CES 2016 has not really started yet, but there are already multiple member of the press on the ground and the vendors are arriving in droves. Along with these arrivals are the oppress releases and news updates. Our in boxes have been blowing up since Wednesday of last week with announcements, launches, invites (to parties and booths) along with a flood of news from CEA (the Consumer Electronics Association) that would make Noah antsy. With all of this news it is pretty clear what the focus of CES 2016 will be: The Connected Lifestyle.
In October WhatsApp had 350 million users. The company has now announced new data - the number of users of this application for instant messaging has exceeded 400 million. Statistics include number of monthly active users, and the explosive growth in the number of users continues from earlier. Just four months ago WhatsApp had „only“ 300 million users.
Users of Gmail Android app until now could sent as an attachment only photos and videos, but with the new version 4.7 Google has finally allowed sending of other file types. The new version of Gmail allows sending of zipped files which can also now be downloaded directly to the Android device.
The company Yahoo has announced a new update of Flickr photo app for iOS devices. With it Flickr becomes something more than just a photo viewer. They added the possibility that was once available in service Instagram. Real time display of image preview with appliqued filter, before the app even performed postprocessing and updated the photo.
BlackBerry company is in financial difficulties. A lot of hope was laid in their new operating system BlackBerry 10, but the expected success was never really achieved. In May, the developers at the conference noted that there is more than 120,000 applications in the BlackBerry World for BlackBerry's youngest operating system on the market, but this potentially positive information turned out to be pretty bad because it was revealed that one third of these applications came from the same developer.
AppGratis is an application that allows automatic retrieval of free applications on the AppStore and reportedly had 12 million users last year, and has earned areound $11 million to its owners. However, this will stop, because Apple removed it from the AppSotre due to alleged infringement of AppStore guidelines for applications. As the creators of AppGratis are French, on the occasion of this French Deputy Minister Fleur Pellerin decided to say something and argues that certain Internet companies are doing "constant bullying" and that she will ask the European Commission and member states to improve the regulation of digital platforms, search services and social networks .
When the smart phone first hit the market it was designed with the business person in mind. It was something like a combination between a PDA and a Phone; in fact the first smartphone that I owned was a PDA complete with the PalmOS. It was a horrible brick of a phone and was quickly replaced with a HTC PPC 2600. Phone manufacturers quickly caught on to the fact that people other than business people wanted to do more with their phones. The idea of the connected phone was born and we started to see even the cheapest handsets with mobile web browsers games and message sharing.
A couple of weeks ago there was an uproar over the data collection practices of the iPhone social networking app Path. This app was intended to allow users to have a more intimate social networking experience. Well like an intimate partner they appear to have been going through some of their users personal information. In fact Path was requesting and uploading users contacts lists; including phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses, and anything else that was attached to the contact in question (there is a lot you can put in a contact entry).