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How to download movies

November 30, 2011 Posted by Skai

Very often, we are busy with work and may tend to miss out some movies in the cinema. Or rather, many of us prefer to sit back and relax at home to watch our favourite movies at any time we want.

“Where can I download movies?” The thing that comes to mind is to download movies online.

But, streaming videos can be costly due to the high bandwidth and not many websites are providing appropriate services. Most websites would require you to download their special software before you can “download” movies from them. How do you ensure that the software does not come with malware or spyware?

Some websites may charge you as per video, while other set limitation or even require you to pay them recurring subscription fee for the movie clips. More “troublesome” website expects you to download movies in parts.

After many weeks of research in forums, I was recommended to a download full movies site that:

  • does not require any installation of software
  • has no recurring subscriptions required
  • has no limited movie content
  • has unlimited full movie downloads
  • has no time or viewing limits
  • has no subscription of any kind

There is only a one-time fee with 60 days money-back guarantee.

You should just check out the download movie site.

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What are The Best Android Apps

November 28, 2011 Posted by Skai

I’m going to share with you the best (top) apps for Android that I would recommend. Apps is short form for applications.

Android is the main competitor to Apple’s iPhone IOS. Since it is part of the open source community, the progress of development is good with the helps of experts.

Active Apps for Android

Active Apps

Active Apps
Displays the total number of applications currently opened as a widget. You can open it and choose to end each application individually or end all applications at one touch. Active Apps monitors unusual activities that consumes battery and tracks the application that has been put on standby mode. Applications that is been put on standby mode may drain your device’s battery.

 

Advanced Task Killer for Android

Advanced Task Killer

Advanced Task Killer
Advanced Task Killer is also known as ATK. It is a tool to save battery and extend the battery life by terminating some apps that drawns too much battery. You can allow it to kill applications automatically or you do it manually. It has different level of application killing. It also allows you to add individual application to their ignore list so that the application will not be killed. Some applications restart by themselves again and again after killing, and thus enabling automatically killing will be a good choice.

 

Astro File Manager for Android

Astro File Manager

Astro File Manager
ASTRO File Manager helps organize your pictures, music, videos and other files. Its features include: file management, file and/or app backup, image and text viewers, networking, Bluetooth, SFTP, Zip/ Tar, downloader, thumbnails, search files, application manager, task manager, attachments and more. It’s like Windows Explorer or Finder (Mac OS) for your phone or tablet and allows you to easily organize all of your files.

 

ColorNote for Android

ColorNote

ColorNote
Color Note is a simple notepad application which give you a better note editing experience. It give you a quick and simple notepad editing experience when you write notes, memo, email, message, shopping list and todo list. Color Note makes taking a note easier than any other notepad and memo apps.

 

Documents to Go for Android

Documents to Go

Documents To Go
View Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files & attachments with Documents To Go. Supported file formats include .doc,. docx,. xls,. xlsx,. ppt,. pptx.

 

Gauge Battery Widget for Android

Gauge Battery Widget

Gauge Battery Widget
Displays remaining battery life in number – the default Android display is just a bar. This is sweet indeed.

 

JuiceDefender Ultimate for Android

JuiceDefender Ultimate

JuiceDefender Ultimate
JuiceDefender Ultimate employs many advanced, fully customizable and really effective power saving features to help your Android phone to extend battery life. It saves battery by controlling the 3G/4G connectivity and WiFi. It also allows you to schedule sleeping time so as to save more battery life during the period. The brightness control and other features will definitely excite you.

 

PhoneUsage for Android

PhoneUsage

PhoneUsage
PhoneUsage is a great app that helps to monitor your phone call, text and network data usage so that you will not accidentally exceed your monthly limits. It has widget that displays your usage nicely on the wall.

 

Photoshop Express for Android

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express
Photoshop Express enables you to edit and share photos virtually anywhere. You can touch to crop, rotate, adjust color, and add artistic effects to your photos. Access all your photos and videos directly from your free Photoshop.com account. Quickly share with family and friends. Note: It requires SD card.

 

SMS Backup+ for Android

SMS Backup+

SMS Backup+
This app automatically backup SMS, MMS and call log entries using a separate label in Gmail / Google Calendar. It is also possible to restore SMS and call log entries back to the phone.

 

Tag Tag Tag for Android

Tap Tap App

Tap Tap App
Tap Tap Tap unlocks the screen with a double tap on the proximity sensor. It also has a widget to lock your phone with one touch instantly. It greatly reduces the use of the physical power button and thus also reducing the risk of spoiling the power button physically.

 

WhatsApp Messenger for Android

WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger
WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Phone and Nokia phones. You can think of MSN messenger but WhatsApp recognizes contacts through phone number and it is definitely lighter in system resource usage. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages without having fear of exceeding your monthly free SMS usage. What’s more is that WhatsApp allows group chat – you cannot do that with normal SMS!

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Singapore Web Hosting Server

November 15, 2011 Posted by Skai

If your website’s target audiences are from Singapore, you should probably get a Singapore server instead of a foreign one. Similarly, if you are targeting audience from a certain region, you should get a web server that is located nearby.

 

1. Speed

Pinging Singapore and Canada Web Servers

Pinging Singapore and Canada Web Servers from Singapore. The Singapore web server requires only 3ms compared to 259ms from the Canada server.

I did a test from Singapore by pinging two different servers located in both Singapore and Canada to see how long it will take to send data to and back.

The Singapore web server took 3 milliseconds while the Canada web server took 259 milliseconds.

