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Alexander is a Malaysian teen who loves Internet and social media. He blogs about Twitter, Google, anything!

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  • <img style="float:right;"  src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/bloggerdesigner3.png" width="580" height="467"/>Search engine juggernaut Google on Thursday released a new feature that significantly broadens publishers' ability to modify the look of their blogs. Available through <a href="draft.blogger.com">Blogger in Draft</a> (Blogger's testing ground/sandbox site), the Blogger Template Designer tool offers 15 brand-new, highly customizable professional templates which divided into four categories: Simple, Picture Windows, Awesome Inc, and Watermark. 

Users can also choose from among of hundreds of background images and patterns from iStockphoto and tweak color schemes in an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. One pretty useful feature of the new tool is the ability to select the size and arrangement of the columns. For example, publishers can easily adjust the size of the entire blog or sidebar by either moving the slider bar or entering the desired value in pixels.

    Google Launches New Blogger Template Designer

    Search engine juggernaut Google on Thursday released a new feature that significantly broadens publishers' ability to modify the look of their blogs. Available through Blogger in Draft (Blogger's testing ground/sandbox site), the Blogger Template Designer tool offers 15 brand-new, highly customizable professional templates which divided into four categories: Simple, Picture Windows, Awesome Inc, and Watermark. Users can also choose from among of hundreds of background images and patterns from iStockphoto and tweak color schemes in an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. One pretty useful feature of the new tool is the ability to select the size and arrangement of the columns. For example, publishers can easily adjust the size of the entire blog or sidebar by either moving the slider bar or entering the desired value in pixels.

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  • <img style="float:right;" src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/iphonemagnets2.jpg"/>We have come across some interesting products inspired by Apple's iPhone such as the <a href="http://www.techxav.com/2010/03/07/10-creative-artistic-geeky-cake-designs/">giant iPhone wedding cake</a>, <a href="http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/iphone-icon-pillows-02-12-2009/">iPhone icon pillows</a> and <a href="http://www.techxav.com/2010/01/04/ipod-touch-bedding/">iPod Touch bedding</a>. And the latest one in town is the <a href="http://www.jailbreaktoys.com/App_Magnets_p/mgapp00.htm">iPhone apps fridge magnets</a>, which brings the magic of the iPhone into the third dimension. The whole package of 18 eproxy magnets each measuring 7/8" x 7/8", comes with a price tag of just $13.

    iPhone Apps Fridge Magnets

    We have come across some interesting products inspired by Apple's iPhone such as the giant iPhone wedding cake, iPhone icon pillows and iPod Touch bedding. And the latest one in town is the iPhone apps fridge magnets, which brings the magic of the iPhone into the third dimension. The whole package of 18 eproxy magnets each measuring 7/8" x 7/8", comes with a price tag of just $13.

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  • A decade ago, cell phone was an luxury that only the rich can afford. But today it has evolved to a necessity in our lives. Almost every citizen in a developed country like Singapore, United States and United Kingdom do own a mobile device, and now the trend is skewed towards to the smartphone market -- Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Nokia's Symbian. Cell phones are no longer an ugly brick-like structure that weighed a ton, and have changed the way we live and work. No matter the location, whatever the time, we have grown accustomed to constant available contact.

The folks over at <a href="http://cellphones.org/blog/are-you-obsessed-with-your-cell-phone/">cellphones.org</a> have put together some really astounding numbers into an attractive infographic encircling the topic on how obsessed we are with our cell phones.

    Are You Obsessed With Your Cell Phone? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    A decade ago, cell phone was an luxury that only the rich can afford. But today it has evolved to a necessity in our lives. Almost every citizen in a developed country like Singapore, United States and United Kingdom do own a mobile device, and now the trend is skewed towards to the smartphone market -- Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Nokia's Symbian. Cell phones are no longer an ugly brick-like structure that weighed a ton, and have changed the way we live and work. No matter the location, whatever the time, we have grown accustomed to constant available contact. The folks over at cellphones.org have put together some really astounding numbers into an attractive infographic encircling the topic on how obsessed we are with our cell phones.

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  • <a href="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/iphonecake.png"/><img style="float:right;" src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/iphonecake.png"/></a>Do all these the cakes below threaten to devour us all? Yes they do. These creative and beautiful cakes are done for popular gadgets, and some of them are so accurately rendered that you probably can't spot any difference between the cake and the genuine one. One quintessential example would be the giant iPhone wedding cake. The icons are neatly arranged in four columns and rows, and it even displays the four bars of AT&T's 3G signal, digital time and a battery status bar. Another favorite of mine is the Nikon D700 camera cake. It looks pretty in both the exterior and interior.

    Top 10 Geekiest Cake Designs

    Do all these the cakes below threaten to devour us all? Yes they do. These creative and beautiful cakes are done for popular gadgets, and some of them are so accurately rendered that you probably can't spot any difference between the cake and the genuine one. One quintessential example would be the giant iPhone wedding cake. The icons are neatly arranged in four columns and rows, and it even displays the four bars of AT&T's 3G signal, digital time and a battery status bar. Another favorite of mine is the Nikon D700 camera cake. It looks pretty in both the exterior and interior.

