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Question BLUETOOTH ROUNDUP: Palm, Products, Reviews, Info, Setups etc ( Brighthand.com Smartphone and PDA Discussion Forums Tungsten T series )
Updated: 2008-03-15 02:28:32 (164)
BLUETOOTH ROUNDUP: Palm, Products, Reviews, Info, Setups etc

((((((Some links/info might be outdated))))))

HELLO WORLD, BLUETOOTH CALLING....
By cecina (Holland ;o)

INTRO.

Dick and Harry:

Dick: "Why do i need Bluetooth when 802.11 is available?"
Harry: "You mean....why do i need a bicycle when i have a car?"
Dick: "Ok, got it"
Harry: "No thanx"

Bluetooth and Wifi Differences, Coexistence, Pros and minors
http://makeashorterlink.com/?K115659A3

Sites for Bluetooth info
http://www.bluetooth.com
http://www.bluetooth.org
http://www.bluewired.com/
http://www.bluetoothguide.com/index.php
http://www.bluetoothnews.com/
http://www.newstooth.com/newstooth/index.php

Incisor Bluetooth NewsLetter
http://www.click.co.uk/inc53mar03.pdf
http://www.click.co.uk/incisor.htm (older editions)

Informative Bluetooth Topics
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=852

I believe that the new Positive Bluetooth figures(1) shows some Bluetooth Realism(2) and Interest(3) and together with Bluetooth support for all the well know Operating systems(see 3): Palm, Windows, Symbian, MAC, linux and all the new Bluetooth products(4) and uses(5) coming out it will be the REAL START OF BLUETOOTH imho.....(see link)

More on Bluetooth Realism, ins and outs, delays, uses, advantages, Bluetooth and 802.11 complimentary, differences....
http://www.hometoys.com/htinews/apr0...avin/navin.htm
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...XTND&read=8172

Bluetooth Stacks from Palm, Microsoft, Symbian, Linux and Apple
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...ALM&read=43149

-Bluetooth Stack for Windows CE, Microsoft Corporation
Windows CE delivers a robust real-time operating system. With Bluetooth technology, customers can use it for rapidly building the next generation of smart mobile and small footprint devices.
-Bluetooth Support for Windows XP Microsoft Corporation
-Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth, Microsoft Corporation
-Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth Keyboard, Microsoft Corporation
-Wireless Transceiver for Bluetooth, Microsoft Corporation

http://qualweb.opengroup.org/Templat...pecVersion=All
Microsoft Windows CE .NET: Bluetooth
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...nBluetooth.asp

Intel Banias platform includes WiFi-Bluetooth Coexistence Solution: The Intel wireless LAN component of the Banias platform will include a solution that significantly improves the simultaneous operation of Bluetooth? and 802.11b wireless technologies in mobile PCs. This will minimize the potential for conflicts between the two wireless technologies and provides optimal data throughput, operating range, and responsiveness on both 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless networks......from: Intel Outlines Future Banias Mobile PC Platform
Intel Leads Industry to Design Secure, Wireless Platforms with Extended Battery Life
http://www.intel.com/pressroom/archi...020910comp.htm
Intel Wireless Coexistence System: Silicon Wave has collaborated with Intel to develop a Bluetooth + Wi-Fi wireless coexistence solution for Intel's Banias mobile PC platform. The Intel Wireless Coexistence System is based on Silicon Wave's SiW1701? and SiW1750? Bluetooth chipset and enables simultaneous operation of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless technologies.
http://www.siliconwave.com/coexistence.html#intel
http://www.siliconwave.com/applications.html

PRODUCTS.

Reviews: Bluetooth Primer and Product Roundup: No one is claiming Bluetooth is the easiest wireless technology to set up. But once you do figure out how to get your PDA talking to cell phones, PCs and printers, it's pretty darned cool. We review several top BT cards, a print server and more. Includes in-depth setup and config for each product.
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/bluetooth.htm

Reviews: Bluetooth Roundup
Join contributing writer Anthony Newman as he looks at several of the latest Bluetooth products on the market.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Bluetooth_Roundup

PDA's WITH BUILT-IN BLUETOOTH (and/or WiFi)....more coming imho
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=495

Bluetooth Printing Guide:
http://www.fieldsoftware.com/printing_bluetooth.htm
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/fe...rinting02.html
http://pandi.itrc.hp.com/busprod/ove...idebarLayId=63

Headset Review: Jabra Freespeak Bluetooth Headset.
http://www.pocketpcpassion.com/forum...081#post100081

Desktop Review: Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth
http://www.activewin.com/reviews/har...nclusion.shtml

Review: Logitech Bluetooth Cordless Presenter/Mouse RATING 9.1 /10 WINNER - Geartest.com Gold Award
http://www.geartest.com/sections/rev...esenter_4.html

Review: Belkin Bluetooth USB Adapter
http://www.tekguru.co.uk/PPC_Reviews...n_BT/index.htm

Taking cell phones out of drivers' hands
Johnson Controls rolls out hands-free systems for autos: The use of handheld cell phones in cars, and its resulting distractions, are driving innovation at Johnson Controls Inc. The Glendale-based company's automotive division has developed a product called BlueConnect, which is a (Bluetooth) hands-free system that enables drivers to use their cell phones through voice recognition software. Johnson Controls sold the product to several auto manufacturers, including DaimlerChrysler, but Lacey declined to name others. Johnson Controls started developing BlueConnect more than two years ago. It partnered with QNX Software Systems; Boise, Idaho's Extended Systems for the Bluetooth technology software; and Wavemakers, a company in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the voice quality software. IBM and Intel Corp. were also involved in the development of the automotive telematics product. Other automotive suppliers, including Visteon Corp. in Dearborn, Mich., and Delphi Corp. in Troy, Mich., also use Bluetooth technology.
http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee...02/focus2.html

Software for Bluetooth (56 total) e.g Games, Calendaring/Scheduling solution, SMS, Print Software etc.
http://www.handango.com/HomeSearch.j...arch=bluetooth (see also PALM BLUETOOTH Below)

Bluetooth Breakthrough Delivers CD-Quality Wireless Audio
http://www.extremetech.com/print_art...a=33934,00.asp

The Official Bluetooth Online Store
http://www.blueunplugged.com

Available/Arriving Bluetooth Phones
http://makeashorterlink.com/?L225259A3

Bluetooth Products: available mobile phones, usb adapters, access points, pda's etc.....
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=493

Qualified Bluetooth Product List
http://qualweb.opengroup.org/Templat...h_SpecVersion=

SonyEricsson T68 ranking No 1 spot at 'PC World Spotlight on Wireless Phones': Sony Ericsson T68
? $200 (with service activation, as of 6/15/02)
? GSM 900 MHz/1800 MHz/1900 MHz
? 3 ounces; 3.9 by 1.9 by 0.8 inches
? 7-hour talk time; 8 days standby
Inexpensive, compact phone packs joystick navigation button, color screen, bluetooth and world roaming. Available through AT&T Wireless, Cingular, and T-Mobile.
http://pcworld.shopping.yahoo.com/ya...,103172,00.asp

VERSIONS.

Bluetooth 1.2 (2-3Mpbs) and 2.0 (4-12Mpbs) versions coming
http://www.nikkeibp.asiabiztech.com/...bt/news/196411
http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20020611S0033

Bluetooth tweaked for consumer audio/video apps
http://www.commsdesign.com/story/OEG20020620S0046

BLUETOOTH AND (NOT VS) WIFI/802.11B.

The truth is, 802.11 and Bluetooth are highly complementary - and Bluetooth has already penetrated deeply into the fabric of the world's top OEMs.

WiFi is great for networking but is not really suitable for mobile use. The energy consumption of WiFi devices, even if they are wireless, limits them to fixed use: the energy required is too high to be provided by a lightweight, portable battery. The important fact to keep in mind is that, for a given technology over a given distance, consumption is related to band width. With the WiFi system, the band width is more than 10 times higher than that of Bluetooth (1MHz).

Moreover, contrary to what is sometimes written, WiFi is not a competing standard to Bluetooth. WiFi applications (wireless Ethernet) are very different to those of Bluetooth (wireless interoperability of mobile or domestic appliances) and are often complementary.

There will never be enough hotspots to approach the coverage of 3G.....
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/59/25584.html

".....cellular works better than Wi-Fi when the user is walking down the street or riding in a car. Wi-Fi is also subject to obstruction by everything from chimneys to elevator shafts." from ?Wi-Fi? gives cell carriers static (WSJ)

This is where Bluetooth (besides the cable replacement and networking function at home/work) combined with cellular works comes in. Bluetooth is more mobile then WiFi. Like i said "Dual, multi modes or Software-defined radios (SDRs) who support various Wireless Technologies are favourable solutions for now and in the future imho." More WiFi/Bluetooth solutions appear overtime....
http://www.unstrung.com/boards/message.asp?msg_id=60212

WLAN and Bluetooth coexistence solutions
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=494
CSR/Intersil/SMART Modular Technologies with Bluetooth/802.11b mini-PCI standard form factor that can be integrated into notebooks, PDAs and other compact battery-dependent portable devices.
http://www.e-insite.net/eb-mag/index...spacedesc=news
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=6664

Take a moment to consider the major differences between Bluetooth and 802.11.
http://www.simplywireless.com.au/technology.php (little outdated but still....)

BLUETOOTH OR WIFI? HOW ABOUT BOTH
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...b200168d909d0a

802.11 expert: "Bluetooth AND (not Versus) WiFi"; DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS. Both will co-exist
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=489

802.11/WiFi NOT the one-size-fits-all wireless technology
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=529

New Wi-Fi Encryption Fix Not Perfect
http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,56350,00.html

PALM/PPC BLUETOOTH INFO.

Palm Tungsten T specs.
http://www.palm.com/products/handhel...gsten-t_ds.pdf

PalmZone.net: The Palm Bluetooth Page contains information about how to use Bluetooth technology to connect your Palm OS device to a local area network and share its internet connection.

What Can You Do With a Palm OS Device and Bluetooth?

-HotSync a Palm to your desktop computer without wires
-Connect a Palm to your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to provide internet access
-Connect a Palm to a Bluetooth Access Point to provide internet access
-Connect a Palm to your desktop computer to provide internet access

http://www.palmzone.net/bluetooth.htm

Palm has posted a patch for the Tungsten T. This collects all previous patches for this device to clear up problems with sound and the digitizer, and also fixes "Issues connecting to the Internet or email via a Bluetooth dongle attached to a PC."
http://www.palm.com/support/download...nt_update.html

Palm Tungsten T ? Palm Inc., lowest price: $409
http://www.shopharmony.com/default.a...temID=PALTUNGT
http://zdnetshopper.cnet.com/shoppin...-20571738.html

Bluetooth (Software) Search at PalmGear (61 total):
http://www.palmgear.com/software/ans...TOKEN=34058834

Palm OS5 Ready: Software
http://lifestylus.com/category.tpl?c...one&__compID=1

Software for PalmOS and Bluetooth (total 24) e.g Games, Calendaring/Scheduling solution, SMS, Print Software etc.
http://www.handango.com/PlatformSear...2&platformId=1

Palm Bluetooth support
http://www.palm.com/support/tungstent/
http://www.palm.com/wireless/bluetooth/
http://www.palm.com/support/bluetooth/

Palm? Dialer is an application that allows users to quickly dial telephone numbers while on the go.
http://www.palm.com/support/download...th_dialer.html

Palm Bluetooth SD Card
http://www.palm.com/support/handbooks/bluetooth_gsg.pdf

Palm? Bluetooth? Card software for the Palm Tungsten? W (OS 4.1.1)
http://www.palm.com/support/downloads/tungstenwBT.html
http://www.palm.com/support/download...wBT_legal.html

Palm Handheld Bluetooth Wireless Printing (HP 995)
http://www.palm.com/support/handbook...c_Handbook.pdf

Palm Tungsten T and Bluetooth Mobile Phone Setup Guide (Video)
? Nokia 6310
? Sony Ericsson T68i
? Sony Ericsson T39m
? Sony Ericsson R520m
http://www.palm.com/support/tungstent/

Palm Bluetooth Compatibility Index:

The following list consists of Bluetooth? equipment that Palm? has conducted testing with and has shown to be compatible with the Palm Tungsten? T. While every effort was made to test compatibility with all available Bluetooth products, this is not a comprehensive list. Bluetooth technology is rapidly gaining popularity and new products are continuously being introduced. Constraints due to availability may have prevented some items from inclusion in our interoperability testing. Palm is providing this list for informational purposes only, and is not endorsing any of the following products. For more information and support on the products listed below, contact the respective manufacturers directly.

Bluetooth? Accessories:
PicoBlue? Internet Access Point
Red-M? 1050AP LAN access point
EtherBlue? Wireless LAN Access Point
Hewlett Packard 995c Printer*
3Com USB adapter
TDK USB adapter
D-Link DWB-120M Bluetooth USB Adapter
IBM Ultraport adapter
Toshiba 4010 notebook
HP ZT1000 notebook
iPaq 3870 PDA
3Com PC Card
Socket? CompactFlash Bluetooth? Card
Sony Clie Bluetooth? MemStick
Widcomm Bluegate LANAcess PointP
* Printing functions are limited to the Palm Date Book, Address Book, To Do, and Memo Pad Applications.

Bluetooth Phones
Sony-E. T68i
Nokia 6210 (requires connectivity pack)
Nokia 6310
Nokia 6310i
Nokia 8910
Motorola TP270c (with Bluetooth Battery)
Motorola TP280
Ericsson R520m
Ericsson T39m
Ericsson T68

http://www.palm.com/support/bluetoot...atibility.html

Palm Bluetooth Phone Pairing Guide
http://www.palm.com/support/handbook...th_pairing.pdf
Bluetooth Handbooks
http://www.palm.com/support/tungsten...html#bluetooth
Phone Link Update for the Palm? Tungsten? T Handheld will update your handheld with the following components:
-Phone drivers for recently released GSM mobile phones
-Updated drivers, if available, for previously released GSM mobile phones
-Updated mobile carrier information to properly configure GPRS high speed data services
http://www.palm.com/support/downloads/phonelink.html (Phone Link Update is intended for Palm Tungsten T handhelds only.)

Palm Tungsten T FAQ (30 Knowledge Items)
http://205.141.210.149/SRVS/CGI-BIN/...01,problem=obj(20281)

How To's (T68; Bluetooth): VoiceStream, AT&T, T-Mobile set ups
http://discussion.brighthand.com/pal...threadid=21216
http://www.tsixtyeight.com/DirectoryCategory.asp?c=8
http://discussion.brighthand.com/pal...threadid=18553
http://www.palmgear.com/software/sho...6&prodID=36960
http://us.t-mobile.mywds.com/api/configurator/default
http://forums.pdabuzz.net/showthread...961#post280961 (T-Mobile/T68i/GPRS)

Phone Envy: Sony Ericsson T68i Bluetooth World Phone
http://www.powerpage.org/story.lasso?newsID=9216

HOWTO: Palm Bluetooth Net Access with Windows (MPPP)
http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=4521
http://www.palminfocenter.com/forum/...?TOPIC_ID=8068
http://discussion.brighthand.com/pal...uetooth+dbt120 (MPPP)

HOWTO: Palm Bluetooth Access with Mac OS X 10.2 (BT Card)
http://www.macosxhints.com/article.p...21103062212288
Apple and Bluetooth (info, set ups, discussions etc.)
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...PL&read=137147

How to Wirelessly Surf the internet on your Palm Tungsten T Handheld via Bluetooth (For Windows XP RAS, Version 1.0 January 9, 2003)
http://members.shaw.ca/azurix/Bluetooth%20Setup.pdf
http://members.chello.se/micce/Bluetooth-Setup.pdf
PPP, Windows 2000 (Windows XP) RAS and Bluetooth.
No need for ?Mocha PPP? any more
http://www.palminfocenter.com/forum/...&TOPIC_ID=8068 (scroll)
Bluetooth, IP Sharing and Range (Mac OS X users)
http://discussion.brighthand.com/pal...threadid=21827

Using the Tecom USB dongle on a desktop running XP and on a laptop runing win2000. It may be applicable forother BT (USB) adapters/dongels:

The Mocha application can bedownloaded here: http://www.mochasoft.dk/f_download.html

Download the MPPP.zip or PPP.exe (Mocha W32 PPP)

Further instalation:

On the PC:
After installing the BT software and pluging in the BT USB dongle, (and after a reset) go to the BT setup screen. Under the 'local services' uncheck the 'startup' of all devices except the BT serial port (which should stay as 'auto'). Write down the COM port number used by the BT serial port.
Install the Mochasoft W32 PPP (Mppp). Set it up in the configuratin screen to 'Windows CE' and the baud rate to the maximum value '115200'. set the Mppp COM port to the same COM port number noted above.

On the T|T:
Activate the BT.

Create a new connection where:
connected to = 'PC'
Via='BlueTooth'
Device --- tap find and choose to pair with your PC name.
Details: speed='115200' and flow control='automatic'

Create a new network service:
Do not enter any value in the User and Password fields
Connection= the name of the above mentioned connection you had created.
Details: Connection type='PPP', Idle timeout='never', Check the Query DNS and the IP address. No scrip is needed.

Activate the Mppp
Press connect (on the T|T) and start surfing the WEB

Palm and Linux Bluetooth: Configure a linux PC as a bluetooth access point for a palm; This HOWTO explains how to setup a bluetooth equipped palmos device and a linux pc to allow the palm to access the internet using the linux pc as a bluetooth gateway.
http://www.harbaum.org/till/palm/bluetooth/index.html

Apple; Bluetooth: How to Use a Sony Ericsson T68 Phone as a Bluetooth Modem (12/2/02)
This document explains how to set up a computer with Mac OS X 10.2 to access the Internet using a Sony Ericsson T68 mobile phone.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86151
Apple Bluetooth Preview Release: How to Connect to the Internet with a Bluetooth-Enabled Phone
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=34745
Bluetooth: Pairing Fails If You Do Not Allow Initial Scan to Complete; When pairing with a Bluetooth phone, wait for the scan to complete before clicking Pair.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107104

Cingular GPRS/Bluetooth Settings (T68i-Mac Powerbook)
http://www.powerpage.org/story.lasso?newsID=10757

Sharing Your Mac's Internet Connection via Bluetooth
http://www.technohappymeal.com/archives/000069.html

Bluetooth Internet Sharing AppleScripts
http://www.technohappymeal.com/archives/000070.html

SEC: Bluetooth Phones and compatible Macs/AppleScripts

-Software for Mac OS X called the Sony Ericsson Clicker, which turns a Bluetooth-equipped Sony Ericsson cell phone into a universal remote for the Mac -- and more.

-Want to run your house by remote control using a Sony Ericsson cell phone? Findley Studios has updated its HomeRun X10 home automation software to work with Salling Software's recently released Sony Ericsson Clicker software. The updated version of HomeRun, v1.2.2, now includes AppleScript commands to integrate with Sony Ericsson Clicker, a separately available application that enables Macs equipped with Bluetooth interfaces to be remote-controlled through compatible cell phones.

-Apple posted several AppleScripts that work in conjunction with Salling Software's recently released Sony Ericsson Clicker. The AppleScripts posted to Apple's site are for Keynote, iTunes, iPhoto and Finder scripts. Using AppleScript, the phone and computer interact with each other, which makes the device more than a remote that costs several hundred dollars. For instance, you can adjust the volume in iTunes by using a slider on the phone, triggered by AppleScript on the computer.

http://makeashorterlink.com/?H589236C3

HOWTO: Bluetooth, GPRS and Linux (iPAQ/Zaurus)
http://www.connecteduser.com/a006.php

The HP Developers Program is collaborating with PalmSource to enable printing for the Palm OS, while Sony Ericsson is enabling standards-based mobile printing from mobile phones to Bluetooth-enabled printers, including the HP Deskjet 450 printer. The SDK is available through the HP Developers Program. Application information is available at http://www.hp.com/go/mobileprinting
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/fe...rinting02.html
http://pandi.itrc.hp.com/busprod/ove...idebarLayId=63

Compaq Bluetooth Setup Guides http://www.ppcw.net/stories.php?story=02/08/21/9898046
Bluetooth and Activesync Setups
http://www.pocketpcpassion.com/forum...threadid=16901
HOWTO: iPaq Bluetooth Net Acess: Connecting your IPAQ with Bluetooth to the internet (threw Bluetooth Adapter; update your Active Sync to 3.6, check COM port and USB dongle):
http://james.cridland.net/bluetooth/
HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC software extends the capabilities of your PDA by enabling you to print business content or personal information to a wide array of Bluetooth, infrared and network printers.
http://h20022.www2.hp.com/busprod/LC...debarLayId=235
Few Bluetooth set-up guides:
-Nokia 6310 and IPAQ 3870 configuration guide
-Nokia 6310 and IPAQ 3870 Bluetooth Jacket configuration guide
-Ericsson T39/R520 Bluetooth connection guide
-Ericsson T68 Bluetooth connection guide
http://www.pocketpcsoft.net/html/bluetooth.htm
HP Wireless Solutions for Nokia 6310i and iPAQ 3870/3970 Bluetooth
http://sywan.nl/forums/uploaded/bob/...tion_Guide.pdf
HP Wireless Solutions for Ercisson T68i and iPAQ 3870/3970 Bluetooth
http://www.pocketpcfreak.com/archive...on_guide12.pdf

How to share your internet connection via Bluetooth to your Pocket PC iPAQ H5450
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=448
How to share your internet connection via Bluetooth to your Pocket PC iPAQ H3970
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=445
How to configure ActiveSync via Bluetooth on your Pocket PC iPAQ H5440
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=590

How to connect your laptop to the internet using your GPRS mobile via Bluetooth
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=650

Link and Sync with Bluetooth
http://www.hpcmag.com/Jan03/bluetooth_intro.asp

This special series takes a look at two such uses: using Bluetooth to connect Pocket PCs with mobile phones for data communications, and using Bluetooth to synchronize data between a Pocket PC and a notebook or desktop PC.

Using Bluetooth to Connect a Mobile Phone to a Pocket PC
Establishing a "bond," installing software, and linking a Bluetooth-equipped mobile phone and Pocket PC (Alan T. Lefor and Maarten K. Lefor)
http://www.hpcmag.com/Jan03/bluetooth_mobile.asp

Under the Hood: Synchronizing Data Via Bluetooth Using a Bluetooth wireless connection to sync data between a PC and Pocket PC (Frank McPherson)
http://www.hpcmag.com/Jan03/bluetooth_sync.asp

Wireless: Two Boxes are Better Than One Why I prefer a Bluetooth-linked Pocket PC and cell phone to the integrated "Phone Edition" devices (David Shier)
http://www.hpcmag.com/Jan03/bluetooth_twobox.asp

All Pocket and Handheld PCs: At a Glance
http://www.hpcmag.com/BG2003/PPCs.asp

Bluetooth Networking for your Palm, Pocket PC and Computer
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/pico_BT.htm

Bluetooth Networking for your Palm (PicoBlue Internet Access Point plugged in to a broadband cable or DSL modem)
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...ALM&read=44254

Palm also includes a *Phone Link (see above) wizard to help set up a Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS connection. At present, only VoiceStream (now T-Mobile) and Cingular are supported for GPRS connections, not AT&T Wireless, the other major GSM/GPRS provider in the US. International versions of the Tungsten T will likely include European and Asian carriers instead of the American ones. Also, only three models of Ericsson and one model of Sony Ericsson phones are supported, and the user can connect via Bluetooth, IR, or Serial cable. As new models are supported additional drivers will be available for download.

The CD also includes BlueChat and BlueBoard. BlueBoard is a Bluetooth-based whiteboard-type image editing program. Users create an on-the-fly conference and can then all edit the same same on-screen image simultaneously. BlueChat is a Bluetooth-based chat program that allows users to create ad-hoc local IRC-like chatrooms with any users in range. We foresee a lot of employees talking about a presenter behind their backs this way.

from InfoSync's Review on Palm Tungsten T
http://www.infosync.no/system/print/index.php?id=2495

GENERAL BLUETOOTH INFO.

Bluetooth Info sites:
http://www.palowireless.com/bluetooth
http://www.palowireless.com/bluetooth/news.asp
http://www.bluetoothweb.org/Learning...rningindex.htm
http://www.bluetoothweb.com/AboutBTW/FAQ.htm
http://www.bluetoothweb.com/Products/Products.htm
http://www.bluetooth.com
http://www.bluetooth.org

Bluetooth Compatibility Charts
http://www.tdksys.com/Products/images/Bluetoothcomp.pdf
http://www.pico.net/compatibility.html
http://www.compaq.com/products/wirel...ompmatrix.html

BLUETOOTH ONLINE:
http://www.4cellular.com/search/item...bluetooth=true (US)
http://www.expansys.com/d_bluetooth.asp (UK/ship to US)
http://www.blueunplugged.com (UK/ship to US)
http://s1.amazon.com/exec/varzea/sea...579739-7288135

Both Palm OS Emulator and the Simulator debug and test your applications.
http://www.palmos.com/dev/tools/simulator/
Palm vs. Pocket PC: which one is for you?
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/tips/palm_vs_pocketpc.htm

Deadline.......

Just to give you an idea. ;o)

ciao

Willem.

Answers: BLUETOOTH ROUNDUP: Palm, Products, Reviews, Info, Setups etc ( Brighthand.com Smartphone and PDA Discussion Forums Tungsten T series )
BLUETOOTH ROUNDUP: Palm, Products, Reviews, Info, Setups etc

Bluetooth and WiFi SD & Memory Sticks in Development
Posted By: Ryan on Friday, March 28, 2003 3:25:14 PM
Hagiwara Sys-Com, a Japanese semiconductor company, have announced they are developing four wireless cards for Palm OS devices. The company plans to release both Secure Digital (SD) and Memory Stick (MS) Bluetooth and WiFi cards this summer.

WiFi Cards
The memory stick and SD WiFi cards allows access to any 802.1b access point. It has a range of approximately 37 meters, or 120 feet and support 40/128 WEP encryption. The memory stick version requires Palm OS 5, while the SD version will work with Palm OS 4 or greater.

Bluetooth Cards
The Hagiwara Bluetooth cards comply with Bluetooth v1.1. Both cards will enable devices to connect with other Bluetooth enabled products. They will work with Palm OS 4 and higher devices.

Hagiwara says that the development of these products is already well underway and the products will be available in the third quarter. Pricing will be announced when the products become available. More technical information on the cards can be found here.
http://www.hscjpn.co.jp/hscjpn/english/030328.html (specs)

http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=5164

2003.03.29
Hagiwara Sys-Com to Develop and Market Memorystick IO (MSIO) and Secure Digital IO (SDIO) Wireless Connectivity Products for Palm OS? handhelds.

Hagiwara Sys-Com has announced today that it will develop and market wireless connectivity solutions based on Memory Stick I/O(MSIO) and Secure Digital I/O (SDIO) technology.
Hagiwara will introduce four wireless connectivity products, the HNT-MSW1 Memory Stick Wireless LAN card, HNT-MSB1 Memory Stick Bluetooth card, HNT-SDW1 SD Wireless LAN card, and HNT-SDB1 SD Bluetooth card.

The development of these products, which is already well underway, should be complete within few months. Both MSIO and SDIO product lines are expected to be available in summer of 2003, with the suggested retail price to be announced when the final product ships.

Product name Part number Release
Memory Stick Wireless LAN card HNT-MSW1 Q3/2003
Memory Stick Bluetooth card HNT-MSB1 Q3/2003
SD Wireless LAN card HNT-SDW1 Q3/2003
SD Bluetooth card HNT-SDB1 Q3/2003

Memory Stick Wireless LAN card
Hagiwara Memory Stick Wireless LAN card complies with Memory Stick IO standard and IEEE802.11b. It can be plugged into the Memory Stick expansion slot of the Palm OS? handheld devices. The Memory Stick Wireless LAN card allows you to gain wireless access to the internet, email or corporate LAN resources at home/office and other Wi-Fi locations such as Hotels, Airports, Cafes.


Memory Stick Bluetooth card
Hagiwara Memory Stick Bluetooth card conforms to Memory Stick IO standard and is Bluetooth specification Ver. 1.1, making it compatible with other Bluetooth -enabled devices.

SD Wireless LAN card
Hagiwara SD Wireless LAN card complies with SDIO specification 1.1 and IEEE802.11b. It can be plugged into the SD expansion slot of the Palm OS? handheld devices and allows you to gain wireless access to the internet, email or corporate LAN resources at home/office and other Wi-Fi locations such as Hotels, Airports, Cafes.

SD Bluetooth card
Hagiwara brand SD Bluetooth card complies with SD IO standard and Bluetooth Ver 1.1. It enables to connect with the devices which comply with Bluetooth standard.

* All specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

About Hagiwara Sys-Com

Hagiwara Sys-Com designs, manufactures and markets highly innovative and versatile semiconductor application products for diverse market ranging from digital consumer to industrial/embedded computing.

Its product line includes Bluetooth, Wireless LAN, WAN solutions based on MSIO, SDIO and USB technology and a full line of flash memory related products comprised of SD Memory card, Memory Stick, CompactFlashTM SmartMediaTM Flash ATA and MMC cards. Hagiwara
is also known for its high quality and reliability of their flash data storage products for industrial application.

Hagiwara Sys-Com is a privately held company with 170 employees and maintains facilities in Japan (Nagoya), the United States (Irvine, CA) and Taiwan (Taipei).
More information is available at http://www.hsc-us.com

http://www.hscjpn.co.jp/hscjpn/english/030328.html

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The Real Wi-Fi and Centrino Experience
By Nick Hunn, TDK Systems -- Electronic News, 3/21/2003

It?s been an interesting week for wireless at the CeBit IC trade show. Over the past year there's been a lot of comment about the phoney battle between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The reality is that they fulfill very different tasks; both are cable replacement technologies, but whereas Wi-Fi only replaces a single Ethernet cable, Bluetooth performs the far more complex task of replacing almost any cable.

What is apparent from the offerings at this year?s CeBit exhibition in Hannover, Germany, is that both are mature. There are products aplenty. Where the technologies and products differ is in the aggression with which they are being promoted.

