First News Briefs for January 7, 2013
Nuance Communications today announced Swype Living Language. An evolution of the Hotwords technology announced in September, Swype Living Language uses crowdsourcing to analyze new words and phrases in real-time, continuously updating our language dictionaries. Swype now also features Smart Editor, which analyzes an entire sentence, flagging any potential errors for a quick fix and update, including suggesting the most likely alternatives based on contextual analysis.
Qualcomm Incorporated, through its subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, today announced a new M2M platform that will operate on AT&T's 3G network. The Internet of Everything (IoE) development platform is based on Qualcomm Technologies' QSC6270-Turbo chipset and supports Oracle's Java ME Embedded 3.2. The platform, which utilizes Qualcomm Technologies' industry Gobi modem solution for 3G, will help developers bring a range of connected device to market.
TCL Communication, a global designer and manufacturer of ALCATEL ONE TOUCH branded mobile devices, today announced the brand's 2013 smartphone lineup, including a slim smartphone, the ONE TOUCH Idol Ultra, and a phone featuring the new MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chipset, the Scribe HD.
Fitbit today debuted the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband. Flex uses Bluetooth 4.0 to sync your data automatically to the Fitbit dashboard using select iPhone, iPad and Android devices, or a computer. The dashboard gives users access to Fitbit’s rich graphs and tools (leaderboard, badges, etc.). Fitbit Flex ($99.95) is available for pre-orders starting today on Fitbit.com and will ship in Spring 2013.
Z Wireless, a Verizon Wireless Premium Retailer backed by Atlantic Street Capital, announced today it has acquired most of the stores from The Wireless Center, Inc. (TWC) and Select Communications, Inc., to create one large third party retailer of Verizon Wireless products and services in the U.S., with nearly 300 retail locations. TWC, headquartered in Independence, OH, and Select Communications, based in Plymouth, MN, market and sell a full suite of Verizon Wireless products and services. Z Wireless is acquiring 84 TWC stores operating in OH, MI, PA, WV, and KY. Select operates 47 stores throughout AL, IA, MN, MS, ND, and WI.
NVIDIA today introduced a mobile processor, Tegra 4, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU for the next generation of smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment/navigation and PCs.
Quantenna Communications, Inc., a company woking in Wi-Fi networking for whole-home entertainment, announced it will demonstrate a dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 4x4 MIMO (four streams) technology optimized for service providers and retail applications at CES.
Personal Communications Devices (PCD) today announced the launch of a new website that features a range of products for consumers: PCDWireless.com (www.pcdwireless.com). Spearheading the company’s expansion into the consumer and accessories markets is industry veteran Billy Crotty, who recently joined PCD as the new General Manager, Accessories Strategic Business Unit. The announcement was made at the 2013 CES in Las Vegas.