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Timex boards wearable bandwagon with smartwatch

The 'smartwatch'

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

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Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

EE NFC handsets compatible with London buses

On the buses with NFC

UK carrier EE this week enabled its own flavour of NFC, dubbed Cash on Tap, for London’s bus network, allowing customers to use their phone in lieu of an Oyster card or contactless debit card. Users will need an EE handset and an NFC-capable SIM.

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

NGMN Alliance seeks patent pool manager

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

Xiaomi has moved from relative obscurity to become a top-5 global smartphone player in a year

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Ericsson buys metadata billing specialist

OSS/BSS is the heart of a business operation

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire US-based MetraTech, a provider of metadata-based billing, commerce and settlement tools. Financial details were not disclosed but the acquisition is not telecom specific. Ericsson said MetraTech’s billing suite is adaptable to multiple business models and industries, extending the company’s presence into other key markets, including transport and utilities.

Competition in telco authentication heats up with SecureKey, Oberthur deal

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Identity and authentication service provider SecureKey has announced a collaboration with Oberthur Technologies, which delivers SIMs and SIM-based software to drive further competition in the mobile identity service market. The agreement will enable SecureKey to extend its authentication capabilities to support SIM-based secure elements.

US mobile payment firm LoopPay wins Visa funding

LoopPay uses innovative MTS technology

Mobile payments provider LoopPay has secured funding from global payments firm Visa, the company has revealed, without saying how much is involved. The US company, which launched earlier this year, is pioneering a technology that capitalises on the installed based of magnetic stripe-reader point-of-sale systems rather than NFC, which is the current favourite in mobile payment circles.

Telefonica puts focus on security

Security is getting more and more attention

European carrier Telefónica has unveiled a collaborative security working environment aimed at helping developers and researchers create and share their own digital intelligence gathered from different sources. It offers security researchers and intelligence analysts and developers a free infrastructure to create topologies using the modules available in the community as well as custom developed modules.

Cisco invests $30m in IoT centre in Barcelona

Cisco intends to invest close to $30m in the facility

Networking giant Cisco on Wednesday announced plans to open an Internet of Things innovation centre in the Spanish city of Barcelona. From 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30m in the facilities’ restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.

Huawei invests in UK chip firm

It's the first UK company investment for Huawei

UK startup and fabless semiconductor company XMOS this week announced $26.2m in Series D investment that will see Chinese vendor Huawei take its first equity stake in a British firm. The Chinese company joins Robert Bosch Venture Capital of Germany and Xilinx from the USA as strategic investors, alongside existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital.

BlackBerry taps cloud startup head as next COO

Marty Beard, chief operating officer at BlackBerry

BlackBerry has announced the appointment of Marty Beard as chief operating officer, who joins the struggling devices and software manufacturer from LiveOps, a provider of cloud-based customer service solutions.

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, Nokia integration a key driver

Nadella:’Microsoft needs to be a leaner, flatter organisation to realise Nokia synergies’

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced long-rumoured job cuts on Thursday. In a memo to staff Nadella said the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, or 14 per cent of the company’s workforce, as it realigns its corporate resources to focus on mobile and cloud and integrates Nokia within the wider business.

LTE devices market grows 100% in 12 months

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With 941 new LTE devices launched in the past year, the device sector has seen almost 100 per cent annual growth, with the number of manufacturers playing in the space increasing by 68 per cent over the same period, according to statistics released this week by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).

Connected home leaders pitch device protocol

Nest is getting connected

Building on growing momentum in the connected home space, several big name vendors including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM, have joined forces to develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol to connect devices.

Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

Google Glass creator jumps to Amazon

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another, this week revealing his departure from Google and new employment at Amazon. The move comes as interest in the wearable computing space continues to heat up.

Vendors develop open source framework for Internet of Things

Vodafone puts faith in machines

A collaboration of industry vendors took form on Tuesday with the inauguration of a consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

Toyota taps IBM for in car apps

Toyota is investing in M2M

Automotive manufacturers continue to look to the future, with Toyota recently tapping up IBM to build and design an application development platform that will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver experience. The project is part of Toyota’s newly established telematics service, called T-Connect.

Nest developer programme connects to wider Internet of Things

Nest is getting connected

On the eve of the Google I/O conference, the company’s annual developer shindig, home automation pioneer Nest Labs launched a developer programme to connect its thermostat and smoke alarm devices to the wider Internet of Things.

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