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April 24, 2014 - Bitcoins AMA: Ask me anything about Bitcoins via TechTalks PH

Time for a follow-up meetup on bitcoins!  First one was great fun, let's do it again. 
Suggest you try installing a bitcoin wallet BEFORE  the meetup.  If you don't know what a bitcoin is, show up anyway ;-) We'll have a refresher for beginners.
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What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency and is designed to enable users to send money to each other directly quickly and at low cost."
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What:   Let's talk Bitcoins  - what is it and why should I care? how can i use it? can i "mine" for it?   
Guest for this AMA session:  Ron Hose, Co-founder of coins.ph.  
"Buy, sell, accept bitcoins in your local currency, without a credit card or bank account." 
Where:   to be advised
When:   Thursday  April 24, 2014    --  6pm to ?
Who should attend:  Anyone interested in bit coins.   All are welcome. For background information on bitcoins, watch the videos/tutorials compiled by www.coins.ph
Cost:   TBD, pending meeting location
Full-time Students with ID:  50 pesos
Volunteer organizer:  Free - email CV to tins at techtalks.ph
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Agenda: 
6pm - 630pm:  Check in/Networking
630pm - 7pm:  Introductions - all
7pm to 730pm:   Bitcoins 101; and refresher of what was discussed during  first bitcoin meetup - TBD
730pm to 830pm:  AMA session  (ask me anything aka Q&A ;-) 
Ron Hose, co-founder of coins.ph answers any questions you may have on Bitcoins.   All are welcome to contribute! 
830pm to 9pm:  Networking
9pm - event ends. 
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About the speaker
Ron Hose is co-founder of coins.ph and is currently based in Manila.  Prior to coins.ph, he was Founding Partner at Innovation Endeavors, an early stage venture capital fund backed by Eric Schmidt. Prior to IE, Ron was the Co-Founder and CTO of TokBox, a consumer video conferencing company serving millions of video minutes daily to customers connecting from around the globe.  
About Coins.ph
We are committed to driving adoption of Bitcoin in emerging markets
coins.ph.   Founded in 2013, coins.ph allows anyone to buy, sell and accept Bitcoin — including those who don't have access to credit cards or bank accounts.

How is Bitcoin useful in emerging markets? 
Low credit card penetration is cited as the number one obstacle to e-commerce growth is Asia. The majority of sales are completed COD (cash-on-delivery) or with OTC (over the counter) payments, both of which have high customer drop-off rates.
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Members include IT professionals, founders, business owners, freelancers, bloggers, social media experts, CIOs, writers, developers, designers, artists, lawyers, students, academics, etc.  Some of us work in marketing, sales, real estate and others don't work at all ;-)
If you want to know more about tech topics, doing business in the tech world, or simply want to know more about this group and meet new people, COME JOIN US!
All are welcome!
Feel free to invite others and please RSVP so we can get a headcount.  See you soon!
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency introduced as open source software in 2009 by developer Satoshi Nakamoto. It is a cryptocurrency, so-called because it uses cryptography to control the creation and transfer of money.[5] Conventionally, the capitalized word "Bitcoin" refers to the technology and network, whereas lowercase "bitcoin" refers to the currency itself.[6]
Bitcoins are created by a process called mining, in which computer network participants, i.e. users who provide their computing power, verify and record payments into a public ledger in exchange for transaction fees and newly minted bitcoins.[7] Users send and receive bitcoins using wallet software on a personal computermobile device, or a web application. Bitcoins can be obtained by mining or in exchange for products, services, or other currencies [8]
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Press Release: Upcoming ‘Google in Education’ Summits in the US This 2014



Global Team of Technology in Education Specialists Announce Upcoming ‘Google in Education’ Summits in the US in 2014


California, April 7, 2014 --- After many successful events in Europe and Asia, the team at AppsEvents have been working on several Google in Education summits in the US kicking off with the Arkansas summit last November.

As Education Technology continues to shift towards the cloud, Google Apps for Education adoption continues to skyrocket, with over 40 million users, and many statewide programs such as Oregon and New York. With common core standards driving adoption of both Chromebooks, Android tablets and Google Apps for Education in schools we have seen a huge growth in interest in Google in Education Summits in the US.

The international team at AppsEvents, composes a mix of practicing educators and Education Technology specialists from the US, Europe, and Asia, share a commitment to a vision of cloud computing, and Google technologies in particular, to help schools run more efficiently, to assist individual educators better perform their work, and most importantly to prepare students for today's changing tech landscape through events such as Google in Education summits.

