Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Wondering Which One is Better – WordPress or Blogger?

The two most popular ways to create a blog are through Blogger and WordPress. Having tried both these great blogging platforms, are you totally confused as to which blogging platform is superior –WordPress or Blogger? Well, both of them are great blogging systems used widely all over the world and if you are a beginner trying to discover the successful platform among the two for running a blog, you might be wondering and waiting for an answer as to which one is the best bet for you.
Running a site is enjoyable, but you have to determine certain things for yourself from a professional perspective. If you are a started, it is always suggested to opt Blogger. If you are serious about your blogging, then you are suggested to choose WordPress Self-Hosting domain and there are many otherWordPress Hosting services available. You can enjoy the power of WordPress with these Self-Hosted blogs.
WordPress Vs Blogger
Though Blogger gained more recognition early on; WordPress is also one among the best CMS available on the internet. Bloggers can create free blogs on or run their blogs on their own domains, by making use of the WordPress CMS.

Key Differences between Blogger and WordPress

Some of the differences between Blogger (Blogspot) and WordPress are listed below:


Blogger: It has an updated dashboard design. More features are available, but to make use of all of them, it is compulsory to enable JavaScript.
WordPress: The Dashboard in WordPress increases the speed for the dial-up users so that they can easily post an entry without facing too much difficulty, or wasting time.


Blogger: Blogger by Google supports only 50 languages.
WordPress: WordPress supports nearly 120+ languages.

Domain Names

Blogger: You can transfer your domain for free or you can buy one through the BlogSpot interface. And, once again free blogs are created as sub-domains with URLs like
WordPress: The user has to pay some amount in order to transfer an existing domain in case of the paid service, but of course you can create free blogs on in form of a sub-domain like
Recommended Reading: How to Create a Free Blog.

Mobile Access

Blogger: You can access the help pages of Blogger, but there's no mobile-specific version. But you can publish your post by sending SMS or MMS, for more information read this –
WordPress: You can be accessed through mobile on
Note: You can blog from your mobile phones or devices, there are lots of 3rd party apps.

Customizing Themes

Blogger: There are many blogger templates (themes) that can be customized without any hassle. You can edit the HTML and CSS directly.
WordPress: There are extremely high numbers of free WordPress themes available over the internet. Using the version of WordPress you can not fully customize the template, you can only customize the options available to you or switch to a new template.
Image Storage
Blogger: When you upload photos to Blogger they are stored in Google’s photo system, Picasa. There you can browse your images and much more. In blogger there is 1 GB of storage space (images under 2048×2048 do not count towards that limit, so it’s actually MUCH more than 1 gig) for storing images. If you required more space, you’ve to pay for more space.
WordPress: It has 3GB of storage space. But, if you want more space then you’ll have to upgrade by paying some money.


Blogger: There is an option called Labels, which serves as a tag, and posts are archived in monthly and yearly manner.

Team Blogs

Blogger: Only 2 types-either Administrators or Non-Administrators.
WordPress: Various accounts for Editors, Authors and Contributors can be created.

Static Pages

Blogger: You can create up to twenty static pages, but like WordPress those static pages cannot be placed on the home page easily. If you want to show such static page as homepage, you’ve to edit the template HTML which is painfully complex for many users.
WordPress: You can create as many pages or posts that can be listed in the home page.

WordPress Vs Blogger SEO

If you take the suggestions of 100 bloggers on which platform to use – Blogger or WordPress, then the chances are high that 90 of them will blindly say WordPress. First of all, Google does not consider meta-tags and keywords. Another point is Blogger owned by Google makes things easier to support the blogger blogs. As there are many more changes to come in future, you will be safe if you are within Google's backyard.
For your information, there are tons of Blogger Blogs ranking in the top page in Google for various keywords, but you won’t see too many blogs ranking high (of course we aren't saying that there aren't any, but rather we're saying there aren't many!). On the other hand, there is literally millions of blogs set-up with the WordPress CMS.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat update: release date, features and rumors

Android 4.4 KitKat update: release date, features and rumors

You may not know this, but Android 4.4 KitKat has been on our radar for a looong time. Of course, back then we referred to it as Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie and we were initially an audience to what turned out to be some wildly inaccurate speculation, claiming that it'll hit the industry as early as February/March. Surely enough, as the months went by, the (speculated) release date for the next iteration of the world's most popular mobile OS proved to be a moving target – it was no longer February or March, it was June next, then sometime during the summer, until, finally, we now have a much more likely October release. A release that coincides with the rumored unveiling of another Google product – the much anticipated Nexus 5.

