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Learning from application success stories - Christoffer Andersson, Director of EMEA Business Development at Ericsson, provides his insight as to what it is that really defines a successful wireless application and how we can learn from those successful applications. (November 3, 2003)

Symbian DevZone...Sony Ericsson's Application Shop Client from Handango - What do you do when you find you have keen customers – you make it easier for them to shop. That is exactly what Sony Ericsson and Handango are trying to achieve with the Sony Ericsson Application Shop Client for the Sony Ericsson P900. (October 30, 2003)

The Motorola A920 - An Interview with Bob Schukai - The A920 is Motorola’s first Symbian product, however it has arrived as Motorola have sold their equity share in Symbian and also launched a Microsoft powered phone creating much speculation that they are abandoning Symbian and embracing Microsoft. This week Richard talks with Bob Schukai, Director of 3G products in EMEA for Motorola to find out whether the A920 could be the first and last Symbian product from Motorola.

Office Software for Symbian OS - An Interview with Paul Moreton, Director, Handheld Software at Mobility Electronics - Mobility Electronics' iGo Quickoffice software has been providing Palm users with the ability to edit Microsoft Word and Excel files on PDAs for several years. Quickoffice software is now being ported to Symbian OS. This week Richard Bloor spoke to Paul Moreton about how Mobility Electronics has made the transition to Symbian OS.

UIQ an Interview with Johan Sandberg - The P800 has been a great success for Sony Ericsson, a success that owes a lot to the phones user interface, UIQ. Motorola have now formally announced the A920 and BenQ have a UIQ phone due for release later this year so it is perhaps timely that Richard recently had the opportunity to talk with UIQs CEO Johan Sandberg.

Interview with Simon East, Cognima CEO - When it comes to technology most consumers simply want it to work and don’t want to get involved with the technical niceties. Many of the standards based protocols for exchanging data with smartphones, such as syncML, are not that straightforward and Cognima recognized an opportunity to create a system that was seamless to the user. This week Richard talks with Simon East CEO at Cognima.

Genesys - Global Conferencing for the Symbian OS - Global telephone, video and web conferencing company Genesys recognizes the opportunities that mobility offers to its clients and has been quietly porting its conferencing applications to Symbian OS. This week Richard talks with Doug Lauder Genesys’ Director, Technology & Architecture about opportunities and challenges Genesys is facing in embracing the Symbian OS.

WDN Symbian DevZone Looks at Hewlett Packard’s Phone2Print - Does Hewlett Packard’s Phone2Print represent little more than a novelty, the ability to print from the Nokia 3650 mobile phone, or is it part of a broader strategy to support printing from Symbian OS phones? Read on for details.

"TRY" - Automated Applications Testing for Symbian OS Phones - Testing is a critical part of the software development process and often a well thought out application concept can stumble due to poor software testing. Testing is however a resource intensive task. Does Mobile Innovation’s Try offers developers the opportunity to automate their Symbian OS software testing and not only save time but improve the quality of their software? This week we take a look at TRY’s capabilities.

Symbian Developer Profile: PsiNT - The Polish developer PsiNT has been one of the most innovative producers of applications for Symbian OS. This week we profile the company and have a look at a couple of their recent products.

Siemens SX1 Developer Opportunities - The transition of the mobile phone from dumb to smart has also been accompanied by some interesting rethinking of the tried and true phone design paradigms. While the Nokia 7650 and Nokia 3650 bent the rules the Siemens SX1 breaks them completely but at the same time opens some interesting possibilities for application control.

TRACKING TO KEEP TRUCKING - A new type of tracking system for fleet managers is just around the corner and to avail of this, all you need is an ordinary GSM mobile phone, computer and Internet connection. Read on in this special contribution by MapInfo's Stephen Hurcom.

Interview with Henrik Voigt - Sony Ericsson’s Enterprise strategy - Sony Ericsson’s P800 has obvious appeal to enterprise customers as it delivers a palmtop PDA interface in a traditional mobile phone form. Sony Ericsson is looking to exploit this with a number of initiatives to drive the P800 into the Enterprise. This week we discuss Sony Ericsson’s approach with Henrik Voigt, Senior Manager Enterprise Apps.

NACS Extended to Mobile Location Based Services Network (MLBS.NET) - The Natural Area Coding System has been developed in order to generated Natural Area Codes for all areas from the size of thousand kilometers to one meter or even smaller derived from longitude/latitude coordinates. The developer has partnered with Microsoft to launch an innovative web service.

NOAA Kicks off Personal Locator Beacon Campaign - NOAA and the U.S. Air Force announced the authorization of a new, digitally encoded distress device called, the Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), which will become available for nationwide use beginning July 1, 2003

Developer Profile: DreamSpring - Australian developer DreamSpring is creating a range of Life Management products for Symbian OS smartphones. The first application, DreamScribe, is interesting for its approach to the user interface, which allows the user to create PIM entries using the joystick as the main input tool.

Symbian DevZone - gate5 Mobile Guide - The appeal of mapping applications for the new generation of smartphones is fairly obvious, however creating a mobile on-demand mapping service still has a few hurdles to overcome. The German software house gate5 have client software in the form of their Mobile Guide Software Suite. This week we take a look at this tool and talk about mobile mapping services with Christof Hellmis, gate5’s Vice President of Product Development.

Nokia Announces Pricing for N-Gage Game Deck - Word on the street has it that the N-Gage, will be available on or around October 7th through popular retail outlets. The price tag... $299. Games will retail in the $30-$40 price range. Will you lineup for one? Send your comments to Glenn (editor@wirelessdevnet.com). Will I get one for X-mas this year... I'm gonna be real good! - What do you think about the price? Take our N-Gage poll!

