The latest application of Java-enabled mobile technology will let users
access their bank accounts from cell phones. The service, being offered by
cash machine operator Link, is built to work with current mobile handset
technology and networks.
Link, which will launch MobileATM later this year, said the service will
provide account access using existing PINs. MobileATM will be the first
service of its kind in England.
Systems integrator Morse Group is providing technical consultancy and
expertise for the Java-based infrastructure. The service will initially allow
consumers to check their balance via an application downloaded to the
The service is being introduced as a mobile commerce product that will
emulate cashpoint processes, turning an existing business model into a
commerce provider. Link said its service will provide same-day transaction
Connectotel has announced the launch of the public Beta test of its new
'Skype to SMS' service, allowing Skype users to send SMS text messages from
within Skype Chat to any GSM mobile phone user.
"We launched our 'SMS to Skype' service just three weeks ago and have been
very pleased with the positive feedback from Skype users. Now we are adding
the next logical progression: 'Skype to SMS'," commented Marcus Williamson
The current private Beta testers have already shown enormous enthusiasm for
being able to send SMS text messages from Skype Chat using this new serv... (more)
(November 6, 2003) - The head of Microsoft's Mobile Devices division, Juha
Christensen, is leaving the company, sparking rumors that the company's
mobile initiatives may have encountered a speed bump or two.
Juha Christensen, a Danish national, was a cofounder of Symbian, Microsoft's
mobile market rival, but he left Symbian to join Microsoft four years ago,
where he was responsible for the launch of Windows mobile software products.
Christensen will leave Microsoft on December 1, to start his own San
Francisco Bay-area mobile devices services company. Christensen's departure,
Related Links: XML Pioneer Tim Bray Applauds Newest Version of NeoOffice/J
"Wherever I am, my laptop is with me, and if it's turned on, it's on the Net
unless I'm out of WiFi range. It has an excellent screen for looking at
pictures and is a fine music box."
This simple truth is at the heart of XML pioneer Tim Bray's personal decision
to steer clear of PDAs or the Blackberry. (The italics are ours.)
"Of course," he blogged on Tuesday, "there are lots of times when the
computer isn't on: when I'm walking, or in a car, or shopping. Of course, I'd
still like to be connected some of th... (more)
NEW YORK 07:30 EST - It's official. Sprint and Nextel is becoming "Sprint
Nextel" in what is being described this morning by both companies as a
"merger of equals."
Sprint chairman and chief executive Gary D. Forsee will become president and
CEO of the new company, and Tim Donahue, Nextel's boss, will become chairman.
The new COO of Sprint Nextel will be Sprint's president and COO Len Lauer,
while Nextel's CFO Paul Saleh will be its CFO.
True to the concept of a merger of equals, the Sprint Nextel board will
consist of 12 directors, six from each company, and each company's