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IP2Location Free Widget

IP2Location Free Widgets are user-friendly, responsive widgets which can be used in your blogs, forums and websites. It displays the geolocation and IP address of online web users. In commercial sites, it helps to reduce the fraudulent users. It is simple so doesn’t require any coding skills or complex customizations. For using this widget you just need to copy and paste the widget code into your website.

Link to the site : https://www.ip2location.com/free/widgets

Integrating Uploadify with Codeigniter.

Hi Team,

This tutorial will help you to integrate uploadify with codeigniter.

Controller :-

public function do_upload()
{
$view_data = array();
$upload_config;
$this->load->helper(‘file’);
$this->load->library(‘upload’);
$this->load->library(‘session’);
$image_upload_folder = ‘./uploads/bulk’;

$user_id =  $this->uri->segment(3);
$listing_id =  $this->uri->segment(4);

if (!file_exists($image_upload_folder)) {
mkdir($image_upload_folder, DIR_WRITE_MODE, true);
}

$this->upload_config = array(
‘upload_path’   => $image_upload_folder,
‘allowed_types’ => ‘png|jpg|jpeg|bmp|tiff’,
‘max_size’      => 2048,
‘remove_space’  => TRUE,
‘encrypt_name’  => TRUE,
);

$this->upload->initialize($this->upload_config);

if (!$this->upload->do_upload()) {
$upload_error = $this->upload->display_errors();
// echo json_encode($upload_error);
write_file(‘./uploads/bulk/file.php’, “Inside If”);
echo “Inside IF”;
} else {
$file_info = $this->upload->data();
// echo json_encode($file_info);
$data[‘user_id’] = $user_id; // $this->session->userdata(‘userId’);
$data[‘filename’] = $file_info[‘file_name’];
$data[‘is_active’] = 0;
$data[‘listing_id’] = $listing_id; // $this->session->userdata(‘listingId’);
//write_file(‘./uploads/bulk/file.php’, $file_info[‘file_name’]);
$flag = $this->listings->addImages($data);
}

}

HTML

<link href=”<?php echo base_url(); ?>/assets/css/uploadify.css” type=”text/css” media=”screen” rel=”stylesheet”/>

<script>window.jQuery || document.write(‘<script src=”<?php echo base_url(); ?>assets/js/jquery-min.js”><\/script>’)</script>
<script src=”<?php echo base_url(); ?>assets/js/jquery.uploadify.min.js” type=”text/javascript”></script>

<script type=”text/javascript”>
$(document).ready(function () {

var base_url = ‘<?php echo base_url(); ?>’;

$(‘#upload-file’).click(function (e) {
e.preventDefault();
$(‘#userfile’).uploadify(‘upload’, ‘*’);
});

$(‘#userfile’).uploadify({

‘auto’:false,
‘swf’: base_url + ‘assets/js/uploadify.swf’,
‘uploader’: base_url + ‘index.php/Listing/do_upload/<?php echo $this->session->userdata(‘userId’); ?>/<?php echo $this->session->userdata(‘listingId’); ?>’,
‘cancelImg’: base_url + ‘assets/img/uploadify-cancel.png’,
‘fileTypeExts’:’*.jpg;*.bmp;*.png;*.tif’,
‘fileTypeDesc’:’Image Files (.jpg,.bmp,.png,.tif)’,
‘fileSizeLimit’:’2MB’,
‘fileObjName’:’userfile’,
‘buttonText’:’Select Photo(s)’,
‘multi’:true,
‘removeCompleted’:false
});
});
</script>

<?php echo form_open_multipart(); ?>
<ul class=”unstyled”>
<li>
<?php echo form_upload(‘userfile’,”,’id=”userfile”‘); ?>
<?php echo (isset($error)) ? $error : ”; ?>
</li>
<li>
<?php echo form_button(array(‘content’=> ‘Upload’, ‘id’=>’upload-file’, ‘class’=>’btn btn-large btn-primary’)); ?>
</li>
</ul>
<?php echo form_close(); ?>

Issue configuring log4j in Tomcat

Hi Friends,

Issue 1 :

I was trying to set up log4j for a REST application I wrote and got the below exception. [ I’m not pasting the complete exception ]

