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How To Change Monitor Orientation in Mac OS X

I am primarily a Windows 7 user and prefer usually multiple monitors while at work. However, I also work with a Mac Book Pro. While I usually never used the MBP in a multi-monitor setup, I have started doing it now.

Display Options from System Preferences

One of the problems I have faced with both Windows 7 and Mac OS X in a multi-monitor setup is that the orientation of the monitor is usually left to right by default and this is a pain when you are connecting a laptop to an external monitor and want to move your mouse between monitors.

I had written a post to change dual monitor position for Windows 7 earlier, if you are a Mac OS X user, you can follow the instructions below to do it on a Mac as well.

Step 1: Open Finder and open up the “System Preferences” from under “Applications”

Step 2: Click on the “Display” option under in the System Preferences window. This will pop up the display options window on all the multi-monitor.

Change Monitor Orientation in Mac OS X

Step 3: Now on the main monitor, click on the “Arrangement” tab and you will see the monitors you have attached to the Mac. Using this screen you can drag and drop the monitor as per your orientation.

That’s it. You can now move your mouse across monitors the way you have set the orientations of the monitor.

Amitabh Bachchan Dies in Car Crash Hoax

While Hollywood actors being killed by people who spread hoaxes on the Internet is not new, pranksters have now decided to target popular Bollywood actors as well.

After Micky Rourke and John Cena were recently declared dead by hoaxers, popular Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan was also killed by some internet idiot in an accident. The report of the death of Amitabh Bachchan spread like wildfire on Twitter and Facebook. However, the actor is definitely safe and sound and has been tweeting fun tweets.

The message was spread through a link on a satire website called swell server and had the following report:

(Local Team News 9) Amitabh Bachan died in a single vehicle crash on Route 80 between Morristown and Roswell. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics responding to the vehicle accident and was identified by photo ID found on his body. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in this accident – June 28, 2012

Highway Safety Investigators have told reporters that Amitabh Bachan lost control while driving a friend’s vehicle on Interstate 80 and rolled the vehicle several times killing him instantly.

The vehicle was believed to have been traveling at approximately 95 miles per hour in a 55mph zone at the time of the accident.

Witnesses have stated that Amitabh Bachan’s car crossed the double lines several times prior to the accident and hit the center lane divider causing the vehicle to flip and roll.

Toxicology tests will be performed to determine whether he was driving under the influence, however initial findings indicate that durgs or alcohol did not contribute in any way to this accident as it was more likely to been caused by road conditions.

Memorial services for Amitabh Bachan have not yet been announced. The service is expected to be a closed casket funeral due to the severe head trauma.

Additional details and information will be forthcoming as they become available.

This story is 100% false and is a rumor. Please do not fall for such stupid news in the future. Also, in future do not spread such stories and try and confirm things through your local news.

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Watch Google I/O 2012 Online

Google I/O will be starting tomorrow and 5500 developers will come together at the highly anticipated developer conference held by Google. Google’s I/O event will also grab more eyeballs after the recent introduction of iOS 6 and Microsoft’s Surface tablet and next generation of Windows Phone O.S.

Google I/O Live 2012

Google will most likely be introducing the latest Android OS; Jelly Bean (see Jelly Bean structure at Googleplex) to the world along with the rumored 7 inch Google Nexus tablet. However, there may be several more announcements which could turn out to be exciting.

Google I/O keynotes are usually streamed online and on YouTube. The first Google I/O keynote will begin on June 27 at 9:30 Am and can be watched at https://developers.google.com/events/io/ or http://www.youtube.com/GoogleDevelopers. You can also find other keynotes and developer events at their I/O live page at https://developers.google.com/events/io/io-live

We will try and add links to videos to these post when the event goes live.

Chrome Starts Blocking Extensions, Apps and Greasemonkey Scripts Outside Chrome Store

When Google launched the Store, it was one a good step ahead to provide users with Extensions and apps from a centralized location. However, Chrome still allowed users to install extensions and user scripts from any website making it a little insecure.

Chrome Blocking Extensions

However, it looks like Google is now beefing up on security and disallowing users from installing extensions, apps and user scripts from outside the . Users will now be prompted with a message saying “Extensions, apps and user scripts can only be added from the Chrome Web Store” when they try to install something which is not part of the Chrome Web Store.

While this is a good thing, it means that and Stylish scripts will stop working out of the box now unless a users changes Chrome’s settings or till they are included as a part of the Chrome Web Store.

So will users be able to still install extensions and scripts that are not part of Chrome Web Store? Well, the answer is Yes. Earlier this month, Martin from GHacks had posted about this problem and the potential fix. The fix is listed in a Chrome bug report which says:

You are no longer supposed to be able to install extensions off-store in Chrome. See  bug 55584  for details.

In order to install off-store extensions, the user must download them to a directory and drag them onto chrome://extensions/.

