The alarm goes off at 6:30 am. A notification pops up on the smart device that sends a request to my driver to pick me from my home and drop me off at the airport for a meeting at 8:30 am. All of this happens without me having to tell my driver about the airport drop. In less than two hours I’m at the airport; courtesy of connected things and the connected ecosystem.

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Smarter, cheaper and always-on devices keep us connected. This includes everything from tiny, low-power sensors to video cameras, actuators and industrial machinery. The sensors and microchips that define Internet of Things (IoT) capture, monitor and share myriad types of data. As the numbers of these smart sensors increase, the amount of information they produce explodes.

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Today, people are buying more smartphones than PCs. More conversations take place through social media portals than through standard voice calls. More people are consuming video content on mobile devices than on traditional broadcast television.

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Today, more smartphones are bought than PCs. More conversations take place through social media portals than through standard voice calls. More people are consuming video content on mobile devices than on traditional broadcast television.

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Aricent recently concluded a series of webinars on “Cloud-based Telecom Testing: Why and How”. The webinars focused on the advantages and strategies for cloud-based testing and highlighted our powerful Software Tool for Automated Testing Environment (STATE) which has been ported to the cloud to enable LTE testing. Even though the Q&A sessions were quite lengthy, we had more questions left to be answered. Here are the answers to all the questions that we couldn't get to during the webinars.

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The major announcements at this year's Mobile World Congress have mostly revolved around Android handsets. The heavy competition is pushing companies to be more adventurous with their designs both aesthetically and functionally. A common theme this year has also been the emphasis on photography and music quality out of the handsets. Let's look at the style, imaging, and sound trends in more depth. In this post I'll talk about the handset design highlights, and in Part Two I'll look at imaging and sound.

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