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July 31, 2006 Silynx creates miniature tactical hearing protection communication headsets for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), US Army, USMC and many of the world’s elite Special Forces. It is operated by a team of experienced former Special Operations personnel worked with the SOF community to develop its new QuietOps Smart Tactical Communication Headset and Ear Protector. The company aims to replace multiple tactical communication headsets with one lightweight system with enhanced functionality, and the software-defined communication headset provides full-spectrum active noise reduction, thus enabling near-normal speech and hearing in the harshest environments. It comes with a dual wireless PTT with Picatinny rail attachment, and seamless will seamlessly integrate with the majority of SOF intercom systems. It has VOX for hands-free operation and offers super-normal hearing and sound localization along with a range of other covert communication functions plus total mask efficiency (no need for throat, boom or bone conduction mics) for complete communication flexibility. Read More
July 18, 2006 The concept of information ubiquity and a digital presence for all manmade objects moved a little closer to reality today when HP announced that its researchers have developed a miniature (that's it pictured in the centre of the pencils) wireless data chip that could provide broad access to digital content in the physical world. With no equal in terms of its combination of size, memory capacity and data access speed, the tiny chip could be stuck on or embedded in almost any object and make available up to 100 pages of text information or an audio file. Some of the potential applications include storing medical records on a hospital patient's wristband; providing audio-visual supplements to postcards and photos; helping fight counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry; adding security to identity cards and passports; and supplying additional information for printed documents such as workshop manuals that read themselves aloud via your other digital equipment, magazines with more embedded digital information on each story. Read More
June 19, 2006 The impetus of convergence grew today when Swedish company Nanoradio secured funding to ramp the volume manufacture of its first generation low power NRX700 WiFi chipset for portable electronic devices. With a total die size of only 20mm2 the NRX700 has both the smallest footprint and the lowest power consumption in the market in transmit, receive and stand-by modes. Most importantly, the WLAN single chip System in Package (SIP) makes high speed wireless access possible in mobile phones, MP3 players, handheld computing devices, PDAs, Mobile gaming platforms, digital video and still cameras and headsets. Probably the biggest short term effect will be to accelerate Voice over IP and fixed to cellular telephone convergence, as well as the revolution in media content transforming to digital mobile media supported by standards such as UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem). This is big, even if it’s well disguised. Read More
June 19, 2006 Cisco subsidiary Linksys has announced a wireless Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) internet camera that can send live video and audio via the Internet to a web browser anywhere in the world. The WVC200 contains its own IP address, so it doesn’t require an attached PC and easily connects to an existing Ethernet or Wireless network. Up to ten simultaneous users can have remote control of the camera's Pan/Tilt and 2X digital zoom and focus and it comes with the software to enable up to nine cameras to be monitored. The camera can be set up to record to a schedule or if it detects any movement or manually, and it can record to a networked hard drive and there’s even advanced search by time and date and playback on Windows Media Player. You can even set it to email alerts to up to four email addresses with attached video clips if the camera detects any motion. Now none of those capabilities are new, but when they are all bundled for US$299, we’re obviously reaching the point where a whole host of applications that were previously unthinkably cost-prohibitive are now viable. Read More
June 1, 2006 Take a look at the adjoining graph and you can see the bite which resulted from the infamous “tech-wreck” and the bullishness of the advertising market ever since. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) yesterday announced that Internet advertising revenues reached a new record of US$3.9 billion for the first quarter of 2006, a 38 percent increase over Q1 2005 and a 6 percent increase over the traditionally strong fourth quarter figure for 2005. The continued growth of the internet is reshaping the media landscape – in the last three years internet ad revenues have surpassed cinema, outdoor, radio and magazine advertising revenues. Read More
April 30, 2006 A decade has passed since the launch of the DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) standard, introducing a new freedom of movement during landline telephone conversations. There are currently over 220 million of DECT telephones in use, with another 40 million to be sold this year. Now chip manufacturer Infineon has announced details of its eighth generation of DECT phone chips, featuring new functions such as polyphonic ring tones, colour displays, exchanging of text messages (SMS), alphanumeric access to data bases and the integration of Internet services such as the transmission of news and music programs. Infineon also announced that it will release a single chip later this year that will contain all the DECT-relevant functions currently spread over three special chips. For the first time, voice processing, wireless transmission, and signal amplification will be accomplished using one piece of silicon, enabling telephone manufacturers to reduce the production costs for a DECT telephone by approximately 40 percent. Read More
April 11, 2006 Marketing partnerships make sense, particularly if the brands complement each other. Which is why two of the world's most aspirational brands in Aston Martin and Nokia have collaborated to create the Nokia 8800. This exclusive iteration of the Nokia's flagship 8800 will be manufactured in strictly limited numbers, and features a discrete laser-etched 'Aston Martin' logo on the stainless steel casing. This is complemented by the words so synonymous with Aston Martin, 'Power, Beauty & Soul’, etched into the Nokia 8800's unique stand-alone charging station, plus elegantly-designed packaging bearing the Aston Martin wings. Read More
April 7, 2006 Samsung unveiled eight mobile phones for the U.S. market at the annual CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show yesterday including three revolutionary devices that are the vanguard of Samsung's mobile lifestyle solutions offering. These phones are expected to be first in the U.S. market featuring RIM Blackberry Connect in a slim folder design (t719), high-speed HSDPA capabilities (zx20) and WiFi/UMA connectivity (t709), giving consumers unprecedented options for mobile productivity and entertainment. Read More
April 7, 2006 Following the global trend towards slim, wide-screened phone designs that was created by Motorola’s RAZR, Samsung today unveiled a super slim bar phone that is expected to be the thinnest available in the U.S. when it launches this spring. The Samsung t509, displayed for the first time at the CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show, is just 9.8 mm thick and becomes the third slim phone design from Samsung, adding to the company’s existing a900 clamshell and t809 slider models. Read More
April 7, 2006 Pantech Wireless, the U.S. based subsidiary of South Korea’s Pantech Group and Disney Mobile today jointly announced plans for the DM-P100, the first wireless handset in the Disney Mobile portfolio. At the CTIA Wireless 2006 trade show in Las Vegas, the two companies said the new mobile phone was scheduled to hit the U.S. market with the launch of Disney Mobile this summer. Disney Mobile is the first comprehensive mobile service built specifically for families. It will include custom handsets, extensive entertainment content, and an innovative package of features and applications that meet the unique communication needs of families. Read More