Picture a Whole New View on your Handheld - As digital image data gets denser and our screens get smaller, innovations in visualization software are necessary to overcome data claustrophobia. An innovative technology from Canadian-based Idelix Software has a solution. (May 12, 2003) more

Exposium03 - Show Report 2 - At Exposium03 Symbian gave a tantalizing glimpse of the future of enterprise applications. In this second part of our Exposium03 coverage we take a look at what Symbian are doing to engage enterprise more actively and some of the software developers who were at the show. (May 12, 2003) more

Nokia 3650 Hits Prime Time - The sleek MMS imaging phone from Nokia has been featured on popular American hit shows like American Idol and 24... but will North American text messaging usage spike as a result?


Exposium03 - Show Report 1 - The Symbian Exposium is the premier showcase for the Symbian ecosystem. This years event was a interesting mix of optimism building on the success of the smartphones released to date tempered with realism that there was still much work to be done to build a vibrant economy around Symbian OS smartphones. This week we look at the key presentations and highlights from the show that will be of interest to developers.

The Metrowerks CodeWarrior Series 60 Developer Kit - Metrowerks’ CodeWarrior Wireless Development Kit for Symbian OS, Nokia 3650 Edition is the second kit Metrowerks have released for Symbian OS development, the first being for the Sony Ericsson P800. This week we take a look at the kit and find out whether it really does have everything you need to start Symbian OS development.

DEVELOPER PROFILE - SymbianWare - SymbianWare like a number of companies currently creating applications for Symbian OS smartphones started life developing applications for the Psion Series 5. They recently won the Productivity section of Nokia’s 2002 Series 60 challenge and produced a Cebit guide for Nokia Germany. This week Richard looks at SymbianWare's growth and future with marketing manager Boris Raczynski.

SwitchMe - SOLVING THE INAPPROPRIATE RINGING PROBLEM? - We all know how annoying it is when a mobile phone goes off in the middle of a film or play, and usually at the point where it really spoils the tension or drama. A team of students at Syracuse University is attempting to solve this problem as part of their Capstone project using a Nokia 7650 application and custom developed Bluetooth transceiver.

90 GREAT ARTICLES ON WIRELESS DEVELOPMENT - WDN's new partner, FTPOnline has put together this collection of their best articles on wireless application development.

Sendo’s Series 60 Developer Program - Sendo, the newest addition to the Series 60 licensee family launched their developer program early this year. They have managed to create an Internet presence that has outdone a number of longer standing Series 60 licensees and this week we take a look at their program with their Developer Programme Manager, Sander van der Meer.

MobiMate - Adding Symbian OS to their Development Repertoire - This week we look at Wireless developer, MobiMate of Israel who have ported their popular WorldMate application to Sony Ericsson P800.

GET TOUGH WITH YOUR PDA - This popular feature takes a closer look at some of the rugged options available to the mobile workforce.

OPL – The Open Programming Language - OPL was a stalwart of applications development for both hobbyists and commercial developers on most of Psion’s range of PDAs. Now OPL is to be made Open Source and promises a low cost, convenient development option to hobbyist and commercial developers alike on the next generation of Symbian OS phones. (Mar. 24, 2003)

AppForge MobileVB V3.5 - Sony Ericsson P800 Support - The latest version of AppForge MobileVB was released last Friday, 14 March, with it comes Visual Basic programming for the Sony Ericsson P800. This week Richard shares his first impressions of the tool. (Mar. 17, 2003)

Symbian DevZone Developer Profile - Mobileyes AB - As the Symbian OS becomes more widely available there are a number of independent Consultancies growing up around the platform. This week we take a look at one such company, Mobileyes of Sweden, who are perhaps unique in the range of work they have done, from low level utilities through to user applications.

NEWSBYTE... M-Commerce for All - Just as interoperability provided the key to the rapid growth of SMS messaging in Europe, interoperable mobile payments could help make m-commerce a reality. Nicki Hayes, WirelessDevNet’s European correspondent discusses in her latest contribution. (Mar. 07, 2003)

Nokia 3650 - FIRST IMPRESSIONS - The Nokia 3650 brings the Symbian OS and Nokia's Series 60 to a mass-market phone and is integral to Nokia's goal of selling 10 million Symbian based phones in 2003. WDN recently had the opportunity to take a look at a pre-commercial unit and ask whether, from a developer’s perspective, the Nokia 3650 was more than simply another Series 60 phone.

DELIVER THE WIRELESS PROMISE - Connect on Demand Offline Mobile Apps - Today even though the network conditions have not changed drastically in terms of availability and connectivity - the mobile applications are slowly coming back in vogue. This article discusses the benefits of deploying offline mobile applications and suggests that this will be successful model for enterprise deployment of wireless mobile applications. (03.25.03)

3GSM World Congress 2003 - THE SYMBIAN NEWS - The 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, is the main event of the year for vendors, operators, product and service providers working in the GSM space. The event produced a whole host of announcements around the Symbian OS and this week we round up the key news.

Sony Ericsson P800 Application Proclamation - The winning applications in the Sony Ericsson’s P800 Application Proclamation were announced last month. This week we review the Proclamation with Mikael Nerde Sony Ericsson’s Developer Program Relations Manager and take a look at two developers who were encouraged to develop their first commercial application for Symbian OS.

