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Nintendo Rules Out Phone Functionality

The iPhone and iPod Touch are often seen as credible rivals to Nintendo’s DSi but the Japanese gaming giant has ruled out adding phone func…

Report: 140 Million App-Friendly Phones By 2013

In-Stat has projected that the number of mobile application-compatible devices will grow to about 140 million by 2013, reaching about 30 per…

Smartphones Driving Interest In Mobile Games

Smartphones are driving the mobile games market, led by the iPhone. ComScore/M:Metrics reports that the number of mobile game downloaders gr…

Labels See Opportunity In Mobile Games

Music labels are beginning to see the benefits of licensing their music for mobile applications — specifically that it’s not by getting a l…

Chinese Handset Manufacturers Expanding: Report

Chinese handset manufacturers are increasing their shipments and their marketshare, albeit from a very low base, according to a report by Fo…

E-Reader Mobile Phone Readius Announced

Dutch company Polymer Vision announced plans to launch its Readius device — a mobile phone with a large screen which folds out to become an…

HTC Sold 2 Million iPhone Rival Handsets

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, which made its fortune selling Windows Mobile devices, has announced that it has sold 2 million Touch handse…

IPhone Makes Headway In Enterprises

Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) appears to be getting some traction in business, because gadget-loving tech-heads are buying them and the IT department i…

IPhone Launched In France; Unlocked For $1104

Orange has begun selling the iPhone in France for 399 euros (US$588) with a two-year subscription, the same price as T-Mobile in Germany…b…

Watch Company Tag Heuer To Launch Handsets

High-end watch company Tag Heuer, part of French luxury goods group LVMH, has licensed its name to French customized design manufacturer Mod…

Amazon.com

Amazon.com (NSDQ: AMZN) is launching its e-book reader called Kindle, tomorrow at a press conference in NYC. Newsweek does a cover story on…

IPhone Hits Europe, Hundreds Line Up

Today’s the day the iPhone hits Europe…Analysts have slammed the phone, saying the “toy” might be OK for the US but isn’t as good as other…

If You Push It, Will They Use It?

The mobile phone industry is used to pushing features onto consumers — the “they don’t know how much they want it” attitude has received a…

IPhone Unlimited Data Plans Get Slammed

Carriers offering unlimited data plans which have limits is nothing new, but you’d hope they would get the message once Verizon settled its…

RIM And Microsoft Entering Consumer Market

One of the consequences of the steady progress of handset features from high-end feature phones to low-end commodity is that the mass market…

Shape Services Buys IPhone Application List

SHAPE Services, which developes cross-platform mobile communication software like IM+ All-in-One Messenger and IM+ for Skype, has bought the…

Apple Planning 3rd Party IPhone Apps?

Another rumor/report on Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) plans for the iPhone… Apparently it’s looking to replicate T-Mobile’s model of SideKick appli…

Apple To Abandon France As IPhone Market?

Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) negotiations with Orange in France are not going well, with a source at Orange saying there is a risk that Apple will d…

HTC Sells 800,000 Touch Phones

HTC reports it has sold 800,000 of its Touch mobile phones since they went on sale on July 22nd. In roughly the same period of time (2.3 mon…

IPhone Update Breaks IPhone Hacks

Apple’s (NSDQ: AAPL) ambivalence about whether it would actively fight the hacking of the iPhone seems to have ended, with the iPhone 1.1.1…

The Armani Phone

In all its glory: our previous story here. (RSS readers will have to click through)

and a mini-review here:

IPhone To Be Offered By Orange In France

As expected, France Telecom’s (NYSE: FTE) mobile unit Orange will offer the iPhone in France, and for once the source isn’t anonymous: Thoms…

Can Apple Subsidize IPhones?

Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein, has done some calculations to quantify the hunch that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has sort of…

Symbian Praises IPhone, See Opportunity

Jerry Panagrossi, vice president of US operations for Symbian, has spoken to GigaOM about Apple’s entrance into the mobile operating system…

Google Phone Rumors: OS And Hardware

Rumors of a mobile phone from Google are coming at an increasing pace, although whether this suggests that “Google is making a real push to…

Mobile Games Industry Anticipating IPhone Access

It’s not news that Apple is “secretly plotting” to eventually have games on the iPhone, but they’re not here yet (without hacks). Currently…

Mobile Phone Used To Film The Simpsons Movie

In a good indication of how far mobile phones have come, a Sydney man has been arrested accused of uploading a copyright-infringing version…

Mobile Phones Changing Live Music Shows

Mobile phones have already changed the digital music scene by giving yet another sales channels for singles and other content, and it looks…

Branded Handset Manufacturers Going Under

Things are volatile in the mobile handset world, and it’s not just Motorola that’s having trouble. For mobile content developers, this means…

Apple Builds Hype For IPhone With Less

This is a great little story…Reuters has an article on how Apple is using the media to promote its iPhone product — with the ironic resul…

Apple Scams YouTube Buzz, Nintendo Rumors

Apple has managed to keep the buzz on its iPhone going by offering a tidbit on YouTube. It’s popped up on the Apple site and been reported o…

@ Mobile Content World: Sound Bites

Some interesting sound bites from Mobile Content World Australasia:

–Jon Penn, SVP for Asia Pacific, FreemantleMedia Licensings Worldwide,…

NYT Notices IPhone Lacks A Keyboard

The NYT has finally put up a piece on the iPhone that isn’t a complete panegyric. The concern is over the lack of a keyboard — something th…

