Facebook To Shut Down Messenger For Windows Desktop, Firefox On 3 March

Facebook Messenger for Windows Desktop will be shutting down from March 3, according to a report in The Next Web. The report comes within days of Microsoft’s announcement that the official Facebook Messenger app will be coming to Windows Phone 8 devices within weeks.

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 According to the report, Facebook’s Messenger app began showing a link saying that it would shut down from March 3. “We’re sorry, but we can no longer support Facebook Messenger for Windows, and it will stop working on March 3, 2014. We really appreciate you using Messenger to reach your friends, and we want to make sure you know that you can keep chatting and view all your messages on http://www.facebook.com,” the message stated at the top of the application.

 A Facebook spokesperson also confirmed the same to the website.

 Facebook Messenger for Windows was released in March 2012. An OS X version was expected to be launch but given that the Windows version has shut down, it seems unlikely. Facebook is likely to concentrate on Messenger for Windows Phone devices, and other mobile devices, instead of focusing on desktops.  Another report on the The Next Web also said that Facebook Messenger for Firefox is also shutting down on March 3.

 This isn’t the only service to get the axe in Facebook recently. Facebook also announced that it would be killing off the email service @facebook.com admitting that it had failed to take off amongst users.

Source – TheNextWeb

SOON, MAKE 3D VIDEO CALLS THROUGH SKYPE

Instant messaging and video-calling service Skype is reportedly working on the prospects of 3D video calling and the current limitations with the 3D technologies stopped the company from launching the feature.

Microsoft’s corporate vice-president for Skype, Mark Gillett said that the lab experimentation has been done to analyse the capability of 3D screens and 3D capture.

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Gillett said that there has been a lot of progress in screens and people have started to buy televisions and computer monitors capable of delivering 3D image, but there is a lack of 3D capture devices and the company has been working on just that, BBC reports.

According to the report, the vice-president said that Skype is working with the technology where multiple cameras need to be attached to the computer, precisely calibrate them and point them at the right angle and are now aiming at using that technology to make it work in practical with supporting devices.

Gillet agreed with Hollywood director James Cameron who said that all forms of entertainment will eventually be 3D but warned that 3D video chats will take longer to catch on than other uses.

He further added that the penetration of 3D technology would be more on televisions and computers before eventually reaching the smartphone market, the report added.

Facebook Launches Shared Albums Feature

Facebook began letting members collaborate on shared online photo albums at the leading social network. The Shared Album feature was to be introduced slowly, first becoming available to a small group of English-language users before gradually spreading across the social network.

“A shared album is an album that multiple people can upload photos to,” Facebook said in an online post explaining the new feature.

“When you make an album shared, you can add your friends as contributors,” the post continued. “This allows them to add, view and edit photos in the album.”

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Previously, Facebook members could only add photos to their own online albums at the social network.

The new feature, inspired by feedback from Facebook users, is intended to let friends or family members collaborate on photo albums memorializing shared events or occasions.

Facebook members can invite as many as 50 friends to contribute digital photos to online albums.

Privacy settings allow sharing of albums to be limited to those who contribute or opened to friends of contributors or the public, according to Facebook.

Internet.Org Plans To Make Internet More Affordable

Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has enlisted Samsung Electronics, Qualcomm and four other companies for a project aimed at bringing internet access to people around the world who can’t afford it, mirroring efforts by Google and others.

The project is called Internet.org and will be launched. It focuses on enabling the next 5 billion people without access to come online, Zuckerberg said.

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“The goal of Internet.org is to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today,” said Zuckerberg.

Other players in the project include Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia. and Opera Software ASA.

The partnership will develop lower-cost, higher-quality smartphones and deploy internet access in underserved communities, Facebook said.

Google said in June that it had launched a small network of balloons over the Southern Hemisphere in an experiment it hopes could bring reliable internet access to the world’s most remote regions.

That pilot program, Project Loon, took off in June from New Zealand’s South Island, using solar-powered, high-altitude balloons that ride the wind about 12.5 miles, or twice as high as airplanes, above the ground, Google said.

Three Backup Plans To Handle Internet Outages

When your power or internet goes out, it can be anything from a mild inconvenience to a productivity-destroying nightmare. Before the next outage happens, have these backup plans in place so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute.

As someone who works from home, I’ve had my fair share of internet outage disasters, and it’s never fun. After a few stress-filled days, though, I’ve set up a few different backup plans so I’m never caught in a bind again. Here’s what I do.

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Tether(Tethering refers to connecting one device to another) your phone or get a cheap mobile hotspot

When the internet all of a sudden disappears, you’d ideally like to continue your work without getting up and moving. So, I recommend tethering your phone or getting a mobile hotspot. You can pay for tethering directly from your carrier, but that’s expensive, especially if you don’t use it often. For a cheaper option, try one of these solutions for Android and iOS.

