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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 of Connectotel. The current private Beta testers have already shown enormous enthusiasm for being able to send SMS text messages from Skype Chat using this new service. Now we are opening up the service to a wider public," he added.  How does "Skype to SMS"  work? Skype users start a Chat with the Skype user called smsgateway, then type the following from within the Skype Chat window to send a message: +number message The message is transmitted to Connecto... (more)

802.11b with a Rugged Twist

Got $1,500 to spare? If so, then Panasonic's new Mobile Data Wireless Display (MDWD) may be just the thing for you. It's a thin, flat, self-contained touch screen that communicates with your hard disk over distances from 150-300 feet in open spaces, thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi. Best of all, since it comes from Panasonic's "Toughbook" Division, the MDWD screen has been "ruggedized," with rubber gaskets covering its connectors, so that you can use it in rainstorms, duststorms, and snowstorms - handy, huh? You can also drop the screen onto concrete from a height of up to four feet... (more)

Extended Systems and Red-M Collaborate to Offer Comprehensive Bluetooth Software Solution for Windows CE Devices

(December 18, 2002) - Extended Systems will license and resell Red-M's Bluetooth Manager in conjunction with its XTNDConnect Blue SDK for Windows CE devices. While Extended Systems’ SDK equips developers with a complete Bluetooth stack and extensive application profile support, Red-M’s Bluetooth Manager provides a management and control interface for connecting to multiple Bluetooth devices on the Pocket PC/CE platform. Bluetooth Manager provides the ability to automatically select the most appropriate or cost-effective device to use for a specified network connection. By offerin... (more)

Regulatory Database Helps Cut Bluetooth Red Tape

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the availability of the first ever Regulatory Database for its member companies. The comprehensive database is the result of a collaborative effort between the Bluetooth SIG and its members, numbering over 2,000, to collect worldwide regulatory requirements and make them available in one, online location. It is designed to help members simplify and speed their global deployments of Bluetooth enabled products. The database serves as a guide in preparing a member's products for various markets and choosing the best strateg... (more)

Can Opera Mini Help Operators Generate Revenue From Real Mobile Browsing?

Forget Web surfing only on advanced phones capable of running a browser; now comes Opera Mini, a small Java client capable of running on mid-tier and even low-tier phones - with the rest being taken care of by the remotely located Opera Mini server. With Opera Mini you don't have to have an advanced phone to surf the Web, which means that most people can use it with their existing phone," said Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Installing Opera Mini is as easy as installing a ringtone," von Tetzchner (pictured) continued. "Users simply send an SMS or visit a link through ... (more)