Google Revamps Omnibox in Chrome; Replaces Google Search Box, Adds Google Instant Support

With the advent of Google Chrome, Google made it easier for users to search using the address bar, or what they call the Omnibox. However, it looks like the omnibox in the latest Canary version of Chrome has undergone a drastic change. The new omnibox in Google Chrome canary for Windows replaces two key components from Google Search; the search box and Google Instant and brings it directly to Chrome.

The search box has been a significant part of Google search for more than a decade and allowed users to type in their queries and view results. However, Google moved towards making the search box obsolete by introducing the Omnibox in Google Chrome and it looks like they are completely abandoning it now.

The latest version of Google Chrome Canary (Version 27.0.1446.0 canary) now directly uses the Omnibox as a search box and does not redirect to the usual Google search page as it did earlier.

Google Omnibox Search box
Google Search now uses omnibox as default Google search box

Additionally, it also does not replace the search keywords with the Google URL like it did earlier and continues to display it in the omnibox. The omnibox now also fully supports Google Instant with suggestions as displayed below. Earlier Google Instant was partially supported with no suggestions comping up for the entered terms.

Chrome Omnibox Google Instant
Chrome Omnibox Supports Google Instant

The new omnibox is definitely an improvement over the search experience since it now provides a single input for searching keywords as opposed to two (the address bar and omnibox) and also brings the power of Google Instant and its suggestions to the address bar.

The feature is currently in its infancy and only exists in the Canary version of Google Chrome. However, given the build lifecycle of Chrome, this might make it to the stable versions of Chrome pretty soon.

Mugen Extended Battery For The LG Nitro HD Review

I have been using a LG Nitro HD since quite sometime now. While the phone does not run the latest version of Android or has any stellar feature, it gets the job done for me. However, the biggest issue with the Nitro HD for me has been the extremely poor battery life. The phone absolutely struggles to last even 8 hours on a single charge with a couple of email accounts syncing in the background.

I had nearly given up hope on the Nitro HD, when our in-house Android guru, Rajesh, told me about Mugen Power Batteries. I had read some of his previous Mugen battery reviews but did not pay much heed to them. I was wrong, very wrong. I have been using an extended Mugen battery for the LG Nitro HD since the last 1.5 months, and the increase in battery life has been staggering. Out of the box, the Nitro HD comes with a puny 1830mAh battery that empties itself in less than 8 hours with LTE enabled and medium usage.
The extended Mugen battery has a whopping 4000mAh capacity, which should theoretically more than double the Nitro’s HD battery life. As I said earlier, before using the Mugen battery, my Nitro HD was averaging around 8-9 hours on a single charge with LTE enabled and a couple of Gmail account syncing in the background. After I started using Mugen, the average battery life of my Nitro HD has jumped to a phenomenal 22 hours. This is 22 hours of heavy use — a couple of hours of Spotify over Wi-Fi, an hour of voice calls and gaming each, and around 2-3 hours of random usage including internet browsing over LTE. On an average day, I can easily squeeze out more than 1 day of battery life with the right mix of 3G and Wi-Fi.
Mugen ships their extended battery with an extended back door as well, since the 4000mAh battery is too thick. Mugen has added a kickstand at the back of the battery door, which is definitely a welcome addition. The back door is made up of shiny but grippy plastic. It does not speak of quality but definitely gets the job done.
While on my flight from India to U.S.A, I was able to watch one full movie on the Nitro HD with still 75% battery left. The kick stand was also more than useful and inclined the Nitro HD at just the perfect angle.
A couple of downsides of the Mugen battery is the additional thickness that it adds, and the  long charging times. The additional thickness from the Mugen battery is definitely noticeable. In fact, I got a few stares from passer-bys when I was standing at the subway station and using my Nitro HD. The increase in charging time is a direct effect of the increased battery charger. I started using a Galaxy Note 2 charger later on, which reduced the overall charging times by nearly 20 minutes.
Below are battery life screenshots of the Nitro HD with the Mugen battery. Keep in mind that I am running CM10.1 based on Android 4.2.2 on my handset -:
If you are tired of the poor battery life of your device, I would highly recommend you to check out Mugen Power Batteries. If you don’t like the extra thickness, you can have a look at their extended batteries that don’t require an extended back cover. These batteries are more or less of the same size as the OEM battery but bring about a noticeable (100-300mAh) increase in the battery capacity.

