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The UK High Street Fails to Push Smart TVs to Consumers

December 22, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, awareness of Smart TVs remains low as UK retailers fail to educate consumers of their benefits and provide even the most basic information regarding connected-TV features. Informa estimates that 35% of all TVs sold this year will be “smart”, however, this is a result of Internet connectivity becoming a “default” technology in more and more TV sets as standard, rather than an increase in consumer demand.

Partnership to Give Passengers a Personal TV Experience with a Compact and Convenient iOS Accessory

December 22, 2011 6:09 am | Comments

ESCORT and Siano announced a collaborative agreement to design and market a product that will deliver mobile TV in automobiles via an iOS accessory. Manufactured and distributed under the brand name “ESCORT MobileTV”, this small-size, custom designed accessory conveniently plugs into the car’s pre-installed iPad headrest mount.

Observatory Safely Studies Deep-Sea Life

December 22, 2011 5:35 am | Comments

Miles below the ocean’s surface lies one of the most inhospitable habitats on the planet. Deep inside subterranean cracks, where seawater seeps through the perpetually hot rock in Earth’s crust, there’s a surprisingly rich ecosystem of microorganisms. Scientists have long been eager to study these creatures—along with the larger geological setting—but drilling holes in the seafloor large enough to drop instruments down floods the habitat with cold water and kills off the fauna.

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AT4 Wireless RF Performance Laboratory Upgraded to Version 3.1 of the CTIA OTA

December 22, 2011 5:26 am | Comments

AT4 wireless is pleased to announce that has been authorized by CTIA to conduct testing to new version 3.1 of the CTIA OTA Test Plan. From last December 15th CTIA Over The Air (OTA) RF Performance Test Plan version 2.2.2. is not longer valid, all devices have to be compliant with version 3.1 from that date onwards.

Kindle Fire Software Update Doesn’t Fix Laggy Browser

December 22, 2011 5:06 am | Comments

As reported earlier Tuesday, Amazon has released a software update for its Kindle Fire tablet, promising enhanced “fluidity and performance” and improved “touch navigation responsiveness.” But nowhere in its update language does Amazon speak to improvements in the speed of its Silk browser. As it turns out, the new software update doesn’t seem to improve browser performance to a significant degree.

Questions Linger on Safety of Airport Body Scanners

December 22, 2011 4:45 am | Comments

Airline passengers will face the long lines, interminable delays and frustrating backups that come with holiday travel. Through it all, they’ll also have to decide whether to submit to one of the 500-plus x-ray or radio wave scanners found in airports nationwide and wonder about their safety. Much of the debate surrounding the increasingly common security scanners revolves around their effectiveness and privacy.

Fanta Gets Playful with Consumers through Innovative NFC network by Clear Channel Singapore

December 21, 2011 10:40 am | Comments

Coca-Cola Singapore has launched the very first local Out-Of-Home Near Field Communication (NFC) brand communications platform with MEC Singapore, through Clear Channel Singapore’s NFC network this 8th December 2011. Newly launched Fanta and perennial favourite Coca-Cola are the brands that are featured.

SPIRIT DSP Announces Significant Upgrade to Voice & Video Engines

December 21, 2011 10:19 am | Comments

 SPIRIT DSP announced a significant upgrade to its TeamSpirit® cross-platform voice and video engines, a set of sophisticated SDKs (Software Development Kit) for service providers, software application developers and OEMs/ODMs to quickly launch HD (High Definition) voice and video calling applications and services across all popular desktop and mobile devices.

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TELEHOUSE Leads the Way Through 2011 with Strategic Global Data Center Expansions

December 21, 2011 10:09 am | Comments

TELEHOUSE America announces to the global telecommunications community its continuing commitment to drive technological innovation and expand its global footprint. Through 2011, TELEHOUSE opened two new carrier-neutral data centers – TELEHOUSE New York Chelsea and TELEHOUSE Istanbul, Turkey. TELEHOUSE also announced a brand new data center in Hong Kong specializing in Cloud Computing, along with further expansion of TELEHOUSE West in London Docklands.

Santa iPhones Siri, Tracked by LTE & Rudolph Peeved – Apple Can’t Deliver iPhone 4S in Time for Xmas

December 21, 2011 9:18 am | Comments

Santa Claus is using Siri and being tracked with the help of Verizon Wireless. However, there is a problem, he probably can't bring iPhone 4S smartphones to good little boys and girls in time if he wants to shop online. Although Santa's has never had a problem with navigation, he is seen asking Siri for directions, weather conditions, checking for emails and 3.

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like A Wireless Christmas!

December 21, 2011 8:57 am | Comments

The countdown is on to Christmas, but in the hustle you still haven't gotten a gift for a few loved ones on your list. Don't fret! We're here to help. Give the gift of technology (and wireless at that)! We have a few suggestions to help make this holiday season the most memorable of all. 1. For the forgetful one - No more misplaced keys --the new wireless key finder locates your lost keys with just the press of a button.

Aegis Software Improves Engagement for Customer Spectrum Assembly

December 21, 2011 7:56 am | Comments

Spectrum Assembly has recently purchased Aegis iLaunch and iView Manufacturing Operation Software modules for their Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) operation. Together, these provide SAI with a distributed, paperless environment to replace their earlier paper-based manufacturing process instructions.

Google Nexus Tablet Could Be Released In The Next 6 Months

December 21, 2011 4:53 am | Comments

On Monday, The Next Web pointed out an interview between Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera in which Schmidt spoke of the possibility of the web giant releasing a new tablet within the next six months. Schmidt says that Google "plan[s] to market a tablet of the highest quality," although TNW is quick to point out that the Italian-language interview was transcribed into English via Google Translate and might be a little vague.

AT&T T-Mobile Deal Dropped After Fierce Government Backlash

December 21, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

AT&T is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that it would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices. The long-expected announcement left AT&T grumbling about a shortage of airwaves to expand its services, while scrappy competitor T-Mobile remains up for sale by German parent Deutsche Telekom.

FTDI Expands Vinculum-II Precompiled Firmware & Source Code Offering

December 21, 2011 4:21 am | Comments

USB solutions specialist Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) has introduced additional elements to its family of precompiled, bridging ROM files that support its Vinculum-II (VNC2) USB host/device controller ICs. These files can be loaded directly into a VNC2 IC and utilised by its 16-bit microcontroller core in order to perform basic data transfer operations between common interfaces.

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