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Opinion

Can’t the emergency services do a location lookup on this 3 year old girl?

If you’ve been following any live TV today you’ll have seen this story about a 3 year old who called 999 about her mother who’d fallen down the stairs. The media is doing a good job of trying to raise awareness in the hope that someone in the area will know the family and be […]

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Applications Operators Services

Location ‘holy grail’ features now offered by BlueVia

Now then, for years — YEARS — developers have been crying out for proper location APIs from mobile operators to use. Years. It got so bad that the unthinkable eventually happened — Nokia was forced to start including GPS chips in their handsets. It was THAT bad. And it was unthinkable because of the battery […]

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Applications Devices Opinion

We have a (GPS) fix! – Testing Nokia Booklet 3G to the limit

This is Momchil here with a quick post on the Nokia Booklet 3G. I’ve been busy editing all the video material, and I haven’t had the chance to write anything recently. I’ve been using the Nokia Booklet for nearly three moths now, and I love it. I just had the feeling there is more to […]

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News

I’m on the hunt for location based services, apps & opinion to feature next week

It’s Location Based Services Week on Mobile Industry Review! Next week I’m aiming to publish a series of opinions on what’s going on with mobile location and location based services. Please, please tell me that best practice isn’t about sticking your logo on Foursquare? 😉 I’d welcome 300-400 words from executives based in and around […]

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Opinion

I can’t wait for this check-in culture to move on

I absolutely cannot stand this check-in culture that has spread across the ‘connected’ social media masses. It’s not just FourSquare… everyone’s doing it. I can’t move for check-in competitions and updated services that now come with check-in features. You can now get check-in aggregators. A check-in — the act of physically taking out your phone, […]

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Applications

Rummble raises $800,000 venture funding

This news came in when I was in the midst of the birth process last week so I wasn’t able to do anything on it, but I wanted to document it. Rummble, the personalised mobile location recommendations service, just got $800k of funding from m8 Capital. Congratulations all! Rummble offers users a ‘page rank for […]

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News

Jobs: WaveMarket are hunting for a Smartphone Developer Community Manager

I just heard in from Jason over at location experts, WaveMarket. They’re hunting for a Smartphone Developer Community Manager. The role comes with a super salary and is a super opportunity for someone looking to get stuck into the developer relations industry. Here are the details: Background WaveMarket is the hottest startup in location based […]

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News

Telmap & BlueSky deliver A-GPS sim card based navigation solution

If your phone doesn’t have built-in location features (and it won’t if it’s a low cost device), then decent GPS navigation will require you to go and buy a personal navigation device or “PND” as they are known. Often that PND could end up costing 5 times as much as your actual handset. What do […]

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Applications

LoKast: Share your media with anyone quickly & simply

I’ve been playing with LoKast for a few days and it’s raised some rather exciting possibilities. The application turns your iPhone into a two-way media server, enabling you to rapidly share any of your media (photos, video, contacts, music) to anyone else using the app on the same WiFi or Bluetooth connection. My first reaction […]

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News

Becoming Mayor of the North Pole: It’s all in the API

Reader Moof forwarded me this post about one man’s efforts to see just what can be achieved on FourSquare with a bit of coding and one or two hours. Turns out you can do quite a lot. At some point last week, I devolved into a 12 year old hacker, and I spent many spare […]

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News

Vodafone spurns UK’s Rummble for FourSquare

I saw Vodafone’s FourSquare deal announcement this morning and immediately wondered what the hell had happened to their rumoured deal with UK location-and-recommendation service, Rummble. The word on the grapevine is that Rummble — having worked really hard on a very neat looking Vodafone 360 app — were due to get all sorts of on-handset […]

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News

Mobile Monday Silicon Valley rocked

May 4, 2009 6:31 pm to 10:31 pm Mobile Monday Silicon Valley was fantastic this evening. There was a huge turnout on an uncharacteristically rainy San Francisco evening for the Location-Aware app demo evening. Skyhook Wireless kindly underwrote the bar and gave a pitch at the beginning of the series of presentations, outlining their rather excellent range of location services available to mobile developers