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The fact remains that Web is full of free website hosting services. There are number of hosting services on the web, and they are keen to provide free website hosting services for the eager ones. There was a time when free website hosting services was quite popular among the website owners.

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Free Web Hosting

Imagine, the extent of possible savings for a website owner, as the owner doesn’t have to shell even a single pie from the coffers, and the hosting is done free of cost.However, with the advent of cheap web hosting services, free website hosting services had gone out of the window. Still, free web hosting services remains a top catch for someone who has a low budget for his web ventures. There are many free web site promotion activities possible with free web hosting services. More importantly, you need to understand your site, and choose proper free web hosting services.

It’s important that the chosen hosting services do provide you with free website tools. Though, you won’t get all the required tools for building your website, but significantly, some of the free website hosting services has known to give enough free website tools to build your own website.Some of the free hosting services even go down to the extent of helping you to point the web address to the chosen domain name, and nevertheless, that are a handy free website tool.
The most significant criteria while choosing a free website hosting services is the bandwidth. Take pains to find the bandwidth such would offer you. In case, your free web site is provided with limited bandwidth, then your site might face access problems. You are advised to choose free website hosting services which allow you to have sufficient bandwidth for your site.
Now the advertisement section. For free hosting services, it’s the advertisement blocks that are perhaps, the most important consideration.
The focus for them is to earn money from placing advertisements on your site, but the real question is what type of advertisements do they intend to place on your site. Text advertisements are fine, but pop ups and pop under could be very annoying for your guest visitors. Money you, many guest decide to block your web address, just because your website has a pop up, or a pop under ads. Therefore, preferably, if possible, choose a free web hosting services that doesn’t place pop ups, or pop under ads. Following the above tips would ensure that you get the best free website hosting services for you site.

Here I have found a list of good free web hosting Companies in the below Link which i think is a good list for beginners for good free hosting:

http://bestwebhostsanddomains.blogspot.com/2011/06/top-10-free-web-hosting-for-2011.html

Alternate Link: http://top10webhosts.co.cc/
http://best10webhosts.co.cc/
http://besthosts.co.nr/

Let me know what do you think of free web hosting companies are they reliable and any good free web hosting companies you know which are not in the above list..

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There is a multitude of software on the web. Of those, some of the coolest are media players right. Imagine one’s system without a Media player naah.. how can one operate on a PC without listening to music. So in this week post I am listing out some of the best ten Media Players available today. Check out the list and see if you like it 🙂 I am listing them in a specific ranking because some of them are as good as any other on the list.

VLC Media Player

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VLC is one, if not the, best media player ever created. It is lightweight, portable, and can play almost any media format out there (incl. videos downloaded from sites like Youtube). VLC can even be used as a streaming media server, can play DVD’s, can be used as an audio decoder, and doesn’t require external, extra codecs to run.

VLC can also accompany customizable skins, as well as nearly every operating system that exists (Mac, Windows and Linux). I highly recommend trying it out.

For UBUNTUE, you have it pre-built. Just open Synaptic application > Click on System -> Administration -> Synaptic Package Manager. In Settings -> Repositories, make sure you have an universe repository activated. Search for vlc and install it. You should install vlc-plugin-pulse and mozilla-plugin-vlc as well. If you are interested in streaming or transcoding, you should additionnally install libavcodec-extra-52 from a multiverse repository.

Command way – You need to check that a universe mirror is listed in your /etc/apt/sources.list file.
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

Media Jukebox

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Media Jukebox is an all-in-one media player, music collection organizer, iPod connector and music store with extreme tagging techniques. This music player can pretty much do it all. While not as small as VLC, it definitely does have a bunch of features. It can even be used to sync your phone, while finding tags for your newest imported songs, and simultaneously downloading the newest plug-in to customize your user experience. Sweet, right?

Songbird

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Songbird is one of the most customizable media players ever created. Besides being created by Mozilla, and being open source, it allows users to create add-ons/plug-ins for added user experience. Built-in options include: Last.fm playback history plug-in, support for the iPod, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux, metadata management, etc.

To get a feel on what can be done with Songbird extensions check out our earlier article on Songbird extensions. Songbird truly shows what media players need to become with regard to customization.

