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17 December 2019

Meet FireChat, an app people use when internet is blocked or network not available

FireChat is an app that relies on Bluetooth and WiFi Direct to connect to their phones even when there is no internet and then allow people to talk.



HIGHLIGHTS
  • FireChat uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct to create a network between available phones in an area.
  • This is the reason why it doesn’t require internet to work.
  • In areas with blocked internet, some people use FireChat to communicate.

How can you communicate when internet is blocked, something that is happening with alarming regularity in India nowadays? There aren't many good options. But if you aim to communicate while you are out in a group, for example if you are at a cricket stadium watching a match with friends and want to talk to each other even if there is no internet, you can use FireChat. This is a chat app that works without internet, something that has also made it fairly popular with protesters who seemingly rely on it to talk to each other even when authorities have blocked internet.
FireChat is a peer-to-peer chat app - in other words messages sent through it hop from one phone to other - and it uses technologies like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Direct (peer-to-peer Wi-Fi). This is the reason why the app has found favours with protesters in Iraq, Ecuador, Spain and even in some protests in Indian cities. It has been created by a company called Open Garden. The app is available for the iPhone as well as Android phones.
How does Firechat work? The idea is quite simple:
- FireChat uses Wi-Fi Direct or Bluetooth to create a mesh network, a network that grows in coverage area the more people are using it. For example, if there are 100 people using FireChat in a close area - say a stadium - these 100 people can exchange messages if they are sitting close to each other. What this means is that if Person 99 is sitting 300 meters away from you, out of your phone's Bluetooth coverage area, you can still send a message to him or her because there will be 98 other FireChat users between you and that person, and the message will jump from one phone to other.
- Th range for two smartphone users to talk to each other is around 200 feet.
- Here is how FireChat describes itself: "FireChat works even without an Internet connection or cellular phone coverage. Use it anywhere: planes, public transportation, cruise ships, campuses, and crowded events. All you need is a few people around you using FireChat."
-FireChat allows sending of messages and pictures, including private messages that the app says are peer-to-peer encrypted.
- FireChat uses allows users to create chat rooms, private as well as public.
- If and when internet is available, FireChat works like a regular chat app.
- To use FireChat you must install it on a phone and create a FireChat account.
While the app sounds useful, and it indeed offers useful means of communication, it has limits. The biggest limit is that the app works well in close spaces such as a stadium, or a place where a lot of people have gathered. This is because to create its mesh network, it needs phone users and those phone users must have FireChat installed as well as have their Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth working.
FireChat is not a substitute for a regular internet-based application like WhatsApp, and it is definitely not as reliable as a regular chat app. It is also not as secure because it is using technologies - Bluetooth - that by their nature are open technologies. For example, if you can join the mesh network created by FireChat, so can others. In 2014, FireChat developer told Wired website, "People need to understand that this is not a tool to communicate anything that would put them in a harmful situation if it were to be discovered by somebody who's hostile ... It was not meant for secure or private communications."
But may be when the choice is between a total communication blackout because network is saturated or not available and a not-so-secure messaging, it's easy to see the choice people will make. That seems to be the value of FireChat.

5 December 2019

You've Come a Long Way, Linux-Baby

When Linux first emerged from its cocoon in a frenzied Usenet thread, it is doubtful that almost anyone imagined the project would ascend to global prominence.

Even more astonishingly, its dominance was driven as much, if not more, by its adoption by the private sector -- although it posed an antithesis to its business model -- as by any of its other notable traits.

It is precisely because its road from obscure curiosity to corporate mainstay was so unlikely that it pays to appreciate how Linux got to where it is today. Here's a look at how far Linux has come over its 28-plus years -- and at the tech titans that helped it get there.


In the Beginning Was the Kernel

On the off chance that anyone reading an in-depth column on Linux doesn't know much about its genesis, following is a brief review.

In the early 1990s, Finnish university student Linus Torvalds set out to create a clone of a pedagogical Unix-like system called "MINIX."

What started out as a modest effort to pursue his educational goals quickly attracted the attention of the denizens of Usenet, an early Internet forum. They were not only excited to get their hands on Torvalds' creation, but also were eager to pitch in and make it work for the widest community of users possible.

That's when Torvalds threw open the doors -- with trusted lieutenants standing in front of them as bouncers -- to community code contributions. When the GNU project, which was woefully behind in its work on the Hurd kernel, saw Linux burst onto the scene, the two projects soon entered a symbiotic relationship.

As anyone who has had any amount of experience with Linux knows, the Linux kernel development team (across all of its continuity) doesn't produce installation-ready operating systems.

Rather, these systems spring up from the pluralistic ecosystem of Linux distributions. This ecosystem did not materialize overnight, but although the maturation and proliferation of distributions took time, Linux uptake by the private sector kept pace as the ecosystem became more dynamic.

