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Monday, 23.07.12
STRATEGY: HTC and Beats announced a realignment of their Business Agreement
Posted by Arne Hess - at 15:02 CET under 01 - General News

HTC and Beats announced on Saturday, that both companies are going to realign their business agreement that provides Beats with more flexibility for global expansion while maintaining HTC's major stake and commercial exclusivity in mobile. As a matter of fact, under the terms of the agreement, the founding members of Beats will buy back 25 % of its total shares for a total of approximately 75 % ownership, with HTC remaining the largest outside shareholder with approximately 25 %. Over the last year, HTC and Beats have made great progress in sound innovation, product integration and brand awareness with successes like the HTC One. This comes roughly a year after Beats and HTC announced that HTC has invested into Beats Audio.

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Wednesday, 18.07.12
SERVICE: Google launches Gmail SMS - brings E-Mails to African Mobile Phones
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:53 CET under 01 - General News

Since I worked in Africa last year, I have a different view of mobile phone, feature phone and smartphone requirements and Google's latest initiative will be very welcome there, I'm sure. As Google Africa today announced on its Africa blog, Google created and just launched "Gmail SMS". E-Mail has become an important part of everyday life, doesn't matter if it is in the first world or emerging markets, doesn't matter if it is used for personal or business communication and as Google wrote, "there's so much you do with it: apply for a job, make an inquiry, get notifications from your social network, receive photos or an invitation that makes you smile, and just communicate back and forth with your friends".

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Tuesday, 17.07.12
WORKAROUND: NFC Payment Sticker from G&D equips German not so smart Mobile Phones for Mobile Payment
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:49 CET under 01 - General News

That's an interesting approach which comes from German Giesecke & Devrient; you remember - the SIM card giant which worked together with Apple on next generation's Nano SIM. This morning, G&D presented the first payment sticker to meet the specifications of the German banking industry. When the sticker is attached to a cell phone or smartphone, contactless payment becomes possible even if the device itself is not NFC-enabled. The SECCOS Mobile payment sticker is certified for the MasterCard contactless payment method PayPass. This allows bank customers worldwide to pay bills at over 350,000 PayPass locations.

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UNVEILED: Microsoft announces Office 2013 and Office 365 - coming to Windows around you later this Fall
Posted by Arne Hess - at 00:49 CET under 01 - General News

Unveiled earlier today, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer announced the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, also known as Office 15 or Office 2013. Coming to Windows 8 and Windows RT later this fall, as well as being compatible to Windows 7, the next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking, meetings and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

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Tuesday, 10.07.12
OUTLOOK: T-Mobile previews Joyn - confirms native implementation in Android and Windows Phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 16:16 CET under 01 - General News

During today's IFA Preview Event in Munich, Deutsche Telekom, internationally better known a T-Mobile, gave an outlook of its upcoming RCS-e service which will be called "Joyn". During the presentation, Deutsche Telekom made clear, that Joyn is based on the GSMA's recommended RCS-e standard and will therefore be interoperable with other carriers, namely Vodafone, Telefonica, Orange and Telecom Italia, which were all part of the standardization process. This means, that Joyn will work across networks, as we know it today from SMS text messages. Furthermore, Deutsche Telekom unveiled, that it will start with chat, file transfer and video functionality and that a commercial availability is planned for October.

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