Category Archives: Featured Articles

The featured articles at Techie Buzz

Google Already Indexing Twitter?

A few days back Google announced a search deal with Twitter and so did , however, unlike Bing, Google was still to come up with the actual integration.

twitter_google_indexing

To my surprise, since the day Google announced their deal with , I have been seeing some web alerts for twitter tweets.

twitter_google_indexing_2

Apparently two of my tweets were indexed by Google, you can view the tweets here and here. So has Google already begun to index twitter tweets? Many might argue that Google already indexes twitter tweets, however those tweets are usually available when you run a site search for twitter, the above search results are appearing in Google web search results.

Though this may not be the final integration, looks like Google had already begun working on integrating twitter into web search results, and the deal signing was just a formality. We will keep you updated whenever we come across more news on this topic.

Facebook Humor: Funny Facebook Cartoons

It has been a long time since we did , but seriously we haven’t had time, to have fun in the past few months :-(. However, after a hugely popular series of humor, in the form of Bringing the fun back to Twitter and Twitter humor once again, we decided to spread our wings and include some funny cartoons depicting .

So go ahead, feast your eyes and ROFL (Roll on the floor laughing) while you view these funny images and cartoons for Facebook, and of course our funnier commentary to go with it.

Must Read: What Google Thinks about Social Networking? [This is Funny]

Honey, Mark Zuckerberg is Still in College

circa_2000_facebook

Did You Read the Facebook Terms of Services? Everyday?

broke_facebook_terms_of_services

Seriously, I NEED more Friends

need_more_facebook_friends_cartoon

Dual Intensions

dual_facebook_intentions

Dude, my Online Friends on Facebook Love me Better!!!

online_friends_love_me_facebook

Facebook was Considered a Waste of Time. Now I get Paid to Not Facebook :-)

facebook_no_work

Back in the Days, we could Actually Write on the Wall

stoneage_facebook

You have Every Right to Update your Facebook Status

facebook_guilty_status

Hey, Don’t Judge Me, I am Just a Dog

just_a_facebook_dog

Image Credit

My Boss Created a Facebook App, and Forced me to Use it

facebook_boss_watching

Thanks to Facebook, Elections will be so Simple

facebook_simple_elections

Image Credit

And Let’s Hope he has the Facebook iPhone App Installed Too

facebook_iphone_app_humor

Shouldn’t it be, Dude Let me Update my Twitter Status?

facebook_or_tweeting

Image Credit

The Oscars for Facebook Goes To

oscar_waste_of_time_of_facebook

Creating a Bomb Everyone App on Facebook would be Fun Right?

bomb_everyone_on_facebook

Begging for Facebook

begging_for_facebook

And Finally, I did not Anticipate my School Friend to Become the World’s Biggest Spammer

worlds_biggest_spammer

Well that’s it for now, too much of Facebook :-). Before you head someplace else, don’t forget to show your love and become a fan of Techie Buzz on Facebook.

Google Tasks Extension for Google Chrome

is a really handy service that was originally a part of , which can now be accessed individually. We have already told you about a desktop tool to access Google Tasks, however, if you are a user, we came across a which will allows you access your Google Tasks quickly and easily.

google_tasks_google_chrome

Once you install the extension, you will see a tasks bar at the right hand corner of the screen, whenever you load a webpage (you will only see if when you open a webpage).

google_tasks_list_in_chrome

Clicking on the Tasks bar will display your Google Tasks to you, you can complete old tasks, add new ones or delete completed tasks using this extension.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[3] If you are a Google Chrome user and want a task manager, that you can access in your Gmail account, as well as integrate with Google Calendar, this extension is a recommended download. Using this extension will make task management that much easier.

The fact that you can edit, delete and add new tasks without having to use Gmail or the standalone Google Tasks website, allows you to use it like just another desktop task management software.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 4/5 (Excellent)

Download Google Tasks Chrome Extension

Halloween Personas for Firefox

Halloween is coming up pretty soon, and we have already written about some awesome Halloween wallpapers to dress up your desktop. Here is some good news, if you want to take it one step further and get your browser, in particular into a Halloween mood.

halloween_firefox_themes_personas halloween_firefox_themes_personas2

Mozilla has released a new set of 82 Firefox personas which can be used to dress up your browser to match the Halloween look and feel. So go ahead and get into the Halloween mood a bit early.

