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Google Acquires reCaptcha

In a surprising news from Google, the have officially announced the acquisition of reCaptcha, a company that creates captcha images from books.

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The difference between a regular captcha and reCaptcha is that reCaptcha displays two words from books to the users, to successfully submit a form a user has to enter both these words.

Google is more interested in the scanning technology used by reCaptcha and will be using it for large scale text scanning for Google Books and Google News Archive.

In this way, reCAPTCHA’s unique technology improves the process that converts scanned images into plain text, known as Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This technology also powers large scale text scanning projects like Google Books and Google News Archive Search. Having the text version of documents is important because plain text can be searched, easily rendered on mobile devices and displayed to visually impaired users. So we’ll be applying the technology within Google not only to increase fraud and spam protection for Google products but also to improve our books and newspaper scanning process.

Definitely makes huge sense considering that Google has been making huge changes to their books index. What are your thoughts about this?

Teaching computers to read: Google acquires reCAPTCHA [Official Google Blog]

Best Peer to Peer (P2P) & Torrent Software Clients for File Sharing

Peer to Peer or P2P file sharing is one of the most easiest and simplest way to share files online, using P2P you can download and upload files directly to another computer without the need to use a server.

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Of course sharing files using Torrents and P2P does require a tracking server, but no information is uploaded to them, the transfer occurs directly from one PC to another.

P2P file sharing allows you to easily share large files without wasting time as downloads and uploads can run simultaneously so users do not have to wait till the entire content is uploaded before they can download it.

In this list we will look at some of the Best P2P & Torrent Software for File sharing.

uTorrent

uTorrent is undoubtedly one of the best software for sharing and download torrent file. This big daddy also supports UDP tracking in the latest beta release uTorrent 2.0.

uTorrent is very lightweight and also supports downloading torrents using a web interface. If you are looking to deal with torrents don’t look any further than uTorrent.

uTorrent can work both on Windows and Mac.

Here are some helpful articles that will help you tweak and uTorrent.

BitTorrent

BitTorrent is the original torrent sharing software that started it all. This simple client allows you to quickly download and share media with other users. It also provides users with DNA Acceleration and is optimized for next-generation devices.

Like uTorrent, BitTorrent is lightweight and easy to use. BitTorrent sports a no-frills minimalistic interface and provides fast downloads.

Azureus aka Vuze

Azureus is a Java based torrent download client that also supports plugins. It also consists of power search feature which allows you to search content. In addition to that it has login support for private torrent trackers.

You can also discover high quality HD videos on the Vuze HD network using the same client. Azureus was very popular at one point of time, but uTorrent definitely took its thunder.

Opera

has inbuilt torrent downloading support. You don’t even have to install any third party software to download torrents and can do it all with Opera.

You can manage and download all the torrents using Opera. Comparatively it is less feature rich, but definitely worth using.

LimeWire

LimeWire has been around for a long time, it now incorporates both P2P and BitTorrent downloading.

LimeWire allows you to create and share lists of files with your friends, download BitTorrent files, spam filtering in search results and virus protection.

You can either download a free version or go for more features with a paid version of LimeWire.

iMesh

iMesh claims to be the ultimate P2P file sharing community which provides users instant access to over 15 million free songs & videos and over 4 million original high quality songs licensed from the record labels.

Downloading songs & videos from iMesh is 100% legal and you can also listen to songs on your iPod classic and nano.

Other Notable P2P/Torrent Software

Additional Peer to Peer (P2P) and Torrent Articles

Do you use any other P2P/Torrent clients to share and download content? Do let us know through your comments.

Download Windows XP Theme for Windows 7

I have used Windows XP more than any other OS from Microsoft and in fact I still have a test machine that runs Windows XP.

Back in the days Windows XP was a huge overhaul from Windows 98 and the failed Windows Millennium, however that look has stuck with me for quite sometime.

Also Read: Stunning Windows 7 Wallpapers

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If you are using and are nostalgic like me about Windows XP, you can now download a Windows XP theme and use it on Windows 7.

XP Luna is a theme for Windows 7 that will bring the look and feel of Windows XP to Windows 7, definitely worth it if you want the simple looks of XP and the power of Windows 7.

Download XP Luna Theme [via Ask VG]

40 Artistic And Eye-Catching Laptop Skins and Decals

Ever noticed the artistic skins some laptops sport? Like the Lamborghini or Ferrari models that some manufactures launch? Fancy sporting a similar one for your laptop without spending a fortune on those brand centric models? You’ve come to the right place. Artistic decals or skins for laptops aren’t a new thing. People have been designing them since years, and laptops have been wearing them like Guccis and Armanis and Axes.

