March 23, 2018

SemiCode Os: Sweet Linux OS for Develpers and Programers

SemiCode OS is a Linux distribution developed specifically for programmers and web developers. Based on Ubuntu 14.04, it uses the familiar GNOME desktop environment and comes preloaded with a good selection of developer tools. The early beta version, SemiCode OS v0.1, is available for download and testing.
Very often Linux enthusiasts complain regarding the fragmentation due to hundreds of distributions. Each distribution has its own libraries, kernel configuration, pre-installed software, etc. However, the same variety makes Linux unique. Every person can create his/her own Linux distro and customize it.

If we take a look at the vast list of various Linux distributions, there are specialized solutions for hackers, power users, artists, and gamers. But, there’s a dearth of distros that claim to serve the unique needs of programmers, probably, because most Linux-based operating systems are customizable and a developers can install all the useful tools in no time.
Having said that, I’m going to tell you about a new Linux distribution that’s focused on programmers and web developers. Named SemiCode OS, this distro is based on Ubuntu Linux.

Features of SemiCode OS:

Shipping with user-friendly and popular desktop environment GNOME, SemiCode OS currently use Ubuntu 14.04 software repositories.

Developer tools:

SemiCode OS comes preinstalled with an array of IDEs, compilers, text editors, etc. to help you get back to work in no time. It offers Eclipse, MonoDevelop, BlueFish, Atom, Ninja IDE, Brackets, Emacs, and Sublime Text, according to our friends at It’s F.O.S.S. You also get preinstalled and preconfigured LAMP stack.

Talking about the compilers, you get Ruby compiler, .NET with Mono Runtime, OpenJDK for Java. To make your code management and communication job easier, it ships with Git and Slack desktop clients.

It also comes with Scratch IDE to help you start coding from the beginning.

Virtual Assistant – Sarah:

SemiCode OS Beta v0.1 available for download:

At the moment, SemiCode OS is in early beta stage. That’s why I won’t advise you to install it on your main machine. However, you can surely try it out on your testing system or virtual machine. You can find the download links here.
The minimum requirements for running SemiCode OS are 1GHz single core CPU, 1.5 GB RAM, and 20GB storage.
Did you find SemiCode OS exciting? Don’t forget to drop your feedback in the comments section below.

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Telegram Get's 200 Million Monthly Active Users, Celebrates With New Update

Telegram has announced that its secure messaging platform now boasts over 200 million monthly active users, recording a 100% growth in less than three months. As per Statista’s data, Telegram only had around 100 million active users as of January 2018, which means that in less than 90 days, the messaging platform has added another 100 million users.

For comparison sake, WhatsApp is still the leading messaging platform with over 1.5 billion users, while Facebook Messenger and WeChat occupy the second and third spot with approximately 1.3 billion and 980 million users respectively. Telegram still has a long way to go, but doubling its user base in such a short span is surely an impressive feat.

To mark the milestone, Telegram has also relased a new update for its Android and iOS app which brings a host of new features such as the ability to search stickers and automatic night mode to name a few.

Sticker Search

The updated Telegram app now allows users to search for stickers, thanks to the addition of a new search bar that will let users find local or online stickers. Moreover, once users type an emoji, they will also get suggestions for other emojis depicting a similar response.

Multi-Shot Ending

The new muti-shot feature allows users to click and send multiple pictures of an object in a row by just tapping the ‘+’ button on opening the camera in the app.

Auto-Night Mode and Connected Websites

The latest update has also added an automatic night mode activation feature to Telegram for iOS, and has also brought support for formatting the text on media files. Moreover, the app now also features a dedicated section where users can manage connected websites.
Telegram is currently going through a major business expansion phase, as the firm recently raised around $850 million towards its ICO (Initial Coin Offering), and plans to add more millions during the second round of funding to support its billion-dollar blockchain and cryptocurrency project. Telegram is reportedly planning to launch its own blockchain-powered service called ‘Telegram Open Network’ that will add a cryptocurrency wallet to the Telegram account of all users.
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How to get Over 1000 Blog Page Views Faster Every day

If you have a blog, chances are you already understand the importance of business blogging. 
But do you know how to optimize your blog posts to make them more search engine friendly?
The truth is, many bloggers fail to take advantage of the enormous marketing potential of their blogs. In fact,
 a recent study by shows that although roughly 60% of businesses have blogs, 
65% of those blog owners haven’t even updated in the past year! By providing fresh,
 relevant content and performing basic blog post optimization.
Here are six easy search engine optimization 
(SEO) tips to help get your blog noticed.

