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January 10, 2013
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AT&T details Digital Home, expands developer tools for apps
AT&T was busy this week at its Developer Summit in Las Vegas, including unveiling its Digital Home monitoring service and providing developers with details of tools such as one to allow porting of a mobile-phone number across multiple devices. AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan discussed the carrier's plans to "densify" urban networks by substituting small cell sites for larger ones, a step aimed at preventing blocked calls and providing more reliable data speeds. AT&T and Qualcomm introduced the "Internet of Everything" development platform based on a Qualcomm Gobi chipset designed to allow Java-based embedded devices to connect with the carrier's 3G network and to build industrial and health care apps. GigaOm (1/7), (1/7), Computerworld (1/7), PC Magazine (1/7), Computerworld (1/7)
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AT&T to roll out Digital Life home-monitoring service in 8 cities
AT&T's Digital Life wireless service for home security and control will launch in eight U.S. cities in March, with more markets to be added every month, AT&T Mobility's Glenn Lurie, president of emerging enterprise technology, said at the AT&T Developer Summit. Cisco Systems will supply the controller and panel for Digital Life, along with related back-office provisioning. Computerworld (1/7), (1/7), Know Your Cell (1/7)
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AT&T's de la Vega looks to the future of mobility:
AT&T Mobility chief Ralph de la Vega discussed the carrier's plans for 2013, including security for its Digital Life home-monitoring program, the future of mobile payments, Windows phones and tablets. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/Bits blog (1/8)
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Vodafone seeks to meet demand for M2M solutions
Businesses are eager to use machine-to-machine technology to drive market opportunities, with providers such as Vodafone hoping to engage industries including manufacturing and service. The company has released a white paper aimed at the business community. (1/10)
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OEMs expand product platforms in preparation for next-gen Wi-Fi
The introduction of next-generation Wi-Fi will revolutionize video streaming, experts say, and component-makers are wasting little time getting into the game. Manufacturers such as Belkin, D-Link, Linksys and Securifi are preparing for the 802.11ac standard with the introduction of routers that operate in the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands and support data speeds in excess of 1 gigabit per second. Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/8)
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AT&T to boost Wi-Fi deployments as part of small-cell initiative
AT&T says it will increasingly turn to Wi-Fi technology to bolster its wireless networks, with plans for 10,000 new macrocells and 40,000 small cells under its Project Velocity IP. "Our objective for 2014 is that we won't do any small cell or in-building systems that don't include Wi-Fi," said John Donovan, senior executive vice president, AT&T Technology and Network Operations. FierceBroadbandWireless (1/9)
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Laptop sales will slide behind tablets this year, NPD says
Consumers will buy more tablet PCs than laptops this year, according to a forecast from NPD Group that estimates tablet sales will grow 64% through 2013, totaling 240 million units. "The tablet PC market saw increasing investments in North America in the second half of 2012, from major brands that tested not only new screen sizes and price points, but also unconventional business models to support their efforts," NPD DisplaySearch's Richard Shim said in a statement. PC Magazine (1/8)
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