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Nokia makes 2 calls into 1

Nokia Siemens Networks have been trialling software upgrades to cellsite basestations and basestation controllers that allow 2 calls per timeslot instead of 1 by using OSC (Orthogonal Sub Channel) technology. This allows GSM operators to double the voice capacity of their networks by just installing new software. This means extended network without spending more on […]

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New Card format holds 2TB

The SD Association released the specification for a new format SD card known as SDXC which can hold up to 2TB of information. They will also support read/write speeds of up to 104MB/s – though assuming the cards can sustain that speed, it will still take 20,000 seconds to fill a card (about 5 1/2 […]

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Qualcomm helps Android get bigger

Qualcomm has ported Android to its Snapdragon chipset (well actually Wind River Systems have for Qualcomm) which is used in devices that go beyond phones such as notebooks and other Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). Wind River will give the (optimised) code back to the Open Handset Alliance in the near future. Much of the porting […]

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3GPP approves UMTS femtocell standards

The leads the way for 3G femtocells to hit the market this year as there’s now a standard. MNOs are very interested in rolling-out femtocells as they utilise broadband for backhaul rather than using the operator’s network. A femtocell in the home will use the home broadband to connect back to the mobile network – […]

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N810 WIMAX Tablet no longer

Nokia has discontinued the WIMAX version of it’s N810 Tablet computer – 4 months after it was released. WIMAX is just starting a big roll-out in the US, though it’s been a slow start. Cellular operators also seem to be adopting LTE rather than WIMAX and so it’s a niche market – which probably isn’t […]

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Nokia phones don’t like SMS

Various models of Nokia phones are susceptible to a remote exploit by receiving a specially crafted SMS. Phones running Symbian 8 through 9.2 and S60 v2.61 through 3.1, SonyEricsson phones running UIQ are also exploitable. The attack is “invisible” to the user and causes various problems including the phone refusing to accept further SMS messages […]

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Yellowsn0w available for iPhone 3G

The iPhone Dev Team have released Yellowsn0w, a software unlocking solution allowing the iPhone to be used with any SIM on any network. The phone needs to be Jailbroken first (another software hack allowing 3rd party software to be installed – can be performed using Pwnage 2.0) and then Yellowsn0w is installed and run. Apple […]

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Premium Apps coming to Android in Q1

Google have confirmed that they will be letting premium apps into Google Market in Q1. This will roll-out initially to the US and UK followed by (2) Germany, Austria and Netherlands; (3) France, Italy and Spain. Other countries will follow by the end of 2009.

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Vodafone and Orange sailing ahead by sharing masts

Orange and Vodafone have extended their sharing agreements and will share cell sites and parts of the Radio Access Network (RAN). Vodafone hope to save around £1bn per year in saved expenses. This covers both 2G and 3G systems and they’re using BT for backhaul services. Angus MacNeil of the Scottish National Party is going […]

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iPhone accounts for 10% of US WiFi use

According to Admob Apple’s iPhone accounted for 10% of all WiFi use in the US, this compared to 10-20% for all other WiFi enabled handsets. WiFi use is expected to grow as more phones have both cellular and WiFi radio and more people use WiFi for data access. It’s also cheaper for the MNOs for […]

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UIQ on last legs

UIQ which was the user interface on top of Symbian developed by SonyEricsson and Motorola, both companies are concentrating on other operating systems and the UIQ business unit has filed for bankruptcy protection. The main competitor is Nokia’s S60 (which also sits on top of Symbian) and it looks like the Finns have won the […]

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Vatican embraces iPhone app

iBreviary is am iPhone app developed by Rev. Paolo Padrini and an Italian web designer. It contains a Breviary prayer book in Italian, English, Spanish, French and Latin and, in the near future, Portuguese and German. It also contains 2 other sections, the prayers of the daily Mass, and various other prayers. It’s available for […]