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  • Nokia keeps selling despite patent dispute

    Posted April 10, 2007 - 9:47 am

    An end to the heated patent licensing dispute between Qualcomm Inc. and Nokia Corp. is nowhere in sight, with both companies still far apart in their positions to renew terms of a licensing pact, which expired Tuesday.
  • Mobile WiMax gear lifts off

    Posted April 10, 2007 - 8:53 am

    Mobile WiMax, hyped for years by Intel Corp. and other vendors, has turned a corner toward reality, according to industry observers.
  • RFID helps the Boston Marathon run

    Posted April 9, 2007 - 3:29 pm

    For the approximately 23,500 registered athletes competing in next Monday's Boston Marathon, additional measures are required beyond proper training, good running shoes and a carbohydrate-laden pre-race dinner. Technology is now as critical as stretching, and will play a role in the race's 111th iteration.
  • Cambridge to host wireless sensor network

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 2:06 pm

    Researchers at Harvard University and BBN Technologies have designed a wireless network capable of reporting real-time sensor data across an entire city. The researchers plan to install 100 sensors by 2011 on streetlamps throughout the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, using a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. Each node will include an embedded PC, an 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi interface and a collection of weather sensors, said Matt Welsh, assistant professor of computer science at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • Consumer groups call for spectrum auction conditions

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 9:33 am

    A coalition of consumer groups wants open access for a portion of valuable wireless spectrum to be auctioned by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in early 2008.
  • Qualcomm says it doesn't need Nokia patents

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 8:50 am

    Qualcomm Inc. threatened to forbid Nokia Corp. from using its patents forever, the strongest blow yet in the ongoing battle between the mobile technology companies. At the heart of this threat is a new assertion by Qualcomm that turns the current negotiations between the companies on its head.
  • Qualcomm document talks tough on Nokia

    Posted April 6, 2007 - 8:37 am

    Qualcomm Inc. is using its Web site for the latest shove against Nokia Corp. in the companies' ongoing legal dispute. A document on Qualcomm's site presents what the company calls contradictory statements that Nokia has made regarding technology licensing.
  • Nokia makes $20M payment to Qualcomm for patents

    Posted April 5, 2007 - 8:47 am

    Nokia said Thursday that it has paid Qualcomm $20 million to license some of its patents related to 3G mobile phones through the second quarter of 2007. The two companies are in the process of renegotiating a patent licensing agreement that expires on April 9.
  • Qualcomm files more suits against Nokia

    Posted April 3, 2007 - 1:22 pm

    Qualcomm Inc. filed two lawsuits against Nokia Corp. in U.S. District Courts on Monday, alleging that Nokia has infringed on five Qualcomm mobile phone patents. The two companies' existing patent licensing agreement will expire on April 9, and as the deadline approaches, the firms are increasingly conducting their negotiations through the courts.
  • New Mozilla mobile browser out, amid more competition

    Posted March 30, 2007 - 4:28 pm

    The newest version of Minimo, the Mozilla mobile browser, became available this week in the midst of changes within the Minimo project that make its future uncertain.
  • Mobile vendors face backhaul issue

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 1:14 pm

    Copper cables, optical fiber and leased lines aren't as sexy as the music phones and mobile video services that are in the limelight at the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando this week, but they're on a lot of people's minds.
  • Microsoft unveils 'Deepfish' mobile Web browser

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 1:05 pm

    Microsoft Corp. late Wednesday unveiled a mobile Web browser aimed at making surfing the Internet on wireless devices as convenient and feature-rich as browsing on a PC.
  • RIM adds APIs for new types of applications

    Posted March 29, 2007 - 9:28 am

    Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM) is hoping to expand the types of applications developers can make for its BlackBerry handheld by adding APIs (application programming interfaces) to the BlackBerry Java Development Environment.
  • TSMC making WiMax chips for Intel

    Posted March 28, 2007 - 9:50 am

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the world's largest contract chip maker, is producing wireless and WiMax-related chips for Intel Corp., the companies said on Wednesday.
  • Verizon Wireless to spend $6 billion on network upgrade

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 2:57 pm

    Verizon Wireless Inc. plans to boost its wireless data network through a new three-year contract with Alcatel-Lucent SA that is expected to be worth $6 billion.
  • Symantec aims for PC-type security on mobiles

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 1:00 pm

    Symantec Corp. is set to dramatically expand its mobile security offerings this week, adding VPN, data encryption, antispam and other features.
  • Symbian OS v9.5 adds support for TV, cameras, databases

    Posted March 26, 2007 - 10:35 am

    Symbian Ltd. has updated its operating system for mobile phones, improving support for digital TV, cameras, database applications, location-based services and roaming between Wi-Fi and 3G (third-generation) networks.
  • Broadcom says Qualcomm violated duty to standards group

    Posted March 23, 2007 - 8:41 am

    A U.S. jury ruled that a failure by Qualcomm Inc. to disclose two patents to a video standards group means the company waived its rights to enforce the patents, which are now part of the H.264 video compression standard, Broadcom Corp. said Thursday.
  • Surveys: Fancy phones sell, but services lag

    Posted March 23, 2007 - 12:07 am

    While the majority (60 percent) of mobile phone users have a device with Internet service, a paltry few actually use their devices to go online, according to a new survey.
  • Motorola cuts Q1 estimate, shakes up management

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 9:41 am

    Motorola Inc. replaced a top executive and warned that sales would be lower than expected for the quarter and the year.
  • Nokia ships N95 phone with GPS

    Posted March 22, 2007 - 9:33 am

    Nokia Corp. has started shipping its N95 mobile phone in Europe and Asia, the first in an expected series of devices from the Finnish company with built-in GPS (global positioning system) capabilities.
  • Broadcom asks US to ban phones with Qualcomm chips

    Posted March 21, 2007 - 3:58 pm

    Broadcom Corp. officials called on the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban the import of mobile phones containing high-speed Qualcomm Inc. processors because of patent infringement.
  • Fancy phones sell, but services lag

    Posted March 21, 2007 - 3:50 pm

    Consumers in both the U.S. and Europe are flocking to phones with advanced data features, but not that many are using the services operators want them to, according to a pair of recent surveys.
  • BenQ sees mobile phone ops turning a profit in Q3

    Posted March 21, 2007 - 9:00 am

    There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for BenQ Corp. and its long running mobile phone troubles. A rebound in its Taiwan mobile phone division could see it turn profitable by the third quarter of this year, the company says.
  • Yahoo expands mobile search offering

    Posted March 20, 2007 - 9:00 pm

    Yahoo Inc. opened up its mobile oneSearch offering to anyone with a phone who can access the Internet. The service, which aims to offer more than a simple list of search results, was previously available as part of Yahoo Go for Mobile, a mobile phone-optimized content offering that is compatible with only certain handsets.
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