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Google Docs is slowly but surely becoming a medium for files and documents. Earlier, Google Docs allowed users to upload word documents, PDF files and other office related documents. However, they have now opened up storage to essentially all types of files.

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In addition to that, they have also jacked up the free storage limit to 1GB with an option to buy additional storage space at $0.25 per GB. If you are looking for an easy way to upload files to Google Docs, you can use the desktop uploading tool for Google Docs. In addition to that, you can also export all your Google Docs as a Zip archive.

Don’t Miss: Get the Best out of Google Docs with some Cool Tools

So is Google trying to take over your files too? Is this a side introduction of GDrive, the much hyped and not-yet-delivered product from Google?

[via Techie Buzz]

Frequent Facebook users get a handful of emails from the social networking service every day alerting them of new comments, but replying to these comments always required clicking over to Facebook—until now. Facebook users can now respond directly to comments via email. Handy—especially for folks whose workplaces block the ‘book. [Facebook Blog]

[via Lifehacker]

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Being unfriended on Facebook is never pleasant. To smooth things over, Facebook doesn’t alert you when it happens (that must be the only thing it doesn’t alert you about), however I’m sure most of you would rather know when it does happens.

Defriended does just that.

At every launch it records your list of Facebook friends and compares it to the last one, if someone took off, you’re sure to know about it.

It’s price? $1.

The awkward encounters that follow its use? Priceless.

[via App Advice ]

Have you stood outside the restaurant and thought whether to go inside? Google solves this problem very easily. It has come out with yet another mind bobbling feature with Andriods and the iPhone. This Feature is known as ‘Near Me Now’. When you open google.com in your mobile like Andriods or iPhone, you see a small new addition to homepage that  is ‘Near Me Now’ option below your search box

Functionality of Near Me Now

When you open google.com your location turn into a search query automatically. This enables you to Google search and find out restaurants, coffee shops, ATM’s, banks and bars near your obtained location.
There also is an Option called ‘Explore right here’, this reveals the important places near your obtained location.  This feature also provides the rating for restaurants,coffee shop and bars with distance from your present location. For showing this result Google uses customer review sites like Foursquare, Yelp and LBS(Location Based Services) application like Twitter, Facebook Status Updates and Loopt.

Release

This feature is currently available in the United States of America only.

[via Blogsolute]

Chinese designer Daizi Zheng has come up with a concept mobile phone that can be recharged using soft drinks. Zheng reportedly was inspired by bio-batteries which generate electricity from carbo-hydrates found in soft drinks.

This is a concept phone that is being designed for Nokia ! Also known as the Nokia Green Phone. Bio batteries powering the phone will only need any sugary drink. Enzymes are used to turn the drink into water and oxygen which powers the cell phone.

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The bio battery can run three to four times longer than regular batteries and is also completely biodegradeable (coke duh !).

Enough of me trying to talk more about it. Just head over Coke-Powered Phone and read the actual report.

[via Techie Portal]


Let yourself become inspired to fitness.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I need some inspiration along my journey.

Pretty much every day, if I can get it, in fact.

I usually turn to blogs for that inspiration, for whatever I’m doing. When my wife and I need inspiration for unschooling, we look to blogs. Same thing for blogging, writing a novel, simplifying my life, quitting smoking, anything.

Lately my journey has been focused on fitness, and of course I’ve turned to some of the best blogs out there to give me my daily dose of motivation.

Today I’m presenting some of the best of those fitness bloggers — the ones I truly treasure. I’ve asked each of them to list their favorite fitness blogs (up to 5 of them) so that we could benefit from what they read. Of course, everyone’s list is subjective, and there are lots of other great ones out there (share yours with me on Twitter). And of course, there’s some overlap among their favorites.

I need to give a nod to my sister, Kat, for introducing me to many of these blogs. She’s a personal trainer and nutritionalist, my running partner, one of my best friends, and definitely one of my fitness inspirations. Keep rocking, Kat!

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The rest of the article can be found in: Zen Habits

FB Privacy

We have covered 8 steps to regain control of your Facebook Privacy in Part 1. If you haven’t already, please read it, as we covered privacy basics in search visibility, photos and videos, relationships and contact information.

Let us now proceed with the next steps concerning privacy in the context of applications, friends, news feed, wall posts, groups, ads, and quitting Facebook.

#9: Control What Your Friends Can Share About You

As explained earlier, your Facebook friends can reveal information about you to applications of their choice even if you yourself do not use those applications. A typical example is when your friends use a birthday application that reminds them of your birthday so that they can send you a card or gift.

Unfortunately, this also means they reveal your religious, sexual, and political preferences as well as other personal information about you. Birthday information is also misused by financial fraudsters. All of this can be shared via more than 500,000 applications with more than 1 Million developers from over 180 countries.

