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Get Your LolliPop

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Android 5.0 Lollipop is ready to hit our cyber space. Once more, Google lived up to his reputation. We knew that is going to be a candy, and that is going to begin with the letter L. Google has taken care about everything else. We really admire its style to present the newbie systems in a funny way.

The Lollipop is not an exception in this story. It is really a great way to use the Flappy Bird theme for its presentation. With some suitable modifications, of course. You will be flying from the right to the left side, from the beginning. What is even more important, you will be flying through the lollipops.

According to the numerous rumors and designer’s spoilers we are supposed to be blown away by the visual improvements and modifications. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that the Lollipop will ensure the sovereign rule of the Android as the indisputably most popular mobile platform in the world.

Maybe, it is about time for Google to examine the possibility of promoting the Android into something larger than its mobile life. The new OS, which will be used not only for smartphones and tablets, but also for computers. Why not? The Lollipop is a delicious candy in every form available. Right?

Google Camel View

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Who says you cannot use the Google Street View even when there are no streets at all? Google seems to be pretty much determined to provide us with the most accurate and detailed plan of our planet. The situation in some parts of the world was at least to say extremely a specific one. What happened?

In the United Arab Emirates there was no other solution that puts a camera on a camel. Eventually, does it really matter how you are going to do the job as long as you are doing it properly? This formula proved itself to be surprisingly efficient. On the other hand, in the very heart of Europe some unexpected troubles.

There was a real boycott in Germany. People were turning off the lights and closing the windows as the Google Street View car was passing through their neighborhood. Why? They felt that their privacy was under an attack. Seriously? Ja, naturlich. Could have this problem solved, otherwise? Any ideas?

Well, if Google had to use camels in the UAE, then a beer truck would have been a win-win situation in Germany. Really, Google you should have known better than this. So, you are good to go. Streets or deserts, Google knows it all and it is ready to share it with you. Camels? We hope that the features run fast enough.

Cyanogen Free As The Oxygen

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Here is something different and quite bold at the same time. In the overwhelming majority of cases, which include the promising startups, the talented entrepreneurs cannot wait to sell their concept to the first serious buyer. As usual, the buyers are the major IT players, who do not have problems with the payment itself.

However, the Cyanogen has said NO to Google. In the IT world, one no can echo much wider and louder than any yes, which included the six or seven figure takeovers. If you recall, not to so long ago Snapchat turned down Facebook’s offer, which was worth $3 billion, without even blinking to it.

Is Cyanogen in a similar position? At this point, that is a little bit hard to say. Cynaogen plans to go out and collect no less than one billion dollars for the future development. That is a bold plan, no question about it. On the other hand, Snapchat has turned down $3 billion, but it has received a Yahoo’s investment of $300 millions.

The current estimated value for Snapchat is more than $10 billions. Cynaogen is on the something real, but it still has to go through a thorny path in order to achieve its goals. Who dares wins. Can this be true for Cyanogen, as well? Let us wait and see. For the time being Google will have to wait a little bit longer.

Photo Boomerang Drone

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It turns out that the Intel’s competition “Make It Wearable” was an extremely fruitful ground for some of the fantastic ideas. One of them definitely deserves our undivided attention. The last time we checked the IT drones were the size of a plane. This one will be a size of a butterfly. What can it do?

Well, believe it or not, you will be able to wear a bracelet on your wrist. Almost like a traditional watch. The difference is that there will be a mini flying drone with a tiny camera. It is supposed to fly and take a photo of you. Then it will land back on your arm nice and smooth. Is this SF or what?

It seems that Intel is dead serious about this project. Intel will support the development of this mini-drone with $50,000 and some of its own computer chips. This is really an encouraging thing. Almost anything you can possibly think of can become a reality. Today in the movies, tomorrow in real life.

For what is worth, our sky will be crowded with a guarantee. Amazon, Facebook, Google, and now Intel has announced their airborne plans. We sure hope there is a clear plan of what needs to be done in order for these busy little and big bees to fly around without any problems. The era of drones has begun.

Google Glass Undercover Blues

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Maybe it is nice to be a Hollywood cop, but being a cop in Dubai is definitely an extraordinary experience. This is a place where dreams come true for every cop. First of all, you can use a Lamborgini as your police car. And, it gets even better. For the cops in Dubai Google Glasses are the standard equipment.

When you do not have any problems with the budget, you can afford yourself lots of useful things. Google Glass is definitely among them. Dubai has the true state of the art face recognition systems. With the introduction of Google Glass on the streets, the sky itself will be the only limit for Dubai police.

Dubai police force plans to introduce Google Glass for both detective and traffic police units. We have every reason to believe that the Google guys behind the Google Glass project are thrilled with this news. Finally, someone who is willing to use their product for other things than playing and fun.

On the other hand, the residents of Dubai have quite a few reasons to be worried about the possible implications associated with their privacy. The temptation is too big to ignore. You can use Google Glass to identify and track your political opponents during the protests, for instance. Will they do it?

