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Nortel claims a faster, fatter WiMax pipe
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
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With some vendors and service providers looking to WiMax as the next big acceleration in wireless, Nortel Networks says it has a supercharged version of that system.

Samsung’s 10-megapixel cellphone in your (Korean) face
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Remember that show-off from Samsung bragging about his 10-megapixel cellphone last March? Well, it’s finally on sale in Korea (as of today) and it’s one hell of an attention seeker.

CEATEC: PS3’s Cell chip coming to a mobile phone near you
Friday, October 06, 2006
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The Cell processor sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3, most powerful game console yet developed, and a high-performance computer from IBM and now Toshiba wants to put that power into mobile devices and cellphones.

CEATEC: Hitachi updates WLAN tags for goods, employees
Thursday, October 05, 2006
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Hitachi this week updated its AirLocation II system, which uses WLAN (wireless LAN) technology to track goods and employees, with the introduction of a smaller tag.

CEATEC: DoCoMo’s tiny fuel cell ready for primetime soon
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NTT DoCoMo is showing at this week’s Ceatec show in Japan a prototype fuel cell that it’s developing with a Japanese start-up for use as a cellphone recharger.

Nokia’s Wibree ready to beat up on Bluetooth?
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
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Nokia has developed a new, short-range wireless technology that it says could improve on some of the shortcomings of Bluetooth.

DMFC fuel cells ready for both military and Gillette
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
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MTI MicroFuel Cells has demonstrated a prototype direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) to the U.S. military, the company’s president said Monday.

Suvil Bluetooth handsfree — does what it says on the box
Friday, September 29, 2006
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Suvil is one of those firms that produces plenty of the little bits and pieces you never knew you wanted. One case in point is the Hong Kong company’s ClipFree iAudio BT Bluetooth add-on for pretty much any piece of kit with an audio output.

DWT TV: Nissan’s cars of the future road-tested
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We’ve been taking a ride in Nissan’s new super-safe cars fitted with wireless driver-aid technology to make the roads a lot less dangerous. Check out the vid after the jump to see how we’ll all be driving in 15 years.

Japan’s e-cash brands unite to use single terminals
Thursday, September 28, 2006
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E-money point-of-sale terminals are becoming a very common sight in the stores and restaurants of Japan but there’s one significant problem barring their path to total acceptance — the lack of a standard.

BenQ emphasizes design with SL91 handset
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
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BenQ Mobile will launch a new mobile phone in December, a half-egg shell design that fits in the palm of your hand.

Vodafone, HTC join forces on 3G handsets for Japan
Friday, September 15, 2006
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Vodafone and HTC have signed an agreement to jointly develop and market 3G smart phones in Japan, the companies said Thursday.

Card Phone II: Samsung Strikes Back
Thursday, September 14, 2006
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It’s a card, it’s a phone, it’s an MP3 player, it’s a Bluetoothing 2-megapixel camera — yes, it’s the SGH-P310 Card Phone II from Samsung.

Slice those ears off; bone-conduction is here to stay
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We all know how much fun piping audio directly into your cranium can be, so it’s with glee that we bring you the news on DoCoMo’s first bone-conduction cellphone earpiece, the beautifully named Sound Leaf.

RealNetworks dials up Korean takeout
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
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RealNetworks plans to acquire South Korean mobile entertainment provider WiderThan in a cash deal worth around US$350 million.

Samsung adds MMC interface to NAND chips
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Samsung is sampling a new type of flash memory device that could make it easier for makers of mobile phones and MP3 players to increase the storage capacity of their products.

Samsung races ahead with 40nm flash memory chips
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
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Samsung showed off its first 40 nanometer chip, a 32GB NAND flash memory that can be used in memory cards able to store up to 64GB of data, or 40 movies.

Faster, lasting flash memory for mobile phones
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Samsung unveiled a new kind memory chip Monday, PRAM (phase-change RAM), aimed at replacing NOR flash memory in mobile phones.

DoCoMo getting serious about cellphone fuel-cells
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NTT DoCoMo is planning to buy a slice of a Japanese venture company that has made some promising advances in fuel-cell technology.

Singapore tests free (slow) Wi-Fi for World Bank meeting
Monday, September 04, 2006
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Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is testing a free wireless Internet service ahead of the annual meeting of the boards of governors of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which take place this month in Singapore.

