Sunday, 6 July 2014

Finally, Orkut is shutting down

| Sunday, July 06, 2014 | | Be first to comment!

All Orkut users received last email(s) from Orkut. Orkut will shut down on September 30. 2014. All the details are provided in the email, copy of email is given below. But still, important points-

  • Orkut will close on 30th September 2014.
  • Users can download a backup of their data, which will be available till September 2014.
Users data, mainly all the pictures that you uploaded on Orkut, some years back.

How to backup your Google data on services like youtube, blogger, etc.

orkut will be shut down after 10 years
Farewell mail from Orkut


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Friday, 4 July 2014

How to view Security Certificate of Websites on Android devices?

| Friday, July 04, 2014 | | Be first to comment!

Website offer an additional layer of security, by implementing secure server protocols (https). HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer. Implemented using OpenSSL, etc. This

tap lock icon to view security certificate

How to view security certificate on Android devices?

  1. Open any website having https URL's.
  2. Tap on the Lock icon.
  3. A pop up will show up, click on "View Certificate" option.
  4. The Security Certificate will pop up.


View Security Certificate on desktop

To view these certificates on desktop. Follow the steps below in browser image. Certificates can be viewed from all major browsers.

how to view security certificate on web browser desktops


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Android L - Google I/O 2014 Keynote - Brief Introduction

| Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | | | 5 Comments so far

Next version of Android OS is ready to be launched later this autumn, and will bring to users a lot of better features.

According to Google I/O 2014 - Keynote Android L will have more than 5000 API. Newer libraries for developers. One of the key feature in new UI (user interface) will be animation. New buttons and taps will provide active feedback. For example, ripple on touches/taps.

A single application design will update according to the screen size (watch, smartphone, tablet, etc.). Typography and grid is changed to make text look a lot more clean. A library named "Polymer" will take web experience to a whole new level, with animation running at 60fps.

Users can now access all notifications from the lock screen. The notifications will be prioritized to give users the most relevant and useful notifications.




For developers, the Preview version of Android L is available from June 26th. Full version will be available to users later this year in autumn.

Google's first priority has always been its users or consumers. So, Android L is made to evolve in accordance to human needs. When using any Android smartphones, the first thing a user wants is to get fast notification of everything. Smartphones have redefined online social life. Android L will take it to a step further with even better innovations.



On developers side, Android L will have a depth specification. This will allow developers to arrange elements, and elements will virtually cast shadows in real time.

A new library named, Pallets will automatically extract colors from images to display on the applications. Developers can now customize entry and exit animation.

Watch full details on Google I/O 2014 Keynote.




Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Adsense India got updated, get money via wire transfer

| Thursday, May 01, 2014 | | | Be first to comment!

Adsense is upgrading it's Payment page that will allow publishers to enjoy faster payment options. Along with this update, Adsense will discontinue providing payments by cheque. No more waiting for long time, and then rushing to bank to deposit your cheque. In case your city don't have any CitiBank branch, then it may take upto 14 days to get your cheque cleared.

But now, Adsense allows Wire transfers. With wire transfer, your funds will get transferred directly to your bank account.
change form of payment in Google Adsense

How to setup wire transfer in Adsense?

  1. Log-in into your Adsense account.
  2. Navigate to your "Payments" page and then to "Payment settings" tab.
  3. Click "Add a new form of payment", a form will open up. Fill all the details, account holder's name, bank name, IFSC number of your bank, SWIFT-BIC code and account number. All the other details are optional. Look if they apply in your case.
  4. Hit Save button.
setup wire transfer in Google Adsense


All Indian banks SWIFT-BIC codes are provided on http://www.theswiftcodes.com/india/. To get IFSC code use http://www.ifsccodebank.com/ website. Just to be on the safe side confirm these codes from your Bank.

More Control on your Billing

With new Payment page publishers can also control "Hold Payment" feature more efficiently. User can select date range to hold payments.

Also, Minimum threshold can be altered. Default value is still $100. Which can b changed to any value you like.

Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

How to change Time Zone in Google Adsense?

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | | | Be first to comment!

Analyzing Adsense revenue data allows Adsense publishers to keep a track on their revenue generation. Maximum revenue can come from a specific country, in a specific interval of time.

