Whatsap bought for $19 billion.

Facebook acquired the mobile messenger service WhatsApp for $19 billion. Launched in 2009 by two former Yahoo employees, in just over four years WhatsApp has grown to 420 million monthly users.Why is it so popular? Founder Jan Koum told the New York Times in 2012, “We are providing a richness of experience and an intimacy of communication that e-mail and phone calls simply can’t compare with.” Facebook has been pushing its own messenger service to its users, but without much success.

Markos Zachariadis at Warwick Business School, said, “Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp is in many ways an admission of defeat.”The explosion in the number of smartphones in recent years has also seen a boom in instant messaging services. Popular services such as WeChat, LineandViber each have more than 100m users. WhatsApp tops that chart in not just number of users but also engagement. With the per-day volume at 19 billionmessages sent and 34 billion received, the messaging service will soon trump the total global SMS volume.

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How much money and time would you save if you knew how to get from one part of the city to the other without any traffic jam? And how much does that translate to an entire country?Traffic Jam is the worst nightmare for commuters and motorists in the city of Nairobi. Kenya alone is losing 50M a day due to traffic and the associated inconvenience.

This is because we are driving into impassable sections of the road blindly and hours later, we are very late for work, our productivity lowered. We are also wasting so much time asking around to get to our next destination and the sad part is, the government doesn’t know some of these things are happening to adequately plan and design the roads.Commuters and motorists can now breathe a sigh of relief with the transport App, Ma3Route. Ma3Route is a mobile, web and sms platform that makes it easy for the commuters and motorists to move around the city.

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70 best free Android apps 2013

The open source nature of Google's OS means there are plenty of fantastic apps for Android to be found. And most of the good stuff on Android is free, thanks to the work of developers who do it for love alone.So here's our pick of the top free Android apps you should install.

1. Seesmic

There are many Twitter apps on Android - and Twitter itself shook up the scene with the launch of its own-brand app - but we're sticking with Seesmic.

Offering support for multiple accounts, a home page widget showing latest tweets and an incredibly slick and professional design, it's one of the finest examples of app development out there today.




2. Facebook for Android

Facebook for Android is lacking in features compared to Facebook itself, but a recent update added Inbox support to the Android app, finally allowing its users to communicate in almost real time. The app's fast and stable, with a simplicity that reminds you of the old days when using Facebook used to be bearable.


3. National Rail Enquiries

After the original free, third-party National Rail apps went paid-for, National Rail has finally brought out its own free app. National Rail Enquiries enables you to check live train times, plan your journeys, and get notifications of delays. On first use, the app prompts you to enter a home and work train station, and then you can use the 'Get me home' button to see the next available trains.



4. UK Jobs

Hey, times are hard and you've got to pay for your oppressive monthly mobile phone contract somehow. Offering a fully searchable database of current UK job vacancies, UK Jobs, which pulls in its data from independent employment site 1job.co.uk is, a slightly cumbersome but useful and non-governmental tool.



5. Hotmail/Outlook

Microsoft has teamed up with developer SEVEN to offer an official Hotmail app for Android, which gives users a simple, clean interface, push notification support and even lets you manage multiple Hotmail accounts from within the app. If your email needs haven't yet been assimilated by Google, it's a useful option. It's since been rebranded as the Outlook app, in keeping with Microsoft's changes to its mail site.

6. Google Sky Map

A stunning app that renders Patrick Moore obsolete, by using your phone's orientation tools to give you an accurate representation of the stars and planets on your screen. Point your phone at the sky, and then learn what constellations are visible and if that's a UFO or just Venus. Google Sky Map even works indoors, if you're not keen on getting cold.


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