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Fingerprint Sensors for Mobile Wallets?

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NXP Semiconductors, sensor maker AuthenTec and mobile payments firm DeviceFidelity announce their collaboration in development of wireless designs allowing "highly secure mobile payments" on Android phones. 

AuthenTecThe designs combine fingerprint biometrics with NFC technologies-- creating a system where users call up their mobile wallet applications by swiping their finger over a fingerprint sensor, before transactions are carried out via NFC. 

The first successful biometrically-enabled mobile transaction was just recently carried out in the USm via a Motorola ATRIX 4G smartphone carrying AuthenTec's AES1750 fingerprint sensor and deviceFidelity's In2Pay microSD card. 

Current NFC-based transactions via smartphones such as Google's Nexus S require the user to log in via password or PIN. 

AuthenTec says its fingerprint-baed methond should drive NFC and mobile wallet adoption, as the system is both faster and safer-- at least than regular passwords or PINs. Wheter it's also hacker-proof is still to be seen, though.

Go NXP, AuthenTec and DeviceFidelity Complete First Fingerprint-Enabled NFC Payment Transaction in US

Smartphones as a Supercomputer?

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Adapteva plans to push smartphones beyond dual-core processors, with a design for a 64-core accelerator for handheld devices.

Such an accelerator have a similar role to that of specialised multicore chips used in supercomputing, only with a difference-- Adapteva's Epiphany design operates at only 1 W. 


The design can scale to up to 4096 cores (which would run on 64W), but Adapteva's current focus is on mobile applications. The company says an Epiphany 64-core accelerator would also be quite small-- 8mm square.

Adapteva still has to convince device makers to embrace its yet unproven (if not unneeded) design, however-- as well as convince them that it's more worthed to process data on the device, rather than ship it over cellular network. Will it manage? The future will tell, of course. 

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T-Mobile Sells Out in USA

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ATT TmobileDeutsche Telekom sells its US business to AT&T to the price of $39b, in a move that both will both mark its exit from the US market and make it AT&T's biggest shareholder. 

The German telco was the USA's 4th biggest wireless carrier

T-Mobile says the cash injection will help strengthen its European position-- saying it will help it concentrate on the "transform" and "innovate" parts of its strategies.

What will this mean? Possibly improvement-- if not an entirely new infrastructure-- for Germany and other European territories. 

The sale will still have to be regulated by the relevant US authorities, in a process that could take a year to close. 

Go Deutsche Telekom to Receive $39b for T-Mobile USA

Startup Goes On With Music Service

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beyond oblivionNew York-based startup Beyond Oblivion secures funding to help launch its planned music service-- one bundling an unlimited music plan into a number of devices' price.

It all sounds similar to Nokia's earlier (and failed) Comes With Music plan. 

Asia will be the first territory to have the service this summer, followed by the US and presumably Europe. 

The company is currently in talks with 4 record companies about the service-- which will pay royalties each time a song is paid and revenue comes from the initial purchase.

Go Beyond Oblivion Secures Financing For Launch

Vidyo Featured in HD Demos

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The Vidyo™ platform was featured in three demonstrations of HD video conferencing over wireless networks at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The VidyoRouter architecture is the first in a generation of software solutions that leverages H.264 Scalable Video Coding (SVC) for high quality video over internet, 3G, 4G and wifi networks. (As it eliminates the need for a Multipoint Control Unit (MCU), it costs a fraction of MCU-based solutions.)

Alcatel-Lucent and Verizon Wireless in a live 4G multi-continent gaming and live video conferencing demonstration between Barcelona and a moving 4G LTE-enabled vehicle in USA.

Alcatel-Lucent in a demo of high-quality video conferencing via TD-LTE, between passengers driving in a brand new Audi A8 automobile wired for broadband with LTE, cruising the neighborhood around the Arts Hotel in Barcelona, and people at the LTE TDD/FDD International Summit inside the hotel.

Intel in a demonstration featuring a multiparty HD Vidyo™ conference using WiMAX and LTE, connecting three Intel-based tablets running Windows 7 positioned at different booths located within the MWC Exhibit Hall, and a PC desktop participant at a remote location, connected via the internet.

“These demonstrations illustrate the unique properties of Vidyo’s groundbreaking technology platform that delivers exceptional fidelity over general purpose networks, even over wireless networks where available bandwidth constantly changes,” says Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo. “...Vidyo enables people to be more productive and visually collaborate from wherever they are – be it their office, hotel room, airport or internet café.”

“Vidyo’s technology in tandem with Intel’s processor platform makes it possible for our tablet and smart phone users to achieve high-quality multipoint video conferencing,” explains Tim Sweeney, Director, 4G Applications Lab, Intel. “Wireless connections are notoriously unstable, but Vidyo’s technology was developed to compensate for dropped packets of audio and video information on non-QoS networks and the results are exceptional.”

Vidyo also demonstrated its multipoint video communication and collaboration platform at the MWC ShowStoppers event, connecting mobile devices including an iPad, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy Tab and the new Google Nexus S with laptops, desktops, and enterprise room systems -- presenting its support of LTE, 3G and 4G smartphones.

Vidyo spans a full range of applications, from the VidyoDesktop with personal telepresence capabilities on a PC or a Mac to the VidyoRoom that encodes and decodes HD-quality video at up to 1080p or 60 frames per second. Vidyo is available today in a pilot mobile service from Elisa Corporation on the Samsung Galaxy Tablet; these services will be broadly available to consumers around the world in 2011.

Vidyo technology is licensed by HP, Google, Hitachi, Ricoh, Fuze Box, Teliris, and others.

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