You Smile – You Pay

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Here is a nice example of what apps and technology are supposed to be all about. In Barcelona, a couple of actors comedians were thrilled with an idea of introducing the extra taxes for the theaters by the Spanish government. They have decided to fight this trouble with an intriguing and fun app.
So, how it works? Well, on the back of a seat in front of you there is a tablet with a special app. You enjoy a show and each time you smile the app recognize it while charging you 30 Euro cents for each smile. You do not have to worry and you can smile carelessly all the way up to the limit of 24 Euros.

As you might have expected, this app had a warm welcome among the theater fans. There is this sense of fairness, which is impossible to resist. You smile only if you like it. And, you pay only if and how many times you smile. That means you give your money to theaters, which make you to be happy.

Fair enough? Can you imagine all possible implications of this original concept? Maybe, we should have one of these with us all the time. We are supposed to live in the world that makes us happy. Do not be surprised if we install this app on our blog. Unless you smile, you will not be able to read the next post. Fair?

It’s Time For A New Blink Qik

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There are so many takeovers in the IT universe on a daily basis that is very hard to keep an eye on them all. One of them included Skype and Qik app. Skype bought this video streaming service and we thought Skype had forgotten about it. Yet, the Qik is back with a new design and new role planned for it.

Our hats off to Skype for improving its services as it should be. What does it mean? At least Skype is not making a new smartphone or computer. They are offering you a nice chance to share video messages with your loved ones and friends. But, we can do it already with the good old Skype. That is true.

But, it is also true that Qik offers you something quite different. First of all, you will not have to log or use passwords for the Qik. This also applies to your friends. In addition, all video messages will be automatically deleted after two weeks. We are impressed, but we still do not see a point here.

Maybe, the answer is somewhere else. How about the new app called the Firefox Hello? Maybe, this “Mozilla’s Skype” is what makes the Skype to be nervous. What is happening? We can send video messages with no need to create user accounts and passwords. How will this work in the first place? Let us see.

There’s No Such A Thing As Free Google

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The best things in life are free. What a lovely and well-known phrase, which is not entirely true. Let us take Google, for instance. On the other hand, you are required to leave your box for a moment. When it comes to the modern online business, you should not be narrow minded under any circumstances.

Who says that you have to pay in dollars? Who says that there is only one currency acceptable on the Net? In most of the cases you enjoy your time on the Internet, and for it you pay with your privacy. Your privacy related information is the most wanted currency, which can be found on the Internet.

This is what you get for skipping those tiny little letters at the very end of each agreement you sign with a simple click. Your information, just like billions of other similar ones, is being processed, classified, selected, and used on a daily basis. Google knows you better than you know yourself.

And, there is not much you can actually do about it. Either you play or stay, at home in an offline mode. For what is worth, there is a limit to Google’s advertising tyranny. For the sake of all of us, we hope Google will say to itself when enough is enough. Otherwise, the entire system can collapse for real.

Smartphones, SmartPeople and SmartApps

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How do you feel when you see a person, who is holding a $500 worth smartphone and uses only for calls and messages? Angry or disappointed? Or, maybe both? What would you do with such a mini-computer in your hands? Probably a lot. So, what is happening with us and our precious and priceless little toys?

Well, there is some good news. The percentage of people, who use the apps is increasing. On the other hand, the overall percentage of the smartphone apps we use is increasing, as well. Finally, someone is using the smartphones as they are supposed to. You can check the nice looking chart in this post.

As you can see, the percentages are jumping and pumping. Unfortunately, we still pay considerably more compared what we can get in return. We like to hear that our new smartphone can be used for so many impressive things. In addition, we like to admire its features, but we miss to use them all.

Someone, who is either angry or disappointed, or both, said that smartphones make people to be dumber rather than smarter. At the end of the day, it is up to us to turn our smartphone into a shining toy or an extremely useful tool. Do you read this post on your smartphone or computer? Be honest.

Something vs Nothing

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If you want to change something big, start with something small. Who said that? Does it really matter? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to come up with something similar. We know that Google is eager to change our world and lives, as once it already did. Yet, why do not we start with something small, but extremely important.

Imagine the world without the “Error 404″ message. Wouldn’t that be something special, for a change? So, how can we achieve such a thing? Well, we do not have to worry about it. That is Google’s job. Thanks to the new technology called the “Service Workers” we can finally experience the Internet as we always dreamed.

How it works? It is based on the cached versions of certain web pages. This means you can still examine the content, even if you are offline. So, the basic premise is more than simple in this case. Something is definitely more acceptable and better than nothing. The “nothing” in this case means the “404 Error” page.

It is not perfect, but it is a strong improvement. The more time you spend on a certain website while online, you can enjoy the better cached version while offline. This is a tricky thing with a conflict between something and nothing. There are so many users, who want it all with no exceptions. What about them?

