March 26, 2006
The New York Times 2006 Travel Show Draws a Record 26,500 Visitors
Travel Event Draws Consumers, Exhibitors and Trade Experts from Around the World.
NEW YORK - March 2006 - The New York Times Travel Show, presented by American Express, has announced that a record 26,500 visitors including 7,000 trade professionals attended its recent third annual show in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. At this major consumer exhibition and trade event consumers were able to research, plan and book vacations to all parts of the world.
Visitors to the show could attend numerous workshops and seminars with experts including legendary travel writer Arthur Frommer, Peter Greenberg from NBC's Today Show and Business Talk Radio's Stephanie Abrams. Attendees were also treated to non-stop entertainment that included cultural performances by dancers and musicians from Aruba, Brazil, Greece and many other lands; ambassador animals from Busch Gardens; and family events with Sesame Street characters courtesy of Beaches Resorts.
"The New York Times Travel Show grows bigger and better each year and this year was no exception," said Jyll F. Holzman, senior vice president of advertising for The New York Times. "We thank our sponsors who helped us welcome nearly 500 exhibitors and thousands of consumers, making the 2006 show the largest trade event for travel in the United States."
"American Express is very pleased to have rejoined The New York Times for this year's annual Travel Show," said Lynne Biggar, senior vice president and general manager of the American Express Consumer Travel Network. "The show was a great success for us and we embrace opportunities like these to merchandise our travel-related benefits for Cardmembers and to meet with new and existing customers looking for what's exciting in travel this year."
The New York Times Travel Show supporting sponsors included Amtrak, Carnival Cruise Lines and the Greek National Tourism Organization. Contributing sponsors included Aruba Tourism, Sandals and Beaches Resorts and Washington, DC Convention & Tourism Corporation.
Among the hundreds of exhibitors at the 2006 New York Times Travel Show were Africa Travel Association, Alaska Land & Cruise Packages, American Express Vacations, Aruba Tourism, Atlantic Canada Cruise Association, Atlantis Adventures, Carnival Cruise Lines, China National Tourist Office, Club Med, Croatian National Tourist Office, Dublin Tourism, FLO USA - Visit Turkey, Grand Expeditions, the Greek National Tourism Organization, India Tourism, Japan National Tourist Office, Liberty Travel, Mexico Tourism Board, NYC & Company, Polynesian Cultural Center, Princess Cruises, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, Sandals and Beaches Resorts and Wilderness Travel.
"The New York Times Travel Show provided Carnival a unique opportunity to meet potential cruise passengers and promote our various product enhancements, as well as our expanded schedule from Europe and four-to-eight day departures from New York, one of our fastest growing homeports," said Jerilyn Giacone, Carnival's business development director for Long Island.
"We are thrilled to once again be a proud sponsor of the New York Times Travel Show," said Frank Corzo, national director of sales for Sandals and Beaches Resorts. "The show is a great venue to highlight to everyone who is passionate about travel all the innovations taking place at Sandals and Beaches Resorts. As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street, we are proud to bring the Caribbean Adventure and our character breakfast to New York City and give a glimpse into what takes place at all four Beaches Resorts year-round."
Posted by Editors at 1:47 AM
March 24, 2006
International Herald Tribune Launches New Commercial Properties Feature
Trends in the international commercial real estate market are the focus of a new section in the newspaper and at iht.com.
PARIS -- March 2006--The International Herald Tribune (IHT) has announced the launch of Commercial Properties, a new section appearing in the newspaper every other Wednesday and at iht.com/properties.
Commercial Properties will cover all commercial real estate segments, including office, retail, hotel/tourism, industrial/warehouse and niche.
The geographical focus of the section will be truly international, ranging from mature and emerging markets in Europe and Asia to the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
The International Herald Tribune is the premier international newspaper for opinion leaders and decision-makers around the globe. It combines the extensive resources of its own correspondents with those of The New York Times and is printed at 32 sites throughout the world, for sale in more than 180 countries. Based in Paris since 1887, the IHT is part of The New York Times Company.
While The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2005 revenues of $3.4 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, nine network-affiliated television stations, two New York City radio stations and 35 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com.
Commercial Properties will cover all commercial real estate segments, including office, retail, hotel/tourism, industrial/warehouse and niche. In addition, hot topics like mixed-use, luxury and multi-family developments will be covered, along with in-depth sector overviews, analysis of major developments in the market and profiles of notable real estate companies.
