Cash Consumers Get Mobile

Author: Sven Rafferty
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

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Increasing numbers of cash consumers in the UK are using Ukash when they shop, pay and play online and now they’re going to benefit from getting Ukash direct to their mobile.

Thousands of consumers each day that don’t have or don’t want to use a credit or debit card online use Ukash. Today they get Ukash from thousands of convenient locations such as newsagents and petrol stations and just use the unique and secure Ukash number when they pay at one of the hundreds of websites that accept Ukash. But now they can get Ukash anywhere, anytime!

“Ukash is growing in popularity with the large section of the population that don’t have cards or are concerned about the security of using them online,” comments Mark Chirnside, Ukash CEO. “This new service makes getting Ukash even more convenient for mobile users, meaning they can get a voucher straight to their ‘phone 24/7.”

Vodafone customers go to the secure Ukash Mobile web page using their phone’s internet browser. They confirm that they require a £10 Ukash voucher and as long as they have credit on their ‘phone they’ll receive a text with their unique 19-digit Ukash number. They’re then ready to pay on any web-site or mobile internet site that accepts Ukash.

Buying and using Ukash is incredibly simple. Uniquely numbered Ukash vouchers are widely available from 40,000 payment terminals in the UK, in newsagents, grocery stores, petrol forecourts and other convenient locations. Ukash vouchers can be redeemed on hundreds of lifestyle, shopping, communications, social networking and gaming websites in the UK.



Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Enjoy easy access to your handheld with the Proporta Magnetic Dashboard Mount

The latest addition to Proporta’s in-car solutions comes in the form of the new Magnetic Dashboard Mount. This small but effective car kit is the perfect accompaniment for those who like to stay connected when travelling in their car.

Using tough 3M adhesive pads, the Magnetic Dashboard Mount attaches to any vehicle dashboard and magnetically secures your mobile device enabling you quick easy access to your device, without taking your eyes off the road :-)

The small but effective hands free magnetic phone car kit can be stuck fast to your dashboard for quick but secure access to your phone. A small, subtle magnetic pad is applied to the back of your phone, which will allow it to securely attach itself to the mount, creating a safe but accessible Car Kit.

This revolutionary product comes with the car mount itself, 2 magnetic sticky pads and a lint-free cleaning cloth.

This product is small but indescribably convenient and is available from www.proporta.com.

Please Note: This product uses strong magnets. Direct contact between any magnetic storage medium (such as computer hard disks, hard disks used in 5G iPods and PDAs with large storage) and strong magnets may result in data loss. This does *not* affect PDAs, Smartphones or other devices (including the iPod nano and iPod shuffle) which use flash memory.



Tekkeon announces myCharger™, a portable USB power adapter with retractable prongs and several adapters, for charging iPhone, iPod and many popular mobile phones at home or while traveling.

myCharger can be used with the USB power cord from any small mobile device, or with any of the included adapter tips that enable connection to most models of:

  • iPhone (uses iPhone/iPod USB cable)
  • iPod (uses iPhone/iPod USB cable)
  • Blackberry
  • LG mobile phones
  • Motorola mobile phones
  • Nokia mobile phones
  • Samsung mobile phones
  • Sony Ericsson mobile phones

Optional adapter tips are available for other 5V devices including Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, other mobile phones, MP3 players, PDAs, portable games, and portable media players. An optional travel pack includes interchangeable international plugs for use abroad. Tekkeon provides a list of compatible devices on its web site at www.tekkeon.com. Read the rest of this entry »



Tuesday, June 19, 2007

While not Safari on the iPhone, BareSite.com will help your web-challenged phone formatting web sites for that dinky screen of yours. Much like other web-reformatting sites, BareSite.com strips out many of the graphics and formats the text to easily flow on your small screen. BareSite.com told SvenOnTech that it removes, “‘unneeded content’ creating an extremely light mobile version that shows well on mobile devices.” Claiming that 90 percent of “unneeded content” is removed from your request, BareSite.com will save you a ton of cash if you’re on a metered Internet plan. Adding the ability to search the dictionary, weather, traffic, news, and even jobs, BareSite.com puts many needs right there in one place. Add the fact that it is very customizable, BareSite.com may be a new reason for you to use your Internet capable phone again.



Monday, June 11, 2007

A new version of Greenlight Wireless' Skweezer service, which optimizes desktop Web content for mobile devices, is currently wrapping up beta testing and is slated for release on June 18th, 2007.

