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LG announces a curved, 34-inch monitor that’s tailor made for gamers

You’re going to see lots of curved things at CES 2015. TVs, all-in-one PCs, and plenty desktop monitors. LG’s one of the main pushers of curved displays, and tonight it’s announcing one of those products before we head for Las Vegas. The 34-inch UltraWide desktop monitor has been designed for gamers and integrates support for AMD’s FreeSync, which eliminates unsightly screen tearing that can happen when your monitor and graphics card get out of sync. And since it’s got a 21:9 aspect ratio, you’ll be able to see details on screen that are hidden from your multiplayer foes playing Battlefield 4 on 16:9 monitors.

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Dell’s Black Friday deals include $99.99 24-inch monitor and the best PS4 bundle

Most of the best Black Friday deals from Dell aren’t even Dell products. Not PCs, anyway. Yes, the company is offering extremely inexpensive Windows laptops, desktops, and Android tablets, but they’re not really devices that we’d be able to solidly recommend. The 27-inch monitor may be worth a look if you don’t plan on gaming with it, and the 24-inch 1080p monitor is probably worth staying up late for at a price of just $ 99.99.

If you’re looking for a PlayStation 4, this is probably the best holiday bundle there is. Dell will offer the PS4 with Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us: Remastered for the console’s regular price of $ 399.99. But to get that, you’ll likely need to excuse yourself from Thanksgiving dinner; the PS4 be available…

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8 Free Apps To Monitor Your Kids’ Smartphones Activities On Android

These, days, there is no stopping a child from growing up without the influence of tech gadgets, online content, and the Internet in general. Being a parent is already a tough enough task, but shying away from the topic or completely shutting out technology from your children’s lives isn’t going to help.

What you can do however, is to have more control over what they are exposed to while on their gadgets, and this post will try to help you with that, particularly on Android.

Google Play Store may not have tougher restrictions than those found on Apple’s AppStore so if your kids own an Android device (or have access to your device at their liberty), you might want to set up some of these parental apps to help you monitor your kid’s online activities on the device. Some allow restrictions of online sites they can visit, the monitoring of their text or call usage, app downloads, location and how long they can spend on their devices.

If you are on iOS, check out this post on 5 ways to make your iOS devices more kid-friendly and child-safe, and if you are on Mac, we also have a list of 10 Parental Control Apps you can try out.

1. Kids Place – Parental Control

Kids Place is a comprehensive parental control app. Some of its handy attributes include a customized home screen showcasing approved apps only, the ability to prevent your child from downloading or buying new apps as well as a time feature to specify a schedule for using the smartphone.

On top of that, it’s also capable of blocking incoming calls and disabling all wireless signals. When you install and use the app for the first time, you have to first set a PIN for security purposes. [Get it here]

2. KuuKla Parental Control

KuuKla Parental Control App helps you tailor your Android device into one which is suitable for your child. It gives you the opportunity to select the applications that you want to appear for use on the home screen while disabling access to all other applications. It also allows you to define a schedule for using apps and the Internet on the smartphone.

Once you’ve download the app and registered your email address, a PIN code will be sent to the email address provided which can only be used by you to control the device. [Get it here]

3. Abeona – Parental Control & Device Monitor

The Abeona app actually comes with a complementary app called Device Monitor. Abeona – Parental Control allows parents to monitor the mobile apps usage of their child, view call logs and check whether the device of child is online or offline among other things.

The Device Monitor app must be installed on the child’s device in order for the parent to receive reports of device usage and location. The app is great for use on multiple devices, for instance if you need to get reports from multiple Android smartphones or tablets, all at once. [Get them here and here]

4. SecureTeen Parental Control

Worried about your teen being exposed to mature or adult content online? Try SecureTeen Parental Control which can filter out most if not all adult content. SecureTeen allows you to monitor your children’s online activities, applications they download and their location.

If you don’t like an app that’s installed on your child’s phone then SecureTeen allows you to shut it down, even if it’s still installed. SecureTeen can be managed remotely online by logging into the website. [Get it here]

5. Screen Time Parental Control

As the name indicates, Screen Time is a helpful app which lets you manage how much ‘screen time’ your kids get. The key features of Screen Time includes blocking different apps according to the time.

For example, you can block only games at bed time but still allow readings apps then choose to block all apps when it’s time for lights out. Screen Time also allows you to set a daily time limit on the apps you want to restrict access to. [Get it here]

6. Kids Zone Parental Controls

Kids Zone is another handy parental control app. The chore mode gives you the capability to set a time limit that determines when your child can use the smartphone.

Other notable features include relocking the device after rebooting, blocking phone calls as well as text messages and Internet access, blocking apps installation and in-app purchasing, and various other features. [Get it here]

7. Parental Control Board

The Parental Control Board app helps monitor, manage and track a child’s activities on a mobile phone. It can monitor a list of all installed apps on the phone and you can even restrict some of them such as YouTube or Google Play, if you need to. Get the precise location of your child at any time and control and see all call logs and SMS that goes through their phone.

