Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Blackberry Z10 unveiled!

During his conference to launch BlackBerry 10, RIM presented its new product: BlackBerry Z10. Supposed to relaunch  the machine, the Z10 OS features impose a heavy wait on the phone.

BlackBerry Z10 has a 4.2 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels and a rate of 356 ppi. It is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable memory via micro-SD. The Z10 is also equipped with an 8 Megapixels camera, a front camera 2 MP, Bluetooth 4.0, a 4G chip and NFC. 

As expected, BB10 focuses on social action and allows you to send emails through your Facebook messaging via BlackBerry HUB. Everything is managed by a virtual keyboard that allows you to write quickly with a system similar to Swype.  
BlackBerry Z10 will also allow you to share your content easily. RIM unveiled its function Screenshare Z10. A classic video system, that also allows to instantly share your screen, in order to benefit your partner with your photos or your applications.

Z10 seems to perfectly manage multi-task, and as promised no latency. Full of little features that will help the user in his daily life.

RIM introduced its smartphone filled with promise, therefore, they focuses more on the OS than on hardware.  Z10 will be available in Europe tomorrow at  € 579.99.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Got space for one more key on your keychain?

Google keys

While everyone is trying to virtualize every bit of air, Google has decided to declare a very physical war on passwords.  

"Google’s Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay wrote an article that’s due to appear in an upcoming issue of IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine about Google’s efforts to revitalize our password systems. They said the ideal system of protection would involve authenticating a single device, such as a YubiKey or a smartphone, that would be configured to grant you access to any of your online services."

Comic Relief - III

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one."
— George Bernard Shaw, playwright (to Winston Churchill)

"Cannot possibly attend first night; will attend second, if there is one."
— Churchill's response

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Rising from Mega upload's ashes : Mega is born.

From his safe haven in New Zealand, Kim DotCom launches in one hour a new file-sharing service with military-strength encryption. Mega, will be similar to MegaUpload but with a twist.

The service will offer 50GB of storage for free and three Pro tiers of 500GB to 4TB for $13-$40 a month.

 How it is different?

The difference that makes a difference is that all files are encrypted using a 2048-bit RSA key. What this means effectively is that Dotcom cannot be accused of knowingly storing copyrighted materials because he cannot technically know the content of the files stored on MEGA—only the user who uploaded the files and/or possesses the key can.

For a full review about Mega please refer to this article. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Let's Interface

Hello everyone, this post is dedicated to improve our relationship and below are some ideas that might help:

 + If you have something to write about, but you don't have your own blog or too occupied to start your own blog, I would be more than happy to host your post.

+ If you are a blogger, trying to reach another type of audience, or trying to find another blog to interact with, I would also love to host some guest posts for you and write guest posts for you.

+ If you are one of my visitors, and interested in this blog, please try to contact me, if you have some ideas. Any idea what so ever. Whether it is related to the blog niche or not.

+ Request articles, tutorials, and tips. I'll be glad to help.

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Twitter: @hadi_frht

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The end of the web as we know it... Maybe.

Nowadays, the usage of web and internet for many users is limited to social media activities.
And sadly, it's not just me talking these are some statistics that prove it:
  • Social apps are particularly popular, with consumers increasing their social app time by 76%, and spending more than seven times more minutes on apps than on mobile web.
  • Social networks still dominate internet usage, with 20% of PC time and 30% of mobile time spent on them: over any other category of site. And Facebook dominates that, with 17% of PC time spent on the site.
  • People aged 25-34 are most likely to use social media in the office, with over half saying they do so.
  • 76% of people felt positive after participating in social networking, and key words used were "connected" and "informed".
  •  Professional benefits were also a consideration, with access to business networks and a person’s number of connections both benefits listed
  • 26% don’t mind being targeted to them based on their profile info.
    Read the Full report by Nielsen Blog.
So, it quite obvious that any change that would occurs on social medias will eventually affect the web, and change it.

For this article, we will be talking Facebook as example.
I know that comments are flooding the blog, but feel free to tell me why do you think people want to advertize on Facebook?
The huge traffic? The abnormal influence over people's lives?
Well yes. But how Facebook got to be so successful? The answer is very clear here; By using your personal data and private information to target you with ads.

I know what you're thinking now, I'd rather get ads that interests me than keep getting ads that I can't relate to in any way.(Don't deny it, statistics shows that 26% of you agree with this saying.)

Well, for these 26% and for others that always felt that Facebook is their home; I'm very sad to announce that someone called Eduardo Ustaran doesn't agree with you.(BTW he's the head of privacy and information at law company Field Fisher Waterhouse. )
The law in question is the draft European Data Protection Regulation that is to be put before the European Parliament.  The legislation would cause havoc for companies that use their users data to sell advertising, so would include Facebook, GMail and others. Read about this law.

So, if the EU voted for the law, there is no question that the web would never be the way it was. For many of you.

What does it mean? 

I'm sorry that you're hearing this from me, but simply, it means that maybe Facebook will lose it's monetizing plan. So, they will probably, consider a new way to monetizing their site that they have never considered before: Charging you to access Facebook. (Yes! You.)

So, after you heard my news, let's make it a first and see some commenting that isn't spamming. I would like to know if you would pay for Facebook.
Would you pay to like? Comment? Share? Reveal you most intimate information?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Two quick tips!

