Denmark picks Continua for telemedicine action plan

Denmark has revealed its intention to base its new national action plan for telemedicine on guidelines created by the Continua Health Alliance, a non-profit organization based in Oregon, USA that focuses on establishing industry standards for the interoperability of plug-and-play personal health devices.

Insight: Experts hope to shield cars from computer viruses

Reuters

A team of top hackers working for Intel Corp's security division toil away in a West Coast garage searching for electronic bugs that could make automobiles vulnerable to lethal computer viruses.

Intel's McAfee unit, which is best known for software that fights PC viruses, is one of a handful of firms that are looking to protect the dozens of tiny computers and electronic communications systems that are built into every modern car.

Elektrilevi selects Ericsson for smart metering in Estonia

Estonian electricity utility Elektrilevi has signed an eight-year contract with Ericsson under which the network manufacturer will supply, deploy, systems integrate and run a smart-metering network.

Estonia is one of a number of European countries that are installing smart meters to help meet the EU target of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020. Elektrilevi has nearly half a million subscribers on its network.

AT&T refarming to have little impact on M2M growth: analyst

A leading analyst company has called into question the claims that AT&T’s shutdown of its 2G network could leave M2M customers stranded.

The US operator recently announced plans to gradually phase out its 2G network, shifting customers and spectrum over to 3G and 4G technologies, and that a full transition would be finalized by 2017.

The news was met with a chorus of criticism that M2M customers would be left out in the cold, forced to change providers or pay AT&T higher rates for 3G or 4G connections.

TNS and Telstra form wireless payments partnership

Australian telecoms operator Telstra has formed a partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS), a data communications company, aimed at providing services to Australian organizations that operate wireless payment devices.

Under the agreement, TNS is to use Telstra’s M2M Wireless Control Center to improve its managed wireless service. The partnership should allow TNS to expand its network reach in Australia as well as streamline its operations through the use of a single web-based interface for SIM card ordering, provisioning, activation and management.

Tracker invests in M2M technology

UK vehicle-monitoring company Tracker has announced a new partnership with Wireless Logic, an M2M managed services specialist.

The partnership will give Tracker a number of mobile connectivity services, providing specialist M2M SIMs from multiple networks.

Tracker’s SVR and fleet telematic solutions will be further enhanced using Wireless Logic’s ‘SIMpro3’ platform-as-a-service (PaaS), giving Tracker complete real-time visibility across its growing SIM estate.

AT&T to allow FaceTime on cellular

AT&T has announced that iPhone customers will be able to use Apple’s popular FaceTime app if they sign up to one of the operator’s data-sharing plans, according to a story published by Dow Jones Newswires.

iPhone users have already been able to use FaceTime over WiFi connections but software developers had blocked cellular access to FaceTime on a prerelease version of the iOS 6 operating system, due to be released in the autumn.

Verizon Wireless clears hurdles in cable spectrum deal

Reuters

U.S. regulators cleared the way for Verizon Wireless to proceed with its $3.9 billion purchase of airwaves from big cable providers but placed constraints on the companies' marketing agreements.

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday it would approve the spectrum sale, and the head of the Federal Communications Commission said the commission should also give the deal the go-ahead.

The spectrum purchase will give Verizon Wireless additional capacity to help it cope with rising demand for video on mobile devices and data services such as Web surfing.

PayPal could heat up mobile payments race if McDonald's test pays off

Reuters

PayPal is in the early stages of what may be a blockbuster mobile payments deal with McDonald's Corp, the world's biggest hamburger chain.

McDonald's is testing a mobile payments service featuring PayPal at 30 of its restaurants in France.

Earlier this year, McDonald's ran demonstrations of a broader PayPal mobile payments service at its franchisee conference in Orlando, Florida.

A McDonald's spokeswoman confirmed the France tests and said the PayPal demonstration at its conference was part of a booth that features "technology coming within the next 24 months or so."

RIM plans new contact management features on BB10 devices

Reuters

Research In Motion plans to provide BlackBerry users with an easy way to tap their contacts' public profiles -- including blog posts, tweets, emails and other details -- in its latest push to regain ground in the smartphone market.

The new contact management feature, which pulls in contact details from social media and other Internet sites into a single Blackberry page, will be available on RIM's next generation of smartphones that are set to launch early next year, the company said on Thursday.

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