[Update: More carriers in Latin America] RCS messaging coming to Telia subscribers in Sweden

Just over 25 years ago, the first text message was sent. Not all technology can last a quarter of a century, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. RCS is the cloud-powered standard designed to eventually replace SMS, but adoption has been slow.

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RCS messaging expands to Telia subscribers in Sweden

Just over 25 years ago, the first text message was sent. Not all technology can last a quarter of a century, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved. RCS is the cloud-powered standard designed to eventually replace SMS, but adoption has been slow. The next carrier to support the technology isn’t Verizon, or AT&T, or T-Mobile – it’s one that operates in northern Europe.

Google announced on its company blog that it’s partnering with Telia, a European carrier, to offer RCS messaging to Telia’s customers in Sweden.

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Most Amazon Prime subscribers say they don’t want to buy the Amazon Key that lets delivery people into their homes

But 5 percent of Prime subscribers would definitely buy an Amazon Key.

Next week, Amazon will start delivering packages straight into Americans’ homes, using a smart lock and camera device called Amazon Key.

But will anyone bother paying for what seems like an invasive service?

Most wouldn’t. About 58 percent of people who have Amazon Prime definitely would not buy Amazon Key, according to a Survey Monkey poll done on behalf of Recode.

That’s only slightly less than the 61 percent of all U.S. adults who wouldn’t buy the product, suggesting it’s broadly unattractive, regardless of whether people are Amazon customers.

Among Prime subscribers, only 5 percent said they would definitely buy Amazon Key. Of all U.S. shoppers, even less — 4 percent — said they would. Nearly 60 percent of the respondents have Prime subscriptions.

Those who would buy the product cited the convenience and novelty of the device, even calling it “genius.” Those who would not often mentioned privacy and security concerns.

Of course, Amazon Key is very recent and new concepts are often met with apprehension. Not too long ago, the idea of sharing your home with strangers through Airbnb was unpalatable to many, but it’s now commonplace.

The survey was conducted from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2017, and included a nationally representative sample of 7,566 adults. The survey included a description of Amazon Key for those who might not be familiar.


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Netflix is raising its prices for US subscribers

Netflix is raising two of its pricing tiers for US subscribers beginning next month, Mashable reports. The standard tier, which allows subscribers to watch on two screens at once, will be bumped up from $ 9.99 to $ 10.99 per month. The premium tier, which is available in Ultra HD and allows users to watch on up to four screens, will go up from $ 11.99 to $ 13.99. The Basic $ 7.99 per month plan will remain the same.

“From time to time, Netflix plans and pricing are adjusted as we add more exclusive TV shows and movies, introduce new product features and improve the overall Netflix experience to help members find something great to watch even faster,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.

In 2015, Netflix bumped its standard…

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