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  • CTIA: Mobile phone security standards coming next year

    Posted September 28, 2005 - 9:12 am

    The mobile phones being sold on the shelves during the 2006 holiday season should be a lot more secure than this year's crop, thanks to a new mobile security specification that is expected to be released in the first half of 2006.
  • CTIA: Vendors push for enterprise mobility

    Posted September 28, 2005 - 8:57 am

    Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday showcased a newly announced push-to-talk device in a keynote presentation at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment show but the company also had some leftover business from Monday's unveiling of a Windows Mobile-powered Palm Inc. Treo.
  • CTIA: RIM agrees to use Intel's Hermon mobile chip

    Posted September 27, 2005 - 4:32 pm

    Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) has agreed to use Intel Corp.'s mobile processor, code-named Hermon, in its lineup of BlackBerry devices, the companies announced Tuesday at the CTIA Wireless IT and Entertainment conference.
  • Mobile search helps users find nearby fun

    Posted September 27, 2005 - 1:30 pm

    InfoSpace's new Mobile Local Search offering helps cell phone users locate nearby business and entertainment - even if they don't know precisely where they are.
  • Linux drivers for wireless network cards?

    Posted September 27, 2005 - 1:16 pm

    Getting your Linux machine connected to a WLAN can still be tricky, especially if you're using a USB adapter. Read on for some tips for taking the penguin wireless.
  • PanGo to launch new software, RFID tags for asset tracking

    Posted September 27, 2005 - 1:06 pm

    PanGo, an RFID vendor that focuses on medical markets, will be releasing a new version of its management software, along with new RFID tags that are both smaller and cheaper than their predecessors.
  • Mobile phone operators call for low cost equipment

    Posted September 27, 2005 - 10:50 am

    All the talk at the 3GSM World Congress Asia about ensuring people in poor countries have access to inexpensive mobile phones prompted some operators on Tuesday to call for the development of lower-cost equipment, so they can extent their networks throughout less-populated areas.
  • New spec to address wireless QoS issues

    Posted September 26, 2005 - 5:18 pm

    The IEEE is finalizing the 802.11e standard to improve quality of service on Wi-Fi networks, giving performance-sensitive applications like VoIP priority. Now the Wi-Fi Alliance is working on the Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) specification, a subset of 802.11e, in an attempt to make interoperability among vendors easy.
  • Palm's Windows Treo to arrive in early 2006

    Posted September 26, 2005 - 2:09 pm

    As expected, Palm Inc. unveiled a forthcoming Treo smart phone running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile 5.0 at a press conference in San Francisco Monday. The device will be available in the U.S. early next year.
  • Mobile users top priority is better batteries: Survey

    Posted September 26, 2005 - 10:56 am

    In a survey of 7,000 users worldwide, 75 percent of respondents said the feature they most want in mobile phones and PDAs is longer battery life, according to market research firm TNS.
  • Coca-Cola employees in Europe go wireless

    Posted September 26, 2005 - 9:53 am

    Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company SA is eliminating antiquated paper-based processes in favor of an automated wireless system. The company, Coca-Cola's largest bottler outside of the U.S., announced on Monday that it has equipped 3,000 sales people with custom wireless handheld devices from Symbol Technologies Inc.
  • Zander recalls 'tearful' first days at Motorola

    Posted September 23, 2005 - 4:37 pm

    It was Jan. 5, 2004, Ed Zander's first day at Motorola Inc. The company was plagued by quality issues, financial confusion, and slippery launch dates. Plus, it was well below zero degrees Fahrenheit in Schaumburg, Illinois, a long way from the mild Silicon Valley climate where Zander had spent the last several years.
  • Dual-branded BenQ Siemens mobile phone expected Q1 2006

    Posted September 23, 2005 - 8:51 am

    Taiwan's BenQ Corp., which agreed to acquire the loss-making mobile phone manufacturing business of German electronics giant Siemens AG in June, plans to launch its first dual-branded product in the first quarter of 2006, a spokeswoman said.
  • Nokia puts music on hold for phone range

