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CES: Las Vegas

January 7, 2009

Gil Grissom may be leaving CSI this week, but people are just arriving in Las Vegas for one of the biggest shows of the year.

It’s expected that while attendance may be down slightly this year due to the struggling economy, as many as 130,000 attendees will be converging on the city for the 42nd annual International Consumer Electronics Show.

The show always has a great lineup of speakers and this year will be no different (minus Bill Gates of course). For those of you who are already in Vegas, and plan to leave the comfort of the hotels and casinos for the show, make sure to check out clients from ACCESS, mBlox and Nero on these thought provoking panels at Digital Hollywood, co-located at CES:

Thursday, January 8

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Track III- ME6- Mobile Entertainment Track

Reinventing the Mobile Device and Mobile Network- Integrating the Full PC Experience into a Personal Communications Device

Albert Chu, VP of Marketing & Alliances, ACCESS Systems America


For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

Thursday, January 8

Noon to 1 p.m.

Track III- ME7, Mobile Entertainment Track

The Mobile Web: The Future of Applications, Commerce, GPS, Communications and Content

Larry Berkin, VP, Ecosystem and Corporate Business Development, ACCESS Systems America


For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

Thursday, January 8

3 to 4 p.m.

Track III- ME9- Mobile Entertainment Track

Mobile Commerce and Content- The Mobile Web, Off Deck Content, Mobile Search and Advertising Options

Brian Johnson, Senior Vice President, Americas and Asia Pacific, mBlox


For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

Additionally, Nero US President, Richard Carriere, will be a featured speaker on January 9, at 3 p.m. in the North Hall – N261. His panel, “The Television, the PC, Online Video and the Digital Consumer Experience” will discuss consumers’ use of TV as the gateway to entertainment and information. Included in the discussion will be the topics of interactive TV, IPTV, PVR TV, broadband-based TV, as well as the many ways that consumers will use and access content and programming.

Nero Move it, Nero 9 and Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC will be showcased at the AMD-sponsored Nero Theater at the Nero booth, January 8-10 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 4, #35625.

Nero and OEM partner product trials and promotional giveaways will also be offered at the Nero Theater, with the first demonstration of Nero 9 at 11 a.m. PT, Nero LiquidTV | TiVo PC at 1 p.m. PT, and Nero Move it at 3 p.m. PT. This newly expanded Nero product line represents the company’s delivery of liquid media technology — where the TV and PC are merged and digital entertainment content moves easily across a variety of devices.

If you’re interested in meeting one-on-one with Nero at CES, please contact Karen Clyne at (408) 727-0351 ext 763 or karenc@mcgrathpower.com.

It should be a great show once again this year. Looking for more information? CNN has a great preview of the show today.

From CNN:

With many Americans struggling to pay bills, find jobs and even avoid foreclosure, it may seem like an extravagance to spend hundreds of dollars on a laptop or a digital camera.

But financial fears also are causing consumers to spend more time at home, where they still want to be entertained. Industry observers believe this nesting trend could sustain demand for products — Blu-ray players, stereos, video games, cheap computers — that brighten the family room while easing the sting of canceling that Disney World vacation.

“We’re about to experience a renaissance in in-home entertainment,” said Scott Steinberg, publisher of DigitalTrends.com. “History proves that even during times of recession, people are willing to invest heavily in great escapes, and products that take their mind off the concerns and vagaries of everyday life.

“That being said, consumers are becoming smarter about how they spend their money,” he added. “This year’s mindset will be less about luxury than convenience, and a specific gadget or technology’s pure ability at the end of the day to get the job done.”

With an uneasy eye on the economy, tech companies seem to be scaling back expectations for CES, which kicks off officially on Thursday. Attendance will likely be down about 8 percent, and few blockbuster announcements are expected. Industry heavyweights also are downsizing the usual slate of lavish corporate parties that in 2006 saw the Foo Fighters gigging for Motorola and Intel hosting The Black Eyed Peas.

“The pre-buzz has really been a lot quieter than it’s been in recent years,” said Kent German, a senior editor at CNET.com, who is attending his fifth CES. German believes more tech companies are choosing to launch products at other times of the year when they don’t have to compete for attention.

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Survey: Mobile Phones Set to Dominate Web Access

December 16, 2008

According to technology experts surveyed by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, mobile phones are destined to become the standard way of connecting to the Internet by 2020.

