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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)

MIPI Alliance to Define Open Standards for Mobile Application Processors

(July 30, 2003) - The Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) Alliance is a new industry initiative that will define and promote open standards for interfaces to mobile application processors. Founded by ARM, Nokia, STMicroelectronics, and Texas Instruments Incorporated, the MIPI Alliance is a response to interest in the OMAPI (SM) standard launched in December 2002. OMAPI was formed by TI and ST to standardize interfaces for mobile application processors. The response to this initiative was very strong and indicated the need for a more representative formal industry organizatio... (more)

FAST vs Google: As Search Engines Go Mobile, Different Business Models Compete

Headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol "FAST" on the Oslo Stock Exchange, the FAST Group is now leveraging its flagship FAST Enterprise Search Platform in the mobile space by today announcing "FAST mSearch," which it describes as "the industry's first mobile search solution to collectively integrate content such as music, games, ring tones, and images with highly relevant content from the mobile Web, providing users with an optimized and more personal search experience on their mobile devices." "FAST mSearch offers a complete solution that addresses ... (more)

Sybase iAnywhere Again Named a Top Mobile Middleware Leader

In a recent report, IDC recognized Sybase iAnywhere as a top mobile middleware market leader for the sixth consecutive year. The mobile middleware market grew to $775.7 million in 2007, up from $666.9 million in 2006, resulting in growth of 16.3%. IDC currently forecasts this market to increase to $1.6 billion in 2012, representing a compound annual growth rate of 15.2% from 2007-2012. ... (more)

An End to 'Triple-Tapping' at Last?

Could a brand new interface completely transform the way wireless devices are designed and used? Could it pay for OEMs and operators alike, in other words, to ditch the 12-button cell phone keypad and introduce instead this intriguing-looking new keypad, "Fastap"? Fresh from the brainpan of inventor Dr. David Levy, former head of portable device ergonomics at Apple Computer, the claim is being made that Fastap is "the world's smallest alphanumeric computer interface that allows quick and easy entry of numbers, letters, and basic punctuation without triple tapping." Levy is also... (more)