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Viber for iOS Gets A Major Redesign and New Features


Viber is a very popular VoIP application which is available on all major mobile platforms, and was recently acquired by a Japanese company Rakuten for $900 million.
Recently, the folks at Viber pushed an update for its iOS application, bumping it to version 4.2, and introduced a totally revamped design, which goes with the look and feel of the new iOS 7. It’s been over six months since Apple released the new OS, but it’s still a good thing that Viber is catching up with it.
It’s not just the redesign, Viber 4.2 also brings a number of new handy features to the app, including the ability to send multiple photos and videos at the same time, block any number or contact and much more.
“This is the first time we are introducing a new look and feel for Viber. Our goal was to create a simple and friendly interface but at the same time establish a solid foundation for future updates,” Talmon Marco, Viber CEO.
Here’s the complete change log of the new Viber for iOS:
  • A complete redesign, compatible with iOS 7
  • Send multiple photos and videos at the same time
  • Block list – now you can block any number or contact
  • Send longer video messages
  • Bug fixes
If you’re a regular Viber user, head over to the iOS App Store and grab the application. Let us know if you like the new design and interface of the app.
Source: ViberEngadget
Thursday, April 24, 2014

44 Percent of all Twitter accounts have never tweeted



Twitter is one of the largest social networks, it doesn’t have a problem getting people to sign up. It ranks just behind Facebook. It is great for real-time information. However you might be surprised by how many Twitter accounts never actually tweet.


A report from Twopcharts suggests that nearly 44 percent of the 974 million accounts have never sent a single tweet. No one has heard a tweet out of them. Twopcharts monitors activity on Twitter accounts. We don’t know if those users even log into their accounts. Some of them may just be using Twitter to follow their favorite celebrities, news, or personalities and don’t have anything to say.
Twopcharts can only tell when an account retweets or sends out its own tweet, it can’t account for users who log in and read tweets all day long, but keep silent. So that 44 percent of Twitter’s population may not be just a void. In the last three months of last year Twitter had 241 million monthly active users. Twitter’s defines an active user as one who logs into the service at least once a month. They don’t have to tweet to be active. Twopcharts also says that only 30 percent of existing accounts have sent 1-10 tweets and only 13 percent have posted at least 100 tweets.
Twitter would do well to come up with ways to get that 44 percent tweeting.
Source Ubergizmo
Monday, April 14, 2014

Turkish court orders to unban Youtube



A court in Turkey has now ruled that the ban of YouTube in Turkey must be removed, although a total of 15 videos on the site will remain blocked.


The reason that YouTube and Twitter were blocked in Turkey, was because of videos that appeared on YouTube that allegedly showed a corruption scandal which implicated the countries Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan, and he was one the that had both Twitter and YouTube banned.
We presume that the 15 videos that have been blocked on YouTube in Turkey, include the videos which allegedly show corruption.
Source The Verge
Saturday, April 5, 2014

Twitter Acquires 'Social TV' company SecondSync



Twitter has acquired the London-based SecondSync company that started roughly three years ago. Unfortunately no terms of the deal have been divulged by either party at the current time, but confirmation of the purchase makes SecondSync the second company Twitter has purchased this week following Parisian firm Mesagraph.


SecondSync explain on their website : “We are very proud of the business we have built up over the last three years. Through our social analytics products, we’ve enabled clients in the broadcast and advertising industries to realise the value of conversations on Twitter about television. Twitter is the only place that hosts a real-time, public conversation about TV at scale.
By joining Twitter, we will be able to help take that experience, in concert with the rest of the TV ecosystem, to the next level —particularly in markets outside the United States. Our current UK product will continue to be available for an interim period.”
For full confirmation of the acquisition by Twitter jump over to the SecondSync website to read their full announcement.
Source: Guardian
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WhatsApp processed 64 Billion Messages in just 24 hours


WhatsApp was recently purchased by Facebook in a deal which is worth $19 billion, the company has been growing at an incredible rate.
WhatsApp has now announced that they ahve hit a new milestone, they processed a total of 64 billion messages in 24 hours.
Back in January, WhatsApp announced that they had processed 50 billion messages in just 24 hours, so that is quite an increase in just three months.
For the 64 billion messages, the company send a total of 20 billion message and received 44 billion messages in a 24 hour period.

