Friday, February 3, 2012

Raspberry Pi - a $25 dollar computer and faster than iPhone 4S

Raspberry Pi is a little capable PC a size of a credit card. But dont judge the book by its cover as they say. This tiny computer is build for people and children who want computer at the cheapest price but with community involvement this device turns into an HTPC and some runs Quake 3 on it.

The Raspberry Pi cost from $25 to $35 USD dollars. In a demo, it is being use to run the XMBC and it plays HD video smoothly.

The device is now for sale as pre-order and will be available this February 2012. If you are looking for a cheap HTPC this might be the answer. For more information, visit the Raspberry FAQ and the official site.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Panda Security USB Vaccine - free anti autorun malware defense

If you are familiar with USB Disk Security that enables you to stop malware from infecting your system coming from removable drive like SD Card and Flash Drives. I stumbled a similar tool at Lifehacker called Panda USB Vaccine.

The Panda USB Vaccine will protect your system from autorun driven malwares in the following way: 

Panda USB Vaccine is a free solution designed to protect against this threat. It offers a double layer of preventive protection, allowing users to disable the AutoRun feature on computers as well as on USB drives and other devices:
Vaccine for computers: This is a ‘vaccine' for computers to prevent any AutoRun file from running, regardless of whether the device (memory stick, CD, etc.) is infected or not.
Vaccine for USB devices: This is a ‘vaccine' for removable USB devices, preventing the AutoRun file from becoming a source of infection. The tool disables this file so it cannot be read, modified or replaced by malicious code.
This is a very useful tool as there is no simple way of disabling the AutoRun feature in Windows. This provides users with a simple way of disabling this feature, offering a high degree of protection against infections from removable drives and devices. 
It is a free tool from Panda Security. You have to do is fill up the form and you will get the download link from your email.

Download Panda Security USB Vaccine: Here

Tip: Another way of protecting your system form autorun malware is to create a folder named "autorun.inf" in your drive.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Gmail is getting a new Interface design - leaked video

Google Gmail is getting a new look. A leaked video showcasing the new interface design.

"According to the demo, the conversation view is getting an overhaul to better show the details, and profile pictures will start showing up in contacts to help you keep track of who's who. The entire window will also be resize better than it does currently. The video snuck out of the Googleplex a little early, as we're not seeing any changes yet." - Lifehacker

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

iPhone 4S Siri Demo

Last week Apple's new iPhone has been announced the iPhone 4S. One notable feature of the iPhone 4S is the Siri that allows you to send verbal instruction to your iPhone 4S like  sending SMS, Email, Search, make phone calls and many more.

It's like talking to an A.I, like Tony Stark's Jarvis. Giving instruction on what to do. The first time I saw this demo it is quite catchy and I know that Samsung Galaxy S II has the same feature.

The good guys of was able to have a demo of the iPhone 4S' Siri at London. Quite impressive I must say. So take a look!

iPhone 4S Siri Demo

iPhone 4S Siri Apple Demo

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How to Create Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 USB Installer

Creating Windows USB Installer is a must when installing Windows OS on a  system with no optical drive like netbooks. If you don't have USB DVD-ROM for example you can settle with a USB Thumb Drive as a replacement.

Follow this simple instruction and everything is point and click. No more DOS command like other tutorials out there.

Tools needed in creating a Windows USB Installer:
  • Download WinToFlash (extract the zip file)
  • Windows Installer "XP, Vista or Seven" (DVD, CD or ISO)
  • USB Flash Drive (Minimum recommended is 4Gig)

WinToFlash is a free utility that will create Windows USB Installer. It supports XP,  Vista and Seven. Although there are other utilities with same functionality but the WinToFlash is by far the simplest and user friendly. You don't need to be a technie to make one USB installer if you use this app. In my example I use Windows 7 and I also tested in XP both OS works and installed flawlessly.

How to Create Windows XP or Windows 7 USB Bootable Installer:

  1. Insert your DVD Windows Installer to your optical drive. (I assume this is your spare laptop or desktop).
  2. Execute the WinToFlash.exe
  3. Use the Wizard Mode
  4. Locate your Windows Installation Path
  5. Click Next and will copy everything, including the boot files needed for USB to become Bootable.
  6. Wait for few minutes as it's copying.

  • If you are using DVD Installer locate your DVD ROM.
  • If you are using ISO, mount your ISO (I use PowerISO or Daemon Tools)
  • If you have extracted Windows Installer, locate your Folder

How to Set USB as the first Device to Boot:
1. Reboot your Machine
2. Go to BIOS Settings (press F2 or Delete Key) during POST (Power On Self Test)
3. Go to BOOT Configuration Menu
4. Set your USB Removable Device as the First Device to load during Boot.
5. Save your Configuration and Exit (reboot).

Note:If you set the device properly, the system will locate the boot info in your USB Flash Drive and it will load the OS.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nokia New Management Strategy will cost 2500 people to lose their jobs.

After giving the development functions to Accenture, Finnish giant Nokia announced that they will cut jobs in order to cut expenses in manufacturing, location and commerce business.

At the end of the year it will close its manufacturing in Ruj, Romania and will shift to Asia. Manufacturing in Finland, Mexico and Hungary in also in review where this factories is for North America and Europe.

Each factories will now concentrate more on devices that is demand on that region thus saving them in cost of production. Nokia is also in the stage of arranging its Location & Commerce development starting from closing the Bonn, Germany and Malvern USA but will concentrate in areas like Chicago, Boston and Berlin.

“We are seeing solid progress against our strategy, and with these planned changes we will emerge as a more dynamic, nimble and efficient challenger. We must take painful, yet necessary, steps to align our workforce and operations with our path forward.

Europe is core to Nokia’s future. In addition to our headquarters, we have a strong R&D presence in Europe. We have four major R&D sites in Finland and two major R&D sites in Germany, as well as Nokia Research Centers and other supporting R&D sites in Europe. Nokia also retains a strong local presence in our many sales offices throughout this region, as well as our operations in Salo and Komarom.”

The closure of Ruj, Romania will cause 2,200 people to lose their jobs and the Location and Commerce business will impact 1,300 jobs.

Via: TNW

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Facebook new features - improved tagging, check-in for desktop and emphasized privacy settings

Facebook added new features in the status update. The new features are 'Who are you with?', 'Where are you?' and 'post to selected to'.

The new 'Who are you with' is an improvement to the tagging method where you add the at sign '@' to the name of your friend.

The Facebook 'where are you?' is the facebook 'check-in' for desktop. This features was first available in the facebook mobile apps.

The last feature is the Privacy settings - 'the emphasized'. It has been an issue for privacy freak out there and this is a good feature because some users have no clue about their privacy settings. With this feature you can control your Facebook post, tags, and check-in to selected people. This is also a customizable settings for your privacy needs. Personally I set my settings to 'Friends' because by default Facebook set this to public.
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