What Friends Can Share

If you don’t want to do that, go to Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites page. Click Edit Settings for What your friends can share about you. Choose what you want to share or uncheck all boxes for maximum privacy.

#10: Reduce Visibility of Your Facebook Friendships

Your friends list is visible to everyone on Facebook by default. Some people browse others’ friends for voyeuristic or marketing purposes. Unfortunately, Facebook now considers your friends list as “publicly available information” so there is no way to hide it completely. You can make it slightly harder for strangers to see your friend list. Go to your profile page, click the pencil icon next to your Friends box, and uncheck the Show Friend List to Everyone box.

Friend List Privacy

Note that your friends list is still visible to all applications (and their developers) as well as to anyone who knows your Facebook username or ID.

#11: Remove Unused Applications

As explained in “9. Privacy From Your Applications” in the original guide, you should review the list of Applications you have authorized on Facebook and remove unused apps.

Application Settings

Go to Settings > Application Settings from the top menu, and review all applications listed by choosing Authorized, Allowed to Post, and Granted Additional Permissions from the drop-down.

#12: Minimize Publishing Recent Activity To News Feed

The ability to control the Recent Activity news feed on your wall as described in “5. Control Automatic Wall Posts and News Feed Updates” in the original guide has now been removed from Facebook. Therefore, there is no way to stop notifications appearing on your wall when you add a new friend, comment on or like a friend’s status, note, photo, video, or link.

Apps Allowed To Post

However, you can still stop certain kinds of notifications from appearing as Recent Activity on your wall news feed. This includes notifications when you become a fan of a page, are RSVPed to an event, receive a gift, join a Group, or are tagged in a photo or video. To do this, go to Settings > Application Settings from the top menu, and change the drop-down to Allowed to Post. For each of the applications listed below, click Edit Settings, Additional Permissions and uncheck the Publish to streams box.

  • Ads and Pages
  • Developer
  • Events
  • Gifts
  • Groups
  • Links
  • Photos & Videos

There are two additional points to note:

  1. Wall-to-wall posts with a friend are only visible to mutual friends of both.
  2. You can still manually Remove all Recent Activity news feed posts from your wall.

#13: Control Privacy Of Wall Posts

Your Facebook status messages can now be public and searchable from external search engines like Google. You can also control privacy level on a per-post basis, but it’s better to set the default privacy setting for your wall posts. Go to Privacy Settings > Profile Information, and select Only Friends for Posts by Me.

Posts By Me

Next, to control your wall privacy, go to your Profile page and click the Options link under the Share button. Then click Settings. Here, you can control whether your friends can write to your wall and who can see wall posts made by your friends.

Wall Privacy Settings

It’s better to restrict who sees wall posts made by your friends. For example, college buddies may write things on your wall that may not be suitable for a professional audience.

#14: Hide Group Memberships In Your Profile Information

The Groups that you are a member of are listed in your profile. To remove them from your profile, go to Settings > Application Settings from the top menu, and click Edit Settings for the Groups application.

Group Privacy Settings

Click (remove) to remove Group memberships from the Info section of your profile. Set the privacy level for visibility of your group memberships to Only Me.

Note that when you post a message to a Group’s wall, a notification will still be posted on your profile. This step simply makes the list of groups invisible on your Profile page Info tab.

#15: Avoid Appearing In Advertisements

There are no changes to Facebook privacy regarding advertisements, but the location to access these settings has changed. Now, go to Settings > Account Settings, and click the Facebook Ads tab.

Facebook Ad Privacy

Set both options under Ads shown by third party applications and Ads shown by Facebook to No one to avoid appearing in any advertisements on Facebook.

#16: Understand Difference Between Deactivating and Deleting Account

These privacy changes in Facebook have prompted some users to quit Facebook altogether. If you decide that Facebook is not your cup of tea, you must understand the difference between deactivating and deleting your Facebook account.

Deactivate Account

From Settings > Account Settings, you will see an option to Deactivate Account. Deactivation simply puts your Facebook account in a suspended state. All your profile information, pictures, friends, and wall posts remain intact on Facebook servers, but are not accessible to other Facebook users including your friends. You can resume using Facebook as before simply by logging into Facebook again.

If you wish to permanently delete your account, you need to submit your request on this page. This will remove all your information from Facebook’s servers, and there will be no way to access or recover your account and profile information again.

This completes our guide to how you can regain your privacy in Facebook to the extent possible, while also explaining which privacy options are no longer available. How are these changes affecting your Facebook experience? Do you have any other tips to share? Shout out in the comments!

[via MakeUseOf]