Business as Unusual

Though the birth of Torvalds' brainchild certainly marked a milestone in software development, players in the commercial tech sector were no strangers to advances and knew what sort of development models suited their objectives. If the established tech companies had their preferences, why did they even pay Linux any mind in the first place?

There were a couple of architectural and logistical points in Linux's favor that eventually piqued the interest of the more daring tech companies.

To start with, the fact that Linux had a devoted community of users constantly writing new kernel modules for whatever hardware they wanted it to run on meant that Linux held the potential to embrace a wide spectrum of devices.

This rapid expansion of compatibility was even further catalyzed by the kernel's open development model: If a company's developers wrote a kernel module for their preferred hardware, they could submit it to the Linux kernel project itself and, if accepted, count on further assistance from the community and the lead developers.

In other words, the open source nature of Linux meant that components that otherwise would languish in a small development team could tap into the dedicated work of the crowd for further refinement.

Another crucial factor for Linux's ultimate success was the debut of what arguably was its first killer app, the Apache Web server. From the beginning, Linux could bring solid Unix-style tools to bear in the form of the constellation of GNU Project tools -- from the GNU C Compiler (GCC) to the GRUB bootloader to even the Bash shell, to name only a (very) few.

To be sure, these could get Linux users with a sufficient degree of aplomb pretty far on their own, but Linux could not yet boast many specialized applications.

That all changed when the Apache Web server came out. Released under a license similarly liberal as the one governing Linux and GNU, Apache could be downloaded easily, configured, and run on Linux to host dependable sites on the burgeoning World Wide Web.

Users who formerly had to consider purchasing costly Web server software had a free, high-quality alternative, dramatically lowering the barriers for them to prop up a website and unleash their creativity. This definitely benefited hobbyists greatly, but it also provided private tech companies with a viable avenue to avoid licensing products from competitors.

In fact, it was the desire to outflank competing companies that paved the way for Linux's most profitable gambit. IBM, shrewdly, did not want to miss out on the chance to provide services on the ebullient Web of the late 90s. However, there initially was no easy route to the Web that did not go through its entrenched competition -- namely Netscape.

Apache's arrival was an incomparable stroke of luck for IBM, as it let the company establish a presence on the Web for next to no cost.

As a thank you, IBM invested a portion of the savings into open source software development. The company's embrace of open source did not stop there, though: When IBM sought an operating system to showcase its hardware, it once again declined to license expensive software from a competitor and turned to the Linux distribution we now know as "Red Hat."

IBM has supported the growth of Linux ever since, investing substantial sums into Linux development and even going so far as to outright acquire Red Hat earlier this year.

It's hard to say whether IBM would have maintained its lofty perch as a powerhouse of technological innovation had it not placed its faith in Linux and open source software generally, but its purchase of Red Hat undoubtedly is a sign of IBM's enduring confidence in Linux.

Open Source Closes Deals

One can make a convincing case that IBM vindicated Linux's commercial viability, but it was by no means the last company to make Linux a key part of its business. Quite to the contrary, Linux has enjoyed even more and deeper integration into the work of private companies that previously produced proprietary software exclusively.

There is probably no more illustrative example of this than Android. Free or open source software purists sometimes take issue with how "open" Google's end product actually is, but Android is still an incredible boon to Linux on the whole.

It ensures that Linux receives continued monetary support from Google, and it has been indispensable in extending Linux's global reach. Today Android is the most prevalent mobile OS in the world.

It also proved to consumers, who may not appreciate how pervasive Linux servers are on the Internet, that Linux stands on equal footing with any other operating system, whether server, desktop or mobile in nature.

Linux also looms large in the realm of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the bevy of networked appliances that have erupted onto both the enterprise and consumer markets. The vast majority of IoT devices are not manufactured by tech sector stalwarts, and manufacturers looking to break into the IoT market generally don't have the capital to license a commercial OS at scale.

Here, too, Linux made for a snug fit between its unbeatable price point and its versatile hardware support. Truly, few other kernels or OSes could run on devices that run the gamut from thermostats to smart home assistants to industrial sensors without breaking a sweat.

Granted, IoT doesn't have a great reputation for security, as this class of devices has an outsized tendency to make up botnets like Mirai. I know as well as anyone that IoT security has a long way to go, but Linux's dedicated community, ample support from large tech companies, and mammoth presence afford the industry the tools to meet the challenges IoT faces.

The trending of information security and cloud computing practices toward virtualized containers has driven businesses into Linux's open arms, too.

To briefly explain the use of virtual containers (often referred to as "containerization"): Instead of running one OS per piece of hardware, users can configure one instance of a container management program, such as Kubernetes, and run dozens or hundreds of individual containers concurrently on one set of hardware. Each container, which is a barebones OS with limited access rights to the system running the container manager, thinks it is the only OS on the system, reducing the risks that one container's compromise propagates to others.

