How to use Airtel Call Me Back Service in Case of Low Balance

One of the good thing about top mobile operators are, they offer many value added services which makes life easier for us. India’s most popular cellular network, Airtel introduced a new service call Call me Back, which is a unique free VAS for Airtel customers.

What would you do when you have low balance in your Airtel Pre-paid connection and you need to talk to another Airtel customer urgently?  In most of the scenario, you would simply give a missed call and wait for the customer to call you back. Or you would just make a call and talk till the time your last few talk time is finished.

Airtel Call me Back Service:

Airtel Call me back service is a newly added feature for Airtel customers, which helps you to get a call back from another Airtel customer without paying anything. This service works from one Airtel number to another and here I will explain how to use this feature.

Airtel call me back service will let you send a free SMS to another Airtel customer when your balance is low. Suppose you need to get a call from another Airtel (Pre paid or Post-paid) customer in case of insufficient balance, you can send an SMS to 121 and 121 service will send an SMS to another user saying “Please Call me back, Thank you”

All you need to do is, send an SMS to 121 in following format:

Just SMS writing CALL <space> <airtel mobile number you want to speak to .> and send it to 121.

Ex: CALL 8800980000

Another user will get an SMS from your number saying “Please Call me Back, Thank you”.

This service is free and when another user will call you, he will be charged according to his calling plans. For any Airtel Pre-paid customer, this is one very useful service and specially when you are out of balance and need to make any urgent call. Specially, when you are travelling and out of balance, you can always take advantage of this service and notify your friends or family member using “Call me back” and ask them to recharge your account.

Do remember:

  • This service will work only when your Pre-paid mobile balance is less than Rs. 1
  • You can use this service 3 times a day.

Go ahead and try out Airtel Call me back feature and let me know what you think about this latest addition from Airtel. Also, let me know what other free VAS, you like from Airtel?

D Link DWR 131 Hands on And Tata Photon + Config

These days I started travelling a lot and I use a Tata Photon+ data card to connect to Internet. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a Working driver of Tata Photon+ for Mac Lion OS X and I ended up purchasing a D Link DWR 131 Router. It’s a 3G router, which convert your 3G connection into Wi-fi connection and give you the power of portability. This works with almost all the popular Indian 3G card along with Data card like Tata Photon +, MTS, Reliance and many more. I will come to the setup part later but first lets look into some of the features of D Link DWR 131 Router.

D Link DWR 131 Router feature and review:

I’m a big fan of Belkin and D link product when it comes to router and I picked D link 131 router for almost 360o INR ( $70) from a local gadget shop. Though, you can always search it online and get it for much cheaper price and deal.

DWR 131 3G router comes with 1700 mAH battery and offer many feature which you may or may not use. Specially, if you are looking for a cheap and simple solution, there are other cheap options too but if you are looking for something long term and offer more features like Ethernet connection, multiple Wi-fi connectivity and simple to configure Wizard, D link DWR 131 router could be one of the good pick. This 3G router supports multiple network (EV-DO/CDMA/HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS) and in the accessories it comes with one Charger, Battery, Router and a Lan wire.

Configuring D link 3G router with Tata Photon +:

The reason I ended up buying this router is because of two reason:

  • No Tata Photon + working driver for Mac Lion OS X 10.8.2+
  • Connecting multiple device with same data dongle.

I could have used my Mac book as Wi-fi router but that is not very convenient when you are travelling and you want to preserve battery as much as you could.  By default this router doesn’t work with Tata photon+ but you can manually set it (Which is easy and configure your D link router to work with Tata Photon +. Follow this step by step guide:

  • Switch on your D link DWR 131 Router and put in battery and connect it with Charger.
  • Plug in your Tata Photon + data card
  • Open 192.168.0.1 in your browser
  • Default username: admin Password: Blank
  • Click on Setup > Manual Internet connection Setup

Now in the Ethernet Port select Wan and use Dial up profile as manual.  There are few settings which you need to make and those are easy. 

