Monthly Archives: November 2013

Telegram coming to Windows Phone in January – promises to be faster and more secure than Whatsapp

Telegram just announced on Twitter their messaging app is coming to Windows Phone in January 2014. Telegram lets you send messages, photos and videos to people who are in your phone contacts (and have Telegram). It’s already available on Android and iOS.
How is Telegram different from the popular messaging app, Whatsapp? Telegram’s team claim they are faster and way more secure.
Telegram is supported by the founders of Russia’s biggest social networking platform, VKontakte. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud-based, decentralized and heavily encrypted. To get technical, they support two layers of secure encryption based on 256-bit symmetric AES encryption, RSA 2048 encryption and Diffie–Hellman secure key exchange.
On top of that, Telegram is free and will stay free without ads or subscription fees, forever. Telegram is a non-profit project. The team says they do not intend to sell ads, bring revenue or accept outside investment. If Telegram runs out of money, they’ll rely on users to donate or add non-essential paid options.
Are you looking forward to Telegram for Windows Phone or are you sticking with Whatsapp? Let us know in the comments!
Source: Telegram, Via: WinBeta

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Winamp media player and associated services to shut down on December 20

After 15 years of being one of the most popular media players across the world, Winamp, is going to be shut down on December 20, 2013. AOL has announced that it is shutting down and its associated web services and that the media player will also no longer be available for download.
“ and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release. Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years,” said the note on the website.
The service was started in 1997 by two college students Justin Frankel and Dmitry Boldyrev and found popularity as MP3 file sharing gathered speed in the early 2000s. Winamp’s parent company, Nullsoft, was acquired by AOL back in 1999.
On Windows, Winamp had become the go-to music player for an entire generation of music listeners. Recently, the company also released a Mac and Android versions of the app. The player supports all popular file formats including Ogg Vorbis. It also supports gapless playback for MP3 and AAC format files. It was also among the first players to offer streaming music through support for SHOUTCast, Nullsoft’s cross-platform software to stream media. One of the highlights of the player was the capability to skin its user interface and add plug-ins to extend its functionality.
While all of this is the thing of the past, you still have about less than a month to head onto Winamp’s website download the media player to live on within your systems. Don’t forget to pick up some funky looking skins for old times’ sake!
You can download it by visiting

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After PS4, Microsoft sells more than a million Xbox One consoles in first 24 hours

After Sony’s PlayStation 4 launch last week, Microsoft’s Xbox One launched simultaneously in 13 countries. Microsoft has announced that it has sold 1 million units of its next-gen gaming console on day one itself. PlayStation 4 launched on November 15 and it managed to sell one million units in the US and Canada alone within 24  hours of its launch. In the coming weeks, Sony will be available in other regions like Europe, Australia, South America, followed by Japan in February.
“We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world,” Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi said. “Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season.”
While some select users of the Xbox One have experienced problems regarding faulty disc drives, that has not kept the majority of buyers from taking Friday to rack up some impressive hours on the game console. Sony too has been addressing issues with early PS4 units, saying that its console has a less than 1 percent failure rate which still leaves as many as 10,000 individuals with a faulty device.
Sony expects to sell more than 3 million consoles by the end of the year and 5 million consoles by the end of the fiscal year.

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Ubuntu’s New Mobile And Desktop Icon Theme Gets Shown Off

Untitled 2It’s been a long time coming but work a revamped set of icons for the Ubuntu desktop is underway in 14.04 – and we’ve got screenshots.

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Jolicloud Desktop, OS To Be Discontinued In December

jolideUpdates to the Jolicloud OS, based on Ubuntu 10.04, and the Jolicloud desktop environment, available for Ubuntu 12.04 and up through a PPA, will be discontinued in December of this year.

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