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A4WP Debuts Rezence Consumer Brand

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The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announces the consumer brand for its wireless power technology-- Rezence, a name the alliance will use to support the A4WP product certification program.

RezenceApparently "Rezence" combines "resonance" and "essence" to provide a catchier name to the non-radiative magnetic resonance technology differing the A4WP standard from the others. As a logo it gets a letter Z with an electricity symbol running through the middle.

The alliance insists the wireless charging technology can charge "all types of electronic devices," and can be integrated in "almost any surface."

“The launch of our new Rezence brand represents an important milestone as we finalize the A4WP product certification program and A4WP members bring the first wave of Rezence-enabled products to market in early 2014,” A4WP president Dr. Kamil A. Grajski says.

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3M and SunParter on Solar Charging

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Sunpartner3M and SunParter Technologies kick off co-development on what the two companies claim is the first consumer transparent solar charging system, a combination of Wyspis Crystal and Optically Clear Adhesive (OCA) technologies.

The collaboration should result in an ultrathin and transparent component able to charge devices via natural or artificial light.

Wysips (What You See Is Photovoltaic Surface) Crystal is an ultrathin transparent photovoltaic layer OEMs can embed in device displays. Meanwhile OCA is a widely used manufacturing process from 3M able to eliminate common adhesive visual defects such as bubbling.

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EC "Major Step" Towards Single Telecoms Market

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The European Commission announces what it describes as its most ambitious plan in 26 years of telelcoms market reform-- one involving the reduction of consumer charges, simplification of red tape and new rights for users and service providers. 

EC "Further substantial progress towards a European single market for telecoms is essential for Europe's strategic interests and economic progress," EC president Jose Manuel Barroso says. "For the telecoms sector itself and for citizens who are frustrated that they do not have full and fair access to Internet and mobile services."

The so called "Connected Europe" plan involves the scrapping of roaming fees, building on the roaming cap the EC introduced on 2012. If all goes to plan, from 1 July 2014 companies will have to either offer phone plans that apply everywhere within the 28 EU states ("roam like at home") or allow customers to opt for a separate roaming provider without need for a new SIM card. 

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Vodafone Unites European Units

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Vodafone's multiple European units are set to become one-- from October 2013 the company merges its N. & C. Europe and S. Europe regions into a single entity, with N. & C. Europe CEO Philipp Humm as Regional CEO Europe. 

VodafoneS. Europe boss Paolo Bertoluzzo takes the functions of COO. The restructuring also involves the expansion of the group function to comprise Brand, Consumer, Unified Communications, Terminals, Customer Operations and Partner Markets. 

At the same time the Turkish Vodafone operating company will be united within the Africa, M. East and Asia-Pacific region. 

"These organizational changes will allow us to improve the customer experience and develop our commercial strategy more quickly and consistently," Chief Executive Vittorio Colao says. 

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Telefónica Buys German KPN Subsidiary

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Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica agrees to pay €8.1 billion in cash and stock for German KPN subsidiary E-Plus, amidst rumblings of a European telco industry heading towards consolidation. 

Telepfonica eplusE-Plus has 23.9 million customers and 2012 revenues worth €3.4bn. Telefónica plans to combine it with O2 Germany, a move reducing the amount of network players in Germany from 4 to 3 and creating a large rival to T-Mobile Germany and Vodafone. 

The acquisition still requires approval from EU antitrust officials-- making it a litmus test for the European willingness to okay deals reducing the number of players in a given country. 

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