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Nintendo's next mobile title 'Dr Mario World' will debut this summer
Gaming

Nintendo's next mobile title 'Dr Mario World' will debut this summer

“Dr Mario World”, its latest mobile title featuring popular Nintendo characters, will be released in mid-2019

Chat bots will make it easier for consumers to interact with IoT devices
News & Analysis

Chat bots will make it easier for consumers to interact with IoT devices

With rapid innovation in IoT appliances comes a fragmented ecosystem. Chat bots are here to make the IoT interface a lot easier for the consumer.

Twitter has received offers to buy Vine, some as low as $10 million
News & Analysis

Twitter has received offers to buy Vine, some as low as $10 million

Apparently there was a spike in interest around the stagnating looping video service Vine, after Twitter announced the shut down of the app.

Japanese messaging company, Line posts profit worth $50.8 million in third quarter
Biztech

Japanese messaging company, Line posts profit worth $50.8 million in third quarter

Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp said on Wednesday net income swung to profit in the third quarter, as advertising sales increased after it introduced a new platform in June for hosting digital ads.

Edward Snowden warns against using Allo because of Google surveillance
News & Analysis

Edward Snowden warns against using Allo because of Google surveillance

Edward Snowden, an ex CIA employee who exposed several global surveillance operations has recommended that users avoid the Allo messaging app by Google.

Google Allo, WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram; which is the best messaging app for you?
News & Analysis

Google Allo, WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram; which is the best messaging app for you?

I've analysed all of the popular messaging apps in the market today, to help you narrow down the best messaging app that you should use.

Hike Messenger gets $175 mn funding from Tencent, Foxconn; enters $1 bn unicorn club
Business

Hike Messenger gets $175 mn funding from Tencent, Foxconn; enters $1 bn unicorn club

Existing investors Tiger Global, Bharti and Softbank Group also participated in this round

Social media foils rocket attack plan by Islamic Militant in Singapore
News & Analysis

Social media foils rocket attack plan by Islamic Militant in Singapore

Social media posts leads to arrest of Islamic militant who was planning a rocket attack on Singapore from neighboring Indonesia.

Japanese chat app Line soars in New York-Tokyo dual listing
News & Analysis

Japanese chat app Line soars in New York-Tokyo dual listing

Japan's Line Corp saw its shares rocket on their Tokyo debut on Friday, extending a strong start in New York the day before, and taking the value of the messaging app firm to $8.6 billion in the year's biggest tech IPO.

LINE may raise upto $1.3 billion as it prices IPO at top of the range
News & Analysis

LINE may raise upto $1.3 billion as it prices IPO at top of the range

Japanese messaging app firm Line Corp priced its initial public offering at the top of its marketed range, putting it on track to raise as much as $1.3 billion and reflecting robust appetite for the world's biggest tech listing this year.

Biggest tech IPO of the year LINE, struggling to show a working growth plan
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Biggest tech IPO of the year LINE, struggling to show a working growth plan

In delaying its IPO by two years, Japanese messaging app company Line Corp bought time to correct weak financial reporting controls, work on its business plan, bolster staffing - and left billions of dollars on the table as its valuation shrivelled.

Supreme Court to hear plea to ban WhatsApp
News & Analysis

Supreme Court to hear plea to ban WhatsApp

The Supreme Court will hear a petition seeking a ban on WhatsApp on the ground that its end-to-end encryption gives terrorists a means of communication

Japan messaging app Line launches music streaming business
News & Analysis

Japan messaging app Line launches music streaming business

Messaging app operator Line Corp launched its music streaming service in Japan on Thursday, getting a head start in the virtually untapped business for mobile music subscriptions in the world's second-biggest music market.

Line's Popcorn Buzz app: Users can group call up to 200 friends at once, for free
News & Analysis

Line's Popcorn Buzz app: Users can group call up to 200 friends at once, for free

LINE, the world’s leading life platform, announced the official Android launch of “Popcorn Buzz” yesterday. Popcorn Buzz by LINE is a free group call app that allows up to 200 participants to simultaneously talk to each other.

Line messaging app said to be reviving IPO plans
News & Analysis

Line messaging app said to be reviving IPO plans

Line, the popular messaging app launched in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, is set for an initial public offering as early as this year, a report said Thursday, after shelving plans for a listing in 2014.

Japan's messaging app Line revives IPO plans
Business

Japan's messaging app Line revives IPO plans

Line, the popular messaging app launched in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, is set for an initial public offering as early as this year, a report said today, after shelving plans for a listing in 2014.

Facebook to add third-party app support for its Messenger
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Facebook to add third-party app support for its Messenger

According to The Next Digit, the social network giant plans to bring about 20 changes to the Messenger in a bid to compete with the successful messaging apps like WeChat and Line.

China's WeChat sends a message to Line and Kakao in their home turf
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China's WeChat sends a message to Line and Kakao in their home turf

Mobile messaging apps Line and Kakao Talk are busy trying to conquer overseas markets such as Southeast Asia and India.

Trai’s paper on Skype, Viber and other OTT players likely by end of February
News & Analysis

Trai’s paper on Skype, Viber and other OTT players likely by end of February

Sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is likely to come up with a consultation paper on over-the-top (OTT) players like Skype, Viber and Line

Voice calls on messaging apps can open new revenue streams for telecos: Hike CEO Kavin Mittal
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Voice calls on messaging apps can open new revenue streams for telecos: Hike CEO Kavin Mittal

With mobile operators getting wary about messaging apps eating into their voice call earnings, Hike messenger says such services in fact can open a new ‘fat revenue stream’ for the full-fledged telecom firms.