Once again, companies favor free Linux-based OSes over paying to utilize alternatives, especially when containerization demands such a dizzying scale of system deployment. Considering that Linux can beat Windows and other competing options on size (as its image is way smaller than that of server-grade Windows) and on cost, Linux easily makes the top pick for containers.

Finally, and most astoundingly, there's Microsoft. The history of Microsoft's tumultuous relationship with Linux deserves its own article, but suffice it to say that initially, Microsoft was not a fan of the fledgling open source project. Yet in 2014, the company made the now infamous declaration that Microsoft hearts Linux, and the connection between the two has been growing rosier ever since.

At first, many in the open source community were skeptical of Microsoft's ultimate level of commitment to reinforcing the continued maturation of Linux, not to mention suspicious of the purity of its motives in doing so. Since then, Microsoft has given its earnest support to Linux at every turn.

The software giant started by releasing the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), an instance of Linux that can live inside any edition of Windows 10, and that soon will be virtualized fully, once WSL 2.0 leaves the Windows Insider program sometime next year.

Microsoft didn't stop there, though. The company created a modified version of the Linux kernel as part of its Azure Sphere enterprise solution. Though not as widely available as WSL, it constitutes a huge first for a company that once eschewed open source software entirely. Considering that few people predicted the partnership in the first place, there's no telling what fruits it will produce in the future.

All of these developments taken together paint an encouraging financial picture for Linux. As IBM, Google and Microsoft all have a stake in Linux's continuing ability to thrive, they all have become major backers of the project, contributing generous sums to its coffers annually. Strangely enough, as this trio of tech titans all compete in one arena or another, Linux is the only sacred cow they all agree to look after.

The Kernel That Keeps on Blossoming

When viewed in the scope of its entire life cycle, Linux has reached a commanding height that most homegrown projects can only dream of. Far from assimilating into the old guard that invited it into their midst, Linux is still as dynamic as ever.

As artificial intelligence has given rise to ambitious new applications like self-driving cars, Linux-based initiatives have stepped up to supply the base system to meet these applications' unique needs.

For instance, the Ubuntu distribution's parent company Canonical has been especially active in supplying the OS for self-driving cars, and rumours continue to swirl that Canonical eventually will become a publicly traded company.

Red Hat also is driving innovation from its newly insulated financial position as an IBM company. It recently signed on with Mozilla to optimise Web Assembly to run compiled code in the browser more efficiently and open-sourced the code for the Quay containerisation management software.

Between the assureds of its position and the enduring quality of its work, Red Hat truly has become the gold standard of open source profitability in the eyes of many.

It's a common jeer that Linux enthusiasts refuse to admit that the "Year of the Linux Desktop" will never come. Regardless, Linux has accomplished the more impressive feat of securing its place as a power player in a fast-paced tech industry that has shed so many others.

3 May 2019

13 Ways on How To Find Hidden Spyware on Android Smartphone


If you’re looking for ways on how to find hidden spyware on Android, then you’ve come to the right place.

Every smartphone, tablet, and other smart electronic device comes with premium hardware and software features. Because of this, users tend to use their computer less to a point that some ended up not needing computers anymore.

Android devices nowadays can almost do anything that a regular Windows PC can. While smartphones are becoming similar to computers in usability, Android spyware and viruses are becoming more prevalent.

At this point, you may already possess more private information on your phone than you do on your PC. Privacy is one of the biggest issues on smartphones and if you’re wondering whether someone is tracking your phone or spying on your phone, then continue reading.

How To Find Hidden Spyware on Android

There are many spying apps, and people can easily install them on the phones of other users in order to monitor them.

Understanding what these spying services can do is necessary for detecting spyware and knowing how to get rid of it. In this post, we’ll share with you several tips that can indicate that your phone is being tracked or spied on, and what can be done about it.

1. Unusual Strange Phone Behavior

One of the most common ways to detect spyware is to check for odd or strange behavior from your phone. If there is spyware or tracking software installed on your phone, chances are, your phone will act differently.

Observe if your phone lights up on its own, shutting down automatically or make strange sounds.

Find apps on your phone that you don’t remember installing. Clicking on malicious links elsewhere, such as a spam email, could be inviting these onto your phone inadvertently.

Rooted phones are more susceptible to these attacks and unusual behavior. Change your passwords frequently.

Some nefarious apps will piggy-back onto ones that may seem safe (for example, Godless malware), and back in the days of Jelly Bean exploits were found that allowed remote installation of apps via script injection. These exploits have since been patched, but hackers are always looking for new ways in. It’s always a race to see who can find exploits and either take advantage or secure the breach.

“Can these behaviors have other causes as well?“

Definitely, and those causes may have absolutely nothing to do with spyware.

2. Unusual Battery Drain

Another useful way to find out whether someone is spying on your phone is an increase in battery usage. After using a phone for a couple of weeks, most people become familiar with battery patterns and know their average battery life. If your phone is suddenly experiencing sub-par battery life for no tangible reason, it could be spyware. Spyware and tracking apps can drain your phone’s battery, especially if they’re running constantly.

