Monday, December 26, 2011

HTC Super Tool: The Latest All-in-One for Your HTC Device


Do you own a new HTC device? Is your device bootloader locked? For most of us to obtain root, using the HTC method of unlocking is tiresome. Go here, input this command, copy this, push that, and all to let HTC know that you want to void your warranty.
Until now that is.
Say hello to the latest creation from XDA developer: frigid. Known as HTC Super Tool v2, this bad boy roots a number of devices according to frigid, including:
Evo Design 4g
Evo 4g
Evo 3d
Evo Shift
G2
MT3Gs
MT4G
MT4Gs
Inspire
Sensation
Incredible
Wildfire S
Amaze
And a lot more if it works for your device either post here or PM me and I will add to the list!
For right now there is no functioning S-OFF, but it’s in the works, so head on over to the thread here and show your unrooted HTC device some love.
Happy Rooting.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Here’s How To Get The New Twitter Web Interface Right Now

Here’s How To Get The New Twitter Web Interface Right Now:

If you’re an avid Twitter user like the most of us here at Redmond Pie, then you’re probably aware that yesterday was a big day over at Twitter HQ when they rolled out some major changes to their web interface and mobile apps.


NewNewTwitter


The Twitter for iPhone and Android apps were completely revamped, and are now at version 4.0 and 3.0 respectively. The update in our opinion was quite extensive, and a much needed one as well. The two most noticeable changes that came along with the update included faster refresh times and a whole new UI.


With the new redesigned UI, the way tweets are now displayed has been revamped, but unfortunately, this change also means that one of my most used feature, the swiping gesture, has been removed from both the iPhone and Android apps. So yeah, disparity tagged along the way when it was raining in heaven.


Twitter 4


Moving away from the native apps; both the desktop and mobile web interfaces got a revamp, too. In all honesty, its brilliant now, and is somewhat easier to navigate than the previous version.


The new web UI is cleaner, and much more faster than ever before. But, I am personally missing the side-pane which previously used to show more details about a tweet when it was selected.


NewNewTwitter 1


The tweet composer is now a dedicated button which sits on the top bar of your Twitter page. It allows you to send tweets painlessly from anywhere within Twitter site. Once you click the compose button, the compose window will pop-up, as seen in the screenshot below:


Tweet Composer


Twitter is currently said to be rolling out the new interface region wise, which unfortunately means that many international users will have to wait for their turn to get the taste of the new, and so called, #NewNewTwitter web interface.


But what if you want it now? Well, there are no funky steps to follow, no developer commands to punch in, simply: install the Twitter for iPhone or Android app, sign-in and presto! You will automatically get the new Twitter web-interface.


You might also want to check out this official video walkthrough on the new Twitter design:



So then, what are you waiting for? Give it a shot and let us know if it worked for you!


You may also like to check out:



(via Gizmodo)


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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Skyrim Live Wallpaper for Android






Requirements: Android 2.1 and up
Overview: This app was developed to be run exclusively on NVIDIA® Tegra™-powered devices.
NVIDIA’s engineers worked with the team at Bethesda to bring the best Skyrim experience to the PC and we became such fans of the game we thought we would get some live wallpaper made and provide it for free to the Skyrim fans in our Tegra community.

Skyrim reimagines the open-world fantasy epic, pushing the gameplay and technology of a virtual world to new heights. Explore this amazing landscape with GeForce GTX and bring rugged mountains, bustling cities, ancient dungeons, and deadly dragons to life like never before. Experience everything. Sacrifice nothing. Gear up with GeForce GTX.

More Info:
https://market.android.com/details?id=nvidia.skyrimlwp
Download:
http://www.filesonic.com/file/412593...paper_v1.0.apk
http://filepost.com/files/bm2cm95d/s...aper_v1.0.apk/

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Time-lapse video of Ho Chi Minh City in action

Time-lapse video of Ho Chi Minh City in action:



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In a city of 7+ million people and nearly as many motorbikes zipping through the streets, the traffic situation in Vietnam’s largest city plays out like frantic, yet perfectly synchronized dance.


Rob Whitworth captured the frenetic energy of the city in a beautiful time-lapse video created using 10,000 RAW images.



