Nokia introduces mobile search to its smartphones

Nokia today introduced a pioneering mobile search software solution that provides users with easy and fast access to leading search engines directly from their Nokia handset.

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today introduced a pioneering mobile search software solution that provides users with easy and fast access to leading search engines directly from their Nokia handset. The search application is a simple, convenient, and fast way for Nokia smartphone users to find and connect to any website as well as local search engines, whenever, wherever. The current service and content providers incorporated in the search application include Eniro, Fonecta, Medio Systems, Yahoo!, Yell.com, as well as digital map solution provider AtlasCT and digital map data provider NAVTEQ.

"Introducing the search application together with the leading search engine providers brings one of the world’s most popular online activities – online search – to the fingertips of Nokia handset users," said Harry Santamäki, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Multimedia, Nokia. "With this extremely straightforward and easy to use application, users can now expand the use of online search services beyond their desktops. Furthermore, what better than to be able to connect directly and immediately to the business or service you were looking for. The search application is truly the next best thing to having all of the world’s directories printed inside the mobile phone!"
 
The mobile search application is currently being piloted in the UK, Finland and Sweden. The application will be distributed in the standard sales packs of the Nokia 6680, Nokia 6681 and Nokia 6630 smartphones. Existing owners of these devices can download the search application for free from the Nokia website at www.nokia.com/mobilesearch.
 
With the search engines integrated and easily accessible in just one application, users of Nokia smartphones can search for anything on the web*, including websites, images, news and weather information, as well as mobile content, such as ring tones, games and wallpapers. Once something relevant, such as a website is found, the user can then immediately connect to see that site. In addition to Yahoo! Search services, users in the UK, Finland and Sweden also have access to local business and service information providers, namely Yell.com in the UK, Eniro and Fonecta in Finland, and Eniro in Sweden. UK users will also be able to conduct content-based searches via Medio Systems.
 
The local search engines enable searching for local services or businesses – anything from restaurants and hotels to taxi numbers or flower shops. Results of local searches display the relevant contact data, and the user can instantly, with the push of a button, call the given telephone number or save it to contacts. Moreover, with integrated mapping solutions from www.ABmaps.com portal by AtlasCT and digital map data from NAVTEQ, the results can be shown on a map, aiding users on the go to locate their destination. Users can also save and, for example, send the map as MMS to a friend.
 
When traveling between countries, the search application automatically offers to change to available local search engines. Users can also change the location setting manually, enabling a user to find the contact details, for example, of a hotel in another country in order to make a reservation for a future visit.
 
 
*To check the cost of data transfer services, contact your network operator or service provider.
 

For more information about the mobile Search application and the incorporated search engines, please see

www.nokia.com/mobilesearch

 

Sony Ericsson announces another Walkman phone offering top quality music the stylish W550

August 8, 2005

Sony Ericsson today announced a new addition to its Walkman
phone family – the W550 – an affordable phone that offers great quality stereo music and integrates a 1.3 megapixel camera, full Internet browsing capability and a credible games console,

August 8, 2005

Sony Ericsson today announced a new addition to its Walkman™ phone family – the W550 – an affordable phone that offers great quality stereo music and integrates a 1.3 megapixel camera, full Internet browsing capability and a credible games console, all in a compact and stylish swivel phone design. This new Walkman phone will appeal principally to expressive fun seekers who enjoy life to the full and want to take their music with them everywhere they go.sonyericsson_w550.jpg

W550 – Features at a glance:

Imaging and messaging

  • QuickShare™
  • 1.3 MegaPixel camera
  • Horizontal camera user interface
  • 4 x digital zoom
  • Picture light
  • 176 x 220 pixel TFT display
  • 262K colour display
  • Video recording and fullscreen playback
  • SMS and MMS
  • Wireless village
  • Adobe picture PC software

Entertainment

  • 2 stereo speakers
  • Style-Up™ covers
  • PlayNow™ ringtones and 2D games
  • Horizontal fullscreen games and video
  • RDS FM radio
  • Walkman® player (MP3/AAC)
  • Media player (MP3/AAC)
  • 256MB user memory
  • Stereo headset
  • 40 polyphonic ringtones
  • Java MIDP 2.0
  • 3D games
  • MusicDJ™ and VideoDJ™
  • OMA DRM phase 1
  • MegaBass™
  • Stereo widening

