Sprint cuts jobs, closes stores as part of broader plan

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Sprint Corp cut 330 jobs and closed 55 stores around the country this week, as part of an ongoing plan to shrink its workforce in 2014, Cnet.com reported.

The third largest U.S. mobile operator would not specify the number of jobs lost, but said it will retain 85 percent of employees affected by the closings.

The operator also closed call centers in New York, Kansas, California and is shrinking centers in Florida and Texas.

Sprint, Spireon flag deal with CU Solutions Group

Sprint and Spireon have built on their recently established fleet-management alliance through an agreement with CU Solutions Group (CUSG), which serves the credit union industry.

CUSG (Livonia, MI, USA) is to add Spireon’s (Irvine, CA, USA) LoanPlus collateral management system (CMS) to its array of services for credit unions that want to provide automotive loans to their members while reducing their risks.

Raco Wireless, SkyWave integrate fleet-management services

MVNO Raco Wireless says it has completed the integration of its Position Logic platform with satellite-cellular devices from SkyWave Mobile Communications.

Thanks to those efforts, says the company, means there is now a fully integrated software and hardware solution supporting communications for customers in the fleet-management industry.

Google takes consumers' wrists to next frontier with Android watch

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Voice-controlled smartwatches that track heart rates and connect to phones and tablets will debut later this year as Google Inc partners with electronics, technology and fashion companies to take consumers to the next promised frontier in computing.

Google (Mountain View, CA, USA) on Tuesday unveiled plans to help develop the watches and other wearable computers based on its Android mobile operating system, which already runs more than three out of four smartphones sold worldwide.

Apple to launch Healthbook fitness monitoring app with iOS 8: report

Apple appears to be planning an assault on the fast-growing market for health and fitness tracking, with reports that it is readying an application called Healthbook for launch with iOS 8, the next version of its mobile operating system.

The introduction of Healthbook by Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) could shake up the entire market for remote health monitoring and deal a blow to smaller companies that have been targeting this opportunity.

Google releases Android for wearables

Internet giant Google has released a version of its Android operating system that has been designed for use with wearable devices, including gadgets that monitor a user’s health and fitness.

Branded Android Wear, the operating system will allow users to receive a host of services they have come to expect on smartphones and tablets, support voice-activated commands and provide access to a number of health and fitness services.

Sprint, Techstars back mobile health startups

US operator Sprint has teamed up with Techstars to provide support to ten mobile-health-related startups from Australia and the US.

The companies will operate from Kansas City over a three-month period as part of an intensive mentor-drive program backed by Techstars (Boulder, CO, USA), which provides seed funding to startups.

They will have access to technology experts from Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA), as well as regional healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs from around the country.

Each one will also receive up to $120,000 in funding.

Validic secures investment funding of $1.25 million

Mobile health platform provider Validic has secured additional investment funding totaling $1.25 million and announced several new management appointments.

The funding comes in the form of a convertible note from SJF Ventures (Durham, NC, USA) and individual angels and takes the total funding Validic (Durham, NC, USA) has received to $2.1 million.

DataXoom launches connectivity initiative for healthcare workers

Connectivity player DataXoom says it has launched an initiative for healthcare workers using tablets and specialty devices and needing access to information services on the go.

The company – which provides mobile data services for businesses – is to support healthcare workers’ connectivity needs on a mixture of LTE, CDMA and GSM networks.

Kore to support connectivity for Taiwan's ATrack

Kore Wireless has begun offering network services to customers of Taiwan’s ATrack following the establishment of a new agreement between the MVNO and telematics hardware player.

The tie-up will give ATrack (Taipei, Taiwan) customers access to Kore’s (Alpharetta, GA, USA) network facilities in more than 150 countries thanks to the US company’s range of partnerships with network operators around the world.

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