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Although smart metering deployments continue apace, there is still a fundamental lack of awareness surrounding the smart grid among the general populace. Earlier this month, the Institute for Electric Efficiency reported that around 1 in 3 US households now have a smart meter, yet a survey commissioned by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) found that ...

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​Volvo just announced the successful conclusion of the first "road train" test on a public motorway near Barcelona. Part of the SARTRE (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) project, the train consisted of 3 Volvo cars and a truck following a lead truck. The train drove over 200 km (~125 miles) at about 85 km ...

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Developed in the U.K. and targeted soon as an available spectrum cleared by UK terrestrial TV, Weightless is an evolving air interface specification designed to provide M2M device connectivity within white space spectrum.

The key premise of weightless is that it can provide M2M coverage at a lower cost than rival network topologies - either ...

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ABI Research forecasts 208 million phablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Note, will be shipped globally in 2015. Despite the slow start for phablet smartphones in 2011, ABI Research believes the market is at the dawn of the phablet era. HTC, LG and Sony will each introduce phablet smartphones in 2012, joining the ranks of Samsung’s ...

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A recent review of the ABI Research teardown products showed that Wolfson Microelectronics is expanding its presence in smartphones with a number of new product lines. It's interesting to see three new parts appear in recent teardowns:

  • The WM7130, a MEMS microphone
  • The WM8915, a multi-channel ultra-low power audio hub for high quality voice ...

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Over the weekend, unofficial news that Apple will use its own in-house mapping for iOS 6 has broken. Inevitably, a lot of pro-Apple websites were hailing the 3D element as revolutionary. When we get over the immediacy of this breaking news, it is hard to see how Apple has developed a solution that can compete ...

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Dish Network today announced a new Auto Hop feature, which will enable customers to play a video without commercials starting the next day (1 PM EST) after recording of content. This feature works on its PrimeTime Anytime service – the capability to simultaneously record the four major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox). Technically, it ...

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Yesterday (9th May 2012), I had the opportunity to attend the second day of the Weightless SIG’s first plenary conference in Cambridge, England. In total, around 40 people were present with most of them representatives of the SIG’s membership base. Interestingly, representatives from a number of non-member companies such as Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone were ...

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I’ve been testing Telefonica’s TU Me communication app since it hit the App Store yesterday, and I must say it has surprised me, and positively so. It is obviously still in a beta stage and has some severe minuses (doesn’t support group messaging, can’t run in the background, or doesn’t allow to delete ...

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​T-Mobile USA, the last of the mobile operators in the US to announce LTE upgrades has decided to continue using NSN and Ericsson as its suppliers for their LTE upgrade network. The network will be rolled out in 2013and will cover 37,000 base stations. NSN and Ericsson have been supplying T-Mobile USA with 2G ...

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