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Mobile Minutes: Facebook Messenger; Apple buys Emotient; Smartphone passports; Smartphones evolve

January 8, 2016

27518Facebook’s Messenger app passes 800 million users
Facebook Inc’s Messenger app surpassed 800 million users, the company said on Thursday, making it the fastest-growing app of 2015 according to research firm Nielsen.
Read more on Reuters

Apple buys artificial-intelligence startup Emotient
Apple Inc. has purchased Emotient Inc., a startup that uses artificial-intelligence technology to read people’s emotions by analyzing facial expressions.
Read more on The Wall Street Journal

This 200-year-old company wants to replace your passport with a smartphone
An Austrian passport-maker in business for 200 years says it is ready to put vital identity documents on that most personal of devices – the smartphone.
Read more on Bloomberg

Phones will take a different form: BlackBerry’s Chen
While many consumers may be satisfied with their current devices,BlackBerry’s CEO told CNBC that he believes there is still another leg of growth ahead for phones.
Read more on CNBC



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