The World Cup has been great for Facebook, because members are discussing the soccer tournament using the social media website more than the Super Bowl, Sochi Olympics and Academy Awards combined. So far, more than 141 million users have "liked," commented or shared posts/photos about the soccer tournament, Facebook said.
The 2014 Super Bowl had 50 million Facebook users engaged, and the Sochi Olympics saw 45 million people, while the Oscars garnered attention from 11.3 million. However, Facebook wants to keep users engaged with as much content during the World Cup, using its platform to deliver news and real-time conversations among users.
"We always see a large level of conversation on Facebook around big sporting events," said Justin Osofsky, Facebook VP of global operations and media partnerships. "But what we're witnessing around the World Cup has been extraordinary."
The U.S. military uses unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for training, reconnaissance and coordinated strikes, but there is something that is often overlooked: when these large aircraft spiral out of control and slam into the ground. There have been at least 400 military drone crashes since 2001, according to a Washington Post report.
Acquiring data through the Freedom of Information Act, drones typically crash due to mechanical issues, human mistake, or rough weather, among other reasons. The published report comes at a critical time, when the federal government wants to allow drones to fly in the same airspace as commercial aircraft.
"Flying is inherently a dangerous activity," said Dyke Weatherington, Pentagon director of unmanned warfare, in a statement. "You don't have to look very far, unfortunately, to see examples of that. I can look you square in the eye and say, absolutely, the [Defense Department] has got an exceptional safety record on this and we're getting better every day."
Mobile app Yo, which only allows members to say "Yo" to one another, was recently hacked, company officials confirmed. Even if users try to delete the app from their devices, user personal information is now located on the company's databases.
"Some of the issues have been fixed and we are still working on the others," said Or Arbel, Yo founder, in a statement. "I cannot reveal any information about the hacks to prevent misuse of this information. We brought in a specialist security team to deal with the issues, and we are taking this very seriously."
Students from Georgia Tech reportedly contacted Arbel about the breach, and received a phone call in return. The students claim they can snag phone numbers and spoof Yo's from other users, along with spamming other users. Other people have reported rather lax security protocols by the mobile app, and that should now be improved by the company.
Say the name Intel to a handful of people and the thing that comes to mind for most of them will be computer processors, but that's not all Intel is about. A good example is a new chat app that Intel has unveiled called Pocket Avatars. The app is a video chat service for mobile users that uses cartoon avatars to relay your facial expressions, and is available on Android and iOS.
Pocket Avatars uses the front camera on your smartphone to record a message, and it then combines the voice and facial expressions with one of 40 characters making it look like the character is delivering your message.
Apple has been talking up the next version of iOS for its mobile devices and one of the new features that will and in that versions of iOS is City Tours. A City Tour is a guided camera Flyover view of a city and major attraction in the area.
Only a few cities are currently supported for City Tours, but that number will likely grow in the future. For now, the cities included in the City Tour feature include Rome, Stockholm, Barcelona, New York, Paris, Glasgow, Cape Town, Perth, Bordeaux and San Francisco. At least, those are the cities that have been unearthed in the beta of the new OS.
Google is always out to buy companies that have tech it wants. Sometimes it also wanted the people behind the company it is buying to add them to its own pool of talent. Google recently purchased a startup called Alpental Technologies and not much is known about the startup at this time.
What we do know is that Alpental is led by some former researchers from Clearwire, Pete Gelbman and Mike Hart. Both of these people worked on wireless technologies for Clearwire.
One of the biggest Apple rumors that has been going around in the last year or so is the smartwatch rumor. A new rumor about the smartwatch has turned up with a source claiming that Apple will begin mass production of the smartwatch in July.
Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Quanta is said to be the company that will produce the smartwatch for Apple. Smartwatches have proven to be a hot category for many technology fans and so far, we have no official word from Apple on what its watch will feature, but there are plenty of rumors.
How do you fight the Steam Summer Sales if you're EA? Well, you offer one of your biggest games of the year on a 48-hour trial - that's right, Titanfall is free right now for a 48-hour timeframe, or "Game Time". This means you get to play the game for 48 hours as a 'trial' and if you end up liking it, you can buy it.
All you have to do is log-in to Origin, and download the (albeit massive game weighing in at 48GB) game. Over on Origin's blog, EA explains: "We're launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don't see it available yet in your territory, you will soon. Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they're available to download".
Chelsea Handler is a talk show host that has been hosting the Chelsea Lately talk show on E! for a long time, but her show is ending this August on that network. After her time on E! is done, Handler will move to streaming service Netflix where she will be part of a multi-tiered deal for content on the streaming network.
Handler will host a talk show for Netflix with the show format to be decided on later. Along with the talk show, she will also be filming a standup comedy special based on her current "Uganda Be Kidding Me" tour that is to be taped on June 20.
After AT&T was unable to get the regulatory approval needed to purchase T-Mobile a few years back and loosing big money in the process, the odds of Sprint being able to seal the deal seem slight. That isn't stopping T-Mobile and Sprint from moving forward with their plans to merge.
Sprint has reportedly secured $40 billion in funding to purchase T-Mobile resulting in the third and fourth largest networks in the country becoming one. Sprint reportedly had talks with eight banks to secure the money needed for the deal. Sprint also had to get funding of around $20 billion from Japanese bank SoftBank and another $20 billion to refinance existing T-Mobile debt.