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Why Duckduckgo Search is growing faster ?

Duckduckgo.com A Search Engine that doesn’t track you

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Concerns of protecting users’ privacy online ,has been growing everyday. The recent incident of revealing NASA’s PRISM project by several media has led people to believe that they are being spied online by NSA or American government .

NSA was accused by UK Guardian news , to have compelled Verizon Communications a telecom company , to reveal more than a million people’s telephone records recently .

Continue reading Why Duckduckgo Search is growing faster ?

Should I use screen protectors on my Gorilla glass 1 & 2 phones ?

Screen Protector reviews -Galaxy SIII,Galaxy Note II,Apple iPhone 5,4s

We all know that Gorilla glass is the toughest glass used in the modern day mobile phones to  protect them . Most of us ,becoming more reluctant to use screen protectors on the new devices . This small note will help you to understand whether screen protectors are still needed or not for your device .

Corning Gorilla Glass 2 enables up to a 20 percent reduction in glass thickness, while maintaining the industry-leading scratch and damage resistance that consumers demand. Samsung Electronics equipped the GALAXY S III with a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 enables the device’s slim and sleek design, and helps protect the device display from scratches and bumps. Press Release –Corning

Phones like Samsung Galaxy SII ,Apple iPhones 4S,iPhone 5  ,have  Gorilla glass 1 on them and the new siblings  of SII,Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note 2 and some other latest high end devices are coming with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 . Gorilla glass 2- means more tough and more protection from scratches . (if you want to find out more technically – visit Corning Gorilla Glass site here )

Don’t  believe any Youtube videos  of Gorilla Glass scratch test .

The YouTube videos showing the extra ordinary scratch  tests of Gorilla Glass defiantly miss lead you to a crack your device . Personally,I am  one of a  victims of that . Trusting the hardness of my Samsung Galaxy SII ,made me to give a demo to my friends by forcefully scratching my device with my car keys led to some nasty experience (The scratches on my Galaxy S2 ,is very obvious in this photo ? )

Samsung Galaxy S2/SII Scratched Gorilla Glass -image

Gorilla glasses are made to protect your phones from day  to day scratches , ie : it may protect your phone fro the minor scratches caused by  the keys you put together n your pocket ,sand and dusty came on the air etc.

Final words –Yes you should use screen protectors

I have used most of  the expensive and high end smart phones like Apple iPhone 4s,Nokia N97,Nokia N8,Samsung Galaxy Note 1,Note II ,Galaxy SII ( and now testing sIII) and found they all needed a screen protector hardly ,otherwise they used to get some minor scratches . I have ordered screen protectors for my new Galaxy Note 2-N7100 from ebay and waiting to be delivered . Meanwhile my device is protected by a custom cut screen protector purchased from local market .

How much a good screen protector costs ?

An anti glare screen protector for phones like Galaxy SIII,Note II starts as little as  0.99 $ at ebay .

How to Fix iPhone 5 Camera–Official Tips from Apple

Iphone 5 camera issues and fix from apple

Guys ,we have heard  some issues about the new iPhone 5’s (and some 4s) camera few days back and here is the fix for that :

How to fix your iPhone 5,4S camera

  • You guys have complained that ,when you focus some brighter objects ,the iPhone5 camera produces a purple colour flare ,and Please avoid such purple flare in your shots by not shooting  in such angles ,where iPhone cam produces the Purple flare .

Please stop  finding me sarcastic , but it’s is Apple ,that has issued an official statement about the Purple flare appears in some shots of Apple iPhone’s camera ,Apple went on saying that it’s is very common in any generation of Apple Phone camera ,it does mean that the next generation  Apple iPhone and iProdcts too will have the same issues

Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources… Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect. –Apple’s Support Forum

Source – Apple

How to save data cost and battery life of my Android Phone ? – Mini Guide

This guide is for the new buddies  at Android platform

android phone battery life problemsandoird platfrom guideWi-Fi and Data connection settings on Android phones
If you are owning an Android phone and you are new to the O/S environment  ,you might have been going through a massive data usage-disaster   (for Google services ) . Connection to the internet  is enabled by default on your Android phones in most  cases .As a new user of  Android earlier I was thinking that ,internet connectivity cannot be stopped in the Android system. But which was untrue .

The more your phone uses the data connection ,the more your battery runs out . This mini guide would help you to save the battery life and Data cost both in your Android phone.

There are few things  ,that you can do to stop unwanted data use over your valuable data plan .