Battery Statistics

It could also be an older battery, a new app you installed that’s running perpetually in the background, or a malfunctioning battery. If your phone is heating up for no discernible reason when it is idle, the same rules apply. It could be spyware, but most modern malware has improved in this area, so consider other causes as well.

3.Noise During Phone Calls

Look for unusual noise or sounds during phone calls. If you hear beeps or any other sounds during phone calls, then this can mean your calls are being recorded. Call recording apps can make such noises.

Also, if the call quality has suddenly worsened, this can also mean that your phone calls are being recorded. Static or feedback can be signs. However, it might also mean that you simply have a bad connection or that your phone isn’t handling calls well. The world isn’t always a sinister place; but its parts, including carriers and cell phones, have no shortage of problems.

4. Random Reboots And Shut Downs

Spyware and tracking apps can cause random reboots and shutdowns on Android devices. If you believe that your phone’s software is stable and updated, then random reboots or shutdowns can mean your phone has spyware software installed. An unstable third-party app might also be causing this.
Rebooting

In order to be certain, uninstall the app that you think is causing the random shutdowns. If you still experience random reboots and shutdowns, then your phone might be being tracked or spied on.

5. Look For Strange Text Messages

Some spyware apps can send strange text messages on phones with different codes or symbols. If you’re receiving such texts on your Android smartphone, then there is a chance your phone is being spied on or tracked.
Stagefright Detector

Stagefright is an all-too-recent example, although it used a video text for its exploit. It was a vulnerability identified and almost entirely addressed without seeing much use by hackers, luckily. If it still freaks out you out, use the app below to make sure you don’t have it on your phone.

6. High Data Usage

This is also a really useful factor in determining whether your phone has spyware or tracking software installed. Spyware apps can use a lot of data to send out your phone’s information and an increase in your phone’s data usage can also mean that your phone is being spied on. It could also mean that you are spending more time online, so don’t forget to consider all the factors.
Make sure that you monitor your phone’s data usage regularly to find out about any unusually high usage in data. For an app that will help you do this, try My Data Manager below.

7. Sounds When Your Phone Is Not In Use

When your phone is idle, it shouldn’t make any sort of sound. If you’re hearing sounds when you’re not using your phone, it could mean that your phone is being spied on. If you want to eliminate both the possibility of spyware and also rogue apps causing the noises, perform a factory reset. If your phone is rooted, flash stock firmware. And don’t disregard OS updates. This will solve a lot of these problems.

8. Delay In Shut Down

Try shutting down your phone several times during the day. Android devices usually shut down quickly, but if your phone is taking an unusually long time shutting down, then this can suggest that someone is monitoring and controlling your phone. Or it could also be an app chewing up resources, an actual hardware problem, or a faulty/corrupted install.

9. Be App-Smart

Be wary of pirated apps. Advertisers collect data about your through ad/app bundles. Read what permissions an app requires you grant, and decide if it’s worth it. Watch for clones of legitimate apps and websites. A new technique, called smishing, creates an overlay on top of banking log-ins so that it can steal your information. Ensure you are on a secure site (the IP address starts with HTTPS instead of HTTP) when you enter sensitive information.


App Smart

Third-party apps can be awesome, but they also haven’t undergone the same amount of scrutiny that app stores like Google Play or Amazon put their apps through. And some bad apps do slip through on these sites as well before they are detected. If you experience issues with an app, get rid of it and reboot. If you still are having problems, start over with a factory reset.

10. PopUps

Ironically, a popup that warns about impending doom on your Android, can infect your phone with malware itself. The more you click these dialogue windows, the more possibility you will be redirected to a shady place or click on something deceptive. Never run a .exe or flash file that you aren’t sure about. A lot of advertising popups aren’t malware per se, but sometimes there’s a fine line between advertisements and malware, hence the terms — adware and malvertising.


PC Error Message

If a popup proclaims that you’ve won something that’s too good to be true; it probably is. Ads are annoying anyway, and there are a few apps you can download to block them like Adblock Browser for Android. These apps tend to be more effective if you are rooted.

Popups can be a sign of an existing infection, that wants to gain more privileges or information from you.

11. Check Suspicious Files

If you have a file manager installed on your phone, look for any suspicious files or folders created on your phone. If you find some new files and folders you know for a fact you didn’t install as part of an app or anything else, then there’s a chance your phone has tracking or spyware software installed.

Occasionally, you might be lucky enough to find phone numbers or emails that will lend a clue as to who is doing the tracking, but be certain before you assume and accuse.

12. Phone Suddenly Became So Slow

If your phone has suddenly become really slow for no obvious reasons at all, then there’s a risk that your phone is being monitored and controlled. Don’t leave your phone unattended around someone you don’t trust, use encryption, or at the very least, a lock screen.