Winamp

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Many music fanatics are familiar with Winamp as being one of the most widely used media players in the world. It has developed into one of the most feature oriented media players ever created. Features include: lots of customizable skins, built-in internet radio, support for a wide variety of audio and video formats, flash support, customizable plug-ins, support for multiple languages, ability to sync with your iPod, etc.

There is a free version, of course, but you can upgrade to the PRO version for even more features.

KMPlayer

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KMPlayer, while not as widely used, is one of the best, free, media players. While supporting numerous different formats, languages, skins, etc, it is relatively lightweight and can be used for numerous different media related material.

The application itself is extremely customizable by it’s own settings, but can be further customized to fit your own needs as well. Features include: Compressed album support, multiple file formats, numerous decoders, support for subtitles, plug-ins, etc.

Stay tuned next time for more cool Windows tips and tricks! In the meantime, why don’t you tell us in the comments which media player you have installed on your Windows system and why you prefer it over all others? What features are the deal-clincher for you?

iTunes

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You can download the current media player on the inter web or bundle it onto your computer providing the CD who comes along providing your i Pod. You can play both media and video files surrounded by good ease. The library can accommodate thousands of songs and your computer could not freeze up.

Windows Media Player

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This media player is certainly the oldest and was working at favorably still before anyone had heard of MP3 players and therefore, i Tunes. However, try not to use it if you suffer a choice- it performs not play a small amount of songs if it is not in a select format and serves to sometimes eliminate the top notch of your songs.

FFmpeg

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FFmpeg plays MP3 songs, video clips and movies without precluding or putting in to the difficulties your computer right now faces. You may not complain a good deal in the wake of so go into the future and use it- you should not be disappointed! One shortcoming is which it assists one and only Linux formats but one can continually hard work roughly that.

Nero Media Player

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Nero is a service such a is depleted to hurt CD’s and as far as its media messing luxuries are concerned, it is rather decent. It plans to not tarnish the unique of the video or the song. You can as well form libraries and listen to one song following the other- a feature this is not supported by VLC Media Player.

MPlayer

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MPlayer is a movie player which runs on many systems (see the documentation). It plays most MPEG/VOB, AVI, Ogg/OGM, VIVO, ASF/WMA/WMV, QT/MOV/MP4, RealMedia, Matroska, NUT, NuppelVideo, FLI, YUV4MPEG, FILM, RoQ, PVA files, supported by many native, XAnim, and Win32 DLL codecs. You can watch VideoCD, SVCD, DVD, 3ivx, DivX 3/4/5, WMV and even H.264 movies.

Another great feature of MPlayer is the wide range of supported output drivers. It works with X11, Xv, DGA, OpenGL, SVGAlib, fbdev, AAlib, DirectFB, but you can use GGI, SDL (and this way all their drivers), VESA (on every VESA compatible card, even without X11!) and some low level card-specific drivers (for Matrox, 3Dfx and ATI), too! Most of them support software or hardware scaling, so you can enjoy movies in fullscreen. MPlayer supports displaying through some hardware MPEG decoder boards, such as the Siemens DVB, DXR2 and DXR3/Hollywood+. MPlayer has an onscreen display (OSD) for status information, nice big antialiased shaded subtitles and visual feedback for keyboard controls. European/ISO 8859-1,2 (Hungarian, English, Czech, etc), Cyrillic and Korean fonts are supported along with 12 subtitle formats (MicroDVD, SubRip, OGM, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub, PJS and our own: MPsub). DVD subtitles (SPU streams, VOBsub and Closed Captions) are supported as well.

As always ADD your favorite Media player in the Comment Section of this post 😉

Gmail has an estimated 190 million users worldwide. Many even have multiple accounts, the forwarding and ‘send mail as’ features of Gmail actively encouraging this practice.

Which is why it was a rude shock to roughly 40,000 Gmail users when they logged in last week, only to find that all their data-emails, attachments, chats, contacts and documents-had vanished, and their accounts had been reset. The only thing these unlucky users had in their inbox were the automated ‘Welcome to Gmail’ emails.

However, all was not lost as Gmail keeps multiple copies of the data (even including offline, tape-based backup of user data) and they set about restoring the bug that caused the problem. Google later identified the issue as a software bug in a recently released storage software update. More than the number of users affected, this obviously got far more attention than it deserved and outlined the importance of not using Gmail as the sole repository for several gigabytes of critical data.

