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Posted by inet on 2006-03-29   

A European start-up company that promises to make Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calls simpler said on Monday it has won funding from Sequoia Capital and will launch services in the United States.

The company, Jajah, headquartered in Luxembourg just like its rival Skype, which was taken over for $4.1 billion by eBay, has pledged to make cheap Internet calls as simple as using a search engine.

Jajah asks its users to go its Web site and type in the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

In Illinois, riding piggyback on someone else's Wi-Fi could cost you some money.

David M. Kauchak, 32, pleaded guilty this week in Winnebago County to remotely accessing someone else's computer system without permission, the Rockford Register Star newspaper reported. A Winnebago County judge fined Kauchak $250 and sentenced him to one year of court supervision.

Kauchak has the dubious distinction of being the first person to face the charge in Winnebago County, and prosecutors say they're taking the crime seriously.

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-27       Article Source : EE Times

Nortel and Sierra Wireless announced Friday (March 24) they have achieved the industry's first over-the-air test calls using EV-DO Revision A wireless technology and pre-commercial wireless data devices. The successful tests confirm the commercial viability of EV-DO Revision A for powering next-generation broadband wireless services.

"The ability for operators to deliver new, revenue-generating services with increased network intelligence enabled by EV-DO Revision A will provide a powerful competitive advantage," said Doug Wolff, vice president and general manager, CDMA, Nortel (Toronto), in a statement.

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-27       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sling Media Inc. has turned mobile phones and portable computers into televisions with software released Thursday, the company said.

Features made possible by SlingPlayer Mobile software give Slingbox owners the ability to watch and control their home TV from any network-enabled mobile phone or handheld computer running Windows Mobile, the vendor said.

The software, written in C++, gives users access to local TV from anywhere in the world, the vendor said. "You can get your hometown local news channels while

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

Milpitas, Calif. picked EarthLink to build out a citywide Wi-Fi network. Milpitas was an early municipal adopter of Wi-Fi, having created a network for its police department in 2004.

The new 6.5-square mile deployment will provide high-speed Internet access while also delivering Wi-Fi network services for city employees, Earthlink said Wednesday.

The agreement calls for EarthLink to permit multiple, competing providers to use the mesh network to offer their services. EarthLink said the network will offer competitive alternative broadband services

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-24   

BANGALORE, India — Bangalore-based Mindtree Consulting has developed an advanced satellite handset for Norway-based Nera SatCom, aiming at users of Inmarsat land and sea services.

While meant to work with Nera WorldPro 1000, the handset is backward compatible with earlier terminals. The Nera WorldSet provides SMS text messaging, address lists, call logs as well as loudspeaker option for hands-free operation, plus all standard ISDN handset functions.

MindTree performed component selection, circuit design and board layout and supplied its patented echo cancellation

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-24       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Qualcomm Inc. and China TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology Ltd. have formed a company to develop application software for wireless devices. The company, TechFaith Software China Ltd. (TechSoft), will be based in Beijing and Hangzhou, China. It will receive $35 million in funding by Qualcomm (San Diego) and TechFaith.

This investment follows Qualcomm’s announcement in June 2003 that it plans to invest up to $100 million in early- to mid-stage Chinese companies developing and commercializing CDMA-based products, applications and services.

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-24       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

BellSouth Corp. said on Monday it is looking at emerging wireless technology Wi-Max as a way to more cheaply provide high-speed Web services in areas where its wired network is slow or has been damaged.

BellSouth, which recently agreed to be sold to AT&T Inc., already sells city-wide wireless broadband services in five markets including New Orleans using a proprietary technology. It is looking at Wi-Max to lower costs and expand its subscriber base.

The No. 3 U.S. regional provider

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-23       Article Source : EE Times

HOD HASHARON, Israel — Sharp Corp. will use Red Bend Software’s mobile software management technology and its firmware over the air (FOTA) update client suite to allow customers to wirelessly download software upgrades to the Vodafone 904SH handset offered by Vodafone KK in Japan. This function will let Vodafone 904SH customers upgrade their phones without visiting a service facility.

Red Bend's vCurrent mobile FOTA client suite is pre-installed on the Vodafone 904SH, a new 3G handset from Sharp. The handset is expected

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

Startup AirPlay Network Inc. on Monday unveiled plans to launch in the fall multiplayer interactive games for mobile phones that would be synchronized with live sports and other TV programming.

AirPlayTV would enable viewers to use their cellular phones as gaming devices to, for example, choose winners and losers in reality TV programs, compete against contestants in game shows and predict plays in football games and other sporting events. The games would be tied to social networks, so a person could play

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-21   

LONDON — NEC Corp. and Unitika Ltd. have co-developed a bioplastic material reinforced with fiber from the kenaf plant in a bid to mitigate the environmental impact of mobile phones.

As concern has risen over global warming and resource depletion, biomass-based plastics have drawn attention as potential replacements for petroleum-based materials. Kenaf is readily renewable, growing between three and nine times faster than many other plants, and is valued for its carbon-fixing properties. NTT Docomo, Japan’s leading mobile-phone service provider, uses kenaf

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-19   

MANHASSET, N.Y. — After seeing shipments more than double in 2005, the Bluetooth market is expected to see a 71 percent increase in Bluetooth radio shipments to 500 million in 2006, according to market research firm ABI Research.

In a study entitled Bluetooth: The Global Outlook, ABI Research (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) expects the market will grow at a compound annual rate of over 40 percent between 2004 and 2011, with equipment shipments expected to break the 1 billion mark by 2009. Read More...  

Posted by iTech on 2006-03-18       Article Source : TechWeb News

The wireless mesh network that began in Tempe, Ariz., and initially produced the largest Wi-Fi network in the U.S. continues to spread to neighboring communities, according to an announcement Thursday from the network's equipment supplier, Strix Systems. The firm said the new deployment in Gilbert will create a 187-square-mile network when it's completed.

The Gilbert network will cover the community's 76 square miles and be contiguous with the nearby cities of Tempe and Chandler. Gilbert has selected MobilePro Corp. for the design,

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-18       Article Source : CRN

A perception that Skype’s VoIP solutions aren’t ready for prime time may hold back the growth of the company’s new small-business offering, solution providers say.

Skype for Business, which made its debut March 9, offers small-business users of Skype's low-to-no cost Internet phone service a dedicated business support Web site plus new, certified Skype hardware and a control panel to manage group users and prepaid services.

Between 25 percent and 30 percent of the roughly 75 million users of Skype,

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-17       Article Source : EE Times

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics said it has demonstrated new wireless technologies for mobile phone connectivity, including ad hoc routing and ultrawideband (UWB). The techologies will support wireless connections among phones and between phones and set-top boxes.
Samsung said Wednesday (March 15) it demonstrated mobile phones using the wireless technologies at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany.

The UWB phones are being touted as allowing users to transfer large multimedia files such as movies and photos to another mobile

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