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YouTube switches from Flash to HTML5, Goodbye Flash

YouTube swtiches from Flash to HTML5, Goodbye Flash

YouTube to host videos in HTML5 now after years of Flash videos

No one notice the video streaming giant YouTube quitely moved from providing Flash based videos to HTML5 based videos on desktop.  If this had happened a few year ago there would have a huge brouhaha of online users but no one seems to have noticed the change happening now.

For one, till a few years ago Flash was considered ultimate for providing video or animation based graphics online. In fact it would have been seen as a sacrilege to use any other medium for videos. But over the years things have changed radically, Adobe is not what it was a few years ago and Adobe’s Flash has become less relevant now a days.

Also technology wise things are different now.  Till a few years ago every thing online was woven around Microsoft Internet Explorer and Flash was one of them.  Not anymore, IE itself is on verge of becoming irrelevant with Microsoft itself ditching is partly for Windows 10 Preview version. Also with new technologies came new browsers which were capable of supporting different formats without a hitch.  Google Chromium project of one of these projects and almost all popular browsers now tend to use Chromium for their browsers.

With the upgradation can the inherent change and YouTube’s move to HTML5 is one of them. Also the support HTML5 is getting from tech companies including Firefox and smartphone manufactures including Samsung et al means that may have HTML5 based smartphones in not so distant future.

Making the announcement on a blog post, YouTube stated that its web video player will demote Adobe Flash and start streaming HTML5 videos by default on all modern browsers including Chrome, IE11, Safari 8 and in new beta versions of Firefox.

Stating the obvious, YouTube engineer Richard Leider said that the company is officially ditching Flash in favour of HTML5 since the latter adds more flexibility for developers, bloggers and consumers, with benefits that “extend beyond web browsers.”

To move from the Flash based videos to HTML5 support YouTube had to embark on a massive technological exercise.

First of all they have moved to MediaSource Extensions to provide Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) streaming.  ABR is very critical for providing a quality video experience for viewers as it allows YouTube to seamlessly adjust resolution and bitrate for good, bad and worst network conditions. YouTube says that ABR has reduced buffering by more than 50 percent globally and as much as 80 percent on heavily-congested networks. MediaSource Extensions also enable live streaming in game consoles like Xbox and PS4, on devices like Chromecast and in web browsers.

Second they have moved to VP9 codec which gives you higher quality video resolution with an average bandwidth reduction of 35 percent. VP9 allows allows more people to access 4K and HD at 60FPS — and videos start 15-80 percent faster. YouTube hopes to make VP9 codec mainstream in the future.

Third for encryption, YouTube has taken WebRTC support. YouTube says that this will enable everyone to share their videos with the world, whether uploading pre-recorded videos or broadcasting live. WebRTC allows YouTube to build on the same technology that enables plugin-free Google Hangouts to provide broadcasting tools from within the browser.

YouTube will also use new fullscreen APIs in HTML5, YouTube is able to provide an immersive fullscreen viewing experience which is perfect for streaming 4K videos,  all with standard HTML UI.

“Over the last four years, we’ve worked with browser vendors and the broader community to close those gaps, and now, YouTube uses HTML5 by default in Chrome, IE 11, Safari 8 and in beta versions of Firefox. The benefits of HTML5 extend beyond web browsers, and it’s now also used in smart TVs and other streaming devices,” Leider noted on the blog post.

With these changes YouTube will now be streaming videos in HTML5 so for YouTube, Flash is officially dead, Long Live Adobe Flash.

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Mozilla stepping towards to bring Virtual Reality to the Firefox Browser

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Mozilla to add Virtual Reality to its Firefox browser

Earlier Mozilla had brought out a limited version of Firefox for virtual reality web apps, which could be experienced through Oculus Rift, a head mounted VR headset. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels.

