The iDevices® Instinct™ embeds Amazon Alexa into the walls of homes

iDevices, the pre-eminent brand in the connected home industry, is integrating voice service capabilities directly into the walls of any room. When a standard light switch is replaced with the Instinct, homeowners gain the functionality of a smart light switch, standalone voice assistant, ambient light sensor and motion detector — all in one product.

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NXP and Baidu partner on Apollo open autonomous driving platform

NXP Semiconductors, the automotive semiconductor supplier and Baidu, Inc., the Chinese language search provider announced a cooperation in autonomous driving. Under the terms of the agreement,

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SOTI extends Android Enterprise on Zebra devices

Over the past decade, SOTI and Zebra have had a long partnership working together to meet the enterprise mobility needs of organisations worldwide.

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Casambi’s updated lighting control app enhances daylight management and multiple network access in larger buildings

Casambi, the provider of smart wireless lighting control technologies, announces the introduction of a new release of their lighting control app for smartphones, smart watches and tablets. The software update enables more feature-rich Bluetooth-based management of daylight harvesting,

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NFC mobile ticketing users to reach 375 million users by 2022, despite a slow start

New data from leading fintech analysts, Juniper Research forecasts that the number of mobile users adopting NFC ticketing will exceed 375 million by 2022, up from an estimated 122 million in 2017. While there is rapid growth in NFC ticketing in European markets,

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Orange launches three connected objects

After the launch of its VR2 headset and its drone in October, Orange launches Live Cam to complete the range of connected objects under the operator’s brand. Orange has long been involved in the distribution of connected objects and support for start-ups.

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Double digit growth by 3 of top 5 vendors as global tablet shipments hit 45 million units

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global tablet shipments grew 2% quarterly to reach 45 million units in Q3 2017. Apple maintained first position with 23 percent global tablet market share, while Samsung fell to 13% share.

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Smith Micro announces the launch of SafePath® Family platform with Sprint

Smith Micro Software, Inc., announced that Sprint has launched its SafePath® Family platform, marking the first deployment of Smith Micro’s industry-leading family location and parental controls platform by a U.S. wireless operator.

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ESET researchers discover first-ever ransomware misusing Android accessibility services

Detected by ESET products as Android/DoubleLocker, it is based on the foundations of a particular banking Trojan, renowned for misusing accessibility services of the Android operating system. However, DoubleLocker lacks the functions related to harvesting users’ banking credentials and wiping out their accounts.

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D-Link and Kwilt partner to offer consumers access to home photos anywhere, anytime

D-Link Corporation announced its partnership with Kwilt, the makers of the Kwilt Personal Memories Platform. Users of D-Link routers will have unlimited access to their original photos, stored at home through their D-Link router and gathered from multiple locations such as social media, cloud storage, mobile, and tablet into one photo stream.

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ThingWorx® Studio brings highly immersive augmented reality interactions to the industrial enterprise

PTC announced its ThingWorx® Studio Augmented Reality (AR) technology will be updated with Vuforia® 7 software, bringing with it major advancements in the ability to attach digital content to everyday objects and surfaces, as well as support for Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore.

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Renesas delivers R-Car reference package for Android supporting Android™ 8.0

Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions, announced the availability of the R-Car reference package for Android™ for Renesas R-Car automotive system-on-chips (SoCs). This package supports Android 8.0, the latest OS announced by Google on August 22, 2017.

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More than 40% of Apple users will spurn facial recognition, according to Juniper survey

A new survey conducted by Juniper Research has found that more than 40% of iOS users in the US consider themselves unlikely to use facial recognition as a payment security technology. This suggests that a core use case for the iPhone X’s main security feature may struggle to gain traction amongst consumers.

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Farnell element14 introduces integrated colour display module with touch interface along with Android SDK

Farnell element14, the Development Distributor, has introduced an integrated colour display module with touch interface, along with the Android SDK (software development kit), for the WaRP7 development platform, which targets IoT and wearable applications.

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Shipments of connected wearables will reach 262 million in 2021, says Berg Insight

Berg Insight, the M2M/IoT market research provider, released new findings about the connected wearables market. Shipments of connected wearables reached 96.5 million in 2016, up from 75.1 million devices in the previous year.

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Yepzon brings wearable tracker to the world with IoT services from Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services is supporting Yepzon Group’s global ambition with a new three-year agreement for worldwide IoT connectivity and SIM cards for 100,000 locator devices.

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