It should have been a year of success for Wi-Fi. The CeBit organizers had arranged to provide wireless hotspots to cover the whole of the massive fairground and were selling high bandwidth access by the hour. A stroll around the Taiwanese stands proves that it has become commodity -- in just one hall I counted over one hundred companies with Wi-Fi products on their stands, most with a choice of at least half a dozen different products. I tallied up over three hundred USB products with Wi-Fi logos before I stopped counting, which was a little interesting as the Wi-Fi Web site only knows of about fifty. That illustrates a serious problem -- one of the issues that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have to come to terms with is policing their approvals -- unless they start to show their teeth and take legal action customer confidence in the brands will disappear.

Unfortunately, the deployment of Wi-Fi went spectacularly wrong in some of the fairground. In Hall 2 I managed to log 79 separate access points. If there are too many access points Wi-Fi behaves in a very similar manner to the Hannover autobahn at rush hour -- it stops. All over the fairground that?s what happened. In Hall 2, which was one of the worst affected areas data throughputs were down to just a few kilobits per second. It must have been particularly galling for Intel who were spending a small fortune on promoting their Centrino technology which incorporates wireless LAN. Instead of being able to show Web pages zipping down to the laptops the data dribbled. In one case I was able to get faster Web access over Bluetooth and GSM than my neighbor could accomplish with their Wi-Fi equipped Centrino.

It shouldn?t happen like this for most users, but it does point out that the wireless spectrum is limited. Many wireless LAN users have already discovered that their best performance is achieved on the day they install the wireless LAN. As more and more neighbors buy into the technology the performance gets progressively worse.

The European Radio regulatory bodies should sit up and take notice. 802.11b has problems because all of the units are shouting at the same time. It?s important to ensure that the same mistake doesn?t happen with 802.11a. The HiperLAN/2 standard required its wireless LAN transmitters to listen first to see if anyone else is there before transmitting, and then to limit the power to the minimum required. The same requirement should be applied to 802.11a. There are some manufacturers who would like to omit this in order to ship into Europe -- the experience at CeBit indicates how important a feature it is.

So, CeBit was not an unmitigated success for Wi-Fi. Unfortunately its proponents often take the same approach as their radio technology -- they shout as loudly as they can without listening. That?s meant that their pronouncements have sometimes seemed to overshadow Bluetooth?s quieter but steady growth. Bluetooth may not have made as much noise at CeBit, but there was far more of it about. And unlike Wi-Fi, much of the Bluetooth presence was in real products in people?s pockets.

The last year has seen Bluetooth making its way into mainstream mobile phones. The desirable handsets already include it. Almost 30 million Bluetooth enabled handsets have been sold globally so far, and on average 1 million Bluetooth handsets will be shipped each week during 2003.

Bluetooth handsets certainly accounted for a large percentage of phones carried by CeBit attendees. Bluetooth headsets were also common around the halls as frazzled visitors gave the impression that it had all become too much and they?d started talking to themselves. While wireless LAN?s were struggling, Bluetooth headsets seemed totally unscathed.

There?s an interesting change in focus to the way new handset features are being promoted. It?s now de rigeur for a handset to contain a camera, color display, video capability and polyphonic ringtones. However, it?s becoming increasingly obvious that the networks are not managing to provide the services to support these features in time to drive their adoption. The result is that Bluetooth is being seen as an alternative conduit to get content to the handset. For the user it has the added advantage that once they?ve added Bluetooth to their PC the content can generally be found free of charge on the Web. A number of the handset vendor?s stands were highlighting their own Web sites for content provision. It will be interesting to see how the networks cope with this dilemma -- they want to sell fashionable new phones, but Bluetooth may take the content revenue away from them.

All in all it would be impossible to deny that wireless has arrived. There?s still a lot of hyperbole, particularly around 802.11b, which is making sure everyone hears its message. A bit more detail to the actual installation and education might help persuade users that it?s true. Bluetooth is very much in evidence, but the marketing is much lower key -- something the Bluetooth industry needs to address. Whereas every man and their dog in Taiwan and Korea were prepared to sell Wi-Fi lookalikes, Bluetooth was being discretely integrated by the big names, but in significant volume. The best news is that the phoney war between the technologies appears to have been forgotten. Most now understand that they have their own areas of application. The only battle is ensuring the user understands the real benefits of each.

http://www.e-insite.net/electronicne...286378&stt=000

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The Real Wi-Fi and Centrino Experience
By Nick Hunn, TDK Systems -- Electronic News, 3/21/2003

It?s been an interesting week for wireless at the CeBit IC trade show. Over the past year there's been a lot of comment about the phoney battle between Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The reality is that they fulfill very different tasks; both are cable replacement technologies, but whereas Wi-Fi only replaces a single Ethernet cable, Bluetooth performs the far more complex task of replacing almost any cable.

What is apparent from the offerings at this year?s CeBit exhibition in Hannover, Germany, is that both are mature. There are products aplenty. Where the technologies and products differ is in the aggression with which they are being promoted.

It should have been a year of success for Wi-Fi. The CeBit organizers had arranged to provide wireless hotspots to cover the whole of the massive fairground and were selling high bandwidth access by the hour. A stroll around the Taiwanese stands proves that it has become commodity -- in just one hall I counted over one hundred companies with Wi-Fi products on their stands, most with a choice of at least half a dozen different products. I tallied up over three hundred USB products with Wi-Fi logos before I stopped counting, which was a little interesting as the Wi-Fi Web site only knows of about fifty. That illustrates a serious problem -- one of the issues that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth have to come to terms with is policing their approvals -- unless they start to show their teeth and take legal action customer confidence in the brands will disappear.

Unfortunately, the deployment of Wi-Fi went spectacularly wrong in some of the fairground. In Hall 2 I managed to log 79 separate access points. If there are too many access points Wi-Fi behaves in a very similar manner to the Hannover autobahn at rush hour -- it stops. All over the fairground that?s what happened. In Hall 2, which was one of the worst affected areas data throughputs were down to just a few kilobits per second. It must have been particularly galling for Intel who were spending a small fortune on promoting their Centrino technology which incorporates wireless LAN. Instead of being able to show Web pages zipping down to the laptops the data dribbled. In one case I was able to get faster Web access over Bluetooth and GSM than my neighbor could accomplish with their Wi-Fi equipped Centrino.

It shouldn?t happen like this for most users, but it does point out that the wireless spectrum is limited. Many wireless LAN users have already discovered that their best performance is achieved on the day they install the wireless LAN. As more and more neighbors buy into the technology the performance gets progressively worse.

The European Radio regulatory bodies should sit up and take notice. 802.11b has problems because all of the units are shouting at the same time. It?s important to ensure that the same mistake doesn?t happen with 802.11a. The HiperLAN/2 standard required its wireless LAN transmitters to listen first to see if anyone else is there before transmitting, and then to limit the power to the minimum required. The same requirement should be applied to 802.11a. There are some manufacturers who would like to omit this in order to ship into Europe -- the experience at CeBit indicates how important a feature it is.

So, CeBit was not an unmitigated success for Wi-Fi. Unfortunately its proponents often take the same approach as their radio technology -- they shout as loudly as they can without listening. That?s meant that their pronouncements have sometimes seemed to overshadow Bluetooth?s quieter but steady growth. Bluetooth may not have made as much noise at CeBit, but there was far more of it about. And unlike Wi-Fi, much of the Bluetooth presence was in real products in people?s pockets.

The last year has seen Bluetooth making its way into mainstream mobile phones. The desirable handsets already include it. Almost 30 million Bluetooth enabled handsets have been sold globally so far, and on average 1 million Bluetooth handsets will be shipped each week during 2003.

Bluetooth handsets certainly accounted for a large percentage of phones carried by CeBit attendees. Bluetooth headsets were also common around the halls as frazzled visitors gave the impression that it had all become too much and they?d started talking to themselves. While wireless LAN?s were struggling, Bluetooth headsets seemed totally unscathed.

There?s an interesting change in focus to the way new handset features are being promoted. It?s now de rigeur for a handset to contain a camera, color display, video capability and polyphonic ringtones. However, it?s becoming increasingly obvious that the networks are not managing to provide the services to support these features in time to drive their adoption. The result is that Bluetooth is being seen as an alternative conduit to get content to the handset. For the user it has the added advantage that once they?ve added Bluetooth to their PC the content can generally be found free of charge on the Web. A number of the handset vendor?s stands were highlighting their own Web sites for content provision. It will be interesting to see how the networks cope with this dilemma -- they want to sell fashionable new phones, but Bluetooth may take the content revenue away from them.

All in all it would be impossible to deny that wireless has arrived. There?s still a lot of hyperbole, particularly around 802.11b, which is making sure everyone hears its message. A bit more detail to the actual installation and education might help persuade users that it?s true. Bluetooth is very much in evidence, but the marketing is much lower key -- something the Bluetooth industry needs to address. Whereas every man and their dog in Taiwan and Korea were prepared to sell Wi-Fi lookalikes, Bluetooth was being discretely integrated by the big names, but in significant volume. The best news is that the phoney war between the technologies appears to have been forgotten. Most now understand that they have their own areas of application. The only battle is ensuring the user understands the real benefits of each.

http://www.e-insite.net/electronicne...286378&stt=000

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AHEAD OF THE CURVE: Can't live without it
March 24, 2003 2:34pm
By Tom Yager

Unlike many InfoWorld readers, I can't afford to develop attachments to particular products, vendors, or technologies. I test and analyze emerging technology for a living. Yet like you, I have business requirements that I use technology to solve. As I always have, I maintain my own stable IT infrastructure independent of my employer. The choices I've made to address my needs may have no direct bearing on what you do. Your needs and the shape of your organization are, no doubt, very different from mine. Knowing that makes it easy for me to be objective. But even if your job isn't much like mine -- and even if I don't agree with some of your choices and rationale -- I know I'd learn from the choices you've made. Maybe you'll find something worthwhile in mine.

Bluetooth is one technology I was determined not to like but now can't live without. At the time of its introduction, I didn't see much need for Bluetooth. The promise was that it would be built into printers, modems, PDAs, and digital cameras. I use all of those devices, but I never saw cables as a hindrance significant enough to trade away the much higher speed of USB, Wi-Fi, or Ethernet. And then three events collided to bring me to Bluetooth: I started traveling more often, Apple sent me a D-Link Bluetooth dongle for my PowerBook, and Nokia sent me a prototype of its 3650 phone, which is now shipping in the United States. Now I routinely file stories, download e-mail with attachments, and check breaking news from airport gates, taxis, hotel lobbies, and conference rooms. I don't have to hunt all over the building for an open Wi-Fi channel or an analog modem line. Bluetooth is useful for more than just Internet connectivity. I use it to transfer appointments, contacts, images, audio clips, and Java programs between my notebook and my phone. When I'm without my PowerBook and someone at work has to send me a document right away, the 3650 downloads and stores the entire e-mail message on its memory card. I scroll through the message on the 3650's little screen and then beam the message to my PowerBook as soon as I return to the hotel. There is plenty of magic here from Apple, Nokia, T-Mobile, and D-Link, but Bluetooth makes it worth using together.

more
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...aa0039369d98ab

Java API for Bluetooth eases interoperability.....
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...d30019e6877656

Intel updates chips for handhelds
http://rss.com.com/2100-1041-993891.html?tag=lh
Intel PXA Processor Family (with Wireless WiFi and Bluetooth support)
http://bluetooth.weblogs.com/discuss/msgReader$527 (scroll)

Last June, DigiTimes reported that Palm had awarded a contract to a Taiwanese company to make handhelds based on Intel XScale processors. These were expected to be available in the first three months of this year.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ne..._a_Month_or_So

Impulsesoft Develops Novel Personal Communicator
March 17, 2003 12:00am

Bangalore-based Impulse-soft, a Bluetooth/WLAN product and technology player, has developed an innovative pocket-sized personal gateway-cum-access device product iPCOM (Impulsesoft Personal Communicator). The product lets the user link up to available data network via wireless including Bluetooth, 802.11b, GSM (global system for mobile communications), GPRS (general packet radio service) and even PHS (a Japanese standard for handy phones) to access the Internet when on the move.

Develops Product For Dinosaur Museum

In a move that will help Impulsesoft take its concept product and solution design offering further into the Japanese market, the company has been roped in for a Bluetooth technology initiative at the Dinosaur Factory museum, set up by the Matsu****a Technology Group which owns the Panasonic brand. The solution works in this way: When a person enters the museum and purchases his entry ticket, he gets a PDA to carry and a wireless headset to wear (both Bluetooth-enabled). As the person moves from one exhibit to another, the data about the objects is beamed via wireless onto his PDA while the headset plays the accompanying music or voice recording, thereby enabling the visitor to get a personal experience of the museum. The product has won favour with a Japanese mobile carrier, which has now begun trial-run of the product by offering it to select customers in Japan. The entire product concept and design was put together by Impulsesoft and is enabled by the company's own Bluetooth IP. Impulsesoft director R&D Vidya Baskar said the idea was to license the product to the mobile carriers who will offer the product bundled together with their handsets. "The product functions like a gateway and is pocket-sized. So, supposing you have a Bluetooth enabled phone/PDA and you are on the move you can easily activate the iPCOM. This in turn will then instantly connect to the available data network at that point. The option of inserting your GSM/GPRS SIM card into the gateway to use that network is also possible. Thereby this ensures that a person on the move has access to the Internet at all times provided the location has a network available," Ms Baskar said. Interestingly, the company is looking at extensively tapping the Japanese market, Apac and Europe with this new product.

url:
http://www.wirelessweek.com/index.as...NEa0313360.4iw &doc_id=

Sprint to meet WiFi halfway
By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco
Posted: 25/03/2003 at 01:14 GMT

There was a time when the cellular networks fought tooth and nail to keep every packet of data running through their masts.

But now there are just too many pipes to choose from. With the take-up of WiFi hotspots and no less importantly, the first PMG phone from Siemens, the carriers must make way. The combination of wireless and broadband makes an attractive alternative to wired homes and small businesses - there's even an open source VoIP project called Bayonne - and thanks to PMGs there are even more tricky combinations.

With a personal mobile gateway - a Bluetooth device such as Siemens' new phone can use landlines when you're indoors, and switch to the GSM/GPRS when you're outside range of the PMG.

more
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/59/29913.html
Suddenly, the personal phone hub is respectable
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/68/29743.html

National Semiconductor Introduces New Family of Mobile Handset Circuits That Are the First to Integrate CDMA PLL and VCO Functions on a Single Chip: Several major handset manufacturers already have designed members of the LMX25xx family into mobile handsets to be brought to market in 2003, attributing their choice to the 67 percent savings in printed circuit board space. This opens up critically needed board space for other functions in their latest mobile handsets, allowing them to include advanced differentiating features such as an integrated camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth, or other additional functions.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...c0001fb8cdbb33

Gates: Mobility will be Fastest Growing MS Business
By Thor Olavsrud
March 20, 2003

NEW ORLEANS -- Microsoft (Quote, Company Info) has committed to extending mobile capabilities to nearly every aspect of its business; Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates told a full house at his keynote Wednesday at its Microsoft Mobility Developer Conference 2003.

The company's inaugural conference specifically on this topic was co-located with the CTIA Wireless 2003 show in New Orleans.

"This business is something that probably will be the fastest growing of all of our businesses," Gates said.

(excerpt)

Gates urged the developers attending the conference to dive in early, noting that it is the developers that begin early that will be in a position to capitalize on the rising wave of mobility solutions utilizing Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular data technology like GPRS.

more
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/print.php/2119671

BILL GATES: "Likewise, you know, we'll have Bluetooth for short area connections. So Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the pervasive data networks GPRS, 1XRTT, and third generation approaches, all of these need to be made so that the user doesn't have to deal with a lot of the complexity, and right now that complexity is showing through for work to be done at the software layer."

BILL GATES: "All right. As Osh said, we'll be increasing the richness of the platform on an ongoing basis. Tonight is a milestone because of the availability of the Compact Framework. It will be showing up on the Smartphones and more and more people will be putting them into the ROM of the devices. Likewise, we'll provide richer capabilities that will let you get at the messaging activities on the phone, and there's a lot of neat applications that people are talking to us about that require those extensions. So, this next wave, just over the next year or so, we'll be able to satisfy those requests.

Looking out into the future, the richness will get dramatically higher. APIs for the personal information management information using the standard database there. A lot of advances in terms of the graphics that we can do. Better APIs for getting at the Bluetooth, different profiles, more multimedia, also not asking people using C++ to use a special tool, having that more integrated into the Visual Studio environment."

http://www.microsoft.com/billgates/s...3/03-19mdc.asp

One of the Microsoft employees demonstrated a print application threw the HP Deskjet 450 via Bluetooth.

Gates woos developers for wireless
http://news.com.com/2100-1039-993356.html?tag=lh

Mike Foley of Microsoft on Bluetooth
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/f...sBluetooth.asp
Microsoft Bluetooth Info
http://makeashorterlink.com/?S330511E3
http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/tech/...th/default.asp
Microsoft Windows CE .NET: Bluetooth
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...nbluetooth.asp

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It seems that we finally see some Bluetooth products coming which work with CDMA technology....(check BQP list)....the Mobile Phone from TOSHIBA CORPORATION which has been qualified on 2003-12-11 has the Qualcomm CDMA MSM chip included.

http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...rsion=&crit=--

The sooner the better imho

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RumorMill?: Strong Evidence of MPx220 Found
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Dec 15, 2003
Rumors of a replacement for Motorola's MPx200 smart phone have been circulating recently. Now, a document has been found that all but proves the existence of this model, which will be called the MPx220.

msmobiles.com has discovered on the web site of T-Mobile Germany a PowerPoint document that appears to be from a presentation put on by Motorola describing some current and upcoming phones. Among these is the MPx220.

This document confirms just about all of the rumors on this device. According to it, the MPx220 will offer both Bluetooth and a VGA camera, which the current MPx200 does not. In addition, the MPx220 will have 10 MB of RAM and an SD card slot, which is expected to support SDIO. Its 16-bit color screen will have a resolution of 176 by 220 pixels.

However, there are some things not yet revealed. The Motorola presentation doesn't say what operating system version this device will run, though it is expected to be Windows Mobile 2003 for Smartphone. It also doesn't show a picture of this model.

This PowerPoint document shows the MPx220 will debut sometime during the first half of 2004.

More About the MPx200
The MPx200 debuted from AT&T Wireless in October, making it the first Windows Mobile-based Smartphone to hit the North American market. It uses a clamshell design, with the keypad and buttons on one side and the screen on the other

Amazon.com is currently offering this smart phone for free after a number of rebates available to those starting a new wireless service account.

http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...f_MPx220_Found

Motorola MPx220 - the successor to MPx200 but with built-in Bluetooth and camera - is NOT a rumor, it is FOR REAL
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/1799.html

Motorola with 18 new phones: "...Consistent with the company's prior guidance for PCS, 18 new phones will ship in the 4th Quarter, 7 featuring color displays and 8 featuring color displays and integrated cameras..."

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031204/cgth028_1.html

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Zukero - Stream Audio via Bluetooth and GPRS
News by Siddharth Raja on Tuesday December 16, 2003.

Smartdata has just launched a new device that can stream audio directly to any home stereo. The "Zukero" connects to a compatible phone via Bluetooth and can stream content from the phone's GPRS connection. The handset is also used to control the streaming content, which can be things like Top 10 music charts or audio books.

The Zukero transmits all available applications to compatible handsets, allowinging it to work without any real configuration.

The Zukero is compatible with Nokia Series 60 phones (7650, 3650, 6600, N-Gage), Sony Ericsson T68, T610, T39, and the P800.

http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=566

New Bluetooth Devices set up replay of WiFi Security Crisis, @Stake warns
http://www.e-consultancy.com/newsfea...ake-warns.html

Why is it that i think that there is some self-interest into spreading this kind of pr's!? Especially those who begin with...."a leading digital security consulting firm, today warned that the mass arrival...."

Logitech Di Novo Media Desktop
http://australianit.news.com.au/arti...nbv%5E,00.html

Treo 600 and SD support

Treo 600 SD I/O ready....but (see*)
http://www.handspring.com/products/c...features.jhtml
http://www.pdabuyersguide.com/treo_600.htm

*Does Treo 600 support Bluetooth or 802.11 (WiFi)?
http://support.handspring.com/mobile...olutionId=9169

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RumorMill?: Web Store Taking Pre-orders for iPAQ h6000
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Dec 15, 2003
One of the most highly anticipated handhelds of next year is HP's upcoming iPAQ that will offer three types of wireless networking. A web store is trying to take advantage of this anticipation by already taking pre-orders for this device, even though it hasn't been announced by HP.

Earlier this year, an HP executive said his company will be releasing a new iPAQ model with not only mobile phone functionality but also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. In October, a rumor surfaced that this model will part of the h6000 series. The rumor also gave additional details on it.

The picture displayed on the Tek n Toys page is of the WANDA prototype developed by Texas Instruments, a Pocket PC that offers GSM/GPRS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It has been widely speculated but not confirmed that the h6000 series will be based on the WANDA reference design.

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...for_iPAQ_h6000

HP IPAQ 6000
http://estore.shopplex.com/app/store...30214092059015

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Sprint to sell limited quantity of PCS Phone T608 by Sony Ericsson
http://www.sprintpcsinfo.com/modules...rticle&sid=304
Latest updates
http://www.sprintpcsinfo.com/modules...rticle&sid=306
http://www.sprintpcsinfo.com/modules...rticle&sid=308

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Japanese Companies Jointly Develop iReady Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sanyo Electric Corporation Ltd., Sharp Corporation and Toshiba Corporation have agreed to jointly develop home networking and information appliance technology. The companies have agreed to develop a standard labeled as ?iReady? in order to network home appliances. The term iReady is derived from the expressions ?IT Ready?, ?Internet Ready? and ?I am ready?.

The standardization of iReady technology specification and the development of inexpensive iReady adapters for use in home appliances will better facilitate the use of home networking functions. The iReady network connector not only connects via the commercialized Bluetooth standard but can also communicate via 802.11x standards, making connectivity and communication between other makers? appliances easier. Other companies that have already gone forward with home networking appliances will therefore be able to connect to iReady enabled devices easily. It is expected that use of home networking and information appliances will accelerate with the new standard.

more
http://www.akibalive.com/archives/000484.html

Bluetooth Phone Available from Sprint
http://www.brighthand.com/article/T6...le_from_Sprint
http://www.pdalive.com/showarticle.php?threadid=5031

Geekzone on Sprint T608 Bluetooth Phone
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2041

Dell are also looking to include Bluetooth functionality on a USB storage dongle, to consolidate functionality and to increase the take-up of Bluetooth, though the success of this latter plan remains to be seen....
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/34656.html

BuZZone ? literally 'the area for communicating' ? is a special Bluetooth-based system for wireless communication developed by Exion Systems. The essence of it is rather simple. Any owner of a PDA or a laptop, which is equipped with a Bluetooth transmitter, can use the system and search for other users in the range of 10-50 meters. BuZZone is not just a sort of an instant messenger but rather a complete wireless connection solution for almost any task you can think of.

With the help of BuZZone you can:
- Organize wireless mobile communities
- Search for new contact that match the profile
- Access other devices
- Get acquainted with the found contacts
- Communicate
- Exchange documents
- Organize presentations and forums
- Hold surveys and voting

The system is claimed to support an unlimited number of interacting devices. It also supports audio chat, telephone and walkie-talkie modes.

The full version of BuZZone is offered for $14.99 at Exion Systems web site.
http://www.pdalive.com/showarticle.php?threadid=5030

Canon: "The first is the shift from analogue to digital camcorders. Home photo printing will grow, which in turn would boost sales of consumables," and "The next big item is the ability to provide solutions for sharing and storing photos, and Bluetooth-enabled features and accessories in the digital photography industry.
http://star-techcentral.com/tech/sto...sec=technology

FrogPad To Demo Bluetooth Version
Posted Dec 24, 2003 - 01:08 AM
FrogPad and its strategic partners, including Gennum Corporation and Cambridge Silicon Radio have announced a press conference to be held at MacWorld on Tuesday, 2004 January 6, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. PT in San Francisco where they will unveil and demo a Bluetooth enabled version of the revolutionary FrogPad (an item of particular interest to us PDA users) and the MacFrogPad.
http://www.pdahandyman.com/modules.p...rder=0&thold=0

2004: The year of the smart phone? Yes and no
December 23 2003
by Tony Hallett

What do the Treo 600, the BlackBerry 7230 and xda II tell us?

Smart phones have been one of the big subjects of 2003. But how close are we to the dream of a single device, great for voice, multimedia and various data apps, one equally at home in a high-powered meeting or down the pub? Tony Hallett has been trying out three of the most interesting devices organisations are considering?

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http://www.silicon.com/networks/mobi...9117491,00.htm

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Treo 600 gets closer to
ultimate phone-PDA combo
By JV Rufino
INQ7.net

PHONE-PDA combos have always been something of a geek obsession. There's always been something inherently techno-cool about combining a cellular phone and a personal digital assistant.

(excerpt)

It's in that tradition that Handspring, now merged with Palm, has introduced a new addition to its Treo line, the Treo 600. And it's a winner.

The new phone is narrower and thus more phone-like than its predecessors and includes features that Treo users have long been hankering for such as an SD/MMC expansion slot and a VGA-resolution camera. I for one upgraded to Treo 600 mainly because of these new features.

On the downside the phone is noticeably heavier than the Treo 270 and has one unfortunate omission in its feature set: Bluetooth. Bluetooth headsets are becoming a necessity as anyone who has ever knotted his hands-free kit's wires into a fine mess around a car's handbrake and gearshift can attest. The omission is made worse by the fact that the PalmOne Bluetooth SD card is not compatible with the Treo 600 as yet -- no drivers available apparently. This is a silly situation and the only excuse for it is that Palm and Handspring have only recently merged into PalmOne.

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http://you.inq7.net/gear/12232003/tec1-1.htm

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Bluetooth Audio Debate.
December 11, 2003

A handful of top consumer companies, including Matsu****a, Philips, Sony and Toshiba, have defined in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group working group a low cost means for streaming audio to Bluetooth headsets with plans to roll out products in 2004. For its part, Microsoft and a group of unnamed OEMs are hammering out a different approach to implement on the PC based on Internet Protocol over Bluetooth.

In contrast to Microsoft's IP approach, the SIG's consumer audio/video working group has defined a mechanism for streaming audio over Bluetooth using the Real Time Protocol defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force.

At the conference, consumer audio devices were seen as the next likely target for Bluetooth, for which some 75 million chip sets will ship this year, mostly for GSM phones in Europe and Asia.

In separate presentations, chip and software vendors indicated several challenges to delivering music over Bluetooth. Systems will need sub-band coding to efficiently move MP3, Windows Media or other codec files in a simple way to a headset or speaker. Headsets should have 80 milliseconds or less latency to stay in synch with video from a TV. A Broadcom manager said upcoming megabit versions of Bluetooth will be required to eliminate the need in wireless headsets for large and expensive buffers.

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http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/OEG20031211S0019

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Bluetooth Audio Debate.
December 11, 2003

A handful of top consumer companies, including Matsu****a, Philips, Sony and Toshiba, have defined in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group working group a low cost means for streaming audio to Bluetooth headsets with plans to roll out products in 2004. For its part, Microsoft and a group of unnamed OEMs are hammering out a different approach to implement on the PC based on Internet Protocol over Bluetooth.

In contrast to Microsoft's IP approach, the SIG's consumer audio/video working group has defined a mechanism for streaming audio over Bluetooth using the Real Time Protocol defined by the Internet Engineering Task Force.

At the conference, consumer audio devices were seen as the next likely target for Bluetooth, for which some 75 million chip sets will ship this year, mostly for GSM phones in Europe and Asia.

In separate presentations, chip and software vendors indicated several challenges to delivering music over Bluetooth. Systems will need sub-band coding to efficiently move MP3, Windows Media or other codec files in a simple way to a headset or speaker. Headsets should have 80 milliseconds or less latency to stay in synch with video from a TV. A Broadcom manager said upcoming megabit versions of Bluetooth will be required to eliminate the need in wireless headsets for large and expensive buffers.

more
http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/OEG20031211S0019

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Mobile phone: Getting Online with GPRS and Bluetooth
http://www.powerpage.org/cgi-bin/Web...y?newsID=11627

Windows XP SP 2 Coming Soon
Beta testing will begin later this month, with final release expected next year.
Joris Evers, IDG News Service
Thursday, December 11, 2003
Microsoft is gearing up for another set of updates for Windows XP. The software giant is preparing for the first beta test of the updates, which will bolster security and add features such as support for the latest version of Bluetooth and a new wireless LAN client.
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,113855,00.asp

Various articles talk about "support for Bluetooth v1.1" but that's wrong imho
http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/...Nxppack_1.html
http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/index.cfm...view&news=3713
http://www.avnonline.com/issues/2003...121103_2.shtml

There is already Microsoft Windows XP with Bluetooth v1.1 support
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...&ProductID=956
Microsoft Qualified Bluetooth Products (all based on v1.1) http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...on=All&crit=--

"The new Service Pack will upgrade Windows XP to support Bluetooth 2.0, the latest version of the short-range wireless technology, Microsoft said."
http://www.globetechnology.com/servl...ry/Technology/

I don't think Microsoft has said that. lol. Bluetooth 2.0 version isn't around for another 2 years i guess. Bluetooth v1.1 is here today. Bluetooth v1.2 has arrived and some co's have or are working on to make there products v1.2 ready.

From PC Magazine NOVEMBER 2002: "....Microsoft has enabled only a handful of profiles (3 from the 13 profiles) at this stage, so you can't quite realize the full promise of Bluetooth yet." AND "Microsoft will release additional profiles to allow notebooks, PCs, and PDAs to communicate wirelessly rather than limiting the communication ability to a desktop and its peripherals."
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,667141,00.asp

DECEMBER 2003: The new Service Pack will upgrade Windows XP to support a later version of the short-range Bluetooth wireless technology, Microsoft said. It also includes a utility that makes it easier to connect a PC in a wide range of wireless hot spots, places where wireless Web access is available to the public, without adding special software.
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5120138.html

FINALLY!!!!!!!!

Bluetooth Americas 2003: Day Two
Bluetooth, posted 11/12/2003 13:29:40 NZ, read 484 times
by M Freitas

This is the continuation of our series covering the Bluetooth Americas 2003 event. The first article covered Day One.

