Category: Content & Applications


PGP creator locks down VoIP calling

Phil Zimmermann, the founder of Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), has joined forces with security firm BorderWare Technologies in a bid to make internet telephony more secure. On Tuesday, BorderWare became the first commercial licensee of Zfone, Zimmerman’s secure VoIP encryption software. The agreement means BorderWare can integrate Zfone with its own SIPassure VoIP Security Gateway […]

Experts warn of IM threat

Security experts have warned that virus writers have developed instant messaging (IM) worms capable of attacking all major IM networks. To date, IM worms have typically being consigned to a single messaging network, such as MSN or Yahoo!, but a new breed of malware is able to spread across multiple platforms and protocols. Analysts at […]

Ex-Comverse execs busted by Feds

Three former executives of mobile messaging company Comverse were charged with fraudulently acquiring million of dollars Wednesday through a long running stock options scam. Former chief executive officer Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, former chief financial officer David Kreinberg, and former general counsel William Sorin were charged by the The US Department of Justice for allegedly orchestrating […]

MobiTV jumps on WiMAX bandwagon

Mobile TV platform provider MobiTV, has announced support for the WiMAX wireless broadband standard. The move follows US carrier Sprint Nextel’s decision Tuesday to roll out the technology nationwide, giving WiMAX its biggest boost yet in terms of support. “WiMAX is one of the most promising new wireless technologies to emerge over the last several […]

Monstermob approached

UK-based mobile content provider, Monstermob, has confirmed that it has received an approach for the company. The news was welcomed by investors with shares in the firm climbing £0.11 to £0.67 on Tuesday morning, bringing some relief to stockholders, which have received three profit warnings from Monstermob this year. “The board wishes to stress that […]

Nokia snaps up Loudeye

Nokia, the world’s leading mobile handset vendor, Tuesday announced a $60m (£31.5m) deal to acquire mobile music platform Loudeye. The Finnish company, which now refers to top end handsets as “multimedia computers”, plans to use the acquisition to put mobile music services and applications on the device as well as giving users the ability to […]

3 to stream ITV mobile TV content

TV broadcaster ITV and 3G mobile operator 3 UK have joined forces in an exclusive deal to stream TV content to mobile handsets in the UK. The deal will enable the 3.5 million customers on 3 to watch ITV’s flagship channel, ITV1 and ITV Play – ITV’s participation channel – live on their mobile phone. […]

Napster Mobile to go live next week

The now legal peer to peer file sharing network, Napster, on Thursday announced its first deployment of Napster Mobile. US regional operator SunCom Wireless, which operates a GSM network in the Southeast US, will offer over the air downloads of music to handsets and PCs from next week. “Wireless continues to be a very significant […]

Apple, Google join mobile standards group

The Khronos Group, an industry consortium focused on the creation of open standards, has announced that Apple, Dell and Google are amongst the latest companies to join the group. Khronos aims to define open standards for the authoring and acceleration of dynamic media on a range of platforms including embedded systems and mobile phones. Jon […]

French copyright bill faces further dilution

The controversial French copyright bill, locally known as the DADVSI (droit d’auteur et droits voisins dans la societe de l’information), faces further dilution after the country’s constitutional council took issue with some points of the legislation Thursday. The French parliament voted in an already watered down version of the copyright bill on June 30, potentially […]

MTS freezes i-mode plans

Leading Russian cellco Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has reportedly stalled development of its i-mode service, following lower than expected uptake. Local press reports that a shortage of compatible handsets has stunted growth of the NTT DoCoMo developed technology. MTS is understood to be planning to monitor the situation until September before deciding on how to proceed […]

Skype to intro SMS serv

Internet telephony provider Skype has partnered with mobile transaction firm mBlox to deliver an SMS service over the Skype network. Skype SMS allows subscribers to send text messages from their computer to mobile phones worldwide. Jeff Clark, chief executive of mBlox, said: “With billions of text messages sent in 2005, it’s clear SMS is a […]

ISPs furious at piracy tax proposals

A plan to recoup losses made to illegal downloads has been criticised in the UK by ISPs and mobile companies. Earlier this week a proposal was put forward by a group of independent music labels under the umbrella of the Independent Music Association (AIM) for a change in copyright law and licensing that would effectively […]

Yahoo and Microsoft link IM

Microsoft and Yahoo have made good on a promise to make their instant messaging solutions interoperate. On Thursday the pair will release a limited beta of a new instant messaging service that will let Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo Messenger with Voice to communicate with each other. Till now, the combined user base of 350 […]

Don’t panic over VoIP says Moody’s

Moody’s Investors Service says Voice over IP (VoIP) technology poses little or no risk to European telephone companies, in its latest report on the telecoms industry. The firm predicts that while VoIP services will erode telecom revenues, the effect will be minimal and, thankfully, gradual, allowing telcos to offset the losses with gains in broadband […]

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