Eurobites: ARM Targets the Internet of Things

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange does a deal with Netflix in France; Kroes tells it straight; Rovio cuts jobs; Sol Trujillo? Who's he?

  • ARM Ltd. , the UK-based chip designer, is designing a new software platform that is specifically aimed at the Internet of Things market, the BBC reports. The ARM mbed IoT Device Platform has been built around open standards and includes a free operating system for devices based on ARM's Cortex-M processor. As the BBC report points out, this means that it won't work with devices based on Intel's Quark Atom chips or Imagination's Mips processors. For more details of mbed, see this ARM press release.

  • Orange France has reached an agreement with Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) to distribute the OTT streaming giant's content via Orange set-top boxes, reports Bloomberg. The agreement gives Orange a share of revenue for carrying the Netflix content to its more than 10 million TV subscribers, echoing an earlier deal Netflix agreed with Orange's smaller rival, Bouygues Telecom .

  • Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's outgoing vice president for the Digital Agenda, and bane of the mobile operators' lives, decided to go out with a bang with a belter of a speech to to Europe's telcos. For the full story, and to read her speech, see Telecom Sector 'Its Own Worst Enemy' – Kroes.

  • Yet more bad news on the Finnish jobs front: Following Wednesday's announcement from Tieto Corp. regarding up to 350 layoffs, Angry Birds creator Rovi Corp. says it plans to cut 130 jobs in Finland, Reuters reports. "We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized," said CEO Mikael Hed in a statement.

  • As put-downs go, it's a pretty good one. Responding to reports that US businessman Sol Trujillo may be bidding for a stake in Telecom Italia (TIM) , Reuters reports that the operator's chairman, Giuseppe Recchi, said: "I have never heard about him. He has never called us. For me he does not exist." Well that clears that one up then.

  • Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. used a meeting with the French Prime Minister Manuel Valls to announce that it is planning to increase its R&D spend in France and increase the amount of goods and services it procures from French suppliers. Ren Zhengfei, Huawei's founder and CEO, was on handshake duties.

  • And finally: London's iconic yet now often redundant red telephone boxes are turning green -- or at least one of them has. London Live reports that two graduates of the London School of Economics, Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston, have come up with Solarbox, a scheme that converts the redundant phone boxes into solar-powered device charging stations. Kenney and Craston hope to make money from companies advertising in the repurposed boxes.

    Allo, allo, allo, what's all this then? An under-employed London copper checks out the Solarbox.
    Allo, allo, allo, what's all this then? An under-employed London copper checks out the Solarbox.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Susan Fourtané 10/3/2014 | 8:22:33 AM
    Re: SolarBox Thanks, Paul. I'll go and have a closer look next time I'm in london. 

    I had the exact same thought. Even I, too, can understand why they have painted them green I believe leaving them in the original red would have been better, in a way, it would have been as a way of paying tribute to an element of the city that has travelled around the globe for so long, as much as the Big Ben I would say, representing London. I think it would have been nicer to keep them red. 

    At least I can still have my little red telephone box where I store my tea. :) 


    PaulERainford 10/3/2014 | 7:27:22 AM
    Re: SolarBox It's in Tottenham Court Road - near the tube station I think. Personally I think it's a bit of a shame they've painted them green -- the red boxes being so iconic an' all -- though I can understand why they have.
    Susan Fourtané 10/3/2014 | 7:12:42 AM
    Rovio Yes, it's sad that Rovio is laying-off 130 employees. I am pretty sure this will be reverted soon.

    Pekka Rantala, a former Nokian, has been appointed as Rovio's new CEO. Maybe Rovio has to look closely at Supercell's (Clash of Clans) business model? 

    Susan Fourtané 10/3/2014 | 6:48:27 AM
    SolarBox What a lovely and environmentally friendly idea to recycle the iconic red telephone boxes. :D It's nice to see that someone thought of giving them a new and useful life.

    If this will work when more solar devices populate the city is another story. How long would you have to be in the SolarBox with your solar device to get it charged? They probably have a plan for this, though. :) 

    Also, in the solar front, a London based startup has created the SolarTab, a tablet-sized solar changer for tablets and smartphones. The charger is powerful enough to change your iPad. 

    Paul, where in London is the SolarBox?

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