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MediaTek Launches MT6732 – a 64-bit LTE SOC to Spur the New “Super-mid Market”

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Premium technology at a mainstream price point will fuel the next global wave of smart devices
HSINCHU /PRNewswire/ — MediaTek today announces the 64-bit LTE SOC MT6732 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The MT6732 delivers a next-generation computing system consisting of a coherent 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 cluster and Mali-T760 GPU – providing next-level 64-bit mobile computing and LTE for the rising Super-mid Market, consisting of billions of consumers ready to adopt smart devices with premium features at mainstream prices – many for the very first time.
The MT6732 platform delivers:
Next-Generation 64-bit Mobile Computing System
Quad-core, 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A53 processor system, delivering the performance boost and 64-bit CPUs that will become mainstream in mobile devices
Next-generation Mali-T760 GPU with support for the Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs and premium graphics for gaming and UI effects
Advanced Multimedia Features
Supports low-power, 1080p, 30fps video playback supporting the emerging video codec standard H.265 and legacy H.264 and 1080p, 30fps H.264 video recording
Integrated 13MP camera image signal processor with support for unique features like PIP (Picture-in-Picture), VIV (Video in Video) and Video Face Beautifier
MediaTek ClearMotion™ technology eliminates motion jitter and ensures smooth video playback at 60fps on mobile devices
MediaTek MiraVision™ technology for DTV-grade picture quality
Integrated Multi-mode 4G LTE Modem
Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink)
3GPP Rel. 8, DC-HSPA+ (42 Mb/s downlink, 11 Mb/s uplink), TD-SCDMA and EDGE are supported for legacy 2G/3G networks
Integrated Connectivity Solutions
Supports dual-band Wi-Fi to effortlessly connect to a wide array of wireless routers and enable new applications like video sharing over Miracast
Bluetooth 4.0, supporting low-power connection to fitness gadgets, wearables and other accessories such as Bluetooth headsets
“Following the launch of the world’s first 4G LTE Octa-core smartphone SOC – MT6595 – earlier this month, we are quickly expanding our LTE offering across a range of performance points to meet the growing demand for smartphone devices across all markets. The MT6732 provides excellent performance and a very comprehensive feature set,” added Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit.
“MediaTek wants to make the world a more inclusive place, where the best user experiences and fully connected does not mean expensive,” said Johan Lodenius, Chief Marketing Officer for MediaTek. “We are committed to power devices that accelerate the global demographic and cultural transformation. Inclusiveness is such an important part of MediaTek’s vision, which is why we strive to put technology in the hands of everyone, to enable everyone to be an everyday genius.”
The MT6732 platform will be commercially available by Q3 of 2014, with devices expected by the end of the year.
About MediaTek Inc.
MediaTek is a pioneering fabless semiconductor company, and a market leader in cutting-edge systems on a chip for wireless communications, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. MediaTek created the world’s first octa-core smartphone platform with LTE and its CorePilot technology released the full power of multi-core mobile processors. MediaTek [TSE:2454] is headquartered in Taiwan and has offices worldwide. Please visit http://www.mediatek.com/ for more information.
Source: MediaTek Inc.
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February 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

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Roamware Rebrands as Mobileum, Strengthens Telco Big Data Analytics Position

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Roamware, Inc, today announced that it is rebranding to Mobileum. With the unveiling of a new logo, Mobileum has adopted Just Wisdom® as a promise to its 615-strong mobile operator customer base, spanning 168 countries. Last year, Mobileum (as Roamware) entered the Telco Big Data Analytics market and announced a strategic technology and sales partnership with IBM.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140224/671325 )
Building on Roamware’s brand legacy of being the world’s leading roaming solutions company, Mobileum offers customers not merely informational insights but Just Wisdom® from their data. Mobileum’s Just Wisdom® promise is endorsed by its rich experience and judgment gained by processing petabytes of mobile operator data regularly for the past 13 years.
Mobileum’s Analytics offerings include Traveler Analytics, which enables operators to understand and better monetize the traveler segment; Analytics for Customer Experience Management that provide operators rich and predictive insights into a subscriber’s experience across the relationship lifecycle and facilitates real-time responses to issues, and Data Monetization which adds a new revenue stream for operators, from the sharing of target segment insights with third-party brands. Mobileum will continue innovating on its industry leading mobile roaming solution portfolio as roaming enters the LTE era.
Mobileum’s Analytics offerings are powered by the Mobileum Wisdom® Platform, a Telco Big Data Analytics platform that can process data at rest and in motion, from multiple sources from within the operator’s network, business and operational systems as well as from the web, social media and apps.
“Roamware has a strong brand heritage in mobile history, as a pioneer of the roaming age and as a leading innovator in mobile roaming. As Mobileum, the company is embracing the data age and is best placed to offer operators greater value from their biggest underutilized asset – data. I am excited to be a part of the next era of big data analytics innovation with Mobileum”, said Ori Sasson, Chairman & CEO, Mobileum Inc.

