Friday, October 15, 2021

Category: Software

A disruption in the services of the tech giants “Google, Facebook and Amazon”

The services of major technology companies experienced widespread outages, Monday, and users reported difficulties with Facebook’s Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger services, as well as Google, Twitter, and AWS’s Amazon Web services.

The major providers of mobile services in the United States, such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-mobile, were also subjected to the deviation of their services from the normal course, as a large number of users were unable to make phone calls, exchange text messages, as well as Internet services.

Users indicated that their phones work normally with wireless Internet networks (WiFi), but they are not able to connect to mobile networks.

The reasons for the outage affecting users in many regions around the world were not immediately clear.

Facebook said in a tweet on Twitter that it was aware that some users were having difficulty accessing its apps and services.

The company added that it was “working to get things back to normal as soon as possible.”

The DownDetector website, which monitors the status of electronic services, showed a significant increase in the number of complaints submitted by users of Facebook services, and it was for WhatsApp that some users were having problems running the application and sending messages.

At the level of Messenger, 36% of the complaints submitted through the “Downdetector” website focused on the inability of users to access the service’s website, while 36% also faced a problem with sending messages in general, along with 28% of the complaints centered On the malfunctions that users encounter with the service application on the mobile.

Millennials are addicted to shopping through the $46 billion Klarna app

If you search for “Klarna” on the “Tik Tok” platform, you will find young people talking sarcastically about the debts they incurred using the popular “Buy Now Pay Later” app. Some dance as “debts in deferred” comment appears on the video, after footage of them using the Klarna app to shop and buy clothes. Others share videos of the company’s payment requests with the “I know you’re obsessed with me” comment from a remixed song.

Joila Luisa shared a video with the caption: “When you put on a new outfit and Klarna reminds you to pay for it.” Although she seems annoyed by the fact that she doesn’t like the bill to be paid, she can’t stop it. “In the past, when I didn’t have the money, I simply couldn’t shop. Now with” Klarna, I can do that.

Buy now, pay later
Postpay applications have a double-edged aspect to the concern of financial regulators. While young “fashion stars” on Tik Tok see the potential risk of taking on short-term debt through these apps when they pay off, the temptations are too great for them.

Credit rating companies express concern that this increasingly widespread financing option may encourage more reckless borrowing. The high demand for Klarna (average client age is 33) by millennials and Generation Z helped the company receive a valuation of $45.6 billion in the latest funding round led by Soft’s Vision Fund 2 Bank”.

The “Polemix ” application… Intellectual debates in the “Tik Tok” way

At a time when American political parties are seeking to settle new social media applications that are free from content controls and free of opponents, such as the Jeter and Ramble applications, and before them Parler, the “Polemix ” application was recently launched as a social networking platform that pursues a different philosophy based on the idea of ​​debates and adopts “ Convince me if you can” is a slogan for it, while followers consider it “Tik Tok Ideas”, given the similarity in the general form of the two applications.

Over the past weeks, in an exclusive beta space, the Polemix app has been launched, which its creators claim, in their description across the Apple Store and Play Store, is “the opposite of all social networks”.

During the initial browsing of the application, it appears very similar to the Tik Tok application, short videos (30 seconds) are the basic format of the content, while scrolling above allows skipping the video clip to the next, just like “Tik Tok”.

On Polemix , the debate begins with the seemingly simple question “Will America miss Trump?”, “Is America racist?”, “Does money buy happiness?”, “Did COVID-19 leak from a Wuhan lab?” Is Beyoncé better than Madonna?”, and after the question, it is the turn of the opponents and those in agreement to explain their views through short videos.

As for the voting options, they are limited to: “I am satisfied with you”, or “I respect you, but I oppose you” so that the result appears similar to the results of opinion polls.

Pegasus spyware under the microscope

The Pegasus program, produced by the Israeli company “NSO”, has sparked global controversy, after human rights and press reports indicated that it was used in attempts to hack the phones of leaders, journalists, government officials, and activists around the world.

Amnesty International and media organizations, and in cooperation with the French journalist Forbidden Stories, said that governments of several countries used the program to monitor the communications of up to 50,000 people, something that most of the governments mentioned in the report denied.

The spyware, developed by an Israeli software company called (NSO Group), allows extracting SMS, photos, emails, recording calls, and activating the phone’s camera and microphone without the owner’s knowledge.

Macron changes his phone and number
A French presidential official said on Thursday that President Emmanuel Macron had changed his phone and number in light of what was revealed in the Pegasus spyware case.

The official added that there was no confirmation that Macron’s phone had actually been hacked. “It is nothing more than additional security measures,” he told Reuters.

The French government spokesman, Gabriel Attal, said that France had decided to amend the insurance procedures, especially those related to Macron’s insurance.