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Friday, November 25, 2011

Download And Install Android 3.2 Honeycomb On ASUS Eee PC Or Laptop [How-To Tutorial]

Download And Install Android 3.2 Honeycomb On ASUS Eee PC Or Laptop [How-To Tutorial]:
Go figure, it seems that Honeycomb is able to run on a PC. An open source project by the name of Android-x86 has been attempting to boot the latest Honeycomb build to netbooks and laptops with some success.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Lao Airlines connects S'pore to all ASEAN cities - TIME TO TRY

SINGAPORE: Singapore is now connected to all nine ASEAN city states with the arrival of Lao Airlines from Vientiane, the 11th new city link for Changi this year.

Lao Airlines will have thrice-weekly services between Singapore and Vientiane.

And its direct service comes on the back of strong bilateral ties between the two countries.

Singapore is among Laos' top 10 foreign investors, with investments in sectors ranging from manufacturing to hospitality.

In the first nine months of this year, bilateral trade saw a substantial growth of 40 per cent year-on-year to reach about US$29 million.

Singapore and Laos have also been regular cooperation and exchange partners since Laos joined ASEAN in 1997, across areas such as education, healthcare and tourism.

In a statement, Changi Airport said the number of passengers travelling between the two countries has grown steadily over the last five years.

During this period, Singapore visitor arrivals into Laos grew about 8 per cent annually to about 6,100 in 2010, while the number of visitors from Laos increased by some 25 per cent every year to about 5,200 last year.

- CNA/ck

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Useful Third Party Preference Panes for Mac #5


Precipitate

Precipitate
Precipitate
Precipitate is a very, very cool PrefPane that synchronizes your Google Docs, Bookmarks and Picasa with Spotlight, so that you can make searchable all of your information from those services, right from your handy Cmd+Spacebar shortcut.
Price: Free
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Developer: Link

A Simple Guide to Rooting the HTC Desire HD on Gingerbread

A Simple Guide to Rooting the HTC Desire HD on Gingerbread:

I spent a long time trying to find a valid root guide for my HTC Desire HD on Gingerbread. When I finally did, I ran into a few snags. To help people who wish to root their Desire HD in the future, I’ve written this guide, to try to explain everything clearly so the risk of making a mistake or getting stuck is minimal.


As far as I know, this root procedure works on all Desire HDs worldwide. It also removes carrier locks! This is done through converting your SD card into what’s known as a GoldCard. (No data is ever removed from it in this process, though.)


Another plus to using this method is that no ROM downgrade is needed prior to attempting to root. Many other more complicated methods out there do insist you downgrade your stock ROM first.


I won’t get into what rooting is, or the pros and cons. For a discussion of that, read this article: ‘To Root or Not to Root?‘.


This guide has been written for Linux users, however there is no reason a Windows user can’t pop a Live CD in their machine for twenty minutes. There are instructions in the manual included with the downloaded kit which explains how to run it natively on Windows. If you want to run the root kit on Windows, flick down to the bottom of this page.


I would recommend you read Jonathon Joy’s article on ‘Tools and Tricks to Assist the Avid ROM Flasher‘; it’s very useful if you want to easily back up all of your contacts and applications. (If they aren’t backed up, they will be wiped during the root – in fact, all of the data on your phone’s internal memory will be wiped.)


What You Need



  • Any 32 bit computer running Linux (for now, 32 bit is a must or you risk harming your phone), or a Linux LiveCD you can boot off. I used Ubuntu myself.

  • Your Desire HD, and its USB cable

  • The Advanced Ace Hack Kit: Download Here. This is correct to 5/11/2011; check this thread for updates. The MD5 Checksum is bd852ee94ea3ce660f8d72339e78bbef

  • A very basic knowledge of Linux: mostly how to use Terminal, including some basic commands.

  • To ensure you have backed up all contacts or applications that you want.


Please read this guide all the way through first. Then start.


If you see ‘Ace’ anywhere whilst rooting, it means Desire HD.


