Wearable technology is mostly limited to smartwatches and smart glasses, though other types have been -- and actively are -- being developed. A particularly unique type is clothing, of which we've seen samples in the past. The latest to surface is the "M" from Motiif, a so-called smart trench coat that features an integrated 4G LTE connection and a smartphone charger.
AT&T has been working to expand its coverage map, something that will grow over the course of 2014 due to a finalized acquisition of Alltel's assets. Following this, the carrier has announced an expansion to its 4G LTE network in particular into fourteen new regions, some of which are fairly small mid-western locations.
Earlier today, both Bluegrass Cellular and C Spire, a couple of regional carriers, revealed their iPad Air plans in part, confirming that the 4G version of the Apple slate will be available to their subscribers. Joining them is U.S. Cellular, which has announced its own iPad Air events, pegging availability as being early next month.
Regional carriers C Spire and Bluegrass Cellular have thrown their LTE hats into the ring for Apple's new iPad Air, confirming they will be offering the 4G version of the new slimline tablet announced earlier this week. The commitment follows AT&T, Verizon, and the other big carriers each announcing support for the cellularly-enabled iPad Air, though C Spire and Bluegrass Cellular will apparently lag behind their rivals with a launch only pencilled in for "the coming weeks."
Tesla's in-car telematics system relies on AT&T's HSPA+ network, the carrier has confirmed for the first time, part of AT&T's attempt to push its new mobility options which include intelligent SIMs that can split payments between car manufacturers and drivers. The system, which Tesla currently uses for sending telematics and car status data from the Model S back to home base, as well as to stream media content to the dashboard and show other infotainment content, will soon be opened up to using the car as a mobile hotspot, allowing passengers to get online through a shared connection.
Like death and taxes, the one thing inevitable about hotel WiFi is that it'll be expensive (not to mention often slow and unreliable). AT&T is aiming to keep people off the hotel network and buying piecemeal access to its LTE instead, with the launch of a $5 day data pass for its 4G service that's targeted at users who might not normally want to pay for an ongoing data package.
Smartphones and tablets aren't the only wireless devices talking on today's networks, and Verizon isn't leaving it to chance that the internet of things speak via its 4G coverage rather than on rival operators. The carrier has relaunched its Verizon Innovation Center in San Francisco, a hub for not only promoting its LTE technology but engaging with third-party companies wanting help getting gadgets online, tested, validated, and brought to market. We took a tour behind the scenes to find out what Verizon is offering above and beyond the latest iPhone or Galaxy.
Nokia's much-rumored tablet has appeared at the FCC undergoing LTE testing, with the Finnish company almost completely squeezing out references to the form factor of what's expected to be a Windows RT based machine. Listed as the Nokia RX-114, the device makes no mention of its design until the final page, when it's outed as a tablet. It's expected to be among a rumored six new devices to be shown off for the first time on October 22nd
AT&T previously announced an acquisition of Alltel assets from Atlantic Tele-Network Inc., and as with all acquisitions, it was a long process involving finalization before being wrapped up. Now the business matter is complete, with AT&T announcing that it will use some of the assets it has acquired to bring its 4G coverage to more rural places, including regions in the Carolinas, Ohio, and more.