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‘Gold rush’ for Wi-Fi on board planes spurs innovation

HAMBURG: Satellite technology to provide Wi-Fi on board planes has matured to a point where more and more airlines are looking to use it, triggering a “gold rush” among suppliers. That brings opportunities for a vast array of companies, from satellite firms such as Viasat and Inmarsat, to connectivity providers such as Gogo, Global Eagle, and Panasonic Avionics and software and hardware companies such as Lufthansa Systems and Lufthansa Technik. “It’s like a gold rush feeling at the moment,” Jan-Peter Gaense, head of…

WhatsApp adds messaging from Web

SAN FRANCISCO: The popular mobile messaging application WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook last year for nearly $22 billion, unveiled a new service Wednesday for sending messages from a Web browser.