Nokia Lumia 920 & 820: Dead on Arrival

I usually do not write obituaries on this site, but it is unfortunate that I will be writing my first one. Both Nokia and Microsoft are doomed in the phone arena and they will basically be the laughing stock of the holiday season, if both of these actually manage to release a device by then.

First off, I have been the biggest Nokia fan you might have ever met and used the Nokia N95 as my primary phone till last year. However, with their their erratic phone releases and customer confusion (read my postmortem from Nokia World 2010), I have left any hope that Nokia would actually do any good going forward.

They not only create consumer confusion with their confusion with their old devices, but they do that with their current devices as well. For example, when the person who was talking to me about the difference between the Lumia 900 and the Lumia 920, he practically explained how the glass on the edges of both the devices were different.

When a guy with the latest device in the range has to do that, I find it the most hilarious thing. And that is truly the difference between a Nokia Lumia 900 and a 920. Go ahead and check it out yourselves.

Windows 8 Phone on the device is not ready yet, and it won’t be for a while. The device hung 95% of the times when someone tried to use a non Nokia-Microsoft approved app. Overall it’s the biggest disaster of a phone I have seen in my life.

Two things the Lumia device excelled in were Maps and Camera which makes me wonder why Nokia does not just stop manufacturing phones and just leasing software.

Both the Nokia 920 and 820 are DOA. Period.

How To Unfriend Friends on Facebook?

Facebook is definitely a great place to find your old friends and acquaintances and keep up with their lives. However, there are times when you might come across people who are very noisy and outright irritating on Facebook.

If you are in such a situation, you might want to remove that friend from your list. If you are looking to do that, here are some instructions on how you can remove friends on Facebook or Unfriend friends on Facebook.

In order to remove friends or unfriend them on Facebook you will have to first visit their profile and then hover your mouse over the “Friends” button. This will now bring up a dropdown which will display you the various options for that friend.

Unfriend Facebook Friends or Remove Facebook Friends

You can either choose the option to stop displaying the friends posts in your news feed or completely “Unfriend” them using the option provided.

Bonus Tip: Looking to find out when someone unfriends you on Facebook? Check out how to find out when someone unfriends you on Facebook.


How to Create CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT, CBA Comic Book Archives?

We have been tellings users on how they can open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files on Windows or Mac, open CBZ, CBR, CB7 CBT or CBA files on Android and open CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT or CBA files on iOS or iPhone. However, what if you want to create your own Comic book archive?

Well, creating a comic book archive is definitely easy and you can do it yourself easily. The only hard work in creating a CBZ, CBR or CB7 file is first scanning or downloading the images and then naming them in sequence. We’ll take a look at what the exact process is below.

How to Create CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT or CBA Comic Book Archives

The most important step in creating a comic book archive is to first collect all the images you will be using to create the images. You can either download the individual images or scan them and store them some where.

Once you have all the images in place, you will have to rename them so that they are in sequence. For example, you can use the naming convention comicbookname-01.jpg, comicbookname-02.jpg, comicbookname-03.jpg and so on according to the page numbers of the book. Please note that the image extension may wary, so rename them accordingly.

Now once you have arranged the images you are ready to create a comic book archive. Please read the information below to understand how CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBT and CBA comic book archives differ.