From Network World:

By 2020, mobile phones will be the primary Internet devices for most people in the world, according to a panel of experts.

“The mobile phone – now with significant computing power – [will be] the primary Internet connection and the only one for a majority of the people across the world,” the Pew Internet & American Life Project writes in a new “Future of the Internet” report. “Telephony [will be] offered under a set of universal standards and protocols accepted by most operators internationally, making for reasonably effortless movement from one part of the world to another.”

Client ACCESS has helped to develop and deliver technologies that have brought the Internet to a new generation of mobile devices and consumers. ACCESS technologies were central to the development of the first successful mobile data service in the world and this success has grown at a phenomenal pace with ACCESS technologies now deployed in millions of devices around the world.

Principal ACCESS technologies include the Garnet OS, ACCESS Linux Platform, NetFront Mobile Client Suite and NetFront Browser.

If you’re going to be at CES International 2009, be sure to stop by Digital Hollywood where both Albert Chu and Larry Berkin of ACCESS will be presenting. Hear their thoughts on the future of the mobile and beyond-PC markets, the next generation home digital experience, the open internet generation and how new technologies will affect the consumer in today’s era of convergence.

Victor Harwood always puts on a great show so make sure to attend the following panels:

Thursday, January 8

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Track III- ME6- Mobile Entertainment Track

Reinventing the Mobile Device and Mobile Network- Integrating the Full PC Experience into a Personal Communications Device

Albert Chu, VP of Marketing & Alliances, ACCESS Systems America

Daren Gill, VP/GM vtap, Veveo

Warren Tomlin, President and Chief Creative Officer, Fuel Industries

Keith Saft, Global Director, Mobile User Experience, Yahoo!

Anup Muraka, Director of Technical Marketing, Mobile & Devices, Adobe

Steve Andler, VP of Marketing, Networks in Motion

Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Neocarta Ventures, Moderator


For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

Thursday, January 8

Noon to 1 p.m.

Track III- ME7, Mobile Entertainment Track

The Mobile Web: The Future of Applications, Commerce, GPS, Communications and Content

Larry Berkin, VP, Ecosystem and Corporate Business Development, ACCESS Systems America

Mikael Nerde, Sony Ericsson

Noel Chandler, CEO and Co-Founder, Mosio

Bill Stone, Chief Executive Officer, Handango

Michael Weaver, VP, Strategy, Crisp Wireless

Jeff Litvack, GM, Mobile and Emerging Products, Associated Press

Pete Flint, Founder and CEO, Trulia

David Berkowitz, Director, Emerging Media, 360i, Moderator


For Session Description & Speaker Bios Click Here

ACCESS Signs Software Development Agreement with NTT DOCOMO

December 3, 2008

Client ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, has signed an agreement with NTT DOCOMO regarding software development by ACCESS for a FOMA(TM) operator pack. This marks the beginning of the project’s development phase.

This official software development agreement follows the System Engineering Assistance agreement, which was signed on July 16, 2008, involving the production of basic specifications for the operator pack.

The FOMA operator pack, an integrated application package that implements services such as i-mode(TM), supports the specifications of the LiMo Foundation (LiMo). Development of the FOMA operator pack will make it possible for mobile handset manufacturers worldwide to provide immediate support for DOCOMO on their own devices.

ACCESS and DOCOMO play leading roles in LiMo, a dedicated consortium of mobile industry leaders working together to deliver an open and globally consistent handset software platform based on mobile Linux(R). Established as a non-profit organization in 2007, LiMo has grown from six charter members – DOCOMO among them – to more than 50 members as of December 2008, including world-leading operators and handset manufacturers. By promoting a LiMo- compliant solution using ACCESS Linux Platform(TM), the two companies will help mobile handset OEMs and ODMs develop high-performance handsets more efficiently, increase coordination between operators and handset manufacturers and further energize innovation in the mobile phone market.

“The recent trend toward high-performance handsets capable of meeting a variety of customer needs is gaining a great amount of attention in Japan and overseas as mobile phones evolve beyond the level of mere tools to become essential elements of a customized digital lifestyle,” said Toru Arakawa, CEO, president and co-founder of ACCESS. “By combining the operator packs we develop with ACCESS Linux Platform, we will help DOCOMO develop attractive handsets and services.”

