Google launched Classroom last year as a service for teachers and students to communicate and collaborate with each other using the search giant’s tools and offerings. Now, Classroom is getting a new API for admins, and a share button, TechCrunch reports. “The latter lets developers or schools simplify sharing content … with the Classroom platform.”
Apple Music makes its debut tomorrow at 8 a.m. with a three-month free trial. At that time, iOS 8.4 will be made available for users to update their devices. iOS 8.4 is required for Apple Music, which shouldn’t have too much impact on adoption. Apple Music is also getting a streaming radio service called Beats 1, which features artists hosting programming sections, as well as a team of full-time DJs
Smartphone and watchers can work independently, but together they're a dynamic duo. Your smartphone is the ultimate wearable device — you take it with you everywhere. But when coupled with a smartwatch, consumers can get a lot of enhanced value. Value is key. Advertising on a wearable device isn't about running a banner, a video or a highly intrusive message on a watch face. It's about giving consumers utility and information, says Mashable. It offers five tips for advertisers: Embrace push notifications, make them action-oriented, be adaptive, creative your own experience and, most telling, decide if you really need an …
Spotify just acquired analytics firm Seed Scientific, TechCrunch reports. “Spotify wants to own big data about bands,” it writes. To do that, it’s supporting “a new advanced analytics unit tasked with understanding and improving how artists, listeners, and brands interact with its streaming music service.” Apple’s Beats Music unit is an existing client of Seed Scientific, but Spotify is apparently shutting down that relationship.
Taking Street View vertical, Google Maps is now letting users virtually climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. “For now, vertical Street View is available only for El Capitan, but Google spokeswoman Susan Cadrecha said the company would ‘continue to try and expand the limits -- and reach new heights -- for Street View moving forward,’” the Los Angeles Times reports.
Well, if nothing else, AOL hooked up with what has consistently become the fastest carrier in the nation. “For the second year in a row, Verizon Wireless takes the crown as America's fastest mobile network by delivering the quickest speeds and the best coverage across the map,” PCMag reports, after testing carrier speeds in 30 U.S. cities.
Google has come up with a smartwatch of its own, but the device was designed for the medical and research community. It “could be used in clinical trials and drug tests, giving researchers or physicians minute-by-minute data on how patients are faring,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports. It won’t be marketed as a consumer device, according to Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google.
Efforts to revive Wikipedia and its army of volunteer editors appear to be facing a new challenge: the smartphone. “This is a challenge for Wikipedia, which has always depended on contributors hunched over keyboards searching references, discussing changes and writing articles using a special markup code,” The New York Times writes. Now, “one of the biggest threats it faces is the rise of smartphones as the dominant personal computing device.”
Despite all the buzz surrounding the first mass-market Oculus Rift, the success of the VR headset will initially be limited to gamers and gaming. That’s according to Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey. “Probably for at least two years, VR is going to be primarily for gamers and enthusiasts that are willing to invest in high-end machines,” Luckey tells Re/code. “VR is going to become something mainstream, but it’s not going to happen right away.”
Business Insider takes a closer look at Nuzzel -- a newsgathering app that some people think could be the missing link for Twitter. “That's because Nuzzel does the one thing that Twitter doesn't do: organize [sic] content in tweets based on their importance,” BI notes. “Nuzzel takes [Twitter’s] feed (and feeds from Facebook and other social media) and only shows you the news stories your friends are sharing.”