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Joel Fernandes (G+) is a tech enthusiast and a social media blogger. During his leisure time, he enjoys taking photographs, and photography is one of his most loved hobbies. You can find some of his photos on Flickr. He does a little of web coding, and maintains a tech blog of his own - Techo Latte. Joel is currently pursuing his Masters in Computer Application from Bangalore, India. You can get in touch with him on Twitter - @joelfernandes, or visit his Facebook Profile for more information.

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The popular micro-blogging site Twitter has partnered with Russia’s biggest search engine company, Yandex, in a move that will help boost the site’s real-time search and eventually help it compete with rivals, including Google and Bing search.

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Adobe’s Photoshop has been a part of every web designer out there and I’m sure that they would agree with me on this. Adobe Photoshop has not only made a designer’s life easier with the new features and technologies that are released in new versions, but has also helped in expanding the peripheral vision of creativity, art and imagination.

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Glenn Steven Mangham, a 26-year old software development student in the UK, has been jailed for eight months for hacking into Facebook from his bedroom at his parents’ house in York in northern England. He was also given a serious crime prevention order restricting his access to the internet and confiscating his computer equipment.

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Following the lead of Twitter and Google+, Facebook too will begin verifying accounts of celebrities and other public figures. After the account has been verified, Facebook will enable these users to have pseudonyms or use an “alternative name” or nicknames as their Facebook name, and will appear in lists of “People to Subscribe To.”

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The All New Content-Aware in Adobe Photoshop CS6 is Awesome

The new Content-Aware feature in the upcoming Adobe Photoshop CS6 just blew my mind. Adobe’s Senior Product Manager, Bryan O’Neil Hughes, came up with a video demonstrating the latest feature in the CS6. With the new Content-Aware feature, you can seamlessly move or remove objects from an image. The new feature includes a whole lot of improvements to the CS5 Content-Aware technology.

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Last year Twitter implemented a security feature that allowed its users to browse the site via a secured HTTP connection (HTTPS). This feature was not enabled by default and users had to go to their Settings and enable the feature. However, Twitter now wants to secure user profiles and has made the feature enabled by default.

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Welcome Cyfe, a cloud based service that enables bloggers to monitor their blogs in one single dashboard. Cyfe offers an integration of a series of third-party services under one roof and prepares a report, while you can sit back and monitor every service all at once!

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Google to Unify Privacy Policy Across All Services

In a recent blog post, Google announced that it is planning to replace policies of 60 of its Web services to a unified privacy policy. This would allow the company to share data between any of the services the user is using. In other words, it will begin tracking users universally to gather information from its services, including Gmail, calendar appointments, location data, search preferences, YouTube, contacts, device information and search queries.

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Google Celebrates 63rd Republic Day of India

Google India is celebrating India’s 63rd Republic Day by featuring a Google Doodle on its homepage highlighting the theme of Indian Tricolor – Saffron, White and Green. The logo depicts the National Bravery Award winning children riding on the backs of decorated elephants holding (tricolor) umbrellas, much like the actual parade on Rajpath, New Delhi. The Google logo, however, appears in the background with the ‘O’ of Google appearing like the Ashoka Chakra.

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Facebook India has teamed up with U2opia to allow its Indian user base to access the network for free without requiring any Internet connection. Yes, you can now use Facebook with your old Nokia phone (Including Nokia 1100). The application has been developed using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) technology. Technically, USSD is a protocol used by GSM telephones to communicate with the service providers.

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The Sigma APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM is the world’s first 180mm macro lens that offers a magnification ratio of 1:1 and a large maximum aperture of F2.8. The lens is a successor to the older 180mm F3.5 EX DG macro. The new lens features Sigma’s proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology and the wide aperture features faster shutter speeds in low light and a narrow depth of field.

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According to a report from the Kaspersky Lab, a new phishing attack on Facebook has been discovered that primarily attempts to steal account information of Facebook users and compromise the account. The attackers then attempt to gather the financial information including credit card data and other sensitive information from the victim.

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Facebook announced that they have now extended its comments plugin (the Comment Box) to work on mobile supported websites. Websites with the Comment Box plugin embedded in them will enable its mobile visitors to use the plugin to add their comments and views.

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If you are a Facebook user in the United Kingdom or in France, then it’s time to change your account password. The infamous Ramnit worm, which earlier was used to gain access to financial credentials, is now targeting users on Facebook. Reports indicate that the worm was first detected 18 months ago, and is now continuing to evolve on the social networking giant.

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According to a public post by Paul Allen, who claims himself as the “unofficial Google+ statistician”, the newly launched social networking site, Google+, in competition with Facebook, will have nearly 400 million users by the end of 2012.

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