Friday, 15 August 2014

Top 15 Browser Add-ons for a wonderful Web experience - Must-Have

Top 15 Browser Add-ons for a wonderful Web experience  -  Must-Have | www.knowbabble.comDid this ever happen to you?

·        You want to watch an interesting show with your family. You open the video on YouTube, but before you can watch it, you are forced to watch a 50 second advertise. “It’s just an ad, nothing to worry!” you think. But to your horror, the ad is about some random female product, or a product to prevent STDs or anything that can leave you with a red face due to embarrassment, and your family evening is ruined before it even started!

·         You made your browser pretty neat and easy to work, with all your settings, bookmarks, and add-ons (which you had to search hard to select among the many available), saved passwords etc. Suddenly one day your computer crashed, and all your hard work has gone down the drain. You can install the OS again, but the browser has to be customized once again from scratch.

·         You don’t have balance in your mobile phone. You need to send an important text, urgently. So you open a website that can send texts to mobile phones. But you are bombarded with so many ads that it takes a LOT of time, just to send a text!

·         You came across an amazing video, or an interesting article. But you are busy now and decide to watch/read it in your leisure time. So you copy the URL to a notepad file and go ahead with your work. After the work is finished, you decide to watch the video, but to your horror you find that you deleted the notepad file along with some other junk.

·         You are a torrent freak. You decide to download a torrent. But when you open the site, along with the torrent files, there are ads on the side with models doing obscene gestures and sounds. Adding insult to injury, your parent enters the room searching for something! You have no other option but to close the browser and come up with a good explanation!

If your answer is - “Yes, one of these situations DID happen to me!”, then look no further. Add-ons are what you are looking for. Here are some important tips on how to have a good browser experience :
What are Add-ons?
First of all you should know that add-ons are really important handy little applications that have the power to alter your web experience. Like the way you have good and bad friends, you have good and bad add-ons. Good add-ons are really amazing applications that make your life a LOT easier, while bad add-ons are actually malware in the guise of add-ons, wanting to steal your personal data like usernames and passwords. So, you should download them only from trusted sources. I have mentioned some of the important ones I use. You should definitely try them too.

Here they are :

Adblock edge |
Adblock edge 2.1.4
Adblock plus |
Adblock plus 2.6.4
Adblock plus pop-up add-on |
Adblock plus pop-up add-on 0.9.2 :
I use all the above 3 to get rid of those annoying ads. Ads on torrent sites, ads before a YouTube video (nowadays, in between too. Phew!), ads on mobile phone texting sites or any other site under the sun, ALL the ads on them are blocked. The main advantage is that the site loads a LOT faster without the ads and makes your work easier.

Facebook Ads block 1.0 :

Facebook Ads block | www.knowbabble.comThe name says it all. I use it to block ads on Facebook. So, it’s obvious that fb on my browser is a lot faster than yours.

Gif block :

Gif block | www.knowbabble.comThe small images of advertisements are in the .gif format instead of .jpeg. Gif block blocks the advertisement images and not the actual images that you need (as they obviously are in jpeg format). Clever, huh?

Pop block 1.0.4 :
Pop block | www.knowbabble.comYou can block all those “Congratulations! You won a phone!”, “Find your life partner on”, “Earn from home” kind of popups. In case you don’t know the difference between normal Ads and Pop-ups - Ads are displayed on the website while Pop-ups….erm….pop up! That’s it! They just jump in your way and you are forced to click them, or pop-ups can also automatically open in a new window. Thus, this add-on also saves your time.

Xmarks :

Xmarks | www.knowbabble.comMost IMPORTANT of all the mentioned add-ons! This add-on automatically saves all your bookmarks. You even have an option to save all your usernames, passwords, history etc. When I go to a new place, the first thing I do is install Xmarks on that computer. It restores all the bookmarks and settings and makes the browser look exactly like that of my home computer. Definitely, a must have.

Evernote web clipper 5.9.1 :

Evernote web clipper | www.knowbabble.comActually, this is not just an add-on. Evernote is a software. The add-on comes with it. It has a LOT of features and even I haven’t used them all! I only use it to save good articles, videos etc. If you find anything good, just right-click and you get an option to either clip the URL, or save the entire page with images. If I see anything interesting, I clip the URL and the data gets saved on the internet. But if you want to save it on your PC, download the software. My evernote is filled with a lot of EXCITING stuff, waiting for me to devour them in leisure!