Connectivity

  • Triple-band 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GPRS class 10
  • Access NetFront HTML browser
  • BluetoothTM and Infrared
  • PC software
  • External antenna connector
  • USB system connector and cable

Source: SonyEricsson Press Release

The top 10 selling PDAs/Smart phones in July 2005

The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released their “Top 10”-list for July 2005. The list is based upon the number of pieces of model specific PDA- and Smartphone cases that has been ordered from Krusell during July 2005

The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released their "Top 10"-list for July 2005. The list is based upon the number of pieces of model specific PDA- and Smartphone cases that has been ordered from Krusell during July 2005. Krusell’s list is unique due to the fact that their sales of cases reflect the sales of PDAs and Smartphones on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the globe.

1. (1) PalmOne Treo 600/650
2. (2) Qtek 9090/02 XDA III
3. (3) Qtek S100/I-mate JAM
4. (4) HP iPAQ HW6500
5. (8) Hp Ipaq hx2100/2400/2700
6. (7) Hp Ipaq hx4700
7. (5) Mio Mitac 168/Yakumo 300 GPS/Navman PiN
8. (6) Blackberry RIM 6200/7200/7230
9. (-) Qtek 8010/I-mate SP3
10. (-) Blackberry RIM 62X0/72X0
( )= last months position.

The summer month of July offered no changes at the top of this months list. PalmOne Treo 600/650 is number one for the second consecutive month. The only two new entries are Qtek 8010/I-mate SP3 and Blackberry RIM 6200.

Top 10 cell phones in July 2005

Krusell – a Swedish carrying case maker publishes Top Ten Cell Phones each month which are calculated by trading volumes in over 50 countires

The Swedish manufacturer of carrying cases for portable electronics, Krusell, has released their "Top 10"-list for July 2005. The list is based upon the number of pieces of model specific mobile phone cases that has been ordered from Krusell during July 2005. Krusell’s list is unique due to the fact that it reflects the sales of mobile phones on six continents and in more than 50 countries around the globe.

The top ten phones for july 2005 are

(1) Sony Ericsson K750i/K750c
2. (2) Motorola Razr V3
3. (3) Nokia 6230/6230i
4. (4) PalmOne Treo 600/650
5. (7) Nokia 6680/6681/6682
6. (5) Qtek 9090/O2 XDA III
7. (9) Nokia 5140
8. (6) Sony Ericsson K700i
9. (10) Qtek S100/I-mate JAM
10. (-) Nokia 6020/6021

( )= last months position.

No changes at the top of this months list. Sony Ericsson K750i is keeping its number one position, followed by Motorola Razr V3 and Nokia 6230. The only new entry is Nokia 6020. – The lack of changes to this months top list reflects that not many new models were released in July, comments Ulf Sandberg, CEO at Krusell International. – Dramatic changes can be expected during the forthcoming high season when many new models like Sony Ericsson W800 and K600, are launched.

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Nokia Releases N-Gage QD Silver Edition To European, Middle Eastern and African Markets

Nokia Releases N-Gage QD Silver Edition To European, Middle Eastern and African Markets

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that it will be releasing an N-Gage QD Silver Edition to the European, Middle Eastern and African markets.  Nokia continues to support the N-Gage platform with the best games line up to date, with titles such as ONE, System Rush, Pathway to Glory Ikusa Islands and High Seize
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"We have had a lot of requests from both consumers and trade to provide an N-Gage QD variant. This is very much in line with our fall consumer activities,"said Jukka Hosio, Director, Global Sales, Games Business Program, Nokia. "We chose silver as it’s one of the season’s most fashionable colors."

 

The new N-Gage QD Silver Edition game deck has all the smartphone functionalities and connectivity features as the original N-Gage QD game deck has, including calendar, contacts, e-mail, web browsing, Bluetooth connectivity and GPRS.

 

The new N-Gage QD Silver Edition game deck is expected to be available, September 1st, in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets.