  • Country : India
  • Telecom : Others
  • 3G network: WCDMA/HSPA
  • username: internet
  • password: password
  • Dial number: #777

Click on Save settings and it will reboot the router and you will be connected to internet using your Tata photon + data card. Check out this screenshot for any confusion:

D-Link DWR-131 tata Photon plus config

That’s it and now you can enjoy the power of Wi-fi even when you are moving and you can connect to multiple devices at one time. If you are a frequent traveller and have multiple gadgets with you, you should consider buying D link Pocket router or from any other company, not only it will give you piece of mind, but you will also be connected to Internet all the time.

Do let me know if you are stuck anywhere and I will try to find a solution.

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8

Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. today announced the launch of Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system. Windows Phone 8 offers a truly personal phone experience, connecting you to the people and things that matter most.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details of a range of beautiful new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own differentiated designs, colors and features. Starting with the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in India starting November.

“We can’t wait for consumers to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is,” said Mr. Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. “A range of stunning, colorful and unique Windows Phone devices are coming to India starting November.”

Most Personal Smartphone

Live Tiles are the heart and soul of Windows Phone, and no other phone has them. People can arrange the iconic Start screen however they want by pinning their favorite people, apps, music, games, photos and more. Three sizes of Live Tiles and 20 bright color choices including cobalt, crimson and lime mean you can personalize your Start screen to be unmistakably yours.

In addition to Live Tiles, Windows Phone 8 offers a range of new features to make your smartphone experience even more personal, including these:

  • ·         The only phone with Live Apps. Live Apps bring information right to the Start screen, such as the Groupon deal of the day, flight information and news headlines. With Windows Phone 8, Live Appssuch as Facebook can even deliver real-time information right to your lock screen with updated wallpaper.
  • ·         Top apps. The Windows Phone Store has 120,000 apps to choose from, with hundreds added every day and hits coming soon such as Angry Birds Star Wars, Cut the Rope Experiments, Disney’s Where’s My Water, LivingSocial, Temple Run, Urbanspoon and many more.
  • ·         Kid’s Corner. Exclusive to Windows Phone 8, Kid’s Corner is a worry-free way to share your phone with your kids, so they can play Angry Birds without texting your angry boss. Parents can now hand over their phones to the kids without worrying about deleted photos, misdirected emails, unapproved purchases or accidental phone calls. After a simple setup, parents can activate a specialized place on the phone for kids to play — complete with their own customizable Start screens — where they can access only the apps, games, music and videos picked by parents.
  • ·         Rooms. Sometimes you want to share and chat with one group, not your entire social network. Rooms allow you to create private groups of people who have Windows Phone 8 —like your family members, best friends or fantasy football league—and easily connect with just them. Chat, share calendars, shopping lists or photos in an ongoing conversation where only those invited can join in. You can share some aspects of Rooms with friends and family on other smartphones as well.
  • ·         Wallet and near-field communications.Windows Phone 8 brings together the best of new wallet technologies, including payments via near-field communications (NFC).1The Wallet can also store your debit, credit, loyalty and membership card information on your phone.
  • ·         Always-on, premium Skype experience. With the new Skype app, coming soon to Windows Phone 8, you can make and receive Skype calls just like a regular phone call. Simply tap a friend or family member’s contact card in the People Hub, or just pick up when the phone rings. Skype is always on and available so you can choose how to connect with people.

Stunning Phones

Leading up to today’s launch, Nokia, Samsung and HTChave announced an array of phones for Windows Phone 8, featuring large, vivid screens, new camera innovations, NFC capabilities, and bold colors such as red, yellow, blue, black and white. Each phone offers unique features and comes in a variety of price points.

  • ·         Nokia.The Nokia Lumia 920 offers state-of-the-art photography that fits in your pocket, and it is the world’s only smartphone to include Optical Image Stabilization. The Nokia Lumia 820 offers a ClearBlack display and removable back exchangeable shells in a range of vibrant colors.2Both the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 offer wireless charging.
  • ·         HTC.The Windows Phone 8X by HTC was designed with sleek lines and radiant colorsto match Windows Phone’s newLive Tiles. This phone also breaks new ground in optics with 1080p video recording, f2.0 apertureand a dedicated HTC ImageChip on the main 8-megapixel camera and an ultrawide-angle lens on the front camera that lets you fit up to four people in the frame for a premium Skype experience. The 8X and its smaller sibling, the 8S, both boast a killer music experience with Beats Audio and exclusive built-in ampsthat pair perfectly with Xbox Music.
  • ·         Samsung.The Samsung ATIV S brings the biggest screen to Windows Phone, with a bright 4.8-inch touchscreen and large battery for extended battery life. Wrapped in brushed aluminum, the ATIV S balances high-end materials and technology with a hairline design and light weight. The ATIV Odyssey was announced today as the latest Windows Phone from Samsung with more details to come.

