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March 7, 2013
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AT&T joins telehealth firms to release emergency-response device
AT&T is teaming up with two remote monitoring companies to market a new mobility solution for the elderly that uses GPS and machine-to-machine technology to keep tabs on patients and connect them to caregivers in the event of an emergency, such as a fall. The mobile personal emergency response system, or MPERS, is the fruit of a partnership among AT&T, Valued Relationships and Numera, and is intended for use in nursing homes and by home health care providers. eWeek (3/6)
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AT&T, News Corp. partner on budget Android tablet
AT&T has joined forces with a unit of News Corp. to debut a low-cost tablet computer designed for educational settings. The tablet -- which is the brainchild of News Corp.'s Amplify division -- runs on Android's "Jelly Bean" operating system, features extended battery life and retails for just $299. A premium version with 4G access from AT&T costs $349 and comes pre-installed with Google Apps for Education and Amplify's own education software. ZDNet (3/6)
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AT&T exec expects tablet subsidies to continue, for now:
AT&T will continue to offer a $100 discount on tablets that connect to the carrier's wireless network to help customers pay for the higher cost of 4G-enabled devices, AT&T Mobility Chief Financial Officer Pete Ritcher told an investor conference Wednesday. Ritcher said the subsidies will not be permanent, predicting that eventually all tablets will offer cellular connectivity built in. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model)/Dow Jones Newswires (3/6)
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Embedded sensors bring data services front and center
Connected technology is increasingly creeping into our lives through the proliferation of embedded sensors that are turning up in products as ubiquitous as shoes and watches, observers note. As a result, analysts say in the future consumers will confront many more services and ecosystems designed to analyze data and turn it into actionable intelligence. According to Gartner's Michael Gartenberg, so-called cognizant computing "evolves the connected device and personal cloud service into an activity of seamless and frictionless integration connected to sensor-driven 'invisible' devices that are optimized for a particular set of functions." ConnectedWorldMag.com (3/5)
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Consumers ready to embrace smart appliances, report finds
Nearly half of all American consumers would be receptive to using household appliances embedded with M2M technology that lets utilities monitor energy use with the goal of increasing efficiency, a report finds. Parks Associates found that 44% of surveyed households are "highly interested" in smart appliances. Telecompetitor.com (2/28)
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Connected TVs are starting to click with public, poll shows
Just over 3 in 10 of those shopping for a TV are looking for one that can connect to the Web, compared with 18% last year, the IHS Smart TV Consumer Survey has found. The rising interest in connected TVs is likely being driven by price drops for connected models, with more than half of consumers citing cost as the main influence on their purchase, compared with about 28% last year. GigaOm (3/6), Telecompetitor.com (3/7)
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