Blackberry Bold 9780 Hands-On Video and Images Leaked

With the news of the impending launch of the Blackberry Tablet and leaked images of the Blackberry Storm 3, here’s another interesting piece of news for Blackberry lovers.

The Blackberry Bold 9780, the next phone in the Bold series, has been spotted a few times already. Yesterday, it was spotted once again, in Vietnam, of all places.

Blackberry Bold 9780

It looks very similar to the Blackberry Bold R020, details of which we uncovered last month.

The hardware will me more or less the same as the Bold 9700. It will have a 624 MHz processor, 512 MB RAM and a 2.44 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels. It will also have a 5 MP camera and will run the new Blackberry OS 6.0. It will sport the standard connectivity options – 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

Blackberry Bold 9780

Do check out this hands-on video:

Source via BGR

Free Images for Use in Your Website or Blog – MorgueFile

camera-generic Despite the name of the site, MorgueFile has hundreds of free photos and they don’t have anything to do with death. According to the site:

Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!

You are free:

Remix — to adapt the work.
Commercial — to use this work for commercial purposes.
Without Attribution — to use without attributing the original author.

This collection of photos was started in 1996 by Michael Connors, a multi-media artist in NYC. Michael, his brother Kevin, and a friend named Johannes have continued to manage the site since then. They accept photos and images from anyone who wants to contribute them. So if you have some unique photos or images you want to show off, just sign up to upload them.

The photos and images are indexed and tagged so that you can find what you are looking for. When you type in a keyword to search for specific types of images, you’ll get a nice looking page of thumbnails as shown here.


You’ll be to open any image by clicking on it. In addition, there’s also a tab showing Dreamstime images, but keep in mind that those images may not be free. If you are only interested in free images, don’t bother opening up the Dreamstime tab.

If you can’t find what you are looking for at MorgueFile, be sure to check out PicFindr,    stock photo search engines or the open clipart library.

Get Your Free ClipArt at

lady-bugI often spend too much time looking for the right image to use in a blog post or web page. My biggest problem is finding an image that I can use without worrying about copyrights. Most of the images you find on the web are not labeled with a clear message that says who it belongs to.

Since I’ve found, I think I’ll be saving a lot of time. Everything there is completely free. There are no strings attached. You can use their images in anything you publish.

open-clipart has been doing this since they were founded in 2004. This is what they say about their project:

The usage of the name is to convey connection to Open Source software and culture. Also, the word conveys the concept of the project lowering barriers for participation for submission of artwork, development on the project, use of the site and use of the clip art stored.

If you just want to use the freebie art, you only need to go to the site and type in a search term or use the categories to find what you need.

They also offer several packages loaded with all of the clipart from the entire website. These can be downloaded in a couple of different formats.

Download Clipart

If you are an artist, they’d love to get your help with this project. Here’s how to get involved.

If you’re just an average graphics-challenged person like myself, be sure to tell everyone you know about this cool website.

PicGhost: Edit, Resize and Watermark Images In Bulk

There are many tools that let you resize or watermark your images but very few that let you do both. PicGhost is an online tool that lets you edit images, resize them and add watermark to them in bulk. The images can either be uploaded from your computer or from the web.

Once the images are selected, you can specify a custom width and height or resize them to match the smallest or the largest image. You can also choose from one of the many recommended sizes to quickly resize the images. The option to lock the aspect ratio maintains the proportionality of your images.


The tool also lets you add a text or image watermark to your images. You can either upload the watermark image from your computer, or enter the text to display. Custom selection of font, font size and color let you customize the look of your watermark. You can also choose the alignment of the watermark on your images or have it tiled. Once the images are edited, you can preview them before downloading them as a single zip file.


Techie Buzz Verdict:

PicGhost is a great multi-purpose image editor and resizer that saves a lot of time and effort. The interface is intuitive and the the functionality is simple.

Rating: 4/5

650 Free Wallpapers That You’ve Never Seen Before

While I was reading a newsletter from Dave’s Computer Tips, I found a link to a site that he recommended. The site is called VLADSTUDIOand it contains Desktop Wallpapers, E-Cards, T-shirts, Post cards, Greeting cards and Mugs.

