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  • 1. April 2012Anurag Bansal
  • 2. Copyright : 2006-2012 © Anurag Bansal 1
  • 3. Table of ContentsLISTEN TO LATEST BOLLYWOOD MUSIC FOR FREE ................................. 3HOW TO SHARE COMMON EVENT PHOTOS IN SINGLE ALBUM ONLINE?............................................................................................................................... 4INSTAGRAM FOR ANDROID IS FINALLY HERE. SO WHAT? ..................... 6 What is Instagram? ........................................................................................... 6 Instagram Android App Features: .................................................................... 714 GREAT INSTAGRAM ALTERNATIVES – NOW THAT FACEBOOKBOUGHT IT. ......................................................................................................... 7 Bonus:................................................................................................................. 8ONE APP TO RULE ALL OTHER NEWS SOURCES ON YOUR ANDROIDPHONE AND TABLET ......................................................................................... 9ANYMEETING LETS YOU HOST ONLINE MEETINGS WITH ANYONE FORFREE ................................................................................................................... 10TOODLEDO + TWITTER = GET THINGS DONE (GTD) : USE TWITTER ASA TASK REMINDER ..........................................................................................11SOME TECH HUMOR ....................................................................................... 14 2
  • 4. Listen to latest Bollywood music for FREEG aana.com is like Pandora for the Bollywood music fans. It is a feature rich beautifullydesigned site that supports almost all Nonetheless, Gaana.com can be used on any operating system – PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS or anything else that has browser capabilities.web formats including HTML5, soyou can very well use it on iPad You necessarily don’t need to createtoo. For other people including an account to use the site but you willAndroid users, the site plays in full receive a better experience if you linkdesktop format and you can pretty it with Twitter and/or Facebookmuch do everything you can do on a accounts. You can save your favoritecomputer. songs, playlist, albums etc. and share them with your friends.Instead of creating individual iOSand Android apps the site relies onbrowser capabilities of the respectivedevices. Only drawback of this step Check out various screenshot imagesis that the background streaming is of the site online on the Techackernot possible in many cases. As soon blog.as the browser goes in thebackground, music stops on my The best experience of Gaana.comAndroid tablet and smart comes in the full screen mode. Fullphone. Apple iPad users also report screen mode features a dazzling barnot being able to skip to the next song in the center and a moving clockin the playlist though current slider. On the side you seeplaying song continues to recommendations based on theplay…something that can be achieved current playing song. You can alsoonly with a native app. 3
  • 5. like, share or control song on this site. Gaana.com is a must forscreen. anyone interested into Bollywood songs. Some other users have alsoAfter I started using Gaana.com, I liked Raaga.com, Saavn.com.almost forgot using Pandora. Thead-free unlimited song plays didn’t Check them out and let me knowleave anything more to ask from this which one you like the most.How to share common event photos insingle album online?W hether it is a party, get- together, celebration or any other event, most ofus use our own cameras to takephotos. Now the tough part is to get because not everyone gets a chance to see all the photos at the same time. Wouldn’t it be great if there is a common place everyone can put the photos they took during the event andall these photos in a place so that then everyone has access to all photoseverybody gets a chance to see all the at the same time?fun moments. Asking people to sharethem individually makes it a mess Yogile is definitely that common 4
  • 6. place.  Customizable URL and e-mail address per album, to share with Yogile is a super simple photo sharing anyone who wants to add photos. service that lets you easily collaborate  No need for these users to register to and share group photos. With Yogile, contribute photos to your album. you can create private group albums where every invited member can add  Download photos individually or all at once as a zip file.  Enter password to create private Facebook is definitely not albums. If you leave the password a good place for sharing blank that makes it a public album, photos from a common so any one can see and contribute photos to it. event. photos to. After you have created an album for the event, you can share the URL and the password with the people you want to get photos from. They can just go to the URL you shared for the album and after entering the password upload the photos from their computers. You can also upload photos using email attachments. So in short Yogile provides you the following features: It lets multiple people contribute photos Could you ask more? Probably at a single place with ease. not! And yes it is FREE too. Yogile Add photos as e-mail attachments or gives you 100MB storage every uploads through the site. month. You can upgrade to get more space if you want. 5
