Your New ID Card: Your Mobile Device?

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Today’s guest post is brought to you by Monique Jones.

Do you remember those science fiction movies, where people don’t carry ID cards anymore, but are verified through other means? Well, our mobile world is bringing that world closer to reality.

There are two categories of identification right now that are leading how we protect ourselves. One is based on biometrics, which is about identifying unique biological aspects of your body, such as your fingerprint, retinal scans or even your voice. Others, however, are based on passwords and identification based on technology that is either with you, on you, or in you. Yep, that’s right; soon enough, you could become your ID. Here are just some of the identification systems that we’ll all soon be familiar with.

Your Mobile Device

Nearly everyone these days has at least one mobile device, and that fact has made it a good idea to use mobile devices in conjunction with biometric data to confirm our access. After all, you may be exactly who you say you are, but you may not exactly have access to where you want to go.

Your mobile device may be tagged with a unique serial number or passcode. Thus, if your mobile device is “swiped” near a reader, you’ll be allowed access. Another way is that you have entered a passcode into a specific app, and the app then is used to identify you. As mentioned before, this will probably be in conjunction with biometric security measures.

Access by Communication

It’s a bit old-school, but calling someone up through a mobile line or VoIP (read more about VoiP service) to ask for access still works, but with an added layer of security – again, your mobile device is identified, and don’t be surprised if your call will have video as well.

This has the distinct advantage of providing a visual and audio confirmation, combined with a mobile device confirmation as well. However, the idea of using a mobile device for identification and security does have problems as well.

Dangers

Even though mobile devices can act like key cards and as portable audio and video confirmation devices, there are still inherent problems.

The very fact that a mobile device is portable can lead to at least two problems. The first one is if the person accidentally forgets his or her mobile device. This would probably mean that the security measures should have alternatives – but then, doesn’t that complicate what should have been simplified?

Another problem is well, having your mobile device stolen. This is the reason why, when you do use your own mobile device for identification, you should make sure that your own mobile device has its own security system. The last thing you need is to be accused of being lax with security – why give you the opportunity to use a mobile device identification system, if you’re going to let it be stolen?

But is it feasible?

As stated before, many people find the very nature of a portable or mobile device a big target for theft or forgetfulness. However, this sort of system should be seen as a way to shorten confirmation for security – and that the alternate measures are actually the “standard.” Still, the threat of not being with your mobile device will always be the question with these systems.

On the other hand, imagine if, instead of standing in line to get into your secure workspace, or waiting for someone in the IT department to give you access to secure files while you’re working from home, you can just call up, and have the proper security confirmations done, by the book? It would shorten what would be time-sucking security processes that can be very frustrating.

In the end, the use of mobile devices as identification and security systems are definitely on the way to reality, but will probably never be a stand-alone system.

Monique J is an Engineer. She also is a Freelance Writer who concentrates on making articles about social networking, technology, business and general topics. On her leisure time, you can find Monique at her fashion boutique. Learn more about Monique on Google+.

Tawki – The Social Video Channel

SCREENSHOT TAWKI

My good friend David Leonhardt has come up with the next great new project on IndieGoGo that I just have to share with you. Tawki – The Social Video Channel, as David, co-founder of Tawki, puts it, “brings D.I.Y. videos to street level. Every individual, entrepreneur will be able to make videos part of their weekly or even daily marketing mix without breaking a hundred piggy banks each time. Sure, they can supply whatever images and video clips they like, add voice-overs and captions, but if all they need is a quick, topical video, they can get a totally unique video made with a single keyword and a single click.”

This is a great startup that is trying to reach its goal of $100,000 over the next 61 days. Check out the video here, and if you feel compelled, donate to the cause. You can also learn more about Tawki on Facebook and Twitter.

Apowersoft Review : Free Online Screen Recorder

If you are connected to the world of Internet marketing then you would know the true value of making videos and uploading it online. But to understand the importance of videos, you don’t need to be aware of Internet marketing.

There are many people out there who record any tutorial and then upload it to video sharing sites like Youtube just to share their knowledge with others. If you too want to record a video and share it but don’t know how to record your desktop, then I have one online screen recorder  for you.

