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Odd patents and the patently odd

Today I'm taking a dip into the most interesting patents -- and patently silly ideas -- and what manner of messed-up services may be coming to your handset before too long, including the fertility phone, smellophone and Feng Shui phone.

August 23, 2007 by


Vodafone waves white flag in WiMax wars

After the government threw its hat in the ring over WiMax, friends and foes of the technology have been frothing at the mouth to deliver a natty sound bite on why the standard is the wireless equivalent of a cold sore or the saviour of all things broadband. Vodafone has now announced it's sleeping with enemy and joining the WiMax Forum. Who's the winner here?

August 14, 2007 by


Has Telstra Sol-d out?

This may be one of the few times I find myself in agreement with John Howard -- the recent announcement that Telstra's CEO, Sol Trujillo, will now find his pay packet bloated to some AU$12 million seems a little like overkill.

August 12, 2007 by


Get your hands off my Internet, Virgin!

Getting into the finer print of Virgin's broadband-over-3G plans is a little like getting up close and personal with the office hottie and then discovering they have a personal hygiene problem. Last week, Virgin launched two broadband packages using HSDPA -- high speed 3G -- as backhaul instead of the traditional ADSL used by fixed line broadband.

July 30, 2007 by


Is there room for a fourth screen?

Last week, BigPond launched a new mobile telly offering, smartly named BigPond TV (knew you'd like it), with the usual selection of clips and full programs, old favourites and made for mobile. So will BigPond succeed where so many have struggled?

July 26, 2007 by