Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hottest girls on Apple

The Hottest Girls app that was available on the Apps Store, was rated 17+ for Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity. Originally the app had a gallery of gallery of 2200+ sexy bikini babes and lingerie models, to which topless girls were added later. In spite of the adult disclaimer, the approved app landed at the apps store, only to be removed the very next day.Techtree
This was the action that once again labeled the Apps Store handlers, if any, to be incompetent. However, the situation was clarified by Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr: "Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography. The developer of this application added inappropriate content directly from their server after the application had been approved and distributed, and after the developer had subsequently been asked to remove some offensive content. This was a direct violation of the terms of the iPhone Developer Program. The application is no longer available on the App Store."

However other apps that contain nudity continue to reside at Apple's App Store.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft has released a limited beta version of Microsoft Security Essentials, a free antivirus application for users of Windows XP, Vista, or the new Windows 7. The new app, which will replace Windows Live OneCare, aims to cover the basic security needs of home users, and its easy-to-use interface appears to be taking the right approach to the task. When you launch Microsoft Security Essentials, the program downloads and installs Microsoft's most up-to-date virus definitions and then scans your system. Once installed, the software keeps current by automatically downloading new virus definitions daily via Windows Update.

The Microsoft Security Essentials interface is clear-cut and cleanly designed. At the top of the window, you'll see your computer's protection status--protected, partially protected, or unprotected. Everything else appears in four tabs: Home (which shows you an overview of your settings, and has a Scan Now button), Update (where you can manually update your virus-definition files), History (which logs all of the malware cleaned from your system) and Settings (self-explanatory).

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Twitter search

Twitter has its own search engine, which the team at Twitter plans to update, to include web pages linked to in Twitter posts. But there is competition from third-party search engines; the latest as per CNET News is Crowd Eye. Ken Moss, who led the search engineering team at Microsoft for five years, has spent the last months building CrowdEye, a real-time search engine that aims to allow users to better mine Twitter to get a pulse on hot topics. This new Twitter search engine also features a list of the most popular links on a topic and a tag cloud of associated terms:

As you can see above the popular links are on the Iran elections and baseball. Ken Moss said that searching Twitter is also useful for things like finding the latest viral video or a solution to a new software bug. Crowd Eye also has its own Twitter account linked at the bottom of their search engine home page.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Kate Moore text messaging champion

15-year old Kate Moore of Des Moines, Iowa, is America's text messaging champion. She won the the LG US National Texting Championship beating 20 other contestants and overcoming challenges such as texting blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course. All contestants had to type in phrases on their LG handsets exactly as they appeared on nearby LG plasma screens with no typos or abbreviations, trying to be quicker than their opponents. Kate Moore says that she normally sends 400 to 470 texts a day, but is adamant that such relentless messaging does not disrupt her regular routine. Kate Moore keeps good grades, performs in school plays, and socializes with her friends in the real world. Below Kate Moore's brunette mother, left, holds up her victorious blonde daughter's hand after Kate won the 2009 LG US National Texting Championship Tuesday, June 16, 2009 in New York. Moore, of Des Moines, won $50,000 in the competition. (Reuters Photo/Eric Thayer):

This is the third text messaging championship hosted by LG. The first winner was also a teen girl! 13-year-old Morgan Pozgar won $25,000 cash in 2007. The second year's winning champion was 20-year old Nathan Schwartz who got $50,000.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Word documents for iPhone

Documents To Go is a new iPhone application that lets you view, edit, create, and send Microsoft Word documents on your iPhone. The App Store has two versions for $5 and $10; the latter allows the iPhone user to send and receive MS Word documents as file attachments through Microsoft Exchange email. And with the InTact Technology of Documents To Go, Word documents edited or created on the iPhone look exactly like those in your desktop version of Microsoft Word.

For keeping the documents in your phone and desktop synchronized, a desktop application provides 2-way file sync using a Wi-Fi connection. Additionaly Documents To Go incorporates Apple's built-in viewing technology to help you view other files, such as Excel & PowerPoint, on your device.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Websites like Twitter

Twitter is not the only micro-blogging and social networking website. There many alternative websites that provide similar service without some of the problems plaguing Twitter. These websites are mostly free from Twitter spam and fake profiles because they are as yet not so well known. One of the best Twitter alternatives, and considered a potential Twitter killer, is Plurk:

Plurk has all the features of Twitter including real-time search, posting from mobile phones, and a timeline of posts. Unlike Twitter you can slide the timeline to an older period without changing pages. Plurk also has a Karma feature, which adds points if you post updates, and deducts points for spam or inactivity. Plurk is popular in the Philippines.

Jaiku is a micro-blogging website owned by Google. Jaiku badges can be embedded into your blogs or sites for displaying your posts. Replies to other's posts are on the same page, and not on your profile page as in Twitter. Updates can be sent via mobile phones or instant messaging. Google has stopped in-house developments on Jaiku but has made its source code open for others to develop.