The Steps


Step 1: Log in to Your Linux Distro as Root


Boot up into your Desktop, open a Terminal through Applications > Accessories > Terminal. Then type in su, press enter, enter your password and press return. If you are using a Live CD you can get a root terminal by entering sudo -i instead of su.


Step 2: Get the Hack Kit and Unpack It


Make sure you downloaded the Android Ace Hack Kit from the link above! Find it in your native file manager, right click the ZIP archive, and extract it.


Step 3: Using the Advanced Ace Hack Kit


Plug your phone into the computer, then type into the terminal cd #path-to-the-unpacked-root-kit and press enter. Double check that you are logged in as root, and that the phone is plugged in, type ./hack-ace.sh, and press enter. This should start up the Ace Advanced Hack Kit.


Now just type 1, and press enter.


If everything went according to plan so far, this should be what you see after running ./hack-ace.sh


This process takes a little time, so be patient and let it chug away. This process took about six minutes for me. Enjoy the jargon flying past while you sip some coffee.


Step 4: Success?


Once it claims the process is complete, and your phone hasn’t done anything new (check the screen) for a good two minutes, take a look. It should have booted into HTC Sense, but with S-OFF, and root!


Step 5: Success!


Enjoy your rooted Desire HD however you like!


Why Not a 64 Bit Computer?


This was never fully answered for me. All I know is that using a 64 bit machine for my initial (and disastrously failed) root attempt left my phone in a state that meant it couldn’t even boot into HTC’s own ROM. It just hung at the white HTC screen. The only way I fixed this was to hunt down a stock gingerbread ROM and luckily I was able to flash that back onto my phone. Using a 64 bit machine the first time round was my personal big mistake.


Two Great ROMs to Get You Started


If you rooted so you could install a custom ROM, here are two great ones you could look into. Using a custom ROM usually means you have no bloatware, needless processes, greater system control, and if you don’t like anything, you can rip it out. You gain total control of your device.


CyanogenMod


This is my own ROM of choice. CyanogenMod is a fairly small, lightweight ROM, and comes pre-installed with pretty much everything you need.


I found that with CyanogenMod, the battery lasts for so much longer. My phone can do a day and a half on one charge with hard usage, before I was lucky to get half a day.


One of the tools that helps with improving battery life is RenderFX, a neat tool that lets you change the colour mixture of the display. If you turn the device to Red, then all of the display and everything you see is different shades of red. Very good if you are using the phone for a long period of time. Why? Because there are three primary colours that make up all other colours, red, blue and green. By not using blue and green at all, the screen is using around a third of the power it normally does. Therefore the battery loss due to the display is a third of what it usually is.


The battery statistics on HTC Sense said that 70% of my battery usage was the display, with 10% being idle background checks. Now it is pretty much the reverse, even without using RenderFX.


If you fancy it, CyanogeMod also lets you overclock your CPU from the standard 1Ghz up to around 1.5Ghz. I have never needed to clock mine up for anything, but it is there if you need it.


Altogether it is a popular, stable ROM which is easy to enjoy – Check out Rita El Khoury’s article on why you should try CyanogenMod and stick with it.


Follow the instructions here (ignoring the Rooting part; we just did that) and enjoy!


Android Revolution HD


Android Revolution HD is a ROM made specifically for the Desire HD. I haven’t tried it personally, but it advertises many improvements to the Sense UI, and many performance upgrades overall. Have a look at their XDA page to see a list of everything it can do. It looks very promising!


Keep an eye on our ROMs review category for more suggestions.


Windows Users


The reason I didn’t make a guide for Windows is that I didn’t use it to root my phone. There may be one or two hiccups I would overlook which could leave Windows users upset with unbootable phones, so I didn’t risk it.


If you don’t like the idea of using a Linux LiveCD to follow this guide, then download the Ace Advanced Hack Kit, and open up ‘effen-manual.html’. There are some Windows instructions in there for you.


Final Thoughts


With any luck, you have succeeded in rooting your phone. If not, take a look at Support below. Otherwise, well done and enjoy!


Support



  • Inside the ZIP you unpacked is an HTML page called ‘effen-manual.html’. If you do not read this manual then people on XDA will not be inclined to help you.

