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Type & Write Hindi Text on iPad, iPhone with Gestures -Free Apps

The popularity of touch based devices from Apple namely the iPhone, iPad and the iPod touch has risen to its all time high in India. Since Hindi is one of the most widely spoken language in this country, people prefer Hindi as more suitable mode of communication while sending texts and informal email messages.

So,  if are looking for free apps on iTunes that’ll will let you write and type hindi text on your iOS device. We have compiled a list of free apps that will help you to type text in hindi on your iPad or iPhone etc. Some of them have gesture recognition, so that you may manually draw the character on the touchscreen to generate the text input.

Quillpad Touch for iPad (iTunes)

Quillpad Touch provides a simple way of writing text in Hindi on your iPad. You can use the smart keyboard to type auto-complete supported text quickly or use handwritten gesture recognition makes it even more easy and fast to input text. Just pinch anywhere on the screen for combining two consonants instantly.

Type & Write Hindi Text on iPad, iPhone with Gestures Free Apps

Once you write the text, you can copy the string of hindi characters to clipboard and paste in any application like facebook, email etc. Quillpad is free and a must try. You can watch their product demo video at this link.

Hindi Writing, Typing Apps for iPhone, iOS

Hindi SMS <iTunes> is a Hindi SMS, Email application which integrates itself into the typing keyboard of the iPhone, ios device to help users send SMS or E-mail in Hindi very easily to any smartphone and mobiles which has Devanagari Unicode support, can display the messages sent from this application.

Type Hindi, HindiWriter (free) and Hindi for iPhone (free) are two easy to use apps, which uses transliteration support to convert the hind text you type in English into the appropriate Hindi characters.

Using the built-in Hindi (हिन्दी) editor you can create hindi text and share it to the world via Facebook etc from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Also Read : Convert English into Hindi with Voice Translation

Install Windows 8 on a Mac, Macbook: Step by Step BootCamp Guide

Macbook with Windows 8 Developer PreviewFor all of the Mac owners longing to try out the latest revolution of technology offered by the new Windows 8 operating system, this simple guide will run you through the steps required to install it.

For all of the Mac owners longing to try out the latest revolution of technology offered by the new Windows 8 operating system, this simple guide will run you through the steps required to install it.

Steps to Install Windows 8 Developer’s Preview on Mac

The new Windows operating system has a huge amount to offer which surpasses even Apples popular iOS interface. The software is a revolution for Microsoft which rejects large amounts of the interface used since Windows 97. The new system is compatible with laptops, desktops, and importantly tablets.

Running though ARM, it is possible to install the new Windows OS on practically anything from smartphones to Macs. If you are sceptical, you wont be for long once you have installed this new piece of software from the worlds bestselling OS producer.

Step 1. Get a copy. Quite simply, find a Windows 8 Download (full versions due for release in 2012) and get the software ready for installation.

Step 2. Get a USB Drive with 8GB+ of Memory.

Step 3. Create a Backup of all of your files and folders as a restore point should anything go wrong.

Step 4. Go to Utilities and click on Boot Camp Assistant to open it.

Install Windows 8 on a Mac

Step 5. Click Continue and select all three options: Create a Windows 7 install disk, Download the latest Windows support software from Apple, and Install Windows 7. (If the first option isnt available then select the others and click Continue to advance.)

Step 6. (Skip this step if the Create a Windows 7 install disk option was not available in Step 5). Select the Windows 8 ISO file and the USB device on which you want to create a boot disk. When this is done click Continue.

Step 7. Click Continue when told that the drive will be erased.  Type your password when prompted to Add Helper.

Step 8. The Boot Camp Assistant will ask you to create a partition for Windows. It is recommended that this partition is at least 20GB if you intend to install further software on the Windows partition.

Step 9. Click Install and watch as your Mac begins an automatic reboot and begins installing Windows. You will see the message Booting from Boot Camp Assistant created boot drive. (At this point you will be prompted to insert the Windows 8 install disk if you did not have the option to Create a Windows 7 install disk in Step 5).

