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Social networking sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo, are important catalysts to drive traffic on the mobile Internet, as average mobile users check their profiles more than eight times a day, according to new research, Brand Republic reported.

According to Orange, 640,000 of its users access social networking on mobile devices, contributing 166 million page impressions every month.

Gains on mobile users with 3G broadband networks were also huge since July, according to Orange, with additional 1.3 million 3G customers, which was up 86 percent.

Currently there are 2.9 million Orange customers under the 3G network, Brand Republic reported.

"The popularity of mobile Internet continues to rise and our customers now use the service as part of day-to-day life," said Paul Jevons, director of products, portals and services for Orange. "Daily repeat customers are up 12 percent since the last report - in part this is due to the rise in social networking as customers regularly update their online statues and log-on to stay up to speed on friends' news and gossip."

Orange mobile users accessing social networking have boosted by 40 percent since July and monthly page views by over 57 percent.

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Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-24 03:12

Search engine giant Google hinted that it may be launching another mobile phone after recently launching the G1 phone through U.S. phone provider T-Mobile, reported CNet Sunday.

The T-Mobile G2 is rumoured to contain a 5-megapixel camera with an automatic focus, a VGA camera for video calls, a Wi-Fi connection and a touch screen. The phones run on Google's Android OS technology.

The G1 phone was launched in October in the United States and costs nearly US$180. It is manufactured by Taiwan-based contract manufacturer HTC.

The G2 will not be exclusive to T-Mobile and may be sold in various countries across the world. It is expected to enter markets by January 26 next year, according to Cell Phone Signal rumours. Boy Genius Report said that the date will be closer to April, CNet reported.

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Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2008-12-23 05:00

The iPhone brought in about 10 percent of U.S. mobile ad requests last month, topping all other devices, according to AdMob's latest mobile metrics report, Media Post reported Friday.

Globally, the iPhone made up a 6.3 percent share. Ad requests from the Apple device boosted 52 percent to 359 million in November.

Worldwide ad requests, however, remained flat at 5.8 billion, partly due to a 30 percent plummet in mobile inventory in Indonesia. T-Mobile's Android-powered G1 did well last month, only a few months after its launch, and contributed 15 million requests, which represents 7 percent of all T-Mobile data traffic, Media Post reported.

WiFi is increasing as a connection method for mobile users. According to AdMob, 8 percent of ad requests in the U.S. were made over a WiFi network, up from only 3 percent in August.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-20 03:00

Users of mobile devices, like the iPhone and Blackberry, will now be able to access production figures via their mobiles though MWM CopyTrack software, Editor & Publisher reported Thursday.

MWM CopyTrack software is from the Pittsburg-based MWM System Inc., a subsidiary of Sweden's MWM Group. With CT Mobile, users can access press, product, total ordered copies, total copies, waste percent, good copies, and estimated off time.

MWM has around 160 customers worldwide including The Seattle Times, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg Times, El Tiempo, New York's Daily News, Spain's El Mundo, Australia's Fairfax Group, Finland's Helsingen Sanomat, and Sweden's Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet, according to E&P.

The application can also be customised to the customer's preferences, E&P reported.

Author

Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-15 09:34

In 2005 and 2006, the Asia Pacific region had the most mobile subscribers in the world, with more than 900 million in February 2006, according to "Mobile Industry Outlook 2007," released by Informa Telecom & Media, SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2007 reported.

Africa and the Middle East lagged behind all other regions, with fewer than 200 million and about 50 million subscribers, respectively. However, though there are relatively small numbers of subscribers in Africa and Middle East, growth in mobile subscribers is impressive, with 56 percent and 62 percent growth rates in 2006, respectively.

Western Europe and the United States/Canada have the lowest growth rates globally, because these markets developed earlier and have higher saturation rates, according to Informa Telecom & Media.

From 2005 to 2008, mobile subscriber growth in Africa and the Middle East were relatively strong compared to the world average. Their growth rates were more than 60 percent in 2005, and are expected to decrease over time. By 2010, their growth rates will drop to about 5 percent, almost the same as the world mobile subscriber growth, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2007, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-12 12:59

The BBC and Nokia have partnered to make the BBC's Arabic and English international news channels part of Nokia's Internet Radio application on the mobile maker's devices, FollowtheMedia reported Tuesday.

