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Best Chrome Extensions You Should Definitely Download

We have been covering several for sometime now. The official extension gallery will take a little more time to open up, so we decided to put up a list of the most useful Google Chrome extensions that we have covered till now. We also decided to throw in some other Chrome extension which we haven’t written about to make the list a comprehensive one.

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For your convenience we have segregated the extensions into several categories for easier browsing.

Bookmarking & Session Management

Read It Later Extension – Quickly add content to your Read It Later account in one click.

Bookmark All Tabs Extension – Allows you to bookmark all open tabs at one, allowing you perform maintenance and then reopen it again later.

Delicious Extension – Quickly Bookmark a webpage to your Delicious account.

Chrome Session Saver Extension – Allows you to save all the open tabs as a session and open them up later.

Google Bookmarks Extension – Adds a Google bookmarks button which displays the bookmarks from your Google Bookmarks account in a dropdown list.

Blogging & Developer Related

Allow Right Click Extension – Allows you to perform right clicks on webpages which have disabled it.

Pagerank Checker Extension – Similar to the Pagerank Checker for Chrome which we had covered earlier, however, this one adds a icon in the toolbar.

IE Tab Extension – This extension will allow you to use Internet explorer rendering to display pages in Google Chrome.

XML Tree Extension Adds XML rendering support to Google Chrome.

Proxy Switcher Extension – Allows you to quickly switch between proxy servers in Google Chrome.

Chrome Window Resizer Extension – Allows you to quickly resize the current window to match your browsing experience.

WhoIs Checker Extension – Allows you to quickly check details about the current website you are viewing.

Auto Reload Extension – Auto Reload webpages after certain time intervals.

Web Developer Mini Extension – Shows you some useful options which will come in handy for web development.

iMacros Extension – Record and Play macros in Google Chrome to quickly perform repetitive tasks.

NoFollow Link Checker Extension – Checks and highlights nofollow links on the current webpage.

Feedly for Google Chrome

are finally coming of age. We have told you about several extensions in the past, but the introduction of Feedly for Chrome is definitely a huge step forward.

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I have been using the extension for some time and was pretty impressed with it. If you want to learn more about Feedly you can read our earlier review: Bring Google Reader to Life with Feedly.

Download Feedly for Google Chrome

Ultimate List of Social Networking Christmas Icons/Icon Packs

Earlier today, we covered a of Free Christmas Icon Packs, which can be downloaded and used on your desktop or website. However, many blog owners usually also want to show the spirit by changing the subscription and social networking icons to reflect the holiday season.

In this post we will take a look at some High Quality Icon Packs for Social Networking, which you can download for free to replace you current social networking icons on your blog or website.

Christmas Ball Social Networking Icons

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Ultimate List of Free Christmas Icon Packs

Thanksgiving usually kicks in the holiday season, and people start getting into an early Christmas mood. We have been covering several goodies in the past and will continue to do so to make sure that you are ready for the season.

You might want to start out with the Christmas spirit by using some Free Christmas icons on your blog. In this post, you will find some really nice and free Christmas icons that you can download and use freely on your blog/website of desktop.

Icon Dock Free Christmas Holiday Icons

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A set of Holiday Christmas Icons available in PSD, GIF, PNG, ICO, and EPS format. Download Christmas Holiday Icons.

Icon Archive Free Christmas Icon Pack

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Previously mentioned Icon Archive, has a huge list of Christmas Icon packs you can download for free. Download from Icon Archive.

Clever Icons Free Christmas Icon Pack

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Clever Icons has some high quality Christmas Icons you can put to good use. Download from Clever Icons.

Dry Icons Free Christmas 2009 Icon Pack

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Dry Icons has some really nice looking icons for Christmas. The snow effects just make it look a bit nicer. Download from Dry Icons.

Free Icons Free Download Christmas Icon Pack

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Free Icons Download has a set of 13 high quality Christmas Icons you can download and use for free. Download from Free Icons.

Designus Free Christmas Icon Pack

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Designus has a set of basic Christmas icon pack for free download. Download from Designus.

These are just few of the icons packs which provide users with high quality and free Christmas Icon Packs. We will keep this list updated to include more Christmas icon packs as we come across them.

4 Audio Editors For Blog Podcasting

Podcasts are everywhere and most of them are nothing more than sales talk. But, if your podcast has some meat, web users will listen. Sound professional and even more will listen.

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To sound professional, you need an audio editor. Some are open source software, others stand-alone and some, like Sound Forge, are bundled (with Director, in this case).

Ready to get started? There’s plenty of software to edit and mix your audio files so you sound good.

Traverso DAW

Any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) needs lots of functionality. Who knows, you may be working with .aif files one day and .wav the next. Or you may be importing both for use in the same podcast. That’s why I like Traverso.

It’s totally x-platform, you can add or remove lots of plug-ins and edit on the fly, even as the audio is playing. You can drop in a music bed in real time to monitor your progress.

Also, Traverso enables you to open numerous .wav and .aif files simultaneously without blowing out your systems’ cache. Powerful utility and easy GUI makes this one of my top picks for professional editors and beginners. Try it. You’ll like it.

