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.
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
The newest update for BlackBerry devices provides an “unmatched level of privacy” for BBM, also adding a Retract feature and Timer.
Google Play has updated its icons with a new, flatter design, doing away with the colored gradient effect of old in favor of a more vibrant style. Read more
Google usually tries to take a lax approach towards what apps are on the Play Store, but occasionally it steps in to remove something that’s a blatant offender of its app store policies. That’s happened this month with a Taliban propaganda app that reportedly violated Google’s policy on hate speech. Read more
Moovit has taken a step towards making public transportation more accessible for everyone and is offering one of the first apps to support navigation for the visually impaired. They’ve partnered with blind developer Adi Kushnir to create an easily used experience in the latest app update. Read more
During their Build 2016 event in San Francisco, Microsoft has revealed some plans that will make Windows 10 play nicer and be a little more useful for Android smartphone users. Microsoft’s developers are looking at enabling desktop access to notifications received on Android phones. The support may even extend to being able to reply to notifications. Read more
If you have been by the YouTube web site any time today, you may have noticed a new icon in the video control bar. Matching the logo shown above, the button gives viewers the ability to switch over and watch videos in the new SnoopaVision mode. Read more
After having an exclusive run on music streaming service Tidal, Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo is now available on Spotify, Play Music, and Apple Music.
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