THE N-Gage GLOBAL LAUNCH... forget gaming, this is mobile gaming! - On February 5, Nokia officially launched the N-Gage game device. WDN Editor Glenn Letham was in attendance. In this report you'll hear about the mobile game market, why Nokia has jumped in with both feet, and opportunities that exist for developers.

GLOBAL GROWTH OF CORPORATE WIRELESS SERVICES - The number of business wireless data users will grow from 6,6 million at the end of 2001, to more than 39 million in 2006. Despite this, the business segment made by small, medium and large companies is currently the largest group of wireless data services users throughout this timeframe.
NEWSBYTE... 2003 THE YEAR OF WI-FI - Nicki Hayes, WirelessDevNet’s European correspondent, reckons that 2003 could be the European Year of Wi-Fi - if the big telecom companies finally co-operate with the small guys. (Feb, 10 2003)

RAPIDREADER; ACCELERATED TEXT READING - JSoftology is one of a small number of US based companies who became involved with Symbian soon after it was formed. They created a version of their RapidReader product for the Psion Series 5 even through it had limited exposure in the US. (Feb 03, 2003)

FASTMOBILE'S fastxt INSTANT MESSAGING - Richard discusses FastMobile's business strategy and choice of Symbian OS with James Tagg, European Office M.D, and John O’Boyle, Marketing Director. (Jan 20, 2003)

GET "TOUGH" WITH YOUR PDA! - WDN provides a number of options you might wish to consider if your planning on outfitting your mobile crew with rugged devices & PDAs.

LBS REVENUES... IT'S THE APPLICATIONS - Detailed examination of the research methods used by leading firms to estimate potential revenues for LBS reveal large flaws in assumptions and methods, and in particular, a one-size-fits-all approach to the location services themselves. (Jan 30, 2003)

Intuwave’s m-Network - Jeremy Burton Chief Software Architect and co-founder of Intuwave believes that "browsing is the worst possible usage model for mobile phones" and this belief was part of the motivation for the development of m-Network. This week Richard Bloor explores Intuwave’s vision for rich client applications for smartphone further with Jeremy. (Jan 27, 2003)

WIRELESS LBS; PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS - Current wireless location based services are growing much slower than expected. One of the major problems is the inefficiency of geographic coordinates such as longitude/latitude and UTM. (Jan 23, 2002)

FASTMOBILE'S fastxt INSTANT MESSAGING - Richard discusses FastMobile's business strategy and choice of Symbian OS with James Tagg, European Office M.D, and John O’Boyle, Marketing Director. (Jan 20, 2002)

GET "TOUGH" WITH YOUR PDA! - WDN provides a number of options you might wish to consider if your planning on outfitting your mobile crew with rugged devices & PDAs.

THE SONY ERICSSON P800 - Launched to a limited number of markets before Christmas and due for worldwide availability early this year the Sony Ericsson P800 has been much anticipated. With the help of Ulf Wretling, Director for Sony Ericsson's Developer Program, Richard looks at the development of the P800 and what this phone has to offer.

WIRELESS WISHES FOR 2003... a look at 2002 and predictions for 2003 - In her end of year column, Nicki Hayes, our European correspondent, asks the wireless community what the highlight of their year was and what their greatest wireless wish for the coming year is.

THE NOKIA N-GAGE, NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR GAME DEVELOPERS - We spoke to Loren Shuster, Director, Entertainment & Media Business Unit, Nokia Mobile Phones Asia Pacific to find out a bit more about development opportunities offered by this device. (Dec 17, 2002)

iANYWHERE SOLUTIONS TOPS MOBILE DATABASE MARKET FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR - New research from Gartner Dataquest finds that market.

KEEPING IN TIME WITH THE NEW WORLD OF WIRELESS - The new world of third generation (3G) wireless brings some very impressive changes in our ability to communicate with portable communication devices. Eliot Minor, OEM Technical Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Symmetricom discusses in this special contribution. (Dec. 11, 2002)

SIEMENS SERIES 60 DEVELOPER SUPPORT - In this contribution to the Symbian DevZone Richard is talking with Oliver “Oz” Zechlin, Global Marketing Manager for Application and Services for smart phones, about Siemens’ developer support and the expansion to include Series 60. (Dec 09, 2002)

HIGHLY CUSTOMIZABLE USER INTERFACE - Customization of the User Interface on a Symbian OS phone is one of the strengths of Symbian’s business model. However the User Interfaces available so far are largely static, 3G LAB have recognized the opportunity for a dynamic interface that allows the user or network operator to change the UI theme at will. (Dec. 02, 2002)

PKI Security Solutions for the Symbian OS - While a number of VPNs have become available for the Symbian OS a PKI based solution is needed for the type of validation necessary for applications such as banking and mobile shopping. Canadian wireless security specialist Diversinet Corp. has recently added the Symbian OS to its Passport family of PKI solutions. (Nov. 27, 2002)

PAN-EUROPEAN MOBILE PAYMENT TRIAL COULD IT KICK-START M-COMMERCE? - So why have mobile operators failed to get their act together elsewhere in Europe and the USA, and when can we expect to see mobile payment technology hit the streets there too? Our latest NewsByte takes a closer look. (Nov. 25, 2002)

3D GAMES - FATHAMMER'S X-Forge - Creating 3D visualizations is one of the most challenging aspects of computer games development. Fathammer's X-Forge is a 3D engine and set of tools designed to simplify this task while delivering a compelling 3D experience to the gamer. This week Richard talks to Brian Bruning about the first release of X-Forge and why it is for Symbian OS. (Nov. 18, 2002)

