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Texas Instruments' OMAP2420 application processor has been selected for the new NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA 902i series 3G handsets to provide advanced multimedia capabilities. Expected to launch later this year, these handsets will represent the first OMAP 2-based mobile devices on the market. The new FOMA series will harness the processing power of TI’s OMAP 2 “All-in-One” entertainment architecture to deliver the latest in 3G mobile entertainment applications, such as 3D gaming, 3+-megapixel cameras, digital camcorders and TV output. With more than 15 million 3G subscribers in Japan, NTT DoCoMo is the leader in this rapidly accelerating 3G marketplace. TI’s OMAP family of application processors has been used by NTT DoCoMo’s handset partners for three consecutive years for NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA 3G series of mobile phones. To date, TI&rs... (more)

Webtide Ports Jetty to Google Android

Webtide announced that it has developed a web and application server designed to operate on Google’s Android mobile platform. Android is a freely downloadable open source software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications based on Linux and Java. The port of Jetty on Android is named i-Jetty. The Jetty servlet on Android allows users to serve data stored on the phone such as contact details, system settings and call log within a browser window. It also adds functionality that will let users modify and save changes, view and ... (more)

"Fans On the Go" Are Latest Target for the Booming WWF Franchise

What do you get if you cross a top US sporting entertainment franchise, a leading publisher of interactive entertainment software, and a Java-enabled phone? The answer is: Mobile Madness. WWF Mobile Madness, to be more precise. This is the trademarked name of the video game newly released for wireless devices by THQ, Inc., best known (till now) for supplying chains like Wal-Mart and Toys 'R' Us with with games for PCs on CD-ROM. It would seem that THQ sees unleashing mobile mayhem from its base in Calabasas Hills, California, as the surest way to bring joy to the owners of Java-e... (more)

Location-Based Services Around the World Struggle with Privacy Issues

The Wherify GPS Locator is, shall we say, the Mr. Hyde side of location-based technologies, but let's not forget that many people around the world are already talking too about their Dr. Jekyll side. Some companies already use RF tags (similar to those used to tag pets) in workwear to track employees through their factories. This can be used to track each time the wearer of a garment goes to the restroom, has a coffee break, cigarette break, moves from one area to another, and so on. In Hong Kong, an aptly named firm called the Pinpoint Company offers employers a service whereby t... (more)

Samsung Launches Camera Phone for Pixelphiliacs

By the end of this month or early November, any Korean phone user with a passion for pixels will be able to invest 1 million Korean won (US $876) in the world's first 5-megapixel camera phone. Samsung claims the new phone, the SCH-S250, is as good as a high-end digital camera. Kim Hun-bae, vice president of mobile research and development at Samsung, said at a presentation in Seoul: "The biggest difference between a digital camera and a camera phone is that the latter gets less light due to a smaller lens, thus resulting in inferior picture quality." While phone from rivals like ... (more)