Apple Lets Developers Access IPhone Via Browser

At Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Steve Jobs ended his keynote with a mention that developers would be able to create programs for…

Tomorrow’s Mobile Phones

CNet has a bit of a special on mobile phones, Tomorrow’s cell phone tech. It’s a good read for the current state of play of some advanced mo…

Bach Says Zune Crosses Million-Sold Mark

Robbie Bach, the president of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, said in an interview with SF Gate that the company has sold “a…

Camera Phone Pioneer Ponders The Impact

A bit of weekend reading… AP has an interview with Philippe Kahn, who reportedly made the first cameraphone by wiring his digital camera t…

IPhone Gains FCC Approval

The FCC has approved Apple’s upcoming iPhone, which is due for launch in June. The FCC confirms what we knew, but adds that the phone will o…

Apple Promises Upgrades For The iPhone

Apple plans to roll out “new software features and entirely new applications” for the iPhone over time, said Chief Financial Officer Peter O…

What’s With iPhone For Enterprise?

There’s quite a few stories around quoting analysts as saying that AT&T Wireless’ plan to market the iPhone to enterprises is misguided, but…

Apple, Cisco iPhone Interoperability

Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo has said that the company is working with Apple on “exploring a half-dozen ways their prod…

Sling Keen To Stream To iPhone

Sling Media CEO Blake Krikorian has apparently spoken to Apple about streaming iTunes music and video to the upcoming iPhone, although Apple…

MP3 Phones Growing Faster Than IPod

The mobile phone industry has been arguing for years that the stand-alone music player market was doomed by the converged MP3-playing handse…

IPhone Delays Apple OS

Apple has released a statement that the next iteration of its OS, Leopard, will be delayed from June until October. The cause is the iPhone,…

US Mobile Phone Retail War

There’s a retail war in the US for the lion’s share of the 35 percent of the mobile retail business that isn’t done through the mobile carr…

iPhone To Be Launched June 11

Cingular has confirmed that the iPhone will be launched on June 11, the first day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, reports Gadget…

Musicphones Used Mainly With Sideloaded Music

M:Metric has released some data about musicphone use, showing how much more prevalent sideloading music is compared to downloading over the…

Google Phone Rumors Abound

Reuters has a good summary of all the rumors flying around about a possible Google phone, although it doesn’t do a good enough job of distin…

Mobile Video — How Phones Compare

The Sydney Morning Herald has an article on mobile video comparing the plethora of devices it can be viewed on — mobile phones, portable vi…

Google Phone Rumors — Another Touchscreen?

HighContrast has a summary of the Google phone rumors to date, based mostly on the acquisitions the search giant has made recently. Particul…

BenQ Mobile Shuts Down

BenQ Mobile, which went into insolvency in September last year, could not find any buyers and will be liquidated, reports RCR News. It’s ass…

Consumers Unwilling To Pay $500 For iPhone

Compete Inc has issued the results of a survey showing that 26 percent of respondents said they are likely to buy an iPhone, but only one pe…

Smartphones Promised To Masses

Hardware makers are confident that new advances in chipsets will see smartphones become available to a wider audience this year, reports IDG…

Printing From Your Mobile Phone

Start-up Zink has drawn some press with its new product — a tiny portable printer that can hook up to a mobile phone and doesn’t use ink. A…

Disney Drops Handset Prices

Disney Mobile is now offering an extra $30 mail-in rebate for its silver DM-P100 clamshell from Pantech, dropping the price from $60 to $30,…

Apple Results And The iPhone

Apple posted some pretty good results but they weren’t as good as analysts were expecting, and EasyBourse is using that to look at whether t…

Prada Handset Looks Like iPhone

DigitMag has a piece on a handset designed by LG and fashion label Prada which looks a lot like the iPhone. As well as the exterior Prada ha…

Robbie Bach Disses Apple Phone Idea, MVNOs

Robbie Bach, the president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division (responsible for Zune and Xbox) engaged in some Appple phone di…

US Caught Up On Wireless Data

The New York Times has a rather meandering story which touches on the fact that the United States has pretty much caught up with Europe in t…

Nokia’s High-End Target

Nokia is focusing on high-end and specialized handsets, banking on convergence in a big way (and realizing that competing on low-margin hand…

The Un-Apple iPhone

An iPhone has launched. However, it’s not from Apple, but from Linksys. “Gadgets launched under the iPhone brand include a couple of wifi-en…

Prada Phone, By LG, To Launch Next Year

LG Electronics has tied up with luxury goods designer Prada to develop a mobile phone, and will launch early next year….the company said i…

Kanellos On The Apple Phone Flop

Michael Kanellos at CNet has given a nice contrarian view about any potential iTunes enabled phone which may be in the works… He raises a…

IPhone Already In Production?

For those who are waiting, there’s a claim that Apple has already started manufacturing the iPhone. “This morning, Prudential’s Jesse Tortor…

Zune’s Falling Fast on Sale Charts

I finally managed to install Zune on my computer today (multiple tries, at least an hour or so of install tries and total time, firmware upg…

Zune First Look — Not

It’s been a week since I bought my Zune player and some people have asked me when I was going to review it. Well, I can say safely that I li…

Music Not Video Is The iPod Killer-App

Despite iPod’s upgrade to video capabilities in October 2005, the device is still mainly used for audio. This article in the Hollywood Repor…

Apple iPhone In Production?