And French newspaper Le Monde reported that one of Macron’s phone numbers, which he has used regularly since 2017, is included in the list of potential spy targets.

Israeli investigation
Israel announced that the government had assembled a team of senior officials from several ministries to look into growing allegations of worldwide exploitation of spyware sold by an Israeli company, adding that an audit of the company’s exports was unlikely.

A prominent member of the Israeli parliament said Thursday that a parliamentary committee may consider imposing restrictions on the export of spyware, according to Reuters.

Morocco files defamation lawsuit
Morocco decided to file a lawsuit before the Criminal Court in Paris against the organizations “Forbidden Stories” and Amnesty International for defamation, according to what the lawyer appointed by the Kingdom to follow up on the case announced in a statement sent to “AFP” Thursday.

Algeria: Investigation into espionage operations
On Thursday, Algeria decided to open an investigation into espionage operations against the country’s interests, which affected Algerian personalities, according to a statement by the Public Prosecutor at the Algiers Judicial Council.

Merkel warns
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged stronger international restrictions on the sale of spyware after reports that several governments had used Pegasus.

International and European condemnation
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Monday for better “regulation” of surveillance technologies after reports on the Pegasus program.

In a statement, Michelle Bachelet said that what was revealed by the media about the spyware program “confirms the urgent need to better regulate the process of sale, transfer, and use of surveillance technologies and to ensure their tight control.”

Apple WWDC 2021 day one summary – iPad OS 15, IOS 15, watch OS 8 and Mac OS monetary

Apple has accomplished its first day of WWDC 2021, the first event was all about software development and Apple announced their improved software skins for iPhones, iPad, Apple Watches, and MacBooks. Apple discussed deeply how good software can make your day smooth and full of fun, company also mentioned that how AI and AR are becoming an essential part of modern technology. After discussing many useful things about the importance of good software, Mr. Tim Cook finally unveiled their next-generation software skins for Apple products.

IOS 15, iPad OS 15, watch OS 8 and Mac OS monetary are the four major announcements of the first day of Apple’s WWDC 2021.

IOS 15 improved skin with improved feature

Apple has really worked hard to improve the iPhone experience every year, with the IOS 14 update Apple did many magical things with IOS, and now again with the latest IOS 15 update Apple has taken the iPhone experience to next level.

The major improvements in the new IOS 15 updates include, improved iMessage which can now track all your shared photos and articles, improved FaceTime new video call feature comes with a special feature called ” Spatial Audio “, this feature helps you to listen to every member’s voice clearly, the improved notification now lets you select categories according to your choice and will only show notification related to those categories. And one more feature called share play that allows you to shift between different Apple devices while watching a video or listening to music. Apple also improved the privacy feature, like now after every 7 days you can have a report of which app is using location access, contacts, microphone, camera, and more.

List of all major improvements :

  • iMessage,
  • share play,
  • live text,
  • FaceTime,
  • Notification improvement,
  • privacy improvement.

List of devices eligible for IOS 15 update :

From, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to iPhone 12 pro max all the devices are eligible for IOS 15 update.

iPad OS 15 major improvements :

Apple also tried to improve their iPad experience for the user, one of the major upgrades was 3D maps on iPad, yes the new Map app on iPad really shows you 3D images in the map and also tells everything about every route or road. Apple has also improved their Notes app to take maximum advantages of the app, you can now see the previous notes or you can get access to quick notes and also the use of Apple pencil has made it easy for making paintings or creating banners or posters on the Notes App. In other words, you can say the Apple notes app now become like Google docs.

List of all major improvements :

  • widgets,
  • App library,
  • multi-tasking,
  • an extra feature in Notes, to improve usability,
  • universal control, allows you to jump between different Apple products,

watch OS 8 and mac OS monetary :

Apple watches are considered as the best in class smartwatch present in the market, because of their accurate calculation in every tracking feature, whether heart rate tracking or breathing monitoring or the extremely fluid experience of the smartwatch. Apple has taken the Apple Watch health features one step further by adding one more feature which can track your respiratory rate while you are sleeping. The new Fitness service has added more workout modes to the Apple Watch and you can use your portrait pictures as a watch face.

The MacBook was already ahead of their generation because of their M1 chip by Apple and the introduction of the new Mac OS monetary is making the experience double. The new mac OS monetary brings additional features like Share play, Airplay, FaceTime upgrade, Focus mode, quick notes and improvements in Safari tabs, and introduction of new extensions into Safari browser.

One major improvement of Siri for all Apple devices that you can now use Siri as your personal assistant with no internet connection in order to make to understand better and improve your experience.

So, these are all the new announcements made by Apple on the first day of WWDC 2021.

