WhatsApp, the world's biggest mobile messaging service, is to add a voice call service for its 450 million customers, laying down a new challenge to telecom network operators just days after it was bought by Facebook for $19 billion.
Chief Executive Jan Koum said his aim was for WhatsApp users to be able to make calls by the second quarter, just as they can now text messages, in a bid to expand the service's appeal to help it hit a billion users.
FamilyWize says it has teamed up with mobile health specialist GenieMD to further its goal of providing affordable prescription medicine.
The partnership will see FamilyWize’s (Center Valley, PA, USA) prescription discount card and price comparison service made available through the GenieMD (Pleasanton, CA, USA) app.
That means app users will be able to compare prescription prices at local pharmacies and use the FamilyWize prescription discount card to buy FDA-approved medicines at an average saving of 40%.
Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick knows the value of a good controversy.
After his upstart company, which lets people summon rides at the touch of a smartphone button, provoked a flurry of social media outrage in December over pricing policies that can result in exorbitant fares, Kalanick addressed prospective New Year's Eve customers.
China Mobile International, a unit of China Mobile, has launched an application it hopes will win business from millions of overseas Chinese and others communicating with China.
The app, Jego, allows anyone outside China with an Android or iOS smartphone and a data connection to receive free incoming calls on a China Mobile (Beijing, China) number, if they have one, or via a rented number if they don't. They can also make cheap international calls using the app.
Japanese tech and telecoms group SoftBank Corp is paying 150 billion yen ($1.53 billion) for a 51 percent stake in Finnish mobile game maker Supercell, valuing the small maker of hit games "Clash of Clans" and "Hay Day" at $3 billion.
Softbank's (Tokyo, Japan) bid to claim a leading role in the fast-growing mobile games market makes 3-year-old Supercell (Helsinki, Finland), with about 100 employees and just two free-to-play games, more valuable than Zynga Inc (San Francisco, CA, USA), the $2.8 billion company behind former hits such as "FarmVille."
As the bicycle makes a major comeback in cities across the globe, a new app is making sure that no bike collects dust in a garage.
Cyclists in more than 500 cities worldwide have access to rentals thanks to the growing popularity of city bike sharing services that provide convenient and affordable access to bicycles, according to the environmental group Earth Policy Institute.
But a new iPhone app called Spinlister is aiming to connect bicycle owners with people who want to rent different types of bicycles and for longer periods of time.
Nokia Siemens Networks has signed a memorandum of understanding with CDNetworks, a provider of web services, that will see the two companies collaborate on the development of a new content delivery service for mobile broadband operators.
The two companies are to work on improving an existing service from Nokia Siemens Networks (Helsinki, Finland) called Liquid Applications, which allows operators to tailor content and applications depending on a customer’s service preferences and usage profile.
With the cloud and M2M both integral to Deutsche Telekom’s growth strategy, the German operator is keen to publicize its launch of development kits for cloud-based M2M applications.
The kits consist of Arduino or Cinterion boards with GSM chips, SIM cards and access to the M2M Developer Platform.
Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) is also relaunching its M2M Developer Community – its portal for developing M2M products and services – with new functionality.
The number of automotive apps downloaded in cars will jump from around 12 million at the end of 2012 to some 4.3 billion by the end of 2018, generating revenues of $1.67 globally, according to a new study from ABI Research.
The market-research company thinks apps will have a revolutionary impact on the connected cars market, which has seen relatively modest growth so far, with car companies struggling to generate revenue from monthly subscriptions.
France Telecom-Orange has added its name to the small but growing list of operators to have launched services based on joyn, the brand name for the Rich Communications Services-enhanced (RCS-e) standard backed by industry body the GSM Association (GSMA).
The operator has launched joyn in its home territory of France, becoming the first French operator to do so, and says customers using the service will be able to chat and make file transfers during calls.