Ah, the Nexus 5. We've been curating the web for every split and reasonable-sounding detail on the upcoming Google/LG device that we could get our hands on, and despite this particular piece being about the upcoming Android 4.4. KitKat update, the two are linked from conception, or so it appears. With that in mind, it shouldn't surprise you that most of our current preliminary intel on the next Android is seen posing out of the screen of the Nexus 5

Android 4.4 KitKat

1. Android 4.4 coming in a KitKat flavor

It's highly improbable that the regulars among you haven't heard of the Nestle/Google partnership when it comes to the new Android flavor, it is, however, worth mentioning. The mutual benefits of tying the knot on a venture like this are quite obvious, and we're happy to report that taking a break can potentially be sweeter than ever – a reported 50 million KitKat bars carrying the special KitKat/Android packaging have been released into the market, each giving you a shot at winning a 2013 edition Nexus 7, or a special KitKat shaped like a bugdroid. Don't trust us? Check out the one Larry Page got!

Android 4.4 coming in a KitKat flavor

2. Forget October 14th/15th

Well, boys, rumors ain't perfect. Turns out the announcement did not, after all, take place on neither October 14th, nor the 15th, as we were led to believe. There are currently a number of alternative theories, of course, and while some sound more plausible than others, we can't really say any of them has a serious backing. Generally, we're still expecting a simultaneous release with the Nexus 5 at the end of the month.

Forget October 14th/15th

3. Optimized for legacy devices?

Android 4.4. KitKat is said to be optimized for what smartphone fanatics may consider outdated hardware. Regardless, whether you like it or not, much of the rise of Android has had to do with this specific segment, so it actually makes loads of sense that the software is tweaked to do a better job -- even on devices with as little RAM as 512MB. 

This particular rumor dates quite far back, though you could say that Google has hinted as much on its official Android 4.4 KitKat page, claiming: “It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”

Optimized for legacy devices?

4. New Linux 3.8-based kernel will lower RAM consumption among others

And if our theory of Google targeting legacy devices with its Android 4.4 KitKat update didn't have you convinced, then this might: a new Linux 3.8-based kernel that is rumored to help lower RAM consumption, among other things, has been spotted on Google's public kernel repository as early as February. It's worth noting, however, that the first unit we've seen Android 4.4 KitKat running on (to your left) was running the old kernel. Whether this changes anything remains to be seen.

New Linux 3.8-based kernel will lower RAM consumption among others

5. Goodbye, Holo theme!

It's no secret that Google's Holo dark gray/cyan-blue theme has won the hearts of many. If you, like us, find yourself in that category, then you may be saddened by the news that Google will be letting go of the coloring scheme. Instead, a new white/gray will make an appearance with Android 4.4 KitKat, first seen in a video showcasing a Nexus 5 found in a bar (in a few slides), and then re-confirmed in the images that follow.

Goodbye, Holo theme!

6. New dialer look

The dialer in Android 4.4 KitKat features a revamped design, that is bound to cause a divide in opinions. It's probably worth noting that the new look actually goes hand-in-hand with the People app. Also, as you can see for yourself, the aforementioned Holo theme is gone. The dialer app's icon has also received a slight refresh – in tune with Google's latest design that features flatter surfaces.
New dialer look

7. Messaging app slightly reworked

The Messaging app has also received a minor update – the app icon, for example, is entirely new and flatter. Inside the app itself, there has been a slight re-arrangement of the software buttons – those have been migrated to the top, whereas previously they occupied the bottom.
Messaging app slightly reworked

8. Homescreen icons redesigned

As we mentioned, the icons of the above-mentioned apps have been redesigned. As you can probably guess, redesigning just two icons would look out of place, which is why it appears that Android 4.4 KitKat will feature a new, flatter icons design.
Homescreen icons redesigned

9. New boot animation?

A new boot animation has also been spotted, albeit only a miniscule part of it. Obviously, a singular image can't really put the new animation into perspective, though it's enough to light up our enthusiasm.

New boot animation?

10. First hands-on with Android 4.4 KitKat

As we mentioned earlier, a Nexus 5 was found left in a bar. Side-stepping this small gem, it's worth noting that a very short hands-on with Android 4.4 KitKat was showcased, though the user was stuck at the lock screen trying to figure out the unlock pattern. If you watch real closely at the very beginning of the video, you can also see the new boot animation for a split second.

11. A number of updated core Android apps

Some lucky folks over at Myce have somehow managed to get their hands on a Nexus 5 and have since been leaking snippets of information ever since. We say snippets, because the entire exercise is kind of time-consuming, seeing as they have to dig through millions of lines of code.

