Facebook Video Views Hit 8 Billion Daily

What is this?

Facebook has now reached a new milestone. Daily video views on the social media site now averages 8 billion daily. That’s twice the number watched daily as of April of this year. This was announced by Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg during his company’s quarterly earning’s call with investors.

Facebook has 1.55 billion active monthly users counts 3 seconds as a video view as opposed to Youtube’s 30 seconds.

 

Why is this important?

This announcement can make Facebook a top competitor to Google’s Youtube when it comes to digital advertising. Video advertising generates more money for Internet giants compared to text or banner advertisements.

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Activision Buys Candy Crush For $5.9 Billion

What is this?

Activision, the video game publisher known for its brainchild Call of Duty purchases Candy Crush developer King for $5.9 billion. The deal is reportedly all cash.

It still has to go through approval in Ireland, where King is based, but it is expected to be all sorted out by spring of 2016.

 

Why is this important?

Candy Crush is one of the most lucrative and successful games in the mobile industry earning some $1.33 billion in revenues in 2014 according to a King financial statement.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said,

The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment. With a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before.

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Be In “the Know”

What is this?

The App, Peeple stirred controversy a few months back and it now has met its match with The Know app.

The Know app lets users anonymously connect people to strangers who want to talk about a person they mutually know. It allows you to see who your romantic interest is seeing on the side.

To start, all you need to do is give some personal information about the person you want to talk about. This can be their name, age, address, height, hair color, ethnicity, and even a photo. But the photo is the only thing that will be private.

Once The Know has found you a match, you can see what they have written about their relationship with the person and strike up a conversation if you need to know more.

 

Why is this important?

Apps that let users remain anonymous have always been a melting pot for cyber bullying and mudslinging so this app has to prove itself that its different from others and is merely designed to somehow alleviate deceit and cheating.

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Lean App: From Live Photos To Not Live

What is this?

Live Photos feature is the newest feature of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. Users who are avid fans of photography are the first ones to feel ecstatic when this news broke but there’s a downside.

Live Photos can actually take up more storage space in your device. But a new app which has recently launched in the iOS store called Lean, is designed to help that issue. It strips out the video portion of the Live photo and leaves just the image.

When you open the App, you are shown all the Live photos that you have taken. The user can then choose from the Live photos on which one you’d like to turn into a regular image. After confirming, the Live photo is deleted and the image retains.

 

Why is this important?

Being able to take Live photos is one of the factors why the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are selling like hotcakes. But to those who’d still like to have some options to not permanently delete some of the Live photos, this App is surely helpful and is one of a kind.

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Say Hello To Doorman

What is this?

Online shopping has made it possible to order anything in the comfort of your home. But one problem tech has not solved is making sure that you actually get what you ordered.

Doorman, a startup that began operations in San Francisco in 2013 aims to fix that. With Doorman, online retailers can ship your items to a “personal address” that is actually a space in Doorman’s warehouse. Users are alerted through the Doorman app via push notifications. You can then set a schedule to deliver your packages whenever works for you from 6 pm to midnight.

The service costs $3.99 per package, or you can pay $29.00 for a monthly sunscription.

Why is this important?

Online shoppers can at least now feel safe everytime they order something through this new addition in the ever expanding world of technology.

This is in time for the holiday season which is fast approaching so this is a very promising idea.

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The Solid App

What is this?

The Solid App is a meeting management app that allows users to prepare for meetings. It also helps organise the flow of meetings and post-meeting follow-ups.

The app lets users sign in with any email account and create personalised calendars settings. This ensures that each user is setting goals and has the ability to easily track these goals. In addition to personal calendars that can work on daily, weekly, monthly and annual schedules, there is also a feature that will outline individual meetings too.

 

Why is this important?

“Most of the time, people don’t prepare for meetings, and there is no meeting report from the last one,” David said. How do you automate meetings? First, you sign up using your Google or Office 365 account. Solid will fetch all your meetings from your calendar. Other events in your calendar will be ignored.

The app is currently a free public beta. The company is working on an IOS app.

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Instagram Launches Boomerang

What is this?

Instagram just announced a new app called Boomerang which lets users create looping videos that are just one second long. The Facebook-owned app announced last Thursday.

The app basically takes a burst of photos that can be stitched together to create a one-second long video that can be shared on Facebook and Instagram. It can let users play the videos backwards and forward.

 

Why is this important?

This is another milestone in Instagram’s already impressive reputation in the mobile social networking industry. With this new app, users will have more reasons to enjoy using and integrating videos using the said app.

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Samsung To Release Pink Gold Phone

What is this?

Samsung is adding two new color options for its Galaxy Note 5 and they are Silver Titanium and Pink Gold.

The Pink Gold option can give iPhone 6S Plus’ Rose Gold version a run for its money for it appears to be a little bit brighter aesthetically.

Both colour options will go on sale in South Korea on October 23 at $850.00 with 64 GB of internal storage. The Silver Titanium model will also be available with 32 GB of internal storage for $800.00

 

Why is this important?

This situation is quite similar to what happened in 2013, when Apple introduced the gold iPhone 5s. After which Samsung announced a gold galaxy S4.

We will see if this move will create fodder among mobile enthusiasts.

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Wove: A Bendable Smartwatch

What is this?

Wove is the first product from from flexible electronic company Polyera. It functions like a smartwatch but it has some cool features and that includes curving it and bending it.

Phil Inagaki co-founded Polyera about ten years ago but invented Wove more than two and a half years back.  The band is made possible by Polyera’s patented digital fabric technology, a proprietary flexible electronics platform the company has been using to develop flexible transistors and displays since the company’s beginnings.

 

Why is this important?

Wove is one of the first bendable touchscreen displays and if consumers find it worth using, it could open up new ways to make electronics as flexible and as bendable as this.

Polyera has yet to announce the pricing options for this band. But it will be significantly lesser that the Apple Smart watch.

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Doctolib (Booking Platform For Doctors) Raises $20 Million

What is this?

French tech startup Doctolib has just been funded $20 million during a Series B Round from Accel and other angel investors. Doctolib is the best platform for booking doctor appointments in France. With its recent funding, the startup plans to expand its services in other European counterparts.

“Our goal is to consolidate our leading position in France and expand to other European countries,” co-founder and CEO Stanislas Niox-Chateau told me. “We started 18 months ago, and we now have 5,000 doctors using our platform every day in order to manage their bookings. We have around a hundred clinics. And we get 2 million monthly unique visitors. When it comes to traction, we are adding 600 doctors per month, and we plan to double this number in the coming weeks.”

 

Why is this important?

Doctolib is the leading platform in Europe for booking medical professionals and this huge seed funding can greatly boost its performance by expanding in key countries all over Europe and perhaps in the global arena in the foreseeable future.

Its main competitor is Zocdoc which is mainly operational in the US.

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