WavePad

Wavepad is a feature deep audio editor that comes with a kit full of special FX. It’s easy cut-and-paste GUI simplifies editing chores, but WavePad goes far beyond simple editing.

This editor comes with a package of FX echo, controlled distortion, automatic room tone generator and a bunch of other features that even the expensive audio editors don’t have.

WavePad works with .wav files, mp3 files and other Microsoft-based formats, but wait, there’s more. This editor is x-platform so you can import sound files in just about any format including .aif (Mac’s format), .vox, .ogg, .au, real audio and other popular formats used by YouTube and other social media sites.

WavePad is a real workhorse, enabling you to open as many time lines as you need, And mixing from stereo to mono is as simple as one click. I highly recommend WavePad for beginners cause you’re going to like what this editor does for you.

Free Wave MP3 Sound Editor

Free Wave MP3 Sound Editor is simple to use. That’s why I like it. It’s a strictly Windows-based tool that lets you record your podcasts in MP3 format.

Free Wave comes with a few FX features echo, noise reduction and such, but if you want to keep things simple and you don’t want a long learning curve, this is the editor for you.

BTW, even though Free Wave is strictly Windows based, your podcasts will automatically be translated from MP3 or .wav format to Mac’s proprietary .aif format, which means Mac users will hear you loud and clear.

Simple. No learning curve. A couple of features. If that’s all you need, Free Wave is all you need.

Expstudio Audio Pro

Lots of features with this editor/mixer including voice conversion and manipulation, easy zooming on the GUI for those fine edits, mic in the sound or import it from a full slate of sources, visual editing simplified.

Also comes with the full package of features standard:

  • Room tone generator
  • Noise filters
  • File conversion (.wav to .aif, .aif to .wav, for example)
  • Multiple markers with complete labeling functionality
  • Compression to ADPCM, GSM, ALF2 and other industry-standard compression formats so your audio sounds good on any system using any browser. In other words, listeners hear you, not noise.

Got something to say? Got something worth hearing? Consider adding podcasts to your site and change them often.

Regular, updated podcasts create site stickiness. Give visitors a reason to come back with professional-sounding podcasts.

This is a guest post by Edward Khoo, a tech blogger based in Malaysia. Follow him on Twitter @squall768. Want to guest post for us? Visit the Guest Post information page to read how you can submit guest posts to us.

Repair and Fix Windows 7/Windows Vista Errors With FixWin

There are time when you might run across some peculiar issues on or , such as the Recycle Bin missing or thumbnails not working in Windows Explorer. You will always find solutions for such problems on the internet.

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However, why not have a simple fixit tool which will automatically repair and fix these small problems for you without breaking your head? FixWin is the app for the cause, it has fixes for 50 common problems faced on Windows.

FixWin provides one-click fixes for Windows Explorer problems, Internet & Connectivity issues, Windows media player problems, system tools and some additional fixes for uncategorized items.

Techie Buzz Verdict

FixWin acts like a Windows doctor and gives you a single button to fix several problems faced by Windows users. If you are a novice computer user or don’t usually liked to meddle around with settings, FixWin is the perfect tool for you.

So make room for a handy companion on your PC and download it right away.

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Excellent)

Download FixWin

Aviary Screen Capture Extension for Google Chrome

Aviary is the most simple way to capture screenshots without having to use any additional software. The Aviary extension for adds a small toolbar icon which will allow you to quickly capture webpage screenshots and download them to your PC or share them with your friends.

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In addition to that, it also provides several other shortcuts to edit image and video files.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Aviary is definitely a time saver when it comes to capturing website screenshots. The extension can come in pretty handy when you want to capture screenshots without having to launch any external software.

The for Aviary also allows you to sign in to your Aviary account, allowing you to quickly post the screenshots to your associated or account.

Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Download Aviary Extension for Chrome

Bing Holiday Season Cashback Updates

has been promoting itself by giving cashbacks for purchases on products you buy through their search engines. Now that the holiday season is up, Bing has come up with new cashbacks which earn you discounts between 5-35%.

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To get your Cashback, visit the Bing Cashback merchant page and click on the links of the available merchants to search and shop for merchandise.

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You have over a 1000 merchants to choose from, so spend your time and money wisely. Happy cashback.. err Holidays :-).

Similarities Between New Google Search Interface and Yahoo Search

We told you about the new Google Search interface recently, along with instructions on how to access new Google Search. However, we just spotted something that might be of interest in the new search interface from Google.

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It is mildly similar to the current Search. I say mildly, since there are certain similarities like the search box, font weights and the buttons. However, they are not exactly the same, but it looks like they have been derived from Yahoo Search.

Take a look at the screenshots above and decide for yourself whether or not you see similarities between them. An interesting thing is that this is not the first time that Google has copied something from Yahoo. I remember an instance, but cannot find the link for it, it was related to promoting custom builds of IE7 and the Google designer had copied the design over from Yahoo.

What do you think? Let us know through your comments.

Download Thunderbird 3 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)

All the brave hearts using Thunderbird 2, here is your chance to try out the latest version of Thunderbird. Thunderbird 3 RC1 is now available for downloads.

