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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Found: A Map Of The Entire Internet, As Of 1973

It fit on one sheet of paper.

Going through old papers my dad gave me, I found his map of the internet as of May 1973.

The entire internet.
Many people forget that the internet was invented in 1969. At this point, it was only used for military and government purposes only. Then in 1973, the internet expanded to other locations such as research universities and private companies. However, there were still so few internet users that a map of the entire internet network was sketched out on one piece of paper.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Facebook Messenger is getting a new Home screen

Facebook is continuing to evolve its Messenger app. Following the announcement earlier this week that built-in SMS support had returned to the messaging service on Android, the social network has just announced that its incredibly popular application wiill be receiving a revamped look.
Messenger’s redesigned homepage keeps the most recent conversations at the top, but scrolling past them will reveal a new section that shows your favorite contacts. It contains the family and friends you engage with most on Messenger.
Beneath this is a new section that reminds you of people’s birthdays. Not that Facebook itself doesn’t have enough ways of alerting you when a person you barely know gets another year older.
The final and arguably best new part of the Messenger update is the “Active Now” section. It works in the same way as the chat sidebar found on the desktop version of Facebook, showing a green dot next to people who are currently online. There’s also a “see all” option that brings up a list of all friends that are available on Messenger.
Explaining the changes in a blog post, the company wrote: “Up until now, most inbox experiences haven’t kept up with the new ways people connect.So, we’ve been thinking about how we can make it simpler and easier to find what you want to start a conversation.”
Facebook didn’t say when Messenger’s 900 million users can expect to see its new look, but the rollout probably won’t take long to get here. The company didn’t mention which platforms will be supported but, seeing as it’s only shown iOS images so far, it may arrive on Apple’s handsets before coming to Android.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

WhatsApp Web - wanna use it? Part 2

WhatsApp vs. Telegram: Here’s Why We Recommend Telegram as a Better App

WhatsApp is known to every smartphone owner. However, what is still new to the ears of many is Telegram.
While the former has a massive user base of over 900 million monthly active users, the latter has yet to manage even half of this user base, with reports suggesting that it homes about 200 million users.
The fact that Telegram has a smaller user base than WhatsApp will leave many wondering why our editors are really advocating for the former app rather than the latter. Ideally, WhatsApp has more users than Telegram just because many favor the Facebook-owned messenger’s ease of use, clean interface and hassle-free sign up process. In addition, WhatsApp is a little older in the messaging world, having started operations in 2009.
Enough of the chit-chat and straight to business: why Telegram and not WhatsApp?
Telegram is a free to download and install application that offers the users an open-source platform with no ads, a clean and fast interface and asks for no payments whatsoever.
Signing up and using Telegram is actually very easy. The messenger uses your phone number as your ID and it allows you to interact with any contact in your phonebook, as long as they are using the app too. This is what actually makes this messaging app very similar to WhatsApp. However, Telegram offers more on this aspect.
Unlike WhatsApp, it is possible to specify a username which can then be used by people whom you don’t have their contacts to reach you even if they don’t have the phone number you used to register on Telegram. In addition, the fact that this person can contact you using your Telegram user name does not mean your number will now be visible to them. It won’t, which is why this messaging app is often considered to be very secure.
When it comes to the general UI, there are no huge differences between the two apps. As noted earlier, it is very easy to send and receive messages, contact management is no different and the view you get for a conversation, in addition to the use of emojis is common on both apps.
The biggest selling point of Telegram is security. Other than being an open-source platform, this messaging app also makes use of MTProto that features 256-bit symmetric encryptions, DH secure key exchange as well as RSA 2048 encryption. This is just how secure this application is, something that has even prompted the developers to offer a massive $200,000 for any hacker who can find a loophole in the system.

Just like WhatsApp, Telegram is a cross platform app. It works well on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Mac and Windows OS. You can access this messaging app from any browsing platform using any web browser. It is also possible to log into all of the supported devices at a given time without any problems and messages will appear on all of them.
The speed at which Telegram executes commands is lightning and it rarely experiences any outages. Sharing of files is also another powerful tool of the messenger as there are no any restrictions on file sizes or even types.
If you enjoy chatting in groups, you will enjoy this application even better as it offers a double capacity as that of WhatsApp. You can include up to 200 participants in a Telegram group. Lastly, it is possible for bots to integrate with Telegram’s sophisticated API, something you won’t find on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is not free. You must pay for it beginning from the second year, but only a modest fee of $0.99 annually is required. There is no doubt that in terms of ease of use and functionality, WhatsApp is no different from Telegram. Signing up requires a phone number and you can interact with any person in your phonebook as long as they are using WhatsApp too.
When it comes to security, nothing can be assured on WhatsApp, thanks to the fact that it’s not an open source platform. This has led to many security breaches on this messaging app, with a recent one affecting users of WhatsApp Web.
WhatsApp is also a cross-platform app that will work on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and other mobile platforms. As noted earlier, it has a WhatsApp Web PC client that is accessible via a web browser. However, using the web client demands that the mobile app be active and the phone must also be connected to the internet. s
WhatsApp is fairly quick, but is not usually consistent. Furthermore, even though the app allows sharing of files, there are limitations as far as file types and sizes are concerned. For instance, it only allows file sizes of 16MB and it cannot send file types such as PDF, .doc, .exe and many others.
Based on the above revelations, the conclusion here seems obvious. Telegram is a no brainer, has great syncing capability, better security options and extremely fast. Even though WhatsApp is also simple and fairly fast, it lags behind in certain key aspects that have been highlighted by Telegram.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Google's response to Euro's Anti-trust action?

