Simona Bostan

Simona Bostan

Simona is coming from a financial background, finishing her BA in Banking and Finance. She started to get into the Igaming World as a Customer Care Agent with Unibet in 2007.

Always seeking to optimize her work she left Unibet and joined Freespin Casino as an Affiliate Executive where she learned all the tricks of the trade.

With her move to B3W in 2010 she used her accumulated knowledge and designed a custom made Affiliate System for B3W.

She has a vast knowledge in SEO and Optimize Affiliate Marketing for Clients, bring new Affiliates to the Client, negotiate deals, motivate an existing portfolio of Affiliates, optimize and develop their performance to maximize player traffic, networking.

Popular Game “Minecraft” Helps Its Maker Mojang AB Double Revenues

Mojang AB, the Swedish company that builds online games revealed that their net income has doubled as compared to the previous financial year thanks to the rage surrounding their game “Minecraft”. The company made a massive 816 million Swedish kronor ($128 million) in the last financial year, which had already improved from the 325 million kronor in 2012. Mojang AB has made revenues worth 2.07 billion kronor in the current financial year.
These numbers have been reported in the Wall Street Journal. The company is privately held and is expected to release their complete financial statements to the regulators in Sweden. However, the revenue figures appear insignificant especially when compared to the numbers posted by Mojang’s competitors namely King Digital Entertainment PLC and Supercell Oy. But one needs to take into account that Mojang AB is a very small game make from Sweden.
The company employs less than 40 employees and “Minecraft” is just five years old. Hence, the differentiating factor of Mojang as compared to their rivals is that they charge players a flat fee on downloading the game. It costs $27 for downloading “Minecraft” on a PC and $20 on a gaming console while the mobile version costs $7.
Rivals of Mojang, don’t employ this revenue model. They infact, allow users to download their games for free but charge them only for upgrades and adding features within the game play.  Hence they depend more on small number of users that are willing to spend big. “Minecraft” was among the top-10 highest grossing games in app stores of Google, Amazon and Apple. 

Which Is The Most Followed Account On Twitter?

Twitter has now emerged as a favorite social media network of many. Summing up your thoughts in 140 characteristics is what keeps Twitter fun and engaging. There has been deterioration in the user experience of Facebook especially since they introduced the “tagging” feature. Unlike Facebook, where people keep tagging 40-50 people to promote events or posts, Twitter is clutter free. You follow people that make your timeline interesting and informative. 
The main objective of any social network is having an audience with whom you can share and discuss stuff. Which brings us to the “followers”. Let’s face it, followers is the key performance indicator of your Twitter account. Whether you are a sportsman, movie star or budding stand up comedian, Twitter is all about “followers” and number of RT’s or retweets is a metric of how well you are doing on Twitter. 
So, who is the most followed person on Twitter? Here are top 10 followed accounts on Twitter.
1) Katy Perry – 51.3M followers
2) Justin Bieber – 50.2M followers
3) Barack Obama – 41.9M followers
4) Lady Gaga – 41.0M followers
5) YouTube – 40.3M followers
6) Taylor Swift – 39.7M followers
7) Britney Spears – 36.5M followers
8) Rihanna – 34.3M followers
9) Instagram – 31.3M followers
10) Justin Timberlake – 31.3M followers
There you have it ladies and gentlemen, the most followed accounts on Twitter. Now who would have thought Justin Bieber would have more people following him than the most powerful man in the free world, Barack Obama?
Source: Mashable

