WhatsApp becomes a virtual carrier in Germany with the help of E-Plus

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It was only a matter of time before the over-the-top messaging apps got tired of upturning the mobile carriers’ SMS businesses and developed ambitions of becoming carriers themselves. WhatsApp is getting its own prepaid SIM card on Germany’s E-Plus, which combines unlimited WhatsApp usage with a small bundle of traditional mobile voice, data and text messages for €10 ($13.80).

WhatsApp CEO and co-founder Jan Koum announced the partnership at Mobile World Congress in February, but TechCrunch and German media spotted the launch of the service on E-Plus’s website on Monday. The deal isn’t your typical mobile virtual network operator deal because WhatsApp isn’t supplanting E-Plus’s brand and selling voice and data directly to consumers. But the partnership is unique in that the prepaid service seems to focus on WhatsApp as the primary mode of communication. As WhatsApp rolls out its planned voice services this quarter, that focus could become even tighter.

We’re starting to see examples of messaging and social media companies working closely with carriers around the world. WhatsApp’s future corporate parent has led that charge. In the past Facebook penned deals with carriers like Orange to exempt its social networking traffic from customer’s data plans in its North African and Eastern European markets. And as part of its internet.org initiative, Facebook is working with Globe in the Philippines and Tigo in Paraguay to provide free or subsidized Facebook access to their customers.

In some cases OTT apps are becoming true MVNOs. In the U.S., TextNow started out as an IP messaging and VoIP provider targeting customers with iPod touches and other data only devices. But thanks to a wholesale deal with Sprint, TextNow has become an all-IP mobile carrier.

 


Samsung Chromebook 2 Notebooks Now Available To Pre-Order From $320

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Samsung Chromebook 2 Notebooks Now Available To Pre-Order From $320

Samsung Chromebook 2 Notebooks Now Available To Pre-Order From $320

If you are patiently waiting for the launch of the new Samsung Chromebook 2 notebooks, you will be pleased to know that they are now available to preorder from $320, with shipping starting later this month.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 is available in two models either the Samsung Chromebook 2 11.6 inch or the slightly larger Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 inch.

The Samsung Chromebook 2 13.3 offers a larger screen, faster processor and a few other features, including : 1920 x 1080 pixel display, 2 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5800 processor supported by 4GB of RAM and 16GB of storage with a 35 Whr, 4700mAH battery offering up to 8.5 hours of use.

The Chromebook 2 11.6 inch is powered by a 1.9 GHz Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor supported by 4GB RAM and has a 1366 x 768 pixel display, with 16GB of storage and a 30Whr, 4080mAh battery also offering up to 8 hours of use.

Both the Chromebook 2 systems sport 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 port, 1 microSD card slot, 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Both Samsung Chromebook 2 systems are now available to pre-order from Samsung direct or other retailers such a Amazon and B&H.


More Details On Google’s New Android TV

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More Details On Google’s New Android TV

More Details On Google’s New Android TV

On the weekend The Verge broke the news that Google were working on some new TV software, which will be called Android TV.

Android TV has been described as more of an entertainment interface rather than a software platform, and the focus will be on simple applications for Android TV.

The guys over at GigaOM have received some more information on Android TV, and according to the report, Google intend to provide a standardized look and feel for all apps on the platform.

At the moment apps on smart TVs look and function very different, for example the Netflix app and the YouTube app are completely different.

With Android TV, Google are looking for app developers to use a standard set of templates for their apps on Android TV, which would give all of the apps a more unified look and feel, as well as more unified controls.

This will apparently work by content providers providing Google with data feeds, rather than full applications, the data would then be used in a specific app for the content provider and would include things like box cover art, movie or TV show titles and more.

What this would do is allow all of the apps on the Android TV to perform in a similar way, it would also make it easier to add new features to all of the apps at the same time as they would all conform to the same standards.

It certainly sounds interesting, and this uniform approach to all apps would enable Google to build a universal search platform for Android TV, where uses could search through all of the apps at once for a particular piece of content, rather than each one individually.


Latest Xbox One System Update Detailed By Microsoft

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Latest Xbox One System Update Detailed By Microsoft

Latest Xbox One System Update Detailed By Microsoft

Microsoft has today published more details on what gamers can expect to receive in the upcoming Xbox One system update, which is currently available to members previewing the new system updates.

New features within the latest Xbox One system update include updates to the Blu-ray player that will be rolling out in the coming days together with support for 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz.

Other features as you probably already know our controller and headsets adapter firmware updates which have been expected that will reduce audio static and improve the wireless connectivity of the devices to the main Xbox One console.

Microsoft is also adding silent at reboot after system updates and system updates on demand, allowing the updates to happen automatically and then return to standby upon completion if you Xbox One console is in Instant On mode.