Online search giant Google has announced that goo.gl, a URL shortening service, is being shut down beginning April 13 for new users. Existing users will however have one more year before the service is shuttered. The service was introduced in 2009 and during that time other similar services have cropped up and grown in popularity. Users who are interested in creating new short links will now have the option of using Firebase Dynamic Links besides other URL shorteners.
Shuttering the service will allow Google to focus on Firebase Dynamic Links, a service that lets users redirect to particular locations depending on suitability. According to Google compared to standard links Firebase Dynamic Links were better suited to surviving app installation and thus making it easier to find the required content. Firebase Dynamic Links also offer enhanced security. Two years ago reports emerged that shortened URLs possessed more security vulnerabilities compared to standard links.
This comes in the wake of an analyst at Bank of America indicating that Waymo, the autonomous car unit of Alphabet (Google’s parent), could now be valued as much as the biggest car manufacturers in the world. According to Justin Post, the analyst at Bank of America, the biggest indication that the growth of Waymo was accelerating were the new partnerships the driverless car company had formed with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover. Waymo has also formed partnerships with AutoNation, Intel and Lyft.
Last year in November Waymo made history by becoming the first firm to start operating vehicles that were completely autonomous on public roads. These cars in the firm’s Early Rider program didn’t have human back drivers sitting at the front ready to take over in case the driverless technology failed. Per Post the driverless cars of Waymo have now covered over four million miles on public roads.
“With the Early Rider test now underway in Phoenix, a pick-up in recent partnerships and supplier agreements, and Level 4 autonomous driving achieved in 10/17, momentum appears to be gaining steam with Waymo,” said Post.
According to Post, though it was difficult to determine the true earnings potential of Waymo, a sum-of-the-parts analysts that was based on a tech licensing and ride-sharing model gave the Alphabet unit a valuation of $41 billion. Going by Post’s estimate Waymo is almost valued as much as the Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford which boasts of $43 billion in market capitalization.
Top 10 Best PokeVision Alternatives And Replacement 2018
Pokemon Go is still one of the most popular games on Android and IOS even after it’s fall from the height of its popularity in Summer 2015. In Pokemon Go players are tasked to find Pokemon all over the world as the Pokemon are physically located randomly throughout the world. Since the Pokemon are located in the real world, a variety of online and phone applications have popped up for players to use so that they can find Pokemon more easily. We are going to discuss 10 of them here and weigh their pros and cons.
PokeDetector is a cool app where you can set up the phone application to vibrate whenever it detects a certain a type of Pokemon. This is great because then you do not have to have the app open all of the time and you will just get a notification when you finally find the Pokemon you are looking for.
- Go Tools for Pokemon Go
Go Tools is a crowdsourced application that takes user uploaded data and maps it out on their application. It also uses a CP and evolution calculator that helps you search nearby Pokemon.
Pokemon Map is the perfect application if you are just looking to for a quick application that you can search for Pokemon and directions to get to said Pokemon.
- Poke Finder
Poke Finder is a tight knit online community where users have uploaded the locations of Pokemon in the real world so you can go and find them. The application makes it very easy to enter the location of a Pokemon and you can easily sign up with Google to make the process pain free.
This web app is perfect if you are looking to search for rare Pokemon. It gives you the best experience in order to find the pokemon that you are looking for by concentrating just on looking for Pokemon and nothing else.
- Poke Eye
This is one of the best alternatives to PokeVision, you can easily tap on the map and it quickly updates to show all of the Pokemon that are near you. It also have a chat room which is a cool additional feature you can have.
This application is great because you do not have to sign in to anything to locate Pokemon. The most common search features are already ready to go so you can easily located the Pokemon that you are looking for.
Trackemon has been hailed by Reddit as the natural successor to Pokevision. It uses the same basic premises of the other app but it automatically takes scans of the area that you are in so you do not have to manually put in the Pokemon location which is a great feature.
- Pokémon Radar
Pokemon Radar is another great alternative to Pokevision. This app is perfect for finding Pokemon nests so that you can find the right Pokemon that you are looking for.
- Poke Rada
The app is incredibly easy to use and certainly stands out from among the rest because it is so intuitive. You can easily tap on the pokeball on the app and it allows you to catch the Pokemon right on the app which is awesome.