If the recent Gmail bug scared you enough to act, Here are multiple different ways to back up all your Gmail data so that any disruption in services, no matter how rare, won’t affect you in the least:

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Gmail-Backup

Gmail-Backup is a software tool which you can download for free from gmail-backup.com. To use it, you need to have IMAP access activated in Gmail. To do this, sign in to your Gmail account, click on the little ‘gear’ icon in the top right corner and click ‘Mail Settings’.

Here, under ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’, you can enable IMAP access. Gmail-backup will use IMAP access to create a complete backup of your accounts data on your hard drive.

Depending on how much data you have and the speed of your internet connection, this could take quite a while. Your computer and internet connection will need to be active for the duration of the transfer.

The softwate also has a restore function, to copy locally stored data back into a Gmail account. Gmail-backup’s website also has a forum which can address any issues you may have.

Create another Gmail account

In the event of another software bug or system crash, the chances of all Gmail accounts being compromised is minimal. Even when Gmail rolls out new features, they do so in phases – and this is primarily to identify and fix any teething issues.

Therefore, all you have to do is create another Gmail account and import all mails and contacts from your primary account.

To do this, sign in to your new Gmail account, click on the little ‘gear’ icon in the top right corner and click ‘Mail Settings’. Here, under ‘Accounts and Import’ you’ll be able to import mail from your old account.

Switching account

Hotmail may have lost out to Gmail when it comes to number of features, but they still have an estimated 364 million users-the highest in the world for any free email provider. And they want to make it all the more easier if you decide to make the switch from any other free email account to Hotmail.

To do the switch, Hotmail has tied up with TrueSwitch (trueswitch.com). TrueSwitch is normally a paid service that makes it easy to transfer all your email from one account to another. In this case, Hotmail will bear the expense, if you decide to switch. But you can use this feature to back up your Gmail data and still keep on using Gmail. To use the service, head to secure5.trueswitch.com/winlive and enter all the required credentials.

Mailstore

Another free solution for email backup, Mailstore (mailstore.com) can access multiple online email inboxes using POP3 or IMAP access. The process is easy enough; just download the free software and enter in your email credentials. Like Gmail-backup, Mailstore has an online community which can address backup problems.

Gmail Keeper

For a one-time price of $19.95, Gmail Keeper (gmailkeeper.com) offers a Gmail-specific backup tool that is easy to understand and can backup all folders and labels in Gmail (including the inbox, sent mail, starred mail, drafts and so on). It can backup everything as a .ZIP file to your hard drive. It also offers the ability to back up multiple Gmail accounts at the same time.

Backupify

Backupify (backupify.com) can backup all kinds of online services that you use, such as Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa, Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Zoho and Blogger. Once backed up, you can search through, download or restore the data at any time.

They offer three plans; a free plan that can backup up to 5 accounts with a storage limit of 2GB per account, a Pro 100 plan that can back up 25 different accounts with 20GB storage per account for $4.99 a month and a Pro 500 plan that can back up an unlimited number of accounts with unlimited storage for $19.99 a month.

Local email client backup

This is a no-brainer, and should be done even if you continue to use online access for Gmail and other accounts. Any email client like Mozilla’s Thunderbird (mozillamessaging.com/thunderbird), Eudora (eudora.com), Apple Mail, Outlook, Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail can be used to download your mail.

You need to enable POP3 in Gmail (once again in the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP’ in the Mail Settings area of Gmail). The settings are simple enough; incoming server name is pop.gmail.com, protocol is POP, port is 995 and your Gmail username and password will have to be entered of course.

If you have more tips share them in the Comments section of this post, also in the next week post I will share my top alternatives to Gmail, so check them back…

Everyone blogs these days and some are yet to give it a shot, so you have finally thought of setting up your blog or you already have a blog and the number of visitors are catching up too. But sadly and seriously these days, there are huge rush of people who hack into blogs either for fun or to malign work of others. So I have found some simple tips to keep hackers away from yours. Let’s see what are those:

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Upgrade your Blog software

Most bloggers use platform like blogger, WordPress, typepad, Weebly, etc,, Perhaps you have wondered why blogs releases a new version of their software every few weeks. Thousands of people go over the Wordpres code every day in an effort to improve it. A lot of the time, they are trying to plug up security vulnerabilities which hackers have figured out how to exploit. By upgrading regularly, you can be sure that you have all the latest security fixes.

