In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at the newly released Emojis, WhatsApp’s new beta payment service, and Apple’s strong 2017 results.
GET READY FOR 157 NEW EMOJIS
This week, the Emoji list for 2018 was published, bringing the total number of approved Emojis to 2823. 157 new Emojis have been added, including Emojis for redheads and curly hair, as well as some random items such as a kangaroo, a lobster, toilet paper and a skateboard.
It looks like we’ll soon have an Emoji for everything – to see the full list of new Emojis, check out blog.emojipedia.org.
WHATSAPP TESTS IN-APP PAYMENTS
You can already transfer money using your phone with apps such as Apple Pay and Venmo, and it may soon be possible to transfer money to your friends via WhatsApp.
TechCrunch is reporting that the popular messaging app has begun trialling in-app payments to its customers in India. The feature is currently in beta, with some users in India finding the new payment service in their app. According to screenshots circulating on social media, the new service will appear in the WhatsApp Settings menu. From there, users will be able to send and receive money securely with UPI (Unified Payments Interface).
This is an exciting development in the world of tech, and will make paying your friends back easier than ever. We’ll be keeping an eye on this new feature, so watch this space!
APPLE WATCH SHIPMENTS INCREASE 54%
2017 was a very good year for the Apple Watch. According to analysts, there were 18 million shipments of the Apple Watch last year, which is a 54% jump on 2016 figures.
One of the reasons for this increase is the release of the cellular version of the watch, which generated lots of interest when it was announced last September. Although the cellular watch is only supported in certain countries, such as the US, Japan and Australia, this version accounted for 13% of the total watch sales.
When speaking about the company’s 2017 earnings, CEO Tim Cook said ‘It was our best quarter ever for the Apple Watch with over 50% growth in revenue and units for the fourth quarter in a row’. With such strong results, we’re very interested to see how Apple continues to develop its wearable tech in 2018.
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