DigitalOcean to launch a new Data Center in Bangalore

DigitalOcean has long been known for being one of the cheapest and most reliable places for developers to starting your own server, be it for a building that small wordpress site you wanted at a cheap price or choosing a place to start with your small-to-midsize business. While services like AWS, Azure and Rackspace are what big businesses would go with, DigitalOcean is often the right place to start.

How Facebook is killing news companies

The benefits of social media are tremendous. And the biggest contributor to it is Facebook. This giant has brought people closer and made the world a really small place. But there are certain limitations to these advantages. One of the most severe implications has been suffered by the news companies. Before we go any further, let us clarify that we are not judging these as good or bad. This is an opinion post and should be taken as such.

Lucrative Lack of Privacy

Due to rampant increase in socialization on online platforms, there has been a complete erosion of privacy. There are certain ‘sensitive’ topics which are dealt in a professional manner by newspapers and broadcast media, maintaining the dignity and privacy of those concerned. Menstruation, pregnancy, birth control- subjects that had earlier been relatively less explored by news companies are now all over the social media.

The freedom afforded to Facebook has unfortunately been denied to news companies. They cannot discuss anything in any manner they like, or comment on any other person’s activities. Since it’s a human tendency to take interest in another person’s secrets, this freedom to Facebook has given it an edge over news companies and is destroying for them their forum of discussion.

Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Spying, and it Matters

Better late than never, as they say. And this time, Wikimedia Foundation, the creators of world’s largest free online encyclopedia have sued NSA and US Department of Justice over mass spying and surveillance. The news was recently announced in the Wikimedia Foundation blog :

Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to asupstreamsurveillance. Our aim in filing this suit is to end this mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of our users around the world. We are joined by eight other organisations and represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

NSA doing mass surveillance using PRISM and violating privacy of the users is nothing new. A couple of years ago, Snowden documents revealed that the program has been specially targeting four sites in general, Facebook, Gmail, Wikipedia and CNN. While it may seem trivial, it is important to note that one can know whatever an user is doing in the Internet by just monitoring these few top sites. Some sites like Facebook want you to be identified by your true identity, thus making surveillance easier, while others like Wikipedia does not require you to login to view content. If however you may want, you can open an account with any name you like and mask your identity that way.

It may be noted that the surveillance program of NSA is not limited to US users only, but in-fact all users of the world.

Unlock your Mac using your fingerprints (for free)

Keeping your data secure is of utmost important for almost everyone. Whether it is your family photos or financial budget of your company, important of digital data cannot be questioned. Passwords were designed for the same purpose. With time, as different methods for cracking passwords have evolved, passwords have become lengthy, complicated and hence difficult to type and remember.

Project ARA (from Google) might just fail

Amidst all this Apple party going around on the web where Apple fans woo and Apple haters boo the new MacBook and the Apple watch, someone just forgot about Google for a while. Or so it seems. While MacBooks have become thin enough that you could fry one in the pan with a papad by mistake, Google has been cooking something hot since quite some time.

Project ARA, a project Google loves to call its own was conceptualised in the research centres of Nokia (sorry Microsoft) and Philips where researchers came to the conclusion that mobiles could be made more modular. But when someone shouts on the web with the voice of Google, everyone takes notice. So Project ARA belongs to Google and if one were to believe in the plans, the coming months might see the first commercial phone of project ARA.

What's ARA?

We are not sure what ARA stands for in this context. But as the world knows, Project ARA is supposed to make your phone modular. Project ARA aims to make hardware parts into individual modules which can be swapped in and out of the phone like you swap USB drives from your laptop these days. Only, they would slide in and out with style and to and from a phone. I guess a picture says a thousand words. So here I am saving a few thousand keystrokes:

Project ARA

Does anyone remember Google Code?

This is an article I sat to write before the news broke out. After I was done, I briefly visit my Facebook feed where I get the news on my feed. So I had to scrape it all off and write it again. In post I just deleted, I had talked about how most projects with Google Code have either retired or have not changed in past years and how new developers prefer GitHub. And then, I get to hear that Google themselves have decided to send Google Code into oblivion.

Google Code is retiring It has been nearly a decade that Google brought out Google Code. It was such a great news at that time. It launched Google into the messiah status for open source. But like many (or may I term it as ‘most’?) product Google launches, Google code somewhere down the line lost the attention it deserved from the search giant.

With time, Google moved on to things it deemed better and along came in Github with the flag of social coding. I believe it is a great win for people at Github when Google, bidding it’s own code hosting system states:

Many projects moved away from Google Code to those other systems. To meet developers where they are, we ourselves migrated nearly a thousand of our own open source projects from Google Code to GitHub.

Evernote is about to be crushed

Taking notes might look like a fad to some, a utility to others and an essential part of day-to-day life for the rest. Gone are the days of a PDA and carrying a small notebook in your shirt’s pocket sounds like the gloom of ancient history portrayed in sepia shades. iPhones and Androids rule the current generation of the smartphone carrying population and apps on those touchscreens are winning over paper.

If you have ever done note-taking as a regular practice, you must have searched for apps that are going to let you save some time, are fast & responsive, have enough options to help you organise your notes and available at will. Now, there are two types of people when it comes to note-taking apps:

  1. People who take small text notes and that’s all they need.
  2. People who religiously follow note taking. Pictures, links, bookmarks, todos and sharing is where peace lies for these folks.

The Best Cloud Solution for End Users - OneDrive

Fact be said, there are just too many cloud solutions out there right now. They all promise great things of which sync your files to the cloud is the most common one. Let's list down the famous ones:

  1. Google Drive
  2. Dropbox
  3. Box.com
  4. Microsoft OneDrive
  5. Apple iCloud Drive

So which one to choose? There are quite a number of factors to consider. Let's start with the basics - the basic thing that we all want from the Cloud services is the file-syncing service. Important documents, pleasing memories and in some extreme cases - important evidences of certain life-events need to be synced. The importance of those files depends on you but that's the basic thing we need from a cloud service. But there are a lot more things we want. Below, we tell how OneDrive addresses them and excels at them.

Amount of Free Storage Space

Google-Drive-Storage.png Dropbox starts with 2GB (only). Google Drive starts with a 15 GB account but that accounts for your GMail storage as well. So if you get a 20 MB attachment in your GMail, you lose 0.025 GB from your 15 storage in your Google Drive storage. With Box.com you start with 10 GB. Apple's iCloud - just 5 gigs.

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