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  • NTT DoCoMo begins mass-market transition to 3G

    Posted February 2, 2005 - 5:51 pm

    NTT DoCoMo will begin selling a new range of 3G handsets in Japan this month that will mark its first attempt to push 3G telephony into the mainstream of the cellular market.
  • Wireless security: Top priority for 2005

    Posted February 2, 2005 - 5:43 pm

    According to mi2g, half of all recorded digital attacks currently come via a wireless route - up from only 1 in 10 at the beginning of 2004. This report outlines the vulnerabilities and steps that IT managers can take to protect themselves.
  • U.K.'s O2 brings 3.5G to Europe

    Posted February 1, 2005 - 11:36 am

    Mobile operator mmO2 PLC is going to roll out HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access), the enhanced 3G (third generation) standard known as 3.5G. It will appear this year in O2's traditional testing ground, the Isle of Man, and reach the mainland maybe next year.
  • U.S. public Wi-Fi bubble due to burst

    Posted January 31, 2005 - 12:19 pm

    Falling prices of public Wi-Fi services could spell trouble for operators - and may mean less public Wi-Fi than some optimists have predicted. U.S. mobile operators will lose $12 billion in revenue because there are too many of them competing too aggressively.
  • Software-defined radio: The computer meets wireless

    Posted January 31, 2005 - 11:14 am

    The process of turning analog signals into digital information may seem like engineering esoterica to you. But software-defined radio has a big future: SDR techniques may revolutionize mobile handset design by the end of the decade.
  • Network managers keep paying more for Wi-Fi

    Posted January 28, 2005 - 12:12 pm

    Wireless kit for business still costs way more than equivalent kit for SOHO equipment, but this doesn't seem to bother network managers. They just want to make sure they get the features, reliability and security they need.
  • Wi-Fi limits Tennis Australia's wireless ambitions

    Posted January 28, 2005 - 11:50 am

    Despite being at the forefront of technology adoption, most of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park remains Wi-Fi free due to reflection problems associated with the courts, Tennis Australia's IT manager Chris Simpfendorfer told Computerworld.
  • Yahoo links local search with mobile phones

    Posted January 28, 2005 - 11:45 am

    Yahoo on Thursday rolled out a new feature in its local search service that lets users send results from their PCs to mobile phones via SMS, the company said.
  • Report: Mobile phones ring up record sales

    Posted January 28, 2005 - 11:42 am

    According to a recent report from IDC, 2004 was the best year for mobile phone sales worldwide ever, with the fourth quarter seeing a particular jump. Nokia also held onto its spot as the top provider of handsets.
  • U.K. considers UWB

    Posted January 28, 2005 - 11:39 am

    British regulators are considering allowing unlicensed use of the new UWB wireless standard. The move is controversial because licensed wireless protocols already operate in the same spectrum band.
  • Verizon Wireless Q4 profit, revenue rise

    Posted January 27, 2005 - 11:23 am

    Though the AT&T Wireless/Cingular merger left Verizon Wireless only the second largest U.S. wireless carrier, the company had good news to share in its latest earning report. Verizon Wireless's revenues and profits went up, and costumer turnover went down; in addition, 5.6 percent of its revenue came from data services.
  • Canadian government steps in on BlackBerry patent row

    Posted January 26, 2005 - 5:13 pm

    The Canadian developers of the BlackBerry mobile device have declared their intention to take their patent fight all the way to the US Supreme Court, and they just gained a powerful ally. The Canadian government has vowed to step in to protect what it sees as Canada's rights.
  • EarthLink, SK Telecom create virtual mobile operator

    Posted January 26, 2005 - 8:48 am

    Internet service provider EarthLink Inc. and South Korean telecommunications company SK Telecom Co. Ltd. will launch a joint virtual mobile network operator in the U.S., called SK-EarthLink, the companies announced Wednesday.
  • Hotspots on the hotseat

    Posted January 25, 2005 - 3:23 pm

    The recent demonstration in London of the "Evil Twin" wireless connection scam (wherein users at WiFi hotspots are duped into logging onto a malicious server that can capture their personal information off of their laptops) apparently has Londoners in a complete tizzy. The hype has one U.K. journalist proclaiming that it's much ado about nothing.
  • U.K. SMS tsunami donations reach 1 million pounds

    Posted January 25, 2005 - 3:16 pm

    In the wake of last month's tsunami disaster, British mobile phone operators banded together to take 1.50 pound donations via text messages. The British public has responded, donating over 1 million pounds from their mobile phones.
  • WiMax tests will begin in July

    Posted January 25, 2005 - 3:12 pm

    The WiMax Forum will begin interoperability testing on the new standard in Spain this summer, a move that will bring the wireless broadband standard one step closer to widespread adoption.
  • Retailers drag feet on RFID initiatives

    Posted January 25, 2005 - 3:05 pm

    "Don't be last" on RFID, Wal-Mart's CIO recently urged her counterparts at other companies. But most retailers are still taking a wait-and-see attitude about the technology.
  • Juniper in search of wireless LAN switching firm

    Posted January 25, 2005 - 2:58 pm

    In the wake of Cisco's recent acquisition of Airespace, other traditional networking firms are looking for an entry into the wireless space. Juniper Networks was one of Cisco's rivals on the Airespace deal, and it continues to seek a WLAN switching firm to absorb.
  • Broadcom chipset aims to cut chunk out of WLAN costs

    Posted January 25, 2005 - 2:55 pm

    Broadcom is nearly ready to release its latest chipset. The new product would combine many WLAN switching elements, and could drive the costs of WLAN equipment down by nearly 90 percent.
  • Nokia to use new TI chip for low-cost mobile phones

    Posted January 24, 2005 - 11:53 am

    In a move to offer low-cost, entry-level phones for fast-growing markets such as China and India, Nokia Corp. will begin using technology from Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) that integrates most handset electronics into a single chip.
  • Nokia, Vitelcom settle over GSM, GPRS patents

    Posted January 24, 2005 - 11:40 am

    Nokia Corp. said Monday that it settled its patent suits with Vitelcom Mobile Technology SA over GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) technologies.
  • Ask Jeeves developing wireless search service

    Posted January 23, 2005 - 10:16 pm

    Looking to provide yet another way for users to tap its search capabilities, Ask Jeeves Inc. is developing new wireless search services to be launched this year, according to a company executive.
  • Research firms differ on WiMax future

    Posted January 20, 2005 - 7:07 pm

    TelecomView and IDC both recently released reports on the near future of WiMax technology. Both reports were optimistic - but IDC is a bit more cautious.
  • Sun announces Java RFID product, architectures

    Posted January 18, 2005 - 9:22 am

    Sun Microsystems Inc. on Monday announced a Java-based product designed to make it easy for suppliers to switch from tagging their products with traditional bar codes to RFID (radio frequency identification) technology.
  • Toshiba software will remotely control PCs by cellphone

    Posted January 18, 2005 - 9:00 am

    Toshiba Corp. has developed software to remotely operate a PC using a mobile phone over a cellular network. The software will be available in cooperation with one of Japan's cellular networks in late March, a Toshiba executive said in a press conference on Tuesday.

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