Clavier Makes it Dead Simple to Define Custom Hotkeys in Windows

[Windows only]: Keyboard shortcuts are great, they can be used to launch programs and applications quickly. But unfortunately, keyboard shortcuts don’t come by default with Windows and you can’t really define your own keyboard shortcuts.

Clavier is a nifty little utility for Windows which makes it dead easy to define your own keyboard shortcuts. You can use the keyboard shortcuts to launch programs, open folders, files, images, videos or possibly everything in your hard drive. Here is what you see when you run the program for the first time:

To add a custom keyboard shortcut, click the blue “+” icon and define the path of the folder or program you want to open. Suppose you want to open Windows media player, whenever you hit the “M” key from the keyboard. Just navigate to the start menu entry of Windows media player as shown below:

Clavier also supports hot keys for special characters   and symbols so you can specify a keyboard shortcut for a particular symbol ( e.g alpha, beta, gamma). This is useful, when you are creating a word document and want to skip searching for the symbol options.

Want to open your favorite sites using custom hot keys ? Clavier has a built in URL launcher which can be used to open websites using just a keystroke. Apart from launching sites, the program can also be used to enter information in forms and text fields. This is quite handy for filling in comment forms, sign up pages and so on.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Overall, Clavier is a full featured app for defining your own keyboard shortcuts in Windows. You can create rules   as well specify whether the Caps lock, Num lock or Scroll lock keys have to be on or off for the activation to be successful. One suggestion though – add a panel in the program interface which will show all the defined keyboard shortcuts, it will be useful when we forget one or two.

Techi Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

Nintendo Wii Sales Down By 21%

It has been six years since the Nintendo Wii was launched. Nintendo Wii managed to set the sales chart on fire, even though many people criticized it. Nintendo has been making record profits every year since then. But nowNintendo-Wii it looks like the Nintendo Wii is finally running out of steam.

Yesterday, Nintendo released its financial statement starting from April 2009 to March 2010. Surprisingly, the company’s net profit dropped by 12% to $2.44 billion. This is the first time in six years that the company’s net profit has dipped. The sales of both the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo DS – were also lower compared to the previous financial year (2008-09). The Nintendo DS sales were down to 27 million from 31 million, which is a 12% drop year-to-year wise.

Nintendo managed to sell 20.53 million Wii consoles in the last financial year, which is a 21% drop compared to the 2008-09 Wii sales figure. The sale of Wii games were also down to 191 million copies, which is a 6% drop year-to-year wise.

Ironically, even with the fall in sales, this was the third best year sales wise for Nintendo.

Screenshot Preview of Kubuntu Netbook Remix

kubuntu-icon I recently tried the newest version of the Kubuntu Netbook Remix (KNR). As you may already know, the newest versions of Ubunutu 10.4 LTS (Lucid Lynx) and Kubuntu were recently released.

I’ve always been a bigger fan of the Gnome desktop in Ubuntu, but I still like to check out the KDE versions in Kubuntu, just to see what’s new. This release of the Kubuntu Netbook Remix, is really a great operating system for netbook users. I’ll show you what it looks like below.

Loading it onto the netbook was an easy task for me. I simply downloaded the 776mb ISO file from the download page. Then I burned it to a 2Gb SD Flash card using Unetbootin.

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Here are the screenshots:

1. The Newspaper Page

This page is revealed when you click the Newspaper’ button on the top task bar. The image below is actually a screenshot of the last version of Kubuntu. Somehow, I totally missed seeing this page when I gave it my test run. As you can see, it has a task list, calendar, weather report, sticky notes and image viewer.

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2. The home screen

This first screen shows you the major categories of applications and settings. At first, I had no idea why there was an Installicon at the very top, all by itself. Later I found out that this section at the top is the favoritessection. You can add your favorite apps to this section by clicking on the little star you see when you hover over an application’s launch icon.

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3. The Office’ applications

Everything you need for your mobile office is included. I use the Open Office apps almost exclusively when I’m at home or on the road. Who needs the big dollar MS Office Suite when you can get the same functions for free?

