Next generation USB plug will finally be smaller and reversible

Posted by Stanislav Furman on December 5, 2013
USB 3.0 plug will be smaller and reversible. Finally!

Porn website offers to help US government with ACA website

Posted by Stanislav Furman on December 3, 2013, a popular porn website, offered its help with "Affordable Care Act" website to US goverment. It was reported recently that ACA website could not handle its web traffic which is nearly the 800,000 daily visitors.

“It just came to me; our business is handling high traffic, we could definitely help” ,- stated Corey Price, Pornhub’s VP.

According to some reports handles abour 1 billion visits per month, which makes it one of the TOP100 websites in the word (according to Alexa).

Google introduces "Google Wallet Card"

Posted by Stanislav Furman on November 21, 2013

Google introduces Google Wallet Card

Yesterday, Novemer 20th 2013, Google introduced a debit card called "Google Wallet". According to the company's blog, this card can be used for purchases in stores and withdraw cash from ATMs in the United States only (for now).

Google claims that with the new card you don't need to transfer money from your Google Wallet Balance to your bank account any more, just spend money right after you got them to your Google Wallet account.

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AOL decided to shut down Winamp

Posted by Stanislav Furman on November 20, 2013

AOL decided to shut down Winamp

It is sad, but AOL has decided to shut down Winamp project on December 20, 2013. Today they released the last version of the player.

Winamp was initially developed by two guys in 1997 and quickly became popular. Then AOL bought this project in 1999. I remember it was my first choice music player on PC.

R.I.P. Winamp ... :(

Motorola introduces new performant low-cost smartphone

Posted by Stanislav Furman on November 14, 2013

If you always wanted a smartphone but never had enough money for that, you might will get a chance to get one soon. 

Yesterday, Motorola Mobility (in fact it is Google now) introduced a new low-cost smartphone called Moto G (Does "G" mean "Google"?). Motorola claims that this new smartphone won't lose in performance to current high-end expensive smartphones such as Samsung and iPhone. The announced price will be $179 for 8Gb model, and $199 for 16Gb.

Here are the key feature of the new Moto G smartphone:

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Aw! Google Drops Support for IE9

Posted by Stanislav Furman on November 12, 2013

The Google Apps blog announced that Google will end support for Internet Explorer 9, now that Internet Explorer 11 is available.

In the statement Google has reminded users that they support latest version of Google Chrome as well as the current and prior major release of Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari on a rolling. 

So, now the latest IE version is 11, which means that Google will officially support 10 (previous) and 11 (current) versions. This is interesting because a lot of IE users are still using IE9, and even IE8. All those users will be notified when use Google services.


PHP 5.5.5 has been released

Posted by Stanislav Furman on October 17, 2013

JIRA Junior. Project Tracking... for Kids!

Posted by Stanislav Furman on October 12, 2013
JIRA Project Tracking... for Kids! Atlassian comes up with JIRA Junior.

Samsung officially announced Galaxy Round with curved OLED display

Posted by Stanislav Furman on October 11, 2013

After a number of rumour and speculations, it seems that Samsung is going to win against LG in a fight to be the first on the curved display phone market. Recently, Samsuang has officially announced the Galaxy Round, one of the first smartphones with a curved OLED display on the market. 

It seems that Samsung Galaxy Round will be very performant which will make it very attractive for geeks. Announced specs are:

5.7-inch 1080p OLED curved display
2.3GHz Exynos quad-core processor
13MP camera
2,800mAh battery
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The phone will cost around 1000$ on the US market.

It is noteworthy also because a while ago LG also announced their plans to release a smartphone with curved OLED display.

To be honest, I don't see what could make me buy such a smartphone. The curved display itself doesn't look exciting and I don't see what could be benefits of this feature in this specific model.

Meet AMPPS - a good alternative for XAMPP and WAMP

Posted by Stanislav Furman on October 7, 2013

Meet AMPPS - a good alternative for XAMPP and WAMP  

For those who is looking for a good alternative for XAMMP or WAMP web server stacks. There is a very good option called AMPPS!

The listed number of provided features is impressive. Unlike the other solutions Ampps comes with over 300 PHP web applications, over 1000 PHP classes and libraries including Joomla!, WordPress, Magento, Dolphin and more. 

Very easy to install and manage services with the administration panel. You can easily switch PHP versions with only one-click action.

One thing to notice though... Despite the fact that there are several versions of PHP included, you cannot switch MySQL version which, to be honest, I don't find too critical.

Server configuration is also very straightforward using the web panel. If you mess up the configuration, you can reset it to default state which might be useful sometimes. :)

Also it is very easy to update! The app has built-in updater which makes life way easier when it comes to update Ampps.