moment. Once you’ve set it up, you’ll need to refresh your page to see two new buttons on either the right side bottom or left side.

Click on the Circle button to set your status to Available, Busy or Idle or even go Invisible. To start a chat click on the + button and type a contacts email or name. You can directly sign-out from here too. To disable Gtalklet click on the Chat icon on the address bar, if it’s grey it’s offline and blue means online.

Download Gtalklet from the Chrome Web Store for free and try it out.