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WinRar

WinRar has to be one of the best, if not the best data compression utility built for Windows. Ever since I learnt about its functionality more than 10 years ago, I have been using it. Even some big corporate companies use WinRar tool for business use.

The software is available free for download for 40 days trial period. After which, users have to purchase a license in order to continue using the application.

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Skype gives away One Month's FREE Unlimited Landline and Mobile Calls

Free Unlimited Skype Calls

Skype, one of the world's leading Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony software company, is giving away One Month's of Unlimited Free Calls (worth €10.49) to Mobile and Landlines worldwide.

Existing or New Skype users are eligible to participate in this program and it is relatively easy to get started. However, as consumers, you may want to know the "catch" so that you are not completely blindsided.

Catch #1 - Geographical Restrictions

This promotion allows Skype users to call unllimited free landline destinations across 63 different countries; however, users may only call mobiles for free in only 8 countries (Canada, China, Guam, Hong Kong SAR, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Thailand, United States). The full list is available here.

Catch #2 - Credit Card Information Needed

Although this is a real FREE offer. Credit card information is still required by Skype. Therefore, if you do not own a credit card, you cannot participate. The reason why this is needed is explained in #3 below.

Catch #3 - Opt-in by Default

Consumers have the first 27 days, from the start of the free trial to cancel the subscriptions. Failure to do so means you agree to Skype to continue with the subscription. Hence, €10.49 will be charged into your credit card at the end of the free trial, and will continue to be charged for every subsequent subscription term.

Catch #4 - Quality of Service

Unlike PSTN or normal landline, Skype does not guarantee the quality of voice connection is going to be flawless, simply because this is also highly dependent the availability and speed of Internet access, as well as the existence of any firewall slowing down the data packets. If you are on the underground and expect to call someone on VoIP, chances are you're not going to be a happy soul by the time you step out of the train. For sure, this does not replace your telephone device.

In conclusion, this is one of the few ocassions that Microsoft offers promotions of great value. Despite the fact that there is time restriction, there is no harm trying it out, but do remember to cancel the subscription within 27 days!

Click here to sign up.

Twitter Priced Share at $26 Each

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Twitter Share Price

Twitter Inc. has priced its share at $26 each, an amount that is higher than its previously announced range of $23 to $25, ahead of its debut on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Thursday.

By selling 70 million shares, Twitter aims to raise $1.82bn, for the company. Unlike Facebook, which choose Nasdaq for its debute, Twitter decision on NYSE is mainly due to its stability, to avoid any technical hitches.

The shares will trade under the symbol "TWTR".

Windows 8.1 Preview for Free

Windows 8.1

For those who likes to review softwares, the opportunity has come for you if you are interested in Microsoft's latest Operating System (OS), Windows 8.1. From October 18th, 2013 onwards, users will be able to pick up this for free!

Initially, the release of Windows 8 is devoid of the Start button. This actually addresses the issue by putting the classic Start button back, but not the Start Menu. Instead, the menu was activated by moving the mouse cursor into a hot spot near the bottom left corner of the screen.

Current Windows 8 users will be able to receive the new version in the form of a free upgrade. Otherwise, the new operating system will cost $119.99 for the standard version and $199.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro.

In addition, this version includes the option to boot directly into the desktop, as well as the latest Microsoft's flagship web browser, Internet Explorer 11. There is also tighter integration with SkyDrive and Snap.

Apple iOS 7 Available for Download on September 18th

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iOS 7

According to sources from Apple, iOS 7 - its next mobile operating system - will be made available to the public for free download on September 18th. However, this new iOS is likely to be installed only on iPhone 4 and later models, as well as on iPad 2 and later.

Owners of older models, such as iPhone 3GS and first version of iPad will have tougher lucks.

WhatsApp Introduces Voice Messaging Features

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WhatsApp Voice Messaging

In the recent release of WhatsApp, CEO Jan Koum announced that it will receive a significant upgrade, which adds a new push-to-talk feature to WhatsApp users on all supported platform by the end of this week. Similar to WeChat and Voxer, the voice messaging feature allows users to send voice messages to their list of recipients.

However, Koum also demonstrated that WhatsApp is simpler to use than some other applications. It took merely one tap to send a voice message, as compared to most apps, which took three taps. Users simply push to record and release to send. If the user decides not send, a left-swipe action will delete the unwanted voice recording and nothing will be sent.

Moreover, there is no length limit as to how much time is restricted to record a voice message. Utilizing the phone's proximity sensor, the application has the capability to adjust the recording volume on where the phone is.

WhatsApp is supported on multiple mobile devices, i.e. iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia's Symbian.

USB 3.1 Specification is Announced

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SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1

USB 3.1 Specification has just been announced by the USB Promoter Group. Since January this year, they have made known publicly that they will be working to enhance existing USB 3.0 technology that would effectively double the data transfer rate to 10Gbps.

According to them, the main features of the new USB 3.1 specification are:

  • New 10Gbps USB data rate
  • Compatibility with existing cables and connectors
  • Improved data encoding for more efficient data transfer leading to higher throughput and improved I/O power efficiency
  • Compatible with existing USB 3.0 software stacks and device class protocols
  • Compatible with both existing 5Gbps hubs and devices, as well as USB 2.0 products

Well, unfortunately, existing USB 3.0 ports are not recyclable. It may take a while for hardware manufacturers to integrate the new USB 3.1 controllers into their devices, and it could be as long as three to fours years before the new USB 3.1 ports are commercially available.

For official press release, click here to find out more.

Database Clean Up in H1 2013

SQL Database

Hello everyone, it seems like ages ever since I last posted on my site. However, I can assure everyone that we are definitely not going away. The last couple of months has kept me really busy. As webmasters, I am sure you know, if you do not continuously to do spring-cleaning, some bugs is likely to visit your home; and that has what happened here, a lot of spam comments and posts.

In order to limit such spams, I have to turn off the comments and post creations by users. This might have some restrain on the site traffic, but at least it kept the database usage at an acceptable level.

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