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Weekly Techno Briefs

Categories : CoverageIT industry
Each week our intranet news channel editors provide a round up for Capgemini colleagues of the business IT news that drives and inspires us. We publish some of the highlights here:

This week, we take a look at Candy Crush's step closer to launching an Initial Public Offering (IPO), WhatsApp, China's smartphone users and Apple's pedometer.

Apple's health gadget: although pedometers are nothing new, Apple's are actually somewhat sophisticated. The technology analyses "peak-to-peak threshold" to determine when a person takes a step. Based on the time elapsed between those thresholds, it can infer when another step was taken. The technology can also automatically determine whether the pedometer is being worn on the wrist.

Link: CNet

China's 700 million smartphone users
The number of active smartphones in China exceeded 700 million by the end of 2013, says a new report from analytics firm Umeng. Out of all the devices sold in Q4 2013, 41% were to people purchasing their first smartphone. The rest were bought by people upgrading their phones. China became the world’s largest smartphone market in November 2011, but sales have gradually slowed as mobile penetration rates have increased.

Link: TechCrunch
WhatsApp denies security flaw
WhatsApp, the popular messaging app with 465 million users which was acquired by Facebook for US$19 billion (€13.6 billion) last month, came under fire earlier this week after tech consultant Bas Bosschert published a blog post explaining how malicious developers can access people's messages via the microSD card, and the post went viral. A statement from Whatsapp said, “We are aware of the reports regarding a “security flaw”. Unfortunately, these reports have not painted an accurate picture and are overstated. Under normal circumstances the data on a microSD card is not exposed. However, if a device owner downloads malware or a virus, their phone will be at risk.”

Link: Mashable
Starbucks adds digital tipping to iPhone app
Starbucks customers will soon be able to use their iPhones to do more than just pay for their morning latte. An upcoming update to the coffee chain's app will allow users to tip their baristas from within the app. Customers can currently pay for their drinks through the app but have to use cash if they want to leave a tip.

Link: ZDNet

Google's latest acquisition indicates plans for set-top box
Google has acquired assets and some of the key talent of Green Throttle Games, a recently defunct, Android-based gaming company. Green Throttle made a blue-tooth gaming controller that could be paired with an Android phone or tablet, as well as hardware that connected the device to a TV.

Link: Mashable

Candy Crush maker files for IPO
King, the European makers of the hit game Candy Crush Saga, today moved one step closer to an IPO in the US, filing an application that prices 22.2 million shares between €16 (US$21) and €17.2 (US$24), to raise up to €382.15 million (US$532.8 million) and value the company at around €5.45 billion (US$7.6 billion).

Link: Guardian

The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.

About the author

Tom Barton
Tom Barton
Tom’s career in communications spans 20 years in the consulting, telecommunications and music industries. He joined Capgemini in 2005 and led the merging of PR, web communications and internal communications into one team. This recognised the convergence of channels and platforms that support an effective communications programme for external and internal audiences. Before joining Capgemini, Tom was global head of media relations at PA Consulting Group, marketing and communications director at his own record label, and had various internal and external communications roles at Cable & Wireless. He plays guitar, darts and cricket, and is still trying to do the Times crossword.
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Heres a list of <a href="">top mobile messaging apps</a> to go along with the news you ment to say ?

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