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Delta launches Wi-Fi on board international flights

Delta Air Lines will launch its international Wi-Fi service on two Boeing 747-400 flights equipped with Ku-band satellite, from Los Angeles International Airport and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Narita International Airport in Tokyo.

For more than five years, the US carrier has provided Wi-Fi to customers traveling on its mainline aircraft flying within the United States.

Customers can access Wi-Fi service with introductory pricing options that begin with one-hour passes or connected throughout the flight both via laptop and mobile phone.

All of Delta's 747-400 aircraft will have Wi-Fi installed by mid-year. Delta will complete the installation of Wi-Fi service on its entire international fleet by the end of 2015 on international, long-haul routes.

The new service uses satellites for global connectivity to offer coverage internationally and will compliment Delta's existing air-to-ground service already provided by Gogo for aircraft flying within the US.

Delta and Gogo are in the final testing phase for Wi-Fi on the Airbus A330 fleet. The addition of in-flight Internet for more than 150 aircraft will expand the number of worldwide aircraft equipped with Wi-Fi to about 1,000 jets including all two-class regional, domestic and international aircraft.

Delta operates the world's largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet with more than 3,400 flights daily, including its entire fleet of 570 domestic mainline aircraft. More than 870 Delta aircraft, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets, are equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi service - offering more than 400,000 customers per day access to the Internet above 10,000 feet (3,000 metres).

Windows Phone 8 users can now get Viber Out

VIber has announced the release of Viber 4.1 for Windows Phone 8, bringing Viber Out calls to the platform for the first time.

Viber allows users to communicate with almost any of their friends or contacts, regardless of which platform they use. Now, with the addition of Viber Out, Windows Phone 8 users will be able to call any phone number with Viber.

"Viber Out has been a game changer for our users and allows them to rely on Viber for all their communication needs. With the addition of this critical feature to our Windows Phone 8 version, we are ensuring that the complete Viber experience is available on as many platforms as possible. This focus on cross-platform support is one of our most important commitments to our users," said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber.

LINE reaches milestone of 400m registered users

LINE announced that on April 1 the number of registered users across all platforms had passed an impressive 400 million.

LINE Corp chief executive officer Akira Morikawa said that one of its goals for this year was to reach more than 500 million users globally.

The Japan-based company aims to further its growth and become the world's top communications infrastructure, taking on many new challenges along the way. It also hopes to increase the benefits it offers to its users, and plans to uses its existing status as a smart-phone communications infrastructure to grow into a smart-phone platform, he said.

The level of competition in the global communications app market has become fiercer than ever, and is only intensifying every day.

"We believe that this shows that messaging services have become the crux of our mobile society, and demonstrates their incredible worth," said Morikawa.

NEC, Sypris win Singapore deal for cyber-security lab

NEC Asia Pacific and Sypris Electronics have won the contract to develop a cyber-security laboratory for the Singapore government.

The contract will involve deploying a simulation-based training and modelling platform that will provide a safe, realistic hands-on environment for the participants to hone their skills in countering cyber-attacks.

With the increasingly complex and sophisticated attacks from cyber criminals, an organisation faces a multitude of cyber-security risks to its IT systems, ranging from Web defacement and malware infections to network and operating-system attacks.


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