Surespot

Surespot

Web site: surespot.me
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS
License: GPLv3
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: 2013 ?
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Surespot – a mobile messaging application that secures all messages using end-to-end encryption for every text, image and voice message returning your right to privacy. Surespot uses your mobile data plan and Wi-Fi so you don’t get texting charges, especially important for those friends in other countries.

Features:
– surespot is not associated with your phone number or email
– send voice messages when your hands or eyes are too busy to text
– multiple identities on a single device to keep matters separated
– free messenger with no advertising and open source clients
– your identity is portable, transfer your secure conversations to other devices
– uses 256 bit AES-GCM encryption using keys created with 521 bit ECDH*

Not all encryption is equal. Most messengers provide encryption during message transport using SSL but messages return to an unencrypted form once they reach the server. Other messengers use End-to-End Encryption but store the decryption keys on their servers for ease of use. In either case you would have to trust the server implicitly which has proven problematic when any server operator can be compelled by court order to turn over some or all of the messages and/or keys. Ideally you would not need to trust the server operator- enter surespot, odd for us to promote that you do not need to trust us but it is true!

Data sent using surespot is End-to-End Encrypted with symmetric-key encryption (256 bit AES-GCM) using keys created with 521 bit ECDH shared secret derivation. All that means our servers do not see or hold your keys and the messages you send are encrypted by your device so protected during the entire transport to the receiver, who is the only one who can decrypt the message.

Surespot also enables users to verify the public key fingerprint of friends offline which adds another layer of protection by revealing any MITM attacks.
Every line of the client code used in surespot is made available for inspection / scrutiny and for other developers to contribute to. Linus’s law states, “Given enough eyeballs all bugs are shallow.”

Slack

Slack

Web site: slack.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, JavaScript
First release: August 2013
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Slack – a communication platform which offers IRC style features, including persistent chat rooms organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.

Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place so you can get more work done, whether you belong to a large enterprise or a small business. Сheck off your to-do list and move your projects forward by bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need together. Slack is available on any device, so you can find and access your team and your work, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

Use Slack to:
• Сommunicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
• Message or call any person or group within your team
• Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
• Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
• Еasily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files
• Сustomize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts

Web site: hangouts.google.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP clients
Platform: Android, iOS
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: May 2013
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Google Hangouts (formerly known as Google Talk) – a free messenger for traditional text and video chat using a microphone and a webcam.

Google Hangouts takes users to a whole new dimension, enabling photo and emoticon support as well as video calls. The program allows you to send photos and emoticons, and also allows you to send messages to people who are not available at the moment.

Google Hangouts Messenger automatically recognizes and imports contacts from your Google Account.

Features:
• Include all your contacts with group chats for up to 150 people.
• Say more with status messages, photos, videos, maps, emoji, stickers, and animated GIFs.
• Turn any conversation into a free group video call with up to 10 contacts.
• Call any phone number in the world (and all calls to other Hangouts users are free).
• Connect your Google Voice account for phone calling, SMS texting, and voicemail integration.
• Keep in touch with contacts across Android, iOS, and the web, and sync chats across all your devices.
• Message contacts anytime, even if they’re offline.

Venom

Venom

Web site: github.com/naxuroqa/Venom
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Linux
License: GPL
Interface:
Programing language: ?
First release: October 1, 2013
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Venom – a modern Tox client for the GNU/Linux desktop.

Features:
– Encrypted profiles
– Secure, private messaging
– Read receipts
– Contact aliases
– Customizable avatars
– Emojis +1
– File transfers
– Screenshot sharing
– Group chats
– Socks5 Proxy support
– Spell checking
– Sound notifications
– Faux offline messaging
– Voice and video chat

Toxic

Toxic

Web site: github.com/Jfreegman/toxic
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: BSD, Linux, OS X
License: GPL
Interface: ncurses
Programing language: C
First release: 2013 (?)
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Toxic – a ncurses-based Tox client which offers an instant messaging and video chat features. It is a text based application which uses the ncurses interface.

The project founder is JFreegman.

Discourse

Discourse

Web site: discourse.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Forums
Platform: Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: Web
Programing language: Ruby
First release: 2013
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Discourse – an open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. It can be used as a mailing list, discussion forum or long-form chat room.

Discourse breaks with existing schemes of present forum applications by including additional features that are available mainly for social networking applications. These features include, among others: scrolling, live updates, oneboxing, expandable links, and the ability to drag and drop attachments. Although these options are more social than technical, they improve the quality of online discussions through the extended database of forum applications.

The Discourse application is written in the JavaScript and Ruby on Rails programming language, requires the PostgreSQL database system and uses the Ember.js framework.

The application is (or was) used by companies and organizations such as: Atom (word processor), Boing Boing, CISCO, Docker, How-To Geek, Mozilla, Open Knowledge, SitePoint Forums, TalkSurf, The Daily WTF, Twitter, Ubuntu.

