Social Web- How Social They Are?

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The Sheer Popularity of online socializing is what has made me think i should bring you this post, in this post i will tell you about the sociality of these social web.

A lots of social websites are booming over the internet now a days. At least one new social networking site is being launched every month and most of them are successful on attracting people but i am not sure there is something really deferent between them. But the thing is common between them is a huge collection of abusive kind of profiles.

Just have a look on this comment of a Social web user-   

“In Orkut i have seen so many profiles containing adult materials like nude pictures in photo albums,nude videos etc.Orkut is having so many communities which are in adult nature,even you can find lesbian communities in that.
Do you think it is right place to have such things,i don’t think so because even child are using this website for making new friends. I think now it should be Banned.”

To a certain extent, I feel that there is a ‘real’ need in maintaining Orkut. Given its liberal policies, a madman can create real mess on Orkut by creating hate topics, insulting discussions and also spoil images of well known personalities. Its sort of a free ground for cheap and unconstructive publicity. And after the recent blasts, things are turning pretty hot.

But is banning a solution to this problem?

Nope. Given Google’s brand influence, I don’t think it will be practically possible. Even if the police don’t succumb to the influence of any media, there still will be a wide disarray among the ‘anti-social’ elements in the society. Only China is the state which officially monitors Google content. So much so the my blog – cannot be viewed on any Chinese ISP, sole reason being the word – Freedom, I preach about the importance of Freedom and Liberty in life.

“Orkut Profiles are Changing into Porn profiles” 

These days in bulk real profiles are automatically changing into porn or nude profiles. The profile image is changing into nude image and status message & about me in profile are changing into porn website links. Also, country and other personal details are changing. Users are thinking that someone is hacking there accounts. This is happening to those users who are clicking the links of those porn websites in orkut profiles. Don’t click any external links in orkut. If still you want to click, you are compromising your orkut profile.

Following are the Don’ts while Orkutting:

  • Don’t run any scripts while orkutting.
  • Don’t post orkut scraps from other websites.
  • Don’t use your orkut username & password other than http://www.orkut.com
  • Don’t use third-party websites to scrap all your friends or to access your Orkut account.
  • Don’t use any scripts or software to increase your scrap count.

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Google Gears to die; will power the tubes no more

 

Yes, Google has decided to officially dump its own Google Gears framework for the offline functionality coming with HTML5.
Google Gears is a browser plug-in which allows for web developers to create online applications which can work even when the user is offline. For the rest of us, it means that we can be sure that the application will continue to operate even when you go offline.
This allows for the creation of hybrid online / offline web applications, where the website serves the local content in the absence of an internet connection. It has been the technology responsible for the offline functionalities of quite a few of Google’s products, such as Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Reader, and even Gmail through a Gmail lab option. With these technologies you could use Gmail to compose emails while offline, and use Docs to edit old documents… all while offline. The next time you went online, all your changes were synchronized with the Google server. Besides Google, other websites such as Zoho, have also been using Gears for providing offline functionality.
Google Gears adds many interesting features to the browser which can allow for much more powerful web applications. It includes a LocalServer which you can use with cached content from your website to provide the basis of offline functionality. It includes a database backend which allows you to store data into an offline database on the user’s computer, by serving and storing content into this database while the computer is offline, the user can perform pretty much the same operations offline as they would online.
Gears also includes a Geolocation API allowing for web applications to be aware of the user’s location, and a "WorkerPool" API which would allow web application to perform threaded operations, making the interface more responsive.
As the HTML5 specification has evolved, these features are now becoming a core part of the web browser. Version 5 includes support for offline functionality in web applications, has a GeoLocation API which is already present in Firefox, and supports webworkers to allow for multi-threaded web applications.
HTML5 is already seeing its way into more and more browsers, and is sure to be the future framework of the web. While adopting standards is surely the way to go, and Google is wise to discontinue something which is sure to be obsolete in the future. Even Adobe has shown love for the HTML5 Canvas element, despite the fact that it has been touted as a Flash killer.
With all these features already present in future browsers there will be little incentive for people to download yet another plug-in to make a few websites work a little better. Although those already using Google Gears for Google (and other) applications, need not worry as Gears will not go away any time soon, and you will continue to be able to run Gear-based application in the meantime. As your browser becomes more HTML5 capable, Google will surely port their current offline functionality to one which is standard compliant. Once the standards are complete we will see more web applications which use offline functionality, and hopefully just in time for Chrome OS.

