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Instagram for Android is now available

4 April, 2012 (13:10) | Tech News | By: usaadmin

At long last, Instagram finally releases the Android version of its app.

Instagram has been around since 2010, available only to iOS devices. Android users have been waiting patiently, with repeated promises of an Android version arriving soon.

While we knew the Android version of Instagram was coming sooner rather than later, with the release being teased just last month at South by Southwest Interactive, the exact release date wasn’t clear. Well, the day has finally arrived.

With more than 430,000 Android users on the waiting list, Instagram is now available in Google Play. The app carries with it the same features (except tilt-shift/blur) and a similar user interface to that of the iOS version. Users are able to browse friends’ photos, view the popular photos, and upload their own photos, as you would expect.

Android users will join a community of 30 million registered users, who contribute more than 5 million photos a day. More than 1 billion photos in all have been uploaded to Instagram, strictly from iOS devices. With the addition of Android devices, these numbers are sure to grow at a considerable pace.

Instagram for Android is compatible with smartphones running Android 2.2 and up. Tablets aren’t supported at this time.

Are you excited to see Instagram on Android? Or are you tired of Instagram-like photos taking over your social streams? Let us know your thoughts below!

 

By Jason Cipriani, Cnet

Google Maps Launches 8-Bit ‘Upgrade’ for April Fools’

3 April, 2012 (20:02) | Tech News | By: usaadmin

Leave it to Google to get the April Fools’ party started one day early. One of the company’s fun little experiments for tomorrow’s day of tech tomfoolery is the addition of a new “8-bit Quest Maps” feature to Google Maps.

But you might want to be careful before you load it up. Google (jokingly) warns that, “Your system may not meet the requirements for 8-bit computations.”

Accessing 8-bit Quest Maps is easy: Just fire up your normal Google Maps web app and click on the “Try it now” button on the left-hand menu. Once you do, your default map will transform from the pretty, MapsGL-enhanced view of the world you’re used to seeing into a map more akin to something you’d find in the game Dwarf Fortress, or perhaps even SimEarth.

But, in true Google tradition, the 8-bit map isn’t just for show. You can still perform the same functions in your “oldschool” map view as you could in your normal Google Map. Driving directions are still available, for example, but it’s probably going to be a lot more difficult to discern where the 8-bit roads actually are. Zooming all the way down within 8-bit Maps brings you to the default Google Street View – no pixelated buildings there, alas.

“In our pursuit of new digital frontiers, we realized that we may have left behind a large number of users who couldn’t access Google Maps on their classic hardware. Surprisingly, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was unsupported, despite its tremendous popularity with over 60 million units sold worldwide,” wrote Google software engineer Tatsuo Nomura on the Google’s Lat Long blog.

“As the first NES cartridge to be released in nearly 18 years, we’re working hard to make Google Maps 8-bit for NES available in the Google Store as soon as possible. A mobile version for Game Boy is also under development,” Nomura added.

While nifty, the 8-Bit Maps “upgrade” isn’t going to be as celebrated by Google Maps users as the company’s most recent (official) update to the web app. Google finally slapped travel time estimates back into Maps just the other day, a feature missing from the browser-based version of the app since this past summer. Google had initially taken away its app’s ability to guesstimate a user’s travel time due to the fact that the calculation used less precise historical traffic data.

Now, however, Google Maps estimates users’ travel times in real-time based on the current traffic conditions that exist for a particular area. So long as your location is one that Google tracks for traffic, the measurements of how long it’ll take you to get from Point A to Point B should be much more accurate than before.

 

 

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402471,00.asp

How to Try Windows 8 Without Losing Windows 7

3 April, 2012 (15:21) | How-To | By: usaadmin

Anderson7 asked the Windows forum for the safest way to install Windows 8 on a system already running Windows 7.

I wrote my opinion of Windows 8 last month. Many readers voiced their own, differing opinions. You can make up your own mind by installing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

But you shouldn’t replace your current OS with one that’s not yet ready to be sold commercially. You want to install Windows 8 in a way that leaves Windows 7 unharmed.

