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June 30, 2006

Etisalat blocked Gizmo Project

Couple of days after SIPphone, Inc., the developers of the free Internet calling software Gizmo Project, announced the delivery of the new Gizmo Project 2.0, Etisalat desided to block the Gizmo Project website, leaving us yet again without internet voice solution.

Earlier last year Etisalat blocked Skype, and most of service provider in the region running after blocking other IM services like MSN Messenger and Yahoo! messenger, in a move to stop users from using internet telephony solutions.

If you already have Gizmo Project installed you can continue to calls, if not we recommend Google Talk.

Earlier this year, SIPphone and Google Talk became the first major instant messaging networks to launch complete compatibility between their userbases. Gizmo Project and Google Talk users have seamless connectivity between the networks as if they were one, and hopefully blocking Gizmo Project will not afect Google Talk service.

RIM added 680,000 new BlackBerry subscribers this year

RIMResearch In Motion Ltd. reported yesterday a quarterly profit that slipped slightly, even though sales rose 35 percent.

Net income for its first fiscal quarter ended June 3 fell to $129.8 million from $132.5 million last year. Its earnings per share rose to 68 cents from 67 cents, thanks to a lower share count.

Sales rose to $613.1 million from $453.9 million last year, as RIM added 680,000 new BlackBerry subscribers, in-line with the forecast provided in RIM's press release on forth quarter results, to approximately 5.5 million total subscriber accounts.

Research In Motion had cut its forecast for the quarter as uncertainty surrounding a long-running patent lawsuit with NTP, Inc., which could have potentially forced RIM to suspend service to most BlackBerry users in the United States and caused some corporate users to delay purchases and slowed the rollout of new BlackBerry service by some wireless providers, the dispute was settled out-of-court in March 2006 for $612.5 million.

Read more; "RIM: Better Late Than Never" >>

Read more; "Research In Motion Reports First Quarter Results" >>

June 29, 2006

Palm to stop shipping Treo 650 smartphone in Europe

PalmPalm, Inc. will stop shipping its flagship Treo 650 smartphone in Europe after June 30, said, Palm's president and chief executive officer, Mr. Ed Colligan.

Palm is planning a new 3G Palm Treo smartphone in Q3 to replace the Treo 650 smartphone in Europe, the new redesigned smartphone will be more attractive for the international telecom providers, as the company expecting to strike deals with additional telephone carriers, sell new products and expand globally.

"We feel strongly about our roadmap," Colligan said during a conference call yesterday.

Read more; "Palm, Mission Impossible..." >>

Palm, Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2006 Results

PalmPalm, Inc. reported that revenue in its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006, ended June 2, totaled $403.1 million, up 20 percent from the year-ago quarter.

Net income for the quarter was $27.2 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. This compares to net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2005 of $17.7 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, and net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2006 of $29.9 million, or $0.28 per diluted share.

Net income in the fourth fiscal quarter, measured on a non-GAAP basis, totaled $30.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP net income in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2005 of $19.2 million, or $0.19 per diluted share.

Palm, Fiscal Year 2006 Results

PalmRevenue for the full fiscal year was $1.6 billion, up 24 percent from the $1.3 billion reported in fiscal year 2005, Treo smartphones accounted for $1.1 billion in revenue for the fiscal year, up 85 percent from fiscal year 2005.

Net income for fiscal year 2006 was $336.2 million, or $3.19 per diluted share, compared with net income of $66.4 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for fiscal year 2005.

Non-GAAP net income for fiscal year 2006 was $88.5 million, or $0.85 per diluted share. That compares with a fiscal year 2005 non-GAAP net income of $78.9 million, or $0.77 per diluted share.

Treo Smartphone sales surpassed an important milestone

"Our product engine is firing on all cylinders as evidenced by our recent introductions of both the Treo 700w and the Treo 700p, each of which offers a different operating system, 3G radios and robust application suites, and we delivered these products to multiple carriers simultaneously. We enter fiscal year 2007 as a strong leader, capable of delivering on the rich potential of mobile computing on a global scale."

- Ed Colligan, Palm president and chief executive officer.

June 28, 2006

Xerox and Palm: Patent Peace

Palm, Inc., announced that it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Xerox Corporation nine years ago.

In April 1997, Xerox sued a predecessor to Palm, Inc. (U.S.R.), claiming that the handwriting-recognition technology marketed as Graffiti and formerly used in PalmOS handhelds infringed a Xerox patent known as the Unistrokes patent.

The agreement affords Xerox and Palm "patent peace." Palm will pay Xerox $22.5 million for a fully paid-up license for three Xerox patents, including Unistrokes, and a seven-year mutual covenant not to sue for patent infringement within mutually agreed fields of use. Palm will account for the license as a charge against earnings in its fourth quarter of fiscal year 2006. Under the settlement, Palm's co-defendants, including PalmSource, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ACCESS Co., Ltd., and 3Com Corp. will receive a full and unconditional release from the litigation, and each is entitled to a fully paid-up license to the Unistrokes patent.

June 18, 2006

Canuck Software Releases Stressed!

StressedOur friend Jason "robitaille88" Robitaille from Canuck-PDA; not so long ago started Canuck Software, and few days ago he announced the availability of his first PalmOS game; Stressed!. Created in the spirit of the PC game, Stress Reliever, and the online game, NetDisaster, with this game, you can hammer and blast your frustration with the PalmOS, on the PalmOS.

The game is activated via the PalmOS command-bar, and it'll allow you to choose one of four weapons; hammer, chainsaw, gun, and laser. It's a straightforward game that is great for those spare moments when you need to unwind and get rid of some stress.

Read more; "Canuck Software Releases Stressed!" >>

June 17, 2006

New user-friendly Bluetooth device packaging

BluetoothThe Bluetooth Special Interest Group has kicked off its new Experience Icon Program to guide consumers in purchasing interoperable products and enhance the visibility of the many uses of Bluetooth wireless technology. The new icons will represent the functions; print, input, headset, transfer, and music, and it'll at a glance tell consumers and retailers about the products' Bluetooth enabled functionalities to aid the purchase and sales process.

Bluetooth technology consists of profiles that define how devices perform certain applications together. The icons help simplify the number of profiles consumers are exposed to by grouping use cases. "New applications utilizing Bluetooth wireless technology have gained momentum in the last year," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "We found it beneficial to simplify the way member companies illustrate their products' capabilities which in turn will simplify the way consumers understand functionalities of their devices, making the Bluetooth technology experience an even easier one for everyone."

Read more; "Bluetooth SIG launches new program for enhanced visibility of Bluetooth functionality" >>

June 16, 2006

Etisalat new website

EtisalatIt felt like it's been forever since Etisalat made any major changes in their services, brand / identity, and specially their website, but since du came into the picture and Etisalat is about change.

Etisalat will also announce up to 50 new home and mobile telephone packages to give customers more value out of their subscriptions in a move to keep subscribers from switching to the new operator du. Let's hope it keep pushing for better services not only enterprise level, but end-users level as well.

Check out Etisalat new website; www.Etisalat.ae

June 09, 2006

Update: The discussion forums back online

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