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Sun Planning Java App Store

Jonathan Schwartz (pictured, right), CEO of Sun, has written a blog post on Sun’s plans to launch an app store. The project is codenamed Vec…

The Origins Of Text Messaging

With U.S. cellphone owners now sending an average of 357 messages a month, and Twitter pretty much standardizing thoughts of around characte…

Deconstructing The Problems Of The Mobile Web

TechNewsWorld has taken a look at the mobile web, and why it is probably always going to be disappointing. “Consider it a problem with basic…

Swedish Company Develops Mobile Mesh

Swedish company TerraNet has developed a system to let mobile phones communicate with each other without base stations — each handset has a…

Operators Consider Femtocells To Lower Costs

The idea of femtocells — small broadcast units placed in a home to provide better coverage — has been around for a while, but seems to be…

Computers Noticing Mobiles Via RFID

A couple of NYT guys (Michael Young from The New York Times Company R&D group and Nick Bilton from The New York Times art department) have c…

Mobile Traffic Apps At Tipping Point

The use of mobile location based services for things like navigation and traffic reporting is at the tipping point, according to Sean Ryan,…

Commerce Bank Offers Mobile Version

Commerce Bancorp has announced that its web-based private banking platform, Virtual Private Bank, is now available for its customers on thei…

Mozilla’s Joey Project Explained

There has been a fair bit in the press recently about Mozilla’s efforts in mobile, from doubt over the future of the mobile of the mobile br…

Linux Distro Ubuntu Plans Mobile Release

Popular Linux distro Ubuntu is planning a mobile OS — “the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project aims to create the open source platform for i…

Sun Plans Renewed Mobile Java Effort

At the JavaOne conference Sun Microsystems plans to announce a new Java-tied scripting language called JavaFX Script, which is “a simpler sc…

Mobile Alert Systems Gaining Ground

Reuters has a piece on mobile alerts, covering a system for checking identities for criminal records for police to alert systems for emergen…

Dotmobi Hits 500,000 Registrations

So mTLD Top Level Domain (or dotMobi, if you prefer) has announced that more than 500,000 .mobi domains have been registered in 104 countrie…

GPS On A SIM

Blue Sky Positioning has shown the SIMposium in Berlin its new technology which puts GPS reading capabilities into a SIM card, reports The R…

Do SIM Cards Need Updating?

New SIM cards can hold several hundred kilobytes of data, meaning that a lot more can be done with them…although whether there is a demand…

JetBlue Ponders In-Flight Text Messaging

In the lastest move by airlines to extended the connected world to plane flights JetBlue is considering a service which will allow text mess…

Palm Promises Linux Mobile OS By Years End

Palm has announced plans to launch a Linux-based mobile phone browser by the end of the year, although I’ve pretty much given up on trying t…

Small Business Using DotMobi

The Wall Street Journal has a piece on dotmobi domains, starting with how they are being used by small businesses. One hostelier said he get…

FCC Continues Ban On In-Flight Cellphones

The Federal Communications Commission has announced it has dropped plans to review the prohibition of using mobile phones on aircraft, which…

Minimo Browser’s Future Uncertain

Minimo 0.2, the latest version of the Mozilla-based mobile browser, has been released. It is compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 and is repor…

Symantec To Launch Mobile Security Suite

Symantec will launch a mobile security suite for Windows Mobile devices in May, reports ZDNet UK. The whole mobile virus threat is overblown…

The Use Of Motion Sensing In Mobile Phones

The inclusion of three-axis accelerometers in mobile phones will allow for some pretty nifty things, especially when combined with gyroscope…

Airplane Ban On Mobile Phones Could Remain

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is recommending the FCC drop its tentative plan to lift its ban on in-flight cellpho…

Mobile Content Is Just Not Convenient Enough

Steve Smith has written an opinion piece for MediaPost about why mobile content and services are not as successful in the US as elsewhere. H…

PacketVideo Acquires SDC, Keeps It Quiet

DRM Watch has noted that PacketVideo has acquired Swiss mobile DRM company SDC, but neither company has made a big announcement about the de…

Skype Petitions FCC To Open Mobile Networks

Last week CNet reported that Skype is petitioning the FCC to apply the “Carterfone” rules to the mobile phone industry, which would “allow c…

Smartphones Wait For Convergence

TechNewsWorld has an interesting piece on media and wireless convergence, and how it affects smartphones. According to journalist Glenn Flei…

Intertrust Undercuts Mobile DRM Licenses

Intertrust is offering its licenses for mobile DRM cheaper than that of MPEG LA, reports The Register, in a bid to cut out other licence hol…

Some Windows 6.0 Phones Come With Opera

Opera Software is boasting at 3GSM that some of the handset vendors that are selling devices with Windows Mobile 6.0 installed are adding th…

Mobile Viruses Increasing — But Still Tiny

Informa (with McAfee) has released a report noting that 83 percent of mobile operators worldwide have had customers affected by mobile virus…

A First Look At Windows Mobile 6

InfoWorld has a quick review on Windows Mobile 6…the general impression is that it is faster, looks better and has some better features.

