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Q&A: Miles Shipside on Rightmove's iPhone app

Rightmove has just launched an iPhone app version of its property search engine, which allows users to search for properties by location or by using the phone's GPS.

I've been talking to Miles Shipside, Rightmove's Commercial Director, about the development of the new iPhone app...

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App review: Independent for iPhone

Hot on the heels of its new mobile website, The Independent has released an iPhone news app this week.

The Independent iPhone app is a departure from some other newspaper apps, as it is designed to allows readers to download all the articles while they have a decent 3G or wi-fi connection, and saves them for reading while offline.

Independent iPhone app

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App review: Barnes & Noble for iPhone

US book retailer Barnes & Noble has just launched an iPhone app which allows users to shop from their mobiles, as well as using the camera to search for products.

The retailer already has a mobile commerce site, but the iPhone app has the potential to deliver a richer experience for customers. I've been taking a closer look...

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Mobile app review: Rightmove on iPhone

Property search engine Rightmove launched its iPhone app today, allowing users to search for properties by location or by using the phone's GPS.

According to Rightmove, around 95% of visits to its mobile website came from iPhone users, so releasing an app that provides the best possible experience for these users makes sense.

I compared the Rightmove and Globrix mobile websites last week, and found the iPhone optimised Globrix version the easier to use. I've been trying out the new app to see how it compares to the mobile site.

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ABC partners with Netflix to stream its backlog of shows

Netflix has been hard at work getting its content on as many platforms as possible. This week, they're starting to stream early seasons of ABC shows like "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives." There are also rumors of a Netflix app that will soon stream video content to the iPhone.

This is all great news for Netflix. But is it a winning situation for the networks? Yes.

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Why government should stay out of the App Store

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating Apple and AT&T after Google's Voice iPhone app was rejected for inclusion in the App Store.

The justification: the FCC "has a mission to foster a competitive wireless marketplace, protect and empower consumers, and promote innovation and investment".

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How mobile networks can improve selector tools

With so many phones on the market, and different options for price plans, purchasing a mobile online can be a daunting prospect for customers.

This is where a good selector tool can be useful. It can assist customers to find a mobile and tariff that matches their needs, and can lead to increased customer confidence and more sales.

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The year of mobile: fact or fiction?

Will 2010 be the year of mobile? It's the perennial question and it's certainly getting closer. Improving handset technology and increased demand for the mobile internet are propelling the industry forward. Econsultancy's new Mobile Marketing Buyer's Guide explores the various developments that are removing the barriers to growth. 

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Mobile site comparison: Rightmove and Globrix

Property search engine Globrix launched an updated version of its mobile website this week, with some extra functionality for iPhone users.

Rival Rightmove also has a mobile version of its property search engine, so I've been looking at the two mobile sites (on an iPhone) to see how the user experience compares...

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PSA's come to mobile. Along with additional purchasing options.

How do you get people to start charging purchases on their mobile phones? Have them to do it for charity.

This week mobile gaming company Cellufun will launch the first ever mobile public service announcement campaign. In conjunction with The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Cellufan is offering free in-game advertising, as well as mobile donation opportunities to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The mobile PSA could be very profitable for the ASPCA. But it's also a smart move on Cellufan's part. Getting new groups of users to spend money through their phones will help pave the way for monetizing the mobile web.

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Lack of demand for Acer's Android netbook: a sign of things to come for Chrome OS?

There was a considerable amount of excitement when Google announced Chrome OS. Many felt that it was a significant development that would not only have an impact on Google's future, but on Microsoft's future.

But the fate of one Android-based netbook may be a sign of things to come for Google's OS efforts.

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Moldy tweets: Take a deep breath before responding to negativity

Everybody just calm down. A Twitter user who wrote a negative tweet about mold in her apartment is now being sued for $50,000 in damages. The takeaway?

Individuals should be careful what they say in a public forum. But companies need to take a deep breath before escalating their bad publicity to the national level.

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