• Let the Mobile Web Contests Begin

    Mobile and Web social contest community site Tapatap.com entered beta after securing $2.5 million in Series A funding from Gabriel Venture Partners. Targeted at the teen and generation Y audience, Tapatap members can access the community from any device including mobile phones, Web browsers and embedded Flash widgets. Many of the social activity-oriented activities include photo contests… Read More

  • Location-Enabled Messaging

    Arranging a meeting place for a group of family, friends, coworkers or other groups can be quite a task. Verizon just made it easier to handle the herd with VZ Navigator. You can call up a map, create directions, and have the map sent to a friend’s phone with a note with added instructions. Friends who also use VZ Navigator can receive the map and use it to get audible, turn-by-turn… Read More

  • MusicStation Up and Running

    Swedish mobile phone users won’t have to wait until the arrival of Apple’s iPhone to get tuned up. UK based mobile music company Omnifone has launched MusicStation in the Scandinavian country, and the service, which will work on about 80 percent of new mobile phones, will make a global rollout to Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa in the coming weeks. The revolutionary… Read More

  • Dual-Mode Phone Wanted

    Market research In-Stat has found that nearly half of the respondents in a recent survey of U.S. early adopters planning to replace their cell phones want to see Wi-Fi functionality with their handsets reports MobileTechNews. To meet this demand the Wi-Fi Alliance hopes to have more than 100 different models of Wi-Fi/cellular phones in the marketplace by the end of the year. The In-Stat… Read More

  • Mobile Payment Testing

    Motorola signed on to participate in the GSMA Pay-Buy-Mobile Initiative in Europe. Motorola will participate in trials to develop mobile payment activities, and provide feedback to GSMA Near Field Communications (NFC) Technical Guidelines white papers. The trails will also work under the standardization bodies such as ETSI and the NFC Forum. Motorola sees the NFC and associated… Read More

  • Kyte's Plans Come Together: Deals with EMI & Nokia Announced, New Facebook Application

    Kyte.tv, which is at its core a media player for personal expression, lets users send a stream of personal information to their friends: drag photos, video and text into the channels and interact with people viewing your content. In our launch post on the service in late April, I described it as falling somewhere between Twitter and Ustream, although Kyte has additional features as… Read More

  • Daily Crunch: Periscope Down Edition

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    14K Gold Slinky For The Rich
    RoboGames This Weekend: Where Robots and Their Human Masters Engage in Sport
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  • Powerset To Launch Social Network Around Search Engine


    When Powerset announced plans to launch a new service called Powerlabs a week ago, it looked to be another sand box area for product previews, like those created by Microsoft, Google and others.But today Steve Newcomb, COO of Powerset, revealed a lot more about the project. I also saw an in person demo of Powerlabs today and some of the ideas behind it. Powerlabs is more than a sandbox to… Read More

  • Archos Announces 405, 605, And TV Plus


    The boys at CG just returned from an Archos event to bring you the latest PMP goodness. The line-up starts with the 105, but today we are giving you a brief hands on with the Archos 405, 605, and the new Apple TV competitor… TV plus. The 605 comes standard with all the nifty features you’d expect in a next gen Archos device… Read More

  • AjaxWindows, Why?

    Another web desktop (webtop), AjaxWindows, launched and I’m left scratching my head. The site and service is allegedly from the creators of Linspire and is a lot like DesktopTwo, which mimics a desktop environment within your browser, taskbar and all. AjaxWindows even comes with a syncing client to help mirror all your desktop data to their servers. The major value proposition for… Read More

  • Powerset Releases Growth Spreadsheet Models

    In a post last month I wrote about Powerset COO Steve Newcomb’s use of predictive modeling to guess early growth rates so that they have enough hardware to scale. Good for them, I said, for releasing some of the data publicly. And I recommended they go one step further and release the predictive models themselves: Powerset should publish the model itself (without the specific… Read More

  • Music Labels and Carriers to Steal iPhone Thunder

    According to Reuters, British Omnifone has signed deals with the big four music labels (Universal, EMI, Sony/BMG, and Warner Music) and 30 cell carriers to sell subscriptions to unlimited music downloads on cell phones. No doubt this is in response to the iPhone/iTunes integration and Apple’s existing iTunes mobile extension. The spread of iTunes on mobiles, which cuts out carrier… Read More

  • Gracenote Mobile Music 2.0 Tries To Make Music-Playing Cellphones Not Suck

    Music-playing cellphones were supposed to have “arrived” by now, but few companies have actually gotten them right so far. (That could be the wireless providers’ fault, though.) So Gracenote, the company that runs the CDDB database that iTunes checks every time you insert an audio CD, has come up with the Mobile Music 2.0 Platform. I know, the name could use some work. MM2… Read More

  • Next-gen Sidekick Revealed


    This is not the actual next-gen Sidekick Sick of the iPhone coverage currently clogging the blogosphere? Yeah, me too. Like the Sidekick? I do on most days, so here’s some fun stuff for you, folks, to ponder. The jive turkeys at Hiptop3 have uncovered a couple websites that T-Mobile has registered and…wait for it. Wait for it. They reveal absolutely nothing other than possible names… Read More

  • Veoh Takes $26 million Round C

    P2P and web video sharing service Veoh has taken $26million in Round C funding. The new money takes total investment in Veoh to $41.25million. The pre money valuation is rumored to be between $60 million and $70 million. The company has Michael Eisner on its Board, content deals with companies like Us Magazine and United Talent Agency and as Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote in February, some very… Read More

  • Safari For Windows Updated To 3.0.1, Fixes Exploits

    Apple just released Safari 3.0.1 for Windows, which fixes a few of those exploits we mentioned the other day. The update doesn’t apply to the Mac version of the public beta since Macs are inherently immune from viruses and other malware. You can get it via the Software Update app that came with the latest version of iTunes or via Apple’s download site. Safari [Apple] Read More

  • T-MobileSignal: Unauthorized T-Mobile Forum Just Begging for a C&D

    More power to the cats over at T-MobileSignal, but they better get that TMo pink off of their forum or the Germans are going to blitz their inbox. Essentially, this is a fairly lively T-Mobile forum that answered some burning questions for some of our readers, so let’s all go over and wish them the best of luck. However, as Vincent at MyiPhone found out, trademark lawyers don’t… Read More

  • FBI Protects America By Fighting Zombies

    As part of Operation Bot Roast (good god, guys, really?), the FBI has contacted more than one million people, telling them their PCs have been zombified. Someone at the Bureau is wise to the intricate networks of botnets that routinely send massive numbers of spam e-mails and has now invoked the “national security” clause to help stop them. Our tips e-mail account regularly… Read More

  • iRiver M10 GPS Receiver and D5 Electronic Dictionary: Guess Which One Wouldn't Sell Here?

    iRiver has recently been branching out from the DAP and PMP business and into other, far stranger territory. Two new devices, the M10 GPS navigator and the D5 electronic dictionary, are scheduled to make their debut at a Korean trade show later this month. We can tell from the leaked pictures that the M10 will have built-in DMB (and what gadget doesn’t in Korea?) and multimedia… Read More

  • Leopard First Impressions Published, Quashed


    The lucky devils who got a dev version of OS X Leopard posted some tidbits and were quickly DESTROYED by legions of Apple lawyers. They are now circling the planet in a Kryptonian Phantom Zone but their words remain: • Mail is really great, seems super fast
    • Spotlight much more responsive, no pauses as you type
    • Safari seems faster and now has that styled text editor as in FireFox… Read More

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