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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Google Maps Added New Feature Helicopter View of Your Route

Google has added a 3D aerial route preview option to its Google Maps product.With the new 
feature, Google Maps users can fly alongside routes to get a birds-eye view of directions while planning road trips, biking excursions, hiking trips or regular city commutes.The 3D preview feature colloquially referred to as “helicopter view” is now a part of the Google directions experience. Users simply enter start, mid and endpoint destinations to get directions as usual, and a new 3D play button will appear next to the returned directions.

“The map will switch to Earth view and automatically start flying you along your recommended route,” Google Maps engineer Paul Yang explains in a blog post. “To help you keep track of which step you are on, the current leg of the trip is highlighted in the left panel. You can also jump to a different part of the trip by clicking on a different step.”

Users can also pause the 3D preview by poking about off-route areas, all the while remaining in the 3D Earth view. They also can return to the standard two-dimensional view by clicking on the 2D button in the left-hand directions panel. 3D route previews, on first glance, appear to mash up the Google Earth and Google Maps experiences quite nicely. Take a trip of your own and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Facebook is Planning To Launch iPad App And Project Spartan Soon!!!!

Reports says that Facebook is gearing up to launch the much awaited iPad app and Project Spatran as early as next week and it could even be at the iPhone 5 launch event on October 4th.Project Spartan is an HTML5 based mobile application platform for Facebook apps, which would work on mobile Safari.

Facebook’s iPad app is about to launch. That too has been ready to go for a while now, but it has been held up by some internal back-and-forth between Apple and Facebook. And Project Spartan has been waiting on that iPad app. Earlier this week, Mashable reported that Facebook’s iPad app would launch at Apple’s iPhone event this coming Tuesday. 

For what it’s worth, we’ve heard Facebook is actually planning to launch the iPad app at their own iPad/Spartan event on Monday. But they’re still discussing all of this with Apple. And Apple has been well known to change things at the last second. It is possible that they want Facebook to launch this on stage at their event to showcase some of the new HTML5 capabilities of iOS 5 (which will also be formally unveiled at the event).

Thursday, 22 September 2011

What is Google Wallet?

Google’s mobile payment system, Google Wallet, is now available to the public — for people who use Sprint Nexus S 4G phones and Citi MasterCards or Visa cards at least. The near-field communication and contact-less payment system was expected to launch this summer.Google Wallet — along with Google Offers — is built on an open platform that combines multiple credit cards, loyalty programs and offers at the point of sale. Payment is made by swiping your smartphone at checkout. Essentially, Google is turning your phone into your wallet.

The Google Wallet service must be associated with a Google account to begin using it. After agreeing to terms and conditions and entering a PIN, you can start the process of provisioning your cards to your account.So far the service only works with Nexus S 4G phones on Sprint; people with these phones will receive over-the-air updates Monday and will see a new “Wallet” app. It also only works with Citi Master Cards and Google Prepaid Cards, which can be filled using any other credit card.

Update: Visa has announced that Visa customers can also use Google Wallet.Eventually Discover and American Express will work with the app as well, Google said Monday.The system made its debut in May and was tested in select markets. Just last week MasterCard, a launch partner, held another press event in New York City to show off other future-of-payment technologies, including the ability to make purchases by simply waving at your TV.

How To Fix Overheating & Fan Noise After Upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion with SMC Reset

A fair amount of users are reporting that upgrading to Mac OS X Lion has caused their Macs to run hotter in general and their fans to constantly engage, creating excessive and unusual fan noise. For users who have just performed an upgrade from 10.6, this is usually because of Spotlight and the mdworker & mds process combination, which irons itself out over the course of an hour or so.