Forbes quoted (what I think is a Taiwanese) newspaper Commercial Times about “industry sources” claiming that “Hon Hai Precision Industry Co…

iPod Reality Distortion Field Turns Five

iPods are cool and useful, but the fifth anniversary of the digital music player is getting an enormous hype party — the full cultural mile…

European Blank Media Levy Could Hurt Sales

Nokia and Philips have written an open letter complaining that “the tax on blank media, designed to compensate artists for private copying,…

Zune Coming Nov. 14; Will List At $249

The offical retail details are out on first-gen Zune … It’ll cost $249, as expected. If you want to spend more, the press release promises…

More Grist For The iPhone Rumor Mill

Apparently the latest update to iTunes (v7.0.1) has “buttloads of mobile phone mentions”. Code samples are given on the page…

@CTIA: Mobile TV Is The Chiznah…Seriously

OK…if you’re one of those people who think that mobile TV won’t work because the screen is too small and the quality is too bad, get over…

Digital Home Firm Niveus Media Gets Funding

Digital home firm Niveus Media, based in Milpitas, CA, has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Intel Capital. Niveus is a manufac…

SanDisk V-Mate Records Video to Flash Media

SanDisk has launched V-Mate Video Memory Card Recorder, which will allow users to “record video to flash media from any conventional source,…

The Leap in Handset Design: No Buttons

BusinessWeek has a good story about the next stage of development in handset design and usage. This Monday, designer Pilotfish and sensor ma…

Study: Music Phones Make Mobile Strides

Ten percent of the 67 million handsets sold in the US (for a total of $4.4 billion) were mobile music handsets, according to NPD Group. This…

BenQ’s Self-Promoting Mobile Movies

Mobile handset maker BenQ is promoting itself with a mobile video series (it’s not the first mobile video series by a long way). This is ano…

Elle Magazine to Sell Elle-Branded Handset

Yeah, that’s original: Elle Magazine has tied up with Alcatel to produce the GlamPhone Elle, a dual-band GSM phone with features designed to…

Searching For A Mobile Interface

The BBC has a good piece on mobile interfaces, why they’re not very good and why it’s pretty hard to do something about that. The main probl…

Immersion VibeTonz On LG Handsets

Immersion Corp has signed a deal with LG Electronics to put its VibeTonz Mobile Player on the manufacturers phones…it apparently offers “v…

Removable Memory Gaining Traction

NPD Group has released some research on the increase of removable media in mobile phones, which is being offered by carriers and manufacture…

58% Don’t Know Make & Model Of Handset

A little fall-out from the branding war…Consumer research carried out for LogicaCMG by Ipsos Mori has revealed that 49% of mobile users kn…

Music Phones Tackle the iPod

BusinessWeek has yet another article about mobile phones vs iPods, but this one is fairly balanced…”Should Apple be worried (about people…

Symbian Updates Smart-phone OS

Symbian has released its latest mobile phone operating system, Symbian OS 9.3. Handsets with the system are already in development and have…

Smart Phone Owners Use More Content

M:Metrics has released a survey showing that smart phone owners use more mobile content than the general mobile phone population, and “contr…

Samsung Readies TV, 3G Phones For Europe

Samsung has hit Europe with the first mobile handset capable of tuning into DMB mobile TV broadcasts. “The DMB handset, the SGH-P900, will i…

Origami Mobile Phone Display

This is super-cool…one of the problems with content on mobile phones is the small screen size, and solutions have ranged from glasses with…

Sony Ericsson’s W850 Walkman — A Contender

Sony Ericsson has released another bunch of Walkman phones, and the W850 is getting a lot of good comments over at Engadget. “It comes pre-l…

Bellsouth, Samsung in Digital Home Deal

This could be vaporware for some time to come, or could be significant as Bellsouth is in the process of being acquired by AT&T. It has tied…

Sony Ericsson Banks On Da Vinci

Sony Ericsson has plans for mobile content based around the upcoming fictional movie The Da Vinci Code in a bid to sell more handsets. “Mile…

Tivo As Takeover Target

Barron’s states the obvious: Tivo is a takeover candidate…especially in light of its $73 million settlement with Echostar. For who? For a…

DRM A Heavy Drain On Batteries

MP3.com (part of CNet) has an article up on the battery life of MP3 players, how close they come to the stated specs and what sort of things…

CeBIT Rings Mobile Phone Changes

The BBC has a piece on the latest handsets being shown at CeBIT, and how the demonstrate “that the mobile phone has evolved far beyond its h…

Europe Fights Patent Problems

This is a pretty serious development…the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is “working on a radical plan to restrict…

Heavy.com, Sling Media Heavy on Cash

Couple of heavy-hitter funding rounds for two digital media related companies, one on the broadband content side and other on the enabler si…

iPhone Ponderings

Everyone has gotten excited by the recent filing of the trademark “Mobile Me” by Apple…far more than is warranted. It’s as if everyone wan…

Mobile TV Finally Gets Moving

A trip to CES has convinced this writer that mobile TV is trundling down the runway with plans to take off. The whole category has gotten a…

Rokr Sold Out, Not Discontinued

When the Rokr iTunes handset disappeared from Cingular’s Website a lot of people thought the line had been discontinued, less than a quarter…

CES: Motorola To Bring Google To Handsets

Expect more such deals with other players to happen this year: Motorola plans to launch mobile phones with a Google search icon on handsets.…

CES ’06: Intel’s Digital Lifestyle Shift

So begins our coverage of CES…Staci will be flying out for CES tonight. Anyway, this is the 20th time in the last 2-3 years that we’re hea…

Wireless/Java iPods In 2006?

