Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tech Scratched Official Android App

We are please to inform all our readers that our new official Android application is released.

This app features the whole blog, facebook page and the youtube channel. So, download the FREE app and take the whole blog with you on your smartphone.

To download the app from Android Market, click here.

You can also scan this QR code to download the app.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Customize Windows 7 Send-To Menu

You’ve seen the "Send to" function in action any time you right-click a file and select the "Send to" from the context menu. What you might be unaware of is that you can customize the items in this menu.

Here's How :
Go ahead, right click a file. You should see something that looks like this:




Now to add more functionality to the "Send to" menu, you have to go to the "Send to" folder. To get to the "Send to" folder, you’ll need to open up an Explorer window, and then paste in the following to the address bar :
%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo




You should now see a bunch of shortcuts :




Let’s say you wanted to add a new folder to the Send To menu. You could just  create a shortcut for that folder and paste it in the Send to folder. Now you can see that folder in the menu :





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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Battlefield 3 Unleashed


Battlefield 3 is a first person shooter action video game and is the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. It is a direct sequel to Battlefield 2 (released in 2005). It is released on 25th October 2011.
Battlefield 3 uses a new gaming engine - "Frostbite 2", built especially for this game. This Frostbite 2 engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous engine. With its stunning visuals, this game is a strong contender for "best looking game" awards.

KEY FEATURES
  • Extensive Co-op Gameplay - Unique maps and missions are available for players to tackle online with a friend, using co-op specific gameplay features. Co-op missions tie into the single player story.
  • Frostbite 2 Enabled Destruction - Frostbite 2 creates a whole new level of life-like destruction. Enhanced large and small scale destruction now has a tactical purpose. Chip away at cover, blow holes in walls, deform the terrain, and bring down entire building fa├žades on enemies.
  • Ultimate Vehicle Warfare - The signature Battlefield vehicle warfare experience is even richer and more rewarding. Damaged vehicles can now retreat or be defended until they automatically regain armor, while disabled vehicles become static gun platforms to cover players doing repairs.
  • Personalized Dog Tages - Players can now customize the look of their dog tags. The Battlefield twist on this is that dog tags are collected when you successfully execute a knife attack. Collecting dog tags will definitely become the sole objective of some ambitious players. The dog tags display a dynamically tracked stat of choice and appear on defeated enemies screens.
  • New Classes - Battlefield 3 will feature 4 classes (or kits), much like previous Battlefield games. The classes are varied and each can serve two or more purposes, for example, the assault class can be team oriented with a med kit and defibrillator, or more offensive with a grenade launcher. All classes have dedicated weapons which can be only used by that class, while there is also a wide selection of weapons available to all classes, weapons like SMGs.
    1. Assault: The Assault class is still responsible for kicking enemy butt on the frontlines, but has now been given equipment like medkits and defibrillators.
    2. Engineer: The Engineer seems to be the least changed of all the classes, with its primary focus being the upkeep and destruction of vehicles. In Bad Company 2, the Engineer's primary weapons were sub-machine guns. Is seems that they will be using carbina asault rifles in Battlefield 3.
    3. Support: The new Support class is reminiscent of the Battlefield 2 Support class with a new twist on it. This class used light machine guns that can be mounted on surfaces for added accuracy. It can also equip a more-powerful-than-usual flashlight that can blind enemies. The most interesting aspect of the Support class is its new "Suppressing Fire" ability, which causes enemies screen to blur when you shoot in their proximity.
    4. Recon: The sneaky sniper class is back and will feel familiar to anyone who has played Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Sniper's are more dangerous than ever now that they can go into prone.
KEY MULTIPLAYER FEATURES
  • Epic scale vehicle and infantry warfare
  • Infantry only close quarters warfare
  • Destructible environment
  • Squad based team play
  • Huge persistent soldier carrier
  • Customizable soldiers and kits
  • Customizable vehicles
  • Fully customizable weapons
  • Soldier specializations
  • Supported shooting
  • Suppressive fire
  • Quick reloads
  • Multiple firing modes
  • Reviving team mates (with opt out option)
  • Vehicles with regenerating health
  • Infantry only game setting
  • Hardcore game setting
  • Assist scoring for successful teamplay

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM)
Operating System: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-bit
CPU : Intel Core2Duo 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 2
Memory : 2 GB RAM
Hard Drive Space : 20 GB free space
Graphics Hardware : Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or ATI Radeon HD 3870
Sound Hardware : DirectX Complaint sound card
Network : 1 Mbit/s broadband internet connection for Online play

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (RECOMMENDED)

Operating System : Windows 7 64-bit
CPU : Intel or AMD Quad-Core processor
Memory : 4 GB RAM
Hard Drive Space : 25 GB free space
Graphics Hardware : Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon HD 6950
Sound Hardware : DirectX Complaint sound card
Network : 1 Mbit/s broadband internet connection for Online play



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Friday, October 21, 2011

Youtube's Secret Video Game

Hate waiting for those YouTube videos to load? With this hidden game, those waits won't be so painful.



YouTube is a great video sharing website, but depending on your internet connection and your desired resolution, it can sometimes take a while for your video to load. In that meantime you can play Snake while your video loads.

