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Posted by inet on 2006-03-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

A thumbnail-sized surface mount GPS receiver was unveiled Thursday by Trimble and the firm said the tiny device would be ideal for use on Bluetooth appliances, sports gear, cameras, and computer and communications peripherals.

Called the Copernicus GPS module, the 12-channel receiver is contained in a 19mm x 19mm x 2.5mm shielded module packaged in tape and reel for pick and place manufacturing.

Trimble, which noted that its TrimCore software clears the way for GPS reception even through foliage and

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-04       Article Source : InformationWeek

Earthcomber LLC today introduced a free service that provides maps and directions on Windows Mobile-based PDAs and smart phones.

The service, which has been available on Palm's mobile platform, is built around GPS-enabled maps for U.S. territories. Mobile device users can specify directions for restaurants, hotels, and automatic teller machines and plot them on a map. Directions are available both through a wireless connection to the Internet, or via satellite with Earthcomber's GPS feature.

Windows Mobile users can download the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-03       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Telecom carriers and service providers expect to begin rolling out commercial WiMax services by 2007, according to a new report from Heavy Reading.

Surveying representatives of 175 network operators, the firm found widespread interest in the wireless networking technology, with more than 80% expecting commercial WiMax services to become available within the next two years. Almost 40% of respondents, however, anticipate commercial WiMAX rollouts to begin this year. Though a 60% of all telecom companies expect WiMAX to have a profound long-term

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-03   

Broadband wireless has moved beyond the pipedream stage, according to a new worldwide survey of 175 network operators.

More than 80 percent of the respondents believe that commercial WiMax services will be launched by the end of 2007, and almost half those say it will be this year. The survey results are included in a new report, "Service Provider WiMax Deployment Plans," from Heavy Reading.

The advent of WiMax networks has been delayed by a prolonged standards process and by

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

DUBLIN, Ireland — Mobile TV, still in its infancy, will grow in three years into a $3 billion market, heavily concentrated among young consumers who will forsake traditional broadcast for specially-tailored content on mobile phones and other devices, Michael Schueppert, president of Modeo, told the DVB World Forum on Wednesday (March 1). Among Schuppert’s top ten predictions for mobile TV was his declaration that mobile phones, now seen as the overwhelming focus of mobile broadcast developers, will serve only half the market. Fifty percent

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

Earthlink Inc. and Google Inc. have submitted a joint proposal for building a citywide wireless network in San Francisco.

The submission in response to the city's "request for proposal" was handed in this week, the companies said in a joint statement. Earthlink and Google last year told the city separately that they were interested in building the project.

The city wants to build a municipal network in order to give poorer residents an affordable option for getting online. Mayor Gavin

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-24       Article Source : InformationWeek

AT&T Inc. and Yahoo Inc. are launching a service that lets people use Cingular mobile phones to get access to their photos, e-mail, instant messaging and address books on their Yahoo accounts, AT&T said on Tuesday.

The AT&T Yahoo Go Mobile service is part of the Yahoo Go brand, the Internet media company's push to make its services available to users on a variety of devices from mobile phones to televisions.

"It's the first kind of baby steps toward this

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

The ultra-low-cost mobile handset market beckoned to handset manufacturers and service providers at last week's 3GSM World Congress as the GSM Association (GSMA) boasted that the manufacturers were on their way to developing a sub-$30 handset.

But inexpensive cell phones need cell phone services to operate on and growing attention was focused on the 450MHz spectrum as a logical vehicle to deliver service for as low as $5 a month.

"By directly addressing the cost of handset ownership," said GSMA

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-23       Article Source : Reuters

Imagine a warning on your cell phone that tells you when a parent in ill health needs help, when you've eaten too much, or that you should avoid your regular commute because of a biohazard danger.

Forget mobile music and video. Wireless may end up running your life -- down to when to wash your underwear.

This may sound far-fetched, but laboratories around the world are exploring such scenarios as wireless networks become more robust and amid moves to miniaturize

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-23       Article Source : EE Times

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled Tuesday (Feb. 21) what it claimed is the world's slimmest digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB)-enabled phone.

Branded the SCH-B340, the satellite DMB phone is 17.3 millimeters thick, compared with 21.5 millimeters of the company's slimmest phone previously for mobile TV broadcasting, Samsung said in a report.

The phone has a 2-megapixel camera and an MP3 player, with an LCD screen having a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. It has TV-out, multitasking,

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-20       Article Source : TechWeb News

Helio LLC, a joint venture between Korean wireless carrier SK Telecom Co. Ltd. and Earthlink Inc., plans to launch its service in the spring with two cellular phones tied to MySpace.com, a music-focused social networking site popular with teenagers and young adults.

Los Angeles-based Helio on Thursday said it plans to offer multimedia handsets called the Hero and Kickflip, which are designed for its high-speed 3G networks.

Helio is looking to differentiate itself from other carriers by offering data services

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-19       Article Source : EE Times

BARCELONA — In the midst of Europe’s largest mobile telephony conference Wednesday, an African entrepreneur interjected a wry critique of "American know-how" and provided participants at the 3GSM World congress a rare note of levity.

Mohamed Ibrahim, discussing the challenge of providing telecommunications services to rural Africa, disputed the stereotype of his native continent as violent and backward, an image that he said is fostered by international news organizations that thrive on video clips of riots, famine and war, especially in developing

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Posted by iMark on 2006-02-18       Article Source : EE Times

BARCELONA, Spain — With a saturated market in Western Europe and North America and a user base adopting costly new third-generation features at a seemingly glacial pace, the mobile phone industry is turning to the Third World and asking the heads of developing countries to lift regulatory barriers.

According to Motorola CEO Ed Zander, addressing a forum at the 3GSM World Congress here Wednesday (Feb. 15), mobile phone penetration is a powerful engine for economic growth. He said, “Every time you have

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Posted by inet on 2006-02-16       Article Source : TechWeb News

A U.S.-based start-up firm unveiled a gateway Wednesday that links Cingular Wireless users to the Skype VoIP network, enabling cell phone callers to place and receive Internet calls.

"You don't need a PC anymore to use Skype," said Jacob Guedalia, CEO of iSkoot, in an interview from the GSM World Congress in Barcelona. "We provide the gateway. All the Skype magic happens in the network."

In launching its iSkoot Mobile Network, Guedalia said the service is getting underway with Cingular.

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-16       Article Source : Reuters

Britain's Vodafone Group Plc, the world's biggest mobile phone operator by sales, said on Tuesday it has signed a deal with Google to offer search capabilities on its Vodafone live! 3G service.

Users will be able to use Google's search engine to find content within the Vodafone live multimedia portal and on the wider Web.

Vodafone hopes that the deal with Google, which for many users is synonymous with the Internet, will help it increase Internet usage by customers and

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