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Showing posts from January 31, 2016

WhatsApp bumps up group member limit to 256

The world’s most popular instant messaging app – WhatsApp – just got a minor update that many users would be happy about. WhatsApp has now updated its app to support more than 100 members within a group. The app now allows for up to 256 members to be added to a WhatsApp group. And while casual users will be happy, there are others who would be happy with this news as well. Seems like WhatsApp is giving its users (or group admins) more reasons to stick around on its platform. While this is not a big deal for many (apart from the fact that group conversations will now get more meaningless), there is this other group of people that are currently using WhatsApp as a platform to run their business.

Microsoft Gonna buy Swiftkey app for $250 million

Microsoft may be closing in on another massive deal for another popular productivity app. The company is reportedly close to acquiring SwiftKey, a London-based company that makes the popular keyboard app of the same name, according to multiple reports.Microsoft will pay "around $250 million" for the company, according to the  Financial Times , whofirst reported the deal.While SwiftKey makes one of the most popular keyboard apps for both iOS and Android devices, Microsoft is reportedly interested in the company for its artificial intelligence capabilities, not for its keyboard. (Microsoft already has a keyboard technology called WordFlow, which will reportedly make its iOS debut in the coming weeks.)

What the Hell is Zika, anyway?

The Zika virus is an arbovirus, closely related to yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya. The virus causes mild symptoms and usually does not result in severe illness requiring hospitalization, and it is rarely deadly. In fact, if it weren't for two specific conditions strongly suspecting of being related to Zika, this outbreak would not be worthy of much attention at all. The Zika virus was first identified in 1947 in the Zika Forest of Uganda. However, it likely jumped from another species to humans, and then began spreading in human populations, according to Andrew Read, an entomologist and senior scholar at Penn State University.