Ford first to market with in-vehicle Telenav app

Ford (Dearborn, USA) has become the first car maker to make Telenav’s (Sunnyvale, USA) Scout application available in its vehicles.

The navigation app has previously been available to users of iPhones and devices powered by Google’s Android operating system, but it can now be installed in Ford vehicles through the manufacturer’s SYNC AppLink technology.

Los Alamos tests $53 million smart grid

Officials in Los Alamos County have switched on a $53 million smart grid developed by scientists working in New Mexico and Japan, reports the Associated Press.

The project has involved collaboration between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Los Alamos County and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The smart grid comprises a solar photovoltaic array, a battery storage system and a smart house and energy management system for the benefit of Los Alamos residents.

Telekom Austria claims most widespread LTE coverage

Telekom Austria (Vienna, Austria) has claimed that its LTE service offers the most widespread coverage of the all networks that have been launched in Austria.

The operator has seized on independent research by Poland-based Systemics-PAB showing that its LTE network trumps those of T-Mobile, owned by Deutsche Telekom (Berlin, Germany) and 3, owned by Hutchison Whampoa (Hong Kong), in terms of coverage.

Operating under its A1 brand, Telekom Austria says its LTE services are now available in all of Austria’s main cities and to more than 80% of the population in Vienna.

BT to replace Global Services chief executive

British telecoms incumbent BT (London, UK) has announced that Luis Alvarez will replace Jeff Kelly as chief executive of the company’s Global Services business.

Having previously served as president of BT Global Services Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, Alvarez will take over from Kelly on October 1.

According to BT, Kelly has decided to return to the US, where he will continue to work for the group in a part-time capacity as a senior executive advisor.

AT&T says iPhone 5 fastest-selling iPhone ever

Reuters

AT&T (Dallas, USA), the No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider, said it set a sales record with Apple's iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.

AT&T did not disclose how many iPhones it sold, but said the iPhone 5 was still available for preorder and would go on sale from September 21 at AT&T retail stores.

Vodafone considers provision for India tax bill of $2.2 billion: Bloomberg

Vodafone (Newbury, UK) is considering whether to set aside money to cover the legal risks of investing in India, according to a story published on Bloomberg.

Until now, the operator has resisted making any such provision, but a change to India’s laws could make it liable for a tax payment of around $2.2 billion.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Andy Halford, Vodafone’s chief financial officer, said the new ruling had forced the company to reconsider its financial arrangements.

AT&T says set sales record with iPhone 5

Reuters

U.S. mobile provider AT&T (Dallas, USA) said it set a sales record with Apple's (Cupertino, USA) iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.

Customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend, the company said on Monday.

AT&T did not provide the number of iPhones sold.

The company said iPhone 5 was still available for preorder and would go on sale from September 21 in AT&T retail stores.

Telefonica picks HP's Aurasma for augmented reality expansion

Reuters

Telefonica (Madrid, Spain) said it has picked HP's (Palo Alto, USA) Aurasma technology to expand its mobile advertising offerings in one of the largest deals yet in the emerging market for augmented reality.

Augmented reality, or AR, overlays text or graphics on images viewed on smartphone, tablet and PC screens or through dedicated glasses, enabling features like image recognition.

The boom in smartphones led by Apple Inc's iPhone, which has location capabilities, cameras and sufficient processing power, has enabled people to try out AR technology for themselves.

Apple's iPhone 5 puts Europe in 4G slow lane

Reuters

Apple's iPhone 5, launched to great fanfare in the United States on Wednesday, will not work on superfast mobile broadband networks in much of Europe, potentially confusing consumers and setting back the development of 4G services in the region.

China telecom equipment makers deny threat to US security

Reuters

Executives from China's top makers of telecommunications gear denied putting hidden spy code into their equipment at a rare public hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

The officials from Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, China) and ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, China), rejecting fears that their expansion in the United States poses a security risk, said they operated independently of the Chinese government.

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