What do cellular automata and Mathematica have to do with ringtones for cell phones? A lot, if you work at Wolfram Research, a computer software firm that has branched into the somewhat unlikely specialty area of ringtones. WolframTones, available via the Website tones.wolfram.com, grew out of founder Stephen Wolfram's desire to create a unique ringtone for his phone.
If cell phones could talk, what tales they'd tell. These devices can't talk, but author Judy Reiser is giving them a voice with her new book. Released last month, "In a Cell Phone Minute" is a collection of anecdotes revolving around the ubiquitous cell phone - how people use, abuse and lose them, and how these devices influence daily life.
This year will be the year that EarthLink, one of the country's largest ISPs, decided to cast its future success with wireless communications. EarthLink has 5.4 million subscribers, based on second-quarter numbers, but has seen its subscriber churn rate increase while revenues declined. Revenues decreased from $348.
Atheros Communications unveiled plans to purchase Taiwan-based ZyDAS Technology Corporation. The deal is valued at $23 million.
Boingo Wireless has forged two new deals that will add 1,200 international hot spots to its Boingo Roaming System.
Cellular infrastructure vendors are looking at a future that isn't all that rosy. To make matters worse, they may lose control over a future they have known in the past. A recent report by industry analyst firm In-Stat says $53.2 million worth of cellular base stations and services will be sold this year.
Whether they're the rebels at Rebtel who want to take the "phony" out of telephony or the upstart guys at JaJah who claim a breakthrough technology, competition is rising from the VoIP world. The competition is coming from the likes of Rebtel, JaJah and the iSkoot Mobile Network for Skype users, freeing callers from their PCs.
The contactless payment market is set to skyrocket over the next 5 years, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. With a series of contactless payment trials planned for the next 12 to 18 months, and as Visa, MasterCard and AMEX entice customers to try tap-and-go contactless solutions, the research firm forecasts that by 2011 mobile phone-based contactless payments will account for
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has the potential to streamline and improve airline baggage handling, according to a new study from ABI Research. The research predicts that overall systems revenue for RFID airline baggage handling will ring in at $11.8 million this year – and will grow to almost $27.
Visto Corporation has no intention of letting rival Research In Motion (RIM) have all the fun in China. The company announced a partnership with Lenovo to launch an enterprise-grade mobile push e-mail solution in China.
Motorola adds to its WiMAX product portfolio and pushes the idea of personal broadband everywhere.
Motricity secured $40 million in funding, bringing its total funds raised to date to more than $120 million. The mobile marketplace management company plans to leverage the funds to help fuel its expansion efforts in the mobile content sector.
Dobson Cellular Systems, AOL, Good Technology, Intel, Zensys, LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Sprint Nextel, Vivo, Palm, Annapolis Wireless, Nortel, Brightpoint, Mobility Electronics, Motorola, UbiquiSys, picoChip, Junxion, Entellium and Acta Wireless.
As promised, Dwango Wireless is continuing to boost its independence from Dwango Co. The latest: The mobile media company has changed its name to Dijji Corporation.
While there is debate among analysts whether full-length movies could be a hit on wireless phones, Sprint Nextel is willing to take its chances and be the first out of the gate. The carrier, along with partner MSpot, debuted a service that streams full movies to handsets.