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Day: July 31, 2018

  • Over the last couple years, people have enjoyed making voice and video calls on WhatsApp. In fact, our users spend over 2 billion minutes on calls per day. We’re excited to announce that group calls for voice and video are coming to WhatsApp starting today. You can make a group call with up to four people total – anytime and anywhere. Just start a one-on-one voice or video call and tap the new “add participant” button in the top right corner to add more contacts to the call. Group calls are always end-to-end encrypted, and we’ve designed calling to work reliably around the world in different network conditions. The feature is currently rolling out on the iPhone and Android versions of our app. WhatsApp I have to say its about time.
  • Facebook has just acquired startup Redkix in order to better compete with Slack The social media giant hopes to integrate Redkix into Workplace by Facebook Workplace by Facebook differs from its traditional counterpart in several ways Social media titan Facebook has recently acquired Redkix, a startup company that seamlessly blends instant messaging, email and calendar services into one app. The social media company declined to publicly state what it paid for the acquisition. Facebook reportedly acquired the startup to help to try to expand its communications features for Workplace by Facebook, the social media platform’s enterprise version, in hopes of better competing with the cloud-based communication applications offered by Slack. DailyMail I don’t picture Facebook in the commercial space but it looks like they are training to gain some market share there but I think without productivity suites like GSuite or Office365 it won’t work out for them.
  • Nokia Oyj won a $3.5 billion order from T-Mobile US Inc. to build fifth-generation mobile networks in the U.S., one of its largest contracts to date and a sign that network equipment vendors are starting to gain business from the new cellular technology. Nokia will help build a nationwide 5G grid for the No. 3 wireless carrier, which has said its customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Las Vegas will be first to run the technology early next year. The deal, which follows earlier announcements about the cooperation, is welcome news for the Finnish company. Chief Executive Officer Rajeev Suri has urged investors to look beyond weak results in the past couple of quarters, saying that the situation should brighten in the second half of the year as operators start spending on faster 5G gear. Bloomburg This must be a lifeline for Nokia. They have been on life support for a while.
  • I recently tried the Apple Watch Series 3 as my everyday driver for smart wearables and I have to say I was not overly impressed. I would like to say that this is my first impression I will need a few weeks of using it at the gym and wearing it every day to give you my final review. My first and probably biggest issue with the Apple Watch Series 3 is the design and build quality. While Apple is known for always making a premium product the Apple Watch Series 3 just reminds me of the touchscreen iPod Nano with a wristband. I was not overly impressed with the design or look while there are millions of different bands and cases for the device it just does not have a slick sporty design to me as a consumer. My other issue with the design is the edge to edge bezels design that Apple has done on every model since the original series one. The design just makes me uncomfortable using it at the gym. Without a case or bezel, the glass just seems to exposed and able to break when hit into something at the gym like an exercise machine or weights. One thing I really loved about the Apple Watch Series 3 was the LTE the fact that you could exercise and leave your phone behind while still getting streaming music, calls, texts, and notifications is great and really did move the needle for me as a smartwatch.  I would like to point out there are Android Wear Watches with LTE as well.  I did have one issue with the music streaming you can read about that in my previous article titled Music Apps on the Apple Watch Series 3 The fitness portion of the watch was ok...