Viber Launches ‘Viber Out’
Last month, Viber, the popular mobile messaging and VoIP company, celebrated its third birthday with the announcement of Viber 4.1 for android and iPhone. The new version includes Viber Out, a new feature that allows users to make low-cost calls to any mobile or landline phone number. Viber previously enabled Viber Out for users in the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to help users contact friends and loved ones. Viber also partnered with Globe Telecom to allow users around the world to call the Philippines for free.
Microsoft Plans to Make Windows Phone & RT Free
Microsoft is considering making its Windows Phone and Windows rT platforms available for free to device makers. While the decision has not yet to be confirmed, the clarification on the matter can be expected when Microsoft rolls out the ‘Threshold’ update, which is looking to bring back the Start menu. Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform has been growing its userbase in recent times as evident by the fact that big name applications, such as Flipboard and Instagram, have started to introduce Windows Phone versions of their services.
Google’s Bizarre List of Banned Words
It’s common knowledge that operating systems have a list of banned words that are encoded into their search engine and even spelling engine. Google’s no stranger to this act, but the list of words that they’ve universally excluded from their dictionary will surprise you. For example, the word ‘sex’ is not present in their list. Try and swipe the words ‘intercourse,’ ‘coitus,’ or even ‘lovemaking’ and the web giant’s predictive algorithm won’t know what you actually want. These are just a few examples of Google’s still expanding list of banned words.
Samsung, Fingerprint CoDevelop Mobile Play and Learn Network for Kids
Samsung and Fingerprint have announced that they are co-developing a kids’ mobile app network that enables play-based learning for kids between 3 to 7 years old. Expected to launch in Southeast asia and Oceania in Q1 2014, it offers a safe and fun environment for the young ones to play and learn using Samsung devices. Fingerprint has earmarked uS$1 million to support the integration and localization of kids’ apps and interactive books globally. The company is also expected to rein in 50 developers from 20 countries to introduce 200 new gaming apps and 51 interactive stories in 2014.