Seeing people signing up to Telegram. Heh. When you think the text messaging world is already inundated and oversupplied, another one pops up.
This one comes from the founders of Vkontakte, the Russian Facebook clone. Launched in August, it brands itself as perpetually free, no ads, decentralized, heavily encrypted, multi-device, multi-platform. You can do group chats with up to 100 participants and set your messages to self destruct after a set period of time. They’re still building features into it like voice and video calls.
You sign up using your phone number and because of this, I won’t be using it. I don’t use messaging services that give away my phone number to people, even my friends don’t have my phone number.
The founders don’t seem to care about making revenue from the service so there’s a chance that it could threaten WhatsApp if it does hit the low end devices like those running S40. If it doesn’t, WhatsApp has little to worry about.
When it comes to switching, It’s not so much about being able to pull people away from existing products, it’s whether the existing ones are no longer able to serve people’s needs or more appropriately, perceived needs because people are resistant to change.
Most people, despite the Snowden revelations, aren’t too concerned about their daily conversations being unsecured but for those who are, this is an alternative worth checking out.
Urged on by Flickr to just upload all the photos because it gives you 1TB of space. Ever thought that because it’s Flickr I don’t want to autoupload every single pic I take? It’s supposed to be a showcase isn’t it, or do they want to change that mind set?
Every shot you take, of those cakes you bake, do not hesitate, terabyte of space, Flickr all your pics. – View on Path.
5 Million People Leave Jakarta as Idul Fitri Exodus Peaks - Jakarta Globe:
The Jakarta Transportation Agency predicted earlier that a total of 9.7 million citizens would make the journey from Jakarta to their respective hometowns for Idul Fitri, which is expected to fall this Thursday.
From that amount, 7.2 million people are expected to use private transportation, while the other 2.5 million will go by public transportation.
Nationwide, the figure is estimated to reach a total of 30 million.
Over half have left the city at this point.
So how many residents does Jakarta have again? If we have 12 million, that leaves less than a third of the city for a week, maybe with a few hundred thousand incoming as Jakartans who have moved elsewhere return to the city for the break.
I speak fast naturally. I’m speaking slowly now because I’m jetlagged, but I’m the first person in the history of Sorkin to be told to slow down. — Olivia Munn (via inbetweendeadlines)
If it weren’t for iBox’s aggressive promotion for the iPhone 4 I probably wouldn’t have come across this clean piece of case for the 4S. They didn’t have cases for older iPhones anymore when I checked last month but this time they’ve got a few models out. Glad they’ve got this classy one picked out. There’s a black version too.
For 200k it’s not a bad deal. It’s gonna be filthy within days since it’s all white but at least the iPhone won’t get more bumps and bruises. Hopefully.
Kinda wish they left out a gap for the SIM card slot tough.
A mobile device, whether it’s a phone or a tablet, is a very personal item. For many people, it’s an extension of themselves especially with smartphones. Today’s mobile devices are so personal, you can analyze and determine not only someone’s personality and preferences through the data stored in their mobile devices but it’s also possible to find out pretty much everything about a person from these gadgets.
These devices are so convenient, people store everything about themselves, from music, photos, videos, bank accounts, contacts, addresses, passwords, etc. and even secrets that shouldn’t fall into other people’s hands. Because of this, it’s important that mobile devices need to be secured as a protection against people who wish to access these information without your permission.
One of the things I do when I get a new mobile device is to set up a password on it. A lot of people skip this due to inconvenience but it’s really an important step to take. Having a password on your device not only deter people from trying to play around with it, but it also protects your data.
Sometimes it’s not even about protection against data theft. It can be about preventing friends who wish to prank you on your social networks or even lock you out of your own devices. Imagine if anyone has access to your online accounts such as your Facebook account or Twitter simply because your phone is not secured.
When people choose passwords, often they think a randomized password, one that is a combination of letters, numbers, and other characters, is the safest kind to use, but often it’s also the most difficult to remember, so people end up using names or other words. On certain cases, people use a set of numbers instead which almost always are birth dates or one set of the same numbers such as 0000, 1111, 2222, and so on.
For personal devices, the operating system often offers an alternative to use alphanumeric password instead of simple four or six numbers, so whenever that option is available, such as on BlackBerry, iOS, and Android devices, it’s far better to go with that option and use a long password instead.
Now, safer passwords don’t necessarily mean complicated passwords as I said earlier. A passphrase tends to be a better option and much easier to memorize. For example, rather than using something like “p4s5w0rd”, try something like “opensesame” or “chocolatecake”. These kinds of passwords are far easier to remember and are less likely to be guessed by people, so it’s a much better option when securing your mobile devices.
Choosing passwords is always an exercise of balancing between safety and ease of recall. Complex passwords always seem safer but are almost always difficult to remember. Birth dates are way too easy to guess, so it’s never a good option. Having a passphrase is both more secure and easier to remember, so whenever possible, try go for pass phrases for your mobile devices.
Back in April I picked up the Oppo Find 5. A solidly built 5-inch Android phone with a 13 megapixel camera, large battery capacity, and high resolution screen. At first glance, it looks something like a model out of the Sony Xperia line with its clean, sleek look with bold lines and all glass face plate. This substantially large phone is out to impress with a big risk in carrying an unknown brand.
For a new player to launch this kind of offensive on the crowded smartphone market is more than brave, perhaps even foolish, but the Find 5 doesn’t seem to break a sweat on the challenge.
You can read some of my early impressions of the Find 5 and see more photos of the phone on my Flickr set.
Took these just before 10 pm tonight when the wind was blowing pretty hard and the clouds moved very quickly. Closest to the condition was probably the one shot on iPad mini. The 4S was a bit too dark though the Find 5 didn’t too badly either. The Lumia however was closest to fantasy, it’s as if there was a massive light source underneath aimed at the clouds.
None of the photos had any color correction or filter applied, only cropped for Instagram. You can see them and some others there. – View on Path.
This, I can appreciate.