About Mobileum
Mobileum is Wisdom, not merely intelligence or insight. Our Telco Big Data Analytics solutions promise mobile operators, Just Wisdom® from their biggest underutilized asset – Data. Mobileum’s Traveler Analytics, Customer Experience Management and Data Monetization solutions analyze petabytes of data on a daily basis to create revenue generating, experience enhancing Wisdom for 615+ operators across 168 countries. Mobileum’s Just Wisdom® promise is powered by Roamware’s rich brand heritage, leadership and proven innovation. Mobileum combines unmatched experience and judgment to unlock value from mobile operator data like never before. Get Just Wisdom® at http://www.mobileum.com/
Media Contact:
Srinivas B Vijayaraghavan
Director Marketing
Tel/Email: +919739970225
srinivas.v@mobileum.com
Source: Mobileum Inc.

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February 25, 2014 at 5:39 pm

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Airtel Africa innovates with Mobileum on Telco Big Data Analytics

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BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ —
Insights will enable Airtel Africa create tailored travel and roaming experiences for customers
Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”), a leading telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa and Mobileum, Inc. (formerly known as Roamware), a leading Telco Big Data Analytics company have announced the start of an innovative Analytics project which will enable a deeper understanding of their customer’s travel intentions, travel patterns and service usage habits while traveling. This will help Airtel create a more enjoyable travel and roaming experience for Airtel’s customers.
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Mobileum will analyze Airtel Africa customer, network and commercial data to generate innovative insights on Airtel Africa’s traveling customer population like travel prediction, roamer detection and roamer segmentation, amongst others. These insights will enable Airtel Africa to create tailored travel and roaming experiences for their customers. Airtel Africa operates in 17 countries across Africa with a customer base of over 68 million across Africa. Mobileum is a strategic partner to Airtel and has roaming solutions already installed in Airtel’s operations across Africa and Asia.
“Airtel is strongly invested in harnessing the power of technology to provide our customers with a better roaming experience. Analytics will help us use the data that we have on our customers, networks and operations to provide us with deeper insights on how we are running our business and how our customers are using our services to help us serve our roaming clients better.”, said Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer, Airtel Africa.
“Airtel is a globally renowned operator and an early adopter of innovative technologies and business models. It is a privilege to work with them on Telco Big Data Analytics. We have provided a variety of innovative roaming solutions to Airtel and are best placed to help the Group leverage the power of data in their networks with our innovative Wisdom generating analytics portfolio. We look forward to starting a new chapter in our engagement with Airtel Africa with Telco Big Data Analytics”, said Ori Sasson, Chairman & CEO, Mobileum Inc.
About Airtel Africa
Airtel is driven by the vision of providing innovative mobile services to all. Airtel has operations across African in: Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers. In India, the company’s product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers. In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 287 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2013.
About Mobileum
Mobileum is Wisdom, not merely intelligence or insight. Our Telco Big Data Analytics solutions promise mobile operators, Just Wisdom® from their biggest underutilized asset – Data. Mobileum’s Traveler Analytics, Customer Experience Management and Data Monetization solutions analyze petabytes of data daily to create revenue generating, experience enhancing Wisdom for 615+ operators across 168 countries. Mobileum’s Just Wisdom® promise is powered by Roamware’s rich brand heritage, leadership and proven innovation. Mobileum combines unmatched experience and judgment to unlock value from mobile operator data like never before. Get Just Wisdom® at http://www.mobileum.com
Media Contact:
Srinivas B Vijayaraghavan, Director Marketing
Tel: +91-9739970225 / srinivas.v@mobileum.com
Source: Mobileum Inc.

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February 25, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Chromalloy renews long-term agreement with Solar Turbines to provide component repairs and new production support for turbines in the oil, natural gas and power generation industries

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Chromalloy announced today that it has renewed a 10-year agreement with Solar Turbines Incorporated to provide component repairs and new production support for the manufacturer’s leading power systems. Under the agreement Chromalloy will be the preferred supplier for a number of component repairs including turbine blades, nozzles and cases.
“This agreement brings the 20-year relationship between Chromalloy and Solar to the next level. We are now partnering with Solar on a broader range of products,” said Carlo Luzzatto, President of Chromalloy. “With our technology capabilities Chromalloy now will support production of Solar’s power systems, while we deliver world-class repair services.”
Work will be performed at Chromalloy locations around the world.
Chromalloy is a leading supplier of technologically advanced repairs, coatings, investment castings, and services for turbine airfoils and other critical engine components. The company serves engine manufacturers and operators in commercial aerospace, defense, and the energy industry. Chromalloy facilities include operations, annexes and sales offices in 17 countries around the world.
More information is at http://www.chromalloy.com/.
Chromalloy has evolved from a gas turbine parts repair business into an OEM supplier of production parts and advanced repairs and services for gas turbines used in aviation and land-based applications. Chromalloy serves the airline, military, marine and energy segments with a broad range of services at locations around the globe. Chromalloy is authorized by the FAA and EASA and many other NAAs, and is qualified under ISO and NADCAP. Chromalloy is a subsidiary of Sequa Corporation.
Sequa Corporation is a diversified industrial company with operations in the aerospace, energy and metal coatings industries. Sequa is a Carlyle Group company. For additional information, visit http://www.sequa.com/.
Media Contact:
Cathy Gedvilas
+1-718-974-9595
cathy_gedvilas@sequa.com
Source: Chromalloy

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February 25, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Frost & Sullivan Commends Air Enterprises for Developing a Data Center Cooling System that Uses Free Air as the Cooling Source

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— The KyotoCooling® system can provide significant savings, even in climates that are difficult and expensive to cool using traditional cooling systems

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the data center cooling market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Air Enterprises with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy Leadership. The company’s KyotoCooling® solution stands apart in the market for its price competitiveness, energy efficiency, solution reliability, ease of maintenance, and market penetration potential.

