Stories for Mar. 21, 2005

Looks like Gizmondo might be in for a big opening weekend in UK. The handheld gaming device plus entertainment center was launched today in London, where 2000 screaming fans greeted the product at Gizmondo flagship store at 175 Regent Street. The store sold out its inventory […] Read more »

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A (thankfully non-commercial) hack to make your iBook match the World’s Scariest iPod Case. Read more »

More dominoes keep falling in the wake of Bernie Ebbers being found guilty by a jury in New York on all counts of fraud and other nefarious stuff. Bert C. Roberts Jr., WorldCom’s onetime chairman, today agreed to pay $4.5 million of his own money as […] Read more »

Tweens, also known as the sixth grade set, are the newest wireless demographic. They want their toys and they want their mobile phones, and parents, well they better suck-up and spend the dollars. Or perhaps deal with surly kids for a long long time. (Hey maybe […] Read more »

Monstermob has bought Upper Mobile Limited, which owns “Information Gateway Inc. (‘IG’), one of the Philippines’ leading mobile content and… Read more »

Samsung has produced a CDMA handset with DVB-H functionality – whether there will be much of a market for this will be interesting, consider… Read more »

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My colleague Damon Darlin points out over at business2blog that “Jeff Hawkins, the inventor of the PalmPilot, Handspring, and the Treo, just announced at PC Forum that he is going to start a new, and as-yet-unnamed, company based on brain research he has been pursuing at […] Read more »

Mobile operators and music labels are currently fighting over the mobile music industry, or specifically which industry should get the lions… Read more »

A forum of experts will discuss the potential of mobile content for media enterprises on the 8th of June in Germany. The panel is titled “Me… Read more »

California wants SBC to sell naked DSL, but FCC is saying – don’t even think about it. In case People’s Republic of California gets away with it, then well every state is going to come up with its own set of rules for naked DSL. Florida, […] Read more »

Vonage calls are being blocked again, this time by a cable operator and a wireless broadband service provider, according to Brooke Schulz, a spokesperson for Vonage. News.com broke the story. The company has not revealed any details, but previously it had faced similar issues with Madison […] Read more »

Dell makes all these noises about cutting back on outsourcing, bringing back jobs to the US…. blah blah blah… we have had a bad experience there…. blah.. blah… blah! Well not really! Last week Michael Dell went over to India, to Mohali in particular which is […] Read more »

The third edition of The techADDICTION Show is now available for your listening pleasure. techADDICTION is hosted by The Podcast Network and brought to you by jkOnTheRun and KCT’s Digital World and chronicles the adventures of two tech heads totally addicted to tech. Follow Kevin and James […] Read more »

Readers who follow jkOnTheRun through the RSS feed will notice something different today.  I get a lot of feedback from readers who hate the fact that the jkOTR feed only shows a snippet of the article.  There are a number of people who follow the site […] Read more »

Jake Ludington points to a nice plugin for Windows Media Player that lets you share Windows Media libraries among computers on a LAN.  This function duplicates what iTunes users have always enjoyed.  On2Share runs on all computers on the network and shares the media library among […] Read more »

Chris de Herrera’s great site Tablet PC Talk has added RSS feeds for the Tablet PC newsgroups so Tablet PC owners can follow discussions in that helpful resource.  The nicest feature this brings is the ability to go straight to a particular post from your RSS […] Read more »

Indian telcos target rural community are adapting wireless networks for unique uses. Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of India’s second-biggest mobile-phone network, says fishermen on the nation’s southern coast are using their cell phones while at sea to call traders and find out who’s paying the most […] Read more »

Loren Heiny (Incremental Blogger) informs us: TabletFlash update almost ready Just finished an update to TabletFlash–a Tablet PC flash card program. The biggest change? The cards now have a back side so you can write your answers there. I also made several enhancement and bug fixes […] Read more »

Stories for Mar. 20, 2005

Sony PSP is going hit the stores this week, and as Russell says it is one of the most eagerly awaited platforms on the market, something that could actually turn Sony’s fortunes around. I think so too. (There is a great story on PSP in Business […] Read more »

Fred Wilson says there are two kind of companies – we companies, and they companies. Well we companies are the ones that are supposed to thrive because of their community, sort of like Craigslist. They companies include Microsoft and Apple (because it is charging for putting […] Read more »

I installed Google Desktop Search on my computer when it first rolled out months ago but quickly removed it when I became concerned about security issues.  The current version addressed most of the concerns I had so I installed it and have used it every day […] Read more »

Loren Heiny points us to The Vermont Slate, a blog about deploying Tablet PCs in the school.  It is always good to see slates in schools as it was in the olden days.  Or so I hear.  :) Read more »

CNET has run a story from Strategy+Business warning that digital terrestrial television (DTT) is a threat to mobile operators as it provides… Read more »

A compelling argument that the introduction of other players into the mobile carriers / handset manufacturers tug-of-war relationship over “… Read more »

The National Telecommunications Commission in the Philippines has released guidelines on mobile spam. Unfortunately, the writer of the artic… Read more »

So who’s laughing now? The news of Yahoo and Flickr hooking up is finally official. Applause… and those of you who were laughing and ridiculing my exclusive.… well happy millions. This right from the Flickr blog.: Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! […] Read more »

Remember Metcalfe’s Law meets market reality? Here is new wrinkle to that argument. Folks at Nielsen/Net Ratings say that the total usage of this thing called the Internet might have peaked in the mature markets. The report says that the amount of time spent online at […] Read more »

Looks like there is some sort of a podcasting catfight happening. Dave Winer is upset about something and rightly makes arguments about “insider conferences,” some of them designed to make business dudes feel like hackers. Anyway the cat fight is over Odeo, BlogMatrix, and PodShow, three […] Read more »

Vonage is internet advertising’s Mr. Big Spender. Last month the company spent tons of money to buy nearly 1.8 billion ad impressions making it the third largest spender online, after LowerMyBills.com and NetFlix. At an average CPM of $4 it means the company may have spent […] Read more »

Looks like ZyXel is all set to launch a couple of new VoIP related gizmos. First up is their new gateway ZyXel P-2302R which has two built-in standard phone jacks, which means you can have two different phone numbers on different ports. One for New York, […] Read more »

Are telecom start-ups back in favor with venture capitalists? Or not? I am a tad confused – for on the same day I have read two conflicting reports about VC and how they view telecom start-up investments. Network World took a day trip to Sand Hill […] Read more »

Despite all the hoopla around WiMAX and it leading to formation of new carriers, it is becoming increasingly clear that it is the incumebents who will end up becoming major players in the fixed wireless business. Last week we heard about AT&T mucking around with pre-WiMAX […] Read more »

Looks like things are going great for Ditech Communications, a Mountain View, California company that has echo cancellation technology that is in high demand from companies looking to hawk VoIP technology. B. Riley & Co., a Los Angeles-based securities boutique believes that things might be looking […] Read more »

Ed Whitacre Jr., the chief executive of SBC told the Senate Judiciary Committee why his company, which has been losing about 60,000 access lines each week really decided to buy AT&T. First for the AT&T network, and then for the business services. But another reason he […] Read more »

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