Monday, May 30, 2005

Mo-blog from underwater!

The WaveCase is perfect for all manner of watersports, from the surfing/diving/swimming kind to the kind that costs $200 a throw Las Vegas. Rated at 20 meters, the WaveCase envelops your valuable cellie in a plastic bubble, allowing you to make calls (?) and take pictures in the briny deep. Why use your cellphone to take pictures under water? I dunno. But now you can.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Cell phone advertising standards adopted

While Commercial Alert's Gary Ruskin says, "Good luck," cell phone providers have adopted a set of guidelines, Consumer Best Practices Guidelines for Cross-Carrier Mobile Content Services, which is intended to place limits on marketer's use of the cell phone as an advertising medium. The guidelines call for double opt-in to promotions, how people are charged for air time and wording people can use to opt in or out of promotions. Even as the guidelines are adopted by all major U.S cell phone companies, Ruskin believes cell advertising will, none the less, proliferate and cause a backlash similar to those that have occurred in Europe where the medium is more established. Ruskin is particularly concerned over the guideline's allowance of opt-in list sale to third parties.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

This "television pocket" allows you to insert a camera phone and use it for monitoring. It is able to stream the video over the network. It is password protected, and allows you to change to point of view, as it swivels. The makers of this nifty device claim that you can use it to monitor sick people, as a security cam (so when you travel you can leave your cell phone at home) or to talk to your pets - for those who must remind your pet to flush and pick up after themselves.

Identify any song you hear over cellphone for 99cents

Ever get a song stuck in your head, but you missed the DJ announcement of the song name? That's the idea powering a new cell phone-based service called 411-SONG. Just call 866-411-SONG, and hold your phone up to the speaker. 15 seconds later the call ends and the information on your song is displayed on your phone's screen. This comes at a price, though. 99 cents for your first 5 songs, and then 99 cents a song after that. However, reports that a subscription model may be coming soon.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Television on mobile is all geared up to be the next big thing as UK provider Orange, rolls out a mobile handset service, which will offer customers top TV shows and channels.

Channels such as Cartoon Network and CNN will be made available for a monthly subscription of £10. This will be UK's first TV-on-the-mobile service, which will allow customers to watch news, sport and entertainment programmes on their phone.

Running over Orange's high-speed 3G network, the service – which will be available from next week – has an initial line-up of nine channels including ITN News, CNN, Big Brother, Celebrity Love Island, Comedy Time, Cartoon Network, Toon World, Fashion TV and extreme sports. Further channels will be available in the coming weeks.

All of the channels will be streamed over the Orange 3G network and are available through the new Orange TV section on Orange World. Customers need to be in 3G coverage to use the service.

Orange TV will initially be available on the Nokia 6680 from Orange, with further handsets to follow throughout the year. Customers can download the TV application for free from Orange World, then pay a subscription to watch the channels.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

It appears that Sunyang DNT has made a 12 inch Heads Up Display, or projector if you will, for your cell phone. This will come in handy if you are blind from your diabetes and want to mistakenly punch the numbers on the wall that you are projecting on, or want to see all those high quality photos you took with your cell phone in a slide show to bore your friends. Guess it comes in more handy if you got television on your cell phone. Gasp. Imagine that. A Celle-vision.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Cellphone version of Wikipedia : Cellphedia

There is a cell phone based encyclopedia out now - Cellphedia

This is a cell phone application that promotes the sharing of knowledge. It allows you to send and receive encyclopedia-type inquiries between specific, pre-defined groups of users, through Text messaging. It is not an already established base of knowledge like your old Brittanica encyclopeida. With cellphone web browsers - one can access Wikipedia - but the cost for SMS texting is much cheaper than cell - internet fees. I guess this is a short term solution until the 3G network is fully up and functioning with the concurrent decrease in rates.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Nokia announces new standard

Nokia unveiled its version of a standardized method for delivering broadcast digital TV to handsets in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The standard, DVB-H, or Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld, competes with a host of other similar technologies, including Qualcomm's new MediaFlo. Companies supporting DVB-H say it's less expensive and allows a quicker product turnaround.

Here is a link to a news article about Nokia's standard. This has implications as this multinational format is more cost effective, and more ubiquitous.

First post

It appears as if cell phone entertainment is going to be a product that is going to be promoted very heavily by the major cell players. Qualcomm and their 3G network will allow new possibilities. This blog is a vain attempt to try and keep abreast of the cell phone entertainment options available to you. There are a few heavy players, but I will strive to seek out the small players. Of course, submissions and help is always always welcome.

Give me a bit of time to do more research, and I will shortly return with a real blog entry on the subject. Thanks for dropping by.

To borrow a line from the last Calvin and Hobbes (the exact last words actually)........

......Lets Go Exploring!


Spaceman Spiff
(with sincere humble apologies to Bill Waterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes)