The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • Verizon Wireless Acquires Ramcell

    Verizon Wireless has acquired rural mobile carrier Ramcell, which operates in Kentucky and Oregon using the TDMA standard,, the company announced yesterday. Subscribers and networks will be converted to CDMA by Verizon, while the networks will be upgraded to EV-DO Rev. A. This acquisition includes the Ramcell spectrum license, and covers about 300,000 people in the Clay and Madison… Read More

  • Shocking News: People Hate Mobile Ads!

    According to a new GfK NOP survey commissioned by Pontis there is a deep level of dissatisfaction amongst the public with the way that mobile service providers are marketing their voice and data services. 64 percent of people who viewed mobile ads reported being annoyed, and 70 percent consider the marketing offers not to be relevant at how. What is really surprising is that a full 11… Read More

  • Artificial Life Launches 3G Poker Game, Signs Deal with Pocketnet

    Hong Kong based Artificial Life, a provider of mobile 3G games and applications, announced that it is all in. The company will release its first 3G Texas Hold’em poker gamer in the fourth quarter of this year, and will support most of the recent 3G handsets as well as many 2.5G mobile handsets. The 3G version will support single player and multi-player versions, where players can… Read More

  • U.K. Broadcasts Tune In to Mobile

    The major broadcasters in the U.K. are in the process of prepping their mobile portals, as a result of mobile operators offering flat-rate data tariffs. Thus the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV are all starting to ramp up their mobile strategies. Channel 4 hired former MTV executive Ben Lister to head its mobile business development, and ITV is also planning to develop new portals around specific… Read More

  • WSJ: Smart Phone Game is Smart Move for Game Publishers

    Smart-phone makers are facilitating new games by making it easier for content developers to refigure old games, while also creating new ones for the devices reports the Wall Street Journal Online. And it is good business sense to publish for the smart phones, especially given that the platforms have bigger screens and more memory to take advantage of the game technology. These devices may… Read More

  • Discovery Networks Launches Mobile-Only Content

    U.K. mobile subscribers on either Vodafone or Orange UK will soon be able to watch mobile-only content from Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet. Each of these Discovery Network channels is making available exclusive made-for-mobile content as part of part of the Sky Mobile package. These launches are part of the re-branding of Discovery Network’s factual and lifestyle mobile TV… Read More

  • Mobile Game Goes Massively Multiplayer

    Fighting a war in deep space is challenging enough without having a lot of competition. But sometimes a little – or in this case a lot – of competition can really make for a more engaging experience. That’s the hope with Space Wars, a new ad-supported massively multiplayer mobile game from Cellufun. This free mobile Internet game lets players battle for control of the galaxy… Read More

  • Polyphonic Ringtones RIP

    Music Media Watch has reported that the polyphonic ringtone is dead. While we didn’t even know it was sick, we felt we need to say a few words: The polyphonic ringtone had a good life. It allowed countless mobile phone users the ability to annoy fellow co-workers, movie patrons and just about anyone else that was around when the overly used Mozart tune, theme from Rocky or other… Read More

  • Visto and PTS Consulting to Push E-mail To Japanese Enterprises

    Visto Corporation and PTS Consulting have announced a partnership to deliver Visto Mobile to help Japanese mobile professionals stay connected. This follows the announcement by Visto’s announcement that it would offer similar services in China. “We are pleased to be partnering with Visto to offer a corporate wireless email solution that meets the unique needs of the Japanese… Read More

  • Vivee Adds Dimension to Talking E-mail

    As we reported earlier this week, texting while driving is almost as bad as drunk driving. And we’ve also been hearing about a lot of solutions to the problem. Maybe waiting until get to where you going to send or read an e-mail is the best option, but who are we to tell people to be a little more patient! Besides, no one would listen to us anyway. They’re too busy talking on the… Read More

  • Vodafone Goes to the MAX

    Today Vodafone announced that it has become a principal member of the WiMAX Forum, a non-profit organization committed to promoting and certifying interoperable WiMAX products. This technology is et to allow high-speed Internet access from mobile devices over greater distances than previous technologies, such as Wi-Fi. “Our membership of the WiMAX Forum will complement our existing… Read More

  • NME Brings World of Music to Handsets

    Chances are if you remember the “shoe gazer” bands of the 1990s, followed the rise and fall of the Happy Mondays or just like to read what’s happening with “dead-man walking rock star” Pete Doherty, you know these three little letters: N – M – E. The British music magazine has been making and breaking news on the U.K. music scene for decades, and now… Read More

  • Pop Goes the Mobile Ad

    Remember the early days of pop-up ads on the Internet. They were interesting at first, and then become downright annoying about… oh, five seconds later. Well, get ready for round two. Pop-up ads are headed to a third screen near you. Some startups are already on starting to push technology that will deliver pop-ups to mobile phones. Worse the ads won’t necessarily pop when using a… Read More

  • CellTrust Announces Relief for Hazard Fliers

    Those of use who frequently fly well know the hazards of flight delay. The psychological stress incurred by crowded airports and uncertain departure times can put unwanted miles on an overtaxed body.The good people at CellTrust have created a new piece of technology that may help lower those taxes. As of today, FlightAssist 1.0 is available free of cost for a limited period. FlightAssist… Read More

  • Motorola Betting On Linux

    Will Motorola go open source? The company wouldn’t be at LinuxWorld just to take in the sights. In fact, Motorola will be betting on Linux by installing the operating system on 60 percent of its mobile handsets over the next two years. Already a Razr phone for GSM networks is on sale in Asia using Linux, and this model could arrive stateside as the Razr2 V8 within the next two… Read More

  • Age Verification Problem for Content on the Go

    Porn is extremely powerful. Some hate it; others can’t get enough of it. It is also one of the factors that made DVD the success story that it is today. Porn is among one of the reasons why VHS beat out BetaMax. But pornography is also something many people don’t want to see in their neighborhoods or around their kids. On TV it is easy enough to “lock out” those… Read More

  • Age of Heros IV Mobile Gameplay Demo Available

    There are still a few weeks until the release of Age of Heroes IV: Blood and Twilight, but to build interest Qplaze has posted video demo of the game. From here you can see the changes to the gameplay engine, and this includes improved graphics along with new heroes to command. This fantasy action game will let you raise the dead, so you can build an army of zombies, shadows, cadavers, liches… Read More

  • Street Fighter II Goes Mobile for 20th Anniversary of Series

    Twenty years ago I was beset by two hardcore muggers. Just coming from the arcade, I had learned some new martial arts moves from Street Fighter. I Kunged one thug and Fued the other. Taking their wallets, I went back into the arcade for even more fist-foot furry. Now I’m older, wiser and soon I can play Street Fighter on my mobile handset. Capcom’s classic, Street Fighter II… Read More

  • Mobile Linux Evaluation Kit Released

    At this week’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, ACCESS CO, LTD, announced the availability of a mobile Linux evaluation kit based on the ACCESS Linux Platform. This is optimized for the Marvell PXA30x and PXA31x application processors, and allow OEMs, ODMs and mobile operators to evaluate the benefits of the platform and Linux applications for mobile… Read More

  • GoLive Text2WAP

    A couple of weeks ago we posted about GoLiveMobile’s MobiCart plug in, and now we’re looking at their Text2WAP technology. This allows users to send a text message to 23907 and get back some useful information. The service basically has you text to the number, while sending a message with “about [XXXX]” as the message (with XXXX being your query of course). You then… Read More