Facebook “Like” and “Buy”

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Are you surprised? For some people it was only a matter of time before Facebook will become even more profit oriented. For what is worth, it seems that the ads are not enough to satisfy growing Facebook appetites for additional business opportunities. Now, you have it. Facebook with a purchase option.

In other words, the “buy” button has allowed Facebook to become more like Amazon. You can do a little bit of both making friends and enjoy shopping. For the time being, Facebook is satisfied with the test version of this option. However, it is only a matter of time when they are going to launch it full scale.

How are we supposed to feel about this one? Are we going to love or hate this option? That is the trouble with all major IT players. They keep looking for new options to earn extra. The question definitely worth asking for is at what cost? Do all of our Facebook friends need to know what we just bought.

Now, hand in hand with our privacy data our credit cards related information will move freely through Facebook cyber space. We all know that sooner or later it all comes down to money itself. However, is there a line we should not cross? Or, everything is allowed in the merciless game of big numbers and small people.

Unlimited Kindle

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Well, it is about time for Amazon to introduce something like this. A monthly subscription, which allows you access to literally hundreds of thousands of books and audio-books. What about the price? You will have to pay $9,99 for this intriguing opportunity. So, what can we expect in return?

More than 600,000 titles, that is for sure. And, we are talking about the Harry Potter series, Hunger Games, The Lord of The Rings, and many others. As you can see, this is a fair game on behalf of Amazon. They are not giving you access to books that no one reads, but rather to some of the most wanted titles of all times.

Each of the books on Amazon will include an appropriate Unlimited notification. This is a nice opportunity for you to examine what exactly you can expect from the newly introduced feature. In addition, you are granted to the one month free trial. From the business perspective, how are we to interpret this Amazon’s decision?

The business has gone good or bad since you have decided to introduce a monthly subscription? Hard to tell, but we are certain that Amazon is quite good when it comes to math calculations and profit forecast. This one will definitely be a success for Amazon. The question is, what kind of a success is acceptable for Amazon?

Facebook Loves Shakira

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Well, that is not entirely true. We love Shakira, and Facebook only transfers our emotions in the right direction. More than 100 million people love Shakira on Facebook, which makes her to be the most popular celebrity on this social network with no true challenger. On the other side, she understands and appreciates what Facebook has done for her career.

The last World Cup in Brazil was a turning point for Shakira in terms of popularity on social networks. Her song “La La La”, which was an unofficial anthem of the Brazilian World Cup” brought her 100 million Facebook fans and more than 25 followers on Twitter. Not to mention that the video for this song has been seen on YouTube more than 250 million times.

This is an excellent example how you can use the popular social networks to your advantage, especially if you are an international music star such as Shakira herself. It is also worth mentioning that Shakira is very grateful to her Facebook fan base support. She expressed her gratitude with a Facebook special retrospective about her life and music.

What is the moral of this story? Well, if you have an amazing musical talent, it would be very nice to include some social networking skills. The combination of this talent and skills can easily turn out to be a win-win formula for your skyrocketing career. With no exaggeration, we can say the Internet can be the only band you will ever need.

Yahoo Ending

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Huh, this one is going to be a tricky one. We are talking about digital funerals in Japan. Are you still confused? Well, it is not an easy thing to explain this unparalleled and quite an extraordinary service for the recently deceased users. So, if you are a person, who wish to have a digital tombstone, all you have to do is to sign for a Yahoo Ending service.

What can you expect to get in return? All of your previous messages and recordings will be automatically sent to your loved ones, especially for this unfortunate event, which could not be avoided. In addition, you are absolutely free to do or include as a part of this service after your death. It may seem a little bit bizarre, but for the Japanese it is quite practical one.

If you put aside your personal feelings about this extremely controversial opportunity, we can examine one more important legal issue. What is happening with numerous and different online accounts of deceased people? Can we inherit them? Do we have a right to use them afterwards? As you can see, this is not as simple as it might have appeared to you at the beginning.

If we can express all of our feelings of joy and happiness online, why cannot we do the same with unfortunate events and losses? For some people the second scenario is completely unacceptable. Nevertheless, some things and habits will have to change sooner or later, this way or another. The digital wave is coming, and nothing and no one can stop it.

To Be Or Not Free, That is The Question

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It seems that the US major IT league players hit the European wall when it comes to regulations. You know Europeans, don’t you? They are all about regulations and rules. And, this is how we have the current situation with strict demands to remove “in-app” and “free” associated with apps. Why? What happened in the first place? Well, some phone bills were too hot to handle.

And, as you might have expected the wave after wave of critics eventually caused some legal consequences. Nowadays, as a result, both Google and Apple will think twice before they use a description “free” for any of the apps offered. Is this too rigorous? Or, it is something simpler and easier to understand and even justify?

Well, if you are a parent with children, who cannot imagine a single day without their smartphone, you have every reason to question “unauthorized” payments. Your children play, and you are the one to pay. What is wrong with this picture? Your approval is missing. Your kids do not have a clue what is going while they are playing their favorite games.

