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April 13, 2009

ORANGE EXTENDS FREE BLACKBERRY INTERNET SERVICE FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

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ORANGE EXTENDS FREE BLACKBERRY INTERNET SERVICE FOR BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

BlackBerry Internet Service promotion during April and May on selected tariffs

London, April 08, 2009: Orange is extending its free BlackBerry® email and web browsing offer to help business customers in these challenging economic times. Customers who sign up to the BlackBerry® Internet Service (BIS) in April and May will be able to receive and reply to emails as well as browse the web on their BlackBerry device; all for free for the duration of their mobile voice contract.

“As the recession continues to bite, the last thing we want is to see is our customers worrying about their phone bill at the end of the month, so this move will hopefully alleviate some of the worries they are facing,” commented, Martin Lyne, Director of small and medium business, Orange UK.

The offer is available on all Blackberry devices to new and existing customers on select Orange business tariffs, making it much easier and cost-effective for customers to stay in touch when on the move. The service for both business and personal use means that access to data and people is available whenever the user wishes.

Until 31st May 2009, Orange customers can take up the offer with Business Solo or Business Infinity, subject to a minimum12 month contract.

For further information, please visit: www.orange.co.uk/business/bis

NEW ORANGE DATA BUNDLE ACCOMODATES EMPLOYEE DOWNTIME HABITS : orange.co.uk

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NEW ORANGE DATA BUNDLE ACCOMODATES EMPLOYEE DOWNTIME HABITS

London, April 7, 2009: With more than three quarters (77%) of employees admitting to jumping online, either on their PC or mobile device, to entertain themselves during gaps in their working day, Orange hopes to ease the pressure on small and medium businesses with a new data tariff.

Priced at £4.25 per month for 500MB of data, Orange hopes to ease the pressure on small and medium businesses by giving them enough data to accommodate all their business needs plus more – without incurring any nasty hidden costs.

“In today’s economy, businesses and their employees need a break. We know everybody’s working hard so there’s enough capacity in our new data bundle to combine work with some fun such as social networking and entertainment that doesn’t penalise either staff or the bill payer,” said Martin Lyne.

He continued, “this bundle also serves as the perfect package for an increasingly growing customer base who are adopting a variety of multimedia services.”

According to the YouGov research, commissioned by Orange, a quarter of women would spend work downtime catching up with friends and family via social network sites and email, while one in ten would use the time to shop online. In contrast, half of men would fill a lull in their working day surfing the internet.

This competitive new tariff will replace the 10MB and 250MB (currently priced at £5.00 and £6.38 respectively) packages and will be available to pay monthly business customers with new or existing voice packages.

So what does 500MBs of data get you? Well this can be a maximum of either:

· 25,000 average webpages; or

· 175,000 emails; or

· 125 music downloads; or

· Over 48 hours of web browsing; or

· 192 hours of IM chat

For further information on the 500MG data bundle, please visit: http://www.orange.co.uk/business/owb

Orange Award for New Writers Announces 2009 Shortlist

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Orange Award for New Writers Announces 2009 Shortlist

The Orange Award for New Writers, launched in 2005, announces this year’s shortlist today.

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist: 21 April 2009

Awards Ceremony: 3 June 2009

The Orange Award for New Writers, launched in 2005, announces this year’s shortlist today.

All first works of fiction, including novels, short story collections and novellas, written in English by a woman of any age or nationality and published as a book in the UK, are eligible. The emphasis of the award is on emerging talent and the evidence of future potential. The winner will receive a £10,000 bursary funded by Arts Council England which is intended to help the winning writer pursue their work with greater freedom.

The 2009 shortlist is:

Francesca Kay - An Equal Stillness

Nami Mun - Miles From Nowhere

Ann Weisgarber - The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The judges for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers are:

Mishal Husain (Chair), Presenter, BBC World News

Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent, Evening Standard

Diana Evans, Author and winner of the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers

“We were deeply impressed by the tremendous quality of this year’s new writers,” said Mishal Husain, BBC World News presenter and Chair of judges, “it was a very competitive field and therefore an excruciating process to choose just three of the 80 books we read. The shortlist we eventually decided upon reflects the dynamism and diversity of the entries, showcasing three authors with very different voices but an outstanding talent. We believe their extraordinary novels will appeal to a wide range of readers and also inspire the writers of tomorrow.”

