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    Thursday, January 8, 2009

    Reuters - Nokia stops production of only WiMax device

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    Nokia stops production of only WiMax device

    Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 4:18PM UTC

    HELSINKI (Reuters) - The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia said on Thursday it had ended production of its only mobile device using the U.S.-centered WiMax technology, another blow for the struggling wireless technology.

    WiMax has been competing for the status of next generation mobile technology, but has largely lost the battle to Long-Term Evolution (LTE).

    "We have ramped down the N810 WiMax Edition tablet. It has reached the end of its lifecycle," said a Nokia spokesman. Nokia unveiled the model only nine months ago, while usually even the most trendy models have a shelf life of well over a year.

    Canada's Nortel Networks Corp has said LTE will be the most likely upgrade path for about 80 percent of the world's existing mobile phone providers, with others going for WiMax.

    Nokia did not rule out introducing further WiMax phones in the future.

    "We will continue to follow the technology and its evolution," the spokesman said.

    (Reporting by Tarmo Virki; Editing by Jon Loades-Carter)

    USA TODAY - Obama, Spider-Man on the same comic-book page

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    By David Colton, USA TODAY

    In a growing world of Barack Obama collectibles, one item soon may be swinging above the rest.

    On Jan. 14, Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama depicted on the cover. Inside are five pages of the two teaming up and even a fist-bump between Spidey and the new president.

    FIRST LOOK: Check out some panels from 'Amazing Spider-Man #583'

    "It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan," says Marvel editor in chief Joe Quesada about reports that Obama once collected Spider-Man comics. "We thought, 'Fantastic! We have a comic-book geek in the White House.' "

    The White House transition team did not respond to a question about the extent of Obama's comic-book geekiness, but Obama did mention Spider-Man during the campaign, primarily at children-oriented events. And during an Entertainment Weekly pop culture survey, Obama said Batman and Spider-Man were his top superheroes because of their "inner turmoil." (John McCain picked Batman.)

    In the story by Zeb Wells, Todd Nauck and Frank D'Armata, Spider-Man stops the Chameleon from spoiling Obama's swearing-in. At one point, Spider-Man says he mistook Vice President-elect Joe Biden for the Vulture (a vintage Spider-Man villain).

    The issue, selling for $3.99 at comic-book specialty shops (find one at, is expected to be an instant sellout, especially because the Obama cover, by Phil Jimenez, is limited to half the run.

    "This issue will have a lot of heat and go for premium prices. I already have people calling about it," says Alan Giroux, owner of All About Books and Comics in Phoenix. "I expect this will be on the collectors' market for $20 by the first day."

    Presidents have been supporting characters in comics before: During World War II, superheroes fought Hitler as FranklinD. Roosevelt cheered them on. John F. Kennedy appeared in Action Comics #309 in 1963, when he helped protect Clark Kent's secret identity.

    "If I can't trust the president of the United States, who can I trust?" Superman tells Kennedy.

    That issue appeared a week after Kennedy was assassinated. DC Comics had to explain later that it was too late to recall the book.

    Presidents have appeared as more shadowy figures in recent years.

    "We do our best to be completely non-partisan and treat presidents with respect," Quesada says.

    "This is not so much a pro-Obama statement but a tip of the hat to having a Spider-Man fan in the White House."

    Would McCain have gotten a special issue had he won?

    Says Quesada: "If McCain was a Spider-Man fan, I'm sure he would."

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