Archives September 2014

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Last month, the Guardian has just reported that one in six mobile phone users is shocked by high bills when they use their mobile abroad (http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/30/bill-mobile-phone-abroad-eu-roaming). In this age of rapid 4G deployment and proliferation of smartphones with 3G capability, the percentage is unusually high and worth ...

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The booming Internet of Things space just got another significant vote of confidence last week, as the news broke that telecoms-equipment heavyweight Huawei has acquired the narrowband-connectivity pioneer Neul for a reported US$25 million. This is a great deal for all parties. In Neul, Huawei buys an innovative supplier that is well-positioned to enable ...

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A California appellate court recently reversed a lower court ruling between Schwan Home Services and its service managers.  The new ruling on the case (http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/B247160.PDF) after cutting through the legal analysis basically requires Schwan to reimburse service managers for mobile communications costs incurred for work reasons when ...

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Maybe its just to get people like me to putting 2 and 2 together, but Broadcom has very coincidentally chosen to announce its new BCM 4773 GNSS IC at the same time as Apple announced its new iPhone and Watch devices. broadcom has a tradition of this and rarely announces a new GNSS IC before ...

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Earlier in the week, I was in Marseille to attend the M2M Innovation World Congress event, which is part of the broader World Smart Week shindig - and despite its retro-pompous name tends to be a great occasion for catching up on certain technology trends and meeting new people with interesting things to say. As a ...

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On 12 September, Fortinet, McAfee, Palo Alto Networks and Symantec announced a new industry partnership: the Cyber Threat Alliance. The collaborative effort is an interesting one, as it seeks to provide a platform for the sharing of information that is the traditional chaff from where their bread and butter idiomatically derives. The stated goals of ...

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Unbounded Robotics' UBR-1

In July, and possibly even earlier, a rumor began to diffuse among Silicon Valley’s tightknit robotics community indicating that Unbounded Robotics, a spinoff from the robotic research incubator Willow Garage and producer of the UBR-1, an inexpensive, mobile manipulation robot, was about to fold. On a personal note, I first got wind of a potential ...

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As expected, the new Apple Watch does not have built in GPS or location capabilities, relying on the iPhone. No doubt there will be a lot about the demise of the fitness wearable market, but that seems a little reactionary-who didn’t see an Apple watch coming? These companies will have been gearing up for this ...

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Today, Apple announced its first wearable device -- Apple Watch.  Available in early 2015, the wrist-worn device will be available in multiple sizes, multiple face finishes, and bands to satisfy as many potential iPhone users as possible.  Here are some initial thoughts on the announcement:

  • While there is a lot of noise around ...

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At ABI Research, we have been saying for a long time that Apple will eventually include NFC in its smartphones, even when it was working on the use of Bluetooth Smart.  Apple even included NFC in its smartwatch.  With Bluetooth Smart's ability to detect distance, you could have it activate only in ...

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