Category: Content & Applications


Mobile TV content faces financial hurdle

Future development of the mobile TV and video market may be stunted by under-financing, according to a new report from Informa Telecoms and Media in partnership with German consultancy, peacefulfish. The report, ‘Getting into Mobile TV and Video: Financing, producing and distributing TV and video content,’ forecasts that worldwide revenues from mobile TV and video […]

MySpace coming to Japanese mobiles

According to reports, Japanese mobile users may soon be able to use the MySpace.com social network service on their mobile phones. The Nihon Keizai newspaper reported Monday that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and Softbank are planning to launch the internet service through a 50/50 joint venture. Already versions of MySpace are arriving in European countries. […]

Motorola calls for Java unification

US manufacturer Motorola on Wednesday issued a call to reduce the heavy fragmentation of the Java platform for mobile devices. The vendor appealed to the broader Java Micro Edition (ME) ecosystem to establish a complete Java ME software stack for the mobile industry, under the Apache License Version 2.0. Motorola said it will work to […]

Swiss ops test DVB-H

Swiss mobile operators Swisscom Mobile, Orange and TDC’s Sunrise are set to trial the DVB-H mobile TV platform from Wednesday through a pilot with Swisscom Broadcast. The trial will run until the end of January and will involve some 200 select customers and employees spread across the three operators in the city of Berne. Participants […]

Rail tickets by mobile on track

UK railway Chiltern Railways is expected to be the first train operator in the country to begin delivering tickets to mobile phones. Mobile ticketing technology, which is currently being tested, sends a bar code to the passenger’s mobile phone via SMS, which is then scanned at the ticket gates. The technology will be available for […]

Mobile IM usage to soar

Business use of mobile Instant Messaging (IM) will accelerate into a $2bn-plus opportunity in Western Europe and North America by 2010, driven by a number of supply and demand side catalysts. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, between secure and fully auditable enterprise IM platforms and public mobile IM services such as MSN Messenger, […]

Nokia inks deal to deliver Cartoon Network shows

Finnish mobile giant Nokia has inked a deal with the Cartoon Network that will see Nokia users able to download shows such as ‘Johnny Bravo’ and ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ straight to their handsets. Cartoon Network – owned by Turner Broadcasting – will use Nokia’s Content Discoverer application to host content. The pair will deliver clips, games […]

Asia ripe for VoIP as FMC comes of age

Norwegian IP telephony provider Vyke has highlighted the potential demand for mobile voice over IP (VoIP) services in the Asian market, shifting its focus from a European theatre of operations to the Asia Pacific region. Speaking to telecoms.com Hans-Arne L’orange, chief executive of Vyke, said the Asian market is ripe for services such as mobile […]

Big talk from JaJah

Internet call firm Jajah, has launched its Mobile Suite which allows users to make low-cost international calls from their mobiles. The firm, noted for launching a free web-activated telephony service allowing users to make free landline calls via its website , has launched Mobile Suite as a plug-in – available for download – or via […]

Prodi to address parliament on Telecom Italia

The Italian Premier Romano Prodi will speak to parliament later today to discuss Telecom Italia and the row that has erupted since its reorganisation was announced. According to reports, Prodi was initially reluctant to discuss the issues that have seen its chief resign and its senior executives publicly taunt Prodi over what many sees as […]

3 Ireland trials digital mobile TV

Irish 3G operator, 3 Ireland, said Monday that it has been awarded a license by regulator ComReg to trial broadcast mobile TV services for one year. 3, which already runs a 3G streaming TV service over its networks, is understood to be looking at alternative technologies to take mobile TV forward. DVB-H technology which the […]

First SIP dual-mode handset on Windows 5.0 is launched

US handset manufacturer Paragon Wireless, has launched what it claims is the “world’s first SIP-based Windows Mobile 5.0 dual-mode handset”. The hipi-2200 also doubles as a quad band GSM/GPRS handset. Although the device is aimed at corporates who can make significant savings by giving employees a device that can make calls over the company WLAN, […]

Broadcast mobile TV to take hold in 2007

Mobile broadcast services are anticipated to take hold in the US next year, with approximately 4 million subscribers receiving mobile TV and related services on their handsets via technologies such as DVB-H and MediaFLO by the end of 2007. Senior analyst Ken Hyers, with ABI Research notes that the driving force behind broadcast adoption will […]

Nokia rolls out MS Live search

Finnish mobile vendor Nokia said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Microsoft to integrate the Redmond Giant’s Live search capabilities into its mobile platform. Consumers will be able to access Live Search directly from their Nokia Nseries handsets, or “multimedia computers” as Nokia calls them, as well as other compatible Nokia S60 devices. In […]

ITV appoints mobile TV chief

UK broadcaster ITV said Wednesday that it has appointed Melissa Goodwin to head up the company’s mobile operations. As chief of the mobile division, Goodwin will lead ITV’s mobile strategy with a focus on mobile TV, user generated content and mobile advertising. Last month, ITV and 3G mobile operator 3 UK joined forces in an […]

Hong Kong trials DVB-H

Hong Kong operator PCCW has expanded its existing mobile TV offering to trial Motorola’s DVB-H system for six months. The trial will run from September to March 2007 within Hong Kong’s Quarry Bay district and will include Motorola DVB-H enabled mobile devices, network solutions and interactive services platform. Back in May, PCCW began broadcasting real-time […]

ROK aims for mass market mobile TV

UK mobile content and entertainment firm ROK, which launched a paid for streaming TV service earlier this year, has introduced a free version of the service for consumers still dubious about paying for mobile TV. The FreeBe TV service, available via ROK TV, offers for channels of content: an extreme sports channel, a vintage comedy […]

Visto’s Mobile email for idiots launched

Mobile email firm Visto, has launched Easy Setup, an ‘out-of-the-box solution’ designed to make setting up mobile email easy enough for the most tech-challenged consumers/business users. Visto says that the ease with which mobile email can be deployed and used is crucial to the realisation of the market’s growth potential. Steven Drake, program director at […]

Mobiles threatened by draining attacks

A computer science professor at UC Davis, the University of California’s College of Engineering, has warned over an unstoppable attack method used against mobile devices. Hao Chen and a couple of first year graduate students, claim to have discovered serious vulnerabilities in the way internet-enabled mobile devices handle data downloads. Hao believes that hackers could […]

Stealth Trojan pains Russian mobile users

Antivirus experts in Russia are warning of a mobile phone Trojan that could have users in the region racking up unsolicited charges on their phone bills. Russian security company Kaspersky said Monday that it had encountered the malware in the wild, disguised a Java file. The .jar file is identified as ‘pomoshnik.jar’ and runs on […]

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