Weekly Wrap-up: Facebook Beats Google, Kno Textbook Table Previews, Transform Gedit Into An IDE, And Many More

This week, we show you how to use BridgeURL to shorten multiple links in one shot, various ways to convert webpages to PDF in Android, install Android OS in iPhone, batch process files in GIMP, restore deleted files in WIndows 7 and many more tutorials.

5 Most Popular Articles Of The Week

1. The Kno Textbook Tablet Preview

2. Transform Gedit Into A Web Developer IDE

3. Ubuntu Remixes: 4 Of The Best Alternatives to Ubuntu

4. How to Run Android OS On Your iPhone 2G/3G

5. 3 Easy Ways To Check The Health Of Your Hard Disk In Windows 7

News of the week

1. Facebook beats Google as the most visited site in 2010

Facebook beats Google to become the most popular site in 2010, in terms of the search count. According to Hitwise, facebook and facebook login top the list of the most searched terms while Google’s YouTube takes the third spot.

2. Android SMS messaging bug uncovered. Messages get send to wrong person.

Google has confirmed the existence of a SMS bug in the Android OS. When you have three or four separate text message conversations going, the software gets confused and sends texts to the wrong person some times. The bug is considered medium priority by Google at the moment, so don’t expect it to be fixed so soon.

3. New Trojan virus, Geinimi found on Android phone.

Security software for Android – Lookout has uncovered a trojan virus on Android OS. The trojan collects significant information and transmits them to a remote server. Geinimi is currently distributed through third-party Chinese app stores. Those who are using the native market appstore will be safe.

4. Kindle 3 eclipses Harry Potter to become the bestselling product in Amazon

Amazon has released the result for the top selling product in 2010, and its own Kindle 3 top the list, eclipsing the Harry Potter book.

5. NOOK Becomes Barnes & Noble’s Biggest Bestseller

Right after Amazon announced its Kindle 3 success, Barnes & Noble has also announced that their latest ebook reader NOOK is their bestselling product in their whole history as well. Kind of a coincidence, isn’t it?

6. Book Lending is now available in Kindle

Kindle (or Kindle reading app) owner will be glad that they can now loan books from other Kindle reader. Not all books are eligible for lending though, and the lender will not be able to read the book during the loan period.

7. Skype video calling has arrived for iOS

After a long wait, Skype video calling functionality has finally arrived for iOS. Upgrade your skype app to the latest version to enjoy the new feature.

8. New Android music player leaked. Great improvement, but still not the best

The default Android’s music player is not something that any Android user will be proud of, but that might change in the future with the leak of the new music player. The leaked package is still rough at the edges, but already showing much improvement over the current music app.

9, Russian government to switch to free open source software (including Linux) by 2015

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed a government order that lays out the groundwork for the transition of federal bodies and agencies to use free software, including Linux, by 2015.

10. Datqabase of Mozilla leaked. 44,000 passwords revealed

A partial database of Mozilla addon user accounts was mistakenly left on a Mozilla public server, leading to the exposure of 44,000 inactive accounts. Luckily, there is no cause to be panic as the passwords are protected and belonged to inactive accounts.

11. WordPress releases 3.0.4, critical update

WordPress releases an update (version 3.0.40 which fixes a core security bug called KSES. It is very important that all WordPress users apply the update as soon as possible.

Other useful How-to articles

1. How to Force Your Android Phone to Check for a System Update

2. How To Troubleshoot a Mac That Won’t Start

3. How to Change the Cmd+Q Shortcut Key in OS X

4. How to recognize an email scam or phishing attempt

5. How To Test Ubuntu 11.04 With Unity In VirtualBox 4.0

Software of the week

1. TaskSync – Syncs Remember the Milk Tasks to iCal Calendars

2. RunKeeper Pro – RunKeeper uses the GPS technology found in the iPhone to track your fitness activity, giving you comparable results to an expensive GPS watch at a fraction of the cost. Free to download for the month of January.

3. GrooveDown – Download Music From Grooveshark

4. Complete Internet Repair – Fix internet connection problem in Windows.

5. ImageUSB – write an image concurrently to multiple USB Flash Drives

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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