Natalia Ardanza of voanews.com writes:
In Africa there is another use for mobile phones. Public Health workers in Kenya are now using mobile phones to gather health information from patients in remote areas and upload it to the internet for instant analysis at distant centers. And it is all happening thanks to Dr Joel Selanikio.
Motorola says it's filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission, claiming that Research In Motion – the manufacturer of BlackBerry devices – is importing and selling products that infringe on five Motorola patents. There's already a patent litigation case going through the courts but Motorola says this new action is necessary because of "RIM’s continued unlicensed use of Motorola’s patents, RIM’s use of delay tactics in our current patent litigation and RIM’s refusal to design out Motorola’s proprietary technology".
Motorola has asked the ITC to investigate RIM’s use of Motorola’s patents and – as seems usual with these cases – to block imports and prevent sales of RIM products that infringe Motorola's patents.
Mark Bridge writes:
I remember a report from last year that said ‘non-smart’ touchscreen handsets – generally those without a popular operating system – would be bad news for mobile operators.
Conventional touchscreen smartphones tended to result in higher-than-average ARPU thanks to their early-adopting tech-loving users, their web-friendly browsers, their email programs, their app-friendly operating systems and their fast 3G connectivity. However, dumber touchscreen devices – those with a manufacturer’s own proprietary OS and perhaps a clumsier browser – could generate 23% less ARPU than smarter phones. So, if touchscreen dumbphones weren’t good for networks… and weren’t really good for consumers either… manufacturers wouldn’t really bother with them. Right?
Sony Ericsson's fourth quarter results are a mixed bag of improvements and declines. Shipments were up 3% from the previous three months to 14.6 million units, although this is 40% down year-on-year. Quarterly sales were €1.75 billion, up 8% from Q3 but down 40% year-on-year. The company says these year-on-year decreases were mainly due to a downturn in the global handset market and the unexpected popularity of mid-price touchscreen phones.
Net losses were €167 million; an improvement from a €187m loss year-on-year but slightly worse than the previous quarter.