She continues,” We would also like to commend two other authors, Tania Hershman and CE Morgan, whose work stood out for its remarkable quality. We look forward to seeing more of their writing in the future.”

The Award was launched in 2005 in partnership with Arts Council England. Renewing their commitment to the partnership with Orange, Arts Council England has committed a further £30,000 over the next three years (£10,000 per year) for bursary awards for the winners of the Orange Award for New Writers. By offering a bursary to a novelist or short story writer for her first publication, the Arts Council is able to support the professional development of a writer at a crucial stage in her career.

Authors who have written their first work of fiction can be entered for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers in any given year.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London said: “The Orange Award for New Writers showcases and rewards the best contemporary writing by women today. Arts Council England is delighted to continue its partnership with the Orange Prize, investing in emerging literary talent. Prize money buys freedom, as Rose Tremain said in her Orange Prize winning speech last year, and we hope that the award in 2009 will offer a new literary voice the opportunity to develop in the most favourable conditions.”

Diana Evans took the first ever Orange Award for New Writers in 2005 for her debut novel, 26A. She subsequently went on to win the Decibel Award 2006 at the British Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award 2005. Naomi Alderman won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2006 and has since gone on to win The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (2007) for her first novel, Disobedience. Canadian writer, Karen Connelly, took the Award in 2007 for her novel, The Lizard Cage and most recently, Joanna Kavenna won the Award in 2008 for her debut novel, Inglorious.

Ian Smith, Head of Partnerships at Orange UK said, “Supporting and rewarding a new generation of fresh and emerging talent is at the heart of what Orange believes in. The ensuing success of our past winners demonstrates the importance of investing in the future of female fiction, which would not be possible were it not for our partnership with Arts Council England.”

The winner will be announced at the Orange Prize for Fiction award ceremony which will take place on 3 June 2009 in The Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, central London.

Orange Award for New Writers Announces 2009 Shortlist

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Orange Award for New Writers Announces 2009 Shortlist

The Orange Award for New Writers, launched in 2005, announces this year’s shortlist today.

Orange Prize for Fiction shortlist: 21 April 2009

Awards Ceremony: 3 June 2009

The Orange Award for New Writers, launched in 2005, announces this year’s shortlist today.

All first works of fiction, including novels, short story collections and novellas, written in English by a woman of any age or nationality and published as a book in the UK, are eligible. The emphasis of the award is on emerging talent and the evidence of future potential. The winner will receive a £10,000 bursary funded by Arts Council England which is intended to help the winning writer pursue their work with greater freedom.

The 2009 shortlist is:

Francesca Kay - An Equal Stillness

Nami Mun - Miles From Nowhere

Ann Weisgarber - The Personal History of Rachel DuPree

The judges for the 2009 Orange Award for New Writers are:

Mishal Husain (Chair), Presenter, BBC World News

Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent, Evening Standard

Diana Evans, Author and winner of the inaugural Orange Award for New Writers

“We were deeply impressed by the tremendous quality of this year’s new writers,” said Mishal Husain, BBC World News presenter and Chair of judges, “it was a very competitive field and therefore an excruciating process to choose just three of the 80 books we read. The shortlist we eventually decided upon reflects the dynamism and diversity of the entries, showcasing three authors with very different voices but an outstanding talent. We believe their extraordinary novels will appeal to a wide range of readers and also inspire the writers of tomorrow.”

She continues,” We would also like to commend two other authors, Tania Hershman and CE Morgan, whose work stood out for its remarkable quality. We look forward to seeing more of their writing in the future.”

