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WhatsApp Web client now works on Firefox and Opera browsers

From: Techgig.comWhatsApp made waves when it launched a desktop version of its messaging service last month, but it was only compatible with Google Chrome. Today, the company has announced it now works on Firefox and Opera too. As with Chrome, you’ll need to launch the Web client on your browser and scan a QR code with your phone to log in.

WhatsApp Web: https://t.co/BPQLxqKDSj - Firefox and Opera browsers are now supported! pic.twitter.com/D4aQiy5IC6— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) February 25, 2015

The desktop service only works with Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices, leaving iOS users in the lurch.

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25 Best HTML5 & JavaScript Game Engine Libraries For Developers

From: Techgig.com Just like in the case of the car the engine does all the main work and the main effort is to make the car look amazing. Same is the case of game engine the game developer mainly works on the detailing and makes the game look eye-catching and real. The game engine takes care rest of the things to work with. Earlier a game developer used to design a game just from a scratch and it cost high and unprofitable. To make game developing simpler and easier for the developers the major game developers started licensing their basic game engine like the Unreal. Moreover, with the introduction of mobile and tablet-gaming the budget has become lesser than before, so there is a huge need of JAVASCRIPT and HTML5 game engines. If you are a game developer and you are looking for a game engine that will work flawlessly with JavaScript and HTML5. Although there are many available in both free and paid game engines in the market, but to satisfy a professional game developers need the …

A Developers Guide To The Pros And Cons Of Python

From: Techgig.com Python is billed by the Python Software Foundation as being easy to learn and running everywhere. It's useful for a range of application types, including Web development, scientific computing, and education. Google and Instagram have been among the many users of Python, and the language scores well in popularity indexes.

But Python has had its issues, with questions raised about its performance and design quirks. To get to the bottom of what's right -- and maybe not so right -- about Python, InfoWorld Editor at Large Paul Krill asked dignitaries in the Python community for their input.

Python pros Read it, use it with ease. "The main characteristics of a Python program is that it is easy to read," says Pierre Carbonnelle, a Python programmer and blogger who runs the PyPL language index. "This has benefits to you and to others. It helps you think more clearly when writing programs, and it helps the others who will maintain or enhance your pro…

Apple slapped with $533 mn fine for patent violation

from: Techgig.com
NEW YORK: Apple Inc has been ordered to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury found its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by Texas-based patent licensing company Smartflash LLC.

Though Smartflash had been asking for $852 million in damages, the verdict, which came late Tuesday night, was still a costly blow for the US tech giant, the most valuable company in the world.

After deliberating for eight hours in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the jury said that Apple not only used the Smartflash patents without permission, but did so willfully.

Apple suggested the outcome was another reason why reform is needed in the patent system to curb litigation by companies that do not make products themselves, such as Smartflash.

"We refused to pay off this company for the ideas our employees spent years innovating and unfortunately we have been left with no choice but to take this fight up through the court system," an Apple sp…

Being A Techie What You Can Earn Working At Microsoft

Reference: Techgig.com

Satya Nadella.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been at the helm for a little over a year.
As Business Insider has learned from talking with employees, it's exciting to work at Microsoft again, thanks to the company's increased transparency, more open culture, and promising new products. Plus, the stock has hit a 14-year high.

There's also the pay.

The 40-year-old company employs some 128,000 people, and judging from the self-reported salaries on Glassdoor, its pay is on par with other tech giants.

Here's the combined compensation - salary and bonus - for 15 of the top gigs at Microsoft:

1. User Experience Designer: $114,211
2. Software Development Engineer: $116,213
3. Program Manager: $121,685
4. Application Development Manager: $134,722
5. Premier Field Engineer: $135,901
6. Senior Software Development Engineer: $173,320
7. Researcher: $193,747
8. Product Management Director: $230,615
9. Marketing Director: $235,386
10. Principal Archi…

Microsoft And Apple Are Killing The Password

Reference: Techgig.com
Let me see if I can guess your password. 12345? Qwerty? How about abc123 or Dragon or trustno1 (yes, I see what you did there), or Master? If I guessed right, then shame on you: all of those feature in the top 25 worst passwords -- along with plenty of other all-but-impossible-to-crack strokes of genius like 111111 and letmein (yes, I see what you did there, too).

Passwords: Decent ones are impossible to remember; easy ones are hardly worth having at all. Passwords: An alphanumeric-must-be-changed-monthly-with-no-repetition plague on all of our houses.

This is not a new problem, of course, and nor is it the first time that the death of passwords has been announced. Over a decade ago, Bill Gates was predicting the end of passwords, and yet millions still have a Post-It note stuck to their monitor with '1234567' written on it. And so passwords still leak, by the billion.

But this time around, could the end really be in sight for passwords? Microsoft ha…

A Weird Gmail Bug Has Tons Of People Sending Emails To The Wrong Contacts

Reference: Techgig.com
Double-check the "To" field in the next email you send, if you're a Gmail user.

Google's mail service seems to have a bug in its auto-suggest feature that's causing a bunch of people to send messages to the wrong contacts. Instead of auto-completing to the most-used contact when people start typing a name into the "To" field, it seems to be prioritizing contacts that they communicate with less frequently.

New York City venture capitalist Fred Wilson just posted about the problem, writing that he got a bunch of emails yesterday that were clearly not meant for him, but people are complaining about it all over Twitter, too.

The bug doesn't seem to be affecting all users (I haven't noticed anything funny, for example), but it's definitely not an isolated problem, based on the Twitter response.

Google just acknowledged the problem via its official Twitter account:

We're aware of an issue with Gmail and auto-complete …

This Was The Thing That Made Steve Jobs So Great

Reference: TechGig.com John Sculley
It's been nearly 4.5 years since Apple cofounder Steve Jobs passed away. But he remains a role model for many today - the gold standard of a tech visionary. One of the few men who could call himself Steve Jobs' boss, former Apple CEO John Sculley, talks about why in his new book, "Moonshot."

"Steve was not an engineer - he just saw different things that people were working on and connected the dots between them," Sculley wrote in his new book, notes the New York Post.

Sculley gave the example of how Jobs added calligraphy fonts to the Mac, which created a new market for the Mac as a way to do home-grown document publishing.

"That was something no one was working on at the time," Sculley said.

Obviously, it's not that easy to look at the world, see what's missing and deliver a high-quality product that fits the bill. Otherwise, we'd all be Steve Jobs.

John Sculley/Michael Seto/Business Insider