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Ben is a 10+ year veteran of the Mobile industry – starting his career when SMS was a still a relatively new concept for most people (!), he has now consulted on everything from bleeding-edge Mobile content, to the next-gen accessories you might view it on. As a result he has a broad and deep knowledge in numerous areas of Mobile – from network operators to device vendors, to infrastructure and middleware vendors (not to mention content delivery) – and has worked for companies in all of these areas! He is based in the UK, a hotbed of activity for mobile, and recently became a father for the second time – as oppose to in his younger years when he was happy spend time tweaking all manner of mobile devices to 'nth' degree, he now looks for services and hardware that provide the most efficient, compact, and reliable improvements to his already manic life! It’s his opinion that Mobile solutions should be there to help to make your life better – if a particular solution (be it service or device) isn’t doing this, he believes you need to ask the very important question of why you continue to use it... His focus at IntoMobile is mainly on Mobile content, services, and infrastructure, particularly as regards the UK market – and with the occasional look at devices. Additionally, using his extensive experience in the industry, he will provide commentary on the industry at large, with regular (and hopefully thought-provoking) articles.
Vodafone have announced the local winners of its Vodafone AppStar competition, a list of eight mobile apps that will now fight to become the best app in Europe and claim a share of the €1 million Vodafone AppStar prize fund. In the UK, JoggerTracker – an application developed by Mark Salvin that uses GPS to calculate information such as the amount of calories burned and distance travelled during a run as well as displaying this information on a graph along with previous runs information – took the top spot, with … Read more
A nice and brief one, this one – my buddy Stephen over at Fonehome.co.uk has got his hands on a Vodafone 845, and has been busy documenting it in video (below) and pics (see above). If you’d like to check out the full set o’ pics, then go here. The 845 is the first VF-branded handset to be based on Google’s Android platform. It will run on Éclair, the latest version of the Android platform, and will be pre-loaded with VF 360 apps, giving users access to unique services such … Read more
Mobile TV chip maker Siano Mobile Silicon has announced that all top three of Brazil’s mobile carriers – Vivo, Claro and TIM Brazil – are now promoting products using its MDTV receivers. In partnership with Chinese Telco giant, ZTE, Siano are powering mobile phones and 3G modem cards equipped with digital TV for mobile subscribers in Brazil. The Siano-powered terminals enable viewing of dozens of channels comprised of Sports, News and Entertainment – an experience that will culminate with the FIFA World Cup in 2010. “We want Brazilians to fully … Read more
AlertMe has launched a free iPhone app called EnergyMap, providing users with a breakdown of average energy spend a year and the related carbon footprint comparing 408 boroughs across the UK from the Shetland Isles to Penzance. Logging into Energy Map, the iPhone’s geo-location immediately locates the user, identifies the borough and presents the average annual household energy spend, a breakdown into electricity and gas cost, the CO2 emissions and ranks the borough from worst (highest) to best in the UK. In addition the 408 boroughs can be viewed A-Z to … Read more
As part of its regular own-brand portfolio refresh, Vodafone has announced eight (yes, eight!) new handsets designed to for a range of market segments – from ultra low cost, through fashion and design influenced, to competitively priced mobile internet devices with cutting-edge smartphone functionality. So what did they announce? Check the devices out after the jump…!
I-play has announced the global launch of Fast & Furious: Adrenaline for iPhone and iPod touch. The game is based off the popular (at least I think it’s popular) series of films starring actors like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Ahem. Racing and Fast & Furious fans everywhere will, for the first time, be able to share their dominance in the world of underground street racing through innovative social network and connectivity features. Fast & Furious: Adrenaline allows players to upload videos of their fastest races to both Facebook and … Read more
Vodafone UK already has a ton of Android-powered smartphones in its range, and customers will soon have even more choice available with the launch of the Vodafone 845. The 845 is the first VF-branded handset to be based on Google’s Android platform. It will run on Éclair, the latest version of the Android platform, and will be pre-loaded with VF 360 apps, giving users access to unique services such as Vodafone Music and MyWeb. The device itself has a 2.8” screen, offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G/HSDPA connectivity, and features a … Read more
Back on the Android news trail, and this time we find Vodafone UK receving some Android goodness… customers can now order the premier Google device! Vodafone is the first European mobile operator to offer Nexus One. Customers who pre-order online will be the first to get one for free on a £35 monthly price plan (24 month), on April 30. It will also be available via Vodafone stores and telesales, with Vodafone providing direct support with the “superphone” when they need it. It will also be available on a range of … Read more
O2 today made its latest play in the mobile broadband market by announcing two laptops with built in mobile broadband exclusive to O2. The new ultra-thin Asus UL30A laptop and the Samsung N150 netbook with embedded SIM cards will only be available from O2. The launch of O2’s first embedded devices follows a launch into the lucrative laptop market last year. With the laptop market continuing to grow rapidly O2 has moved to offer customers these laptops with the full service wrap that has proved so successful for mobile broadband … Read more
ALK Technologies today announced that it has submitted CoPilot Live HD to the app store. With street maps stored on the device, CoPilot Live HD takes full advantage of the iPad 3G’s in-built GPS receiver and high resolution touch screen to provide the ultimate large-screen voice-guided navigation experience. CoPilot Live HD makes it easy to find the way in-car or to plan a trip in advance with beautiful hi-resolution maps and graphics. A new split screen driving view (as you can see from the pic above) combines uncluttered 3D or … Read more
Heathrow Airport Ltd are kind people – rather than charging £1.79 for their application, they are giving it away for free. But why, you ask? Well, it’s all due to that Icelandic volcano that has been spewing Ash in to the atmosphere, and blocking all flights to/from the UK. Heathrow decided that people needed the App for free, since most people travelling at that time have been facing travel chaos! Nice move guys! You can get info such as flight arrival/departure info, terminal news and maps, and check-in procedures – … Read more