When it comes to iPhone, the worst yet funny part is the enabled-by-default Auto-correct feature. The nifty feature, which apparently is “intelligent, tries to “correct” words you type frequently and store them in memory for future use.
The feature corrects your errors, but sometimes, no matter how many times you tap the “x” button, it looks like the feature never understands the difference in meaning. This, however, can be a definite annoyance.
Thanks to the auto-correct feature and its “dirty mind”, if you ever send a text message too quickly, it could turn your message into something funny and dirty. A website called Damn You Autocorrect features such hilariously funny auto-correct mistakes, which we had featured in our Friday Fun section some time back.
Having gone through few other sites, we have gathered a collection of the best funny auto-correct mistakes in iPhone –
If you don’t want your iPhone to auto-correct your text message at all or if you find the feature too annoying, you always have an option to completely shut it off.
To do so, follow the steps mentioned below –
Click on “Settings” and find the “General” option
Next, select “Keyboard”
You will be displayed with several options to turn on and off. In the “Auto-Correction”, move the slider from ON to OFF. This will disable the auto-correct feature.
Apparently, Sonny Dickson, a tech enthusiast, found an improvised spell-check feature lying inactive in the iPhone’s iOS 5. He posted stating the improved feature comes with an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar.
Users can enable this suggestion bar for their phone by adding a simple code. To do so, download iBackupBot and backup your iPhone/iPod in iTunes. Load the created backup using iBackupBot and find the file – com.apple.keyboard.plist located in Library/Preferences. Open the file and add the following code
Apart from being known for its impressive doodles, there are a number of gags and hidden messages within the search engine giant, Google, which are popularly called as Easter Eggs. An Easter egg is a hidden feature that the developers or “geeks” have intentionally put in their software, often for their own amusement, and when it comes to Google developers, they have implanted several Easter eggs in their software, ranging from Google Earth to Google search to Google Reader.
We had earlier compiled a list of awesome Google Search tricks, including the hoax page that Google had created on April Fool’s Day. We also saw that searching for the phrase “do a barrel roll” became a viral sensation last week, when users found about it and posted tweets and blog posts. However, if you liked “do a barrel roll” Easter egg, then I’m sure you would love the other hidden ones as well. And if you haven’t liked it, here’s something which will make you laugh – Click here
So here’s a list of Google’s best hidden Easter eggs and gags –
Go to Google Reader and type in the famous Konami code: up up down down left right left right B A. This will bring up a ninja on the left side of the Reader with the text “Ninja!” written in the search box. Interestingly, this works with the new Google Reader design.
Type the word “askew” in Google’s search box and voila! This is more like a command which tilts your search results slightly towards the right. It’s pointless, but it’s all fun.
Steve Irwin wrestling with a Crocodile
Do you remember the late wildlife expert and adventurer Steve Irwin? Of course you should. Everybody knows about him. Well, go to Google Earth and spin around to the waterfront side of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. What do you see? Well, its Steve Irwin wrestling with a crocodile.
Did you know – 3D buildings in Google Earth have been designed and sketched by individual designers?
Chat with Martin in Space
Google Earth 5 allows users to explore the Red Planet, Mars and along with that, you can chat to locals too. Well, sort of. Type “Meliza” into the search box and you will be transported to Meliza’s dusty domain, where you can strike a conversation with the chat bot. However, Meliza isn’t as funny as Apple’s Siri ;)
Google Earth Flight Simulator
Google has this very interesting Easter egg hidden in Google Earth. Using the flight simulator, you can fly around the globe in Google Earth by simply pressing Ctrl + Alt + A. This activates the flight simulator and allows you to fly an F-16 fighter jet anywhere in the world. This, however, was originally inserted as an Easter egg but now has become one of the official features of Google Earth.
Play Snake on YouTube
Snake is one the most popular mobile phone games, which you can also play on Google’s YouTube player. When you are viewing a video on YouTube, press the up arrow key when the video is loading or buffering. However, Gmail has a Labs feature called “old Snakey”, which allows you to play the game inside Gmail.
