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Increase SkyDrive Storage to 25GB Free for Limited Time

The war has just exploded with the introduction of Google Drive earlier today. With Google Drive, now all major mobile operating system providers have some form of proprietary cloud storage solution including SkyDrive for Windows Phone 7 and iCloud for iOS along with several others like , Box and SugarSync.

Also Read: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive | 5 Best Ways to Keep Documents Online

Both and provide users with 5GB storage space for free whereas SkyDrive provides users with 7GB free space out of the box. SkyDrive initially started out with 25GB free space, but it has now cut down the storage to 7GB. However, if you have been an old user of SkyDrive, you will still be able to claim 25GB of free space.

SkyDrive 25GB Space Promo

To reclaim your 25GB of free space in SkyDrive, you will have to login to your account in your browser. Once you do that, you will see a link on the top saying; SkyDrive’s free storage is changing – claim your free 25GB.

SkyDrive 25GB Free Space Upgrade

Clicking on the link will take you to the manage storage page where you will be given an option to upgrade your storage. Just click on the “Free upgrade” button to increase your storage to 25GB. This option will only be available for a limited time to users who have already used Windows Live SkyDrive in the past. New users will only receive 7GB of free space.

If you are unable to get 25GB in SkyDrive, there are still several other options available including free 50GB space from Box if you are an user and up-to 18GB storage in Dropbox from referrals and free space.

Download Google Drive for Android, Windows and Mac

It was no secret that Google was working on a competitor to and SkyDrive and the official announcement came today. will provide users with 5GB of free space to all users. This is in line with Microsoft’s recent announcement to provide 7GB of free space for SkyDrive.

Google Drive

Google Drive will tightly integrate with and allow users to create and store documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files and more and collaborate with friends and family online.  Additionally, Google Drive will also provide users with apps for PC, Mac and .

Also Read: Google Drive vs Dropbox vs SkyDrive | Google Drive, Another Privacy Disaster

Google Drive will directly compete with the likes of Dropbox and SkyDrive on PCs and mobile devices. It will also be an answer to Microsoft’s SkyDrive on Windows Phone 7 and iOS devices which is not available for Android devices. Dropbox on the other end is available for all mobile devices and also supports Linux. However, their initial free space is only 2GB which might potentially go up now. Additionally, Dropbox also allows for 16GB additional space from referrals.

Also See: Get 50GB Free Space for Android from Box.net | 5 Best Ways to Keep Documents Online

Google Drive will also provide users with a search functionality which will also make use of OCR to search images and scanned documents thanks to their acquisition of reCaptcha. This is definitely a big plus for them.

You can download Google Drive for your computer or device by using the link below; an iOS app will be released soon:

*Please note that the Android app is a rebranding of the Google Docs app for Android.

Watch NFL Draft 2012 Online Live

It is only a few more days before the start of the draft of America’s favorite sport. The NFL Draft 2012 is all set to begin on Thursday April, 26th at the Radio City Hall in New York. The first round of NFL Draft 2012 will begin at 7:30PM Eastern time, the second and third round will be held on April 27 and rounds four to seven will be held on April 28.

This year’s draft will be pretty interesting considering that there is a lot of talent available and the teams might try to trade up to get their requirements fulfilled. Draft trades are pretty tricky and can happen as late as the last minute of drafting. Expect a lot of teams to switch positions before the draft begins.

It is a foregone conclusion that this years first round pick will be Andrew Luck who will be picked by Indianapolis Colts followed by Robert Griffin III who will go to Washington Redskins. Other than the first two picks, expect a lot of suspense for the other spots.

The NFL Draft will be aired on the NFL Network and ESPN on TV. However, if you are not near a television you can easily catch up on all the live NFL Draft 2012 action on the internet on your computer or mobile phone.

If you want to watch the NFL Draft 2012 Live online, you can visit the official NFL website at http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/live. Additionally, you can also catch up the action on ESPN’s official website at http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/draft/live.

Hopefully, this years draft will be pretty exciting. We’ll try and add more sources to watch the NFL Draft 2012 online live once we come across them.