DOCOMO’s FOMA service is available only to subscribers in Japan.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the company, ACCESS is a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. With research and engineering centers throughout the world, ACCESS delivers unique solutions that bring value to its customers and partners and which help make life easier, more productive, and more enjoyable.

As a mobile Internet pioneer, ACCESS has helped to develop and deliver technologies that have brought the Internet to a new generation of mobile devices and consumers. ACCESS technologies were central to the development of the first successful mobile data service in the world and this pioneering success has grown at a phenomenal pace with ACCESS technologies now deployed in millions of devices throughout the world.

Principal ACCESS technologies include the Garnet OS, one of the first and most successful mobile operating systems ever developed, the ACCESS Linux Platform, a software platform that combines the ease-of-use and functionality of Garnet OS with a Linux core, NetFront Mobile Client Suite, a comprehensive client software suite for mobile devices, and NetFront an advanced, full-Internet browser widely recognized as one of the leading browsers in the world.

Web 2.0 Widgets on the ACCESS Linux Platform

September 10, 2008

Client ACCESS recently demonstrated Web 2.0 widgets running on their ACCESS Linux Platform at LinuxWorld 2008 in San Francisco, CA.

Take a look at the video below featuring David “Lefty” Schlesinger, Director of Open Source Technologies for ACCESS as he shows you how it works.

Also, be sure to check out this interview on TMCNet.com with Editor in Chief Rich Tehrani and ACCESS Vice President of Marketing & Alliances Albert Chu. In this interview, Chu discusses the continued growth in mobility and mobile convergence as well as the ACCESS NetFront Browser. The company today announced that worldwide deployments of its NetFront products, notably NetFront Browser for mobile handsets and Internet-enabled devices, surpassed 600 million at the end of August.

Chu will be presenting at the Internet Telephony Expo which takes place in Los Angeles this September 16–18.

Google Android to Arrive in September?

August 12, 2008

Teresa Von Fuchs at MobileCrunch and Greg Kumparak at TechCrunch are reporting that the first Google Android handset may be available via presale as early as September 17.

From MobileCrunch:

While reports have ranged that the first Android handset will come out anywhere from October to sometime in 2009, the latest rumors have the HTC Dream (codenamed G1) going on presale for existing T-Mobile customers starting September 17th.

The newest leaked features include a 3-megapixel camera, slide-out Qwerty keypad and the handset will come in three colors: black, white and brown.

Matthew Miller at ZDNet is also reporting on this rumor:

I had a chance to spend a little time with an early Android device at Mobile World Congress and the latest news is that HTC is still on track to deliver the first Android device before the end of 2008. According to TmoNews we may even be able to order one as early as 17 September from T-Mobile USA. I am returning my iPhone 3G today and if this rumor is true I think this will be my next mobile purchase.

According to their trusted source the Open Handset Alliance/Google Android phone will be priced at US$399 full price or US$150 for existing T-Mobile customers. Apparently, you may have to be an existing customer to get in on the mid-September pre-sale so my patience with staying with T-Mobile for the last 6 years and waiting for their 3G network may finally pay off. T-Mobile USA has been good at rolling out UMA and some other interesting technologies, but is way behind on 3G and high end smartphones and really needs something like an Android device to bring in subscribers to compete with AT&T and the iPhone or Verizon/Sprint and their high speed EV-DO networks.

Will we finally see Android? Will Google finally deliver on their promise? Will the consumer be left high and dry? Stay tuned!

If you’re looking for some interesting views on Open Source and Mobile Technology, check out Open Source to Go. David “Lefty” Schlesinger, Director of Open Source Technologies for ACCESS Systems America is the author of the blog and shares his views on the increasing use of free and open source software in mobile devices, horror movies, technology, design, Japanese stuff, and whatever else happens to catch his interest. Lefty is chair of the Linux Foundation’s Mobile Working Group, vice-chair of the Linux Phone Standards Forum’s Architectural Working Group and a member of the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board.

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, is a client of mine here in the Bay Area and they are a mobile Internet pioneer, having helped to develop and deliver technologies that have brought the Internet to a new generation of mobile devices and consumers. ACCESS is best known for their ACCESS Linux Platform and NetFront Browser.