Archives for March 2009
March 26, 2009
-- iPhone cake
Proctor & Gamble's Charmin toilet paper brand will launch a global sponsorship for the SitOrSquat website and its accompanying iPhone and BlackBerry app, designed to identify the world's cleanest public restrooms for consumers who are on-the-go.
According to P&G, SitOrSquat for iPhone and BlackBerry is a Wiki for recording and accessing bathroom information, including data on where to find bathrooms, changing tables, handicap access and other amenities--users may add new content to the service and provide feedback on featured toilets.
[via FierceMobile Content]
The update is to promote the President’s online town hall, Open for Questions, which encourages citizens to submit questions via The White House website.
Related: - Obama to Answer Online Questions
The Egyptian government has sought to dispel rumours that a mobile phone text message "from unknown foreign quarters" is spreading around the country and killing those who receive it. iAfrica reports.
The extraordinary move by Egypt's health and interior ministries follows press reports that an SMS containing a special combination of numbers killed a man in the town of Mallawi south of Cairo.
March 25, 2009
The amount, understood to be in the region of $70m, is being put in by Nokia itself rather than its venture arm and gives it a minority stake in the Silicon Valley company.
A recent survey of about 300 college students conducted by Indiana's Ball State University found that 27 percent own a smart phone as compared to the national average of 19 percent for working adults. TMCnet reports.
The research also found that 99.7 percent of students have a mobile communications device and the rates of sending text messages, e-mail, photos and videos are increasing.
Sully's Flight is a new flight simulator app which lets you recreate this past January's "Miracle on the Hudson" landing by US Airways pilot Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger.
Sully's Flight', a realistic simulation of Chesley Sullenberger's heroic flight of January 15, 2009, from LaGuardia to the Hudson River. You will fly the plane yourself, following hoops plotted in the sky showing Captain Sullenberger's approximate actual flight-path.
Best of all, the game's audio is the actual air-traffic control recording between the stricken Airbus 320's crew, led by pilot Chesley Sullenberger III, and ground control.
[via Fox News]
European travelers will pay less to send text messages under a deal agreed to by EU negotiators. Mobiledia reports.
The negotiators from the European Parliament and 27 member states called for a maximum price of 11 cents for text messages sent while abroad in the European Union, much lower than the current EU average of 29 cents which is almost 10 times the cost of sending an SMS at home.
Engineers at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) have developed a Countersniper System that can give soldiers an edge by turning their combat helmets into "smart nodes" in a wireless sensor network. Cellular News reports.
Like several other shooter location systems developed in recent years, the ISIS system relies on the sound waves produced when a high-powered rifle is fired. These acoustic signals have distinctive characteristics that allow the systems to pick them out from other loud noises and track them back to their source. Current systems, however, rely on centralized or stand-alone sensor arrays. This limits their accuracy and restricts them to identifying shooters at line-of-sight locations.
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Reasearch company TeleGeography estimates that Skype's international traffic jumped by 41 percent in 2008 and topped 33 billion minutes of use, most of that in free calls. Traditional international calls grew only 12 percent in 2008.
A small box under the following/followers/updates box at the top of the page now introduces one of a small number of recommended Twitter clients or tools, including
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Former Ofsted chief Sir Jim Rose will present recommendations for revamping the primary curriculum to ministers next month.
March 24, 2009
Monec accuses the iPhone maker of "patent infringement, unfair trade practices, monopolization, and tortious interference for allegedly treading on its January 2002 patent No. 6,335,678 titled 'Electronic device, preferably an electronic book.
Apple's iPhone continues to have the largest share of the smartphone market based on data traffic, according to February data from admob. The touchscreen cellphone accounted for exactly 33 percent of all tracked requests worldwide and an even higher 49.5 percent within the US.
A three-year study of students from 20 schools found that using mobiles had no effect on the educational results of a group of 12-year-olds.
Read full article.
Related links to both positive and negative studies on cell phones, students and academic results.
The economy being what it is, Yodaphone has a clever concept to be successful in today's market. They are a website dedicated to finding (Americans) cheap cell phones with the best cellular plans.
In their own words:
With Yodaphone, you can compare prices and availability from the top U.S. wireless providers serving every region of the United States. Select from phones by every major manufacturer including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, LG, Palm, Blackberry, and many more. All phones are brand new with full U.S. warranties.
