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AOL, Yahoo, Verizon, The Huffington Post – more than 25 media and technology brands including these will merge under a new unit called Oath this summer, as AOL CEO Tim Armstrong confirmed via Twitter on April 3.

What exactly is Oath?  Verizon plans to heavily-invest in Oath, and have AOL and Yahoo become sort of the ‘core’ of the unit.  AOL and Yahoo will remain AOL and Yahoo, but act underneath the Oath entity.  Basically, this is a rebranding strategy.  Telecom analyst Jeff Kagan states that “Verizon is transforming itself into a marketing company that uses its wireless assets to reach customers.”  The merger will give Verizon access to Yahoo’s users, of which 60% are mobile users.

Oath’s website states “someone snitched,” meaning the name was supposedly leaked.  The site also says their goal is to “build brands that people love.”  Now we just have to wait until summer for the true reveal.  Will you #TakeTheOath?


Android vs. Apple: Which one is for you?

Person taking a photo with a Samsung phone.

With devices in the technology market ever-changing, it’s hard to stay up-to-date on what the pros and cons of each phone are. Hopefully, these next few paragraphs will enlighten you on which system is for you.

Let’s start with Android and its advantages over competitors. Android advantages:

  • Great for multitasking; it can run many apps at the same time
  • Will always notify you – there’s always notification on home screen as well as LED blinking indicator
  • Playstore (app store) – thousands upon thousands of apps readily available, even those from third-party developers
  • Apps are also, on average, cheaper than those on iOS systems
  • Multiple phone options from various manufacturers include Samsung, HTC, Motorola, & more – and each have their own style
  • Custom ROM can be installed
  • Use of NFC for multiple things, such as cashless payments or ease of sharing images & more
  • Ease of customization for user interface
  • Prices are wide in range
  • Flexible – pairs well with many devices

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Reinventing the camera, one pair of Spectacles at a time

A social media app officially released in September of 2011 is now branching outside of the social media realm.  Originally called Picaboo, Snapchat is the second largest social networking app after Facebook.  You may or may not have heard of the company’s newest release: Snapchat Spectacles.

A model sporting a pair of Snapchat Spectacles

The spectacles are sunglasses with the addition of tiny cameras in the top two corners.  The camera lenses have a 115-degree curve and record 10-second video clips with the option to record up to three clips consecutively.  Once recording begins, the circular camera creates a ring of lights on its rim to indicate recording is in progress.  The glasses send the 10-second clips you shoot to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.  The battery in the glasses lasts about a day, while the lights on the rim of the camera act as a battery indicator.  The spectacles can be charged by putting them back in their case.  A fully-charged case can charge the glasses up to four times before needing to charge itself.

Snapchat Spectacles cost $129.99, but can only be purchased from these bright yellow vending machines called Snapbots.  Here’s another catch: Snapbots are only available at a given location for one day before they pack up and move. Luckily, Snap Inc. (as the company calls itself now) has created a website just for the spectacles where you can get hints as to where the next Snapbot pop-up will be.

You may want to check the site every 24 hours to discover a Snapbot and get yourself some Snapchat Spectacles before it is too late.



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