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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.

Nexus 7 Review: Best Android Tablet so Far

I have been using the Nexus 7 for over a week now, and it definitely lives up to all the hype that has been created about it. Nexus 7 is Google’s flagship Android tablet device built in partnership with ASUS. It comes with a great hardware configuration and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.

Nexus 7 Box

I am very impressed with the Nexus 7 and would recommend it to anyone. However, don’t just take my word for it, and read the Nexus 7 review below to learn how the Nexus 7 performs and why it is so good.

Hardware

Nexus 7 comes with a Quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a whopping 1GB of RAM. This makes the device run very fast even when you are playing games which use heavy graphics and game play. It also has a 7″ display with a whopping 1280×800 HD resolution which would put several existing laptops and desktop PCs to shame. The high resolution also makes watching movies a treat.

Nexus 7 watch YouTube Videos

Nexus 7 is pretty lightweight at just 340g and does not have a plastic feel. Additionally it comes with NFC and a Micro USB slot. Nexus 7 also comes with a 4325 mAh battery which provides up to 8 hours of active use. However, the battery can live up to 2 days with moderate use. I managed to run the Nexus 7 without charge for almost 2 and half days while just reading a book.

The Nexus 7 also provides you with video chatting capability with a 1.2 MP front facing camera. I tested out the front camera and it does the job well when it comes to video conferencing on apps like Skype and WebEx. However, there is no back camera on the device. For me this isn’t a problem, because I usually find it funny looking at people taking pictures with their tablets.

Catch up iPhone 5, iPad Mini Event Online

Apple will reportedly be launching iPhone 5 and iPad Mini on September 12. The event is really important for Apple since they have not released a major update to the iPhone 4 and have yet to enter the 7″ tablet market where Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are currently going strong.

Last year, Apple had revealed the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. However, both these devices did not see major changes from their predecessor versions. With the release of Samsung Galaxy S III, the mobile market has really taken off and Apple definitely needs to pull off some magic with their next device.

Rumor also suggests that Apple may also launch a 7″ version of the iPad. However, this device may actually eat into Apple’s own profit and compete more with the iPod Touch than other devices. However, Apple has always managed to pull out surprises, so the September 12 event for the rumored launch of iPhone 5 and iPad Mini will definitely be very interesting.

While live videos of the events are not usually available, you can always watch the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini event live at Apple later on at http://www.apple.com/apple-events/.

You can also follow the live updates from the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini event at Engadget Live or The Verge. Mac Rumors will also cover the press conference live and you can view the updates at http://www.macrumorslive.com/. In addition to that GDGT also cover the event at http://live.gdgt.com/.

Audio streams for the iPhone 4 press conference will be available at http://live.twit.tv/, you can also follow the updates on Twitter by following @macrumorslive.

We will update this post when more streams for the event are available online.

Kim Dotcom Raid Video Revealed

Back in January 2012, the U.S government shutdown the popular file sharing website Megaupload and arrested it’s rich founder Kim Dot Com. The arrest made a lot of news because Megaupload was a very popular service used by millions of users and it also led to several other file sharing websites shutting down.

Kim Dotcom

While Kim Dotcom was freed on bail in February 2012, the popular file sharing site is still shutdown prompting the users to sue the FBI.

In latest developments, a New Zealand high court said that the warrants issued against Kim Dotcom did not hold merit and was invalid. However, the U.S. is still looking to deport the Dot Com Mogul back to the United States to face criminal justice.

While the case is still ongoing, a video of the armed raid at Kim Dotcom’s mansion in New Zealand was released online. The raid was organized by the New Zealand police in cooperation with the United States FBI and Just Department among others. The video below reveals how the armed cops stormed Dotcom’s mansion with guns, helicopters and attack dogs. It almost seemed like a Hollywood movie.

Dotcom alleges that he was manhandled by the cops, however, the video does not show everything and just focuses on how the armed cops got into the house. More updates on the arrest and developments can be found at Wikipedia.

Apple Drops YouTube App from iOS6 Due to Licensing; Standalone App Coming Soon

The war is officially on between Apple and Google with their competing mobile operating system; iOS and Android. Apple recently built their own Mapping system for iOS 6 and removed the integration with Google Maps. However, the most recent update to iOS 6 also drops the YouTube app.

