Get Free Access to Twitter on Airtel

After having successfully launched the iPhone 4S in India and boasting of over 230 million subscribers worldwide, India’s major mobile service provider Airtel has announced that its customers can now enjoy free access to Twitter till March 1, 2012.

N Rajaram, Chief Marketing Officer – Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel said, “With this, 170 million+ (in India) Airtel mobile customers will now potentially be able to enjoy Twitter’s rich interface on their mobile web browsers or access updates posted by specific users through SMS notifications free of charge. This initiative will introduce new users to an exciting world of possibilities that mobile internet enables, thus providing an impetus to data services market.

Twitter on Airtel for free

This will allow its subscribers to share and read Tweets of up to 140 characters, which can also include photos, videos or links to websites and news stories.

Users can visit for free, including those who have not subscribed for a data connection – That is, users can send SMS short code 53000 to sign up for Twitter and even Tweet or receive Tweets from specified users.

For instance, to follow Techie Buzz on Twitter via SMS, all you need to do is send the following text message to 53000 –

Follow techiebuzzer

At the AsiaD Conference, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey had announced that Twitter is teaming up with India’s largest mobile operator, Bharti Airtel to offer free access to Airtel customers.

Earlier in July 2010, Facebook had teamed up with Airtel to allow its users to access the social networking site for free by visiting the link for a limited amount of time. Vodafone also announced the Facebook Phonecalled Vodafone 555 Blue.  The phone comes with a price tag of just Rs.4,950 (approx. $110). You will also get free unlimited access to Facebook for a year, with the purchase of this handset.


Adobe Plans to Offer Flex to Apache Software Foundation

After a long battle with HTML5, Adobe has finally given it up. The company has planned to “donate” the code for its Flash-based Flex framework along with BlazeDS to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF).

We are actively working on the proposal for incubating Flex SDK and BlazeDS at the Apache Software Foundation. Once the proposals have been accepted, both Adobe and community contributors can begin committing contributions. We will share an update when the incubator proposal has been posted we expect this to happen over the course of the next few weeks.

According to Adobe, this move to ASF is not intended to abandon Flex SDK, or let it die. The company says that they will continue to provide significant improvements for many years to come. It also plans to steadily contribute to the projects which are currently working under the Flex community. It is also said that that Adobe is finalizing the development on Flex 4.6 SDK and it will be released on November 29th 2011.Adobe Flex

The Flex SDK includes a compiler and a number of library files which are used to build cross-platform Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that run on Adobe Flash. Earlier in 2008, the company announced and place the SDK under an open source license.

Adobe’s announcement of their plans to donate:

  • Flex SDK – a framework used to create Flash applications
  • BlazeDS, – a component used to push data in real-time to Flex and AIR applications
  • Several more minor development components like Falcon, an ActionScript and MXML compiler

Falcon is currently under development, which is supposedly the “next-generation” MXML and ActionScript compiler, and will be contributing it to the ASF when completed in 2012.

Along with these tools, Adobe will also have a team of Flex SDK developers contributing to those new Apache projects as their full-time responsibility.

Also Read:  Chief Engineer, Mike Chambers Explains Why Adobe Had to Kill Flash for Mobile

The ASF now will gather votes on whether to accept Adobe Flex or not. ASF has not provided any statement as of now, but we can expect a quick response from them very shortly.  Last year, Apache announced that the foundation adopted Google’s online real-time collaborative editing tool, Google Wave, which is now called as Apache Wave.

Is this an “End of Flex”?

Well, sort of. Adobe states that “HTML5 will be the best technology for enterprise application development.” This clearly indicates that Adobe has not just been forced to concentrate on HTML5, but also shows signs that they are now very much interested in the latest web standards.

Although the company has made it clear that it believes in HTML5 as the future, it still is being very diplomatic about Flex. In a blog post, the company mentions that even though HTML5 is widely accepted, Flex has some advantages over HTML5 for enterprise application development –

  • Flex offers complete feature-level consistency across multiple platforms
  • The Flex component set and programming model makes it extremely productive when building complex application user interfaces
  • ActionScript is a mature language, suitable for large application development
  • Supporting tools (both Adobe’s and third-party) offer a productive environment with respect to code editing, debugging and profiling

Earlier this month, the company had to oust 750 full-time employees in North America and Europe as a part of its efforts to focus more on Digital Media and Marketing. Adobe’s President and CEO, Shantanu Narayen stated –

“Our mission is to produce the world’s content and maximize the impact of that content. Adobe is doubling down in the Digital Media and Digital Marketing categories, markets rich with opportunities for innovation and growth.

