ShareTracker’s Friday Five – 12.4.2015

Tech News Roundup

Tech News Roundup

T’is the season for stories on Google Access, wireless players playing with VR, and Netflix’s Christmas special.

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Meet Access, the Google Unit That’s Taking On Comcast and the Rest of the Cable Biz

via Re/code
Mark Bergen delves into what we know and don’t know about the new branch of Alphabet that includes Google Fiber. “Instead, it’s laying the necessary broadband foundation for the tech Alphabet expects to see in our homes in the not-too-distant future — robotics, telemedicine and the futuristic like.”
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Verizon is giving customers free Star Wars-themed Google Cardboard VR viewers

via BGR
Similar to the New York Times over a month ago, Verizon is also handing out Google Cardboard viewers to customers in retail stores. “Verizon says that there are 200,000 viewers available, but considering the furor surrounding Star Wars, you might want to find one as quickly as possible before the Verizon customers descend on every retail location in the country.”
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How Nokia is reinventing itself with a $60,000 virtual reality camera

via The Verge
Nokia has dramatically changed itself over the past few years, and the announcement of its VR camera named Ozo is the latest evidence of just how differently the company is thinking these days. “Ozo will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2016, just as consumers will find themselves with an overabundance of VR viewing options — from simple solutions like Google Cardboard and Gear VR, all the way up to the imminent Playstation VR and Oculus Rift.”
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After six months with Google's Project Fi, I'd switch if I could

via Engadget
If Google Fi was available on more devices, author Nicole Lee would switch to the service completely. When comparing to the basic wireless plans from the four major carriers, “In every case, Fi wins out in price and affordability.”
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“A Very Murray Christmas” Proves Netflix Defines How TV Works Now

via Wired
Bill Murray’s Christmas special begins streaming on Netflix today, and Julia Greenberg marks the occasion with a reflection on how Netflix has changed TV-watching habits. “But while ‘A Very Murray Christmas’ might recall the past, it’s also very much of the present—and a harbinger of the way TV will work in the future.”
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2017-04-30T11:28:06+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: ShareTracker Articles|