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May 27th, 2009 at 11:59 am
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If you’ve followed the music biz’s uncomfortable adaptation to the online age, you’ve probably heard this one before: One segment within the industry is taking “a larger slice of a shrinking pie.” A new study from U.K.-based Juniper Research forecasts modest growth worldwide in mobile music over a five-year period, as the larger music industry continues to founder.

The report estimates that end user-generated revenue from mobile music will rise to $14.6 billion in 2013 from $11 billion in 2008, with full-song downloads and streaming services driving much of the growth. Faster networks and larger handset storage capacity are stimulating consumer interest in over-the-air downloads, which presumably cannibalize some PC sales. At the same time, however, the study shows that consumers appear to be losing interest in paid ringtones, which the study calls “less attractive when priced at a premium to full-track downloads.” (Polyphonic ringtones, which are most commonly digital simulations of familiar songs, are singled out as “last season’s wardrobe” compared with so-called truetones, which are excerpts from popular tracks, although the study says the latter’s novelty is wearing off as well.) » Read The Rest



May 27th, 2009 at 11:53 am
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 (Computerworld) – The new iPhone hardware expected to ship this summer from Apple Inc. is rumored to have a video chat capability supported by MMS, among other new features.

Today’s roundup of rumors and speculation about the upcoming iPhone hardware also suggest that there will be a 32GB model, a boost from the current 8GB and 16GB models.

But the reports raise questions about why the iPhone doesn’t have an expansion card slot for unlimited storage capability, especially if users will be storing massive amounts of video from video chats, video streams off YouTube or other places. » Read The Rest



February 11th, 2009 at 12:55 am
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NTULELE, Kenya — Before, when Malit Kuronoi needed to pay the cowherd who watched over his cattle in faraway northern Kenya, he made the 500-mile round trip himself. For four days, Kuronoi rode ramshackle buses across roads patrolled by bandits and bribe-seeking cops, sometimes sleeping by the roadside when a bus broke down, just to deliver the money.

Now he sends it by cell phone.

The Kenyan farmer is among millions who are at the forefront of a pocket-sized financial revolution that’s sweeping Africa. Mobile banking, powered by cell phones, is allowing people who could never afford traditional bank accounts to send, receive and save money, often just by writing text messages. » Read The Rest



February 11th, 2009 at 12:50 am
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Good new for commuters, Sony Ericsson has launched the W395 Walkman handset, throwing in a pair of powerful stereo speakers able to reach all corners on the bus.

This is Sony Ericsson ‘putting youth at the forefront’ – just as long as the youth concerned likes music. Indeed, this sleek slider isn’t bad if that’s your prime interest, packing in the Walkman-branded media player, dedicated music keys, an FM radio, equaliser, 1GB of storage (via an included card), TrackID to track down a tune and PlayNow for downloading ‘entertainment’, which is wallpaper, ringtones and themes rather than anything mind blowing.

Aside from that, there’s not a lot. The 2 megapixel camera looks a bit last year (or even the year before), Bluetooth is there, not to mention Motion Gaming and a reasonable 2-inch screen. But despite the looks, this is essentially a glorified entry-level phone. Not quite pocket money, but certainly available with a few weeks saving or moaning to the old folks. Look out for the Sony Ericsson W395 Walkman in the next couple of months. Then again, you’ll probably hear it first.



February 11th, 2009 at 12:36 am
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To change the phone’s ringtones, message tones, vibration alerts or ringing volumes, you need to edit the Profile you’re currently using. We strongly recommend you click here to see our Profiles tutorial and find out more about them, they’re very useful and let you easily put your phone into a mode that suits your present situation. » Read The Rest