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Can a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Minimize Traffic in VoIP? - Z6 Mag

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 12:00 AM PST

Spotify says that today, something is "out of tune" as reports regarding the outage in the app and the inability of users to use the favorite music and podcast streaming app exposed a problem in the platform. The disruption comes after the company has officially a rolled out a redesigned user-interface today.

The downtime was first noticed by users who have stormed to Spotify's official Twitter account, @SpotifyCares, to report the problem. The same outage was also reported by downtime tracking company, Down Detector, who said that the problem started since 8:22 AM EDT.

Initially, the company have failed to acknowledge the outage in its status Twitter account but has recently posted about it saying that the company is already doing something to fix the problem.

"Something's out of tune. We're currently investigating, and we'll keep you posted here!" posted by the company in its @SpotifyStatus Twitter to update users regarding the apparent service blackout.

Aside from its official announcement, Spotify's technical support has also started responding to users to update them personally with what is happening.

Many of the users have attributed the problem with Spotify's latest UI update as they started experiencing the loss of service following the update completion. However, Spotify denies it as they said it is not the case.

Nonetheless, the company is yet to offer further information regarding the problem or has released any statement as to what caused the outage.

According to outage tracking company, Down Detector, the outage started around eight in the morning, but their outage map shows that reports regarding the outage spikes later in the morning and continued until the afternoon.

It also appears that most of the outage is localized in the United States, but reports from the U.K. also suggests that British users are also experiencing the service blackout. Another outage tracking company, Outage.Report, claims that reports hail from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the U.K., and 26 other countries, it says.

Spotify UI update

As the Spotify moves towards promoting podcasts in its platform more, the company today has announced that it will be updating its UI where a new "Your Library" section is being rolled out now to paying subscribers on its Premium plan. The latest update will make it easier for users to navigate from music and podcasts.

With the update, users will be able to swipe or tap to switch between music and podcasts, while the latter also features three sections for podcast management: Episodes, Downloads, and Shows. The Episodes tab is where the users can find the episodes of the podcast they are already listening to so that they can get back to where they previously left off. The Downloads tab, episodes you've saved for offline listening and the Shows tab is where you can manage the podcasts you follow and check out their previous episodes.

The redesign places far less emphasis on video content, an earlier focus for the streaming music provider. This year, Spotify has instead doubled down on podcasts, believing in its ability to shift radio advertising over to its app by offering better targeting.

Spotify puts its money on podcasts

The favorite music streaming app, Spotify, is all-in with podcasts as it launches a redesigned user interface (UI) that refocuses Spotify into two different audio categories: Music and Podcasts. While it is not new that podcasts and audio shows are already thriving in the app, Spotify makes it easier for listeners to navigate the app to search for their favorite podcast shows.

According to Spotify, last year, "seven million people in the US produced podcasts—and even more, people consumed them." And it makes sense why the app company is putting money on podcasts on its platform. Spotify has spent up to $500 million on podcasts alone. The spending included their acquisition of major companies like Gimlet Media. The equivocal emphasis of Spotify to spend on promoting podcasts on its platform says so much about its goal to compete with Apple and Luminary to try to become the go-to place for podcast listeners, and improving "discoverability" and ease of use is necessary to achieve their goal.

Spotify also released a tool called Soundtrap for Storytellers to encourage podcast producers to produce more shows on Spotify. Soundtrap for Storytellers is a comprehensive podcast creation tool that offers recording, remote multi-track interviewing with video chat, smart editing of audio as a text document, full audio production, direct-to-Spotify publishing of the podcast, and transcript publishing to optimize SEO all in one service.

Rakuten Viber Offers Features That Set It Apart From The Rest - TechBullion

Posted: 13 Jun 2019 06:41 AM PDT

Fast speed internet and ever increasing use of smartphones has changed how people used to communicate. The need of cheaper and instant communication gave rise to a multitude of mobile messaging applications that used the internet instead of the carrier to transfer messages and documents.

Viber is a cross platform communication application that allows its users to communicate through instant messaging and Voice Over IP (VOIP). Founded in 2010, the company has garnered over a billion users in 9 years.

New Features

In its effort to provide world class services to its users, the Viber team is constantly working on development of new features and additions. Each feature has been carefully designed after intensive study and developed to offer ease and practicality:

  • Quick Reply: By swiping down on a preferred message, users can reply instantly without needing to highlight and select the message now.
  • Common Groups: Users can now check out their friends and contacts to find what common groups they have. This will enable users to have a better idea of what their contacts have interests in and connect socially.
  • Messaging Information: On the main chat list, users can now see if their contacts have received messages, read them and even if they are composing a reply.
  • Desktop Lock: As a cross platform messaging application, Viber is also available on PCs. This can be an issue for users who share their computers with others. Lock Viber Desktop now allows users to keep their Viber application secure and private when they are not at their chair.

Popularity and Other Functions

Viber has made a name in the social messaging industry by offering a number of services that are not offered by rivals. At first glance, these features may seem generic, but Viber has made sure that its offers are a step ahead of its competitors:

  • VOIP: While other messaging apps allow users to make audio calls for between users, they have a major limit. If the caller wants to connect to a person who is not using the same application or platform, the call would not be possible. Viber, on the other hand, allows users to make VOIP calls to their contacts who are not using the application. The call rates are decent and credit can be bought easily with a credit card and even PayPal.
  • Public Accounts: Unlike other messaging and connecting apps, Viber allows firms and organizations to set up their channels, called Public Accounts. These accounts can help celebrities and brands to interact with their fans and customers. The accounts can be set to be either one way information stream or allow users to connect and interact with the account.
  • Hidden Chat: Users can selectively highlight individual chats and groups to hide them with a password so that privacy is guaranteed at all times.
  • Delete Messages: Like an arrow fired from a bow, messages sent in other apps cannot be stopped and they will be seen by the recipients. Some messaging application do give options to delete messages if users realize that they should not have sent them in the first place, but that option is available for only a short time after sending the message. Viber, on the other hand, offers users to un-send their messages at any time. It does not matter if the message is a minute old or a year old.

About Viber

Viber was created by Israeli startup team of Talmon Marco and Igor Magazinnik in 2010. Initially designed for Voice Over IP(VOIP), Viber only was capable of making calls. Less than a year later, instant messaging feature was added. 8 years since its inception, the messaging application has a broad user base from all over the world. The cheap voice calls, free messaging and tons of other features have made Viber one of the preferred messaging applications in the world. Viber is also the official communication channel for the world famous soccer FC Barcelona and official partner for the Golden State Warriors.

The cross platform availability means that Viber is available for use on nearly all kinds of operating systems and machines, including Android, iOS and Windows.

Rakuten Viber

Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce and internet giant acquired Viber in 2014 for an estimated USD 900 million. Since the acquisition, the users of Viber have increased many folds. In Russia, it is the most preferred social messaging application in use, even surpassing WhatsApp. Under new management of Rakuten, Viber has been able to offer new services and options that has made it stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Rakuten has introduced end to end encryption in Viber services, ensuring that no one but the sender and the receiver of messages know the content being sent and received.

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