Category: Computing

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.

What Does My IP Address Show?

Many people think that every separate computer or mobile device have got their very own IP address, but that’s not quite true nor is saying it tells people what you’re called because it doesn’t, but it does list some of the following that maybe you didn’t expect it to show people that have got your IP.

and it even shows more than that however they are some of the things your IP shows, so once someone has your IP they can find out certain things but even more can be accessed by the police and other law enforcement agencies.

We hope that by reading this short post, you learnt a lot.

What Does It Mean To Be White Label?

Have you ever wondered what the term White Label means? In this short blog post we’ll explain.

White Label is a term associated with a website or mobile application that doesn’t tell you how it was made, for example if an app was made using an app builder such as AppsGeyser but doesn’t include the AppsGeyser name or branding then it is a White Label mobile application.

We see that many applications these days are not made using HTML code but are instead made using a website company that allows anybody with or without technical knowledge to produce a good mobile application, however many of these apps are White Label. The reason for this is because a White Label application looks more professional than a branded app looks although they could have been made using the same means.

This doesn’t only happen with mobile applications but with websites too although the reason for this is the same.

Learnt something? We hope so….

Behind Devices For The Blind

We all know that the partially seeing must have a hard time viewing things and obviously the fully blind can’t see at all, so how can they communicate with people or ask questions on Google for example? Well funnily enough a newly publicized/published company called InYourPocket has been set up to help they blind do just that, InYourPocket has been helping to make these basic things easy for the blind to do with new specially set up mobile devices that use the O2 network on a very cheap tariff so that they are easy accessible for everyone. InYourPocket is a brilliant partner of  Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) making it a reputable company.

If you are interested go to the website by clicking here.

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 🙂

Behind The Inner Working’s Of Blogger

We have all heard of Blogger and most of us know that it is currently owner and developed by Google however, blogger was originally owned and operated by a company called Pyra Labs before the service was purchased by Google way back in 2003.

Blogger is used not just by consumers but some companies too and you may also find blogs ran using the service but under the domain name blogspot.com although the service using this domain is exactly the same.

Blogger is written in the Python language and was first launched on 23/08/1999. Although Blogger is still active its use is slowly dwindling and may therefore soon be shut down for good, unless Google do something drastic that is.


We hope you have learnt something by reading this post.

About The Product Serial Number

Nearly everyone has heard of and have seen a product serial number and most of us know that it is basically a product finger print that identifies them specifically however most don’t really know much about them, so in this post we’re going to tell you a bit about them.


A serial number is a unique, identifying number or group of numbers and letters given to an individual piece of hardware or software, passports, bank notes and other documents.

We’ll give you an example… A model number for a Samsung Galaxy S8 will always be Samsung Galaxy S8 and that’s true for every Samsung Galaxy S8 mobile phone therefore the model numbers are identical whilst each of their serial numbers is unique to a specific device.

If your item is stolen but you have got the serial number of that item it means that the police can log the serial number and they happen to come across the exact model as yours and they have reason to check it then they can take a look at the serial number and see if it matches the serial number that you provided them with when you reported that item lost or stolen, they are guaranteed that the item in their possession is yours meaning they can return it to you. So you can understand that even if it seems pointless it is in fact absolutely worth it.


You can see why the product serial number was a brilliant idea and is still used millions if not billions of times globally everyday.