Android Adult App Took Secret Photos of Users

There are many advantages to an open market when it comes to mobile phone apps. Not among them however is the ability for users to get themselves in trouble via lazy or hasty download decision making.

One of the latest app scandals to hit the Android marketplace was not only requesting permission to access the camera, but actively using it to take photos of the unsuspecting owner.

The app known as “Adult Player”, promised to provide adult entertainment but actually then locked the device and demanded a ransom payment of $500.

More information is available via the BBC.

Google Translation App Doing Things Much Better, For More Languages

Impressed by Google’s Translation? We certainly are. Only now, the “on the fly” and visual/audio aspects of the premier (and free!) app are significantly improved.

If you haven’t tried having your mobile translate a picture of words for you, it’s worth checking out.

Not only can you now translate photographs in seven different major languages, wherever you happen to be in the world, and even without a data connection, but the experience when it comes to audio “live” realtime conversations has also been massively “smoothed out”. Read more at the official Google Blog.

Now appearing on Mountain View Streets: Google’s Self Driving Cars

The latest news in the Google self-driving car arena is that the prototype is now available to be seen driving around the roads of Mountain View. The cars themselves don’t seem to be any different in appearance from the ones shown off late last year.

The car is still several steps away from real self-reliance, however, with so called “safety drivers” accompanying the automation.

Among other safety restrictions, the cars are unable to go over 25mph, while Google continues to refine and reconsider its design.

For more information check out the official posts.

Google will stop sending SMS notifications for your calendars on 27th June, 2015

Google recently announced that they will stop sending SMS messages to users of Google Calendars.

In defending their decision to halt the SMS messaging alerts and notifications service, Google appealed to the rapid encroachment of smart phones as the primary reason for their move.

In a world where notifications can be pushed to our smart devices, Google no longer wants to pay the costs involved in SMS messaging.

They have an App available for the calendar that is the best way to continue to receive alerts about your schedules and tasks.

U.S. vs. Japan Internet Service

internet speed

Speed is of utmost importance when it comes to using the internet. A fast internet connection speed ensures continuous and uninterrupted browsing, video streaming, uploading and downloading of files. The speed factor is crucial for people who work and run a business online. It enables them to do their tasks without delay.

Fortunately, this need for speed is being addressed by many internet service providers (ISP) today. Normally, providers charge a high fee for a fast net access but this situation is now changing with the introduction of affordable and super fast web connection service in Southeast Asia.

U.S. vs. Japan Internet Service

The U.S. and Japan are now closely competing in the area of internet connection speed. Japan is said to be taking the lead with an ISP now offering broadband plans of up to 2Gbps download speeds and 1Gbps upload speed.

Latest reports from PC World say So-net, a local and Sony-supported ISP in Tokyo, has got the edge in terms of net speed. It currently offers download speeds that are twice as fast as Google Fiber and upload speeds up to 1Gbps. Other than Tokyo, So-net covers six other prefectures in Japan.

But if you think this kind of top quality service commands a high price, So-net actually charges only $51 monthly fee for a lock-in contract of two years. This rate is way cheaper than the $70 monthly fee charged by Google Fiber.

In the U.S., internet connection of 7.4 mbps can be considered slow compared to other countries and even costly. One exception is Google Fiber which offers a 1 Gbps internet service. Google is the first to introduce gigabit internet in the U.S. but at a high cost.

The U.S. was able to increase its internet speeds by 28 percent in recent years but despite this, it still ranks only 8th in the global list. Those on the top five spots are Japan, Hong Kong, Latvia, Germany and Switzerland. While this has no direct relevance to the political issues and tensions between these countries, Japanese political leaders will be heartened by the fact that it is able to continue online dominance, in the wake of controversies such as the Korean comfort women.

Japan’s Edge

There are several reasons why Japan leads in this aspect. Experts point out that Tokyo, for instance, is a closely packed city which makes it easy for providers to rollout their fiber. In addition, the Japanese government has been making solid moves to hike fiber proliferation around its country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. still needs to exert more effort if it wants to improve its internet infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should take the lead in this endeavor.

Japanese Data Center Thriving In China

While political tensions between China and Japan are as high as has been the case in many years, with China becoming alarmingly aggressive over the Senkaku islands, business between the two countries has been negatively affected. However, despite the rhetoric coming out of Beijing- in the main over claims of Chinese suffering during World War Two conflicts – the reality is that the two countries still need each other economically more than ever.

Fujitsu Data Center China

Case in point is the Fujitsu South China Data Center in Guangdong, where the largest investor (aside from Fujitsu itself) is the Nanhai People’s Government of Foshan. With a gross area of 12,200 square meters and the use of earthquake resistant steel and concrete, the data center has one subterranean floor and four above-ground levels and can house 1,000 racks in full operation. While not the largest in China (Range Technology, together with IBM is due to open the largest data center in the world by 2016 in Langfang- 6.3 million feet), the Fujitsu South China Data Center is seen as a model of efficiency in providing high performance mainframes, servers, server clusters, storage systems, storage software.

Here at Large Orange, we know only too well how data centers are globally inter-dependent by their very nature and know no national boundaries. Critical business data assets are shared between the major corporations in both Japan and China, with each having their areas of expertise to host what is the world’s fastest data driven market- South East Asia. While the politicians bicker, these relationships continue to flourish and some analysts argue that they are so strong that it makes any military solution a definite lose-lose for both countries.