Deutsche Telekom launches M2M Developer Kits

In order to help promote M2M (Machine-to-Machine) development based in the cloud, vendor Deutsche Telekom is providing developer kits to get started.

TelecomsTech spoke to DT’s Ruslan Ismailov at Mobile World Congress back in February to discuss the telco’s M2M strategy going forward – and now we’re beginning to see some progress.

Consisting of an Arduino or a Cinterion board with a GSM chip, and of course a SIM card for access to the...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Developers, Industry, Infrastructure, M2M, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

Avoiding tax on Bitcoin? Think again, friend

Bitcoin has been getting plenty of coverage, ourselves included, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s essentially a decentralised virtual currency. Many people are under the illusion that because of this fact, it doesn’t accrue tax, but I’m sure the IRS would beg to differ.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (PDF) which gives a clear example:

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  • By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Networks, Research, Security.

    Shopping on your mobile? Transactions to exceed $3.2 trillion by 2017

    The latest research from Juniper shows commerce transactions on mobile will reach an incomprehensible $3.2 trillion by 2017, fuelled primarily by mobile banking.

    However, by comparing to all financial transactions in the US it suddenly seems insignificant. In the U.S alone the total for 2012 exceeded $4,400 trillion.

    As an increasing number of NFC-enabled devices reach consumers’ hands, along with easy online payment solutions such as PayPal,...

    By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

    “LTE-Advanced” Galaxy S4 on the way, users ready for 4G switch

    The latest research shows many customers can’t wait to switch to LTE and have capable devices in preparation; however Samsung, looking to get ahead of the pack, is introducing a refreshed Galaxy S4 in South Korea supporting LTE-Advanced.

    Users outside of the country aren’t likely to utilise the “advanced” iteration for some time, so we’ll dream of its theoretical capabilities for now.

    The standard by 3GPP should offer a download speed up to 3Gbps and upload speeds of...

    By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Smartphones.

    World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

    A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

    With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

     

    The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

    Forget IM, is Skype’s Video Messaging the next disruptor?

    Currently many carriers, operators and journalists are discussing how the rise of instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage will affect traditional SMS usage, and add to the infrastructure costs for supporting increasing demand for data.

    But we could be missing the mark: what if Skype’s video messaging should cause them concern?

     

    We’re all used to voicemail; it’s a convenient technology which has been around for decades and still going strong today. You ring someone; leave a...

    HTC gets “One” up on Samsung

    According to the latest IDC market research, HTC (2498:Taiwan) has overtaken nemesis Samsung as fifth largest smartphone maker spot in Japan.

    This is a huge win for the company, who despite releasing handsets which are routinely reviewed as better than most – Samsung included – they cannot match the same level of marketing budget.

     

    HTC’s most recent flagship, the “One”, is currently regarded as

    By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

    Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

    First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

    For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

    It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

    Name your car E.T. - by 2015 it will “phone home” via eCall

    The European Commission has signed off draft legislation which requires all new cars from 2015 to be fitted with an eCall device.

    Okay, by “home” it will actually call 112 – the emergency number in Europe – but that wouldn’t have allowed me such a cheesy, obvious headline.

    eCall transmits a “minimum set of data” in the event of an accident, including the exact location; this helps cut down response times significantly and will in theory help to prevent annual...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Europe, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile.

    “Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

    The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

    The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

    In a...

    By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

    Facebook, Twitter join Google’s call for surveillance transparency

    The US Government has been under heavy-fire recently over leaked documents such as PRISM; showing the extent of potentially unwarranted surveillance operations. Companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter were all pulled into question; now they’re calling for transparency...

    At first glance many would think “convenient timing” but, in fairness to those involved, many have taken steps previously for their relevant company to be totally open...

    By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Google, Government, Industry, Security.

    PRISM: The dark side of the US government?

    The internet is in uproar over the US government monitoring citizens and international users through a “direct access” backdoor to the biggest companies, using a program codenamed PRISM.

    Born out of the “Protect America Act” approved by Congress in 2007, the legislation allows warrantless interception of foreign-to-foreign communications. Created with the aim to protect from foreign threats; not monitor citizens.

    Supposedly the system has instantaneous access to companies including...

    By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

    EE pushes LTE speeds, bumps coverage, and hits out at competition

    As other networks fight and collaborate to get their own LTE solutions into the wild, EE (Everything Everywhere) has announced it’s already saturated the market with 500,000 subscribers. Now they’re looking to secure that title position through improved infrastructure and coverage.

    In a press release, EE has given consumers an insight into their forthcoming expansion plans.

    The next phase of...

    By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Smartphones.

    Neelie Kroes’ “highest level” roaming plan support doesn’t include the GSMA

    Last week, TelecomsTech reported on Neelie Kroes’ plan to abolish roaming fees in Europe. The Vice President of the European Commission was quoted as saying she has the “support of the highest level in institutions”, yet the biggest representative, the GSMA, doesn’t agree.

    The GSMA is a mobile consortium representing more than 800 carriers including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Orange, AT&T and Everything Everywhere.

    As a...

    By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators.

    Will Anonymous launch a new generation of independent news?

    Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group promoting freedom of oppression, is soon to launch an independent news site after successful funding on Indiegogo of $55,000.

    The website could change the way news is delivered and even trusted by citizens. Anonymous is created from the gathering of likeminded individuals with a “decentralised command structure”.

    Many countries are currently in unrest. Taking London’s...

    By Ryan Daws, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Industry.

    YouView hits 400k – Android app, Internet channels on the way

    YouView is a fairly new set-top box in the UK, established through partnership with all the major networks.

    Despite this, CEO Richard Halton has announced the service has hit 400,000 users and that expansion to internet channels along with a new Android app is on the way.

    The TV service is provided through a collaboration between broadcasting heavyweights; BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5. Alongside these, other partners include BT, TalkTalk, and Arqiva, so needless to say YouView has the backing for...

    By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Devices, Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, Mobile, Satellite.

    US allows exporting computer equipment to Iran (again)

    The US has lifted the ban on exporting computer equipment to Iran - so long as the technology in question is heading to individuals, and not the Iranian government.

    The ban has been in place for over a decade and lifted after a statement from the Treasury Department accusing Iran of trying to “silence its people by cutting off their communication with each other and the rest of the world."

    A list known as the SDN or “Specially...

    By Ryan Daws, 31 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America.

    Neelie Kroes calls for the end of mobile roaming fees by 2014

    Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, has been on a mission for a single telecoms market as TelecomsTech first reported back in January.

    Now she’s advancing the attack; pushing for the end of mobile roaming fees by 2014 in a speech to the European Parliament.

     

    Hopefully you’ve avoided them, but most of us at some point have been stung by shocking roaming charges caused by using your mobile abroad; although these are already lower...

    By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks.

    Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

    Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

    A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

    In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

    By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

    Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

    As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

    Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

     

    The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...