But finding the perfect skin for your laptop, the one that suits your dashing personality, may need some digging in. So we’ve got help. Without further ado, let me take you through the best artistic laptops skins that I’ve found, dashing ones.   Prices are not much, each of them vary between ~$7-20 and $30 at the most.

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Give your laptop a mean look with this Jules Winnfield skin, of the virile hitman from Quentin Tarantino’s evergreen classic Pulp Fiction. It will play to parts. First it will attract eye balls and then it will keep bad prying eyes away. So what’ver you need, this solves the purpose. We just need art, right?

Made for 13, 15and 17notebooks and available on Etsy.

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So here comes the squirrel to eat the nuts..err.. no, it’s the Apple this time. So if you like the lovely, shining Apple being chomped down by a cute squirrel, feel free to put this on your Macbook. Well, I guess non-macbook users are out of luck on this one, because Dell, HP or another manufacturer don’t have fruits or vegetables as their logos. The mighty squirrel doesn’t like to starve.

This black die cut vinyl decal is approximately 5″ high by 10″ wide. Fits on 13″, 15″ and 17″ laptop covers. Decals will adhere to most smooth flat surfaces, are easily removable and won’t leave sticky residue. Available on Etsy.

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This one sports a classic and traditional look. Although it covers the entire laptop lid, you could order a translucent skin, from which the laptop label can be seen, if you care. It is anti-scratch and waterproof and leaves no residue when removed. Available on Etsy in sizes ranging for 10to 17

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This is a perfect fit for those who love pianos, and well, flowers, and well, leaves, and well…all that you see in the picture. Like it? Get it here. Order as per your laptop size and select between the type of material to be used for the skin: Dull polished, leather, silk and shimmering.

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For those who love to fly and feel the air, can bring the experience to their laptops with this decal. Although stay warned, even if the laptop sports a featherydecal, it won’t fly. So don’t throw it up in the air to try.

Make it yours here. You also get texture options like the previous one.

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If you’d wanna scare your coworkers with CCTV Cameras built right into your laptop hood and staring them like their fifth-grade chemistry teacher, this might be a better bet.

Made of black vinyl, the skin can be ordered from here.

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If you are the ataraxis kind of person, this should look cool on your laptop. Make it stand out in a fun way with this tree and birds vinyl decal. Select a color that will personalize your computer your way. The tree measures approximately 7″ tall and 4.25″ wide and comes with 3 birds that can be placed anywhere you would like. Get yours here.

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Light up your laptop with this blue fireworks sticker. Works best on dark bodies. Available in leather, silk, shimmering and dull polished. Get it!

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You like cats? You like them sitting on your keyboard, spilling your coffee? Then you should surely like them sitting on your laptop hood spilling everyone’s prying eyes.

Get this sleeping cat with eyes open’ (brings back Top & Jerry memories! ) from Etsy.

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If you are the industry type then this cog wheel and gear decal should interest you. Available in custom sizes and colors of your choice, get it from here.

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I’m sure geeks would love this one. This circuitry board decal would surely had an extra spark to your laptop lid. Available in custom sizes and different colors. Get it.

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This vector type artistic decal comes personalized for 13laptops, although you can ask for custom sizes when ordering. The decal is like a really big vinyl sticker with a special adhesive that sticks to the smooth, clean surface of a laptop, but doesn’t damage it when removed. It’s also scratchproof. Find it here.

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Let’s jam with Lego! This one’s 7″ X 5″ wide and sticks to any smooth surface, including laptops. As usual, leaves nothing behind when removed and keeps your laptop clean. Get it here.

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Make your machine The Pirate Bay Machine! This Pirate ghost ship sticker is 6.25″ X 7″ wide and can be ordered in different colors. Get it here if you like pirates and their ghost ships. (this decal does not infringe any copyright, :P )

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These lovely hibiscus flowers are available in sizes of 5and 4and you can select between different colors. Light your laptop with these large colorful flowers, grab these here.

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Hail the Fail whale! Really admire the lovely fail whale? Get it on your laptop! (It won’t fail your laptop, though :P ) Have it custom build as per your laptop size and the color you wish from here.

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This one is a cute Hello Kitty sticker. Works best on light colored bodies. Available in custom sizes from Etsy.

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Check out this blossom vinyl sticker for a scintillating looking laptop. Sizes available, get it from here.

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Have a look at this Blossom in the nightdecal. Interests you? Get it in custom sizes and different textures from Etsy.

