Toyota Motor Corp (Japan) and cloud computing company Salesforce.com Inc (San Francisco, CA) will build a social network service that will enable owners to become "friends" with their cars and get friendly, tweet-like reminders for maintenance checks and other notices.
The deal marks the second tie-up between the world's biggest automaker and a software company in as many months. Toyota and Microsoft Corp last month announced plans to bring Internet-connected services to Toyota's cars across the world.
Deutsche Telekom and iPass Inc. last week announced their partnership to create WiFi Mobilize, a new network services exchange for in-country and international roaming services. The exchange is designed to help carriers meet the accelerating demand from their customers for data services on smartphone and tablet devices, and to optimize their network investments. The partnership will provide a solution for new data offload, international roaming, and inter-standard traffic management services for GSM, CDMA and WiFi operators.
AT&T Inc plans to launch a wireless security srvice for consumers next year to help combat a big rise in cyber attacks on mobile devices, a top executive said.
As more people use smartphones like Apple Inc's iPhone and Google Inc's Android-based devices to download Web applications, John Stankey, the head of AT&T's enterprise business, said he had seen a big spike in security attacks on cellphones.
"Hackers always go to where there's a base of people to attack," Stankey said in an interview ahead of the Reuters Technology Media and Telecommunications Summit.
Movik Networks announced last week that it has been named to the annual Lead411 "Hottest Companies in Boston" list, designating it as one of the fastest growing technology companies of the year in Boston and surrounding areas. Lead411 researchers evaluated over 2100 companies, and found Movik to be amongst the "hottest," proven by their growth and financial stability in the marketplace.
AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc. for $39 billion still needs to clear regulatory hurdles, which leaves unanswered questions for the future. These questions deepened Monday when it was announced that RACO Wireless would remain the preferred M2M service provider for T-Mobile USA, and that John Horn, the national director of M2M for T-Mobile USA, would be leaving to serve as president at RACO Wireless, and bringing along most of his M2M staff.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) announced Monday that it has acquired the transmission and distribution (T&D) engineering capabilities of Patrick Energy Services (PES), a provider of performance-based transmission and distribution power system solutions. The acquisition will enhance SAIC's energy and smart grid services portfolio, adding additional T&D engineering services to the company's existing capabilities in a growing market.
Secure M2M product and service provider Numerex Corp Monday announced the opening of its London office and a collaboration with Arkessa Limited, to foster Numerex's advance in the European M2M market. In a separate press release, last week Numerex announced its participation in various M2M standardization activities around TIA 2011, the US Telecommunications Industry Association's annual industry event, which will take place at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, May 17-20, 2011. In particular, Dr. Jeffrey O.
Telenor Connexion, M2M service provider, Monday announced the expansion of its executive team in North America to meet the growing demand for M2M services in the region.
As hospitals, physicians groups and other healthcare providers expand their use of smartphones and tablets, they have unique security and privacy requirements far beyond those of general enterprises. Two Southern California companies – Nukona of San Diego and Integer Wireless of Newport Beach, Calif. – Wednesday announced a relationship designed to help healthcare organizations meet those needs quickly and cost-effectively.
Nuvel announced last week that vSOS, its personal emergency response application for smart phones is now available for Apple iPhone users to download at the iPhone App Store. Featuring patent-pending technology, vSOS is designed to provide users ranging from school age children to the elderly with help for medical emergencies, personal safety and accidents with the push of a button. Through its partnership with GEOS Alliance, the vSOS application provides emergency response services in North America, South America, and Europe.