Saikat Basu

Joined June 2008

Saikat is a techno-adventurer in a writer's garb. When he is not scouring the net for tech news, you can catch him looking for life hacks and learning tidbits. You can find him on Google+ & Twitter watching over the world.

Feel free to contact at saikat@makeuseof.com

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VLC Media Player Beta For Windows 8 Spotted In Microsoft’s Windows Store

14th March, 2014

VLC media player (beta) has been spotted in the Windows Store. It’s welcome, though it has taken a long time to arrive, and the bugs still need to be ironed out.

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Following Facebook Pages Gets Better With A New Streamlined Look

13th March, 2014

A new design for Facebook Pages swiftly follows the revamp of the News Feed a few days ago. In keeping with the consistency site-wide, Facebook says it is a more streamlined look.

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How To Develop The Skilled Writer Inside You For A Successful Life

12th March, 2014

It’s not about writing the next great novel. It could just come down to writing an intelligent Facebook status message and creating an impact. Let’s talk about the importance of writing well.

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Open For All: Linux Foundation & edX Launch Course For Learning Linux

12th March, 2014

Learning Linux is about to get easier and organized with a two pronged push. In a major educational initiative, The Linux Foundation is building a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program in partnership with edX.

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Read Aloud As Google Text To Speech Gets New High Quality Voices For English

8th March, 2014

Google’s text-to-speech Android app gets a significant update with a better interface, natural sounding voices in English, and support for more languages. This news should be pleasant to the ears.

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Save Time In Your Inbox As Gmail For iOS 7 Switches On Pre-Fetch For Emails

8th March, 2014

Gmail now works faster on your iPhone. The latest update to Gmail’s app for iOS 7 gets you to your messages as quickly as possible by pre-fetching your emails in the background.

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Save Your Favorite Comments & Give Gold To The Best Submissions On Reddit

6th March, 2014

Reddit has been slowly but surely making tiny improvements to the social chatter it collates. This week it brings two changes to the community.

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TED Unveils A Dynamic Video Player & Interactive Transcripts In A Revamped Website

5th March, 2014

TED Talks’s universally popular platform for inspirational talks has been redesigned from the ground up for its increasing user base. A responsive website makes it watchable on any screen size – smartphone, tablet, or desktop.

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It’s The End Of Days For Windows XP – Microsoft Will Send Pop-up Reminders

4th March, 2014

It’s the end of the line for Windows XP. Microsoft is planning to use pop-up warnings to remind users to upgrade and it could start as soon as next week.

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Mozilla Adds Choices With Click-To-Play For All Plugins After March 31st

4th March, 2014

Mozilla is carrying forward its intent to enable ‘Click to Play’ by default for all plugins. Users can improve browser performance if they have the option to load only the plugins they want.

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Google Says Bon Appétit: See Restaurant Menus In The Search Results

3rd March, 2014

This is one Google Search feature that everyone could do with. Type in a restaurant’s name and Google Search will display the menu from the place.

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Google+ Hangouts For iOS7 Gets Animated Stickers & 10-Second Video Messages

3rd March, 2014

Google brings an optimized version of its Google+ Hangouts app to iOS7. The iOS7 makeover includes animated stickers, 10-second video messages, and picture-in-picture video calling for iPads.

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Google’s Oppia Is A Smart Open Source Educational Tool For Interactive Learning

2nd March, 2014

With its continued focus on education, Google has launched Oppia. The Open Source project is a free educational tool that lets anyone create online educational activities through the web interface. Interactivity is its strong suit.

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Kids Can Learn Programming Basics With “Make Your Own Flappy Bird” In 20 Minutes

1st March, 2014

Flappy Bird has flown off beyond the digital horizon. But its simplicity continues to inspire. Thanks to Code.org, anyone can design their own Flappy Bird game in 20 minutes.

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Google+ For Android Gets Photo Editing Across Devices & New Image Filters

28th February, 2014

The latest round of changes to the Google+ for Android app brings non-destructive photo editing across devices and Snapseed-inspired new filters and tools.