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I am the editor-in-chief and owner of Techie Buzz. I love coding and have contributed to several open source projects in the past. You can know more about me and my projects by visiting my Personal Website. I am also a social networking enthusiast and can be found active on twitter, you can follow Keith on twitter @keithdsouza. You can click on my name to visit my Google+ profile.

Waiting in Line for an iPhone 4S with Steve Wozniak

Since Apple announced the iPhone 4S, there have been millions of pre-orders, but the thrill of getting your hands on a newly released iPhone by standing in line does not match that of receiving it through mail.

Our Apple Editor is waiting in line today to buy an 4S at the Apple store in Los Gatos, California, and he is second in line, the person who is first is someone who he often talks to. Guess who he is?  None other than the Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Here are some pictures of our Apple Editor Parth Dhebar waiting in line to get his hands on a next to Steve Wozniak.

Best Steve Jobs Tributes Through Images

A legend and a great inventor succumbed to a long ailing disease yesterday. However, Steve Jobs is someone who will always remain in the hearts and souls of billions of people all across the world. I for one am very sad about the fact that someone of such great caliber had to die so young.

RIP Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs had so many more things to accomplish, alas, God had other plans and wanted him to be part of heaven to change the game up there.

Also Read: How the Industry Reacted to Steve Jobs Death | Tribute to Steve Jobs the Man Who Revolutionized Technology

There has been so many messages pouring in all across the world. However, here are some images which personify Steve Jobs from his fans and others who loved this great visionary.

Steve Jobs Apple Logo by Jonathan Mak

The best tribute to Steve Jobs came from Jonathan Mak, a 19 year old designer living in Hong Kong. The image above depicts what Steve was all about. More at Jonathan’s website.

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The above image is a created by Charis Tsevis who is a visual designer by profession. Charis used the products created or launched by Steve Jobs to create wonderful collage which depicts Steve Jobs face. I really respect Charis for coming up with such a wonderful tribute.

Steve Jobs Heaven App for That

The image above has been doing the rounds of and . Though it is a cartoon, it aptly suggests that Steve Jobs will continue innovating wherever he is.

Steve Jobs Irreplaceable

Steve Jobs is definitely irreplaceable and this eCard from Some eCards definitely sums it up.

I’ll add more image tributes to this post when I come across them. Do feel free to share your own tributes to this great man.

Dear Steve, you will be dearly missed. R.I.P.

Updates:

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The above picture is no ordinary image. It was created by @twitter and is made up of tweets sent over 4.5 hours on the evening of October 5, 2011, the day the legend died. The tweets are from the hashtag #thankyousteve and are ordered based on the number of RTs it got. The original image can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/34178660@N03/6219082960.

How To Filter Emails/Create Message Rules in Windows Live Mail 2011

I have been using Windows Live Mail as my primary email client for quite sometime now and have configured it to download emails from several accounts. Though I have found Windows Live Mail to be a really good email client, I have several problems with it, including WLM freezing my system and with high CPU and RAM usage.

Windows Live Mail

However, after cleaning up my emails I found it to be working without issues. Now came the second problem of filtering messages so that I can sort them out in separate folders. Easy right? Well not that easy, or at-least Microsoft decided to put the option in the wrong place.

After searching for over an hour I was about to give up when I came across an option to do it. I believe many of you might be facing the same issue, so I decided to write up a quick tutorial on how to filter incoming  emails by creating message rules in Windows Live Mail 2011.

The below rules apply to Windows Live Mail 2011, so you might want to upgrade your installation first.

Windows Live Mail Message Rules

Step 1: Open Windows Live Mail and click on the Folders tab.

Step 2: Click on the "Message Rules" option available at the end of the ribbon.

Step 3: Click on the "New" button and follow the instructions to create your incoming email message rule.

That’s it, your incoming messages will now be filtered and stored in the appropriate directory,  deleted, forwarded or perform any other action based on what rules you have created.

Google Analytics Adds Realtime Tracking and Premium Accounts

has definitely been one of the best services to track your website visitors. However, it has been lacking a key feature that most of its competitors like Woopra and Reinvigorate have been offering for a while now; Realtime tracking.

Realtime user tracking is a very important feature for any webmaster who wants to track campaigns in realtime without having to wait. This helps users to make business decisions quickly if something is not working. Unfortunately, prior to today, Google never had this feature.

