Facebook Video Chat Now Works in Ubuntu without any Plugin

Well, here’s a surprise: Facebook video chat now works in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions out of the box, no plugin or extra download required.

The change, which appears to have come into effect in the past few weeks, sees the social network’s on-site video calling feature switch to a web-based technology that “just works” for users.

Skype-based video calling was introduced to Facebook back in 2011 but required users to install a web-browser plugin to use it. That plugin, based on the archaic NPAPI architecture, was only available for Windows and Mac OS. Linux (and Chromebook) users were left in the shade. Continue reading

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Facebook Safety Check – Helping you in hour of need.

We all use Facebook, let imagine Facebook helping you and your loved ones in the hour of need. A helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, Safety Check – a simple and easy way to say you’re safe and check on others. During a major disaster, Safety Check will help you:

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe
  • Check on others in the affected area
  • Mark your friends as safe

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Air umbrella (invisible umbrella)

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I don’t know what was wrong with the traditional fabric-based umbrella, but for some reason someone has invented one made of air, which keeps rain away by creating an extendable ‘force field’ of air above your head.

The device is expected to arrive next year, and though it is currently still in the research stages has already attracted over $14,000 worth of funding on Kickstarter (surpassing its goal of $10,000). Continue reading

Warid CEO Goes Public with its 4G LTE Plans

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This is the first time that Warid has publicly announced anything regarding its 4G LTE plans.

Warid said that it has already invested US 100 million dollars for rollout of its 4G LTE network till date. Warid is fully relying on Dhabi Group — its parent group —  lead by Shaikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan that has allocated a total sum of US 500 million dollars to fund Warid’s next-gen network rollout.

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Should you buy a Hewlett-Packard PC, tablet or printer after the split?

hp logo1Should you buy a Hewlett-Packard PC (or tablet, or printer)? This question certainly is on some customers’ minds after the company’s announcement Monday that it will split its PC and printer operation from its enterprise, software and services business. HP’s customers had a similar concern when HP first floated the idea of breaking up the company in 2011. At that time, HP had no plan in place, but the company this time knows what it is doing, said Patrick Moorhead, president at Moor Insights and Strategy. When former HP CEO Leo Apotheker proposed the breakup three years ago, “it was just the PC business he was going to separate, not PC plus printer, and he didn’t actually have a plan, but a communication that he was looking into a spin-off,” Moorhead said.

Apotheker was booted out of the company, partly for voicing the idea of a split-up without having a firm idea of how to do it. When Meg Whitman took the helm as CEO and chairman, she initially quashed the idea of a split, saying PCs were key to long-term relationships with customers. Continue reading