The world’s most visited file-sharing site The Pirate Bay has completed their research undertaken with Sweden’s Lund University Internet Institute to study user behavior on their site. The research happened between 25 February and 27 February 2014 on the latest file-sharing system today, which has also become the largest one ever used in the history of the World Wide Web. Called the Research Bay, this study looks at the habits and behavior of people who share files here. It also takes a look at how they react to increased censorship, online monitoring and strict laws. Towards this, The Pirate Bay even changed its name to The Research Bay to support the Lund University Cybernorms research group. The partners have said that this study will help in ‘Understanding online norms and values is essential to developing relevant and effective laws and policies’. For this project, The Pirate Bay also changed its [+more]
Aeroplanes maker Boeing has worked on a phone that has qualities of an undercover agent and it’s rightly called Black. The company has also filed with the FCC seeking permission to make phones for people who are in the business of secrets such as spies, astronauts, scientists and more. Boeing’s Black smartphone is self destructive. This means each time someone tries to open the casing of the phone, it becomes inoperable. It’s a 5.2” X 2.7” handset that runs on Google’s Android operating system. This phone is loaded with interesting features that make this phone so useful for people who are in the business of secrets. To start with, it’s a dual SIM phone that gives people access multiple networks. It will also be possible to connect this phone to biometric sensors and satellites. Little is known about the manufacturers Boeing is working with but this phone will work on [+more]
Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has announced its plans to buy fast-growing messaging service Whatsapp in a $19 billion deal in cash and stock. This is an unprecedented purchase as the deal one can consider closest to this was done by Microsoft when they bought Skype at a price of $8.5. Incidentally, Facebook also took over Instagram at only $1 billion last year, while Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten bought Viber at a modest $ 900 million. So, why would Facebook buy Whatsapp, and at this price? Industry insiders and M&A experts say that Facebook acquisition of Whatsapp–even Instagram–suggests their inability to develop such good apps. This deal is more than the amount Facebook raised in its own IPO and has left investors worrisome. Many recent news reports and jokes floating in cyberspace suggest that Facebook was turning into a network for the ageing. Its population of active teenage users was fast depleting. [+more]
Sony is all set to exit the PC market. While rumors have been baked fresh that Vaio stands sold off, Sony dropped in the official line for once and all. The computer-segment of the giants has been sold off to Japan Industrial Partners. This definitely points to the end of involvement that Sony had had in designs, plans or development of any PC product. We now hear that the formal deal on this will be sealed next month. The company has not pinpointed any specific reasons for this decision. However, it did hint that immense changes in the way the comp market has shaped up could be a reason that triggered such a move. With this, we expect the makers to focus on making more tabs and smartphones. On a sadder note, this also means that the company will initiate a job cut across its offices. With anticipation of net [+more]
In a recent tweet, PayPal President David Marcus has said that his credit card had been stolen and it is being used to make many fraudulent transactions. The credit card had a Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) chip card, which is a global standard for inter operation. This credit card security system is extensively used in Europe. Marcus said that hackers of his card criminals probably got information via skimming. Hackers use skimming to steal credit card information when it is swiped at an ATM or point-of-sale. The magnetic strip of credit cards contains sensitive information, which is used by criminals to make a new credit card and use it extensively. Marcus tweeted, “My card (with EMV chip) got skimmed while in the UK. Ton of fraudulent txns. Wouldn’t have happened if merchant accepted PayPal…” Clearly, Marcus is also busy promoting the advantages of Paypal.
Google has announced a voice search feature for Android phone users. Now, Android users will be able to set up and manage their contacts by using their voice. They will have to assign relationships to contacts to be able to use this feature. This new feature has been launched under Google Now wherein you don’t have to scroll through your contacts or call them by name. Instead, you can ask for your mom, girlfriend or boss and the Google voice search will be able to make calls as well as send text messages. Google also released a Google Search update last week for Android phones. As part of this update, UK and Canada received smarter time-to-leave-cards.
Now that the new Microsoft CEO has settled, here are a few facts about Satya Nadella you didn’t know: Indian EE Degree: Born in Hyderabad, India, Satya earned his degree in electrical engineering and communications from Manipal University. Microsoft Loyalist: He did not rise to the top perch out of the blue. Nadella has been with Microsoft over the past two decades. Before being termed CEO, he was part of the Enterprise and Cloud department. Cricket Counts: Besides leading from the front, he is also a cricket enthusiast. He’s famously said, “There’s so many subplots in it, it’s like reading a Russian novel.” Tweet Mongering: Interestingly, the guy who is set to lead one of the world’s biggest tech companies, Nadella has not even tweeted or browsed Twitter since July 2010.
Set to take the position of Microsoft’s CEO soon, Satya Nadella has been presently working as the executive vice president in the Cloud and Enterprise division of Microsoft. He is primarily responsible for handling computing platforms, developer tools and cloud services of the company. Nadella is an Indian by birth and belongs to the city of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. He was born in 1967 and has been associated with Microsoft since 1992. Nadella received his higher education from the US and did a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee as well as Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. According to people familiar with the company affairs, Satya Nadella is soon likely to replace Steve Ballmer as the new CEO of Microsoft. It’s being said that’s he’s well ahead of two other shortlisted candidates – Tony Bates and Stephen [+more]
Around two years back, the purchase of Motorola Mobility, the telephone giant by Google was one of the biggest moves in the telecom industry. However, the day has finally arrived that Google has refused to carry on with the slogging giant and finally sold it to Lenovo. The deal has been finalised for a sum of $2.91 billion which is a loss compared to its purchase price of $12.5 billion. Google recovered well from the deal as its stocks gained in the market following the sale. On the other hand, Lenovo didn’t do that bad either considering the fact that the company is growing and wants to enter the mobile space. It wants to delve further into the smartphone segment, a fact confirmed by Yang Yuanqing, chief executive of Lenovo, who stated that this deal will make them a ‘strong global competitor’ in this segment. Google’s efforts to enter the [+more]
Google and Samsung recently signed a cross-licensing deal on technology patents that would allow them to stay ahead of competition like Apple. However, it seems Google has now asked Samsung to curb its Android custom user interface, called Magazine. Samsung showcased Magazine UX at CES 2014 with the Galaxy Note Pro and Tab Pro tablets. It is being said that Samsung would not replicate any of Google’s core apps on the Galaxy range of products. This means, they would either have to get rid of Magazine UX altogether or alter its use significantly. If reports are to be believed, this could result in Samsung putting an end to its ChatOn and WatchOn apps that convert Google users to Samsung users.