In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at news from WhatsApp, Google and Uber.
WHATSAPP HITS NEW USER RECORD
WhatsApp has gained an impressive 200 million new monthly users since they last posted stats back in July 2017. The total number of people using the popular messaging app now stands at a whopping 1.5 billion, techcrunch.com reports. WhatsApp currently has 300 million daily active users, with 60 billion messages sent every day.
These latest results show that Facebook’s domination shows no sign of slowing down. Between Facebook’s own apps, WhatsApp and Instagram (with its increasingly popular Stories feature), the social media company controls some of the most popular apps on the market. A quick look at the App Store shows that WhatsApp is the number one free app in Ireland, with Messenger and Instagram coming in at 5 and 8 respectively.
GOOGLE CAN NOW PREDICT FLIGHT DELAYS
Google’s handy Flights service, already an excellent way to check out flight prices and times, has added a new feature to identify flight delays.
Mashable reports that Google Flights will now not only list confirmed delays, but will also display reasons and in some cases, even predict delays (potentially before the airline has confirmed it!). Users will be able to check on their flight by simply searching for the airline and flight number or flight route on Google.
UBER CEO COULD LAUNCH SELF-DRIVING CARS IN 18 MONTHS
Self-driving cars may become a reality even sooner than we thought. Last week, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the ride-sharing service will have driverless cars on the road “within the next 18 months”. He went on to clarify that these cars would not be test cases, but for customers to use.
Uber has already started testing driverless vehicles on public roads in the US, most recently in Arizona. The company plans to begin the roll-out of autonomous cars by sending them out to customers for 5% of journeys. This 5% will then grow to 10% and higher, once Uber perfects its systems and algorithms.
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