There are several other Google Easter eggs, which are mostly known. However, if you think that I’ve missed something, then please do share it with us by adding your comments below.
Halloween is celebrated in many countries across the world. While many associate this holiday with ghosts, witches and goblins, a lot of us think it’s just a great time to get together and have fun. If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, you might want to add something to it that helps you get into the fun Halloween mood. Below are some links to a few of our past Halloween articles and some new stuff as well.
If you enjoy using screensavers on your Mac or Windows computer, you’ll find a nice collection of Halloween screensavers at NewFreeScreenSavers. Here are some screenshots of these great free screensavers. You can download them on the Halloween page.
Android is an incredible mobile operating system, and there’s no doubt about that. Google has managed to ship over 107 million units in Q2 of 2011, and no wonder it has created a buzz in the mobile market.
With the increasing number of Android powered devices in the mobile market, there has been an effective increase in the amount of apps developed and downloaded in the marketplace. The Android Market, the official online software store, has more than 250,000 applications, with more than 6 billion downloads as reported in July 2011.
Android powered devices come with decent cameras on them, and of late, phone photography is gaining tremendous popularity among amateur photographers. There are several Android photography apps available in the Android Market which will help you process your images and enhance your phone photography.
Here is a complete round up of the Best Android Photography Apps (Free and Paid) that you may require for all your photography needs
Are you used to processing photos in Photoshop? No worries. Adobe Systems have developed an app exclusively for Android smartphones. AdobePhotoshop Express not only allows you to edit your photos, but also allows you to share them with your friends. You can access all your photos directly from your Photoshop.com account.
Camera360 lets you add amazing HDR effects to your photos, even better than iPhone HDR. It also has tilt-shift and color-shift mode that allows you to view your photos at different angles. Camera360 gives unique funny effects to your photos like Surrealistic B&W Paining, Vertical/Horizontal Left Symmetry, Vertical/ Horizontal Right Symmetry and Ghost effect.
Little Photo adds film and retouch effects to your photos. There are over 50 effects and tools including Lomo film, B&W smooth, B&W film, Heavy, Instant film, White story and many more that you can experiment on.
Lightbox lets you enhance your photos and quickly share them with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare. It enables you to add filters/effects like Black & White, Lomo, Portia, Sepia, Fisheye and much more.
Camera Fun is an app that provides point and shoot effect lens for your Android camera. You can view live previews of photo effects on the screen before you take a picture. The free version comes with 6 lens effects – Canvas, Color X-Ray, Mirror, Pinch, Sepia & Sketch.
Camera Effects is yet another great photography application. The app allows you to capture great photos and turn your photos into art by adding amazing photo effects. It includes effects like Holfa, Lomo, Balck & White and many more. The app also allows you to preview the effects instantly. After you are done editing the photos, you can share them with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. The developers of the app claim that Camera Effects is similar to Instagram.
The Android app allows you to add film and camera effects to your photos. There are over 84 effects & 59 frames, LOMO/Diana/Holga toy camera styles, Polaroid/instant camera styles, Cross-process, tilt-shift, photo booth, double exposure and more. It also supports full resolution capture, digital zoom, self-time, time-lapse and geo tagging.
With Retro Camera you’ll take delicious old-school pictures which your friends will drool over. It has over five sets of vintage effects, film scratch, black & white and cross processing effects. It is inspired by the Lomo, Holga, Polaroid, Diana, the toy cameras and Hipstamatic.
This app allows you to automatically create stunning full-resolution HDR images with just a single tap on your Android phone. Please note that this app has been tested to work properly on Motorola, HTC and most Samsung phones. However, if you have a LG, Sony, or other device, the HDR capability may not function properly.
Manual in-app photo capture, where you get to choose the exposure of each image in your HDR
Proprietary image alignment algorithm that precisely aligns full-size images in seconds
Take pictures using hardware buttons (volume up/down or the shutter button if your phone has one)
Silent capture (mute your shutter sounds for quiet capture)
Save HDR images at the full resolution of your camera, up to 8 megapixels
Seamless background processing that renders your HDRs while you keep on shooting
Share your HDRs with the world with e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, and more
Fast Burst Camera is a great application that allows you to capture 5 to 10 pictures per second. It also supports flash, focus and zoom. Just hold the shoot button for continuous burst, or tap for fast single shots.
