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Women Can Fight Diseases Well Compared To Men

So the mystery why women live longer compared to men is revealed. A research by Ghent University in Belgium has stated that women are genetically programmed in a better way to fight against diseases compared to men. And the answer lies in the extra X chomosome that women have.


The lead researcher, Dr Claude Libert said, "Statistics show that in humans, as with other mammals, females live longer than males and are more able to fight off shock episodes from sepsis, infection or trauma. We believe this is due to the Xchromosome, which in humans contains 10% of all microRNAs detected so far in the genetic code."


So this is good for women. But there is a down side too. According to Dr Eleanor Fish, a professor of immunobiology at the University of Toronto, if a woman has already been affected by any infection, then "it can result in a more severe inflammatory response. This means women are more likely to develop autoimmune diseases and they may suffer flu more badly than men.&…

Anna Hazare Now On Twitter & Facebook

Anna Hazare has embraced technology and is now on Twitter and Facebook. He also has announced his official blog on Wordpress. Most of Anna's supporters in his recent agitation against the government were youth. So to get the pulse of India's youth he has decided to join these social networking sites.

The blog, https://annahazaresays.wordpress.com/ is in Hindi, English and Marathi.

The Facebook page is : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Anna-Hazare-Says/268687513149703

The Twitter account : http://twitter.com/annahazaresays

Controversially Yours - Shoaib Akhtar

Now Shoaib Akhtar says that SRK looked after him as his elder brother. Read here. He was here in India for the release of his book "Controversially Yours" and since then he has been in the news for something or the other. First he said that the great Sachin Tendulkar was afraid of his bowling.

And now he is saying that SRK (Shahrukh Khan) - the owner of IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders looked after him as his elder brother. Akhtar had alleged earlier that he was cheated by Lalit Modi and SRK.

In his book, he also mentions that ball tampering should be legalized in cricket as everyone does it. Even he did it.

He also commented about Harbhajan Singh saying. "Yeah we abuse and hit each other in the dressing room, but look at Bhajji. He didn’t hesitate to slap on the field itself, he laughed."

He also speaks about his controversial encounter with Mathew Hayden.

Anyways great way to sell your book.

Download Firefox 7

Mozilla launched the new version of Firefox on 27th September. Firefox 6 was released just about 6 weeks ago on 16th August and now it has released another stable version of Firefox.

What's new in Firefox 7 ?

Highest Paying Keywords On The Web

Google's Money Secret ?


Well this is the question most of us may be thinking of. We all rely so much on Google, right from searching (now Googling), for email (Gmail), for blogging (Blogger), for advertising (Adwords), for earning money (Adsense), for keeping in touch with friends (Google+ and Orkut), etc. etc. And all these services are FREE. Absolutely FREE. Then how it makes its money ? Read on ?




How To Write In Indian Languages ?

Sometimes its better to convey your message in your mother tongue, be it Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, etc. You always want to sent a email to your dad or mom in your mother tongue. Or you want to write a email in Malyalam to a South Indian friend of yours. Now here's a way to write in Indian languages. Thanks to Google.


Only 3000 SMS'es per month

I use 2 mobile numbers. One is a prepaid cellular phone service from Vodafone and another is a postpaid phone service from Airtel. Yesterday, Airtel messaged me :

As per TRAI Regulation, SMS sending is limited to 3000/billcycle. Due to this SMS pack benefits will be revised w.e.f. 27-Sep-2011 limiting SMS to 3000/billcycle.

Enable Facebook Timeline Right Now Before You Get It Officially

Before I guide you through how to enable your timeline in Facebook, you need to know what the Timeline feature is all about.

What is Timeline ?
Timeline is the feature that Facebook just introduced today which shows all your activity on Facebook right from the time you joined it. It's like a walk into your past life, obviously on Facebook.

As suggested by Facebook, my Timeline will be activated online on 30th September 2011. But I was eager to activate it right now. Searched on the Internet and found this article on Techcrunch.com and thus activated my Timeline.


Here's what I did :

Photo Sharing on Twitter via Text Messaging

Just a little while ago, Twitter updated its blog with a post reading, "Share a photo via text message". Sending and updating your twitter status via SMS has been already implemented by Twitter since long. SMS service is available at present in 80 countries and 9 languages and continue to evolve. From today, you can share photos on Twitter by including a photo in your text message. 

Stay Focussd

We all spend too much time on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Now this affects our productivity at work. Also it can turn into addiction. So to let you concentrate on your work and make less use of these sites, there's an excellent Google Chrome extension called StayFocusd.

All you have to do is to install this extension into your Google Chrome browser, you need to right click it and select "Options". Here you can set a timer for your social networking sites. So once you exceed the time limit, your social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter or for that matter any other site will be blocked.