According to The Verge, the removal of the YouTube app from iOS 6 was done because Apple and Google had come to an end of their licensing terms.

Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.

However, this is not the end of the YouTube app on iOS 6 because Google is reportedly working on a standalone YouTube app for iOS 6. This was mentioned in the Google India event.

YouTube is probably the most popular app on the iOS operating system and Google will definitely come up with a replacement before iOS 6 is shipped to consumers. However, it looks like the default app will still be available on older iOS versions.

Apple’s decision not to renew the license for the YouTube app may be based on their thinking to get rid of as much Google dependency as possible. I won’t be surprised if Apple also decides to go with Bing as the default search engine in future. If that happens, it would be a huge blow for Google because they make a large chunk of their revenue from the search option in iOS.

Microsoft Pushes New Updates for Office 2013

Microsoft recently released the consumer preview new version of Office; back on July 16th as a consumer preview. Office 2013 has a metro UI which is similar to what has (See: Office 2013 Screenshot Tour) and has several new features including tight cloud integration (Read: Office 2013 Features).

Also Read: Use Word 2013 to Edit Your Blog

Office 2013 Update

However, less than a moth later, Microsoft has now released an update to Office 2013 which updates the version to 15.0.4128.1019 from the earlier version 15.0.4128.1014. However, there is no change log available for the update and I am still trying out figure out the changes in this release.

If you have not yet tried out Office 2013, you can download a free consumer preview version of Office 2013 or also use direct download links for Office 2013 to download it for your PC.

Windows 8 Final Build Leaked Before Official Release

Microsoft signed off the Windows 8 RTM yesterday with the retail version coming out on October 26th. Microsoft will also make the RTM available to developers and IT professional on August 15th and to other Microsoft customers starting August 16th. However, it looks like the RTM has already leaked into the wild.

Tom Warren from The Verge reports that the final edition of Windows 8 has already leaked into the wild. The leaked Windows 8 Enterprise edition is reportedly the European version of the software (Windows 8 ‘N’) which usually comes without the Windows Media Player installed in it.

The leaked version of Windows 8 is available for downloads on several fire sharing websites like Media Fire and is also easily searchable on sites like Files Tube. However, unlike all other recent Windows versions, the leaked version will not have all the features available unless you activate it and the earlier Windows 8 product keys will not work to activate the software.

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We would advice that you stay away from the current leaked version since it might not work properly and include viruses and Trojans.

Denzel Washington Dies in Snowboard Accident Hoax

A new celebrity death hoax is spreading on with famous actor Denzel Washington being made the victim this time. The message is being spread through the same satire website which were behind the rumors of deaths of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves and Mickey Rourke.

The story is being spread through a link which leads to the Media Fetcher website and carries the following report:

Actor Denzel Washington is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today – August 2, 2012.

The actor & novice snowboarder was vacationing at the Zermatt ski resort in Zermatt, Switzerland with family and friends. Witnesses indicate that Denzel Washington lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed.

Denzel Washington was air lifted by ski patrol teams to a local hospital, however, it is believed that the actor died instantly from the impact of the crash. The actor was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played any part in his death.

Additional details and information will be updated as it becomes available. This story is still developing

Please note that this story is not true and is a hoax. Media Fetcher is a satire website which allows users to create fake news items and spread it on the internet. The site looks similar to a news website which is why several users are fooled into sharing the story further.

You can read about our earlier articles on how to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Also don’t forget to bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams and subscribe to our Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.

In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about Avoiding Facebook Lifejacking and Clickjacking scams.

View Craigslist House Listings on Google Maps with CLMapper

If you live(d) in the U.S. you might have used or heard about Craigslist at some point of time. Craigslist is an online classified website which lets you sell or buy almost anything. It is a service which has been useful in finding used furniture, house for rent and more.

However, Craigslist is very simple as is and does not provide users with an intuitive interface that we are used to in several other services on the Internet, specially when it comes to apartment hunting. Previously, one of my favorite service, which I have used several times to find housing; PadMapper, used to provide a interface to map Craigslist house listings on a map. Unfortunately, Craigslist sent them a cease and desist to stop using data from the website.