    Posted September 22, 2005 - 11:16 am

    Nokia Corp. is delaying the introduction of the N91, its cell phone that can store as many as 3,000 songs, missing the end-of-year shopping season.
  • Dell plans notebook for Cingular's HSDPA network

    Posted September 22, 2005 - 11:10 am

    A few days after Dell Inc. made plans with Verizon Communications Inc. to embed wireless broadband connections into its notebooks, Dell plans to do the same thing with Cingular Wireless LLC, Dell and Cingular announced Wednesday.
  • The joys and woes of Wi-Fi working

    Posted September 21, 2005 - 1:31 pm

    Hurricane Katrina left my street in Miami without power for a week, and as a telecommuter, I had to find places with Internet access in order to work during the outage. This included connecting several times to a Wi-Fi hotspot at my neighborhood Barnes & Noble bookstore, which also houses a Starbucks coffee shop. Having worked out of the solitude of my home office for the past eight years or so, I have to admit I felt excited when I pulled into the parking lot and walked toward the bookstore armed with my laptop, cell phone and assorted work papers and documents.
  • Infineon targets GSM phone with $15 bill-of-materials

    Posted September 20, 2005 - 11:35 am

    Infineon Technologies AG aims to bring down the cost of building a mobile phone to around $15 by next year, a senior company official told reporters Tuesday.
  • More than just a cell phone

    Posted September 20, 2005 - 10:50 am

    A look at advances in wireless and cell phone technologies - Wireless phone advertising, increasing acceptance of using the mobile phone for both voice-based and non-voice services; displacing wireline and fixed-mobile convergence options.
  • Google to launch Wi-Fi service?

    Posted September 20, 2005 - 10:02 am

    Google Inc. may be close to launching a Wi-Fi service. A page on the Google Web site instructs customers on how to download Google Secure Access, a client that the site says "allows you to establish a more secure connection while using Google WiFi."
  • Startup Ruckus to help deliver video over WLANs

    Posted September 20, 2005 - 9:32 am

    A Silicon Valley startup aims to solve the problems of sending video over Wi-Fi, looking to IPTV (Internet Protocol television) service providers as a highly motivated distribution channel.
  • Vodafone to launch HSDPA

    Posted September 20, 2005 - 9:01 am

    Vodafone Group PLC said it plans to trial HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet Access) early next year, with a commercial introduction to follow mid-year.
  • Tap, don't talk

    Posted September 20, 2005 - 8:27 am

    Opposition to a federal proposal to allow wireless phone calls on U.S. airline flights has air carriers and federal regulators considering a less controversial alternative that could still help busy executives turn idle travel time into productive work time: wireless Internet connections.
  • Video - Coming to a WLAN Near You

    Posted September 19, 2005 - 2:57 pm

    I've lately been experimenting with a new idea, but one that I think will become common over the next few years. What I'm doing is building a wireless media facility in my home. The rule is that it needs to provide all common communications and entertainment capabilities (telephone, data networking, videoconferencing, and watching TV and videos, for example), but the only wires allowed into the room are the AC power lines that are already there. This is much more difficult than you might think, and it's beyond the capabilities of most of today's wireless LANs. I've lately been experimenting with advanced technologies like MIMO and other multiple-antenna implementations to find a product that will work.
  • Vodafone offers roaming data service in US

    Posted September 16, 2005 - 10:03 am

    Enterprise customers of Vodafone Group PLC, Europe's largest mobile phone operator, will be able to send and receive data on the high-speed network of Verizon Wireless Inc. under a new roaming service announced Thursday.
  • Keyboard design firm sues RIM over BlackBerry 7100

    Posted September 15, 2005 - 2:30 pm

    A New York company has sued BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) over the design of the keyboard on the BlackBerry 7100, claiming it holds a patent that covers the technology.
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