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Spb Software, a leading Windows Mobile applications developer, has released Spb Brain Evolution - the world's number one bestselling game for Windows Mobile touch-screen devices - now for Symbian S60 smartphones.  Spb Brain Evolution is an intellectual game that helps to improve memory, logic, arithmetic, and puzzle-solving skills.  The application is an intriguing suit of addictive 10 mini-games, which have to be played in sequence: only good results in a game unlock the next one.

Spb Brain Evolution supports two independent game modes: Brain Marking and Brain Training, for evaluating the current level of skill and for improving the result, respectively.  Logic, orientation and patterns, memory and calculation, facts and statistics - all can be worked on while playing Arithmetics, Balltracker, Encyclopedia, Guess Who, Matches, Memorics, Minesweeper, Numbers, Quadronica, and Sudoku.  Spb Brain Evolution maintains game statistics, progress reports, and profiles for multiple players.  The game rewards high scores with special achievement certificates for excellent play, and cites an interesting fact at the end of every completed training.


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Spb Brain Evolution Features:

* 10 mini-games (Sudoku included)
* Brain Marking and Brain Training modes
* Game statistics & progress reports
* Multiple user profiles
* Interesting facts knowledgebase
* Rewards for better play
* Addictive sequential game play

Aculab, a leading provider of enabling technology for the global communications market, today announced that the ApplianX IP Gateway will now support Diversion, Transfer, Message Waiting Indicator and Route Optimisation over SIP, Q.SIG and DPNSS.  ApplianX is the first gateway targeted at the SMB and enterprise markets to support these features. Furthermore the ApplianX IP Gateway can be enjoyed at a highly competitive price - helping make the migration path to VoIP more cost effective.

By design, the ApplianX IP Gateway aims to help enterprises reduce operational costs, extend the life of existing TDM based equipment and take advantage of new IP-based services and endpoints by being a resilient, single purpose, ‘plug & play' network appliance.

The ApplianX IP Gateway supports a wide variety of E1 and T1 protocols and approvals so that it can be deployed worldwide and connected to globally dispersed remote offices and service networks.  Protocols include ISDN, NI2, AT&T, CAS and R2.  In addition to basic call control, a number of key supplementary services are supported including: Diversion (Immediate, On Busy, On No Reply); Route Optimisation; Message Waiting Indicator and Transfer.  These services can be converted between SIP, Q.SIG and DPNSS.  Support for such features allows investment in legacy equipment such as PBXs to be protected - they can remain in service while enterprises take advantage of new IP-based services and endpoints.

Further enhancements include a wider range of routing options for SIP-to-TDM or SIP-to-SIP.  In addition, for integration with SIP systems supporting redundancy, the gateway provides load balancing between endpoints on a round robin basis, so that calls can be automatically routed away from unresponsive endpoints.  Coupled with the gateway's ability to fallback to TDM should the SIP network fail, means that calls can still be made and received even if there is a problem with the IP network.

Faye McClenahan, Head of Strategic Marketing at Aculab commented "We are very excited about the new features to be included in the ApplianX IP Gateway.  All have been added as a direct result to customer feedback and demand." Faye continued "Our expertise in network protocols has enabled Aculab to support supplementary services over SIP, DPNSS and Q.SIG. This breadth of support simply hasn't been available in a low cost ‘plug and play' gateway appliance before."

The ability to support 1, 2, 4 or 8 E1/T1 trunks makes the ApplianX IP Gateway a good fit for a range of deployment scenarios in both enterprise and service provider networks.  The ApplianX IP Gateway is easily configured and administered via a web HTML interface.  The completion of a five step wizard is all that is required to have the ApplianX IP Gateway ready to accept calls.  A range of ApplianX tools are available to further assist with the configuration of the gateway - the ApplianX Search Tool, to help find ApplianX devices on the network and the ApplianX Trace Tool that captures previous or live protocol trace and decodes and/or displays it.

 

Wavesat, a supplier of Broadband Wireless semiconductor solutions, announced today the company has secured its latest round of funding, raising $11.7 million CAD. Existing investors led by BDR Capital, BDC Capital and Multiple Capital participated in the round. Proceeds will be used to further strengthen the Company's leadership position in the 4G Broadband market.

