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Fireweb - LG's First Firefox OS Smartphone Gets Unveiled On Video

Firefox Mobile OS

While the race between Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows for Phone is what gets all the news now, the scenario could change pretty soon when "highly hackable", truly open-source alternatives like Ubuntu One and Mozilla Firefox OS comes to the playing field.

LG has taken the leap of being one of the early supporter and have already unveiled their first smartphone powered by the fox - the Firefox OS. Named "LG Fireweb", the phone features an 4-inch touchscreen display with 480 x 320 resolution, 1GHz Qualcomm processor, 4GB of expandable storage and a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash. The hardware specs and feature sheet is nothing to get excited about, but do mind the fact that this phone is targeted to cater the entry-level, cheap smartphone segment. Do watch the video demonstration posted below to watch the phone in action.


Fireweb

How to create bootable removable disk for clean installation of Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks

diskmaker xThe easiest way to download and install the latest Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks OS upgrade is to simply visit the Mac Appstore from your Mac and click upgrade, however if you want to perform a clean installation (format the old setup and install fresh) you will need to create a bootable removable disk drive as shown ahead.

OS X Mavericks

We will be using a simple to use GUI application named DiskMaker X to build a bootable disk drive from Mac OS X installation application downloaded from Apple Macstore (or any other source). As soon as you launch DiskMaker X, the application automatically finds the OS X Install program and proposes to build a DVD or create a bootable install disk as instructed below.

Fixing Huge Font Size in Text Messages

If you found your text-messages/SMS to be mysteriously huge in font-size (as shown below) for no reason, without changing anything in your settings, the reason is your phone using the "VOLUME ROCKER" to change the font-size of phone's native texting application. To bring back the text font-size to desirable setting again, start the messaging app and use the physical up/down volume control button of your phone to get the desired size.

Huge SMS Text on Samsung Galaxy S4

Get Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks Upgrade For Free, Direct Download Links

Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks is finally out now, and surprisingly unlike previous paid upgrades is absolutely free to upgrade this time. The tenth major release of Apple OS X, the desktop and server operating system for Mac computers is now available as a free update through the Mac App Store. Compatible with iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminium, or Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) and Xserve (Early 2009) the release brings 200+ new features to users. OS X Mavericks brings Maps and iBooks to the Mac, introduces Finder Tabs and Tags, enhances multidisplay support, and includes an all-new version of Safari. The latest release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system also adds new core technologies that deliver breakthrough power efficiency and responsiveness. While the most recommended and easy method to download and install the new OS is via Apple Mac Appstore, for user's have limited/unreliable internet connectivity unofficial direct download of "Apple OS X 10.9" are posted at the end of this post.

Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Get Aoao Watermark Software for Totally Free on Halloween Promotion

If you care much about protecting your digital photos, and feel complicated to brand your photos with watermark yourself, here is a good watermarking program you should give a shot. To celebrate the exciting annual Halloween, Aoaophoto Digital Studio holds a giveaway for their fans. From Oct 18 to Nov 5, everyone can have a chance to free get their major product - Aoao Watermark for Photo, which is regularly price at $29.9.

Nowadays, watermark has been frequently used by professional designers, artists, and photographers to better copyright their original works. Since there is no good way to prevent others from ever being able to copy your online photo unless you do not put them online, the best thing we can do is to find a good and efficient way to make image downloading and copying more difficult, and to brand your image works and let others know you are serious about image protection. Watermark seems to be the most common and possibly strongest image protection technique.

Folder Size - Analyze directory sizes and cleanup disks. Gain up to 50% free disk space. $400 Worth of Exclusive Licenses Giveaway

Due to the huge interest in the past for the products provided by MindGems Inc., Megaleecher is once again organizing a giveaway. This time we provide 10 PRO licenses worth $400 for Folder Size.

Folder Size is a popular disk space analysis tool developed by MindGems Inc. that can help with disk cleanup process and free up to 50% disk space in minutes. The tool can analyze all files and folders on a computer or network location and list them sorted by size and other properties in order to easily check the distribution of the disk space. Besides the professional and commercial versions, Folder Size has also a freeware variation that you can download for free from the company web site.

Folder Size

Download Microsoft Windows 8.1 Upgrade For Free Now

The much awaited final version of the free Microsoft Windows 8.1 update is now available for download, If your PC is currently running Windows 8 (or Windows RT) all you need to do is to open the "Windows Store" and you’ll see this free update prominently featured on the home page. If not, you must get the KB 2871389 update (which should be already downloaded and installed if using automatic updates) and install it manually and check again.

Windows 8.1
Windows Store Upgrade

Free Online PDF Converter With Support For Multiple Output Formats

PDF remains the best file format for sending, sharing, printing and archiving electronic documents. While its universal formatting and viewing features are unsurpassed, it is not so convenient for making changes. So, as much as we like receiving documents in PDF because we know we’ll be able to view the document as intended, with all the text, images and hyperlinks in their proper places, we get a headache when we receive a PDF that we need to modify. In many cases people start creating new documents and manually typing information from the PDF file in order to get the job done.