That’s why I recommend installing it in a virtual machine (VM). Virtual machine software imitates an actual, physical computer, onto which you can install another operating system. This is by far the easiest and safest way to try out an operating system.

I recommend Oracle VM VirtualBox for creating and running your Windows 8 VM. It’s free, open-source, powerful, and it already supports Windows 8. (It’s main free competitor, VMWare Player, doesn’t support Windows 8 as I write this.)

You’ll also need to download the .iso file version of the Windows 8 preview. This page contains both 32- and 64-bit editions; unlike previous Windows versions, you can’t install the 32-bit version on 64-bit hardware (at least I couldn’t). You’ll also find the product key here; you’ll need that during installation.

Once everything is downloaded and you’ve installed VirtualBox, follow these directions:

  1. Load VirtualBox, the click the New icon in the upper-left corner.
  2. This starts a wizard. Click Next.
  3. On the “VM Name and OS Type” page, enter a name that includes the phrase windows 8. Otherwise, “Windows 8” won’t show up as a Version option.
  4. Stick to defaults for the result of the wizard, even when asked if you want to “Create new hard disk.” Don’t worry, it’s just a virtual disk.
  5. When the Wizard finishes and closes, double-click the new virtual machine.
  6. Read the message about the Auto capture keyboard, then click OK.
  7. The First Run Wizard will start. When you’re asked for Installation Media, click the folder icon on the right and select your downloaded .iso file.
  8. The installation will begin after you click Start.
  9. When asked for a type of installation, select Custom. Don’t worry about overwriting files. The only hard drive the installation sees is the empty, virtual one.

When you’re done, you’ll be able to run Windows 8 inside Windows 7.

By Lincoln Spector, PCWorld

Virus, Spyware,Malware Removal, fix your PC by USA Computer Store

3 April, 2012 (11:19) | Computer repair Broward, Computer repair fort lauderdale, computer repair oakland park, laptop repair broward, Laptop repair fort lauderdale | By: usaadmin

Is your computer running slow ? or do you have annoying Pop-ups you can not get rid of ?

Your computer is probably infected with a Virus! Virus can cause serious damage to you computer, from disabling the internet access to deleting all your information. We removed any type of Viruses, and make sure you do not loose any piece of information!

 

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DC Jack repair Fort Lauderdale by USA Computer Store

3 April, 2012 (11:14) | Computer repair Broward, Computer repair fort lauderdale, computer repair oakland park, laptop repair broward, Laptop repair fort lauderdale | By: usaadmin

The DC Jack of the PCis where you plug in your charger and keep your laptop going. Unfortunately it is also one of the most delicate parts of the laptop. Susceptible to fall damage, sudden shock damage, burnouts, & power surges, chances are one day you might need this service.
We take delicate care in fixing your DC Jack. The laptop will be properly opened in a CLASS A Cleanroom where the cabling and memory modules are properly handled. Once open, the Soldering takes place and the DC Jack is fitted.

 

We fix all DC jacks problems ! Just call or walk in

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Looking for cheap used computers in Oakland Park fl – USA Computer Store

3 April, 2012 (09:20) | computer repair oakland park, used computers oakland park | By: usaadmin

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3 April, 2012 (09:07) | Used computers in Boca Raton | By: usaadmin

Are you looking for cheap used computers  for your business? We carry hundreds of used Tested computers in stock. We carry DELL, HP , GATEWAY, COMPAQ.

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Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Life

2 April, 2012 (22:15) | How-To | By: usaadmin

Every laptop owner wants to maximize the time between battery recharges. Here’s how to achieve that goal with a few basic hardware and software tweaks; as a bonus, they may improve your notebook’s performance, too.

Longer battery life: Every laptop user wants it, but few know how to get it without buying a new machine. Though laptop manufacturers have made great strides over the past few years in increasing the efficiency (and thus the battery life) of their products, even the most efficient modern machines don’t last long enough for many users. What you may not realize, however, is that your system is probably loaded with integrated peripherals and bloatware that you’ll never use but that consume resources and reduce battery life.

