Tech Facts February 2014

By 24th March 2014December 14th, 2017Technology & Business Intelligence

Microsoft announced Satya Nadella as its new CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer, who retired after 14 years on the job. Born in India in 1967, Nadella is a Microsoft veteran that worked in the company’s business, cloud, server and tools divisions. Both Steve Ballmer and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates released videos welcoming Nadella:


Estimated earnings of $50,000 a day from in-app ads. The popular game Flappy Bird was taken down from App Store and Google Play Store by its developer Dong Nguyen, 22 hours after tweeting his announcement.

In an exclusive interview with Forbes, the developer declared “Flappy Bird was designed to play in a few minutes when you are relaxed, but it happened to become an addictive product. I think it has become a problem. To solve that problem, it’s best to take down Flappy Bird. It’s gone forever.”

Flappy Birds announcement on Twitter

Rakuten – the Japanese ecommerce giant acquired the messaging and video calling app Viber for $900M. The acquisition will help the company access a global user base of more than 300M users, mostly based in the Middle East and US. It will compete with WhatsApp which has more than 400M users, and Line, the popular Japanese messaging and video app with more than 350M global users (50M in Japan alone). Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $16B in cash and stock. Just days after the announcement, the messaging service suffered four hours of downtime, caused by a faulty network router that ended up affecting the servers.

Google announced Project Tango, an initiative to create smartphones that can learn and map the dimension of rooms and spaces just by being inside of them and giving precise directions to any given point that needs to be reached. “The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion,” says Johnny Lee, leader of the project.

Steve Jobs face will appear on a US postage stamp, beginning in 2015, according to a US Postal Service document, obtained by The Washington Post.

SanDisk introduced the first 128GB microSD card at the Mobile World Congress, 9 years after the release of the first microSD, with a maximum of 128MB storage.

Apple has released iOS 7.0.6, an update that resolves a security issue on Macs, iPhones, and iPads, revolving around SSL verification. Failing to validate the connection’s security, the flaw allowed hackers to pose as trusted websites or services, retrieving and altering encrypted data.

With the help of US National Security Agency, Britain’s surveillance agency GCHQ, intercepted and stored the webcam images of millions of Yahoo! users between 2008 and 2012, according to The Guardian. The images were used for intelligence by gathering metadata and testing facial recognition technology, as part of the program Optic Nerve. Yahoo! reacted furiously and denied any knowledge of it, calling the alleged program “completely unacceptable”, accusing the agencies of “a whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy”.

Samsung announced the release of Galaxy S5 It will come with a 5.1-inch FHD Super AMOLED display, 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16MP camera, Android 4.4.2, and both fingerprint and heart rate sensors.