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uTorrent and BitTorrent beta comes to Android, available on Google Play

Earlier this year, we heard reports that BitTorrent Inc., was working on an Android version of its popular uTorrent and BitTorrent client. Fans of the uTorrent and BitTorrent torrent clients can now rejoice!, your favorite desktop torrent clients are now available on your mobile devices, because BitTorrent Inc. has launched a beta apps of uTorrent and BitTorrent clients for any mobile or tablet running Android OS. These are fully functional, standalone clients unlike the Remote apps that were available until now.  There are many torrent clients already available on Google Play, but most of them are have limited functionality and are ad-supported unless you have a paid version but both of these apps are currently free, with features like RSS feeds for serialized downloads, unlimited upload/download speed, and running and downloading over WiFi in background, currently there are no limits on download sizes either. Both apps support devices running Android 2.1 and higher.
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Synology DS112j NAS detailed Review

The Synology DiskStation DS112j offers an ideal entry product for those looking to start moving their files to a network storage location. The DSM software is class leading and will allow users massive potential to improve their network functionality.

Review Synology DS112j
A special thanks to Synology Inc and Thinkdigit for providing this device for review.
The Synology DS112J is a new NAS server intended for small business and personal home uses. For those who are unfamiliar with NAS concept. According to Wikipedia, A NAS unit is a computer connected to a network that provides only file-based data storage services to other devices on the network. Although it may technically be possible to run other software on a NAS unit, it is not designed to be a general purpose server. For example, NAS units usually do not have a keyboard or display, and are controlled and configured over the network, often using a browser. NAS not only operates as a file server, but is specialized for this …

RIP Safari for Windows and older Macs

Apple has finally shipped Safari 6 with the the new Mountain Lion, but has silently removed Safari for Windows and users of previous versions of Mac OS will get limited new features of the new browser, the reason behind this is that in order to take full advantage of new web browser, you'll need to be latest OS.
As announced back in June, Safari 6 on Mountain Lion incorporates some ideas taken from Google Chrome. One big Mountain-Lion-only addition is a feature called iCloud Tabs, which lets Apple users with iCloud sync their tabs across Macs and iPhones, iPads, and iPods running iOS 6. Another cool feature is “Tab View,” which makes it easy to quickly look through all your open tabs. The new browser also includes built-in sharing to Facebook and Twitter. 
While most of Safari 6′s new features are for Mountain Lion users only, users on Lion, can still take advantage of the new omnibar that combines the address bar and unified search made famous by Google Chrome, Do Not Track support…

Microsoft shows off Windows 8 GPU acceleration performance improvements

With Windows 8, Microsoft has set out to enable all applications with high-performance graphics enabled by modern graphics hardware. Gamers now rejoice great news for you, Microsoft has shared more details about the graphical improvements which means, a 150% increase in framerate compared to Windows 7 when rendering paragraphs of text. Rendering small chunks of text like those often found on interface controls such as labels and menus has improved 131% and heading-sized text used for titles in Metro style apps has improved 336% due to DirectWrite smokes Windows 7 in terms of raw performance. This means that if you are playing a text based game you are going to get blazing fast performance. Windows 8 takes three of the APIs introduced in Windows 7—Direct3D 11, DirectWrite, and Direct2D—and makes them even faster. Applications that use these APIs will be able to take advantage of some considerable performance improvements.

The DirectWrite and Direct2D APIs in Windows 8, have been optimi…

Reset Your Firefox to gain speed without loosing important information

If you've been using Firefox for a while, you might see a lot happening in the background that can slow your browser down. It's not dangerous or even necessarily wrong, but you might notice that Firefox is a little more sluggish than it used to be.

Over time, you acquire plugins that you may or may not have willingly downloaded, toolbars you don’t remember installing and more. These can slow down your browsing, cause annoying crashes and just make a big old mess.

Who has time to troubleshoot these things? It’s tedious, sometimes frustrating and often doesn’t fix the problem.

Firefox has a solution. It’s like hitting the reset button. Actually, it is a reset button. Go to your Firefox menu bar and select Help > Troubleshooting information. Click the “Reset Firefox” Button, confirm your action with the slide-down prompt and then click “Done” when Firefox lets you know it’s reset. How cool is that?

When you reset Firefox, you don’t have to start from scratch. Here’s what you’ll s…

Windows 8 How to Skip/Bypass Metro UI to Boot Directly the classic Desktop Interface

As, many of the regular readers of this blog might know, I am not a very at all happy with what Microsoft have turned Windows 8 into. I am still firm with my opinion that Windows 8 could have been a refined version of Windows 7 with many performance improvements, new Ribbon UI in Explorer, improved Task Manager, decreased boot-up and shutdown times etc.., but Microsoft decided to shoot them in the foot by stitching the ugly looking Metro Garbage into it and replace the beautiful Aero Glass with classic white color scheme. 

One of the biggest complain I hear from Windows 8 users is, about how ugly Metro UI looks and is almost unusable with Windows 8. I've been running the Windows 8 Release Preview for quite some time and although I'm okay with no Start Orb visible but I hate how I get to seeMetro see the new ugly interface by default every time I boot and I have no desire to see a full-screen Start Menu when I log into my PC.
Unlike Windows 7 and its predecessors, when Windows 8 …

VLC media player for Android now available

The VideoLAN Project has finally published a VLC for Android to the Google Play Store. The player right now in beta brings most of the famed features of VLC to Android in a native UI in the Android 4.0 Holo style. It is a big news for movie buffs using Android (like me) which means, no more headache of converting a movie to a supported codec before it can play on the phone. It plays all files, in all formats, like the classic VLC on Windows.

The beta published to the Google Play Store today is only compatible with ARM systems that use the ARMv7 architecture set and support the NEON instruction set. That means that there are several devices — mostly those released before Google/HTC Nexus One in 2010 — that cannot run the current beta. The major exception here is the Nvidia Tegra platform. Nvidia’s Tegra 2 lacks NEON instruction set as a result cannot run VLC currently.

The NEON instruction set is general-purpose SIMD engine efficiently processes current and future multimedia formats, en…