Glasshole Checklist, Linksys Router Moons & Win a Moto G – News Bits

Instead of having separate writeups about each of these items, we’ve decided to condense them into a bite sized post for your reading pleasure. Here are some newsworthy bits from the beginning of the week.

Google introduces Google Glass Do’s and Dont’s

Google has finally decided that they don’t want too much bad press around Google Glass, and published a whole set of do’s and don’ts for Google Glass Explorers. They essentially tell you how not to be a Glasshole and tips on what not to use Google Glass for. Like this one where they  say that Google Glass is meant for short bursts of information –

 So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens.

They also Explorers not to be snappy when other people ask them about Google Glass:

Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way.

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Self replicating TheMoon Worm Attacks Linksys Routers

Linksys RouterThe latest  malware out there is not hitting your desktop, laptop or mobile phone; but the gateway to your Internet, the humble WiFi Internet Router at home. A new self replicating worm nicknamed “The Moon” is attacking a number of models of Linksys Routers. An infected router finds susceptible routers over a set of IP blocks, which are thought to belong to Cable and DSL companies,  and then injects them with the worm. As of now, other than the infection security reachers haven’t found any other devious purpose for this worm. Who’s to stop the next wave of infection from containing payloads which can sniff your internet traffic and pull out sensitive data and send it out to hackers?

If you do have one of these routers I would suggest that you go and read these tips Linksys has published to prevent it from being infected.

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WhatsApp Acquired by Facebook

In shocking news from earlier today, Facebook announced that they are aquiring WhatsApp for a whopping $19 billion in cash and stocks.  That’s a super deal for WhatsApp, and I hope Facebook continues the tradition which the founders of WhatsApp were following – No Ads, No Games, No Gimmicks!

An interesting tidbit here is that Brian Accton, a cofounder of Whatsapp, had tried getting a job at Facebook ( and Twitter) back in 2009. He was rejected at both companies and decided to join  Jan Koum in creating the app we all know these days. via

Win a Moto G at Deals for Geeks

Looking to get your hands on the popular Moto G phone? Well, at DealsforGeeks.in  you could win one for yourself, by entering their Moto G contest. What are you waiting for?

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Improved Facebook for Windows Phone in now in Beta

In the good news department, Microsoft is finally working on a newer and better Facebook for Windows Phone. The current version of Facebook on the Windows Phone store is quite antiquated and doesn’t work very well at all. Windows Phone users have been complaining about the app’s bad usability, which is evident in the app reviews on the Windows Phone Store.

Here’s what the Windows Phone Blog has to say about the beta app, “Today we’re launching a new program designed to help speed up delivery of new features in the official Facebook app for Windows Phone and need sharp-eyed, energetic volunteers to download a beta version of our next release and tell us how to make it better.

The beta app is a major update from the older one, with the “Metro” style UI being discarded for the standard Facebook Timeline UI which is the staple on the major platforms. It also seems more responsive and faster as well. Photos go hi-res, both on the timeline and when you upload. At the same time, I find a few features still missing or not working as expected.

The good part of the beta app is that you can report these anomalies to Microsoft, so they can add or fix features as they progress along with the beta program. To do this, head over to Settings>About and then click on the “send feedback” button to send that in.

Since this is a beta version, there could be issues with the app, so I’d suggest that you install this beta version along the official Facebook app on your phone, and don’t replace it yet. This way you can access Facebook on the official app in case the beta app goes kaput.

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Twiize – Make your calls Fun on Android

Here’s an app to make your calls with friends and family fun! Twiize is an app which enhances the standard call screen for Android. While you are on a call with your friend, you can check their Facebook status, photos and even send notes and doodles to them. Of course, you’ll have to be on a wired or bluetooth headset if you want to play around with Twiize while you’re on a call.

Twiize for AndroidTwiize prompts you  to login to Facebook when it first launches, pulling your friend details and updates from there. You can invite your friends to install the Twiize app on their phone as well for optimal experience. You don’t have to be compelled to invite a friend, since  the app works pretty well if your friend’s not on Twiize. You can still see their FB updates on the call screen, and the notes and doodles you create can be posted on your wall or your friends.

