India to Lead IBMs Mobile Web Services Research
At the tenth anniversary commemoration of IBMs India Research Lab, the
company launched its Mobile Web initiative. The new IBM research program will
entail a number of efforts to bring simple, easy to use services to the millions
of people in the world who have bypassed using the personal computer as their
primary method of accessing technology, and are instead using their mobile
phone. As part of the Mobile Web initiative, IBM is making major investments in
mobile software and hardware platforms and has opened several worldwide telecom
solutions labs focused on research and development.

The projects are also are being incubated in IBMs eight global labs in six
countries. These projects include: the Spoken Webvoice-enabled mobile commerce;
Instant Translationreal time communication between multiple languages through
mobile devices; SoulPadenabling any portable device to carry your computing
application in the pocket; BuddyCommsocial networking on-the-go; Good
Samaritanmobile healthcare information made available in any emergency

STMicroelectronics, NXP Merge Wireless Businesses
NXP and STMicroelectronics have announced their agreement to combine key
wireless operations to form a joint-venture company. The new company will have
the scale to better meet customer needs in 2G, 2.5G, 3G, multimedia,
connectivity and all future wireless technologies. The combined venture will be
created from successful businesses that together generated $3 bn in revenue in
2007 and will own thousands of important communication and multimedia patents.

Combining complementary organizations and portfolios will improve
competitiveness, speed product development and strengthen R&D scale. The new
organization will combine key design, sales and marketing, and back-end
manufacturing assets from both companies into a streamlined worldwide joint
venture that will rely on its parent companies and foundries for wafer
fabrication services. This new leading player will be well positioned with all
the vital technologies for UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System); for
the emerging 3G Chinese standard; as well as other cellular, multimedia and
connectivity capabilities including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, USB, and
UWB (Ultra-wideband). The JV will also integrate the Silicon Laboratories
wireless and GloNavs GPS operations recently acquired by NXP.

Sybase Intros Security for Symbian Devices
Sybase iAnywhere has announced that its Information Anywhere Suite Afaria
component, which provides leading-edge mobile device management and security
capabilities, now supports the latest mobile devices based on the Symbian
platform. A company press release said that Sybase iAnywhere provides robust
management capabilities combined with a policy-based, managed security solution
to ensure central IT control of Symbian devices. Appealing to the mixed device
environments of many global organizations, companies can leverage Afaria to
manage and secure a range of mobile devices based on Windows Mobile, Palm and
now Symbian handhelds, and Windows laptops. With the rise in popularity of
Symbian OS handhelds for enterprise use, it is critical for companies to be able
to centrally control, back up and secure these devices used by mobile workers,
says Joe Owen, vice president of Engineering, Sybase iAnywhere.

HTC P3470 in India
HTC has launched HTC P3470 in India. Combining a lightweight design, large
screen, navigation wheel, and macro lens, the P3470 sets a new standard in
affordable smartphone coupled with GPS-based devices. The HTC P3470 is one of
the most compact devices in HTCs portfolio. The HTC P3470 enables an easy to
use and simple interface for accessing Web pages, documents, messages, contact
lists and more.

Jataayu Solutions on ASUS Devices
ASUS along with Jataayu Software has announced that it will be offering
Jataayus mobile multimedia messaging solution on a complete range of mobile
devices based on the Windows Mobile platform. ASUS has already launched several
smartphones and PDA phones with Jataayus MMS Client in the market. Along with
providing the application, Jataayu will also work closely with ASUS to enhance
the UI and support them with new features and interoperability. Jataayus MMS
Client, requiring minimal integration effort, ensures the fastest time-to-market
for the ASUS Smartphones and PPCs.

Cricinfo Launches Mobicast for iPhone
Cricinfo has announced the launch of Cricinfo Mobicast for Apples cult handheld
device, iPhone. Mobicast is the first full-fledged cricket widget for iPhone.
iPhone users will now have access to Cricinfos famous, live, ball-by-ball
updates, scorecard, match schedules, news, photos as well as podcasts from
experts like Ian Chappell, Tony Greig, and Geoff Boycott. The Mobicast widget
will automatically update, eliminating the need for constant Web page refreshes
and long waits. The iPhone Mobicast widget offers a very intuitive experience to
cricket fans.

CSR Launches Handsfree Bluetooth
CSR has announced the launch of RoadTunes, a feature rich, fully
interoperable Bluetooth handsfree package for personal navigation devices (PNDs)
and in-car systems. RoadTunes boasts a less than six-week average integration
time and is available at $6. The CSRs example design features full hardware and
software components, including source code to allow designers to fully customize
their end designs. Based on CSRs market leading BlueCore5-Multimedia silicon,
RoadTunes is a low power, fully interoperable design with a powerful RISC and
DSP processor.

The design incorporates both CSR Clear Voice Capture (CVC) and third party
echo cancellation technologies. BlueCore5-Multimedia also features Bluetooth
v2.1 for simple pairing and best in class audio CODEC with a signal to noise
ratio of -95dB.

Compiled by Shipra Malhotra

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