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|April 26, 2012|
Smartphones, tablets help drive AT&T to a strong Q1
AT&T reported stronger-than-expected financial results for the first quarter, citing lower costs for smartphone upgrades and strong sales of wireless-data packages tied to Apple's iPad. The carrier reported a profit of $3.58 billion on sales of $31.8 billion, with wireless data accounting for 20% more in revenues than in the same period last year. The company sold 5.5 million smartphones during the quarter, most of them iPhones, and analysts say the company is on track to sell 1 million Windows-powered Lumia smartphones by the end of the second quarter. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Bloomberg (4/24) ZDNet/Between the Lines blog (4/24) IntoMobile (4/24)
Philips, Vidyo team up to expand telehealth to specialties
Philips Electronics says a partnership with videoconferencing firm Vidyo will enhance its Visicu eICU technology by adding real-time, two-way audio and video capabilities. The company said the integration of Vidyo's Adaptive Video Layering Technology will enable doctors to offer secure, remote consultations using an array of mobile devices. InformationWeek (4/25)
AT&T sees "Watson" as elementary to the mobile cloud
AT&T is preparing a voice-recognition service it calls "Watson" as an example of the cloud-based technology the telecom will use to deliver more features to wireless subscribers, a top executive said. "People want to do more with the network and can do more if the cloud is closer to them," Chief Technology Officer Krish Prabhu said. Other technologies that AT&T Labs is working on include more intuitive GPS systems and smarter TV sets. Network World (4/22) eWeek (4/20)
New device technology from AT&T could make house keys obsolete
Engineers at AT&T Labs are pioneering new smartphone technology that could one day enable homeowners to unlock their front door simply by gripping the doorknob. According to Brian Amento, an AT&T computer scientist, the system will work by delivering an acoustic pulse from a piezoelectric transducer embedded in a smartphone to one installed in the door lock by traveling through a person's skeleton, creating a potentially unique frequency based on that person's bones. "If the signal goes through my body, it degrades in a different way than if it goes through your body," Amento said. Popular Science (4/23) InnovationNewsDaily.com (4/19)
New standard needed to achieve M2M's potential?
Since wireless technology has so far fallen short of fulfilling the ambitious goals set out for machine-to-machine communications, the creation of a new standard using so-called "white space" frequencies is needed, according to this commentary from a firm pushing the Weightless open standard as a solution to the problem. Telecoms.com (4/24)
Tablets to become preferred computing device by 2016
Over the next four years, tablet computers will become the tool of choice for consumers and businesses, overtaking laptops and PCs, Forrester Research predicts. According to analyst Frank Gillett, there will be 760 million tablets in global circulation by 2016 -- most of them being sold to consumers -- with users relying on wireless docking "frames" installed in places such as conference rooms and coffee shops to power and connect their devices. Computerworld (4/24)
$200 discount for Connected World Conference, June 11 to 13
AT&T is offering a $200 discount off a full conference pass to the 2012 Connected World Conference in St. Charles, Ill., June 11 to 13. Enter the promo code ATTDC when you register. The 2012 Connected World Conference sets the stage for what's next in M2M and connected devices and will feature leaders from around the industry including Glenn Lurie, president of AT&T Emerging Devices.
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