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Are We Going Into A Tech Bubble?

With over-valuing startups and lots of money being thrown around in the technology sector, many may fear that we are close to a tech bubble that could burst. Excitement around startups and new technologies have made decisions easier for venture capitalists and investors to put their money into future technology.

Can we really say we are in tech bubble? The signs are showing that if we are then it is very different to the last one in 2000. With the success of Instagram which Facebook bought for $1biilion, it shows that some areas of the tech world are succeeding and are not showing signs of slowing down. With Instagram and Facebook now generating healthy revenues, the view of over-inflating are far from the reality. Snapchat, the photo sharing application which reportedly turned down a $3billion offer from Facebook, is growing well and its value would be several times higher today. These are some signs that the technology sector isn’t being over-inflated but showing genuine signs of growth.

On the other hand there have been some examples where some acquisitions have had a negative impact to the industry. Google paid $12.5billion for Motorola which then saw it be sold to Lenova for a much lower value ($3billion). Anticipating growth and competing with tech giants doesn’t also work through acquisitions. Back in 2011, Rupert Murdoch sold the popular social network, MySpace for $35million, only 6% of what News Corp had initially purchased it for. These examples show signs that gambling of short-term success may not get you far.

Overall, my verdict would be that if we are in a tech bubble and in a world of over-inflating acquisitions, then it is very different to the tech bubble which burst in 2000. Some areas of the industry are showing real optimism, whereas other areas are being gambled upon with no realistic long-term growth.

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Technology is a lifeline for Syrian refugees

Your smartphone may be a necessity. To the Syrian refugees, they are a lifeline.

The Syrian migrants that are fleeing their homeland for a better and safer life in Europe are facing a difficult task to find security and comfort for their families. One place where they have assistance is with the use of technology. The refugees have been using mapping, social media and messaging applications to aid their journey out of Syria through to safer European countries. The migrants use their smartphones as a lifeline to help them on their travels and even find suitable accommodation.

Keeping in Touch

The refugees have been using free messaging tools such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber to keep in touch with their families back home. The migrants have been contacting their loved ones to tell them that they are safe and informing them of their next destination. Social media and messaging applications are a vital source for the refugees to communicate with each other, but more importantly to let their families back home know that they are safe.

Getting around

Mapping services such as Google Maps are constantly used by the refugees to help them navigate. The migrants get all their directions from these services to help them reach safer countries such as Austria, Hungary and Germany and move further away from the troubles in Syria. Their smartphones are vital for them to travel through these countries.

Finding Accommodation

Germany has created a service called Refugees Welcome, which is an ‘AirBnB’ type service to help refugees find accommodation within the country. AirBnB is commonly used to help travellers find great accommodation all around the world. Refugees Welcome is a great platform which allows residents to list spare rooms within the country and allows refugees to find suitable accommodation for themselves.

Technology is playing a big part in helping the Syrian refugees and migrants communicate, navigate and finding suitable accommodation whilst escaping the troubles in their native country. Smartphones are not a luxury, they are a lifeline…

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Facebook launch Skype video chat

Skype and Facebook team up to create video calling

Facebook have announced that they are bringing video chat to the social network giant, in conjunction with Skype. All of Facebook’s 750 million users will not only be able to chat with their friends, but now be able to see them wherever they are in the world. This is the main feature Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, announced yesterday along with a redesigned chat window and creating group chats.

The key features of Facebook’s video chat are:

  • On your friend’s profile page, you will now see an option to call your friend

  • If your friend is not online, or doesn’t answer, you can leave a video message for them

  • Just like Skype video chats, your video doesn’t begin until both have accepted the call

These are some of the key features of the Facebook Skype video chat. I feel this will be a massive success as it combines a great service such as Skype with the biggest social network on the web. With over 750 million users, I feel people will be using it all the time and loving it. However, this maybe bad news for Google+. A feature within Google+ called ‘Hangouts’ is a video chat service that enables users to video call their friends on Google+. I feel this service will suffer because Facebook already have many users and combing it with Skype will surely blow Google+’s Hangouts out of the water.

Below is the official ‘Facebook Video Chat’ video:

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Facebook Video Calling

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What is BeKnown?

Monster’s application within Facebook

Whilst watching The Social Recruiting Conference on Thursday via Ustream, I came across Monster’s new application built right into Facebook. One of the BeKnown creators gave a presentation on what it is, and how people can use it. Monster is one the largest job websites, where user’s can search for job opportunities and recruiters can advertise roles.

What is it?

1. BeKnown is creating a professional network within Facebook to ensure you enhance your career opportunities. With Facebook having about 750 million active users, it creates a lot more opportunities with a lot more people, compared to other networks such as LinkedIn.

2. You create a profile within Facebook and it can be completely different to your Facebook profile page. This will ensure people don’t see certain photos or information about you. You can share whatever you like, and only people you want to see you profile can do so. This ensures that the security barriers are easier to overcome.

3. A great referral system to ensure rewards are transferred securely between each parties. Telling somebody about a job and referring them ensures you get a reward, which is a great incentive. Referrals are more likely to occur within BeKnown as the 750 million Facebook users can access it, therefore share more opportunities.

