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Bluetooth is a low-cost radio specification providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable handheld devices, and connectivity to the internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market.
Wireless specification
The first available applications will most likely be mobile phones,mobile computers,handheld devices,and connected equipment such as head- sets and data access points.Many companies have already announced devices using Bluetooth wireless technology, synchronizing phone books is easy!
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CURRENT BLUETOOTH Product announcements

on-the-fly protocol transfer between 802.11b, Bluetooth, and GPRS protocols. Mountain View Firm, Airify Communications, Inc., Announces Mobile Computing Breakthrough Business Wire - July 23, 2001 08:22 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2001--Airify Communications, Inc., pioneer in the field of wireless technology, has developed a single-chip solution that delivers seamless connectivity in a mobile environment.
Airify's universal platform utilizes patented core technologies to maintain synchronous connections and implement smart, on-the-fly protocol transfer between 802.11b, Bluetooth, and GPRS protocols. The result is unbroken wireless communication in real-life situations. Airify takes advantage of low-noise, low-power, small-footprint, multi-processor devices to provide uninterrupted access from cell phones, PDAs, and laptops. Airify's microprocessor allows the user to download software upgrades and adds flexibility and longevity to their product with a small programmable logic core.
With a world-class engineering team recruited from leadership positions at the likes of Altera, Sun, SGI, Motorola, Conexant, and Philips, Airify combines design savvy with extensive industry experience to deliver unique wireless solutions. The company is poised to generate breakthrough technologies that will radically accelerate the adoption of wireless mobile computing in the business environment.
Airify has more than a dozen patents pending and files an average of three new applications each month. A quarter of its 26 employees hold Ph.Ds.
Strategic partnerships with TSMC, Virtual IP, Leda Systems, ISSC, and other industry leaders give Airify access to a wide range of related technologies. The flexibility and reduced time to market enabled through these partnerships position Airify to take a leadership role in the wireless Internet market.
In addition to its main campus in Mountain View, Airify maintains a development facility in Irvine, CA.
For information contact: Larry Matheny 2109 Landings Drive Mountain View, CA 650.934.0188 tel 650.934.0187 fax

CONTACT: Airify Communications, Inc., Larry Matheny, 650/934-0188 BluStor Speeds Customer Recognition for Auto Dealers and Luxury Retail HURST, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 18, 2001--The average luxury car sells for more than $70,000, but according to the Polk Automotive Awards this year the customers don't remain loyal to a brand or dealer. Average loyalty ratings in the luxury classifications were under 20%, which means hundreds of thousands of potential lost sales from customers over the course of the car-buying years. That doesn't surprise the folks at BluStor, the first customer loyalty system using Bluetooth(TM) short-range wireless technology. "My partner and I spent more than $300,000 on luxury cars in the past three years, yet the dealerships have no idea who we are," says Bill McDaniel, EDP, Chief Technology Officer for BluStor, a wholly owned subsidiary of McGrew + McDaniel Group, Inc. "A dealership using BluStor will always know who their customers are and the current status of their car the minute they pull into the service drive," McDaniel continued. Leveraging Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology and the web-enabled BluStor Gatekeeper, this patent-pending technology revolutionizes customer recognition for luxury auto dealers, and for luxury goods retailers in any venue. Every manager knows that it can cost as much as 7 times more to acquire a new customer than to retain an existing one. The fastest way to lose a customer in any industry is to fail to meet their expectations; the best way to retain their loyalty is to know who they are and what they need when they enter the business environment. On the service drive that means checking them in and getting them on their way as quickly as possible. With BluStor, the Service Writer is automatically notified as soon as a customer pulls into the dealership and has instant access to the complete customer history and preferences. The sales force is alerted and provided a current situation analysis that lets them know how long the customer has had the car, their favorite colors and options, current lease or purchase status, and even the owner's birthday! By integrating BluStor with existing customer databases and dealership applications, the rewards are almost instantaneous. The BluStor concept works in the luxury goods sector to increase sales. When a customer is recognized they are 75% more likely to make additional purchases. In retail environments with goods selling for thousands of dollars these repeat customers drive profits straight to the bottom line. BluStor makes that possible even when staff turnover is high. BluStor is currently in discussions with luxury car dealers and expects to have beta customers operational this year. The company is seeking private funding to expand market presence and applications, including fine art and photography galleries and antiques dealers. CONTACT: McGrew and McDaniel, 817/577-8984 Fax: 817/577-9371 Email:

