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Gmail Introduces Duplicate Contact Cleaner for Merging Contacts

Quite sometime back we had told you how to remove duplicate contacts in Windows Live Hotmail and removing duplicate contacts in Yahoo Mail, back then did not have the ability to remove duplicate contacts.

However, there was an announcement at the Gmail Blog today, where they introduced a new feature to delete duplicate contacts from your Gmail contacts list.

Removing Duplicate Contacts in Gmail

To remove duplicate contacts from Gmail, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Login to Gmail and click on the contacts link in the sidebar. You can also load the standalone Gmail contacts page.

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Step 2: Click on the Find duplicate buttons in the right hand pane.

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Step 3: Once you click on the button, Gmail will scan your contacts for duplicates and display it to you. You can choose the contacts and decide to merge them into a single one, thus cleaning up the duplicate contacts from your Gmail account.

This can come in pretty handy if you use your Gmail contacts as the base contacts and sync it with Outlook or your mobile phone.

Free Christmas Screensavers for Your Computer

After covering some really awesome Christmas Wallpapers, awesome Christmas Icons, social networking Christmas icons, Free Christmas Songs from Amazon, iTunes Holiday Pack Mp3, Twitter Christmas themes, Firefox Christmas themes and personas, Windows 7 Christmas themes and Windows XP Christmas themes, here are some really good and New Year screensavers.

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New Free Screensavers has a huge list of Christmas and New Year screensavers. We tested the screensavers personally and they do not contain any spyware or adware. Download Free Screensavers.

Good Santa Screensaver This is another free Christmas screensaver which you can download and use on your computer. It features Santa in the screensaver.

More Screensavers? We will keep this list updated regularly to add new screensavers to the list, so bookmark this page to check on the updates in the future.

We have tested the screensavers and it should work fine on and earlier versions of Windows.

Better Gmail Extension for Google Chrome

The Better Gmail extension created by Gina Trapani is now available for . However, this extension is not created by Gina Trapani. In the past we had written about the Better Gmail userscripts for Chrome which was released by Lifehacker.

Better Gmail for Chrome is similar to the Better Gmail add-on for Firefox and adds attachment icons, rollover highlights for email, hides chat box and invite box, hides ads and sponsored links and the footer and fixes the width for Gmail.

The extension currently does not support options which is a much asked for feature in the comments for the extension. Hopefully the developer will add it soon.

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Google Chrome Extensions vs Firefox Add-ons: Head to Head Comparison

It has almost been a week now since Google went live with , and barely over a year since itself was introduced. On the other hand, Firefox has been around for 5 years now and there are tons of which are much more than useful.

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So are Chrome Extensions better than Firefox add-ons? Well, lets take a look at some Head to Head comparison to get an idea. I must make a note that Firefox without add-ons is just another browser, and most of its popularity is because of the add-ons. Google Chrome on the other hand is much more faster, however it still lacks several useful extensions, which is why many users are not yet switching to Chrome.

Don’t Miss: Best and Most Useful Google Chrome Extensions

Round 1: Ease of Installation

The one thing I like about Chrome extensions and themes in general is the ability to install and uninstall Chrome extensions without restarting the browser. On the other hand, Firefox needs to be restarted every time you install an extension or theme. Firefox has made some headway in the form of Personas, however the promised introduction of restartless add-ons and theme installation is nowhere to be seen in Firefox 3.6.

Winner: Google Chrome

Round 2: Browser Performance with Extensions/Add-ons

Since the introduction of Google Chrome extensions, many users were skeptical whether installing extensions would slow down the browser or create an impact on its performance. Let’s just say that nothing of that sort will happen, Chrome runs extensions and tabs in separate processes, so no one extension can affect the entire browser. This is a technology which has made Chrome faster than other browsers and much more manageable.

On the other hand, Firefox is known to crawl if you install too many extensions. This may not be due to the browser itself, but try installing 10-15 add-ons and opening 10 tabs, you will notice high memory usage and a significant snag in Firefox performance.

Winner: Google Chrome

Christmas Radio For Google Chrome

Would you like to listen to some nice music while you are surfing the web? The Christmas radio will come in handy. Christmas Radio extension for plays Christmas Songs from Sky.fm.

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Once you install the extension, you can play the songs unobtrusively by using a icon in the toolbar. You can toggle the radio on or off by clicking on the icon.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Christmas Radio is simple to to use and good on the ears. You can play and pause music with the click of a button. However, it would be great if the developer added options to play music from different Internet radio channels.

Ratings: 3/5 (Good)

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Google New Year Countdown Timer

Google has always been known to store Easter eggs in their webpages. This time they have hidden a Countdown timer for New year 2010 on the Google Homepage.

