WeChat’s first 5 games hit 570 million downloads in 3 months

The Next Web reports that the first 5 games for Tencent’s WeChat messaging app has 570 million downloads since August.

Compare it with LINE to better understand what a feat this is. LINE boasts of more than 30 games but only managed to cross the 200 million game download mark in September.

Earlier, Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi sold 150,000 of its latest phone in 10 minutes via WeChat. This underlines the size of China’s mobile market.

China, and the soaring price of Bitcoin

Tyler Cowen writes about the link between China and Bitcoin.

Capital controls in China are strict. It’s easy to bring money into the country, but getting it out (to invest or spend) is more difficult. That means there are are plenty of wealthy Chinese citizens and residents looking to move their money around the world with greater freedom.

There is more here. And here is a map of Bitcoin flows, recommended. In other words, more entrepreneurs in China are holding Bitcoin and accepting the volatility of its value, in order to sell the asset to those looking to get money out of China.

Is Amazon winning the cloud battle?

Everybody knows that Amazon’s AWS is the major player in the cloud computing game, but did we stop to consider how big it actually is?

Amazon Is Crushing IBM, Microsoft, And Google In Cloud Computing, Says Report

For the last quarter of this year, Synergy estimates that Amazon grew cloud revenues by over $700 million and that makes Amazon bigger than all the other major players combined including Microsoft, IBM, Google and Salesforce.com … by 15%, Synergy finds.

T-Mobile and AT&T battle on twitter to win one customer

It’s not often that you see this happen, but it’s also nice to see social media used in positive ways. Now if only carriers paid that much attention to existing customers.

T-Mobile and AT&T went head-to-head on Twitter over a customer

Is Fab.com doomed to repeat the mistakes of Jobster?

Even with a billion-dollar valuation, without a strong leader, a company is going to suffer. Will Fab.com be able to get back on track?

Demolition Man: why does Fab’s CEO keep building big companies that suddenly implode?

Traffic to Fab’s website and mobile apps peaked in November of 2012, according to ComScore, just before Goldberg announced the pivot away from flash sales. In the 10 months that followed unique visitors fell from 5,275,000 to around 1 million in total this September, a drop of roughly 75 percent. The decline in visitors has been mirrored by a slowdown in sales growth. When asked to comment on the sharp dip in traffic, Fab says that it doesn’t share internal numbers, but that the company is more profitable than ever. “That’s a little confusing,” jokes a source familiar with the company’s finances. “Maybe they mean less not profitable?”

Apple App Store search finally notices common typing mistakes

To me, search has always been one of Apple’s weak points. Even after taking that into account, it’s always been frustrating that mistyping one letter could mean that you would not find the app that you’re looking for. This is a small step in the right direction, and hopefully search improvements come to Apple Maps too.

Improved App Store Search Engine Now Corrects For Users’ “Fat Finger” Mistakes & Other Misspellings

Though misspellings may represent the long tail of App Store searches, correcting for these queries is an important feature for any search engine to offer, whether app search or otherwise. However, it’s clear that in search, as expected, Google has had the advantage here – it’s nearly 2014, and only now has Apple made this sort of basic feature live.

OS X Mavericks review after one month of usage

Ars Technica reviews OS X Maverick after a month of use.

Responsive scrolling only works on apps that implemented it.

When Mavericks’ new responsive scrolling feature is working as designed, it draws sections of your window that aren’t yet on-screen so that they show up more quickly when you scroll down (or up). In apps that have implemented the feature (Tweetbot for Mac is one), scrolling is, in fact, pretty smooth. Unfortunately, the feature seems to have broken scrolling for other programs.

Multi-monitor is buggy.

Power button makes the computer sleep. This is rather disruptive especially when the Mac locks when it sleeps. Before Mavericks, the power button shut down the Mac and throws a shutdown dialog before it does so. Dismissing the dialog is a lot easier than having to log into the system.

In Mavericks, pushing that power button automatically puts the computer to sleep, no questions asked. You don’t need to push down on the button for any particular length of time, and there’s no dialog box to ask you what you wanted to do when you pushed the button (or if you meant to push it at all). And unlike some of our multi-monitor gripes, there’s no way to revert the button behavior back to its pre-Mavericks state.

Microsoft continues its anti-Google drive with an ad attacking the Chromebook

The Loop reports on Microsoft’s ad attacking the Google Chromebook.

This ad makes the case that the Chromebook is not a real laptop, that when it is not connected to the internet, it is “pretty much a brick.” I don’t own a Chromebook, and I’m not necessarily a Chromebook fan, but fair is fair. A “brick”? It took me all of 2 minutes reading reviews to dispel this myth.

Microsoft seems to think that attacking other brands’ products is the best way to promote its own products.

Apple Insider also looked at the Microsoft ad bashing the iPad Air.

Apple takes 76% share of Japan smartphone sales in October

9to5Mac reports that Apple outsold other phones 3:1..

Kantar World Panel Comtech Japan is reporting that the iPhone 5s and 5c sales gave Apple a 76% share of Japan smartphone sales in October. This is good news for Apple given that the Japanese market is traditionally biased towards local brands.

Google Street View goes indoors

The Guardian reports that Google is bringing its Street View indoors.

Google has added 16 international airports and 59 train and subway stations to Street View, including a number of British locations.

They include Gatwick Airport and train stations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, as well as a (nearly) full set of London mainline stations: Paddington, Victoria, King’s Cross, St. Pancras, Charing Cross, Waterloo, London Bridge, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street.

It was never a matter of whether Google would do this, but simply when it would.