Magrent :

Magrent | www.knowbabble.comYou can use this to download the torrent “file” and save it on your hard disk. You can add the torrent to uTorrent anytime you want.

 YouTube caption downloader 2.3 :

YouTube caption downloader | www.knowbabble.comIf you are listening to a song and the lyrics are being shown as subtitles, you can download them for future-use with this add-on.

Click & Clean 4.1 :

Click & Clean | www.knowbabble.comWhen you login to your Gmail or facebook or anything else, you type your first letter, and the site automatically gives you the complete username. This happens because your usernames are saved in the browser’s cache. This is actually helpful, but if you are VERY secretive and want to hide even your “username” from other prying users, just click on this add-on before closing the browser. It deletes everything, along with browser history, things typed on Google or YouTube, usernames on sites like fb, Gmail etc.

Flashblock :

Flashblock | www.knowbabble.comWhen you open multiple videos on YouTube in different tabs, all of them start playing. But this add-on blocks the flash content, meaning - your videos do not automatically start to play themselves. You get an ‘f’ symbol, and when you click on it, the video starts playing. If you are beginning to think this is a useless add-on not worthy of downloading, then you are wrong. This add-on simplifies a lot of things! Sometimes you open a website, and some video starts playing. It not only slows down the page loading time, but also you are “forced” to watch some video of which you have no intention of watching. If you feel that it is a video you SHOULD watch, then click on the “f” button and it starts playing.

The addon bar :
The addon bar | www.knowbabble.comNothing special here. You just get an extra bar with all your add-ons neatly listed.

And the last one -

Privacy choice Tracker Block 2.2 :

Privacy choice Tracker Block | This is a security add-on. It prevents websites from tracking your digital footprint. Do you know that major websites track your web movement, and specifically spam you with related ads about the things you searched? This add-on prevents sites from tracking you. Definitely a must have!

So friends, that’s all for now. Keep Knowing new things, and leave the Babble to us!
See you soon. Stay tuned!
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Android History - Interesting

Many of us use Android phones, don't we? But do you even know which Android version you are using, or what were the previous versions to which your OS owes its legacy?
Here are some interesting things you probably didn’t know.

Did you know that Android does not give the names to the newer versions randomly?
Then what method do they follow to name them? It’s so simple, you won’t believe it!!!
They name their versions… Alphabetically!
Yes, you heard it right. Alphabetically!!! Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourselves.

Android 1.0                    Alpha
Android 1.1                    Beta
Android 1.5                    Cup cake
Android 1.6                    Donut
Android 2.0/2.1              Eclair
Android 2.2                    Froyo
Android 2.3                    Ginger Bread
Android 3.0/3.1/3.2        Honeycomb
Android 4.0                    Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1                    Jelly Bean
Android 4.4                    Kit Kat
Android 5.0                    Something starting with L.

It may be Lollipop or something else. But be assured, it will definitely be a sweet delicacy! Wait, did you just ask WHY? Didn’t you notice the names given above?! ALL of them are sweets!
Does this make Android the SWEETEST OS out there?

Cup Cake






Ginger Bread


Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

Kit Kat 

HISTORY Timeline :

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Cortana - Microsoft's answer to Siri and Google Now

Apple has Siri. Google has Google Now. Now, Microsoft has… Cortana!

So, what is Cortana?
Cortana is your personal assistant, and by assistant I MEAN “assistant”. Siri and Google Now are good for texts, making calls, etc without touching the phone (through voice commands) but Cortana takes it to the next level. She STUDIES you, your daily life, your daily routine and helps you accordingly, without you even asking her. Its like she has a brain of her own!

For instance :

  • She knows whether you are at work or at home.

  • She will know the way you take to the office and will automatically warn you if there is traffic on the way and whether you need to take a detour.

  • She knows what type of music you like and will give you suggestions based on it.

  • If you want to set an alarm, just tell her and she will set it for you. Or you can simply tell her ‘wake me after an hour’ and she will do it.