PortalPlayer — the company that makes iPods for Apple — has “plans to acquire a small private wireless-technology firm and has already sai…

Philips To Bring TV Handsets To US

This is a funny way to approach the story — the way Michael Kanellos writes it Royal Philips Electronics is the driving force behind mobile…

Digital Living Room: Hell For Now

So was the conclusion at the Digital Living Room conference today in SF. According to Don Norman, a co-founder of the design-consulting firm…

Intel In Deal For Content To Its ViiV PCs

Intel has tied up with about 40 media companies for porting their content and servies to work with its “Viiv” technology-based digital home…

Cisco’s Bold New TV Bet

A good story analyzing Cisco’s moves into digital home, in light of its $6.9 billion acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta….
Some scenarios: “…

Symbian Rides Multimedia Wave

(reg. req.) Symbian, the UK software developer, has reported that shipments of mobile phones using its technology had more than doubled in Q…

Yahoo Ties With Tivo; DirecTV Blocks Service

Tivo has tied up with Yahoo to allow users to schedule and record TV shows using Yahoo’s TV listings. Tivo has a similar tie-up with AOL.
Bu…

MIT & Nokia Join Forces For Research

“The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Nokia Research Center today a…

Mobile Design Brings Analogue Challenge

This is a technical look at the hardware behind music on mobile phones and how companies are trying to improve the quality and reduce the dr…

Samsung Unveils Mobile Phone With 3GB Storage

Just to keep you up to date with the newest storage capacities of mobile phones…”The SPH-V7900 allows users to store two or three full-len…

Toshiba Includes Oasis SD Card

Toshiba Mobile Communications Division has signed a deal with pop-band Oasis to market “exclusive live and pre-recorded content” from the ba…

Chips Behind The Content

A good overview of all the multimedia wireless chips being brought into the market which will enable services like mobile TV. Chip makers li…

Weak Initial Demand For Rokr

Apparently the Rokr isn’t selling very well, which probably doesn’t surprise many people. I also think that if it’s not selling well initial…

Add-On Game Controllers

Here’s something cool posted at Textually, a game controller that sits on your mobile phone. It communicates with the handset via Bluetooth,…

Crown Castle Mulls Sale Of Australian Assets

Crown Castle International — which owns 77.6% of Crown Castle Australia — is reviewing what to do with the business, including a possible…

Handset Growth Slows — Replaced By Features

Informa Telecoms & Media has released a report saying that growth in handset sales would slow down after 2008…although at that time its se…

SanDisk’s Wildly Ambitious Content Plans

[by James Pearce] The biggest news I came across at CTIA was SanDisk releasing some mobile content (sort of, we’ll come to that). Before la…

SanDisk Is A Mobile Distribution Channel

The biggest news I came across at CTIA was SanDisk releasing some mobile content (sort of, we’ll come to that). Before last CTIA the memory…

Texas Instruments On Mobile TV

Doug Rasor from Texas Instruments gave a presentation on mobile TV from a company that isn’t directly involved in the market, just provides…

Nokia Delays N91 Music Mobile Phone To Q1 2006

Nokia has delayed the launch of its premium music phone — N61 — until the beginning of next year, claiming it wants “to ensure that the ph…

Digital Home Firm Sharpcast Gets $3 Million

SharpCast, a Palo Alto, CA.-based developer of a wireless software platform to help move digital content across the home, has riased over $3…

iPhone Hype Restarts

Well, that didn’t take long…while people around the web deride the Rokr E1 others are already moving on to predicting the “one true iPhone…

BBC Does Music Handset Comparison

A look at four mobile handsets touted as “music phones” which are already on the market, and eager not to make way for the Rokr E1. The comp…

iPhone Launches — Buzz Dies

Apple and Motorola finally moved the iPhone from vapourware to marketable item today with the launch of the Rokr E1 which comes preloaded wi…

Orb Restructures; CEO Out

Om put a mildly positive spin on it, but it is a sad story: a half-baked product in a half-ready market with a half-sure business model. Orb…

Linear Acquires Imerge Audio Player Company

A U.S. specialist in radio frequency products has bought a U.K. based supplier of internet-connected, hard disk-based audio products and med…

Motorola To Support Napster

Mobile music services are worried about the anticipated announcement of Apples’ iTunes phone, which is evidenced by “we do mobile music alre…

Music On The Move

This is the second part of PCPro’s music survey — this part focussing on mobile phones. There are some very interesting statistics here……

Digital Media Vending Machines

Not necessarily a new concept, but definitely something whose time has come: vending machines are now selling iPods, digital cameras and DVD…

More Info On The Motorola iPod Phone

Of course, considering everything that’s happened with device so far any predictions should be taken with a grain of salt, however…”Motoro…

Hopes Pinned On Mobile TV

“The age of the iPod is over, they argue. The future is mobile TV.”
Indeed…the electronics industry will focus on mobile TV at the IFA tra…

