Freeware Fridays | Top Tools Of the Week #9

freeware-signIn case you haven’t seen them, here are the most recent posts in our Freeware category. We hope you enjoy reading about these freebies, and maybe you’ll find a keeper in the mix.

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Royale Remixed Is it the Best Microsoft Theme for XP?

The Royale theme for Windows XP is a very nice theme, but I found out that someone has taken the Royale theme and tweaked it to make it even better.

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Super Photo Slideshow Screensaver JPEGSaver

Most Windows systems already come with a nice built in screensaver for viewing the pictures you’ve stored on your hard drive. In Windows XP it’s called My Pictures Slideshow but here’s a free program that offers more options.


Since that’s I have posted this week, here are a few new freebies from Snapfiles for you to look over.

NEW – Yadis! Backup v1.9.10

Yadis! Backup is an easy-to-use backup program that can perform automatic backups of your important files. The program will continuously monitor your selected folders and backup any files in real-tim….

NEW – Tab Utilities v0.9.9.3

Tab Utilities provides you with complete control over your Firefox browser tabs. You can fully customize the opening behavior of new tabs based on the link type (URL, Favorite, History, Search) and d….

NEW – LAlarm v5.7

LAlarm is a clever anti-theft alarm software for your laptop that provides different security features to prevent your laptop from being stolen, as well as data recovery and destruction options to pr….

NEW – RBTray v4.1

RBTray enables you to minimize any window or program to the system tray (instead of the task bar) by simply right-clicking on the standard Windows minimize button. Standalone software, no installatio….

NEW – WinSplit Revolution v9.02

WinSplit Revolution enables you to quickly position and size active desktop windows with the help of keyboard shortcuts, saving you from having to manually drag and size a window. The default configu….

NEW – iReboot v1.1.1

iReboot enables people that use dual-boot systems to quickly switch operating systems without the need to wait for the O/S selection screen. Simply select the operation system you want to boot into f….

Be sure to let us know if you have a favorite freebie you’d like to see posted here. Our comments (below) are always open to you.

Sony Ericsson BRAVIA S004 – A Brave New Mobile Phone with Killer Looks

Sony Ericsson is known to come up with killer designs and they have done it again. The recently announced Bravia S004 is dressed to kill.

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Bravia is a flip phone that can be flipped both horizontally and vertically, thanks to its two way hinge. This beauty will be available in three colors – black, red and silver, and measures in at 111.0 x 51.0 x 18.0 mm. The 3.2-inch, 480 x 854 pixels TFT screen is smaller than the one found on X10, however this isn’t necessarily a disadvantage.

Bravia is not all about looks either. The Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz powered handset features an 8 megapixel camera and other goodies like accelerometer, turn-to-mute and TV tuner. However, GPS support is surprisingly absent.

Bravia S004 is expected to be launched in Japan during the 3rd quarter of this year. Although, the price is yet to be announced, I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap.

Sony Ericsson S004 Bravia Specifications

Connectivity: 2G Network – GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900; 3G Network – CDMA; GPRS – Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps; EDGE – Class 10, 236.8 kbps; WLAN – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (via external Wi-Fi WIN card); Bluetooth – Yes, v2.0 with A2DP.
Display: TFT, 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels, 3.2 inches along with external OLED display (128 x 36 pixels, 0,9 inches).
Storage: 800 MB internal memory along with expandable memory (microSD) up to 16 GB.
Camera: 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, face and smile detection, image/video stabilization.
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
Battery: Standard battery, Li-Po 930 mAh, Stand-by – up to 260 h, Talk time – up to 3 h 30 min.

Google TV: The Power of the Web, Now on Your Television

Google TV is here and it promises to redefine your TV viewing experience. Earlier today, the Mountain View, California based search engine giant announced its new platform at the Google I/O.

Google TV is a software platform for set-top boxes and HDTVs which is powered by the Android mobile operating system running on top of an Intel Atom processor. Chrome browser with Adobe Flash support will ensure access to the full web from your television.

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TV Meets Web. Web Meets TVis the slogan Google is using for Google TV and it is in fact the most accurate description. Search will very much be a part of the Google TV. You will be instantly able to access any channel by typing its name. Better still, if you know the name of a program, but don’t know the channel it airs on, search will help you locate it.

Google envisions its new initiative as an open platform, which will be used by others to build their own products. It is challenging developers to come up with new web and Android applications designed specifically for television sets.

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Google has already paired up with hardware manufacturers like Logitech and Sony. While Sony will be integrating Google’s new platform directly into their new HDTVs, Logitech will be manufacturing set-top boxes that will bring Google TV to older television sets.

It’s hard to say if Google TV will indeed succeed in redefining the television industry. Are the consumers ready for such a convergence device? Only time will tell. However, if Google TV succeeds, it may very well replace our standard cable TV. Imagine a scenario where YouTube takes care of live events like sports, while Netflix and Hulu take care of movies and standard television programs. Even more significantly, if Google succeeds, it will be able to significantly increase its ad reach and access new demographics of users.

Android 2.2 Froyo Ported To Nexus One and Droid Eris

Behold everyone who has been waiting for the to arrive at their mobile steps, you have some bad news as Engadget reports that the ROM has already been ported to work with and Droid Eris.