The KyotoCooling® system uses free outside air as the cooling source to cool the data center rather than circulate air through air conditioning units, as CRAC systems do. The outside air is passed through the system’s filters to remove dust, sand, bacteria, and other particulates, and then flows through a patented energy recovery wheel (KyotoWheel™), where it cools the energy recovery wheel. The cooled wheel is then used to cool the hot air from the data center. This air-to-air transfer method of energy rejection has an efficiency rate of 90 percent—the highest in the industry.

“Using cool outside air can save 75-85 percent of the cooling costs, compared to traditional systems,” said Frost & Sullivan Analyst Pramod Dibble. “Frost & Sullivan’s analysis shows that Air Enterprises’ KyotoCooling® is able to achieve annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE) measures of 1.05-1.2, whereas the industry average is above 2.0.”

Traditional systems typically require a chilled water tower to cool the data center, whereas KyotoCooling® operates without water at all. Eliminating the extensive infrastructure requirements of water systems enables users of the KyotoCooling® system to save up-front capital and installation costs, maintenance costs incurred through water leakage, as well as demonstrate greater environmental consciousness.

The KyotoCooling® system is the most widely used new-generation solution for data center cooling across five continents with varying climates, and for a wide variety of rack densities (servers per rack). The Air Enterprises KyotoCooling® system has the added advantage of being recognizable to data center owners and operators.

Air Enterprises controls the entire production chain for the KyotoCooling® system. From design and production, to installation and maintenance, Air Enterprises demonstrates confidence in its products and services. Some of its prominent clients include United Airlines, Hewlett-Packard, Bell Canada, and Rogers Communications.

Frost & Sullivan’s analysis indicates that the free air cooling sub-market will grow dramatically within the coming decade, with Air Enterprises’ KyotoCooling® system, as the best-in-class solution, at the forefront of that growth. This trend will be particularly strong in the northern United States and Canadian markets, where the KyotoCooling® solution is able to cool very high-density racks for the vast majority of the year.

“Air Enterprises’ KyotoCooling® solution delivers a cost-effective, highly reliable, environmentally friendly solution for data center cooling that fits perfectly into the industry paradigm,” noted Dibble. “Furthermore, Air Enterprises is well-suited to deliver economies-of-scale savings to its clients through increased volume and market share in the air handlers sub-market.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in product line strategy and diversification. The award recognizes Air Enterprises’ focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive by offering a truly innovative product platform, which will lead to market share growth.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

About Air Enterprises

Air Enterprises is an industry leader in custom air handling units and has demonstrated excellence in the pharmaceutical, medical, industrial, and educational markets. Air Enterprises acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture, commission, market, and sell the KyotoCooling technology at a critical juncture in the growth of the data center industry, when energy efficiency and environmental sustainability are gaining additional prominence. The lessons that data center operators have learned over past decades have compelled them to find a better solution to data center cooling, and it is this challenge that the KyotoCooling system, manufactured by Air Enterprises, solves.

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February 25, 2014 at 4:50 pm

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Microsoft adds nine new Windows Phone hardware partners

