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Apple Files Patents for Location-Based Services

December 28, 2007

  Forbes is reporting this morning that Apple is keen on getting into the location-based services game and has gone to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office to file several interesting patent applications to that end.   In one filing, Forbes said Apple:   “…described a wireless system that would allow customers to place an order at a store using a wireless device such as a media player, a wireless personal digital assistant or a cellphone.”     The article further discusses   …a process for placing an order and then notifying customers when an order is ready to grab at a pick-up station. One goal, the patent application notes, is to avoid an “annoying wait in a long queue if the purchaser arrives before completion of the order.”   So Starbucks customers will be able to order their favorite beverage before they even walk into the store, and they’ll be able to skip the line to boot! That’s an extra 2–3 minutes more people can sleep in, or perhaps they can be 2–3 minutes more productive.

Will February See Launch of Google Phone v1?

December 27, 2007

Rumors are swirling that phones based on Google’s Android platform might see the light of day as soon as February 2008.   And no, it’s not because my birthday falls in that month. You see there’s this little trade show called Mobile World Congress that takes place in Barcelona the second week in February and Google has booked a fair amount of square footage at the event, reserving two hospitality spaces (1 business, 1 standard).   APC Magazine does a great job reporting on this possibility, with pointers to a Gizmodo snapshot of one of the “rumored prototype phones circulating around the Googleplex.”   The article also directs readers to a demo of the new development platform posted on YouTube’s Android Developer Channel.   To quote the Counting Crows, perhaps February will be a great time to “catch a plane to Barcelona? I may take a (working) holiday in Spain…”   All in the name of Google’s mobile plans, of course…

Patience Google Developers... Patience

December 20, 2007

What’s that? Could it be a chink in the armor of the all-powerful Google? More likely it’s just a sign that they need to spend a few more hours fully cooking their Android mobile phone development platform.   What am I talking about?   In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, reporter Scott Morrison wrote of “headaches and frustration” for developers attempting to write programs for Android.   In the article, developer Adam MacBeth told Morrison that after weeks of attempting to successfully write programs for Google’s Android, he “found the developers’ tool kit full of bugs.”   “Functionality is not there, is poorly documented or just doesn’t work.

Are Cell Phones Safe?

December 19, 2007

TMCnet’s Tim Gray has some excellent coverage of cell phone spending and how it’s exceeding spending on landline phones for the first time ever.   Writes Tim:   Americans are hanging up on their land lines and going mobile more than ever…   In fact, 2007 is the first calendar year in which U.S. households spend more on cell phone services than the more traditional exchanges stationed on living room tables and attached to kitchen walls.   Newsweek picks up where Tim leaves off, and poses the following titular question in an article: How Safe Are Cell Phones?   In the article, Jeneen Interlandi writes:   …even as more people give up their traditional home phones altogether, and ever younger kids get their own cell phones, there are still questions in the scientific community about whether this new American staple is safe for heavy or long-term use.   For more, check out the full article here.

Packet8 Adds Mobility

November 19, 2007

Packet8 today announced the Packet8 MobileTalk international calling service for mobile phone users.   Over 340 handset models are supported out of the gate, including mobile smartphones running the Windows, Palm or Symbian operating systems. Blackberries are also supported.   One of the hallmarks of the MobileTalk solution is its simplicity. Users simply go to he Packet8 Web site to sign up, and a custom software app is created on-the-fly that’s downloaded to the user’s mobile phone over the air. If the user does not have a data plan, an e-mail is sent with the software as an attachment, which the user can then download to their handset by syncing with their PC as they would normally do to add other software.   Once the number is dialed or selected from, say, a recently missed calls directory, the MobileTalk application identifies the international prefix being called and redirects the call to a local Packet8 network access number.   From there, Packet8 initiates the international call at a low per-minute rate.   Customers can sign up for a Packet8 MobileTalk account starting today at the company’s dedicated MobileTalk site.

Open Handset Alliance Member List

November 5, 2007

The Open Handset Alliance is a group of mobile and technology leaders who share a common vision for changing the mobile experience for consumers. The Alliance is made up of mobile operators, software companies, chip makers, handset manufacturers and commercialization companies.   For more information visit        Mobile Operators   China Mobile Communications Corporation   KDDI CORPORATION   NTT DoCoMo, Inc.   Sprint Nextel   T-Mobile   Telecom Italia   Telefónica     Semiconductor Companies   Audience   Broadcom Corporation   Intel Corporation   Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.   NVIDIA Corporation   Qualcomm Inc.   SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc.   Synaptics, Inc.   Texas Instruments Incorporated     Handset Manufacturers   HTC Corporation   LG Electronics, Inc.   Motorola, Inc.   Samsung Electronics     Software Companies   Ascender Corp.   eBay Inc. Esmertec   Google Inc.   LivingImage LTD.

Tom Wheeler on the Discovery Dilemma

November 5, 2007

Rich on Possible Google Verizon Partnership

October 31, 2007

Rich on Possibility of Google Phone

October 30, 2007

Report: 435 Million Mobile SIP Users Projected By 2012

October 2, 2007

Informa Telecoms & Media has released a new report entitled, Mobile Converged Devices: Enabling IMS, SIP, UMA &VCC Services. This report forecasts 435 million mobile SIP users by 2012.   The research points out that sales of mobile phones with active SIP functionality will reach 275 million units in 2007, with an inflection taking place between 2010 and 2011.   Within the mobile handset space, SIP is essentially split into two main variants of IETF SIP, also known as Naked SIP, and 3GPP SIP, which is also called IMS SIP.   IETF SIP is believed by many to be the better choice to use as the basis of a convergence platform due to its acceptance in both the fixed and mobile camps and for its ability to enable access to open Internet services including wireless VoIP.   Malik Saadi Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media and lead author of the report says “…growth will be mainly driven by the strong will of device vendors to get involved in the content space but also by the increasing number of new entrants among VoIP and Internet content providers who are determined to challenge the mobile operator walled-garden service offering”.   In terms of devices, sales of handsets with active SIP were as low as 4 million units in 2006. Nokia currently enjoys the largest SIP enabled product portfolio of all leading handset vendors, with over 35 SIP capable devices among its E-Series and high end N-Series.   For more, visit Informa’s Web site.  
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