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Pre-Order New iPad 3 Right Now

will be launching in US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Honk Kong, Singapore and Australia on March 16th 2012. The prices for the WiFi/4G version of the device is similar to the .

iPad 3

Apple will begin shipping the iPad 3/iPad HD device on March 16th. However, as a user you can start pre-ordering the iPad 3 right now. To pre-order the iPad 3 you can visit the the Apple Store at http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipad/family/ipad.

Apple 3 will also be available at retailers across this country. Read the iPad 3 specifications and also learn about the price for the latest iPad or as they call it the "New iPad".

iPad 3/iPad HD Price for iPad WiFi and iPad 4G

The was officially announced at the the Apple event today and it definitely has some exciting new features with Retina display at 2048 x 1536 pixels. The 3 also sports a new camera which supports 1080HD video recording and a new camera from the .

The pricing for the iPad 3 remains similar to the older version. You can order the iPad 3 in either WiFi or 4G versions. Here is the price for the new iPad from Apple.

iPad 3 WiFi version Price

  • 16 GB for $499
  • 32 GB for $599
  • 64 GB for $699

iPad 3 4G version Price

  • 16 GB for $629
  • 32 GB for $729
  • 64 GB for $829

You can start pre-ordering the iPad today. Shipments for iPad 3 will begin on March 16, 2012 for 10 countries which include US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Honk Kong, Singapore and Australia.

iOS 5.1 Will Have Facebook Integration

A few months back Apple and had a problem over API access in iTunes Ping which led to Apple removing Facebook integration from Ping and then ditching them completely in favor of Twitter in iOS 5. However, it looks like the fight between Facebook and Apple might finally be over.

Last month we had reported that Facebook integration was spotted in iOS 5.1 Beta 3 and it looks like iOS 5.1 might actually have a deeper integration with the social networking website.

Facbeook iOS 5.1 Integration

Since the problems between Apple and Facebook arose, Facebook started displaying "via mobile" as the update method for their . However, it looks like few hours before the iPad 3/iPad HD event, Facebook has started to display the "via Facebook for iPhone" again.

Our editors Parth and Sathya tested out that updates sent from the / or iPad show the via as seen in the image above. I also tested the same for and continued seeing "via mobile".

So will iOS now have Facebook integration like it has for ? Well, our editors think that we should definitely see it during tomorrows announcement. We’ll keep you updated with more information if we come across it and keep you in the loop.

Friendsheet, Pinterest for Facebook Photos

Pinterest has been creating a lot of social media traction, specially among the female crowd. It has become one of the best ways to find interesting things that are pinned by users to an online pin board. Pinterest has also been one of the biggest social media stories aside from and in recent times.

Friendsheet, Pinterest for Facebook Photos

While interest in Pinterest is not dying down, a new service/Facebook app might change things a bit. A new service called Friendsheet allows you to browse your friends photos on Facebook in an interface which is similar to that of Pinterest.

The app asks users to login using Facebook and then asks for certain permissions before it can fetch all your friends photos. Once you have successfully logged in you will be able to browse all your friends photos. It displays all your friends photos in a neat interface (similar to Pinterest). You can then easily; like, share and comment on your friends photos from the same interface. It also provides with an option for endless scrolling where you can load new photos from your friends by scrolling to the bottom of the page.

Friendsheet touts itself as the best photo browser for Facebook and though it does not provide any other functionality other than browsing your friends photos, it definitely has a lot of scope to compete with Pinterest. Also, the fact that Mark Zuckerberg himself shared the service might ring a few bells among the Pinterest developers.

Dreamhost Down, Takes Down Millions of Websites With it

It looks like the popular shared hosting website Dreamhost is down and not working. Apparently, the outage is so huge that even the website Dreamhost.com and their admin panel at panel.dreamhost.com seems to be down.

Dreamhost hosts millions of websites on their server and this seems to have caused all of them to be inaccessible for now.

Additionally, several other sites which run on Dreamhost is down as well. We have an outage on our own cache servers too. There is no update from Dreamhost about this on their status website (http://status.dreamhost.com)

We have contacted Dreamhost to find out more about this outage and will update this post once we have more information.

Update: Dreamhost has posted updates saying that most of its customer accounts should be working fine. However, the web panel and dreamhost.com continues to remain inaccessible right now.

