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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 .

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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

Moderate Comments and Add Custom Fields in Windows Live Writer

Quite sometime back I had a email conversation with few of the core developers from the Windows Live Writer team. I had sent them a Windows Live Writer wish list which listed some features that I felt were required in WLW. Thanks to Brandon who caught my tweet and offered to listen to my needs, and Joe Cheng from the WLW team for listening to the requests, some of the features are now available as WLW plugins.

Also Read: Ultimate List of Windows Live Writer Tips & Tricks

The WLW team has announced a new plugin which adds new features to WLW, namely:

  • A plugin to moderate new comments on your blog (Approve/Spam/Delete, no replies yet)
  • A plugin to add custom fields to your blog post (#awesomeness).
  • A plugin to update your blogs tagline.

Moderating Comments in Windows Live Writer

To moderate comments using Windows Live Writer, click on the Comment Management link in the sidebar, or go to Insert menu and select Comment Managementfrom the list. You will be promoted to enter the password for your blog, enter the password and choose if you want to save it for future use.

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The plugin will fetch all the recent comments and display it to you, you can approve, spam or delete the comments. However, you will not be able to reply to them. You can also try out another based app to reply to moderate WordPress comments from your desktop.

Adding Custom Fields to WLW

One of the most wanted features for WLW has finally arrived, this was one of the reasons why I wrote the All in one SEO pack WLW bridge. With the help of this plugin, you can now add custom fields to the posts you write in WLW, saving you time and efforts to re-edit the posts in the admin interface, just to add custom fields.

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To add custom fields to your post, you will have to first publish an article, before the article is actually published, you will be shown a dialog box to activate the custom fields plug-in for the blog.

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Once you have activated the plugin, you will be shown a input box to enter the custom fields for the plugin. Once you have input the values, click on the Ok button to add the custom fields to your post.

The next time you publish an article, the custom fields input box will be automatically shown to you. This feature will definitely save several bloggers a lot of time.

Installing Plugin in WLW

To install the plugin download the WordPressPlugin.dll and add it to the your WLW plugins folder. The plugins folder could be located in either of the folders listed below, based on your installation.

  • C:\Program Files\Windows Live Writer\Plugins
  • C:\Program Files\Windows Live\Writer\Plugins

Once again thanks to the WLW team for adding these features. We certainly look forward to seeing the rest of the things in our WLW wish list knocked off soon :-).

U2 Concert to be Streamed Live on YouTube on October 25th 2009

has been in live broadcasting for quite sometime now. They have successfully live streamed content from Obama earlier this year and also other concerts in the past.

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If you are a U2 fan, here is some good news, YouTube will be streaming the U2 concert from Rose Bowl, LA. The show which is part of the U2 360 ° tour will be streamed live, starting at 8:30 PM PST on Sunday, October 25th 2009.

The live webcast will be available in certain countries on the official U2 Channel on YouTube. Users can also view the show highlights at U2 Official channel once the show has been completed.

Live streaming a U2 concert is a definite win-win situation for YouTube, who have been serving up more than 1 billion video views daily. In addition to that, YouTube’s foray into the live streaming market may also send some jitters to established players like UStream and Justin.tv, who have been leading in the live video segment.

Are you a U2 fan? Will you be watching the live streaming of the U2 concert this Sunday? Do let us know through your comments.

Bollywood Themes for Google Chrome

Are you a fan of Indian cinema or Bollywood? If yes, has some nice Bollywood themes, that you can install and decorate your browser with.

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The current bollywood themes for Google chrome are based on five Hindi movies, Dil Bole Hadippa, Dil to Pagal Hai, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Pyaar Impossible and New York. To install the bollywood themes on Chrome, visit the Hindi theme gallery. Thanks Pramodh.

Access Apple App Store On Web Browser Without Installing iTunes

iPod Touch and iPhone users are required to install iTunes in order to sync their device and upload songs, pictures and videos. However, if you decide to use an iTunes alternative or the iPhone PC suite, you lose the functionality of accessing the iTunes store and can only access it from your iPod touch or iPhone.

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Don’t fret yet, you can access the iTunes store from a web browser by visiting this Appscot app store link. The online link makes it easier to browse the app store from any web browser of your choice.

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Using the web interface you can browse the apps, view app description and reviews and more. You can also open the app links directly in iTunes, using the links provided on the webpage.

Please note: You will not be able to install the apps using your web browser.

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Bookmark All Open Tabs in Google Chrome

There are chances that you might have to close to perform some maintenance or restart the system. If you have several tabs opened, it becomes a bit hard to save all the URLs and then reopen all of them again, when you restart your OS or the PC.

Bookmark all open tabs, is a , which will allow you to bookmark all the open tabs in Chrome at once.

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Once you have installed the extension, right-click on any open tab, and click on the Bookmark all tabsoption from the menu. In the edit bookmark window, provide a name for the folder you want to save all the bookmarks in and click on Ok.

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When you restart the browser and OS, you can easily open all the earlier open tabs, by right-clicking on the Bookmark folder you created, and select Open all bookmarksfrom the menu to open all the previously open tabs.

You can also bookmark all the open tabs using a combination, Ctrl + Shift + D. However, you will have to manually delete the temporary bookmarks after you have restarted the browser.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Bookmark all open tabs is a handy Chrome extension which will come in handy several times. I personally use this several times to bookmark open tabs while performing maintenance and chrome upgrades.

If you are looking for a manual way to do this, you can read our earlier tutorial about restoring browser crashes and accidental browser closures in Google Chrome.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3.5/5 (Very Good)

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