Viber updates iPhone app, features iOS 7 redesign
Calling and messaging app Viber today has announced an update for its iPhone app, featuring a redesign for iOS 7. Viber facilitates free world-wide calling and messaging over a Wi-Fi or 3G connections to other Viber users, with calls made to non-Viber landlines and mobile numbers possible at low rates. Viber v4.2.0 features a revised aesthetic to compliment iOS 7, and the added ability to send up to 10 photos and videos at one time, to reduce redundancy in file transfer. Users can now send longer video messages, and contacts can see when a user is typing a message to them from an Android tablet, Linux, Mac, PC, or Windows 8 device. Viber is free to download through iTunes for devices running iOS 6.0 or later.
Skype competitor purchased by Japanese e-commerce giant
Japanese retailer Rakuten has acquired Cyprus-based VoIP and messaging service Viber. The purchase, worth a total of $900 million, will see the Japanese Internet giant take control of Skype's biggest competitor, with the company claiming the purchase of Viber "perfectly complements Rakuten's strategy in the digital space" in its bid to become the "world's No.1 Internet services company."
Exposes some tracking info in Viber database
VoIP/messaging service Viber has been hacked by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, known to support Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, reports say. During the attack, the SEA managed to obtain tracking information stored in Viber's database, namely the UDIDs and IPs associated with calls. Since-removed vandalism of the Viber support page suggests that Viber was targeted because it's an Israeli company allegedly spying on the public.
Deus Ex: The Fall for iOS releasing this week
Eidos Montreal, via Twitter, has announced that Deus Ex: The Fall will be released for iOS on July 11. The game is set after the events of the Deus EX: The Icarus Effect novel, and will act as a prequel to some of the other games already available on consoles. Along with the announcement, Eidos also posted a new gameplay trailer to its YouTube page and has made various free wallpapers and ringtones available on its website. Deus Ex: The Fall will sell for $7 at launch and will be restricted to the iPad 3 and above, iPhone 4S and above, and iPod Touch 5 and above.
Viber text and calling Android app now available
Viber has taken its limited-availability beta Android app and now made it widely available (free Android Market). Like the iOS variant, it allows users to make calls and send text messages for free over 3G and Wi-Fi, much like Skype. Exclusive to the Android version, however, is a full call screen when Viber calls are received, pop-up text notifications, and a default dialer setting that lets users make all their calls over Viber.