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Qualcomm's chips bring 4G connectivity to dumb phones

In an effort to differentiate its processor lineups (and annoy tech publications), Qualcomm recently renamed its chips as "Mobile Platforms" instead of "processors." We can now see why: It just unveiled the 205 processor, er, Mobile Platform, its first low-end 200-series chips with LTE and no …

Mobile

Engie, the car diagnostics app and mechanic marketplace, launches in UK

Engie, the Israeli startup that offers a car diagnostics device and app to enable you to better understand the health of your car, and is tied to a marketplace for local mechanics, sees its full U.K. launch today.<p>Priced at £14.99 for Android users or £19.99 for iOS, Engie’s Bluetooth device plugs …

Q'comm CTO on Non-Standalone 5G, LTE-U, IoT

BARCELONA – Qualcomm calls it Pre-5G. Nokia calls it 4.9G. Verizon has its own spec pushed by 5GTF (Verizon 5G Technical Forum).<p>The show floor of …

Telecoms

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 will add support for Android Things later this year

When it launched Android Things back in December, Google announced a handful of hardware partners for its Android-based internet of things operating system, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico and the Raspberry Pi 3. Qualcomm, naturally, wanted in on the action, releasing its own straightforward, if …

Verizon buys Skyward, a drone operations company

Forget about Yahoo for a minute. Verizon just announced it has acquired Skyward, a drone operations and management company based out of Portland, Oregon for an undisclosed amount. Verizon says Skyward will help developers and businesses better create and manage drones that also happen to utilize …

AT&T no longer works with your 2G phone

We hope you weren't planning to use your old-school iPhone or BlackBerry Pearl on AT&T's network for nostalgia's sake -- unfortunately, you're not going to get anywhere. As promised way back in 2012, the carrier has confirmed that it shut down 2G services on January 1st, 2017. If your phone only …

AT&T is Offering Internet of Things Kits for AWS and Raspberry Pi

AT&T is going to begin offering developers special tools for further building out Internet of Things creations with two new versions. Kits for both …

T-Mobile just unveiled pricing plans for Internet of Things products

You may know the company best for its mobile service provisions, but T-Mobile wants to be more to you than just your cell phone. So the Un-carrier is …

Internet of Things

Ricoh announces the R, a camera that will make 360-degree live streaming easy

Following from the company’s successful Theta S, Ricoh today flirtatiously lifted the veil on an upcoming product that will make live streaming 360-degree content a breeze. For now, the company is making a camera available for developers to start building their own applications. The dev kits are …

Apple joins SoftBank’s Vision Fund with $1 billion investment

Today, Apple confirmed plans to invest in SoftBank’s massive $100 billion Vision Fund, the international tech fund the telecom giant announced last October.<p>In a statement to TechCrunch, Apple verified its involvement in the fund, a rumor first reported by The Wall Street Journal in mid …

How Scared Should I Be of the Internet of Things?

Will the robot uprising start in our kitchens?<p>When I think of the term <i>internet of things</i> (IOT), I think of Kevin Spacey as the Jeeves-like computer system GERTY from the 2009 movie <i>Moon:</i> an all-in-one computer that controls my whole house, meaning it can be both an omniscient butler and a best …

Ring intros a (kinda) wireless floodlight security camera

Traditionally, home security was something that you left to the professionals because all of your stuff was at stake. But plenty of startups are hoping to tempt you into doing it yourself with their plug-and-play (or stick-and-leave) alternatives. Ring, which made its name with wall-mounted video …

Smart Homes

Casio's latest smartwatch is among the first with Android Wear 2.0

Casio's second watch, the WSD-F20, doesn't look much different than the outdoor smartwatch it revealed at last year's CES. However, the software brains inside the rugged-ized timepiece have been given a strong nudge forward. This is one of the first Android Wear 2.0 devices to surface, over half a …

Wearable Tech

Verizon drones head for the skies

After a series of successful tests, Verizon unveils a program that connects drones to its wireless network.<p>Verizon's drone venture is taking off.<p>Having conducted a series of successful trials across the country, the US telecommunications giant announced on Thursday a program to connect drones to …

