The Strangers in Your Room: Rise of Teen Social Apps

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When Facebook was launched 12 years ago, you could easily count social networking applications on one hand. Today, it has become nearly impossible to track their latest number. Now one may feel awe at the pace by which the web has grown in such a short amount of time, but it hasn’t been without any costs. As many of you would be aware, the most dangerous cost associated with World Wide Web has been cyber bullying.

The recent rise in social apps might have gone unnoticed by even the most socially online of you. This could be because of the obvious reason: you do not fit the target demography. Most apps namely Omegle, Kik, Snapchat, Chatous, Chatroulette are created specially to target the teen user base. They allow one to not only talk with people they know (friends, family) but their USP lies in allowing for strangers to connect with…

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New Features You should See on WhatsApp

Emergence of smartphones has led to a shift from the traditional SMS communication to the use of mobile messaging applications, WhatsApp leading the pack.

As of September, 2015 WhatsApp has registered 900 million users up from 700 million in January 2015.

The app is registering much success after Facebook purchased it for $ 19 billion hence boosting its media reach.

It’s seems developers at WhatsApp are leaving nothing to chance, making timely improvements to the messaging app.

If you updated your application today or some days close to today you will realize that the interface and colour has changed.

For instance WhatsApp Now has introduced a feature where your can customize notification and mute a user.

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With the Mute option you can mute chats from that particular user for 8 hours, 1 week or 1 year as indicated below.

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As for Custom notifications, you can select a Unique Notification tone and vibration plus pop-up for that user alone.

One can also customize call notifications

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Another feature improved on are the emojis. Old ones have been facelifted and more added. You can’t wait to use them.

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It even goes further to give you options to choose from.

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If you haven’t updated your App, please do on Play store or download and replace the old version.

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Google Inc. Re-brands to Alphabet Inc.

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Alphabet

Google announced on Monday that it is was re-branding. Through its official blog, Google’s co-founder Larry Page said it was creating a company called Alphabet.
This move is aimed at (among other things) creating “cleanliness”

Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.”

“This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google”

Under the new structure Page will be Alphabet’s CEO with Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin as the President. This will also see Google (represented by letter G) run under Alphabet as one of the many group of companies.

“This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead.”

According to the blog post, Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. and all shares under Google Inc  will automatically be under Alphabet Inc.

However, on why they settled on Alphabet, Page had this to say;

We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search.”

PUT IT IN KENYAN CONTEXT: Investigative reporting is about discovery, not preconceived notions

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Investigative reporting is about discovery of a story, not confirmation of your notions.

That is the key mistake Rolling Stone made in its false, and now retracted, story “A Rape on Campus,” as I read the Columbia School of Journalism report on the fiasco.

Rolling Stone’s repudiation of the main narrative in ‘A Rape on Campus’ is a story of journalistic failure that was avoidable. The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking,” wrote the Columbia authors, Sheila Coronel, J-School Dean Steve Coll and Derek Kravitz.

The failure started, though, with a preconceived notion of what the story should be. Reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely; Sean Woods, the primary editor of the story; and Will Dana, managing editor; had too strong a vision of what the story should be and not a strong enough commitment to learn what it really was.

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Microsoft to launch new Browser.

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Microsoft is set to launch a new browser for its operating system amid negative criticism of its current browser Internet Explorer.

The compony has already rolled out Windows 10 preview that has Internet Explorer.

Chris Capossela the group’s lead marketing chief announced that a new browser, code named ‘project spartan’, was set to be released with a new name.

Internet Explorer was released in 1995 and has attracted so much negative critism.

For some it was a browser used to download secondary browsers then its use was done till probably when the computer would be reformatted.

Others termed it ‘slow and buggy’ and did not want any Internet activity done through it.

Microsoft is currently conducting market research and it has come clear that the new browser will be far away from the current browser but will be tagged ‘Microsoft’  The Verge reports.

The group will however use Internet Explorer alongside the New browser.

“We’ll continue to have Internet Explorer, but we’ll also have a new browser called Project Spartan, which is codenamed Project Spartan. We have to name the thing.” Mr. Capossela said.

Let us wait and see if the new browser will meet users demands.