You will have to download the Personas to be able to use these themes with Firefox.

Download Halloween Personas for Firefox [via Mozilla Links]

Check & Download Windows 7 Drivers at RadarSync

If you have purchased a copy of , most of your hardware drivers will be automatically detected. However, there are chances that some drivers may not be installed, as it may be old or unsupported on Windows 7.

Keeping your drivers up-to-date allows you to run your system smoothly without problems. Unlike software updates, drivers are usually not available directly, and you need to visit the hardware manufacturer site to download them. Of course softwares like Device Doctor and services like NoDevice can be used to easily download and update drivers.

windows7_device_driver_downloads

Now RadarSync a driver update software, has created a list of device drivers specifically for Windows 7 32bit systems. You can browse the driver list and search for drivers for your specific hardware. The drivers on RadarSync are updated daily and contains drivers for the most popular hardware and laptops.

If you have more than one drivers to download, you can add them to a single pack and download them all together.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Windows 7 usually detects hardware in most of the PCs, however there are some cases where vendor specific drivers may not be found in their repository. In such cases, having a central website to find and download drivers is definitely handy.

You can always use one of the free tools to find and update drivers. If you are looking for a paid alternative you can checkout Driver Scanner.

Visit RadarSync Windows 7 Drivers page

[via]

Best TweetDeck Tips, Tricks and Use Cases

I have been using for quite sometime now, and I must admit that sometimes it is a bit of memory hogger. However, the fact that it is one of the best clients available today, I continue to use it, albeit by tweaking it to use lesser memory and provide me with more functionality.

Here are some tips, tricks and use cases, which will help you out when it comes to using TweetDeck. Most of the tips are generated using TweetDeck version 0.31.1, so you might not see the options if you are using a older version.

Disable Notifications: In my experience, the notifications provided by TweetDeck are the biggest memory hoggers. It is best to disable the notifications to reduce memory usage in the application.

turn_tweetdeck_notifications_off

To disable the notifications, go to the Settings -> Notifications, and click on the Detail on and Summary on to turn them off.

Save on API Calls: Twitter has a limitation on the number of API calls any third-party service or application can make to them. If you are a heavy twitter user you might run out of API calls quickly, and then have to use the web interface to update your status and view other’s updates.

tweetdeck_disable_profile_views

If you use TweetDeck, you can save on few twitter API calls, by disabling some features. By default, TweetDeck is setup to display user profiles directly inside the app, you can save some API calls by choosing to Open profiles in a web browser instead. Go to Settings -> General to make that change.

Quick Reply, Retweet, Direct Message or Favorite a Tweet: When I first started out using TweetDeck, I was a bit clueless about these features.

qucik_actions_in_tweetdeck favorite_tweet_in_tweetdeck

When you hover over the profile image of a twitter user, you will find options to reply to a tweet, retweet the message and even send a direct message to the user. To favorite a tweet, click on the other actions icon and select Favorite from the Tweet submenu.

Save Time While Typing Twitter Handles: In twitter, you need to type the handle of the user, preceded by a @in order to send a message to them. You can have TweetDeck auto-complete the twitter usernames for you.

autocomplete_twitter_usernames tweetdeck_username_autocomplete

To turn on auto-complete, go to Settings -> General, and select the checkbox next to Use autocomplete for usernames. The next you type @ in your tweet, a new overlay will popup, allowing you to autocomplete the twitter username. This overlay will also show up when you begin your tweet with D, the shortkey for sending direct messages to users.

Create Groups of Users: Twitter by default does not provide users with an option to create groups, they have introduced a feature called lists, but it is not available for all users yet.

tweetdeck_groups tweetdeck_group_column add_new_users_to_group

Using TweetDeck, you can add users to different groups and then track them in a separate column. To add a group, click on the twitter icon and then click on the groups icon in the overlay window. Give you group a name and select the members who form part of the group.