But it paid off several times, for example we now know that come Android 4.4 KitKat, some of the core Android apps, such as E-mail, Hangouts and others will be receiving an update. The full list of updated apps includes: Google Sound Search, Email, Clock, Currents, Cloud Print,Google Authenticator, Play Books, Gallery, Hangouts, QuickOffice, Play Store and the Gmail app.

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A number of updated core Android apps

12. Nexus 5 on KitKat

Another screenshot has been outed by Myce showing how KitKat looks on the Nexus 5. So far, we're kind of digging the new minimalist looks.

Nexus 5 on KitKat

13. The KitKat name is apparently fairly new

A bunch of detailed screenshots have been released by Gadget Helpline of what appears to be a very early version of KeyLime Pie. In case you weren't aware, that's the particular dessert that the next Android was expected to appropriate, as is the tradition. That's until news of the KitKat deal became public, of course. 

The KitKat name is apparently fairly new

14. Google Wallet/mobile payments to become a cornerstone of Android?

A new Payments tab has been spotted in the aforementioned early build of the next iteration of Android. Is Google planning something major with Google Wallet and mobile payments as a whole?

Google Wallet/mobile payments to become a cornerstone of Android?

15. Android is getting a built-in printing functionality

Support for printing appears to be a rather certain feature of the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat.

Android is getting a built-in printing functionality

16. Location settings (1)

The Location settings menu has been changed, arguably giving you better control of how location services work with your particular device. Namely, instead of having to go through these manually, you can now simply chose between three modes: High accuracy, which leverages your devices' GPS, and further uses Wi-Fi and mobile networks to better pin-point your location; Battery saving, which only uses Wi-Fi and mobile networks, and Device sensors only, meaning that apps will make use of your GPS only.

Location settings (1)

17. Location settings (2)

A more stream-lined process is not the only new thing with location settings, however. Google is also adding a history of apps that have recently requested to access your location, a functionality currently only available if you go down the custom Android ROM path. A most welcome addition nevertheless.

Location settings (2)

18. Download manager updated

The changes to the Download manager hardly qualify as ground-breaking, but they're there. Except the visual re-arrangement, there's a new button which appears to be responsible for controlling the grid/list view, a feature present in other parts of Android already.

Image courtesy of AndroidPolice
Download manager updated

19. Android 4.4 hands-on

A 7-minutes hands-on HD footage with the Nexus 5 running on Android 4.4 has been outed on the web and has already garnered close to a million hits. As the uploader of the YouTube clip notes, do keep in mind that the Android version in the clip appears to be from an earlier build, when the KitKat name wasn't yet agreed upon, and the next iteration of the platform was internally known as KeyLime Pie.

20. Lockscreen changes

The lockscreen also got some attention as a part of the UI tweaks series that Google has initiated with Android 4.4. As you can see, not a whole lot has been changed -- the only real addition is that of a hint that you can get to the camera quickly by swiping right, an arguably obscure feature in the current build.

Lockscreen changes

21. App Drawer tweak

The App Drawer has also been tweaked in Android 4.4. Currently, it features a stubbornly static pitch black background, whereas in Android 4.4 it seems like it will take after your homescreen wallpaper. About time, Google!

App Drawer tweak

22. App Dock tweaked

Apart from introducing new, larger icons, Google has also introduced a slight redesign to the App Dock -- it is no longer separated from the rest with a line. Rather, the UI now seamlessly transitions from the two otherwise separate areas.

App Dock tweaked

23. New stock launcher?

A new, updated version of the stock launcher will also be making an appearance with Android 4.4 -- this one hasn't changed since 2009. Called the Google Experience Launcher, it is currently unknown what exact benefits GEL brings to the table, though you won't hear us saying 'no' to some extra stability.

New stock launcher?

24. Android 4.4 Easter Egg

You should know by now that with each version of Android, Google is adding a rather obscured Easter egg. This time around, we have the Android moniker taking a shot at the KitKat logo, while a long-press of it apparently introduces a moving mosaic of Android versions pasts. Yummy!

Android 4.4 Easter Egg

25. QuickOffice to come preloaded

This one fails to surprise us really, since Google bought QuickOffice back in June and made it free to download on the Play Store subsequently. It appears that the next step will be to preload the productivity suite. Neat!

QuickOffice to come preloaded

26. Design tweaks

Continuing the topic of design tweaks, a bunch of core apps (the clock here) have had their previously bold fonts tweaked, and now exhibit a much skinnier quality.

Design tweaks

27. More design tweaks

The timer got a similar treatment -- gone are the days of bold fonts!

