Latest IT News in Mid February 2014

February 24, 2014 · Posted in Applications · Comment 

Facebook Acquisition of WhatsApp

I hardly blog or comment on the latest news that are happening in the Information Technology (IT) industry; but this time is hard not to talk about. Two major events have taken place within this week (of 17th February), which have major impacts on end users around the world.

Whatsapp, the fastest growing social media mobile messaging application in the world, having 450 millions users was bought over by Facebook in a US$19 billion bid. This is the largest bid by Facebook, since they last acquire Instagram for over a bIllion US dollars. However, not all is rosy… Facebook stock dropped a couple of percent before rallying back. Moreover, just within 3 days Whatsapp experienced a brief outage, causing million of users to be disconnected from the network. Facebook and Whatsapp have attributed it to exploding number of new users registering for the service, as well as a commonality among fast growing technology companies. Anyway, normal operations were resumed within a couple of hours.

The other major news in the IT industry is related to security flaw found in Apple’s operation system, iOS. It was recently discovered that the flaw could allow someone to interject themselves electronically into transactions you make on your iPhone or iPad, allowing them to access a lot of your information you thought was secure (for instance, credit card numbers). As soon as it was made known to Apple, an iOS upgrade was pushed out to the public. Interestingly, the last known stable iOS version was 7.0.4, however, when I checked today, it was already version 7.0.6; somehow there might be an issue with the supposedly “fixed” version, and hence the immediate replacement.

Two major news within a space of a few days were sufficient to rock the world. People could start to think if Blackberry Messenger (BBM) will be a replacement for Whatsapp, or should people starting thinking about Android phone instead of sticking with proprietary iOS. Only consumers will have the answer.

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Drive Meter 4.3 – Windows Desktop Gadget

February 16, 2014 · Posted in Applications · Comment 

Drives Meter Gadget for Windows DesktopWhen Microsoft introduce Windows XP, a lot of developers were keen to make use of the desktop feature to illustrate live feeds. Then, comes along Windows 7, which fully embedded gadgets as part of its installation. Since then, I cannot remember when Microsoft decided to discontinue the support of gadgets, and hence no apps is now available on Microsoft site.

Nevertheless, there is no lack of useful desktop gadgets out there, developed by external developers, and one of them is Drives Meter (see image on the right). It shows how much is my hard disk is being utilized at any point in time. Currently, this is hardly anywhere to be found, except maybe on the developer’s home page and I am not sure if the latest version out there is authentic. Nevertheless, I have one that’s running well on my Windows 7 machine and decided to share the link below.

Download Link: Drives Meter version 4.7 (160kB)

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