13. Who’s Doing the Spying or Tracking?

Remember earlier when we said that the world isn’t always a sinister place? It isn’t, but there are some crappy people that do crappy things. What motivates them to take the time out of their day and expend the effort?

Spyware Anonymous


Most likely they:
presume you have something they want,
feel passionate about gaining your personal information (e.g. cheating spouse),
need to satisfy an addiction (but hackers/phreakers still need the effort to result in something worthwhile),
employ an app or method targeting a larger population segment,
or perhaps, employ you.
There isn’t a great way to identify the person doing the spying, because information can be redirected several times to several places. Your best bet is to prevent or get rid of the spyware.

Conclusion

No user wants viruses, tracking apps or spyware installed on his/her Android smartphone, but hackers are finding it increasingly worthwhile to put it there. The first step in fixing this issue is to check for spyware. Use the tips mentioned above to check whether there are spyware and tracking software installed on your phone, and if so, get rid of it.

Source: JoyOfAndroid

23 August 2018

Apple vs. Android, Which Side Are You On?

Apple vs Android. A debate that has been around for the better part of the decade. A debate that eclipses all others including Cox Internet Plans vs Comcast Internet Plans, mayo vs peanut butter and Coke vs Pepsi. Its often very hard to answer any of those questions. People choose on over the other based on their personal preferences. As iOS users and they are loyal to Apple. Ask Android users and they maintain it’s the best user experience. In this blog, we won’t be promoting one over the other. Instead we will be looking at certain key areas and how both Apple and Android perform in those areas.


Security

Security is an area in which Apple has the clear advantage. Its not completely impregnable but last year only 0.7% of global malware threats were aimed at iOS. This is partly due to the fact Android has more users but also due to the fact that Android is an easier target. Android users also tend to not be regular about updating their device, leaving it vulnerable to hackers. 

Customizability 

This one is a win for Android. Androids offer customizability in everything from lock screens to fonts. You can add or remove widgets as you please, changing the interface according to your preference. Each Android manufacturer has its own specific ‘flavor’ of the operating system, but all are fully customizable. Android allows you to tailor the user experience to your taste. On the other hand, its much harder to customize your experience on iOS since Apple holds its control measures very close. 

App Quality

Apple wins overall in the quality of apps you can download. Many apps are not available on Google Play due to concerns over piracy. Apple also has a stringent guidelines developers have to follow before getting their app approved. This ensures a measure of quality control across all the apps available on the Appstore. Apps on iOS tend to run smoothly, with fewer bugs and crashes than Android apps which don’t have the same quality. Android apps tend to have less effort involved in them because Android users tend to prefer free apps. 

Privacy

Privacy is a key area in which Apple is the clear winner. Apple has always been providing end-to-end encryption for iMessage, passcodes and fingerprints that are hard to break. Additionally with Touch ID, Apple became the first smartphone manufacturer to use Secure Enclave in its processors. Essentially, Secure enclave is a subsection of the processor which stores fingerprints and other security data. What this means is that if you own an iPhone 5s or above, Apple itself cannot break into your phone. 

Usability

This one is sort of a tie between the two. For someone who’s going through their first smartphone experience, Apple would probably seem to be the most user friendly. An average person accumulates around 20 plus apps and games on their phone which can affect user experience in Android phones. Too many apps can cause Android phones to become laggy and crash-prone. Apple keeps your phone running the same way it did on the first day even if you have 100 apps. Then again, Android offers the better user experience with its flexible interface controls. No clear winner here, its all dependent on what fits best with you.

Pricing

Android wins it when it comes to pricing. Android phones are much cheaper than Apple by far. Apple only has a small number of good phones and they are available at higher prices. Conversely, Android manufacturers tend to come out with smartphones of varying price ranges. When buying an Android phone, you can choose one according to the budget you have.

Innovative Hardware

Android is again the winner is in this category. Since there is fierce competition amongst Android manufacturers, they tend to go the extra mile to differentiate their brand. This has resulted in a range of innovative hardware features that you cant find in iPhones. Some examples are VR sets, IR blasters and dual SIM capabilities.

Specs

This is again an area in which Android is the clear winner. Android takes the lead in specifications like display resolution and touch screens like the AMOLED display. This makes for much clearer and sharper displays. Android phones also have better camera quality, storage capability and battery life than iPhones. With the advent of NFC, Android have stepped up their compatibility game when it comes to interacting with devices nearby.

There are tons of other areas in which the two popular operating systems compete. Both have specific strengths and weaknesses. While this blog can’t conclusively settle this debate, it hopefully gave you useful information to make your own decision. That means we can now shift our focus to other debates, such as the Frontier vs Comcast one.