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However, that is about to change because Google has announced a new feature for Analytics which will help you track your visitors in realtime and make business decisions quickly. The new feature in Google Analytics will allow users to track how many visitors are currently visiting the site, how many users have visited in the last few minutes as well as the number of visitors visiting your website every second.

Additionally, Google Analytics will also display the source for traffic and the keywords users are using and the geographic locations they are visiting from. As a webmaster, this is a pretty cool feature since I can now just use Google Analytics instead of using other realtime analytics tracking services.

Google has definitely been ramping up their analytic services with the introduction of Google Analytics 5 which brought about a new UI, dashboard, widgets and more. Additionally, Google has also been adding some neat features to Google Analytics like heatmaps and in-page analytics among other things.

The biggest advantage of Google Analytics is that is is completely free unlike it’s competitors. However, they are now introducing a new set of premium features which users can signup and use. The new Google Analytics Premium service is targeted at business users who want in-depth data about their users and the ability to quickly make business decisions.

Some of the key features of Google Analytics Premium include:

  • Extra processing power – increased data collection, more custom variables and downloadable, unsampled reports
  • Advanced analysis – attribution modeling tools that allow you to test different models for assigning credit to conversions
  • Service and support – experts to guide customized installation, and dedicated account management on call – all backed by 24/7 support
  • Guarantees – service level agreements for data collection, processing and reporting

Users can request access to premium accounts by visiting the Google Analytics Premium homepage. Realtime Google Analytics is being gradually rolled out to all users, however, you will have to use the new Google Analytics interface to have access to it. Additionally, only Analytics administrators will have access to Realtime Google Analytics.

If you don’t see the Realtime Google Analytics in your account. You can request for access to the service by filling up this form. Please note that Google Analytics will continue to remain free for webmasters including the new Realtime Google Analytics feature.

I am definitely loving the new Realtime Analytics features as it allows me to track campaigns and also understand where our traffic is coming from. Do you have access to the new Realtime Google Analytics? What do you think about it?

HTML5.com Now Redirects To Microsoft’s IE Website and Not Apple’s

Back in January 2011, I had reported that the HTML5.com was being redirected to Apple’s website by a fanboy. However, it looks like whoever was behind the site has had a change in mind or has started to believe more in Microsoft.

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The domain HTML5.com which earlier redirected to apple.com/html5 is now redirecting to Microsoft’s Beauty of the Web website which was launched during the launch of Internet Explorer 9.

Our tipster Phil said that the domain is now owned by Microsoft, however, I could not confirm this through the WhoIS record because the domain is behind is protected by a proxy.

However, whoever made the change definitely had a huge flip of mind from Apple to Microsoft. So is Microsoft going to gain more Apple users after introducing ? What do you think?

Thanks Phil

NBC News Twitter Account Hacked – Posts False Ground Zero Tweets

Two days before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the NBC News account (@NBCNews) was hacked and false information has been spread about Ground Zero being attacked by Flight 5736.

NBC News Twitter Account Hacked

The account seemed to be hacked around 15 minutes ago and tweeted 2 Ground Zero attacks tweets and also changed the DP in one of the tweets. The fourth Tweet said that

NBCNEWS hacked by The Script Kiddies. Follow them at @s_kiddies!

This is definitely sick and scary at the same time. Hopefully, the people behind this stupidity will have some more sense. The folks behind NBC are aware of the issue and are fixing it. We have reached out to them for more information.

Story developing..

Update 1: The s_kiddies account has been deleted by Twitter, however, the NBC News hacked tweets have not yet been deleted.

NBC News Hacked Twitter Description

Update 2: The hackers have now updated the description and URL of the NBC News account.

Update 3: Twitter has suspended the @NBCNews account for now. Ryan Osborn, the directory of Social Media at NBC has tweeted that NBC are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it.

How To Change iTunes Sync Media Location

I have a 250GB SSD and have partitioned it into 2 drives. However, I have to run regular cleanup of files and folder to make space. One of the biggest space constraints I face is in the primary drive where Windows is installed.

The reason is that I have a lot of apps and music on my and iTunes also takes up more than 35GB space. This has become a constant headache which I have been trying to solved. I did that by moving the iTunes Media folder location to another drive on an external device and now have lesser space constraints.

Well, moving your iTunes files and changing the sync location is definitely possible and in-fact very easy. All you have to do is to copy over the files from your iTunes folder and change the location in iTunes. I will show you how exactly it is done below.

