ARM is focusing on IoT

Huawei invests in UK chip firm

UK startup and fabless semiconductor company XMOS this week announced $26.2m in Series D investment that will see Chinese vendor Huawei take its first equity stake in a British firm. The Chinese company joins Robert Bosch Venture Capital of Germany and Xilinx from the USA as strategic investors, alongside existing investors Amadeus Capital Partners, DFJ Esprit, and Foundation Capital.

Marty Beard, chief operating officer at BlackBerry

BlackBerry taps cloud startup head as next COO

BlackBerry has announced the appointment of Marty Beard as chief operating officer, who joins the struggling devices and software manufacturer from LiveOps, a provider of cloud-based customer service solutions.

CEO Satya Nadella is driving for a cross-platform  strategy for Microsoft

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs, Nokia integration a key driver

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella announced long-rumoured job cuts on Thursday. In a memo to staff Nadella said the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, or 14 per cent of the company’s workforce, as it realigns its corporate resources to focus on mobile and cloud and integrates Nokia within the wider business.

Popular  LTE1800 devices

LTE devices market grows 100% in 12 months

With 941 new LTE devices launched in the past year, the device sector has seen almost 100 per cent annual growth, with the number of manufacturers playing in the space increasing by 68 per cent over the same period, according to statistics released this week by the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association).

Nest is getting connected

Connected home leaders pitch device protocol

Building on growing momentum in the connected home space, several big name vendors including Yale Security, Silicon Labs, Samsung Electronics, Nest Labs, Freescale Semiconductor, Big Ass Fans and ARM, have joined forces to develop a new IP-based wireless networking protocol to connect devices.

Tim Cook, Apple CEO and Ginni Rometty, IBM CEO, walking the walk and talking the talk

Apple, IBM team up with enterprise focus

Apple and IBM have joined forces to target enterprise mobility through business applications that bring IBM’s strengths in big data and analytics to Apple devices. The move is intended to strengthen Apple’s presence in the enterprise space with more than 100 industry-specific tools and native apps, developed exclusively for the iPhone and iPad.

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another

Google Glass creator jumps to Amazon

The brains behind Google Glass, Babak Parviz, has left one internet giant for another, this week revealing his departure from Google and new employment at Amazon. The move comes as interest in the wearable computing space continues to heat up.

Vodafone puts faith in machines

Vendors develop open source framework for Internet of Things

A collaboration of industry vendors took form on Tuesday with the inauguration of a consortium focused on improving interoperability and defining connectivity requirements for the billions of devices that will make up the Internet of Things (IoT).

Toyota is investing in M2M

Toyota taps IBM for in car apps

Automotive manufacturers continue to look to the future, with Toyota recently tapping up IBM to build and design an application development platform that will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver experience. The project is part of Toyota’s newly established telematics service, called T-Connect.

Nest is getting connected

Nest developer programme connects to wider Internet of Things

On the eve of the Google I/O conference, the company’s annual developer shindig, home automation pioneer Nest Labs launched a developer programme to connect its thermostat and smoke alarm devices to the wider Internet of Things.

Etisalat takes over Atlantique Telecom

Dropcam acquired by Google Nest

Home security camera firm Dropcam said Monday that it has signed an agreement to be acquired by Google-owned Nest, the maker of connected home products like thermostats. The price tag is thought to run to $555m in cash.

Firefox OS apps now run on Android

Mozilla makes Firefox apps available on Android

Software developer Mozilla began repackaging Firefox OS applications for the Android OS this week as it continues to champion open web technologies. Android users can now install apps designed and built for Firefox OS from the Firefox Marketplace and have them behave as they would on Mozilla’s platform.

The Samsung Z Tizen smartphone

Samsung makes tentative Tizen launch

Global smartphone sales leader Samsung has finally unveiled a smartphone running on Tizen – the new, Linux-based, open-source mobile OS that Samsung has been developing in partnership with Intel ever since Nokia threw the towel in on MeeGo back in 2011.

Dr Dre has become a rap billionaire and didn't die trying

Apple wraps up $3bn Beats acquisition

Apple confirmed rumours on Wednesday night with an agreement to acquire subscription streaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics, which makes the popular Beats headphones, founded by rapper Dr Dre.

Partinen had a hand in the Lumia portfolio development

Nokia camera specialist moves to Apple

With Nokia’s brand soon to disappear from the smartphone business, one of the lead developers of the company’s camera technology is defecting to Apple. Senior engineer Ari Partinen said Friday was his last day with Nokia and he would soon be starting work in Cupertino.

LG has launched a range of smart appliances in its home market of South Korea

LG launches smart appliances integrated with Line

Handset and electronics manufacturer LG has launched a range of smart home appliances in its domestic market of South Korea in a bid to steal a march in the connected home sector.

Rima Qureshi, incoming chief strategy officer at Ericsson

Rima Qureshi to lead Ericsson strategy

Ericsson has announced Rima Qureshi, a 20-year veteran of the company, as its new chief strategy officer, following the resignation of Doug Gilstrap earlier in April. Gilstrap joined Ericsson in 2009.

Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand

Microsoft to drop Nokia brand

Software giant Microsoft plans to drop the Nokia brand from its marketing following its recently completed acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business.

Microsoft has announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business is complete

Microsoft closes Nokia deal

One of the industry’s highest profile acquisitions in recent years is now complete after Microsoft announced that its acquisition of Nokia’s devices and services business has now been approved by shareholders and regulatory bodies around the world.

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