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This week, the Nexus 5 is on its way, Facebook is looking
for some ad dollars, and Nokia could try to tell some stories.
Lets get started.
STORY 1: First, with all the Apple news lately, I've hardly
had a chance to talk about another big deal in the
smartphone world: the Nexus 5. And with a reveal coming
soon, the rumors and leaks are coming fast and furiously.
The latest comes in the form of a log file, obtained by the
The log appears to confirm previous suspicions that the
new pure Google phone will have wireless charging, but it
also includes a reference to Miracast, which is Android
mirroring technology that allows you to wirelessly "throw"
your Android screen to a TV. This is different from the
Chromecast, which is limited in what it can do.
The log also confirms other previously reported specs, like
a 5-inch full HD display; 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU; 2GB
RAM; and an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.2-megapixel
We'll hopefully hear more about the Nexus 5 soon, which
some people are whispering will be announced sometime
later this month.
STORY 2: Next up, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that
Facebook will start providing new data to the four largest
US television networks -- CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC -- in an
attempt to attract more advertising dollars to its service.
Just last month, Nielsen revealed that there's a direct
causation between Twitter usage and TV ratings. So
obviously Facebook thinks the same thing about its own
According to the report, the data Facebook will share will
revolve around "actions" that users take on the site,
including likes, comments, and shares related to a particular
television episode. Data will be gathered from all posts,
including private ones, but Facebook said data will be
collected anonymously and shown in aggregate to protect
Um, let's hope so. This isn't the first time Facebook has
been dealing with user information, and it never seems to
end well for the social network.
And look, if I'm taking the time to "like" a "Sister Wives"
episode, then I'm not embarrassed for Facebook to use that
information. I'm embarrassed for myself.
Use it, Facebook. Use that info to your little heart's content.
STORY 3: And finally, our favorite Twitter leaker evleaks
recently tweeted a screengrab of a Windows app called
Storyteller, which looks like a storytelling photo app.
The tweet mentions "Sirius" and "Bandit," the alleged code
names for Nokia's upcoming tablet and 6-inch smartphone,
implying that the app may be included on both devices.
Based on the name and the image, the app seems to be a
way to organize your photos based on different themes and
events, thus creating a story.
Nokia is really banking on photos it seems, with its Lumia
phones really packing in the megapixels. A photo-based
story app seems like it's right up the company's alley.
I, for one, tell stories with pictures all the time. Like, here's a
story about my cat Noodle, sleeping. And here's a story
about my other cat, Chowder, also sleeping. Here's a story
about the ramen I ate...
OK my stories would be really boring, I guess.
Nokia World opens up October 22, so hopefully we'll find
out more about this then.
What do you guys think? Is there room for this, when we
already have Instagram and Facebook? Would this app
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