For institutions looking to make the move to Google Apps or for educators interested in ‘leveling up’ their practical Google skills, you can join any of the upcoming US summits this year - May 24 & 25, Monterey Bay California; June 21 & 22 Connecticut; and on November 2014, Arkansas.

These fantastic two-day events of educators teaching other educators are focused both on the core Google Apps for Education such as GMail, Calendar, Docs, and Drive but also cover other Google products such as Chromebooks, Google play and Android, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Earth, and Advanced Google Search among others.

A day prior to any summit, AppsEvents will also be running a one-day Google Apps EDU Certification preparation bootcamp to help prepare you to complete the certification process which comprises of 5 online tests and a completed application, including a case study. The day is fun, engaging and educational and teaches you how to quickly pass the tests and join the community of certified trainers worldwide.

An attendee from the recent Louisiana Google in Education summit held at Calcasieu Parish Technology Center last February 22 and 23, has this to say about her experience, “This was, by far, the best professional development conference I have attended. Smaller, intimate sessions geared toward specific tools and usage applications are so much more beneficial and less overwhelming.”

“I enjoyed the summit. The facility was great, friendly people, good food, and knowledge you could actually implement Monday!”, said another Louisiana summit attendee.

AppsEvents is a global Google Education partner and leader in Google education training. They have been organizing training events at various international schools worldwide geared towards introducing Google technologies in the classroom since the launch of Google Apps for Education in 2006.

For a complete list of Google in Education Summits and other training events organized by AppsEvents, visit their website at http://wwww.appsevents.com/. You can also get valuable tips and important updates on how to get the most from existing Google products for education on their blog and Google+ community or watch this video on why you should attend a Google in Education Summit with AppsEvents.
Straightforward Strategies That Speed Up Torrent Downloads

Imagine being faced with an un-crowded piste and being unable to take full advantage of the inviting high-speed run that lies ahead of you because your skis weren’t up to the task.

This analogy sums up what some users end up feeling like when they are similarly unable to take advantage of the information super-highway ahead of them. If you are one of those that feel they can’t take full advantage of the high-speed data opportunities available, then here are some pretty straightforward strategies to help you get up to speed.

Bandwidth

Your ISP is a great starting point when you are addressing problems with speed. Check the maximum download and upload speeds that have been set by your ISP.

Clearly you can only go as fast as your provider will allow you so do a broadband speed test and then see if there are any other issues that could be resolved to give your speeds a boost. You can often increase the speed of your internet by improving your RAM, getting a fast browser and tweaking your hardware amongst other ideas.

Bittorrent

Choosing the right bittorrent client will help you in your quest for speed and Vuze is a good example of a bittorrent client that offers you the chance to take advantage of high speed downloads once you have your system and hardware tooled up to cope. Always remember to use Vuze only for sharing files that do not infringe upon copyright.

In good health

Another straightforward bit of advice would be to make sure that your go for healthy seeds and peers. As you probably know, a peer refers to any computer that is participating in either the download or uploading of a torrent file and a seeder is anyone who has a complete copy of the file that is being shared across the torrent network.

The thing to remember about high speed torrents is that it is basically a numbers game, so the greater number of seeders there are then the healthier the torrent is likely to be and the greater chance you have of achieving the high speeds you want.

Configure your firewall

Firewalls are there for a good reason but they can block all incoming bittorrent connections unless you configure yours to accept the trusted connections.

If your home computer operates behind a router then that should also be configured using the Port Range Forwarding feature so that torrent traffic is enabled.

Upload rate

Although an unlimited upload rate sounds like a good idea it can affect the download rate as a result. Use the speed test results to find your maximum upload speed and then set your global upload rate to about 80% so that it runs at a fast pace but is not flat out.

Switch ports

The default rate for the bittorrent protocol is generally between port numbers 6881 and 6999. The problem is that ISP’s can apply restrictions within these port ranges as they know that it will be involve high bandwidth usage.

Try switching ports to a number above 10000 as a way of getting around the ISP restrictions.

Protocol encryption

What ISP’s loathe about protocol encryption is that they can find it is almost an impossible task to detect if the traffic is coming from bittorrent.

Experiment with enabled, disabled and also forced options and see if you could be getting better speed with encryption disabled.

Follow some of these simple strategies and you might just get that high-speed run down the information super-highway.

