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DVD hacker ‘liberates’ content

DVD Jon, the hacker (in)famously credited with releasing the DeCSS DVD decryption tool, is now promising to liberate your content and allow consumers to share and access their media on any number of devices.

Industry guarded on WiMAX/LTE merger

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin has suggested that WiMAX and LTE technologies could be merged, to reduce the burden on the industry of developing dual standards. In a keynote speech at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sarin said that LTE could “provide room for TDD WiMAX.”

Barcelona day three

Barcelona day three and handset operating systems are on the menu. Vodafone frontman Arun Sarin stirred things up with a call for more simplicity among mobile handset OSes. Sarin reckons a handful of platforms is enough to keep the market going. Vodafone tried this move before, two years ago, when it tried to standardise on […]

Barcelona day two

We’re halfway through the show and if you feel anything like team, it’s going to be a long two days.

The big news at the show on Tuesday was Arun Sarin’s call for less fragmentation among mobile handset operating systems. Sarin said that just a handful of device OSes need to emerge from the 30 to 40 presently available, although other commentators speaking on the same issue before have identified between 300 and 400 different platforms out there.

Welcome to the show

Phew. Bar one or two scrapes we managed to make it to World Congress, crumpled passport in hand, just as the Fira de Barcelona threw open its doors to the heaving masses.


It’s that time of year again. The team is packing its suitcases and preparing to head off to Spain for the annual mega-industry-shindig that is Mobile World Congress. The editors have dusted off the travel Scrabble to keep the team occupied and prevent any squabbling over who gets the window seat, and the Informer has ensured a ready supply of Paracetamol and Alka Seltzer in anticipation of a full party diary.

Apple doubles iPhone capacity

The 16GB version of the iPhone, which Apple announced in the US on Tuesday, is also arriving on European shores.

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft: pots and kettles…

In the wake of Microsoft’s $45bn offer for web giant Yahoo!, Google has got up on its high horse and is calling the potential merger a danger to the very ‘open-ness’ of the interweb.

Moto tells handset unit, “We need to talk”

You can imagine the scene – Motorola, the exasperated parent who’s patience is starting to wear thin, sitting on the corner of the bed in the childhood room of the Mobile Devices business, to which the middle aged child has returned “just until it sorts things out.”

Nokia catches a Norwegian Troll

Finnish handset giant Nokia sent ripples through the market in late January, with the announcement of plans to acquire Scandinavian mobile Linux developer Trolltech for $153m.

German iPhone sales disappointing?

There seem to be concerns amongst the analyst community that the Apple brand isn’t strong enough outside of North America to compete with the big names in the handset space.

Nokia catches a Norwegian Troll

Finnish handset giant Nokia sent ripples through the market with the announcement of plans to acquire Scandinavian mobile Linux developer Trolltech for $153m.

However, the world’s leading handset vendor was quick to quash rumours that the move would see Symbian platforms running on Linux, or even an overhaul of the company’s favoured operating system.

What’s up with FDD WiMAX?

There seems to be some confusion brewing in the WiMAX camp, after revelations that the WiMAX Forum has been working on an FDD profile for the technology and is aiming to implement it within six months.

Handset vendor financial roundup

We’re well into the fourth quarter/full year 2007 reporting period now, seeing a mixture of highs and lows but no great surprises.

Finnish vendor Nokia posted happy financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2007 on Thursday, racking up a 67 per cent increase in profit for the year.

Nokia thinking of befriending Facebook

The big rumour doing the rounds this week is that Finnish handset giant Nokia is looking to buy a stake in social networking website Facebook.

Reding turns attention to SMS, data roaming

It looks like EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding is turning her regulatory eye onto SMS and data roaming services, following the first benchmark report on international roaming by the European Regulators’ Group.

Emerging markets: The unconnected masses

The world’s advanced mobile markets, perhaps understandably, draw a majority share of industry attention. In these countries the latest technologies are used to showcase the most sophisticated services on the handset manufacturing community’s most cutting edge products.