The Award was launched in 2005 in partnership with Arts Council England. Renewing their commitment to the partnership with Orange, Arts Council England has committed a further £30,000 over the next three years (£10,000 per year) for bursary awards for the winners of the Orange Award for New Writers. By offering a bursary to a novelist or short story writer for her first publication, the Arts Council is able to support the professional development of a writer at a crucial stage in her career.

Authors who have written their first work of fiction can be entered for both the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers in any given year.

Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of Arts Council England, London said: “The Orange Award for New Writers showcases and rewards the best contemporary writing by women today. Arts Council England is delighted to continue its partnership with the Orange Prize, investing in emerging literary talent. Prize money buys freedom, as Rose Tremain said in her Orange Prize winning speech last year, and we hope that the award in 2009 will offer a new literary voice the opportunity to develop in the most favourable conditions.”

Diana Evans took the first ever Orange Award for New Writers in 2005 for her debut novel, 26A. She subsequently went on to win the Decibel Award 2006 at the British Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award 2005. Naomi Alderman won the Orange Award for New Writers in 2006 and has since gone on to win The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year (2007) for her first novel, Disobedience. Canadian writer, Karen Connelly, took the Award in 2007 for her novel, The Lizard Cage and most recently, Joanna Kavenna won the Award in 2008 for her debut novel, Inglorious.

Ian Smith, Head of Partnerships at Orange UK said, “Supporting and rewarding a new generation of fresh and emerging talent is at the heart of what Orange believes in. The ensuing success of our past winners demonstrates the importance of investing in the future of female fiction, which would not be possible were it not for our partnership with Arts Council England.”

The winner will be announced at the Orange Prize for Fiction award ceremony which will take place on 3 June 2009 in The Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, central London.

ORANGE LAUNCHES NEW SALES ACADEMY TO DELIVER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

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ORANGE LAUNCHES NEW SALES ACADEMY TO DELIVER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

• Extensive talent development programme aimed at delivering a superior customer experience
• Orange Sales Academy transforms career development for entire salesforce
• Significant investment in attracting and inspiring the best talent

London, 6th April 2009: Orange today announced the launch of the Sales Academy, an ambitious talent and development programme that redefines the way Orange attracts, evaluates, trains, coaches and rewards the best talent in Sales. Orange Sales Academy is part of the new vision to deliver outstanding sales performance and customer satisfaction by the Orange Sales and Loyalty team, led by Vice President Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke. Orange is making a substantial investment in the programme further to the commitment made by CEO Tom Alexander for the company to become the best-loved communications brand in the UK.

As part of the sales transformation programme, launched late last year, the extensive initiative aims to motivate and inspire team members, while empowering them with the skills to maximise their potential. The Sales Academy defines a personal career path for individuals whilst managing progress through every step of their journey to deliver top performance.

The launch of the Orange Sales Academy marks a unified approach to talent and development across all channels within the Sales and Loyalty team, which includes sales teams from retail, online, portal advertising, telechannels, indirect and B2B direct. Orange is also revising pay plans and incentives, as well as introducing new reward and recognition schemes as part of the plan.

Orange Sales Academy provides an objective and detailed evaluation of the skills, knowledge and behaviours of sales staff and managers. Training is enhanced by working closely with the internal Talent and Development team as well as external experts in sales performance. Silent Edge has been chosen to be our partner in delivering some key elements of the Academy vision. The focus is on giving managers the skills to become performance coaches and to develop a strong and sustainable in-house training team.

The Sales Academy will kick off with evaluation and training for all Sales and Loyalty staff, and will be followed by ‘sustainability sessions’ that will help to ensure adoption and understanding of the best practice and learnings from the initial training.

The programme provides a personalised training and development experience, and gives staff better visibility of the career opportunities open to them. New initiatives under the Sales Academy include streamlining sales processes and providing sales teams with the skills and techniques to talk customers’ language. This further builds on Orange’s commitment to effectively serve the 21st century customer.