About the Author

Lucas Weston is constantly sharing and securing data online. He enjoys blogging about ways the average web user can maximize data management capabilities over the internet.
How Information Travels From Your Computer To Data Centers #infographic

In a sense, the Internet is a new frontier. It started as a realm with no rules, and gradually over the last three decades, a system with structure has developed. Data centers run the Internet, but how is information delivered from data centers to your computer screen? This infographic from Telx.com uncovers what happens when we connect to the Internet.

This subject may appear complex (well, it really is if you want to dig in greater detail - down to the smallest bit) but it is important for even regular  non-IT people to at least have a basic understanding of how the Internet works since the Internet has become an integral part of our daily lives. Having worked as a tech support for a U.S. Internet service provider, it still amazes me how some people can’t tell the difference between a modem and a router. Even the term ISP or IP address is very alien to some.

Some interesting facts about the Internet:
>> The first widely used web browser was named Mosaic. It was available from 1993 but discontinued in the year 1997.
>> The Internet is actually controlled by 14 people who hold 7 secret keys.
>>Harry Potter is (almost) the same age as the World Wide Web.

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Efficient, Hard-Working Cloud Networks
Efficient, Hard-Working Cloud Networks

Internet usage has gone from being an astonishing feat of technology that amazed its users to being viewed as an everyday, mundane tool that is annoying if it isn’t up and running as preferred. Workers expect their company’s files and applications to be easily accessed and ready at the click of a button or mouse.

Plenty of network companies promise their service connectivity is superior to others. They claim that your virtual private network (VPN) will be more efficient with their product. What you need is a product or service that acts like a local area network (LAN) in the cloud, such as the hardware-free Pertino cloud network.

When searching for a service that supplies an efficient network, look for one that does the networking for you. Let them be the ones to enter all the data like IP addresses and security certificates, or constructing firewall routes and rules. They should also ensure connectivity between all your devices, including full mobile access. Full mobile access will increase productivity while not keeping your workers tied to their desks.

Another feature is a company that can offer their service over your existing equipment without having to install new hardware devices. The quicker you can get your network running at full speed, the greater your productivity and revenue will add up.
How To Batch Resize Images Using Adobe Photoshop Scripts
How To Batch Resize Images Using Adobe Photoshop Scripts


Here's a cool and useful Photoshop trick everyone can use.

We can all agree that photography has become cheap nowadays. By saying cheap, what I mean is, you don't have to hire a photographer or go to camera studio to have your pictures taken like in the past. Almost everyone now owns a cellphone with built-in camera function. Not to mention how the price of point-and-shoot cameras has declined over the years. I mentioned this because we are now living in a world of photo abundance.

Aside from the fact that anyone can take pictures of anything, we can also share pictures easily through the internet. Probably the most popular site to share our pictures is Facebook. The problem with Facebook is that it decompresses the quality of the pictures we upload and it takes a long time when uploading HD images. Well, there is no point actually in uploading HD images in Facebook since they get decompressed anyway (*rolls eyes*).

This leads me to the idea of resizing images before uploading (just one scenario where batch resizing of images can come in handy).

How To Batch Resize Images Using Adobe Photoshop Scripts

Did you know that Photoshop has integrated scripts to process multiple images at the same time? I didn't know too, until yesterday when I was tasked to create thumbnails for a bunch of flyers.

Here's how it goes...

1. Launch Adobe Photoshop (of course). Click FileScripts > Image Processor...

How To Batch Resize Images Using Adobe Photoshop Scripts

2. A pop-up window will appear. First, select the directory where your image files are located. It makes sense to store all the files you need to resize in one folder.


3. Next, set the location where you want the output to be saved. You can choose the same directory where your original files are located. Photoshop will use the same file names but it will create another folder within that selected directory so there is no need to worry about the original files being overwritten.


4. Since we are batch resizing, make sure the Save as JPEG option is checked. Enter your preferred width and height.


5. Click Run. Now sit back, sip coffee, relax, and wait.
Complete Guide On How To Secure Gmail Account From Hackers
Complete Guide On How To Secure Gmail Account From Hackers


A few days ago, I received several registration confirmation emails from malicious sites. I did not sign up for those websites so I got worried that my Gmail or Google account might be compromised. Good thing is that I was able to activate some security measures to increase security of Gmail account.

Gmail is one of the world's widely used free email service along with Yahoo! Mail and Microsoft's Hotmail which is now Outlook.com. Personally, there are a lot of important information associated with my Gmail account and having my login credentials known by a hacker can make a huge impact on my life. I think the same is true for a lot of people.