Last summer ,Mozilla’s Josh Carpenter said that the company knows that “achieving VR is really a big deal and it 2015-01-24_1015presents a great challenge- so we accept great challenges.” To give users a feeling of being in a really different and virtual world, you need to get the latency between head movements and the screen reacting to them down to an absolute minimum. Mozilla also said that, the company motto is not just only to benefit the VR experience, but also the web experience as a whole.

Mozilla is going full steam with the developmental support to WebVR, which is basically an API that will make it easier to link browsers to virtual reality headsets. Though it is still in it’s early stages, Mozilla says that WebVR API is not that stable as of now. Chromium- the open source web browser which Google Chrome, is also working with this, so Google may also support WebVR API and bring some robustness to it.

The concept of introducing VR is really amazing but challenging too. Virtual reality in any website you visit? Perfectly futuristic. The challenges involve synchronizing your head movements with the screen responding to them. The reaction time between the two should be as low as it can go. The team at Mozilla believes that WebVR will enhance the web experience, as a whole.

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How effective will it be, and how many people are actually going to want to use and experience virtual reality in their browsers, will be a matter of concern.

For now, the new Firefox builds supporting VR only work with the Oculus Rift, but Mozilla has planned to add built-in support for Linux, Firefox for Android and Google’s Cardboard.

In a blog Mozilla said –“I’m not completely sold on the idea that the browser is the best place for experiencing virtual reality, but there is something that can be told towards approach of creating an open ecosystem that could side-step the walled gardens of the different VR vendors in the long run. For now, achieving that feeling of presence greatly depends on getting the lag down and even if we manages to get JavaScript performance even closer to native speeds, native VR apps will always be just a little bit better.”

Mozilla hopes to take the Internet users experience of surfing futuristic virtual world a reality in not so distant future.

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Samsung working on a wearable sensor to detect strokes early

Samsung working on a wearable sensor to detect strokes early

Samsung’s C-Lab has came up with a new wearable health sensor that monitors your brain, to warn you of an impending stroke.

Two years ago, a group of engineers at Samsung Electronics wanted a breath of fresh air. So, they applied to undergo a project at the company’s Creativity Lab, or C-Lab, where employees are given the opportunity to translate their creative and ideas into commercially viable products and solutions. The engineers wanted to develop a solution that could detect the onset of a stroke by monitoring brainwaves.

After 2 years of hard work and research, Lim and his five member team introduced a prototype solution in Januaryedsap-samsung-stroke-system 2015 called The Early Detection Sensor & Algorithm Package (EDSAP), a stroke detection solution using brainwaves. The prototype consists of a multiple sensor  and a mixer of algorithm, this feature will allow anyone to monitor the electrical impulses with a smartphone or tablet, thereby reducing the oncoming risk of stroke. The objective is to provide early warning, so that those at risk can visit the doctor for a proper diagnosis with sufficient time to prevent the potentially tragic consequences of a stroke.

Working of the prototype

EDSAP’s  are connected to mobile app and further they are placed on heads, from where the sensors collect wirelessly transmitting brainwave data to a mobile app, where the algorithm analyzes the brainwaves and ultimately determines the likelihood of a stroke, all within a 60-second time span. While, the EDSAP algorithm, is based on analysis of countless stroke patient brainwave data, which is combined with a range of artificial intelligence and signal processing software programmed by Jangbeom Yang, the software expert in this project. The other software are, the Peak & Slope Detection software, which helps mobile devices to conduct rapid analysis of brainwave fluctuations and movement. A various range of open source software solutions were also used, including FFT and Wavelet.

Additionally, to track brainwave for longer durations, EDSAP can leverage its brainwave analysis capabilities to more information related to neurological health, such as stress, anxiety and sleep patterns.

The current prototype is in the form of a head gear, the sensors can be pasted onto the backside of hairpins or eyeglass temples, thereby allowing users to monitor their brainwaves over longer periods of time without any hindrance.

Key Features:

EDSAP has unique features when compared to other brainwave sensors in the market, which are mostly used for health or diet control rather than health-related purposes.