Once you have added the group members, click on Add group, it should then add a new column to TweetDeck, where you can follow tweets from just the group members.

Adding new members to a group is easy, just hover over a user’s profile picture and click on the Other actionsicon. From the user menu, click on add to group to add the user to a pre-created group.

Limit Number of Updates per Column: If you are like me and have 20 columns related to different accounts, searches and trends, you might want to limit the number of updates that are shown in each column to reduce memory usage.

limit_updates_per_tweetdeck_column

To limit the number of updates per column, go to Settings -> General and change the Max numbers of updates in a column to suit your needs.

Access Multiple Twitter Accounts in TweetDeck: Many users choose to have multiple accounts in Twitter. For example, I have a personal account @keithdsouza and a account for Techie Buzz, @techiebuzzer where we push latest news updates.

add_new_twitter_account_to_tweetdeck

TweetDeck allows you to add and manage multiple twitter accounts from the same interface. To add new accounts to TweetDeck, go to Settings -> Accounts and choose to Add new accounts.

Access Facebook and MySpace Feeds in TweetDeck: TweetDeck allows users to add and MySpace feeds to their interface. In addition to that you can also comment and like items from your friends on Facebook, directly from TweetDeck.

tweetdeck_facebook_news_feed

To add your Facebook or MySpace account to TweetDeck, click on the icons on the top of the application and follow the steps to authenticate your accounts. Once done, you will see new columns with Facebook and MySpace updates in TweetDeck. You can also follow the previous tip to add new Facebook or MySpace accounts to TweetDeck.

Quickly Search and View Twitter Trends: TweetDeck allows you to quickly search the twitter Timeline for keywords and trends.

twitter_search_column twitter_search_update_column

To add a new search, click on the twitter column and then click on the search icon. Input the keywords for the search and click on the search icon next to the input box. This should add a new search column, where you can follow all the public timeline updates from twitter that contain the keywords. You can also all the latest trends in Twitter, by adding a column for Twitscoop.

Sync your Accounts across multiple PCs: Sometime back TweetDeck announced the ability to sync your accounts across multiple PCs, by providing users with cloud storage on their servers.

create_new_tweetdeck_sync_account

To create your own account on TweetDeck servers, go to Settings -> Sync and create a new TweetDeck account. Once you have created your account, your searches and default twitter account will be synced with TweetDeck servers.

You will be able to access the settings from any other PC or even your iPhone, once you have signed into your sync account. TweetDeck will automatically alert you to add columns when you access TweetDeck on a new PC.

View and Follow New Followers in TweetDeck: A new feature introduced in TweetDeck version 0.31.1 allows you to view and follow new followers inside the application.

tweetdeck_add_new_followers_column new_followers_choose_account

To add the new followers column, click on the twitter icon and the on the New followers icon. If you have multiple accounts you will be asked to choose, which account to display the new followers for. Make that selection and click on Finish. A new column will be added to TweetDeck, from where you will be able to see the new followers and also follow them from within TweetDeck.

Quickly Report & Block Spam Users in TweetDeck: Twitter is notorious for spam, and have been taking some steps to allow users to easily report spam users.

tweetdeck_block_and_report_spam

However, if you use TweetDeck, it is much more easier to report spam and block users. If you want to report & block a user. Click on the more options on the profile picture and go to the User menu. From the submenu, either choose to Block the user or Block & Report the user as Spam.

block_and_report_spam

When you choose the second option, a popup overlay will be displayed, asking you to confirm the block. Once you click on Ok, the user will be blocked and a direct message will be sent to @spam with the twitter user’s handle.

Quickly Drag and Drop Images for Sharing: The latest versions of TweetDeck allows users to quickly share images and photos by dragging it to the update textbox.

choose_photo_uploading_service_tweetdeck

When you drag and drop images to the update input box, you will be given an option to choose which service you want to upload the images to. TweetDeck supports uploading images to TwitPic, YFrog and TweetPhoto.

You can setup your accounts for the above services by visiting Settings -> Services.