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— New hardware partners and tools will accelerate global scale.
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. on Sunday announced nine new hardware partners for Windows Phone and direct access to tools that will broaden the portfolio of devices for consumers and introduce new price points to accelerate growth in key markets. In addition to existing partners — Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Huawei — Microsoft has announced it is now working with Foxconn, Gionee, Lava (Xolo), Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, JSR, Karbonn and ZTE to develop on the Windows Phone platform.
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With this latest news, Microsoft is now working with seven of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in the world in addition to leading brands in Mainland China, India and Taiwan, representing more than 56 percent of the addressable market globally (IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, 2013). Customers can expect to see an even broader array of devices, from iconic to lower-cost options, coming to market.
“We are pleased to add these new partners to our expanding Windows Phone ecosystem. They will be key contributors to continued growth across price points and geographies for Windows Phone,” said Nick Parker, corporate vice president of the OEM Division at Microsoft.
Windows Phone is the fastest-growing smartphone operating system, according to IDC, and posted the largest increase for 2013 (90.9 percent), more than doubling the growth of the overall market during the year.
Microsoft also unveiled expanded hardware support that provides more flexibility so Windows Phone partners can build devices to meet the unique needs of their region or customer segments. Microsoft is adding support for Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 and 400 processors by Qualcomm Technologies Inc. with options that support various major cellular technologies, including LTE (TDD/FDD), HSPA+, EVDO and TD-SCMA. Windows Phone will also support soft keys and dual SIM, critical requirements particularly in Asian markets. These changes allow for manufacturing partners to easily leverage existing design investments to diversify their portfolio to include Windows Phone devices, including larger screen phablets.
On Sunday, Microsoft launched the Windows Hardware Partner Portal, which is designed to speed up device commercialization while minimizing development costs. Speed and economies are especially important for manufacturers needing to compete and win in the dynamic high-volume smartphone segment. The Windows Hardware Partner Portal is now open to all smartphone device manufacturers to learn about and begin the process to develop on the Windows Phone platform. Windows Phone device manufacturers will also be able to leverage the great services Microsoft has to offer in that market, which could include Office Mobile, Skype, Xbox and Bing; a growing app catalog; and features like Live Tiles and People Hub, which make Windows Phone so uniquely personal.
To further help enable smartphone device manufacturers to quickly and easily broaden their portfolio to include Windows Phone devices, Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies are collaborating to give OEMs and ODMs that are working with the various Qualcomm Reference Designs for Snapdragon 200 and 400 processors direct access to Microsoft tools, content and adaptation kits to build devices on the Windows Phone platform. With Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies, through its Qualcomm Reference Design program, delivering the building blocks to help design and build Windows Phones, Microsoft hardware partners will be able to focus on differentiating their offering based on apps and services. Device manufacturers will now be able to choose from hundreds of ways to customize their Windows Phone devices while keeping the consistently high-quality experience that the Windows Phone platform provides.
“We are making it easier, faster and more affordable for partners to develop a Windows Phone,” Parker said.
The well-established Qualcomm Reference Design program offers Qualcomm Technologies’ leading technical innovation, differentiated hardware and software, easy customization options that save engineering costs, access to an ecosystem of hardware providers, and testing and acceptance readiness for regional and leading operator requirements.
The expanded Windows Phone ecosystem will also provide mobile operators and retail partners with additional opportunities to offer white-label Windows Phone devices under their own brands. Mobile operators will also have more options to build custom apps and services for their Windows Phone devices that increase customer satisfaction, retention rates and revenue streams.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
The information contained in this press release relates to a pre-release software product that may be substantially modified before its first commercial release. Accordingly, the information may not accurately describe or reflect the software product when first commercially released. The press release is provided for informational purposes only, and Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the press release or the information contained in it.
Source: Microsoft Corp.
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February 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

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Firefox OS Unleashes the Future of Mobile

