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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-28       Article Source : TechWeb News

A Missouri woman rang in the holidays Friday by swallowing a cell phone.

Police in Blue Springs said they received a call Friday from a man who said his girlfriend was having trouble breathing after she swallowed a cell phone. The two had been arguing about the phone, which ended up being lodged in her throat.

Police said the woman, who wasn’t identified, was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Later, police indicated the woman may

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

Texas Instruments Inc.'s intention to buy Chipcon is expected to help drive down the costs for products based on Zigbee, a wireless communication technology used by a variety of home and business devices, a research firm said Friday.

Dallas-based TI said this week that it planned to buy Chipcon, headquartered in Oslo, Norway, for $200 million. The deal is expected to close in January 2006.

Chipcon designs short-range, low-power wireless transceiver devices. TI planned to combined the company's Zigbee-based products

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

San Francisco’s city government has issued an RFP (request for proposals) to build a Wi-Fi network that will provide free wireless Internet access to its citizens.

Mayor Gavin Newsom said Thursday that 26 initial proposals for the project have been received. The RFP covers several issues for what the city calls its “TechConnect” strategy.

Major firms that have expressed an interest in the project in the past include Google Earthlink, Hewlett-Packard, MetroFi, Skytel, MCI, and Cingular Wireless. The RFP is

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

Music In Your Own Words (Miyow) Pty Ltd. is planning to develop a cellular phone application where consumers can purchase personalized tunes and send them as e-carol audio files to friends, the company said Thursday.

Requests from executives at the company's distributors, such as Arena Mobile in the U.K. and Mobile Media in Asia-Pacific, prompted the decision to create the platform, said Lars Harold, co-founder and chief executive officer at Miyow. "It could take between 10 and 16 months to develop the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

Research In Motion Ltd, makers of the popular Blackberry mobile email device, reported on Wednesday that profits in the third quarter rose by a third, but the company, which is embroiled in a patent dispute, lowered its subscriber forecast.

The Canadian company said net income for the quarter ended Nov. 26 was $120.1 million, or 61 cents a share, compared with $90.4 million, or 46 cents a share, for the same period a year ago. Revenues rose by 53 percent to $560.6

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-23       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

T-Mobile USA is expanding has been coverage area and has started discussing its 3G rollout plans, according to an interview with a company executive published by the BetaNews Web site.

In particular, the company is expanding its GSM service in the 850 MHz portion of spectrum, which could expand its coverage area as much as 40 percent, Neville Ray, T-Mobile's vice president of engineering operations, told BetaNews. Much of that new coverage area would be in the U.S. heartland, Ray said. The

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-23       Article Source : TechWeb News

Terrorists reportedly have found a way to scam mobile phone companies by exploiting wireless phone vulnerabilities, some news reports say.

They cloned the mobile phone of a top mobile phone executive, along with some of his company's customers, and made thousands of dollars worth of international calls, according to Canadian news reports.

The scam was discovered by a customer who was upset after being told she would have to pay more than $12,000 for calls to Pakistan, Libya and Syria,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-22       Article Source : EE Times

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said Monday (Dec. 19) it has agreed to supply a Venezuelan mobile service provider with network equipment and operational know-how for recently-certified mobile WiMAX services.

The agreement means Samsung, South Korea’s leading handset provider, is capable of commercializing the fledgling high-speed Internet broadband technology called "WiBro" for the first time overseas.

Samsung said in a statement that the agreement with Omnivision C.A., which built Venezuela’s pay-TV service, will clear the way to

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-21       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Wi-Fi enhances personal relationships as well as productivity, according to 46% of Americans polled for a recent Wi-Fi Alliance survey.

Out of the 1,000 Americans surveyed from various incomes, 65% said Wi-Fi technology helps them stay in touch with friends and family through tools such as instant messaging and email. Wi-Fi also improves online socializing, according to 53%. The amount of time saved from using high speed access allows for more free time, which 68% use to be more productive at home

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Cingular Wireless has signed a deal to offer streaming video of HBO shows, including the "Sopranos," "Sex and the City," "Rome" and "Six Feet Under," on mobile phones.

The deal is part of the Cingular Video service that the carrier plans to launch early next year. The service would be available to consumers with cellular phones capable of accessing the company's high-speed service.

In promoting the upcoming shows, Cingular made available Friday through its Internet access service, called Media Net,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-19       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Vivato, one of the original wireless LAN switch startups, has ceased operations, Wi-Fi Net News (WNN) has reported.

The company's demise was confirmed by a corporate spokesperson, according to WNN. The shut-down has already occurred, according to WNN.

Vivato, along with other companies like Airespace and Aruba Wireless Networks made news three years ago by introducing WLAN switches that provided a more centralized method of managing wireless LANs than trying to manage large numbers of access points, each with built-in

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-19       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Cingular Thursday announced that it will launch a streaming video service that will work over its recently-announced 3G network.

When the service is launched, Cingular will become the last of the three largest U.S. cellular operators to provide such a service. Cingular said that the service will provide on-demand streaming video, including programming from HBO such as Sopranos and Six Feet Under.

Cingular said the content would be available "early next year" but did not provide a precise date or

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-17   

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The stakes in a bitter legal feud over the BlackBerry wireless e-mail service just got a bit higher.

This week, a tiny patent holding firm battling the device's creator, Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM), announced a license agreement with RIM rival Visto Corp. With the deal in hand, Visto went straight to court and sued Microsoft Corp. for similar infringement claims.

The announcements could put more pressure on RIM to settle with its little challenger, NTP

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-17       Article Source : InformationWeek

Companies that want constant employee E-mail access but can't afford the cost of PDAs, such as Research In Motion's BlackBerry or the Palm Treo, have a new alternative in MailCall, a service from startup Great American Technologies Inc. The hosted service translates a text E-mail into a computerized voice mail and sends it to any wireless or landline phone.

If MailCall's servers aren't able to translate a written word into a verbal one, the word is spelled out for the user. The

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-16       Article Source : TechWeb News

Watching TV on a mobile phone is not expected to be a major pastime for U.S. consumers for at least another five years, a research firm said Thursday.

EMarketer forecasts that the number of U.S. consumers watching TV programming on cellular phones will rise to 15 million in 2009 from 1.2 million this year. But while the growth rate is significant, the actual number of small-screen TV watchers is small compared to the 240 million mobile phone users expected in the U.S.

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