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Telefónica unveils standalone IoT smart buttons

The R&D division of Spanish telco Telefónica – I+D – has launched a new line of ‘smart buttons’ that enable IoT functionality without the need for an accompanying connected device.

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4x cellular IoT connection growth forecasted by 2019

IT analyst firm 451 Research has forecasted the growth of cellular network-based connections for IoT-devices as anticipation surrounding the tech continues to grow. It also reckons wearable tech as a major enterprise tool will become reality in the next 12 months.

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Avago buys Broadcom for $37 billion to create IoT chip giant

It seems every corner of the mobile market is consolidating right now and semiconductors are clearly no exception, as digital signal processing chip maker Avago swoops for communications chip company Broadcom for $37 billion.

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Former Qualcomm exec Rob Chandhok introduces Helium IoT venture

Rob Chandhok is a familiar figure to many who have been covering the mobile sector in recent years, having been a senior exec at mobile chip giant Qualcomm and one of the few allowed to speak to the press. But last December he decided it was time to move on and joined IoT startup Helium.

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Amazon launches improbable IoT button

Despite today’s date all the signs are this is a genuine story. E-commerce giant Amazon has made its latest move to do to FMCGs what it already has to consumer durables by introducing a physical button that is used for one-click ordering of consumables such as washing powder and printer ink.

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IBM to spend $3 billion on new IoT business unit

IBM announced it plans to spend up to £2bn over the next four years to consolidate and revamp its Internet of Things technologies and services into a standalone business unit, reports Business Cloud News. The move seems aimed at broadening its appeal beyond proto-IoT segments it traditionally caters to.

White space networks are key to the IoT

White space spectrum gets coexistence standard

Standards body the IEEE this week released documentation on TV white space coexistence methods. Specifically, the IEEE 802.19.1 standard is intended to play to the cognitive radio capabilities of TV white space devices, including geolocation awareness and access to information databases.

SmartThings is a connected home specialist

Samsung snaps up SmartThings in IoT play

The landgrab for Internet of Things (IoT) assets continues with Samsung buying up a ready made IoT community and ecosystem in the form of SmartThings.

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Timex boards wearable bandwagon with smartwatch

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

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Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

On the buses with NFC

EE NFC handsets compatible with London buses

UK carrier EE this week enabled its own flavour of NFC, dubbed Cash on Tap, for London’s bus network, allowing customers to use their phone in lieu of an Oyster card or contactless debit card. Users will need an EE handset and an NFC-capable SIM.

OSS/BSS is the heart of a business operation

Ericsson buys metadata billing specialist

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire US-based MetraTech, a provider of metadata-based billing, commerce and settlement tools. Financial details were not disclosed but the acquisition is not telecom specific. Ericsson said MetraTech’s billing suite is adaptable to multiple business models and industries, extending the company’s presence into other key markets, including transport and utilities.

The SIM-based authentication space is getting competitive

Telefonica puts focus on security

European carrier Telefónica has unveiled a collaborative security working environment aimed at helping developers and researchers create and share their own digital intelligence gathered from different sources. It offers security researchers and intelligence analysts and developers a free infrastructure to create topologies using the modules available in the community as well as custom developed modules.

The GSMA hopes to boost the M2M market

Cisco invests $30m in IoT centre in Barcelona

Networking giant Cisco on Wednesday announced plans to open an Internet of Things innovation centre in the Spanish city of Barcelona. From 2015 to 2020, Cisco intends to invest close to $30m in the facilities’ restoration, innovation lab, IT equipment, and talent acquisition primarily in engineering, application development and research.

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