Obviously the Singapore web server is faster since my current location is in Singapore – the traveling distance is much shorter.

The unit, millisecond, may be less than a second, which some people think is insignificant, but the difference between 3 and 259 milliseconds can be quite big. It will definitely make navigation around your website and uploading new files faster.

Imagine you are loading a webpage, your browser will send HTTP request to the web server before it processes data in HTML format to send you back. On every webpage, there are also other files such as images and JavaScript, which will require more requests. Of course, I would not say the server speed for the Singapore server is definitely faster but the difference in time required for the data to travel due to distance is obvious.

I have personally experienced using the two servers (Canada and Singapore) and I’m very amazed with the local server because of its speed.

 

2. Customer Service

Singapore is known to be a business hub where talents gather. Customer service satisfaction level is high in most businesses located in Singapore.

I have tried a few web hosting companies from other countries and the last one is based in Canada. All of them have very poor customer service. When I submit a ticket for major issue caused by the web hosting company, they can take half a day to get back to me. Whereas for minor issue, they may fix it a few days later and do not even bother to inform me. Overall, the customer service is really bad.

The most important thing about your website is the up-time (availability) and if the web hosting company does not resolve its server issue quick, you may lose many potential customers or visitors and the damage to business image is worse.

My current webhost is a company called Vodien, which is a Singapore company. The staffs have so far impressed me with their quickness and politeness. The super support team responses to my requests and enquiries within half an hour each time, and I almost have a culture shock.

 

3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

There are many factors for your website to be ranked well by Google. If you are targeting visitors from a country, you should get a local server in the country. Google bot will find your website a better result if your server is located at the same country. Do note that Google websites from different countries will rank different websites differently. If your website is targeting Singaporeans, http://google.com.sg will rank your website better if your server is from a Singapore webhost.

 

4. Price

Apart from price, there is nothing that should stop you from getting a Singapore web hosting. You can get really good and cheap web hosting from other countries are most Singapore web hosting companies charge quite high price. But, hey! It is a good investment after all.

 

 

I have visited many Singapore web hosting sites and after browsing through their price lists, I’m really disappointed with them. Most of the Singapore web hosting companies are very stingy with the features such as number of SQL databases, web space, bandwidth limits… etc. They are already charging higher than foreign web hosts and I do expect some complete list of common features.

Eventually, I come across Vodien and I’m very sure their web hosting plans are some of the most reasonable ones you can find in Singapore. The most basic plan, enough for a SME to use, cost only SGD $8 per month.

Some of their clients are NUS, NTU, Singtel, CPF board, People’s Association, Courts, NCS, Knight Frank, IDA, Ministry of Health… etc. Even the government statutory boards trust their services!?

What are you waiting for? Try them.

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MSN Windows Live Messenger Patch Download

November 13, 2011 Posted by Skai

Are you trying to remove the advertisements on your MSN?

Do you wish to open two Windows Live Messengers at a time to login with two different accounts (multi-MSN)?

Try using A-Patch and be excited.

A-Patch icon

A-Patch icon

A-Patch is a lightweight application (no installation required) designed to slim down and customize MSN Windows Live Messenger. It typically has over 80 options but Microsoft has already designed and implemented some of the features in the later versions of MSN. The author is known to create new versions of A-Patch consisting of important and popular features before he gets the other features back for new versions of Windows Live Messenger – time is needed to code them.

A-Patch-main-screen

Patch MSN Windows Live Messenger

Patching MSN Windows Live Messenger

It is definitely straightforward and easy to use. Just select the features that you need and click on the “Apply” button at the bottom.

 

Some of the Important Features of A-Patch:

Remove advertisement from main window
Remove text advertisement in the IM window
Polygamy/Multi-MSN – open more than one Messenger at once
Remove the “See More Offerings” items in the file menus
Remove “Featured” section from the Emoticons “more” dialog box
Disable Nudge Shake
Remove Nudge Delay
Remove the top of the Contact List
Remove Search Bar.
Remove the “Connected to…” bar
Accept more than 3 files (transfers at a time)
Disable Photo Sharing
Disable Video Sharing

Please note that patching Windows Live/MSN Messenger infringes Microsoft’s Terms of Use. Do it at your own risk.

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Youtube to MP3 Converter – Download to Mp3

November 9, 2011 Posted by Skai

Are you trying hard to find a song online to realise that you cannot find it in Mp3 format? You find it in Youtube but there is no way for you to download it, or rather, just the music.

Do you wish to convert some sound from a Youtube video to Mp3, and download it?

What you really need is a Youtube to Mp3 Converter.

Of course, you want it free.

You can get the job done by visiting http://www.youtube-mp3.org/.

Simply fill in the URL of the Youtube page that consists of the video that you want to extract the sound from. The free website will convert the Youtube video into Mp3 and let you download it.

It’s fast, easy and definitely sweet!

 

From YouTube to Mp3 Converter site:

YouTube-mp3.org is the easiest online service for converting videos to mp3. You do not need an account, the only thing you need is a YouTube URL. We will start to convert the audiotrack of your videofile to mp3 as soon as you have submitted it and you will be able to download it. Different from other services the whole conversion process will be perfomed by our infrastructure and you only have to download the audio file from our servers. Because of this our software is platform-independent: You can use it with your Mac, a Linux PC or even an iPhone. All our conversions will be perfomed in high quality mode with a bitrate of at least 128 kBit/s. Do not worry, our service is completely free. We need approximately 3 to 4 minutes per

 

Please note that all Youtube videos are copyrighted to their respective owners. Please get permission before you download or distribute them.

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