Hate Gmail’s New Interface? Get Old Gmail Interface with This Stylish Script

Just like the new Facebook timeline, also recently forced their new theme on users and apparently many people are not happy with this decision. While Gmail earlier provided a simple way to revert back the Gmail interface, that option is no longer available. This has definitely not gone down too well with Gmail users.

So is there any way in which you could revert back to the old Gmail interface? Well, not officially, but you can still do it thanks to a Stylish script.

Old Gmail Interface

The Return of Old Gmail Stylish script is one which resembles the “Old Gmail” interface the most. Although the overall interface is not as neat (see screenshot above), it definitely is one of the best options if you despise the new Gmail interface. The script in question reverts back some of the Gmail styles to the older one and also reverts back the top navigation in Gmail.

You will also find several other Stylish scripts for Gmail, however, the one listed here seems to be the best alternative to get back the old Gmail interface. You can also try out several other themes for Gmail by using this Stylish search.

Please note that users will have to install the Stylish before using the scripts. users can also install the Stylish extension or install the Stylish script as a script and run it as an .

Google Search Adds Dedicated Application Search for Mobile, PC & Browser Apps

Mobile smartphones and tablets are the future of computing and lot of companies understand that very well. One of the most important things that make a smartphone successful is the number of apps that are available for that particular platform. Most of the major platforms like iOS, and Windows Phone 7 all have dedicated app stores where users can download apps for their platforms.

Google Applications Search

However, it looks like several people are also searching for those using Google. An indication of this is a dedicated section in Google search where users can search for "Applications" as seen in the screenshot above.

The new section available in the LHS menu allows users to search for applications in various app stores. However, the list of app stores/websites seem to be limited to Apple and Google for now. For example, my search for "rowi" the popular app for Windows Phone did not yield any results from Windows Phone marketplace, however, a search for everything listed it as the second result.

The Applications search is not just limited to mobile phones though and can also be used to search for extension and apps, add-ons, Windows applications, Mac OS X software and more. A dedicated option for Applications is definitely good because and will allow users to quickly find download links to their applications.

I am not sure if the Applications search is new or old, but it was probably the first time I have personally seen it. Have you seen the Applications search before? Do you find it useful while looking to download apps?

Want to Start a Real Internet Biz This Year? Twitter Spam

We deal with a lot of spam on a day to basis; in email and social networking sites as well. In social networking sites, has usually been the leader in scams but has not been far behind as well.

start_internet_biz_twitter_scam

For the past couple of months quite a few scams have been spreading on Twitter including ones where people were sent DMs with messages like Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You and You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things. While both of those were actually phishing attacks, a new spam message is currently spreading on Twitter with the message:

want to start a real internet biz this year? you must check this out [link redacted]

The link in question leads users to a fake website which talks about making money. Such kind of websites are dime a dozen and we have reported about them in the past. For example, the Work from home scam.

Ironically the website in question opens their fake or what they call "loosely based on truth" article with the question "Are Work at Home Programs a Scam?".  They even have a disclaimer at the bottom (do read it) which says:

I UNDERSTAND THIS WEBSITE IS ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE OF WHAT MIGHT BE ACHIEVABLE FROM USING THIS/THESE PRODUCTS, AND THAT THE STORY DEPICTED ABOVE IS NOT TO BE TAKEN LITERALLY.

It is not really clear as to how these messages are being spread on Twitter right now because the website in question does not have an option or link to share it on Twitter. If the message was shared without your knowledge please make sure to change your Twitter password immediately.

As far as making quick money online, I would suggest that you avoid all such claims that tell you about making thousands of dollars on the Internet. Most of them are usually scams will just make you part with some of your own.

FREE Tom’s Shoes: 24 Hours Left Facebook Scam

Remember the free Facebook shoes scam and the more recent Free Tom’s Shoes scam? Well, it looks like the same Facebook scam is now spreading more rapidly using several differing messages.

Get a FREE Pair of Toms Shoes (Limited Time Only) Facebook Scam

The Facebook spam is spreading several messages including among others:

Tom’s Shoes Giveaway: Grab it NOW!. ONLY 24 HOURS LEFT: FREE Pair of Tom’s Shoes! Grab your free pair of Tom’s shoes! FREE Tom’s Shoes: 24 Hours Left. FREE Tom’s Shoes Pair: Only FEW HOURS LEFT!