Can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified Developer: Solved

I recently purchased Mac book air and got a free upgrade to OS X mountain lion which added some new security feature, which will prevent installing of 3rd party apps. I was trying to install VLC and MAMP app and everytime I got this error on my Mac: “App Can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer.” If you are running OS X mountain Lion 10.8+, you might be getting the same error. Here is a screenshot of this error:

unidentified developer app installation Error

Follow the below mentioned guide to solve this issue.

Fixing Mac Unidentified Developer App Installation issue:

If you are installing app via official App store, you will not be facing any such issue and even if you are download app from few sites, you will not be facing any issue. But for most of other mac apps, this warning message is basically a security measure and you can quickly fix it by making some changes in security settings of your mac.

Go to System preferance and click on Security and privacy. Under general tab, below you will see a golden lock icon, click on it to make changes. Once you disable lock, you will be able to make changes in all greyed option.

Simply select the option under ” Allow applications downloaded from” and select the option which says “Anywhere”, it will give you another prompt and select the option “allow from anywhere”. Enable the lock again and now you will be able to install any 3rd party applications on your Mac. Below is a screenshot to understand the process:

allow 3rd party Installtion Mac Mountain

Though it’s a good feature but Apple should work on increasing the number of apps on Mac app store. As right now there are very few apps and I’m sure many of you might not live without 3rd party mac apps.

I hope this quick fix will help you installing any kind of apps on your Mac and if you still have trouble installing 3rd party apps, do let me know and I will find an answer.

Three Tips to Buy Cheap but Excellent Laptops

Since the invention of the cheap and yet powerful laptops, one should say, that they have brought a kind of revolution in the way people are communicating with each other. With the invention of LED technology, which is now used on Led TV  , has improved greatly the efficiency and lowered the prices. Though a hard core computer professional or a gaming enthusiast may need a laptop with top features, for other people, who have to perform lighter tasks, huge array of excellent but cheap laptops are available.

Buying Cheap laptop
Tips to choose Excellent & cheap Laptops for Office- 

When you are buying laptop for your office worker or for light work, there is no point of investing a lot on laptop features which you may not need. For example, now a days many laptops like Macbook Air comes with SSD (Solid state drive), which makes your computer faster and takes less space, but at the same time it increases the cost of laptop by a great extent. Same goes with Processor and RAM of laptop. More over, when you are working on saving money and get a budget laptop for your office employee for work like Word Processing, data entry you might not need a high end processor, upgraded RAM, graphics card, Webcam and so on.

There are many entry level laptop offered by companies like Dell, HP, Sony which you can purchase and save considerable amount on your laptop purchases. Here are 3 important tips and parts of a laptop, where you can save money.

Choosing a Budget Processor

People who use laptop for normal activities such as, doing some office work, surfing, sending emails, and playing games with ordinary graphics might want to go for an Intel dual core processor. This is embedded in most of the computers that are being used now. Also, people who work in IT companies, that involve lighter work can use it, as it a versatile version and can cope up with most of your work, unless and until you have to perform some heavy duty work. Many laptop manufacturing companies like Acer, HP, Dell, etc use it and are available at considerable prices. Just to let know, a laptop as powerful as the one, using a dual core processor can serve the purpose for most consumers.

RAM – Want to have the cheap and best?

RAM, which is known as Random Access Memory, for a cheap and best laptop will be around 2GB. RAM, can be quantified as per the number of random applications a laptop can perform. More intensified users who are interested in latest videogames with plenty of graphics and computer professionals who access random applications and perform hardcore programming and multimedia mat require a greater RAM capacity. But normal users and professionals from other departments, who do not perform hardest of the tasks, 2GB RAM should be adequate. Hence this is a normal requirement and is employed in most of the notebooks, which targets professionals from a huge sector and this is the best and affordable alternative for most of them.