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4. Education software

I can’t tell you much about the applications in the educational section. I’ve never used them.

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5. Games!

That’s my favorite section and I was happy to see my favorite game, Mahjongg. You might recognize some of the others as your favorites.

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6. Graphics

A good selection of image viewers and editors. I think they need to put Gimp back in though.

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7. Internet applications

There are tons of internet apps here. Browsers, Email, and a Blog editor are the main ones I’ve used. I was surprised to find that Firefox was not installed. However, they have a nice little launcher here that made it simple to install.

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8. Multimedia apps

I have never used any of these three apps. However, I’m told that Amarok is an awesome music manager.

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9. System tools

Everything you need to tweak your system is here.

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10. Utilities

Several handy and must have’ utilities are included here.

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11. Application switching (method 1)

The first way I found to switch the application displayed, was to click on the apps runningbutton on the top taskbar. It gives you a nice overview of the apps currently running. Just click on the one you want to use.

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12. Application switching (method 2)

The second method to switch running apps, is to use the ALT + Tab keys. This takes you into the awesome looking 3d task preview. It will certainly get some attention when someone is looking over your shoulder.

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Summary:

I enjoyed the few minutes I spent trying out Kubuntu Netbook Remix. I was amazed at how well it ran on the very limited resources that my netbook has. The KNR team has really put together a big winner here. However, it’s not enough to steal me away from the UNR (Ubuntu Netbook Remix) that I love even more.

Surreal Territory And Shrek Forever: Two New Windows 7 Themes From Microsoft

Microsoft has released two new Windows 7 themes. The two themes are:

  • Official Shrek 4 theme – Shrek Forever After
  • Surreal Territory by Chuck Anderson

The themes come with 1920×1200 wallpapers and no custom sound schemes or cursors:

Shrek Forever After

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The theme has 16 beautiful wallpapers from the movie for the Shrek franchise lovers.

Download Page

Surreal Territory

If cartoon Shrek isn’t your thing, artist Chuck Anderson has six truly surreal wallpapers for your desktop.

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Download Page

Ubuntu 10.10 Will Not Have GNOME-Shell

Ubuntu users who are waiting for GNOME-Shell will have to wait at least till Ubuntu 11.04.

In the Ubuntu Open Week Q&A Session following the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx release, Mark Shuttleworth has announced that GNOME 3’s most hyped feature, the GNOME-Shell is not going to be present in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. They may, however, consider having it by default in Ubuntu 11.04.

GNOME-Shell [Image via Digitizor]

In the Q&A Session, the question regarding the GNOME-Shell was the first question that was asked. Here is the question and Mr. Shuttleworth’s answer:

QUESTION:

Will Gnome Shell be in default Maverick? If so, what will happen with Gnome Shell and Compiz? Will Compiz still work by default? If not, will there be an easy way to use Compiz?

ANSWER:

The current release schedule puts Gnome Shell out of bounds for Maverick, but it will be packaged and available from universe. We’d encourage people to try it, and it would be great if someone put together a daily build PPA so folks who are very interested could track development and help fix bugs. It’s very interesting work, and there are important new technologies, and lots of things to consider. The more folks use it and think about it, the better our decisions will be for 11.04.

The decision is actually a very sound one. GNOME 3 is scheduled to be released in September 2010, just one month before the Ubuntu 10.10 release. So, that does not give enough time to the Ubuntu developers to work on GNOME-Shell, after all with the changes that Ubuntu has been bringing to the default GNOME interface (left side windows control buttons, windicators etc.), it will take some work to get the new GNOME-Shell interface working with the planned setup.

However, if you want GNOME-Shell, you can install it from the Universe (It is available even Karmic).

You can read the full transcript of the Q&A session  here.

Sling Player Now In Private Beta For Android OS

We all know that Sling Media is currently working on the SlingPlayer mobile application for the Android OS. Apparently, Sling Media has sent out private beta of the application to a few Android users. SlingPlayer allows users to watch television on their phone over a 3G connection. The application is scheduled to be released sometime in Summer, this year.sling

Phandroid got hold of the mail Sling Media sent to one of the private beta tester which goes as follows :

Hi,

The wait is finally over! A new private beta is available for the SlingPlayer Mobile for Android. Since your beta profile is a good match for testing, you have the opportunity to join the new beta program.

