Skype For Mac And Windows Updated To Version 6.0

Today Skype has released major updates for both their Mac and Windows applications. According to CultofMachis update brings the Skype app to version 6.0 and adds some pretty neat functionality and fixes. With this update, Skype has added Facebook and Microsoft Messenger integration, Retina Display compatibility as well as a plethora of other features. If you’d like to view the full list of changes, we’ve embedded it below:

  • Microsoft and Facebook Account Integration
  • Sign up and sign-in is easier than ever. You can now sign into Skype using your Microsoft or Facebook account – there’s no need to create a new Skype account. This makes it even easier to connect with friends on Skype without having to set up another account.
  • IM friends on Messenger
  • Now you can instant message your Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts via Skype all in one place. If you use a Microsoft account today, merging your accounts is easy – just sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
  • Calling with Messenger friends is coming soon
  • We’re working on polishing a feature which will enable audio and video calls to Windows Live Messenger customers using Skype desktop clients. The feature will be available in coming weeks.
  • Open Chats in Multiple Windows
  • We hear your feedback! With this release we’ve added support to open chats in multiple windows.
  • Retina Display Support
  • We also added another feature you’ve asked for – support Retina display. Now you can take full advantage of improved usability and of higher resolution screens.

You can update your Skype app by clicking the “Check for Updates” button which is located under “Skype” in your status bar. If you’d prefer to do a clean install of Skype, head on over to the Skype download page.

Holiday Gifting Guide for Girls–The Oh God She is Going to Kill Me I Am So Late Edition

The Holidays are here, and the women who bring cheer to your life are all looking at you expectantly (at least figuratively) for a gift. You, however, do not have a gift prepared. OH DARN! What do you do, what do you do? Step one: stop running around like a loony and calm down. Step two: read this post on some sure-fire gifts and ideas for the geeky woman in your life!

  • Caffeine Molecule Necklace: All women like jewelry, but the especially geeky ones love mixing science with artsy necklaces! This sterling silver necklace is made in the shape of the caffeine molecule and looks gorgeous as well as wicked cool on her.
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  • Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 7S Camera: The INSTAX is an instant film camera that has been designed keeping modern sensibilities and hipster mentalities in mind.
    INSTAX
    The camera looks retro cool, comes with a film pack for 100 shots and is available for a gorgeously decent price.
  • Barnes & Noble NOOK Color: Sure, the NOOK Tablet has been released and is way better than its previous incarnation, but the original NOOK Color is an excellent device for doing a multitude of things such as reading, writing and browsing.
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    The sleek look and design perfectly complements the Reading Woman.
  • The Dreamy Diana Lens: Instagram is all the rage these days as are the lomo cameras such as Holga and Diana. This resurgence of the old toy cameras has sparked off heated debates between traditional photography enthusiasts and lomography lovers. Nevertheless the Diana is here to stay and many women love the toy camera effect on photographs.

    The Diana lens from Photojojo is made for those who love the effects, but would not want to lug another camera (film, no less) and take pictures. The convenience of the lens on an existing DSLR is unmatched!
  • Sansa Clip +: The Sansa Clip+ is an excellent little music player with unmatched sound quality at an unbeatable price. It comes in 2,4, and 8GB variants and you can also insert an external microSD card to increase the storage content.
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    Coupled with variations in color, this is the best tiny MP3 player you can buy your girl this holiday season.

So which gift did you end up buying? Tell us in the comments!

Holiday Gifting Guide for Men–The OMG I Am Late Edition

Good lord is it late to get a gift to your father/brother/boyfriend/husband/your-neighbor-you-have-your-eyes-upon. It is very late and you are frantically looking for a gift that ships to you in a couple of days so that you can flash a ginger smile and tell them that it is a combined Christmas, Boxing and New Years’ gift. Perfect timing, yes? Except you do not know what kind of a gift would be suitable for them. Here’s a small list of gifts that are stereotypical for males (although many of these are gender-unspecific so you can also shop for your female acquaintances right here):-

  • Hard Graft Pocket Phone Case: There is no dearth of phone cases. But there is a dearth of classy phone cases that also double up as money holders. pocketbrown-feat_1[1]
    The Pocket Phone Case (subtitled Authentically European) is the epitome of style and class that goes well with that evening of good Scotch and jazz that takes you places.
  • Audio Technica ATH M50: These excellent studio monitoring headphones are the perfect mix of comfort, quality and price. For $160 the sound quality that comes out of these phones are unbeatable. For that music junkie giftee of yours, this is the best you can buy.
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  • BlackRapid RS7 Camera Strap: Conventional DSLR camera straps are rather ill suited for the actual process of taking a photograph, since your camera rests with its back against your body. This is irritating especially when you have a long zoom lens attached to it.
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    The BlackRapid RS7 camera strap eliminates that discomfort by attaching to the bottom of your camera, making it rest comfortably against your body and reducing the pain of carrying a huge camera.
  • Livescribe Smartpen Echo: This is a neat gift. The Livescribe Echo is a smartpen; a pen that is capable of recording what has been written and said and with the help of a special program can download your entire notes and audio for later reading and revision.
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    It is actually as slick and futuristic as it looks. It comes in various versions (2GB, 4GB and 8GB) along with replaceable tips and Echo-specific notebooks.
  • Star Trek Cuff Links: Shopping for a Trekkie who moonlights as a businessman? Fear not, we have that covered as well. The Star Trek cuff links come in rhodium plated USS Enterprise replicas as well as the Star Trek: TOS communicator versions.
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    Geeky and made for businessmen? Hell yes!
  • GP2X Caanoo: Now here‘s something suited for the retro gamer. A linux-based handheld that emulates all the lovely games from a bygone era.
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    (Automatic sepia toning of flashbacks not included)

So what did you get this holiday-time for your friends? Tell us in the comments!

