If your trial period of 30 days has run out on the latest Microsoft Office version 2010, don’t sweat. Trial extender lets you renew your trial period for another 30 days and you can repeat the drill up to 5 times. That comes to a total of 180 days of using latest MS Office for free. Trial Extender is based on a built-in feature so we assume it is safe and legal to use.
You do have to have a .NET framework installed on your machine but other than that there are no restrictions and no strings attached. The Trial Extender can be downloaded here. Hopefully in 6 months you would have had enough trial of the software and would have made a decision to buy it or not. This latest version of MS Office offers some great new features and we have already told you about some really good tips and tricks to optimize the software.
Irrespective of all the issues that continuously surround Facebook, it is growing beyond all expectation. The userbase is about to reach 500 Million and according to ComScore, Facebook served the largest number ad impressions to US based internet users in first quarter of this year. The 176 Billion impressions that Facebook served in the 3 month period represents 16.2% of the total ad impressions served to the US based internet users.
Facebook was followed by Yahoo! with 132 Billion impressions while Microsoft sites only managed to serve a meager 60 Billion impressions representing less than 6% of the total market share. The total number of impressions for Q1 in 2010 went up to 1.1 Trillion which is 15% more than the same quarter of previous year. This includes static and rich media ads but does not include video ads (no wonder YouTube didn’t make it to the list).
Over all, these impressions cost $2.7 Billion which brings the average CPM to $2.48. Out of the 1.1 Trillion impressions, around 2.4% or 26 Billion ads were of AT&T followed by Verizon, Scottrade and Experian Interactive. The 15% growth witnessed in the last quarter is a strong sign of recovery for online display ads market which slipped into a recession in late 2008. If the growth continues, the US market alone will amount up to 4.5 Trillion impressions for the full year of 2010.
With Facebook still trying to deny the privacy risk these new settings expose users to, OpenBook is a strong evidence of how screwed up Facebook’s privacy policies are. It is a simple search engine that lets you search Facebook updates that have been made public. These updates are from people who are either not smart enough to understand these new privacy settings or brave enough to share their status updates with the world.
OpenBook is to Facebook what PleaseRobme was to FourSquare. The only difference is that FourSquare hardly has a million users while Facebook has close to 500 Million. A simple search on “going out” tells you how many Facebook users will leave their houses unattended tonight and where they will be. The website even lists some latest searches to show you what people have been looking for. If you are worried about your privacy, and you should be, you can search OpenBook to make sure none of your status updates are showing up publicly. If they are, you can change your privacy settings.
OpenBook is yet another example that proves how messed up Facebook’s privacy settings are. As some people may argue, users have the choice to opt-out of these settings but is that so easy for a 50 year old non-English speaker to tweak around these now-complicated settings? Specially when they are changing almost every week!
Groupon, the much talked about daily deal website has acquired its European clone called CityDeal. This acquisition will expand Groupon from US and Canada to 18 more countries including UK, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. This truly reflects the strong funding base Groupon has and reiterates its valuation of being a $ 1 Billion company.
Mashable reports that CityDeal was founded by the same people who earlier formed Alando, a clone of eBay which was later acquired by eBay. CityDeal has 600 employees and will continue to operate as usual until the transition completes. There is no word yet on how much Groupon paid to CityDeal and what were the terms of the payment, but with a recent funding round of $135 Million, we definitely know that Groupon has deep enough pockets to pay a good price.
Groupon uses power of the group to bring a great deal every day to major cities across the US. It is a win-win situation for both the businesses selling their products at a discount as well as the hundreds of people who buy the product at a much lower than regular price. Groupon has been growing pretty rapidly and with this step towards global expansion, they are bound to have an effect on how online retailing works.
With all the heat Facebook’s founder is already taking over the privacy issues, being depicted in a Hollywood movie is the last thing he would want. The movie called The Social Network will depict Mark Zuckerberg as a sex maniac and portray a fantasized version of how and why he created Facebook.
The movie is based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionares and has a budget of 40 Million pounds. The movie is supposed to be a comedy one but will surely add to the ridicule Mark Zuckerberg is already a target of. The movie is produced by Kevin Spacey and is expected to be released this October. The film claims several things about Facebook’s history that might or might not be completely accurate but it definitely sounds like a fun thing to watch.
Mark’s role will be played by Jesse Eisenberg while his co-founder Sean Parker will be played by Justin Timberlake. More details about actual scenes of the movie are available here. A few years ago people were comparing Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates or even Steve Jobs but I think recent events have shown that he is not even taken seriously let alone being a tech legend
ZapShares is a very interesting software based on a very simple idea. Whenever you download content through a Peer-toPeer (P2P) client like uTorrent or LimeWire, the software automatically also starts uploading the content hence distrubuting to other users without the content owner’s permission. This makes you liable for copyright infringement.