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Thunderbird 3 RC packs in several changes, you can read the list of major changes in Thunderbird 3 in our earlier post.

For those not in the know, Release candidates are polished versions of software, which are made available before the final downloads. You will not see many feature changes between a RC and a final product except for minor bug fixes (or another RC if there are major bug fixes). So if you have been waiting to give Thunderbird 3 a try, go ahead and download it right away.

Download Thunderbird 3 RC1

Free Online Services to Create and Send Invoices

Freelancing is very popular and it is not just limited to programming these days. So how do you ensure that you get paid properly and on time? By sending invoices. However, creating and sending invoices in excel spreadsheets is passé. In this age of web2.0, it is more appropriate to make use of online services to create and send invoices for the work that you have done.

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In this post, we will take a look at few of the best online invoice services available today.

CurdBee

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CurdBee is a very easy to use online billing system for small business and freelancers. CurdBee has a simple to use interface and tracking system to track the invoices you send out. In addition to that, CurdBee also directly integrates into your PayPal account, making it easier to receive payments.

CurdBee is absolutely free to use, you can also go through the CurdBee demo to get a feel of the service before you can actually sign up for a free account.

Bamboo Invoice

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Bamboo Invoice is a free and open source billing and invoicing software which can be installed and run on your own servers.

The best part of using Bamboo Invoice is that all your client and invoice data will sit securely on your own servers. Downloading and install the software is pretty easy. You will require to have a web server with PHP 5 and MySQL.

Invoice Dude

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Invoice Dude allows you to create unlimited invoices and recurring payments and send them out to your customers. In addition to that, they also have support for multiple currencies and adding your own logo and branding to the invoices.

Invoice Dude is currently in closed beta, so you will have to apply for an invitation before you can use it. In the meantime you can checkout a demo of Invoice Dude.

Billing Boss

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Billing Boss is another free invoicing system for small business and freelances to create, send and track the status of invoices.

Billing Boss also has a mobile interface for iPhone and Android devices along with the ability to share your data with your bookkeeper or accountant. You can take a 2 minute tour of Billing Boss before you decide to sign up for it.

Working Point

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Working Point is a complete solution for small business. You can invoice your contacts, manages bills and expenses, manage contacts, inventory and more.

Working Point has both free and paid solutions, however, the free solution should be more than enough for your basic needs. You can take a tour of Working Point before you can start using it.

Fresh Books

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Fresh Books is another online invoicing and billing service which provides you with an easy way to bill and invoice your customers. Fresh Books boasts of over 1 million users making it one of the largest online invoicing service.

You can sign up for a free account at Fresh Books and manage up-to 3 clients. For more information take a tour of Fresh Books.

Zoho Invoice

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Zoho Invoice is another free invoicing system which will allow you to create and send up-to 5 free invoices every month.

Take a tour of Zoho Invoice before you can sign up for the service.

Other Worthwhile Invoice and Billing Servicers

Do you use any other tools or services for invoicing or billing your customers? Do let us know through your comments.

Handbrake 0.9.4 released With 64bit Support

Handbrake the multiplatform open source video transcoder for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux which was also mentioned in our 35+ Awesome and Free Software list, has just released version 0.9.4 after almost one year. The new version supports 64bit PCs and includes 1000s of bug fixes and enhancements.

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The major change in the latest version includes a new build system which allows them to easily build 64bit versions of the software. They have also introduced a new soft subtitles system which can be turned on and off.

HandBrake 0.9.4 also includes a new feature called Live Preview which will allow you to encode smaller parts of the clips before you start the entire encoding. In addition to that, they also have better input support, for DVD and non-DVD sources alike and constant quality encoding.

Other than these there are more than 1000 changes done since the last version 0.9.3, you can read all of them here.

Download Handbrake 0.9.4 for your OS [via TUAW]

Gmail Enables Attachments in Offline Mode

has introduced a new feature in which will allow you to send attachments when you are in offline mode. Offline mode allows users to download emails and read them in Offline mode in a web browser, the emails are stored locally by Google Gears.

Earlier, Gmail only allowed users to compose email while they were in offline mode, and sent it whenever they were connected to the internet. However, they have now also enabled uploading attachments while in offline mode.

What this means is that, you can now quickly download all the photos you took on your trip and attach it while you are on the plane. The email and attachments will be instantly sent out when you have access to an internet connection, saving you both time and efforts and giving you something interesting to do on the plane.

To make use of this feature go to Gmail -> Settings, and enable Offline Gmail.

Google Chrome Extensions to Go Live Soon

Google has announced that is almost ready for Chrome extensions. Extensions will be officially available at the Google Chrome Extensions gallery. However, the gallery is currently available only for developers to upload their extensions.

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Most of the extensions uploaded by developers will be reviewed automatically. However, extensions which use the file system will be reviewed manually.

If you are a developer and want to upload your Chrome extension, head to the Developer Dashboard and add your extension to the gallery. We assume that the official launch of the extension gallery will happen later this week or early next week, however, you do not have to wait that long, you can always browse our list of and start using them in Google Chrome.