07 Dec

Google Kills Free Version of Apps for Businesses

Google Apps

Google has killed off the free version of its useful apps for businesses. Google Apps offers Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, in-browser word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics app.

Google Apps

Google Apps

Earlier, there were two versions of Google Apps – free and premium. The free version allowed you to use Google Apps for up to 10 users. But now there will be only one version – Premium. Businesses with 10 or fewer people will now have to pay $5 per user per month or $50 per user per year.

Though the change will not effect the existing users and they can continue using free services for up to 10 users.

How to Use Google Apps for free for new domains

If you already have an existing Google Apps account under any of your domains, you can still use Google Apps for free even for new domains. All you have to do is to add another domain to that account. The setting is located under Domain settings in your Google Apps account.
Or if you are a new user, check out this simple workaround. All you need is a free Gmail or Google account.

Office 365, the main competitor of Google’s Apps market, also offers only paid plans currently. Both companies offer free trials.

So, what do you think of this move by Google? Would it hurt small businesses and bloggers?

01 Dec

WhatsApp fixes Status Error Issue, Warns users of hoax messages

WhatsApp Hoax Messages

WhatsApp has reportedly fixed the bug that started earlier this week that showed “Error:unknown” as contact status. According to various reports, the bug had affected thousands of users worldwide.

WhatsApp  Hoax Messages

The glitch was followed by a hoax message from the CEO of WhatsApp, one ‘Jim Balsamic’, and reads,

‘Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team..:) FINAL WARNING! If your WhatsApp status is error:status unavailable then you are not frequent user and by 5:00pm C.A.T WhatsApp will start charging you. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it.”

Within no time, the hoax message got viral and users in fear of losing access to their accounts, start sending message to 10 people in their friends’list.

WhatsApp posted a blog to warn users of the service, it said,

“We have been getting a lot of emails and questions from you about a chain letter message circulating in our network. Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it.

“While we are flattered that we made it Hoax Slayer we would rather work on cool new features instead of debunking silly stories like these.”

But now the issue seems to be resolved, though the official confirmation is yet to be received from WhatsApp.

Check out the Official WhatsApp Accounts:
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/whatsappstatus
Twitter- https://twitter.com/wa_status

This is not the first time such hoax viral messages have surfaced. BBM messenger have also faced such issues in the past.

23 Oct

The Rise of Women in Tech [INFOGRAPHIC]

Rise of women in technology

Did you know Ada Lovelace, a computer scientist from England, is considered to be the first ever computer programmer? She created a model using code-like language for Charles Babbage’s analytic engine in the mid-1800s.

This Infographic created by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, takes a look at some of the brilliant women over the years whose contributions in technology, science, engineering & mathematics, led to some of the greatest innovations in our history.

Recent examples of some very impressive women working in tech, are Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer & Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Rise of women in technology

29 Aug

Create a Mobile Site for Free With Google’s ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ Service

Let's Talk Mo Service

 

Google India announced a new service called ‘Let’s Talk Mo‘ to help businesses create mobile website for free. Mobile Internet is taking off in India with around 70 million mobile Internet users and this is a great initiative by Google to help businesses get ahead in Mobile era.

Let's Talk Mo Service

With the help of “Let’s Talk Mo’ service:
1) You can create a mobile optimized website for Free. You can choose from a range of partners who provide a Do It Yourself (DIY) tool to create a mobile site free of cost.
2) You can test how much user friendly is your existing mobile website. You can see how your mobile sites on a smartphone using the GoMoMeter tool and can even get personalized recommendations for creating better mobile sites.

See Also:
Top 10 WordPress Plugins to Build Mobile Version of Your Website

The ‘Let’s Talk Mo’ website also provides insights on current mobile trends, case studies, best practices, & various other resources to help businesses develop a successful mobile presence.

Whether you are a publisher, advertiser, or an agency, the website provides customized solutions tailored to your specific requirements.

Visit the Let’s Talk Mo website here.

13 Aug

Indian E-Commerce Industry Report ( Infographic )

Indian-Ecommerce-Sector

 

E-Commerce is one of the hot sector in India these days. With more than 100 million Internet users in the country, it is a great business idea with huge potential. Check out this Infographic by MySmartPrice to find out lot of interesting facts regarding E-commerce in our country.