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— Momentum continues with an expanding ecosystem of partners, new market rollouts and portfolio options to customize and scale
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile World Congress – Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands, demonstrated the breadth and growth of its Firefox OS open mobile ecosystem at a press event on the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The event introduced seven new commercial Firefox OS devices and highlighted advancements and partnerships that will enable the platform to scale up in 2014.
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Growing support and availability
In the year since MWC 2013, Firefox OS devices have gone on sale in 15 markets with four global operators and handsets from three manufacturers. Firefox OS will be expanding into important new markets in 2014. Telefonica will build on the list of countries where it’s selling Firefox OS phones, with eight more launching this year: Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama. Deutsche Telekom will also add four new markets: Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia and Montenegro.
Operator support for Firefox OS also continues to expand, as Telkomsel and Indosat have joined the list of 21 key operators across the globe that support the open Web device initiative. That list also includes partners announced last year: America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat, Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint, Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, Telstra, TMN and VimpelCom.
A new smartphone entry level
Spreadtrum has announced WCDMA and EDGE turnkey reference designs for Firefox OS as well as the industry’s first chipset for US$25 smartphones, the SC6821, that redefines the entry level for smartphones in key growth markets. These solutions are already creating a stir, with global operators such as Telenor, Telkomsel and Indosat, and ecosystem partners such as Polytron, T2Mobile and Thundersoft expressing interest.
“In six short months, Firefox OS has more than established itself in the very markets it aimed to address,” said John Jackson, VP of Mobility Research, IDC. “Today’s announcements underscore the platform’s rapid maturation and growing ecosystem benefits. New products, tools, categories, partners, features, and extraordinarily compelling price points will reinforce Firefox OS’s momentum into 2014. IDC expects year-on-year Firefox OS volumes will grow by a factor of six times in the smartphone category alone.”
Flexibility and customization
Firefox OS devices are the first devices built entirely to open Web standards, with every feature developed as an HTML5 application. Mozilla previewed the future of Firefox OS at its press event, demonstrating how its flexibility, scalability and powerful customization empower users, developers and industry partners to create the exact mobile experience they want. Carriers can easily and deeply customize the interface and develop localized services that match the unique needs of their customer base.
Deutsche Telekom is utilizing this customization to develop new Firefox OS features for the Future of Mobile Privacy project, a joint effort with Mozilla to bring data privacy closer to customers. The organizations’ privacy offices have been collaborating over the past year to conceptualize and develop new privacy features that are currently being tested for consideration in future Firefox OS releases.
Firefox OS is also expanding to additional form factors, as partners and contributors work to optimize the software for TVs, tablets and other devices. In January, Panasonic announced a partnership with Mozilla to release next-generation smart TVs powered by Firefox OS.
“Firefox OS is off to an amazing start. We launched our first smartphones in July, and have since expanded into fifteen markets,” said Jay Sullivan, chief operating officer of Mozilla. “People in Latin America and Eastern Europe have eagerly upgraded from their feature phones to Firefox OS smartphones and now have rich access to the Web and apps. Sales have far exceeded our targets. But 2013 was just the beginning. In 2014, we are differentiating our user experience and our partners are growing the portfolio of devices. We are also enabling a whole new category of smartphone, priced around $25, that will bring even more people around the world online.”
Streamlining the support process
Mozilla has received significant interest from mobile manufacturers looking to differentiate themselves by producing Firefox OS phones and tablets. To help service this demand and facilitate the next wave of device growth, Mozilla launched a new self-service partner portal to fast track manufacturers and streamline bringing devices to market. Manufacturers get all the resources and branding required to launch a Firefox OS device in one place.
In order to promote the success of this ecosystem, the Open Web Device Compliance Review Board (CRB) was formed by Mozilla and major global partners in late 2013. The CRB’s aim is to define and evolve the process of encouraging API compatibility and competitive performance for open Web devices.
Partner quotes
Marieta Rivero, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Telefonica, said: “We started marketing Firefox OS less than eight months ago, commencing with Spain and expanding to several Latin American countries. In a number of these countries, Firefox OS has been a market leader in smartphone sales from the very start. We’re transforming the market, and will continue focusing our efforts on open environments that give clients more freedom, and prices that are better suited to their possibilities. 2014 will undoubtedly be a key year for all of this.”
“The continuing rollout across our European markets is tangible proof of our drive to push Firefox OS, together with Mozilla and bring an open operating system to all of our customers,” said Thomas Kiessling, Chief Product & Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. “The introduction of an even more affordable handset on the one hand and a higher-end model on the other also show we are reaching more market segments.”
“Telenor and our operating businesses have seen great consumer satisfaction and a continued appetite in the market for quality, low-cost products based on Firefox OS,” said Holger Hussmann, VP Device and OS at Telenor. “We are supportive and welcoming of the efforts of enabling vendors and device partners focused on serving this great, underserved market opportunity.”
Alistair Johnston, Director of Marketing for Telkomsel, said: “Telkomsel will support Mozilla with its Spreadtrum turnkey solution and device partner as an attempt to bring the smartphone to the palm of every Indonesian and to perform Telkomsel strategy to speed up and enrich the DNA (Device — Network — Application) ecosystem in Indonesia.”
President Director & CEO of Indosat, Alexander Rusli, said: “Indosat as the leading communications provider in Indonesia is ready for Firefox OS smartphones based on the Spreadtrum solution. This is in line with our strategy in 2014 to provide the best experience to our customers and become the customer’s preferred choice for smartphones and smart device users.”
“Polytron is announcing the intention of supporting the manufacturing, distribution, and promotion of Firefox OS smartphones based on Spreadtrum’s latest solution,” said Mr. Hariono, CEO of Polytron, Indonesia’s leading mobile device brand. “T2Mobile specializes in offering our customers the ability to rapidly address the needs of its customers in every segment of the wireless ecosystem,” said Aaron Zhang, CEO, T2Mobile, a leading ODM specializing in Firefox OS-based mobile solutions. “The creation of new Firefox OS and open Web devices will be further accelerated by these solutions and we are pleased to support these new offerings.”
“We are excited by the new and highly affordable possibilities enabled by Firefox OS,” said Hongfei Zhao, CEO, Thundersoft, a leading global technology and solutions provider that helps OEMs’ accelerate high quality product development and achieve fast time to market. “We have expanded our services in new areas including support for Firefox OS, enabling new and unique offerings in the mobile Internet device industry and ecosystem.”
More information
Please visit Mozilla and experience Firefox OS at stand 3C30 in Hall 3, at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona from February 24-27, 2014.
For additional resources, such as high-resolution Firefox OS images and b-roll video, visit: https://blog.mozilla.org/press.
About Mozilla
Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than 15 years. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, half a billion people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. With Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is driving a mobile ecosystem built entirely on open Web standards, freeing mobile providers, manufacturers, developers and consumers from the limitations and restrictions imposed by proprietary platforms. For more information, visit http://www.mozilla.org/.
Source: Mozilla

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February 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

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GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014: ESET Launches Newest ESET Secure Authentication and Previews Newest Version of ESET Mobile Security for Android Smartphones and Tablets

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— Coinciding with the Mobile World Congress, ESET is launching a #mobileweek initiative enabling users to enjoy premium features of ESET Mobile Security at just the half of its original price

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — ESET®, the global leader in proactive digital protection with a record of 10 consecutive years of winning the prestigious VB100 awards with its ESET NOD32® technology, will showcase its portfolio of products for mobile devices at the GSMA Mobile World Congress. From February 24 until February 27, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, ESET will reaffirm its commitment to protecting users of mobile devices with the next generation of its security solutions — ESET Secure Authentication and ESET Mobile Security. Coinciding with the Mobile World Congress, ESET is launching a #mobileweek initiative enabling users to enjoy premium features of ESET Mobile Security at just the half of its original price on Google Play and Amazon App Store.
ESET released new version of ESET Secure Authentication – the next generation of two factor authentication now featuring advanced two-factor (2FA) authentication application and Software Development Kit (SDK).
ESET released new version of ESET Secure Authentication – the next generation of two factor authentication now featuring advanced two-factor (2FA) authentication application and Software Development Kit (SDK).