  • 7. Well, now don’t worry for your next Isn’t it what makes it super easy totrip who all took the photos and how collectively take photos in an eventand when you will get to see and then share with everyone?them. Just create an album on Yogileand let everyone upload photos to this Let us know in comments how youalbum. Once everyone has shared have done it so far. Is Yogile going totheir photos, all people can download make a difference in the way youthe entire album as a zip file or share photos within a group?download them individually.Instagram for Android is finally here. Sowhat?T witter, buzz Facebook word today and everywhere else on the web, the‘Instagram for Android’. I don’t getit. What’s the big deal about it? Why is and isn’t such a big deal. What is Instagram? Instagram is a fast and fun way tois Instagram so important for share your pictures with friends.Android? Didn’t Android already Simply snap a photo using thehas far more feature rich photo camera or upload an existing imagesharing/editing apps? Let’s look at from Gallery, then choose a filter tosome of its feature and see why it is transform the look and feel. Pictures 6
  • 8. are shared on Instagram, and can be more image editing features than easily uploaded to other social media Instagram. So essentially I don’t platforms including Twitter, understand why there is such a hype Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr. about Instagram. May be the hype is because it was a Instagram Android App Features: popular app on iPhone then why not on Android. To me, it seems like1. Share your photos in a simple photo Instagram is pretty late to the party stream with friends. and still doesn’t offer many features2. 100% free custom designed filters it offers on iPhone such as Tilt and borders. Shift/Blur, Share from Feed, Live3. Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Preview and Share to Flickr. Tumblr, and Foursquare. One good thing about Instagram is4. Interact with friends through giving obviously the user base. It claims to & receiving likes and comments. have 30+ Million registered users uploading 5+ Million photos per day.5. Full front & back camera support
. All of these features are available What do you think about in Pixlr-o-matic, Picplz, EyeEm, Instagram? Have you tried it Snapbucket, Lightbox, Mobli and yet? Share your opinion about it. other Instagram alternative Android Which app do you use for photo apps. Pixlr-o-matic in fact has far sharing on your Android phone. 14 Great Instagram Alternatives – Now that Facebook bought it. F acebook bought Instagram for $1 Billion few weeks after it was launched Android. Instagram earlier was an on Android users have poured in from last week or so. Clearly Instagram has over 30 Million users, which is huge, very huge advantage. And this iPhone only app and it still doesn’t is why Facebook probably bought it have a full feature website – just a for a whopping $1 Billion. landing page. Instagram’s biggest strength is its user base which as per Anyway, if you are not happy about the last public record was over 27 this news and feel Instagram might Million users on iPhone. Then get sucked into Facebook pretty 7
  • 9. soon. If you fear Instagram may 2. Snapbucket/Photobucket soon stop adding features, there are 3. Adobe Photoshop Express plenty of great Instagram 4. PicsArt alternatives available for you. 5. PicSay Most of the apps mentioned above have all the popular effect, filters and layers. Almost all of them offer social intergration. Every one of them lets you share your edited photos on Twitter and Facebook for sure and sometimes Tumblr. You may want to check them out and see what works best for you and which app’s interface you like the most. Personally I love using Pixlr-o- matic. Before Instagram was available for Android, picplz was known to be the ‘Instagram for Below is a list of such 14 Android’. Well, check it out and let alternatives. us know which app works out the best In depth reviews of these apps are for you. available at TheNextWeb and Talk Android, please follow corresponding BONUS TIP: links to get detailed review of these If you want to move all your pictures apps: from Instagram, you can1. Picplz use Instaport to2. Streamzoo download all3. EyeEm your Instagram4. Lightbox photos as a zip5. Pixlr-o-matic file and upload6. Vignette to any of the7. Molome above8. Pix: Pixel Mixer mentioned9. Hipster services. Bonus:1. Mobli 8
  • 10. One app to rule all other news sources onyour Android phone and tabletA lthough CNN, USA Today, Fox News and MSNBC are decent news appsAndroid, yet nothing comes close to for I almost stopped using other news app like CNN, NYtimes and USA Today etc.News360 app for Android phones andtablets. Not only News360aggregates news from varioussources, it also puts then in anintuitively beautiful format.Instead of reading the same newsfrom different sources, News360provides the news once but lists all thecorresponding stories together. It A widget can also be added to theleaves up to you though which source home screen to quickly glance onyou want to read from. In “360 view” your favorite topic or recent news onit puts the news in image format both phone and tablet. News360 widget seems to give some sluggishness to the tablet. The widget by itself is really beautiful and responsive.which are floating in a 3D sphere. To The app can learn yourread the news, just tap on any picture interests by pulling yourand the corresponding story will be up information from Twitter, Facebook,on the screen. Google+, evernote etc. You can also share news by connecting the app with Twitter, Facebook, Tripit, Instapaper and 9
  • 11. ReadItLater etc. The app also uses the going to love it. If you haven’t tried itGPS location to provide local news. yet, then definitely give it a try.News360 app is available for FREEfrom Google Play. I am sure you areAnyMeeting lets you host online meetingswith anyone for FREEO nline meeting services like GoToMeetings, WebEx and others are in abundance. Imyself on Techacker and Knowlizhave covered few of them earlier. emails or you can import them from any of the previous meetings.A feature rich FREE service that Ihappen to stumble upon recentlyisAnyMeeting. By being ad-supported, AnyMeeting can offer its Fill in the important meeting detailsservices at no cost to users, making it and send the invitation to attendees. Conference method can also be selected upfront – chose between Computer Mic/Speaker vs. Phone. If you select phone, you will be given the conference call detailsan ideal deal for small businesses on upfront.tight budgets. There are just too many features toHosting or attending a meeting with list here, but you are free to learnAnyMeeting is easy. Just create an complete details here. Someaccount and start the webinar or important features are here for yourschedule it for later sometime. quick information:Anymeeting provides you with a  Up to 200 attendees can join thereally detailed Scheduler where you meeting at a time for Free (ad-can invite attendees through their supported) 10
