Weekly Wrap-up: Google Releases Gingerbread and Nexus S, Beautify KDE Desktop, Ubuntu One For Windows And Many More…

This week, we show you how to block specific programs in Windows 7, setup automatic email reminders, read articles more comfortably in Safari, create your own private social communities and many more…

5 Most Popular Articles Of The Week

1. 7 Ways to Beautify Your KDE 4 Desktop

2. Minecraft Tips and Tricks for Newbies

3. Step by Step Guide To Install Windows XP Mode In Windows 7

4. A Quick Look At Ubuntu One For Windows Public Beta

5. Join.Me: Start A Remote Desktop Sharing Session With Anyone

Poll of the week

How Much Are You Willing to Pay For A Mobile Application?

Video of the week

What is the whole world searching in 2010?

News of the week

1. Google releases Nexus S and Gingerbread

After much waiting, Google has finally released Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) together with the second generation of Google phone – Nexus S.

2. Gmail for Android now supports priority inbox and improved composing

When Google released Priority Inbox for Gmail app, they promised to make it available everywhere. With the latest update of Gmail app for Android, it now comes with priority inbox and better composing.

3. Gmail priority inbox helps people to spend 15% less time on reading emails

I am sure you won’t notice it. According to Google, the latest priority inbox feature in Gmail has helped most of its users save up to 15% of the time spent reading emails. Are you experiencing better productivity?

4. Chrome webstore and OS and is almost ready.

While the Chrome OS is almost completed, it is still not quite ready for the market yet. In order to enable the public to test it, Google decides to give away free netbook (loaded with Chrome OS. Not everyone can get it though, you will have to register your interest over here.

5. Apple quietly drops iOS jailbreak detection API

Apple has previously added a jailbreak detection feature in its iOS, with the intention to detect and deter people from jailbreaking their iPhone. However, in the latest version of iOS, Apple has quietly drops the jailbreak detection API. Is this a hint that Apple has started to accept (and maybe embrace) jailbreaking act? Only Steve knows.

6. Apple Ramps Up Song Previews in iTunes to 90 Seconds

It used to be only 30 seconds, but Apple has now ramps up the song previews to 90 seconds in iTunes.

7. Google Instant for mobile now available globally

We have gone through the length to teach you how to use Google Instant in your smart phone, but that won’t be necessary anymore because Google Instant for mobile is now available globally. Simply load up your browser, head to Google.com and you will get Google Instant instantly.

8. IE9 Introduces new tracking protection feature

Internet Explorer 9 will ship with a new tracking protection feature to identify and block many forms of undesired tracking as well as enable end-users to control which third-party site can track them when they’re online.

Other useful How-to articles

1. Enable the Default Web Apps in Chrome 8

2. How to Add Google Documents to the Windows Explorer “New” Menu

3. How to Add Any Application to the Windows Desktop Right-Click Menu

4 .How To Stop Programs From Automatically Opening When You Start Your Mac

5. How To Use Google Reader As A Bookmarking Service

Software of the week

1. Viber – Makes Free iPhone Calls Over 3G and Wi-Fi [iPhone only]

2. Epistle – a simple text editor that can sync all your notes to Dropbox. [Android only]

3. Prospector – Instant Preview – Get Google Instant like preview in Firefox’s Awesome bar. [Firefox 4 only]

4. Cortex – share web content to your friends and family easily. [Chrome only]

5. DropDAV – access Dropbox without the Dropbox app..

That’s all for the wrap-up for this week. If you have any tips, tricks or any topics you think we should include, feel free to email us at tips [at] maketecheasier.com

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