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Pakistan Soon to Get DTH Services

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DTH or Direct-to-home TV system is usually perceived as an expensive solution and majority hold the view that cable TV is not going to get replaced by DTH due to its cost-effectiveness.

Even PEMRA believes that DTH might not entirely replace cable TV, even in the long run.

PEMRA’s spokesperson, while commenting on the situation, said “The fact that DTH will come to Pakistan does not mean cable system will be demolished from grass root levels. Both services will be employed simultaneously by users”.

DTH, on the other hands, obviously offers the advantage of superior quality and hence quality conscious people would immediacy opt for DTH.

Not to mention, audio and visual quality provided by DTH is unbelievably commendable. Each colour, graphic and sound is enhanced. While we aren’t sure about the adaption rate as of now, but surely DTH technology awareness will spread from classes to the masses during the time to come.

Talking about adaption is probably too early right now as many of us are even not sure about when DTH is actually going to surface in Pakistan.

If you can recall, PEMRA had very proudly announced the issuance of two licenses for DTH to Cross Currents (Pvt) Limited and ARY communication back in December 2003.

Both the groups, however, shelved the projects as everything was put to hold.

But now, news from various authentic sources have confirmed that only numbered weeks are left to finally welcome the most advanced and breakthrough TV broadcast technology in Pakistan.

The time left to experience Pakistani DTS is inversely proportional to the number of consumers of illegal Indian Dish TV in Pakistan.

Just in case if you don’t know, people across Pakistan have purchased illegal STBs (Set-Top-Box ). Each month they are paying at least Rs. 1,000 and the one time installation is costing them Rs. 7,000-8,000.

These Indian DTH services offer a total of 99 channels, out of which almost 50 are foreign news channels, while 35 others are regional Indian channels. Only 15 channels are what Pakistanis get against such hefty investments.

This whole illegal Indian Dish TV market translates into $150 Million for Indian DTH service providers without any tax deduction.

Its up to PEMRA now that they make the DTH a reality in Pakistani market with local operators to earn all this money with proper taxing to aid our national exchequer.

So if you are an avid TV viewer who won’t compromise on quality then your wait isn’t going to be long enough. Instead of investing into illegal Indian Dish TV solutions, just wait a little, as Pakistan DTH operators are going to serve you very soon.

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Next Gen USB Connector Will Work the Either Sides

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Do you get frustrated while connecting one sided cords and blindly jamming the USB connector towards the port. Well don’t worry because the next-generation USB connector plug will always work as it will get connected to the port on the both sides.

The new USB Type-C connector is built on existing USB 3.1 and 2.0 technologies but features an entirely new design, the connector would be much smaller in size and won’t depend upon the plug’s orientation.

The promoter group of USB 3.0 comprised of HP, Intel, Microsoft, Renesas Electronics and Texas Instruments. The group says that the new design will accommodate further upgrades in future devices bringing thinner and sleeker product designs, enhancing usability and providing better performance.

The newer design would support for scalable power charging, allowing the cable to offer up to 100 watts and support data rates nearing 10 GBs.

The group’s president Jeff Ravencraft said “Consumers are now demanding thinner and sleeker product designs and the USB 3.0 Promoter Group recognizes this need”

Unfortunately the plug won’t work with the current USB ports and would require adapters and is expected to be released in the mid 2014.

Not to mention, transfer rates will be way higher than current standards.

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World’s First Phone with a QHD Display Goes Official

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Sometimes, it is not necessary to be a major name to produce a revolutionary product. Vivo, a rather unknown manufacturer (from China) is an example of this because they’ve made a quantum leap in the field of smartphone technology, announcing the world’s first ever phone, the Xplay 3S with a “QHD” or 2K display.

Phone was announced during a ceremony in Beijing, China, yesterday.

That stands for “Quarter HD”, despite the fact that it is written and pronounced similarly to the aging but not uncommon qHD resolution. Its resolution of 1440 x 2560 resolution leads to a mind-boggling pixel-density of 490 ppi. With a 6 inch display on-board, you know you’ll have the resources to make full use of the sensational resolution.