  1. Do your research. Keyword research is essential for on page optimization. Chances are you are naturally including keywords without realizing it simply by providing valuable content on a topic. However, there are a variety of tools and techniques for finding related keywords relevant to your blog post that you may not have considered. The Google Adwords Keyword Tool and both offer great tools that allow you to find keywords related to your topic and even spy on your competition to see what words and phrases they are targeting to bring traffic to their sites. 

Utilize keywords throughout your post. Once you have targeted a couple of valuable, relevant keywords, it is important to place them where they will have the most impact for humans and search engine crawlers indexing your content. Try to include them in the following places:
  • Title
  • Headings and subheadings
  • Introductory sentence
  • Concluding paragraph
  • Anchor text (text you hyperlink to other related pages on your site)
  • Title tags and meta descriptions
A word of caution: Don’t engage in keyword stuffing, which is the act of filling your content with 
so many keywords that it becomes difficult to read. Not only will this irritate your blog followers,
 it will also get you penalized by Google. 
A couple of strategically placed keywords will do the trick.

  1. Optimize your images. Whenever you upload a photo to your blog, be sure to include keywords in the file name and fill out the alternate text field with a brief, keyword rich description of the photo.

  2. Reference others with links. When you mention another blogger or article in your blog post, include a link to the information you are referencing. Not only is it good blogging etiquette, but you may also get lucky and receive a link back. Quality links are a valuable commodity for any site looking to rank higher in search engine results pages. 

  3. Give readers the opportunity to subscribe to your blog. Include prominently placed RSS or Feed Subscription Buttons and offer viewers the ability to subscribe to your posts via email when possible. This allows your blog followers to have instant notification of your latest posts without having to periodically check your site for new content.

  4. Use social media to broaden the reach of your blog posts. As a small business, you may be utilizing Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or other social media sites to create connections with potential and current customers. Why not promote your blog content on these sites for even more web exposure? Free programs like Hootsuite make it easy to post links to your latest blog post on all of your social media sites with just a couple of clicks. You can even schedule your posts ahead of time!
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Root Your Samsung Galaxy S9 with These few Steps Asap!!

Samsung has launched their new flagship devices, the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. While the devices boast of supreme hardware and superb performance, the power users out there certainly want more from their devices. After the Kernel Sources were released for both the devices, official TWRP support has also arrived for the new Samsung flagships. So, if you’re someone who wants to install a custom recovery on their device and then go on to root it, read on, as we show you how:

Note: The following method will format your device, so make sure to backup all of your important data. I tried the method on my Galaxy S9 Plus, but the method should remain the same for the S9 as well. Also, the following method is applicable only for the Exynos variants, and it will not work on the Snapdragon models. Also, following the steps below will trip Samsung Knox, thus voiding your warranty.

1. First off, head over to Settings -> About phone -> Software information. Tap on the “Build no.” seven times to enable Developer Options.

2. Next up, head over to Settings -> Developer options, and enable the toggle next to “OEM Unlock”.

3. Now, onto your PC, download and extract Samsung’s ODIN package.

4. Download the “.tar” file of the TWRP image from below:

Galaxy S9: (TWRP Image)
Galaxy S9+: (TWRP Image)

5. Now, turn off your device and then reboot it into download mode by holding the [VOLUME DOWN] + [BIXBY] + [POWER] for approx. 15 seconds. You will now get a warning message. Press [VOLUME UP] to get into Download mode.

6. Open Odin. Click on [AP] and browse to the downloaded TWRP “.tar” file.

7. Connect your smartphone to the PC. You’ll now get a notification on the left side of ODIN that your device has been connected.

Note: In case your PC fails to recognize your device, install the Samsung USB drivers for your device from here.

8. Now, while holding down the [VOLUME UP] + [BIXBY] + [POWER] on your phone, click “Start” in ODIN. The flashing process should now begin. Do not let go of the button combinations till you enter TWRP.

Note: You might get a warning screen stating that the device failed to initialize. In that case, simply tap on “Reset” to format your device. Then, set up your device once again, and repeat steps 1-8.
9. Now that you’re into the TWRP recovery, you’ll be presented with system partition warning message. Swipe the bottom slider to the right to allow modifications. Once into the main menu of TWRP, head over to Wipe -> Format Data, and type “yes” and then press enter. The recovery will now format your data.

10. Now that your data has been formatted, head over to Reboot -> Recovery to restart TWRP.

11. Once you’ve rebooted into TWRP, download the dm-verity and force encryption disabler zip on your computer, and transfer it to your smartphone via USB. Then, head over to Install in TWRP and browse for the downloaded file and flash it.

12. Now that you’ve flashed the dm-verity file on your smartphone, reboot the device and set it up with your account and more. TWRP is initialized and fully functional at this stage.