PayStar Corp. to Become Largest Operator of Internet Kiosks in the World Via eKiosk Corporation's Public Internet Kiosk Network Business Wire - July 17, 2001 15:02 LODI, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2001--PayStar Corporation (OTCBB:PYST), one of the nation's leading independent providers of Cashless ATM devices, Prepaid Telecom Services, Wireless Bank Services, Multi-media Services, and Internet Kiosks, is pleased to announce it has entered into a letter of intent with eKiosk Corporation of New Lenox, Illinois. PayStar will convert nearly 1,000 eKiosk(TM) public Internet kiosks to PayStar's "Gold Sprocket" pay- for-use kiosk software. The agreement includes "ActionFax(R)," a Public Touch Screen Fax Kiosk installed in major U.S. airports and leading airline clubrooms in the U.S. PayStar's Info*Station/eKiosks are Internet-enabled devices that offer consumers rich content. PayStar's content includes exciting arcade-quality video games developed by, a company headed by the founder of the video game industry, Nolan Bushnell. The network will also feature 802.11B wireless, high-speed broadband connectivity with universal roaming provided via technology supplied by hereUare Communications. Consumers can connect their palmtops, MP3 players, laptops, notebooks, and other handheld devices to the Internet through hereUare's enabled wireless access, RJ-11 modem, RJ- 45 high-speed data, USB or infrared port. "eKiosks is the logical step in migrating our installed base of nearly 10,000 payphones and cashless ATMs to the era of public Internet enabled devices," stated PayStar CEO, Wm. D. Yotty. PayStar's Info*Station/eKiosks will offer a wide variety of financial and other services including Internet browsing, e-mail, video e-mail, and phone services. In addition to its connectivity options, each device is fully equipped for telephony services, including speakers, video camera, and microphone. Additionally, the Info*Station will provide real-time video conferencing in the near future. eKiosk Corporation, formed in 1999, is the nation's largest operator of Internet kiosks in public areas. eKiosk was the first to introduce Video e-mail and remains the industry leader in this technology. eKiosk acquired ActionFax(R) to form its Airport Division last year. A 12-year veteran in the airline/airport market, ActionFax(R) was the first public facsimile service company in the U.S. with 260 service centers worldwide. eKiosk partners include leaders in travel, hospitality, and entertainment including Hilton Hotel Corporation, Northwest Airlines, TWA, US Airways, Alaska Airways and Marcus Corporation. About PayStar PayStar Corporation, a premier distributor of telephony and financial services offers customers a diverse array of enabling devices worldwide. PayStar currently owns and operates five fully integrated divisions. The divisions offer Switch services, Prepaid products, Long distance, Web design and hosting, Cashless ATMs, Wireless bankcard services, Private Payphones, Internet Kiosks, and Multi- media advertising. PayStar is the location services provider (LSP) to retail merchants nationwide and is considered a "carrier's carrier" for wholesale telecom services worldwide. PayStar's strategy can be summarized in three words: Location, Location, Location. Success will be driven by internal sales efforts and merger and acquisition activity. PayStar's strategy centers on points of distribution in thousands of merchant locations worldwide utilizing PayStar's wide array of enabling devices. This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the company's actual results or outcome to be materially different from those anticipated and discussed herein. These include the company's historic lack of profitability, end user customer acceptance and actual demand, which may differ significantly from expectations, the need for the company to manage its growth, the need to raise funds for operations and other risks with the regulation of the telecommunications industry. For more information, call PayStar at 877/769-7827 or visit their Web site at CONTACT: PayStar Corporation Carolyn Hoff, 209/339-0483


Wingate To Install Bluetooth In Atlanta Property


PARSIPPANY, NJ- HOTEL BUSINESS AE has learned that Wingate Inns
plans to install BlueTooth technology at its Atlanta-Buckhead property
by the end of the third quarter, and that the hotel is looking into
adopting a new back office wireless system for employees.

"As early as the third quarter we'll get the technology installed
in the hotel and allow customers to use their BlueTooth phones to
check-in with their cell phones, and unlock their guestroom doors," said
Andrew Kraemer, director/technology and revenue enhancement for Wingate.

The new bluetooth-enabled locks, which are being developed by MSI
and Tesa, will initially be installed in 10 guestrooms.

The hotel will supply 25 BlueTooth technology devices to its "top
customers, so [the property] can start using the technology right away,"
said Kraemer. "We'll have a group of customers that will test the phones
for a couple of months, and then they'll participate in one of our focus

The software that coordinates the BlueTooth phones with the
hotel's property management system (PMS) is being developed by
VoiceFlash Networks, a newly formed company that resulted from the
merger of Registry Magic and Bristol Retail Solutions.

