Halloween is celebrated in many countries across the world. While many associate this holiday with ghosts, witches and goblins, a lot of us think it’s just a great time to get together and have fun. If you have a computer, tablet or smartphone, you might want to add something to it that helps you get into the fun Halloween mood. Below are some links to a few of our past Halloween articles and some new stuff as well.
If you enjoy using screensavers on your Mac or Windows computer, you’ll find a nice collection of Halloween screensavers at NewFreeScreenSavers. Here are some screenshots of these great free screensavers. You can download them on the Halloween page.
Get Ready For Halloween with Halloween Android Apps – also with wallpapers, themes, and ringtones.
Halloween Theme for Nokia and Symbian Smartphones
Top 5 Halloween Apps For iPhone/iPad
Download High Quality Halloween Wallpapers – for the PC, Mac and Linux
High Quality Halloween Wallpapers For Your Desktop or Mac
25 Places to Get Creepy Halloween Wallpapers
Halloween Personas for Firefox (themes)
Phantom of the Opera: Special Edition Opera Browser for Halloween
Apps, Themes and Extensions for Google Chrome Browser
Even More …
We have even more stuff for you to look over. Just follow this link to a Halloween search of Techie-Buzz.
Remember Yahoo Mail? Yes, the same Yahoo! Mail which was one of the best email service at a point of time? Well, Yahoo Mail is basically revamping their whole UI to add support for themes and also bringing back the Calendar and Notes feature to the main interface.
Yahoo! Mail has introduced a host of new themes, which users can use to customize the look and feel of the email interface. Right now, Yahoo provides users with a choice of 12 themes. In addition to adding support for themes, Yahoo has also brought back the Calendar and Notepad and integrated it with the email interface. Yahoo Mail users can also upload multiple attachments at once by using the Ctrl, Shift or Command key to select files you want to upload.
If you are a socially savvy person, you can now catch up on all your social networking updates from sites like Facebook and Twitter in a new tab specifically created for social network updates.
One thing I did not like about the new Yahoo Mail Beta is that they have made it hard to find the Options and Themes features. They have clubbed everything under a menu item called Help, which is totally misleading. Unless a user clicks on the Help link he will not be able to find Options etc.
All these new features are available as part of Yahoo Mail! beta, you will be shown an option to try out the new beta. If you don’t see it, just head over to http://features.mail.yahoo.com/ to try it out.
More at the Official Yahoo Mail Blog.
With Halloween just around the corner, the time is ripe to get into the spirit of Halloween with some spooky Halloween apps. You can already dress up your computer for the festival of scares with Microsoft’s Eerie Autumn theme. Now, I will share a few Android apps that will help you prepare your mobile devices for the occasion.
- Countdown: Countdown the days to Halloween with Days 2 Halloween and Halloween Countdown (paid) widgets.
- Plan: Plan your Halloween party with the nifty Halloween Planner (paid) app.
- Dress up: Dress up your Android with Halloween wallpapers and themes.
- Wallpapers: You can use Halloween Wallpapers by Sancron to download free static Halloween wallpapers to your Android mobile phone. There are also quite a few nifty Halloween themed Live Wallpapers; however, all the good ones seem to be paid. I would recommend the ones from KittehFace Software, Access Lane, live wallpaper, BigMountainSoftware and Wolf Labs.
- Themes: Android doesn’t support themes out of the box. However, many of the 3rd party home screen apps are skinnable. Panda Home users can enjoy Owl’s Prayer and Dark Night Falling themes, while Open Home users can install the series of paid themes created by Bubamara for $1.33. There are quite a few Halloween themes for aHome users too. Happy Halloween for aHome is free, while Halloween Theme 1 and Halloween Themes are paid. Some of the other catchy Halloween themes (for PandaHome, Crazy Home, OpenHome, aHome, LiveHome & dxTop) are Disney Halloween , Pooh’s Halloween and Cutesy Halloween.
- Ringtones: Finally, choose an especially creepy ringtone to finish up preparing your device for Halloween. You can use any of the soundboards available in the market. The ones I liked are Halloween Soundboard Ringtones and Halloween Soundboard Scary apps.
Have a great Halloween and don’t forget to share your favorite Halloween Android apps.
It’s autumn and unsurprisingly Microsoft has released a new Windows 7 theme to go with the season. Autumn is the season that marks the impending arrival of the dreaded winter. It’s the season of melancholy. But, perhaps more significantly, autumn is the season Halloween is celebrated in. The splendid wallpaper collection captures the essence of autumn in a brilliant, albeit slightly unnerving fashion.
While the Eerie Autumn theme is spooky, the Lightning theme is simply awe inspiring. This theme captures Mother Nature at her fiercest. I don’t know about you, but lightning and thunderbolt always manages to send shivers down my spine.
Both the themes are available for download from the official Windows 7 personalization gallery.
Android is ruling the mobile device segment in US. If you are a fan and own an Windows 7, here is your chance to get Android on your desktop using a Windows 7 Theme.
The Android for Windows 7 theme is definitely an awesome theme with nice wallpapers and some good sounds to go with it. If you want it to take it a notch further to your browser, Google Chrome that is, you can download the Android theme for Google Chrome or if you are a Linux user download the Android theme for Ubuntu.
