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Google has launched a new platform known as Google Play. Dubbed to be the next digital entertainment destination where users will find, enjoy and share their favorite music, movies, books and apps on the web and on their Android phone or tablet. Starting today, Android Market, Google Music and the Google eBook store will become part of Google Play.

Android Market has expanded much since its launch. It has grown from being just an app store to a big hub where users can purchase books, music and even rent movies. Google has recognized the shift and hassle users are facing with the Market. Thus Google Play came into existence to coupé up with all the new challenges. It is also a strategy shift from just being bounded to the boundaries of Android to the openness of the cloud. Google Play is entirely cloud-based and thus users will now be able to get access to all their music, movies, books and apps without worrying about losing them or moving them again.

RunAsDate is a freeware portable application for Windows users.

Developed by NirSoft, RunAsDate allows you to run a program in the date and time that you specify. The program doesn’t change the current system date and time of your computer, instead it injects the date/time that you specify into the desired application. One of the advanced feature offered by this software is it allows you to run multiple applications simultaneously. Each application works with different date and time, while the system date/time remains unaffected. We have covered many useful utilities developed by NirSoft: DevManViewWebSiteSnifferCleanAfterMe, and WhatInStartup.

The developer reports that the mechanism behind RunAsDate is it intercepts the kernel API calls that returns the current date and time (GetSystemTime, GetLocalTime, GetSystemTimeAsFileTime). After that it replaces the current date/time with the date/time that you specify.

YouTube “Cosmic Panda” is the latest Google experiment, which promises to offer an entirely new videos, playlists, channels experience.

YouTube is one of the most visited website for watching and sharing videos. According to the stats of Google, the website registers 3 billion hits a day and users uploads around 8 years of video everyday. Google does a lot of experiments with the way user interacts with its services. This experiments most of the time brings in great concepts and provides better user interactions.

After the launch of Google+ (the now dubbed “Facebook killer“), Google has brought forward an array of changes to almost all its products including Google Search and Gmail. Now, its time for YouTube. The latest experiment promises to give an entirely new experience to its users. It is not only a cosmetic change but its functional too. With the few minutes of tinkering with it, we must add that we got impressed. We suggest you to take part in the new experiment yourself and get the new watching experience.

To all our readers,

We have changed our site’s permanent links structure to a new shorter and more usable one. Our earlier links were very long and difficult to remember, it was also bad for our site’s overall SEO. So, we have decided to change the link structure before it’s too late (it’s already late though…but we don’t want to delay it anymore).

This change should not affect you and give you “Page not found errors” for all the bookmarks of our site, as you will be automatically redirected to the same article, and you will not even notice the redirect. But, to be on the safe side, we request you to please visit those bookmarks once again and update them with the new links.

Google today announced two new services: Google Wallet and Google Offers. Both these services will change the way consumers make purchases today.

Google Wallet will be available publicly this summer. Google Wallet will be basically a free Android app. The app will make your phone your virtual wallet. It will store your existing credit card information as virtual card on your phone.

All you have to do is simply tap your phone to pay and redeem offers using near field communication, or NFC. NFC is a wireless technology for data transmission between two devices when brought within a few inches of each other. A digital receipt will be sent to the smartphone to confirm the payment.

After the first release of Mozilla’s “developer’s” build of FirefoxFirefox Aurora, Mozilla debuted Channel Switcher that lets users switch on the fly among Aurora, Beta, and Release versions of the web browser.

The benefit of the built-in channel changer is that users who want to see what’s coming in future versions of Firefox can now do so without having to download a separate installer (Google was also having something similar for Chrome web browser called Google Chrome Channel Changer, which is now deprecated and not recommended by Google).

Earlier, we shared about how you can change Microsoft Office product key. The method described in that post was easy but if you are looking for an idiot proof method, then this post is for you. Microsoft normally keeps license information hidden. Thus making it hard for most users who may want to change Microsoft Office product key very challenging. Most users try to follow the traditional way of uninstall Microsoft Office productivity suite and then install it again. You don’t need to follow that tradition any more. Office Key Remover helps you remove Microsoft Office license information from the system and use a new Office product key to activate it. Office Key Remover is a freeware utility that easily removes Microsoft Office license from the computer with a click of a button. It supports almost all Office productivity suite starting from Microsoft Office XP, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2010 and the latest Office 2013 (both 32-bit and 64-bit).

Today, My Technology Guide faced a small issue which caused almost all the pages to either load blank page or appeared broken. We apology for the inconvenience faced by our readers due to this.

The main reason this happened, as we found out after investigating is as follows. I forgot to change the settings of our cache plugin (W3 Total Cache) and upgraded PHP on our server. This broke the APC cache module which was serving the minified code to our visitors. We also installed Google’s new mod_pagespeed on our server to serve our pages faster to our readers. But we found out that minify and other advanced cache settings were breaking down and the number of errors increased.

Everyone loves customizing the look of their Windows operating system. These customizations are normally achieved by changing themes, changing sound schemes, placing icons on your desktop, changing your wallpaper, etc. Unfortunately, Microsoft has disabled the very basic option to change wallpapers in Windows 7 Starter edition. Well, at least it wasn’t possible to change the wallpaper until you take the help of a small, freeware application known as StarterBackgroundChanger.

Once you have installed StarterBackgroundChanger, you’ll be able to change your default Windows 7 Starter wallpaper and can even change the wallpapers, as available in higher version of Windows 7.