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In The News 05-22-15

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Verizon Buys AOL: Big Changes In Store

Verizon is laying out $4.4 billion to purchase AOL.  AOL is the company behind Mapquest, The Huffington Post and several popular tech websites. The Internet pioneer also still serves millions of dial-up Internet customers.

This could mean a big change in the focus for AOL.

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Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said, “Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience.”

The company says it plans to focus on a mobile-first platform and the “Internet of things.” That means it will offer content that works in conjunction with smart devices and apps.

The deal will first have to be approved by the government before anything is finalized.

Internet Use Doubles

New research says that people are spending nearly twice as much time online as they did ten years ago.  They total hours spent online has jumped to 20.5, more than double what it was in 2005. 

The increase seems to come largely from mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.  The time spent online goes up for younger users, with those 16 to 24 spending closer to 30 hours a week online.

Ready For A $9 PC?

We’ve told you about small flash-drive sized PCs before. Now check out C.H.I.P – a pocket-sized PC that will sell for only $9. The developers launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the device and in a matter of days raised nearly a million dollars, far exceeding their $50,000 goal.

They promise that C.H.I.P. will allow you to work in LibreOffice as well as search the web and check your e-mail and even let you play games with a BlueTooh controller. The device offers a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It can connect to the Internet via WiFi and to a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

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The device can also be plugged into nearly any screen.  There’s even a pocket-sized version with a screen that will fit into your back pocket.  Right now, the project is still in the Kickstarter stage and expected to hit the market in May of 2016.

~ Cynthia

 

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29 Responses to “In The News 05-22-15”

  1. Deborah says:

    I am going to wait until I see what happens – but I, too, have been with AOL since the beginning when my bill was $300 to $400 a month! A lot of us helped you get to the top AOL. Please don’t take away the desktop software.

  2. jesse says:

    I have been a member of AOL since 1997–I like it as is–Don’t change a thing–Don’t get so fancy that those of us are not so computer savvy will be so confused we will just drop out. Leave it alone–And oh, I pay 20 bucks a month for AOL-Never got it free.-AOL has the best email system on the web–

    ” if it’s not broke don’t fix it”

  3. Sandra Helig says:

    I hope this does not go thru.. I think it will ruin / complicate my email experience (20+ years) . I am not particularly thrilled by my switch to Verizon, paying more for less than i had at Comcast and a channel selection screen that changed to “hard to read”. I fear some functionality of email will be lost –especially if younger (than me) thinkers get their tunnel vision designer minds on the coding; the way i hate MACs but have one only because of the greater security–point and click vice keystrokes.

  4. Donald says:

    I have paid for my AOL service ever since I started using the internet. I pay monthly for my service.. Plus through AOL I and my wife have Lifelock. Which I
    I also pay for hers through AOL. I do NOT want to lose this benefit.

  5. Patricia Schlueb says:

    Please don’t change AOL,I have always had AOL and have been very happy. I do Not want to lose the benefits they offer. I sure hope this does Not go through.

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