infoSync World - Nokia smartphones double as remotes: "First came a public beta for the Sony Ericsson P800, and now a version of PsiNT's infrared remote control software is available for Series 60 smartphones. irRemote 1.0 allows users to control a wide range of audio and video equipment using the built-in infrared ports of these smartphones."
iTnews: "Telstra and its financial advisers for too long have put their future hopes on mobiles. Despite clear warnings, WAP, GPRS, MMS and 3G are not providing them a golden pathway to new revenue streams and high profits."
T-Mobile jettisons Microsoft smart phone: "T-Mobile International, Europe's second largest mobile phone operator, said Thursday it has shelved plans to introduce a smart phone powered by Microsoft software. Industry sources said the phone software still has "fundamental problems'' leading to high failure rates." [via CNet.com]
ZDNet |UK| News - Nokia pen writes notes to a mobile phone: "A digital pen being developed by Nokia allows mobile phone users to write or draw a message, transfer it to the phone and then distribute it via MMS. When used with a specially-printed notepad, Nokia's new gadget -- the Digital Pen SU-1B -- allows users to write in digital ink and transfer the image to their mobile phones via Bluetooth radio."
Nokia, Unisys Team for MMS: "The MMS solution offered by Unisys will be a high-capacity multimedia messaging platform for person-to-person mobile messaging and content access. Under the agreement, Unisys will resell Nokia's market-leading end-to-end multimedia messaging solution to Unisys telecommunications clients. These clients will then be able to act as a bridge between content providers and millions of end-user customers who desire comprehensive and versatile MMS services"
Nokia's N-Gage To Launch October 7th: "The N-Gage will be available for sale on October 7th of this year, for the unsubsidized price of $299. That's pretty amazing, given that Nokia's recent phone combos, including the 3650 digital-camera phone, and earlier combos have been priced at $500 or more."
infoSync World : Send free SMS with J2ME phones. SMSSend 2.0 is a J2ME app which allows users to bypass the operators for sending SMS by virtue of using ICQ's SMS sending service instead. The operators must just hate the growing power of the handsets which is surely going to thwart many of their revenue streams. How long will users spend a small ranson on regular MMS, for instance, before they realise they can get the same effect through the email function for a fraction of the cost?
BlogPlanet is a new Java-based moblogging app that came out a week or so ago... What a kick ass little MIDlet! Jim sent this over to me yesterday and I just had a chance to play with it right now and it's just a well-done, clean app. Here's the features from their site:
Create, edit and delete posts
A user dictionary which lets you add shortcuts for frequently used words and phrases
Take pictures with the built-in camera
Easily include the pictures in your posts, without having to enter HTML code
Supports the BloggerAPI and MetaWeblogAPI for compatibility with a vast number of blog sites