If waiting it out hasn’t resolved the heat and fan noise for you, or those Spotlight processes aren’t running, you might want to try resetting the System Management Controller, or SMC. This seems to be particularly effective for MacBook Pro and MacBook Airs that are running hot with considerable fan noise after the Lion installation.
Fix Fan Noise & Heat in OS X Lion by Resetting SMC

For MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models with internal batteries:

  • Shut down your Mac 
  • Plug in the MagSafe adapter 
  • Press and hold Shift+Control+Option+Power button at the same time 
  • Release all keys and buttons simultaneously 
  • Press the power button to turn on your Mac as usual 
Apple notes that the little LED light on the MagSafe adapter may change colors or states, or even briefly turn off when you reset the SMC, which could be an easy way to tell if it’s be done successfully.Resetting the SMC is a fairly common trick to fix some of the quirkier power and battery related problems on a Mac, and in many cases it works. If all else has failed, try this out, it just may solve your heat and fan noise issues with Lion.

Note: Anytime the SMC is reset you will typically lose custom power settings, so be prepared to go back into System Preferences to readjust Energy Saver settings again.

Hurrey ! Google Plus Finally Allows Public To (Sign Up Now)

Google Plus is finally available for all users and everyone can signup with Google Plus now. Over the past 90 days, they were developing applications and adding new features and Google Plus finally comes out with more than 91 improvements, since its launch. It is really a good news for those people waiting to get their hands on Google Plus to get a better experience than other social media website like Facebook and Orkut. Earlier, people had to invite a particular user to sign up for Google+ but it is open to all.

Now, you can sign up through the official website at or Open these links and you can see that sign up (Create an account) option is now available and you can use it to get a Google Plus account. If you already posses a Google account or using any Google service then you can use the same ID and password to sign in to Google Plus.

Some of the most popular features on Google Plus:
We can use this feature on Google Plus for get live video chat with many peoples on same time face-to-face and we can share lots of things during Google hangout with friends like Video, Music, Games and many more. Finally Google hangout improve and now available on Android 2.3+ devices with front-facing cameras (and iOS support is coming soon).

+Search: It was also most popular feature on Google Plus because with the help of this tool, we can search people on Google Plus and their posts too. Just type what you’re looking for into the Google+ search box, and it will return relevant people and posts, as well as popular content from around the web.

Google+ API for developers: Last week, Google announced API for application developers. But today Google released one more API specially for hangout application developers. If you are a developer and want to develop application for Google Plus and hangout, then it’s your day and you can get full information on Google Plus API by visiting the Google official Google+ Platform blog.

Multiple Gmail Sign-in for Mobile

Google has upgraded Gmail for mobile with a couple of long-awaited features, including multiple sign-in.The feature, which has been present in the desktop version of Gmail for about a year, lets users sign into several Gmail accounts at the same time — very convenient for those who often need to switch between one or more personal and business accounts.

To sign into another account, click on the account switcher at the bottom of the app’s thread list. Then you can choose to either sign into an another account, sign out of all accounts, or switch between the accounts you’ve already signed into.

Other new features of note include a vacation auto-responder, which can now be set up from the mobile version of Gmail, and creating a special mobile signature that makes it clear you’re responding to an email from a mobile device.

To try the new features, simply go to on your smartphone or tablet’s browser.

Monday, 19 September 2011

How to Configure Automatic Login in Windows 8

For enabling an automatic login to Windows 8, you need to configure your user account. The procedure is similar to Windows 7 with some minor changes:

1. To configure a user account, you need to configure netplwiz settings. To open netplwiz in Windows 8, you need to log into the user account. You are taken to the Metro UI start screen. Hit Win+R or go to Search from the new Start Menu, select Select Apps and type netplwiz in the search bar. This should open the User Accounts screen on the Desktop.

2. Now, you can see all available users in Windows 8. Now, select user from the list that you want to auto login during Windows 8 startup and remove tick mark from “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” option.

To enable this feature, you must enter password for the selected user. So enter selected user password and press OK button for apply.

It is complete yet simple process to enable automatic login on Windows 8. It is a good option but raises some serious privacy and security concerns for both the user and the computer for a mulitple access computer. So, I think you should try this tweak only if you have a single user computer or private computer.