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(December 18, 2002) - TruePosition, Inc., a provider of location-based technologies, has successfully completed field testing of its network-based wireless location solution for the GSM air interface with Cingular Wireless. TruePosition's Uplink-TDOA platform achieved the FCC's mandated standards. TruePosition installed its proprietary Position Determining Equipment (PDE) on 17 cell sites across 21 square miles in and around Wilmington, Delaware. In testing led by Cingular Wireless, the equipment exceeded the FCC's mandated standards. Testing occurred over a two-day period in late October, and involved stationary, moving, and in-building calls. Of the 1,529 calls made, 67% were located within 47.1 meters and 95% were located within 112.2 meters. The FCC requires wireless carriers to provide designated public safety agencies with the location of 911 calls in accordanc... (more)

Beta Test of "Skype to SMS" Service Announced

Connectotel has announced the launch of the public Beta test of its new 'Skype to SMS' service, allowing Skype users to send SMS text messages from within Skype Chat to any GSM mobile phone user.  "We launched our 'SMS to Skype' service just three weeks ago and have been very pleased with the positive feedback from Skype users. Now we are adding the next logical progression: 'Skype to SMS'," commented Marcus Williamson of Connectotel. The current private Beta testers have already shown enormous enthusiasm for being able to send SMS text messages from Skype Chat using this new serv... (more)

802.11b with a Rugged Twist

Got $1,500 to spare? If so, then Panasonic's new Mobile Data Wireless Display (MDWD) may be just the thing for you. It's a thin, flat, self-contained touch screen that communicates with your hard disk over distances from 150-300 feet in open spaces, thanks to the wonders of Wi-Fi. Best of all, since it comes from Panasonic's "Toughbook" Division, the MDWD screen has been "ruggedized," with rubber gaskets covering its connectors, so that you can use it in rainstorms, duststorms, and snowstorms - handy, huh? You can also drop the screen onto concrete from a height of up to four feet... (more)

Palm to Acquire Handspring

(June 4, 2003) - In a $170 million deal, Palm, Inc. will acquire Handspring Inc., and will spin off PalmSource, a subsidiary responsible for developing and licensing the Palm operating system. The merger is viewed as a strategy to survive the current downturn in the handheld computer industry. Both Palm and Handspring posted losses in the most recent quarter, and expect losses in the current quarter. The merger will result in the loss of about 125 jobs, but improved operating efficiencies are expected to result in approximately $25 million in cost savings annually. The transactio... (more)

New Intel Compilers Target Wireless Devices

(July 22, 2003) - Intel Corporation today introduced its first compilers to help developers write applications for Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture-based PDAs, cell phones and other wireless devices using Intel® XScale™ technology-based processors. The new Intel C++ Compiler for Microsoft eMbedded* Visual C++* is part of Intel's suite of compilers, which also includes tools for Intel Pentium 4, Intel Xeon and Intel Itanium 2 processors. Developers can now use one set of tools for applications that span enterprise, home, and mobile computing devices based on Intel pr... (more)