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Facebook competing with Google+ (Google’s new social network site) video chat feature called  Hangouts that lets users chat one-on-one or in groups of up to 10:

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised that on July 6, Facebook would “launch something awesome” that the company’s Seattle team developed. On Friday, Facebook distributed official invitations for a special event at its Paolo Alto headquarters on July 6.

TechCrunch claims to have an inside scoop that the social network has partnered with Skype to develop a video chat service, according to “a source with knowledge of the partnership.”

Writes TechCrunch,

“The product has been built on Skype and will include a desktop component. It’s not clear to me whether that means it will just work if a user has Skype already installed on the computer, or if additional software will need to be downloaded even if the user already uses Skype. But it’s clear that there’s very deep integration between the products, and from the user’s perspective, the product will be an in browser experience.”

PCWorld predicts that the feature could grow into “serious competition” for Skype. Facebook currently does not offer a video chat feature.

There has also been speculation that Facebook may announce several other rumored works-in-progress, like an official iPad app, or even the super-secret Project Spartan mobile project.

As promised, Facebook has announcement on July 6, at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. GMT) at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California; a partnership with Skype that will integrate video chat directly into the Facebook platform. Group chats are also rumored to be on the docket, though some speculate that Facebook may take today to unveil a new mobile platform.

Check the announcement here: http://livestre.am/wBjp

The new features include a redesigned chat interface, group chats, and the aforementioned video chat, all explained on Facebook’s blog.

The group chat feature will let users chat with multiple friends at once by selecting “Add Friends to Chat.” According to Facebook, 50 percent of users are using the Groups feature, for things like co-ordinating events. Users can add friends that are not online at the time, and those friends will receive a summary of the chat later on. The feature rolls out today.

The chat redesign takes into account the size of a user’s browser window and adjusts accordingly. Zuckerberg noted that users have found it difficult to start chats with the previous design. A new sidebar appears when the window is large enough and lists your most-messaged friends, even ones who are not online. A simplified chat tab will give users “one-click access” to chatting with friends. The new chat design will also roll out today.

Video chat, which the company collaborated on with Skype, lets users click a video call button at the top of their chat window in order to start the call. Users can also leave video messages for people who aren’t there. Once a user clicks the video chat feature, a plug-in is downloaded to enable the call in “ten to twenty seconds.” The feature will roll out to everyone in the next few weeks, though users can get on earlier if they’re eager by going to Facebook.com/videocalling. It is not yet available on the mobile app.

Zuckerberg also revealed that Facebook has hit 750 million worldwide users, with 4 billion pieces of information shared each day.

Via HuffPost Tech.

How far will this competition go??

Google finally unveiled on Tuesday its new social project, Google+. It’s an ambitious gambit that aims to turn all of Google’s services into one giant social platform, and in the process steal some thunder from Facebook while making Google – for once – a big player in social networking.

Google has redesigned the top navigation bar to work across all of its services. It’s very similar to the notification bar found in Facebook, which alerts users about new activity concerning their accounts.

“We’d like to bring the nuance and richness of real-life sharing to software. We want to make Google better by including you, your relationships and your interests,” wrote Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra in a blog post.

Google+ has a handful of sub-services designed to match various social needs. Circles lets users decide which of their friends and followers can see individual updates or other pieces of content. It’s a feature Facebook took quite a while to develop with “Lists”. Hangouts works with each social Circle by creating access to a multi-person video chat. Sparks is a customized feed aggregator of content curated from across the web.

Google+ also has a mobile aspect, which could be especially appealing to people using Android phones. Nearly every update made through Google+ lets users add location data. The company also addressed the problem of unreliable data networks by building in Instant Upload. The feature will save pictures that get cut off through faulty connections and upload them later on. Finally, there’s Huddle, a real-time group messaging feature.

While it’s clear that Google as spent a lot of effort on Google+, the company has a poor track record with social products. Social network Orkut, Google Buzz and Google Wave are all examples of products had at best mixed results.

Some, like blogger Dave Winer, are skeptical of Google’s ability to challenge Facebook by turning its search product into a social network. In a blog post titled “Google Yawn“, he writes:

“…All you do is make your core product heavier. The thing you wanted to kill (Facebook) doesn’t go anywhere. It hardly notices what you did. The users might care to the extent that they’re annoyed… Products like the one Google just announced are hatched at off-sites at resorts near Monterey or in the Sierra, and were designed to meet the needs of the corporation that created it. A huge scared angry corporation.”

At least in Facebook’s case, it didn’t need a series of videos to explain how to use its service. Google, on the other hand, has six total videos demonstrating the various uses of Google+.

Google+ is now available on Android Market and the mobile web. The company is testing the full roll out of the service, which is available by invitation only.

Via SocialBeat

It’s a great site with lots of features and keen about social privacy too. Check the videos below:

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One of the actions taken to try and protect the users from being hacked:

HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites.

Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site.

The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by rewriting all requests to these sites to HTTPS.

Download the extension and read more here.