The geographical focus of the section will be truly international, ranging from mature and emerging markets in Europe and Asia to the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. In addition, the section will cover commercial real estate as an investment asset and business indicator to help investors follow this fast-changing market.
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, senior vice president and commercial director of the IHT, said, "The launch of Commercial Properties is excellent news for our international readers and advertisers alike. The commercial real estate market is growing at an unprecedented pace and we are anticipating that this new feature will prove a very popular addition to The New York Times's and the IHT's global real estate offerings."
Since The New York Times Company became the 100% owner of the International Herald Tribune in January 2003, the newspaper has carried out the most significant series of investments in its 119-year history, increasing pagination, color capacity and adding a number of new print sites. In 2005, the IHT also created an Asian newsroom in Hong Kong and appointed a team of high-profile correspondents throughout the region.
Posted by Editors at 7:10 AM
March 23, 2006
Sony Ericsson unveils game changing innovations to take women's tennis to next level of fan entertainment
Global title sponsorship to yield technology and television innovations designed to make game more fan friendly and interactive on television and at tournament sites.
LONDON, United Kingdom - March 21, 2006 – Sony Ericsson and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announced today the unveiling of a series of groundbreaking technological and television innovations that will greatly enhance the sport for television and live viewers of women’s professional tennis across the globe.
The package includes (1) pre-match player interviews so fans can hear what players are thinking as they are about to step on the court; (2) coaches interviews during matches; (3) placing of wireless microphones on players during practice; (4) enhanced microphones on court and in the umpire’s chair to bring the true sound of play to viewers at home; and (5) coordination with broadcasters to reduce on-air pre-match warm ups so that TV viewers are taken right to match action.
This announcement represents the fulfillment of one of the central promises of Sony Ericsson’s landmark 6-year, $88 million global title sponsorship of the WTA Tour signed in January 2005 – to make the sport more fan friendly, interactive and innovative through the intersection of sport with technology. The new initiatives follow several technological and music innovations unveiled in 2005 by Sony Ericsson, including the introduction of live scoring and enhanced content to fans’ mobile phones, the launch of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour “Girls on Tour” website which includes player diaries, ring-tones, games and other unique content, and bringing of live Sony BMG music acts to select Tour events.
“Sony Ericsson’s sponsorship of women’s tennis is all about using innovation to take the game to the next level of entertainment,” said Dee Dutta, Sony Ericsson’s CVP and head of global marketing. “Sport is entertainment, and the package of changes announced today is another important step in the direction of making the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour a more fan friendly, interactive and exciting spectator sport. Watch this space as there is more exciting change to come”
“Our fans and broadcasters are telling us that they want to get closer to our players, and to feel the incredible athleticism and energy that is women’s professional tennis,” said Larry Scott, CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour. “Through our partnership with Sony Ericsson we are making that desire a reality. Fans watching at home on TV and at our tournaments will now be able to experience the excitement, sounds and speed of women’s tennis like never before.”
“These are great initiatives. We really believe that these innovations will enhance our viewers’ experience and interest, as well as make them feel closer to their favorite players,” said Geraldine Filiol, Deputy Managing Director at Eurosport.
Posted by Editors at 8:39 AM
March 22, 2006
Sony Ericsson introduce new lifestyle of imaging communication with first Cyber-shot™ phones
K800 and K790 camera phones deliver new level of imaging quality.
London, February 2006 – Sony Ericsson is taking digital imaging in camera phones to new heights with the launch of the K800 and K790 phones, the first handsets to carry the Cyber-shot™ brand, a true mark of imaging quality.
Sony Ericsson K800 Camera Phone
Both are highly capable mobile phones with integrated 3.2 Megapixel digital cameras with Autofocus, Xenon flash and BestPic™ - Sony Ericsson’s unique imaging technology that allows you to capture exactly the moment you desire.
K800 and K790 combine advanced image capture capabilities with high speed data transfer, making them perfect tools for shooting and sharing high quality pictures and videos. K800 is a dual-mode UMTS/GPRS phone and the K790 is a Tri Band EDGE phone. Both are available from Q2 2006.
"With the Cyber-shot™ phone we aim to create a new lifestyle of ‘imaging communication’ by combining Sony Ericsson’s unique mobile applications and Sony digital imaging technologies,” said Rikko Sakaguchi, Senior Vice President, Product and Application Planning, Sony Ericsson. "Our aim has always been to innovate and create new values for the mobile life, and with the Cyber-shot™ phone we will enable anyone to enjoy an entirely new level of communication –taking quality pictures of anything, anytime and anywhere, and sharing their precious moments with others."
