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Follow your Gmail® e-mail’s path

You must be sending and receiving many mails in your Gmail account daily. But, have you ever given a thought what happens to your mail once you hit the ‘send’ button after composing the content and e-mail ID of the recipient? What route is taken by the mail to travel from your Gmail account to your recipient’s Gmail account across the country or around the globe?

Mini-site launched

In an effort to make you aware of the functioning of this digital miracle, Google Inc. has unveiled a new mini-site named ‘The Story of Send. With the help of graphics and animations, the mini-site will explain you what happens to your Gmail e-mail once it’s shooted from your end.

Image and content source: Story of Send

How to stop all ads in Hotmail™

Hotmail can be considered to be the first public e-mail services provider and has served the people amazingly since then. It has many times upgraded the interface to give a better working environment to its users and make it more and more user friendly. Till date Hotmail has been the most widely used and most trusted e-mail service. Recently they did a collaboration with Microsoft Live and now one single Hotmail user ID and password can be used to login to all the services of Microsoft Live and much more. It has become a real need for the users who use various services of Microsoft Live. Since the user base of Hotmail has increased many times and so is the interest of companies to use its web pages as advertising space. Sometimes it become annoying to see so many ads on the Hotmail web pages, and they often result in slow working of the pages on slow connections. In this post I will give you some steps to stop such ads to be displayed and load the web page faster.

Before we go into the steps let us understand how advertisements work. Advertisements are small piece of code written on the website so that it can fetch the advertisement from its server when the actual page loads. So we can conclude that advertisements are from some other server and not on the actual websites server.

Thus if we know the address of these advertisement servers then we can surely block the same and not let ads to slow down the loading of any website. Now please go through the steps given below:

Step 1: Click on ‘Start’ button and then on ‘Run’. If ‘Run’ is not a listed option then please press the Windows key along with ‘R’ on the keyboard.

Step 2: When you get the ‘Run’ box please type ‘C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\Etc\’ without quotes and press ‘Enter’. This is the path to open the Etc folder and alternatively you can even browse to the same one folder at a time using Windows Explorer.

Step 3: In Etc folder you will see several files and one of them would be ‘Hosts’. This file has no extension to it and so there would be no icon associated with it. We need to open this file in Notepad, so right click on this file and select ‘Open With’. Further select Notepad to open the ‘Hosts’ file in Notepad.

Step 4: Go to the end of the file and add the following lines:

127.0.0.1 rad.msn.com

127.0.0.1 live.rads.msn.com

127.0.0.1 ads1.msn.com

127.0.0.1 static.2mdn.net

127.0.0.1 g.msn.com

127.0.0.1 a.ads2.msads.net

127.0.0.1 b.ads2.msads.net

127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net

127.0.0.1 ac3.msn.com

127.0.0.1 ec.atdmt.com

Step 5: Save the file and close the other windows.

Step 6: Now open Hotmail.com and now you will see that there will be no ads on it.

For understanding the concept let me state that Hosts file is the file which acts as the first DNS for any browser and if any sites name is present in this file then the IP address given along with it is taken as its IP address. So in this workaround we gave our own Local Address for these locations which will never yield any advertisements. You can do the same to block any website on your computer.

Sprint® unveils Kyocera Echo with dual touch screen

Sprint has launched the Kyocera Echo, the first smartphone with a dual touch-screen, at an event held in New York. The appearance of Kyocera Echo is excellent. Kyocera Echo will be available in the market at a price of approximately 200 dollars along with a two year warranty period. The Kyocera Echo has WVGA touch screens measuring 3.5 inches and it has a pivot hinge which permits one to fix the two displays forming a greater 4.7” display side by side. The Kyocera was developed in about two years and its hardware took more time to complete.

Actually, there are four modes on which one can utilize the Android 2.2 operating system. In general mode, one may utilize the touch-screen smartphone traditionally. The pivot hinge permits one to put the second display below the first, so that one may operate and navigate the handset very much like many current devices of today. In the meanwhile, tablet mode permits one to interact and view apps in both the screens.

The simultaneous task and optimized modes are a little bit advanced. The former helps the single app and allows one to view the main content in one screen, and complementary features of the app and its functionality on second screen. For instance, if one views e-mail, he/she will obtain a view of the inbox in full in one side of screen, and second one will enable display of the full text for a selected message. Another instance is photo gallery. One can obtain a full view of photo on top of screen and thumbnail photo gallery at the bottom. However, the simultaneous task mode is the place where the true attraction of Echo lies. Using this mode, one will be able to perform multifarious tasks as one gets the opportunity for using two apps simultaneously with each being displayed in one of dual touch screens. There will be only seven major apps that are helping simultaneous task modes such as contacts, browser, messaging, e-mail, phone, gallery, and YouTube app which allows one to watch video on top of the screen and lists relevant clips at the bottom. Each will be denoted with a small box of blue-gray type for indicating simultaneous task support. After selecting one of these apps, one may tap both the screens for selecting the second app for displaying in the other screen.

Report: E-mail declines, but e-commerce up

Various surveys around the world are trying to analyze and present performance analyses of various segments of the markets with information technology, Internet, mobile phones, smartphones and PCs / laptops use as a base. CommScore US survey of 2010 shows a pattern of e-mail usage – web based e-mail usage in various age segments in the US. The report shows the use of web based e-mail reducing by 59 percent in the age bracket of 12 to 17. The age brackets of 18 to 54 definitely can be termed as e-commerce – users or buyers over the web. The age brackets of 55 to 65 plus, are definitely not the computer savvy lot and e-commerce does not really play a role in this bracket.

While it is not right to say that e-mail usage has gone down, the right perspective is that with the advent of powerful smartphones and tablets, mobile  e-mail has grown in the younger age group against web-based e-mail services. Social media like Facebook and Twitter have also seen a phenomenal rise in usage, as also instant messaging, and SMS.

While e-commerce has definitely grown in the last two years, and that too with severe economic downturn in the market is what requires analysis. With the smartphone explosion and easier communication over mobile apps, as also accessibility to various products from remote locations seems to be the factor for the rise of e-commerce figures. Physical retail stores and malls, physical review in person, availability of a large range on the shelves, lack of ready comparisons at stores, etc. play a major role when it comes to comparison of purchases from stores vis-à-vis online purchases. In an online purchase, you easily get details of specifications, pricing, deals, range comparisons, reviews over blogs, and various such features enhance growth in e-commerce.

However, as per the reports, a 5 percent jump was noticed in 2010 over a similar period in 2009. Accruing this to growth in e-commerce is not fair. In fact a CommScore survey also shows, that e-mail as one of the most popular activities on the web still, a 70 percent of users accessing their e-mail on the web and 30 percent of all mobile subscribers accessing e-mail through their mobile devices. Although mobile e-mail access is growing leaps and bounds, this disparity is still in the younger age bracket only. This definitely does not conclude any relationship between e-mail usage and e-commerce increase.

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