Well well, when WhatsApp was bought by Facebook, the Social Media world shared mixed feelings regarding the future of the Most-Loved Mobile Instant-Messaging platform even though its founders promised to keep WhatsApp as ‘WhatsApp‘ – The same model. Facebook on its side said that it will bring its contributions to the app and connect more people through same. WhatsApp is the de-facto messaging platform on mobile phones, be it Android ones, iOS ones or Windows mobile ones, while its rival, Viber, is prefered for voice and video calling. – WhatApp and Viber share an almost similar model; that of enabling instant messaging with the possibility to share photos, videos, voice notes, emoticons, etc – So, how can you swallow the group of users still sticking to Viber because of its call features?.. (Let’s forget Skype for the time-being and concentrate on these two major rivals 🙂 ) .. Well, you develop your own Call feature! And it’s Facebook! Anything it touches, becomes gold! Since then, there has been rumours about a Call feature being developed for WhatsApp. Facebook annonced it once and Mark Zuckerburg commented about it following a user’s question on Facebook. Release dates were not disclosed and spammers took advantage of that to mass-message fake WhatsApp Call activation links, which turned out to be user-data collecting honey-pots.. [Fast-Forward..] And then came the big day! Users got the upgrade message on their mobiles and downloaded the latest version (Mine’s 2.11.543). Among the new features, spare the tweaked UI, is a little phone icon next to the ‘Attach‘ icon. Brace Yourselves ! The Call feature is here, finally!
Following my past article entitled A short word about Linux, ideas were tossed on the Mauritius Internet Users mailing list about BSD having different approaches compared to Linux. The need for a BSD user group was voiced-out as well as raising the awareness on BSD and its advantages. Following that, a little chat with Logan again, who is also a BSD developer, brought out some fruitful information about BSD. Following is what I could extract from Logan 😛
Open Source systems and the community running behind these have always been something interesting to dive in. As part of paving my path in those communities, I decided to have a word with one of the Open Source Developers in my Home Country namely Loganden Velvindron, Logan; a friend of mine – even if we met in person only once during a workshop on the MariaDB Database Management System. Views expressed in this ‘mini-interview’ represent the views of Logan only. Other mini-interviews similar to this one will follow. 🙂
As from the 1st of September 2013, all mauritian mobile phone numbers moved from 7 digits to 8 digits with a ‘5’ at the start of the number. This targets all subscribers of Orange Mauritius, Emtel, MTML/Chilli and all devices that uses the GSM protocol to communicate. Explained as a means to increase the capacity of the number allocation system as “we will soon be lacking numbers”, this decision has had mixed reactions from the population as a whole. For some, nothing great has changed whereas for others, that has had a huge impact on their way of life. In this post i will try to enumerate the problems faced together with solutions and suggestions.
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Imagine yourself in one of these situations; You are on the road, traffic jam and you badly need to connect to the Internet on your laptop… You are at home; there’s a power cut and you need an Internet Connection on your laptop but your router does not have backup battery.. How on Earth can you connect to the Internet ?? There exist Mobile Internet USB dongle, but the rains pouring outside, and you do not have a new SIM card to insert in the dongle. BUT !! You have a smartphone ! that already has a data plan or that can connect to the Internet and that very smartphone has a Wi-Fi antenna. Can you browse the Internet using your mobile phone as access point ?? Read on 😉