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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-17       Article Source : Reuters

If proof were needed that the market for navigation devices is booming, a glance at the number and size of booths devoted to them at the CeBIT technology fair would dispel all doubts.

Much of Hall 11 at the world's biggest tech show, in the German city of Hanover, is given over to navigation and related products including both built-in and portable car systems and navigation-enabled mobile phones.

Dozens of companies want a piece of the business that within a

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-16       Article Source : EE Times

Nvidia Corp. announced that it has combined the processing capabilities of the Nvidia GoForce family of handheld GPUs with Intel's processor family, the Monahans, based on the third-generation Intel XScale architecture, to deliver a powerful development platform to content developers.

"Increased global demand for high quality digital media on the move is driving a dramatic increase in the adoption of multimedia processing technology for the wireless market segment," said Mark Casey, general manager of Intel's applications processor business unit. "The Monahans platform

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-13       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — Malaysian and South Korean telecom players are targeting India's booming wireless market.

Malaysia’s largest telecom operator, Telekom Malaysia Bhd, has reportedly acquired 49 percent of the equity in Spice Telecom, a regional wireless provider. Telekom Malaysia had earlier tried unsuccessfully to enter the Indian wireless market but was thwarted by regulators.

According to a Press trust of India report from New Delhi, the chairman of Spice Communications’ holding company confirmed that Telekom Malaysia bought out other equity

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-12       Article Source : Reuters

Perhaps the biggest threat to Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and the portable music player industry is a device already nestling in a billion pockets: the mobile phone.

Sales of cell phones that can store and play back music are climbing, raising hopes among handset producers like Sony Ericsson and Motorola Inc. that it will be their next growth driver.

Music phones may never kill off the market for the stand-alone music players of Apple, Sony, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Reigncom

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-12       Article Source : EE Times

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. will launch its mobile TV broadcasting phone business in Europe with the first shipment of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (DMB)-enabled handsets to Germany in May, the company said in a report Friday (March 10).

LG said the DMB phone, dubbed LG-V9000, has now been showcased at the on-going CeBIT 2006 show in Hanover, Germany.

"This will be LG Electronics' first overseas shipment of a DMB-enabled phone model," an LG spokeswoman said. Read More...  

Posted by iMark on 2006-03-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

Mobile phone content, such as music, gaming and video, is forecast to reach $43 billion worldwide by 2010, up from $5.2 billion in 2004, according to a report released this week.

Mobile music, led by ringtones and ringtunes, represent the largest and fastest-growing content segment for wireless, forecasts research firm iSuppli Corp. said.

The transition from traditional polyphonic ringtones to ringtunes last year pushed global revenue for the music content to more than $3.8 billion.

Game developers, including

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-11       Article Source : TechWeb News

Verizon Wireless and TiVo on Tuesday announced a deal in which Verizon subscribers will be able to program the latter company's digital video recorder through their mobile phones.
Starting this summer, Verizon will offer an application that turns certain mobile phones into a kind of TiVo remote control for scheduling recordings of TV shows. Verizon, a joint venture of New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. and British carrier Vodafone Group PLC, plans to offer the application through its Get It Now download

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-09       Article Source : TechWeb News

A dress rehearsal of the coming battle between the new AT&T and Verizon Communications got underway Tuesday as AT&T's Cingular Wireless unveiled a mobile TV service and Verizon Wireless launched TiVo Mobile for remote recording of TV shows.

The Cingular Video service, based on RealNetworks' Helix Online platform, is being launched in 16 cities across the U.S. The service offers clips from several television shows ranging from the Disney Channel and the Cartoon Network, to HBO's The Sopranos and Sex and the

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-09       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Semiconductor suppliers SigmaTel Inc. and Infineon Technologies AG have entered an agreement to offer Bluetooth solutions for portable digital multimedia devices.

Under the agreement, both companies will jointly develop a Bluetooth chip optimized for use in digital multimedia devices based on SigmaTel's portable multimedia System on Chip (SoC) solutions. The chip will use SigmaTel's optimized radio architecture and Infineon's expertise in Bluetooth technology, chip design, CMOS process technology, and manufacturing know-how.

SigmaTel (Austin, Texas) and Infineon (Munich) believe this

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-09       Article Source : EE Times

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics has agreed with Brazil’s largest media group, Abril S.A., to jointly launch pilot tests of South Korea's mobile WiMax service in Brazil.

Under terms of the agreement announced Tuesday (March 7), Samsung and Abril's TVA cable TV subsidiary will begin trial services here of the Korean version of mobile WiMax, known as WiBro, beginning in May. The partners plan to launch commercial services in November, according to Samsung.

Brazil is the second Latin American

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

Research In Motion Ltd said Friday it has reached a $612.5 million settlement with NTP Inc., whose patent-infringement suit had threatened to halt the use of RIM's popular BlackBerry email device in the United States.

As a result of the licensing and settlement agreement, U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer in Virginia dismissed the case, RIM said.

"As we put this lengthy and complicated litigation behind us, we extend our sincere gratitude to all of our customers and

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-07       Article Source : EE Times

DUBLIN, Ireland — Even as speakers at the DVB World Forum here this week expressed optimism about the worldwide adoption of the DVB-H standard for mobile TV networks, they were busy assembling a long list of possible booby traps, both obvious – such as the chronic shortage of spectrum bands – and seemingly trivial, like "fat phones."

As analog TV shut-off dates approach both in Europe and in the United States, nations will need to decide what they should use the soon

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-06       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Intel Corp.’s internal operations in Saudi Arabia has deployed WiMAX broadband technology to support its own communication needs in that nation.

The move is expected to help propel WiMAX in Saudi Arabia as well as the rest of the Middle East, according to the Mena Report, a Middle Eastern newsletter.

Intel’s Saudi Arabian unit in the capital of Riyadh is using WiMAX through Riyadh’s Integrated Telecom Co. (ITC). ITC, the second licensed data services provider in Saudi

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-06   

U.K. wireless giant Virgin Mobile dodged a licensing bullet and slashed server configuration times with new automation software that it plans to extend to the firm's back-end storage.

Virgin Mobile, which serves around 5 million U.K. customers, deployed BladeLogic's Operations Manager at the start of last year. It was prompted by an urgent need to roll Tibco middleware across 50 of its 70 Unix servers.

Tibco, which links applications such as customer relationship management (CRM) and online credit reporting, is critical

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-05       Article Source : EE Times

DUBLIN — Speakers at the DVB World conference Thursday (March 2) found themselves explaining the surprising phenomenon of "mobile home TV," but it had nothing to do with television viewing in trailer parks.

Typical consumers, said speaker Marcus Lundqvist, director of server and network solutions at Nokia, like to watch TV on their mobile phones while they're at home.

According to a pilot study of TV-on-mobile telephones recently concluded in Oxford, England, fifty percent of people watching TV on mobile

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