The first session in day two of the Bluetooth Americas 2003 was Competition in the short-distance wireless Connectivity landscape, by Joyce Putscher, Senior Analyst, In-Stat/MDR

During this session she talked about Bluetooth's current position in the market. Interesting to know which Bluetooth applications are of interest to end users. Most regard headset, mouse, keyboard, and laptop/PDA connection to mobile phones as the top uses of Bluetooth.

She also reported that US based operators are lagging behind, still in the earliest stages of market development. Meanwhile European and Asian operators see the technology as an ARPU increase opportunity and service differentiation. However, she stressed that GPRS is still too slow to bring user satisfaction, but EDGE and similar mobile technologies should be a big push for Bluetooth connected devices.

We were then presented with Bluetooth competition, like Zigbee (802.15.4), a low rate wireless PAN standard approved in May/2003, with full specification planned for 2004. It defines network, security, application interface layers and application profiles for interoperability. She expects Zigbee rollouts to start in 2004, but the standard is still one or two quarters behind, depending on standards, specs, zig-fest, etc.

She then talked about UWB (Ultra WideBand), a technology that uses the unlicenced 3.1 ? 10.6 GHz spectrum. While narrowband technologies use continuous sine wave to transmit data, UWB uses small pulses. Because of its very high bandwidth for video, the main use for this technology should be audio and video broadcasting in Home Theatres, between plasma TV and A/V receiver for instance. We can expect to see embedded 802.15.3a modules in MP3, digital cameras, laptop PC, handsets. Also, the way it transmits with pulses allows for very precise position location. It can actually compete with ZigBee (802.15.4) for inventory management, security tags, implanted medical devices. The problem for UWB is that there are already two standards (DS-CDMA and MB-OFDM) competing and making market acceptance harder.

Then we had a short break and while walking around the show floor I had a look at Gloo. Talking to Nate Saal, from GlooLabs I found out more about the HomePod, a media device and platform. It can be customised by creating new functionality, changing UI and adding new CODECS when needed (the source code is available to the development community). Very nice device and it should be available in 1Q04. It can play net radios streams too, but if everything else fails it comes with a built in FM radio.

The HomePod wi-fi Gloo-enabled device

We then had a plenary session Implementing Bluetooth into mobile and computing devices.

The first speaker was David Russel, Director of Portable and Wireless Product Marketing, Apple, and Lars Rehder, Wireless Product Manager, Apple.

David talked about things to do when creating Bluetooth products: positioning, simplification, turning owners into users.

Apple?s positioning for Bluetooth is clear: for network connections we have a wired option (Ethernet) and a wireless one (Airport). For peripheral the wired options are USB and firewire, while Bluetooth is the wireless alternative.

The idea for simplification is to have an one-click access to use Bluetooth. Everything should be one click away and also use words people can understand.

Apple is working to make pairing easier on Mac OS X, with wizards to help setup devices. A demo of a one minute Bluetooth setup was shown using a new Bluetooth mouse, from taking it out of the box, turning it on, pairing, and using it. The task was completed in 32 seconds, including the talk during the demo. A second demo with a keyboard was used to show a simplified pairing process.

Coexistence: a great animated slide explained how Bluetooth and wi-fi interfere with each other, and how the new frequency hopping on Bluetooth 1.2 will help avoid this problem.

On the usability front David discussed services: getting services right is the key. For this we had another demo (that was a great session). Using a Nokia 6600 a few image files were transferred to the Mac OS laptop. The Mac OS X can actually recognise the incoming file type and open each file with the appropriate application. For instance, images from a camera mobile phone will be opened with a graphics application or loaded into iPhoto, while a mp3 file can be added to the iTunes library automatically.

Apple Bluetooth positioning (oops, sorry for the focus)

Parag Gupta, Product Manager, Local Area Wireless for palmOne, discussed the Bluetooth position within Palm, driving the mass market adoption, and the way ahead for Palm Powered devices. He explained how Palm is working to focus on the sweet spot for Bluetooth, solution simplification and how to solve immediate challenges first.

palmOne positioning session

Walking around the Toshiba booth I?ve found the Hopbit, a 5GB Bluetooth hard drive. It?s currently only available in Japan, according to sources. It costs around US$300, and it?s mainly used for multimedia transport.

The Toshiba Hopbit 5G Bluetooth hard drive

Then I attended a presentation Bluetooth Headsets and AV Profile, by Impulsesoft. The company announced a couple of Bluetooth Stereo reference designs (iWISH and iWISA) based on the Bluetooth 1.2 specfication. The stereo solutions include hardware designs for both the transmitter (personal jukebox, mobile phones, notebooks, consumer AV devices) and receiver (headphone, wireless speakers) along with a complete suite of software components. Included in the software suite are the upper and lower layer stack, the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), Headset Profile (HS) and Handsfree Profile (HF). The rich profile support provides a universal headphone capable of supporting streaming music as well as connection to a cell phone for hands free operation. According to the speaker, Bluetooth bandwidth is enough for MP3 audio stream by using SBC (Sub Band Codec), a specially designed CODEC for use with Bluetooth. The ideal use for this is a personal jukebox, like a portable MP3.

Bluetooth headsets: at last stereo?

Just before lunch time I met David Shier, from the Bluetooth News website. We had a coffee and talked about the current Bluetooth technology positioning, products and way forward, from a user?s point of view. We also touched the subject of content-based web sites and had a good exchange of information. The ?chat? was long enough for us to have coffee, talk, have lunch and more talk. It?s great to meet some of the people that we've only know via e-mail. Keep an eye on Bluetooth News, because David promised some changes on the site.

Back to the sessions. The next panel focused on Consumer Home & Entertainment Application, chaired by Tsuyoshi Okada, Matsu****a Electric. The first presentation was Bluetooth Accessories: the missing part of the puzzle by Ariel Moshkovitz, Worldwide Marketing and Business Development Manager, Texas Instruments.

The first ?hubs? devices in the Bluetooth market are the mobile phone and PC. He presented the concept of accessories by saying that a device without value by itself is an accessory that adds value to a hub. Accessories include products such as a barcode reader, keyboard, mouse, or headset. His reasoning is that Bluetooth will succeed if the market absorbs more ?hubs? instead of ?accessories?. Having more ?hubs? will drive the consumer to buy more ?accessories?. And he firmly believes that the headset is the perfect accessory to drive the market. It seems fair enough?

During the presentation we were also introduced to the Texas Intruments BRF6150, TI?s second generation of single chip Bluetooth implementation, compatible with 1.2 spec. This chip gives seamless integration with TI?s OMAP chipset, and integration with GSM, GPRS and other technologies. It?s clearly aiming at the mobile handset and handheld market.

After his presentation someone asked about wi-fi in mobile phones. Ariel?s thoughts were that wi-fi will be available in smartphones and PDAs, but no reason for it in standard mobile handsets. He also talked about the Bluetooth and wi-fi integrated chipset from TI, like the ones used in the new HP iPAQ 4150 and 4350 series.

Bluetooth Accessories

The next session in this panel was Bluetooth Cordless Telephony: a latent opportunity, presented by Steve Pearce, Wireless Enabled Products Manager, Mezoe (Cambridge Consultants). He examined and presented reasons why the Cordless Telephony Profile is not well explored. Mezoe is a spin off of Cambridge Consutants, like Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR). Mezoe makes a protocol stack called Bluestack.

The ideal mobile device functionality would allow users to connect to a mobile cellular network, or to a landline via the Cordless Telephony Profile or to another Bluetooth enabled mobile device directly for a walkie-talkie like conversation. He even cited British Telecom?s Bluephone device directly, with trials in Feb/04 and launch by mid-2004.

Apparently Bluetooth BOM has a cost advantage (US$18) when compared to DECT (Digital Ehnanced Cordless Telephony) devices (US$25) and Digital Spread Spectrum (US$30).

Some discussion on Bluephone

The last session I attended was a case study: Personal Mobile Gateway. The speaker was Edgar Auslander, Senior Vice President Marketing, IXI Mobile. He pointed out that one of the market problems is that current mobile devices are not optimised to meet end-user needs. The main reasons are:

e-mail or messaging is cumbersome on phones

telephony is cumbersome on PDAs

features and functions are too complicated to use

all-in-one mobile phones are expensive

He classified the mobile phones in three categories:

all-in-one mobile phones, like the Sony Ericsson P900

some-in-one mobile phones, like the Nokia 3650 for camera and the Nokia N-Gage for gaming.

classic phones, good for voice calls, but limited wireless experience

He proposes a PMG phone (Samsung PMG) and a series of PMG Companion Devices, such as camera, pen, watch, messenger device). These are ?peripherals? to the PMG phone and they communicate to the wireless network through the PMG hub, via Bluetooth.

I like this idea, but I personally like the all-in-one approach, if I could find a strong messenger device. The all-in-one implementation is hard because you can?t get a good and a good messenger application and?

IXI is currently supplying the IXI-Connect to Samsung to create a PMG phone, and the IXI-Sleek for Companion Devices. There?s a web site dedicated to this concept. The PMG Magazine covers this market niche.

The Samsung PMG phone

Other companies are reportedly working on other sleek devices. Seiko is working on a PMG watch. It will alert the user to incoming calls by ringing and showing the Caller ID. Personalisation is available though ring tones, and consumers can change the watch face by downloading new skins. All connection to the internet is through the hub, the PMG phone.

Sanyo took this concept a step further and designed a entire family of PMG products called Alviss. They are all credit card size.

The Sanyo Alviss family of PMG products

The idea behind the PMG concept is that the retailer can sell separates pieces and updates, instead of the user having to buy a mobile phone that will soon be outdated. End users can benefit from this because they can buy different devices when the budget allows or the needs change.

A PMG Messenger concept

I was satisfied with the sessions, although I had to choose between two tracks. I decided to go to the marketing track because of discussions on consumer usage of Bluetooth. Some of the technical discussions in the other track were interesting, but I just couldn't attend both.

Overall I would have welcomed more consumer devices in the exhibition. I understand that there will be probably more present in events like CES or CeBIT. There was certainly lots of technical stuff, developers kits, SDKs available, and some analysis tools too.

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?ContentId=1971

AT&T to resell Parrot DriveBlue Bluetooth handsfree car kit
Mobile, posted 11/12/2003
The DriveBlue handsfree car kit reviewed here before will be available in the United States through AT&T Wireless stores. The operator has entered into an agreement to distribute the Parrot DriveBlue in its stores and through its affiliates. AT&T Wireless owns approximately 1,200 stores in the US and has 21.5 million subscribers.
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1970

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More on UWB vs. "Bluetooth-is-doomed" Articles/Issue
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...OOTH&read=1227

Bluetooth SIG "engaging" with MBOA (UWB)
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...OOTH&read=1225

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CANNES, FRANCE -- Intel hints tie-up with Orange
Is in talks with the world's top ten mobile phone makers on how they might begin using its chips in future handsets, according to COO, Paul Otellini.
http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2004/104022507.asp

Intel makes mobile phone push with designs, deals
http://www.forbes.com/home_europe/ne...tr1274692.html

The Future of the Laptop According to Intel
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1538101,00.asp

Carrier Devices i-mate Smartphone2
http://australianit.news.com.au/arti...nbv%5E,00.html

Sun pushes standardized cell phone Java
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1103-5164537.html

Broadcom Supplies Johnson Controls With Advanced Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology
Hands-Free Phone Calls and Other Features Now Possible Using Broadcom(R) Blutonium(R) Technology
http://www.broadcom.com/press/articl..._id=PR040224-0

HP Compaq unveils revamped tablet
HP (Hewlett-Packard) has introduced its new architecturally redesigned HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100. The Tablet PC TC1100 incorporates an integrated wireless Centrino technology with the choice of 802.11b or 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN solutions and built-in Bluetooth.
http://www.computerworld.com.sg/pcws...440010363F?Ope nDocument

PalmOne preps Zire, Tungsten 'updates'
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/68/35780.html

Posted on Tue, Feb. 24, 2004
Mobile carriers show 3rd-generation devices
By Laurence Frost
Associated Press
CANNES, France - Trumpeting services like wireless video calls or satellite navigation, mobile phone companies showcased their latest wares Monday amid hopes the long-awaited shift to 3G advanced technologies has finally begun
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercu...ss/8026792.htm

3GSM World Congress, Cannes, France ? 24 February 2004 ? Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd., introduces its flagship model for 2004 ? the X700 smartphone. This compact digital camera phone, with video capability, comes in Panasonic?s stylish clamshell design and supports the miniSD? card. The X700 utilises Symbian OS, based on open standards, and the Series 60 Platform. Shipments across Europe are scheduled to begin Autumn 2004......The X700 supports MMS, email and Bluetooth?, allowing users to send photos and documents to a PC or MMS enabled phone. Its Bluetooth? capability also allows wireless connectivity through a Bluetooth? hands-free headset and when connecting remotely through a laptop. In addition, its tri-band capabilities means users can take advantage of the X700?s features and services while abroad.
http://www.symbian.com/press-office/2004/pr040224.html

CANNES, France, Feb. 25 -- .....TI demonstrated streaming video, fingerprint authentication and 3D gaming enabled by the first-generation of OMAP processors. The company also showed how advanced cell phones can transmit images directly to a television via Bluetooth(TM) networking, allowing information from the phones to appear on large-screen displays. A new handset was shown that integrates multiple TI technologies including an OMAP processor and GPRS, Bluetooth and 802.11 connections. The handset enables simultaneous web browsing while conducting a GPRS voice call using a Bluetooth headset.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040225/daw009_1.htm

Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Mobile gaming with Bluetooth 2 and GPRS? That would be the Gametrac!
Matt M talks about one very cool GameBoy rival, powered by Windows CE .NET ...
A press release landed in my inbox today talking about the Gametrac, which runs on the Windows CE .NET platform. I hadn't paid attention to this device before (it's currently on display at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes), but now it definitely has my attention
http://www.mtekk.com.au/browse/page605.html
http://www.gametrac.com/gametrac.pdf
Tiger Telematics Inc. Teams Up with Microsoft Embedded Devices Group to Profile Gametrac Device in Microsoft's Windows Embedded Device Showcase Program for 2004
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040225/lnw001_1.html

Some interesting Symbian 3GSM PR's
http://www.symbian.com/press-office/latest-pr.html

Cannes day two stars spate of devices
http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=17041

Samsung is launching a PMG Sleek Module
FEBRUARY 24, 2004, 3GSM CANNES: Samsung is launching a PMG Sleek Module. Bluetooth 1.1 compliant, the small form factor module (20.012.52.1mm) has been specifically designed for PMG Companion devices such as messengers, cameras, PDAs, and other portable devices.
http://www.e-consultancy.com/newsfea...ek-module.html

Alcatel also introduced new IP Touch phones that combine an integrated keyboard and a graphical display. Alcatel says it is the first to provide a Bluetooth-equipped desktop application phone.
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtm...story_id=23233

What's Down the Road
Looking toward the future, Professor Gadh talked about research at UCLA's Winmec to look at wireless within an airplane. Weight is a key factor for airplane designers and if Bluetooth and WiFi can be made reliable and secure enough to eliminate wiring harnesses inside of airplanes, it would be a major accomplishment. Another Winmec project is looking at the use of ultrawideband within the home for delivery of HDTV signals to multiple sets.
http://www.darwinmag.com/read/buzz/c...ArticleID=1032

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hmmm I wonder if PS considers the advanced audio profile a "major profile" in the bluetooth 1.1 spec???

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3GSM 2004 World Congress
http://www.3gsmworldcongress.com/congress/

Brighthand's Coverage of the 3GSM World Congress 2004
http://www.brighthand.com/article/3G..._2004_Overview

3GSM - Motorola details two new Microsoft-based phones:

Motorola announced its first Microsoft-based smartphone, the MPx200, in September of last year. On Monday it added the MPx and MPx 100 handsets to its "MotoPro" product series. Both new handsets are due out in the second half of the year, the Schaumburg, Illinois-based company said in a statement.

-The MPx is a dual-hinge clamshell style phone that opens vertically for traditional phone operation and horizontally for use as an e-mail device, Motorola said. It sports a QWERTY keyboard, a 16-bit color touch-screen display with 320 pixel by 240 pixel resolution, integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an SD (Secure Digital)/MMC (Multi Media Card) slot for up to 1G byte of additional memory, Motorola said.

-The MPx 100 is a more traditional style phone with integrated Bluetooth, MP3 player and a mini-SD slot for up to 512M-bytes in additional memory. A Wi-Fi adapter and QWERTY keyboard will be available as accessories, Motorola said.

more
http://www.infoworld.com/article/04/02/23/HN3gsm_1.html

Motorola Announces Innovative Pocket PC Phone MPx
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Mo..._Announces_MPx

The Motorola MPx replaces the multi-device syndrome by ingeniously blending the best of a mobile phone, personal data assistant (PDA) and email messenger in one easy-to-use compact device. By opening the device in landscape mode, Internet browsing, streaming video and access to corporate applications are all within easy reach using the Motorola MPx.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040223/nym045_1.html

Part of the Motorola MOTOPro(TM) series of handsets featuring Microsoft's Windows Mobile(TM) software, the MPx100 combines a familiar user interface and radically enhanced candy bar design. With easy-to-use email, messaging, media, and Bluetooth(r) connectivity, the device delivers simplified communications, increased productivity and complete control in developing a personal mobile experience.
http://www.prnewsw@re.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=117715 (@=i)

Motorola has officially announced the MPx100, a Windows powered smart phone that will include Bluetooth and a high-quality digital camera.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/MP...ater_this_Year

Motorola introduces Symbian based A1000, E1000 3G handsets with Bluetooth
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4642.html

I still wonder why Motorola did plan to sell its 19 percent ownership stake in Symbian?
http://news.com.com/2100-1036-5070006.html?tag=nl

pocketpc italia.com with a picture of the MPx300 while in landscape mode. The site goes on to speculate that this device will use multiple forms of wireless networking, including GSM/GPRS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi (802.11b).
http://www.pocketpcitalia.com/motorola_ppcpe.asp
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...ocket_PC?site=

The FCC recently approved the Motorola V710, a CDMA phone with an integrated digital camera and Bluetooth support. Verizon Wireless? logo appeared on the filings. A Verizon spokeswoman confirmed that the carrier was testing the phone, but said Verizon had not yet decided to sell it. If sold, the phone would be notable for several reasons. First, it would be Motorola?s first camera phone for Verizon, an offering that has been delayed since before the holiday shopping season. It would also be one of the first North American Bluetooth devices for CDMA networks. Sprint PCS is currently selling the Bluetooth-capable T608 from Sony Ericsson, although only through a 1-800 sales number.

more
http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=16985

Motorola V80 Mobile
23rd February , 2004
Europe : Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotive communications technologies today introduced the innovative Motorola V80, which delivers a never-before-seen mobile design with a rotating cover that opens at the touch of a button. Complete with an embedded VGA camera, landscape photo imaging, photo messaging and integrated Bluetooth? wireless technology, the new head-turning mobile appeals to consumers who desire to make a statement with every move.
http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/Feb2004/6554.htm

Nokia has pre-announced the 9500 Communicator, a smart phone with an impressive feature set, including built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a keyboard, and a VGA camera. Nokia says this device has been designed to meet the demands of corporate IT departments.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/No...0_Communicator
Nokia launches new 9500 Communicator
By: Anthony Newman, Monday 23rd February 2004, 14:11 GMT
New communicator features tri-band GSM/GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, dual screens, a camera, J2ME and an 800-euro price tag; due for release in Q4 2004.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4636.html

Rumor: palmOne Preparing New Zire 72
News
By: pdaBlast! Staff
February 23, 2004
Palm Addict is reporting that palmOne is preparing to release a new mid-range model to it's Zire line. The new Zire will be the Zire 72 according to the report. It is expected to be similar in size to the Tungsten E. Supposedly, it will run Palm OS Garnet 5.2.1 and include 64 MB of RAM, will have a built-in 1.3 megapixel digital cameraand will include Bluetooth wireless networking.
http://palm.pdablast.com/articles/20...aring-New.html
http://palmaddicts.blogspot.com/2004...49056063447398
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru..._Zire_72?site=

Palm....two operating systems (Cobalt and Garnet) share some characteristics, many of which have already appeared as software overlays developed by licensees. Examples include support for screen resolutions up to QVGA (320 by 240 pixels), a collapsible on-screen data input area, and the incorporation of Bluetooth 1.1 and profiles with easier setup, discovery and activation.
http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/...9147304,00.htm

PDAfrance.com is reporting that there will be two versions of the Fujitsu-Siemens Pocket Loox 4xx. One will have Bluetooth wireless networking and sell for 340 Euros, while a version without Bluetooth is expected to be 300 Euros.
http://www.pdafrance.com/
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...Loox_4xx?site=

Sony adds a trio of Vaios: Like the TR2MP, the Z1XSP and MP offer Bluetooth wireless, and 56Kbps and 100Mbps wired connectivity. All three machines feature a pair of USB 2.0 ports, 1394 and a PC Card slot.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/35753.html

Broadcom Demo's at 3G
http://www.wirelessiq.info/content/newsfeed/379
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...2004,+03:05+AM

Today at 3GSM World Congress 2004, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) and industry partners announced new solutions to address the needs of businesses and their mobile work forces....
http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=117714

IXI Mobile launches new mobile OS with TI
By Anne Morris, TOTAL TELECOM, in Cannes
23 February 2004
Mobile software firm also unveils neo brand for personal mobile gateway technology. IXI Mobile, the mobile communications software specialist, and chipmaker Texas Instruments on Monday unveiled a new operating system for "low-end" mobile handsets at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes.....The OS also includes PMG technology to enable always-on functionality for "phone companion devices" such as cameras, email devices and even watches. The PMG is typically installed in a handset that can then link with the companion devices using technologies such as Bluetooth or WiFi, for example.
http://www.totaltele.com/view.asp?ar...t&categoryid=0
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040219/dath003_1.html
IXI announces OS, TI-based reference design
19 February 2004 -- PMN -- IXI, best known for pioneering the personal mobile gateway (PMG) concept of multiple consumer electronics devices connected to a wide area network through a centralised node, has announced a reference design based on TI's OMAP platform. The reference includes the IXI-Connect OS, which enables manufacturers to build devices with built-in PMG capabilities and over-the-air (OTA) customisable interface. The reference specification uses the TI TCS2600 chipset, OMAP 730 chip and TI?s BRF6100 Bluetooth chipset. It also incorporates all of the protocols and software frameworks for rapid product development.
http://www.pmn.co.uk/20040219ixi.shtml

Motorola takes on Nokia in 'smart' cellphones: CANNES Motorola and Nokia officially introduced a series of Wi-Fi(/Bluetooth) enabled "smart" phones on Monday that are intended for the lucrative corporate market but which run on competing operating systems.....
http://www.iht.com/articles/130959.html

HP's latest offers is the Pavilion zv5007AP notebook with a 3.2GHz Intel Pentium 4, a 15.4-inch WXGA LCD display, 256MB/512MB of SDRAM, a 60GB hard drive and a DVD+CDRW/DVD+R/RW drive and an integrated Bluetooth.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detail...224.P01&irec=1

HP is introducing its new Pavilion notebook for the retail and individual consumer market. Pavilion incorporates an Intel processor enhanced with hyper-threading technology. HP's new Tablet PC TC1100 with Centrino technology is expected to raise sales further. "We are also going to launch several new corporate models in coming months. They come with the latest technology, like higher processor speed, Centrino technology, hyper-threading processor, widescreen format, rejuvenated docking system, Bluetooth, SD slot, wireless format and remote control," said Martin.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/detail...224.P02&irec=3

Networking equipment gets cheaper
http://www.vnunet.com/News/1152971

Motion eXperience Interface (MXI): LOCAL wireless solutions company Radixs will unveil today in Cannes, France, a new mobile operating system which it says will put a computer in your hands. At 3GSM 2004, an annual conference where the movers and shakers in the mobile industry gather, Radixs will also announce its tie-ups with SingTel Mobile and Sun Microsystems to deliver its application. The system, known as Motion eXperience Interface (MXI), enables commonly used applications, such as word processors or even console games, to be featured on hand-held devices. For now, Radixs is working on a technical trial with its partners. Radixs chief executive officer R. Chandrasekar said the MXI-enabled devices, which will have Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi), Bluetooth and general packet radio service (GPRS) capabilities, will cost '50 per cent less than present devices'.
http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/tec...236781,00.html

TI 3GSM World Congress Key technology demonstrations will feature:
-- TCS Wireless Terminal Chipset Solutions for 2.5G and 3G market
segments, including MIDI music, camera, messaging, Bluetooth(TM) and
Java(TM) applications.

-- OMAP Processors, which deliver performance and efficiency advantages
for a variety of compelling, performance-intensive mobile
applications. Demonstrations will include the extremely small
OMAP730 processor-based TCS2600 GSM/GPRS smartphone reference design,
a multimedia system based on the OMAPDM270 processor with a fully
integrated camera and MPEG4 QVGA video/still image editing, FM radio
and other multimedia features and third party Ittiam's Media Album
that enables outstanding video and audio features.

-- Real-world Bluetooth/802.11 coexistence for mobile devices, showing
simultaneous mobile connectivity with streaming media and file
transferring utilizing TI's BRF6100 single-chip Bluetooth solution,
TNETW1100B mobile 802.11b platform, and Bluetooth/WLAN Coexistence
package.

-- TI Wireless Infrastructure experts will be on hand to address new
product development and offerings for TI's complete, high performance
DSP and analog signal chain solution -- from antenna to the network.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040219/dath033_1.html

Vodafone Sweden also said it will launch Sharp?s GX30 camera phone in March that includes a one-megapixel digital camera, Bluetooth support, an MP3 player, video messaging capabilities and a 260,000-color screen. The carrier said the handset, which will retail for between $180 and $680 depending on rate plan and contract length, will be the first one-megapixel digital camera phone available in Europe.
http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=16974

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Motorola A925, a powerful video and PDA inclusive handset
http://www.3g.co.uk/PR/Feb2004/6595.htm

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Palm OS 6 Cobalt Overview: The Palm OS Future
Posted By: Ryan on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 6:25:15 PM

PalmSource took the wraps off Palm OS 6 last week during the PalmSource Developer conference. In this piece we take a closer, in-depth look at the next generation Palm OS operating system. Cobalt is a new enhanced version of the operating system that is designed to enable the creation of new categories of smart handheld devices.

Roles of the Two New Versions
First up was a bit of background on both of the newly announced operating systems and the reasons why PalmSource choose to follow a dual OS approach. Both Cobalt, formally known as Palm OS 6, and Garnet, Palm OS 5.4, will coexist in the marketplace. PalmSouce will still be contiue to use version numbers, for the sake of developer tracking and support personnel, they will just be hidden behind the scenes in the info and about dialouges.

While Cobalt is the next generation operating system, Garnet will continue to be developed and refined. Both provide different solutions for licensees, and they will have a choice between which version meets the need of their devices and or markets. Garnet is being marketed as an excellent choice for today's handhelds and smartphones. Garnet is a mature OS and a good path for entry and mainstream devices with both wireless and telephony capabilities.

(excerpts)

Wireless Features and Communications
PalmSource incorporated a new modular communications architecture into Cobalt. It is a unified streams based system that allows multiple continuous communication sessions. This will allow a number of improvements to both wireless and telephony scenarios. For instance you could be connected to a Wi-Fi network and take a voice call at the same time, or be synchronizing your device and have an SMS or email message come in. It will also allow for network applications to run in the background, such as an instant messaging program that always keeps you signed in.

Other features designed to improve the wireless abilities include a integrated Bluetooth 1.1 stack developed by PalmSource. The new stack supports all of the major profiles found in the Bluetooth v1.1 spec. Licensees that incorporate a bluetooth radio will now share the same drivers and APIs, ensuring device compatibility and making it easier to add Bluetooth services to a device. PalmSource has also made other improvements to the Bluetooth drivers that speed up device discovery, setup and pairing.

more
http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=6568

Bluetooth SIG "engaging" with MBOA

UWB group dumps IEEE to speed wireless USB, 1394
By Tony Smith
Posted: 19/02/2004 at 00:54 GMT

Intel Developer Forum

Ultrawideband (UWB) will not only co-exist with rival Personal Area Network standard Bluetooth but may ultimately form the basis for its future, members of newly formed UWB industry bodies suggested today.

In the same way, UWB will also form the basis for wireless versions of stand device interconnectivity technologies such as USB and 1394.

In a bid to bypass so-called "deadlock" at the IEEE over the definition of a working UWB standard, the Multiband OFDM Alliance (MBOA) today said it was effectively pulling out of the IEEE standards process to develop UWB under its own steam.

However, Yoram Solomon, a representative of Alliance member Texas Instruments, pledged that the results of the work - which is expected to lead to the publication of an initial spec. next May - will ultimately feed back into the IEEE.

"The intention is definitely to go back to IEEE once we complete the standard," he said.

The MBOA will define PHY and MAC specifications to enable communications in the 3.1-10.6GHz band based on a dozen proposals put to the IEEE for the 802.15.3a PAN standard. On top of them will sit a software "convergence layer" currently being designed by the WiMedia Alliance, the PAN industry's answer to the Wi-Fi Alliance. Intel today said it has joined WiMedia.

The convergence layer separates out the radio from the protocols that utilise it, enabling multiple applications to share a common radio. One such protocol is the Intel-backed Wireless USB, now being developed by the newly formed Wireless USB Promoter Group. It expects to have a USB 2.0-compatible protocol stack by the end of the year. The WUSB PG is co-operating with the other groups to develop rules that will govern how different protocols share the radio resource fairly and efficiently.

WiMedia, meanwhile, plans to offer Firewireless by building 1394 on top of the convergence layer and MBOA's UWB technology.

It's within this structure that Bluetooth may find room to grow, it emerged. Indeed, Solomon said that the Bluetooth "trade association" - presumably the Bluetooth SIG - is "engaging" with the MBOA and "participating" in the specification development process.

Intel is a member of the Bluetooth SIG, as are Microsoft and Nokia - both also members of the various UWB bodies.

The idea is that Bluetooth might ultimately exist as one of the protocols sitting on top of the convergence layer and the underlying UWB radio.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/64/35662.html

More on UWB
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr.../64/35662.html

New Bluetooth Phones from Motorola, Sharp etc.....

