Whatsapp Web : The Next Inning

Whatsapp – which revolutionized the world of instant messaging, so much that it was seen as a future threat to Facebook’s Messenger, has made it’s way to our personal computers though just as an extension but it’s an added feature.

With ever increasing user-base of 700+ million, which is growing at an incredible pace of around 25 million users per month sending around 30 billion messages per day, Whatsapp is the world’s largest instant messaging service. These statistics were more than enough for Facebook to buy Whatsapp for an exorbitant price of $19 Billion in February of 2014.

After the purchase by Facebook, rumors were in circulation that Whatsapp could soon make it’s appearance on PC. Though the rumors didn’t came true 100% as Whatsapp Web is just an extension which couldn’t be used as an standalone application and must be in sync with your mobile phone at all times.

According To Whatsapp’s Official Blog : “Our web client is simply an extension of your phone: the web browser mirrors conversations and messages from your mobile device — this means all of your messages still live on your phone.”

Before telling you how to use Whatsapp Web there are some requirements which you must fulfill, they are :

  • You must have a smartphone running Android, Windows, Blackberry or Nokia’s Symbian S60. Apple’s iPhone can’t be used as they don’t support background multitasking and push notifications, Sorry iPhone users(Poor Me).
  • Next is Google’s Chrome browser, Whatsapp Web only supports Chrome as it has the best push notification system according to them though compatibility for other browsers could come at a later date.
  • Most recent version of Whatsapp on your mobile phone.
  • And the last one is continuous sync and internet connection on your mobile phone.

Now that you know the requirements let me tell you exactly how you can use Whatsapp Web. Connecting with your PC is plain simple even for the most non-technical users.

How To Use Whatsapp Web :-

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  1. First open Google Chrome and navigate to “http://web.whatsapp.com” where a QR code will be generated for you.
  2. Now open Whatsapp on your mobile phone and go to : Menu -> Whatsapp Web for opening the camera and reading the QR code.
  3. Just point your phone’s camera to the QR code on your PC and you will be synced instantly.

Somethings which the web version of Whatsapp can’t do are :

Limitations :-

  • You cannot change your profile picture or status from the web interface.
  • You cannot start or leave a group.
  • Not possible to share contacts.
  • No blocking of annoying users is permitted by the web interface.

So after reading so many restrictions of the web version you must be thinking what is the benefit of using it. I must tell you that there are more features than limitations, which are :

Features :-

  • You can also download any type of media directly on your PC like Images, Videos or Audio files.
  • View contact’s info which are on your phone.
  • You can also use your webcam and microphone to record video and audio and share them directly with your contacts.
  • Though not a feature but anyways, you can type messages very fast using your computers keyboard.
  • Connecting multiple computers to your phone for future use is also possible. They can be disconnected at any time required from your phone.

Conclusion :-

Now that you know the features and limitations of Whatsapp Web it’s up to you to decide whether it is worth to use the PC version or not. Do tell us your experience with this new innings of Whatsapp.

Related :- How You Can Use Whatsapp Without Any Sim-card.

 

Security Flaw In Drupal Affects Millions Of Sites

Security Flaw In Drupal Affects Millions Of Sites

If you are an owner of a website which is based on popular C. M. S.(Content Management System) Drupal then this article is a must read for you. If your site is running Drupal version 7 then you may also have been affected by this newly discovered flaw which could allow a malicious user to modify or take complete control of your site.

According To Drupal :-

SA-CORE-2014-005 Drupal Core – Sql Injection,

“Drupal 7 includes a database abstraction API to ensure that queries executed against the database are sanitized to prevent SQL injection attacks.

A vulnerability in this API allows an attacker to send specially crafted requests resulting in arbitrary SQL execution. Depending on the content of the requests this can lead to privilege escalation, arbitrary PHP execution, or other attacks.

This vulnerability can be exploited by anonymous users.”

Updating Drupal to the latest version which is 7.32 will fix the vulnerability but would not recover an already compromised site. So if your website is already affected then you can follow these instructions to recover it.

Google Launches The Latest Android : Android Lollipop

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Google has finally unveiled the latest (Android Version 5.0) and the 13th major release to it’s popular smartphone operating system : Android L or Android Lollipop. This new update features a revamped visual design called the ‘material design’ which uses moving icons and size shifting fonts. One of the most stand-out thing this update will bring would be it’s ability to run efficiently on phones even with 512 MB of RAM. Older versions were clearly more memory exhaustive.

With Android Lollipop Google also launched three new devices – The Nexus 6 with Motorola, Nexus 9 Tablet with HTC and a new Set-Top Box with Taiwan based firm ASUS.

With these 3 new devices Google attempts to unify users Android devices. While revealing these new devices, Google’s Vice-President Sundar Pichai didn’t held-off a sarcastic comment to Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ , “We aren’t only trying to ship two products, We are trying to enable thousands of products at the same time.”

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Samsung Develops New WiFi Standard That Is 5 Times Faster

We all wonder why the transmission speeds mentioned on our WiFi routers are not realized in real world but that question could soon be answered by Samsung. The South-Korean company  has developed a new WiFi standard that is able to send data 5 times faster than the current ones.

 

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This new technology is said to be based on 60Ghz band which will allow speeds upto 575 MB. Earlier attempts to use this band had failed because these waves travel by line of sight and have trouble penetrating walls but Samsung overcame this problem by using ‘wide-coverage beam-forming antennae’. Samsung indicated that this new technology will be available from next year.

In a press release Samsung said : 

‘Unlike the existing 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi technologies, Samsung’s 802.11ad standard 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology maintains maximum speed by eliminating co-channel interference, regardless of the number of devices using the same network’.

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Why Everyone’s Not Upgrading To iOS8

Last month when Apple released their next installment of their mobile operating system -iOS8, in just a week near about 46% of total iPhone users upgraded to iOS8 but that counter didn’t move more than a percent after that. So the question stands – Why Everyone’s Not Upgrading To iOS8.

James Cook of Business Insider believes that these numbers doesn’t reflect true stats because Apple uses a very unscientific method for measuring total users who have upgraded to iOS8. Apple measures total number of users (running iOS8) who have accessed the app store in a given time-frame but there are users who don’t download a single app in months.

 

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There could be many reasons why iDevice users aren’t upgrading, one of the biggest factors could be the first version of the update which made the devices unable to connect to cellular networks or use the fingerprint sensor. Although the update was pulled-off within hours and a new version iOS 8.0.2 was released to fix the bugs, yet it affected approximate 40,000 users in that minute time-frame. The fact that this update unlike iOS7 is not a major redesign could also make the users thinking twice about upgrading.

As of today Apple have stopped signing iOS7 so be very much sure whether you want to upgrade or not. After this, downgrading to iOS7 would also be hectic.

So let’s wait and see, when the percentage of devices running iOS8 reaches a decent mark.

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 :-

 

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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 :-

 

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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 :-

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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 :-

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

Baidu :-

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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 :-

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

Twitter :-

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

Amazon :-

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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 :-

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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 :-

 

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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.”
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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.

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.
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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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