Category: Companies

Virgin Internet Down After Branson Asks For Bale-Out: Is It Connected?

Reports Virgin internet went down tonight have been circling like wildfire on Twitter tonight (27/04/2020) by many, many people…. So Has Virgin’s internet enterprise going down for millions of people got any thing to do with Richard Branson’s well heard of UK Government bale-out of £500m for Virgin Atlantic connected? Its certainly seems strange to us and millions of Virgin Internet users that he got a massive back lash due to him having paid NO tax in the United Kingdom for at least 14 years, including when he decided to sue the NHS.

So… Could this be Branson’s way of saying, you bailout Virgin Atlantic and I’ll switch your internet back on? Sounds like it could be to us and many millions in the UK no matter what part of the United Kingdom your in, basically a big man’s way of blackmail, basically saying you give me a loan and I’ll give some of the UK broadband again.

Richard Branson would describe himself as a philanthropist but surely at least 14 years of not paying UK income tax by holding off-shaw accounts shows him as the exact opposite?

Virgin Media, and Sir Richard Branson haven’t been without contriversy before but maybe this is just the tip of the iceberg and shows what he’ll really do (or try to do) to get what he wants, and when he wants it.

Judge it yourself, but make sure you read this post properly.

The Gaz’s Web Services Team

Our Website: What’s Been Updated

Our website is now fully back up and running as of 12:30PM on 09/04/2020 but below is a list of what we’ve done while it was down.

We’ve changed or updated the following:

  1. We’ve updated our company policy
  2. Reviewed and partially changed our privacy statement
  3. Updated our contact page with more contact methods
  4. Reviewed our social media policy
  5. Our live chat will be online more
  6. Conducted needed maintenance

We understand that Coronavirus may have you worried, but we hope you feel safe in the knowledge that our company like some companies elsewhere is open for business because like many companies, ours is conducted online and always has been.

GWS Website Changes

At Gaz’s Web Services Ltd we own many websites including some subdomain websites (Example.gazswebservices.org.uk) however from today some websites are going to disappear, whilst some new ones are going to appear.

One of the websites that will disappear is that of GWS Photography which has been untouched for many months.

Keep an eye out for changes as we are currently creating a new website which we’re sure you’ll hear of soon.

 

Websites up to now that are going to be removed from our servers are below, however this post will be updated in the future too:

We’ll also add new ones, so keep an eye out.

Privacy Isn’t Just A Right, It’s A Necessity

Today privacy is much more than a word, or right… Its a necessity that everyone should be given, sadly many people are snooped on by telecoms companies, security services and social networks being amongst them… Happily there is now an app for mobile devices that should be on every single one, it bridges that gap. Cloudflare is one of the best security companies for website owners and app developers that allows most websites to be encrypted when being used, Cloudflare has been around since 2009 and has helped many companies and app developers to function but this app is brilliant and makes all your DNS queries private whilst making your internet faster, and even better it is easy to setup and has a brilliant way to be found, purely because its name and website address is 1.1.1.1. Try it, we’re confident that you’ll be as happy using it as we’re by writing this article about it!

Huawei & Google: What This Means?

Have you got a Huawei mobile phone? Okay, nothing to worry about (Yet).

Google have today (20/05/2019) cut the mobile phone giant’s Android licence meaning that any device made by Huawei from now on won’t be using Android and will lack apps such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and many other apps that are used by a lot of people, also Huawei will have to either use another operating system or develop their own.

For those that have an Huawei mobile device already, them users are safe as Android will continue to add much needed software updates and app updates for the foreseeable future but what happens after that is not yet clear.

This follows an order brought in by US President Donald Trump.

Google+ and What Happened

First of all lets get started on what Google+ was…


Google+, sometimes pronounced as Google Plus, G+, or G-Plus, was an Internet-based social network owned and operated by Google Inc.. The network was launched on June 28, 2011 which replaced Google Buzz in the attempt to challenge other social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Myspace, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and Vimeo and it was designed to link Google’s products like Blogger and YouTube. However, these competitive plans by Google via Google Wave (2009–2010), Google Buzz (2010–2011) and Google+ (Non-G-Suite version) (2011–2019) were never successful and were completely shut down as a result.

The service, Google’s fourth foray into social networking, experienced strong growth in its initial years, although usage statistics have varied, depending on how the service was defined. Three Google executives oversaw the service, which underwent substantial changes that led to a redesign in November 2015.

Due to low user engagement and disclosed software design flaws that potentially allowed outside developers access to personal information of its users, the Google+ developer API was discontinued on March 7, 2019 and Google+ was shut down for business use and consumers on April 2, 2019. It is still in use as Google+ for Enterprise for internal corporate social networks who are users of G-Suite.