The wallpapers are free and most of them are original artwork that is unique and wonderful. There are a few of the standard natural landscapes, but I can promise that many of you have never seen these wallpapers before. Below are thumbnails of a few that I found interesting.

vladstudio_airlines_200x150 vladstudio_alien_and_chameleon_200x150 vladstudio_asmallgiftforxmas_200x150

vladstudio_christmas_train_200x150 vladstudio_diving_200x150 vladstudio_dolphins_200x150

vladstudio_insiderainbow_color2_200x150 vladstudio_kiwikiwi_200x150 vladstudio_ladybug_and_chameleon_200x150

vladstudio_pianist_200x150 vladstudio_siberianwinter_200x150 vladstudio_snail_racing_200x150

vladstudio_spiderweb_waterdrops_green_200x150 vladstudio_tarsier_200x150 vladstudio_where_snowflakes_are_born_200x150

Did I mention that there are over 650 free wallpapers in various sizes? The site is easy to navigate but there are only 24 wallpapers on each page, so be prepared to do plenty of clicking. I had no trouble spending over an hour there the first time I visited.

Vladstudio is the creation of 30 year old Vlad Gerasimov, from Irkutsk, Russia, and located near lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world. If you want to learn more, see this interview of Vlad. If you really like Vlad’s work, and want to give him a shout-out, here is Vlad’s Twitter page.


Techie Buzz Verdict:

I enjoyed nearly all of the wallpapers I saw at Vladstudio. My first wish is for more of the same, although the ability to download more than one at a time would be nice.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Hundreds of Free Smileys – The Smiley Vault

smilies0712Back in 2004, I ran into a website full of great free stuff. Naturally, I downloaded and tried a lot of it. The site is, and today I’ll tell you about one of my favorite freebies from David’s site.

The Smiley Vault is a 3mb download containing nearly 1800 smiley gifs of all kinds. These free animated gifs are quite entertaining, although most of them are fairly small by today’s standards. The gifs are completely safe to use. That’s refreshing, since finding free smileys online can be dangerous for your PC’s health. Many links to free smileys and other images will lead you to evil websites that try to infect your computer with spyware and trojans.

The gif package must be installed, but the installer only unpacks the files where you want to place them. It doesn’t make any changes to the Windows registry, but it does create a convenient entry in your Start menu.

To find the smileys you want to use, you can open the Vault from the Start menu, or the index.htm file that comes with the gifs. It gives you a nice interface to view them in, and will work in any web browser. Here’s a screenshot.


That’s not all there is at David’s site. He has much more. If you go there, be sure to check out The Price of Freedom. It’s a diary of his father’s 3 year trial as a Japanese prisoner of war during World War II. The story is awesome, and it’s a reminder of how much we owe to the men who fought, were wounded and died during those times.

Download The Smiley Vault

Techie Buzz Verdict:

This free offer of nearly 1800 free smiley gifs is well worth the download. They can be used anywhere, in your email or in forums and blogs posts. I would have liked these better without an installer, but I won’t complain.

Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

17 Photoblogging Themes for WordPress

Do you have a photo blog on WordPress ? Here are some of the most popular and free photo blogging themes for WordPress that you can use and give your photo blog a new and attractive look.


Nishita is a simple and minimalistic photo blogging theme for WordPress. If you have a Flickr account with lots of photos and want to create a photo blog using your Flickr photos then this theme will be a good choice. This theme is made by Brajeshwar.


Download Nishita WordPress theme Nishita Project page


Linquist is a Free Photo blogging theme for WordPress with a dark background and a built in theme style switcher. Features Simple Lightbox effect for images and Gravatar Support. The unique thing about this theme is that text is displayed side by side with the images. So the visitor can read your article side by side. You can watch the demo here.


Download Linquist WordPress theme


Another simple theme for a photo blog, Nautilus is modified version of the famous K2 WordPress theme. It can be used to use images hosted on Flickr and to create a post just paste the image URL from the Flickr page. Maximum width allowed for an image is 740 pixels.