Full Screen Android Ads

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Can they do that? Unfortunately, yes they can, and there is nothing we can do about it. Google is dead serious about this new way of running the ad stuff. It seems that the current Android ads are not effective enough. Unless you do not have it all over the screen, it is just like you do not have in the very first place.

The trouble with the curve in this story is definitely larger than the smartphone’s life. Maybe, this is the turning point. Either Google will find a way to earn even more or the entire greedy ad system will collapse. Enough is enough, and Google definitely does not need some extra profit desperately.

New technologies are supposed to bring new ways of earning. It is so discouraging to see how the leader in the field of innovations finds a way to earn more, which cannot be associated with the manners of a true cyber knight. So, what is going to happen next? How far we are from the full screen Android ads?

Well, as always it is all up to us. If we go silent on this one, then Google will come up with something even worse. Who knows? Maybe, the future ads will literally jump out of our smartphones. We the users, are the very reason for the smartphones to exist in the first place. The same goes for the ads, as well.

Google Lollipop

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It would be a huge exaggeration to say that Google walks in the mysterious ways. Therefore, it would be more appropriate to say that Google reveals its plans in a symbolic way. All you have to do is to look carefully for the signs. Here is one for the new Android name. We dare to say it is a pretty reliable one.

So far, all we have had is the official working name – the word L – no more, no less. We were confused, because we knew that there is no way Google would allow for its new version to hit the market as the Android L. Yet, it was not an easy task to guess which name would be the most appropriate one.

Just when we were about to run out of patience, Google gave us a hint. The 16th birthday was an excellent opportunity for Google to share some of its hidden thoughts about the new Android’s name. This is what we have figured out, so far. On the birthday cake there was a nice looking lollipop.

We have seen the KitKat, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich. Google strictly follows the alphabetic order with this one. Therefore, Lollipop with the letter L is the perfect match. All what is left for Google to do is prove us right or wrong. It is going to be a candy, that is for sure. But, how much sweet for us?

Android Silver Made Of Gold

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Big things move into the cloud of big rumors. Android Silver is not an exception in this matter. On the other hand, we are not quite sure what is its current status. Under development? Cancelled? Postponed? With no other options available, we have no other choice than to look for the most interesting rumors.

One of these stories has it that the main Android Silver has already left the Google. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know the answer to the question why, do you? On the other side, Motorola has its own Android Silver version ready to be used. And, there is more. One more option is still in the game.

For what is worth, we will be able to find the Android Silver in Google Play Store. Why not? So, for the time being Nexus can relax. The Android Silver cannot jeopardize its position. Yet, we should allow the gigantic Android tree to spread all of its roots. Who knows what it may bring to us in return?

The moral of this story is that we should be less worried, demanding, modest with our expectations, and above all open minded when it comes to the new available solutions. And, who knows, maybe one day our good old Android Silver can start bringing us new golden opportunities we can use in the future.

Smartphone OS Turbulence

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Who says that mobile OS game is over? Yes, Android is still the undisputed ruler in this smartphone OS kingdom. However, the battle for the position number is far from over. As a matter of fact, the challenge between IOS and Windows Phone can easily turn out to be quite an intriguing and unexpected one.

Even the Android itself does not hold the 90% line anymore. We are talking about the small, but significant decline between 85% and 89%. On the other side, Windows Phone is taking a huge piece of the Apple’s OS pie. It would not be a huge surprise, if Windows Phone gets a chance to breathe down the Android’s neck.

What can we expect in the future? Android is going to be the number one for quite a long time. Nevertheless, we have every reason to believe that the decrease will include tens and tens of percentages of an unstoppable decline. The share of IOS and Windows Phone will inevitably and significantly grow.

Remember, the smartphone’s OS is much more than its heart and mind. That is the main channel for apps and adds. Or, in other words, the main controller for the cash flow. The smartphone pie is a gigantic one. Even the smallest piece with not even one whole percent can mean a fortune. Right?

Yahoo Investing 101

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The SnapChat is a huge teenage star. No wonder so many major IT players have knocked on its door. Apparently, in vain. According to some serious rumors both Facebook and Google were among these “door’s knockers”. Yet, the SnapChat did not even want to blink for $3 or $4 billion dollar offers.

The time has proved the SnapChat right. The newest estimates say it is worth at least $10 billions. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know what it means, do you? It means, you do not need big name investors, but rather serious investors. And, this is how we have Yahoo involved in this story.

How? Well, Yahoo is very likely to invest $20 millions in SnapChat. Do not allow yourself a luxury of underestimating Yahoo in this investment game. Yahoo is not carrying any gifts to feed the SnapChat’s vanity or make fun of Google and Facebook. It is about something very serious, but what exactly?

Here is a nice reminder. Back in 2005, Yahoo had invested one billion of dollars not emails in the Chinese dragon Alibaba. That was a compensation for the 40% of its net worth. Nowadays, not even one decade later Alibaba’s estimated worth is more than $200 billions. Not emails, but dollars.