Time for Facebook?
It’s been a busy week for Facebook as they announced a plethora of new features and support internet.org with enabling truly global web access.
The key take away though was their second quarter results, in which they published that users with smartphones spend 1 in every 5 minutes using a Facebook app, this adds up to a staggering 46 minutes each day!
The figures also went on to show Facebook’s growth in popularity, with 1.49bn monthly active users as of June 30, up 13pc from a year earlier.
They also revealed that over half of the world’s three billion internet users log into Facebook at least once a month.
No more maps for Nokia
Post Microsoft buyout, Nokia has sold its advanced mapping software ‘Here’ as well as all associated data to German car manufacturers BMW, Audi and Mercedes for €2.8 billion.
This software which includes metadata of locations, businesses and services globally will allow the German car manufacturers provide precise digital mapping to be used in combination with real-time vehicle data.
The aim is to increase road safety as well as offer future products and services.
Push to order!
Remember Amazon’s ‘Push-To-Order’ button? You wouldn’t have been blamed for thinking it was an April Fools, particularly with its March 31st launch. But this week we were proved wrong as the Dash Buttons were proved real!.
As of this week they’re available to purchase by Amazon’s Prime customers, to install next to household items such as dry food goods or toiletries.
Simply push the button when you’re out of an item and it will be on its way to you next day!
Instagram addicts rejoice!
KeyFeed is a new third party app that lets you browse, ‘like’ and share posts from your Instagram feed directly from your keyboard.
Once downloaded and installed, KeyFeed becomes another option accessible when you’re in an application that requires the keyboard.
Simply swiping left or right, allows you to scroll through your feed and catch up with the people you follow without even opening Instagram. A single tap will share the image directly into your current message and a double tap will ‘like’ a photo.
Standardisation of online payments
In other news, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced that they are working to create a standardised way of spending money online.
Online transactions seem to have evolved with no real regulation or consistency over the last 20 years.
Thankfully the W3C’s ‘Web Payments Interest Group, intends to change this as they work with almost 100 people across 44 companies to create a solid base to standardise the future of digital payments.