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Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Just yesterday we talked about Evrythng pushing for "The Internet of Things" involving the digital interconnectedness of all physical objects around us, well Ericsson has long had an even grander vision applied to growing urban areas in what the company calls its Networked Society Project. Recently, they've delved deeper into this initiative with a new video called "Thinking Cities" to show the potential beauty of information and communication technology when deeply woven into cities backed by positive motives.

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Sony shrugs Ericsson

Sony shrugs Ericsson

Sony has finalized its acquisition of the Sony Ericsson smartphone business, sidelining Ericsson into an IP cross-licensing agreement and renaming the venture Sony Mobile Communications. The Japanese company now says it plans to "accelerate business integration" of the smartphone division into its other electronics businesses, part of the "four screen" strategy Sony sees as its best hope at challenging Apple, Samsung and other rivals.

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Qualcomm and Ericsson demo VoLTE to 3G switch without dropping call

Qualcomm and Ericsson demo VoLTE to 3G switch without dropping call

Qualcomm and Ericsson have completed the first VoLTE handover of a voice call from an LTE network to a WCDMA one, paving the way for high-speed smartphones that can handle voice as well as data. The proof-of-concept took place in late December, using a Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 3G/LTE based device on an Ericsson network, seamlessly transitioning the in-progress call to 3G when LTE coverage was no longer available.

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Sony Ericsson buyout approved by EU

Sony Ericsson buyout approved by EU

This week the EU's list of mergers and takeovers includes no less than an approval for Japan's Sony to acquire sole control of the mobile phone company called Sony Ericsson. This company had thus far been co-owned by both Sony and Ericsson, and has been approved on the 26th of January to be owned only be Sony. This comes just one week after the company Sony Ericsson posted a $318 million USD loss in their 4th quarter earnings report.

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Sony Ericsson reveals $318m Q4 loss

Sony Ericsson reveals $318m Q4 loss

Sony Ericsson has reported dismal Q4 2011 financial performance, with a pre-tax loss of €247m ($318m) amid "intense competition" along with the poor economic climate. The company - which will be rolled into Sony later this quarter - has plenty of blame to share around: as well as a strong showing from its rivals and the general economic doldrums, Sony Ericsson reckons price erosion, restructuring charges and the effects from the flooding in Thailand are all at fault.

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Sony buys out Sony Ericsson for €1.05bn

Sony buys out Sony Ericsson for €1.05bn

Sony has bought out Ericsson's stake in Sony Ericsson, giving the Japanese company sole control over the smartphone manufacturer. The deal, worth €1.05bn ($1.47bn) in cash to Ericsson, will see Sony bring the smartphone business in under its networked consumer electronics umbrella, a shift which the company describes as "a logical strategic step that takes into account the nature of [the mobile market] evolution and its impact on the marketplace."

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Apple and Microsoft join forces to beat Google in Nortel patent bid

Apple and Microsoft join forces to beat Google in Nortel patent bid

A consortium including Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, RIM and Sony has beaten Google and Intel to a cache of potentially vital Nortel patents, after the company's intellectual riches went up for auction. The consortium paid $4.5bn in cash for over 6,000 patents and patent applications spanning a broad range of wireless, telecoms and online technologies, including 4G, search, social networking and VoIP systems.

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LTE Advanced demo shows 10x regular LTE 4G speeds

LTE Advanced demo shows 10x regular LTE 4G speeds

Just as we'd started to revel in the speeds of LTE 4G, Ericsson had to go and spoil it all by showing us what's next in the roadmap. The company has demonstrated LTE Advanced in Sweden this week, delivering speeds 10x that of regular LTE  - over 900 MB/s in fact - by aggregating carrier spectrum into bigger blocks. According to Ericsson, that offers not only higher potential top-speeds, but better performance even when the network is congested.

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35% of Smartphone Users Launch Apps Before Getting Up

35% of Smartphone Users Launch Apps Before Getting Up

We all know how easy it is for a smartphone to become welded to your hand. It seems that many users can't even get out of bed without checking in on their beloved phone first. A survey by telecom equipment maker Ericsson (the PDF is here), finds that 35 percent of iPhone and Android users in the US use non-voice applications before they even step out of bed in the morning. The most popular app launched before getting up? You guessed it. Facebook.

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Ericsson achieves three HSPA records

Ericsson achieves three HSPA records

This morning Ericsson stated they had achieved three new HSPA (high speed packet access) speed records. The first was using a multi-carrier HSPA that reached 168Mbps on the download and 24Mbps on the uplink. The record speeds were done using a prototype consumer device and commercial network equipment.

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