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Do you need to know what Meerkat and Periscope are? (Spoiler: Probably not yet)



There's been a lot of buzz recently surrounding live video streaming apps Periscope and Meerkat, and you might be wondering what they do and whether they're another thing you'll have to learn about if you want to be able to understand what your kids are talking about today. Here's what the AP had to say about it yesterday:

"Download Periscope, Twitter's just-launched live video-streaming app, and you'll find people broadcasting all sorts of mundane stuff: waiting for AT&T to fix their wiring, getting out of bed in Silicon Valley, looking outside their office window in Chicago.

"Watch the videos, and you might ask yourself, is this really the next big thing? It could be. Check back in a few months …" (Full story here.)

And that's about it. Could watching live video from dozens of users' phones be an amazing way to witness the next Ferguson, or Times Square New Year's Eve party, or some other breaking news event? Maybe. There's a pretty big skills gap between the average smartphone user and a professional videographer, tho', so maybe not. We'll have to see.

Meanwhile, they're free to download — just search the store on your gizmo, install them and see what you think. Who knows, maybe there's an intrepid reporter inside you just waiting to break loose.

[Last modified: Friday, March 27, 2015 2:59pm]


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