Apparently, an app is free, but the additional levels or features are not. Who can tell a difference, when there is an eye catching bolded title “free”? Now you got it. This is what this regulation mess is all about. Let it be, but let also clarify what is really free from A to Z. These rules could be nicely applied back in the USA. What do you think about that?

Improving Your Android

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You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out yourself without any extra research that Android is indisputably the most popular mobile OS in the world. Yet, it is worth mentioning that your Android can always do better, faster and more. How? Well, there are definitely some things worth mentioning and applying. Which one to choose is entirely up to you. Here are our suggestions.

Some of them will surprise you. The others will look as if you have heard about them hundreds and hundreds of times. Here is the first one. Your Android smartphone or tablet can be a powerful device. However, be aware about its limitations. Do you really need all of the apps you installed? Every now and then, it would be extremely useful to simply remove apps you do not use at all.

Regular updates are the best and simplest ways to ensure the full functionality of your Android. In most of the cases, these processes are fully automatized. However, it would be nice for you to manually check from time to time, if some of the app updates are available. When we talk about regular activities, which are associated with your Android, we should mention the Clear Cache option, as well.

Clear Cache can refer to both your device general settings and specific app adjustments. Sometimes, it is better to start all over again in order to ensure better functionality of your device. There are so many things that can improve your Android. Whichever you are to choose you will not make a mistake. Just make sure you are applying some of them.

Hear This Voice – Make Your Choice

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It is so hard to make the right choice when the time comes to pick up a new smartphone for you yourself or your loved ones. There are so many models available. With all due respect, they all look more or less the same. The price and feature differences can be huge.

What to do? How to make sure that you are making the right choice? Well, listen to your heart. As simple as that. The more you read and search, the more confused you will eventually become. You will always ask yourself: is this the right model for me? What if, I could have found a better one?

Well, there are some models you cannot never be wrong about. Here is a short list. No hard feelings about it, please. So, here it goes. Whichever you pick, you will not make a mistake, including the following ones: iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy 5S, LG G3, HTC One M8, Google Nexus 5, Motorola Moto X, and many, many others.

Finally, it all comes down to: the best model is the one you like regardless of its price or features. Or, why do not you suggest or create a model of your own? Maybe, the Google’s modular smartphones project is the right thing for you. Listen to your inner voice, and make your best choice.

Steve Cook

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What were the differences between Steve Jobs and Tim Cook? This a question the Wall Street Journal was eager to find the most suitable answers for. How hard can it be? The trouble with the curve in this matter is that is almost impossible to come up with a single sentence to describe it all.

However, it seems that one of the Apple’s employees was able to find a fantastic definition, which says so much with only a couple of words. Steve was a war chief, while on the other hand, Tim is a peacekeeping force. Here you go. Now, you have it all in a single sentence.

The circumstances for these two leading Apple’s men are so different that there is no use to compare them in the first place. Steve was fighting for the very survival of Apple. He had to be drastic and sometimes even heartless. On the other side, Tim has to protect and save an empire.

Two kings. Two different periods of rule. Completely different results and expectations. The first movie from this franchise should be called: The rise of an empire. The second title should be: the Apple empire. What should we do with the third one? The return of the king?

Happy Birthday iTunes!

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More birthday cake candles for Apple. This time six. Not so long ago we had the seventh birthday of the iPhone. Now, it is the iTunes App Store turn. What they will wish for? Can we grant them with some wish of their own choice? Well, highly unlikely. It seems that they have it all.

Nowadays, the App Store offers more than 1,7 million apps. They have been downloaded almost 100 million times. Without any exaggeration we can say that the apps themselves were and still are the very secret of Apple’s unprecedented success. Apple owes so much to its App Store.

The last year alone Apple had earned almost $10 billion on its apps. As we speak, more than nine million developers work like the busy little bees on the new apps in the IOS environment. So far, the developers themselves have earned $15 billion during the six year long history of the App Store.

iTunes App Store is doing just fine. It is so successful that it makes us impossible to choose a suitable gift. Maybe, the best thing is for us to develop an app of our own and to put it the App Store as soon as possible. The App Store can find us some grateful users for its birthday. Right?

Tour De Smartwatch

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Samsung Gear just could not ask for a better opportunity to do both tests and presents its models. This year’s Tour de France has given it all to Samsung. On the one side, there is a major sport event perfectly suitable for the publicity. On the other side, there a lot of athletes, who will certainly use a gadget such as this one.

So, what is the plan? Well, Samsung had one of its business eyes on one of the cycling teams, who will take part in this year’s Tour de France. They agreed to work together as a team. Samsung will provide smarwatches and tablets, while the team itself will provide the muscles to test.

The athletes will wear and use Samsung smartwatches all the time. On the other hand (what an appropriate term having in mind that we are writing about the Samsung Gear) the team’s support members will track all data transferred from the smartwatches on their tablets.

Really a nice idea and unique opportunity for Tour de France participants to combine both business and pleasure with Samsung’s devices. It seems that the boys from South Korea have found a way to stand the first in line for the successful promotion of the next smart thing in the market.