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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

Monday, December 21, 2015

Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Grand gt-I9082 gt-I9082L to Android Lollipop 5.1

How to Install Upgrade Android 5.1 Lollipop | CyanogenMod CM 12.1 ROM Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Grand gt-I9082 gt-I9082L to Android Lollipop 5.1

get rid from hanging or slower performance and experience the fastest performance like never before.install or upgrade your device,phone,tablet with faster and smoother performance.i recommended you to install android lollipop 5.1 Android 5.1 i have sucessfully updated samsung galaxy grand from jellybean 4.2.2 to android lollipop 5.1 using ROM cynagonmod CM 12.1 Unofficial

Step by Step Tutorial for how to install Android Lollipop
Here are the complete steps for How to Upgrade Samsung Galaxy Grand gt-I9082 gt-I9082L to Android Lollipop 5.1 Cynagonmod CM 12.1
1. First Take the EFS Backup

2. Connect your Phone with the PC using its USB data cable.
3. Copy the downloaded CM12.1 Android 5.1 Lollipop zip file and Google Apps package to the phone.
4. Disconnect your phone after copying files into it.
5. Now turn off the phone and press Volume Down + Home + Power button simultaneously to get the ODIN mode/Download mode.
6. To install the custom ROM on device we need ODIN software. Install and run it on your pc.
7. Connect USB cable to phone and press volume up button to continue. Now from ODIN software on pc click PDA, browse for CWM Custom ROM Zip file and press Start. You will see the progress bar on device and in few seconds "PASS" status will be displayed on ODIN.This means you have successfully flashed your device.
8. Turn Off your Galaxy Grand in order to boot it into CWM (clockworkmod recovery) Recovery Mode.
9. Now turn your device on by pressing and holding Volume Up + Home + Power buttons at the same time until recovery mode is being displayed.
10. After entering into Recovery Mode, select “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition” select “Advanced” and choose “wipe dalvik cache”.
11. Navigate to the main Recovery Menu and choose “install zip from SD card” followed by “choose zip from SD card”.

Downloads :-

1.CM 12.1 android Lollipop 5.1 for samsung galaxy grand I9082

2. Gapps Pack


4.CWM Recovery Non touched (ClockworkMod Recovery) you can also check for latest touched version

Note :-i recommended all to verify the MD5 checksum hash value after download.

PS :- if you have any queries,suggestions or found any error /mistake regarding tutorial please notice me in the comment section.i will answer all your questions / queries.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Google just revealed the first new feature of Android N

Google has just released its first ever tablet, the Pixel C. It's the first slate designed by the company itself, and we called it the best Android tablet on the market right now -- but it's not without issues.

Some of those shortcomings lie within Android's software, and the lack of multitasking support within the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software has been seen as a drawback by some users. However, that's soon to change.

During a Reddit AMA on the Pixel C, Glen Murphy, director of Android and Chrome UX, confirmed that split-screen multitasking support is incoming. "We're working hard on a range of enhancements for Android in this form factor," he said.

"There are many things, like multi-window, that we've been spending a lot of time on -- hopefully we can share more about this soon."

N is for....?

Don't expect this to be a simple overnight update -- it won't be coming until Android 7.0 releases and we wouldn't expect that until late next year.

Consumer hardware director at Google, Andrew Bowers, added: "We're working on lots of things right now for N that, of course, we wish we had, you know, yesterday. But we'd spoil the surprise of N if we shared all of them. Split screen is in the works!"
Apple added multitasking functionality into iOS 9 this year for its iPads and we've seen similar functionality in Windows for a few years now. Google is playing catch up here, but other Android hardware manufacturers have jumped in before and made their own version of the multitasking system.

Samsung has had its own version for quite some time now, but there's a lack of support from apps across the board.

Android N is likely to launch late next year, but it's currently unclear what it'll include. We wouldn't expect a major redesign after the look change on Android 5.0 Lollipop last year, but it's likely to include a variety of new big features that make Google's software even more useful.
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Monday, November 2, 2015

How to Find a Lost Android Smartphone

Published on 26 May 2015 by Digital Trends Get your phone back! Check out these three apps for tracking down your Android phone - and who may have it. Try an of these three apps from the Google Play Store that will help you find a lost Android Smartphone: 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Facebook now officially owns WhatsApp

By Ellis Hamburger on October 6, 2014 10:20 am

Eight months after announcing its intent to acquire messaging giant WhatsApp, the deal has finally gone through. Facebook announced the closing of the deal with the SEC in the United States, and with the European Commission in Europe. Since the deal was announced for $19 billion, its price tag has actually increased to a whopping $21.8 billion. This is in part due to Facebook's rising stock price over the last several months, Recode points out.

As WhatsApp officially joins the Facebook fold, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum has joined Facebook's board. He will also be paid just $1 per year like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to filings, but has been given a very hefty purse of Facebook shares to hold on to. Facebook now has the right to do whatever it wants with WhatsApp, though the company likely won't make any dramatic changes to the service for a long while. Facebook has pledged to operate its latest acquisitions, from Instagram to Oculus, largely independently — seeing as these companies were already doing so well on their own. For example, don't expect WhatsApp to abandon its $1 / year business model or add advertisements any time soon.

"There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product," Koum said when the deal news broke months ago. Facebook does, however, plan to its new businesses to achieving larger scale, according to Facebook. Like Mark Zuckeberg said on a recent earnings call, it's all about ramping up Instagram, Oculus, and now WhatsApp to reaching one billion users. So why mess with something that isn't broke?

Monday, October 5, 2015

reverse takeover of google by Alphabet.

