Google’s line of Nexus devices may be getting Android 5.0 Lollipop soon, but the LG G3 will be the first phone to get the latest software. It had been reported the first devices to ship with Android Lollipop would be the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet, but it turns out at least one phone will get the software as an update earlier.
Privacy on the internet will be the topic of discussion during a congressional committee on Thursday. The advisory committee plans to discuss online privacy in an attempt to work towards new legal structures. In a step that appears similar to the UK’s latest online privacy measures, the committee will talk about legal penalties for hackers and those involved in revenge porn.
Showtime may step into the online video industry in 2015. A standalone online offering is expected to launch next year, according to CBS CEO Les Moonves. While talking with CNBC, Moonves revealed plans for an online service, and the CEO has made it clear that the service will target those with internet access but no cable subscription.
The power of Facebook’s 1.3 billion users is being applied to the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Facebook has added a donate button to its service so that users can quickly donate to the organizations combating Ebola. Money from the donate option in Facebook will go to the Red Cross, Save the Children, and the International Medical Corps.
Messaging application WhatsApp has been updated to include read receipts. Users will now see a message’s double check-marks turn blue when the receiving party has read the message. This feature is similar to what Apple has included for a long time with its messaging app, iMessage.
Google was ominously quiet on the heels of Nexus 6’s semi-failed launch from last week, but the search giant finally has some good news to offer “Shamu” fans”. Before starting your celebratory dance, let us stress this is merely a (small) step in the right direction, not a magic solution to Big G and Motorola’s manufacturing woes.
Gottfrid Svartholm, the notorious founder of Pirate Bay, has been convicted on hacking charges in Denmark. The charges are not related to the file-sharing website, though law enforcement agencies have gone after Svartholm and the rest of the Pirate Bay team because of the site in the past.
Some existing crowdfunding sites have been used to raise money for people in need of expensive medical treatments, but now there is a site just for those expenses. Thoughtful.org, a crowdfunding site from Derek Ray, is meant to cover medical and emergency costs when people have no other way to pay them.
A year after the company announced it would at some point include video ads, Instagram is now rolling them out. Instagram has begun adding video advertisements to its service, and the ads are between eight and fifteen seconds long. So far, the ads are from large companies like Disney, Activision, and CW, though we’d expect them to be more diverse in the future.
We told you Google was having trouble mass-producing its latest Nexus installments and meeting demand, even more than usual, and N6’s failed US launch just adds fuel to the speculation fire.
A competitor to Apple Pay and Google Wallet that has been backed by more established retail companies called CurrentC might transition to Bluetooth LE or NFC. The CurrentC platform is still in beta, and reports came out earlier this week stating email addresses had been taken from the service that belonged to beta testers.
My favorite part of Halloween is seeing all the creative pumpkins people carve every year, and one of the best places to find these creative pumpkins is Reddit. So I did the search work for you, and assembled my 10 favorites.