  

About N-Gage

The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services through N-Gage Arena, as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia, the owner of the N-Gage brand, is the world leader in mobile communications

Nokia PC suite 6.6 released

Nokia PC suite 6.6 released. One of the major improvements is support for text messaging in smartphones and better support for newer bluetooth stacks such as bluesoleil

Nokia PC suite 6.6 released. One of the major improvements is support for text messaging in smartphones and better support for newer bluetooth stacks such as IVT Bluesoleil and Microsoft Windows XP Bluetooth,Toshibha Bluetooth 3.0x and WIDCOMM Bluetooth 1.4

links


Nokia
– Support PC Suite

NokiaNokia PC Suite Download

 

Mobile video is a tough sell – report

With the emerging availability of mobile video, a recent In-Stat U.S. mobile phone subscriber survey revealed that one in eight respondents indicated they were interested in purchasing mobile video services from their wireless carrier. However, two-thirds of mobile phone subscribers are not yet ready for video services on their handsets, a number that is nearly unchanged from the previous year’s survey, the high-tech market research firm says.

With the emerging availability of mobile video, a recent In-Stat U.S. mobile phone subscriber survey revealed that one in eight respondents indicated they were interested in purchasing mobile video services from their wireless carrier. However, two-thirds of mobile phone subscribers are not yet ready for video services on their handsets, a number that is nearly unchanged from the previous year’s survey, the high-tech market research firm says.

"Though mobile video does not yet appear to have widespread appeal, In-Stat believes that there is enough interest for it to generate some significant revenue for carriers in the near term," said David Chamberlain, In-Stat senior analyst. The number of subscribers purchasing mobile video content in the United States will increase from an estimated 1.1 million in 2005 to more than 30 million in 2010, In-Stat forecasts.

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

— The most desirable customers (long-term loyal customers who are satisfied with their service and unlikely to churn to other carriers) are the least interested in purchasing mobile video.

— In-Stat’s analysis of the consumer survey provides some pricing guidelines that maximize carrier revenue.

— Between now and 2010, the greatest year-on-year growth will come in the 2005-2006 period as deployment of high-bandwidth networks become more widespread in the United States. It will also be a period of expanded carrier marketing of video services increases and broader availability of video-capable handsets.

Source:cellular-news

Vodafone Trials 3G Service In Sydney

Vodafone has recently started external 3G trials in Sydney, Australia. They are giving 180 customers the ability to use and test drive the 3G network for three weeks. The testers will be given 3G enabled phones, and data cards for usage with their notebooks, and etc. In the last week, they’re gonna have to report to Vodafone stores to talk about their experiences, usage problems

Vodafone has recently started external 3G trials in Sydney, Australia. They are giving 180 customers the ability to use and test drive the 3G network for three weeks. The testers will be given 3G enabled phones, and data cards for usage with their notebooks, and etc. In the last week, they’re gonna have to report to Vodafone stores to talk about their experiences, usage problems, etc…

During this task, they’ll be assigned tasks such as downloading MP3 tracks, videos, and 3D games – why? To see how well the 3G network operates and stands up. These results in the stores are going to be used to properly train Vodafone staff for the full network launch later on.

Vodafone has assigned sets of tasks for users to complete during the trial. Mobile handset users will be asked to download specific Vodafone live! content, such as the latest music tracks, sports action and 3D games. Business customers will use the VMC with 3G data cards to test mobile email with attachments, internet access and wireless working using various enterprise applications.

“We want to evaluate the customer experience across all areas of content and delivery so we’ve deliberately set objectives for users, but beyond that it’s up to them to decide how and what they want to explore,” said John Casey, Chief Marketing Officer at Vodafone Australia. “We’ll use feedback from the trial to give future 3G customers an unbeatable mobile experience.”

“At Vodafone, an unbeatable experience means much more than how the technology performs; it’s about how successfully we meet and exceed customer expectations on service and support and how effectively our products and content fires imagination, “ added Casey.

The external trial follows a three-month internal test programme, which evaluated the functionality of the Vodafone 3G network, handset and data card provisioning and support systems. The internal trial involved more than 100 Vodafone employees in Sydney.

“Our Australian customers will benefit from everything that Vodafone has learned in rolling out new 3G networks in 14 other countries around the world,” said Casey.

source:Cellular-News

Nokia Lifeblog 1.7 has arrived

Nokia Lifeblog 1.7, the latest version of Lifeblog, has arrived and is now available to download. Nokia N90 and Nokia N70 owners can now access a host of new features by downloading the latest mobile software.

Even without a Nokia N90 or Nokia N70, you can enjoy the benefits of updating your PC software (provided you don’t have Lifeblog version 1.0 on your phone). Make sure you’re up-to-date with the very latest Nokia Lifeblog has to offer – upgrade now, free of charge*!

