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IBM announced that the Lotus Expeditor software platform is extending desktop computing and Web 2.0 capabilities to mobile phones. Mobile phone users will be able to run several desktop-style applications like social networking, mashups and other consumer or business applications simultaneously on a variety of mobile phones. The new version of IBM Lotus Expeditor 6.1.2 software enables mobile application developers to create new applications and services that combine information from different sources. Key to Lotus Expeditor technology is the use of the Eclipse embedded Rich Client Platform (eRCP) application model, which allows applications to be created to span desktop and mobile devices. "People want to be productive anywhere, anytime," said Alistair Rennie, vice president, Development, IBM Lotus Software. "IBM Lotus Expeditor enables faster delivery of a new gene... (more)

MobiTV Offers Live Television Programming On Cell Phones (Live on SYS-CON.TV)

MobiTV, the world's first television network for mobile phones, announced at SYS-CON.TV that it has launched its live television service on Cingular Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Cingular is offering MobiTV on exclusive handsets such as the breakthrough RAZR to the affordable Motorola V180. For MobiTV, this launch marks a significant milestone as the company moves into its second year of operations distributing its service on two of the nation's largest carriers. Within the past 60 days, the company has effectively doubled its potential market in the U.S. thr... (more)

NextPhase Wireless Announces Aid to Katrina Relief Efforts

"Our thoughts are with those affected by Hurricane Katrina, as they rebuild their lives and their communities," said Robert Ford, NextPhase Wireless's President and CEO, as he announced that NextPhase will donate 50% of the monthly subscription fees from new wireless broadband installations throughout September to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. "The Gulf States are counting on good corporate citizens and compassionate individuals throughout the country for help, and we felt that it was our civic duty to answer that call for help," Ford added. Anaheim, CA-based NextPh... (more)

"A Little Wi-Fi with Your Latte, Sir?"

Now that wireless LANs are spreading rapidly in offices, schools, and homes, it came as a bit of a shock in September to hear the chief technology and development officer of wireless LAN "hotspot" provider MobileStar, Ali Tabassi, telling the world that his company was having to suddenly suspend their operations. Dallas-based MobileStar's recipe for wireless success was to exploit "Wi-Fi" (the term now popularly given to the IEEE 802.11b standard) and thereby make itself the largest independent wireless LAN hotspot provider, giving wireless Internet access of up to 5MB/s at sele... (more)

The Cat Sat On the Phone

(January 15, 2002) - What was it that journalist Andy Rooney used to say? "Computers make it easier to do a lot of things but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done." What's true of computers is perhaps also true of cell phones. Rooney's words came mischievously to mind on hearing the very latest reports from Japan about a new functionality being added to NTT DoCoMo's much-publicized "world-leading, third generation cellular telephone service" - a.k.a. FOMA (Freedom of Mobile multimedia Access). In announcing its complementary "world-beating, full-mot... (more)