The handsets have a classic Sony Ericsson design, with a large screen and responsive, tactile keypad with a sleek and stylish dual front phone design. Turn the phones horizontally and there you have a digital still camera. Simply slide the active lens cover downwards and a user interface similar to that of a Cyber-shot™ camera automatically appears.
The superb technology within the K800 and K790 deliver a new level of imaging quality in camera phones. High resolution, sharp, crisp images are guaranteed every time thanks to added features more common to standalone cameras. 3.2 Megapixel resolution with Auto Focus is just the start. The cameras in K800 and K790, like in any digital still camera, have a Xenon flash that gives sharp and colourful pictures even in the dark with red-eye reduction included. Also, the image stabilizer function compensates for the small hand movements that can make pictures blurred.
A completely new feature developed by Sony Ericsson is BestPic™, which ensures that you never ‘miss’ an important picture. Press the shutter button once and get 9 full quality 3.2 megapixel pictures to choose from in a time sequence – 4 pictures before and 4 pictures after the actual image you captured. All 9 pictures are displayed as icons on the display. Simply scroll backwards and forwards through the 9 images and save the ones you like best.
The K800 and K790 offer full support for a complete digital imaging lifestyle. Printing is possible without the need for a PC thanks to PictBridge™, a feature that transfers pictures directly to a printer by using a USB cable. Storing and managing image files on your PC are made easy with the supplied Adobe software, and the phones are among the first to feature fully integrated Picture Blogging Blogging is growing exponentially as a way of sharing personal experiences with words and images, and Picture Blogging in K800 and K790 allows users to create and update personal blogs directly from the phone in just a few clicks.
Business users will find the K800 and K790 valuable work tools while out of the office and the sleek Velvet Black casing fits neatly with the professional image. Full HTML browsing with RSS feeds and Google Search give you high-speed, graphic-rich Internet use. Support for standard push email and a connectivity suite comprising Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) means that keeping in touch is effortless. A complete entertainment package including music player, 3D gaming and an RDS FM radio are also provided for business downtime or relaxation.
The Sony Ericsson K800 is a dual-mode UMTS handset while K790 is a Tri Band EDGE handset. Both products will be commercially available in Velvet Black and start shipping globally during Q2 2006. The variants in the market will be:
K800i - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa
K800c - Dual mode UMTS (2100MHz) - GPRS 900/1800/1900 MHz for Mainland China. (Launch dependent on availability of 3G services.)
K790i - Tri Band EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz for Europe, Asia Pacific, Americas
K790a - Tri Band EDGE 850/1800/1900 MHz for Americas
K790c - Tri Band EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz for Mainland China
K800 and K790 – Features at a glance:
Imaging & Messaging
* 3.2 Mega pixel with Auto Focus Camera
* Xenon Flash
* Video and image stabilizer function
* 2.0” QVGA 262K TFT display
* Active lens cover
* Photo keys
* Cyber-shot™ user interface
* Memory for 100 pictures (at 3.2MP), 64 MB internal user memory
* Video recording/playback
* Adobe picture/video PC SW
* 16x Digital zoom
* Auto red eye reduction
* DPOF & PictBridge
* Time line view of pictures
* Picture Blogging (powered by Blogger)
* PictureDJ ™ and VideoDJ™
* Standard push e-mail (P-IMAP) support
* VGA camera for Video Telephony (no VGA camera in K790)
* Music Player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ support)
* Video Player
* Music DJ™
* OMA DRM phase 1.x
* Streaming Audio/Video
* 3D games
* A/B buttons for horizontal games support
* RDS FM radio
* Bluetooth 2.0
* HTML Full Browser with RSS readers
* USB 2.0 Mass storage
* External antenna connector
* Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™) slot
* Flight mode
* USB cable, stereo portable handsfree and PC software in the box
* Talk time: up to 7 hours GSM/2.5 hours UMTS
* Standby time: up to 350 hours
* Size: 106 x 47 x 18 (22) mm
* Weight: 115 grams
Posted by Editors at 7:50 AM
March 19, 2006
Motorola, Pininfarina and Maserati: Technological Concept Car at Geneva International Motor Show
Italian designer and mobile phone manufacturer are collaborating on futuristic dream car.