“At Mobile World Congress we will showcase two exciting applications for mobile devices. A strong and easy to use two factor authentication solution ESET Secure Authentication and the latest generation of our Google Play top rated ESET Mobile Security for Android which is engineered to protect smartphone and tablet users in their everyday connected lives,” says Ignacio Sbampato, ESET Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

The latest edition of ESET Secure Authentication launched just days ago is an advanced two-factor (2FA) authentication application which provides a potent combination of ultra-secure access to online applications, while introducing even greater ease of installation and support. The added integration flexibility provided by the Software Development Kit (SDK) and Application Programming Interface (API) extends the protection to even wider range of applications and data. The first version of ESET Secure Authentication was released in 2013 and proved that strong multi-factor protection is a critical component of protecting today’s companies from potential damage brought on by a successful cyber-attack.

In addition, the new version of ESET Mobile Security, includes the option to create customized versions for TELCO operators. The completely rebuilt and redesigned security product for Android has improved scanning, an Anti-Phishing module to protect your data and a sleek user interface.

However the biggest change is the new Anti-Theft web interface enabling user to locate, remotely wipe, trigger siren or even take pictures from front and rear camera of stolen or lost device via my.eset.com. The testing is open for participation, simply by joining the Google+ Community page: ESET Mobile Applications BETA Testing.

The ESET booth is located in HALL 8.1 – BOOTH F20. For more information including #mobileweek initiative, information about ESET products for mobile devices and online media kit please visit our dedicated webpage.

About ESET
ESET®, the pioneer of proactive protection and the maker of the award-winning ESET NOD32® technology, is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. For over 26 years, the Company continues to lead the industry in proactive threat detection. By obtaining the 80th VB100 award in June 2013, ESET NOD32 technology holds the record number of Virus Bulletin “VB100” Awards, and has never missed a single “In-the-Wild” worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998. In addition, ESET NOD32 technology holds the longest consecutive string of the VB100 awards of any AV vendor. ESET has also received a number of accolades from AV-Comparatives, AV-TEST and other testing organizations and reviews. ESET NOD32® Antivirus, ESET Smart Security®, ESET Cyber Security® (solution for Mac), ESET® Mobile Security and IT Security for Business are trusted by millions of global users and are among the most recommended security solutions in the world.

The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution centers in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore; with offices in Jena (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic) and Sao Paulo (Brazil). ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Singapore, Prague, Kosice (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia) and an extensive partner network for more than 180 countries. More information is available at the ESET Press Center.
Source: ESET

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February 25, 2014 at 4:31 pm

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New Developer Hardware and Tools Show Firefox OS Ecosystem Momentum

