Did Twitter Really Censor Gaza Flotilla Keywords?

When Israel Navy attacked convoys carrying provisions and supplies for people in Gaza today, Twitter was immediately abuzz with the news of the incident and the hashtag #flotilla immediately started to trend. However, after a few hours, the hashtag #flotilla disappeared from the trending topics despite the issue being discussed by everybody and their grandma.

Many theories exist on what might have happened. The first one obviously includes the preposition that Twitter has censored the topic like it has allegedly done before. However, some other keywords related to the topic like “gaza flotilla” and #freedomflotilla kept trending which is a strong argument against the possibility of Twitter censorship. Users have also suggested that for at least a few hours earlier today, the Twitter searched stopped working for keywords such as flotilla and gaza flotilla. This outage however, is not reported by people throughout the world and is only limited to certain countries like Indonesia.

A post from TechCrunch suggests that Twitter may be taking #Gaza and #Flotilla as part of an old news and hence excluded them from trending topics which sounds like an absurd idea since one would expect a team as intelligent as Twitter’s to factor that in. Plus, if this was true, anything related to Justin Beiber would never trend.

TechCrunch later updated the post with an official Twitter statement:

We are investigating a technical issue that caused search errors for a short period of time this morning. Twitter facilitates the open exchange of information and opinions worldwide so when that is hampered for any amount of time by a bug, we take it very seriously.

There is still no word of what exactly happened today and why the keyword related to the Israel attack stopped trending suddenly. However, with so many theories aboard, users are picking-and-chosing their favorite one while the image of Twitter as an unbiased and free medium of speech gets tarnished. This has also added to an overall increasingly negative image of social media sites since it adds fuel to the privacy and security issues Facebook is already dealing with.

Quickly Reopen Closed Tabs in Google Chrome with TrashCan

We have earlier seen some nice tricks to reopen accidentally closed tabs in Firefox and Opera. This time it’s Google Chrome but the extension which I am going to discuss here adds much more flexibility and choice to the accidentally closed tabs.

It’s called Trashcan and the way it works is simply superb. After installing the extension, you will notice a trash icon just next to the Google Chrome address bar:

Now keep browsing as you normally do and don’t worry when you accidentally close a tab and want to reopen it. Just hit the trash icon and the extension will show you a list of the recently closed tabs, as shown below:

Clicking an entry from the list opens the URL in a new browser tab. I Agree that Google Chrome has an in built feature to open the recently closed tabs from the new tab page. But the new tab page shows you a maximum of 5 suggestions and you have to open the browsing history (Control + H) to find the complete list of closed tabs.

The Trashcan extension is much better – you get choice as well as one click access to the recently closed tabs (much like opera).

The extension is in it’s early stages of development and the developer claims to add more enhancements in the near future. This could mean saving tabs between sessions, support for multiple windows and saving closed tabs in the incognito mode as well. Thanks to DownloadSquad for the tip.

Here are some more tips on Google Chrome tabs:

1. Manage open tabs in Google Chrome with Tabjump
2. Lock open tabs in Google Chrome
3. Bookmark all open tabs in Google Chrome

Techie Buzz Verdict

The Trashcan extension is a must if you have the habit of opening a large number of tabs. If you forget to bookmark the URL or to copy the link of a webpage, you can quickly reopen the particular tab from the Trash list.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

http://www.downloadsquad.com/2010/05/31/trash-can-extension-adds-better-tab-reopening-to-google-chrome/

Install KOffice 2.2 In (K)Ubuntu 10.04

A few days back, we wrote about the release of KOffice 2.2 and promised that we will tell you as soon as it is available for installation in (K)Ubuntu. Well, the Kubuntu Community has just announced that KOffice 2.2 is available for (K)Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

KOffice 2.2 is currently available in the lucid-backport. To enable the lucid-backport, you have to check the “Unsupported Updates”. Here is how to do it in Ubuntu and Kubuntu:

For Ubuntu 10.04

  • Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources.
  • In Software Sources, go to the tab Update.
  • Enable Unsupported updates.

For Kubuntu 10.04

  • Press ALT + F2, to bring up the KRunner.
  • Type “software sources“. You will probably get Software Sources even before you have finished typing it. Click on that.
  • Go to the tan Updates and enable Unsupported updates.

