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CEBIT: TomTom aims to speed GPS users with traffic, lane data

TomTom International has upgraded its route-finding software for its latest GPS (Global Positioning System) devices because the previous generation picked the fastest route only about half the time. The software also offers drivers more guidance on w...

'DVD Jon' offers beta version of content sharing tool

After cracking the encryption system that protected DVDs in order to play the discs he had bought on a PC running Linux, Jon Lech Johansen has his sights set on liberating other audiovisual content from the format in which it is sold.

MWC - GPS about finding friends, not route, in Barcelona

Location-based services appeared here, there and everywhere at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, as service providers maneuvered to take advantage of the increasing number of mobile phones shipping with integrated GPS (Global Position...

MWC - Android comes to life in Barcelona

Google's Android software platform for mobile phones is coming to life in Barcelona, with a number of chip manufacturers showing it running on prototype or proof-of-concept phones at the Mobile World Congress on Monday.

MWC - Celltrust targets banks with encrypted SMS app

Celltrust developed its SecureSMS application so banks could deliver secure text messages to their customers' mobile phones -- but the company's chief technology officer wonders whether French president Nicolas Sarkozy might like a copy of the softwa...

Amazon buys Audible for US$300 million

Amazon.com has begun a new chapter in its battle for customers' ears: it has agreed to pay US$300 million for Audible, a seller of audio books that has a close relationship with Apple.

Nokia to buy software developer Trolltech for $US153M

Nokia has offered to buy Trolltech, the Norwegian developer of a widely used application framework, for 844 million Norwegian kroner ($US153 million) in cash. Nokia hopes the Trolltech development team will give its own software efforts a boost.

US court of appeals hands Google a patent setback

Google's browser toolbar is back in court on patent infringement charges, after a U.S. court of appeals overturned part of a lower court decision. Google's AdSense contextual advertising service, though, is in the clear.

New legal guidelines proposed for online games

Video games that include an online element expose players and publishers to a host of new risks for which they must prepare. That's the message from French lobbying group the Internet Rights Forum, which issued guidelines for publishers and legislato...

MySpace to add games from Oberon

Users of the MySpace.com social networking Website will be able to add multiplayer games to their personal profile pages, and play them for free, from next year. MySpace has struck a deal with Oberon Media to make available hundreds of casual games f...

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