Archive for December, 2011
According to the Nielsen research group’s provided data for January-October 2011, Google, Facebook and YouTube are the most visited web sites under three respective categories of over all web brands, social networks&blogs and video brand.
Top 10 Web Brands in 2011
- AOL Media Network
- Ask Search Network
Top 10 Social Networks & Blogs
- Yahoo! Pulse
- Six Apart TypePad
Top 10 Online Destinations for Video
- AOL Media Network
- The CollegeHumor Network
- CNN Digital Network
Windows: If you’d like your web browser to run a bit faster, Waterfox is a Firefox clone built to run faster on 64-bit processors.
Mozilla still hasn’t officially released any 64-bit builds for Firefox, and Waterfox aims to fill that void. It has one main goal: speed. They’ve tweaked a lot of Firefox’s codebase to work better with 64-bit processors, so if you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows, it should give you a solid speed boost. It also updates whenever Firefox does, so you’re never behind, and uses your current Firefox profile, so you don’t have to do any extra setup. All of your add-ons should work out of the box, too.
If you don’t like Waterfox for any reason, you might also check out previously mentioned Pale Moon, another Windows-optimized Firefox build. It updates a bit less quickly than Waterfox, and lots of users find Waterfox to be faster, but Pale Moon also has a few other UI tweaks. Hit the link to check out Waterfox.
Waterfox is a free download for Windows only.
Laptops are becoming increasingly popular and people are preferring laptops more than the desktop computers. This is because of many reasons. One main reason amongst many is portability, we can take a laptop anywhere we want. There are many other benefits of using a laptop, like there is no need for a UPS as the laptop battery serves the purpose of a UPS.
The components of a laptop are more integrated and compatible, there is less chance of incompatible hardware and conflicting drivers. Not all laptops are made equal. Laptops can be customized to certain modes of use. For example, if you are a hardcore gamer, you will prefer a different laptop than a person who wants to use the laptop in the office. There are a few common considerations that need to be addressed when purchasing a laptop. Let’s discuss some of them.
The first and foremost thing that should be taken into consideration is the price of the laptop. You will need to consider your budget range before selecting the laptop brand. Toshiba laptop is the choice of many people who want a high end budget laptop. Other choices may include Dell, HP, Lenovo and Acer. If you want a really light laptop with only the basic functions, you can go for a netbook or if you only want to read an e-book, an ebook reader instead of the laptop will be advised. There are numerous other options like an iPad or smart phones for on the go mobile computing.
Performance is a major factor which should be taken into consideration with care. You will need to determine what is the purpose of buying the laptop, what type of applications will run on the laptop and how much system resources they take. After determining your needs, you may select the best processor, the amount or RAM and hard drive, the graphics card etc. Core i7 is the most recommended processor while Core i3 is a budget processor with good performance.
This is usually ignored by many people while buying a laptop. But in my opinion it is very important to look for as all the ports you need should be present in the laptop. Some laptops include only one USB port. If you need more, you should either think of an external USB hub which should be taken with the laptop all the time or you should consider a laptop with atleast 3 USB ports. If you want to connect a monitor with the laptop, you should consider an HDMI port instead of the standard VGA (if your monitor supports HDMI).
Wireless and External Storage
Nowadays everything is going wireless and it is becoming absolutely necessary to have the wireless components built into the laptop instead of buying separate wireless cards. You should consider a laptop which has wi-fi and bluetooth built-in. Similarly, if the laptop has an option for plugging in external storage like SD cards, it will be an added plus.
These are few things that you will need to consider when buying a laptop. I hope this has been useful for you and will help you when you buy your next laptop. If you are considering other thing when buying a laptop, what are those?
There’s no doubt that Google’s Android is currently the most popular mobile platform on the market and, if back in June they were recording around 500,000 devices being activated daily, the situation is even better now.
According to Andy Rubin, “there are now over 700,000 Android devices activated every day”. He also said that by “activation” he “means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service”. Each device is counted once and “re-sold devices” are not counted. With such an increasing popularity Android might see 1,000,000 device activations per day by June 2012; this also begs the question: where will the curve stop climbing?
Source: Mozilla (Windows), (Mac), (Linux), (Release notes)
Google has released an updated Chrome for Windows, Mac and Linux with new features which make the browser specific to user with his settings.
The first new feature of latest Chrome browser is “Sign-in to Chrome” option, that enables users to take their browser settings, bookmarks, apps and other stuff automatically on other devices. To use Sign in to Chrome just click on wrench menu and select “Sign in to Chrome.”
The other new feature of Chrome update is “Add New Users”, this option is quite useful when several people have to use same system, so that each user can launch its specific browser stuff. Adding new users lets you each sign in to Chrome to sync your own stuff to your devices.
“Keep in mind that adding new users to Chrome isn’t intended to secure your data against other people using your computer, since it just takes a few clicks to switch between users. We’re providing this functionality as a quick and simple user interface convenience for people who are already sharing Chrome on the same computer today.
To truly protect your data from being seen by others, please use the built-in user accounts on your operating system of choice.”
Add New User to Chrome
- Click on wrench icon on right upper corner of your Chrome browsertoolbar
- Select Options (Windows), Preferences (Mac/Linux)
- Click Personal Stuff
- Go to Users > Add new user
- Sign in to Chrome with your Google account to associate the account with Chrome. Once you signed in, all of your bookmarks, apps, extensions, theme, and browser settings will be synced to the account
This was a great year for all things photography, with posts to help you behind the camera, in front of it, when you’re shooting, and when you’re editing. Here’s a look back at our most popular photography tips, tricks, and hacks of 2011.