Thursday, May 31, 2007 

Oberon Media acquires I-play

US-based Oberon expects to continue operations in both companies’ existing locations worldwide and maintain the I-play name and brand. The total I-play/Oberon workforce now stands at 400-500.

The terms of the deal have not been disclosed but anything less than a $100 million valuation for a 'top five' publisher would be surprising.

David Gosen, currently CEO of I-play, will lead Oberon Media’s mobile games business worldwide. The I-play division will also continue to forge ahead with mobile video projects such as Movie Minutes service it launched recently with Universal Pictures.

The newly combined company will be home to more than a thousand games, including Agatha Christie - Death on the Nile, Dream Day Wedding and The Fast and The Furious, the latter of which has generated more than 7 million downloads. The plan now is to stretch those properties across mobile, online and interactive TV formats.

Together, Oberon and I-play have global distribution partnerships with more than 350 partners. I-play is Oberon's third acquisition in the mobile games space, having already snapped up Blaze and Cmate.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007 

Palm Foleo Announced

Palm's Foleo Mobile Companion webpage is now live go look and enjoy the deets of this new beauty.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007 

iPod Mobile Games Hacked

Mobile Games Blog has reported:

For all those that are waiting to explore development of iPod games but don’t get a license, there is a chance as some guys managed to open up the black box.

At this forum, hackers describe how to install an old firmware version in order to play downloaded mobile iPhone games. Of course, we do not promote playing games illegally, but to developers that want to explore Apple's system for their own creativity, this might be a nice entry.

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Carnival of Mobilists #75

This week the Carnival is at VisionMobile Forum hosted by Andreas Constantinou

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Mobile gambling seems to expand rapidly in the UK as Bwin’s has gained access to both T-Mobile and Three UK last week.

The deal, which was closed through Cellectivity, brings (as they claim) the first live multiplayer poker experience to the mobile gaming community. Bwin will launch both paid and unpaid gaming services., which originated from Australia, has since its start already signed up 11 million poker players and hopes through this deal to quickly grow on mobile as well reports The Independent. Currently, British gamblers spend £ 17 billion a year.

source: Mobile Games Blog

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Friday, May 25, 2007 

SpinVox picks Six

SpinVox is best known for a service that converts voicemails to text and sends them to the receiver as an SMS. The Six Apart deal is based an another SpinVox product called SpinMyBlog, which works on the same principle but emails the text message to a web site.

This latest signing for SpinVox adds to the substantial activity around blogging – and the move to merge mobile and PC as channels for sending and publishing entries.

This commercial deployment taps into the blogging phenomenon that has already generated the creation of more than 81 million blogs, capturing 1.6 million postings every day, according to the market tracker Technorati.


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Noodle for cheap calls

A new mobile service is to launch this month, which claims to beat customers' usual mobile rates with a contract Sim.

Noodle Telecoms will launch the Noodle Sim, combining GSM at the user end with VoIP at the network end.

The Noodle service costs £4.95 per month, with calls from 6p per minute to around 16p for cross-network calls.

The company is also hoping to encourage customers with existing contracts to sign up to Noodle Oodles, a service which gives phone users contracted to other network providers 2p per minute by refunding call termination charges. The account is created by the customer via a text message and the new number is attached to the existing Sim card. The Noodle Sim is then sent to customers when their existing contract expires.


Thursday, May 24, 2007 

Google Calendar on Mobile Devices

Just visit from your phone, and you'll see your agenda of upcoming events, complete with details like date, time, location, description, and guest list.

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Jumbuck's Mobile Social Networking Services Now Speak Portuguese

Jumbuck Entertainment Ltd. has launched its 'Chat do Mundo' service with Vivo, the largest mobile phone service provider in Brazil and the Southern Hemisphere. As a result, Vivo subscribers can now interact using a Portuguese-language version of Jumbuck's popular mobile chat service. Initially, Chat do Mundo will use the WAP protocol, with an SMS version following soon to offer compatibility with a wider range of handsets.

The agreement represents a significant expansion for Jumbuck into a new geographic area that offers attractive subscriber and revenue growth opportunities. This new Portuguese-language service adds to Jumbuck's already extensive language capabilities offered to subscribers that speak English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian and Spanish.