Apowersoft

Apowersoft : Free Online Screen Recorder

Apowersoft free online screen recorder is one of the most suitable tool for people who want to record their desktop activity. The recorder is a boon for everyone who wants to share any thing they are good at with others via a tutorial video.

Some features of Apowersoft:

Apowersoft Screen Recorder is a very powerful tool that gives you the ability to create videos and edit the video and also real time editing. Some of the features are as below.

Record the desktop - If you want to share any tutorial like say photoshop tutorial in the form of video, then you can use this tool and with a few clicks, you can start recording the video. Also if you are viewing any live match and you need to take a break without losing any moment, just use the tool and start recording.

Choose the desired Output - Convert your recording into any format you desire. Apowersoft allows you to convert the video in more than 20 formats like 3gp, mp4, mp3 etc.

Take Screenshot - This tool not only helps you record your screen but also takes the screenshot of it. Further more, it allows you to snap either a region or the whole screen and also allows basic editing of the screenshot.

Edit the Videos - You don’t need to have any other software to edit your recorded videos as Apowersoft has that feature too. Add text, highlight any thing in the video or mark something with the help of arrows.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Apowersoft:

Every coin has 2 sides, so with advantages everything has disadvantages as well. Apowersoft has many benefits and advantages but at the same time there will be some disadvantage of the tool as well.

Advantages:

  • The tool is completely Free.
  • Has no setup process.
  • Doesn’t eat up your RAM.
  • No limit in the length of recording.
  • 4-in-1 tool – Screen Recorder, Screenshot, Editor, Converter.
  • User-friendly.

Disadvantages:

  • The Apowersoft Screen Recorder is an online tool and cannot be used offline. You should be connected with Internet in order to use the tool. If you are not connected, then you can’t use it.

What is MyLife.com – A Social Networking Search Tool ?

Today almost every person is on Facebook or Twitter or any other social platform. The world today is a lot more socially active as it has never ever been in the past years. So it’s quite natural to surf around Google and get your name in the results.

MyLife

Likewise, if you accidentally stumble upon MyLife.com and see your profile there, then don’t at all panic. You will panic for sure, because almost all the people who are attached to Internet are too cautious about their online privacy. So how did this happened ?

In the ever growing online social networking sites, it is quite tough to keep a tab on all the sites out there. Some of the social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter require sign up where as sites like Friend Find aim to connect you with you with people you might have attended school with or some party. One such site is MyLife.com.

So What actually is MyLife ?

The name seems to be quite unfamiliar at first but the site is been around since 2002. The main aim of this site is quite simple – to connect you with people you might be knowing. The site has been proved useful in completing family trees and connecting you with partners after a long time apart.

If you are active on the leading social platforms then it is possible that you might have your information on MyLife too. MyLife features an ability that can find pretty much anyone who signs up for different social networks.

It has a search tool that constantly scans through Facebook, MySpace and several other social networking sites. So it is quite possible that you will find yourself on this social networking search tool.

Removing data from MyLife is not too hard neither too easy. You can remove your data from MyLife, but that won’t remove your data from your original social networking profiles. In order to remove the data from the site you must first find out whether you have yourself listed and if you find your public listing, then you will be able to see a “Is This You” button somewhere on the page, click it and from there you will be able to remove all your data.

Let me know what you think of this social networking search tool ?

OLX – One of the Best Online Classified Advertising !!!

No person today wants to step out of his room and go out for shopping. We live in a technology-influenced world where almost everything is done with a few clicks. So it is natural to feel lazy to go out for some shopping when the same thing can be done sitting at home.

OLX

OLX is one such online classified site that helps you sell your products or buy it from others. You can put your advert on OLX for free and sell it.

OLX has been named as the biggest rival of Craigslist by BusinessWeek and TechCrunch. OLX is gaining momentum because of its clean design and a simple user interface that almost every person can use. The categories are sorted out well. Each and every city is cited out properly and covering all the leading cities with proper keywords like Ahmedabad classifieds, classifieds bangalore, Mumbai classifieds etc.

OLX.in is gaining much popularity by launching a series of television advertisements to gain more and more customers. With this series going viral, the online classifieds site is taking strong steps in the classifieds world.

Have a look at some of the TV advertisements that went viral and gave it a superb boost in terms of buyers and sellers.

OLX.in – Online Classified Advertising !!!