  • 12.  6-way Video Conferencing, That shows me that as compared to Conference Calling, other services it is a cost saving of at Screen sharing, Application Sharing, least $588 annually if you have 15 Polling, Surveys, Chat and other or fewer attendees in your communication features. meetings. Go give it a try…really easy to use and no nuisance for the Webinar ticketing – Ticket fee 10% + attendees too. Check out the Quick $1. start video here: (for other Social Media integration. Meeting promotion through Facebook and Twitter. No plug-in to install before scheduling or attending the meeting by anyone. Aside is a comparison of various other services with AnyMeeting: walk through, check out this page). Toodledo + Twitter = Get Things Done (GTD) : Use twitter as a task reminder A plethora of services and apps are available for both browsers and smartphones (Android and iOS) claiming to be the every smartphone ecosystem, why not best Todo service. But you may not need any of these if all you want is a reminder system of some sort. Provided Twitter is ubiquitous on 11
  • 13. use that for your task reminder Due-Date – To set a due-date, use the # symbol needs. All you need is a Twitter and then type the due-date. For example: account and a phone from which you “#today” or “#Next thursday” or “#5/12/08″. Start Date – To set the start date, use the > can access Twitter and emails…like symbol and then the date. For example: smartphones do. “>tomorrow”.  Due Time – To set the due time for a task, Below are the simple steps of making use the = symbol followed by the time. For Twitter as your reminder app on any example: “=3:45pm”. smartphone usingToodledo as a Start Time – To set the start time for a task, backend service. use the ^ symbol followed by the time. For example: “^3:45pm”.1. Sign-in/up for a Toodledo account.  Length – To set the length that you think a2. Follow @Toodledo from your Twitter task will take, use the ~ symbol followed by account. the length. For example: “~4hours”.3. Go to Toodledo Settings  Repeat – To set how a task repeats, use the & and authorize your Twitter account. symbol followed by how you want it to4. To add a task through Twitter in repeat. For example: “&Every Week”. Here is a list of phrases that work. Toodledo, send a direct message to  Reminder – To set a reminder, use the : Toodledo as mentioned below: symbol followed by the lead-time. For d Toodledo Remember to bring Milk ! example: “:5 hours” #today >today =5:00pm :15min  Star – To star a task use the * symbol by itself. For example: “My Task *”.The above command sent through Twitter  Folder – To set the folder use the * symbol and then type the name of your folder. Fortells Toodledo that you wanted to add a example: “*ProjectA”.task to your to do list as “Remember to  Context – To set the context use the @bring Milk” with medium priority (!) symbol and then type the name of yourthat starts(>) today at(=) 5:00pm context. For example: “@home”. Rememberwhich is due(#) today at 5:00pm and that the @ symbol is a special instruction toyou should be reminded 15min before for Toodledo and is not part of your context name. If your context is actually namedthis task.” “@home” then you would need to typeLearn more about the short codes “@@home” to set the context, since the first @(symbols) below: is the symbol and the second @ is part ofPriority – The default priority is “0 – Low”. To your context.set a higher priority use the ! character as many  Goal – To set the goal use the + symbol andtimes as necessary. Typing !! would give your then type the name of your goal. Fortask a priority of “2-High”. example: “+Exercise More”. 12
  • 14.  Status – To set the status use the $ symbol Now there are commands to retrieve and then the status. For example: “$Next your task through Twitter as well, but Action”. I won’t bore you with all that. Only Tag – To set the tag use the % symbol followed by the tag or tags that you want to thing you need to remember is that to add. For example: “%tag1, tag2″. retrieve the tasks you just add ? while Location – To set a location, use the – messaging Toodledo. You can read symbol followed by the location name. For entire set of commands here. example: “-home“ I know it might seem a little overwhelming to digest all these short codes, but once you start using it, d toodledo Call Prashant !! @phone #today =7:00pm d toodledo Finish the Blog post on Toodledo Twitter Tasks !!! #next friday *ProjectA @work d toodledo Mow the lawn *Chores @home &every Saturday. you will feel more comfortable with it. I do it all the time. You won’t also Putting this whole together, your need all these geeky details in your Twitter commands may look regular tasks as well. something like this: You probably won’t need to remember One thing which currently is not this whole list of commands. But you possible to convey to Toodledo through get the point that by using just Twitter is to Mark the task complete. symbols how Toodledo understands For that you will have to actually all that you are trying to say. Pretty manage at Toodledo web interface or nifty, eh.. corresponding iOS and Android Apps. 13
  • 15. This set of commands can be used you add them to your account onthrough IM and Emails as well, once Toodledo.Some Tech Humor (via Someecards.com) 14
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