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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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Speak Asia in Big Trouble; COO Arrested

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai Crime Branch on Friday arrested Tarak Bajpai, COO of Speak Asia, and four other officials for financial irregularities and unearthing a multi-crore scam in which over 13 lakh investors have been cheated.

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When Twitter initially launched its service, users created Twitter handles with nicknames and aliases that did not reveal the gender and it was difficult to identify it. Nevertheless, Twitter still does not have an option to let its users reveal their gender. However, a bunch of researchers has figured out a way to identify, or rather predict the gender of a user on Twitter based on their tweets.

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A picture is worth a hundred word, but a thumbnail on Facebook is worth a thousand notorious thoughts. Here is a scam with a very displeasing thumbnail of a girl stripping her clothes down. Earlier we had seen a scam that indicated a girl caught by her dad while she was on web cam. Today I came across a similar scam titled -“Girl Caught by Her Dad While Having Fun on Chatroulette..!!” that describes – “This is just WRONG!! Poor father … this is so awkaward!” The scammer couldn’t even get the right spelling of ‘awkward’.

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In this tutorial you will learn how to create or transform your pictures into HDR by tuning them with the help of Adobe Photoshop. Unlike the actual HDR technique, this Photoshop trick will require only a single JPEG image. You don’t have to shoot into RAW images or take multiple photos.

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Smooth Gestures is a free extension for Google Chrome that allows you to browse the Internet by using mouse gestures. The extension helps you browse the web quickly and easily, by allowing you to execute commands without having to use the keyboard, menus or toolbars.

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Macro photography is the art of taking close-up pictures that reveal every detail that goes unnoticed by the naked eye. It’s altogether a different world inside. Point-and-shoot digital cameras have remarkable macro capabilities, but for best results you would require a special single-lens reflex camera.

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How It’s Made – Camera Lenses [Video]

Have you ever wondered how camera lenses are manufactured? Why it takes days to get a new lens done? Well, here’s an interesting look into how lenses for DSLR cameras are made. It takes a total of 6 weeks to make one optical lens. Camera lens goes through several inspections, to make sure that the glass gets to its final stage without any defects or dust on it.

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Google Celebrates Alexander Calder’s 113th Birthday with Calder Mobile Doodle

Google continues the tradition of celebrating important events with a doodle, and look what it’s celebrating today. It’s Alexander Calder’s 113th Birthday. Alexander Calder was an American sculptor, artist and most famous for inventing the mobile. In addition to that, he also created paintings, toys, lithographs, and household objects.

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Facebook Rolls Out  New Comment Features – Embed Videos, Images and Other Media Content

Facebook has just launched a new feature that allow users to embed videos, pictures and other external content in comments by just including a URL.

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Facebook’s video chatting platform does not support group calling and is not available on smartphones. Hence, developers on Facebook came up with an app called Social Hangouts that allows you to video chat with 20 users at a time. That’s 10 more than Google+’s Hangout feature.

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Apple’s Mac OS X 10.7, codenamed “Lion” is officially released and is available for purchase at the Mac App Store for $29.99. Apple showcased the new version of OS X at WWDC 2011 in San Fransisco, last month.

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Well, it is quite hard to define or probably explain the newly launched social networking site, Google+. Considering the facts mentioned in this post, here’s how I define it – Google has taken the best of Google Wave, removed some unworthy features from Google Buzz, added few bits and pieces from Orkut, integrated Facebook’s UI, allowed Twitter like functioning and embellished it with photo sharing and video chatting to make it look more like a blog. In short, Google+ == Facebook + Twitter + Blog + Some of Google’s unsuccessful services.

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Google+ is currently under a limited field test. 24 hours after the launch of Google+, the invite feature was taken down due to high demand of Google+ Invites. Since it’s announcement, Google+ has seen tremendous growth. On July 10, Google+ had over 7.3 million users registered with a growth rate of 365 percent in just six days.

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Gold Safe – A Fraud Show on Indian Television Channels

Gold Safe is a game show that is aired on Indian television channels NDTV Imagine and Zee TV. The game show titled “Guess the Celebrity”, awards you cash prize if you guess the celebrity’s name right. The show follows a simple rule. Viewers are asked to identify the celebrity, who’s face is partially shown. If the viewer gives the answer correct, he/she is awarded cash prizes ranging from Rs. 20,000 to one lac.

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Dreams of owning the Apple iPad 2 may come true only if you are willing to shed some money, but creating a replica of it from scratch is priceless! This insane Chinese geek, presumed to be a hacker, spent almost 15 days in building an incredible replica of the iPad. He calls it the “iPad 3

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