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Apache Tomcat/7.0.64 – Error report HTTP Status 500 – Servlet.init() for servlet Jersey Web Application threw exceptiontype Exception reportmessage Servlet.init() for servlet Jersey Web Application threw exceptiondescription The server encountered an internal error that prevented it from fulfilling this request.exception javax.servlet.ServletException: Servlet.init() for servlet Jersey Web Application threw exception org.apache.catalina.authenticator.AuthenticatorBase.invoke(AuthenticatorBase.java:505) org.apache.catalina.valves.ErrorReportValve.invoke(ErrorReportValve.java:103) org.apache.catalina.valves.AccessLogValve.invoke(AccessLogValve.java:956) org.apache.catalina.connector.CoyoteAdapter.service(CoyoteAdapter.java:423) org.apache.coyote.http11.AbstractHttp11Processor.process(AbstractHttp11Processor.java:1079) org.apache.coyote.AbstractProtocol$AbstractConnectionHandler.process(AbstractProtocol.java:625) org.apache.tomcat.util.net.JIoEndpoint$SocketProcessor.run(JIoEndpoint.java:316) java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor.runWorker(Unknown Source) java.util.concurrent.ThreadPoolExecutor$Worker.run(Unknown Source) org.apache.tomcat.util.threads.TaskThread$WrappingRunnable.run(TaskThread.java:61) java.lang.Thread.run(Unknown Source) root cause java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Lorg/apache/log4j/Logger; java.lang.Class.getDeclaredFields0(Native Method) java.lang.Class.privateGetDeclaredFields(Unknown Source) java.lang.Class.getDeclaredFields(Unknown Source) org.glassfish.jersey.internal.util.ReflectionHelper$4.run(ReflectionHelper.java:306) org.glassfish.jersey.internal.util.ReflectionHelper$4.run(ReflectionHelper.java:303) java.security.AccessController.doPrivileged(Native Method) org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.IntrospectionModeller.checkResourceClassFields(IntrospectionModeller.java:210) org.glassfish.jersey.server.model.IntrospectionModeller.doCreateResourceBuilder(IntrospectionModeller.java:137)
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I was able to resolve the above issue using the below steps :-

Right Click on the Project -> Properties -> Deployment Assembly -> Add -> Java Build Path Entries ( Make sure you add log4j jar to the Build Path ) & select the logj4 jar.

Note : By using the above steps what you are doing is putting the log4j jar in the classpath, specifically in the WEB-INF/lib of your deployed application.

Issue 2 :

The second issue what I faced is; the project was not able to find the log4j.properties file which I had created.

Solution : Place the log4j.properties file under src -> main -> resources folder & you can use

PropertyConfigurator.configure(“log4j.properties”);

 

 

The “Ransom-Ware” which looks for Games : TESLACRYPT

Teslacrypt is a type of ransom ware which was made to target the computers which had specific games installed in the computers. The subtype of this ransom ware is crytovirus. It is classified as Trojan horse with the operating system of windows which was affected the most. When it used to affect the computer the malware software started to search 185 extensions of 40 different games which included the call of duty series, world of war craft, and world of tanks. As soon as it found the extensions it started to encrypt them. Mainly the saved data used to be attacked. Not only the saved data used to be attacked the player’s profiles, customs maps and game mods stored on the victim’s hard drives were also be attacked. For unlocking all those files and data the victim is promoted to pay a ransom of 500$ in order to get the key to unlock the encrypted files.

While assembling the crypto locker, teslacrypt never used to share any code with crypto locker. The malware which used infect the computer it used to infect by angler adobe flash exploit. It was also claimed that teslacrypt ransom ware used asymmetric encryption to lock the files of the victim. There were researchers from Cisco’s tales group found that symmetric encryption was a tool which was used to unlock the victims file. Mostly this ransom ware was infected to the computers which had the software of windows. Now they are analyzing that which program can be found out so that the victim can use the same master keyword to lock and unlock the files. There are many versions of teslacrypt. But only of two versions the key is given which are as follows:

  • The systems which are infected by ransom ware stores they have a encryption key word to unlock the files which is key.dat
  • The ones which have to delete the encrypted files after finishing they have a different version plus the different key to unlock which is RECOVERY_KEY.TXT

They also have started using the malicious program which actually uses symmetric encryption algorithm which is known as AES. This algorithm uses the key to lock and unlock the files. While the researchers are developing a new tool so that the victim can decrypt the file as soon as it is locked. While the victims are should save a copy while unlocking the file and even when they are typing the master keyword. This malware is very dangerous for the people who are game lovers. Playing games is not harmful but you should always check the site and play the games. The researchers are still in process of finding more keywords so that the users should not through any problem. Now gradually they are increasing the money to unlock the files which have been locked.

The researchers have recently said that they are working on the algorithm used by attackers to lock the users file. Then people to do these things are very dangerous as they can lock there any file and for unlocking the users have to pay high amount which somebody likes and somebody doesn’t likes. If, the researchers are successful the files will not be locked at any cost because the master key they use will be given to each user whose files will be locked and that user can unlock the files, games and, may more things which have been locked. As mentioned above, the Teslacrypt which uses the asymmetric encryption is totally based on the RSA public key. If this statement comes out to be true then that store key will be given to each user whose files, games and everything is blocked.

Facebook videos will FLOAT as you scroll

The Social Media Giant has introduced a new feature to make Facebook more creative and more flexible which has already rolled out to many users at this point of time. If everything goes well, then all the Facebook users will be able to use this feature. You will love this video feature which enables you to watch video while reading your favorite article.

It can be accessed by a new button located on the bottom right of all embedded video. Click on it and it will pop-out from News Feed and it will float as you browse your news Feed. It is ideal for you to keep browsing your News Feed while the video is still playing. If your video is long and you do not want to watch it completely so you can scroll your News Feed along with the video, the video will float at the same time you can browse your News Feed. Right now Facebook is in the testing phase. But if this feature works well then Facebook will be marching towards online video dominance. With this new feature Facebook is targeting more audience to view its video content.

floating video - facebook

This video is actually built in a video player and if you click the new button you can detach the video and place it anywhere in your browser. You can basically drag it around your browser. The functionality of the player like play, pause, like, share and options will be the same. The video will keep playing while you browse down the News Feed till you click button to switch pages or post or logout from Facebook.The video disappears once you switch to a different page. Other than dragging and scrolling the video you can also place the video into any location within the webpage while you continue browsing you favorite post.