  • Now you don’t even have to remember anything! Just tell her and she will remember it for you. For example, if you have to ask your friend John how his holiday was, you simply tell Cortana to remind you the next time you call John and when you do call him, she reminds you.

  • Dictate her a text and tell her to send it to the person you want, and its done.

  • Cortana will respond silently when you type, and verbally when you speak.

  • Unlike Siri, Cortana will be available even to third party apps like Skype, Facebook etc and can integrate with them easily.

Release date :

The beta version of Cortana is already out for Windows phone 8.1 (US only)
The full version is planned for a late 2014 launch. (US, UK and China only)
The remaining countries will get Cortana in 2015.
Cortana might also be released for PC and Xbox, but nothing is confirmed as of now.

Trivia :

Cortana is an artificial intelligence in the Halo games.

So, is Cortana just a new Microsoft Bob, or is this the FUTURE?
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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Whatsapp - Top 10 Funny Technology Videos

Welcome back! Watching and sharing videos on Whatsapp is something that we do quite often. You can send a video file of upto 15 MB to anyone anywhere on earth (of course you need to have their phone number). You can make your buddy laugh 'n' smile within a minute or two.
If you have been watching a lot of funny jokes, then you should also try some funny 'tech' stuff too.
Here are the top 10 funny technology videos circulating on Whatsapp.
Watch the compilation of the 10 on our YouTube Channel.
Given below are the download links of all the 10 videos with a short description on each.
While few are quite amazing, the pun and satire in the others' will make you laugh your head off!

Whatsapp - Top 10 Funny Technology Videos

10.  The Real Transformer  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
       If you have watched the Transformers movie/cartoon series, then you will definitely be amazed when a laptop transforms into an awesome airplane.
Then the "Sam Witwicky" of this transformer goes berserk and his plane flies off the window.

9.  The Holographic Home  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
     Imagine you lived in a home which has a security lock as you have in your phone, and a holographic keypad appears whenever you stand in front of your door. Amazing isn't it?
Say you also have a snooker board and you can even set holographic clouds above your snooker balls. You also have a telecvision system which shoots out holographs of whaterver appears to pop out from the screen. Yes that's quite amazing! Don't you think so?

8.  Funny Lift Prank  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

    This is a funny prank performed by LG, a prominent technology company, to test their life-like monitors. A monitor is placed on the floor of a lift that plays a video which makes it appear as if the floor is falling.

7. World Without Mobile  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

    Imagine there was no mobile. How do you think the world would socialize?
Watch the video to see funny ways of emailing, tweeting and maintaining a facebook profile.

 6.  The iPad Man trolled  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
     This husband shows off his iPad's impeccable practicality to his wife. She gets irritated and plays a prank on him. Ultimately funny!

5.  The Escalator Problem  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

     A man and a woman get "stuck" on an escalator. Their stupidity is astonishing. Hilariously funny!

 4.  Frog plays a Game  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

     You will definitely love this frog playing the 'Bug Smasher' game on an Android phone until. . . . . . . . . Watch the video for the extremely funny part towards the end.

3.  Helpdesk of the Medieval age  [ Download for Whatsapp ]
    Once upon a time a new thing was invented called "Book". No one knew how to use it. So people contacted the Medieval Helpdesk to guide them. Watch the video to tutor yourself on how to open and read a book.
Only one word.
H I L A R I O U S !

 2.  Mactini Nano - The smallest computer ever  [ Download for Whatsapp ]

    John here introduces the smallest computer ever - The Mactini.
To find out how to use it, watch the video for the funniest review ever.
Twice  H I L A R I O U S !


1.  Funny or 'Pun'ny Shopping with technology    [ Download for Whatsapp ]
     This conversation between a customer and a fruit-store owner is so verbose on technology that the pun in their convo has you on the brim of the cup of laughter.
Understood anything?
Watch the video and then you will understand my intention.

How to download?

  • Click on the [ Download for Whatsapp ] link to get the following window. Click on the small gray downward arrow.

  • In the dialogue box that appears, select 'Save File' and 'OK'. Your video file downloads in a jiffy.

Watch the compilated version on YouTube.
Laugh and share them with your friends on Whatsapp.
Smile and thank you! 
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