2014 by the numbers

On-demand taxi startup Uber is now valued at US$40 billion. Occasional controversy aside, it’s a great service. If you feel like giving it a try, download the app and enter promo code tsdgc for a $10 discount on your first ride.

Instagram now has over 300 million users, making it a bigger social network than Twitter.

Messaging app WhatsApp (like Instagram, now owned by Facebook) currently sends over 50 billion messages per day.

Dating app Tinder reports over 800 million swipes per day.

Apple announced the iWatch Apple Watch in September, which will join an already crowded marketplace of smartwatch and wearables products early this year. Analysts predict sales of 30 million to 60 million units in the first 12 months of availability, based on historical penetration of past iDevices.

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The numbers are mind-boggling, and growing by the day. So what do you need to be thinking about for the coming year? Here are some of our predictions and areas to watch:

Stop thinking “mobile first” and start thinking “mobile only”
Apple Watch – ignore at your peril
Don’t forget about line of business & enterprise apps