Story developing…

OMG Check Out This, Jumping Crab Video Facebook Scam

A new video scam called "OMG Check Out This Jumping Crab", similar to the check out my home video scam is spreading on . The scam is dangerous because it downloads a virus/malware to your computer.

The Facebook scam is spreading with the following message:

OMG! CHECK OUT THIS? Jumping Crab learn more about jumpingbaby

Of late, I have seen this scam spread with several different messages. However, it looks like the people behind the scam are similar because they are targeting people and asking them to install a "DivX Plugin" and a " premium plugin". DO NOT Install anything because it is a malware/virus.

Jumping Crab Scam

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.

How To Keep Google From Tracking Your Searches

Google recently decided to club all their privacy policies into a unified version. The reason Google provided was that they wanted to provide a personalized experience by combining all the information across the services they provide.

However, this change has caused a lot of people to become paranoid. In fact, Google has also received warnings from the EU among others. People have been deleting their Google history so that Google does not hold this information any more.

Well, is that enough? Actually not, so the good folks behind "Joy of Tech" have come up with a foolproof way on "How to keep Google from watching your searches".

Stop Google Tracking

Do make sure to follow all the steps Smile. And yes, it is Friday and this was another episode of our  Smile.

Thanks Arpit.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Dies in Snowboard Accident Hoax

Like always, scammers are trying to kill another popular celebrity on the social networking site . A new scam is spreading on Facebook where some obscure and fake website is reporting that Hollywood actor and hero of movies like Terminator; Arnold Schwarzenegger has dead in a snowboard accident.

After spreading a scam saying Keanu Reeves Dies In Snowboard Accident, they are now spreading a similar scam for Arnold Schwarzenegger . The scam is spreading with the following message:

Arnold Schwarzenegger dies in snowboard accident

Arnold Schwarzenegger lost control of his snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed

Clicking on the link in question leads to a website which has the following message:

Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is reported to have died shortly after a snowboard accident earlier today -March 1, 2012.

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger 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

The story comes from the same fake website which also spread Keanu Reeves death earlier. While they don’t generally download virus/malware to your computer, they definitely are making money through the traffic and spreading false rumors. They are also using the opportunity to advertise a Ski resort. Earlier in December 2011, we had also reported the hoax spreading on Facebook about the death of International rock star legend Jon Bon Jovi.

The website in question is a satire website used to generate fake celebrity news. It also states that it is fake in its copyright notice:

FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment. For sub-domain info, name removal requests and additional use restrictions: FakeAWish.com

Copyright © 2011 FakeAWish.com All rights reserved.

While killing celebrities is nothing new for scammers, they have been also using dead celebrities to further their scams. For example, recently they used the deaths of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston to spread spam messages on Facebook.

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.

Check Out My Homemade Video Facebook Scam

Another new video scam is spreading on where users are being enticed with names of celebrities and more spreading a so called "homemade video".

Homemade Video Facebook Scam

The Facebook scam is spreading with the following message and uses names of celebrities and friends as well.

OMG! CHECK OUT THIS? Check Out my homemade video, View the Suck Video of my Partner. My Sex Video for you. View My xXx Site. Watch H O T S 3 X Video happened On TV. freefreefri.us.mn.

The site in question fools the user by spoofing the Facebook website and asking users to disable their Antivirus software. However, DO NOT DO IT because the app may install virus or malware on your computer.

If you click on the video link will download an executable which will spoof the VLC player and install viruses and Trojans on your computer. So stay away from it. There have been several other nasty video scams on Facebook lately including the Justin and Selena bedroom hidden camera scam and Whitney Houston death scam among others.

In addition to downloading virus/malware on your computer it will also post the message on your wall thus making your friends a target.

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.

What Are Magnet Links? How Are They Different From Torrents?

So you heard about Magnet Links and were terrified? What Are Magnet Links? How Are They Different From Torrents? How to Download files using Magnet Links. Are Magnet Links Safe?

Magnet Links

In a world of peer-to-peer sharing, Torrents have come along a long way along. However, Torrents are being deemed as less safer these days because of people being able to easily track them. This has led several websites including "The Pirate Bay" from changing the way they allow users to download files.