How To Access Twitter In Turkey During The Ban

The Turkish government is attempting to cut off the access to Twitter due to the severe criticism the government is receiving before the elections. However, they have not been able to induce a blanket ban as yet, especially due to several workarounds.
As per Morgan Marquis-Boire who happens to be a researcher related security feels it isn’t to tough to ban a website across a country as the online traffic moves via the computers of limited ISP. As per him, the government when intends to ban a website like Twitter, asks the ISP’s to route any request to these websites to a dead-end corner of the Web.
However, in Turkey, the government has also banned access to Twitter on mobiles phones. But there are methods by which this ban can be subverted.
Users on the web may use VPN that makes use of a non-public channel. They must make use of programs like Tor that mask the location of the computer or the IP address and re-route traffic to servers around the globe before reaching the end.
This will allow the users in Turkey look like they are trying to access from New York and allow them to use the site. This mode of accessing Twitter will delay the speed a bit due to the re-routing.
There is another method to access Twitter in Turkey, which is based on Twitter as a medium to send text messages. Twitter is connected with numerous carriers in countries that include Turkey. They have given short codes to users that help them tweet.
By typing in the code – either 2444 or 2555 in Turkey, users can tweet. Twitter will then match the phone number of the sender with that of his/her Twitter account. This is a helpful method when no other option is available. Only those users that follow you will receive the texts.
Twitter notified their users in Turkey to tweet using texting service during the shutdown. Twitter presented the same proposal to users in Venezuela when the government implemented restricted access to Twitter.

Mozilla Pulls The Plug on Metro’ Firefox

Mozilla, the makers of the popular web browser Firefox have made a statement announcing their pulling off the plug on the building of Firefox for Metro.  Firefox for Metro was supposed to be developed specially for Windows 8’s touch-screen user interface. The primary reason for Mozilla to discontinue development of Metro was the lack of users for the beta version of the software. The company had been continuously working on this project for the last two years.
Mozilla noted that users preferred the classic Windows desktop version of Firefox as compared to the beta version of Metro.
VP of Mozilla Firefox, Mr. Johnathan Nightingale said through a press release:
“As the team built and tested and refined the product, we’ve been watching Metro’s adoption. On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but we’ve never seen more than 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment. Shipping a 1.0 version, given the broader context we see for the Metro platform, would be a mistake.”
Hence if you happen to be using Window 8, and intend to switch to a touch browser, the only chance you can do that is using Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer.

Messaging App “Secret” Raises Nearly $10 Million In Fresh Capital

Secret, the mysterious messaging app, established through an online article the fact they have raised almost $10 million in capital as per reports by the Wall Street Journal. Secret said they had successfully managed to raise $8.6 million via investments comprising of Google Ventures, Initialized Capital, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers.
This valuation was not disclosed by the company and it was initially reported by the Wall Street Journal that Secret was on its way in obtaining a valuation of amount of $40 million without including the investment. This puts the total to about $50 million. The online article also goes on to state that the company offers a look into the activity of users. 
Despite not disclosing the actual number of people that have signed up, the company says almost 75% of users with greater than 5 friends return each day and 90% of the people participating in a conversation come back within a week. At South by Southwest, the company to lure more users into signing up released the latest version of the Secret app.
Users will now be able to conveniently post secret posts to other social media networks as well as messages. Secret users can also look at text messages that have been poster in close proximity to their actual location by making user of the “Nearby” feature. The app that was launched on 30th January is one of the most popularly growing app that aids users in sharing private information.
Secret draws contacts from the phone of the user and displays messages that are anonymous from friends as well as the network of friends. David Bythow, the founder of Secret happens to be an ex engineer at Google and Squre and his partner Chrys Bader-Wechseler is an ex product manager at Google.
Friday, 14 March 2014 18:47

Google To Now Encrypt User Searches

Google To Now Encrypt User Searches

Technology giant Google intends to broaden the campaign the company against hacking and surveillance of the government by making searches of its users more private. Google in China to defy the censorship model of the country has already implemented this. Google aims to better the information security especially since reports about US government ‘s surveillance emerged last year.
Encrypted search results will now be introduced by Google but date of release of his update has not been announced yet.  But the process of encryption has already begun for users in China. This update by Google in China is seen as a move by the company to defy the government in China that wants Google to redirect users to their official websites. This resulted in Google moving to Hong Kong thereby accounting for only 5% of search market in China.
This attempt of Google to encrypt user searches is followed by a move to encrypt the online traffic amidst their data centers post the revelations by Edward Snowden regarding the surveillance of US online traffic by the NSA.
As a Google spokesperson put it:
“The revelations of this past summer underscored our need to strengthen our networks. Among the many improvements we’ve made in recent months is to encrypt Google Search by default around the world. This builds on our work over the past few years to increase the number of our services that are encrypted by default and encourage the industry to adopt stronger security standards.”

