Vehicles as smart mobile devices

Building adaptive ecosystems of connected things

Any picture of a "true connected car system" that works seamlessly is, by definition, incomplete. Much as a computer can accommodate a programmer's chosen software language and development process, so connected vehicles must be designed to adapt to changing consumer desire and incorporate their content, applications and services. An initial challenge is to consider the connected vehicle as a platform for content and service delivery, rather than a branded expression of content or application determinism.

TM Forum Highlight: New BSS/OSS products stress dynamic management (read cloud)

There were plenty of new BSS/OSS and CRM products to be found at the TM Forum Management World conference in Dublin last week, as software providers scrambled to offer new weapons that will allow carriers to hunt revenue opportunities in Cloud Services (among other places). Just some of the new product introductions included…

TM Forum Highlight: Optical Network bursts onto scene

In one of the highlights of the TM Forum Management World event in Dublin last week, the Irish government showed off its Exemplar project, a “metro ring” carrier network in Dublin that is said to be the first to incorporate optical burst switching, a technology that could have broad implications in greatly improving the efficiency and capacity of carrier networks.

Google unveils pay-by-phone system, partners with Sprint

Reuters

Google Inc (Mountain View CA) and four bank and telecommunications partners on Thursday unveiled "Google Wallet," taking U.S. shoppers a step closer to paying by waving their mobile phones at the checkout counter.

The Internet search company's system that lets people pay with phones instead of cards, hoping to win a race against major rivals including Visa, top U.S. banks and mobile network operators.

Charles Schwab launches brokerage and banking mobile deposit for iPhone

Charles Schwab (San Francisco, Calif.) today launches mobile deposit capabilities for iPhone users, enabling brokerage and Schwab Bank clients to deposit checks remotely by taking a picture of a check with their iPhone camera. Schwab is one of the only financial services firms to provide its clients with mobile deposit capabilities and integrated banking and brokerage mobile services, including money transfer.

Alipay gets license to set up e-payment system

Reuters

The Alipay system affiliated with Jack Ma's Alibaba Group has received a license from China's central bank to operate an electronic payment system in the country, the company said on Thursday.

The license would allow Alipay to handle foreign exchange transactions, Internet payments, mobile payments and debit card services, Alipay said in a statement.

Alibaba Group restructured Alipay's ownership structure, giving Ma full ownership control of the payment business.

Google to unveil mobile payments

Reuters

Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch.

The Internet search and advertising leader will work with MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest credit and debit card processing network, to launch the system, the source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Google has teamed with MasterCard and Citigroup Inc to develop the system, the Wall Street Journal reported in March.

InfoVista unveils new solution for cloud service performance assurance

InfoVista (France) a global provider in service performance assurance, will introduce its new unified solution for cloud service assurance at TM Forum Management World in Dublin, Ireland from May 23-26, 2011. Extending its flagship VistaInsight(r) for Networks and VistaFoundation to support cloud-based technologies, InfoVista's carrier grade performance assurance platform offers end-to-end performance assurance, visibility and reporting for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and other private or public cloud-based applications and services.

True 4G mobile backhaul: Key ingredients

As service providers deploy mobile backhaul for the growing wave of 3G services, it is important to keep requirements for emerging 4G services in mind. True 4G mobile backhaul includes three key ingredients – resiliency, synchronization and performance. Deploying true 4G mobile backhaul today protects the service provider’s investment in legacy 2G services while providing cost-effective backhaul for 3G services and laying the groundwork for the performance required to unleash 4G services.

AMD embedded G-Series APUs reduce power consumption for fanless designs

AMD Monday announced immediate availability of two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, up to a 39 percent power savings compared to earlier versions (versus the previously released single-core 9W TDP AMD Embedded G-Series APU model number T44R, operating at 1.2GHz).