Facebook Messenger for Firefox will also shut down on March 3 : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Less than 24 hours after Facebook confirmed it was shutting down Facebook Messenger for Windows on March 3, we’ve discovered the same kill date applies to Facebook Messenger for Firefox. It appears that the company is no longer interested in developing desktop apps.
The first clue comes from the fact that Facebook has pulled its Messenger for Firefox page and its corresponding Help Center page – both now display a generic error. If you still have the add-on, which someone has reuploaded toadd-ons.mozilla.org, an identical end-of-support message is displayed at the top of the application as the one in Facebook Messenger for Windows
eBay acquires PhiSix, which lets users try on 3D clothes virtually : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
While online shopping can make buying the latest gear easier, there are some downsides — like not being able to try on clothes.
eBay appears to be all too aware of this issue, especially when it comes to item returns. In an effort to make it easier for shoppers and to cut down on returns, the e-commerce giant announced on Wednesday that it acquired 3D virtual clothing try-on company PhiSix.
Facebook to buy WhatsApp for $19 bln : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Facebook Inc(FB.O) will buy fast-growing mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock in a landmark deal that places the world’s largest social network closer to the heart of mobile communications and may bring younger users into the fold.
Lenovo Buys Google’s Motorola Unit for $2.9 Billion : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Google announced on Wednesday that it has sold its Motorola smartphone business to PC manufacturer Lenovo for $2.9 billion.
Google closed its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola in 2012. Taking into account Google’s $2.4 billion sale of the Motorola Home division to Arris in December of that year, that’s still a $7.2 billion difference.
Yahoo Is Buying Tomfoolery, An Enterprise App Studio : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Yahoo’s acquisition spree continues apace, with the next deal likely to cover a few different bases for the company: mobile, enterprise and bringing ex-Yahoo talent back into the fold. We have heard that Yahoo is in advanced talks to acquire Tomfoolery, an enterprise app studio co-founded by two ex-Yahoos and two ex-AOLers. One person close to the situation says the deal could be done as soon as this week
Google acquires artificial intelligence company DeepMind : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Google has reportedly acquired London based artificial intelligence startup DeepMind Technologies. The latest move by Google reaffirms its ambitions in the artificial reality space. The acquisition was reportedly led by Google’s CEO Larry Page.
Yahoo Acquires Mobile Marketing Firm Sparq : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Yahoo has scooped up yet another start-up just days after its first acquisition in early January. Continuing its reign of acquiring small firms, Yahoo has bought mobile marketing start-up Sparq for an undisclosed amount. Sparq lets users switch between apps on their Smartphones and could beenticing to marketers because it is said to drive people’s app usage.
Eddy, an Android-powered tablet just for toddlers : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Educational solutions start-up Metis Learning today launched an Android 4.2-powered tablet targeting kids aged 2-10 years and focusing on educator selected learning content.
Eddy, which the firm claims is India’s first Android- powered kids learning tablet, is being offered at an introductory price of Rs 9,999 till February 20th and at present is exclusively available on Amazon.com and the start-ups website eddytablet.com.
6 Awesome Things You Can Do With Your Gmail ID : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Everyone has a Google account, and most of us tend to use it only for e-mails. A few others might probably be active on Google+ and YouTube perhaps, even use the Google Drive service. But did you know that this single ID could be put to other amazing uses?
WhatsApp’s first new feature under Facebook: Voice calls : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
The world’s biggest messaging service WhatsApp, which Facebook has just bought for $19 billion, will add voice calls to its product in the second quarter of this year, its chief executive Jan Koum said on Monday.
With 450 million users worldwide, WhatsApp and its competitors South Korea’s KakaoTalk and China’s WeChat have punched a hole in telecom operators’ revenue in recent years by offering a free alternative to text messaging.
Apple acquires app testing startup Burstly : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Apple has acquired Burstly, the maker of app management and analytics platforms that have become popular among developers.
The news, first reported by TechCrunch and confirmed by Re/code, brings one of the most widely used independent app testing platforms inside of the Apple ecosystem.
Burstly owns TestFlight, an iOS service that allows programmers to release and manage beta software to a limited audience. TestFlight also collects data on usage as well as bugs, which is then passed along to an app’s developers. It also created app ad management platform SkyRocket.
Ubuntu Smartphones to Debut in 2014 : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
First Ubuntu Linux OS-based Smartphones are reportedly set for a rollout this year. Chinese phone makers, BQ and Meizu, would manufacture Smartphones based on a mobile version of Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux operating system.
Japan’s Rakuten moves into messaging with deal to buy Viber for $900m : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten is moving into mobile messaging after it announced a $900 million deal to buy Viber, the Cyprus-based mobile voice and chat messaging company that claims 300 million registered users worldwide.
Microsoft Teams Up With Foursquare : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Microsoft is in the news today for more than one reason. For starters, the software giant appointed Indian born Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO. Secondly, the company has partnered and invested $15M in location data app Foursquare. The partnership is described as a “commercial and technical” licensing deal that will merge Foursquare recommendations into Microsoft’s local and search products.
SocialRadar: Social network for real-time connections : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Walk into a room of people, and your smartphone can tell if you have a connection to any of them, if it can find the right data.
A social networking app called SocialRadar analyzes smartphone users’ social networks including Facebook and Twitter, and correlates that with location data, to let people know in real time about their connections to those around them.
While some apps already use geolocation data, SocialRadar aggregates information from major social networks and matches that with a smartphone’s location for “real-time intelligence.”
This means you can see in real time the people around you with whom you share a connection across several services.
Google Announces Special Prescription Frames For Glass : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Google is adding the cool factor to its innovative Google Glass. Google will offer Google Glass in attractive frames.Google has announced the next step through which they could make their ambitious Google Glass reach more users, especially those who already use prescription eyewear. While it was known that Google get Glass to fit on spectacles, this announcement seems to be a bit sudden.
OneDrive is the new name for Microsoft SkyDrive : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Microsoft has only just revealed the new name for its SkyDrive cloud storage service, but it already feels like it’s been around for a while.
Called OneDrive, the new moniker first appeared in a blogpost on Microsoft’s site, which describes the service as, “one place for all your photos and videos. One place for all of your documents. One place that is seamlessly connected across all the devices you use”.
Mobile apps to generate over $77 billion in revenue by 2017: Gartner : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Mobile apps are expected to see more than 268 billion downloads and generate revenue of over $77 billion by 2017, becoming one of the most popular computing tools, research firm Gartner said today.
“Mobile apps have become the official channel to drive content and services to consumers. From entertainment content to productivity services, there is an app for practically anything a connected consumer may want to achieve,” Gartner Research Director Brian Blau said.
Global Smartphone users to touch 1.75 billion in 2014: eMarketer : Web, Mobile & Big Data Blog
Aided by the growing adoption of Smartphones, especially in emerging markets, global Smartphone users are expected to touch 1.75 billion this year, market research firmeMarketer said. The firm also pegged global mobile phone users to reach 4.55 billion in 2014.
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