Archive for August, 2008

Count Down begins for Startup Lunch…organised by CellStrat

Adrenalin is simply gushing through all of us at CellStrat as we are the main conveners of Startup Lunch Delhi Edition – 3 (due on 6th. September, 2008), this time and hopefully for future events too.

We’ve been noticing something interesting. A Startup is probably the best place to be at for a fresher or for a professional who is looking for a career boost or to experience rapid growth. But the issue is that most freshers are not aware as to where to find these startups, neither are these startups able to be part of campus recruitment processes because of their small size.

This is a small effort towards that direction in making it happen with the most simplistic tools in place. All you have to do is click on the name of the city that you live in, hit register and enter your company name, along with the logo and website details if you are a company, or enter your name and details and arrive at the venue if you are a professional/techie looking to get plugged into a adrenaline-pumping startup.

This time, we are taking two new initiatives to make this event better then before i.e. we are building up a database of candidates who register so that the same can be forwarded to the participating companies for future hiring. Second, we are conducting an ideas jamming session with great prizes to be won.

So…what are you waiting for…join in by registering here and benefit out of this event. If nothing else, I am sure you will not feel that it has been a waste of time.

Vishal

August 31st, 2008

Android Market announced…

Only concern about the Android Market will be licensing, security and stability of the apps…

Google’s Android developer community has announced Android Market, a service.
Similar to the Apple App Store. As per the post on Android Developers Blog, the Android Market is an open- content system that will help end-users search, purchase, download and install featured apps and other software directly to Android-based phones and devices.
 
Initially, An+droid – based handsets will feature Android Market beta version service commercially. Google will host the content from developers with rating and feedback system. At the Android Market, the content developers will have freedom to make their content available openly unlike the Apple App Store, which has monitored and controlled membership as well as posting. Apart from that, support for free applications would also be available.
 
Only concern about the Android Market will be licensing, security and stability of the apps.
 
Android Market beta version will have free apps and also subsequent firmware update that will provision the phones for other paid versions in future.
 
The mobile operating system is really picking up now. After Apple App Store and Android Market, what next? Perhaps a similar service might be started by Symbian when it goes open-source, Microsoft for the Windows Mobile or Research In Motion.
 
Whenever Android-power handsets are available in India, developers and users will be able to enjoy the open environment of the Android Market.
 
Vishal

August 31st, 2008

Wait for Vi-Fi from Microsoft

Microsoft  is working on this technology in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts and the University of Washington.

Microsoft is developing a new technology dubbed Vi-Fi, which means Wi-Fi in vehicles.

This system will enable users to use Internet while on the move, and will cost less than existing cellular broadband systems.
 
The software giant is working on this technology in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts and the University of Washington.
 
This new technology promises to offer a steady signal unlike Wi-Fi networks, where each signal station (base station) only broadcasts so far, so users have to hop between stations. During these transitions, known as “hard handoffs”, the signal strength typically drops.
 
Today’s Wi-Fi handoff protocols are incredibly fragile in outdoor environments and mobile environments artificially limited to talking to only one access point, or only one base station at a time, even though there may be other base stations in the area.
 
Therefore, Vi-Fi is being designed to send and receive signals from more than one base station and the strongest strength gets designated as anchor, while others are also used as auxiliary systems.
 
Researchers with Microsoft, University of Washington and Massachusetts believe they are the first to suggest such a solution, which may finally make vehicle Wi-Fi workable. They have already tested the system on Microsoft’s campus in Washington and further planning to conduct the test on a bigger scale in the area surrounding the campus.
 
Source: Techtree.com
Vishal

August 30th, 2008

iPhone Users discover yet another bug…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early iPhone adopters have been wondering if the steady stream of bugs (and subsequent patches) has an end in sight. It turns out that but another bug has recently been discovered, this one centered on a user’s inability to password protect their phone. Potential snoopers discovered that it was quite effortless to skip the password screen and could access contacts, browse the Web, read e-mail, and even make calls!

Even under password protection, the iPhone (wisely) allowed for the placement of emergency calls in the event that the phone was picked up in a crisis or the user was in a situation that didn’t allow sufficient time for password input to call for help. The problem lies in the fact that by double-clicking the Home key while in the Emergency Call screen, the iPhone defaults to the Favorites menu, which gives anyone full access to the data within the phone.

The simple way to close this gaping hole yourself is to change the double-click preferences for the iPhone Home button. Those who would rather wait for a more permanent software fix, take note that Apple acknowledges the security hole and is working on a software patch.

Vishal

August 30th, 2008

Rapid Growth In Chinese Mobile Advertising

  Madhouse, Inc., one of China’s largest mobile ad networks, reported that they have served over 2.3 billion mobile ad impressions in the first 6 months of 2008. This is nearly 5 times the total number of ads served in all of 2007.