 

Ladies Dominate IMDB STARmeter, Iranian Film Rated Best Movie of 2011

IMDB is well known for shunning gloss and candy floss in favour of landmark cinema with substance. Its list of top user-rated movies of 2011 reinforces that fact by putting a relatively little known Iranian drama at the top of the list, and ignoring big blockbusters like Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 that suffered from flawed storytelling and weak scripts.

A Separation is a drama film from Iran about dissolution of marriage that has already lapped up more than a couple of dozen awards from film festivals across the world. Scorsese’s Hugo, which is a mesmerizing adventure about a boy who lives alone in a railway station, was the runners up.

IMDB-STARmeter

IMDB also analyzed the page views of people pages to come up with STARmeter for 2011. Natalie Portman who moved audiences around the globe with her riveting performance in Black Swan was the most popular actor of 2011. The fact that her other two movies of the year – No Strings Attached and Thor, were also box office successes, also helped. In fact, 2011 was a rather eventful year for Portman who won the Oscar, got engaged, and had a baby boy in the past twelve months.

The runners-up in IMDB’s STARmeter was Portman’s Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis, who also starred in Friends with Benefits. Johnny Depp who topped the list last year, found himself at the third spot this year. Head over to IMDB for the full list.

Russian Election Websites Hacked

The Russian elections are underway. The ballots will be cast on Sunday. Though expected to win, Valdmir Putin’s United Russia is facing growing opposition at home.  There is plenty of critical material about the current  government  that is easily  accessible  on the internet.  The visibility that the internet provides the common citizens has left its mark.

For example, Golos initiated the  Map of Violations project that allowed anyone to upload evidence of election violations. It seems like the internet is become the last  bastion  of independent news in Russia.

Today, the Russian whistle-blowing radio station Moscow Echo, news reporting slon.ru,  blog Livejournal.com,  and election monitoring group Golos, said that their sites had crashed after a DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attack. For example, the DDOS attack on the Golos site  consisted of 50,000 hits per second by computers attempting to access it.  This may have  occurred  because they reported about voting irregularities by United Russia. Another daily, the  Kommersant, was hit when hackers  switched its IP address.

The executive director of Golos,  Liliya Shibanova, has been quoted saying,

“I believe that nobody but government structures and the FSB is capable of conducting such a campaign.” (The FSB is the successor to the Soviet state’s KGB).”

This belief was supported by  Nikolai Senkevich from  Echo who quoted,

“Any hacker attack on any resource leads to financial losses, which is essentially the same as stealing”

The United Russia supporters though have also claimed that their web site has been compromised. It was found to be working when checked though. The Russian Premier, Dmitry Medvedev, has dismissed all reports that indicated this election is rigged. He will be stepping down to allow Valdmir Putin to regain the presidency.

The meme “United Russia is the party of crooks and thieves” had a lot of visibility, it was added to the list of United Russia propaganda.

With the Arab spring still simmering, the Russian pre-election story serves to remind our elected representatives about the people. The web truly provides power to the people via the web.

Celebrating Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads. Father’s Day is celebrated in honoring fatherhood and is as special as celebrating Mother’s Day. Good Father’s are hard to find. If you think you have the best dad in the world, then you’re the lucky one. Today is an opportunity to tell him how much you love and appreciate him for all the things he has done for you. Thank him for that. Most importantly, giving him a well-deserved hug and wish him a Happy Father’s Day.

In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a video I’d like to share with you – A Father’s Love for His Son

 

 

Here are few things you can consider gifting to your Dear old dad.

Father’s Day E-Cards

I Love my Pop
I Love My Pop

Daddy’s Girl
Daddy's Girl

Put Your Feet Up
Put Your Feet Up

International Language Card
International Language Card

Daddy-o-Day

Daddy-o-Day

Hero Dad

Today is All About You

All About You

Best Pop

Best Pop

I Love You Dad
I Love You Dad

Father’s Day Quotes

Add some quotes and spice up your cards to make your dad’s day more meaningful

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.— Anne Geddes

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.— Margaret Courtney

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” – Johann Schiller

“The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad!” – Author Unknown

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.- Author Unknown

“Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown.- Author Unknown

Father’s Day Gifts

Amazon Kindle
Kindle

iPod Nano / iPod

iPod Nano iPod

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Watch

 

Great Deal!