Important Information for CBR, CBZ and CB7 files

  • CBZ file is also known as Comic Book Zip file and are renamed from a .zip extension
  • CBR file is also known as Comic Book Rar file are renamed from a .rar extension
  • CB7 file is also known as Comic Book 7z file are renamed from a .7z extension
  • CBT file is also known as Comic Book Tar file are renamed from a .tar extension
  • CBA file is also known as Comic Book Ace file are renamed from a .ace extension

Once you have understood the above conventions go ahead and create either a zip file, rar file or 7z file and then rename the files to .cbz extensions if it is a zip file, .cbr file if it is a rar file and .cb7 if it is a 7z file (See: How to Rename File Extensions).

That’s it. Once you have renamed the archive, you can then view the comic book archives on Windows, Mac, Android or iPhone devices.

Bonus Tip: CBZ files are supposed to be the best for viewing comic books. However, you can experiment with different formats to see which one works out for you.

How To Enable Hibernate in Windows 8?

One of the best features in Windows has been the ability to hibernate your PC and then log back in to the same state later on. However, the hibernate option is not traditionally available in Windows 8 and requires users to enable it.

If you are looking to enable the Hibernate option in Windows 8, you can follow the steps given below and you’ll see the Hibernate option in the power options for Windows 8.

Windows 8 Power Options Search

Step 1: Bring up the power options in Control panel by searching Windows 8 for “Power Options” and selecting it under the settings. Alternatively, you can also use the shortcut combination “Windows + I” and then select Control Panel from the list and search for “Power Options”.

Windows 8 Power Button Settings

Step 2: In the Power Options window, click on the link which says “Choose what the power buttons do” and then click on the link which says “Change settings that are currently unavailable”.

Add Hibernate in Windows 8

 Step 3: Now scroll down till you see the “Shutdown settings” and then select the checkbox next to “Hibernate” and save your changes. Once you have made that change you will start seeing the Hibernate option when you try to shutdown, restart or sleep Windows 8.

That’s it, you can now put your Windows 8 PC into Hibernate mode instead of shutting it down.

Read some of our other Windows 8 Tips and Tricks Below

How to Shut Down, Restart, Sleep, Lock or Switch User in Windows 8?

While many of you might think that it would be trivial to perform such a task, it is definitely a little confusing for new users to shutdown, restart, sleep, lock or log off from Windows 8. Windows 8 does not have the traditional start button which has made it harder for users to actually find the shutdown button (Read: How to add Start Button to Windows 8).

If you are a confused user who has been searching for options to shutdown, restart, sleep, lock or log off from Windows 8, you will find all the information below.

Windows 8 Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Switch User, Log Off and Lock options

Windows 8 provides a shortcut key combination in order to bring up the menu for performing settings change and viewing information about your computer. In order to find the menu for performing the above actions you will have to press the key combination “Windows + I” and then click on the “Power” button in the sidebar to bring up the options to Sleep, Shutdown or Restart the PC.

Shutdown, Restart or Sleep Windows 8

In order switch user you can use the famous key combination “Ctrl + Alt + Del” which will bring up options to switch user, lock the computer or log off from the current user. Alternatively, you could also use the “Windows + L” shortcut key combination to lock your computer quickly.

If you don’t want to go through all these hassles you can install the Windows 8 start button and get all these options right on the desktop itself.

Microsoft might have imagined Windows 8 in a different way, but traditional Windows users are going to find it hard to perform the simplest of tasks. Hopefully, they will learn their way around.

Read some of our other Windows 8 Tips and Tricks Below

How to Open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA Files on Android?

Last time around we told you on how to open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files on Windows and Mac. However, what if you want to open in on your Android device? Well, worry not, because there are several apps out there which will allow you to open CBZ, CBR and CB7 files on your Android mobile and tablet.

Comic Book Viewer Android

The files with these extensions are basically comic book archives which contain images in sequence and can be read using a compatible software. In fact, you can actually create your own CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA files as well.