Another good thing about RAM is, you can always upgrade it if required. You don’t need to spend a lot when buying bulk laptop for your employees and you can simply upgrade RAM at later stage if required. Many manufacturers like Dell, HP offers cheap RAM upgrade option which sounds very lucrative, but before investing on it ask yourself: Do your employee work really require that much of RAM? I’m sure you giving laptop for work and not for entertainment. Right?

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) – Don’t go for more than needed!!

This is yet another important factor that drives the price of your lappy. For most of us, a standard memory hard drive will be acceptable because, even a HDD of standard size can store heaps of data. Hence there is no need to spend those extra few hundred dollars for something you might not need. In case, if you find in future, that you have to store more data, you can always buy an external hard drive and connect it to your system externally which will also serve the same purpose as the internal one. This is a better idea to buy some time, if you are unable to buy a notebook with huge memory, when you have limited funds.

A basic 150 GB HDD is enough for your employee and if require in future, you can always take help of extrenal HDD to extend the storage. Also when it comes to enterprise setup, you can take advantage of cloud storage instead of local storage for quick access of all files.

The above mentioned three are the important factors that rule the price of your next laptop. With the above mentioned configurations, there are a huge number of laptops available in all most all the top selling brands, as these are the most wanted ones. Though the above mentioned information is quite handy, it is recommended that you do as much research as possible from your side, to find the best laptop that fits you. After all it’s your money and we care for it as much as you do!!

This is a guest post by Gurwinder from InfozGuide. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

How to PassWord Protect Chrome Bookmarks?

Bookmarking is the way to save the important links on the browser for further visit. Almost all modern web browser support this feature. But Bookmarks accessible to all the users using your browser. Sometimes we do not want to show our saved links to all the persons. In this case, either we not links to another file or try to remember the website. Save links to another file is easy but not remembering.

For solving this problem, I will suggest you to use password to protect your bookmarks. If a user want to see the bookmark, Chrome will ask for the password. Now you can share your computer to any person without fearing of bookmark disclosure.

But how to add password to Bookmark because Google Chrome does not support for this feature? To add the password protect to bookmarks, you will have to install an extension called Secure Bookmark.

Secure bookmark Password protect Chrome Bookmarks

Go to Google Chrome Webstore and install Secure Bookmark extension to your browser. After installation, you will see a star icon in omni bar. Clicking on this icon for fist time will take you to a new page where you can set the password.

password protect bookmarks in chrome

When you wish to save bookmark in the password protected list, click on the star icon and then create a new bookmark button. Now save links to the list. Drag and drop also works for changing the location of a link in the list.

Secure bookmark

You will see three icons just above the list which can be used to perform some specific tasks.

  • First icon is for deleting the link from the list.
  • Second icon is for visiting the settings page
  • Third icon will sign off the extension and hide the list from other user.

Whenever you are going to give your system to other user, you should use sign off button to hide this list from other users. So next time when someone tries to access the bookmark list created by this extension, it will ask for the password.

Login to access Bookmarks

There is one important thing you must know about this extension is that there is no way for password recovery in this extension. So you must remember your password otherwise you will have to reset the extension and you will lose all your saved links.

This extension also works in incognito mode. But you need to allow this extension for incognito mode. For this go to Tools and then in extension tabs, Find Secure Bookmarks. Now, Tick the ‘Allow in incognito’ checkbox.

This is a guest post by Deepankar from TricksNDTricks. If you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

Top 5 Addictive iPad Games Which are Free

I’m huge Apple fan boy and I love the crispy clear display of iPad. When it comes to watching videos, reading or even better playing Games on iPad screen, there is no match to it. With the amazing Touch and screen quality, you will not only be glued to screen for hours, but you will find it hard to leave your iPad away. There are unlimited free iPad games out there in the market and some of them are highly addictive. Doesn’t matter if you are a kid or you are an adult, these games are something that will keep you addicted.

We have already covered many paid and free iPad games before, and if you have missed them, check out below links to find new games for your iPad:

5 free yet engaging games for iPad.

So, lets start with another series of games for your iPad, which are not only addictive but are free too.

1. RipTide GP

Addictive iPad game

I would say that this is the best game that I have played on my iPad so far. The graphics are just stunning and the gameplay seems almost like what we experience in a gaming arena. The user plays the role of a jet ski surfer and can take a wild ride through the number of rivers & canals, ultimately attempting to out speed the other players. The game offers plenty of challenges in the form of various obstacles, and players can perform a variety of jaw dropping stunts as well. The game includes Retina support on iPhone 4S and iPad as well.