If you want to make sure that your email account with Google stays safe, here are steps you can follow. Note that these security measures where even recommended by Google themselves.

1. Make sure that you have a strong password.

It is said that the fastest words we can type are our passwords. Now the tricky thing about passwords is if it is too strong, a lot of people have the tendency to forget their passwords. The challenge here is to create a password that is easy to remember but hard for others to guess.

There are a lot of guidelines available on various blogs as to how you can come up with a strong password. As a best practice, the following rules should be applied when generating your secret codes.

- Choose a password that is at least 8 character long.
- Your password should contain at least one each for the following: lower case letter, upper case letter, numeric, and a special character.
- Avoid using names or nicknames of family members, friends, and even pets.
- Avoid using information about yourself such as name, nickname, username, birth date, phone number, address, plate number and many others.
- Avoid sequential numbers and letters.
- Don't use dictionary words or any word from any language.
- Don't use only 1 password for several accounts.
- Update your passwords every 3 to 6 months.
- Never write down your passwords.
- Don't share your password to anyone.
- Never send your password to anyone via email, SMS, or instant messaging apps.
- Refrain from using public computers especially when trying to access highly sensitive websites such as online banking.
- Change your password immediately if you feel that it is compromised.
- Don't use the browser's "Remember password" option if you are sharing a computer with someone.
- Don't type your password when someone is watching behind or beside you.

This article from Webroot entitled "How Do I Create a Strong Password?" illustrates very clever examples on how you can create passwords that are hard to guess but easy for you to remember.

Here are the four key elements found on the said Webroot article:

- Using a phrase or acronym that mean something to you or something you can easily associate with a particular type of website.

2BorNot2B_ThatIsThe? (To be or not to be, that is the question - from Shakespeare)


- Using passwords with common elements, but customized to specific sites.


ABT2_uz_AMZ! (About to use Amazon)
ABT2_uz_BoA! (About to use Bank of America)


- Using the keyboard as a canvas to draw patterns on.


1qazdrfvgy7 forms the letter 'W' in the keyboard.


- Adding emoticons or smileys.


C?U2canCRE8Pwords;-) (See? You too can create passwords ?)


2. Check if your emails are not being forwarded to an unknown email address.

If you have set up email forwarding, there is a possibility that your password reset request email will also be sent to that other email address. Most of the time, people with multiple email address use this feature but can also be used to forward certain types of messages to another person. Therefore, if you have enabled this Gmail feature, double check that you are not forwarding to an unknown email address and that proper filtering are used if in case you are forwarding specific type of email messages to a different person.

If you want to learn how to enable or disable email forwarding in Gmail, check out this Google resource: Forward mail to another account

Aside from automatic email forwarding, Gmail has another feature that allows users to delegate his or her email account to another which enables that person to send and receive messages for his or her behalf.

Simply put, email delegation is like having several mailboxes in a single interface. You can access another user's messages and reply to those emails using his or her email address instead of your own without having to log out from your own account. This is particularly used by organizations and teams.

If you want to learn more about email delegation, please see this Google resource: Set up mail delegation

Just like in email forwarding, to avoid unauthorized access, make sure that you only delegate your email account to a trusted user.

Note that if the filter option also have a "forward to" feature. Make sure to review all your filters as well.

3. Make sure to enter valid and up to date password recovery options.


In the event that you forgot your Gmail account password, Google offers several options for you to recover it. Google can send you a password reset link to a recovery email address. You can also add a mobile phone number to your Gmail profile where you can receive a code via text message to reset your password.

Comparing recovery email address versus a registered mobile number, the latter is a much secure and convenient option because you physically possess the phone. Aside from that, Google can also use your registered mobile number to challenge users trying to break in your account. It is important to note that Google guarantees your number won't be used by telemarketers.

Another benefit of adding a mobile phone on your Gmail account is that you get SMS notifications when changes have been made to your account such as a password change. For instance, if you forgot to log-out from a public computer and somebody tried to change your password, you will get an SMS message when the change occur. And since you have your phone with you, you can immediately make necessary changes to prevent further intrusion.

To learn more about the various password recovery options available, please refer to the following resources:
Adding recovery options to your account
Recovery email address
Recovery phone number

4. Check for unusual access or suspicious activity in your account.

Google has a security feature which logs your last 10 account activity. This includes recent activity that happened any time of the day that your mail was used via a regular browser, a mobile device, a POP email client, a third party application. You can see here details of the activity, associated location, IP address, date and time.

