iGen Networks to license M2M tech from GPS Holdings

Cloud services player iGen Networks has signed a licensing deal with GPS Holdings it says will allow it to provide a broad range of M2M solutions in the global fleet-management sector.

GPS Holdings (Boca Raton, FL, USA) currently supports more than 50,000 commercial trucking and automotive assets, according to iGen (Alexandria, VA, USA), which says the agreement will allow it to enter new vertical markets without having to spend years on developing the requisite software.

Welldoc raises $20 million in funding for BlueStar rollout

Mobile prescription therapy specialist Welldoc says it has raised $20 million in strategic financing that will help support the rollout of BlueStar, a product that allows diabetes patients to self-manage their treatment.

The funding comes from institutional investors Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Windham Venture Partners and broadens the company’s capitalization beyond its initial group of angel investors.

Welldoc (Baltimore, MD) says that for a limited time it will also explore the possibility of adding co-investors that would contribute “strategic value”.

Wearable gadgets not ready for prime time, tech watchers say

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Despite the hoopla, wearable gadgets like wristwatches for checking your text messages or eyeglasses that capture video are unlikely to make a splash with consumers anytime soon, given the clumsy designs, high prices and technological constraints of many of the current offerings.

That is the conclusion drawn by many industry executives and analysts who trolled the vast exhibition halls of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Technicolor launches M2M analytics service with IBM

Global media and entertainment player Technicolor has launched a new service in partnership with IT giant IBM that provides monitoring, management and analytics for M2M cloud solutions.

Branded Virdata, the service is targeted at the consumer electronics, automotive, utilities, health, industrial automation and retail industries and is said to include a real-time and historical big data analytics stack.

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.

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.

Gemalto, Hirschmann partner on remote subscription management

Digital security player Gemalto and telematics specialist Hirschmann Solutions have unveiled details of a new partnership on the remote subscription management of advanced M2M applications.

The companies say their solution combines Hirschmann’s (Neckartenzlingen, Germany) global asset tracking solution with modules from Gemalto (Amsterdam, Netherlands) that support high-speed connectivity on a range of networks.

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.