GENEVA -- Motorola, Inc. and Pininfarina, the design company behind such iconic cars as Maserati and Ferrari, had announced together with Maserati the world premiere of a technological concept car equipped with futuristic automotive and mobile technologies at the 2005 Geneva International Motor Show. This new creation, a tribute to the Maserati of the future based on its heritage and on its advanced mechanicals, is a rolling high-tech sculpture that demonstrates technologies that are imaginary but possible.
Motorola is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded systems and wireless networks. In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and information you need, anywhere, anytime. Seamless mobility harnesses the power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective and flexible communication. Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004.
The prototype demonstrates Motorola’s concept of “seamless mobility”: the ability to reach the people you need, the entertainment you love, and the information you can’t live without, whether you are at the office, at home, or even in your car. The integration of Motorola’s technology in the car realizes the seamless mobility theory: the car itself becomes an intelligent moving network, able to interact with its passengers and keep them constantly and seamlessly connected to all the aspects of their lives. This concept is translated even into the car’s interior, which is physically seamless.
The technologies integrated into the Maserati dream car include a transparent heads-up display revealing the intelligent core of the vehicle. Through a central mounted navigation device, drivers can navigate through a personalized array of functions and menus. The numerous cameras positioned on the car allow drivers to share their driving experience with others. The car was created completely from renewable resources, using recycled components rather than natural materials. It also features a swappable drive system that transfers from gasoline to hybrid drive in six minutes.
The idea to build a technological dream car with Motorola came as Pininfarina Extra, the division of the Pininfarina Group, began designing Motorola’s latest line of iDEN handsets. Pininfarina Extra, which has partnered with Motorola on the design of its latest mobile phones, thought about how they could integrate Motorola’s concept of ‘seamless mobility’ within a technologically advanced car. This challenge was taken up and carried forward by Pininfarina Extra through its cooperation in the design of the cabin and the accessories of the concept car.
“This Maserati illustrates some of Motorola’s future technologies in a way that visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show can experience first-hand,” said Sam Desai, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola’s iDEN Networks and Handsets. “It is another example of how Motorola and Pininfarina are working together to bring exciting designs to new products.”
Motorola and Pininfarina also demonstrated several cutting-edge products designed for automotive enthusiasts, including the Pininfarina Limited Edition Motorola i833 handset as well as Motorola’s line of NASCAR phones, mobile phone car kits, and other phones and accessories.
Posted by Editors at 1:22 PM
President Bush Honors Motorola Leadership in American Innovation and Competitiveness
Motorola Awarded National Medal of Technology during White House Ceremony
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2006 – At the White House, President George W. Bush presented Motorola, Inc. with the 2004 National Medal of Technology. The prestigious annual award recognizes Motorola for its outstanding contributions to America’s technological innovation and competitiveness. The National Medal of Technology, established in 1980 by an act of Congress, is the highest honor awarded by the President to America’s leading innovators.
Since its founding in 1928, Motorola has stood on the cutting edge of innovation in areas such as two-way radios, cellular communication, paging, space flight communication, semiconductors and integrated, digital enhanced networks. As a result, the company has helped establish entirely new industries and driven the phenomenal growth of portable and mobile communications.
Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications.
“All of us at Motorola are honored to receive the National Medal of Technology from the President,” said Ed Zander, Motorola chairman and chief executive officer. “This award belongs not only to the talented employees of today but to the several generations of Motorolans who built our heritage of innovation. Given this heritage, we strongly support the President’s plan to keep America the world’s most competitive and innovative nation.”
In the President’s State of the Union address on January 31, he announced his American Competitiveness Initiative. The initiative calls for bold private-sector investment in innovation and renewed emphasis on math and science education.
“We applaud the administration for proposing increased investments in R&D, in particular for the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) at Commerce and for the National Science Foundation,” said Padmasree Warrior, Motorola executive vice president and chief technology officer. “From convergence to mobile Internet to nanotechnology, we must educate, excite and inspire our nation’s children about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”
Motorola invests more than $3.5 billion annually into research and development and has long supported math and science education, including the FIRST Robotics competition, the Teach for America program, the United Negro College Fund, the Mathcounts Foundation, Girls Inc. and the Ibero American Science & Technology Education Consortium.
History of Innovation
A pioneer, innovator and visionary in wireless, broadband and mobile communication, Motorola has transformed innovative ideas into products and solutions to connect people to each other and the world around them.
In personal communication, Motorola has changed the way the world communicates, from the introduction of the DynaTAC cell phone in 1983 to today’s ultra-thin RAZR handset. In two-way radio services -- from the Handie-Talkie radio of World War II to today’s light-weight models -- Motorola has been the leading provider to public safety, government, transportation, utility and manufacturing enterprises.
