FileTrack Helps Tracking Changes on a Shared File

[Windows only]: Managing shared files can be troublesome, especially if multiple users edit the content of the same file frequently. You have to track the changes made to the file and update the document to be on the safe side. Otherwise, when you update the document – the changes made by shared users may be lost and you may lose vital information.

Consider an office scenario –   you share a particular document which is stored in a Local area network with your friends or colleagues . Someone modifies the content of the file in your absence. Unless you are informed, when you open the document for reading or editing, you might not know whether the content has been modified or not.

This problem can be solved using a simple freeware utility called FileTrack. The application sits in Windows system tray and monitors file system changes on the files you select. When you try to update an already modified file or document, the program notifies you with an alert window.

To use the program, simply click the green icon and select the file which you want to monitor:

Later on, when the content of the file has changed and you try to edit it, you will be shown a prompt window as shown below:

The program works across VPNs and LANs and hence you can possibly track all the files that are shared in your system.

Techie Buzz Verdict

The application serves the purpose well and ensures that data is not lost or overwritten. You must have Microsoft .NET framework installed in your system to use the program.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 May Get Android 2.1 in September, But Multi-Touch is Impossible

Earlier, we reported that Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will be getting a significant software update somewhere down the line. According to Mobiles.co.uk, the aforementioned update is scheduled to hit the waves in September. In all likelihood, Sony Ericsson would be updating its UX interface to Android 2.1. However, I am still hoping that they may choose to surprise us all and instead release Android 2.2 (or Froyo).

Sony Ericsson has also cleared up the confusion surrounding multi-touch support in Xperia X10. As mentioned earlier by their product manager, Xperia X10’s hardware is not capable of supporting multi-touch. Hence, it won’t be receiving this core feature of Android 2.1.

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Here is the official word on this matter:

At the time of the announcement of Xperia X10 (3 Nov 2009) we confirmed on our product blog that Xperia X10 would not support the android core feature of multi touch at the time of launch. As the project has evolved we have subsequently announced that that Xperia X10 will be upgraded during its lifecycle with improvements in the User Experience Platform, incorporating software feature improvements and a later release of the android OS. However, owing to the particular hardware and software configuration of the X10, multi-touch capabilities will not be enabled in the core platform irrespective of the software upgrade. Whilst there has been intense discussion amongst online consumers about many of the detailed features supported by the X10, Sony Ericsson has at no point made any official statement indicating support of multi touch as a core feature of the Xperia X10.

Sony To Stop Producing 3.5 Inch Floppy Disks In Japan

If you guys thought that Floppy Disks were already extinct Hold your breath – Sony managed to sell 12 million 3.5 inch floppy disks in Japan last year. Yes, thats 12 Million! Seriously, I wonder why people purchase a floppyfloppydisk disk in this age and time? Well even with such an impressive sales figure, the days of 3.5 inch floppy disks are numbered.

Sony today announced that it will stop the production of 3.5 inch floppy disks by March 2011. Sony is one of the major manufacturers of the oldest data storage medium the floppy disk – which started its journey in 1981. Sony had already stopped the production of floppy disk drives all over the world, except for Japan. Now, by March 2011, the company will cease the production of floppy disks in Japan as well. This will effectively be the end of the road for floppy disks.

Two New Blackberry Handsets Leaked- BlackBerry Bold 9650 and BlackBerry Pearl 3G

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the next-gen iPhones and Android devices, RIM (Research in Motion) has probably been feeling left out. But, fear not; the Blackberries are still very much in the smartphone wars. TheStreet has let it slip that RIM will soon announce two new Blackberry handsets.

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The handset pictured on the left is the Blackberry Bold 9650. This CDMA (US EV-DO Rev A) device will feature a 3.2MP camera, GPS, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and a trackpad. When used outside USA, Bold will automatically fall back to UMTS/HSPDA. Expect it to be available on Sprint soon.

The other handset is a GSM only device dubbed the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Once again very little is known about this device, other than that it will boast a 3.2MP camera, a trackpad, GPS and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Android 2.2 (Froyo) Brings New Feature

The latest known version of Android i.e. Android 2.2 (Froyo) brings new features with it. Android 2.1 which is the latest version currently out in the market, didn’t brought new android 2.2 auto updatefeatures with it, but Android 2.2 brings automatic updates for applications with it.

Now this is a cool feature for users who have lots of applications on their Android device and have trouble updating each application manually. As an Android user, I welcome this feature. When users download an application, it will ask for a permission for automatic updating. So, once you select this option you are free from the future updating troubles.

Android 2.2 will be also bringing features like more additional RAM, which you have already read in our article here.

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Sony’s New PS3 Slim Model To Have A 40NM GPU

The Playstation 3 from Sony is arguably the best console – hardware wise – in the market currently. The PS3 has a Nvidia RSX GPU with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and, a Cell Microprocessor designed by IBM.PS3 RSX GPU With the launch of the PS3 Slim Model, the Cell CPU of PS3 moved to a 45nm manufacturing process. This led to a decrease in power consumption, lower temperatures, and reduction in the cost of production.

Now Playstation University reports that the new PS3 Slim RSX GPU will be based on the 40nm fabrication process.  At the time of its launch, the PS3 RSX GPU used the 65nm fabrication process. The shift to a lower fabrication process has many advantages including the reduction of the Yellow Light Of Death on the PS3s. Thanks to the shift in lower fabrication process, the cooling unit of the new PS3 Slim has also been redesigned. It is now less complex compared to its predecessor.

