WhatsApp is the brainchild of programmer Brian Acton and computer engineer Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo, who left the company in 2005, after which the pair travelled South America, simply to get away from work and no doubt dream up new internet based ideas.
There are a number of fitness trackers on the market, often worn on the wrist, which are used by athletes to check their heart rates and the number of steps taken, sometimes calories burned, but even the most sophisticated can do no more than that. The medical profession, particularly in a hospital environment, use a device called an oximeter, which fits onto the finger and measures pulse rates as well as oxygen levels, widely used particularly after surgery.
Jack Dorsey who founded Twitter and returned to the fold last month, vowed he would make changes and the first thing that he did was to lay off 8% of the workforce. Now some executive heads are starting to roll as it has been announced that four people in top posts are to leave. These are the head of product Kevin Weil, the head of the media Katie Jacobs Stanton who will depart in the next few weeks, these are to be followed by Alex Roetter who is the head of the engineering and by human resources executive Skip Schipper. (more…)
The use of the drone is becoming something of a normal feature of everyday life and not just in a military context. However, what we have just seen puts the use of the drone into a whole new category as a team of engineer who are based at the University of Oslo have entered the Guinness Book of World Records, not for how high it may go, or how far it can travel, but weight lifting.
The smartphone is no longer the must item for trendy young things, just about everyone, irrespective of age or gender, can be seen on public transport, in the office, or pub or restaurant checking for messages and emails.
The much loved technological game Robot wars is scheduled to be shown again for a new six part series on BBC2 which will once again see a whole bunch of new devices, with perhaps some old favourites. These will, we imagine, take advantage of the advance of lithium batteries, materials and computing that have moved dramatically on since the show was first aired in 1998.
The battle for the online streaming music service shows no sign of letting up as Apple has just announced that it now has over 10 million paid subscribers across the 100-plus countries in which it is available. That in itself is a wonderful achievement, even more so when it is realised that the figure is half as many as Spotify the Swedish company which launched in 2008, compared to Apple Music which launched just over six months ago.
The name Motorola first came to the attention of the American public in 1928, 87 years ago, when they began manufacturing battery eliminators, which enabled radio sets to be powered directly from the mains electricity. But it was the burgeoning motor car industry that brought the company early success when they began selling Motorola car-radio receivers to police departments and municipalities in November 1930.
Teaming up with Ericsson, Swedish car maker Volvo made an announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016, which said that it was working closely with Ericsson to develop HD streaming television in its future self-driving cars, this will allow the occupants of the car to watch all their favourite shows in HD.
There can be very few people that believed that the latest Star Wars movie would be anything but a huge success and the tickets sales worldwide of $517 surely vindicates the decision, questioned by some, that the $4bn that Disney paid for Star Wars producer Lucas Films was justified.