How to Play:
When a YouTube video is loading, press the up key, and it turns the revolving balls into a snake game. You have to click in the video window first to have focus to that area.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Windows 8 for Tablets

Windows 8 (codename Windows vNext) is the next version of Microsoft Windows, a family of operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, including home and business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, servers, and media center PCs.



Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 for tablets at Microsoft Build Developers Conference 2011 held at Anaheim California. The conference was four days event (13th September - 16th September).

New Features in Windows 8 :
  • Metro-Style UI : Windows 8 has a Metro-style user interface, optimised for touchscreens as well as mice and keyboards. Instead of Start Menu, a Start Screen is shown when triggered by Start button or Windows key.
  • Picture Password : Microsoft introduced a new authentication method. This feature allows users to sketch in three different places over the picture to login.
  • Ribbon Interface in Windows Explorer : The ribbon interface, previously available in Microsoft Office applications, will now become part of the Windows Explorer.

  • New UI in File Operations :  Windows Explorer will feature a new user interface for copying and moving files, offering both a simplified interface and an advanced interface for users to monitor the speed of the operations. Users now view all simultaneous file operations in one consolidated window, and can pause file operations in progress.
  • Windows To Go : Windows To Go is an upcoming Windows 8 feature that will allow users to create a bootable USB Flash drive (Live USB) with Windows 8 in it, including the user's programs, settings, and files.
  • Native USB 3.0 Support : USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is 10 times faster than USB2.0 (480 Mbit/s). USB 3.0 significantly reduces the time required for data transmission, reduces power consumption, and is backwards compatible with USB 2.0. With USB 3.0 support, Windows 8 will be quite fast when interacting with USB products.
  • Support for ARM CPUs : Windows 8 is the first windows to be capable of running on an ARM CPU based device.

Hardware Requirements :
Processor : 1 Ghz x86-64 processor
Memory : 1 GB RAM (2GB for x64bit OS)
Graphics Card : DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0
Storage : 20 GB free disk space
Display : A multi-touch screen is also required to take advantage of touch input.
Resolution : For Metro applications, a screen resolution of 1024x768 is required.



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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Google Voice Search for PC

Search out loud with Google Voice Search...


Every smartphone user is familiar with Google Voice Search. It is available for almost every smartphone operating system  like (Android, iOS, Symbian etc.)

Good news for PC users ... Google launched "Voice Search" for PC. Now, PC users can also talk instead of type to search on google.com. All you need is Google Chrome browser (version 11 or higher) and a microphone.

To perform voice search, go to google.com and click on mic icon inside the search bar and speak. The search results will pop up immediately.




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Sunday, September 04, 2011

Convert Icon to Image

Tutorial on how to convert icon to an image and vice versa.

This is a tutorial on how to convert an icon into an image. Many of you probably knows how to do this via a photo editing softwares, but there is a way to do this without having to install any kind of software.

All you have to do is go to this website : http://iconverticons.com/

Click on “Browse”, a window will pop up. You can choose either an icon (if you want to convert an icon to an image) or an image (if you want to convert an image into an icon). Supported image formats are : gif, jpg, jpeg, png.

After choosing the file click on “Convert”. It will show you the preview of the converted image/icon.

To download your converted image/icon, choose your image/icon size and click on “Download”.

Thats It !!




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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Top ten Free Android apps...

Since the birth of Android, many application developers had made many interesting and great apps for Android platform. And there's also a great place to download and buy great apps -- Android Market

Every Android user loves great apps for their android device, especially when they are free of cost. Following is the list of most popular FREE Android apps...


Sunday, June 05, 2011

Nexus S – Android phone from Google



Google Nexus S or Samsung Nexus S is the next generation of Nexus devices. It is jointly developed by Samsung and Internet Giant Google. It comes with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), paired with a 1Ghz Hummingbird processor and 16GB of memory, making it one of the fastest phones on the market.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

GNOME 3.0 is here

GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) is a graphical user interface that runs on top of a computer operating system (notably Linux).
It is developed by “The GNOME Project” and launched on 6th April 2011(version 3.0).



Notable features of GNOME 3.0:
  • Simply beautiful: It is more pleasing to the eyes than the previous versions.
  • Activities Overview: This allows you to see which applications are currently running.
  • Integrated Messaging: GNOME 3.0 has an integrated messaging system which allows to directly respond from notification popups.


  • Easy Search: Documents, files, settings can be easily searched by typing into the search box.


  • Organized system settings: System settings have been completely redesigned, making them easier to use.





  • Improved API: Side by side window tiling to make work easier (similar to Aero Snap on Windows 7).


To Download GNOME 3.0 : http://gnome3.org/tryit.html




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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

RAM : What is it?

Recently, someone asked me about RAM :
  • What it is and why it is important?
  • What are the types?
  • How to upgrade memory?
So, i thought to dedicate this post to RAM.


WHAT IS RAM?
Random Access Memory is the most common computer memory which can be used by programs to perform necessary tasks while the computer is on. It is called "Random" because it allows data to be accessed randomly. RAM is used by the system to store data for processing by the processor. When the computer is turned off, all the data in the RAM memory is lost.

