Archive for February, 2015

Snapchat’s new music feature is more important than it seems

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Snapchat strategy is to differentiate itself from others

#SnapChat #Vine


Snapchat now lets you add music tracks to your snap videos on iPhones.

You can simultaneously run audio apps, like Pandora and iTunes, while taping Snapchat video at the same time. The recording won’t stop, and as a result it will capture the songs you’re playing on the phone in a clear, crisp way. The update explains why Snapchat recently banned Mindie, an app that allows you to make mini music videos by adding audio to video.

It’s a minor feature change but its implications are bigger than they seem. For one thing, by adding this editing option, Snapchat seems to be wooing social media stars. Given that major Vine celebrities like Jerome Jarre have left the app to focus on Snapchat, I can’t help but wonder if they’re the ones who were asking for this feature.

The other significance of Snapchat’s new music feature is what it says about the company’s direction. We know based on…

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Facebook new ads reveal Facebook think only them can connect you to the outside world

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Facebook released 2 new commercials today in a PR campaign oriented on 2 fronts: The first one is the expansion of the network, visibly by what we

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HTC doesn’t need Google for its first wearable

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The wearable frenzy: HTC turning its back to Google
#wearable #google #htc


HTC wearable-related interests have been detailed in various reports in the past year, but the rumors failed to materialize, as the Taiwanese company postponed the launch of its first such device. However, HTC might be closer than ever to launching a first smartwatch or smartband device, that’ll compete directly against the Apple Watch, and all the other similar devices available in stores, or about to be released. But HTC isn’t going to use Android Wear for this first device, @upleaks revealed, as the company is apparently interested in making it compatible both with Android and iOS handsets.

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Google Glass Is Being Trialled At European Airport

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

I wish they would still sell them
#googleglass #google


One of Europe’s busiest airports, Amsterdam’s Schiphol hub in the Netherlands, is trialling Google Glass for use by airport authority officers as a hands-free way to look up gate and airplane information.

It’s also testing Google’s face computer on travelers passing through the terminal in a bid to better understand the ‘customer journey’, thanks to Glass’ first person perspective.

It’s more proof, if proof were needed, that Google Glass is another Segway — i.e. a technology not destined for the mass market, but for niche industrial and service industry applications. (Related: the Royal Military Constabulary at Schiphol sometimes gets around on Segways.)

Google has pulled back on ‘Glass for the masses’ — at least for now. It shuttered its Glass Explorer program last month. Although far from killing off Glass, it has handed the project to Nest’s Tony Fadell to oversee. Glass lives, as a standalone division within Google that’s yet to prove its worth — but…

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Taboola gets $117M in funding to build a Google Now for content

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Taboola clinches deal to build content providing platform
#taboola #content


If you’re familiar with the name Taboola, you probably associate it with those “from the web” or “recommended for you” modules that show up on dozens of different sites, from The Atlantic to the Weather Channel — the ones that link to posts with titles like “10 Hot Celebrities With Ugly Spouses.” But Taboola wants to be much more than just a click-farm, and it announced Tuesday that it has closed a $117-million financing round it hopes will help it become a recommendation engine for all kinds of content.

In contrast to some of Taboola’s rather low-rent content recommendations, the funding round was led by the well-respected Wall Street research firm Fidelity Management, and included private venture funds such as Steadfast Capital, as well as Comcast Ventures, Advance Publications (the parent company of magazine group Conde Nast), Groupe Arnault — controlling shareholder of luxury-brand holding company LVMH — and Yahoo…

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Samsung Edits Orwellian Clause Out Of TV Privacy Policy

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The living room becoming problematic. Soon, your whole house.
#Samsung #smartTV #Orwell


Following a storm of criticism relating to a creepy-sounding privacy policy covering its smart TVs, Samsung has today published a rebuttal and a more detailed explanation of the workings of its under-fire voice recognition feature. It has also edited the wording of its privacy policy to avoid sounding quite so eerily similar to George Orwell’s 1984 dystopia.

The original policy, which has been in place for some months, warned users of Samsung’s Internet-connected TVs:

Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.

Which sounded very much as if Samsung were asking its customers to self-censor their conversations when sitting in front of their own TVs in their own homes. An impression that was compounded by the lack of clarity about how exactly Samsung’s voice-recognition feature worked — in terms of when and how it is switched into…

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Meet The 9-Year-Old Who Rang The Opening Bell For Twitter’s IPO

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

Almost a year and a half ago already ahead of half halted asshole appointed economy! $TWTR #twitter


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Before Twitter stock started trading this morning, journalists assumed that we’d see the company’s founders and/or executives ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. And indeed, there were excited whispers as we spotted folks like Dick Costolo and Biz Stone on the floor.

But the figures who actually took the stage weren’t immediately recognizable. Finally, someone asked, “Is … is that Patrick Stewart?”

Yes, it was the captain of the Enterprise-D, along with Cheryl Fiandaca of the Boston Police Department and Vivienne Harr, the 9-year-old girl behind the anti-child slavery initiative Make A Stand. Twitter, apparently, was using the opportunity to highlight some of its high-profile users.

After the bell rang, and as we waited for the opening price and first trades, I interviewed Harr and Fiandaca about their experience ringing the bell and with Twitter.

“Today, we rang…

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so 2015 is coming up

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

2015 is right here so hang up to your teeth shit could hit the fan


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