RIM plans new contact management features on BB10 devices

Reuters

Research In Motion plans to provide BlackBerry users with an easy way to tap their contacts' public profiles -- including blog posts, tweets, emails and other details -- in its latest push to regain ground in the smartphone market.

The new contact management feature, which pulls in contact details from social media and other Internet sites into a single Blackberry page, will be available on RIM's next generation of smartphones that are set to launch early next year, the company said on Thursday.

HTC invests $34.4 million in US-based enterprise platform firm

Reuters

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said it will buy a 17.1 percent stake in a U.S. next-generation enterprise platform company for $35.4 million in order to enhance service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers.

"The investment will bring social, mobile, and cloud capabilities to HTC's portfolio of service offerings to its mobile enterprise customers," HTC said in a statement on Monday.

Big retailers to take to mobile payments: WSJ

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Big retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores, Target Corp and Japan's 7-Eleven are planning to develop a mobile payment network, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people involved in the initiative.

The Merchant Customers Exchange (MCX) is an initiative taken by these retailers to match similar services from Google, which began operating it last year on its Android devices, the WSJ said.

It was unclear how much each merchant would contribute to the network's development, the paper said.

RIM looks to sell NewBay, other assets: source

Reuters

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion is looking to sell cloud services provider NewBay and some of the other minor assets it recently acquired, as part of a strategic review process, according to a source familiar with the matter.

RIM acquired NewBay, a provider of photo, video, and social-networking tools for smartphones and computers, in October 2011 for reportedly around $100 million, as it sought to roll out a new strategy to stem its steady decline.

RIM declined to comment on the sale report.

Starbucks embraces mobile payments with start-up Square

Reuters

Starbucks Corp's deal to use Square Inc to process payments at its U.S. coffee shops is a big win for a 2-year-old startup that is beginning to threaten established payment processors and shake up retailing.

Report: M2M cellular connections to hit 2.5 billion by 2020

The number of worldwide cellular M2M connections is forecast to soar from its current level of 277 million to a staggering 2.5 billion by 2020, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics.

A combination of factors, including global connectivity platforms, efforts at standardization, cloud computing and regulatory initiatives will help contribute to a compound annual growth rate of more than 30% between now and 2020, says the company.

Strategy Analytics reckons that most M2M activity will come in the areas of mHealth, smart metering, telematics and automation.

M2M success fuels earnings growth at Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless (Richmond, Canada) has reported impressive top-line gains and profits on the back of its growing M2M business and sales of 4G products.

The vendor—which makes modems, routers and gateways and develops software and services for wireless applications—reported a 19.7% year-on-year increase in revenues, to $167.4 million, for the second quarter of 2012.

Net earnings, meanwhile, came in at $3.58 million, compared with a loss of $6.77 million for the same period last year.

Deutsche Telekom opens M2M developer community

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom has opened an M2M developer community in a bid to spur the growth of the M2M applications market.

The operator says the community will allow developers to access tools like APIs, programming guidelines and software development kits (SDKs), making it easier for them to develop and sell M2M applications.

Novatel Wireless blames competition for sales decline, rising loss

Novatel Wireless (San Diego, USA) has reported a 13% year-on-year fall in second-quarter revenues, to $102.4 million, while the company’s net loss rose to $4.5 million from $3.9 million this time last year.

The maker of USB modems, embedded modules and smart M2M modules blamed the impact of competing products for the sales decline.

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