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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-16       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Equipment vendor Hawking Technologies Wednesday released a dish-shaped Wi-Fi network adapter that it claims increases range by as much as 300 percent.

The company said in a statement that the adapter is shaped like a tiny satellite dish and includes a high-gain dish antenna. It said it increases range by as much as 300 percent compared to standard embedded adapters.

This is one of the relatively small number of adapters that claim increased range but that don't incorporate some version

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-15       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Voice-over-IP vendor Vonage Tuesday officially started shipping its F1000 Wi-Fi phone for voice-over-IP after having first shown the device almost a year ago.

The phone, which the company says will enable users to make calls from public wireless hotspots, retails for $129.99 with a $50 instant rebate bringing the price down to $79.99. The phone was developed by UTStarcom.

While the F1000 was shown at last January's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), it is being released just prior to the next

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-14       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Sprint Nextel was set to launch a service Monday that would deliver full-length films to cell phones, the Reuters news service has reported.
The service will offer television shows and movies for $6.95 a month in addition to regular voice and data charges, Reuters reported. Initial films will include older releases, Reuters said.

"This is what we could get rights to quickly," Reuters quoted Dale Knoop, Sprint's general manager for multimedia services, as saying. He said that Sprint and the

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-14       Article Source : AP

Call it a municipal status symbol in the digital age: a city blanketed by a wireless Internet network, accessible at competitive prices throughout the town's homes, cafes, offices, and parks.

Tempe, the Phoenix suburb that is home to Arizona State University, is due to have wireless Internet available for all of its 160,000 residents in February, becoming the first city of its size in the United States to have Wi-Fi throughout.

Tempe officials hope that by making high-speed Internet as

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

The Wi-Fi Alliance trade group this week launched a program to decrease Wi-Fi power requirements in an attempt to encourage use of the technology in cell phones and other mobile devices.

The company said it will certify an extension to its existing Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) program called WMM Power Save. WMM was adopted more than a year ago to help with the development of applications such as streaming media and voice-over-IP transmitted via Wi-Fi networks.

The WMM Power Save extension

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-10       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

The Wi-Fi Alliance trade group this week launched a program to decrease Wi-Fi power requirements in an attempt to encourage use of the technology in cell phones and other mobile devices.

The company said it will certify an extension to its existing Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) program called WMM Power Save. WMM was adopted more than a year ago to help with the development of applications such as streaming media and voice-over-IP transmitted via Wi-Fi networks.

The WMM Power Save extension

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-09       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Cingular Tuesday launched its 3G network in 52 U.S. metropolitan areas and promised to continue the rollout through 2006.

Cingular, while the largest cellular operator in the U.S., is the last of the three major nationwide carriers to offer fast 3G service. The company claimed in a statement that it is the first cellular operator in the world to offer HSDPA, a variation of UMTS 3G service, that potentially offers typical speeds of 1Mbps and higher. The company said, however, that initial

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-07       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Both fixed and mobile WiMAX will be important to cellular operators to help them relieve congestion from their cellular data networks and to prepare for data technologies beyond 3G, a study released Tuesday by ABI Research claims.

The study noted that, a year ago, there was a lot of hype about the performance of WiMAX that have proven to be overly optimistic.

"Those who made extravagant performance claims were just trying to get the wheels of the WiMAX bandwagon moving,"

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-07       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — STMicroelectronics NV and Intel Corp. have collaborated to develop a NOR-flash memory subsystem for inclusion in mobile phone handsets. The two companies said they would provide hardware- and software-compatible memory products based on common specifications.
The first multi-level cell NOR products based on the common specifications are 512-Mbit devices independently designed and manufactured on industry-leading 90-nanometer process technology, the companies said.

The common subsystem specifications would be extended to 65-nm MLC NOR technology and would focus on single-chip

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-06       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Cingular Wireless, the largest mobile operator in the U.S., said Monday that it will finally offer push-to-talk (PTT) service, claiming its service has several advantages over its competitors.

In a statement, Cingular claimed its PTT network is unique because of how it combines PTT with standard cellular phone calls. The operator also claimed it has the largest PTT footprint in the U.S. and unique features such converting PTT sessions into standard cell phone calls, the ability to see who is available for

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-05       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

A city-wide Wi-Fi network is being created in Taipei, and one private vendor says it will use that network to offer flat-rate voice service and unlimited international calling, VNU.net reported Thursday.

Ennyah Technologies, described as a Taiwanese consumer electronics vendor, told the British news organization that, after the network is set up, it will rent dual-mode phones for $33 a month that will support both Wi-Fi and GSM cellular access. Part of the deal is that users will get unlimited international calls,

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-04       Article Source : InformationWeek

Several developers roll out games to help raise money for HIV and AIDS research and prevention.
  
Not everyone is out to make money on mobile games. Several developers rolled out games Thursday, the World AIDS Day, to help raise money for HIV and AIDS research and prevention.

Werd Interactive Inc., an Alabama-based independent mobile game developer, introduced Spectrum Tiles Red Ribbon, a game that requires players to put together a puzzle and features the red ribbon symbol of

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-04       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Market research firm Gartner projected Thursday that slightly less than 300 million cameraphones will be sold worldwide in 2005.

That total represents about 38 percent of all of mobile phones sales, Gartner said in a statement. In 2004, cameraphones accounted for 14 percent of all mobile phone sales.

Cameraphone sales will increase in coming years as the cost of creating them decreases, the study concluded.

“It has quickly become a global phenomenon as mobile phone users around the

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-03       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

AOL Thursday launched its AOL Mobile Search Services, which it said will provide both search capabilities and local information to mobile users.
The service includes broad search capabilities as well as shopping information and local Yellow Pages information, the company said in a statement.

"AOL Mobile Search services give consumers the power to search or shop for anything they need via Web-enabled cell phone, Smartphone or PDA," Jim Riesenbach, a senior vice president for AOL, said in a statement. Previous

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

An "extremely critical" threat may cause Microsoft to release a patch before its next scheduled round of software patches.
The unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer is bad enough, said the company which reported the Trojan drive-by download exploit to Redmond, that Microsoft will probably fix the problem before this month's scheduled patch day, December 13th.

"This is an extremely critical threat," said Alex Eckleberry, president of anti-spyware developer Sunbelt Software. "It's not widespread, it's not like a Sober or a

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