There was this one eventful day in January 2016 when Twitter announced its bomb — it was going to expand its famous 140 character-limit to up to 10,000 because the Twitteratti was finding new ways to make the most of every tweet. Users were creating ‘tweet storms’ where they strung a series of tweets together in numeric succession to make a loud, long statement. There were also some other ingenious users who would attach screenshots of longer texts in an attempt to circumvent the character restriction. This led to the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, to tweet a screenshot of text that had 1,317 characters, explaining his thinking behind wanting to expand the character limit. He said “We’ve spent a lot of time observing what people are doing on Twitter, and we see them taking screenshots of text and tweeting it, instead, what if that text…was actually text? Text that could be searched. Text that could be highlighted. That’s more utility and power.” “Twitter will never lose that feeling of speed, creativity and brevity,” he added.
After much public debilitation and twittering, the verdict is out – the 140 character-limit is here to stay. Jack Dorsey stated that this limit was too big a part of Twitter’s identity to let go. “It allows for of-the moment brevity”, he commented. Expanding the character limit might have helped expanding Twitter’s audience, but it also could have potentially undermined the real-time, quick and free-flowing culture of the network. The month of March marks Twitter’s 10th Anniversary. On March 21, 2006, Dorsey tweeted the network’s first tweet, “Just setting up my twttr.”
“Twitter’s always been about controls, people can follow whoever they want. And it’s our job to make sure they see the most important things and the things that matter to them,” Dorsey said. “There are tweets that promote violence, which is against our terms of service, so people have controls to block and people have controls to mute.”
There is a never-ending goal to get more and more people to sign up on Twitter. The biggest challenge the site faces is to maintain a culture of free speech while curbing harassment and infringement of Twitter’s policies by external groups. New features such as the digest-like ‘Moments’, which helps stream line the constant flow of information and a recently added option to use algorithms to choose the order of tweets in user timelines aim to make Twitter easier to use.… Read the rest
Microsoft on Tuesday announced their successful acquisition bid to take over Israel-based Adallom. This cyber security firm specializes in measures used to protect cloud-based content and programs. Though the company did not make any official announcement regarding the amount they paid for the deal, TechCrunch has reported that the deal was signed at $250 million.
Adallom security to protect data
The recent acquisition is undoubtedly a significant step by Microsoft to develop cloud-based computing systems.
Announcing the deal, Microsoft vice president Takeshi Numoto said that it will help users to “protect critical assets across cloud applications”. He mentioned that with cyber attacks making headlines every other day, ensuring data security is of utmost importance to any IT company. A startup company, Adallom has gained an expertise in data security and can provide useful to users.
Partnership will help to expand customer base
Apart from this acquisition, Adallom announced a new partnership with tech giant Dell. The aim here is to decrease exposure of Windows 10-powered devices or services, especially for business users. The company is taking new initiatives to increase its market base among enterprises in the coming years and partnering with Dell is expected to provide the right base in this regard. … Read the rest
Google has once again changed its logo. The new logo is modern, simpler and crisp. The first thing you notice about the logo is its sans-serif typeface, which is a fresh departure from its old serif look. Are we sold? Yes.
In all aspects the new Google logo is one of the finest update to come from the search giant. What really makes it click is its bubbly animation. The logo turns into four colorful dots, which during the voice search turns into equalizer. When you are done talking, the dots spin to search the results. The dots turn into Google again when the search yields result.
The little “g” icon of Google has also been replaced by the four colors “G.” Google has taken this step to increase logo’s functionality. The company has mentioned in its official blog that Google search is no more confined to desktop and PCs; people are using it on tablets, mobile, television and a plethora of other devices. The new logo, or should we call it a “multi-platform logo” adheres to everyone needs.
It is visible on the tiniest of screens. The four colors not only demands attention, they add a whole new life to the search experience. The four dots can be easily placed under the umbrella of new wave technology; they are indeed the brilliant tools to interact.
The new logo has appealed to most of the people, especially to the avid mobile users. According to one of the mobile users, Natasha Prakash, “The logo brings a smile on the face.”
Another tablet user, Rohan Singh, says, “ It has taken the interaction experience to a new level.”
Google has clearly floored many with its new, practical and vivacious logo.
Aran Khanna is a 21-year-old CS50 Course Assistant at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who was about to start interning for Facebook. He has come into the news after developing the Marauders Map app. This is a Google Chrome extension, which allows users to see the exact location of the people they are talking to on Facebook messenger. The same was downloaded by 85,000 people as soon as it was launched.
Khanna is of the opinion that he has developed the app to show the consequences of sharing data unintentionally by social networking and other sites. He thought he was doing a public service.
However, this did not go well with Facebook. The social media giant cancelled his internship just hours before he was about to start it. According to Facebook, “Despite being asked repeatedly to remove the code, the creator of this tool left it up. This is wrong and it’s inconsistent with how we think about serving our community.”
To which Khanna responded by means of an email to IANS, “I complied with Facebook’s requests as they pertained to both, my interactions with the media and the handling of the code, every step of the way. My intentions were never malicious; I simply sought to draw attention to a privacy issue that I knew many people were unaware of.”
However, Facebook continued to maintain that Aran Khanna’s app violated company norms. Facebook has also said that they started working on improvements to the location-sharing months ago. It added that Khanna’s mapping tool scrapped Facebook data in a manner that it compromised on the privacy and safety of their users.
Facebook also added, “We don’t dismiss employees for exposing privacy flaws, but we do take it seriously when someone misuses user data and puts people at risk.”