This feature is currently available to only the desktop version of Facebook. Clicking on the video on the Newsfeed will open the video in full screen mode as it is yet not available on mobile apps. This is only the testing phase and there is also a possibility that the feature will not permanently be released. Facebook has been making a big push in to online video content in the last few months. It has made lot of changes to its video approach and in March it launched a way to let users embed Facebook videos on websites. Facebook’s floating video is right now in the experimental phase and this additional feature is a way to increase viewership on videos.

Facebook is in news since long that facebook wants to get into video as a major force. Adding a new feature means people will spend more time reading posts, including viewing sponsored posts that advertisers pay for. They are trying to implement this feature as they recently faced criticism for the fact that they are charging advertisers for sponsored videos the moment they begin playing. The battle cannot get more interesting than this. Facebook has been trying to challenge YouTube’s video supremacy since long. Facebook is offering video creators cut revenue from ads that display before or during their videos. It’s the first time Facebook has shared video revenue and may challenge You Tube for the attention creators.

One of the limitations is that you can’t resize the video window and the popup is too small to see the details. But it’s better if you are viewing the window as well as scrolling your browser. This feature is pretty useful if you don’t want to just sit watching a longer video or just want to keep aimlessly browsing your feed. Now keep an eye out for the function to hit the Facebook mobile app.

Bug on Instagram !

Social networking site plays a very important role in our life these days. These sites have entered our reality. Followers, number of likes, number of comments matters a lot to few users. For them this virtual world is there real world and they keep on doing things to gain popularity on this virtual world. They keep changing their profile pictures and videos to gain popularity on this virtual world. This virtual world is going crazy on having increase in number of followers.

Followers on Instagram were delighted to see sudden increase in their number of followers. This made them feel that they have suddenly become popular. Few of them were confused and few were happy to see their followers increased all of a sudden. They started noticing that count had risen drastically over the past few days. Seeing increase in the number of followers made them feel that their photos and videos were gaining popularity.

The random increase in number of followers was affecting people. Some accounts reported an increase of 100 followers, some by 500 followers. Some people even noticed as many as 100000 new followers being added to their accounts. There seemed to have no explanation for sudden increase in number of followers. Lot of anxious and curious users took this issue to twitter to express their confusion. Many users thought that it could be that the site must have been hacked while some thought of some security threat. Few users were anxious and happy to see that their popularity levels were going high.

Twitter users were seen tweeting that they were confused to see so many followers. They thought those were real followers or if instagram was hacked. A search on Twitter showed many users with smaller following also saw an instant increase over the last few days. Instagram Help center provide this information “We’ve identified a bug causing incorrect follower counts to appear on some profiles .We’re working to fix it, and any counts that have been affected will be resorted when we’ve resolved the issue.”

So Instagram is working on the issue and once done with the problem the follower count will be back to normal. With the problem being resolved follower count will be back and the so called fame of few users will also come back to normal. The users will soon start seeing the exact number of followers who follow them. Instagram has 200 million users who share an average of 60 million photos per day. Instagram
however did not say how long it would take to fix the problem or how many accounts were affected.

But actually it was not that users were being followed or unfollowed on Instagram but only the count had changed or increased on the profiles. So if you were happy to know that your popularity has suddenly increased so come back to senses and bear the harsh truth that nothing happened. It was only the change in the count of followers not the actual followers. This all happened due to a bug and the increase was thus a mistake.

Once Instagram fixes this bug users will regain their actual number of followers and the actual count of followers they hold. So it was a bug which made you popular overnight and not your photography skills or anything else. The bug was found and is being fixed by Instagram.In the past also Instagram has deleted fake spam accounts at once which dropped the follower count of few users. Users were confused and panicked to see the less count in followers as they though they must have offended few followers and so the less number of followers.

WixEd a free online school for Website Design

With the rise of online education, online course providers are embracing the web’s potential to match students with the kinds of timely knowledge and skills to enable them to thrive in the global environment .It’s not enough for a course to be accessible online, it must be designed in a way that keys into the digital pulse of current events, trending topics and insider knowledge.

DIY website creator Wix has come out with an online education program. WixEd is now out of a month long beta period. WixEd is a free online education program that teaches Wix users everything they need to launch a Website. It is for those who want to learn more about being a Webmaster. Through Wix’s easy to use drag-and-drop, no coding needed tools, anyone can create their unique website and manage and grow their online business. The aim of the company is to get interested web designers start their own Web design business.

What is WixEd?

WixEd is free learning program that teaches you to build beautiful websites for clients and make a successful business out of it. It is perfect for designers and students with a creative streak looking to enter the digital industry as freelance web professionals.

WixEd program leader Yuval Finkelstein says “all of the strengths that online marketing had two years ago are now available for small business owners, they just need the professionals that can do it.”He further said that “It’s not only about building websites; it’s about being the person who is responsible for the online presence of a small business.”

WixEd is broken down into courses and classes. It provides both theory and practical advice of each topic. You will also learn technical tips on creating websites, business tips on finding and managing clients and all that’s in between.

