Chrome to Android Reveiew


It’s been two years since tech-giant Google released the mobile version of its beloved Web browser, Chrome. Although the browser launched purely as a beta, it came equipped with a phenomenal set of features — such a cross-platform syncing, tabbed browsing, bookmarks, and voice-search functionality — aimed at taking mobile browsing to an entirely new level. Chrome quickly became the go-to browser for many Android and iOS users upon it’s debut, quietly establishing it self as a mobile tour-de-force. The seamless and stable experience makes Chrome an easy choice for those seeking desktop functionality on a mobile device, yet despite its renowned feature set, the application doesn’t wear all of its cards on its sleeve.

The lesser-known browser extension, Chrome to Mobile, provides users with the ability to send webpages directly from their desktop browser to their Android device. It’s perfect for those times when you’re forced to leave the article or blog you’re reading in a time crunch, or when you need a webpage copy for offline viewing on the go. However, it’s not the easiest tool to use if you’re unfamiliar with either version of Google’s flagship browser.

Here’s our guide on how to send Web pages from Google Chrome to your Android device, so you can pick up right where you left off no matter your device. Additionally, check out our comprehensive guides on how to install Flash on an Android phone or tablet and how to install the Google Now Launcher on any Android phone, along with our top picks for the best Web browser for the iPhone.

Downloading the Chrome to Mobile extension

Step 1: Sign in to your Google account as you would normally on your desktop, navigate to the to Chrome to Mobile download page, and click the blue Free button followed by Add download and install the necessary software. Once installed, you should see an icon depicting a tablet andsmartphone located on the right-hand side of the address bar (next to the Chrome customization settings).

Chrome To Mobile Extension

Step 2: Next, click the aforementioned Chrome to Mobile icon and select Connect your mobile device from the resulting drop-down menu. Afterward, click the blue Accept button, authorizing the app to access your email address, basic information, and printers.

Allow Chrome to Mobile to Connect

Step 3: If you haven’t already, navigate to the Chrome Browser download page within the Google Play Store and download the mobile app. Afterward, launch the app, access the Settings panel, and sign into Chrome using the respective login credentials for your desired account.

Step 4: Once signed in to the proper Google account on your desktop and Android device, access the Settings panel there as well, and click your email address at the top of the resulting pop-up menu prior to checking the box beside Chrome to Mobile.

Mobile Chrome Settings

Step 5: Click the aforementioned Chrome to Mobile icon located in the address bar while viewing the webpage you wish to send to your Android device. Afterward, select your desired device from the resulting drop-down menu and click the Send button in the bottom-right corner of the window. Additionally, check the box beside Also send copy for offline viewing if you wish to download said webpage for offline view. Once done, click the Other devices option within the main Settings menu of your Android device to access sent webpages.

Chrome Add On Sending Page

What do you think of our guide on how to send webpages from Google Chrome to your Android device? Still having trouble? Let us know in the comments below. 



Man makes fun of Heartbleed


When it comes to how to conduct yourself on the Internet, some things are okay to do, some not okay.

File this one under “not okay.”

A reader on The Washington Post’s website made some lively posts in the comments section of a story concerning the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability, which has had consumers, companies,Internet security experts, and a slew of other stakeholders scrambling to protect themselves from the data encryption flaw.

“I couldn’t give a flying fig about the Heartbleed thingamajig,” said the reader. He then asked other commenters if it was made by Russian crackers, Seattle high schoolers, the NSA, or “Yahoo’s marketing department,” oddly.

While it’s safe to assume that many people are concerned about the threat that Heartbleed poses, this one particular reader was anything but — even going so far as posting two of his online account passwords for other commenters to read, imploring people to take his account passwords and use them as they saw fit.

“Sneak into my WaPo, NYT or CNN accounts and go crazy making comments in my name,” the unidentified man said. “Break into my Facebook or Twitter profiles and change my hometown to Gas City Indiana, swap-out my avatar with a picture of your nads, make friends with people I don’t know.”

Man makes fun of Heartbleed twitter

Someone took the man up on his offer, and before long, his Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress accounts were accessed and used by people other than him. Though it has been reported that the man’s accounts were “hacked,” we don’t think the term applies here considering that it doesn’t take a cyber criminal to use accounts that are tied to publicly posted passwords.

The man later regretted his actions, posting the following on his personal WordPress blog.

“OK, perhaps putting my password on a national news site is not so good. I actually posted my password… on a national news site, as well as bragging that my doors were open.”

We can only hope that this man has learned some valuable lessons about Internet data security.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.

