We read the technology and Internet related news so that you don’t have to. This month’s list highlights the news that were the most eye-catching ones to us. We hope you enjoy these and don’t feel shy to share your views on what technology and internet related news caught your eye.
1. Yahoo Acquires Tumblr, Promises ‘Not to Screw It Up': The speculation is over. Yahoo has acquired Tumblr, according to official statements from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Tumblr CEO and Founder David Karp. In a press release, Yahoo promises it will not “screw up” the popular microblogging service. [Read More]
2. Snapchat Accounts for More Photo Shares than Instagram as Pic Sharing Set to Double in 2013: Photo uploading and sharing is growing at an incredible pace, according to data shared by KPCB’s Mary Meeker in the Internet Trends report she presented on stage at D11.
Facebook still accounts for the lion’s share of social photo activity, according to data shared in one slide of the Internet Trends report, but its growth is being supplemented more and more by activity on Instagram, and, to a remarkable degree, on Snapchat. The Snapchat growth is especially surprising, as activity on the semi-private network has easily surpassed that of Instagram in the past two years, and looks on pace to at least double every two months based on past trends. [Read More]
3. BBM Will Soon be Available for iOS and Android Devices: One of the main reasons that Blackberry users find it difficult to switch loyalties is moving away from the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), but all that will change this year. At the BlackBerry Live 2013 event that was held in Orlando, the company announced a free BBM app that will soon come to the iOS and Android platforms. [Read More]
4. Biggest News from the Google I/O 2013: Google held the annual Google I/O developer’s conference, we’ve got the highlights for you. The big headliners: a new single-button Google Checkout system, a way to play a game where multiple tablets and phones connect to form one big touchscreen, the “All Access” music service that Google hope will rival Spotify, an app store for education, brand new Google+ features, and some big improvements to search. [Read More]
5. As TV Falls Apart, Tumblr and Twitter Aim to Pick Up the Pieces: For years, it’s been said that Internet use would cut into the time U.S. consumers spend watching television. Today, in the US those premonitions are beginning to reach the tipping point. TV ratings have dropped by 50 percent over the last decade. Goldman Sachs recently called the decline “the sharpest pace on record.” The writing has been on the wall for some time. Back in 2004, for example, studies indicated that television viewing would be one of the first leisure activities to be hit by Internet use and online socializing. [Read More]
6. Microsoft Releases Details on the New Windows 8: Microsoft announced the new Windows 8 and detailed a slew of changes set to be introduced in the system’s upcoming 8.1 update. Most notable is the re-introduction of the iconic Start button. Other new features include the ability to better customize the Start screen with new colors, wallpaper and more tile sizes. Internet Explorer 11 is also now included as standard. [Read More]
7. Razer Unwraps Sharp New Blade: The world is going mobile, but for serious gamers, playing on a tablet or smartphone doesn’t really scratch the itch. Lugging around a laptop that packs the power needed for hardcore play has been the only portable option — up to now. “We’ve stuffed the power of [a typical gaming machine] into a form factor thinner than a standing dime,” said Razer spokesperson Kevin Scarpati. [Read More]
8. Star Trek’s Tricorder Becomes Reality with Scanadu’s Scout: If you’ve been longing for the day you can just scan your body at home to find out what’s wrong when you’re sick rather than head to the ER — your day is here. Meet Scout, a device that can monitor and track your vital signs, temperature, ECG, heart rate, oximetry and stress by just holding it up to your forehead for 10 seconds. [Read More]
9. Microsoft’s Xbox One: The details: Microsoft has unveiled the new Xbox, and it’s called Xbox One. It’s Microsoft’s first new console in more than seven years. Here’s what you need to know in regards to its design, specs, home entertainment feature, new controller, smart glass, Xbox live, games and TV on Xbox feature. [Read More]
10. Wi-Fi Network Breaks Speed Record: Think your network is fast? Getting a gigagbyte-sized movie over your local wireless network to your hard drive in a few seconds is old hat. Now there’s a network that claims it can push a 2-hour, high-definition movie to a computer a mile away in less time than it takes to read a single word. [Read More]