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The ChinaNet

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All eyes are on China. This is undoubtedly the most tempting and promising market for the entire IT industry regardless of its categories. Even the Hollywood itself has to speak Chinese. For the very first time in the US cinematography history the Chinese market incomes have matched the ones derived from the American movie fans.

So, what is happening with the Internet? Well, more than 600 million Chinese are online. Please forgive us, we are a little bit lazy to google for the exact figures, that is as if you have combined the USA and Europe Internet all of them together, more or less. Impressive indeed, isn’t it?

On the other side, one half of this impressive number of users likes to use social networks. And now the most important fact, more than 500 million Chinese Internet users use their mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets to access the World Wide Web. Does this one ring any bells?

However, it is worth mentioning that these impressive figures come with a catch. If you want to make a profit in China, you have to play by Chinese rules. Google, Facebook and Apple had a unique opportunity to witness first-hand the bitterness of Chinese money. Yet, they are ready to give it one more try. We all know why, don’t we?

 

The Rebirth of Typing Machines

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Who could have even dared to guess that good old typing machines will ever live long enough to witness one more shiny comeback? Who or what is responsible for the unprecedented sales results of ancient typing machines in the middle of the golden digital age?

Well, German typing machine manufacturers owe so much to both top US secret agencies such as the NSA and CIA, including their unparalleled national paranoia about spying activities at the highest level. Nowadays, the only reliable way to prevent cyber espionage is to make one or two steps back in time.

One of the most popular brands such as Olympia and Bandermann have doubled their sales in this year alone compared to the previous periods. In addition, Germans are convinced that only with old technologies we can successfully fight back the modern threats to our privacy. What is next?

Maybe we will use again the analog phone lines? Or, how about messenger pigeons? Yes, we are exaggerating a little bit, but we are not far away from the point in this story. The most intriguing part is that the orders from all over the world are increasing, as well. Prepare your fingers for the next typing machines revolution.

Google’s Right Switch For The Twitch

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Here is one more billion dollars worth takeover. Google has acquired the Twitch for one billion dollars. This is the fifth largest takeover in Google’s history. On the other side, Google has already spent more than four billions in this year alone for the similar business actions.

It is worth mentioning that the major IT league players are consuming the small fishes and promising startups almost on a daily basis. However, the takeovers under one billion dollars worth very often go under the radar of our attention and curiosity. What Google plans to do with this one?

Well, if you are a gamer who enjoys live broadcasts of the gaming competitions more than anything in the world, then the Twitch is the best possible place for you to be. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to make the right conclusion how this one will strengthen the YouTube itself.

We do not want to spoil the fun, but there is one small dark cloud which should not pass unnoticed in this story. Not so long ago, Google has acquired YouTube for $1,65 billion. We sure hope that the Twitcher one billion dollar investment will pay back as expected in the near future.

Quantum Computers For Dummies

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It seems that there are quite a few busy little bees in Microsoft, who have enough time for almost anything they need or think of. On the one side, they are developing and earning at the same time like crazy, while on the other side, they still have patience for computer science 101 lessons.

This time, they have decided to tell us a story about the next logical step in our IT evolution related to quantum computers. We have already achieved so much with the modern computers. And yet, there is so much left for us to do and new cyber territories to explore.

Although, we still cannot match the possibilities of our mind with the current state of the art computers, the next generation of smart devices will make your most favorite gadgets to look ridiculous and absolutely outdated. Definitely a thing worth considering.

It comes without saying that we have to push harder in order to pass the Tuning’s test. We can fool a machine, but in order for a machine to truly impress us the next level has to be reached this way or another, sooner or later. Quantum computers it is your turn.

Google Play, If I May

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What is your very first thought when you hear the words Google Play? Oh, that is a place where I can always find some cool apps. With more than 1,5 available apps, Google Play definitely lives up to its reputation. You have every reason to expect bigger, better, faster, and more, but not necessarily cheaper.

Why? For what is worth, Google will strengthen its position in its Store not because of you, but rather for its own good and as expected astronomical profit. For Google its offer of apps is the very key of future further development and eventual business survival.

It may be a little bit hard for you to believe and accept, but the Play Store breathes down the neck of Google online advertisement in terms of profit. With the ads business Google has already reached certain limits. Now, the time has come to change something about it.

Google has to find the so-called alternative sources of funding as soon as possible, if it is to maintain its current growth rate. The only problem to solve is how to make its users to buy apps at the same rate the users of the iTunes Store have been doing for some time.

How Safe Is Your Cloud?

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It seems that the hackers and malware gurus are among the busiest little bees on the Internet. As soon as a new landscape changing solution is being introduced an appropriate security threat inevitably follows by default. Unfortunately, there is no much you can do about it. You can only hope that this cyber illness will become so troubling that someone will eventually pay a little bit more attention about it.