Adobe Sees Growth In Mobile, Video

Infoworld has interviewed Adobe President and COO Shantanu Narayen about the company’s future plans, and he sees a lot of the future growth…

Europe To Increase GPS In Mobile Phones

Although Europe is lagging in its uptake of GPS in mobile phones behind the US (where it was mandated) and Japan (where they just like new t…

Crashing Windows Mobile

Security researcher Collin Mulliner has released a proof-of-concept code which exploits vulnerabilities in MMS implementations in mobile pho…

The Cloudy Future Of Mobile Linux

ComputerWorld has a piece on mobile Linux, the pluses and minuses of the platform as well as its strengths and weaknesses. The tone of the a…

Voice The Next Killer App Foundation

There’s an interesting post about John Hayduk, CTO of Indian carrier VSNL International, at the ITU Telecoms World predicting that VoIP will…

Ballmer On Windows Mobile

Steve Ballmer has given an interview to CNet, mostly about Vista but there were a couple of questions at the end about Windows Mobile. Ballm…

BitTorrent In Mobiles?

BitTorrent has bought microTorrent, and among other things it’s mentioned that “the incorporation of ĀµTorrent’s lightweight codebase streng…

ITU: Mobile Linux Gaining Momentum

Haarvard Nord, CEO and founder of mobile Linux developer Trolltech has told the ITU conference that the Linux OS is beginning to pick up acr…

Mobile Phones And The Bandwidth Theft Debate

The New York Times (reg) has picked up on the notion that mobile phones will soon have Wi-Fi access and combined that with the perennial new…

Surf Kitchen Patents Customised Phone Downloads

Surf Kitchen has been granted a UK patent for sending customized information to mobile phones, The Register is reporting. “The novel compone…

Cellphone As Tracker: X Marks Your Doubts

The New York Times has a piece on mobile location technology, outlining the benefits and the dangers of enabling your location to be determi…

Microsoft’s Mobile DRM Flaw

Microsoft hasn’t denied that information stored on Windows Mobile devices is not as secure as that stored on other devices such as Blackberr…

July Systems Claims Mobile DRM Patent

July Systems has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office. “The patent, “Application Rights Management in a Mobile Enviro…

Melodeo Opens Up Its Mobile DRM

Melodeo, the mobile music and podcasting provider, has open-sourced its mobile DRM…Melodeo is offering the technology through a new Websit…

Klonies Jump To Skype

We’re not going to make a habit of reporting on mobile content moving to other platforms, but… Comverse has signed a deal to put Klonies o…

SAM The Virtual Weather Man

Activa Multimedia (the interactive-services subsidiary of the Corporaci

Smartphone Mobilizes Urbaniacs

Smartphone Technologies has signed a licensing deal with online community site Urbaniacs. Urbaniacs allows users to create a hero by combini…

Motricity Adds OMA Support

Motricity has added OMA DRM 2.0 to protect 600,000 full-track songs and video service is plans to launch later this year…it’s nice to see…

Ringtone Biz Goes Off Tune As Piracy Creeps In

Another piracy story…but this one isn’t aimed at consumers but rather carriers. India’s music-licensing body Phonographic Performance Ltd…

Melodeo Teams With Macrovision For DRM

Melodeo has entered a working alliance with Macrovision for its mobile DRM product, MobilDRM. The press release says it is simpler to unders…

Mobile Market A Good Call For DA Group

DA Group, a Scottish virtual animation creator, posted a loss of 959,980 pounds for the six months to September, but remained optimistic on…

DA Group Signs Dirty Sanchez Deal With MTV

DA Group, a British firm that specialises in character animation and building virtual personalities, has signed a deal with MTV to create in…

Tech Firms See Common DRM Standard Soon

MPEG LA is expecting an end to the running disagreement over licensing fees for DRM technology, which the mobile industry is complaining are…

Fragmented Mobile DRM Starts

Vodafone has licensed DRM technology from InterTrust, which is one of the companies in MPEG LA which is currently arguing with the mobile in…

Artificial Life Signs Sony BMG For V-Disco

Artificial Life has agreed on terms for a license deal with Sony BMG to use the label’s music in its V-Disco product. V-Disco is scheduled f…

Klonies Go A-Roaming

Avatars are becoming big business online, and I think they’re likely to recreate that success in the mobile world as consumers begin to pers…

Veepers Creepers!

Lucent Technologies has signed up Pulse Entertainment to provide its Veepers technology for Lucent’s Video Greeting application, which will…

Microsoft’s Music DRM Gets Setback

The Inquirer posits that with the Rio MP3 player leaving the market left “Creative Technology with its Zen players as the major flagship for…

Why DRM Will Kill Mobile Music

Carlo Longini has put up a post detailing why he thinks DRM will hamper the mobile music market. It’s a good read which outlines the problem…

Animated Avatars For Videomail

Mobeon has released some animated avatars to spice up the experience of consumers navigating the menu options in voicemail. “The avatar is d…

Mobile P2P To Become Online's Asylum?

Following the Grokster vs MGM ruling yesterday and my question about its implications for mobile content, News.com does a story on how P2P s…

WeeWorld Announces New CEO

WeeWorld, the creator of the WeeMee avatars, has announced that Celia Francis is the new CEO for the company, coming from executive vice pre…

More Crazy Frog Fun

Well, they’ve done it. Jamster has created some friends for Crazy Frog, and they also have musical aspirations. The group, Prime8, is billed…

Mobile DRM To Drive DRM Business To New High

A study by Digital Tech Consulting has estimated the DRM industry will grow from $600 million worldwide in 2004 to $1.9 billion in 2009, dri…

Organising Your Social Life

This is a pretty good idea…a graphical representation of your friends and family and the last time you had contact with them. “While tendi…

Microsoft DRM Moving On Mobile

The fight between the GSM Association and MPEG LA over the royalty rates for licensing DRM technology that fits OMA’s standard could be the…