Telefonica to launch mobile wallet services

Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., a provider of mobile messaging and mobile commerce services, on Tuesday announced a global, strategic partnership with Telefonica Digital to provide mobile wallet services. Sybase 365 will help develop Telefonica's mWallet, which will be the gateway for its customers to a range of mobile financial services.

Will long-life M2M applications keep 2G around?

As telecom operators become increasingly involved in machine-to-machine (M2M) markets, major decisions are going to have to be made about the viability of 2G networks.

The critical condition of medical device connectivity

In order to deliver high-quality care and meet regulatory mandates, hospitals must collect increasingly detailed clinical data from inpatients, while reducing staff costs. Obtaining the additional data required to manage and coordinate care inside and outside the hospital, without spending a fortune on staff, requires the ability to automatically retrieve information from medical devices.

Wi-Fi network controller module introduced for M2M market

Murata Wireless Solutions (MWS), a manufacturer of wireless modules, on Tuesday announced the introduction of its Wi-Fi Network Controller Module.  The SN8200 is a small, low power, self-contained, certified Wi-Fi network controller module that provides serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity to the internet, and can be used by manufacturers who are looking to add wireless connectivity to machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, such as home appliances,

Report: smart appliance shipments to exceed 24 million units by 2017

According to a recent report by research firm ABI Research, smart applications shipments will soon begin to pick up and will eventually exceed 24 million units by 2017.  Similar to the market for home energy management systems (HEMS), the smart appliances market has, so far, failed to take off as many had expected. Many products are still involved in small pilots and have failed to hit retail outlets in any large number, says ABI Research.

Cinterion M2M module used in Chinese smart meters

Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, announced on Tuesday that Linyang Electronics, an electronic information enterprise in the smart meter market, is integrating Cinterion's tiny BGS2 in their smart metering products and power utilization management terminals.

Cisco projects 18-Fold growth in mobile internet data traffic by 2016

According to the Cisco Visual Network Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2011 to 2016, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold during this time period reaching 10.8 exabytes per month - or an annual run rate of 130 exabytes - by 2016.

Oracle makes investment in Cloud, buys Taleo for $1.9 billion

Reuters

Oracle Corp agreed to buy Taleo Corp, a maker of Web-based software for recruiting employees, for about $1.9 billion, as technology companies’ battle for the top spot in the fast-growing cloud computing market.

Intel debuts next-gen communications platform

Intel Corporation on Tuesday disclosed several features for the company’s next-generation communications platform, named “Crystal Forest.”  The communications platform will handle data processing across the network while addressing the needs for handling cloud connectivity and content processing.

Vodafone weighing bid for C&W Worldwide

Reuters

Vodafone Group, the world's largest mobile operator by revenue, is considering a bid for Britain's Cable & Wireless Worldwide, whose fixed-line network could boost bandwidth for its Internet-hungry customers.


"Vodafone regularly reviews opportunities in the sector and confirms that it is in the very early stages of evaluating the merits of a potential offer for CWW," the company said on Monday.