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February 15, 2007

Idle Bites (15 Feb, 2007)

Posted in: Idle Bites, MVNOs, Music Phone, News, Windows Mobile

1// Picturephoning has an interesting write-up on “unauthorized” use of mobile phones by students in classrooms with plenty of YouTube evidence to back it up.

2// At Punchcut we’ve been calling it the new convergence (where convergence is no longer a move to a single, mega-device, but a broad move toward ubiquitous data availability across devices and media), but Mike Mace is calling it the information ecosystem. Whatever you call it, Mike shares an interesting perspective: “The rise of the information ecosystem: How mobile devices, personal computing, media, and the Internet all fit together.

3// Cingular (AT&T) is the second carrier to adopt Qualcomm’s mobile broadcast TV platform MediaFLO.

4// Microsoft announces Windows Mobile 6 at 3GSM.

5// Wired features a quick look at the smartphone lineup that was announced at 3GSM this week.

6// In non-phone device news, a cadre of music execs are busy creating the next gen MP3 player.

7// Finally! Bluetooth headphones worthy of audiophiles.

8// Bank of America Mobile to let users check their accounts, pay bills and transfer funds.

9// Business Week analyzes the timing of a Virgin Mobile USA IPO. It’s an interesting run-down of the US prepaid wireless market with Virgin’s competition from MVNOs Boost, Amp’d and Helio.

10// The “fourth screen”, as the film industry has dubbed it, had an interesting submission from Sundance that debuted at 3GSM. BBC Quote: “Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s A Slip In Time is one of six shorts made especially for mobiles as part of the Sundance Film Festival Global Short Film Project, and screened at the 3GSM Mobile Phone conference in Barcelona this week.”

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