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By Jefferson Mangubat
Amazon opens its first European regional air hub in Germany
by Jefferson Mangubat
Amazon is expanding the regional capacity of its Amazon Air service to Europe. The retail giant has announced the launch of its first European regional hub at the Leipzig/Halle Airport in Schkeuditz, Germany.
The air hub has formally kicked off operations this month, serving customer deliveries with two flights every day. The new facility covers 65,600 square feet and will house two Boeing 737-800 aircraft from GECAS, growing Amazon Air's fleet to more than 70 aircraft. The two new planes will be operated by ASL Airlines and will join Amazon Air's global fleet by the end of 2020.
Amazon says the new hub will provide more than 200 jobs to residents in the Leipzig area. The company already employs more than 1,500 individuals in Leipzig. Dietmar Jüngling, formerly general manager of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Leipzig, leads the sorting and loading operations at the new facility. Jüngling said:
Amazon notes that the regional hub will also bolster its efforts to continue offering timely delivery services in Europe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The company first unveiled its fleet of Prime Air planes in 2016.
By Jay Bonggolto
Samsung rolls out the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany for €477
by Jay Bonggolto
Samsung announced today the availability of the Galaxy Tab Active3 Enterprise Edition in Germany. The rugged tablet was originally unveiled late last month for enterprise users.
The Tab Active3 is now available to purchase via Samsung's retail partners and select wireless carriers in Germany. It carries a price tag of €477, available only in black and with support for three generations of Android upgrades.
It sports an 8-inch TFT LCD display with a 1920x1200 resolution. The tablet is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage that's expandable via a microSD card. At the back of the device, there's a 13MP camera while at the front sits a 5MP selfie camera.
As a rugged device, it is MIL-STD-810H certified, meaning it can endure various challenging environments. It is also IP68-rated for dust and water protection. Samsung also claims the tablet can withstand a drop of up to 1.5 meters courtesy of its shock absorption system coupled with its Protective Cover.
The Tab Active3 packs a 5050mAh removable battery that features a No Battery mode, allowing you to use the tablet without a battery by plugging it in to a power supply. Of course, it supports Samsung DeX for a PC-like experience and Google ARCore for augmented reality services. In addition, it has a quick access button mounted on its side and comes with an IP68-certified S Pen.
By Garg Ankit
Samsung Pay launching in Germany, works with almost every bank account
by Garg Ankit
Owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, cashless transactions are the need of the hour. Samsung has decided to expand its mobile payment platform for users in Germany. The South Korean firm has partnered with Visa and banking-as-a-service platform Solarisbank AG.
The most noticeable feature Samsung is providing to Germans is the capability to use Samsung Pay with almost any German bank account. Instead of relying on a specific bank, or a set of banks, Samsung has partnered with Visa who will issue a virtual debit card to users who sign up. It can then be linked to almost any bank in Germany, which is a first-of-its-kind implementation for a mobile payment platform. The full banking license for Samsung Pay and visa debit virtual card is provided by Solarisbank AG, who are following a convenient KYC (know your customer) process that doesn't require an in-person branch visit or a video identification.
It is the first time Visa is providing such a service in Europe. The novel approach will certainly help Samsung gain edge over the competition, including Apple and Google, who follow the traditional approach of roping in as many banks as possible in the countries they operate, which in turn means limited availability of the service.
Samsung Pay is starting as an open beta service, which can be availed by registering here, though the list of supported smartphones is limited. Only flagships from Note series, Z series, and S series (starting with Galaxy S10) are supported, while the small print notes that Galaxy S10 Lite and Note10 Lite are not supported. The service will be generally available from October 28.
By Namerah S
German Samsung Galaxy M51 page goes live, EU price and specs revealed
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
A few days ago, Samsung confirmed the existence of its upcoming smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy M51, by teasing the mid-ranger on Amazon India. This offered a pretty good look at the phone and also divulged some of key its features. A promotional picture with the caption "Meanest Monster Ever" has a footnote underneath stating that the smartphone is coming soon. Based on this teaser, it was assumed that the Galaxy M51 would initially debut in India.
This notion was contradicted by today's proceedings when the listing for the Galaxy M51 appeared on the official Samsung Germany website. It seems that customers located in that region can now pre-order the phone. Apart from revealing the price of the Galaxy handset, the page also disclosed the complete technical specifications of the phone including the camera details which were previously unknown.
Image via Samsung Deutschland As seen in the image above, the previous suspicions about a quad-camera setup were accurate. The Samsung Galaxy M51's main camera will comprise of a 64MP main lens, a 12MP ultra wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, a 32 MP selfie snapper will be housed in a punch-hole cutout. Unfortunately, the chipset is not specified except for the fact that it will be an octa-core processor.
The phone will be available with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage, expandable to 512GB via microSD. Other details include a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display, a gigantic 7000mAh battery with 25W fast charging, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and Samsung Knox security. It will run OneUI out the box, most likely the latest version based on Android 10.
Samsung Galaxy M51 will be available in two colors: Black and White. Currently, the online Samsung store for Germany shows the price of the unreleased device as €360.01. Pre-orders seem to be open and those who are interested may do so on the Samsung Germany website.
Facebook to bring News tab to more countries soon
by Paul Hill
Facebook has announced that it’s accelerating its plans to expand its News tab to more countries in the next six months to a year. The new areas which Facebook News could serve include the U.K., Germany, France, India, and Brazil but it is still considering its options. The company said that it will pay news publishers to include their content in the News tab.
According to the social media giant, Facebook News takes time to enter new markets because consumer habits and news inventories differ in different areas. In the aforementioned countries, Facebook is going to work closely with publishers in a way that honours their business models and delivers a valuable experience for users.
While Facebook is now looking to bring its product to other countries, it still plans to develop Facebook News in the United States where it has already launched. The firm said:
With a lot of people getting their information from social media and these new tools allowing for the quick spread of information, it’s important for social media firms to have a tool akin to Facebook News so that people can get legitimate information.