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.
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.
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.
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