Posts tagged with: Whatsapp
  • by | March 20, 2014 7:31 PM

    Just over one month ago, the incredibly popular chat application WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook for over $19 billion in cash and stocks. Why did the social media giant want WhatsApp? It's no secret, honestly – to break into emerging markets and capitalize on WhatsApp's popularity in the eastern world. The question now is, which of the two chat services is better? WhatsApp or Facebook? How do they differ and how are they alike? Most importantly, which one of Facebook's two chat services should you be using? We aim to answer those questions and more in this WhatsApp vs Facebook ...

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  • by | March 12, 2014 7:05 PM

    Thanks to last month's big Facebook acquisition, WhatsApp has been attracting a lot of attention lately. While that should only help grow its already impressively large 450-million-person-strong user base, that extra attention also means that more people are placing the app under a critical light. Today we learn of a potential security vulnerability in how WhatsApp saves logs of your conversations; what exactly is the problem here, and is it one you need to be concerned about? WhatsApp uses your phone's SD card for storage (whether physical or a virtual part of the internal file system), ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 7:03 PM

    When we're talking about Facebook and messaging acquisitions, Snapchat is the name that first comes to mind, following the much-publicized news last fall that Snapchat turned down a $3B offer from the social network. Since then we've been wondering in the back of our minds if Facebook might take another stab at buying the company, or at least go after some of its competition. Tonight we get news that Facebook has indeed gone ahead with plans to purchase a smartphone messaging service, but it's not Snapchat this time around; instead, Facebook has announced an arrangement that will see it ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    The end of the year in tech is already dominated by lists - best of, worst of, top 5, bottom 50 - you get the picture. So rather than foist another array of numeric bullet points upon you on our last podcast of the year, we've decided to dedicate this show to you, the listener ... and more specifically, to those of you who've written to us. That's right - just like we did back in the summer, for the last show of 2013 we're focusing entirely on listener mail on this, episode 076 of the Pocketnow Weekly. The backed-up emails in our inbox span the full array of tech topics, ranging from ...

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  • by | August 7, 2013 9:00 PM

    We apologize for the late upload due to some technical difficulties that just got solved. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's Android Device Manager, which just went public for all markets. Microsoft follows with an announcement of their Bing app suite for Windows Phone 8, though with some boring services. Whatsapp is next as the company has reached 300 Million users and is now offering voice messaging. Samsung's 384GB storage chip takes the spotlight next, even though it's hard to tell when we'll get it. We end today's show talking about the LG G2, our first ...

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  • by | August 7, 2013 7:02 AM

    The competition for the dominating service of cross-platform messaging has lasted for a while, and with BlackBerry working hard on bringing BBM to Android and iOS, it was only a matter of time before the existing incumbent did something about it. Whatsapp has proven to be one of the best options that we all have to communicate with just about any smartphone platform in the market, and they've got more up their sleeve. The company has now officially confirmed that they've reached a staggering 300 million users, which shows a growth of as much as 50 million in just six weeks. To celebrate, ...

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  • by | July 18, 2013 12:34 PM

    WhatsApp is easily one of the most popular cross-platform messaging systems around. While you ultimately have to pay to use the service, the rates have been so low – just a dollar a year after the free one-year preview – that users have still flocked to it, even ignoring free alternatives. Problem was, the app's pricing hasn't been entirely consistent. That all changes this week, with the iOS version being updated to now behave just like other ports. They way it used to be, you could buy WhatsApp for iOS for a dollar, but then it would be free to use thereafter – a good deal for iOS ...

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  • by | April 9, 2013 1:56 AM

    Recent rumors of Google preparing to acquire WhatsApp appear to be just that, rumors. Companies don't usually comment on speculation but it seems that WhatsApp felt the need to debunk this one, denying involvement in discussions to sell the company to Google. There was even a price tag attached to previous hear-say: $1 billion. However, WhatsApp’s business development head Neeraj Arora came on record to state that the company is not in talks with Google. Apparently the executive declined to comment further but the statement should be enough to put rumors to rest, at least for now, as ...

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  • by | April 8, 2013 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Facebook Home got leaked, tested and shown-off. Then we go through two Nokia Lumia 928 rumors, which sadly don't match the Catwalk project. Later we talk about the Samsung S Orb Camera software project, which doesn't seem that groundbreaking now that we get some leaks. Later it's Google Play Store leaks and Babel Chat services for Google in the near future. We end today's show talking about the possibility of Google buying the Whatsapp messenger service. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Facebook Home Leaks, Allows An Early ...

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  • by | April 8, 2013 12:14 PM

    Thanks to the rumors about Google Babel, we've be talking a lot recently about the company's efforts to unify all its messaging systems under one roof. So far, that's looked to Google rounding-up all its in-house products which offer messaging, but could Google also be looking to augment its own services as part of a broader messaging strategy? We're wondering just that, after hearing the rumor that Google could be trying to purchase WhatsApp. This follows December's rumors that Facebook might be trying to snag WhatsApp, which never did come to pass. Supposedly, Google's been talking with ...

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  • by | December 4, 2012 7:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we go through Google's announcement of their I/O event in 2013 and what we might get. Then it's all Nexus talk as we go through the CyanogenMod advances on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, aside from the probability of the Nexus 4 returning to sales in Europe. Then we go through the recent changes in the Facebook Messenger app and how this affects Whatsapp. Then we talk about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrades to the Galaxy S III on AT&T and the new Droid HD line-up on Verizon. We end today's show by talking about Nokia's recent decision to sell Nokia House ...

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