The project founders in 2013 were: Jeff Atwood, Robin Ward and Sam Saffron

Cloudike

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Web site: cloudike.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: File Backup and Sync
Platform: Android, iOS, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: JavaScript, Python
First release: 2013 ?

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Cloudike – a software solution that enables mobile carriers and OEMs to offer a personal cloud service to customers. Designed to be offered on or off-premise, Cloudike has been proven to assist business goals such as customer engagement, retention and acquisition.

With the white-label personal cloud your customers will be able to upload, share, and access files from mobile or desktop. The solution is built to synergize with your existing mobile offerings and seamlessly integrate with your existing billing and authentication systems.

The white-label cloud can be branded and integrated as needed. It can integrate your existing billing methods or customize the very appearance of the cloud as you see fit

Using the latest technology available, the cloud has been engineered to offer top tier service at the most affordable pricepoint in the market.

The deployments average hundreds of thousands of users, over 50 million files, and sizable churn reduction for mobile carriers.

The project founders are Dr. Sun Ung Lee, Maxim Azarov, and Dmitry Malin.

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Syncthing

Syncthing

Web site: syncthing.net
Category: Network
Subcategory: File Backup and Sync
Platform: Android, BSD, Linux, Solaris, OS X, Windows
License: MPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Go
First release: December 2013

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Syncthing – a continuous file synchronization program. It synchronizes files between two or more computers.

Features:
– Private. None of your data is ever stored anywhere else other than on your computers. There is no central server that might be compromised, legally or illegally.
– Encrypted. All communication is secured using TLS. The encryption used includes perfect forward secrecy to prevent any eavesdropper from ever gaining access to your data.
– Authenticated. Every node is identified by a strong cryptographic certificate. Only nodes you have explicitly allowed can connect to your cluster.
– Web GUI. Configure and monitor Syncthing via a responsive and powerful interface accessible via your browser.
– Portable. Works on Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris and OpenBSD. Run it on your desktop computers and synchronize them with your server for backup.
– Simple. Syncthing doesn’t need IP addresses or advanced configuration: it just works, over LAN and over the Internet. Every machine is identified by an ID. Just give your ID to your friends, share a folder and watch: UPnP will do if you don’t want to port forward or you don’t know how.
– Powerful. Synchronize as many folders as you need with different people.

The project founder is Jakob Borg.

Mailbird

Mailbird

Web site: www.getmailbird.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Email Clients
Platform: Windows
License: Freemium
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C#
First release: April 1, 2013

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Mailbird – a proprietary email client for MS Windows users, inspired by Sparrow email client for OS X. It only supports Gmail accounts for email, but also provides support to display Dropbox, Facebook, Google Drive and other services.

The main features of Mailbird are:
– Manage all your emails and contacts from multiple accounts easily in one Inbox.
– Customizable Layout.
– App Integration: built in apps like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Dropbox, Google Calendar, Asana, Todoist and many more.
– Snooze messages for later to focus only on the emails you need to at the moment.
– Speed Reader: The first ever integrated to make you literally fly through your emails.
– Custom Sounds: Choose any of our notification sound suggestions or upload your own.
– Connect via Linkedin with only one click from within your Inbox.
– Attachment Search.
– Intuitive keyboard shortcuts for archiving, composing, replying, forwarding and many more activities.
– Supports 17 languages from all over the world.
– Free 24/7 email support.

The project was started in January 2012 by Danish Co-Founders and serial entrepreneurs Michael Olsen & Michael Bodekaer.

webbIE

webbIE

Web site: www.webbie.org.uk/webbrowser/index.htm
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web browsers
Platform: Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: January 24, 2013

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webbIE – a freeware web browser designed for screen reader users. WebbIE lets you browse web pages, search the web, fill in forms, do ecommerce, and use online email, all in a highly-usable text-only display that works with any screenreader.

Features:
– Shows web pages as plain text so you can simply cursor around the page like you would a Word document. Much simpler than navigating complex tree-like web pages using a standard web browser.
– Easy Google web search: enter your search, press return, and just cursor up and down the results. Fast and simple.
– Support for forms, so you can use eCommerce and online shops and online email like GMail.
– Jump quickly to headings and navigate around with single keystrokes.
– List links on a page and cursor around them to find out where you can go.
– Quickly crop out the rubbish at the top of a page and scattered around the page, so you can get on with reading the page content without having to spend time finding it.
– Access and add to your Internet Explorer Favorites.
– Works with any screenreader, including NVDA, Thunder, JAWS, WindowEyes, Hal, and the built-in Windows Narrator.
– Change font size and font so you can make text big and readable for you.
– Uses system colours so you can select yellow-on-black and high visibility schemes for maximum readability.
– Handles Javascript and HTML5 features so the latest web pages have a chance of working.
– Fully translated into a dozen languages and displays web pages written in any language.
– Open RSS News Feeds for sites so you can quickly skip to the page you want.

WebbIE was developed as a student project at the Department of Computation at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.