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The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • South Korean 3G Users to Pass 23 million by 2010

    By the year 2010 there could be more than 23 million 3G mobile phone users in South Korea, according to a new research report by ROA Group. And 41.95 million South Koreans, or roughly 85% of the total population, will be using some form of mobile handset. The report forecasts significant growth for the WCDMA (3G) mobile standard. The prepaid mobile phone market, which is currently quite low… Read More

  • Oasys Mobile Operates Under Chapter 11

    Raleigh, N.C.-based Oasys Mobile filed for bankruptcy under the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware after it was unable to pay senior secured debentures in the principal amount of $8 million. The mobile content company plans to continue with business as usual and has secured a post-petition credit facility to fund operations. Oasys Mobile creates and sells ringtones… Read More

  • Turn Your Camera Phone Into a Digital Scanner

    There has already been talk about “digital shoplifting,” this is where a camera phone user snaps a photo of an image in a magazine for purposes of haircut styles, recipes, etc. Well now Qipit might make the process of “scanning” text on the go a little easier, not that digital shoplifting should be considered its own purpose. In fact there are times when you might… Read More

  • Mobile Advertisers Looking at Gaming


    Is the big convergence for Mobile 2.0 going to be with gaming and advertising? That’s a possibility say some experts, as the number of mobile users double to four billion over the next five years. For mobile marketing campaigns to be effect these need to be unobtrusive and relevant. So how do you do it? By making the marketing campaign part of a game. Sprint recently conducted a survey… Read More

  • Ministry of Sound Plots MVNO Launch

    If you’re hitting the U.K. dance clubs until the sun comes up, then the best way to reach you might be on a Ministry of Sound branded phone. And this could be in the cards, as the popular U.K. based independent record label and dance club brands considers becoming a mobile virtual network operator. Fans of the electronica music brand will have the option to make calls, send text messages… Read More

  • ESPN Employees Can’t Have Verizon

    According to a leaked memo, which is circulating online, ESPN employees can’t get a corporate phone that is on Verizon, despite the fact that Verizon features a branded ESPN MVP. This comes after ESPN closed down its own MVNO, only to relaunch again on Verizon. What’s the reason? Here is what the memo says: Question: With the switch to Verizon for ESPN phone content, will our… Read More

  • Sprint and Clearwire to Build Nationwide WiMax Network

    Today Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have announced plans to jointly construct the nations first mobile broadband network using WiMax technology, and to further promote the global development of WiMax-based services. This network is being designed to deliver mobile broadband services across the nation, including urban, suburban and rural areas, and Sprint Nextel and Clearwire expect to build… Read More

  • Vodafone Holding Out for 3G iPhone

    Many analysts believe that Vodafone could be in a good position to get an exclusive, pan-European lock on the new Apple iPhone, but there is a catch. The iPhone does not operate on fast 3G networks, and isn’t expected to bring out a 3G version until next March at the earliest. The iPhone operates over slower 2.5 generation networks in the United States, and as Vodafone has invested… Read More

  • Beijing Olympics To Be Fully Mobile

    The games of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing next year will utilize some advanced technologies, reports China Knowledge. Representatives of the Beijing Olympic committee and China Mobile Ltd. have announced that technology such as 3G, HSDPA, Wi-Fi and WiMax will be used during the games. Media reporters, participants and even the audience will be able to access the various wireless… Read More

  • Motorola to Cut 7,500 Jobs

    The big M is slimming down. While they had previously cut 4,000 jobs, Reuters is reporting that the employees at Motorola may be facing additional layoffs. The company could be cutting up to another 7,500 jobs. This was brought on by the second quarterly loss in a row, and severe price competition. As a result Motorola will up to 7,500 jobs, or about 11 percent of its workforce by the end of 2007. Read More

  • Samsung’s Transforming Game Phone

    What is keeping mobile from being the dominant game platform? Well, it isn’t numbers. Mobile phones have a larger install base than all the major consoles combined. But what they have in numbers mobile handsets lack in interface. Playing complex games, even puzzle games (or maybe more accurately especially puzzle games) with a keypad just doesn’t work. But apparently Samsung wants… Read More

  • Sony BMG Release Geometry Wars Exclusively on Verizon Wireless

    The popular arcade game Geometry Wars is now available for play on mobile handsets, but you’ll need to be a Verizon Wireless subscriber to get in the game. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has announced the exclusive release of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved Mobile for Verizon. The game was developed by Bizarre Creations, and is faithful to the original console version. The controls will… Read More

  • Study: iPhone Has Video Potential

    Well file this under information we probably already knew. A recent survey from media research firm Intererpret, LLC, suggests that the iPhone has the potential to deliver growth for mobile video usage. The studies finding show that 63 percent of iPhone owners have already used the widescreen-enabled device to watch video. “Apple has already made a name for itself as a top destination… Read More

  • DVB-H Gets Boost from HiWire Act

    The de facto mobile TV standard situation in America may have cleared up just a bit as HiWire has announced a 24-channel lineup using the DVB-H standard in Las Vegas. This content will include seven channels from Discovery Communications including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, Discovery Kids and Discovery Mobile; along with six channels from MTV Networks with MTV, CMT, Comedy… Read More

  • SendMe Launches Online to Mobile Game

    Today SendMe, a provider of direct-to-consumer mobile entertainment, announced the launch of SoLow, an online to mobile game that has players compete to get down to the bottom. Users can place free bids for prizes, enter a sweepstakes, and in a unique twist the lowest unique bid wins. “The concept behind SoLow has exploded elsewhere in the world with hundreds of thousands of… Read More

  • Another Bad Break for T-Mobile at The Tour de France

    Yet another reason to post about the Tour de France on MobileCrunch this week: German state television channels ARD and ZDF have pulled race coverage following a positive drug test by German cyclist Patrick Sinkewitz, a rider for the T-Mobile sponsored team. The German Cycling Union, the BDR, said there were possible signs of abuse of the male hormone testosterone. The pulling of the race is… Read More

  • Free Consumer Phone Service from Ooma

    Thanks to mobile plans with thousands of free minutes, in-network calling options and even mobile VOIP options many consumers have ditched their traditional landlines. But Michael has posted over at sister site TechCrunch about VOIP startup Ooma and its new free consumer phone service. This service might just offer mobile phones a bit of competition. Ooma is using an innovative… Read More

  • CTIA’s 2007 Technology Fair

    If you’re around Washington, DC tomorrow you might want to head to Capitol Hill for the CTIA’s 2007 Wireless Technology & Reception. This event will highlight recent advancements in wireless technology. It will be held at the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer on Thursday, July 19th, 3pm until 7pm. Representatives from various wireless companies, along with senators and members… Read More

  • Hearst Isn’t So Local After All; Local Mobile Search Still Going?

    Hearst Corp. apparently didn’t find what it was looking for, as it has sold off its shares of Local.com, a search engine for local businesses, services and products. Hearst was thinking locally earlier this year when it made a private placement investment in Local.com, and had paid $6 million for its stake, obtaining a 22 percent stake in the company. But last week the company converted… Read More

  • Publishing Group of America Brings Out Mobile Editions

    The Publishing Group of America, publisher of print magazines American Profile and Relish, has signed a deal with DMD Mobile Holdings Inc. to offer pay-per-use mobile versions. This new mobile content, which will include recipes from Relish on demand, as well a horoscopes and other factoids from American Profile, will be available through texting codes printed in banner ads in the print… Read More