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Ericsson, the leading telecom supplier, is a bridge between the music industry and mobile operators in helping them develop attractive mobile music and video services for consumers. Ericsson will therefore be present for the first time at MIDEM 2004, the leading international music market, to create awareness of the mobile channel as a viable choice for the music industry.
Visitors to the Ericsson booth at MIDEM will experience how music content can be presented through the mobile channel today. Demonstrations will include M-USE, a mobile music service developed by Ericsson in cooperation with Sony Music. M-USE is open to all labels and operators. It delivers personalized music news and "fan-packages" containing music clips, ring-tones, artist pictures, recommendations, and more to consumers. Visitors can also see a 3G M-USE demonstration complete with Mastertones, full-length audio and video downloads and video streaming.
"New services are needed to compete and create new revenues in both the telecom and music industries. Ericsson has great experience and knowledge of what services are successful in the mobile networks," says Kurt Sillén, Vice President, Ericsson Mobility World.
Visitors to MIDEM can meet Ericsson at booth R36.13, Riviera Hall in the Telecom Village at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.
In addition on January 25th between 17:00 and 18:00 Kurt Sillén, Vice President, Ericsson Mobility World will be a panel member in the "Music To Their Ears - Marketing Music Via Mobile Phones" session during the Mobile Music Forum conference at the Palais des Festivals in the Auditorium Esterel.
Ericsson's press meeting room is located at the Palais des Festivals, Niveau 1, Espace Ortega.
MIDEM takes place on 25-29th January 2004. An overview of the MIDEM program of activities can be found at: http://www.midem.com/
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.
Nokia 6620 imaging phone combines the productivity of a business tool with the fun of a multimedia device.
Surrounded by the bright lights and fast pace of Times Square in New York, Nokia (NYSE: NOK) today unveiled the new Nokia 6620 imaging phone, the first smartphone for the Americas market optimized for use on new high-speed EDGE networks. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone employs a 65,000 color TFT screen for viewing still images and video clips captured by the integrated VGA camera and real-time video streaming over the EDGE network using the built-in RealOne mobile player. While taking pictures, users have the ability to use the 2X digital zoom and a self-timer feature to allow everyone to be included in the fun, while the extended memory enables the saving of hundreds or even thousands of images. The powerful Symbian OS-based Series 60 platform allows for the creation of richer applications including business and productivity tools such as mobile e-mail, over-the air synchronization of PDA data, a fully integrated Internet browser (HTML 4.01, XHTML/CSS and WML), and a wide selection of third-party applications. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone (GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/1900/1800 MHz) is expected to be available during the second quarter of 2004.
A wide range of the newest multimedia features give Nokia 6620 imaging phone owners a multitude of ways to capture, share and enjoy content. Multimedia messages come to life with the use of SMIL (Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language) technology. SMIL technology allows images, sounds and text to be built into a single MMS, and then received in exactly the order intended by the sender. An integrated image uploader allows pictures to be sent directly to Internet-based photo services, where images can be stored, sorted, shared, and made into prints. Additionally, images can easily be printed at home with the use of a compatible Bluetooth enabled printer. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone also supports innovative Nokia enhancements including the Nokia Image Viewer, for sharing pictures and slideshows on a television, and the Nokia Picture Frame, for stand-alone storing and displaying of favorite images.
The high-speed capability of EDGE technology enables the Nokia 6620 imaging phone to deliver real-time video streaming directly to the palm of users' hands. The built in RealOne mobile player can access the large existing base of Real formatted video content and new 3GPP content designed specifically for mobile devices. By supporting both types of files, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone can deliver compelling content today such as sports, news, finance and entertainment content today, and also be ready to access future mobile content. In addition, the powerful combination of EDGE and the full Internet browser within the Nokia 6620 offers users efficient access to virtually all online content over a high-speed network.
"The Nokia 6620 imaging phone offers the latest in technology for both business and personal use, and in a surprisingly compact and easy-to-use package that weighs less than 4 and a half ounces," said Randy Roberts, director of imaging devices for Nokia. "By delivering a tool that can quickly access content ranging from streaming video and stereo MP3 music to e-mail and corporate intranet files, we are offering users the ability to manage and control how they use the mobility afforded by wireless technology."
Along with its multimedia capability, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone also has the power to serve as an effective mobile business tool. Built on the Series 60 platform, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone supports a number of business-focused applications allowing companies to securely mobilize data and their workforces. For organization, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone has PDA functionality that can be synchronized over the air or directly to a PC using cable, infrared or Bluetooth connectivity. Between the on-board memory and the included MMC memory card, the Nokia 6620 imaging phone has over 40MB of memory in its standard configuration. E-mail and instant messaging clients support efficient text communication, while presence functionality allows users to communicate their current availability to associates. The Nokia 6620 imaging phone can also support VPN clients for access behind corporate firewalls, improving access to corporate online information sources such as intranet sites.
With a wide selection of business applications designed for Series 60-based devices, business users also have the option to customize their Nokia 6620 imaging phones with the applications they require to make being on the road easier and more productive. Some applications already on the market include word processing, expense reporting, document management and travel-related software packages. Additionally, the EDGE capability of the Nokia 6620 imaging phone allows these applications to be more quickly downloaded than ever before.
Nokia, together with SEGA® Corporation, today announced two SEGA branded titles that will be released for the N-Gage game deck. Virtua Cop(TM) is a multiplayer first person shooting game, where mobile gamers are charged with bringing down an evil crime syndicate that is running riot in a series of locations. Players can team up via Bluetooth wireless technology to shoot their way through various levels to restore peace and order.
In Alien Front(TM), you can take on the role of an army tank commander to defend the Earth against invading aliens, or switch sides and take command of a futuristic 2-leg walker, a 4-leg spider walker, or an anti-gravity hovercraft vehicle. Alien Front also has a two-player deathmatch mode via Bluetooth wireless technology and the possibility to share game statistics with the world via the N-Gage Arena.
"It's great to add two hot SEGA titles for the constantly growing N-Gage games portfolio," said Pasi Pölönen, Director of Game Publishing, Games Business Unit, Nokia. "The mobile multiplayer features of Virtua Cop and Alien Front will enable a completely new way for gamers to compete head-to-head, as well as share their game stats with the world via the N-Gage Arena."
"We are pleased to provide two additional titles for the N-Gage game deck," said Hideki Okamura, Senior Executive Officer and Worldwide General Manager of Consumer Business Division, SEGA Corporation. "Under our keyword "Connection", SEGA will continue to provide titles for the N-Gage platform, leveraging its mobile network features, including Bluetooth gaming. We are helping to create a new type of gaming style among players."
Virtua Cop and Alien Front will be available on the N-Gage game deck beginning with Alien Front in spring 2004.
About SEGA Corporation
SEGA(R) Corporation is a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home, encompassing consumer business, amusement machine sales and amusement center operations. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA(R) Corporation's Web site is located at http://sega.jp.
The N-Gage game deck is an innovative mobile device that is creating an entirely new market for the games industry. Built for active and hardcore gamers, the N-Gage platform is the first mobile and connected game deck to feature online high-quality 3D multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth wireless technology and GPRS. The N-Gage device also offers unique online games services as well as a comprehensive and growing games catalogue from the leading game publishers. Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Nokia and N-Gage are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nokia Corporation.