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Enterprise open source commentator Glyn Moody says that Android-based ARM systems, such as the chipsets for Google's Android operating system announced this week by Freescale, could be part of the next wave of price reductions that will push netbooks down to $150 and less. Moody believes that Apple will over time lose its iPhone advantage to open source solutions like Android. Here is his logic: "Freescale's announcement is still at the level of marketing hype, but it is nonetheless indicative of how people are starting to think. And the crucial element is Android, because once you have netbooks running the stack, then you will have a spectrum of hybrids that can mix mobile and netbook features. Again, this is something free software is ideal for: there are no constraints on experimentation, and the tools for trying things out are readily available. This is an aspec... (more)

AT&T U-verse Arrives in Greenville

Greenville residents now have a new choice for their television and communications services, powered by the most advanced technology. AT&T* today announced the launch of AT&T U-verse(SM) services in parts of Greenville and Asheville beginning Monday, August 10. AT&T U-verse TV, AT&T U-verse High Speed Internet and AT&T U-verse Voice are delivered over AT&T's advanced Internet Protocol (IP) network, and offer a new alternative to cable and an unmatched experience for customers. AT&T U-verse brings together your TV, broadband, home phone and wireless services -- all on one bill --... (more)

Phoneomena Unveils Industry's First Wireless Application Pipe

"It is the next step in the evolution of wireless data," said Sumi Helal, President and CEO of Phoneomena, Inc., a leading mobile phone software, as his company unveiled xPhoneApp 2.0, the industry's first wireless application pipe. The innovative middleware allows enterprise developers to rapidly and easily create reliable mobile applications without having to learn or keep up with changing technologies such as J2ME, BREW, or Windows Mobile. xPhoneApp enables developers with Web programming experience to use their existing skill set to develop sophisticated mobile applications fo... (more)

Skype and Boingo Announce VoIP Partnership

Thanks to Skype International and Boingo Wireless partnership - users will now be able to access Skype's VoIP technology from 18,000 Wi-Fi hot spots worldwide. Skype spokesperson Kelly Larabee said that Skype Zones powered by Boingo are geared not only toward business travellers and students but also toward any wireless user in search of cheap international calling. Available in coffee shops, bookstores and hotels, as well as other public places, Skype Zones offer VoIP users unlimited access to Boingo's public broadband for US$7.95 per month. Also, infrequent users can pay $2.95 ... (more)

Android-Based Phone Protoypes Appear at Industry Conference in Spain

Google's Android operating system for cellphones was on display in Barcelona, Spain, this week as manufacturers like Texas Instruments displayed prototypes running the open-source OS. 'We're excited to see that people are excited about Android,' said Google in a statement released to coincide with the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. In the brief statement, the Mountain View, California-based company said the demonstrations of Android in Barcelona were "exactly the kind of momentum we hoped the announcement and the platform would generate." ... (more)