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First News Briefs for June 19, 2012

Tue, 06/19/2012 - 7:40am
Wireless Week Staff

Boost Mobile is targeting Hispanic consumers with its new Shooting Star marketing campaign, produced by Dallas-based Hispanic advertising agency, iNSPIRE! The campaign, launched Monday, features a Shooting Star character that grants affordable WiMAX service to Boost customers. The ads feature the HTC Evo Design 4G and Boost's Android plans.

Sierra Wireless is acquiring Sagemcom's machine-to-machine business. Sierra said Monday it was paying $56.6 million for the assets, which includes 2G and 3G wireless modules, rugged GSM terminals for trains and customers in Brazil. The deal still must pass a "consultation process" with employees before France-based Sagemcom can sign a definitive agreement with Sierra Wireless, expected to occur in the third quarter.

ZTE has taken the wraps off its first single-chip LTE smartphone, the Grand X LTE, also called the T82. The Android smartphone uses Qualcomm's MSM8960 chip and comes loaded with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, front- and rear-facing cameras and a high-capacity battery. The device will hit Asia Pacific and European markets in the third quarter.

Dropcam has raised $12 million in its latest funding round led by Menlo Ventures and existing investors including Accel Partners and Bay Partners. The Series B round brings Dropcam’s total funding to $17.8 million. The cash will be used to hire software developers and expand manufacturing of its Wi-Fi video monitoring cameras.

AppDirect announced today the addition of several new features that make it easier than ever for companies to customize their AppDirect-powered marketplaces. With these new capabilities, marketplace owners can quickly tag and group products in their application stores and create custom HTML emails, allowing them to target their customers more effectively. The new customization features are now a standard part of the AppDirect marketplace platform.

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