Here’s the key features of Twiize:

  • Send photos from live camera or gallery, while talking on the phone
  • Browse recent full screen photos and statuses of your friend, yourself and mutual friends (not just the usual full screen caller id photo)
  • Get a birthday reminder in real-time and send a happy birthday card
  • Draw & send each other personalized notes, scribbles and funny doodles

Here’s a video of Twiize in action. You can jump to the end of the post for the download link.

Download Twiize for Android

 

Emergence of Facebook as a Winner of the Mobile Photo War

Almost all of us love to take and share photos with our friends, families and relations. They are one of the biggest things on the internet from nearly the beginning of the days of commercial web. Photos are probably the easiest way to show one’s emotion digitally. Initially, it was about using your camera, be it a point and shoot or a DSLR and uploading them to Flickr, Myspace or Facebook. We’ve since moved on to Mobile phones: the best camera is the one that you have with you, and you always have your mobile phone with you, right?

Mobile photo sharing that is largely in use now-a-days forms an important aspect to the success of Facebook as a social media website (and as a larger entity too). So when it faced a threat in this matter from a company named Instagram, it took a very wise business decision of buying the company even though it cost them a billion dollars. Facebook thus won the war for mobile photo sharing in the worldwide global market.

 

The Popularity of Facebook as a Website

Photo sharing is the heart of Facebook and its photo-sharing album is the most updated all over the internet. This constant updating makes Facebook one of the most dominant players in the new connected world. Another contributing factor to the immense popularity of Facebook is its cross-platform nature and the fact that it gives a fully global identity, bringing together people from all parts of the world.

Numerous efforts have been made to attract more and more people to Facebook over the years. Innumerable applications, games, options for watching, listening and reading have been incorporated in Facebook. However, the greatest success of Facebook has come through photos and their sharing and is mainly due to this aspect of Facebook that this company is still growing and gaining more popularity.

Strategies Implied to Popularize Mobile Photo-sharing Application

• At the beginning when Facebook included this photo sharing application for mobiles, what the users obtained was a very tiresome, convoluted and complicated application that did not arouse too much of interest among its users.
• Nevertheless, being a great company as it is, the masterminds behind this company knew about these drawbacks and worked very hard and silently to sort it out.
• Soon enough they came up with a solution in the form of an application named ‘Camera’ that largely helped in the simplification of the process of sharing mobile photos on Facebook.
• Many people were a bit confused when Mark Zuckerberg and his companions released their photo sharing application, Camera, after they announced that they were buying Instagram for billions of dollars.

Now, why anyone would spend millions (or a billion) buying a company that makes applications for sharing mobile photos when they have already made an application for themselves.

The photos that you take and share are associated with you as a person, and your identity. It’s about what you see and share because of who you are. That’s that Instagram is about; seeing through someone else’s eyes. And that’s probably why Facebook bought Instagram (and has it’s own camera app too): a way to try and combine your Digital and Real identity.

 

Image Credits: The Facebook Blog

Reviewing Facebook’s Revenue Making Techniques

On one hand, rumours about Facebook shutting down flooded  Facebook pages. On the other, Facebook is deploying all possible techniques to improve its revenue. Starting from Ad Preferences on the side of the profile page to the latest compulsory ‘Timeline’, Facebook is all set to improve its revenue. Already, Facebook provides users with sponsored stories which their friends have read and liked. Moreover they display ads based on your likes which you may not even be able to opt-out from. While these are the existing strategies that Facebook has deployed already, the new feature that could boost the revenue of Facebook is placing of ads in the news feed of mobile users.

 

Out of almost 1 billion users on Facebook, nearly half of them access it through their smartphones, and this number is increasing. This statistics led to the new ad placing feature of Facebook. While placing ads on the news feed of  smartphone users could vastly improve  revenue, it is a menace to the users: displaying ads could degrade the performance and speed of access through smartphones.

Already Facebook has filed a monstrous $5 billion public stock offering thus making it the 6th largest IPO in US history and the 15th largest IPO in Global history. Moreover this $5 billion is just the initial fund-raising target, sources from Facebook say that this amount will be increased gradually based on demand from investors. At this rate Facebook may soon overtake Google, McDonald’s and Boeing, thereby trailing behind only Apple. While these are possible threats to commercial companies like Google & Twitter, what could bothers users would be the annoying ads which could be placed forcefully in our news feed. Facebook users generally don’t take kindly to changes made, especially now with the new news feed that’s more focused on the ‘Timeline’.