Update plugins

Many times, hackers will figure out how to gain access to your blog through a vulnerability in one of your plugins. The creators of these plugins often release updates that are more secure, which is something you should take advantage of by updating them regularly.

Most Importantly Hide plugins

If the hackers don’t know which plugins you have, then they won’t know where to begin trying to hack your site. The way they find out which plugins you have is by looking in your /wpcontent/plugins directory. If you create a blank document, save it as index.html, and upload it to this directory, you can prevent anyone from accessing this information. Alternatively you can block the standard file list from showing with .htaccess.

Get rid of Admin Login name & Use strong password

Do you still use “admin” as your username to log into your account? If so, you are making things much easier for hackers. If they know the username of your administer’s account, then hackers already have half of the information they need to break into your account. If your password is something like “wood floor”, then it can be extremely easy for hackers to guess. They can often simply use a program which guesses your password based on dictionary entries. Create a lengthy password made up of upper and lower case letters, numbers and characters in no particular order and avoiding dictionary words.

Login securely

One way that hackers will steal your password is by intercepting it through the network while it is on its way to most blogs. You can solve this problem by installing the Chap Secure Login plugin. This plugin will automatically encrypt your password when you login, so the hackers will only be able to see your username.

Remove your version information

Often, hackers will attack your site based on the version of the blog you are running. If they don’t know which version you are running, they won’t know how to attack your site. Install WP Security Scan to remove the identifying code from the header and feeds.

Prevent brute force attacks

One of the simplest ways for hackers to break into your account is to try different passwords over and over until they find one that works. The easiest way to prevent this is to use the Login LockDown plugin. If someone fails to guess the correct password three times within a 5 minute period, this plugin will prevent them from even trying again for the next hour.

Third Party Code

Adding site counters, templates, and other third-party code to your blog can be a great way to add some flare to your content, but can also leave your blog vulnerable to malicious activity if you aren’t familiar with its source. So take a moment to review the code and look for anything that seems out of place. For example, if you are adding a weather gadget to your blog and notice in the code that there are links pointing to unrelated sites, take that as a red flag and keep searching for another weather gadget. There is no reason that a weather gadget should include a snippets like ~ a href=”http://completelyfreemoneysamples.com”>Make Money Online!/a~

Before saving new template code, always preview first. Malicious template designers may sometimes include pop-ups or other unexpected ads in the template code, which will usually be revealed with a quick preview.

Look first to ‘trusted’ code repositories for a new template or widget. There are probably thousands of places across the web where you can find widget and template code, but it may be helpful to first check out some of the more widely known and trusted sources.

Protect against comment spam

Spam can be a danger to your blog and its visitors. Comment spam can insert unwanted content onto your website. One way of protecting against spam is using plugins that track comments and trackbacks, running them through tests to check on whether they are spam and then refusing or approving based on the test results. Though its worth noting that this is not completely full proof and depending on the size of your blog you may even want to personally moderate commenting, or maybe even limit commenting to specific posts.

Anti-spam Plugins and additional resources on how to protect from comment spam:
Akismet
Spam Karma 2
Codex on Combating Comment Spam (http://codex.wordpress.org/Combating_Comment_Spam)

Secure your WordPress Admin directory

This is mainly for WordPress Bloggers since it’s more the choice of pro bloggers and for its rich theme. This is one of the most useful tips where you have to whitelist all IP adresses that can access your /wp-admin/ directory. This method will only allow the access of wp-admin from your chosen IP addresses like your home computer, office computer, laptop etc. It is easy to do through .htaccesswhich you can place at /wp-admin/.htaccess. Here is the code you need.

AuthUserFile /dev/null
AuthGroupFile /dev/null
AuthName “Access Control”
AuthType Basic
order deny,allow
deny from all
# whitelist home IP address
allow from 64.xxx.199.99
# whitelist work IP address
allow from 64.xxx.199.210
allow from 199.xxx.136.200
# IP while in Bangalore; delete when back
allow from 128.xxx.2.27

Change IP addresses with the ones that you want to allow. If you are staying in a hotel for a few days, add their IP address in the file for that period and take that off when you leave that place. A very good security measure to keep your blog safe.