After enabling the lucid-backport, open the Terminal, or Konsole in Kubuntu. Then execute the commands given below:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install koffice

Before, we finish here are a few screenshots:

LG GW910 WP7 Based Phone Specifications Leaked

The LG GW910 in all probability will be the first WP7 based phone from LG’s stable. LG stillclip_image001 has not spoken anything about the phone, except for its name (or was it leaked as well?). Well, the guys at WMExperts managed to get hold of the specifications of the LG GW910. The specifications of the LG GW910 are :

* 3.5-inch AMLOED Capacitive touch screen with WVGA resolution

* 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor

* QWERTY Keyboard

* 5 MP camera with 720p video recording

The phone is also equipped with standardfeatures like Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G, Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm jack. Sadly, no information about the ROM and RAM of the phone are available. The specifications of the phone is nothing but standard. Snapdragon processor is quite a common sight in the higher-end phone market nowadays. The phone is expected to launch sometime in Q4, 2010.

It will be interesting to see the WP7 based phones, which will be launched by HTC. HTC has always set a benchmark in this race of which-phone-has-WOW-specs.

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Opera 10.60 Alpha 1 – Faster and Sexier Than Ever Before

The battle for speed between Chrome and Opera rages on. While, others like Firefox and Internet Explorer are struggling to stay in the race, Google and Opera Software are continuously setting the bar higher.

Opera-10.6-Speed-Benchmark

Opera Software has just released Opera 10.60 alpha, which introduces performance improvements for JavaScript, DOM and CSS. The newest alpha build fares 76% better Opera 10.5 in the Peacekeeper benchmark, with further speed improvements being promised for the beta build.

Opera-10.6-Interface

The newest alpha also sports numerous user interface improvements. The repulsive “O” button has been replaced by a prettier (and more obvious) Menubutton, while the annoying taskbar tabs for Windows 7 is have been disabled (they can be re-enabled from here). Other visual tweaks include prettier hover thumbnail tab previews and the use of icons instead of thumbnails for certain internal tabs like RSS Feed and Mail.

The new build also features dozens of stability improvements and bug fixes across all platforms. If you are feeling adventurous, you can download Opera 10.60 alpha for Windows, UNIX and Mac from here. However, keep in mind that this is an alpha release and is likely to be buggy.

Apple: 2 Million iPads Sold Worldwide In Less Than 60 Days

In a press release Apple has announced that it has sold more than 2 million iPads worldwide. Yes, two million.

Apple started shipping iPads on April 3rd, 2010 in the US. The 3G version came out a bit later. According to iPad’s Wikipedia page, Apple had sold a million iPads by May 3rd. About a week back iPads were launched in 9 countries other than the US.

With the iPad being made available in more countries next month, we’ll be seeing a lot more iPads. These sales numbers are quite staggering. According to Apple the iTunes App Store for the iPad has around 5,000 apps. These apps were crucial in the iPhone’s success and have been important in driving iPad sales.

It doesn’t look like the tablets announced by ASUS and MSI will be catching up anytime soon. Steve Jobs reality distortion field has worked again.

With the new iPhone around the corner, Apple is sure dominating the mobile computing market right now.

Nokia N8’s USB On-The-Go Allows You to Connect Other USB Devices with It [Video]

Nokia N8 has had a rough time so far. It was panned in an early review and even the first official demonstration video didn’t do much to salvage its reputation. However, don’t count it out yet. It has a great camera, is faster than N97 and has quite a few neat tricks up its sleeve. One of them is USB On-The-Go (OTG).

USB OTG is a neat supplement to the USB 2.0 specification, which enables OTG devices to support any USB mass storage device (other mobile phones with USB connection, flash drives etc.). In other words, you can plug-in other USB devices into OTG handsets, just like you can do with your PC.

Unfortunately, very few devices have featured USB OTG so far. Nokia N810 was amongst the earlier handsets to support OTG. Now, Nokia N8 will also support USB OTG. Here’s a cool video showing Nokia N8’s USB OTG feature in action.

How To Use aDosBox on Android Phones Without Physical Keyboard

I got hold of an HTC Legend as my first Android phone last week and I have quite enjoyed using it. Though recently, I thought of trying out something cool on my phone and I recalled that there was a blog on running Windows 3.1 on Android.

A bit of googling took me to this page and I thought of trying this out. I installed aDosBox and ran the application to see that I could not bring up the keyboard on this application! However, it  occurred  to me that only if I could type into aDosBox by some other method, this would work. Some more searching on the market took me to an app which does exactly what I wanted. These are the steps I followed and with the same, you can type into aDosBox or any other emulator which does not bring up the default keyboard on your Android phone.

