Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

May 7, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

[LAPTOP] HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop@Amazon

 HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID] 5 Volume Booster Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 volume booster apps for Android which can be used to improve volume on your Android devices if they’re too quiet… @I Love Free Software

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier

April 15, 2014


[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK]
How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier
– I recently made a decision to ditch my all-in-one inkjet printer due to the continued cost of inkjet cartridges. I decided to go with a basic level, black and white color, wireless laser printer where the cartridges are about the same price (as the inkjet). The printer I purchased was the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

The positive sides to this is that I can print many, many, many more pages, at greater speed, with the laser vs. the inkjet; plus, I gained the benefit of the wireless printer technology (that I did not have). I try to not print anything at all; however, I recently took on another task in my life where hardcopies of documents is required.

The negative sides to this is I cannot print in color and can no longer scan documents; HOWEVER, if you read on, there is a solution.

I was not too concerned about the printing in color. Most of what we print at home is pictures (which is very costly); plus in my planning of all of this I decided if I needed pictures printed out, I would visit a local kiosk to perform this task (where the finished product is much better that the typical inkjet printer).  Now, losing out on the document scanner did have me concerned; HOWEVER, I came up with a solution (in my planning) to use my Nexus 5 Smartphone as my document scanner.

The Nexus 5 is an Android based phone; therefore I needed to find an Android app that was made to perform document scans. After trying many variations of Android document scanners, I settled for the app called CamScanner. The FREE version of CamScanner should be all you need.

CamScanner

What I am finding now, using CamScanner and after training myself (through experimentation), is that I can scan a document (using my smartphone) very quickly; and then following the scan can send and share the document at light speed.  For example, I will scan a document and then send it to any of my online accounts, such as my Microsoft OneNote notebook, my email account, my OneDrive account, etc… When you scan a document with CamScanner, the app will perform an auto-correction to line up the document, adjust the clarity of the document and convert it to a PDF file.  There are many manual corrections that can be performed, as well, within the CamScanner app.

Then the question came up in my mind, “What if I want to copy a document and print it???  With CamScanner this is not an issue.  Using my new wireless laser printer I was able to send print jobs directly to the printer (from anywhere in the world) using Google Cloud Print. By the way, your printer does not have to be wireless or Google Cloud Print ready to print from the internet (or the cloud).

In the end, my planning has so far paid off; plus, I am not caught up in the world of inkjet cartridges where the cartridges often cost more than the actual purchase of the printer. Also, give CamScanner a try. Once you learn how to use it, you will not miss that cumbersome inkjet all-in-one document scanner.

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store

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[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] All-in-one Design Tool, Screen Capture, Image editor, Color Picker, Pixel Ruler and More (PicPick) – An all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard… @PicPick

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Monitor Your Satellite Bandwidth Usage With Networx

January 2, 2014

When your internet connection is served through a satellite provider you soon find out that you are at the mercy of a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and things slow to a crawl, limiting what you can do.

The provider often gives you a set amount of gigabytes per month, which is eaten up not only by normal internet browsing; but, is also eaten up by the behind the scene operations such as windows updates, security software updates, etc… Some providers will give you bonus gigabytes that can be used during off hours (such as 2 AM to 8 AM) and in that scenario I recommend you schedule updates to occur during these so called bonus hours (at night).

In the end, if your internet connection is served through a satellite provider it is important that you plan a strategy to take advantage of the bandwidth that you are provided; but, how do you see how much gas (gigabytes) is left in the tank or how much gas (gigabytes) has been used?

Most satellite providers track your usage and post the usage on the online account you have with the provider. This option, in my opinion, is quite lame. Another more viable option is to use bandwidth monitoring software that will give you real-time visual results that can generate daily reports of your total usage.

I explored various software options to perform this task and finally settled on a FREE software option called NetWorx.

NetWorx is available as a full install or as a portable app. To give it a try, I would download the portable version and if you don’t like it, simply delete it. I think you will be wanting to keep it once you see that it gives you the ability to easily track your daily data traffic amounts.

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NetWorx is a simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation. You can use it to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connection. NetWorx can help you identify possible sources of network problems, ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits specified by your ISP, or track down suspicious network activity characteristic of Trojan horses and hacker attacks.

