Steam Web Store Totally Looks Like Steam Client Store

I apologize if you did not get the slight Twitter-ish pun in the title. It was very subtle. Anyway, on to the point the Steam store that you access via your web-browser looks exactly like the Steam store you access from the client, complete with auto-buffering muted video  {Not anymore. See Updated news}  (at least on my Chrome). Ugh.

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This is the website on the browser now…

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…and this is the store on the Steam client.

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As well as the irritating auto-play option.

Why would Valve do such a thing, especially when users absolutely hated auto-play?

UPDATE

Well, it sure seems like Valve saw this post OR somehow it recognized my browser as a Steam client. Either way, everything’s back to normal now.

Block Flash Animations in Google Chrome Browser

Today, I decided to look for a Flash blocking extension for the Chrome web browser. One of the web sites that I visit frequently had decided to add a very loud flash advertisement. I couldn’t turn it off or ignore it.

I went to the Chrome Extension Gallery and I found a very good flash blocking extension. It’s called FlashBlock.

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Go here to install FlashBlock

How does it work?

Once installed, Flash animations will show as a grayed out icon in your browser window. To view them, just click on them once.

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You’ll also see a little Flash icon up in the browser’s address bar. You can click on the little icon to add sites to a list of sites that you don’t want to block Flash on.

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The Chrome web browser is now my default web browser. I made the decision based on speed and also on security. Take a look at Chinmoy’s post here about the Pwn2Own contest, in which Google Chrome was the only browser that was not hacked. Since Adobe Flash is a big source of security exploits, blocking all Flash by default is also a good security measure.

Are you using some other web browser?

You will be ready to surf faster and safer by using a Flash blocking addon. I’m guessing that you won’t miss Flash on most websites.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro To Go On Sale From April In UK

Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a powerful smartphone with slide out QWERTY keypad. This handset was unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2010 and it was recently announced during the launch of Xperia X10 in India. This device will go on sale from next month in the UK.

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Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is an amazing smartphone which has a slide-out keypad and 5 megapixel camera with HD (720p) video recording. This handset is powered by the Symbian S60v5 OS and it runs on a 720 MHz processor. It features a 3.2 inch touchscreen display with 360 x 640 pixels resolution, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, 75 MB internal memory, 16GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, A-GPS, Bluetooth, WebKit web browser, TV-out, social networking support, Wisepilot turn-by-turn navigation, Stereo FM radio with RDS and so on.

This device will start shipping from April 30 onwards. This handset will come with a price tag of £339.99 (approx. $500). You can pre-order this handset at Play.com. Do you think Vivaz Pro is better than the original Vivaz? Please let us know your views in the comments.

Tata Indicom Launches Special Recharge Of Rs.92 in Maharashtra Circle

Tata Indicom launched a special recharge of Rs.92 for its subscribers in Maharashtra and Goa Circle. This special recharge offers Tata to Tata minutes as well as free local and national SMS. This offer is valid only till March 28, 2010.

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Tata Indicom prepaid subscribers in Maharashtra and Goa circle can recharge with Rs.92 and get 920 minutes for Tata to Tata calling and as a bonus they will also get 920 free local and national SMS. The validity of this special recharge is 30 days.

You can use the Tata to Tata minutes to call any local Tata Indicom, Tata Docomo and Virgin mobile numbers. This offer is available only on e-recharge. This offer will end today itself, so hurry up and get this recharge now.

Videocon Launches Exciting Three Offers In Tamilnadu

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After successfully launching GSM Services in Tamil Nadu, Videocon Mobile Services announces the launch of three more First Recharge Options (FRC) priced Rs 61, Rs149 and Rs399 apart from Special Tariff Vouchers (STV) of denominations Rs 28, Rs 148 and Rs 395.
• FRC Rs61 will provide Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days with Rs 61 as Talk-time
• FRC Rs149 will provide 30 min of Local Off-net +30 min of Local On-net calling per day with no talk-time and the tariff validity is 30 days
• FRC Rs399 will provide Unlimited Local Usage and tariff validity will be for 30 days.
• STV Rs28 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days with Rs 25 as Talk-time.
To enjoy the lifetime benefit customer has to do recharge of at least Rs.200 in every six months.