Don’t Mess With Amazon

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When you play in the major IT league, every single detail matters. Ask Amazon, it certainly has so much to tell you all about it. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know for sure that you simply cannot be loved or respected by all Internet users. There will be some haters and admirers. So, what can you do about it?

Well, Amazon has decided to do something about it. If you do not like Amazon, the chances are poor that you will be able to express it online. It is really an intriguing decision to acquire all potentially harmful domain names. Are you still confused? Well, as soon as we provide you with some nice examples you will understand it.

How about “” or “” or “”? This list can go on and on. Amazon has acquired most of them. So, if you want to express your negative feelings or thoughts about Amazon, you will have to find some other way. Is this effective and thoughtful move?

What do you think? You cannot make all the people on the Net to love you, and you cannot possibly acquire all the websites or domain names you do not like. Or maybe, you can try to do something magical with your customer support. How about that for a change? How hard could it possibly be? Right?

Vienna Tower of Power

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What is the tower of power in Vienna? It is the petrol station of the future with no petrol at all. This station will charge the electric cars and motorcycles. In addition, it will use the energy obtained from the solar batteries including one small windmill generator. All of that in the very heart of the oldest continent.

We have to emphasize the most intriguing feature of this fascinating object. This power station is not supposed to be used only for charging, but also for the educational purposes, as well. This is supposed to be a nice small university in the field for the green energy technologies and green job trainings.

As you can see, for the ground shaking things about our environment you do not need to be a rocket scientist or a multimillionaire to do it. All you need is a simple, but effective ideas and tons of positive energy and enthusiasm. You can be surprised how much you can achieve with these elements.

What we need right now from this natural and sustainable power station is to successfully multiply itself, not only all over Austria and Europe, but also on other continents, as well. This is the best possible way to bring some true green colors for our planet. We can use this tower of power to recharge our minds with green ideas.

Atari: The Untold Story

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Here is a story that can easily steal you a tear from your eye. For the middle-aged gamers the Atari games are the most important part of their childhood. We are talking about the very dawn and early beginnings of our well-known gaming empire. So, are you eager to know what happened?

Well, the story goes something like this. On one construction site in the New Mexico the workers have accidentally discovered an entire graveyard of Atari video games. Probably, they were buried there during the great “depression” of the video games market back in 1983. How many games have been found?

One urban legend has it that more than 700,000 Atari games hit the ground during this extremely difficult period for video games. The wild guess of construction workers was up to 20,000 games. However, so far they have been able to dig out no more than 2,000 models. What they plan to do with them eventually?

It is a great thing that the absolute majority of them will end up in a museum where they truly belong. The rest of them will hit the auctions on eBay. What happened to the hundreds of thousands of Atari games, which still wait underground to be discovered? Maybe, the next big construction site. No one knows, for sure.

Smartphone Boulevard

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OK. We admit it. This is a little bit exaggerated. There is no such a thing as a smartphone boulevard, but you can rest assured that you can find a side of a street in China dedicated entirely to smartphone users. You probably know how it is supposed to work, don’t you? In a way, it is a nice recognition.

The most important thing when you walk this specially designed path is a high probability that you will avoid a collision course with someone, who only sees his or her smartphone screen. It can be quite a challenge to walk when wherever you look there are smartphone users walking like zombies.

Our hats off to this lovely idea made in China. Although, this smartphone side of the street will not solve all problems, it is a recognition we need to admit ourselves how deeply the smartphone have influenced our lives. We sure hope that this and similar initiatives will improve the safety of smartphone users.

In addition, we could introduce some “fall-friendly” materials, including the proper signalization for the smartphone-zombie-walkers. Let us be reasonable, shall we? We should be grateful that the Chinese smartphone addicts leave their homes in the first place. What is next? The smartphone city?

This Message Will Self Destruct In…

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This is undoubtedly one of the most popular quotes from the Mission Impossible movie. It has become the inevitable part of our urban culture. Who could have thought that this option will become the most important feature and even the true obsession for some of the biggest social networks in the world.

So, what is your first thought when you hear that Facebook is testing the self destructing messages and content? Facebook just cannot get over the Snapchat’s rejection? As you probably know the Snapchat did not even blink to a Facebook’s generous offer of $3 billion for a complete takeover.

On the other hand, it would be terribly wrong to think that Snapchat is all about its messages, which simply disappear after the certain period of time. However, for Facebook this seems to be extremely important to be able to set an expiration date on your messages. There has to be something bigger than that. Right?

The true power of Snapchat is in the number of its users. For the time being, this is the fastest growing social network in the world. Facebook already fights a serious battle with Twitter. It does not need one more enemy in the middle of it, that is for sure. The Snapchat will not self destruct, if Facebook wishes.