And it’s not only the video, the audio is a massive part of the equation too. You get a OPA2604 amp made by Texas Instruments, ES9018 DAC and DTS Headphones, which allow 11.1 surround sound effect.

Other big specs of the phone include a 2.3Ghz quad-core processor with Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB worth RAM, 32 GB and LTE connectivity. Battery capacity is set at 3200 mAh.

You also find a 13 megapixel shooter at the back with f/1.8 aperture and LED Flash, along with a 5 megapixel front-facer. The back camera is also capable of shooting 4K videos at 60 frames per second. A fingerprint scanner has also found its way besides the camera so Vivo really has dedicated its resources to making its phone future proof.

The Xplay 3S isn’t a phone which we’re expecting to see with our very eyes one day, but what it will do is that it will popularize the tech inside it, rather than making itself available to everyone. Don’t get surprised if the next Samsung flagship comes with a display of the same resolution.

Here are the specs:

  • Size: 6-inch
  • Weight (g)    172g
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 QHD (quad-hd) 2K, IPS, 2K, OGS, 490ppi
  • OS: Android 4.3, Funtouch ROM
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • CPU: 2.3Ghz quad-core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • RAM: 3GB
  • MEMORY
    • Internal: 32GB
    • No External Card Supported
  • Camera
    • Rear camera: 13 mega-pixel
    • Front camera: 5 mega-pixel f2.4 aperture

 

  • Battery: 3200mAh

Prices for the phone will be set at $580 when it will get released later.

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United Mobile Re-launches Voice Mobile, Announces High-End Smartphones and Featurephones

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Local support and interest is one of the most primary requirements when it comes to the brewing and upbringing of any market in a region.

So far in our smartphone market, quite a few successful names have popped up including some which have are already dominating a large portion of the national industry. Voice is one of the few successful ones too but so far, its efforts were rather obscured or diminished behind those by others.

Now however, the company has restarted itself. It’s a new awakening and under its parent company United Mobile, which brings with it loads of valuable insight, is now seeking to capture some serious marketshare. It has also announced some new smartphones.

The Devices

The initial line-up of this rekindling comprises:

  • Smartphones:
    • Voice V70 quad-core (Price: 20,500/-)
    • V60 quad-core (Price: 19,000/-)
    • V30 dual-core (Price: 11,500/-)
  • Featurephones:
    • V140 (Price: 2,250/-)
    • V150
    • and V160 (Price: 2,750/-)

The last three of these are Featurephones. As for the former three, the V70 is undoubtedly the flagship with the V60 held back only by a smaller screen. The rest of the package is virtually the same.

Both of the phones come with quad-core Cortex A7 processors (of unknown chipset, most possibly MediaTek) clocked at 1.2Ghz, 12 megapixel cameras, 1 GB of RAM and 2000+ mAh batteries and cost 20,500 and 19,000 PKR respectively.

As for the V30, it comes with a 4 inch display, a dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and an 8 megapixel camera. The price is almost half as those of its brethren at Rs.11,500. Android Jelly Bean is installed on all of the phones. Meanwhile the remaining three devices are all pretty ordinary stuff with nothing outstanding except for the price.

Overall, the three smartphones look quite promising and more or less the same package as those of its nemesis.

Again, as is the case with companies like these, the three smartphones come in really attractive prices. The specs are also quite reminiscent to the ones of its QMobile counterparts. But still, when all said and done, the question remains: will Voice Mobile deprive QMobile of its undisputed number 1 spot in our local industry?

With revenues of 761 million PKR last year, QMobile sits comfortably there as the Samsung of the Pakistani market but then again, 2 years ago, was the market situation even closer to what it is right now? We’ll have to give them some time for that but the road to success surely won’t be easy.

The company’s goal is clear: get amongst the top 10 companies of the region by 2015. With a huge company looking after them with 14 years of experience in the market, the goal might not be totally off the picture. The markets of this region are also rather in their infancy than being properly developed.

