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Twitter Purchases Snappy TV Who could have imagined that watching television would become more social? Twitter is planning to change that perception with the purchase of Snappy TV, which is a San Francisco based video sharing startup. It appears to be the second step toward Twitter's goal of making its entry into what it calls "Social TV", the first being it's unveiling of the Vine application in the year 2000. Some of the customers for Snappy TV includes Fox Sports, Universal Sports and ABC News just to name just a few. Snappy TV is already being utilized by numerous media companies to post video updates on sports and other topics on Twitter. The deal will enable Twitter to incorporate videos as an integral part of their service, something that the company has wanted to implement for a while currently. Both parties have so far kept a low profile on the price of the acquisition. Google as well as Microsoft phones to Provide"Kill Switch" Since technology is spreading, few would disagree that Smartphone theft still remains an unfortunate reality as recent figures have only shown that there are more likely to increase. Keeping that in mind two giants of the world of technology, Google and Microsoft recently declared that their upcoming Smartphone models will have a kill switchthat allows the user to shut down their Smartphone to make it unusable to the criminal. The New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, also software engineering said that with firms like Google and Microsoft on board, almost 90 percent of Smartphones will have kill switches. The most current version of Apple iOS does have a kill switch that is known as "Activation Lock" along with an application for tracking that requires a password before the iPhone and iPad can be reset. Samsung also launched an equivalent feature called "Reactivation Lock" in May. While many are calling it a small improvement in protecting against Smartphone theft at bay however, there are some who believe that government involvement could create an Orwellian scenario, with businesses that offer contract phones in a position to make a phone bricked to punish the disloyal client or after a 2-year service contract is ended. Although there are obvious financial incentives for network carriers but a kill button might be what Smartphone theft demands. How effective will it be or not? We'll have to see. The App that teaches "Yo-ing" Yo is a brand new messaging app that is designed to change the way we send texts using our phones. The app was developed by a Tel-Aviv-based entrepreneur who believes 140 characters are too much to handle. Because the word "Yo" could mean any meaning in any context, it is possible to could use the app to write whatever you like and even order pizza. But, can you really claim it's a message application since you're unable to compose any type of message?

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