Introduced in May 2008, Wavesat's Odyssey 4G multi-protocol architecture has been gaining wide-spread acceptance. Wavesat delivers silicon that enables customers to deploy multiple Broadband Wireless technologies such as WiMAX Wave2 and XG-PHS today and to migrate seamlessly to future 4G technologies such as LTE. In recent months, Wavesat announced that Compal, a leading ODM for handheld devices, selected the Odyssey for mobile WiMAX USB dongles. Also, Willcom, a large wireless network operator in Japan, has chosen Wavesat to help develop XG-PHS services and equipment in that country. 

"We are impressed by the great strides the company has made since the introduction of the Odyssey chipset and how they are executing and adapting their 4G strategy in this challenging environment," said Jean Bédard, Managing Partner, BDR Capital.  "The Odyssey architecture and product roadmap is right for the times, providing real world benefits to many customers in multiple markets and multiple geographies."

This month, Wavesat will be presenting its Odyssey portfolio of 4G Broadband products at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Starhome, a provider of roaming services, is predicting that solutions which stimulate roaming traffic and add new data subscribers will be in high demand in 2009. The solutions will increase individual mobile operators' revenues by up to 40 percent, and operators offering this solution can increase their data roaming usage by an average of 35-45 percent, claims Starhome.

The prediction is said to be based on discussions with 30 leading operators, with Starhome concluding that a strategic shift to an emphasis on mobile roaming data is already underway.

Industry leaders are claimed to support Starhome's vision, with Marc Furrer, the Head of Roaming and Interworking at Swisscom, stating that solutions offering flat rates and/or bundles for mobile data roaming will be the "hot solutions for 2009."

An explosion in mobile roaming data usage is predicted for the immediate future. "Demand for internet access is booming and mobile customers are increasingly focusing on sophisticated handsets and of course the internet," said Maurizio Martucci, Director of Marketing for Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM Italy). "Our customers want to access the Web's rich content for many reasons, regardless of whether they are home or abroad."

In addition to the predicted upsurge in usage, mobile operators are focusing on mobile roaming data due to expected governmental regulations of the new technology, especially in Europe.

Starhome expects the transition for mobile operators to more effective management of mobile roaming data to be fairly straight forward, since the major pieces are already in place. The shares of sales for Advanced/Open OS global handsets are predicted to increase every year until 2012 and feature phones are also proliferating.

"The explosion of the iPhone onto the mobile scene has triggered a massive increase in mobile data usage, both domestically and in the roaming market," said Furrer. "Many iPhone roamers don't understand that roaming rates are significantly higher, and they experience ‘bill shock' when they return home. Transparency and simple pricing schemes are a must for today's operators."

"The mobile operators who succeed in 2009 will deploy Roaming Control solutions that provide a bundle of services to satisfy all of the users' data, voice and messaging roaming needs, while helping the operators comply with all relevant regulations," said Amit Daniel, Vice President of Marketing for Starhome. Operators who deploy such a solution will be able to provide flat fees and packages, and notifications with prices, to the end users.

Global IP Solutions (GIPS), a specialist in IP multimedia processing solutions, has announced plans to demonstrate mobile IP communications at Mobile World Congress. Ongoing demonstrations will be held throughout the conference, including a real-time Mobile video application from Movial, allowing users to conduct high-quality Mobile video calls. Using GIPS VideoEngine, mobile application developers can utilize video processing technology on a mobile platform.

"Next generation mobile applications like mobile video calling are growing rapidly, as worldwide mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 5.5 billion subscribers by 2013," said Joyce Kim, Global IP Solutions' Chief Marketing Officer.  "The high quality and ease of use that today's 3G smart phones offer make real-time IP communications a valuable tool for consumers and businesses to stay connected anywhere, anytime."

Kim continued, "With consumers and businesses striving to save on travel expenses, coupled with the advancements in IP processing and compression technologies, now is the ideal time for increased adoption of applications like mobile video calling.  We are pleased to be leading this charge with some of the biggest names in the mobile industry to make real-time IP communications a reality."

