Google’s new “Chromebox for meetings” is aimed at large business video conferencing

google_asus_chromebox_bundle_june_2015It was only last year when Google launched Chromebox for meetings, which consists of a Chromebox, camera, speakers, and some other hardware designed for small businesses to be able to video conference. Now Google has launched a brand new Chromebox for meetings bundle aimed at large businesses. The original bundle could handle up to eight people in one room for $999 while the new version can do up to 20 people in one room for $1,999.

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Messenger no longer asks for a Facebook account

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Want to use one of the best messaging apps but don’t have a Facebook account? Then go ahead and use Facebook’s Messenger. The app was updated to allow those without Facebook accounts to take advantage of a slew of Messenger’s features, such as sending photos and videos, placing video and voice calls, and sharing stickers. Facebook only requires you to connect your phone number.

The account-less sign up for Messenger is active in the United States, Canada, Peru, and Venezuela.

Source: Facebook

Kenwood’s multimedia receivers with Android Auto are now shipping

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Two multimedia receivers from Kenwood that feature Android Auto are now shipping from select retailers. The DDX9702S and DDX9902S, priced at $900 and $950, respectively, can be installed to instantly give vehicles a connected car platform. Although those prices seem steep, developers are looking to Android Auto to integrate their services and maintain a single experience across multiple devices.

Hit the break for the full press release.

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Microsoft’s Office apps expand support to Android phones

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Finally, Microsoft’s Office apps work seamlessly across Android phones and tablets. The company announced today that its Office apps gained support for Android phones after being in preview for five weeks. Testing was completed with nearly 2,000 different models in eighty-three countries. Feedback from thousands of users helped the service being fine tuned on the form factor.

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Mobilicity sale to Rogers for $465 million approved by Canadian court

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A deal has been struck and approved by a court in Ontario for Rogers Communications, Inc. to purchase small wireless carrier Mobilicity in a deal valued at $465 million. Mobility has been under creditor protection since September 2013 and has been the subject of a bit of a bidding war that includes Telus Corporation. Although Mobilicity is small, the company does possess valuable spectrum, hence the interest from the larger carriers. Read more