Thriller and Mario Paint Composer

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Today I ran into a video showing off the Thriller tune in Mario Paint Composer. I was amazed. Here’s the video …

Click here if you can’t see the video.

I’d never heard of Mario Paint Composer, but it’s been around since 1999 on Nintendo game systems. According to Wikipedia, Mario Paint was rated the 162nd best game made on a Nintendo System in Nintendo Power‘s Top 200 Games list.

The design team at unFun Games has a version you can run in Windows and Mac. Anyone, even someone as musically stupid as me, can create their own tunes in it. Here’s what the authors of the game say about it.

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is, of course, completely free, but we ask that you check out our website if you like it. You’ll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac!

Mario Paint Composer is 100% virus/spyware free. It will not harm your computer in any way.


I downloaded and unzipped it to my computer and within only a few minutes, I’d figured out how it works. You can load tunes, save tunes and even download tunes that others have created.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Mario Paint Composer is fun for all ages. It’s easy to create and share music with others and the software is easy to use. It’s portable freeware and you can run it from a Flash card or USB stick if you need to. This one gets a big thumbs up from me.


Techie Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

Borders Has a New eBook Store, eReader and Apps

Recently, I told you how to grab plenty of eBooks from Amazon and read them in the free Kindle apps. I had also told you previously how to access thousands of free eBooks using FBReader. I’m not lying when I tell you that I have plenty of stuff to read. Despite that, I was pleased to see that the well known Borders book store was opening an online Borders eBook store. Can they compete with Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Books-a-Million and maybe (in the future) Google?


Borders has a little eBook reader named the Kobo, for about $150. It will let you shop, order and read the eBooks over any Wifi connection. It’s very cute and weighs less than 8 ounces. It’s size makes it easy to bring along anywhere you go. The 6-inch display should make reading fairly comfortable.


This last Christmas, my daughter gave me a Borders gift card. At the time, I had no idea if I would ever use it. As soon as I found out that Borders went online, I went out and bought my Christmas present and started reading it in the free Kobo eReader app.

The eReader app isn’t complicated, it’s easy to use and it’s also available on several platforms: PC, Mac, iPhone, iPod Touch, BlackBerry and Android.

It’s not so cute, but it does allow you to shop, order and read all the eBooks in the Borders eBook store. Here you can see what it looks like on my Windows netbook (screen rotated by iRotate).


Will the Borders eBook store be a big hit? I can’t say for sure, but I’m enjoying it until my gift card runs out of money. I love to read :)

A Web Browser for Your TV – Kylo

[Windows and Mac] I have hooked up my computers to the TV occasionally. It’s pretty cool, but for me, it’s not very handy. My couch is too far from the screen and I can’t read most of the text while surfing. A new web browser called Kylo, promises to solve that problem. The Kylo browser is based on Mozilla code, so it’s using the same engine that Firefox uses. Here’s what the web site says about their browser:

Sit back and get ready for big-screen browsing. Kylo brings your TV and computer together to create the ultimate content experience. Enjoy your favorite online shows, videos, music, games and news. Take your HDTV anywhere on the web.

I tried Kylo briefly last week. At first I was pretty amazed at how well it worked. Here you can see the Kylo home page. (click to expand pictures)


Next, I visited Youtube. It works very nicely in full screen mode most of the time. Occasionally the video would freeze, but going back to normal screen usually resumed the video.


Below, you can see the on-screen keyboard that pops up whenever you click into a text entry box.


In the next two screens, I was watching a soccer match. It was almost like watching it on regular TV.

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Rather than go into too much detail, I’ll show you a video on how Kylo works.

Click here if you can’t see the embedded video.

Download the Kylo TV Browser

Techie Buzz Verdict:

As I mentioned above, full screen video would occasionally freeze up. Other than that, I was pretty pleased with the way Kylo works. If you want to surf on your big screen, Kylo may be a good solution for you.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Read e-Books on Your PC, iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry with Kindle Apps

fbreader-iconMost of you would agree that is one of the best places to look for and buy new and used books. Amazon is also the force behind the Kindle, which is a well known e-book reader device.

kindle-at-amazon The combination of Amazon’s book selection, easy shopping and the Kindle are a nearly unbeatable trio that others have been trying to match for years. The Apple iPad may have a good chance of competing with them, but I’m guessing that the other vendors can only look on with envy and hope.