Google+ appears to have been performing badly as Google took the decision in late 2018 to close Google+ down for consumers, see below

On October 8, 2018, Google announced it would be ending the consumer version of Google+ in August 2019, later changing that date to April 2, 2019. The company cited low user engagement and difficulties in “creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers’ expectations”, noting that 90% of user sessions on the service lasted less than five seconds. It also acknowledged a design flaw in an API that could expose private user data. Google said it found no evidence that “any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API” or that “any Profile data was misused.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, the data exposure was discovered in the spring of 2018, and was not reported by the company because of fears of increased regulatory scrutiny. The newspaper said that “the move effectively puts the final nail in the coffin of a product that was launched in 2011 to challenge Facebook, and is widely seen as one of Google’s biggest failures.”

On December 10, 2018, Google reported that a subsequent Google+ API update exposed customer data for six days before being discovered, again saying there was no evidence of any breach. The bug allowed outside developers access to personal information of users. Over 52.5 million users were affected. The company moved the service’s shutdown date to April 2019 and said it would “sunset all Google+ APIs in the next 90 days.”

Google says that Google+ will still be open for G Suite users.


We hope you understand more about the shutdown of Google+.

Behind The N-Gage PDA

If you’re old enough you may remember the Nokia N-Gage which was a very different mobile phone at that time as opposed to mobiles manufactured by other companies, the N-Gage was a PDA combined with a telephone and was developed from 2003-2005 and as you can see it only lasted 2 years before Nokia discontinued it.

The original N-Gage ran on the Symbian OS v6.1, but was a very different phone considering its competition and gained the nickname “Taco Phone” as according to most people it resembled a Taco (We can’t see why!).

The Symbian OS that it ran on is itself now discontinued, the N-Gage could not live up to its rival the Nintendo and was noted as a commercial failure.

It was one of the weirdest looking mobile phones and was quite something to own for the time it was developed, image is below.

Google And Blogger

As you may know already, blogger is a free blogging platform which is owned by Google, but what do actually know about the platform? If you’re like us, not much…. So lets try and explain.


Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was developed by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003. The blogs are hosted by Google and generally accessed from a subdomain of blogspot.com. Blogs can also be served from a custom domain owned by the user (like www.example.com) by using DNS facilities to direct a domain to Google’s servers. A user can have up to 100 blogs per account.

Up until May 1, 2010, Blogger also allowed users to publish blogs to their own web hosting server, via FTP. All such blogs had to be changed to either use a blogspot.com subdomain, or point their own domain to Google’s servers through DNS.

As you may know, even after reading this, well not much is know.

Facebook Live And Verification

As we all know many disturbing things have been seen live using Facebook, such as murders and if you search “Is there verification needed to use Facebook Live?” many of the answers are the same and state that only people with verified Facebook pages can use the service, but as I just found out this answer isn’t actually true as many people can use Facebook Live without issue on their Facebook account, so why isn’t there enforced verification needed to use Facebook Live services first? Surely the answer to many of the questions like “how can murders be shown live using Facebook” is because NO verification is actually needed to use Facebook live, surely verification like official government ID can be added so that people whom have gone through the verification process successfully can use the services which would in most if not all cases would make Facebook live a sought after and more safe service to use? Today 31/03/2019 Mark Zuckerberg stated that Facebook has too much power and that government’s need to step in to help, but wouldn’t Facebook making a start on this make government want to and be happy to assist? Facebook need to take the first steps to tackle the surge of violence being shown through their platform.

ReactJS and Behind It

ReactJS is a JavaScript library language created partly by Facebook for building user interfaces. It is maintained by  developers at Facebook and a community of individual developers and companies globally. React is not very well heard of however, some of the websites it is used on are. We’ll tell you a bit about ReactJS below…

React was created by Jordan Walke, a software engineer at Facebook who was influenced by XHP, a HTML component framework for PHP. It was first deployed on Facebook’s newsfeed in 2011 and later on Instagram.com in 2012. It was open-sourced at JSConf US in May 2013.

React Native, which enables native Android, iOS, and UWP development with React, was announced at Facebook’s React.js Conf in February 2015 and open-sourced in March 2015.

On April 18, 2017, Facebook announced React Fiber, a new core algorithm of React framework library for building user interfaces. React Fiber was to become the foundation of any future improvements and feature development of the React framework.

Although initially released in 2013, ReactJS is not well known to you unless you are a software developer.


We hope this helps 🙂