Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

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Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

Is Twitter Going to Join the Google Family?

A new report suggests that search giant Google is in talks to by social networking platform Twitter.

According to sources speaking to CNBC, the “social media company is engaged in conversations with potential suitors that are said to include Google and Salesforce.com, among other technology companies.”

While we’re all familiar with Google through its search engine and Android operating system, Salesforce may not be as well known to consumers. But it is a giant back-end tech company, with huge cloud computing reach for businesses and customer services platforms.

From a consumer standpoint however, Google’s potential as a buyer is the most intriguing of the two rumored parties.

It’s struggled over the years to have a strong social media proposition, with Buzz canned and Google+ never hitting the heights of its competitors. Twitter on the other hand does have a large userbase, but has seemed relatively directionless in its platform updates of late, and has consistently struggled to monetise. There’s win-win potential for both parties here, should a partnership occur.

We’ve reached out for comment from Twitter regarding the rumor and will update this piece once we hear back from the company.

Source: TechRadar


Google Renounces Project Ara

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Google Renounces Project Ara

Google Renounces Project Ara

Those who were eagerly waiting for Google’s forthcoming modular Android smartphone to come to the market, might become disappointed on the latest report that Google has put an end to the most anticipated Project Ara.

Google’s Advanced Technology and Project (ATAP) division, which moved over from Motorola, previously revealed that Ara phones are going to be available soon in different sizes. But now Google has quit this project and the first-ever modular phone is not going to see the daylight.

However, Google was always unsure about its Project Ara but the news came as a surprise as we saw Google putting its efforts to push the project forward earlier this year at I/O conference. They also promised a developer version later this year and a consumer device to be released next year at the conference.

If Google would not have closed Project Ara, it would have been the first Google self-build device. The rumours also tell us that the Google’s Nexus branding might also morph into Pixel branding. Announced three years back by Motorola, Project Ara was handled by Google’s Advanced Technology and Project Group, but it seems that they have also laid down their weapons.

Source: TechVoize


The New GoPro Karma May be the Most Versatile Drone Yet

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The New GoPro Karma Looks Like the Most Versatile Drone Yet

The New GoPro Karma Looks Like the Most Versatile Drone Yet

GoPro just announced its long-awaited flying camera platform: Karma. The folding drone comes in a backpack and features a removable stabilizer as well as a simple controller with a built-in display. It all costs $800 and will be available in a month.

Nick Woodman, the founder and CEO of GoPro, made a big deal out of the Karma’s portability and versatility at an announcement event on Monday. “It’s so much more than a drone,” Woodman said approximately 3,427 times. He’s not lying either.

The Karma itself is actually two devices: a flying camera and a stabilizer that can be removed from the quadcopter body and used as a steady grip. The stabilizer also attaches to existing GoPro mounts so you could strap it to your chest, go mountain-biking, and walk away with nice stable footage.

What seems most innovative about the Karma, however, is the controller set up. Unlike the popular DJI Phantom, you don’t need a smartphone to operate the Karma. The small-ish, clamshell-shaped controller features a touchscreen that will show you what the camera is seeing and handle all of the settings in one place.

GoPro also built something called the Passenger app that effectively lets a second person control the camera while the pilot flies. Anyone who’s ever tried to capture the very best drone video while also trying not to crash the damn thing into a tree will understand how cool it would be to have a dedicated camera operator.

GoPro didn’t go into too much detail about the various autonomous flight options, but it looks like they do exist. Pre-programmed options like a Dronie or an Orbit take just a couple of taps on the touchscreen display. It’s unclear if there’s a Follow Me function—although it would be insane if GoPro didn’t offer this to its adventure-loving customer base.

The Karma will work with the new GoPro Hero 5 Black, the Hero 5 Session, as well as the Hero 4 and Hero 3. That $800 price tag only covers the cost of the Karma, controller, and backpack. GoPro is offering an $1,100 option with the Hero 5 Black bundled with the drone or a $1,000 option with the Hero 5 Session. That price point makes it a few hundred dollars cheaper than a Phantom 4 and about the same price as the Yuneec Typhoon H, which features six rotors, retractable landing gear, and a 4K camera.

It seems obvious that GoPro is hoping that the versatility of the Karma system will make it stand out in the increasingly crowded drone market. The portability of a folding drone—DJI is rumored to be releasing its own next week—should play well with the action cam crowd. The built-in stabilizer—Yuneec released a similar product with the launch of the Typoon Q500 two years ago—provides some nice added value. And that controller does look beautifully simple.

Of course, whether the Karma lives up to GoPro’s lofty promises remains to be seen. The drone starts shipping on October 23, and we plan to stress test the hell out of it. If it’s as versatile as it sounds, GoPro might just have a new hit on its hands.

Source: Gizmodo


Pokémon Go Plus accessory goes on sale September 16th

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Pokémon Go players will have their choice of accessories soon, since the $35 Pokémon Go Plus accessory will be available September 16th “in most countries.” Earlier today the game’s makers reported over 500 million downloads and announced a way to play using the Apple Watch. Now, Niantic says this $35 device will make playing possible “without having to look at your screen all the time.” It links to your phone with Bluetooth Low Energy, letting players collect items from nearby Pokéstops or catch Pokémon with the press of a button.

The companion device was announced nearly a year ago along with the game, however it has been delayed in order to make it work better with the game. The big question is if adding on a $35 device that makes catching monsters (apparently) as easy as just pressing a button when it lights up will ruin the game for both casual and hardcore players. Despite those massive install numbers, the number of active players has clearly dropped since the hype peaked this summer. Now, we wait and see if adding dedicated hardware to the mix will keep players invested or drive them away just as weather in the US gets colder and gyms are harder to get to.

Source: Engadget