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Archive for April 2nd, 2009

Nokia Ovi about consolidation, not an app store

As Nokia prepares to officially open its unified application storefront to consumers, the handset maker is stressing that Ovi Store is not about cashing in on the app store craze, it’s the culmination of Nokia’s year-long plans to solve the problem of discoverability and disparate processes across its handsets. more

AT&T dives into beta development, funky devices

AT&T revealed new elements to its mobile strategy at CTIA Wireless today, announcing plans to launch a consumer-driven beta application program and pursue netbooks and other new devices that don’t quite fit the definition of phone or computer. more

Microsoft outlines its role in the connected experience

Microsoft has used to CTIA this week to expand on its Windows Marketplace for Mobile strategy and its Windows 6.5 upgrades, but entertainment and devices president Robbie Bach used his keynote today to outline how it all fits together. Enabling the connected experience is an important goal for the software maker, invested heavily in IPTV through its Mediaroom middleware, wireless through Windows Mobile and, increasingly, netbooks on the PC side. more

Clearwire’s Wolff embraces 4G as a whole but touts spectrum position

Abandoning the WiMAX versus LTE rhetoric that have characterized this latest round of technology wars, Clearwire co-chairman Ben Wolff lauded 4G industry as a whole in his keynote at CTIA Wireless today, saying that both LTE and WiMAX would be the technologies that bridge the gap between wireline broadband data consumption and wireless consumption. While placing the two standards on equal technical footing , Wolff was also quick to point out Clearwire’s superior spectrum holdings compared to other operators, giving it implicit an advantage in any large-scale mobile broadband rollout. more

Motorola’s LTE demo rudimentary, but works

Motorola promised a demo of long-term evolution’s raw capabilities at CTIA Wireless, and it delivered. In the two weeks before the show Motorola set up two ad hoc LTE networks using its new eNode B base station and Andrew Corp antennas, its aim to give customers and applications developers a taste of how LTE would perform in real-world conditions. more

Continuous Computing building the unified femto gateway

Continuous Computing is designing a unified broadband femto gateway with the help of TeamF1, a networking company that develops the security gateway components for residential broadband gateways. By combining TeamF1’s technology with its own, Continuous Computing has created a reference design for an all-in-one femto gateway, incorporating the femtocell, Wi-Fi router, broadband modem and firewall into a single device. more

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