Finally, have a backup plan

You have to have a complete backup (database + files/plugins/themes) in case of uncertainty. It is always a good idea to keep your blog’s backup on more than one places (like computer hard disk, USB drive, CD etc) and take regular backups. This has worked like a charm to me many times bringing back many of my other blogs up in matter of seconds if something went wrong.. The following plugins can help automate the database backup process in wordpress, visit their websites for more information:
wp-db-backup (http://www.ilfilosofo.com/blog/wp-db-backup)
wp-dbmanager (http://www.lesterchan.net/wordpress/readme/wp-dbmanager.html)

Visit the the WordPress codex for further details on backing up your website.

As usual if you think i missed any leave a comment so other stay informed of it.. C U next week, till then take care..

I am now addicted to browse only on Google Chrome, not sure of why I like it compared to other browsers :). But I thought the high speed browser was lacking its shine and crashing quite often now a days, but last week a new beta shows up and shatters that impression. Last Thursday, the search titan announced a new Chrome 10 beta that boosts JavaScript performance by a substantial 66 percent, as measured by Google’s own V8 benchmark, and implements GPU-accelerated video playing. The beta also changes the way users set options, and lets them sync passwords. So I am using the beta quite a while now and thought it would be fine to review its performance.

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In my own speed tests on a 2.6-GHz dual-core system, Chrome 10 beta showed significant improvements on Google’s V8 benchmark and Mozilla’s Kraken, but on Webkit’s SunSpider JavaScript Benchmark, it was nearly identical, and still trailed Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Release Candidate’s 231ms.

V8 BenchMark Suite.

V8 BenchMark Suite.

Writing in a post entitled “Faster than a speeding rabbit: speed, sync, and settings” on the Google Chrome Blog, product manager Jeff Chang and product marketing manager Li Chan described the GPU video acceleration: “Users with capable graphics hardware should see a significant decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode, CPU usage may decrease by as much as 80%! This means better battery life so you can keep going and going like that pink bunny in the commercials.”

Beyond performance, the new beta adds a couple of other new user features. Users can now sync saved site passwords on multiple computers. The released version already allows syncing of bookmarks, preferences, themes, and extensions. The new feature also allows for encryption of the synced password if the user chooses that measure of extra security.

The Settings interface has been redesigned, displaying on the Web page area, rather than a separate dialog. This follows a longstanding trend in Chrome towards making every function look like a Web page—just as it does with History, Downloads, and Extension settings. Also new for settings is a search box, where you can just type in the function you’re looking for and set it on the resulting page.

The new version will likely make it to the stable release channel some time in the next few weeks: Chrome versions have been coming out at a pace of once every three months—more frequently than any other major browser. To try out the beta for yourself, head to the Google Chrome Beta download page, or change your current Chrome release channel to the beta on the channel changer page.

Overall, Chrome 10 beta brings a 66% increase in performance in the V8 benchmark over the current stable version (version 9). The boost is thanks to the new Crankshaft engine, which adds more aggressive optimizations to the V8 JavaScript engine. Opera 11.10 (codenamed Barracuda) on the other hand is at a very early stage right now. It adds support for Web Open Font Format and changes the behavior of the browser to be more compatible with other browsers.

With this the browser War heats up has never before..

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It’s been 2 years since I started this non-profit blog which is till my hobby over free time ;), but I never expected my readers would contribute over ~$4,700 so far to Social Vibe Charities towards Social Welfare across the world. So I once again Thanks all my readers for there generosity. Thanks everyone and have a great week ahead…:)

Wonder what are the hottest technologies for 2011? Technologies and trends that will rule in the year 2011. Let’s take a look at this week post, 10 Hottest & Strategic Technologies for 2011. The list highlights the technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organisations in 2011. strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. A strategic technology may be an existing technology that has matured and/or become suitable for a wider range of uses. It may also be an emerging technology that offers an opportunity for strategic business advantage for early adopters or with potential for significant market disruption in the next five years. Here’s over to the top 10 strategic technologies for 2011.

