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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said Wednesday it has agreed to include radios that receive Sirius Satellite Radio as standard equipment in its luxury cars sold in the United States.

Under the exclusive deal, car buyers would also got a lifetime subscription to the digital radio service that offers more than 125 channels of commercial-free music, talk shows, news and information. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"The unique programming that we offer is a natural complement to the unparalleled in-vehicle environment of

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

Wi-Fi has spread from office and home to Internet café and fast food franchises. Now, it is moving into supermarkets -- in this case specifically to the 360-store Stop & Shop chain in the Northeast.

ICOA Inc. said Wednesday that it has been chosen by the supermarket chain to power its Wi-Fi initiative. IOCA said Stop & Shop has begun to rollout free Wi-Fi access for its customers in the wake of a successful trial in Stop & Shop facilities.
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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

Glu Mobile, a game publisher for cellular phones, has agreed to work with an affiliate of Harrah's Entertainment Inc. to develop and publish games, graphics, ring-tones and other applications based on the World Series of Poker.
Under the deal with Harrah's License Company LLC, Glue, based in San Mateo, Calif., becomes the exclusive publisher. The company expects to begin development this year.

"The ever-increasing popularity of poker and the emerging consumer excitement of multiplayer mobile games combine to make

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-10       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Adobe Systems Inc. has released Macromedia Flash Lite 2 and Macromedia Flash Player SDK 7, software tools that enable developers to incorporate embedded software based on Flash animation into mobile phones and other handheld devices.

According to Adobe, which finalized the acquisition of Macromedia last month, Flash Player SDK 7 is optimized for consumer electronic devices, enabling consumer electronics manufacturers, system integrators and browser companies to create products and services with full web browsing capabilities that leverage Internet sites

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-09       Article Source : AP

Motorola Inc. will soon begin selling Web-enabled cell phones that feature easy access to Google's search engine by clicking on an icon, the world's second-largest maker of cell phones said.

The company said in a statement late Thursday it will integrate a Google icon onto certain Internet-optimized handsets that will be distributed starting in the first quarter this year.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Motorola is also working with Yahoo Inc. to bring Yahoo Go Mobile, a

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-08       Article Source : TechWeb News

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday introduced a notebook PC that supports Verizon Wireless's high-speed network, providing an alternative to Wi-Fi connections often used by travelers in airports, hotels and other public places.

The HP Compaq nc6140 includes dual antennas and pre-installed software for connecting to Verizon's Evolution Data Optimized, or EV-DO, broadband network. HP and Verizon plan to jointly market the business computer.

“Mobile professionals using HP’s mobile broadband notebook no longer have to limit themselves to airports, hotel lobbies or

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-06       Article Source : Reuters

Netgear Inc. and Skype, the Web-based calling company which is a unit of eBay Inc. said on Wednesday they plan to introduce the first wireless mobile telephone for Skype.
The Netgear Wi-Fi phone is designed to work wherever a consumer is connected to a wireless Internet access point -- at home, in an office, cafe, public hotspot, or in cities where wireless access may be available citywide, the companies said.

By contrast, existing Skype phones, including cordless models, must

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-05       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Crown Castle International has renamed its mobile TV subsidiary Modeo LLC and said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas it would launch commercial services in 30 of the largest markets across the U.S. this year based on the Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld (DVB-H) standard.

The company was demonstrating the service at the CES in conjunction with handset makers such as Nokia Corporation and Motorola, as well as collaborators such as Microsoft, Philips, Intel and Kenwood.

However, the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-05       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sling Media plans to unveil on Thursday software that would enable a mobile device to access a person's cable TV service from anyplace where there's a high-speed Internet connection.

The software, which runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile Platform versions 4.0 or 5.0, is scheduled to be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, company spokesman Brad Jaquet said. The new product is scheduled for release by the end of the first quarter.

Sling Media sells hardware called a

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-04       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Helped by the ability of game players connecting at McDonald's restaurants, Wi-Fi hotspot provider Wayport said Wednesday its customers made almost 10 million paid connections at its 12,000 locations in 2005.

The company claimed that the number of connections was the most it's ever served and was an 83 percent increase compared to the previous year. It said that it also had a record in October when more than one million paid connections were made.

In addition to hotspots, the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-04       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Adoption of data services over cellular phone systems is starting to grow rapidly as the price of data-ready smartphones decreases, according to a study released Tuesday by ABI Research.

The study noted that smartphone sales in the third quarter of 2005 increased 134 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago while prices decreased, on average, between 25 percent and 30 percent. As cellular operators continue to roll out 3G cellular data services, the increase in smartphone sales portends an increasing

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-02       Article Source : TechWeb News

GlobeTel Communications Corp. said Friday its wireless subsidiary has been contracted to install WiMAX communications networks in 30 cities throughout the Russian Federation.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based company said the agreement calls for it to provide broadband, VoIP and DECT technologies with LLC Internfta, a Moscow-based company. GlobeTel said the Russian company will pay GlobeTel $600 million for the networks.

“It is beyond exciting to be able to bring this level of connectivity to Russia,” said GlobeTel CEO Tim Huff

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-01       Article Source : InformationWeek

InterDigital Communications Corp. has come out a winner in a legal battle with handset maker Nokia Corp., marking the latest development in a string of patent disputes plaguing the mobile-device industry.

InterDigital, a Pennsylvania-based provider of wireless technology, said late Wednesday that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of New York ruled in favor of InterDigital in a patent dispute. As a result, Nokia must pay it between $232 and $252 million in royalties, according to InterDigital.
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Posted by inet on 2005-12-31       Article Source : CRN

Motorola expanded its WLAN capabilities this week with by acquiring Wireless Valley, an Austin, Texas-based maker of software for planning and managing wireless networks.

Wireless Valley is the cornerstone of RF Design and Management Solutions, a new group in Motorola's Enterprise division that will focus on leveraging Wireless Valley's technology for applications such as enterprise RF planning, WLAN design and mesh networking, according to a spokesperson for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Motorola. Terms of the acquisition deal weren’t disclosed.

Although Wireless Valley

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

China will begin requiring prepaid cell phone subscribers to register their devices using their real names in 2006, the country's Minister of Information Industry said Tuesday.

The goal, Wang Xudong told the official Xinhau news agency, is to cut down on surging cell phone spam and fraud, most of it delivered via text messaging.

As in many other countries, China requires real name registration only for subscribers who pay as their service provider bills them. Users of prepaid cell phones

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