TM Forum, the world industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, has announced the launch of its Blueprint Initiative, said to be a major step forward in the evolution of TM Forum's suite of Solution Frameworks that are already established as the standard toolkit for transforming service operations. Blueprint expands the implementation focus of Solution Frameworks and provides a clear roadmap for communications service providers to become Service Oriented Enterprises.

Communications and cable companies need to be able to use a low cost, standardized approach to transform their operations but each provider has different business needs.  In the past, this has led to expensive customization of systems and processes.  Blueprint is said to solve this by providing a growing set of reusable and implementable building blocks called "Business Services" based on a standard Service Oriented Architecture.  Like Lego bricks, each Business Service relates to a standard business function, (e.g. service launch; billing; customer care) that can be assembled to meet the proprietary business needs of individual companies. It delivers four key benefits - reducing development costs, time and risk; future-proofing investment; enabling end-end process automation and opening up new business opportunities by making business functions (such as billing) available to 3rd parties on a  commercial basis.

Companies in other sectors (such as Amazon) have already successfully pioneered this approach known in the software industry as a Service Oriented Enterprise (SOE). Blueprint will also deliver more implementation support and guidance for the Forum's members.

The initiative is strongly backed by major service providers and suppliers: "We encourage common industry approaches that help us build a vibrant market delivering innovative software at realistic prices," said BT Group's CIO for Technology Phil Dance. "We welcome the Forum's move to an SOE-based approach, as it future-proofs our investments as the market changes. We especially welcome the ability to build systems and process tailored to our specific business needs using a common set of standard building blocks."

Keith Willetts, Chairman and CEO of TM Forum considers Blueprint a key initiative for 2009, further strengthening the leadership that the Forum provides to the industry.  "As network and IT operations merge and IT moves from the back office to the front, the SOE-based methodology underpinning the  Blueprint enables the Solution Frameworks to be used in the backbone of service provider's IT approach, applicable across not only their entire enterprise, but across partners in the value chain as well," explained Willetts.

The Blueprint Initiative builds on other recent enhancements to the Forum's Solution Frameworks which now embed the IT industry's standard ITIL process approach. 

TM Forum, the world's premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, announced today the launch of its Blueprint Initiative, a major step forward in the evolution of TM Forum's suite of Solution Frameworks, which are already established as the standard toolkit for transforming service operations. Blueprint expands the implementation focus of Solution Frameworks and provides a clear roadmap for communications service providers to become Service-Oriented Enterprises.

Companies in other sectors (such as Amazon) have already successfully pioneered this approach known in the software industry as a Service Oriented Enterprise (SOE). Blueprint will also deliver more implementation support and guidance for the Forum's members.

Communications and cable companies need to be able to use a low cost, standardized approach to transform their operations, but each provider has different business needs.  In the past, these different business needs have led to expensive customization of systems and processes.  Blueprint resolves this issue by providing a growing set of reusable and implementable building blocks called "Business Services" based on a standard Service Oriented ArchitectureA computer systems architectural style for creating and using business processes packaged as services.  Like Lego TM bricks, each Business Service relates to a standard business function, (e.g. service launch; billing; customer care) that can be assembled to meet the proprietary business needs of individual companies. Blueprint delivers four key benefits - reducing development costs, time and risk; future-proofing investment; enabling end-end process automation and opening up new business opportunities by making business functions (such as billing) available to third parties on a  commercial basis.

The initiative is strongly backed by major service providers and suppliers: "We encourage common industry approaches that help us build a vibrant market delivering innovative software at realistic prices," said BT Group's CIO for Technology Phil Dance. "We welcome the Forum's move to an SOE-based approach, as it future-proofs our investments as the market changes. We especially welcome the ability to build systems and process tailored to our specific business needs using a common set of standard building blocks."

Keith Willetts, Chairman and CEO of TM Forum considers Blueprint a key initiative for 2009, further strengthening the leadership that the Forum provides to the industry.  "As network and IT operations merge and IT moves from the back office to the front, the SOE-based methodology underpinning the  Blueprint enables the Solution Frameworks to be used in the backbone of service provider's IT approach, applicable across not only their entire enterprise, but across partners in the value chain as well," explained Willetts.

