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News Briefs for June 19, 2006

Tue, 02/27/2007 - 2:01pm
Wireless Week Staff

  • A la Mobile, an independent Linux systems platform company for mobile phones, has launched its Convergent Linux Platform, a mobile operating system alternative to proprietary offerings - an industry first, according to the company. The Convergent Linux Platform is designed to enable handset manufacturers to bring Linux-based smartphones to market rapidly, while reducing development, testing and deployment costs. Convergent Linux Platform is a complete software stack for mobile handsets.
  • Novatel Wireless announced it has received PCMCIA compliance approval on its Merlin ExpressCard XV620. The XV620, according to the company, is the first PCI ExpressCard/34 solution available on the market that incorporates EV-DO technology that is backward compatible with CDMA legacy technology and offers connection speeds of up to 2.4 Mbps.
  • MetroFi has been selected to build a wireless mesh network in Foster City, Calif. The network will be powered with equipment from SkyPilot Networks. The free wireless Internet coverage will be available to the city's 30,000 residents as well as visitors, the companies announced, and will cover 3 square miles.
  • 12snap, a NeoMedia Technologies company, announced an expanded relationship with MTV Networks. As part of the new agreement, 12snap has created a mobile phone game for MTV's VIVA television show "Shibuya."
  • Cingular Wireless added five new cell sites in the Buffalo-Niagara region in an effort to provide enhanced cellular coverage for Niagara and Erie Counties. The new site will deliver improved coverage in Niagara Falls, N.Y. on Niagara Falls Boulevard and the La Salle Expressway. Another new cell site provides better service in Lewiston along Route 249 and on Upper Mountain Road, according to the carrier.
  • Codemasters, a video game publisher, inked an agreement with Qualcomm to develop games based on the BREW platform. The deal marks Codemasters' entry into the mobile gaming sector. The company's brands include Colin McRae Rally, LMA Manager and TOCA Race Driver. 
  • InnerWireless was selected by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group to install its in-building wireless infrastructure at their flagship property, Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. The Hong Kong hotel is the fourth Mandarin Oriental property using InnerWireless.
  • Fortress Technologies, a provider of secure wireless networking, has joined the Wi-Fi Alliance in an effort to further the advancement of wireless networking interoperability, the company says. The Wi-Fi Alliance was created to promote and certify interoperability of products and services based on 802.11 technology.
     

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