Author Bio:


Stephen N. Mills is an entrepreneur, marketer, and writer. As San Francisco resident, he loves reading books and writing on different topics like SEO, Branding, Health and etc. That's where he finds his inspiration to author in-depth guides that teach E-commerce store owners ways to manage, grow and scale their business. In a former life, Stephen co-founded a custom menswear company which generates 6-figures in annual revenue through its website and retail

30 June 2018

Use Virtual Office Software for a Greener Planet


Nowadays, it’s cool to be concerned about sustainable environment. But more importantly, it is inevitable to be concerned about sustainable environment as it is the only way we can ensure a safe environment for our generations to come. While there are many obvious ways that are advocated for reducing the CO2 emission, there are some subtle lifestyle changes that can also make a drastic difference if made on a large scale. One of them is using a Virtual Office Software and reaping its many benefits that actually reduce the CO2 emission and help us save our planet.


Virtual Office Software and lifestyle change

Today, there are many Time Tracking Software that are changing the way we work. The knowledge worker of today prefers to work from his home by relying on unfaltering connectivity and collaboration tools. If the trend becomes permanent, more and more people would want to work from home and in turn reduce CO2 emission in the following ways:

1. Working from home means no need to drive to the workplace. It means that not only time but also fuel is saved when you work from home. Hence, you save your share of fossil fuel burning.
2. When remote workers are hired, the employers do not need to maintain a workplace. This means that extra electricity is not consumed. This cuts down the cost of electric bill. This also cuts down out usage and hence dependence on production of power through during of fossil fuels. Hence, less CO2 is emitted.
3. When remote workers stay at home, they collaborate and communicate through email and other digital form of communication. No paper based formal memoranda are sent out regularly. Since, Project Management Software take place of physical Project Management, less paper is used, less paper is wasted and less paper is recycled. This is good news for trees and certainly for us humans as well.
4. Remote workers spend way less in maintaining an up-to-date wardrobe. They don't mind working in their PJs as well. This laid back lifestyle choice means that there is less dependence on industries like fashion and makeup. A person opting for such a lifestyle will be doing his part of cutting down CO2 emission.

Conclusion

Time Tracking Software and Employee Monitoring Software are often endorsed to help businesses, boost productivity and increase profits. But a much nobler cause is often overlooked, that these software help in taking a step towards a Greener Planet.

6 May 2018

Latest Best Torrent Sites Of 2018

As the KickassTorrents and ExtraTorrent has gone offline, there was a gap in torrent community. Still there are lots of sites that allow you to download torrent files legally. However, you must download them via trusted sites and clients to avoid scams. As there are lot of torrent sites so knowing which one is right is difficult. For your convenience, we have collected the best torrent sites to download torrents without any trouble. 

Best Torrent Sites 2018

The Pirate Bay

The first one which comes in this list is none other than the most popular torrent site “The Pirate Bay”. It's a classic and the king of torrents. This site is going to celebrate it's 15th anniversary on 15 September 2003. It is available in 35 languages. In the Alexa, it ranks 87 during September 2017 but now 106. TPB has maintained it's popularity even in present days.

RARBG

As per the data of 2015,  over 300k people per day visit or use this site. This site is for peer to peer admirer. It is only available in English language. Apart from that, it ranked 280 in August 2016 and still it is very much popular. It got closed for one week after pressure of BREIN in 2008 but after that it's working yet. In few countries this site has been blocked like Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Ireland etc. You can trust this site without so much thinking.

1337X

It was the sixth popular torrent site as per June 2016. After the closure of kick-ass torrent, it's popularity increased suddenly. It is the best alternative to The Pirate Bay but sadly the site is banned from Google search queries. 

ExtraTorrent

This site has the potential to beat the Pirate Bay in popularity as in November 2016, it became the world's second-largest torrent site. It got shut down voluntarily by owners in May 2017. However, this website has its cloned version with domain https://extratorrent.ag/.

TorrentDownloads

It provides the complete torrent details page which is clear-cut. It is the best reason to try this site at once. This site gives you a high quality of torrents and also it has a large database. It ranks 2447 in Alexa data.

limetorrents.cc

This site hosts torrents if different genres such as tv series, application, game and anime. It regularly updates the contents making it one of the best torrent site. You will find different web pages on this site containing updated list of trending torrents and the latest uploaded ones. 

YTS.AM

This torrent site is specialized in providing movies of high qualities. Download movies from the site that is highly known for the visuals. It can give tough competition to other sites with it's looks. The Alexa rank of this site is 720. Even after not being bound with YTS/YIFY group, it still got a place in this list.

Torrentz2

After shutting down of torrentz, an unofficial clone of Torrentz Torrentz2.eu was launched that in starting indexed surprising 60 million torrents. Moreover, another unofficial clone torrentzeu.to -was launched that indexed 30 million torrents in beginning. Talking about site, Torrentz2 is a torrent search engine that combines  millions of search results and bring them at one platform. You can download torrent files easily with this site free and legally.

