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Bluetooth to gain longer range, faster speed in 2016

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced some big changes for Bluetooth aimed squarely at increasing its Internet of Things (IoT) functionality.

Globalstar warns against path to 'Google-ized' spectrum

After Google blasted the approach Globalstar wants to take with wireless operations on channel 14, Globalstar shot back with a missive warning that if Google gets its way, its position would have severe negative implications for competition in the wireless industry as all spectrum would become "Google-ized," including emerging Wi-Fi First service offerings.

Swirl launches new Bluetooth Low Energy beacon

Swirl Networks is introducing what it calls the industry's most advanced, secure and longest-lasting battery powered Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon.

Google's new $199 OnHub Wi-Fi router could target IoT services, challenge telco and cable operators

Google announced it will sell its own Wi-Fi router, the OnHub, for $199. The gadget features support for Bluetooth and the 802.15.4-based Weave standard that Google announced earlier this year for Internet of Things applications. Thus, the product could be used by Google in the future to offer additional smart home services-- an area that cable and telco operators have been playing in with their own Wi-Fi-capable modems and gateways.

Bluetooth SIG, FIDO collaboration could bring better security to Internet of Things

The Bluetooth SIG's work with the Fast iDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance on two-factor authentication could have implications for the Internet of Things (IoT), providing a layer of much-needed security.

Gimbal wants to turn Bluetooth LE devices into beacons

Gimbal, the location- and proximity-based mobile engagement that was spun out of Qualcomm last year, says it is making its beacon firmware available to enable virtually any Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) device to act as a Gimbal beacon.

Bluetooth SIG exec explains how developers can tap into Internet of Things market

FierceDeveloper recently connected with Steve Hegenderfer by phone to discuss the Innovation Series and other efforts his group is making to empower developers who want to be a part of the IoT action.

Report: Installed base of wireless IoT devices in industrial automation reached 10.3M in 2014

The number of wireless IoT devices in automation networks will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.2 per cent to reach 43.5 million by 2020.

Twitter-backed Swirl raises $18M to advance beacon technology

Giving a vote of confidence to Bluetooth-powered beacon technology, Boston-based in-store beacon company Swirl Networks raised an $18 million Series C round that was led by Twitter Ventures, Hearst Ventures and SoftBank Capital. Longworth Venture Partners also participated, bringing Swirl's total funding to $32 million.

ARM buys Bluetooth players Wicentric, Sunrise Micro in Internet of Things push

ARM Holdings acquired two small companies focused on power-efficient Bluetooth technologies, Wicentric and Sunrise Micro Devices, as part of a broader effort to push into the Internet of Things (IoT) market. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.