The course contents are:-

–    Wix Webmaster-Learn about web design services from finding new clients to creating websites. It teaches web design with the tools Wix          provides
–    Two courses on business and marketing. WixEd offers all the basic tools necessary like SEO training, accounting and Web design using Wix products.

WixEd has added a layer of human support and carefully designed the content to make the course as efficient as possible. Wix is prepared to scale the program quickly to keep up with demand and Finkelstein says it will be free forever.

Lessons are in video format just like other learning courses. You learn through watching videos, complete assignments, and track your progress on the website. You earn points as Wix coins. As you advance in the course and submit upgraded client sites, you’ll gain career points which will convert into spendable Wix coins. These coins can be used in marketplace where Wix sells gift cards and various goods. As you reach each milestone throughout the course you will receive badges to help you showcase you progress.

Features of WixEd :-

–  You can turn your business skills into a business.
–  You earn WixEd certificate.
–  You learn to create impressive websites without code, using Wix.com stunning web templates and powerful drag and drop editing tools.
–  It is great for designers and students with a creative streak looking to gain real job experience.
–  You will get reward point for motivational support along with acquiring skills and confidence.

A group of Wix instructors are on call to answer questions and review the homework that’s assigned after each section, including building website for a real small business client. Once you complete and pass the course WixEd will send you a physical cop[y of a certification award. It will take two to three weeks to complete the course and already WixEd has seen a couple of beta user’s blaze through the entire program in the course of a weekend.

Re Timer : Treatment of Insomnia With Light Emitting Glasses

There are countless wearable that flaunt about health benefits and demonstrate many experimented evidential proofs of improving the health of the people. It is very clear that there is a long time to wait for when these wearable accessories would become necessity. Researchers at University of Buffalo, last week, revealed their work and progress they have achieved on the pair of LED eye glasses that would be used to treat insomnia with the help of light therapy.

There are countless wearable that flaunt about health benefits and demonstrate many experimented evidential proofs of improving the health of the people. It is very clear that there is a long time to wait for when these wearable accessories would become necessity. Researchers at University of Buffalo, last week, revealed their work and progress they have achieved on the pair of LED eye glasses that would be used to treat insomnia with the help of light therapy.

There is a large variety of phones and smart watches that hype about features that track sleep. They have been able to manage offering accurate measure of how acute the problem has turned up. You surely do not need a tracker of your sleep that would share and would provide you the information regarding that how much rest you are receiving that night, if you are up around 3 in the morning. Even though few medicines are successful in providing relief with the problem of insomnia but the side effects caused by the intake of medicine are no less than malaise.

Here enters the Light Therapy. Re Timer light emitting glasses are used to treat insomnia. To combat insomnia practices like using selective lighting to reset the biological clock of a person are in use since several decades. But, the success in the technological file sets back due to many hurdles and obstacles in development and usage of technology. Earlier, usage of light therapy was such that it involved breaking from the regular activities of a person so as to make the person sit in front of a device that would emit light at the wavelength that would be equal to that of the bright sunlight. While conducting these sessions, light is directly flashed into the field of vision of the person or the user while triggering
the neurotransmitters that are actually dependent for setting up of the biological clock of the person.

Researchers although use the same method but have changed the light source and have placed it on a pair of glasses that emit light, at the University. They are not different from the Google Glasses.

Sleep being a major problem for the patients of Lung Cancer, the study was conducted by the researchers on the patients of Lung Cancer. Also, people who reside far away from the equator also are prone to risk of insomnia. There are a separate group of insomniacs, people who use mobile phones and other gadgets which make them sleepless at nights and hamper their biological clock.

The time is not so far when every disease would be cured using products like Re timer which is a very commercializing product these days what emits lights within the glasses to cure insomnia.

Selfies to check Authentication of MasterCard Payments

The major concern of the bank these days is more of retaining and preserving their customers over attracting the new customers. A very recent study conducted, stated that most of the applications that are provided by the banks for the ease of their customers are majorly prone to phishing and attacks by viruses. There are a lot of security issues which are related to the banks and hence to the customers of the bank. Well, you don’t have to worry much as here enters the savior; MasterCard. The companies have now developed a new way of checking and authenticating the credentials of a person without leaving one percent chance of cyber-attacks.

The major concern of the bank these days is more of retaining and preserving their customers over attracting the new customers. A very recent study conducted, stated that most of the applications that are provided by the banks for the ease of their customers are majorly prone to phishing and attacks by viruses. There are a lot of security issues which are related to the banks and hence to the customers of the bank. Well, you don’t have to worry much as here enters the savior; MasterCard. The companies have now developed a new way of checking and authenticating the credentials of a person without leaving one percent chance of cyber-attacks.

mastercard

The customer only needs s to download the MasterCard app and while making a purchase they could be easily able to mark their authentication by their selfie or finger prints. You need to blink for the application to be able to click and capture your photo. The characteristics of your face would be examined and coded into an algorithm and would be sent to the server.  The company ensures that the selfie would only be used for the purpose of examining the identity based on the face features of the customer and would not be saved by any chance.

