Google Data Save Saves Bandwidth while browsing in Chrome

In spite of being among the most efficient internet browser for multiple platforms, Google Chrome often consumes a lot of data while browsing. This is not an issue for those, who have data connection with unlimited bandwidth. If you have limited data or if you use a mobile to browse, you may end up having to pay extra for over usage. Data Saver from Google is a browser extension for Chrome, that can help you on bandwidth costs.

You can now save a minimum 20% of bandwidth, while browsing in Google Chrome with data Saver installed. Google has officially unveiled a Chrome extension, which is known as Data Saver (Beta). As the name describes, this is still in beta version.

Just install the extension and forget about it. It turns on immediately right after installation. You will get an additional icon in your extension area – next to the URL bar. You can click on this icon/button to look at the data commutation.

Save Bandwith in Chrome

When this extension is enabled, Chrome will use Google servers to compress pages you visit before downloading them. SSL and incognito pages will not be included.

In case you want to turn it off for some reason, simply click on the link that says Turn Off Data Saver.

This extension is surprisingly small in size but it performs really great. Nevertheless, you must have Google Chrome 41 or later version to install this extension. It will eventually compress the page prior to getting on your screen.

Data Saver Chrome extension makes use of the same feature which Chrome for Android uses. This particular extension uses Google Data Compression Proxy Service, which helps users get an improved and smoother experience as well as they can reduce the bandwidth utilization by minimum 20%.

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How does Google Data Compression Proxy Service work

The workflow design is very simple to understand. Whenever, anyone make a search for something on the internet using Chrome, after installing the Data Saver extension, Google Chrome makes the search and sends the data to the Google server. Following that, the user gets the data from the Google server.

Google Data Compression Proxy Service works only on HTTP sites. It does not work on secure connection aka HTTPS sites and in incognito mode.

Is Google spying on you using Data Compression Proxy Service

Partially, the answer will be YES because all the data is going to Google’s server after which, it will be transferred to his/her Windows PC. Your query will thus be stored in Google’s data center – even though you are not logged in with your Google account.

Does Google Data Compression Proxy Service work on various transaction websites

Almost 99% websites, from where a transaction can be done, use HTTPS and this particular proxy service doesn’t work on HTTPS websites. That means, you are safe while making any transaction or using your bank account.

This simple tiny extension can assist you to save bandwidth a lot. If you decide to try it install it from here and let us know if it made any difference.

Mozilla is launching its first Firefox OS smartphone in India

Mozilla is launching its Firefox OS mobile operating system into new markets. Although the nonprofit had already discussed its approach for India, today it announced it will be launching its first smartphone in the region this week.

The Cloud FX, developed by Intex Technologies, sports a 3.5-inch display, a 1GHz processor and a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera. The memory is expandable up to 4GB and it supports a dual-SIM setup, as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Mozilla has packed in various data monitoring features and several languages are supported out of the box, including Hindi and Tamil. It will be sold to consumers exclusively through Snapdeal.com.

Back in June, Intex Technologies said the handset would retail for under 2000 Rs ($33 USD), targeting first-time smartphone users. This is an area Mozilla has always been keen to focus on; aside from its Flame developer handset, we’re yet to see mid-range or high-end hardware running Firefox OS. If there’s a market for the platform, Mozilla believes it’s at the low-end.

Firefox OS faces stiff competition in the region, however. Nokia is still pushing its Asha and Nokia X handsets, with plans to release cheaper Lumia devices. Affordable Android handsets are everywhere and newcomers such as Xiaomi are entering the region with  fiercely competitive hardware. If Firefox OS wants to carve out some market share, it’ll have to do it with tooth and nail.

 

BlackBerry Leap to launch in India – 12 May

BlackBerry had announced a new mid-range smartphone dubbed Leap at Mobile World Congress early this year, which will soon be available for the Indian market. The company is all set to launch the Leap in India on May 12. Though the company hasn’t revealed the price of the device, it is expected to carry a price tag around $275 (approximately Rs 17,000).

Features :

The BlackBerry Leap is an affordable all-touch smartphone which sports a 5-inch edge-to-edge HD display with a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution along with a 294ppi pixel density. It is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Plus chip, which has a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU. It also includes 2GB RAM.

BlackBerry Leap runs BlackBerry 10 OS (version 10.3) and supports BlackBerry Blend desktop software. In terms of memory, the device has an in-built storage of 16GB and can be further expanded up to 128GB via microSD card. On the camera front, the BlackBerry Leap has an 8MP auto-focus camera with LED flash along with a 2MP front-facing camera. The device can record 1080p videos at 30fps and also has a 5x digital zoom.

In terms of connectivity, it supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0, A-GPS, 4G LTE and microUSB v2.0. The smartphone is fuelled by a non-removable Li Ion 2800mAh battery that claims to last for up to 25 hours, even after heavy use.

WiFO increases WiFi speed by 10 times

A little more work in this area could change the way data is transmitted and increase not only data transmission speed but also can send data over long distances without having to use repeaters or boosters. Right now, the technology is able to combine with WiFi and increase its speed by 10 times.

WiFO, as it is being called, employs LED light to transfer data. Data transmission has always relied on Radio Waves also known as RF (Radio Frequencies). The problem with Radio waves is that they are stopped by hard objects in their line, they fade out with distance and most important of all, pose health risks to people using them. If the WiFO based technology is enhanced, it would be able to use photons as carriers and it would be advantageous in every way.