Tivo’s Digital Download Future

An extensive interview with Tom Rogers, the recently appointed CEO of Tivo, on the challanges facing the DVR pioneer, and its quest to stay…

Apple & Record Labels Square Off (reg required)

It’s well known that many record labels aren’t happy with the ‘one price fits all’ approach to digital music sales taken by iTunes, and ther…

i-Mate Launches The First Pocketable Wi-Fi Phone

It’s coming…the whole Wi-Fi 3G convergence is on its way…
“The i-Mate K-JAM is the first ever small – Nokia 6680-sized – mobile phone to…

The Herbie Phone, Not Loaded

An only-in-Asia thing…but no content on the “Herbie: Fully Loaded” theme phone. The themed phone, a Herbie charger, a Herbie lanyard and a…

Sony Ericsson To Sell Walkman Phone Via Website

Sony Ericsson is apparently going to sell its $500 W800 Walkman phone (aimed at Europe) in the US via a website rather than through a carrie…

Nokia Denies Apple Deal Rumors

Nokia has denied it has a deal with Apple Computer to put the iTunes music service on the upcoming N91 multimedia phone…mere hours after t…

Nokia’s Music Phone To Use iTunes?

Update: So much for that: Nokia denies any deal.
This will add to the storm of speculation around Apple iTunes’ mobile plans..it has publicl…

Cellular Phone Displays Go Hi-Res

Mobile screens are important components of mobile phones because, as the author of this article notes, “the quality of the image plays a rol…

iPod Vs Mobile Rhetoric Heating Up

The portable music industry is becoming more heated with Apple facing off against pretty much everyone else (the mobile phone industry, reco…

Nokia And Vodafone Italy Make A HSDPA Call

“Vodafone Italy and Nokia have successfully made the first data connection with HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) using fully commer…

Sony Ericsson Add Another Walkman Phone

Sony Ericsson has added another phone to its Walkman line…it’s effectively the same as the W600a except for different regions…”Loading m…

Cisco’s Route Into The Digital Home

An interesting story on how Cisco now wants to make inroads into the digital home: VoIP, IPTV, home networking and others. It bought out Lin…

The Walkman Phones’ 100 Soundtrack

Sony Ericsson is promoting its upcoming Walkman Phone with an online poll of the top 100 songs of all time. The site…

Nokia’s Boss Ollila To Step Down

Nokia’s CEO Jorma Ollila will step down next year as the Finnish firm fights to protect its position as the world’s largest mobile phone mak…

Pick’N’Use Technology Shelved

This sounds like a really good idea: “IXI launched in 2001 with its personal mobile gateway product, which the company proffered to wireless…

Verizon’s Churn — Good News For Mobile Data

Seamus McAteer at M:Metrics has opined that Verizon’s recently reported low churn rate is a boon for mobile data because the mobile behemoth…

Samsung Launches Mobile TV Phone

Samsung has launched a mobile TV-friendly phone..basically with a slider screen where you can view it in landscape mode. It has a built-in S…

Nokia Vs Moto

A good story on why Nokia lost its luster, and why Motorola is doing well, based in Q2 earnings. Nokia’s usually keen pulse on market trends…

4GB Mobile Phone Just Around The Corner

Cornice has produced a 4 GB 2.5cm disk drive that will slot into small devices such as mobile phones. The $65 piece of hardware also comes w…

Pace Offers PVR To Go

I missed this last week, but this is interesting: The UK-nased digital set-top box maker Pace Micro Technology is developing a pay-TV portab…

iPod Not Going Away

“Apple continues to set revenue and earnings records with its Q3 financials. As expected, iPod sales continue to skyrocket reaching 6,155,00…

Microtune Launches Single-Chip DVB-H Tuner

Microtune has announced the Mobile MicroTuner MT2262 which supports the L-band frequency range (1670-1675 MHz) licensed for mobile broadcast…

The Battle For Mobile Music

British telco BT will launch a mobile music service on Monday that will allow users to listen to 50 radio stations on their handsets as well…

Sony Will Issue 19 More Films For PSP

Sept. 1 is shaping up as a red-letter day for Sony’s PSP. The sleek portable media player/gaming device makes its official UK debut (it’s al…

Mobiles As iPod-killer? Think 99 Problems

Here’s one argument why mobiles won’t replace iPods anytime soon — when they play music that’s all they do. “In a world where teens have a…

Wireless VoIP Can Fill Mobile Coverage Gaps

Carriers may be encouraged to offer duel-technology by being able to offer their customers greater coverage. People tend to think that carri…

Samsung Promotes New Handset With Music Content

Samsung is promoting the launch of its new Samsung E720 music phone with a deal with EMI Music and the band ‘Turin Brakes’. Members of the S…

Samsung Plots Evolution To 4G

Kitae Lee, the president of Samsung Electronics’ Telecommunications Network Business, has suggested South Korea’s home-grown WiBro (wireless…

This Is Only The Beginning Of New Age Marketing

Sudhin Mathur, the general manager of Sony Ericsson India, has written a short piece pointing out that consumers want more from their mobile…

AmacroX Super Wide Camera Phone Lens

Amacrox produces lens that attach to mobile phone cameras, which is a pretty neat idea considering there is a growing number of people who a…

Ultra-light MP3 Phones Released

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have both released ultra-light MP3 mobile phones that can be worn like a necklas and sport a 258 MB m…

Universal Backup Device For Mobile Phones

Textually.org has pointed to an article about a device to backup information on mobile phones. “The device contains a memory chip on which c…

A Gold Rush in Little Hard Disks

I know, I know, storage is boring…but important given the increasing amount of content people wish (or are expected to wish in the future)…

Sony’s PSP: A Competitive Threat?