More design tweaks

28. Yes, the Stopwatch, too

The stopwatch is no exception to the rule -- fatty fonts be gone.
Yes, the Stopwatch, too

29. More on mobile payments

If you look back to slide #14, you'll realize that the screenshot on your left right now is obviously from a different build of Android 4.4. Whereas the build from slide #14 lists a Payments tab, we have a Tap & Pay tab this time around. Confusing changes with builds aside, this likely means that we're getting integration for mobile payments!
More on mobile payments

Some Android Tricks You Should Know

Android tips and tricks

1. Monitor what's using your data

Chances are that your smartphone is almost always connected to the internet, be it over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. Do you know what apps consume most of that data? If not, then try Android's built-in data usage monitor, available from the Settings menu, or just get an app for the job – Onavo Count or Traffic Monitor Plus. Keep an eye out for data-hogging apps.
Monitor what's using your data

2. Keep your storage space clean and tidy

It seems like the on-board storage space on smartphones is never enough. That's why moving your stuff – music, videos, apps – onto a microSD card is a good idea. Also, try to get rid of apps and games that you don't use since these occupy space as well. Just go to Settings > Apps and uninstall whatever software isn't needed. To get a better idea as to what files and folders really take up the most storage space, getDiskUsage from the Play Store. It represents visually each folder with a rectangle – the bigger the rectangle, the more space it occupies. Then just move or delete all the stuff you don't need using a file manager. ES File Explorer is one we'd recommend.

NOTE: Don't delete any files or folders unless you're absolutely sure they aren't in use by an app or the operating system!
Keep your storage space clean and tidy

3. Monitor what apps are loaded and running

When a smartphone is turned on, it loads a whole bunch of apps and services that run in the background. Most (if not all) of these are harmless, but others just sit there, taking up memory and keeping the CPU busy. Autorun Manager is one of the apps that can show you what software is loaded on start-up and what's running on your device. Feel free to disable or uninstall apps that you don't need.
Monitor what apps are loaded and running

4. Avoid suspicious ad-supported apps

We have nothing against ad-supported software, but some apps take that concept to the extreme, with ads being displayed on the notification bar. Some even add links to shady search engines to your home screen and suspicious bookmarks to the browser. These apps should be avoided since their ads consume data and battery life, not to mention that they might put your private information at risk. To see what ad-supported apps you have installed on your Android device, give Lookout Ad Network Detector a try.
Avoid suspicious ad-supported apps

5. Monitor apps' battery usage

There is a built-in battery monitoring tool in the Android operating system, accessible by going to Settings > Battery. Keep an eye out for apps that consume excessive amounts of power without being used that often.
Monitor apps' battery usage

6. Make parts of Google Maps available offline

In case you use Google Maps on a regular basis, you might want to save frequently viewed areas for offline use. That will save you data whenever Wi-Fi isn't available. To do that, open the menu in Google Maps, tap on "Make Avaliable Offline" and select the area you want to cache onto your device. Note that saved areas may be up to 100MB in size.
Make parts of Google Maps available offline

7. Monitor the permissions of installed apps

Do you know what kind of information your apps have access to? If not, Clueful Privacy Advisor is the app you should consider downloading. It scans your Android device for suspicious apps, including apps that may leak your passwords, phone number, and other sensitive data.
Monitor the permissions of installed apps

8. Know how to track a lost or stolen phone

In case you have not heard of these already, there are Android apps capable of tracking a lost or missing smartphone – apps like Lookout, which is also a good anti-virus tool, and Where's My Droid. Just make sure you have these installed and configured before actually losing your phone.
Know how to track a lost or stolen phone

9. Automate your phone

Your phone is smart enough to mute itself while you're at work, to turn the Wi-Fi and 3G off at night, and to do all kinds of stuff automatically. you just need the right app for that – an app like AutomateItTasker, orPhone Schedule, to name a few.
Automate your phone

10. Try an alternative virtual keyboard

Not entirely happy with your smartphone's on-screen keyboard? Well, there's plenty of alternatives to try, including SwiftKeyTouchPalSwype, and many more.
Try an alternative virtual keyboard

11. Get an SMS counter

Obviously, this tip is for people who don't have unlimited text messages included in their monthly plan. To them we recommend trying the SMS Counter app, which will keep count of both incoming and outgoing text messages.
Get an SMS counter

12. Take over your notification light

In case you have a notification light on your phone, you may customize the alerts it displays using the Light Flow app. And in case you don't have one, make your camera's LED light flash at specific events with theFlash Notification app.
Take over your notification light

13. Cut the wires

There's this neat application called AirDroid, allowing one to manage their Android smartphone from a computer over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. In other words, with this app you can access your phone from a PC and then copy files from and onto your smartphone, send text messages, install or uninstall apps, view photos, music, video files, and much more.
Cut the wires