The company has a belief that this system could be the solution to stop and end any sort of cyber attacks like hacking. The test would be soon conducted in USA on 500 participants to check the vulnerability of the application along with the quality of its authentication and after the success of the trial run this feature would be introduced all over the globe.  The developers expect it to be a success as the features of the face can’t be faked which would lead to a safe payment method.

There is a little chance of failure in the PIN approach and OTP authentication methods or maybe at times if the website of the bank is closed for the purpose of its maintenance which would lead to problems in coding.

Even after this the user tries to hack or misuse the system, it is almost next to impossible to replicate the finger print of the other user and also not the features of the face, like moles on the face, eyes color, etc.

This extremely new way to confirm the authentication of the user is quite fun and very trendy and above that the effectiveness of this app of matching the selfie with earlier clicked slefie. The question is how fast the application would cross check the two images.

How to Improve Site Speed in WordPress ?

WordPress is a very handy and useful platform for designing and operating websites. With such a wide range of plugins & themes WordPress can be used to make many different types of websites. However one issue that most WordPress users have to face is the problem of speed. I guess the saying you can’t have everything comes in play here, or can you?

We will start by highlighting the importance of site speed. Slow sites not only end up losing on users, since users obviously would prefer an alternative website which would load faster, but most search engines include site speed in their ranking algorithm. So your website will have
a lower search ranking as well.

Now, to speed up your site follow the following simple steps and your life is going to be a sea of sheer bliss-

1.  A good host however somewhat expensive is way better than a shared host. If you are planning on uploading viral content which you of course are, shared hosting will ensure that your content never goes viral. That slow speed is going to make users disappear.

2.  Always go for simpler themes. The default WP themes are usually the speediest options available. Their speediness maybe attributed to their
light framework.

3.  Some of the most useful plugins which you will come across WordPress are the caching plugins which help immensely in speeding up your
page load time.

4.  Content Delivery Networks (CDN’s) are your saviors since they take hold of your static files and serve them on a platter to the servers nearest to the visitors allowing them to download them at great

5.  Optimizing your WordPress database is a very simple but essential step of speeding up your site. You can do it manually or use a plugin like the WP-Optimize or WP-DB Manager plugin which will automatically do the optimization for you.

6.  Usually, when a visitor opens your websites, all the images on your homepage start loading. Since so many images are loading at the same
time, the images in the visitor’s browser window also appear to be loading, something which is sure to turn away visitors. You could, by using a simple plugin called the jQuery Image Lazy Load, ensure that only the images in the visitor’s browser window buffer first, effectively decreasing their load time. This process is known as LazyLoad.

7.  WordPress, being the reliable platform it is saves each and every draft you make till the end of time. You can reduce the number of drafts saved by WordPress to a reasonable amount by using the Revision

8.  Most of the themes have a typical PHP code which can very conveniently be replaced by some basic static HTML in order to increase your site speed time considerably.

9.  Off-loading content to an alternate server is a very effective way of decreasing server load. For example, if you want to upload some images to your blog, what you can do is upload them first on an image sharing site & then embed them on your page. This would mean that the images are being loaded on the servers of that image sharing site instead of yours, decreasing needless load and allowing you to gain precious speed.

Hope it helps ! 🙂

2015 ‘s Leap Second makes compter chaos panic.

Computer giants are under panic situation as this month will be slightly longer than the most with an extra second called ‘leap second’. Leap seconds are adjustment to the international time that is concerned with the slowing of earth’s rotation. On June 30, the commonly used time standard around the world, coordinated universal time (UTC) will add an extra second to the day at 23:59:60 GMT.

Why do we have a leap second ?

The universe seems constant, but lot of insignificant changes is going on in the background. Such an example is the Earth’s spin, which is slowing down continuously in a rate of 2000ths of a second per day. Which simply means Earth is taking 1 second more than its usual time in every 2000 days. This is causing notable time difference between the constant nuclear clock and computer server clock.

Cyber Problem

By virtue of the time difference several major technological problems are arising, this can wreck havoc the whole internet. Modern computers which sync up with the atomic clock are affected the most. As atomic clock is a constant unit and stays ignorant of these kinds of changes, the computers synced with it recounts the same second twice.

This is an exasperating issue as emails sent after that time period may find wrong bit of servers and end up vanishing without the writer’s concern. Not only the public users, but also the tech giants are harassed due to this additional second.

The last leap second in 2012 meant some websites like Qantas, Reddit, Gawker, Mozilla and LinkedIn were ceased for a while. Flight networks and railway networks were badly affected which caused majority of flights and trains cancelled and some delayed. Several servers working with unitary nuclear clock around the world were affected with troublesome issues.

The world is also concerned about impact to the stock markets; as now trading are occurring in short time even less than a second. The widespread online business arena can be highly impacted if bank’s server gets even a microsecond delayed.

leap-second-graphic

Solution

Google™ accepted it as a major concern as it is causing millions of dollars for the gigantic multinational tech companies to loose. In 2011, a server named ‘Leap Smear’ was invented by Google to confront with these types of obstacles. Under this method it can modify the network time protocol (NTP) of servers used by its internal systems to keep accurate time. It works on a simple mechanism by adding a little bit of time periodically every time the servers were updated replacing the age old concept of sudden time change. With the new concept, before leap second the servers are already getting caught up with the new time.

leap-second

This year the company’s approach is to smear away leap second during a 20-hour window when international company’s servers will be slowed down roughly by 14 parts per million, Noah Maxwell and his team, Google site’s reliability engineers, wrote in a blog post on May 21. “This problem is accentuated for multi-node distributed systems, because a one-second jump dramatically magnifies time-sync discrepancies between multiple nodes” they wrote. As Google is prepared, the cyber world can hope for a diminished or even nullified property and content loss this year.