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Mobile apps and media tablets

Mobile devices are becoming computers in their own right, with an astounding amount of processing ability and bandwidth. There are already hundreds of thousands of applications for platforms like the Apple iPhone, in spite of the limited market (only for the one platform) and need for unique coding. Many research estimates that by the end of 2010, 1.2 billion people will carry handsets capable of rich, mobile commerce providing an ideal environment for the convergence of mobility and the Web.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing services exist along a spectrum from open public to closed private. The next three years will see the delivery of a range of cloud service approaches that fall between these two extremes. Vendors will offer packaged private cloud implementations that deliver the vendor’s public cloud service technologies (software and/or hardware) and methodologies (ie, best practices to build and run the service) in a form that can be implemented inside the consumer’s enterprise. Many will also offer management services to remotely manage the cloud service implementation.

Next-gen analytics

Increasing compute capabilities of computers including mobile devices along with improving connectivity are enabling a shift in how businesses support operational decisions. It is becoming possible to run simulations or models to predict the future outcome, rather than to simply provide backward looking data about past interactions, and to do these predictions in real-time to support each individual business action.
While this may require significant changes to existing operational and business intelligence infrastructure, the potential exists to unlock significant improvements in business results and other success rates.

Fabric-based infrastructure and computers

A fabric-based computer is a modular form of computing where a system can be aggregated from separate building-block modules connected over a fabric or switched backplane. In its basic form, a fabric-based computer comprises a separate processor, memory, I/O, and offload modules (GPU, NPU, etc.) that are connected to a switched interconnect and, importantly, the software required to configure and manage the resulting system(s).

The fabric-based infrastructure (FBI) model abstracts physical resources – processor cores, network bandwidth and links and storage – into pools of resources that are managed by the Fabric Resource Pool Manager (FRPM), software functionality. The FRPM in turn is driven by the Real Time Infrastructure (RTI) Service Governor software component. An FBI can be supplied by a single vendor or by a group of vendors working closely together, or by an integrator – internal or external.

Context-Aware computing

Context-aware computing centers on the concept of using information about an end user or object’s environment, activities connections and preferences to improve the quality of interaction with that end user.
The end user may be a customer, business partner or employee. A contextually aware system anticipates the user’s needs and proactively serves up the most appropriate and customized content, product or service.

Storage Class Memory

Huge use of flash memory in consumer devices, entertainment equipment and other embedded IT systems. It also offers a new layer of the storage hierarchy in servers and client computers that has key advantages – space, heat, performance and ruggedness among them.

Unlike RAM, the main memory in servers and PCs, flash memory is persistent even when power is removed. In that way, it looks more like disk drives where information is placed and must survive power-downs and reboots. Given the cost premium, simply building solid state disk drives from flash will tie up that valuable space on all the data in a file or entire volume, while a new explicitly addressed layer, not part of the file system, permits targeted placement of only the high-leverage items of information that need to experience the mix of performance and persistence available with flash memory.

Social analytics

Social analytics describes the process of measuring, analyzing and interpreting the results of interactions and associations among people, topics and ideas. These interactions may occur on social software applications used in the workplace, in internally or externally facing communities or on the social web. Social analytics is an umbrella term that includes a number of specialized analysis techniques such as social filtering, social-network analysis, sentiment analysis and social-media analytics. Social network analysis tools are useful for examining social structure and interdependencies as well as the work patterns of individuals, groups or organizations. Social network analysis involves collecting data from multiple sources, identifying relationships, and evaluating the impact, quality or effectiveness of a relationship.

Ubiquitous computing

The work of Mark Weiser and other researchers at Xerox’s PARC paints a picture of the coming third wave of computing where computers are invisibly embedded into the world.

As computers proliferate and as everyday objects are given the ability to communicate with RFID tags and their successors, networks will approach and surpass the scale that can be managed in traditional centralized ways. This leads to the important trend of imbuing computing systems into operational technology, whether done as calming technology or explicitly managed and integrated with IT.
In addition, it gives us important guidance on what to expect with proliferating personal devices, the effect of consumerisation on IT decisions, and the necessary capabilities that will be driven by the pressure of rapid inflation in the number of computers for each person.

Social communication and collaboration

Social media can be divided into:

1. Social networking-social profile management products, such as MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn and Friendster as well as social networking analysis (SNA) technologies that employ algorithms to understand and utilize human relationships for the discovery of people and expertise.

