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30th Anniversary of World Wide Web: Google celebrates with Doodle

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World Wide Web (WWW) is the application that built upon the innovations like HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) and URL addresses and http (hypertext transfer protocol). Its 30th year of WWW.

World Wide Web Google Doodle: Google Tuesday displayed an animated doodle marking the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web (WWW). The depiction showed the Earth revolving inside a computer connected to a switch on its letters.


The World Wide Web, not to be confused with the internet, is an application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL addresses and HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol). The doodle is being promoted across the world, except for some parts of the African continent. The doodle is in the form of animation with block graphics – a reminder of how things were like in its early years. A globe in the center rotates on the desktop monitor.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a software engineer, developed the first web browser — WorldWideWeb.app. He submitted his proposal titled “Information Management: A Proposal” to his boss on March 12 in 1989. He had initially envisioned a large hypertext database to help his colleagues at CERN in Switzerland share information amongst multiple computers. By 1991, the external Web servers were up and running.

Tim Berners-Lee stands in front of the first web server at Palexpo during the World Summit on the Information Society

Today, there are nearly 2 billion websites online. The Web has been revolutionizing our lives as we usher in the information age. There are approximately two billion websites online. The web is used extensively for a variety of purposes, be it checking emails, gaming, or studying.

“There are very few innovations that have truly changed everything,” said Jeff Jaffe, CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium. “The Web is the most impactful innovation of our time.”

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Watch videos with your friends: Instagram is testing new feature

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Instagram is transforming. Facebook is working on adding a number of new features to the popular photo-sharing app that are aimed at helping users get the best out of the popular app. Earlier this week it was reported that Instagram was testing a new feature that would hide the total number of likes recieved in a post from a user’s followers. Now, a new report suggests that the company is working on a new feature that would enable Instagram users watch videos on the platform with their friends.

According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who is known for discovering new features in an app by reverse engineering them, Instagram is testing AR effects and co-watching in video calls. This feature would enble users to apply augmented reality stickers on Instagram in addition to watching videos on the platform. To put it simply, users would be able to watch funny dog videos together with their friends in the app as they put on the funny dog face AR stickers.

Notably, the present option, as the researcher demonstrated in simulataneous tweets, appears to be supporting only two users at a time. However, that could change when the photo-sharing app finally rolls out the feature.

Wong had first reported this feature last month when she said that Instagram’s co-watching feature is like Facebook’s Watch Party feature, except that it works for Instagram Direct. Her tweet at the time had indicated that a suggested tab in the app would pull in all the related videos in Instagram Direct and that users could also watch a list of videos that they had selected.

Now over a month later, the feature has surfaced in her research again. However, Facebook hasn’t commented on the availability of the feature yet.

Apart from the co-watching videos feature, Instagram is also working on a new feature that, as I mentioned before, would hide the like count of an Instagram user from his/her followers. As per a separate tweet by Wong, the like count on a post will only be visible to the profile holder while the followers would be able to see who all liked a particular post.

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Triple folding iPhone to beat Samsung and Huawei

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Samsung and Huawei have shown off their folding phone design and are finally releasing it to public. However, while their phones can just open up to a larger tablet mode display with a single folding hinge, this company has managed to conceptualize Apple’s iPhone “Z” with a triple folding, dual hinge design.

Apple has shown no interest in a folding phone or foldable display handset as yet, but they could be in the works behind the curtain. However, leaks and rumours always make their way out and concept designers are creating new models for the world to imagine.

Caviar, a Russian firm, has designed a superb concept for the foldable iPhone and also named it as iPhone Z. the design has two folding mechanisms that helps the three 6.6-inch displays open up to a large 10.4-inch tablet. Not only that, the design also helps a person to use it in a laptop mode with one side of the screen doubling up as the keyboard.

Apart from the new design, the firm has also envisioned the hardware to sport multiple cameras in the front and back, an in-display fingerprint scanner and also a USB Type-C port.

Caviar has also imagined a price tag of a whopping 2,900 euros. The Russian firm has also said that they are willing to build this phone with the help of other manufacturers on a joint development. Check out the video where the concept shows off the tri-folding iPhone that could put the other two rivals’ design to shame.

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Amazon launches free music streaming service

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Amazon might launch a new free music streaming service soon, reported Billboard. The new streaming service could include a limited catalogue of music and will be marketed through the company’s Echo line of smart speakers.

According to the report, the streaming service will be similar to its Amazon Prime Music service. It will be available across platforms free of cost, but will support ads and will compete against Spotify’s free music streaming service option. The new service will allow users to skip the sign-up process as well.

The new streaming service will rely on music label licenses to stream music. The company will offset the cost this through ad-revenue and the potential increase in the sale of the company’s Echo hardware, says the report.

Currently, Amazon offers its Prime Music streaming service along with Prime Video, shipping benefits and more under its Prime subscription service in India. It offers two types of memberships to customers – a monthly membership priced at Rs 129, and a yearly one priced at Rs 999.

The report does not state when the company will be launching the service or which regions will it be made available in.

In the US, the company provides its customers with various pricing tiers for its music streaming service. The cheapest is the $3.99 (approximately Rs 276) service for people listening to the music on their Echo devices only.

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