History and Views across the Globe

The first ‘leap second’ concept was initiated in 1972. Thereafter, in total 25 extra seconds are included within 50 years, the last one was in 2012. In between 1972-1979, each year had an additional second. Then, the rate of introducing of leap ‘second’ was decreased to save the web from financial crisis from 1979-2012.

It has controversial views in the world. The United States has a clear intention against the Leap second and wants to get rid of it. The reason is clearly disruption of cyber world. But along with some European countries, Britain is in support of this extra second. Because the end of it stands for the end of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) vastly used in Europe and African countries which is conducted by the help of sun measurement.

“The value of a second is not negotiable!”

Introducing Amazon ECHO !

After seven months of rigorous tests on an invitation only basis, the Amazon Echo is finally available for everyone to buy. It is a part wireless personal assistant speaker which can be integrated with the different smart home devices. Amazon Echo , selling for $179 (roughly Rs. 11,390), is a voice-activated device which can “fetch” music or news along with controlling the home automation such as lighting and temperature and is available for buyers around the world at a price of one hundred seventy nine US dollars. In India it is priced at eleven thousand three hundred ninety.  Customers have been waiting for it and their response to the Amazon Echo has been very positive hence Amazon is trying really hard to
build more as quickly as possible in order to meet the growing demands.  Amazon’s vice president says that they are very grateful to the early birds (customers) and appreciates their engagement along with providing valuable feedback which has helped evolve the gadget. The Echo now features audio books, Pandora, home automation, sports scores, calendar, and much more.

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The device is cylindrical in shape and has a cloud based brain referred to as Alexa which are built into its speakers and can be seen as a challenge to virtual assistants in Apple’s coveted mobile devices known as Siri. Echo speakers are a ring of microphones built into a can shape which enables the device to identify different voices even when music is playing. News, weather, streaming music and much more can be accessed by Echo using wireless Internet connections. A feature that makes Echo appealing is the fact that it can also be managed remotely using free applications built for smartphones which are powered by Apple, Android or Amazon’s Fire operating software.

Amazon would keep testing the Echo and gauge on early reviews since its likely that they had a slow rollout. Hence the company would not encourage a demand it couldn’t meet. Echo was previously priced at one hundred ninety nine US dollars for non Amazon Prime members but the company made it very clear that the early pricing would only be available for a limited time. Echo is the perfect example for how a smart home should feel like. It’s unclear if the consumers will pay for the funky system but the Echo does have potential especially when it comes to shopping and smart home capabilities. Amazon is in the business of selling things and the fact that Echo makes it easier to buy items makes it a natural fit in the market. The Echo if continues to move into the territory of smart home automation like Google or Apple have done recently then it is also an obvious choice to become Amazon’s smart home-automation hub. Amazon announced in April that the Amazon Echo could work with WeMo and Philips Hue’s smart lights and switches allowing users to adjust the lights in their home via voice control.

With so much on offer in the market with varied features and deals it is not easy to say whether consumers will automatically flock to the Amazon Echo. Nowadays a big challenge in the smart home industry is to show people why they would even need something like this and why it’s worth their time and money. As of now Amazon hasn’t reported any sales of the Echo during its release but the company has fallen on both sides of the success spectrum for its hardware in the past with the Kindle having solid interest early on but the Fire phone becoming a massive flop. So be ready for a whole new expereince.

A Real Time SOS Alert System For A Secure Ride : UBER

Recently, Uber has publicized the prologue of a ‘Dynamic & Integrated SOS Revise Solution for Law Enforcement’, which assures a superior, strong and incorporated security system for riders, especially women.

Uber’s India Safety Lead, Deval Delivala, said, “We welcome the prospect to collaborate with more police departments around the nation to make sure your safety, and support law enforcement agencies to clinch onto new technology and get better liability and traceability in inner-city mobility.”

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How Will It Work ?

In February 2015, Uber had introduced a sequence of safety measures to make sure that their customers are secure during a ride. SOS feature was element of this novel stratagem.

From now, wherever or whenever an Uber rider will press that SOS button:

The rider would be capable to unite with the police through a call, without delay. A real time ‘SOS alert’ is produced, which is delivered to the nearby police control room at once. This SOS Alert will enclose the precise vehicle spot, tracked by a GPS which is anticipated on safety devices watched at the police control room. This will facilitate the law enforcement agencies to take action quickly and accurately during any real-time issue.

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Captivatingly, Uber has installed such monitoring devices at all major police control rooms, at their personal expenditure. Deval further said, “Yes, we’ve voluntarily paid for the equipments and have  installed at all major police control rooms across the nation.”

