Stories by John Blau

  • Airbus tests in-flight mobile phones

    European plane maker Airbus has successfully completed the first in-flight trial of mobile phones and infrastructure equipment based on GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology, the company said Wednesday.

  • Nokia, NEC test IP multimedia interoperability

    Two industry heavyweights have completed interoperability tests of a new technology designed to drive the convergence of voice, data and video services over wireless and fixed infrastructure based on the Internet Protocol.

  • Nokia embraces SD memory cards

    Users accustomed to removing the memory card from one of their consumer electronic devices and plugging it into another will soon be able to do the same with mobile phones from Nokia Corp.

  • Manufacturers hope to turn on mobile TV

    Imagine turning on your mobile phone to watch breaking news or an entertainment program. The idea could soon become reality following an announcement Friday that five of the world's largest mobile phone makers are collaborating on specifications to deliver broadcast services to wireless handsets.

  • German teenager indicted over Sasser worm

    Prosecutors in Verden, Germany, indicted an 18-year-old student on Wednesday for allegedly creating the Sasser worm that crashed hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide after spreading at lighting speed over the Internet.

  • First DLNA-certified products expected by year end

    The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), a 165-member consortium of consumer electronic, IT and mobile equipment manufacturers, expects the first products based on its design guidelines to be available by the end of the year, according to a member of the industry working group.

  • LG supplies complete digital home networks

    South Korea's LG Electronics has a quick solution to overcome the challenge of device interoperability in the emerging digital home networking market: supply everything from one source.

  • Ericsson ends Bluetooth hardware development

    Ericsson, the company that invented and heavily promoted Bluetooth wireless technology, has decided to discontinue its design and development of new Bluetooth systems for the semiconductor industry.

  • Nokia, Vodafone push for mobile Java standards

    The world's largest mobile phone manufacturer and Europe's largest wireless operator have launched an initiative to simplify Java standards for mobile devices in a move aimed to help developers create software for multiple Java-enabled devices, thus providing users with a wider choice of Java-based applications.

  • ICANN adds IPv6 to root servers

    Relief is on the way for the Web-address crunch, in the way of a technology that can provide every person and just about every device on the planet with an IP (Internet Protocol) address.

  • HP accelerates recycling ahead of law

    As environmental concerns grow over rising levels of electronic waste and governments begin to take action, one of the world's largest suppliers of IT products is taking steps to accelerate its recycling efforts.

  • ITU - Global Net regulators aim to turn the tide on spam

    Net regulators from around the globe ended last week's antispam conference sponsored by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with a pledge to try and turn the torrential flood of unsolicited commercial e-mail into a trickle -- if not dam it altogether.

  • Chipmakers look to nanoelectronics

    Chip makers in the US want to establish a national institute for nanoelectronics research as they approach the physical limits of current semiconductor technology, expected in about 15 years.

  • Spam clogs German government's e-mail system

    German parliamentarians and government employees experienced long delays with their e-mail delivery earlier this week, following a flood of spam that clogged the government's e-mail system, a spokesman at the Federal Ministry of the Interior said Friday.