Internet of Things (IoT) News

Our ongoing coverage of smart technologies, internet connected devices and objects able to collect and exchange data and the platforms that support them.

Coronavirus app

A guide to Europe’s coronavirus contact tracing apps

More than 20 countries across Europe have launched or plan to launch apps that seek to break the chain of coronavirus infection by tracking encounters between people and issuing a ...

Fitbit

Google’s Fitbit deal hits a European Union roadblock

Google’s bid to take on Apple and Samsung in the wearable technology market by buying Fitbit has hit a hurdle as European Union regulators launched an investigation into the ...

Google

Google to buy a stake in ADT in home security push for $450 million

Google is picking up a 6.6% stake in ADT Inc for $450 million, gambling on the house security company’s strong customer base and an army of technicians to induce sales of its...

Italian contact tracing smartphone app

Google says 20 US states ‘exploring’ contact tracing

Google has said that 20 US states and territories, representing about 45 percent of the nation’s inhabitants, are”exploring” contact tracing programs for its nove...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Google’s $2.1 billion Fitbit deal faces EU antitrust investigation

Google’s $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit will face a comprehensive EU antitrust investigation next week, people knowledgeable about the matter has sa...

Qualcomm

Qualcomm forecasts sales above estimates and settles Huawei dispute

Qualcomm has forecast fourth-quarter earnings that were above Wall Street expectations, driven by sales of its processors used in 5G apparatus and attaining a settlement with Huawe...

US China relations

International prospects dim for China’s tech businesses

Huawei Technologies founder Ren Zhengfei’s global ambitions are marked in mortar and bricks in a business campus in China, where the buildings are replicas from European town...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms

Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when ...

EU Antitrust

EU regulators to probe Alexa, Siri and other voice assistants

EU competition regulators are seeking info from 400 companies to establish if there are problems in the market for voice assistants such as Alexa and Siri and other internet-connec...

Fitbit

Google offers pledge on data in bid to win EU okay for Fitbit acquisition

Google has offered not to use health data of fitness tracker company Fitbit to help it target ads in an attempt to address EU antitrust concerns about its proposed $2.1 billion acq...

Google Fitbit Wearables

Google can ward off EU antitrust probe into Fitbit deal with data pledge

Google may be able to stave off a full-scale EU antitrust investigation into its planned $2.1 billion bid for fitness tracker Fitbit by pledging not to use Fitbit’s health da...

SoftBank

Arm to transfer two software businesses to SoftBank and focus on chips

British-based Arm Ltd plans to transfer two software businesses to its Japan-based parent, SoftBank Group Corp, in a strategic shift to focus on growing its core chip businesses, t...

SoftBank

SoftBank-backed start-ups among those approved for US paycheck loan program

Four tech start-ups backed by SoftBank Group Corp’s $100 billion Vision Fund were among the small companies approved for a US COVID-19 pandemic aid program, according to data...

Google Fitbit Wearables

European Union regulators checking if Fitbit deal will increase Google’s clout

European Union regulators are checking whether Google’s purchase of Fitbit might allow it to drive rival makers of wearable devices, app developers and other online service p...