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WIRELESS DATA SERVICES ANNOUNCED FOR PORTABLE COMPUTERS; NEW SOFTWARE FROM SKYTEL, EX MACHINA TO UPDATE MOBILE APPLICATIONS

 INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- SkyTel Corp. today introduced Update!, a new software program from Ex Machina Inc. of New York which offers end-to-end delivery of wireless data for notebook computer owners. Information intended for mobile users will be broadcast to NewsStream Advanced Information Receivers from Motorola Inc. Update! will then transfer the data directly into calendar, spreadsheet, database and other applications. The new software, which will ship immediately for Apple's Macintosh PowerBook computers, was announced at the Demo '93 conference.
 Update! provides a wireless mailbox on a notebook computer into which full-text messages can be instantly delivered through the local, regional, nationwide and international wireless communications networks operated by SkyTel and its affiliates. Update! also works with dozens of applications from third-party software developers, using its ability to control and communicate directly with these programs.
 "Communicating with remote locations is a critical function for PowerBook users," said Randy Battat, vice president of Portable Computing at Apple Computer Inc. in commenting on the announcement. "We believe that many PowerBook users will appreciate the capability Update! provides and incorporate it into their mobile computing strategy."
 Update! was demonstrated working with off-the-shelf business solutions including Microsoft Excel, the spreadsheet program from Microsoft Corp.; FileMaker Pro, the database manager from Claris Corp. and Easy Alarms, the calendar and scheduling application from Essential Software. More than 200 other software developers and publishers on the Microsoft Window 3.1 operating system and Apple's Macintosh System 7 platforms have already implemented or announced links to Ex Machina's Notify! software for sending text messages and data into wireless networks. These include industry leaders such as Microsoft, WordPerfect and Symantec.
 The NewsStream Advanced Information Receiver from Motorola is a tiny, three-ounce device that provides wireless, one-way communications to various laptop, notebook and palmtop computers. With the NewsStream receiver, a computer can receive wireless E-mail, data files, updates and other timely information sent from a Windows, Macintosh or DOS-based computer running messaging software such as Ex Machina's Notify! The NewsStream receiver can be carried attached to a computer or it can be detached and carried in a pocket or on a user's belt for notification of inbound data. When detached, it can store up to 32K bytes of data.
 SkyTel is an industry leader in wide area wireless messaging. Among the services it offers are SkyPager numeric display paging, SkyWord full-text alphanumeric messaging and SkyStream messaging and computer data updating. Utilizing SkyTel's pan-North American system and Asia Pacific affiliates, these services are available to subscribers with regional, national, continental or international coverage.
 Notify!, from Ex Machina, is an extension to traditional computer operating systems that enables mainstream business applications, such as scheduling, electronic mail and network monitoring programs, to deliver messages and data to remote users through both private and subscriber paging systems. Introduced in January 1992, it transmits messages and data from personal computers both to digital and alphanumeric pocket pagers and to wireless data receivers.
 Statements at the announcement forecast a new wave of mobile connectivity. "We are delighted to join once again with Ex Machina in introducing state-of-the art wireless messaging products to market," said David W. Garrison, president of SkyTel. "The combination of Update! and the SkyTel worldwide network means that for the first time notebook computer users can always be in touch with information they need."
 "Motorola has developed an industry first' in the wireless communications field with the introduction of the NewsStream Advanced Information Receiver," said Al Zabarsky, director of Interactive Data Systems for Motorola's Paging and Wireless Data Group. "With Ex Machina's Update! and Notify! software, portable computer users now have a valuable tool for making fullsiastic. Lewis Levin, general manager of Microsoft's Excel Business Unit, who was at the announcement, said "Ex Machina's Update! is a perfect example of why Microsoft was one of the first companies to fully support Apple events, adding comprehensive inter-application communication capabilities to Microsoft Excel. This is sure to be of great value to our customers with people in the field."
 And Chuck Feldman, director of Wireless Data for Metromedia Paging, one of the nation's largest wireless carriers with more than 1.7 million subscribers, said "Metromedia Paging has extensively tested both Notify! and Update! We have approved their use on our networks across the country, and will be recommending them exclusively to our subscribers. We look forward to adding computer data transmission to our other comprehensive communications offerings."
 Update!, with a retail price of $149, and Notify!, at $149 for the Personal Edition and $399 for the Network Edition, are available from Ex Machina immediately, and will be distributed by SkyTel and Metromedia Paging beginning in the first quarter. Computer resellers will be able to order the products from Ingram-Micro and Merisel- Macamerica. A version of Update! for computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system will be available early in the second quarter of 1993.
 SkyTel Corp., based in Washington D.C. is the principal subsidiary of Mobile Telecommunication Technologies Corp. (Mtel). Mtel, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is engaged in businesses that include nationwide paging and voice messaging services (provided through SkyTel) in the United States; nationwide paging services in the United Kingdom; investments in international messaging services through Mtel International Inc.; an investment in American Mobile Satellite Corp.; and other operations. Mtel's common stock is quoted on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol MTEL.
 Motorola Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications technologies, products and services. The company's proven leadership in RF technology and its expertise in microelectronics, data communications, computing and information management offer partners and customers a comprehensive range of solutions to enable a new generation of wireline and wireless voice, data, facsimile, image and video communications. Motorola was a winner of the inaugural Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988, in recognition of its superior company-wide quality management process. Sales in 1992 were $13.3 billion.
 Ex Machina Inc., based in New York, is a privately held computer software company that develops and markets products merging personal computing and wireless remote communication technologies.
 For sales and ordering information, SkyTel Corp., 1350 I St., NW Suite 1100, Washington D.C. 20005, 800-SKY-USER; or Ex Machina Inc., 45 E. 89th St. No. 39-A, New York, NY 10128-1232, 800-238-4738.
 Motorola, NewsStream, NewsCard and Advanced Information Receiver are trademarks of Motorola Inc. SkyTel, SkyWord and SkyPager are registered trademarks, and SkyStream is a trademark, of SkyTel Corp. Notify! and Update! are trademarks of Ex Machina Inc. Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks and PowerBook is a trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Microsoft is a registered trademark, and Windows is a trademark, of Microsoft Corp. All other product and service names used are U.S. trademarks, service marks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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 /CONTACT: David Allen of Burson Marsteller, 212-614-5163, for SkyTel; or David S. Rose of Ex Machina, 718-965-0309; or Ken Countess of Motorola, 407-364-3940/
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