Category: Enterprises

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

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.

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 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.

Is This A Piece Of The Oldest Computer?

Is this the piece of the worlds oldest computer? Lets give you some insight into the computer this is from.

The world’s oldest analog computer is the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek device designed to calculate astronomical positions. Media outlets are now reporting that a lost piece, which somehow survived looters, has been discovered on the Aegean Seabed.

The Antikythera Mechanism was lost over 2,200 years ago when the cargo ship carrying it was shipwrecked off the coast of the small Greek Island of Antikythera (which is located between Kythera and Crete). The Mechanism was initially discovered in 1901, when Greek sponge divers found an encrusted greenish lump.

They brought the mechanism, which they believed to be a rock, to archaeologist Valerios Stais at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Over the ensuing decades the site was looted, trampled on by explorers, and, in 1976, the famous French explorer Jean-Jacques Cousteau inadvertently destroyed much of what remained of the ship’s hull.

Initially, no one knew what the lump was. Two millennia had eaten away at the ship and its cargo. Stais’ cousin, Spyridon Stais, a former mathematician, was the first to identify the gears in the mechanism.


We hope that helps but will this be confirmed as that missing piece? Time will tell.