  1. Try to use the Wi-Fi  – Switch on the Wi-Fi  connection ,when it is available . Using the Wi-Fi connection automatically stops the Mobile Data connection over your carrier . Wi-Fi connection uses lesser power than any other mobile data connection ,which saves a lot of battery .

    how to switch off on wi fi in ICS,Galaxy phones,Android

  2. Switch off the data connection permanently – Just go to Applications folder > Settings > More(under Wireless and network)>Mobile networks>Tick off  the check box at “Use Mobile Data” option.You can switch on the data connection by following the same steps ,when ever you need it .

    how to switch off/on data connection on Samsung Galaxy / Android phones

  3. Set the Google Play to update the applications ,on Wi-Fi connections only – If you have plenty of Apps downloaded from Google Play ,then whenever the update is available ,your phone will   download it ,but you know the applications  are normally big in file size and can consume a lot of data use . You can change this nature at the Google Play application. Go to Google Play Store >>Tab the options(left bottom of the screen)>Settings>Tick “Update over Wi-Fi only” ,done !
    how to set google play to update over wi fi connections only

After you stopped using the data connection ,you will see a massive boost in your battery life !

And more: There are some more typical ways to increase the battery life such as decrease the screen brightness etc, but I don’t want to have a low life with the hi end device (hope you would too),so ,the steps I have given here is for a better battery use and best data use.

 

How to get Google Maps on iOS 6 /iPhone 5

Google maps on iPhone5

Probably you are fed up with the Apple Map by this time and searching for some better app .The C.E.O of Apple itself, has suggested to move iOS6 users to alternative solutions for Maps while they figuring out the way to make it perfect .

If you have updated your Existing iPhone4/4S ,any other iPads to iOS6 or you have purchased the latest iPhone5 ,now you have lost the great Google Maps.

How to get Google Maps in your iPhone and how to get a permanent shortcut in your phone ?

The stand alone Google Maps has been removed by the Apple in iOS6 ,but still you can use the web version for your mapping needs .

iOS 6 users should open their web browser and navigate to maps.Google.com. The Google Maps web app will ask to use your current location. To save Google Maps to your home screen, in Safari tap the share button at the bottom center of the screen (with the arrow and box). Then tap Add to Home Screen.

Enter a name for the shortcut or leave the entry as "Google Maps" and tap the Add button. From now on, you can immediately launch Google Maps from the home screen.

Loading time may be little longer as it has to be downloaded from internet .

Enjoy !

3 Easy steps to watch YouTube videos smoother in your Android Tablets

I am a good fan of You Tube videos . I have been facing issues with the slow loading time and the length of video played every time after buffering with my Motorola Xoom ,Finally I have figured out the cause. The average broadband connections don’t allow you to stream  HD videos uninterrupted( until other wise you are blessed with a lightning fast connection in your country ). Just stop the HD option on your YouTube application and play the video ,it buffers faster and play uninterrupted  Continue reading 3 Easy steps to watch YouTube videos smoother in your Android Tablets

Should you upgrade your Galaxy S2 to Galaxy S3 ?

What are the Key differences between Galaxy S2 and Galaxy S3 ?

Samsung Galaxy S2 Vs. S3 specs ,differences explained
Many of you have asked this question recently ,here is the answer for the question ,lets decide about the upgrade or  new purchase after the story .

Samsung Galaxy SII Vs. SIII Hardware Comparison

(Only the Key differences are compared ,means other features are pretty much same )

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S2 Samsung Galaxy S3
Display Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.3 inches 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches
Data Network Max 3 G LTE(4G)
Display Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass *** Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Memory microSD, up to 32 GB microSD, up to 64 GB ***
Camera 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Extra – Simultaneous HD video and image recording
O/S Android ICS(Will get the jelly bean soon) Android Jelly Bean(Update had been rolled out recently )
Processor

Dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9

Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9
Battery Life

Standard battery, Li-Ion 1650 mAh

Stand-by
Up to 710 h (2G) / Up to 610 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 18 h 20 min (2G) / Up to 8 h 40 min (3G)

Standard battery, Li-Ion 2100 mAh

Stand-by
Up to 590 h (2G) / Up to 790 h (3G)

Talk time
Up to 21 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 11 h 40 min (3G)

As per Samsung S3 has more battery life .

     

Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. S2 Software advancements

There are some interesting features made in Galaxy S3 in order to give you some excitement and worth trying it .

 Here(Follow this link) you can find the tweaks made on the Samsung S3 Software environment (Top 7 features of SIII)

Summary

For S2 user  seeking upgrade – Samsung Galaxy S2 is still a nice device ,S3 has some more healthy hardware features but it cannot simply take over the predecessor S2 in each corners . I am a Samsung Galaxy S2 user and don’t have any plan to go for S3 any soon for better experience ,other than for technical writing purposes .

