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Leo Mirani

Leo Mirani is a reporter for Quartz in London. He has previously worked at The Economist, Time Out Mumbai and Tehelka.
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Why Free Games Are Increasingly the Most Profitable Apps

January 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the possible exception of Pou, every one of the 10 most downloaded apps worldwide, when you include downloads on both Apple and Android devices, is a game. (Pou is a virtual pet , which is not strictly a game, but it’s also not not a game, depending on how...

A Billion Smartphones Were Shipped in 2013—and That’s Not Even the Interesting Part

January 28, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In 2013, the world’s phone manufacturers shipped (as opposed to sold) just over a billion smartphones according to IDC. Strategy Analytics, a competing research firm, puts the number for smartphones slightly lower at 990 million. Either way, what’s interesting isn’t the nice round ten-digit number—it’s the suggestion that the big...

Why Google Wants to Give You 101 Alternatives to .Com

January 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hundreds of new top-level domain names (the last bit of a web address, like .com) will hit the web this year. Of nearly 2,000 proposed domains, 101 belong to Google, one of the largest single applicants. That’s odd, for Google has worked hard to make domain names as irrelevant as...

The Biggest Land Rush in the History of the Internet Starts on February 4

January 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Web is about to have its big bang. About 1,000 new generic top-level domain names, or gTLDs (the last bit of an internet address, such as the com in qz.com or Nextov.com) will come into existence this year. On Feb. 4, anybody will be able to create and start...

Why Facebook Just Agreed to Give Data to Russia’s Biggest Search Engine

January 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia and the former Soviet states at its periphery have remained steadfastly immune to the charms of Facebook. The American social network figures nowhere in a list of top 10 websites by the number of unique users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus or the Central Asian ‘Stans. Instead, Russians and their...

Even in the Cloud, Japan and China Are at Odds

December 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Shinzo Abe isn’t the only one stirring up Japanese-Chinese tensions. Japan’s National Information Security Center has asked government ministries to wean themselves off foreign-made typing apps that make it easy to use English-language keyboard to input Japanese characters. These apps are made by Microsoft, Google, and China’s Baidu. The NISC’s...

Why Christmas Is an Agonizing Time for App Developers

December 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow That heartwarming/nauseating Apple advertisement left out one very important aspect of what has become a 21st-century holiday tradition. On Christmas day, when people open their presents and find shiny new smartphones or tablet computers, the first thing they will do is start downloading apps. First will come the regulars—Facebook, WhatsApp,...

Build-It-Yourself Computer Kits Backed by Hackers, Apple Cofounder

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The creators of Kano, a kit to assemble your own mini-computer, asked for $100,000 on Kickstarter. One day short of the end of the company’s campaign, they’ve raised $1.35 million from nearly 12,000 backers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Alex Klein, one of the three...

Japan Now Spends More on Mobile Apps Than Any Other Country

December 11, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year, Americans spent about a third more on apps from Google Play and Apple’s App Store than the Japanese. By October this year, Japan’s 127 million people were outspending America’s population of 310 million by about 10%, according to a new report from App Annie, a research firm. Per...

How to Buy Cyber Weapons From Cyber Arms Dealers

November 20, 2013 When the US Air Force designated six “cyber tools” as “weapons” in April this year, Quartz asked, “What the heck is a cyber-weapon, anyway?” The answer, we found, was vague: Any computer program meant to inflict damage could qualify. These could be developed by military, government, commercial entities or lone...