After the initial roll-out of the check-in services, the hotel
will begin integrating additional bluetooth features to build upon the
company's loyalty program, U1, and its customer relationship management

"We want to be able to send messages to guests telling them they
have 10,000 U1 points and that they could redeem them for a free night
at a Wingate hotel," said Kraemer. "The guests will then see a
connection between staying at the hotel and receiving rewards."

In addition, as part of the company's new customer relationship
management initiatives, the hotel staff will begin using the BlueTooth
device to create a more proactive role in the travel habits of its

"The general manager will have information about where the guest
has stayed and where he's traveling to next," said Kraemer. "This allows
us to personalize the guest's stay and push information from the CRM to
the BlueTooth phones- and not just typical customer information, maybe
we can give him directions to the hotel he's staying at next."

These initiatives are expected to be implemented during 2002.

Currently, there are no plans to install BlueTooth technology in
other Wingate properties, but General Manager David Smith said, "Once
BlueTooth is in every phone, you'll see BlueTooth in every Wingate."

The 101-room Wingate Inn Atlanta-Buckhead was selected for the
beta test because of its close proximity to a number of and
communication corporations.

"A lot of the people that work at the companies carry the newest
roll outs of phones already," said Smith.

Kramaer added that he expects BlueTooth to be a common feature on
mobile phones by next year. "The chips will be in cell phones by 2002,"
he said. "People are already predisposed to wanting the newest
technology and they'll upgrade to bluetooth as soon as it comes out."

Smith added that the convenience of the technology will make
BlueTooth a valuable tool for travelers. "Business travelers are tired
of standing in lines; they've been standing in lines all day. They stand
in line at the airplane ticket counter, they stand in line to board,
they stand in line for their luggage. When they get to the hotel, now
they can bypass long lines and just check-in with their phones."

The Wingate Buckhead is also planning to install a new wireless
check-in system, also developed by MSI, which includes a larger-sized
PDA used by hotel employees to check guests in at the curb.

In addition, the hotel is researching a new wireless housekeeping
system that could monitor the guestroom cleaning process. "Right now the
hotel's housekeepers are walking around with clipboards and pencils. We
want to put that all on a Palm device, so they can make real-time
changes," said Kraemer.

He added that the housekeeping PDAs would be similar to those
currently used by the company's quality assurance teams to send
information back to Wingate's headquarters. (7/12/01)


Red-M and Motorola Sign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Agreement to Provide Complete Bluetooth Solutions

Red-M(TM), a leading supplier of advanced Bluetooth(TM) networking product solutions, announces a strategic alliance with Motorola, Inc, MOT, a leader in the wireless communications industry, to provide customers with complete Bluetooth network products and technology.

Red-M and Motorola will work together on key client accounts to deliver powerful business solutions using Bluetooth wireless technology. Red-M will supply Motorola with its award winning Bluetooth access servers and access points. One implementation of these products will be as a platform for Motorola's seamless mobility solutions. Motorola's efforts in seamless mobility are driving toward the delivery of enhanced mobile multimedia communications that work over WLAN/Bluetooth and cellular data networks. As part of the agreement, the companies will work together on joint promotions, customer trials, customer specific developmental projects and ongoing market research.

Red-M is a developer of advanced Bluetooth networking solutions that provide rapid and secure transmission of data, voice and video communications over a wireless network infrastructure. Motorola is a leader in the development and implementation of Bluetooth wireless technology, delivering the first commercially available Bluetooth product to market with its Bluetooth PC Card, followed by the innovative Timeport(TM) 270 -- one of the first mobile phones with Bluetooth wireless technology. Motorola is also a member of the Promoter group, which leads the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

"We are very excited about the potential of Bluetooth wireless technology," said Bob McCall, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Global Portfolio Management, of Motorola's Consumer, Government, and Industrial Solutions Sector. "Red-M has demonstrated technical leadership and excellence with its Bluetooth networking products, making this alliance an integral part of Motorola's ongoing Bluetooth strategy." Mike Wilson, CEO of Red-M, added, "Motorola is a pioneer in the development of next generation Bluetooth technology. We are delighted to work with them as a strategic partner. We consider this to be a major endorsement of our products and technology, and we are looking forward to an ongoing successful alliance."

