Freescale, NXP to merge; Mitel to buy Mavenir

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> AT&T Mobility announced that it integrated its connected-home and connected-car technologies to enable AT&T Drive users to verbally control their Digital Life connected-home services while they're in their car. Post

> Hewlett-Packard confirmed that it plans to buy Aruba Networks. Article

> Qualcomm offered a glimpse at the features of its next-generation flagship processor, the Snapdragon 820. The company also announced two major new products, an ultrasonic-based fingerprint-scanning technology and a "cognitive computing" platform the company said will give users' phones the ability to learn. Article

> Nokia's CEO spoke out against a main tenet of the FCC's new net neutrality guidelines, arguing that wireless carriers should be allowed to provide faster connections to customers who wish to pay for them. CEO Rajeev Suri also introduced the company's concept of the "programmable world," a new marketing term Nokia appears poised to use in the coming months to set itself apart from the competition. Article

> AT&T announced new applications for its AT&T Drive connected-car platform, including the NPR One audio app. Post

> ZTE released a new flagship smartphone, the Grand S3. Article

> Intel unveiled its road map for 2015, which includes three new Atom mobile processors--the x3, x5 and x7--in addition to a new LTE modem. Article

> Android OS provider Cyanogen announced a rebrand aimed at moving beyond the hacker community. Article Cyanogen also announced a deal that will see its software included as an option with reference-design hardware from Qualcomm. Article

> BlackBerry said it will offer a cloud-based version of its BES12 mobile device management service. Article BlackBerry also said Sprint is deploying BES12. Release

> Furniture maker Ikea announced that it will install wireless charging technology into its products. Article

> Silent Circle announced the new Blackphone 2 and Blackphone+ Tablet. Article

> NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor announced a major merger. Article

> Early autonomous cars will hit the road by 2016, but don't expect to see driverless cars until at least 2025. Speaking at a keynote address here at Mobile World Congress 2015, Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said regulators will be reluctant to allow cars without drivers because the technology is more complex and cybersecurity issues must first be resolved. Article

> Mitel announced a $560 million agreement to acquire Mavenir Systems. Release

> AT&T Mobility announced its new Mobile Office Suite, alongside a partnership with Microsoft that the carrier said offers a variety of features and services to small-business users. Release

> Alcatel One Touch announced several new devices, including its new flagship Idol 3 smartphone. Article

> Google is making changes to its Google+ social networking service, splitting its photo-based aspects off from what it now called "Streams" and putting Product Vice President Bradley Horowitz in charge. Article

> The number of Android Wear downloads has crossed into the 1-5 million range on Google Play, suggesting that around 1 million people are wearing smartwatches powered by Android Wear. Article

> Is LG's WebOS-based wearable software more than just a wacky experiment? Article

> Acer unveiled "Windows 10-ready" and Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones. Article

> MediaTek announced the MT3188, a multimode wireless charging circuit for mobile devices that supports all three main wireless-charging standards. Article

> Jolla announced Sailfish OS 2.0, which brings a handful of improvements to the smartphone platform. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Boingo Wireless has expanded its Tier 1 carrier offload trial to include millions more handsets using its Passpoint-enabled network. The company is not revealing the identity of the carrier. Article

> There's a lot of talk about LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), or LTE-Unlicensed, but Alcatel-Lucent says there's no reason to wait for LTE-U. Article

> The FCC's order to protect the open Internet, which passed with a 3-2 vote, carries with it implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), even though the immediate impact might not be felt for quite some time. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink's key cloud guru Andrew Higginbotham is going to be leaving the telco after a 14-year tenure with the company, according to a Gigaom report. Article

Cable News

> With cable companies increasingly focused on developing products and services to monetize their fast-growing Wi-Fi networks, Mavenir Systems is introducing a voice-over-Wi-Fi calling solution targeted at MSOs. Article

> Comcast is in negotiations to acquire TV-ad-tech company Visible World, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed individuals familiar with the talks. Article

European Wireless News

> Deutsche Telekom on Monday detailed new service plans covering what it terms "hybrid" Internet access using its fixed and mobile networks. Article

> Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg predicted video will generate half of all mobile data traffic in 2015, as the number of people viewing streaming video exceeds those watching scheduled broadcast TV. Article

And finally… Tinder might launch a paid version of its service. Article

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