Mobile

 

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Former Dark Continent Brightens with Mobile Internet

    Many people who live in Africa don’t have personal computers but do have mobile phones. Mobile phone providers are fulfilling the thirst for knowledge and connectivity the internet provides. The company Celtel-Sierra Leone has unveiled plans to offer internet access and downloads to an inquisitive nation. In case you’ve forgotten, Sierra Leone is a small country on Africa’s… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile USA Goes Social

    Virgin Mobile USA Goes Social

    If you’re the sort of mobile user who has Virgin Mobile service then you’re probably the type who likes to show off your individuality. You run with a different pack, and you can’t even be bothered with the whole iPhone thing. At least that’s what the Virgin Mobile ad campaign had to say earlier this summer. Virgin Mobile USA users can now share their feelings with… Read More

  • Mobile Shop with mShopper

    Mobile Shop with mShopper

    Shopping from your mobile phone now got a little easier with mShopper’s release of a new platform for mobile phones. All aspects of shopping online are now available to bargain hunters with a mobile phone. Users can make secure purchases in seconds. But as every good shopper knows, there is more to shopping than just buying. Research into price and quality has to be utilized before laying… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless to Battle iTunes

    As our sister site Crunchgear is reporting Verizon Wireless has gathered some powerful allies in its war with iTunes. MTV and RealNetworks have joined forces with Verizon in a formation called “Rhapsody America.” The idea is to create an integrated digital music service that users can access by way of their PC, portable music device and mobile phone. Former Urge subscribers and current… Read More

  • Yahoo and Actionality

    Yahoo and Actionality

    Mobile Entertainment reported this morning that Yahoo has acquired Actionality. Actionality is a company devoted to mobile phone marketing technologies and solutions. The company is based in Munich Germany and is considered to be a pioneer in the field of ad-funded mobile content. Actionality specializes in putting ads in mobile games at the point of download. To date, this rumor hasn’t been… Read More

  • Some People Talk Too Much

    The BubbleTALK service from Bubble Motion has some devoted users. The most talkative sent 3201 messages last month. The top five BubbleTALKers averaged 67 messages a day. I don’t know if these prodigious yackers said anything intelligent in their scramble to rank number one in BubbleTALK’s hall of fame, but I doubt it. BubbleTALK is touted as a “Voice SMS.” Voice SMS is a… Read More

  • Germany Snaps To

    Nokia announced today that SNAP Mobile Games will be available to German customers in the fall. SNAP games are currently sold in Asia and North America. Popular handsets will come with free demo games installed. To download a full game, a user only needs to click the ‘buy’ link. A text message is then sent with link information. Antoine Doumenc, head of SNAP Mobile stated, “After… Read More

  • T-Mobile wants Orange Netherlands

    T-Mobile wants to acquire Orange Netherlands, a branch of France Telecom. France Telecom has been trying to sell Orange Netherlands since February. European Union regulators have given the go-ahead for T-Mobile Netherlands to buy Orange Netherlands. According to the Houston Chronicle the European Commission said the deal would “not significantly impede effective competition” in EU… Read More

  • Study: Ads and Voice Improve Mobile Search

    Study: Ads and Voice Improve Mobile Search

    Ad-support mobile search is actually favored by mobile search users, who also prefer voice search to text search. These are the results of a new independent user experience benchmark on mobile search that was conducted by Usable Products Company. Participants in the survey preferred voice-enable mobile search solutions more than text-based options, and 79 percent of participants favored… Read More

  • David Letterman on your Phone

    Starting tonight the “Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Late Late Show”, will be available to V Cast subscribers commercial free. CBS is the first broadcast network to offer V Cast customers access to full-length on-demand programming. V Cast breaks the programming into convenient segments for viewing ease. The shows are available following their nightly broadcasts… Read More

