The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Smaato Receives Seed Money

    Smaato, a mobile ad-server technology company, has received $3.5 million in financing from international media, advertising, mobile and financial community investors. Silicon Valley based legal firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati advised on the funding and participated with an investment of its own. “We are convinced Smaato is at the fore front of this new marketing opportunity. Read More

  • Sprint Announces Subscriber Losses

    Sprint Nextel, the third largest mobile phone provider in the United States, reported a net loss of 683,000 post-paid subscribers today. This loss is far greater than those predicted by analysts, which ranged between 350,000 and 500,000 subscribers. The company also reported net losses of 202,000 prepaid subscribers. Sprint’s subscriber base was 53.8 million at the end of 2007… Read More

  • YouMail Launches New non-Intrusive Advertising Program

    YouMail, a free voicemail service, launched a new advertising program this week that will connect brands with mobile users through text-based advertising. This new feature will add short, non-intrusive 40-character marketing messages to the text alerts users already receive when a caller leaves a new voicemail. “Advertisers continue to struggle to find unobtrusive ways to reach consumers… Read More

  • Mobile Fun Offers Celebrity Autographs

    If you are an autograph hound, Mobile Fun may have the service for you. Your mobile phone can now be autographed online by famous and historical people like Stalin or Shakespeare without having to go to the trouble and cost of renting a time machine. Mobile Fun is currently working on a system that allows modern celebrities to sell limited editions of their autographs online so that customers… Read More

  • EU May Regulate Text and Mobile Data Costs

    Mobile phone users in Europe are paying high costs to text message or use mobile Internet services outside their own country, the EU’s telecoms chief said today. This word comes just a few months after the EU regulated the cost mobile phone service providers could bill for roaming charges outside a customer’s country of origin. Last September the European Commission capped roaming… Read More

  • Hear Text News on your iPhone with PimpMyNews

    A startup called has launched a free news application that converts text news into spoken news for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The Web-based service can be accessed through the iPhone’s or iPod Touch’s Safari browser. PimpMyNews uses the Internet to find the latest news and converts text into audio that can be listened to on the devices. Audio versions of the news can… Read More

  • Mig33 Gets Into The Calling Card Business

    If you’ve ever traveled abroad, you’ve probably had some experience with pre-paid calling cards. For about $10 you get what you expect, a code that gives you minutes on your mobile phone. However, mobile social network Mig33 is looking to offer a little bit more. Tomorrow the company will be announcing the sale of pre-paid cards in South Africa that not only make calls but also… Read More

  • Take AMF Ventures Survey to Voice Your Opinion

    AMF Ventures will be conducting an anonymous on-line poll over the next few weeks. The short survey, it takes about 5 minutes to answer, is aimed to assess how important industry people view some of the current issues around technologies and standards. The survey wants to get an international perspective on a range of mobile standards issues. The survey is intended for mobile… Read More

  • Make Mobile Call while Flying Norwegian Air

    Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced today that it will provide mobile phone and wireless Internet services on flights this year. Passengers will also be able to access travel information, broadband telephone services and mobile banking. The on-flight services will be provided by a new subsidiary, Call Norwegian AS. The company expects to launch these conveniences in the fourth quarter of… Read More

  • Clearwire to Offer Google Services

    Clearwire, a wireless service provider, announced today that it will offer subscribers Google applications in the first half of this year. Clearwire customers who have wireless Internet will be able to
    access Google applications like e-mail, calendar and Google Talk instant message service. Clearwire was founded by Craig McCaw. McCaw said the company also plans to provide Google’s Web… Read More

  • NBA 2 Go: Get Charged For What's Already On The Web

    The NBA has released a new subscription based mobile downloadable application, NBA 2 Go, for tracking teams and games right on your phone. The application is powered by Hands On Mobile. While the NBA already has a mobile site that provides live scoring, stats, and photos. However, the new application gives you a bit more content and customization that you get from their mobile site. But all… Read More

  • China Mobile Drops iPhone

    China Mobile announced today that it is no longer negotiating with Apple to provide the world’s most populous nation with the popular iPhone. This opens the door for China’s number two mobile service provider, China Unicom, to talk with Apple. “We can only say that negotiations have ended for now. We have no other news to report,” said Li Honghui, a spokeswoman for… Read More

  • Start-Up Company SoonR Receives Cisco Money

    SoonR, a 2-year-old company that provides mobile computer files access and management services, received $9.5 million in series B funding led by Cisco. Total SoonR investment has reached $15.5 million. This new infusion of money is intended to help SoonR expand its mobile platform and advance its partner-driven distribution strategy. Intel Capital and Clearstone Venture Partners also… Read More

  • Color Document Scanning from scanR

    If you have used the scanR application to turn your mobile phone camera into a digital scanner, now you can do so in color. In the past all document pages sent to scanR were converted into black and white. Now if you send photos of magazines, newspapers, books or other color pages to scanR, it will convert the images into digital full-color copies. You can try the new scanR feature for free… Read More

  • Mobile Computing catching Wind with Open Source Sails

    Companies like Wake3 and Funambol are starting to use open-source in the development of software for mobile computing devices. Open-source seems to be the perfect conduit to bring iPhone type browsing and e-mail to handheld devices. During a meeting of the Mobile Monday Silicon Valley group associates of Wake3, Funambol and Wind River noted the rise of open-source software on handsets. Wake3… Read More

  • Fake Upgrade may Infect iPhone

    A fake software upgrade may have infected an iPhone near you with the first known Trojan that targets the popular mobile phone. The Trojan appears to be timed to rumors that claim new features in an upcoming iPhone firmware upgrade. A number of news sites and blogs cited a report published by CNET France that claimed an imminent iPhone update would feature a disk mode, which would allow the… Read More

  • Take a Break(.com) on VCAST, following in the footsteps of YouTube, is coming to Verizon’s V-Cast. is social video site targeted at men who like funny videos, games, and apparently inane banter in long comment threads. Although web standards are making a push onto your mobile phone (i.e. Safari, Android), V Cast, MobiTV, and SlingBox remain the few reliable ways to get video on your mobile phone. Read More

  • E.P.A. Promotes Cellphone Recycling

    The Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) launched a $175,000 campaign today to remind people to recycle their old handsets. The initiative, entitled “Recycle Your Cellphone. It’s an Easy Call.”, will relay on public service announcements that target 18-to-34-year-olds, the population that trade up to new cellphones the most often. The announcements will explain why… Read More

  • Yahoo to Offer its Mobile Services to many Mobile Phones

    Yahoo’s mobile Internet services will be crafted to run on various phone platforms, potentially including Google’s phone software and the Apple iPhone. Yahoo is committed to compete with rivals in a new and more open strategy, mobile chief Marco Boerries told reporters at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday. By offering Internet services that work on existing phones, Yahoo hopes… Read More

  • Napster to Embrace Unprotected MP3 Sales

    Napster announced that it will start selling music downloads as unprotected MP3 files in the spring. This is seen as a move to stay competitive with other online music retailers. The change will only apply to single tracks and album purchases. Track’s downloaded as part of Napster’s music subscription service will continue to have copyright restrictions. MP3 files are compatible… Read More