Nokia Lifeblog 1.7 mobile software enables the following improved features:

1) Nokia N90 and Nokia N70 support
2) Landscape mode with 3×3 grid view on N90
3) The option to keep all SMS messages on your phone, even if they’re not in your favorites
4) Green shortcut key for all media types to call the sender of a message, blog a selected image/video/note, or go to the URL of a blogpost record, making double-click blogging a reality
5) New shortcuts to move items up or down in the blog post editor, or remove them altogether
6) Image name and date shown in full-screen view, with smooth scrolling to the next image
7) Zoom up to 800%, with current zoom level displayed
8) Extra info in the View Details box (including file size, file location, and image resolution)
9) T9 predictive text input available in the View Details box for faster name and location editing
10) Volume memory for video play

Upgrading to Nokia Lifeblog 1.7 PC software enables the following improved features:
New “nested” folder import allows the import of all videos/images within a selected folder and any subfolders, so you no longer have to select each video or image individually
N90 and N70 support
MP4 support

source:phonemag

 

Nokia to delay N90 introduction

Nokia Corp. said it will delay by several weeks the introduction of its N90 mobile handset that uses high-quality Carl Zeiss optics. … but declined to give details

HELSINKI, Finland Jun 28, 2005 – Nokia Corp. said Tuesday it will delay by several weeks the introduction of its N90 mobile handset that uses high-quality Carl Zeiss optics. … but declined to give details. The N90 is part of Nokia’s N Series top-range mobile handsets, which … of prestige for Nokia to delay the N90,’ said Greger Johansson
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The phone is now expected to ship in July.

Motorola RAZR V3x not US bound

Motorola RAZR V3x not for US.Motorola has confirmed that “RAZR V3x” is simply a new name for the existing V1150

Motorola RAZR V3x not for US.Motorola has confirmed that "RAZR V3x" is simply a new name for the existing V1150

See the news about the new  RAZR V3x

http://fonearena.com/motorola-razr-v3x-succeeds-razr-v3_news_95.html

source:mobiletracker.net 

Nokia to publish second quarter results 2005 on July 21 2005

Nokia will publish its second quarter financial results on Thursday, July 21, 2005, at approximately 1 pm Helsinki time (CET +1). The press release will be available on the Nokia website immediately after publication

Nokia will publish its second quarter financial results on Thursday, July 21, 2005, at approximately 1 pm Helsinki time (CET +1). The press release will be available on the Nokia website immediately after publication.
 
Nokia’s financial analyst conference call will begin at 2.30 pm Helsinki time. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at www.nokia.com/investor

Simple Pleasures: Nokia introduces seven new mobile phones

Nokia introduced seven new handsets under the heading “Simple Pleasures.” Four new slide phones were revealed, including the 3G-enabled Nokia 6280 for WCDMA markets, and the Nokia 6265, Nokia’s most feature-filled CDMA model to date. Additionally, Nokia introduced two folding designs and a traditional monoblock design. All seven models are expected to begin shipping in the second half of 2005.

NOKIA PRESS RELEASE June 13, 2005

Simple Pleasures: Nokia introduces seven new mobile phones

Easy-to-use menus, stylish designs at the heart of new handsets for WCDMA, GSM and CDMA markets
 
Nokia Connection 2005, Helsinki, Finland – Today, at the Nokia Connection events in Helsinki and Singapore, Nokia introduced seven new handsets under the heading "Simple Pleasures." Four new slide phones were revealed, including the 3G-enabled Nokia 6280 for WCDMA markets, and the Nokia 6265, Nokia’s most feature-filled CDMA model to date.  Additionally, Nokia introduced two folding designs and a traditional monoblock design. All seven models are expected to begin shipping in the second half of 2005.
 
"Today’s launches showcase Nokia’s commitment to offer consumers easy-to-use mobile phones in a variety of desirable designs – regardless of cellular technology," explains Kai Öistämö, Senior Vice President, Mobile Phones, Nokia. "Whether it features WCDMA, GSM or CDMA internal circuitry, or whether it offers mobile music, mobile photography or 3G services, a handset must be easy to use in order to bring tangible benefits to consumers. Simplicity is the key for technology to enrich peoples’ lives."
Nokia 6280 : Bringing video sharing and video calls to life
 
The compact Nokia 6280 3G slide phone (WCDMA 2100 and GSM 900/1800/1900) comes with a range of features that enable consumers to take full advantage of 3G multimedia opportunities. Equipped with both a 2-megapixel and a VGA camera, the compact Nokia 6280 provides an ideal platform for 3G services such as real time video sharing and two way video calls. Taking personalization a step further, the Nokia 6280 can announce incoming calls with video ring tones. The Nokia 6280 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2005, at an estimated retail price of 375 EUR before subsidies or taxes.
 