HTTPS Everywhere can protect you only when you’re using sites that support HTTPS and for which HTTPS Everywhere includes rules. If sites you use don’t support HTTPS, ask the site operators to add it; only the site operator is able to enable HTTPS. There is more information and instruction on how server operators can do that in the EFF article How to Deploy HTTPS Correctly.

On { codebutler } 24th of October 2010, they described how a software called Firesheep  a Firefox extension designed to demonstrate how you can hack almost any body on the same network as you are.

– After installing the extension you’ll see a new sidebar. Connect to any open wifi network and click the “Start Capturing” button. Then wait.

– As soon as anyone on the network visits an insecure website known to Firesheep, their name and photo will be displayed.

– Double-click on someone, and you’re instantly logged in as them. That’s it.

Firesheep is free, open source, and is available now for Mac OS X and Windows. Linux support is on the way.

FaceNiff used the same Technic and did it even within encrypted WiFi networks.

Websites have a responsibility to protect the people who depend on their services. They’ve been ignoring this responsibility for too long, and it’s time for everyone to demand a more secure web. Our hope is that Firesheep and FaceNiff will help the users win.

As for us users we have to Protect ourselves against ARP Spoofing (or sniffing in general).

recent Android application called FaceNiff can hijack unencrypted login credentials from users on the same Wi-Fi network. It also works on networks encrypted with WEP, WPA or WPA2 protection.

But in order to use FaceNiff, your Android smartphone must first be rooted (here’s a list of devices confirmed to work). Right now, FaceNiff works with Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nasza-Klasa, but more are sure to follow.

Here is some videos to proof it really works:

Survey statistics confirms that users are adopting the cloud technology even if IT does not.

Microsoft-Accenture consultancy Avanade has recently conducted a survey showing that cloud computing is now a mature technology, yet it causes some heartburn in many enterprises.

According to PC Magazine’s Samara Lynn, “out of the 573 C-level executives, business unit leaders, and IT decision-makers surveyed, three key indicators of the maturing of cloud computing were made apparent: businesses have increased investments in resources to secure, manage, and support cloud computing; there is growing adoption and preference for private clouds; and a healthy interest in cloud computing for revenue-generating services.” This is a 23 percent growth since 2009, according to the survey.

“Many users find that they have to purchase and use cloud computing services without the consent or knowledge of corporate IT. In many instances, corporate IT has been pushing back on cloud computing. The use of cloud resources is really the departments trying to expedite the automation of some business processes without having to wait for IT to respond. And according to the survey, there are no penalties for a cloud without permission. So go for it — you won’t get fired.

Cloud computing is showing similar growth patterns to other technologies, including the fact that there are multiple paths into an enterprise. Moreover, working around IT seems to be a new pastime within larger companies, and IT seems to no longer drive the use of technology in many respects.

IT needs to get ahead of the use of cloud computing in order to begin moving to a larger and more value-oriented strategy, but as I’ve said several times in this blog, IT has often become the Department of No. Clearly, IT needs to take a more innovative approach to using new technology. Otherwise those who need to get business done will find cloud computing a low-friction and cost-efficient path all on their own.” Info World article.

My Opinion:

The scary fact that “IT seems to no longer drive the use of technology in many respects”, and also that IT is recognized as the “Department of No”. This is not right, the IT should drive the technology because of the hidden aspects that the users will always be not aware of (e.g. Security …etc.). and they always say No with a reason.

About cloud computing, When you’re telling someone I wish to replace you with a cloud team taking care of all my IT needs. Should they accept it gladly, or should they consider working at a clouding company. And, are you truly comfortable with the idea of having all your IT infrastructure away from your premises and should have a connection to it at all time? and why are you doing this, to get rid of “Department No”, you are delusional if you think so, simply because the people working at the cloud computing company still IT, and eventually they will say no for things that are not compliant to security policies among other concerns.

In short, I think IT team can never be left out whether they are at your company in a department or at a cloud computing company. So don’t think for a moment that users are driving some technology aspects, they will always need an IT.


There are no detailed hardware specs or any further news on the PC’s capable of running Windows 8, yet. The news is half baked as of now and you might as well read it as a rumor.

“That is rather worrying as Microsoft will upset a lot of hardware vendors, many of them its hardware partners. Though, it will be a major player in the hardware industry with a firm grasp over the current software and desktop operating system space. This might be a desperate move to take on iPad but it is indeed a remarkable move.” borrowed from techie-buzz.com

Here is a video on what Windows 8 would look like called “Windows 8 Demo”:

“Lots More Windows 8 Information: Power Conservation, Evolved Identity Management, Stereo 3D and More” is the title of an informative piece at techie-buzz.com, here is the link (check it out):

http://techie-buzz.com/windows/windows-8-leaked-identity.html

I am Ahmad Rezk, an IT Manager out of Cairo – Egypt, I will be posting selected technology news with the latest Techie subjects and items. I will try to make it as informative and knowledgeable as possible. I hope you would like my subjects, and am anxious to see your feedback.