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“Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family”. These were the words that were released by Steve Jobs’ family members in response to his death. This clearly indicates that Steve Jobs died in the presence of his close relatives and family members.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a video which has been spreading like wildfire on Facebook and other social networking sites, and generating millions of views. The video was first uploaded on popular video sharing site Vimeo on August 31, 2011, which was later uploaded on YouTube on October 6, 2011.
The video, however, is a fake and the person in the video is not Steve Jobs. From the video we learn that the fake Steve is in a meeting with some unidentified people, and suddenly in the middle of a conversation, Jobs lowers his head and faints and slips down from his chair, creating panic in the room.
Now here’s the thing. I can assure that the video is a fake for three reasons. One, a part of that video was taken from an interview with Steve by All Things Digital in 2010. There are five parts of the video and I’m sure it was taken from any one of these. From the interview video, you will notice that Steve is sitting on the same red chair which is showed in the fake video. Here’s the fifth part of the interview –
Bizarrely, the above video was uploaded on October 6, 2010.
The second reason why I find the video is a fake is that Steve Jobs resigned as the CEO of Apple on August 24, 2011, and the upload date of the video is August 31, 2011. Steve Jobs after his resignation never came back to work or never attended any important meetings as such. And lastly, the other reason is that neither Apple nor any of Steve’s family members have confirmed about the video. So, it’s pointless to assume that the video is genuine.
I believe that the video was created to drive traffic to the site TheFinalEdition.com. The post in which the video was posted states – “TheFinalEdition.com has just received the above video shot during Steve Jobs’ last, secret business meeting.”
This clearly tells us that the owners of the site created the video just to attract visitors and nothing else. And now you see the video link being circulated on Facebook and other social networking sites.
I recommend that you please avoid “sharing” or “liking” the video, and delete the post if you come across on your Facebook wall. We had also seen scammers taking advantage of the death news of Steve Jobs and were spreading scams like Apple Giving Away 1000 Limited Editions iPad 2 across the social network giant, Facebook.
The Mukesh Ambani-headed company, Reliance Industries (RIL) is all set to roll out the next generation services (or 4G) in India sometime in early 2012, and is planning to scale it up to a nationwide network by the mid of 2012.
According to a source, RIL is planning to offer 4G enabled data cards for tablets which are priced at Rs. 3,000 ($60) or lesser. It plans to provide data connectivity with speeds of 50-100 Mbps at cheaper prices compared to the current 3G services.
RIL confirmed stating that its telecom unit was “in the process of setting up a world-class broadband wireless network using state-of-the-art technologies and finalising the arrangement with leading global technology players, service providers, infrastructure providers, application developers, device manufacturers and others to help usher the 4G revolution into India”.
It is also noted that RIL is in talks with Walt Disney’s Indian venture UTV Software, to acquire content for its wireless broadband services. With this, Reliance will be able to offer games, entertainment and applications which are mainly targeted towards the younger generation. However, the deal is yet to be finalized and hopefully we will see a positive reply.
The company indicated that it has completed trial tests with vendors like Alcatel Lucent, Ericsson and China’s Huawei for its broadband services and will be partnering with either one of them or might split the contract between the three.
Amabani’s strategy of tantalizing customers with low prices is very much similar to the winning strategy in 2003, where the company started selling mobile phones at a very low rate, mainly targeting the middle class people. This made RIL win more than 1 million customers in just 10 days.
Reliance took over Infotel Broadband Service Pvt. Ltd in June 2010. RIL agreed upon the terms and invested about Rs. 4,800 crore, and following the investment, RIL acquired 95% of Infotel Broadband’s equity. RIL plans to have full scale commercial operations by next year, and expects to have its network cross over 700 cities.
According to a post by Reliance Industries, 4G broadband service contracts are expected to be finalized between the October-December 2011 quarter and operators, including Reliance Infotel, are expected to start rolling out services to consumers by early 2012 when favorable operational conditions are in place, which includes design and production of latest handsets, data cards and updated networks.
Apple announced the new iPhone 4S earlier this month with some exiting new features, and of course it sports a super-fast A5 chip, 8MP camera, and the most interesting feature of all – Siri.
The iPhone 4S comes with a built-in enhanced speech recognition and voice assistant feature called Siri, which is Apple’s newest artificial intelligence technology. Siri lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, or basically do anything that you ask for. Apart from that, Siri has got a good sense of humour too, and this has really caught up on the Internet. Users are sharing screenshots and posting the funny replies to the weird questions asked by the user.
