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Internet.org Hits Its First Billion

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We are not referring to dollars, but rather to one billion new users. Internet.org is supposed to be a non-profit and yes-philanthropic organization. With it, not a single person on our planet should be left without an adequate Internet access. How to achieve such a noble thing?

Look for both Facebook balloons and drones, which are supposed to deliver the Internet even to the most remote parts of our world. This really sounds great. We were ready to say our hats off to charming Mark Zuckerberg. We were, but there was a catch, which ruined the whole party.

It turns out that Internet.org translates as Facebook.com, or in simple words, you will get a free internet access to open a Facebook account. Just when we began to question this social network’s altruistic motive, we got an uninvited and painful answer. Nothing is for free. Obviously.

Under the crumbling avalanche of numerous critics, Facebook has announced that Internet.org will be transformed into an open network with no favorites or privileged services as it is supposed to be, in the first place. So, what is happening with Google internet balloons?

Game of Thoughts

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One day, when we look back we will be extremely grateful to Oculus Rift, which has revolutionized the existing VR concept. The potential application fields are multiplying at an unprecedented rate with each passing day. However, the gaming arena will remain to be one of the top priorities for the VR.

The latest thing in this field is called Neuro Gaming. You do not have to be a rocket scientist nor a gaming guru to know what is Neuro Gaming all about, do you? With the very power of our thoughts we will be able to play video games. Does this sound like a SF movie, you are eager to participate in?

While we are examining this intriguing new VR concept, there are quite a few conferences about the Neuro Gaming as we speak. They are gaining more and more attention, including the substantial fundings essential for the future development. What can we expect in the near future?

Our gaming fingers are going to retire, that is for sure. On the other side, we hope that our gaming passion is not going to be used against us. Someone can easily change the game options in order to read or even control our thoughts. But, that is another SF movie, we are not going to watch right now.

Instant Articles – Instant Profit

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What is Facebook up to this time? One of the latest rumors has it that Facebook plans to open its doors to some guests. The new feature is called Instant Articles. So, what is this instant stuff all about? Well, you do not have to be a Facebook rocket scientist to figure it out for yourself, do you?

It turns out that we will be able to see Buzzfeed, National Geographic and The New York Times on Facebook in the near future. However, the catch is that Facebook allows all of these “guests” to keep the money they obtained from ads. Yes, cyber boys and girls, Facebook invites them for free. Why?

Now, you can see for yourself that there are some extremely clever busy little bees in Facebook. They have figured out that all Facebook needs from us is to spend some more time on this social network. The funny thing, though, is the very idea that we are not spending too much time, already. Right?

Can we watch movies and series on Facebook? One fine day, we will not be able to tell a difference who is who and what is what in the world of social networks. In the meantime, prepare yourself to spend the rest of your life on Facebook. Is this an exaggeration? Rest assured, Facebook will find a way.

Free And Open Internet

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Is there such a thing as a free and open Internet? Well, it has to be. Otherwise, we are in serious trouble. For what is worth, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to comply with some of the serious complaints against the exclusive and closed character of internet.org, which is not what is supposed to be.

The catch with the internet.org was to introduce the World Wide Web to the most remote areas on our planet. Especially in South America, Africa and Asia. So, what went wrong with this philanthropy oriented concept? Well, Facebook got lost in its own translation somewhere on the way.

How? We have realized that something is deeply wrong as soon as the disturbing report start arriving about the newbie online users, who said that Facebook and Internet are the same thing. In other words, the internet.org gave them a chance to use only Facebook and its associated services.

In order to avoid the inevitable change of name from the internet.org into facebook.org Mark Zuckerberg has promised us that these areas will get more freedom to choose. The Internet is supposed to be a synonym for freedom. Right? There is a good reason for it.

How Old Do I Look?

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To tell you the truth, this is quite an unexpected app to come out of the very serious and conservative Microsoft’s kitchen. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know without asking what is How-Old-Do-I-Look app all about, do you? Is this something to play with, or more of a serious cyber-tool?

Well, you can laugh as much as you like, but the current facial recognition system in Facebook is one of the most powerful in the whole world . Compared to it, the similar one used by the FBI itself with a little bit of an exaggeration looks and works like a toy. Maybe, the grandpa Microsoft is on a secret mission.

We do not want to sound like an Android paranoid, but we just cannot fight the strong feeling about Uncle Sam’s involvement in this story. Why in the world would Microsoft mess up with an app such as this one? What is here for it to gain eventually? Something is just not right here.

If you want to know how old is someone, ask him or visit his Facebook page. As simple as that. You do not need state-of-the-art apps to tell you that. How about an app, how much you like the new Windows 10, for a change? That would have been more useful app to develop and launch for Microsoft.

Google Loon The Internet Balloon

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You know how it goes, when it comes to the airborne Internet, don’t you? Facebook plans to access the most remote areas with drones, while Google for the time being relies heavily on balloons. It is too early to judge, because both of these Internet projects are still in an experimental phase. Yet, Google has an advantage.

According to the latest rumors, Google balloons loons can stay above our heads for more than 100 days. In addition, Google has included some software, which influences their movements. Therefore, your idea of thousands of balloons, which fly around randomly, just could not be more wrong.

As we speak, these balloons can be only seen over New Zealand. As soon as they get the green light, they will be sent to cover the inaccessible areas in South America and Asia, as well. What is this Internet going to be like? Are we supposed to use it only for Google services? This is happening with the so-called FaceNet.

There is no such a thing as a free lunch. Is there such a thing as the free Internet? Do we need to trade our privacy in order to get it? We sure hope that Google has some kind of a fair deal in this story. Otherwise, these balloons will be used only for the cyber-fools. Someone will cry, someone will look upon the sky. With a hope.

What’s Up One Billion

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WhatsApp has just hit 800 million users. Therefore, it is not an exaggeration to say, based on what we have seen so far, that by the end of 2015 it will not be a huge surprise for this addictive app to hit more than one billion users. To whom we should say our hats off for this amazing achievement?

There is only one address, and that is Facebook itself. It seems like it has only been yesterday, when Facebook has acquired WhatsApp for more than twenty billion dollars. Here is a quick reminder. The number of Facebook users has passed the entire population of China with more than 1,4 billion.

So, in other words, both Mark Zuckerberg’s golden gooses Facebook and WhatsApp will have more than one billion users each in 2016. The money will fall like rain for Mark, that is for sure. On the other hand, our expectations will rise, as well. Customer support will be extremely busy with our demands.

In the meantime, WhatsApp has launched a voice call feature for the Android platform. It is only a matter of time, before we will be able to use it on Windows Phone and IOS. Facebook and WhatsApp rule the world of social networks. For the time being, there is no serious challenger on a horizon.