Key Features

  • Clear graphic and/or numeric display
  • Usage reports with export to a variety of file formats, including Excel, MS Word and HTML
  • Permits close supervision of uploads and downloads
  • Works with dial-up, ISDN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards, and more
  • Includes network information and testing tools with advanced netstat that displays applications using your Internet connection
  • Option to notify user or disconnect from the Internet automatically when network activity exceeds a certain level
  • Speed meter to accurately time downloads and report the average transfer rates
  • Dial-up session journal with detailed information about every session
  • Absolutely free and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware

With NetWorx you can:

  • Find out and monitor how fast your Internet connection is
  • Find out and monitor how much Internet traffic you consume
  • Verify whether your ISP charges your Internet usage fairly
  • Detect a suspicious network activity on your computer
  • Perform simple network tests such as ping and trace route
  • Be notified about excessive Internet usage

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Article 2 of 3: Can The FBI Recover Data You Deleted?

December 1, 2013

This is a guest post series written by Elena Pakhomova, Marketing and Development for the data recovery software company www.ReclaiMe.com.

There are three articles to this series that examines the method(s) of deletion at the user-level, at the operating system level, and at the hardware level. Please visit again to capture the rest of the story…

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In light of recent high profile espionage events, subject of personal data protection has become very popular. In this article I will try to shed light on the subject of data deletion and answer the question how does one delete the data so that even the FBI fails to restore it.

There are three parts involved in data management on every device, be it a PC, phone, or some other gadget.

User who creates content, manages it, and finally deletes it. –  (SEE ARTICLE #1)

Operating system or more specifically a certain component of operating system called filesystem, which based on user commands stores, deletes, and performs other operations with data on the logical disk level. – (SEE ARTICLE #2)

Hardware – hard disk or other physical device which is responsible for storing data at the lowest level of electromagnetic fields and electric charge. (SEE ARTICLE #3)

The behavior of each of the above parts determines how data is being deleted on a particular device and therefore what are the chances to restore it.


Data Deletion In Different Operating Systems

Each operating system stores user data in a specific way. A method of data organization is called filesystem. Each filesystem, in turn, stores and deletes data differently. However, for many filesystems the following principle is true – if you actively use the disk to write new files after the deletion the chance to recover the deleted files decreases.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft has developed not so many filesystems, the most famous being FAT, NTFS, and ReFS. NTFS is the most “recoverable” filesystem meaning that if you delete a file from an NTFS volume and then do not write new data to the volume you have a great chance to recover the deleted data. As for FAT filesystem, only non-fragmented files can be recovered (typically these are small files).

ReFS is a comparatively young filesystem (about a year old); however, our research revealed that ReFS is about the same as NTFS in terms of recoverability.

Linux

Most well known Linux filesystems are ext2/3/4. Only with ext2 filesystem you have some chance to recover deleted data. Due to specifics of storing data on ext3 and ext4, the probability to get the deleted data in acceptable condition is very small. Surely, searching the disk directly for fragments of certain files can bring some result but it’s impossible to recover the deleted data in original state as it was on the disk before deletion. If you know what you are after, you can detect data traces; get the data as it was before deletion is impossible.

Apple HFS/HFS+

Apple Mac OS uses HFS and HFS+ filesystems. A file deletion in these filesystems as usual boils down to the deletion of information about where file content is located on the disk, rather than actual deletion of file content. Technicalities of these filesystems make it impossible to predict in advance whether data is deleted immediately or the filesystem postpones the deletion for some time. Anyway, deleted file contents on the disk will not be actually erased until the filesystem needs the place occupied by these files to write new data.

Thank You to Elena Pakhomova, Marketing and Development for the data recovery software company www.ReclaiMe.com for this GREAT ARTICLE!

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013


AN ADVANCED WINDOWS VOLUME CONTROL
that can be used to replace the standard Windows volume control…

IMPROVE YOUR COMPUTER’S PERFORMANCE with these four options from Tech4Idiots…

$7.5 MILLION DOLLAR HARD DRIVE has went missing in the dump…

AN ALL-IN-ONE ANDROID DESKTOP that possibly could make our life in the world of computing much easier…

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An Advanced Windows Volume Control

Volume ²

Volume ² is very nice Windows volume control that gives you the ability to control your computer’s volume using the mouse wheel, hotkeys or on a schedule.

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Volume ² – alternate volume control that can completely replace the standard Windows volume control. Volume ² provides a simple set of hot keys and mouse events to control the volume.Also, it is a simple task scheduler that allows you to run an application or control the volume.Volume ² has a multilingual interface: Russian, Ukrainian, English, Chinese, Armenian, German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, etc.

Note: When you visit the site it is in Russian and will need to translate the page.  In my case, I am using Google Chrome with a built in translator.

