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6 Google Search Alternatives That Give Google A Run For Its Money

Google is the world’s best search engine and It has been reigning as the top search engine for just about any search term or types of searches irrespective of how well its competitors such as Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com and many others might be doing. It hasn’t been dethroned by its competitors yet and it doesn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon.

6 Google Search Alternatives

We have compiled a list of top six Google search alternatives which are catching up as useful resources for specific searches and will help you find exactly that you are looking for. They even provide better and more accurate search results compared to Google and will most certainly help you find what you need.

Twitter

I’m sure many of you might not have considered Twitter as a search engine. Well let me tell you, its an excellent search engine and is the best way to find out what people are saying right now. Head over to Twitter and start searching for the latest tweets and the information you are looking for might be circulating in the some of the status updates of millions of Twitter users.

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Indeed

If you are unemployed and looking for work immediately then you need to head over to the Indeed. Indeed is an excellent search engine and unlike Google which is filled with spammy websites when you are seriously searching for work online Indeed will give you accurate results related to you query.

You will be surprised with the amount of jobs available when you are looking for it. Visit Indeed.co.in for India specific search results while US based viewers can still use Indeed.com which serves as a base for job queries from across the globe.

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Blekko

Blekko is the latest search engine to hit the search market and it searches the web using slashtags. Slashtags only search the sites you want and cut out the rest of the spam. Learn more on how to use slashtags to find whatever you are looking for!

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Duck Duck Go

Duck Duck Go does a few things which Google doesn’t do. It bans all the spammy websites full of advertisements and most importantly it doesn’t track your web search history when you are using its search engine. Google on the other hand tracks every single word you type and search and every single click you make. The search results it produces are quite good and helpful.

Duck Duck Go Search Engine

Yippy

Yippy is not just an alternative to Google search but a ‘meta search engine’, meaning it will get the search results for your keywords from several search services. It will not track you similar to Duck Duck Go. Your web search history will remain private.

Yippy Search Engine

Qwiki

Qwiki is a web Startup and brings a whole new approach to searching on the web. Qwiki differs from other search engines in that it displays the search results in a neat multimedia presentation unlike multiple links to webpages.

Qwiki Search Engine

Do you use any alternative search engine to Google search? Which in your opinion the best search engine and why? If you have come across any search engine similar to the 6 listed here give us a tip.

Write to us and let us know and we’ll feature it in a post.

TouchWiz 4.0 Ported to Samsung Galaxy S I9000

TouchWiz 4.0 which will be shipped with upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II has been ported to Samsung Galaxy S I9000. Samsung launched the Galaxy S I9000 sometime last year with TouchWiz 3.0 on Android 2.1 OS running on the phone. Then it upgraded the Galaxy S with Android 2.2 Froyo and minor updates to TouchWiz 3.0.

TouchWiz 4.0 Preview on Samsung Galaxy S II

Our friends over at XDA Developers are a hard working bunch, they eat, breathe and sleep Android and one of their members ‘Fear2142’ with help from ‘fguy’ from 4pda.ru forum has now successfully ported the TouchWiz 4.0 to the Samsung Galaxy S I9000. TouchWiz 4.0 in its latest avatar has new icons and features.

Currently its been working pretty successfully on a few ROMs-RomKitchen Beta 2.1, Deoxed JVB, Crikselo Rom v37 and many others. But he’s still looking for beta testers to help him with testing it on their devices.

How to Install

  1. BackUp your phone.
  2. Use the file attached to the XDA forum post and use ‘recovery’ to install it.
  3. Copy files using root explorer and wipe the ‘dalvic’ cache

Note

This is not for the weak hearted so try this at your own risk.

Video

Here’s the video of TouchWiz 4.0 working fine on the Galaxy S I9000

via [XDA]

Samsung Launches Galaxy S II I9100–Prepares for World Domination

Samsung has finally launched one of the most awaited smartphone of the year from its stable-Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 in Korea. Samsung has also announced that its new flagship smartphone will be launched in over 120 countries with 140 operators in the days to come.

Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 Launched

It is slated for a May first week launch in UK. Retailers across UK are preparing themselves to sell the first batches that will be arriving in the following week. Samsung has however kept quiet about its plans for a US release at the moment.

US fans are missing out on the new phone but with the success that the Galaxy S I9000 saw across the States you can rest comfortably. We expect the official US launch, pricing and availability to be just around the corner. Samsung Galaxy S II has cleared the FCC in US and Samsung did launch the Galaxy S I9000 across all four major carriers in the US so you can except something similar when it launches.

