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Global Mobile news round-up: 05 February 2016

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. WhatsApp tops a billion monthly users, Microsoft buys Swiftkey for $250m, Google blocks the ad blockers and much more.Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is now used by a billion people every month, Facebook has reported.

The Facebook-owned app now outperforms the social network’s own Messenger mobile app, which has 800 million monthly users.

The company said 42 billion messages and 250 million videos were sent over WhatsApp daily.

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An exclusive glimpse behind the scroll wheel of the Apple Car

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The new Apple Car won’t have door handles and will be incompatible with all your other cars. But that won’t stop you wanting one. Tim Green takes a light-hearted look at Apple’s move into motoring…

The tech blogs have been buzzing for months about the prospect of the Apple Car. Apparently engineers have been leaving Tesla to go and work at Infinite Loop. And let’s face it, Apple desperately needs something new to reverse its fortunes.

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Automotive focus: Can your car be your mobile wallet?

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If automobiles are becoming a little like smartphones on wheels, why shouldn’t they make payments too?

At CES in 2015, Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, stood up and said: “We’re thinking of ourselves as a mobility company and not only a car and truck company. We want to be viewed as being part of this community.” At CES in 2015, Mark Fields, CEO of Ford, stood up and said: “We’re thinking of ourselves as a mobility company and not only a car and truck company. We want to be viewed as being part of this community.”

It was a bold claim, but a necessary one given the way consumers are feeling: research by Accenture says 39 per cent of the world’s drivers value connected tech higher than anything else when buying a new car. The same survey said just 14 per cent care most about power and handling.

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Biometric data: the next step in consumer authentication

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The way in which consumers verify their identity online is rapidly changing, a development being driven forward by biometric data. Carlos Häuser, MD at MEF Member Wirecard Technologies explains.
Consumers should probably not be too surprised if they soon find themselves being addressed as follows: “Dear customer, please turn on your webcam and have your ID at the ready. We will shortly conduct a brief ID check”. This kind of procedure may, for example, be introduced for opening an online account in order to verify a customer’s identity, thereby making the personal signature a thing of the past.

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Google wants you on the appternet

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Last week, Google unveiled an option to install apps, not from Google Play, but from search results. More evidence that the firm desperately wants apps and the web to play nicely together.

Google really loves the web. The web has made Google a $527 billion company. Why wouldn’t Google love the web? Consumers love the web too. It lets them track down that rare book they’ve searched their whole life for, or read about particle physics or watch cats playing the piano.

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