NEW DEVICES FROM NOKIA OFFER RICH USER EXPERIENCE - Our latest contribution from Munich is a detailed look at some of the new, feature rich devices launched by Nokia at the NMIC. See also opening day report and exclusive Image gallery (Nov. 14, 2002)

SYMBIAN DEVELOPER PROFILE - BITWEEN - Italian developer Bitween has been active lately releasing a number of games for the 9200 Communicator and Nokia 7650. Richard finds out more about the company and the challenges they have had in developing for the Symbian OS in conversation with Director Roberto La Ragione. (Nov. 11, 2002)

SMALL SCREEN BROWSING, NEW TECHNOLOGY FROM OPERA - The latest addition to the Symbain DevZone - Richard talks to Dag Olav Norem, Opera’s Smartphone Product Manager about the technology and what it means for web designers. Browsing the web on a small screen can be a frustrating experience. Opera now have breakthrough technology that should make small screen browsing a breeze. (Nov. 04, 2002)

NEW NOKIA PHONES & SERVICE ENABLERS ANNOUNCED AT NMIC - Nokia announced in Munich on November 5, 2002 a number of new devices and service enablers that are deisgned to provide a feature rich, exciting, and fun "3G" experience for users. Browse the complete product line for details and specs.

Cell Phones Disrupt Nation's Classrooms - Across the country, school districts are choosing to forbid students from using their cell phones during class time in order to minimize class disruptions. (Oct. 31, 2002)

CARRIERS BET ON MOBILE GAMING - This special guest contribution looks at mobile gaming and responds to the question, Will people in the U.S. embrace wireless phone gaming and entertainment? (Oct. 30, 2002)

ADDING VOICE TO WIRELESS INSTANT MESSAGING - Instant Messaging has changed the way we communicate using the Web, but has failed as yet to cross over to wireless. Sonim Technologies believe they have the technology to change this by adding voice to Instant Messaging. (Oct. 28, 2002)

DIGITIZE THE ENTIRE EARTH! - NAC Geographic Products Inc. has developed a revolutionary technology to digitize our planet and make it more convenient for all people living on it - The Natural Area Coding System. units. (Oct. 23, 2002)

SYMBIAN DEVZONE INTERVIEWS LEE WRIGHT (Nokia) - This week Richard talks to Lee Wright, Director, Global Developer Marketing, Nokia to find out how the NCSP program fits with Nokia’s overall strategy. (Oct. 21, 2002)

WIRELESS BRINGING BROADBAND TO THE MASSES - Wireless technology is bringing broadband internet access to some of the world’s most remote and undeveloped regions, including war torn Afghanistan. Surely the areas of the developed world that are still struggling to deliver broadband could learn a thing or two? (Oct. 18, 2002)

ULTRALITE & THE SYMBIAN OS
At Sybase’s recent Techwave conference, subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions showcased a mobile banking application for the Sony Ericsson P800 utilizing the Java implementation of its SQL Anywhere Studio mobile database and synchronization solution. Read on for more. (Oct. 14, 2002)

USING NOTIFICATION SERVERS IN J2EE APPS - For the past few years, the JavaMail API has been used to implement notification services in J2EE applications. In this article, we examine sending out notifications in a multi-channel environment. (Oct. 09, 2002)

MobileVB DEVELOPMENT FOR THE NOKIA 9200 SERIES - This week in the Symbian DevZone we continue our series on AppForge MobileVB development for the Nokia 9200 series with a detailed look at implementing Nokia compliant navigation in a data entry screen. (Oct. 07, 2002)

BT REELING BACK THE YEAR - A year after flogging its mobile division, British Telecom (BT) has announced its return to the market with a ‘groundbreaking’ new service that enables customers to select their own call charge package online. BT believes this do-it-yourself billing scheme is enough of a differentiator to win market share. We’re not so sure...(Oct. 03, 2002)

FORGET 3G: RoamAD DELIVERS CELLULAR WI-FI - Technology developed by RoamAD, a New Zealand startup, allows anyone including operators to build a wireless mobile broadband network over an area of 100+ sq km. RoamAD has already built this network over a 3 sq km area in the central business district of Auckland as part of its metropolitan-wide rollout. (Oct. 01, 2002)
SONY ERICSSON DEVELOPER SUPPORT
Sony Ericsson's approach to support for developers targeting the forthcoming P800 has been the subject of much discussion on various Symbian forums. This week Richard discusses their strategy with Ulf Wretling, Senior Manager, Third Party Program at Sony Ericsson. (Sept. 30, 2002)

SERIES 60 AND THE NOKIA 7650 - Nokia's Series 60 interface is being widely adopted by phone manufactures and is likely to be common on future Smartphones. This week WDN takes a look at the interface based on practical use on the 7650. (Sept. 18, 2002)
SYMBIAN DEVELOPER PROFILE - Cibenix - This week Richard profiles Cibenix the developers of the best selling Active Desk software for the Nokia 9200 series and Nokia 7650 and talks to Garry McCollum about the developing smartphone market. (Sept. 23, 2002)

The New Nokia Smartphone - the 3650 - This week we continue our occasional series looking at the new Nokia 3650. Nokia have raised the bar with the announcement of the Nokia 3650 due for release early in 2003. This week Richard looks at the Nokia 3650 and the Series 60 software platform with Randy Roberts Nokia’s Americas Director for Imaging Devices. (Sept. 11, 2002)
Building a Communicator Interface in MobileVB - This week we continue our occasional series looking at development on the Nokia 9200 using AppForge MobileVB. This week Richard takes a look at the considerations that need to be made in building a Nokia compliant interface. (Sept. 03, 2002)

