A huge category, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. IoT represents the logical evolution of the cloud and big data: the idea to enable sensor-equipped "things" to communicate with one another in meaningful, actionable ways, such as the following examples:
PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms group Altice has named long-serving sector executive Michel Combes as its chief operating officer and chairman of its Numericable-SFR mobile phone business, saying the appointment would help accelerate the group's expansion.
Combes is joining a company controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, who has been on a buying spree including the purchase of Vivendi's SFR, the second-biggest French mobile firm, to create Numericable-SFR. Drahi also made a bid for Bouygues Telecom, which was rejected.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial program that has raised privacy concerns.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there were not sufficient grounds for the preliminary injunction imposed by the lower court.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Britain's Inmarsat Plc said Friday's expected launch of its third Global Xpress satellite will allow it to offer mobile broadband service to customers in the remotest regions, giving airline passengers the ability to stream movies and update social media on flights worldwide.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute.
The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's auction of 4G mobile phone frequencies lured a higher than expected 3.96 billion euros ($4.5 billion) worth of bids, the agency running the process said on Wednesday, showing the appeal of Turkey's youthful and growing market.
The bids from Britain's Vodafone, and Turkish duo Avea and Turkcell, the only three operators in Turkey, will be subject to an approval process before a final decision on allocations is made.
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court said the Federal Trade Commission has authority to regulate corporate cyber security, and may pursue a lawsuit accusing hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide Corp of failing to properly safeguard consumers' information.
The 3-0 decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Monday upheld an April 2014 lower court ruling allowing the case to go forward.
Aggregators of telecom Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) connect multiple carrier APIs with various other resources. The main interest groups are API providers and third-party developers. The API aggregator role is gradually gaining momentum within the market as developers create more innovative services, and as operators can also provide mash-ups as end-products. Carriers may perceive aggregators as a threat, as an operator may suffer from a dependency on third-party services, and uncertainty in the provided services and APIs.
(Reuters) - Google Inc launched a Wi-Fi router on Tuesday, the latest move in the company's efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.
The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon.com Inc <AMZN.O> and Walmart.com.
The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection, Google said in a blog post. (http://bit.ly/1LhYhNB)
NEW YORK (Reuters) - InterDigital Inc has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license its technology considered essential to mobile phone communications, Microsoft Corp said in a lawsuit on Thursday.
The complaint against InterDigital, filed in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware, deepens a long-standing fight over patent licensing between the two companies.