Archive for the ‘Entertainment’ Category

Mobile Marketing : Apple – iPhone – A Guided Tour

juillet 5, 2007

It’s available…

iPhone review is coming… stay connected… 😉

Aplle Apple – iPhone – A Guided Tour

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Nokia – Press Release : Nokia N77 multimedia computer starts shipping – Live TV in your pocket / Mobile Marketing

juin 19, 2007

Espoo, Finland – Finland is the first to experience optimized mobile TV with the Nokia N77 multimedia computer. Later this month also Vietnam and India will start shipments of the Nokia N77. Consumers will now be able to keep up to date with news and sports and enjoy their favorite TV shows live on the move. The affordable Nokia N77 comes in a stylish and pocketable form factor with complete Nokia Nseries functionalities.

« The Nokia N77 takes TV out of the living room, » said Jonas Geust, head of Nokia Nseries Players Category, Multimedia, Nokia. « The wide 2.4″ flat screen and high quality stereo sound makes it the ideal personal mobile device for enjoying TV programs on the go. »

The dedicated TV key on the Nokia N77 gives users direct access to a world of TV programs. It even remembers the last channel viewed when switched off the TV. Viewers can also set reminders to alert when a program is starting and access it at the push of a button.

The Nokia N77 also offers the advantage of 30 second replay and live TV watching continues after the replay clip. Through the Program Guide in the mobile TV application viewers can see program information up to seven days, browse TV channels, purchase new channels if desired and select the TV program they are interested in.

With practically all the features people would expect from a true Nokia Nseries multimedia computer, including MP3 player, 2 megapixel camera (1600 x 1200 pixels), web browsing, email access, calendar and to-do lists, the Nokia N77 is much more than just live TV and entertainment – it’s the key to an entire world of multimedia computing.

The Nokia N77 is based on S60 3rd Edition software on Symbian OS and is offered in markets where commercial mobile TV services based on DVB-H technology are available.

A full list of Nokia N77 features is available at www.nseries.com/n77
Product photos are available at www.nokia.com/press/photos
For more information on mobile TV, visit www.nokia.com/mobiletv

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Verizon exclusivity ends, YouTube Mobile opens the gates – Mobile Marketing

juin 18, 2007

Alright, everyone go quit your jobs and pick up second (and third) batteries for your handsets: YouTube Mobile has gone live.

As previously reported, YouTube was apparently merely biding its time while Verizon’s exclusivity deal ran its course before flipping the switch, so now we can all enjoy several hundred editor’s picks — the supposed cream of the YouTube crop — in mobile-friendly 3GP format (though word has it they’re eventually planning a full mobile implementation).

Initial testing on our Nokia N76 review unit suggests that 3G data is highly recommended, but we somehow suspect we’ll still manage to sink our productivity to record lows even on crappy EDGE. Hit up m.youtube.com to check it out; we’ll be on the couch with our eyes glued to our phones if you need us.

http://m.youtube.com

Verizon exclusivity ends, YouTube Mobile opens the gates – Engadget Mobile

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Mobile Marketing : Apple’s iPhone Rocks the Cell Phone Industry

juin 7, 2007

Paul Carton (ChangeWave Alliance) submits: It’s not often that we say “it rocks” when analyzing a consumer device trend. But the findings of our latest ChangeWave cell phone survey invite extremes to describe the startling impact the Apple (AAPL) iPhone is having on the cellular industry.

Our survey of 3,489 Alliance members – conducted April 4-10 – reveals exceptionally high levels of excitement surround the iPhone’s upcoming release. Nearly one-in-10 respondents (9%) say they are likely to buy the new iPhone once it becomes available in June.

Another 7% say they are likely to buy the iPhone as a gift for someone else.

These are big numbers, especially when you consider the worldwide market for cell phones is around 1 billion and Apple’s goal is to get to 1% of that market in year one – which would mean selling about 10 million phones.

Clearly the current results, while similar to our January survey findings, provide strong evidence that Apple should exceed its iPhone sales goals for 2008 – providing the device lives up to consumer expectations.

The iPhone’s overall integration of iPod, Phone, Camera and Email/Internet capability (28%) remains the top selling point among likely buyers. Importantly, the survey has also uncovered an additional surge in demand if the iPhone’s proposed price point is lowered.

To find out how far the price has to drop to attract additional customers, we asked the rest of our respondents who aren’t yet considering the iPhone the following question:

For those not considering buying an Apple iPhone, at what price point would you consider buying an iPhone?

A total of 10% say they’d consider buying a 4GB iPhone if the price falls to the $200-$299 range, while a total of 20% said they’d consider the 8GB model in this price range.

The Explosive Impact on Cell Phone Manufacturers

To gain a full sense of the iPhone’s looming impact on manufacturers, we compared their current market share in our survey with planned consumer purchases for the next six months.

Currently, Motorola (MOT) (33%) remains the leading manufacturer among Alliance cell phone owners, with LG (LPL) (15%) second and Nokia (NOK) (14%) third. But when you look at planned future buying the iPhone’s impact becomes clear.

