Monday: Headlines

25 Jun

Hello and welcome to another week! Here are the headlines from Mashable.com that caught my attention today.

“T-Mobile’s Plans for LTE Get a Big Boost From Verizon”

T-Mobile has bought spectrum, which are essential to all cell phone services and regulated by the FCC, from Verizon. Reporter Peter Pachal writes that this acquisition will allow T-Mobile to launch LTE, a 4G nationwide service. The move allows T-Mobile to compete with Verizon and AT&T who already “have operational nationwide LTE networks.” It sounds like a smart move on T-Mobile’s part. They must make these deals to continue to compete with Verizon and AT&T, the top two cell phone carriers. However, T-Mobile will also have to provide high tech and social cell phones. Verizon and AT&T both offer a nationwide network as well as the beloved iPhone. This combination has led to great success for the two companies. T-Mobile has a long way to go before they can surpass the top tier.

What’s your assessment? Will T-Mobile ever be able to surpass AT&T or Verizon?

“Instagram Gets First Major Update After Facebook Acquisition”  

Facebook bought Instagram (Instagram is an iPhone app that allows users to take pictures and then put a filter over the photo. There are a variety of filters. The filters can make enhance the color of the photo or give it an antique finish) this past spring. It was a big deal (it cost Facebook over a $1 billion) and social media junkies have been anxiously waiting to see how Facebook would transform Instagram. The article provides a positive review of the changes, which include a new home screen. Perhaps the most notable change is how the app works with your iPhone’s camera roll. Chris Taylor says that choosing photos from your camera roll to use on Instagram “is no longer a two-click operation. If you tap and hold the camera button, you’ll go straight there.” While I do not use instagram too often, I am excited to try out the new version.

Have you tried the new version of Instagram? Share your review!

“Yelp Check-Ins Coming to iPhone Maps App”

According to Lauren Indvick, “iPhone users will soon be able to notify their friends of their whereabouts directly from the Maps application using Yelp’s check-in functionality.” As Indvick notes, this is a major threat to FourSquare, another app that allows users to check-in at restaurants, venues, etc. iPhone’s integration of Yelp makes checking-in even easier. Therefore, it is likely to surpass Foursquare in terms of popularity. Only time will tell, but this is definitely a story to keep an eye on.

Which do you prefer: Yelp or FourSquare?

That’s all I have for today. Feel free to share your favorite social media and technology headlines by leaving a comment below.

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