To view the countdown timer, go to Google.com and hit the I’m Feeling Luckybutton without entering any text. Once you do that, you will see a countdown timer which ticks away the seconds until New Year 2010.

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[via and feeds]

Apple Tablet Video?

The Next Web discovered a video which could potentially turn out to be the actual Apple Tablet. Looking at the video, one thing is for sure, if this is the one, it surely looks pretty cool.

What is more interesting is that, the so called Apple tablet used in the video has a very familiar UI that you will see in the iPhone, and uses accelerometer to navigate through paged content. However, this video might turn out to be fake, so don’t get your hopes very high.

Watch the video after the jump.

Twitter Commands That You May Not Know About

Many people use to communicate and share content, but did you know that twitter has commands which you can use to get information? Some of these commands are pretty cool and are similar to bash commands users are used to on Linux based systems.

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For example Twitter has a WHOIScommand using which you can find the bio of any Twitter user. To make use of the command, just type WHOIS usernamewithout the quotes in the Twitter post box, replace username with the username you want to find information for and hit the updatebutton.

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When you hit the updatebutton, you will see the information about the user as a overlay window, the message itself will not be posted to your timeline.

Other interesting commands include GET username, to view the latest tweet from a user. FAV username, to favorite the last tweet from a user. SET LOCATION placename, updates your location in your profile to the placename. STATS, displays the stats for your account, including number of followers, tweets, etc.

Interestingly Twitter also has a help page which lists out some more useful commands you can use. The commands include:

  • ON: turns ALL phone notifications on.
  • OFF, STOP, QUIT, End, Cancel, Arret or Unsubscribe: turns ALL phone notifications off.
  • ON username: turns on notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, ON alissa.
  • OFF username: turns off notifications for a specific person on your phone. For example, OFF blaine.
  • FOLLOW username: this command allows you to start following a specific user, as well as receive SMS notifications. Example: follow jermy
  • LEAVE username: this command allows you to stop following a specific user, as well as stop receiving SMS notifications. Example: leave benfu

Twitter search also has some search operators you can use to search Twitter. For example, TO:username will display search results for tweets sent to a particular user, from:username will display tweets sent from a user and so on. Twitter search has several more operators which can be pretty useful. You can find the different search operators at 16 Commands and Shortcuts to Twitter.

Did you know about these handy commands in Twitter? Do you find them useful? Let us know through your comments.

Christmas Themes for Windows XP

Previously we did a roundup of some of the Best Christmas themes for Windows 7. However those themes will not work on Windows XP. In this post you will find themes/theme pack which can be installed and used on Windows XP computers.

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Themes do not work out of the box on Windows XP, you will have to apply some patches before you can install a them on XP. The download page contains links to download patches for your computer, make sure to apply them before you use the themes.

Download Christmas Themes for Windows XP

Automatically Copy Selected Text in Google Chrome

One thing I like about Linux and consoles in general is the ability to automatically copy selected text, this feature is missing out in Windows and all Internet browsers in general.

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Auto Copy is a which will automatically copy selected text in the browser to the clipboard. Once you install the Auto Copy extension in , the text you select will automatically be copied to the clipboard. This will save you some time as you don’t have to right click to copy text or use the Ctrl + C shortcut key.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Auto Copy is a excellent extension which will definitely save you a lot of time if you frequently copy content from webpages.

If you are worried about overwriting your Clipboard, you can try out check out some excellent Copy/paste replacements for Windows or use a Open source Clipboard manager to copy multiple items to the clipboard.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

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Ultimate List of Thunderbird 3 Tips and Tricks

Now that Thunderbird 3 is finally out, we know that there will be a multitude of blog posts and tips and tricks which will be hard to catch up with. Like always, we spend some time to pick out the best tips and tricks and put up an for your convenience.

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This time around we are proud to present the Ultimate List of Tips and Tricks for Thunderbird 3 users. Have fun, and don’t forget to share it with others.

Like always, this Ultimate List is non-exhaustive, and we will be maintaining it to add more Thunderbird 3 tips and tricks in the future.

Thunderbird 3 Review

Our own review of Thunderbird 3 and a overview of the new features. Check out the Thunderbird 3 Review. Thunderbird 3 Review.

Thunderbird 3 Official Tips and Tricks

Who can ignore tips from the creators? Mozilla has a huge list of tricks line up which will make you more than acquainted with their latest version. Thunderbird Tips.

Thunderbird Keyboard Shortcuts

Another one from the creator’s stable, these shortcuts will definitely help you use Thunderbird on your finger tips. Thunderbird Shortcuts.

Customizing Email Archives in Thunderbird 3

Martin, my friend from Ghacks, writes how you can customize Email Archives in Thunderbird 3. The archiving option is not available out of the box and Martin guides you through it. Customize the Email Archive in Thunderbird 3.

