3 free alternatives to Whatsapp

WhatsAppWhatsApp may be king but does not mean it is the only alternative to chat with friends using mobile. The company has been bought some weeks ago by Facebook for the sum of 19 billion dollars. Mark Zuckerberg acquired the undisputed leader of mobile messaging with over 50 billion messages a day. If you do not like Facebook and its services, then you can start to look for alternatives, such as those presented in this post.

Line, a pretty serious contender in the battle of mobile messaging. Last year more than 300 million users used it. Line has other functions besides social messaging, such as a Facebook style “wall” and several games like Pokopang and Bubble.

BlackBerry Messenger. Eve if ex-RIM has almost lost the battle of smartphone, the canadian company still today offer some good products like BlackBerry Messenger. Before Android and iOS, BlackBerry was leader of smartphone market and one of the reasons for that has always been the instant messaging service, focused on privacy and security. Trying not to lose too much market share, BlackBerry (this is the new name of RIM) developed an Android and an iOs of its IM.

Telegram. This free app has an impressive growth especially in spanish-speaking countries: 70,000 new daily users in Latin America and 150,000 in Spain. Most of the code of this application is open, it put enough emphasis on encrypting communications, works perfectly and has a very simple interface. Other than that, Telegram developed a full API service for developer. The app is free on Android, iOS , Windows Phone , Windows , Linux , Mac , Chrome and any other browser.

Tips, Tricks and Secrets of Windows 8

windows8Windows 8, the latest version of Microsoft OS, is quite easy to use and many persons fell in love with it. New interface version and new features distinguish this OS from its predecessor: Windows 7. One of the first questions new Windows 8 users can ask is “which new things can I do with Win8?”. Here are some of the most useful.

Find and open applications in Windows 8. Locate programs or applications in Windows 8 can be somewhat confusing at first, indeed its easier than previous versions. Just need to go to the Metro interface and start typing to see a list of suggested applications. Easy, isn’t it?

Remove, move and resize mosaics on the Home Screen. Mosaics of the home screen can be modified, deleted, moved or changed in position. Just right click on an icon to visualize options on the bottom bar.

Open applications from the home screen. Windows 8 allows you to enter the name or just the first few letters of any program or application on the Home screen and open it directly.  This is limited only to programs and applications installed.

Take screen capture using keyboard. The easiest way to take screen capture is to press down Windows key, which usually has the Windows logo on the keyboard, and the PrintScreen key.  The screen will fade almost imperceptibly and an image will be saved in the Pictures folder.
Use the Windows-X menu. The menu called “Windows-X” is a small one with several shortcuts to access the most used programs in Win8. To start using this menu just press Windows key + X.

3 reasons to quit Windows and use Linux

linuxThe end is near. If you’ve been following the technology world, you should know that the official support for Windows XP (one of the best ever made OS by Microsoft) ends April 8th. It is amazing how an operating system older than 12 years yet maintain a high market share. Microsoft has already released newer versions after it, such as Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Windows XP is still used by millions of computers, including critical systems. Microsoft knows that and so extended support for antimalware in Windows XP until 2015. This is not a reason to wait until 2015 to update your system, as Microsoft wants you to move to Windows 8. Latest Redmond’s OS is not the alternative out there, as one interesting option is to migrate to Linux. Why should you do that?

It’s free. Windows doesn’t. Windows 7 may cost a little over $ 100 to over $ 300, Windows 8 is cheaper, ranging from $ 69.99 to $ 119.99. The price of any Linux distro is zero. While there is nothing wrong with paying for good software (and the truth is that both Windows 7 and 8 are good) not everybody want to spend hundreds of bucks pay for a license.

It is very easy to use. There were in prehistoric times (technologically speaking) that Linux was a complicated operative system, hard to install and to update. Today latest versions of Linux, such as Ubuntu or Mandriva are very user-friendly.

It is safe. Windows is vulnerable to virus and malware in general, which can steal your private data, steal your credit card number and so on. Linux has always been safer, thanks also to the support of the community.