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Palm Pre Plus And Palm Pixi Plus webOS Phones To Hit Verizon Stores On January 25

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Verizon Wireless and Palm have announced the upcoming launch of the new Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus smartphones, which bring the groundbreaking Palm webOS experience to Verizon Wireless customers, offering an unique, all-new 3G Mobile Hotspot feature that lets users share with up to 5 Wi-Fi-enabled devices like notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media players.

Features and specifications of Palm Pre Plus:

* Large, vivid 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 320 x480 pixels resolution
* 3 megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field
* Slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and 16GB internal memory
* webOS platform and Palm Synergy
* Unobtrusive notifications and universal search
* Gesture area enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity
* Access to over 1,000 webOS applications from Palm App Catalog
* Built-in GPS with VZ Navigator allowing users to get audible turn-by-turn directions
* Proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer
* Palm Touchstone Back Cover
* Dimensions: 2.35 x 3.96 x 0.67 inches ; Weight: 4.89 ounces

“The Palm experience is all about helping our customers stay connected so they never miss a thing,” commented Jon Rubinstein, chairman and chief executive officer of Palm. “We’re constantly enriching this experience with new features and innovations. The Verizon Wireless launch of Pre Plus and Pixi Plus is the next phase in delivering this unique Palm experience to more people.”

Features and specifications of Palm Pixi Plus:

* 2.63-inch capacitive touch screen display with 320 x400 pixels resolution
* 2 megapixel camera with LED flash
* Fixed full QWERTY keyboard
* webOS platform and Palm Synergy
* Unobtrusive notifications and universal search
* Unique gesture area provides a sleek look and intuitive navigation
* Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity
* Compatible with Palm App Catalog
* Integrated GPS with VZ Navigator
* Proximity sensor, light sensor and accelerometer
* Palm Pixi Artist Series Back Covers
* Dimensions: 2.17 x 4.37 x 0.43 inches ; Weight: 3.26 ounces

“The Palm webOS family is a great addition to Verizon Wireless’ robust line-up of smartphones,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. “The outstanding capabilities and functionalities on both Pre Plus and Pixi Plus give customers a wealth of customization options to help them manage their lives. Customers get the latest technology from Palm along with the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network for an unsurpassed mobile experience.”

The new Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus smartphones are slated to hit Verizon Wireless stores starting January 2010.

PC Tools Privacy Guardian 4.1 Free Download With License Serial Key

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PC Tools’ Privacy Guardian is a powerful, safe and easy-to-use privacy protection tool
that able to securely erase online Internet tracks and program activity records stored in Internet browser and other hidden files on your personal computer, aiming to guarantee your privacy.

Features Of PC Tools Privacy Guardian:

* Completely erases all traces of online Internet activities on your computer including cache, cookies, index.dat and history
* Permanently deletes recycle bin contents, temporary files, document history and many more PC tracks
* Bleaches free space and deleted files using Department of Defense standard (DoD 5220.22-M) making them unrecoverable using regular methods
* Restores valuable hard drive space and enhances system performance by cleaning out old, unused temporary records
* Plug-ins to clean the history of 100+ third party programs, including chat, image viewing, P2P applications and more
* Supports Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla Firefox and Opera web browsers

As part of PC Tools promotional offer, users are now entitled to grab a free copy of Privacy Guardian 4.1, which otherwise costs $29.95 for use on up to 3 PCs. PC Tools Privacy Guardian has also been offered free previously with subscriptions of PC Tools newsletter.

Follow these steps to get Privacy Guardian 4.1 full version for free:

1. Visit promotion page at http://www.pctools.com/privacy-guardian/offer/.

2. Complete the registration form and click Submit
3. A email from PC Tools Software with the free license code for Privacy Guardian 4.1 will be sent via email instantly.
4. Download the latest version of PC Tools Privacy Guardian setup installer: pginstall.exe
5. Once installed, simply enter the received license name and license code to unlock and activate full version free copy of Privacy Guardian.

PC Tools Privacy Guardian 4.1 is compatiible with Windows Me, 98, 2000, XP and 32-bit Windows Vista.

Altec Lansing inMotion Compact (iMT320) With Front Firing Ports For Powerful Bass

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The world’s leading maker of audio products, Altec Lansing has announced its new inMotion Compact (iMT320) portable speaker system for iPhone and iPod, which able to fold as small as a book for portable quality sound, claiming as the most compact model of Altec Lansing’s popular inMotion family, featuring 2 front firing ports to push surprisingly deep bass.

