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Friday, 13.09.13
ENHANCED: Facebook tests automatic Video Playback - said to make your News Feed more Alive
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:31 CET under 01 - General News

As Facebook announced yesterday, it has started testing - as they say - "an easier way to watch videos on Facebook". Now, when users see a video in a News Feed, "it comes to life and starts playing". To be less disturbing, thankfully videos will initially play silently but if a user want the video can be tapped to play it then with sound in full screen. If users don't care the video at all, they can scroll past. This sounds a little bit like the automatic video playback of Instagram, where videos are nevertheless played with sound. Therefore it's much better done since otherwise Facebook can become pretty noisy. Also, the new functionality has some limitations at the moment.

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Thursday, 12.09.13
COOPERATION: Huawei and Borussia Dortmund detail Champion Partnership - brings WiFi to the Westfalenstadion
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:42 CET under 01 - General News

Following its earlier announcement of sponsorship, German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) and Huawei today unveiled details of this partnership which BVB-fans will benefit from. As Borussia Dortmund's new "Champion Partner", Huawei will install in Dortmund's "Signal Iduna Park" the  probably greatest open-access WLAN infrastructure of this kind. According to Huawei this kind of a wireless infrastructure project is unique in Germany and in this form it will be one of the largest in Europe. Huawei's technology will offer the BVB and its more than 80,000 spectators in Germany's biggest stadium completely new possibilities, that a crowd of about an average town can stably use data services.

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ACQUISITION: GENBAND acquires fring - says to keep the Service alive for fring Users
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:37 CET under 01 - General News

Remember fring, which was the first video telephony service for Android? Well, it was back in 2008 when I visited them in their Israel headquarter and as time goes by today GENBAND, a US-based developer of multimedia and cloud communications solutions, announced it has acquired fring's Over-the-Top (OTT) mobile IP communications service, which works across all major smartphone platforms. The acquisition of the fring consumer multimedia IP communications solutions expands GENBAND's cloud portfolio for the consumer market. Through a white-label service that includes capabilities for mobile group video chat, 2-way video chat, voice-only calls and text chat, GENBAND's integration.

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Wednesday, 11.09.13
ENTERTAINMENT: Lufthansa to launch My MediaWorld as BoardConnect for Narrow-Body Aircrafts
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:28 CET under 01 - General News

Following its my mediaworld in-flight entertainment trials earlier this year, Lufthansa announced that it has selected BoardConnect for the introduction of wireless IFE on its narrow-body fleet. Lufthansa will be the first mainline carrier in Europe where passengers can access a rich choice of entertainment and information on intra-European flights using their own smartphone, tablet PC or laptop on selected routes. In summer 2014 20 Lufthansa A321 aircrafts will be equipped with BoardConnect. Lufthansa Systems' BoardConnect brings in-flight infotainment to work with a regular WiFi based on the established WiFi standard. The high performance Wireless Access Point, which also supports the latest 802.11 ac standard was developed by Lufthansa Technik.

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Tuesday, 10.09.13
EXPANSION: Huawei unveils the Mediacast HD 500 - first DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver with Home Networking capabilities
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:51 CET under 01 - General News

At the still running IFA in Berlin, last week Huawei - so far best known for its 3G dongles, tablets and smartphones - unveiled for the first time its Mediacast HD500 - a DVB-S2 satellite receiver with HbbTV (red button). The pretty much state-of-the-art Huawei Mediacast HD500 has a DVB-S2 twin tuner for simultaneous recording up to two programs as well as the typical slots for CI+ modules to also use the set-top box with pay TV smart cards, such as HD+ and Sky. Furthermore its comes with a built-in 500 GB hard disk to record up to 500 hours of standard definition and 250 hours in HD resolution. However, it wouldn't be a Huawei set-top box if the HD500 would be just another dumb satellite receiver but it also comes with WiFi at 2.4 and 5 GHz as well as LAN which allows easy integration into the home network.

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