About Red-M

Red-M is an acknowledged leader in the Bluetooth networking market. The company develops and markets hardware and software product solutions that enable mobile data, voice and video communications inside buildings and public concourses to a range of devices - including computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), wireless application protocol (WAP) smart phones and other emerging information appliances - using wireless Bluetooth technology. Red-M was founded as an internal start-up of Madge Networks N.V. MADGF and is now an associate company, having secured $35m second round funding from Apax Partners and Amadeus Capital in April 2001. Red-M launched the world's first Bluetooth networking products in October 2000 with the 3000AS access server and 1000AP access point. The company has filed a number of patents around the design and implementation of Bluetooth networking technology, including its unique Red-M BIAS(TM) (Bluetooth Internet access server) technology. Red-M has won several awards including the first ever Award for Innovation at the annual Bluetooth Congress in June 2000 and more recently PC Magazine's `UK Technical Innovation Award'. Red-M is an Associate Member of the Bluetooth Special Internet Group (SIG) and is an active member of the Personal Area Networking (PAN) working group. Information on Red-M can be found at

About Motorola

Motorola is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronics solutions. Sales in 2000 were $37.6 billion. For additional background, please visit Motorola's at: MOTOROLA and the Stylised M Logo are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

About Bluetooth

Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom from wired connections. It is a specification for a small form-factor, low-cost radio solution providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia and Toshiba, and more than 2,200 adopter companies.

Red-M, the Red-M logo, Red-M BIAS, are trademarks, and in some jurisdictions may be registered trademarks of Red-M (Communications) Ltd. Madge is a trademark, and in some jurisdictions may be a registered trademark of Madge Networks N.V. or its affiliated companies. Other trademarks appearing in this release are the property of their respective owners. PC Magazine's UK Technical Innovation Awards is a trademark of VNU Business Publications Limited


    TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 22, Inc. 
(OTCBB: DCHK) is pleased to announce that it has completed an initial 
successful beta testing of an Internet appliance, designed and 
developed by its wholly owned subsidiary, 1388755 Ontario Inc.
    1388755 Ontario Inc.'s objective is to innovate and develop cost-
effective, secure and portable Internet appliances, with wireless 
connection to the Web, using the latest technologies for wireless 
connectivity such as Bluetooth (short range, low power radio 
technology), 802.11HR and Wi-Fi .
    1388755 Ontario's first project, named "Biochex", is the 
development of an Internet enabled medical data logging device, that 
is both wireless and portable. The development work is led by Mr. 
Jose Laraya, an electronic engineering graduate of Tokyo University, 
who has developed other innovative technologies. Mr. Laraya developed 
the world's first APL computer using a 8-bit microprocessor, the 
first IBM compatible LCD laptop computer employing voice recognition, 
encryption systems based on digital speed compressors and many 
    Mr. Laraya, who is based in Toronto, commented, "Beta testing 
success reaffirmed the effectiveness of Bluetooth and similar 
technologies in providing wireless connectivity. It will also allow 
us to develop a portable, affordable and wireless web enabled device 
for everyday use by anyone with or without a computer."
    1388755 Ontario Inc. continues to work on the development of 
Biochex and anticipates a fully functional and secured web site 
within three months.

About Inc. Inc., is a publicly traded company that focuses on 
being first to fund the development of Internet oriented businesses, 
which have yet to go beyond the conceptual level, and to invest in 
the equity of other companies whose business models require extensive 
use of Internet related services. The Company's strategy also 
envisions and promotes opportunities for synergistic business 
relationships among the Internet companies within its portfolio.
    For more information on Inc. Contact Kam Shah, CFO 
at 416-860-9997 or visit their web site at For 
Investor Relations, contact Rob Kennedy at Current Capital Corp. at 
416-860-0211 or visit their website at
    Trading in shares are reported on the NASD-OTCBB 
under the symbol "DCHK".

    No regulatory authority has approved nor disapproved the content 
of this release.

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the 
meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 
(the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, 
the words "plans", "confident that", "believe", "expect", or "intend 
to", and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify 
forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act and are 
subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Such statements are 
subject to certain risks and uncertainties and actual results could 
differ materially from those expressed in any of the forward-looking 


    CONTACT: Inc.
             Kam Shah, CFO, 416/860-9997 
             Investor Relations
             Current Capital Corp.
             Rob Kennedy, 416/860-0211 

    SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2001--U.S. Robotics, 
provider of the world's No. 1-selling modem brand as well as emerging 
Internet access and connectivity products, today introduced the U.S. 
Robotics Cable Modem for cable service providers seeking a well-
recognized modem brand with extensive retail presence.
    The U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem is part of U.S. Robotics' 
expanding portfolio of broadband and networking offerings for the 
home and small office/home office (SOHO) markets.
    The U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem has received Data-Over-Cable 
Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) 1.0 Qualification from Cable 
Television Laboratories Inc. (CableLabs) for Certification Wave 18. 
CableLabs is the industry's governing organization for client and 
head-end interoperability standards testing.
    DOCSIS certification ensures that the U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable 
Modem can be deployed by cable Internet providers with full 
confidence in its function and reliability as installed consumer 
premise equipment (CPE). Ultimately, DOCSIS will enable consumers to 
purchase cable modems directly from retailers, eliminating the need 
for cable Internet providers to maintain inventory.
    The U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem is now shipping and is 
available directly to cable Internet service providers at competitive 
    "With the introduction of our cable modem, U.S. Robotics has 
rounded out its broadband and networking offerings to provide a 
better online experience for our customers," said Christine Pomeroy, 
vice president of marketing, U.S. Robotics in Schaumburg. "In 
addition to the high-quality features of the product, we offer a 
trusted brand and retail channel relationships, making this product 
easily available for our customers."
    In addition to passing stringent DOCSIS standards testing, the 
U.S. Robotics DOCSIS Cable Modem has successfully passed field trials 
at multiple cable companies in the United States, Brazil and 
Portugal, according to Christopher Browne, cable/ISDN product manager 
for U.S. Robotics.
    "At the conclusion of these field trials, the U.S. Robotics modem 
demonstrated capabilities in a variety of configurations and has also 
proven to be a performance leader with more than 10,000 packets per 
second on live radio frequency cable systems," Browne said. "These 
results mean our cable modem offers the optimum Internet experience 
for the end-user.
    "In concert with our 802.11b wireless products and four-port 
broadband router, the cable modem can provide the same high-quality 
experience for multiple workstations and laptops," Browne 
said. "These products are part of our ongoing commitment to providing 
Internet access solutions for the home and small office."
    Designed around the Broadcom chipset, U.S. Robotics' external 
Cable Modem provides maximum bandwidth, interoperability and an 
always-on high-speed Internet connection, allowing users to surf the 
Web at up to 38 megabits per second depending upon the cable Internet 
provider's configuration.
    The modem enables users to download large files in seconds rather 
than minutes, participate in interactive gaming and enjoy audio and 
video Internet entertainment. The modem is compatible with PC, Linux 
and Macintosh systems and can be connected via USB or Ethernet port, 
providing flexibility for both customers and cable service providers.

    About U.S. Robotics

    For three decades, U.S. Robotics has been the world's leader in 
Internet access, delivering the highest quality and most innovative 
modems possible. Since re-emerging as an independent company, U.S. 
Robotics has extended its leadership role in Internet access and 
connectivity, providing wireless networking products for homes and 
small offices, cable and DSL modems for broadband access, and 
wireless Internet devices.
    The company is partnering with key industry players and new 
technology providers to bring consumers "one-box" solutions through 
its extensive worldwide channel relationships. It is committed to 
ensuring the quality, reliability and ease of use consumers expect 
from U.S. Robotics.
    U.S. Robotics is a privately held company with headquarters in 
Schaumburg. For further information regarding the company and its 
products, visit the Web site at
    NOTE TO EDITORS: U.S. Robotics is a registered trademark of U.S. 
Robotics Corp. All rights reserved. All other company names mentioned 
herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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    CONTACT:  Maples Communications
              Mike Kilroy or Nancy Koprowski, 949/253-8737