The extension is highly configurable as you can block entire domains, specific subdomains, specific paths and pages and even specific in-page content like videos, games, images, forms, etc.

Download this extension here.

Facebook's Subscribe Button

Facebook has been constantly modifying its options right from security settings to the way photos albums are viewed. In a recent change, the social networking giant has added a new feature. Now you can follow the public updates of a person without having to be approved as a friend. Thus it gives more control to the users over what data they want to share with public or with friends.

Free Audit of your PC with Belarc Advisor

We regularly keep on installing software on our PCs but then forget to update them. As the number of installed software increases with time, it is very difficult to keep a track of all the updates of these software. And we all know that keeping our softwares up to date is very essential for security purposes. New security loopholes are found everyday and software companies regularly patch them with updates on their respective sites. But to keep track of all these software is just not feasible for a regular PC user.

Belarc Advisor is a tool that does this for you. When installed, it scans your computer and generates a report of all the software installed on your computer, their product keys, the version installed, Mircrosoft's security hot fixes for your operating system to be downloaded and installed and also gives information about your systems physical components like RAM.

This tool doesn't update the softwares for you, but gives a detailed report on what needs to be updated…

Spyware Removal Software Solutions

Computer security products will always be in demand. No matter how hard you try to keep your PC away from the prying eyes of data thieves, at some time or the other, your PC is bound to get infected. Other than computer viruses that play havoc with your computer, spywares are computer parasites that steal your data. Spywares are used to collect personal information of the user.

Get a domain name in Rs. 99

Web hosting and Domain name registration is now getting cheaper compared to old days. Bigrock provides domain name registration for as low as Rs. 99. In an another plan you can have Web hosting and domain name in flat Rs. 79 per month.

So now you can have your own space on the net. Further more you can also host your blog on it. Email hosting is also provided.

Encrypt your browsing data with HTTPS Everywhere

Developed by The Tor Project and the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), HTTPS is a Firefox extension that can encrypt your data with various sites. Although HTTPS functionality is provided by many sites these days (e.g. Gmail) for secure communication, they may redirect you to unencrypted HTTP site.

Post Updates to Google+ with SMS

Once you have registered your mobile number with Google+ for receiving notifications, now you can also post your updates via SMS.

Note : For Indian users only.

By default, all the SMS'es you send to +91 9222222222 are shown to all of your circles. If you want to post customized updates, follow the below tips :

Google will shut down 10 products

In a recent blog post on its official Google blog, the search giant announced that it will be shutting down a few products and merging others into existing products as features. Google says that it wants to spare time for the products with "higher impact" i.e., the products used largely by the masses.

The users who are already using the products to be shut down will be directly communicated by Google and will be given enough time to make a transition and take back their data.

The list of various products that Google plans to close are :

Organize your Desktop Clutter with Fences

I have a habit of saving everything I download from the Internet or copy from an external drive to the Desktop. So within days, my desktop gets cluttered with application shortcuts and files. So much so that anyone can hardly view the wallpaper behind the desktop icons and files.

Clean your PC's crap with CCleaner

Regularly using your computer for surfing, playing videos, listening to music, document processing, viewing pdf files, etc. accumulates unnecessary files or temporary files. These can be browsing history, log files, cookies, system cache files or autocomplete form details. All these occupy unnecessary space in your computer. To clean all this crap, CCleaner is an excellent freeware.

Ghost on Google Maps

Want to see Ghosts on Google Maps ? Go to Switzerland and search for 8877 Quarten. Now view it in Google's Street View. And look somewhere in the sky as you move through the road. You'll be surprised to see two flying images.

However it seems there is something wrong with Google's viewing camera. No ghosts. :-)

Google Chrome Tip : Favorite Websites as Desktop Shortcuts

If you want an instant access to your favorite website just by clicking an icon on your desktop as you do with your favorite applications, then Google Chrome provides this trick.

All you have to do is to open your site in Google Chrome and then click on the wrench icon on the top right corner of your browser. In that select Tools and then select "Create Application Shortcuts".

Use Gmail offline

According to this post on the Gmail blog, you can now use Gmail (along with Calendar and Docs rolling out next week) offline. Gmail Offline is a Chrome Web Store app that can be used when you don't have Internet connection. It is an HTML5 based app.

Install the app from here. Once you install the app and in case your Internet disconnects, you can continue using Gmail by clicking the Gmail Offline icon on Google Chrome's "new tab" page.

Wonderful Android App for Storing your SMS'es to Gmail

If you are an SMS junkie like me, then the most common problem is that your mobile phones capacity to store your messages gets full. So you have to unwillingly delete your messages or take a backup using the cell phone's PC suite on your PC.

However, if you are using an Android phone with a limited SMS storing capacity, then you can easily store your message to your Gmail account. SMS Backup+ is a free app for Android phones which can backup all your messages.