Twitter May Be Bought Out Soon

As if Google wasn’t already buying out startup after startup to add to its empire, they may now be acquiring the hashtag giant of them all, Twitter. According to The Verge, rumors are now circulating that the second-largest social media platform may now be putting itself up for sale to the highest bidder, a move that investors are now watching closely, and such that Twitter’s stock rose 23% after the rumors started. Google isn’t the only company interested in Twitter, as Salesforce and now even Verizon are also interested parties. All of this is coming on the heels of former head of TV, Andrew Adashek leaving the company.

Twitter appears to be in the midst of a transition period as the growth of new users and new streams of revenue have bottomed out. Twitter has attempted to garner new interest with its new feature for streaming Thursday Night NFL games, and presidential candidate Donald Trump always brings Twitter publicity when he makes a public statement on there. But even though Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also returned as CEO to try to resurrect his social media creation, it has not happened yet and now the clock may be ticking on the company. While Google, Salesforce, and Verizon are all in the mix of sales talk, nothing concrete has been established as far as mergers and acquisitions as of yet.

What could Google, Salesforce, or Verizon stand to gain from buying twitter? The network offers a wealth of user data that all of them would love to add to their vaults. More so, Google has had an existing relationship with Twitter that’s allowed both sides to profit from using Tweets in search engine rankings. And considering that Google Plus has failed to match Facebook on every level, Google may see Twitter as its opportunity to change that. Will such a move grow or thwart interest in using Twitter? It’s hard to say, but it appears to be inevitable if users wish to continue seeing their celebrities tweet.

Chairman Pai Prepares to Dismantle Net Neutrality in America

Remember, back in 2014, when the internet went crazy over net neutrality? The FCC website received so many comments that it crashed. In the end, net neutrality regulations passed, and the internet breathed a sigh of relief. Well, it’s almost exactly two years later and, thanks to new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the internet is starting to worry again.

 

Back when he was an FCC commissioner, Pai voted against net neutrality, and on Tuesday, during his speech at the Mobile World Congress, Pai confirmed that he sees rolling back the regulations as a priority. Calling them a ‘mistake’, he claimed they had led to a decline in broadband investment.

 

Net neutrality is the principle that all data on the internet should be treated equally. Supporters argue that, without its protections, internet service providers would restrict access to certain websites. From a consumer perspective, you could end up with a situation where you buy a basic package that allows you to access, say, YouTube but have to pay more if you want to access other sites. Smaller websites would be unable to compete, stifling innovation and free speech, and consumers would end up paying more for less.

 

But Pai sees the regulations as bad for telecommunication companies and, therefore, bad for consumers. He has argued that, without the fees companies could charge if net neutrality was reversed, they have less to invest in much-needed infrastructure. In his speech, he cited data from industry lobbyists USTelecom that showed a decline in infrastructure investment since net neutrality was passed.

 

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Developing Accurate Internet Suicide Prediction Algorithms

Can artificial intelligence (“AI”) help Internet sites detect suicidal people? Apparently, some psychologists think so. Today a number of academic researchers and high tech entrepreneurs seek to create algorithms to enable computers to pinpoint and identify posts by people who may find themselves considering suicide using AI tools.

 

Dr. Jessica Ribeiro, a professor of Psychology at Florida State University, recently led a study which concluded artificially intelligent computers can predict suicide attempts with between 80% and 90% accuracy as early as two years in advance. One week prior to a suicide attempt, the accuracy rate climbs to an astonishing 92%. Another study from researchers at the same institution revealed that during the past five decades, human beings had not succeeded in predicting suicide accurately. Clinicians typically focused on three high risk factors: stress, depression and substance abuse.

 

Facebook has reportedly been working along the same lines. A news story carried by the BBC indicated the large social media company has already started using an algorithm coupled with artificial intelligence to screen postings. When the tech company identifies account holders at high risk of committing suicide, it seeks to contact them to suggest alternatives. The BBC news story claimed Facebook has begun testing this new technology in the United States.

 

Representatives from organizations committed to suicide prevention assisted Facebook in refining its pattern recognition tools to identify potentially at-risk posters. The new app reportedly offers several support options to possibly suicidal posters. Some critics have expressed concern the new suicide identification app, which cuts off live video streams, may actually remove a useful tool for obtaining timely intervention. In the past, upset Facebook users reportedly contacted the police about posts threatening suicide and prevented a number of deaths. Research into this complex area remains ongoing.

 

Twitter May Be Bought Out Soon

As if Google wasn’t already buying out startup after startup to add to its empire, they may now be acquiring the hashtag giant of them all, Twitter. According to The Verge, rumors are now circulating that the second-largest social media platform may now be putting itself up for sale to the highest bidder, a move that investors are now watching closely, and such that Twitter’s stock rose 23% after the rumors started. Google isn’t the only company interested in Twitter, as Salesforce and now even Verizon are also interested parties. All of this is coming on the heels of former head of TV, Andrew Adashek leaving the company.

