Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has finally launched a new voice calling service, enabling users to make phone calls over the Internet. This is the first time WhatsApp is offering this, which puts it head-to-head against the likes of Skype, Viber, & others.
Wonder how social network Facebook’s gonna react to this software? Called Timewaste Timer, this one helps you tackle your “Facebook addiction”.
In a vague sort of way, this works against the very concept of GPS but what the heck…..Search engine Google now allows users to send directions on their Android devices to any geographical location from their computers so that they can have the walking/driving directions available on their devices even before leaving their offices or homes.
Reports: Lifehacker Australia, Android Central, Android Police
IT major Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has said his company had seen over 100 million downloads of Office on iPhones, iPads & Android Tablets. He told analysts in a conference call after Microsoft announced its Q3 results yesterday that the core aim of the company’s mobile first strategy was to ensure that the service end points were on every mobile device. Buoyed by growth in Cloud-based products & mobile, Microsoft saw year-on-year revenue growth of 6% to US $21.7 billion, during its fiscal Q3 2015.
Reports: The Verge, Mobile World Live, Digital Trends
The micro blog will use a member’s information to cull digests of relevant tweets. As of now, the feature is available on Android.
You on Snapchat? Do you feel irritated with the video messaging app’s 10-second video recording limit? Well, at least if you are on iOS, here’s some news. There’s a simple work around this problem following the discovery of a certain bug.
Reports: The Verge, ubergizmo, Business Insider
The App Store for Apple Watch apps opened on Thursday.
The store is the 3rd of the App Store, along with branches hosting apps for the iPhone & the iPad. Apple said over 3,000 Watch apps would be available here. The Apple Watch works in tandem with an iPhone. Developers are still grappling with the fact that they have to develop apps that work simultaneously on the big screen on a phone & the tiny one of the Apple Watch, though.
Reports: The Verge, Mac Rumors, Cult of Mac, 9 to 5 Mac (blog), Engadget
Freeze Tag, a leading creator of mobile social games, announced that it had signed an agreement with Nudge, a software solution to enhance in-game marketing & ‘live’ operations optimization. The company also announced Open Beta for its new game, Black Forest: Hidden Object Mystery, was now ‘live’.
The results shown at the click of a button are divided into 8 categories such as name, reach, reviews, etc. Users will also get a cheat sheet as a handy reference to keep track of best practices. The tool will also take you through a series of tips & tricks & resources that will help you create a better listing & attract more users & downloads.
Facebook has made further inroads into your phone. The social network has launched a phone dialler, caller ID provider, search engine & call blocker for Android called Hello. A Facebook Creative Labs project, Hello connects with Facebook so you can see who’s calling, block unwanted calls & even search for people or places.
Reports: Re/code, Engadget, Wired, Techcrunch
Apple’s Safari browser accounted for over half of US mobile & Tablet Internet usage in March according to independent Website analytics provider, StatCounter. “This emphasises the potential prize in the rapidly growing mobile space for Yahoo, Bing or others if Apple decides to end its default search deal with Google,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.