 Founded in 2006, Madhouse has been a leader in mobile advertising in China. They launched a contextual ad service in late 2007, and were the first company in China to provide full screen interstitial mobile ad products and mobile video ad products in the 1st half of 2008.

Today, Madhouse can serve ads to targeted audiences according to mobile user location, phone brand, model and retail price. Madhouse is also able to increase ad effectiveness by managing and optimizing the ad versions and ad frequency of marketing material shown, clicked, or downloaded to every unique mobile user.

With over 2,000 phone models available in China today, ads can also be optimized for the differing screen resolutions.

Vishal

August 30th, 2008

YouTube Mobile Tests Mobile Ads

YouTube (owned by Google) has announced that they have started running a test of display ads on certain pages of their mobile site, in an effort “to learn how video viewers engage with mobile advertising.”

In a post on the googlemobile blog, YouTube says that their mobile service has become very popular, with hundreds of millions of mobile videos being watched each month.

The new advertising will not only enable YouTube to learn about consumer interaction with mobile ads, it will also give the brands that are participating in the test “an additional branding tool at their disposal and the opportunity to reach the millions of people who visit YouTube every day on their phones.”

Vishal

August 30th, 2008

Wireless sensors learn from life

European and Indian researchers are applying principles learned from living organisms to design self-organising networks of wireless sensors suitable for a wide range of environmental monitoring purposes.

Vishal

August 28th, 2008

Hi5 Mobile launches in 26 languages…

San Francisco-based Hi5 launched a mobile version of its social network service in 26 languages, CNET reports. The site, which is used a lot in Latin America, has been optimized for the iPhone, BlackBerry and handsets from Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Samsung. Hi5 doubled its visitor count over the past year, and recent comScore statistics show the social-networking space in Latin America has grown by a third since mid-2007.

Vishal

1 comment August 27th, 2008

USOpen.org launches WAP site

USOpen.org has launched a WAP site and a variety of fresh mobile content (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/interactive/sms/index.html?promo=hp_features) along with almost 50 different types of text alerts, MobileContentToday reports. The site also launched a mobile sweepstakes with an opportunity to win a trip to the 2009 U.S. Open.

Vishal

August 27th, 2008

Generating Content Mobility…

A beautiful article from wireless week…

Social networking and the content shared among their users is coming to the mobile world.

With the proliferation of 3G networks globally, it’s possible now to take a video on your phone and send it to a social networking site like YouTube, Facebook or MySpace. As video-capable phones increase in number and wireless broadband networks expand, analysts believe user-generated content also will expand.

In fact, within the next five years, nearly 1 billion people could be using their mobile phones to send and receive user-generated content to each other and social networking sites on the Internet, according to estimates by Pyramid Research. The analyst firm estimates mobile social networking will start to take off in 2009, and by 2010 will reach 300 million users. By 2012, 18% of all mobile subscribers will be using phones to access a social network, or about 950 million people.

Social networking sites and user-generated content (UGC) are intrinsically tied together, with members of YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and their brethren posting blogs, photos, videos and music clips.

“Video is where it’s at,” says Nick Desai, CEO of Juice Wireless, which is launching JuiceCaster 6.0 at the CTIA Wireless 2008 show. JuiceCaster is a mobile social-networking application and service that allows phone users to share videos, images and messages between devices and to online social networking sites. The upgrade allows users to create content like videos on their phones and send it as a status update to their friends.

Desai says people who belong to social networks expect to be able to use their phones to access them. Since the mobile phone is becoming the primary communications device, he says, it only makes sense to use it and take advantage of its real-time, and location, capabilities.

Publishing Videos
One of the main reasons people sign up for JuiceCaster is because they want to be able to use their phones to capture video or photos and publish them instantly to their social networking site (SNS). “We make that an easy, 1-click process,” he says, because JuiceCaster works within the camera application on the phone.

JuiceCaster is offered through Cricket, Midwest Cellular, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile USA and two Puerto Rican operators. Other deals with Tier 1 operators are expected to be announced soon. Desai says the service has 70,000 users, some of whom have a free WAP version and others who subscribe to be able to use the integrated camera feature.

Juice also has a mobile video search service which allows members to search the JuiceCaster network for videos by subject.

A California company named eMotive Communications also is eyeing the mobile UGC space. It already offers push services including songs, images and video through a deal with Skype, but CEO Anthony Stonefield says it will get into mobile uses soon.

eMotive is developing the ability to provide user-generated content as a kind of ringtone, which could include text that vibrates the phone, animation, video, a song clip or a voice recording. The service is most appropriate for 3G or 4G networks because of the bandwidth needed and because it works in an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture.

“We have more carrier trials requested than we can keep up with,” says Stonefield, because ringtone sales revenue has flattened. Personalized, user-generated content can change that, he says.