Google Releases Chrome 15.0.874.121 – Fixes High-Risk Flaws

Google has released yet another update of its Chrome browser, fixing a high-risk vulnerability in the V8 JavaScript engine.   The latest build – Chrome 15.0.874.121 is the latest stable released and is now available for download for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome Frame platforms.

Google Release Chrome 15.0.874.121

The issue in V8 JavaScript engine caused an error which can be exploited to read restricted memory. This can be used by attackers or hackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the browser. On successful exploit, attackers can read /obtain sensitive information, and even execute the arbitrary code in the Chrome sandbox. Failed attacks can cause denial-of-service conditions causing the browser to crash.

The browser connects to SSL servers using certificates signed with MD2 or MD4 hashing algorithms. This can be exploited by attacker to fake valid certificates if an MD2 or MD4 collision attack is successful.

The V8 issues was identified by Christian Holler, and was rewarded $1000 for finding the error under Google’s Chromium Security reward scheme.

The Chrome 15.0.874.121 also brings in a fix which an SVG element placed within an iframe would not have a specified dimension even after having the width and height assigned. The SVG elements would instead take the maximum amount of space in the iframe.  The following links demonstrates the issue

More details on this issue can be found here.

Google Chrome’s earlier release – Chrome 15.0.874.102 had over 27 fixes and rewards accounted to USD $26k. The release also included new features in  Chrome  15, such as the redesigned New Tab page. If you ever encounter a problem or want to report a bug related to Google Chrome, then you can fill up this form notify the Google Chrome team.

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Facebook Hacked? Do You See Porn Content on Your Facebook News Feed?

An increasing number of users on Facebook are reporting that their news feed has been flooded with pornography and explicit content, and rumours indicate that the Anonymous hacktivist and its rumoured Fawkes virus could be responsible for this barrage of offensive images.

The spread of such content started a few days ago, and now has become viral across the social network, making its users angry and disgusted.  It’s not just the general users who have been affected by this bombardment, but celebrities like actress and director, Courtney Zito as well. She told The Christian Post, “I have 5000 friends. My feed is littered with porn. I can’t even check my news feed with anyone around because of it.”

AllFacebook notes that this isn’t the first time Facebook is being affected by such a thing. A similar exploit happened last year in August 2010, where photos were being shared across users’ wall without their knowledge.


I haven’t noticed anything as such on my Timeline or have heard of any complaints from my friends. However, searching on Twitter for the term “facebook porn” shows a list of complaints from users who have been affected. They are also indicating that they will be temporarily deactivating their account until the issue has been resolved.

Facebook is yet to issue a statement about this exploit. Although all fingers are pointing out to Anonymous, it is still unclear on who is behind this attack. The reason why Anonymous is put at blame is because the hacktivist made threats against the social networking giant in August since it lacked privacy that users want on it. The group indicated that they would “kill” Facebook on November 5, but there wasn’t any such activity that took place that day.

Recently we posted about a scam that has been spreading on Facebook – “98 Percent of People Can’t Watch This Video for More Than 15 Seconds” attracting a lot of likesand “shares”, which is also spreading through Facebook Messages. A quick search on Google showed a list of blogs who stating that the above mentioned message is a scam and users should avoid clicking on it.

Users are also posting the following warning message on Facebook

Facebook Hacked - Warning


The hackers have already entered in Facebook and they are putting unwanted videos or pictures to your name in the walls or profiles of your friends without you knowing it. You dont see it,,but other people can see it. As if these were a publication that you made…so if you receive something from me about a video, ..its not mine..i wouldn’t disrespect my friends in anyway ! …copy this on your is the security of our own image..

In the meantime, if you see any content which you think you might have not shared, then I recommended you to reset your Facebook password. Chances are that your account must be hacked. Alternatively, you can go through this guide that I wrote some time back which will guide you on how you can prevent your Facebook account from getting hacked.