Firstly it is much faster than other brainwave equipments available in the hospitals which generally require 15 minutes or more to monitor and a day to get a report.

Second, the sensors are able to scan brainwaves in details as the Samsung engineers have used highly conductive rubber type material.

Third, the sensors are easy to wear. i.e the saline solutions will no longer used to be rubbed into the hair, which previously to some extent prevented the brainwave scanning to some extent.

“The ability to precisely measure brainwaves and provide early warning for an imminent illness using a wearable device is a highly meaningful development,” said Seung-Bong Hong, a neurologist at the Samsung Medical Center in Seoul and a medical advisor to the EDSAP project. “

As EDSAP undergoes further development, its utility in other areas will also increase and will also be extended in the areas of electrocardiograms. The EDSAP may turn out to be boon for patients with chronic heart problems or blood pressure history.

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Facebook launches Facebook Lite App for lower end smartphones

Facebook launches Facebook Lite App for lower end smartphones

Facebook comes to lower end smartphone owners rescue with Facebook ‘Lite’

In addition to stickers inside Messenger, Comments, Groups and the latest addition of Rooms, Facebook has yet again  launched another surprising App called Facebook Lite, which can be called as a simplified version of its mobile website from 2009-2010, which is specifically designed for lower end Android devices available in markets.

TechCrunch says that the App was launched in a certain handful of countries in Asia and Africa including Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe where the App is being tested for further upgradation and bug fixing.

A report by TechCrunch says that the App has been built to accommodate lower end and Android devices. The Facebook Lite will be packed in just 252KB file size so that any lower end Android phone can run it smoothly. The App will prove beneficial in areas with 2G and poor quality internet connections. Facebook Lite will have some of the features of Facebook like push notifications and camera integration.

As smartphone sales are rising by the day in emerging markets, the company wants to offer a flawless experience to users no matter which handset they are using. For the past few years ,smartphone sales are increasing in India, which was is the fastest growing market in Asia Pacific in 2014, while there’s huge potential in Africa and Southeast Asia where mobile will be the primary internet platform for millions. Even though Facebook retooled its Android app specifically for emerging markets last year, it is making sure that it offers a good experience to any user not matter their device or network connection. Android is the platform of choice for most smartphone owners in emerging markets since such smartphones cost a little bit over  $30.fb1

Facebook already has its Internet.org project, which provides free access to a various range of mobile internet services is currently limited to a selected countries in Africa at this point and, since it is being developed in partnership with carriers and other telecom industry players, however such launches are both time and resource intensive, so why not put together a ‘Lite’ app that can potentially push the Facebook subscriber base up by millions overnight seems to be the thinking of Facebook boardroom.

You will be surprised if you’re in one of the mentioned eight countries where Facebook Lite has launched then you can check it out here.

The early signs have give Mark Zuckerberg owned company a very positive feedback from the users and they seemed quite impressed with the App. Statistically, the app has already crossed 10,000 downloads at the time of writing, since it was launched with a overwhelming 4.6 rating from an initial 693 reviewers.

A report suggests that India’s mobile Facebook users will surpass US user-base by 2017. According to a report by market research firm eMarketer, nearly 1 billion users worldwide will access the popular social network through their mobile phones at least once each month in 2015.

Recently, Facebook announced that growing Internet penetration and a large youth population has helped it expand its user base in India to 112 million, which is the largest after the United States. Of the 112 million users in India, more than 99 million users are using the platform on their mobile phones at least once a month.

Facebook Lite will be of great help to the large expanse of people staying in poorly connected villages in the countries named above.

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Microsoft HoloLens brings 3D world into reality

Microsoft HoloLens brings 3D world into reality

Now create your own new world –a world of possibilities with the help of Microsoft HoloLens technology.

Microsoft once again is going beyond virtual world to provide ultimate user experience with the announcement of Windows Holographic and Windows HoloLens.