Its digital video set-tops and voice-over-IP enhanced cable modems deliver the promise of a connected home just as the original home radios, telephones, and televisions did in the 1930s and ‘40s. Motorola has also developed an array of microprocessors for products ranging from some of the first video games to today’s most advanced digital cameras.
Today, Motorola’s labs are researching and developing cutting-edge technologies to deliver on the promise of seamless mobility – connecting the unconnected and bringing the mobile Internet to the next billion people worldwide. In addition, Motorola’s research in micro-miniaturization and concern for the environment are resulting in ever-smaller portable electronic devices that reduce power consumption and are eco-friendly.
Posted by Editors at 1:04 PM
March 14, 2006
Nokia Convergence Devices for Mobile TV and the Digital home at Nokia Mobility Conference
Nokia Mobility Conference is one of the world's premier forums for operators, developers, IT vendors, content owners, service providers, retailers, and other members of the mobility-industry value chain. Featuring speakers from Nokia and other key players in the industry, the Nokia Mobility Conference showcases real-life examples of business opportunities across the sector.
Nokia has launched three more Nokia Nseries multimedia devices, while new Nokia products and solutions for enterprises, application developers and mobile networks give convergence a push.
At Nokia Mobility Conference 2005, Barcelona, Spain, and Espoo, Finland, Nokia illuminated its convergence strategy by extending the Nokia Nseries multimedia range to include three new devices: the Nokia N92 (the world's first mobile device with a built-in DVB-H receiver), the Nokia N71 and the Nokia N80. With these new devices consumers can wirelessly watch mobile TV, stream music, share photos and send emails with attachments.
This latest launch follows the announcement in October 2005 of the Nokia Eseries, a new family of Nokia smartphones targeted at the business world. The Nokia Nseries, first launched in April, and the Nokia Eseries are the manifestation of Nokia's vision of convergence and the emerging digital industry, bringing together information technology, enterprise applications, broadcasting, music and imaging. Speaking at the Nokia Mobility Conference, Nokia Chairman and CEO Jorma Ollila explained how devices like these lie at the heart of digital convergence.
"We expect the market for convergence devices to double to 100 million units in 2006. Developers, media companies and enterprises are shifting their focus to Nokia's S60 smartphone platform, as they see the business potential of using it to offer content and ensure secure remote access to corporate applications," said Ollila. "Convergence is opening up a world of opportunities for our customers and partners, and Nokia is committed to developing the tools, solutions and products to make the promise of the digital industry a reality."
Nokia N92: the clearest picture yet for mobile TV
The Nokia N92 is the world's first mobile device with a built-in DVB-H receiver, making it possible for users to watch and record live TV at any time. Based on open standards, DVB-H is the leading mobile-TV broadcasting technology, enabling low-cost delivery of high-quality broadcast programs to mass audiences.
The Nokia N92 features applications and functionalities that make it easy for users to watch and search for TV programs, create personal channel lists, subscribe to TV-channel packages, set program reminders and access interactive TV services. The ergonomic form factor includes media keys, a view mode and a large (2.8") anti-glare QVGA screen supporting 16 million colors.
Nokia N71: all-in-one entertainment
The latest member of the Nokia XpressMusic family, the Nokia N71 is a pocket-sized entertainment system complete with stereo FM radio and support for digital music and videos. The Nokia N71 also features the new Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map. This allows a semi-transparent, zoomed-out view of a web page, so that users can quickly orientate themselves on a handset screen.
Nokia N80: make yourself at home
Equipped with WLAN and 3G, the Nokia N80 is the world's first handset to feature UPnP technology. This allows it to be used as a remote control for wirelessly swapping content between compatible PCs, audio equipment and TVs. Images and video stored on the Nokia N80 or on a compatible PC can be viewed on a TV, for instance, while music stored on the device can be played through an audio system. Nokia N80 users can also print wirelessly to any UPnP-enabled printer. In addition, the Nokia N80 supports most commonly used email solutions and office-application formats.
Web browsing in your pocket
At the conference Nokia also unveiled a new web browser for its S60 software for smartphones. The browser, designed to give equal access both to full web pages and mobile-optimized content, is available for S60 licensees as part of the S60 3rd Edition offering. With the browser built on open architecture, S60 licensees and open source developers will be able to extend its core and build new features on top of it.