Root Galaxy S9/S9 Plus

Note: The following method grants root access on your device using SuperSU. At the time of this writing, Magisk is NOT supported on the Galaxy S9 or S9+. We will update the tutorial once an update for Magisk is released.
1. Now that you’ve completely set up your device, turn off your device and then reboot to recovery by holding down [VOLUME UP] + [BIXBY] + [POWER].

2. Download the to your computer and transfer it to your device via USB.
3. Now, in the TWRP recovery, tap on “Install”, and browse for the zip file you just downloaded and flash it. 
4. During the flashing process, the installer will ask you for various options. Select “Yes” for both “OEM Patch” and “Root with SuperSU”. Once done, simply reboot your device. Your Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ should now be rooted with SuperSU.

Install TWRP and Root your Galaxy S9/S9+

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Testify Before US Congress Over Cambridge Analytica Scandal: Mark Zuckerberg

With all the controversy surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the calls for Mark Zuckerberg to testify in the US Congress was getting louder by the day. That being the case, it was only a matter of time before the CEO and founder of the company was officially asked to appear at Capitol Hill in person to face grilling by US lawmakers.

That’s exactly what seems to be happening now, with the Associated Press reportingthat the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee has now summoned the Facebook chief executive to testify about the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal that has snowballed into one of the biggest data-breach controversies in recent memory.

Two members of the aforementioned committee, Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon and Frank Pallone of New Jersey, released a joint statement on Wednesday, saying that the “latest revelations regarding Facebook’s use and security of user data raise many serious consumer protection concerns”.

The statement goes on to say that Zuckerberg needs to appear before the Congress because, as the head of the company, he is the “right witness to provide answers to the American people”.
Walden, a Republican, is currently the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, while Pallone is the panel’s top-ranking Democrat. The two said they would work with Facebook and Zuckerberg to set a date and time for the hearing.
The move comes just a day after Zuckerberg finally broke his silence, granting a series of interviews to leading media outlets such as CNN, Wired and the New York Times, to talk about the data breach and how the company plans to avert similar debacles in the future. He also offered to testify before Congress if the lawmakers wanted, but expressed doubt whether he would be the right person for that, given other people in the company may have more detailed info about the exact workings of Cambridge Analytica.
He also apologized to all users for the leak, and promised that the company is trying its best to make sure that a breach of trust of this magnitude never happens again.
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Fortnite Was Supposed to be Part of ‘Save the World’; Took Just Two Months to Develop

Fortnite is one of the most popular battle royale games ever, and is on the verge of going down in history as one of the best ever if the run continues.
In fact, the game has managed to surpass PUBG on a number of key parameters, and earned $126 million in revenues last month, while its fellow Battle Royale rival could manage only $103 million. However, latest reports now seem to suggest that even Epic Games might not have anticipated the immense popularity of the title.

That’s because, according to Ed Zobrist, the ‎Head of Publishing for Fortnite, the company didn’t take any more than two months to develop the game. He also said that the game was only meant to be a PvP mode within a PvE game called ‘Save the World’. According to Zobrist, it was only in the final couple of weeks before release that the company decided to disassociate the two and make it free-to-play. Save the World, meanwhile, comes with a $40 price-tag.

Talking to reporters on the final day of the Game Developers Conference at the Moscone center in San Francisco, he revealed that the company started working on the battle royale mode (Fortnite) around the same time Save the World was released, which was on July 21, 2017. As it turned out, Fortnite was released on September 26, 2017.
“We started working on this just about the time Save the World was coming out. Two months in development, launched in September 26. So let’s do some math: Save the World, the PvE game, launched July 21. [Battle Royale] comes out September 26”
This is certainly a stunning piece of news, given that most popular games spend years in development and cost studios millions of dollars. However, the company had to resort to taking some help from third-party experts to meet the time-frame. According to Zobrist, it was the Unreal Tournament team that did much of the heavy lifting.
He also seemed proud of the company’s stunning achievement in pushing out the game in such record time, wondering if “any major publisher could have pulled off this kind of pivot in the time we ended up doing it”.

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March 22, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Answers ‘Hard Questions’ On Cambridge Analytica Scandal

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has unzipped his lips on the Cambridge Analytica fiasco that only made the blue network infamous. Zuckerberg reached out through his Facebook account and tried to assure the 2 billion users that everything will be fine in the coming future and Facebook would make sure this doesn’t happen again.