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2. Air Hockey Gold

Air Hockey Gold

For those of you who like to stop by gaming parlours and try your hands on the popular Air Hockey machines there, you would surely have a wonderful time getting the same entertainment right on your iPad. Unlike the free air hockey games available on the Android platform, this one is much more visually soothing and the graphics are quite realistic as well. It almost feels like you are playing the actual game on a real table. The best part is that apart from playing with a computer opponent, you can also make use of the multiplayer option and compete with your friend! This game has the potential to provide fun for hours on the go. Probably that’s why it’s rated as one of the best sporting titles for iPad.

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3. 10 Pin Shuffle (Bowling) Lite

10 Pin Shuffle (Bowling) Lite

With over 4 million downloads so far, 10 Pin Shuffle is easily the best bowling game on the iOS platform. Boasting enhanced high detail graphics and an impressive gameplay with shiny chrome weights, shadows and reflections, this game almost makes players get hooked onto it and believe me, once that happens, you’ll find it difficult to stop playing it! Also one of the USP’s of this game is its simplicity as all you need to do in order to get the ball rolling is just pick up the ball and flick it. Various animation rewards, sound effects and crowd reactions are also something that make this game worth playing.

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4. Hit Tennis 2

Hit-Tennis 2

Probably one of the most popular games on the iTunes market with over 13 million downloads, Hit Tennis 2 certainly packs a punch when it comes to providing hours of fun on the go. The game lets you use your fingers to hit the ball just like you do in real tennis by swiping across the screen to swing the racket. As a player, you can move up in the tennis circuit in the game from Club to Pro by defeating the various computer opponents. The best part is that you can even play it with your friends thanks to the 2 player split-screen mode!

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5. Hungry Shark – Part 1 HD

Hungry Shark Part 1 HD

A rather gory yet exciting game where you get to control a shark in the Antarctic and have the goal of satisfying its appetite by feeding it with fishes and humans, ultimately helping it become the most formidable predator of the seas. This game is undeniably addictive and simple to play yet it requires quick thinking and action on the part of the player. This is one of the few games that I continually play and the excitement almost never seems to go away! You can literally play this game for hours without ever getting bored. There are also various achievements that can be unlocked by completing 10+ challenges. And when you think you’ve had enough of it, you can download some of the other parts of this game which are equally thrilling and have loads of fun to offer!

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Do let us know which of these addictive iPad games you have played? If you would like to suggest any other premium or free iPad games for others, do suggest us via comments.

This is a guest post by Harshit from Tablet Reviews Today. If you would like to write for CallingAllgeeks, check our guest post submission guidelines.

5 Ways That a Samsung Smart TV Will Make Your Life Easier

Samsung Smart TVIf you are one of those smart tech geek, who like to keep yourself updated, you must have heard about Samsung Smart TV, which is their new range of TV launched in 2012. So what makes it special? Do you think the price tag of $3000+ worth your had earned money? Every new range of TV, be it from LG, Sony are coming with Internet ready and it’s not enough. That’s where Samsung Smart TV’s come into the picture. Here I’m not doing a review of any of their Smart series TV’s but talking about some of the features, which will make their TV stand out from others and why you can consider buying one for yourself.

Features of Samsung Smart TV’s

Smart TV’s from Samsung not only offers elegant design but offers much more in terms of features. With its Ultra panel feature, you don’t need to worry about light reflection. This is specially a problem, when you have plenty of sunlight in your room and become an obstruction in getting a clear picture out of your TV. Anyways, lets directly jump into some of the features of Samsung Smart TV’s:

1. Comprehensive phone/tablet to TV Integration

The Samsung Smart TV can link up with your Samsung Galaxy II or III or Samsung Galaxy TAB by means of the Smart View App. Your portable device will now function not only as a remote control for you TV but also, through the Dual View feature, as a medium by which you can watch your favourite shows, cheer on your team or stream on demand content via a wifi link to your TV.

The AllShare function also means that it no longer matters where you store your media files. With this app, you can instantly stream videos from your Samsung Galaxy TAB or phone on you Galaxy Smart TV – a great way to show friends and family videos or photos.

