31 Jan

Timeline Movie Maker turns your Facebook Timeline Profile Into a Movie [ Facebook App ]

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With the launch of Timeline, it offers many opportunities to developers to build apps to enhance the use of this over hyped profile of Facebook.
The all new “Timeline Movie Maker” takes your pictures, status updates & other activity to create a 60-second video chronicling your activity on the site. The finished product is worth a watch.

I gave it a try. First, it took most of the pictures from different applications in which my friends tagged me and I wasn’t even there in the pictures. But the best part of the app is that you can actually swap bad or useless pictures with the good ones to make it a perfect 60-second video.
You can also change the background music with 5 options available to you.

ALSO READ:
10 Cool Facebook Tips and Tricks
What To Do If You Fall Victim to a Facebook Scam [ Help Guide ]
How To Merge Duplicate Pages on Facebook [ Guide ]

Unfortunately, you can’t save your video and can only share it on Facebook.

Do give it a try once. It’s worth your time.

You can also try these apps to get an awesome visual experience of your profile:

Museum Of Me
Take this Lollipop

31 Jan

Firefox 10 is available for download now

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firefox

Firefox has come a long way and esp. since the release of version 4 last year when they announced that they will follow a rapid update cycle. Today, Firefox has released the beta Version 10 and is available to download now. The company is following a 6-week update cycle.

The latest release includes lot of new features such as the inclusion of APIs for full-screen web apps, anti-aliasing for WebGL, extension management improvements and a forward button that hides itself until it has a function. The new version also marks the debut of the “Extended Support Release,” which targets the enterprises that don’t want to deal with the hassle of supporting a new browser every 6 weeks. “Extended Support Release” releases receive no updates apart from necessary security fixes, & will change versions once every seven releases, making the next release due around November.

In the other news, Google Chrome has replaced Firefox to become the second most used browser after Internet Explorer according to the recent statistics.

Click here to download Firefox 10 Beta.

31 Jan

Flipkart Raises $150mn at a Valuation of $850mn

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Flipkart Online Services, which manages Flipkart.com has raised additional $150 Mn(around Rs. 750 crore) from its existing investors – Accel Partners & Tiger Global Management Llc in its 4th round of funding. The deal values Flipkart at around $850Mn(more than Rs. 4,000 crore) which is less than the expected valuation of $1 billion (Rs. 5,000 crore), according to the report on LiveMint.

FlipKart.com had initiated discussions for fund-raising in 2011 with PE firms, including General Atlantic & Sequoia Capital India. But the talks, however, failed because of differences over valuation.

Prior to this, Flipkart raised $20Mn in last June and $10 Mn in 2010 from Tiger Global Management , while Accel Partners had invested in the online company in late 2009. Collectively, the company has raised almost $31 Mn in three rounds of funding. The revenue of the company has also increased from Rs. 11.6 CR (in 2009-10) to Rs. 50 Cr last year.

Bangalore-based company was founded in 2007 by IIT Delhi classmates Sachin Bansal & Binny Bansal who used to work in Amazon before starting Flipkart.

FlipKart sells products in 12 categories comprising books, mobile phones, home appliances, computers, etc. & are planning to add more products in the future. It has more than 2 million registered users & sells 30,000 items a day.

I am a regular buyer of books and other products from Flipkart. No doubt, they are one of the best service providers in the online industry.

We wish the team all the best for the future expansion and growth.

31 Jan

Top 13 Awesome Online Educational Resources

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online education

1)W3Schools:

One of the best and largest site on the internet to learn all the web development skills. You can learn all the languages such as HTML, C, C++, Javascript, CSS, SQL and others. Whether you are a first time learner or the advanced learner, the site offers tutorials from the beginners level to the advanced level.
Always wanted to build your own website? W3Schools is the best place for you to learn. It also offers you practice session where you can practice what you have learned.

Users can even receive certification by paying an exam fee and clearing the exam. Users that score at least 75 percent on the exam which consists of 70 multiple-choice or true-or-false questions, get certified. Scoring 95 percent or higher adds an Excellency Degree notation to your certificate.

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2) Codecademy:

It is the easiest way to learn how to code. It’s interactive, fun, & you can do it with your friends.
It has turned JavaScript into a game. In its first 72 hours after launching this summer,200,000 people signed up for coding lessons.
In the future, the founders are planning to include lessons for other programming languages.

3)Skillshare

: Skillshare is an online marketplace for offline classes. The concept behind Skillshare is simple: empower everyone to teach anything, anywhere. You can teach and learn anything from crocheted jewelery to how to invest your first $10,000. You even earn money for giving classes on Skillshare.

4) Learnerstv

: It is a comprehensive site providing thousands of Live Online Tests, free downloadable Video lectures,etc. in the fields of Biology,Chemistry Physics, Maths, Engineering Medicine, Management and Accounting, Dentistry, Nursing, History, Las Language Training, Economics Psychology, Literature, Philosophy,Astronomy, Political Science,etc. to its visitors. The site also provides free video & audio lectures of whole courses conducted by faculty from reputed universities around the world.