Sharp GX30 to break Europe megapixel barrier
By: J?rgen Sundgot, Thursday 19th February 2004, 12:38 GMT
Come March, Vodafone will kick off sales of its latest live! model, the Sharp GX30, featuring a one megapixel camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth - and much more.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4616.html

New Mobile Smartphones Phones coming from Motorola: the MPx100, the MPx220, and the MPx300. It won't be surprise if they all include Bluetooth
http://www.coolsmartphone.com/index.php

-ProximityMail - first Bluetooth chat program for Microsoft smartphone announced
-summer 2004 several models of Microsoft smartphones with integrated Bluetooth will be released
-Last fall, devices carrying Bluetooth technology began shipping at a rate of 1million a week, which is impressive and seven out of 10 of those devices are cell phones. In 2003, the Zelos Group predicts that about 2.2 million Bluetooth-equipped mobile handsets will be shipped, about 2.8 percent of all handsets sold. The Zelos Group found that the total installed base of Bluetooth handsets will represent 1.4 percent of all mobile subscribers. In 2004, an estimated 7.8 million Bluetooth-enabled handsets will ship, or 9.4 percent of the total, and the installed base will represent 5.1 percent of all mobile subscribers. According to Zelos, by 2008, about 60 percent of all handsets in the market will include Bluetooth.
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/2201.html

Motorola releases new reference design
Feb. 18, 2004 12:42 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas?Motorola Inc. announced a new version of its mobile-phone reference design, the company?s Innovative Convergence platform, which features technologies from a variety of vendors that Motorola said will cut down on phone development times.

Motorola?s new i.250-21 Feature Phone Reference Design, based on its i.250-21 platform Innovative Convergence platform, is a mobile-phone reference design for sale to phone designers and builders. Motorola has sold its phone design platforms to companies like Siemens, BenQ and Compal.

Motorola said it added a variety of new technologies to its platform for GSM phone makers. The company said the platform includes Bluetooth technology from Cambridge Silicon Radio; camera-phone software from CoreLogic Inc.; phone building technology from e-SIM; 3D graphics from HI Corp.; camera-phone sensors from Hynix; memory technology from STMicroelectronics; ring tone technology from Yamaha; as well as technology from other vendors.

Such reference offerings have become commonplace from the world?s major wireless players as more and more manufacturers look to quickly and painlessly enter the mobile-phone market.

http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=16943

New Motorola A925 3G Mobile Phone with Bluetooth
http://australianit.news.com.au/arti...%5Enbv%5E,00.h tml
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4610.html

Review: Zoom brings Bluetooth to dialup modems
http://guide.vsnl.net.in/mobile_inte...dex040219.html

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1386 Bluetooth qualified products/components
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...rsion=&crit=--

Motorola Preps CDMA Phone with Bluetooth
Date Posted: Friday, 2:45 PM
Source: FCC

updated The FCC yesterday approved the Motorola V710, a new tri-mode CDMA phone with integrated Bluetooth for Verizon Wireless. The clamshell-style model sports dual color displays and a camera with flash. A small memory card slot, video messaging, BREW, and "advanced" voice dialing round out the feature set. The FCC documents include photos of the phone with a Verizon logo. The first North American CDMA Bluetooth phone was the Sony Ericsson T608, which has seen only limited production and distribution following Sony Ericsson's exit from the CDMA market. A Motorola spokesperson declined to comment.

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=787

Latest Qualified Bluetooth Phones.....

Mobile phone Z1010 AAD-3011011-BV Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Mobile phones PROD 2004-02-10
Nokia 6820b RH-26 Nokia Mobile phones PROD 2004-02-10
Mobile phone TQ-GX3## SHARP CORPORATION Mobile phones PROD 2004-01-09
Samsung Bluetooth PCS Phone SPH-E3700 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-30
Mobile Phone Mobile Phone TOSHIBA CORPORATION Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-11
Nokia 6820a NHL-9 Nokia Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-08
CDMA Phone V880 Motorola Inc. Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-24
Nokia 7600 NMM-3 Nokia Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-14
#616 KMP7M2H1-## NEC Corporation Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-14
Mobile Phone FMP06-MONTEREY Fujitsu Limited Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-12
Motorola A925 A925 Motorola Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-31
Sony Ericsson P90x FAB-1021011-xx Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
VOB Access Point NBL3000U NetCODEC, Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
VOB Phone NBLH10 NetCODEC, Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
Bluetooth Mobile Phone SGH-X410 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-14
Nokia 6600 NHL-10 Nokia Mobile phones Subsystem 2003-10-10
MMI_BT MBM02 Hoermann Funkwerk Koelleda Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-10
Panasonic X70/X88 X70/X88 Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co. Ltd Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-02

more
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...on=All&crit=--

Orange Offers Dutch Hands-Free Bike Phones
Tue February 17, 2004 10:07 AM ET

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Cyclists in the bike-mad Netherlands can get a two-wheeler with a hands-free mobile phone kit if they become a customer of wireless telecoms operator Orange, the carrier said on Tuesday.

In the low-lying country with more pedal bikes than its 16 million inhabitants, the plan was dreamed up by Bernard Uyttendaele, Orange's Dutch chief financial officer who thought it unfair that only car owners are offered hands-free calling kits.

Customers who take a two-year subscription at a minimum of 30 euros ($38.24) a month, will receive an Orange-branded bike, a mobile phone charger attached to the handle bar and a wireless headset that will allow them to negotiate traffic while keeping both hands on the wheel.

Handheld calling has been outlawed for car drivers in the Netherlands, but Dutch bikers can still be seen swerving around cars, trams, buses and pedestrians while steering with one hand and holding a mobile phone to their ear with the other.

More than 1.2 million Dutch, or one quarter of the employed, use a bicycle to get to work every day.

"Mobile operators give away handsets or even DVD players to customers, but many people are quite happy with their handset. This package makes a lot of sense in Holland," Orange said.

Subscribers can stick their old phone in the holder which has a wireless Bluetooth element which beams the call to the headset. The removable holder is connected to the bike's battery and the handset charges during the ride. ($1=.7846 Euro)

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=4374895

. Always On Mini-PC with Bluetooth (Feb 18, 2004)
? Handsfree Biking (Feb 17, 2004)
? Motorola Preps CDMA Phone with Bluetooth (Feb 17, 2004)
? Bluetooth enabled mobile phone PLUS Bluetooth access point = free voice and data (Feb 16, 2004)
? What Brits say when there is no Bluetooth... (Feb 16, 2004)
? HP Announces New Bluetooth Printer for Nokia Camera Phones (Feb 16, 2004)
? Apple Bluetooth PDA Rumor (Feb 16, 2004)
? Using T-Mobile Data Connection via Bluetooth between the SonyEricsson T610 and the Palm Tungsten T (Feb 13, 2004)
? Print Camera Phone Photos Using Bluetooth (Feb 12, 2004)
? "From a security viewpoint, Bluetooth is actually very strong" (Feb 11, 2004)

http://www.blueserker.com/html/index.php

Bluetooth Security Update.....

Bluejacking ain't hijacking
By John Leyden
Posted: 21/11/2003 at 20:07 GMT
Stay up to date wherever you are, with The Register Mobile

Letter Last week we reported on preliminary research from security firm A.L. Digital which suggested a number of security problems with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones from Nokia and Ericsson. The paper argued that digital pickpockets could swipe address books and data from mobile phones because of security shortcomings in the implementation of Bluetooth by the manufacturers.

Not so, says Nick Hunn, who in addition to his day job at TDK Systems is a long-standing proponent of and expert on Bluetooth. Nick reckons A.L. Digital's research gives little cause for concern. The easiest way to get data off a mobile phone is to steal it, according to Nick:

Having just read the article on The Reg, I'd like to explain a bit more about the issues raised. The Laurie pere et fils article jumps between some observations about technology and scare mongering without paying too much attention to actual implementation and user models.

The recent Bluejacking stories describe a way that Bluetooth users can push messages onto other users' handsets. This uses the same basic OBEX (Object Exchange) stack that was developed for Infrared and used to acclaim in the Palm for "beaming" business cards and applications. When used on Bluetooth phones it behaves in the same way - a user is alerted to a message which they can then read.

Bluejacking isn't hijacking

Despite the name it doesn't hijack the phone or suck off the information - it simply presents a message. The recipient can ignore it, read it, respond or delete it. After beaming became such a success on the Palm it seems a little unfair to castigate it on mobile phones just because it is becoming a youth culture rather than an implied serious business use.

Snarfing is more interesting. If it were possible it would be damaging, but we've yet to find out how to do it. We've been playing with Bluetooth devices at all levels of the protocol stack for six years and have yet to find a commercial device we can hack into.

That's not for want of trying.

Pairing up

To get access you need to pair with a device. Whenever another device requests a pairing, the user of the targeted handset is presented with a message along the lines of "Device xyz is attempting to pair. Enter your password." The password must be the same as the one on the device attempting to pair - in other words you don't know it unless the person trying to hack into your phone comes over and tells you. If they're going to do that it's probably much easier for them to grab your phone and leg it.

A.L. Digital talk about the risk of removing a pairing from a previously paired device. They don't mention how that device was paired in the first place, but imply this is a major threat. Given that you have to know and have made a conscious effort to pair in the first place I don't see how it is. It is like giving somebody you meet in the street your house key, not changing the locks and then being surprised when the family silver goes missing.

Show us the vulnerabilities

It's possible to think up all sorts of scenarios of how it could go wrong, but the industry's been pretty busy doing that itself and ensuring that these access methods are blocked and the user alerted. One of the complaints levelled at Bluetooth is that it should be easier to use. The reason there are restrictions is because of the security and warnings that have been built into real devices.

Looking specifically at the tools, there is little new:

bluestumbler - Monitor and log all visible bluetooth devices (name, MAC, signal strength, capabilities), and identify manufacturer from MAC address lookup. This is nothing new - we've had a freeware utility called Blue Alert availed for around 24 months that does exactly that. You can do the same with Mobile phone IMEIs, Ethernet cards, Wi-Fi access points, Web IP addresses - essentially anything that has an IP or Ethernet type address. Knowing the name doesn't give you any deeper access.

bluebrowse - Display available services on a selected device (FAX, Voice, OBEX etc). This is part of Bluetooth. If a device is discoverable you can ask it what it does. If you couldn't do that it all gets a bit pointless, as you'd have no idea of whether you were trying to print to a headset or a printer. Not a lot of use, Mr Bond.

bluejack - Send anonymous message to a target device (and optionally broadcast to all visible devices). It's a posh name for Object Push, as described above and comes built into almost every Bluetooth device you buy. It just sounds sexier to give it a name with undertones of hacking. So the major theft is from any user who pays a shareware fee for duplicating what came free with their Bluetooth device. Once again, not world shattering.

bluesnarf - Copy data from target device (everything if pairing succeeds, or a subset in other cases, including phonebook and calendar. In the latter case, user will not be alerted by any bluejack message. This is the most interesting claim, but in my experience it remains unsubstantiated. We have failed at all attempts to get data off an unpaired device. If the device is paired then yes, you can do it, but to say it's a security flaw to give away data to someone who comes up to you and asks "Can I steal your data", to which you reply "Yes - help yourself" is not a great claim.

As a Bluetooth manufacturer we've not been approached by A.L. Digital. I've asked them for details of this and look forward to receiving them and putting them to the test. If there is an issue then the Bluetooth industry needs to address it. The people I talk to in the SIG understand the need to get security right and be honest about it - they all saw what the consequence is if you don't - look at the IEEE and 802.11. I suspect that what A.L. Digital have seen is a facet of having previously paired devices and then correlating the subsequent behaviour to that of a pristine, unpaired device. It would not be the first time that mistake has been made.

At the end of the day all security has to come down to the question of what is adequate for the application. In the case of Bluetooth on a mobile phone my interpretation is that the easiest way to get data off the phone is still to nick it. You can't blame Bluetooth for that.

Nick Hunn
Managing Director
TDK Systems Europe Ltd

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/69/34139.html

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Motorola Preps CDMA Phone with Bluetooth
Date Posted: Friday, 2:45 PM
Source: FCC

updated The FCC yesterday approved the Motorola V710, a new tri-mode CDMA phone with integrated Bluetooth for Verizon Wireless. The clamshell-style model sports dual color displays and a camera with flash. A small memory card slot, video messaging, BREW, and "advanced" voice dialing round out the feature set. The FCC documents include photos of the phone with a Verizon logo. The first North American CDMA Bluetooth phone was the Sony Ericsson T608, which has seen only limited production and distribution following Sony Ericsson's exit from the CDMA market. A Motorola spokesperson declined to comment.

http://www.phonescoop.com/news/item.php?n=787

Latest Qualified Bluetooth Phones.....

Mobile phone Z1010 AAD-3011011-BV Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Mobile phones PROD 2004-02-10
Nokia 6820b RH-26 Nokia Mobile phones PROD 2004-02-10
Mobile phone TQ-GX3## SHARP CORPORATION Mobile phones PROD 2004-01-09
Samsung Bluetooth PCS Phone SPH-E3700 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-30
Mobile Phone Mobile Phone TOSHIBA CORPORATION Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-11
Nokia 6820a NHL-9 Nokia Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-08
CDMA Phone V880 Motorola Inc. Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-24
Nokia 7600 NMM-3 Nokia Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-14
#616 KMP7M2H1-## NEC Corporation Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-14
Mobile Phone FMP06-MONTEREY Fujitsu Limited Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-12
Motorola A925 A925 Motorola Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-31
Sony Ericsson P90x FAB-1021011-xx Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
VOB Access Point NBL3000U NetCODEC, Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
VOB Phone NBLH10 NetCODEC, Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
Bluetooth Mobile Phone SGH-X410 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-14
Nokia 6600 NHL-10 Nokia Mobile phones Subsystem 2003-10-10
MMI_BT MBM02 Hoermann Funkwerk Koelleda Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-10
Panasonic X70/X88 X70/X88 Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co. Ltd Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-02

more
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...on=All&crit=--

Orange Offers Dutch Hands-Free Bike Phones
Tue February 17, 2004 10:07 AM ET

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Cyclists in the bike-mad Netherlands can get a two-wheeler with a hands-free mobile phone kit if they become a customer of wireless telecoms operator Orange, the carrier said on Tuesday.

In the low-lying country with more pedal bikes than its 16 million inhabitants, the plan was dreamed up by Bernard Uyttendaele, Orange's Dutch chief financial officer who thought it unfair that only car owners are offered hands-free calling kits.

Customers who take a two-year subscription at a minimum of 30 euros ($38.24) a month, will receive an Orange-branded bike, a mobile phone charger attached to the handle bar and a wireless headset that will allow them to negotiate traffic while keeping both hands on the wheel.

Handheld calling has been outlawed for car drivers in the Netherlands, but Dutch bikers can still be seen swerving around cars, trams, buses and pedestrians while steering with one hand and holding a mobile phone to their ear with the other.

More than 1.2 million Dutch, or one quarter of the employed, use a bicycle to get to work every day.

"Mobile operators give away handsets or even DVD players to customers, but many people are quite happy with their handset. This package makes a lot of sense in Holland," Orange said.

Subscribers can stick their old phone in the holder which has a wireless Bluetooth element which beams the call to the headset. The removable holder is connected to the bike's battery and the handset charges during the ride. ($1=.7846 Euro)

http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.j...toryID=4374895

. Always On Mini-PC with Bluetooth (Feb 18, 2004)
? Handsfree Biking (Feb 17, 2004)
? Motorola Preps CDMA Phone with Bluetooth (Feb 17, 2004)
? Bluetooth enabled mobile phone PLUS Bluetooth access point = free voice and data (Feb 16, 2004)
? What Brits say when there is no Bluetooth... (Feb 16, 2004)
? HP Announces New Bluetooth Printer for Nokia Camera Phones (Feb 16, 2004)
? Apple Bluetooth PDA Rumor (Feb 16, 2004)
? Using T-Mobile Data Connection via Bluetooth between the SonyEricsson T610 and the Palm Tungsten T (Feb 13, 2004)
? Print Camera Phone Photos Using Bluetooth (Feb 12, 2004)
? "From a security viewpoint, Bluetooth is actually very strong" (Feb 11, 2004)

http://www.blueserker.com/html/index.php

Bluetooth Security Update.....

Bluejacking ain't hijacking
By John Leyden
Posted: 21/11/2003 at 20:07 GMT
Stay up to date wherever you are, with The Register Mobile

Letter Last week we reported on preliminary research from security firm A.L. Digital which suggested a number of security problems with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones from Nokia and Ericsson. The paper argued that digital pickpockets could swipe address books and data from mobile phones because of security shortcomings in the implementation of Bluetooth by the manufacturers.

Not so, says Nick Hunn, who in addition to his day job at TDK Systems is a long-standing proponent of and expert on Bluetooth. Nick reckons A.L. Digital's research gives little cause for concern. The easiest way to get data off a mobile phone is to steal it, according to Nick:

Having just read the article on The Reg, I'd like to explain a bit more about the issues raised. The Laurie pere et fils article jumps between some observations about technology and scare mongering without paying too much attention to actual implementation and user models.

The recent Bluejacking stories describe a way that Bluetooth users can push messages onto other users' handsets. This uses the same basic OBEX (Object Exchange) stack that was developed for Infrared and used to acclaim in the Palm for "beaming" business cards and applications. When used on Bluetooth phones it behaves in the same way - a user is alerted to a message which they can then read.

Bluejacking isn't hijacking

Despite the name it doesn't hijack the phone or suck off the information - it simply presents a message. The recipient can ignore it, read it, respond or delete it. After beaming became such a success on the Palm it seems a little unfair to castigate it on mobile phones just because it is becoming a youth culture rather than an implied serious business use.

Snarfing is more interesting. If it were possible it would be damaging, but we've yet to find out how to do it. We've been playing with Bluetooth devices at all levels of the protocol stack for six years and have yet to find a commercial device we can hack into.

That's not for want of trying.

Pairing up

To get access you need to pair with a device. Whenever another device requests a pairing, the user of the targeted handset is presented with a message along the lines of "Device xyz is attempting to pair. Enter your password." The password must be the same as the one on the device attempting to pair - in other words you don't know it unless the person trying to hack into your phone comes over and tells you. If they're going to do that it's probably much easier for them to grab your phone and leg it.

A.L. Digital talk about the risk of removing a pairing from a previously paired device. They don't mention how that device was paired in the first place, but imply this is a major threat. Given that you have to know and have made a conscious effort to pair in the first place I don't see how it is. It is like giving somebody you meet in the street your house key, not changing the locks and then being surprised when the family silver goes missing.

Show us the vulnerabilities

It's possible to think up all sorts of scenarios of how it could go wrong, but the industry's been pretty busy doing that itself and ensuring that these access methods are blocked and the user alerted. One of the complaints levelled at Bluetooth is that it should be easier to use. The reason there are restrictions is because of the security and warnings that have been built into real devices.

Looking specifically at the tools, there is little new:

bluestumbler - Monitor and log all visible bluetooth devices (name, MAC, signal strength, capabilities), and identify manufacturer from MAC address lookup. This is nothing new - we've had a freeware utility called Blue Alert availed for around 24 months that does exactly that. You can do the same with Mobile phone IMEIs, Ethernet cards, Wi-Fi access points, Web IP addresses - essentially anything that has an IP or Ethernet type address. Knowing the name doesn't give you any deeper access.

bluebrowse - Display available services on a selected device (FAX, Voice, OBEX etc). This is part of Bluetooth. If a device is discoverable you can ask it what it does. If you couldn't do that it all gets a bit pointless, as you'd have no idea of whether you were trying to print to a headset or a printer. Not a lot of use, Mr Bond.

bluejack - Send anonymous message to a target device (and optionally broadcast to all visible devices). It's a posh name for Object Push, as described above and comes built into almost every Bluetooth device you buy. It just sounds sexier to give it a name with undertones of hacking. So the major theft is from any user who pays a shareware fee for duplicating what came free with their Bluetooth device. Once again, not world shattering.

bluesnarf - Copy data from target device (everything if pairing succeeds, or a subset in other cases, including phonebook and calendar. In the latter case, user will not be alerted by any bluejack message. This is the most interesting claim, but in my experience it remains unsubstantiated. We have failed at all attempts to get data off an unpaired device. If the device is paired then yes, you can do it, but to say it's a security flaw to give away data to someone who comes up to you and asks "Can I steal your data", to which you reply "Yes - help yourself" is not a great claim.

As a Bluetooth manufacturer we've not been approached by A.L. Digital. I've asked them for details of this and look forward to receiving them and putting them to the test. If there is an issue then the Bluetooth industry needs to address it. The people I talk to in the SIG understand the need to get security right and be honest about it - they all saw what the consequence is if you don't - look at the IEEE and 802.11. I suspect that what A.L. Digital have seen is a facet of having previously paired devices and then correlating the subsequent behaviour to that of a pristine, unpaired device. It would not be the first time that mistake has been made.

At the end of the day all security has to come down to the question of what is adequate for the application. In the case of Bluetooth on a mobile phone my interpretation is that the easiest way to get data off the phone is still to nick it. You can't blame Bluetooth for that.

Nick Hunn
Managing Director
TDK Systems Europe Ltd

http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/69/34139.html

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Vulcan to Showcase FlipStart? at DEMO 2004
World?s Smallest, Always-Connected Windows? XP PC

SEATTLE -- February 16, 2004 -- Vulcan Inc., founded by Paul Allen, announced today that it will preview FlipStart? at DEMO 2004, the premiere forum for new product innovation. Previously debuted as Vulcan?s ?MiniPC? prototype, FlipStart? combines the performance and functionality of Windows? XP with the connectivity of wireless PDAs to provide users with continuous access to software, email, and the Web while on the go.

http://minipc.vulcan.com/press_releases.asp

specs (Bluetooth optional!? ;o)
http://minipc.vulcan.com/aboutproduct_specs.asp

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Quote:
Originally posted by claus2488
this is encyclopedic ...thank you ... you do what with the rest of your life????
Using Bluetooth......

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No More Excuses Verizon & Sprint
Date: Mar 22, 2004 - 08:41 AM

Motorola is rolling out some advanced CDMA phones that have Bluetooth.

A845 - First WCDMA/UMTS 1900 phone. Live video calls, Bluetooth, MP3 player, 64MB of memory. Look for it in Q2/Q3 from AT&T Wireless.

V710 - CDMA (Verizon Wireless and Sprint PCS are the national CDMA carriers) with Bluetooth. Very few CDMA phones have Bluetooth, so this is big. Other features: megapixel camera, video capture, 16 MB built-in memory, memory slot, MP3 player. Look for it in the middle of 2004.

Now that these are on the market, Verizon and Sprint should have no further excuses for not offering mass market Bluetooth enabled phones

http://www.blueserker.com/html/print.php?sid=65

There are 70 Bluetooth Qualified Mobile Phones at the moment
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...on=All&crit=--

Dell Bluetooth SD Reader/USB Adapter is used for connecting Computers to other Bluetooth devices such as cell phones, headsets, PCs, and PDAs and is based on Bluetooth spec version 1.2
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...ProductID=1672

Bluetooth SIG Adopts Version 1.2 of Wireless Technology Specification
November 5, 2003 | Adaptive Frequency Hopping, Improved Voice Quality and Faster Connection Setup Enhance User Experience
http://www.bluetooth.com/news/releas...995&ARC=1&ofs=

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this is encyclopedic ...thank you ... you do what with the rest of your life????

i bought a motorola 270c off of ebay and it is blue tooth for verizon ...hope it works

thanks again for this masterpiece

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Bluetooth info/news sites
http://bluetooth.weblogsinc.com/
http://www.blueserker.com/html/index.php
http://www.bluetoothnews.com/
http://www.thewirelessdirectory.com/Bluetooth.htm


Official sites
http://www.bluetooth.com/
http://www.bluetooth.org/

Other Bluetooth websites (retail)
http://www.blueunplugged.com
http://shopping.capelinks.com/amazon..._10521231.html
http://www.thewirelessdirectory.com/...h-shop-buy.htm
http://www.topsitelists.com/bestsites/bluetooth/
http://www.internetbluetooth.co.uk/
http://uk.onebigworld.com/bluetooth.html

Palm: PalmOS Bluetooth Wireless Technology
http://www.palmos.com/dev/tech/bluetooth/
http://www.palmzone.net/modules.php?...ctions&artid=2

Microsoft: Microsoft and Bluetooth Wireless Technologies
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hwdev/...h/default.mspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de..._bluetooth.asp

Symbian: Symbian on Bluetooth
http://www.symbian.com/technology/standard-blue.html

Linux: Linux and Bluetooth/Official Linux Bluetooth protocol stack
http://www.bluez.org/
http://www.holtmann.org/linux/bluetooth/

Apple: Apple - Bluetooth
http://www.apple.com/bluetooth/

Java: Java and Bluetooth
http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=82
http://www.javabluetooth.com/
http://www.suntimes.com/output/tech/cst-fin-cell.html

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Bluetooth, the late bloomer
Much-hyped wireless technology finally gaining popularity
By Jonathan Sidener
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
March 22, 2004

(excerpt)

In Europe, Bluetooth is a popular cell-phone feature, promoted by cell-phone service providers.

U.S. providers have not been as quick to promote Bluetooth phones, which is the largest reason for the slow start here, industry analysts say.

With the exception of Verizon, all major U.S. cell-phone companies offer at least one Bluetooth-enabled phone.

"Bluetooth is coming together more slowly than anyone envisioned, particularly in North America," said Raleigh Wilson, senior vice president of business development for Jabra.

The company makes both wired and wireless versions of its headsets, but sees wireless as the future ?? the near future, at least.

"People want to be wireless," Wilson said. Cell-phone industry dynamics and the lack of Bluetooth phones have delayed use of the technology, not consumer indifference toward wireless, he said.

more
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/c...z1b22blue.html

IEK: Taiwan takes 14.55% of global Bluetooth market
Daniel Shen, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DigiTimes.com [Monday 22 March 2004]

Taiwan??s manufacturers shipped a total of 12.7 million units of various Bluetooth products in 2003, recording a total production value of NT$5.954 billion and a global market share of 14.55%, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center (IEK) under the government-sponsored Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Of the total production value for last year, 77% came from system products and 23% from modules. Among different product lines, USB dongles and earphones were the top two, respectively accounting for 45% and 29% of the total value, IEK indicated.

IEK also forecasts total shipments of 22.2 million units of Bluetooth products with a total production value of NT$11.6 billion for this year.

Global demand for Bluetooth products will grow by an average annual compound rate of 61.21% during 2003-2008, IEK projects.

http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Ar...ages=A6&seq=41

Phones are hits at the CeBIT
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/20040...090609061.html

New cool products shown at the CTIA WIRELESS 2004, March 22-24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
http://www.localtechwire.com/article.cfm?u=7518

Motorola Brings Megapixel Camera and Integrated Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology to New CDMA Handset
Monday March 22, 6:05 am ET
The Motorola V710 is an all-in-one mobile device allowing for efficient productivity and multimedia fun
ATLANTA, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CTIA booth #3525 -- Today, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News), a global leader in broadband, wireless and automotive technologies, scored two firsts with the Motorola V710 - its first integrated Bluetooth?a wireless technology-enabled CDMA handset and its first CDMA mobile to offer megapixel imaging and video capture. The result, a device that is the perfect fusion of advanced productivity technology and multimedia fun.

more
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040322/nym139_1.html

Motorola A845 to Enable Mobile Broadband for North America
Monday March 22, 6:05 am ET
Motorola, along with AT&T Wireless, to bring faster speeds for richer mobile experiences to the US
ATLANTA, March 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CTIA booth #3525 -- Today, Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News), a global leader in broadband, wireless and automotive technologies, makes history with the introduction of its first dual-mode UMTS/WCDMA handset for the North America market -- the Motorola A845. Motorola introduced the world's first dual-mode UMTS/WCDMA handset for Europe and Asia in 2002. Today, the company leads the industry with six feature packed designs, including the new A845.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040322/nym141_1.html

Jabra introduces three Bluetooth headset models and a speakerphone
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2521

CeBIT 2004 news: BenQ betrays Symbian and releases fantastic Pocket PC phone: P50 Mobile Phone: Features: MMS / Java / WAP / WLAN / Bluetooth / IrDA / USB video / Audio recorder and player / Smart handwriting recognition / External memory - SD/MMC
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/2349.html

CeBIT 2004: fiddling with Motorola MPx100
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/2352.html

TI cuts power, board size in 802.11a/b/g chipset
By Robert Keenan
CommsDesign.com
Mar 22, 2004

ATLANTA, Ga. ?? Texas Instruments has taken steps to increase integration and reduce power consumption in its wireless LAN chipsets, a move that the Dallas, Texas-based developer said will increase adoption of its WiFi chipsets in cellular phones and other mobile platforms.

During this week's CTIA Wireless 2004 showcase here, TI will release upgraded versions of both its 802.11a/b/g baseband and transceiver products. On the baseband front, the company has launched the TNETW1250 processor, which handles media access control (MAC) and baseband processing tasks.

The TNETW1250 blends two capabilities to help reduce board space and overall power. To reduce size, TI has integrated all external power management functions on chip. To reduce power, TI has improved the chipset's ability to toggle between on and off states while implementing an enhanced low power (ELP) mode that drops overall power consumption.

In a move to reduce board space further, TI has crafted the chipset so it can tap existing cellular clocks for operation. The chip also offers the ability to regulate itself in order to support Bluetooth voice transmissions while supporting the Cisco CCX, WPA, WME security specifications.

Complimenting the TNETW1250, TI has also developed the TNETW3422M RF front-end IC. This CMOS chip includes a 2.4 GHz direct-conversion receiver, power amplifier, and low-noise amplifier.

Overall, Texas Instruments expects the 1250/3422M chipset to deliver a 50-percent board reduction over its existing chipset. The chipset delivers a 400-??A current consumption figure in standby mode.

