Electric car manufacturer Tesla has announced an M2M agreement with European operator group Telefónica. The deal sees the operator provide in-car connectivity for Tesla’s Model S across several European nations.
South Korean operator SK Telecom is offering unlimited LTE data to customers subscribing to a monthly fixed rate plan of KRW80,000 ($75) per month or above. The operator has announced three tariffs that offer unlimited LTE data, voice calls and SMS messages.
Amazon has launched its much-anticipated TV streaming device, Amazon Fire TV, taking on the likes of Apple TV and Roku with its own internet-connect set-top.
Operator groups Millicom and Orange have announced start up incubator projects as they look to promote technological innovation in the markets they operate in.
The Facebook-backed Internet.org initiative has revealed that it is building its first high altitude drone as part of a plan to provide connectivity to unconnected communities around the world, using satellite and free space optics.
UK incumbent BT has announced a partnership with UNICEF to promote online safety for children. The three-year programme, dubbed ‘The Right Click: Internet Safety Matters’, will involve the telco providing funding for BT experts to go into UK schools and train teachers on issues concerning online safety as well as leading workshops for teachers, parents and children on the issues.
Tech giants Microsoft and Dell have this week announced a patent licensing agreement that allows the two to license each other’s intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices and Xbox gaming consoles.
Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.
Chipmaker Intel is pushing on with its focus on wearable devices with the acquisition of Basis Science, a specialist in wearable device technologies for health and wellness applications. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Facebook is set to acquire immersive virtual reality developer Oculus VR for around $2bn, as an investment for the future, when such technology is expected to become commonplace.
French car manufacturer Peugeot Citroën plans to use software giant IBM’s Big Data, Analytics and MobileFirst solutions to provide customised connected car offerings in new vehicles.
Apple’s iOS devices generate the most traffic on mobile networks in many mature markets, while the rest of the world relies on Android, according to research released this week.
Web giant Google has announced a tie-up with eyewear specialist the Luxottica Group as part of its Google Glass project. The Group is parent to several eyewear brands, including Ray-Ban and Oakley, and has over 5,000 retail outlets in the US. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
UAE operator Etisalat has strengthened its multi-play services offering by signing a strategic partnership with Middle East broadcasting firm Abu Dhabi Media.
The co-founder and CEO of video service Netflix, Reed Hastings, has said that sharing costs with internet services providers “makes no sense” for the firm.
Network infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks has announced two deals in the Asia-Pacific region. It has delivered multi-band carrier aggregation technology to Taiwan Mobile and signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese content and application delivery solutions provider ChinaCache.
Software giant Google has announced that it has extended its Android mobile platform to support wearable devices. The Android Wear extension is intended to bring a common user experience and a developer platform to wearable devices.
Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) and the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Statens Vegvesen) are initiating a pilot project that will send road condition information from individual vehicles to a cloud-based system to improve public safety, the organisations said Wednesday.
UK operator EE has launched a managed service for retailers allowing them to use in-store mobile connectivity in a bid to enhance customer service and revenue. Connected Retail is the first solution announced as part of EE’s Total Enterprise Mobility portfolio. The portfolio will be aimed at businesses and is designed to help private and public sector organisations benefit from opportunities presented by mobile technology.
Web giant Google is facing a lawsuit in the US over in-app purchases made without the bill payer’s permission. The case is similar in scope to charges filed against Apple in January, in which the company agreed to pay $32.5m in refunds to consumers to settle a complaint made by the US Fair Trade Commission (FTC).