Mobile Minutes: Apple’s online watch sales; WhatsApp voice calling; Twitter takeover bids; Smartphone cooking
Apple to push watch buyers online to avoid long lines at stores
Angela Ahrendts, Apple Inc.’s sales chief, wants to scrap the company’s tradition of having customers wait in line, sometimes for days, to get their hands on the latest gadget. Apple has instructed its sales force to prod shoppers to the company’s website to purchase the new smartwatch, which can be pre-ordered Friday.
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Hello Facebook! WhatsApp voice calling a threat to telecoms
Voice calling is coming to WhatsApp. The popular messaging service owned by Facebook is preparing to roll out the new feature on iOS and Windows phones, part of its ongoing march to become an all-around communications service for the masses.
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Twitter options active on deal chatter
Twitter Inc’s shares jumped 5 percent and activity in its options surged on Tuesday on unsubstantiated market chatter about the company fending off a takeover bid.
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This smart stove knob precision cooks your food through an app
Meld is a new startup in the so-called “Internet of Things” industry that lets you hook your stove up to your smartphone with just a little knob. The Seattle-based startup’s knob has a motor that automatically adjusts the temperature on your stove based on specific recipes programmed into the Meld app.
Read more on Forbes