News Scan: Obama to ink cellphone 'unlocking' bill; EU okays Apple's $3B Beats buy; more


>> Obama to sign bill enabling consumers to 'unlock' their cellphones

President Barack Obama said he would sign a bill into law that would enable consumers to unlock their cellphones to use other carriers. The bill was passed by the House on Friday, after passing the Senate earlier in the month. The bill would invalidate a ruling by the Copyright Office that the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibits customers from unlocking their phones without the carrier's permission. Read more

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>> EU clears Apple's $3B acquisition of Beats

The European Union (EU) has cleared Apple's $3 billion purchase of Beats, a headphone and streaming music provider, AppleInsider reports. The EU determined that the acquisition would not have an anticompetitive effect on the European market for headphones or streaming music. The acquisition still faces U.S. regulatory review, which could be more difficult than the EU review. Read more

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>> 3 firmware updates failed to fix Surface Pro 3 problems

The Surface Pro 3 tablet, promoted by Microsoft as an enterprise-ready tool, has faced a number of issues since its launch in May, including slow or dropped Wi-Fi, overheating problems and lockups, reports InfoWorld. Despite three firmware updates, the problems persist, notes the report. Read more

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>> SAP launches new enterprise app store for Mobile Secure customers

SAP announced on Monday a new enterprise app store called mobile place as part of its SAP Mobile Secure portfolio. Mobile place enables companies to push their mobile apps to employees, business partners and consumers. "With the expansion of the SAP Mobile Secure portfolio on both managed and unmanaged devices, we are delivering the best mobile experience for our customers for consuming enterprise apps," says Senthil Krishnapillai, vice president of SAP Mobile Secure. Read more

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>> Telematics use will make up more than 40% of cellular M2M connections

Telematics use, both OEM and aftermarket, will make up more than 40 percent of cellular machine-to-machine connections by 2017, forecasts ABI Research. "Vehicles are being targeted on two fronts for cellular connectivity. OEMs are embedding cellular to both add safety, convenience, and infotainment features, but also to improve maintainability and most importantly to avoid recalls. Insurance companies are implementing cellular connectivity typically as an aftermarket product for user-based insurance and stolen vehicle tracking services," says Dan Shey, ABI practice director. Read more

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