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Saturday, 18.12.04
SERVICE: Skweezer now available for free
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:06 CET under 01 - General News

A new version of the award-winning Skweezer service makes browsing the Web with a wireless handset easier than ever. Greenlight Wireless Corporation last week announced the release of a free version of its popular Skweezer portal, which optimizes Web pages, searches, and e-mail for use on PDA's and cell phones.

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Friday, 17.12.04
DEVELOPMENT: Motorola and Apple close to release the first iTunes mobile phone
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:45 CET under 01 - General News

According the Forbes magazine, Apple and Motorola could soon show the mobile phone they are developing to play music purchased from Apple's iTunes online music store.
As announced earlier this year - both companies signed a partnership to support Apple iTunes music files on dedicated Motorola mobile phones.

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LINK: Peter's Portable Media Center review (Creative Zen)
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:03 CET under 01 - General News

Peter Near, a Windows Media Center Edition MVP recently reviewed the the Portable Media Center - in this case the Creative Zen PMC and if you want to learn more about the concept in general and the Zen in detail, you should give his review a visit:

I've been testing the Creative Zen Portable Media Center (PMC) for about a month now under my own "real world" conditions. I am a traveling software account manager, so I spend a lot of time on trains and planes. I anticipated awhile back that PMC would fit the bill for a road warrior like myself, and by most accounts I was right.

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Thursday, 16.12.04
STANDARDIZATION: ICANN approved the sponsored Top Level Domain ".mobi"
Posted by Arne Hess - at 20:49 CET under 01 - General News

Do you remember my previous article from earlier this year about the new ".mobi" Top Level Domain:

Leading companies from the mobile industry have signed a memorandum of understanding to apply for a mobile Top Level Domain (&"mobile TLD") from the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) during the current application round, which closes March 15. If the application is successful and the mobile TLD is granted by ICANN, the industry leaders have agreed to form a new joint venture to manage the mobile TLD. A mobile TLD would be a key step in bridging the world of mobility and the Internet to the benefit of customers and the entire mobile industry.

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STANDARDIZATION: ZigBee Alliance finalizes IEEE-standard 802.15.4 based specification
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:40 CET under 01 - General News

The ZigBee Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specification making the development and deployment of extremely power efficient, cost effective, low data rate monitoring, control and sensing networks a reality. This on-time delivery of the specification is the culmination of two years of worldwide development and interoperability testing by the more than 100 member companies within the ZigBee Alliance.

The ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, costeffective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard. The ZigBee Alliance is a rapidly growing, non-profit industry consortium of leading semiconductor manufacturers, technology providers, OEMs and end-users worldwide.

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Monday, 13.12.04
PMC UPDATE: Creative released new Firmware for Zen Portable Media Center
Posted by Arne Hess - at 10:47 CET under 01 - General News

Creative recently released a Portable Media Center ROM update for its Zen PMC.

The firmware update 1.03 / ZPMC-FWARE-1-L4 has to be  installed through your connected PMC and it will delete all content in your player when you install the new firmware. So please make sure to back-up any audio, video, image or data files in your player with Microsoft Windows Media Player 10.

After installing the new firmware, use Windows Media Player 10 to restore content to your player.

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Friday, 10.12.04
POSTPONED: T-Mobile USA is delaying 3G until 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - at 17:59 CET under 01 - General News

T-Mobile USA confirmed today that there are no plans of launching it's high-speed 3G/UMTS wireless service within the next two years, mainly because they just don't have the spectrum for it right now.

So basically T-Mobile subscribers will have wait until 2007 if they want 3G, but it's unlikely that a lot of them will wait that long, especially since other nation-wide carriers are more proactive in building up their 3G networks.

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Thursday, 09.12.04
COMPETITION: Browser developers discover mobile devices as a new target audience
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:13 CET under 01 - General News

It took a while to get third party browsers available for mobile devices but after Access with its Netfront browser, also Opera jumped the multi-platform support and now Mozilla.

According a CNet article, Mozilla is working on a mobile version supporting mobile devices such as PDAs, mobile phones and even set-top boxes:

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Wednesday, 08.12.04
CAR KIT: Seidio released BlueTalk Bluetooth Car Kit
Posted by Arne Hess - at 19:28 CET under 01 - General News

While we are talking about Bluetooth car kits, Seidio recently released their BlueTalk Bluetooth car kit - just in case you are looking for an easy to install solution because it's not installed into your car but you can simply plug it into the cigarette-lighter.
Beside this it supports Bluetooth 1.1 compliant with broad support for most current and future Bluetooth Smartphones and includes an integrated speaker with volume control. According to Seido you can use the same speaker to listen to GPS commands or audio books also.

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ALL IN ONE: Becker Traffic Pro 7945 Car Entertainmenty System with Bluetooth
Posted by Arne Hess - at 18:15 CET under 01 - General News

Germany's in-car sound systems specialist Becker, recently launched their latest all in one car system - the Becker Traffic Pro 7945 with Bluetooth wireless technology.

Use your car radio to make a phone call, or send your address book from your mobile phone to the navigation unit – it's quick and easy with the Bluetooth interface. You can even use speech commands. The Becker Traffic Pro with Bluetooth wireless technology guides you more safely to your destination. Have a good journey!

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Monday, 06.12.04
HIGH SPEED WIRELESS: mmO2 to deploy Europe's first HSDPA & IMS & 3G network
Posted by Arne Hess - at 21:40 CET under 01 - General News

mmO2 yesterday set out its mobile broadband strategy with the deployment of Europe's first super-fast, third-generation (3G) mobile data network at Isle of Man which also was mmO2's UMTS test-bed before.

The 3G network will incorporate HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) technology and IMS (Internet Protocol Multimedia services) and positions mmO2 at the forefront of providing advanced mobile data services to customers within Europe. It will go live in the Summer, next year, at mmO2's subsidiary, Manx Telecom on the Isle of Man.

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ROUTING: T-Mobile Germany released NaviGate off-board navigation support for MDA III and SDAs
Posted by Arne Hess - at 13:03 CET under 01 - General News

From today, T-Mobile Germany also supports their latest Windows Mobile devices (the recently released MDA Pocket PC Phone Editions as well as the recently released SDA Smartphone) with its off-board navigation called NaviGate.
First NaviGate requires the installation of a small application, than T-Mobile NaviGate route queries can not only be booked individually but also in a favorably-priced subscription. This, for instance, also turns the dynamic navigation system into a favorably-priced traffic jam monitor.

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Friday, 03.12.04
SERVICE: SPOT is coming to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - at 01:50 CET under 01 - General News

On Möbius conference, which is currently hold in Seattle, Microsoft confirmed that the SPOT concept is coming to some countries in Europe as well, at least Microsoft is negotiating the possibilities to launch the service in several countries including Germany :-), Austria and Italy.

If you don't know what SPOT is about, here a brief overview:

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