Change Time Zone in Google Adsense

Navigation
  1. Log-in into your Adsense Account.
  2. Switch to "Settings" page using the wheel icon from top right corner.
  3. Now, switch to "Account information" tab.
  4. Hit the "edit" link, in the Time Zone row. Time Zone are set to Pacific Time (-07:00) by default. Also, "Changing your time zone will affect AdSense performance reports for your account from today onwards. Your billing information will remain in Pacific Time."
  5. Hit Save button and your changes will take effect.

This means you billing cycle's time zone will continue using the default value. All of your billing process will be done in Pacific Time Zone.
change time zone in Google Adsense
Time Zone in Google Adsense
Now, you can view and analyze all of your Adsense data in your preferred time zone.


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Top 10 Resources to learn photography from novice to pro

| Sunday, April 27, 2014 | | Be first to comment!

Photography, is key ingredient to capture memories as well as breath taking moments. Taking great photos are now a part of life. The list starts from Facebook, and continues to school or college magazines, pamphlets, websites, blogs, family albums, instagram, etc.

Or maybe you want to opt photography as your profession. You need to learn, practice and improve as much as you can.

Learn photography from novice to pro

1. Know your product with Nikon

I like NIKON DSLR's but I don't want to go biased on their product. But Nikon have a great video library for each of their products. Watch the videos to learn how to use DSLR cameras.

Along with the product other technical aspects are also explained in the videos, which may differ from camera to camera, but you'll learn something new about beginner level photography techniques.

2. Read Some great articles from Nikon

read article from Nikon and learn new tips on photography
Read more than 300 articles from Nikon
Reading great tips is just the perfect way to start. Take some dosage from the professionals. Learn topics like ISO, Macro, Aperture, Exposure, Flash, Close-Up, Focal Length, HDR, Panorama, etc.

One of the best features provided here is the ability to filter content on the basis of "Beginner content first", "Advanced content first", etc.

3. Digital Photography School

Well, if you want to be a pro. Learn from pro. Digital Photography School is maintained by Darren Rowse.

The site provides great tips and tutorials on -
"Tips for Beginners", "Portrait Photography", "Landscape Photography", "Lightroom tips", "Photoshop tips", "Camera and Equipments", etc.

4. Learn Basic Photography

Learn about types of camera, exposure, basic controls, exposure shutter speed, basic photography, tips while purchasing equipments, camera reviews, etc.

5. YouTube Channels

You might not be able to experiment all the tutorials present on YouTube. because of the expensive gears. But still there is the other side, that will help you in taking great pictures, portraits, landscapes, etc.

Here is a small list subscribe these -

6. Learn Photo editing tools

Great photos speak. That is the art, conveying messages from the image itself. A simple portrait photograph, will convey an entirely different message if black and white or sepia as compared to the one with vibrant colors.

You don't need to be a master in Adobe Photoshop or any-other professional software package. If you cannot afford Photoshop right now or photoshop looks hard to learn, go for open source alternatives. GIMP image editor and Paint .NET, etc.

 Here are some YouTube channel on Photo Editing tools -

7. Stock Images

This one is not exactly a resource to learn photography, directly. But if you can sell some of your work, then it is like automatic motivation. It will keep you going, at-least you will be taking photographs more professionally. You will learn from other people's work. Top sellers, recent uploads, high quality images, creativity, etc.

sell photographs online with stock image websites
iStock stock image website
A small list of stock images websites-

8. Join Groups and communities

Joining groups or communities on Facebook, Google Plus, etc. is a great way to get help from other professionals photographers. All you need to do is ask question, you'll get your problems solved.

As you will learn, you will also be able to answer other users problems. This will help you in getting recognized as a photographer. You can build a fan base too.

9. Photography certifications

A car mechanic and an engineer, both can repair a car. The difference lies in the in-depth study of the subject. That applies when it comes to being a photographer.

Whenever you feel like getting the badge, go for a certification exam. It will help you in standing out from the crowd. You can easily get a job too. One such certification is PPA certification.

If you know more certification courses available national or international level. Please comment below ↓ ↓ ↓.

10. Get your hands dirty

This is the most important part of being a photographer. Your experience with different aspects of photography, is the best tutor, student and motivator.

Got any more resources, please comment below  ↓↓↓ and I'll add them in the list.

Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Should you change your password after HeartBleed - OpenSSL

| Sunday, April 20, 2014 | | 2 Comments so far

First of all,

What is OpenSSL?

OpenSSL is an open source commercial-grade security implementation toolkit. It is used to implement SSL (Secure Socket Layer) and TLS (Transport Layer Security) security protocols. OpenSSL is used by a number of small and big firms, even Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, etc. use it.

What is HeartBleed?

HeartBleed is security bug or a programming error that can help hackers exploit all the websites using OpenSSL.

Should you change your password after HeartBleed

Here is a list of websites and apps affected or remained untouched by HeartBleed bug. See if you need to change you passwords orb not.



To discuss about HeartBleed security flaw, comment below ↓ ↓ ↓


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Play Sperm Race on Windows Phone - Brief Review

| Sunday, April 20, 2014 | | | Be first to comment!

If you haven’t encountered it yet, sperm race is an endless racing game, with a 3D perspective. Tap down the player sperm, and move it around other sperms, making it sure that you do not touch any of the hazardous ones. The score is based on the number of Enemy Sperms that you have surpassed. The game starts with a slow speed, but with time, the number of enemies and their speed keeps on increasing, hence making it more and more difficult to make higher scores.

Play Sperm Race on Windows Phone

Sperm Race is a free download, currently present only on the windows phone store, but the developer promises to deploy one soon to the android store.

Play Sperm Race on Windows Phone
Sperm Race gameplay
Sperm Race is all about smooth graphics. The game never showed any kind of stutters or lag what so ever. I really liked the way how the front ending of the game has been done, specially the 3D menu screen. Every developer works on the playing scene, but this one has a phenomenal menu screen too, so is its play scene. Also, its awesome that this game supports the parallax view of windows 8.1, right from the first day of its launch!



No strategy of game playing is required, its a perfect boredom buster!!

My Verdict: As the developer says..DOWNLOAD AND START LOADING NEW LIFE!!!

Link to Windows Phone Store : Sperm Race on Windows Store

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

PHP Coding - Top 5 ways to get help from PHP Programmers

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | | Be first to comment!

Lets start with the problem. You know PHP reasonably good, but still you may find problems with PHP code or maybe MySQL. But what about Linux, I mean the Linux based Operating Systems like Ubuntu, etc.

PHP is great but some day you might wanna work with LAMP stack. You need somebody to help you out with Linux. The permissions can be tricky.

Top 5 ways to get help from PHP Programmers

Here are some resources that, I found extremely useful. Utilize them all as much as you like. But remember don't unnecessarily annoy other users.

PHP Coding - Top 5 ways to get help from PHP Programmers
Get help from PHP programmers

Google Plus 

Majority is still not using Google Plus. But Google Plus groups have high quality users. Especially, PHP Programmers Community, you will get instant answers here. But ask the right question.

Don't be like, "Hey, I have no idea what I am asking?". And don't you are ask too simple questions. The questions that can be very easily Googled.

Google 

Don't forget. If you are not willing to Google, then better stop programming. If you are not in the habit of Googling, start it by searching you name on Google's web search and image search. See what you can get.

Okay stop searching for your own name. Back to business. Search your problems.

PHP Manual

How to learn PHP web development? Try as much as you want. But you'll find that even in the best books entire PHP is not covered. Maximum authors leave a number of functions unattended. Some function don't have all the optional parameters explained properly.

In the foot note, there are references of PHP Manual. Maybe a bit uncomfortable but the best book on Earth is PHP's own PHP Manual.

StackOverflow

Maximum of your queries are already answered on StackOverflow's forums. Don't miss them. Stack Overflow comes in handy.

Facebook Groups

Not exactly my choice. Facebook can give you hard times in finding the right PHP groups. Also, Facebook is full of idiots. No offence. But you may find users commenting idiotic stuff instead of answers.


Hey, Want any help from me comment below ↓ ↓ ↓


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Top 3 front end resources that every start up web developer should know

| Monday, April 14, 2014 | | Be first to comment!

Start Up, a term very common among programmers. Doesn't matter if your application is a web application or a system software package or maybe a console application. To get the required visibility, every start up needs a website. But creating a premium web design is not as easy as it may look.