This latest version of Skweezer has been redesigned from top to bottom with one goal in mind: to get users to the content they're looking for as quickly as possible. To that end, the user interface has been completely redesigned to reduce keystrokes and take advantage of "hot key" navigation that utilizes a phone's keypad. Skweezer will now also use a robust, new search system to produce highly relevant Web, local, and image search results across multiple device platforms. Skweezer's code-base and hosting infrastructure have also been completely updated to provide the fastest Skweezer ever.

Several new features will be included in Skweezer 4.0, including dynamic image optimization, a completely updated directory, improved device-recognition technology, and a feature that will detect mobile-friendly Web sites so they won't be reformatted.

Skweezer is a free service that optimizes Web pages and searches for use on PDAs and cell phones. Skweezer compresses and reformats content being downloaded, so that it loads faster, looks better, and is easier to navigate. Skweezer has introduced many mobile browsing innovations, including the first pagination system that splits large Web pages up into smaller sub-pages for viewing on cell phones with limited "deck sizes", the first mobile Web page translation feature, and the first portal-based mobile RSS reader. Skweezer is completely platform-independent and can be accessed from Pocket PC, Palm, MS Smartphone, Blackberry, Symbian, PSP2, and WAP 2.0 compliant devices. Skweezer is also available as a "private label" solution for wireless carriers and content providers.



Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Greenlight Wireless' Skweezer service, which optimizes desktop Web content and searches for mobile devices, has reached a milestone by serving its 150 millionth Web page.

Skweezer has been mobilizing Web content since 2003, initially on the Skweezer portal at www.skweezer.net and later through search engine and wireless operator customers who use "white label" versions of the technology. Serving this level of traffic has allowed Greenlight Wireless to accumulate a very robust database of search terms, page content, and aggregated viewing behavior that continually helps the company organize and provide relevant desktop content to mobile users. Skweezer currently serves seven to eight million pages monthly, however this number is expected to grow significantly as several large-scale private label implementations currently in development become active in Q307. Skweezer currently has users in over 175 countries and is translated into six languages.

Skweezer is a free service that optimizes Web pages and searches for use on PDAs and cell phones. Skweezer compresses and reformats content being downloaded, so that it loads faster, looks better, and is easier to navigate. The service includes an e-mail client, RSS reader, address book, site directory, and other useful features designed specifically for the mobile environment. Skweezer is completely platform-independent and can be accessed from Pocket PC, Palm, MS Smartphone, Blackberry, Symbian, PSP2, and WAP 2.0 compliant devices.

The latest incarnation of Skweezer, Skweezer 4.0, is currently in beta testing and is slated for release on June 16th, 2007. Skweezer has been significantly updated to incorporate its latest device recognition and application scaling technologies. New features include an innovative user-interface, image optimization, a state-of the-art search platform, and even faster page-loading speeds.



Bamboo Technology today announced the release of Vault360 Smartphone Edition, a simple point-and-click conversion software tool that allows consumers to transfer, manage and organize their music, photo and video files on popular smartphones freeing them from carrying multiple devices when they travel. The $29.99 application, as well as the full Vault360 product line, are Vista-compliant and available at retail stores nationwide.

“Many users want to transfer videos, music, and photos to and from their Smartphones but to date converting DVDs, tapes, CDs and even TiVo recorded media requires in-depth knowledge of codecs, bit rates and formats,” said Todd Porter, president of Bamboo Technology. “Vault360 allows you to simply connect your Smartphone or insert its memory card into the computer and move a vast array of media to it or pull the media content from it, quickly and easily. Vault360 Smartphone Edition puts a theater, scrapbook and jukebox in the palm of your hand for anytime, anywhere entertainment.”

Vault360 Smartphone Edition is compatible with popular models such as the Blackberry Pearl, Motorola Q, Samsung Blackjack and Palm Treo. Users simply load Vault360 Smartphone Edition on their PC, directly connect the device to the USB port and begin transferring content in three clicks of the mouse. Smartphones that are not capable of direct-connect are supported through the phone memory card whereby media is converted and transferred directly to the memory card via a card reader.

Vault360 Smartphone Key Features:

Following are Vault360 Smartphone’s key features in the areas of music, photos and video. A comprehensive feature set can be found at www.bambootech.com.

