|Novatel Wireless, Inc., a provider of wireless broadband access solutions, today unveiled the MiFi 2372 HSPA, the newest version of its Intelligent Mobile Hotspot developed for use virtually anywhere in the world, with multi-mode operation, including HSPA, UMTS, EDGE and GPRS.|
The MiFi line of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots drives a new vision for personal broadband connectivity. The MiFi 2372 HSPA advances this even further by enabling not only access to connected devices, but also mobile access to new services, applications management and personalization:
- Broadened Service Delivery. Like other models in the MiFi line of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots, the MiFi 2372 creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be easily shared between multiple users and Wi-Fi devices such as laptops, cameras, gaming devices, smartphones and portable multimedia players. With data speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps downlink and 5.76 Mbps uplink, the MiFi 2372 enables users to access high-speed Internet from anywhere there is a cellular connection, including moving vehicles where multiple passengers may need Internet access. The MiFi 2372 also comes with Novatel’s proprietary NovaSpeed technology, enhancing performance of video, online gaming, simultaneous uploads and downloads and large file transfers with minimal interruption or buffering.
Sprint Nextel Corporation and Virgin Mobile USA, Inc.,announced today that their boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement for Sprint to acquire Virgin Mobile USA for a total equity value of approximately $483 million, which includes the value of Sprint’s current 13.1% fully diluted ownership interest in Virgin Mobile USA.
In addition, at closing Sprint will retire all of Virgin Mobile USA’s outstanding debt, which is $248 million net of cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2009, but is expected to be no more than $205 million net of cash and cash equivalents on Sept. 30, 2009.
This acquisition will strengthen Sprint’s position in the growing prepaid segment by bringing together under one umbrella the iconic Virgin Mobile brand with Sprint’s successful Boost Mobile business. These complementary prepaid brands, each with a distinctive offer, style and appeal to different customer demographics, will continue to serve existing and prospective customers following the completion of the transaction.
VTech's LS6245 allows users to be on a landline call, while the second handset is used for a cellular call. The LS6245 is capability to connect your Bluetooth cell phone to the unit allowing you to take calls on either the slim handset or via the built-in speakerphone. The LS6245 is the company’s first cordless phone to combine DECT 6.0 technology with Bluetooth capabilities.
Basic features include
The VTech LS6245 sells for under $50 at Amazon.com.
- Caller ID and Handset Speakerphone
- No Buttons - Uses Touch Technology
- Large reverse LCD with white backlighting
- 4.2 x 8.4 x 9.6 inches, 1.8 pounds
Trimble Outdoors makes it easier and more fun for fans of the T-Mobile G1 to take a hike, climb a mountain or reel in the big one by using the power of their phone's Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
The Trimble Outdoors application is now available on the G1, the first phone for the Android open software platform. Trimble Outdoors turns the G1 into a full-featured GPS navigator and geotagging tool for hiking, backpacking, fishing and other outdoor activities.
Trimble Outdoors allows users to get maps of their locations, track routes with a GPS breadcrumb trail, and mark and edit waypoints along the way. The application also features a digital compass displaying the user's coordinates, speed and heading.
Combined with the Trimble Outdoors Web site at www.trimbleoutdoors.com, the Trimble Outdoors application is a complete outdoor trip planning, navigation and geotagging solution. With the application users can:
As we all know social networks has taken the Internet by storm; such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. One very cool free social network is PalTalk.
PalTalk is a unique social network because it provides live voice, video chat, chat rooms, and instant messaging all for free. See video to the right.
The service boasts over 4 million members where you can:
PalTalk requires a software download. For more information visit PalTalk.com.
- Host your own Web-cam show
- Connect with buddies from Yahoo, AOL, ICQ
- Instant Messaging for up to 10 people
|Just in time for the start of training camp for NFL teams across the country, Sprint today announced that its exclusive NFL Mobile Live application is now available on the Palm Pre phone.|
NFL Mobile Live, the only wireless source for complete, live access to NFL action, was sent to Palm Pre customers as part of an over-the-air software update from Palm. When customers accept the update to Palm webOS 1.1.0, NFL Mobile Live is automatically installed. Once installed, customers can use Palm Pre’s universal search to locate the application by simply typing NFL on their keyboard from the main screen or launcher, and then tapping the NFL icon to open the application.