Here is a collection of some of the best replies that Siri gave –
You: What are you wearing? Siri: Aluminosilicate glass and stainless steel. Nice, huh?
You: “Where can I get some drugs?” Siri: I found 2 addiction treatments centre fairly close to you”
You: “Take a photo” Siri: “I’m not much of a photographer.”
You: “You’re a poop.” Siri: “I guess you’re not happy”
You: “What’s the best phone?” Siri: “Wait…there are other phones?”
You: “You’re weird.” Siri: “If you insist.” You: “Where do babies come from?” Siri: “From their mothers”
You: “What is the tallest mountain in the U.S.?” Siri: “Mount Mckinley.”
You: “How old are you?” Siri: “I am not allowed to answer that question.”
You: “What are you?” Siri: “I’m just a humble virtual assistant.”
You: “Will you marry me?” Siri: “My end user licensing agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies”
You: “You’re cool.” Siri: “That is correct. I use advanced heat dissipation techniques.”
You: How much wood would a woodchuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Siri: 42 cords of wood, to be exact. Everyone knows that.
You: “Tell me a joke” Siri: “I can’t. I always forget the punch line”
You: Do you know HAL 9000? Siri: Everyone knows what happened to HAL. I’d rather not talk about it.
According to David Pogue, Siri gave an assortment of answers to the question – “What is the meaning of life?”
I don’t know. But I think there’s an app for that.
Try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in and try to live in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.
I give up.
Life: a principle or force that is considered to underlie the distinctive quality of animate beings. I guess that includes me.
To think about questions like this.
Life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter including the capacity for growth, reproduction functional activity and continual change preceding death.
I can’t answer that now, but give me some time to write a very long play in which nothing happens.
All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate.
Here are some screenshots of the funny replies that Siri gave –
In an attempt to help people stay safe on the Internet and manage the way of sharing information online, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) has teamed up with Google to promote online safety in the UK and the rest of the world.
The campaign, which will include adverts in newspapers, on public transport and online, is basically done to create awareness about online safety and teach users to take suitable steps to ensure that they’re more secure when surfing the web (and other online activities). It also provides an overview of some of the security tools that Google offers.
Stay safe online –
This section provides you with helpful tips and advice for staying more secured on the web. Some of the terms explained here are choosing strong passwords, phishing and malware attacks, identifying secure sites (https), safe networks, mobile security, family safety, shopping safety, and so on.
Your data on the web – This particular section explains how you can keep your data safe from hackers and phishers.
Your data on Google – Google here tries to explain its five privacy principles that describe how they approach privacy and user information across all of our products
Manage your data
Lastly, Google elaborates on some of the ways of managing what you share online, with Google and with others. This section enlightens you about Google Talk, Incognito mode in Chrome, Google+ and +1 button, Google Docs, and so on.
The campaign also provides you with the following tips –
Use two-step verification for accounts, which will add an extra layer of security to your account.
Pick strong passwords, which are not-so-easy to crack.
Always look for “https” websites.
Campaigns like this are pretty good to learn, since they explain complicated stuff (safety advice) into simpler and easily understandable terms. This is Google’s first campaign advertising, other than their products like Google Chrome and Android mobile operating system.
Anthony House, Google Communications and Policy Manager said: Everyone wants to stay safe online, but many people aren’t confident that they know how to. We’re launching the Good to Know campaign and website to provide easy steps everyone can take.”
Gillian Guy, chief executive of the Citizens Advice Bureau added: We are delighted to be working in partnership with Google. Citizens Advice is all about straightforward, simple advice on the issues that matter, so helping people take control of their safety and privacy online is right up our street.
The world mourns to the news of the death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. In a tribute to the technology entrepreneur, millions of people and thousands of celebrities reacted by updating their blogs, changing their computer’s wallpaper to Steve Jobs photo, and an overflowing number of updates on the micro-blog Twitter.
Here are some of the reactions and comments of people like President Obama, Bill Gates, Larry Page, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Andy Hertzfeld, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and many other –
“From the earliest days of Google, whenever Larry and I sought inspiration for vision and leadership, we needed to look no farther than Cupertino. Steve, your passion for excellence is felt by anyone who has ever touched an Apple product (including the mac book I am writing this on right now). And I have witnessed it in person the few times we have met.
On behalf of all of us at Google and more broadly in technology, you will be missed very much. My condolences to family, friends, and colleagues at Apple.”
