| fring announced today that it is being forced to stop its 4 years of Skype interconnectivity following threat of legal action. Skype’s anti-competitive ambush comes in the wake of fring’s mobile video calling on iPhone 4 launch, which continues to set the standard in rich mobile internet communication.|
Since its foundation in 2006, fring’s rich mobile communications have been available to both fring users and open 3rd party networks including GoogleTalk, SIP, Twitter and, until now, Skype. However, despite fring expanding its network capacity over the last days to serve its enlarged user base, Skype is refusing to allow fring to restore connectivity to Skype.
BlackBerry released a sneak peek preview of the BlackBerry 6 previewing upcoming features, which includes the new BlackBerry Browser and Social Feeds app. See video above.
| Nokia announced today that it has divested MetaCarta Inc. to Qbase Holdings LLC, a privately held US based company. Nokia will retain MetaCarta's geographic intelligence technology, which it is incorporating in its local search and other services. MetaCarta serves primarily government as well as oil and gas customers. MetaCarta was acquired by Nokia in April 2010. || |
|eBay has made global shopping easier today by internationalizing its popular eBay application for Android, which is now available for free download in the Android Market in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. The new, updated international Android application will feature a number of key upgrades to “My eBay,” immediate checkout through PayPal, and voice search capabilities unique to the Android platform.|
“The popularity of eBay’s mobile shopping applications is quickly spreading across multiple geographies,” said Steve Yankovich, vice president of mobile, eBay Inc. “More than half of eBay’s mobile gross merchandise volume comes from outside of the United States. As we seek to reduce friction in commerce, we are taking advantage of the unique features of each mobile platform. In the case of our Android app, we’re leveraging the Android’s voice search capabilities to make searching easier and faster.”
| Sprint today launched 4G service in Rochester, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., Merced, Calif., Visalia, Calif., Eugene, Ore., Tri-Cities, Wash., and Yakima, Wash. These seven metropolitan areas add to the growing list of markets that are 4G-enabled and mark the first 4G launches for New York and California. With today's seven metro launches, Sprint now offers 4G in 43 markets and expects to have 4G service in many more - including Los Angeles, New York and Miami - by the end of 2010.|
With 4G, Sprint defines a new era in wireless. Sprint 4G customers experience fast mobile downloads, seamless streaming video, and turbo-charged Web browsing. This new wireless technology also allows for video chat via the recently released HTC EVO(TM) 4G, America's first 3G/4G wireless smartphone.
| Eltima Software, global software Development Company, has released SyncMate version 2.6. SyncMate 2.6 enables all Mac users to synchronize Mac with Windows Mobile devices, Nokia S40 phones, Android phones (via Google account only), Windows PCs, other Mac computers, Google accounts, Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP), USB flash drives and allows to back up Mac data online. |
- Among the new features added are the following ones:
- Bonjour support, which lets SyncMate automatically locate and display the list of online Macs on a local network with SyncMate installed.
- With SyncMate 2.6 it is now possible to sync music, video and images between Mac and PC.
- Possibility to import a folder with images or music/video from the synced device directly into iPhoto album or iTunes playlist on Mac respectively.
- Possibility to encrypt data stored in Online Backup account for safety purposes.
Fring, the multi-award winning mobile over internet communication service, announced that following launching the world’s first video calling on iPhone, it now provides iPhone users unrestricted 2-way video calling over Wi-Fi or 3G internet with other iPhone, Android or Symbian devices.
This newest fring version gives millions of iPhone fring users the same face-to-face video calling experience currently enjoyed by millions of fringsters on Android and Nokia and offers iPhone 4 users the freedom to video call any friend across different mobile platforms including iPhone 0S3 (one-way video), iPhone 4, Android and Nokia (Symbian 60) from anywhere – both from Wi-Fi hotspots and on 3G (3G performance is subject to mobile operators’ 3G coverage & quality).