Facebook has gone one step ahead of  other social networking sites by reportedly working to launch a new smartphone in conjunction with HTC. The main question, if a ‘Facebook Phone’ is launched, would be this: would you buy it? The idea of a ‘Facebook Phone’ sounds great but that doesn’t necessarily mean that users would prefer this over the iPhone &  Android Phones. Mobile users, especially those using smartphones, would prefer a device that supports multiple services and functions and would not be limited to services provided by Facebook.

Apart from this, the major revenue would be from ads as mentioned earlier. These ads are going to occupy a large part of your timeline. This could dominate your news feed on your mobile device, especially with the limited real estate available.  This would be  beneficial to Facebook since the news feed is the first thing to be loaded when you access Facebook through your smartphone, but could be a major gripe for mobile users. However, we will only know what Facebook has in store for mobile users when Facebook launches this new revenue generation model. It is pretty obvious that this would be  a bane for Facebook’s mobile users and boon for Facebook. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best because what we need is less annoyance and more fun from Facebook.

 

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Facebook Releases an iPad app… Finally

Until now, if you were using an iPad and wanted to use Facebook, you need to use the Facebook webpage, or the iPhone app or use an app like Friendcaster. There was a lot of speculation regarding the Facebook for iPad app. It was supposed to be on iOS 5. It leaked out via the iPhone app. It was supposed to be announced at f8, the Facebook Developer conference. Stuff like that.

Anyways, it’s finally here. Download it now, here’s the iTunes link. Or head over to the Facebook for iPad page and download it (it links back to iTunes, obviously).

So what’s been added to it? Here’s an excerpt from the Facebook Blog:

Introducing Facebook for iPad

Many of you have been asking about Facebook for iPad. Today, it’s finally here. With the iPad app, you get the full Facebook experience, right at your fingertips. It’s a fun way to keep up with friends, share photos, chat and more.

 Here are some of the highlights.

 A hands-on Facebook

Use your fingertips to scroll through your News Feed. Give the screen a swipe to page through albums. Pinch a picture to zoom in. Whatever you’re up to, using Facebook on your iPad just feels fun.

 Bigger, better photos

Photos really shine on the iPad. They’re bigger and easy to flip through, like a real photo album. It’s like having a slideshow with all your friends and memories, wherever you go.

Navigate anywhere, fast

Your games, apps, groups and lists are in the left-hand menu, so you don’t have to dig around to find the stuff you use most. And your messages and notifications are at the top of every screen, so you can respond to friends and keep up with important updates—without losing your place.

Chat, games and other features

The app comes with a bunch of other new features: You can chat with friends right from your iPad, for example, or play games and use apps in full-screen mode. You can also watch high-res videos inline, record HD video and stream to Airplay devices.”

So go ahead and get it.

Source: Facebook Blog  

Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook Phone Launched in India

The red branded Vodafone is showing blue face for the very first time!

The Vodafone Facebook Phone

Vodafone has launched its first Facebook named Vodafone 555 Blue. Vodafone is one of the fastest growing telecommunications company in India. The company is quite successful in exploring business opportunities from untapped pockets. The latest venture shows its unique approach in identifying emerging business solutions with changing technology and user habits. There is a wide gap between rural and urban pockets in India. While Blackberries, iPhones and Androids are rising dust in other parts of the globe, Vodafone is trying to win the hearts of millions of people with a hand phone featuring Facebook.

Vodafone Blue highlights the Facebook button which is in the space bar row. You will be able to contact your Facebook fans with a single press on Facebook button. The button gives you instant access to Facebook service. The interesting thing with the new piece is the phone comes with Facebook service absolutely free for one year. Depending on the settings opted in the phone, the facebook data will be updated at regular intervals. If you opt for 20 minutes, the data will be in sync at every 20 minutes. When you switch on the phone, Facebook service will start automatically. You can upload pictures from your mobile also. You will be able to update your profile and you can set the status at any time. The inbox will have three sections – One section fills with usual SMS, second section will be filled with Facebook messages that you receive and send and the third section contains emails you receive. You will be able to add contacts to your phone directly from the facebook profiles also.