SYMBIAN SOFTWARE FOR THE 9200 SERIES - Malaysian company Alchemy develops Symbian OS software for the 9200 series and 7650 under the brand name Ximplify. This week we profile this forward thinking developer and look at how they hope to transition from a personal software package vendor to Telco partner. (Aug. 26, 2002)

TERRAPLAY & MOBILE GAME DEVELOPMENT - Gaming is expected to be one of the most significant growth areas in mobile services over the next few years. However games and particularly multi-player games present operators with a potentially burdensome infrastructure. Terraplay, a Symbian Technology Partner, believe they have a solution to this issue. (Aug. 19, 2002)

WIRELESS MONITOR CUTS DOWNTIME - Enhancing a distribution automation system with a wireless monitoring technology helps an electric utility reduce the time required to restore partial service after an outage from 60 to 5 minutes in areas served by manual switches. (Aug. 19, 2002)

STANDARDS FOR STANDARD SETTING - With a myriad of standards being set by a countless collection of bodies, wireless application developers can be forgiven for feeling a little dazed. But such confusion could soon translate into some very real problems unless something is done to make sure everyone is singing from the same song sheet, reports WDN. (Aug. 14, 2002)

THE SYMBIAN AND SYMANTEC PARTNERSHIP - last month the companies announced a partnership that will undoubtedly strengthen the security offerings available for Symbian OS. Richard discusses what the deal means with Jason Conyard of Symantec and Jerry Panagrossi of Symbian. (Aug. 12, 2002)

PERSONALJAVA TRAINING FROM SONYERICSSON - The Ericsson Mobility World site is gearing up for the release of the SonyEricsson P800, reported to be sometime in September. This week Richard takes a seat in the SonyEricsson classroom. (Aug. 05, 2002)

GEOMODE WHITEPAPER UPDATED - The results of GeoMode's 2001 trials are on the web at www.geomode.com. These results demonstrated accuracy of 17m for 67% of the positions and 57m for 95%. (Aug 01, 2002)

CONNECTIVITY ON THE SYMBIAN OS & INTUWAVE - Connectivity between Symbian devices and desktop machines has until now relied on a proprietary protocol called PLP (Psion Link Protocol). This is now being replaced with a standard IP solution from UK company Intuwave. (July 29, 2002)
WHEN IS 3G NOT 3G? - 3G will not be 3G until 2005 apparently. But fear not you application developers. A new audit will help you meet the complexities of 3G up to 2005 and beyond. WDN’s Nicki Hayes explains. (July 25, 2002)

THE BEATNIK AUDIO ENGINE - Delivering rich audio content to wireless devices challenges the available bandwidth with standard compressed files. The Beatnik Audio Engine addresses this problem with a software synthesizer, which runs using far more compact files. Read on for the latest contribution from richard. (July 22, 2002)

Wireless Java’s Call to Arms - With wireless Java’s infrastructure now in place, it’s time for handset manufacturer’s, wireless carriers and the wider market to do away with indifference and heed the battle cry, reports WDN’s Nicki Hayes. (July 17, 2002)

Developing Apps With MobileVB V3 - AppForge launched MobileVB version 3 of their Visual Basic development tool for Palm, Pocket PC and now Symbian in parallel with the release of the Nokia 9290 in the US. This week Richard takes a first look at the tool. (July 15, 2002)

Symbian DevZone Book Review - The latest title "Symbian OS Communications Programming" was published in the UK last month and will be available in the US at the end of July. This week Richard reviews the book and talks to the author. (July 05, 2002)

The CodeWarrior Professional Development Process - Last week we took a look at the developments around the CodeWarrior toolset for the Symbian OS. This week we take a brief tour of the Professional tool by building one of the example Java applications. (July 01, 2002)

Revenue Opportunities for the Wireless World with MapInfo - The MapInfo® miAware™ Developer Services Program enables application developers and content providers to create new revenue opportunities based on unique and valuable location-based services (LBS). Larry Delaney, director, location-based services at MapInfo explains. (June 27, 2002)

Richard Examines Offerings From Metrowerks - Until the release of Symbian OS 7 software development was highly reliant on Microsoft tools across the entire development lifecycle from OS to third party applications. Alternative tools are now becoming available and in this first of a two part article we take a look at the offerings from Metrowerks. (June 24, 2002)

Securing the Future of Wireless Java - Java has long been touted as the platform of choice for wireless developers yet there has been little evidence to date of any compelling wireless applications being developed in J2ME. WDN asks why and reveals some breaking news that should put a smile on the face of those millions of developers who would, allegedly, prefer Java. (June 21, 2002)

THE TestQuest INTERFACE FOR SYMBIAN OS - Testing of any software or hardware product can be both a long and laborious process. Automated tools can take much of the pain out of repetitive testing. TestQuest?s product, specifically tailored to the new Symbian OS phones, is the first to be commercial available. (June 17, 2002)

LIVING WITH 802.11 SECURITY - Why is wireless security such a big issue? Praphul Chandra explores the issue of Securing 802.11 WLANs in Part 2 of 3 in this special contribution on 802.11 Security. (June 07, 2002)

NEW TRENDS IN THE WIRELESS MARKET FROM METROWERKS - This week WDN's Symbian correspondent, Richard Bloor, had the opportunity to discuss a new trend in the wireless market with Chris Davis, Director of Managed Developer Programs, at Metrowerks. (June 03,2002)

Comments from Wireless Positioning and LBS 2002 - Jim McGeough, President and CEO, DIGITAL EARTH SYSTEMS, Chair of the event (held last week in San Francisco, CA) provided opening remarks to those in attendance and has graciously provided WDN with some brief comments from the event.