Step 1: Locate Your iTunes Media Folder on your Computer. To do that open iTunes and then click on "Edit -> Preferences"

Copy iTunes Sync Media Location

Step 2: In the preference Window, click on the Advanced tab and copy the media folder location as shown in the above screenshot. Do not close the Preference window yet as we will require it for a future step.

Step 3: Open a explorer window and paste the location you copied in step 2 in the address bar. This will open the folder where iTunes stores the media files.

Step 4: If you want to clear up space, just cut the entire folder and move it to another drive or an external drive. Make sure to note the location of the folder in the other drive because we will need it in step 5.

Step 5: Now go back to the iTunes Advanced tab you opened in step 2 and click on the "Change" button and point it to the new location you copied or moved the files in Step 4.

That’s it. iTunes will now sync your music, movies, books and more to your new location. If you are using an external drive, just make sure that you attach it before you sync your device with iTunes.

Moving the backup location for iTunes is a little bit more difficult and I will be covering it in the next article. For Mac users, the steps should be similar and easy to perform as well. Just use the Finder instead of Explorer to move your iTunes media files over.

Dropbox and Google Docs Integration Coming Soon?

The folks over at Fusible tipped us that Dropbox might finally be bringing much requested feature of integrating to their service after they purchased few domains including DropboxDocs.com, DropboxDocs.net and DropboxDocs.org.

Dropbox

The request for Dropbox integration with Google Docs was first requested on their forums in February 2010 (forum post). However, despite rumors that made rounds in early 2011, there were no signs of the integration. Dropbox has definitely been one of the most popular file synching services in the market and was recently valued at $5 billion. They have also shown exponential growth growing from 4 million users to 25 million users in under a year.

However, unlike other services like Box.net, Dropbox does not allow users to store or backup their Google documents in the cloud. However, this might change considering that Dropbox purchased DropboxDocs.com, DropboxDocs.net and DropboxDocs.org on August 29th according to Whois records.

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Unless they plan to spinoff their own document service in the cloud, I am pretty convinced that Dropbox might soon rollout integration for storage with Google Docs in collaboration with Google itself. Integration with Dropbox would help Google stave off some tough competition from Microsoft’s Office 365 and get more users to their service.

We are not sure about a formal announcement yet, but expect that it might be made in the next few days . This would definitely be a good addition to an already excellent service. Do you use Dropbox? Do you think it’s integration with Google Docs might be useful to you? Do let us know through your comments.

Firefox for Honeycomb Tablets Design Revealed

Mozilla has been very keen on entering the tablet market with their browser and just like for mobile, the browser will provide a unique experience for tablets.

Firefox Honeycomb Browser

Today, one of the design team members at Firefox; Ian Barlow, revealed some new designs for Firefox that will run on Honeycomb based tablets. Most of the design has evolved from the mobile version of Firefox, however, it has been modified to take advantage of the larger screen sizes of tablets.

Firefox Honeycomb Tablets Awesomebar

The Awesomebar on Firefox for Tablets will continue to use tabbed menu to allow for quick access to bookmarks, history and synced desktop activity on the tablet.

Firefox Honeycomb Tablets Tabs

Additionally, Firefox for tablets will display more UI elements on the screen rather than hiding it like they did it on the mobile version of the browser. This will allow you to quickly perform tasks like opening new tabs or scrolling through them.

Overall the design for the tablet version of Firefox looks pretty good and I would definitely like to try it out. However, there is no date on when the tablet version will be released and it might only be compatible with Honeycomb and higher versions of the tablet. Ian has also posted some more mockups of the design of Firefox for tablets on his account, which can be viewed by visiting this link.

So what do you think of the design mockups of Firefox for tablets? Do you like it? Do you think you would prefer it over the Android browser? do drop in  your thoughts through your comments.

Better Search for WordPress Admin Backend Posts

I have always been in awe of WordPress and have come to love it since I started using it few years back. However, one of the biggest problems I have had with WordPress is their search; both in the frontend as well as in the backend.

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While you can always improve your frontend search and add relevancy to it by either using Google Custom Search or a plugin like Better Search, there are not many options for the backend, or at-least my searches led me to few or none.

My dislike for the WordPress backend search grew more when I wanted to search for some articles which had a particular title but could never see them in the results for my queries. However, I did find a really good alternative after spending a decent amount of time searching for it on Google.

WordPress Admin Advanced Search

The extension called Search Regex is quite a life saver and is definitely better than the default WordPress backend search for posts. The plugin allows you to search only titles, within posts and comments, post meta values, post excerpts, post URLs and more.

