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March 27, 2007

CTIA: Local news round-up

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 3:49 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. -- There's so much news, I couldn't fit it into one story. Seriously.

I wrote a round-up of all the local news that's happening today at CTIA -- the big day for announcements.

The story kicks off with the launch of ZenZui, a Seattle coming that spun off from Microsoft to create a new phone user interface that's based on video game graphics.

I also wrote about: M:Metrics, Inrix, OpenMarket, InfoSpace, SNAPin, Tegic Communications and UIEvolution.

Here are the announcements that I didn't mention:

The Bellevue-based Bluetooth SIG, which helps guide the standards process for the technology, said it has released the Bluetooth Core Specification Version 2.1 and EDR. I saw a brief demo last night and the most significant thing seemed to be improved synching capabilities. Right now, it can be difficult to pair a headset and a device. With the new version, whenever you turn on a Bluetooth device in another one's presence, it will automatically ask if you want to pair the two. The group also said that according to a survey released by research firmi Milward Brown, an average of 81 percent of consumers are aware of Bluetooth technology.

On Monday, Seattle-based Formotus, which develops mobile business data
solutions, launched at CTIA. The company also announced its product, FormoPublish, software as a service that helps businesses deploy mobile applications over-the-air to Microsoft smartphones and other wireless devices.

Redmond-based RadioFrame Networks, which makes cell site technology, plans to make two announcements today. The company said its femtocell product, which allows consumers to install mini-cell sites in their home to get better service, said it has built one that provides 2G and 3G voice and data coverage at the same time. RadioFrame also said all its femtocells will integrate into the next generation IP Multimedia Subsystem, a developing IP-based network infrastructure.

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