By the way don’t forget to check out the Best Android Phones and the Best Android Apps for them. Download the Android theme for Windows 7 from here [via Life Rocks]
Ambiantastic is a theme for Ubuntu made by swordjr. It is basically a modification of the Ambiance theme, which is the default theme of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. In Ambiantastic, the polished Ambiance theme has been given a generous helping of orange color to brighten it up. The orange might put off some people, but in my opinion it looks simply fantastic.
So, if you want a new bright theme, try the Ambianstastic Theme.
Download Link (Download Ambiantastic (Ambiance III) and the Wallpaper)
If you know how to install themes in Ubuntu, go ahead enjoy the new theme. If you do not know, here is how to do it:
- After the download has finished, go to System -> Appearance.
- In the Appearance window, go to Themes and click on Install towards the bottom right.
- In the Selection window, choose the theme you have just downloaded and click on open. At the time of writing this article, it is called 127730-Ambiance III.tar.gz.
- Now the theme should be installed.
- Tthe theme is named Ambiance III here, not Ambiantastic. So select Ambiance III.
- If you have downloaded the wallpaper too, change it from the tab Background.
- Close. Now you should have the new theme and the new wallpaper.
I have Windows 7 on one of my computers, however, I spend the majority of my time using Windows XP, both at home and at work. Recently, I saw a very nice Win7 theme and I wanted to use the wallpapers on my WinXP netbook. This made me dig into how Win7 themes are made and how they work.
You can find the official Windows 7 themes at Microsoft:
There are plenty of other places to get Windows 7 Themes, and we’ve written about some of them. As an example, let’s take a look at a theme we posted about recently.
Here’s the FIFA 2010 World Cup Windows 7 Theme by EA Sports.
When you download the theme in Windows XP, you’ll see that there is no program associated with it to open the file. So how can you open it up?
There are at least two ways, first lets try the easy method. Rename the file and add the extension .CAB to the end of it.
Now you’ll see that Windows XP recognizes this file type (hopefully). Double click it and the CAB file will open in an Explorer window.
Copy the JPG files into your My Pictures folder or some other place and you can use them as wallpapers. Sometimes, there are also cursor and sound files that you can use if you wish. As far as I know, there isn’t much you can do with the THEME file you’ll find in a Windows 7 themepack.
If you can’t open up the CAB file because Windows doesn’t recognize it, you can use a third party program to open it. I recommend 7zip. Once it’s installed, you can right click on any themepack file and extract it to a local folder.
Now you know about as much as I do about Windows 7 themepack files. Be sure to tell me if you know a little bit more about these files that you think is useful. (comment below)
We all love a new theme once in a while to spice up our (boring) Ubuntu desktop. Equinox is a set of two themes for Ubuntu designed by Matthieu James for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. All I can say about the themes is that they look amazing! Take a look yourself:
Equiniox comes in two themes – a light one and a dark one. The light one is called Equinox Ambient and the dark one is called Equinox Radient. Personally I prefer the light one as the dark one looks too much like the default Ubuntu Lucid theme.
To use the Equinox themes, you need to have the Equinox engine. You can download it from here.
Once you have the Equinox engine, you can then download the theme (download links: 32-bit 64-bit).
Sometime back, we had written a post on Bollywood Themes for Google Chrome browser. In this post, I have listed some nice Bollywood and Hollywood Firefox personas. Go ahead and try them out!
[For newbies: Personas for Firefox is a feature in the browser Mozilla Firefox that allows a user to select simple-to-use themes, known as “Personas,” more easily than normal themes.]
Here is a list of a few bollywood personas which you can use on your browser.
- Amrita Rao Persona for Firefox.
- Main Hoon Na
- Sharukh Khan Persona
- Desi Chick Persona
- Sharukh Khan and Kajol Pair
- Aishwarya Rai Persona
- Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
- Kareena Kapoor in Kurbaan
- 3 Idiots 1
- 3 Idiots 2
- 3 Idiots 3
- Teen Patti
Here is a list of a few Hollywood themes for your Firefox browser.
- Twilight Saga Eclipse
- Twilight Forest
- Twilight Nomads
- Twilight Bella Swan
- Twilight Eclipse 2010
- Edward Cullen
- Old Hollywood
- Megan fox Theme
- Robert Pattinson
- Avatar Neytiri
- Avatar Jake and Neytiri
- Batman Black
These were some of the themes I found attractive and appealing. There are still a lot of them. You can go ahead and choose anyone you want here.
Don’t forget to share your thoughts on these themes through your comments.
Sony Ericsson has just rolled out a new firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Aino. The Sony Ericsson Aino is a slider phone with a 3 inch 240×432 resolution capacitive touchscreen. This is the second major firmware update for the Sony Ericsson Aino. The first firmware update brought with it a new game Loco Rocco and better battery life. This new firmware update also focuses on better battery life, and improves performance and stability.
The new firmware update also includes 3 new themes, along with a new game the Bubble Town 2. The Aino now also supports MIME-type MPEG4-generic video codec. The WLAN and Bluetooth performance of the phone has also improved. Sony Ericsson has been doing a good job by providing major firmware upgrades for all the phones present in their portfolio.
It was just yesterday, that Sony Ericsson had announced that they will release the Android v2.1 update for the Xperia X10 in Q4, this year. The new update will bring with it HD recording, and improvements in the proprietary MediaScape and TimeScape applications from Sony. Sony Ericsson will soon release another update for the X10 which will double the phone’s battery life.