Step 10. Follow the on screen procedure to select partition to install Windows on. Select the BOOTCAMP partition to install the software. Make sure the BOOTCAMP drive is formatted before selecting by going to Drive Options (Advanced) and clicking Format.

Step 11. Click the Next button to finish installing and follow the on screen prompts for Windows setup.

Step 12. Install Mac compatibility software for Windows. If you selected Download the latest Windows support software from Apple option in Step 5 then this data will be ready for installation on your boot disk. Double click on the Setup.exe icon to install software.

Step 13. You are ready to go. When you turn on your computer, hold either the Alt or Option key to see an option to boot either your Windows or Mac OS.

Video Demo of Windows 8 Developer Preview on a Mac

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Sync My Documents with Google Docs, Dropbox for Automatic Backup

Sync My Documents with Google Docs, Dropbox for Automatic BackupMy Documents is probably most important folder in your PC or laptop since it is the default save location for all type documents like word, presentations and office files. So if you want to make sure that you don’t lose important data and your document files etc in case of a hard drive crash or windows boot problems, its best to sync the "My Documents" folder with an online backup drive like Google Docs or Dropbox.

Backup My Documents Automatically Online to Google Docs

Google Docs is my favourite online file backup service since it is a very useful online ms-office alternative. Anyone can create and edit documents and you can work on your files collaboratively with other users. And since its online you can access your files and work on them from anywhere and any device with an internet connection.

There are some free tools that let you sync google docs to your file system on your computer but I liked this simple freeware application developed by SyncDocs.com.

Download and install SyncDocs on you computer and after installation follow steps and login with your Gmail account. A "Data Folder Selection" (see below) window will appear which will let you choose the folder that you want to sync with your Google Docs account.

Now, you can either click Change and choose "My Documents" as the folder to be synced with Google Docs if you want to sync your existing data with your Google Docs account,

Backup My Documents Automatically Online to Google Docs

or, if you have lots of files in "My Documents" then it can take a lot of time to upload sync your files, in that case keep that "My Google Docs" sub folder as the folder you want to merge with Google docs online. You just need to save or drag drop important files to this folder to automatically upload it to Google Docs.

Watch the video below for an idea on how SyncDocs works to manage your files between your computer and Google docs.

Move My Documents Folder Inside Dropbox for Auto Backup

Windows has this useful feature that allows to move the default location of your "My Documents" folder to any other drive, location on your computer.

This means if you move your "My Documents" folder inside your Dropbox local directory, then a backup copy of "My Documents" will be created on your Dropbox account online in the cloud. So every time you save files in My Documents, the changes are automatically updated on your online backup too. So you don’t have to worry about losing your files ever.

To Move My Documents Location to your Dropbox : Go to your My Documents folder (C:Users<name>My Documents) and do a Right-Click > Properties . Choose Location tab in the properties window (see below).

Move My Documents Folder Inside Dropbox for Auto Backup

Click the Move button and select your local Dropbox folder and windows will use this new location for My Documents. So your My Documents is now synced with your Dropbox account.

The only drawback is that Dropbox has limited space and no editing support… hence I prefer Google Docs over Dropbox for backing up my "My Documents" folder online. For other folders like my "My Music" folder I use the Dropbox method so that I can get access to my mp3 collection and stream play songs in my dropbox from any device and anywhere I go.

Links : SyncDocs | Dropbox

2 Easy DIY Paper iPhone iPod Stand, Cardboard Dock for SmartPhones

2 Easy DIY Paper iPhone iPod Stand, Cardboard Dock for SmartPhonesI have always been a fan of DIY (do it yourself) stuff. Last time we posted about how to make toys from junk and today I would like to share one of of my favourites, to make and iphone paper stand, the one you can easily make by using a cut-out from a stiff card paper and folding it up to make a stand to dock your iphone, ipad or any smartphone you carry.

An advantage of these cardboard paper stand for iphone etc are not only simple to make, but also easy to carry around in your wallet/purse or create as many as you want or give them away as gifts or like a business card for your company etc.