Samples of the new chipset will be available by mid-year. Volume production will begin in the fourth quarter,

http://www.commsdesign.com/news/prod...icleID=1840111 1

The first ever ROM upgrade for Smartphone 2003 powered smartphone available: Orange SPV e200 can be updated now ; HTC again fails miserably in Bluetooth area
March 20, 2004 [MS Smartphone]
While it certainly brings some improvements like longer battery life and higher performance (it makes phone faster), unfortunately the improvements in Bluetooth area are totally unsatisfactory: not only Handsfree (HF) Bluetooth profile has not been added (some cars are sold in Europe with Bluetooth and with this profile, not just car kits), and still connecting to Internet from notebook PC over Bluetooth is not working (dirty cheap Sony Ericsson phones with Bluetooth can do that without problems).

It is sad news, but it looks like HTC (Taiwanese hardware vendor, that makes Orange braned smartphones, and other branded too: Qtek, i-mate, etc) is not able to deliver even minimum of Bluetooth functionality. Our advice is simple: don?ft buy HTC made phones any more! They are not treating end users seriously! On the other hand we recommend smartphones from Motorola, for example the Motorla MPx100 has an improved Bluetooth support - Motorola added their own profiles (Handsfree - HF - included!) and Motorola ensures that Bluetooth in their phones works properly. This what HTC delivers is a shame.

more
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/2348.html

Demand for Bluetooth devices and hands-free wireless communication tools is growing among all market segments, including the consumer.....The awareness level of Bluetooth for the average U.S. consumer is rapidly increasing, said Joyce Putscher, research director, In-Stat/MDR. We expect U.S. demand for hands-free Bluetooth solutions, like headsets, to rise due to more laws that encourage the use of hands-free devices. Plantronics is a strong, well-known player in the headset market and is in a position to offer value to the general consumer market.
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2004/Mar/1025318.htm

Bluetooth 1.2 starts to move: NEC 3G mobile phone to have Bluetooth
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2542

Zultys Releases ZIP 4x5 IP Phone -- A Complete Communications Solution for the Office or Remote Worker
The ZIP 4x5 Delivers All the Functions of a Business Telephone and Integrates Vital Data and Voice Functionality for the Remote Office, Including Data Switching and Routing, VPN, NAT, Firewall, Bluetooth, and Analog Connectivity to the PSTN
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release...lease_id=64685

Socket Communications, Inc. has won the Best GPS PDA Software award from Handheld Computing Magazine for its GPS Nav Kit with Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology....
http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2004/Mar/1025399.htm

Cebit Info
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/bizf.../22/2003107326

Motorola to Sell Advanced Tech Gear at RadioShack
Tue 23 March, 2004 10:54

By Ben Klayman

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Motorola Inc. MOT.N will sell some of its latest technologies in RadioShack stores under a new alliance aimed at making Motorola's home networking gear and other products accessible for the average consumer.

RadioShack Corp. RSH.N , the top U.S. seller of wireless products, currently distributes Motorola products, such as wireless phones and accessories, wireless high-speed Internet home networking products and power devices.

But the alliance announced by the companies Tuesday covers newer technologies, such as Bluetooth, which allows devices to communicate at close range without cables.

more
http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle...2&section=news

Leaf Valeo digital camera backs go Bluetooth
By: Anthony Newman, Tuesday 23rd March 2004, 11:52 GMT
Gizmos make normal cameras digital, allow wireless control using iPAQ for advanced camera control at 17, 22 megapixels.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4790.html

Cardo Bluetooth Adapter gives phones PAN
By: Anthony Newman, Monday 22nd March 2004, 16:23 GMT

New adapter allows standard 2.5mm-jack mobile phones to use company's allways Bluetooth headset.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4769.html

Fortune Introduces Enter Bluetooth Dongles
http://www.channeltimes.com/channelt...storyid=903248

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Since there is an expert here I figured I might as well try this question here.

I am getting the Nokia 6820 in the next couple days. Any idea if I will be able to pair this with my Tungsten T3? Also do you know if it was the OS that prevented the T3 from reading the SMS messages off of the 3650?

The only reason I ask, is that it seems to me all the mentioned phones where you can not retrieve the messages from the phone where running the Symbia OS. Please tell me if this observation is wrong.

The 6820 runs a different Nokia OS so I am hopefull that I will be able to retrieve the SMS messages from the phone and read them on my PDA.

Thanks

Rick

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Quote:
Originally posted by RORWessels
Since there is an expert here I figured I might as well try this question here.

I am getting the Nokia 6820 in the next couple days. Any idea if I will be able to pair this with my Tungsten T3? Also do you know if it was the OS that prevented the T3 from reading the SMS messages off of the 3650?

The only reason I ask, is that it seems to me all the mentioned phones where you can not retrieve the messages from the phone where running the Symbia OS. Please tell me if this observation is wrong.

The 6820 runs a different Nokia OS so I am hopefull that I will be able to retrieve the SMS messages from the phone and read them on my PDA.

Thanks

Rick
Call me an "expert" (fwiw) on Bluetooth News/Info. But i have no technical background so i can't help you on this. Sorry.

Maybe some guys at the following website can help you out?
http://www.spug.net/archive/index.php/t-51308
http://www.palmone.com/us/support/ha...th_pairing.pdf

Good luck

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Cebit 2004: WLAN and Bluetooth technology will be the most important topics during CeBIT 2004,
according to the exhibiting companies, reports Mummert Consulting....
http://translate.google.com/translat...8%26oe%3DUTF-8

What to Expect from CeBIT 2004
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Mar 17, 2004
CeBIT, held each year in Germany, is the largest IT-related tradeshow in the world. Over 600,000 people are expected to attend this year's show, which kicks off today.

Many companies take advantage of this huge audience -- and the accompanying press attention -- to announce new products, and handheld makers are no exception.

ASUS has already jumped the gun a bit and revealed that it is going to announce the MyPal A730 at CeBIT (see picture at left). This Pocket PC will be one of the first to have a 480-by-640-pixel (VGA) screen. In addition, it will sport a 1.3 megapixel camera.

More information about the A730 is available in this article.

Though palmOne doesn't have a habit of announcing new models at CeBIT, rumors have been circulating recently about some new models expected from this company. It's possible palmOne will break from tradition and announce the Tungsten E2, Zire 31, and Treo 610 that it is rumored to have in the pipeline.

More information about the Tungsten E2 is available in this article, while the latest rumors on the Treo 610 can be found in this article.

As for the rest of the handheld makers, they've done such a good job of keeping their upcoming products under wraps that if they intend to announce new devices at CeBIT, word hasn't leaked out about them.

Send in the Smart Phones
Smart phone makers will be out in force at CeBIT showing off the upcoming models that were announced at last month's 3GSM World Congress. Certainly one of the stars of the show will be Motorola's MPx, a cellular-wireless Pocket PC that offers a built-in keyboard, a screen that operates in both portrait and landscape modes, and multiple forms of wireless networking.

More information on the MPx can be found in this article.

In addition, Nokia will surely be demonstrating its upcoming high-end smart phone, the 9500 Communicator, which includes two screens, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a keyboard, and a VGA camera (see picture at right).

Read more about the 9500 Communicator here

There will be plenty of other Symbian smart phone being shown at CeBIT as well.

Among the hot items will be phones with megapixel cameras built into them, like the Motorola A1000.

Don't Forget the Accessories
There will be plenty of peripheral makers in attendance, and maybe some product announcements, as well.

For example, Symbol has said it will be at CeBIT, showing off a collection of Bluetooth-enabled peripherals. And Synosphere will also be there, demonstrating the Blue Dock, a docking station to allow a handheld to function as a desktop computer.

Also expect a raft of Wi-Fi related products to be announced as well.

More information on CeBIT, which runs through March 24, is available at the official web site.

http://www.brighthand.com/article/Wh...rom_CeBIT_2004

Sony would be smart if they add Bluetooth besides WiFi to there PSP product so the product will be really mobile.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/54/36281.html

IT boom in 2004 creates a connected society
http://www.in-sourced.com/article/articleview/1480/1/1/

Nokia Lifeblog at Cebit 2004
http://www.helsinki-hs.net/news.asp?id=20040316IE8

Another cool new Nokia Phone called 7610: Symbian based and includes Bluetooth
http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,,54676,00.html
http://www.brighthand.com/article/No...0_Camera_Phone

Some interesting New Nokia Devices with Bluetooth: Phone giant unveils Image Album, Image Viewer, Headrest Handsfree and Advanced Car Kit at CeBIT 2004.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4728.html

palmOne to Unveil New Models in April
http://www.brighthand.com/article/pa...odels_in_April
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3517560.stm

HP iPAQ Pocket PC h6000 series
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...the_iPAQ_h6300
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport...n_US&prodTypeI d=215348&prodSeriesId=405356&lang=en&cc=us

Plantronics and TDK partner on Bluetooth
Focus on Bluetooth voice communications, VoIP in partnership between Bluetooth hardware manufacturers.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/news/n/4733.html

Kyocera launches Bluetooth RF module for CDMA mobile
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2503

Gennum announces Z-E-N, first in family of high performance Bluetooth headsets
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2504

Motorola launches new after market integrated Bluetooth handsfree system
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2511

Siemens Car Kit Bluetooth HKW-600 with external display
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2500

Siemens unveils the S65 1.3 Megapixel Camera Bluetooth Phone at CeBIT
http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/340/C2613/

PDA News - Bluetooth Headphones, Mio comes to U.S., PalmOne says 'no' to Blackberry
http://www.bargainpda.com/default.asp?newsID=1949

New Linux-based network bridge that connects bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones with GPRS networks and IP networks such as VoIP, corporate intranets, and/or the Internet.
http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS6554058649.html

CeBIT -- Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) is showcasing the latest Intelligence Everywhere(TM) solutions that inspire new possibilities in a seamlessly connected world, keeping consumers informed, connected and entertained in their home, vehicle, at work and on the go. Motorola's new Wi-Fi(TM), 3G, Bluetooth(TM) and Push- to-Talk over TETRA and Cellular (PoC) solutions work together to create what were previously unimaginable consumer experiences which make people's lives smarter, simpler and more synchronized.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040318/cgth012_1.html

Blind dating by Bluetooth: the future of romance
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s1068234.htm

Telecommunications firms strike optimistic tone on eve of world's biggest tech fair
http://www.detnews.com/2004/technolo...logy-95400.htm

Intel pushes digital car
CeBIT 2004 Wireless homes on wheels
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=14789

Nokia unveils whole bunch of stuff
http://www.dmeurope.com/default.asp?ArticleID=1245
Nokia introduces the Nokia Mediamaster 260 C digital cable television receiver with Bluetooth, a Personal Digital Recorder giving consumers new ways to enjoy digital television, radio and self-created images.
http://www.edubourse.com/finance/act...?idActus=13855

Siemens unveils range of phone accessories: Gigaset Interactive TV, Bluetooth Pen Input, QWERTY Virtual Keyboard and Remote memory Device.....a lot of them have Bluetooth support
http://www.siemens.com/index.jsp?sdc...c_sid=73161584 22&

Panasonic Symbian based Bluetooth Smartphone, the X700
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=14337

Motorola unleash E398, E680 both with Bluetooth and C650
New products at CeBIT include E398, E680 and C650 phones, showcasing MP3 players, video playback and expandable memory
http://www.infosyncworld.com/system/print.php?id=4731

Socket Cordless Hand Scanner combined with Nokia?s Symbian-based mobile phones, communicating together via Bluetooth, add the phones new functionality with a vast range of potential applications in business use.
http://www.wirelessdevnet.com/news/2.../17/news4.html

HP's rugged notebooks can take a beating
Hewlett-Packard's first ruggedised notebook and Tablet PC are able to withstand those types of abuse by workers in demanding environments and military personnel: Both notebook and Tablet PC users can operate up to three integrated wireless radios simultaneously, including Bluetooth, 802.11 wireless Lan technology, and cellular technologies such as GPRS and CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access).
http://www.computerweekly.com/articl...257&liArticleT ypeID=1&liCategoryID=1&liChannelID=2&liFlavourID=1&sSearch=&nPage=1

Sony Ericsson Mobile Phone called K700, will be available worldwide, supports Bluetooth and infrared communication connectivity, and features a 65,536-color TFT LCD, a high-fidelity built-in speaker, and a wide variety of entertainment functionality -- a perfect device to play the 3D polygon game.

Microsoft Ships XP Service Pack 2 RC1 to Testers: Some updates that are making the cut into the second service pack are a unified wireless local area network (LAN) client, Software Update Services 2.0, and an update to Bluetooth support.
http://www.winnetmag.com/windowspaul...70/windowspaul thurrott_42070.html

Dell shoehorns desktop PC into notebook: Dell's Inspiron 9100 include an integrated 56K modem, 10/100 Ethernet, and Bluetooth. Wireless LAN (802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g) is optional. The 9100 has plenty of ports: Four USB 2.0, one DVI-out, one S-video-out, and one Firewire. There's also a PC Card slot.

Fashion In Motion: Mobile Meets Couture In E-Fashion Extravaganza
March 16, 2004

The cutting-edge, high-energy Fashion In Motion runway show returns to the CTIA stage for its fourth and most stunning strut yet! Found only at CTIA WIRELESS 2004, Fashion in Motion is not just another high-tech exhibit - it incorporates wireless Internet technology into fashion, lifestyle, health, and security applications! Fashion In Motion is the premier showcase for wearable wireless and Internet technology.

Examples:

-- Bluetooth enabled helmet from Motorola - As simple as riding a bike! Strap on the helmet and ride. Remove the headset from the helmet and go when you arrive. Look cool, keep safe and stay connected all at the same time.

-- Thinking Materials Phone Watch - Is it a watch? Is it a phone? It's both! This wearable communicator helps you keep in touch and on time. A full function wireless phone with Bluetooth connectivity to a headset.

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2004/Mar/1025102.htm

CTIA WIRELESS 2004
http://www.ctiawireless2004.com

Infineon Develops Jacket Prototype With Built-in MP3, Bluetooth Capability
http://www.financialexpress.com/fe_f...ntent_id=54879

"Jini, Vidi, Vici" in 2004/5, Sun Hopes
Sun believes Jini's time is arriving, spokesperson says.
March 16, 2004
http://sys-con.com/story/?storyid=44086&DE=1

Beware of geeks bearing 'presence'
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1104_2-5173464.html

Another New Nokia Mobile Phone with Bluetooth
http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,1522,,0...g=/phones/6230

Nokia Phones with Bluetooth Technology
http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,8764,3455,00.html

Supposedly, Apple's handheld will have FireWire, USB, and Bluetooth. Of course it will be able to synchronize with iCal, Mail, Address Book etc. on an OS X Mac, but Mr. Manzione reports that iSync with Windows will be available, too. Mac NET v2 reports that this handheld will be available in July, though the price is not yet known.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...Apple_Handheld

New Radio Modem from Silicon Wave and RF Micro Devices Simplifies Integration of Bluetooth Wireless Technology into CDMA Mobile Phones
http://www.thetsector.com/displayarticle7253.html
http://home.businessw@re.com/portal/...d=news_view&ne wsId=20040315005166&newsLang=en (@=i)
http://www.rfmd.com/productGuide.asp
Silicon Wave, RF Micro show Bluetooth single-chip IC
http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=17297

HP PCs to ship with Turbolinux in Asia
http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6659932319.html

FrogPad and Gennum Corporation will demonstrate its first Bluetooth FrogPad keyboard and Bluetooth Headset for use with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PC?s, Mac?s, PDA?s, and Gaming devices during the CeBIT and CTIA wireless.
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2475

Cell phone headsets go wireless
http://www.indystar.com/articles/6/129801-5486-031.html

Brighthand Reviews the Tapwave Zodiac
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Za...view?site=Palm

Voice over IP Comes of Age for SMEs: Cisco's IP Communicator can be used with USB input devices or even a Bluetooth-enabled headset with the touch-tone pad for the phone appearing right on the notebook screen.
http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtm...mes_of_Age_for _SMEs&story_id=23353&category=wlsnetw

One of the main products of Emblaze Mobile is a mobile phone design running Windows CE .Net. The so called M5 is a GSM (900 /1800 MHz) and GPRS type B class 10 device, with a 65K colour screen, based on an ARM 52MHz chipset. The main memory is 16MB RAM, with MMC/SD slot. It comes with IrDA and Bluetooth. It promisses up to 200 hours stand by and 2 hours talk time. Its integrated digital camera captures images up to VGA (640x480 pixels) resolution and video up to 15fps.
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2479

IXI have launched their own brand of companion for their Personal Mobile Gateway technology, comprised of phones, cameras and messaging devices.
http://www.infosyncworld.com/system/print.php?id=4699 (XTND BT Customer)

Motorola intros E680, E398 and C650
http://www.mobiletracker.net/archive...ola_intros.php

Digital media makes Bluetooth beeline for TV
Munir Kotadia
ZDNet UK
March 09, 2004, 16:45 GMT
Sony Ericsson has launched a Bluetooth device that plays mobile-device digital media on hi-fi systems and TV sets
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mob...9148158,00.htm

Lincoln U.S. and Ford France Select Peiker's CVC Enabled(R) Bluetooth Hands-Free Car Kit; Award Winning CVC Technology Supplied By Clarity Technologies Inc.
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040311/deth024_1.html

RumorMill?: New Evidence of the Treo 610 (Updated)
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...f_the_Treo_610

UK-based mmO2 launches first PDA phone called XDA 2 in Taiwan
http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Ar...12&pages=A8&se q=50

Borneo reports: Besides local exhibitors, the event will also involve participants from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Russia, where they will be displaying products such as bluetooth technology, wireless communications, e-Government services, e-Commerce solutions, mobile computing, broadcasting equipment and systems as well as education and training.
http://www.brunei-online.com/bb/fri/mar12h12.htm

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Quote:
Originally posted by klw
hmmm I wonder if PS considers the advanced audio profile a "major profile" in the bluetooth 1.1 spec???
Which profile do you mean exactly and which spec? 1.1?
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Template2.cfm?LinkID=44

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Mauricio of Geekzone has a i-mate Pocket PC Phone Edition review and noted the Bluetooth problems with the device, which are symptomatic of all Windows Mobile 2003 based devices using Microsoft's Bluetooth implementation.
http://www.mtekk.com.au/browse/page614.html

They (MS) also have bad support for bluetooth for there dekstop solution (see last page). Some non-techies try to blame it on Bluetooth (see Rob Enderle eWeek article) but as Glenn Fleishman explains on his wifi website: "Microsoft failed to provide the same kind of baseline, baked-into-Windows XP support for Bluetooth that they did for Wi-Fi, which has made Wi-Fi so easy to use in XP. Bluetooth, in contrast, is available as a toolbox set to Microsoft developers, but it doesn?t have a uniform XP interface that loads Bluetooth drivers underneath it."
http://wifinetnews.com/archives/002979.html

Get it right or don't write an article at all.......consumers could be getting mislead.....maybe!!!!!!!!!! ;o)

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Quote:
Originally posted by klw
hmmm I wonder if PS considers the advanced audio profile a "major profile" in the bluetooth 1.1 spec???
Which profile do you mean exactly and which spec? 1.1?
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Template2.cfm?LinkID=44

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The ladies were dressed like Trinity and the Guys were dressed like Neo. I dunno, must've been the sunglasses or something...

When they walked by, I whipped out my HBH-30 headset and said "been there". I got a big thumbs up from the entire group.

It was quite the clever marketing ploy IMO.

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Quote:
Originally posted by aet
I've followed these threads for days and have installed the Belkin Bluetooth USB adaptor F8T001 v2 and the Softick PPP. I have network connection on my T3, but when I launch the WebPro browser I keep getting:

DNS lookup timed out.
Please check coverage,
and try again. [Comm. 8]

I've tried all combinations of DNS addreses in Softick and Bluetooth and Palm, but no change.

I'm connected via cable modem and a Linksys wireless LAN (this PC is hardwired to the LAN).

Could the problem be that I'm logged into the Internet via AOL Broadband? In order to get Internet access on the PC I need to login to AOL. Even when I'm logged in I get the same response. Could I need to put the AOL server DNS address in the Softick PPP and/or Bluetooth setup?

Thanks for any help.
Check my guide at:

http://www.whizoo.com/bt_setup/

I'm not sure why you are using Softick, but maybe try my guide from the top. Make sure you read the section on routers.

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Quote:
Originally posted by aet
I've followed these threads for days and have installed the Belkin Bluetooth USB adaptor F8T001 v2 and the Softick PPP. I have network connection on my T3, but when I launch the WebPro browser I keep getting:

DNS lookup timed out.
Please check coverage,
and try again. [Comm. 8]

I've tried all combinations of DNS addreses in Softick and Bluetooth and Palm, but no change.

I'm connected via cable modem and a Linksys wireless LAN (this PC is hardwired to the LAN).

Could the problem be that I'm logged into the Internet via AOL Broadband? In order to get Internet access on the PC I need to login to AOL. Even when I'm logged in I get the same response. Could I need to put the AOL server DNS address in the Softick PPP and/or Bluetooth setup?

Thanks for any help.
Check my guide at:

http://www.whizoo.com/bt_setup/

I'm not sure why you are using Softick, but maybe try my guide from the top. Make sure you read the section on routers.

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Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless Bluetooth digital camera review: ....the (Concord) camera offers a range of features to satisfy the occasional non-professional photographer, and it can be a very effective tool for mobile professionals. With a price of only US$ 179 (on Amazon) and the added Bluetooth adapter in the package, it?fs a great start for new Bluetooth users and current users who need a practical device for imaging
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2138

Windows Auto demo
http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/m...es/001243.html

Free Your Hands to Talk on Your Cell Phone Wirelessly
Belkin Introduces a Lighter, More Stylish Bluetooth Headset With a Bluetooth Audio Adapter
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release...lease_id=61390

FCC Reveals Details of 3 Upcoming Clies
http://www.palminfocenter.com/view_story.asp?ID=6438

In Depth - Sony Clie TH55: The FCC has unbagged the cat on Sony's new high-end Clie--Bluetooth, WiFi, and a 320 x 480 screen... all in a single piece tablet.
http://www.bargainpda.com/default.as...wComments=true
Specs
http://www.palminfocenter.com/forum/...TOPIC_ID=20018
http://www.brighthand.com/article/FC...Sony_Clie_TH55

Philips, Visa push contactless payments in consumer devices: The technology can be also used to trigger Bluetooth connections. With two Bluetooth-enabled devices in close proximity, NFC can automatically initialize Bluetooth connectivity. ⌠That's one of the interesting NFC applications,?? said McGregor. Eliminated is the chore of scrolling through a long menu to identify the device and set up the initial Bluetooth connection.
http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/OEG20040112S0009

THE ONLINE GUY: Get Web power in your pocket
Connecting to the Web from just about anywhere just got easier. All you need is a mobile phone with Bluetooth wireless functionality and the checkbook-size PocketSurfer Web Viewer (www.pocketsurfer.net).
http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_ho.../22977173.html

CES: The Common Language
http://www.thefeature.com/user/jah/journalentry?id=372

New kiosks print cameraphone photos
http://www.enn.ie/frontpage/news-9387016.html

The Number of Bluetooth Printer Adapters Grows
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Tw...ters_Announced

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CES: "....the Bluetooth pavilion had a greater number of products and a larger crowd gathered around."
http://maccentral.macworld.com/news/2004/01/13/ces/

CES 2004: The IT Perspective
Gadgets with IT appeal have begun to infiltrate the ranks of devices at this predominantly consumer show.....Bluetooth, the darling of the wireless world, made a major showing this year.
http://www.mcpmag.com/news/article.asp?EditorialsID=644

BluetoothNews From the Consumer Electronics Show
http://www.bluetoothnews.com/industrynews/ces2004.htm
http://www.bluetoothnews.com/

Bluetooth info/news from Geekzone:
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/default.asp

Reading Between the Lines: Secrets of CES 2004
http://www.technewsworld.com/perl/story/32576.html

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2149

FCC Granted: Nokia 6820
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/fo...ive_or_pdf=pdf

HP wants to release "iPaq smartphone", that however will be powered by Pocket PC Phone Edition and will be combination of all 3 above mentioned prototypes - it will feature cellular network connectivity + Wi-Fi (802.11b unfortunately, not yet 802.11a) + Bluetooth 1.1.
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/1989.html

Fujitsu Siemens Computers launches Pocket LOOX 610, the pocket-sized mobile office in the Middle East markets: The Pocket LOOX 610 BT/WLAN features extensive communication functions with fully integrated Bluetooth, and fast infrared interfaces. It comes with integrated wireless LAN thus enabling users to send and receive e-mails with great ease, manage their contacts and appointment books and access customer data online. Users can also take advantage of the CF card to access their corporate data via GPRS.
http://www.ameinfo.com/news/Detailed/33470.html

Intermec has introduced the 730 Color mobile computer, a compact, affordable Pocket PC mobile computer equipped with a targeted set of features that includes both Bluetooth(TM) and wireless LAN connectivity as well as a linear imager that delivers high-speed barcode reading performance.
http://www.intermec.com/eprise/main/...ut&pressID=524

Foreign handset makers face uphill battle: Motorola is set to launch four or five new models, including a new Startac handset, in the first half of this year. Given that its V600 model will make its U.S. debut in the coming months, Motorola will likely focus on striking a balance between advanced technology and remarkable design in Korea as well. The Motorola V600 adopts Qualcomm's Bluetooth solutions, video clip playback, an integrated camera with zoom and quad-band technology, all housed in a clamshell design with a metal exterior.
http://www.koreaherald.co.kr/SITE/da...0401140014.asp

BenQ P30 Preview (CES '04)
Snapshot by Siddharth Raja on Tuesday January 13, 2004.
BenQ P30
Taiwanese manufacturer BenQ is about to release its new Symbian OS powered smartphone, the BenQ P30. The P30 looks more like a ?normal? phone than the Sony Ericsson P900 because it features an integrated keypad below its screen. The screen is a 208x320 pixel 65K color TFT display, and is touch screen capable for use with the UIQ interface. The P30 is very strong in multimedia with a VGA resolution digital camera (with photo editor), MP3 playback, MP4 video recording, and voice recognition. Java support will also be present. On the connectivity side, the P30 is a tri-band GSM phone (900/1800/1900 MHz) with GPRS and Bluetooth. Users will also be able to connect to a PC via USB cable to sync their information. The P30 also features a SD/MMC expansion slot, although we are unsure as to whether this will be hot-swappable as is the case with the P900.
http://www.mobileburn.com/review.jsp?Id=482

Bluetooth info
http://www.mobileburn.com/search.jsp...hAll=bluetooth

The Next Big Thing for (addding: Long Range) Wireless?
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine...6083_mz063.htm

Brighthand's Coverage of CES 2004
http://www.brighthand.com/article/CES_2004_Overview

TDK Bluetooth stack update
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=2142

Can a PC Fit in Your Pocket?
OQO's PDA-sized device offers features usually found on a notebook.
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,114295,00.asp

The study concludes that the general-purpose DSP market is dominated by communications applications, with cellular being the biggest. The embedded DSP market, however, is dominated by consumer applications like DVD players and recorders, set top boxes, MP3 players and digital still cameras, and also includes embedded DSP in communications chips for GbE LAN PHYs, WLAN and Bluetooth basebands as well as DSL and cable modems.
http://www.reed-electronics.com/elec...=0&rme=0&cfd=1

Plantronics Heads Toward Success
Arik Hesseldahl, 01.13.04, 5:00 PM ET
NEW YORK - The novelty of watching people walk down the street as they seemingly talk to themselves has worn off. Mobile phone headsets are so common they are no longer a big deal.

(excerpt)

Kannappan expects that to change this year. He reckons there were 66 million Bluetooth-friendly mobile phones sold worldwide last year, but only 11 million Bluetooth headsets sold in the same period. Sensing a potential surge in demand, Plantronics boosted research and development spending during the downturn, from $22 million in 2000 to $34 million last year. Some of it went toward Bluetooth development, but it's not hard to see the fruits of that spending elsewhere in the product line.

more
http://www.forbes.com/personaltech/2...h_0113plt.html

Fast Forward: Report from CES 2004

Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post Personal Technology Columnist
Monday, January 12, 2004; 2:00 PM
Personal tech columnist Rob Pegoraro was online to talk about what he saw at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. In his latest column, Rob writes that flat-panel digital televisions, digital video recording and wireless media networks were the three big stories of this year's CES. What other gadgets impressed Rob? What trends are emerging in personal technology for 2004?

(excerpt)

Rob Pegoraro: "The most intriguing workaround I've heard of is coming from Rio, which plans to add Bluetooth capability to a future MP3 player. Take that into a Bluetooth-equipped car like the Acura TL or Toyota Prius, and you *should* be able to get cable-free digital playback through the stereo, no extra parts needed."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2004Jan8.html

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Jeff Kirvin is a long time Palm OS and Pocket PC user with years of experience. At his day job, He manages one of the largest CompUSA retail stores PDA section:

".....With very few exceptions, Pocket PC users can now find PalmOS alternatives for everything they do on the Pocket PC, and switching to the Palm camp isn't the downgrade it used to be. More to the point, many Pocket PC users may find that life is easier on the Palm side of the fence. If you haven't used a Palm in a couple years, try one out and see if it feels right. You might be surprised."
http://writingonyourpalm.net/column031208.htm
http://writingonyourpalm.net/column031229.htm

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Reminder: Sharp Unveils Zaurus Models with 4-Inch VGA Screens
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Sh...Zaurus_SL-6000

Personal Mobile Tool, Product ID : SL-6000W SHARP CORPORATION
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...ProductID=1568

Mobile phone, Product ID : TQ-GX3## SHARP CORPORATION
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...ProductID=1569

Mouse, Product ID : Mose Bluetooth PX Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...ProductID=1573

Some Bluetooth Qualified Phones:

Mobile phone TQ-GX3## SHARP CORPORATION Mobile phones PROD 2004-01-09
Samsung Bluetooth PCS Phone SPH-E3700 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-30
Mobile Phone Mobile Phone TOSHIBA CORPORATION Mobile phones PROD 2003-12-11
CDMA Phone V880 Motorola Inc. Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-24
Mobile Phone FMP06-MONTEREY Fujitsu Limited Mobile phones PROD 2003-11-12
VOB Phone NBLH10 NetCODEC, Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-22
Bluetooth Mobile Phone SGH-X410 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. Mobile phones PROD 2003-10-14
Mobile phone SX1 S30880-S6500-*-* Siemens AG Mobile phones Subsystem 2003-10-01
Mobile Telephone Z600 and Z608 AAB-1021031-BV (Z600) and AAB-1021031-CN (Z608) Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Mobile phones PROD 2003-09-09
Smart Phone SV10X High Tech Computer Corp. Mobile phones Subsystem 2003-09-08
PMG Phone PMG Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc. Mobile phones PROD 2003-09-02

more
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...on=All&crit=--

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Handspring Treo 610 To Get Bluetooth
20 January 2004 08:23 EST

Well, there's another Bluetooth phone/PDa coming down the pike that you may want to pay attention to. According to Bargain PDA Handspring will announce the successor to the wildly popular Treo 600 PDA Smartphone, the Treo 610, on 01 March 2004. The 610 will reportedly include Bluetooth, Hi-Res display and greater amount of memory than the Treo 600.