Some of the Important Trends includes:

– Various brands such as Nokia, Puma, Reebok, etc. are moving online with their own stores.
– Fashion is the number one category in E-Commerce in India with more than 130 stores dealing in Fashion products. Out of these, 91 stores are dealing exclusively in Fashion.
– There is also a rise of online exclusive labels such as Zovi, Shersingh,etc.

Indian-Ecommerce-Sector

02 Aug

Dropbox Confirms Hack, Upgrades Security

Dropbox Hacked

Dropbox, the Cloud Data Storage service confirmed that it has been hacked. Hackers used a stolen password to login to a Dropbox employee’s account & gain access to a file containing email addresses for users of the service.

Dropbox Hacked

It all started in mid-July when members of the Dropbox service noticed that they were receiving spam directed to email ac/s they only use to access Dropbox. As a result, users started making complaints on various forums and the company began the investigation.

Aditya Agarwalm, Dropbox VP of Engineering wrote in a blog post:

Dropbox Hack

Now the company confirmed that the security features has been upgraded such as automated mechanism to prevent such events in the future. Dropbox will also launch Two-Factor Authentication in the coming few weeks. Users are also advised to change their password.

See Also: Google Finally Launches Google Drive Cloud Storage Service

Here are Some Tips to Keep your Online Identity Safe:

– Do not use same password on all the websites.
– Use tools like 1Password to manage multiple strong passwords on the Internet.
– Read: How To Customize Strong Passwords For Each Website

20 Jun

Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad (Retina)

microsoft surface tablet

Microsoft officially announced its Surface Tablet to rival the Apple iPad. Though the price is yet to be announced but the product is capable to compete with high end tablets & even ultrabooks. The Surface tablet will be available in two versions: one that runs Windows RT and another version that runs Windows 8 Pro. That means the latter will be able to run all your windows programs.

microsoft surface tablet

Though not all the specifications are known yet but here’s a look at comparison of Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad(Retina):

Microsoft surface vs ipad

via DigitalTrends.

12 Jun

Top 10 Things You Need To Know About iOS 6

apple ios 6 top features

 

Apple finally unveiled its iOS 6 at WWDC 2012 with more than 200 improvements & updates when compared to iOS 5. The new iOS will work on iPhone 3GS and later,the 2nd and 3rd generation iPads and the 4th generation iPod touch( But some of the features will not work in previous iPhone models, check out this table to find out more details). Apple is making sure to make the mobile computing the best ever experience for all the users with these updates.

apple ios 6 top features

Here’s 10 Things You Need To Know About iOS 6:

1) Advanced Siri

– Now tweet with Siri.
– Siri will now integrate with Yelp, OpenTable and Rotten Tomatoes.
– Siri is now available in more new languages.
– Siri will now get hands Free voice-control integration with in-car systems.
– Siri will be available in new iPad.
– Launch Apps with Siri.

2) Facebook Integration

Apple finally integrated its iOS with Facebook also after integration with Twitter last year.

Facebook integration with ios 6

3) Safari

– Offline reading lists
– Smart App banners ( Whenever you visit the mobile site of any company that has its own iPhone app, now it will show a banner at the top of mobile site that will take you directly to that app in App Store. Great scope for app developers with this addition)

4) Maps App

– Finally Apple also launched its own Maps app which is integrated with Yelp.
– It also integrates Traffic information and 3-D photographic rendering feature called Flyover.
– Integration with Siri too.

5) Passbook

Passbook is a new iOS app which collects all of your ticket information and other information into one place for easy access.

6) Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb is a great feature in which Messages, alerts, phone calls, etc. will come to your iPhone, but your device won’t light up or make any noise.
And the best thing is that you can set exceptions to still receive phone calls or messages from your near or dear ones. You can also set this feature to disengage, which means when someone calls from the same number twice in 3 minutes — you phone will start ringing again.

7) Photos

Now share groups of photos to your friends over iCloud. Users can even comment on the photos.

