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By now you know how to use Google to search for a flight, look up a definition, or solve a simple math problem. But what if you want to do a search comparison or want information from a certain time period? Here is the 10 tips and tricks for searching Google like a Pro.

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Google Squared

Searching for a comparison chart on a certain topic? Try using Google Squared for a collection of information. For instance, try searching Google Squared for “roller coasters” to see a chart of the top 20 tallest roller coasters, or check out chart of hurricanes for images, descriptions, and damage estimates of recent hurricanes.

Wonder Wheel

Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Google’s Wonder Wheel gives another way of looking at the related searches near what you’re looking for.

Located in the left-hand sidebar, Wonder Wheel produces a circular chart with searches that other people have done recently that are related to yours.

Search History

Need to find something you have found on Google before? Try searching your own Google search history. Sign into your Google account and enable web history.

Run your searches and then visit http://www.google.com/history to see your search history and revisit previous searches. Search history also syncs to your mobile device.

Google Voice Search

Google Voice Search lets you speak your search queries into your mobile device while on the go. Google Voice Search app is available on iPhone, BlackBerry, and Nokia S60 V3 phones. If you have an Android phone, search for the “Voice Search” app in Android Market.

Timeline

For those who want info from a certain time period, Timeline option is a sure shot help. Located in the left-hand toolbar, the feature lets you zoom in on any time range and see news pulled from assorted sources, including books, news, and web pages. Searching for the Anglo-French Wars, for instance, brings up a timeline that runs from 1600-2010, stepping down into individual years, then months.

Google Images

Want to filter your results in Google Images. Try searching for a word that could be found in a range of images, such as names like heather or raven or cliff. Towards the bottom of the left-hand sidebar in Google Images, you will find a dedicated option to only clip art, photos, or line drawings.

Searching files

Trying to find a particular type of file? Google doesn’t only look for HTML. Type what you’re looking for and then add ‘filetype:tag’ on the end. For instance, ‘filetype:doc’ will only results with those types of file. This search supports PDF, Microsoft Office formats, Shockwave Flash and so.

Google Suggest

To compare different Google Suggest results side-by-side, go to http://hint.fm/seer/ to get a visual comparison of two search prefixes. Though not a Google product, Web Seer was built by two Googlers and gives interesting insight into Google results.

Search in the URL

If you know there’s a specific string of letters or words in the URLs of pages you are looking for, you can use “inurl” to find them.

For example, many websites with public webcams have URLs that contain “view/view.shtml”. So search for inurl:view/view.shtml and your search results will display the URLs for webcams around the world.

Searching websites

You can search a wide variety of sites by inserting > before the type of site you want to search. For example, [penguins site:>.edu] searches for penguins across all .edu sites. [crater image site:>nasa.gov] searches for crater images across nasa.gov.

I hope you liked these tricks if you any if you would like to share leave them in the comment section of this post.

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USB 3.0 devices are coming in thick and fast, ranging from external storage devices to media servers. Just getting one of these devices is not going to be enough to enjoy the significant increase in transfer speeds. Before investing in a USB 3.0 device, it is essential to have compatibility at the other end—namely, desktop and/or laptop.

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I have put together a quick guide that lists the available upgrade options for the computer and then we round it off with some of USB 3.0 device that may be worthy of purchase.

Express card

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This is by far the cheapest and quickest way to add USB 3.0 compatibility to your existing system. D-Link has PCIe riser card for desktop computers and an Express card for latops, with both of these offering two USB 3.0 ports.

The PCIe card for desktops can be had for Rs. 2,799 and the Express card for laptops is going for Rs 3,699.

Motherboard swap

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The option to add native USB 3.0 support is only available for desktop computers, while laptop users will just have to save and buy a model with such support.

Getting a new motherboard is not going to be cheap, like the one pictured here from ASUS is selling for Rs 7,145.

This cost can go even higher as getting a new motherboard may also require getting a new central processor and memory modules, depending how old the rig in question is.

Pendrives

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Transcend is selling a couple of USB 3.0 pen drives with decent storage capacities at an affordable price. The 8GB version of Transcend Jet Flash 700 is selling for Rs. 660 and the 16GB model is yours for Rs 1,099.

