Fast-growing messaging service Telegram announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week that over 100-million people worldwide were now using its app every month.
Founded just two and a half years ago in August 2013, Telegram offers a fast and secure means of communication in a simple, intuitive format that makes it easy for its users to send messages on even the weakest network connections – anywhere on the planet.
No less than 15 billion telegrams are delivered daily – indicating that many people use Telegram as their main means of communication. This extremely high volume of daily message traffic places Telegram far ahead many other means of communication when it comes to user engagement.
As many as 350,000 new users from across the world join every day on the recommendation of their family, friends or colleagues, who chose Telegram as the most efficient and diverse messaging app available.
“The frequency by which people use Telegram to communicate with friends, family and colleagues has grown steadily – soaring to an unbelievable rate as we continue to add functionalities to our app,” said Pavel Durov, Founder and CEO of Telegram. “We remain entirely focused on redefining how people use messaging apps for their every day communication.”
A growing number of businesses are switching from email and other forms of communication to Telegram for its ability to engage up to 1,000-person groups in a curated manner, cross-device sync, and fast file transmission of up to 1.5 GB.
Several innovations over the past year, such as the launch of the Bot Platform, Telegram Channels, and Voice Messages – have all contributed to making Telegram a communication platform of choice for a growing number of individuals and businesses.
“From students to world leaders, from small local newspapers to the global brands, we get inspired by how people use our platform and build functionalities that match this,” said Durov.
“When we launched our Bot Platform, for example, we noticed that a number of media organisations started using them to broadcast customised news, so we launched Channels to make communication with an unlimited audience even easier. Some of our Channels are followed by over one million people, and we anticipate this integration of media and content on the Telegram platform to continue.”
Welcome to world of 2099
The world of 2099 will be unrecognisable from the world of today, but it can be predicted, says one visionary. ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK met him in Singapore.
Futuristic structures tower over the landscape. Giant, alien-looking trees light up with dazzling colours amid the hundreds of plant species that grow up their trunks. Cosmetic stores sell their wares via public touch-screens, with products delivered instantly in drawers below the screens.
This is not a vision of the future. It is a sample of Singapore today. But it is also an inkling of the world we may all experience in the future.
Singapore was the venue, last week, of the World Cities Summit, where engineers, politicians, investors and visionaries rubbed shoulders as they talked about the strategies and policies that would enhance urban living in the future.
As part of the Summit, global payment technologies leader Mastercard hosted a small media briefing by one of Singapore’s leading thinkers about the future, Dr Damian Tan, managing director of Vickers Venture Partners. The company’s slogan “We invest in the extraordinary,” offers a small clue to Tan’s perspective.
“We look as far forward as 2099 because, as a venture capital firm, we invest in the long term,” he tells a group of journalists from Africa and the Middle East. “Companies explode in growth because there is value in the future. If there is no growth, they won’t explode.”
The big question that the Smart Cities Summit and Mastercard are trying to help answer is, what will cities look like in the year 2099? Tan can’t give an exact answer, but he offers a framework that helps one approach the question.
“If you want to look at 81 years into the future, and understand the change that will come, you need to double that amount and look into the past. That takes us to 1856. The difference between then and now is the difference you can expect between now and 2099.”
Use the page links below to read about Tan’s vision of Soldiers and Health in 2099.
- Arthur Goldstuck is founder of World Wide Worx and editor-in-chief of Gadget.co.za. Follow him on Twitter on @art2gee and on YouTube
Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com
This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.
Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.
What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.
However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.
As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.
It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.
The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.
To enter the competition follow the steps below:
Competition entry details:
3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.
4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.
5. The competition is only open to South African residents.