Windows Holographic is, at its core, Microsoft’s take on augmented reality, but it utilizes holograms. The company microsoft-hololens-lg-1500x1000describes Microsoft HoloLens, that has “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen.” The HoloLens headset is equipped with see-through, holographic lenses HoloLens. It projects holograms that are powered by an unspecified CPU and GPU, alongside a dedicated holographic processor. The HoloLens headset incorporates spatial sound, which allows you to “hear” holograms around you, as well as a wide array of sensors.

The best feature is that the headset works independent of other devices, so there’s no need to tether it to a phone or PC.

The lens has voice controls which can do things like copy content and enable rotation. When you’re done with your masterpiece, you can have it 3D printed. The Holo Studio is the equivalent of a holographic preview.

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A Microsoft executive says that the holographic capabilities built into Windows 10 operating software would be released late this year. This would open doors for developers to augment tasks from complex surgery to motorcycle design

The video presentation of the HoloLens headset showed some ambitious visions of the future. It gave us an idea of what it would be like to play Minecraft in your living room, Skype and watch live TV from any surface, or walk alongside the Mars Curiosity Rover during a tour of the Martian surface. The HoloLens even shared a glimpse of new ways to show off the latest 3D design of your company’s product with a fellow employee.

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In a demonstration, a prototype HoloLens turned a room into the surface of Mars.

With the ability to design and shape holograms, you’ll have a new medium to express your creativity, a more efficient way to teach and learn, and a more effective way to visualize your work and share ideas. The digital content and creations will be more relevant when they come to life in the world around you.

With holograms, the digital content will be as real as physical objects in the room. For the first time, holograms will become practical tools of daily life.

Shape holograms to fine-tune a design. Interact with them to learn something new. When you share your ideas, show and tell from multiple perspectives. Microsoft HoloLens enables you to make decisions more confidently, work more effectively, and bring your ideas to life right before your eyes.

how-microsoft-hololens-will-enable-scientists-work-virtually-marsNASA team members can use HoloLens to move about as if they are on Mars and figure out where they want the Rover to go and what they want it to do.

Since the project is in its early stage Microsoft certainly invites developers to try their hands at developing applications for the HoloLens headset. The company had decided to write an app of its own which would be called Holo Studio. It will let you create a hologram by utilizing a Windows 10-like user interface. You can pinch to zoom and reach out to touch elements of the UI, such as the tools to change color.

Holograms are the next evolution in computing. With this vision in mind, hardware, software, and user design engineers came together to create a new canvas for creators and developers. Microsoft  HoloLens, together with Windows 10, introduces a powerful new holographic platform. And with this the era of holographic computing has begun.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview with Cortana, Spartan browser, revamped Start menu, & Xbox App

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview with Cortana, revamped Start menu, and Xbox App

Microsoft releases the Windows 10 Preview version a week earlier than expected to come with a sleeker Cortana, Spartan browser, revamped and restyled start menu and Xbox App

Surprise release from Microsoft!  Microsoft was to originally release the much awaited Windows 10 Preview version next week has released it today itself. The build released today is called Windows 10 9926 and includes Cortana on the desktop, Microsoft’s new Spartan browser the revamped Start menu, easier wireless audio and video connectivity, Windows Store beta, and new Apps.

As said above, the update bumps up the build number from  9879, released on November 12, to build 9926. “The gap between 9879 and 9926 is the longest you should expect to see with the program, because of the holidays and the need to add and stabilize feature payloads,” Microsoft explained. “We’ll get new builds out faster moving forward – thank you for being patient with us.”

If you have already signed up for the Microsoft Insider Program and downloaded the Windows 10 Preview test version (Build 9879) the update should arrive by tonight itself as per Microsoft.  If not set to auto update mode, you can go to PC Settings, select “Update and recovery,” then “Preview builds,” and click the “Check Now” button.

