Google is Testing a New Navigation Design

Google recently confirmed that they are working on a new navigation scheme to change the black navi bar on top of their home page.

The new version of the Google navigation is now being tested. It entails users to click on a grid icon, similar to that of Chromse OS to access links for Gmail, YouTube, and other Google services, however, the new navigation system is still in its early stage of testing.

If the result of the testing goes well, the new grid would then be replacing the black navigation bar for good. Google has been using the black navigation bar since 2011 as a replacement for their former drop-down navigation system that descended from their logo.

Users didn’t like the navigation system and said that it makes the Google services hard to find making Google remove the drop-down system and had it replaced with the prominent black navigation bar.


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Gates and Zuckerberg Get Kids to Code

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg join the train of celebrities that encourages kids to be interested in basic programming.

Celebrities appear to be using their popularity in various fields to promote Code.org, a new nonprofit foundation that seeks to promote basic programming education; founded by brothers, Hadi and Ali Partovi, their vision is that every learner should have the chance to code.

The foundation is designed for schools who wish to have their students learn the basics of computer programming; in line with this, Code.org offers online coding tools and courses for individuals who would like to learn on their own.

Gates and Zuckerberg join a long list of celebrities from various fields such as Will.i.am and Twitter creator Jack Dorsey in a promotional video to promote the cause of Code.org wherein the celebrities who stars in it repeatedly points out that one doesn’t have to be a genius to code a program.

Watch the video here.

The purpose of the video is also to encourage the younger generation to get into the basics of coding in hope that one day they’d be able to improve their newfound skill and use it for the development and betterment of their selves and their communities.


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iOS 6.1.3 Keeps Evasi0n from Installing

Apple’s next update could permanently shut down Evasi0n, one of the most popular jailbreaking tool for iOS, as reports show that the new iOS update keeps it from being installed.

Evasi0n is noted as the fastest downloaded jailbreak software in the history of Apple having just come out earlier this month to give Apple device users a chance to access their software more than Apple allows them to.

This software also gives users a chance to install apps through third-party stores and it doesn’t make Apple makers really happy. Apple strongly discourages the usage of the software as it might cause probable unsteadiness of the system as well as the other apps in a device.

These particular matter leads to Apple doing a follow up on their latest update (6.1.2) to keep such exploits from working on their devices, and they might just be doing great in hindering Evasi0n from being used since reports says that the software failed to install when developers tried it out.

Apple is really pushing their limits to update their software to fix bugs that would inconvenient their users, such as the 6.1.2 update, released last week, wherein they had fixed the issues with Microsoft Exchange and cellular network connectivity.


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Microsoft Will Refund Windows Azure Customers

Microsoft will have to refund its Windows Azure customers due to an expired SSL certificate which further caused a 12 hour outage that affected at least 52 services, including Xbox Live.

General Manager Steven Martin wrote the scope of the reason for refund on a blog post. He said that they have implemented the repair steps to update the SSL certificate on the jammed groups and was able to restore availability to 99% worldwide on February 23. During this time, at least 52 services were affected including Xbox Live.

Microsoft is currently undergoing an RCA or a root cause analysis of the said interference, which includes finding more ways to help prevent such cases from happening again in the future. The RCA will be posted on the blog as soon as their team has thoroughly gone over the problem.


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Twitter Adds Email Authentication To Help Cut Down Login Attempts of Hackers

Twitter recently announced that they have begun using DMARC earlier this month to help cut down on phishing scams, wherein other companies attempts to trick Twitter users’ into giving out their log in details by pretending to be Twitter.

On a recent blog post, Twitter said that the purpose of DMARC is to basically be an additional security protocol to help cut the tremendous amount of fake emails that other companies send to Twitter users.

DMARC stands for “Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance” and is basically designed to reduce e-mail-based abuses. Using DMARC means that senders would get consistent e-mail authentication results for their messages at e-mail providers such as Gmail, AOL and Yahoo! which means it would help Twitter in securing it from malicious attacks by screening messages and making sure that the information that the users receive are in line with the information Twitter has on its file.

Using DMARC is a pivotal move that Twitter made to increase security in their service in times wherein hacking is very rampant, such as the Facebook hacking incident last January. Twitter also stated in their blog post that they hope other web-based companies adopt the usage of DMARC to further ensure the security of their users.


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Mark Zuckerberg Helps Extend Human Life by Co-Sponsoring $33M Prize

Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla are lending a huge amount of their fortune to help extend human life through the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.

The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, a $3 million reward, is being sponsored by a group of popular tech sensations, such as Zuckerberg himself, to help 11 different scientists in their efforts to cure complex diseases which could help extend the lives of many people.