  • Please use the XDA Forums thread to look for other people reporting problems, and then their solutions. If you find nothing, try #liberatedAria on irc.freenode.net. Please consider the IRC as a last resort.


Linkbacks and Thanks


attn1 – The man who packaged loads of different tools into one, and made the executables in Ace Advanced Hack Kit. Full credits are in his manual page, and this is his XDA Thread




Friday, November 18, 2011

Useful Third Party Preference Panes for Mac #4


JetLag

JetLag
JetLag
JetLag is a simple PrefPane that automatically changes your Mac’s timezone depending on the location. It uses local wifi networks to pinpoint your location so that when you move between different areas, your timezone is always up to date. It also notifies you through Growl about when your timezone changes.
Price: Free
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Developer: Oompha

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Useful Third Party Preference Panes for Mac #3


GeekTool

GeekTool
GeekTool
GeekTool is a popular PrefPane that lets you display information on your desktop through certain plugins that it has. It has three plugins, that let you display files, scripts, or system information. You can do some very cool things with it, but you need to know what you’re doing (get startedhere). I guess it is very accurately described by the developer, “not an app for general Mac Users”. Even the name says it.
Price: Free
Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or later
Developer: Tynsoe

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Useful Third Party Preference Panes for Mac #2


MagicPrefs

MagicPrefs

MagicPrefs aims at making your Magic Mouse or Trackpad a lot more functional, by allowing you to create gestures which activate things like the Dashboard, or whatever you want it to do (even Tweet!). But it doesn’t stop there, it also lets you increase the speed of your pointer beyond what is allowed by default, among some other features.

I’m a supporter of a similar app called jiTouch which I really like, but when I heard about all the things that this one can do, and for free, I seriously thought about switching. And I might.

Price: Free

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or later
Developer: Vlad Alexa

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Useful Third Party Preference Panes for Mac #1


Tinkertool

TinkerTool

TinkerTool is a PrefPane that opens up a bunch of “hidden” settings in your OS. With it, you can do things like mess around with Finder, disable the Dashboard or even add a stack of recent items to your dock. You can review all the settings it makes available here.

Even though the developer says that it is safe to use and nothing can go wrong with it, I’d rather not mess with shady settings that may slow down my machine even more or cause unexpected things to happen. But to each his own, and I might even try some of these myself!

Price: Free

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or later

Developer: Marcel Bresink

Saturday, November 12, 2011

10 of the Best Photo-Sharing Apps for Android

10 of the Best Photo-Sharing Apps for Android:

Photo-sharing is a booming market on mobile platforms, with all manner of services popping up almost on a weekly basis. Many such apps, especially on Android, are perhaps the ripples from the splash created by the iPhone photo-sharing titan Instagram. The good news is that Instagram plan an Android release in the future. However, until we see what they have to offer us Android users, there is still a huge interest in sharing pictures effectively.


This round-up aims to present an overview of arguably the best photo-sharing platforms available on Android. Now, this includes apps that focus most heavily on pictures, rather than the far larger social networks such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter which serve a wider purpose. These apps are more dedicated to sharing pictures, and make it as easy as possible to do so from your mobile phone. This round-up also doesn’t include purely photo-editing apps; apps like Pixlr-o-matic and BeFunky are very cool, but there is less focus on sharing and do not provide the same kind of platform to share pictures on.


Here you’ll see some big names, some new names, and some names you might not have heard of… until now. Read on for some truly excellent photo-sharing apps you’ll want to check out!



Lightbox

Lightbox



Lightbox


Lightbox is a relatively new photo sharing platform from former Google and YouTube product manager Thai Tran. Lightbox is a service with extremely rich UI and comes with a built-in camera. The app includes a host of cool filters and lets users post, not only to your Lightbox profile, but also Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and FourSquare.


The main draw for Lightbox is the UI. It’s rich, buttery, responsive and beautiful to use. A great stand-out feature lets you view users pictures from other social networks within the Lightbox app. Oddly you cannot yet share your Lightbox wall externally, but the app’s still in development so I expect the service to improve over time.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Market Link: Lightbox

Developer: Lightbox





EyeEm

EyeEm



EyeEm


EyeEm is a rather cute photo-sharing platform with phenomenally beautiful UI. It’s light, smooth and simple to use. You can also take photos from within the app itself and add cool filters. You can view live feeds, see what pictures have been taken around your location and share with other social networks.


