Tech Tuesday – Instagram video, Google Reader, & Blackberry

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) – Instagram, Vine, Google Reader, Blackberry, and more! The tech world is busy with news that affects you, and Tech Tuesday breaks it all down!

The following information is from Tech Tuesday’s David Powell:

There has been lots of news lately about a bunch of different topics.  Instagram, Vine, Google Reader and others.  Let’s explore:

*   We talked about Vine social video sharing a few weeks ago on this segment.  Now, Instagram has announced that they’ll support video, what does this mean?  Well, the day after Instagram went live with their video service, the number of Vine videos posted on Twitter fell 40%.  Ouch.  The decline has continued since then.  Vine allows you to post 6 second videos and Instagram is allowing 15 second videos.  I’m not sure that the 9 extra seconds really matter as much as the fact that Instagram has a HUGE user community, while Vine is still building theirs.  Vine has soared in popularity, hitting 13 millions users, but that pales in comparison to the 130 million Instagram users.  Since Facebook owns Instagram, this is just another step in their quest to conquer mobile devices.
  *   Google is shutting down it’s popular Reader service, frustrating many loyal users?  That’s right, Google Reader was shut down yesterday.  Google Reader was so you could follow websites and get their RSS feeds sent to you.  That way, all your RSS updates—notifications about stories and such—are in the same place.  Most users are moving to services like Feedly or Newsblur.  There is a tool called Google Takeout that will let you download all your old Google Reader information.  Use that to create a zip file that you can then import to your new reader once you pick one.  It is unlike Google to get rid of a service that has a loyal following, but they must have different priorities.
  *   Back in January, we talked about the Blackberry Z10 and how they hoped it could save the company.  Has it?  Nope.  The Blackberry V10, universally considered a slick device with great features, has not been able to make a dent in Android and Apple’s market share.  Their stock has plummeted 28% and most people holding the stock are expecting it to continue to get worse.  While you can come to the market with a slick device, it really is the entire ecosystem that Google and Apple have.  Even a company with the resources at their disposal, like Microsoft, are struggling to gain market share in the smartphone market.  Someone like Blackberry had the cards stacked against them and a single device, most likely, won’t be enough.
  *   That’s kind of sad about Blackberry, isn’t it?  You know, it really is.  It really speaks to the rate of change in this industry.  Just 10 years ago, Blackberry completely dominated the market.  Then, in the summer of ’07, Apple comes out with the iPhone and the market completely turned against them.  Swiping your phone, buying apps, all that came with the iPhone.  It is amazing that in 6 short years you can go from the top to the bottom, but you can these days.


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