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Remove Flame Worm Right Away!

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You probably read the New York Times piece on US President Obama ordering a slew of cyber attacks against Iran and also the coverage around a new computer worm by the name Flame.

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June 1st, 2012 at 4:53 pm

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Windows was unable to complete the format

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If you’re having a hard time trying to format your USB pen drive, keep reading. Sometimes when you try to format your USB pen drive, you might get an error message saying ‘Windows was unable to complete the format’. Most of us assume that our pen drives are no longer usable and ditch them.

One cannot narrow down to specific reasons why this error message appears. But, your pen drive is still usable 90% of the time despite this error message. All you have to do is install the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and try formatting your removable drive again.

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April 28th, 2012 at 9:59 am

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Six Options To Backup Your Instagram Photos

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Now that Facebook has acquired Instagram, there’s some talk about what will happen to all our photos. Although Facebook doesn’t have a track record of killing companies it has acquired in the past, it’s safe to have a backup of your Instagram photos. If you want to export your Instagram photos and take them with you, here are six options to try:

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April 21st, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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Speed Up iTunes Downloads By 500%

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If you use iTunes on Windows to download songs, movies and podcasts, chances are you’re annoyed by poor download speeds and disconnections. Despite having a strong internet connection, you’ll find iTunes suspending a download, sometimes even after it reaches 90%. Most of these iTunes downloads are non-resumable.

Internet Download Manager comes to the rescue, though. You can set IDM to capture your iTunes downloads automatically. IDM speeds up your iTunes downloads by opening multiple connections simultaneously, and it is claimed that IDM could increase download speeds by upto 500%. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can use IDM to increase iTunes download speeds:

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April 20th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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Quick Tip: Check if an email address is valid with Rapportive

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We’re big fans of Rapportive here. Rapportive displays information about any email address you hover over when you’re in Gmail – tweets, links to social networking profiles, photographs, and more. It’s like the Gmail People Widget on steroids.

You can use Rapportive to quickly verify if an email address exists or not. Imagine you’re cold calling someone by guessing his email address – a glance over Rapportive on the sidebar will tell you if the email ID is valid or not – if Rapportive guesses the name of the person you’re emailing right away, and displays links to even one or two social profiles, you’re good to go.

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March 20th, 2012 at 10:18 am

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iPhone Lock Screen Camera Icon Not Working

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If you recently updated your iPhone or iPad to iOS 5.1, you should have noticed the Camera icon in your lock screen. Earlier, you had to tap the home button twice to make the Camera icon visible and then tap the icon to launch the Camera app.

With the new iOS 5.1 update, all you have to do is tap the home button once and the camera icon appears in the lock screen. That reduces one gesture. But if you tapped this Camera icon and all that happened was a bounce up and down, you came to the right place.

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March 8th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

How to sync selected songs to iPod/iPhone/iPad?

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Those of you who have an iOS device – an iPod, iPhone or an iPad – would frequently use iTunes to sync music and data from your computer. You can use iTunes to sync your entire music library, or just selected playlists. Besides that, you can also sync music videos and voice memos from the music tab that appears in the iTunes window when you connect your iPod/iPhone/iPad to your computer.

What if you want to copy a particular song to your iOS device? Discussion boards online mention that you can create a playlist with the song you’d like to transfer and then sync that playlist, but that’s not really necessary.

There’s a way to sync and copy certain songs individually to your iPhone or iPod in iTunes. Here’s how:

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March 3rd, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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5 Tips To Use Ninite Like A Power User

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Chances are you’ve read about Ninite on Killer Tech Tips multiple times already. If you didn’t know, Ninite is a nifty tool that downloads and bulk installs all applications you choose from the Ninite website – unattended. While at it, Ninite also blocks crapware from installing itself onto your computer and saves you plenty of time.

If you thought you can just do bulk installations with Ninite, think again. You can update software as well, and we tell you how. You can also quickly share Ninite bundles with others using custom URLs. Read on for more on the same, and three more tips.

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February 25th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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Three More Google Search Tips You Should Know About

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We’ve covered a bunch of unpopular Google search tips and tricks before, and this is the next post in the series. Three pretty relatively lesser known Google search tips: one to know your computer’s IP address, one that tells you the time anywhere int the world, and one more that alerts you about new books.

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January 19th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

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Four Ways To Combat A Newsletter-Overloaded Inbox

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If you receive a ton of email newsletters in your inbox and if your email folders are far from zen, here are four specific ways to get back control over the same.

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October 15th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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