Gemalto issues additional 15 Million eHealth cards in Germany

Gemalto, a provider of digital security, will issue an additional 15 million second-generation (2G) eHealth cards to AOK in 2012. AOK (Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse), the health insurance fund, looks after around 25 million people, approximately one third of the population in Germany.

Smart Grid communications node shipments to top 103 mln units in 2020: Report

According to a new report from Pike Research, shipments of communications nodes associated with the smart grid will climb to nearly 103 million in 2020, from just over 58 million in 2011. Revenue from this equipment will peak at $2.96 billion in 2014, the cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts, returning to just under $2.6 billion per year in 2020.

IDT launches single-phase power metering SoC for smart grids

Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT), a provider of mixed-signal semiconductor services, on Tuesday announced the launch of its single-phase power metering system-on-chip (SoC) for smart grid applications.


The IDT 90E46 is a single-phase SoC for smart meter designs, which integrates an energy metering analog front-end with a real-time clock, temperature sensor, LCD driver, and ARM Cortex M0 microprocessor, says IDT (San Jose, Calif., USA).

Sprint shares fall as analyst cites bankruptcy risk

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Shares at Sprint Nextel fell 4.5% on Monday after an analyst report said there is an increasing risk that the third largest U.S. mobile provider could end up filing for bankruptcy as the debt-laden company faces tough competition and steep costs due to factors such as its iPhone deal with Apple Inc.

Apple sets dividend, stock buyback

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Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook fulfilled a longstanding desire of investors by initiating a quarterly dividend and share buyback that will pay out $45 billion over three years.


The world's most valuable technology company will start paying its first dividends since 1995 - a regular quarterly payout of $2.65 a share - in July, and buy back up to $10 billion of its stock beginning in the next fiscal year.


The $10 billion annual dividend program, which Cook said will be reviewed periodically, ranks among the largest current U.S. corporate cash payouts.

LTE hotspots, a better alternative to smartphone tethering

Worldwide data networks are about to be buried beneath an avalanche of wireless data traffic. The Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecasts that by 2015, there will be 26 times as much mobile data traffic as there was in 2010 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 92%. Cisco VNI also projects that, by 2015, there will be two network-connected devices for every man, woman, and child on the planet—with WiFi and mobile devices accounting for 54% of all IP traffic.  

LightSquared gets $65 million as Sprint quits

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Hedge fund manager Philip Falcone's LightSquared lost its main business partner, Sprint Nextel Corp, but gained $65 million from the breakup that may help its last-ditch effort to get regulatory approval to establish a high-speed wireless network.



Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., USA) said on Friday it would exercise its right to scuttle the $9 billion agreement that would have allowed LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA) to use a network Sprint is building to sell its own high-speed wireless services.

France Telecom launches IPTV service with Viaccess-Orca platform

France-based Orange has launched "la nouvelle TV d'Orange," a next-generation subscription TV service which allows Orange to upgrade its IPTV service and prepare the infrastructure for Over-the-Top (OTT) video, multiple screens and unlimited content.


The new service has a new user interface, which includes VOD, CatchUp TV, content discovery and recommendations, EPG, PVR, self-developed applications and more, says Orange (Paris).

Telefonica invests in mobile payments firm Boku

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Telefonica SA, Spain's largest phone company, is investing in Boku to help the mobile payments start-up expand.

Deutsche Telekom partners with AppDirect for cloud services

AppDirect, a provider of cloud service marketplace and management platforms, announced that it is providing its cloud service for Deutsche Telekom’s new Business Marketplace. With the Business Marketplace, Deutsche Telekom is able to deliver secure cloud applications and services to SMB customers.

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