Category: Content & Applications

Mobile Streams launches developer facility

Mobile content specialist Mobile Streams has launched a smartphone research and development centre in Hong Kong which will focus on application development for smartphone platforms such as Google’s Android and Apple’s iPhone.

O2 and Telmap join forces in navigation deal

UK carrier O2 announced on Monday that it has struck a deal with mobile navigation specialist Telmap which will see that firm’s personal navigation and mapping service deployed on the majority of GPS-enabled handsets sold by the operator.

SpinVox: Behind the spin

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe. Over the years I’ve witnessed more ‘live demos’ than I care to remember (more, probably, than I do remember) and if I had to derive one, abiding rule from them all, it would be this: Most demos don’t work – and the ones that do, more often than not, are rigged.

eBay warns Skype in danger of shutdown

Internet auction house eBay made a worrying admission late last week – not only did it pay almost $1bn too much for online telephony darling Skype, it also failed to secure rights to the VoIP firm’s underlying technology.

Microsoft, Yahoo team up for search and advertising

The long rumoured partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo has finally come to pass, but not as a merger. Instead, the two companies will combine their search and advertising experience to take on the might of Google.

Spotify coming to iPhone

Music streaming service Spotify has created an iPhone app and sent it over to Apple for approval and inclusion into the App Store.

Mobile is conspicuous by its absence in O2’s financial play

UK cellco O2 recently announced that it is entering the personal-finance sector with the launch in August of two prepaid Visa cards in conjunction with NatWest bank. In a press release issued by O2, a NatWest executive is quoted as saying that these “groundbreaking” cards will “really raise the bar in terms of the added value customers will get from the interaction with their mobile phone.”

SpinVox says humans are necessary for time being

UK-based SpinVox has hit back at the naysayers, who claim that the firm’s speech to text technology isn’t as robust as the company claims, by explaining its “world-leading breakthroughs in automatic speech recognition (ASR) combined with artificial intelligence, semantics and natural linguistics”.

Blyk ad-funded MVNO model fails

Blyk has finally pulled the plug on its mobile virtual network operation, a move that will be seen as an admission of failure of its ad-funded MVNO model.

Spinvox in a spin over privacy worries

UK-based speech to text specialist Spinvox has been caught up in controversy this week over its data protection standards, leading to questions about the company’s finances.

Vodafone puts faith in machines

Vodafone, the world’s biggest carrier by revenues, is ramping up its presence in the Machine to Machine (M2M) space, with the launch of a global service platform to help companies deploy and manage large, wireless M2M projects.

Symbian accidentally certifies worm

The Symbian Foundation has been left with egg on its face after accidentally sanctioning what experts are calling the first text message worm in history.

Mobile VoIP’s impact limited for now

There have been indications over the last year that Europe’s mobile VoIP market is starting to open up. A few operators have struck or broadened partnerships with mobile VoIP providers, some of which have themselves noted a change in attitude to their presence in the market.

Symbian to play application middle man

The Symbian Foundation announced an application publishing programme on Thursday afternoon that will see it attempt to bridge the gap between developers and application stores. Dubbed Symbian Horizon, the new initiative was described by Symbian’s Sean Puckrin, who is leading the programme, as equivalent to a record label in the music business.

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