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— New reference phone and tablet program, PhoneGap integration and WebAPIs make it even easier for developers to create and port apps
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Mobile World Congress — Mozilla, the mission-based organization dedicated to keeping the power of the Web in people’s hands, today announced new developer reference hardware and tools that will continue to accelerate momentum around the Firefox OS ecosystem, making it cheaper, faster and easier for developers, operators and OEMs to deploy innovative Web apps and create personalized Firefox OS experiences.
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Mozilla announced a 4.5″ dual-core reference phone, enabling developers to test new Firefox OS features and apps against different memory configurations. It also expanded the Mozilla tablet program that helps developers test their apps and build out Firefox OS for tablets.
New Firefox OS PhoneGap integration was also announced, allowing hundreds of thousands of PhoneGap developers to port their existing apps to Firefox OS in a matter of hours, while new WebAPIs will continue to narrow the gap between native and Web apps. At Mobile World Congress, Mozilla also launched developer tools that will allow OEMs and operators to easily customize Firefox OS for a variety of customer segments.
Developers have always been the key to driving innovation around the Web, and continue to enable it as a platform for app development and distribution. With these new reference devices, tools, and WebAPIs, Mozilla is catalyzing the growth of Web apps and continuing to break down the barriers and restrictions inflicted by other app ecosystems. The Web not only simplifies app development and reduces fragmentation, but allows developers to own the direct customer relationship with the option to host their own apps and or sell them through the Firefox Marketplace.
Vision Mobile recently published a report showing that developer interest for Firefox OS continues to grow, capturing 7% of developer mindshare in just six months. The report also highlighted that during Q1 2014, 52% of developers were already using HTML5 for mobile websites or Web apps with an additional 16% indicating their intention to join them.
A recent survey by Strategy Analytics found that the number of mobile app developers building for Firefox OS is expected to triple this year, showing the biggest rise in developer interest of any mobile platform.
This industry momentum is fueled by the fact that there are already millions of Web developers programming in HTML5 who are eager to target mobile without having to learn a new programming language, or pay engineers to target specific mobile platforms.
The following expanded reference hardware, tools, and WebAPIs, will continue to drive growth of the Firefox OS ecosystem and help prove why the Web is a powerful platform for app development and distribution:
New Reference Phone
At Mobile World Congress, Mozilla is showcasing its new developer reference phone, the Firefox OS Flame, enabling developers to test the capabilities of Firefox OS in a real environment with a mobile network and true hardware characteristics like the accelerometer, NFC and camera. Like the commercially available Firefox OS phones, the Flame developer reference phone is powered by a Qualcomm processor, in this instance a high powered 1.2GH dual core processor, so developers can test their more processor-intensive games and apps with ease. Developers looking to target their apps for specific Firefox OS phones with lower memory footprints also have the option to alter the RAM capacity of the Flame, from 1GB to 256MB, to see how their apps would perform on lower specked phones. The Flame also provides developers and early adopters with access to the latest Firefox OS builds to test nightly releases and contribute to the overall development platform.
Firefox OS Flame Specs (Reference device):
Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon, 1.2GHZ Dual core processor
4.5″ screen (FWVGA 854×480 pixels)
Cameras: Rear: 5MP / Front: 2MP
3G UMTS quad-band (850/900/1900/2100)
8GB memory
256MB -1GB RAM (adjustable by developer)
Dual SIM support
A-GPS, NFC
Battery capacity: 1,800 mAh
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB
Hundreds of Thousands of PhoneGap Users Can Now Target Firefox OS
Firefox OS will be supported in the next release of PhoneGap, the leading developer tool for building apps across platforms. This builds on the recently announced Firefox OS integration with Cordova, a popular Apache Foundation open source project that allows HTML5 applications to be packaged as native apps.
PhoneGap is a mobile application development framework used by hundreds of thousands of developers. It is based upon the open source Apache Cordova project and allows developers to write an app with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and then deploy it to a wide range of mobile devices with the same capabilities as native apps. With the Firefox OS integration, developers can now port their existing PhoneGap apps to Firefox OS in a matter of hours, with minimal work. For more information, please see this Hacks post.
App Manager Simplifies App Development with Live Prototyping and Debugging
App Manager brings the Firefox Web developer tools to mobile app developers. It shows how the power of the Web helps developers test, deploy and debug Web apps on Firefox OS phones directly from their desktop. The Firefox Web developer tools are already used by millions of Web developers for creating Web pages, and now the App Manager extends these capabilities to mobile app creation, with the same familiar workflow. There is no SDK to download, developers simply use the App Manager as part of the integrated developer tools in the Firefox browser.
Because the App Manager and Firefox OS both use open Web technologies, debugging, live editing and prototyping is straightforward. For example, an operator or OEM may want to prototype different branded homescreen themes for different audiences. Using the App Manager, they can code this on their desktop and in real-time see the changes appear on their connected Firefox OS phone, eliminating lengthy build times. To see how this is done, please see this MDN article.
New WebAPIs and Industry Adoption
There are now more than 30 Mozilla-pioneered WebAPIs with at least eight new APIs introduced in the last year, including WebNFC and Data Store API. These new APIs build more functionality and features into the Web for app development. There is increasing industry adoption as these APIs move towards standardization. Samsung added the Vibration API and Battery Status API to WebKit, while tools like Apache Cordova and Adobe’s PhoneGap now integrate six of the most popular WebAPIs into their products.
Foxconn and VIA Join Tablet Contribution Program
Mozilla recently introduced a tablet contribution program aimed at accelerating the build of Firefox OS for tablets and its supporting ecosystem, with Foxconn as the first hardware partner.
As part of the Firefox OS tablet contribution program, VIA is offering a 7″ Vixen reference tablet for developers around the world to help the Mozilla community complete the build of Firefox OS for tablets. Developers can now apply to be a part of this program from this Mozilla Hacks post.
Developer Reference Tablet Specifications:
VIA Vixen:
7” 1024×600 HD LCD screen
1.2 GHz Dual Core Cortex-A9 processor
ARM Mali-400 Dual-Processor GPU
8GB storage
1GB RAM
Cameras: Front 0.3 MP, Back 2.0 MP
Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
Foxconn InFocus:
10″ screen (1280 x 800 pixels, 24-bit color)
A31 (ARM Cortex A7) Quad-Core 1.0GHz w/ PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
16GB storage
2GB RAM
Cameras: Rear 5MP/ Front 2MP
A-GPS
Battery capacity: 7,000 mAh
WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, Micro USB
“It’s clear that more and more developers are choosing the Web as their preferred development platform for mobile apps, as the technical gap between native and Web apps narrows,” said Brendan Eich, Mozilla CTO and SVP Engineering. “We listen to what developers are asking for to make the Web their primary development platform and think Mozilla and its partners have made significant progress with these new hardware, tools, and WebAPIs. It’ll be exciting to see what new mobile innovations come in 2014.”
More Information
For additional resources, such as high-resolution Firefox OS images, b-roll video and links to stand-alone operator and OEM releases visit: https://blog.mozilla.org/press.
About Mozilla
Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than 15 years. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, half a billion people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to experience the Web on computers, tablets and mobile devices. With Firefox OS and Firefox Marketplace, Mozilla is driving a mobile ecosystem built entirely on open Web standards, freeing mobile providers, manufacturers, developers and consumers from the limitations and restrictions imposed by proprietary platforms. For more information, visit http://www.mozilla.org/.
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February 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