 Google Inc is changing its operating structure by setting up a new company called Alphabet Inc, which will include the search business and a number of other units.
Google Inc is changing its operating structure by setting up a new company called Alphabet Inc, which will include the search business and a number of other units. Photograph: PAWEL KOPCZYNSKI/REUTERS

Google is now Alphabet. Temporary Holding Company Number Two is now Google. And “don’t be evil” is now one step closer to being a thing of the past.

Following the corporate reshuffle at Google, the world’s largest search firm is now owned by a holding company called “Alphabet” – which, confusingly, was temporarily a subsidiary of Google but then executed a “reverse takeover” of its parent company to become the new boss, at which point Google spun off a number of its own subsidiaries such as its life sciences subsidiary Calico and “moonshot” division X to sit under Alphabet.
The end result is that the Google we all know and love still exists, but sits under an entirely new company, with a new name, new brand, new website – and new ethics policy.
When Alphabet was revealed, it was made clear that Google’s pre-existing ethics policy would only apply to the search firm itself, rather than its parent company. But now that Alphabet has revealed its own Code of Conduct, and the words “don’t be evil” are nowhere in sight.
Instead, the holding company has a rather less pithy set of requirements for its employees, including “avoid conflicts of interest”, “ensure financial integrity and responsibility” and “obey the law”.
That means that Google’s own companies, including YouTube and Android, are still run with a code of conduct that includes the command “don’t be evil” (as well as the less well-known statement that “we like cats, but we’re a dog company”), while the companies that sit directly under Alphabet aren’t.
Alphabet’s other subsidiaries such as X, the division in charge of the company’s balloon-powered internet drone delivery projects, will still have the ability to set their own codes of conduct, just as Google itself has. But the company itself leads on the highly catchy requirement that “Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries … should do the right thing – follow the law, act honorably, and treat each other with respect.”
It isn’t the first time Google has downgraded “don’t be evil” in its internal communications. In 2009, the company quietly dropped the line from “motto” to “mantra”, as part of a rebranding of its corporate PR – a far cry from the early noughties, where the phrase had even been included in the company’s 2004 intial public offering.

original title : Where Google said 'don't be evil', Alphabet just wants employees to 'obey the law'

WhatsApp Web - wanna use it?

Part 1 - Using Google Chrome & Android

This WhatsApp Web review (as we go on) is from an end-user perspective. I am a late WhatsApp user - just had a samsung smartphone with android version 4.2.2. I had opted to use WhatsApp Web, due to my physical shortcomings. You may like WhatsApp Web, if you like to try - here’s how, Kindly note that WhatsApp Web is browser based.

1] Checking your Browser.

Firstly, you have to check that your browser is ‘compatible’ with WhatsApp Web. As for me, I have been religiously using Google Chrome, for Chrome the version needed is minimum ver36 or above. To check your browser’s version – just key in in the navigation bar and once that page is fully loaded just press on the browser you are using, in my case the Chrome (for now I cannot advice you on the versions of other browsers need to operate WhatsApp Web) I am using is:-

2] to use WhatsApp Web - Follow this simple steps here:-
Open this site on your browser (by keying in the navigation bar)  
: -         
Open WhatsApp on you android (I am using Samsung)
In Chat tab, Go to WhatsApp Web menu and pressed it[the green buttons tell you where & how to get the relevant menu]

3] "Camera mode" will be activated automatically, scan the QR code on the screen with the phone, in the required location [square boundary on your phone], let the phone read the code, a scanning cursor is there as a guide. An Example of the QR code is given below. Please remember to “tick” where the green notification is, to avoid having to activate WhatsApp Web frequently.

Your phone need to be "on" and stay connected all the time, to the internet to use WhatsApp Web on PC.

<end of part 1>

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Not to worry Facebook, will find you on your smart phones:

New Facebook Notifications Alert Users When They Not Currently Looking At Facebook

MENLO PARK, CA—In an effort to ensure constant engagement with the social media site, Facebook announced Monday that users would now receive notifications anytime they are not currently looking at Facebook. “We hope these helpful new alerts will improve our users’ experience by prompting them to revisit the site in the event they momentarily turn their focus elsewhere,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, adding that the site’s new technology is able to track where users’ attention is directed and remind them with steady beeping sounds that they are not currently interacting with Facebook. “The notifications will be integrated into both web and mobile browsing, and all users not currently on Facebook—or logged in but looking at a different tab—will immediately begin receiving push notifications, pop-ups, and emails warning them that they’re not on Facebook right now and should resume interfacing with it.” Zuckerberg went on to say that notifications informing users when they are currently looking at Facebook will be introduced by the end of the year.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Data Point: Android Is on Pace to Take Over the World by 2015

The number of devices that will be shipped with GoogleGOOG +1.04%’s Android software is expected to overtake all other mobile and PC operating systems by 2015, according to data from the research firm Gartner that was compiled by Statista.
The number of devices running iOS and OS X is increasing as AppleAAPL +1.60% ships more iPhones, iPads and Macs around the world. But Apple’s operating systems are exclusive to Apple devices — there’s just one manufacturer, albeit a big one. Android can be used by any third party like Samsung, MotorolaMSI +0.01% and LG, for example. So it makes sense that there are going to be more Android devices, much like the flood of Windows PCs in the 1980s and ’90s.
If you’re wondering how the columns for “other” could be so tall considering they exclude Google, Apple and MicrosoftMSFT -0.51%, it’s partly because the data include the software running older mobile phones known as “feature” phones, or less-affectionately “dumphones.” In 2012, for example, 1.75 billion mobile phones were shipped; of these only 680 million were smartphones, Gartner has said. Smartphone sales didn’t overtake feature-phone sales until 2013. While Apple phones are still pretty pricey, the lower-end phone makers now have Android as an option.