Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker For $2.5 Billion

Today, On 15 September 2014 – Microsoft announced that they have reached an agreement for acquiring Mojang for $2.5 billion. Mojang is a Swedish based game developer which created one of the most popular game – Minecraft.Minecraft has been downloaded more than 100 million times since it’s inception in 2009. According to Microsoft, it is the most popular game played on XBOX and most downloaded paid app on iOS and Android app stores in U.S.

 

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Press Releases :
Microsoft C. E. O. :: Satya Nadella :-
“Gaming is a top activity spanning devices, from PCs and consoles to tablets and mobile, with billions of hours spent each year, Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.”

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Mojang C. E. O. :: Carl Manneh :-
“The ‘Minecraft’ players have taken the game and turned it into something that surpassed all of our expectations. The acquisition by Microsoft brings a new chapter to the incredible story of ‘Minecraft, As the founders move on to start new projects, we believe the high level of creativity from the community will continue the game’s success far into the future.”

Microsoft will acquire a large and loyal following with Mojang but top executives and the founders won’t be joining the software giant.
The deal is said to be far more strategic than financial as the total annual revenue of Minecraft is just 1 % ($290 Million) of Microsoft’s total which is around $86.8 Billion.
After the news of acquisition started making rounds, supposedly the investors of Microsoft aren’t happy with the decision as stocks of MSFT dropped 1.12 % on Monday, September 15.
Source :- Wall Street Journal

Apple Unveils The Much Awaited iPhone 6

Yesterday at Flint Center For Performing Arts, Cupertino, the place where Apple launched their Mac computer and iPhone 5s, they unveiled the much awaited successor to their flagship iPhone series – The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus.
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As the rumour’s suggested, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 in two variants of different screen sizes.

Some Key Features :

iPhone 6 :-

  • A 4.7 inch screen size, compared to 4 inch of that of iPhone 5s.
  • Much Thinner and Curvier body.
  • Weight : 129 grams.
  • Beefier A8 Processor which is claimed to be 25 percent faster and 50 percent more efficient than the previous A7 series.
  • Up to 14 hours of talk time, 11 hours of video and 10 days of standby.
  • Better Wireless Technology (802.11ac WiFi and 150 Mbps LTE data).
  • Camera : Rear – 8 Megapixels.
  • Digital Image Stabilization.
  • Price : 199$ for 16 GB, 299$ for 64 GB and 399$ for 128 GB models.
With addition to these features, the PLUS variant packs number of other surprises :
iPhone 6 Plus :-
  • 5.5 inch screen Size.
  • 1080p Retina HD Display.
  • Much thinner body, just 7.1mm thick.
  • New 64 bit A8 chipset.
  • Battery Life : 16 days of standby and full 24 hours of 3G talktime.
  • Non-Removable Battery.
  • 8 MegaPixel iSight camera with Optical Image Stabilization.
  • Video shooting at 1080p with 30 or 60 frames per second.
  • iOS 8 launched at WWDC previously includes a new two-paned landscape mode.
  • Price : 299$ for 16 GB, 399$ for 64 GB and 499$ for 128 GB.
Booking’s for the new iPhones will start as soon as 12th of September and the first batch’s would be shipped from September 19, 2014.
So, Are you going to book one of them? Do let us know.

Top 10 Most Popular Websites On The Internet 2014

In this post i made the collection of the most popular, top 10 websites on the internet in 2014. The source of this collection is Alexa.com which ranks websites according to their traffic and inbound linking estimates.Following are the top 10 ranking websites of 2014 :-

Google :-

 

gooogle.com

 

Google is the most popular and most widely used search engine on the web. It enables users to search the world’s information, including webpages, images, and videos. Offers unique features and search technology.

Facebook :-

 

facebook.com

 

A social utility that connects people, to keep up with friends, upload photos, share links and videos. It is also the most popular social media platform with no rival to compete in near sight.

Youtube :-

youtube.com

 

Youtube is the largest and most popular video search engine site on the net. It is a way to get your videos to the people who matter to you. Upload, tag and share your videos worldwide!

