Tech news was flowing faster than Niagara Falls this week as acquisitions continued to rock the world of tech. Following on the heels of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion, tech companies went on a buying spree this week, snatching up some of The Wonder of Tech’s favorite tech services.
While some companies were busy spending money, Getty Images made a major move that could save you money if you’re a fan of high-quality images.
In case you missed any of this important tech news, don’t worry, The Wonder of Tech has you covered!
Getty Images Go Free!
Good news for bloggers and readers of blogs! Getty Images has made its vast collection of images available to use for free. In an effort to control and monitor use of its images, Getty Images is making many of its images free to use for non-commercial purposes. What formerly could cost hundreds of dollars is now available free of charge for many.
If you’re a blogger and are constantly on the hunt for free images to use, this is great news, you’ve just hit the Mother Lode. Getty Images has over 80 million images in its archives, though not all of them are available to embed for free.
Go to Getty Images Embed to search for images you can embed for free. You can search for an image such as this one and hover your cursor over the embed icon:
Copy the embed code that pops up, paste it into your blog post, and the image will be embedded on your blog with full attribution:
For full instructions on how to embed Getty Images into a WordPress blog, check out this WordPress Getty Images Tutorial.
Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for more beautiful photos from Getty Images!
Flipboard Buys Zite
When I saw Zite as the top trending topic on Twitter, I knew that the news had to be big. Sure enough, Flipboard, a personal magazine app, announced that it was purchasing Zite from CNN. The purchase price of $60 million was three times the $20 million that CNN paid for Zite 2 1/2 years ago.
Zite is a news curation mobile app that delivers articles in a stunning and rich format. While other content curation apps, such as Flipboard, exist, Zite is unique in honing in on a reader’s interest based on topics instead of on publications.
See my review of Zite: Zite – My Go To App! for more information about Zite.
Zite comes in my two favorite types of “free”:
- Free to use
- Free of ads
While CNN maintained Zite as a separate app, Flipboard will be ending Zite as a stand-along app and instead incorporating Zite’s technology into the Flipboard app. Flipboard will be using Zite’s technology so you’ll be able to find content on Flipboard that’s a better fit for you.
Zite will continue to exist as an app for at least six months so it’s not too late to give it a try. Zite is available as a free app for:
For more information on the transition of Zite into Flipboard, check out the Zite blog.
Yahoo Buys Vizify
Vizify, the website that turned your social media activity into interactive media, announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Like Zite, Vizify will be enveloped into its acquirer, ending its stand-alone services.
Unlike Zite though, Vizify is no longer allowing people to sign up for its service. Current members will be able to download a snapshot of their Vizify bio. If you’re a Vizify user, look for an email from Vizify with instructions soon. You have until April 7, 2014 to download your Vizify bio.
See, Make a Vizify Video to Showcase Your Twitter Profile! for an example of how you could use Vizify to visualize your activity on social media.
Also see, Who Are Your Twitter Rockstars? to learn how Vizify helped you identify and thank your top Twitter peeps.
In Vizify’s official announcement the company indicated that its technology will be adopted by Yahoo and incorporated into Yahoo’s services. Stay tuned to The Wonder of Tech for future announcements if Yahoo offers Vizify-type media to its users.
Were you surprised by all of the tech news this week? Which tech news has the biggest impact on you? Will you be missing Zite and Vizify? Are you looking forward to seeing beautiful Getty Images at The Wonder of Tech? Let us know in the Comments section below!