2. Social collaboration technologies, such as wikis, blogs, instant messaging, collaborative office, and crowdsourcing.

3. Social publishing-technologies that assist communities in pooling individual content into a usable and community accessible content repository such as YouTube and flickr.

4. Gaining feedback and opinion from the community on specific items as witnessed on YouTube, flickr, Digg, Del.icio.us, and Amazon

Video 2.0

Video is not a new media form, but its use as a standard media type used in non-media companies is expanding rapidly. Technology trends in digital photography, consumer electronics, the Web, social software, unified communications, digital and Internet-based television and mobile computing are all reaching critical tipping points that bring video into the mainstream.

Over the next three years video will become a commonplace content type and interaction model for most users, and by 2013, more than 25 percent of the content that workers see in a day will be dominated by pictures, video or audio.

Do you predict any Hot Technology trend for 2011 which is missed out, let us know…

Mobile Web browsers are fast catching up with their desktop counterparts in terms of functionality and features. Until a few years ago, internet access on the cellphone mainly meant being able to chat or send and receive e-mail on your handset. Yes, you could browse the Web on your phone as well, but screens were small and the browser – the software that let you access websites – was not really designed to let you see websites in all their glory, but instead showed you watered down “mobile-friendly ” versions of the originals.

All that changed with the arrival of the iPhone with its powerful Safari browser. This not only signalled an era of larger phone screens, but also positioned the handset as a device that was as capable of browsing the Web as a computer. The iPhone’s popularity led to not only more touchscreen devices (which is another story altogether), but also spurred a significant improvement in cellphone browsers. Prior to the iPhone, browsers like Opera Mini had managed to deliver a decent browsing experience on handsets, but had often been hampered by relatively small (2 or 2.2 inch) displays.

All this has now changed and the first thing that many users do when they get a cellphone is often to download a new browser to be able to surf their favourite websites with minimum fuss – ironically, the default browsers in most smartphones (barring the iPhone and Android devices) still remain on the weaker side. Here, then are some of the mobile browsing options available for those wanting a slice of the Web on their phones:

Opera Mini

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It can claim credit to having started the mobile browsing phenomenon when it allowed users to access desktop versions of websites on their handsets as far back as in 2005. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength and now even comes pre-installed on many handsets. One of the reasons Opera Mini works so well is that it uses a server to compress Web pages and then sends them to a handset – this can wreck havoc with images, but more often than not provides a very quick browsing experience, even on relatively slow connections.

Recent years have seen additions like tabbed browsing, an icon-driven interface, the ability to share bookmarks with desktop browsers, and support for just about every phone (including the iPhone) in town being added. All of which make it the best mobile browsing option on a handset to this day, notwithstanding the absence of support for Flash websites. In fact, it is so good that it has overshadowed and at times even cannibalised a sister product, Opera Mobile, which provides similar functionality, but runs totally off the phone and does not access pages through a server!

Available on http://www.m.opera.com

Bolt

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It is a relative newcomer to the world of mobile browsers, but Bolt has already started making a name for itself with its extremely fast browsing and the fact that it allows users to access streaming Flash websites like YouTube and MySpace. Bolt also lets you use Web applications like Google Docs and games like Mafia Wars, all with minimum loss of formatting. There is also a widget platform for those who would like to access sites without the fuss of typing out URLs (never an easy task on handsets).

Top that off with the fact that the browser runs on any handset that runs Java (it does not run on the iPhone and while Android versions are being tested out, it is not on the Android Market) and you can see why the browser is gaining so much popularity. It still loses out to Opera Mini in terms of sheer speed and stability though.

Available on http://www.boltbrowser.com

SkyFire

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There are many who complain about its (lack of) speed, its tendency to shut down abruptly at times and its less-than-intuitive interface. But all said and done, Skyfire has made a name for itself as being, perhaps, one of the most powerful browsers to run on a cellphone. It is one of the few browsers that lets you access a number of Flash sites without too many hassles (there’s even a workaround for this on the iPhone which does not support flash) and gives near desktop-style performance for almost all websites on most popular smartphone platforms.

What holds it back from cellphone browser domination is its tendency to be buggy and the fact that it is a bit of a resource hog – it can really slow your phone down sometimes. For this reason, it works best on devices with a little more power under the hood.

