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|06/28/2008 Nokia Buys
a Social Site
The worlds top cellphone maker Nokia said it has
agreed to buy social networking start-up Plazes
as part of its major push into offering Internet services.
Plazes provides location-aware services that people
can use to plan, record, and share their social activities.
|06/27/2008 Cellular Waste
The disposal of massive numbers of unwanted mobile
phones will be a key focus of a five-day meeting on
waste management which started Monday in Indonesia,
The fate of the more than three billion of the gadgets
in use today will be discussed by more than 1,000
delegates from 170 countries at the meeting on the
Basel Convention in Bali, a statement said.
|06/25/2008 Mobile Price
Virgin Mobile USA is introducing a plan with unlimited
calling for $79.99 per month, helping feed the price-cutting
frenzy that has washed over the cellular carriers
The prepaid plan will be available July 1, the carrier
said. Virgin was charging $99.99 for 1000 minutes
per month with no limit on night and weekend calls.
Verizon Wireless introduced a plan with unlimited
nationwide calling in February for $99.99 per month
that was quickly matched by its competitors.
Press Via Cell Phone
Associated Press on Monday unveiled an iPhone program
for accessing its newly launched service that delivers
news, photos and video to mobile phones.
The APs Mobile News Network was launched May 5 for
a variety of smart phones, including the iPhone.
The service displays advertising-supported local news
stories from more than 100 participating newspapers
as well as national and international news from AP.
The reports are organized by ZIP code.
|06/10/2008 Teens Ignore
Cell Phone Rules
Targeting inexperienced motorists, several states
have passed laws during the past five years restricting
cell phone use by teenage drivers.
But an insurance industry study being released Monday
that looked at whether teens are ignoring such restrictions
contends enforcement and parental influence are just
as important as new laws.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied
North Carolinas law, enacted in 2006, which fines
motorists under age 18 who are caught using a cell
Researchers who watched as high school students left
school found that teenage drivers used their cell
phones at about the same rate both before and after
the law took effect. In South Carolina, which does
not have a similar restriction, cell phone use by
teenage drivers was about the same for both periods
|06/08/2008 Slower Cellphone
Growth in USA Could Bring Good Deals
After years of go-go growth, the number of people
signing up for cellphone service in the USA is finally
That could spell good news for consumers as carriers
turn up the marketing heat, says Craig Moffett, a
senior analyst at Bernstein Research and author of
a report documenting the trend.
|05/29/2008 Kids Should
Limit Phone Use
Japanese youngsters are getting so addicted to Internet-linking
cell phones that the government is starting a program
warning parents and schools to limit their use among
The government is worried about how elementary and
junior high school students are getting sucked into
cyberspace crimes, spending long hours exchanging
mobile e-mail and suffering other negative effects
of cell phone overuse, Masaharu Kuba, a government
official overseeing the initiative, said Tuesday.
|05/29/2008 Hydrogen Powered
Cell Phones a Possibility
French researchers said on Wednesday they had invented
a hydrogen fuel cell as a backup power source for
mobile phones, thus easing dependence on an electricity
supply to charge the gadget.
The miniature fuel cell uses a hydrogen-filled cartridge
about the size of a small cigarette lighter, according
to the press presentation made by the researchers
at the Atomic Energy Commission.
The gadget, designed to be carried in a belt pouch,
has been in gestation since 2005 with a semi-conductor
The cartridges are being developed by the company
Bic, which makes pens, lighters and razors.
|05/28/2008 Family Can
Send Cell Phones to Cuba
President Bush will announce a policy change on Wednesday
to allow Americans to send mobile phones to family
members in Cuba, the White House said.
Working on Reducing Cell Phone Fees
The government is quietly negotiating to help cell
phone customers avoid expensive fees when they cancel
contracts with wireless companies.
Cell phone companies routinely charge customers $175
or more for quitting their service early. Under a
proposal to the Federal Communications Commission,
the wireless industry would give consumers the opportunity
to cancel service without any penalty for up to 30
days after they sign a cell phone contract or until
10 days after they receive their first bill.
|05/20/2008 Cell Phones
For nearly three in 10 households, do not even bother
trying to call them on a landline phone. They either
only have a cell phone or seldom if ever take calls
on their traditional phone.
The federal figures, released Wednesday, showed that
reliance on cells is continuing to rise at the expense
of wired telephones. In the second half of last year,
16 percent of households only had cell phones, while
13 percent also had landlines but got all or nearly
all their calls on their cells.For nearly three in
10 households, do not even bother trying to call them
on a landline phone. They either only have a cell
phone or seldom if ever take calls on their traditional
|05/15/2008 Pope Text Messaging
Pope Benedict will text message thousands of young
Catholics on their mobile phones during World Youth
Day in Sydney in July, hoping going digital will help
him connect better with a younger audience.
The Pope will text daily messages of inspiration and
hope during the six-day Sydney event while digital
prayer walls will be erected at event sites and the
church will set up a Catholic social networking Web
site akin to a Catholic Facebook.
Clearwire and Sprint Nextel will combine their wireless
broadband units to create a $14.55 billion communications
The new company, to be named Clearwire, will receive
a $3.2 billion investment from Intel Corp., Google
Inc., Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright
House Networks. The investment is based on a target
price of $20 per Clearwire share and will give the
companies a 22 percent stake in the new venture.
|05/13/2008 911 Wireless
Problems Are Critical
As more advanced wireless devices are put into use,
the nations 40-year-old 911 emergency system is becoming
increasingly antiquated and unable to function properly
for users of the new devices, according to the 911
Jeff Robertson, executive director of the industry
group, said in an interview Wednesday that the issue
is reaching crisis proportions. The problem is
that consumer technology has surpassed the 911 technology,
he said. Ninety-five percent of 911 call centers
are analog. Emergency data gets stripped out.
|05/12/2008 iPhone Moves
To Latin America
In another step in the worldwide march of Apple iPhone,
the top mobile phone operator in Latin America said
Wednesday that it has inked a deal to bring the multimedia
gadget to more than a dozen countries starting later
America Movil SAB, controlled by Mexican billionaire
Carlos Slim, said it plans to bring the iPhone to
all of its Latin American operations but did not offer
any more details about the arrangement, including
whether it would be the exclusive iPhone provider
in the targeted countries.
|05/04/2008 New Computers
Could be Revolutionary
Computers that boot instantly to the exact place
where you left off and mobile devices that do not
need recharging for weeks. These are only some of
the possibilities resulting from Hewlett-Packard research
that proves the existence of what the company described
as the fourth fundamental circuit element in electrical
|05/02/2008 Urban Mining
Thinking of throwing out your old cell phone? Think
again. Maybe you should mine it first for gold, silver,
copper and a host of other metals embedded in the
electronics -- many of which are enjoying near-record
It is called urban mining, scavenging
through the scrap metal in old electronic products
in search of such gems as iridium and gold, and it
is a growth industry around the world as metal prices
|05/01/2008 CinemaNow Brings
Movies via Phones
Privately held digital entertainment provider CinemaNow
said on Tuesday that U.S. consumers would be able
to use their cell phones to view movie trailers and
order full-length movies to watch on their home television
or computer through its mobile website.
The service, offered on Web-capable phones at http://mobile.cinemanow.com/, would
let U.S. consumers immediately buy or rent a movie
from their mobile phone.
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