Social Media Apps to Use in China

In our world of modernization and technology, people are most of the time online and connected with one another, anywhere and everywhere thanks to the multiple advancements in mobile and wireless technology. Social media has paved the way into reaching different people with ease. However, there are places in the world where certain social media apps are banned. One of these countries is China. China has restrictions on the internet which were coined as the China’s Great Firewall. There are a lot of reasons why China block social media apps. One of them is to promote apps which were made domestically. These companies took the opportunity in order to develop into a big company and attract a lot of users. Some of these companies are even much bigger than their western counterparts which are a great opportunity for different businesses to visit. If you are to visit China and would want to be part of the social networks which are only available in China, listed below are alternatives to international social media websites.

WeChat

Without Facebook in China, WeChat is the alternative that surely was able to get the potential users of Facebook. It comes with all of the same uses and features as the Facebook messenger. It supports Venmo and Paypal. It could be used for reserving movie tickets, or even for ordering a cab. The app is essentially more than just a social media network, but it also serves as a utility for a person’s daily services. Also, companies and celebrities use the app for promotional purposes.

Renren

RenRen came into picture almost at the same time as Facebook. It became popular by 2009 when Facebook was blocked by the Chinese government. Renren had similar color schemes, logos, and design as the original Facebook which people gave it the title of the Chinese version of Facebook. However, the company was not able to maximize its opportunities and was not able to anticipate the transition into mobile which led to the downfall of the company. This opportunity was then capitalized by other companies such as WeChat and Weibo which made RenRen become the Failed Chinese Facebook.

Weibo

The Chinese alternative for Twitter is Weibo. It is a social media platform that allows the user to share snippets of personal information and opinions. It serves as a blogging website for different users. Companies also have their own Weibo accounts in order to communicate and give updates to their customers more. Most Chinese people use Weibo to follow their favorite celebrities, friends, companies, and iconic people.

YoukuTudou

Similar to Youtube in terms of amateur people doing their own videos then sharing it with their peers, YoukuTudou is much more professional in which it contains less self-produced videos and more created by real producers. People of China use it to stream movies, tv shows, or even download them. Most of the videos, movies, and TV shows still come from foreign countries like America and Japan but are regulated by the Chinese Government and are translated in Mandarin. It is a mobile app that is a substitute to the traditional television.

Douban

Douban is a Chinese social media site that is a mash up of multiple western websites. Users of Doubancould connect with each other to discuss different movies, events, music, and books. It also serves as a platform for users who want to book tickets for the movies, concerts, and other events. It could also be used to download books, and the latest addition to Douban’s uses is it allows its users to stream music much like Spotify.

Social media surely is the driving force of our society today. It could influence a lot of people especially the youth. China did what it had to do with banning western social media apps in efforts to preserve the integrity of its history. Taking a shit at the history of China is a huge mistake. A Japanese CEO made this mistake where he published books that deny the rape of Nanking, a vital part of Chinese history. The Chinese people then showed its strength in social media and stated that its people would not support the CEO’s companies if it would not recall its books. This shows the strength of the Chinese people in terms of their culture and history.

New WhatsApp beta feature looks to eliminate the pain of embarrassing texts

We’ve all been there. You go to send a text message to your friend and you hit send before you’ve finished typing. Or there’s an embarrassing autocorrect error. Or worse, you’ve sent it to your boss instead of your co-worker.dsc05664

WhatsApp is testing a way to eliminate the stress over text messages. Spotted by Mashable on the Twitter account @WABetaInfo, the latest beta version of the app seemingly includes a way to revoke and edit messages after they’ve been sent.

A new feature in the WhatsApp beta allows you to revoke and edit messages after they’ve been sent.

According to WABetaInfo’s screenshot, the recipient would receive an indication that the sender revoked the message, so the exchange wouldn’t be completely stricken from the record. Furthermore, the feature is only allowed if the recipient hasn’t read the message yet, so it’s unclear whether it would work if the recipient has notifications turned on. And it also doesn’t say whether there’s a time limit for which users will be able to access the delivered messages, even if they haven’t been read yet.

