Google Kills Orkut & Quickoffice, Yahoo Saves Community, And More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, UK cinemas preemptively ban Google Glass, Reading Rainbow breaks popularity contest on Kickstarter, Emojli is a chat app for emoji masters, ‘Yo, Hodor’ adds Hodor to Yo, and Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare finally gets an honest trailer.
Google Kills Orkut & Quickoffice
We really haven’t talked about the fact that Orkut is literally google’s most successful attempt at social networking. Yikes!
— Overrated Outcast (@over_rated) July 1, 2014
Google appears to be having another spring clean , with Orkut and Quickoffice both being killed off without any appreciable warning. Neither are all that surprising, given that both have been superseded by other Google products and services, but the news will still annoy those people using either on a regular basis.
Orkut was launched way back in 2004 as Google’s first foray into social networking. After battling MySpace for a while, Orkut took off in Brazil, India, and a few other countries. And then along came Facebook, and then later Google+. Leading Google to finally kill off its first-born.
Orkut will shut down on September 30, 2014, with users then having until September 2016 to export their data using Google Takeout .
Quickoffice for iOS and Android was launched in 2013 as a substitute for Microsoft Office. Google acquired Quickoffice in 2012 and moved its development team over to the Google Apps division. But Google recently announced that with “the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks.”
Existing users will still be able to use Quickoffice, so if you’re interested you should grab the app from Google Play or the iOS App Store while you still can.
Community Saved By Yahoo
The cult TV show, Community, which has seemed on the verge of cancellation since it began on NBC in 2009, will make it to a sixth season. And it’s all thanks to Yahoo, which has acquired the rights from Sony Pictures. A 13-episode run will now be aired on Yahoo Screen, with Yahoo doing the same for Community as Netflix did for Arrested Development.
Series creator Dan Harmon joked, “I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online.” I guess he’s saving the real jokes for the sixth season of Community. Fingers crossed.
UK Cinemas Ban Google Glass
Still think Google missed an enormous opportunity if they’d just released Google Glass as only a HUD/AR display, no camera. No controversy.
— Michael B. Johnson (@drwave) July 1, 2014
Just a week after Google Glass finally went on sale in the UK , cinema chains across the country are banning the wearable tech from their venues. At least one cinema chain in the U.S. has already done the same , with more expected to follow.
According to The Independent, the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association is backing the move, stating that, “Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not.” The problem is that Glassholes aren’t exactly known for graciously accepting defeat.
Reading Rainbow Breaks Kickstarter Record
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) June 28, 2014
The crowdfunded effort to bring back Reading Rainbow has become the most popular Kickstarter campaign of all time . At the time of writing it has gained 95,496 backers, beating the 91,585 that backed the Veronica Mars movie.
The Reading Rainbow revival originally had a target of $1 million but has smashed through that to raise at least $4.7 million. Reading Rainbow exists to encourage kids to read, which is surely more important than any piece of nonsense hardware.
Emojli Is All Emoji, All The Time
Some people absolutely love emoji. To the point that if they could they would use emoji for anything and everything. These people, these absolutely insane people, are going to love Emojli, a new emoji-only social network coming soon to iOS.
As explained in the video above, Emojli has been built as one possible solution to the annoyances threatening to ruin all those old-skool word-based social networks . Things like spam, trolls, memes, and hashtags. None of which are possible when emoji is the only form of communication.
Emojli is either the best idea of all time or just a couple of guys trolling for laughs. Regardless, you can reserve your username now ahead of launch. In emoji, of course.
Yo, Hodor Makes Yo Look Hodor
“Hodor. Hodor. Hodor.” – walking through the red light district
— matt (@biorhythmist) June 28, 2014
Yo, an utterly pointless app which lets you and your friends waste your lives sending “Yo” back and forth to each other, has spawned a clone. ‘Yo, Hodor‘ works in exactly the same way as the standard Yo, except it’s all about saying “Hodor” rather than “Yo.” Which is hodor times better, obviously. Pleas don’t download ‘Yo, Hodor’. Android fans have a bit of a wait before they can also refuse to download it.
An Honest Trailer For Call Of Duty
And finally, the Call Of Duty series still has millions of fans, but even they should get a kick out of this honest trailer for the Modern Warfare titles. None of the truisms pointed out necessarily make the Modern Warfare games bad, but they do offer a more honest assessment than the hyperbolic teasers EA puts out each year.
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