For the second-consecutive survey, Motorola’s future share among consumers has seen a dramatic decline – falling from 33% last October to just 17% currently. Nokia has also fallen from 11% to 9% during this period.

“As more and more consumers switch to the iPhone, we are going to see a huge migration from cell phone manufacturers like Motorola to the hipper, cooler iPhone,” says Tobin Smith, founder of ChangeWave Research and editor of ChangeWave Investing.

The Effect on Cellular Service Providers

We see the same pattern among service providers. Currently, Verizon (VZ) (30%) holds the market share lead among our respondents while AT&T’s (T) Cingular (27%) – which is Apple’s exclusive service provider for the United States – is in second. We note that third place Sprint/Nextel (S) (12%) has fallen 1-point to a new low.

But going forward we find a dramatic turn of events. Cingular (28%; up 6 points) has surged ahead of Verizon in terms of future planned buying among consumers, and is now the top choice among those likely to switch service providers.

Verizon (22%; down 3 points) has continued to trend downward among this critically important group – falling to second place for the first time since we began asking this question in a ChangeWave survey.

Thanks to our early adopters of the ChangeWave Alliance we are able to see with stark clarity how the Apple iPhone is set to rock the cell phone industry.

Ultimately the real issue for Apple isn’t meeting its first year iPhone sales goals. The survey shows that’s very doable. The real issue is whether they can keep up with consumer demand – including having enough parts to fulfill orders – while maintaining product integrity.

Its competitors had better hope the iPhone can’t get a dial tone – because if it does, the rest of the industry’s in for a big shakeup.

Jim Woods co-wrote this article.
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This article summarizes the results of a recent ChangeWave Alliance survey. The Alliance is a research network of 10,000 business, technology and medical professionals who spend their everyday lives working on the front line of technological change. For more info on the ChangeWave Alliance, or if you are interested in joining, please click here.

Apple’s iPhone Rocks the Cell Phone Industry – Seeking Alpha

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Greenlight Wireless – New Mobile Advertising Channel Off to Strong Start – Mobile Marketing

juin 6, 2007

Greenlight Wireless’ new “sponsored listings” advertising feed is providing relevant, high-yielding ads in the mobile environment.

Greenlight Wireless Corporation’s award-winning Advertizer service, which provides advertisements for desktop and mobile platforms, has experienced early success with its recently-released “sponsored listings” feed.

The sponsored listings program, released at the beginning of the month, is a “two-click” model where publishers create marketing copy that links to a dynamically-created landing page displaying the actual advertisements. The ads presented on this landing page are based on keywords that the publisher has assigned to the marketing copy being used.

The click-through rate (CTR) has fluctuated between 1.0% and 3.1% daily, while the average CTR on the Advertizer landing page has produced a remarkably high CTR of 44.1%. This statistic is likely due to a confluence of factors; however it confirms that Advertizer’s local, international, and vertically-categorized ads are relevant and highly “clickable”. As publishers learn to fine-tune the placement, layout, and content of their marketing messages, Greenlight Wireless anticipates the CTR to the landing pages will increase. Initial trials for the new feed were based on one to seven million searches daily with an average cost-per-click (CPC) of $0.37.

Advertizer is the world’s first internationally-consumed mobile advertising service, having served mobile ads in over 175 countries since its release in 2004. Advertizer works by retrieving ads based on keywords or other user input from multiple top-tier ad suppliers, then providing a single ad feed that works across diverse distribution channels, such as mobile and desktop. These ads can be provided in a variety of formats, including CPC, location-based, and click-to-call, and can be delivered via commonly-used systems, such as XML, HTML, and RSS. Advertizer offers a 50/50 revenue sharing model and doesn’t apply the hidden charges and fees often associated with other ad providers. Advertizer was voted Best Mobile Marketing Product in the 2006 Mobile Star Awards.

About Greenlight Wireless:
Greenlight Wireless is a leading innovator of wireless technologies, providing mobile solutions for enterprise-level businesses, Web portals, and wireless carriers. Greenlight Wireless’ consumer-oriented Skweezer service optimizes Web content for handheld devices, providing a richer browsing experience and adding value to wireless data offerings. Greenlight’s Advertizer product is a cutting-edge advertising program for operators, search engines, and publishers who want to monetize their content in the mobile environment.

On the Net: Advertizer site: www.advertizer.net
Greenlight Wireless site: www.greenlightwireless.net

Greenlight Wireless Blog » New Mobile Advertising Channel Off to Strong Start

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : Nokia N95 Wins Prestigious TIPA Award 2007

mai 2, 2007

Espoo, Finland – Nokia revealed the Nokia N95 multimedia computer has been voted the ‘Best Mobile Imaging Device in Europe 2007’ by TIPA (Technical Image Press Association), the largest photo and imaging press association in Europe.

« A small mobile wonder and a camera as well, » the Nokia N95 multimedia computer was commended for its outstanding imaging functionality, comparing its features directly with those of stand-alone cameras. The judging panel noted features such as the autofocus lens for sharp, large prints, a real mechanical shutter to avoid distortion, the Carl Zeiss optics with Tessar lens that can focus at close range and the up to 20x digital zoom for distant subjects. The panel also commented on the device’s outstanding audio, video and web capabilities and its GPS functionality.

