Should You Worry About the New Facebook Messenger?

A lot of Facebook users, including my wife, have  recently raised privacy concerns over the new Facebook Messenger mobile app. They claim that by using the new app, Facebook would be able to steal all of your data, access your contact list and call your friends without permission, and  use your camera and microphone without your knowledge. Scary, right?

But there is no need to panic. These accusations are not entirely true. In its defence, Facebook even released a statement that all these talk are based on misinformation. Well, who can they blame? They have not been really good at that previously when they conducted a study without our consent.facebook

Basically, the premise of the new Facebook messenger is:  it is a separate app that can run independently. An instant chat feature. So you don’t have to launch the full Facebook app which will save you memory, bandwidth, and battery life. The chat head feature is very helpful for multitasking. You don’t have to leave your current screen to be able to see the text message.

Top 10 Countries With Fastest Internet Connection for Q1 2014

The internet has transformed the way we live and work. And  most countries have worked harder to improve their internet connection speed.

The January to March 2014 State of the Internet report from Akamai Technologies, content delivery network based in the U.S. shows a global average connection speed of 3.9 Mbps, a 1.8% increase from  4th quarter of 2013.

Unsurprisingly, South Korea retained  the fastest internet connection with 23.6 Mbps. That’s 6 times faster than the rest of the world. Japan, in the second spot, has improved its speed by 12%. Hong Kong, which is number 1 in 2012 has dropped to number 3 with Switzerland and Netherlands finishing at 4th and 5th spot.

It may shock you that the U.S., the best in technology is not even in the top 10. In fact, it ranked only in the 12th place.

Study Reveals Britons Spend More Time On Tech Than Sleeping

A recent study by a UK Communications regulator reflects an excessive use of technology that disrupts our normal life.

Research by Ofcom reveals that UK adults spend an average of eight hours and 41 minutes a day on media devices, compared with the average night’s sleep of eight hours and 21 minutes.

Among those surveyed, more alarming are the habits of 16-24 years old who squeezed 9 hours 8 minutes each day by multi-tasking and using different media and devices at the same time.

For the first time since 2009, TV viewing has fallen to under 4 hours per day and people have turned to tablets and smartphones.

On a positive note however, the report suggests that children were  found to have an advanced understanding of technology devices, with six-year-olds having the same level of knowledge as the average 45-year-old.

Samsung Hints September 3 Release of Galaxy Note 4

Watch out iPhone 6, Note 4 will be unveiled a few day earlier.

Samsung has recently sent a teasing press invite with caption “READY? NOTE THE DATE!” The September “Unpacked” event will be held simultaneously in 3 cities – New York, Berlin and Beijing. The launch is in tradition with previous announcement of Note 3 last year at IFA Berlin .

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The new device  is anticipated to have a 5.7-inch screen, will feature a more premium feel  using metail in its casing,  minimum 32GB of storage, built-in water resistance and fingerprint scanner to unlock the device like S4. If the new jumbo smartphone is to follow last year’s arrangement, it could be available for market by September 24.

You Can Now Download A Movie in Less Than A Second

Good news errant downloaders. You can now download a 1GB movie in 0.2 milliseconds ( given your computer can keep up ).

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have reclaimed a world record for  data transfer  when it managed to transfer fully 43 terabits per second by using single multi-core optical fibre, which was developed by Japanese firm Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT).

The previous record was held since 2011 by the Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie in Germany, who created a network able to reach speeds of 32 terabits per second.