In keeping with this open source approach, Nokia has also launched a new Internet portal for its open source software projects: opensource.nokia.com. The portal, a natural extension for the Forum Nokia online developer community, consolidates Nokia's open source activities and provides access to its projects.
Mobilizing the enterprise
The new Nokia Eseries family of smartphones for the business world also made its public debut at the conference. The Nokia E60, the Nokia E61 and the Nokia E70, each with its own distinct design, are built on a platform that meets the security and manageability needs of corporate IT professionals. The Nokia Eseries is targeted at companies and public institutions that want to improve their performance while keeping the cost of device management and support under control.
Nokia Eseries devices support all GSM bands, 3G, WLAN, corporate email access and advanced voice functionality (including IP PBX connectivity over WLAN), and offer integrated security features and tools for device management. Multiple email solutions are supported, including BlackBerry Connect, GoodLink, Nokia Business Center, Seven Mobile Mail, Seven Always-on mail and Visto Mobile. Nokia Eseries devices are a perfect fit with the Nokia Business Center, a robust and cost-effective solution for the mass-market rollout of corporate mobile email.
Posted by Editors at 5:29 AM
March 11, 2006
Nokia celebrates the inauguration of its manufacturing facility in Chennai, India
• Nokia becomes the first equipment vendor to manufacture both mobile devices and network infrastructure equipment in India
• Achieved milestone of manufacturing over one million handsets in India to-date
• India to become the second biggest mobile device market in the world in terms of volumes in 2010
Chennai, India - March 11, 2006: Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications, inaugurated its manufacturing facility in Sriperumbudur, Chennai, India. Present at the inauguration, were the Honorable Prime Minister of Finland, Minister of Transport and Communications, Honorable Governor of Tamil Nadu, Secretary to the Government of India and Chairman of Telecom Commission, and senior Nokia executives including Mr. Jorma Ollila, Chairman & CEO and Mr. Robert Andersson, Executive Vice President, Customer & Market Operations, amongst others.
The manufacturing facility in Chennai is Nokia's fifteenth manufacturing facility globally. Nokia is the only company in India whose facility manufactures both mobile devices and network infrastructure equipment.
Nokia commenced commercial production of mobile handsets at its India factory on the 2nd of January 2006 and has achieved the milestone of manufacturing over one million handsets in India to-date. The Chennai manufacturing facility currently employs 1100 people and expects to significantly expand its work force in India over time.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Mr. Jorma Ollila, Chairman & CEO of Nokia said, "India is amongst the top 5 telecom markets in the world. Setting up this manufacturing facility in India reiterates our long term commitment to the Indian market. We are proud to have only taken 23 weeks from the time we started construction to rolling out the first products at this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Chennai is a great location with excellent state and central government support, availability of skilled labor and a conducive business environment. I am confident that our manufacturing facility in Chennai will enable us to reduce our time to market and better respond to our customer requirements in this market and around the region. "
"We anticipate that there will be a long term sustainable demand for mobile telephony in the fast growing Indian market. In fact, we estimate that India will become the world's second biggest mobile device market when measured by volumes in year 2010. There is tremendous potential to bring mobile communications for the very first time to many in India who do not yet have any access to communications. To bring the benefits of mobility to the first time subscribers, Nokia is working closely with operators to lower the total cost of ownership with affordable handsets and cost-efficient network solutions," he added.
Nokia has played a pioneering role in the growth of cellular technology in India, starting with the first-ever GSM cellular call a decade ago on a Nokia mobile phone over a Nokia-deployed network. The addition of a manufacturing facility in India strengthens Nokia's commitment to the market.
Posted by Editors at 7:47 AM
March 8, 2006
Maria Kirilenko Introduces adidas by Stella McCartney Tennis Range
The Russian newcomer Maria Kirilenko is presenting the new adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range, thus continuing the sport performance design collection. Currently ranked as No. 25 on the WTA tour, Maria has been selected to become the face of the new tennis range and will be playing in apparel and footwear of adidas by Stella McCartney at all upcoming tournaments starting with the Australian Open.
Maria Kirilenko, the latest addition to the adidas tennis family and exclusive face of the adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range, will be wearing the key styles of the tennis line and the Bashasha, an ultra-light tennis shoe based on the successful adidas Feather. The shoe’s very sleek 3 stripes design on the upper offers additional stability whereas the quarter is kept very minimal, thus making the shoe very breathable and light.
