Dropbox acquires email app Mailbox
Dropbox has announced that it has acquired email app Mailbox after the app hit the market nearly one month ago to critical acclaim. “Rather than grow Mailbox on our own, we’ve decided to join forces with Dropbox and build it out together,” Mailbox CEO Gentry Underwood wrote in a blog post. “To be clear, Mailbox is not going away. The product needs to grow fast, and we believe that joining Dropbox is the best way to make that happen.”
Wow. Awesome move.
I’ve been using Mailbox app for a little over a week now and absolutely love it. The app runs on top of Google with iOS and allows you to re-sort and remind you emails meaning getting your inbox to zero is possible all the time. Learn more about the app here - http://vimeo.com/54553882
If you have not jumped in line to get the app, I suggest you do soon. Get the app here - http://j.mp/W5O2Rh
Finally, email has a purpose again.
Data visual of the words Bush and Obama say in SOUs - A very cool visual showing the various topics mentioned in the last 13 State of the Union addresses by Obama and Bush.
Hashtag fail of the year by Susan Boyle’s PR team. Read more here http://j.mp/X2D3eI.
Why doesn’t Vine allow posts to go straight to Tumblr? Isn’t it the GIF capital of the world?
It looks like everyone is getting more mature with their content this week. First it was the 500px Camera app, then Vine and now Tumblr prompts mobile users that it may contain age-restricted material in their latest update.
Here’s the second thing people were hoping to hear about earlier this week at the Facebook announcment - Facebook Messanger Calls.
There’s a lot of buzz this morning regarding the Facebook announcement happening at 12pm CST. Most tech sites are predicting the announcement is a new phone or search feature. My money leans towards search and not a phone. Why is that? Apple finally integrated Facebook into iOS after it being years in the making. Ok, maybe not years in the making but it was something users wanted for a long time. If Facebook releases a phone that’s going to put Apple on the defensive and potentially remove that integration.
Now, search on the other hand is a lot more intriguing to me. Remember, Facebook stores everything you post including your links, captions on photos, location from photos, check-ins, interaction with apps, etc. so they have a ton of information about you and your friends. Since this information is available to your friends, they could release a product that searches your network of friends for recommendations, interactions or activity for nearly any topic.
Releasing a feature like this is a win-win for Facebook. For users, they get what they are looking for with friend recommendations and endorsements. This also follows Facebook’s mission “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.” Search does this. Hopefully users start using Facebook’s search product for content within their network and not on Google. Which is another win for Facebook - Revenue. Google is making money hand over fist with search so with a new search in Facebook its likely they would expand their ad model to mimic Google’s Adwords making investors very happy.
Google dominates search right now holding 65% market share and its been growing since Yahoo and Bing have had little innovation over the years. I think Facebook has identified this opportunity, knows they have rich data on their users and will be making a run at Google’s market share.
As you can see, my hopes are pretty high their announcement is a search feature. What else could it be? Lowering the bar for myself, it could be something small like the announcement for their next F8 conference or a new area on their campus focused on connecting their users. Only time will tell.
Ready for the next battery revolution? Tethercell lets you control battery-operated gadgets with your phone.
Another one of the cool gadgets at #ces this year.
As much as I would like to believe this survey, I don’t. This afternoon the LA Times released a story that Tumblr and is more popular than Facebook for people aged 13-25. Complete image below: