Category: Digital Infrastructure & Economy

3 and Player X to launch GeekTV on mobile

A made-for-mobile TV channel is to be launched in the UK following a deal between Hutchison’s 3 UK and mobile media firm, Player X. GeekTV will provide a mix of content designed specifically for the mobile, as well as proper television shows, including ‘American Dad’ and ‘Miami Vice’. User generated content is also planned via […]

Samsung boffins develop skinny LCD

Electronics firm Samsung, has developed an LCD panel that could reduce the thickness of a mobile by at least 1mm. The LCD panel is, according to the Korean company, the first that is able to produce independent images on both sides of a display. The double-sided display could, according to Samsung, usurp typical twin displays […]

BlackBerry gets PTT

Research In Motion (RIM), the Canadian vendor behind the BlackBerry device said Thursday that it has tapped Kodiak Networks to integrate push to talk (PTT) functionality on a number of devices. The first device to feature the Java PTT client will be the BlackBerry Pearl available from Cingular Wireless. The PTT feature set will include, […]

32m mobile video users in China by 2008 – Analyst

The mobile video market in China will take off in 2008, driven by interest in the Beijing Olympics according to a new study from ABI Research. The analyst firm predicts that total mobile video users in China will number 32 million by 2008, with about 27 per cent of them using broadcasting technology. The remaining […]

AT&T hails wireless era

The assimilation of BellSouth into AT&T heralds a new wireless era that will see the latter attempt to capitalise on its newly acquired wireless heritage and make advertising a key revenue stream. In a report for the Wall Street Journal, AT&T said its control of Cingular – part of the $86bn BellSouth acquisition – was […]

iPod-like accessory to boost mobile capacity

A device that looks like a next-generation iPod will be launched next year at consumers and enterprise users who need to carry and manage more digital information on their mobiles. Agere Systems, a semiconductor and storage specialist, announced its BluOnyx Mobile Content Server this week – ostensibly a portable hard disk drive but with integrated […]

Pantech hit by bankruptcy rumours

Korean handset maker Pantech & Curitel has been forced to suspend trading after the company was rocked by rumours of bankruptcy. The stock exchange reportedly asked for clarification of the situation by close of play on Tuesday evening (Korean time) but as of noon (UK time) no announcements had been made by the company. According […]

T-Mobile intros Sidekick 3

T-Mobile UK on Tuesday announced the launch of the Sidekick 3 device, which is being offered with the web’n’walk tariff for £7.50 per month in addition to a voice plan. The device, which is based on the Danger platform, features a trackball, a media player, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a mini-SD card slot, Bluetooth […]

MySpace does deal with Cingular

Successful social networking portal MySpace announced a partnership with US mobile operator Cingular Wireless on Monday, allowing Cingular customers to access MySpace via their handsets. The deal is MySpace’s largest scale mobile partnership to date, following similar deals with US MVNO Helio and Japanese operator Softbank. In November, the appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s […]

iPhone launches…kind of

After much hype and speculation, the long awaited iPhone finally launched on Monday to a fanfare of disappointment – at least from those expecting something from Apple anyway. This particular iPhone portfolio comes from Linksys, the networking unit owned by Cisco, and is a family of VoIP devices for the home and small office. Gadgets […]

Skype founders behind IPTV venture?

The creators of internet telephony champion Skype are believed to be behind an IPTV project based on the same peer to peer technology that has brought them success since the days of Kazaa. Rumour has it that Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom have used some of their proceeds from the $2.6bn sale of Skype to […]

i-mode comes to India

Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo today announced a partnership with Indian operator Hutchison Essar under which Hutch will launch the i-mode mobile internet service in 2007. DoCoMo will license the patented technologies and know-how needed for Hutch to offer i-mode over GSM, GPRS and WCDMA, providing access to rich content including email and games. Friday’s announcement […]

Nokia’s brand new quads

The world’s leading mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia, added four new phones to its portfolio Tuesday. At the Nokia Capital Market Days in Amsterdam, the Finish firm unveiled its 6300, 6290 and the 6086, as well as the Nokia 2626 targeted at consumers in entry markets. All four models are expected to begin shipping in the […]

Palm launches Treo 680 smartphone

Former PDA heavyweight Palm, on Monday announced its Treo 680 smartphone, running on the Palm OS platform. The Treo 680 is the fourth smartphone launched by Palm this year and follows the 750v, the firm’s business-oriented mobile for Europe, running Windows Mobile 5.0 OS. The 680 is available in the UK for £299. Additionally, retail […]

Analyst comments stir up iPhone rumours… again

An analyst has said that Apple is working on not one but two iPhones, prompting a resurgence in rumours predicting doom for traditional mobile phone makers. Shaw Wu, a Wall Street analyst with American Technology Research wrote in a research paper this month that the firm’s second phone will have IM (instant Messaging) capability and […]

Speed limits to hit mobile broadband apps?

Nokia introduced tools on Thursday to help operators throttle bandwidth hungry applications such as VoIP and peer to peer file sharing over the mobile internet. The announcement comes hot on the heels of 3 UK’s promise to embrace the open internet. From December 1, 3 UK will tear down the walls on its existing closed […]

More bad news for BenQ staff

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer BenQ is planning to cut between 300 and 400 jobs, or half the workforce of its Shanghai mobile phone plant, according to Chinese press reports. The Shanghai factory is another asset the company acquired when it bought Siemens’ mobile handset unit last year. The latest round of job cuts are understood to […]

MEF heeds European warning

Trade association the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) will launch a European chapter in Paris Thursday night. The new chapter will work in conjunction with the established MEF Asia, MEF Americas and MEF Global boards “to create local trade development opportunities for its members and focus on legislation affecting the industry.” likes to think that […]

888 targeting European mobiles in gambling push

Some of Europe’s leading operators are, reportedly, close to signing deals with the online gaming company 888. Once complete, those operators will be able to offer customers online gambling via their handsets. According to Reuters the Gibraltar based online gambling operator has successfully negotiated deals with several European operators. The unnamed source told Reuters: “It’s […]

MySpace coming to European mobiles?

Last week’s appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s global business development manager, to head up Fox Interactive’s mobile strategy in Europe has sparked reports that MySpace is preparing to expand onto the European mobile scene. Sanchez is understood to be already discussing distribution details with European service providers, to put MySpace – owned by Fox […]