The couple teams up with other philanthropists such as Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, and his wife Anne, along with Yuri Milner, as the founding sponsors of the non-profit foundation to help fund scientists in finding cures for certain diseases.

“Our society needs more heroes who are scientists, researchers, and engineers,” Says Zuckerberg on a status update on Facebook. “We need to celebrate and reward the people who cure diseases, expand our understanding of humanity, and work to improve people’s lives.”

An inaugural event, hosted by the University of California, was held yesterday to award the first 11 winners who are to receive $3 million prize each. The recipients are: Titia de Lange, Eric S. Lander, Charles L. Sawyers, Bert Vogelstein, Robert A. Weinberg, and Shinya Yamanaka, Lewis C. Cantley, Hans Clevers, Napoleone Ferrara, Cornelia I. Bargmann, and David Botstein.

Zuckerberg added that he is hopeful that this new foundation would serve as a blueprint for prizes and philanthropy in other fields.


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Latest iOS 6 Update Fixes Battery-Drain Bug

The latest iOS 6 update (6.1.2) is on its way and it is designed specifically to fix the bug that is affecting the battery performance of some iOS devices caused by Microsoft Exchange.

Apple has once again announced that they will be releasing a small update to iOS 6 that would fix a bug that has been cutting Apple devices’ battery life caused by a bug in Microsoft Exchange.

So far, there is no further news if this update also fixes a security exploit caused by the jail-breaking solution, EvasiOn, one of the most used jail-breaking tools up to date.

This extra update that promises to increase network activity and reduce battery life is rumored to arrive within this week as announced by Apple.


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Posterous Announces Closure, New Service Launched to Transfer Files to Rival

Following Posterous’ announcement that they are closing down on April, a new service was launched that would allow Posterous users to transfer their files to the blogging platform’s rival site: Tumblr.

A new service site called JustMigrate was launched on the exact day that Posterous announced that they will be closing down.

The service is designed to help Posterous users to transfer their data to their Tumblr accounts by means of clicking a couple of buttons. They would first be asked to input their Posterous URL, authorize it to transfer files to Tumblr, and voila! It’s all set. Users who have multiple Tumblr sites in one account will be given an option to select which blog they want their Posterous data to be imported to.

But although the service is as helpful as it claims, only the first 100 posts will be imported for free. Additional 250 posts will cost the user $10 and 500 posts would cost around $25, and since Tumblr only allows 250 posts per day (including photos), JustMigrate will stop the upload but will then resume in the next few days until everything is imported to the user’s Tumblr account.

JustMigrate was created by a group of Indian programmers from 3Crumbs, who are originally creators of a shopping app, and since its release, JustMigrate already had about 150 blogs in queue to get their Posterous data imported to Tumblr.

But in spite of the immediate success that JustMigrate seemed to be having with Posterous users, the Posterous team remained silent about the new service.


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Ilocos, Wedding, Teaching Demo, Contest and Used Books

Well the title is really lame and blatant, sorry for that. I should really be sleeping now but I just really want to blog about the past three weeks. I know I should have blogged sooner, like right after I got home from the four day tour to Ilocos, but work load seemed to have piled up in an instant when I got back. So here I am, writing this late at night, powered by caffeine. This is going to be another lengthy post, so please bear with me since I tend to forget things easily that I just had to write everything down.

Ilocos Tour

I finally did it! After years of waiting for the right time to go on a vacation in Ilocos it finally happened and who would have thought that I’d be doing it with the entire College of Education?

As you know (if you have read my previous post) I wasn’t really psyched about going to Ilocos when the tour date was finalized and announced because it was sooner than I expected and I was just starting to save for my pocket money. Luckily, my mom was generous enough (as always) to provide me with everything I needed prior the trip. Mac also bought me snacks for the bus and he bought me an iPad too, partly so I wouldn’t be bored during the long trip and I guess it’s an advance anniversary present :P

Anyway, Ilocos was wonderful! I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I did. The following were our itineraries for three days:

First Day: Vigan, Pagudpud, Polaris Beach Resort, Bangui Windmills, Patapat Bridge, Burgos Lighthouse, La Elliana Hotel, La Preciosa Restaurant. Second Day: Paoay Church, Malacañang of the North, Bagnos Laoag Sinkung Bell Tower, St. Monica Church, Marcos Mausoleum and Memorabilia, Museo Ilocos Norte, Pidig Chirch, Salcedo Hotel, Third Day:The Miraculous Vigan Church, Plaza Burgos - Burgos Museum, Juan Luna Museum, Hidden Garden, Shrine of Our Lady of Charity

I loved every bit of it, no matter how long the trip was and no matter how tiring it could be to tour and walk around different places all day. It’s an experience I wish to do all over again, perhaps in other places too. Here are photos by the way, I’ll let them speak for me.

