Review: Plantronics Backbeat 500 Headphones

Plantronics’ latest Bluetooth headphones are the affordable Backbeat 500s. These on-ear ‘phones offer comfortable fit, excellent music playback, and battery life to spare, making them an ideal everyday carry item. Here is Phone Scoop’s in-depth review.

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Motorola Solutions Acquires PTT Provider Kodiak Networks

Motorola Solutions today said it has agreed to acquire Kodiak Networks for an undisclosed sum. Motorola Solutions is the not the Lenovo-owned company behind Motorola smartphones; rather, Motorola Solutions is a separate corporation that handles first-responder and push-to-talk hardware, and wireless networking equipment. Kodiak Networks is a privately-owned company that developed PTT-over-cellular (3G, 4G) technology. Kodiak’s tech has been adopted by network operators such as AT&T, allowing modern smartphones to include PTT functionality without requiring the old iDEN-based technology used by Nextel a decade ago. Motorola Solutions said the acquisition is a good fit for its networking business and will help improve its own technology offerings. The deal is subject to traditional regulatory and closing conditions.

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YouTube Ad Boycott Could Spell Trouble for Alphabet's Google

YouTube’s inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child.

It’s not yet clear whether a recent ad boycott of YouTube will be short-lived or the start of a long-term shift away from the video service — one that could undercut Google’s growth and that of its corporate parent, Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet’s first-quarter results, released Thursday, provided few clues. Major advertisers didn’t start pulling their money from YouTube until the three-month period was nearly over.

The company’s earnings rose 29 percent to $5.4 billion while revenue climbed 22 percent to $24.8 billion. Shares surged nearly 5 percent, to $933, in Thursday’s extended trading.

Cloud Over YouTube

But the fallout from the YouTube boycott is likely to be felt through the rest of this year. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they are convinced Google can prevent their brands from appearing next to extremist clips promoting hate and violence.

“There is no entity in the world that is more risk averse than a senior marketing person,” says Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University in New York. “They don’t want to go with a media choice that presents problems for a brand, and they don’t have to because they have many other choices.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told analysts during a Thursday review of the first quarter that the company has had “thousands and thousands” of conversations with advertisers as YouTube takes steps to protect their brands. “We are evolving overall to a better place,” Pichai said.

At another point, he assured analysts that YouTube is still experiencing “extraordinary” growth without providing specifics.

Even if YouTube continues to lose advertisers, it won’t leave a huge dent in Alphabet’s earnings. That’s because marketers are expected to keep feeding the company’s golden goose — Google’s dominant…
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Awesome Fitbit Watches that Meet your Fitness Tracking Needs

Are you fond of doing various types of exercises or do you want to know your heart rate? Fitness should be fun and everything you do add up to a healthier you. This is why the Fit Bit watch was made to track all your day’s activities like steps, distance and calories burned no matter […]
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Twitter Ties Up with Bloomberg To Stream TV News

In a bid to diversify and expand, Twitter has now partnered with Bloomberg for a round-the-clock streaming television news service.

Reports stated that as per the deal, Bloomberg will produce news programming specifically for Twitter.

The programming will include a mix of live news reported from Bloomberg’s global bureaus along with videos posted by verified Twitter users – streaming around the clock.

In a statement, Bloomberg Media’s CEO, Justin Smith, said that the service would “be focused on the most important news for an intelligent audience around the globe,” saying that it would be “broader in focus than our existing network.”

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the yet unnamed channel is expected to begin operations this fall.

Over the past few quarters, Twitter’s user growth has stalled and the company has been trying to convince advertisers that it will strengthen its user base.

As part of its efforts, Twitter has updated its product offerings including live video broadcasts from its app and launched new features to attract users.

In an internal memo last October, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that one of the company’s missions was defined as being the “people’s news network.”

Over the last year, Twitter has made a push into news and sports on mobile devices.

Anthony Noto, Twitter’s COO and CFO, said that the Bloomberg deal made Twitter a viable alternative for cord cutters.

Adding, “We really think we can reach audiences that are not paying for TV and are watching television on the go and we think Bloomberg is the perfect partner for us to start with.”

The terms of the deal have not been revealed so far.

Twitter has previously worked with Bloomberg to stream 2016’s U.S. Presidential debates.
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Samsung Rolls Out Bixby Voice In Korea; U.S. Launch Still Unknown

Samsung today began distributing the Bixby Voice user interface to Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets in its home market of South Korea. Bixby was included on the S8/S8+ at launch without support for the voice functionality. For the moment, Bixby is limited to generating information cards and creating reminders. Once Bixby Voice is installed, Galaxy S8 owners will be able to talk themselves through the entire user interface of select apps, rather than just issue short commands for one-time actions. Bixby Voice fully supports 10 apps at launch, including the gallery, messages, settings, phone, contacts, weather, calculator, reminders, Bixby Vision, and the camera. Samsung says people will be able to test Bixby with 20 more apps through its Bixby Labs program. Some of those apps include Samsung Pay, Samsung Health, notes, My Files, email, and the internet browser, and third-party apps such as WhatsApp, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and YouTube. Applications still in the Bixby Labs will come to Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets over time. Samsung did not provide details concerning the U.S. launch of Bixby Voice. For now, the launch is still slated for later this spring.

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