Archive for August, 2012

We all expecting to see two products to be revealed on September 12 and October, the two products are iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.. But it looks like there is some changes in the plan, today we have got a new report which says that Apple will release eight more products by the end of 2012. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said along with the iPhone 5, September will see a redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with an entry price between $1,100 and $1,300. Next month will also see a new iPod touch…

So on September 12 we are going to see iPhone 5, next month we should see the 7.85-inch iPad mini, as well as a “modified new iPad” and a new 27-inch iMac. But the great news is new technology used in the upcoming products caused the devices to be delayed from their expected second quarter or early third quarter release timetables, the analyst told investors. Each product includes technology that created problems for suppliers.

Also Both the iPod touch and iPod nano will be redesigned with the nano featuring the ability to wirelessly download material from the iTunes Store and iCloud, the analyst claims. The need to fit a Wi-Fi chip in the tiny nano is what delayed the device until mid-October, Kuo said.

It is a very strange report but can we believe it ?!


First Look: Must-Have Fall Fashion

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Fashion

From the perfect lightweight sweater to the ultimate topcoat, these are the items that’ll get you through the season.

From the perfect lightweight sweater to the ultimate topcoat, these are the items that’ll get you through the season.


Previously reviewed MX Video Player is dubbed by many as the best video player for Android, courtesy of the app’s ability to flawlessly play almost any known video format. This, coupled with its great controls, and all the various additional features that it brings to the table, makes MX Video Player the first choice of most Android users when it comes to free video players. Ever since we reviewed the app, not many alternatives have been able to impress a great deal. However, this perception seems to be taking a pleasant turn with the release of Wondershare Player – a good-looking, comprehensive video player for Android that, apart from borrowing most of its features from MX Video Player, supports the additional ability of exploring and streaming high quality videos from top video-hosting web services, including YouTube, Hulu, Vevo, Dailymotion and many more. The app combines high quality video streaming with seamless playback of locally stored media, presenting you with what is arguably one of the most feature-rich Android video players available today.


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Like MX Player, Wondershare Player also supports playing a wide array of common video formats, such as MKV, AVI, VOB, RMVB, FLV, WMV, MOV et al, without requiring any additional codecs. In addition, it boasts several very useful features, which are as follows:

  • Advanced video playback customizations to specify preferred video buffer and playback settings
  • Extended customization options for subtitles. Supported subtitle formats include SRT, SUB, SSA, SAMI/SAMI, PSB and MPL etc.
  • Ability to play DVD content with complete DVD menu navigation support
  • Option to select the quality of online video streams on-the-fly (supports 1080p videos, too)
  • Real-time search suggestions for finding videos from online resources
  • Built-in web browser to stream video content from preferred online video streaming services
  • Easy-to-use swipe gestures to control video playback, screen brightness and volume levels
  • Ability to toggle between various aspect ratios, and option to lock video screen with a mere tap
  • Option to bookmark favorite videos, and stream them while online or offline
  • Remote streaming of media files from over a local server or video streaming URL of choice
  • Ability to fetch media files from custom directories
  • Filtering of multimedia content to list out just the video/audio files on the playlist
  • Seamless video playback, with support for remembering last played position of each and every file in the playlist
  • Option to specify custom decoding mode (hardware/software) for each individual supported file format
  • Detailed history log of previously played content
  • On-screen network connection indicator, and the option to stream content over Wi-Fi only
  • Comparatively lighter on your device’s battery

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The app’s main interface is split into two main tabs; the Browse tab is dedicated to your online video streaming needs whereas the Library tab caters to your local (offline) media playback needs. Online video content under the Browse tab is categorized in terms of Movies, Episodes (TV shows), MV (Music Videos), Videos (miscellaneous videos) and Hot Sites (to navigate to the online video hosting service of choice). Each said category sports the latest video arrivals, where each individual video clip is presented as a thumbnail on a scrollable slider. Tapping a video thumbnail takes you to the app’s native web browser that lets you stream selected content via the relevant online service.


