Stockholm-based Truecaller, which offers social features inside the caller app and uses a crowdsourced directory to help identify spam calls, has landed a partnership with Huawei which will see its caller ID and smart phone book app pre-loaded on Huawei smartphones. Truecaller migrated its standalone social calling app — Truedialler — into its main app in March, and the company revealed today that its users are now making more than 500 million calls per month. The average duration of each call is around 100 seconds, the company added. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that WhatsApp reached 100 million calls within its app per day earlier this year — yet it counts more than a billion active users.
Project management service JIRA is getting a new feature that will let you easily convert JIRA tickets into job postings on Upwork freelance marketplace. With this new integration, Jira users can now click a button and get a pre-populated form to submit to Upwork’s marketplace. This feature will likely appeal to small businesses that often have a backlog of feature requests and bug fixes they never get to. This is not the first time Atlassian and Upwork have partnered around JIRA. Upwork clients can already link their JIRA tickets to an Upwork account to allow freelancers to track their time, for example. Clients can also use Upwork’s messaging feature to receive updates when a freelancer checks in code to Bitbucket, for example, or update a JIRA ticket.
Pinterest has acquired the original read later service, Instapaper. Both Instapaper and Pinterest are essentially bookmarking services, but Instapaper tends to be about text, and Pinterest is all about images. For now, the company line is that nothing will change. Pinterest is ostensibly buying Instapaper because it wants some of its technology (its text parser is pretty great) and the people who built that tech. But it seems very unlikely that Pinterest actually wants the Instapaper service itself. Sure, Pinterest says it will keep Instapaper running. Keeping a service running and keeping a service improving are two very different things, though.
Project management service Trello made its Power-Ups (third-party integrations) available to all of its users, including those who are on the service’s free tier. Until now, only paying users were able to use this feature, which includes integrations with products like SurveyMonkey, join.me, Github and Slack, among many others. Free users were restricted to using three very basic Power-Ups: Calendar for seeing Trello’s calendar view, Card Aging for slowly fading out cards as they age, and Voting for (you guessed it) adding a voting option to cards. Besides, Trello is launching integrations with Intercom, Github Enterprise and Screenful. Trello itself is also launching two new Power-Ups itself: custom fields for users who want to be able to create new data fields and visual cues for their cards, as well as a Card Repeater that allows you to set intervals for repeating tasks. With Card Repeater, you can set up Trello to automatically create copies of certain cards for recurring tasks like expense report due dates. This feature is currently only available as a public beta, though, and admins will have to request access to it.
Google is unveiling the new version of its mobile operation system Android 7.0 Nougat with strengthened security features, improved management capabilities and increased user control that can boost productivity for your employees. With Android Nougat, if your company uses VPN, your work network traffic data is better protected from the time a device boots up, thanks to the new always on VPN feature. In addition to new security features, Android Nougat brings the ability to open and resize two Android apps on the same screen gives employees more information to make smarter business decisions while multitasking. It’s easier to collaborate with team members too. Searching for work contacts can be done in both the personal dialer and messenger app. Plus employees have access to corporate directory contacts for incoming calls.
Twitter launched its first branded stickers. Pepsi is the first partner on board in an undisclosed deal that allows Twitter users to plaster stickers designed by the fizzy pop company onto their photos. Doing so and posting the photo triggers a hashtag to appear inside the tweet, which makes it discoverable to Pepsi — perhaps for further promotion or competitions — and that, in turn, helps promote the brand in a different way on Twitter. Brands can design four or eight stickers — like accessories and other props — for users to add to their own photos. Photos with a brand’s stickers are shared with all of a user’s followers, allowing brands to be featured by their fans in a truly authentic way.
Group chat service for business HipChat (that is called the Slack's main rival) has released built-in video conferencing system. It allows HipChat users to video chat with the click of one button and gives users more control on who they want to see. Prior to the update, users could video chat but they had to rely on a third-party integration, such as BlueJeans, HYFY and Google Hangouts. Those require having separate accounts, take more time to start and give users less control over who they see when. In March Slack developers also promised to add video and audio calls to their product.
Salesforce has acquired business analytics platform BeyondCore. It is an enterprise analytics tool that bolsters business intelligence with computational and statistical analysis. While Salesforce could have gone fishing and come up with a number of business intelligence companies to buy, BeyondCore was already integrated with the Salesforce platform. Whether the transaction will turn out to be a critical key in an assault against Microsoft, or simply a strategic acquihire is yet to be seen. Until then, we will be eating popcorn waiting for the next Salesforce acquisition.
In the new version of the Skype for Windows 10, Microsoft added several Skype bots, the automated chat assistants that it introduced earlier this year in a limited preview. The new bots include those that can help you make travel arrangements, locate event tickets, pull in information from other applications and services and even keep you entertained. For example, the Skyscanner Bot lets you search for individual or group flights, return pricing information and route options. Then, it will provide a link where users can go to complete the booking.
With a new version of its Acrobat Reader app for iOS you’ll now be able to select, open and save your PDFs in iCloud Drive, OneDrive, Box or Google Drive, in addition to the app’s native integration with Dropbox. These new storage options are available from the iOS Document Picker. Prior to this update, users could only pull documents from Dropbox, Adobe Document Cloud, email, web or other apps that supported the “share” function. In order to take advantage of the added functionality, users will need to install the cloud storage app they want to use with Acrobat Reader, then tap on the “Location Chooser” option and “More Locations…”. Here, you’ll find the cloud storage app or apps you want to add to Reader. You can also toggle these storage services on or off from the settings, or rearrange the order they appear in within the list.