One of the first things I noticed with the plugin was that it works really well and does it’s job. However, as always humans are usually never satisfied with what they get and so was I. I would have loved the plugin to integrate and replace the default backend search in WordPress and would like to have it on the WordPress Edit posts page itself. The reason for this is that, the way the plugin currently works, you can only edit a single post at a time.

On the other hand, WordPress backend search allows users to edit multiple posts at once. Other than this, the plugin also allows you to Search and Replace text within your posts. This can come in very handy if you want to update a link or text in a post. Best of all, the plugin supports regex (Regular Expression). However, I would avoid using that because it could really create problems if something goes wrong or you use a bad regex, in-fact the plugin itself advices you about it.

Rest assured, Search Regex is an excellent plugin to address the annoyance called "WordPress Search". Go ahead and download it from here, you won’t be disappointed at all.

Google Toolbar Works in Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 – Here Is How To Enable It

A few weeks ago, Google said that they would be discontinuing Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 and will only continue supporting . However, in spite of that, the Google Toolbar continues to work in Firefox 5 and .

Google Toolbar for Firefox 5 and Firefox 6

I have been using the Google Toolbar in 5 and Firefox 6 for a few months now without issues, however, it does come with a caveat. Since Google has officially said that support for Google Toolbar is only available through Firefox 4, Firefox automatically disables the on Firefox 5 and Firefox 5.

Also Read: Firefox 5 Review | Firefox 6 Review

In order to enable the Google Toolbar in Firefox 5 and Firefox 6 you will first have to install the Add-on compatibility reporter extension in Firefox and restart the browser.

Change Google Toolbar Compatibility Firefox 5 & Firefox 6

Once you have done that head over to the “Add-ons” and you will be able to run Google Toolbar in Firefox 5 and Firefox 6. Firefox will still report that the add-on is incompatible with the newer versions, however, you can continue using it without issues. If you need more help with this read our earlier guide on How To Run Older Add-ons in Firefox.

Google Testing New Sitelinks Format

Google has been displaying sitelinks for several websites to help with easier navigation for users when they are searching for a brand or product. Sitelinks have proven useful for both search engine users as well as for website owners, since it gives users an option to navigate through the website without even visiting it.

A Google webmaster help page for Sitelinks states this:

he links shown below some sites in our search results, called sitelinks, are meant to help users navigate your site. Our systems analyze the link structure of your site to find shortcuts that will save users time and allow them to quickly find the information they’re looking for.

We only show sitelinks for results when we think they’ll be useful to the user. If the structure of your site doesn’t allow our algorithms to find good sitelinks, or we don’t think that the sitelinks for your site are relevant for the user’s query, we won’t show them.

In the past, sitelinks have been just plain links to webpages within a website without any description or URL associated with it as seen in the screenshot below.

Google Old Sitelinks

However, it looks like Google is now making some changes to the Sitelinks format and is including description and the URL of the link for them.

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The new sitelinks are also larger in size and take up a huge chunk of space under the main search results. However, they are now more prominent and easier to read. The descriptions are also helpful for users to find out basic information about a page.

Also Read: How To Control Sitelinks That Appear For Your Site In Google Search?

The new Sitelinks format is a experimental feature and might not be seen by all users yet. However, it is definitely something Google has been working on in addition to the other changes they have been making to their products. It all started out when they decided to add a Bing like background to their homepage and continued with a slew of other changes including removing the I am feeling Luckybutton, using a new design for search results and yet more, simplifying the image search results, adding top references to results and updating their home page design while adding a new black bar.

So what do you think of the new Sitelinks? Will they help you or do you think that they use up too much space?

WIN 800 FV Cash and 50,000,00 Coins Free – Facebook Scam

A new Facebook Scam is underway and it similar to few earlier Scams where people were enticed to get Free Citiville coins, Free Facebook credits among other things. The scam is spreading through a Facebook event and is similar to earlier Facebook events scam one of which was see who viewed your profile on Facebook.

Win Cash Coins Facebook Scam

The scam is spreading with the following text:

WIN 800 FV CASH and 50,000,00 COINS FREE! (AVALIABLE NOW)

Location:

Time: ‎9:00AM Saturday, August 13th

Please note that the date, time and text of the event may be different for different people. The scam forces people to follow some simple steps as seen in the screenshot below when they click on the link. While the scam is innovative at best, it is being spread by users who are actually clicking on the "I’m Attending button" and does not hijack a user account.