Tapping the More> button alongside each video category lists the underlying videos along with their respective ratings, duration, and genre. Apart from adding a video to your favorites, you can use the same screen to navigate to the trending videos from within the selected category. It is also from the same screen that you can select the desired genre of video content. Depending upon the selected video category, the underlying genre is carved out accordingly. For instance, while surfing music videos, you can select among Jazz, Pop, Rock, and Country etc. Likewise, while browsing the Videos segment, you can filter the search results to show only the comedy, travel, science or gaming-based clips.


Head over the Library tab, and you have several other sub-tabs that list videos lying within your Watch Later and Favorites list. The Local sub-tab is from where you can play your locally stored audio/video files, and remotely stream media from a local server. Oddly enough, the option to stream videos from a from a URL of choice has been placed under the (Library) tab that mostly caters to your local media playback requirements.


Now to the all-important question that might be popping into your mind: how does Wondershare Player fare as compared to its peers? While the app is actually pretty good with most of the features that it supports, it still has plenty of ground to cover before it can pose any noteworthy threats to the likes of MX Video Player. With what we personally observed during a couple of hours of testing on Galaxy Nexus, the app is a tad inconsistent in its performance, especially while playing video files with higher resolutions. Not only does it occasionally fail to read subtitles but also misses out on audio playback of certain MKV files. In addition, it also seems to mishandle fetching certain media files (AVIs, to be precise) from the device’s storage. Lastly, the DVD menu support feature doesn’t seem to work at all; not for us, at least.

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Taking all the various aspects into consideration, one can expect any newly launched product to serve a few minor odd glitches, and Wondershare Player is no exception in this regard. Hopefully, with future updates, the app will emerge as a well-rounded, fully-functional product that can give the very best media streaming and playing Android apps a good run for their money.

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Wondershare Player is free in the Google Play Store, and can be downloaded via the link or QR code provided below.

13 Sites to Download Free eBooks

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Geek Stuff


books eBooks have become very popular with devices such as the Kindle and the new iPad. You can get applications for your smart phone to read PDF files and eBooks from most popular book sites. There are a large selection of eBooks and many are free.

Amazon has a collection of free eBooks for their Kindle reader so be sure and check their site. You don’t have to buy a Kindle to read them. They have applications you can download for your computer, iPhone and certain smart phones that are free.

A lot of eBooks are standard PDF files so all you need is a PDF reader on your computer or port them to your Kindle or iPad and many other devices.

You can also check out a list of free eBook sites by visiting this XMarks link for free ebooks.

Sites To Find Free eBooks

  • Ebookee – Books you will find: Almost any book, magazine, even audio books you can imagine. Not all links work, but fresh ones usually do.
  • E-Books Space – Books you will find: “Computer IT, Programming Language, Software Development, Tutorial, Database Design in PDF-CHM file format.”
  • Ebooks Download Free – Books you will find: Management, Business, Technical, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Medical, Programming and more.
  • Free Book Centre – Books you will find: “ contains links to thousands of free online technical books. Which Include core computer science, networking, programming languages, Systems Programming books, Linux books and many more”
  • Free Computer Books – Books you will find: “Free Computer, Mathematics, Technical Books and Lecture Notes, Etc.”
  • Download Free PDF – Books you will find: “You’ll find a huge collection of Ebooks on various topics. Abap, Adobe, Ajax,Java, Asp, Calculus, C++, Cisco, Dream Weaver, HTML, J2ME, MBA, Networking, Oracle, PHP, Microsoft Windows, VBA, XP”
  • ebook 3000 – Books you will find: Business, Database, Graphic Design, Hardware, Internet, Microsoft, Web Development, Programming, Engineering, Magazine, Personality.
  • E-Books Directory – Books you will find: “3663 free books in 414 categories.”
  • Free Book Spot – Books you will find: A wide variety including Technical, Do-It-Yourself, Cooking, Dictionaries, Fiction, and more.
  • Free Ebooks – Books you will find: A wide variety and selection. A virtual bookstore on many topics.
  • Get Free Books – Books you will find: “The ebooks which you find within this site are collected from all over the net.” Including a lot of magazines, articles and white papers, but most require you to register.
  • Free Tech Books – Books you will find: “This site lists free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet.”
  • – Books you will find: Mainly technical, but also a lot of links to a variety of magazines.

