The busy little cyber bees from China are up to something serious. First, we had an epic battle for the number two position at the very top of the smartphone empire, which is very likely to be won by the so-called Chinese Apple Xiaomi. Now, the silver medal among search engines goes to China.
It is official, Baidu is the second most popular search engine in the world. Although, Google is still the indisputable ruler with more than 60% of the market share, Bing is no longer number two. Baidu is reaching for the significant 20% ratio. The 20% leftovers, more or less, are reserved for Bing and Yahoo.
What is this supposed to mean? Made in China will rule the cyber-world. We used to say, it is only a matter of time. Well, the time has come. The time is now. Hollywood has already moved to China. No need for the major IT players to hesitate, when it comes to picking a new terrain. Any word of advice?
You should learn some Chinese. You know, some basic vocabulary. It will definitely come in handy. The next thing you know, you will be holding a Xiaomi smartphone and you will googling something in Baidu. Does it really matter, as long as it gives you what you really want? How do you say hello in Chinese?
Have you seen the latest Furios #7? Well, you should. This one is so different. Extremely emotional. Although, it has already earned more than one billion dollars worldwide, it is going to be remembered because of the tragic death of its leading star Paul Walker. He had to live for a moment longer.
How? The CGI took care of it. The busy little bees, who brought us Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings and Caesar in The Planet Of The Apes, made sure that Paul appears throughout the movie in a smooth way. For this specific and challenging purpose they were using the images of his younger brothers.
In addition, they had really done miracles with the computer generated images. You cannot really tell a difference, because Paul was killed in the middle of the production process. We were fully aware that Paul was not around in person, but the magic of the big screen was too overwhelming.
For what is worth, we do not feel tricked. If we can trick the death itself, even for a couple of minutes, then we have done something really great. The digital world will make sure that Paul is immortalized. Our hats off and our tears out for this epic battle between our mortal shells and immortal wishes.
Do you still have some old VHS tapes? This may be a little bit hard to believe, but you may be sleeping on money without knowing it in the first place. On the other hand, if you think that this is nothing more than one more recycled recycle-and-get-rich scheme, then you just could not be more wrong.
There are no precious metals in them, that is for sure. Their content is the most valuable thing they have. Forget about the digital era, the nostalgia rules. Believe it or not, some people are ready to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a “true” feeling that only the outdated ancient tapes can give them.
You know how it goes, don’t you? The older your things become, the more valuable they are. We are not necessarily implying that you should invent a time machine, but better think twice before you throw away some old dusty things. You never know what is going to happen with them in the future.
Just make sure they are still functional. The very reason why we had to invent the CDs was the fragile character of the VHS types, in the first place. Do you remember? Here is our word of advice to you. Keep enjoying all the digital benefits, but do not throw away all technical antiques so easily. Right?
The busy little bees in India have ambitious plans, when it comes to the “Internetification” of the most remote areas and villages. However, one powerful and most unexpected adversary emerged, which threatens to turn the entire project into a true mission impossible. Can you dare to guess?
Believe it or not, monkeys are to blame for an unexpected halt of the Internet introduction all over India. It turns out that the Indian monkeys eat the optic cables as if they are bananas. On the other hand, the authorities are completely helpless in fighting this annoying menace. What is the reason?
It is worth mentioning that not only cows, but also the monkeys are treated as the holy and protected animals in India. You cannot do anything against the sacred animal, can you? The very people, who just cannot wait to use the Internet, are the most persistent monkey-right-advocates.
Is there a solution for this unusual and funny magic circle? Maybe, the Internet providers in India should consider balloons or drones, instead of optic cables? Monkeys cannot eat wireless. There is a strong will. So, there has to be a way. Right? Do you remember a monkey, who makes selfies?
Is this going to be a David vs Goliath special cyber edition? Can you even dare of challenging the almighty video content giant, such as YouTube itself? Well, for what is worth, the guys behind the Vessel certainly have the courage to do such a thing. On the other side, is the enthusiasm all you need?
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know the right answer all too well, do you? And this where our first big disappointment comes from. The very structure of the Vessel includes two YouTube copy-and-paste models. The first one, just cannot get rid of the annoying commercials. And the other one?
Well, just $2.99 you can enjoy the ads-free content of your choice. Pardon our French, but what is the difference here? We are at least to say confused. It looks and works in the same way. The only difference is the price itself. This is why, we have an impression that what you get is nothing more than a cheaper YouTube version.
The Vessel has plenty of time and opportunities to prove us all wrong, hasn’t it? However, we just cannot fight this feeling that in order to challenge the big guys, you have to offer something equally big and impressive, as well. It means like the Vessel has a new homework for its busy little bees.
All the cyber major league players are fighting for a golden place under our sun. Literally. Facebook just finished the first series of successful testings with its solar drone. As you might have expected Facebook used an inspirational name – the project “Aquila”, which is a well-known Latin word for an eagle.
Well, for what is worth, this cyber-eagle has had quite a few successful flights during the test period. So, what does it mean? It seems that the project Internet.org just got its wings. Or, maybe it is better to say that the Facebook’s idea of introducing the Internet to the most remote areas is fully operational.
There is just one tiny little dark cloud that makes you say there is a catch in this story. Some people in Asia were painfully and honestly naive when admitting that they do not have a clue what is the Internet, but sure thing they know everything there is to know about the Facebook itself. How could this be?
It turns out that when Facebook says you will get the Internet for the very first time, what you actually get is only Facebook and its closely related apps. Or, in other words, we will get you the Internet, but you can use it only for Facebook. What happened with the gloriously proclaimed philanthropic goals?