Available on http://www.skyfire.com

Dolphin HD

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There are many who will frown at the need for getting a third-party browser on an Android handset, which generally has a version of Google’s mobile Chrome running on it. It, therefore, speaks volumes of just how good Dolphin is, that many consider it a must-have application for Android users. Apart from handling Flash and HTML 5 sites very well, it also brings in the convenience of gestures, letting you access websites by just drawing a shape on the screen.

For example, you can assign the letter ‘F’ to access Facebook. Draw the shape on the screen and you’ll instantly be taken to that site. There are also various addons and extensions available; a password manager and screen capture to add further functionality to the browser, if need be. For example, it also supports downloading of YouTube videos. A pity it is available only for Android devices running software version 2.0 or later.

Available on Android Market

Firefox Mobile

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Do not get fooled by the name. The mobile version of Firefox has, so far, failed to match the performance (and hence, popularity) of its desktop counterpart. While it does offer a fair bit such as support for HTML 5 and add-ons, it has been found wanting in several departments, most notably those of speed and stability. When it does work, though, it works very well indeed. Alas, it has been a work in progress rather than the finished article for way too long. So far, it is available only for Android and Maemo devices.

Available on http://www.mozilla.com/en-US /mobile

iCab Mobile

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For many iPhone fanatics, downloading an additional browser when they have the superb Safari broswer pre-loaded on the device seems like a waste of time. However, iCab Mobile has emerged as one of the main challengers to Safari on the iPhone, just as it continues to be one of its rivals on the Mac OS platform.

iCab Mobile brings tabbed browsing, three finger scrolling, and most interestingly, a download manager that can not just be opened by apps on the iPhone, but can also be transferred to a computer. The built-in search function can be extended by adding more search engines, just like a browser on a PC. It also has some unique features like filters to block ads or other unwanted elements on a webpage. One of the two browsers in this feature to come with a price tag ($1.99), but in terms of performance, iCab is one of the best we have seen.

Available on Apple App Store

Xscope

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Xscope is not just a Web browser for Android devices; it also functions as a task killer (to help close apps running in the background) and as a file manager. You can long press on a link or an image for additional options like downloading. It is noticeably faster in rendering pages as compared to the default Android browser. Additionally, tabbed browsing is possible, and you can switch between tabs by simply swiping left or right on the tabs toolbar. Like Dolphin HD, Xscope also allows you to download YouTube clips for later viewing.

Other features include pinch-to-zoom, various customised skins and URL sharing. You can share the link to any website you visit using G-mail, Facebook or SMS; just long press on the URL bar and the sharing options come up. The latest version only works on devices running Android 2.1 or later. It is priced at $2.99 on the Android App Market, but there is a free, lite version available too. The lite version has all the browser features, but omits the task killer and file manager.

Available on Android Market

UCWEB

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If you are using two or more email account of Google or Yahoo then doing it from one browser could be more hectic as it is little difficult to type username and password from mobile key pad . So, Lets move towards our second option, UCWEB. Its well and good browser which have option to resume download if it fails due to any reason. Beside that it provides convenient way to copy and paste any urls or contents. Most reliable function of UCWEB is its tabbed browsing which allows you view separate websites at one time unlike opera mini.

Available @ http://www.uc.cn/English

Mobile Safari

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On January 9, 2007, at Macworld SF, Jobs announced Apple’s iPhone, which would use a mobile version of the Safari browser. Display rich websites like YouTube, zoom feature, excellent touch-based user interface. The iPhone was formally released on June 29, 2007. It includes a version of Safari based on the same WebKit rendering engine as the desktop version, but with a modified feature set better suited for a mobile device. Apple surprised everyone by approving the Opera Mini web browser for the iPhone and iPod touch, bringing one of the most popular mobile browsers to the most popular smartphone.

Available on iPhone platform.

Blazer

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Blazer is a web browser available for Palm handhelds running Palm OS 3.1 or higher with 8MB of free memory available. The original version of Blazer was developed by Bluelark Systems and was released in November 2000. Bluelark Systems was acquired by Handspring a month later. Has all Standard browser features, Video is streamed via the Kinoma Video Player. It supports many formats, including Windows Media. Blazer does not support Adobe Flash Player – meaning you cannot view popular videos on sites such as ESPN or YouTube. This issue has never been addressed by Palm.

Available Free with Palm OS