Google IO 2016 Coverage

NFL’s Thursday Night Football will be on Twitter next season


A bidding war between the largest technology companies in the world has been going on since the start of the year. The prize? Streaming rights for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football. The league wants to expand its footprint by bringing in a digital partner to increase viewership for the games traditionally televised on CBS, NBC, and NFL Network networks. That digital partner would gain exclusive content from the $9 billion machine known as the NFL, putting on a weekly showcase that attracts attention from around the world.

Even though Verizon and Amazon were being labeled frontrunners late last week, Twitter is surprising everyone as the winner. The social network known for its real-time structure will be streaming ten games during the 2016 season.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Gaming Pack for the Galaxy S7 includes games and bonus content


It’s early days yet, but it seems that Samsung has scored a home-run with its new Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge (reviewed here) smartphones. The enthusiastic take up on the handsets has been helped by the Korean electronics giant sweetening the deal with either a free Gear VR, Gear S2, or even $100 cashback, to say nothing of the various carrier deals floating around. Samsung usually throws in a bunch of apps with its flagship models, and it has done so again with the Galaxy Game Pack that is only available for the S7 and S7 Edge handsets. Read more

Stash comes to Android for all the investors out there


If you have been negligent about setting up your own nest egg for the day you get to retire, a new app is now available for the Android platform to help you get started. Aimed in particular at millenials or at others who find the idea of investing to be too confusing or scary, Stash aims to make investing easy and without requiring a lot of capital upfront. The Stash for Android app is now available in the Play Store. Read more