5) MITOPENCOURSEWARE:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology provides online undergrad & graduate courses available for free through its OpenCourseWare program. Over 2,000 courses includes engineering, arts, architecture, social studies, science, etc.
Another OpenCourseWar program you can join is of University of Michigan.

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6) Khanacademy:

With a mission to to help people learn what they want, when they want, at their own pace, this site offers a library of over 2,800 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, history, & finance and 290 practice exercises. It is a not-for-profit educational organization, created by Bangladeshi American educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT in 2006 .

7) University of the People(UoPeople)

: It is the world’s first tuition-free online university dedicated to the global advancement and democratization of higher education. It aims to provide quality education to people around the world—especially those in developing countries. With the support of academic leadership from top universities and having accepted more than 1300 students from 126 countries to date, UoPeople is well on its way to becoming a global higher education leader.
To take courses through UoPeople, students must be 18 years or older, & be proficient in English.
In order for the non-profit to keep running, students pay a one-time application processing fee ranging from $10 to $50 and examination processing from $10 to $100. The calculation of fees are based on the applicant’s place of residence. Applicants from developing countries pay a lower fees.

8 ) CK-12:

CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. & worldwide. They provide web based free books termed as “FlexBook,”.

9) Academic Earth:

Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.It covers subjects such as top scholars. art & architecture, biology, business,astronomy, economics, environmental studies, psychology, computer science, media studies, law, etc.

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10) TED:

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), founded in 1984, is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”. It features more than 1,000 free award winning talks from speakers and leaders around the world.

11) YoutubeEdu

: Youtube Education offers wide range of free videos covering areas like engineering, science, primary and higher eduction and other subjects areas.

12) iTunesU:

The free iTunes U app gives students access to all the materials for your course in a single place. It containd more than 500,000 free lectures, videos, books, and other resources on thousands of subjects from hundreds of colleges and universities.

13) Peer 2 Peer University:

It is a grassroots open education project that organizes learning outside of institutional walls & gives learners recognition for their achievements. P2PU creates a model for lifelong learning alongside traditional formal higher education. Leveraging the internet and educational materials openly available online , P2PU enables high-quality low-cost education opportunities. P2PU – learning for everyone, by everyone about almost anything.

Other Educational Sources:

Wiki Books
Myngle – To learn languages
Edufire
VideoLectures
Quora – Question and Answer Site
Stackexchange

30 Jan

Think Twice Before Tweeting: A Joke About “Destroying America” Gets Two Friends Into Legal Trouble

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You just can’t joke with US Special Agents and especially about “Destroying America”.
Why? Read this.

Before Leigh Van Bryan with his friend Emily Bunting left on a holiday to Los Angeles, Van Bryan tweeted that he was going to “destroy America,” and also boasted that he would try “digging up Marilyn Monroe” during his trip across the Hollywood.

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The pair was arrested by armed guards on arrival at Los Angeles International Airport. According to both the friends, they were treated like terrorists as they were questioned for five hours before being handcuffed, put in a van with illegal immigrants & locked up overnight.

Van Bryan told The Sun:

“The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet but they just told me ‘You’ve really f***ed up with that tweet, boy’.”

Twelve hours later, after both being held in separate cells with Leigh Van Bryan shared his cell with Mexican drug dealers, the pair was released & put on a plane home.

Last year in 2010 also, Paul Chambers was arrested on terrorism charges for tweeting about his frustration when bad weather delayed his flight.

Paul tweeted,” “Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week to get your shit together, otherwise I’m blowing the airport sky high!!”

In his trial, he was found guilty of “Sending by a public communications network a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character” & fined £1000.
Due to this incident, he has lost his job twice.

Following the incident, lot of users showed their support with #twitterjoketrial tweets and one user even offered to pay the fine.

So, I would suggest you to “Think Twice Before You Tweet” or just make your profile private. 8)

30 Jan

Apple iPhone 5 – Rumored Specs & Features

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People are still going crazy over iPhone4S and Siri, but rumors surrounding the next iphone 5 have already started. According to a report on 9to5mac.com, the sample production of the iPhone 5 have already started in China. According to the very reliable sources, various sample devices are being tested and manufactured in China.

Some of the specifications which are being found out common in all sample devices:

– 4+ inch display screen
– No teardrop-shaped devices, as rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S.All the samples are symmetrical & longer/wider in thickness,
– None of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factor.

See Also:
5 Things To Expect From Apple Event on September 12,2012

Some other features which are expected in Apple iPhone 5 are:

– 10 Megapixel Camera
– Improved version of Siri, not the Beta one.
– Aluminum backs (like the iPad 2)
– Thinner and Faster
– Better Battery Life

It is also rumored that Apple will launch iPhone 5 in summer unlike last year when they delayed the launch.

Also Read:

Apple iPad 3 – Rumored Specs & Features
Top 6 Photography Apps for iphone
Steve Jobs – An artist who changed the world
Success Story : How a man used YouTube to build a multi-million dollar business

30 Jan

New StartUp: thewittyshit.com – Get paid for writing original lines!!