Portable hard-drives

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Hitachi is offering quite an attractive package with its Touro series of external hard-drives. These USB 3.0 complaint hard-drives come in 500GB and 700GB models and in addition offer 3GB of online storage space.

The Touro Mobile Pro 500GB model has a suggested retail price of Rs 4,408 and the 750GB model’s SRP is Rs 5,309.

External desktop drives

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While these drives are portable, they are likely going to stay put on your desktop. These drives are the mother of all external storage devices with the capacity of a data warehouse and need for an additional power source.

MyBook from Western Digital is a 3.5-inch external drive with capacity to house two terabytes of data. This one is retailing for Rs 4,900 and is backed-up by three years of warranty.

Google’s new Social Networking Site Google+ is up and running , which people have already started to refer as G+. After the failure in Orkut, Wave, Buzz and many more similar networking services this is fresh new attempt from Google to tackle on Facebook.

Earlier this week, Google launched this new social networking service called Google+. Google+ is Google’s latest service in the social networking segment and will compete with the likes of Facebook and Twitter. If you spend time on Google or any of its services, then you may have seen the new black menu bar. Many wondered if this was just some new design from Google. As it turns out, that black bar is a sign from Google that something big is coming. That something is Google+.

Google+ is the newest of Google’s projects to go into invitation beta. Most of the services Google launch are made available in US first, just like the invites for Google Music. Similarly, Google+ is also invite only right now and you can apply for an invite directly. There are no direct invites being sent out right now but you can get yourself an invite by visiting this link. Additionally, you can learn more about Google+ service by visiting this link. A demo is also right here
From the looks of it, this one definitely looks interesting.

Difference Between Google+ and Facebook:

• Google+ is the latest effort by Google to garner a chunk of space in the social networking platform which is currently dominated by Facebook
• Facebook has an estimated 500 million members whereas Google+ is only in its experimental stage
• Google+ has some new, innovative features like Circles, Sparks, and hangouts that are absent in Facebook
• Photo upload in Google+ is instant as against a time consuming process in Facebook
• Only time will tell if Google+ can take on the might of Facebook but it certainly has attractive features to lure potential members

One of the Biggest difference between FB and G+ would be with “the ability to share just the right things with the right people. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself- just like real life. And we built Google+ on top of Google’s existing products so the experience is fun and simple to use. For people who already use Google every day, this is just an upgrade.”

It is not yet the time to say who is better. But Facebook has the advantage of being first successful social network and has built a nation in seven years. Google is a very popular brand with lot of fans and cults but Google plus has yet to start growing its circle. Google has advantage of having a lot of other web apps and features like Gmail, maps, web search, Picasa, Docs, voice and video chat, readers and lot more. Google has already integrated the G+ with all other of its service. Google have phone OS and going to pioneer OS for cloud user. Facebook has also plans for its own phone OS and have a good partnership with Microsoft.

So are you ready to switch from FB to G+ ?

Privacy threats and fatigue has led 1 lakh Britons and six million users in the US to shut down their Facebook accounts, with the same pattern expected to follow in other countries too.

Facebook’s growth rate has slowed for a second month in a row, ironically, when the social networking site was aiming to reach its goal of one billion active users.

Canada saw a fall of about 1.5 million users of the website, while in Russia and Norway numbers fell by more than 100,000 users.

The company is now relying on developing countries to boost its numbers.

Blogs are abuzz with speculations that the website could one day ‘sputter into oblivion,’ fearing the fate of its failing rival MySpace.

There is a point at which the site can no longer grow, once it has established itself in a country, according to Eric Eldon, from the website ‘Inside Facebook’, which obtained the figures.

“By the time Facebook reaches around 50% of the total population in a given country, growth generally slows to a halt,” Internet psychologist Graham Jones has predicted that Facebook users would suffer the same kind of ‘fatigue’ that comes whenever men and women get bored with trying anything that is new. “People get terribly excited about something new and after a while the novelty wears off,” he explained.

What do you think of Facebook Privacy Policies.

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 😉

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Its a HOT news going around on the web, will Google and Facebook buy Twitter indeed both these companies have been in acquisition talks with Twitter, as per a report from the Wall Street Journal. With more than 175 million registered users worldwide, Twitter was the pioneer of the micro-blogging space. Its popularity is due to its easy usability and real time commenting feature. It is now believed that Twitter is holding low level discussions with Google and Facebook to decide an appropriate price tag. Wall Street Journal cites the reason behind this potential buyout is the 2011 valuation of Twitter which is being estimated to be $10 billion with possible revenue of $100-$110m. When you compare this to the 2010 valuation of $3.7 billion, its no wonder Facebook and Google are keen on snapping up this growing company.