2 Simple DIY Portable, Cardboard Paper Stand for iPhone, Smartphones

1. iPhone Paper Dock DIY by Folding Card Paper

Dessinemoiunobjet created this really cool cardboard paper iphone stand idea, where you can download the PDF template, print it out on card paper and cut it then fold it to create this beautiful looking iphone stand within a few minutes.

iPhone Paper Dock DIY by Folding Card Paper

Though, it was free earlier but now you have to buy the template from the author’s fiverr gig at 5$. But if you look at the designs above and at the author’s site and the video tutorial below then I think its quite easy to create one yourself from scratch using your own design idea.

2. Cool iPhone, iPod Cardboard Stand, Dock

Check out this really cool cardboard stand by Geeky-Gadgets.com for smartphones made very easily by folding a cardboard paper cut-out which can downloaded from their site at this link.

Simple DIY Portable, Cardboard Paper Stand for iPhone, Smartphones

They have designed it in such a manner so that the iPhone, iPod dock cable gives it extra stability, and its really easy to place and remove your iPhone off the dock, just like any real one. Watch the video below to see how its made from the cut-out.

Bonus : Simple Paper Clip iPhone, Mobile Stand

This one’s worth a share because in the past few months, this stand by deanying.com has become one of the very popular DIY iphone stands due to its sheer simplicity and portability. Check out their step by step tutorial video guide of converting a simple paper clip into a cheap stand for your iPhone, smartphone.

If you do the bending properly, then this is one of the most minimal diy iphone stands out there and it looks sleek can compact, and you can find paper clips everywhere. You might even create a bigger version for your ipad using hangar wire which works quite well.

You can also visit seskimo.com to get some ideas to make portable pocket stands out of cardboard or credit cards or buy them from there.

Tip : Best Blogging Apps for iPhone or Android SmartPhones

Find Mobile Number of Facebook Friends + Hide Contact Info [Privacy]

For any reason if you want to find the mobile number of a friend, the best place to find it is facebook. Most of the times, by the default settings in facebook, the mobile number of a user is visible to his/her friend on facebook if that user has added it by giving it to the site at some point of time. If you’re doing this process in reverse, i.e. you’ve received a call from an unknown number, you can check phone number online.

So, you can easily find most of your friend’s mobile number on facebook by searching on the Contacts page from your facebook account.

Search For Friend’s Phone Number on Facebook

Once you log into your account, click on the [Accounts ] tab (top-right on the navigation bar) and select Edit Friends link.

Search For Friend's Phone Number on Facebook

On that “Friends” page click on Contacts menu to show a list of available mobile numbers of your friends on facebook.

Search For Friend's Phone Number on Facebook

This list pulls together the contact information your friends already share with you on their profiles into one convenient place. It also includes contacts you import from your phone.

Use Search to find the contact number of a friend you’re looking for. This helped me a lot to quickly find mobile numbers of facebook friends who are not there on my phone. By being able to view the contact information of my friends on facebook, I can use a reverse address lookup site to find more of their contact information. This can help me to find the address of a facebook friend just by knowing their phone number.

Though this is fine, you might not want to share your mobile number so publicly (with friends) on facebook unknowingly. You should then read on to see the privacy settings for hiding your contact information from Friends and strangers or specific people on facebook.

How to Hide Contact Information on Facebook

1. Once again go to your account, click on the [Accounts ] tab and select Privacy Settings link.

Hide Contact Information on Facebook

2. On the Privacy Settings page, scroll down and click on Customize settings link (see pic. above).

3. On the Customize settings page scroll down to find Contact information section and it will show you all the contact information and whom you allow to see it.

Hide Contact Mobile Number on Facebook

4. Click on any one of the contact info. like mobile number and select the type of people who can see/access it. If you want to hide your contact number on facebook completely from everyone choose Customize. (see above)

5. In the next window under Make this visible to you can select the option Only Me or the others.

Hide Contact Information on Facebook

By choosing “Only Me” youre specifying that only you can see that contact information on your facebook profile, while the rest of the world won’t see it at all or access from their phonebook page, unless you specify certain people in the above step to see them.

Search for a Friend’s Phone Number on Facebook and How to Hide Yours [Video]

Hope this helps from unknown people calling you in the middle of the night. It’s best that you hide your mobile number on facebook to avoid security issues.