Yahoo :-

yahoo.com

 

A major internet portal and service provider offering search results, customizable content, chatrooms, free e-mail, clubs, and pager.

Baidu :-

baidu.com

 

The leading Chinese language search engine, provides “simple and reliable” search experience, strong in Chinese language and multi-media content including MP3 music and movies, the first to offer WAP and PDA-based mobile search in China.

Wikipedia :-

wikipedia.org

 

A free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software. (Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License).

Twitter :-

twitter.com

 

Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.

Amazon :-

amazon.com

 

Amazon.com seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Site has numerous personalization features and services including one-click buying, extensive customer and editorial product reviews, gift registries, gift certificates, wish lists, restaurant and movie listings, travel, and photo processing.

Qq :-

qq.com

China’s largest and most used Internet service portal owned by Tencent, Inc founded in November, 1998. Presently, Tencent is aiming its operations at the strategic goal of providing users with a “one-stop online life service”. Tencent’s Internet platforms QQ, QQ.com, QQ Games, and PaiPai.com have brought together China’s largest Internet community. Tencent’s communications and information-sharing services include QQ.com, QQ Instant Messenger, QQ Mail, and search engine SOSO. Linked up with heavily used features such as forums, chat rooms, and QQ Groups, Tencent’s Qzone has grown into China’s largest personal Internet space. These services foster group interaction and resource sharing. Virtual products such as QQ Show, QQ Pet, QQ Game, and QQ Music/Radio/Live have been successful in providing entertainment and customization options to users. Mobile phone users can take advantage of a number of value-added wireless services. Tencent’s PaiPai.com is a C2C on-line shopping platform that seamlessly integrates into Tencent’s other community platforms.As of June 30th, 2009, the number of registered QQ Instant Messenger users has reached 990.0 million. Active users numbered at 448.0 million. Peak concurrent users have reached 61.30 million. QQ Games platform counted about 6.2 million users simultaneously on-line. QQ.com has become China’s most visited Internet portal website. PaiPai.com has also become China’s second largest Internet shopping platform.

TaoBao :-

 

taobao.com

 

Launched in May 2003, Taobao Marketplace (www.taobao.com) is the online shopping destination of… More choice for Chinese consumers looking for wide selection, value and convenience. Shoppers choose from a wide range of products and services on Taobao Marketplace, which features hundreds of millions of product and service listings. Taobao Marketplace was China’s largest online shopping destination in terms of gross merchandise volume in 2013, according to iResearch. Taobao Marketplace is a business within Alibaba Group.

So these were the sites that made into the top 10. A point of surprise to note is that high-profile sites like LinkedIn, WordPress and Blogspot are missing from the list.

Source :- Alexa

Know any site that made into the list or is worth the mention, notify us by commenting.

iPhone 6 : Apple Confirm’s 9 September As Special Event

Go and start breaking your piggy banks and get ready to buy a new smartphone because we have an answer to the most trending question nowadays : When Is The iPhone6 Coming Out?

Well the answer to that question is provided by one of the most popular technology media blogs, RE/CODE. The site states in a very short post,
 
“Apple has scheduled a big media event for Tuesday, Sept. 9 — a date to which Apple numerologists will strain to attribute significance. As with September events past, the focal point of this one is to be Apple’s next-generation iPhones, which are expected to feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Apple declined to comment.”
iphone6-release-date
Although apple declined to confirm the actual selling date for the latest successor of it’s flagship product : iPhone 6 but it’s going to sooner rather than later if rumours are to be believed.
One of the most bizzare rumours suggest that the iPhone 6 will feature a holographic keyboard (Not likely though).
Some revolutionizing things which can be expected from this release of iPhone are :-
  • New, Larger iPhones
  • A8 Series Processors
  • Sapphire Displays
  • Metal chassis
  • 13 Megapixel Camera
  • Limited Battery Life Improvement
  • iOS 8 and One Handed Use
  • A Much Cheaper iPhone
  • Lightning Headphones
  • iWatch
  • Apple Flak
So let’s wait and see which one’s of our wishes Apple fulfills.
Source : Forbes
Know any new feature that isn’t listed here, do tell us in the comments section below.

