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July 28, 2011

Pick & Zip – Quickly Download Facebook Album and Photos


If you are a Facebook Addict, and if you have lot of Albums and Photos in your Facebook Account, then Pick & Zip is the fine tool for you. Many people use Facebook as a primary service to Store Family/House Photos and Albums.

Fortunately, Facebook had made a good way of Uploading Photos and Albums on Facebook, but unfortunately, there is no legal option/way from Facebook to Download the whole album of yours.

Overview – Pick & Zip

Pick&Zip is a totally free backup online tool that will allow you downloading photos from Facebook in a single zip or pdf file.

Features

  • With Pick&Zip you can download photos where you have been tagged even if you have not uploaded them.
  • Pick&Zip is a great solution to backup all your Facebook photos, with just a few clicks you can download all your albums and tagged photos.
  • If so you prefer, you can make a selection of the pictures you like best among your own, your fan pages and those of the groups you belong.

Getting Started

Pick&Zip is easy to use App, just login with your Facebook Username & Password and you are on the go. The app will show you all the Albums and Photos in which you are tagged and will give you the option to Download HD Photos in ZIP format.

July 27, 2011

Decoding Intel’s Laptop Processor List [Technology Explained]



The modern computer processor has always been a complex piece of technology, and that shows no signs of changing. Such complexity brings a challenge to companies such as Intel. Making great products is one thing, making them easy to understand is another.
Intel certainly has made an effort by attaching a series of numbers and letters to each of its specific products, such as the Core i7-2630QM. These all mean something – but what? Unfortunately, that’s not well explained.

Basics – The Brands

First, before we go into the numbers and letters affixed to each processor, let’s review the brands.
Mainstream Intel processors are currently branded with the Core name, which is then supplemented by the i3, i5 or i7 brand. Higher is better. The Core i3 processors are the entry level, the i5 is mid-range, and i7 consists of high-end products including quad-cores. The main differences between them center on the Turbo Boost feature. Core i3 processors do not have it, while Core i5 and i7 processors do.
There are other brands, however. These include Pentium, which is a budget brand of scaled-down processors based off the same technology as Intel Core processors, and Celeron, which is a brand of extremely inexpensive processors with low clock speeds meant for ultraportable and budget laptops.
Only the Core processors share a common naming nomenclature, and are the most common, so they are what we’ll address from here on.

I’ve Got Your Number

All of the Core processors have a naming system that operates like below.
Core [brand] + [processor number] + [suffix]
Core i7-2630QM, for example, has the processor number of 2630. Packed in this is more information. The first number represents the generation of the processor. The current Intel Cores are the second iteration since the new branding went into effect. The three numbers thereafter simply serve to tell you where Intel thinks the processor places in terms of performance relative to its other products. The higher, the better.
Intel didn’t provide the first generation with a number representing it, so the first generation Core processors are represented by just three numbers. The Intel Core i3-330M, for example, is a first-generation Core processor relatively low in that generation’s lineup.
Paying attention to the processor number is a simple way to gauge performance, all other things being equal. If you’re examining two laptops, one with a Core i5-2410M and another with a Core i5-2540M, you already know the second is quicker without ever looking at the specifications.
However, Intel added a caveat to this rule by including odd-number processors like the Intel Core i3-2357M. This processor is actually a low-voltage processor, which is to say it has a lower clock speed and lower TDP than normal mobile processors, resulting in worse performance but better battery life.

The Suffix – A Very Important Detail

Although Intel attaches numbers to processors in order to align them in the company’s product line, not all products are easily compared. Quad-core processors are obviously going to have an advantage over dual-core options, and some are built with low power consumption as a goal. To communicate these differences, Intel adds letters to the end of their processors. All of the laptop processors have an M attached to show they are mobile processors, but there are more to be aware of.
One of the most important is Q, which represents a quad-core processor. Most of Intel’s Core i7 products are quads, which leads consumers to think they all are. That’s not true! All modern Intel mobile quads have the Q suffix. An exception is the Extreme Edition processor, which replaces the Q with an X. There’s only one second-generation Extreme Edition processor available at this juncture, however.
The E suffix is one you’ll see on a few products, but as a consumer you don’t particularly need to worry about. The letter stands for embedded, with means the processor can be utilized in embedded systems.
Finally, you should be aware of the U suffix. In the first generation of Intel Core processors this was used to designate a low-voltage product. This was dropped with the second generation in favor of an odd processor number, as was explained in the previous section.