For a person with any other device – Of course ,Samsung Galaxy S3 is the best device at the time for ta new  buy

Nokia Pureview camera technology- explained for masses

Nokia Lumia 920 pure view cam

Have you heard this word many times on ads and confused ?

Nokia has invented it’s own camera technology called ,PureView technology . Nokia introduced the Pureview camera on it’s  Nokia 808 phone back in February 2012 .[Nokia 808 features a 41 megapixel 1/1.2″ sensor and a high resolution f/2.4 Zeiss all-aspherical 1-group lens. The 808’s sensor was the largest and highest resolution sensor in a camera phone at the time of its launch,]

Then the Pureview cams are becoming more popular among Nokia devices ,Nokia 820 and the Nokia 920 also bringing out the new Purview cams with different pixel ratios .

OK ,what is Nokia’s Pureview for an average user ?

Rather than re writing  the very long data sheet that has the diagrams ,pixel ratios ,api etc., I would like to make it simpler .

  • At a Pureview  camera you get really high quality images in most of the lighting situations . Nokia guarantee a blur free images with exceptional brightness ,that any other phone at the moment doesn’t offer .
  • Don’t confuse the Mega Pixel of the cameras when it is Pureview one. Pixel is about the size of the image ,PV is the quality of the image

“PureView camera technology with Optical Image Stabilization and a Carl Zeiss lens means your pictures and videos are detailed, blur-free and bright, no matter what light conditions you’re in.”Nokia

Nokia 808 pureview belle phone
[Nokia 808 is the first Nokia Phone with Pureview ,and had been awarded “Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet” at Mobile World Congress 2012”]

Here are the samples of Nokia Pureview cam shots –

Nokia Pureview Camera – Image samples (at night ,do you believe ?)
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Image taken with other phones (Same object ,same time as  above )
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Nokia Pureview Camera – Image samples (at night ,do you believe ?)
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Same Girl is shot by one of other phones available today
image Hope this type of nigh time shots are more familiar for lot of us ,as to date all of our phones used to take images like this .

Want more information about Nokia Pureview  ? ,head over to it’s official page here [N8 was the best camera phone ever,and Lumia 820 and 920 has the best cameras at the moment )

How to use Siri on your new Apple iPhone 5 or 4S ? useful voice commands for Siri .

A guide to Apple’s  Siri

– Voice activated digital Assistant ( Apple iPhone 5 and iPhone4S and other iOS 6 devices )

Apple Siri commands in ios6

Most of the people from USA and Canada ,Uk have pre ordered the new iPhone 5 and waiting for the devices shipped . This is the small guide for effective use of iPhone’s digital voice assistant . Now it is possible to switch off the Siri in iOS 6 by saying ‘good bye Siri’,you can launch an application by saying “Launch Cute Puppy “ ,post your status on Twitter and Facebook Walls via Siri . A great thanks to folks at tuaw.com for the original work.

 

CONTACTS

  • What’s Emily’s address?
  • What is Susan Park’s phone number?
  • When is my wife’s birthday?
  • Show Lindsey’s home email address
  • What’s my brother’s work address?

FINDING CONTACTS

  • Show Brian Conway
  • Find people named Park
  • Who is Jimmy Patrick?

ESTABLISHING RELATIONSHIPS

  • My mom is Susan Park
  • Jimmy Patrick is my brother
  • Call my brother at work

APP LAUNCHING

  • Open Photos
  • Play Infinity Blade II

ADDING EVENTS

  • Set up a meeting at 9
  • Set up a meeting with Jimmy at 9
  • Meet with Emily at noon
  • Set up a meeting about hiring tomorrow at 9am
  • New appointment with Susan Park Friday at 3
  • Schedule a planning meeting at 8:30 today in the boardroom

CHANGING EVENTS

  • Move my 3pm meeting to 4:30
  • Reschedule my appointment with Dr. Patrick to next Monday at 9am
  • Add Emily to my meeting with Brian
  • Cancel the budget review meeting

ASKING ABOUT EVENTS

  • What does the rest of my day look like?
  • What’s on my calendar for Friday?
  • When is my next appointment?
  • When am I meeting with Jimmy?
  • Where is my next meeting?

USING ALARMS

  • Wake me up tomorrow at 7am
  • Set an alarm for 6:30am
  • Wake me up in 8 hours
  • Change my 6:30 alarm to 6:45
  • Turn off my 6:30 alarm
  • Delete my 7:30 alarm

CLOCK

  • What time is it in Berlin?
  • What is today’s date?
  • What’s the date this Saturday?