2. Social Media Capabilities

Samsung have included more comprehensive browsing capacities with specific social media apps linking you from the ‘Smart Hub’ to social sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Above and beyond that though, is the Social TV App. Using this app moves the television which is being streamed to a box on the left hand side, freeing up space for your private Facebook and Twitter feeds on the right. This feature is ideal if you like to keep you friends and followers up to date with breaking news or offer commentary on a great show that you’re watching.

3. Keeping in Touch

Not only does the Samsung Smart TV offer social networking opportunities, but also incorporates the free, preloaded Skype app. With a built-in camera, you can now video chat with all your friends and family on this crisp LCD TV, making sure that you stay in touch with the most important people in your life in life-size high-definition. The Samsung camera has 4 analog microphones, HD video and auto focussing, ensuring crystal clear video feed.

4. Stream Content On Demand

Although not an entirely novel addition in the world of smart TVs, being able to watch television that you have missed, when you want to, is still a great attribute of this Samsung product. Compatible with 4OD, BBC iPlayer and 5Demand to name but a few, with your Samsung Smart TV you’ll now never lose touch of the programmes which you love and with the 4OD Classics feature, the ones that you used to love.

5. Recording TV

If you’re rushed for time, or busy during the weekly of your beloved programme, then this TV will solve your problems. With both one off recording for those interesting documentaries or series record for the addictive crime thrillers, you can remain assured that you’ll never miss anything – maintaining complete loyalty to those great shows at the touch of a button. Though this is similar feature, which you get in almost all the Set top boxes now-a-days.

These smart TV’s are never generation of TV and with the internet evolving every day, movie and program on demand have become next viewer requirement, Social integration is must, and Skype video calling let you take advantage of staying in touch from your couch, Samsung Smart TV might be the best fit for you. Along with it, if you are using any Samsung tablet, Smartphone you will love to have a Samsung TV instead of any other, to make most out of it. Here is a quick features review of Samsung Smart TV, which will give you better idea and details:

So are you planning to get one of these smart TV’s from Samsung? Do share your opinion and views? 

Cloud Storage Race – Dropbox, Google Drive, Box

Even though cloud storage market is almost completely populated at this moment, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box seem to be the biggest players in the race. Different providers might offer various features but these three remain synonyms for cloud storage.

dropbox vs Google drive vs boxFeatures that all cloud storage services have in common are: folder syncing across multiple devices, file sharing and online backup. Pricing plans and storage space differ from provider to provider and it becomes increasingly difficult to choose only one of them. However, these three big names seem to constantly be in the race. I’m not including Skydrive from Microsoft for now and will be covering it at later stage, when Windows 8 will officially launched the final version. For now, lets quickly look into some of the features of Dropbox, box and Google drive.

Dropbox Vs. Google Drive vs Box cloud storage:

Dropbox:

Dropbox is the leading consumer-oriented cloud storage with 50 million registered users. This number is mostly reached through its referral program – 500 MB bonus storage in free account and 1 GB in premium accounts for each new user that accepts your invite. This was basically the word of mouth marketing for Dropbox. Its simple interface and intuitive features were enough to gain users’ attention, especially among those that are not particularly tech savvy. The simplicity is probably the most notable feature of Dropbox, but this doesn’t mean it’s poor in functions.

The best thing about Skydrive is their huge user base and it supports multiple platform. Being one of the popular and oldest cloud storage here, they have a huge advantage but now with launch of Google drive and skydrive, and leaked Dropbox password, we can expect other free cloud storage services to take a leap.

Sign up for Dropbox

Google Drive:

Google Drive’s adoption was very smooth among Gmail users. It somehow came as the missing piece of a puzzle for those who were using Gmail and Google Docs for years. Though it entered cloud storage race quite late, Google Drive was able to gain plenty of faithful users. In the first 48h after launch it reached 5 million downloads.

By the end of June that number doubled. Even though it was long rumored that GDrive would be Dropbox killer, it actually didn’t take over many Dropbox users. Rather, it remained the choice of faithful Google fans because of its excellent integration with G Docs and Gmail. If you are an iPad user, you will love to use Google drive on it. It might take little time to get use to Google drive, but by converting docs.google.com to Google drive, Google got their initial user base without any sweat.  If you have not yet started with Google drive, you can quickly grab a free account from here using your existing Google login.