Is Sony PSP with its Wi-Fi connection a threat to mobiles? Future plans to expand the device’s capabilities to include voice applications p…

3D Mobile Screens

Philips has released a couple of technologies which it says will allow 3D mobile screens. “The 3D display effect is created using a combinat…

E3: Mobile Game Hardware Merging

Mobile gaming devices are increasingly taking on each others functionalities, leading to a blurring of what is a mobile gaming device and wh…

Taito, Sorrent To Put Games On Kyocera Handsets

Kyocera has signed deals with both Sorrent and Taito to include some of their games preloaded on handsets, as well as available for download…

Futureproofing Bluetooth

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (a 3,400-member organization which includes such mobile behemoths as Nokia and Motorola) has announced…

3G Market Could Be Stifled By High IPR Costs

“The mobile industry could spend USD 80-100 billion on WCDMA-IP-royalty payments up to 2017, sparking fears about the future of second-tier…

Nokia Launches Mobile With Hard Drive

Nokia has launched the “Nseries branded range of next generation multimedia devices”. The big thing appears to be the introduction of a hard…

Sexy Force-Feedback Phone

Can this article avoid the usual twitterings about vibrating phones? No. Nevertheless, it does have some good insights into the uses for the…

Is The iPod/Mobile Debate Irrelevant?

The Register has an article claiming that once “compulsory licensing” is introduced (something the author views as a forgone conclusion) the…

Motorola Confirms iTunes Phone Launch

Well, good for them, but I’ll belive it when I see it…Ed Zander, CEO of Moto said the iTunes product would be coming out in the next few m…

Mobile Phones Accused Of Planning iPod Death

iPods have been headlining in the news for some time now, and recently the gleeful predictions of podcasts killing radio have been replaced…

Verizon And Sprint Say No To The iTunes Phone

“As inconceivable as it must be for some people to imagine anyone saying no to Stevie J., BusinessWeek is reporting that both Sprint and Ver…

Real (Madrid) Rugged Phone

Siemens has launched a special edition M65 Real Madrid cameraphone for fans of the football team in Singapore. “The phone that is only avail…

Emotions Via Mobiles

Textually.org has linked to the new Siemens CX70 Emoty handset which offers user the opportunity to send MMS expressing their emotions… “T…

Nokia Handset Features Exclusive Ringtone

Nokia is promoting its latest handset (the 8800, unless you’re in the US where its the 8801) by including exclusive ringtones and alerts cre…

‘Body talk’ Could Control Mobiles

There’s a lot of effort going in to working out the best way to interact with mobile phones, since your typical number keypad doesn’t really…

Mobile Research Attacks Handset Pickle

Mobile Research is a startup aimed at helping mobile content developers get their stuff on as many handsets as possible. The technique is sl…

Orange Touts ‘Great for Music’ Handsets

Orange has unveiled a trio of handsets it will label ‘Great for Music’ to strengthen it’s push into the mobile digital music market, coincid…

MTV Hijacks Motorola

Motorola is focussing on music to promote its handsets, offering hardware from 2GB of memory to 3D sound. It has also signed another deal wi…

CDMA DVB-H Mobile Handset

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

New Hardware For Content

Mobile content runs on mobile phones, and is restricted by the capacities of the hardware – and sometimes inspired by innovations in hardwar…

Two Years To Rollable Displays In Mobiles

Philips Electronics has announced the development of a display with a five inch diagonal that can be rolled into a tube of 7.5 mm. It has al…

The Razr Edge For Moto

If you’re in any other country except U.S., and watch MTV, you’ll realize how closely the company is associated with music (the pic on the r…

Mobile multimedia slow to catch on

A rapid increase in the number of people owning camera phones is not translating into a rapid increase in the number of people sending pictu…

Sprint offers Sanyo MM-7400 with streaming video

The main pitch of the MM-7400 is Sprint’s video streaming service. The phone has been designed to support Sprint’s PCS Vision Multimedia Ser…

Nokia to revamp mobile handsets

Next year, Nokia expects 15 percent of the overall mobile phones on the market to include MP3 music players, but it plans to include MP3 pla…

Intel, Microsoft Run Digital Home Campaign

Intel and Microsoft are for the first time running a joint ad campaign to push their notion of the digital home. The TV, online, newspaper a…

Qualcomm: A “Wireless Intel”?

Over the next decade, it could expand its market share of brainy chips inside cell phones from about 30% now to 80%. Qualcomm owns about 35%…

Mark Cuban on Bandwidth Versus Storage Debate

Jeremy Allaire wrote on the “Bandwidth Versus Storage” debate about a month ago in our ContentNext Series, expanding his view on what Mark C…

Delphi, XM Launch MyFi

(reg. req.): Delphi and XM Satellite Radio announced the MyFi, their first personal portable personal stereo-type product for XM. The new M…

XM vs. the IPod

Will XM’s new portable satellite radio make the iPod obsolete? “So, XM offers live breaking news, but you’re stuck with what they pick for y…

AMD Plans Simple $185 Device For Web

(sub. req.): Advanced Micro Devices plans to launch a low-cost Internet device for developing countries…The Personal Internet Communicator…

NEC develops MP3, AAC mobilechip

NEC Electronics will soon begin mass production of a new chip that will allow mobile telephone handset makers to integrate MP3 and AAC (Adva…

Is the mobile phone the next iPod Killer?