We released the Android operating system in 2007.  A free and open-source operating system, supported by numerous hardware partners, the model was unlike any other that had come before it.  The first device didn’t foretell Android’s future success.  It was described as quirky” …. having “a kind of charming, retro-future look; like a gadget in a 1970's sci-fi movie set in the year 2038.”  But we (and the thousands of other companies working on Android devices and apps) kept at it.

Since that time, Android has emerged as an engine for mobile software and hardware innovation.  It has empowered hundreds of manufacturers to build great phones, tablets, and other devices. And it has let developers of all sizes easily reach huge audiences.  The result?  Users enjoy extraordinary choices of apps and devices at ever-lower prices.  

The European Commission has been investigating our approach, and today issued a Statement of Objections, raising questions about its impact on competition. We take these concerns seriously, but we also believe that our business model keeps manufacturers’ costs low and their flexibility high, while giving consumers unprecedented control of their mobile devices.  That’s how we designed the model:   

  • Our partner agreements are entirely voluntary -- anyone can use Android without Google. Try it—you can download the entire operating system for free, modify it how you want, and build a phone. And major companies like Amazon do just that.  
  • Manufacturers who want to participate in the Android ecosystem commit to test and certify that their devices will support Android apps. Without this system, apps wouldn’t work from one Android device to the next.  Imagine how frustrating it would be if an app you downloaded on one Android phone didn’t also work on your replacement Android phone from the same manufacturer.  
  • Any manufacturer can then choose to load the suite of Google apps to their device and freely add other apps as well.  For example, phones today come loaded with scores of pre-installed apps (from Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, Google, mobile carriers, and more).
  • Of course while Android is free for manufacturers to use, it’s costly to develop, improve, keep secure, and defend against patent suits.  We provide Android for free, and offset our costs through the revenue we generate on our Google apps and services we distribute via Android.
  • And it’s simple and easy for users to personalize their devices and download apps on their own -- including apps that directly compete with ours.  The popularity of apps like Spotify, WhatsApp, Angry Birds, Instagram, Snapchat and many more show how easy it is for consumers to use new apps they like. Over 50 billion apps have been downloaded on Android.

Our partner agreements have helped foster a remarkable -- and, importantly, sustainable -- ecosystem, based on open-source software and open innovation. We look forward to working with the European Commission to demonstrate the careful way we’ve designed the Android model in a way that’s good for competition and for consumers.

Posted by Kent Walker, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

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Google is in hot water in Europe over Android.

EU charges Google with abusing Android dominance

Published on 20 Apr 2016 - European Union antitrust regulators accused Google on Wednesday (April 20) of abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system in deals with phone makers and mobile network operators.

The charge, which came after a year-long investigation, could hit a cash cow for Google, a unit of holding company Alphabet Inc: last year, the tech giant made close to 10 billion euros from ad sales on Android phones with Google apps such as Gmail and Maps.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Microsoft Buys Canonical And Shuts Down Ubuntu Linux OS

From the last couple of years, fossBytes has been actively covering the developments in technology and open source. You might have come across numerous articles telling how badly Microsoft has fallen in love with Linux. The first day of Microsoft Build Developer Conference 2016 looked like another familiar affair when the company announced Bash shell for Windows. 

 However, the day 2 of Build 2016 came as a surprise and shock to the open source and Linux community. At the event, Microsoft announced that it has bought Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu Linux, and shut down Ubuntu Linux forever. 

 Earlier this week, when we reported about Ubuntu coming to Windows 10, we didn’t expect this drastic step. Today, we’ve become fully acquainted with Microsoft’s evil plan. 

 Along with acquiring Canonical and killing Ubuntu, Microsoft has announced that it’s making a new operating system called Windows L. Yes, L stands for Linux. Oh, and also, it won’t be open source.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Gmailify: The best of Gmail, without an @gmail address

For the last year, you’ve been able to access your email from other providers, like Yahoo! Mail or, in the Gmail app on Android. And we’ve been getting lots of great feedback from those of you that do. Many of you would like more of Gmail’s powerful features, like spam protection and inbox organization, on these accounts—but don’t want to go through the hassle of changing your email address.

We agree. So starting today, if you use Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/, you now have the option to Gmailify your inbox.

Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles—spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based on your mail—without having to leave your current address behind.

All you need to do is open the Gmail app, sign in to your email account(s), and enable Gmailify. And of course, you're always in control—so if you ever change your mind, you can unlink your account(s) at any time, and continue to access them through the Gmail app without using Gmail

We’re really excited to bring the best of Gmail to more people, and we’re planning to add other email providers to Gmailify in the future.
February 17, 2016 | Posted by Michael K√§ser, Software Engineer