Huawei event – Harmony OS, Huawei Matepad pro and Matepad 11 and Huawei watch 3

Huawei Harmony OS, Huawei watch and Huawei Matepad pro and Matepad 11

Huawei after a long break finally come up with some new products and also solution to the Google service ban on the company. Today Huawei held its event in which company has launched two new products and along with the products Huawei also launched their own Harmony OS for upcoming Huawei gadgets in replacement of Google services. 
So let’s look into the products and Harmony OS a little bit deeper.

Harmony OS :

We all know about the US and China dispute due to which Google has canceled the license of Huawei to use Google services in their devices, after long research and hard work Huawei came with brand new Harmony company’s replacement to Google services. The new Harmony OS comes with all the necessary things Google used to provides like Huawei’s own App store which they call App gallery in replacement of Playstore from Google. Huawei has worked really hard to make the Harmony as simple as possible and as futuristic as possible also.

Huawei has successfully implemented the AI in the whole OS, through which can do multiple tasks by just tapping and using air gestures. Harmony OS also makes it easy to connect with other Huawei devices with just a simple tap, you can easily transfer files and documents between Huawei devices the Harmony OS makes the process very smooth. We can say that it is kind of ecosystem thing like this is with Apple. Overall the new Harmony OS is amazing and comes with lots of features/functions.

Huawei watch 3 and 3 pro :

Huawei also launched their brand new two smartwatches in the market, the Huawei Watch 3 and Huawei Watch 3 pro. Basically, all the smartwatch watches run on mainly two-three OS software like Google’s Wear OS ( wear ) and watchOS but here Huawei came with liteOS software for its new smartwatches. These new lites is based on the company’s Harmony OS.

Some of the key highlights of the Huawei watch are the watch comes with 1.46 inches OLED panel which can reach a peak brightness of 1000 nits, the display is an edge-to-edge panel and you get a rotating button on the right side of the watch to scroll between the apps. The Huawei Watch 3 supports SpO2 monitoring, heart rate monitoring, and also body temperature monitoring, Huawei also mentioned that watch 3 supports almost 100 workout modes including running, walking, and yoga. Huawei Watch 3 also comes with e-sim support so that you can even take calls on the watch and also able to answer videos call through watch via Huawei’s MeeTime service. Huawei Watch 3 can last up to 14 days in a single full charge and if the 4G LTE is on then the battery will last only up to 3 days.

Whereas the Huawei watch 3 Pro also comes with all similar specifications the only main difference is in the battery life the watch 3 pros can last up to 21 days in a single full charge and is the 4G LTE is on the smartwatch can last up to 5 days max. Huawei this time also included a new variant along with the active model with a rubber strap and classic model with leather strap and the new one is an elite model with a metal bracelet.

Huawei Matepad pro and Matepad 11 :

Huawei has also launched their new Matepad generation in today’s event. The two new Huawei Matepad pro and Matepad 11 with Harmony OS.

Huawei Matepad pro :

The Huawei Matepad pro is available in two different variants one is 12.6 inches OLED panel with a standard 60Hz refresh rate and the second is 10.8 inches IPS LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. Both the tablets run on the latest Harmony OS. Huawei Matepad pro 10.8 variant runs on the latest Qualcomm snapdragon 870 octa-core processor or the Huawei Matepad 12.6 inches variant runs on Kirin 9000E chipset and both the variants support Huawei stylus and smart magnetic keyboard.

The design of the Huawei Matepad pro got some new textures like Huawei has positioned the front camera on the center of the tablet to provide the laptop feel while attending to the video chats. Huawei Matepad pro 12.6 inches variant comes with a massive 10,000mAh battery which can last up to 14 hours in a single charge. The Huawei Matepad pro 12.6 inches supports 40 watts fast wired charging and 27-watt fast wireless charging and 10-watt reverse charging.  On the other hand, the Huawei Matepad 10.8 variant comes with a 7,250mAh big battery and supports the same charging configuration.

Both the Huawei Matepad 12.6 and Huawei Matepad 10.8 variants come with an eight-speaker tuned by Harman/Kardon and the support of four microphones to pick your voice clearly even from 5 metres away.

Huawei Matepad 11 :

The Huawei Matepad 11 comes with 10.95 inches IPS LCD panel with 120Hz refresh rate support. The tablet comes with quad speakers set up tuned by Harman/Karban and with four microphones to pick your voice clarity during calls. The Huawei Matepad 11 runs on a Qualcomm snapdragon 865 octa-core processor and you get 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage option here.

The Huawei Matepad 11 supports the Huawei stylus and also the smart keyboard, the tablet is equipped with a 7,250mAh big battery which supports 22.5-watt fast charging. The Huawei Matepad 11 price will start from 399 euros.

How do instant messaging applications stand up to the dominance of WhatsApp?