Facebook Page “I F***ing Love Science” Will Now Be A TV Show

If you are on Facebook, you must have come across the fan page called “I F***ing Love Science”. This is a very popular page that shares amazing facts and images regarding science. This popular page will now be turned into TV show that will have “Late Late Show” host Craig Ferguson has its executive producer. This page has gained widespread popularity on Facebook and even gained a whopping 10 million fans.

This page will constitute a science channel series. This announcement was made by Ferguson himself through a video message at the South by Southwest festival. Elise Andrew created the page 2 years back and she happens to be student of biology in Britain. She began posting articles, comics, diagrams and photos related to science when she started this page. Two years hence, this page gained such popularity as people kept sharing the content.

Elise Andrews will be on board as a producer on this show as well. This program will be one hour long and will be on air later this year. In keeping with the theme of the fan page, the show too will have animation, action and appearances by scientists and celebs.

Craig Fergusonreleased the following statement:

If you know anything about me, you know I love science. Science has a naughty secret – it’s that all things are connected. And this show is going to explore the randomness of science. Think of it as a late night Google search that goes a hundred pages deep until things get weird – and then you just keep going. And there is no better partner for this kind of smart entertainment like Science Channel and Elise.


Twitter’s Video Sharing App Vine Changes Content Rules

Social media giant Twitter has announced the banning of all sexually explicit content from being published on video sharing app Vine. These new rules banning explicit content have been brought immediately into effect. Users can now report such content from the Vine app.
Vine was launched on Twitter more than a year ago. The video-sharing app came under huge criticism as a pornographic clip made in into their “Editor’s Pick”. This clip was then removed and the management of Twitter sent out an apology for this error.
This incident also compelled Twitter to increase the minimum age of users of Vine from 12 to 17 in the AppStore of Apple. As of now, the Vine app in the AppStore comes with a disclaimer warning users of "frequent/intense sexual content or nudity".
Here is the full blog post from Vine notifying the new rules:
We introduced Vine to make it easier for people to find, watch, create and share videos right from their mobile phones. As we’ve watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we’ve found that there are a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit for our community. So we’re making an update to our Rules and Terms of Service to prohibit explicit sexual content.
For more than 99 percent of our users, this doesn’t really change anything. For the rest: we don’t have a problem with explicit sexual content on the Internet –– we just prefer not to be the source of it.
If you’re curious to know what types of content are okay or not okay to post, you can take a look at this article in our Help Center.
If you see a video that violates our updated policy, you can report it by tapping the button with three dots below the post and selecting “Report this post”. As always, you can contact us with your thoughts and feedback on this or anything else about Vine.
All the users that were considered to have been using account to publish sexually explicit content were sent a notification of the new rules along with a directive to delete the content and abide by the new rules of Twitter and Vine.

After WhatsApp, Facebook Now Acquiring Drone Manufacturer

Social media giant Facebook is in the news again after their high profile acquisition of WhatsApp a few days back. The company is said to be in negotiations with a manufacturer of drones. Yes, drones! The company intends to boost Internet connections in remote locations in Africa by making use of drones.

Facebook is one of the players said to be backing project that intend to network to remote parts of the world that are offline. As of now, just 2.7 billion people are connected to the Internet. Other companies that are backing this project are Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung.

Reports are now emerging that Facebook aims to acquire the manufacturer of solar powered drones that can stay in air for as long as 5 years at a go. This is a part of their plan to alter the drones to offer Internet access to users on the ground. Drones of Titan Aerospace can reach an altitude of 65,000 fee, which increases their likelihood of acting as satellites with lesser operating costs.

As per reports from TechCrunch, Facebook aims to provide Internet connectivity to places that don’t have a connection by building 11,000 of these drones. A project of this nature puts it in direct competition with Project Loon funded by Google. 30 balloons will be sent into the stratosphere to forge a network that will be programmed by using currents of winds at multiple altitudes to sustain a geostationary position in Project Loon.

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 20:11

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