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Panasonic to bring Mozilla OS to smart TVs

Firefox is coming to smart TVs

Japanese electronics giant Panasonic has joined forces with Mozilla to develop and promote Firefox OS as an open and HTML5-based platform for smart TVs.

BlackBerry appoints ex-HTC/Sony exec as handset boss

BlackBerry has appointed Ron Louks as head of devices as part of its management shake up

Struggling Canadian device manufacturer BlackBerry has appointed a head of devices as part of its management shake up. Ron Louks will join the firm as president for devices and emerging solutions, reporting to executive chair and CEO, John Chen, as the firm looks to reverse its fortunes.

HTC posts operating loss for 4Q13

has announced an unaudited operating loss of NT$1.56bn (US$51.9m) and net profit after tax of NT$0.31bn for 4Q13, missing analyst expectations

Taiwanese handset maker HTC has announced an unaudited operating loss of NT$1.56bn (US$51.9m) and net profit after tax of NT$0.31bn for 4Q13, missing analyst expectations. The firm’s total revenues reached NT$42.89bn during the quarter.

All dressed up: smart wearables get fit in 2014

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Smart wearables are set to be one of the sexier topics in the industry over 2014. Kicking off next week, consumer electronics trade show CES is expected to be a showcase for progress the industry has made in this nascent product category.

ZTE reshuffles management; splits out devices business

ZTE has said it will operate its mobile devices division independently of the rest of the firm.

Chinese vendor ZTE has said it will split out its mobile devices division and operate it independently of the rest of the firm. The devices business will be led by Zeng Xuezhong, EVP at ZTE.

Smart wearables set to rise five-fold

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to Canalys

Shipments of smart wearable are set to rise five-fold over the course of the second half of 2013, according to analyst forecasts. Just over 200,000 smart wearable band devices, such as smartwatches, were shipped in 1H13. However, the number shipped in 2H13 is expected to see an increase of more than 500 per cent, according to analyst firm Canalys.

GSMA publishes embedded SIM specs for M2M

The the GSMA has published specifications to enable the remote over the air provisioning and management of embedded SIMs in M2M devices

Telecoms trade association the GSMA has published specifications to enable the remote over the air provision and management of embedded SIMs in M2M devices. The association said that its embedded SIM project has the backing of several tier one operators and SIM solutions providers.

New Zealand operators block stolen phones

Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country

Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country. Vodafone, Telecom and 2degrees have worked together over the past year to develop a blacklisting system, which gives each operator the ability to block the IMEI number of a mobile device that has been reported as stolen across all three networks, usually within 24 hours.

AT&T drops device subsidy with new tariff

AT&T has announced the launch of a tariff that separates device costs from monthly service fees

US operator AT&T has announced the launch of a tariff that separates device costs from monthly service fees. The firm claims the plans will save customers $15 per month on average.

Apple acquires Twitter analytics firm Topsy

Apple recently acquired social media analytics provider Topsy for $200 million

Apple has acquired social media analytics company Topsy in a deal reportedly worth around $200m, it was revealed Tuesday. With one of the few companies with privileged access to all of Twitter’s data now in Apple’s arsenal, the move could signal a renewed push into the enterprise as well as bolstering its consumer proposition.

Qualcomm Atheros: Power up

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Purva Rajkotia, Director, Product Management, at Qualcomm Atheros spoke to Telecoms.com at Broadband World Forum, about powerline technology and the HomePlug AV2 standard QCA7500.

BBM to be natively installed on Android handsets in emerging markets

BlackBerry's BBM messaging service will be preinstalled on some Android handsets from December

Canadian handset maker Blackberry has announced that its messaging platform, BBM, will be installed natively on a variety of Android smartphones in emerging markets including Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Voxsmart prepares cloud mobile voice recording service for banks

Voxsmart says its new voice recording software is the first to capture every kind of communication

A new mobile voice recording service is being developed by UK tech company Voxsmart, which it claims is the first to automatically capture every type of communication on a mobile device so that it can be used for trading compliance purposes, including the FCA in the UK and Dodd-Frank in the US.

Blackberry replaces three key management figures

Blackberry has announced the departure of three more key management figures.

In the wake of Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins’ departure following a $1bn investment in the company by Fairfax Financial Holdings, the Canadian handset manufacturer announced the departure of three more key management figures.

Qualcomm adds Chinese GPS support to smartphones

Avonline to deliver 20 Mbps satellite broadband

Chipmaker Qualcomm has added support for China’s BeiDou navigation satellite system to its solutions. The vendor said that using BeiDou will enhance location precision in smartphones and tablets in China and globally.

Econet Solar: Harnessing the power of the sun

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Luc Tanoh, Chief Executive Officer, Econet Solar, talks to Telecoms.com about a business model operators can adopt, which uses solar energy to charge mobile devices to keep users connected and also improve their quality of life.

Intelligent Environments rolls out Pebble smartwatch banking app

The Pebble smartwatch

A UK technology company has created a banking app that promises to help customers keep track of their finances at a glance, interfacing with the Pebble smartwatch which launched launched in January 2013.

Global mobile subscriptions to reach 9.3 billion by 2019

Ericsson predicts there will be 9.3 billion mobile connections by 2019

The number of global mobile subscriptions is expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, according to infrastructure vendor Ericsson. The vendor’s latest Mobility Report also reveals that of the 9.3 billion subscriptions, more than 60 per cent – 5.6 billion – will be for smartphones.

Blackberry CEO to leave as firm accepts reduced Fairfax investment

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins will leave the firm as a result of the transaction with Fairfax Financial Holdings

Device vendor Blackberry has announced that Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings will, in partnership with other institutional investors, make a US$1bn investment in the firm. CEO Thorsten Heins will leave the firm as part of the deal.

Tecno to build handset production plant in Ethiopia

Tecno will open a third handset plant in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Handset manufacturer Tecno Group has announced it will build a “third phase” mobile phone assembly and production plant in Addis Ababa. The firm already runs two factories in the Ethiopian capital.

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