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Bluetooth starts working more closely with developers

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has launched the Bluetooth Developer Portal today, providing a resource to help developers and engineers. Available resources include training tools, interactive forums and quick-start guides.

In addition, the Bluetooth SIG is also offering a series of free Bluetooth developer webinars from the end of this month.

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The best Bluetooth devices at CES

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group chose the Motorola MOTOACTV fitness device as its overall winner of the 2012 Bluetooth SIG Best of CES Awards last week.

Also announced by the Bluetooth SIG were the three winners of its Now, New and Next categories at the CES show.

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Deutsche Telekom invests in Jawbone and becomes partner for European expansion

Jawbone, which recently diversified from its focus on Bluetooth headsets and loudspeakers to produce the UP health-tracking wristband, has just announced it’s received $40 million in new funding.

The current round of funding came from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, entrepreneur Yuri Milner and investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. It means the company has now received approaching $210 million from various investors.

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Credit card processing coming to UK mobile phones next month

We’ve previously reported on Square in the USA and iZettle in Sweden. Now we hear that a similar mobile payment service will appear in the UK within a few weeks.

Payment processing company CreditCall is preparing to launch a mobile payment app that’ll let businesses accept credit and debit card payments on a BlackBerry or Android mobile phone. The service, called CardEase Mobile, is due to launch on 1st December 2011 in partnership with CreditCall’s banking partner.

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Market for sports and health apps will treble in five years

​ABI Research says the sports and health mobile application market will grow to be worth over $400 million (£258 million) in 2016, up from $120 million in 2010.

Much of that growth is expected to be driven by the ability of mobile handsets to connect to wearable sports and fitness devices.

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