Microsoft Office 2007 Activation Hack

Microsoft Office 2007 Activation Hack

           To use this hack to crack activation on Microsoft Office 2007, you need to install Office 2007 without any serial number or product key. If you have installed Office 2007 with a product key or serial number, do the following to clean remove product key of Microsoft Office 2007 else you can skip to Step 8:
1) Close all Microsoft Office applications.
2) Run Register Editor by clicking on Start -> Run, and then type  regedit  in the Open box and press Enter key.
3) Navigate to the following registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Registration

4) Note that inside the registry key, there should be another sub-key that resembles the following:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Registration\{90120000-0030-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Registration\{91120000-0011-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE
5) If there is more than one registry entries or sub-keys that reference Microsoft 12.0 registration, open up each sub-key, and then identify the product by the ProductName value data until you locate the sub-key for the product which you want to remove the existing product license key.For example:
ProductName=Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2007
ProductName=Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007

6) Once found the correct registry subkey, delete the following values:
  • DigitalProductID
  • ProductID
7) Close Registry Editor.
8) Once Microsoft Office 2007 has been installed with no product key, proceed with the following steps.9) In Windows Explorer, browse to the following folder ( assuming C drive is your windows installation/system drive ) :

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\OFFICE12\Office Setup Controller\Proof.en\

10) Right click on Proof.XML file, select Open With in the right click menu.
11) In the Open With window, select Notepad to be used to open the XML file. In Vista/7 , if you can t see the Notepad option, simply double click the  Other Programs  to unhide it.
12) Scroll down to the bottom of the Proof.XML to locate the following lines:</Feature> <Feature Id= SetupXmlFiles  Cost= 12483 >
<OptionRef Id= AlwaysInstalled />

13) Change the AlwaysInsalled to neverInstalled so that the line looks like following:<OptionRef Id= neverInstalled />

14) Save the Proof.xml file. In Windows Vista/7, you may need to take ownership and grant full access permission to yourself before able to modify the file.
15) You can now launch Microsoft Office 2007 application such as Word, Excel, Power-point, Outlook and other without prompting for activation.As usual, as it’s a hack, and before you purchase a valid product key for it, you won’t be able to and can’t access any updates or Microsoft Office Online.

Note: The hack may work for 60 days only. To make this hack fully working, try to delete additional file below, probably has to be deleted every two months:

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\OFFICE\DATA\opa12.dat


C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\OFFICE\DATA (for Windows 7 and Vista)

Disclaimer: This article is for educational and informational purposeonly.

Apple Mobile Device USB Driver is installed

5. Verify that the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver is installed

For Windows XP

For Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

  1. Connect the device to the computer.
  2. Quit iTunes if it launches.
  3. For Windows Vista and Windows 7:
    • Click the Start menu, right-click on Computer, and choose Properties.
    • In the upper-left corner, click Device Manager. The Device Manager window should open.

    For Windows 8:

    • Move the cursor to the upper right corner, click the magnifying glass, type devmgmt.msc, and press Return. The Device Manager window should open.
  4. Click the plus (+) icon (or disclosure triangle () (for Windows 7 and Windows 8) next to Universal Serial Bus controllers to expand this selection.

  1. Locate the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver in this list. If this entry is displayed without any downward arrow, “!” or “?” symbols over it, then this driver is successfully installed. Proceed to the next section titled “Check for third-party software conflicts”.
  • If the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver is not listed, proceed to the section below titled “If the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver is not listed”.
  • A downward arrow appearing next to the device’s entry in Device Manager indicates that this device is disabled. To enable this device, right-click its entry in Device Manager and choose Enable from the shortcut menu.
  • If the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver entry is listed, but has an exclamation mark or question mark over it, continue to the next steps to reinstall the Apple Mobile Device driver.

Reinstall the Apple Mobile Device Driver

  1. Right-click the Apple Mobile Device entry in Device Manager and choose Uninstall from the shortcut menu.
  2. When prompted, select the box “Delete the driver software for this device” and click OK.
  3. In the resulting dialog box, click OK.
  4. In the Device Manager window, right-click Universal Serial Bus controllers and choose Scan for hardware changes from the shortcut menu.

Windows automatically reinstalls the necessary drivers and attempts to remount the device.

  • If the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver entry still has an exclamation mark or question mark over it, right-click this entry and choose Properties. Under the General tab, look beneath “Device status.”
  • If you see this error: “Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device. A recent hardware or software change might have installed a file that is signed incorrectly or damaged, or that might be malicious software from an unknown source. (Code 52),” see the section below forError Code 52.
  • If you see a different error code, continue to the next steps to manually update the Apple Mobile Device driver. You can find solutions to common errors and error code numbers in this Microsoft article. You may be instructed to reinstall the driver for this device. Follow the steps below to manually point to the usbaapl driver file.

