Google's version of Samsung Galaxy S4 to cost $649

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Google has announced that it is launching a new version of Samsung's flagship model Galaxy S4, which runs on the latest stock version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean. 
samsung galaxy s 4

The pure "Galaxy S4 Google Edition" will share the same hardware specs with the Samsung model that comes with 16GB of storage and with LTE support for AT&T and T-Mobile.  Google promises prompt Android system updates for it's version of S4, just like with Nexus smartphones. 

Google will be launching the phone fully unlocked, so it won't come cheap for the customer. The phone will cost $649 and is expected to hit Google Play by June 26th.



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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Pictures Leaked!

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini pictures are all over the internet, and if the rumors are to be believed, the Samsung will make a formal announcement later this month. 


If you forgot the specs, according to various leaks and yet to be officially confirmed, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini comes with Exynos 5210 Dual-core 1.6 GHz processor with dual sim option, possibly with a 4.3 inch qHD display with 720p resolution. 

RAM is expected to be 1GB and the camera, the same standard 8MB camera that comes with other Galaxy phones. Samsung might load the latest of the Android, Jelly Bean 4.2.2, with the latest Galaxy release. 

Samsung has been tight lipped with the pricing of Galaxy S4 Mini, so stay tuned.



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Resize Pictures in Batches Easily

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Resize My Photos is a light-weight application that helps you resize pictures effortlessly. It is quite effective when you have to resize pictures in batches.

It is quick and it is coming free.
All you need to do is to download a small executable file (439 KB) which will install the light-weight application into your pc.

Once installed, the software adds a 'Resize Pictures' option to the right-click menu. So when you right-click on single or multiple photos, you can instantly resize those photos by selecting the ‘Resize Pictures’ in the right-click menu.
resize image easily


If you want to resize pictures in batches, launch the application and add the selected files or the whole directory. Users can change the options like resize method, image quality, and even output directory. After file selection, click start and you are done.
Download the free application from this link.

(Remember, this only works on Windows.)

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Google Squared - View Search Results in Spreadsheet

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Google Labs has launched another way to search and find useful information from the web with Google Squared.

Say you are planning to buy a digital camera and you want to know the prices, its specs and details of the vendors. You want see all these information in one page listed like in the spreadsheet so that you can get a much broader view of the best deal that suits you. That will be the perfect search result page, right?

Is it possible? Well, it is. Try Google Squared.

This new feature just released by Google Labs, gathers information from various sites for a search term and lists them like in a spreadsheet. Editing is also made possible with the search result.
google squared tool help seach


You can add another row or column to the spreadsheet and Google Squared will automatically attempt to fetch and fill in the relevant facts for you. Moreover, when you remove a row or a column, Google squared will suggest you new rows or columns to add so that you get a much better result. Once you finish with editing and if you are happy with the results, you can save it to your Google account so that you can access it on a later date.

But all is not well with this new feature and the results you see is far from perfect. I searched for iPhone and this is the message I got.

"Google Squared couldn't automatically build a Square about iphone.

But don't give up yet!
Start a Square by entering up to 5 example items below."

This simply means iPhone does not have a default square. But it is acceptable for the moment, since the feature is just been released. In over a period of time, I expect this feature to evolve and who knows, it might revolutionize the way we see the search results in the future.

So for the moment, it is just a new feature which you can hang around and spend some time. For more information see this video below.


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Google's New Chrome Beta is Faster

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The new beta version of Chrome (v. 2.0.169.1) is faster.

Google had introduced the faster beta version of Chrome on March 27th and after trying it for more than two days, I can say that it is definitely faster than the earlier stable version.
google chrome beta is faster


According to Google Chrome blog, the new browser is “25 percent faster on our V8 benchmark and 35 percent faster on the Sunspider benchmark than the current stable channel version and almost twice as fast when compared to our original beta version.”

Some new features are also included in the new beta release. This includes form autofill, autoscroll and full page zoom (press F11). Tabs in Chrome have become more functional with this beta version. Users are allowed to drag-and-drop tabs on the desktop to get a side-by-side view of two pages (watch this video below).



Chrome has become now the fourth most popular browser, taking out Opera, that is according to Web metrics company Net Applications. This is significant for Chrome because Google launched its browser only in last September and the stand-alone version came only in December 2008.

So for the new Chrome beta, I would recommend thumps up and if you want to see your browser fly, download the new Chrome beta release from here.

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Copy Rip DVD Movies With Extra DVD Ripper

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Extra DVD Ripper Express is a versatile DVD ripper application, it is extremely easy to use, and it will help you to copy and convert DVD movies into any video format you like. You can also rip the DVD data so that you can carry your favourite movies in your pen drive.
rip disks with Extra DVD Ripper Express


Extra DVD Copy Ripper converts DVD to almost every format including AVI, MPEG, iPod(MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC), iPhone(MPEG4, H.264, MP3, AAC), FLV, Sony PSP, Sony PS3, BlackBerry(3GP, AVI, WMV, MP4, MP3, AAC, M4A, WMV), Zune(WMV, MP4, MP3, AAC), WMV, Pocket PC(WMV, AVI, FLV, MP4, 3GP), RM, RMVB, Mobile 3GP, Apple TV, Archos Player, Creative Zen Player, Disney Mix Max Player, xBox360, HP iPAQ Series, Audio(MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV) and many other formats with no quality loss.