The app lets you edit your photos with features like sharpen, remove red eye, crop & straighten, distort, insert cut-outs of other pictures, paint, make color splash out of black-and-white pictures, add text, word balloons, apply effects like Cross Process, Lomo, Vignette, faux HDR, Tilt-shift, Pencil Sketch, and much more.
DSLR Controller lets you control your Canon EOS DSLR from your Android phone through USB. The app lets you control most of the functions of your DSLR camera like auto focus, zoom control bulb capture, aperture, ISO speed and so on. Here’s an article on how it actually works.
There are over hundreds of photography-related iPhone apps available in the iTunes app store and it’s quite hard to decide which app is the best. Here’s a list of carefully selected iPhone apps that will easily capture/edit your photos and share them with your friends.
Instagram lets you take quick photos or use photos that already exist in your iPhone, apply creative filters and share it with friends on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. You can also tag your photos with location using your foursquare account.
Instagram has over 11 different custom filters you can apply to your photos.
PicPlz is similar to Instagram which allows you to quickly snap photos and share it among your online friends. In competition with Instagram, PicPlz also introduced filters to add some effect to your photos. You can view a live thumbnail preview of what your photo will look like with different filters.
Picture Effect Magic can transform your photos into retro photo or a picture drawn by a pencil or paints, or done in a Modern Art style by tap of a button. You can add cool filters like Vertical Quad and Subtense which you cannot find on any other app.
Camera+ shooting modes and high quality effects brings in the DSLR feeling. Camera+ has key feature like a stabilizer timer and take photos in burst mode. It has 6Ã— higher quality zoom with ability to adjust photos by flipping, rotating and cropping it.
Camera+ lets you share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and even email.
ToonPAINT allows you to easily create awesome looking cartoon-paintings with your photos and give them a fun animated look. The app offers the ability to change colors by double tapping on the color splat.
This app allows you to shoot an auto HDR just like the Apple built-in version, but allows you to capture 3 or more photos. Pro HDR captures images exposed for the highlights and another exposed for the shadows. It then merges the images to give you a 3- or 5-megapixel HDR image.
Panorama is very popular feature on most digital camera. This feature allows you to take multiple photos of a horizontal landscape which are later combined together to form one picture.
Its usually very difficult to capture multiple pictures and combining them together. This iPhone app makes your life easy. It automatically combines all the pictures for your and generates the final picture.
TimeLapse is the professional choice for automating the iPhone and iPod’s camera to help create time lapse photo sequences. It is used to create HD videos on your iPhone and store full size, GPS tagged, photos in the photo library for later downloading.
The Angry Birds addiction is now overflowing towards the Angry Birds merchandise. There is a variety of merchandise up for grabs at the Angry Bird store and elsewhere. Here is a list of some cool and great Angry Bird merchandise available at the online store.
Most web searches for free icons will lead you astray. You will often end up at sites that offer a few free icons, just to show off their paid icon collections. Other times you’ll find that the icons have license restrictions that don’t allow you to use them online or for business use. Do you need a good source for free icons?
I discovered that the free icons at the Open Icon Library are not only free, but are free to use anywhere for any purpose. Here’s what they say about their collection:
A free and open Icon collection. Over 5000 Unique Icons. Free for anyone to use on you computer, website or any other project. The library is not a theme. Its a centralized source for icons to cover all your needs. The goal is to cover all common apps, operating systems, mimetypes, devices, and country flags.
Google has some weird messages when it comes to errors and you need to be real lucky to come across one of them. Over the last few months, I came across a number of Google outages like some Gmail outages and other stuff. I found it interesting enough and took some screen shots, never imagining I would share it with my readers. Actually, I never imaged I would get so many of them in the first place.
So here they are:
Something happened that the server did not respond!
