Archive for August 2013

Social Network Facebook launched by Facebook and telecom partners

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder & CEO of Facebook, today announced the launch of, a global partnership with the goal of making Internet access available to the remaining 5 billion people in the world who don’t have it.

The social networking giant has joined hands with partners like Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm & Samsung — to kick start the organization. will work closely with NGOs, mobile operators & tech firms to make Internet access more affordable, data more efficient, &d technology cheaper, plus more accessible.

“Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect,” Zuckerberg said. “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. brings together a global partnership that will Internet.orgwork to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”

The announcement was made on the FB blog. The post read, “Today, only 2.7 billion people – just over one-third of the world’s population — have access to the internet. Internet adoption is growing by less than 9% each year, which is slow considering how early we are in its development.

The goal of is to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected third of the world has today.”

In order to achieve its goal of connecting the two-thirds of the world who are not yet online, will focus on three key challenges in developing countries:

Making access affordable: Partners will collaborate to develop and adopt technologies that make mobile connectivity more affordable and decrease the cost of delivering data to people worldwide. Potential projects include collaborations to develop lower-cost, higher-quality smartphones and partnerships to more broadly deploy internet access in underserved communities. Mobile operators will play a central role in this effort by driving initiatives that benefit the entire ecosystem.

Using data more efficiently: Partners will invest in tools that dramatically reduce the amount of data required to use most apps and internet experiences. Potential projects include developing data compression tools, enhancing network capabilities to more efficiently handle data, building systems to cache data efficiently and creating frameworks for apps to reduce data usage.

Helping businesses drive access: Partners will support development of sustainable new business models and services that make it easier for people to access the internet. This includes testing new models that align incentives for mobile operators, device manufacturers, developers and other businesses to provide more affordable access than has previously been possible. Other efforts will focus on localizing services – working with operating system providers and other partners to enable more languages on mobile devices.

Image Credit: Facebook

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Browser crash – Internet Explorer 10 has highest error rate, Firefox 22, the least

It is always interesting to study the results of tests that check Internet browsers. After all, Web users must know which browsers crash often, and which don’t. Browser crash does involve us all, right?

Sauce Labs Inc is a company based in San Francisco, USA that offers developers a test platform for software including Web apps. Otherwise also known as “Selenium” tests, the guys at Sauce Labs also keep a certain record – of browser failures – while running the tests for their clients, which is quite interesting, especially since they have to test the software playout across major Web browers.

In 2011, Sauce Labs had taken a look at their test data to figure out which browser had crashed the most during testing. Now, they have decided to repeat the exercise in 2013 to understand which browser has the highest error rate.

While we leave it to our readers to catch up with the Sauce blog post on this, here’s something interesting that these guys found vis-a-vis modern-day browsers:

For recent browser versions, Safari 6 was the browser that crashed the most, with a error rate in the Sauce service at .12 per cent, which is less than half of IE 6’s .31 per cent error rate. Chrome 27 and Firefox 22 have virtually nonexistent error rates, with IE & Opera falling somewhere in the middle.

Sauce browser crash report

Opera has a surprisingly high error rate compared with other recent browser versions. And while Safari 5 has a .16% error rate, Safari 6 has fallen to a .12% error rate, which overall isn’t horrible, says Sauce.

Half of the browser versions that Sauce Labs analyzed had error rates lower than .07%, which, they claimed “was pretty low,”& suggested that browsers were getting more reliable as more versions came out.

Image Credit: Sauce Labs



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