Activision Buys Candy Crush For $5.9 Billion

What is this?

Activision, the video game publisher known for its brainchild Call of Duty purchases Candy Crush developer King for $5.9 billion. The deal is reportedly all cash.

It still has to go through approval in Ireland, where King is based, but it is expected to be all sorted out by spring of 2016.

 

Why is this important?

Candy Crush is one of the most lucrative and successful games in the mobile industry earning some $1.33 billion in revenues in 2014 according to a King financial statement.

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said,

The combined revenues and profits solidify our position as the largest, most profitable standalone company in interactive entertainment. With a combined global network of more than half a billion monthly active users, our potential to reach audiences around the world on the device of their choosing enables us to deliver great games to even bigger audiences than ever before.

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Be In “the Know”

What is this?

The App, Peeple stirred controversy a few months back and it now has met its match with The Know app.

The Know app lets users anonymously connect people to strangers who want to talk about a person they mutually know. It allows you to see who your romantic interest is seeing on the side.

To start, all you need to do is give some personal information about the person you want to talk about. This can be their name, age, address, height, hair color, ethnicity, and even a photo. But the photo is the only thing that will be private.

Once The Know has found you a match, you can see what they have written about their relationship with the person and strike up a conversation if you need to know more.

 

Why is this important?

Apps that let users remain anonymous have always been a melting pot for cyber bullying and mudslinging so this app has to prove itself that its different from others and is merely designed to somehow alleviate deceit and cheating.

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Lean App: From Live Photos To Not Live

What is this?

Live Photos feature is the newest feature of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. Users who are avid fans of photography are the first ones to feel ecstatic when this news broke but there’s a downside.

Live Photos can actually take up more storage space in your device. But a new app which has recently launched in the iOS store called Lean, is designed to help that issue. It strips out the video portion of the Live photo and leaves just the image.

When you open the App, you are shown all the Live photos that you have taken. The user can then choose from the Live photos on which one you’d like to turn into a regular image. After confirming, the Live photo is deleted and the image retains.

 

Why is this important?

Being able to take Live photos is one of the factors why the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are selling like hotcakes. But to those who’d still like to have some options to not permanently delete some of the Live photos, this App is surely helpful and is one of a kind.

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Say Hello To Doorman

What is this?

Online shopping has made it possible to order anything in the comfort of your home. But one problem tech has not solved is making sure that you actually get what you ordered.

Doorman, a startup that began operations in San Francisco in 2013 aims to fix that. With Doorman, online retailers can ship your items to a “personal address” that is actually a space in Doorman’s warehouse. Users are alerted through the Doorman app via push notifications. You can then set a schedule to deliver your packages whenever works for you from 6 pm to midnight.

The service costs $3.99 per package, or you can pay $29.00 for a monthly sunscription.

Why is this important?

Online shoppers can at least now feel safe everytime they order something through this new addition in the ever expanding world of technology.

This is in time for the holiday season which is fast approaching so this is a very promising idea.

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The Solid App

What is this?

The Solid App is a meeting management app that allows users to prepare for meetings. It also helps organise the flow of meetings and post-meeting follow-ups.

The app lets users sign in with any email account and create personalised calendars settings. This ensures that each user is setting goals and has the ability to easily track these goals. In addition to personal calendars that can work on daily, weekly, monthly and annual schedules, there is also a feature that will outline individual meetings too.

 

Why is this important?

“Most of the time, people don’t prepare for meetings, and there is no meeting report from the last one,” David said. How do you automate meetings? First, you sign up using your Google or Office 365 account. Solid will fetch all your meetings from your calendar. Other events in your calendar will be ignored.

The app is currently a free public beta. The company is working on an IOS app.

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Instagram Launches Boomerang

What is this?

Instagram just announced a new app called Boomerang which lets users create looping videos that are just one second long. The Facebook-owned app announced last Thursday.

The app basically takes a burst of photos that can be stitched together to create a one-second long video that can be shared on Facebook and Instagram. It can let users play the videos backwards and forward.

 

Why is this important?

This is another milestone in Instagram’s already impressive reputation in the mobile social networking industry. With this new app, users will have more reasons to enjoy using and integrating videos using the said app.

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Doctolib (Booking Platform For Doctors) Raises $20 Million

What is this?

French tech startup Doctolib has just been funded $20 million during a Series B Round from Accel and other angel investors. Doctolib is the best platform for booking doctor appointments in France. With its recent funding, the startup plans to expand its services in other European counterparts.

“Our goal is to consolidate our leading position in France and expand to other European countries,” co-founder and CEO Stanislas Niox-Chateau told me. “We started 18 months ago, and we now have 5,000 doctors using our platform every day in order to manage their bookings. We have around a hundred clinics. And we get 2 million monthly unique visitors. When it comes to traction, we are adding 600 doctors per month, and we plan to double this number in the coming weeks.”

 

Why is this important?

Doctolib is the leading platform in Europe for booking medical professionals and this huge seed funding can greatly boost its performance by expanding in key countries all over Europe and perhaps in the global arena in the foreseeable future.

Its main competitor is Zocdoc which is mainly operational in the US.

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Accurate Weather Info With Sunshine App

What is this?

The new weather app Sunshine promises to give “up-to-the second” weather updates and information. The way the app works is that it combines its proprietary algorithm with existing weather information, user reports and phone sensors to offer users weather information which is 36% more accurate than that of various weather reports.

It also offers users morning weather summary for each day. The app also provides up to 24 hour weather predictions which will come in handy when you don’t know what to wear when you travel to a different city.

 

Why is this important?

The app is a new development in the community-driven department in mobile apps. Its similarity to Waze is also apparent because it will also allow users to manually contribute weather information about their current location. The more users contribute information to a single area the more accurate it will be to many of its users.

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Peeple: A Yelp For People

What is this?

Peeple, described by founders as a “positivity app” will let its users rate people (be it an ex-bf, friend, classmate, colleague) for everyone to see. It lets its users assign a number of stars between one to five to a person as long as you have his or her contact information. It is expected to launch in late November of this year.

 

Why is this important?

“People do so much research when they buy a car or make those kinds of decisions,” said Julia Cordray, a co-founder of Peeple, in an interview with the publication. “Why not do the same kind of research on other aspects of your life?”

This is a first of its kind in the mobile industry and it has a lot of positive comments as well as negative ones. Other people think that this app would promote bullying and use this platform as a means to get back to someone who has wronged them. The founders have made sure that they have implemented a strict policy to make sure that this will not be a place where bullying can thrive.

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Instagram Hits 400 Million Users

What is this?

Facebook-owned Instagram just hit 400 million users. That’s up from 300 million users it announced in December of last year. Instagram has revealed that more than half of its recent users hail from Europe and Asia.

“When Instagram launched nearly five years ago, 400 million seemed like a distant dream,” the company writes. “Now, we continue to strive to improve Instagram — helping you experience the world through images and connect with others through shared passions.”

 

Why is this important?

Social networking are commonplace nowadays and this new information has proven time and again how powerful Internet is when it comes to influencing people over the world. As Instagram grows, advertising opportunities also will abound. Looks like Facebook’s $1 Billion dollar acquisition was worth it after all.

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