[dropcap]F[/dropcap]akeOff! What an apt name for an application that might just make our online lives a little bit safer. An Israel based start-up has developed FakeOff, that helps to identify fake accounts on the most popular social networking site Facebook.
One of the most commonly faced Facebook crimes germinate due to the instances of cyber impersonation. FakeOff claims to protect users from scams devised by fake Facebook users, who are mistaken for being genuine. FakeOff has been live for two months now and has over 15,000 users so far.
“Recent statistics show that at least 10 per cent of about 1.35 billion Facebook users are not authentic. Besides, there are millions of users who create fake identities and appear as regular users. Fake profiles are divided into several groups including criminals, commercial and psychological, that can risk reputations (identity theft), children (paedophiles and sexual abuse), property (home break-ins) and personal safety. FakeOff app uses sophisticated algorithm to investigate the behavior of suspect friends and rank them according to 1-10 credibility score. It scans up to 365 days of timeline activity for every suspect Facebook friend and checks for abnormal activity. The app checks timeline activity of the suspect and tries to locate abnormal activity that indicates a non-normal way of usage. It allows the user to scan the photos of the suspect to find out if it was stolen from someplace online. FakeOff crosses information from all investigations and calculates results of user based on other investigations on the same suspect. Twenty-four per cent of investigations conducted in the app return as fake. A fake profile can be very complex and some of the fakes that we help the users find is only for their eyes so we can’t know the final result from the photo scan results, but the user easily can.” FakeOff creator Eliran Shachar told PTI.
Have A Fake Check
According to Facebook, about 14.3 crore accounts on the social networking site may be false or duplicate, with a major chunk of them coming from developing markets like India and Turkey. Facebook’s monthly active users (MAU) stood at 1.19 billion as of September 30, 2013.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]eliPortMe, the Instagram of panoramas, is building an application for the recently launched Google Glass. The Bangalore based startup, founded by Vineet Devaiah, is being pursued by the tech giant Google once again. Earlier, the very same person said no to Google’s offer to acquire his fledgling startup. He is said to have received the actual Google Glass to get acquainted with the wearable gadget. Though he fended off a bid by Google to acquire his company in late 2011, the offer to develop an app to crowd-source panoramas and build an app for Google Glass was too hard to resist.
Teliportme’s application 360 had caught a lot of attention including that of Google. The application allows users to create panoramic pictures on Android phones. The user simply has to open the app, pan the phone around and it takes the pictures. The app then stitches these images together to give you a panoramic view. Teliportme app also allows the user to share these images. The young startup already has a database of 3-4 million images uploaded by users, and the attempt now is to woo many more users to share panoramas, especially of locations, geo-tag them and provide more details about each image.
Now that Teliportme has been asked to develop an application for Google Glass, it will build an app for Google Glass that will identify the wearer’s location and match it with the geo-tagged database of panoramic photos in the back-end uploaded by users. This will allow the wearer to identify places around him, and even obtain finer details about what he is looking at.
Teliportme’s new app is different from what Google’s fleet of car-mounted Street View cameras capture. It is being said that unlike Street View that ran into regulatory hurdles, the new app crowd-sources images. The team at TeliportMe has caught the attention of investors in the US. They graduated from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups, a startup accelerator program, and have received funding from big names in Silicon Valley, including Bill Gross of Idealab, Allesandro Piol of Vedanta Capital, Dwipal Desai, Max Pellegrini, Rob Wang and Steve Bennet. Earlier, technology website TechCrunch reported that TeliPortMe turned down a buyout offer in the $15-20 million range from Google.
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[dropcap]A[/dropcap]pple has done the unthinkable in the view of its long-standing fans. It killed Apple Tracker. Before any of you get any wild thoughts, let me clear that the victim is just an App.
But Apple-Tracker dot-com was a very popular one developed by Mordy Tikotzky. Almost every year the multi billion dollar giant refreshes its lineup with the latest technological developments happening elsewhere. Some even choose to call it innovation. So, when they innovate, thousands of fans around the world queue up on the release day to shop for their favorite and latest devices like iPad and iPhone. For those not wishing to brave the cold, alternatives include ordering online or checking back regularly at stores after the stocks deplete. However, one talented web developer created an Apple tracking site this year to help consumers to find new iPhone 5S and iPad Air devices. Once called iPhone Checker, the site recently became Apple Tracker, to take into account inventory checks for the iPad Air. Tikotzky was also going to offer iPad Mini with Retina display tracking, once Apple’s latest product launched later this month. And Apple, as it is, didn’t like it.