The Blueprint Initiative builds on other recent enhancements to the Forum's Solution Frameworks which now embed the IT industry's standard ITIL process approach.  

Wedlake Bell, one of London's oldest and most respected law firms, has gone live with a new open standard, SIP based communications infrastructure from NEC Philips Unified Solutions. The project also included a new disaster recovery contingency option and an upgrade of the company's email platform to Microsoft Exchange 2007. The new SIP infrastructure provides Wedlake Bell with a more resilient and open platform which improves security, performance and ease of use. In addition, the platform allows the law firm to benefit from the latest IP technology whilst still utilising its existing investment in traditional TDM telephony.

The NEC Philips communications platform provides Wedlake Bell's staff with all the functionality expected from a standard PBX connection - such as call transferring, holding and conferencing - regardless of whether they are connected directly to the PBX or connected via SIP-based phones over a LAN connection. In addition, the move to the IP solution will enable Wedlake Bell to undertake performance management and fault reporting across both the traditional and IP phones.

As part of the project, NEC Philips has also moved Wedlake Bell from the 2003 version of Microsoft Exchange to the full 2007 suite, which offers Unified Messaging and Outlook Anywhere functionality. This move forms part of the law firm's strategy to embrace flexible working practices across the business. Wedlake Bell's mobile workers have remote access to Exchange servers from the Internet, and they will be able to manage emails, calendars and voicemails on the move, via PDA or mobile phone devices. In addition, users will be able to take advantage of interactive voice technology to listen and reply to messages, as well as manage their calendars.

Linda Webster, Head of IT at Wedlake Bell explains, "We are one of London's oldest law firms, but we pride ourselves on being flexible, innovative and quick on our feet - and technology plays a key part in helping us meet these objectives. By working with NEC Philips we have been able to upgrade our IT and Communications infrastructure, in order to take advantage of the latest IP technology, and to adopt a much more flexible method of working; our staff can now work remotely when it is appropriate without having any impact on their productivity."

Webster continues, "NEC Philips have provided us with a secure, open and resilient IT platform but critically they have also ensured that we are able to maximise our existing infrastructure investment and make the most of the technology that we already have in place. The NEC Philips consultants were able to help us identify which parts of our infrastructure needed to be upgraded in order to deliver most value across the business, and their project management and technical skills were of real value to us during this process."    

Webster concludes, "We have been working with NEC Philips for many years now and have developed an excellent working relationship with them. The NEC Philips consultants are knowledgeable, proactive and go out of their way to understand our requirements. At Wedlake Bell we aim to provide practical, forward thinking advice to our clients, that supports their commercial objectives and this is also true of the NEC Philips team; their commercial astuteness and quality of delivery is unrivalled and they have a proven product portfolio. We look forward to a long-lasting business partnership."

Bharti Telesoft, a provider of integrated VAS solutions for mobile operators in emerging markets, will be showcasing its integrated VAS portfolio at Mobile World Congress. The company has also been nominated for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards in the Best Mobile Money category for its mobiquity mBanking solution.

Commenting on being a part of the event Manoranjan Mohapatra, CEO, Bharti Telesoft commented, "The GSMA Mobile World Congress combines the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry. It is a prestigious event that brings together prominent leaders and personalities from the entire mobile industry, including mobile operators, equipment vendors, Internet and entertainment professionals. We are excited to be a part of this leading event in the telecom industry calendar and especially pleased to have been nominated for a GSMA Award in recognition of our mobiquity solution.

"This year we will be focusing on our solutions that enable operators to extend services to new segments and enhance their portfolio cost-effectively - and underlining our experience in delivering managed services that further support operators in their endeavors to improve revenues and reduce costs," continued Mohapatra.

According to a new report from Juniper Research, smartphones are expected to account for a growing proportion of mobile phones sold each year, potentially sustaining the performance of key brands such as Nokia at a time of economic uncertainty.The report forecasts that, between 2008 and 2013, annual sales of smartphones will rise by 95% to over 300 million.

Underpinning this forecast, says Juniper, is the finding that a rising demand for complex Web 2.0-centric applications is broadening user appeal and expanding the overall market for ‘Smart' devices. This key trend is not being lost on handset manufacturers, large and small alike, as they increasingly rely on sales of high-end devices to mass market users, says Juniper. With this change in focus, smartphones will increasingly become the basis for the next generation of mobile devices.

