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Southwest Airlines launches iMessage WiFi plan with Android offer due 2014

Southwest Airlines launches iMessage WiFi plan with Android offer due 2014

Southwest Airlines has launched a new iMessage-only WiFi plan, offering iOS messaging addicts the opportunity to continue their conversations even if they're not interested in other internet access. The new plan, priced at $2 per day, is a fourth of the cost of Southwest's usual WiFi access, with the airline saying it has plans to offer a similar package for Android users in the new year.

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AllSeen Alliance formed by big-named companies for Internet of Things unification

AllSeen Alliance formed by big-named companies for Internet of Things unification

The so-called "Internet of Things," which includes such devices as connected thermostats and baby monitors with network-equipped cameras, are gaining traction quickly, and with that comes the need for companies and devices to play together nicely, mostly in terms of following unified standards. Many big-name companies, among them being the likes of LG, Sharp, and Cisco, have formed a coalition to do this called the AllSeen Alliance.

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Qualcomm Gimbal takes on Apple iBeacon for micro-location

Qualcomm Gimbal takes on Apple iBeacon for micro-location

Qualcomm has launched Gimbal, its take on Apple's iBeacon, a system of context-aware proximity beacons intended for shopping, social networking, mobile services, and more. Using small, battery powered Bluetooth dongles which create localized hotspots to interact with iOS and - eventually - Android devices, Qualcomm says Gimbal can push product information, sports team details, topical adverts, and other content whenever a smartphone comes into range, just as iBeacon promises only with eventual cross-platform support.

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Bluetooth 4.1 takes on Internet of Things with flexibility boost

Bluetooth 4.1 takes on Internet of Things with flexibility boost

Bluetooth is making a play for being the wireless glue that holds the future smart home together, with the Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification adding key technologies to support the Internet of Things (IoT). Aiming to make Bluetooth 4.1 more flexible in how devices like wearables, web-enabled appliances, smartphones, and other gadgets reconnect when they move in and out of range, not to mention making data transfer more efficient, the new standard builds on Bluetooth Smart, the low-power version that has proliferated in recent years thanks in no small part to inclusion in the iPhone and iPad.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

This week we're getting another look at the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, a device that was revealed by the processor manufacturer earlier this year. This device was revealed on the same day the Samsung Galaxy Gear was shown off, the Samsung device aimed at consumers, the Qualcomm device directed at a crowd that's made up of more early adopters and developers. Here we've got a device that's essentially the polar opposite of the Pebble smartwatch as well - made to be elite, not for the everyman, and sporting the best of the best in display technology, according to Qualcomm.

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