The tennis line is completely integrated in the color palette of the spring/summer 2006 collection of adidas by Stella McCartney. Strong shades of reds (pop, calypso, husky pink), yellows (flash, electricity) and a new green (macaw) alongside the traditional tennis color white and toned-down pastels like orchid and the signature color of the collection, dusty rose, from now on will provide unexpected color twists on and off the tennis court.
The new adidas by Stella McCartney tennis range will be available as of mid February in high-end department stores, adidas Sport Performance stores and Stella McCartney stores around the world.
The adidas by Stella McCartney range is part of the adidas Sport Performance division. adidas has built and underlined its leadership in tennis with only one focused mission, and that is to provide every athlete with the best possible equipment and gear. Top athletes such as Andre Agassi, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Marat Safin, Martina Hingis, Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Guillermo Coria as well as adidas ambassadors such as Steffi Graf, Stan Smith and Ilie Nastase wear state-of-the art adidas tennis products.
Posted by Editors at 6:11 PM
Nokia N91 for a True Mobile Music Experience
Storage for up to 3000 songs, plus smartphone functionality in an ultra-portable package.
At Amsterdam, Cancun, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur, Nokia recently introduced the Nokia N91 multimedia, the company's latest device optimized for mobile music consumption. With room for up to 3000 songs on the integrated 4-gigabyte hard disk, the Nokia N91 delivers a premier music experience. In addition, the industry standard 3.5mm stereo headset jack and easy transfer of music files from your PC help make the Nokia N91 a connected mobile jukebox. Encased in stainless steel, the Nokia N91 has dedicated music keys on its face, which slide down to reveal the phone keypad. The Nokia N91 is a part of the new Nokia Nseries range, bringing you the latest multimedia technologies and smartphone functionalities.
"The Nokia N91 delivers both a fantastic music experience and cutting-edge phone features," said Jonas Geust, Vice President, Music at Nokia. "What sets the Nokia N91 apart is the fact that it is always connected - you can download new music while on the move, add it to your favorite playlist and then share your playlist with friends. It's truly the world's best mobile connected jukebox."
Listen to Music
The Nokia N91 serves up to 12.5 hours of great sound via the included stereo headset with remote control. Enjoying your music collection has never been easier, as the Nokia N91 supports a wide range of digital music formats including MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA.
Nokia N91 is compatible with a number of accessories from industry leading brands Bose(R), Harman Kardon, JBL, and Sennheiser. In addition to using their favorite audio accessories with the Nokia N91 through its standard 3.5mm jack, consumers can maximize their audio experience by choosing products from a line-up of Nokia tested and recommended audio accessories*.
Packed with multiple connectivity options, such as WCDMA, WLAN and Bluetooth wireless technology, the Nokia N91 makes it easy for you to find and enjoy music when and where you want. With the Nokia N91, you can quickly and easily find and purchase music over the air to your device from your operator's music store.
Drag and drop your personal music collection from your PC to your Nokia N91 or synchronize your recent music purchases with your PC via USB 2.0. You can also create and manage your playlists directly on your Nokia N91, or shuffle songs around to build your optimal listening experience.
A revolutionary feature of the Nokia N91 is the possibility to share your playlists with friends by multimedia message, email or Bluetooth. Proudly show off your musical taste or simply share the latest songs that have been stuck in your head.
The Nokia N91 also contains the latest multimedia technologies and smartphone functionalities, including a 2 megapixel camera for print-quality photos, email support, a full web browser and video sharing.
Posted by Editors at 1:32 PM
March 6, 2006
A NEW CENTURY FOR LINCOLN VEHICLES - 2000s
In the early 2000's, Lincoln concentrated on attracting more young buyers to the brand. It began its crusade with the sporty 2000 LS. This was Lincoln's first entry in the highly competitive luxury sport segment. It was also the first true domestic player in the segment. In order to refresh its vehicle lineup Lincoln introduced an updated 2003 Navigator model that was better than ever, with a number of power features exclusive to its class. Another vehicle that turned heads of the younger generation was the 2002 Aviator, Lincoln's newest SUV - a luxurious, versatile mid-size SUV that's been heralded for its performance and interior. Launched as the spirited offspring of the Navigator, Aviator's nimble design and athletic ability was key to bringing a new audience to Lincoln.
Lincoln Shines in the City
Becomes official automotive partner of the new Time Warner Center
In October 2004, Lincoln took up residence at the new epicenter for art and design in New York City - the spectacular new Time Warner Center.