Early last year, Orange created the Retail Centre of Excellence programme which supported a record breaking performance by Orange Retail despite the economic climate. The Centre of Excellence delivers training to sales advisors in Orange stores, starting with a full week induction for full time employees and followed by an eight week fast track programme to become a store manager. It provides an opportunity for all sales advisors to receive up to ten hours of training every quarter. The Sales Academy will complement this programme and take it on another level.

Last week marked the launch of Sales Legends, a programme that recognises outstanding achievements and awards the top 50 performers – the top one per cent – across Sales and Loyalty every month. The top 50 performers for the first half of 2009 will be crowned ‘Sales Legends’ and invited with their partners, to an exclusive VIP event on 16th July. The top three Sales Legends will be exclusively revealed at this event and they’ll walk away with fantastic prizes and the pride of being known across the business as the ‘best of the best’.

Jean Pascal Van Overbeke, VP for Sales and Loyalty at Orange UK commented: “Our vision is to build a world class sales team that is motivated and inspired, and knows how to deliver the right customer experience and return for Orange. We’re making a serious investment in our people and Orange Sales Academy reflects our desire to attract and develop the best salespeople. The Academy will be the place where great sales people are made, and with the tools and guidance from Orange become sales legends.”

Students of King’s College London to Benefit from Motorola Foundation Grant

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Students of King’s College London to Benefit from Motorola Foundation Grant

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) has today granted £20,000 to King’s College London to help support the College’s world class software testing and research centre, CREST (Centre for Research on Evolution, Search and Testing).

Professor Mark Harman, CREST, King’s College London, commented: “This grant will be key to helping our team continue and expand its research, positioning King’s College as one of the foremost facilities for software testing worldwide. We have worked extensively with the team at Motorola on the optimisation of software features for mobile phones and on issues relating to the testing of their products. We look forward to a continued and close collaboration in future.”

The centre currently hosts 25 resident researchers who are led by world-leading expert in software evolution, Professor Mark Harman. Work includes software analysis, testing and search-based software engineering for software optimisation. CREST is part of the Department of Computer Science and is located in a purpose-refurbished lab on the main central London Stand site of King’s College.

As part of a combined academic and industrial drive to develop a game-changing shift in testing, CREST is working to develop cheaper, quicker, ways to assess innovative new software so that cutting-edge products get to consumers faster.

Graeme Hobbs, UK country manager and chairman Motorola Ltd commented: “With an 80-year tradition of innovation, we are focused on delivering for our customers today, whilst keeping a careful eye on what’s next. The work done by the CREST team is pushing the boundaries for software testing and this work will help provide the next generation of user experience to advance the way the world connects.”

The Motorola grant of £20,000 will add to funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the European Union. The grant will specifically help CREST work with other national and international universities and businesses via state-of-the-art display and conferencing facilities. This investment builds on Motorola’s existing involvement as a member on the Industrial Advisory Board for the King’s College Computer Science Department.

About King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the top 25 universities in the world (Times Higher Education 2008) and the fourth oldest in England. A research-led university based in the heart of London, King’s has more than 21,000 students from nearly 140 countries. King’s has an outstanding reputation for providing world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. The College is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of nearly £450 million.

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $30.1 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

Motorola Wins TETRA Terminal Tender in Berlin Terminal tender for digital public safety radio communications including the delivery of end terminals, accessories and services

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Motorola Wins TETRA Terminal Tender in Berlin
Terminal tender for digital public safety radio communications including the delivery of end terminals, accessories and services

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), world leader in the development and deployment of TETRA communication solutions, today announced that it has won the terminal tender for delivering digital public safety radio communications in Berlin.

The Federal State of Berlin has confirmed the order of 1000 TETRA digital two-way radios - including accessories. Around 750 digital two-way radios will be distributed to the police, responsible for the “Berlin Mitte” district, and approximately 250 devices will be used by fire departments. A range of services, such as maintenance and training is also included in the order.

“We are delighted that the Federal State of Berlin as well as over 45 customers in the private sector throughout Germany have selected our TETRA systems,” said Alexander Burghardt, MSSI vice president, Central Europe & Russia, EMS, Motorola. “We hope that this success is a platform for us to work with other Federal States throughout the country.”