Conclusion

When looking at an Intel powered laptop and judging the processor, do the following :
  • Check the brand. Is it Core i3, i5 or i7?
  • Look at the processor number, paying attention to the first numeral. Make sure the processor is of the latest generation.
  • Examine any suffix that might be attached.
These three bits of information will give you most of what you need to know about a mobile Intel processor. Once you understand how Intel’s laptop processor list is organized, making at-a-glance judgments isn’t difficult. Now let’s just hope Intel keeps this branding, rather than switching to some other scheme!

How To Increase The Lifetime Of Your Laptop Battery

Battery lifetime not only depends on the type of battery and its quality, it also depends on how the battery is cared for. In this article I will explain what determines the lifetime of Lithium-Ion batteries, the type of rechargeable battery found in most if not all modern laptops, and what you can do to increase your battery lifetime.increase battery life

Introduction To Lithium-Ion Batteries (Li-Ion)

Modern laptops are almost exclusively delivered with Li-Ion batteries. They are lighter, offer a higher performance, maintain their charger longer, and are less susceptible to the dreaded memory effect than previous types of rechargeable batteries.
In the US, Li-Ion batteries are classified as non-hazardous for the environment as they do not contain free toxic metals. In the EU however, vendors are required to recycle at least 25% of the batteries they produce. After all, Li-Ion batteries do contain material worth recycling, although the cost of doing so is rather high.

Priming Li-Ion Batteries

The predominant statement you will find is that new Li-Ion batteries do not require priming. Nevertheless, you should fully charge your Li-Ion battery before using it for the first time.

Cycling Li-Ion Batteries

Li-Ion batteries have a lifetime of 300 to 500 full charging cycles or up to 2000 partial cycles. There are reports that cycling a Li-Ion battery after long storage periods, i.e. fully discharging and re-charging it for two or three cycles, leads to to capacity gains. Other sources recommend cycling Li-Ion batteries every couple of weeks. Generally, you should not fully discharge your Li-Ion battery.
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Caring For Your Li-Ion Battery

While Li-Ion batteries do not have a memory effect and don’t need to be primed or cycled to maintain full capacity, their lifetime can still be shortened dramatically, if not cared for right. Two things can damage Li-Ion batteries: deep discharges and heat. All of the following battery DOs and DON’Ts are derived from these two major factors.

Li-Ion Battery DOs

  • partially discharge and recharge (no memory effect).
  • charge at lower voltage.
  • take out battery when laptop is running with AC power connected.
  • store battery in refrigerator with a 40-50% charge.
  • cycle the battery every few weeks or after every 30 partial charges.

Li-Ion Battery DON’Ts

  • deep discharge battery.
  • trickle charge.
  • ultra-fast charge.
  • leave fully charged battery in laptop while running on AC power (heat damage).
  • freeze battery.
  • buy old Li-Ion or spare batteries (Li-Ion batteries age, see below).

Aging Of Li-Ion Batteries

One more thing to keep in mind is that Li-Ion batteries begin aging the moment they are produced and there is little you can do to prevent this. What causes the aging is that the electrolyte slowly breaks down the positive plate, causing the internal resistance to increase to a point where no energy can be delivered. A partial charge and low temperatures slow down this process and hence increase the lifetime of your battery.

Summary

Li-Ion batteries are superior to Nickel-Cadmium or Nickel-Metal Hybrid batteries in that they deliver a higher performance, show a much slower self-discharge, and don’t have a memory effect. However, they do age, withstand only a limited amount of charge and discharge cycles, and are damaged by heat. The best thing you can do to preserve battery lifetime, is to store your laptop battery in a cold place whenever you have reliable AC power available. Alternatively, maintain optimal cooling and airflow to decrease heat buildup. In any case you should perform a full discharge and recharge cycle every few weeks and avoid fully discharing your Li-Ion battery in the meantime.