New au cellphones emphasize music, design
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
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In light of Arjen’s recent considered advice to the networks about winning the number portability battle ahead, it’s timely that KDDI fired the first dozen shots yesterday by launching a slew of new handsets in Japan.

Japan finally gets mobile number portability
Monday, August 28, 2006
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Although it seems like something technologically advanced Japan should have had for years, it won’t be until October 24 this year that mobile number portability (MNP) will be finally introduced to the benefit of mobile phone users here.

Paris Hilton accused of voice-mail hacking
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The feud between “celebrities” Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan has taken a turn for the geeky, with a small fake Caller ID seller accusing Hilton of hacking into voicemail accounts on an un-named mobile phone network.

Intel trusses up its wireless memory hog
Friday, August 25, 2006
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Microsoft isn’t the only company re-issuing security patches this month. Intel plans to re-release a critical security patch for its Centrino platform because of a memory hogging bug.

Sex sells (phones) and Sharp sure knows it
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So, you’re a hip young thing in demand on the Hong Kong guys-sitting-on-sofas scene but you’re faced with that age-old problem of where to keep your Sharp GZ100 cellphone — just what to do, eh?

Japan gets its HSDPA on next week
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Thursday, August 31 sees the residents of Tokyo officially enter the really, really high-tech age when NTT DoCoMo launches its first HSDPA service and handset, offering cellphone downloads at up to 3.6Mbps.

Infineon to supply RFID chip for US e-passport
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
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German chip maker Infineon Technologies will supply chips for new electronic passports that the U.S. will begin issuing in the coming weeks. Of the 15 million e-passports to be issued by the end of the year, several million of them will be equipped with Infineon chips, the manufacturer said.

Samsung music phone ups stakes to 8GB
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Samsung has developed a music-playing cellphone with 8GB of built-in flash memory — that’s double the amount of memory in Apple’s largest-capacity iPod nano.

KDDI phones get speed bump to 3.1Mbps up, 3.6Mbps down
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CDMA cellphone subscribers in Japan should see faster upload and download speeds later this year with an upgrade by operator KDDI, the carrier said Tuesday.

Better quality calls coming for mobile Skypers
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
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Software in the Skype PC client that enhances call quality is now coming to dedicated devices such as mobile phones that use the peer-to-peer voice service.

Boeing Connexion grounding disappoints
Monday, August 21, 2006
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Lufthansa’s in-flight Internet service could be grounded and the company isn’t happy. “We’re going to be very disappointed if we can’t provide this service, which many of our customers, especially on long flights to North America and Asia, have really come to appreciate,” said Lufthansa spokesman Michael Lamberty in an interview Friday.

KDDI announces fees for number portability
Thursday, August 17, 2006
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KDDI has become the first major Japanese phone company to describe just how thoroughly it’ll gouge customers when number portability becomes available here on October 24.

Vodafone unveils new Softbank logo
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And what a miserable, boring, wretchedly uninspiring lump of ugly gray it is as well.

Web System’s GPS auto theft stopper
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Here’s a new spin on using GPS to hinder auto theft. A Japanese company called Web System has developed a device that notifies owners when their autos have gone AWOL, and the owners can use a mobile phone to stop thieves from starting the engine.

Hello Kitty gets into RFID bodyguard work
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
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A company called Shelly is selling Hello Kitty RFID card protection. You just cover your card, for example a Suica, with the orifice-challenged feline, and say bye-bye to skimming attacks.

100,000 glitch-hit KDDI users say: “%nS%nS!?!”
Saturday, August 12, 2006
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KDDI admitted earlier in the week that two of its handsets were prone to unexpected power-downs after sending or receiving email containing the characters “%,” “n” or “S.”

Social video sharing for cellphones
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
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Although currently invitation only, Gree is an intriguing little Japanese social-networking site that now specialises in video sharing from mobile devices. It previously was limited to still images.

Sprint picks WiMax for 4G mobile network
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Sprint Nextel, not satisfied with just 3G mobile data, will roll out a faster 4G network using WiMax later this year.

Sony launches Wi-Fi personal communicator
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Sony yesterday unveiled a wireless-enabled device aimed primarily at people who like to send text messages and make free calls over the Internet.

AirMagnet unleashes Wi-Fi VoIP analyzer
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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One of the benefits of VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) is that it lets enterprises turn their wireless LANs into part of the voice network. But not all wireless LANs are equal to the task.



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