No one should really be surprised as the Treo 600 was widely reported to have "space on the motherboard" for a Bluetooth ASIC, and with most phones moving to 65K color screens, I guess that it was just a matter of time. Look for some deals to crop up soon on Treo 600s as Handspring clears out inventory.

http://www.powerpage.org/cgi-bin/Web...y?newsID=11719

CONFIRMED: HP/Compaq iPAQ h6300 with photo!
Last update: 01-20-2004
Smartfone.net can now exclusively reveal that the iPAQ h6300 will definitely be released - and we have hard specs and a picture!
With all the speculation of late, there's been a lot of talk with only so much substance. All this is now set to change : we have managed to obtain hard specifications on the hp iPAQ h6300 Pocket PC Phone, which is set to include GSM, GPRS, WiFi, and Bluetooth all in the one package.
http://www.smartfone.net/?m=show&id=262

TI rolls complete EDGE reference design
By Patrick Mannion
EE Times
Jan 20, 2004
MANHASSET, N.Y. ? Texas Instruments Inc. has corralled into a single reference design all the parts necessary for a complete Edge-enabled smart phone with integrated Bluetooth and add-on modules for wireless LANs and global positioning.
http://www.commsdesign.com/news/prod...icleID=1750006 8

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PalmSource Reveals More Details on Palm OS Cobalt
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Feb 10, 2004

Though PalmSource has been talking about the upcoming version of its new operating system, there is still new, important information being revealed at its developer conference, which starts today.

Perhaps the most significant item to emerge today is the news that Palm OS Cobalt -- previously known as Palm OS 6 -- will support up to 256 MB of RAM. Palm OS 5 supports a maximum of 128 MB of RAM.

It was already known that Cobalt would allow developers to create ARM-native applications. It has just been revealed that the built-in Personal Information Management (PIM) applications will all be ARM-native.

With Palm OS 5, applications are still being written, in effect, to run on 68K processors, such as the Motorola Dragonball chips used on handhelds running Palm OS 4.1 and below. On Palm OS 5 devices, which use an ARM-based processor, apps must run through an emulator that enables them to operate on non-68K processors, albeit slower. With Cobalt, developers will be able to create apps that don't require emulation and thus will run much faster.

However, Cobalt will have the same 68K emulator in it that Palm OS 5 does, so older applications that follow PalmSource's rules should run without problems.

The new version of the operating system will use an extensible multimedia framework. This will allow developers to create new applications using industry standard audio and video. Much of the work on Cobalt's multimedia functions was done by former developers for Be, Inc.

PalmSource is also talking about some of the features that were already known about Palm OS Cobalt. For example, by now it should be well known to most people that it will support threading and background processes, which will allow multiple apps to run at the same time. Palm OS 5 has some rudimentary support for this now, but it will be much more robust in the latest version of the operating system.

Palm OS Cobalt will see the end of some limitations that have irritated users for years, including the 16-category limit and the 4k limit on memos.

It will have a system-wide, pluggable encryption architecture. This will provide developers will advanced, industry standard tools like 128-bit SSL.

Of course, Palm OS Cobalt will use a standard API for handling virtual Graffiti areas. It will also have a standard for the Status Bar that many HVGA models use today.

Images and text will look clearer thanks to scaleable fonts and a standard 2D graphics model.

PalmSource representatives have said in the past that Cobalt will offer support for VGA and switching between portrait and landscape modes, but no mention of this has been made so far at the PalmSource conference. Instead, the only resolutions mentioned have been 320 by320 pixels and 320 by 480 pixels.

Wireless handhelds are becoming an increasingly large percentage of the market, and, thanks to a pluggable architecture, Cobalt will allow the Palm OS licensees to easily design models with a wide variety of wireless options, from Wi-Fi to GPRS.

In addition, two different wireless networking methods can be operating simultaneously. For example, users will be able to be connected at a Wi-Fi network and a Bluetooth keyboard at the same time.

ACCESS has just announced that its NetFront will be the standard web browser for Palm OS Cobalt, in the same way it was for the previous version of the operating system.

http://www.brighthand.com/article/PS...ails_on_Cobalt

What Isn't in Palm OS Cobalt... Yet
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Feb 10, 2004
At the PalmSource conference today, company executives have been talking about all the new features in Palm OS Cobalt. However, there are some significant features that didn't make it into this version. Still, PalmSource says these will be in a future version

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Whats_Not_in_Cobalt

PalmSource Conference
http://palmsource.confreg.com/?r=hp3
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Pa...e_2004_Preview
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Pr...Palm_OS_Cobalt

A Look Ahead at Upcoming Handhelds and Smart Phones....
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Up...ds_for_Q1_2004

PluggedIn: Bluetooth wireless resurrected with new gadgets
Reuters, 02.10.04, 2:13 PM ET
By Kenneth Li

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bluetooth wireless, considered tech roadkill just a few years ago, has been resurrected by the release of a slew of gadgets and widespread industry support.

(excerpt)

"Initial expectations were overblown," said Alex Slawsby, senior analyst of mobile devices at IDC. "It was a solution to a problem no one thought they had."

But now, helped by growing industry support, shipments of Bluetooth devices are expected to increase about 60 percent in 2004 to 88 million units from 55 million units sold in 2003, according to Gartner.

"In the near term, we still see Bluetooth gaining incremental adoption as a cable replacement," said William Clark, research director at Gartner.

These projections are conservative compared with the industry and media frenzy over Bluetooth in the late 1990s. "We are continuing to downgrade our forecast in terms of overall growth in the next three to four years," Clark said.

more
http://www.forbes.com/home_asia/news...tr1254203.html

Metric: Full-featured handsets to control 43% of phone market by 2008
According to researcher Zelos Group, full-featured handsets -- such as smartphones and other data-enhanced mobile phones -- will account for 43 percent of the global handset market by 2008. The study predicts that full-featured handsets will be available for prices as low as $157 in 2006, close to the expected market average in that year. According to Zelos, the growth of smartphones will cause disruption in the mobile consumer electronics market, forcing many companies to add phone capabilities to their popular devices. The study predicts that mobile electronics manufacturers -- such as Apple, Sony, Nintendo, and HP -- will release mobile phones of their own. The study also predicts that the prospects for Linux in the handset market are strong. Despite Linux's potential, Symbian and Microsoft will be the two dominant mobile OS players in the short term, with Symbian beating Microsoft in most markets.
http://www.zelosgroup.com/

Trend: More positive IT spending returns

According to a new survey from TechTarget, 62 percent of IT decision makers said they expect their budgets to increase in 2004, and 17 percent said they expect their budgets to increase by more than 10 percent. When asked about their particular area of expertise (CRM, Linux, Web services, etc.), 53 percent of respondents said their company plans to increase spending in those areas, and almost 25 percent said they expect their budgets to go up more than 10 percent. Only about 10 percent of respondents said they expect their budgets to decrease.
http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/orig...946012,00.html

Bulky Bluetooth? Solutions Disappearing
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2004/1/emw100902.htm

Bluetooth Switching Fix for the HTC Voyager model of Microsoft smartphone
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/2062.html

Logitech DiNovo Media Desktop: A Command Center to Love
Most media keyboards these days are loaded with hot keys and other unneeded accessories. This one is elegant and easy to use.
http://www.business2.com/b2/web/arti...583600,00.html

See how Bluetooth had evolved...
http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...087946105.html

I think the writer doesn't know which Nokia Phone models have Bluetooth integrated imho.

Nokia Phones with Bluetooth Technology
http://www.nokia.com/nokia/0,8764,3455,00.html ....more Models will follow

Trend: EDGE outpaces WCDMA
Critics scoffed at EDGE two years ago, dismissing it as a U.S. fad. GSM carriers are now flocking to the technology in both the U.S. and in Europe, where WCDMA continues to disappoint. TeliaSonera is the latest European carrier that has scaled back its WCDMA deployment plans. Instead of launching WCDMA across its network, the carrier has opted to launch WCDMA only in major urban areas and to launch EDGE in smaller markets as a way to cut network costs. In the U.S, both AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless have launched EDGE service. Many carriers are now using EDGE as a way to delay the launch of WCDMA while the try to put together the cash needed to go to full 3G. EDGE offers faster data than GPRS -- EDGE boasts 100 Kbps compared
http://news.com.com/2100-1039-5147828.html

Nice but 3G technologies are more speedy. Bluetooth and 3G would be a better mobile solution imho.

The Bluetooth Car
Short-Range Wireless Tech Hold Promise for Hands-Free Systems in U.S.
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/scite...ag_040209.html

Bluetooth Making Inroads in More Vehicles
http://www.powerpage.org/cgi-bin/Web...y?newsID=11777

The bluetooth Wireless office: Fact or fiction?
Although not glitch free, Bluetooth-based wireless connectivity provides viable option for footloose staff
http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2004...h-02-09-04.asp

The source shows why Widcomm is mentioned in the article imho ;o)

O2 Chooses CSR for Its Bluetooth Technology in the New XDA II Smartphone
http://www.csr.com/pr/pr162.htm

The Bluetooth Pen
http://www.bargainpda.com/default.asp?newsID=1878

Motorola with 3 New Phones (Video)
http://www.mobiletracker.net/archive...ola_intros.php
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mob...9145661,00.htm

Apple Bluetooth driver updated, supports more devices
http://www.computerworld.com/softwar...,89921,00.html

Bluetooth: Europe vs. US
by: angelseye2000 (31/M/LA) 02/11/04 07:18 am
Msg: 32635 of 32635

The vs. issue is changing (2) slooooowly....

The version of the (New Sone Clie PDA called) TH55 that will be released in Europe has Bluetooth, but the U.S. version doesn't. I strongly disagree with this decision. Wi-Fi is great for use around the home or office, but once you are more than 300 feet from an access point, the party is over. That's where Bluetooth steps in. In partnership with a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, you can access the Internet from almost anywhere, though not as fast as with Wi-Fi. It's great that the Europeans get to do this, but Bluetooth is catching on rapidly in the U.S. and Sony is missing the boat. You can use infrared to communicate with some mobile phones, but it isn't anywhere near as convenient.

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Sony_Clie_TH55_Review

Hellooooooooo US........still snoozing i see

New Bluetooth Qualified Products from Broadcom, Samsung, Toshiba etc.
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...rsion=&crit=--

Few recently FCC Granted Consumer Products:

Sharp with 850/1900 GSM Cellular Phone With Bluetooth
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf...id=APYHRO00033

Canon with Bluetooth Unit
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf...c_id=AZDK30218

Compaq Laptop with WLAN and Bluetooth
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf...=CNTWM3B2200BG

Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/oet/cf...cc_id=IHDT6ED1

Some cellular operators in Asia and Europe are deciding to stick with EDGE networks across most areas, only deploying true 3G networks in cities
http://techdirt.com/news/wireless/article/3339/

Motorola HF800 Mobile Phone
http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...ProductID=1598

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Bluetooth bounces back with new gadgets
While initially the technology?s future appeared to be doomed, shipments of Bluetooth devices are now expected to increase about 60 percent in 2004.
http://www.ciol.com/content/news/2004/104021604.asp

Palm?s ?No Mac Support? policy with Cobalt comes just bit too early, what with Apple?s secret ?smart-PDA' coming

February 11, 2004

?Apple is about to introduce a new digital device that will combine the best features of every Palm based and Windows based PDA?s currently flooding the market. The problem is, Palm?s announcement that they will no longer produce further upgrades to Palm Desktop For Mac makes it necessary, for the first time ever, for Apple to announce the coming of this new product before it?s ready. ?JM?

The timeline for this product is an introduction by July 2004. Hopefully Apple will deliver it sooner now that Palm has gone public with its withdrawal of Mac support.

(excerpt)

It will use an OS X-like OS, having full integration with iCal, Mail, Address Book, iSync, etc. It will be QuickTime driven, with support for the new codec?s, including Mpeg-4. The display will offer 65k colors and will be as large as the largest Sony Clie (there's that Clie thing again). The screen will be touch-sensitive, using Ink as the input software. Just imagine the latest Clie (!) with an Apple twist, meaning a whole new design concept, a flip screen, and a keyboard, FireWire, USB and Bluetooth. And it will be hard-drive based, using the same hard drive in that the new iPod mini uses, but I'm told the drive will be bigger. I have no idea what the cost will be, nor do I have any information about the processor, RAM, or anything else. However, it won?t matter if you have a Mac or PC, it supposedly works with both platforms through the introduction of iSync with Windows and an arrangement with Microsoft. (you don't think Apple advertised iLife '04 as being "Microsoft Office for the rest of your life" for nothing, did you?)

more
http://www.macnet2.com/more.php?id=455_0_1_0

RumorMill?: Details of Upcoming Apple Handheld...
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...Apple_Handheld

Apple PDA Rumors Stoked Again
http://www.bargainpda.com/default.asp?newsID=1892

HP's upcoming iPAQ h6300 series
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Ru...the_iPAQ_h6300
http://www.pocketpcitalia.com/preview_hp_ipaq_6000.asp

According to information obtained by smartfone.net, there will be two versions, one for consumers and another for businesses. The consumer model will have a built-in camera with a maximum picture resolution of 640 by 480 pixels (VGA). The professional one won't have a camera at all. This is necessary because many businesses ban cameras of any kind.

Specifications and photograph of the hp IPAQ h6300:

-Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PC Phone Edition
-The screen is 3.5-inch color Transflective TFT
-Multiple wireless options:

# GSM network 850/900/1800/1900
# GPRS
# WiFi
# Bluetooth? wireless technology

-SDIO SD Slot
-TI Omap processor
-640x480 VGA Camera (Business Version comes without built-in digital camera)
-Add-on thumb keyboard
-64MB RAM /64MB ROM
-1800 mAH battery (removable)
-RIM Push Email Software
-Available on T-mobile in June
-Approximately $600 US

more....
http://www.smartfone.net/?m=show&id=262

Texas Instruments sees phone-on-chip by year's end
By Ben Berkowitz, Reuters

LOS ANGELES ? Texas Instruments, the world's largest maker of cell phone chips, Monday said it will unveil digital radio technology it says will allow it to combine multiple cellular phone functions into one digital chip by the end of this year.

(excerpt)

Putting all of those components together into one chip is not a new idea. TI talked about it in September 2002, but Monday's announcement was the first news that a working product existed.

"We have a tremendous amount of data, and we're absolutely confident that we will have that product by the end of 2004," Krenik said.

Beyond this year, Krenik said, the company's goal is to undertake similar chip consolidations for Wi-Fi networks and higher-speed cellular networks using the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) standard.

"We're moving these functions much more aggressively down the cost curve," Krenik said, citing the example of the Bluetooth devices using the DRP technology, where the cost of the radio within the device works out to about 35 cents. "Cost is really king in the wireless industry."

more
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/te...one-chip_x.htm
TI Advance Enables 90nm Single Chip Cell Phone
http://www.reed-electronics.com/elec...t=000&industry id=21376&industry=Wireless

TI tests out digital RF processor
By David Lammers
EE Times
Feb 16, 2004

Austin, Texas ? Texas Instruments Inc. will shed more light on its digital RF processor at the 2004 International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week in San Francisco. The DRP is a key portion of an integrated "single-chip" solution TI will ship to wireless handset vendors late in 2005.

TI also said it is now working with 90-nanometer test silicon that combines the DRP with the baseband processor and some of the power-management functions. Bill Krenik, advanced architectures manager at TI's wireless terminals business unit in Dallas, said the GSM/GPRS implementation cuts board space and power roughly in half.

TI's Future Foundation: Upcoming handset chips to integrate DRP; In 2004 TI will come with a Single Chip GSM/GPRS Cellphone Bluetooth v1.2 GPS Solution

more...
http://www.commsdesign.com/news/tech...cleID=17700290

Nokia and Vivendi Universal Games break new ground on the N-GageTM Mobile Game Deck
Source : La Soci?t?
16/02/04
First ever wireless head-to-head play via Bluetooth for Crash Bandicoot
http://www.edubourse.com/finance/act...?idActus=13582
http://www.gamespot.com/ngage/drivin...s_6089458.html

Expert plays down 'bluesnarfing' threat
http://www.electricnews.net/news.html?code=9390452

Bluejacking is a mostly harmless activity. Though it is an unintended use of a technical feature, most hard-core geeks do not find sufficient technical challenge in the activity. For the more serious hacker, looking to explore the security features of their Handset, more technically demanding sport is required.
http://www.cryptonomicon.net/modules...rticle&sid=654

Some Bluetooth phones could be vulnerable to a 'snarfing' attack, meaning that a hacker can access data even if the phone is not paired with another Bluetooth device. According to Adam Laurie, chief security officer at networking and security firm AL Digital , most Bluetooth users shouldn't be overly worried because currently the tools required to launch a snarfing attack are not in the public domain, but he believes it is only a matter of time before they are. Laurie told ZDNet UK: "Someone would not just stumble on this vulnerability, they would have to be looking for it. But now people know that it is possible, they will be looking," he said.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communicatio...9146123,00.htm

Bluejacking: all hype for a social manifestation
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1900

Don't get me wrong.....better security is always wanted. But first we see, read and hear all the repeated Bluejacking articles all over the internet.....and after a few months they tell us it's harmless!?

I read that the snarfing issue has a lot to do with "pairing" the Bluetooth devices right.

To be continued.....

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New Bluetooth(R) Stack for Windows(R) by Toshiba
Software Suite for Windows(R)

Bluetooth identifier : B01402
Created Date : 2004-02-17
Spec version : 1.2
PRD version : 1.0
Product ID : S3B1840A002
Software Version : V3.01.00F
Hardware Version : n.a.
Qualified Product Notice : B000017Q-01-S_uns.pdf
Compliant Portion : CPD-B000017Q-01-S_uns.pdf
Qualified profile :

- A2DP-Sink
- A2DP-Source
- AVCTP
- AVDTP
- AVRCP-Target
- BIP-ImagePush
- BIP-RemCam
- BNEP
- DUN-DT
- Fax-DT
- FT-Client
- FT-Server
- GAP
- GAVDP
- Generic Object Exchange
- HCRP-Client
- Headset-AG
- HID-Host
- OPP-Client
- OPP-Server
- PAN-Group
- PAN-User
- SDAP
- SDP
- Serial-DevA

Interop Devices : - -

Product Type : Subsystem
List Date : 2004-02-17
Product Contact Person : Mr. Ikuo Sako
Email : ikuo.sako@toshiba.co.jp
Phone : +81(428)34-2670
Company URL : http://www.toshiba.com
BQB : Wahl , Nikolaus

http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...ProductID=1610

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Sharp with with three new PDA models: The SL-6000N will include no wireless networking capabilities. The SL-6000L will have built-in Wi-Fi, while the SL-6000W will have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Sh...Zaurus_SL-6000

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Nee, helaas G-Scan. Een eigen Bluetooth site is out of reach ($). Maar er zijn wel enkele sites of handigheidjes om Bluetooth info/nieuws te vergaren.....

http://qualweb.bluetooth.org/Templat...lifiedProducts

http://www.bluetoothnews.com/

http://www.wirelessnederland.nl/
http://forum.wirelessnederland.nl/viewforum.php?f=33

http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=bluetooth
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/ticker_n...oth&which=news
http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/...bluetooth&n=10
http://www.palowireless.com/bluetooth/news.asp
http://newstrove.com/cgi-bin/search....lias=bluetooth
http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...i?board=BTOOTH

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Ericsson: Bluetooth chipsets to climb to 120 million units in 2004
Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DigiTimes.com [Thursday 13 November 2003]

Global shipments of Bluetooth chipsets are expected to reach 120 million units in 2004, doubling from about 60 million units projected for 2003, Maria Khorsand, president of Ericsson Technology Licensing, said in Taipei yesterday.

The production of Bluetooth chipsets got a boost in the first half of this year, as more and more handsets, PDAs and PC peripherals offer Bluetooth support, Khorsand said.

Mobile phones and PDAs accounted for about 42.5% of global Bluetooth chipset shipments in the first half of this year, she said. Looking forward, Bluetooth enabled handsets will account for over 70% of global shipments in 2004.

The introduction of new mobile applications like PMGs (personal mobile gateways) and CTPs (cordless telephony profiles) will also help accelerate the spread of Bluetooth technology.

Meanwhile, Bluetooth supporters, including O2, Orange, AT&T and Vodafone, all have announced that they will introduce Bluetooth products in the coming year, Khorsand said.

Ericsson Technology Licensing has licensed Bluetooth-related technology to other Taiwan companies, including VIA Technologies, Winbond Electronics and Arima Communications, for chipset development.

According to Khorsand, Bluetooth chipsets have recently dropped to around US$3.50 per unit on average. The prices will continue to decline in 2004 due to continued improvement in manufacturing processes and the expansion of Bluetooth applications.

http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Ar...ages=A6&seq=27

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Cheaper cellphone calls on horizon
Jennifer L. Schenker/IHT
Thursday, November 13, 2003

PARIS New technology being evaluated by phone operators in Europe, Asia and the United States promises to achieve what regulators and competition have so far failed to: drastically reduce mobile phone bills.

The technology, which could be introduced as early as next year, would allow people to scrap the separate handsets they now use at home and at the office and instead rely on one portable phone and one number, regardless of where they are, by using a mix of land-line, cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies.

In Europe, analysts say, consumers pay anywhere from 2 to 10 times as much for a mobile call than for one made over a fixed connection. In China, where cellphone calls cost five times as much as one using a land line, both the caller and the recipient are charged for the call.

But emerging technology appears set to overturn existing tariff structures, allowing a call that originates on a mobile phone to bypass the costlier cellular network and instead be carried over the conventional telephone network, by broadband Internet connection or via high-speed wireless local area networks. This would cut the cost of using a cellphone within the home or office by as much as 60 percent, according to some estimates.

The technology would not benefit just consumers. Troubled phone companies see it as a way of improving their business. European phone companies with fixed networks have already lost around 5 percent of their traffic to mobile operators, so they see the technology as a way of recouping volume.

Mobile operators have been accused of pressuring handset makers to delay rolling out the new technology, which goes by the name of fixed-mobile convergence, because they first saw it as a threat. But now the mobile operators see benefits as well, since the new technology would help reduce their costs in rolling out third-generation base stations. The cost of building the 3G infrastructure is anywhere from 10 to 100 times more expensive than installing wireless systems inside buildings. Fixed-mobile convergence would allow bandwidth-intensive applications like video downloads to instead be transferred over the fixed network, reducing requirements for building the 3G system.

Finally, the technology shift would not affect only the prices charged to consumers: It also calls into question the much higher termination rates that operators charge one another when connecting calls that pass through a different networks.

"It is very disruptive technology because it changes so much," said Alan Wright, director for business development for Motorola's global telecommunications business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "It is an asymmetric shock to the entire industry."

Motorola is preparing to launch the handsets and networking equipment necessary for these new services to work.

Many of the first such services are likely to be based on Bluetooth, a short-range radio technology. By next year, some 20 percent of mobile phones will be equipped with a Bluetooth chip, and that number is set to increase to 75 percent by 2008, Forrester Research has estimated.

Once a layer of software is added, Bluetooth cellphones would be able to wirelessly signal a small Bluetooth access point installed in an office or home. The access point then passes the call onto the conventional telephone network or a broadband network, bypassing the costlier cellular network.

For example, Norwood Systems, a company in Richmond upon Thames, England, plans to use software called cordless telephony profile to allow office workers to make telephone calls over the fixed-line network via Bluetooth handsets, for up to 60 percent less than calls made from a mobile phone inside the office. This could save corporate customers $100 to $125 a month per user on their mobile phone bills, said Paul Ostergaard, co-founder and chief executive of Norwood Systems.

Sweden's Ericsson is pushing a similar solution that uses a software protocol called mobile services profile to establish communication between the mobile phone and the access point.

Vendors like Motorola plan to first introduce similar Bluetooth offerings and eventually offer a service that would use wireless broadband or Wi-Fi connections, rather than Bluetooth, inside buildings to connect to the fixed network. Such a service would require mobile phones that can automatically "roam," or transfer calls, between Wi-Fi and 3G or other types of mobile networks.

BT, the British fixed-line operator, was the first in Europe to launch a trial of the new technology, and mm02, a British mobile phone company, is not far behind. An operator in China is set to start testing a similar service this month. Operators in Taiwan and South Korea also are evaluating the technology.

In the United States, Cingular Wireless in October introduced a commercial service called Fast Forward, based on a different approach: a cell phone cradle that automatically routes incoming cellphone calls to any fixed, local number, such as the customer's home or office.

In all of these cases, calls made by cellphone are charged at the cheaper, land-line rate.

Dozens of other operators around the world are quietly evaluating ways of achieving the same result.

Motorola, for example, said it is already working with six operators in Europe but is barred by non-disclosure agreements from revealing who any of its clients are.

Ovum, a technology consulting firm in Britain, said AT&T Wireless, Vodafone and Orange are among the operators considering such services. AT&T Wireless and Vodafone did not respond to questions concerning possible use of such technology. An Orange spokeswoman said the company has made no secret about its interest in fixed-mobile convergence but provided no details.

In addition to Motorola, four other equipment providers said that they are already working with phone operators interested in introducing the technology. They include Norwood, Commil of Israel, Kineto Wireless of the United States and IVT of China.

Ken Kolderup, vice president of marketing at Kineto, said he expects operators to begin offering commercial services by mid-2004.

The phone companies are tapping into a trend. Many people already make and receive most of their calls on their cellphones anyway, since their contact lists are stored on their phones and the phones are more convenient. In Britain, some 30 percent of cellphone calls are made while people are at home or at the office, representing over $250 million worth of telecom traffic annually, said Jeremy Green, a principal analyst at Ovum.

"If BT can bring some of those calls back onto the fixed network, it would represent a lot of revenue," Green said.

The volume of calls from and to fixed-line phones in Europe have declined every year since 1999, according to Forrester Research. In the four years that ended in 2002, volume fell by 9 billion minutes, or 10 percent. Over the same period, mobile phone calls showed double-digit growth, adding 35 billion minutes of national voice traffic. Forrester data also shows that fixed telecommunications operators risk losing the business of between 20 percent and 25 percent of Europe's population to mobile operators.

The new technology also appeals to operators with both fixed and mobile systems because they have been losing traffic to pure mobile operators like Vodafone. The technology could allow them to keep the traffic in-house.

Mobile-only operators like mm02 are also interested, and not just because the technology could reduce 3G rollout requirements. The technology could help them win more contracts with both business and residential customers by allowing them to offer lower rates, while at the same time driving an increase in data traffic.

http://www.iht.com/cgi-bin/generic.c...&ArticleId=117 558

Intel on WiMax and WiFi-Bluetooth Solution
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,113587,00.asp

Centrino notebooks to capture 42% of global market in 2003
http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Ar...pages=A2&seq=3

One of the reasons why it's so interesting that Intel will offer a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi Chipset in 2004

ASUS is planning to release two Pocket PC models in 2004. The MyPal A8100 will be a Phone Edition device (with Bluetooth), while the My Pal A716 will offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
http://www.brighthand.com/article/AS...Two_Pocket_PCs

Dell will release an Axim X3i with Bluetooth integrated device in 1st quarter of 2004. Dell is not planning to offer any Palm OS-based products.
http://www.bargainpda.com/default.asp?newsID=1742

Going wire free
November 14, 2003 12:00am
The Guardian.

Manufacturers intend to cut the cord on personal audio players in 2004 by introducing models with Bluetooth wireless headsets. Users will be able to listen to music even if their player is in their pocket or several feet away in a bag. Apple iPod owners could be first to benefit as iPod vendor, XtremeMac, is promising to deliver a Bluetooth add-on early next year that uses technology and circuit boards developed by a company called Infinite Range. Other manufacturers are expected to offer similar Bluetooth accessories, and while Philips will integrate Bluetooth into its next range of hard disk-based personal audio players, which will be launched in late summer 2004.