TIMER

  • Set the timer for ten minutes
  • Show the
  • Pause the timer
  • Resume
  • Reset the timer
  • Stop it

    SENDING EMAIL

    • Email Emily about the trip
    • Email Lindsey about the change in plans
    • New email to Susan Park
    • Mail Dad about the rent check
    • Email Dr. Patrick and say I got the forms, thanks
    • Mail Emily and Brian about the party and say I had a great time

    CHECKING EMAIL

    • Check email
    • Any new email from Jimmy today?
    • Show new mail about the lease
    • Show the email from Emily yesterday

    RESPONDING TO EMAIL

    • Reply Dear Susan sorry about the late payment
    • Call him at work

    FACETIME

    • FaceTime Brian
    • Make a FaceTime call to Susan Park

    FACEBOOK

    • Post to Facebook headed to the new Pixar movie
    • Write on my wall just landed in San Jose!

    FIND MY FRIENDS

    • Where’s Brian?
    • Where is my sister?
    • Is my wife at home?
    • Where are all my friends?
    • Who is here?
    • Who is near me?
    • Let me know when Jimmy leaves home
    • Let Susan know when I leave work

    LOCKSCREEN READING

    • Read my notifications
    • Do I have any new messages?

    MAPS

    • Show me the Golden Gate Bridge
    • Show me a map of 1 Infinite Loop Cupertino California

    LOCAL BUSINESSES

    • Find coffee near me
    • Where’s the nearest coffee shop?
    • Find a gas station near work

    NAVIGATION

    • How do I get home?
    • Directions to my dad’s work
    • Get me directions from San Francisco to Santa Barbara
    • What’s my next turn?
    • Are we there yet?
    • What’s my ETA?
    • Find a florist along my current route

 

SENDING MESSAGES

  • Tell Susan I’ll be right there
  • Send a message to Brian Conway
  • Send a message to Emily saying how about tomorrow
  • Tell Lindsey the show was great
  • Send a message to Susan on her mobile saying I’ll be late
  • Send a message to 408 555 1212
  • Text Brian and Emily where are you?

READING MESSAGE ALERTS

  • Read my new messages
  • Read it again

RESPONDING TO MESSAGES

  • Reply that’s great news
  • Tell him I’ll be there in 10 minutes
  • Call her

SEARCHING FOR MOVIE INFORMATION

  • Find Disney movies
  • What comedies are playing?
  • Who starred in Tron Legacy?
  • Who directed Finding Nemo?
  • What is Toy Story 3 rated?

FINDING MOVIE SHOWTIMES

  • I want to see the new Pixar movie
  • What’s playing at the movies tomorrow?
  • What’s playing at Main Street Cinema

FINDING MOVIE THEATERS

  • Find some movie theaters near my office

READING MOVIE REVIEWS

  • Show me the reviews for Toy Story

TWITTER

  • Post to Twitter another beautiful day in Cupertino
  • Tweet with my location great concert
  • Tweet meeting up with Brian Conway for lunch today
  • Tweet the new iPad looks insanely great! hashtag Apple Keynote

WEATHER

  • What’s the weather for today?
  • What’s the weather for tomorrow?
  • Will it rain in Cupertino this week?
  • Check next week’s forecast for Burlington
  • What’s the forecast for this evening?
  • How’s the weather in Tampa right now?
  • How hot will it be in Palm Springs this weekend?
  • What’s the high for Anchorage on Thursday?
  • What’s the temperature outside?
  • How windy is it out there?
  • When is sunrise in Paris?

WEB SEARCH

  • Search the web for polar bears
  • Search for vegetarian pasta recipes
  • Search the web for best cable plans
  • Search Wikipedia for Abraham Lincoln
  • Bing Foo Fighters (We know, we know. Sorry.)