The bright QVGA, 262,144 color display (320×240 pixels) of the Nokia 6280 highlights the phone’s excellent photography capabilities. With dedicated camera and zoom buttons, the Nokia 6280 creates a natural, user-friendly conventional camera experience by operating the photography function in a horizontal landscape mode. Photos and videos taken with the Nokia 6280 can be viewed directly on the screen and then shared with others via MMS, email or directly printed to compatible printers. Pictures and videos can be conveniently stored on the Nokia 6280’s miniSD memory card. Bluetooth wireless technology provides easy linkage to printers, PCs and enhancements like the Nokia 616 car kit and the Wireless Boom Headset HS-4W, also introduced today.
 
Nokia 6270: Quadband slide phone offers music and megapixels
 
The versatile Nokia 6270 slide phone features a 2-megapixel camera with flash and landscape mode. With a modern and refined design, the Nokia 6270 merges state of the art photography capabilities and user-friendliness into an enjoyable imaging experience for consumers.
The spacious QVGA, 262,144 color display (320×240 pixels) of the Nokia 6270 helps to manage daily life while a broad set of messaging capabilities enables consumers to easily keep in touch with others. Mobile email is conveniently at hand as the Nokia 6270 phone comes with an integrated email client that supports attachments.
 
In addition, the Nokia 6270’s built-in music player supports a variety of digital sound formats such as MP3 and AAC, making music-on-the-go easily accessible. With stereo speakers supporting 3D sound effects, the Nokia 6270 provides a brilliant sound experience that can be shared with others. A visual radio client rounds out the audio capabilities of the Nokia 6270 phone. A world travel-friendly quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 handset, the Nokia 6270 has an estimated retail price of 300 EUR before subsidies or taxes. The Nokia 6270 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2005.
 
Nokia 6111: Sophisticated GSM slide phone
 
For those who seek sophistication in small size, Nokia presents the Nokia 6111 phone. Featuring a stylish classic design, the soft slide mechanism of the Nokia 6111 smoothly reveals its keypad. Blending technology with a sophisticated look and feel, the Nokia 6111 comes with a 1-megapixel camera and flash, and a 6x digital zoom. The screen (128×160 pixels) supports up to 262,144 colors and displays pictures in either portrait or landscape mode. The GSM 900/1800/1900 Nokia 6111 has an estimated retail price of 270 EUR before subsidies or taxes, and is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2005.
 
In addition to its ergonomic design, the Nokia 6111 offers a number of new messaging options.  Push to talk functionality connects to groups or individuals at a push of a button while Nokia Xpress audio messaging enables sharing of voice clips and greetings with friends and family. Pictures can be conveniently shared via MMS, Bluetooth or email.
 
Nokia 6060: Familiar technologies, folding design
 
The Nokia 6060 offers consumers all they need for basic voice communications. Featuring an attractive fold concept, the Nokia 6060 shows that beautiful design is not confined to high-end devices. A pulsating light allows owners to check on the status of the phone and adds a contemporary note to the appearance of the Nokia 6060. The dualband GSM 900/1800 or GSM 850/1900 has an estimated retail price of 140 EUR before subsidies or taxes and is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2005.
 
Highlighting easy to use and familiar technologies, the Nokia 6060 features a range of contemporary messaging functionalities. The large screen of the Nokia 6060 (128×160 pixels) supports up to 64K colors and large fonts and the Expense Manager application helps consumers to keep track of their spending while on the go.
 