« This award reinforces Nokia’s leadership and commitment to driving forward convergence in the mobile industry, » said Jonas Geust, head of Nokia Nseries Players Category, Multimedia, Nokia. « We’re delighted the Nokia N95 has been recognized as an outstanding imaging device and we firmly believe that by offering our customers true multimedia computers, like our Nokia Nseries range, we can confidently say we have now arrived at a time when people no longer need to carry multiple devices. »

The features of the Nokia N95 include:
– 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics
– Possibility to capture print quality photos and DVD-like quality video clips
– Unique 2-way slide concept with dedicated media keys
– Support for compatible microSD memory cards of up to 2GB
– Wireless LAN connectivity and HSDPA offering high download speeds
– Integrated GPS, and access to maps for more than 100 countries
– The option to purchase additional features such as city guides and voice-guided navigation

TIPA was founded in 1991 as an independent, non-profit association of European photo and imaging magazines. At present, TIPA includes 31 member magazines from twelve countries.

A full list of Nokia N95 features is available at www.nseries.com/n95
Related photos in print quality can be found at www.nokia.com/press

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Mobile Marketing – PressRelease : Netvibes Mobilizes Its Feeds with Nokia WidSets

avril 27, 2007

Entire Netvibes Ecosystem’s 85,000+ Feeds Available on Mobile Phones via WidSets

San Francisco, CA, USA and Espoo, Finland – WidSets, a popular consumer Internet service powered by Nokia, and Netvibes, the pioneer of the personalized startpage, today announced that they will publish the Netvibes Ecosystem’s 85,000+ feeds on the WidSets service, making them easily accessible on most mobile devices.

WidSets is a phone manufacturer-independent Internet service that multicasts preferred feeds and user-generated content to mobile devices. Starting today, users will be able to find their favorite feeds in Netvibes’ vast library and add them onto their mobile device via WidSets. This happens with just a few clicks, making it easy to view and enjoy rich media feeds while on the go.

The Netvibes Ecosystem’s entire collection of 85,000+ feeds includes recently announced content from major media outlets including CBS, CNN Money, Entertainment Weekly, Forbes.com, InStyle, LATimes.com, Newsweek, People, Real Simple, Sports Illustrated, Time, USA Today, and washingtonpost.com. Netvibes Ecosystem also hosts official content for many celebrity partners including 50 Cent, Ben Harper, G-Unit, Ice Cube, Mandy Moore, Moby, and Snoop Dogg. As a leading provider of user-generated feeds, the Netvibes Ecosystem comprises a large collection of entertainment, lifestyle, news, sports, and television feeds.

« What people really want is content that is personalized and delivered to them in real-time, without having to go out and search for it, » said Netvibes Founder and CEO, Tariq Krim. « This is exceptionally true for mobile phones, which are extremely personal devices that people keep on themselves at all times. That’s why we chose the WidSets service, because its a very convenient way for people to access their favorite, personalized Netvibes feeds on whatever mobile device they like to use. »

WidSets was born out of Nokia Emerging Business Unit and represents a first step in Nokia’s vision of mobilizing the Internet. The WidSets service currently has several hundred thousand registered users and a comprehensive library of over 1200 widgets. WidSets works on a wide variety of mobile phone brands and is compatible on over 200 mobile devices.

« WidSets was designed to showcase the power of Web 2.0 on mobile phones with an easy-to-use widget interface, which is fully optimized for mobile usage. What better way to do that than to work with companies such as Netvibes, one of the web’s leading providers of both media and user-generated content, » said Dieter May, Vice President and Head of Nokia Emerging Business Unit.

Going forward, as part of this strategic collaboration, Netvibes and WidSets are planning an even deeper integration of their services with WidSets as an important cornerstone to further extend the recently announced Netvibes Universe. Soon, the Netvibes Universal Widget API (UWA), which allows interoperability between Netvibes and many platforms, including Google Homepage and Apple’s Dashboard, will make most of the Netvibes Ecosystem’s modules available on WidSets as well.

WidSets is globally available at: http://www.widsets.com. The Netvibes Ecosystem, which includes this week’s newly announced major media and celebrity Universes, is available at: http://eco.netvibes.com.

Nokia – ShowPressRelease

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release: Yahoo! Reinvents Search for the Mobile Web

mars 29, 2007

Yahoo! oneSearch(TM) Accessible Today Through More Than One Hundred Million Mobile Phones

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Mar 20, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO) has today expanded the reach of the popular new Yahoo! oneSearch service to the Mobile Web in the United States. Yahoo! oneSearch reinvents search to give consumers exactly what they want on their mobile device – instant answers. The innovative search service that initially launched in Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0 is now accessible on more than 85 percent(1) of mobile phones through the mobile Web and is also available through the gamma version of Yahoo! Go for Mobile 2.0.

The service leverages Yahoo!’s deep experience, investment and expertise in search on the desktop as well as relationships with leading content providers to deliver an un-matched search experience to consumers.