One of the useful things that this app has is the ability for parents to setup black lists and white lists of phone numbers for incoming/outgoing calls and messages. [Get it here]

8. Norton Family Parental Control

This Norton Family Parental Control app allows you to see which websites are visited by your child. You can also restrict access to pornographic and inappropriate websites and can setup email alerts that notify you whenever your child attempts to do something that he/she shouldn’t.

If you don’t mind spending a bit of money, you can get the premium version which lets you view logs of text messages, monitor the apps downloaded by your child and even block some of those apps amongst various other features. [Get it here]

Creative Bloq deals: Acer 27in monitor, Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and more

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Not only can you save £30 on the excellent 8.4in Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO Android tablet, but we’ve also found deals on Bluetooth speakers, USB thumb sticks, a home fryer and a portable phone charger. So let’s jump right in with two exclusive deals…

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Will this super-sized new monitor make you a better designer?

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We know what you’re thinking, “This is a gimmick,” right?

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Do designers really need a 34-inch monitor?

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Yesterday we looked at three of the best alternative ultra-widescreen monitors for designers – but do designers really need such a large piece of screen real estate? Simon Holmedal puts the LG 34UM95 through its paces to give you the answer.

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11 Free Tools To Monitor Your Brand Online

Online businesses need to maintain their online reputation and for that they have to pay attention to what people say about their business on the internet. Sometimes, just googling the name and product of the company is not just enough. Companies need to manage their online reputation prior it becomes a problem. With different social media networks, it is now become quite easy to manage your brand’s online reputation.

Here, we are presenting 11 free online tools for monitoring your brand’s online reputation. With these tools, you can monitor your online brand reputation as well as what other people say about your brand. Have a look! Enjoy!

Hyper Alerts

Hyper Alerts is an easy to use email notification service for Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to as many Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and search phrases as you like. Choose to get alerts within minutes, or a digest every hour, day, week or month.


BackType is a social analytics platform that helps companies understand their social impact.

Social Mention

Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and microblogging services.

Google Alerts

Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.

Tweet Alarm

TweetAlarm lets you know when anything is tweeted that you are interested in. Just add keywords ! Think Google Alerts for Twitter.



With MonitorThis you can subscribe to 20 different search engine feeds at the same time.

Tweet Beep


Image Raider is an automated reverse-image search tool – add your photo or image catalogue, and we’ll let you know when we find any other websites using them.


IFTTT recipes triggers actions channels if this then that ifthisthenthat tasks task create creative connect connections.


It is with much regret that I must shut down YackTrack on August 15, 2012. There are a few reasons for this shutdown. I really do not have time to work on.

40 Free Web Services & Tools To Monitor Website Downtime

There are plenty of tools and web services are available to check website uptime and downtime. However, it is quite difficult to choose which service or tool provides the most accurate results. Plus, not all of these services and tools are useful. In this collection, we have put together 30 useful web services and tools that can help you monitor website uptime and downtime. Monitoring a website round the clock is not possible. These tools help you determine your website downtime so that you can quickly fix things up when needed.

Here is the full collection after the jump. We hope that you will like this collection and find these web services and tools helpful for you. Do share your views and opinions with us via comment section below.


Pingdom offer website monitoring with the FREE version of the pro service including Real User Monitoring, reports, alerts, analysis and a lot more.


Be the first to know when your website is down.


50 Monitors, Checked Every 5 Minutes, Totally Free.

FREE Website Monitoring & Monitoring Software from Monitor.Us.


InternetSeer is the world’s largest website monitoring service, providing accurate and reliable free hourly website monitoring to over 2.2 million websites worldwide.


Siteuptime provides website monitoring services. Receive instant email and SMS alerts when your website becomes unavailable. View detailed uptime statistics and performance reports for your website monitors.


Free website monitoring program for Windows. Monitor and log your website uptime with this 100% free software.

Uppanel is a free website monitoring ser`vice that watches your websites and alert you if one becomes unavailable.


The cloud-based monitoring & troubleshooting solution for web services and IT infrastructure. Create your free account and get started.


Easy and free service to keep an eye on your website. Advanced technology watches your site form multiple locations across the country to ensure that your website stays up 24/7. It literally takes 20 seconds to implement, it’s cost free and spam free.

Service Uptime

Website Pulse

Web server and web site monitoring services. Instant alerts via pager, phone and e-mail. Make sure your eBusiness is functioning 24/7. Real-time web based statistics and performance reports. Global worldwide monitoring stations. Free service.


Free web site uptime monitor service server and network failure alerts.

SDL Website Monitor

A collection of scripts that allow a website to be monitored and/or tested. The monitor allows you to record pages by clicking through your site from your browser. These can then be periodically checked to ensure they are available and correct.


Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution for networks and applications.


Free uptime monitoring service. Monitors availability of your website every 2 minutes 24/7/365.

Ping Alive

Keep your site loading quickly and monitor its response times.

Ez Website Monitoring

EZ Website Monitoring provides a free online tool for keyword tracking, uptime monitoring, and error checking for your website.


Through the use of modern technologies in the field of search engine optimization, MazeCore can effectively promote your website in the top search engine results with minimal cost in a short time.