HTC Smart To Be Soon Available In The US

Most of the budget smartphones are launched only in emerging markets such as India, China and Latin America. So HTC decided to launch the HTC Smart, a budget smartphone in the US. This phone will be first launched in India and it is expected to be available during the end of this month.

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HTC Smart is based on Brew Mobile operating system and it runs on a 300 MHz processor. It comes with a 3.15 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, a 2.8 inches TFT touchscreen display, stereo FM radio with RDS, 3G Connectivity, 256MB RAM, 256MB ROM, USB, GPRS/EDGE and so on.

Other feature includes Bluetooth, 3.5 mm audio jack, audio and video player, Sense UI, Accelerometer, 16 GB expandable memory, 1100 mAh battery, upto 450 hours stand-by time and 7 hours talk-time. This handset does not comes with a Wi-Fi connectivity and A-GPS support.

This handset is expected to be announced early next month in the US. This handset will come with a price tag of around $200.

Histwi – A Desktop Twitter Account Management App for Linux

The rapid explosion in the  popularity  of Twitter has resulted in a plethora of desktop Twitter clients being available. However, there is one client, Histwi, which claims to be different from the rest. Instead of being a Twitter client, Histwi is called a Twitter account management client. How different is it actually from a normal Twitter client? We will come to that later. But first the installation.

Installation

If you are using Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, it is quite easy to install Histwi. Here is what you need to do to install Histwi in Karmic Koala:

  • Open the terminal.
  • Add the PPA with the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nikolay-blohin/histwi

  • Update your software list with the command:

sudo apt-get update

  • Finally, install it with the command

sudo apt-get install histwi

If you are using another version of Ubuntu or another distro, you can download the .deb file or the source file from gtk-apps.org.

Review

I use Ubuntu 9.10, so my installation was smooth and problem free. After installation, Histwi can be found in Applications -> Internet in GNOME or KickOff -> Applications -> Internet in KDE SC.

This is what you get just after you start it, before any configuration. As you can see, “Add User”, “Delete User”, “Sync User” are given a very  prominent  place where it is very visible.

Clicking on “Add User” brings up a dialog where you have to enter your Twitter username and password to get started. Upto this point, it is a breeze. There is no need to go to Settings, Configuration menu etc to look add your Twitter account.

After you have entered your Twitter details, Histwi downloads your Tweets. This is where it gets irritating. It took a good 20-25 minutes to download my tweets.  However, I found out that this is where the first difference between a simple Twitter client and a Twitter account manager comes up. Since Histwi is a Twitter account manager, it downloads all the of your tweets unlike Twitter clients which needs to download just the latest few tweets. Another difference is that unlike Twitter clients, it does not download the tweets of those you follow.

After, all your Tweets have been downloaded, you can see your all your tweets ever by clicking on “Tweets”. You can save your tweets as a text file or a html file (although I cannot come up with any reason why anyone would want to do that).

Clicking on “Friends” brings up the list of people you follow and those who follows you. You can follow or unfollow people from this window. In this window, you can also see the number of people whom

  • you follow but doesn’t follow you
  • you follow and in turns follows you
  • you don’t follow but follows you

I sure would love to know who are the people in the various groups as mentioned above.  However, Histwi does not provide any way to see who are the people in the various categories mentioned above.

The search is however, one feature that I am very impressed with. It provides a number of search parameters which results it in being a very powerful search tool. And the best part is that it searches the public timeline, not your followers timeline.

This is the search result, I got when I searched for “tegan and sara” as “All of these words”. Quite impressive I must say.

What I Liked

  • Powerful and versatile search. This can be real useful when you are searching for something specific.
  • Easy and simple interface. The interface is such that even a newbie can jump right in and start using it right away without any peoblem.

