Why aren't we Skyping?
I'm seriously confused.
WhatsApp is working on adding free voice-calling to its text messaging app for iPhone and Android, which was recently acquired by Facebook for $19bn.
The WhatsApp founder and chief executive, Jan Koum, announced that the new Facebook company was working on voice calling to be introduced into the WhatsApp messaging app, initially on the iPhone and Android in the second quarter of the year, with BlackBerry and Windows Phone to be updated later.
“I grew up in Russia, we had a telephone line, but a load of our neighbours didn’t. It became a shared resource for the whole apartment complex. People would come and knock on the door and ask to call their family in another city,” said Koum at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona.
“We’re adding voice to WhatsApp so people can stay in touch with friends and loved ones no matter where they are in the world.”
Koum explained that this is the next stage in the evolution of the WhatsApp service, continuing its mission to connect users and keep people in touch. He also explained that the company had taken the speed and efficiency of text messaging to voice, saying that WhatsApp had the best voice product out there.
“We use the least amount of bandwidth out there, and have optimised the hell out of it. We’ve made sure the quality is there, though, just like the messaging functions of WhatsApp,” said Koum.
Koum also explained that there were no changes planned for the company post Facebook acquisition. He said that WhatsApp would be allowed to operate as a standalone company, maintaining its startup mentality with 55 employees, as staying nimble and flexible was of paramount importance for survival in the changing industry.
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I just finished watching the office hours for Moralities of Everyday Life and found it interesting that Bloom pretty much used the same words as I did.
Well, dealing with helping people.
But I think being nice to people had immediate and long-term rewards.
I think my solution to deciding how to help is to focus most of the effort on the things that will affect myself and my loved ones most.
THEN I help some where I believe it's most important.
- Unemployed, presentToo Afraid of Purposelessness and People
- Problem Solving
- TED Conferences OnlineSnippets of Many Disciplines, 2011 - presentOver 200 talks
- MOOCsMany Disciplines, 2012 - presentMarch 2013: Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future, University of Florida • A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior, Duke University (Psychology+Economics) • Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations, Vanderbilt University • May 2013: Introduction to Psychology, University of Toronto (Also: Yale University, 2008 version) • August 2013: Social Psychology, Wesleyan University • Gamification, University of Pennsylvania (A new field of study. A kind of hybrid between positive psychology & game mechanics for organizational goal achievement) • January 2014: Moralities of Everyday Life, Yale University Many more courses in progress!
- PBSOverviews of Many Disciplines, presentDozens of NOVA & Nature programs.
- Online WritersInterdisciplinary, 2012 - presentMIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Phys.org, inhabitant, CleanTechnica, Next Big Future, Fast Company, GOOD, Mashable, xkcd
- BooksDifferent Disciplines, 2012 - presentThe Infinite Resource by Ramez Naam (Economics + Sustainability), A Mind of Its Own by Cordelia Fine (Psychology), Don't Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson (Science Public Relations)
- YouTubeSnippets of Many Disciplines, 2012 - presentASAP Science, Vsauce
- No Formal Education?Well.., presentToo afraid of a lack of purpose and sense of direction.
- Central Technology CenterPre-Engineering, 2012 - 2012
- Central Technology Center/LabSim TestOutInformation Technology, 2011 - 2012CompTia A+ and Network+ training (did not take certification exams)
- (Under Development) (current)
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