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The VR (Virtual Reality) race is on. It would be ridiculous or even naive to think that this life changing technology could have proceeded without Google’s involvement. This is how the Google Cardboard is being introduced. Yet, it is worth mentioning that the very approach is all that matters in the VR field.

A Google VR concept is definitely oriented toward mass production. The VR for everyone, this is how we could describe it. On the other hand, we have the pioneer Oculus Rift, which will be oriented toward the development of the VR related apps. We should also not forget to mention the Sony’s concept.

Morpheus project by Sony will cover the VR gaming area, that is for sure. From this point of view, it seems very clear and simple. The roles in the future VR world and business are assigned. Google mass production, Sony entertainment and eventually Facebook development. Is that all we have?

Apparently it is. Or, maybe somewhere in some small garage a busy little VR bee is about to come up with the ground shaking concept. We just have to be a little bit more patient. That is all. In the meantime, let us wait and see what the major IT players can do about the VR in the real business world.

The Dislike Saga

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Here we go one more time. Do we really need it? The dislike button. One of the most controversial dilemmas Facebook has recently encountered. What are we trying to achieve with it? When you like you like. When you do not like it, write something about it, or just leave it be. As simple as that.

Yet, for what is worth, one of the recent Mark Zuckerberg’s statements managed to keep the flame about the dislike button burning. The trouble with the curve in this case is the influence on our already heavily compromised social relationships. Who is going to like the dislike option, for a change?

If you recall, there was a short experiment withbthe dislike option. It was not a glorious one, but it was certainly educational and extremely indicative. With the like button the world can be quite a simple place to live in. On the other hand, the dislike button has opened the Pandora’s box, literally.

So, what is the moral of this story? We are not advising you to dislike the dislike button, that is for sure. Of the entire complex and beautiful world of our emotions has to eventually come down to one button, then let it be. Maybe, that will trigger an alarm that we have reached a critical point as a society.

VideoBook

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The new 2015 is going to be a challenging year for Facebook. There is so many new things and intriguing announcements that we have every reason to be worried a little bit. So, who has more reasons to worry, the Facebook itself or we, the users? Well, this is a tricky question. What is Facebook up to?

On the one side, Facebook has shown its nice face by informing us that the new Privacy Policy is going to include simpler vocabulary and expressions, which do not ask from you a law degree. On the other side, we will have to live with the video ads in our news feed. What are we supposed to say?

What is the point with these changes Facebook is trying to make? It is supposed to be more transparent, while at the same time we will be invaded by a wave after a wave of video ads. How lovely and unavoidable at the same time. How will this influence the number of Facebook users is yet unknown?

╬ťaybe Facebook is about to bite more than it can chew. The users certainly have a limit, when it comes to the patience and ads tolerance. Without any exaggeration we can say that the 2015 will be the year of social networks. Either we will change something or disappear completely in the sea of ads.

FBland

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Here are some indicators to tell you whether or not your country qualifies to be treated as the Facebook-land. Just follow the statistics, and see where you fit in. The first thing you need to check is the number of people, who are using Facebook. The global average of 40% is simply not enough. You need more than that.

Everything more than 50%, or ideally 52%, of the entire population on a national level qualifies your country as the FBland. On the other side, this cyber-country can be called the land of the young for a proper reason. When you combine all users from 18 to 35 years of age, you get 60% of all Facebook users.

It is worth mentioning that the top three topics to discuss in the FBland are what to eat, drink and wear. It is a little bit disappointing to see that the most sophisticated tool of social communication has eventually come down to the things we talked about with our friends while still living in caves.

Enjoy your FBland citizenship, but do not forget to check out what is happening in the real world, every once and a while. We sure hope we will not end up in the FBworld one day, as the only world we know and accept. Do not allow for the FBland to become your only homeland. Like this one, as well.

About The Things That Talk

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Every once in a while, you hear something which makes you to wander a little bit and question the existing dominant concept. Tim Cook warned us to be careful about the so-called free online services. There is nothing free in life. Especially, the cyber life. So, what is that supposed to mean, exactly?

For Tim, if you are not a customer, then you are a product. When you do not buy, but rather use something for free, you trade with your own privacy and privacy related data. When you buy an iPhone for a change, you are buying a material thing of cyber flesh and blood including the true customer’s feeling.

On the other hand, Mark Zuckerberg simply could not afford himself a luxury of keeping silent on this one. Although, Tim has not mentioned Facebook directly or indirectly, the implication about the Facebook among other free online services was pretty much strong to be ignored. What are Mark’s thoughts on this one?

Mark has a question for us. Just because we are buying a product such as an iPhone, does it mean we are treated with more respect or somehow different than a talking product him or herself? We are truly blessed, indeed. With so many IT giants, which care for us, we have nothing to worry about, don’t we?

