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December 13, 2012
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Creating Wireless Connectivity Everywhere

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  • Deutsche Telekom sees health insurers backing M2M in U.S.
    The health care industry will spark the spread of machine-to-machine communications in the U.S. while automakers will fuel the industry's growth's in Europe in 2013, according to German telecom Deutsche Telekom, the parent of T-Mobile USA, which has aggressive plans for the technology. The operator says that health insurance companies, which understand how connected devices help them save money, will begin to back the technology next year. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Smartphone vendors lobby Congress on adding spectrum
    A group of nine smartphone-makers, equipment firms and chipmakers lobbied Congress to free up additional frequencies for wireless use beyond the TV spectrum auction that federal regulators are preparing. In a letter sent to key lawmakers, the companies, which include Apple, Intel, Samsung Electronics and Cisco Systems, called on Congress to free up spectrum controlled by federal agencies. "As technology companies, we joined this debate because policymakers need to know that we cannot simply engineer our way out of this problem," the letter said. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T is working on a wireless sensor to help fight asthma
    AT&T researchers last week described their plans to produce a wireless asthma sensor designed to warn patients via smartphones and other devices about potentially dangerous volatile organic compounds in the air. The scientists told the mHealth Summit that they are developing the Asthma Trigger sensor, which will run over AT&T's network, through the carrier's two-year AT&T ForHealth Initiative in a joint venture with a manufacturer. GigaOm (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: News a big draw on mobiles, but demographics matter
    More than a third of tablet and smartphone users rely on the devices to consume daily news, but consumption habits vary significantly based on demographic factors, including age and gender, according to a report from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. Among the findings: Males under 50 are more likely than females to check news sources multiple times a day, and young people are the most receptive to digital advertising -- with 25% of people under 29 clicking on ads, compared with 7% of 50- to 64-year-olds. eWeek (12/11), Network World (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Rise of the smartphone spells demise of the wallet
    Advances in smartphone technology, coupled with the development and introduction of myriad applications, are slowly making the wallet obsolete, argues Nick Bilton, who writes that all his important documentation -- other than a debit card and driver's license -- is now on his iPhone. "Soon enough, my phone will become my sole credit card, and the only thing left in my pocket will be my driver's license," he writes. "And at some point, the government will enter the 21st century and offer a digital alternative for that." The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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