Lucky for us the experts from the Kaspersky Lab are here to warn us about the dangers associated with the extremely popular cloud services. As usual, in most of the cases our bad habits are to be blamed for our serious troubles. It is hard to believe, but there are still so many people, who keep the copies of their most important personal documents online.

On the other side, you should be fully aware of current security imperfections associated with the Dropbox, Onedrive or Skydrive, Google Drive, and other similar cloud storage apps. The trouble with the curve in this matter is that one open door inevitably causes a chain security reaction. For example, there is no better way to penetrate one company’s security system than through one of these apps.

The most misfortunate employee only has to use the synchronization option, and the next thing you know all company’s computers are infected. Do not get the wrong idea that you should use these very useful solutions less. What you should do is to be a little bit more aware what is allowed to do or avoid when using one of these.

99 Days of Freedom

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For what is worth, the extremely controversial Facebook behavioral experiment, which almost took place unnoticed, really hit the nerves of its users. Some of them even decided to strike back. The Dutch users decided to do something about it. This is how the 99 Days of Freedom initiative was born.

It is supposed to be quite a simple and efficient one. You have to give up on your Facebook account for 99 days. In addition, you are strongly encouraged to record your experiences during this period of voluntary abstinence. So far, tens of thousands of people have joined this initiative.

It would be naive to expect that Facebook will change its surveys policy because of this initiative. However, after a recent disappointing experiment, which included smartphones, it would be interesting to find out how long can we manage to function properly without social networks.

When some health experts have mentioned the addiction problem caused by our mobile gadgets, they were not joking about it. Without any exaggeration, we can say that some people have serious problems with their smartphones and social networks. They simply cannot live without them. How about you?

Google Buss and Golf Balls

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This is probably one of the most notorious and controversial questions during Google’s job interviews. You are supposed to know how many golf balls you can put in a bus. Maybe, this was only one more trick question. Nevertheless, for what is worth, the legend about the rocket scientists at Google was born.

Nowadays, the tide is changing and Google does not have to prove its point to anyone. The rocket scientists and all kinds of X-Men are still welcome, but Google has one of its numerous business eyes on a different category of prospectus candidates. So, what is happening with a new employee profile for the new age?

Well, you do not even have to have a college degree in order to be seriously considered for some of the job positions in Google. On the other side, you definitely have to be a proven team player. In addition, you have to be a rock star problem solver. Do not forget an annoying phrase such as thinking out of the box.

It seems that Google looks for something, which is a proven win-win formula for new employees. You have to follow a lead, but at the same time work on your own. If you have recognized yourself within these words, maybe you do not need Google in the first place. Maybe, it is time for you to start your own business for a change.

The War of Mobile Browsers

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One of the most intriguing takeovers in the recent years has certainly happened with a good reason for its investor. Microsoft was fully aware about Nokia’s unfortunate situation during the takeover. However, its soft heart did not influence this bold business decision, but rather something else. What exactly?

It comes without saying that Microsoft has cumulated profit for the centuries of careless business life. Yet, its pride and reputation is at stake now. Microsoft has to catch with the mobile challenges, as soon as possible, this way or another. At the same time, it would be nice to promote Microsoft’s product and services, as well.

And, this is the reason why you will not be able to change your default browser, if your Nokia Lumis runs on Windows 8.1. The previous OS version 8.0 leaves you with an option to replace Bing with some other browser of your choice. Nevertheless, with Lumia 630 and 930 you are left with no other choice than to use this MS browser.

Is this a smart and recommended thing to do? Well, as always it depends on so many things. Most of all, if you are willing to take your chances with the users, who do not like limited choices. For what is worth, Microsoft should play an extremely thoughtful game in this field. Every single move matters here tremendously.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Cyber Service

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Although, it may remind you of a men’s magazine, the GCHQ is actually a very serious and influential British secret agency. So, what do these GCHQ Bond guys actually do? There are so many things they take care of online, for your eyes only. The primary target of the GCHQ’s activities is to influence and shape the public opinion.

How? Well, imagine James Bond with an IT degree. He spends day after day behind his computer fixing the number of likes for an important video on YouTube. Really? Are you disappointed a little bit or enormously? Unfortunately, there is nothing romantic about this new picture about our old hero. And, there is nothing we can do about it.

Forget about spontaneous and honest opinions and comments on the Internet, Facebook and numerous forums. Before you even blink someone has taken care for you what to think. Not to mention an entire army of professional forum commentators and contributors, who are trying to convince that they live in your neighborhood.

There are some dark cyber clouds over the Great Britain, as we write about this story. The government is eager to introduce new and severe laws about anti-hacking measures.The very privacy is under constant pressure and threat. The UK has to fight hard to be cyber safe and OK. We sure hope the GCHQ will not comment badly on this one.