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Orkut launched New but user still prefers Old

Its Not a long ago when most of the people were using orkut as a social web connection.Everyone did love it but by the time the were getting bore with it because of nothing new over there and some other social webs jumped upon the market started and capturing users and the first target was “The orkut users”.

Twitter, flicker, tagged, my space and many more (“I Can’t Even Cont Them How Many are There.”) came in to market and gained great publicity, they grabbed as many as the could and most of them “Facebooked” or “Twitted“.

After that Orkut launched new version of it which behaves exactly like Twitter but do their user love it. “At least I don’t.”

Well report says Orkut has less user than others but user still love to Orkut “Specially in India” over Twitter or Facebook.

When I went for an online survey through “Polldaddy” and I got some answers like-

“Twitter is like open i mean u can easily spam there, but orkut has many boundations (more privacy) and thats good for some people. For example- every time makes a code to send mass messages in orkut, guys change the programming accordingly and the code becomes useless.”

“Yeah!! orkut is much more user friendly i mean u can customize it easily, and lately the standards of orkut are increasing as well, If you post a message in orkut it surely will get noticed by the person to whom it is addressed whereas in twitter most of the people never read the post message.”


Acer Launches new multitouch and 3D products

Yesterday, Acer launched a new range of products for utilizing some of the hottest concepts today, 3D, and multitouch. Their new products include notebooks, Projectors, and all-in-one PCs.

In their multitouch segment is a new Acer Aspire 5738PzG series notebook which comes with a large 15.6″ multitouch screen, and comes with Windows 7 to make full use of the feature. The laptop is priced at Rs. 43,500 excluding taxes.

Another interesting product they have launched which used multitouch, is their new Aspire 5600 series All-in-One (AIO) PCs. The AIO comes with a full 1080p HD enabled 23″ multi-touch screen, with a powerful configuration: a Intel Core 2 Quad processor 2.33GHz (Q8200), 4GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD, and a 512MB graphics card.

The AIO PC will also come with an inbuilt DVD RW, and TV Tuner. Loaded with Window 7 Home Premium and a suite of Acer application to help ease users into their new touch environment. The series is priced at a starting point of Rs. 60,000 excluding taxes.

Among their new 3D-enabled products is the new 5738D 3D Notebook, and the X1261 3D-ready projector.

The new notebook uses a combination of a special 3D “coating” on the screen, and polarized glasses to bring you a 3D experience. It will also come with a software which will allow it to display videos, images, and games in 3D. The notebook is HDTV ready and comes with a connector which will allow it to be used with an external screen — although you will in most certainty lost he 3D functionality in this case. The notebook will also come with 4GB memory, and an option of either a dual-core Pentium, or a Core 2 Duo processor. The netbooks will start at a price of Rs. 43,000 for the Aspire 5738DzG.

The new X1261 porjector showcases “2500 ANSI Lumens brigtness, a contrast ratio of upto 3700:1 a native XGA resolution & a lamp life of upto 4000 hours.” It is capable of displaying 3D images by projecting both right-eye and left-eye images which can then be viewed using an appropriate 3D glasses to get a 3D effect.

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Soon, your cell phone number may have eleven digits

Why not get 20 digit phone numbers and save us the trouble for another couple centuries? Like this brilliant idea which might ensure we never face a problem like Y2K or Y10K ever.

All 500 million mobile users in the country may have to change their phone numbers from January 1, 2010, and adopt a 11-digit cellular Mobile Facts on Indians mobile connections Are touch-screen phones user-unfriendly? number if a DoT proposal is accepted by the industry. But, all leading operators said that it would be ‘next to impossible’ for the country to move to a 11-digit mobile number by January 2010 as this would involve making massive technical changes to both softwares and mobile network configurations, while adding that this process could take up to 12 months.