Top 3 front end resources that every start up web developer should know
Top 3 front end resources that every start up web developer should know

When I created my first start up, I never knew these things even existed. But now, you will know a small but complete set of resources for developing premium front end. All resources given here are related to bootstrap front end framework.

Top 3 front end resources that every start up web developer should know

Bootstrap

Bootstrap is a complete front end framework. Bootstrap is a mobile first front end framework, that is, your design will be responsive. With the 12 grid layout you can manage your screen space very efficiently. Bootstrap provides a great documentation, within minutes you can get going.

One best thing about bootstrap is its super fast CDN. Entire bootstrap can be imported from the CDN server directly, and save server cost. Bootstrap CDN.

NOTE - Some functionality require jQuery to work. So, don't forget to include jQuery in your source code.

Bootsnipp

Bootstrap is used by millions, so there are a great chances of ending up with kind of similar design. Therefore there is a need to customize you front end. This is exactly where Bootsnipp comes in. Bootsnipp is a free HTML snippets to use in your project.

These includes a set of customized codes to create various components like forms, login buttons, social login buttons, tables, pop ups, etc. See the previews, and grab the HTML and CSS from Bootsnipp.


Font Awesome

Bootstrap provides a set of icons to use in form of Sprite Sheets. These icons are known as glyphs. But as a developer you might want more.

Font Awesome provides great set of hight quality icons for free. Now, you can push your design beyond the limit. Another GREAT news, Font Awesome too, is on CDN. You can import directly into your source code.


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Top Science Channels on YouTube

| Tuesday, April 08, 2014 | | | 1 Comment so far

YouTube is full of videos. Of-course videos. and videos. But like Google, YouTube too is a search engine. But like any other search engine, you need to know the best search phrase to land yourself on right results. So, here is a small list that features top science channels on youtube.

Here are some channels that are full of science videos. Enjoy, get entertained and gain knowledge. You won't similar knowledge even on Discovery and National Geographic channel.

Top Science Channels on YouTube

Science channels on YouTube that are listed here do not deal with numerical part. So, no need to fear these videos are as awesome as Sci-Fi movies.

Veritasium

Veritasium deal with answering very simple science questions. These video will amaze you that people out there, including me and you, don't have answers to very simple questions. See the world's new way of approaching daily life events. Join over 1 million other YouTube subscribers.



2Veritasium

If you want to take a step ahead. Then you might be interested in these talk videos. Here you will get behind the scenes videos. These are not exactly science videos. In these videos, Derek Muller will be talking to you on different subjects. Sharing his experience.



Vsauce 1,Vsauce 2 and Vsauce 3

All of the Vsauce channels were discussed, in the previous fact file channels on YouTube article. Vsauce 1 deals with answering the laws of physics, chemistry and biology. The second channel, collection of videos from all around the globe featuring weird people and events. The third channel, Vsauce 3, deals with facts about videos game.



AsapScience

Videos on amazing science facts and various fact files. After all "Science is amazing". Subscribe to these channels and have some scientific fun.




Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Remove bloatware from Android devices

| Friday, April 04, 2014 | | Be first to comment!

First, note this only works on rooted device. You are required to root your device before trying the remove bloatware from your Android devices tutorial.

How to root any Android device in one click?

Bloatware are pre-installed applications that comes with your Android smartphone. Maximum of these applications are on trial or are never used. For example, live wallpapers, games on trial and Manufacturer's app store. Common when you have Google Play store why would you use any other app store. Though, it is true that sometimes, you may find useful apps on these Manufacturer's app store.

Remove bloatware from Android devices?


  1. First root your device.
  2. Download "NoBloat Free" from Google Play Store. Its free.

remove bloatware from Android devices
remove bloatware or crapware
There are 4 options-
  1. Disable - Your application will still remain installed but will not work. As if hidden.
  2. Backup - This option will create apk file on your SD card.
  3. Backup and delete - Create apk file and then will uninstall and delete the application. I'll recommend this one.
  4. Delete without backup - No apk file wil be created. But your application will be uninstalled and deleted.
WARNING - Some application may be required by other to work. So don't unnecessarily delete any application.  


Enjoy your free space.

In case of any problem comment below.


Author's Bio: Shubhashish Shukla (follow him) is the person behind Sector Techno (twitter, facebook), a technology blog. An always learning web developer.