Update the Apple Mobile Device Driver

  1. Right-click the Apple Mobile Device entry in Device Manager and choose Update Driver Software.
  2. Select “Browse my computer for driver software.”
  3. Select “Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.”
  4. Click the Have Disk button. Note: If the Have Disk option is not present, choose a device category such as Mobile Phone or Storage Device if listed, and then click next. The Have Disk button should then appear.
  5. Click the Browse button and navigate to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers.
  6. Double-click the “usbaapl” file. (This file will be called “usbaapl64” if you have a 64-bit version of Windows. If you don’t see “usbaapl64” here, or if there is no Drivers folder, look in C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\Drivers. instead).
  7. Click Open in the Have Disk window. Then, click Next and then Click Finish. Windows will install the driver.

Note: During installation, if a message appears stating that the software you are installing “has not passed Windows Logo testing,” click Continue Anyway to continue installing the drivers.

Land Rover X-ray vision sees through the car’s hood when off-roading, hill-climbing

IMPA Test Days 2012 Monticello Motor Club, Sep. 19-20 2012 (Bill Howard photo)

The first thing we did was check that the press release wasn’t dated April 1. This is for real: Land Rover has developed a “transparent bonnet” (that’s “hood” in non-Queen’s English) technology that sees, Superman-like, through the SUV’s big hood and creates a video picture of what’s just in front of the SUV. Plenty of SUV cameras already show a forward-facing video image from the viewpoint of the front bumper. Land Rover goes a step further with augmented reality. It remaps the camera’s low-mounted viewpoint to that of the driver and projects it onto the hood with a head-up display. You’re effectively seeing as if the hood was made of tinted glass and the engine wasn’t there.

The transparent hood is meant for hill-climbing off-road, which every Land Rover owner imagines himself doing, and should be equally useful for parking in tight spots in-town, which every driver actually does. The technology will go public at the New York International Auto Show next week on the Jaguar Land Rover Discovery Vision concept car. Land Rover says production hasn’t been announced. These days “concept car” often means a vehicle just about ready to be announced, but not quite. There’s nothing about the transparent bonnet that isn’t technically feasible.

Discovery Vision Concept_Technology road vertical


How Transparent Bonnet works

Unless you’re driving something like a VW Beetle with a short, sloped hood, it’s hard to see what’s ahead when you’re climbing a steep driveway. It’s more challenging if you’ve got a tall vehicle with a long hood. Many automakers are adopting surround vision cameras, one on each side, for assistance parking, maneuvering and backing. Options packs on off-road-intended SUVs commonly have front cameras, at the least. When an off-road SUV climbs  a boulder with one wheel, a passenger has to get out and guide the SUV because the driver has no sense of what’s ahead. This is where cameras or, better, the transparent bonnet come into play.

A front camera on an SUV is about 5 feet ahead of the driver’s eyes and 2-3 feet higher. Algorithms adjust the video in real time to correct for parallax, or the difference between two points of view. The view is projected by a high-resolution HUD onto the hood. With current HUDs, they are positioned to appear just above the front of the hood. If the rendering is accurate, the HUD must reposition itself lower when going off-road, and covers a wider angle of view than current HUDs.

LR transparent bonnet 3 image original

What you’re seeing with augmented reality

Land Rover’s photo rendering shows an SUV climbing a steep hill. The hood is semi-transparent. The engine and transmission have vanished, though the front tires remain. You see two dirt tracks continuing under the vehicle. An instrumented overlay shows the angles of the car (here, 28 degrees climbing, which is a lot when you’re in the vehicle; 1 degree of side-to-side tilt); speed; tachometer (yellow telltale); steering wheel angle, tire pressure and differential settings (four wheels); and suspension levels/ground contour (two wheels).

Some of this may seem like overkill — real men just put the Land Rover in all-wheel-drive, low position, and tough it out. In real-world off-road situations, you often have to stop every few feet to make sure of where you’re going. In this picture, without the transparent bonnet technology, at some point a few feet farther up the road, the driver might only see trees and sky, none of the road. 28 degrees of elevation is a lot steeper when you’re in the car. The same where-am-I-positioned concerns hold true for on-road driving. Sooner or later you’ll be visiting at a house with a driveway so steep you can’t see without the benefit of front and rear cameras. Land Rover’s transparent hood should make it easier to visualize the road ahead and not hit the mailbox or scratch the alloys on the driveway curbing.

According to Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover director of research and technology, “As our vehicles become more capable and autonomous off-road, we will ensure the driver has the confidence to allow the car to continue to progress, over any terrain. We are developing new technologies including the Transparent Bonnet to give drivers an augmented view of reality to help them tackle anything from the toughest off-road route to the tight confines of an urban car park.”