11
Feb
2015

Qualcomm Feels the Heat (I want my M2M)

POSTED BY Steffen Sorrell
For Qualcomm, the expression ‘it’s tough at the top’ has never been truer in the past few weeks for the company.
06
Feb
2015

A Long, Hard Slog for Bitcoin

POSTED BY Windsor Holden
I have often expatiated at length on the difficulties that NFC stakeholders face in persuading the public to adopt NFC. They have to have handsets that can NFC payments; they have to know they have handsets that can make NFC payments; they need to know how to use those handsets for NFC payments; they need to be convinced that they should make NFC payments as an alternative to cash or card payments; and so on.
03
Feb
2015

Vodafone sees rosy M2M future but highlights potential security issues

POSTED BY Anthony Cox
It’s not so long ago that M2M was viewed as the poor relation to standard “human” voice and data services. Now it is firmly on the radar of the operator heavyweights. According to Vodafone, a fifth of businesses globally now have an M2M deployment in place, with 98 per cent already seeing return on investment. 
30
Jan
2015

A Tale of Two Quarters, with Apple and Microsoft

POSTED BY James Moar
As the quarterly financial results from technology companies roll in, we are presented with two similar but contrasting visions of the devices market. One is of an expanding market, of an underdog recovering its strength, while the other is of record-breaking sales and exceeded expectations in some places, while trying to ignore its decline in others.
28
Jan
2015

Hutchison Whampoa in talks to acquire O2 – Consolidation on the Horizon

POSTED BY Steffen Sorrell
News has emerged today that Hutchison Whampoa is in talks with Telefónica with regards to a potential acquisition of the latter’s subsidiary, UK operator O2. The deal, which is unlikely to be inked for some weeks owing to an exclusivity agreement, is reported to be worth up to $15.3 billion.
21
Jan
2015

Carriers Poised to Exit US NFC Space as Google Eyes Softcard

POSTED BY Windsor Holden
After a brief reincarnation as Softcard, it appears that the NFC provider Formerly Known As ISIS (FKAI) is on the point of being jettisoned by its carrier owners and sold to Google.
16
Jan
2015

Google to end sales of its Google Glass eyewear.

POSTED BY Nitin Bhas
Well, not entirely but just its current generation. Instead the company will focus on next-generation Glass, with a new team working on its development at Google, under current manager Ivy Ross. However, Google announced that it remained committed to launching the consumer version of Glass. 
12
Jan
2015

Wearables Polished and Primed at CES for a Connected Future

POSTED BY James Moar
The wearable device proliferation of 2014 continued apace at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show, with several device manufacturers showcasing different aesthetics for their devices, and perhaps most tellingly saying ‘wait-and-see’ for releases at MWC (Mobile World Congress) and later this year.
12
Dec
2014

Streaming Music – the Mix Tape Labels should Embrace

POSTED BY Steffen Sorrell
Streaming is king – and Taylor Swift ain’t happy. Actually she is; she just went platinum: and more than half of those copies were sold as physical discs. However, that’s not the place to reach the greatest audience.
11
Dec
2014

Intel Pivots to Glass as Google’s Vision Remains Rose-Tinted

POSTED BY James Moar
The news that Intel’s MICA smart band is based on ARM-like architecture from Infineon signals a shift in the chipmaker’s thinking on wearables, something that has only been further suggested by more recent reports that Intel’s processors will now live inside the next version of Google Glass. 
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