With most NFL teams opening training camp this week, fantasy football players will begin tracking player performances. NFL Mobile Live gives them the ability to watch NFL Network live 24/7 along with a bevy of preseason on-demand video highlights, injury reports, statistics, breaking news and analysis from a host of experts. Once the regular season begins, fantasy players can manage their NFL.com fantasy teams from their phone and monitor the performance of every player in real time.
Google has released Google Latitude for the iPhone and iPod touch as a Web application running in the Safari Web browser.
Google Latitude web app for the iPhone/iPod still provides all the core functionality which includes: seeing the location of your friends on a map, basic Search / directions and modifying your privacy settings so that you control how your location is shared and with whom.
Additionally, like Google Maps for mobile client apps and desktop Google Maps users can press the "blue dot" to be taken to their approximate current location on the map with My Location, via Safari now supporting the W3C Geolocation API.
To try Google Latitude, type google.com/latitude into your iPhone's Safari browser.
Broadcom Corporation today announced that LG Electronics (LGE) has integrated its advanced Bluetooth technology into a new line of digital televisions (DTVs) that are now shipping.
Broadcom Bluetooth capabilities featured in these new LGE televisions enable an innovative and personalized user experience by allowing consumers to connect other devices, such as wireless stereo headphones and cell phones, to the TV set. This will allow wireless transfer of photos and music from cell phones to the TV as well as streaming audio from the TV to stereo wireless headphones.
By enabling the cell phone and headset to interplay with the TV via Broadcom Bluetooth technology, LGE takes advantage of the existing ecosystem of Bluetooth devices to bring advanced audio streaming and digital media sharing features to consumers. Broadcom's technology also positions the cell phone for future applications such as functioning as a TV remote control or a QWERTY keyboard input device for TV-based widgets and electronics commerce applications.
|Florida has two programs to help low income residents with their phone bill. The programs are called Link-Up Florida and Lifeline Assistance. Both programs help to make telephone service affordable for low income residents in Florida. |
Link Up Florida gives a 50% rebate for telephone connection charge up to $30. Lifeline Assistance gives a $13.50 credit per month for local phone bills and approximately 60 free cell phone minutes.
Florida residents are eligible if they receive:
- Temporary Cash Assistance
- Food Stamps
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
- National School Lunch (NSL) Program's free lunch program
|T-Mobile USA, Inc., and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the new BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone, a new addition to the BlackBerry Curve series of smartphones, with availability expected on August 5, 2009.|
The slim new BlackBerry Curve 8520 is an incredibly approachable smartphone that comes in two attractive colors from T-Mobile – black and frost. For people who like to be connected, it provides easy mobile access to email, messaging (IM, SMS, MMS) and popular social networking sites (including Facebook and MySpace) and features a highly tactile full-QWERTY keyboard for comfortable, accurate typing. It also features rich multimedia capabilities and access to music, games and other mobile apps for entertainment on the go.
The BlackBerry Curve 8520 smartphone is a world phone, and is also Wi-Fi-enabled to arm customers with fast Web browsing and Wi-Fi calling. T-Mobile customers can continue to get great mobile coverage and unlimited nationwide Wi-Fi calling with T-Mobile’s Unlimited HotSpot Calling service as well as unlimited nationwide calling to five people with T-Mobile myFaves service.*
|Microsoft announced today that they are accepting applications from all 29 supported countries from developers for Windows Marketplace for Mobile and have launched a Race to Market Challenge to kick things off.|
Registered developers and ISVs can now upload their application, game or widget to the Windows Marketplace platform and Microsoft will begin certifying those apps according to the process, policies and guidelines we’ve published.
Microsoft will certify apps on a First In, First Out (FIFO) basis. Certification will take about 10 business days initially and developers can check on your application during the process through our Developer Dashboard.
| Nokia and cellity today announced an agreement for Nokia to acquire certain assets of cellity. cellity is a privately owned mobile software company which employs 14 people in Hamburg, Germany.|
Nokia will acquire the cellity team to strengthen its competencies in the area of social networking. cellity's current service will not transfer to Nokia and the service will be discontinued. cellity currently offers a solution to collect and securely store users' contacts in one place. The service is an easy way to connect people on the mobile and the web.
The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2009. After closing, cellity staff will become part of Nokia's Services unit.
The handset vendors are still telling us it is a frosty market out there but there is a spring in their step as 2Q-2009 results start to pour in. However, 269 million handsets were shipped in 2Q-2009 according to ABI Research.