“We know that modern consumers like to take their music with them. Altec has designed the most portable dock with the iPhone certification,” explained Steve Schlangen, product manager of Altec Lansing. “We incorporated the latest design and technology so our users can enjoy their beats on the go. In addition to looking great, the attached wrap-around cover offers a new level of travel protection for your dock. You’ll be surprised by how much great sound this small form factor delivers.”

Main Features Of Altec Lansing inMotion Compact iMT320:

* Drivers, enclosure and electronics are balanced for optimum sound, thanks to Audio Alignment technology
* Two full-range neodymium drivers deliver pure, distinct full-spectrum crystal-clear sound
* “Works with iPhone” certification ensures crystal clear sound without annoying GSM buzz, eliminating the need to switch to airplane mode
* Standard 3.5mm audio jack for second device connection, such as computers, CD, DVD or MP3 players
* Improved contemporary design with soft, leather like sleek protective cover that doubles as a speaker stand
* Two innovative, front firing ports for enhanced low-end sound (powerful bass)
* Powered from AC adapter or 4 AA batteries
* Folds as small as a book for easy portability

The new stylish, lightweight Altec Lansing inMotion Compact (iMT320) that compatible with all iPhone and iPod models is slated to be available through Altec Lansing’s official website, Amazon.com, and other retailers in coming February 2010 for about $80.

How to Center Align Task Bar Icons in Windows 7

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Windows 7 Taskbar is another new feature offered in Windows 7 that allows users to manage and control their desktop and software applications better. By default, all the program icons are aligned left on the Windows 7 Taskbar, adjacent to the Start icon. The icons are well arranged in the Taskbar for easy viewing. If, however, users prefer a change from the default left alignment or want to create a different look, they can center align the Taskbar icons instead.

To center align the Taskbar icons, users can follow the steps below:

1. Create an empty folder on the Windows desktop or in My Document folder and give a name to the folder, e.g. ABC in this case;

2. Right Click the taskbar. On the Menu prompted, uncheck the item “Lock The Taskbar”;

3. Right Click the taskbar again. On the Menu prompted, select Toolbar -> New Toolbar.

4. Users will be required to make selection on folder. Users need to locate and select the folder created in Step 1 earlier.

5. Users can right click on the new toolbar created (ABC in this case). Uncheck the item “Show Text” and “Show Title”

6. Users now can drag the dotted separator appearing on the Taskbar to the left side, located in between the Start icon and Taskbar icons. Once users release the mouse, users will see the Taskbar Icons neatly center aligned.

7. To reinstate to its original setting, users just need to right click the new toolbar (ABC Toolbar in this case) and choose close. In the prompted message, users just to click OK to proceed to close it.

VESA Announced DisplayPort v1.2 Specification For High Resolution 3D Display

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We have mentioned about HDMI v1.4 specification revision earlier, now seems that its rival’s standard, DisplayPort has reached a new upgrade to v1.2 following an announcement by VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association) recently. The new DisplayPort v1.2 specification allows a much higher pixel resolution of up to 3840 x 2400 on top of other new enhancements suitable for both PC and consumer electronics market.

Besides capable to scale up to 3840 x 2400 at 60Hz, the standard is ready to support 2560 x 1600 pixels 3D Display running at 120Hz. This is achievable with data transmission rate of 21.6Gbps doubling from its previous 1.1a version (at 10.8Gbps), allowing much higher resolution, color depths, multi-streaming on multiple displays support and eventually greater 3D display capability on future display products. That is not all, the new specification increases the AUX channel bandwidth from previous 1Mbps to 720Mbps, enabling both USB 2.0 and Ethernet data flow in bi-directional and high speed transmission. Other enhancements include High Definition audio formats such as DTS HD, Dolby MAT, Blu-Ray and DRA standard with audio copy protection support as well as readiness to cater for full HD 3D Stereoscopic display with multiple transmission format and display capabilities.

Best thing is, the new specification is backward compatible with existing DisplayPort v1.1a in hardware connectors’ design and pin-out so rest assured that your existing system will still workable without the need of major upgrade.

Dimension uPrint Plus For Professional Designer 3D Printing

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$20,000 for a printer might sound ridiculously expensive for you. However, if you are a professional designer or planner and need to do 3D printing from time to time, the updated version of Dimension uPrint Plus from Stratasys perhaps will fit your purpose and do the job for you.

