#5 The Grenade Blast Heard ‘Round The World

The grenade blast heard ’round the world and more on today’s episode of the Latest in Tech News Podcast…

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Tech News Topic:

Vine and Musical.ly Are Gone – Is Oevo the Next Short-Video Platform?

Oevo is the latest short video app to hit the web. With big names like Jason Nash, Scotty Sire, Nicholas Megalis and more joining the platform as well as $100 daily giveaway competitions it may be the first app to stay! Will it stand the test of time?

Gadget Topic:

You can now buy the AirSelfie2 drone because taking selfies yourself is so old-fashioned

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “My arms are just too short to take a totally rad selfie.” Well, why not have a drone do it? The previously announced AirSelfie2 drone aircraft is available for purchase. Never again will you need to stretch your arm to the limit to get those Insta-likes.

Video Game Topic:

PUBG’s first global tournament was a success – until one grenade blew it apart

PUBG certainly made a blast with their eSports debut World Championship, but was it the one destined for failure?

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Launch of Vine 2 Postponed Indefinitely According to Founder

Don’t hold your breathe for Vine 2, it won’t be coming anytime soon.

The company’s co-founder, Dom Hofmann, announced on Friday the indefinite postponement of Vine 2’s launch.

Hofmann outlined the reasons for coming to the “very difficult decision” of postponing the project on the v2 forums. Among those, and probably the biggest reason, is the financial aspect.

When he first revealed Vine 2, which was dubbed V2, he announced that it would be a personal project and will be personally funded. Apparently the response was overwhelming and the larger-than-expected audience for the project would cost A LOT to run. Way more than his personal funding could cover. Legal issues have also surfaced and the “legal fees have been overwhelming.”

“Long story short, in order to work, the V2 project needs to operate as a company with sizeable external funding, probably from investors.”

However, investors weren’t too keen to jump in on the project. “I already run an early-stage company that is in the middle of development. Very few backers would be happy with the split attention, and I wouldn’t be either. This is potentially solvable, but it’s going to take time for the space and resources to become available.”

Hoffmann explains what their future plans are.

“We take a step back. The code and ideas still exist, but until everything else comes together, we can’t move forward. Again, this is indefinite, which means that it could take a long time. But it’s necessary.”

I guess fans of the 6-second clip app would have to make do of Instagram Stories, or Snapchat for now.


Goodbye Vine 3

I’m still getting over the shock of hearing the news that Vine will be discontinued. But it’s true. Twitter is shutting down Vine. Out of all the apps I have on my iPhone, this is one of a few I would check regularly to see what was new. This makes me sad. It should make you sad too.

From their announcement:

Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today. We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You’ll be able to access and download your Vines. We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website.

Thank you. Thank you. To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day. To the many team members over the years who made this what it was — thank you for your contributions. And of course, thank you to all of those who came to watch and laugh every day.

In all honesty, what the heck is going on with you Twitter?? You’re suddenly now so focused on your stupid Periscope mobile livestream app that you figured slaughtering your cash cow would allow you to funnel more into a project that I deem no better then playing “catch up with the Joneses”? You do understand, right, that not everyone is fit nor ready for mobile livestreaming on the fly and that the only people you will attract to the platform are the “Internet Celebrities” that already have a following? You just gave us the option to watch and record longer version Vines and I loved it. I also enjoyed making my own Vines and direct messaging vines between friends. I didn’t switch over to the Instagram or Snapchat crowd when they got hyped up over sharing and posting videos because I thought that being loyal to an app I enjoyed would show the developers what I LIKED. I guess that didn’t mean much when you canned the rest of the co-founders in your layoffs. 🙁

Sorry, but I won’t be “switching over to Facebook Live” or Instagram for their stories. I’ll just go down with the ship. One that I was proud to be on and happy to use. Thank you to the founders of Vine for your vision and the effort you and the team put into making an app that I LOVED. Best of wishes in your future endeavors.


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