Yahoo has finally taken out its launcher from invite-only beta. But aside from also giving it a new name, now called Yahoo Aviate, the former search giant has revamped the launcher's design, which could leave some revisiting users a bit confused.
Another Yahoo branded app has arrived in the Google Play Store this morning. This latest is called Yahoo News Digest and it is one that aims to keep you informed on all the need-to-know news. The News Digest app offers a twice daily summary of the top stories.
Android users now have another option to consider when it comes to streaming video. The latest addition to the Play Store comes courtesy of Yahoo and the app is called Yahoo Screen. This one is free to download and free to use. You'll be able to stream a variety of content including some from Saturday Night Live.
Yahoo has just initiated a gradual change in its online services, requiring an actual Yahoo account instead of Facebook or Google credentials. This move might indicate a bigger strategy on Yahoo's part to reclaim its lost territory on the Internet.
In a rather abrupt move, Yahoo COO Henrique de Castro has left the company. Effective Thursday, de Castro will no longer hold any position at Yahoo, and has vacated his position as COO altogehter. This brings a strange wrinkle to an already odd story, and could mean a schism was growing within Yahoo’s ranks.
When it comes to acquisitions, Google has made headlines lately. Prior to their announced acquisition of Nest, they purchased robotics from Boston Dynamics -- and let's not forget about Waze. If it seems like an exorbitant amount of spending, it is. When considering their rivals, Google spent more than their five leading competitors combined.
There is almost an embarrassment of riches in Android when it comes to homescreen launchers, but these days, launchers seem to be gravitating towards smart customization. Seeing this trend, Yahoo is announcing at CES 2014 that it has acquired Aviate, a relatively new smart launcher that is still in beta.
Earlier, the Internet went aflutter after a video leaked out that showed what seems to be Yahoo's entry into the voice-controlled personal assistant arena. Although many noted that the video seemed fake, the software is, in fact, real but its connection with Yahoo might not be as strong.
This year has one underlying thread: context. The most glaring example of context is with our mobile devices. Siri and Google Now are nothing new, but Motorola’s take on contextual awareness and information continues to amaze. Google Now saw some sublime updates as well, but some just don’t want the Google ecosystem knowing their every move.
News of another Yahoo acquisition has surfaced this morning. This latest is a company called SkyPhrase and at this time, we are seeing confirmation coming by way of Yahoo and SkyPhrase. For those not familiar with the name, SkyPhrase is a company that has built natural language processing technology. And in the words of Yahoo, the technology is "amazing."