The UI looks gorgeous in EyeEm but it needs some tweaking for it to be a finished product in my opinion. It virtually insists you put a title and location on your pictures which can be a bit annoying when you want to upload something on the go. It has bags of potential though so definitely worth a look.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.2 and up

Market Link: EyeEm

Developer: EyeEm





Flickr

Flickr



Flickr


Flickr is arguably the biggest and best known of the photo-sharing platforms and its internet tenure totals nearly 7 years. Owned by Yahoo, the service has only quite recently released an official Android client. The app includes an alternative camera with filters and useful tagging functions. Flickr is both smooth and responsive and allows for a speedy turnaround from taking the picture to uploading.


I’m always quite impressed with the UI and functionality of Yahoo apps – their email client is also superb – and the Flickr app complements this. For someone who uses Flickr a great deal this would be an essential download, allowing access to pictures, albums and contacts in one easy-to-use app. For new users it offers the stability and support of an internet behemoth, although it still lacks a variety of features contained in other services.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Market Link: Flickr

Developer: Yahoo Inc.





LiveShare

LiveShare



LiveShare


LiveShare by Cooliris is another photo sharing network that has both a mobile and web service. Cooliris is well known for its rich web interfaces and while this is transferred to the LiveShare web service, the mobile offering is unfortunately quite basic. You can upload pictures quite easily, add friends, view streams etc but the app feels a little unfinished and lacks a genuine community feel. The app works quite well, but the UI is quite simplistic and feels veritably archaic compared to their web suite.


Being a creation of Cooliris, LiveShare should have lots of potential and will potentially pick up a lot of users, so on that basis it might be worth checking out if you’re thinking about engaging with a new photo-sharing service. However, as it stands, there are better apps out there.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Full Review: LiveShare

Market Link: LiveShare

Developer: Cooliris





Path

Path



Path


Path should have been the ‘next big thing’. Lauded as such, the service was blogged about extensively and there was a genuine excitement about its release. The app lets you share photos with family and friends and interact around those pictures. This gives the pictures more meaning and interest and it’s a great way of securely sharing apps with the people you want to share with. However Path initially held off the release and then along came Google+. Path was launched two days after the search giant’s new social offering, and sadly it practically became irrelevant before it was released. If only they had released it a few weeks earlier!


The app still works fine, and for users who aren’t fussed with joining the Google+ revolution, the app is still a great way to share pictures with the people you care about. The UI and options are quite simple but work well and the app is stable, it just might feel like a bit of a let-down if you use Google+ for this purpose.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Market Link: Path

Developer: Path Inc.





Photobucket

Photobucket



Photobucket


Photobucket is another significant internet photo-sharing site who have released a Android client. The app allows you to upload pictures to the site or download pictures from it, as well as sharing them to the likes of Twitter and Facebook. The Photobucket Corporation have additionally released a separate application, called Snapbucket, which lets you edit and add filters and frames to your photos.


It’s perhaps natural for existing Photobucket users to migrate to the Android client. New users will note the rich UI the app offers and the ability to tag photos, which is superb if you have a lot of images. Viewing pictures is a genuinely pleasant experience on the app and there is an auto-upload feature – similar to that which is offered by the Google+ app. On that basis, if a user is looking for a no-fuss solution for storing and sharing apps, Photobucket has a stable web presence and functions well, making it well worth consideration.


Price: Free

Requires: 1.5 and up

Market Link: Photobucket

Developer: Photobucket Corporation





picplz

picplz



picplz


Picplz is a very popular Android photo-sharing service, and while it’s probably not the best I found far more of my friends using the service than others. With permissions, the app lets you see which of your Twitter followers already use the picplz, so you can quickly generate a number of people to share with who will already be familiar to you.


