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Timex pivots into wearables with smartwatch

Timex's smartwatch is powered by the cloud

The wearable trend continues to pick up pace with watch maker Timex claiming to be the first “authentic watch brand” to enter what it has now dubbed, the smartwatch space. The Timex Ironman One GPS+ offers stand alone wireless connectivity without needing to connect to a phone and is pitched squarely at the sports enthusiast sector.

Qualcomm acquires cloud-based learning platform

Qualcomm is looking to target educational institutions with its new buy

Qualcomm Technologies, a subsidiary of chip-maker Qualcomm Inc., announced it has acquired EmpoweredU, a pioneer in mobile, cloud-based learning software, for an undisclosed sum. The company said it plans to use the platform as a fundamental building block for its education initiatives moving forward.

Facebook taps vendors to drive connectivity in developing world

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Facebook has created an initiative—Internet.org—to bring internet connectivity to the poor and underserved, recruiting a number of telecoms industry vendors as partners. But while the new group cites the importance of mobile operators in bringing connectivity to the unconnected, there are none among the founders.

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