IDG Contributor Network: Great plan, Twitter: ‘Let’s resurrect an old outdated app and make people pay for it’

TweetDeck was one of the greats.

Back in 2010 and 2011, I used the app as a dashboard for monitoring tweets. It was useful because it showed panels for each person, and I could run it easily in a tab. At one time, it also connected to services like LinkedIn and Facebook. Even back then, I used another app called Sprout Social to manage my social media, and eventually TweetDeck fell off my radar.

Now, there’s news that Twitter — which acquired the company back in 2011 — has plans to revive the app and even offer a paid version for advanced users.

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Google removing SMS integration from Hangouts: Here’s why

Google is known for have a clear and well thought out messaging strategy. 

Yeah, we didn’t think you would buy that. And the tech giant is once again complicating things, by stripping what is a key feature for some out of Google Hangouts. But why are they doing this?

In IT Blogwatch, we text about it. 

So what is going on? Kellex introduces us to the issue:

With Google Voice back in action, Android Messages getting a major push…Allo out here…acting as a punchline, and Hangouts transforming into a 2-piece enterprise solution…we have some clarity on Google’s messaging direction for the first time in years.

LOLZ. No we don’t. We have no idea what Google is doing. What we do know is that Google appears to be making the situation worse…by ripping SMS support out of Hangouts.

But how do we know this? Anmol Sachdeva is in the know:

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Mingis on Tech: All about the new Moto G5 Plus

The new Moto G5 Plus smartphone, which is available for pre-order as of today and goes on sale March 31, is an Android-based device that hits the sweet spot, according to reviewer Dan Rosenbaum.

It’s got all of the basic features you’d want in a mid-tier phone without a price tag that will break the bank.

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Rosenbaum joined Executive News Editor Ken Mingis to offer his thoughts on the G5 Plus, which he’s been trying out ahead of the official launch. It’s not too big — about the size of the Huawei Honor 6X; not too fast, even with its Octo-core Snapdragon 625 chipset; takes pretty good pictures; has decent battery life; and starts at $229.

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Augmented reality gets a second life in manufacturing

The ungraceful death of the consumer version of Google Glass in 2015 may have had some grieving the early death of augmented reality. But the technology is being resurrected by companies on the manufacturing floor. 

Take for example Lockheed Martin. Technicians at the aerospace manufacturer use Microsoft’s Hololens headset to design and examine models of spacecraft such as the Mars lander ahead of it’s 2018 mission.  

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Technicians at Lockheed Martin’s Collaborative Human Immersive Lab in Colorado examine a model of the Mars lander using Micorsoft’s Hololens augmented reality headsets. 

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FBI director floats international framework on encrypted data access

FBI director James Comey has suggested that an international agreement between governments could ease fears about IT products with government-mandated backdoors, but privacy advocates are doubtful.

Speaking on Thursday, Comey suggested that the U.S. might work with other countries on a “framework” for creating legal access to encrypted tech devices.

“I could imagine a community of nations committed to the rule of law developing a set of norms, a framework, for when government access is appropriate,” he said on Thursday.

Comey made his comments at the University of Texas at Austin, when trying to address a key concern facing U.S. tech firms in the encryption debate: the fear that providing government access to their products might dampen their business abroad.

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