Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Share web links through sound (that's right)

If Google has its way, the days of sharing web links through copying text (or bumping devices) will soon be over. The internet giant has released Google Tone, an "experimental" Chrome extension that shares your browser's current web address to other computers through specially crafted sound bursts. So long as the recipients are within microphone range and use Tone, they don't have to lift a finger -- their machines will pick up the audio cue and start surfing. There are a lot of variables that could sour your experience (don't try this in a noisy room, folks), but this could still be ideal if you just have to send cat videos to everyone within earshot.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WhatsApp finally comes to the web

WhatsApp founder Jan Koum just announced that the hugely popular messaging company has launched a web client that'll let users fire off messages from inside the desktop version of Google Chrome. As Koum points out, WhatsApp for the web is only an extension of the mobile apps you're already familiar with, meaning all of your lengthy conversations and exchanges still live primarily on your phone.

WhatsApp Web requires that you install and run the latest version of the mobile app on your phone, and it just might not be available for everyone yet. The (characteristically simple) setup process requires you to scan a QR code from the mobile app of your choosing from this site (WhatsappWeb). And you are all set to use WhatsApp on the web.

Windows 10: a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and 8.1 Users

Wondering how much Windows 10 will set you back? In most cases, nothing. Microsoft has announced that the new operating system will be a free upgrade in the first year for everyone using Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1. The company sees Windows as a service rather than a product, Terry Myerson explains. Yes, Microsoft is partly following in Apple's footsteps (OS X upgrades have been free since Mavericks), but it's hard to complain about getting a big update for free.

Source: Engadget