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Finally! A Ferrari sticker! Even if you don’t have a Ferrari, you could have a Ferrari laptop, at least ;) Try it with custom sizes and different textures. Grab it here.

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Check out this cute cat face. Put it on any smooth surface, whether laptops, fridges or cars. Available in three different sizes 2, 3and 4, get it from here.

greenshot_2009-09-12_14-08-44 If you think that I is greater than youthan take your ego with you wherever you go with this sporty decal. Shop for it on LaptopSkins.

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This one is hand-down the best laptop decal to carry for any, any support desk guy! Tell everyone to Read the F’ing manualand sip a cup of coffee in the meantime. Get it on LaptopSkins.

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Give your laptop an industrial look with this cool looking decal. Shop for this one and other industrial types here.

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Get this Hokusai The Great Wavelaptop skin for PC, Mac or a custom size. Get it from Schtickers.

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Sport your laptop with a chic urban look. Take it in the city and make it yours. Available for all sizes, from Schtickers.

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You like racing striped? Custom ones? Check this out. Put this Red Racy striped laptop skin on your computer and you’re ready to swoosh. Get it from Schtickers, in all sizes. Don’t like red? There’s a black alternative too.

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Have this Rock on decal on your laptop and get ready for some fun. Suits best for party goers and office bunkers. Available in all sizes. Get it here.

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Put this cute panda guitar hero on your laptop and enjoy the fun. Comes in custom sizes from Gelaskins. (Skins from Gelaskins usually go above $20)

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Get this sea side scenery for your laptop. An excellent work on hand painting, this one will cost you thirty bucks from Gelaskins.

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This one brings back memories of Wall-E. This red robot is shown leaving this city, a city of well, broken building and bigger bad robots. If it mesmerizes you, get it from here.

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Another lego robot on the list. This time it’s with birds. Get this Red Robot decal from here. If you fancy a red robot with a dog instead, it’s there too.

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This one’s for music freaks. Get this cool cartoonish figure for your laptop hood from here.

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I love this one. The picture is so artistically made, it makes the whale look so cute, don’t you think so? Well, go ahead if you’re just getting it for the sake of a better fail whale. Grab it here.

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I don’t know what bird is this, but it looks like a peacock. And it’s beautiful. To put it on your laptop, get it here.

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Pwn! others with this slick decal. Available on for both Mac and PC, get it from here.

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Flight to the rhythmwith this cool vector decal. Another one for music lovers, get this one here.

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This one’s called Madness and mind it, the face really looks like of a drunk person! But it’s cool, and if you like it, get it here.

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Put this exhilarating artwork on your laptop lid. It’s called What lies aheadand is available on Infectious.

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If you like old school stuff, you might wanna adapt your laptop to your liking. This VHS decal makes your laptop look like a pile of tapes. Like it? Get it here.

So that finishes the list. Last, but not the least, do tell us about your favorite laptop skins in the comments and also how you like your laptop dressed!

New Windows 7 Commercial Video

retail release is around the corner and Microsoft is doing everything it can to promote it, with free Windows 7 copies for people who throw parties, competitions and more.

Microsoft has always relied on television commercials to market their products, in fact they even had a $10 million deal with Jerry Sienfeld to promote Windows which did not turn out quite well.

But Microsoft has made amends this time around and the new Windows 7 commercial definitely hits the spot. Take a look at it yourself.

If you are using or Windows XP we would definitely recommend you to upgrade to Windows 7, it is one of the best OS Microsoft has made till date.

Are you doing to buy Windows 7 or laptop/desktop with a preloaded version of Windows 7? Do let us know.

[via Download Squad]

4 Cool Free Online File Converter Sites

Whether you have a video file and want to change it to an MP3, or your boss needs a Word document to be sent in PDF format, there are sites that will handle the conversion for you.

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You don’t want to install fancy software that you’ll rarely use, and some of the programs out there don’t even work. Luckily, there are free sites that will do all the work for you. All you have to do is click a few buttons.

PDF Online (http://www.pdfonline.com)

You can turn Word documents into PDFs for a more professional presentation, and the conversion also comes in handy if you are sending the file to someone who does not happen to have Microsoft Office on his or her computer.

You can also turn text PDFs into a Word document, which can make copying and editing the PDF text that much easier. Once you’re done, you can convert it into a PDF again. PDF Online emails you your new document within minutes, and there are no pesky watermarks on the finished product.

Vixy (http://vixy.net)

YouTube videos are great, but the lack of a download option to keep your favorite clips is annoying. Vixy was created for the fanatics of streaming videos, like those on YouTube and MegaVideo.