Date: Monday, June 18 2001

- Moving pen and paper into the digital age with Bluetooth (tm) Today, Ericsson announced the world's first digital pen, Chatpen (tm) CHA- 30. Taking advantage of Bluetooth (tm) wireless technology and the GPRS network, Chatpen can transfer handwritten text and interact with mobile phones, computers and the Internet. The Chatpen technology offers tremendous potential for operators and their customers by creating a broad range of new SMS, fax, e-mail and data services. The product is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2002, though a limited pre-launch in association with Europolitan-Vodafone will take place in Sweden during the fourth quarter of 2001. Using a paper catalogue, consumers will be able to order products electronically without ever touching a computer. Using pre-printed forms, companies will collect data, take inventory and manage other types business communications - even the remote signing of contracts. Everything from the instant purchase of airline tickets to the delivery of flowers or pizza from a newspaper advertisement will be possible with Chatpen. As Chatpen and paper products featuring the dot pattern it uses become more widespread, numerous new applications will appear. Though it looks and writes like a normal pen, Chatpen also "reads" its location with the help of an almost invisible dot pattern printed on ordinary paper. This information is sent via Bluetooth and a GPRS mobile phone, letting consumers write on paper and digitally at the same time. Consumers will also find that they are no longer restricted to text- based SMS or e-mail, but can send handwritten notes with Chatpen to anyone with a mobile phone, PC or PDA. Anything that can be drawn or written can be sent instantly, making messaging more personal and simplifying the process of sending text in languages that do not use the Roman alphabet. Though simple in appearance and function, Chatpen contains state-of-the- art technology that includes an infrared camera, an image processor and a Bluetooth wireless transceiver. When writing with Chatpen on paper that features a subtle pattern of dots developed and owned by Anoto AB, these hidden components "read" the pen's location. This information is sent via Bluetooth wireless technology to a mobile phone, which then passes it via GPRS to another mobile phone, a PC or a PDA. Anoto AB is a subsidiary of C-Technologies. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT Peter Bodor, Public Relations Manager Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Phone: + 46 8 404 2423, +46 70 328 2423 Johan Sjšdahl, Strategic Accounts, Ericsson Mobile Communications AB Phone: +46 46 193715

Free Home Networking Detailed in Ubicom Briefing Paper;
Revenue From Customer Applications Will Entice Broadband Providers to Offer Free Home Networks
Business Wire - June 15, 2001 12:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 15, 2001--As the latest in its series of executive briefing papers, Ubicom, Inc. today announced the on-line availability of a paper, Free Home Networking -- Coming Soon, that discusses the potential for free home networking to be provided by broadband service providers. Ubicom is a leader in providing Internet Processors and networking software that enable ubiquitous communication.

Ubicom believes that TV cable, satellite-dish, DSL and other broadband providers will provide or underwrite free home networking for two economic reasons. First is their desire to lock-in customers ahead of growing competition. Second is the "pull" of current revenues from such applications as sharing of home computer peripherals, entertainment, home security and on-line interactive games. Such a strategy is a variation of the old razor blade marketing scheme of giving away the razor to make money selling the blades. The broadband providers will provide home networking to obtain on-going service revenues.

"The current situation is unusual because of the existence of in-place `killer applications' simultaneously creating user demand and vendor revenue," said Stephan Thaler, vice president of Marketing at Ubicom. "Thus, giving away or underwriting the cost of home networking by the providers makes sense. We see home networks with a broadband access point as the next logical progression in networking."

The full case for free home networking is detailed in Ubicom's Executive Brief, Free Home Networking -- Coming Soon. The short, easy-to-read background document details the scenario and potential revenue that will drive free home networking. The document can be found on-line at:

Related information on home networking can be found on the Web at:

About Ubicom, Inc.
Headquartered in Mountain View, Ubicom, Inc. enables ubiquitous communications. Ubicom is the
leading supplier of Internet Processors and protocol stacks that will connect billions of
devices to the Internet. Ubicom implements communications and control functions as pre-built
software modules that run on the Internet Processors. This approach reduces time to production
and system cost, while providing greater flexibility, compared to traditional design
Additional information on Ubicom and its products can be found on the Web at:
(TM) Bluetooth is a trademark of the Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A.,
HomePNA is a trademark of The Home Phoneline Networking Alliance
and HomePlug is a trademark of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance
CONTACT: Ubicom, Mountain View
Joe Fowler, 650/210-1560