There are so many different Pokemon tracker versions out there that it can be difficult to figure out which one is perfect for you. Give some of these a try and you will be able to figure out which one suits your needs to best. Let us know your favorite in the comments!
Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time
Do you know the Top 10 Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time?. What are the most watched videos on YouTube that are not aimed at kids or not music related at all? I scoured YouTube and I was able to find ten, yes just TEN videos in the top 1000 videos of all time with the most views. I was shocked; I thought without a doubt I would find at least 100 that were not music related or aimed at children. Let’s talk about each of the videos!.
10) My Ex-Girlfriends Best Mate Rank: 963rd
I did rank My Ex-Girlfriends Best Mate Rank: 963rd i the top 10 for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos. I have no idea why on earth this video has over 235 million views. I tried to find why the video has so many views but I could not find anything; if someone knows please let us know in the comment section. The video is a classic sitcom; a girl breaks up with her boyfriend and then months later the boyfriend starts seeing the girl’s best friend. The girl comes over while the boyfriend is at the best friend’s house and then the girl is upset and friendships are ruined. The acting is not very good in this video; my guess would be that people find the video cringe worthy and funny which is why it has so many views.
9) An experiment Rank: 844th
I will rank “An experiment Rank: 844th” is the 9th position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. I know that so many people remember finding out about the crazy reaction that happens when you combine diet coke and mentos. This video features a young woman who has cut a small hole in the top of a diet coke bottle and she quickly places a few mentos in a bottle of diet coke and closes the bottle. She celebrates as the diet coke explodes out of the small incision perfectly. This is a good video and I am sure it had a lot of viewers from young men who found the girl attractive.
8) BallsCrash Rank: 823rd
I will rank “BallsCrash Rank: 823rd” is the 8th position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. The video is an absolute classic moment that so many men can relate to. A father and his little girl are laying on a bed relaxing and playing when the daughter brings her foot up and forcefully smashes it down in between her father’s crotch. The dad instantly writhes in pain as many other men have done before him and the little girl and mom both laugh hysterically. A great short video that will be sure that make anyone laugh!
7) thigh massage video Rank: 819th
I will rank “thigh massage video Rank: 819th” is the 7th position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. I have a few questions about this video, how did it get so many views, why is the video so old and short? It is a very interesting video to say the least; I would guess that the video was made some time during the 1970s and it features a middle aged man giving massage tips. The video has over 282 million views which begs the question; who is watching this video? My guess would be people are astounded that this video has this many views and they show their friends because it is such an bizarre phenomenon and the video is short enough to check out.
6) Dog Functional Rank: 790th
I will rank “Dog Functional Rank: 790th” is the 6th position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. This is a great video if you like dogs or own a dog. The woman in the video lays it out in simple terms on how to discipline your dog and if your dog is misbehaved at all you should give the video a watch as it is always good to learn about forming a better relationship with your dog. I can see why the video has so many views as there is a hilarious outtake section at the end of the video that will make you want to watch the video multiple times.
5) 3yo William Diving down to get his ‘Toypedo’ torpedo Rank: 525th
I will rank ” 3yo William Diving down to get his ‘Toypedo’ torpedo Rank: 525th” is the 5th position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. This adorable video shows a three year old William diving down to the bottom of a pool to grab his toy torpedo. He is an amazing swimmer for just being three years old and I think that is a large part in why this video has so many views. I cannot think of a single three year old that I know that can even come close to swimming as well as William does; he is simply astonishing at such a young age.
4) Toddler Car Jacking Rank: 417th
I will rank “Toddler Car Jacking Rank: 417th” is the 4th position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. This is a hilarious short video that shows two toddler aged children jostling over a small toy car. The boy sitting in the car has his arm pulled by his presumably older brother to try and get him out of the toy car while the younger boy is holding on to dear life to stay in the car and defy his sibling. It is a simple but relatable video as I am sure that many of us had brothers and sisters and we fought over toys with disastrous end results. The comments are disabled for the video which is disheartening as I am sure there was plenty of hate filled comments aimed at the loving family.
