Globalive secures funds and outlines future plans

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Sep 062008


Globalive Communications Inc. announced that it will receive up to USD$700 million from Egyptian-based Orascom Telecom over the next four years. Globalive, which intends to launch its own mobility service in Canada, won 30 licenses covering about 10MHz of spectrum in every province except Quebec, in the last Canadian wireless spectrum auction.

Further funds will also need to be raised in Canada to meet ownership rules as outlined by the federal government. Those funds could come from private investors or a public market offering. The additional funds will also be needed as a national wireless network could cost Globalive as much as CAD$2 billion to build.

Globalive is looking to roll out its wireless network in the second half of 2009. It will target Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver initially and focus initially on prepaid customers as well as voice service (rather than data services). Within three years, it wants to have 1.5 million customers and has set a long-term goal of 3.5 million subscribers.

Globalive also confirmed that it had paid in full the CAD$442 million it owed to the Canadian federal government for the 30 licenses it won in the spectrum auction.

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Wal-Mart retires movie download service

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Dec 282007

Wal-Mart quietly shut down its movie download service on December 21, 2007, about a year after launching it. The decision does not appear to be Wal-Mart’s alone though as its technology partner in the project, Hewlett-Packard, decided to discontinue the service as it did not perform “as expected.”

Those who purchased movies through the service will be allowed to keep them as long as they remain on the computer on which they were purchased (one more reason to hate DRM!).

Source: Engadget

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Microsoft unveils Surface Computing

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May 302007

Microsoft Surface

Microsoft has unveiled its Microsoft Surface Computing technology, a new category of products that focus on interaction with information using touch, natural gestures and physical objects. Picture a surface that can recognize physical objects from a paintbrush to a cell phone and allows hands-on, direct control of content such as photos, music and maps… Surface turns an ordinary tabletop into a vibrant, dynamic surface that provides effortless interaction with all forms of digital content through natural gestures, touch and physical objects.

The Surface user interface does not require a traditional mouse or keyboard. Instead it lets users “grab” digital information by touch and gesture, use multiple points of contact simultaneously (including from more than one user at once) and provides object recognition whereby physical objects placed on the surface will trigger responses.

Surface essentially consists of a PC running Windows Vista housed in a table whose surface is a 30-inch touch screen. Five cameras are mounted beneath the screen to detect nearby objects.

With an initial price tag ranging from US$5,000 to US$10,000, it will take some time for Surface to make its way to consumers. For now, Surface will be rolled out later this year to T-Mobile stores and a number of hotels and casinos.

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iPhone dispute between Apple and Cisco settled

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Feb 222007

Apple and Cisco have settled the lawsuit over Apple’s use of the Cisco-owned iPhone name. Going forward both companies will use the iPhone brand and they will also explore ways to make their products and services more interoperable.

As part of the agreement, the two companies have agreed to dismiss all iPhone trademark legal actions. Other details of the settlement were not revealed.

And with that, Apple clears another iPhone hurdle. But a few, like a potential lawsuit from Canadian company Comwave Telecom which owns a Canadian trademark on the iPhone name and Quantum Research threatening another lawsuit over the touchscreen technology, still remain.

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Cisco sues Apple over iPhone trademark

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Jan 102007

Yesterday, the news was that Cisco and Apple were in discussions over the use by Apple of the name iPhone for its new mobile phone and a final agreement was expected shortly. Today, the news is not quite so optimistic with Cisco filing a lawsuit against Apple today for the infringement of Cisco’s registered iPhone trademark. “Today’s iPhone is not tomorrow’s iPhone. The potential for convergence of the home phone, cell phone, work phone and PC is limitless, which is why it is so important for us to protect our brand,” said Mark Chandler, senior vice president and general counsel, Cisco.

Apparently, Apple has tried since 2001 to get the iPhone trademark. The suit alleges that Apple went as far as setting up a front company to try to acquire the rights.

Cisco is seeking an injunction to prevent Apple from using the name as well as damages.

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How popular is the Motorola Razr?

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Jul 192006

So how popular is the Motorola Razr? How about 50 million units shipped popular!

The RAZR was first introduced in the fourth quarter of 2004 in Hong Kong. Since then, it has appeared in a variety of variations and different colours (including black and pink). There is even a Dolce & Gabbana edition with a gold and silver finish and engraved with the signature Dolce & Gabbana logo.

Will Motorola be able to repeat this success with the Moto Q or the RAZR’s successor, the Motorola K1?

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