While the screenshot shows the iOS version of the app, Mashable reports that the feature is being tested in the Android version of the app as well. While WhatsApp allows users to receive beta versions in the Play Store, the feature doesn’t appear to be active in the most recent version, marked 2.17.42, which posted yesterday.

Also of note in the betas, according to WABetaInfo, is the ability to delete and mute statuses and receive notifications about low battery during a call, as well as an optional live location feature to track friends who are participating in a group conversation.

While WhatsApp may very well be testing a game-changing new feature for habitual texters, it’s entirely possible that it never sees the light of day. There are several questions regarding how such a feature would be implemented, so it’s likely going to be many months before we hear much about it making its way ointo the main version of the app, if it ever does. But for now, it’s nice to dream.

This story, “New WhatsApp beta feature looks to eliminate the pain of embarrassing texts” was originally published by Greenbot.

Google Maps now shows how hard it will be to park at your destination

The feature is now available in the full version of the app. This article has been updated to reflect this news.google maps parking

If you’ve ever taken longer to find a parking spot than you did driving somewhere, Google Maps might be able to help—or at least prepare you for a headache. Thanks to a new feature in the latest version of the app, you’ll now be able to tell how hard it will be to park once you arrive at your destination.

The new feature is easy to miss. The next time you pull up driving directions, you’ll see a small circular P icon to the right of your route overview, next to which will show three levels of parking difficulty: Easy, Medium, and Limited. (To make it easier to see at a glance, easy and medium are colored blue while limited is red.) While the feature doesn’t update to show the actual parking situation when you arrive (at least not yet), you can get a slightly longer description when you expand your directions.

The update is currently rolling out in the Google Play store, but if you’re not seeing it, you can sideload the Google-signed APK from APKMirror. Keep in mind that the feature is only available in 25 cities across the U.S: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, and the Washington D.C. area.

Parking can be a major headache when driving somewhere new, so we’ll take any information we can get. And with the new Uber integration built right into the app, a red circle could mean the difference between driving or being driven somewhere.

This story, “Google Maps now shows how hard it will be to park at your destination” was originally published by Greenbot.

Trump to sign cybersecurity order calling for government-wide review

President Donald Trump is due to sign an executive order Tuesday that gives each cabinet official more responsibility for the safety of data within their agency.3127835

It will be accompanied by a government-wide review of cybersecurity by the Office of Management and Budget, looking at the technology in place that guards U.S. government systems from cyberattacks, according to a White House official.

The results of that review could lead to a government-wide upgrade of federal cybersecurity systems.

The U.S. government has been hit by hacks in the last few years. The State Department spent months trying to get rid of intruders in its unclassified network and the Office of Personnel Management lost personal information on millions of government workers through a second hack.

Before he signs the executive order, the president is due to meet with cybersecurity experts for an hour-long “listening session,” according to the White House press office. The White House has not yet supplied a list of attendees.

A draft of the executive order was posted online. It calls for a review of the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities to be completed within 60 days. It also asks for a review of U.S cybersecurity skills and training, including “computer science, mathematics and cybersecurity education from primary through higher education.”

Twitter Moments Now Open to Everyone to Tell Their Stories

Twitter Moments Now Open to Everyone to Tell Their StoriesIn an attempt to take on Snapchat’s and Instagram’s ‘Stories’, Twitter on Wednesday made a big announcement – it has now opened its Moments feature to everyone. Twitter will allow users create Moments about nearly anything they feel suits their interests. The company introduced Moments last year, and since then the company has been tirelessly attempting to bring more and more features to the tool.