I intend to polish this UI a bit to hide the download bar so that people don’t click on it. I’d also like to add some UI that tells users that extension install is disabled off store or something, but we still haven’t figured out what that will look like.`

The bug referred in the above fix was a feature request which will allow enterprise users to disable users from installing extensions outside the Chrome Store while providing them with an option to whitelist other sources through an admin interface.

So dragging and dropping those extensions and user scripts to the extension page should currently allow you to install those extensions. You can also completely disable this feature by loading Chrome with the “–enable-easy-off-store-extension-install” flag. However, this is not recommended.

*Please note that the blocking currently does not happen in stable builds of Google Chrome.

Mickey Rourke Dies in Snowboard Accident Hoax

Another new celebrity death is being spread on both on with regards to famous actor Mickey Rourke dying in a snowboard accident. The news is similar to earlier hoaxes which Arnold Schwarzenegger and Keanu Reeves were victims of.

The message is being spread through the same satire website mediafetcher and is a hoax and not real news. Rest assured, Mickey Rourke is not dead.

The link in question leads you to a fake story page, which has the following content:

Actor Mickey Rourke is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today – June 24, 2012.

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

Mickey Rourke 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.

Please do not spread this fake message around.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams. It is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook. Here is a post on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to 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.

Twitter Down; Suffering Massive Outage

It looks like has gone down and it is far more serious than the fail whale we are used to seeing. The website itself is not inaccessible and it looks like it has suffered some kind of massive outage.

Twitter Down

Right now there is no update on the status blog too. We have reached out to Twitter to find out what has caused the outage.

Update #1: Twitter posted  a message on their status blog confirming the downtime

Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.

Update #2: has started displaying messages to users on Twitter being inaccessible for several users as well

google_chrome_twitter_down

Update #3: Looks like Twitter is back up

Update #4: And it appears like another Twitter outage

Stay tuned for further updates….

Google Testing Horizontal Menus in Search Results

Google has been continuously enhancing their Google search results by adding several new features including Knowledge Graph and a dedicated application search for Mobile, PC & Browser Apps. In addition to that, they also rolled out a complete new redesign for Google Search.

Google Search Old Vertical Navigation

One of the changes from the new design from Google was the left hand navigation menus which allowed you to search within several different Google products and also refine your search (see screenshot above). However, it looks like Google has started testing a new design which has a Horizontal menu as seen in the screenshot below.

Google Horizontal Menu Navigation

The new search results page moves the navigation below the search box and also reduces the space it used in the earlier left hand side navigation design. I found the new horizontal navigation to be more useful than the left hand side, it it worked properly that is.

Right now it looks like the horizontal navigation was rolled out accidentally because clicking on the “More down arrow key”  does not do anything. Additionally, the “Settings icon” and the “Search tools” links are broken as well.

Looking at the problems with current navigation it looks like someone just pushed the wrong button at Google However, the new navigation is definitely better and may be rolled out to users in the next weeks or so.

Facebook Displaying Number of Friends Who Logged in Recently and Friend Activity

Of late, Facebook has been playing around a lot with their interface with improvements of fonts they use as well as the way Facebook photo albums are now displayed.

Facebook Friends Logged In Notification

It looks like Facebook has also started to display the number of friends who have recently logged in to Facebook as spotted by Parth. In addition to that Joel also spotted another update as seen below which shows you an activity of your Facebook friends reading your posts.

Facebook Friends Viewed Post

 

The new updates display messages below the post box which include:

xx friends logged in recently

Your friends haven’t seen a post from you for xx days

From the looks of it, Facebook is trying to display some useful bits of information to users, which is probably similar to the reports it displays to “Facebook fan page” owners on engagement and reach on the fan page.

While this feature might not really be useful as of yet, it would be interesting if Facebook also starts displaying the friends who recently logged in along with their activities. In addition to that, it would be interesting to see if Facebook also adds a feature from the social networking site Orkut, which displays the number of people who have visited your profile.

There has been a huge craze in Facebook where users are interested in viewing their recent profile visitors and it has been a major reason behind many Facebook scams out there. It would be good if they have something official out there which does such a thing.

We’ll keep an eye on other interesting updates and post about them as soon as we see them.

CNBC.Com Spoof Twitter Spam on The Rise

Of late, Twitter users are being  bombarded with tons of direct messages which contain links to a spoof CNBC website that shows you how to make tons of money while sitting at home. While these types of spam messages are not new and have been circulated in the past (See: Want to Start a Real Internet Biz This Year?), the number of DMs these days are hitting the roof.

CNBC.com Twitter DM Spam

The spam is being circulating in various forms and includes messages (accompanied with a spoof CNBC.com link) like:

Hey, Be your own boss man!

Hey, Why be bitched around, turn the tables on em!

Hey, Change your life, TODAY!

Hey, Why bother doing somebody elses dirty work?

Hey, This is how you make REAL money!

Though these spam messages are not as bad as the bad rumors about you and terrible things about you phishing attacks, they are annoying as hell. The links are created by some work-from-home scammers who want to rip you off and make money themselves.

