Category: Content & Applications


Mobile ads ‘ten times more effective’

Mobile advertising is almost ten times more effective on young consumers than other forms of advertising, according to research released by mobile ad firm JumpTap. On Thursday the firm announced the results of a study which it commissioned from Research and Analysis of Media (RAM), carried out over a sample group of 300 Swedish TeliaSonera […]

3G iPhone to shake up mobile TV market

With the imminent launch of a 3G iPhone, analysts say Californian gadget manufacturer Apple has an opportunity to make a significant impact on the mobile TV market. While there is considerable speculation about what to expect from the next generation iPhone ahead of CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in […]

Enterprise services: It’s business time

The scale and complexity of enterprise services is mind-boggling. Operators find themselves targeting a vast range of organisations, everything from a ‘man with a van’ removals business right up to blue chip multinational conglomerates with installed employee user bases of tens of thousands and communications budgets of tens – sometimes hundreds – of millions of dollars. There is no such thing as one size fits all and so segmentation plays a vital role.

What happened to the superbands?

How times have changed since the ’60s, when The Beatles were gods and music on the move was a transistor radio in the pocket. John, Paul, George and Ringo formed the first of the superbands and they were epically famous for a reason.

Nokia catches a Norwegian Troll

Finnish handset giant Nokia sent ripples through the market in late January, with the announcement of plans to acquire Scandinavian mobile Linux developer Trolltech for $153m.

Talking handset can read text

A US firm has launched a text to speech application that can be installed on a mobile phone. K-NFB Reading Technology has embedded software that is capable of ‘reading’ text on images captured by the terminal’s camera then converting that content to voice. The company has the application working on a Nokia N82. The knfbREADER […]

Nokia boosts web services plan with Trolltech buy

Finnish handset giant Nokia moved to acquire Scandinavian mobile Linux developer Trolltech on Monday, further boosting its internet services business. At the heart of the deal is Trolltech’s Qt cross platform application framework, which will allow the Finnish firm to further develop its online services strategy. With Trolltech on board, Nokia and third party developers […]

O2 Germany gives away unlimited music

O2 Germany has turned to Napster in a bid to drive up its fixed line numbers and is giving away access to the Napster music service with all new subscriptions. Customers signing up for the DSL service between January and the end of March will receive one year’s access to Napster to Go, valued at […]

Jobs catches Air at Macworld; updates iPhone

This year, the iPhone wasn’t the star of Apple frontman, Steve Jobs’, Macworld keynote. The much rumoured 3G version of the iconic device didn’t make an appearance, which is hardly surprising given that it’s only been available in Europe for a couple of months. However, Jobs did wax lyrical about the latest firmware update for […]

Android debuts on HTC device

Mobile Linux shop a la Mobile has unveiled what looks to be the industry’s first demonstration of fully fledged applications based on Google’s Android platform. The apps were running on HTC’s ageing Qtek 9090 smartphone and a la Mobile demonstrated a web browser, phone dialer, audio player, maps, camera, games, calendar, contacts manager, calculator, tasks […]

Trojan appears on unlocked iPhones

Security experts have identified what appears to be the first malicious software package specifically targeting unlocked Apple iPhones. Finnish security shop F-Secure said that the Trojan installation package contains false application installation information that causes legitimate third party applications to be removed when the Trojan is uninstalled from the iPhone. F-Secure said that the malware, […]

Hackers get Google’s Android to run on hardware

The first handsets to use Google’s Linux-based Android platform are not expected until the second half of this year, but several enterprising hackers have already got the OS running on a handful of devices. When the Software Development Kit (SDK) was released in November, it did not offer support for hardware platforms, but featured a […]

Sony wheels out own wireless transfer tech.

Japanese electronics giant Sony has lifted the curtain on its TransferJet close proximity wireless connectivity technology, going up against existing standards such as Bluetooth and even Wireless USB. The proprietary technology will allow for the high speed transfer of large data files, such as photos or HD video, between devices such as mobile phones, digital […]

Moto buys Soundbuzz music shop

Troubled handset and equipment vendor Motorola this week acquired mobile music company Soundbuzz for an undisclosed sum. Soundbuzz is a privately held, pan-Asian music platform, and will help Moto expand its Asia mobile music offerings beyond China and into India, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The US vendor said that it aimed to capitalise […]

Music rental market to outpace ownership model

The market for subscription-based music rental services is estimated to reach $3.3bn by 2012, eclipsing the market for paid-for original recordings, according to industry analysts on Tuesday. Juniper Research said that mobile subscriptions which offer unlimited music downloads on a rental basis are expected to surge in popularity over the next few years, and will […]

Sony adds Skype to PSP

Japanese electronics giant Sony beefed up its PlayStation Portable (PSP) gaming device on Monday, with confirmation that it is to add Skype VoIP functionality later this month. From January 24, Sony will make a firmware update available for the PSP-2000 series of devices, which includes the Lite and Slim models, containing the Skype internet telephony […]

Microsoft Zumobi platform goes into beta

Microsoft spin off Zumobi has pushed its mobile widget platform into the beta stages, with a release of the platform that can be downloaded by consumers. The beta version of Zumobi, launched with 75 partner widgets, or ’tiles’, as the company calls them. These tiles work in much the same way as widgets do on […]

Nokia N-Gage returns next week

Leading handset vendor Nokia said Thursday that its ill fated N-Gage platform will be making a comeback next week. Owners of the Nokia N81 and N81 8GB will have exclusive access to a pre-release version of the N-Gage application and one or more N-Gage games, the vendor said. Nokia will also be opening up its […]

Nokia unveils ad funded video service

Not content with putting the terrors on the operator community by rolling out its own music services, Nokia is provoking its customers further with an ad supported video service released this week. On Monday, Nokia announced a video service called Medeo, which focuses on delivering red carpet news, movie star interviews, film trailers and fashion […]

3 UK goes radio ga ga

UK 3G operator 3 reckons it’s come up with a novel music service in the shape of its Non Stop Music offering, launched on Thursday. The service gives customers unlimited access to eight genre-based music streams, ranging from ‘dance’ to ‘classic’ at a price of £0.49 for 24 hours. But we can’t help but think […]

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