Mikael RicknäsLondon Correspondent, IDG News Service

Mikael Ricknäs reports on telecommunications, cellular, and mobile technology for the IDG News Service, and is based in London.


Samsung launches next-gen SmartThings smart home hub

Six months late, the home automation hub is here at last, with new sensors and a new video monitoring capability.

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Samsung's new SmartThings hub will ship in September

Samsung-owned SmartThings' new home automation hub is on the home stretch after problems with stability and performance caused a delay earlier this year.

New chipsets lay groundwork for gigabit speeds to more homes

Product improvements made possible by new chipsets will make it easier for operators to upgrade their broadband networks.

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This wireless hotspot has room for 10 SIM cards for LTE roaming

The Goodspeed 4G mobile hotspot switches automatically between the SIM cards, so users just have to turn it on

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Wi-Fi chip maker Broadcom to be acquired in a $37-billion deal

The combined company will develop chipsets for wired and wireless networks

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Charter Communications confirms $79 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable

The companies expect to close the deal by the end of 2015.

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ARM aims to boost Bluetooth battery life to bolster connected devices

The chip designer has acquired two companies to beef up its offerings.

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NAB conference makes way for more 4K content

Most of the equipment that broadcasters need to adopt the higher resolution is now available

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Cozify's device hub supports a slew of radios to make smart homes simple

Finnish startup Cozify has integrated as many radio technologies as possible

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New chips make Wi-Fi more maker-friendly

The goal is to make adding Wi-Fi connectivity to DIY smart devices much easier.

Apple wants to know more about your listening habits

Apple has reportedly acquired analytics platform Musicmetric

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LG preps webOS 4K TVs with souped-up performance

Users will be able to watch 4K movies and TV series from Netflix and Amazon

Jawbone doubles UP24 battery life, taunts short-lived smartwatches

Battery life is the compnay's biggest advantage as competition from smartwatches increases


At IFA, new smartphones are a harbinger for futuristic tech trends

Support for 64-bit processors and LTE-Advanced will become increasingly common

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Metal has become mandatory on high-end smartphones

In the hunt for differentiation smartphone vendors are fousing more on design