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Tom Hanx Write to Bite

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Do you remember the app Hanx Writer? In one of our previous posts we wrote about the Tom Hanks’ passion for good old typing machines and iPads. All of that he was able to successfully combine in an app, which gave you the feeling and sound of old while typing on something brand new.

Maybe, you were skeptical about it. Maybe, you believed that this will be a short term summer hit in Apple’s store. Who knows, you may even think that Tom got bored with his Oscars, and that he decided to do something elderly for a change. Well, has proven us all completely wrong, hasn’t he?

For what is worth, his app is at the very top in the Apple’s store. On the other hand, the app itself already has an impressive average of 4,5 from more than 2,100 reviews. We cannot tell, who or what is responsible for this success? Tom Hanks himself and his popularity, or the app’s features themselves?

At the end, does it really matter? We got ourselves a nice looking and useful app. The next logical thing for us to do, is to ask Tom about his plans for the Android version. We would be very grateful for an opportunity to use his app on Android devices, as well. Tom definitely has some intriguing IT genes.

Ads Opera

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If you still have some second thoughts or even doubts about the growing and the unquestionable power of the mobile empire, here is an interesting story to make you think seriously about it. You know what it is and what is being used for, don’t you? The web browser called Opera, for all kinds of devices you may have.

Here is the catch. For the very first time in Opera’s history the profit collected by its mobile department has passed the magical 51% border line of all incomes. In addition, the same division has reported the unprecedented yearly growth of 83%. This is a nice game of numbers. You will see for yourself.

This success of the mobile department with the 83% has contributed to the overall success of the company with the increase of 38%. How convenient 83% mobile growth for the 38% of the overall success, indeed. You do not have to guess twice where Opera is going to make it further investments, do you?

For what is worth, this is an educational story for all busy little IT bees, who are in constant search for some profitable honey in the cyber space. Their next stop should be definitely a mobile flower. Nowadays, the fix profit has been made on mobile platforms and devices. Ask Opera the next time you use it.

Robin WoWilliams

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Nobody can tell for certain, but it seems that the creators of the World of Warcraft have found a way to pay an intriguing tribute to the dearest tragic figure of Robin Williams. For what is worth, the new character in the latest expansion World of Warcraft – Warlords of Draenor will give you a chance to see him again.

It is called Robin, and yes, there is a certain physical resemblance to the real life actor. If you recall the Disney’s Aladdin, then you do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out where did the WoW creators found their inspiration for this tribute. Robin’s voice gave life to the memorable lamp genie.

Now, the WoW returns a favor in a very creative way. And, that is not all. Very few people know that Williams himslef was a passionate gamer including WoW among others. Very soon after his death the million army of Blizzard community has urged for a tribute worthy of his contribution.

After the latest controversy with his daughter’s Twitter account, this is a nice way for the cyber space to say goodbye as it should be. We will always remember him through his movies. In addition, his spirit will have an opportunity to walk through the paths of WoW until the end of time.

Store Wars

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Here is an indicative story you do not have an opportunity to hear very often. It gives you a unique chance to see how both Google Play Store and Apple Store work and handle things. The highly anticipated sequel of confusingly mega popular Flappy Bird game has attracted all kinds of attention both wanted and unwanted ones.

The Swing Copters are probably one of the most copied games in the modern history. At one point it was literally impossible to find what you have been looking for in Google Play Store. There were so many copies of the Swing Copters that you simply could not reach the original you were eager to play.

This was the right moment for Google to step in. In the matter of minutes all Swing Copters copies were removed from Google Play Store allowing the original to reach the surface and users themselves. Our hats off to Google for this bold move, which strongly contributes to users’ rights to get the right thing.

On the other hand, Apple’s users have to go through a real challenge to get their fingers on the original Swing Copters. In this game of winning the users’ hearts Google has showed us all how the things should be done. Definitely, a lesson worth remembering and repeating as often as possible.

Chinese Apple Strikes Again

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You have probably learned by now that whenever we write something about Xiaomi you can expect something interesting and a little bit shocking. This time Xiaomi has reached the completely new level with its ability to copy Apple’s design and features. You really have to be prepared for this one.

It is one thing to follow a design precisely and into the tiniest detail, but to imitate the features of IOS beyond recognition is something really amazing. When you compare the looks of IOS 7 and MIUI 6, you really have to do your best to tell a difference between these two. Is it impressive, isn’t it?

Well, for Apple it certainly it is not. The funny thing about this story is that MIUI 6 is the Android based mobile OS, which looks and feels like IOS. Here is the trouble. When you compare the latest Xiaomi model, including MIUI OS with the iPhone 5S, you will need magical powers to tell a difference.

We sure hope this is not a sign of some additional lawsuits on the legal horizon. It is also worth mentioning that Chinese Apple comes with the Chinese and US price. This is unfortunately the main motivation for Xiaomi users. Can it work as good as it looks? Well, that is up to you to see for yourself.

The Great Cyber Wall of China

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The modern China has become a true synonym for cyber controversy. On the one side, we have the unprecedented and the unstoppable growth of new Internet users in China. On the other side, the censorship and control over the Internet have never been stronger and shamelessly transparent in China.

There is a strong pressure to find and use Chinese versions for each and any of the most popular international online services. When it comes to this we are not exaggerating, not even for a bit. Believe it or not, there are still so many Internet users in China, who have never heard about YouTube.

In addition, the users of social networks in China have to comply with strict regulations in order to avoid serious legal troubles. First of all, only the providers of social network services, which are registered in China, can expect to do their work with the blessing of the Chinese government. And, that is only the beginning.

The users themselves have to register while using their full name. Yes, every written word in China comes with the certain responsibilities. You can complain as much as you want, but when you have almost one billion of existing and potential Internet users you can afford yourself to do whatever you want.

Twitter R.I.P. Policy

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The tragic death of one of the most popular actors of our time Robin Williams had one quite unusual and unexpected consequence with the potentially huge impact on social networks. As you probably know Robin’s daughter simply had no other choice than to close her Twitter’s account after his death.

This and similar unfortunate and embarrassing events made Twitter to change its policy about its deceased users and their loved ones or families. From now on, when Twitter gets an official request on behalf of the deceased user’s family the account in question can be terminated with all of its associated content.

However, there is a catch in this one. For what is worth, Twitter reserves its right to decline these requests in certain cases. What could be the justification for these exceptions of the so-called “RIP Policy” has not been yet specified by Twitter itself. Oh, this will create the new El Dorado for lawyers.

What will happen with dead people’s accounts on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter? Rest assured that this question will echo for a long time on the Internet and in the court rooms. Who has the right to own these accounts, Twitter or the family of the deceased? Not an easy one to answer, that’s for sure.