While that in itself led several users to revolt at Craigslist, the revolt led to nothing and Padmapper will no longer show Craigslist listing on their site. Nevertheless, Craigslist is still useful for finding apartments and if you are a Padmapper user or are looking to view Craigslist listing on a map, you can use a simple Chrome listing which does something similar.

A Google Chrome Extension called CLMapper will allow you to view Craigslist posts on Google maps while you are browsing house listings Craigslist.

CLMapper Craigslist Apartment Mapper

Once you install the extension, you will be able to view all the apartments on an adjoining map as seen in the screenshot above. Clicking on the map will take you to the original Craigslist listing. This is definitely a useful PadMapper alternative because it allows you to only view apartments in a particular area and not browse through everything.

One thing I noticed that this extension does not work in all cities right now. For example, it does not work for New York. However, it does work for other cities/states like New Jersey and Phoenix.

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How To Reverse Mouse Scroll Direction in Mac OS X

I have been a Windows user for probably all my life, but started using Mac a few years ago. While I never required to use an external mouse with my Mac earlier on, I did find the need for one when I started using the Mac for longer periods.

On Windows, a mouse with a scroller will scroll the page in the direction the mouse wheel is scrolled, for example; the page will scroll down when you scroll the mouse wheel downwards and vice versa. However, Apple uses something called as natural scrolling direction and scrolls the page in the opposite direction.

If you are someone who is annoyed because of this strange scrolling behavior on a Mac, you can change the settings to make the page scroll in the direction you scroll the mouse wheel in.

To make that change, head over to System Preferences -> Mice and then uncheck the box next to “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating” (In older Mac OS X versions, this would be the checkbox next to “Natural” scrolling”.

Once you uncheck the box, the page will scroll in the direction of the mouse wheel and not the opposite direction.

Get Valid Credit Card Numbers for Development/Testing

If you are a developer who works on integrating payment gateways into websites, you might have had to use dummy credit card information for testing purposes. While getting valid credit card numbers for testing is not that hard, a new website aims to make it far more easier to test your payment gateway integration.

Get Valid Credit Card Numbers

Get Credit Card Numbers is a service which generates valid credit card numbers for testing purposes. Users can visit the site and get credit card numbers for Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

The website automatically generates a random set of credit card numbers when you visit the site. However, it also provides options to generate valid numbers in JSON, XML and CSV formats as well for individual card types.

If you are a developer who works on payment related modules, this website is definitely something you should bookmark.

Please note that the credit card numbers generated are “not real” and cannot be used to make purchases on the internet.

See Who Linked to Your Website Recently in Google Webmaster Tools

In the past, we have told you about several tools which allow you to check the backlinks to your websites. However, Google has also been providing with a similar feature to check for links to your website in . The problem with the Google Webmaster Tools product was that it did not show you the dates for those links and you had to figure them out yourself.

Download Latest Backlinks from Google Webmaster

Earlier today, Matt Cutts tweeted about a new feature in Google Webmasters which would allow you to download the most recent links to your website as a CSV or also view it directly in .

The new addition allows a webmaster to view the most recent backlinks to their website as seen by Google. The CSV file contains the URL of the webpage which linked to you along with the date Google found the backlink on. This feature is definitely very useful since it will allow you to figure out who is linking to you from Google itself and not have to rely on external tools.

Also See: Easily Remove URLs From Google Index and Google Cache

If you want to download a report of the most recent backlinks to your website, you can visit Google Webmaster Tools and click on the website you want to download it for. Once on the website dashboard, expand the “Traffic” menu item and click on the “Links to Your Site” link.

On that page, you will find two options. The first is “Who links the most” and the second is “Your most linked content”. You can click on the “More >>” link at the bottom of those sections to open any of those options. Once on the inside page, you will find a button to “Download latest links”. Click on the button to download a CSV file or to store the report to your .

As a webmaster, I find this feature very useful and reliable because it is coming from none other than Google. What do you think about this new feature? Do you think it will be beneficial to you? What other features would you like to see built into Google Webmaster Tools? Do share your thoughts with me.

How To Uninstall Office 2013 Consumer Preview

Microsoft revealed the newest version of Office; which is available as a free download (Office 2013 Offline Installer Download). Office 2013 is a souped up version of and uses the Metro interface.