Furthering its reach, Jumbuck will shortly deploy 'Chat do Mundo' with leading carriers in Portugal, including Optimus, TMN and Vodafone. The Brazilian mobile phone market has shown substantial growth in recent years and has recently surpassed 100 million users.

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Gameloft releases Lost for iPod

The TV show tie-in game costs $4.99 and is compatible with fifth generation iPods.

It also signals Gameloft's continued platform diversification following reports earlier this week that it's developing Prince of Persia for Xbox Live Arcade.

Apple added games functionally to iPod/iTunes last September, with an initial range that included Pac Man, Tetris, Bejeweled, Mini Golf and Texas Hold ‘Em.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007 


Sony is teaming up with BT in the UK to transform the PSP into a cellphone of sorts, letting users hop onto BT hotspots (or their own personal WANs) ’round the country and make phone and video calls. Sony is expected to release a microphone and camera in the UK “soon,” which would facilitate the PSP Phone. BT picked the PSP because of its screen and audio capabilities. How nice of them.

Surely no one can deny that the PSP has a terrific screen, so maybe this phone can help revitalize interest in the system. I’m sure Sony is thinking of all sorts of ways to stop the bleeding brought about by the DS.

Sony, BT Deal to Turn PSP into a Phone [Next Gen]


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007 

MoStrips: be a mobile star!

Share your creations. Tell everyone a story. Send a card to someone, anywhere. Share the latest news with the world. This is mostrips.

MoStrips With mostrips you can be a mobile star. Play with any occasion of your life and show it to your friends anywhere - even at a bar table, on a friday night. mostrips is the first service in the world to provide the exchange of picture or image albums using e-mail, the web or a mobile phone.

A quick and easy way to join:

1 - Register. You’ll only have to create an account at the mostrips’ website: It’s easy and simple;

2 - Gather your images and pictures. They can be anywhere, uploading is as fast as one two three;

3 - Assemble your mostrips. It’s easy. Add captions to your images, change the order and create your own story;

4 - Share. Send it to your friends by e-mail, web or mobile phone;

5 - Categorize. There are lots of mostrips tags, just find one that fits you better: comedy, animation, movies, TV shows, news and personal.

Now that you can create a mostrips, visit and share moments. Manage your stardom! Now you’re a Mobile Star with mostrips.


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Carnival of Mobilists #74

This week’s Carnival, hosted by Martin Sauter, is up and running at Martin’s Mobile Technology Page.


Friday, May 18, 2007 

Telefonica Has No Plans For Brazilian Consolidation

When Telefonica bought into Telecom Italia last month it reportedly triggered talk that Telefonica could be angling for consolidation in the Brazilian mobile market, which has now been downplayed by the operator. “Medium term, cooperation is the right route forward ... I don’t see the likelihood of a merger in the medium term, although you should rule nothing out or in,” said Peter Erskine, the chairman and chief executive of Telefonica O2 Europe.

Telecom Italia’s Brazilian subsidiary TIM Brazil has about 25.8 percent of the Brazilian market, just behind Vivo which is jointly owned by Telefonica and Portugal Telecom. Telefonica is more interested in gaining full control of Vivo, the performance of which has sagged recently. And PT executives “expressed anger after Telefonica backed a rival offer to take over the Portuguese firm”, so that relationship may be a bit frosty.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007 

Fring and Twitter

Fring has fully integrated twitter so now all you twitters can stay in touch with your twitting friends wherever you are and without paying for all those SMSs!

If you’ve been sleeping for the last few months and don’t know what twitter is, click here

So how can I become a fringing twitter?

The fun part about this integration is that you don’t have to do anything to get it. Just open fring on your handset –> go to ‘Settings’ –> ‘Configure services’ –> (scroll down) ‘twitter’ should be there waiting and ready to go.

Once you’ve entered your Twitter credentials, you should have a new twitter contact added to your fring contact list. You can then update your followers and get updates from the people you follow directly from fring.

Source: Fring Blog

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007 

T-Mobile and Google

googletmobile.jpgT-Mobile, the largest mobile operator in Hungary, will now rely on Google’s search engine technology to power their web’n’walk portal. Previously the domestic Hungarian search engine was used for mobile search, but now both T-Online and T-Mobile have made the switch to Google.