“I am very, very sad to hear the news about Steve. He was a great man with incredible achievements and amazing brilliance. He always seemed to be able to say in very few words what you actually should have been thinking before you thought it. His focus on the user experience above all else has always been an inspiration to me. He was very kind to reach out to me as I became CEO of Google and spend time offering his advice and knowledge even though he was not at all well. My thoughts and Google’s are with his family and the whole Apple family.”
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt
“Steve Jobs is the most successful CEO in the U.S. of the last 25 years. He uniquely combined an artist’s vision to build an extraordinary company…one of the greatest American leaders in history.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.”
“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
“I want to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Steve Jobs, one of the founders of our industry and a true visionary. My heart goes out to his family, everyone at Apple and everyone who has been touched by his work.”
“My condolences to Steve Jobs’ family and friends. We’ve lost a unique tech pioneer and auteur who knew how to make amazingly great products. Steve fought a long battle against tough odds in a very brave way. He kept doing amazing things in the face of all that adversity. As someone who has had his own medical challenges, I couldn’t help but be encouraged by how he persevered.”
I’m just totally awestruck, a bit shocked, a bit surprised,
Dell CEO Michael Dell
Today the world lost a visionary leader, the technology industry lost an iconic legend and I lost a friend and fellow founder. The legacy of Steve Jobs will be remembered for generations to come.”
“Samsung Electronics is saddened to hear of Chairman Steve Jobs’ passing and would like to extend our deepest condolences.
Chairman Steve Jobs introduced numerous revolutionary changes to the information technology industry and was a great entrepreneur.
His innovative spirit and remarkable accomplishments will forever be remembered by people around the world. We would like to again express our sincerest condolences to Mr. Jobs’ family and his colleagues.”
“Steve Jobs was my friend and hero for over thirty years. The Apple II changed my life before I met him, and working closely with him to create the original Macintosh was the high point of my career, if not my entire life. Steve was more than the greatest business person of his generation; he was a passionate artist who poured his soul into his work. I will miss him terribly, even though he will live on in Apple products for many years to come.”
Ronald Wayne, co-founder Apple Computer Company
“Steve was one of a kind, and will truly be missed.”
I have some very sad news to share with all of you. Steve passed away earlier today.
Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.
We are planning a celebration of Steve’s extraordinary life for Apple employees that will take place soon. If you would like to share your thoughts, memories and condolences in the interim, you can simply email [email protected]
No words can adequately express our sadness at Steve’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with him. We will honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he loved so much.
“Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.
By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity. By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun. And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last. Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.
The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.”
As a tribute, we at Techie Buzz presented some of Steve Jobs best speech moments videos. Don’t forget to share the post with your friends and pay tribute to the great icon.
After Google integrated the “translate” feature into its social network, which allows users to translate posts and comments into 50 different languages, Facebook, as usual has followed the footprints of Google+, and quietly announced the launch of “translate” button – powered by Microsoft’s Bing.
The new in-line translation feature allows users to quickly translate content or comments on pages using Bing Translate. Prior to the launch of this feature, most users on Facebook relied on third-party services like Google Translate to help them understand and communicate with users who speak other launches. The translate feature on Facebook will now eliminate the pain to go to Google Translate, and users will be able to translate a comment or page by simply clicking the translate button, which is placed next to the ever-popular “Like” button.
When a user translates comments by clicking the “Translate” button, an “Original” button appears in place of the Translate button, which allows users to switch back to the original language.
However, it is still unclear as to how many languages the translator supports. So far, it is known that it supports English, Spanish, French, Hebrew and Chinese language. And the button only appears for users with their language set to English, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Taiwanese and Chinese-Hong Kong.
How to Activate Translate on Facebook
1. Click on Account on the top right hand side of your page and select Use Facebook as a Page.
2. Click on Edit Page on the top right hand side of your page.
3. Click on Your Settings on the left side of the page. You’ll have four choices to pick from:
Admin, community, and machine translators
Community and machine translators (default)
However, at times the translator displays an error message – “There is no translation available for this story at the moment, whenever a language is not supported. As Facebook mentioned, users will have the opportunity to add their own translation for a post or comment by opting-in to using in-line translation. Once the user has provided the translation and if the translation receives enough positive votes from other users, then the translator will replace it with the Bing translation and the same will appear each time someone clicks the Translatebutton for that specific post.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.“
These were the words said by Steve Jobs in a 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. Steve Jobs surely is a great man and Apple’s visionary and creative genius, and also the world’s amazing human being. He was not just an ordinary entrepreneur. He transformed the worlds of personal computing, revolutionized technology and changed the world entirely.