If you want to read these comic book archives on an Android phone or tablet, you will require a dedicated app. One of the best app to view comic books on Android is “A Comic Viewer“. The app is a lightweight comic, image and manga viewer which can open cbr, cbz and cb7 comic book archives.

Additionally, you can also use another app called Komik Reader to open those files on an Android device. So go ahead and live that kid in yourself by reading those comics on your device.

How to Open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT, CBA Files on Windows/Mac?

There are several times when you download unknown files from the internet and do not know how to open them. We have been telling you several different to open files and want to focus on new types of files which end with the .cbr, .cbz, .cb7, .cbt and .cba extensions.

Comic Book Viewer Windows/Mac

While these files may have weird extensions, they are basically comic book archives created several different formats including zip archives, rar archives and 7z archives. In fact, these files are created by renaming those archives with the above extensions. For example, you can rename a rar file to .cbr or a zip file to .zip or a 7z file to .cbz (See: How to create CBR, CBZ or CB7 files).

Important Information for CBR, CBZ and CB7 files

  • CBZ file is also known as Comic Book Zip file and can be renamed to .zip extension
  • CBR file is also known as Comic Book Rar file and can be renamed to .rar extension
  • CB7 file is also known as Comic Book 7z file and can be renamed to .7z extension
  • CBT file is also known as Comic Book Tar file and can be renamed to .tar extension
  • CBA file is also known as Comic Book Ace file and can be renamed to .ace extension

Also See: How to Rename File Extensions

There are a few ways in which you can open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT or CBA archives. The first way is to change the file extensions of these files to their respective archive type (see conventions above) and then opening them using their respective software. For example, you can rename a .cbr file to .rar and then open or view the rar file.

However, like I had mentioned earlier these files are comic book archives and there are dedicated comic book viewers which can be used to view those books on your PC or Mac.

On Windows, you can use the software Comic Rack to open those files. CDisplayEx is another neat comic book viewer for CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT and CBA files. Once you have installed either of these software you will be able to open the CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT and CBA comic book archives and read them. On Mac OS X, you can either use Simple Comic, Jomic or Comical to open CBR, CBZ, CB7, CBT and CBA files and view those comics.

So now that you know which software will open your comic book archives, go ahead and enjoy the child within you.

How To Install/Uninstall Apps from Windows 8 Store

Microsoft recently released Windows 8 to its Technet and MSDN subscribers and will make it available to general public in October. One of the new features in Windows 8 is the addition of the Windows 8 store from where users can download apps onto their PC or tablets.

Also Read: Tutorial – Navigating Windows 8 | Get Windows 8 Upgrade Discount

Windows 8 will allow users to install apps which are not part of the Windows 8 store as well. However, if you are new to Windows 8, here are some instructions on how you can easily install and uninstall apps using the Windows 8 Store.

Installing Apps in Windows 8

Windows 8 Store

To install an app on the Windows 8 store, you will need to move to the start screen by clicking on the Windows icon and then clicking on the Store tile. This will launch the Windows 8 store where you will be able to browse all the available apps and install them.

Install Apps on Windows 8

To install an app in Windows 8, click on the Install button and Windows 8 will download the app from the store and install it on your PC or tablet.

Uninstalling Windows Store Apps on Windows 8

When you install apps through the Windows Store, you will not be able to uninstall them through the regular “Add/Remove Program” option. The Windows 8 Add/Remove Program option only lists the applications you installed directly on your PC.

Uninstall Windows 8 Apps

In order to uninstall an app that you installed from the Windows 8 store, head over to the “Start screen” by pressing the Windows Key. Now “Right Click” on the app you want to uninstall. After you do this, a menu bar will appear at the bottom of the screen using which you can uninstall the app from Windows 8.

Bonus Hint: If you have unpinned the app from the start menu, you can hit the Windows key and then start searching the name of the app (See: How to Search in Windows 8). Once you see the app in the search results, just right click on it and uninstall it using the menu bar displayed on the bottom.