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  • Target marketing via RFID to debut in Seattle

    Posted May 23, 2005 - 9:22 am

    Some cafes and retail stores in Seattle next week will begin individually marketing products and services to bypassers in Seattle using RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. The first target group is visually and hearing-impaired individuals who can benefit from positioning and navigation applications added to the system.
  • Wi-Fi stack targets embedded Linux devices

    Posted May 21, 2005 - 2:41 pm

    Team F1 Inc. is shipping Linux middleware that can turn just about any embedded Linux device into a Wi-Fi access point.
  • German hospital uses RFID for patient identification

    Posted May 21, 2005 - 2:33 pm

    Technology partners Siemens, Intel, and Fujitsu have launched a pilot project for patient identification based on RFID at Klinikum Saarbrcken Hospital in southern Germany.
  • Chase to offer RFID-enabled contactless credit cards

    Posted May 21, 2005 - 2:29 pm

    Chase credit card customers will soon be able to use so-called "blink cards" - credit cards with built-in RFID chips that can be waved near a scanner rather than run through a typical credit card reader. The technology promises quicker trips through the checkout line - if retailers shell out for the reader equipment.
  • Nokia pushes Web services on Symbian

    Posted May 20, 2005 - 1:22 pm

    Nokia plans to keep its mobile devices competing against Windows Mobile by adding support for Web services to all Symbian smart phones by next year.
  • PalmOne CEO sees mobile role for Linux

    Posted May 20, 2005 - 1:12 pm

    PalmOne's CEO, who's recently had the "interim" knocked off of his title, sees big future for Linux on mobile devices, especially as mobile broadband apps become more and more popular.
  • The Australian patent the Wi-Fi giants want to squash

    Posted May 20, 2005 - 1:05 pm

    Some of the biggest names in the wireless industry are taking legal action against claims that the Australian government owns patents for basic wireless LAN technology.
  • 802.11n standards stalls again

    Posted May 20, 2005 - 1:01 pm

    The 802.11n standard promises a radical increase in Wi-Fi bandwidth - if the IEEE can decide on the standard. A vote between two competing visions for the standard deadlocked again this week.
  • Broadcom sues Qualcomm over patents

    Posted May 20, 2005 - 12:56 pm

    Alleging patent infringement, communications chip vendor Broadcom has sued Qualcomm. Broadcom said it is seeking unspecified monetary damages from Qualcomm and a permanent injunction to ban the manufacture and sale of its core baseband and RF (radio frequency) chips, including chips for multimedia and for the QChat VOIP technology, which is used for cellular push-to-talk systems.
  • The mobile-talkie: Can you hear me now?

    Posted May 19, 2005 - 11:11 am

    A three-year-old start-up is pushing a platform-independent push-to-talk application that enables users of different types of cell phones and different mobile services to communicate via the walkie-talkie model popularized by Nextel. The company, called fastmobile, is selling the application, dubbed fastchat, to service providers.
  • Vodafone hopes cheesy covers will attract new Japanese customers

    Posted May 19, 2005 - 9:24 am

    As part of its attempts to get back in touch with its shrinking customer base Vodafone's Japanese subsidiary will start giving customers the chance to dress mobile phones up as bulls, tires, or even lawns, the company announced today. Covers include "gummi," which simulates semitransparent, semisweet chewable confectionary, "dinosaur egg," a cover that looks lumpy, and "cheese," a cover that looks cheesy.
  • Symbian picks new CEO

    Posted May 19, 2005 - 9:13 am

    Mobile OS maker Symbian is entering a key phase in its development - and has picked up a new CEO to lead it to the promised land.
  • WLAN's Q1 status quo

    Posted May 19, 2005 - 9:10 am

    Did WLAN sales go up or down in the first quarter of 2005? That depends on how you look at the data, but one thing seems clear: nobody is making much profit on Wi-Fi equipment.
  • VeriSign acquisition nets RFID talent

    Posted May 19, 2005 - 9:07 am

    VeriSign in buying R4 Global Solutions for $15 million - a move that seems primarily aimed at adding R4's stable of RFID consultants to VeriSign's supply chain services business.
  • Toshiba launches mobile access service for enterprises

    Posted May 18, 2005 - 2:20 pm

    Toshiba's Digital Products division has unveiled MyConnect Enterprise, a new wireless- and wired-access service for remote workers that will provide 50,000 connection points around the globe, including WiFi hotspots, public broadband access in hotels and some dial-up access.
  • Even more on meshes

    Posted May 18, 2005 - 1:28 pm

    Most early adopters who've used Wi-Fi for years can't imagine life without wireless connectivity. Well, thanks to the coming landscape of ubiquitous mesh networks, they soon won't have to.
  • PalmOne makes the LifeDrive official

    Posted May 18, 2005 - 9:14 am

    After weeks of leaked details popping up on Web sites, PalmOne Inc. is expected to formally announce the LifeDrive Mobile Manager handheld on Wednesday to solve what it sees as the growing storage problems of digital media users.
  • Standards deadlock looms over UWB

    Posted May 17, 2005 - 3:31 pm

    A deadlock between competing camps over UWB could derail efforts to establish an IEEE standard for the short-range wireless technology, according to an executive familiar with the process.
  • Sprint, Microsoft team on wireless location service

    Posted May 17, 2005 - 3:23 pm

    Wondering where you employees - or at least their cell phones - are? Microsoft is teaming up with Sprint to provide a location-based service that will help companies physically map the location of mobile devices.
  • Oddcast to launch flash applications for cell phones

    Posted May 17, 2005 - 3:17 pm

    Oddcast has announced that it will port its Flash-based conversational "avatars" to mobile phone platforms, which may set off a flood of mobile Flash development.
  • PalmOne gives interim CEO full-time gig

    Posted May 17, 2005 - 9:59 am

    PalmOne Inc. has taken the term "interim" out of Ed Colligan's job title, making him the company's new chief executive officer (CEO) and president, the PDA (personal digital assistant) maker announced Monday. The move comes just days before PalmOne is expected to launch the first device in its new mobile manager range of handheld computing products.
  • IEEE chair warns of UWB death

    Posted May 16, 2005 - 10:20 am

    New doubts have been raised over the future of ultra-wide band (UWB), by the chair of the group creating a standard for the fast networking technology.
  • Boost your wireless connectivity range

    Posted May 15, 2005 - 9:23 pm

    Hawking Technology has introduced a wireless signal booster that nearly doubles the range of 802.11b and 802.11g transmitters. Designed for the SMB market, the Hi-Gain Wireless-G Range Extender enables companies to expand their wireless connectivity range without purchasing additional access points.
  • Dell hangs up on cell phones

    Posted May 13, 2005 - 10:37 am

    Dell has branched out from its core computer business and into the wireless realm of late, offering Wi-Fi routers and WWAN-enabled notebooks. But the company's CEO says that Dell won't be offering cell phone service any time soon.
  • W3C moves forward with mobile Web initiative

    Posted May 12, 2005 - 1:05 pm

    The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) formally launched the Mobile Web Initiative at its WWW2005 Conference in Chiba, Japan, on Wednesday, putting out a call for participants to join two working groups focused on making Web access from mobile devices as natural and easy as making a telephone call
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