The compact, lightweight MTP850 handheld radio device and the CM5000 mobile radio unit have been selected by authorities. Both devices ensure safe and reliable voice and data communications in the most difficult environments. They are equipped with a large graphic color display and an integrated WAP browser for secure access to databases. A GPS receiver automatically shows the location of task forces guaranteeing optimum manpower planning.

The CM5000 is equipped with Direct Mode Operation Gateway and repeater functionality and expands the digital radio network’s reach to extend the application in locations with a weak signal. In addition, the CM5000 offers a wide range of installation options and can easily be integrated into vehicles, motocycles and control points of any kind. A special feature is an option to use migration solutions, which support the parallel operation of two analog and two digital TETRA mobile radio devices.

Motorola won the tender process against several other competitors. “After a technical assessment of all the offers, extensive tests of the devices and a precise cost analysis, we decided to choose Motorola,” explained Dr. Charlotta Flodell, project manager for Digital Radio BOS Berlin. “Motorola has a long tradition in wireless technology and is one leading provider of TETRA digital two-way radio solutions. We are confident that Motorola’s TETRA terminals will fulfill the requirements of our public safety task forces.”

The services negotiated in the contract include hands-on training sessions run by Motorola for future users of the new TETRA devices. The company will also be responsible for repair and maintenance of the products. Motorola will cooperate with its Berlin-based public safety distributor Niemann Elektronik to assist with services.

Motorola offers an extensive portfolio of end terminals and accessories to official authorities and organizations entrusted with public safety tasks. Motorola also has reliable local presence at its disposal with its BOS partner program. There will be at least one BOS partner available to customers for questions regarding sales, service and technical implementation in each federal state. Motorola has shipped recently its 1millionth TETRA terminal which marks a major milestone and highlights Motorola’s leadership in this market.

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6 billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com.

Sestriere Boosts Ski Operation with Motorola Wireless Solution Italian Ski Resort Deploys Fixed Wireless Broadband to Bolster Operations and Provide Platform for Future Applications

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Sestriere Boosts Ski Operation with Motorola Wireless Solution
Italian Ski Resort Deploys Fixed Wireless Broadband to Bolster Operations and Provide Platform for Future Applications

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that the Sestrieres SpA ski resort in Italy has implemented its 400 Series fixed point-to-multipoint (PMP) wireless broadband technology. The solution provides a high-speed platform for a distributed data access system and other key applications such as VoIP and Webcam. The technology will be implemented by Motorola partners BPG Radiocomunicazioni and ICA-NET.

Sestriere is a mountain village situated about 70km west of the provincial capital of Turin, in the most western part of Italy. It attracts thousands of visitors annually and has become one of the foremost resorts of its kind, being the venue for countless alpine skiing and snowboarding events including races during the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The entire ski area, also known as Vialattea, offers more than 400 km of ski runs that are accessed via a network of technologically advanced cableways and ski lifts that demand around-the-clock monitoring and maintenance to ensure the smooth running of this vast operation.

To assist with trouble-shooting and to streamline processes across the resort, Sestrieres SpA, the company operating the Vialattea resort, sought a solution that would bolster communications by providing a sophisticated platform on which to link vital applications such as video-based monitoring, data transfer to and from ‘skipass’ access areas and cost-effective VoIP. Various networking solutions were considered and after optic fibre cabling was eliminated due to the inherent high costs, a number of wireless technologies were evaluated, resulting in Motorola’s solution being chosen.

“Sestriere is one of the most reputable resorts in Europe that covers a vast area and requires quick and seamless communication. The PMP 400 wireless broadband system helps enable staff to quickly and effectively solve issues ensuring the smooth running of the entire resort,” said Henrik Asbjorn, vice president Channel Growth Operations, Motorola Government & Public Safety, EMEA.