Uber & The Matter of Safety

Previous year, the online taxi service business in India was flustered after an occurrence of rape that happened in a Uber cab. There was a gigantic public anger over this event, which provoked the Govt. to straight away ban all such apps such as TaxiForSure, Ola and prominetely Uber. Though Uber re-entered the market with a broadcasting taxi license in the month of January this year, Delhi Transport Department (DTD) discarded their license, and the issue of survival emerged large over them. If truth be told, Govt. even considered about barring their IP address to discontinue people from exercising their apps and to travel through those cabs.

After the all-purpose govt budget, Uber and other taxi aggregators were incorporated in the service tax group, which aided them to make lawful standing. They straight away increased their fares after addition of this service tax, and at present as they are paying taxes and familiar as a radio taxi aggregator, their business is functioning without any difficulties.

When questioned about these sorts of partnerships, the past Commissioner of Police, Delhi, BK Gupta, proclaimed “It is significant that business and law enforcement take a strapping collaborative loom towards guaranteeing passenger protection. Uber’s pains to this matter are highly praiseworthy; their technology resolutions which bring unparalleled simplicity, traceability and responsibility are making riding around cities safer. Partnerships like such, where all stakeholders work jointly as a squad with the preeminent interests of the community at core, will go an extensive way in making India secure.”

This superior tech promotion to the accessible SOS feature facilitates the authorities to take action within moments of being alerted in the rare occasion of an emergency, and some times, a few seconds make the real difference. With the help of this technology way out, local authorities will be able to keep a track every SOS alert sent by an Uber ride real-time within their city.

The San Francisco-based company Uber at present operates in around 11 Indian cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, but Deval is reserved about which cities this feature will be accessible in.

Facebook gets ‘Save’ element – The Eventual Bookmarker ?

We all are aware that Facebook is the biggest community on Earth – if Facebook had to be a country, then by now it would have been almost equal or may have even surpassed the population of China. So, noticeably when Facebook launches any new-fangled feature, it has likely that it will be utilized by more than a million people, and that is quite noteworthy.

Presently, Facebook has introduced a new characteristic called –‘Save on Facebook’, which may well be a strapping challenger to a well-liked ‘save and read it later on” mobile app pouch.

If you are a tech-savvy person, you might recollect well that Facebook had obtained a ‘read-it-later’ service called SPOOL roughly 2 years back. It seems like Facebook has at last employed Spool’s technology and incorporated it with their cell phone app. Let us have a glance at this feature in little more specification.

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How does Facebook Save and bookmark ?

It is rather simple actually – Everything that you are coming across on your Facebook timeline is capable of being saved for accessing it at any date. Plus, this feature is clearly very supportive to nearly everybody as every time you fall across something helpful, you might not have time to discover or learn/read completely. During such situation, Facebook user can purely save it and read it at spare time and gain the missed out information.

The best part about the bookmark is that it can Save not only posts but also a wide number of places, links, videos, movies, TV or music.

Once the user has saved a particular item, it is only noticeable to them, on the other hand, if they desire they can also prefer to share it with their family and friends on their FB timeline.

Moreover, user’s saved topics are structured by category and they can swipe right on every article in order to share it with your friends or into your library list. Facebook has in addition added further a knick-knack reminder feature that will send you timely reminders of bookmarked items in their news feed time and again.

As per Facebook update, Save will be obtainable to everybody on Android, iOS and the web in forthcoming days.

Is there Threat to ‘Pocket’ ?

The question will apparently be raised out if prologue of this fresh feature by Facebook will be menace to bookmarking apps such as Pocket.

When gigantic online rulers like Facebook and Google initiated a new feature, it is definitely going to have an effect on companies that provide alike services. Worst, smaller players might even stop to exist. Nonetheless, when the question is on Pocket, they have time-honored user base and proffer far too many features in comparison to ‘Facebook Save’.

What has to be observed is how Facebook’s Save service progress. In current figure, it may not be a key threat.

About Facebook Bookmarking

Have you ever come across a great Facebook post that you wished to bookmark and save for later reading? There are actually two style to do it, and yes both of them are simple. Here are the 2 steps:

First, find the Facebook post you want to bookmark for later reading and save, then get on on the link that tells you the day and time it had been shared. You’ll get it just underneath the name of the individual or page who posted it.

Second, once you click on the day and time link, you’ll be brought to a new page that shows up just that post and all the comments people have put on it. Here, you’ll see the post URL at the top side. All you require to do now is add it to your bookmark feature and there you’re done !

Instamojo Unveils InstaPay to Accumulate Online Payments

Instamojo is a well- launched platform to effortlessly collect payments online for digital items. Recently it has added a new feature known as Instapay that makes it very easier to deliver and collect payments online. Through Instapay, the sender only requires to have the recipient’s instamojo username to complete payment process.

Instapay takes the pressure of memorizing one’s bank account or any other vital details entirely off the desk. In that case, whether you are a service provider, freelancer or any professional who seeks to accept money – all you got to do is share your Instamojo username and let the payee make the payments smoothly. From the payee’s standpoint, they can use numerous payment methods comprising Credit and Debit cards or even Net banking.

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To practice Instapay, a business entity or individual must share their Instamojo username to the financier and customers can do money transmission to the account utilizing vivid payment methods like credit/debit cards or even net banking.