T-Online and T-Mobile are also using Google as search engine (05/15/07) [Verizon Press Release]

From: MobileCrunch

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007 

Webwag open on Beta

Webwag mobile screenshot smarties Webwag mobile beach

Webwag is opening yesterday for open beta! Read the complete news on Thomas’ blog.

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Carnival of Mobilists #73


Carnival of the Mobilists #73 is hosted this week by Xen of Xellular Identity.


Monday, May 14, 2007 

Content free for all at Bango

The company says it has created a 'lite' version of its mobile publishing and billing platform in anticipation of increased use of the mobile web as flat-rate data plans become commonplace.

In order to get a Bango Starter service up and running prospective content providers need to register at with their metadata, download page URLs, pricing and ratings.

Bango CEO Ray Anderson said: "The internet way of working with low cost of entry and global reach provides a refreshing change for the mobile content industry. By providing global WAP billing and the mobile search basics for free with our Bango Starter service, we encourage the 'long tail' of smaller businesses to give the mobile web a try."

Bango will be providing its start package through its offices in the USA, UK, Spain and Germany.


Friday, May 11, 2007 

Is your business ready for the mobile web?

Quite a useful tool that.

You can put your own site through their ‘ Report’ tool here:



More Acquisition: In-Fusio and Filao


It seems to be an interesting Friday again as
Zenops announced the acquisition
of both Filao Mobile, In-Fusio and MobileScope (which was owned by In-Fusio).

With the purchase, Zenops instantly increases their footprint in the mobile games arena as they acquired both development and publishing units in France. The full company now has 200 employees around the globe.

We wonder what the new company structure and brand will be. In-Fusio has been plagued by its lawsuit against Microsoft over the HALO license and so all recent licensing deals for mobile games went to Glu. Filao itself however has only entered the market recently and made a great entry with titles like Advanced Brain Trainer.

source: Mobile Games & Gaming Blog

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007 

THQ acquired Universomo

THQ has announced that the have acquired mobile developer Universomo, creators of 300: The Mobile Game, Lego Star Wars I and II, and Rush, amongst others.

“Bringing cross-platform mobile development capabilities in-house is a key component in our growth strategy,” said Kelly Flock, executive vice president of worldwide publishing at THQ. “The combination of Universomo’s award-winning creative development skills and their proven porting solution will enable new technology efficiencies for THQ Wireless, giving us the scalability to focus on building both our cornerstone brands and new, owned properties across Europe, Asia and North America.”

“THQ’s global publishing footprint and leading brand portfolio made them a natural fit for Universomo,” said Universomo Managing Director Markku Hakkala. “The easy integration of Universomo’s development and technology means that we are on track to take full advantage of continued market growth opportunities worldwide.”

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EA Mobile increase revenues

The performance of EA's mobile games division was one of the highlights for the company in an otherwise modest end to the financial year.

Results for the company's full year saw it report revenues of USD 3.1 billion (EUR 2.2bn), an increase of 4.7 per cent over the previous year. Income was down to USD 76 million (EU 56m), down from USD 236 million (EUR 174m) the previous year.

However, mobile gaming helped buck the overall trend for the world's largest videogame publisher. Sales of mobile games were USD 36 million (EUR 26m) for the first quarter of 2007, a 140 per cent increase over the USD 15 million (EUR 11m) the previous year. For the full financial year 2006, mobile game sales reached USD 140 million (EUR 103m).

EA mobile plans to release between 30 and 35 games on handsets in 2007, with another 4 on iPod. It predicts its mobile revenue will surpass USD 175 million (EUR 129m).


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Tuesday, May 08, 2007 

Mobile Twitter Has Arrived

Mobile Twitter has finally arrived, and even better for those users that chose Twitter via SMS. Instead, Mobile Twitter uses data. The only thing missing from this is the auto update of Tweets.

To start Twittering via mobile, just point your mobile browser to

source: Darla Mack



Ubuntu announces mobile and embedded edition

Ubuntu CTO Matt Zimmerman has announced plans for a mobile edition of the increasingly popular Ubuntu Linux distribution. The Ubuntu development community will be collaborating with Intel to make Ubuntu a viable platform for net-enabled mobile and embedded hardware devices. According to Zimmerman, detailed planning for the Ubuntu mobile edition will begin at the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit, and an initial release is planned for October, to coincide with the release of Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon. Canonical, the company that supports Ubuntu development, is looking for mobile developers to work on the project.