You can save the video file in a variety of formats compatible with Windows, Mac, iPods, or your phone, meaning that you can take your favorite clips and show them to anyone anywhere. There’s even an MP3 only conversion option, so if all you want is the sound file, you can have that too.

Media Convert (http://media-convert.com)

This all-in-one website will change nearly any kind of video or sound file into any other video or sound file. If you have an FLV-format of a video or song, like from YouTube or Imeem, you can change it into a WAV, MP3, MPEG, or AVI file, among others.

There are also a plethora of other files Media Convert can handle, such as ringtone, text, presentation, and mathematics files. Just keep in mind that with some conversions, the quality of the finished product will be diminished, such as converting MP3s to WAVs.

Online Conversion (http://www.onlineconversion.com)

This isn’t a file converter site, but it will convert any unit of measurement to another unit of measurement. If you’re struggling to calculate how many pints are in five gallons, Online Conversion can help. There are U.S. as well as U.K. measurements, so metric and standard need confuse you no more.

This post was contributed by Hannah Watson, who writes about the distance learning colleges. She welcomes your feedback at HannahWatson84@ yahoo.com. Want to see yourself featured here? Just fill up the guest post form and you are on your way.

Send 100MB Attachments With Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail has been constantly improving over the past few months with the addition of several applications that make your life easier while connecting with people, sorting your emails and more.

Also Read: Send 5GB Attachments using Microsoft Outlook 

But a constant problem with online email has been that they do not allow users to attach files which are larger than 10 or 20 MB, which makes sharing pictures and videos that much more harder, of course you could always use online file sharing services to share larger files.

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Mail has worked towards resolving the problem of sharing large files up-to 100MB by tying up with Drop.io.

Using the new Attach Large Filesfeature you can attach multiple files as long as they are 100MB or less, the recipient of the email can download individual attachments or choose to download them all at once.

Definitely useful and reliable. Considering that is still stuck with 20MB, Yahoo mail could definitely be a good alternative to share large files.

 

Attach up to 100MB or rich media files to your emails [Yahoo Mail Blog]

Free High Resolution Photoshop Brushes

Sometime back we showed you how to create Photoshop brushes from scratch, however not everyone has the time to create their own Photoshop brushes.

In those cases you can find lots of free Photoshop Brushes online, but searching for them can be quite a task, to save you some work we have sorted out some sites that have a collected some stunning and high resolution Photoshop brushes that you can use, if you don’t know how to install them take a look at our tutorial on How to install new brushes in Photoshop.

Here are some resources which list free high resolution Photoshop brushes that you can download and use on your computer.

Do you know of any other places to download free high resolution Photoshop brushes? Feel free to let us know about them through your comments.

Speedup Your Slow Computer for Free

A regular myth among users is that a slow computer is directly related to the CPU and RAM a system has, however that is not the case many of the times.

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Quite sometime back I had written about several ways to speedup your computer by deleting temporary files and also a useful that will speedup the computer, hard drive and internet access.

In addition to that there are several more ways to speedup your computer, for example by using startup managers to speedup startups, disk defragmentation to speedup hard drive, temporary file deletion to free disk space and improve speed among other things.

slow_computer_repair The How to Wiki has created a list of 12 steps that will allow you to speedup your computer and the best part is everything can be done without spending a dime, either using inbuilt tools in Windows or software.

So if you have a slow computer, before you upgrade your CPU or RAM, check out on How to speedup a slow computer.

Google Chrome Grows Up, Celebrates 1st Birthday

Last August I was debating whether I should be using more of or , that decision was a bit hard since both of them are really good browsers.

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However behind the scenes Google had been working on their own browser secretly.  On September 2nd 2008, out of the blue they dropped the biggest bomb on unsuspecting users by introducing .

To be honest I loved it at first glance, the browser was so sleek and lightweight, that my thoughts about the decision to use Firefox or Opera quickly vanished and I started using Chrome full time.

Agreed that Chrome was new and did not have a lot of features that Firefox or Opera had, but steadily over a year now it has grown to become a much better browser, with support for and User scripts, an excellent feature in the form of auto spell check and corrections, bookmark synching, a excellent unit converter and calculator and many more that has made it my default browser.

However even though there are several things worth noting, I am still not satisfied with the browser as it lacks quite a few things yet, you can see my Google Chrome Wish List to find out more.

All said and done it is really great to have used Chrome for the past one year, here is wishing Google Chrome a very happy 1st birthday and hope that it keeps improving day by day.

Google Chrome Turns 1 [Google Chrome Blog]