With Facebook launching a news related stand-alone app, it is not only imitating the existing Flipboard news app, but also attempting to create a more ‘mature’ Facebook experience for its users. When referring to the term ‘original users’, the term applies to 90’s kids. The Generation Y, who were the first to explore social networking in its infancy. Facebook has just turned 10, with the majority of its users signing up in 2006-2007, after the University email address only restriction was lifted. In that year alone, Facebook went from 12 million users to 50 million users. Facebook was cool and fresh when it started. Most importantly, it was a whole new way for people to interact with each other. Ten years on and Facebook has survived law suits, privacy issues, and cat pictures and it will continue to outlast passing trends, such as ‘NekNominations’ and Selfies.
Normally the story of a drunk teenager who wakes up in a different city would not interest the Tech community, unless it was either a personal story or a re-lived memory, however this one is slightly different. Whereas most of us who have experienced such a scenario were woken up at a bus station by a driver or woke up in a pool of sweat realizing that the train has pulled into a station 3 stops after the one needed, teenager Luke Harding from near Manchester, UK went out one night with his mates for a few drinks and woke up in Paris. It seemed the combination of alcohol and a smartphone can prove to be quite a dangerous mix.
One of the new developments at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show was the sheer amount of new smartphone add-ons. A lot of these add-ons are already available to buy or gaining publicity before the product is released. The market for these gadgets and add-ons is huge, and so it the potential. As statistics, sales and market research show, smartphones are consistently on the rise. Eric Schmidt, the Google chairman, even stated that in the previous years mobile was winning, now it has won. Schmidt also boldly declared that eventually, everyone is going to have a smartphone.