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Microsoft acquires SwiftKey For $250M

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Microsoft has London-based startup SwiftKey famed for their predictive keyboard mobile app in a deal worth an estimated $250 million. In a statement on the company’s blog, founders Jon Reynolds and Ben Medlock, wrote: ‘We’re excited to announce an important milestone on SwiftKey’s journey. The startup, which makes keyboard apps for Android and iOS devices acquired… Read More »

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Mailbird Makes Switching Mail Clients More Manageable

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Mailbird, an email client that continues to grow in popularity among Windows users, announced today that its users can now automatically import their email accounts from Outlook, Thunderbird, and other popular Windows email clients. Mailbird CEO Andrea Loubier and CTO Michael Olsen confirmed the news. “After celebrating our recent milestone of 1,000,000 accounts, we are excited to… Read More »

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WhatsApp reaches the billion-user milestone

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Mobile messaging app WhatsApp on Tuesday announced that it has crossed the billion user milestone globally, with an addition of 100 million users in the last five months. “As of today, one billion people are using WhatsApp. That’s nearly one in seven people on earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with… Read More »

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Google said to be experimenting with phone service for Google Fiber

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A number of Google’s high-speed Internet subscribers received invitations to an experimental telephone service, hinting that Google Fiber tests the waters of telephonic services. reports. Named Google Fiber Phone, the service would work just like Google Voice and would direct mobile and landline phones to a single number operated by the company’s network. According to… Read More »

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Apple iPad Air 3 Set to Coming in March

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There have been numerous rumors about a spring event at Cupertino. According to the rumors, not only is Apple set to announce a new $699.99 Apple Watch at Apple Store, new bands for the smartwatch, and new 4-inch iPhone that’s possibly called the iPhone 5se, the company is expected to announce the iPad Air 3…. Read More »

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Japanese Exchange Bitflyer Invests in IoT Company Sivira Through ¥50M Startup Fund

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Japanese bitcoin exchange Bitflyer has started the ‘Blockchain Angel Fund’ supporting and investing in blockchain businesses in Japan. Towards this end, Bitflyer has invested ¥50m, which is approximately equals to $421,000. The first startup to benefit from the fund is Osaka-based IoT (Internet of Things) startup Sivira. Bitflyer is especially interested in the Sivira platform “hublive” that… Read More »

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Kenya’s Incubator NAILAB Stages First Ever VC Carousel

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On Wednesday, Kenyan-based business incubator Nailab held its first ever VC carousel in a bid to create a direct link between startups to investors. The first of its kind among local incubators and accelerators, the carousel saw entrepreneurs who have gone through the Nailab incubation program, from season 3 through to season 6 and are… Read More »

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Facebook reaps big from digital advertising

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Facebook announced a 52pc increase in quarterly revenue as it sold more ads targeted at a fast-growing number of mobile users, sending its shares up 13 per cent in after-market trading. Facebook’s dominance in mobile advertising helped to allay Wall Street concerns over its heavy investments in messaging service WhatsApp and virtual reality unit Oculus,… Read More »

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