3 Easy Steps To Convert A Youtube Video Into A GIF Image

Have you ever wondered if a video on youtube can be converted into a GIF image without the use of any software. Then the answer to that question is YES.
video-to-gif

 

Here’s a handy, very easy to remember trick you can use to convert any video to a gif format image.

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Follow These Steps :-

Just add “GIF” to the beginning of the URL. After “www.” and before “youtube.com”

So, for example, you’d turn:

Into:

And hit enter. Tada!

**Please note that this is not an official youtube tool ( though i wish they really build one ) but it works flawless nevertheless. This is a side project created by the super gif-centric messaging app called Glyphic.

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Using this online tool you can set the start time and the duration of the gif but there’s a catch, you can’t get super precise and work frame by frame — rather than that it’s a very nice tool created for easing our lives.

Ethan Zuckerman : Man Behind Pop-Up Ad’s Say’s “I’m Sorry”

I can guarantee that any person who has accessed the internet must have experienced and hated the most irritating thing of the world wide web – The Pop-Up Ads.

You hate Pop-Up Ad’s ? So does the guy who created them.
annoying-pop-up-ads

 

The creator of one of the biggest nuisances of the internet, Ethan Zuckerman feels sorry for creating them. He mention’s his apology in this weeks article in The Atlantic.

Ethan Zuckerman worked for the webpage hosting site Tripod.com from 1994 to 1999, when it was struggling to develop a revenue model.

He writes, “Along the way we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser’s toolkit: the pop-up ad. It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content, I’m sorry. Our intentions were good. 20 years [into] the ad-supported web, we can see that our current model is bad, broken, and corrosive.”

An idea which started as a solution to the complaint raised by a car maker that it’s banner ad’s were showing on the page which was NSFW. So Zuckerman wrote the code to open the ad in a new window, laying the groundwork for what would become one of the Web’s biggest nuisances.

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How To Relax Your Tired Eyes Caused By Your PC

If you’re like me and spend most part of your day sitting behind a screen then you also must be suffering from tired red eyes which at the end of the day can also cause headache’s. So, to continue working without causing any permanent damage to your eyes and relax them you should follow this trick which i found on a blog post written by Amit Agarwal( Labnol.org ).According to doctor’s, while looking at the computer screen we should always remember to blink otherwise we will get dry eyes which in turn will cause redness and eye strain.

 

relax-your-tired-eyes

 

So this trick is called the 20-20-20 rule. According to this rule while working on a computer you should look at an object every 20 minutes for 20 seconds which is 20 feet away.

As it is not easy to remember this while working, you can also easily take advantage of a windows utility called EyeDefender. It runs in the background and will show an visual training program after a fixed interval for strained eyes. In this, you’re supposed to follow the pointer around the screen which will relax your eyes.

For reviews of other related apps for eye relaxation you can read the full blog post by Amit Agarwal here.

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Keyboard Dancing Led Light Trick

Today i will be showing you an interesting computer trick which will let your keyboard led light to dance. Basically we will be creating a vbscript to make caps lock, num lock and scroll lock to perform this trick. So lets get started.

How To Make Keyboard LED Dance ?
  • Open Notepad and copy below codes into it.

Set wshShell = wscript.CreateObject(“WScript.Shell”)
do
wscript.sleep 100
wshshell.sendkeys “{CAPSLOCK}”
wshshell.sendkeys “{NUMLOCK}”
wshshell.sendkeys “{SCROLLLOCK}”
loop
  • Then save this file as led.vbs (.vbs is must)
  • Open your save file and see your keyboard led blinking like disco lights.

 

How To Disable Blinking LED ?

  • First open Task Manager (ctrl+alt+del)
  • Then Go to process tab.
  • Select wscript.exe
  • Click on End process.
Enjoy..!!

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