The scam is similar to the earlier Free Tom’s Shoes scam where users were taken to a bogus site and asked to share the link on and also "like" the page to get a pair of Free Tom’s shoes. Doing the above does not give you any free Tom’s shoes but spreads the scam on your Facebook wall/timeline. Also, there are several websites which are being used to spread this scam with URLs that include Tom’s Shoes or something similar.

Just like those free Gift Card scams and iPad giveaway scams, spotting such scams are easy because no company would probably give away free stuff on Facebook to millions of users. If they do, it would be through their official Facebook Fan page and not through some scam website.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. 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. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Greece For Sale on eBay

They say you can put anything for sale on eBay. However, this one takes the cake.

It is a well known fact that Greece is facing a huge financial crisis and has been the most problematic nation in the Eurozone. Greece has also received bailouts from other Eurozone countries, but it is still struggling to stay stable. So what now?

Greece For Sale on eBay

It looks like one Greece citizen has taken it up on himself to right the country by putting up Greece for sale on eBay. Yes, you heard it right, Greece or what sounds like it has been put up on sale on eBay. If you thought that was bizarre, the listing has already received 75 bids and the current bid stands at $77,877.77.

This is not the first time that someone has put their country on sale on eBay successfully. Back in 2008, a guy had managed to put Iceland for Sale on eBay too.

The listing has been placed under the Weird Stuff -> Slightly Unusual category (some humor there) with a description.

I’m offering my country for sale. What is left of it anyway. Slightly used, low wages, low pensions,  low expectations. Lots of sunshine though, free at the moment.

Many natural resources, minerals etc that are still untouched. Bureaucracy at its best. Great bribe-to-do system, over 20 years of experience.

Obedience at the IMF, bankers and the Troika is guaranteed, no questions asked.

The buyer will get for free 300 politicians, highly trained at the University of  Fine Arts of Scandals. And free Greek Bonds with extremely high international market value. For confetti.

I will provide the best possible certificate that you will ever imagine, maybe even a custom one that you’ll ask.

P.s.
No hard feelings.

The seller also provides Free shipping. I am wondering how he is going to pull that off. BTW, back in Jan 2012 Apple became richer than Greece.

(h/t @gmanka)

Update: The listing has now been removed.

Flashback Trojan Infection Affects 600,000 Macs

Mac OS X has been devoid of any large scale viruses and Trojans for a long time now. However, of late as the popularity of Mac has grown, virus creators have started targeting the OS with new viruses. This is evident with the number of viruses and Trojans which are being written for Mac. Take for example the Fake Mac Defender Anti-Virus (removal instructions).

A recent investigation by a security group has found out that a new virus called Flashback has been infecting nearly 600,000 Macs globally. The latest variation of this virus has been targeting an unpatched Java vulnerability in Mac based PCs. The OSX Flashback Trojan connects to a remote server and downloads instructions and payload. Once the payload has been downloaded the malware will modify webpages in the web browser and try to collect personal and other information and send it back to their servers.

If you are a Mac user, the first thing you should do is apply the new patch supplied by Apple that patches this vulnerability. However, there is a chance that you might have been already infected by the Trojan.

F-secure has put up some detailed instructions on their website to find out whether you are infected by the Flashback Trojan for Mac along with instructions to remove the OSX Flashback Trojan. You can visit this page to find instructions for removing Flashback Trojan and remove it from your system.

The detection and removal instructions are targeted towards advanced users so you might want to have someone familiar with Terminal taking a look at it for you.

Also, don’t forget to apply the latest update patch supplied by Apple. To do that, open the main system menu on your Mac by clicking on the “Apple icon” and click on the item “Software update”. Once the software update has checked for updates, apply any new patch/Java update that is available for your system.

We’ll try and post more simpler detection and removal instructions for this shortly.

OMG! I Cant Believe That Miley Cyrus Can Do This Facebook Spam

After a brief lull a new video scam has made its way the social networking website. The new Miley Cyrus scam is spreading similar to older scams where users are made to believe that celebrities are doing nasty things which are caught on video.