 

Twitter appears to be in the midst of a transition period as the growth of new users and new streams of revenue have bottomed out. Twitter has attempted to garner new interest with its new feature for streaming Thursday Night NFL games, and presidential candidate Donald Trump always brings Twitter publicity when he makes a public statement on there. But even though Twitter founder Jack Dorsey also returned as CEO to try to resurrect his social media creation, it has not happened yet and now the clock may be ticking on the company. While Google, Salesforce, and Verizon are all in the mix of sales talk, nothing concrete has been established as far as mergers and acquisitions as of yet.

 

What could Google, Salesforce, or Verizon stand to gain from buying twitter? The network offers a wealth of user data that all of them would love to add to their vaults. More so, Google has had an existing relationship with Twitter that’s allowed both sides to profit from using Tweets in search engine rankings. And considering that Google Plus has failed to match Facebook on every level, Google may see Twitter as its opportunity to change that. Will such a move grow or thwart interest in using Twitter? It’s hard to say, but it appears to be inevitable if users wish to continue seeing their celebrities tweet.

 

Saturday’s Women’s Walk Reverberates Through the Tech Industry

The resounding reverberation of gender inequality has been echoing for decades. Last week’s prodigious women’s walk across the United States increased the volume a dozen decibels. “I am woman, hear me roar” was heard anew across the United States as a colossal cry for women’s equality. Within the technology industry, these echoes should be an overwhelming wake up call.

Women and Technology Today

Women share, shop, surf and search as often as their male counterparts, frequently more attune to the technological world than men are. Tech businesses must appreciate the magnitude of unhappiness as a solemn warning from all women that they are not going to accept business as usual, no matter what area of business it is.

Over the last 20 years the propensity of women in STEM studies, (science, technology, engineering and math), has frequently been undermined. But, apparently women have accepted this as a challenge. Females have taken the initiative, positioning themselves educationally to be viable parts of one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

Polarized by Current News

The massive volume of women, who participated in Saturday’s marches, unmistakably confirms the intensity of female discontent towards all industries. In the modernized world of technology, these sentiments are even more pronounced. Since tech companies portray themselves as being polarized by current events, executives should appreciate the rationale behind an enormous rally for public sentiment, a day after the presidential inauguration.

Not Just Pay Inequality

With marches materializing all over the country, the true level of restlessness harbored in the female workforce was obvious. These agitated voices were sounding off against actual hiring and promotion biases, as they were pay inequality. The corporate hiring balance within tech companies must be scrutinized as closely as the pay and benefits packages are.

Visualize Unified Goals

Naturally one of the most visible industries in the world, Tech entities would be wise to pay very close attention these marches. A unified pledge between technology companies and those who are striving to bridge the gender gap would help both to realize their fundamental goals.

Women want to be more than just heard today; they are striving for equal acceptance. The Tech industry has an opportunity to take 21st century technological goals and build a unifying relationship with women, presenting society with a model for gender equality.

Net Neutraliity Could Be Reversed

In the recent years, there have been rules put in place for net neutrality. However, this is likely to be undone. For one thing, President-Elect Trump is against net-neutrality and is looking to reverse the legislation that has been put in place. One thing that a lack of net-neutrality could bring forth is that smaller sites will be slowed down. For one thing, the sites have to pay a fee in order to reach people like the larger businesses could. However, this could prove to be a harder battle for Trump because there are entities that support network neutrality. Among the supporters of this current system are Twitter, Google, and other major companies.

One thing is for certain, even if they do decide that they are going to undo net neutrality, it is going to take more than a year for this deal to take effect. There are also other factors to consider like one of the key players in FCC. If he is still working, then it could be even harder for Trump to take on net-neutrality. Hopefully, things will be worked out for the best of those that are trying to get their business off the ground with the use of internet.

There are a lot of issues that the reverse of net neutrality could cause for people. For one thing, this could result in the loss of users for not just certain sites, but for the whole of internet. A lot of people might find themselves going back to the physical stores in order to do their shopping. While it would be a good thing for more people to get outside, it is not a good thing to do some underhanded tricks in order to limit technology.

One thing that could be said for Trump is that his era is going to introduce a lot to the country. They will be both good and bad for the users who used to the way things are right now.

Windows 10 Drops Wi-Fi

One thing is certain, there is a lot of frustrations when it comes to software. One of the frustrations that people are facing now is with Windows 10. Windows 10 is dropping wi-fi service. People experience the loss of contact with internet with Windows 10. Another frustrating thing about this is that there is not a fix for this issue yet. AS a result, people are going to have to bear with this software until they finally do come up with a solution. However, there is a lot of frustration when people are in the middle of something only for them to lose internet access.

However, one of the things that professionals have stated that could help with the problem is rebooting the computer. This is a common fix. One thing that seems to fix a lot of problems is rebooting the system. This tends to correct a lot of problems that people run into. It is also important to state that Windows 10 is not the first and only system to have this type of problem. It is common for devices and operating systems to drop wi-fi access. Fortunately, the problem is easy to handle until the professionals come up with a better solution.

As of right now, the developers are working to come up with an update that fixes the problem. They have looked into many different possibilities. For one thing, when the system boots up, there is an error that makes it connect to an IP address that is not working.

