T-Mo USA backs wifi to plug coverage gaps

T-Mobile USA is embracing wifi as a network offload technology by making all smartphones it sells capable of HD voice over wifi (VoWifi) calling. In order to plug coverage gaps in homes and businesses the company is also making a wifi hotspot loaded with proprietary technology available to its subscribers.

First Firefox device launches in India

Indian electronics manufacturer and retailer Intex Technologies has introduced the country’s first Firefox OS-powered device, which it also claims is India’s lowest priced smartphone at Rs1999 (€25).

Timex boards wearable bandwagon with smartwatch

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

Battery-free wifi network inches closer to reality for IoT

Engineers at the University of Washington have further developed the short range, battery-free, wireless communication system they first showed off last year. The continued development is interesting with respect to the Internet of Things because it is able to use ambient radio signals as a power source, laying the path for the creation of networks of battery-free wireless sensors.

EE NFC handsets compatible with London buses

UK carrier EE this week enabled its own flavour of NFC, dubbed Cash on Tap, for London’s bus network, allowing customers to use their phone in lieu of an Oyster card or contactless debit card. Users will need an EE handset and an NFC-capable SIM.

Microsoft sues Samsung over Android non-payment

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung after the Korean electronics giant stopped paying the US company for access to IP essential to the use of the Android operating system.

Chinese vendors drive smartphone market to new high in Q2 2014

The worldwide smartphone market broke its record for quarterly shipments in Q2 2014 with market trackers Strategy Analytics and IDC in rare agreement on the figure of 295 million units, although Juniper reckons it was a bit lower than that.

Ericsson buys metadata billing specialist

Swedish vendor Ericsson on Tuesday agreed to acquire US-based MetraTech, a provider of metadata-based billing, commerce and settlement tools. Financial details were not disclosed but the acquisition is not telecom specific. Ericsson said MetraTech’s billing suite is adaptable to multiple business models and industries, extending the company’s presence into other key markets, including transport and utilities.

Competition in telco authentication heats up with SecureKey, Oberthur deal

Identity and authentication service provider SecureKey has announced a collaboration with Oberthur Technologies, which delivers SIMs and SIM-based software to drive further competition in the mobile identity service market. The agreement will enable SecureKey to extend its authentication capabilities to support SIM-based secure elements.