That’s probably the 100th such headline…phones with more memory, bright color screens and stereo-quality sound systems etc etc….you kno…

Microsoft Opens Windows To The Home

After trying for years to make the case that its products belong in the living room, Microsoft has decided its best approach is to tackle th…

Nokia Set to Unveil Redesigned TV Phone

Nokia is set to unveil another attempt at a mobile phone designed for TV and video, which is thinner and lighter than its predecessor which…

Ad campaign touts multimedia cards

The Multimedia Card Association has kicked off a yearlong advertising campaign to promote the small memory cards based on the organization’s…

MODS: DVD Of The Future

A new technology capable of storing the equivalent of 100 DVDs on a single DVD-sized disc has been unveiled by researchers from London’s Imp…

Mattel Shows Kids’ Personal Media Player

(reg. req.) Mattel is launching a handheld personal media player targeted to 8-year-old to 12-year-old “tweens”… The battery-operated “Jui…

TV Aims For Prime time In Digital Home

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) trade group is publishing a user interface standard that uses Web browser-based communications to…

Intel Puts More Money In Digital Home

The investments, from Intel Capital’s $200 million Digital Home Fund, will go to five software and hardware firms: Cablematrix, Mediabolic,…

T-Mobile SDA Music Handset Launched

The SDA Music phone is the first Windows Mobile Smartphone to be release by T-Mobile, and has an integrated VGA camera for taking photos and…

Nokia joins Secure Digital industry group

Nokia has joined an industry group working on technical and specification standards for Secure Digital memory card applications.
Becoming a…

Musical Phones

“As manufacturers heap “multimedia” features into their handsets, however, in a futile effort to avoid commiditization, they miss the opport…

Microsoft MSNtv Preview

Gizmodo gets a sneak preview of the upcoming MSN TV. The verdict: “Sooo, it doesn’t suck. It’s almost exactly what an updated WebTV should b…

EU Working To Make Digital Home

The European Union has launched a research project to develop technologies for the digital home. The research project – Amigo – is attemptin…

Hewlett-Packard: a Wannabe Kodak?

HP needs more intellectual property based innovation, if it wants its name to be reckoned with in digital media technology, not merely pumpi…

Archos Ships Video, Audio, Gaming Handheld

Alongside games content, the 400 will handles MP3, WAV and WMA audio playback, along with BMP and JPEG photos, and MPEG 4 SP, DivX 4.0 and 5…

Digital Rights Management in Nokia Devices

(PDF File ) A presentation PDF, from the Nokia forums (by Valerie Tai from the Forum Nokia Mobile Developer Workshop in Mumbai, India), wh…

XM Radio Pulls PC Hardware

News.com: “Before being quietly discontinued this month, the XM PCR was one of several hardware devices sold by XM Satellite Radio to give i…

The iPod From HP: Details

HP has formally launched the iPod…here’re the details on its own site…
Some more details here and here…

T-Mobile Rings Mot E398

With a color display, 3D stereo surround sound vibration sensory technology, an integrated MP3 player, MPEG 4 video playback and advanced rh…

Saving TiVo

(sub. req.) It’s been written off by the experts. But thanks to a Silicon Valley software legend, the company that invented digital video re…

HP Readies Media Hub Products

Hewlett-Packard plans to announce by next week a set of home entertainment products, including large-screen TVs and a digital storage consol…

HDTV, DVD, Hard Drives And The Future

(via PVRBlog): A long post by Mark Cuban, no less, on the future of storage media…
“What is the best way to distribute content? DVDs which…

The iPod And Its Ilk Will Not Stop At Music

That’s obvious…In a step towards genuine dual-use convergence, the iPod and other HD players look certain to pick up some of the PDAs’ fun…

Playing The Convergence Game With Devices

Heavyweights in the game console business such as Sony and Microsoft are still searching for a convergence device that will click with consu…

PortalPlayer’s Risky PLay

PortalPlayer, the company that makes semiconductors and other devices that are primarily used in Apple Computer’s iPods, has filed for an IP…

Men Want TiVo More

Whoa…men watch more TV…how come we missed that before?
Anyway, this chart on IP-based entertainment content growth is instructive…

Getting To The Core of AACS LA

(this is a temporary link and will go dead in a week or so, I believe): A story on the tech coalition AACS LA, which was formally announced…

Philips Launches Streamium Line

Philips has finally gotten around to launching its Streamium line of home networking products and services (in Europe for now..US and Canada…

Home Networking To Skyrocket

The number of networked homes in North America will swell to 46 million by 2009, up from 10 million in 2003, according to market research co…

Will Convergence Kill The iPod?