Samsung Galaxy S II I9000 Features List

Its one of the most feature packed smartphones out there and here’s a few from the list.

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with Gorilla Glass
  • Dual-core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage and 1 GB RAM with microSD memory support up to 32GB
  • 8 MP Rear Camera, 2MP Front Camera, Autofocus and LED flash
  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • [email protected] Full HD video recording
  • Li-Ion 1650 mAh
  • TouchWiz 4.0 and Multi-touch input method
  • Super slim at 8.49mm
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0+HS, USB v2.0
  • A-GPS
  • HSPA+ 21Mbps/ HSUPA 5.76Mbps, EDGE/ GPRS Class 12
  • Quad band GSM 850/900/1800/1900 and Quad band UMTS 850/900/1900/2100

Samsung has started heavy marketing of the new smartphone and recently we showed you 3 adverts and here’s a fourth one. The phone is slim enough to slide under the door. We can only hope that his girlfriend didn’t stomp on the phone in anger.

Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 PhoneArena Preview

PhoneArena does an excellent preview of the phone. Watch the video!

Samsung Galaxy S II I9100 India Price & Availability

Samsung had announced the Galaxy S II in India at ‘Samsung South West Asia Forum in New Delhi’ earlier this month and it is expected to reach Indian shores in May with a estimated pricey tag of under Rs. 35000.

India Pre-Order Details

ShopYourWorld.com has the Galaxy S II on pre-order for India at a ridiculously high price of Rs 39,900 for the 16GB version and 51,900 for the 32GB version. We recommend you to wait for the official word from Samsung India on the availability and pricing so you can get a fair deal on the phone. We will update you on the official details as soon as we hear them.

Your Opinion Matters

Now that one of the best smartphones in the market has launched-Samsung Galaxy S II has the potential to be the top smartphone that money can buy today.

Would you be willing to put your money on the table and buy this phone? Do you think it’s a VFM proposition? We want to know what you think. So feel free to write to us in the comments!

Qik Video Chat Connects iPhone with Android over Video

It’s not often we see some of the biggest rivals together. Its not that makes of iPhone and Android are creating anything new together but a company which makes iPhone and Android apps has come with the latest version of their live video calling app between iPhone and Android users.

Qik Video Chat

Qik is here with the latest iteration of its popular video calling app – Qik Video Connect Plus.

Qik Video Connect

The latest version of this app works across Android version 2.1 to 2.3.3 and across all iOS devices such as the iPhones, iPod Touch, Ipad 2. Any apple device with a camera will support this app. With this latest iteration Qik has also introduced video mail for its app users and is currently available as a free trial until June 1, 2011. After which you will have to pay for the subscription to be able to send video mails and you will continue to receive video mails for free.

Qik Video Connect Android iOS

Qik PR stated: Qik Video Connect is the only mobile video calling solution that also enables video mail.  Can’t connect live?  No problem.  Send a video mail and say—or show—it live and in person. Qik Video Connect offers some cool ways to share videos with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, on YouTube or your blog. And you don’t even need a front-facing camera on your phone—just show them what’s happening around you.

Android 2.2 Users Note

Qik will only detect the rear camera on an Android 2.2 phone so Android Froyo users who wish to use this service from Qik please contact Qik Support at http://support.qik.com Their developers promise to issue a fix that will add the missing front camera support for your device.

Qik now also offers improved battery life and smother video and much better picture quality in its latest release thanks to better integration with the iPhone and Android devices and their hardware.

Additionally Qik had this to say;

The following devices support VGA quality resolution during Video Chat over Wi-Fi:  Samsung Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Player, Samsung Galaxy S, and Telus Samsung Galaxy S Fascinate 4G.

Download Qik from iTunes for free for a limited time period – June 1, 2011 after which you will have to pay $3 to use it.

Download Windows 8 Transformation Pack

Recently we told you where you can download the Windows 8 wallpaper from, now you can also customize your Windows 7 to look like Windows 8. We have some interesting news for Windows 7 customization freaks and average user alike. You can now transform your Windows 7 user interface into Windows 8.  A DeviantArt User has created a Windows 8 Skin Pack 1.0 for Windows 7. With this transformation pack you can have Windows 8 UI and features on your Windows 7. More details after the break.

