Chip maker ARM is trying to improve the battery life of IoT devices that use Bluetooth to communicate data, with the acquisitions of Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices.
Security and privacy have been major topics of discussion in the world of wearables--think Google Glass--and the Apple Watch isn't immune to these concerns.
The rapid growth of wearable devices and their imminent entry into the workplace poses challenges for IT departments, not the least of which are security issues.
Apple will equip the iPhone 6, expected to be announced on Sept. 9, with a near field communications (NFC) chip to enable mobile payments, reports Wired, citing sources familiar with the device.
The increasing demand for wireless connectivity is fueling shipments of wireless chipsets, which ABI Research forecasts will reach nine billion units in 2019.
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Enterprises are fueling the growth of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections as they strive to gain an advantage over competitors, improve business agility and lower operational costs, judges Godfrey Chua with Infonetics Research.
Apple last year launched iBeacon, an indoor position system that provides the location of iOS device users and enables push notifications to be sent to the device. iBeacon, which employs Bluetooth low energy wireless technology, could also enable mobile payments at the point of sale, making it a competitor to near field communications technology.
As Major League Baseball prepares for the post-season playoffs, it's also laying the groundwork for teams to take advantage of fans with Bluetooth-enabled smartphones.
Trustwave SpiderLabs has uncovered a security hole in a new line of high-tech Japanese toilets that enables a hacker to gain control of the automated features, such as self-raising seats and defecation monitoring.