I'm in a good mood and I really feel like sharing something. And since this isn't my diary, neither my twitter account, I thought why don't I share something with my really good committed (:@) readers. Something, that my readers will actually benefit from.

So, I have two tips, the first should concern anyone, anyone who access the web actually; And the second one, is exclusive to anyone who has a blog, a site or planning on getting one.

1st Tip: Your personal security.

We all know how critical our personal information can be, and yet people still choose to share them anywhere and then blame it on the web.
Well, I'm not saying that it is completely the user's fault. but corporations like Google are really working on privacy. And you also should. After all it's your information.
After this boring introduction, I'm going to talk to you about the security questions that you answer when you register in some sites, in order to get your password in case you forgot it. Well, the thing is, these days, these security questions aren't as secure as you would think. I mean take a look at this example :

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A dilemma : how to get ideas for my posts

Whether you're a professional blogger writing for the most important blogs on the web or a not so professional who got his application rejected so many times, or just an amateur who just got started; Whether you're young, old, tall, short, clever, dumb, to make a successful blog post you need an idea.

A bunch of them actually, because let's face it: You can get away with bad writing (My case), but you'll never get away with a bad idea.

Bunch of ideas

How to find an idea?

Normally there is three ways to come up with an idea for a new post:
  1. An idea can just pop uninvited into your head, and you will come up with a great post. But, sadly, you can't rely on this all the time.
  2. You can steal from other blogs, and maybe tweak it a little.(if you have a shred of dignity)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Android mini pc

Running Android 4.0, the MK802 Allwinner A10 Mini PC is about the size of a flash drive and, also like your favorite USB storage device, enjoys being plugged into things. HDMI inputs to be precise. Unlike flash drives, however, the MK802 also enjoys having things plugged into it. A keyboard. A mouse. A micro SD card. The little brick with the Android brain is truly a wonder of versatility and skill.
When launched through the HDMI input, the MK802 Mini PC runs as a media player, internet browser, game machine, or for "general use". I'm not sure exactly what "general use" means, but I have a feeling it has something to do with either spreadsheets and word processing, or porn. For Internet browsing (no ethernet port is included in the MK802 model, so you'll need WiFi connectivity), both Chrome and the Android browser are enabled. Free and premium games come courtesy of the Android market, or users can install emulators to play vintage games in HD. Desktop PC mode on the MK802 runs on Linux, which allows access to a wide range of software.

Other Mini PC specs:

When does Gmail block your account?

One of the possibility why you can’t log in to your Gmail account is because of it having been locked by Google. This happens automatically when “abnormal usage” indicates that an account has been compromised. According to Google, it may take up to 24 hours before account access is reinstated.  Reasons for locked accounts include:

  • Receiving, deleting, or downloading large amounts of mail in a short period of time. If you're getting the error message, 'Lockdown in Sector 4,' you should be able to access Gmail again after waiting 24 hours.
  • Sending a large number of undeliverable messages (messages that bounce back).
  • Using file-sharing or file-storage software, browser3 extensions, or third party software that automatically logs in to your account.
  • Running multiple instances of Gmail.
  • Browser-related issues. Please note that if you find your browser continually reloading while attempting to access your Inbox, it's probably a browser issue, and it may be necessary to clear your browser's cache4 and cookies.
Another possibilities of why you can't log in to your account are:
  1. Login problems.
  2. Forgotten username or password.
  3. Hacked accounts.

What is a giraffe?

Ask Google Now "What is a Giraffe"?

And yes you heard right, HE NOW PRAISES THE IPAD!!/

Friday, January 4, 2013

What's hot today?

Well, since most of my readers are from the US and there is a huge time span, the post title to you should be what was hot yesterday.

Anyhow, since today I'm too lazy to figure out what to write about and I don't want to just write anything, I decided to spare you some time and bring you the hottest topic in the technology blog sphere today.

And this is a reminder to myself so you can skip it : (today is January 4th)

So here's the top 5 topics/news online for today: 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Stop spamming and advertising

This is a quick tip about how to stop spamming and advertising using 'Gmail Filters'. It's really so simple and doesn't take any effort.

This method isn't very sophisticated, it's based on a very simple logic and works 90% of the time.
What we're going to do is, to delete every  message that contains the word subscribe in it; Since all the advertising and spamming mails contain this word.
In case you are subscribed to some important mailing lists, you might want to not delete it. You could make it skip the inbox and forward it to a label that you create.

So to create a filter on Gmail, go to settings>filters>create new filter.
We want to apply the filters on every message that has the word 'unsubscribe'  and this filter should delete this message.
I hope this was useful, and be careful while applying filters.

WWW, WWW2, WWW3...What is the difference?

We've all seen www, www2, www3; We type for exemple '' and we're suddenly redirected to ''. What exactly is this, and how do we get there?

Starting the domain name name of your web site with www. or www2. or www3. is a common convention and nothing more. There is nothing in the HTTP specification that says a web site must start with www. or any other prefix. It is simply a convention that began in the early days of the web and was used to distinguish a company's web server from its FTP server, gopher server, mail server, etc... But no such distinction is necessary, because this part of the URL, 'www.' help it decide how to perform this internal routing.
Usually this type of configuration is stored in your .htaccess file, located in public_html.

Load balancing

Another example is role-based routing. For example, and are both hosted at, but serve different roles on the web; one is an online store, the other is a site with resources for programmers. (And each is probably also load-balanced in ways that don't rewrite your URL.)