« Yahoo! oneSearch has already started to change the mobile search game by fundamentally improving the way consumers’ access and use the Internet on their mobile phones, » said Marco Boerries, senior vice president of connected life, Yahoo!. « Consumers that have tried oneSearch love it, telling us it’s easier and more helpful than any other mobile search services they’ve used. We are delivering the results consumers want with just one search, not a list of Web links. »

Yahoo! oneSearch is designed to make searching for and finding information as quick as possible for consumers by providing relevant results right on the page such as news headlines, images, business listings and more as well as easy navigation to other websites. For example, if a consumer wants to go to a movie this weekend, they just need to type the name of the movie into the search box. The search results would first list the movie, including a user rating, local theaters the movie is playing at, news headlines related to the movie and more. To dig more deeply into the results, a consumer would simply need to click on any item or category. For example, to see all the movies playing at a specific listed theater, just click on the theater name.

Yahoo! oneSearch on Yahoo!’s Mobile Web site has sponsored search results and display advertisements built into the experience, further extending the reach of Yahoo!’s advertising services to the mobile environment and enabling advertisers to reach consumers on their mobile devices across major mobile operators. Consumers can click on an ad to go to the advertisers’ mobile web site or a landing page to get more information about the advertisers’ offerings, including the ability to call the advertiser.

Yahoo! oneSearch will roll out in additional country and language versions over the coming months. For additional information on Yahoo! oneSearch please visit http://mobile.yahoo.com/mobileweb/onesearch. To try Yahoo! oneSearch on your mobile phone open your browser and type in m.yahoo.com.

Press Release: Yahoo! Reinvents Search for the Mobile Web (MobileBurn)

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : Top Brands choose Blyk for Mobile Advertising

mars 27, 2007

CANNES, France, March 26, 2007 – Major brands, including Buena Vista, Coca-Cola, I-play Mobile Gaming, L’Oreal Paris, StepStone and Yell.com mobile have confirmed that they will be among the first advertisers to use the Blyk network when it launches in the UK this summer.

Blyk is the first pan-European ad-funded mobile network. The medium offers 16-24 year-olds free mobile phone calls and texts in return for receiving advertising to their mobile handsets.

Blyk will work closely with this diverse group of advertisers to pioneer usage of its creative ad formats and sophisticated profiling system. The member profiling enables brands to build a dialogue with a highly relevant group of young consumers who welcome the interaction and information. The impact of the campaigns can then be tracked in real time, allowing advertisers to view, assess and adjust their activity accordingly.

Lee Jury, Executive Director of Buena Vista International, said; “We are
delighted to be working with Blyk, to ensure we can communicate relevant releases to selected demographics through this highly targeted, unique, measurable and personal channel.”

I-play Mobile Gaming CEO, David Gosen, said; “Blyk provides visibility on who and when people are playing mobile games, information which the industry has been sorely in need of. CRM is a basic business principle to driving revenues and building loyalty and we haven’t been able to put this in place until we have access to real data on what our customers are doing. Now, thanks to Blyk’s offering, we can start to have some transparency on this issue.”

”We are extremely pleased to be working with some of the most forward-thinking brands who value the direct access and accountability that Blyk provides. The diversity of brands reflects the broad range of advertising opportunities through the Blyk network.” said Jonathan MacDonald, UK Sales Director.

About Blyk
Blyk is a pan-European free mobile operator for young people, funded by advertising. For advertisers, Blyk is an innovative mobile media channel offering direct engagement with a young audience with real time feedback. Blyk was co-founded in 2006 by Pekka Ala-Pietilä and Antti Öhrling and has offices in Helsinki, Finland and London, UK. Blyk is launching first in the UK market in mid-2007, with other markets to follow.

For more information, visit about.blyk.com.

» PressBlog – Blyk

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Mobile Marketing : NBC to offer on-demand mobile television service

mars 20, 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters) – NBC Universal said on it would let viewers buy full-length, prime-time television shows such as « The Office » and « Heroes » on-demand to play on mobile phones, a first for the United States.

The decision is the latest effort by media and wireless companies to entice consumers to watch video on their phones. The strategy aims to expand viewership outside the home and boost revenue for service providers beyond charging for phone calls.

NBC’s new service will be delivered through privately-held MobiTV, allowing viewers to stream full episodes of top-rated shows starting at $1.99 for a 24-hour period after the show airs. But prices will also depend on how much wireless service providers want to charge.

The service is expected to be available in the second quarter of 2007 and follows Verizon Wireless launch of live TV services in several U.S. markets from a network built by Qualcomm Inc.’s (Nasdaq:QCOM – news) MediaFlo USA unit.

MobiTV started streaming video to phones in 2003 and now has more than 2 million subscribers to its service in the United Kingdom, as well as North and South America.

« Everybody’s going to do this eventually, » said Outlook4Mobility analyst Andy Seybold, referring to other media and wireless companies.

