Vidly: Share High Definition Videos In Twitter from your Mobile and Video Sharing Sites

Earlier we have seen how to share pictures, videos and audio with Twitter friends with Tvider. Vidly is a similar service which lets you upload and share videos with your Twitter friends.. It supports uploading of high definition as well as high resolution video clips.

There are three ways to use Vidly:

1. Upload video from your computer: Just click the large button Uploadand you can upload any video clip from your computer. It supports all the major video formats such as mp4, avi, mpeg, 3gp, flv, mov etc. After you have chosen your video clip, allow Twitter to grant access to Vidly to post a tweet. Just sign in with your Twitter username and password and type your tweet. After the upload is complete, a shortened link will be shown as tweet containing your message.(also read: record a screencast online and share it on Twitter)


2. Upload video from your mobile phone: If you want to upload a video from your mobile phone or iphone, Vidly still supports it. Browse to the vidly homepage and select the mobile tab. iphone users can download the iphone app here.

You will be given a private email address at vidly. Just email the video to the private email address and your video will be uploaded.


3. Share a Video from other video sharing sites: Suppose you have spotted an interesting video at YouTube and want to share it with your Twitter followers. Just place the video link in the import tab and you are done. The same video will be shown in your Vidly profile and a tweet will be thrown in your twitter account.(See example)

Vidly currently supports YouTube,, TwitVid, and Direct URL

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Vidly is way more than just video sharing and they have a lot of options available. Currently, the maximum file size is 1GB and the maximum video length is 20 minutes, which i think would be more than sufficient for most of the users. Above all, it supports all the popular video sharing sites. Vidly works just perfect for tweeples who share videos often.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (very good).

Find the Real Destination Of a Shortened URL with Unhid

Shortened URLs became immensely popular with the popularity of micro blogging sites like Twitter, Facebook etc. Shortened URLs are fine but they do not reveal the real destination of a link. You may be redirected to a spam site or may be the shortened link starts a malicious script, when clicked.

If you want to know the real destination of a shortened link, Unhid will come in handy. Just paste the shortened link in the box provided and hit the Unhidbutton. It will reveal the original destination of the shortened link instantly.

For example: according to Unhid, this shortened link redirects to Techie-Buzz homepage.


The browser bookmarklet: Unhid has a very useful browser bookmarklet to check the real destination of a shortened link. Just drag and drop the bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar and use it whenever you want to check the destination of a shortened link.

When you activate the bookmarklet, Unhid will prevent loading any shortened link directly. It will show a warning message which looks like the following one


Press ok and you are taken to the Unhid homepage where you will learn the destination of the shortened link. Press cancel and you can load the link normally.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Unhid is cool and does a good job in revealing the destination of shortened links. But using the bookmarklet or the website is a bit time consuming. If they could come up with a browser extension that checks the destination of a shortened link in mouse hover property, it would be perfectly okay.

Techie-Buzz rating: 3/5 (Average).

Colorhat: A Time Tracking Tool for Your Online Tasks

Colorhat can be used to to track the time spent on a particular online task easily. The task can be anything from writing a new blog post, downloading something or watching a video. The website acts as an online timer clock and you do not need to install any software or browser extension. (also read: personal time management software to track computer usage)

How to use Colohat

To use Colorhat, sign up for an account and log in to the Colorhat dashboard. Just create a task and you will be able to track how much time you have spent on it.


As soon as you have added the task, Colorhat starts tracking the time as the stop watch keeps on rolling. You can minimize the tracker and keep an eye on the time spent on that particular task.


You can find the time spent on a task from the new tab title and thus you do not have to switch to the Colorhat tab every now and then. You can pause the timer at any time and resume it later on. Colorhat keeps a history of all your tasks in an impressive timeline as shown below.


There aren’t any restrictions and you are free to add any number of tasks in any given day. The reports tab gives you detailed insights on how you spend your time on different projects, clients etc.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

The Colorhat tool serves the purpose well. However i would like to see more functions like: tracking a group project where more than one person is involved. If the developers can come up with an extension or a bookmarklet that shows the timer on browser status bar, it would be a great help.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (good).

Create Rounded Corner Buttons For Your Website

Default, gray-looking buttons are so 1990s. Button, once considered to a negligible element of design, is now believed to be a very important one. However, creating cool buttons is not so easy since it involves a lot of HTML and CSS coding behind it. What should one do if they don’t know any HTML or CSS?

Here’s an awesome web app that can help. It lets you generate cool buttons for your website without writing a single line of code. Simply specify the desired color of your button and the MouseOver color you would like. If you want, you can also add a gradient effect to your button by checking the gradient box.