Dimension uPrint Plus has shown significant improvements in terms of features compared to its predecessor. Similar to Dimension uPrint Personal, Dimension uPrint Plus has a small footprint for true desktop use, 25 x 26 in (635 x 660 mm). Comparatively, uPrint Plus is slightly bigger (about 33%) and faster than uPrint. The updated version of the 3D printer features two support-material enhancements that reduce material consumption and modeling time. The first, Smart Supports, is a software enhancement
that reduces material usage by 40 percent, cutting costs. The second, SR-30, is an improved soluble support material that dissolves 69 percent faster, to speed up the modeling process. Smart Supports is available for both uPrint and uPrint Plus.

The 3D printer can print in eight color Stratasys ABSplus material (red, blue, olive, black, dark gray, nectarine, fluorescent yellow, and ivory) and offers two resolution settings – 0.010 in (0.254 mm) and 0.013 in (0.330 mm) for more printing options.

“When the uPrint was introduced one year ago, it quickly became the best-selling 3D printer worldwide, with 1,000 units sold in the first 9 months,” says Dimension Product Manager Mary Stanley. “Based on its success and customer requests for expanded features, the uPrint Plus was created. Now designers, engineers and architects have expanded options for building models based on proven FDM technology.”

Google and T-Mobile Investigate on Nexus One Poor 3G Network Issue

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Not long after the release of Google’s famous Nexus One Android 2.1 based smartphone, some consumers have started to initiate complaints with related to its poor reception of 3G network coverage under T-Mobile subscription, If you recall, when iPhone 3G was launched initially under AT&T, similar complaints were received but instead of finger pointing to service provider, it is believed that current situation is different from previous and likelihood that it could be due to firmware issue on the device itself.

The complaints started when Nexus One’s users were unable to get a similar signal strength at the same location which triggered more questions if the symptom is due to overloaded 3G network with increasing subscribers’ usages. Both Google and T-Mobile have acknowledged the complaints and have started preliminary investigation by probing consumers’ on actual symptom if they have seen the 3G line drop, totally no line or can it be fixed by firmware upgrade and etc. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is seeking feedback from its subscribers to try with other 3G mobile phone for side by side coverage result comparison. Apparently, initial results were gathered and some even claimed that an older generation HTC smartphone has managed to sustain full bar coverage while Nexus One only able to get half of them, indicating the high possibility that it could be firmware issue instead of network

However, nothing is firm now and hopefully Google and T-Mobile will able to disclose further investigation results with appropriate firmware fix without the need of major repair or system upgrade.

Useful Microsoft Outlook Add-On For Facebook

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Many users make use of Microsoft Office Outlook
as a personal information manager to manage personal stuff such as emails, contacts, things to do, event scheduling, etc. If you are on the Facebook social network and also using Microsoft Outlook to handle your personal information, there are a few Microsoft Outlook add-on applications for Facebook you can probably install. You can even integrate some of your Facebook features into Microsoft Outlook.


Most of your Facebook contacts upload their profile photos into their Facebook accounts for easy identifying. Instead of downloading these profile photos and integrating them into your contacts in Outlook, you can try OutSync, a free Windows desktop application that can sync your Facebook friends’ profile photos with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook.

Compatible with Windows XP
, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7, OutSync will search through your Facebook account once you have granted the access permission. The sync utility will list down all the matching cases for you to confirm the synchronization process. You can filter manually the contacts if you want to double ensure the matching contacts. Once the synchronization is completed, you will find your friends’ photo from Facebook also appearing on your Outlook contact list.

OutSync can be downloaded via the link here.


Fblook is another good companion for Facebook enthusiasts who use Microsoft Outlook. This free and handy Outlook add-on application allows you to update your Facebook status, see your friends’ status and see notifications of new requests (friend requests, new messages, pokes, etc) without having to open the browser or any other applications. Everything can be done by using Outlook. Besides, another advantage of Fblook is that you can set your Facebook status to the name of the song you’re playing in iTunes or Windows Media Player.

Once this application is added to Microsoft Outlook, users will notice a few buttons added to the menu toolbar. Users need to enter their login name and password before Outlook can connect to users’ Facebook account and start retrieving information.

Download Fblook via the link here.


Xobni is another Microsoft Outlook plugin that can display profile and friends’ pictures, status messages and even recent updates to Facebook profile. Via this application, users can get their friends’ latest updates in Facebook via Microsoft Outlook. Check out the post about Xobni.