Record and Upload videos to Twitter: You can record and upload videos from TweetDeck, by associating your 12seconds account.

twitter_12_seconds_integration

Once you add your account, by clicking on the twitter account and adding the 12 seconds service. You will see a new column with the 12 seconds videos you have created, click on the record button at the top of the column to record videos and share it on twitter.

Associate your Bit.ly account with TweetDeck: TweetDeck allows you to shorten URLs using several services. Out of them Bit.ly provides users with an option to create API accounts, in order to track the shared URLs.

bitly_tweetdeck_integration

You can associate your Bit.ly username and API key with the shortened URLs by visiting Settings -> Services and entering your Bit.ly information.

Summarizing: I am certainly happy with TweetDeck and use it on both my PC and the iPod touch, these tips may come in useful to you, to help you use this software better. However, there might be something’s, which I   may have missed out on, so do feel free to add your own tips to this list. Also don’t forget to tell us, if these tips come in handy to you.

Please note: TweetDeck is based on , you will need to download and install that before you can use this application.

Apple Launches Anti Windows 7 Ads

Apple products have been a object of ridicule over the past few weeks, from Microsoft and Verizon. Microsoft recently launched their flagship operating system , and Apple hasn’t been sitting tightly on it, they have in-fact called OS too costly for the masses.

To take things further, Apple has once again opened up the OS war, by launching a new video that targets the new operating system Windows 7from Microsoft.

The ad basically ridicules Microsoft’s claims that Windows 7 does not have any problems the previous OS, Windows Vista had. However, it also then goes to statements made by Microsoft over their past OS launches. Have fun watching the video.

[via Business Insider]

Download McAfee Internet Security Free 1 Year License [BOA]

If you do not want to download Panda Internet security 2010 or have not attended a launch party, and thus became illegible for a free Kaspersky version, we came across another , where you can download McAfee Internet Security worth $69.99 for free with a 1 year license.

free_mcafee_interent_security_1year

This offer, is only available for current Bank of America customers. If you have an account with them, visit this BOA McAfee offer page and select your state. You will be redirected to the offer page, where you will have to login using your BOA ID.

download_mcafee_free_boa

Once you have logged in and entered your Site key, you will be shown links to go to the McAfee site from where you can download the Internet Security Software.

create_new_mcafee_account

Clicking on the link will take you to the McAfee page, where you will need to create a new account to be able to download the software. Please note, you will need to provide your billing information while signing up. However, your credit card will not be charged and you can cancel the automatic subscription anytime before the 12-month free subscription expires. Enjoy.

Microsoft Releases Windows 7 ISO USB/DVD Creation Tool

Microsoft Store has released a   which will allow users to easily create a copy of their downloaded ISO on a USB or DVD. This tool will help you create a bootable copy of the installation, which can then be used to install Windows 7 on your PC or laptop.

windows7_usb_dvd_creation_tool

Once you download and install the software, run it and select the Windows 7 ISO and click on next. To create bootable Windows 7 USB drive, choose the USB option and select the flash drive from the list and click Begin copying. In order to create a bootable Windows 7 DVD, click on Begin Burning.

Techie Buzz Verdict

This tool from Microsoft will come in pretty handy, if you have decided to download a digital copy of Windows 7, in the form of a ISO or compressed file. Using this tool you can quickly and easily create a bootable USB or DVD drive and install Windows 7 with ease.

Techie Buzz Ratings: 3.5/5 (Good)

Download Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool

source

Google Calendar Adds Snooze

Every morning when I wake up, I snooze the alarm clock about 3-4 times, to buzz me again. The snooze function basically shuts down the alarm for a few minutes and starts buzzing again after 5 minutes.

If you add calendar events in Google Calendar or Outlook and have them open, you will get notifications about upcoming events. Outlook provides you with an option to Snooze the event and remind you after a certain time limit.

google-calendar-snooze

According to Google OS, Google Calendar has added a similar feature, where users can choose to be reminded again about a event after 5 minutes. To make use of this feature, you will have to have the Google Calendar webpage open in your web browser.