Friday June 8, 3:43 pm Eastern Time

Press Release SOURCE: 3eTechnologies International, Inc. 3eTechnologies International, Inc., Releases The World's First 'Integrated Cable Modem SOHO Wireless Gateway' 3eTechnologies International, Inc, Develops World's First Integrated Wireless Cable Gateway (802.11b, Bluetooth, IrDA) with Certified Excite@Home, CableLabs(R) and DOCSIS 1.0 Approvals ROCKVILLE Md., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- 3eTechnologies International (3eTI), Inc., a leading developer of wireless Internet communication products, today announced it is releasing the world's first integrated Cable Modem Wireless Gateway, with three wireless technologies -- 02.11b, Bluetooth, and IrDA -- HomePNA, Ethernet, and print server functions.
The 3eTI Wireless Gateway with an integrated cable modem has the distinction of being the first Wireless Gateway with cable modem functionality, including Bluetooth and 802.11b. The 3eTI Cable Modem Wireless Gateway Product integrates a CableLabs¨ certified DOCSIS 1.0 cable modem to create a single modem-gateway device for the residential or SOHO environment. Built on an x86 PC board computer, the 3eTI Cable Modem Wireless Gateway has all of the personal computer features required for approval compliance using CableLabs¨ certified cable modems. This is a significant step toward enabling the wide-scale deployment of 3eTI Cable Modem Wireless Gateway devices among CableLabs¨ and Excite@Home broadband network affiliates and service providers. The 3eTI Wireless Gateway with an integrated PCI cable modem has the distinction of being the first Wireless CableGateway product to integrate a cable modem with CableLabs¨ certification, Microsoft¨ WHQL approval, and @Home Conditional Level 2 Approval. The powerful 3eTI Wireless Gateway Product Line also recently achieved another world's first: The successful integration of Bluetooth and 802.11b in the same gateway! This was demonstrated at the 3eTI booth at the Communications Solutions Expo, Washington D.C., May 24-25, 2001. The 3eTI Wireless Gateway product offers other modular options, including integrated ADSL, VoIP, and Optical Broadband interfaces, as well as a hard disk drive option for local server and caching functions, such as Video on Demand services. ``The 3eTI SOHO Wireless Gateway creates an extremely powerful market product,'' said Steven Chen, President and CEO of 3e Technologies International, Inc. ``3eTI has always promoted an 'all-in-one' SOHO Wireless Gateway, and now we expand that product definition with a comprehensively tested and approved internal modem solution. This wireless gateway and modem product is ideal for the residential and SOHO users, and very attractive for broadband ISP and ASP carriers, providing options for bundled services and features for deriving additional revenues.'' About 3e Technologies International 3e Technologies International, Inc. ( ), also known as AEPTEC MICROSYSTEMS, INC. enables always connected, location and condition- intelligent telematic services with products such as the SOHO Internet Gateway (HPNA, 802.11, Ethernet, IR and Bluetooth) and the Palm GPS/wireless add-on (The Glove)(TM) devices. The wide spectrum of 3e services and e-Devices solutions encompasses e-Infrastructures, e-Applications, and in the home, at the office, and on the road. 3e is headquartered at 15800 Crabbs Branch Way, Suite 290, Rockville, Maryland 20855. For more information, please visit . At the NCTA (National Cable Television Association tradeshow, booth 3249) at the McCormick Place, Chicago, during the exhibit (June 11-13, 2001). SOURCE: 3eTechnologies International, Inc. Press Release
SOURCE: Palm, Inc.
Palm Bringing Bluetooth Wireless Communications to Handhelds

Unveils First SDIO Add-on for Expandable Palm m500 Series Handhelds

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bringing the Bluetooth short-range wireless communication standard one step closer to reality for Palm(TM) handheld computers, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM - news) today announced the Palm Bluetooth Card here at the Bluetooth Congress 2001. The card, somewhat larger than a postage stamp, will enable quick, easy and secure local communication (within 10 meters, or 30 feet) between Palm handhelds and other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, printers, network hubs and other handhelds.

Designed using the open industry-standard Secure Digital Input/Output (SDIO) specification, the Palm Bluetooth Card can be slipped into Palm products that have the SD/MultiMediaCard expansion slot, currently the Palm m500 and m505 handhelds. The card, jointly developed between Palm and Toshiba, a leader in the development of SDIO add-ons, is expected to be available before the end of the year for $150 or less (estimated U.S. street price).

The Bluetooth wireless communication standard -- supported by industry leaders such as IBM, Ericsson, Nokia, Toshiba and Intel -- was developed to encourage the adoption of wireless communications worldwide. The Bluetooth standard is a specification for small form-factor, low-cost, short-range radio links among devices, allowing a variety of portable and mobile computing products to talk to each other across platforms.

``Bluetooth has the ability to change the way we work, share information and interact with each other,'' said John Cook, senior director of product marketing for Palm, Inc. ``As Bluetooth-enabled products become more pervasive, we believe they will inspire people to create a new class of products and services that we can only begin to imagine.''

A Wireless Bridge to the Internet

One of the initial uses of the Palm Bluetooth Card will be to wirelessly connect handhelds with mobile phones. For example, a woman who wants to dial up the Internet or her corporate network might have a Palm handheld in her hand and a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone in her purse. Using Bluetooth communications to connect to the phone, within seconds she could send and receive email, use web clipping applications, browse the web for information, or send instant messages -- all without opening her purse.

``This is only the beginning,'' Cook said. ``Much the way modems changed personal computers from isolated computing machines into pervasive communications tools, we believe Bluetooth will open a new era in interoperability among devices and collaboration among people.''

