Monthly Archives: November 2010
Adding to the array of its fireworks, another explosive is exposed by whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Inspite of repetitive insistence from the US that the release of these documents by several media outlets across the globe may put many lives at risk; 2.5 lakh classiffied US documents were spilled out that explained how America uses its embassies as part of a global espionage network.
These classified cables were sent from US embassies to Washington and contained candid assessments of foreign governments. They include over 3,038 classified cables from the US Embassy in New Delhi. These cables are often candid and some time personal assessment of the day to day events, functioning and meetings of US diplomats.
Due to heavy traffic, WikiLeaks became inaccessible and thus, the facts of these cables related to India were not immediately obtainable. But out of the total, 3,038 classified cables are from the US Embassy in New Delhi.
White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs strongly condemns the release of secret US documents by WikiLeaks and terming it as a reckless and dangerous act. Robert says, “These cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world.“
Twitter has launched a new feature called analytical dashboard to allow users to go through their past tweets.
The quality of tweets is most likely to improve by the end of this year with the expected launch of the new tool, “analytical dashboard” by the popular social networking Twitter. This tool is based on a timeline with which users would be able to check how many followers joined or left which will directly give them an idea about the quality of their updates and what actually interests people and what turns them away.
As published in News.com.au “If organizations and people learn from their analytics what people are responding to, then they can do things of value rather than just gratuitously promote,”
More than the everyday users, people who tweet for promotional reasons would benefit a lot form this tool.
Facebook goes green by introducing games that promote ideas and concepts aiming at environmental protection
The new collaboration between DoSomething.org and the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency on a Facebook game called emission is an impressive initiative to encourage green behavior through cyber games and online applications.
These games have an intriguing concept of letting the teen players jump to subsequent levels only if they suggest an “environment saving action”. For instance there is a thoughtful setting where the players have to cultivate a coastal habitat repleted with threatened species such as sea lions and bald eagles. Once the players complete missions such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions they advance to the next level.
According to Aria Finger, the Chief Operating officer of DoSomething.org, “Teens are using Facebook every single day but most significantly, they are spending time on playing games. We are thrilled that we can partner with top environmental and social games experts to use this platform to mobilize teens offline around energy efficiency.
Users can now print and record their Facebook post’s and photos in an album format.
Facebook fans are now excited to have a physical and lasting copy of their favourite moments or updates or photos or comments shared online. The “Egobook” as it is called, are being published by DDB a French advertising agency, in the lines of TweetBookz that gave physical books of twitter lovers in 2009. There is so much frenzy among the fans that the first thousand limited editions of egobooks were sold less than hour.
“We decided to look at the way we use facebook and found that even though we use the social networking site every day, we forget our favourite moments we share online. So we created an application that could change that and keep your facebook in a book” said DDB’s Siavosh Zabeti.
Users who want to immortalize their favourite moments can buy this personalized book for around €30 particularly depending on the size of the book.
Facebook seeks permission to trademark the term “Face”
Social networking site Facebook is all set to lay claim to the word “Face”. In a bizarre move to stop people from duplicating its name, popular social networking site Facebook has requested permission to trademark the word “Face”.
According to the reports, the move has met with-approval by The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which has agreed to grant the “Face” trademark to Facebook and has awarded it a Notice of Allowance, the first step to full approval. But the trademark will come with a series of terms and conditions that will have to be followed namely, it needs to pay an issue fee within three months, file a Statement of Use that shows it is using the trademark for commerce (providing a service or goods) aside from “Facebook.”
The trade mark though will be limited to Telecommunication services, namely, providing online chat rooms and electronic bulletin boards for transmission of messages among computer users in the field of general interest and concerning social and entertainment subject matter.
Push notifications for users when mentioned on twitter or when tweeted.
Now Twitter users can get alerts on tweets on their handsets, thanks to the new Push Notification added by twitter.