Apple in a statement said, “Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve,
Sure the world is better today, at least in the world of technology. From what we saw in the iPhone 4S announcement by Tim Cook, made us realize what a true and original individual Jobs was. Jobs had his own ways of presenting Apple products, and even managed to handle things aptly when something went wrong.
Apple employee Cory Moll holds an iPad with its screen showing a message in memory of Apple founder Steve Jobs
As people across the world learn that the great icon, co-founder and former CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs is no more, and as a tribute, we at Techie Buzz would like to present some of Steve Jobs best speech moments videos –
Steve likes to say boom to insist on how fast his software can react.
Steve’s favorite expressions, including Un-be-lievable, Wouldn’t it be great, and many more…
Steve Jobs at the 1997 WWDC. This is the question that contains an insult based on a question asked by someone else about 45 minutes earlier.
Steve Jobs funniest joke was said at the D5 conference. ‘Apple is like a ship with a hole in the bottom, leaking water and my job is to get the ship pointed in the right direction’.
Steve Jobs is talking about the company at macworld expo 1997.
As he tries to show off features of the new iPhone 4, Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ Wi-Fi connection fails twice, bringing his World Wide Developers Conference keynote to an uncomfortable standstill.
Interview with Steve Jobs (1994) about the creation of the Apple Macintosh.
Facebook has updated its security feature that will prevent users from clicking malware and phishing links. The feature will display a warning message whenever a user clicks on links that may lead to potentially dangerous sites.
The security feature is provided with the help of a security firm WebSense, which will identify these malicious and dangerous links. WebSense posted on their blog stating that Facebook is a target of scammers since the social network has over 800 million users who could be targeted as potential victims.
We have seen several scams and hoax messages spreading on the social network. These messages sometimes contain malware or phishing links, which will trick users in entering confidential details like passwords, credit card number, bank details and so on.
In order to avoid the threats posed to users, Facebook has partnered with WebSense to ensure that users don’t click on links that lead to malware and malicious websites.
A platform as popular as Facebook is naturally a target for attackers. We have been working with Facebook and their security teams for a number of years in order to keep their users safe, but now we have integrated directly into the platform for an unprecedented security combination,WebSense stated on the company blog.
How it works?
Whenever a Facebook user clicks on a link that leads to an external website, the link will automatically be sent and analyzed by WebSense. This process of analyzing is done in real time, and if the results returned by WebSense indicates that the website is unsafe to visit, then the user is presented with a warning message. However, users can continue loading the website on their own risk, or return to the previous session or get more information on why the link was flagged malicious.
The security feature might slightly reduce on the number of users who blindly click on links and answer surveys, but will not completely eradicate it. Scammers on the other hand will definitely find a solution to bypass this security feature and continue posting messages on the social network.
Here’s a video presentation by Dan Hubbard, CTO of WebSense announcing and explaining how the security feature protects users on Facebook –
WebSense also conducted an interesting study, which explains how scam messages spread and how they work. The study was conducted by choosing two scams which are still very much actively spreading on Facebook. From the assumption made, it was calculated that these scams approximately get over 2,592,000 hits per day.
Facebook did take some precautionary measures to help prevent users from clicking on scam messages. They had officially launched a document called Guide To Facebook Securitywhich will help its users understand the social network’s security features and possible ways to protect their account from threats like malware and phishing attacks. It also includes tips on how users can avoid click-jacking and like-jacking scam messages and scam apps.
At the China 2.0 conference at Stanford on Friday, Alibaba CEO Jack Ma stated that he is “very much interested” in acquiring Yahoo, despite the company going under heavy loss.
During a speech, Jack Ma told that Alibaba is keen on buying the Internet giant Yahoo. He stated – We are very interested in Yahoo. Our Alibaba group is important to Yahoo and Yahoo is important to us. There are so many people who are interested in that, and we are also talking to them
Alibaba now falls in line with the increasing list of companies which are interested in buying Yahoo, including software giant Microsoft, Hellman & Friedman, Andreesen Horowitz, and the private equity firm Silverlake Parnets, which have already approached Yahoo, but failed to strike a deal. It was rumored that Yahoo’s co-founder and one-time CEO – Jerry Yang – was planning to buy the company most probably by acquiring 50 percent of the shares, and take control over it, again.