Apple Inc.’s (Nasdaq:AAPL – news) portable iPod video player already shows full-length TV programs, but customers have to first download the program from their computer. Its iPhone, which arrives in stores in June combines a media-playing iPod with a wireless connection.

MobiTV customers will be able to decide to buy a show and watch it on the go. They will not be able to store the show on their cell phone, at least initially, and only some phones will enable viewers to pause a show and resume viewing later on, said Jeff Bartee, vice president of programming at MobiTV.

Analysts said the ability to pause a show would be crucial to enticing mobile phone customers to on-demand purchases.

« I don’t believe anybody’s going to watch an hour-long show all at once, » said Seybold.

The service will not have the same picture quality as regular TV, but MobiTV said the difference would be imperceptible on small phone screens.

MobiTV and NBC did not say which operators would offer their service. For $9.99 a month, MobiTV streams TV shows to the phones of Cingular, now being rebranded as AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T – news), Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S – news), and Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT – news).

Representatives for the wireless carriers were not immediately available for comment.

Verizon Wireless spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the company does not have plans to sign up MobiTV, but would not comment on whether any on-demand services were in the works.

Verizon Wireless is owned by Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ – news) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L). NBC is majority-owned by General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE – news) , while Vivendi (VIV.PA) also retains a stake.

NBC to offer on-demand mobile television service – Yahoo! News

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Mobile Marketing : E-Series Blog Archive – Five Reasons Why I Like Widsets

mars 19, 2007

Here is a good article from E-series Blog on Widsets and their evolution :

With the risk of sounding like a broken record (I have written about Widsets several times before) here is my list of why I really like Widsets – the company behind, stunningly beautiful mobile Widgets.

Continuous improvement
I was very impressed with the first release of Widsets, which I wrote about back in June 2006 (If you are new to Widsets I recommend you start with that post, it will give you a good overview of what Widsets are).

Since then, Widsets have gone through a number of enhancements each one gradually improving the service. The last enhancement I wrote about was in September 2006. Since September the Widsets team have been busy working on the library of Widsets, the application itself and enhancement to the website. Which leads us to next reason..great website.

Great Website
I really, really like their website. It is simple, beautiful AND very functional. A pretty amazing combination to pull off. So many websites are either beautiful or functional. Some websites are simple but not beautiful.

Their newly redesign website makes registration for new users and managing your widsets even easier. Great work guys! (the web team at Nokia could learn a lot from Widsets’ web designers)

There is also a new Widset simulator online so that you can take Widsets for a spin online without actually downloading the application.


Future Potential
From the very first time I used Widset I always felt that the application and service have so much future potential. I am fully convinced that we’ve only seen the very beginning of what Widsets can become. I can’t wait for future versions of the service. I wonder what Widsets will look like one, two, three years from now.

Attitude!
This is a company driven by passion! I’ve never met anyone from Widset but it is easy to tell from their blog, their website and their excellent user forum that the people of Widset truly believe in their product. I like the fact that they are approachable and open. Ping the people at Widset and you *will* hear from them! That is a sign of a company that cares.
It also seems as if they have a lot of fun while working. It must be a good place to work!

ver Growing Library Of Great Widgets
If you haven’t tried Widsets I strongly suggest you do – you’ll like it. If you tried it before but for some reason haven’t used it for a while you have an equally great reason to try it out – you’ll be mighty impressed.

Most of the earlier widgets were more or less RSS feeds. While that isn’t bad in itself it might not impress the hard core users.

However, new widgets such as the excellent Wikipedia widget which lets you search Wikipedia. For all those Sudoku fanatics I can recommend the Sudoko widget.

There are also great widgets for eBay, BBC, 43Things, Digg, Technocrati, Flickr and a widget for this very blog – the E-series widget

E-Series » Blog Archive » Five Reasons Why I Like Widsets

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Social Networking : La Playstation 3 clone Second Life

mars 16, 2007

Alors que sa Playstation 3 ne suscite plus l’enthousiasme, Sony annonce un univers virtuel gratuit sur sa nouvelle console.

Sony sait encore épater la galerie. Le constructeur japonais a profité de la Gamedevelopers Conference (GDC) de San Francisco pour annoncer le Playstation Home, un service online qui évoque pêle-mêle Second Life, le Xbox Live de Microsoft et les Mii de Nintendo.

Le service, accessible à tous les joueurs sur Playstation 3 connectés à Internet, proposera un mini univers virtuel mondial. Chaque joueur aura son avatar, qu’il pourra personnaliser à volonté, sur le modèle de ce qui se fait sur Wii avec les Mii. En sus, chacun disposera également de son espace personnel qu’il pourra aménager et décorer à sa guise. On y trouvera aussi un Hall of Fame contenant tous les bonus récoltés par le joueur (cette fois-ci en s’inspirant des « achievements » du Xbox Live).

Mais ces petites personnalisations ne présenteraient que peu d’intérêt s’il fallait les garder uniquement pour soi. Le Playstation Home, et c’est là qu’il rappelle Second Life, propose donc également des espaces publics, communs à tous les joueurs connectés. On peut y discuter avec les autres, faire visiter son espace personnel, visionner des bandes-annonces ou des films en HD dans un cinéma et jouer à des petits jeux (arcade, bowling, billard…).