You can always chose to receive SMS alerts for your events, and even sync Google Calendar events with Outlook. If you are using , you might also want to checkout a , which allows you to setup a alarm inside the browser.

Google Announces Search Deal with Twitter

Close on the heels of  signing a deal with and , to include results from two of the most powerful social networking sites, Google has also made a official announcement about a new tie-up with twitter to include tweets into Google search results.

According to Google:

Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how tweets can make search better in the coming months.

Looks like, Twitter has finally cracked a revenue model, and though the amount of money involved in the two deals are not yet confirmed, we expect it to be in millions.

To sum it up, two of the top search engines will now display real-time results, which is massive for users who want fresh information everytime they search for something.

Is Your PC Ready For Windows 7? Check with the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

will be released tomorrow among much fanfare and awesome free antivirus . If you have made a decision to buy Windows 7, you can choose to either purchase a new PC/Laptop or upgrade your current one. However, remember how we told you that Windows 7 has pretty low system requirements compared to .

windows7_upgrade_advisor

If your current PC/Laptop compatible with Windows 7? This question can be easily answered by downloading the Windows 7 upgrade advisor. Using the upgrade advisor, you can run tests on your PC/Laptop is capable of running Windows 7.

windows7_upgrade_advisor_results

The upgrade advisor will run tests and determine which version of Windows 7 is suitable to be installed on your PC. The test may take a few minutes to complete. Once the tests have been completed, it will display you the results and the recommended Windows 7 version for your current PC.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Windows 7 upgrade advisor will come in pretty handy, if you are confused as to whether you need to buy a new PC, or which version to install on your current PC.

We recommend that you run the upgrade advisor before you actually purchase a upgrade for your current PC.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Good)

Download Windows 7 upgrade advisor

Microsoft Pokes Fun at App Store [Windows Marketplace]

Inside the Secret Microsoft Apps Labs, is a funny and hilarious video, at-least according to Microsoft, which pokes fun at some the apps available in the Apple app store. The video involves two Microsoft scientists talking about why some apps were rejected from their app store, the Windows Marketplace.

Looks like everyone is out to get back at the iPhone these days. A couple of days back, Verizon’s Driod Does campaign openly poked fun at the inabilities in iPhone. This is also not the first time Apple and Microsoft have squared off, both of them have a long history, poking fun of each other’s operating system. Looks like a new war is brewing here. Expect a befitting response from Apple in the next few days.

Let the mobile wars begin.

[via TechCrunch]

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPod Touch to PC/Mac using WifiPhoto

Of late, I have been creating a lot of screenshots using the iPod Touch, however transferring photos from the iPhone/iPod Touch to your PC is quite a pain, since I have to email individual photos to myself.

 wifiphoto_share_iphone_images_pc_mac

WiFiPhoto is a new app for iPhone/iPod touch which will allow you to transfer photos directly to your PC or Mac using a web browser. Once you have purchased the app, click on the app icon to launch it. In the beginning you will see a blank screen. Click on the add button to add images from to the gallery.

You can select as many images you want to download to the gallery. Click on the done button, once you have finished adding the images. To delete the images from the gallery, just click on the trash icon. This will only delete images from the gallery, and not from your device.

wifiphoto_web_browser_download

The app will display a URL at the bottom of the screen, just type it in your PC/Mac browser to open up the web interface for WiFiPhoto. Using the web interface you can download the images to your local disk. You can also download all the images in the gallery by clicking on the Download Zip file link.

Techie Buzz Verdict

techie-buzz-recommended-software[1] WiFiPhoto is a no-brainer, it is a steal at $0.99, I bought the app without even blinking twice :-). If you use your iPhone to click photos regularly or create screenshots, this app is a must-have. It will save you lots of time and efforts over the regular method of emailing each and every photo to yourself.

The only problem with the app as I saw it was that, once your iPhone/iPod Touch goes into power saving mode, it will lose all the images you had added to the gallery.You will need to re-add them using the add button. However, that is just a minor inconvenience.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4.5/5 (Superb)

Download WifiPhoto from the App Store