  1. First, download and install aDosBox from this page as it is not available on the market yet.
  2. Next, install an app named Wi-Fi Keyboard from the android market.wifi-keyboard
  3. Now, enable it by going to Settings > Language and Keyboard and selecting Wifi Keyboard.
  4. Next, you need to change the text input method to Wifi Keyboard. To do that, bring up a text area and long press into the text box. You will get an option to select the input method. Select Wifi Keyboard on the next screen.
  5. Now, switch on the Wi-Fi on your phone and connect to a network to which you PC will connect.

That will set up your phone to receive text inputs from your PC and completes the first part of the tutorial. Next, you need to connect your PC over Wi-Fi and navigate to the URL:

http://117.99.7.227:7777

in a browser. You will see this page.

wifi-keyboard-desktop

This sets up your computer for sending text inputs.

Coming back to aDosBox, run it and you will see the DosBox screen. With the browser opened at the same time on your PC, you can send text and command inputs to your phone.

adosbox-android-dosbox

To bring up “:”, press “alt + H”. Try other combination for some other characters which do not appear normally. This will be needed to mount folders as drives.

On an ending note, I could not run Windows 3.1 on my phone as aDosBox simply crashed every time I issued win.com. Though, the attempt was thrilling in itself and I enjoyed trying.

Nokia N8: New Videos Demonstrating HD Video Recording, Messaging, Internet and Maps

Remember the Nokia N8? Yes, I am talking about Nokia’s next high-end handset that got trashed in an early review. One of the main drawbacks cited by the reviewer was that the Symbian^3 OS just didn’t cut it. Quite obviously, Nokia is keen to prove otherwise.

Nokia has recorded three videos demonstrating different aspects of the user interface (UI) including messaging, internet and maps. The first of the three is embedded below. The remaining videos will be released next week.

From the video, the browser looks strictly ok. The only thing worth noting is that it supports flash. The messaging aspect has definitely improved but Nokia is simply playing catch-up. Threaded SMS conversations, which has been present in iPhone, Palm and Android devices for a long time, finally makes it to Symbian. The saving grace is Ovi Maps, which is an excellent navigation app.

Some eye candy has been added to Symbian^3 including more widgets, some transition effects and a refreshed task manager. N8 will feature three home-screens, each of which will be capable of housing 6 widgets.

Undoubtedly there are several changes in Symbian^3. In fact, even from the quick first glance it appears to be a decent improvement over its predecessor. However, the problem is that it is still too similar to Symbian S60v5. Nokia N8’s operating system still feels pre-historic when compared with the likes of iPhone, HTC Desire or Xperia X10.

However, there is one thing that the N8 does well – it’s snapping pictures and recording videos. N8’s 12 megapixel camera is probably the best to ever grace a mobile phone. Here’s a HD video recorded with N8 that was released last month. Remember that this is taken using a pre-production firmware, so there is still room for improvement.

Watch it in Full HD here.

The Nokia N8 is expected to be released in August.

Lemon Duo 401: Stylish Dual SIM Phone with Large TFT Screen for Rs. 3,699

Dual SIM mobile phones seem to be the the in-thing at the moment. We have had a flurry of dual SIM mobile phone launches over the past few months. Now, Lemon Mobiles has added another impressive handset to the ever growing list.

Lemon-Duo-401

The Lemon Duo 401 is a stylish handset with a metallic finish and a 2.6 inch TFT screen having a resolution of 176×220. The dual SIM (GSM+GSM) handset has all the basic features you can expect from a phone in its price range. It is capable of playing MP3, MP4, 3GP and AVI audio and video files. The GPRS enabled device supports up to 2GB of expandable memory (microSD) and features FM radio, voice recorder, USB connectivity and up to 500 phone book entries. It also has a some unique features like shake for music, which can be used to change tracks by simply shaking the handset. The battery is capable of providing up to 4 hours of talk time and 360 hours of standby time.

Mr. Gopal Kalra, Director of Lemon Mobiles, said, What sets Lemon’s offering apart, however, is the zeal to equip the masses with the best handsets at the best value for money. The pricing for the categories have been kept in sync with this ideology”.

Indeed, the Lemon Duo 401 is attractively priced at Rs. 3,699. In spite of having only a VGA camera, Lemon is a smart option for budget conscious buyers looking for a stylish dual SIM handset.

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