To access this security log, just find the "Last account activity" link at the bottom right part of every Gmail page and click on "Details".




You can also visit https://security.google.com/ and click on the "Recent Activity" tab right under the "Security" menu from the left side bar. Here, you can see logs of when you made changes to your account.



If you see any suspicious activity, if it is through a third party website, immediately revoke its access. Otherwise, change your Gmail password ASAP!

If you want to learn more about your last account activity, please visit this Google resource: Last account activity

5. Always use HTTPS and check for unfamiliar content in your signature box and auto responder settings.


In layman's term, the extra 's' in https means security. To always use HTTPS, go to your Gmail account settings by clicking on the gear icon found on the upper right portion of the Gmail interface. Under the "General" tab, you will find the "always use https" option.


Make sure also that there is no unfamiliar content or code in your signature or vacation responder box. These 2 settings are also found under the "General" settings tab. Remove any unfamiliar code.



6. Make sure that all your software are up to date especially your anti-virus and anti-malware app.

7. Activate 2-Step Verification

Google's two-factor authentication was launched last year as a way to secure your account using 2 things, something you know (password) and something you own (mobile phone).

If you enable this feature, each time you attempt to login to your Google account, aside from keying in your password, you will be prompted to enter a verification code that will be either sent to your phone via SMS, voice call, or through an independent mobile app. If you don't have cell signal, there is nothing to worry as you can also generate a list of back up codes which you can print or write on a piece of paper. This will be very handy if you travel and don't have a good reception. Note that these codes will only work once. In case you have used up all 10 back up codes, you can easily request for a new batch.

Once logged in, you have the option to tell Google to remember that machine you are using so you won't have to authenticate again. You can also add back up phone numbers just in case if your primary number won't work.

This is by far the most secure way to access an online account. Learn more about the 2-Step Verification here.
How To Make Photo Collage in Pixlr Express. Warning: Extremely Easy and Addictive
How To Make Photo Collage in Pixlr Express

In the past, if you don't develop your own pictures, it can take a few days or even weeks before you can finally see your photographs. Today, with the latest developments in technology, you can snap any picture any time, any where and share it to the world within seconds.

Photography has become as common as the common flue and you know what comes with it? Tons of digital pictures one can't put in a single blog post.

A few days ago, I created a post on how to make awesome graphics without Photoshop. The blog post has received positive feed backs from blogger friends of the same age group as I am while a  not so good response from older users. Some find the tools I shared on the article confusing.

I understand that not everyone is technically savvy so I decided to make an elaborate tutorial with screenshots on how to use those graphic tools and their practical application most particularly to bloggers starting off with Pixlr.

Pixlr is a set of online graphic editors available for free with no download or sign up required. Basically, Pixlr is composed of three tools: Pixlr Editor, Pixlr Express, and Pixlr O-Matic.

In a nutshell, Pixlr Editor is an online version of Photoshop, Pixlr O-Matic is a visual tool to make pictures with vintage effects, and Pixlr Express is an online photo editor with predefined effects. There are many things you can do with the Express editor and one of my used application is their collage maker.

Why make a collage?

There are many uses and benefits on making a photo collage. For one, if you want to print your pictures, you can save on ink and photo paper. If you are a blogger and want to show case lots of images in a single blog post without compromising page load time, you can use photo collage to cut down the number of pictures you will upload. One particular mommy blogger I know is fond of using collage on her blog posts and I enjoyed them. She also use one of the collage as a teaser photo when sharing her links on social media sites.

Why use Pixlr Express?

There are lots of online collage makers out there but personally I use Pixlr Express because their interface is very clean. No ads. Their tools are very easy to use and the finish products looks very neat. Additionally, they don't put their logo or watermark on your output.

How to make photo collage in Pixlr Express?

To use this online graphic editor, just go to this link http://pixlr.com/express/. You will see the screen below. Since we are going to make a photo collage, make sure to click on the "collage" button.


Next, you will be taken to the editor interface. There are not many buttons to intimidate non-techie users however, you need to familiarize yourself with the various options available in order to start using is.


By default, the 4 panel canvas layout will be displayed. If you don't like this arrangement, click on the "layout" icon. It is the second icon from left. A small window will appear and from there you can choose from the many predefined layout. Use the up and down arrow to navigate the layout options window.

To start adding your photos, hover your mouse on the section of the canvas where you want to place it. A blue button with the + sign in the middle will appear. Click that blue icon to start uploading your photo. Note that you need to do this one panel at a time.

