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NTT tests out smelly mobiles

NTT Com’s engineers look like they might have a bit too much time on their hands: the company has revealed its planned to test its ‘Mobile Fragrance Communication (Kaori Tsushin Mobile)’ service for 10 days this month. Users taking part in the trial will be treated to smell emanating from their mobiles to accompany the […]

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Europe give go-ahead for mobiles on planes

After Ofcom decided to allow mobiles on planes last month, the EC said it’s paving the way for more of the same from other European Union member states. The era of pan-European in-flight mobility will be ushered in by two measures announced by the EC this week: a “Commission Recommendation for a harmonised approach on […]

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Almost everything you wanted to know about the zzzPhone

The zzzPhone: The first mass-consumer customisable mobile handset. I can’t tell you how exciting it was, a few months ago, flicking through the zzzPhone order form and choosing the specification of my new handset. GPS or no? How much memory? Size of camera? Did you say 7 megapixel? Heh. It was brilliant. I ended up […]

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Mobile data cards will kill off wi-fi hotspots

3G could potentially kill off wi-fi, according to analysts Infonetics Research, as more and more of us use mobile broadband data cards rather than the wireless hotspots provided by coffee shops and the like as the service becomes “more available, more affordable, and a higher performance choice” Infonetics says that sales of mobile data cards […]

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CBS, Aggregate team to make mobile news hunt easier

CBS Mobile has teamed up with Aggregate to help users find the type of news stories they want to read, after teaming up with Aggregate Knowledge. CBS Mobile will recommend articles to its readers by using behavioural targeting – picking out patterns in what is being viewed, clicked and read – anonymously and in aggregate […]

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Mobile video firm Viva Vision picks up $2 million

Mobile entertainment applications and content provider Viva Vision has received a $2 million capital injection from Medical Capital Corporation, which the company says it will use “to scale its business, support its growing user base, and further grow distribution”. Last year Viva Vision introduced a mobile slideshows business line, with content both produced by in-house […]

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Google wants to reuse TV spectrum for fast mobiles

Following the release of Android, it looks like Google has no intention of leaving the mobile world alone. According to Bloomberg, the internet search giant submitted a plan to Federal Communications Commission asking it to open up unused TV airwaves for mobile use. Bloomberg reports that Google’s plan says that the vacant spectrum or “white […]

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Sprint adds MySpace to its friends

Sprint is obviously feeling generous these days – it’s giving away free mobile access to MySpace Mobile on all web-enabled phones – which it claims is a first for any US operator – to coincide with the official launch of MySpace’s mobile site. MySpace users will get all the usual goodies – including being able […]

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Continental Airlines testing mobile boarding passes

It looks like paper plane tickets are finally be superseded by mobile phones. According to the New York Times Continental Airlines have been testing mobile phone boarding passes since December. The airline industry has talked about mobile boarding passes (as opposed to mobile phone check-in) before, and the process has got the backing of the […]

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Ofcom cracksdown on mobile misselling

After it warned the mobile industry last year that mandatory regulation could be on the way if it didn’t clean up its act, Ofcom is hoping to introduce new rules to clamp down on mobile misselling. The mobile watchdog said it was pressed to do so after “some mobile phone companies and third party sales […]