We have compiled a list of  Most Actively Spreading Scams on Facebook  that you might want to have a look at. In addition to that, don’t forget to check out our article about  Avoiding Facebook Likejacking and Clickjacking scams. Here’s an article on how you can  Identify and Avoid  Facebook scams.

NASA’s Incredibly Awesome Time Lapse View of Earth from Space

One of my favorite time-lapse photography was the one created by André Chocron, which I had posted about it earlier in the best examples of Time Lapse Photography post. That favorite has now been replaced with time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan and the crew of expedition 28 & 29 on board of the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, called the Time Lapse View of Earth from Space.

NASA posted the time lapse view of the Earth from space, which was shot using a special low-light 4k camera that shows up the Aurora Borealis around the globe. This piece of footage is incredibly awesome, providing with some unbelievable scenes from the International Space Station that raced the earth at nearly 17,227 mile per hour at an altitude of around 350 km. The images were captured with a high ISO HD Camera developed by NHK Japan, nicknamed the SS-HDTV camera.

The time lapse view of the earth from space starts over the USA and travels through Madagascar to South West Australia, and also covers the Eastern Europe to South-eastern Asia at Night.   This time-lapse features stunning shots of the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis, lighting storms, and amazing images of Earth’s cities at night!

At 4:39 we can notice parts of the Indian state, starting from Gujarat and goes through Karnataka (Bangalore), Tamil Nadu (Chennai), and lastly Sri Lanka.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

  • Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
  • Aurora Borealis and Eastern United States at Night
  • Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
  • Aurora Australis south of Australia
  • Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
  • Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
  • Halfway around the World
  • Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
  • Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
  • Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
  • Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
  • Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
  • Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
  • Views of the Mideast at Night
  • Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
  • Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
  • Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
  • Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

Face Unlock on Galaxy Nexus Can be Bypassed with a Digital Photo

The announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus powered by Android 4.0 (code named  Ice Cream Sandwich) was filled with excitement, and fans were thrilled with the overflowing list of new features and improvements included in the latest firmware release. One of the most interesting and eye-catching feature was the Face Unlock, which allows users to unlock their phone using the face recognition technology.

Android 4.0 Face Unlock

Although the phone is smart and undoubtedly cool, one question that strikes our mind is, whether the feature is secured or not? The Face Unlock feature is new to Android and people have been wondering how safe the feature is. SoyaCincau, a tech review site revealed that the Face Unlock feature can be bypassed with a digital photo. The author managed to bypass the facial recognition unlock by simply posing a digital photo in front of the phone, and the phone just unlocked itself without any difficulties. Well, that sounds creepy!

Also Read:  Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Apple iPhone 4S

The user was able to unlock the Galaxy Nexus, which was programmed to recognize his actual face, by using a picture of himself.    He posted a video on his blog, which has gone viral and has created a lot of buzz of late –

A Google representative was contacted by CNET and told that the feature is still in beta and is considered “experimental”, and provides a low level security.   Even the interface warns users that “Face Unlock is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password” and that “Someone who looks similar to you could unlock your phone.”

Koushik Dutta, a developer of the Android after-market firmware replacement CyanogenMod, curiously asked in a tweet whether the feature would unlock the device using a photo. In reply to that, Google’s Tim Bray denied it by saying – “Nope. Give us some credit.”

Some of the users thought that this was done by using a trick; however, the user updated the YouTube description to address the question – whether he programmed the phone to recognize his face or the picture –

While some of you think that it is a trick and I had set the Galaxy Nexus up to recognise the picture, I assure you that the device was set up to recognise my face. I have a few people there watching me do the video and if any one of them is watching this video I hope you can confirm that this test is 100% legit.


Best and Funny iPhone’s Auto-correct Mistakes

When it comes to iPhone, the worst yet funny part is the enabled-by-default Auto-correct feature. The nifty feature, which apparently is “intelligent, tries to “correct” words you type frequently and store them in memory for future use.

The feature corrects your errors, but sometimes, no matter how many times you tap the “x” button, it looks like the feature never understands the difference in meaning. This, however, can be a definite annoyance.

Thanks to the auto-correct feature and its “dirty mind”, if you ever send a text message too quickly, it could turn your message into something funny and dirty. A website called Damn You Autocorrect features such hilariously  funny auto-correct mistakes, which we had featured in our Friday Fun section some time back.