Win Cash Facebook Event

However, users who follow the final step in the event will basically be redirected to a Facebook app, which will then be redirected to a spam website which will ask users to fill out a survey. Filling out the survey will make money for the scammer while you get nothing.

It is recommended that you DO NOT click on such links or scam messages on Facebook. If you come across this scam message, please delete/remove the scam from your Facebook news feed immediately. Alternately, you can report the scam to Facebook Security.

Here is an article about Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. We have also compiled a list of Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook on Facebook for you to look through and avoid. You might also want to use a security application for protecting you from Facebook scams. As a precautionary measure, always check which applications you use and remove unwanted or suspicious ones. If you aren’t sure how to do it, you can always check our guide on removing apps from Facebook.

How To Delete Phonebook Contacts From Facebook

recently came under a lot of fire for storing contacts and phone numbers from your phone contacts directly on their servers. This feature was part of the mobile sync they have in their apps. This feature formerly known as Phonebook has been available for a long time, however some recent Facebook mass updates caused it to come to the fore.

Facebook has said that the Phone Numbers "Published" to Everyone is Fake, however, they still have the data they have synched from the phone with them.

If you are not comfortable having your business or personal contacts phone numbers, emails and other information stored on Facebook, here is how you can delete them.

Step 1: Head over to Facebook.com on a desktop PC and log in. Once you have done that, click on the "Account" menu in the right hand side corner and then click on the "Edit Friends" link.

Step 2: On the Edit Friends page, click on the "Contacts" option in the left hand side sidebar of the page.

Delete Facebook Phonebook Contacts

Step 3: If you have used Facebook on your mobile device, you will see a list of all the contacts here. To delete these contacts from Facebook, click on the link that says "this page" or visit this link directly (requires login).

Remove Imported Phone Contacts from Facebook

Step 4: On the next page, Facebook will give you the usual yada yada about why you should not delete your Facebook contacts and how it will help you. If you are very sure about deleting the message you should just ignore it and click on the "Remove" button.

You will have to also stop syncing your phone contacts with Facebook. We will show you how to do it for and in future posts.

TimesofMoney/Remit2India Database Hacked Through SQL Injection – HDFC Bank Vulnerable Too

Update – August 4th 2011: TimesofMoney contacted us with an update saying that this breach does not exist and will be sending us a statement regarding the same shortly.

In this day and age of technology, it does not come as a surprise that websites are frequently hacked. Groups like Anonymous and Lulzsec have been creating havoc on the internet, however, there are other cases too where security teams hack several websites to show them how insecure they are.

One of the most common way of hacking websites is by SQL injection. Ironically, MySQL.com was also hacked using an SQL Injection attack a few months back.

Today, zSecure Team has found a vulnerability in a very popular digital payments site called TimesofMoney which provides online remittances, fortified domestic e-payment mechanisms and facilitated remittance solutions of banks. The company is behind products like Remit2India, DirecPay and Times Card.

The zSecure Team claims that there exist a critical SQL Injection Vulnerability in the TimesofMoney website using which an attacker can gain access to the site’s entire database which contains the huge amount of customers confidential information.

This vulnerability may prove to be very critical for the company because TimesofMoney is India’s one of the leaders in e-payment system. Existence of such a critical flaw in company’s web may cause huge to the existing market reputation of the company concerned.

The group also claims that HDFC Bank’s Website is also vulnerable right now:

We discovered alike vulnerability in HDFC Bank’s Website as well and issued them a similar advisory. But even after couple of weeks of sending our advisory to the bank, the said vulnerability is still open for outside attacks. If the said vulnerability doesn’t get fixed by the bank as an earliest then our next post may disclose that concerned vulnerability publically.We hope that both the companies (TimesofMoney and HDFC Bank) will take immediate actions to fix the reported vulnerabilities

TimesofMoney currently has a SQL Injection Vulnerability which is very high. They are currently running the Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition. The vulnerability allows hackers to access the database as well as run a database dump. It also has a possibility of shell uploading.

The security team has also posted images about the hack, which can be viewed below.

TimesofMoney Hacked Database 1

TimesofMoney Hacked Database 2

TimesofMoney Hacked Database 3

TimesofMoney Hacked Database 4

The security team have said that no data has been dumped, but the fact that the attackers can access your financial information so easily is enough to make me cringe. I would suggest that you purge information from the relevant sites, till it is fixed. More information on the vulnerability can be found at zSecure website.

Thanks for the tip Christopher