GET IT HERE (PORTABLE AND INSTALLER)


How to improve your computer’s performance

@ Tech4Idiots

In the event you have an aging computer, you may want to revive some life back into it with these four options as suggested by Tech4Idiots…

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A while ago we published an article on how to improve your computer’s performance at no cost, this time around we’ll be discussing a few basic tips on improving your PC’s performance when you have some money to spend… READ MORE


Missing: hard drive containing Bitcoins worth £4m in Newport landfill site

@ theguardian

You may have been reading about the electronic money currency called Bitcoins. Bitcoins recently have gained in value to the point where they are turning the heads, on not only people, but entire countries.  If you didn’t know, per Wikipedia, Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer electronic and money payment network introducted in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto.

Recently a computer dude threw away his hard drive, only to realize later (as bitcoins gained in value), that he had thrown away an equivalent of $7.5 million in bitcoins.  Somewhere in the dump there is a very valuable hard drive…

Damian blog : Seaton Meadows Landfill site in Hartlepool

Buried somewhere under four feet of mud and rubbish, in the Docksway landfill site near Newport, Wales, in a space about the size of a football pitch is a computer hard drive worth more than £4m.

It belonged to James Howells, who threw it out when he was clearing up his desk in mid-summer and discovered the part, rescued from a defunct Dell laptop. He found it in a drawer and put it in a bin… READ MORE


HP Slate 21-k100 21.5-Inch All-in-One
Android Touchscreen Desktop

I would really love to see these Android desktops take off. Definitely would make computing a lot easier for those folks who have struggled with learning Windows; not forgetting to mention, Android eliminates a lot of the bulk.

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The HP Slate 21-k100 All-in-One is the only Android all-in-one that gives you fast access to the most popular apps. Every time you log in, your favorite Android apps, documents, and widgets appear instantly. Everyone has the best seat in the house for watching videos, sharing slideshows, playing games and more with a 21.5″ diagonal Full HD display and wide viewing angles… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 27, 2013

November 27, 2013


THE BEST 100 ANDROID APPS FOR
2013 carefully reviewed and selected by PCMag.com…

BURN DISCS QUICKLY, easily, with maximum quality and minimum hassle with Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE…

WHAT IS YOUR POSTION on removable storage and removable batteries in smartphones???

A NEXUS 5 SMARTPHONE CASE that I highly recommend…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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The 100 Best Android Apps of 2013

@ PCMag.com

PCMag always comes up with the best lists of tech related items. This list is no exception. If you are into Android, this is a must see list that has been rebuilt from scratch.

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While 100 apps is a far more manageable slice of the one million plus apps in the Google Play store, it’s still a challenge to keep up to date. That’s the nature of a platform as enormous and dynamic as Android. Our plan is to update the list frequently to keep it from becoming an ossified mess filled with broken and unhip apps… CHECK IT OUT HERE


Recently Updated — Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE

Don’t let the name Ashampoo think you are dealing with a hair product. Ashampoo actually makes numerous software packages with great reputation. Their burning studio product is a great product if you are looking for a FREE disc burning application.

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What’s new:
  • Multi-disc file backup and restore on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • Create compressed backup archives with powerful password protection
  • Split archives automatically across multiple CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs
  • Restore archive contents to their original locations
  • Integrated Audio CD ripper – store your audio tracks as WMA or WAV files
  • New option for setting the number of copies you want to burn (available for all disc formats)
  • Discs can now be verified immediately without being ejected first (if the drive supports this feature)
  • Numerous other small improvements that make the program easier to use and more effective

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    A Post about Removable Storage,
    Removable Batteries and Smartphones

    @ AnandTech

Have you noticed lately where many of the new mobile devices being released have the batteries built into the device. There is a reason for this…

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The key phrase however is “all else being equal”. This is where the tradeoff comes in. On the battery front, the tradeoff is very similar to what we saw happen in notebooks… READ MORE


Very Nice Nexus 5 Smartphone Case

I just ordered a couple of the Cruzerlite Spi-Force Case for Nexus 5 and I must say, I am impressed. I really feel that this case will go a long ways in protecting my Nexus 5 and I really like the built-in kick stand.

Cruzerlite Spi-Force Case for Nexus 5

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  • Keep your Google Nexus 5 safe and protected in style.
  • Slip onto your Google Nexus 5 to add color.
  • TPU is more cut and tear resistant than rubber. It is abrasion resistant, and has a high degree of transparency. This skin is more stiff than silicone skins, but remains flexible.
  • Applicaton and removal are easy.
  • Shock absorbent, shatterproof, and anti-scratch material

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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