8 ) Phone App

Now whenever someone calls you, Apple has added two new buttons that pop up: Reply With Message and Reply Later. Reply With Message allows you to choose 1 of 4 texting options and with Reply Later, you can set a reminder to call back your friend.

9) FaceTime

Now FaceTime will work over cellular connections and not just WiFi and you can also choose to answer on your iPad or Mac.

10) Mail App

– VIP Feature that will highlight mail from important people.
– Pull to refresh to get new mails.
– Open password protected documents right in your device.

The beta version of iOS 6 will be available for Developers later this afternoon while for Customers, it will available to download on their devices in this fall.

17 May

Who Owns Facebook?

owner owns facebook

 

Facebook is expected to start Nasdaq trading this week in what could be the largest-ever Internet IPO ( Initial Public Offering ) to value it at more than $100 billion. Reuters put an interesting visualization which shows Facebook stakes and in the event if Facebook’s IPO valuation stands at $100 billion, this percentage stake translates as units of billion dollars.

See Also:  Top 14 Famous Tech & Internet IPO Before Facebook


Mark Zuckerberg with 28.4% stake in Facebook will become one of the top ten wealthiest Americans after the IPO. And a long list of Facebook employees, Co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and venture capital firms with stakes in Facebook also stands to make more millions and billions.

See Also:  Top 10 Youngest Billionaires in the World – Forbes 2012 List


owner owns facebook

According to a report on USA Today, Facebook IPO could add an additional $2 billion into state’s treasury by 2013, mostly for personal income taxes. Real estate prices near Facebook’s headquarters are also rising.

But the billion dollar question is how much effective are Facebook ads after GM pulls advertising from Facebook? Because you can’t survive for very long without a good revenue model.

06 May

Google India to Conduct a Clinic for Indian Websites

google site clinic

 

The Search Quality Team at Google India has announced that it will conduct a clinic for Indian websites. The decision has been taken after Matt Cutts from the Webspam Team visited India in January this year.

google site clinic

The team will analyze the sites that are submitted to the clinic and will offer constructive advice on improvements that can be made for better visibility of your site in Google’s organic search results.

The Site clinic has gone live on May 4, 2012 and will accept the submissions till May 14, 2012.

How To Submit Your Website

– To register your website for site clinic, fill the information in this form.
– To participate in the Site Clinic, your website must be registered with the Google Webmaster Tools and it should meet all quality guidelines.

Note: By submitting your website to the Site Clinic, you agree to the use of your site as an example in the future Google blog posts under the Site Clinic banner.

The team also said that they will be taking limited number of websites for complete analysis. Among these, a few representative ones could also be chosen as example to share best practices in the follow-up Google blog posts.

Check out this post to know more about Google Site Clinic.

Source: Google India Blog

 

29 Apr

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Now Available For Download

ubuntu 12.04

 

The much awaited latest Ubuntu 12.04 nicknamed as Precise Pangolin released this week & is available for download now. There are many features that has been added in this release and to experience all those new features – take this Guided Tour on their website.

All LTS releases provide support for 5 years which works great for Organizations who prefer large no. of deployments of Linux machines.
This is the first LTS release in Desktop Version which is packed with the Unity user interface which simplifies your overall Linux experience.

ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu is a great choice to try Linux OS with perfect design and UI.
The latest release of Ubuntu comes in 3 flavors,
Ubuntu 12.04 for Desktop
Ubuntu 12.04 for Server
Ubuntu 12.04 for Cloud Infrastructure.

The Server version of Ubuntu 12.04 is packed with OpenStack, which helps in deploying a private cloud, & also introduces Metal as a Service (MAAS), which brings “the flexibility of cloud computing to physical server provisioning” .

Ubuntu 12.04 will be certified & supported on few selected HP ProLiant servers, as well.

You can also run Ubuntu inside a Windows Computer using Ubuntu Windows Installer where it is very easy to install and uninstall the Operating System. You can also easily upgrade your ubuntu if you have already one installed in your computer.

[ Guest Article Contributed by Ramanathan Sundaram. You can follow him here on his Google+ Profile.]