FirstNews Briefs for May 27, 2010
• General Patent Corporation says its subsidiary Digital Technology Licensing has reached a settlement with Verizon Wireless on three lawsuits involving the DTL cellular communications patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer" after five years of litigation. The technology covered by the '799 Patent addresses Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards, assuring backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. The '799 Patent also has applications in Bluetooth and other wireless devices.
• LiveWire Mobile is launching a new DRM-free mobile music service for wireless carriers and online service operators that will feature music tracks from artists on the EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group labels. Two unnamed North American operators are expected to launch the LiveWire Mobile DRM-free music service to their customers later this year. Customers of the wireless carriers will be able to utilize the Infuse integrated storefront to purchase DRM-free digital tracks either as single downloads or bundled with other content types such as wallpapers, ringtones, ringbacks and mobile applications from their handsets.
• Best Buy Mobile has re-launched its website to include online purchasing and instant shipping. Best Buy launched its mobile-focused retail arm four years ago. The company claims that it offers its customers a "better choice of phones and networks; impartial, informed advice; straightforward pricing; and someone to be there for the life of the phone."
• The FCC is reminding communications service providers of FCC emergency contact information and the need for their participation in the Disaster Information Reporting System (DIRS). Communications service providers needing emergency special temporary authorizations (STAs) or seeking consultation with FCC Bureaus and Offices about their communications recovery efforts after hours or on weekends may contact the FCC's 24/7 Operations Center at 202-418-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The agency is also urging communications service providers to participate in DIRS, its voluntary, web-based system that allows wireless, wireline, broadcast, and cable providers to report communications infrastructure status and situational awareness information to the FCC during times of crisis.
• Research firm Informa Telecoms & Media says eReader sales are expected to peak at 14 million units in 2013, before falling by 7 percent in 2014 as the segment faces increased competition from a wide range of consumer electronic devices. This decline will be driven by a shift away from dedicated e-readers towards other multifunction device types, notably mobile phones and tablet-form-factor computing devices including the iPad.
• Vidyo has launched its software development kit, which allows developers to build multipoint video conferencing applications into Android and Moblin-based smart phones and tablets running Intel Atom Processor Z6xx series-based platforms (formerly Moorestown) and on ARM processor-based platforms. VidyoTechnology will support the MeeGo software platform when it becomes available. VidyoTechnology is currently used by OEM customers to integrate video conferencing into consumer video chat, unified communications and the highest quality immersive telepresence solutions.