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Facebook Back To The Future

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Perhaps, more appropriate title for this post would have been, Facebook knows what you did not only the last summer, but all the summers as long as you have your account. Confused? Or, maybe worried? For all of you, who used to have Facebook as your best friend since you were a teenager – bad news.

Facebook already works on a new feature. It will enable you and your friends to go through your entire posts and likes history just like that. With a simple keyword you can travel back in the past. Just imagine a possibility to check on the posts and likes associated with you, which are more than a decade old.

This can be a nice thing to help you remember the dearest moment. On the other hand, it can create a living hell of your private life, if your current life partner finds out some intriguing facts about your love life, you thought you were lost or forgotten. So, what can we expect to get with this one?

Well, we are already fighting with Google over our right for the digital oblivion. Do we really need one more trouble called Facebook right to forget? Can Facebook claim the ownership over all of our posts and likes no matter how old they may be? Do we need one more lawsuit to solve this one, as well?

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.

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.

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.

Androidomania

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Have you ever been wondering how many devices that run Android are out there? We are not asking you how many devices in total, because that is almost impossible to know. We are eager to know how many different devices use Android? Can you dare to make your wildest guess with this one?

Well, we have a soft heart. We are not going to keep you waiting too long. The exact number is 18,796 different Android devices is available today. And, here are some equally interesting facts associated with these recent statistical data. So, which manufacturer has won the popularity game here?

This was not too much hard, was it? Samsung misses only a couple of percentage to reach the fantastic record of being represented as one in two devices that run Android. On the other hand, only 20% of all Android users run KitKat 4.0. If you think this is not such a big deal, better think twice.

Apple’s users on more than 90% of all devices use the latest IOS version. Now, you get the whole picture. You are the most popular mobile OS, but you are having some troubles with updates. We sure hope that Android will be able to change this “diagnosis” as soon as possible for the sake of all of us.

Google PG-13

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It seems that Google has found a way to achieve a win-win situation between the requirements of the recent Internet law changes and young users’ wishes. How? Well, on the one side, we have the law demand that users younger than 13 cannot have Internet related or any form of web accounts created.

On the other side, Google wants to do something for its young users, which will not upset their parents. Here is a solution. The teenagers younger than 13 will be able to open and use limited Google accounts. They will even have an opportunity to use a special YouTube version adjusted to their age.

The Google approach in this field can be explained as Google Aps yes and Google Plus no, when it comes to children. For what is worth, Google has to be extremely careful about this one. The last thing they need are the parents’ complaints on this matter. Does Google really need young users?

What else can Google do about it? To wait for them to grow up? They will eventually use Google services this way or another, sooner or later. We sure hope, we will not witness some kind of PG-13 advertising activities, which target this younger population of users. Google behave yourself, what else can we say?

In Google Richness. In Google Poorness.

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Finally, someone has analyzed the Google’s statistics and confirmed what we knew all of this time. Google does not care if you are rich or poor. Its answers will always be the same when identical questions are being asked by the people with obvious differences in their bank accounts.

Unfortunately, different circumstances make you to ask different questions. That is an unwritten rule and Google has interesting facts to support it. According to the findings of the most recent surveys the people, who are living in the struggling economies of the US states, have different search priorities.

They ask Google all there is to know about health, religion, video games, diets, and eventually guns. Some of their most used terms are Hell and Antichrist. On the other hand, the lucky citizens of the richest US countries are eager to know more about the smartphones, travelling, and fitness machines.

It is worth mentioning that there are still some common topics for both groups. Oprah Winfrey and Super Bowl apparently have nothing to do with your financial situation. You will google about these no matter where you live and what you do. Use Google to earn some money online, will you?