Facebook Acquires WhatsApp For The Total of $19 Billion

Facebook vs WhatsApp

Facebook has finalized the deal to buy the popular messaging app WhatsApp for $16 Billion, according to the statement released by Facebook yesterday. The $16 Billion price tag consists of $4 Billion in cash and $12 Billion worth of shares in Facebook Inc. upfront to the founders of WhatsApp. The agreement also includes an additional $3 Billion of restricted stock over the course of next four years to the founders and employees of WhatsApp. WhatsApp has around 50 employees.

“WhatsApp’s extremely high user engagement and rapid growth are driven by the simple, powerful and instantaneous messaging capabilities we provide. We’re excited and honored to partner with Mark and Facebook as we continue to bring our product to more people around the world.” – Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO.

WhatsApp is a fast growing real-time mobile messaging app that allows users to send and receive messages over the Internet, avoiding the regular messaging charges. It has currently over 450 million active users with 100 million active users registered in the last four months and is on the path of reaching 1 billion users. Its business model involves charging $1 per year as a subscription fee, which is not charged for the first year.

“WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product”, Jan Koum, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO, said in a blog post.

Facebook Messanger vs WhatsApp
Source: distimo.com

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark Announced

Activision and Hasbro has officially announced a new upcoming video game, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark. The game is set to release this year for 3DS, Win, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark was revealed at the American International Toy Fair in New York during the preview event of Hasbro. The game was previously leaked by Amazon UK last week.

The game will be published by Activision, while Edge of Reality will develop it replacing High Moon Studios of the previous two Cybertron games.

According to the representative from Activision, Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark will link the High Moon’s Cybertron universe with the universe in the upcoming live action movie Transformers: Age of Extinction created by Michael Bay.

As with the previous two Cybertron games, players will be able to play as both Autobots and Decepticons. As of yet, Grimlock was announced as one of the playable characters.

transformers rise of the dark spark grimlock

Source: Examiner

Sony Xperia G Possible Specs and Photos Leaked

Sony Xperia G
Source: ViziLeaks

Possible upcoming mid-range phone by Sony, Xperia G has been leaked in photos by @vizileaks ahead of its possible debut at MobileWorld Congress 2014.

With all the big names in smartphone market set to debut their next flagship phone at this MWC, Sony along with next flagship Sirius(Xperia Z2) might be debuting another handset named Xperia G according to ViziLeaks.

Twitter user vizileaks tweeted two photos along with possible specs of Xperia G. The device is similar to Xperia Z1 Compact in terms of looks, but its specs is more like that of a mid-range phone. Xperia G may feature 4.8 inch screen, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8 megapixel camera, LTE and microSD slot.

PlayStation 4 beats Xbox One with Nearly Double Sales in US

PS4 vs Xbox One

According to a retails sales data report released by a research firm The NPD Group, Xbox One has been beaten by PlayStation 4 in the race to become the top-selling console in US and Worldwide. Latest data revealed by NPD shows that the PS4 sales nearly doubled the sales of Xbox One in the month of January in US, while remained the top selling console worldwide.

“PS4 led overall hardware sales this month, followed by the Xbox One,” The NPD Group’s Liam Callahan mentioned in an e-mail.

In December 2013, it was opposite of the current situation since Xbox One sales were reported to be higher than PS4 at that time.

Sony and Microsoft both has not revealed their exact sales figure yet.

Source: The Verge

Nokia’s First Android Phone To Be Unveiled at MWC 2014?

Nokia X
Source: evleaks

Rumors about Nokia entering the Android market has been circulating for few months with different names like Normandy, MView, Asha on Linux Project and Project N. However, since Microsoft has finalized the deal with Nokia, the chances of seeing an Android-powered Nokia phone seemed slim.

According to a recently released report on the Wall Street Journal, Nokia is all set to unveil its first android-powered phone Nokia X at this Mobile World Congress. The report also added credence to multiple rumors that we have been hearing about for past few months.

It was suggested in the report that the Nokia X will take over Asha series as the new budget friendly phone powered with Android OS and equipped with low end specs. The report also supports previous rumors by mentioning that the Nokia X will not offer access to the Google Play and other basic Google apps. Instead, it will come with pre-loaded apps and services of Microsoft and Nokia such as MixRadio, Bing, Here Maps and Skype. Also, the Google Play will be replaced with a Nokia app store in Nokia X.

The previous reports have suggested the specs of Nokia X to be: 1GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4GB RAM, 4GB storage with microSD slot, 4 inch WVGA display and 5 megapixel rear camera.

Just now, Nokia X or Nokia X A110 has been spotted on Mainguyen.vn website, along with its price. According to the listing the phone may cost around $100 with release date being sometime in March.

Nokia X A110

Samsung Surpasses Apple as the Top Recycled Brand

iPhone vs Galaxy

Samsung has surpassed Apple as the top recycled brand for the first time since 2009, according to Comparemymobile.com, just few weeks before the possible launch of Galaxy S5.

During 2013, Apple’s market share decreased by almost 50% with current market share being at 31.6%. While, Samsung market share in the same period has increased by almost 17% with current market share being at 34.1%.

According to comparemymobile.com, Samsung Galaxy S3 has been the top recycled mobile so far,

Source: T3

MediaTek’s Cortex A17 Octa-Core Announced

MediaTek MT6595
Source: Engadget

Taiwan based chipset manufacturer, MediaTek has just announced its new octa-core processor based on recently announced ARM’s Cortex A17 architecture.

MT6595 is the upcoming octa-core processor by MediaTek that is claimed to be the world’s first 4G LTE octa-core processor based on Cortex A17 architecture. MediaTek said that MT6595 is meant for the premium devices, competing directly against QualComm’s Snapdragon 800 and 805.

The upcoming MT6595 features eight cores: four A17 cores running at 2.2-2.5 GHz and four A7 cores running at 1.7GHz. It will also be equipped with Rogue PowerVR Series 6 GPU and an integrated H.264 Ultra HD decoder for 4K/UHD content.

MT6595 will be using ARM’s big.LITTLE technology and Heterogeneous Multi-Processing that will allow all eight cores to be used simultaneously for heavy tasks or use one or two cores for basic tasks.

More information on Engadget.

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