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February 28, 2013
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Creating Wireless Connectivity Everywhere

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  • GM, AT&T will build LTE systems into 2015 models
    AT&T has joined with General Motors' OnStar unit to install Long-Term Evolution technology into a broad range of models starting this year with the 2015 fleet, the automaker announced in a major win for the carrier that has aggressively wooed the connected car business. "The excitement is you're taking a car and turning it into a smartphone with four wheels," said AT&T's Glenn Lurie. Embedding LTE into vehicles opens up new options for center console screens and backseat-video watching. CNET (2/24), The Wall Street Journal (2/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T aims for an expanded global footprint
    AT&T plans to extend international licensing of its Digital Life platform in light of demand for the home-monitoring product in Europe. Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T's Emerging Devices unit, says the carrier has received inquiries from more than 30 companies, and new deals are expected as part of an international-business initiative. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says "we're at the beginning of a new era" that will be defined by 4G wireless and cloud-computing technologies. Bloomberg (2/26), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile devices embrace the "Internet of Everything"
    Connected devices took another step forward at the Mobile World Congress in Spain as companies introduced technologies and products that enable smartphones, tablets and their "phablet" hybrids to control many products in and out of the home. Qualcomm introduced a connected home powered by the open-source software framework AllJoyn that allows smartphones to turn on speakers when entering a room. AT&T demonstrated its Digital Life platform that puts cars and homes within reach of wireless devices. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ericsson, SAP to jointly market enterprise M2M solutions
    Ericsson has teamed with SAP to develop and market a line of software-as-a-service machine-to-machine solutions for global enterprises. The services will leverage Ericsson's Device Connection Platform & Service Enablement Platform with SAP's database solutions to support operations such as inventory management, logistics and vending services. (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • LG acquires webOS rights from HP, will use code in smart TVs
    LG Electronics has acquired the webOS source code and related assets from Hewlett-Packard and plans to use the mobile operating system in its line of Internet-connected television sets. HP will retain ownership of the webOS patents, which it is licensing to LG. Financial terms of the deal weren't revealed. LG President Skott Ahn said of the agreement, "It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices." Multichannel News (2/25), News Service (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Video viewing on tablets more than doubled in 2012
    Mobile devices accounted for a higher proportion of video traffic last year, according to a report from Ooyala that says 8.25% all video in December was delivered to a tablet or smartphone. While desktops still account for most video viewing, tablet use for video was up 110% in 2012, while the amount of video traffic to smartphones grew 87%. GigaOm (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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