What will it look like in 2 years time? Who is there that can predict this with utter perfection? Only time will tell that.

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Pakistan to Soon Establish its First Laptop Assembling Plant

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Pakistan has decide to invite the global manufacturers to get their assembly plants installed in Pakistan, reported APP, a state owned news agency.

Without unveiling any manufacturer, the report said that Pakistan is in efforts to get a laptop assembly plant running in the country to meet local demands primarily and then to export laptops to foreign nations in future.

The decision was taken during a meeting for the implementation of Prime Minister Youth Laptop Scheme under the chairmanship of Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson, Dr Javaid R. Leghari.

It merits mentioning here that earlier it was announced by the government that some 300,000 laptops will be distributed to bright students acquiring higher education at the federal universities.

It was decided that instead of buying such huge quantity of laptops from a single manufacturer, laptop makers will be asked to setup their assembly plant – if not manufacturing facility – in Pakistan.

For the purpose, in the meeting it was decided, to hold an international conference of the potential bidders for establishing laptop assembling and manufacturing plant.

The assembling plant would also help facilitate the distribution of laptop to selected students, as per Prime Minister’s Youth Laptop Scheme.

The meeting discussed the modalities of implementing the laptop scheme recently announced by the government in the annual budget to acknowledge the outstanding performance of the bright young students.

Chairman HEC, Dr Javaid Leghari said HEC was tasked to design the implementation strategy and form eligibility criteria in a transparent manner to promote outreach of youth to information and communication technology.

It maybe recalled that over 100,000 laptops were distributed to college and university students last year in Punjab under Chief Minister’s Youth Laptop scheme.

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Now You Can Recover Your Lost or Stolen Phone with Android Device Manager

We all know how much pain and anxiety (read torture) a lost phone can give us. Everyone has experienced these situations at least once in their lifetime, but Google has set out to make your tough times much easier by rolling out the first official Android “Device locator”.

The tool is called Android Device Manager.

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The Android Device Manager makes your phone shout aloud for you to hear and even lets you use the GPS to locate your device and see it in real time. The former can take place even if your phone is in silent mode.

And in case, you are still unable to find your device and fear that your data might end up in the wrong place, the service can also wipe all the data from your phone so that your personal info and identity remains secure.

The security tool will be available at the end of this month for devices running on Android 2.2 and later. A dedicated app will be released too, after that.

Such apps are nothing new though as a lot of manufacturers have already used the idea to their use. Actually, in all its honesty, some of the similar apps found in the Play Store are even better and offer more functionality. Still, it’s better to have something than nothing at all and it’s certainly quite useful as a lot of people are still unaware of this idea.

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PlayStation 4, the 8th Generation Console Unveiled


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The wait is over. Its time to start gaming. After more than 6 years of the release of PS3, Sony has finally announced its fourth home and  eighth generation console. Apart from being a powerful console on its own right, the PlayStation 4 is also among the most social consoles of all time.

The much-awaited announcement in NYC also put light on the new DualShock controller among other things.

The Hardware

Perhaps the strangest part of the PS4 announcement was that Sony didn’t show the game console there. This means that despite the fact that the whole gaming world and the internet’s going gaga over it, we don’t know yet how the thing will look like.

So to start with, the PS4 has 8GB GDDR5 memory, 8-core AMD x86 “Jaguar CPU” and GPU with next generation AMD Radeon graphics (which can provide performance of upto 1.84 TFLOPS). There’s a built-in hard drive of course but with unknown size.

The connectivity package is pretty rich too with USB 3.0, Wifi, Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1, HDMI, analog AV-out, optical S/PDIF audio output and an auxiilary port.

The new optical drive reads Blu-ray at 6x and DVDs at 8x.

The Controller

The controller of the new PS4 is the DualShock 4, the successor to the amazing DualShock 3. As expected, the new controller brings additional functionality too. First of all its looks different and weighs more at 210g. It features a touchpad now (a technology which Sony has already incorporated in the PSVita before). There is a light bar which displays info like ‘health’ in games. A 3.5mm headphone jack, extension port and microUSB port can be found too.