Using Google Wave in Thunderbird 3

A trick which utilizes the tabbed interface in Thunderbird 3 to allow you to access in Thunderbird 3. How to Access Google Wave in Thunderbird 3.

Install Thunderbird 3 in Ubuntu with One Command

Hey, I use Ubuntu because I like the CUI ;-). Well you can install Thunderbird 3 in Ubuntu with 1 command. Install Thunderbird 3 in Ubuntu with 1 command.

Autohide Tab Bar in Thunderbird 3

Don’t we always need to cook something? Tech Recipes cooks this cool tip up just for your pleasure. Learn how to Autohide Tab bar in Thunderbird 3.

Automatically Download Images in Thunderbird 3

Something more is cooking, except that you can’t see it due to the image being blocked. Learn how to disable Image blocks in Thunderbird 3 and download Images automatically. How to download images automatically in Thunderbird 3.

Essential Extensions to Get Started With Thunderbird 3

Like Firefox, Thunderbird has ability to add extensions. Kabatology tells us about some great extensions you can use with Thunderbird 3. 5 Essential Extensions for Thunderbird 3.

Make Thunderbird 3 Your Ultimate Online/Offline Message Hub

Lifehacker has come up with an excellent tutorial to show you how you can use Thunderbird 3 as you Ultimate Online and Offline Message Hub.

Like most of our , this list is incomplete till we fill it up with the best Thunderbird 3 tips and tricks. We will continue to update this post as frequently as we can. Have fun with Thunderbird 3.

Download Free Christmas Holiday Songs at iTunes Holiday Sampler [Music Deals]

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Few days back we told you about Amazon giving away free Christmas Carols MP3 downloads. Looks like Apple does not want to be left behind too. Apple is offering users an opportunity to sample Christmas and Holiday season songs from popular artists.

You can download 20 Christmas and Holiday songs for free for a week. Songs include O Come All ye Faithful by Amy Grant, Silent Night by Sarah McLachlan, We Wish You A Merry by Weezer and more.

If you are looking to download more free Christmas Carol songs, head over to the Amazon MP3 store.

iTunes Holiday Sampler

Windows Live Messenger 2010 and Windows Live Writer 2010 [Screenshots]

Neowin has posted some screenshots of Windows Live Messenger 2010 and Windows Live Writer 2010, both of the products are freely available for download from Microsoft, however, these screenshot are from Wave 4, a bundle of applications from Microsoft which will be available for downloads sometime soon.

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As you can see from the screenshot above, Windows Live Messenger 2010, focuses more on Social networking and delivers updates from your friends in the sidebar. This is no surprise as even Yahoo Messenger 10 has more focus on social updates.

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What is even more interesting is the new Windows Live Writer 2010 to be included in Wave 4 (click for larger screenshot).

The new version completely does away with the old menu and introduces ribbon menu which is popular in Office products including . I am very excited about WLW 2010 as it looks like a perfect tool for created rich text posts and also has ease of use written all over it.

What do you think of the new Wave 4 products? Do they look interesting to you?

Keep Track of iPhone Apps and Price Drops at App Shopper

iTunes provides users with a good enough app store to browse and download or buy apps. You can also do browse the app store in a web browser, however the app store does not usually promote good deals and price drops on the iPhone and iPod Touch apps. App Shopper is iPhone/iPod Touch App gallery which is much better than the iTunes store.

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When you visit App Shopper, you will instantly see popular apps and can browse through the archives. However, App Shopper also clearly marks out Price drops and apps which figure in the top 100, so that you can quickly take advantages of deals thrown in by app developers.

App Shopper also allows you to create an account on the site and add apps to your wish list. Once you add an app to your wish list, you will automatically receive an email whenever there is a price drop for the app.

Techie Buzz Verdict

App Shopper is a pretty good option to find new iPhone apps and track price drops on your favorite ones. They also offer users RSS feeds to keep track of the apps from the comfort of their RSS feeds.

Ratings: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

Download Thunderbird 3 [Final Version]

Mozilla has finally released the final version of Thunderbird 3 based on the Gecko 1.9.1.5 platform. Thunderbird 3 contains several new features including:

  • New search with Advanced Filtering Tools
  • Autocomplete in Search
  • Enhanced mail account setup wizard
  • A new redesigned mail toolbar
  • Tabbed email messages
  • Smartfolders to combine multiple folders
  • Message summary view
  • New add-ons manager
  • Improved Address book
  • Improved Gmail integration

In addition to that, there are also performance improvements while dealing with IMAP email. That’s a boatload of features isn’t it? Then go ahead and download Thunderbird 3 right away.

Thunderbird 3 is available for Windows, Linux/Ubuntu, Mac OS X and works without problems on .

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