WhatsApp is launching a customer-business chat

WhatsApp is launching a new service for businesses to communicate directly with their customers. The cloud-based messaging system is one of several platforms where Meta is launched more shopping-focused features, which will be free for smaller firms. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the development would help companies customise their experience. “ The best business experiences…

Tech during lockdown

During lockdown Facebook changed direction to virtual reality, saying their communication had been poor, and the internet experienced a  few wobbles. WhatsApp’s plans to change its privacy policies to make it easier for people to message businesses faced a backlash as millions downloaded apps from its competitors, worried that the plan would make large amounts…

Spotify follows TikTok’s successful design

  Spotify is the latest app  following TikTok’s successful design  with a vertical video feed, a new feature in an early test build for iPhone reveals a new Discover tab being added to the app’s front page. It has vertical music video clips that users can swipe through rapidly, similar to TikTok’s interface.  The feature…

Facebook changes its name to Meta

Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta as part of a major rebrand and said it would better “encompass” what it does, as it broadens its reach beyond social media into areas like virtual reality (VR). The change does not apply to its individual platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp, only the parent…

Financial gulf of generations

Professor Bobby Duffy’s compelling book, reveals our preconceptions are just tired stereotypes by expressing when we’re born determines our attitudes to money, sex, religion, politics, and much else, informed by unique analysis of hundreds of studies. Duffy, formerly of polling company Ipsos Mori, now director of The Policy of Institute at King’s College, London, concludes…

Who is taming the tech companies

Investment banker and professor Jonathan Knee argues the truth, about the secrets to the success of the biggest tech companies: Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, and Google, and illustrates the nuances and complexities posed by their emergence, and explains a disparate portfolio of structural advantages buttressed by shrewd acquisitions, strong management, tax regulation and often encouraging…

Dating Revolution: The world has never been more connected, or more alone

Funny memoir about sex, dating, and relationships in the digital age, intertwined with investigation into the challenges to love and intimacy wrought by dating apps by 49-yar-old famed Vanity Fair writer and New York Times-bestselling author Nancy Jo Sales asks who to blame for the modern dating malaise:tech companies. Jo Sales award-winning journalist and single…

Apple sales hit more than £81bn  up 21 per cent

  Apple which has more than 1.65 billion active devices globally, including more than 1billion iPhones, their sales has hit more than £81bn ( $111bn) in the last three months of 2020 a 21 per cent up from last year despite the pandemic as other companies have struggled.  Apple sales in the greater China region,…

Facebook in talks to buy stake in Jio

Facebook has been in talks to buy a stake in Mukesh Ambani’s digital operation Reliance Jio to try to expand its presence in the Indian digital market with a preliminary deal for a 10 per cent share. Google also has been engaging in talks with Reliance Jio, after Microsoft last year announced plans to work…