It's been obvious for some time that Twitter sees television as a major way in which it can participate in, drive, and profit from the broader cultural conversation. It's about to become an even more useful tool, thanks to a number of new partners signing up for Twitter and Comcast's See It platform.
Announced earlier this year, See It essentially lets you use Twitter conversations to record or turn on television shows. If NBC's The Voice tweets, for example, users will be presented with a "See It" button immediately below the tweet. Clicking that will forward them to their web browser, where they'll have the ability to record the episode, set a reminder for when it's coming on, watch the program on their mobile device, or flip their cable box to the channel in question. It's a way of taking a little friction out of the process, turning Twitter into an ad-hoc remote control in the process. Read more Tweet
Spotify announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its free streaming option to all devices. This means non-paying users can listen to individual tracks and albums of their choice using the Spotify app for iOS and Android tablets. The announcement, which was previously rumored, Read more Tweet
Mobile messaging service Nimbuzz is introducing a new ‘search and share’ feature that lets users exchange videos, movies, restaurants, places, events and other kinds of content without leaving its app.
The new feature — which is powered by Sprylogic’s Poynt service — takes Nimbuzz’s 200 million registered users beyond voice and text messaging via a simple gesture-based system that is integrated into the chat conversation window. The feature allows users to pull up a search window from their conversation, which then provides results and further details that can be shared with the friend they are talking to. This certainly takes some of the pain out of copying and pasting links or posting screenshots to chat windows, and it will be interesting to see if Nimbuzz extends the content to other categories. Read more Tweet
Home renovation is a long, expensive and drawn-out pain in the butt. That’s a well-regarded sentiment, any way you spin it. In 2009, husband-wife team Alon Cohen and Adi Tatarko decided to remedy the problem when they had trouble remodeling their decades-old ranch-style home. They felt there was a huge absence of eloquent and straightforward outlets to both properly express their home Read more Tweet
It looks like Facebook will end the year on a high note. Facebook will join the Standard and Poor's 100 and 500, blue chip indices that serve as a benchmark for the economy, on Dec. 20. The news, which was announced by the S&P late Wednesday, sent Facebook's stock up as much as nearly 5% in after hours trading as the S&P comes with a built-in base Read more Tweet
The articles you read in the future could be published through voice command or even a pair of eyes.
Google Glass users will now have access to a plugin app that works with the WordPress publishing platform, giving media organizations and bloggers a way to post and update stories, photos and videos directly through the high-tech eyewear. Read more Tweet
Twitter has announced an update to its apps for iOS and Android as well as TweetDeck for Web, Chrome and PC (and Mac soon) that bring a renewed focus on direct messaging. The app now features a direct link to Direct Messages in the tab bar and allows you to send photos inside DMs for the first time.
This major redesign has been in the works for a while, and today marks the first time we’ve seen most of these elements all in one place. Twitter has been testing a variety of these features over the past few weeks, but now they’re all packaged together. Read more Tweet