The link in the message usually takes you to a website which looks very similar to CNBC.com and contain fictitious headlines like “New York Mom Earns $6,795/Month Part-Time”. The website also goes on to detail their online business in the rest of the content and how they are making tons of money accompanied with some fake screenshots of Google AdSense and other money-making websites.

While it is easy to fall prey to because the the website is designed to look like CNBC (and many times other popular news outlets), as a user, you should always look at the URL to see what the domain is.  For example, CNBC.com should always end in CNBC.com followed by any additional parameters and not CNBC.com-scammerdomain.info as in this case.

It is apparent that the users themselves are not sending these messages. So, it might be that users’ accounts are being compromised using other phishing attacks or Twitter apps. As a precaution, change your Twitter password immediately if such messages were sent from your account and also revoke app permissions on Twitter.

Work from Home scams have been going around for years now, but the barrage of spam hitting both Twitter and Facebook is very high. It is high time that both these social networking websites up their ante and start protecting their users from spammers and scammers.

 

Vizio Launches Crapware Free All-In-One PCs and Laptops

One of the things I hate while buying OEM PCs is that they come filled with tons of unwanted crapware and software which are both useless to me and not required for the functioning of the PC. I usually end up wiping up the PC and installing my own set of software. The idea of having to clean up bloatware does not ring well with consumers and it looks like Vizio’s foray into the desktop and laptop industry will change things forever.

Vizio All-In-ONE PC

Yesterday at an event in NYC, Vizio launched their new line of All-In-One PCs and Laptops which will not contain any additional software except for the operating system. Yes, you heard it right. Vizio has worked with Microsoft to keep their out-of-box PCs simple and will not include any extra software including Microsoft’s own Office.

Vizio had been working on these PCs for last couple of years and the fruits were definitely visible in the way the products were designed. The All-In-One PCs and laptops are sleek and well designed and like many may say very similar to the Mac. However, one cannot help but notice that Vizio did make them standout well at a far more cheaper cost than their competition.

All of Vizio’s products use 3rd Generation Intel Processors with Ivy Bridge processors in the laptop. The laptops also come with Nvidia’s Kepler graphics card.

Here are the specifications and prices for Vizio’s newly launched All-In-One PCs and Laptops.

24″ and 27″ All-In-One PCs

The 24″ and 27″ All-In-One PCs include a HD monitor along with a wireless keyboard, trackpad, remote and 2.1 subwoofer. The device has an adjustable monitor and also a brilliant look and feel.

Vizio 27 inch and 24 inch All-In-One PCs

Specifications and Pricing

You get a 24″ or 27″ Full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080p) Resolution Monitor. The AIOs also come with Intel Core i3, 3rd Gen Dual Processors and 4GB RAM. You will also have plenty of disk space with a 1 TB HDD and an additional 32 GB SSD to make things faster. The graphics card is the Intel HD 4000 Graphics which is on-board.

There are also plenty of ports including 4 USB 3.0 ports, 1 eSATA port, 2 HDMI Input ports and a SD Card reader slot among others. The PCs will also come with a charging unit which also doubles as a 2.1 Subwoofer with SRS sound surround. The All-In-One PCs are reasonably priced and start at $898.

14.1″ and 15.6″ Ultra-thin HD Laptops

Along with the All-In-One PCs, Vizio also launched a new line of Ultra-thin laptops, which are really thin and pack a whole lot of power into it. Vizio worked hard with Intel and their other partners to fit all those goodies into a very compact space. Kudos to them on pulling this off. All Vizio laptops have a aluminum unibody construction and comes with a trackpad which is not the best one you could use. Hopefully, some driver updates could fix that.

Vizio Ultra-thin Laptop

Specifications and Price

The 14.1″ HD comes with a 1600×900 resolution and 15.6″ Full HD with 1080p (1920×1080) resolution. Both the ultra books use Intel 3rd generation dual core Ivy bridge processors. The ultrabooks will also come equipped with 4GB RAM and 256GB SSD and make use of the Intel HD 4000 graphics card which is on-board.

It also includes 2 USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI out port and promises battery life of up to 7 hours in ideal conditions.  Both the 14.1″ and 15.6″ Ultra-thin laptops will also start retailing at $898.

15.6″ Notebook Specifications and Price

In addition to the ultra-thin laptops, Vizio also launched a powerful notebook which has some great specs. The 15.6″ notebook comes with a Full HD 1080p display with a 1920×1080 max resolution. It is also powered by a third-gen Intel quad core processor and will have up to 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD with a 32GB SSD for performance boost.

The 15.6″ notebook will also come with Nvidia’s latest Kepler graphics card and provide up to 6 hours of battery life. It also has several ports including 2 USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI output along with a SD Card reader. The Vizio Notebook will also retail for about $898.

Overall Vizio has definitely set a new precedent with the crapware and bloatware free AIO PCs and laptops. The products are designed well and will have the ability to stand-out in a market full of OEMs who are fighting the influx of smartphones and tablets. Rest aside, the PC is not dead yet.