The PMP 400 Series fixed wireless broadband system of access points and subscriber modules operates in the 5.4 GHz spectrum and offers throughputs of up to 21Mbps, with a range of up to approximately eight kilometers. Based on Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology, which provides improved near-line of sight (nLOS) coverage, the 400 Series allows service providers and enterprise network owners to extend broadband network coverage into areas where obstructions and foliage have limited system expansion.

Historically, troubleshooting and maintenance of the resort’s facilities involved technicians having to walk, drive or take ski lifts to specific hot spots. The labour- intensive method resulted in unnecessary periods of downtime, while data collection from the skipass access areas was done manually using USB dongles or via GPRS, which was not available across the entire operation. This was exacerbated by adverse weather conditions whereby personnel had to wait days to gain access to specific areas of the resort.

Now a technician can troubleshoot and gain access to system data by remotely logging into the Skilift Control System via the wireless network. It also allows for weather monitoring via webcam and has reduced the cost of telephone calls through the introduction of VoIP.

Future applications include wireless broadband access for ski patrols and medical services, extending the coverage of a planned digital two-way radio system (analogue and mobile phones are currently being used) and to enhance advertising through remote access to onsite billboards.

Vittorio Salusso, director of operations at Sestrieres SpA said: “We expect the wireless network to provide a quick return on investment as it allows us to manage our operation remotely, which has boosted efficiency significantly. And from an expansion point of view, the networking equipment is compact in size, making it easy to install while high scalability and large bandwidth supports many users and new applications.”

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $30.1 billion in 2008. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

Verizon Wireless to join China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone in creating the largest global platform for mobile developers

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Verizon Wireless to join China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone in creating the largest global platform for mobile developers

Initiative to help developers in creating fun and useful mobile widgets for approximately one billion customers

Verizon Wireless announces that it plans to join the Joint Innovation Lab (JIL) established by China Mobile, SOFTBANK and Vodafone to help accelerate the uptake of innovative mobile technologies on a mass-market scale.

The addition of Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone, would mean that the JIL now has a combined customer reach of approximately one billion consumers.

The JIL will initially focus on creating a single global platform for developers to encourage the creation of a wide range of innovative and useful mobile widgets. These mobile widgets will be capable of enhancing the mobile internet experience on a variety of smartphones as well as mid- and low-cost handsets on multiple operating systems.

As part of this initiative, the JIL plans to launch later this year a range of tools to encourage innovation among global mobile developers. The tools include: a common mobile widgets specification, easy-to-use developer kits, and an online repository, distribution and payment mechanism to ensure developers can roll out their products to customers in more than 70 countries across North America, Asia, Europe and Africa.

“This partnership will enable four of the world’s leading mobile operators to pool their combined expertise, innovation and scale for the gain of customers across the globe,” said JIL Chairman Masayoshi Son. “As well as driving innovation in the mobile developer world, this initiative is set to empower consumers by giving them access to a range of easy-to-use and compelling web applications that will enable them to get even more benefits from their handsets.”

Mobile widgets are capable of boosting handset functionality as well as transforming the look and feel of a device to give customers quick and easy access to valued content. They are personalised, always-accessible mini applications that sit on a handset to retrieve relevant information from the web such as weather reports, sports updates, and travel timetables.

The JIL mobile widgets specification is set to enrich these services further by enabling developers to access both handset and network functionality such as the address book, camera, location information and billing in a secure environment.

JIL has been working in close cooperation with a range of industry standards bodies such as the OMTP and the GSMA to outline specifications that will make it easier for developers to create widgets that run on a wide range of handsets, operating systems and networks.

The JIL also welcomes the co-operation of vendors, developers and other operators in the creation of new applications and services.