Collaboration and Sharing

Palm and the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) believe that products like the Palm Bluetooth Card will play a key role in making Bluetooth a wireless industry standard for Personal Area Networking (PAN). Multiple Bluetooth-enabled devices in proximity to one another can -- at the user's initiation -- form a PAN in which up to eight devices communicate and share information. In this case, a group of people in a meeting room can use handhelds to compile their discussion items into a single agenda viewable by all. Notes immediately can be distributed to all attendees, and the group can confirm the next meeting by searching each attendee's schedule, recommending and securing a time that works for all.

``We are very glad to work with Palm and excited about their implementation of the Bluetooth SD card in their leading handheld computers,'' said Kenji Hibi, General Manager of Toshiba's Bluetooth Business Development Division. ``As a leader in Bluetooth and SD card development, we will continue to offer mobile users more flexibility and options in mobile solutions, and we expect to contribute to the expansion of the SDIO Card including Bluetooth into various applications.''

Pervasive Interoperability Today, makers of handhelds, phones, laptops, printers and Bluetooth access points are working with Palm and other members of the Bluetooth SIG to lead development of the Bluetooth standard and create Bluetooth devices of all kinds that work instantly and seamlessly with each other. With the kind of third-party software applications that Palm and other Bluetooth SIG partners are encouraging developers to create, handheld users will have the power to communicate with almost any other user or device.

For example, a man is about to enter an important contract negotiation meeting. Before joining the group, he checks email on his Palm handheld by connecting to one of the Bluetooth access points deployed throughout his corporate campus. He receives a revised contract in email; he edits the contract and prints the new version to a local Bluetooth-enabled printer -- all from his handheld.

In the future, small Local Area Network (LAN) access points in offices, airports and stores -- called ``hot spots'' -- may provide wireless access to the Internet using Bluetooth. The types of services that might be available to a user via a hot spot include access to important corporate information, favorite Internet content via the MyPalm(TM) portal, or vertical applications for retail, healthcare and financial services. Palm is working with companies such as Axis Communications with the goal of making connectivity into these hot spot networks a simple and elegant user experience.

Cook said, ``In a few years, we believe people could potentially use their handheld to talk to a small Bluetooth server hub at a local coffee shop and check email while they drink their cafe au lait.''

Palm OS Support for Bluetooth

In addition, Palm will offer Bluetooth support for Palm OS¨ 4.x software by the end of the year. This will allow licensees to easily incorporate Bluetooth into products or release add-on Bluetooth solutions for current Palm Powered(TM) products. This also will enable Bluetooth-based software applications to work seamlessly on all Palm Powered handhelds.

Developer Opportunities

Palm is working with Bluetooth developers to create a variety of solutions for Bluetooth users that will be available when the Palm Bluetooth Card hits store shelves by the end of the year. Developers can get a developer tool kit and links to technical APIs to make current Palm OS solutions Bluetooth compatible at

About Bluetooth

The Bluetooth wireless technology is set to revolutionize the personal connectivity market by providing freedom form wired connections. It is a specification for a small form-factor, low-cost, radio solution-providing links between mobile computers, mobile phones and other portable and handheld devices, and connectivity to the Internet. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), comprised of leaders in the telecommunications, computing, and network industries, is driving development of the technology and bringing it to market. The Bluetooth SIG includes promoter companies 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Lucent, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Palm and Toshiba, and more than 1,800 adopter companies. For more information, visit the Bluetooth Special Interest Group web site at

About Palm, Inc.

Palm, Inc. is a pioneer in the field of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and a leading provider of handheld computers, according to IDC (December 2000). Based on the Palm OS¨ platform, Palm's handheld solutions allow people to carry and access their most critical information with them wherever they go. Palm(TM) handhelds address the needs of individuals, enterprises and educational institutions through thousands of application solutions.

The Palm OS platform is also the foundation for products from Palm's licensees and strategic partners, such as Franklin Covey, HandEra (formerly TRG), Handspring, IBM, Kyocera, Sony, and Symbol Technologies. Platform licensees also include Nokia and Samsung. The Palm Economy is a growing global community of industry-leading licensees, world-class OEM customers, and more than 155,000 innovative developers and solution providers that have registered to develop solutions based on the Palm OS platform. Palm went public on March 2, 2000. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq national market under the symbol PALM. More information is available at

NOTE: Palm OS is a registered trademark and Palm, Palm Powered and MyPalm are trademarks of Palm, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Palm, Inc. uses the Bluetooth trademarks under express license from Bluetooth SIG, Inc., U.S.A. Other brands may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SOURCE: Palm, Inc.
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