 
  • Mobile Gaming on the Increase: Other Services Slide

    Mobile Gaming on the Increase: Other Services Slide

    Continental Research has released a survey that claims gaming services are on the increase in the mobile industry, while other services are on the decline. Service providers that push features like web browsing and video viewing may be selling products that mobile phone users don’t want. Since last year, the number of people who accessed the internet on mobile phones declined by 2%. Ringtone… Read More

  • Print on the Go with Cloudprint

    Print on the Go with Cloudprint

    Have you ever been on the go and needed to print something you left behind? In today’s fast moving world it is easy to forget something as you scurry out the door. Road warriors need not fear anymore, as Hewlett-Packard has come up with an application that allows you to print documents worldwide via your mobile phone. This innovation is called Cloudprint. Cloudprint is a free service that… Read More

  • Hudson Entertainment Rings-up Slip-N-Slide Records

    When I first heard the term hip-hop, I thought it had something to do with Peter Rabbit and the Easter Bunny. It turns out; Hip-hop is one of the most lauded forms of popular music today. Hudson Entertainment is taking advantage of this trend by teaming up with Slip-N-Slide Records, and providing customers ring tones, ring backs, and voice tones that feature popular artists. Big names like Trina… Read More

  • Zagat Survey on the Go

    Zagat Survey on the Go

    Zagat Survey launches an advertising supported (free) Web site, ZAGAT.mobi. Zagat Survey is known the world over as the “burgundy bible.” If you are in a strange city and want to get information on restaurants, hotels, shopping and entertainment, Zagat Survey has up-to-date ratings and descriptions of all these amenities. Major cities around the world are listed and ranked by over… Read More

  • Future N-Gage Platform to Feature I-play Games

    Nokia’s new N-Gage platform, which launches this fall, will feature game entertainment from the fun people at I-Play. The first available games from I-play will be, World Rally Championship, and Super Mah Jong. As the importance and profitability of games gets realized in the mobile industry, more device launches are bound to be tied with entertainment software. “I-play brings a… Read More

  • Wireless Contracts Ironclad but Starting to Rust

    Wireless Contracts Ironclad but Starting to Rust

    The Washington Post reported that Corey Taylor of Chicago was sick of his wireless provider’s poor service. He didn’t want to pay the $175 early termination fee so Taylor’s sickness became terminal. With the help of a friend, his mobile phone provider received a forged death certificate. “I thought, ‘What have I got to lose, besides a cell phone I… Read More

  • British Text for Pizza

    Domino’s Pizza has made it simple for the British to order pizza from the 470 outlets in the country: text it. There is no need to search for the nearest Domino’s in a directory. By texting your order, the nearest Domino’s will find you. Before this service is available, a customer has to register with Domino’s Pizza online and set up a “favorite (favourite)… Read More

  • Nokia in Trade Dispute with Chip Maker Qualcomm

    Nokia in Trade Dispute with Chip Maker Qualcomm

    The world’s largest mobile phone maker, Nokia, has asked the United States to ban imports of chipsets made by Qualcomm Inc., along with phones and other products made with those chipsets. Nokia has told the International Trade Commission that the San Diego based company Qualcomm has not properly compensated Nokia for its technology. As the mobile phone industry grows and provides more… Read More

  • Big Brother 8 Goes 24/7 on Verizon Wireless

    Big Brother 8 Goes 24/7 on Verizon Wireless

    If you can’t get enough of CBS’s show, Big Brother 8, now you can get all there is on your mobile phone. The last four weeks of the show, from August 19 through September 18, will be broadcast live on V CAST Mobile every hour of every day. This is the first time a major U.S. primetime show will go 24/7. “We are thrilled to provide Big Brother’s passionate and digitally… Read More

  • Learn Mandarin on your Mobile Device

    Learn Mandarin on your Mobile Device

    If you plan on going to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing next summer, or you want to curse out the people who put dangerous chemicals in your toothpaste, you may want to learn Mandarin. For those non-linguists out there, Mandarin is a group of closely related Chinese dialects that are spoken in most of China. Fluenz is a company that provides interactive language learning software that utilizes… Read More