Three channels will be part of Nokia's preloaded Radio application on its mobiles. The channels, BBC World Service in English, BBC World Service's 24-hour rolling news in English and BBC Arabic, will be offered for live streaming 24 hours a day.

"For delivery over the Internet Radio platform, we are providing an MP3-format stream that can be picked up via Wi-Fi or through a mobile data connection, mirroring our online offer in these languages. This is the first time we've made our live 24-hour audio streams available specifically for a mobile platform, as part of our commitment to a multi-format strategy," said Karl Kathuria, head of digital delivery, BBC World Service, according to FollowtheMedia.

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Alexandra Zeumer

Date

2008-12-10 08:29

Europeans in general are more responsive to mobile online advertising, compared to Americans, according to a survey conducted by Online Publishers Association (OPA), OPA Europe, and TNS in December 2006, SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2007 reported.

Overall, 23 percent have checked out a Web site after seeing mobile Web ads. More than one-fourth of European respondents did so, compared to only 10 percent of Americans.

Overall, more than 10 percent of respondents requested more information about products and services, or went to a store. Fourteen and 12 percent of Europeans, respectively, said so, while only less then four percent of Americans did the same.

About 9 percent of total respondents, as well as of Europeans, made a purchase after seeing mobile Internet ads. However, only four percent of American respondents did so, according to the survey conducted by OPA, OPA Europe and TNS.

Around 5 percent of total respondents and those from Europe signed up for a trial, forwarded the ad to friends or family, or ordered a subscription, compared to less than 3 percent of Americans, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2007, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers.

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-04 12:33

In a partnership with video transcoding service RipCode, MySpace will begin offering MySpace videos to mobile users, TechCrunch reported Tuesday.

This service will be available on m.myspace.com, MySpace's mobile site, which currently attracts 10 million monthly users and generates nearly three billion monthly page views.

Video streaming will work on selected phones, including iPhone, T-Mobile G1, BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Storm devices. Most premium content and all user uploaded videos ("meaning videos that a user has uploaded, as opposed to all videos uploaded by all users") will also be available, TechCrunch reported.

Using RipCode's on demand service, videos will be transcoded only when they are requested, and are transcoded into what that specific handset requires in terms of codes, bit rates and resolution, according to TechCrunch.

YouTube introduced similar functionality at m.YouTube.com earlier this year, TechCrunch reported.

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Author

Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-03 12:29

From January through November, Americans used search engines on their mobile devices mostly for social networking, according to two separate announcements from Yahoo! and AOL, moco News reported Monday.

According to AOL, the top five mobile searches included MySpace, AIM, iPhone, MocoSpace and Facebook, similar to Yahoo's top 10 list, which had MySpace, Facebook and Craigslist in the top three.

The rest of the searches on Yahoo's list covered various topics, such as entertainment, weather and news. They were: movies, weather, the Olympics, The Dark Knight, Kim Kardashian, eBay and AIG, moco News reported.

The top mobile searches highly differ from the searches made on PCs. According to Yahoo, its top searches for the PC were: Britney Spears, WWE, Barack Obama, Miley Cyrus, RuneScape, Jessica Alba, Naruto, Lindsay Lohan, Angelina Jolie and American Idol, according to moco News.

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Author

Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-03 12:28

Movie rental outlet Blockbuster is now partnering with Microsoft to deliver movies on mobile devices, after the recent introduction of a set-top box for downloading movie rentals from the Internet to TV, MediaPost reported.

The new services are built on top of Microsoft's online software platform dubbed Live Mesh, which was launched in April and can share data from different devices via the Internet.

Live Mesh is already available on PCs for synchronising home and work computers, and will be compatible with Macs and Windows Mobile devices soon.

"Eventually, we'll give customers instant access to any movie on any device with an Internet connection and a screen," Keith Morrow, Blockbuster's chief information officer, told The Dallas Morning News, according to MediaPost.

The video-rental leader last week unveiled its MediaPoint digital media player. Competing against Netflix's Roku box which launched six months ago, it serves movies on TV via the Web. Blockbuster has been working on mobile players for several years. CEO Jim Keyes said last year that the company was negotiating with handset makers to develop new video technologies for watching movies on the go.

The company was developing a mobile chip, which enables sideload digital video content onto portable devices and explore over-the-air download options, according to Keyes at the beginning of this year, MediaPost reported.

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Erina Lin

Date

2008-12-01 12:26

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