Disclaimer: Free does not always mean the eBooks were written and intended for free distribution. Some of these sites traffic in books, magazines and other documents that are copyrighted and not intended for free download.

The fact that Apple is rolling in mountains of cash is hardly a newsflash. Just weeks away from bankruptcy15 years ago, it is now the most valuable company in the world with revenues that could sustain small nations or help to wipe out the US national debt. But you may be shocked to learn the extent to which Apple is rolling in the Benjamins.  Even I did a double-take when this infographic claimed that Apple’s profits in the last 6 months were close to $ 30 billion.  I had to double-check the figure with Apple’s Press Office on their website and indeed the figure is correct.  That is just stunning.

Figures like that put them ahead of Google and Microsoft, and it’s all down to 2 devices – the iPhone and the iPad.  These two babies sell like the proverbial hotcakes and they are literally banknote printing machines for Cupertino. However, can they keep up this relentless pace? Will iPhones and iPads continue to fly out of shop doors or will demand eventually dry up?  That is our question to you today for the comments.  Is the flow of money unstoppable for Apple or will the well eventually run dry?

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Eligible customers must purchase a new Windows 7-powered PC between June 2012 and January 2013 to get the reported deal.

Microsoft to Offer $15 Windows 8 Upgrade DealMicrosoft will charge users who buy a new Windows 7 PC $14.99 for an upgrade to Windows 8, according to a report.

The cost of the upgrade was revealed yesterday by Paul Thurrott, a popular blogger who writes SuperSite for Windows.

An earlier report by CNET had claimed that Microsoft would charge a fee for the upgrade, but had not spelled out the amount. CNET said that the program would kick off alongside the delivery of Windows 8 Release Preview.

Microsoft has said it will ship the preview the first week of June. If the company follows the same schedule it used in 2009 to deliver Windows 7’s release candidate, the most likely date is Tuesday, June 5.

Eligible customers must purchase a new Windows 7-powered PC between June 2012 and January 2013.

Unlike the past two upgrades — a 2006 program for Windows XP-to-Vista and the 2009 deal for Vista-to-Windows 7 — Microsoft will this time not upgrade users to the corresponding Windows 8 edition, but instead will provide everyone with Windows 8 Pro, the higher-end version of the two that will be widely available at retail, said both Thurrott and CNET.

The two previous upgrade plans offered the newer operating system for either no cost or for a small fee. Details varied, as computer makers fulfilled the offer, with some demanding small fees while others provided the upgrade free of charge.

Some OEMs had given customers free upgrades to earlier editions as well. In 1998, Gateway, for years a Dell rival in the direct sales market, offered free Windows 98 upgrades to people who bought a Windows 95 machine prior to the former’s release.

Microsoft to Offer $15 Windows 8 Upgrade DealAlthough Microsoft has not divulged upgrade pricing for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, if it sticks to its current scheme, those versions will run customers $120 and $200, respectively. Microsoft’s $15 charge for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade would then represent a discount of nearly 93 percent.

Apple, which is also releasing a new operating system upgrade this year, has not announced an upgrade program. Last year it offered customers a free copy of OS X 10.7, or Lion, if they bought a Mac equipped with Snow Leopard.

Apple’s OS pricing, however, has been significantly lower than Microsoft’s of late: Upgrades to OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, and Lion ran users $29 and $30, respectively.

Users ineligible for the low-cost Windows 8 upgrade may be able to score a copy at a substantial discount if Microsoft’s promise of “limited-time programs and promotions” results in a repeat of the aggressive deal the company ran for Windows 7 pre-sales.

In mid-2009, Microsoft sold Windows 7 upgrades for between 50 percent and 58 percent off the sticker price, then delivered those orders after the late-October launch of the OS.

Microsoft will likely run the Windows 8 upgrade program through a website it registered in February