The new Facebook scam is spreading with the following message and is accompanied by a NSFW image:

OMG! I Cant Believe That Miley Cyrus Can Do This!

I cant believe MILEY Sucked it so hard! She Is Desperate!

In February and March, a lot of similar scams had made their way to Facebook which included OMG Have You Watched This Embarrassing Videos on Live TV, Hidden Camera in Selena and Justin’s Bedroom and Whitney Houston’s dead video scams. Also, Miley Cyrus has also been part of previous Facebook scams like the I Lost All Respect for Miley Cyrus After Watching This Video! and the Miley Cyrus Sick Video Scam.

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The current Miley Cyrus scam takes users to a webpage which looks very similar to Facebook and contains a fake video player and comments. Clicking on the play link on the video asks you to share the page on Facebook before you can start watching the video in question. However, sharing the link does not do anything and it will keep prompting you to share the video to watch it.

Even though the Miley Cyrus spam is not as deadly as other Facebook spam messages, it is definitely annoying when your friends see NSFW images on their timeline. It is always better to control your curiosity.

With over 800 million users on Facebook, the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scams and spam messages. 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. Alternatively, you can follow our dedicated scams page on Facebook – Techie Buzz Scam Monitor.

Indiatimes to Broadcast IPL 5 Matches Online

There are just 2 days to go for the fifth edition of IPL tournament to begin and the excitement is already building up. One of crickets’ most talked about tournament, IPL 5 2012 will start from April 4, 2012. This year’s IPL 5 Opening ceremony will have performances from Katy Perry and Prabhudeva.

IPL 5 2012 Online

IPL 5 is one of the biggest cricketing tournaments in India at have matches at convenient hours. However, the online broadcasting of IPL 5 gives users an opportunity to catch up on the live action of the cricket matches while on the go.

This years’ official partner for broadcasting the match online is Times Group’s Indiatimes. Viewers will be able to catch up on all the live action for IPL 5 2012 on the Indiatimes IPL website at http://ipl.indiatimes.com. Users can also catch up on the latest IPL 5 news and scores on the official website at http://www.iplt20.com.

Indiatimes got the telecast rights for IPL after the initial online broadcasting for IPL 3 had gone to . However, the broadcasting of IPL 4 in 2011 was later jointly streamed by both Indiatimes and YouTube on Indiatimes official YouTube channel. Users can also watch the IPL broadcast on Indiatimes official channel on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/indiatimes. Additionally, you can also find more links to watch IPL 5 2012 Online.

Somebody is Saying Real Bad Rumors About You Twitter Phishing Attack

Last month users were attacked using a DM scam where users received direct messages from people they know saying "You Seen What This Person is Saying About You Terrible Things". The affected several users who went on to click on the accompanying link and then entered their Twitter username and password on the phishing website.

It looks like another similar scam is currently spreading on Twitter through direct messages. The phishing scam is similar to the earlier attacks and is spreading with the following message:

Hi. somebody is saying real bad rumors about you here ;(

The message is accompanied by a link, clicking on which will lead you to a website which spoofs the twitter interface and tells you to login using your Twitter username and password. The URL is also made to look very similar to that of Twitter.

twitter_phishing_dm_attack

The webpage in question asks you to enter your username and password and then redirects you to install an app on Twitter which in turn sends out rogue messages to all your followers.

Please DO NOT enter you username and password since the scammers will then gain access to your account username and password. If you do enter your username and password into the phishing page, the scammers will then redirect you to Twitter and ask permission to install an app which will then send out the rogue message as a direct message to all your followers and continue spreading the phishing attack.

To avoid phishing attacks, always look at the URL to see whether you are entering your password on the site itself and not some masked URL which is made to look like the original site. Additionally, you should also periodically check the apps you have given access to in your Twitter account and remove unwanted apps. Learn how to remove apps or revoke app permissions in Twitter.

Watch IPL5 Opening Nite Ceremony Online Live

Now that the Indian team is out of the Asia Cup all eyes will be on the upcoming IPL 5 2012 from April 4th-May 27th 2012. However, more than cricket, this years IPL Opening Nite ceremony will create a lot of buzz.

