Chinese services company Capinfo has made a Motorola flip-phone speak Chinese for visitors to the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The handset will carry guidebook data, including text, images and videos about historic sites, as well as directions to those sites and other useful locations like restaurants and hotels. The guide also includes a phrase book, showing phrases in English and Manadarin, which can be read by the phone using a text-to-speech converter.
Beginning next week, Vodafone Group PLC, Europe's largest mobile phone company, will begin offering customers in selected markets high-speed mobile data service based on new third-generation (3G) technology, the company said Thursday.
Imagine being able to get on the Internet with a notebook or PDA anywhere you can use your cell phone-at landline speeds or faster. That's the siren song of next-generation wireless networks. After many years of hype, these so-called 3G (for third-generation) networks-which succeed the old analog and today's digital cellular networks-are finally rolling out.