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Posts in Mobile

iPhone app comparison: Qype Radar and Yelp

Local listings and reviews websites should be well suited to the mobile internet, as the kind of information they offer can be incredibly useful when out and about and looking for somewhere to eat, or some local entertainment.

There are a few sites like Tipped, Yell.com which have dedicated mobile versions of their services, but two such websites have launched iPhone apps, which offer a richer experience than the standard mobile sites. I have been trying out two iPhone listings apps; Qype Radar and Yelp...

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CES 2009: the 3 biggest news items

CES, the world's largest consumer technology trade show, started yesterday.

Despite the economy and speculation about the economy's impact on CES this year, CES seems to be doing alright this year and is still one of the most important technology trade shows in the world; the place where hot new consumer gadgets are launched and big announcements made.

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What does rising netbook popularity mean for web designers?

Netbooks are on the rise. The bare-bones laptops, which typically cost under $500 and are designed for web surfing and email, are increasingly the focus of major PC makers looking for growth.

And for good reason.

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Q&A: AdMob's Thomas Schulz on mobile advertising

AdMob is a mobile advertising network that connects advertisers with publishers, allowing advertisers to target ads to mobile websites and, more recently, through iPhone apps.

We have been talking to AdMob's European MD Thomas Shulz about the mobile ad marketing general, and how the growth in iPhone usage has affected the industry...

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Five of the best: iPhone websites

The iPhone's Safari browser provides one of the best ways to use the internet on a mobile phone, and some companies have responded to the device's growing popularity by adapting their own websites to work on its 480 x 320 touch screen.

While many standard versions of websites can be viewed effectively on the iPhone, plenty of scrolling and zooming in and out is still required, and this can be frustrating on some sites. I've been taking a look at some of the best sites I've found that have been optimised for the iPhone...

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The Web Week in Review

It was an interesting week. As news of the debate over the possible bailout of the United States' struggling automakers captured the headlines and largely dictated the mood in the major financial markets around the world, newspaper titan Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy and the Pulitzer Prize Board decided to fully embrace online journalism.

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Mobile site review: Newsnow.co.uk

News aggregator Newsnow has recently released a version of its website optimised for mobile users.

Newsnow mobile

Newsnow uses a wide range of sources, I find it useful for keeping up with football news for instance, so how well has it translated to mobile? 

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All I want for Christmas ... is a new mobile phone

One of the first lessons in usability is that people vary and that designing for ‘average’ doesn’t work.  Nowhere is this more true than in the highly competitive world of mobile phone design.

Actually I don’t want a new mobile because I have an iPhone and I love it.  Of course, it’s not perfect but once again Apple has demonstrated that it understands the importance of the ‘user experience’.  Even its cardboard box is beautiful.

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Best practice tips for mobile websites

As Patrick talked about on Monday, 2009 may turn out to be the year for mobile internet, and companies need to be thinking about their mobile strategies.

Some websites have already adapted well to the use of mobile internet, but others seemingly have a long way to go. A new ebook (pdf) from dotMobi takes a look at the best and worst on the mobile web.

Here are a few best practice tips for mobile websites...

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Does advertising iPhone apps on iPhone apps work?

Last week Barry Schwartz at Search Engine Roundtable trialled AdMob, the online advertising platform, where he blew $100 in half an hour, advertising an iPhone app.

I asked him whether it worked out or not...

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Is 2009 the year of the mobile internet?

It seems that for the past decade, we've all been told that the mobile internet is going to be "big" and will eventually eclipse the "desktop-oriented" internet that most of us are still most familiar with.
 

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8 SMS gateways/aggregators

Last week in my SMS primer, I discussed the role of the SMS gateways that provide connectivity to the mobile infrastructure that makes SMS messaging possible. If you've developed a mobile application and need connectivity to the carriers, you'll need an SMS gateway.

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