Viliv to Launch Android and Windows Tablets at CES 2011

It seems like CES 2011 is going to be dominated by tablets. The prospect of Motorola and scores of other manufacturers planning to showcase their tablets at CES was already very enticing for techies like us. Today, JKK reported that even Viliv, which makes some of the best UMPCs, is planning to launch its Android and Windows tablets at CES 2011.

It will be showcasing three tablets:

Viliv Android and Windows TabletsViliv X7 Android Tablet

A 7 inch tablet, roughly the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will run Android, probably version 2.2 Froyo. Its tagline – “the leadership of Anywhere Connectivity” suggests that it will probably have 3G connectivity.

Viliv X10 Android Tablet

A 10 inch tablet powered by Android which will compete with the likes of the Apple iPad and the Motorola tablet which is also to be launched at CES.

It should have a very long battery life, as claimed by Viliv – “Longest battery life powered 10.2 inch Android”.

Viliv X70 Windows 7 Slate

The Viliv X70 is what many Windows fans have been waiting for. It is the “Most slim and light Windows 7 based tablet in the world”. Sounds interesting, right?

What makes it even more interesting is the rumor that Microsoft may be planning to launch a ARM based version of Windows at CES. This might be one of the first devices to run it.

via JKKMobile

Microsoft to Bring Windows to ARM Processors at CES

Intel leads the processor market in terms of sales by a huge margin. With the success of the Core 2 Duo, and then the Core i7, Core i3 and Core i5 line of processors, AMD has been completely relegated to the sidelines.

However, when it comes to mobile, Intel is still trying to get a foothold in the processor market. The majority of mobile processors are based on the ARM platform, mainly because its architecture is much more power efficient, which is a very important requirement in smartphones. ARM based platforms are also being increasingly used in tablets, a relatively new market which Intel is desperately trying to corner.

With Microsoft’s latest move though, the fight may get even tougher for Intel. Microsoft may be planning to launch an ARM based version of Windows at CES 2011, according to a report by Bloomberg. Such a move would be very beneficial for Microsoft which is trying to make a dent in the tablet market, as well as ARM which will cement its position in the mobile processor segment.

via Bloomberg

Total Video2DVD – A Friend’s Recommendation

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[Windows only]

Last week, my friend Rick popped into Google Chat with a question.

Rick: Do you have a moment Clif ?

me: Yes

Rick: Perhaps you can help … I have on my external hard drive, a movie that is in FLV format.

me: Ok

Rick: I am looking for a freeware that can transfer it to a DVD, so that I can play in player. Any ideas on a program?

me: No, not really. I rarely burn DVDs. I’d probably Google for ideas. “how to burn FLV to DVD”

Rick: LOL, for once you can’t help me. That is ok.

me: Thanks for asking. Let me know how it turns out.

A few days later, Rick wrote me an email.

Hello Clif, Well I thought I’d take a moment to tell you how I made out. After using Google, installing and uninstalling several programs (all free of course), I was about to give up when a friend stopped over and said … try “Total Video2DVD” .   It worked out fantastic.   It was as easy as a drag and drop. It does have a small water mark on screen unless you register,   Price $35.95.     But I’m able to deal with the small on-screen water mark.

Happy Holidays,     Rick Campbell

I normally don’t post shareware, but it sounds like the free version is usable. Below is a snapshot of the user interface of Total Video2DVD, and a brief description.

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Total Video2Dvd (Old name E.M. AVI to DVD) is an easy-to-use disc authoring and burning software which includes a powerful video converter engine for DVD that lets you do more with your standard or High-Definition digital media.   It creates standard DVD discs with studio-quality personalized menus.

In case you’re curious, there’s also a video showing how it works.

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What free software do you need? Let me know and I’ll give you a recommendation.


10 New Screensavers – Animated Winter Themes

[Windows Only]

Almost 3 weeks ago, I told you about the Christmas and New Year screensavers. This week, our friends at NewFreeScreensavers are doubling down on the chill with some awesome Winter themes.

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I’m sure you can find plenty of other screensavers out there, but be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. As many of you have learned, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

One of the nice features of these screensavers is that they now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen.

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W I N D O W S 7 themes?

windows-7-theme-czech-winterIf you have Windows 7, be sure to check out this nice Czech Winter theme. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

30 Free Screensavers – Christmas for Mobile Phones

screensaver-icoCheck out the newest batch of animated mobile phone screensavers below. The newest additions include some nice looking Christmas images. I hope you enjoy them.

As many of you have learned by now, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

The following images are previews of the animated gifs that you’ll find. They have to be transferred from a PC to your phone via cable or bluetooth.

15 for Mobiles (240×320)

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15 for Mobiles (480×640)

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Example animated gif from the mobiles download page:

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Replace Outlook Express with Postbox Express

[Windows and Mac]

postbox-express-iconRecently, I’ve told you that people using Outlook Express should be switching to newer email clients. That’s because Outlook Express is old, it’s no longer supported by Microsoft, and it’s never going to improve. I’ve also written about several good replacements for OE. You can use Windows Live Mail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Incredimail or any one of several other free email clients.

Yesterday, I tried a new free email client named Postbox Express. The installation of Postbox is easy and it also allows you to import the old email, contacts and settings from Outlook Express. Here’s a look at the main interface of Postbox.

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As you can see, it’s very similar to the layout of Outlook Express. However, there are a few features in Postbox that might convince you to abandon OE.

One of my favorite features is the ability to view conversation threads. Emails with the same subject line are grouped and sorted by date, so you can easily see the history of a conversation. This is the feature that Gmail made popular in online email services.