For those who were waiting to see if the Windows 10 Preview test version was stable and would like to sign up for download now, kindly head over to Windows Insider Program and register.  Be sure to check out the whether the system requirement meet to your PC or laptop and then follow the step by step instructions given therein.  You can download the ISOs for both 32-bit and 64-bit PCs from here.

The Microsoft has put in everything that it promised that Windows 10 would contain.  A brief look at what’s new in the Windows 10 Preview version Build 9926.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview with Cortana, Spartan browser, revamped Start menu, & Xbox App
(Microsoft’s Windows 10 Voice assistant Cortana)

Cortana :  As of now Microsoft has shipped Cortana in English version only.  Cortana or Microsoft’s digital assistant will be available on the taskbar, letting you search in Windows 10 for Apps, settings, and files as well as search the web.

You can access Cortana with your voice by clicking the microphone icon, and speak to set reminders or ask about weather, sports, finance, and other content from Bing.

You can start Cortana by enabling it in settings and by saying “Hey Cortana.” You can also manage Cortana’s Notebook to add your hobbies and interests from Bing like news, sports, finance and weather.

Microsoft’s Spartan browser: During wednesday’s event, Microsoft officials showed off a glimpse of Microsoft’s new Spartan Browser in action, promising that it would be available to testers in its Technical Preview program in the coming months.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Preview with Cortana, Spartan browser, revamped Start menu, & Xbox App
(Windows 10 Spartan Browser)

Microsoft’s Spartan provides a more interoperable, reliable, and discoverable experience with advanced features including the ability to annotate on web pages, a distraction-free reading experience, and integration of Cortana for finding and doing things online faster.

Spartan is a single browser designed to work great across the entire Windows 10 device family – from keyboard and mouse on the Windows 10 desktop to touch, gestures, voice, controllers and sensors.

The introduction to Spartan does not mean that IE 11 is not present in the windows 10, Microsoft clarified that Spartan loads the IE11 engine for legacy enterprise web sites when needed which helps it to meet the requirements of millions of existing enterprise web sites designed for Internet Explorer.

New Start menu: One of the prime reasons for failures or unacceptability of Windows 8 was the missing Start Menu. Microsoft has put back the Start menu in Windows 10 with many changes to suit the users. You can now expand the start menu to full screen and also change the menu colours to the one you want.  Big changes include the ability to expand to a full-screen experience and customize the menu’s color.

Wireless audio and video: With Windows 10 you will find it easier to connect audio and video devices that support the latest technologies like Bluetooth and Miracast. All you have to do is click on the Connect button in the new Action Center or hit the keyboard shortcut key Windows + P from anywhere to start the connection. In the Connect panel, Windows will discover nearby devices and speakers and automatically connect them.

Windows Store Beta: The new Windows Store Beta is a gray tile while the old Windows Store remains available in this build as a green tile. The new Windows Store includes a visual design that will be common across PCs, tablets, phones, and the web. From the Windows Store Beta, you can browse, search, download, as well as pay for apps and games. Supported payment methods include credit card, gift cards, and PayPal. Windows Store Beta does not support any in-app purchases as of now and it will be universal in all Windows 10 devices in the future.

Friendlier New Apps: Windows 10 comes with a lot of user friendly Apps.  For example, the Settings app has been completely revamped to offer users with easier management of your device, display, network, and account. The new Photos and Maps Apps which Microsoft had shown earlier this week have been included in this build. The Photos app shows your photos stored locally on your PC as well as in OneDrive, and includes few basic editing features.

Microsoft has included a all new new Xbox App which brings your Xbox Live games, friends, messages, and activities to your Windows desktop.

Apart from above there are some interesting things added to Windows 10 preview build like a new Windows Update UX in the Settings App  which will show you up to date progress of your preview build downloads.