Unfortunately, tethering can have its own share of problems. Maybe you have very limited data, or maybe you have an unjailbroken iPhone and don’t want to pay exorbitant tethering fees. In that case, I highly recommend a pay-as-you-go mobile hotspot like the Karma, or (if you don’t need a ton of data) a free hotspot like Freedompop. I have a Karma hotspot for emergencies, and it’s fantastic: I just flip it on, connect to its Wi-Fi, and continue working without a hiccup. Since it’s pay-as-you-go, I only ever pay for what I use in these “emergency” situations. Check out our guide to mobile hotspots to read more about these devices.

Set up a contingency plan with a relative or neighbour

If a mobile hotspot just won’t cut it, your next option is using a neighbor, relative, or nearby friend. If they trust you, they’ll usually let you have their Wi-Fi password-in fact, you may already have it-and you can use their Wi-Fi when yours goes out (provided theirs didn’t go out too). If you’re friends with your neighbors and their Wi-Fi reaches your house, that’s obviously ideal, but walking or driving to a nearby friend’s place is pretty easy too. Make sure you have their password before the internet goes out next time, so you don’t have to worry about it at zero hour.

Know the nearest businesses with good Wi-Fi

Your last option is to use a public Wi-Fi hotspot. Don’t just rush off to the nearest Starbucks, though: if my travels have taught me anything, it’s that not all coffee shop Wi-Fi is created equal. Before you have another outage, find out which nearby spots have reliable, fast, and free Wi-Fi, so you know exactly where to go. Use a tool like 4sqwifi to get passwords for local hotspots on a map, or create your own. You’re better off driving for an extra five minutes if the internet is fast and reliable. Remember, coffee shops aren’t the only hotspots either: lots of public libraries have free Wi-Fi, and other restaurants (like McDonalds) have free Wi-Fi that may be closer. Be sure to stay safe on those public Wi-Fi networks, and have a secondary browser ready and optimized for slow connections.

Internet and power outages are never fun, but if you prepare for the inevitable beforehand, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief when disaster strikes. With these three backup plans in place, you’ll be able to smoothly transition to a new network and continue working without scrambling around.

Source: Lifehacker.co.in

What Happens Every Minute on the Internet World

The Internet became very big in the world. Can you guess what happens every minute on Internet? or what happens every minute on Google and facebook? Intel designed a new infographic that shows What happens every minute on the Internet. According to infographic

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  • Totally 639,800 GB of global IP data transferred
  • 277,770 users login to Facebook and more than 6 million Facebook views done on every minute.
  • 6 new wikipedia articles published
  • Above 2 million queries searched on Google
  • In YouTube 30 hours video uploaded and 1.3 millions video views
  • Twitter gets 320+ new accounts and 100,000 new tweets
  • 204 Emails Sent
  • 20 New victims of identity theft
  • 3000 new photos uploaded on flickr for every minute
  • 47,000 Apps downloaded from all app stores.
  • 100+ new LinkedIn accounts created

IPv4 to IPv6 Implementation

As we all know that the Internet is running out of addresses, and if nothing were done, new devices simply wouldn’t be able to connect. To prevent that from happening, the Internet Society, a global standards-setting organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; and Reston, Va., had worked for years and launched a new Internet Protocol (IP) standard called IPv6

IP is a global communications standard used for linking connected devices together. Every networked device — your PC, smartphone, laptop, tablet and other gizmos — needs a unique IP address.

That sounds unimaginably vast, but it’s necessary, because the number of connected devices is exploding. By 2016, Cisco predicts there will be three networked devices per person on earth. We’re not just talking about your smartphone and tablet; your washing machine, wristwatch and car will be connected too. Each of those connected things needs an IP address.

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest revision of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that routes traffic across the Internet. It is intended to replace IPv4, which still carries the vast majority of Internet traffic as of 2013. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion.

Every device on the Internet, such as a computer or mobile telephone, must be assigned an IP address for identification and location addressing in order to communicate with other devices. With the ever-increasing number of new devices being connected to the Internet, the need arose for more addresses than IPv4 is able to accommodate. IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, allowing for 2128, or approximately 3.4×1038 addresses, or more than7.9×1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses. IPv4 allows for only approximately 4.3 billion addresses. The two protocols are not designed to be interoperable, complicating the transition to IPv6.

The current IP standard, IPv4, was structured like this: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx, with each “xxx” able to go from 0 to 255. IPv6 expands that so each “x” can be a 0 through 9 or “a” through “f,” and it’s structured like this: xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx. (Yes, there was an IPv5, but it was a streaming multimedia standard developed in the late 1970s that never really caught on).