Hearing-aid apps pump up the volume, double as headphones

Reuters

New smartphone apps that link to hearing aids are helping people with impaired hearing to pump up the volume on their devices or to use them as headphones to stream phone calls, YouTube videos and music.

About 36 million American adults have some hearing loss, according to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. But only a fifth of people who could benefit from a hearing aid wear one.

Israel's Labstyle launches mobile phone blood sugar monitor

Reuters

Israeli start-up LabStyle Innovations Corp on Tuesday launched a mobile-phone glucose meter for diabetics to monitor their blood sugar levels.

Called Dario, the meter plugs directly into a smartphone and has a software application that gives real time recording and analysis of blood sugar readings.

The product is initially being launched in New Zealand, Italy, Australia and the United Kingdom. It will at first be available for Apple's iOS and later for Google's Android platform.

US extends Terremark contract as Healthcare.gov host

The Obama administration said on Friday Verizon Communications Inc's Terremark unit will remain under contract as host of the federal website HealthCare.gov to better ensure a smooth end to Obamacare's open enrollment period on March 31.

CeBIT 2014: Deutsche Telekom targets M2M growth in German SME market

Deutsche Telekom is busy showing off its M2M expertise at this week’s CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany just days after unveiling plans for a restructuring of its IT business that will prioritize the sale of standardized M2M services, among other off-the-shelf IT products.

In a strategy update last week, chief executive Timotheus Hottges said the operator would also look to address opportunities in Germany’s small and medium-sized enterprise sector, with the aim of generating €600 million from the sale of IT products in this market between now and 2018.

CeBIT 2014: Telefonica and Software AG tout M2M partnership

Telefonica Germany and Software AG are claiming to offer a ‘one-stop-shop’ for M2M services, meaning customers can obtain everything they need from a single point of contact and speed up their M2M deployments.

Showing off their joint solutions at this week’s CeBIT IT tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, Telefonica and Software AG (Darmstadt, Germany) said their M2M partnership would offer connectivity, hardware, applications and hosting to customers in a range of industries.

Vodafone wins major connected-cars deal with Volkswagen

Vodafone has flagged a major new deal to provide connectivity services in European vehicles from Volkswagen and Audi as it continues to grow its presence in the burgeoning connected-cars sector.

The UK-headquartered operator says it will begin equipping Audi models with embedded SIM chips from 2015.

Those chips are to support a range of connectivity services, including in-car navigation, communications and infotainment.

Mobily to launch M2M services in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian telecoms operator Mobily says it has launched a range of M2M services in the country in partnership with Jasper Wireless.

The operator – a subsidiary of the UAE’s Etisalat (Abu Dhabi) – said it was responding to soaring demand for M2M services in the region, with forecasts from Visiongain indicating there will be 119.7 million M2M connections in the Middle East by the end of 2016.

LightSquared and ViaSat team up on managed M2M services

Satellite players LightSquared and ViaSat have teamed up to provide a managed mobile satellite service designed to support M2M, vehicular and aviation devices used in a range of settings.

The companies say the service will combine the power of LightSquared’s (Reston, VA, USA) SkyTerra 1 L-band satellite with all-IP satellite technology from ViaSat.

Intrinsyc receives $850,000 order for AnyDATA M2M module

Intrinsyc Software says it has received an $850,000 order from a “leading asset tracking company” for M2M modules designed by AnyDATA, whose products Intrinsyc distributes.

Indicating that delivery is scheduled for the second half of the year, Intrinsyc (Vancouver, Canada) said the company was looking to use the ultra-small, low-power module in a range of asset-tracking and monitoring applications.

EDMI wins smart-meter contract with UK's Arqiva

EDMI has signed a contract with the UK’s Arqiva to provide the communications hub that will be used to support the rollout of smart meters in Scotland and the north of England.

Under their smart-grid program, UK authorities are aiming to install 53 million meters in 30 homes and small businesses throughout Britain by 2020.

The contract win for EDMI (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) will see the technology player design, make and supply the communications hubs being used in the northern region.

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