The valuation — somewhere between $8 billion and $10 billion — is explicitly not based on Twitter’s current revenues. And valuing Twitter based on its revenues is exactly what Twitter’s suitors aren’t doing. The interesting question about Twitter’s valuation is not how high it is, but rather the way in which it can be justified. People are putting real cash money into Twitter at massive valuations — the company just raised $200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation, and Andreessen Horowitz just bought $80 million of stock in the secondary market at levels which might well be higher than that. These investors aren’t stupid, so what’s their reasoning?

Twitter has swaths of devoted users, but it’s a different story that it requires repeated explanation to many regular Joe Web users. According to a seurvey, of the people who use the Internet, just 12% use Twitter, according to a recent survey by Pew Research Center. Compare that to Facebook (used by 62% of Internet users), and text messaging (used by 74% of cell phone owners)

If Twitter is 20% the size of Facebook, and Facebook is worth $50 billion, then Twitter’s valuation of $10 billion makes pretty good sense.

The point here is that Twitter is becoming central to how people communicate with each other — a key part of the new social architecture. It serves a very important purpose in the lives of the people who have adopted it, and it’s likely to serve the same purpose for ever more people as its user base grows.

How exactly will crucial social infrastructure get monetized in the future? Nobody knows for sure — but everybody knows that it’s not simply going to happen by scaling up current-day revenues from promoted tweets and the like. Twitter’s on track to make $100 million this year without even breaking a sweat, but the one thing all of its investors understand is that priority number one for the company is to become an indispensable service for millions of people around the world.

If Google and Facebook are fighting over Twitter, a large part of its value to each company is that the other one won’t own it.

Twitter is a highly speculative investment, of course, and in fact only a very select group of carefully-qualified and extremely rich investors can invest in the company at all. Everybody putting money into the company right now is well aware that they’re taking a calculated risk.

Even though Twitter has denied merger and or takeover rumors, one can only wonder how long it will be able to resist the world’s two biggest tech giants. Some observers are speculating that these rumors are simply a marketing stunt by Twitter itself. But time will unveal the real story.

Who do you think as the greater advantage with this buyout is it Google or Facebook, let me know leave your comments in the comments section of this post.. Until then take care and have a great week ahead..

I love all the conferences from TED bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. But some TED shows stands out from other and so In my today’s post i thought of Sharing some of the BEST TED talks I have seen, which bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less)

Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic”

In a lively show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to figure out 3-digit squares, solves another massive mental equation and guesses a few birthdays. How does he do it? He’ll tell you.

Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

Al Gore on averting climate crisis

With the same humor and humanity he exuded in An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore spells out 15 ways that individuals can address climate change immediately, from buying a hybrid to inventing a new, hotter “brand name” for global warming.

Jeff Han demos his breakthrough touchscreen

Jeff Han shows off a cheap, scalable multi-touch and pressure-sensitive computer screen interface that may spell the end of point-and-click.

David Gallo shows underwater astonishments

David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth

Blaise Aguera y Arcas leads a dazzling demo of Photosynth, software that could transform the way we look at digital images. Using still photos culled from the Web, Photosynth builds breathtaking dreamscapes and lets us navigate them.

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Hans Rosling shows the best stats you’ve ever seen

You’ve never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called “developing world.”

Tony Robbins asks why we do what we do

Tony Robbins discusses the “invisible forces” that motivate everyone’s actions — and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

Craig Venter is on the verge of creating synthetic life

“Can we create new life out of our digital universe?” Craig Venter asks. His answer is “yes” — and pretty soon. He walks through his latest research and promises that we’ll soon be able to build and boot up a synthetic chromosome.

Wade Davis on the worldwide web of belief and ritual

Anthropologist Wade Davis muses on the worldwide web of belief and ritual that makes us human. He shares breathtaking photos and stories of the Elder Brothers, a group of Sierra Nevada indians whose spiritual practice holds the world in balance.

One TED talk is better than other, so do you have any in your list, leave it in the comments section so we can watch it..