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  • Traditional removable SIM cards are being replaced by dynamic embedded ones. What might this disruption mean for the industry? Wearable gadgets, smart appliances, and a variety of data-sensor applications are often referred to collectively as the Internet of Things (IoT). Many of these devices are getting smaller with each technological iteration but will still need to perform a multitude of functions with sufficient processing capacity. …

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    In a paper presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery’s special interest group on data communication (SIGCOMM) conference in Florian polis, Brazil, a team of computer science researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst led by professor Deepak Ganesan introduced a new radio technology that allows small mobile devices to take advantage of battery power in larger devices nearby for communication. Ganesan and his …

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    Google’s Project Fi is teaming up with U.K. cell carrier Three to bolster international data speeds for travelers. Google’s partnership with Three will give all Project Fi subscribers access to high speed data in more than 135 destinations as well as speeds that are 10 to 20 times faster than before. And that comes with no extra fees for using data internationally. The cost remains …

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  • JLL’s Investment Intensity Index compares the volume of direct real estate investment in a city over a three-year period relative to the city’s current economic size. The Index provides a measure of real estate market liquidity, as well as a useful barometer of a city’s overall ‘health’, highlighting cities that are punching above their weight in terms of attracting real estate investment. Covering over 300 …

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  • Worldwide sales of smartphones to end users totaled 349 million units in the first quarter of 2016, a 3.9 percent increase over the same period in 2015, according to Gartner. Smartphone sales represented 78 percent of total mobile phone sales in the first quarter of 2016. Smartphone sales were driven by demand for low-cost smartphones in emerging markets and for affordable 4G smartphones, led by …

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