April 9, 2009

Adobe and Texas Instruments Bring Flash and AIR to OMAP™ Platform

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Adobe and Texas Instruments Bring Flash and AIR to OMAP™ Platform

Collaboration to bring uncompromised web browsing and rich Internet applications to OMAP processor-based devices; Texas Instruments participates in Open Screen Project

At the CTIA Wireless conference, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced a technology collaboration to optimize Adobe® Flash® Player and Adobe AIR®, two key components of the Adobe Flash Platform, for the TI OMAP™ mobile applications platform. TI’s collaboration with Adobe will allow manufacturers and developers to fully leverage the benefits of the OMAP platform to reduce time to market while increasing performance and reducing power on devices. A pre-release of the optimized Adobe Flash Player 10 for devices is expected to be available to manufacturers this summer with an official production release expected in Q1 2010. OMAP solutions supporting the pre-release of Adobe Flash Player are expected to be available for manufacturers and developers in the second half of 2009.

This engagement furthers TI’s long standing commitment to supporting Flash technology and will make it easier for manufacturers to enable uncompromised web browsing on their devices. It also lets them quickly update and run Flash technology based third-party content and applications while reducing time to market on smartphones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs) and other mobile computing devices. TI will also provide Adobe Flash technology support on the Zoom™ OMAP34x-II Mobile Development Platform (MDP), with future support for additional planned OMAP processor-based reference platforms, allowing developers to create rich, Flash technology based content that enhances the overall user experience for a variety of markets. By optimizing Flash technology for the OMAP solution, manufacturers and developers can fully exploit offerings of the platform when accessing content developed with Flash technology. For example, leveraging the OMAP platform’s hardware acceleration capabilities allows for improved video and graphics performance at lower power.

“Adobe Flash is the leading platform for rich applications, content, and video on the web today and this collaboration is an important step towards bringing web content and complete Internet experiences to mobile devices,” said David Wadhwani, general manager and vice president, Platform Business Unit at Adobe. “Mobile users expect to access their favorite content anywhere, at any time, and much of that content is based on Adobe Flash technology. The work with TI on the OMAP platform and the Zoom OMAP34x-II MDP will help deliver these rich experiences to a new range of devices, including smartphones and MIDs, worldwide.”

“Archos has always led the way in providing an uncompromised web browsing experience on its Internet Media Tablets,” said Henri Crohas, CEO and founder of Archos. “As Flash based videos and content keep on dominating the web, Archos will support again the latest Adobe Flash technology on its 2009 devices, leveraging TI’s OMAP platform.”

“TI has a long standing history of shipping devices with Flash technology and we are pleased to incorporate Adobe Flash Player 10 for devices and Adobe AIR into our portfolio, enabling our customers to deliver a desktop-compatible Internet browsing experience on the OMAP platform,” said Remi El-Ouazzane, vice president and general manager for TI’s OMAP Platform Business Unit. “The collaboration allows our customers and partners to advance the user experience, expanding the accessibility of Flash technology from the PC to the mobile environment. This ability will open the door for the creation of new smartphone, MID and other OMAP processor-based devices that deliver full Internet browsing functionality without sacrificing power consumption, performance or cost.”

As an innovator of hardware, software and power management technology for smartphones, MIDs, and other consumer technologies, TI also participates in the Open Screen Project, a broad industry initiative to deliver a consistent runtime environment across devices. Announced in May 2008, the initiative is dedicated to enabling web content, standalone applications and uncompromised web browsing across televisions, desktops, mobile devices and other consumer electronics that take advantage of capabilities of the Adobe Flash Platform, including Adobe Flash Player and AIR. For more information, visit www.openscreenproject.org .
About Flash Platform

The Adobe Flash Platform is a complete system of integrated tools, frameworks, clients and servers for the development of web applications, content and video that runs consistently across operating systems and devices. Adobe AIR, which enables developers to use proven web technologies to build applications that extend outside the browser, and Adobe Flash Player are key components of the Adobe Flash Platform. Adobe Flash Player content reaches over 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops, and Adobe Flash technology is the number one platform for video on the web. In addition, the mobile runtime has shipped and delivered Flash technology based content on close to 40 percent of all new mobile phones and devices in 2008. For more information about the Adobe Flash Platform visit www.adobe.com/flashplatform .
About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information - anytime, anywhere and through any medium. For more information, visit www.adobe.com .
About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to www.ti.com .

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