It is reported that the drop in power consumption is around 15%. The power supply has also seen a weight reduction, and now weighs in at 412g. The original PS3 power adapter used to weigh 815g. Quite a few chips have also been removed from around the Nvidia RSX GPU, leading to a lower cost of production.

The main benefit of the shift to 40nm fabrication process is the lower cost of production. The new PS3 Slim, even though cheaper by 100$, will allow Sony to earn profit on every console sold. Until now, Sony has been incurring losses on every PS3 they have sold.

Radio Mirchi Comes To Your Airtel Mobile

Bharti Airtel has now launched yet another Value Added Service for their customers. All Airtel mobile subscribers can now get Radio Mirchi live stream on their mobile phones. Consumers can choose to follow their favourite local Mirchi radio station from anywhere in India and can choose from 12 Radio Mirchi stations.

To subscribe, all you need to do is simply dial 59830 to listen to up to 100 minutes of Radio Mirchi content for Rs. 10 per week. Now every handset, even those without an FM receiver, can access Radio Mirchi content streamed through Airtel network. Mirchi Mobile will be initially available to Airtel customers in Delhi and Mumbai, shortly followed by the rest of the country.

The launch of this service will now enable customers to carry their favourite radio experience wherever they go to any part of the country. Not limited by location or by handset features, Mirchi Mobile on Airtel offers a unique experience.

Tubeoke: View YouTube Video and Lyrics Of the Song Side by Side

While watching YouTube videos, sometimes you may want to see the lyrics of the song. One of the ways is to search Lyrics.com for the song lyrics, but you have to navigate away from the YouTube video page for searching the lyrics. You can not watch the video and read the lyrics of the song from the same page.

Another way to find lyrics is to search the captions or in the comments section of the YouTube video. But there is no surity that the lyrics will be there in the captions or in video comments, because it depends on the person who has uploaded that video.

TubeOke makes this possible by showing the lyrics of the song in the same page where the video is played. Works quite simple – just go to the site and search for an artist or a song name.

Hit “Search”and this will open the search result page containing a list of videos. Click a video thumbnail and you can watch the video and read the lyrics of the song from the same browser window.

The concept of the site is to provide an easy “Karaoke” service so that you can sing along while watching a YouTube video.

Techie Buzz Verdict

I tried the service with some songs and the results were very accurate. It can’t get better than this – watch the video and perform a “Karaoke” of the song by reading the lyrics.

Do you know of any similar service which does the job even better? Please share your ideas in the comments section.

Techie Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

Hide Your IP Address and Surf Anonymously with UltraSurf

ultrasearch-icon [Windows Only] UltraSurf is a tool that hooks your web browsers up with a free anonymous proxy. It hides your true IP address. Why is that important? I found a good answer at about.com:

When connecting to the Internet, your home computer (or network router) is assigned a public IP address. As you visit Web sites or other Internet servers, that public IP address is transmitted and recorded in log files kept on those servers. Access logs leave behind a trail of your Internet activity. If it were possible to somehow hide your public IP address, your Internet activity would become much more difficult to trace.

UltraReach, the group behind the UltraSurf application, talks about a another good reason for their service. Their purpose is as follows:

UltraReach is the first company with a mission that offers Internet technology and service immune to the national Internet censorship in China. The outstanding performance of our service has made UltraReach Internet well known among the users who seek the Internet freedom in the censored country, and at the meantime attracted heavy attacks from Chinese Internet police.

In other words, UltraSurf allows users to get past internet censorship. I don’t know exactly how it works, but I’ve tried UltraSurf and so far I’m impressed with it.

It’s easy to use. Just download it, double click the EXE file to run it, then start surfing.

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Once it’s running, you’ll see a simple interface.

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It will also launch Internet Explorer and you can start surfing if you want to. If you don’t want to use Internet Explorer, just close it and use your other web browsers. You can also go into the settings and tell UltraSurf not to start Internet Explorer.

If you’d like to, you can check your IP address at whatismyip.com to find out what it is. You’ll see that running UltraSurf changes your address after it starts up.

You can download UltraSurf here.

In the past, the writers here at Techie Buzz have shared some other surfing tips with you. Here are a few:

Are Web Proxy Servers Safe To Enter Passwords?
How To Access Blocked Websites
How To Access Blogspot Blogs From China
Unblock and Access YouTube From China

I’ve also written about two free web browsers that let you surf anonymously.

Xb Browser
OperaTor Browser

Techie Buzz Verdict:

UltraSurf is one of the easiest ways you can find to surf the internet with anonymous freedom. I can’t tell you if it can bridge the great Chinese firewall, but the authors of this program are dedicated to doing that.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Nokia N8 – Just Another High End Phone

Nokia N900 is a great device – one that mobile enthusiasts and heavy web surfers would appreciate. Yet, it is not a handset that can take on the likes of Apple iPhone and Motorola Droid. Ever since N95, Nokia has been struggling to come out with a universally appealing high-end device. Unfortunately, it seems that Nokia’s struggle will continue for the time being. Their next flagship high-end handset – the N8, is shaping up to be the disappointment of the year.

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According to a review published by Mobile-Review.com, the N8 is just another me-too device. It has plenty going right for itself, including multi-touch support, 12-megapixel camera and 720p video recording. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any killer feature that can make it stand out from the crowd.

Nokia-N8

The chief limiting factor of the N8 is its operating system. Symbian^3 offers very little new functionality. Even worse, most of the new functionality is simply stuff that is already available on other platforms.

Nokia N8 will not ship until the third quarter of this year. Nokia still has some time to refine the user experience. However, that may not be sufficient to save yet another possibly doomed Nokia handset.

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