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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

The Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday said it plans to offer in June a nationwide wireless phone service that will enable parents to manage their children's phone use.

Parent-friendly features in Disney Mobile include being able to set spending allowances and track usage for voice minutes, text messaging, picture messaging and downloadable content, company officials said at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas, Nev.

In addition, parents can decide on the hours of the day and days of the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

MSNBC on Wednesday launched in beta an ad-supported mobile service for delivering news stories, pictures and video to cellular phones.

Microsoft Corp., which owns a portion of MSNBC along with the NBC network, has signed up as the exclusive advertising sponsor for the launch of the new service, which is powered by technology from Action Engine Corp.

In announcing the service at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas, Nev., MSNBC said the service was as much a learning experience

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Delivering content to cellular phones, Mobile Media Now on Friday will launch the weekly sports video channel 6Degrees Action Sports Lifestyles on the telecommunications carrier 3 UK network.
VidZone Digital Media, a European mobile content provider, will deliver 6Degrees Action Sports Lifestyles and video ringers to 3 network customers in the United Kingdom.

The 6Degrees Action Sports Lifestyles channel will sell for $4.99 monthly as part of a 3 UK subscriber package. It includes MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon,

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-07       Article Source : TechWeb News

Verizon Business unveiled its Hosted Secure Instant Messaging Service Wednesday, aimed at addressing IM security issues as the messaging technology becomes more popular among business and enterprise users.

Hosted Secure IM has been developed to help stop various cyber pestilences like worms, viruses and spim before they enter business networks.

"We are making IM a viable tool for the enterprise, while extending our collaboration and communications platform to deliver integrated IP application with enhanced functionality," said Ed McGuinness, chief marketing

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-06       Article Source : CRN

Motorola and Sony Electronics are joining forces to offer a wireless mesh-enabled IP video camera.

Targeted at municipalities deploying wireless mesh networks, the new offering will help streamline deployment of IP video surveillance solutions for public safety rollouts, a Motorola spokeswoman said.

Motorola plans to sell the equipment through its wireless mesh channel partners and recruit new security VARs, she said. Later this year, the company also plans to launch a new, more comprehensive channel program that will include its

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-06       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Kineto Wireless has teamed with Wi-Fi network integrator Boingo Wireless to ensure full interoperability between Boingo's Wi-Fi toolkit for mobile handsets and Kineto Wireless' Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) system.

“UMA based services today are focused on home solutions. This agreement means operators can now extend the reach of these converged cellular-Wi-Fi services to over 30,000 hotspots globally,” Steve Shaw, director of marketing at Kineto told EE Times .

Initially targeted for UMA-enabled Windows Mobile 5-based devices, the collaboration

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-05   

Nortel reported that it has successfully tested 7.2 Mbps HSDPA mobile data calls using Qualcomm's Mobile Station Modem MSM6280 combined with Nortel's HSDPA network equipment.
In reporting the tests Friday, Nortel said the calls covered frequencies in commercially available UMTS spectrum currently in use by mobile operators globally. The spectrum includes 2100MHz in use in European 3G networks, and 850MHz spectrum in North America, the Caribbean and Latin America. Nortel said it also expects the 900MHz spectrum to eventually be used

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-04       Article Source : VARBusiness

The use of mobile phones over a long period of time can raise the risk of brain tumors, according to a Swedish study released on Friday, contradicting the conclusions of other researchers.

Last year, the Dutch Health Council, in an overview of research from around the world, found no evidence that radiation from mobile phones and TV towers was harmful. A four-year British survey in January also showed no link between regular, long-term use of cell phones and the most common type of

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-04   

As you get packed for the next tradeshow, imagine leaving behind the item you thought most indispensable: your laptop. With any luck, mobile users may soon be able to travel a bit lighter with new, faster 3G equipment that handles computing and communications.

Qualcomm Inc. and Nortel Networks Ltd. say they've just completed the industry's first 7.2-Mbit/s mobile data calls over High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) gear. Their tests achieved data downloads at speeds that are several times faster than most fixed-broadband connections,

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Posted by iTech on 2006-04-03   

Hawking Technologies, a manufacturer of connectivity solutions now testing the home automation market, is preparing to take the wraps off one of the first home-control solutions based on the ZigBee wireless standard.
Hawking's HomeRemote solution, expected to ship later this spring, uses ZigBee technology, which provides low- bandwidth wireless connections at up to 75 meters, allowing homeowners to remotely control lighting, temperature and appliances through a Web browser on a PC or mobile device. A variety of security sensors that attach

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Posted by iNext on 2006-04-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

Negatives of working in the Washington D.C. area like horrific traffic jams and high gas prices have helped earn the city a designation as "Best City for Teleworking," according to the results of a survey released Thursday.

The survey, conducted by the Intel Corp. and research firm Sperling's BestPlaces, chalked up the potential benefits of teleworking and matched them with cities across the U.S. Washington came in first in the very large metro area category, followed by Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, and San

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

With revenue growth from wireless voice traffic slowing, U.S. wireless providers will focus on wireless data services and businesses, according to two reports released Wednesday by IDC.

Wireless service providers enjoyed a stellar 2005 year with some 200 million subscribers and a near market saturation of 70 percent, the market research firm said. But that is changing. The consumer voice business is likely to begin turning later this year, first with a leveling off of growth, then with total voice revenue expected

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

Cingular Wireless said Wednesday that its BroadbandConnect service is built into new Dell Latitude D620 and D820 notebook computers, paving the way for users to implement high-speed wireless data without an outboard modem or PC Card.
Cingular Wireless, owned by AT&T and BellSouth, said unlimited BroadbandConnect service is available for $59.99 a month for subscribers who have certain Cingular voice contracts. Cingular also announced it will offer international plans later this year one to cover Mexico and Canada; the other for

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Posted by inet on 2006-04-01       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — San Diego-based wireless technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. has filed a new complaint against broadband technology company Broadcom Corp., intensifying the heated legal dispute between the companies.

The complaint, filed in federal court in San Diego, charges Broadcom (Irvine, Calif.) with misappropriating trade secrets relating to Qualcomm’s development and marketing of WCDMA baseband integrated circuit products and the multimedia capabilities of such products. It alleges that Broadcom has used the misappropriated trade secrets to compete unfairly with Qualcomm for the sale

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-30       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel Capital, the venture arm of the world's No. 1 semiconductor company, has joined with venture capital firms New Enterprise Associates and Shasta Ventures to provide a total of $5 million in Series A funding to Arch Rock, a startup founded in mid-2005 to provide Internet-enabled wireless sensor network technology.

Arch Rock, based here, bills itself as a developer of products that "enable wide adoption of wireless sensor networks within the broader context of Internet technology." The company says

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