Also Read: 6 Tools to Download Torrents Anonymously

The Pirate Bay recently switched from torrents to magnet links marking a big change in how it operates. In a nutshell, magnet links change how users download content. We’ll take a look at what has changed and what you will need to change in order to download files using Magnet links.

What are Magnet Links? What’s the Difference Between Magnet Links and Torrents?

Magnet Links change the fundamental way in which we download from peer-to-peer networks. Unlike Torrents, which needed a centralized server for tracking purposes, magnet links directly download content from other peers thus getting rid of the centralized server for tracking seeds and peers.

Also Read: What Are Web Seeds? 

Magnet links make use of DHT, which is a form of decentralized distribution which allows a group of users to share a file faster amongst themselves without having to rely on a server. There is not much difference between how a file is downloaded from a torrent vs how it is downloaded from a magnet link.

Do I Have to Change How I Download Using Magnet Links?

No. Magnet links are similar to torrent files and if you have a P2P torrent software installed, you will be able to download the content using magnet links without having to change anything. However, you might have to upgrade your P2P software to the latest versions so that the browsers are aware that they should handle those links.

How to Download Files Using Magnet Links?

There are couple of ways in which you can download content using magnet links. The first is pretty straightforward. Just click on the link that is provided and it will launch your default torrent software as shown below. You might want to check the checkbox next to "Remember my choice for all links of this type" or "Always use this software to open such links" so that it will automatically open magnet links in your favorite torrent client.

Download Magnet Links

Clicking on the "Get This Torrent" link in Pirate Bay will automatically launch your Bittorrent application.

downloading_through_magnet_links

Once you open the magnet link, your torrent client will start downloading the content just like a regular torrent. Alternatively, you can also copy the magnet link and add it directly to your torrent client just like you used to do for regular torrents.

Are Magnet Links Safe?

Downloading through magnet links is as safe as downloading a torrent file. However, make sure to download legitimate content and you will be safe. There have been several cases of infected torrents so the files you download through magnet links could be unsafe as well.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Key

Microsoft has been focusing on for all of past year and the OS has definitely turned out to be great. Microsoft just released the Consumer preview of Windows 8 (Download Windows 8) to the public after the press conference at .

If you install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the installer provided by Microsoft, you will not require a product key. However, if you create a installation media and start your PC from media and then install Windows 8 consumer preview, you will require a product key.

The product key for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview is:

NF32V-Q9P3W-7DR7Y-JGWRW-JFCK8

OR

DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J

Once again, you will only require this if you are using the ISO file and creating a bootable installer and installing Windows 8 using a USB drive or DVD.

If you install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup program, you won’t need to enter a product key—the setup program automatically provides the product key. If you create installation media, start your PC from the media, and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Also Read:

How To Hide Facebook Timeline? Use IE7

recently rolled out the Facebook Timeline to all users. Unfortunately, it does not have any option for users to disable it making several users angry about the fact.

Facebook Timeline

Now there are several scripts and User styles which will allow you to disable the Facebook Timeline. However, most of them require you to perform several actions before you can get back to your old profile. Also, the same solution won’t work for all the browser. So, if you are looking for a simple solution to disable Facebook Timeline with minimal efforts, here is what you can do.

Please note: This trick will only disable Facebook Timeline for yourself. It will not hide your Facebook Timeline from your friends and they will still be able to view it.

The Easiest Solution – Use Internet Explorer 7. Facebook Timeline is not supported on IE7 and probably won’t be in the future too. If you don’t want to browse your profile or your friends profile with Facebook Timeline, just use Internet Explorer 7.

If you use browsers like , or you can still mimic your browser string as Internet Explorer 7 and fool Facebook into believing that you are using IE7 thus disabling or removing the Facebook Timeline for you. You can use the following , and tricks to fool Facebook.

For all purposes below, the user agent string for IE7 is given below:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0;)

Firefox Users – Install the User Agent Switcher add-on and follow the instructions given at this link to add a new IE7 user agent to the add-on and then use the user agent while browsing Facebook.