Download nautilus WordPress theme


A simple clean and easy to modify theme for WordPress. Doesn’t come with any sidebar or widgets and it’s a fixed width theme. Comes with a PSD of the logo as well. Check out the demo here.


Download Photoblog WordPress theme

Zack 990

Zack 990 is another photo blogging theme for WordPress blogs those uses large pictures and videos. Designed exclusively for photo and video bloggers, this theme is not meant for text based posts. Features a four column widget ready footer, you can check out the demo here.

Download Zack-990 WordPress Theme


Wp-folio emphasizes your images beautifully. The images in the single post pages can be 884 pixel wide and the theme is easy to maintain. You can customize colors and fonts without having to touch any code. Check out the live demo here.


Download Wp-Folio WordPress theme

Elegant grunge

Elegant grunge is a widget ready photo blog theme for WordPress that displays thumbnails from your latest posts. Comes with a very configurable sidebar where you can choose between no sidebar/one right sidebar or two right sidebars. You can also select a Custom image as a header. A 3 column widgetized footer is also added. More information about this theme can be found here.


Download Elegant grunge WordPress theme


F8 is a premium WordPress theme which features your images beautifully in the homepage, just like a slideshow. But unlike other themes this theme is not Free. Check the live demo here.f8-wordpress-theme

Download F8 WordPress theme


A perfect theme for photo blogs and one of my favorites. Simple light designs and no ugly sidebars. It’s a one column WordPress theme where you can display images as large as 640 pixels in width. Photopress was designed by Brian Gardner.Check out the live demo of photopress.


Download Photopress WordPress theme


Wp Foto theme is single layout theme designed for photo blogger. It uses custom fields for displaying thumbnail in home page, archive page, category and tag page. Check the live demo of Wp-photo.


Download Wp-photo WordPress theme


WP Pix is a cool photo blogging or portfolio theme for WordPress. You can choose between two different custom page templates: Blog and portfolio. The theme uses custom fields to display images on all pages. The unique thing about this theme is Accordion style sliders to show hidden content. A One column theme with no sidebars. Check out the live demo of Wp-pix.


Download Wp-pix wordpress theme

Going pro Gallery

Going pro gallery is a magazine style WordPress theme for photo blogs. This theme also uses custom fields to display thumbnails on the homepage. Clear navigation and large image width are some of the good features of this theme. Check the live demo of going pro gallery.


Download going pro gallery WordPress theme

Monochrome gallery

A free widgetized theme for WordPress with a unique gallery view of posts. Comes with a rich Ajax slideshow, author archives page, categorized posts with thumbnails on the homepage and a CSS framework to aid in customization. Requires sign up to download


Download Monochrome gallery wordpress theme


Another great theme from the folks at Graphpaperpress. Modularity is a multimedia theme framework for WordPress. Images and video are kept in the front and center and every aspect of the theme can be customized from the theme options page (e.g define background, text, link colors, contact info, site tracking code etc).

The unique thing about this theme is automatic thumbnail generation. No need to manage thumbnails using custom fields. A Built in full-screen HD video player is also included right at the top and the theme looks beautiful if you have a wallpaper or a photo gallery blog.


Download modularity WordPress theme


If you are a photographer and want to showcase your work in a blog then use this theme. The images are neatly arranged like a calendar view on the homepage and when a user hovers over an image a short excerpt is shown. The single post pages are extra wide so that you can use large images. Comes with large fonts which looks attractive and pleasing. Check out the live demo of Autofocus.


Download Autofocus WordPress theme Theme project page

Ocular Professor

Another beautiful theme with an attractive footer and a broad content section. Features: threaded comments, special styling for widgets and a featured posts section on the homepage. Check the live demo of this theme.


Download ocular professor wordpress theme Theme project page


Monotone is a clean and dynamic theme for WordPress. It takes the first image attached with each post and samples colors from it for use in the surrounding layout. Each of your post must contain an image. The theme pulls colors out of your images and uses them in the design. Check the live demo of monotone.


Download monotone WordPress theme

Which of the above themes you liked the most ? Share it with us in the comments or if you have a photo blog leave a link so that we can see your  theme and design.