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Twitter Buys Snappy TV

Who would have thought that TV viewing would ever be more social? Twitter is looking to do just that by agreeing to purchase Snappy TV, which is a San Francisco based video sharing startup. The move seems to be the second step towards Twitter’s ambitions of making its way in to what it calls “Social TV”, the first being it’s unveiling of the Vine app last year. Some of the clients of Snappy TV includes Fox Sports, Universal Sports and ABC News just to name a few. Snappy TV is already being used by various media companies to post sports updates and other videos on Twitter. This deal will allow Twitter to make videos a big part of its service, which is something it’s been wanting to do for some time now. Both parties have so far been tightlipped about the purchase price.

Google and Microsoft Phones to Provide a ‘Kill Switch’

Since technology is spreading, few would disagree that Smartphone theft still remains a sad reality, and the recent numbers have only shown that there are more likely to increase. Keeping that in mind, two titans of the tech world, Google and Microsoft recently announced that their future Smartphone models will feature a kill switch, which will enable the user to disable their Smartphone, making it useless to the thief. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, also said that with companies like Google and Microsoft on board, almost 95% of Smartphones will feature kill switches. The latest version of the Apple iOS does have a kill switch called “Activation Lock” along with a tracking software which requires a password before the iPhone or iPad can be reset. Samsung also launched a similar feature called the “Reactivation Lock” in May.

While many are calling it a marginal improvement at keeping Smartphone theft at bay, there are those who think that the Government’s involvement will take us to an Orwellian scenario, with companies who are offering contract phones in a position to brick a phone just to punish either a disloyal customer or after a two-year service contract is ended. While there will be obvious financial incentives for network carriers, adding a kill switch could be the deterrent Smartphone theft needs. Whether it will work or not? We’ll just have to wait and see.

The App which Encourages “Yo-ing”

Yo is a new messaging app which looks to change the way we send texts via our phone. The app was developed by a Tel-Aviv based entrepreneur who obviously thinks that 140 characters are too much to handle. Since the word ‘Yo” can mean anything to anyone, you can use the app to say almost anything you want, except maybe, order a pizza. But, can you really call it a message app when you aren’t able to type any message?


So, there you have it, the top news stories of our technology news portal, which did not get the attention they deserved.

Source by Moe Tarhini

The Google Nexus 6 In The Latest Smartphone News

The Nexus 6 By Google And More In The Latest Smartphone News

The Google Nexus 6 Is Breathtaking

It was October 2014 that Google released the Nexus 6 smartphone. At the time, it seems curious to challenge the iPhone 6, and it’s bigger sister the iPhone 6 Plus. Google hopes to challenge Apple in the marketplace, and to steal their headlines with the recent iPhone releases.

We are always diligent about our research of all the best new smartphones in order to help you find the best fit for you. This review takes a look at the new Google Nexus 6 smartphone, and our review may be a little surprising.

Here’s Everything We Know Already

Produced by Motorola the Google Nexus 6 smartphone comes with a huge 6-inch screen meaning that it is barely (less than an inch) smaller than the nearest tablet.

What this phone lacks in compression, it makes up for with top-class resolution to watch all your videos and pictures. With a 1440 x 2560 resolution along with a 13-megapixel camera, you’ll take breathtaking pictures and view video in stunning definition.

The Nexus 6 can be purchased contract-free (unlocked) for $649, and this amount may be a little shocking to users familiar with the Google brand. This price point causes it to be the costliest of Google’s phones.

If a cheap smartphone is what you’re looking for, you may want to get a standard 2-year service agreement. This contract will price the Nexus 6 at $349 available with all of the chief carriers from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Sprint.

This move is clearly a ploy by Google to expand its market access and deviates from its conventional model of only releasing their smartphones on Google Play store and serviced by T-Mobile.

By putting the Nexus 6 into more carriers, clearly their hope is that it will help Google expand its market share of the smartphone business.

What This All Means To The Smartphone Market

With the recent releases of Apple’s iPhone 6, the Samsung Note 4, the larger iPhone 6 Plus and now the Google Nexus 6, there’s a number of outstanding options for future smartphone purchase.

This marketplace saturation also indicates that come the holiday shopping season; you’ll find some outstanding deals on all the best new smartphones. So if you’re looking to acquire a new cheap phone or in search of the best new one, then you should be able to find exactly what you need easily.

Whereas the Nexus 6 is an outstanding new phone, it’s introduction into the market will mean that there are numerous deals on a cheap phone if you know how, and where, to contemplate.

As mentioned in the article earlier, the biggest advantage of all these new phones on the market will be furious sales and deals. With the upcoming holiday shopping season, you should be able to locate a great cheap smartphone easily.

By waiting for these holiday deals, you’ll find a great phone at ridiculous prices that will perfectly suit your needs. From finding Black Friday deals to Cyber-Monday steals, there will be prices much cheaper than those publicized now. But you’ll have to wait a couple months, and as it’s said, good things come to those who wait.

It’s never been a better time to purchase a new or cheap phone and there are a number of online stores to help you locate the best prices. So check out phones on Amazon, inside the Google Play store or Best Buy among others to find your next holiday shopping deal.

Source by David P Throop