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Nokia Q2 2006, growing everywhere but US

22 Jul 2006

Nokia's second quarter earnings statement shows strong handset sales growth in almost every market besides North America. In North America Nokia's handset shipments decreased 13.3% to just 5.2 million. Latin America was flat, all other markets saw double digit increases.

Key figures:

  • Estimated market share of 34%, up from 33% a year ago
  • Total device shipments hit 78.

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Yahoo Go Mobile heads to Motorola

22 Jul 2006
Yahoo Go Mobile heads to Motorola

Motorola, Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. today announced a new multi-year agreement to distribute Yahoo! Go for Mobile on tens of millions of new Motorola mobile devices. Yahoo! Go for Mobile (http://go.yahoo.com/mobile) brings an integrated suite of Yahoo!'s leading services including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Search, Yahoo! Address Book and Yahoo! Local into a single application that connects consumers to their personalized Internet experience through their mobile device.

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Linux Poised to Expand Role as Mobile OS

20 Jul 2006
Linux Poised to Expand Role as Mobile OS

The use of Linux as a mobile operating system (OS) has been steadily growing, with an increasing number of companies announcing plans to develop Linux platforms.

Uniquely positioned in the OS space with implementations in both the smartphone and feature phone segments, Linux is in sharp contrast to Symbian, Windows Mobile and Palm which have focused on the smartphone segment.

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Cingular to Launch Sony Ericsson Z525a

20 Jul 2006
Cingular to Launch Sony Ericsson Z525a

Cingular Wireless has launched the Sony Ericsson Z525a, using it to replace the Z520a which it launched last year. The update simply adds push-to-talk.

Features of the Z525a include:

  • Push-to-talk
  • VGA camera
  • Bluetooth
  • 16 MB user memory
  • 128x160 pixel screen with 65K colors
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Cingular is selling the Z525a for $19.

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Whirlpool Tests 'Smart' Washers Controlled by Cell Phones

19 Jul 2006
Whirlpool Tests 'Smart' Washers Controlled by Cell Phones

Whirlpool today began testing "smart" washing machines and dryers, monitored and controled from computers and cell phones.

The pilot project, called "Laundry Time," part of an open collaboration involving some of the nation's top technology and consumer products companies including Whirlpool Corporation, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Panasonic and Procter & Gamble.

To be conducted in Atlanta homes between today and early September, Laundry Time is built around a connected laundry solution that links a washer and dryer to a home network and sends text messages about the laundry's progress to a computer, TV and/or cell phone.

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Samsung Mass Produces 8 GB Flash Memory

19 Jul 2006
Samsung Mass Produces 8 GB Flash Memory

Samsung today announced that it has begun mass producing an 8 GB NAND flash memory device, providing a much larger and more affordable storage density for consumer and mobile applications such as mobile phones, MP3 players and gaming consoles.

The newest technology offers 25 percent higher production efficiencies over the previous 70 nm technology and also follows the introduction of 80-nm technology for DDR2 DRAM chips in March 2005, it said.

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RIM betting on media features to boost sales

19 Jul 2006

Research In Motion is betting that the addition of more multimedia features to its BlackBerry handheld line will help the company continue its strong growth. While the email functionality of BlackBerry is market leading, the devices have a more limited approach to multimedia than other smartphones.

"We'll be definitely supporting more forms of media, it's a big part of our direction," Jim Balsillie told Reuters, adding that delivering features such as photography, music and video with the BlackBerry "opens up some bigger markets".

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Motorola Ships 50 Millionth MOTORAZR

19 Jul 2006
Motorola Ships 50 Millionth MOTORAZR Motorola announced a major milestone today with the shipment of the 50 millionth Motorola RAZR V3 handset. By introducing the Motorola RAZR, the company once again raised the design benchmark for the industry and unleashed consumer frenzy for the ultra-sleek “must have” mobile handset.

To celebrate the 50-millionth-unit milestone, Motorola and U.S. Cellular are hosting a series of exciting events at the U.

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Nokia Opens Flagship Store in Hong Kong

18 Jul 2006
Nokia Opens Flagship Store in Hong Kong

Nokia today announced the grand opening of the first Nokia Flagship Store in Asia. Located on Russell Street, Causeway Bay, the Nokia Flagship Store is prominently positioned in one of the most prestigious shopping districts in Hong Kong.

Showcasing the complete portfolio of Nokia products and services, the Flagship Store allows customers to fully experience cutting-edge mobile technology in a stylish and interactive environment.

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Water-Powered Cell Phones from Japan

18 Jul 2006

NTT DoCoMo and Aquafairy announced today that they agreed to jointly develop a micro fuel cell for 3G FOMA handsets. This agreement follows their successful development of a polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) that has proven effective in a prototype recharger.

The fuel cell is the smallest in the world with power output of 2 watts. The recharger combines DoCoMo's recharger technology with Aquafairy's thin film power unit technology and catalyst for producing hydrogen from water.

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