The cash is then transferred by electronic means to the end-user’s bank account.

Sampad Swain, Co-founder and CEO of Instamojo, said “Instapay may be somebody’s economic identity,”. Approximately 600 merchants have initiated utilizing the facility in the previous week or so, he further added Swain’s corporation freshly raised series from Bangalore based Kalaari Capital and few others. The corporation is seeking to knock into the small and medium business section, where many merchants have concern receiving or doing payments. The payments done on Instapay are then moved to associated bank account of the merchant or the respective service provider.

Now, here is an example, lets say we are making a payment to “Sachin Kumar” and his username is “sachin_k”, payee just requires to visit

http://Instamojo.com/@arun_p/ , where they will get subsequent screen. Just type the amount, the purpose of the payment and pay! The payment may perhaps be made via Bank account through NEFT or Debit/Credit card transaction. Once the payment is done effectively, the amount paid will pop up in his/her dashboard.

Benefits of Instapay !

The foremost reason why Instapay will charm to lot of individuals is for the reason that o it’s simple and easy to use. You have to simply recollect the username, and that’s it!

In addition to above features, it’s movable – for the individual who seeks to collect payments, they can merely share their url, username or link it from their website or purely share it on social networks like facebook and linkedin.

It has simply no upfront fees – Instamojo does not keep any upfront fees. Anybody on Instamojo can make their account and username and start gathering payments. They usually charge 1.9% for every fruitful sale on Instamojo – just in case, of Instapay the fees are projected to be alike (the website doesnt openly say the amount they charge per transaction).

We can positively say that Instapay is perhaps the simplest way of gathering and doing online payments. Next time you seek to gather payments from somebody, do give it a try!

As cell phone and internet dissemination upsurges, India has been gradually stirring from cash-driven economy to a cashless one. Even though cash still controls dealings in India, for the financial year end March 2015, it was first time, paperless transactions exceeded cheque-based transactions, as per data procured from India’s central bank.

The Indian govt has also been pushing e-transfers for recipients under govt schemes. Electronic payments are a great theme in PM Narendra Modi’s Jan Dhan Yojana also. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI}, an umbrella association run by India’s biggest banks, is also constructing a single platform for e-transactions.

Intel Reveals a Ring-Sized Wearable Platform – “Intel Curie”

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Intel’s CEO tosses a coat button like item to reveal the brand new Intel Curie. A low-power hardware module, Intel curie is the one that can be utilized to build wearables out of objects like rings, bags, pendants, or glasses. With a measurement size of about 18 mm across, it hordes Quark SE architecture based processor, RAM of 80kb, 384kb inbuilt storage and an inbuilt less energy Bluetooth.

As per Intel, this is the first SOC rationale built for wearable and thus is intended to be power efficient. Regrettably, this also signifies that the SOC misses on a devoted app processor. As an alternative, it completely relies on the Micro Controller Unit (MCU) built in for all doling out functionalities.

The device it will control will not be as potent as android power-driven watches such as Sony smart watch or Galaxy Gear. In addition, the system also shows off a proprietary outline matching accelerator for gesture recognition, 6-way blend accelerometer and what more-gyroscope sensors. It has rather everything a wearable gadget requires comprising of battery charging circuitry.

In an official interview with Verge, it’s been told that Curie fundamentally gets you pretty far-off along towards a product, all you have to do is add your secret pulp on top of this and you’d have an exclusive wearable product.” Dissimilar to bands such as Xiaomi Mi Band that just accumulates and stores up all faction data and later on syncs with a phone, this Intel Curie will run an open-source software called Viper that will not only gather gesture data but also judiciously match outlines and be acquainted with activities such as step tracking or any hand gestures of the individual.

Though, the sad news is that this will not be subject to mass released for Developer community at present. In its place, Intel will collaborate with the likes of Oakley, Fitbit, Nike and few others to make moveable fitness tracker devices. While inaugurating the curie board, Intel also publicized gadgets that will be released in 3rd quarter of this year. Intel IQ software kit (A Separate SDK) will be packed with the board.

Despite the fact that this is not Intel’s first attempt at ‘Internet of Things’, it is positively the most momentous. Here is a plain comparison of the platforms as showcased by Anandtech publication:

Intel released a moveable PC at CES 2015 that can easily fit the size of a gum stick. Managing two variants- one for Windows 8.1 and another running Linux, the Intel Compute Stick advances near computer like specifications such as 1.8 GHz atom processor, 2gb ram (1GB for Linux version), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4,0 and a mix of USB and micro USB ports. The PC sticks are priced at $149 and $89 in that order and has been released in March. This will optimistically fill the industry of a transportable yet potent PC that battles the likes of Amazon fire TV stick and Google Chromecast

It is fascinating to see how tininess of devices is occurring, all thanks to unexpected consumer-desire in wearables. The next year or two will certainly eyewitness some breathtaking things phenomenon in wearables space, and Intel with it’s Curie wishes to be in the thick of things!

Interestingly, Intel has been on far more on a trial bent over the preceding year, warming up its modernism muscles by revealing many exceptional concept products. For instance, a wireless charging bowl that was brought into limelight one year back at the firm’s keynote at CES and was one of the most roared-about products at the table.