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From Foundation Till Now ,The Android Story – Infographics


Since after the release of Mobile OS Platforms like Android, iOS etc. , the revolution in the Mobile Industry is somewhat bigger from past days. Android is one of the mostly used Mobile OS and it had powered thousands of SmartPhones and its just good to hear cool Android Updates from Google Acquired it.






The Android Story is a Android based Infographics made by some guys at xcubelabs, which is a Android, iPhone, iPad and Blackberry Application Development site. They have made really Informative Infographics which is pretty well designed too.
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The Infographics share some Incredible stats which are mostly unknown by peoples. From the Place of Foundation to the till now state of Android, you will love this “The Android Story“.

Take Beautiful Photos With Camera360 Free [Android 1.5+]

 
A few years back, a cellphone’s camera was little more  than a gimmick. It was just one more checkmark for the phone’s feature list – “it does pictures, too!” In recent times, though, we see more and more smartphones with 5 megapixel cameras, LED flashes, and processors powerful enough to create some very interesting images. What remains is the software – and as you may have noticed, this space is exploding with apps vying to be your default camera app. Camera360 received some very warm recommendations when we were collecting applications for our Best of Android page, so let’s take a closer look at it.
posted on July 26, 2011 by Erez Zukerman
First, you should know that this review is about the free version (there’s also a paid Ultimate version). When you launch the free version, this is the first thing you’re going to see:
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That’s right, a plug for the paid version. I force-closed the app to see if the screen shows up when I re-launch it, and it did. This would probably not be a serious issue for most users because the app would just run in the background, and you don’t get the nag screen when you switch to it. Still, it does make the initial launch not as snappy as it could be.
Next, the main screen:
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Here you can select one of several looks (or “cameras”) to work with. Let’s try the Effectmode:
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Here you get to select what effect you wish to apply to your photo before you take it. This is different than most similar apps, where you apply the effect post-factum. It’s an interesting approach. While it means you need to take an extra step before snapping your picture, you would have a better idea of what you’re going for when you take it. Let’s try the LOMO effect.
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This is the capture screen. The live-preview looks rather jagged in the screenshot, but in real life it’s as smooth as you’d expect. This screen is chock-full of options; let’s take a quick look at some of them. When you tap the question-mark, a very helpful help layout pops up:
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The most visible thing is probably the composition grid, which you can easily toggle off, or switch to a different grid style called “Modern core section” (a fancy name for a simple grid).
Tapping the cogwheel icon opens a menu with several options that you’d normally expect to find on a “real” camera:
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You can select one of four different focus modes, choose one of three different options for recording location information along with your photo (GPS-based, cell-based, or no location information), and more. Fortunately, you can also mute the (loud) default beep the camera makes when it takes a photo.
Next, let’s look at the available Shooting Modes. The most useful one, to me, is the image stabilizer, which is off by default.
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As you may have noticed, the English here isn’t perfect (Stabiliger? Brust?). This is even more visible in the options menu; the Ultimate version is selling quite well on the market – perhaps the developers can invest in some decent English localization. Brust means Burst mode, by the way. The camera just keeps on taking photos at regular intervals until you hit the shutter button to make it stop.
Last but not least on the capture screen are the Camera Settings:
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You can easily adjust brightness, saturation, and several other parameters. Oh, right, I guess you can also tap the Camera button and take a picture (a minor option, but I figured I’d mention it anyway). Here’s what the image looks like:
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Mind you, this is with the LOMO effect. You van also tweak the effect, but some of the options are paid-version only (those with the tiny shopping cart in the corner):
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One you’re happy with your image, you can easily share and save it. Finally, when you quit the app, the developers can’t keep from plugging the paid version one more time:
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Bottom Line

Camera360 is a robust, powerful camera app. I haven’t even touched on the image sharing options it offers or explored its other camera modes (Tilt-shift, Color-shift and more). Its two main drawbacks are the poor English in the UI (sometimes to the point of making things needlessly confusing), and the strong push for the paid version plastered all over the app. Still, the Free version is not time-limited, and is fully functional with plenty of filters and interesting image effects. All in all, a very capable app.