URL too large! Larger than Googol!
Gmail takes a break. [The image is a bit broken. Guess what! I was using Opera Turbo mode. ]
Google took a URL as an illegal request, calls it ugly!
Not much, not too less either. We hope to see less of these errors next year, or maybe some new ones.
On one hand, where Gmail defines the whole of my online presence, Google has become an integral part of my online life. These errors scared the hell out of me whenever they occurred.
What do you think of these errors? Did you come across any new ones? Have they got any competition from any bing errors? Feel free to share them with me.
Photography is one of my most enjoyed hobby. I capture things that attract my eyes and especially macros, which I love to shoot most of the time. Not a PRO photographer with all DLSR and various kinds of lenses in hand, but with just a Sony DSC-W5 Cyber-shot, I try to capture the world.
Flickr, as you know, a image and video hosting site, is the most widely used of all. And of late, I’ve been uploading all my collections there :-)
In this post, I’d like to share with you the best photographs of various photographers that I’ve liked. I hope you enjoy them :-)
P.S I hope that you’ve liked it. This is my first set. Many more collections to come. Stick around :-)
Notepad is known to every Windows users. It is a simple text editor which has been part of Microsoft Windows operating system since Windows 1.0 in 1985 [wikipedia]. It has remained same in ever evolving Windows operating system but its users have found new ways to use good old notepad in more productive and effective manner. Here goes:
1. Notepad as your Digital Diary You can use Notepad as digital diary and automatically insert date time information for every line you type in notepad. Open a new notepad file (Click Start > Run, type Notepad and hit OK) and type .LOG at the top of the notepad file.
Now type few lines and close the Notepad file. Open the notepad file and you will see date time information added to each line of text in your Notepad file. You can also add this information manually, just hit F5 key where you want to insert date-time information.
2. Notepad as HTML Stripper Ideally text on webpages is formatted for specific font type, color, size along with other CSS design elements and images. You can rip off text only from any webpage using notepad. Just select and copy text from any webpage and paste in a notepad file which can be saved (without any formatting baggage) for future use.
3. Notepad as Printing cost saver Notepad can come handy when you are printing text laden pages in large quantity. Extending the concept of using Notepad as HTML stripper, you can strip webpages of additional formatting and image using notepad and print more with less usage of ink, paper and money (of course).
4. Notepad as HTML webpage creator Notepad can be used to create your first HTML webpage as stepping stone in the world webpages (and websites). Just type basic HTML tags and save the file with .html extension. Test drive with code in following screenshot:
5. Notepad as Good and Evil script creator Notepad is a very simple text editor which can be used to create complex script. You can create evil scripts like format of hard drive to useful scripts like PC shutdown, which can be executed with a click of a button.
6. Notepad as Text Replacer You can use notepad to replace word(s) in essay of text. For example, you want to replace Microsoft’ with Yahoo’ in specific text file. Copy the text into notepad file and use Ctrl + H (or Edit > Replace), enter Microsoft in first text field and Yahoo is second text field and click the replace button.
7. Notepad as Window Explorer Skipper Sometimes specific files cannot be deleted. You can try notepad to skip and bypass Windows Explorer to delete such files. Open Notepad, GOTO File > Open. Select all files’ in file type dropdown menu. Now browse to folder and right click on file you want remove and click the delete option. Sometimes, this might come handy!
8. Notepad as Fun app Notepad isn’t that simple and has its share of flaws. Open Notepad and type this app can break and then save the file. Open the file and see for yourself notepad just broke something!
9 Notepad as creative designer tool Notepad can break things (i.e. text) sometimes but it can also create some impressive text based designs. Like open your notepad, type Q33N and then format font size 72px, font type WingDings. See the screenshot below, 9/11 plan crash remember?
Besides, you can see more creative text designs made in notepad while downloading serial key crack files they usual have big graffiti made in notepad, seen those?
10 Notepad as ??? Now its your chance to put simple good old notepad to some creative use. You might discover few new and interesting uses of Notepad. Found one? Why not share with use by adding a comment.