THE BLUETOOTH CONGRESS...DON?T FORGET YOUR WISH LIST - With the fourth annual Bluetooth Congress due to take place later this month (12- 14 June, Amsterdam RAI), WDN's european Correspondent (Nicki Hayes) takes a look at the show?s line-up and gives a sneak preview of one expected product launch. (May 29, 2002)

SMART MESSAGING ON SYMBIAN OS - Anthropics are a UK start up with ambitious plans to create a whole new standard in smart messaging. This week we look at their technology and why they chose to implement it on the Symbian OS first. (May 28,2002)

802.11 SECURITY - By the end of 2002, 30 percent of all enterprises will risk security breaches because they've deployed 802.11b wireless local area networks (WLANs) without proper security. Why is wireless security such a big issue? Praphul Chandra explores the issue in this feature. (May 23,2002)

The WDN LBS NewsWire Edition#1 - The LBSWire provides a summary of recent activities affecting the Location-Based services industry. Look for the WDN LBSWire once a month with LBS features, event information, commentaries, and news.

First Look at the SDE for Visual Studio .NET - The Smart Device Extension (SDE) package is an add-on to Visual Studio .NET that comprises of a subset of the .NET Framework known as the .NET Compact Framework. Wei Meng Lee explains in detail. (May 21,2002)

Symbian DevZone APPFORGE INTERVIEW - PART II - ... AppForge is a familiar tool to both Palm and Pocket PC developers. This week we conclude our interview with Mark Lummus VP Business Development at AppForge and take a closer look at some of the advantages and capabilities of AppForge. (May 20,2002)

NICKI'S NEWSBYTE - Focus Pocus... A Reality check... In the days of WAP we focused on technology. As GPRS comes of age we seem to be focusing on shareholders. Isn?t it about time we focused on customers? asks WDN in the light of a new report. (May 09, 2002)

KEYS TO MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT SUCCESS - Despite industry scepticism and technological restrictions, the mobile entertainment industry is set to explode. The total number of users of mobile gaming services is forecast to grow more than 18-fold over the next five years from 43m to nearly 850m users by 2006. Read more from our friends at Cash-u.

NEWSBYTE FORGET 3G? - According to brokerages such as Merrill Lynch and CMG, 2.5G is where it is. They claim we don't need 3G. Vodafone UK's installation of Bytemobile's Macara platform, a flexible and comprehensive data optimization solution that claims to deliver a 3G experience on 2G and 2.5G networks could prove them right. Nicki Hayes, WDN's European correspondent investigates. (01.31.02)

THE TRAVAILS OF THE MOBILE EMPLOYEE - Despite the tangible gains businesses have reaped from enterprise automation software, why do the vast majority of employees still lose access to this critical resource the minute they leave their desks? Alper Turgut, President of Aligo Inc., discusses how asynchronous mobile applications can finally offer relief.

Enablers - The link between Terminals, Networks and Applications - With many networks available from different operators, it is key that applications can run without having to worry too much about the underlying technology. Still, it becomes increasingly important for developers to be able to access the nice features of the networks, like charging and positioning, via interfaces. Application Enablers provide this capability. (01.07.02)

LBS & TOPOLOGY - The importance of Location Based Services (LBS) and the commercial promise it presents to both the traditional GIS industry and the emerging wireless devices industry is now well publicised. Examples are being expounded. Competitive architectures are being promoted and, if activity is a guideline, excitement is growing rapidly; the location bug has taken hold. More on this from Jim McGeough, President & CEO, Digital Earth Systems, Inc. (12.27.01)

How to Double Bandwidth on the Cheap - a core issue for mobile operators

THE APPLICATION MUST GO ON! - Through testing different hardware configurations, Enterprise Air found what they believe is the optimal hardware configuration for maximizing a Pocket PC’s useful battery life for a WiFi networked application.

New York Mobile Recovery Database Developed at Ground Zero - Links Point developed an application to run on the Symbol PP T 2800, a ruggedized handheld, which allows New York City firefighters to select a description of the item found at ground-zero and automatically capture the time, date and location of the item.

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS - Nokia's deal to license its Series 60 interface for smartphones to Samsung represents another fight won in its ongoing battle for market share with Microsoft.

NEWSBYTE FORGET 3G? - According to brokerages such as Merrill Lynch and CMG, 2.5G is where it is. They claim we don't need 3G. Vodafone UK's installation of Bytemobile's Macara platform, a flexible and comprehensive data optimization solution that claims to deliver a 3G experience on 2G and 2.5G networks could prove them right. Nicki Hayes, WDN's European correspondent investigates. (01.31.02)

THE TRAVAILS OF THE MOBILE EMPLOYEE - Despite the tangible gains businesses have reaped from enterprise automation software, why do the vast majority of employees still lose access to this critical resource the minute they leave their desks? Alper Turgut, President of Aligo Inc., discusses how asynchronous mobile applications can finally offer relief.