The app is simple to use, but lacks the kind of UI and editing options you see in other apps. However, it would seem you are more likely to find friends already subscribed to the service so it might be worth checking out if you aren’t keen on building a new set of followers/friends to share your pictures with.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Full Review: Picplz

Market Link: picplz

Developer: picplz.com





Snapr

Snapr



Snapr


Snapr is a photosharing app with a strong community feel. You can upload pictures and share them across various social networks as well as the Snapr website itself. There is much emphasis on geographical location and sharing images from specific places. The website presents a rich geographical map of images which looks superb, it has a real next-gen feel about it.


With the popularity of services like FourSquare and Gowalla, services like Snapr seem to be another logical step. The UI is nice and the app is simple to use, and provides cool editing tools to finish your pictures off. The size of the Snapr community is relatively small as it is a newish service, but should grow with time.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.2 and up

Market Link: Snapr

Developer: Snapr





Streamzoo

Streamzoo



Streamzoo


Streamzoo has a busy photo-sharing community which lets you ‘Like’ other users photos. Each like you receive wins you a point and they have daily, weekly and monthly leaderboards. On top of this the app lets you add filters, effects, frames and tilt-shifts to your pictures. All this is complimented by a great UI and the ability to share your creations with other social networks.


Of all these photo-sharing apps, I found Streamzoo to have probably the strongest community feel to it, and some genuinely brilliant photos too. Add the effects and filters, multi-platform support, leaderboards and UI, it’s a powerful way to share pictures on Android. The service is still relatively new, but if it maintains the momentum it has, I can see it growing to become a huge contender in the photo-sharing arena.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Market Link: Streamzoo

Developer: Phonezoo Communications Inc.





Trover

Trover



Trover


Trover is another photo-sharing app with emphasis on location. The app offers a rich UI and is multi-platform, so expect a fair few iPhone users on there too. The app feels incredibly polished and  intuitive to use. The service lets you ‘visually explore’ the areas around you which has a very localised and very real feel about it, making for an engaging user experience.


Trover might not be the kind of app you share or store personal family pictures from, but if you’re keen on travel and taking cool pictures on the go, this is a great way to share snaps and memories while you do so.


Price: Free

Requires: 2.1 and up

Market Link: Trover

Developer: Trover




In Conclusion…


There is a veritable smorgasbord of cool and useful photo-sharing apps in the Android Market; this is just a selection of the better ones available. Whether you want to share your pictures with the public or with a private group of friends, communicate your location, or store large number of your pics in the cloud, there are a number of apps worthy of your consideration. If you’re looking for a new photo-sharing service that is stable, fun and easy to use, you should definitely check these out. Happy snapping!




Friday, November 11, 2011

Supporting entrepreneurs around the world with Startup Weekend

Supporting entrepreneurs around the world with Startup Weekend: We recognize the transformative power of startups and the entrepreneurs behind them that have the passion and courage to pursue a dream; the impact they can make on society can be significant. Google was once a startup in a garage, and Google Ventures is a testament to our ongoing commitment to entrepreneurialism. As we head into Global Entrepreneurship Week, it’s clear that having a robust community of entrepreneurs, mentors and educational resources can be a key ingredient in a startup’s success, and we’re excited to be part of that.



Today, we’re announcing a partnership with Startup Weekend—a global organization committed to promoting real entrepreneurship in local communities. In more than 200 cities and across six continents, Startup Weekend holds 54-hour startup creation events, bringing together entrepreneurs from engineering, product, design, marketing and business backgrounds. Participants gather on Friday, and by Sunday afternoon, they launch a product.



This partnership will help Startup Weekend expand to dozens of additional cities around the world and launch new vertical competitions focused on specific themes such as education, health or gaming.



In addition, we’ll be working to bring in Google’s developer community in the form of Google Technology User Groups as an additional resource to Startup Weekend participants. Started in early 2008, there are now more than 280 GTUGs in 86 countries that bring tech enthusiasts together via hundreds of events each month. GTUG members will receive discounted registration for Startup Weekend events and will help run pre-weekend local bootcamps on Google’s developer platforms and tools (e.g., App Engine, Android, Chrome).



We’ll start rolling out our product training and community events at Startup Weekends in the coming weeks and months. To learn more or find the next event happening in your city, visit startupweekend.org/google. Hope to see you at a weekend event soon!



