Facebook Messenger Now Has Over 800 Million Monthly Active Users

Facebook announced Thursday that the number of people using its Messenger application monthly has shot past 800 million, with more features on the way to win even more fans. “The Messenger team’s mission is to make Messenger the best place to communicate with all the people and businesses in the world,” Facebook head of messaging products Dave Marcus said in ... Read More »

New App Alerts Women to Stop Saying ‘Sorry’ at Work

Saying sorry might sound like good manners but a new app is helping women to stop apologizing so often that they undermine their authority, particularly in the workplace. “Just Not Sorry” highlights each time a user types a key word or phrase such as “sorry,” “I think” or “I’m no expert” in email, said its creator Tami Reiss. So far, ... Read More »

Remix OS Brings Multi-Window Android to Any Desktop

Jide, the company behind Microsoft Surface-like Remix OS-powered “ultra-tablet,” took to CES trade show to announce that it will be making its Android-based operating system a free download worldwide on January 12. Remix OS, among other features, offers multi-windows. Remix OS will be made available for x86-supported (32-bit system architecture) computers – which is pretty much any desktop computer or ... Read More »

Microsoft to Kill Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 on Tuesday

Are you using an old version of Internet Explorer? Now is the time to upgrade or switch to another browser because Microsoft is phasing out support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 on Jan. 12. The shift will basically mean the end of security updates and technical help for versions of Internet Explorer other than 11, the latest iteration. ... Read More »

Apple’s App Store Made $1.1 Billion Over the Holidays

Did you buy a few apps for your new gadgets over the holidays? You’re definitely not alone. Apple said Wednesday that customers bought $1.1 billion (roughly Rs. 7,350 crores) worth of apps and in-app purchases in the two weeks between December 20 and January 3 alone. They also set a new single-day spending record, dropping $144 million (roughly Rs. 962 ... Read More »

India Funding Roundup: MyCity4Kids, Zebpay, Sensara, Tracxn, and More

Other than a Series A level investment in a mobile bitcoin startup, the first week of the year seems to have produced a lot of seed and angel level investments, for app-based startups engaged in child care, TV guides, ride-sharing, and medical tourism. MyCity4Kids Gurgaon-based MyCity4Kids, a content-focused website that serves a content and listings platform for parents has reportedly ... Read More »

Yahoo to Face Lawsuit Over Text Messages Originating From Messenger

A federal judge in Chicago allowed a class-action suit against Yahoo to move forward Monday amid allegations that the company violated telecom rules and sent consumers text messages they didn’t agree to receive. If consumers end up winning the lawsuit, Yahoo could be liable for up to $1,500 (roughly Rs. 1,00,275) in damages for each unwanted text message it sent ... Read More »

Now an App to Replace Your Selfie Stick

A US-based developer has developed a camera app that lets a user take selfie or groupfie by just tilting his/her head and without a physical selfie stick. Named as “Selfie Stick”, the app is designed by San Diego-based iOS developer Ford Davis who reckons that the need to carry an extra bit of kit just to snap a selfie could ... Read More »

Facebook’s Contingency Plans Tipped for When Things Go South With Google

It’s no secret Facebook has been looking for a way to gain more control of its place in Google’s Android ecosystem, especially its current reliance on the Google Play store and its associated services. From Facebook phones to Android launchers, the company has tried its hand to pervade the ecosystem on several occasions. A recent media report indicates Facebook has ... Read More »

‘Snuber’ Driverless Taxi on Seoul Campus Offers Glimpse of Future

A South Korean university is testing a sedan that can pick up and transport passengers without a human driver, giving a glimpse into the future of autonomous public transport. Seo Seung-Woo, director of the Intelligent Vehicle IT Research Center at Seoul National University, said the university has been testing the driverless taxi to transport handicapped students around campus. The vehicle, ... Read More »