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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Motorola to buy Soundbuzz

    Motorola announced today that it will buy privately held online music store Soundbuzz. Motorola is hoping the acquisition will help it expand its mobile music offerings in Asia.
    Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. “Soundbuzz will become part of the Motorola entertainment family,” said Ian Chapman-Banks, vice president of marketing at Motorola Asia-Pacific’s mobile… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Zeetoo has gathered $6.9 million of venture capital to launch the Zeemote as a consumer product. The Zeemote is a small handheld controller that communicates with your mobile phone via Bluetooth and has the look of the Nunchuks that are used with Nintendo’s Wii console. You won’t be able to… Read More

  • Iqua SUN comes to U.S. Shores

    A solar-powered Bluethooth wireless headset by Iqua will be showcased at next week’s Consumers Electronics Show (CES). The Iqua SUN (BHS-603) was launched last year in Europe and is due to hit U.S. stores and online retail sites in January. The device measures less than two inches and weighs under an ounce. It incorporates a photovoltaic cell that uses any available light –… Read More

  • Meraki Networks to Build Free Wireless Web in San Francisco

    Startup company Meraki Networks is planning to blanket San Francisco with free wireless Internet service by next year. The plan includes persuading thousands of San Francisco residents to set up free radio repeaters on their rooftops and in their homes. Two larger companies, Google and EarthLink, planed a similar project but scraped the idea because of cost. Their system would have… Read More

  • Is Cellphone use Harmful to Children

    The French Health Ministry issued a health warning claiming that excessive cellphone use may be a health risk. The Ministry is especially concerned about children who use mobile phones but the warning admits there is no recognized science that proves cellular technology is dangerous. Mobile phones marketed for children have raised concerns with the Ministry of Health, Youth and Sports. It… Read More

  • Nokia Siemens to buy Apertio

    Nokia Siemens Networks will buy British network management firm Apertio for 140 million euros ($205 million) the companies announced today. The buyout is expected to take place in May of this year. Apertio is a company that specializes in network management applications for telecommunications operators. Software allows operators to authenticate and deliver applications to users, shut off… Read More

  • Compliant Qualcomm Chips Ready

    Qualcomm, a wireless chipmaker, announced today that new chipsets designed to comply with a state court’s patent infringement ruling well be in handsets before the end of March. A California court ruled last year that Qualcomm infringed on three Broadcom patents. A federal district court in California ruled on Monday that Qualcomm must stop selling third-generation (3G) WCDMA cellular… Read More

  • Verizon Expects over 300 Million Messages Today and Tonight

    Verizon customers are expected to send over 300 million text, picture and video messages this New Year’s Eve between the hours of 12 p.m. and 4a.m. ET New Year’s Day. During the third quarter of 2007, customers exchanged more than 721 million picture and video messages over Verizon Wireless’ nationwide network and sent or received nearly 36.5 billion text messages. … Read More

  • Vonage Settles with Nortel

    Internet calling company Vonage announced today that is has settled three patent disputes with telecommunications equipment manufacturer, Nortel. The settlement involves a limited cross license to three Nortel and three Vonage patents and will not call for any monetary payments by any party. Vonage has settled other patent disputes in the last few months with AT&T, Sprint Nextel and… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. Research from Frank N. Magid associates has found that a majority of cell phone users don’t play mobile games. I know how ridiculous that sounds but the evidence is in. Over 80% of Internet users, ages 12 to 64, own a cell phone or PDA but only a little over 10% of this population played a mobile game… Read More

  • Apple’s iPhone makes AFI Significance List

    Each year the American Film Institute (AFI) votes on “moments of significance”. A 13 member jury (which includes film scholars, artists and critics) vote on seven events that affected “the world of moving image” over the past year. The iPhone made the list this year. AFI says the iPhone is a “symbol of the exploding on-demand culture.” The device, which… Read More

  • Incesoft and mInfo Partnership in China

    Incesoft and mInfo announced today that they will collaborate to bring advanced conversational search to Chinese MSN instant messenger (IM) users. The companies will cooperate on both the technical and the marketing side to distribute the XiaoMing IM search robot to the land of dragons. “Currently there are over 80 million mobile instant messaging users in China. With this number… Read More

  • Did Alexander Graham Bell Steal Phone Technology

    A new book by author Seth Shulman entitled “The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell’s Secret” argues that Bell stole ideas for the telephone from rival, Elisha Gray. By hiring clever lawyers and a corrupt patent examiner, Shulman makes the claim that Bell was able to examine patent documents Gray had filed which helped Bell perfect his telephone. Some of the… Read More

  • Vonage Finalizes Settlement with AT&T

    Internet phone company Vonage settled a patent lawsuit brought against it by AT&T. AT&T claimed that Vonage infringed with its patents by using packet-based telephony products, which allow voice conversations to be carried over the Internet. Since going public in 2006, Vonage was hit by multiple lawsuits by telephone service providers. It settled a suit with Sprint Nextel and another… Read More

  • Handset Production Soars in Taiwan

    Taiwan’s production of handsets is up nearly 82% over last year’s numbers. Many of the 6.2 million devices manufactured in Taiwan are made for Apple and its iPhone brand. It is believed that similar numbers will be achieved in next year’s first quarter. This will be a jump of 150% over this year’s first quarter numbers, Market Intelligence Centre said in a… Read More

  • Gaming News Roundup


    Each week MobileCrunchArcade compiles the biggest news from the world of mobile gaming. A little news has leaked out about the upcoming mobile game Final Fantasy IV: Return to the Moon. The game is a direct sequel of Final Fantasy IV. But you could probably guess that from the title. The DNA results are in and it is confirmed that Theodore is Cecil’s and Rosa’s son. The… Read More

  • Make in-flight Cell Calls with Air France

    Air France is experimenting with cell phone calls on a limited number of European routs. Passengers can send and receive short messages and send and receive e-mails if the phone supports Internet access. At first, travelers won’t be able to make or receive voice calls because of issues with other passengers. Air France hopes to allow voice calls within three months in a way that… Read More

  • Chicago Cell Phone Ban Under Attack

    Attorney Black Horwitz has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago, Mayor Richard Daley and several police officers over the city’s ban of talking or texting over a cell phone while driving. Thousands of drivers have been ticketed since the law went into effect in 2005. Drivers are typically fined $75 if caught talking on their cell phones and up to $200 if they are… Read More

  • Don’t Drive and use Mobile Phone in Britain

    Motorists caught talking or text messaging in Britain face hefty fines and jail time under guidelines due to be published today. In the most serious cases drivers caught using a cell phone can be charged with dangerous driving which carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison and an unlimited fine to be determined by a court. Using a hand-held mobile phone while driving was banned in… Read More

  • Yahoo Partners with America Movil

    Yahoo has cemented a deal with Latin America’s top mobile phone company America Movil today to provide mobile Web services to 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Yahoo’s oneSearch service will be the default on America Movil’s wireless carriers’ portals. Localized versions of oneSearch will be created for each region. This is the largest of 21 search… Read More