On the great occasion of Father’s Day, T-Mobile has announced Father’s Day 2011 sale offering 12 months of free data to new and existing customer. The offer is valid for one day until 6/18/2011, 9PM PST

T-Mobile Sale

T-Mobile is making it easier than ever for busy dads and families to keep in touch,said John Clelland, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. With our already affordable unlimited plans, and an exceptional lineup of 4G devices, families will see savings for a year when they step up to a richer mobile data experience.

To qualify, you need to sign-up for 200 MB data plan for T-Mobile and every month you will reimbursed with $10 in credit. The same applies for 2GB, 5GB, 10GB and unlimited plan. With this you’ll be saving $120 on data for 1 year.

Last year, T-Mobile  celebrated  Father’s Day by giving away free phones for a day!

Download iOS 4.2.1 IPSW For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Apple recently released 4.2.1 for the , and . There is a jailbreak available for iOS 4.2.1 too. However, at times, your iDevice could throw problems, which is why it is a good option to backup your SHSH blobs.

However, if you are having problems with your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad after upgrading to iOS 4.2.1 or jailbreaking your device, you can downgrade your device to an earlier version.

If you don’t plan to downgrade your device, you might still have to restore it to an original firmware. If you are having trouble with iTunes, you can download the iOS 4.2.1 firmware directly from Apple. You will find the links to download the iOS 4.2.1 firmware below.

Once you download the IPSW file, you will be able to restore your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to iOS 4.2.1.

How To Get Free iPhone 4 Bumper Cases From Apple

Earlier today, Steve Jobs announced at the iPhone 4 conference that all users will be getting a free bumper case from Apple to get rid of the Antenna "Death Grip" issues. In addition to that, users can also return then iPhone 4 and get a full refund.

iPhone 4 Free Bumper Cases

If you missed the conference or did not see the Steve Jobs iPhone 4 conference video yet, here is something you have to know. Apple has promised that you can choose from one of the cases and Apple will send it to you. Since there is a shortage of bumpers with Apple, they will also provide users with third party options.

This offer is eligible for people who have already bought the iPhone 4 and who may purchase it before September 30th. In order to get your free bumper case, you will have to visit Apple’s website and select from available options. Though it is not very certain, the free bumper cases may also be available at Apple stores and AT&T stores across the nation.

However, the free bumper cases will not be available until late next week, so don’t expect to be able to do anything till then. We will try and post information as soon as the bumper cases are available online, so stay tuned.

Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 4.1 iOS, iPod Touch 3G/2G 4.1 iOS with Sn0wbreeze 1.8

Yesterday @ih8sn0w had promised to release Sn0wbreeze 1.8 to jailbreak iPhone 3GS on iOS 4.1 and iPod Touch 2G/3G running . Today, @iH8sn0w has officially released sn0wbreeze 1.8 to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on 3GS, 3G and iPod Touch 2G.

sn0wbreeze_1.8

Currently sn0wbreeze 1.8 only supports jailbreaking the iOS 4.1 beta based devices including iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G. iPhone 3G users will have to use redsn0w 0.95 to jailbreak their iPhone.

If you are using iOS 4 and are looking for an iOS 4 jailbreak, you will have to use redsn0w 0.9.5 to jailbreak iOS 4 iPhone 3G /iPod Touch 2G and sn0wbreeze 1.7 to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 3G.

If you have updated to iOS 4.0.1 you can also jailbreak iOS 4.0.1 on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G and unlock iPhone 3G 4.0.1 with Ultrasn0w. If you haven’t upgraded to iOS 4.1 yet, you might also want to backup your iOS 4 SHSH blogs, before Apple stops allowing you, so that you can downgrade iOS 4.1 to iOS 4.

Once again, this jailbreak is only intended for developers, so stay away from it if you are not one. Download sn0wbreeze 1.8 from here, here or here.

Unlock iOS 4.0.1 iPhone 3G iOS 4.0.1 Using Ultrasn0w

If you have updated to iOS 4.0.1 and have jailbroken your iPhone 3G 4.0.1 using redsn0w 0.9.5, you can now unlock your iPhone 3G 4.0.1 using Ultrasn0w. Ultrasn0w was updated to version 0.9.3 to unlock running iOS 4  with baseband between 04.26.08 thru 05.13.04.

Ultrasn0w iPhone iOS4 Unlock

Ultrasn0w 0.9.3 is available in Cydia stores using the repo repo666.ultrasn0w.com. To add a repo go to the Cydia store and add it as a new repository. Read instructions to learn how to add a new repo to Cydia.

However, before you unlock your iPhone, you will have to jailbreak iPhone, learn how to Jailbreak iPhone 3G iOS 4.0.1. The only tool that can jailbreak right now is the redsn0w tool, which is available for both Windows and Mac users.

The Cydia store app will only be available after you have jailbroken your iPhone. If you are unable to jailbreak your iPhone yet, stay tuned, we will post the latest details on jailbreaking your iPhone running iOS 4.0.1 shortly. In other news iOS 4.1 jailbreak for iPhone 3GS sn0wbreeze will be out soon and the iOS 4.1 Unlock too is expected soon. To stay updated with the latest jailbreak and unlock news, don’t forget to subscribe to our mobile news.