The California-based social media giant announced in a blog post in August that it will roll out the feature soon to all its users, apart from opening it for a wider group of companies. Moments are curated stories that showcase a series of tweets to help keep users up-to-date on the topic of their choice. Starting Thursday, anyone can staple multiple tweets in a single canvas that will follow a particular topic to create their Moments.

In order to help you make your Moments, Twitter has posted a video in a tweet that explains the steps you will do. As soon as you’ll start seeing the Moments tab on your profile, head to it, and click on ‘Create new Moment’. After that you can choose to add a series of tweets and a cover photo as well. There is an option to include the tweets across Twitter platform you have searched or hit the ‘heart’ button on.
As we mentioned, Facebook’s Instagram and Snap (earlier Snapchat) already have their own Stories sections, giving users a similar experience of curated news from the Internet. The feature has been long-delayed and it would have been remarkable if Twitter had done things better already. It is worth noting that the company is cliffhanging to sustain itself from a possible sell out, as rumours last week surfaced hinting that Google and Salesforce are on the frontier to bid for the company. Interestingly, Walt Disney, Microsoft and a bunch of other companies were also reported to be in the queue to appear in the bidding.

Facebook Live Video Is Coming Soon to Desktops

Facebook Live Video Is Coming Soon to Desktops

  • A user posted her first Live video on Facebook, confirming it
  • Facebook confirmed it as a response to demands by journalists, vloggers
  • The feature is not available to everyone currently

Facebook Live will soon be arriving on desktop and laptop computers. Facebook has confirmed it is rolling out its Live feature to the desktop version. Facebook Live video is presently available for Android and iOS devices only.

“We’re starting to roll out the ability for people to broadcast live on Facebook from their desktop or laptop,” a Facebook representative confirmed. A user named Delilah Taylor was able to use the feature on her laptop, as pointed out by SocialTimes, and posted the video on Facebook. She explained the process to begin a Facebook Live via desktop in a chunk of her video.

SocialTimes also cites a person with knowledge of Facebook’s further plans to say that this feature is a response ‘to demand from journalists, vloggers and do-it-yourselfers’. The feature is currently not available to everyone, but a very small proportion of users. The feature is set to roll out to the general public in the near future.

The Facebook Live feature will use your laptop’s camera or desktop PC’s peripheral camera device to allow user to go live on the social media platform.

Recently, some more features like scheduling, two-person broadcasting, and MSQRD integration were commercially rolled out for users to use with Facebook Live.

The MSQRD-integration, that Facebook acquired in March this year, lets you use different filters and Snapchat-like masks while going live on Facebook. The California-based social media giant said the features will initially be available to verified users, residing in the US. These are expected to be incrementally available to non-verified users worldwide by October or November this year.

 

‘Spam King’ Pleads Guilty to Sending 27 Million Facebook Messages

Often dubbed the ‘Spam King’, Sandford Wallace from Las Vegas has pleaded guilty to illegally accessing half a million Facebook accounts and sending over 27 million spam messages on its servers in 2008 and 2009.

Wallace had already been ordered by the United States District Court Northern District of California in San Jose not to access Facebook’s network when he committed the crime.

He also pleaded guilty to violating that order at his trial on August 24. He faces a possible three-year jail sentence and a $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.7 crores) fine when he is sentenced in December.

He started a company called SmartBot, which infected people’s computers with viruses and then pushed a pop-up to suggest using its own software to remove it, Engadget reported.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a suit against him in 2004 and in 2006 he was ordered to pay $4 million (roughly Rs. 26 crores) as penalty.

He tried his controversial spamming methods again on Facebook until the social network filed a suit against him in 2009.

The judge ruled that Wallace owed Facebook $711 million (roughly Rs. 4,706 crores). But Wallace didn’t pay the Facebook any fine.

Eventually, a judge in California requested that Wallace be investigated by the FBI for criminal contempt to finally put an end to his activities.

The FBI investigation unearthed that Wallace had sent 27 million pieces of spam from 500,000 compromised Facebook accounts from 143 proxied IP addresses.