Microsoft has merged ALT+TAB with the Task View after complaints from the testers.  Persian calendars support has been added. It will appear on your Lock screen, your taskbar clock, and on timestamps on files in File Explorer. The option to pick the default folder when opening File Explorer is now available.
The bug with the keyboard lights has been fixed in this build.

Microsoft has said that these features have been included after receiving feedback from the hundreds of users who used the November version and that this build is also not final. So if you feel something is amiss in this build you can give Microsoft a ping and tell them the changes you may want.

Earlier during the Windows 10 event in Redmond Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced  that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 user for the first year.

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Google invests $ 1 billion in Elon Musk SpaceX to Create Satellite Network

Google invests $ 1 billion in Elon Musk SpaceX to Create Satellite Network

Google’s effort to make internet better ,invests $ 1 billion in Elon Musk SpaceX.

Google and Fidelity have invested  $1 billion in the SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California company to support the innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability and satellite manufacturing. Both the companies will together own slightly less than 10 percent of the SpaceX.

A source close to the deal says Google “has agreed to fund $10 billion to SpaceX for the project.” SpaceX is a privately funded space company, headed up by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Elon Musk SpaceX to make internet easier
Elon Musk SpaceX to make internet easier

In 2010 it became the first private company  to put a spacecraft in orbit then successfully return it to Earth. Recently SpaceX launched and landed a reusable rocket, but the rocket crash-landed on the target set up in the ocean.  SpaceX has made a tons of progress in developing private spaceflight in less than a decade, and its long-term plans are mainly focused around developing reusable rockets and capsules that will ultimately drive down the cost of space travel.

“Space-based applications, like imaging satellites, can help people more easily access important information, so we’re excited to support SpaceX’s growth as it develops new launch technologies.” As said by a Google spokesperson in a post.

The Vine Video of the SpaceX Crash

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According to the latest information, Google is investing in SpaceX to support its plan to “deliver hundreds or thousands of micro satellites into a low (750 mile) orbit around the globe to serve Internet to rural and developing areas of the world.”

Commenting on Google’s investment, Musk noted that the new office will be dedicated to the latest satellite service. He also said that the satellites will beam the Internet to the billions of people in the world who do not have access. He said SpaceX would use the project to help fund a colony on Mars, and told Bloomberg Businessweek, the satellites could also be used eventually beam to Internet access to his proposed Martian colonies.

Further SpaceX’s plans for global Internet service to work on spectrum rights by relying on optical lasers. The company has estimated a total cost of $10 billion on the project and will take minimum 5 years to complete it.

While on the other hand Google is experimenting new ways of making the Internet better and available in more places. Google has already been experimenting to lay down internet network into rural and underserved areas via giant balloons in which it has met with decent success.

 

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WhatSim The card that Lets You Use WhatsApp for Free While Roaming Worldwide

WhatSim The card that Lets You Use WhatsApp for Free While Roaming Worldwide

WhatSim: The card that lets you access WhatsApp anywhere without a data connection

WhatsApp is the most popular mode of communication these days especially in Europe and India. The popularity of the app has now led an Italian company, Zeromobile, to launch a new WhatsApp specific SIM called WhatSim.  WhatSim allows you to use WhatsApp messaging service even when you are on roaming without the need of data connection or a Wi-Fi.

According to Manuel Zanella , CEO of Zeromobile and the inventor of the card,  “WhatsApp is the future of mobile communications. Its only “limit” is the data connection especially when you are traveling because the roaming charges are expensive and you can’t always find Wi-Fi everywhere and it is not always free. As someone who appreciates and uses WhatsApp, I tried to figure out how to get around this problem. That’s why WhatSim is an extraordinary opportunity for WhatsApp.”

Priced at EUR 10 (approximately $11/ Rs. 714.00), users will get a SIM card (standard worldwide shipping is EUR 5/$5.60/Rs. 350 approximately) unlimited text messaging for a year. While sending and receiving text messages, location updates, and contacts via WhatsApp is free, users will have to buy credits for sharing multimedia messages such as photos, videos, and voice messages. How much you get for your credits depends on where you are travelling.

