Viber

Viber

Web site: www.viber.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messenger, VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: ?
First release: ?
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Viber – a free and multi-platform messenger for voice and video conferencing, which also allows you to send text messages and image files at the same time. Viber is an ideal alternative for the most popular voice communicator Skype.

Viber gained huge popularity in the mobile version for iOS, BlackBerry and Android, as well as Windows Phone. Viber in the desktop version allows you to perform the same tasks as the mobile version. In addition, after logging in, using your own mobile number, it can synchronize your list of contacts and all other elements along with the entire archive of conversations. It is worth adding that we can also continue the conversations started in the desktop application, for example using a smartphone, tablet or vice versa.

Using the program in the desktop version, we get the best quality of voice calls and video calls in HD, as well as the possibility of free sending of SMS messages and digital photos. Viber is also characterized by speed of operation and low consumption of memory and processor.

To be able to use the Viber communicator, you must have an Internet connection and your own mobile phone number, which is required to log in.

UC Browser

UC Browser

Web site: www.ucweb.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: Android, aPad, Blackberry, iOS, Java, Symbian, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: J2ME
First release: 2004
Rating:  star  star  star  star

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UC Browser – a free web browser for smartphone devices with fast download, data saving, ad-block functionality, and helps you access music, video, cricket information with smooth experience. Customized cricket feature is available on UC Browser. You can also check your train status, train ticket booking, seat availability, and other train enquiry on UC Browser.

The browser uses the data acceleration and compression technology. It uses proxy servers to compress and render web page data before sending it to users. This process speeds up the loading of websites. The browser can adapt to certain network environments and support the download of many files. In addition, the UC browser has HTML5 applications and cloud synchronization features. It has a “quick download” function, which increases the download speed using the multi-threading technique.

UC Browser is developed by the Chinese mobile Internet company UCWeb, which is in turn owned by the Alibaba Group.

Ring

Ring

Web site: ring.cx
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers, VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C, C++
First release: 2016 ?
Rating:  star  star  star  star  star

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Ring (prevoiusly: SFLphone) – a free software for universal communication which respects the freedoms and privacy of its users. It is published under the GNU General Public License 3. Ring is developed by Savoir-faire Linux with the help of a global community of users and contributors. Savoir-faire Linux is a Canadian company specialized in Linux and free software. In November 2016, it became part of the GNU Project.

The goals of Ring are:
– a telephone: a simple tool to connect, communicate and share
– a teleconferencing tool: easily join calls to create conferences with multiple participants
– a media sharing tool: Ring supports a variety of video input options, including mutliple cameras and image and video files, and the selection of audio inputs and outputs; all this is supported by multiple high quality audio and video codecs
– a messenger: send text messeges during calls or out of calls (as long as your peer is connected)
– a building block for your IoT project: re-use the universal communications technology of Ring with its portable library on your system of choice.

Yandex Browser

Yandex Browser

Web site: browser.yandex.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Web Browsers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, JavaScript
First release: October 1, 2012
Rating:  star  star  star  star

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Yadex Browser – a stylish and secure, Chromium based web browser, with voice search and data compression.

The Yandex features are:
– View stories, news, and videos sourced from the internet based on your interests and presented as a feed with Zen.
– Reduce your data usage and speed up the loading of webpages and images when your internet connection is slow with the browser’s automatic Turbo Mode.
– Get rid of annoying ads on websites by integrating third-party blocking apps with ad blocking.
– Protect your personal data when using public Wi-Fi networks and stay away from harmful or fraudulent pages with the browser’s active security system Protect.
– Hide unrelated interface elements — ads, site menus, buttons, or widgets — and leave only the relevant text and accompanying images on the screen with Reader Mode.
– Surf the web in private using Incognito Mode — Yandex Browser will not keep track of your passwords, search queries, or browsing history in this mode.
– Customize your Yandex Browser with a wide array of backgrounds in the wallpaper library to suit any style or mood.
– Access your favorite websites and bookmarks on any of your devices – just allow syncing of your data via your Yandex account.

For user’s safety, downloaded files are scanned by the original security system and scanned using software created by Kaspersky.

Ynadex Browser is developed by the Russian web search corporation Yandex.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp

Web site: www.whatsapp.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messenger, VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, iOS, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Erlang
First release: January, 2009
Rating:  star  star  star  star

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WhatsApp Messenger – a free messaging and VoIP app available for iPhone and other smartphones, and desktop/laptops running under Windows or OS X. WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to let you message and call friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, and Voice Messages.

Features:
– WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection to send messages so you can avoid SMS fees.
– The group chats feature lets you share messages, photos, and videos with up to 256 people at once.
– Sync all of your chats to your computer so that you can chat on whatever device is most convenient for you.
– WhatsApp voice and video calls use your phone’s Internet connection, instead of your cell plan’s voice minutes, so you don’t have to worry about expensive calling charges.
– When end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to them, and nobody in between, not even WhatsApp.
– Send photos and videos on WhatsApp instantly.
– Send PDFs, documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, without the hassle of email or file sharing apps (up to 100 MB).

The application is owned by Facebook.