Facebook Messenger Beta Updated


Not too long ago, Facebook announced its Facebook Messenger Beta program, giving users interested in testing new features on the app before they are released for the stable version.
If you’re enrolled as a tested in the Facebook Messenger Beta for Android, now might be a good time to check the group as the company has released a new beta that comes with several new features on board, including the ability to forward messages, conversation shortcuts and much more.
The group feature can come in quite handy, especially for people who talk to a specific group of people. You can also forward a message or an image to anyone in your contact list as well.
Here’s a complete change log of the latest Facebook Messenger Beta:
  • Groups: Now you can create groups for the people you message most. Name them, set group photos and keep them all in one place
  • Forwarding: Want to send a message or photo to someone who isn’t in the conversation? Just tap to forward it on
  • Conversation Shortcuts: Create a shortcut so that you can get to any conversation right from your home screen
  • Plus, continued improvements to make the app faster and more reliable
Joining the Facebook Messenger Beta program is pretty simple. All you need to do is join the Beta tester group on Google Groups, Allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Play Store and download the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app from the Google Play Store.
Saturday, March 29, 2014

Facebook Will Use Drones, Lasers For Intenet Access


Earlier this month we heard that Facebook was in the process of purchasing solar drone maker Titan Aerospace, and that the company would use these drones for Internet access.
The deal between Facebook and Titan Aerospace has yet to be confirmed, but Facebook has now announced a new project which will use solar powered drones for Internet access.
In our effort to connect the whole world with Internet.org, we’ve been working on ways to beam internet to people from the sky.
Today, we’re sharing some details of the work Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the internet to everyone.
Our goal with Internet.org is to make affordable access to basic internet services available to every person in the world.
Whilst Facebook has yet to confirm the previously rumored deal with Titan Areospace, they have announced a new deal with UK firm Ascenta, who created early versions of the Zephyr, which is the worlds longest flying solar powered unmanned aircraft.
Source Facebook

Twitter iOS And Android Apps Get Photo Tagging


Twitter has released a software update for its Android and iOS apps, the update brings a range of new features to both apps, including photo tagging.
The updated Twitter apps for iOS and Android will, now let you tag up to 10 people in each photo, you can now also share up to 4 different photos in each tweet.
Tag up to 10 people in a photo
Tagging people in a picture makes conversations around photos fun and easy. And tagging doesn’t affect character count in the Tweet — you can tag up to 10 people in a photo and still have all 140 characters at your disposal, making it easier to connect with your friends. If you’re the one being tagged, you’ll get a notification. You can adjust notifications, as well as who can tag you, in your Settings.
Share up to 4 photos in a single Tweet
And now, you can also share a series of photos that automatically create a collage. Just tap on a preview to get the full image and slide through the group. The ability to upload multiple photos is starting to roll out today on iPhone, and is coming soon to Android and twitter.com. Whether you’re on iPhone, Android or twitter.com, you can view Tweets with multiple photos.
You can find out more information about the updated Android and iOS mobile apps from Twitter over at the official Twitter blog at the link below.
Source Twitter

Turkish Court to Stop Turkish Goverment From Banning Twitter


Last week we heard that Twitter had been banned in Turkey, the news came after the Turkish Prime Minister decided to ban Twitter in the country.
Now a Turkish court has ruled that the ban of Twitter in Turkey should be removed, and have granted a halt to the governments application to block Twitter in Turkey.
Attorney Sebnem Ahi, a local IT lawyer and regular contributor to Webrazzi, said that even if TIB appeals the motion of stay of execution to an upper court, it must release the access to Twitter until that upper court gives a verdict.
However, the Director of TIB, Ahmet C. Celik just announced that the decisions of TIB are not under the jurisdiction of the Administrative Courts and any decision of this nature is void. He said only the Criminal Courts of Peace are entitled to take on issues regarding TIB’s affairs.
The court has ruled that Twitter must now be unblocked in Turkey, even if the goverment decides to appeal the decision, Twitter must be made available in Turkey during the appeal process.
Source WebrazziTechCrunch
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Facebook Hits 1 Billion Active Mobile Users


Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company now has over 1 billion monthly active mobile users, this is up from 945 million in December of 2013.
Instagram has grown steadily since Facebook took over the company back in 2012, and Facebook has let the application develop independently since they took over the company.
Source The Verge