This announcement comes only one month after the GNOME Foundation, the organization behind the desktop environment used by Ubuntu, announced its own plans for a mobile and embedded initiative. Ubuntu is closely aligned with the GNOME development community and will likely work with GNOME developers to bring together a disparate assortment of mobile computing development projects to make GNOME a more robust and cohesive solution for embedded environments.

A number of prominent hardware and software companies are already adopting open-source Linux and GNOME technologies for mobile and embedded products. Nokia's 770 and N800 web tablet products, the One Laptop Per Child project's XO laptop, FIC's Neo1973 mobile phone, and products that use the Access Linux Platform all leverage various GNOME components.

Intel recently unveiled a plans for a new line of low-energy mobile processors that will supposedly facilitate construction of inexpensive mobile computing devices with exceptionally long battery life. Codenamed Silverthorn, Intel's new processor is said to be one-seventh the size of conventional processors and can operate on one-tenth of the power consumed by conventional processors. Intel CEO Paul Otellini claims that Silverthorn chips will cost less to produce than any Intel product since the 286. Otellini believes that mobile devices built with its new processor and with support for WiMAX will change the way that people use mobile computing devices. At a meeting with analysts, Otellini showed off a new mobile device prototype running Ubuntu.

Zimmerman notes that "a central goal" of the Ubuntu project has been to make user-friendly open-source software accessible to users across the spectrum of hardware products, including laptops, desktops, thin clients, and servers. Now the Ubuntu developers hope to extend support to mobile devices. "It is clear that new types of device—small, handheld, graphical tablets which are Internet-enabled—are going to change the way we communicate and collaborate," says Zimmerman. "These devices place new demands on open-source software and require innovative graphical interfaces, improved power management and better responsiveness."

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Zero36 Launches Mobile Casino Services

On April 30, 2007, Zero36, a well-known developer and manager of the Mobile Gambling Services, announced the launch of their integrated real cash Mobile Casino service from the i-mode o2 customers that are based in Britain.

Customers of o2 i-mode who are over the age of 18 can apply for the Zero36 Mobile Casino feature through the o2 i-mode service and choose whether they want to play for fun or for real cash. This new service is the latest offering on the i-mode portfolio in Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

In the coming weeks, a similar feature will be launched in Hong Kong in Chinese. The brand new O2 i-mode gaming services features casino games by Microgaming, like European Roulette, Blackjack, Video Poker, Keno, Scratch Card, different types of slot machines and the 3 progress jackpot machines which are using the Jackpot Network Program by Microgaming.

Zero36 CEO, Sharon Tal, said that their company is one of the first companies to make mobile casino services especially for users of i-mode mobile phones. They are also the first company to offer O2 i-mode users in Britain a chance to win big prizes at the "Major Millions" and "Fruit Fiesta" Game using their mobile phones.

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Monday, May 07, 2007 

World of Warcraft to go Mobile!?

Blizzard While browsing the internet, the guys from found an interesting job post 's website. It explains their need for mobile experienced staff. over at

VivendiThough Vivendi has it's own team to publish mobile games, Blizzard seems to be looking for a mobile producer " manage the process of bringing Blizzard-IP-related functions into the mobile space." Does this mean Vivendi is planning to launch their probably most successful title to mobile? Who knows, but I reckon there are a lot of consumers that will buy a new state of the art phone if it means they can continue their game while traveling.

source: Mobile Games Blog

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Thursday, May 03, 2007 

Microsoft buys mobile ad firm ScreenTonic

Microsoft has agreed to buy ScreenTonic, a company that specialises in delivering location-based ads to mobile devices.

ScreenTonic, based in Paris and founded in 2001, will become part of Microsoft's Digital Advertising Solutions group, created in September 2006 to sell advertising across its devices such as the Xbox gaming system and its websites.

ScreenTonic's platform, called Stamp, enables delivery of text or banner links on portals, ads in SMS (Short Message Service) messages and ads in mobile web pages that vary depending on where the reader is located.

The platform includes a manager component, which can handle monitoring, billing and reporting, and a server that delivers ads according to certain criteria, according to ScreenTonic's website. It also has a sales component for developing and selling ad campaigns.