OLX

We are living in an age where everything is done with some key-strokes and a few clicks. Most of the people in India might be quite familiar with the word, OLX as it appears quite frequently on TV. OLX is becoming popular in India classifieds as it provides free platform for advertising classified ads.

OLX is a company that was created in Argentina in 2006 and since then it has expanded a lot in terms of popularity. If we talk about India alone, it is the biggest platform for free classified ads. Another point that tells about its success is that it now operated in more than 96 countries and over 40 languages. The company had no plan to stop there and so it has broken the digital barrier and entered into television ads with a superb chain of campaign ads.

With its campaign, “Where Buyers Meet Sellers”, the website has launched a series of television ads that depict day-to-day activities in a humorous way, plus shows the advantage of advertising in the largest place for online classified ads worldwide. The word “Bech De” which means “Sell it” has become quite popular due to the campaign.

Some of the advantages of using OLX :-

  • Easily design rich colorful ads with pictures and videos.
  • Control your selling, buying, and community activity in My OLX.
  • Display your ads on your social networking profile (Facebook, Myspace, …).
  • Access the site from your mobile phone.
  • View OLX in your local language.

OLX Classified Services

OLX has a variety of classified services managed perfectly as per the categories so that a user can easily find the product of his/her choice from the wide range of categories. There are main 8 categories and these 8 categories are further divided into their respective sub-categories.

Rather than buying any product, you can directly post a free classified ad based on your city. Plus you can play around with the easy-to-use features so that you can know when any person or potential buyer comment on your post.

Popular OLX TV Adverts :

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) – A new beginning

Internet Protocol version 6 IPv6
When the Internet was first saw the daylight, its creators never dreamt of it taking control of each and every sector on this planet. Now almost after three decades, this very same Internet had been used by nearly 2.5 billion people and about 11 billion devices are connected to it. 
Each and every computer or a device that is connected to Internet has been assigned a unique IP address. An IP address is a numerical label which identifies every computer, phone, tablet etc. Without it you wouldn’t be able to check e-mails, visit websites or watch videos. Uptil now, the Internet was functioning on IPv4 (Internet Protocol version 4), and was sufficient to sign 4 billion addresses. But with the growing number of Internet users, this figure is too small and we were running out of space. As a result, it was important to expand its space and thus IPv6 has been launched.

What is IPv6 :-

According to Google Blog, the Internet we’ve relied on so far has space for 2^32 addresses – about 4 billion. But the new version, IPv6 expands the limit to 2^128 addresses – more than 340 trillion, trillion, trillion !!!! So now the Internet can get connected to much more devices than the previous generation. 

Why do we need IPv6 ?

In February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) ran out of addresses to allocate to the Regional Internet Registeries, according to Google Blog. If this update had not taken place, then the Internet world would have no room to grow.
If this update doesn’t take place, you might have to share a single address with multiple people or a complete neighbourhood. Now this sounds completely insane and the network would be no less than a tangle web;and it would be completely unsafe and unsustainable. 

Are we on IPv6 ??

No. For now, not all the devices are compatible to IPv6 including the stuff you got in your home. Chances are that you will need to upgrade the routers or download the latest OS that supports IPv6. The transition from IPv4 to IPv6 will take some time. But in future make sure to check the computers, laptops, devices and other Internet purchases supports the next generation protocol.
Don’t worry about when you will be on IPv6. IPv4 has not yet been completely removed. It’s a slow process and you will eventually be on IPv6 and you wouldn’t even know about it. 
So just keep surfing the net and visiting our blog. Enjoy the next-gen protocol !!!! 

Facebook Dislike button – The most awaited feature

Facebook Dislike button

        Ask any person, which site he spends more time on ?? And the ultimate answer will be Facebook. Everyone spends most of his time chatting or updating status messages on Facebook. Not just people, but bloggers are using it to promote their blog posts and to socialize and connect with their fellow bloggers. It is becoming the connecting link between bloggers from different corners of the world. Apart from it, many people start their day with a status update or liking a friend’s photo or status.

       But with the growing number of users of Facebook, the junk uploaded on Facebook has even increased. Facebook is now filled with some irritating status updates, awkward photos, stupid questions. There is a Facebook like button but now their is a great need for a ‘Dislike Button’.

