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Facebook's first Internet.org drone prepares for take-off

Facebook's aerospace team in the UK has completed construction of its first full-scale aircraft, called the Aquila, as part of its Internet.org effort. Aquila is a solar-powered unmanned plane designed to beam down Internet connectivity from the sky.

ABI: Beacons are not just for retail; asset tracking, industrial uses expected to rise

If it seems as though beacons are everywhere, a new report from ABI Research is here to confirm that notion, saying total Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon shipments will comfortably exceed 400 million units in 2020.

Samsung's SmartThings joins ZigBee Alliance board

SmartThings, the well-known Internet of Things (IoT) startup acquired by Samsung last year, is the newest member to join the ZigBee Alliance board of directors, joining at the "Promoter" level.

T-Mobile champions co-existence amid calls for FCC intervention in LTE-U

Just as wireless companies like Qualcomm and T-Mobile US are urging the FCC to stay out of LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) technologies, a group of six senators is calling on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to assert more oversight on potential interference LTE-U could have on Wi-Fi.

OnStar's mobile app reportedly hacked to locate cars, open doors and start engines

A hacker said that he was able to break in to OnStar's RemoteLink mobile app and use it to locate users' cars, unlock their car doors and start their engines. The news serves to yet again underscore the challenges in the connected car market and the potential pitfalls companies in the space face.

Alcatel-Lucent: 5GNOW to move past OFDM in 5G as a way to encourage IoT

Alcatel-Lucent said the 5GNOW technology group has completed its work on developing new approaches to the physical and medium access layers of wireless networks with the goal of making IoT communications in a 5G world more efficient.

Boingo scores Deutsche Telekom roaming agreement

Boingo Wireless inked a global roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom that will give DT's business customers access to Boingo's more than 1 million hotspots in more than 50 countries.

Honoring Women in Wireline who are driving innovation

While male executives dominate the CEO and CTO offices of many telecom companies, there's an increasing presence of women in high-level executive roles at the large telcos, vendors and industry forums. In its sixth annual Women in Wireline feature, FierceTelecom is once again showcasing the talent of some of the most influential women in the wireline segment of the telecom industry.

CCA urges FirstNet to take 'granular' approach to broadband network

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) is urging the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to leverage existing facilities of multiple carriers to speed deployment of the nation's first public safety broadband network.

Ericsson, SK Telecom commit to network slicing as part of 5G initiative

Any way you dice or slice it, operators will be incorporating network slicing in their 5G networks, and Ericsson's deal this week with South Korean operator SK Telecom only solidifies their commitment to the technology.

Jarich on MWC Shanghai: 5G sketch artists, flying small cells, super-massive MIMO and more wackiness

Earlier this month I stopped by Mobile World Congress Shanghai with a few of my colleagues Ed Gubbins of Current Analysis and Malcolm Rogers of Pyramid Research). Was it as big as the GSMA's Barcelona event in the spring? No. Was the weather more reminiscent of a mid-summer New Orleans -- if someone had pumped in all of LA's smog? Yes. Was it still a solid investment of time? Definitely.

Qualcomm, NCTA continue to battle over FCC regulation of LTE-U, LAA

Representatives from Qualcomm and T-Mobile US argued this week that the FCC should not step in to regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies. Meanwhile, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, speaking for many cable companies that have their own Wi-Fi networks, hit back hard against Qualcomm.

Microsoft's Windows 10 release delivers milestone for AllJoyn framework

The AllSeen Alliance, which grew out of a project that Qualcomm started more than five years ago, is marking a major milestone this week with Microsoft's launch of Windows 10. Every Windows 10 device will have AllJoyn in it.

As the (wireless) world turns, operators and vendors adjust to SDN, NFV

Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.

NASA researchers create Wi-Fi-powered chip tech for wearables to improve battery life

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, in combination with researchers at UCLA, are working on a Wi-Fi reflector chip that they say would drastically improve battery life in wearable devices by reducing the power needed to transmit or receive information to computers and cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

Google, Verizon contribute to NASA's drone management efforts

Verizon is just one of scores of companies that are raising their hands to help NASA in its mission to figure out a way to manage unmanned aerial systems (UAS), otherwise known as drones.

Bluetooth SIG, FIDO collaboration could bring better security to Internet of Things

The Bluetooth SIG's work with the Fast iDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance on two-factor authentication could have implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), providing a layer of much-needed security.

Verizon patent document outlines method of providing QoS based on bandwidth

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office last week published a patent application that Verizon filed in January 2014 that describes a method for determining quality of service (QoS) policy based on requested bandwidth.

Verizon, Qualcomm among partners in Michigan test site for connected cars, autonomous vehicles

The University of Michigan last week opened its 32-acre simulated city, Mcity, in Ann Arbor, Mich., that it, along with partners like Verizon Communications and Qualcomm Technologies, will use to test connected car and automated vehicle technologies.

Republic Wireless launches Project Salsa to test cellular-to-Wi-Fi handovers

Wi-Fi first service provider Republic Wireless kicked off a several week initiative, which it is calling Project Salsa, to test in-call two-way handover between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.