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An Italian site named androidiani.com has posted a tutorial to port 2.2 Froyo to a Nexus One device (translated link). On the other hand, our friendly neighborhood developer forum folks at XDA have posted a port to HTC Droid Eris for Froyo.

Motorola Eris Android 2.2 Froyo

We expect a host of ports to be available for most of the other Android devices on market soon, including the not yet released HTC EVO 4G whose system files were leaked earlier today. Though Eris is not in the picture yet Nexus One and Motorola Droid are set to receive Android 2.2 Froyo updates in near future along with several other Android based devices manufactured by HTC.

HTC EVO 4G System Files In The Wild

Even before Sprint can officially launch the HTC EVO 4G on June 4th, several lucky people got their hands on the HTC EVO today at the Google I/O conference.

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Thanks to the early hands-on, the system files of the HTC EVO 4G have already made it to the wild on the XDA developers forum. An eager user has posted the system files on Rapidshare, and there is no doubt that the eager developers have already downloaded the files and have begun cooking a root for the device without actually owing it.

If you are someone who fancies their chances of creating a root, head over to this XDA post and download the system files for HTC EVO 4G. Oh and yes it was smart of Google not to preload the EVO with or else we would have seen some servers going under already.

myTouch 3G Slide On T-Mobile On June 2nd For $149.99, Pre-Orders Available

T-mobile will be launching HTC manufactured based device, myTouch 3G Slide for $149.99 on June 2nd. Pre-orders for the myTouch is available on the official T-mobile site right now.

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T-mobile will be launching the myTouch 3G slide on June 2nd for $149.99 with taxes and other applicable fees extra. The myTouch 3G slide phone has a 3.4" screen with a full QWERTY keyboard. The phone also has a 5MP Camera and comes with Faves Gallery, myModes and the Genius Button.

The phone will run the Android 2.1 Eclair OS and support both 3G and WiFi. The myTouch has a 8GB microSD card built in, however users can swap the microSD card with a larger memory card. myTouch 3G users will have access to over 50,000 apps available in the Android market place.

The $149.99 pricing comes with a 2 year voice and data contract with T-mobile. For more information visit the Official myTouch 3G page.

Win An Xbox 360 Elite In FIFA 2010 World Cup Excel Developer Challenge

The FIFA 2010 World Cup is less than a month away and I definitely can’t wait for the ball to get the first kick. I bet there are several other Soccer fans out there who would have the same excitement.

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If you are an Excel developer, here is your chance to win an Xbox 360 Elite Video Game Entertainment System and a copy of the Xbox 360 game: FIFA 2010 from the Microsoft Excel team.

The Microsoft Excel team has announced a developer challenge in anticipation of the release next month. Developers will have to create an Excel application using Excel 2010, which can be freely downloaded and post it online. Once that is done, they will have to fill in a short entry form found here and email the entry form to [email protected].

Entries will be judged based on usage of new Excel 2010 features and VBA, ease of use and relevance to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The first prize winner will win An Xbox 360 Elite Video Game Entertainment System and a copy of the Xbox 360 game: FIFA 2010. The second prize winner will win a national team jersey of their favorite team. Prizes will be distributed on or before July 4th.

For full contest rules and prize distribution details visit the official announcement post by the Microsoft Excel team.

CBSE Class XII Results 2010 Delhi, Allahabad and Guwahati Online

The CBSE Class XII 12th standard results of students from Delhi, Allahabad and Guwahati regions who appeared in 2010 will be declared on May 21st 2010 at 8AM.

To check the CBSE results, students can visit the site http://cbseresults.nic.in/ or http://results.nic.in and register their email address to receive the results to their email account.

CBSE XII students can also visit http://cbseresults.nic.in/class12/cbse12.htm and enter their board exam roll number to view their results after 8AM today. On May 21st, the results of Delhi, Allahabad and Guwahati regions will be announced, other areas results will be announced shortly.

For more information and details visit the official CBSE website at http://cbse.nic.in/. We wish all the students who appeared for the CBSE Class XII exams in 2010 best of luck for their results.

Apple Classifies Opera Mini As Porn App on iPhone

Not sure how to take this, but Apple just marked Mini as an age-restricted over 17 material on the . As you can see from the screenshot below, the latest update to Opera Mini was flagged as restricted while i was upgrading the browser to the latest version.

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Now I am not really sure what Opera has that is age-restricted, but it definitely made me smile thinking of all the possibilities on why this could have happened.

Are you seeing the same message while upgrading Opera Mini to the latest version on your iPhone or iPod Touch?

YouTube Blocked In Pakistan, Who’s Next?

In another crackdown on the Internet, the Pakistan government have blocked access in the country. Users visiting the site might not be able to access videos on YouTube.

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However, this is not the first website to be banned in Pakistan, as they had also blocked access to yesterday over some Controversial Caricatures.

According to a BBC report, Pakistan has blocked YouTube because of its "growing sacrilegious content". In addition to that, there are reports that several Wikipedia pages are also being restricted by the government.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority said it had ordered internet service providers to "completely shut down" YouTube and prevent Facebook from being viewed within Pakistan.

Banning websites is not a new phenomenon and countries like China have blocked access to almost every popular social networking sites including Facebook, and . The Indian government in the past has also blocked access to BlogSpot blogs and other websites.

So is the South Asian region more susceptible to banning website and internet freedom? The recent crackdowns don’t give a different picture here.

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