Mobile

The apps, platforms and businesses redefining how we use computers

  • iSkype Phone?

    The news is already all over the Web, but in case you missed it German-based SHAPE Services, has just announced Skype for iPhone, an iPhone-optimized WAP site that will let you make Skype calls on your iPhone through the browser. WiFi isn’t required from what we’ve heard either. The service is free for a limited time so try it while you can! [Via GigaOM] Read More

  • MySpace Partners with Rogers Wireless

    MySpace is going mobile. New Corp’s MySpace has announced a partnership with Canadian wireless carrier Rogers Wireless. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but this partnership will allow Rogers customers using select mobile phones access to MySpace. Customers will be able to access the social networking site to check their pages, edit profiles (just in case you need… Read More

  • Verizon Wireless Retools Mobile Web 2.0

    The largest United States wireless provider has just made Mobile Web 2.0 easier to use. An improved interface makes it easier for customers to access the news and e-mails that keep people on the go up-to-date. History is for dusty library shelves, not today’s shakers and movers. Content providers ESPN, Bank of America, USA TODAY, and MapQuest are all still available, but it is much… Read More

  • Mobile Simplifies Marketing in South Africa

    The speed of which a mobile marketing campaign can be created and rolled out has made it the preferred method to reach the target audience in South Africa. Unlike print, radio or even television, which all day time to roll out a campaign, mobile ads are being done in days and loaded onto a mobile marketing platform for distribution. While this is true of any part of the world, it is notable… Read More

  • Exercise Your Brain: The Incredible Machine Goes Mobile

    When I took high school physics, I failed the section on complex vectors. If The Incredible Machine had been around at the time, I’d be working for NASA today instead of sitting around in my underwear in front of a computer. Now you can fine tune your synapses by using your mobile phone, thanks to Vivendi Games Mobile. The mobile version of The Incredible Machine is based on Sierra… Read More

  • Juniper Research: Mobile Social Networking Set to Explode

    User-generated content revenue could rise tenfold by 2012 says a new report from Juniper Research, which predicts that this rise could come mainly from social networking, dating and personal content delivery services. This could meant hat globally, end-user generated revenues from these sites will increase from $572million this year to more than $5.7billion in 2012. And social networking… Read More

  • Chinese Pirates Copy iPhone

    There are a few certain truths in life, and one of them is anything that can be made cheaply and sold for a profit will be pirated in China! We’re hearing that Chinese pirates, who have copied video games, golf clubs and perfume, have now cloned the iPhone. But not only that… they’ve supposedly made it better by including a Linux-based OS on board. This has allowed the… Read More

  • EA Mobile Takes the Field With Madden NFL 08; Introduces New Bejeweled for Mobile

    This week professional football season begins, at least in the video game arena from EA Mobile. In addition to the release of the console and PC versions of the annual gridiron game, Madden NFL 08 will be available on mobile handsets; complete with all 32 real NFL teams with updated rosters and team-specific playbooks. This year’s game will include commentary by Al Michaels and John… Read More

  • School Ban of Mobile Phones Down Under

    There is a new call for a banning of mobile phones at schools in Australia. Not because of fears of cheating or excessive gabbing, but rather because students are using the phones to film their own mini-versions of “Romper Stomper.” In New South Wales government schools filed 25 reports of police regarding incidents involving video-equipped mobile handsets over a six-month… Read More

  • Filipinos Ready for Mobile Ads

    The Filipinos people are ready for ads on their mobile handsets. So says mobile carrier Smart Communications, which found that most Filipino subscribers were open to the idea of receiving mobile advertising messages on their phones. So far local subscribers only accept ads that are linked to a promotion, discount, contest or tips says Smart Communications. Mobile subscribers are interested… Read More

  • T-Mobile Keeps Spinning

    Thursday Team T-Mobile announced that its sponsor Deutsche Telekom had decided to continue to sponsor the team, despite a few problems during this year’s Tour De France – notably the doping cases. As part of the deal there will certainly be a few different faces on the T-Mobile team. T-Mobile said it had agreed with riders and management, and would contribute a portion of salary… Read More

  • Mobile Linux Group Expects Success in '08

    We’ve been following the happenings of the Mobile Linux Group closely, and it might not be long before we see some results. The six founding members of the LiMo Foundation, which includes Motorola, NEC, NTT, Docomo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung Electronics and Vodafone have conducted a recruiting drive that would put most college fraternities to shame. They’re brought over Aplix… Read More

  • 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