The CEO said that he takes full responsibility for what happens on the platform that he created. In an interview with CNN’s Laurie Segall, he said that this was “a major breach of trust, and I’m really sorry that this happened.”
Later, in 2015, it was known that Cambridge Analytica had obtained the data from Kogan. Facebook asked both Kogan and Cambridge Analytica to officially certify the deletion of the user data which they did.
Now, the recent controversy sparked after reports from The Guardian, NY Times, and Channel4 claimed that CA might have the said data in their possession. In the following days, CA was suspended from Facebook but the firm is still solid on their claims that the data doesn’t exist anymore.
In his defence, Kogan told BBC that he being ‘scapgoated in the Facebook and CA matter. When he harvest the data through his app, he wasn’t aware that he broke Facebook’s privacy policy. Also, when CA approached him, he was told that the data will be used for general commercial purposes.

Zuckerberg said it was a mistake on their part to trust CA. They should have confirmed that the data was actually wiped off CA’s hard drive.
The news that Facebook is facing transatlantic pressure is in their air. Mark Zuckerberg is being asked to testify before the Congress on the digital catastrophe that happened years ago. If that happens, it would be the first time for the CEO. As per the C-SPAN data, Zuckerberg has never testified before a congressional committee.
“What we try to do is send the person at Facebook who will have the most knowledge. If that’s me, then I am happy to go,” Zuckerberg told CNN.

Should Facebook be regulated?

In the wake of an uninvited event that happened because of careless attitude, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear about regulations being called in for companies like Facebook.
When asked, Zuckerberg said, “I’m not sure we shouldn’t be regulated”. But he is comfortable with the introduction of things like ad transparency.

What’s next?

Facebook will take some steps to make sure the history doesn’t repeat itself, hopefully. The company will thoroughly investigate all apps with access to large amounts of user data before the changes made in 2014.
They will inspect apps with suspicious activities. Any app or developer found to be misusing the data will be banned. Every single user affected will be notified, including the ones in the CA data breach.
Next, Facebook will also reduce the amount of user data the apps and services can access. For instance, when signing up for a new account, the app will get name, profile photo, and email. Also, Facebook will automatically revoke access if you don’t use an app for three months.
Lastly, Facebook will make it easier to see what apps and services are connected to your account with the help of a new tool displayed on the top of News Feed. Such functionality already exists but its buried deep inside the Settings.
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March 21, 2018

Here Are the Xiaomi Phones That Will Get MIUI 9.5 Global Stable ROM

Xiaomi has started the rollout of MIUI 9.5 Global Stable ROM for a host of smartphones in the Redmi and Mi series, and has also detailed the complete release schedule of the update for devices that will receive it in the upcoming weeks. The update is being rolled out in a phased manner and the first batch of devices to get the update are the Redmi Note 3 Special Edition, Redmi Note 3 Qualcomm, Redmi Note 4 Qualcomm/Redmi Note 4X, Redmi 4A, Redmi 5 Plus, Mi Max and Mi Max Prime.

As per an official post on the MIUI forum, the OTA update will gradually be rolled out to other devices soon. The MIUI 9.5 Global Stable ROM update is around 1GB in size and is currently being seeded through the Google Play channel, however, it is also available on the MIUI forum page. As for the changes brought by the update, it includes a lot of bug fixes, system optimizations, revamped start page and new Quick search options. Moreover, users can now use the Mi Mover tool to transfer apps with or without app data.

9.5 Global Stable ROM Starts Rolling Out: Redmi Note 4X, Mi Max and More! See more: 

Xiaomi has also revealed that the new update will be rolled out in three phases viz. late March, early April and mid-April, and has also revealed the complete list of smartphones that will receive the update in the allocated time frame.

It must be noted that the release dates are just estimated timelines, and are subject to change. However, the new update is only incremental in nature and is still based on Android Nougat, which might come as a huge disappointment for many users who are waiting for an upgrade to Android Oreo.

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Installing Official PUBG Mobile English Beta on Android Devices

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the game that is everywhere. After conquering the PC world as well as the Xbox One world, the game finally arrived to smartphones only to be limited to China. While there was a way to install it on your Android or iOS devices outside of China, the app language was in Chinese only, making it hard for global players to play the game. Nonetheless, PUBG Corp. has now rolled out an official PUBG Mobile English Beta for users in Canada. However, if you’re someone living in other parts of the world, wanting to try out the beta on your Android device, fret not, as we show you how to install the official PUBG English Beta on your Android devices easily:

Install PUBG Mobile English Beta on Android Devices

Note: We’ll be using a third-party APK downloader in this method. I tried the following method on my OnePlus 5T running Android Oreo 8.1, and the method worked just fine.

1. First off, download the APKPure .apk file to your device and install it.

2. Next up, open PUBG Mobile’s download page by visiting the link here or searching for it within the app. Download the game to your device by tapping on the “Install”button.

3. That’s it, the app will automatically install PUBG Mobile on your device. You might get a prompt for installing the game’s APK, as shown below. Simply tap on “Install” to continue. Once done, tap on “Open”.

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