Note, if you ‘re based in Australia then check our some really interesting offers on the iphone at www.vodafone.com.au.

Also See : Hide Relationship Status on Facebook, Show to Selected Friends

Save Any Online File, Image Directly to Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr

Save Any Online File, Image Directly to Dropbox, Google Docs, FlickrBasically I like backing up most of the important documents I download by uploading them to my Dropbox. Also some times I upload them to Google Docs for editing etc. For image I mostly upload them to Picasaweb or Flickr and share the funny ones on Facebook.

But what I mostly have to do is download them first then re-upload them again especially the images, photos. A better and productive solution would be to save the files directly into my online cloud accounts.

Save Any Online File, Image Directly to Dropbox, Google Docs, Flickr

Cloud Save is a useful chrome browser plugin which lets you save any file url link directly into your cloud accounts like Google Docs, Box.net, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, SugarSync, Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Min.us, Twitpic and more (see screenshot above).

Install Cloud Save <Webstore Link>

After installing this extension in your browser, right-click on any element of a web page (file, document, photo, video, etc.) and new context menu item appears in which you can select any of the list of online storage services available and save that file directly into your account. Nice and easy.

I have seen a similar kind of feature in FluffyApp, which is an easy tray app. to upload files via drag drop, that uploads images and files when you drag and drop them from your web browser into the tray icon, which then uploads them your Cloudapp account.

Another tip I’d like to share is, if you cloud account application creates a synced local folder on your computer (just like dropbox does), you can drag and drop images from a webpage into this folder to directly upload them.

Also check out this desktop app. Joukuu which lets you manage all your cloud based files from your desktop across multiple type of cloud accounts like dropbox, google docs, box etc.

Download Specific Parts of Youtube, Online Videos in Many Formats

Download Specific Parts of Youtube, Online Videos in Many FormatsThere are many ways to download youtube videos, but in case of a scenario where you want to download portion of a youtube video and not the full length video, here is a simple tip while helps you avoid downloading the whole video (like a speech, new cover etc) and get only part of the online video in any format you need.

Download Only Parts, Portion of Online Videos (Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc)

Clip Converter is a very cool online video conversion tool, which lets you to convert nearly any audio or video from a URL (YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, MySpace, Veoh…) to any known popular media formats.

# Go to www.clipconverter.cc

Simply enter the URL from your video page, and the web application will try to detect the video file. Afterwards Clip Converter grabs the media file to their server. From there its converted to the chosen format and then after completing the conversion you can download the media file.

Download Only Parts, Portion of Online Videos - ClipConverter

The best feature it provides is that there are few settings you can make prior to the conversion, like specifying a portion of the video to be downloaded, sound and video quality etc. You can also upload the video files for conversion.

If you are looking forward to embed videos on a website page etc then there online services which lets you customize youtube player by adding advanced playback controls on youtube videos for letting features slow-fast play, zoom, annotations etc.

Tip : Get URL Link to Start Playing Youtube Video from Exact Specific Time

Enable Speech Input in your Browser: Talk to Type, Enter Text Online

You might have noticed android phones come with feature that enable users to enter text in the Google search box using speech by taking into the mic. and the voice recognition software built into the mobile os. converts it into text and places it in the input box.

After Vista, Window 7 comes with inbuilt voice recognition support which you can use to your advantage to enter text via speech input while typing in notepad or word documents etc. But you can also enable speech input in your chrome browser without launching windows speech recognition.

Tip : Listen to Selected Text on WebPages

Use Speech Input in Chrome Browser

Use Speech Input in Chrome BrowserChrome has already enabled HTML5 speech input into chrome from their 11.0 version onwards. But it works only on Google search input box and as a input feature in Google Translate. But you can’t use speech input elsewhere.

Fortunately with the help of chrome extensions you can enable speech in your browser and use voice to type text into input boxes in most webpages easily.

Use Speech Input in Chrome BrowserVoice Search extension allows user to search by speaking. Just click on the microphone icon and say "puppies" to search for puppies. If you specifically want pictures of puppies, say "google images puppies". Want to learn more about World War II ? Say "wikipedia world war two".