To simplify the process of editing PDFs, there are PDF manipulation tools created for different purposes: to convert PDF documents into MS Excel spreadsheets, to convert PDFs into PowerPoint presentations, to allow typing in the PDF itself, to allow making bookmarks in the document, etc. Many of these tools focus on one specific feature of a PDF manipulation, like converting PDF into Excel, for example, and they are often free and online.

There are, however, more advanced tools for PDF conversion and editing with more than one conversion option and we are sharing one such free online PDF Converter here today.

Online PDf maker

The advantage of this tool over many other free online converters is in its comprehensive nature: it can create PDFs from over 300 different Windows formats, as well as convert PDFs into the most used Office suite formats: .doc, .xls and .ppt.

Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview for Windows 7 out now, Gets 30% Faster than Other Web-browsers

Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 11 Release Preview For Windows 7 with some exciting improvements and features aimed to offer a fast, fluid and perfect for touch Web experience across all Windows devices and screen sizes. The snappier IE11 features - performance improvements making it 30% faster than competing web-browsers like Google Chrome/Mozilla Firefox/Opera, updates to support the latest Web standards, new and improved developer tools for coders. Do watch the video introduction and images posted after the "Read More" link below.

Internet Explorer 11 Installation
Internet Explorer 11 Logo

Hdparm - Command Line Performance Tuning And Benchmarking Tool For SATA/IDE Hard-Disk Drives

hdparm is a powerful command-line utility for Linux and Windows operating systems to set and view ATA hard disk drive hardware parameters. The utility also allows users to test disk read/write performance with cached and buffered modes. The utility allows users to view and change SATA/IDE disk-drive hardware parameters like drive caches, sleep mode, power management, acoustic management, and DMA settings which are generally set to suboptimal conservative defaults to their optimal settings for best performance. Checkout the example output below for disk information command followed by disk performance test.

root@myserver:~#  hdparm -I /dev/sdc

/dev/sdc:

ATA device, with non-removable media
        Model Number:       WDC WD2002FYPS-02W3B0
        Serial Number:      WD-WCXXXXX64757
        Firmware Revision:  04.01G01
        Transport:          Serial, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5,                  SATA Rev 2.6
Standards:
        Supported: 8 7 6 5
        Likely used: 8
Configuration:
        Logical         max     current
        cylinders       16383   16383
        heads           16      16
        sectors/track   63      63
        --
        CHS current addressable sectors:   16514064
        LBA    user addressable sectors:  268435455
        LBA48  user addressable sectors: 3907029168
        Logical/Physical Sector size:           512 bytes
        device size with M = 1024*1024:     1907729 MBytes
        device size with M = 1000*1000:     2000398 MBytes (2000 GB)
        cache/buffer size  = unknown
        Nominal Media Rotation Rate: 5400
Capabilities:
        LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
        Queue depth: 32
        Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
        R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16  Current = 0
        Advanced power management level: 128
        Recommended acoustic management value: 128, current value: 254
        DMA: mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 udma5 *udma6
             Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
        PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
             Cycle time: no flow control=120ns  IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
        Enabled Supported:
           *    SMART feature set
                Security Mode feature set
           *    Power Management feature set
           *    Write cache
           *    Look-ahead
           *    Host Protected Area feature set
           *    WRITE_BUFFER command
           *    READ_BUFFER command
           *    NOP cmd
           *    DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
           *    Advanced Power Management feature set
                Power-Up In Standby feature set
           *    SET_FEATURES required to spinup after power up
                SET_MAX security extension
           *    Automatic Acoustic Management feature set
           *    48-bit Address feature set
           *    Device Configuration Overlay feature set
           *    Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
           *    FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
           *    SMART error logging
           *    SMART self-test
           *    General Purpose Logging feature set
           *    WRITE_{DMA|MULTIPLE}_FUA_EXT
           *    64-bit World wide name
           *    IDLE_IMMEDIATE with UNLOAD
           *    WRITE_UNCORRECTABLE_EXT command
           *    {READ,WRITE}_DMA_EXT_GPL commands
           *    Segmented DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
           *    Gen1 signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
           *    Gen2 signaling speed (3.0Gb/s)
           *    Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
           *    Phy event counters
           *    Idle-Unload when NCQ is active
           *    NCQ priority information
           *    DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
           *    Software settings preservation
           *    SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
           *    SCT Long Sector Access (AC1)
           *    SCT LBA Segment Access (AC2)
           *    SCT Error Recovery Control (AC3)
           *    SCT Features Control (AC4)
           *    SCT Data Tables (AC5)
                unknown 206[12] (vendor specific)
                unknown 206[13] (vendor specific)
Security:
        Master password revision code = 65534
                supported
        not     enabled
        not     locked
        not     frozen
        not     expired: security count
                supported: enhanced erase
        424min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT. 424min for ENHANCED SECURITY ERASE UNIT.                 
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 50014ee25b269017
        NAA             : 5
        IEEE OUI        : 0014ee
        Unique ID       : 25b269017
Checksum: correct

root@myserver:~# hdparm -Tt /dev/sdc

/dev/sdc:
 Timing cached reads:   27130 MB in  2.00 seconds = 13583.27 MB/sec
 Timing buffered disk reads: 312 MB in  3.02 seconds = 103.42 MB/sec

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