Intel shows off wearable gadgets as chipmaker expands beyond PCs

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showed off wearable computing devices on Monday including earbuds that monitor your heart rate and a smart headset as the world's largest chipmaker tries to get back on track after missing out on smartphones.

With PC sales falling and smartphone growth tapering off, Intel and other technology companies are betting that movement-sensing bracelets, biometric patches and other wearable electronic devices may catch on with consumers and become major markets.

Withings launches "smart sleep" system

Telehealth specialist Withings has launched what it calls a new “smart sleep” system designed to monitor and improve an individual’s sleeping experience.

Unveiled at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the system – branded Withings Aura – includes two devices, one of which slips under a user’s mattress while the other sits on a bedside table or cabinet.

The devices work together to record and monitor a range of factors that can help users understand more about their sleeping experience.

Bosch and Remedy unveil self-management healthcare service

Bosch Healthcare and Remedy Health Media have announced the availability of a new service aimed at helping healthcare patients to better comply with medical care and improve their self-management skills.

Branded Health Buddy Web, the service represents the first commercial product resulting from the partnership the two companies formed in August 2013, and is said to combine Bosch’s (Stuttgart, Germany) evidence-based health management programs for post-acute and chronic medical and mental health conditions with Remedy’s (New York City, NY, USA) “patient engagement design”.

Forefront TeleCare to use videoconferencing for patient counseling

Telehealth provider Forefront TeleCare is to use videoconferencing services provided by CoroWare for the delivery of its online video consultations and counseling services.

The company says the technology will help it to provide support to people in need of mental healthcare services who live in remote areas or have difficulty using in-person counseling services because of illness or mobility problems.

AT&T promises sponsored data services in coming months

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AT&T Inc plans to give consumers options to save money on mobile data fees as soon as this quarter while offering sponsors a new way to entice consumers to use their services.

The company announced details on Monday at AT&T's (Dallas, TX, USA) developer conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The offering will let sponsors subsidize consumer data fees, which have gradually become more expensive in recent years as phone companies charge for mobile web-surfing based on how much data their customers download.

Caterpillar, Trimble to launch new fleet management services

Construction equipment supplier Caterpillar and technology specialist Trimble have revealed plans to develop a new range of fleet-management and site-productivity services.

In a statement, the companies – which have collaborated for more than 20 years – said the new agreement would bring “complete, technology-enabled construction jobsite solutions to the market”.

They plan to build on a collaboration dating back to 2008 that led to the introduction of fleet management and site productivity solutions through the VisionLink-branded suite of applications.

Harman wins telematics deal with Daimler

Telematics specialist Harman has secured a deal with Daimler to equip vehicles with new control units providing connectivity to the carmaker’s intelligent traffic management centers.

Harman (Stamford, CT, USA) will also install so-called micro-electrical mechanical system (MEMS) microphones in Daimler (Stuttgart, Germany) vehicles – representing the first time microphones with MEMS technology have been used by Harman in the automotive sector.

Prova Systems introduces fleet-management metric support

Fleet management specialist Prova Systems has modified its cloud-based software system to support the use of metric measurements.

The company says that international vehicle fleets already using its Fleet Genius PRO product will immediately be able to take advantage of the new feature.

Geoforce announces new executive appointments to fuel growth

Geoforce has unveiled details of new executive appointments aimed at fuelling take-up of its asset-tracking solutions in the oil and gas industry.

The company has appointed Mark Slaughter to its board of directors and says that Roopa Misra will become its new senior vice president of customer operations.

Ride service Uber, brash darling of Silicon Valley, stalks new markets

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Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick knows the value of a good controversy.

After his upstart company, which lets people summon rides at the touch of a smartphone button, provoked a flurry of social media outrage in December over pricing policies that can result in exorbitant fares, Kalanick addressed prospective New Year's Eve customers.

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