"We are thrilled to bring iPhone users unrestricted video calling with all their friends and family. Ever since we launched the world’s first mobile video calling last year, we see millions of users thirsty to share richer communication experiences” said Avi Shechter, fring’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We’re proud to facilitate this face-to-face mobile communication experience among friends wherever they are and wherever their friends are on smartphones."
ZoomSafer, the leading provider of policy software to prevent consumer and corporate motorists from texting and emailing while driving, today launched the public beta of its newest smartphone application. This newest version of ZoomSafer is the world’s first safe driving software to integrate with in-vehicle Bluetooth technologies to automatically activate/deactivate “safe drive mode” on a user’s smartphone whenever he or she powers on/off his or her in-vehicle Bluetooth device.
YouTube announced that YouTube Mobile now receives more than 100 million video playbacks a day which is roughly the number of daily playbacks that YouTube.com was streaming when they joined forces with Google in 2006. YouTube launched YouTube on mobile devices in 2007 with about 1,000 videos available on the mobile site (m.youtube.com). Today its YouTube now receives more than 100 million video playbacks per day. (See video above).
|The Symbian Foundation announced that PDK 3.0.0 is now available. It is the first PDK based on Symbian^3 (S^3) since it achieved its Functionally Complete (FC) milestone on 16th June. The PDK contains a full build of the Symbian^3 platform along with the corresponding source code, giving developers access to the S^3 feature set and providing the community with the means to engage with us on taking S^3 into devices.|
S^3 represents a major step forward in the Symbian platform, providing a greatly improved user experience, multiple personalised homescreens, an exciting and advanced multimedia experience including HDMI support, the introduction of Next Generation Graphics, better data networking and much, much more! Symbian also commissioned a great new theme for the S^3 platform called “Fresh” which is included for the first time in this PDK. Take a look at the screenshots.
|Opera Mini, the world’s most popular mobile phone browser with over 61 million users worldwide, delivers the best Internet experience possible on more than 3000 mobile phones.|
Today, Opera introduces Opera Mini 5.1, an update to the popular Opera Mini 5, which further improves the browsing experience on phones with limited memory. The update includes a new optimized browser skin allowing for more pages to be open at the same time, more rapid scrolling through pages, and overall improved browsing performance.
This update is highly recommended for users of Nokia S40 feature phones with limited memory, such as the popular Nokia 5130 XpressMusic, Nokia 6300 and Nokia 2700 handsets. This upgrade will also benefit phones with a small screen size, such as the Sony Ericsson K550i and Sony Ericsson W810i phones.
|Sprint and Samsung Telecommunications America today introduced a stylish addition to its growing portfolio of Android devices with Samsung Intercept. In addition to the 3.2-inch, touch-screen display, 3.2 MP camera and video, and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Samsung Intercept comes preloaded with social apps and one-touch picture posting to the top social sites.|
Customers can purchase Samsung Intercept starting July 11 through all Sprint channels, including the Internet, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and select national retail partners. Retail pricing will be just $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $100 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement on a new line activation or eligible upgrade on an Everything Plan with data. It will be available in two attractive colors - Gray Steel and Satin Pink.
|American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. today announced a break-through back-to-school promotion in which every customer who tries on a pair of AE jeans receives a free smartphone after instant discount with a new two-year service plan, from July 21 to August 3. Customers can choose from more than 40 phones from a variety of top brands including BlackBerry and Android smartphones and many others. Every customer who takes advantage of the promotion will also receive a $25 AE "Money Card" redeemable online or in stores.|
"American Eagle Outfitters wants to send our customers back-to-school in style with new denim and a new phone," said Fred Grover, executive vice president of marketing, American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. "This promotion adds a level of excitement and fun to our customers' shopping experience, as well as making a powerful statement about our confidence in the denim collection."
The AE back-to-school denim collection includes a complete range of fits and washes.
Clearwire Corporation, a leading provider of wireless broadband services, today announced the in-store and online availability of the CLEAR Spot 4G and CLEAR Spot 4G+ mobile hot spots.
The company also announced that it has begun filling pre-orders for both devices.