Watch the video below to get an idea of how it works…

Voice Search comes pre-loaded with the following default services: Google, Wikipedia, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo etc. You can also add your own user-defined search engines. It also integrates speech input buttons for text fields on all websites.

Speechify is an similar extension, with it, many of the search boxes you encounter while surfing the web will have the little microphone icon. Clicking it allows you to speak and input your search term into the search box. It works on Google, Bing, YouTube, Hulu a ton of sites and it works well.

Enable Speech Input in your Browser: Talk to Type, Enter Text Online

Another extension is TalktoType. To type into text box use the mic icon while speaking and it populates the text box automatically. Test all the 3 extensions mention to see which one works best for you.

Also See: Softwares to Write What You Speak : Convert Voice into Text

Get URL Link to Start Playing Youtube Video from Exact Specific Time

Start Playing Youtube Video from Exact Specific TimeYou might know that you can quickly copy youtube video embed code by right clicking on a youtube video while its playing. There is a new option which lets you copy the link to that exact moment in the video, so that when you share the link url, clicking on it starts the youtube video from that specified time you copied the link.

Simply Right-Click on a youtube video while its playing and click on "Copy video URL at current time".

Get URL Link to Start Playing Youtube Video from Exact Specific Time

For example the one I copied from the video above, I got the url http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geyAFbSDPVk#t=56s

Notice that #t=56s is what controls the start time of the video. You can just reduce it by few seconds before sharing to make sure people don’t miss the first few words.

The basic idea to add is #t=XmYs where X are the minutes and Y are seconds to the end of the video URL. This also works for youtube embed codes.

For example, you can manually specify minutes and seconds by changing the parameters as #t=01m28s (for 1 minute and 28 seconds).

This might be very useful for sharing videos starting from the important part of a speech or a funny part in the video etc.

There are other online services which lets you add advanced playback controls on youtube videos by letting you customize youtube player for slow, zoom, annotations etc.

You can also try out YouTube Subtitler, an online service which lets you view lyrics on music videos or transcripts, subtitles on popular speeches during playback.

Tip: Embed Youtube Videos in a Facebook Page Tab

Create Fake Facebook Comments, Twitter Conversation, iPhone SMS Text

Create Fake Facebook Comments, Twitter Conversation, iPhone Text MessagesLove those funny facebook comments on status fails or a funny twitter reply thread or those funny autocorrect iphone text conversations. If they seem fake to you then here are some free online tools to generate those type of fake facebook comments or iphone text conversations at a click of a button and post them on funtweets.com, failbook.failblog.org and damnyouautocorrect.com.

Tip: Did Spelling Mistake ? Edit Facebook Comments

Create Fake Facebook Comments Thread on Status Fails

Create fake Facebook Conversations at fakebookquotes.appspot.com.

Create Fake Facebook Comments Thread on Status Fails

Simple enter text as Person1: Status and on the next line Person2: Comment and next line as Person3: Comment and so on as shown above and click "Create Facebook Quote" to generate your funny facebook comments conversation.  

You can also create more natural looking facebook conversations at fakeconvos.com which lets you easily create fake Facebook news feeds and conversations with advanced settings.

Create Fake iPhone Text Conversations, Messages

Generate fake iPhone conversations, text at fakeiphonetext.com.

Create Fake iPhone Text Conversations, Messages

Simple enter text as Person1: Text Message and on the next line Person2: Reply Message and next line as Person1: Text Message and so on as shown above and click "Create" to generate your funny iphone conversations, text messages, autocorrect fails etc. 

Fake Tweet Builder, Create Fake Tweets

Make your own fake Twitter conversations, funny tweets at faketweetbuilder.com.

Fake Tweet Builder, Create Fake Tweets

Simple enter text as Person1: Tweet and on the next line Person2: @ Reply Tweet and so on as shown above and click "Create Twitter Thread" to generate your funny tweets, twitter reply threads, conversations.

Here’s a video by gigafide explaining these online tools and how to use them to make fake iphone text messages, facebook & twitter conversations.

Also See: Hide, Show Facebook Status Only to Selected Friends