The new feature will alert a user whenever someone whom they follow mentions tweets about them to some other user. Twitter will send a SMS text message to the mobile phone of the user which is, registered on their individual account page, whenever a tweet regarding them is posted, users can then tweet back to whoever mentioned them, continuing the conversation. The feature is optional, and can be turned off in the user’s settings page.
To turn on SMS notifications, users will have to go to twitter.com/devices and check the boxes under “Text message notifications”. Users can change their notifications settings at any time.
Twitter also has announced the push notification feature for I-phone as well as for Blackberrys
Google has launched an online Interactive book to teach users about the Web.
An a bid to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal for the World Wide Web, Search engine Google has published an online interactive book, that will help users to know more about the Internet.
Titled ‘20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web’, the book will try to explain and teach average users on terms like HTML5 is, what do ‘cookies’ or ‘cloud computing’ mean, and other stuff relating to the world of Internet. The book which will cover over 19 different topics will have illustrations by famous German illustrator Christoph Niemann.
The book built on HTML5 can be viewed by visiting http://www.20thingsilearned.com.
Twitter has added a new People tab, placed next to the Home, Profile and Messages tabs on the home page.
This latest feature suggests friends for you, lets you browse Twitter users through interests, or find new Twitter buddies through other services such as Gmail, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Hotmail and Messenger. This friend finding feature will surely be helpful for new users.
It also shows the accounts you’ve recently followed and viewed, with the ability to quickly browse accounts that are similar to those you’ve followed.
Twitter is presently testing various different versions of the feature to make it most interesting. For instance, on some account the new tab is called “Find People” instead of just “People”.
Airtel will now sport a new logo and a new signature tune.
As Airtel subscribers await the coming of 3G services, Airtel has decided to surprise them by bring out a new logo and a whole new signature tune.
In a bid to celebrate the 2000 crore users landmark, Airtel will introduce a whole new logo and signature tune for its subscribers.
According to Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman and Managing Director, Bharti airtel “Fifteen years ago Bharti airtel started its journey in India with a promise of delivering world class and affordable services. Today, as we expand on the global stage, this new brand identity gives us the opportunity to present a single, powerful and unified face to our customers, stakeholders and partners around the world. It reinforces our promise to deliver innovative services and a superior brand experience to our 2000 crore customers across Asia and Africa.”
The new logo which will come in the colour red will have a curve which will give automatic recognition to the identity of the brand. The red colour will represent the energy and dynamism that has made Airtel the success it is today.
The Signature tune on the other hand is composed by none other than the Oscar winning music maestro, A.R. Rahman, who composed the previous airtel signature tune.
Airtel promised users that it will deliver 3G service by the end of next month.
Yahoo has unveiled a beta version of its new Yahoo Mail & Yahoo Messenger.
With Facebook launching an innovative mail service and AOLtweaking itself, it was time Yahoo! revamped itself to stay ahead of the competition or stay in the competition. Yahoo has unveiled its 11th edition of the Messenger and Mail service.
Dubbed Yahoo! Messenger 11 Beta and Yahoo! Mail Beta yahoo promise a whole new experience and new features for users.
The New Revamped Yahoo Messenger
Users will now be able to post updates on social networking sites like Facebook, Pulse, Flickr and Twitter. Yahoo messenger will now allow users to play games with their contacts just like in Facebook (Facebook games like Mafia wars, Fishville etc.. soon to be added).
Yahoo Messenger 11 also enables users to chat with their friends on Facebook Chat using the dedicated instant messaging client. Yahoo! Messenger 11 will also allows multiple sign-ins, so you won’t get disconnected from your desktop if you sign in on your mobile device and the messages will be sent to all the signed in devices at the same time.
The New Revamped Yahoo Mail
The new Yahoo mail beta has been designed from the scratch, in addition to having equipped with integration to social networking sites. Yahoo has also improved security, giving users additional protection from spam.
The revamped yahoo mail will now allow users to view Photos and videos from Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube directly. In addition to that searching for mail and sorting it out becomes easier.