French company Naf Naf Electronique is also promising a Bluetooth CD player for early 2004.

http://www.wirelessweek.com/index.as...D=NEe1113027.8 iw

Putting The Brains In The Smartphone
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...210062d3acd1d8

BT Info/News
http://www.wirelessweek.com/index.as...Range+Wireless

Using AciveSync over Bluetooth with Smartphone 2003 phones
November 20, 2003 [Smartphone]
Bluetooth? I don?t need Bluetooth because I don?t use Bluetooth headsets, go away!
Well, maybe after learning about using Bluetooth for connecting your smartphone to PC - with help of ActiveSync - you may reconsider!
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/1679.html

Frogpad Bluetooth Keyboard coming
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mob...9117932,00.htm

.....PalmOne might offer an alternative operating system to PalmSource, but said he had no such alternative on the table yet.
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mob...9118034,00.htm

Zeevo, Inc., a leading provider of Bluetooth System-on-a-Chip (SOC) solutions announced today that it has shipped one million units to date, a significant milestone for a fabless RF semiconductor company.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...9a00068eba43e1

2004 International CES, the world's largest annual tradeshow for consumer technology, January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev. A Digital Imaging SuperSession brings attendees up-to-speed on the latest hardware, including cameras, mobile phones and camcorders, driving the digital imaging market. With panelists from Adobe, Fuji Photo Film, H-P, Ofoto and Sprint PCS, the session also covers display editing, Bluetooth-enabled features and accessories in the digital photography industry.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...c8001c65071e55

Zoom Begins Shipping Bluetooth(R) Wireless Modem and Adapters
Modem Provides Easy Internet Access for PDAs and Laptops
http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release...lease_id=60271

WLAN client vendors make news in Vegas
Broadcom announces InConcerT, software that will coordinate Broadcom's 802.11 WLAN and Bluetooth chip sets on a single device, to maximize wireless performance
http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/...scomdex_1.html

Sony Ericsson P900 Review: If you're looking for an integrated mobile phone with strong voice feature and even stronger PDA functionality, then yes this is a mobile phone you should consider
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1850

Exploiting a near-field radio communication technology, Philips will roll out new consumer products in 2004 integrating a smart card reader based on near-field communications (NFC): Bringing Bluetooth-enabled devices with about 10 cm of each other, NFC can automatically initiate Bluetooth connectivity. Consumers are spared the ordeal of ?scrawling through a long menu to identify the device and set up the initial Bluetooth connectivity process,? said Duverne.
http://www.eetimes.com/sys/news/OEG20031119S0022

Wireless industry cleared for take-off
http://crn.vnunet.com/Analysis/1148643

Apple New iMac's
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031118/sftu087_1.html

Linksys Previews Wireless Gear
Company readies more 802.11g devices, first Bluetooth product.
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,113517,00.asp

Gates Envisions New Era of Seamless Computing
http://www.technewsworld.com/perl/story/32156.html

Bluetooth controlled robots from Epson
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1839

Apple updates Bluetooth driver
http://www.digitmag.co.uk/news/displ...fm?NewsID=3458

Review: Philips Fisio 826, an ideal email phone
http://guide.vsnl.net.in/mobile_inte...lips_fisio_826 1/index031013.html

Review: Nextlink?s Bluespoon Digital and Chameleon bluetooth headsets.
http://guide.vsnl.net.in/mobile_inte...tlink/index031 108.html

HP doubles global PDA market share to 23.1%; Palm still No. 1

According to the latest figures from researcher Gartner, Microsoft Pocket PC-enabled devices accounted for 42.3 percent of global PDA shipments in the third quarter. In terms of end user revenue, Pocket PC captured 54.2 percent of the market, with Palm OS devices accounting for 36.1 percent of end user spending. HP is increasingly becoming the dominate PDA vendor with its popular iPAQ line. The company claimed 23.1 percent of the PDA market. Palm retained its title as the world's leading PDA vendor, claiming 34.2 percent of the market. Dell made impressive gains in the market, going from no market share in the second quarter of 2002 to a 5.5 percent share last quarter. Excluding HP's figures for the iPAQ, the global PDA market would have declined 13 percent year-to-year. The U.S. PDA market grew 5.2 percent in the third quarter.

http://www4.gartner.com/5_about/pres...t_53947_11.jsp

HP offers some interesting PDAs. Some have both WiFi and Bluetooth. Palm offers just WiFi or Bluetooth enabled PDAs. Maybe and idea for the future!? (same goes for there smartphone platform)

JUNE 23, 2003 -- HP Unveils Its Broadest Range of Handhelds Ever: Integrated Bluetooth? wireless capability is offered across the entire iPAQ Pocket PC family announced today, allowing connectivity to Bluetooth notebook PCs, printers and accessories, as well as access to remote data when combined with a Bluetooth enabled phone.(2) Bluetooth enables users to effortlessly synchronize and share data through their own personal area networks.
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/pr...3/030623a.html


Broadcom Introduces Industry's Most Advanced Solution for Bluetooth(R) and Wi-Fi(R) Coexistence
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/031117/lam079_1.html

Supply of Bluetooth chips falls 30% short: According to Benson Chang, vice president of sales and marketing at Apache, global demand for Bluetooth-enabled devices will reach 65 million to 70 million units this year, up from 30 million last year. Demand is estimated to climb to 130 million units next year, of which 16 million to 17 million will be shipped in devices manufactured by Taiwanese companies, he added.
http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Ar...17&pages=A1&se q=1

Bluetooth hits its stride
By Sue Cant
November 18, 2003
Bluetooth might finally be coming of age. The wireless protocol is expected to double its market next year to 100 million units.
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/...027035150.html

Users of all Bluetooth enabled Toshiba Pocket PCs can now download updated drivers for Pocket PC OS 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 handhelds.
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1833

Brain Boxes with universal Bluetooth adapter.
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=6666

FrogPad launches into the Bluetooth whirlwind and takes a giant leap into the consumer wireless world
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2...prweb88894.htm

HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100
The HP Compaq Tablet PC TC1100 is powered by Intel? Centrino? mobile technology with a low-voltage 1.0 GHz processor for high performance and low power consumption. It provides industry-leading battery life of up to four hours. The TC1100 is only 0.8-inch thin and weighs slightly over three pounds. It features a 10.4-inch TFT display with wide viewing angle and NVIDEA GeForce4 Go 420 high-resolution graphics; fast infrared, built-in Bluetooth and 802.11 wireless LAN capabilities.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...1e001e474aacfc

Intermec displays new vehicle mount terminal, handheld computer. Intermec Technologies Corp. (www.intermec.com) demonstrated its CV60 rugged vehicle mount terminal that integrates both Bluetooth technology and a wireless base station, which eliminates the need for an external base station to communicate with wireless scanners, simplifies installation, and provides a safer and les cluttered workspace for vehicle operators.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...af6300658703f1 3b

Staples Survey Finds 68 Percent Want Technology Gifts; Retailer Predicts Holiday 2003 Big Tech Sellers for Those Who are Technology 'Spaceships' or 'Station Wagons
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...af002e868ed03c

BT's Bluephone Strategy (BT CEO Powerpoint presentation)
http://www.btplc.com/Investorcentre/...q103slides.ppt

BT's The everywhere phone
http://www.btplc.com/Innovationandte...here/index.htm

Ericsson: Bluetooth chipsets to climb to 120 million units in 2004
Max Wang, Taipei; Steve Shen, DigiTimes.com [Thursday 13 November 2003]

Global shipments of Bluetooth chipsets are expected to reach 120 million units in 2004, doubling from about 60 million units projected for 2003, Maria Khorsand, president of Ericsson Technology Licensing, said in Taipei yesterday.

The production of Bluetooth chipsets got a boost in the first half of this year, as more and more handsets, PDAs and PC peripherals offer Bluetooth support, Khorsand said.

Mobile phones and PDAs accounted for about 42.5% of global Bluetooth chipset shipments in the first half of this year, she said. Looking forward, Bluetooth enabled handsets will account for over 70% of global shipments in 2004.

The introduction of new mobile applications like PMGs (personal mobile gateways) and CTPs (cordless telephony profiles) will also help accelerate the spread of Bluetooth technology.

Meanwhile, Bluetooth supporters, including O2, Orange, AT&T and Vodafone, all have announced that they will introduce Bluetooth products in the coming year, Khorsand said.

Ericsson Technology Licensing has licensed Bluetooth-related technology to other Taiwan companies, including VIA Technologies, Winbond Electronics and Arima Communications, for chipset development.

According to Khorsand, Bluetooth chipsets have recently dropped to around US$3.50 per unit on average. The prices will continue to decline in 2004 due to continued improvement in manufacturing processes and the expansion of Bluetooth applications.

http://www.digitimes.com/NewsShow/Ar...13&pages=A6&se q=27

CTO Connection
IT grab bag: from Bluetooth to Resin
Doing what it takes in lean times to keep an enterprise humming
http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/...nection_1.html

Domain bluetoothguide.com transferred to Bluetooth SIG
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1805

BlueTooth Workshop [Singapore]
http://www.telefocal.com/workshops/b...technology.htm

After WiFi it's Bluetooth's turn.....Bluetooth security issues
http://www.iwar.org.uk/news-archive/2003/11-13-12.htm
Bluetooth? Security White Paper
http://www.bluetooth.com/upload/24Security_Paper.PDF
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...cebluet/html/c econBluetoothSecurityIssues.asp
Bluetooth Security Products at.....
http://www.thewirelessdirectory.com

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Cecina (of Willem),

ik zal de vraag nog eens herhalen: bestaat er een website waar al deze info beschikbaar is ?

G-San

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Bluetooth?s future is far from blue
7 Nov 2003

A couple weeks ago we presented the case for Ultra Wideband (UWB) as a formidable cable replacement technology around the home, connecting printers, camcorders and home entertainment systems wirelessly. In its heyday, this was once seen as another natural domain for Bluetooth, the personal wireless area networking (PWAN) standard. However, from its inception, the standard has been optimised for short-range, low power transmission, making it ideally suited for use in small, portable, personal devices, ranging from handsets to headsets, which are powered by batteries. While UWB has yet to be standardised, and Wi-Fi still hogs battery life, the fact is that Bluetooth will have this portable market to itself for many years to come. This is a view shared by Ariel Moshkovitz, Texas Instruments? Marketing and Business Development Manager for the Short Distance Wireless Business Unit. In a discussion with BluePrint, Moshkovitz explained that Bluetooth penetration in cellular handsets is now set to take-off. We also believe that two of the many profiles that Bluetooth supports, networking and cordless telephone, make it potentially threatening to the cellular operators? voice and data revenues.

A couple of weeks ago we presented the compelling case for Ultra Wideband as a formidable cable replacement technology around the home, connecting printers, camcorders and home entertainment systems wirelessly. In its heyday, this was once seen as another natural domain for Bluetooth, the personal wireless area networking standard.

However, this does not mean the end is near for Bluetooth. From its inception, the standard has been optimised for short range (10 metres nominally), low power voice and data communications. This makes it ideally suited for use in small, portable, personal devices, ranging from handsets to headsets, which are powered by batteries (a higher power version, with a range of about 100 metres, exists for powered devices like access points and USB dongles). While UWB has yet to be standardised, and Wi-Fi still hogs battery life, Bluetooth will have this portable market to itself for many years to come.

This view is shared by Ariel Moshkovitz, Texas Instruments? Marketing and Business Development Manager for the Short Distance Wireless Business Unit. In a discussion with BluePrint, Moshkovitz explained that Bluetooth penetration in cellular handsets is now set to take-off. Arguably, TI is in the best position to see this trend. As the world?s largest provider of handset silicon, and with all its reference designs now incorporating Bluetooth technology, the chipmaker has clear visibility on the technology its handset vendor customers intend to deploy over the coming years.

Forrester predicts there will be 286 million Bluetooth-enabled devices in Europe alone by 2008, most of these mobile phones. According to Instat/MDR, Bluetooth chipset shipments will rise from 35.8 million in 2002 to 575 million in 2007. The average selling price for Bluetooth chipsets now sits at around $5. As this drops further, and with chipsets now highly integrated into many handset reference designs, Bluetooth support will be included as standard by handset vendors. Moshkovitz also points to the shortening replacement cycle, now at around 18 months, which will fuel the Bluetooth installed base as consumers upgrade from their non-Bluetooth handsets.

One of Bluetooth?s attractive features is its profiles, which were designed to decrease the risk of interoperability problems between different manufacturers' products. A profile is simply a description of how to use a specification to implement a given end-user function. Amongst others, profiles exist for headset, hands-free, dial-up networking, fax, local area networking (LAN), and file transfer.

While consumers are now increasingly becoming familiar with Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth?s plethora of profiles facilitates a range of other cable replacement services: For example, using Bluetooth, a handset can be connected to a desktop PC to sync personal information; make an IP-based LAN connection for Internet access; and act as a cordless telephone (the CTP profile) for voice conversations run over Bluetooth instead of cellular. However, most handsets available today do not support the full range of Bluetooth profiles. CTP, for example, is not supported by any mass-market handset at the moment, although this is likely to change going forward.

The network and cordless telephone profiles have the potential to be particularly disruptive for the mobile network operators (MNOs). For example, connecting to the Internet over Bluetooth allows users to circumvent the cellular network entirely. A P800 for example can be relatively easily configured to surf the web and send emails using a $40 USB Bluetooth adaptor connected to a PC. While Bluetooth?s real world connection speed of 700Kbps compares poorly Wi-Fi?s 6Mbps, it is almost twenty times as fast as GPRS? 40Kbps.

In a previous BluePrint analysis piece ?The hotspot is dead, long live the hotspot?, we have discussed how, with such a large installed based of enabled handheld devices, hotspot operators may, in the future, consider adding Bluetooth coverage to their Wi-Fi service. Bluetooth access point specialists have been claiming that some network operators, such as BT, have been examining this option.

While we believe Bluetooth networking does present a threat, TI?s Moshkovitz indicates that Bluetooth does present some real opportunities to drive the MNO?s cellular data revenue. The peer-to-peer connectivity that Bluetooth offers allows laptop and PDA users to easily connect to the internet using their mobile phone via Bluetooth, encouraging greater data usage.

However, voice cannibalisation from Bluetooth appears to be just around the corner. As mentioned, the CTP Bluetooth profile essentially allows a cellular handset to act as a cordless phone when within range of an appropriate Bluetooth station, which will grab the conversation and route it through the PSTN (public switched telephone network). Several operators are now looking at offering residential customers this service, amongst them, the UK incumbent, BT. Under its Bluephone project, the company has been trialing such a service with a propriety evolution of CTP called MSP (Mobile Services Profile) with a Bluetooth handsets. Central to Bluephone is the ability to seamlessly handover to a GSM cellular network when the caller moves away from their home and out of range of the domestic Bluetooth access point. The CTP profile does not natively enable handover between a fixed and cellular network, but this is an issue BT believes it can successful tackle and anticipates launching the service in the second half of 2004.

Of course, the threat of voice revenue erosion for the MNOs is reduced if they are able to offer a similar cordless/cellular phone service themselves, and mmO2 and Orange have both announced their intention to enable fixed to mobile convergence. In addition, Christian Borrman, CEO of Virtuser, highlights that owning the SIM and the handset is a key weapon in the MNO or MVNO?s armoury.

There is no doubt that Bluetooth is here to stay and, as Moshkovitz points out, when UWB does eventually arrive, it will find itself swimming in a sea of Bluetooth. UWB will carve out a position as a wireless cable replacement technology for short-range, high bandwidth applications and is likely to find several applications throughout the home. But, at least in the medium-term, UWB will happily co-exist with Bluetooth when it eventually comes to market.

http://www.arcchart.com/blueprint/show.asp?id=34

The hotspot is dead, long live the hotspot

10 Jul 2003

Forrester Research is not known for its controversial findings. However, its recent analysis piece predicting the demise of the hotspot business model and the imminent dominance of Bluetooth has attracted a flurry of attention from the telecoms and technology media. Forrester is predicting that just 16 percent of Europeans will own a Wi-Fi enabled laptop by 2008. The crux of its argument is that the market will simply not have a sufficient mass of enabled devices to sustain the hotspot business model. By contrast, the firm predicts there will be some 286.5 million Bluetooth products by 2008, primarily in the form of cellular handsets. However, with such a huge installed user base, surely it becomes a very compelling proposition for a location, such as a coffee shop, to offer a hotspot service, albeit providing Bluetooth coverage as opposed to Wi-Fi.

(excerpt)

However, the essence of Forrester?s argument is that the industry is suffering from a serious case of myopia, focusing purely on Wi-Fi and ignoring Bluetooth, which will undergo far greater insertion into the marketplace. The firm predicts that there will be 286.5 million Bluetooth products by 2008, compared to just 53.4 million Wi-Fi products. Many of the Wi-Fi products will also have Bluetooth included but mobile phones in particular will mostly contain just Bluetooth.

more
http://www.arcchart.com/blueprint/show.asp?id=330

Forrester has some interesting points. But to compare wifi and bluetooth in chip-shipments isn't interesting because there are much more mobile phone shipping daily then pc's imho....

Geekzone Wireless Mobile Site....one of the best mobile sites imho
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=449
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/default.asp
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1767

Intel buys Wi-Fi, Bluetooth chip vendor

....finally i would say. I have made several posts on Mobilian/WiFi-Bluetooth coexistence technology in the past......First Intel hyped Bluetooth (like others), they partnered with Silicon Wave because of a certain Bluetooth-WiFi solution but didn't include it standard into the centrino chipset (why oh why? this could have been the biggest Bluetooth boost imho). Intel moved slowly into a Bluetooth-wait-and-see-mode (as i see it) and made the mistake to put almost all there money into the wifi basket.....and now they finally bought one of the most interesting WiFi-Bluetooth coexistence compannies in the world imho. Pity that i've lost ("Bluetooth info" e-mail) contact with one of the dudes from Mobilian.....

Intel buys Wi-Fi, Bluetooth chipset vendor
Move bolsters wireless strategy
By Tom Krazit, IDG News Service November 07, 2003

Intel Corp. has purchased privately held Mobilian Corp. to expand its wireless networking portfolio, an Intel spokesman confirmed Friday.

Mobilian, based in Hillsboro, Oregon, makes an integrated 802.11b/Bluetooth chipset called TrueRadio for cell phones, said Daniel Francisco, an Intel spokesman. The company has about 70 employees in Oregon and in Del Mar, California, and most of the employees are expected to join Intel's wireless networking group, he said.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Intel has spent a lot of time this year promoting the 802.11 wireless silicon used in the Centrino package for notebooks. The company has released an 802.11b and 802.11a/b chip, but does not have a Bluetooth chip available for purchase.

Intel's processors for personal digital assistants and cell phones do support the standard, and Intel's Wireless Coexistence Software helps to smooth out interference between Bluetooth and 802.11b, which operate on the same 2.4GHz frequency used by many other wireless devices.

Mobilian's TrueRadio product will help Intel build upon its current wireless strategy, but any products based on the technology will not be available for some time, Francisco said.

Texas Instruments Inc. demonstrated a multichip reference design earlier this year that combined the Bluetooth, 802.11b and GSM/GPRS (Global System for Mobile Communications/General Packet Radio Service) wireless technologies into a single personal digital assistant.

After a torrid pace of acquisitions in the late 1990s, Intel had slowed its buying activity. But earlier this year the Santa Clara, California, company purchased West Bay Semiconductor Inc., an optical networking chip designer, and part of Pallas GmbH, a supercomputer software developer.

http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/...telwifi_1.html

More Intel/Mobilian Info
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&lr...3FOpenDocument

Bluetooth shatters milestone as new standard debuts
Matthew Broersma
ZDNet UK
November 07, 2003, 12:20 GMT

A new Bluetooth specification improves the wireless technology's ease of use and connection quality, while shipments continue their ascent.

Bluetooth, the short-range wireless technology, has passed another landmark in its goal of becoming ubiquitous.

more
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/hardware/mob...9117708,00.htm

Bluetooth SIG adopts spec, vendors spin CMOS chip
http://www.eetuk.com/tech/news/OEG20031106S0030 (article names v1.0, that should be v1.1)

This latest version of the specification was "designed for developers by developers" to set the stage for the development of a growing number of mainstream products, such as next-generation mobile phones, headsets, PDAs, digital music players, cameras and laptops.
http://www.vnunet.com/News/1147663

cecina

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Bluetooth SIG Adopts Version 1.2 of Wireless Technology Specification
< Adaptive Frequency Hopping, Improved Voice Quality and Faster Connection Setup Enhance User Experience

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bluetooth Special Interest
Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for Bluetooth wireless
technology, today announced the adoption of Bluetooth Specification Version
1.2. The updated version of the core specification ushers in a new era for
the short-range wireless technology and includes new features resulting in a
more reliable and robust user experience for consumers.
"The adoption of Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 is the perfect
example of what an industry can accomplish together in creating a standard,"
said Mike McCamon, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "All of the work
to complete this specification was done by the members, for the members of the
Bluetooth SIG. It is a huge accomplishment."
This new version of the Bluetooth Core Specification was designed for
developers by developers with a view toward a more positive user experience
and the future wireless world. The current specification is included in over
1000 products as diverse as computer mice and mobile phones to automobiles and
various computing products. Version 1.2 is also intended to set the stage for
the development of a growing number of mainstream products such as more
feature rich mobile phones, headsets, PDAs, digital music players, cameras and
laptops in a consumer's Personal Area Network.
The Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 introduces a host of new
features intended to make Bluetooth wireless technology easier and more
reliable to use:

-- Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) -- AFH was explicitly designed to
reduce interference between wireless technologies sharing the 2.4 GHz
spectrum. Cordless telephones, microwave ovens and certain Wireless
Local Area Networking (WLAN) technologies, including IEEE 802.11b and
IEEE 802.11g, generally share the same wireless frequencies as
Bluetooth wireless technology. AFH works within the spectrum to take
advantage of the available frequencies without limiting the Bluetooth
transmission to a set of frequencies occupied by other technologies.
This 'adaptive hopping' allows for more efficient transmission within
the spectrum, thereby providing the user with greater performance,
even if using other technologies along with the Bluetooth wireless
technology.

-- Enhanced Voice Processing -- This feature is designed to improve the
quality of voice connections, particularly in noisy environments,
using error detection methodologies.
-- Faster Connection Setup -- This version of the wireless technology
allows for even faster connections to other Bluetooth wireless
devices, thus improving the user experience.
-- Backward Compatible -- As a core feature, the new version of the
Bluetooth Core Specification is backward compatible with 1.1
Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.1 products, allowing users of
nearly all existing Bluetooth equipped devices to easily work with
products built to the new Specification.

"The Bluetooth Core Specification Version 1.2 adaptive frequency hopping
feature opens up possibilities for complimentary wireless technologies to
coexist in devices such as PCs, PDAs, and mobile phones," said Wiliam Clark,
research director at Gartner, Inc.
Consumer products that incorporate the new version of the Specification
are expected to begin shipping in the next quarter, with greater volumes
arriving in the market over the next 12-18 months.

About the Bluetooth SIG
Bluetooth(R) wireless technology is revolutionizing the personal
connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a
specification for a small-form factor, low-cost radio solution providing links
between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices,
and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG),
comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network
industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to
market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter group companies Agere, Ericsson,
IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and thousands of Associate
and Adopter member companies. The Bluetooth SIG, Inc. headquarters are
located in Overland Park, Kansas, U.S.A. For more information please visit
http://www.bluetooth.com .

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...2003,+05:51+PM


On the Threshold Of Maturity, Bluetooth Market Comes Into Its Own

PALO ALTO, Calif.--Nov. 4, 2003--Riding a roller coaster hype curve and struggling to resolve the many technical challenges presented by such an ambitious vision, Bluetooth has come a long way from being a simple cable replacement technology unveiled in 1998. Bluetooth has hit a major milestone in its evolution as the technology enters the maturity stage of its lifecycle. A stable specification and installed base that runs into millions of units is proof that it has been a success. Even critics would be hard-pressed to name any other wireless communications technology that managed to achieve the volumes and diversity of deployment of Bluetooth in just six years.

more
http://www.wirelessdevnet.com/news/2.../05/news4.html

Bluetooth.com: BT related articles
http://www.bluetooth.com/news/news.asp

Motorola uses Broadcom Bluetooth chips
Nov. 06, 2003 12:47 PM EST

IRVINE, Calif.?As Bluetooth continues to slowly make its way into the wireless world, Broadcom Corp. announced Motorola Inc. is using its Blutonium single-chip Bluetooth transceiver in a variety of its mobile phones, including the new V500, V600, A760, A830 and A835 phones.

Broadcom said its single-chip Bluetooth solutions have been shipping in Motorola phones since early this year. The company?s Blutonium chips integrate both RF circuitry and digital baseband processing functions into a single all-CMOS integrated circuit.

In other Bluetooth news, Silicon Wave and RF Micro Devices Inc. introduced their new SiW3500 UltimateBlue single-chip Bluetooth product. The product is a result of a strategic relationship signed by the two companies in May, under which Silicon Wave granted manufacturing licenses to RFMD for its single-chip UltimateBlue ICs and standalone CMOS Bluetooth radio modem solutions. RFMD is responsible for the supply chain of Silicon Wave's CMOS Bluetooth solutions and is the exclusive global channel partner for these products.

http://rcrnews.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?newsId=15817

One of the first of Motorola's handsets using Broadcom's single-chip Bluetooth transceivers is the V600 multimode phone. This feature-rich GSM/GPRS/UMTS phone incorporates an MP3 player, digital camera and Bluetooth, among other features, to satisfy the connectivity and portable entertainment needs of the most demanding end users. The Motorola phones that feature Bluetooth technology include the V500, V600, A760, A830 and A835.
http://www.stockworld.de/msg/574515.html

BT started trials of a product called "Bluephone" that uses a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to make VOIP calls when it's within range of a Bluetooth hotspot, and the standard mobile network when it's not. The system evidently uses a Bluetooth access point hooked up to a BT ADSL line in user's homes or offices.
http://www.thefeature.com/article?ar...5&threshold=-1

PPCW.Net to start selling HTC Voyager (built-in Bluetooth and camera) soon
November 04, 2003 [Smartphone]

If you live outside of the scope of cellular network operators, that offer MS Smartphones with built-in Bluetooth and camera, then you may consider buying it - with worldwide delivery - from PPCW.Net - which in essence is an enthusiast web site owned by Arne He? who is located in Munich, Germany (EU). Arne sells also HTC Himalaya (a Pocket PC phone also known as XDA II).

Arne is a MVP and he is active also in Microsoft?s newsgroups - so if you believe in this all "community thing" - then he has a reputation to lose. That ?s why maybe buying from him would be more reliable than buying from some unknown (to a broader public) online shop. In past he was also providing upgrades to the OS to his customers, so we can bet on it, that the same will be with the new Smartphone. Here is what he writes about the new smartphone :

It?s fast, feature-rich and simply amazing! I would say that the HTC Voyager is the xda II/HTC Himalaya in the Smartphone world now. As good the Motorola MPx200 might be, this phone includes what I finally was waiting for (operating system wise and it?s features like rich Internet Explorer and multiple E-Mail accounts as well as hardware wise with the embedded camera and Bluetooth). I?m sure it will become a best seller.....

more
http://msmobiles.com/news.php/1587.html

Over 50 million "unconnected" handhelds have sold in the past 5 years by makers such as Palm, Handspring, Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news) (news - web sites)., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Toshiba Corp.

Today, its the mailroom guys and soccer moms who are toting handhelds, and the slick executives carry new wireless devices that look more like cell phones, or thin notebook computers able to link to high-speed web access at various business sites.

Experts says that in coming years the vast majority of handheld computers shipped will boast short-range wireless technologies such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Moreover, PDA functions will be found in mobile phones.

A key part of Palm's acquisition is its acquisition of the most talked about so-called "converged" devices -- Handspring's Treo line, which mix a mobile phone with a PDA.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...ech_handspring _palm_dc_1

....Palm strives to meet buyers' expectations for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless (news - web sites) technology in their handhelds. "The cost of integrating connectivity has dropped to the point where all of the vendors are doing it," said Linsalata.

more
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...29/tc_nf/22584

IBM Boosts Wireless-Chip Production
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...31/tc_nf/22604

Intel sensor/mesh networks and personal server
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...9/tc_zd/110809

Bluetooth Growing in Popularity
http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/344/C2200/

Nokia's new Bluetooth products
http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=528

Mobile operators' desire to see increased mobile usage from the home may also have a longer term ambition. For example, part of the rationale behind the O2 Home tariffs is to introduce Bluetooth technology around the home. O2 expect 'consumer' Bluetooth to be a commercial reality in late 2004 or early 2005.
http://www.thefeature.com/article?ar...4&threshold=-1

Trolltech, a leader in multiplatform development frameworks, has introduced Qtopia Phone Edition (Qtopia Phone), a Linux-based application platform for phones. Qtopia Phone Edition will be released in Q1, 2004.

The very first Linux OS-based smartphone is the A760 by Motorola. The Motorola A760 combines features of a mobile phone with the capabilities of a digital camera, video player, MP3 player, speakerphone, advanced messaging, instant Internet access and Bluetooth wireless technology. Because Qt/Embedded is a modular platform, it allows for customized solutions with very little effort. The A760 is the first handset from Motorola to demonstrate the company's commitment to making the Linux operating system a cornerstone of its software strategy for mobile devices.
http://www.pdalive.com/showarticle.php?threadid=4495

Fujitsu .u Pocket will run Microsoft Windows CE.NET. It will sport an 800 x 600 resolution screen that is even better than the one used in Toshiba e800. Other features include built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a high definition digital camera.
http://www.pdalive.com/showarticle.php?threadid=4493

cecina

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Pocket PC Phone (aka XDAII/MDA II with BT) Review
http://www.pocketpcdubai.com/i-mate_...te_review.html

Bluetooth GPS Bonanza!
08 October 2003 Hardware
Source : Gpspassion

I've recently received 4 new Bluetooth GPS receivers to add to our Bluetooth GPS "shoot-out" that already boasts a detailed comparison of 7 receivers. Lots of work and fun ahead ;-)

In alphabetical order we have:
- Delorme Bluetooth Earthmate - previous news
- Fortuna Clip-On "Dual-Mode" GPS - previous news
- Holux GR230 - Dual Mouse/BT GPS - previous news
- SysOnChip Bluetooth GPS - previous news

These new receivers will be "grilled" following the existing "grid", but if you have anything specific use this thread in the forums.

Click on "Read more..." for more pictures!
http://www.gpspassion.com/fr/news.asp?id=213

Bluetooth GPS "Shoot-Out"
http://www.gpspassion.com/fr/articles.asp?id=55

HAiCOM Bluetooth Slipper? GPS Receiver
http://www.buygpsnow.com/item.aspx?i...assion&affid=1

cecina

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Technology Unleashed: Latest Trend is Changing PDAs, Cell Phones, Computers and More
October 28, 2003 2:00pm

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- You may not have heard of it, but you soon will. It's now in most major manufacturers' cell phones, PDAs, computers and even automobiles. It's called Bluetooth, a technology that uses short wave radio to connect all kinds of technology without cables. Daimler Chrysler just announced this new technology will be an option on all their new cars next year. Toyota, Acura and BMW are also jumping on the Bluetooth bandwagon.

Currently there are over a thousand Bluetooth-enabled products on the market that are shipping at a rate of 1 million a week. Estimates are that the number of devices with Bluetooth wireless technology will jump to over a billion by the end of decade. The technology is fairly simple: a communication that doesn't use wires -- or "line-of-sight" like infrared -- to wirelessly transmit information between products. In most cases the range is about 30 feet. Bluetooth is supported by companies like Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and Palm.

Interviews:

* John Quain, Technology and Internet Reporter

* Tom Nyberg, Head of Product Management for North America, Nokia
Entertainment and Media

* Eric Klein, Group Manager for Core Software, Palm, Inc.

