WhatsApp opens for companies, Starlink in your motorhome… It’s the ZD Brief!

Summary :

  • WhatsApp launches new API for businesses
  • Orange’s new boss facing off against GAFAM
  • Starlink in your campervan
  • The key figure: 5 technologies that are a hit with developers
  • Practice: how to improve your internet connection
  • The editorial zoom: the Web3

WhatsApp launches new API for businesses

WhatsApp, owned by Meta, now offers a new cloud-based API to allow businesses to adopt the messaging app and use it to communicate with their customers.

The cloud-based platform will allow any company or developer to build a custom dashboard on top of WhatsApp software to “personalize your experience and speed up customer response time.” This dashboard will also give businesses an overview of their WhatsApp accounts, current account limits, product news and access to the four main account tools – overviews, messages, templates, phone numbers and product catalogue.

Orange’s new boss facing off against GAFAM

Christel Heydemann, the new CEO of Orange, spoke to the press this weekend about the problems she will have to deal with. Starting with the consolidation of the telecommunications market, whose DG notes the structural difference between the American and Chinese markets.

On the side of large projects, she cites the end of the copper network in France, scheduled for 2030. Before mentioning the neutrality of the network, and the differences in investment between the GAFAMs, which occupy 55% of global traffic, and the operators. “A rebalancing is needed,” she believes.

Starlink in your campervan

SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Broadband Division now offers a Starlink module for RVs. The antenna is “too big for cars,” says Elon Musk.

Starlink for VR should offer download speeds between 50 Mbps and 250 Mbps, and between 5 Mbps and 100 Mbps in congested areas. But the service won’t work on the go, and other Starlink users could take priority over your connection, the company warns.

Beware, the price is high! To access this service, it will cost 634 euros for equipment, 71 euros for shipping costs to France and 124 euros for a flat rate per month.

The key figure: 5 technologies that are a hit with developers

SlashData’s 2022 Developer Survey provides insights into what’s catching their attention in the world right now. According to the survey of more than 20,000 coders, blockchain applications, cryptocurrencies and NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are the technologies that attract them the most.

In detail, 34% of developers learn about cryptocurrencies, 11% about the potential of NFTs, and 30% about non-cryptocurrency blockchain applications. Next comes the metaverse and AI-assisted software development, which each interest 28% of developers surveyed.

Practical: how to improve your internet connection

What’s more annoying when you’re telecommuting, studying remotely, or just want to play games or watch a movie than a slow connection? Here are three tips to fix it:

  • assess your bandwidth;
  • reset your router;
  • check your cables.

The editorial zoom: Web3

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve only talked about Web3. But what is Web3? In short, Web3 is the anti-model of Web 2.0, which represented the increase in the power of Internet user interaction through platforms, whether social networks or e-commerce sites.

On the other hand, Web3 would allow users, thanks to a more decentralized architecture, to regain control over their data and web governance. In short, Web3 is the idea of ​​a decentralized web, popular at the height of peer-to-peer, that is making a comeback.

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