If that doesn’t impress you, maybe you’ll be more fond of the ability to almost instantly search your entire email collection. You can use words, phrases or special searches, as shown in the image below.

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One final feature I’ll mention, is the ability to post content from your email to Facebook, Twitter or FriendFeed. If you’re a frequent user of social networks, this may be your favorite feature. To send text from an email, just highlight it in the email, then click the Postpull-down menu and choose where to send it.

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Postbox Express let’s you view your Folders and open email in tabs so that you don’t have to close a message to do other stuff.

You can also extend the functionality of Postbox Express through Add-Ons, or install language packs, such as German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

If you are curious to see Postbox in action, here’s a video.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

As you can see, Postbox Express has many more features than Outlook Express. It’s free but there is a paid version with even more cool features. For most home users, the free version is more than adequate.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

10 New Screensavers – Your Zodiac Signs

[Windows Only]

Last week, I told you about the Christmas and New Year screensavers. This week, our friends at NewFreeScreensavers have added 10 new free screensavers with mostly Zodiac themes.

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I’m sure you can find plenty of other screensavers out there, but be careful to visit only safe websites when you are looking for them. As many of you have learned, not all free screensavers are created equal. Many times, free means that you have to install stupid toolbars, adware and other unwanted junk along with the screensaver. That’s not true of the ones at NewFreeScreensavers.

One of the nice features of these screensavers is that they now have settings to mute the sounds. Some of the screensavers also have a setting to include a small analog clock on the screen.

newfreescreensavers-mute

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*Windows 7 themes?

windows7themes-dot-net-christmasIf you have Windows 7, be sure to check out these nice Christmas themes. If you don’t have Windows 7, you can still snag the wallpapers by using this trick.

Techie Buzz Verdict:

I’ve downloaded and installed several of the screensavers at this site and never had a problem with any of them. These screensavers are safe, totally free, and there are dozens more to check out once you visit.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)

Adobe Releases Flash 10.2 Beta For Windows, Mac and Linux

Adobe has released a new Flash 10.2 beta for Windows, Mac and Linux which introduces a number of enhancements and new APIs. Flash 10.2 beta also support Internet Explorer 9 hardware acceleration.

Flash 10.2 beta includes a new feature called Stage Video, which helps websites deliver smooth videos across devices and browsers by enabling access to hardware acceleration. Flash 10.2 also claims to deliver HD videos while using very little processing power.

Overall, Flash 10.2 Beta looks like a worthwhile upgrade if you do not have any issues with using beta software. You can learn about all the new enhancements in Flash 10.2 at the official blog or download it from here.

Autoruns – for Controlling Windows Startup Programs

More and more people are becoming aware of how important it is to take control of the autorunprograms on their PCs. In case you didn’t know, an autorun or startup program will launch automatically when Windows starts. Quite often, it’s a useful program and you can find it’s icon in the system tray. However, sometimes an autorun is not that useful. You may not know it’s installed because it’s hidden or you’ve forgotten you installed it. When that happens, these not so useful programs are taking up processor cycles and eating up system memory. Your PC gets slower as more hidden programs are launched as an autorun.

Fortunately, there are several ways to take control of the autorun programs. Windows has a utility built in called msconfig, and there are also quite a few third party autorun apps such as this one: Autoruns by Sysinternals.

Autoruns is offered for download as a ZIP file. To install it, extract the ZIP file to a folder somewhere on your PC. You’ll see the following four files in the folder.

autoruns-files

Double click the autoruns.exefile to launch the program.

Here’s a peek at Autoruns in action.

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The default Everythingtab, shows you all of the programs, services and scheduled tasks that are automatically starting with Windows.

If you find a program you aren’t familiar with, you can right click on it and choose the Search Onlinetask. That will open your web browser and send you to the search results for the file or process that you have highlighted.

In order to stop a program from running at startup, you can remove the little check-mark beside it.

The interface may look confusing at first, but if you run into any problems, you can always consult the built in help from the top menu.

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Techie Buzz Verdict

Autoruns is a great free startup manager. The only one that I like better is WinPatrol. If you need to regain control of your PC, Autoruns is a good tool.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)


Driver Magician Lite – Backup Your Windows Drivers Now

When trouble strikes your PC, you might need to re-install or repair Windows. Sometimes, after re-installing,   you find out that hardware such as the sound system or   a network card is no longer working. That means that the correct device drivers are missing.

When you don’t have the proper device drivers for hardware, you often have to spend time looking online for the correct drivers. Sometimes the drivers are very difficult to locate. Is there something you could do to prevent this problem? Yes, you can back up your drivers now, before you have a serious problem.

There are several free applications that allow you to back up system drivers. One of them is Driver Magician Lite.

You can find Driver Magician Lite at Download.com. When you run Driver Magician, it quickly scans and locates all of the drivers that your PC uses. All you need to do is place check marks beside each driver you wish to back up, then hit the Start Backupbutton.

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The drivers will be copied to any location you specify. Each driver will be located in a sub-folder having the name of the driver. Also inside each sub-folder, will be an INF file which allows you to re-install the driver in the future. Double clicking an INF file will re-install the driver.

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I usually store my backup drivers in a zip file, somewhere online, such as DropBox. Never leave your backup on the same hard drive that your Windows is using. After all, your hard drive could crash and you’d lose the backups along with Windows.

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Techie Buzz Verdict:

Driver Magician Lite is a simple way to back up your critical system drivers. Although you may not need those backups, if you ever do, you’ll be glad you have them.

Techie Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Good)