Android lovers can now experience Ubuntu for their phone without having to wait or install anything more than a few widgets, thanks to Laroyalexander and his jaw-dropping screen of the day Lens View! Even if you have no idea what Ubuntu is, I can bet you are going to love this homescreen tutorial! Here is the link you need for the wallpaper (HTC One X)/UCCW skins/icons/PSD/etc: bit.ly *Remember to copy these files onto your phone (just not the PSDs) Here are all the apps you need: Apex Launcher Pro: bit.ly UCCW: bit.ly Multipicture Live Wallpaper: bit.ly Simple Calendar Widget: bit.ly Minimal Reader Pro: bit.ly Desktop VisualizeR: bit.ly WidgetLocker: bit.ly Here is the link to Lens View on MyColorScreen: bit.ly ===================================== Part 1: Apex Settings Homescreen Settings: Portrait Grid: 10×10 (or change if widgets aren’t aligning) Manage Screens: 2 Transition Effect: Any Wallpaper Mode: Multiple Screen Hide: Notification Bar, Shadows, Icon Labels Dock Settings: Hide Dock: Enabled Behaviour Settings: Home key action: Show app drawer (comes in handy) Advanced Settings: Resize Any Widget: Enabled Overlapping Widgets: Enabled!! (Might be for Pro only) ————————————————————————- Part 2: Wallpaper Now I’d first suggest you try see if the given wallpapers fit on your phone. If they don’t, Photoshop or GIMP (or any other photo editing software can be used).
Yes, Christmas has been and gone, and now we’re at New Year’s Eve, the final day of the year.
And naturally enough Google isn’t about to usher 2012 in without some form of doodle being splashed over its home page by way of celebration.
After all, if some folks are to be believed, this is the last year we’ll have on Earth.
The doodle isn’t an animated or particularly funky affair, just a straightforward sketch of the various letters of the Logo getting down and partying.
The first G of the logo is waving around a walking stick, the O is trumpeting the new year from a megaphone (we think) and the E is letting off party poppers with some gusto.
But it’s the second G, sat down and looking a bit worse for wear as many of us will be come midnight, which gets the centrepiece of the drawing – a pair of wacky 2012 spectacles.
No doubt the novelty specs will be on sale somewhere in the real world. Maybe.
2011 has been a slightly quieter year for Google with doodles, we think – it certainly seemed they were popping up more regularly the year before.
However, the big G has been going for quality over quantity perhaps, as this year definitely saw more flashy interactive doodles being produced.
Our favourites included the playable Les Paul guitar doodle, the interactive Muppets, the Alexander Calder three dimensional mobile, the Jules Verne undersea exploration affair, the Bunsen burner experiment and the black and white silent film clip in celebration of Charlie Chaplin.
Doubtless 2012 will feature more fancy doodles – perhaps even one to mark the end of the Mayan calendar…
Security firm Kaspersky claims to have found solid evidence that the team who authored Stuxnet also produced Duqu.
Previously this was thought to be the case, although experts weren’t certain whether Stuxnet had been reversed engineered in some manner by different authors to produce Duqu.
Following a detailed analysis, Kaspersky reckons that the authors were the same and used a single platform to develop both threats – a platform developed perhaps long before Stuxnet and used to produce previous pieces of malware.
The platform has been christened “Tilded” due to the fact that many of the created files start with a tilde symbol (~) and Kaspersky estimates that it was first developed around the end of 2007 or beginning of 2008.
This platform is likely to be developed further, too, Kaspersky notes, particularly given that now it has been uncovered alterations are certain to be made.
Overall, Kaspersky found seven types of drivers from the family with similar characteristics, and for three of them there’s no knowledge of which malicious program they were used in conjunction with.
Alexander Gostev, Chief Security Expert at Kaspersky, commented: “The drivers from the still unknown malicious programs cannot be attributed to activity of the Stuxnet and Duqu Trojans. The methods of dissemination of Stuxnet would have brought about a large number of infections with these drivers; and they can’t be attributed either to the more targeted Duqu Trojan due to the compilation date.”
“We consider that these drivers were used either in an earlier version of Duqu, or for infection with completely different malicious programs, which moreover have the same platform and, it is likely, a single creator-team”.
Further attacks using malware built on the adaptable platform seem a likely prospect, then.
The iPhone 4 is an exquisite gadget indeed, but with its sales surpassing 20 million units it takes extra effort to get noticed when carrying one. Fortunately the British jeweler Alexander Amosu will give you…
Amazon-owned Alexa has announced a major update to its 10 year old web ranking system. Previously, Alexa’s rankings were based solely on data collected from the downloadable Alexa Toolbar, but now the company is aggregating data from multiple sources. That’s good news, but it may be too little, too late for a company whose rankings have faded in relevance in recent years.
Alexa launched its web site rankings in 1998 based on data from its toolbar software. In the late 90s and early part of this decade, Alexa was more or less the only place people could turn for public ranking data on the web at large, and so their rankings — though often times inaccurate — were widely quoted. At the time, unless you wanted to pay for data from firms like Nielsen, comScore, or HitWise, it was Alexa or nothing. Alexa rank became a metric that people actually paid attention to and took seriously.
But in recent years, that has changed. Alexa now faces competition from Compete, which launched a similar public service in 2006, and from Quantcast, which was founded in 2005. Both of those companies gather data from numerous outside sources and their rankings are generally seen as more accurate than Alexa’s.
“In recent months we’ve heard from our Alexa users that understanding Internet usage beyond Alexa Toolbar users was increasingly of interest,” wrote Alexa in the announcement of their rankings overhaul. Recent months? The inaccuracy of the toolbar-based rankings has been discussed for years, which is why we think this might be too little, too late for Alexa.
Beyond the problem of public perception, Alexa also still displays their data in non-standard ways. The hard-to-understand pageviews per million, reach per million, and rank are not easily compared to other data sources, which makes Alexa’s information less useful than it could be, even if it is presumably now more accurate.
Historical data on Alexa is currently only available for the past 9 months while the company recalculates old data with its new ranking algorithm.