Windows 8 Consumer Preview has just been launched by Microsoft and is now available for download. You can grab the 32-bit and 64-bit download from the Windows 8 website.
When you download Windows 8, Microsoft is also giving out Windows 8 product/activation keys that you can use with the Consumer Preview release.
A Guide to Taming Privacy Concerns Around Google+ – ZoneAlarm Blog has put together an interesting 6-step guide for new people joining Google+ and how they can protect their privacy on a social network that claims to have way more privacy controls than Facebook, yet you can’t have private profiles.
Google+ now has 20 million users worldwide in just 2-3 weeks after it’s launch in their invite-only field test. And as it grows, the concern for privacy and keeping yourself protected from cyber-criminals also increase.
Google introduced the new dark Google bar with the announcement of their new social network, Google+. Several design changes were also introduced to all of the Google services and websites.
Many people welcomed the new Google bar and liked the darker look at the top, but many didn’t and wanted to revert back to the classic Google bar at the top, the white colour one.
Microsoft offer tons of Windows 7 themes and you can download and use those Windows themes for free. However, Microsoft doesn’t allow third-party themes to make major changes to your OS.
You can still manage to do so, by tweaking and patching some system files i.e uxtheme.dll, themeui.dll, themeservice.dll. Universal Theme Patcher is a free utility which patches these 3 files so you can download custom Windows 7 themes and use them on your computer.
Facebook just launched the long-rumoured video calling in-collaboration with Skype. They have also announced group chat and a few other improvements to Messages.
The video call feature will roll out to users in a few weeks. You can still try out the video call feature – only if you would like to try.
Another Google+ tip. Chrome extension, to be precise. You can now add a small notification checker extension in Google Chrome which displays your new notifications number and will take you to Google+.
Not just this. This extension now also supports desktop notifications and sound. Google+ Notification Checker is a very simple Chrome extension that displays the number of unread notifications in Google+.
Google’s new dark bar when combined with your Google+ profile could become very powerful from where you can check your notifications, share new updates, photos, videos or access your settings.
When working, like when writing an important document in Google Docs, the red notifications box in the new Google bar might get a bit distracting. If it does for you, you can easily turn them off when using Google Chrome.
Google uses your +1’s and other profile information to personalize your content and ads on non-Google websites, including applications or other clients. You can choose to disable this option and see the non-personalized version of content and ads.
If you disable +1 personalization, you will not see +1 recommendations from people you know when visiting those sites.
We have already shared tons of Google+ tips and tricks. Well, here is another one. Google+ also has keyboard shortcuts like Gmail and other Google services.
I have compiled a list of all the Google+ keyboard shortcuts I found. There might be more, which I’ll add as soon as I find them. See the Google+ keyboard shortcuts after the jump!