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|10/27/2008 RIM Application
Research in Motion is coming online with an application
store uniquely its own. On Tuesday, RIM unveiled two
distribution initiatives for BlackBerry smartphone
applications at its annual developer conference: A
new online application store and a new on-device application
center that opens up BlackBerrys millions of users
to developers vying for an audience.
RIM said it plans to launch the BlackBerry application
store in March 2009, giving its users a one-stop shop
for compatible applications and a user-friendly way
to manage upgrades and purchases.
|10/27/2008 Texts Tackle
HIV in South Africa
The popularity of mobile phones in South Africa is
helping to tackle HIV and AIDS in the nation.
Project Masiluleke will send one million free text
messages a day to push people to be tested and treated.
Approximately 350,000 people die of AIDS related diseases
in the country every year.
Trials of the system showed that calls to counselors
at the National AIDS helpline in Johannesburg increased
by 200% when messages were broadcast.
|10/22/2008 Tracking Terrorists
Using Mobile Phones
Taliban insurgents said Tuesday they had told mobile
phone operators to shut down their networks during
the day in the Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul,
saying signals help track insurgent fighters.
The warning comes on top of a Taliban order earlier
this year for phone operators to turn off their networks
throughout the country at night.
Prevents Calls While Driving
A Canadian company has unveiled software crafted
to prevent people, particularly mobile device-loving
teenagers, from making telephone calls or text-messaging
Aegis Mobility describes DriveAssist as advanced
call management technology that essentially
creates virtual personal secretaries to intercept
calls or text messages intended for mobile telephones
in moving cars.
DriveAssist software detects when phones are moving
at automobile speeds and then tells callers that the
person they are trying to reach is driving. Callers
are invited to leave messages or call-back numbers.
|10/17/2008 RIM Touch Screen
Research in Motion the maker of the Blackberry, unveiled
its first smartphone with a touch-screen on Wednesday,
its answer to the popular Apple iPhone.
The phone, the Blackberry Storm, will be available
later this year through Verizon Wireless in the United
States and Vodafone in Europe, India, Australia and
New Zealand, the Canadian company said.
for Mobile Phones Sales Are Cut
The global mobile phone market should grow at much
slower-than-expected rates next year as consumers
put off buying new devices due to deepening economic
concerns, according to forecasts from analysts.
While industry executives often say mobile phones
are the last thing consumers will give up to save
money, analysts are now citing lengthening phone replacement
cycles and weakening economies around the world for
their weaker sales estimates.
UBS analyst Maynard Um halved his forecast for 2009
global handset growth to 3 percent from 6 percent,
pointing to particular weakness in Europe and North
|10/08/2008 Verizon Looking
to Purchase Alltel
Verizon Wireless says it is moving forward with plans
to acquire Alltel Corp. for $28.1 billion, although
the countrys financial climate has worsened since
the companies reached an agreement four months ago.
|10/07/2008 T-Mobile Lost
Europes leading telecommunications company, Deutsche
Telekom, admitted Saturday that it has lost confidential
data belonging to 17 million T-mobile clients.
The theft, in 2006, which is now subject to a judicial
inquiry, involved telephone numbers, dates of birth,
addresses and email addresses, subsidiary T-Mobile
said in a statement.
|09/28/2008 Cell Phone
Popularity in Europe
A growing number of Europeans do not bother to buy
landline telephone service in their homes, relying
instead on their cell phones, the European Commission
Cell phones, which first outnumbered human beings
in Europe in 2006, did that by an even greater margin
in 2007: nearly 112 phones for every 100 people, the
EU executive body said.
One reason is that monthly line rental for fixed phones
costs more on average than a prepaid mobile phone
|09/27/2008 RIM TouchScreen
Research In Motion is preparing to launch the long
anticipated touch-screen version of its BlackBerry
smartphone, according to an official promotion e-mail
from U.S. carrier Verizon Wireless .
|09/26/2008 G1 Phone Game
Turn off the rumor mills, pull down the mocked-up
artwork, and say goodbye to the blogger speculation.
Google and T-Mobiles G1, the first mobile phone built
around Googles open-source, Linux-based Android platform,
is officially a product.
Before a warm, if not entirely enthusiastic crowd
in Manhattan, executives from T-Mobile, HTC and Google
(including a surprise appearance by company founders
Sergey Brin and Larry Page) officially unveiled the
Listing for $179 with two data plans ($25 and $35),
the T-Mobile G1 is available now to existing T-Mobile
customers in limited quantities (via T-Mobiles web
site) and at all T-Mobile locations by late next month.
It will also launch in the U.K. in November, and across
all of Europe by early next year.
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