Stories by Nancy Gohring

OSDL plans Linux phone drive

Motorola and PalmSource are among the companies that lined up behind a new initiative Monday that aims to promote the use of the Linux operating system on cell phones. The Mobile Linux Initiative was launched by Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) to tackle technical challenges and generally support the adoption of Linux on handheld devices.

Mobile email may push beyond executive corridor

Mobile e-mail isn't just for the chief executive and president anymore. At least, that's what many of the companies presenting at Symbian's Smartphone Show said on Monday. Companies including Visto, Nokia and Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications are all talking about their "push" e-mail applications that aim to be attractive throughout the enterprise as well as to smaller businesses.

New Sony Ericsson phone to run on Symbian's latest OS

During the first quarter next year, Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB will start selling the first smart phone to be based on Symbian OS version 9.1 and the UIQ 3 software platform, the company said on Monday.

HP launches new iPaqs

Hewlett-Packard Co. introduced on Monday new iPaqs based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, including one that features a biometric fingerprint sensor. HP also started selling a new portable printer with a Wi-Fi connection.

Ericsson beefs up push offer

Ericsson released the latest version of its enterprise "push" offering, allowing handheld device users to search a corporate contacts list and sync with corporate databases, in addition to receiving push e-mail.

Orange launches new device for business users

Following T-Mobile Deutschland's lead, Orange announced it will start selling a handheld device based on the Windows Mobile 5.0 operating system. Orange is touting the SPV M5000 as a device that can offer users an alternative to carrying a laptop.

Authors sue Google over Google Print

The Authors Guild and three other writers filed a class action suit on Tuesday against Google over the Google Print program. The lawsuit charges Google with massive copyright infringement.

Vodafone to launch HSDPA

Vodafone Group said it plans to trial in the UK HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet Access) early next year, with a commercial introduction to follow mid-year.

Nokia revises third quarter guidance upward

Nokia upped its sales forecast for the third quarter due to higher device sales and a smaller decline in handset prices than expected. Instead of results in the Euro 7.9 billion (US$9.7 billion) to Euro 8.2 billion range, sales should reach between Euro 8.4 billion and Euro 8.5 billion, the company said in a statement.

Nokia offers businesses mobile e-mail service

Nokia has introduced a new software platform to support mobile business applications, starting with push e-mail. The company joins a handful of other enterprise e-mail providers and vendors that are trying to penetrate a market dominated Research In Motion (RIM) with its Blackberry devices and software.

Oracle to buy Siebel in US$5.85 billion deal

Oracle has agreed to acquire business applications vendor Siebel Systems in a deal valued at approximately US$5.85 billion, or a net value of US$3.61 billion taking into account Siebel's cash reserves, the companies announced Monday.

ARM's Jazelle to speed DoCoMo handsets

Arm Holdings's Java acceleration technology, Jazelle, will be used in a new line of handsets to be sold by Japan's NTT DoCoMo the company said. Arm officials said they hope that the win may open the door to Jazelle being used across the mobile industry.

Barriers exist to business traveler Wi-Fi use

A Gartner study cited educational, cultural and financial reasons for what it concludes is a low rate of Wi-Fi hotspot use among business travelers. With more than 60,000 hotspots around the globe, 25 per cent of U.S. and 17 per cent of U.K. business travelers use hotspots, the study found.