The Six Figure Interships

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Money makes the IT world come around. This is not a secret nor a huge surprise. Yet, it is definitely interesting to know that even the beginner’s steps in the cyber world are well paid and nicely rewarded. We will give you some preliminary information as the starting point for your own math and calculations.

The average intership salaries at Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other IT giants range somewhere from $7K to $10K give it or take the housing and other additional benefits. So, how do you feel about this one? If you are in the IT sector yourself, this is a nice thing to comment about with your colleagues.

On the other hand, if you are working somewhere else where your computer is only a working tool, then it is quite normal to be a little bit envious about it. The programer’s codes are moving our world forward. This is not a Hollywood style job filled with excitement, but it is certainly well compensated.

These impressive figures are the clearest indication that the IT sector still suffers from insatiable hunger for new developers and experts. If intership salaries are so rewarding, we can only guess what is happening at the later stages? Who wants to be rich has to find the right cyber switch. Right?

A Life Without Facebook

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Is there such a thing? Is it possible to live a life without Facebook, or some other social networks? As always, it is all on you and you yourself. No one can give us an answer to these questions except ourselves. It is more than obvious that we have allowed Facebook to take care about our social life.

In exchange for what exactly? Well, for what is worth, for a little bit more of your own privacy. Some things you pay with your money. For others you pay with a piece of information about you or your loved ones. Seems like a fair trade, isn’t it? On the other side, you can conduct a small social experiment.

Close your account on Facebook. Spend some time without it. See what is happening with your social life and especially with your friends. You will only need a couple of minutes to fully restore it or create a new similar one. Be among the first to tell us, what is going on in your life without Facebook.

We are not implying in any way that you should exaggerate with these things, such as the Internet or smartphones. Otherwise, you will end up living in a cave. Is it possible to find a healthy and productive compromise with the machines. Or, is the cyber war inevitable? Terminators with a Facebook logo.

The Best Things Online Are Free

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Where is the question mark? Do you feel that the title of this post should be followed by a question mark? Why? Well, we have to tell only the truth here. That is our obligation. Therefore, it would be more accurate to say that the Internet is an endless ocean, where everyone can find his or her goldfish.

The only trouble is that some of these shiny goldfishes may ask you for some gold in return. The things are rapidly changing in the cyber universe. Once a synonym for the free and useful things Google has turned into the merciless marketing money making machine. YouTube plans to charge us, as well.

For what? For a content free of ads. Facebook is always looking for a nice moment to earn some extra cash. Do we have to mention the online commercial services, which made it clear from the first moment that they are only about making money online, such as eBay or Amazon, for instance?

So, what is going to happen eventually with our dearest online materials? Keep your eyes open and your fingers restless, because sooner or later you will hit a sign that from now on certain charges are to be applied. Enjoy while it lasts. What else could we possibly say or do in this matter? Right?

Apple VR

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Do you remember the good old days when the concept of the Virtual Reality was still an innocent baby, so fresh and unspoiled from the greedy paws of merciless commercialization? Those days are long gone. Nowadays, everyone in the real business world wants a peace of the virtual one. Why is that?

Well, we are not quite sure. Maybe, this is merely a matter of the latest IT prestige, and nothing more. Or, we are talking about something more serious. The VR can easily turn out to be the next cyber golden goose, which can be extremely generous to its investors. Someone is up to a profit here.

Someone is looking for a challenge. And, someone asks for nothing more than a prestige. So, all we have to do know is finding the most suitable category for the Apple’s VR project. The pioneer in this field Oculus Rift has already become an inseparable part of the Facebook cyber empire.

On the other hand, the project Morpheus by Sony will hardly manage to survive entirely on its own without some serious financial takeover. For what is worth, we are very likely to see some real bullets being shot in this virtual game of prestige. One thing is certain, the losses will be pretty much real.

MyCopter and AeroMobil, How Do You Feel?

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Just the thing we need right now. With so many airborne announcements from Google, Facebook and Amazon, we will have flying cars, as well. What does it mean? Well, very soon we will move and live under a gigantic shade of the unimaginable number of small and mid size flying objects. It is a living horror.

Are we exaggerating? Rest assured that both of our legs are on the solid ground while we are writing this. Both MyCopter and AeroMobil are the EU funded flying car projects. Although, we are pretty much impressed, we have to admit that we are stressed, as well. Why? Well, it is very simple actually.

The flight regulations are rigorous for a good reason. We need the discipline and order above our heads. The last thing we need is the swarm of literally millions of small flying devices buzzing around us like crazy with no control at all. We need highways, signs and regulations for our sky traffic.

So, we have already asked you a question. How do you feel about these great news? Remind us, what was the right word for the fear of heights? Why do we need it? Well, we have this feeling that this word will be used very frequently in the near future. For the time being, we write this blog on the ground.