Khanna told Boston.com that his summer internship was withdrawn by Facebook three days after Marauder’s Map was launched. He was called by his future manager and was told to not to talk to the press about anything.… Read the rest
Every day, lots of content is being created on social networking website Twitter. This has led to people complaining about their 140 characters being copied without giving them due credit. The Twitter jokes ban; therefore, seems to have come into place to prevent copyright infringement. Reports suggest that the social media network is deleting jokes and other content that has been copied from other Tweets.
It has come to light that Twitter will delete copied Tweets to prevent copyright issues. The Verge has pointed out that a Los Angeles-based freelance writer Olga Lexell filed a case because many people had retweeted her joke that said, “saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side”.
Lexell’s Twitter account has since become private but she had earlier Tweeted that she spoke to the social networking site and told them that she makes money out of her writing. She added that the jokes are her intellectual property and users cannot copy them without her permission and the due credit.
Twitter apparently deletes the “offending” tweets in a few days, without any follow-up or discussions, Lexell told The Verge.
As more content is available on the internet for free, copyright of ones content–which includes pictures, jokes, stories, videos and more–has become an area of concern. The debate on intellectual property and copyright has become important.
Microsoft still considers USB drives and DVD storage worthwhile, as opposed to the Apple. Therefore, the giant might distribute its latest Windows version 10 over physical media despite this being the age of Mac App Store ad internet downloads.
This availability of Windows 10 on a USB drive could have benefits for consumers given that it could reinstate the flash drive manufacturing industry. Last heard, Microsoft was expected to make Windows 10 available for consumers by 29 July. Customers or users of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 are eligible for a free upgrade. We had already brought you a guide on how to go about reserving your free copy of the same.
If case you are not eligible for the free upgrade, you can buy either the Windows 10 Home or the Windows 10 Pro. This Home version is priced at $119 and the Pro will sell for $199. In case you only use this at home, you can simply upgrade the former version to Pro by shelling out about $99.
The price for Windows 10 on USB stick or a flash drive will be similar to the price for a digital download, according to Winfuture.de. You can access the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions of the OS via memory drive.
Following the social media stir on Net Neutrality over the last few days and 3 lakh emails being sent out to TRAI, Flipkart announced today that they have pulled out of the Airtel Zero platform.
In an official statement, Flipkart said that they are walking away from the on-going discussions with Airtel for the Airtel Zero platform. The statement also added that they commit themselves to the larger cause of Net Neutrality in India.
This has come following the massive debate about Net Neutrality that has been haunting Indian online space for the last few days. All India Bakchod also launched a video to Save The Internet claiming that the internet means all content in equal and it should be the choice of the user, what content it is that they want to see.
Flipkart was in the heat of the debate because of their discussions with Airtel. After 1.5 lakh emails were sent to TRAI yesterday, the issue has come to the forefront and Net Neutrality has become a much discussed issue. Flipkart app was also voted down on app stores yesterday.
Revenue becomes even more precious among live streaming services with the launch of HBO Now. One of the biggest fallout of the new live streaming service would be the viewership battle between Netflix and HBO Now.
While HBO Now will soon be available to viewers as a standalone channel without any cable subscription, Netflix has topped them in terms of revenue generation so far. News also has it that Netflix has made a huge bank of original content, which will create pressure on HBO Now.
HBO started operations back in the early 70s and has some of the blockbuster franchises like True Blood and Game of Thrones. They have also declared premiering a new season of Game of Thrones when they launch the standalone streaming service in April 12, 2015.
In this race, Netflix is not lagging behind. With experience of only seven years, they have updated their library with a whole lot of original content and have high rating shows like Orange in the New Black as well as House of Cards.
The addition of original content to the Netflix library is sure to take away the supremacy HBO Now used to enjoy. However, Netflix remains a great choice for watching non-fiction films.When it comes to cost and technology, there is no doubt that Netflix enjoys supremacy compared to any other channel. Though both have some advantages and disadvantages, Netflix is posing a strong competition to HBO Now, which is still the most popular choice among audiences. … Read the rest
There is some great news for music lovers using Apple devices. As the company is improving constantly on its iOS, with the iOS 8.3 beta recently, news has already started coming that they might be working on an iOS 8.4 and may apply the update to launch its Beats-based music streaming service.
Codenamed as Copper, the new iOS is expected to release in a few days. Even though there is no official update about the iOS 8.4, rumors suggest that it will be a rebranding of Beats music service, which it has already purchased. It also suggests that it will reduce the offerings of Beats as well.
Whether it rebrands Beats or not, Apple is expected to provide a great audio support with this latest addition. Though the iOS 8.4 release is still not confirmed, iOS 8.3 available with developers features CarPlay menu in the general category Settings.
The latest update will also support two-step verification of Google when someone adds Google account on the handset. It also includes redesigned Emoji keyboard with a transparent background. … Read the rest
Sony Computer Entertainment will be offering 10 percent discount for PlayStation Network users as part of its apology for the service outrage that users had to suffer on 25 December 2014.
Distinct discount for each region
The PlayStation Store will have a Coupon Code for this region. This will also be available on the PlayStation Twitter network. The same will run from 9:00 am PST on January 23 to 9:00 am PST on January 26.
The PlayStation Store will have a Coupon Code for this region. This will also be available on the PlayStation Twitter network. It will run between 9:00 am GMT on January 23 to 9:00 am GMT on January 26.
Coupon Code for Japan is 8PLLN4L3DQ. The same will run from 0:00 JST on January 23 to 23:59 JST on January 25.
PS Vita PlayStation Store does not offer this discount code option and users can purchase PS Vita and PSP content using this code from the web store. This can also be done for PS4 and PS3 content.… Read the rest