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Given the numerous advantages of the cellular-enabled POS terminal, its remarkable growth in recent years is unsurprising. What is surprising then, is the notion that this type of device could already be set tomake way for alternative technologies. However, an increase in the use of consumer electronics as payment devices hasalreadyled some to suggest that ...

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Sprint and LightSquared announced a broad agreement for cooperation yesterday.
There are lots of interesting points for discussion concerning this agreement, but let me start with the first few that come to mind.
LightSquared will pay Sprint to operate an ...

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TomTom’s Q2 2011 results further confirmed the demise of PNDs with consumer revenue declining by 23% year on year to 209 million Euros despite an active user base of LIVE Services of 1.1 million. ABI Research extensively discussed the decline of the PND market in its recently published report Personal Navigation Devices - Making ...

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Comcast is aggressively positioning its Xfinity platform to reduce churn and engage its customers in ways similar to Netflix and Hulu. Elemental Technologies and thePlatform recently announced they were the technology providers for Comcast’s Xfinity TV application.

thePlatform (a Comcast subsidiary based in Seattle) is a web publishing platform that handles content acquisition (bringing cable ...

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Ericsson, the market leader in telecommunications network equipment, announced second quarter financial results last week.

The juggernaut rolls on, with strong sales and healthy profits for the Networks business unit, unlike most of the competing equipment providers who are struggling to break even. However, there are ...

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​I have no idea what the world record for layoff costs actually is, but Telefonica’s bill of 2.7 billion euro (yes, that’s US$3.8 billion) for 6,500 positions – averaging 415,000 euro per employee – must come pretty close. The Spanish unemployment rate is above 20% (close to 45% for people ...

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Spotify's long-awaited launch in the US, the world’s largest music market, has taken place today. The price points appear to be pretty much what had been anticipated - $4.99 for a desktop-only subscription, and $9.99 for the premium(desktop + mobile) variant. Also the free, ad-supported version - which gotSpotify's PR ball rolling ...

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US network operator AT&T has thrown its support behind an additional pair of media tablets as carriers look to break out of the smartphone stigma.

AT&T and HP announced Tuesday that AT&T will be the exclusive mobile network operator provider of the upcoming HP TouchPad 4G. The HSPA+ model will beavailable through HP commercial channels ...

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ACMA Rural 2.3GHz spectrum auction

Australia has just completed its ACMA Rural 2.3GHz spectrum auction today, 13th July 2011.
NBN Co (National Broadband Network) landed 24 licences, Telstra acquired 12, while vividwireless (via its subsidiary, BKAL Pty Ltd) received 4 licenses. The 40 licences raised a total of AU$1.67 million ...

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A thought occurred to me whilst attending the recent SIMposium event in Berlin at the end of June. Given that there is a new standard​ being investigated/explored for an even smaller SIM card; how small can they get before they disappear altogether?

The new proposal, put forward by Apple for investigation by ETSI, the ...

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