Mary Tess Bermejo

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WhatsApp in Asia? WeChat, Line Embrace Ads, Games And Gimmicks

<i>Disclosures: the author owns shares in Tencent and is an angel investor in AppAnnie.</i><p>Henry Kissinger is credited (though he now doubts he said it) with the quip: “If I want to call Europe, who do I call?”.<p>As mobile messaging increasingly displaces voice communications, delegates at a recent …

Jawbone's Up24 fitness tracker lands in the UK, Europe and Asia

If you've been eagerly waiting for Jawbone to bring its first wireless fitness tracker to your locale, today could be your lucky day. After a period of exclusivity in the US, the accessory maker has expanded sales of its Up24 wristband to 29 new markets (including the UK, China and Japan) letting …

Apple engineer shares details on the iPhone’s long birth

By now most people are familiar with the introduction of Apple’s(s aapl) iPhone, which debuted in a 2007 Steve Jobs presentation that literally …

CHART: Samsung Is Catching Up To Apple In Smartphone Loyalty

iPhone users are notably devoted to Apple, with few making the switch to other handset-makers when they upgrade. But now Samsung users are catching up in terms of brand loyalty.<p>Roughly three out of four existing iPhone users in the U.S., U.K, and Australia who upgraded last year chose to upgrade to …

Timehop Finally Lands on Android

Timehop, a popular service that ‘goes back in time’ to show you past posts on various social media sites, has finally landed on Google Play for Android devices.<p>The Android app brings together your old photos and posts from your iPhone (if you have one), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare …

​Galaxy S5 hits stores early in Korea, as carriers try to dodge sales suspension

South Korea's major carriers have pulled their Galaxy S5 launch date forward to, well, today, despite Samsung's efforts to keep the native networks in line with the global launch date on April 11. According to a statement received by <i>Bloomberg</i>, Samsung is "very puzzled." "SK strongly asked form an …