In this guide, we’ll look at ways to reclaim those resources and maximize your laptop’s battery life. Some of the steps may require venturing into the BIOS or UEFI of your notebook, while others are simpler software tweaks.

Know What Kills Your Battery

Before diving in, review why notebook batteries die in the first place. From the CPU to the trackpad, every component in a laptop consumes power. The amount consumed varies from component to component and also fluctuates in response to environmental conditions such as temperature and system workload. The greater the number of components or peripherals attached to your laptop and the more work you do with it, the quicker the battery will drain. Every program, driver, or service that loads, every background task that runs, and every electronic circuit that fires up saps a tiny bit of battery life. Consequently, reducing the number of attached or active peripherals and minimizing the load placed on the notebook will prolong battery life.

Unfortunately, some of the burdens that the manufacturer or vendor places by default on your laptop’s battery may not be easy to track down and eliminate. As a result, you have to make an effort to minimize resource consumption and maximize battery life.

Try These Quick Fixes

PCWorld has posted simpler articles about how to extend your laptop battery life, and we won’t cover the same items here. Keeping your laptop cool, dimming its display, and enabling system hibernation are all good ways to prolong battery life; but in this guide we’ll be focusing on hard numbers that illustrate the potential benefits of certain modifications.

Tweak Your Hardware and Software

You can make a number of hardware and software changes to prolong your laptop’s battery life. However, some of these tricks might cause your laptop to function poorly or even to cease functioning entirely, so please be careful. Though we tested all of these tweaks on our own laptop, we can’t guarantee that they’ll work with your unique hardware; recognizing this, PCWorld cannot be held liable for any deleterious changes that might occur as a result of following this guide. When in doubt, make a backup.

On the hardware side, disabling or disconnecting unused components and peripherals will go a long way toward improving battery life. On the software side, disabling or uninstalling unnecessary (but resource-hungry) services and applications will help minimize power consumption. In addition, updating drivers–video drivers in particular–sometimes helps by enabling the system to optimize or offload certain processes, such as video encoding/decoding, from the CPU to relatively power-efficient dedicated hardware in the graphics processor.

Maximize Your Laptop's Battery Life

Windows’ built-in System Configurations utility (MSCONFIG) lets you quickly prevent unnecessary, resource hogging programs from launching with the OS.

Since every program or service that loads in Windows consumes system resources, you should disable the ones you don’t need or want. Start by launching the Windows System Configuration utility MSCONFIG: Click the Start button, type MSCONFIG in the Search field, and press Enter. In the resulting window, click the Startup tab to see all of the programs that start with Windows. You’ll probably see a number of programs that you won’t mind disabling. Our project notebook (an Acer Aspire) listed eight items as automatically starting with Windows: antivirus software, Steam, QuickTime, three Adobe Acrobat-related items, Skype, and Trillian.

Having your most frequently used applications start with Windows can be handy; but if they’re not vital, it’s best to disable automatic startup and just start them manually when you need them. On our project system, we disabled everything but the AV software. To disable items in MSCONFIG, simply untick the box next to each program, apply the changes, and restart the system.

How To Improve Your Laptop Battery Life

To prevent a particular service from starting automatically with Windows, double-click the entry for it in the list maintained in the Services management utility, and change its startup type to ‘Manual’ in the associated drop-down menu.

You probably also have a handful of Windows Services that you can disable to conserve system resources. To see which services are launching automatically on your laptop, click the Start button, type SERVICES.MSC in the Search field, and press Enter. The services management utility will open and you’ll see a huge list of services installed on the system.

The vast majority of services listed in the management utility are vital to the operation of your OS, and you shouldn’t touch them. But if you scrutinize the list carefully, you’ll undoubtedly find a few services that you can safely disable. We recommend going through the list one by one, reading the descriptions (performing Internet searches for research if necessary) and disabling only the services you’re absolutely sure you don’t need. On our project notebook, we found a handful of services that we could safely disable, including the tablet PC input service, remote desktop-related services, the BitLocker drive encryption service, and a Qualcomm Gobi Download Service associated with an integrated 3G modem that we had never used. Bear in mind that our specific decisions may not apply to your situation; if you use BitLocker or if your laptop is convertible into a tablet, you’ll want to keep the related services enabled.

