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Low-Cost DECT telephones soon to feature Internet functions and get 40 percent cheaper

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

Nokia 8800 Aston Martin Edition

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

Disney Mobile’s Launch Handset

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

Samsung showcases ultra-slim bar phone at CTIA

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

Samsung unveils RIM Blackberry Connect E-mail Phone, HSDPA Phone and WiFi/UMA-Enabled Phon...

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

Experimental IP-connected bus route in Paris

April 6, 2006 French Public Transportation provider RATP is currently conducting an experimental "Internet Protocol (IP) in Motion" project on the bus line No. 38 in Paris. The technology provides realtime connectivity for 'Dilidam,' a key information initiative for travellers on the RATP transport network, including real time transit and localised passenger information, as well as news or entertainment clips. The on board video surveillance system and other professional applications now have permanent IP connectivity, improving RATP’s customers' security, safety and travel information.  Read More

New data transmission record - 60 DVDs per second

March 24, 2006 As the world’s internet traffic grows relentlessly, faster data transmission will logically become crucial. To enable telecommunications networks to cope with the phenomenal surge in data traffic as the internet population moves past a billion users, researchers are focusing on new systems to increase data transmission rates and it’s not surprising that the world data transmission record is continually under threat. Unlike records where human physical capabilities limit new records to incremental growth, when human ingenuity is the deciding factor, extraordinary gains are possible. German and Japanese scientists recently collaborated to achieve just such a quantum leap in obliterating the world record for data transmission. By transmitting a data signal at 2.56 terabits per second over a 160-kilometer link (equivalent to 2,560,000,000,000 bits per second or the contents of 60 DVDs) the researchers bettered the old record of 1.28 terabits per second held by a Japanese group. By comparison, the fastest high-speed links currently carry data at a maximum 40 Gbit/s, or around 50 times slower.  Read More

RDCRS ensures cellular signal coverage  when disaster strikes

March 16, 2006 CellAntenna’s new CAE750 Dual-Band Rapid Deployment Cellular Repeater System (RDCRS) is a fully-portable version of the company's popular CAE700 dual-band repeater system. The RDCRS allows government agencies and other users to immediately deploy a solution that boosts cellular signals in outdoor and indoor areas that may not have adequate cellular signal coverage due to natural or terror-related disasters. Designed specifically for use in emergency operation centres and response vehicles, the RDCRS facilitates cellular communication in areas as large as 15,000 square feet, ensuring that personnel in that radius will receive reliable, clear cellular signals in low signal level conditions. The RDCRS is packaged in a rugged, roller-type case for easy transport, can easily fit into the trunk of a vehicle, and is lightweight enough to be deployed by a single person.  Read More

First multilanguage payment terminal to support Chinese and English

March 15, 2006 When it comes to the most important languages in the world, Chinese and English make a good quinella. English is officially spoken in over 50 countries, the language of choice of business and with around 500 million speakers, is the most widely spoken language behind Chinese Mandarin (1.1 billion people). Which makes U.S. Bankcard Services new multilanguage card payment terminal a winning move – the terminal uses both Chinese and English graphics and text. The terminal is configured specifically to facilitate operations by merchants in either Chinese or English languages.  Read More

The Mental Typewriter

March 14, 2006 Scientists demonstrated a brain-computer interface that translates brain signals into computer control signals this week at CeBIT in Berlin. The initial project demonstrates how a paralysed patient could communicate by using a mental typewriter alone – without touching the keyboard. In the case of serious accident or illness, a patient’s limbs can be paralyzed, severely restricting communication with the outside world. The interface is already showing how it can help these patients to write texts and thus communicate with their environment. There’s also a PONG game (computer tennis) used to demonstrate how the interface can be used. Brain Pong involves two BBCI users playing a game of teletennis in which the “rackets” are controlled by imagining movements and predictably the general media has focussed the majority of its attention on computer gaming applications but BCCI could equally be used in safety technologies (e.g. in automobiles for monitoring cognitive driver stress), in controlling prostheses, wheelchairs, instruments and even machinery.  Read More

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