Gmail can now find if your friends are sleeping or awake

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Gmail can now find if your friends are sleeping or awake: "
Gmail Labs has introduced a new feature called Sender Time Zone that can tell if the receiver of your mail might be sleeping or is awake.

How To Turn On the Sender Time Zone Lab Feature?

  • Open Gmail and click on the settings link. Then click on the labs tab.

  • Once in the labs, scroll down to find the Sender Time Zone feature. Enable it and save the settings.

Once this feature is enabled, you’ll notice green phone icons next to your contacts who are awake (that is, it is between 9 AM and 6 PM in their time zone) and red phone icons in front of those contacts who are probably sleeping.

How it Works?

Every email message contains a header which contains all the information about the sender and the receiver, like IP addresses, time zone information etc. Gmail uses the time zone information from these headers to display these icons

iPhone Icon Pillows

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iPhone Icon Pillows: "

We have seen quite a few different geeky pillows here at Geeky Gadgets, the latest ones are these fun iPhone Icon Pillows, which would look great in your geeky apartment.

iPhone Icon Pillows

iPhone Icon Pillows

iPhone Icon Pillows

iPhone Icon Pillows

iPhone Icon Pillows

iPhone Icon Pillows

Some of the pillows available include the SMS icon, the Mail icon, the Photos icon, the iPod icon, and the Phone icon from the iPhone home screen.

Each of these fun iPhone icon pillows measures 12 inches by 12 inches, and they are handmade from fleece, if you want one they are available for $14.99 each from Icon Pillows.

Nokia Shows Off New Symbian UI

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Nokia Shows Off New Symbian UI: "

The other day we told you that Nokia would be releasing just one Maemo handset next year, and that they would be concentrating on the Symbian OS.

Nokia has now shown of some photos of how the new re-designed Symbian UI will look, with some renders of what they intend to make Symbian look like.

Nokia Shows Off New Symbian UI

Nokia Shows Off New Symbian UI

Nokia Shows Off New Symbian UI

Nokia Shows Off New Symbian UI

Nokia intend to streamline the new UI but cutting scrolling rates from 15fps to 6fps, as well as adding more functionality, and cutting down the number of taps you have to make to perform a particular task.

As you can seen from the renders in the photos, the concept phones featured have large capacitive displays, something that Nokia intends to bring to new handsets in 2010.

It will be interesting so see what Nokia comes up with when they release the new Symbian UI, and whether or not it was a good idea for them to stick with Symbian instead of switching all their handsets to Maemo.

Beware of Michael Jackson Virus

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Beware of Michael Jackson Virus: "
After the death of the biggest pop artist Michael Jackson, the search for the term 'Michael Jackson' or 'Michael Jackson songs' has greatly increased on the web. The spammers are taking advantage of this and spreading malware and viruses over internet to capitalize on this trend.

Security researcher at Sophos have warned people against Jackson spam and viruses. This virus is spreading via email containing the subject line “Remembering Michael Jackson”. The email contains zip file claiming to have secret songs and photos of Michael Jackson. People download the file and their PCs get infected. The e-mail claims to come from

This malware also spreads via USB devices. There is another email spreading viruses which claims to have the exclusive YouTube video of the last work of Michael Jackson.

One should be very cautious and not open such kind of E-Mails.

Use Twitter to control PC

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Use Twitter to control PC: "

With the increasing popularity of Twitter, it is finding many uses. Here is a complete new use of Twitter through which you can remotely control your PC. All you need for controlling your PC via Twitter is TweetMyPC.

Installation and Usage

  • Download the setup file and Install.

  • Go to and create a new Twitter account for your PC (This is optional as TweetMyPC only responds for updates). This account will be used by TweetMyPC to monitor for new tweets

  • Start TweetMyPC and then fill in the login details. Wait for some time for the application to verify your login details.

Here are some of its main features:

# You can shutdown, lock, hibernate, or put the machine in standby.

# Get a screenshot of your computer screen, and have it posted to Twitpic so that it can easily be viewed.

# View and kill running processes.

# Download files so that they are there when you get home.

# Get a list of files inside of a directory on the computer.

# Have it email you a document on your computer by providing the path. This only works with Gmail at the moment.

TweetMyPC is a must have utility for any geek who wants to put their computer to work from the comfort of their phone.

How To Open Files With Unknown File Extensions

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How To Open Files With Unknown File Extensions: "

Many a times you might have received files with unknown file extensions or downloaded the files with extension for which you don’t have a corresponding software.

A filename extension is a suffix to the name of a computer file applied to indicate the file format of its contents. While many file extensions like .txt, .doc, .xls, .png etc. are quite common on windows, many may not be aware of files with extensions such as .gan, .abt, .mpp and others.

When you double click such files, it bring up the unknown file dialog box, where you can choose to pick a program from a list, by choosing the radio button “Select the program from a list” and clicking “OK”. But if none of the appropriate programs to open the file are listed, use which is extremely useful. is a database of free programs to open such unknown file extensions. It provides a desktop client that lets you search for free software that you can download, to open files of unknown file types.

Download desktop tool

After installing this tool, whenever you right-click on a file you’ll find, “ – How do I Open This?”. Click that and the tool searches for a suitable free program to open it. An active internet connection is required. If the program you want to use isn’t already installed, click on the Download link and voila! The program will be downloaded.

Windows Live Planet by Microsoft

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Windows Live Planet by Microsoft: "

After Bing, Microsoft has launched Windows Live Planet which is a new social networking site designed primarily to take on Orkut and Facebook. Windows Live Planet is similar to most of the other social networks, but is totally different in design and the User Interface as evident from the screenshot.

Windows Live Planet

Most of the features on Windows Live Planet are fast due to the use of AJAX. You can invite your friends from other social networks or directly email the invite. You can sign in to Windows Live Planet using your Hotmail / Windows Live. Windows live messenger is integrated with Live Planet, similar to Google Talk being linked with Orkut, and you will automatically get signed in to your messenger as soon as you login on this site.

The Scribble Pad is similar to Scrapbook feature in Orkut but each scribble can be up to 150 characters in length. It means they are even incorporating Twitter's features. So,

Install Flash Player on Google Chrome

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Install Flash Player on Google Chrome: "

Google Chrome does not support flash based websites or flash contents. If you want to run flash files on Google Chrome, you have to manually configure it with flash plugin for Chrome. Here are the instructions for installing Flash Player on Google Chrome:

  1. Download flash player for Windows.

  2. Rename the downloaded file to

  3. Extract the Zipped file to a folder.

  4. Select and copy flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll from the extracted folder.

  5. Navigate to Google Chrome plugins folder. Normally, it is C:/Documents and settings/Local Settings/Application Data/Google/Chrome/Application/Plugins

  6. Paste both copied files in Google Chrome plugins directory.

  7. Restart Google Chrome.

You can now open and run flash contents on Google chrome.

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