Motion sensing is a huge feature of the controller. It features 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer and vibration. A mono speaker can be found too and the rechargeable controller is powered by a 1000 mAh battery.

A new share button has been placed at the front of the DualShock 4 and the start and select buttons of its predecessor have been merged into a single Option button.

Games and UI

Because of the move from the Cell Architecture to x86 in the new iteration, the PS4 won’t be able to play PS3 games so only the launch titles will be available at launch. The console, however, will be able to stream PS1, PS2, PSP and of course PS3 games over the internet in the future thanks to Gaikai, a cloud service which was recently bought by Sony but there’s sometime left in its release. PS4 games can also be streamed on the PSVita.

The games can be played while downloading and downloading can even take place when the console is switched off through the secondary processor of the system. Titles including Diablo, Final Fantasy, Infamous and Killzone are available at launch.

Applications other than games can be opened while playing games too. Sony is currently working on special apps which will make tablets and smartphones usable as secondary controllers. It has already been confirmed that used games can be played on the PlayStation 4.

Social Features and Services

The user interface of the PS4 is different from that of the PS3. There’s a new notification centre at the top and emphasis is placed on social features of the console in the UI. More details of the UI will be revealed soon but the interface seemingly consists of a lot of square boxes.

It’s already mentioned that the new DualShock comes with a dedicated share button. This button lets you share gameplay videos which are uploaded directly from the console to any website or the PlayStation Network. Games can be live streamed online and seeing other players play in real-time is possible too. Popular services like Amazon Instant Video and Netflix are already available.

PlayStation Eye

The PlayStation Eye has seen a design change too. It now features two cameras, each with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. They have a minimum focusing distance of 30cm, an 85-degree field of view and f/2.0 aperture. Four-channel microphone array is also here.

Competition

The PS4 will be facing competition from the current Nintendo console the Wii U and the upcoming Microsoft console which is said to be unveiled later this year. Given the abysmal sales of the Wii U, it can be said that the Nintendo console is a competitor to the PS4 unless Nintendo pulls of a magical trick quickly.

The Xbox 720 (or whatever the new Microsoft console would be called) might be a big competitor to the Sony console, especially if it features backward compatibility, something I believe would’ve given the PS4 a huge boost.

You might be thinking that what about PS3? Well, it isn’t going anywhere soon. Considering the fact that Sony kept the PS2 alive even after 6 years of the release of PS3, the PS3 too will most probably be kept ‘alive’ for some time. Its price might be lowered which will make it an even better console since its library and the list of its exclusives is pretty huge.

But right now, easily the biggest concern not only for Sony, but the gaming industry as a whole will be the rapid surge of the app market. The gaming market is already going downward and the app business is being blamed here and no one’s gonna disagree. The price of the apps, which is several times lesser than that of console games (and a lot of them are freemium apps too), coupled with their ever-increasing quality has really damaged the once extremely-lucrative gaming industry.

Pricing, Availability and Expectations

Sony has said that they haven’t decided the launch price of the console yet but it would be substantially less than the outrageous launch price of the PS3 which was launched for as high as $800 in some markets. It will be released in the fall of 2013 i.e. Q4.

Although I’m trying not to be a pessimist right now, I can’t really shrug off this feeling that the PS4 won’t be as successful as its predecessors and I’m talking about this in the long run. After all, 2013 is just so different than the year 2005 and 2000.

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Spy Camera in Sunglasses Camera (Record on Move)


Today During my routine check up of my inbox i received an email in a spam folder with Title “Video Camera in Sunglasses‏” from google groups.I found amazing information about this Item in that email,so i am writing about it.

Sunglasses DVR Camera is the newest and most advanced spy camera with built in Video Recorder in the world. Unlike other device of this type, This sunglasses records everything you see and hear, without connecting to MP4 or other Recording source.

