WhatsApp was involved in one of the biggest deals to hit the tech world on the last few years. Facebook purchased the app for $16 billion. That purchase made some fans of the app upset in part because Facebook doesn't have the best reputation when it comes to privacy. Despite angering some users, WhatsApp continues to grow under the Facebook umbrella.
WhatsApp has reached 500 million users according to the company. The company wrote, "Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we've grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day."
When it comes to set top boxes to bring steaming media to your big screen in the living room, some of the most popular products are the line of devices from Roku. For a long time Roku devices were missing access to one of the most popular streaming video portals online- YouTube.
In December of 2013, that changed when YouTube came to the Roku 3 set top box. That still left a lot of Roku fans unable to stream YouTube videos without slinging them over from a smartphone. Roku has announced this week that all current generation Roku devices now have access to the YouTube app.
Blu products has announced its latest smartphone has officially launched. The new smartphone is called the Studio 6.0 HD. The name of the device comes in part from the big HD resolution 6.0-inch screen with 245ppi. The smartphone is 8.5mm thick and uses a 1.3GHz quad-core processor.
Blu builds in support for 4G HSPA+ wireless networks and the rear camera is an 8MP unit with autofocus. Native resolution for the 6.0-inch screen is 720 x 1280. Android 4.2 is the operating system for the device and Blu says that an upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat is coming at the end of May.
Nintendo has announced a new video game that will launch on the 3DS portable game console early next month called Mario Golf: World Tour. The official launch date for that game is May 2 and it will be supported on the Nintendo 2DS as well. At launch, the game will ship with ten golf courses to choose from.
Those ten courses will have 126 holes for gamers to play through. Nintendo is also building in a number of multiplayer modes including regional and worldwide tournaments. Nintendo will also be rolling out new DLC for the game with the first new content launching alongside the game on May 2.
A lot of smartphone owners out there who use the camera frequently are counting the days until smartphone cameras improve. Most of them work fine at closer distances, but if you are far away, you end up with subjects too small to see. What smartphones really need is a camera with optical zoom.
Samsung has offered an optical zoom camera in the past, but it wasn't very popular. Images of a new Samsung smartphone with optical zoom have leaked and the device is said to be called the Samsung Galaxy K. The big feature of this smartphone is that it has a 10x optical zoom lens and this is the first time the smartphone has been spied with the lens out.
Wicked Lasers is a company that makes all sorts of cool lasers that you can use for popping balloons, melting plastic, and star gazing. The company has announced one of its latest products that isn't a laser. This product is called the Flashtorch.
One glance at it and you think it's a rather standard looking flashlight. The Flashtorch is anything but a standard light. It produces 4100 lumens of light and has three settings that vary brightness. On high setting, the light can start fires. I would assume you need to place the light directly on whatever you want to burn.
Fisker is a car company that started about the time the US government began making loans to companies to create alternative energy cars and systems. Fisker took out a big loan and ended up going bankrupt before spending all the money. The automaker was recently purchased by a Chinese company called Wanxiang.
Wanxiang has announced that it hopes to have the Karma plug-in hybrid back on the road by mid-2015. Some things have to happen before Fisker starts producing cars again. It has to find a CEO and a new headquarters for the company. Both of those tasks are underway now.
Google is first thought of as a search firm by many of us, but it has fingers in so much more than search alone those days. Google is really big into green projects and renewable energy and has announced an interesting offer for homeowners. Google and SunPower have teamed up to offer homeowners the opportunity to lease solar panels for the roof of their home.
Google has chipped in $100 million for the fund and SunPower added in $150 million. The money in the fund is being used to buy solar panels outright that Google will then lease out to homeowners. The panels will be installed on the home and provide green electricity.
Rumours of NVIDIA's sequel to its Shield handheld gaming console seem to be confirmed as a new test model of NVIDIA Shield was spotted in AnTuTu's website which contained specifications.
NVIDIA's first gen shield was released in July 2014 and was a console game controller with 5" touchscreen where you can play Android games and stream PC games. Recently it also received a huge update which provided an out-of-home game steaming, enhanced functions in Gamepad mapper tool, support for Bluetooth keyboard and mouse in console mode, followed by Android KitKat 4.4.2.
However according to the recent news, it seems that NVIDIA wishes to up the hardware specifications.
The NYPD had quite the case recently, where they took to a gamers house with helicopters, emergency vehicles, and countless police officers as they thought a murder had taken place. But, nothing of the sort happened - at least not in the real-world.
A prank caller called the cops over Skype, saying that he was Rafael Castillo, 17, from Long Beach, saying "I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people". Castillo was a real person, except that he was playing Call of Duty - Castillo's brother, Jose, told The Post: "Some guy threatened to swat him. He was pissed that he had lost".
Castillo's online foe had lost to him, so he called the cops on him which lead to a two-hour standoff with police officers. The authorities had helicopters flying in the air, with over 60 officers rushing to his house. This even included members of the Nassau County's special operations unit. Once the authorities arrived at Castillo's house, his mother was in the kitchen, where Jose adds: "I thought there was a fire at my house. I ran up and saw my mom running out, I didn't know what was going on".