September is officially here, which means the BIGfish team is busier than ever preparing for holiday gift guide season. But don’t worry; we’ve still carved out enough time from our schedules to give you the latest round-up of all the tech news you have to look forward to this fall.
by Anna McGeady
Can you believe it’s May? Neither can we. In fact, we’re not really sure where April went, but until we figure out that timewarp, here are some top tech stories you might have missed. (Really behind on your tech news? No problem, you can catch up on some other April stories here!)
If you haven’t heard about it yet, don’t feel bad; Facebook’s new pseudo-anonymous app Rooms, launched on October 24, is meant to be secretive. This app, built by Josh Miller and his team from Branch, was bought by Facebook in January. As of now, Rooms is only available on iOS devices, but an Android app is planned to launch early in 2015.Facebook is taking a completely different approach with this new app. Rooms connects users based on similar passions and hobbies rather than via mutual friends or geographical connections. To use the app, simply download it and join a room by scanning a QR code of your choice. After joining a room, users can choose different “nicknames” without having to be connected back to their Facebook accounts. The company is pushing its approach as a way for users to “Be whoever you want to be.”Launched out of the blue without much detail, many have been confused about how to use the app effectively. We’re giving you the low-down on Rooms, how to use it and how brands could take advantage of it.
This past summer, I spent a lot of time sitting on my couch with my puppy, Max, reading; I was determined to get through the Hunger Games trilogy. Though Suzanne Collins had my attention firmly hooked, there were multiple instances when a buzz from my cell phone would lift me from the perils of Panem and suck me right into the Internet. Check Instagram, check Facebook, check Twitter, add photo of Max being adorable to my Snapstory (she is seldom still enough to Snap, so this was monumental), and once I felt sufficiently updated, I would return to my book.Now that summer is over, my phone has taken on a new role: helping me stay organized. Here in Boston, there are thousands of students pursuing an array of different degrees, but who all share the need to stay organized and on task. Nowadays, students have apps at their disposal that help them complete their work and stay connected. Some apps help me stay in touch with my parents and siblings when I’m away and others assist me in my personal life, but the academic apps are the ones I most commonly use throughout the school year.