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Huawei Exceeds the Limits of What’s Possible with HUAWEI MediaPad X1 at MWC 2014

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Huawei also unveils its first wearable and new MediaPad phablet for a truly connected life
BARCELONA, Spain/PRNewswire/ — Huawei today unveiled two new additions to its MediaPad range of devices and its first wearable device at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014. With HUAWEI MediaPad X1, the world’s slimmest 7-inch LTE Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet, HUAWEI TalkBand B1, the perfect hybrid ‘talk and track’ companion, and HUAWEI MediaPad M1, the 8-inch entertainment powerhouse, Huawei makes a life without boundaries possible for more people.
HUAWEI MediaPad X1
HUAWEI MediaPad X1
“We’re excited to unveil our new 4G LTE-enabled MediaPads which, together with HUAWEI TalkBand B1, deliver the essential pillars of happiness — health, connection to family, contact with friends and access to work – without boundaries,” said Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “Huawei’s culture of innovation places us in prime position to develop devices that bring people the benefits and joy of technology through 4G LTE connectivity.”
HUAWEI MediaPad X1
HUAWEI MediaPad X1 combines the functionality of a smartphone and tablet in a full aluminum alloy unibody, providing outstanding comfort and ease of use at only 239g and 7.18mm thin. Its 7-inch 1200 x 1920 FHD LTPS touch display features a 80% screen-to-body ratio.
Powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, its ultra-long lasting 5000 mAh battery provides 21 days of standby time, over five full days of continuous use and reverse charging.
MediaPad X1 features an advanced 13MP Sony Exmor R BSI rear-facing camera and panoramic shooting. Its 5MP front-facing camera with Huawei’s proprietary self-focus tips, preview screen, 10-level auto-facial enhancement and voice-activated hands-free capture is perfect for taking the best ‘selfies’. The ‘Voice Photo’ function takes a photo accompanied by a 10-second audio clip that can be shared via Facebook and WeChat.
HUAWEI TalkBand B1
HUAWEI TalkBand B1 features wireless calling with a Bluetooth™ 4.1 earpiece, up to seven hours of calls and 1.4-inch flexible OLED display. It supports Android 2.3+ and iOS 5.0+ compatible devices, and syncs effortlessly via NFC.
TalkBand B1 wirelessly tracks activity time and progress, including steps taken, miles covered and calories burned. It intelligently records sleep duration and quality, while the smart alarm and nap functions assist rest.
Weighing just 26g and only 14.6mm thin, TalkBand B1 features a bendable curve design with a removable 9.4g earpiece. The 90 mAh battery lasts for six days and charges in two hours using the USB connector.
HUAWEI MediaPad M1
HUAWEI MediaPad M1 features an 8-inch 800 x 1280 HD IPS multi-touch capacitive screen with Huawei SWS technology, dual front-facing speakers and microphones for an enhanced audiovisual experience. Powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 4800 mAh capacity battery, it supports 8 hours of video playing on a single charge.
Ultra-slim at 7.9mm, MediaPad M1’s 329g sleek aluminum body slips easily into pockets or purses. The 1MP front-facing and 5MP rear-facing auto-focus cameras enable easy snapping and photo sharing.
The LTE Cat4-enabled MediaPad X1 and M1 download work files in seconds and 1GB movies in one minute with speeds of up to 150 Mbps. In-built WiFi routers and 2.4/5G dual mode WiFi support with voice call and SMS capabilities provide on-the-spot connection. The AirSharing function enables screen sharing and the transfer of images via cloud photo sharing. MediaPads X1 and M1 feature the latest intuitive interface, Emotion UI 2.0, with customizable homescreens, enhanced ‘Standard’ and ‘Simplicity’ UIs and over 1,000 diverse themes.
Availability
HUAWEI MediaPad X1 is available in China, Russia, Western Europe, the Middle East, Japan and Latin America from March 2014.
HUAWEI TalkBand B1 is available in China from March 2014, and in Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe from Q2 2014.
HUAWEI MediaPad M1 is available from Q1 2014 in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Australia and Latin America.
About Huawei Consumer Business Group
As at the end of 2013, Huawei’s products and services are deployed in over 170 countries, serving more than one third of the world’s population. Huawei has also established more than 16 R&D centers around the world in countries such as the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China. One of Huawei’s three business groups, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) provides a range of products including mobile phones, mobile broadband (MBB) devices, home devices and cloud services. With more than 20 years of rich business expertise in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, an extensive global network, vast global business operations and partners, Huawei Consumer BG is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers, offering a world of possibilities and creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere.
Visit Huawei Consumer BG online: consumer.huawei.com/en/
Source: Huawei Consumer Business Group

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February 25, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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