Category: Content & Applications

eBay to offload Skype in 2010

Online auction giant eBay looks to have found a way to escape its unhappy marriage with Skype, announcing plans to spin the internet telephony champion off in an IPO (Initial Public Offering).

Predicting the next Twitter

Boffins at De Montfort University Leicester, UK, have put together a team tasked with predicting the next big thing in terms of communication technologies, in a bid to tackle ethical pitfalls before they become a problem.

Theatre of operations

The number of smartphone operating systems is on the increase. With a variety of business and development models, from end to end proprietary to true open source, there ought to be something for everybody. While the smartphone sector as a whole is growing, though, not all of the operating systems will enjoy the same levels of success.

Android gets virtual keyboard support

Web giant Google gave developers a sneak preview of the next generation of the Android platform this week, based on the much hyped ‘cupcake’ branch of the operating system.

Amazon, Apple in music price war

Online music giants Apple and Amazon are duking it out in an MP3 price war, which looks likely to spill over into the mobile space.

Web giants call for VoIP over 3G

A gang of web giants are up in arms over operator attitudes towards Voice over IP (VoIP) applications on mobile networks.

Heroes to open door on Nokia app store

The world’s biggest handset vendor, Nokia, gave some indication of its ambitions for the application store known as Ovi this week, announcing a content deal with Tim Kring, creator of the TV show Heroes.

Symbian Foundation opens up

Mobile operating system developer the Symbian Foundation officially opened its doors this week, making a beta version of its web site available to members of the Symbian community.

Google cuts Android tethering app loose

To date it’s been Apple that has come under fire for the draconian vetting process prospective applications have to endure to make it into the App Store. But this week Google is taking flack from the developer community after banning a tethering application for Android.

BlackBerry launches app store

Canadian gadget shop Research In Motion (RIM) has opened the doors to its application storefront, BlackBerry App World.

Verizon joins web technology lab

US carrier Verizon Wireless has joined forces with mobile giants Vodafone and China Mobile, and Japanese operator Softbank ) to promote the development of new mobile internet technologies, applications and services.

VoIP apps make headway on handsets

Mobile internet telephony firm Vyke said this week that it has extended its existing agreement with Finnish handset vendor Nokia to bring its VoIP application to more smartphones.

Vodafone UK starts Twittering via SMS

Microblogging and social networking tool Twitter has made a made a return to the UK mobile market, after signing a deal with Vodafone that will allow users to send “tweets” by SMS.

Apple enhances iPhone with v3.0 software

Californian kit vendor Apple has shown off its shiny new iPhone OS version 3.0 this week, releasing a beta version of the software to registered developers.

Making mobile pay

Last year, despite the advancing global economic malaise, mobile financial services gained traction-particularly in developing countries. From enabling m-payments via SMS, to full internet banking via a smartphone browser, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more mobile money in the future.

Zain sets sights on Morocco

Kuwaiti carrier Zain has teamed up with an investment fund to acquire 31 per cent of Moroccan operator Wana.

Microsoft outlines Windows app store plans

Software giant Microsoft has put more flesh on the bones of its own app store plans this week ahead of the launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile later this year.

Now Google wants your phone calls

Web monster Google is planning to expand its presence in the telephony space using its 2007 acquisition of GrandCentral as a platform.

Carriers to strike gold with mobile money services

To date, predictions that the mobile phone will one day replace the humble leather wallet have gone largely unfounded, despite a growing number of mobile payment and banking services being made available worldwide.

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