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.
Google Inc has unveiled a set of fashionable prescription frames and shades for its Glass Internet-connected eyewear in an image makeover to give it broader appeal before a mass launch in the United States later this year.
Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) also announced a deal with Vision Service Plan (Rancho Cordova, CA, USA), the largest U.S. optical health insurance provider, that will allow consumers to get prescription lenses specially fitted to the device.
Healthcare IT player Healthy Passage has launched a new website aimed at providing a “curated, online marketplace” for a variety of smart health devices.
Named MeasuredCare, the website is aimed at a range of end users, from chronic disease sufferers to fitness enthusiasts, says Healthy Passage.
The website features an array of smartphone-enabled medical devices – including blood pressure cuffs, body scales, fitness trackers and pulse oximeters – from leading manufacturers.
Accenture has been chosen to replace CGI Federal as the lead contractor for the Obamacare enrollment website, which failed to work when it launched in October for millions of Americans shopping for health insurance, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said on Saturday.
AT&T Inc plans to give consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services.
The company announced details on Monday at AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) developer conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The offering will let sponsors subsidize consumer data fees, which have gradually become more expensive in recent years as phone companies charge for mobile web-surfing based on how much data their customers download.
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.
The European Commission (EC) is to invest €700 million ($965 million) in 5G research and development in a bid to improve the competitiveness of the region’s mobile communications industry.
The plans form part of the EC’s Horizon 2020 program, which will see a total of €6.2 billion injected into eight Public Private Partnerships in areas deemed to be of strategic importance to Europe.
Europe's second highest court upheld a decision on Wednesday by European Union regulators clearing Microsoft's $8.5 billion takeover of Skype in 2011, rejecting a challenge by the world's top network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc.
At a hearing in May, Cisco (San Jose, CA, USA) argued that Microsoft's (Seattle, WA, USA) acquisition of the Internet video and voice messaging company created a monopoly and that the European Commission was wrong to approve the deal without demanding concessions from Microsoft.
Verizon Communications has agreed a takeover of content delivery networks specialist EdgeCast for an undisclosed fee.
The company develops technology that speeds up the delivery of content over internet networks and competes against the better-known Akamai Technologies (Cambridge, MA, USA) in this market.
Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) said it planned to use EdgeCast’s (Santa Monica, CA, USA) technology to broaden the portfolio of site acceleration services its Digital Media Services business sells to digital enterprises.