Why do we need a ‘Dislike’ Button ?

Facebook Dislike button

     I hate when people, especially girls update status like ‘Travelling in a bus for first time’. Is it necessary to update status like this?? If you are travelling for the first time, then it’s your problem. I get frustrated the most when some of my friends message me and say to like his/her status or a photo. I ask them what’s in it worth liking ? And I get an answer – “Just like it”.

      This isn’t just my story. I bet all of us would have experienced such stupid things. At such moments, I feel or maybe you too will feel the absence of a Dislike button. Now it is the right time for Mark Zuckerburg to take a next step and provide a dislike button to frustrated users like me. This feature is now the most awaited thing. Once it is introduced everyone will dislike stupid status and photos and we will get relief from mindless stuff updated by people, especially girls.

If Facebook ‘Dislike’ button available ??

    There has been much discussion about this issue. No one has got any official confirmation about the launch of a dislike button. It’s not yet been officially released but you can still use it. There is an extension for Chrome -di.slik.es and an add-on for Firefox – Facebook Dislike, with the help of these two things you can fulfill your desire of disliking any hopeless update.

    There might be a simple catch if you use the extension or add-on, it should be installed in the other person’s computer as well to be visible. I don’t know perfectly about this thing as I haven’t tried it but you can see for yourself.

Summary :-

   What do you think, is this the right time for the launch of a ‘Dislike’ button ?? Please do share your thoughts over this topic via comments below. Also if you used the above two extensions (or add-on), then please share your views about it, do they really work ??

     If you liked the article then please do share it with your friends so that they can also come to know about the topic and enjoy it.

Skype Launches New Facebook App – “Humoticons”

Skype Launches New Facebook App -

         In a race to maintain the position in the market, the companies always come out with some innovative or even some ridiculous ideas. The recent addition would be Skype. Yesterday, Skype launched its new Facebook app called “Humoticons“. Its not something that Skype has been offering till now like the video chat sessions, but its completely new thing. Also you should not feel that it would be something great, in my opinion it is a ridiculous effort from Skype.

          This latest marketing effort by Skype, the largest video call service, has launched a Facebook app aimed at making our interactions more human. This app will allow us to create some great emoticon images with your real life expressions. You can post the existing photos to “Humoticon gallery” and the results can be shared on your Facebook wall, can be downloaded or you can use the URL to share it in instant messaging.

          The “It’s time to Skype” campaign was launched earlier this month was based on the premise that social networks like Facebook and Twitter are degrading humanity. But we all know that Skype isn’t above this two social networks in promotion purposes. Skype have not only a video call integration on Facebook but now entire Humoticons page is housed on Facebook page.

          If you want to know more detailing about this launch, then you can read the complete article on Skype’s official blog.

Opera’s latest version – 12.00 beta launched minus Unite applications and Widgets

Opera 12.00 beta

       There are many types of browsers available to surf the Internet. Some of the people feel Firefox is the best while some other feels Chrome is the best or maybe Safari or any other. But there is one more browser which we all know – Opera web browser which has a large user base and is popular for its fast speed. Opera officially launched its beta version of its desktop browser yesterday. Opera 12 includes a number of new features and enhancements, as expected. But with this launch some of the company’s more ambitious projects will also end.

        Opera has announced the beginning of the end of two of it’s current Add-ons platform. Starting with the latest release, Opera Unite and Opera widgets will be turned of for the new users and will be completely removed in the next release, probably in the end of the year. Opera is also phasing out its support for built-in speech recognition, text-to-speech and VoiceXML technologies. If you want to know more about this then read the official post.

         The new release is not just about removing features but there are some new features added to it. Among the new features is the new engine for writing and displaying browser themes; previously called ‘skins’. This latest version runs plug-ins individually, that means a crashing plug-in won’t take down the entire browser. Additional features include support for HTML5 drag and drop and support for ‘Do not Track’ Header.

Opera's latest version 12.00 beta

       Opera is also making some good changes to reduce the browser’s load time and launching the 64-bit versions for Windows and Mac. The inclusion of Opera Reader will create a completely new reading experience and make it look like traditional books. For developers, this version adds enhanced support for CSS3 animations and cross origin resource sharing and transitions.

For more details about this release, go to the Opera’s homepage.