Posted by Mary Himinkool, Head of Global Entrepreneurship Outreach

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How To Install OS X Lion On Your Hackintosh PC With UniBeast All-In-One Bootable USB Drive [The Easy Way]

How To Install OS X Lion On Your Hackintosh PC With UniBeast All-In-One Bootable USB Drive [The Easy Way]:

If you’ve ever attempted to install OS X Lion onto your PC (a process known as hackintosh), you will be aware that although the result is pretty good, the effort required to get you there is quite high in what is a rather tedious process.


OS X Lion PC


You have to install Snow Leopard, and follow an upgrade process in order to enjoy Apple’s famed operating system on an ordinarily Windows-based PC. Hardware wiz tonymacx86 is renowned for developing the hackintosh project, and has now made the process a whole lot simpler by introducing UniBeast all-in-one bootable USB drive.


OS-X-Lion-USB


The new utility enables you to create a bootable Lion flash-based drive for hackintosh, and also eradicates the necessity of using an iBoot CD to boot. So unlike the previous method, no optical drive is needed for you to create your own hackintosh.


We’re going to demonstrate how you can install OS X Lion on your hackintosh, following these recent advances.


Firstly, you will need a copy of OS X Lion (downloadable from the Mac App Store or attainable via the official Lion USB flash drive), and a separate 8GB (or more) flash drive.


Additionally, you will need UniBeast, which can be downloaded from here.


Step 1: Firstly, you’ll need to create a bootable USB drive using UniBeast. Open /Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility and highlight your USB drive on your Mac.


Step 2: Next, click the Partition tab, then Current and opt for 1 Partition. Then, click Options and select Master Boot Record.


Step 3: Change Name to ‘USB’ (can use any name, but we’ll use USB for the benefit of this tut), and select Mac OS Extended (Journaled) as your format. Once you’re done, select Apply followed by Partition.


NOTE: If you’re using the Install Mac OS X Lion Application, be sure to check that it’s been placed in the /Applications folder. If you’re instead using the OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, plug it in.


Step 4: Download and run UniBeast. Continue through the first few steps.


Step 5: At Destination Select, click USB and then Continue.


Step 6: Select the package name of the method you’ll be using to install as depicted below. Laptop users will need to select the Laptop Support in addition. Once that’s done, hit Continue.


Step 7: Enter password and click Install. Depending on the speed of your system and the flash drive, it could take up to 15 minutes.


Step 8: Boot from your freshly prepared USB flash drive and install.


If you get stuck at any point along the way, head over to tonymac86′s forums and sign up there, where you’ll find a bunch of like-minded techies on hand to help you through your trials and tribulations!


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Thursday, November 3, 2011

PayPal opens Malaysia office, plans to hire up to 500

PayPal opens Malaysia office, plans to hire up to 500:

Online payment giant PayPal has opened a Southeast Asia operations centre in Malaysia, reported the Business Times. With a 200-strong staff already on-site, they plan to hire 300 more by 2013.


The office will provide customer support to PayPal’s growing user base in Southeast Asia. Their services will be provided in English, with local Asian languages to be added soon.


PayPal senior vice president of global operations, John McCabe, said: “People are the most important asset and we are making a significant investment here in terms of hiring local talent, and providing them extensive training to better serve our customers around the world.”


The new center is located near PayPal’s international office in Singapore. The company also has another operations center in Shanghai. Their increased presence in Asia signals a growth in the mobile e-commerce sector in the region.


It also indicates that Malaysia is becoming a popular destination for tech companies as well, given that Google has also quite recently set up an office in the country.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I can relate to this comment on the extremely disappointing new Google Reader