The phone comes with operating system developed by Vodafone itself. Other attractions of the piece include 2 MP camera, Qwerty keyboard, optical touch pad and 2.4” QVGA screen. Of course the phone comes with usual MP3 player and FM. In addition to the effective integration of Facebook services, the phone also offers Google Talk, ichat and other chat service clients. The phone comes with Opera browser. The phone is developed in collaboration with Facebook. The piece is priced at a throw-away figure attracting many college students and workforce in the country.

The new phone is expected to be a huge success in both urban and rural populations. For many, it is becoming a common thing to have a facebook profile and those who are addicted to this kind of instant communication cannot hold until they sit in front of PC or laptop. Although Facebook can be accessed through smartphones and other latest hand phones, their budget is high. Vodafone Blue is priced less than Rs. 5000 and you will have unlimited access to Facebook service for one year. The phone facilitates Facebook’s chat service also. The same cannot be achieved on other phones without subscribing to GSM services. The offer may lure many facebook fans to go for it as an instant communicating device with its simple button connectivity and reasonable price. One downside of this phone is that it’s not a 3G enabled phone and lacks WiFi connectivity so you’re limited to surfing the net at only EDGE speeds.

Don’t you think it will be a success? Here’s a video demoing the capabilitles of the Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone:

Facebook’s Eagerly Awaited July 6 ‘Event’

Mark Zuckerberg can keep a secret, and why not!

An invitation that reads, “Please join us for an event at Facebook on July 6“, was the only hint that Zuckerberg let out in the press release on July 3. Experts have been contemplating what this “event” could be. Sources of TechCrunch have suggested this big secret to be the launch of a new video chat product, powered by Skype, which will work on the Facebook browser.

The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. But, it is still not clear whether an updated version of Skype will need to be downloaded afresh or whether it will work on the one already installed.

This news seems to have been an answer to the possible competition that Google + has brought into the market. To add to the woes, a Mark Zuckerberg’s profile has appeared on Google + and over 14,000 people have added him to their circles. The exclusivity (and sustained interest) of Google + is a result of the ‘limited invites’ that are being sent out, making it an elite group, at least for the moment. The concept of a ‘circle’ is very real and as Google says, “You can choose to share some things with college buddies, others with parents, and almost nothing with your boss; just like in real-life“. To carry on the war, Facebook had also launched Facebook Credits in India on July 1, where users can spend virtual currency on games and applications.

Facebook has over 750 million users, while Skype has 170 million (after being acquired by Microsoft in a whopping $8.5 billion deal, this May). If they come together, they would certainly bring the whole world closer. The only amalgamation between Facebook and Skype to ever come through was when Skype began adding Facebook integration, in October 2010. In the Skype 5.5 Beta version, you can connect to family and friends via Facebook too. The Facebook contacts tab within Skype helps see when a Facebook friend wants to chat. Users also had the provision of ‘liking’ and comment on Facebook updates without leaving Skype.

Even though Facebook began talking with Skype long before Microsoft was in the picture, things seem to have finally fallen in place. And it is evident that Skype stands to benefit from this merger, in terms of users and exposure.

Whether the rumours are true or not, cannot be ascertained before July 6; but if they are, it will definitely be an ‘awesome’ development, reducing browsing time and providing everything on a platter, on a platform. So buckle up till July 6, when Zuckerberg will lift the veil of this top secret announcement that has everyone up and ruminating.

Facebook and Android – Prone to Security Attacks

Do you know what is hot with Facebook at present? Being vulnerable to security attacks! Well Facebook is one of the toppers of social media both for fun and business. Millions of people rely on Facebook for total control and out-of-control activities in their personal lives. And, millions of businesses rely totally on Facebook for marketing, promotion and other kinds of serious stuff. Now, to all those people this is really a bad news; but it is true and we have to be aware of it. Recently, there have been reports that Facebook users are attacked by potentially unwanted sites for about the past 12 months. If you have found your Facebook friends behaving in a strange manner with posting updates on your wall, then they are not to blame. AVG Technologies have found something shocking to throw light on it.