Also Read: Office 2013 Review | Office 2013 Screenshot Tour

While Office 2013 can work simultaneously with earlier versions of Office including Office 2010, there might be reasons where you might want to uninstall it. Uninstalling Office 2013 is pretty simple, however, with Office 2013, Microsoft introduced a new feature where they restrict a single install to 5 computers. So you will also have to deactivate a PC online when you uninstall Office 2013 from your PC.

Deactivate Office 2013 - 365 Online

The first step in uninstalling Office 2013 is to go to https://officepreview.microsoft.com/en-us/MyAccount.aspx (this link will change for future versions) and sign in with your account. Once you have done that, click on the Deactivate link next to the PC you are uninstalling Office 2013. Deactivating the PC will allow  you to install Office 2013 on another PC.

Uninstall Office 2013 365

After you have deactivated the PC, you can open Control Panel -> Programs -> Uninstall a program and look for an entry named “Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium Preview” and click on the “Uninstall” button.

Confirm Uninstall for Office 2013 365

Once you have done that, a new dialog will pop up asking you whether you want to really uninstall the product. Click on the “Uninstall” button in that dialog to perform the uninstallation.

After the uninstallation has been complete, you can check if your older Office products work or run the Repair tool accompanying that product to fix the errors.

HTML5 Based Classic Snake Game

If you are someone from the early era of mobile adopters, you might be familiar with the classic Snake game which came preloaded on mobiles starting in 1998.

Snake HTML5 Game

I remember spending hours and hours playing the game on the cellphone beating records and scores alike. In the years that followed, there were several iterations and enhancements of the games and the mobile gaming market exploded with the introduction of games like and others. However, the classic version still remains favorite of many users.

If you are nostalgic about playing the Snake game on your mobile and don’t have it on your latest smartphone, you can relive those old days by playing a version of the game online.

The classic version of the Snake game has been recreated in HTML5 using JavaScript and CSS. The game is not only fun, but also goes on to show the power of the next generation of HTML. If you are someone who is looking to relive those old memories, you can also  play the Snake game online.

Have you played the Snake game on your mobile? If so, do let me know your thoughts on what you thought of the game back in the days.

Also See: Microsoft Releases HTML5 Version of Cut the Rope for Free

Direct Download Links Office 2013 Consumer Preview

Microsoft unveiled the latest version of Microsoft Office and the successor to yesterday named as . Office 2013 is a refresh of the earlier version and has a metrofied UI, which is the future of Microsoft products including .

Microsoft Office 2013

Microsoft made the consumer preview version of Office 2013 available for downloads yesterday. However, the download is web-based and you will not have access to the installer at a later date.

If you are looking to download a version of Office 2013 to your desktop and use it to install the software on multiple PCs, you will find links for the direct downloads of Office 2013 below.

While you are downloading the Consumer Preview of Office 2013, you might want to check out some of our articles about the new announcement and features in Office 2013.

Have you been able to use Microsoft Office 2013 yet? What are your thoughts about it. Do feel free to let us know about it.

SPDY/3 Support Comes To Google Chrome 22, Firefox Sandbox Builds

Google recently released 21 in the beta channel with support for Webcams and Gamepads. However, another important feature that Google has been working on is the introduction of SPDY (pronounced as Speedy) in the HTTP/2.0 specification. The SPDY protocol has gained a lot of momentum with committing to support the protocol yesterday and several other big players including Twitter and browsers such as 13 supporting it as well.

Chrome SPDY/3 Support

Google has been working on the SPDY protocol since 2009, with it being included in the HTTP/2.0 specifications in January 2012. Since then, several contributors have worked to release newer versions of the protocol with the latest being an experimental release dubbed SPDY/3. Google has also been testing the SPDY protocol on mobile as well. While the goal of the SPDY protocol is to speed up the web, it is up to websites and browsers to implement of the protocol.

However, it looks like two of the major browsers including Firefox and Google Chrome are already working on supporting the SPDY/3 protocol. While the SPDY/3 protocol is restricted to Sandbox builds of Firefox. Google Chrome dev and canary build versions also support SPDY/3 through a switch in about:flags. The support for SPDY/3 is available on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and .

The SPDY protocol is definitely a step towards the future of the web and with major browser support it could help speed up how we access content on the web. Right now, other major browser like Internet Explorer, Safari and do not support SPDY, but hopefully they should do it in newer versions of their browser.