Friday, March 1, 2013

Twitter t.co loses its purpose, is now 15 characters long

Twitter's own URL shortening service, t.co, which automatically shortens URLs which are greater than 19 characters, in tweets, is losing its purpose.

If you haven't already noticed, the number of characters after the t.co URL has increased from the first six, to eight and now to ten. This, added to the "t.co/" of the URL sums up to 15 characters, which kind of makes t.co lose its purpose.

Other services, like Google's goo.gl, on the other hand, uses only 5 characters after its URL, and bit.ly, on the other hand, uses 6 characters. These are much, much less compared to t.co's 10 characters.

The character width will most probably increase, to maybe 12 or even up to 14, unless twitter comes up with another URL shortner service, or decides to "recycle" previous links, which are unused, for newer links.

If you want to add more characters to your link-containing tweet, then you better stick on to goo.gl or bit.ly, instead of t.co. And also remember to remove the "http://" from your links.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to Identify a Fake Photograph or Image

If you stumble across any photo that you've wanted to know if its fake or not, then all you need is a photo-editor like Photoshop, or even GIMP to identify its validity within minutes.

First step, open your image editor. In this case, I use Photoshop. Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation.

Set Hue to the least value and Saturation to the highest value. Now, slowly vary the "Lightness" of the image. Keep altering until some parts of the image don't match with the other.

If you don't have the costly Photoshop, then do use the free open-source GIMP to do the task for you. Go to Tools > Color Tools > Hue -Saturation to get the options. The rest is the same.

In the above image, the added hair stands out from the rest of the photo. Viola, its a fake one.
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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Avoid Posting to Blogger with its Online Editor

If you need to publish a blog post in Blogger, then you probably use the "New Post" button in Blogger to quickly type out your new blog post. But what if I tell you, that this way of blog posting, is actually making your blog look clumsy and is inefficient?


If you didn't know this already, Bloggers post editor uses an unconventional way to convert your post into HTML format, which often results in the post not being displayed properly on your website - the way you meant it to be seen.

For example: On pressing Enter on the keyboard, most blog post editors close the paragraph <p> tag, whereas in Blogger's post editor, the Enter key just adds a <br> tag to the  current paragraph - meaning - it will consider the whole blog post as one single paragraph.

This is actually bad, if your Blogger theme has particular customization done after each paragraphs, like padding, margins, etc.

Though it does make some functions like uploading images, etc more easier, I suggest you to stick with Windows Live Writer (for PC) for now.

If you do not want to migrate to any other editor, then make sure you insert the paragraph tags at the end of each paragraph in blogger manually.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

How to get RSS Feed of Sub-Reddit

If you don't already know, Reddit is the front page of the internet. It is made up of many sub-reddits - which were previously viewable only on the Reddit main website. But if you use an RSS reader to keep yourself updates, then you can use this nifty hack to get RSS feed of your favorite sub-reddit.

To get the RSS feed of the sub-reddit, in your RSS reader, just point ot the sub-reddit URL along with a ".rss" in the end of the URL.

Example: If the sub-reddit "Technology" is your favorite, then you can subscribe it in your RSS reader by typing: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/.rss in the Subscribe button. 

The same works even for Google Reader.  [Google Reader was unable to obtain the RSS feed URL by itself on Reddit]

Update: This hack works for even the main reddit front page. The Feed URL is http://www.reddit.com/.rss

Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

How To Not be Searchable on the Internet

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If anyone wants to know who you are, they do a Google search on you – which leads them to your Facebook, Twitter and/or other social network profiles. However, they can also search your name from “People Search” websites, which tend to provide more information regarding you. Most employers usually use this search engines to know more about their prospective employee.

To keep your name clean on the internet, you should manually opt out of such services.

Spokeo is a popular people search website. To opt out of it, first find your profile link (This can be done by searching your name in Spokeo and copying the URL of the search result) and then filling this form.

Pipl is another service, which can also be opted out here. PeekYou is yet another service which can be opted out of, by filling this form. You can opt out of Intelius search engine by filling out this optout form, but they require additional details like verification of identity, etc.

There are services like MyLife and ZabaSearch, which don’t have a opt out form, but you would have to manually email to their offices asking to remove your information from their directories.

Then, there are the more stubborn ones like cvgadget which tell you that they cannot remove any information of yours from their directories.

These are just some of the search engines which you can opt out of. If you find more of these, proceeding to its “Privacy Policy” page will most often contain the opt out link.

Another solution is to change your name, in real life. But I don’t think anyone is up to that. Are you?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

[TechCovered] Stats and What the Future Holds!