The CLEAR Spot 4G and CLEAR Spot 4G+ bring super fast speeds and 4G connectivity to Wi-Fi enabled laptops, netbooks, smartphones, portable gaming and other connected devices – without the worries or hassles of tiered or capped data usage plans.
CLEAR Spot 4G: The CLEAR Spot 4G is a personal mobile hotspot allowing users to easily and securely share unlimited super fast Internet access anywhere CLEAR has coverage simultaneously with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The CLEAR Spot 4G costs $99.99 or can be leased for $4.99 a month. Monthly CLEAR service plans start at $40 per month.
Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced that it is powering Borders’ eReading applications and eBook store at borders.com/ebooks. Borders leverages Kobo’s “Powered By” program which provides a flexible solution for partners to launch an eBook store that uses Kobo’s content and technology.
Through this program, Borders has branded Kobo’s eReading applications, for the BlackBerrry, Android, iPhone and iPad – enabling customers to read on a selection of devices they all ready own. The partnership with Borders marks the first integration of Kobo’s “Powered By” program with a major retail partner in the US.
“Our partnership with Kobo is a significant step in our digital strategy of providing consumers with great content and a device neutral philosophy," said Mike Edwards, Chief Executive Officer for Borders, Inc. “The ‘Powered by Kobo’ program provides us with the ability to give consumers access to Kobo’s massive catalogue of titles and apps for essentially any device. We’re pleased to be aligned with a company like Kobo that shares the same vision for eReading.”
|Mobile advertising is a young and relatively small market today. But over the next five years, spending on mobile display ads in the United States, estimated at just under $313 million today, will almost quadruple to exceed $1.2 billion in 2015.|
ABI Research practice director Neil Strother says, “A survey conducted by ABI Research in February found that 28% of the mobile subscribers queried accessed the mobile Internet daily. This is a huge increase over the number doing so just 14 months ago, and is a powerful driver for the mobile marketing and advertising market.”
Motorola today announced the upcoming availability of Motorola CHARM, a touch screen smartphone that packs a social networking punch with Android 2.1, MOTOBLURTM enhancements, a compact design and a BACKTRACK feature that makes screen navigation even more intuitive.
Motorola CHARM is expected to be available this summer exclusively in the U.S. for customers of T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Motorola CHARM provides consumers all the features of a smartphone with the intuitive navigation of a 2.8 inch touch screen – all in a compact, pocketable design that makes messaging a snap using the combination of a full QWERTY keyboard and touch screen.
The BACKTRACK navigation pad, located on the back of the smartphone directly behind the home screen, is similar to a laptop touch panel and enables an unobstructed view of the Web, texts, e-mails and news feeds. Plus, with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR features, CHARM offers new customization and filtering options.
IZEA, a social media sponsorship company, who currently owns SponsoredTweets and SocialSpark, has launched WeReward; a mobile incentive platform that pays cash to consumers for actions they take in the real world, enables consumers to discover local businesses and earn rewards for their patronage. (See video above).
ZOMM, an emerging technology company, announces that the world’s first wireless leash for mobile phones, a CES award-winning device also called ZOMM, is now available in Best Buy stores nationwide.
Using Bluetooth technology, the keychain-sized ZOMM prevents users from losing or misplacing their mobile phone by vibrating, flashing lights and sounding an alarm when they separate from their phone. With added features of call notification, a fully functional speakerphone with a noise-canceling microphone and personal safety device, ZOMM is the ultimate, multi-functional accessory for any Bluetooth-enabled phone.
|The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) today announced the formal adoption of Bluetooth Core Specification Version 4.0, with the hallmark feature, low energy technology. This final step in the adoption process signals to Bluetooth SIG members that the Bluetooth SIG Qualification Program is now open for qualification of all Bluetooth product types to the Version 4.0 Specification.|
“The finalization of Bluetooth low energy wireless technology within the Core Specification is a monumental achievement,” said Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director, Bluetooth SIG. “Bluetooth wireless technology can now, with the hard work of our members and our world-class qualification program, really do it all.”
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