Machine-to-machine (M2M) communications has historically represented the integration of microprocessors, microcontrollers and sensors with communications, monitoring and control systems to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of business operations. The introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) is taking M2M to entirely new level as applications are rapidly expanding beyond traditional boundaries.
HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun discussed a potential investment by Facebook in China's top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialized, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd likely booked a 17 percent increase in operating profit last year, as worldwide adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology boosted earnings at China's leading telecommunications equipment maker.
Profit likely reached 33.9 billion yuan ($5.47 billion) to 34.3 billion yuan in 2014, on a roughly 20 percent increase in revenue at 287 billion yuan to 289 billion yuan, the company said on Tuesday in unaudited results.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.
Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that intensified after hackers stole massive amounts of credit card data from companies like Target and Home Depot.
The White House said Obama will weigh in with his legislative ideas during a speech at the Federal Trade Commission at 11:55 a.m. ET.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Genband, a U.S. maker of software for telecoms and cable TV operators, aims to revolutionize phone-based customer services by ending consumer frustration at being kept on hold in a seemingly endless loop of recorded options messages.
The Texas-based company, majority owned by JPMorgan's One Equity Partners, paid $50 million in 2013 to acquire Israeli start-up Fring, an Internet-based mobile service seeking to transform the way customer calls are handled.
LAS VEGAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday touted a "just and reasonable" standard for policing Internet traffic in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he plans to follow President Barack Obama's lead on "net neutrality."
The remarks by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at a trade show in Las Vegas appeared to show he was leaning toward regulating Internet service providers more strictly under Title II of the U.S. communications law, as Obama has suggested.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's competition regulator on Sunday approved AT&T Inc's $1.7 billion purchase of local cellphone company Iusacell, with unspecified conditions, a statement said.
The Federal Competition Commission said it set conditions on the deal to "avoid risks to the process of competition" in markets where Iusacell would compete with Carlos Slim's America Movil, which previously counted AT&T as a minority investor.
America Movil is Mexico's biggest mobile operator, while Iusacell is a distant third.
MILAN (Reuters) - A small company renting out optical fiber cables in Milan has become the subject of a fierce takeover battle between Telecom Italia and global mobile giant Vodafone, with a national high-speed fiber network seen as the ultimate prize.
Both companies have set their sights on buying a controlling stake in Metroweb that infrastructure fund F2i is selling.
There are more than 7 billion people on this planet – but many, many more things. Already some 40% of the world’s population has Internet access and can, in theory, communicate – just wait till those other things get in on the act. How will we ever manage the Internet of Things?
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - WebRTC, a free browser-based technology, looks set to change the way we communicate and collaborate, up-ending telecoms firms, online chat services like Skype and WhatsApp and remote conferencing on WebEx.
Web Real-Time Communication is a proposed Internet standard that would make audio and video as seamless as browsing text and images is now. Installed as part of the browser, video chatting is just a click away – with no need to download an app or register for a service.