EZTV

Somehow this site has kept itself under the top 1000 sites on Alexa. It basically allow you to download torrent files of TV shows. By creating account, you can save torrents as favourites. According to users, this site provides good contents to download them with ease. 

Torrents.me

It is more than just a torrent search engine and has a lot to deliver. Like Torrentz2, it also search torrents on other sites. This site has an amazing dashboard on their homepage. It not only search torrents but also distributes them into different categories. Searching torrent files on this site is effortless because of category page.

ZOOQLE

The increasing number of torrents have gave birth to this site. Zooqle has an attractive interface with no presence of annoying advertisements. With three millions verified torrents, the site has grown rapidly in recent years.

iDope

iDope is a new comer in this area which was launched in the year 2016. It's traffic is increasing rapidly with each passing year and currently it has the same traffic as Zooqle. It offers an app too to download torrents right from your smartphone or tablet.

Demonoid

You will need an invite to join this site. It is a private member community that serving torrent service from 2003 with different domains. You may get irritated with the ads here. The site offers a free VPN “trust.zone” to remove ads for demonoid members and torrenting anonymously.

Conclusion

So this is the list of the best torrent sites from where you can download torrent files legally. If any site is blocked in your country then use VPN.

17 May 2017

How Technological Advancement is Going to Shape The Future of Video Gaming

The rapid advancement in science and technology has revolutionized the world of gaming. Among other things, the improvement in technology has also exercised a profound influence on gaming. With portable devices like mobile phones and PSP, you can amuse yourself by playing games at anyplace of your choice. Gone are those days when one used to play black-and-white games “like pong” and “monster maze”. This is the era where artificial intelligence (AI) has made a successful break-through in the gaming world. Undoubtedly, the gaming industry is hard hit by the technological evolution!

It is amazing witness that some of the modern games have evolved to such a level that they provide the players with more-than-real experience and they would continue doing so, to the point when the experience becomes unbelievable!

Video Gaming

“It’s a matter of immense pleasure that the gaming industry is always heading forward, always challenging its limits” says john Anthony from Game Period. Let’s explore various ways in which the advancement in technology will influence the future of video gaming:

Virtual reality

3D technology has existed since a century ago but it was not used in the gaming world due to its exorbitant cost. It’s until recently that 3D technology has surfaced not just in the movies, but in modern video games to. The elevation has reached to such a level that one has difficulty in differentiating a game from a real experience. This can be called an incredible achievement that has brought great happiness to amateurs! What the future has in store for the players after 3D?

Peripheral screens for gaming

As the portable devices like mobile phones, I pods and tablets (among others) have been accessible to the masses, the console battle between the 3 prime companies (Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft) has augmented that that will make a major breakthrough by formulating peripheral video games for the contestants.

Smart glass

Microsoft is not ready to stay behind in the competition as Sony has devised an Xbox “Smart glass”. This feature provides you with an extra tool that allows you to have an enhanced and amplified experience!

Sony Cross- play

Sony has taken a stride forward and has decided to coalesce play station 3 consoles with their portable devices. This feature allows you to halt game on one device and start playing on the other device.

Open source gaming

It’s good to have cheap home-made mobile games that have captivated the participants. For instance “samurai vengeance” is an android powered game that is accessible to the mobile users. The companies are promoting the concept that games should be low-priced and affordable to buy.

Cloud gaming

As the internet connectivity and speed has become faster and reliable, the era has of cloud gaming has dawned that gives you quick access to latest video games. Now you don’t have to wait for the updates in order to play supreme-quality video games. All you need to have is a reliable internet connection and you can play the latest games available to your heart’s content!

It gives me great joy that the gaming industry is making its way to an unknown territory, always making attempts to transcend its limits and. Let’s see what the future holds for us!

This post is written by Gabriel Price, he works at Coupon Goo.

24 March 2017

Relation Between Games and Studies

This infographic explains why games should be added in the educational syllabi. Nowadays, children are grown up in an environment where they develop a continuous sense of affiliation with the modern technology and gadgets; therefore, whenever children see such things, they feel at home with them. On the other hand, if children are given formal books at very early age, not only this would be troublesome for them, but it will also reduce their learning to a minimum because they aren’t accustomed to learning from books. The most important thing that we need to consider is that games are user-friendly educational technology which children love. Their familiarity with the games urges them more and more to play games.

It is not just a blind belief that games help children in their educational pursuits, but is also proved by different research. One prominent among them is the research made by Paul Howard Jones, who discovered that how exactly games help children to increase their creativity. The most important reason behind this is that games increase the level of dopamine in the brain, and dopamine is associated with creativity. Dopamine is also associated with making connections between neurons in our brains. Thus, the stronger the connections are, the easier it will be for us to remember things. The second important attribute of dopamine is that it increases our concentration level. Thus once all these connections are created in the brain, they make the physical basis for learning.

