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LG unveils KizON smart wristband for small children

LG Electronics (LG) has inveiled its new KizON wristband, a smart wearable designed for parents with pre-school and primary school children. When the children put the wristband on, parents can keep track of their location using the device’s GPS and Wi-Fi features, via their own smartphone or tablet. The KizON will launch in South Korea on 10 July before making ... Read More »

America Movil to sell assets to avoid Mexican regulation

America Movil announced plans to divest some of its assets in Mexico in order to avoid further regulation as a dominant operator. The company’s Mexican subsidiaries Telmex and Telcel were designated “preponderant economic agents” earlier this year under reforms of Mexican telecom law. They are set to face further asymmetric regulation under another round of reforms going through congress.  America ... Read More »

Korea's FTC tells Google, Apple to revise app store policy

South Korea’s antitrust watchdog, the Fair Trade Commission, has ordered Google and Apple to revise unfair provisions, including the no-refund policy, in operating their mobile application stores, The Korea Times reports. ‘‘We expect the measure, aimed at protecting consumers, will have a ripple effect on similar cases throughout the world,” the Korea Fair Trade Commission (FTC) said. The Google Play ... Read More »

Bosnia's m:tel plans mobile service in Austria

SARAJEVO (Reuters) – Bosnian telecoms firm m:tel plans to expand into Austria with a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), it said on Tuesday, in a move that may help ease antitrust concerns after a merger cut the number of operators to three from four. Increased competition in the Austrian market is seen as having wider importance for the European telecoms ... Read More »

Post Office to become mobile phone operator

The Post Office has announced it is to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), as part of its plans to grow a presence in the telecoms sector.  The company will launch its own mobile phone service running on the EE network this autumn. It will sit alongside the Post Office’s existing home phone and broadband services, which boast around ... Read More »

Orange Horizons, StarMedia open online stores in US, Mexico

Orange and Spanish-language portal StarMedia have launched an e-commerce website designed for customers in the US in English and Spanish. The website at store.orange.com/us sells smartphones, tablets and other high-end devices, primarily targeting the premium consumer market. Purchases are delivered anywhere in the US within 3 working days. Shoppers can buy products with Paypal, bank transfer or credit card. Orange’s ... Read More »

Intel, others form Open Interconnection Consortium for IoT

Atmel, Broadcom, Dell, Intel, Samsung and Wind River have formed an industry to accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT). The Open Interconnection Consortium (OIC) will define connectivity requirements and ensure the interoperability among personal computing and emerging IoT devices.  The OIC intends to deliver a specification, an open source implementation and a certification programme. Member companies will ... Read More »

Samsung Q2 sales fall short of expectations

Samsung Electronics reported revenues down to KRW 52 trillion for the second quarter, from KRW 54 trillion a year ago, hurt by a slowdown in demand for smartphones and tablets and the stronger won. Operating profit dropped 23 percent from a year earlier to KRW 7.2 trillion, according to the preliminary figures.  Samsung said it stepped up marketing in order ... Read More »

LG announces global availability of LG G Watch device

LG Electronics has announced that the LG G Watch, one of the first to market wearable running Android Wear, is now available for purchase from the Google Play Store as well as key retailers globally. LG G Watch is the first Android Wear device to feature a button-free design with a display that remains “always-on” for maximum convenience and usability.  ... Read More »

O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem A new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) planned by Scottish and Southern Energy has been switched off. The plan, as reported by Mobile magazine, was for the network to run on O2’s infrastructure and use SSE’s customer base of 9.6 million customers. Two hundred thousand of those customers already ... Read More »