Animal shapped balloons come to life with the Balloonimals Lite app. Blow into the microphone of your iPhone, then shake it. With each shake the animal takes shape. Then you can make him blow up before trying another.
A program that uses mobile phones to track the mental health of young people suffering depression will be evaluated through funding from the Telstra Foundation to see if it is suitable to treat youth depression nationwide. Cellular News reports.
Following the successful world-first pilot of mobiletype developed by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), the Telstra Foundation has committed a Social Innovation Grant worth $285,000 over two years as part of its ongoing community investment commitment.
Tourists visiting Rikers Island's jail have to leave their cell phones and other gadgets at the door and a rent a locker. Although there are 542 outdoor lockers at Rikers for the storage of prohibited gadgets, it is often hard to find a free one, particularly on busy visiting days. The New York Times reports.
Several enterprising people — including a doughnut shop manager in Queens and the proprietor of a newsstand in Lower Manhattan —have turned safeguarding the visitors’ valuables into a cottage industry. They hold on to visitors gadgets while they are on tour.
This type of business has sprung up before. In 2006, the enforcement of the cell phone ban at New York city schools encouraged teenagers to find creative places to stash their phones - using trash cans, bushes and even sewer grates as hiding places.
The ban even inspired one Brighton Beach deli in Brooklyn to charge $1 each to baby-sit kids' phones and gadgets during school hours - a business proposition that raked in $45 a day. Each gadget was put in a bag with the student's name on it.
March 23, 2009
One of the strangest SMS offers to ever cross my desk is South Africa's "Alive Status Verification" SMS Service launched this Monday by Home Affairs which allows citizens to find out whether they are officially dead or alive. News24 reports.
The purpose of the service is assist South Africans to check their status to ensure that they have not been fraudulently declared dead on the population register," the department said in a statement.
Full press release.
Designed as a promotional tool for Tryvann Winter Park, a ski resort just 15 minutes outside of Oslo, these snowing billboards alert commuters that conditions are optimal for hitting the slopes.
Whenever it begins snowing on the mountain, an SMS message is sent to the billboards instructing them to start their thing. A second message is sent when the snow stops.
Spotted on Gizmodo.
UK public service broadcaster Channel 4 is of setting aside a portion of its online development fund specifically for iPhone 3.0 SDK developers who want to create public-spirited apps serving needs in health, welfare and so on. How nice is that?
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March 22, 2009
After signaling its intent to follow Apple's wildly successful iPhone into the smartphone business, Dell's first attempts to produce a phone have been rejected by the carries for being too dull and lacking enough differentiation to stand out in a competitive environment, according to a report.
[via Apple Insider]
According to MSNBC, law enforcement authorities in Arkansas and around the country are urging residents to relax - to pay no attention to a phony text message that has recently begun to resurface across the southeastern United States.
The text message claims that there will be a gang initiation at aWal-Mart store sometime this week that may possibly involve a shooting or other serious criminal activity. The message states that it is from "police" and is a warning for "women."
Some mobile stats from China Mobile via FierceMobile Content:
-- China Mobile subscribers sent 607.1 billion text messages in 2008, up more than 100 billion over the operator's 2007 SMS totals.
-- According to China Mobile, its subscriber count is now closing in on the 464 million mark--in all, China boasts about 650 million mobile subscribers nationwide.
-- China Mobile customers purchased 76 million full-track music downloads in 2008,
-- Another 41.5 million paid for mobile newspaper content, up a third over 2007 totals--the carrier now offers 110 different news periodicals.
March 20, 2009
FreedomVoice submitted its Newber application for App Store approval more than six months ago, but still hasn't heard anything from Apple. Now, the company has decided to stop development and cuts its losses at $600,000. Although it's an unfortunate situation, Newber's story is an example of the risks associated with too much early marketing of App Store applications.
Read full article in ars technica.
According to market research company Nielsen Online, the amount of people using Twitter rocketed by 1,689% from February 2008 to February 2009. There’s now more than than 1.78 million people now signed on in the UK, compared to just 100,000 members last year.
[via Digital Lifestyle]
The Northampton Chronicle reports on a Vodafone employee who was suspended after mocking a customer's surname. The gentleman's name was uh, Titman.
It's my family name and when I was at school, it's something I had to put up with. But when you are an adult you expect more mature behaviour.