Free Web Monitoring

Free Web Site Monitoring. Monitor your web site’s availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with instant email alerts and weekly web site performance statistics.

Up Timespy


Free service to watch your domain around the clock and ensures that your website is up and running.



Free server monitoring. Monitor server resources that impact application performance with New Relic Server. Runs on Linux and Windows.

Premium Tools

Are My Sites Up

SIMPLE Website monitoring. When your websites go down, be the first to know.


checks the status of your website hourly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Visual Site Monitor provides website monitoring services. Receive instant email notices when your website becomes unavailable and view detailed uptime statistics and performance reports for your website monitors.


100pulse Monitoring service is to monitor websites for downtime and response time. Keep in touch with your portal’s status and responsiveness through our free and paid services.


Remote website, web server,server monitoring from worldwide locations with email, SMS and mobile push alerts.


AlertSite – Superior Website Monitoring. Receive up-to-the-second alerts and reports on costly Web, Mobile and API slowdown or outages. Start a free trial.


Free dedicated server monitoring and notification service.


Remotely monitor the performance and uptime of your network, servers and applications. Dotcom-Monitor Application Performance Monitoring (APM) SaaS.

Internet Vista

Remotely monitors web sites and Internet services for availability (http, https, smtp, ftp, dns, pop, imap, smtp, nntp, tcp, udp, ping, mysql). Notifications sent via email and SMS. Monitoring centres in United States and Europe. Free service available.


Uptrends hosted website, server and transaction monitoring services. Receive alerts. Maximize uptime. Free 4 week trial.


Wormly offers server monitoring, website monitoring and uptime monitoring to keep you online and performing fast. Remote monitoring from outside the firewall alerts you when failures occur, while internal server health monitoring reveals problems before they cause downtime.

Open Tracker

Opentracker is a competitively priced best-of-breed solution for Web Analytics, Mobile App Analytics, Website Lead Capture and other big-data traffic reporting. Our goal is to provide the best, most informative, and most straight-forward analytics solution available.


Free website uptime monitoring and alert service. Free email alerts, sms alerts, twitter alerts, multiple monitoring locations, and more.


Site24x7 offers both free & paid website monitoring services. Monitor websites remotely and receive instant email/sms alerts if your website becomes unavailable. View uptime & performance graphs of your website monitors.


Server monitoring, Website monitoring, Server-monitoring, Uptime monitoring – Alert via e-mail, SMS and telephone.

Binary Canary

Free 15 minute, or paid 1 minute monitoring service – Website monitoring, Server monitoring, Email monitoring, router monitoring by

How to Monitor Download Count in Dropbox

Dropbox has made it easy for us to share files publicly. We can put a file out there to be publicly downloaded via a public link. Users can download or save files into their own Dropbox account. However, as the owner of that file, we don’t get to see how many times our shared file has been downloaded by the masses.

Dropbox is not intended for storing downloadable files. It may terminate the public link once the bandwidth threshold is surpassed. Still, if you want to monitor your shared files download count, here are two viable workarounds you can use.

Method 1: Using Short URL

Short URL services like Bitly and will track how many times the links are clicked, showing you the count of how many times your file has been clicked on.

Bitly remains my favorite URL shortening service to date. Bitly’s statistics report of a link’s performance is more comprehensive compared to other similar services that I’ve tried. Bitly lets us see the click count in a specific range of time: hourly, 7 days, and 30 days. Bitly also shows us geographical reports, recording the places where our links are clicked.

method 2: Using Dropbox Plugin

Although Dropbox doesn’t have a downloaded link count, it does have the Dropbox API which allows developers to build plugins to help you do that. One outcome of that is OrangeDox.

To get started with Orange Dox, connect OrangeDox to your Dropbox account.

Once you’ve allowed OrangeDox to have access to your Dropbox account, OrangeDox will retrieve the list of files stored within. Through OrangeDox, select the file you would like to share.

Then create the public URL and specify the name to describe the URL.

Hit the “chain” icon as shown below to see and get your URL address to share to anyone.

OrangeDox’s statistical report is quite comprehensive as well. We can sort the report by Today, Yesterday, or in a specific date range. To view it, navigate to the file that you have shared, and click the link title. It will pop up a new dialog and display the stats quite nicely, like below. That’s it.


Both methods have some shortcomings. These methods merely redirect the users to the Dropbox page where they have to hit the download button in that page to download the file. This may not represent an accurate depiction of the actual number of downloads as the numbers shown in Bitly as well as in the OrangeDox statistic page only counts how many times the URL page has been clicked. At best, this gives us a ballpark figure of how popular the file is.

Monitor World Cup Scores With HotBlack Smartwatch: Track your team’s match vitals with the Bluetooth-enabled, soccer-minded timepiece

Monitor World Cup Scores With HotBlack Smartwatch

Created by physicist—and avid soccer enthusiast—Richard Hoptroff after 15 years of tinkering with intricately complicated timepieces, the HotBlack smartwatch aims to keep wearers connected to their favorite soccer team, whether live at the match or stuck…

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