Sony compte également proposer des espaces publics à chaque créateur de jeux vidéo, qui pourra ainsi y faire sa réclame. On reste toutefois loin de l’optique d’un Second Life qui laisse les joueurs créer leurs propres objets et leurs propres lieux. Et comme Linden Labs avec Second Life, Sony proposera dans le Playstation Home des objets virtuels à acheter pour de l’argent réel. Si les objets standards seront gratuits, ce ne sera en revanche pas le cas des objets les plus classieux. Sony commencera à tester en interne le Playstation Home le mois prochain. Le service devrait être accessible à tous avant Noël.

En voie de ringardisation face à Microsoft et surtout Nintendo, qui ont repris la main dans la guerre des consoles (lire notre article : Nintendo en haut du podium « next-gen »), Sony fait avec le Playstation Home un gros pari sur son avenir et celui de la Playstation 3. Deux semaines avant la sortie de la console en Europe, et alors que les mauvaises nouvelles s’accumulaient pour Sony (prix élevé, rétrocompatibilité limitée, ventes moins bonnes que prévues dans le reste du monde), la firme japonaise avait besoin d’un buzz positif. Avec, en point de mire, l’espoir de récupérer d’ici la fin de l’année l’image « hype » qui lui fait aujourd’hui cruellement défaut.

Ecrans – La Playstation 3 clone Second Life

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : Accenture Acquires Digiplug SAS

mars 15, 2007

Accenture Acquires Digiplug SAS, to Serve the Media, Entertainment and Communications Industries.

Digiplug, SAS was recently acquired by Accenture the global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Accenture is a leading provider of digital media solutions to both content creators and distributors.

The acquisition of Digiplug is the first step in a larger effort to further strengthen and build Accenture Digital Media Services to provide a market-leading, comprehensive suite of digital content services that are scalable globally. By adding Digiplug’s expertise to its already robust set of digital media services, Accenture gains the capabilities to help companies that produce and distribute rich media content to optimise how they store, manufacture, distribute, track and exploit digital content while providing a consistent and personalized consumer experience.

These new services will help our clients stay ahead of the explosive demand for digital content and services. Industry analysts have predicted that mobile content the mobile content and services industry will grow by almost 70 percent over the next five years to more than $150 billion.

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Le cabinet de conseil en management rachète la société française Digiplug (filiale du groupe japonais Faith), spécialisée dans la distribution de contenus (sonneries, logos et vidéos) sur téléphone mobile. Créée en 1998, elle affiche Warner, Universal, Sony BMG France et Proximus (opérateur mobile du groupe belge Belgacom) parmi ses clients.

Ce rachat coïncide avec la création de « Accenture Digital Media Services », une division qui sera chargée de fournir un service de distribution de contenus dématérialisés.

For more information go to www.accenture.com/digiplug

Digiplug News Releases Center

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Mobile Marketing : CES News Special Report – The Apple iPhone runs OS X

janvier 9, 2007

Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple’s history — and that’s saying a lot — the iPhone has been announced today.

Yeah, we said it: « iPhone, » the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it’d been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J’s eye (comments, Cisco?). Sweet, glorious specs of the 11.6 millimeter device (that’s frickin’ thin, by the way) include a 3.5-inch wide touchscreen display with multi-touch support and a proximity sensor to turn off the sensor when it’s close to your face, 2 megapixel cam, 8 GB of storage, Bluetooth with EDR, WiFi that automatically engages when in range, and quadband GSM radio with EDGE — and amazingly, it somehow runs OS X with support for Widgets, Google Maps, and Safari, and iTunes (of course) with CoverFlow out of the gate. A partnership with Yahoo will allow all iPhone customers to hook up with free push IMAP email.



More Pictures on engadget CES Live Report :
The Apple iPhone – Engadget

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Mobile Marketing – Press Release : MySpace Launches Its Largest Mobile Initiative In Partnership With Cingular Wireless

décembre 19, 2006

World’s Largest Lifestyle Portal Partners With Wireless Industry Leader To Offer MySpace Mobile on Cingular

LOS ANGELES and ATLANTA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ — MySpace.com, the world’s leading lifestyle portal, and Cingular Wireless, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, today announced an exclusive partnership to offer enhanced MySpace functionality to all Cingular customers via their mobile phones. The landmark deal marks MySpace’s largest-scale mobile partnership and gives Cingular’s customers exclusive access to MySpace Mobile’s rich tool set including the ability to edit MySpace profiles, view and add friends, post photos and blogs, send and receive MySpace messages, and much more — all from the mobile phone.

« MySpace.com has a passionate community of users, many of whom use our site as their primary means of staying in touch with family and friends, » said Chris DeWolfe, CEO, MySpace. « We are thrilled to team with Cingular to enable their mobile users to experience the richest MySpace Mobile offering to date. »

« Not only are we excited about the ability for customers to stay connected to their MySpace community while they’re on the go, we think this will open up a new world of interaction and content for them to share via MySpace, » said Marc Lefar, chief marketing officer, Cingular Wireless. « The photo upload feature of MySpace Mobile means Cingular customers will now have the ability to capture, record and share their world as it happens via their MySpace profile, creating a more enriching experience for our customers as well as their MySpace friends. »

MySpace Mobile on Cingular provides the most compelling features and functionality of the MySpace global community, translated for an easy-to-use and feature-rich experience on a mobile device.

