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One of the ending year's most interesting IoT news came toward the very end of it, with PTC announcing in the evening of the 30th that it would acquire ThingWorx for approx. US$112 million. That is a hefty price tag for an early-stage start-up that over the next 12 months is expected to ...

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On December 22, 2013, China Mobile finally inked contract with Apple to sell iPhone handset devices in China. As part of the agreement, iphone 5s and 5c will be available from China Mobile's retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across mainland China from January 17, 2014. 

"Apple's iPhone is very ...

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According to an article posted at the Fox News website, PC makers may use the CES trade show in early January 2014 as a stage for introducing non-Windows computing systems.

In the traditional PC markets of desktops and notebook computers, the market is Microsoft’s to lose.  There have always been alternatives when it ...

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Cybercrime will increasingly merge with the cyberwarfare landscape. As nation states and other legitimate organizations continue to engage in political espionage and offensive security, the boundaries between criminal activities and national security prerogatives will gradually blur. Many state-sponsored groups make use of commercial-off-the-shelf malware in their espionage campaigns. In China, there is an explosive black ...

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The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is preparing a take-over bid for T-Mobile, and like all M&A at this stage, it is speculation whether this will happen or not.  I will be taking a closer look as things transpire, but given the recent AT&T experience with T-Mobile, here is a quick insight ...

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The arrival of Apple’s iBeacon* and Paypal’s BLE Beacon has stolen the headlines but there are a host of companies that have been active in this space for some time. As well as long term start-ups like WirelessWerx, ABI Research observed about a year ago a clear shift in Wi-Fi based companies towards Bluetooth on the ...

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There are several rumors regarding the issuance date of 4G licenses being November 28, December 18, or the end of December. November 28 has already passed without issuing licenses, so it is speculated that licenses might be issued to coincide with the date of China Mobile's introduction of the 4G brand. Finally, China has ...

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“… to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else,” said Winston Churchill, using the quote version from the National Churchill Museum.  A paraphrase seems most applicable to European mobile telecom policy and pricing,  “You can always count on the European Telecom Operators to do the right thing – after ...

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman recently hinted at rules to restrict the spectrum ownership of big operators.

In the foreseeable future, the 600 MHz auction to be held next year will be the only one selling sub-1 GHz spectrum licenses. The Department of Justice (DOJ)'s proposal to restrict AT&T's and Verizon's ...

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U.S. restaurant chain Applebee's announced it will be putting 100,000 tablet devices tableside for guest use at more than 1,800 locations during 2014.  The E la Carte Presto tablets will offer ease of payment along with the opportunity for greater customer interaction through Applebee's menus and other branded content ...

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