If you don’t have a Kindle, you don’t have to keep wishing you could read all of those books in an electronic format. Amazon offers free applications that allow you to download Amazon books and read them from your favorite device.

I’ll show you what the Kindle for PC application looks like.

  • If you have other devices such as an iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac or BlackBerry, see the download section of this post.


A few months ago, I posted an article telling you how to Find and Read Tons of Free E-Books with FBReader. If all you need to do is read free e-books, that’s the application I would recommend for your PC. However, if you plan to do any shopping at Amazon for non-free books, you could install Kindle for PC and give it a try.


The Kindle app isn’t very large and doesn’t have a confusing set of features. It gives you easy access to the Kindle Store and also allows you to view many of the 1.8 million free e-books at

After installing Kindle for PC, you will be prompted to either create an account at Amazon, or login with your existing account. Since I already had an account, it was simple for me to sign in. Here’s what the Kindle app looked like when I first launched it.


Since I hadn’t bought any books at Amazon, I used the Shop in Kindle Storebutton, which launched my web browser. I found and followed the links to the free books at


Once there, I found a book that I thought I might read.


I chose the Kindle version of the book and downloaded it.


All I had to do was double click the book (.mobi file), and it instantly opened up in the Kindle application. As you can see below, it’s not a complicated interface and while you are reading, you can bookmark pages, highlight text and add notes. That’s everything you need while studying or writing. It also remembers where you were reading last and takes you to that section when you reopen the Kindle app.


If you have other devices you’d like to read books on, you can also find Kindle readers for the iPad, iPhone, Mac, Android and BlackBerry.

If you have a Kindle device, these software versions may allow you to synchronize your e-books between the host device and the Kindle device. You may also want to look at our post telling you how to Copy (and convert) Books From PC to Amazon Kindle.

Do you want to try the Kindle reader apps?

Techie Buzz Verdict:

The free Kindle for PC is a pretty good e-book reader. It’s not fancy, and it will surely save you time if you like to shop for books at Amazon. The apps for other devices are probably just as useful, but you’ll have to judge for yourself unless you are willing to send me one of these devices.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5

Professional DVD Creator for Mac OS X [Free Giveaways]

[Mac Only] Need to create a DVD containing some homemade videos with some awesome effects? Need to make a small slideshow consisting of video and audio? Well, Daniusoft DVD Creator for Mac comes to the rescue then!

Danuisoft DVD Creator

The key features of the Daniusoft DVD creator are:

  • Burn movies stored in your hard disk to a DVD disc.
  • Supports a wide range of DVD discs like DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD5 and DVD9.
  • Create highly customizable DVD menu.
  • Supports a wide variety of video formats like AVI, MP4, MPG, MPEG, 3GP, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, DAT, MOV, FLV, and MKV.

DVD Creator MAC Screenshot

While testing the software, I was blown away by the clean, simple and awesome interface of the application. For first time users, the application even has a very nice tutorial with in-depth details on how to create a nice custom DVD. Users can drag-and-drop images from iPhoto as well. When a user adds a photo, or a video he is presented an edit option where he can add some nice custom effects to the picture or video.

The main program window has two main options – Media and Menu. The Menu tab consists of some mind-blowing awesome DVD menu templates. Without a doubt, these are the best templates I have ever seen in any DVD making software irrespective of the platform. The default templates are even categorized under 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio. If by any chance, the default templates do not satisfy you, you can click on the “More Templates” option that will take you to the Daniusoft website where you can find some more awesome templates. If a user selects a static template, he has the option to select any kind of “frame” in a default template, along with the “play” button. The Advanced Setting option allows users to set a custom thumbnail to a video or a picture, and even a custom image as the background of the DVD menu.