Specification:

Cool hands free video recording any time any where.

These quality Polarized lens sunglasses have a built-in 1.3 mega pixel self recording color camera and real time (30 fps) digital video recorder.

Li-polymer rechargeable battery records for 5 hours continuously.

4GB Micro SD card (Included) offers even more recoding time and easy storage of Audio and video.

Stereo recording insures great sound quality to go along with the action. Ideal for outdoor activities such as bike riding, sporting events, snow skiing, tennis, and other events and SURE for SPY and INVESTIGATION.

for detail Information Visit page below.

http://symbioscart.com/sunglasses-with-camera-record-on-move–p1396-in-pakistan

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How to Increase Cell Phone Battery Timing?

In this present epoch we have become so much obsessed and dependent on our mobile phones that we detest anything that prevents us from being in tact with our mobile phone.

We are all aware that mobile phone’s battery has not improved as much as the mobile phone and these latest gadgets have improved. Juice draining is a common problem that many of us are suffering from.

Now a days many people are buying more than one battery for their mobile phones and getting car chargers too, to keep their mobile phone powered on 24/7. Many even try to make sure that they carry their charger with them along wherever they go.

Keeping Battery Power Stay for Longer:

Scientists are working on air-fueled battery that would have the capacity to store up to ten times the energy storage. Oxygen drawn from the air reacts within the porous carbon to release the electrical charge in this lithium-air battery. But we can not wait for this technology to reach our hands, so about trying to save the battery from draining so quickly!

Use Genuine Charger:

Always use a genuine mobile charger, instead of going for the low-priced Chinese made non-genuine mobile phone chargers in order to get maximum out of your mobile battery.

Take Care of your Mobile’s Battery:

Keep your mobile battery terminals clean – you can do this by cleaning it once in a month time with alcohol. keeping it away from moisture, water and high temperature.

Lower your Mobile’s Display Brightness:

Set the brightness of your mobile phone on a low level – this will also be good for your eyes. Also, shorten the display duration too, this will help you in great deal!

Use Dark Colored Themes:

Use themes with dark colors, as whitish themes eat more battery than any other activity on phone.

Turn off Bluetooth/ WiFi/ Background Applications when not in use:

Most infamous battery-draining culprits are Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPRS, Camera, Flash, Bluetooth, FM radio, video player. Then comes mobile applications, JAVA, games etc. that consume plenty of energy.

All of these can be left on unintentionally, which will drain your battery with ease.

Bluetooth, WiFi, EDGE/GPRS can receive and transmit information even when not in use and this consumes battery power. Keep it turned off when not in use.

Get up when it sounds:

Get up as soon as you hear the wake-up alarm instead of letting it consume your battery.

Do not Let it Ring for long:

When you get a call answer it as soon as possible so that it rings for lesser time. When busy keep it on silent to prevent it from ringing that long. Try not to keep long duration ringtones and sms tunes. Keep them on a beep or similar.

Keep the Talk short:

This might sound odd and totally absurd, but try talking short – especially when you know that your battery might run out. Particularly, when you are on motor-way and may not reach a recharging point for next few hours.

You can leave some of the unnecessary gossips (aur sunao stuff). Keep the conversation brief and relevant and of course avoid taking unnecessary calls.

Turn Off Vibration:

Vibration feature in the mobile phone consumes quite a lot of battery power, therefore, we should try keeping the vibration off unless the mobile phone is on ‘silent’. Vibrating mobile phones also create disturbance during an important meeting. So keep it off unless it is very necessary.

Switch it Off:

Don’t assume that I am asking you to switch off your phone off all the day or all the time, but you can keep it switched off when you are out-station and there is no coverage.

Let it Discharge completely before you charge again:

If you want to get the maximum out of your mobile phone’s battery then always let the mobile battery get fully discharge and then turn off the mobile before you charge it. Full charging gives the battery long life time.