4. You can import information from LinkedIn and other networks, to ensure you profile is professional and clear to what you are looking for and what is available.

These are the key features of BeKnown. It looks like an exciting career networking tool. With 750 million users on Facebook, the audience is enormous to search for jobs and opportunities. I feel BeKnown will start off slowly as users are already used to professional networks such as LinkedIn. However, I feel with more interaction with Facebook, I think BeKnown will begin to be very successful for job seekers and recruiters. The user interface will be instantly recognisable because it is built right into Facebook.

Want to join?

Click on the below link to find details on how to join BeKnown:

BeKnown

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Google+ : What’s it all about?

Google unveil new Social Network

Google have unveiled their new social network called ‘Google+’, to begin a battle with Facebook. Google aim to compete with the most used social network, Facebook, by introducing a new way to share and communicate with your friends.

What is it?

There are 6 key features to Google+

1. The “+1” Button

The ‘+1’ feature is similar to the ‘Like’ button on Facebook. Whenever you see a post, web result, photo or video, you click the ‘+1’ button to share it with your friends. When you click on the ‘+1’ button, Google describes it as ‘this is pretty cool’, or ‘you should check this out’. This feature will be available on many more websites at launch, so you click the ‘+1’ button on the website you are using.

2. Circles

Circles is creating groups of people you want to share certain things with. You can create ‘Circles’ and share things with certain groups of friends only. It is Google’s way of creating groups of people you know.

3. Sparks

Sparks is a feature which is best described as setting an alert for keywords that you search for or are interested in. Google+ sends you alerts with media related to your interests. You can then share these with your friends.

4. Hangouts

Hangouts is Google’s way of creating video-calling with your friends. Face-to-face calling with your friends enables you to see many of your friends at the same time. You can make formal video conferences or just a social group video chat.

5. Instant Upload

Using your mobile, you can instantly upload pictures to your Google+ profile to share with your friends. Even whilst recording a video, you can take pictures to share.

6. Huddle

Huddle is a feature otherwise known as group chat. You can chat with a Circle of your friends all at the same time. This has currently been shown as a mobile feature, but could be available through the Google+ website at launch.

When will it be available?

No official date has been announced on the release of Google+, but expect it to be out in the near future. It is currently being tested by a select few.

Will it succeed?

I feel that Google+ will not be as successful as Facebook, but I think it be a very good way to network with other Google+ users. The Circles feature will be a key feature in Google+ succeeding. In my opinion, creating a group of people that you can interact with, will be the linchpin into how people will use Google+. Also the “+1” feature of showing that you liked a certain post, picture or video, will be used widely across the web in direct competition to Facebook’s ‘Like’ button. Overall, I feel Google+ will take time to be used by many users, but in time I think it will be a success.

Below is The Google+ Project video introducing some of the key features:

Find out more about Google+ by clicking on the link below:

The Google+ Project

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Facebook & Google want Twitter

Facebook and Google: “Twitter, we want you”

Rumours have been emerging over the past 24 hours, that tech giants Google and Facebook want to buy the social media phenomenon, Twitter. Twitter is a live social media company which runs in real-time and has an idea of ‘following’ people to keep update. Many celebrities are on Twitter including Stephen Fry, Victoria Beckham and many more. Twitter is growing and it is not a surprise that tech giants Google and Facebook are rumoured to want to buy it.


At the moment these are just rumours but if this story develops it could be one of the biggest deals in technology history. I think if Google were to buy Twitter, it would use the live results of its search engine and combine it with Twitter’s real-time system. This could change how Google operates and maybe even monopolise internet searching. This would be very interesting.


If Facebook were to buy Twitter, I think it would show how powerful social media is. It will create a tech giant of social media and combine keeping in touch with real-time results. My gut feeling is that it won’t happen now, but if either tech giant completes a takeover, it would change the technology world forever. It would revolutionise the technology world and how people use technology in all walks of their lives. 

Below is the link to an interesting article from The Telegraph on this story:

Why do Google and Facebook both want to buy Twitter?

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Twitter moves closer to Facebook

Re-designed Twitter becomes more social

A couple of days ago, Twitter, the social media network, announced a new layout of their browser website. The new re-design will show a two-column view instead of the current single pane. Other new features include embedded video and pictures, rather than providing links. This new overhaul shows that Twitter is becoming more like social networking giant Facebook.

                 

Twitter has made partnerships with 16 different companies, including; YouTube, Flickr, Ustream, TwitPic and many others. This will allow users to view videos and pictures on Twitter.com rather than being redirected via a link to a different webpage. Twitter has announced it will be rolling out the ‘new look’ website over the next few weeks.

I feel this new re-design of Twitter is excellent news for social media. It will allow users to become more interactive with other users, and allow them to share multimedia easily. This new revamp shows that Twitter is slowly becoming more like Facebook. The over 400 million Facebook users experience sharing video and pictures all in the same window. Now Twitter users can experience the same with this new redesign. I think this change will change how Twitter operates and feel more users will use the webpage to access Twitter.com, rather than use other clients on their smartphones.

Below is a link to the Mashable article:

Here Comes the New Twitter.com  

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