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>> Apple to include NFC in future iPhone, predicts Morgan Stanley

Apple will include near field communications (NFC) capability in a future iPhone as part of an "iWallet," the investment firm Morgan Stanley predicts. So far, Apple has resisted including an NFC chip in its iPhone models, opting instead for a fingerprint scanner in its iPhone 5s. But Morgan Stanley analyst Craig Hettenbach predicts that Apple will add NFC as a "core part of its mobile payments strategy," according to a report by AppleInsider. Read more

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>> Mobile M2M module market to reach $2.9B in 2018

The mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) module market is forecast by Infonetics Research to reach $2.9 billion in 2018, up from $1.4 billion last year. While 2G remains the foundation of M2M market, 4G LTE is the fastest growing technology segment, with an expected compound annual growth rate of 144 percent through 2018. Leading vendors in the space are Sierra Wireless, Gemalto/Cinterion and Telit, says Infonetics. Read more

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>> Internet of Things will invade every aspect of our lives, predicts Pew

The Internet of Things (IoT) will be thriving by 2015, according to a survey of more than 1,600 tech experts conducted by the Pew Research Center. These expert believe that the IoT will invade every aspect of our lives, including our bodies in the form of connected wearable devices; our homes in the form of remote control of functions and sensors; our communities in the form of smart transportation, electricity and water systems; our goods and services through connected factories and supply chains; and our environment through widespread monitoring of environmental problems. Read more

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>> Mobility impacts all retail channels, says Brill

Mobility is affecting all retail channels, notes Ed Brill, director of mobile enterprise marketing at IBM. "Today, all of these channels involve mobile to varying degrees--whether customers are comparing prices or checking product reviews, making a purchase using a mobile wallet, or receiving personalized promotion offers via text or through social media channels," Brill writes in a Mobile Marketing column. Read more

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>> Hong Kong has one of the highest mobile penetration rates in world

Last year, the number of mobile service subscribers in Hong Kong reached 17.2 million, representing one of the highest penetration rates in the world at about 238 percent, according to stats from Frost & Sullivan. From 2008 to 2013, the number of mobile subscriptions in Hong Kong increased at an 8.6 percent compound annual growth rate. Benefiting from that growth are the five mobile operators in Hong Kong--CSL, Hutchison, SmarTone, HKT and China Mobile. In next five years, Frost & Sullivan forecasts that the total subscribers will continue to increase at a steady growth rate. Read more

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