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  • Orange, Cingular team on trans-Atlantic corporate cellular service

    Posted November 29, 2005 - 10:42 am

    Two big mobile phone operators, one in the U.S., the other in Europe, are teaming to offer tailored services to multinational companies operating on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Netgear settles lawsuit on Wi-Fi speed claims

    Posted November 28, 2005 - 11:33 am

    Netgear Inc. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the company of inflating the data speeds of its Wi-Fi networking devices in advertising materials.
  • Shanghai company plans TV service for mobile phones

    Posted November 28, 2005 - 9:49 am

    China Shanghai Oriental Pearl (Group) Co. Ltd., which specializes in television and radio transmission services, plans to introduce a TV broadcast service for mobile phones during the second half of next year, a company official said Monday.
  • Late product launches dent RIM subscriber predictions

    Posted November 23, 2005 - 11:35 am

    Research in Motion has lowered its previous predictions on how many new BlackBerry subscribers it expects to sign up during both its current third fiscal quarter and the following fourth fiscal quarter. RIM blamed the likely drop-off in new subscribers on delayed launches of the latest BlackBerry handsets, according to a company release.
  • San Francisco gets Wi-Fi feet wet with 'hot zones'

    Posted November 22, 2005 - 5:32 pm

    Residents and visitors in some areas of San Francisco won't have to wait for the controversial proposed citywide Wi-Fi service to get free wireless Internet access.
  • AOL launches new IM software

    Posted November 22, 2005 - 5:22 pm

    America Online has updated its instant messaging service with an online address book and the ability to send text messages direct to mobile phones. The move intensifies the competition between instant messaging service providers, among them Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, to multiply the communication technologies and information services supported by their software.
  • AirMagnet's WLAN analyzer goes remote

    Posted November 22, 2005 - 12:27 pm

    The latest version of a wireless LAN analyzer from AirMagnet, announced Monday, allows remote scanning over any LAN or Internet connection and can run on a Centrino-equipped laptop without a separate Wi-Fi card.
  • Mobile phone sales jumped 22 percent in Q3, study finds

    Posted November 22, 2005 - 11:53 am

    Worldwide mobile phone sales could climb to 810 million this year, although consumers are not yet buying the sales pitch for high-speed 3G network devices, market analyst Gartner Inc. said on Tuesday.
  • Tracking Bluetooth and Thwarting USB Spies

    Posted November 21, 2005 - 3:45 pm

    A few weeks ago I mentioned a way to track Bluetooth signals, and glibly said the only way to be secure with Bluetooth was to stay at least 30 feet away from everyone. Several people wrote about a recent Black Hat convention where attendees put a Yagi directional antenna on top of a rifle scope, and were able to pick up Bluetooth signals over a mile away.
  • Microsoft updates handheld software to fix glitches

    Posted November 21, 2005 - 1:36 pm

    Microsoft Corp. released an upgrade Friday to the synchronization component of its Windows Mobile 5.0 software.
  • Key ruling in Blackberry dispute could come next week

    Posted November 21, 2005 - 11:19 am

    An important ruling in the ongoing patent dispute between Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion and NTP could come as early as next Tuesday, as RIM puts the finishing touches on a "workaround" that it claims sidesteps NTP's patents.
  • Swedish Post to go wireless

    Posted November 21, 2005 - 11:02 am

    Following in the footsteps of commercial package delivery companies like FedEx or UPS, Sweden Post is in the process of deploying wireless handhelds for delivery workers. The new system is expected to increase efficiency and allow customers to easily track packages online.
  • Digital Gear: Postcards from cell-phone land

    Posted November 18, 2005 - 5:53 pm

    Wireless headset companies could benefit as U.S. states enforce laws requiring drivers to talk hands-free on mobile phones. Canadian company Gennum Corp. this month launched its versatile NxZen Plus cell-phone headset in the U.S. Mobile phones can now be used to write and send postcards thanks to a service from Fujifilm USA and Summus Inc. Away from cell-phone land, home video tapes can be digitized on DVDs using Sony Electronics Inc.'s DVDirect.
  • Philippines operator to offer mobile e-mail

    Posted November 18, 2005 - 10:59 am

    Digital Mobile Philippines has become one of the latest operators to pursue a mobile e-mail offering. It announced Friday that it has hired Ericsson to supply a hosted push e-mail service. Digital Mobile Philippines operates the Sun Cellular mobile service in the Philippines.
  • Google wins approval to provide Wi-Fi in home town

    Posted November 17, 2005 - 12:26 pm

    Google has won the approval from city officials it needs to begin building a Wi-Fi network in its home base of Mountain View, California, the company said Wednesday.
  • Japan's IPMobile sees big promise in mobile data

    Posted November 17, 2005 - 12:01 pm

    IPMobile, a wireless telecommunications start-up that last week won a license to operate a nationwide data-centric cellular service in Japan, expects the nationwide user base for mobile data services to grow to four times its current size over the next few years, its president said Thursday.
  • Cicero software supports Wi-Fi/cellular roaming

    Posted November 17, 2005 - 11:53 am

    Cicero Networks on Thursday unveiled a platform that could enable smart phone users to roam between Wi-Fi hotspots and cellular networks without dropping their voice calls. Cicero's offering is unusual in this space because wireline carriers wishing to offer the converged service to users won't need to forge partnerships with mobile operators, which may see such converged services as a threat to their main revenue source.
  • CDMA2000 to offer 73 Mbps downloads in 2008

    Posted November 16, 2005 - 10:29 am

    The CDMA Development Group, an industry organization promoting the CDMA cell phone standard, said Wednesday a new revision to the standard, which could lead to a big jump in cellular download rates in as little as two years, is on track to be published early next year.
  • Gemplus, Orange offer 128 MB SIM card

    Posted November 15, 2005 - 6:19 pm

    In a vote of confidence for new high-capacity SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards, Orange SA this month will start to offer handsets by Sagem Communication SA that include a Gemplus International SA SIM card capable of storing 128 MB of data.
  • DOJ asks court to keep Blackberry service on

    Posted November 14, 2005 - 5:06 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a judge to ensure that government users can continue to send each other e-mail on their "essential" BlackBerry devices, even though the court has ruled against the maker of BlackBerry devices in a patent infringement case.
  • New mobile Linux group launches

    Posted November 14, 2005 - 11:20 am

    A group of companies launched the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum on Monday. It's the newest effort to create standards aimed at fostering the use of Linux on mobile devices.
  • Five more vendors join Asia's Bridge Mobile Alliance

    Posted November 14, 2005 - 11:13 am

    The Bridge Mobile Alliance, a group of Asian mobile operators, said Monday that five more vendors had joined the group as associate members.
  • Company proposes UWB-based broadband via gas pipes

    Posted November 11, 2005 - 6:01 pm

    Here's an intriguing scenario: a company called Nethercomm is working on using natural gas pipes that connect to most homes as a conduit for wireless broadband. The company's technology, which is based on the ultrawideband standard, is in the very early development stages, but could represent big savings over other comparble services.
  • WiMax forum says 150 nets deployed

    Posted November 11, 2005 - 5:53 pm

    Is WiMax really here? The WiMax forum says that there are over 150 functioning WiMax networks out there in the field, though it's counting "pilot projects" in that tally.
  • Filipino city to get wireless network

    Posted November 10, 2005 - 5:02 pm

    Aside from housing the former Philippine Army headquarters and the rapidly developing major business hub Fort Bonifacio, the city of Taguig is also looking forward to becoming the first local government unit in the Philippines to transform its whole city into a wireless access zone via Wi-Fi or WiMax technology.
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