If you have ZapShares installed, it simply puts all the downloaded content into a secure vault hence making it impossible to upload/distribute to other users and saving you from potential legal problems. Well, a big assumption in this case is that you have the right to download the content in the first place because if you don’t, you are getting involved in copyright infringement right there.
In addition to this, ZapShares also protects you against several types of malware that creep into your system via these P2P files. It scans your system for these threats and clean them. ZapShares also makes sure that you or any other user of your computer do not accidentally start sharing content on a P2P network. Over all its a great and very useful software but will it really protect you from the copyright infringement lawsuits? I am not too sure!
Love free stuff? Forget Google and check out FreebieGeni. It is a search engine exclusively indexing free giveaways found on the internet. It scans tons of websites for free stuff and lists them for you so you don’t have to spend hours on useless websites, blogs and forums trying to find freebies.
You can browse through the recently listed freebies or explore deals in around 60 different categories ranging from food and clothing to software and blogs. Still not finding what you are looking for? Use the search feature to quickly scan all the freebie listings for your specific keywords. You can even restrict the search by category.
If you are wondering how to tell if a free giveaway is really worth it, check the rating next to each deal. This user based rating system indicates how good a deal is and lets you rate deals as well. However, since there is no accountability (one person can rate a deal multiple times), one should not be too dependent on these ratings. A very good way to keep up with the site is to simply add it to your feed reader and quickly glance through the updated freebies everyday to see if there’s anything that matches your interest.
Bing app for Windows phones which was already pretty good just got even better. All the mobile phones that run a Windows Mobile OS got a nice redesign of the app today along with a voice based turn-by-turn navigation. The new design of the app focus on greater accessibility and displays common searches like ‘Movies’ and ‘Maps’ upfront. Besides these, users can also get a single-click access to Maps, Directions, Local and Favorites.
The turn-by-turn navigation feature is available for all Windows phones with a Windows Mobile version 6.x and is obviously powered by Bing Maps. Now while using the app to get directions, clicking on the ‘Navigate’ button will calculate your shortest route and guide you at each turn with voice alerts and visual arrows. You can also choose to avoid highways or tolls or simply get a list of directions.
However, the navigation feature is currently only available to users in the US. The navigation feature currently works with the following phones:
HTC FuzeHTC PureHTC HD2
HTC Tilt 2
HTC Touch Diamond 2
HTC Touch HD
HTC Touch Pro
HTC Touch Pro 2
Samsung Omnia II
T-Mobile Dash 3G
If you were almost fed up of seeing Justin Beiber as the trending topic every day, you will find a refreshing change today. Twitter has finally tweaked their algorithm used for identifying trending topics and Justin Beiber is finally out of the league.
Instead of including topics that have been simply popular on daily basis, Twitter will trend topics that are immediately popular and that are more relevant to that particular moment. These topics will be more like “breaking news” instead of just being the “most discussed” topics. The algorithm is still a work in progress so there might be some anomalies but it appears to give a much better picture of the Twitterverse as compared to the previous algorithm that constantly included topics like Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga or iPad. It will also serve as a more purposeful resource to people who often come to Twitter for news as they will get more fresh and dynamic information now.
This will also help prevent situations where a few users tweeted about a topic heavily so it could trend on Twitter. With the latest algorithm, getting a topic to trend won’t be as easy as before. Here’s an official statement from Twitter about the changed algorithm:
The new algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the most breaking’ breaking news from across the world. (We had previously built in this emergent’ algorithm for all local trends, described below.) We think that trending topics which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter are the most interesting.
TweetDeck is one of the most popular clients for using Twitter. Besides the desktop version, TweetDeck has apps for almost all major mobile platforms but they don’t think that’s good enough. TweetDeck is now working on a browser-based mobile version that will be based on the recently hyped HTML5.
This will eliminate the need for developing and maintaining separate apps for different mobile platforms and would help a small company like TweekDeck focus more on innovation and quality rather than extensive development. TweetDeck CEO Ian Dodsworth also mentioned that a browser-based client will consume less battery power than a platform native app and will provide greater accessibility.
However, as ReadWriteWeb notes, a browser-based client means there would be no interaction with local apps or the local environment. If you are running it on the iPhone, you might not be able to use all the shortcuts and touch functions that you can use on the native app. Overall, it seems like users who want a better performance will go for the browser-based client but the users who are not willing to sacrifice the unique features of the app will stick to the platform native apps.