Quassel

Quassel

Web site: quassel-irc.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: IRC Clients
Platform: Linux, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, Qt
First release: August 27, 2008
Rating:  star  star  star  star

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Quassel – a modern, cross-platform, distributed IRC client, meaning that one (or multiple) client(s) can attach to and detach from a central core — much like the popular combination of screen and a text-based IRC client such as WeeChat, but graphical.

Re-attaching your client will show your IRC session in the same state as you left it in (plus whatever happened while you were gone), and this even when you re-attach from a different location. In addition, Quassel IRC can be used like a traditional client, with providing both client and core functionality in one binary. This so-called “Monolithic Client” completely hides the distributed nature, so for a purely local installation, Quassel IRC can be setup very easily.

Quassel IRC is developed for and tested on Linux®, Windows®, and MacOS X®. It should also run on any other platform that is supported by the Qt library. Third-party mobile clients for Android and iOS also exist.

Quassel IRC will have all the features you’d expect from an IRC client nowadays. It also innovates in many areas. For example, the GUI features a dockable nicklist and topic bar, or you can arrange your channel and query buffers in default or custom views, which are also dockable. This means that you can arrange your GUI as you please. The architecture allows for other innovations, such as on-demand creation of log files in custom formats from the backlog.

The core development team currently consists of the following people:
– Manuel “Sputnick” Nickschas
– Marcus “EgS” Eggenberger

Discord

Discord

Web site: discordapp.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients, Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Proprietary, Freeware
Interface: GUI
Programing language: JavaScript, React, Elixir
First release: May 13, 2015
Rating:  star  star  star  star  star

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Discord – a proprietary and free to use VoIP client designed for gaming communities, that specializes in text, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. It is built on the Electron framework using web technologies.

The main features of Discord application are:
– Voice chat: Join voice channels and chat with your group
– Real-time messaging: Share video, images, and text in rich chat
– Push notifications: Never miss a thing with @mentions and direct messages
– Instant Invite: Easily add friends to your voice server by sharing the Instant Invite link
– Direct messages: Send one-to-one private messages
– Multiple server support: Manage all your game chat groups in one client
– Organizable channels: Keep discussions on topic through structured communication

TeamSpeak

TeamSpeak

Web site: www.teamspeak.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: VoIP Clients
Platform: Android, FreeBSD (server), iOS, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: Freeware, Proprietary
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++, Qt
First release: April 26, 2002
Rating:  star  star  star  star

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TeamSpeak – an internet communicator which uses the VoIP technology for voice and text communication between multiple users of a given server. The messenger is mainly used by players to quickly exchange information in multiplayer games.

The application uses advanced multimedia codecs that guarantee for users high quality of transmitted sound. It also offers useful functions for automatic microphone adjustment, an effective mechanism for eliminating all kinds of noise and echo effects, as well as support for spatial playback of the audio signal.

It also offers ability to create lists of friends and blocked contacts, establish a connection with more than one server at the same time, exchange files between users, support for the most popular control devices for players or an extensive licensing system, allowing convenient management of players within a given server.

TeamSpeak is avaiable to use as a client and a server application and can be installed on most popular platforms.

The original author of the application is Mand’alor Mech The First, and it is developed by TeamSpeak Systems GmbH.

Bittorrent-gui

Bittorrent-gui

Web site: www.bittorrent.com
Category: Network
Subcategory: p2p Clients
Platform: Android, Linux, OS X, Windows
License: MIT, EULA
Interface: GUI
Programing language: Python, GTK+
First release: 2001 ?
Rating:  star  star  star

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Bittorrent-gui – a tool for distributing files. It’s extremely easy to use – downloads are started by clicking on hyperlinks. Whenever more than one person is downloading at once they send pieces of the file(s) to each other, thus relieving the central server’s bandwidth burden. Even with many simultaneous downloads, the upload burden on the central server remains quite small, since each new downloader introduces new upload capacity.

The latest version of the application for Windows, Android and Mac platforms is available under EULA License.
The Linux (older) package is offered via distribution’s repository and is avialbale under MIT License.

Telegram

Telegram

Web site: telegram.org
Category: Network
Subcategory: Instant Messengers
Platform: Android, iOS, Linux, OS X, Web interface, Windows
License: GPL
Interface: GUI
Programing language: C++
First release: 2013 ?
Rating:  star  star  star  star  star

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Telegram – an open source messaging app with a focus on speed and security which is available for several platforms, such as: Linux, OS X, Windows, Android, iOS, and as a web based application as well. Telegram can be used on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

Users can send messages and exchange photos, videos, stickers and files of any type. Telegram also provides optional end-to-end-encrypted messaging. The official clients (applications) are open-source but the server-side code is closed-source and proprietary.

Tha main features of Telegram are:
– messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct
– lets you access your messages from multiple devices
– delivers messages faster than any other application
– servers are spread worldwide for security and speed
– has an open API and protocol free for everyone
– is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees
– keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks
– has no limits on the size of your media and chats
– lets you coordinate groups of up to 100000 members
– lets you destruct your messages with a timer
– stores your media in the cloud