Google Chrome Users – Create a new shortcut for Google Chrome and name it Facebook or something. Once you have done that, edit the shortcut and add -user-agent="Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0;)" to it. Once you have done that, use the shortcut while you are browsing Facebook and the timeline will be disabled. (Find Instructions for creating and editing the Chrome shortcut)

Safari Users – Enable Develop mode in Safari by going to Preference -> Advanced and selecting the check box next to "Show Develop menu in menu bar". Once you have done that, select the "User Agent" sub-menu from the Develop menu and select "Internet Explorer 7.0" from the available options.

Internet Explorer Users – If you are using IE7, you don’t need to do anything. If not, you can make use of an IE Add-on called UA Pick. Instructions on changing your user-agent in IE at this link.

Opera users have it a little bit tougher since you will have to modify Opera configuration data so I will leave it out for now and will add that information as a separate post later on and link it from here. In the meantime, you can always use one of the browsers mentioned above.

Apple iPad 3 Event Details, Streams

Apple just sent out invites to the iPad 3 event and it has definitely caught excitement amongst Apple fans and the others who are looking forward to get their hands on the 3 as well.

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will most likely have a better display, faster processor along with 4G LTE. However, there are still several things which are unknown about the device. Considering, how secretive Apple usually are, you probably won’t get to know the finer details of the iPad 3 until it is unveiled at the Press conference on March 7th.

Also Read: What to Expect from iPad 3?

The event will be held at 10AM PST on March 7th, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco where most of Apple’s events take place. Apple has historically streamed only one of their events online. We hope that they will also stream this event online as well.

Here are the sites which will be live blogging the event. You can catch up on all the action, news and pictures as it happens.

http://www.macrumorslive.com/

http://live.gdgt.com/

http://www.theverge.com

 

http://live.gizmodo.com/ipadhd/

Users might be able to watch the live-stream from here. An audio stream of the event might also be available here, when the event starts. We will update this post when more information and live streams become available.

Download FIFA Street Demo for Xbox and PS3, Pre-order Now

I am a big fan of the FIFA franchise and have played it on the PC and Xbox as well. However, I have been waiting for a while to get my hands on the next version of FIFA from EA Sports called FIFA Street.

FIFA Street

FIFA Street compromises of 5-a-side match which provides authentic street soccer, styles and stars from around the world. It claims to provide an authentic feel to the game which if similar to FIFA 2012 is going to blow you away.

The demo will allow you to play at the at the Amsterdam Square stadium and choose between teams like Manchester City and AC Milan  or real life street football legends.

EA Sports will be releasing the full game on March 13th, but you can pre-order your copy of FIFA Street right now for $59.99 on Amazon. Amazon is also offering a pre-order bonus where will receive in-game access to an Adidas all-star team featuring 13 of the greatest footballers in the world, including Messi, Kaká, Robin Van Persie, Nani, David Silva as well as the Lionel Messi Barcelona venue. FIFA Street will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms only.

Watch Oscars 2012 Red Carpet Online

It’s the time of the year for the biggest awards ceremony of the year and after the GRAMMY Awards 2012, the Oscars bring about a lot of excitement in movie stars and the people alike.

Oscars 2012

The Oscars Academy Awards are one of the biggest awards ceremony and the who’s who of the movie industry makes it through the red carpet to watch the awards show and cheer for the winners.

This year the 84th Annual Academy awards will be held on Sunday, 26th February, 2012. The awards will be broadcast live on ABC at 7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific.  This year several interesting movies have been selected for the Oscars and you can view all the Nominees for the Academy Awards at the official website.

Unlike the GRAMMY Awards, the Oscars won’t be broadcast live online. However, the Red Carpet for Oscars can be watched online at http://oscar.go.com/red-carpet. There will be several other streams which will be covering the event live and you can also catch up the event by downloading the official Academy Awards app for and devices.

You can watch the Red Carpet for the Oscar 2012 Academy Awards live on http://oscar.go.com/. Additionally, you can catch up on the Oscar 2011 84rd Academy Awards 2011 ceremony live online at http://www.livestream.com/academyawards or at http://www.livestream.com/aplive or at http://www.livestream.com/theoscars.

If you aren’t able to watch the show online at these links, you can always visit Justin.tv and Ustream.tv and search for Oscars 2011 to find user uploaded streams online or check out websites like atdhe.tv among others.

We will update this post as soon as more live streaming options become available. In the meantime, you can watch the Academy Awards coverage in the stream embedded below.