My Kuya’s Wedding

So my older brother got married last Saturday, February 9th, I was part of the entourage and it was just simply fun and exciting. I am really happy that he finally decided to settle down and start a family of his own. I honestly admire him for being able to hold it too long to get married, I mean he’s already in his mid-thirties and he just got married. Although I think he should have done that years ago, but I guess he wasn’t ready then and it left me thinking how does one know that he or she is ready to get married and start a family?

The musing just got worse when I caught the bouquet during the reception…I know it’s too early to be talking about weddings, but I guess that’s just a wake up call for me, that I should be doing my best to attain my goals and finish project “Mia” first before I think about starting project “wedding”. Perhaps one needs to finish certain things first, you know like accomplish career and personal goals before planning for the big day, and I think that’s what I should really do now before I start considering hiring a pre-nup photographer.

Apparently, the divider between student life and reality becomes thinner as graduation day comes closer, making me think about what I really wanted to do first after I graduate. I need to get my plan laid out once and for all, although I know I won’t always attain them all, but it’s worth a try and it may also just serve as a guide as to what I should accomplish in the following years to come before I finally throw my own bouquet on my wedding night. ;)



Final Teaching Demonstration

In other news, I have been preparing for my final teaching demonstration. I have been under a lot of mental and a bit of physical stress lately just trying to get my presentation done and sensible, hence the reason why I wasn’t able to blog immediately. So far though I am doing great, I have finally pulled my head off stand-by mode and started working on my learning guide and invitation designs.

I finished all three today, the final presentation, my learning guide and my invitation card. I will be having my final lesson dry-run on Monday, hopefully this time I’ll be able to discuss my lesson about Les Miserables (the novel) in just 30 minutes so that I’d still have ample time for the group enrichment activities, reporting and closure activities. I tested my first presentation last Monday and I wasn’t able to give the group activities within one period because of the long discussion. So I made major adjustments with the help of my cooperating teacher; gosh, I really don’t know where I’d be without her, I wish she knows how grateful I am to have her as my cooperating teacher since I’m not really good in expressing my feelings verbally, hence the reason I keep a blog. :))

Anyway, Felice had her demo earlier today and I’m just happy that she finally got over with it and she was able to pull through perfectly. I am really proud of her and I’m extremely grateful that all her hard work had paid off and it paid off well. Mine will be on Tuesday and I’m fervently praying that I’d get similar results.

Contest and Used Books

I won first place in PixieChronicle.com‘s giveaway! :D I won a .info domain, a $20 coupon for romwe.com and three months advertising on Marinella Rose’s blogs! AWESOME right? :D Will announce my new domain soon :)

Late last month, I discovered a second hand book bargain shop online and what’s better is that it’s totally legit and some percentage of the books you buy gets to be donated to charity. It’s BetterWorldBooks.com!

I ordered a couple of books that I have been dying to read for ages. I know I could have just settled with the ebooks, but there really are some books that I want to read in print. Although while waiting for my books to arrive today I did finish about five books, all zombie novels and four of which were written by Jesse Petersen ;)

So yes, that’s right. The books I ordered finally came in the mail today and I am so excited in reading them all! But perhaps I won’t be able to pick up one of them until after I finish my final teaching demo and after I finish my narrative reports too. So it kind of sucks but it sort of adds to the excitement anyway. :P

By the way, before I end this post I wish to apologize to my blog friends for not being able to visit their sites in the last three weeks, I promise to do it ASAP. Cheers!


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Laptop-Tablets Might Be a Threat to Apple

The new cross between laptops and tablets may be a threat to Apple, says Citibank analyst Glen Yeung.

After being overthrown by Apple products in the last three years, PC makers might finally get some payback with their new hybrid of laptop-tablets, starting with the new Microsoft Surface Pro which became a success and had been sold out after a couple of hours of its release.

And while endless positive reviews of Apple product floods news pages every day, Citibank analyst, Glen Yeung, defied the odds stating:

We believe Apple will launch an iPad Mini Retina and a thinner/lighter iPad5 (both likely sporting newer processors) in 3Q13…iPad innovation of this nature is insufficient to reverse share loss.
Whereas we see limited innovation in tablets in 2H13, we see growing innovation in PCs. The growing presence of touch-based, ultrathin, all-day notebooks at improving price points (e.g., Intel requires all Haswell-based Ultrabooks to have touch and envisions price-points as low as $599) could create competition for 10″ tablets not fully anticipated by the market.

Bottom line is, PC makers might be successful with their products and their way of marketing but whether they pose as a real threat to Apple is yet to be seen.


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