As highlighted last week there was a major security flaw identified in both iOS and OS X (goto fail). iOS was patched but OS X was not.
10.9.2 has been release with a fix, it is quite a big download though, 700mb+. Would have been better if it was just a security update only...
Please read the article. If you are an Mac OS users, read the article and go to site: https://www.imperialviolet.org:1266/ to check if you can access it. If you can you might be affected.
This is really interesting allowing to map the surroundings but wouldn't it be better if this was actually a Glass project than a Phone? Ok the hardware might be bulky on glass but it is more natural to have it there instead of holding the phone in awkward position...
I don't want to speculate but can radar be turned off? If so could someone possibly hijack the plane, turn off radar and then divert the plane somewhere else and land it? It is very weird that they cannot find the plane in the sea especially with good visibility and good weather it just seems weird especially we are hitting near 48 hours when the plane went missing....
Brilliant article from . I would like to add some observation and ideals to make Hangouts better.
Also available on my blog: http://www.richardtan.co.uk/2014/03/hangouts-to-rule-world.html
1. User base on Android is HUGE
As part of the Google Certification, Hangouts are installed on devices by default. This means that they already have 1 billion people having Hangouts installed. Amazing!!!
I think they need to bring this to at least Microsoft Phone 8 and Blackberry if they want to truly become a dominant player in cross platform messaging. Ok they might not have market share but still you have to think about these platforms as well so you create an illusion that it can be used EVERYWHERE
2. Connecting people better
I echo Mike on this. It should be simple in my opinion.
When you launch the app, it should verify your number to make sure it is your number. Then this number (with your permission, however Google does this already) should be stored on your Google Plus Profile as private.
Then the next process is to say who should be able to see this number and you can select the circles you wish to see your number. It can be everyone or no one. On default, Friends, Family should be ticked, but you must have an option to disable it.
The next process is to scan your contacts. As mentioned above Google will have your number but it is private (Google already has this :)). When Google sees that you have someones number to SMS it should already know that you can use Hangouts with them even though you are not connected via Google Plus.
Some issues needs to be address here as by default how should Hangouts be used if you have someones number and vise-versa (privacy concerns I am thinking here) but this will make it friction free to use Hangouts and that is what it currently does not have.
As you can see Google has the pieces in place but not integrated and thought out well enough.
3. Learn from TextSecure
This is minor but remember “Off the Record”. In GTalk you can have messages that are not stored. Go one better, lets create an Off the Record or Incognito Mode that allows end to end encryption. It is possible to do so especially with Google Services being a place to verify public keys and private keys being generated on the client only. This will definitely get people to use it with all the spying activities we see and hear about everyday. It needs to be friction free!!
4. Complete redesign and integrate Google Voice
Hangouts is messy and confusing on Android. It needs to be simple to use and it isn’t. I would be to go as far out to say break it into multiple Apps (or shortcuts). Hangouts Messaging, Hangouts Calls, Hangouts on Air. Three shortcuts but to the end user it makes much more sense. Within the UI and UX design you do not need to think about how both layouts should be integrated and therefore leads to a concise design approach with the apps. Maybe even replace the dialer with Hangouts Calls???
There are many more but I think these things done properly will increase the usage of Hangouts.
A dark cloud hangs over the future of mobile communication: the spectre of Facebook controlling it all.
It’s not likely, actually. But Facebook’s intention to purchase WhatsApp for $16 billion or $19 billion dollars (depending on whether you factor in the stock-based bonuses for WhatsApp employees) involved some scary-big numbers.
The biggest of these numbers happens when you add Facebook’s current user count plus WhatsApp’s projected user count (how many users Facebook believes the service will have if current growth rates continue). The number is: 2.3 billion users.
Of course, the number is pure B.S.
WhatsApp’s current growth probably won’t continue. Facebook’s current numbers are padded with duplicate users, fake users and non-active users. And there’s always going to be big overlap between WhatsApp and Facebook users — a dude who uses both is still just one dude.
Still, when I ponder the number of people likely to be using Facebook-owned services (WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger) for messaging compared to those using Google-owned Hangouts, I find myself astonished and confused.
How did this happen? And what can be done about it?
Forget the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Fit is the one to be looking at. It is still not right as in it looks funny on someone with a big wrist but it is getting close. Also why Samsung you lock it down to "Galaxy" devices!!!
I see Apple doing something along the lines of this, and if Google is working with LG maybe a flexible display which might make it nicer and fit more wrist sizes.
"The Fire" on iTunes: http://georiot.co/thefire
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The Fire - Kina Grannis (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO) Available on iTunes
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