Instagram Reached 200 Million Active Users


Just a year ago, Instagram had 100 million active monthly users, and now the company has announced that it has over 200 million active monthly users.
Instagram was purchased back in 2012 by Facebook in a deal worth $1 billion, the company also announced that more than 20 billion photos have now been shared on Instagram.
From documenting a passion for jazz to the protests in Kiev, we’re continually surprised and humbled by the moments you share. As we exceed 20 billion photos shared on Instagram to date, we look back in wonder at the beauty and importance of everything this community has created.
The vibrance and diversity of this community has increased as it has grown. Over the past six months, we’ve seen new communities coming together in cities and towns across the world, whether they be in Guthrie, Oklahoma, or Guatemala City. With January’s Worldwide InstaMeet 8, we saw record turnouts of communities coming together to form friendships, explore new places and celebrate creativity in all corners of the globe from New Dehli to New York, Bucharest, Nairobi and beyond.
In the last six month, Instagram has added a total of 50 million new monthly users, it will be interesting to see how many they have by the end of the year.
Source Instagram

Facebook is buying Oculus VR for $2 billion



Facebook plans to purchase Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, for $2 billion. The deal is comprised of $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook stock. Facebook announced its surprise purchase 
via a blog post. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also revealed Facebook's reasons for the deal. 


"Oculus's mission is to enable you to experience the impossible. Their technology opens up the possibility of completely new kinds of experiences," Zuckerberg says. "Immersive gaming will be the first, and Oculus already has big plans here that won't be changing and we hope to accelerate."



Source Facebook, Verge
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tumblr has announced two-factor authentication


Tumblr the microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! has announced that they are increasing the security for users by enabling Tumblr two-factor authentication.
Two-factor authentication has already been adopted by many of the larger service providers on the Internet including Google, Dropbox and Microsoft to name a few, for a range of services that they provide.
The new Tumblr two-factor authentication is now available as an option for users via the settings page from today, and allows Tumblr users to add an extra layer of security to their account, to stop any malicious third-parties gaining access to the control panel and user details. Tumblr explains :
“You know how you need two keys to launch a nuclear missile? Two-factor authentication works like that. One key is your password, the other key is your cellular phone, and you need both to access your Tumblr Dashboard. Keep your Dashboard safe and secure, like you do with your nuclear missile.”
For more information on the new Tumblr two-factor authentication jump over to the official Tumblr website for details.
Source: Tumblr

Twitter Experimenting With Showing Views


The update is primarily for ad campaigns. Social media marketing functions as a major advertisement strategy that people use to grow their businesses nowadays. As it stands, the only way to judge if your Twitter ad campaign is doing any good is by how many followers you have, but what if only 20 followers out of 10000 are actually bothering to look at your tweets? The implementation of view counts would give advertisers more reliable data to go off of.

Twitter isn’t sure if it’s going to actually implement view counts or not. Some people would prefer not to know that most of their friends/followers don’t actually follow them, and such information could result in a lot of people disowning their Twitter accounts altogether. Right now Twitter is just toying around with the idea.
Source – The Verge

Tweetbot for Mac Gets Updated


Tweetbot is a fully featured Twitter client for Mac, which helps users makes the most out of Twitter, and is possibly one of the best Twitter apps for Mac.
Recently, Tweetbot for Mac received an update, bumping it to version 1.5, and introduces several new features and bug fixes for the app.
The latest update fixed several bugs, including a layout fix when viewing tweet details as well as some issues related to context menus. Additionally, the latest Tweetbot for Mac brings a refreshed design for image thumbnails as well as a new large image thumbnail option.
Here’s the complete list of features and bug fixes Tweetbot for Mac v1.5 comes with:
  • Large image thumbnail option (as well as an option for no thumbnail) in the display settings.
  • Refreshed design of image thumbnails
  • Three finger left/right swipes in your timeline function if trackpad settings are configured that way.
  • Fixed the issue where some context menus had the first option highlighted by default
  • Fixed layout issues when viewing tweet details
If you’re a regular Tweetbot user, head over to the Mac App Store and update the application. Alternatively, you can grab the app for $19.99 if you’re a Twitter addict in hunt for a decent app for Mac.
Source: Cult of Mac

Facebook Introduces New Programming Language called 'Hack'