The acquisition of ScreenTonic is part of a long-term strategy to deliver relevant ads to consumers, Microsoft said. ScreenTonic said it has also worked with Apple, Nokia and Nike, in addition to European telecommunications operators in the UK, Belgium and France.

Last year, ScreenTonic announced it had gained €5.5 million (£3.8m) in new funding from investors 3i Group and I-Source Gestion, while also opening a subsidiary in London.

Microsoft and ScreenTonic officials were not immediately available for comment on Thursday morning. The companies did not disclose the terms of their deal.

source: PC Advisor

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007 

SMS traffic surges 20% to 8.4bn messages in 2006 – Brazil

The volume of short message service (SMS) traffic in Brazil surged 20% to 8.4bn messages in 2006 compared to 7.0bn in 2005, newspaper Gazeta Mercantil reported, citing estimates from mobile messaging solution supplier Okto.

Around 90% of this volume is person-to-person, while the application-to-person market, which integrators such as Okto can bill for, accounts for the remainder, Okto CEO Ann Williams told BNamericas.

Despite the small market, Okto expects growth in SMS to continue in 2007, although Williams declined to give a figure.

Brazils telecoms operators have continuously upped their revenues from data services, now at 7-8% of the total, Williams said.

Media groups are also increasingly finding new ways to use SMS to interact with the public such as to vote on TV programs like Idols, she said.

Companies that are coming to Brazil from outside see the billed message market as just starting out in the country, according to Williams.

Indeed, Brazil has lagged behind countries such as Argentina, Mexico and Chile in the interactive content market.

On the other hand, Brazil has been more advanced in the corporate services market, with internet banking messages or text messages from call centers, Williams said.

"This gap is set to decrease in 2007," she predicted.

Okto, which provides SMS, MMS, SIM Browsing and WAP services, expects to boost its volume of billed messages to 500mn in 2007 from 250mn in 2006, while rival company Yavox hopes to grow by 60% to 160mn messages from 100mn last year.

Okto, which has a staff of 65, has media clients such Band, Editora Abril, MTV and SBT, as well as local retailers Extra and Submarino.

Yavox, which received capital from Intel Capital (Nasdaq: INTC) in 2004, has 60 clients including local media giant Globo, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Pepsi, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Citibank (NYSE: C.

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Social Networking Moving To Mobile, With Teething Troubles

Social networking, becoming even more immediate and ubiquitous, is jumping onto mobile phones where it becomes even more immediate—but there are issues that have to be sorted out. The New York Times has a piece on the phenomenon, covering just a couple of the companies in the space, both of which raise issues that don’t apply to computers. Kyte.TV allows people to update an online “channel” with video from their cameraphone, and get instant feedback on the posts. The example given in the story is “Mr. Zai, a 37-year-old Swiss engineer, used his mobile phone to send out constant updates and images from his safari for an online audience”, and the article finishes with: “Of course, there is such a thing as being too in touch. Mr. Zai was disconcerted by the instant feedback to his safari photos that popped up on his phone..."Getting all kinds of communication in such a remote place is a bit confusing,” he said. “I kept responding, ‘I don’t really have the time to talk to you now. I have to make photos of these elephants’.” There was no mention made of what measures he had taken to avoid being bankrupted by roaming charges—there are ways, such as getting a local SIM, which doesn’t work if your handset is locked.

The article also talks about the latest “Next Big Thing”, Twitter, which lets users update what they’re doing instantly and send SMS alerts based on that to others who have signed up. The Mobile Weblog has a post on Twitter suspending its SMS service in Australia citing high operating costs, in what we are assured is a “short term solution”. The issue is that in Australia (indeed, in many countries) the sender of an SMS pays the entire amount—so offering free SMS at that level of communication is infeasible.

The problem is converting a service design for the PC web to mobiles. While the internet is mostly commoditized—if you connect to it that’s pretty much all you have to worry about, except for some speed issues in some places—each “mobile net” is still run by an individual operator, with vastly different technological capabilities and attitudes towards things like pricing and access. Mobile-focused social networks have the advantage in that they’re designed so their users don’t have those problems—but by necessity their users are restricted to customers of a particular carrier.

Source: MoCoNews

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