(via Slashdot): Well, someone had the guts to utter something which would border on blasphemy right now: the iPod is going to go away. “Eve…

Digital Rights: Give Peace a Chance

Another story opposing the opposition of Tivo by NFL and MPAA: “Instead of assuming consumers will illegally obtain music and movies by any…

TiVo vs. the Broadcast Flag Wavers

(reg. req.): Brilliant argument against using the broadcast flag for Tivo’s Internet uplink options…”If a programmer or an engineer with a…

Personal Video Players May Be Next Big Wave

The market for these products is just beginning to emerge, and analysts are split on its future. Some expect the devices to gain significant…

Broadband MSN TV Device Slated

(via Gizmodo): Microsoft and Thomson have reached an agreement to develop a broadband and home network-enabled version of the MSN TV Interne…

Who Wants A Mobile Media Jukebox?

Skeptics abound on portable media centers…”portable media player is nothing more than another way-cool product with fatally limited appeal…

Wi-Fi MP3 Player To Stream Audible

Audible, the spoken-word audio service, has tied up with SoniqCast, a company that develops among the only Wi-Fi capable MP3 player called A…

The Grand Unified Theory of Media

Trying to converge all the digital media scattered around the home is not easy…
A few different startups are tying to integrate all of a u…

Duke University Freshmen To Get iPods

Digital media companies are beginning to court the universities with some ferocity: As part of a pilot program, Duke University has teamed u…

From Intel Inside to Intel Everywhere

Intel has set its sights on wireless communications and is angling to play a key role in designing products for the “digital home.”
In keepi…

Yahoo Living Room: Yahoo’s Plans Beyond PC

(Sorta kinda exclusive…) Well, if AOL and RealNetworks are doing it with some amount of ferocity, why can’t Yahoo? It has formed a new int…

AOL, D-Link Tune in Customers

Looking to expand digital home entertainment, America Online and D-Link have introduced an offering using D-Link’s MediaLounge DSM-320 media…

Toshiba to Unveil TV Capable Labtop

Toshiba new laptop model Qosmio will allows users to watch TV on it without having to boot up. The laptop will fully integrate audio and vid…

Movie, TV Fans Ogle Video to Go

Forget DVDs. Leave the iPod at home. The latest in consumer electronics is portable video players that let people watch recorded movies and…

TiVo Versus Media Center

“Less work and passive” versus “more work, more control and and more expensive”..that’s what it boils down to…

Music Vending Machines in Spain

In Spain, two music burning vending machine companies are vying for the market: YourMusic has successfully pioneered musical “pick and pay”…

USB Chip Builds In Content Protection

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a USB 2.0 controller that protects content. Its new USB 2.0-based solution is designed to support Micro…

Consumers Turn To Media Servers

The debate, distilled: “For one large group of suppliers, media servers are glorified HDDs with network connectivity and a media-savvy softw…

BridgeCo Receives $16 Million Financing

BridgeCo AG, a Zurich, Switzerland-based provider of wired and wireless home networking solutions, has received $16 million third round fina…

Remotes Moving Up Value Chain

The humble TV/electronic remotes, that is…the story is about the surfeit of remotes in an average American household, but some interesting…

Archos Queues Up Video Player

Archos’ third-generation video media players, the Pocket Video Recorder AV400 series, will let consumers record television shows in addition…

Dell Offers $100 Rebate for Old Apple IPods

Dell’s storming Apple’s home turf: it is running a promo that gives customers $100 off on some of its Dell Digital Jukebox music players if…

PC-TVs Set to Take Off

Or so says InStat-MDR. Sales of terrestrial set-top boxes and TV tuners that let a PC double as a television set could hit $3.8 billion in 2…

Firefly Remote Does Multimedia on PC, TV

SnapStream Media is now offering the Firefly, a handheld remote device that helps you navigate from afar your PC’s music, photo, and video c…

New Category: Media Hardware

I’ve launched a new category: “Media Hardware”, which covers the network home devices used to play digital media: music, movies etc…
Inclu…

Sonos Announces Digital Music System

Sonos has announced their entry into the networked media device arena, and will ship this fall…The Sonos is an impressive three part syste…

For TiVo, A Channel of One’s Own?

This analysis follows TiVo’s decision to dive into the IPTV market, with capabilitiy to record online audio and video and port it to TV…Ti…

Tivo To Launch Net Recording Service

This was a service waiting to be launched. While there have been ripping/recording software aplenty, which let you record online audio and v…

Acer CEO: Digital Home Up For Grabs

The battle for future living room supremacy between PC makers and consumer electronics companies is far from being decided, says Acer CEO St…

Rockford Gets $45 Million Credit

Rockford Corp, the audio electronics company and manufaturer of the hot Omnifi wireless streaming device, has closed a three year $45.0 mill…

TiVO: When the Network Meets the Net

John Battelle’s new column in the latest B2.0..he speculates on Tivo’s recent acquisition of Strangeberry: “What if your TiVo were connected…

Intel Envisions TiVo-Like Wireless PCs

Intel is looking to transform the role of the desktop PC, adding Wi-Fi to an upcoming pair of desktop chipsets and developing the Entertainm…

Navigating Digital Home Networks

Home PC’s increasingly link TV sets, game consoles, music and photos. Now the question is how to retrieve what you want, when you want it, f…

Keep The Digital Home Simple, Says Intel

With all the complex gadgets which Intel powers, of course…this was the message at the Spring Intel Developer Forum. The company also outl…

XP Media Center: What Does It Mean?

Some pithy analysis of the implications of the new version of Windows XP Media Center. The new version is about more than persuading users t…