This tool by iWebToolsOnline also lets you generate buttons with rounded corners without any hassle. Simply enter the corner radius you want for your buttons and the tool will do the rest. Once created, you can download the CSS and the images as a zip file.

Techie-Buzz Verdict:

This Button-Generator is a great tool to save web designers a lot of time and effort. It is really useful for people who can’t or don’t want to write extensive code to generate buttons.

Create Collages Of Your Desired Photos Online With Shape Collage

Creating collages of favorite photos is great fun! It’s also a nice way of collecting some of your memorable photos. To help you with this collage creating, here is an online tool, Shape Collage.

Shape Collage is an excellent and simple online tool that helps you to create collages of your favorite photos across the web. All you need to do is, enter the URL of the photos out of which you want to create a collage and click on "Create" button. You will get your collage prepared from the photos the provided link had.

This tool has some pre-defined shapes out of which you can choose your collage. You can see that in the picture below. If you don’t want to use those shapes, you have an option to use letters. For example, if you want a set of photos to be shown in the form of a letter, say "H",  then you need to type the same letter in the "Text box".

Apart from the online tool, there is also a desktop software. You can find out more about this here: Create Photo Collages With Shape Collage

Shape Collage

Here are few examples of what these collages look like:

Techie-Buzz Verdict

This is an awesome and simple tool. It’s fast too! Just set the shape, insert the URL click "Create". Your job is done! It also provides you an option to post to and share the collage with your friends. So, no fuss of opening another window for that. Overall, a really handy tool.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Cool!)

Diagnose and Fix Common Monitor Problems with is a handy web-resource which helps computer users get the most out of their monitors. It not only allows you to diagnose common problems but also suggests optimal settings and provides quick fixes.

ScreenFix consists of four checkers (diagnostic tools) and two fixers (repair tools). They are as follows:

  • TN Monitor Check: Many of the present day monitors utilize TN (Twisted Nematic) panels as they are inexpensive. However, TN panels have a significant disadvantage. Their color reproduction isn’t consistent and depends on the viewing angle. TN Monitor Check is a quick test to determine whether your monitor uses TN Technology.
  • Gamma Checker: Gamma settings affect an object’s perceived brightness and contrast. Correctly configuring your monitor’s gamma settings is essential if you are playing a game with dark environments. Gamma Checker assists you in calibrating your monitor’s Gamma level.
  • Phasing Checker: Incorrect clock/phase settings can lead to blurry and shimmering images. Phasing Checker helps you in figuring out whether your phase settings are incorrect.
  • Brightness Checker: The importance of having correct brightness settings cannot be over emphasized. It affects color reproduction and hence the quality of the displayed image. Brightness Checker helps you in calibrating your monitor’s brightness settings.
  • Flicker Fixer: Just as the name suggests, the Flicker Fixer attempts to solve flickering problems.
  • Dead Pixel Fixer: Dead Pixels are something nobody wants. Yet, they are one of the most common and annoying problems with LCD Monitors. There is no guaranteed way to fix dead pixels, but ScreenFix claims that their solution works in more than 50% of the cases.

ScreenFix - Fix Common Monitor Problems

Techie Buzz Verdict

ScreenFix-Techie-Buzz-RecommendedScreenFix is an extremely nifty website. It brings together a set of particularly useful tools and presents them in a simple yet efficient manner. Although it can’t compete with professional display calibration utilities, it is exceedingly useful in its own way.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

How to Find and Download Torrents Without any Torrent Client

If you want to download torrents without using any desktop torrent client, Taffybox would be useful. It lets you download torrents using a java applet from your browser.

Other than a browser based torrent downloader, Taffybox is also a torrent search engine. You can search for torrents using the search box and if you know the link of a torrent file, just place it in the search box and hit enter. When the search results are shown, click the green button to start downloading the torrent.


Taffybox is free there are no registrations or signups involved. If you are a Firefox fan, read how to search torrents from Firefox.

Download Torrents using Bitlet

Similar to Taffybox, Bitlet let’s you download any torrent file without using any torrent client. Just go to the homepage of Bitlet and paste the torrent meta file url. Bitlet opens a pop up window and starts downloading the torrent in your computer.


If you want to give a torrent link for download in your blog or website, Bitlet can be very useful. You can create a direct link of any torrent file using Bitlet code generator and paste the link in your blog so that users can easily download it. They also have a bookmarklet which you can use to download torrent files without opening the Bitlet website. So next time you want to share a direct download link of any torrent file, use Bitlet.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Both the tools are good but are no replacements of regular torrent clients. One problem with both the services is that the downloads are slow. While you can speed up torrent clients using special measures, there is no way you can speed up web based torrent downloads.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 2/5 (Average).