There are three types of RAM available today:
  • DDR SDRAM: Double Data Rate Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory is a class of memory integrated circuits. Compared to the preceding single data rate SDRAM, the DDR SDRAM interface makes higher transfer rates possible by more strict control of the timing of the electrical data and clock signals. With a bus frequency of 100 MHz, DDR SDRAM gives a maximum transfer rate of 1600 MB/s.
  • DDR2 SDRAM: DDR2 SDRAM supersedes the original DDR SDRAM specification and the two are not compatible. In addition to double pumping the data bus as in DDR SDRAM, DDR2 allows higher bus speed and requires lower power by running the internal clock at one quarter the speed of the data bus. The two factors combine to require a total of 4 data transfers per internal clock cycle. With data being transferred 64 bits at a time, DDR2 SDRAM gives a transfer rate of (memory   clock rate) × 2 (for bus clock multiplier) × 2 (for dual rate) × 64 (number of bits transferred) / 8 (number of bits/byte). Thus with a memory clock frequency of 100 MHz, DDR2 SDRAM gives a maximum transfer rate of 3200 MB/s.
  • DDR3 SDRAM: DDR3 SDRAM is a Random Access Memory interface technology used for high bandwidth storage of the working data of a computer. DDR3 is part of the SDRAM family of technologies and is one of the many DRAM(dynamic random access memory) implementations. DDR3 SDRAM is an improvement over its predecessor, DDR2 SDRAM, and the two are not compatible. The primary benefit of DDR3 is the ability to transfer at twice the data rate of DDR2 (I/O at 8× the data rate of the memory cells it contains), thus enabling higher bus rates and higher peak rates than earlier memory technologies. In addition, the DDR3 standard allows for chip capacities of 512 megabits to 8 gigabits, effectively enabling a maximum memory module size of 16 gigabytes. With data being transferred 64 bits at a time per memory module, DDR3 SDRAM gives a transfer rate of (memory clock rate) × 4 (for bus clock multiplier) × 2 (for data rate) × 64 (number of bits transferred) / 8 (number of bits/byte). Thus with a memory clock frequency of 100 MHz, DDR3 SDRAM gives a maximum transfer rate of 6400 MB/s.

Some general terms regarding RAM:

XMP: Extreme Memory Profile – Some RAMs supports this feature. This automatically sets the RAM timings in BIOS so you don’t have to.
ECC: Error Correcting Code - ECC can actually correct errors in RAM (if any) without interrupting the other operations of your system.

CAS Latency: Column Address Strobe (CAS) latency, or CL, is the delay time between the moment a memory controller tells the memory module to access a particular memory column on a RAM memory module, and the moment the data from given array location is available on the module's output pins. In general, the lower the CAS latency, the better. CAS Latency is available in 2,3,5,7,9,11.

Dual Channel: Dual-channel architecture describes a technology that theoretically doubles data throughput from the memory to the memory controller. Dual-channel-enabled memory controllers utilize two 64-bit data channels, resulting in a 128-bit data path. Dual-channel architecture requires a dual-channel-capable motherboard and two or more DDR, DDR2, or DDR3 memory modules.

Triple Channel: DDR3 triple-channel architecture is used in the Intel Core i7 family of processors (9xx), which are used on the Socket LGA1366 platform (X58).
     AMD Socket AM3 processors do not use the DDR3 triple-channel architecture, but use DDR3 dual-channel memory kits instead. The same applies to the Intel Core i5 and Core i7 (8xx) processor family, which are used on the Socket LGA1156 platform (P55).
     When operating in triple-channel mode, memory latency is reduced due to interleaving, meaning that each module is accessed sequentially. Data is spread amongst the modules in an alternating pattern.
     The architecture can only be used when all three, or a multiple of three, memory modules are identical in capacity and speed, and are placed in three-channel slots. When two memory modules are installed, the architecture will operate in dual-channel mode.


How to Choose and Upgrade RAM




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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Join Multiple PDF files with ease

A nice neat PDF trick.....

Many people uses Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) a lot. Why? Because they are easy to create, they are portable and  can be secured with a password. Infact all the online ebooks, manuals, bills etc. are in a pdf format.

Sometimes, a situation occurs when you have a lot of pdf files and want to have them all in a single file. The solution is : PDFJoin!
      PDFJoin! is a powerfull PDF files merger and you don't even have to install any sort of program to join the files.
All you have to do is go to http://www.pdfjoin.com/ then select your PDF files and click Join!

That's it. Your merged PDF file can then be downloaded.


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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress can open .mkv files

TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress is one of the most advanced and popular video encoders in the market. Personally, i like its simplicity and wonderfull GUI. It can convert to many video file formats.
But, TMPGEnc has trouble opening some Matroska (.mkv) files. It displays this message:







To resolve this problem, all you have to do is open notepad and type:
DirectShowSource("D:\Movies\Spike Video Game Awards 2010.mkv") and save the file as "filename.avs" (DO NOT FORGET TO ADD .AVS AFTER FILENAME).




Now open the created avs file in TMPGEnc and the associated mkv file will be opened successfully.


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