The US government has demanded the removal of all files which allow users to 3D-print their own unregistered gun at home.
The blueprint has so far been downloaded more than 100,000 times since Defense Distributed. The functional plastic guns have been reportedly manufactured by the founder of Defense Distributed, Cody Wilson.
Syria has cut off internet access on Tuesday and Google is showing none of their services are available in the country. It has also been reported that landline and mobile phone services are down in the country.
The Syrian government has blamed the ongoing incident on terrorists is due to internet access and therefore cut it off for their citizens. Internet access in Syria was switched off last November for around 48 hours too.
Google is going to reveal a new paid subscriptions for YouTube. Google is seen to move beyond its main advertising revenue stream. Google could launch the new service next week, with up to 50 YouTube channels offering subscriptions to video content from $1.99 a month.
Amazon has beat Google to it in launching its Android Appstore in China. It is the first western company to offer a platform for Chinese users to download both free and paid apps. Currently Google Play store only offers free apps in China.
Spanish police have arrested a 35 year old Dutchman called Sven Olaf Kamphuis and he is suspected of being behind one of the biggest ever web attacks. He is believed to be connected to an online attack on Spamhaus, a spam-fighting site. Spamhaus servers were hit with a huge amount of data via Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Mr. Kamphuis calls himself the “minister of telecommunications and foreign affairs for the Republic of CyberBunker.”
The Spanish police will transfer Kamphuis to the Netherlands very soon.
Thinking of dying soon and wondering what you would do to all your digital accounts at Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube and many more? Well Google has created the Inactive Account Manager will allow you to deal with data from several other Google services if your account becomes inactive when you feel like dying.
From Google Blog:
….you can choose to have your data deleted — after three, six, nine or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can select trusted contacts to receive data from some or all of the following services: +1s; Blogger; Contacts and Circles; Drive; Gmail; Google+ Profiles, Pages and Streams; Picasa Web Albums; Google Voice and YouTube. Before our systems take any action, we’ll first warn you by sending a text message to your cellphone and email to the secondary address you’ve provided.
Google has revamped the Play Store to version 4.0. The Store now features a cleaner user interface, all the categories are now neatly grouped together, bigger images and the payment process has undergone some improvements.
From Google blog:
Similarly themed content is grouped together so you can hone in on a magazine to read or an app to try. As you move down the page, new recommendations continue to appear so there is always more to see and explore. We’ve also simplified purchasing so you can breeze through checkout and get to enjoying your movie rental or other content. The redesigned Google Play store app starts rolling out today for Android phones and tablets running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above. People around the world should see it over the next few weeks. Get ready for a simpler Google Play.
Apple reportedly closing in on deal with Warner And Universal labels for ‘iRadio’ service next week. Apple will also need to get major label Sony on board too. Apple’s iRadio is rumoured to be better for the labels compared to rivals such as Pandora. Apple plans to leverage the iTunes user base to drive further revenue for record companies signed up for iRadio.
Google has decided kick out WebKit rendering engine, and go for new open source rendering engine called Blink.
From Google Blog:
Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation – so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit.
Google’s Youtube announced that it will no longer accept video entries on April 1 and the website was just an eight-year contest to look for the best video. And the best video will be announced in 2023. The announcement is YouTube April’s fool joke.