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(November 26, 2002) - Wireless Business & Technology staff met yesterday with representatives from FedEx and Motorola for an advance briefing on the announcement FedEx will make today regarding the new FedEx PowerPad, a $150 million project that took more than seven years to complete. The joint project between FedEx and Motorola was unique in its level of collaboration, and Motorola will now customize the technology for other companies. Designed specifically to enable couriers to improve customer service, the FedEx PowerPad is a Microsoft Windows-powered Pocket PC, designed to enhance customer service by providing 40,000 FedEx Express couriers with online, near real-time wireless access to the FedEx network. The FedEx PowerPad will replace the current handheld courier device, the FedEx Supertracker, which was introduced in 1986. The PowerPad boasts GPRS and Bluetooth... (more)

Mobile Executive Christensen Leaves MS

(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, jus... (more)

Borland Adds i-mode Support to Worldwide Mobile Application Development for Java

(November 20, 2003) - Borland JBuilder Mobile Development for i-mode, designed to accelerate the development of mobile applications for i-mode service outside of Japan, is available now. Included in JBuilder X, and ready to download without charge for existing JBuilder 9 customers, JBuilder Mobile Development for i-mode integrates JBuilder and the NTT DoCoMo Doja 1.5 Overseas Edition SDK emulator, providing a Java-based development platform for General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)(1) based i-mode application developers worldwide. Launched in 1999 by NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan, i-mo... (more)

Transatlantic Text Messaging Now from AT&T Wireless

According to a new survey, 66 percent of text messaging users in the UK were under the false impression that their messages could reach the shores of the US - a misperception likely shared by subscribers throughout Europe. Now, however, AT&T Wireless is bridging this cross-Atlantic divide. AT&T Wireless has added the UK to the list of countries where customers of many foreign carriers can exchange text messages with AT&T Wireless subscribers for the first time. Last year, a staggering 20.5 billion text messages were sent in the UK alone, according to the Mobile Data Association (M... (more)

Katrina: Cingular Wireless Establishes "Cingular Cares" Initiative

"Our hearts have been touched by devastation left by Hurricane Katrina," said Cingular Wireless president and CEO Stan Sigman (pictured), as Cingular Wireless yesterday announced a multi-pronged approach to raising millions of dollars to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and to assist its own employees who have been affected by the disaster. Among the efforts by Cingular: Establishment of the Cingular Cares Initiative The program will provide immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina and will also establish a sustainable fund for providing assistance for fu... (more)