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.

Where is Google+ at this Point?

By now, we’ve probably heard just about everything about the success or failure of Google+, depending on who is looking. It was supposed to be that social site that will dislodge Facebook in the popularity ranking to some. For its maker however, Google+ was supposed to be more than a social media platform, aiming as it did to streamline the experience of people using Google products and services. Google calls it a social layer intended to enhance its existing offerings.

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What is Google+ About?

For those who are not aware of what Google+ is about up to this time, it is essentially a social networking site (yes, it is) and an identity service at the same time being an authorship tool that connects web content to its rightful owner. When done right, it can actually improve online visibility, protect content ownership, and make online connections more effective. For some time, most people would have observed those author name and photo appearing on search results as well. This has been discontinued sometime in August 2014.

One of the major components of Google+ is the Google Circles. It provided a way for people to connect in a fairly organized manner. Members of Circles can choose to share specific content to each and every Circle they are in. The Google+ button became a common sight in many websites, enabling easy sharing jut like in Facebook, Twitter, and all the other popular social networking sites today.This set-up encouraged users to go for relevance when sharing in  the hope that doing so would encourage spontaneous interaction between  and among members. It is not uncommon therefore for Circle moderators to “kick out” members who are merely using the platform to flood the group with unrelated and self-serving articles.

What the Industry Players are Saying

Depending on who is doing the talking, we can hear varying conclusions as to whether Google+ failed or succeeded in its purpose. As to the supposed goal of easing out Facebook from its top ranking as a social networking site, this has not been attained. It went only as high as being the fifth after Facebook.

With regards to its use and continued existence however, Google says that it is definitely not going away just yet. It has by far managed to integrate itself to various Google functions that completely discontinuing it seem unthinkable at this point. It is highly possible though that it will evolve in the coming months to the point of removing the emphasis on the Google+ brand itself but it is not quite dead yet as many are wont to believe.

 

Online Collaboration: The Future of Work Environment

Gone are the days when the only way work associates can collaborate is by facing each other personally in a conference room or production area. In today’s work environment, online collaboration has been proving its worth in terms of providing much better options than physically traveling to a designated place to work on a single project. This effort is multiplied many times over depending on the actual number of team members who will have to do the same thing to facilitate collaboration. Enter Online Collaboration.

What is Online Collaboration?

Online collaboration makes it possible for people to work together in real time regardless of location primarily through the Internet. This set-up has effectively addressed the common limitation in having project members who are located in different parts of the world. Through this set-up, work associates are able to access common files and documents needed to provide timely and relevant contributions to the effort.

It is not to be confused with web conferencing which is actually just a virtual meeting or discussion. Online collaboration is all about working together in an atmosphere of transparency and teamwork. Its use is not only limited to employees in a company since its features can be tapped as well in working with clients and customers.

Workforce of Today

Online collaboration is especially relevant at this time due to the fact that most companies are eyeing globalization. The logistical dilemma of having a dispersed workforce has the most practical solution in using tools that bring people together with the least cost, time, and effort. Online collaboration does just that.

In lieu of a conference room, a team will be using a shared database for storing and accessing data. Since members will be working on the same files and documents, each will be able to see updates as they come. This makes it possible for everyone to provide their inputs based on the flow of the work that is taking place.

Possible Challenges of Online Collaboration

In every idea presented, there are always possible challenges that need to be overcome. Competition between companies and employees may be a major obstacle since collaboration would mean sharing. Unless the common goal takes priority over self-interest, online collaboration may remain more easily said than done.

Online collaboration can also mean the need for technical upgrades. This will equate to costs especially for companies that are not yet collaboration-ready. Also, there may be some concerns with the manner of interaction between members.

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.

Cloud Collaboration for Businesses

Cloud collaboration has been getting the attention of businesses in the recent period. This is due to the potential seen in making collaborative work a lot easier and convenient for participants. How exactly does that work?

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is a service provided by computers and other devices for the purpose of sharing resources, software, and information. In essence, all these are stored in a “cloud” as the services rendered by the provider are not readily seen. Instead of companies maintaining a physical storage space for such purpose, all its important data are stored in  a main frame computer maintained by the provider. Services are offered to the public over a network. Cloud collaboration can be considered an offshoot of this service.

Cloud Collaboration

Since the technology and service is already there, it didn’t take long for people to see the potential of cloud computing as a way to collaborate or work together even when physically apart. This option has effectively addressed concerns about the limitations in having the need for members from different locations to work together. Bringing them together under one roof is not always an available option especially for people who need to be where they are to contribute.

Advantages of Cloud Collaboration for Businesses

1. No Need to Require All Team Members to Be in One Place

With the global style of doing business today, there are very few companies who do not have employees or associates located in another place. Cloud collaboration makes it possible for team members to access,contribute,and modify the project at their convenience, wherever they are. This all happens in real time.

2. Cloud Collaboration is Cost Effective Compared to Physical Travel

It is generally more costly for businesses to send people to another place than hiring someone from that place to do the job. This is highly relevant to project-based hiring where there is no intention for long-term use of a person’s services. A regular employee can also be sent to the designated place and can stay there while doing his/her work. This saves cost in repeated travel.

3. Interaction is Immediate

Cloud collaboration  can also address the usual problems of team members waiting on one another. Discussions and document sharing can happen as often as they are necessary. It must not be forgotten that cloud collaboration is as effective for internal communication as it is for external.

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.