Verizon has final say over when its Pixels get Android updates

Verizon is pretty pleased to be Google's sole US carrier partner for the new Pixel and Pixel XL. Sure, you could order one straight from Google, but nothing sates gadget lust like being able to walk into a store and buy a thing <i>right there</i>. Buying a Verizon model obviously won't be for everyone, …

Mobile

Google Fiber is now a fiber and wireless ISP

Google Fiber finishes buy of Webpass, says it will deploy both wireless and fiber.<p>Google Fiber today said it has completed its acquisition of …

Arduino wants you to build your own IoT devices

However, the open-source ESLOV kit needs backers -- and soon.<p>The team behind the Arduino robotics kit wants to push users beyond standard programming …

Verizon buys Telogis to drive deeper into the connected vehicle market

With a lot of tech companies and automakers staking their claims in the connected car space, now there are signs that others are looking to move in, too. Today, telecoms giant Verizon announced that it is acquiring Telogis, a California-based company that develops cloud-based solutions for mobile …

Want a sleek Android Marshmallow tablet for $250? Asus and Verizon may be able to help

Verizon’s lineup of tablets already includes everything from iPads to Samsung Galaxy tablets, and now the Asus ZenPad Z8 joins the gang. It’s ready …

Gear & Gadgets

Pebble brings text replies to iOS users on Verizon

Back in November, Pebble unveiled a Text Reply feature for iOS, finally letting iPhone users respond to incoming text messages on their Pebble smartwatch with a voice note or a canned text response (Custom messages were enabled in February). Unfortunately, the feature was only available for those …

Meet GigSky, the Company Behind the iPad's Global-Roaming Abilities

The Palo Alto-based company helps power many of the global-roaming options built into the latest iPads.<p>It gets just the briefest of mentions on Apple’s website, but a small Palo Alto startup represents the secret sauce that allows the most recent iPad models to roam seamlessly in more than 90 …

Apple Introduces Their Answer To The Raspberry Pi

Today, Apple has announced their latest bit of hardware. Following in the tradition of the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and the Intel Edison, Apple have …

Raspberry Pi

Polar A360 reviewed: Another fitness tracker with smartwatch envy

The $199 tracker is the first with Polar's own wrist-bound heart rate monitor.<p>At the end of last year, both Garmin and Polar introduced new fitness …

Razer's Nabu Watch is a tribute to the past

Don't call it a smartwatch, because as far as Razer is concerned, this is a digital chronograph that just happens to have smarts built-in. The Nabu Watch takes an old-timey digital watch from the late '90s — specifically a Casio G Shock and its kin — and bakes in the firm's Nabu fitness tracker …

Razer

Under Armour and HTC built an entire fitness ecosystem

Under Armour is a king in the realm of sport apparel. But it's been laying the ground work for sometime now to become a bonafide technology company. It started some years ago with the E39 and eventually the company moved on to the Armour39, but both had fairly limited use cases. In late 2013 …

Wearable Tech

Misfit Ray: A stylish wearable that complements your watch

Yes, Misfit has another health tracker for your wrist. But unlike the company's iconic Shine (now in its second version), this one won't take attention away from your fancy wristwatch. It's a longer, less round device called the Misfit Ray. It's more reminiscent of those wristbands you've seen on …

Lazy IoT, router makers reuse skeleton keys over and over in thousands of devices – new study

It's what we all assumed, but quietly hoped wasn't quite this bad.<p>Lazy makers of home routers and the Internet of Things are reusing the same small …

Information Security

IoT Networks Heat Up

<i>This article is part of EDN and EE Times' Hot Technologies: Looking ahead to 2016 feature, where our editors examine some of the hot trends and</i> …

Morpho, Telit partner on IoT Emergency Response

<i>Are you an IoT/M2M professional ? Join us at M2M World Congress 2016, on April 26-27 in London. (http://www.m2mconference.com) Find out more about</i> …

Telstra: Success depends on ability to innovate

Australia's success as a digital economy relies on its ability to imitate Telstra's own innovation strategy, according to the telco's CEO.<p>It is vital …