Comcast Launches Xfinity Home Service in CT

Comcast today has launched Xfinity® Home in Connecticut. Xfinity Home offers traditional home security components, like police and fire alarm protection backed by 24/7 professional monitoring, as well as the ability to remotely adjust digital thermostats, turn lights on or off and watch secure live streaming video from wireless cameras while away from home. The service also comes with the Xfinity Home app, which is available for free on Apple’s iTunes App Store®.

Mobile Payment Platform for Restaurants Coming

Synapse Product Development has partnered with Viableware, a Kirkland, WA based startup, to develop Rail™, an innovative payment platform that enables restaurants to put their point-of-sale system in the hands of the guest.

Currently in beta testing at Seattle-area restaurants, Synapse engineers have worked closely with Viableware in the design and production of the wireless digital payment folio that securely communicates with existing point-of-sale systems and Viableware’s datacenter to protect consumers from credit card information theft, while also enabling restaurants to streamline payment processes and generate new advertising revenues.

Clearwire Introduces New CLEAR Stick Atlas

Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR), a leading provider of wireless broadband services, has announced the availability of the CLEAR Stick Atlas, a new mobile broadband USB device that offers super-fast speeds, unlimited* 4G usage plans, and is the first in the U.S. to offer instant connectivity without the need for additional software. The CLEAR product portfolio now offers several devices to fit different consumer needs with three new devices launched over the past five weeks.

The CLEAR Stick Atlas connects almost any computer or device with a standard USB port to 4G mobile broadband in cities with CLEAR coverage. Unlike other 4G USB devices, the CLEAR Stick Atlas does not require connection manager software to function. Users simply plug in the device and go. With a compact form factor and weight of just 1.1 ounces, the device easily fits into a pocket or purse.

InfoSonics Launches verykool s700 Android Smartphone

InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON) has launched its new verykool® s700 Android powered smartphone.

The verykool® s700 features a 3.5 inch capacitive screen and optional dual SIM (3G/2G) capability. In addition to the main 2MP rear-facing camera, there is a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video calling. The phone has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, and the batter is optimized to last about 1.5 days for average users.

Astellia to Sign 3G Extension Contract with Nextel

Astellia, a leading provider of monitoring solutions for the optimization of mobile network QoS, has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract with Nii Holdings to extend its existing 2G monitoring solution to the upcoming 3G networks in Brazil and Mexico. This will ensure optimum service quality delivery from day one.

Africa / Orange to offer Visa Mobile Prepaid Accounts to Orange Money customers in Africa and the Middle East

France Telecom-Orange (NYSE:FTE) and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) have said that Orange Money customers will soon have access to Visa prepaid account features inside their Orange Money accounts – a significant step in bringing Visa-quality payments to consumers in developing markets.

Orange Money is the mobile phone-based payment service designed by Orange to meet the needs of customers in Africa and the Middle East. It offers Orange subscribers applications such as person to person transfers, bill payments, and agent-based cash-in and cash-out services for loading or withdrawing funds. Launched in cooperation with local bank partners, the service was first introduced in 2008 and is presently available in eight countries across Africa and the Middle East. Orange plans to introduce Visa payment capability to Orange Money subscribers in select markets by the end of 2012.