3) Get Ready for YouTube Rewind 2016 | #RewindisComing Rank: 411th
I will rank “RewindisComing Rank: 411th” is the 3rd position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. This is an extremely short video by YouTube advertising their video for their Rewind 2016 video for that year. I was surprised that this video was close to 500 million views on YouTube and I could not figure out why the video had so many views. The video is only 15 seconds long and it offers no replayability. But, for whatever reason YouTube’s video is ranked much higher than a lot of other videos in the top 500. I wonder if YouTube pushed this video on their front page back in 2016 in order to try and drive more viewers to their rewind 2016 video.
2) Twin baby girls fight over pacifier Rank: 336th
I will rank “Twin baby girls fight over pacifier Rank: 336th” is the 2nd position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. This video is self explanatory right from the title. Two twin baby girls are taking one pacifier from each other back and forth and each one cries when the other takes the pacifier away. The video went viral back in 2015 and it continues to garner views to this day. The video shows another very relatable experience from childhood just as the toddlers fighting over the toy car. Brothers and sisters will over fight over their possessions and will want what they cannot have.
1) Charlie Bit My Finger – Again! Rank: 172nd
I will rank ” Charlie Bit My Finger – Again! Rank: 172nd” is the 1st position for Most Viewed YouTube Music Videos of All Time. This is a classic YouTube video that was first posted back in 2007. It is extremely impressive that Charlie has been able to stay in the top 500 videos after all of these years. The video sits at over 850 million views and I would not be surprised if it is the first non music or kid related video to break 1 billion views on YouTube. The video sits at 55 seconds long and in the video Harry, the older brother, sticks his finger into Charlie’s, the younger brother, mouth and is surprised when Charlie bites him. also you can read 13 Best Video Streaming Sites As Youtube Alternatives
He exclaims, “Ow Charlie bit me!” That catchphrase has been said on the internet and in person millions of times at this point. It is incredible that two little boys have had such a profound impact on our culture. So, what can we take away form this list? Kids and music are the two biggest driving forces of YouTube.
It makes sense when you think about; parents all around the world are desperately trying to keep their children entertained and YouTube offers great entertainment for free and hours upon hours of entertainment. Music appeals to everyone and pop music has a gigantic audience so it checks out that music is the majority of the top 500 most viewed YouTube videos. Even five out of the top ten videos have children in the video; again that is because a majority of the population has children and it relates to our most basic human instinct. What is your favorite YouTube video? Let us know in the comments!
Telegram App Protests As Apple Blocks Its Updates
Since April 2018, Telegram messaging service has been facing challenges on updating its app following Russia’s order for Apple to block the app from its store. According to Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), Telegram poses dangers on the country’s security efforts particularly against the terrorism activities. Telegram has taken the matter to the courts.
Russia barred Telegram operations on its land after it allegedly declined to intercept its decryption keys for all its users’ communications to the security agencies cutting of over 40 million users in Russia. Roskimnadzor, Russia’s state regulator ordered Apple to block push notifications for Telegram users and to bar it from being used in the country.
User Rights To Privacy
According to Pavel Durov, founder of Telegram App, the company is firm on preserving the rights of its customers particularly in the trouble country like Russia. Recently, the company held protest rallies in Russia’s capital with demonstrators singing the anti-government slogans against what is called ‘internet censorship’. Apple declined to comment on the matter.
Unfortunately, though Telegram has only a small fraction of user base (7%) in Russia, Apple has blocked its updates for its users not only in Russian territory but across the entire world. Consequently, Telegram has been unable to comply with the ongoing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for its EU users, which had a deadline of May 25, 2018. GDPR is the European Union regulation body that governs data protection and privacy for all citizens within the region.
Collaborating With Governments To Infringe on Users’ Privacy
Apple has been accused of helping governments to intercept internet users’ communications for malicious activities. Last year, Apple negotiated with the China’s government to remove apps from its App Store that blocked the security agencies from accessing users’ data through digital private networks. However, Apple has denied the allegations that it collaborates with governments but instead, it focuses on enhancing privacy and encrypted communication.
In 2016, Apple was taken to court in the US for refusing to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation to access the encrypted messages after two attackers killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California.
According to the regulator, the messaging app has the capacity to enable terrorist activities in the country. The Russian government also partially blocked Gmail and Google Search after it alleged that the tech giant is allowing users to continue using the service of blocking the government from accessing the private conversations. Today, giant tech firms have been accused of supporting governments to violate people’s rights.