Redmond-based Action Engine plans to announce today that Sprint PCS will start offering its software to mobile customers.

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Redmond-based Action Engine plans to announce today that Sprint PCS will start offering its software to mobile customers.

Sprint PCS is the first North American carrier to adopt Action Engine’s software, which is being used today by other carriers, such as Orange and O2.

The software, called Action Info, helps users find restaurants, movie times and driving directions quickly by connecting to the network only after gathering enough information to get the answer right away.

The software can operate on Sprint Windows Mobile 2003 Smartphone and Pocket PC devices. It will be available starting today and can be downloaded from the Sprint Web site for $49.95 a year. A free 30-day trial is also available.

Cingular Wireless

Sunglasses headset available this week

Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless plans to announce today that it is launching RazrWire, a new wireless headset integrated into a pair of sunglasses for the mobile phone.

Using wireless Bluetooth technology, the compact device attaches to the arm of the sunglasses. The product uses Motorola technology for the headset and Oakley sunglasses.

RazrWire, which can last up to six hours of talk time, will cost $294.99 when it is released into stores this week.


Malaysian Airlines will lease 5 737s

Malaysian Airline System said it will lease five Boeing 737-800 planes as early as October for use on new destinations in India and China.

The 737-800 is competing with the Airbus A320 model as replacements for 39 Boeing 737-400 planes in Malaysian Airline’s fleet. The government-owned airline needs to modernize its aircraft to compete with low-fare airlines.

The airline may decide in September between either Boeing’s 737-800 and 737-900 models or the Airbus A320 to replace its 737- 400s, said Rashid Khan, the carrier’s senior general manager for sales.

Pew Project study

Internet lingo leaves many users in dark

Podcasting and RSS feeds may be the latest craze in high-tech circles but the general public is largely unfamiliar with the Internet terms.

A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project also finds that Internet users aren’t all that familiar with “phishing,” either.

Seventy percent of Internet users never heard of phishing or aren’t sure that it refers to e-mail scams that try to trick users into revealing sensitive information by masquerading as a legitimate bank or credit-card issuer.

Eighty-seven percent are unfamiliar with podcasting, which lets users distribute audio files over the Internet for playback any time on computers or digital music players.

And 91 percent do not know about Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, a technology chiefly used to pull summaries of new entries on news sites and Web journals.

“When you look at the adoption of anything, once a critical mass of people are in the know, they assume that everybody else around them are as aware as they are,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew project.

He called the results of the study, based on random telephone interviews with 1,336 Internet users, “a sobering reality check.”


PlayStation due for Web upgrade

Sony officials have announced the company will release a software upgrade that will let the PlayStation Portable video-game system surf the Web without a cumbersome software trick.

The free software patch will be available this week in Japan, said Ken Kutaragi, chief executive of Sony’s game unit.

The PSP comes with a built-in antenna for wireless Internet access, but the only way to use it for surfing the Web has been to modify a limited browsing feature in the racing game “Wipeout Pure.”


Moon now included in mapping service

Thirty-six years to the day since Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon, Google extended its mapping service to cover the lunar surface.

Google Moon lets you zoom and move around — to the extent NASA has provided images for those areas.

The feature, which debuted last week, shows the locations of all six Apollo moon landings.

And if you don’t think engineers have a sense of humor, try zooming in all the way. You’ll discover the moon, indeed, is made of cheese.

Compiled from MarketWatch, Bloomberg News and The Associated Press