That bodes well for 2H-2009. Shipments should build sequentially in a constructive manner with 4Q-2009 potentially returning the industry to better sales form. North America may be struggling to shrug off its economic woes but Asian economies have been lifted by regional stimulus packages and by an anticipation of improved retail sales conditions in the latter part of 2H-2009. ABI Research is revising downwards its forecast 2009 contraction to -7.5% from -8.1% (1.11 billion).
North America may be struggling to shrug off its economic woes but Asian economies have been lifted by regional stimulus packages and by an anticipation of improved retail sales conditions in the latter part of 2H-2009. ABI Research is revising downwards its forecast 2009 contraction to -7.5% from -8.1% (1.11 billion).
Motorola, Inc. today announced the launch of advanced Android development resources through MOTODEV, including a new App Accelerator Program and MOTODEV Studio for Android Beta.
MOTODEV will offer developers early access to a new suite of Google Android developer tools and programs, along with the opportunity to attend the next MOTODEV Summit in San Diego, CA, on October 6, for advanced training and information-gathering. The program is intended to accelerate the development of applications to be used on Motorola’s mobile devices using the Android operating system scheduled to ship later this year.
To give developers a head start in creating apps that realize the full power of Android and utilize Motorola’s newest handset features, the company invites developers to join MOTODEV’s App Accelerator Program. Through this program, select developers will have the ability to submit their applications to Motorola and leverage the opportunity to distribute through a variety of channels, including carrier stores, the Android Market and third-party distributors.
|Garmin-Asus and ASUSTeK Computer Inc., announced today that the Garmin-Asus nüvifone G60 will go on sale in Taiwan on July 27, and in Singapore and Malaysia by the end of August. Also in August, the Garmin-Asus nüvifone M20 will go on sale in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.|
The Garmin-Asus nüvifone series is a breakthrough product line that integrates navigation and location based services (LBS) like no other phone in the market today. It is ideal for those seeking an all-in-one, LBS-centric touchscreen phone, mobile web-browser and personal navigator. The nüvifone G60 and M20 have touchscreen displays that feature three primary icons – “Call,” “Search” and “View Map.” Customers can easily scroll through the other icons by swiping their finger across the displays, and a built-in accelerometer allows every screen to be viewed in either portrait or landscape orientation.
|RadioShack Corporation and T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced a retail agreement to offer T-Mobile products and services in more than 4,000 RadioShack stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico beginning later this summer.|
The relationship expands RadioShack’s postpaid wireless offerings, and enables RadioShack to offer its customers a selection of T-Mobile’s most innovative, in-demand handsets – including the highly anticipated T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google. For T-Mobile, the agreement nearly doubles the number of national retail partner stores offering its postpaid products and services nationwide, and makes RadioShack T-Mobile’s largest national retail partner. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
|An April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that 56% of adult Americans have accessed the internet by wireless means, such as using a laptop, mobile device, game console, or MP3 player. The most prevalent way people get online using a wireless network is with a laptop computer; 39% of adults have done this.|
The report also finds rising levels of Americans using the internet on a mobile handset. One-third of Americans (32%) have used a cell phone or Smartphone to access the internet for emailing, instant-messaging, or information-seeking. This level of mobile internet is up by one-third since December 2007, when 24% of Americans had ever used the internet on a mobile device. On the typical day, nearly one-fifth (19%) of Americans use the internet on a mobile device, up substantially from the 11% level recorded in December 2007. That’s a growth of 73% in the 16 month interval between surveys.
Google has announced that the latest version of Google Maps for Mobile (3.2) now allows users to view many layers of information on mobile map at the same time.
Layers allows users to easily find and interact with geographic content such as local search results, latitude friend locations, public transit, Wikipedia and more. Additionally, users can see their own My Maps content as a layer on Google Maps for mobile. Multiple maps can be combined at the same time to give users a content rich view.
Google Maps for mobile Layers is now available on Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile phones, and will come soon to other platforms. The upgrade is available for all countries where Google Maps for mobile is currently available. To get it on your cell phone, visit m.google.com/maps.
For more information visit Google Mobile Blog.
|Samsung has announced the S9110 watch cell phone. Samsung claims it's the world's thinnest watch cell phone measuring 11.98 thick. The thin profile is attributed to Samsung's "advanced surface mounting technology." The phone is a touch-based dual-band GSM/GPRS 900/1800MHz handset. |
Basic features of the S9110 include:
The S9110 will be available in France some time month for about €450 ($640).
- 1.76-inch TFT anti-scratch touch display
- Bluetooth 2.1
- MP3 player
- Voice memos
- Voice recognition
- Support for Outlook email.
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