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Archive for April 2015

It’s Apple Watch time!

Posted Friday, April 10th, 2015

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Here’s what Jonathan Ivy, Chief Apple Designer thinks about the new apple watch: One of the things that struck me was how often I’d look at my watch and have to look again quite soon afterwards, because I hadn’t actually comprehended what the time was. If I had looked at something on my phone, because of the investment involved in taking it out of my pocket or my bag, I would certainly pay attention. I quite like this sense of almost being careless and just glancing,” said Apple’s Jony Ive

Here’s the watch spec:
Apple Watch Specs & Hardware

Sizes: 38mm and 42mm: 38 mm: 21.2 x 26.5 mm, 33.5 mm (1.32 in) diagonally, 272 x 340 pixels,
42 mm: 24.3 x 30.5 mm, 39 mm (1.5 in) diagonally, 312 x 390 pixels
Versions: Apple Watch , Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition complete with a variety of strap choices for each model
Retina touchscreen display with Force Touch, and sapphire glass or Ion-X glass cover depending on model
Taptic Engine and built-in speaker for instant tactile feedback
Custom S1 SiP (System in Package) chip
Sensors: accelerometer, built-in heart rate sensor
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC support (for Apple Pay payments)
Digital Crown Home button
18-hours battery life and MagSafe charging
Compatibility: iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
Apple Pay and Siri support


Facebook: What’s Next For Messenger?

Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Summary

  • FB’s introduction of payment in FB Messenger suggests that it will be the leading mobile communication platform for FB.
  • WhatsApp will be increasingly irrelevant as FB is most likely to convert WhatsApp users into FBM users.
  • Expect further service offerings to include dining, travel, wireless services, taxis, etc to be added to the FBM ecosystem.

FB’s introduction of payment in FB Messenger rather than in WhatsApp is a clear indication that FB Messenger will be the leading mobile communication platform for FB and that WhatsApp users will eventually be migrated to the FB Messenger platform with the goal of driving FB penetration higher. This suggests that FB’s acquisition of WhatsApp is purely for user acquisition and a defensive move against the emerging Asian mobile communication peers.

At the time of the acquisition, it was apparent that FB was falling behind the mobile communication/social networking trend and it was critical for FB to gain a presence in this space. WhatsApp’s acquisition provided FB with the user base and the time for it to formulate a plan to counter the Asian threat, and this justifies the premium FB paid for WhatsApp at around $42 per user when peers are valued at roughly half of that.


 
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