Another interesting thing is that it is not just the Windows 10 devices that are acting like this. There are some devices that have older versions of Windows which is dropping the Wi-Fi connection. Therefore, they are looking into the issue in order to find a good solution that is going to allow people to enjoy the internet with very few interruptions. Here’s hoping that the next update is going to fix this issue.

How Internet Has Changed The World For The Better

If there is one thing that could be said for the internet, it is that it has made a lot of changes for people. For one thing, it has made it has made it a lot easier for people to do a lot of things. A lot of people are making money through the internet with the technology that they have. When internet was first invented, people could only access the websites from stationary computers. However, a lot of changes and advancements were made to where people could access the internet from their smartphones. This makes it very convenient for people.

One of the major features of internet is social media. Social media is what allows people to meet new people like never before. It also helps people connect like never before. Among the social media companies that are good for making connections are Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and plenty of other social media sites. Twitter itself is undergoing some changes in order to make for some even greater changes in the internet. As of right now, it is up for sale with many companies such as Google, Verizon, and Salesforce setting their sites for the company. One could expect the social media platform to make some significant changes in the way it is structured.

Perhaps one of the most significant advances on the internet is video. Now, people can stream high resolution images at a smooth frame rate. As a matter of fact, smartphones and computers can easily display their videos in their native resolution at their native frame rate. Computers such as tablets, desktops, and laptops have an easier ability to display the videos at their native resolution and their natural color without the need for any extra calibration. They display the images in their natural color as well.

Internet is one of the most revolutionary technologies. People can use it for a lot of things which include entertainment, education, and making connections. There is a much greater freedom for people that use the internet.

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Google Announces Its Effort to Fix the Annoyance of Advertisements on Google Chrome instead of Blocking

In history, Google has made a lot of its income from advertisements. In the first three months of 2015, Google made more than $15 billion in returns from advertisements. The advertisement section returns a major income percentage for Google than its other tech ventures.

 

Recently, most browsers are building ad blocking features, Google has announced that it will not integrate such into Google Chrome browser. In 2016, Opera Mini browser added an option that allows a user to block an advertisement while browsing. The Brave browser has enabled the block feature to automatically block any advertisements. The announcement that was sourced through http://www.reddit.com/r/technology reveal that, study statistics indicate that two thirds of millennials prefer to block ads due to the decreased browsing speeds and potential malware.

 

Google has decided to fix the issue which is an annoyance to internet users instead of removing the adverts. To combat the issue of poor user experience while maintaining the ads, Google Established a movement called ‘Coalition For Better Ads’. Other members of the effort include The Washington Post, Unilever, Facebook, News Corporation, Interactive Advertising Bureau, Association of National Advertisers, and Proctor & Gamble.

 

Another effort is by intervening for users on 2G networks. Google Chrome has disabled the document.write feature that allows websites to execute instructions that manage performance of ads, is major factor in slowing down loading of a website by ten seconds. Alex Komoroske stated that the feature’s effect is similar to that of pop up blockers in result. The pop up blockers have records of malfunctioning websites. He added to say that the balance between advertisements and websites should be regulated to maximize both the websites’ and user’s priorities and meet everyone’s needs.

 

Google has also taken the initiative to serve AMP page results. The function eliminates unnecessary features from a website, caches the data, hence allowing the site to load faster. In addition, only a select type of ads are allowed on AMP pages. Such as AdSense. The limitation rids the website of other annoying advertisements.

The main objective of Google is to offer an option for advertisers’ businesses to thrive through internet marketing while preserving the websites’ performance.

 

While speaking to CNET interviewers, the Vice President of Google Chrome, Darin Fisher stated that are plenty of challenges that arise in advertisements. He concluded by saying that a balance between publishers and advertisers would maintain technology’s ecosystem.

 

Advancement In Communications Technology

Phones have advanced far beyond what we believed they would. For one thing, phones were only used for talking in the beginning. However, technology and software have brought phones to the point where one could play games, watch television and watch movies on. The picture quality is amazing and the sound quality is much greater as well. With phones, people can surf the internet and do some shopping. This and other activities make cellphones very important devices for people. Now it is common for people to have cellphones on them at all times when before, telephones were reserved for the home.

Among the things people could use smartphones for is making money. There are a lot of business transactions that could be done over the mobile phone. With the use of smartphone technology, people could do a lot more things with their technology. While a lot of people use smartphones for entertainment, many people could also use smartphones for education and even business purposes. To top it off, this is just the beginning of mobile technological advancements. People are finding ways to make their lives mobile. Therefore, they will be able to work where they want and how they want with mobile phone technology.

Among the advancements that make smartphones so popular are cameras. Not only do many mobile phones have working camcorders, a lot of them have the capability of recording high quality and video and taking a high quality images. Some of these images rival that of professional photography. To top it off, there are post production apps that people with devices such as the iPhone camera can use in order to enhance their photography.

Among the recent developments for image recording technology is Pictar. Pictar offers many more buttons to the iPhone camera which include three control wheels and a shutter button. These buttons will allow you to zoom in on the picture and take on quite a few different functions. Communications technology has definitely come a long way for people.