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Pushing Gmail A Little Further

emoze emoze, a business unit of Emblaze – a new breed of telecoms vendor provisioning advanced solutions for mobile communication – has announced the launch of its push e-mail service for Gmail and Google Mail users (in UK, Germany, Australia).

Push e-mail is used to describe e-mail systems that provide an “always-on” capability, in which new e-mail is instantly and actively transferred (pushed) as it arrives by the mail delivery agent (MDA) (commonly called mail server) to the mail user agent (MUA), also called the e-mail client. Source: Wikipedia

Committed to the democratisation of mobile e-mail, the free service from emoze will be targeting millions of Gmail account holders worldwide that own standard mobile devices. Research Analyst, Cheryl Gutowski, confirms:

vTap Will Revitalise Mobile Video Search

vTap Veveo™, a Massachusetts based company funded by VC (originally to work on their concept of Video on IP for personalised television), will launch a new video search application on September 10 – designed specifically for mobile the creators hope that vTap will revitalise users enthusiasm for media on the small screen.

Rafe Needleman, over at Webware, was also lucky enough to get a personal demo of the new app from founder and CEO, Murali Aravamudan – who outlined the concept behind the solution.

[The] service does not dive into the actual audio or video content of files to create its search index. Rather, it uses the metadata (tags, and text on the page where the file is hosted) to create its video index.

Apple Seal 10 Percent Rev Share With European Mobile Operators

Apple iPhone

T-Mobile of Germany, Orange of France and O2 in the UK will each give up 10 percent of their revenue from calls and data transfers to secure exclusive rights to sell the Apple iPhone in their respective countries. The operators are set to officially announce the partnerships at the IFA trade fair in Berlin commencing August 31st.

Apple’s success in securing such a deal is unprecedented – industry experts expect other handset manufacturers to begin pushing the same boundaries – a bargaining platform strongly resisted by operators in the past.

But all is not one-way traffic – mobile business chiefs are said to have petitioned for talks with Steve Jobs to discuss the contracts

Mobile Document Service Has Hidden Agenda

Cloudprint, a development from the Hewlett-Packard Labs, will make it possible to store and share [previously spooled] documents from your mobile phone. At face value any form of mobile computing seems like a practical solution – but the hidden agenda is not a shade of green – more black, cyan, magenta and yellow.

Generally speaking the service will be useful. Users will first “print” their documents to online servers, which in turn will release a document code to the user’s mobile device. The code can then be used at any time, from any Internet-enabled location, to retrieve the documents – saved as PDF files.

Great! I can hear the crys from Friends of the Earth – it will encourage a paperless environment and will help to cut down on energy consumption by avoiding unnecessary printing. Or will it?

Are mobile consumers about to see the name Google on their credit card statements?

Recent reports from the WSJ Online and the Times Online suggest that Google may position themselves as mobile middlemen – provisioning content discovery through a new search platform (similar to their desktop Product Search – formerly known as Froogle) as well as the mobile transaction itself in a ‘gateway style’ solution.

Personally I can’t see it. Facilitator of Mobile Web growth and capitilisation of ad placement yes, but Google – organisers of the world’s information – an insurance broker – nah!

Of course, the success of mobile contextual advertising is totally dependent on the mass adoption of the Mobile Web. And sure as eggs are eggs, Google is gearing up in every which way possible to make it happen. Having spent months working with content providers it is clearly evident that they are seeking to index as much content as possible and find new ways to engage the mobile audience – but IMO with one goal – to underpin their advertising model.

Facebook & Netvibes For iPhone Now Available

If you’re an owner of Apple’s new iPhone, you might be interested to learn that you can now take your social networking with you.

TechCrunch scores the scoop on new services from Facebook and Netvibes, and it’s enough to make me want to buy an iPhone myself.

First up, Facebook for the iPhone. Here’s what Arrington has to say

“The site uses javascript to avoid page refreshes, although there is still some lag in moving around the site (this is an iPhone issue). The main navigation tabs – Home, Profile, Friends and Inbox – are at the top of the site. Click on any person and see their profile, wall or photos via a horizontally scrolling interface.”

Next, we have Netvibes for the iPhone. Arrington believes it can make a handy RSS reader.

Yahoo Local Gets a New Look

I’m digging–as in loving, not submitting to Digg–Yahoo Local’s fresh new look and content. The site has undergone a huge facelift and just seems a lot more useful.


Here’s what you get with the new interface:

  • Quickly change tabs from City Guide (similar to CitySearch), to My Local (for your favorite items), to the local Directory listings.
  • The City Guide has a central section that lets you pick from four different types of featured content: Most Popular, Events (from Upcoming), Maps and Buzz.
  • Lots of other cool content such as local groups, traffic, wi-fi hotspots, and a weekend guide.

It’s no wonder Yahoo’s portals are helping it beat out Google for customer satisfaction. ;-)

So, what do you think of the new look?