The rich feature set for MySpace Mobile on Cingular includes:

Uploading Photos

Available on select Cingular handsets, MySpace Mobile allows Cingular customers to select photos stored on their mobile device and upload them to their MySpace profile. The same terms of service for MySpace also apply to the mobile sphere, including but not limited to inappropriate content and copyrighted material.

Responding to Mail

Cingular customers don’t have to wait until they are in front of a computer to read and reply to their MySpace messages. From their Cingular phones, they have the ability to send messages to their MySpace friends, read and reply to messages sent to them, as well as view and manage friend requests.

Searching for Friends

MySpace Mobile allows Cingular customers to perform basic friend searches giving users the opportunity to « click-to-add « friends into their network. Cingular customers must simply locate a MySpace profile they wish to add as a friend, and then select to add this user as a friend. Customers will also have the ability to look through invites that are pending approval.

Posting Comments or Blog Entries

MySpace Mobile allows Cingular customers to post new blog entries and make comments to other users’ blogs or MySpace profile pages. To post a blog or comment, Cingular customers need simply view the appropriate section and click « Post » to create the entry. Users can save their work at any time, and any information entered will update both the mobile client and the online MySpace profile page.

View Friends

Cingular customers have the ability to view the friend list of any MySpace profile. The Friend list contains a text listing of the friends, which when selected would show the profile picture along with a link to that user’s MySpace page and the ability to add the friend to your contact list for quick bookmarking.

View Groups

MySpace Mobile gives users the ability to view the group list of any MySpace profile. The Group list contains a text listing of the members, which when selected would show the profile picture along with a link to that user’s MySpace profile and the ability to add the member to your contact list for quick bookmarking.

To experience MySpace Mobile on Cingular, customers can text: MYSPACE to 386 (FUN) to get the MySpace Mobile application on their wireless phones. The cost is $2.99 per month plus standard data usage charges.

In addition to the full range of new MySpace Mobile features, Cingular customers can still receive real time MySpace Mobile Alerts on their handsets which notify them, via a text message, when they receive postings to their MySpace page, such as updates or comments posted to their blog, friend invites, mail messages, comments to pictures, new bulletins and/or online status. MySpace Mobile Alerts have been available to Cingular customers since March 2006 and, to date, more than 75 million alerts have been received on Cingular handsets.

Today’s announcement of MySpace Mobile on Cingular is part of an ongoing partnership to offer mobile users rich and meaningful mobile experiences anywhere, anytime. Earlier this year the two companies created the MySpace Mobile Music studio, a program designed to empower MySpace’s unsigned bands and artists to cut ringtones of their original music and distribute the ringtones to fans for purchase and download. Additionally, Cingular has created innovative programs that leverage the power of user generated content to reach young consumers, such as the ongoing Lip Sync Battles that are built around Cingular Sounds featured artists. For more information on these and other similar programs, visit http://www.cingularsource.com/.

>Cingular MediaRoom – News Releases

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Mobile Marketing : Pamela Anderson for Virgin Mobile

décembre 12, 2006


The new Virgin Mobile Advertising … for Pamela Anderson’s Fans 😉

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Mobile Marketing : Digging Up Dirt on Apple’s iPhone

décembre 7, 2006

Claiming to have inside knowledge, Digg.com founder Kevin Rose said the Apple iPhone will have a slide-out keyboard, a touch screen, and two batteries — one for the cell phone and one for the music player. Rose also claimed the iPhone will come in two versions, one with a 4-GB drive for $249 and one with an 8-GB

Ah, the iPhone. We presume it plays music. We presume it makes calls. But we know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it spawns more rumors and so-called « insider analysis » than any other tech product in recent memory.
The latest chapter in the saga? Digg.com founder Kevin Rose, between gulps from a large unlabeled bottle and more than a few expletives, released several details on the iPhone’s design on a recent episode of his Diggnation vodcast — that is, video podcast.

« What I can tell you is they are truly doing some very unique things, » said Rose. « It’s just gonna be a little different than you think. »

How Different?

Claiming to have inside knowledge, Rose said the iPhone will have a slide-out keyboard, a touch screen, and two batteries — one for the cell phone and one for the music player, so Britney Spears fans won’t miss a call if they listen too long to « Oops, I Did It Again. »

Rose also claimed the phone will come in two versions, one with a 4-GB drive for $249 and one with an 8-GB drive for $449. His Diggnation performance is now preserved forever — or until Apple demands its removal — on pop culture archive YouTube.

Market Mover or Dud?