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Users can edit a video/picture and add special effects to it, or watermark it, or even trim and rotate it. The application has a small bar at the bottom, which shows how much space has been consumed on the DVD. The software has 3 burning mode – Best Performance, High Quality and Standard. When I was burning a 1.72GB AVI video file under the Best Performance mode, the video file size reached a whooping 9037MB. Even though there was a noticeable difference in the video quality at the time of playback, I would have preferred the size to be a bit  less. One useful feature about this software is that it allows users to burn – rather save – their project in ISO format or in a DVD folder. The “Extras” option in the menu bar features an option to burn an ISO file and/or an AVI file to a DVD. When I tried the “Burn AVI To DVD” option, I was redirected to a tutorial on Daniusoft website on how to burn AVI files. Sadly, when I tried the “Burn ISO To DVD” option I was redirected to a “Page Not Found” page on the Daniusoft website.

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One nifty feature of the application is that if your project exceeds the space present on the DVD by a few megabytes, users are given an option to compress the project to fit it onto a single DVD. The amount of time taken to encode and burn a project on a DVD will vary according to the configuration of your Mac.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

I found Daniusoft DVD creator to be a must have software. Except for the “Burn ISO To DVD” option not working, the software worked like a charm. The smooth animations, and the simple UI of the application make it much more user friendly. The price of the software is a bit steep at $49.99 though. Luckily, for our readers we have 15 licenses of Daniusoft DVD Creator for giveaway.

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Giveaway Details

We have 15 licenses of Daniusoft DVD creator as a giveaway for our readers. If you want to win a copy of this DVD creator which is worth $49.99, just leave a comment and tell us why you would want to win the Daniusoft DVD creator license.

We will randomly choose 15 winners from the entries we get and send them a license each of the software.

Find Free Wifi Hotspots with WeFi

[Windows, Mobile and Mac]wifi-ico Since I have a netbook and occasionally take it on the road, I decided to try out WeFi. The WeFi application and web service promises to help you locate wifi hotspots and connect you to thousands of other WeFi users. Here’s what they say about the service:

WeFi is dedicated to helping you find, connect, and enjoy Wi-Fi anywhere around the world. We provide the tools that allow our community to map the global Wi-Fi network. Our dedicated community has already discovered over 60,000,000 access points around the world. Join us today and help us map the next million!

I downloaded the 8mb installation file and started the install process. I found that there are a few places that you might want take a closer look at during the install.

The first installation options default to installing a toolbar and new default search in your web browser. When I see options like these, I nearly always opt out. I hate toolbars and I’m happy with my search providers.


Just when I thought I was done with the junk programs they wanted me to install, one more option popped in. I can’t tell you how much I dislike added shopping applications like the Price Gong offer they served up.


After getting through the options above, the software starts installing and you’ll see a cute animation with the little WeFi creature running past store fronts. It’s a little too cute. At that point, I was wondering if this was a serious company delivering a real product.


One final setting popped up after the little running logo. I decided that I definitely did not want to allow WeFi to automatically connect me to networks. I like to look them over before I allow my netbook to connect to strange new hotspots.


The final step was to actually create an account with WeFi. They step you through the sign-up and only require an email address in addition to letting you choose your username and password. Once that’s out of the way, the main WeFi interface finally launches.


After playing with it for awhile, I decided that I liked the WeFi interface because it was very similar to most instant messenger clients. Below is a video showing you a little bit about how it works.

Link to video at Youtube

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I didn’t like the offers for the toolbar, the change to default search and the shopping assistant. However, I did like the fact that WeFi does offer an easy way to discover new hotspots and get in touch with other WeFi users. I have mixed feelings about it at this time, but I won’t tell anyone to stay away from WeFi.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Google Chrome For Mac and Linux Graduates Out of Beta

has been a really wonderful fresh air of breath in the web browsers domain, and Windows users have been able to enjoy the stable version of Chrome for quite sometime now. However, Mac and Linux users have have had to do with Dev and Beta versions of the browser.

However, starting today, Mac and Linux users will be able to download and use a stable version of Google Chrome to Mac.

Chrome for Mac Stable

The stable version of Chrome for Mac was announced at the official Google Mac blog with more details on the Google blog. The newer version of Chrome is faster than the beta versions and come with several goodies included. There has been over 213% and 305% improvement in the JavaScript performance based on the V* and SunSpider benchmarks respectively.

Beta users of Google Chrome for Mac and Linux will be automatically upgraded to the stable version. You can also download the new stable version of Chrome by visiting