Category: Content & Applications

Smartphone is a hotbed of security issues

To date, the humble mobile handset has evaded the vast majority of security threats now commonplace among PC users. But every so often security experts issue a warning about the multitude of dangers mobile phones will be exposed to at various points in the future. This week, one such report was published by the Georgia […]

Free TV key to mobile uptake

Free to air mobile TV remains key to the nascent platform’s success, according to analyst research released this week. While more than 330 million mobile users worldwide are forecast to own broadcast TV-enabled handsets by 2013, less than 14 per cent will opt for mobile pay TV services, research house Juniper said Tuesday. The researcher […]

For mobile ads to take off, data needs to improve

Traditional advertising channels such as broadcasting and print are being rapidly eroded by online ads, driven by the opportunities provided by highly targeted media platforms like search, mobile and IPTV. According to research released by analysts at Capgemini on Thursday, mobile advertising is the fastest growing medium among the non-traditional channels, with a CAGR (compound […]

M-payments set to boom in emerging markets

More than 100 million mobile phone users worldwide will use their handset to make international money transfers by 2013, according to research released this week. Although cross border mobile money transfers are currently in their infancy, analysts at Juniper Research expect the market to gain significant traction over the next two to three years, especially […]

Virgin Media intros mobile broadband

UK-based cable carrier Virgin Media showed how convergence is done on Wednesday as it unveiled its first ever Mobile Broadband offer. The new service adds another string to Virgin’s bow, which already includes cable broadband, fixed line telephony, IPTV, and mobile services via the Virgin Mobile MVNO. Mobile Broadband from Virgin Media is available on […]

Flash for iPhone may exist, but it’s not there yet

The iPhone community is foaming at the mouth yet again, in the wake of reports that software developer Adobe has confirmed the existence of a Flash player for the Apple device. At the Flash on the Beach developers conference, which is taking place in Brighton, UK this week, Adobe’s senior director of engineering, Paul Betlem, […]

Nokia worries operators with Oz acquisition

Finnish handset vendor Nokia has significantly beefed up its Ovi mobile services offering with Tuesday’s acquisition of Canada-based mobile email shop Oz. Nokia didn’t say how much it paid for the firm, but analysts say $100m is probably close to the price. With the acquisition, the world’s biggest handset vendor has shifted the focus of […]

‘Mobile broadband’ badge to appear on notebooks

Mobile industry body, the GSM Association (GSMA) made its big announcement on Tuesday, and it turns out the Informer was bang on with his prediction. Firing up the ‘mobile broadband’ hype machine and positioning the technology as a credible alternative to wifi and DSL, the GSMA has unveiled the Mobile Broadband service mark. Essentially, the […]

Amazon to provide music for Android G1

The curtain is about to be lifted on Google’s mobile progeny, but it looks like online retailer Amazon has spilled at least some of the beans on the device. The web store said Tuesday that the T-Mobile G1 will come preloaded with Amazon MP3, allowing users to search, download, buy and play music from a […]

Mobile ads: selling space

Mobile advertising is a work in progress and it seems clear that the emphasis must be on collaboration if the sector is to yield benefits for every member of the value chain. It is refreshing, in an industry so often sent giddy with hype, that the mobile advertising sector appears broadly to have settled into […]

Adverts to drive mobile social network revenues

Ad funded social networks are set to drive revenues in the mobile user generated content (UGC) space by 2013, according to research released this week. Industry analyst Juniper Research said Tuesday that the total value of the UGC market, which comprises social networking, dating and personal content delivery (PCD) services, is forecast to rise from […]

Vertical apps key for WiMAX, says analyst

Vertical services will account for 24 per cent of WiMAX subscriptions and 14 per cent of LTE subscriptions by 2014. This is one of the headline findings from a new report by Senza Fili Consulting: “Bringing Wireless Broadband to Vertical Markets: a high-margin revenue stream from operators and compelling services for enterprises.” According to the […]

Comes With Music goes live

UK high street mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse is taking pre-orders for Nokia devices pre-loaded with the Finnish handset maker’s Comes With Music platform. Nokia announced the subscription service – which unlike some rival offerings allows users to keep their music – in December 2007 and has been eagerly signing deals with leading record labels […]

Carriers not yet credible advertising partners

The worldwide mobile advertising market is estimated to be worth over $12bn by 2011, according to research released Tuesday. But industry analyst Gartner warned that carriers are not credible advertising players at present and must rise to meet some key challenges in order to realise their ambitions. But operators do have inherent strengths that will […]

Lessons to learn from Apple’s App Store

The rest of the mobile industry could learn a valuable lesson from newcomer Apple, as the App Store takes the mobile content and apps market by storm. Analysts at the Daiwa Institute of Research this week said that the introduction of the App Store in the iPhone 2.0 platform represents a compelling reason for high […]

Apple releases another iPhone update

Users connecting their Apple iPhone 3Gs up to iTunes on Tuesday will discover yet another software update waiting for them. In Apple’s now familiar vague descriptions of iPhone updates, the latest 248MB download claims to contain “bug fixes” and will take the firmware up to version 2.0.2. Many users hope these bug fixes are for […]

Norway backs DMB for mobile TV

The three biggest broadcasters in Norway, NRK, TV 2 and MTG announced Monday the joint formation of a company to launch mobile TV via DMB this winter. The new company, Norsk mobil-TV (NMTV), is currently working with terminal manufacturers and telecom operators in preparation of the launch, and said it intends to start its broadcasts […]

App Store has teething troubles, iPhone has kill switch

Californian gadget maker Apple appears to be having a few teething troubles with its newly launched App Store for the iPhone. The App Store, which is part of iTunes, allows developers to get their applications in front of the entire iPhone user base, but only after Apple has vetted the apps for suitability and security. […]

Voda, O2 UK tune up mobile music offerings

The world’s biggest mobile operator by revenues, Vodafone, unleashed its second mobile music platform in the UK Thursday. Vodafone Music, which was developed in partnership with RealNetworks, aims to complement Music Station, which was launched with Omnifone late in 2007. The most noticeable difference between the two is that Vodafone Music has a more fluid […]

Apple’s MobileMe back up and running

Californian kit maker Apple said Tuesday that it has restored service to the remaining 1 per cent of MobileMe users affected by an earlier outage. The company has also managed to retrieve all historical messages, allaying user fears after an earlier admission that as much as 10 per cent of mail received between July 16 […]

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