User-generated tones
User-generated and commercial ringback tones are part of the portfolio of LiveWire Mobile, a division of NMS Communications. LiveWire’s service provides 10,000 songs as part of Virgin Mobile USA’s ringback service, which has 100,000 subscribers.

Social networking and the content shared among their users is coming to the mobile world.

With the proliferation of 3G networks globally, it’s possible now to take a video on your phone and send it to a social networking site like YouTube, Facebook or MySpace. As video-capable phones increase in number and wireless broadband networks expand, analysts believe user-generated content also will expand.

In fact, within the next five years, nearly 1 billion people could be using their mobile phones to send and receive user-generated content to each other and social networking sites on the Internet, according to estimates by Pyramid Research. The analyst firm estimates mobile social networking will start to take off in 2009, and by 2010 will reach 300 million users. By 2012, 18% of all mobile subscribers will be using phones to access a social network, or about 950 million people.

Social networking sites and user-generated content (UGC) are intrinsically tied together, with members of YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and their brethren posting blogs, photos, videos and music clips.

“Video is where it’s at,” says Nick Desai, CEO of Juice Wireless, which is launching JuiceCaster 6.0 at the CTIA Wireless 2008 show. JuiceCaster is a mobile social-networking application and service that allows phone users to share videos, images and messages between devices and to online social networking sites. The upgrade allows users to create content like videos on their phones and send it as a status update to their friends.

Desai says people who belong to social networks expect to be able to use their phones to access them. Since the mobile phone is becoming the primary communications device, he says, it only makes sense to use it and take advantage of its real-time, and location, capabilities.

Publishing Videos
One of the main reasons people sign up for JuiceCaster is because they want to be able to use their phones to capture video or photos and publish them instantly to their social networking site (SNS). “We make that an easy, 1-click process,” he says, because JuiceCaster works within the camera application on the phone.

JuiceCaster is offered through Cricket, Midwest Cellular, U.S. Cellular, T-Mobile USA and two Puerto Rican operators. Other deals with Tier 1 operators are expected to be announced soon. Desai says the service has 70,000 users, some of whom have a free WAP version and others who subscribe to be able to use the integrated camera feature.

Juice also has a mobile video search service which allows members to search the JuiceCaster network for videos by subject.

A California company named eMotive Communications also is eyeing the mobile UGC space. It already offers push services including songs, images and video through a deal with Skype, but CEO Anthony Stonefield says it will get into mobile uses soon.

eMotive is developing the ability to provide user-generated content as a kind of ringtone, which could include text that vibrates the phone, animation, video, a song clip or a voice recording. The service is most appropriate for 3G or 4G networks because of the bandwidth needed and because it works in an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture.

“We have more carrier trials requested than we can keep up with,” says Stonefield, because ringtone sales revenue has flattened. Personalized, user-generated content can change that, he says.

User-generated tones
User-generated and commercial ringback tones are part of the portfolio of LiveWire Mobile, a division of NMS Communications. LiveWire’s service provides 10,000 songs as part of Virgin Mobile USA’s ringback service, which has 100,000 subscribers.

John Orlando, marketing vice president for LiveWire, says the next step for ringback tones will be to make it possible for users to create their own tones. “We have operators asking for it, and we believe that we can deliver it by the end of the year or the first quarter of 2009,” he says.

Yospace, a British company, developed a user-generated content site called SeeMeTv which is available through the carrier 3 U.K. SeeMeTv lets users upload their own video clips and gain revenue when someone downloads it. Orlando says LiveWire is looking at doing much the same thing for user-created ringback tones.

All of the social networking sites have some ability to link to mobile phones. As an example, YouTube launched a mobile interface last June, although only a small portion of the YouTube videos were available on phones. YouTube also has made select videos available through Verizon Wireless’ V CAST service. It recently opened its access even wider and now estimates more than 100 million mobile subscribers can access YouTube. Users also can upload videos from their phones but only through a 3G network.

“People want to participate in the YouTube community in a way that fits their individual lifestyles, so to that end, we’ve built a mobile service that will allow partners to seamlessly integrate YouTube videos into their offerings,” a spokesperson says. “Our goal is to support users being able to access their media from wherever they are. We want to extend the social aspects of YouTube to mobile devices – sharing, rating and interacting with content.”

The YouTube spokesperson says most mobile phones, even those with video capabilities, still don’t provide an optimal experience because of latency issue. Consumers also often don’t realize their phone’s capabilities.

Ryan Burke, an analyst with Compete, says the Holy Grail for most social networking sites is the ability to use location information, so friends can share location-based content in real time. That’s the big attraction that mobile UGC can offer, he says, so he believes mobile social networking and UGC will take off when location is built into the content that is shared.

“User-generated content and social networking are proven models [on the Internet],” he says. “Consumers like to create their own content and share it with their friends. There’s no reason mobile user-generated content won’t take off.”

August 27th, 2008

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