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Piece from FierceWireless on how devices like the  Fitbit create an area of continuous connectivity around mobile devices that is used both to collect data and present it back to the user.

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M2M has a staggering potential for disrupting wireless telecoms on a scale comparable to mobile broadband, yet growth is still elusive. A new model that relies on smartphones or tablet to display and aggregate data may change that, but it may also threaten the monetization efforts from mobile operators.

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Vertical applications are all of a sudden one of the hottest topics in wireless. No longer limited to narrowband connections to monitor truck drivers' location, they are set to create the "Internet of things" with an explosion of connected devices, from your toaster and fridge, to the largest nuclear power plant. The potential for growth is huge--for each person there are multiple devices that may eventually get connected to a wireless network.

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While working recently on a paper on WiMAX healthcare applications in developing countries, one of the key questions faced was whether wireless and wireless broadband in particular can truly help rural and underserved communities – where people may subsist on less than a dollar a day, houses have no running water or electricity, and kids only have access to the most basic education.

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