News Scan: AT&T closes $1.2B Leap buy; Apple's iOS 7.1 and the enterprise; more
>> AT&T closes $1.2B purchase of Leap Wireless after FCC approval
AT&T announced Thursday that it had completed its acquisition of prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless for $1.2 billion. This follows the Federal Communications Commission's approval of the acquisition, reports Wireless Week. As a result of the transaction, AT&T will get 4.6 million prepaid wireless customers as well as network equipment and spectrum, including Leap's licenses in the 1900 PCS and 1700 MHz and 21 MHz AWS, the report adds. Read more on AT&T's Leap buy.
>> Apple's new iOS 7.1 operating system offers enterprise features
Apple's new iOS 7.1 operating system offers enterprises a number of new features, including improvements to the Touch ID fingerprint reader and additions to the "parallax" motion feature option, such as multi-tasking user interface improvements, according to a report by ZDNet. In addition, the latest iteration of iOS 7 fixes to 41 security bugs, including 19 vulnerabilities in the Webkit browser engine. Read more on iOS 7.1 changes.
>> More than a half billion wireless smart home monitoring devices to be installed by 2018
More than 500 million wireless embedded smart home monitoring devices will be installed in homes around the world by 2018, according to ABI Research. Last year, 17.2 million wireless smart home monitoring devices were sold. These devices include contact and motion sensors, smart thermostats and smart plugs. "Combined, over 84 million contact and motion sensors will ship annually by 2018; however, it is smart plugs, smart door locks and connected smoke and CO [carbon monoxide] detectors that will see the greatest shipment growth," says ABI senior analyst Adarsh Krishnan. Read more on ABI's smart home analysis.
>> Bosch moves past STMicroelectronics as top MEMS supplier
Germany's Bosch has pulled ahead of STMicroelectronics (STM) as the top supplier of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors and actuators, according to the latest stats from IHS Technology. Bosch posted revenue of $1 billion, up from $794 million in 2012, compared with STM, which posted revenue of $777 million, down from $794 million in 2012. Much of Bosch's growth came from its Sensortec unit, which provides MEMS for smartphones. Read more on IHS' MEMS market analysis.
>> Get ready, here comes BYOx
Now that IT departments are finally coming to terms with BYOD, the phenomenon in which employees bring their own devices to work, another acronym is emerging, BYOx, notes an article in an Information Age article. BYOx stands for bring your own anything--from devices and applications to platforms. "An efficient, harmonious and future proof BYOx strategy in a complex device-driven landscape is possible, but it involves putting the user first and not the machine," the article concludes. Read more on BYOx.