Why Broadcom wants to be the smarts in your next smartphone

Broadcom is generally known for its wireless technology prowess, but don’t be surprised to see the company be the chip that puts the smarts in your smartphone or tablet. It signed a licensing agreement with ARM to design and build powerful application processors on Tuesday.

New Bluetooth headset powers cyclists’ conference calls

Avid cyclists needing to communicate on a group ride might consider the Cardo BK-1. At $279, it’s not cheap, but the Bluetooth headset pairs with a radio module that attaches to a bike helmet. With it, riders have a light walkie-talkie to stay in touch.

Today in Cleantech

Today’s announcement of a collaboration between Toyota and Ford began with a chance encounter between the two companies CEOs at an airport in April. Four months later, the companies will work together on development of a new hybrid system for SUVs and pickup trucks. It’s been difficult to sell a rear wheel drive, hybrid light truck but both companies recognize that Americans aren’t giving up their pick up trucks anytime soon. This is a huge market that could be a shaken up with a blockbuster, fuel efficient SUV or pickup. The collaboration also includes some joint work on telematics and wireless communication in the vehicle, an area where Ford has received acclaim and Toyota is lagging.