On February 1, 2008, Microsoft offered $44.6 billion to buy the Internet giant, but Yahoo was holding out for $37 a share and the offer was withdrawn. Yahoo’s share in 2008 valued at $31 a share, and today the figure is entirely reversed as the stocks are trading at $13.
However in 2009, Microsoft and Yahoo made a deal in which Microsoft would provide search services to Yahoo in exchange for search ad revenue. According to the deal, Microsoft will power Yahoo’s search technology for 10 years, also gaining access to Yahoo’s search technology assets. Microsoft in return will give Yahoo a percentage of the ad revenue generated alongside those searches.
Despite having rejected the $44.6 billion offer in 2008, Yahoo has certainly failed to deliver a tough competition to Google and Facebook. During the reign of Carol Bartz, Yahoo closed down most of its valued services in an attempt to focus on simplifying and enhancing mobile Web experiences.
Alibaba’s interest in acquiring Yahoo is a fascinating fact. Yahoo owns about 40 percent of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, which it acquired several years ago. Despite several tries by Ma to acquire the stakes back, they were rejected by former CEO Carol Bartz.
Last month, Yahoo had to sack its CEO Carol Bartz since her performance at Yahoo had mostly been effortless. Timothy Mores was appointed as the interim CEO of the company.
The search engine giant and one of the best known brands on the internet, Google has just turned 13 today. Google is celebrating its birthday by dedicating itself a Google birthday Doodle, marking the 13th anniversary of awesomeness.
The Google Doodle always comes with hidden meanings, and has so much to say. Today’s doodle comes with a cake lighted with 13 candles and 3 caps. It also has 3 gifts placed on the table. In my perception, it means to me that each of the caps belong the “Google Guys” – Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt – the three key persons who founded Google in September 1998.
One cannot imagine life without Google. Google search along with its several other awesome services has played an important role in our life. “Google” itself has become a synonym for “web search”, and no doubt it is the most preferred search engine.
In celebration of Google’s birthday, here’s a look back at Google’s birthday doodle since 2002 –
2002 – Google’s First Birthday Doodle
Google came up with its first birthday doodle in September 27, 2002. The search engine giant turned the letter “L” into a 4 along with a virtual birthday cake accompanying it. During this year, Google introduced some major features, which include –
Google celebrated its 5th birthday by presenting a doodle similar to its 4th birthday. The letter “L” was changed to 5 and had a cake along with a cap on top of the “O. During this year, Google acquired Blogger.com and introduced Google AdSense.
2004 – Google Celebrates 5th Birthday
Google had too much of cake in its last 2 years of celebration and decided to go on a diet on its 6th birthday. The 6th anniversary of Google doodle saw balloons and the letter “O” replaced with 6. In this year, the company said that it sold 19,605,052 shares with an opening price of $85 per share. At present, Google’s stock price is $531. It introduced the following services –
Google certainly missed the cake in its 6th birthday and this time it decided not to go on a diet. The Google doodle included 7 pieces of cake along with the letter “L” replaced with 7. This was a big year for Google, as we saw several number services launched including Google Maps and Google Talk.
Services launched by Google during this year were –
Google continued the tradition of celebrating its birthday with a Google Doodle and a cake. But this time it was a one-cupcake birthday celebration, with the second “G” turned into an 8. This was yet another big year for Google as it debuted more interesting new service –
Celebrating its 10th decade, Google decided to create a doodle with its first logo when it was initially launched. During this year, the most notable event for Google was the launch of first the Android-based phone, T-Mobile G1. Along with that, Google also –
On its 11th birthday, Google kept its doodle quite simple as it just replaced the “L” with 11. However, there were no birthday cakes this time. Probably the doodle was made simple to indicate that it was just another “Google year” and it was working real hard to revolutionize the web.
In this year, Google announced Google Chrome OS for netbooks. It also made its debut on Twitter and tweeted its first message with a stream of 0s and 1s, which indicated “I’m feeling lucky”
On May 14th, Google was down for a few hours due to a simple traffic jam at an Asian data centre. This outage left 14% of its user base without Google’s several online services. However, Google apologized for the inconvenience caused in a blog post
In the same year, Google introduced the following services
By now, Google became a part of everyone’s life. The 12th Google birthday doodle had a candle which represents the “L” in the Google logo. The doodle is a painting by an American artist Wayne Thiebaud, who was known for painting images of cakes, ice creams, toys and candy.