Will an iPhone take the market by storm? « The hype is definitely running ahead of itself, » said Avi Greengart, handset expert with Current Analysis. « Unreasonable expectations were a major factor in the Motorola ROKR E1 — the first iTunes phone — not living up to expectations. »

Greengart said he believes that market factors could limit the iPhone’s success, no matter how impressive its design or how large its hard drive. Among these is the fact that many consumers have signed long-term contracts with networks that allow them to switch only by paying a large cancellation fee, often as high as $200.

A second factor is price. « The market dynamics have shifted rapidly over the last 18 months, » said Greengart. « Phones that should sell for $400 unlocked are being subsidized down to $49 with a contract. » Cingular, for one, sells a Samsung phone with a built-in MP3 player, camera, mobile broadband , and more for under $50.

Still, the market has room for an iPhone, said Greengart, in part because most of today’s music phones are hard to use, challenging even the nimblest of fingers. Poor designs, tiny buttons, problems getting music on and off the phone, and an interface that tends to confuse, not clarify, are just some of the competition’s failures that might give Apple an edge.

The bottom line? With its track record of sleek designs that wow even the worst skeptics, Apple could find new customers — and advocates — merely by making things simpler.

NewsFactor Network | Digging Up Dirt on Apple’s iPhone

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Mobile Marketing : Qwikker Helps 3 Deliver Music to Non-3 Customers

novembre 28, 2006

Exclusive P Diddy Track Available For Download From the Qwikker Pub Network
– London, 27 November 2006 – Qwikker, the leading provider of user-driven, on-location mobile content distribution has announced that it is supporting 3’s promotion of the newly launched 3MusicStore. Qwikker is enabling mobile users to freely download an exclusive music track remix from P Diddy’s ‘Press Play’ album. The track ‘The Future’ is available to everyone via Bluetooth, regardless of mobile operator, through Qwikker’s network of 450 pub locations.

This Qwikker promotion, running in the month of November, is one of a number of marketing initiatives being run by 3 to promote its new 3MusicStore, but crucially enables the operator to extend its outreach and communicate with non-3 customers. Qwikker’s network utilises Bluetooth, therefore there are no data charges incurred by mobile users for content delivered to their handset. Qwikker allows brands to deliver ‘freemium’ content at no cost to end users, as well as premium content payable by mobile bill, credit card or cash.

Visitors to any Qwikker enabled pub location are alerted to the ‘FreeTrackFrom3’ with an invite to receive content sent via Bluetooth. If the customer chooses to accept, the track is sent to the customer’s handset and is available to play immediately plus stored for later play. Uniquely, Qwikker’s service automatically detects the device make and model, which then sends content specifically formatted for each device thus ensuring a rich end user experience.

Qwikker provides ongoing reporting and analysis in order to give brands the capability to measure the response rates and acceptance of content-driven marketing in exact detail.

“3 identified our mobile content distribution network as a means to connect with existing and potential customers through a highly targeted and measurable channel. Our service enables operators to get relevant content into the hands of consumers who are not necessarily on their network, which is quite a compelling proposition.” said Saul Kato, CEO Qwikker.

In addition to the delivery of single media files and content items, Qwikker allows brands to deliver mobile channels, which are collections of user-selectable content, interactive information, and clickable links for users to respond directly to brands at a more convenient time.

Content can consist of video clips, games, Java apps, MP3s (used at the Virgin Mobile V-Festival and the recent Robbie Williams tour), ringtones, images, mobile coupons, and links to outside internet sites.

Qwikker Latest News

Qwikker Blog » Blog Archive » Qwikker Helps 3 Deliver Music to Non-3 Customers

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Mobile Marketing : Apple iPhone on CNBC

novembre 23, 2006

It’s coming.. 😉

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Enpocket Wins Best Mobile Marketing Campaign at the 2006 MITX Awards

novembre 20, 2006

Boston – Enpocket, the Intelligent Mobile MarketingTM company, has been selected as a winner in the Best Mobile Marketing Campaign category at the 2006 MITX Awards for its work with the A&E Network. Enpocket created a unique mobile marketing program that engaged viewers of the popular A&E show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” with entertaining interactions that enabled viewers to exchange quips with show’s main character via text messaging and also reminded fans to watch the show.

The annual MITX Awards is the largest awards competition in the country that recognizes achievements in the development and implementation of interactive technologies. Winners were announced in 25 categories, including five “Best of” awards, at a ceremony attended by more than 800 industry professionals held on November 8th at the Boston Copley Place Marriott.

“We’re excited that MITX has recognized one of many exciting campaigns that Enpocket is creating on behalf of our clients. The Dog the Bounty Hunter mobile program was a big success, producing an incredibly high participant engagement with the A&E brand, as well as exceptional recall of campaign messages,” said Mike Baker, Enpocket’s President and CEO. “The qualitative research conducted during the mobile campaign proved that mobile marketing is an effective ‘tune in’ vehicle for television programs and improves brand perception of both the show and the network.”

Entries were judged by more than 100 industry professionals representing various disciplines including creative directors, designers, technologists, online media representatives, investors and business professionals.

For the full list of winners, please visit www.mitxawards.org.

Enpocket Wins Best Mobile Marketing Campaign at the 2006 MITX Awards

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