BOX:

Box cannot actually be compared to these two because its focus is mostly enterprise market. Box is a big name with more than 11 million users and 120,000 businesses and this number continues to grow. Box constantly improves its services and seeks new ways to penetrate different markets. Recently they announced opening the offices in Europe and enhanced collaboration with the partners – they introduced free storage on HP desktops and assigned free Box accounts to LG Android device buyers. But what exactly makes Box enterprise market favorite? Though their free account is obviously poor with features, the premium accounts allow creating online workspaces by syncing any folder with contents, comments and discussions, task assignment and many others. Besides this they have a great pro pricing plan.

You can also check out Pingdom comparison of Dropbox vs Google drive vs box vs Skydrive here.

All three big companies have different weapons to conquer particular segments of the market. It is expected that Gmail users would prefer Google Drive, but the real battle is for the platform agnostic ones. As more users start moving to the cloud their expectations from the services grow. Even though all providers give their best to improve their services it is still hard to announce a single winner.

This is a guest post by Bojana from Encrypted file storage, if you would like to write for CallingAllGeeks, check our guest posting guidelines.

25 Signs You’re Addicted to Twitter

Twitter is perhaps the most addictive social network. Your whole Twitter feed can change in a matter of seconds – and who knows what will happen if you’re not there to RT @KourtneyKardash’s announcement that she’s finally popped out the latest addition to the most horrendous family on Earth?
Twitter Addiction

Whereas posting a Tweet an hour used to be considered excessive, nowadays it’s merely considered healthy contribution to the Twittersphere. But how do you know if you’re Tweeting a little too much? How do you know when your “healthy contribution” is, in reality, morphing into addiction?

Believe it, you have Twitter Addiction!

If any of these 25 signs of Twitter addiction strike a chord with you, you might want to seek professional help immediately.

  1. You will one day find and kill the person that got to your rightful Twitter name before you. Damn you @JamesDuval…
  2. You are the sole reason Twitter got blocked at your workplace.
  3. You cried when you realised what your boss had done, until you remembered that you have a smartphone.
  4. You repeatedly stall amusing conversations with the sentence “I need to Tweet this!”
  5. Whenever you post an amazing Tweet and no one RTs you, you spend a full 24 hours contemplating if life is worth living anymore.
  6. You did quit Twitter for a day… only to be overcome by a migraine, shivers, sweats and heart palpitations.
  7. You pray for red lights whenever you drive. #tailgatingdouche
  8. You consider Tweeting a justifiable reason for stopping on double yellow lines.
  9. The first thing you ask any new acquaintance is “What’s your Twitter?
  10. The first few times someone answered “I don’t have an account” you tried not to pass out. Now, you just leave the room – I mean, what’s the point in people if they’re not on Twitter?
  11. Your social circle has reduced dramatically after you insisted that if your friends aren’t Tweeps, they’re no friends at all.
  12. You Tweet questions rather than Google them – you get better advice that way, right…?
  13. You will tell your grandkids about the time @MissAmyChilds Tweeted you back.
  14. With news, your rule is: If it’s not on Twitter, it’s not true.
  15. You sink into a depression every time someone unfollows you.
  16. You clean out inactive or boring people on a daily basis – who wants to follow someone who Tweets about their food, man.
  17. You’ve developed a newfound love for potato waffles due to their resemblance to hashtags. #hashtagwaffles
  18. Your signature is now preceded by an @.
  19. You suggested “Twitter blue” as the colour for the walls when your company was moving office.
  20. You synced your Twitter to Facebook and are now left with one friend – your mum. And that’s only because she doesn’t know how to unfriend.
  21. You don’t really care about your demise on Facebook as it’s not Twitter.
  22. You’ve had the @ and # keys on your phone, laptop and work computer replaced at least once.
  23. You’ve broken the law to get a TwitPic.
  24. You do a better job than most paparazzi at stalking celebrities, and can recite the hourly whereabouts of your ten favourite.
  25. You’ve already shared this on Twitter.

Well, I’m sure if you love Twitter, you will have more tips to find people who have twitter addiction. Ahh, and don’t forget to check Pt. 25 again and follow us on Twitter @Callingallgeeks.

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