Tumblr gives the functionality of a full blogging service. It has customized themes for profile pages, and allows you to post links, photos, video, and audio clips. Tumblr also lets you post audio messages with a phone call, but only to a US number. is a useful service that lets you update all your social networking sites, including Twitter and Plurk, simultaneously. accepts text and image messages from mobile phones via MMS and SMS, through instant messaging, or by email and other applications.

FriendFeed is based around following all your social networking sites updates, including Twitter, and also the feeds of all your friends’ profiles. FriendFeed even lets you join groups with like-minded people. Another useful service is Twine that lets you create topic pages, with links text or videos, which others can follow.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Twitter without SMS

The social networking and micro-blogging website Twitter was aimed at cell phone users for posting updates via sms. In the US, UK, and Canada, people can send and receive tweets via SMS at no extra charge, apart from the normal cost of text messaging service. To send tweets without sms there is an application called TwitterBerry for all BlackBerry phones. Download this BlackBerry app and install it; once the program is started you are asked to log in with your Twitter username and password. TwitterBerry then downloads your updates and displays them in a mini-Twitter screen, with the bar on top asking: "What are you doing?"

At the bottom are the characters available: 140, which countdown as you type your tweet. The menu key brings up many other options. The latest version of TwitterBerry is integrated with TwitPic, letting you post photos with your tweets. A similar app for the iPhone is Twitter, while Tiny Twitter is for windows mobile based phones.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Open panel cool computer

Good ventilation is key to cooling a computer in the hot weather. I discovered by accident that removing one panel from the casing really helps the cooling more than 10°C! I use SpeedFan, one of the free programs to detect and repair hard disks, for monitoring temperatures. With the casing closed the chip temperature ranged between 51°C and 68°C. But with the panel kept open the chip temperature now stays between 39°C and 48°C:

open panel computer

The temperature difference is only for the chip; the other temperature ranges, like for the hard disk, stay the same. A computer with an open panel does not look cool but it does stay cool! And lower temperatures mean better system performance, longer life for the CPU, and lower consumption of electricity.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

British Telecom broadband promise

British Telecom (BT) has upgraded its broadband network to offer home and business users download speeds of up to 20Mbps and uploads of up to 1Mbps. The shift to ADSL2+ technology brings BT's speeds closer to those of competitors such as Virgin Media, which for a higher price offers speeds of up to 50Mbps to some of its cable customers. Until Wednesday, BT's maximum download speed was 8Mbps using ADSL2 technology, which was promised as "up to 8Mbps" while the actual speeds for most consumers were never more than 2Mbps! So up to 20Mbps now means that these consumers will get actual speeds of 4Mbps.

Prices are unchanged, although existing customers wanting the faster speeds will need to restart their contract with BT, with a minimum term of one or two years.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


A 3.8-inch screen, 16 gigs flash memory, Bluetooth support and all digital content, makes the PSP Go 43% lighter than the PSP-3000. Sony says the PSP Go will go on sale in October and cost €249 (£214) in Europe and $249 (£149) in North America. The new handheld is seen by many as a direct rival to Nintendo's DSi, which went on sale in April this year.

Sony also announced a number of new games at the event for both PSP and PS3, including Little Big Planet, Motorstorm, Metal Gear Solid, God of War III, and Final Fantasy XIV. The firm also said that it was reducing by 80% the cost of PSP developer kits - the tools external companies require before they can produce software that will work on the PSP operating system - to encourage third party developers to produce more games for the handheld device.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Internet Fax

In the 1970s and 80s fax machines provided a useful service for transmitting documents securely over large distances, in electronic form, to be printed out by the receiver using their fax machine. Even after the birth of the Internet and email, faxing is still needed for sensitive documents and confidential memos, and fax machines are common in businesses. Individual users though don't need a fax machine to send a fax, they can do it using a computer!

Most computer owners probably have a scanner, and a phone/fax modem. The document to be faxed is copied to the computer using the scanner. Then it is imported into the fax software, which is free and pre-loaded on Windows XP and Vista, and can be downloaded for other operating systems. Find your fax software in Control Panel>>>Printers and Faxes. Type the telephone number where the fax is to be sent; now connect to the Internet and click send.

If your computer connects to the Internet through a cable modem or wireless you can still send a fax without a fax machine. In this case you do not need fax software on your computer; but you have to sign up with an Internet faxing service. Some of these services are free while others charge a small fee, which is still better than buying a fax machine. Faxes are sent and received by email, using the secure Internet Fax service, which maintains a number for your fax account. Internet fax is secure and private; no one else in either the sender's or recepient's office can access the document. It is also convenient to read faxes on email when on business trips.

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