Quite a few applications that provide instant messaging services have seized a piece of the share of WhatsApp owned by Facebook (100 billion messages per day through its platform), as a result of users’ anger at the expected change in WhatsApp policies to deal with data privacy.

According to a report issued by the Statista research institution, the number of active WhatsApp service users reached two billion per month in January, despite the loss of the service to millions of users after announcing the intention to change privacy policies and data management.

After the users sparked a wave of outrage, WhatsApp withdrew from applying the amendment last February, and it was postponed to this May, specifically May 15, that is, next Saturday.

WhatsApp alone holds a 30% share of the global instant messaging services market, and it dominates the largest share in 93 countries at the level of Android users’ phones.

The service recently clarified a simple modification in the procedures it will take with non-acceptors to amend its new policies. After it promised that accounts of non-conformers would be suspended immediately on May 15th, the service retreated and explained that those accounts will gradually lose the benefits of its services, in order to give their owners a greater opportunity to change their thinking. And approval of the amendments.

The encrypted messaging service Telegram has achieved remarkable growth in the number of users since the beginning of this year, and the service has reached third place in the world in the list of the most used messaging services on the Android operating system at the end of last March.

The service has achieved wide reach in 11 countries around the world, including Egypt, Armenia, Lithuania, and Venezuela.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger comes second in the global instant messaging market, according to a SimilarWeb report on the market situation at the end of last March.

Messenger has dominated users in a group of countries, led by the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, and Sweden.

Until the end of last March, Messenger succeeded in maintaining its third position in the list of the most popular apps with active monthly users. Facebook and WhatsApp snapped first and second places, according to what Social Media Today reported on the App Annie Research Foundation report.

According to a report by the Statista for Statistical Research, the total number of active monthly users of Messenger reached 1.3 billion users in January.

Correct use of the “Clubhouse app” … an opportunity for self-affirmation

The Clubhouse application is one of the latest social networks that has been very popular on the Internet in the recent period, and since its beta release on iOS and its endorsement by world-famous people, millions of smartphone and Internet users are flocking to access it, and in just a few weeks, the “Clubhouse” jumped, Which allows members to host and join voice chat rooms, from 600,000 to 100 million daily active users, including the world’s top thought leaders.

In light of the growing awareness of the “Clubhouse” application and its popularity that is increasing day after day, many brands interested in building communities are more curious about how to use them in their marketing strategies, but because Clubhouse is still not available to users of other systems such as Android, many marketers are logging in for the first time now.

Correct use of Clubhouse app
The chat room on the Clubhouse app is just like a conference call, but with some people in the call chatting, most of them listening to it, and as soon as the conversation ends the room is closed unlike Twitch; The videos that are streamed live remain on the platform for people to come back and watch.

At first, once you download and open the application, you will be prompted to choose the people or topics you want to follow and depending on what you choose and who you choose, you can scroll through the list of current and upcoming discussions, and you will be able to see the chat rooms hosted by all the different users; It contains titles, brief descriptions of topics, names and profiles of moderators, and you don’t have to wait hours in line to get to your industry, so if you see another discussion that catches your eye, you can just leave and move on to the next conversation.

Facebook is considering launching a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13

After launching a copy of the Messenger Kids program to chat with children, the social network “Facebook” intends to launch a version of the Instagram application for children under the age of 13 years, with the aim of using it safely for the first time.

The social network, Facebook, is considering launching a version of the Instagram photo-sharing app for children under the age of 13. “I am pleased to announce that from now on we have made working with young people a priority for Instagram and have added them to our list of H1 priorities,” BuzzFeed News, a technology-focused website, quoted Vishal Shah, deputy product manager at Instagram, as saying in a message on the company’s intranet.

Shah added, “We will build a new pillar for youth within the community product portfolio to focus on two things: the first is to accelerate integrity and privacy work to ensure the best possible experience for teens and the second to launch a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to use Instagram safely for the first time.” It is reported that children under the age of 13 cannot use the Instagram application.

Telegram launches new features to compete with “Clubhouse”

The instant communication service “Telegram” launched a new platform for voice chats “Voice Chats 2.0”, with updates and unique features, to be able to compete with the rising voice service ClubHouse, as well as the Twitter service “Spaces”.

The second generation of the audio platform comes with a new set of advantages, which is the ability to open voice discussions within “channels” and groups, with an unlimited number of participants. Group and channel founders and supervisors can also record live discussions to share or post later.

Telegram also borrowed a feature from “Club House”, which is to organize live audio discussions, by asking participants to request the word by “raising a hand”, to be authorized by the supervisors.

The new update also allows for separate invitation links to be created for attendees and speakers in audio discussions. And it became easy to change the title of the audio discussions so that the participants could know their topics.

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