Home / Tag Archives: education

Tag Archives: education

WhatsApp hits India’s Jio feature phones amidst fake news violence

False rumors forwarded on WhatsApp have led angry mobs to murder strangers in India, but the Facebook-owned chat app is still racing to add users in the country. Today it launched a feature phone version of WhatsApp for JioPhone 1 and 2’s KaiOS, which are designed to support 22 of India’s vast array of native languages. Users will be able to send text, photos, videos, and voice messages with end-to-end encryption, though it will lack advanced features like augmented reality and Snapchat Stories-style Status updates. WhatsApp was supposed to launch alongside the JioPhone 2 that debuted last month for roughly $41, but was delayed . 40 million JioPhone 1s had already been sold, and it’s been estimated to control 27 percent of the Indian mobile phone market and 47 percent of the country’s feature phone market. Coming to JioPhone should open up a big new growth vector for WhatsApp as it strives to grow its 1.5 billion user count towards the big 2 billion milestone. Meanwhile, it could make the Reliance-owned Jio mobile network more appealing. It could also strengthen the KaiOS operating system, developed by a San Diego startup of the same name that recently took a $22 million investment from Google. WhatsApp rolls out on the JioPhone AppStore today and should be available to everyone by September 20th, and we’ve asked if it will come to other KaiOS devices made by Nokia and Alcatel. Facebook has started to squeeze WhatsApp, replacing its departed co-founders with Chris Daniels, who formerly ran the Internet.org and Free Basics accessibility initiative that got kicked out of India over net neutrality concerns. That doesn’t bode well for him now overseeing WhatsApp’s high-risk/high-reward scenario in India. The massive nation is core to the chat app’s growth strategy, but the attacks it’s spurred have lost it India’s hearts and minds

Read More »

Perlego raises $4.8M for its ‘Spotify for textbooks’

Perlego , which has been dubbed the ‘Spotify for textbooks,’ has closed $4.8 million in finding. Leading the round is ADV, with participation from existing angel investors, including Simon Franks (co-founder of Lovefilm), Alex Chesterman (founder of Zoopla), and Peter Hinssen. Founded by Gauthier Van Malderen and Matthew Davis, Perlego provides students and professionals unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of academic and professional eBook titles for £12 a month. To be able to do this, it works with 650 publishers, including big names like Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, Macmillan Higher Education, and Cengage Learning. Publishers receive 65 percent of each subscription on a consumption basis. “Textbook prices have increased more than fifteen-fold since 1970, or three times the rate of inflation,” Perlego co-founder and CEO Van Malderen tells TechCrunch. “In the U.K., the average university student spends £439 a year on textbooks. This is only exacerbating the cost of higher education and the debt burden on students, which is set to rise again this year in the U.K.”. In turn, Perlego says it helps publishers monetise their content to a large segment of price-sensitive students that would otherwise buy their books from the used-books market or download pirated copies. It also supplies publishers with detailed data on the consumption of titles. “We are true subscription model,” adds Van Malderen. “For £12 per month you get unlimited access to the best textbooks. We do not operate a complex leasing model and publishers benefit through data collection, reduced piracy, no cannibalization from second-hand print sales”. Meanwhile, Perlego says it will use the new funding to grow the team and support the company’s growth across the U.K. and Europe

Read More »

Apple Wants To Teach You Photo Editing Over The Phone – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Apple Wants To Teach You Photo Editing Over The Phone Ubergizmo Learning to use technical software can be an intimidating experience, which is why when companies offer users the chance to go for some free lessons, it's not a bad idea to take them up on their offer. In fact Apple is doing that right now with its ... and more »

Read More »

Alleged iPad Pro Case Reveals Mysterious Cutout – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Alleged iPad Pro Case Reveals Mysterious Cutout Ubergizmo Apple is expected to launch new iPad Pros later this year as part of the company's annual refresh. There have been talks about Apple potentially applying the iPhone X's design to the tablet, and now thanks to a photo uploaded onto Slashleaks (via ... and more »

Read More »

JPMorgan Chase to debut You Trade service next week, letting investors make up to 100 free trades within first year, via Chase’s mobile app and on its…

Hugh Son / CNBC : JPMorgan Chase to debut You Trade service next week, letting investors make up to 100 free trades within first year, via Chase's mobile app and on its site   —  - J.P. Morgan's new digital brokerage service comes with free trades, portfolio building tool and access to equity research.

Read More »

Y Combinator says it’s accepting all 15,000+ applicants to its Startup School program after a glitch sent acceptance emails to those who had been…

Shona Ghosh / Business Insider : Y Combinator says it's accepting all 15,000+ applicants to its Startup School program after a glitch sent acceptance emails to those who had been rejected   —  - Y Combinator emailed tech founders this week saying they had been accepted into Startup School, its free online course for entrepreneurs.

Read More »

22 states ask US appeals court to reinstate net neutrality rules, and firms including Etsy and Vimeo filed a separate legal challenge to overturn the…

David Shepardson / Reuters : 22 states ask US appeals court to reinstate net neutrality rules, and firms including Etsy and Vimeo filed a separate legal challenge to overturn the FCC ruling   —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court …

Read More »

Costco finishes rolling out contactless payments in US except at its gas stations, letting customers use Apple Pay, Google Pay Send, Samsung Pay at…

Joe Rossignol / MacRumors : Costco finishes rolling out contactless payments in US except at its gas stations, letting customers use Apple Pay, Google Pay Send, Samsung Pay at 750 stores   —  Apple Pay is now accepted at all Costco warehouses in the United States, at in-store checkouts, according to the wholesale retailer.

Read More »