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Bluetooth Special Interest Group
http://www.prnewswire.com/broadcast/..._consumer.html

Skiiers go wireless
8:17 AM PST Tuesday

Now you can match your chattering teeth and blue lips to your Bluetooth-equipped laptop or PDA high atop the mountain ski resort Squaw Valley USA, in the Lake Tahoe area.

Exwire, a wireless and broadband Internet service provider in the Tahoe area, says it has installed what it claims is the first wireless network of its kind at a U.S. ski resort. With it, visitors can put that waiting-for-the-chair-lift time to better purposes such as logging into their company's network to get some work done. They can also, of course, surf the Web and check e-mail, as well as look up the latest weather forecast, grooming reports, area activities and more from their PDA or laptop within any area hot spot.

Future expansion of service will allow skiers (or parents with skiing children) carrying a PDA to see others' locations at the resort, send them voice or text messages, get real-time ski area information (such as lifts reporting short lines), report emergencies, and -- if users choose to suffer a pop up or two -- receive happy-hour or meal specials, Exwire says.

To get access at any network location users log on by choosing Exwire's network in a wi-fi-enabled device and then launching the Web browser. Instructions then guide them through the payment process.

The wireless network at Squaw Valley USA also will help automate the resort's operations and procedures, the company predicts. One likely application of the network is ticket scanning with wireless handhelds -- so employees can move around and scan tickets to keep the lines moving, improving customer service, it says.

http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjo...7/daily21.html

Fujitsu Pocket Loox 610 BT/WLAN and Pocket Loox 610 BT.

New Pocket Loox Model Offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual Slots
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Oct 29, 2003

Fujitsu Siemens has just announced a pair of new models in its Pocket Loox line, both of which will offer some form of wireless networking.

One will offer both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth and be named the Pocket Loox 610 BT/WLAN , while the second will have just Bluetooth and be called the Pocket Loox 610 BT.

Of course these will feature Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. The dual-wireless model will come with 128 MB of RAM, while the Bluetooth-only one will have 64 MB. Both will run an Intel XScale PXA255 at 400 MHz and have 64 MB of Flashable ROM.

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Fu...ces_610_Series

By Steven G. Bush | Publisher
Oct 29, 2003
They said it couldn't be done. That creating a pocketable, multimedia-capable handheld with a magnificent color screen, fast processor and, heaven forbid, two forms of wireless was an impossibility -- a contradiction of terms, so to speak. Well, it seems that no one informed HP of this apparent conundrum. Its new iPAQ h4155 Pocket PC does just that, and it may well be the best looking device on the market to boot.

With a 400 MHz processor, 64 megabytes of RAM, a Secure Digital slot (capable of handling SDIO cards), and built-in 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless capabilities, the iPAQ h4155 hits the technological mark. And at just 4.8 ounces and half-an-inch thick, with an incredible look and feel, it's not your father's Pocket PC. It's sleek and sexy and, well, darn near perfect. If you can afford the $450 for this baby, we say take the plunge.

(excerpt)

Communications. This is where the iPAQ h4155 shines. Not only is there built-in 802.11b and Bluetooth, both are nearly painless to use. The iPAQ Wireless app makes it simple to turn on and off either wireless mode. We had no difficulty connecting to our Brighthand office Wi-Fi network and to a T-Mobile HotSpot at a local Starbucks. In fact, the combination of how easy it is to turn Wi-Fi on and how the Connection Wizard detects and configures access to wireless LANs is a joy. And Bluetooth seemed just as simple, detecting and connecting to my cell phone, laptop and other Bluetooth devices without a hitch.

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/ipaq_h4155_review

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Technology Unleashed: Latest Trend is Changing PDAs, Cell Phones, Computers and More
October 28, 2003 2:00pm

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- You may not have heard of it, but you soon will. It's now in most major manufacturers' cell phones, PDAs, computers and even automobiles. It's called Bluetooth, a technology that uses short wave radio to connect all kinds of technology without cables. Daimler Chrysler just announced this new technology will be an option on all their new cars next year. Toyota, Acura and BMW are also jumping on the Bluetooth bandwagon.

Currently there are over a thousand Bluetooth-enabled products on the market that are shipping at a rate of 1 million a week. Estimates are that the number of devices with Bluetooth wireless technology will jump to over a billion by the end of decade. The technology is fairly simple: a communication that doesn't use wires -- or "line-of-sight" like infrared -- to wirelessly transmit information between products. In most cases the range is about 30 feet. Bluetooth is supported by companies like Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia, Ericsson and Palm.

Interviews:

* John Quain, Technology and Internet Reporter

* Tom Nyberg, Head of Product Management for North America, Nokia
Entertainment and Media

* Eric Klein, Group Manager for Core Software, Palm, Inc.

VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Bluetooth Special Interest Group
http://www.prnewswire.com/broadcast/..._consumer.html

Skiiers go wireless
8:17 AM PST Tuesday

Now you can match your chattering teeth and blue lips to your Bluetooth-equipped laptop or PDA high atop the mountain ski resort Squaw Valley USA, in the Lake Tahoe area.

Exwire, a wireless and broadband Internet service provider in the Tahoe area, says it has installed what it claims is the first wireless network of its kind at a U.S. ski resort. With it, visitors can put that waiting-for-the-chair-lift time to better purposes such as logging into their company's network to get some work done. They can also, of course, surf the Web and check e-mail, as well as look up the latest weather forecast, grooming reports, area activities and more from their PDA or laptop within any area hot spot.

Future expansion of service will allow skiers (or parents with skiing children) carrying a PDA to see others' locations at the resort, send them voice or text messages, get real-time ski area information (such as lifts reporting short lines), report emergencies, and -- if users choose to suffer a pop up or two -- receive happy-hour or meal specials, Exwire says.

To get access at any network location users log on by choosing Exwire's network in a wi-fi-enabled device and then launching the Web browser. Instructions then guide them through the payment process.

The wireless network at Squaw Valley USA also will help automate the resort's operations and procedures, the company predicts. One likely application of the network is ticket scanning with wireless handhelds -- so employees can move around and scan tickets to keep the lines moving, improving customer service, it says.

http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjo...7/daily21.html

Fujitsu Pocket Loox 610 BT/WLAN and Pocket Loox 610 BT.

New Pocket Loox Model Offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual Slots
By Ed Hardy | Editor-in-Chief
Oct 29, 2003

Fujitsu Siemens has just announced a pair of new models in its Pocket Loox line, both of which will offer some form of wireless networking.

One will offer both Wi-Fi (802.11b) and Bluetooth and be named the Pocket Loox 610 BT/WLAN , while the second will have just Bluetooth and be called the Pocket Loox 610 BT.

Of course these will feature Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. The dual-wireless model will come with 128 MB of RAM, while the Bluetooth-only one will have 64 MB. Both will run an Intel XScale PXA255 at 400 MHz and have 64 MB of Flashable ROM.

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/Fu...ces_610_Series

By Steven G. Bush | Publisher
Oct 29, 2003
They said it couldn't be done. That creating a pocketable, multimedia-capable handheld with a magnificent color screen, fast processor and, heaven forbid, two forms of wireless was an impossibility -- a contradiction of terms, so to speak. Well, it seems that no one informed HP of this apparent conundrum. Its new iPAQ h4155 Pocket PC does just that, and it may well be the best looking device on the market to boot.

With a 400 MHz processor, 64 megabytes of RAM, a Secure Digital slot (capable of handling SDIO cards), and built-in 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless capabilities, the iPAQ h4155 hits the technological mark. And at just 4.8 ounces and half-an-inch thick, with an incredible look and feel, it's not your father's Pocket PC. It's sleek and sexy and, well, darn near perfect. If you can afford the $450 for this baby, we say take the plunge.

(excerpt)

Communications. This is where the iPAQ h4155 shines. Not only is there built-in 802.11b and Bluetooth, both are nearly painless to use. The iPAQ Wireless app makes it simple to turn on and off either wireless mode. We had no difficulty connecting to our Brighthand office Wi-Fi network and to a T-Mobile HotSpot at a local Starbucks. In fact, the combination of how easy it is to turn Wi-Fi on and how the Connection Wizard detects and configures access to wireless LANs is a joy. And Bluetooth seemed just as simple, detecting and connecting to my cell phone, laptop and other Bluetooth devices without a hitch.

more
http://www.brighthand.com/article/ipaq_h4155_review

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Bluetooth Product Shipments Surpass One Million Units Per Week
Bluetooth Wireless Technology Makes Its Way Into Record Number of Consumer Products

Overland Park, KS - Oct. 28, 2003 - The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the trade association responsible for Bluetooth wireless technology, today announced that the short-range wireless technology has made its way into a record number of consumer products. For the first time ever, total Bluetooth product shipments worldwide exceeded one million units per week, in 3rd quarter 2003, according to Matthew Towers of IMS Research which operates a Bluetooth semiconductor volume tracking service.

This news may come as a surprise to some as the general consumer audience is still largely unaware of the technology, but that is expected to change even as soon as this holiday season. Bluetooth wireless technology has been quietly making progress over the past year and can now be found in an impressive array of consumer products, from mobile phones and headsets to PDAs, PCs, MP3 players and even automobiles.

"Bluetooth has hit a major milestone in its evolution as the technology enters the maturity stage of its lifecycle. A stable specification and installed base that runs into millions of units is proof that it has been a success," said Michael Wall, industry analyst, Frost & Sullivan. "Even critics would be hard-pressed to name any other wireless communications technology that managed to achieve the volumes and diversity of deployment of Bluetooth in just six years."

Aside from the very compelling idea to easily connect electronic devices, many attribute this progress to the association's strategic focus on improving the end-user experience. The foundation of this strategy, the "Five Minute Ready" program, was launched last December as a challenge to the multiple industries developing Bluetooth products to ensure consumers achieve a five-minute or less out-of-the-box experience.

"The commitment of the Bluetooth community to the ongoing development of standards is ensuring that it will continue to be relevant as wireless communications moves into the future," added Wall.

"The Five Minute Ready program was a challenge that this industry issued to itself. With eyes wide open, a collective commitment was made to take this technology to the next level and deliver its promise to consumers," said Mike McCamon, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "With a fresh and jointly held view on the importance of usability, developers and manufacturers are feeling even more confident about Bluetooth wireless technology - and one million products a week shipping is proof of that."

It appears that many product manufacturers took the Five Minute Ready challenge to heart. Major announcements from manufacturers launching new consumer products with Bluetooth have hit an all-time high in the past few months:

Bluetooth technology is now an option in the IBM ThinkPad series, Toshiba Port?g?, Dell Latitude D800, Sony Vaio, and other PCs, and comes standard in Apple's G4 PowerBooks.

Auto manufacturers American Honda Motor Company (Accura division), Audi, DaimlerChrylser Corporation, Ford Motor Company (Lincoln division), and Toyota Motor Corporation (Lexus division and in the new Prius) all recently announced plans of Bluetooth connectivity in the automobile, joining the ranks of General Motors Corporation, BMW and many others which have already shipped cars with Bluetooth technology, giving drivers a true hands-free calling experience.

Apple and Logitech brought personal computer peripheral products to market, announcing new wireless keyboards and mice.

The gaming industry shows huge promise - the Nokia N-Gage hit shelves October 7 and Tapwave's Zodiac gaming device will be available in early November.

Handheld manufacturers such as Palm and HP continue to innovate handheld devices - Palm recently unveiled the Tungsten T3? handheld and HP launched new models of the iPaq?.

New market segments continue to open up for Bluetooth wireless technology applications as well. The adoption of the Audio/Visual profile and other important application profiles earlier this year are already showing up in products like wireless stereophonic headsets and are expected to result in exciting new products on the market in coming months that include groundbreaking new applications with Bluetooth wireless technology.

"The hype fantasy is finally meeting the product reality where Bluetooth wireless technology is concerned. Current applications and products are getting better and new, viable applications and solutions are on the horizon," said David Whitlinger, strategic analyst of the system technologies lab at Intel. "One million products shipping per week is just the beginning."

http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/bluetooth/11470/

Nokia launches 5 New Bluetooth (EDGE) phones

Nokia this morning announced 5 new EDGE (highspeed data) equipped phones:

Nokia 6230 - Small, but with a VGA resolution camera. Other notable features include an MP3 player, Bluetooth and a multimedia card slot.

Nokia 7700 - Runs Nokia?s new Series 90 platform and is the most high-tech phone in the bunch (this is the device shown at right). The screen is probably one of the biggest draws because of its massive size?640?320. The phone also sports a VGA resolution camera, MP3 player, Bluetooth, and the Opera browser

Nokia 6810 - An update Nokia 6800l (added EDGE and Bluetooth). Other neat features include a flip-out QWERTY keyboard and an FM radio.

Nokia 6820 - Another phone in the popular 6800 series, this one with Blackberry email, a camera with video recording, Bluetooth, and a flip-out QWERTY keyboard.

http://www.mobiletracker.net/archive..._launches_.php

Intel has demonstrated a concept device which features built-in Bluetooth and 802.11. Doubtless Apple is aware of this, and the popular reaction to the idea of an iPod with built-in Bluetooth (see Apple's 'BluePod' - promiscuous exchanges with strangers.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/68/33618.html

Socket Ships Cordless Serial Adapter with Bluetooth Wireless Technology
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...9600193ee040ec

Moto peddles world?s most integrated handset chip
By Wireless Watch
Posted: 26/10/2003 at 22:01 GMT

Just weeks after it announced plans to spin off its semiconductor unit, Motorola has made its most radical chip announcement in years, throwing down the gauntlet to Texas Instruments and Intel in the mobile device arena with a single-chip smartphone platform.

Though the Mobile Extreme Convergence (MXC)architecture, unveiled at this week?s CTIA Wireless IT show in Las Vegas, has been in development for two years, the timing can hardly have been coincidental.

This was Motorola making the third announcement in six
weeks ? the first being the resignation of its CEO Chris Galvin ? designed to convince long suffering shareholders that the company is determined to shake itself up and regain some of its old vigor.

Based on the ARM core, the MXC incorporates nearly all the circuitry for a smartphone or PDA on one chip in a highly integrated device that will cut the cost and time to market for such products in half, according to Motorola. The chip can handle cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections and, in the future, WiMAX and UWB, and can receive signals from GPS satellites. It fits into the size of a postage stamp what would normally require a collection of over 300 components covering a business card-sized space.

more
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/68/33595.html

(Few of) The latest in Wi-Fi(/Bluetooth) PDAs
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...GAH2H76G13.DTL

Fujitsu announces new Japanese Pocket PC with integrated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
27 October 2003 -- JCNN -- Fujitsu has added the latest model to the Pocket LOOX Series of PDAs. The Pocket LOOX FLX3AW supports both short-rage Bluetooth and wireless LAN (IEEE802.11b) connectivity. Launched on Oct.21, the PDA bundles LX PlugfreeNETWORK, Fujitsu's proprietary wireless network software, to seamlessly and automatically switch between different types of networks, such as wireless LAN and PHS connections.

The FLX3AW measures 78x135x17.6mm, weighs 199g, and comes with Intel's 400MHz PXA255 application processor, 64MB of ROM, 128MB of RAM, and a 3.5-inch backlit TFT LCD. The FLX3A, a 64MB RAM model, is also available.

The open-priced PDAs run for 20 hours on a single recharge. Fujitsu plans to sell a total of 60,000 units over the next year.

http://www.pmn.co.uk/20031027fujitsu.shtml

New IBM ThinkPads Notebooks: Both models come with the Bluetooth wireless networking standard built in. Either Intel's 802.11b Pro/Wireless 2100 chip or a multiband 802.11b/802.11a/802.11g chip is available on certain models.
http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,113116,00.asp

HP raises wireless profile
By Wireless Watch
Posted: 26/10/2003 at 21:50 GMT

Hewlett-Packard has not been one of the big noises in the wireless market so far. In its enterprise business, it has seen IBM leaping ahead in terms of mobile enterprise services; it has added wireless connectivity to its PCs and iPaq PDAs, but no more rapidly than anyone else; in networking it has been an also-ran. It now seeks to change all that by taking a leading position in multimode wireless devices, by boosting its enterprise WLAN business and by moving aggressively into digital home products.

The importance of the wireless strategy was indicated by the fact that CEO Carly Fiorina herself introduced the new WiFi/Bluetooth-enabled iPaq models, the h4150 and h4350, at last week?s Telecom 2003 event in Geneva, Switzerland. Senior HP officials joined her at the show to outline a focus on mobile, one of three cross-business unit initiatives ? the others being security and multimedia ? with which the company hopes to modernize and boost its core revenue streams and break down the Chinese walls between them, pooling the expertise of all departments behind common goals.

more
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/69/33594.html

Because interest in converged devices is low, Jupiter Research is advising carriers and handset vendors to create single purpose cell phones, PDAs and MP3 players, and allow them to function as a single unit using Bluetooth wireless technology.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...c0bf0028f24c28 3f

When it comes to consumers and digital content, a report prepared by Aberdeen Group for the Internet Home Alliance predicts that Secure Digital (SD) memory cards will become the standard for transporting data among devices.
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...33620029655895 21

Bluetooth is now mature, say industry watchers
http://www.asiacomputerweekly.com/ac...880&Catid=5&su bcat=48

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-Bluetooth Info/Usuage: Gaming, Medical, Telematics, Notebooks, Phones, PDA's, USB adapters, Printing, Mouse, Keyboard, Audio, Tracking etc
-Bluetooth audio/video apps: headsets, mp3, speakers etc.
-Bluetooth Wireless Keyboards
-802.11a vs 802.11g, 802.11b, Bluetooth, Dual, Multi modes and SDR
-Bluetooth and Wifi Differences
-Available Mobile Phones with Bluetooth PDA's with Built-in Wireless Connectivity...
-Bluetooth GPS Solutions
-Bluetooth to Step Up to Mass Production...
-Apple Power Macs with Bluetooth
-Bluetooth Additional Profiles - Overview
-Bluetooth 1.2 (2-3Mpbs) and 2.0 (4-12Mpbs) versions
-Interesting HOWTO's regarding Bluetooth
-Semiconductors: Small Packages Deliver The Goods
-Bluetooth Hardware Reviews: PDAs, Phones, Headsets, USB dongles etc.
-Intel Centrino Notebook Platform and Newport Concept
-SEC: Bluetooth Phones and compatible Macs
-Cebit 2003
-Bluetooth Printing
-Bluetooth Applications
-A day in the Life...Bluetooth at Home
-UWB No Significant Threat to Bluetooth
-The evolution of Bluetooth chipsets
-Mobile Operators and Wireless
-Frog Design / Motorola Offspring Wearables Concept
-Microsoft Windows Automotive, CE Set for Launch
-Bluetooth set to grow to NT$8.5 billion: IEK
-Red hot laptops
-HP dumps Pocket PC phones!?
-Pocket-sized personal gateway-###-access device
-TI's WANDA Handheld Design combines Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GSM
-CTIA Bluetooth News
-Military and Technology/Wireless
-Gates: Mobility will be Fastest Growing MS Business
-The Real Wi-Fi and Centrino Experience
-Smartphones to outsell handhelds this year
-BrightHand: Wireless Networking at Home with Bluetooth
-Wirelessly Syncing your Pocket PC
-How to prevent Bluetoothaches
-WSJ on Bluetooth/Hitting its stride

http://ragingbull.lycos.com/mboard/b...TOOTH&read=871

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Damn! Foiled again....

That would have been too cool. Thanks for looking that one up for me!

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Ok have been an Bluetooth believer from the start (Ed Hardy knows this ;o). But articles and bs views like this are not new but very boring and not interesting imho.

I've replied to Ed's (of PPCT) so-called valuable view on Bluetooth....my comments have been deleted. Why? Check yourself....this is what i posted there.... it's jmho

PPCT finds it value-able to post a BT BS Article
http://www.pocketpcthoughts.com/foru...asc&highlight=

Now is this a EETimes masterpiece or what!? LOL

Of all the Bluetooth articles and news items available you have to pick this one!?

Ok, some facts......

-we have passed the bluetooth can do everything stage? wifi is THE networking technology, bluetooth the cable replacement.
-bluetooth development started in the mid 90's, wifi development in 1990
-bluetooth is low power cheap cable replacement technology, automatic sync, interesting applications (handsfree, headsets etc.) etc.....
-bluetooth has been overhyped, how many times do we have to say that? there is much more realism these days
-costs, set up problems and interoperability is holding bluetooth, but it's worked on imho
-around 70M bluetooth chips will be shipped in 2003
-around six car brands are equipping 2004-models for the U.S. market with Bluetooth technology for hands-free calling.
-there are 1219 Bluetooth Qualified Products/Components at the moment (changes almost daily): 52 Bluetooth Phones , 112 BT Mobile phone accessory (headsets etc.), 49 BT Handheld devices (PDAs, GPS solutions, Pens etc.), 232 BT Computer accessory (card, mouse etc.), 28 BT Home environment products etc. etc.....
-some US carriers are sleeping when it comes to Bluetooth (Verizon, Sprint) imho
-the FCC site shows us 449 Granted Bluetooth products (wifi 469)

BUT to say bluetooth is dead is ##### imho.

"Just yesterday I was talking with another Microsoft MVP about getting his MS bluetooth keyboard working with his iPAQ 5555."

And what if the MSFT Bluetooth Desktop Solution is limited to the Windows XP platform only? with very limited profiles. This is a Microsoft PROBLEM. It also tells me that the MSFT MVP isn't very techy imho. He doesn't know that there MS BT Desktop solution is limited to XP? Very weird.
http://www.activewin.com/reviews/har...nclusion.shtml (review: MS Bluetooth Desktop Solution itself does a good job)

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Quote:
Originally posted by klw
Damn! Foiled again....

That would have been too cool. Thanks for looking that one up for me!

From the PalmSource Knowlege Base:

Palm OS supports the following profiles, the second is the Palm OS subsystem.

Generic Access Profile -> Bluetooth Library

Serial Access Profile -> Serial Manager

Generic Object Exchange Profile -> Exchange manager

Object Push Profile -> Exchange Manager

Dialup Networking Profile -> Telephony Manager

Lan Access Profile -> Network Library

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CTIA Features Popular Wireless Widgets Showcase; Live from CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & ENTERTAINMENT 2003 In Las Vegas, Nevada
http://home.businesswire.com/portal/...80&newsLang=en

Sony Ericcson with new Bluetooth Phones: Z608 (coming), P900, T628/630

Sony Ericsson Unveils The P900 - A Flagship Multimedia Smartphone (incl. Bluetooth)
http://www.sonyericsson.com/p900/
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...2d002c940db23f

Sony Ericsson unveils the T630/T628 camera phone for stylish mobile imaging
http://www.sonyericsson.com/t630/
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...aa001582dea8df

Panasonic offers smaller clamshell handset
Panasonic Mobile has launched its latest digital camera phone, the X70. It combines an elegant clamshell design with a superb 65,536 colour TFT display, built-in digital camera with Photo Light, Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), Bluetooth, 4MB of internal memory and polyphonic ringtones. Shipments for the European market are scheduled to begin this autumn.
http://www.cellular-news.com/story/9911.shtml

The next Information Age
Wireless technology could be the next 'boom'
http://edition.cnn.com/2003/TECH/pte...iew/index.html

Wireless Packs Punch With UPS
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...3e001cedd3b2a8

H-P Tops Palm in Regional Sales Of Hand-Helds
http://biz.yahoo.com/djus/031021/0213000496_1.html

Intel, iAnywhere target WiFi developers
to compete against the cellular carriers.
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1107_2-5092831.html

Multimedia Available: Wave Industries Ships First Bluetooth-enabled Cordless Data Phone System for the Home
http://hoovnews.hoovers.com/fp.asp?l...710002df06887b

SDIO Card Info/Reviews
http://www.sychip.com/13-about.html#Press%20Releases

The end user: No-worry wireless
http://www.iht.com/cgi-bin/generic.c...ticleId=114336

Dell? Latitude? D400 Service Manual
http://support.jp.dell.com/docs/systems/latd400/smen/

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Palm's New Tungsten Handhelds Shine
October 13, 2003
By Jason Brooks

Palm Inc. has bolstered its lineup of enterprise-oriented handheld computers with the Tungsten T3 and Tungsten E, two new devices marked by their high-resolution displays, compelling software enhancements and affordable prices.

In the case of the $399 Tungsten T3, eWEEK Labs was impressed enough by the quality and implementation of the unit's half-VGA display and integrated Bluetooth radio to award it an Analyst's Choice designation.

more
http://www.eweek.com/print_article/0...=109167,00.asp

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February 25, 2004
Intel Shows Off Converged PDA
By Alexander Wolfe

Spotlighting its push into next-generation wireless phone technologies, Intel (Quote, Chart) has previewed a prototype of a "converged" PDA which combines handheld computing features with a new, advanced mobile processor.

The PDA, code-named Carbando, was spotlighted by Paul Otellini, Intel's president and chief operating officer, during a speech at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.

As a harbinger of the next wave of personal-video-capable PDAs, Carbando boasts a multimedia accelerator chip to deliver what Intel called "near-DVD" performance.

Carbando is also billed as a "reference design," which OEMs will use as the basis for their production models. OEM products are expected to hit the market in the second half of this year, Intel spokesman Bill Calder told internetnews.com.

The Carbando preview served as warm-up for Otellini's introduction of a broad new family of wireless chips from Intel. The first of those ICs is Bulverde, a next-generation version of Intel's current XScale embedded processor, which powered the PDA.

Bulverde is only one member of a broader family of wireless processors Intel has dubbed Hermon.

The other Hermon ICs, which comprise all the technologies needed to pull together complete mobile devices, handle baseband and receiver functions. Baseband refers to the voice and data functions required by a mobile phone; a radio-frequency chipset must be added to a design to handle actual transmissions.

more
http://www.internetnews.com/wireless...le.php/3317721

Intel tips its 3G processor strategy
By John Walko
CommsDesign.com
Feb 25, 2004

CANNES, France ? Intel Corp. disclosed details of its next-generation communications processor strategy, code-named Hermon, which is targeted at single- and dual-mode wideband CDMA phones.

Intel executives said Wednesday (Feb. 25) at the 3GSM World Congress here that the single-chip device incorporates an XScale MSA architecture processor, on-chip StrataFlash memory, W-CDMA and GPRS baseband logic on a 0.13-micron process.

Intel plans to announce full details of the product in the next six months, and expects both mass-market cellphones and smartphones to appear by 2005. Reference designs based on Hermon are expected by the end of the year.

"The fully scalable system-on-chip device incorporates a number of key mobile technologies, such as our Quick Capture and Clear Connect solutions, which will allow handsets to track multiple basestations, thus leading to fewer dropped calls, yet draws on our existing XScale communications processor," said Gadi Singer, vice president and co-general manager of Intel's cellular and hand held group.

The 3G platform will use TTPCom's protocol and applications software, extending the relationship between the companies on GSM/GPRS designs. The first customer for the new communications processor is expected to be Taiwanese group Asustek, which is developing a range of smartphones based on Hermon and Intel's Bulverde applications processor.

Singer said Bulverde has been sampled by numerous phone designers, some who will be introducing devices by the end of 2004. He would not say whether any are top mobile phone manufacturers.

Paul Otellini, Intel's president and COO, hinted at Hermon development during a keynote address here. He did unveil a three-radio reference design for cellphones offering 802.11b, Bluetooth and GSM/GPRS capabilities. It will run on the latest version of the Bulverde applications processor, wireless MMX and an XScale communications processor. The phone will support leading operating systems, including Microsoft, Symbian, Linux, Java and PalmOS.

It will also play MP3 music files with PC-quality sound, and incorporates a 1.3-megapixel digital camera.

Otellini reiterated Intel's commitment to the wireless broadband, particularly emerging WiMax technology, and said the company will have silicon for the expanded wireless network by the end of the year. Basestations and customer premises equipment are expected to be available by the middle of 2005.

He also forecast in a glitzy demononstation here that WiMax capability would be built into notebook computers by 2006, followed by handsets by 2007. The huge bandwidth increase provided by WiMax, compared to Wi-Fi, over much greater distances could set up a battle with operators of 3G networks.

Intel's mantra remains that "the wireless industry is evolving from a web of independent networks into a single, integrated wireless network with multiple standards, where no single standard will be sufficient."

"I don't anticipate a battle of competing technologies. It will be a requirement that Wi-Fi, WiMax and 3G co-exist," Otellini said.

url:
http://www.commsdesign.com/news/tech...cleID=18200366

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Another 'The Death of Bluetooth' Article
http://techdirt.com/news/wireless/article/3471

Good to see that there are some decent knowledgeable people left

If Bluetooth?s Dead Already, Stop Beating It

Bluetooth is dead, analyst says, because of Intel?s leap to independent ultrawideband standard that replicates USB simplicity: TechDirt picks apart the arguments so adeptly that I largely point you to read them. My own analysis is that UWB will absolutely displace a few current technologies and become the core of new ones that require proximity-based high-speed low-power connections. This includes desktop hard drives, camcorder and digital camera file transfer, and all sorts of input peripherals.

The TechDirt folks point out that Microsoft overpriced their Bluetooth offerings, but they don?t mention that Microsoft failed to provide the same kind of baseline, baked-into-Windows XP support for Bluetooth that they did for Wi-Fi, which has made Wi-Fi so easy to use in XP. Bluetooth, in contrast, is available as a toolbox set to Microsoft developers, but it doesn?t have a uniform XP interface that loads Bluetooth drivers underneath it. (This might be an NDIS problem, too; if Bluetooth drivers aren?t standardized with NDIS, a hardware abstraction layer, it can be much more difficult for XP to talk to the drivers.)

TechDirt is totally right that it?s premature to write Bluetooth?s obituary because UWB-based devices are years away. Further, it?s definitely still a possibility that a final 802.15.3a spec will be wrung out that will use the Bluetooth subset 802.15.1 as the basis, and thus keep Bluetooth alive in name, but not in its current fixed hardware implementation. (Tom?s Networking analyzes Intel?s move and thinks Intel?s participation and the whole Multi-Band OFDM Alliance in the IEEE process is at an end.)

Even more interesting is that we have the technology and the standard today in the form of 802.15.3 to offer 11 to 55 Mbps Bluetooth (the data spec, not the hardware), but that .3a is so much more compelling that we?ll probably never see the interim .3 turned into equipment.

http://wifinetnews.com/archives/002979.html

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