Windows 8 Transformation

If you look at the screenshots above, the interface looks similar to that of Windows 8, based on the leaks that is. We cannot be sure how the final version of Windows 8 will look like. It’s not clear how many of the Windows 8 features are included as it’s still under development. Nevertheless, this transformation pack for windows 7 does a great job of beautifying your existing OS perfectly.

Some of the features of this transformation pack are:

  • Taskbar User Tile
  • Aero Lite
  • Windows 8 Aero Theme
  • Aura Beta 2

Download Windows 8 Transformation Pack for Windows 7

Note: Please proceed at your own risk. We advise you to backup your OS, create a system restore point and then proceed.

Also check out: Windows 8 Wallpaper

India First to Ban .xxx Domain

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), recently approved the creation of a “.xxx” domain for pornographic websites and the first .xxx domains will start appearing in the next few months. But India is strictly opposed to this and has become the first country to declare its offensive against the .xxx domain and will block URLs ending with .xxx as soon as the domain registrars start selling them.

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India along with countries from the Middle East and Indonesia first opposed the grant of the .xxx domain by ICANN. India is geared up to block the whole domain as it goes against its IT laws. Distribution of pornography is illegal in India and carries a prison sentence of upto 5 years but its consumption is not illegal. Its likely that more countries will follow India’s lead after India blocks .xxx domain.

TechSpot reports that In order to register a new .xxx domain, porn sites have to pass an application process that’s designed to ensure that their site does not engage in fraud, child pornography, nor offer up malware to users. A key reason the porn industry opposes the new TLD is that it adds additional costs: sites have to register and pay for additional .xxx domain names to avoid having their brands hijacked.

Pornographers and free speech activists are voicing concerns that the .xxx suffix will allow authorities to  find and block out adult content more easily. It will also cost pornographers more money to register new .xxx domains to to ensure their brands do not get hijacked.

We think this is a good initiative on part of India’s governance to block all .xxx domains the country. With the state of laws in the country there’s very little monitoring on usage patterns and every school going kid has access to the porn on the internet. But stricter cyber laws has ensured that children going to cyber cafe’s will be much safer against porn now than a few years ago.

We, CallingAllGeeks team thinks that this is a good initiative by India. We hope that any of you parents’ reading our blog should be more cautious with your children using internet and take measures to keep them safe from adult content.

8 Apple iPad 2 Bugs, Customer Complaints and Defects

When you buy any electronic device you are prone to some issue or the other. Even a manufacturer such as Apple is not exempted from such teething issues. No matter how well a product is designed and manufactured, the risk of issues cropping up with the device exists. The Cupertino based Apple recently launched its latest iteration of its tablet device which has been a storm in the tablet market. But now users have been reporting of several problems with their iPad 2. If you were looking for a solution or wondering which issues you must look out for on your iPad we have compiled the list of the most common problems noted with the new iPad.

FaceTime Freeze

Apple’s support is filled with a number of complaints regarding FaceTime video chat freezing sometimes. Users are reporting how the camera was working fine but later on shows a still image from the previous session. Restarting the iPad seems to resolve this minor glitch and/or restoring the device to its original settings.

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Backlight Bleeding

This is the most common and widely reported issue with the new iPad 2. This problem existed on the original iPad as well. CultofMac has well documented this problem. There is no solution to the problem as of now. This problem is usually found while watching a video with a dark background. Users have reported to have found their LCD screen showing extra light on the sides and blotches of light appearing near the Home button of the iDevice. We suggest you to hold on to your iPad 2 if your device suffers from backlight bleeding until Apple has found a solution to this problem. Then you can return to the nearby Apple store and exchange your device for one that works perfectly. The warranty after all lasts a whole year.

iPad 2 Yellow Botches

According to MacRumors, the yellow botches on the iPad 2 screens are resulting from the iPads being shipped too early before their internal bonding glue has had time to dry. The solution is to wait for a few days until the glue dries off. This problem was reported by iPhone 4 users as well.

MacRumor says: Apple is using a bonding agent called Organofunctional Silane Z-6011 to bond the layers of glass. They are shipping it too early, rather before the completion of the evaporation process.

