Plenty have been wondering what's next for WhatsApp after the popular messaging service was purchased by Facebook for $16 billion last week, and now we have the answer: voice calls. According to TechCrunch, WhatsApp announced during a Mobile World Congress event today that it would be adding voice services to iOS and Android during the second quarter of the year. The feature will reportedly head to Nokia devices and BlackBerrys sometime after that.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick took the stage with Jason Calacanis at the 2014 LAUNCH Festival today to introduce a new feature for his company’s app. Rolling out soon is the ability to receive push notifications that will tell you when surge pricing goes down so you don’t have to constantly check the app.
Microsoft is cutting the price of the Xbox One to £399.99 in the UK, as it seeks to stimulate sales alongside its highly-anticipated first person shooter exclusive Titanfall.The reduced price tag will take effect this Friday (February 28), exactly two weeks before the new title from Respawn Entertainment hits store shelves in the region. While stocks last, Microsoft will also throw in a free copy of Titanfall if you pre-order the title alongside a new Xbox One. That means you’re picking up the console for £30 less, with a full-price game (anywhere up to £50) for a grand total of £80 in savings.
Harold Ramis, known best for his portrayal of Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters films and as the filmmaker behind several beloved comedies, has died at the age of 69. Ramis died due to complications stemming from autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that he began battling in 2010. The Chicago Tribune reports that Ramis at one point had to relearn to walk as a result of the disease, which "involves swelling of the blood vessels." His health again took a turn for the worse when he suffered a relapse of the vasculitis in 2011.
Wrestling fans suddenly have a lot to watch. In the US today, the WWE Network is launching on mobile, streaming devices, and the web, offering live access to all monthly pay-per-view events as well as thousands of hours of on-demand content for $9.99 per month. The network's launch marks a big change in WWE's business model: instead of focusing on the sales of its monthly events for $44.95, it's hoping to sign up a wealth of subscribers at a lower rate to make up and eventually surpass the difference in revenue. And with pay-per-view as a whole on the decline, WWE is making a bet on that happening.
Today, Nokia announced the Nokia X, a smartphone running a forked version of Android. The Nokia X and the Nokia X+ which are 4-inch smartphones with 512 MB of RAM, a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a 1,500 mAh battery. The Nokia X+ will allow for expandable memory slot up to 32 GB. Nokia will start shipping the Nokia X for €89 (without a contract or subsidy, before local taxes) to dozens of countries across the world starting the week of March 3rd. The Nokia X+ will ship early in the second quarter for €99. Nokia also announced the Nokia XL, a 5-inch version of the Nokia X and will be available in early second quarter for €109.
msung is back with another flagship Galaxy S smartphone. The new model for 2014, which is predictably called the Galaxy S5, is another premium device packed with an eye-watering number of new software and hardware features.While it sports another 5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, this is a noticeable upgrade to the Galaxy S4. A new heart rate monitor has been fitted under the rear-facing camera, which has been bumped up from a 13-megapixel to 16-megapixel sensor. The time spent between shots has been reduced to a third of a second and now supports 4K video recording and spot focusing.Taking inspiration from the iPhone 5s, the Galaxy S5 is also equipped with a fingerprint sensor, which will give you the ability to unlock the device and make payments using a single swipe with one of your digits.