According to Smartphone report author Andrew Kitson: "The process of evolving mobile phones into Internet-centric, highly personalised mobile computers is well underway. Changes in the design and form of mobile devices, such as the inclusion of large touch-based displays, have been taken to their limits. Looking ahead, the shape and form of next-generation devices will most likely be led by software and content, rather than hardware, as vendors such as Nokia strive to make their devices highly personalised and rooted firmly in the online environment. "

Other findings include

  • By 2013, around 23% of all new mobile phones will be smartphones, up from 13% in 2008
  • Overall, mobile device shipments grew by a nominal 5-6% at best in 2008, but key vendors are projecting a decline of up to 10% or more in 2009
  • As margins on handsets fall, vendors like Nokia and Sony Ericsson are increasingly diversifying into the service provision arena as a means of bolstering earnings - solutions such as music libraries and location-based social networking present significant opportunities in the future

7 layers, a global group of test and service centers for the wireless industry, has developed a new portal - based on InterLab - that brings transparency, efficiency and speed to test and certification processes, which are defined by network operators or special interest groups in order to ensure that wireless communications products fulfill a minimum of set requirements.

Due to the continuously growing complexity of mobile communications products and the pace of technological development, handling the necessary test & certification processes has become a time consuming task that needs a lot of coordination between all involved parties. For this reason it is important to provide users with a web-based software system that can handle the diverse requirements from manufacturers, network operators, private interest groups or regulatory bodies easily and efficiently. Such a solution has to offer an easy to follow certification process including certification criteria, change requests, information about test systems, test cases and their validation status, plus regular updates.

7 layers provides this new web portal for a North American consortium. 7 layers combines a deep insight into certification processes - and the difficulties applicants are faced with when applying for certification - with the capability to develop complex tools in a given time frame, following diverse requirements. The new solution, for which 7 layers also takes over support and maintenance tasks, is based on the InterLab software system, which is ideal for sophisticated, distributed assessment procedures. The new web-based solution can be handled directly by users from all over the world. The certification process is presented in a clear, instantly understandable fashion, whilst assuring a high level of topicality as well as performance and security. Publication of certification criteria updates, that can take a number of weeks when managed traditionally, can now be handled in just a few minutes.

"Developing this web portal was a great experience for us", says Carsten Kuhfuss, product manager at 7 layers. "We took special care of user friendliness and reliability in order to provide a tool that meets the time to market demands of the industry. Due to the large number of user requirements, certification rules, test cases, test solutions etc. the portal we developed in this case has become very complex. Similar, web-based tools can also be useful for manufacturers, network operators, private interest groups etc. in order to conveniently manage assessment procedures that become more important, the more complex wireless communications products become."

Nokia and bit-side GmbH today announced that an agreement has been signed for Nokia to acquire substantially all assets of bit-side, a privately owned Berlin-based professional services and software company with 39 employees. By acquiring bit-side Nokia will strengthen and accelerate its mobile development for Nokia Maps.
 
"Acquiring bit-side enables Nokia to offer consumers the world-leading mobile location applications, such as Maps, along with routing and navigation at an accelerated speed" said Michael Halbherr, vice president and head of social location, Nokia. "Nokia has been working with bit-side since 2007, and bit-side has become a strategic development partner to Nokia."
 
"Nokia believes that context plays a pivotal role in the evolution of the Internet. To make the Internet truly personal, Nokia is building the ability for people to always know where they are and what is around them. Moreover, to know where their friends are and what they are doing and how they are feeling. Nokia calls this social location," said Michael Halbherr, vice president and head of social location, Nokia.
 
"Joining Nokia, the world leader in mobility, is an exciting opportunity for us," says Thom Brenner, managing director & partner, bit-side GmbH. "Our small team has brought many innovative mobile products to life and being part of Nokia will be like a catalyst to this.  We share Nokia's visions, on social and location related services and the future of their enabling technologies."
 
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2009. Bit-side will be integrated to Nokia's Services unit.
    

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