Nokia 6265: A winning combination of technology and design
 
Nokia’s most feature-rich CDMA phone to date, the Nokia 6265 packs an extra-large 240 x 320 pixel display, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash (effective resolution 1.92 megapixels), digital music player, Bluetooth wireless technology and miniSD card support into a compact sliding design that measures a mere 22 mm thin. When operated in camera mode, the Nokia 6265 is designed to be used horizontally, resulting in a more conventional photography experience. The Nokia 6265 includes 24MB of on board memory, and supports all available sizes of widely available miniSD cards, including 512MB and 1GB versions that can store hundreds of 2 megapixel images or digital music files
 
Music fans will enjoy the built in FM radio and digital music player which supports MP3, AAC and eAAC+ files, especially when paired with the optional wireless stereo headset. Integrated Bluetooth technology also allows the Nokia 6265 to be used with a long and growing list of compatible devices, including a wide selection of wireless headsets and car kits. The Nokia 6265 supports other forms of entertainment content, including 15 frame per second streaming video and downloadable BREW 3.1 or Java 3D applications – both of which are crisply rendered on the 262K color QVGA display.
 
The Nokia 6265 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2005.
 
Nokia 2255: Compact fold at a compact price
 
Nokia’s latest fold-style CDMA model phone, the Nokia 2255 is engineered to deliver reliable wireless performance at an entry-level price point while not forgetting the importance of a compelling design and a strong feature set. The very compact Nokia 2255 includes a bright 128 x 128 pixel 64K color display with user selectable ‘themes’, downloadable MIDI ringtones and even an integrated FM radio.
 
For maximum productivity, the Nokia 2255 features business applications including a spreadsheet, calculator and currency converter and a handsfree speakerphone perfect for impromptu conference calls. Outside of work, three included games help to pass the time, while a built in flashlight can help to brighten up the dark of night.
 
The Nokia 2255 is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2005.
 
Nokia 2125: Classic style for the entry category
 
The entry-level Nokia 2125 features a compact design with metallic trim to accentuate its classically designed form. Only 21.5 mm thick and weighing in at 85 grams, the Nokia 2125 features a 64K color screen, handsfree speakerphone and an integrated flashlight — an attractive balance of size, price and feature set.
 
The easy-to-use interface makes the Nokia 2125 perfect for first-time and prepaid users, who will also appreciate the three built-in games, user-changeable Xpress-on color covers and downloadable MIDI ring tone support. The Nokia 2125 also boasts a number of features unexpected on an entry level product such as voice dialing, voice commands and voice recording, calculator, calendar, alarm clock, and an extensive phonebook supporting multiple entries.
 
The Nokia 2125 is expected to begin shipping in the third quarter of 2005.

Siemens sells mobile phones unit to BenQ

German engineering giant Siemens is selling its mobile phones unit to much smaller Taiwanese rival BenQ, it said on Tuesday, drawing a line under hundreds of millions of euros of losses.

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German engineering giant Siemens is selling its mobile phones unit to much smaller Taiwanese rival BenQ, it said on Tuesday, drawing a line under hundreds of millions of euros of losses.

The deal — which will cost Siemens 350 million euros ($431 million) before tax — will enable BenQ to double its annual revenues to $10 billion, the company said, and catapult it out of relative obscurity into the world’s top 10 mobile handset vendors.

BenQ will use the Siemens brand name for five years and will take over some high-profile sports sponsorship contracts, including one with star soccer team Real Madrid.

It will also take on 6,000 Siemens employees — half of whom are in Germany, where many have job guarantees until 2006 negotiated last year in exchange for longer working hours.

The company’s headquarters will remain in Munich, Germany.

In return Siemens will acquire a 2.5-percent stake in fast-growing BenQ — Taiwan’s top maker of computer equipment and mobile phones — with the issue of 50 million euros worth of new BenQ shares.

 

Source:reuters

Bluetooth security flaw found

Cryptographers have found a security flaw in Bluetooth that allows unauthorized pairing between (among other things) mobile phones. Pairing is the process that Bluetooth devices go through to make sure the owner of each device is aware of the connection. During pairing, the same PIN has to be entered on both devices.

Cryptographers have found a security flaw in Bluetooth that allows unauthorized pairing between (among other things) mobile phones. Pairing is the process that Bluetooth devices go through to make sure the owner of each device is aware of the connection. During pairing, the same PIN has to be entered on both devices.

The new flaw allows a malicious user to pair without the other device alerting its owner. It masquerades as another device that’s currently paired with the target:

Avishai Wool and Yaniv Shaked [of Tel Aviv University in Israel] have managed to force pairing by pretending to be one of the two devices and sending a message to the other claiming to have forgotten the link key. This prompts the other device to discard the link key and the two then begin a new pairing session, which the hacker can then use

Source:MobileTracker