Today Facebook has launched a new programming language called Hack which has been designed for HHVM and interoperates seamlessly with PHP.
HHVM is an an open-source virtual machine designed for executing programs written in Hackand PHP. Facebook has also launched a new website to assist developers looking to get started with the new Hack programming language.
Facebook explains a little more about Hack : ” Hack reconciles the fast development cycle of PHP with the discipline provided by static typing, while adding many features commonly found in other modern programming languages.
We have deployed Hack at Facebook and it has been a great success. Over the last year, we have migrated nearly our entire PHP codebase to Hack, thanks to both organic adoption and a number of homegrown refactoring tools.
Rather than directly interpret or compile PHP code directly to C++, HHVM compiles Hack and PHP into an intermediate bytecode. This bytecode is then translated into x64 machine code dynamically at runtime by a just-in-time (JIT) compiler. This compilation process allows for all sorts of optimizations that cannot be made in a statically compiled binary, thus enabling higher performance of your Hack and PHP programs.”
For the Facebook press release announcing the launch of the new Hack programming language jump over to the Facebook engineering blog, or directly to the official Hack language website for more resources and to get started.
Source: Facebook
Friday, March 21, 2014

Twitter Gets Blocked in Turkey


Twitter has been blocked in Turkey, the Turkish Prime Minister has said that they plan to stop people using Twitter in the country, you can see a quite from him below.
The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Erdogan has apparently been implicated in a corruption scandal, and is now trying to stop the information spreading online.
“We will eradicate Twitter,” Erdo─čan told a rally in Bursa in the west of the country. “I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic.”.
Turkey apparently has around 10 million twitter users, who have now been blocked from accessing the website, although they can still send in Tweets via text message.
Some Twitter users in Turkey have been able to access the service use a Google DNS which is 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
Source The VergeMashable

Pinterest Gifts Feed Launched



Buying gifts through Pinterest just became a lot easier. A new Pinterest Gifts feed has been launched which only displays products that are available for purchase. In this feed users will see “Product Pins,” that are accompanied by additional information such as availability, price and the location from where the item can be purchased. Currently described as a “work-in-progress,” the Gifts Feed can be filtered based on price just by clicking on the relevant dollar signs from $ through $$$$.



Right now, it is described as a “work-in-progress”. The Gifts Feed can also be filtered based on price.
As in products that cost $50, $25-$50, $50-$200 and products that cost over $200. This way, users on a budget will be able to search for products based on what they have to spend. The product pins will display inventory levels as well, so users will know if it is still available. That way no one gets bummed out when it is.
Right now the Pins in the feed are being curated by Pinterest. Retailers can’t directly add their pins at this time. If you already sell on Etsy and eBay those marketplaces will integrate products into Pinterest’s Gifts Feed for you. The Feed is available on Pinterest for the web with the price selector, while mobile users can also access it through the apps, without being able to choose a price range. This should make folks who sell online very happy.
Source Ubergizmo
Monday, March 17, 2014

WhatsApp's VoIP Feature For iOS Revealed In Screenshots


At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, WhatsApp’s CEO Jan Koum hinted at the possible launch of voice services within the app by summer, giving users the ability to make voice calls in WhatsApp.
Guys at iPhoneItalia released some alleged screenshots demonstrating the VoIP features of WhatsApp, specifically voice calls using the app.
The interface of the voice call windows looks quite similar to the visual tweaks made in the recent iOS 7.1 update, with circular buttons. It was revealed before that users will be able to make voice calls over mobile data or WiFi for free, and this will make WhatsApp a direct competitor of apps like Viber, Skype, etc. It’s a competitor to Apple’s FaceTime as well, and it would be interesting to see the competition getting fierce.
In addition to VoIP calls, the update also brings a camera button in chats that will allow userse to easily capture images and videos on the go, without have to go through the lenghty insert media option.
The service has a user base of over 450 million, and was recently purchased for a whopping $19 billion by the social networking giant Facebook.
Currently, there’s no news about the launch of the update for WhatsApp, but we heard before that it will launch in the second half of 2014.
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Facebook Android App Updated With New Photo Features


Facebook has released a new update to their Facebook Android application which brings with it a number of new features for handling photographs within your account, which have been available via the desktop Facebook for some time.
Now Facebook Android users have the ability to edit or delete photo albums directly from their Android smartphone or tablet and Facebook has finally added the ability for users to post photos as comments on posts and status updates.
These features have been available for some time via the desktop version and have been requested by Facebook users on mobile devices. Another new feature within the latest Facebook Android application is the ability for those of you who manage groups to be able to pin and photos within a group.
Facebook has also made a number of user interface changes and is rolling out its flatter design to more users within the update, as the company tries to unify the experience for all Android users, however some smartphones with physical buttons will still use the gingerbread style menus for a little while longer.
For more information on the new Facebook Android App jump over to the Facebook website for details.
Friday, March 14, 2014

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