Built at a cost of $1.6 billion, the Time Warner Center opened to the public in February 2004 at a prime location - New York City's historic Columbus Circle overlooking Central Park. In addition to offices and exclusive residences, the 2.8 million square foot complex houses high-end retail, food, entertainment and hotel destinations, as well as three performance halls for Jazz at Lincoln Center. It's the perfect reflection of Lincoln's Reach Higher theme.
As the official automotive partner, Lincoln will sponsor art exhibits and performances within the center and will feature innovative product displays throughout the year. From time to time, visitors will even be treated to a first look at the some of the latest Lincoln concept vehicles. While interactive screens will allow people to learn more about the Reach Higher lifestyle and Lincoln vehicles, a Lincoln concierge will be on hand to answer product questions and add a unique personal touch. Interested in a test drive? The concierge can arrange for one in New York City that very day or at a Lincoln Dealership anywhere you choose in the country. It's yours for the asking.
So next time you're in New York City, put the new Time Warner Center on your itinerary. Not only will you find the best in shopping and dining, you might get a sneak peek at future Lincolns, too.
Posted by Editors at 8:52 AM
March 5, 2006
Vodafone K.K. unveils first 3G mobile handset with VGA display
Vodafone 904SH supports new chat and multiplayer game services based on Bluetooth
Vodafone K.K. has announced the Vodafone 904SH by Sharp, the first mobile handset*1 to feature a VGA*2 liquid crystal display (LCD). The 904SH is scheduled to go on sale in late April 2006 as a new 3G handset.
The 904SH’s VGA LCD has four times the resolution of current QVGA*3 LCDs, making it possible to reproduce visuals and render small characters with more vividness and clarity than before.
The 904SH is a new flagship model that supports a full range of new services and features. By using Bluetooth, friends and acquaintances can enjoy new communication services like instant messaging or multiplayer games within a 10-metre radius free of charge. The 904SH is also the first handset to feature a new Motion Control Sensor, which is capable of measuring handset posture in all directions in 3D. Customers will be able to enjoy a host of new applications that fully take advantage of the new sensor’s enhanced accuracy. The 904SH also has Vodafone K.K.’s first Face Recognition feature for enhanced security and privacy protection.
The main features of the 904SH are as follows:
- First mobile handset*1 with VGA LCD and leading-edge specs: 3.2 megapixel autofocus 2x optical zoom camera and stereo speakers that support 3D surround sound
- Supports new services and features: Bluetooth communication, applications for newly-developed Motion Control Sensor, Vodafone K.K.’s first Face Recognition
- Flagship model that fully supports existing 3G services like Vodafone live! FeliCa for e-money and e-ticketing and Vodafone live! NAVI for GPS navigation
Posted by Editors at 9:16 AM
March 3, 2006
LACOSTE FASHION, VITAMINS FOR THE SPRING SEASON
New York Fashion Show... Among the eighty or so creators who are showing in New York in March 2006, some American labels are all the rage across the Atlantic. But swimming against the tide, the LACOSTE crocodile, boosted by Christophe Lemaire, is one of the few French brands meeting with success in Manhattan.
The 2006 range sends down the catwalk clean-cut boys sporting vitamin-rich hues, in plum colored drainpipe trousers with LACOSTE grenadine worn discreetly under a vermillion parka.
Christophe Lemaire brightens up the pavements of New york, where his street wear wardrobe defies the drab of winter. You meet girls as colorful as Smarties, in velvet knickers or ripped edge miniskirts and boots puffed up like down jackets.
In short, the first Lacoste autumn-winter show puts the accent on city sportswear in lively colors.
In 1933, René LACOSTE and André GILLIER,
the owner and chairman of France’s largest
knitwear manufacturing firm at the time,
set up a company to make the logo-
embroidered shirt designed by the champion
for his own use on the tennis court. Also
marketed were a number of other tennis,
golf and sailing shirts, as can be seen in the
first catalogue from 1933.
This was the first time that a brand name appeared on
the outside of an article of clothing - an idea
which has since become extremely
This shirt immediately revolutionised mens
sportswear, replacing the classical woven
fabric, long-sleeved and starched shirts
which players had worn on the courts until
The first LACOSTE shirt was white,
slightly shorter than other shirts of the day,
with a ribbed collar and short sleeves, and it
was made of a light knitted fabric called
“Jersey petit piqué”. The qualities of
comfort and solidity upon which it built its
name still shine through today, providing a
different and truly unique product.
Posted by Editors at 11:37 AM