Honestly, TechCovered has far exceeded my expectations for a blog. It started as a small time blog, working its way up the blogging world which is already populated by hundreds of thousands of blogs, that too on a free blog hosting blogger platform.

After AdSense was approved for TechCovered, my joy knew no bounds, though it was only after a year or so that the earnings actually started to pour in.

Stats of TechCovered:

As of now, TechCovered has  an all time page view  history of more than 233,000 (that is 2 lakh 33 thousand visitors). Considering the fact that TechCovered started a a little less than two years ago on blogger (and still is) this is quite a big achievement. stat-1

TechCovered has an approximate daily pageview of 1200 visitors, who are mostly originating from organic search engines, mostly from Google.

The monthly pageviews of TechCovered always surpasses the previous month and is ever increasing as of date.

The post on How to get credit card numbers unsurprisingly, gathered the maximum number of views. Mostly by people who wanted it for illegal purposes I suspect.

Most of my visitors are from the United States, followed by India and the United Kingdom. chartChrome leads the most number of visits (35%), followed by Firefox at 26%, Internet Explorer 16%, Safari 11% and Opera at 4%. Windows leads the visitor OS rating with 76% of all visitors using a Windows OS, followed by Mac at 7%, followed by (surprisingly) Android at 4%. There is a considerable amount of visits from the trio – iPhone, iPad and the iPod. 

What will happen in the future?

I personally thought that the world was going to end in December 2012, so hadn’t made that much of a plan regarding the website (just kidding!). The next immediate move would be to shift from Blogger to a self-hosted wordpress installation, which would guarantee to improve every part of the website by at east a thousand percentage.

Since the domain TechCovered.com is already occupied, I’ve got my eyes on techcovered.org, which will probably be my next domain name.

I would mainly like to thank all my fellow blog readers for making techcovered what it has become today. Any tips on how to improve is more than welcome. Do send an email to techcoveredblog@gmail.com or contact me through Facebook or twitter.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Indian Messaging App Tops all Mobile Marketplaces

If you have recently visited your mobiles marketplace, then you must have come across “Hike”, a messaging app (which is Indian made) is currently leading the Windows, Android, iOS and Nokia marketplace.

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What’s so special? Isn’t Whatsapp like this?

In fact, the hike app is exactly the same as Whatsapp, but only has one thing which separates it from the others – it can send free SMS to non-hike users. Which means that if a person who is not on hike, is sent a message, it is delivered to the person via an SMS, provided that the person hasn’t activated DND.

However, the number of SMS sent is not unlimited, and a user can send only up to 100 SMS per month. Inviting other friends to hike can get you an additional 50 SMS. They keep refreshing the sent SMS counter every once a month.

Can my mobile phone run it?

Hike runs on many platforms – almost the same as whatsapp. It runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Nokia phones. The blackberry version is still under development and is not yet released.

Is it reliable?

As soon as you heard the word “Indian”, its reliability must have been a question. Unlike most other homemade Indian apps, hike app seems to be pretty stable and didn’t ever crash upon use. So I must say this is a worthy whatsapp replacement.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Watch the documentary of Pirate Bay on YouTube now

Pirate Bay AFK (Away from keyboard) is a documentary – that was till now under production. It is a documentary of the struggle of Pirate bay, the world’s largest file sharing torrent site and its trouble with authorities and its own pirate party in Sweden.

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The YouTube link can be found here.

You can also buy the DVD and help the film makers. You can even download the torrent.

The documentary was screened today at the Berlin Film Festival today and was immediately released on the internet for free. It is released under the creative commons license, which means you can share and edit it, but cannot make money out of it. (This is the reason). It is an interesting movie but the primary language used is Swedish, but has English subtitles.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Planning to Buy a Camera? You Got to Look at This.

If you are planning to buy a camera ( for someone – for valentines day or whatever) and don’t know or cant decide which exactly to buy? Don’t worry, Cameratico comes to your rescue.

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Cameratico is a “humanized” camera recommendation engine – that is, the website admin individually compares the performances of many (many many) cameras that is current present in the market and recommends them to you, as per your personal taste.

To get personal suggestions for more precise recommendations, then you need to click on the “get personal recommendation” button and answer a series of questions. After you submit, cameras which suit your use are recommended.

Three types of cameras are supported, the D-SLRs, mirror less cameras and compact cameras. You can chose your price range and then the website generates a relative score of every camera out of 100 and gives you a huge list to chose from. An amazon link to purchase the camera is also provided.

If you are not from the US, the purchase maynot work, but you can still get recommendations of which camera suits you best.

Another plus point of the website is that it tells whether it is a good time for you to buy the camera as it determines whether the price of that camera has been stable or volatile in the market.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

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