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Nokia, ATI Team on 3D Gaming, Mobile TV
Nokia said it has started a long-term strategic relationship with ATI Technologies, Canada, to develop music playback, 3D gaming, mobile TV and video functions for its handsets for Nokia's costumers worldwide.
ATI will provide the tools chain and software development kit (SDK) for multimedia developers in the fall of 2006.
Ilkka Raiskinen, senior vice president, Multimedia Experiences, Nokia, said that mobile multimedia experiences will be created in a year or 18 months time.
Skype Extends Social Networking to VoIP
Skype on Wednesday released the beta version of Skype 2.5 and an early preview of live moderated conversations that allow groups of up to 100 people to talk to one another from anywhere in the world.
The Web phone service provider is attempting to take the online social networking concept to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications. Skypecasts allow people to discuss shared interests — anything from classic cars and cooking to home design and computer support. Skypecasts are moderated by the "host" who is able to mute, eject or pass the virtual microphone to participants when they wish to speak. Hosting or participating in a Skypecast is free. "Skype has always focused on making it easy for people to have conversations for as long as they like, anywhere in the world, for free. We want to make Internet calling incredibly straightforward so people can effortlessly stay in touch," said Skype CEO Niklas Zennstrom. "With the latest version of Skype's award-winning software, we've listened to our customers and made it even easier for communities of people to connect and easily talk to each other for free."
Opera Mini 2.0 for your mobile phone
Opera Software releases Opera Mini 2.0 enabling ability to download MP3s, images and other Web content directly to a mobile phone
New features in Opera Mini 2.0 include:
– Content download: Download images, MP3s, etc. directly to the phone.
– New skins: Make Opera Mini your own by selecting from several new and bold skins to suit your mood.
– Multisearch: Opera Mini offers advanced searching functionality by allowing users to select extra search engines for the home page.
– Speed dial: Bookmarks displayed on the home page are assigned a shortcut key combination, giving users faster and easier access to their favorite sites.
– Visual navigation: Quick and smooth horizontal panning when browsing backwards or forwards.
Google Worried About New IE Feature
Google is hoping to pressure Microsoft into changing a new Internet Explorer browser feature that could direct more people to Microsoft's online search engine instead of Google's far more popular offering.
Google has informally complained to U.S. and European antitrust regulators about what it says are biased settings on Microsoft's latest Web browser, marking the latest spat between two companies whose business models are increasingly bumping up against one another.
Mountain View, Calif.-based Google regards Microsoft as the biggest threat to its continued success, and Microsoft has conceded that Google is a formidable competitor as well.
Dhiraagu Signs Agreements For A Submarine Cable Network System
Dhiraagu signed a Construction and Maintenance agreement with Sri Lanka Telecom for operating the international cable system between Sri Lanka and the Maldives this morning at a ceremony held at Nasandhura Palace Hotel.
CEO of Dhiraagu Mr. Ismail Waheed signed the agreement on behalf of Dhiraagu and CEO Mr. Shuhei Annan signed on behalf of Sri Lanka Telecom.
In the same ceremony this morning, Mr. Ismail Waheed, Mr. Shuhei Annan and Assistant General Manager of NEC Submarine Networks Mr, Takahashi signed the supplier contract to lay the Dhiraagu Submarine Cable Network.
The submarine cable network project is a USD 22.7 million programme which would deliver a submarine cable system between Maldives and Sri Lanka, across the one and half degree channel and between Male’ and Hulhumale.
The project is estimated to be completed by the end of this year.
Dhiraagu To Celebrate Broadband Blowout In May 2006
Dhiraagu is pleased to announce the Broadband Blowout 2006 from 1 to 31 May 2006, a month of events and special offers for both new and existing broadband ADSL customers.
Activities and special offers during the month include:
The rollout of residential broadband service to 10 new islands and the introduction of a new highly affordable home user package on 1 May, coupled with these special offers are part of Dhiraagu’s continuous efforts to make high quality, high speed Internet affordable to the people of Maldives.
President calls on people to strengthen Islamic faith, Islamic unity
President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has called on the people to strengthen their Islamic faith, and to resolve to revive and further strengthen the existing Islamic bond among the people.
He made the statement in a message to the nation on the anniversary of the Day the Maldives Embraced Islam. The President’s message was published in the Special Supplement released by the Ministry of Home Affairs on the occasion.
The President said that the greatest gift we have received is the divine inspiration of Islam and emphasised that it had been the foremost reason for the sovereignty and independence of our nation.