Facebook to buy mobile chat app WhatsApp?

If reports are to be believed, Facebook is looking to buy multi-platform instant messaging application WhatsApp in a bid to improve its mobile services.

Citing sources close to the matter, TechCrunchreports the social networking giant has shown keen interest in acquiring WhatsApp. The site, however, could not provide more information about the possible price range or the talks are in which stage right now. Facebook and WhatsApp are yet to comment on the reports.

Buying WhatsApp would make a lot of sense for Facebook, which has of late looked to tap its mobile services to up revenues. WhatsApp, launched in 2009, announced in October last year that it had more than 100 millioni daily users across the world, sending and receiving 1 billion messages per day. These impressive figures might have prompted Facebook to bring in such features to its social network. It’s notable WhatsApp has users base across multiple mobile platforms, including iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Phone.

Facebook to buy mobile chat app WhatsApp?

“Just how much is 1 billion messages? That is 41,666,667 messages an hour, 694,444 messages a minute, and 11,574 messages a second,” WhatsApp boasted in a blog post.  “Unlike Facebook, Whatsapp is a paid app. And obviously, having a paid, ad-free service is an expansion of Facebook’s business model beyond advertising. We’ve already seen Facebook launch another service that diversifies it — Gifts — and the positive impact that has had with investors,” says the report.

Right now it’s not clear exactly what Facebook would do with WhatsApp if it bought. But it is believed that the move would help deeper integration of the IM with the social networking site.

Reports of Facebook-WhatsApp deal come days after the messenger app drew harsh criticism from security and mobile researchers over the alleged security risks based on its authentication process. According to CNET, various bloggers dubbed the process a “security nightmare”, alleging the app leaked data collected off the device when it’s being relayed to services.

Recently, WhatsApp suffered a glitch that showed “error:uknown” as contact status. According to reports, the glitch had affected thousands of users worldwide. The bug was followed by a hoax message urging people who use the app to forward a message to all their contacts or face having their accounts deleted. Read more about the WhatsApp glitch here.

Nokia introduces City Lens 1.5 beta for WP7

The Nokia City Lens app that incorporates LiveSight technology is now available in a beta version for Nokia Lumia 900, 800 and 710. Nokia City Lens, exclusively developed for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application to provide a LiveSight-enabled experience.

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Nokia said that, City Lens 1.5 beta version will help it make the app even better and soon all Nokia Lumia owners, including owners of Nokia Lumia 820 and 920. The existing version of City Lens shows you all the places nearby, even around the corner or a block away. The latest Sightline feature lets you switch your view to only what’s in your direct line of sight, making it easier to spot great places that are right in front of you. With this beta version of Nokia City Lens app, users can quickly view a place’s address without leaving camera view. Nokia’s official blog read, “You can just tap to view the information overlaid on display while you keep scanning. When you’re ready to learn more about the place, another tap pulls up complete information of that place.”

With this new version of Nokia City Lens, Nokia said that, it is making good use of the key features in Windows Phone. The blog further adds, “Nokia City Lens now lets you pin individual categories to your home screen, so you can jump directly to your favourite category searches with just a tap. Art buff? Create a Sights tile. Foodie? Create a Food tile. Wherever you are, you can instantly find what you love.”

Users interested in trying out Nokia City Lens for their Nokia Lumia 900, 800 or 710, can  download it from Nokia Beta Labs.

WhatsApp hit by ‘Error: Status Unavailable’ bug

It seems that the issue has now been resolved but if you still not able to view the statuses, either refresh your status on WhatsApp or try rebooting your handset.

If you have been using the popular multi-platform real time messaging app WhatsApp, we know how much you might have been frustrated by the downtimes that the app has faced in the past couple of months.

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And today, there is another error that Whatsapp users are facing. The status of WhatsApp users has disappeared and they are greeted with a ‘Error: Status Unavailable’ message.
While only a limited number of users might actually look at the status of their friends and family (at least I don’t) this kinds of minor error could be irritating. The team at WhatsApp is aware of the issue and is already working on resolving it.

Nokia Lumia 920, 820 coming to India next year!

The new Windows Phone 8 devices by Nokia are probably the most sought after handsets of recent times. There has been a lot of debate as to when the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 will be launched in India. The brand recently announced that these devices will hit shelves in Singapore on December 8, 2012. This has led to speculations that these handset will make their way to India too, in December. For those looking forward to the new Windows Phone 8 Lumia handsets, our sources have just confirmed that these handsets are not coming to India this year and will be launched only by 2013. As of now, the official date of availability has not been finalised, but in all likelihood, the handsets should be available in January.
Lumia 920 PureView

 

With the prices of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 being released, we now have a vague idea about the pricing of the new Lumias when they are launched in India. The Lumia 920 is priced in Singapore at S$899, which roughly translates to Rs 40,750, whereas and the Lumia 820 costs S$699, which roughly translates to Rs 31,700. However, one should not expect the prices to be the same when the handsets come to India—the additional taxes could make the devices cost a bit more.

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Nokia has a lot depending on the success of these handsets, and we expect them to launch an aggressive marketing campaign prior to the release of these handsets. 

Nokia first took the wraps off its Lumia 920 at the Nokia World 2012 event in New York City. Featuring a a polycarbonate body, the Nokia Lumia 920 packs in a Snapdragon S4 processor and a PureView sensor. It also comes with the Blink app, which is the smartphone’s Burst mode. The smartphone will feature an LCD display, which is a little better than the HD displays available now.

 

The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest Nokia PureView camera, which the company claims captures five times more light than competing smartphones. It gives bright pictures without flash, even indoors and at night. It also features built-in wireless charging, making it easy to keep the battery topped up throughout the day.
 
The Nokia Lumia 820 offers exchangeable covers in a range of colours. Both phones have the option of wireless charging, a sensitive touchscreen and Nokia ClearBlack display technology. The Lumia handsets come with the full suite of Nokia navigation applications, including Nokia City Lens and Nokia Music that streams unlimited music directly to the phone.