Another important reason why games should be added in the educational syllabus is that games motivate children. It is an acknowledged fact that we do things efficiently that we like because we are motivated by our desire. In a similar manner, as children are motivated by games, this motivation can be channelized in a positive manner for learning. “When students will play games, they will be making different actions, and if some action goes wrong, they will develop the ability to accept things instead of blaming others or throwing accusations at others,” says Kyle Ward who works at Game Period. Thus, games, in the longer run, will make them responsible persons.


Games are also responsible for the skill development in children: for instance, when children play games, they develop many important skills like problem-solving, collaboration, negotiation, and communication. All these skills are very important for their practical lives. There are different types of games available for children of different ages.

Relation Between Games and Studies Co-produced by :Game Period & Vasim Tamboli

23 March 2017

5 Reasons: You Are Not Making Money from Your Blog

Is it accurate to say that you are concerned that you are not profiting from your sites despite your genuine endeavors? Also, there are loads of components hindering your psyche to proceed. There might be different motivations to keep your sites from winning cash, which may restrict your perspectives. On the other hand it may be that you are turning out badly in your preparing. Whatever it may be, here is the gathering of 5 likely explanations to get free you out of the hang-out.

1. Your blog is not audience oriented:

Each of us is caring about ourselves in the world. Think thus in the field of your audience. Compose your blogs by keeping in view of the attitude of the audience and not of yourself. All those are busy to solve their problems, and your blogs would be engaging regarding this.

Your blogs would be recommended by your readers if they find something interesting in your pieces. Arrange for something to get them stuck to your blog. The more you are audience-oriented, the more it would help you to have good traffic.

You Are Not Making Money from Your Blog

2. You are not having enough knowledge about your audience:

If you are not conscious enough of your audience, you would not be able to plan for the procedure in a proper way. For instance, some prefer visual format while some would like to go for audio format. Some may also go for only text pieces.

If you are able to know your clients well by studying their problems, you would use their struggles as your ideas. For this, you can arrange for signing up for newsletters and offer them welcome emails, which should include ‘feedback’ option. Thus, you would be able to get closer to your readers.

3. Bloggers do not know what and how to write:

If you are new in launching your blog business, you should get well-acquainted to what you should write. You should be aware of the engaging topics to draw good traffic. At the same time, you should focus on what you are interested in and feel comfortable in writing those.

Acquire enough knowledge to write your pieces. If you are expert in various topics, it would do well a lot to you. Moreover, it happens bloggers do not know how to make money from their blogs. So, they need technical support in the field of writing, creating, and designing blogs.

If your content is the king, then your website serves as the queen. And both of them should be attractive at the same time. You should create and design your website in such a manner that your audience can be attracted easily. Your website should have a presentable look with your own expertise.The cause lies in that there are many professional care-givers, which help to design and boost your website. And you should hire web masters in an effective manner. There are also some sites offering tools for free to create your website. But, you should obtain knowledge regarding web-building and development so that in absence of your web-master, you can manage the problem accordingly.

Besides, the home page on your website should properly guide the audience. Arrangement of pages should be done in proper order to meet the requirement of the readers. But, do not misguide them. Try to be precise and to-the-point. You should be caring about the information your blog provides. Always stick to right and up-do-date details. Perform several edits before posting your content on the website. You should also be careful about grammar and spelling. Do the punctuation properly, as it matters much in conveying your message. Avoid the mistakes while typing. Make the rough sketch first. After that, make sure of the ideal content.

Be the judge of yourself. Go through your pieces several times. And watch how every time your content receives a modified touch. It is very essential for drawing more views and maintaining the good-will of your site.

4. Bloggers sometimes can’t show and market themselves:

If you do not show yourself properly, people would not have faith in yourself. It might be that they like your writing style. And with your visibility and contact details, you can gain the credibility much better. To do this job, you can leave a head shot on your site.

An ‘About Us’ section may also be created to make them more aware of your background. You can market yourself through your social networking sites. Finally, always create original content. Make yourself free from plagiarism. Try to make unique content.

5. Your blog is young:

If your blog is a new one, you may have problems while showing your talent to your audience. As readers rely on mostly surfaced and old websites, you may face difficulties with your new brand. So, sell without being a sales-person and increase the visibility of your website.

9 February 2017

How To Save Web Page as a PDF File

1.   Open the page you want to save as PDF file Only in CHROME Browser.
Then click on right most upper corner as seen in image bellow and click on print option: 





2.  Then new window opens as shown bellow. In that Click on “ Change “ in Destination option.




 


3. Then it asks for destination. In that Select “ Save as PDF “as shown in bellow image:






4. Then Click on " Save " as shown in bellow image:





5. Then Write your file name and click on " Save " Button…. That’s It…





Now your web page is converted into PDF file SUCCESSFULLY……!!!!
ENJOY FRIENDS….!!!!