YouTube Looks To Provide More Support For Top Partners

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YouTube is the leader in ad-supported video online, but there are always new ways it can work with its content partners. Today at the CODE/Media Conference in Southern California, YouTube content head Robert Kyncl said top partners will receive benefits to help them out.

Over the last few years, YouTube has been combatting complaints from some partners that it takes too large a share of ad revenue and provides too little value to creators. Those complaints mostly surround the 45 percent of ad revenues it takes, as well as relatively low CPMs from videos distributed on the platform.

One of … Read more

Xiaomi Announces The Redmi 2, An Improved Version Of Its Sub-$150 Smartphone

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Xiaomi announced today that it sold over 60 million smartphones in 2014 but the Chinese company didn’t stop there after it unveiled its newest entry-level phone: the Redmi 2.

The company’s flagship Mi devices may attract all the attention, but the sub-$150 Redmi family is its biggest seller. Back in July of last year, Xiaomi revealed it had sold 18 million Redmi (/Hongmi as it is known in China) phones and 3.56 million Redmi Note phablets. The Redmi alone accounted for one-third of total sales at the time.

The Redmi 2 keeps much of the original model’s ingredients. It has … Read more

What happens next in the Cisco suit against Arista?

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Although the outcome is uncertain, the case will likely go to trial

Arista Networks’ stock took it on the chin when Cisco slapped the company with patent infringement and copyright law suits last Friday, losing almost 20% of its value at one point as investors and others mulled the long term implications of the suits.

The short answer: this is going to take a long time and could get pretty ugly for Arista.

One of the suits accuses Arista of violating 14 Cisco patents, while the second is for extensive copying of Cisco’s user manuals and multi-word CLI commands.

Arista … Read more

4 ways the Internet of Things brings us closer to ‘The Jetsons’

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Are we all going to be woken up by smart-alarms right on schedule only to be scooped up out of bed and moved along a people mover, while rapidly receiving coffee and toast on our way to work in our flying fold-up cars? Well maybe not, but the idea of the Internet of Things (IoT) turning more and more inanimate objects into smart devices via sensors, logic and Wi-Fi connections is propelling us into this once futuristic dream.

The Internet of Things is expected to grow to approximately 75 billion connections by 2020, merging our physical and online worlds. The … Read more

4 Ways to Use Email to Increase App Installations

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Often underrated and ignored, email marketing can help increase your mobile app installs if done the right way. Of course, it takes patience and a fair bit of hard work to build up a database of subscribers, but if you stick with it, there are hacks that will speed up the process.

Noah Kagan built a seven-figure business solely on the back of email marketing.

Of course, it is possible with your app too. But for you to succeed with email marketing, you need to align your thinking away from looking at directly acquiring customers to acquiring, nurturing and engaging … Read more

Google slashes price of LG G Watch to $99 for Black Friday

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Looking to buy a smartwatch? Google has two Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers which sweeten the deal considerably, especially if you don’t mind getting a slightly older device.

The first one is very straightforward: Google slashed $130 of the price of LG G Watch, bringing it to $99. Though that device, originally unveiled in March, is showing signs of aging (LG launched a new smartwatch, the LG G Watch R, in September), it’s still a nice entry into the fast-growing smartwatch world.

Those looking to buy a different smartwatch, a Nest thermostat or a Nexus 9 (the Nexus 6 is included … Read more

Hilton and Starwood hotel guests can soon unlock rooms with smartphones

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Two of the word’s largest hotel chains will offer an app that allows guests to unlock their hotel rooms with their smartphones.

Hilton and Starwood will soon allow guests to unlock their rooms via a smartphone app.

Starwood, owner of the Sheraton, Westin and “W” hotel chains, has upgraded 30,000 room locks in nearly 150 hotels so they can be unlocked with the new app.

Hilton is planning to enable guests to do the same thing in its 600,000 rooms next year. That hotel chain will begin by piloting a smartphone app at 10 U.S. properties in early 2015. Also, … Read more

Roku’s streaming boxes can now watch movies and TV shows from Google Play

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Roku owners can now rent, purchase, and watch videos from Google Play. Both movies and TV shows are available, marking a rather unprecedented step for Google. Until now, the company has reserved the best video experience for Android and Chromecast users. Sure, there’s a Google Play Movies & TV app for iOS, but you can only view content that’s already been purchased or rented on Apple devices — there’s no way to search for or watch something on the spot. Roku users are getting a much better experience: they’re able to instantly play anything in Google Play’s video catalog. Google’s … Read more

10 robots changing the world

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Driverless cars are just the beginning. Take a look at the robots we will depend on for health, work, and entertainment

Self-driving cars get all the press. But there are lots of autonomous systems navigating the physical world, and more to come.

“The smart machine era will be the most disruptive in the history of IT,” David Cearley, vice president & Gartner Fellow, declared recently. One in three jobs will be converted to software, robots, and smart machines by 2025, Gartner predicts.

Driving this phenomenon are improvements in hardware and software, including a profusion of fast and affordable sensors, wireless … Read more

Germany Warns Google Over User Profiling Privacy Violations

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Google has been warned it needs to rein in its user profiling activities in Germany because its current practice of joining the dots across multiple services is in violation of local privacy laws.

The Hamburg Data Protection Authority warned Google yesterday that its user profiling activities are violating Germany’s Telemedia Act & Federal Data Protection Act, owing to the lack of explicit user consent to how the data is processed.

The watchdog said significant changes are necessary to bring Google into legal compliance in Germany — specifying that it must gain user consent for the profiling, and allow users to … Read more