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Facebook is the place where witty shit happens all the time. People posts witty statuses and comments on photos but they never get paid for their wittiness. But now with the help of a new startup started by two delhi IIT students Harsh Snehanshu and Apoorv Jain in 2009, thewittyshit.com, you can get paid and become famous for writing just one-lines.

Their tagline, ” You needn’t be Shakespeare to get quoted. All you need is a tinge of WIT.;)”, says it all about their aspiration behind the startup.

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About the Founders:

Harsh Snehanshu is the author of the novel “Oops! ‘I’ fell in love!”, “Ouch! That ‘hearts’..” and his 3rd book, “”She is single, I’m taken!” and we’re committed” is expected to arrive very soon.
You can follow him here on his blog.

Apoorv Jain is an ex-IITian and CEO at thewittyshit.com.
You can connect with him here.

My Take- I am a regular follower and big fan of the thewittyshit.com from the almost beginning. Their “Sermon of the Day” quote is the best start to a day. The site is also gaining popularity very fast these days with more than 23,000 likes on their Facebook page and regular contests are being organized on the site.

Participate in the contests here.

We wish the team all the best for future.

30 Jan

Samsung Omnia W Overview & Specs

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Samsung Omnia W is the latest phone by Samsung with Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango OS.

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Specifications:

– 3.7 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors
– 512 MB RAM
– 1.4GHz single-core processor
– 3G with 14.4Mbps HSPA connectivity
– 8 gigabytes of storage
– Wifi
– 5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geop tagging and image stablization
– 720@30fps High definition videos
– Secondary camera for video calling
– Stereo FM radio with RDS
– GPS support, Bing map
– Colors: Black
– Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
– Standard battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh with approx 14 hours of talktime in 2G & 7 hours of talktime in 3G

Price: Rs. 17699 (Flipkart)

Verdict: The phone is actually targeting a set of users that was left out because of high price of Samsung Omnia 7. Both Omnia W & the Omnia 7 have nearly identical specs but with Omnia W Samsung is targeting a lower market segment.
But I guess timing is quite wrong for Samsung as Nokia Lumia is stealing the show these days.

29 Jan

Top 10 Twitter Pics of the last Week [ Jan 22-29, 2012 ]

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Out of the millions of pictures posted on twitter, we have found out the Top Ten of this week.

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The picture was posted by Selena Gomez.
@selenagomez Which one should I wear tonight? #WOTNsouthamerica I’m only supposed to wear one but I want both! http://t.co/BUp3glKt

kid in 90 and 2000

@RTlfs #AsAKid – RT If you agree with this!! #RTIfs http://t.co/yb8Z2LRb

kate perry twitter

@KatyPerry I will miss ya manila! http://t.co/dVYAdU5n

boyfriend text

@ryxrousseau RT @TheHogwartians: #30WaysToMakeAGirlSmile… http://t.co/fVc751xl

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@ERlC_CARTMAN #middleschoolmemories this is the best memory ever. http://t.co/2fvasSpE

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“#CanSomeoneExplainToMeWhy this exists?

dumb girl twitter

@TittyTitan Basically http://t.co/x5iD4MOk

cancer twitter

ice twitter

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28 Jan

How To Merge Duplicate Pages on Facebook [ Guide ]

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Do you know you can merge two Facebook pages into one?
Yes, All the posts and fans of the both the pages can be merged into one page.

It is a great tool offered by Facebook now if your official Facebook Fan Page is not getting all the fans it deserves but users are accidentally liking unofficial duplicate versions of your Page.

Steps to Follow to Merge Duplicate Pages:

1) Go to your page & click “Edit Page” on the top right corner of the page.
2) Click on “Resources” tab and select “Merge Duplicate Pages”. It will show a list of identical pages eligible to be merged into your page.
[ Note: Duplicate Pages must be under your control, else you will not see "Merge Duplicate Pages" tab. ]

In case you are not the admin of your duplicate page, you have the following options to follow:

1) Request the admin of the unofficial page to transfer the ownership.
2) Report the unofficial pages as “Duplicate”. [ Visit the page and scroll down to the bottom left to report pages].

Recently, Melbourne Australia merged two of its pages.

28 Jan

Fake Viral YouTube Video Leads to Multi-Million Dollar Soccer Transfer

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If you have not understood the power of viral videos on Youtube, read this. A moderately- talented soccer player, Stewart Downing was signed by Liverpool for $31 million in 2010 after watching a viral video in which Stewart was kicking a football into five different trash cans from 30 yards away. But the video was fake. 8)

The video was posted by Stewart’s previous club, Aston Villa.

After watching the video, Liverpool Management Team’s John Henry & Tom Werner said, “Ohh my God, this player is brilliant, we have got to figure out a way to make a deal with him’.”

Liverpool Chairman, Tom Werner later said in an interview: “We later found out of course that the footage was somewhat doctored but we were so excited about Downing joining Liverpool.”
Read the full interview here.

Watch the viral video: