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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.

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

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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

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Did You Read the Facebook Terms of Services? Everyday?

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Seriously, I NEED more Friends

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Dual Intensions

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

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

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

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You have Every Right to Update your Facebook Status

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Hey, Don’t Judge Me, I am Just a Dog

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

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Thanks to Facebook, Elections will be so Simple

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

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

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The Oscars for Facebook Goes To

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

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Begging for Facebook

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.