MUSIC

  • Play Walk by Foo Fighters
  • Play Little Broken Hearts shuffled
  • Play Norah Jones
  • Play some blues
  • Play my party mix
  • Shuffle my roadtrip playlist
  • Play
  • Pause
  • Skip

NOTES

  • Note that I spent $12 on lunch
  • Note to self: check out that new Norah Jones album
  • Find my meeting notes
  • Show me my notes from June 25

PHONE

  • Call Brian
  • Call Emily’s mobile
  • Call Susan on her work phone
  • Call 408 555 1212
  • Call home
  • FaceTime Emily

REMINDERS

  • Add artichokes to my grocery list
  • Add skydiving to my bucket list
  • Remind me to call mom
  • Remind me to call my mom when I get home
  • Remember to take an umbrella
  • Remind me take my medicine at 6am tomorrow
  • Remind me to pick up flowers when I leave here
  • Remind me when I leave to call Brian
  • Remind me to finish the report by 6
  • Victor Agreda is my hairdresser
  • Kelly Guimont is my colleague

SEARCHING FOR RESTAURANTS

  • Find some burger joints in Baltimore
  • Good Mexican restaurants around here

RESERVATIONS

  • Table for four in Palo Alto tonight
  • Make a reservation at a romantic Italian restaurant tonight at 7pm

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

  • Show me the reviews for Seven Hills in San Francisco

Even you can ask questions like this to Siri –

  • How many calories in a bagel?
  • What is an 18% tip on $86.74 for four people?
  • Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?
  • How long do dogs live?
  • What is the Gossamer Condor?
  • What’s the square root of 128?
  • How many dollars is ?45?
  • How many days until Christmas?
  • How far away is the Sun?
  • When is the next solar eclipse?
  • Show me the Orion constellation
  • What’s the population of Jamaica?
  • How high is Mt. Everest?
  • How deep is the Atlantic ocean?
  • What’s the price of gasoline in Chicago?
  • The guide consists commands combined from Official Siri pages ,Apple’s guide and collected from Tuaw.com ,if you want more commands just follow this link

    Google Chrome Added ‘do not track ‘ privacy option in it’s update

    private browsing on google chorme 2012

    As you visit web sites ,the sites can track your browsing  behaviours for targeted advertising ,create more interesting contents based on your interests etc. But some time you may don’t want to give up your privacy for anyone. This privacy issue was a big concern last few years for people and analysts . Internet explorer ,Firefox and other major Browsers already implemented the private browsing facility in their browsers ,so you can simply switch on it and browse the web sites anonymously . 

    Google took long time to implement this policy and finally took steps now.Google has issued the code update to the developer build of Chrome . The “Do not track “ option will be an inbuilt feature of the Google Chrome soon, you are likely to get the updated Chrome ,which offers private browsing by the end of this year .

    But ,still you can use a private browsing option within Chrome,by downloading the Private Browsing Extension from Google’s Web store .

    E bay application on Android creates troubles

     

    E-Bay
    ebay app on android

    After I got the very recent update of the ebay application on my Android powered smartphone and the tablet both, I have been noticing the error message that automatically pop ups and says ebay application is not responsive.

    Even I am unable to start the application on my both devices. If it is the case I don’t care of much but I have noticed that because of the background process of the ebay application the devices become unresponsive.

    If you have the same issue with your device and have installed the ebay app, now you know the reason for the unknown behaviour of your device.

    Solution – what else, just un install the ebay app, now you are gone free from troubles.

    Any.Do–A good free Application – Reminder,Calendar ,Task scheduler

    A better Calendar Application for Android devices .

    Any.Do calendar applicaiton review 1

    If you are bit busy with many things every day ,you may want to go with an agenda . There are so many applications available in the market . Google Calendar does a very decent job in this case . But if you want some more interesting nice interface ,pop up reminders for scheduled tasks ,and cross device synchronization of calendars (even sync via Google calendar ).

    any.do app for androidany.do app review teckdiary.com

    Any.Do runs in your phone  smoothly ,pop ups reminders with alert tones

    The top few features I love on Any.Do App

    • Missed call management/missed event management -When you get a miss call ,just pop ups the call reminder and allows you to choose on option ,For instance , it allows you to call the person after a selected interval if you are busy now ,Any.Do will remind you about calling the person on time .Most of us lose lot of relationships due to inefficient missed call management today .

    missed call management on Any.Do app for Androidmissed call management on Any.Do app for Android

    • Cross to mark the event done – Just cross off the event using your finger and the event is marked done . Tap on the x mark of the vent to delete it .

     just corss over on the event to delete it on Any.Do

    • Move the event ,up and down by dragging the timeline – needless to say ,it is a common style on touch enabled devices now .

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    • Google Calendar Sync – Any.Do allows you to sync the data with Google’s Calendar ,which makes sharing the data across the devices easy . I have Any.Do on my Samsung Galaxy S2 and Motorola Xoom both,I am able to sync both devices by using the same Google user name and password .

    I am using Any.Do for more than a year and very happy with the performance and recent updates.

    Tail Piece : I prefer to use Google Calendar on my 10.1” Tablet and Any.Do on my Smart phone as the UI’s has the perfect much for the devices respectively .

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