Your friends are probably victims of the security attacks where these sites pull your friends by offering some links that are highly tempting to click through. For instance, the OMG kind of videos or links that is highly compelling to click – “OMG you won’t believe what this teacher does to his student in front of the camera!”. Your friend (or even you) click it, complete a survey and provide much information to those people behind this. Those who provided far too information to get those ‘compelling’ stuff will surely pay a price in terms of their security. Off-course, there are ways to avoid the security hazards.

Now, if you have clicked the link and provided your personal information or access to applications, you are not the only victim. Your Facebook friends also become victims because of your act. The culprit link is then reposted via your profile to your friends’ wall; can you just imagine the potential reach? Well it is what is happening now with Facebook and the attacks have started to come in right from the beginning of this year.

While it has already been established that Facebook contributes to more than 60% security threat to businesses back in 2010, the percentage will surely rise due to current attacks. According to AVG the increase in the number of applications and people installing them is the major cause of these security issues. All applications want access to Facebook account information and permission to post on walls. So the consequences could not be predicted unless every application carries a ‘clean’ tag.

Even more sadly this issue is not just with Facebook but lately with Android too. AVG tells that phones are just like Facebook in lack of security but creating a false sense about the same. With Android the problem is serious because most of the applications and malware are popular among users themselves and the platform is open source. Isn’t that a good place for hackers and cyber space criminals?

So where does it all end? Common sense! Watch out for spam and never make the mistake to fill in your personal information for anything funny or dirty. You could put the whole cyberspace into risk. As you see, you become a victim and your friends do and so do your friend’s friends. This causes an avalanche. So why not be vigilant and save the disaster?

With your phone, never allow access to any applications; do not automatically download open source software when you are connected to free internet (I know that’s tempting). Have reliable antivirus software. One moment of negligence could cause a big disaster; it’s Butterfly Effect!

Nokia C3 Profile

The Nokia C3 is a neat new qwerty Series 40 phone, aimed at the messaging masses.

The C3 is the perfect budget phone for Email, Chat and Social Networking on the go while on a budget!

Here are some of the specs of the phone.

Display and user interface
  • Size: 2.4″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (TFT)
  • 262,000 colours
  • Landscape QVGA
Power Management

  • BL-5J 1320 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • up to 7 hours
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • up to 800 hours
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 30 hours
Data network

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 85.6/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
  • EGPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177,6 kbps (DL/UL)
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g, maximum speed up to 11 Mbps/54 Mbps
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
Memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 8 GB
  • Internal memory: 55 MB
Operating frequency
  • Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Automatic switching between GSM bands
  • Flight mode
Connectivity
  • 2.0 mm Charger Connector
  • Bluetooth version 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Support for local synchronisation
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
Software platform & user interface
  • Series 40
  • FOTA (firmware update over the air)
  • Software updates through Nokia Software Updater installed on PC
Email and messaging
  • Easy access to your email accounts, including Yahoo!® Mail, Gmail™, Windows Live™, Hotmail™ and other popular POP/IMAP services
  • Easy Ovi Mail free email account creation directly from phone
  • Instant messaging through Windows Live Messenger™, Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ and Ovi Chat
  • Conversational SMS for chat-style text messages
  • SMS, MMS
  • Nokia Xpress audio messaging
Camera
  • 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels)
  • Still image formats: JPEG
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)
  • Fullscreen viewfinder
  • Self timer
  • Effects in viewfinder: greyscale, sepia and negative
Video camera
  • 2 megapixel
  • Video clip length: up to capacity of memory card
  • Settings for scene, video light, white balance, colour tone
  • Zoom up to 4 x digital
  • Video capture in MPEG-4, QCIF max. resolution 320 x 240
  • Video file format: H.263, H.264, AVI, MPEG-4 (stored as .mpg or .3gp files), WMV
Standard Sales Package
  • Nokia C3
  • Nokia Battery BL-5J
  • Nokia Compact Charger AC-3
  • Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102
  • User guide
You can learn more about the C3 over at the Nokia Site.
Thanks to this little tweet by the Nokia Messaging team, we know that the C3 is currently available in India! Visit the launch page over here. The phone should be available for around INR 5000 (not official ofcourse)
If you do walk into the stores to check it out, do let us know about the phone and the retail price by commenting below, or catch us on twitter, we’re @myportableworld.