Katy Perry IPL 5 Opening Nite

BCCI has confirmed that the Katy Perry will be performing at the IPL 5 Opening Nite ceremony along with a performance by Prabhudeva. The IPL Opening Nite will be held at the YMCA College of Physical Education grounds in Chennai at 7PM on 3rd April, before IPL 5 officially kicks off (IPL 5 2012 Live Streaming).

The event will also have a lot of Bollywood superstars in attendance like Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and more. It definitely looks an exciting event.

The event officially starts off at 7:30PM and if you are not around a TV at that time, you can catch up on the IPL 5 Opening Nite ceremony live online. You can can visit the Indiatimes IPL website at http://ipl.indiatimes.com to catch up on the IPL 5 Opening Nite or on the official IPL website at http://www.iplt20.com.

If these streams do not work for you, you can try out unofficial streams at hitcric.info and crictime.com among others. However, please check the legality of these streams before you use them.

We will try and add more streams from or other official sources as soon as they are announced. In the meantime enjoy the IPL5 2012 Opening Nite.

Watch IPL5 2012 Live Online

The Indian cricket team has not been doing well of late, first by not making the final of the Australian series and now by losing out on a spot in the finals of the Asia Cup. However, that all will be history in the next 14 days when the IPL 2012 starts on April 4, 2012.

IPL 5 2012 Online

In this years edition 9 teams will compete against each other from April 4th to May 27th for the trophy. The first game of this season will be between last years winner Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

Like always, IPL is about creating cricketing frenzy and this year too there will lots of fun and frolic. However, it has to be seen whether the fans will respond well considering how badly the entire Indian team has been playing of late.

Regardless, you can always enjoy the IPL 2012 matches live online at several outlets. For live match telecasts of IPL5 2012, you can visit the Indiatimes IPL website at http://ipl.indiatimes.com. Additionally, you can also catch up on all the action on the official IPL website at http://www.iplt20.com.

If these streams do not work for you, you can try out unofficial streams at hitcric.info and crictime.com among others. However, please check the legality of these streams before you use them.

We will try and add more streams from or other official sources as soon as they are announced. In the meantime enjoy the IPL5 2012 season.

Work At Home Mom Earns $6,795/Month Facebook Scam

It’s a crazy economy with jobs hard to come by. However, no job is better than that of a scammer because they are the one’s who easily make money by fooling people. A new Facebook scam is spreading which takes advantage of the current economy by posting a link with various messages on how a "Mom earns $6,795 a month from home".

Work At Home Mom Earns $6K Scam

Well, these are just some of the messages which are spreading on Facebook. There are several others which are also included with the link. The link in question is also a sham because it fools users into believing that the article is posted on the popular website CNBC.

Also Read: How to Prevent Your Facebook Account from Getting Hacked | Anatomy of a Phishing Email

The scam is spreading on with the following messages:

Work at home Mom Earns $6,795/month
Discover how this Work From Home Mom has Earned a Living during these tough economic times.

Omg!, more than 80,000 people in the U.S. get hired online every day, no wonder everyone in America are all fat everyone sits at home.

Interesting, statistics show that in 2012 internet employment rates have nearly doubled compared to last years.. I found myself a new job :D

Interesting, more than 60,000 people in the US get hired online every day, no wonder people in America are all fat everyone sits at home!

Interesting…, employment rates in the US has gone up nearly 20%.. better yet i just got hired thanks to

looks like in the next few years everyone is gonna be working from home, internet employment rates in america have DOUBLED during the past 3 years. i just got my online job today like me

The site in question does a pretty good job at spoofing the CNBC website, however, neither is the site affiliated with CNBC and nor is the article correct. The article fools users into signing up for some "Internet Payday System" which will then make them money and leave you with a little less cash.

Work From Home Mom Scam

 

Such scams are not new and there have been several instances where people have been fooled by advertisement and emails as well. It is always advisable to not believe in such systems because you will usually end up losing money. I agree the economy is not all that great but this would hardly help you out.

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

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.