What I Disliked

  • The whole concept behind the app. I cannot understand why anyone would want to have an app which he can only only use to manage his Twitter account. Unless it is someone who has a number of Twitter accounts, I do not see any real use for this app.
  • No Tweet and no friends timeline. Right now the app does not have any way to post tweets and we cannot see our friends timeline.

Guest Bloggers And Contributors For Techie Buzz

Of late we have been getting a lot of requests from guest bloggers who want to contribute and write permanently for Techie Buzz, however, we often have to reject those offers due to several reasons.

We don’t like to deject users, so we are starting out with a new way to have your posts published on Techie Buzz through permanent contributor accounts at Techie Buzz. Contributor accounts will be able to write posts for Techie Buzz and get them published to a wide audience of readers.

Contributors on Techie Buzz can write any number of posts for the site which is related to our niche. However the posts they write will be credited to them instead of us having to publish guest blogger posts.

In addition to getting credited for the posts you write, you will also get to work with our editorial team and improve upon your mistakes (if any), and also get help to write posts in a better way.

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Contributing editors will also get to add a Bio and link to their own websites on the posts they write for Techie Buzz as pictured in the screenshot above. The best part is that you will join the Techie Buzz team and be part of the community.

Interested? Oh yea I hear you, send out an email to keith [@] techie-buzz.com with a brief profile on where you write currently and why you want to become a contributing editor for Techie Buzz.

Please add “Contributor Application” to the email you send out so that I can easily find out for what the emails are being sent for.

Note: This is not a paid gig and will not involve any revenue sharing, any posts you contribute to Techie Buzz will become the property of Techie Buzz and cannot be republished elsewhere. We also reserve the rights to not publish the articles you contribute, however, unpublished articles can be used on any other site.

Facebook Tries Bullying Greasemonkey Script Fluff Busting Purity

Fluff Busting Purity is a GreaseMonkey script which cleans out the clutter from Facebook. The clutter here, is all that should not be in your current news feed. This includes unnecessary updates like Mafia Wars, Farmville and other game apps and updates from friends.
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It also includes the quiz requests you keep receiving from friends just because your name starts with A or B. Generally, before you are allowed to see your score on a quiz, you are requested to forward it to some friends from a list. The list is in alphabetic order and so names with A, B C and alike come up first.

Facebook has grown a hatred for the Fluff Busting Purity script and is determined to bring it down. However, this is not Facebook’s first outrage against this script. It seems like Facebook has a thing for the developer of this script and has been stalking this script from the time it was released with the name of Facebook Purity. In the last allegation, it was accused of infringing Facebook’s trademark. This time though, Facebook simply demands them to shut down. In an attempt to do this, Facebook has deleted the fan page of this script. It has also asked the official website of this script to shut down.

Fluffy Busting Purity demanded a reply on this matter and Facebook replied with,

You will not use our copyrights or trademarks (including Facebook, the Facebook and F logos, FB, Face, Poke, Wall, and 32665), or any confusingly similar marks, without our written permission.

Facebook did not just stop here. It has released a patch to render this script useless but the script creator has devised a method to circumvent this and the script is back on. The script works on almost every browser on every platform out there and is a must have greasemonkey script for Facebook users.

Visit the Facebook Purity homepage as long as it lasts.
[Via: Neowin ]

Tata Docomo Offers Bonus Talktime Packs In Kolkata Circle

Tata Docomo subscribers in Kolkata circle can now enjoy extra talktime on special “Bonus Talktime Packs“. Normally on top up vouchers, subscribers has to pay the processing charges, but now they will get full talktime along with extra talktime by recharging these Bonus Talktime Packs.

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Currently, 3 bonus talktime packs are available for Tata Docomo subscribers in Kolkata circle. The first pack is priced at Rs.200, which offers Rs.210 talktime. The second pack is priced at Rs.300 and it gives a talktime of Rs.320. The third pack is priced at Rs.500 and it offers an amazing talktime of Rs.555

These bonus talktime packs are available only in Kolkata circle. This offer is valid only till March 31, 2010. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments or you can call Tata Docomo Customer Care by dialing 121 from your mobile phones.

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