Also Read:  Best Funny Responses from Apple’s Siri

Having gone through few other sites, we have gathered a collection of the best funny auto-correct mistakes in iPhone –

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If you don’t want your iPhone to auto-correct your text message at all or if you find the feature too annoying, you always have an option to completely shut it off.

To do so, follow the steps mentioned below –

  • Click on “Settings” and find the “General” option
  • Next, select “Keyboard”
  • You will be displayed with several options to turn on and off. In the “Auto-Correction”, move the slider from ON to OFF. This will disable the auto-correct feature.

Apparently, Sonny Dickson, a tech enthusiast, found an improvised spell-check feature lying inactive in the iPhone’s iOS 5. He posted stating the improved feature comes with an Android-like autocorrect keyboard bar.

Users can enable this suggestion bar for their phone by adding a simple code. To do so, download iBackupBot  and backup your iPhone/iPod in iTunes. Load the created backup using iBackupBot and find the file – located in Library/Preferences. Open the file and add the following code


Save the modifications, and then restore from backup from within iBackupbot.

Chief Engineer, Mike Chambers Explains Why Adobe Had to Kill Flash for Mobile

Adobe announced that the company has finally decided to bid adieu to its once-upon-a-time popular tool – Flash for mobile platforms. The news came in as good newsfor Apple, since the tool falls short in the area where the mobile era is bound to – Less battery usage, touch interface and open web standards.

Adobe’s chief of developer relations Mike Chambers explains us clearly why Adobe decided to end Flash for mobile platforms

The decision to stop development of the Flash Player plugin for mobile browsers was part of a larger strategic shift at Adobe, one which includes a greater shift in focus toward HTML5, as well as the Adobe Creative Cloud and the services that it provides.

Flash Lacks in Universality

Mike states that “the Flash Player was not going to achieve the same ubiquity on mobile as it has on the desktop.” He also added that (and mainly points out), since HTML5 is widely accepted across all platforms, and the fact being that Apple’s iOS is not going to allow Flash in the browser, it is very much understood and observed that the tool will never achieve the same universality on mobile as how it achieved on the desktop.

Adobe Kills Flash on Mobile Platform

He stresses on the point that even if Adobe continued with Flash, there was no way that Apple would adapt the tool on their iOS anytime in the future. This clearly indicates that the move to kill Flash comes after an intolerable pressure from Apple for excluding Flash on iOS.

HTML5 vs. Flash – HTML5 it is

It’s a known fact that HTML5 is universally accepted and supported by most mobile browsers, and having a strong base with strong
HTML5 - Flash
support on smartphones and tablets, this enlightened Adobe that Flash would never be able to compete with the latest standards of HTML. This is one of the main reasons why Adobe decided to kill Flash, and as Mike stated – Adobe is now more focused toward HTML5.


Making Flash work on mobile platforms effectively, requires Adobe to have resources more than what is expected. This means that the Adobe had to work with multiple hardware manufacturers like Motorola and Samsung, Mobile OS vendors like Google and Apple along with component manufacturers (like Nvidia). That would take considerably much time. “This is something that we realized is simply not scalable or sustainable.”

However, Mike does not mention about how Apple’s users were affected and what led the company to exclude Flash from iOS, which in fact is the reliability and battery drain life.

Although Adobe suffers with the death of Flash for mobile platforms, they still have a ray of hope since Flash for desktop platforms are very much alive and kicking. Having said that, it’s uncertain what the future of Flash (for desktop platforms) would be, since the widespread acceptance of HTML5 may perhaps lead the way for Adobe to ultimately kill Flash on all platforms.

And to what Steve Jobs said  and expressed his thoughts on  Flash  way back in April, 2010, is pretty much true –

The avalanche of media outlets offering their content for Apple’s mobile devices demonstrates that Flash is no longer necessary to watch video or consume any kind of web content. And the 250,000 apps on Apple’s App Store proves that Flash isn’t necessary for tens of thousands of developers to create graphically rich applications, including games.

Facebook to Put an End to Automated Notes – RSS/Feeds Import

The social networking giant Facebook announced in a message (posted above the timeline) that the feature which automatically allowed users to import content from their website/blog into their Facebook notes will no longer be functional from November 22 as the social networking giant is pretty much focused on creating Facebook Pages even better.