Please note this is a special invitation so do not share this email or the below URL with anyone else. Also, do not mention you received an invitation, that the beta is starting, or anything that’s related. Due to the overwhelming demand for this program, we’d like to keep things as quiet as possible. Just think of it as a secret club! ;)

Hopefully, a public beta of the application will soon be available for the general masses.

Motorola Rolls Out Android v2.1 Update For Motorola Milestone In UK

Motorola Milestone users in UK rejoice! Motorola has finally released the long-awaited Android 2.1 update for the Milestone users in UK. Motorola made this announcement through their Facebook page. Sadly, users can’t upgrade using OTA (Over-The-Air). They must use their PC and should make a backup of their data before proceeding with the update. The update is available on the official Motorola website, and users should follow the instructions givenMotorola Milestone there.

The new update brings with it Live Wallpapers, up to 9 new homescreens, speech-to-text, and performance and stability improvement. Motorola has been rolling out the Android OS v2.1 update from March 22 to various parts of the world.

Apple iPhone 4G to Record HD Videos

Apple iPhone 4G, which was all over web few weeks ago, is now confirmed to record HD videos (720p). The Apple iPhone 4G will pack a 5MP camera with LED flash.next-iphone-posterframe

Apple iPhone 4G has the sufficient hardware required for HD recording. The evidence of the HD recording was found in the code of iPhone OS 4.0 beta. After digging up the code, some fellows got this following video presets in the code:

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This makes the picture clear and confirms that the future iPhone will be recording HD videos. The likely candidate for the HD recording is the iPhone 4G because of the top notch hardware.

Whatever doubts are present in the mind of people regarding this, will be cleared on 7 June, when the next iPhone will be announced in San Francisco, CA.

(News Source & Image Source Gizmodo.com)

GQueues: A Task Manager That Syncs With Your Google Account

With hundreds of to-do lists and task managers available on the web, it is hard for any one of them to stand out. But GQueues still does that partly because of its rich features but mainly because of its seamless integration with Google. GQueues allows you to sign-in with your Google account so you don’t have to waste couple of minutes filling out a registration form.

Once in, you can start making Queues and add tasks to your Queues. Each Queue can be renamed and have a unique color to easily distinguish it from others. Items can be added to a queue with a single click, can be duplicated, sync with Google calendar, add tags or even add notes to each item. Items within a Queue can be easily re-arranged by dragging them to the desired position. The whole queue can also be reordered by date or item name.

Clicking the check box next to any item marks it as complete and move it to the ‘Completed’ tab of that queue. All open items can still be viewed in the ‘Opened’ tab. Complete queues can be shared via a permanent URL or embedded in a web page or blog. Queues can further be sorted into different categories such as Home, Work, Fun or any other ones you need.

Even though most of the features are free, GQueues does offer a lot of premium features for $25/year such as email/SMS reminders, assigning tasks to other users or advanced integration with your Google calendar. Gqueues can also be integrated with Google Apps which makes it all that more useful. Here is a video showing off some of the features offered by GQueues:

[Via LifeHacker]

World’s First 3D Display Phone, Samsung W960 AMOLED 3D

You read it right, the world’s first 3D phone is ready to roll out. No prize for guessing the manufacturer, it is Samsung off course. Samsung has the world’s best mobile AMOLED display (Super AMOLED, that is what they call it), and now the 3D AMOLED Samsung W960. Samsung W960SamsSCHW960_3D_fr2 AMOLED 3D, though is a CDMA phone and will only be available in Korea.

Samsung W960 doesn’t need any 3D glasses. A shortcut key is present for switching on/off the 3D display. It has a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen with WQVGA resolution. It also has a 3.2 MP autofocus camera, DMB-T TV tuner, Bluetooth and a microSD slot. It runs on the Samsung’s own TouchWiz 2.0 OS.SamsSCHW960_3D_BK

Samsung W960 is expected to launch by Q2 2010 in Korea only.

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