If you want to adjust the spacing between the images or adjust the border width, use the "spacing" option. If you want the individual photos to have a rounded border, use the "roundness" option. The "proportions" option adjusts the dimension of the entire canvas while the "color" option allows you to change the border color.


Setting both "spacing" and "roundness" to zero will give you a nice, clean, bleed through effect.


Once you are done tweaking your collage, click "finished". You will be taken to an advanced screen where Pixlr gives you options to add frames, stickers, and filters on your image. If you are happy with your finished product, simply click the "save" button on the upper left corner of the screen. Else, if you want to play around with the different effects, feel free to try the various options available.

I will not be covering this part in full detail as I feel that if you got to this part of the tool, you should now get a feel of how it works.
Online Graphic Design Software: How To Make Awesome Graphics Without Photoshop
How To Make Awesome Graphics Without Photoshop

Do you want to make your own graphics with words that you can share on Facebook or on your blog but you don't have Photoshop, you don't know how to use any graphic design software, or your PC can't handle these resource intensive applications?

Well, there is no need to worry as there are online graphic design tools that you can use for free and can help you create professional looking graphics.

There are a lot of free online graphic tools out there but some of them will add their watermark or logo on the output which, I'm guessing, most of you do not want.

In this blog post, I'm going to share with you different kind of graphic makers which I personally love and I'm sure you will too.

1. Wigflip - Toys and Tools for the Web

Wigflip is a collection of different graphic generators. The site offers various tools to help make your online life much easier and fun at the same time. They have a tool where you can create virtual sticky notes, animated text icon, animated Super Mario Brothers text screen generator, tiny tags, animated LED signs, make your own street sign, motivational or demotivational posters, and meme with text icon.

My favorite is the Wigflip Speech Bubble Maker. You can create classic gaming inspired speech bubbles using this tool. It is very easy to use and you can download the graphic on your computer or upload it directly to your imgur account. This is perfect for your geeky thoughts/quotes.

2. Quotes Cover

Have you noticed those square quotes shared by your friends on Tumblr or Facebook? If ever you want to make your own graphic for your favorite quotes from books, famous people or your own, the Quotes Cover application will make the whole process very easy and fun. I have a confession. I am addicted to this tool and has been using it for the graphics on some of my blog posts.

Just like Wigflip, Quotes Cover offers a collection of graphic tools but they are more focused on adding words to your graphics. You can make Facebook/Google+ timeline covers, wallpapers for various devices, posters optimized for printing,  and picture messages or e-cards.

Their Facebook timeline cover generator and square quote maker are my favorites. They have nice color presets for background images. You also have the option to blur the background image. If you want to use plain text and colored background, you can click the font and color combination control until you find something that suits your taste.

See sample outputs below.

Facebook timeline cover made for an actual client.
 


3. Behappy.me Quote Generator

This is a similar application to Quotes Cover but has much simpler interface and lesser options. You can add smileys and other predefined small icons but you can't upload your own background.

4. Pixlr

At some point in your life, you would want to make a collage. There are a lot of online collage maker available but the Pixlr Express Collage Maker particularly stands out for me because of the many options it offer and the interface is very clean and intuitive.


Pixlr is actually a set of three online photo editors. Pixlr Editor is like an online version of Photoshop. Pixlr Express offers more than 600 effects, border, and overlays to pimp your photos. Pixlr O-Matic is like a web version of Instagram filters for you can easily add retro or vintage effects to your pictures.

5. PicMonkey

PicMonkey, just like Pixlr Express, offers different kinds of frames, textures, and effects to enhance your images. It also allows you to add text and adjust your image settings such as size ans sharpness. If you fancy giving yourself a virtual make over, PicMonkey has a touch up option which enables you to add make up to your photographs. The only drawback of this app is that some of the features are not available for free users.


6. Rollip Online Photo Editor

Another photo editor with fun overlays and effects that makes very girly pictures. You can read my review about this app here.

These 6 tools are the applications I frequently use. Basically, these 6 are my favorites but there are still other graphic creators you might want to try for yourself.

7. PicFull - Very basic photo editor with basic effect presets. Notable feature is the crazy mirror equivalent to that of the liquify effect in Photoshop.
8. Graffiti Creator - If you are bored and want to pimp your name, this is a fun tool.
9. Wordle - Basic word cloud creator. Comes in 6 predefined layout. Very easy to use.
10. Tagxedo - Advanced word cloud creator that support shapes.