So hurry up because you only have some 17 hours left to download the software for free. Check here.

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Google Tip Jar Help You Save Money

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Google has added an interesting new addition to its bouquet of online services. The latest one is called Tip Jar and it is going to save you money in your daily lives. The timing of the launch makes absolute sense since we are going through the worst financial crisis in the modern times.

Tip Jar is like a community or acts somewhat like a forum which gathers all the money-saving tips in one place and allow visitors to vote and rank them in order of usefulness. The most popular tips will rise to the top of the list. Users can also submit tips to the existing lists as well. These money-saving-tips are categorized into Finance, Eco, Health, Tech,

Shopping, Kids & Family, Cars & Transit, Food, Vacation, At Home, At Work and Misc.

According to Google blog, “There are lots of money-saving tips scattered across the web, but even if you found them, it would be hard to know which ones were worth trying. Tip Jar gathers tips in one place and invites people — i.e., you, me and everyone else — to rank them in order of usefulness and even add their own tips to the list. Over time, the best and most useful tips will rise to the top.”

I had a quick look at the Food section and the following are the three money-saving-tips that came up on top.

  • "Drink water. Often we drink lots of calories through sodas, coffee, alcohol, juices, tea, etc. And that costs a lot too. Drink water, save money, save calories. Here are some tips for forming the water habit."
  • "Don’t grocery shop on an empty stomach or you may end up buying more than you need."
  • Drink more water. Not only does drinking plenty of water have great health benefits, water drinking has financial benefits, too. Drink a big glass of water before each meal, you won’t eat as much, saving on the ol’ food bill."
Most of the tips in the list might sounds familiar to you but I’m sure that if you have a hard look in the site, you might come up with some tips that might help you save few hundred dollars every month. In these testing times, as the saying goes, every bit helps. So if you want to save money, it won't be a bad idea to have a look at Google's Tip Jar.

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MP3Search: Find Your MP3 and Download

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MP3 Search is a site which helps you find your favorite mp3 song and download to your PC for later use. You can also listen to the song before you download it. The site has a clean music search interface, unlike the rest of the mp3 download sites.
search your favourite mp3 songs

You can search a song by artist, album or by the name of the song and you can download as many songs as you like.

Moreover, it's coming free! No registration is needed to download your favorite song.

Check out the service here: http://mp3search.doremixy.com/

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ADrive Offers 50 GB Free Online Storage

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Much before Microsoft came up with Windows Live SkyDrive, which offers users 25GB of free online storage, there was another service provider who was offering a much better deal. ADrive was offering and still offers a whopping 50GB of online memory, where users can back up almost all types of files for free.

ADrive allows users to upload their documents, photos or even their favorite music or movies if they want. ADrive also allows users to edit uploaded document files in the browser using Zoho. You can share your files with your friends by sending an email directly from your ADrive account and to share large files, ADrive provides you with a public URL, which is quite handy.

ADrive comes three storage options, Basic - free and only for individual use, Signature and Premium account for corporate users which offers a choice of 100GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB or 1TB costing anywhere between $13.95 to $131.95 per month.
adrive free online memory

Last week ADrive officially launched ADrive Desktop, a desktop application that allow customers to upload, download, and schedule jobs to backup files/folders from their computer to their ADrive account. This application gives paid account holders direct access to their ADrive account from their desktop.

(Via Download Squad)

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Google Chrome Extensions by May 2009

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According to this year's schedule for Google I/O Conference, there is a session titled "Developing extensions for Google Chrome", which strongly suggest that Google may be planning to launch extensions for its browser Chrome by May this year.
google to releases chrome extensions by May

Google further adds "Learn how Google Chrome makes it easy to write extensions using the web technologies you already know. This talk will cover the basics of the extension system (distribution/packaging, installation, updates), as well as the different APIs to enhance with the browser."

So we can assume that Google Chrome will add support for extensions before May 27th, that’s when the convention begins.

Google officially opened up registration for Google I/O 2009, their third annual Developer’s Conference and is scheduled for May 27 - 28, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

(Source: Nick.Pro)

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Merge PDF Documents for Free Online

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If you want to merge PDF documents and do not have the heavy-duty Adobe Acrobat or any other expensive PDF software, you are in trouble. Right? Well, not any more. A free online tool will do the job for you.

MergePDF will allow you to combine your multiple PDF files into a single file, that too for free. The service doesn't need any user registration.
merge pdf documents

But there are some limitations with MergePDF. The maximum
number of PDF files to be merged is limited to 10 at one go and each file should be less than 5 MB.
After merging the PDF files, user can download the merged PDF document from their server and all the uploaded files will be removed once the merge process is finished. In our test, the whole merging process was complete under 1 minute, which we think is excellent since it doesn't cost a dime for a user.
So if you are in a position where you frequently merge PDF files, this free online tool is your best friend.
Check the service for yourself at MergePDF.

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New Features & Improvements in Windows 7

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Windows 7 made waves in CES 2009.
Check out some of the new features we would see in the upcoming Microsoft OS, Windows 7.
windows 7 new features

There is an interesting video presentation from Channel 10, have a look here.
Look for some of the features like Jump List, the new task bar with previews, and other UI improvements.


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