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An Internet Browser Maxthon 3 from China

 

Maxthon, a Chinese browser, was known with the name of MyIE and MyIE2 earlier. But it was renamed to Maxthon in 2004. Version 1 and Version 2 were based on Trident (Browser engine used in IE).

Version 3

Maxthon 3 is knows for its speed, just like Chrome. Its UI is simple, clean and user friendly. It’s dual engine browser – which means users can switch between WebKit (engine used in Chrome and Safari) and Trident. Currently it’s Windows (XP/Vista/7) only browser.

After using Maxthon 3 for last few months, I realized that this browser needs attention in public. Let’s take a look at Maxthon 3 features in detail.

Installing Maxthon 3

You can download latest release of Maxthon 3 from this link. The installer size is around 15MB. Installation process is very quick and completed within few seconds.

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User Interface

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  • Tabs: It’s the most used UI element by the user so it’s placed on top for greater accessibility.
  • User Panel Button: This button opens User Panel from where User can login using Maxthon Passport to synchronize bookmarks.
  • Favorites Bar: All your favorites are shown in this bar. You can hide/show it using CTRL+B.
  • Navigation History Button: This button shows the navigation history of current tab. Very useful if you want to track previous pages you opened in current tab.
  • Undo List: It’s list of closed tabs. You can reopen them from this list.
  • Undo: Used to reopen the most recent tab you closed or in other words it will open the first one listed in Undo List.
  • Page Menu: Page Menu contain commands like Add current tab to Favorites, Save as, Print, Find, and much more.
  • Change Rendering Engine: Webkit is the default browser engine in Maxthon 3. But you can switch it to Trident (IE7 specifically) by clicking this button. The icon turns into blue color when running in Retro/IE7 mode. Webkit’s mode is called Turbo.
  • Main Menu: Main Menu is used to access major options of browser like Download Manager, Options, Proxy, History Manager, Favorites Manager, and much more.
  • Zoom (Controls): Zoom icon is used to access controls (Fullscreen, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Actual Size, and Zoom Slider) related to zooming the page.
  • Ad Hunter: Ad Hunter is used to block popups and particular ads on webpages.

That was an overview of UI. Let’s take a look at feature in depth.

Maxthon Passport and Favorites

When you click “Open User Panel” button, it asks you to provide credentials (Email/Password) for Maxthon Passport. Maxthon Passport is user’s identity on Maxthon websites. It can be used to login at multiple places like Maxthon Forums, Online Favorites, and Maxthon Addons. You can create Maxthon Passport from this link.

After creating the Passport, login using your Email/Password in User Panel. Now you can save your Favorites to Maxthon Online Favorites by clicking the Sync Favorites link. The benefit of Online Favorites is that you can access them from any PC having Maxthon installed in it. All you need to do is login using Passport credentials. This is similar to Firefox Sync.

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Maxthon Multi Search

This feature is very useful if you want to view results of particular keyword from multiple search engines. Remember it won’t mix the results from multiple search engines. All it does is allow you to quickly switch between search engines and type of results (Web, Images, News, Blog, and Reference). To search using Multi Search, you need to switch your search engine from the Search Box as shown below:

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Now enter a keyword in the Search Box and hit enter.

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In the above screenshot, I searched the Web using Ask.com. You can easily switch search engines by clicking their name. You can also switch the search type from Web to Images and within Images you again switch search engines.

Not only that, you can Add/Remove search engines, change order of search engines by clicking the Settings in the Multi Search sidebar. You can also access Multi Search Settings from Menu → Options → Search Engine → Click Multi Search → Click Edit.

There’s also a shortcut for accessing it as well. Just type about:ms in address bar.

All of these point to the same settings page.

Mouse Gestures

Mouse Gestures are kind of shortcuts using Mouse. You can use them with right mouse button. For example to activate Back button command (back to previous page), simply click and hold the right mouse button and draw a horizontal line to the left. Now release the right mouse button. Previous opened page will open. This is same as clicking the Back browser button.

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There are many other mouse commands as well. To Refresh your page, simply right click and move your mouse Up vertically and then Down vertically. This is same as clicking Refresh browser button.

Mouse Gestures are active by default in Maxthon 3 but you can deactivate them from Menu → Options → Surf by Mouse. You can also change the behavior/action performed by each Gesture from the Surf by Mouse page.

Magic Fill

Magic Fill is used to Save or Fill (Retrieve) username/password for login forms. Let’s say you are a frequent visitor of Maxthon Forums. Visit the forums using Maxthon 3 and type Email/Password and then right click on Email textbox or Password textbox and then click Save. This will save your Email/Password for this particular webpage. If you don’t Save your password in this manual way, it will ask you to save it after clicking the Login/Submit button.

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Next time you visit Maxthon Forums, it will automatically Fill your Email/Password in the input boxes or you can manually Fill it anytime by right clicking and then clicking Fill.

This feature is common in different browsers but General Identities make Maxthon 3 unique. General Identity is used to Fill those login forms whose Username/Password is not saved in Magic Fill. This can be better understood using an example.

To create a General Identity, click Menu → Options → Magic Fill &rarr General Identities. Then click Add and fill the form and then click Save. I have created three General Identities for Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail.

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Now visit Yahoo Mail and click on the Yahoo! Id textbox (where you enter your email id). You will see dropdown listing all the General Identities you created. Now choose Yahoo Mail identity and hit enter or click on it. It will automatically fill both Yahoo! Id and Password.

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You can manage passwords or turn off Magic Fill from Menu → Options → Magic Fill.

Smart Address Bar

By default, Maxthon 3 displays only most visited sites while typing keyword in address bar. Such kind of feature is known as Smart Address Bar. But you can take it to next level. You can set Maxthon to display favorites and history along with most visited sites. You first need to enable it from Options → Smart Address Bar. Now check the following checkboxes from this options page:

  • Enable URL Auto-Complete
  • Display Favorites
  • Display History

Now start typing a keyword in address bar and you will notice the links from History, Favorites, and top sites.

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Super Drag and Drop

When you select and drag text on a web page, it will open it in a new tab. If it’s a URL, then it open particular website but if it’s not a URL, it then opens a new tab and display the search results using Maxthon’s default search engine.

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Image Source: Maxthon 3 Help Center

Similarly this feature also works with images. Simply click on an image and drag it a bit in any direction and leave the mouse button. The image will be opened in a new tab.

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Image Source: Maxthon 3 Help Center

Snap Screen

Snap Screen allows you to capture/save web page as image or part of web page. Press CTRL+F1 to capture part of web page. You will notice that the screen gets dim. Now click and drag around the region which you want to save as image. You can also resize and move your selection around the screen. Then simply click on the selection to save it as image.

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You can also save the complete webpage as image by pressing CTRL+F2. Both of these commands are available in the Favorite Bar (Snap button on most right).

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Dual Engine and Developer Tools

Both of these features are really useful for developers. Developers can test their websites in Webkit and Trident without switching the browser. This feature is also useful for those who still use websites designed for IE7. You can switch from Webkit to Trident by clicking the Change Rendering Engine.

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Blue icon indicates that you are in Retro Mode (Trident). I highly recommend to use Turbo Mode (Webkit) if you don’t face any problem in this mode.

Developer Tools are like Firebug in Firefox. You can Inspect Html elements, debug/change CSS on runtime, analyize load times, debug javascript etc. Shortcut for Developer Tools is CTRL+SHIFT+I.

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To learn more about Developer Tools, check this tutorial. This tutorial is written for Chrome but it’s 100% valid for Maxthon 3 as well.

Conclusion

Maxthon 3 is an excellent Webkit browser which is very lite and fast and has clean interface. It contains many exciting and innovative features like Multi Search and Super Drag and Drop.

Remember that this browser is still evolving. Some features are pending and currently under development. Each release brings more features and bugfixes. So don’t get disappointed if you miss something in it or facing a problem.

Here are some links which can help you to learn more about Maxthon 3.

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