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Data protection: California Consumer Privacy Act(CCPA) will take effect starting January 1st 2020

"Is this a new GDPR?" was my first thought. Actually there are some differences, but for sure it has the same purpose regarding the usage of personal data.

The good news is CCPA is addressed to Californian based companies with a revenue higher than 25 millions dollars(or those companies that are selling data) and affects users that are living in California. The bad news is those companies are the giants titans from IT and adverting industry, so yes, it will affects almost all developers that are using global monetization as a business model.
GDPR is mainly focused on "Cookies consent" and CCPA has "Do Not Sell My Personal Information" as a choice in the interaction with the user.

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Marketing and business with UX flavor: The mobile spoon

Good reads are hard to find these years when internet is overwhelmed with information.
I didn't plan to make reviews, but searching for some guidelines in promoting products in this beautiful digital market, a nice-friendly-easy-to read website got my attention. You might say: "oh, this is for mobile, so not necessary for me", but knowing digital marketing is mandatory in this super-tech world.

Ladies and Gentlemen: The mobile


UI for texts:

This page is more a combination between design and content, with many examples very good to know. Many people are having trouble when they had to describe, and in my opinion, any person, no matter the area is working(or maybe doesn't have one) should practice writing texts.

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Stadia - a new concept of gaming in the cloud era

Stadia is Google's cloud gaming service, and it will have the official launch in November this year, in 14 countries. The platform can be already accessed in a pre-launched edition, the geographical availability and requirements could be found on the official site, here.

This new concept for the gaming industry is planning to have numerous advantages, simplifying a lot the access to different games: it requires a device with internet connection, it offers access to the latest versions of the games without downloading, functionality cross platforms-mobile, tablet, laptop, PC. The content will use the cloud power to stream games up to 4K HDR and 60 FPS quality for Stadia Pro subscribers. The list with the games that will be availablehere.

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The best part for developers: applications are open to join Stadia

When Google Play Store appeared in 2012, i…
Firebase - the magic behind the apps
As android developer, I am using Firebase for more than 2 years and I am planning to use it more since it's a smooth and easy way to work more in Cloud. Actually, some features of Google Cloud can be already seen in Firebase, such as Machine Learning Kit(smart reply API) of Cloud Functions, being a natural transit to this top-edge technology. Now, a step in Gaming industry because Firebase has features for Unity(Google also recently present its platform of live-streaming games, Stadia) so on-premise style is close to have a destiny similar to floppy-disks.
More about Firebase:

A very important thing: Firebase can be use as well by big companies, by independent companies or for start-ups who doesn't have to worry about if their application suddenly grow, being a great solution for scaling. Also, many of features are …
Beyond the logic and rational: more than 100 years of revolution in art

"La belle epoque"(1871-1914) was a perfect time for glamorous style, in a time characterized by peace and prosperity. The beauty was glorified, avoiding features considered outrageous, but the old establishment, with a highly resistance to innovation was there.

Dada Movement

 Abstraction, paradoxes and hazard are mandatory elements in this artistic trend. Against the conformism, sometimes surprising but very intriguing,  dada movement continue to fascinate till our days.

Marcel Duchamp and "The fountain"
Can a simple and boring object get an artistic value? In 1917, Duchampshocked the audience of the exhibition(Society of Independent Artists) when he exposed "the fountain", starting a controversy about how far can the art can go. In 2004, it has been declared the most influential work of modern art of the century, according BBC.

The Fountain 1917, photo by Alfred Stieglitz


Explore your creativity - tips to overcome the idea phase

Who can be creative? Everyone! Below, I put some issues I had to face through in my experience in creating and maintaining Luna project.

1. Choose a nickname 

This is not a rule and it's not a good idea for everyone, many artists use their own name from the very beginning. When you create something under your name and you rely on your friends and family opinion, they will be very subjective, judging more the person than the artwork. To me, it was useful to pick a nickname and to target unknown persons, because they didn't know who I was and all the focus was on my apps.

A nickname can be also a perfect defense for the impostor syndrome or the shame if the artwork is not very appreciated. Nothing to loose, so no reason to stay away.😊
2. A million dollars idea

I was asked many time what do I think about a certain idea, if I see the potential succ…
Pulitzer prizes - Cartoons and Photography

"The Nobel of Journalism", Pulitzer prizes celebrates the best work in media and arts in USA. Most of the topics are politics, which I try to avoid in my articles, but I found some interesting one about society and humanity.
   Cartoons are far of being the superstars in Pulitzer awards. The main attention is on articles from newspaper and most famous - the photography. I saw a lot of powerful photos that reveal the pain, fear and all the disaster made by wars in general. I choose to post here two well-known images, awarded in 1992 and 2007.

Kevin Carter -  "Sudanese girl" The New York Times

Kevin Carter, originally from South Africa, had visit Sudan and in 1993 made the famous photo. One year later, in April won the Pulitzer prize and in July same year he suicide. Many speculations appeared, trying to rely the stories. Alberto Rojas, a Spanish journalist met the other photographer who was in Sudan with Carter in Sudan in th…