Teleatlas shows off Mobile Mapping Van at CTIA

Orlando (FL) - Most people have used GPS devices, but have you ever wondered where all the data comes from?  At the CTIA Wireless convention in Orlando Florida, Tele Atlas company officials showed us their “Mobile Mapping Van” which collects data through several cameras, laser units and differential GPS unit.  The data is then organized and sold to the big GPS makers like TomTom and Mapquest.    

Dell includes LoJack with XPS laptops

Dell includes a one-year subscription to a theft protection service on some of its notebooks.

Former Presidents stir up laughter and tout micro-credit loans at CTIA keynote

Orlando (FL) - Former United States Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton wowed the crowd at the CTIA Wireless keynote speech in Orlando Florida.  The two presidents talked about funny moments during their presidencies, to roaring laughter from the crowd, and encourage wireless experts to do their part to serve the country and the world.  

iPhone release date speculated to be June 11

The flagship cell phone from Apple is headed for a release date this June, according to media speculation.

Wilson Electronics shows off next-gen cellular phone amplifiers at CTIA

Wilson Electronics has a new cellular phone amplifier that it claims will greatly eliminate dropped calls.  The SignalBoost amplifier will pump an extra three watts of power into a phone signal which, according to the company, is 10 to 15 times the power output of a normal phone.

Philips introduces AAA battery-powered cell phone

Philips and Energizer this week unveiled a new cell phone with a built-in alkaline battery compartment for users to use when the Lithium-ion battery runs out of power.

Amp'd Mobile slammed with $100,000 fine

Specialty mobile service provider Amp'd Mobile may face a fine of up to $100,000 after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) claimed the company failed to follow privacy security guidelines.

Viacom strikes mobile video ad deal with Intel, Pepsi

In a bid to earn more money from its mobile video streaming, Viacom has finalized deals with Pepsi and Intel to provide ads for its cell phone videos.

Mobile start-up offers snap-and-sell classifieds

New mobile software company iqzone has announced what it is calling the first mobile service for "broadcasting and searching classified ads from mobile phones."

FlipStart shows off “super compact” computer

Orlando (FL) - Compact palm-sized computers have often garnered headlines, but leave a great deal to be desired in the actual usability department.  Flipstart is trying to change that with its compact, but very capable computer which we got a glimpse of at the CTIA Wireless convention in Orlando Florida.  The sub 2-pound machine has a 5.6" screen and slew of wireless features and an additional ARM processor for lightweight operations.  

Plantronics expands Bluetooth stereo headset offering

Orlando (FL) – Plantronics has introduced its third Bluetooth stereo headset. The new Pulsar 260 model expands the firm’s offering on the lower end of the portfolio. Compared to the 590 series of stereo headsets, which is a rather bulky model, the Pulsar 260 consists of a control device to which wired, noise-isolating earphones as well as a microphone are attached. According to the manufacturer, the control device allows users to navigate through a music collection and adjust the volume without ever touching a music phone.  

Sanyo intros rugged phone with advanced GPS

Sanyo today announced its latest phone, the SCP-7050, which it says is its most rugged phone to date. It also incorporates GPS-based Java applications.

Sprint to slash mobile music downloads to 99 cents

Sprint today announced that it will cut the prices for songs in its mobile music store to 99 cents, getting rid of the $1.50 premium over what is considered an industry standard.

Motorola launches MC35 enterprise smart phone

Motorola has launched a third product in its “Enterprise Digital Assistant” (EDA) category, or smart phone to you and I. The MC35 is a Windows Mobile 5 based device featuring WiFi, Bluetooth, EDGE / GSM, GPS, a bar code scanner and camera all in one package.

New Jersey considering driver text messaging ban

State authorities are considering banning all drivers from using their cell phones to send text messages after research found that one in five drivers sends text messages while driving, and one in three among the 18 to 24 age group of drivers.

Napster partners with AT&T to offer free music service

Existing and future AT&T residential and wireless customers will soon be able to access Napster’s music service for free.

Luvaglio announces world’s most expensive laptop

UK-based Luvaglio has announced what could be the world’s most expensive laptop. The 17" laptop will have a rare diamond for the power key and will retail for more than one million dollars. In addition to the diamond, the laptop will have a self-cleaning anti-reflective screen along with 128 GB of solid state storage. Extra: Video

Helio announces new "Ocean" phone

Los Angeles (CA) - Helio today announced its latest cell phone, which it claims is the world's first to include both a Qwerty keyboard and a numeric keypad. The phone, named the Helio Ocean, uses 3G cellular technology for wireless entertainment and communication.  It has a 2.4 inch, 260K color QVGA screen, a 2 megapixel digital camera, and playback capabilities fr MP3, AAC, WMA, and MPEG4. It comes with an internal memory of 200 MB and  a micro SD card slot, which allows for up to 2 GB of additional storage.  

Eurocom launches monster laptop with 600 GB of HD capacity

Eurocomm has announced a huge laptop that has 600 GB of hard drive space.

Yahoo declares dominance over Google in mobile search

Yahoo has finally found a market segment in which it can out-do online giant Google, as its online search engine has become the leader in the mobile search market.