Music:

  • Imports audio CDs, MP3, WMA, or WAV files
  • Automatic audio CD title lookup using an Internet database
  • Audio file preview that converts and transfers to your smartphone or memory card

Photos:

  • Connects directly to all digital cameras and/or digital camera media such as memory cards
  • Imports and scale photo files
  • Preview individual photos
  • Easy no-click animated zoom preview of photos
  • Exports selected photos to the most popular media devices (video iPods, PSP, ZEN)

Video:

  • Converts video files such as AVI, DivX, MPG, ASF, WMV, etc. to DVD format
  • Converts DVDs to video files such as AVI, Mpeg2, WMV, and Mpeg4 SP AVI
  • Imports video to computer from: DVDs (entire movie or chapters) and Analog or Digital camcorder; Digital Video Recorders (TiVo, Media Center PCs, DVRs); computer video files (AVI, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, ASF, WMV, DVR-MS, TiVo); VHS tapes; VCDs/SVCDs
  • Exports videos from computer to: personal media players (Video iPod, ZEN Vision, M/W) and portable game systems (PSP)
  • Video preview before and after import
  • Auto-fit card technology fits movies to 256MB – 4GB memory cards (PSP only)
  • Organizes video library by predefined and custom genres
  • Full audio and subtitle language selection for DVDs
  • Customize videos with preset or custom thumbnails


Monday, April 2, 2007

Get ready for some really sweet earbuds for your iPod, baby. V-MODA sent SvenOnTech some sweet Red Roxx, probably the earbuds of choice for Sammy Hagar, and dude, were we impressed. I mean we really liked these puppies.

No more cruddy Apple earbuds or those descent Phillips ones we’ve been using for months. Nope, now we’ve got some really good things to stuff into our ears and enjoy the tunes coming from our 80 GB iPod 5.5G unit. Now, if you need the dets, then slap yourself over to the review and get ‘em!



Alltel Wireless, America’s largest network and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) today announced the LG AX8600, an ultra-slim phone that lets customers listen to their favorite music while on the go. Available in Marine Blue, Apple Green and Shimmering Gold the LG AX8600 features an MP3 player with touch-sensitive external keys, a 1.3 mega pixel camera/camcorder, Alltel’s patent-pending Celltop technology and entertainment applications including Alltel’s Axcess TV and XM Radio Mobile, making this a must have mobile entertainment device. The LG AX8600 is now available and can be purchased at Alltel Wireless retail stores and at shopalltel.com.

“For our active customers who desire a phone that offers the latest in technology and fashion, the LG AX8600 is a perfect fit,” said Wade McGill, senior vice president of product management for Alltel Wireless. “In addition, Alltel Wireless customers can choose from three great colors that best reflect their personality.”

The LG AX8600 includes a 1.3 mega pixel camera with video, Bluetooth Stereo® wireless technology, an expandable microSD memory slot and the latest Axcess features, including Alltel’s Mobile Guide navigation service. The phone also comes with Alltel’s Axcess TV application preloaded, allowing subscribers to watch over 25 available channels, and features XM Radio Mobile, a subscription radio service that provides customers with unlimited access to select audio streams of 20 popular commercial-free XM music channels for $7.99 per month. Read the rest of this entry »



Thursday, February 22, 2007

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FotoNation announced today the world’s first red-eye technology for cameras phones, the FotoNation award-winning Red-Eye Correction Technology. A highly portable software implementation, FotoNation’s Red-Eye Correction Technology is directly embedded in the camera phone so consumers can automatically take perfect red-eye free photos from their camera phone every time, with no software re-touching needed.

FotoNation is the leading licensor of embedded red-eye reduction technology to the digital camera industry, with licensees including Kodak, Nikon, PENTAX, Sanyo, Samsung, Nikon, and and other popular brands. The company recently won the prestigious 2006 European IST award in recognition of its superior automatic correction of the red-eye photographic problem and has been issued 2 United States patents with over 20 additional patents pending in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East.

Since more powerful flashes are now shipping with the latest models of cameras phones, red-eye technology is crucial for taking photos with these devices. The presence of stronger flash technology, as well as the close proximity of the flash to the lenses of camera phones also contributes to the frequent occurrence of red-eye.

“FotoNation’s Red Eye detection and reduction technology has become the defacto standard for embedded implementations of red-eye correction in today’s digital cameras,” said Eran Steinberg, CEO of FotoNation. “We have optimized the implementation of our red-eye technology over many different DSC platforms. Our most recent port to mobile camera platforms is the logical next step.”

FotoNation Red-Eye Technology automatic detection and correction of red-eye will be available on the Nokia N73, N80 and N93 series of camera phones. FotoNation will be demonstrating this new capability at the Photo Marketing Association Show (PMA) in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 8-11, 2007.