Zeromobile says that as of now WhatSim is compatible with 400 operators across the world and works in about 150 countries. It easily connects to a provider network and in case you change your position, it automatically searches for a new provider. In case a provider with better signal is available, then it automatically connects by itself without the user even noticing it, explains the company.

The company says that WhatSim has neither has fixed costs nor monthly payments and it never expires, so you as a traveller can be in contact with your near and dear ones 24 x 7

However do remember that any multimedia messages which contains Photos, Videos, Audio Clips requires you to recharge with WhatSim credits and the usage of these credits will depend on the country/zone you happen to be in.

For example, India has been designated as  Zone 3 and users travelling to India will need 150 credits for photo, 600 credits for sharing video messages, 30 credits for voice messages.

Each recharge of €5 gets users 1000 credits and recharges can go up to a maximum of €50 (10,000 credits).

Zanella also plans to launch a special version of €5 /$.5.60 WhatSim cards inspired by Pope Francis and designed for those countries of the world that the UN calls the Global South.

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Now a Jeans that can stop a hack attack

Now a Jeans that can stop a hack attack

Betabrand and Norton team up to offer Jeans that can stop hackers in their tracks

Jeans as an anti-hacking device, you have gotta be kidding, right! No, internet clothing manufacturing firm, Betabrand does not think so. It has partnered with popular anti-virus makers, Norton Anti-Virus to make trousers that make it hard for hackers to penetrate through to your Payment cards or RFID based identifying devices.

The good news is that Betrabrand has succeeded in manufacturing a Jeans trouser which can stop any cyber criminal from accessing details to your payment cards or RFID based devices like Passports without your knowledge, if you wear it.

The Betabrands Jeans work by using a silver- based material in the pockets that act to block signals. If you are wearing Betabrands manufactured Jeans, the cybercriminals cant hack into your payment cards details or RFID based devices like a Passport.

The San Francisco located clothing firm behind the new jeans has said that they will go on sale in February and will cost $151 (£96). They will also be selling a blazer with similar anti hacking properties that costs $198.

Readers may note that there are other companies who are offering such anti hacking clothes. One of them is Disklabs which has produced a wallet and bag designed to stop this sort of hacking attempt. Another company called Pen Test Partners is coming out with RFID blocking suit.

Police forces use such anti RFID bags for storing the mobile phones seized in a raid or those which form part of the evidence.  It has been found that such confisticated mobiles phones have been remotely wiped out as the Police did not store them securely.

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Microsoft: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 user

Windows 10 is a Free Upgrade for the First Year for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users – Microsoft

Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced Wednesday that Windows 10 upgrade will be free of cost to the current Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 user for the first year. The surprising announcement was made during the Windows 10 event in Redmond.

Most of the devices will be able to get the upgrade facility depending upon the hardware and software requirements, he said.

“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”

Since now, Microsoft has been charging for every OS, this will be the first time when a present Windows 7,8/8.1 user will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for a year for free.

Though not the latest but Windows 7 is currently the most popular operating system leaving behind the current Microsoft’s Windows 8  which many users find a bit radical in approach and are still hesitating to upgrade too. Most probably because Windows 7 is more user friendly than its successor Windows 8 and not to forget mentioning how difficult it becomes for the first few weeks to shift to a newer interface.

Windows 10 is said to loaded with a bit more user friendly interface than its predecessor Windows 8.

Windows 10 will be available for all of the Microsoft gadgets including Windows phones, PCs, tablets and Xbox. Windows phone users will be also able to upgrade to windows 10 for free.

It however remains to be seen as to how much Microsoft charges for Windows 10 after the free period of 1 year comes to an end.  And since Microsoft has stopped giving extended support to Windows 7 since 13th Jan, what will happen if Windows 7 users who upgraded to Windows 10 want to fall back on their old Windows 7.

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