WiFO is made possible due to the recent developments in the field of LED. The technology uses LEDs that are beyond the visual spectrum of humans. It can create a cone around one meter square field and then employs this LED light cone to transfer data from one place to another. The best thing is that it can be integrated with existing WiFi networks and thus, improves its speed by approx. 10 times.

 The technology has been created by Thinh Nguyen and Alan Wang of Oregon State University and has been tested successfully. Right now, it is not possible to use WiFO separately as the LEDs would need to be installed every meter so that they don’t cut off data. This problem is worked around by combining WiFO (LED based data transmission) and normal WiFi. While the WiFi transfers data at regular speed, it is accelerated many times as it enters the one meter square created by LED light spectrums. This combination increases the speed of WiFi.

The technology can send over 100Mbps. Though some WiFi systems already provide such speeds, it becomes slower due to distribution of WiFi space among the users and devices. With WiFO in place, each user can still be using up to 50Mbps easily. That is, when the hybrid system is in place. When time comes for WiFO to replace WiFi, users will not feel any difference in the speed as there won’t be RF and instead, LED photonic light will be used.

The good news is, the WiFO technology is not too costly. It employs simple diodes that costs one dollar each.

Masking Email Address – Avoid Spam

A better option to avoid spam email is to use temporary emails whenever possible.

Certain websites ask you for your email address for different activities. For entering a comment, for example, you have to provide your email ID. Likewise, when downloading some free e-book, they ask you for your email ID, so that they can send you the download link to this ID. This way, they can build up a data bank, so that contact you even after you got the book. If the site is good and the mail they send is useful it is fine, but what if they started spamming you? One of the benefits of masking an email address is that you can avoid spam using third-party browser extension.

How to Avoid Spam

Providing your email ID anywhere on the Internet invites spam. Though the companies or websites promise that they won’t sell your email address to anyone, they could share your email address with third parties. Some websites simply sell your email ID among other information to online marketing companies that too converts into more spam into your Inbox. For example, you register for a newsletter with a reputed website and start receiving promotional emails from unknown parties, you may wonder how the unknown party got your email ID!

Though there are many spam filters in place, they may or may not help you. Some of them come with an Unsubscribe option but, again, they may or may not help. A service like Unroll.me can then help.

The best way to avoid spam is to mask your email ID while providing it to websites. Even better is to use temporary emails. Temporary emails last for a definite period of time and expire afterwards. They are perfect for things like receiving links for e-books, etc., and to avoid the spam that follows later.

Masking email address

You will need a third-party browser extension for masking your email address. One example of email masking is MaskMe and Blur from Abine. The extension comes both free and paid. In the free version, it masks only the email addresses. The paid version goes a step ahead to mask phone numbers and credit card numbers.

MaskMe is available for Firefox and for Chrome. It is however no longer being updated. Its developers have developed a new addon called called Blur, which does this and more. Blur too is available for Chrome as well for Firefox.

Using an extension, when you encounter a field asking for email ID, you will get option to mask the email address. If you choose that, you get to enter an email mask (something like a fake ID) instead of real email ID. Mail sent to the masked email ID will be forwarded to your real email ID. You can decide which ones to keep and which ones to delete. That is, if you start receiving promotional email or something similar from a third party, you can set it to be deleted automatically.

Masking works best only in browsers, as email clients will download or sync all email. With email clients, you can set up filters and rules to check the incoming email and delete them if they are spam. There is probability of losing important email if you are not very careful when creating rules in email clients.

As evident from the name, temporary emails are valid only for a certain period of time – like, 10 minutes or half an hour. Such email IDs can be used when there is need for corresponding only once. For example, if you need to give them an email ID to obtain a download link for something, you can quickly create a temporary email and use it instead of your real email ID. Once you receive the link and the email ID expires, any further emails sent to it will bounce. That way, you will be saved from spam.

This explains the benefits of masking an email address and using temporary email IDs. It depends on circumstances whether to use temporary emails or to go for masking. You can temporary email only for a limited correspondence. In case of masking, you will keep on receiving mail, but you will have options to directly delete the emails using third-party browser extensions.

 

Google wants to remove the space bar from the keyboard

The aim of today’s computer manufacturers is to make computers as small as possible. For this they are trying everything; from making the keys movable (Mac) to removing the bezel (Dell XPS laptops). Now, Google has come up with a new patent, as per which, Google might consider doing away with the space bars on the keyboards, to make way for space-saving laptops.

Quartz covered this news where the details of Google’s patent on keyboard design are mentioned. Quartz says,

“In the patent, the company outlined a design for a laptop that replaces the space bar with an extended trackpad. The patent suggests that part of the trackpad—separated by a line or a ridge—would serve as a space bar, and the rest would just be a regular trackpad. A set of sensors that sit under the trackpad would determine whether the user wants a space bar or a mouse: A single tap when the user has been typing will create a space, but a tap while the using the trackpad as a mouse will result in a mouse click.”

Thus, the trackpad will serve as a virtual keyboard for space bar and the mouse click. Google is certain that a small change in keyboard, i.e. removing the space bar, will make a big change in the size of the keyboard. This will help in creating smaller laptop computer, as the trackpad will be pushed upwards in the area that the space bar would have occupied.

You can relate this change to Lenovo’s new laptops where the trackpad is placed very close to the keyboard. On this, Quartz suggests, why Google is using a trackpad for converting only space bar into a virtual key, when it can turn any number of keys into virtual keys.

A Google representative mentions that not all the patents that Google holds are converted into products. So, it will be interesting to see whether Google really converts this patent by removing the space bar will actually convert into a product.