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Mobile apps for music: Look out iTunes?

Low-cost apps that let users download music and other extras to their cell phones could help lure cash-strapped music fans

T-Mobile Int’l to use Nokia’s Ovi

T-Mobile International announced it will pair up with Nokia Corp. to offer integrated marketplace content. The carrier said that together, the two will provide widgets, applications and other content through the web'n'walk widget platform, which allows customers to download from both the T-Mobile gallery...

Traction in mobile gaming brings sea change to space : Reality: Not everyone will play games on handset

After years of treading water and failing to live up to outlandish hype, mobile games finally may be starting to make progress. And it's the Apple's iPhone - and, to a lesser extent, other multimedia-friendly smartphones - that's moving the needle. Which is why...

@MWC: MySpace to update wireless site, announces support for Symbian

MySpace said it is overhauling its mobile site in an effort to grow its base of 20 million wireless users.The popular social networking destination will launch an updated version of its wireless site later this week, adding new user interface elements for multimedia-friendly devices...

@MWC: Yahoo overhauls mobile portal

Yahoo Inc. unveiled an overhauled mobile portal that it hopes will become "your starting point to the Internet."The company launched a beta version of Yahoo Mobile, a wireless Web destination that combines existing Yahoo offerings oneSearch, oneConnect and onePlace as well as the popular...

Leap jumps into full-track fray with Cricket Mobile Music service: Low-cost wireless provider expands mobile entertainment offerings

Leap Wireless International Inc. is bringing music to the masses, or at least those wireless consumers packing its Cricket devices.Despite the languid adoption of full-track mobile music download services, the no-contract carrier jumped into the mobile music field today with its Cricket Mobile Music...

EA takes $368M hit on wireless gaming biz

Shares of Electronic Arts Inc. soared as the company announced cost-cutting measures after its wireless business suffered an estimated $368 million charge.The Redwood City, Calif.-based publisher posted a $641 million loss including the pre-tax goodwill charge to its mobile division in the quarter ending...

Flirtomatic makes U.S. plans: Social networking site to launch mobile beta

London's Handmade Mobile Ltd. is bringing its Flirtomatic service to the United States.The mobile and online social networking community, which claims more than 1.3 million registered users, launched in the United Kingdom three years ago and recently deployed service in Germany. The company has...

Glu CEO: Business will shrink 10% 15% in 2009: Wireless game maker muses on market for mobile entertainment

Glu Mobile Inc. limps into 2009 after enduring a brutal year that saw its stock tumble from nearly $5 a share to less than 40 cents. But while the company recently streamlined its operations and slashed jobs, its foot is still firmly down on...

NetPlay acquisition offers glimpse at mobile gambling finances

NetPlay TV Plc forked over $1.47 million in stock to acquire two mobile gambling sites from Zed Worldwide S.A.A U.K.-based firm, NetPlay offers interactive wagering games such as roulette and bingo through fixed-line phones and set-top boxes. The company acquired Venturygames.co.uk and Toucanwin.com from...

Track Santa with Google Maps

Google Inc. is helping giddy kids keep on eye on Santa with its mobile mapping application.The Internet giant has integrated Google Maps for mobile with the annual Santa-tracking offering from NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command), allowing users to launch the app and search...

Handango adds games from Digital Chocolate, I-play

Handango Inc. expanded its portfolio with two deals with mobile game makers Digital Chocolate and I-play.The distributor of smartphone applications added Digital Chocolate titles such as 3D Brick Breaker Revolution, Mini Golf 99 Holes and Shopping Madness; I-play's offerings include the licensed titles Deal...

Review: VZW’s Vcast Music with Rhapsody makes a good case for other options

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Yay or Nay. Every week we'll review a new wireless application or service from the user's point of view, with the goal of highlighting what works and what doesn't. If you wish to submit your application or...

Mobile game downloads growing, but slowing

The volume of paid mobile game downloads has stagnated across North America and Western Europe, despite a positive response from mobile games publishers and developers to Apple Inc.'s iPhone device, according to research from Juniper Research.The value of the global mobile games market is...

PAY TO PLAY: Mobile billing looks for direction

There's a very long list of companies with billing platforms that leave carriers out of the revenue stream. But even as operators grudgingly open up their networks, nobody seems to be making a lot of progress. Billing Revolution is the latest player to join...

Glu shares plummet, game maker to cut jobs

Glu Mobile Inc.'s woes continued as the wireless-game maker said it will slash an unspecified number of jobs as part of an effort to trim operating expenses by $13 million.Company executives declined to disclose the number of positions being eliminated; Glu also said it...

Analyst Angle: The open-data-pipe boogey man

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry.When Apple launched the iPhone a little over a year ago, they disrupted the industry...

Report: Mobile gambling set for strong growth

Mobile gambling could grow to $27.5 million in wagers by 2013, driven by on-portal betting, according to a Juniper Research forecast.Several trends are encouraging the market, including changing operator attitudes toward mobile gambling services, improved handset user interfaces and introduction of legislation that permits...

Nokia’s N-Gage effort gets a vote from EA Mobile

EA Mobile said it will expand its support for Nokia Corp.'s N-Gage platform with nearly a dozen new, high-profile titles over the next year.EA Sports FIFA 09, Spore Origins and Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition will launch in time for the holiday...

Thumbplay tunes into crowded, complicated full-track download market

Thumbplay Inc. bulked up its library off-deck goodies with a full-track mobile download service.The New York-based wireless content company launched a beta version of the offering, which delivers DRM-free tunes directly to MP3-enabled phones as well as PCs. The songs are available for $1...

PlayPhone secures another mobile music deal

PlayPhone Inc. notched its fourth and final major record label, securing a deal to distribute mastertones from Universal Music Group.A division of Vivendi, UMG claims nearly 20 subsidiary labels and artists such as 50 Cent, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, The Killers and U2. PlayPhone...

MySpace offers free downloadable app for Android

MySpace jumped aboard the Android bandwagon with a free, downloadable application customized for the new platform.MySpace Android allows users to upload photos, access band profiles and tour schedules, view comments on profiles and connect with other users. Members of the popular social-networking site can...

VZW’s proposed text-fee increase still being digested

FOR NOW, AT LEAST, Verizon Wireless has stepped away from plans to tack on a drastic 3-cent fee to each vendor-generated message on its network. But there's little doubt that some significant changes are in store for nearly every player on the business-to-consumer text...

Simon & Schuster inks deal for books on cellphones: Macmillan Publishing Solutions’ MPS Mobile to get best sellers

Simon & Schuster unveiled a deal to make more than 500 of its titles available through the Macmillan Publishing Solutions' MPS Mobile.The effort launched with books such as the best-seller "The Secret" as well as titles from the "Star Trek" line; additional offerings will...

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