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  • <img style="float:right;" src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Tencent_QQ.png"/>Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger has over <a href="http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-Live-Messenger-Happy-10-Year-Anniversary-117332.shtml">330 million users</a> around the world and is capable of delivering the infrastructure for approximately 40 million simultaneous conversations, according to statistics provided by the Redmond-based company. These numbers might convince you that Windows Live Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging platform. However, there is actually an instant messaging platform from China that is much bigger than MSN in terms of number of users, and you probably would have never heard of that service before.

With over 1 billion usernames, China's largest instant messaging network Tencent QQ is at least three times larger than Windows Live Messenger and even two Facebooks couldn't even keep up on par with it. And this isn't just it.

    China’s Biggest IM Service QQ Three Times Larger Than Windows Live Messenger

    Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger has over 330 million users around the world and is capable of delivering the infrastructure for approximately 40 million simultaneous conversations, according to statistics provided by the Redmond-based company. These numbers might convince you that Windows Live Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging platform. However, there is actually an instant messaging platform from China that is much bigger than MSN in terms of number of users, and you probably would have never heard of that service before. With over 1 billion usernames, China's largest instant messaging network Tencent QQ is at least three times larger than Windows Live Messenger and even two Facebooks couldn't even keep up on par with it. And this isn't just it.

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  • <img src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads//2010/03/microsoftcampus.jpg" width="580" height="419"/>A decade ago, Microsoft was clearly leading the tech industry. But the Redmond-based company is now facing stiff competition from tech juggernauts Apple and Google. In an effort to develop killer products that would keep Apple and Google at bay, Microsoft plans to spend a massive $9.5 billion on research and development this year, which a senior executive said the figure is $3 billion more than the next closest technology company.

Microsoft's chief operating officer Kevin Turner spoke at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany that much of this multi-billion dollar investment will be centered around improving software in the cloud.

"Especially in light of the tough difficult macroeconomic times that we're coming out of, we chose to really lean in and double down on our innovation," said Turner. "We're going to change and reinvent our company around leading in the cloud."

    Microsoft To Spend $9.5 Billion On R&D This Year

    A decade ago, Microsoft was clearly leading the tech industry. But the Redmond-based company is now facing stiff competition from tech juggernauts Apple and Google. In an effort to develop killer products that would keep Apple and Google at bay, Microsoft plans to spend a massive $9.5 billion on research and development this year, which a senior executive said the figure is $3 billion more than the next closest technology company. Microsoft's chief operating officer Kevin Turner spoke at the CeBIT trade show in Hannover, Germany that much of this multi-billion dollar investment will be centered around improving software in the cloud. "Especially in light of the tough difficult macroeconomic times that we're coming out of, we chose to really lean in and double down on our innovation," said Turner. "We're going to change and reinvent our company around leading in the cloud."

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  • <img style="float:right:" src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads//2010/03/200x65_watchmeon_red.png"/>Looking for some buttons or badges to promote your YouTube channel on your website? Well, you can select from a vast array of well-designed buttons in various sizes, and download them from <a href="http://www.youtube.com/t/creators_downloads">YouTube's Downloads section</a>. You can then place them on your blog's sidebar, e-mail newsletter or wherever you would like it to show up.

    Official YouTube Buttons For Your Website

    Looking for some buttons or badges to promote your YouTube channel on your website? Well, you can select from a vast array of well-designed buttons in various sizes, and download them from YouTube's Downloads section. You can then place them on your blog's sidebar, e-mail newsletter or wherever you would like it to show up.

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  • <img src="http://www.techxav.com/wp-content/uploads//2010/03/googlemonsterN.jpg"/>

Asaf Hanuka's two-mouthed Google Books monster, which was featured in this month's issue of California Lawyer, paints a grim picture of how the search juggernaut is actually trying to demolish physical libraries, and groups are protesting Google's plan to scan millions of books and build the biggest digital library store. This graphic you see below, however seems to contradict Google's famous slogan -- Don't Be Evil.

The controversy over Google Books Search goes all the way back to 2005 when Google decided to to carry out an ambitious plan to make digital copies of 10 million volumes by 2015 and create a vast library of electronic books.

    The Google Books Monster Will Eat Up Your Library [PIC]

    Asaf Hanuka's two-mouthed Google Books monster, which was featured in this month's issue of California Lawyer, paints a grim picture of how the search juggernaut is actually trying to demolish physical libraries, and groups are protesting Google's plan to scan millions of books and build the biggest digital library store. This graphic you see below, however seems to contradict Google's famous slogan -- Don't Be Evil. The controversy over Google Books Search goes all the way back to 2005 when Google decided to to carry out an ambitious plan to make digital copies of 10 million volumes by 2015 and create a vast library of electronic books.

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