Category: Content & Applications


Sony inks content deal with China

Sony BMG Music Entertainment signed a deal Thursday with content aggregator, GMI, which allows the firm to use Sony’s library of content in China. GMI will be allowed to licence Sony’s music, videos and other audio content, including ring tones, according to a statement. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

EMI, Apple get rid of DRM

Record label EMI and computer giant Apple made a landmark announcement on Monday, removing copy protection software from downloadable music. EMI will make its existing digital music catalogue available via iTunes without Digital Rights Management (DRM). Users will be free to copy the songs they download onto all of their devices, including mobile phones, without […]

The BBC goes Orange

UK mobile operator Orange announced Thursday that the BBC will start providing content for its mobile TV service, Orange TV, beginning April. The company said its customers will be able to watch part of the BBC’s portfolio, including BBC One, BBC Three and BBC News 24 on their mobiles. The move is part of a […]

Virgin US in deal with Yahoo

Virgin Mobile USA said Wednesday that it intends to make Yahoo’s mobile services available to all its 4.6 million subscribers. The announcement comes as arch rival Google said it had inked a deal with handset maker LG. Both Yahoo and Google are vying for position, not only as the consumer’s preferred search brand but also […]

AT&T offers free Napster access

US operator AT&T this week struck a deal with music download site Napster, giving customers free unlimited access to more than 3 million songs for one year. The offer starts Sunday, April 1, and is available across the company’s nationwide wireless network on select tariffs as well as via the operator’s triple lay bundles. Napster […]

Japan goes with FLO

Japanese mobile operator KDDI and US chip firm Qualcomm saidd Tuesday that trials of mobile TV illustrated a commercial viability for paid mobile broadcast services in Japan. Qualcomm and KDDI established a jointly owned company, MediaFLO Japan Planning Incorporated, in 2005, to examine the viability of deploying Qualcomm’s FLO mobile TV technology in Japan. Recently, a […]

Cellphone usage on planes faces turbulence

US communications regulator, the FCC, has held off on plans to lift the ban on cellphone usage whilst onboard a plane. Although the FCC has been inundated with requests from consumers to maintain a ban on in flight mobile phone usage, the latest obstacle has been thrown up by the mobile industry itself. The mobile […]

Openwave up for sale

Mobile software developer Openwave announced that it has retained Merrill Lynch as its financial advisor to explore a range of strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. In an SEC Filing, posted Friday, Openwave said its board of directors has formed a Strategic Alternatives Committee of the Board, to assist the full board […]

Reding under fire on mobile TV

European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, Viviane Reding, has come under fire from the WorldDMB Forum, a consortium promoting the DAB/DMB standard worldwide, over her support of DVB-H technology for mobile TV. Reding, which last week delivered a speech backing DVB-H as a European standard for mobile TV, has been accused of a stance […]

Microsoft wants voice operated phones

Microsoft’s acquisition of voice recognition software developer Tellme Networks this week appears to be a bid to replace the humble dial tone. Financial terms of the acquisition were not revealed but Tellme’s 320 employees will continue to operate from the firm’s Mountain View, California headquarters as part of the Microsoft Business Division. Microsoft said the […]

Red Nose Day goes mobile

The UK’s largest annual charitable event, Red Nose Day, is about to go mobile with the news that the Comic Relief charity is to put a selection of videos from the event, onto mobile phones. Starting Friday, Red Nose Day is a 24-hour comedy extravaganza designed to raise money for charitable causes around the world. […]

Skypers sell advice via VoIP

VoIP champion Skype jumped on the user generated content (UGC) bandwagon Wednesday with the announcement of two new services. Skype 3.1 introduces the beta release of Skype Prime, which is essentially an expertise marketplace. Skype Prime allows users to make money and reach potential customers around the world. An in-built billing mechanism allows users to set […]

Pocket Outlook easier than BlackBerry – Analyst

Users find it easier to configure Windows Mobile Pocket Outlook than RIM’s BlackBerry, according to an end-user report from analyst firm, Strategy Analytics. The report: Windows Mobile Outlook Easiest to Configure: Beats BlackBerry BIS, Nokia S60 and UIQ v3.0 Email Clients says that Pocket Outlook achieved a 100 per cent success rate in its benchmark […]

Microsoft, Interoute plan VoIP peering system

Microsoft and pan-European carrier, Interoute, plan to launch a service by June that will enable businesses using the software giant’s Live Communications Server (LCS) to interconnect their VoIP calls within “three mouse-clicks”. LCS, soon to be renamed Office Communications Server 2007, presents a competitive challenge to conventional business-VoIP systems by knitting telephony into Microsoft’s desktop […]

Mobile web still causing pain

Web portal Yahoo! offers the mobile web experience, according to research published by the Strategy Analytics Wireless Media Lab on Monday. In terms of mobile experience, Yahoo! beat Google, Napster, YouTube and MySpace, after participants carried out a set number of tasks specific to each provider on both a laptop PC and a wireless device. […]

Norwegian rockers make music for mobiles

Norwegian rock band Turbonegro has become the country’s first band to release a single exclusively for mobile phones. The song “Do You Do You Dig Destruction?” is taken from Turbonegro’s forthcoming album and is available from Norwegian operator Telenor’s djuice portal in partnership with Universal Music. The can be downloaded for free until the end […]

Ops hit wrong note on music pricing

Mobile operators are fighting a losing battle when competing with Apple over the pricing of digital music, say analysts. Pyramid Research believes that whether operators and record labels like it or not, the public perception of the cost for legal downloadable music has been defined by Apple’s ‘one size fits all’ pricing of $0.99 per […]

Yahoo strikes HTC deal

Internet search firm Yahoo,  has struck a deal with Taiwanese manufacturer, High Tech Computer (HTC) to put its software on all HTC phones running Windows Mobile. HTC said the deal would put Yahoo’s software “on millions of HTC devices”. The move is an aggressive response to Google’s push on the mobile platform: both companies are […]

BREW cooks up $1bn in revenues

Qualcomm said Monday that its BREW application and content delivery platform has become a billion dollar industry since the first commercial deployment of BREW services in November 2001. BREW has been commercially deployed by wireless operators in 31 countries around the world and last year broke into Europe. In September, O2 UK announced the availability […]

Nokia resurrects N-Gage as software platform

Finnish vendor Nokia revealed more of its plans to reincarnate the N-Gage mobile gaming platform on Monday. After doing away with the doomed hardware-based N-Gage handsets, the company has turned the gaming technology into a software platform for “tens of millions” of S60 devices. On Monday, Nokia launched its next generation software development kit (SDK […]

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