To disable a service in the manage utility, double-click it in the list and in the subsequent window that opens, and then change the startup type to Manual in the associated drop-down menu.

How To Improve Your Laptop Battery Life

If your laptop’s system BIOS or UEFI doesn’t permit you to disable unused integrated peripherals, try right-clicking them in the Windows Device Manager and then disabling them.

Disabling unused hardware or integrated peripherals is another great way to conserve resources and maximize battery life. If your notebook comes with integrated Bluetooth or a cellular modem, for example, or even a wired ethernet port that you never use, disabling the hardware will reduce power consumption and prevent their drivers from loading every time Windows starts.

You may be able to disable integrated peripherals in your laptop through the system BIOS or UEFI, or through Device Manager. The preferred method is to use the system BIOS, but many laptops don’t provide the necessary options to take this route. To see whether your laptop does, power it off, turn it back on, and during the POST sequence (before Windows begins to load) press the necessary key to enter the BIOS or UEFI (it’s usually DEL or F2). Once you’re in the system BIOS, navigate to theIntegrated Peripherals menu (if it’s available) and see whether the piece of hardware you’d like to disable is listed there. If it is, select the item and disable it.

If your system BIOS doesn’t provide the mechanisms necessary to disable unused hardware, you can disable them instead through the Windows Device manager. Note, however, that disabling hardware in Device Manager doesn’t power it down; instead, the operation prevents the hardware’s driver from loading with the OS. Though not an ideal method, preventing the driver from loading does saves memory, as well as preventing the hardware from initializing.

To disable a piece of hardware in Device Manger, click the Start button, type Device Manager in the Search field, and press Enter. In the resulting Device Manager window, expand the tree to find the appropriate piece of hardware, right-click it, and choose Disable from the menu.

Another quick and easy hardware tweak that can save significant energy is lowering your notebook’s screen brightness. We’d suggest reducing the brightness to the lowest level that is still easy to read and comfortable for your eyes.

Putting the Tweaks to the Test

To gauge the improvement in battery life that our test laptop achieved as a result of the software and hardware-related modifications described in this article, we ran Futuremark’s PowerMark utility on our Core i3-powered Acer Aspire test laptop before and after making the tweaks. We tested the laptop in three different configurations: unmodified, with maximum screen brightness and all hardware and software enabled; modified with software tweaks to disable unnecessary startup items and services, but with no hardware tweaks; and modified with both software tweaks and with unneeded hardware disabled and screen brightness lowered to 75 percent. Here are the results:

Unmodified laptop (100% screen brightness, all peripherals enabled)

Modified laptop (software tweaks alone)

Modified laptop (software and hardware tweaks, 75% screen brightness)

Battery life

3:16

3:28

4:19

Times are listed in hours:minutes.

In its unmodified state, the laptop delivered a respectable 3 hours, 16 minutes of battery life, according to PowerMark. After we performed a few simple software tweaks, the tested battery life rose to 3 hours, 28 minutes. But the biggest gains came after we fully tweaked the notebook and disabled unneeded hardware. With both the software and hardware-related alterations in place, the laptop’s battery life improved by more than an hour, to 4 hours, 16 minutes; that’s a battery-life increase of better than 32 percent.

In addition to maximizing battery life, correctly performing these system tweaks may increase your laptop’s performance. Disabling unnecessary hardware and software also reduces boot times and frees up CPU resources and memory, all of which should increase overall system performance and enhance your computing experience. May your laptop live long and prosper!

 

By  Marco Chiappetta, PCWorld

Toshiba Satellite A135 Bios Password Removal

2 April, 2012 (22:04) | How-To | By: usaadmin

 

Toshiba Satellite A135 Password Removal + Jumper Location

 

Very interesting way of unlocking a Bios Password on a Toshiba Laptop. The Bios password is by far the hardest password to remove on a Laptop. Check this cool video I found online.

 

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