Facebook to Kill Automated Notes

Facebook had already disabled this feature for Pages on 30th September –

We want you to connect with your fans in the most effective ways possible. That’s why as of September 30th you’ll no longer be able to automatically import posts from your website to your Page notes. The best way to get people to interact with your content is to give them insight into the links you share on your Wall by adding personal comments and responding to feedback from fans.

The automated notes allow users to link their blog posts and websites via RSS directly to their Facebook profiles. In other words, every time a user updates his blog, it would automatically “push” the information onto Facebook, marking it as a note.

Starting November 22nd, the feature will no longer be available. However, third-party syndication app providers, like NetworkedBlogs, Hootsuite and Tweetdeck remain as options for syndicating content automatically to Facebook.

Facebook also stated that they are “focused on creating better tools for Pages”.  Now, how does this affect Google Plus? Well, Google can expect a fight back from Facebook to their newly launched Google Plus Pages, which allows organizations and companies to create a corporate (business) page on Google+, which is very much similar to the group and business pages you see on Facebook.

Having said that, and from what Mark Zuckerberg called Google’s social networking as “Google’s little version of Facebook“, I’m quite certain that Facebook would put forth great challenges by announcing some great new features in the coming days. Additionally, November 22nd could probably mark an official start of the Facebook’s newly launched TimeLine beta.

Google’s Best Hidden Easter Eggs

Apart from being known for its impressive doodles, there are a number of gags and hidden messages within the search engine giant, Google, which are popularly called as Easter Eggs. An Easter egg is a hidden feature that the developers or “geeks” have intentionally put in their software, often for their own amusement, and when it comes to Google developers, they have implanted several Easter eggs in their software, ranging from Google Earth to Google search to Google Reader.

We had earlier compiled a list of awesome Google Search tricks, including the hoax page that Google had created on April Fool’s Day. We also saw that searching for the phrase “do a barrel roll” became a viral sensation last week, when users found about it and posted tweets and blog posts. However, if you liked “do a barrel roll” Easter egg, then I’m sure you would love the other hidden ones as well. And if you haven’t liked it, here’s something which will make you laugh –  Click here

So here’s a list of Google’s best hidden Easter eggs and gags –

Reader Ninja

Go to Google Reader and type in the famous Konami code: up up down down left right left right B A. This will bring up a ninja on the left side of the Reader with the text “Ninja!” written in the search box. Interestingly, this works with the new Google Reader design.

Google Reader Ninja


Type the word “askew” in Google’s search box and voila! This is more like a command which tilts your search results slightly towards the right. It’s pointless, but it’s all fun.

Steve Irwin wrestling with a Crocodile

Do you remember the late wildlife expert and adventurer Steve Irwin? Of course you should. Everybody knows about him. Well, go to Google Earth and spin around to the waterfront side of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. What do you see? Well, its Steve Irwin wrestling with a crocodile.

Did you know – 3D buildings in Google Earth have been designed and sketched by individual designers?

Chat with Martin in Space

Google Earth 5 allows users to explore the Red Planet, Mars and along with that, you can chat to locals too. Well, sort of. Type “Meliza” into the search box and you will be transported to Meliza’s dusty domain, where you can strike a conversation with the chat bot. However, Meliza isn’t as funny as Apple’s Siri ;)

Chat with Martin in Space

Google Earth Flight Simulator

Google has this very interesting Easter egg hidden in Google Earth. Using the flight simulator, you can fly around the globe in Google Earth by simply pressing Ctrl + Alt + A. This activates the flight simulator and allows you to fly an F-16 fighter jet anywhere in the world. This, however, was originally inserted as an Easter egg but now has become one of the official features of Google Earth.

Google Earth Flight Simulator

Play Snake on YouTube

Snake is one the most popular mobile phone games, which you can also play on Google’s YouTube player. When you are viewing a video on YouTube, press the up arrow key when the video is loading or buffering. However, Gmail has a Labs feature called “old Snakey”, which allows you to play the game inside Gmail.

Play Snake in YouTube

There are several other Google  Easter  eggs, which are mostly known. However, if you think that I’ve missed something, then please do share it with us by  adding  your comments below.