How the "connected home" is enabled by smartphones, M2M | No longer RIM, BlackBerry trots out new phones, platform | AT&T cites stronger wireless-data revenues for Q4
January 31, 2013
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How the "connected home" is enabled by smartphones, M2M
Smartphones and machine-to-machine communications technology are the key enablers in putting together the "connected home," Will Kelly writes in this analysis. The proliferation of smartphones and their applications is providing a handy tool for homeowners to use as a central controlling device, he notes. "Making smartphones into a central home controller can give consumers finer control over their home environment and security," Kelly writes. TechRepublic/Smartphones blog (1/29)
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No longer RIM, BlackBerry trots out new phones, platform
Research In Motion sought to put the past behind it on Wednesday with the introduction of two smartphones based on the BlackBerry 10 operating system as well as a fresh corporate identity as it changed its name to BlackBerry. CEO Thorsten Heins introduced the 4.2-inch Z10, the company's first touch-screen model, and the Q10, which houses the traditional keyboard. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/30)
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AT&T cites stronger wireless-data revenues for Q4
AT&T says it added 780,000 contract subscribers and increased total connections by 1.1 million in the fourth quarter. The carrier activated 10.2 million smartphones during the quarter, which helped increase wireless-data revenues by 14.7% compared with the year before. Overall, the company lost about $3.9 billion, a 42% improvement from 2011, which included a $10 billion charge on retirement-related costs. Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/24), GigaOm (1/24), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/24)
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Apple creates iPad with twice as much storage
Apple will launch an iPad with double the maximum storage of the latest version, the company says. The 128-gigabyte iPad will go on sale next week, priced at $799 for the Wi-Fi-only model and $929 for the cellular-enabled model. Computerworld (1/29)
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Carvoyant markets connected-car platform for legacy models
Older automobiles can become connected cars, Carvoyant says, saying its technology works with any car made after 1996 to offer location and geo-specific data that can notify a car's owner when a driver is speeding or when they go outside a specified area. BetaKit (1/28)
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Trends & Research
Small cell tests show promise for AT&T
AT&T said tests of small cell deployments in Crystal Lake Park, Mo., and Waukesha, Wis., have shown successful expansion of wireless coverage -- nearly double in a residential trial -- as well as supporting a 17% rise in traffic. Lab blog (1/30)
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