Create a Visual Attention Heatmap of Your Blog Using Feng-GUI

A heat map is a graphical representation of data where the values taken by a variable in a two-dimensional map are represented as colors. A heatmap can be used to analyze reader interaction in your blog or website. It can be used to find out which areas your readers are looking at and which areas they are ignoring.

There are several heatmap tools available, among which, Crazyegg is a really popular service. But if you want to just know how visitors would react in your blog for free, try Feng GUI. It is a free service that can create a visual heatmap of your website or blog.

How to use Feng-GUI

To create the heatmap using Feng-GUI, all you need is a full screen image of your website. The image should be less than 1 mb and can be either in jpg or png formats.

Browse to the homepage and upload your website’s image. After that, click heatmap and you will see the heatmap of your website. Following is the heatmap of Techie-Buzz blog


That’s looks cool but what do all those colors, circles and lines actually mean ? How can you get benefited from this heatmap ? Let’s find out.

How does it work?

According to the Fen-GUI website, the heatmap is a result of several algorithms from neuro-science studies of Natural Vision Processing, Computational Attention, eye-tracking sessions, perception and cognition of humans.

The number shows how the visitor’s eye moves while he is reading a page in your blog. The color is a measure of the person’s interest and focus. The interest intensity increases from Blue to Green and finally ends in Red. If the color is Blue then the visitor is not really looking at the particular area and if the color is Red then the visitor is attracted. The size of the circles show the area of the focus.

How is the Heatmap useful?

In short, the visual heatmap can be really useful in a number of ways. It let’s you:

  • instantly generate a heatmap of your site for free.
  • create a heatmap without any registrations or sign-ups.
  • quickly find which areas of your site reader’s are looking at.
  • save the heatmap in your computer.

You can watch for trends and how your reader’s are changing by comparing two heatmaps of your blog taken at different time periods. If you want more features, then you need to sign up for a premium account. You can read the faq here.

Techie-Buzz verdict

The tool is fair enough, since it’s free, but the reliability and accuracy may be a question. However, if you want a quick grasp of your website’s heatmap without needing any sign-ups, Feng-GUI is okay. The only downside is that you can upload only one image in a time span of 5 hours.

Techie Buzz Rating:
2/5 (Average)

Skip Phone Menus and Record Customer Service Calls with Fonolo

Most of us loath having to call the customer service department of large companies. And phone menus are in no small way responsible for this loathing. Most large companies have multi-level automated phone menus. Navigating through them is not only time consuming but also extremely annoying. If you live in US or Canada the good news is that a smart little start-up called Fonolo is trying to make things better.

Fonolo is building a database of customer service numbers for all the companies which employ phone menus. It has already mapped out the phone menus for many large companies like Dell, T-Mobile and Apple. Fonolo allows you to deep dial directly to the department you want. This means that you don’t have to listen to instructions like “Press 1 for Sales Support, Press 2 for Enterprise Sales Support and Press 3 for Financial Services”.


All you need to do is enter the name of the company, select the appropriate department and enter your phone number. Fonolo will dial the selected phone number, navigate to the desired menu and then call you. When you pick up your phone, you will be directly connected to your destination. Fonolo doesn’t stop here. As an added bonus, it allows registered users to record all customer service calls. It also keeps a detailed record of all the companies you have called and allows you to note particulars like the name of the customer service representative you spoke with and the details of the conversation. So, if you ever intend to lodge a complaint in the consumer court for shabby customer service, you will have all the proof you need.


Techie Buzz Verdict

Techie-Buzz-Recommends-Fonolo Fonolo is a really cool service. The concept as well as execution is outstanding. The service is completely web based and doesn’t require installation of any additional software. The user interface is simple but efficient. The objective of this service is to make things simpler for you and it succeeds with flying colors. If you are looking to call customer care, do it the Fonolo way.

Techie Buzz Rating: 5/5 (Excellent) Save your favorite images found on the web is a web service which lets you easily save your favorite images found on the web. There are two simple ways to save images with If you are using Firefox, then you can install a simple Firefox extension. Once installed, right click on an image you like in a web page and choose ‘Save Image to’. A pop-up window will appear wherein you can add optional details like title, description and tags which help you organize and find images easily. also provides you with a bookmarklet. You can just drag the button to your bookmarks toolbar and save images to your account. It currently supports JPEG, GIF and PNG formats. It provides you with 100 MB of space with no limits on the file size.