"I've been using this new Google Reader for a full hour now and here are a few observations.  
Note that my background with Google Reader is that I read 312 feeds through it and do end my day with 0 unreads. This means that, on most month, I consume about 30,000 stories, seldom clicking away from the reader itself as I read mostly full feeds.  
The first thing that struck me is how much slower this reader is. There seems to be a refresh on every new move forward, which was less noticeable on the previous version, if at all. There also seems to be a substantially slower response time, on the order of a couple of seconds. This is particularly noticeable if you read the HN firehose feed and try to "N" through the entries. 
The left column is mostly OK and it does seem cleaner than the previous version.  
The top is dreadful, with a new line taking about 20% of the screen real-estate. While this gives a more "airy" feeling to the Reader, this is at the cost of displaying less content on the page. This is the first glaring UI problem but it's not the worse.  
For some odd reason, they seem to have decided to limit the flexibility of the content in the feeds, with text stopping at about 800 pixels and the left of the space on the right being left blank. This creates a substantial imbalance on the screen and makes the whole look feel incomplete. Furthermore, it reduces information density per entry displayed. 
Starred is now a sharper edged icons, which is substantially less rounded than the previous version. The presence of 2 stars (one next to the title and one in the toolbar) makes one wonder which one should be used. That's confusing.  
The absence of share is a major bummer. In my previous workflow, I would click share (1 click) when I found something interesting and move on. I had setup an RSS reader that would pick up my shared items and pass them on to Twitter, Facebook, and others. This meant that 1 click allowed me to share to social networks without leaving Google Reader. In order to reproduce the same process, I can now "Send to" a service. To do so, I first click "Send to" and then click on the appropriate service, which opens another window. In that service, I can then press a button and share things through that service. I then close that service window and click on the Google Reader tab to get back to my Reader workflow. This is a total of 5 clicks where there once was 1. Doesn't strike me as much of an improvement.  (same situation ! ndr)
All and all, I have to say, Google Reader may be a fine upgrade for people who don't use RSS readers. But for anyone who's serious about consuming content over RSS, Google has done a substantial disservice by taking what was once a great service for power users and driving it into the ditch.  
The net-net of all this is that Google Reader, a service where I spent most of my online reading time will soon end up being replaced by another RSS reader (at least one more suited to my usage) and Google will lose a substantial amount of my online time in the process. I'm sure they won't mind (or even notice) but I suspect they will be surprised when a Google Reader replacement service arises away from them and finds a dedicated following."

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The New version of Google Presentations


There's a new version of Google Presentations that has both a new interface and new features that bring it on par with the other Google Docs apps. To try the new version, go to the settings page, select the "editing" tab, enable "Create new presentations using the latest version of the presentation editor", go back to Google Docs and create a new presentation.


Google Presentations has an HTML5 rich-text editor created from the scratch by Google and initially available in Google's online word processor. The editor supports character-by-character collaboration, transitions and animations, rich tables with merged cells, drawing charts and diagrams within the presentation and using shapes to link to other sides. Google Presentations also includes some new themes.




"At this time, it's only possible to create new presentations in the new version of Google presentations. Older presentations will remain in the old format for the time being, and we'll eventually upgrade them to the new format to give you all of the benefits of using the new version. You can copy old presentations into the new version by using the import slides feature or by copying and pasting slides using the web clipboard," explains Google. "With today's launch, the Google Docs suite is now built on a single, solid foundation. Now that the groundwork is in place, you can expect more useful and collaborative features, delivered faster than ever before," promises Google.

{ Thanks, Andrew. }

New colours in Google Calendar


Google Calendar updated the color palette and you can now choose from 24 colors that match the new interface. "The color of each of your calendars has been updated to use the closest possible color from the new palette. The new colors will only be available in the web interface (for example, you won't see these colors if you're accessing Calendar via your mobile phone)," informs Google.








It's worth mentioning that the new colors are only available if you use Google Calendar's new UI. To switch to the new interface, click the Options menu in the navigation bar and select "Try the new look". You can always go back to the old UI from the same menu.



{ Thanks, Cougar, Ralph and Herin. }

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Windows 7 surpassed XP in market share. Mac OS still far far away.

Windows 7 surpasses Windows XP in market share, globally
According to new StatCouter figures, it took two years but Windows 7 has surpassed its older brother XP in market share. In April, Windows 7 passed XP in the U.S., but the international count stood at 46.8 percent for XP and just 31.5 percent.for 7.


That number has now quickly reversed, with Windows 7 gaining to 40.15 percent and XP falling to 38.78 percent.

Vista also gained a bit to 11.14 per cent.

Apple's Mac OS X saw another uptick to 7.26 percent.