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Are Mobile TV and Video Still Killer Apps?

Mobile TV and video were once considered “killer apps” that would entice subscribers to use more data, helping the networks increase ARPU and hold onto customers in an increasingly cutthroat market. Video was perhaps thought of as a panacea that would prevent operators becoming merely bit-pipes; but in reality, this is the situation they face […]

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Here’s my backup strategy for my 300GB Picturelife account

Picturelife has done it again: They’ve just released the latest version of their service on mobile and it’s even better than before. The price plans have had a total re-jig and now for $15/month, you’ll get unlimited storage for all your photos and video. Picturelife’s back-end data storage parter is Amazon S3. Amazon is rock […]

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I’ve got 200gb of photos on Picturelife and they’re not backed up: Am I nuts?

I was evangelising Picturelife to Ben and Rafe whilst we were recording some 361 Degrees podcast episodes recently. I explained that I had just over 200gb of photos (38,000 images, 1,500 videos) and that I was absolutely delighted with the user experience. Ben asked if I had them backed up. I said no. Of course […]

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Services

Picturelife is the best photo (& video) hosting service I’ve come across

Long term readers who’ve stuck with me through the thick and thin (hello!) will know that photo sharing is a real problem I’ve been examining for years. I even almost managed to start a service — FamilyShare — to fix the problems I perceived as needing addressing. Readers pitched in with ideas and offers of […]

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News

New tech puts LTE network optimisation into the base station (users already overloading 4G networks)

With the rise of 4G as LTE slowly rolls-out across the globe it’s tempting to think that data optimisation technology will become redundant. No longer will users have to squeeze YouTube cat videos (and it really is video that’s pushing operators hardest now) down feeble 3G connections. Not so, say experts Mobixell.

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Ubuntu Mobile announcement video featuring commentary from MIR team

Here’s the extended version of the video shown at the launch of Ubuntu Mobile, including quotes from Ewan, Rafe Blandford of All About Windows Phone alongside  Head of Mobile, Business & Commercial at Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Ed Hodges:

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Operators

Is Netflix about to be a real problem for the UK’s mobile operators?

I signed up for Netflix this morning after reading Matt’s post over at The Next Web. It’s just £5.99 a month. I’ve used the service in the States a few times and was very impressed. Today’s UK launch is rightly generating a lot of excitement — and given there’s a 1-month free trial (you do […]

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Operators Services

‪Mobile Video Optimisation: Time for a new era? ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Noam Green from Mobixell caught my recent post about the data capacity crunch and sent in this contribution as a response — along with an infographic (at the bottom). Over to Noam: – – – – – Current approaches to mobile network and content optimisation will fail to address the real requirements of managing the […]

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Devices News

Polycom’s RealPresence for iPad 2: Utterly brilliant

This morning I did a video conference call from my office at home in Ascot. My equipment was simply a BT Infinity internet connection along with an iPad 2 running Polycom’s all new RealPresence app. My colleague’s equipment? £15k’s worth of Polycom kit attached to a whopping 42″ screen. He even has a little control […]

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DevCon Video: Sean from Perfecto Mobile

It’s time for another one of the video interviews I conducted at last week’s BlackBerry DevCon. This time I’m featuring Sean, one of the chaps from mobile services firm, Perfecto Mobile. In this video Sean gives us an overview of the company’s key offerings (in particular, application testing, scripting and monitoring). Over to Sean:

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Services

DevCon Video: Nimrod Cohen from Search 4 BBM

Here’s an interview from last week’s BlackBerry DevCon Americas event. It features Nimrod Cohen, top man at Search 4 BBM, discussing his all new search facility for BlackBerry Messenger profiles. Over to Nimrod:

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50% of users abandon mobile videos half way through watching

I met up with Noam from Mobixell before this year’s Mobile World Congress. I was meant to meet up with him again in Barcelona, but unfortunately he was ill. Anyway, I enjoyed Mobixell’s take on the issue of network congestion – the causes of it (mainly video according to Mobixell) and some ways to try […]