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Image [Apple Headlines]

iPad 2 Dead Pixels

Dead pixels seem to be the most common problems on newly shipped iPad units. 9to5Mac reports that users have gone through as many as four iPads and the problem persists. We think a number of units from the initial batch might have this problem. Users please note that the problem is permanent.

iPad 2 16GB Wi-Fi Issues

The Wi-Fi only iPad 2 16GB is the cheapest iPad 2 available ($499). Users have reported that the Wi-Fi only works for a short period of time, then it stops. To get it working again, a user reports that he had to disable and enable it. Other users are reporting that the iPad has trouble finding a Wi-Fi hotspot and sticking to it. There is no solution to this problem so far.

iPad 2 Speaker woes

Here’s a iPad user who’s speaker doesn’t work. Have you faced a similar problem? Watch the video to see the issue faced by the YouTube video uploader.

iPad 2 Faulty Camera

CultofMac reports a issue with the iPad 2 Camera. Watch the video.

iPad 2 Muffled Microphones

According to iLounge, they have discovered that iPad2 Wi-Fi and 3G models show microphone differences.

They say that the Wi-Fi model offers markedly cleaner audio than that of the 3G, which sounds slightly muffled and echo-prone as a result.Curiously, we found the GSM 3G model’s audio to be slightly preferable to that of the CDMA model, which seemed to suffer the issues more severely. The problem is particularly evident when the iPad’s screen is facing the user, as is the case when using FaceTime and a great many other apps; it is unclear whether Apple will make any modifications to the devices’ microphones mid-production to help minimize the differences.

Until the problem is fixed at Manufacturing we suggest that iPad users may want to face their mics while using it.

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This is quite a list of issues with the new iPad 2. If any of you reading this article have faced this with your iPads please write to us and tell us in the comments.

Last Night Never Happened – Morning After App for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

It’s possible that on weekends you party a little too much, get carried away and end up posting embarrassing tweets, status updates and photos of yourselves and your friends. You might have forgotten that everyone including your family on Facebook and Twitter can see it. Now the tech world can help to cut your losses and save your reputation, Last Night Never Happened can also help you wipe out all the graphic account from your Facebook and Twitter streams of how you made out with that girl on the bar counter.

Last Night Never Happened is the life-saving app that will help you avoid letting those posts spread on the internet and save you a lot of embarrassment. It’s a very well made, versatile app which deletes posts, photos, comments, tweets and direct messages from your twitter or Facebook accounts. Unfortunately, you cannot delete much from Facebook. Erasing your night’s activities are restricted to photos and comments.

You just have to connect this life saving app to your Facebook or Twitter accounts and you can choose how far back you want to delete your activities. You can choose the time frame from one hour, going upto 48 hours and choose which posts you want to delete – Tweets, Facebook photos and comments. You can now say goodbye to all the embarrasing things you ended up doing over the weekend and this morning after app will magically fix your account and possibly your life.

Last Night Never Happened is an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch app from 22seeds and you can grab your copy here! or via iTunes here!

Video: iPad2 Flex Test

iPhone Repair Experts from iFixyouri have made a video showcasing the durability and strength of iPad 2’s glass which as per 9to5Mac is thinner by 27% over it’s predecessor iPad 1. They flex the glass on both iPad to test strenght of the glass. iPad 2 holds up very well and doesn’t break under stress, unless really pushed too far. Check the video and see for yourself.

Before you watch it, iPad users please don’t try this with your precious iPads.

The iPad 2 seems to be as strong as the iPad but has much higher flexing tolerances. But real world situations would involve lower chances of being damaged from flexing and chances of it from being dropped on it’s corners and breaking are much higher. A series of tests where the iPad 2 is dropped from a height with different loads may have yielded more realistic results.

This tests really puts “thinner is weaker” theory to rest. With the quality of Apple products being nothing short of ‘top notch’ one can expect nothing less than an ‘awesome quality product’ from Apple every time. It would’ve been wiser to conduct a series of tests where items of varying sizes and weights were dropped on the iPad 2. No one generally, accidentally bends their iPads and damages it. Therefore we still feel that this test is half baked. It could’ve been done in a better way.

This time around, the glass on the new iPads are not manufactured by Corning, it’s made by a Japanese company – Asahi Glass. This new glass is apparently stronger than the ones found on the original iPad.

Suffice to say iPad 2 owners can rest easy, considering iPad 2 glass is indeed stronger and durable and apparently ‘iFixyouri’ conducted multiple drop tests at their office in Boston and there wasn’t a instance where the iPad 2’s glass broke under impact.

via [9to5Mac]