Waze, Driving Socially

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Waze is a navigation app that crowd-sources its information from other users. This makes the app a reliable component in traffic. Waze constantly updates their users with updates and notifications about traffic jams and accidents that could slow you down in real time. Waze is also better at rerouting drivers to avoid congestion than google maps. Waze’s design is fun, with quirkier icons. What also makes Waze fun is that you can link your Waze app with Facebook giving you the option to map out your friends on the road. Because Waze has amusing icons and symbols it makes it enjoyable.
Waze engages people to help change the maps. Waze has an active community of Waze map editors working constantly to improve and update the maps. Also a nice feature Waze has added is that is shows you where you can fill up gas at the cheapest station. So you can save money on gas.

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I myself have used Waze, I have it on my phone because with tom-tom you don’t get the real-time updates about what is happening in traffic. With this real-time updates I can get quicker to my destination. With Waze you can actually see cars driving and mentioning what is happening on the road.
What I also like is that Waze has a Facebook page, Instagram, twitter and google+. This way Waze stays with its users even off the road.
This is a great way to use social media not only to share video’s and photo’s, but information that others can use in order to get home safe and easy.
Google has bought Waze, and is now integrating Waze feed into google maps. It is said if you want an app purely for driving, then Waze is the way to go. If you want an app where you can switch from driving to other sorts of transportation then google maps is the better option.
Do you use Waze? Which app would you prefer, Waze or Google Maps?

Sources:
http://news.yahoo.com/waze-social-gps-maps-traffic-035148546.html
http://www.techtimes.com/articles/37279/20150305/google-maps-vs-waze-which-navigation-app-is-better.htm
http://www.wired.com/2013/02/waze-real-time-map-updates/
https://www.waze.com/

Whatsapp or Telegram?

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Telegram is a very similar app to Whatsapp. Telegram is a free open-source platform with no ads. It’s a clean and fast interface that asks for no payments whatsoever. Signing up and using Telegram is actually very easy. The messenger uses your phone number as your ID and it allows you to interact with any contact in your phonebook, as long as they are using the app too. This is what actually makes this messaging app very similar to WhatsApp. However, Telegram offers more on this aspect.
Unlike WhatsApp, it is possible to specify a username which can then be used by people whom you don’t have their contacts to reach you even if they don’t have the phone number you used to register on Telegram. In addition, the fact that this person can contact you using your Telegram user name does not mean your number will now be visible to them. It won’t, which is why this messaging app is often considered to be very secure.
The biggest selling point of Telegram is security. Other than being an open-source platform, this messaging app also makes use of MTProto that features 256-bit symmetric encryptions, DH secure key exchange as well as RSA 2048 encryption. This is just how secure this application is, something that has even prompted the developers to offer a massive $200,000 for any hacker who can find a loophole in the system.
Just like WhatsApp, Telegram is a cross platform app. It works well on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Chrome, Mac and Windows OS. You can access this messaging app from any browsing platform using any web browser. It is also possible to log into all of the supported devices at a given time without any problems and messages will appear on all of them.
Another selling point of Telegram is that there are no restrictions of file sharing and types. You can share everything without having the limit the size. What I like about Telegram is that it is also cloud based. Unlike WhatsApp it saves everything on your phone. Telegram has everything in the cloud. Meaning if you lose your phone or change your phone for a new one, all of your messages and shares are there with you.
Because Telegram is cross-platform you don’t always need your phone. Let’s put it this way. Your phone is out of battery and you have a IPad that is working, you can still keep messaging with your friends with the iPad Telegram app. Unlike WhatsApp your phone doesn’t need to be online or on. Because with Telegram is cloud based.

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For those who like their privacy a lot, Telegram has also the private chat function. Using a special encryption, Telegram creates a sort of self-destructing messages. So when the other party has read your messages, your sent messages will disappear.
I really like telegram and I use it a lot more then WhatsApp. It is more fun and because it is easier using it in you pc and other devices. Also using the sticker function instead of emoticons makes a lot more fun.
Would you consider Telegram?

Sources:
https://telegram.org/faq#q-how-secure-is-telegram

http://neurogadget.com/2015/09/28/whatsapp-vs-telegram-heres-why-we-recommend-

telegram-as-a-better-app/16374

http://neurogadget.com/2015/09/28/whatsapp-vs-telegram-heres-why-we-recommend-telegram-as-a-better-app/16374

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2871412/how-much-trust-can-you-put-in-telegram-messenger.html