Enablers - The link between Terminals, Networks and Applications - With many networks available from different operators, it is key that applications can run without having to worry too much about the underlying technology. Still, it becomes increasingly important for developers to be able to access the nice features of the networks, like charging and positioning, via interfaces. Application Enablers provide this capability. (01.07.02)

LBS & TOPOLOGY - The importance of Location Based Services (LBS) and the commercial promise it presents to both the traditional GIS industry and the emerging wireless devices industry is now well publicised. Examples are being expounded. Competitive architectures are being promoted and, if activity is a guideline, excitement is growing rapidly; the location bug has taken hold. More on this from Jim McGeough, President & CEO, Digital Earth Systems, Inc. (12.27.01)

NEWSBYTE Airport Security - Can Wireless Help? - RFID (radio frequency identification) is a hot topic these days. But can it add any value to the world's current airport security debate? WDN asks Jon Karlen, director of product management for NTRU, provider of the world's highest performance wireless security solutions. (11.20.01)

SNAPTRACK/QUALCOMM RESPONDS TO E-911 ARTICLE - According to John Cunningham, The Wireless Devnet article, “Carriers Need a Non-GPS 911 Solution,” was incorrect in its cost, performance, and availability assertions about the Assisted GPS mobile phone positioning technology developed by SnapTrack/Qualcomm. He offers up the company's response. (11.06.01)

INDUSTRY LEADERS ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TO OPEN MOBILE ARCHITECHTURE
- AT&T Wireless, Cingular Wireless, MM02, NTT DoCoMo, Telefonica Moviles, Vodafone, Fujitsu, Matsushita, Mitsubishi Electric, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, Sharp, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Symbian to commit to products and services based on open mobile architecture enablers. (11.14.01)

FOOTING THE 3G BILL - Could Bluetooth, W-LAN, SMS and Gaming Save the Day? Risking bringing it to the editor's attention that she scrapes a living from stating the obvious, Nicki Hayes, WDN's European correspondent, observes that analysts seem to make a living from stating the obvious! (11.05.01)

THE WIRELESS WEB IS APPROACHING ADOLESCENCE - Keith Bates, CEO, Plazmic offers up his take on the industry, looking at the technology and development requirements for the wireless Web to transform from a static environment to a dynamic experience. (10.24.01)

WRITE APPS FOR WAP - This article provides a detailed description of the Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) itself. In addition, the author provides examples of using server-side applications to generate app streams in WAP, and adapting WAP applications for different clients devices, via XML.

WHITE PAPER Introducing Wireless JMS - New to the WDN library, this contribution from Softwired introduces the user to Wireless JMS and the deployment of wireless app's using a java-enabled device. (10.18.01)

E-911 UPDATE FROM FCC - Testimony of Thomas J. Sugrue from the Hearing on Wireless E911, before the Subcommittee on Communications of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. (10.17.01)

3G or not 3G? - What exactly is it that the 3G network and smart new cellphones aim to offer users, when they do finally arrive? Read on for details. (10.10.01)

WHITE PAPER Introducing Wireless JMS - New to the WDN library, this contribution from Softwired introduces the user to Wireless JMS and the deployment of wireless app's using a java-enabled device. (10.18.01)

IT'S WRONG TO WISH ON SPACE HARDWARE...
Why carriers may need to look for a non GPS solution to E911
- Nicki Hayes, WDN's European correspondent shares her views on the FCC mandate regarding Phase II e911 compliance and the passing of Monday's e911 mandate deadline. (10.04.01)

NEWSBYTE... GETTING BACK ON THE WIRELESS TRACK - The mad race to get a share of our brave new wireless world seems to be grinding to a halt. Nicki Hayes, WDN's European correspondent, investigates possible causes and potential solutions and champions the cause of one network operator that seems to be trying to do something about it (09.18.01)

NEWSBYTE... PEOPLESOFT VOYAGES INTO MOBILE TERRITORY ... but not quite to where no man has gone before. Next week this well-known vendor of enterprise solutions will announce plans for launching its attack on a relatively new market - that of mobile CRM. Nicki Hayes, WDN's European correspondent, reports. (08.24.01)

Smaller Carriers Better on the Web - Jupiter finds that small carriers attract more web hits and customers through their website... More on this from our friends at Unstrung. (08.31.01)

* LBS * -- Top 10 Benefits of Using GML The GML approach is a great improvement over the historical reliance on simple GIF/JPG image maps for the following reasons! (08.20.01)

NEWSBYTE... Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) - Gone in 15 Minutes! As world renowned cryptography experts describe their "devastating attack" on WEP's use of the RC4 cipher in WLANs at the Selected Areas in Cryptography (SAC) conference in Toronto today, Nicki Hayes (WDN) asks "Is it time to put security in the hands of the end user?". (08.16.01)

SNAZ Goes Bankrupt - SNAZ Commerce Solutions was forced to file for Chapter 7 liquidation last week. According to CEO, Vikram Chachra, the closure was “due to a lack of additional funding.” ... Details on this from our friends at Unstrung (08.10.01)

LBS Feature... Latitude/Longitude Classes The author has developed two control classes that provide for the consistent entry and display of latitude and longitude values. Recently he developed a powerful abstract (pure virtual) class for a new category of edit controls refered to as Multi-Field Edit Controls. (08.17.01)

THE BLUETOOTH BLUES Last week saw the official rubber stamping of the wireless networking standard 802.11b. This occasion gave Microsoft a platform to partake in a bit of Bluetooth bashing - an increasingly popular pastime. (08.08.01)

Interview with Rick Rowell of Metrowerks At this years JavaOne conference Metrowerks made a number of announcements about Wireless Java tools within their well-respected CodeWarrior IDE. Richard Bloor, our Symbian correspondent, recently managed to catch up with Rick Rowell Metrowerks' Strategic Marketing Manager for Wireless Technology (08.08.01)

More Pitfalls of Wireless Application Development - Wireless Application Scorecard: How does your project measure up? Details in the latest feature from our friends at Outr.net (08.03.01)