The DoT has prepared a draft notification in which it wants all mobile users to adopt a 11-digit numbering plan by pre-fixing ‘9’ to their existing cellphone numbers. A DoT official said that the country will eventually have to move to a 11-digit cellular numbers system.

The logic: Under the current 10-digit numbering scheme, only a maximum of one billion mobile numbers can be issued and the mobile connections in the country will cross this mark in the next couple of years. Pre-fixing an additional digit will allow the Indian telecom operators to issue up to 10-billion individual mobile numbers.

The existing numbering plan that was fixed in 2003 was expected to be in place till 2030. This is because, based on 2003-projections, India was expected to touch 500 million mobile customers only by 2030, but the country has reached this mark 21 years ahead of the projected date. India has been the world’s fastest growing cellular market for the last three years. Thirteen mobile phone firms are jostling for space in the Indian market that most analysts feel can support only 4-5 operators. India is adding an average of 15 million new cellular customers every month.

Don’t Underestimate The IMEI

News reports have suggested that in the recent terrorist attacks on Mumbai,the attackers were allegedly using Chinese cell phones. This was recnetly proven in court using the handsets’ IMEI numbers, which where cross checked against the manufacturer’s records. Whenever a call is made from any handset, it’s unique 16-digit IMEI number appears on the service provider’s network logs, and it can use this number to pin-point the handset’s location within a one killometer radis.

Imported phones without IMEI Numbers(or which all use the same one) were allowed to operate on Indian Networks till earlier this year, but the government’s department of telecommunications banned them earlier this year. such phones can be used to get away with serious crimes, but there are also thousands of genuine users who brought these phones because they are so cheap. The ban makes their phone useless, but from a business point of view it also affects to importers of the Chinees and Taiwanese cell phones have been flooding the Indian Markets.

Current Statics Show that there are 25 millione cell phones in use on Indian network which do not report IMEI Numbers.So these phones, which are often cheap knockoffs of genuine cell phone brands, might have been really tempting for the masses, they are a major concern for security. Regardless, they are still available in markets scatters across all towns and cities in India.

In Order to get a quick idea of the status of these phones, i headed out Majestic Market, one of the Bangalore’s biggest source of imported electronics. Coincidentally, on my way there, the bus driver was watching Doordarshan on his “TV Phone” resting on dashboard. His Phone could not only be used for watching a cricket match,but could make calls, exchange SMSes, transfer files via Bluetooth,play MP3 Files, take photos and basically do everything that a multimedia phone is capable of. Driver has paid only around Rs 5,000 for the gadget. He did’n even get a bill for it. I’d be least surprised if this TV Phone did not have a valid IMEI number. On reaching the Market i saw phones from random and uncommon brand, cheap knockoffs of genuine and popular brand, and finally genuine second-hand phones. The first category was the most interesting, were we saw the brand name like YXTEL, CLOVE, TOP-1, LXD and some simply had ‘Bluetooth’ printed on them. These have completely unique designs, unusual keypads and usually larg tuch screens. the most striknig things about these phones in value for money they offer.They might not be very usable or refined but the mejority of them are priced between Rs.2,500 and Rs5,000. A ‘Hi-Phone’-an Apple iPhone knockoff-is available for as little as Rs.4,500, with most of the features in it, including a somewhat functional tuch interface. Phone as cheap as Rs2,500 also includes features such as video recording, FM radio, large screen, Bluetooth, games, unique design, loude speaker, MP3 player and above all good call and sound quality.

The shopekeepers also mostly insist that the phones have IMEI numbers-although whether these are valid and unique cannot be proven. More importently , these phones don’t have reguler software they use their own OSes(Often Simple Java Interface) and therefore installing regular application will usually not be possible. They dont offer any worrany or support, no bill and no service centers. Most of these phones can be bought without any paperwork and no quastion are asked.