Verizon 3G? - Verizon Wireless announced it has upgraded its network to support next generation technology for enhanced wireless voice capacity in parts of Metro New York and Northern New Jersey ... More on this from our friends at Unstrung (08.06.01)

NewsByte...“Write Once Display Everywhere” - A Misplaced Mantra Having trialed a recently launched wireless authoring tool - 3TL’s WBuilder Professional - Nicki Hayes, WDN’s European correspondent explains why she thinks the promise of software solutions that enable content providers to write once and publish to multiple devices is misleading. (07.20.01)

Wireless-dot-com Guy - Could you handle it if, for a whole week, your only window into the rest of the world was the mobile Internet? - It's possible, but trust me: You don't want to try this at home... From our friends at The Feature (07.18.01)

TELUS What You Want! - During the three weeks of the year when the NHL is not actually in season, news is generally pretty slow out of Canada... More on this from our friends at Unstrung (07.17.01)

NewsByte...When can iPAQ my PC and cell phone away? Nicki Hayes, WDN’s European correspondent, looks at why the iPAQ is proving a serious competitor to PalmOS based devices, reports on the range of new add-ons which could change the way corporate users work and asks, “When will I be able to pack my PC and phone away for good?” (07.16.01)

Utilizing Intelligence at the Network’s Edge Mobile Peer-to-Peer applications introduce a new kind of network. This piece from TheFeature explains how they work, and what applications to look out for.

Building Mobile Web Applications with .NET Mobile Web SDK & ASP.NET
Training - ASP.NET-based Web development supports traditional Web clients such as IE and Netscape as well as mobile clients such as WAP phones and PDAs. In this article we’ll see how to develop mobile applications using the .NET Mobile Web SDK, ASP.NET and VB.NET.

Top 10 list of SMS etiquette - more than 50 billion SMS messages were sent across the world's GSM networks in the first quarter of 2001, a fivefold increase over the previous year - and there's no slowdown in sight. Read on for some rules you might wish to adopt! (06.29.01)

HALF OVER OR HALF FULL! - The year is half over. So let us make some quick predictions for the rest of 2001: “The Year of Wireless". More on this from Josh Newman. (07.03.01)

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM JAPAN? - Christoffer Andersson, author of the popular title "GPRS and 3G Wireless Applications" having been in Japan and talking to people behind the success stories there has found many reasons why things have gone so well and many things that 's betting will work here as well. (06.27.01)

NewsByte...WIRELESS SPAM... THE BIG CLEAN-UP Junk mail has been doing its rounds ever since the existence of postal systems. Its electronic equivalent - spam - has been a major problem in the world of the internet, introducing fatal viruses and wasted time and costs. WDN European correspondent Nicki Hayes offers up her take in this latest NewsByte. (06.22.01)

DOESN'T AD UP! - Former Yahoo! VP of Direct Marketing, Seth Godin, thinks wireless ads will never work. Perhaps that’s why Yahoo! has shown no wireless initiative. Josh Newman provides more on this. (06.22.01)

TOP 10 PITFALLS... CONTINUED! - Get a Grip on Wireless - Part Two - Beauty’s only skin deep. So it’s buyer beware if you’re basing your wireless device choice on physical characteristics alone as we continue to discuss the "Top Ten Pitfalls of Wireless Application Development." from our friends at Outr.Net (06.15.01)

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARDS - 3GPP, 3GPP2, Parlay, WAP Forum and so on, there are many standardization bodies and it is not always easy to find the information you need in their libraries. Christoffer Andersson explains. (06.12.01)

The Wireless Trojan Horse - Columbitech Demonstrates Transfer from GSM to Bluetooth... Finally some good news about Bluetooth. Josh Newman details how this affects M-Commerce and Microsoft. (06.18.01)

HANDHELD VIRUSES PACK A BIG PUNCH - Viruses got a huge boost when desktop computers began networking. Your handheld is next. (06.06.01)

CARRIERS GET DOWN TO BUSINESS - After disappointing consumer uptake of WAP based services, the talk Josh Newman of Unstrung is hearing these days from inside companies like Sprint and AT&T is less about which great new game or m-commerce app they can roll out, and more about business. (06.06.01)

NewsByte...IS MOBILE CRM COMING OF AGE? eWare announces a series of new partnerships with leading mobile device manufacturers and CommSoft launch its WAP enabled CRM package, WDN asks “Is mCRM finally coming of age?”(06.04.01 - 11:50 AM)

Japanese Lead Doesn't Translate Into Competitive Advantage Japan may be 12-24 months ahead of Western Europe, but their global success is not secured.

CITY INSPECTION STAFF GOES WIRELESS At 13:15 on the 8th of November, 2000 a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Glendale, CA. Using the KIVA remote inspector product on hand-held Sony Vaio picture book and HP Jornadas connected via CPDP, city inspectors were able to log the damage in real time.

Utilizing Intelligence at the Network’s Edge Mobile Peer-to-Peer applications introduce a new kind of network. This piece from TheFeature explains how they work, and what applications to look out for.

NewsByte...3G or WLANs? In a week that saw Ericsson and Nokia rallying to discredit recent reports that 3G is under threat from cheaper wireless LAN (WLAN) technologies, Nicki Hayes, WDN’s European correspondent, questions the 3G/WLAN debate.

NewsByte...WIRELESS INSTANT MESSAGING Is IM Beyond or behind SMS? WDN European correspondent Nicki Hayes offers up her take in this latest NewsByte

WIRELESS THOUGHTS AROUND THE WORLD David J. Hrivnak recently embarked on a global wireless fact-finding trip to Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Sweden to find out just how well wireless technologies are working throughout the world.

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