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Google launches third-world mobile web land grab

Google has chosen the Philippines as the first country in which to try out Google Free Zone, a new program aimed at getting phone users in developing nations onto the mobile internet by way of the search giant's ad-supported online properties. The service, which Google launched on Thursday in partnership with wireless carrier …
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Hong Kong has fastest broadband on the planet

Asian countries topped the global broadband charts again in the previous quarter, with plucky Hong Kong knocking long-time champ South Korea from its lofty perch to register the fastest services in the world for both mobile and fixed connectivity. The latest quarterly State of the Internet report from content delivery provider …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Aug 2012
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China's broadband population is SHRINKING

China’s internet population reached a whopping 530 million over the past six months, but its broadband subscriber base actually shrank as mobile became the most popular way for users to get online for the first time. The government’s latest twice-yearly data dump, the Statistical Report on Internet Development in China, …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Jul 2012
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Chinese smartphone shipments outstripping feature phones

China is celebrating another technology milestone after claiming that smartphone shipments in the world’s biggest mobile market have now exceeded feature phone shipments, although analysts have their doubts. China’s IT ministry revealed (via TechInAsia) that around 195 million mobile phones were shipped in the first half of …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jul 2012
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Baidu eyes up UCWeb deal to spur mobile growth

Chinese search giant Baidu is set to take another important step towards expanding its mobile footprint in a tie-up with leading domestic mobile browsing player UCWeb. The search firm, which now claims around 80 per cent of the huge Chinese market, is holding preliminary talks with company, according to a “person familiar with …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jun 2012
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Mary Meeker's top technology trends

In a speech on internet trends for the next year Mary Meeker, partner at blue chip technology venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, predicted strong growth in mobile use but a cash shortfall for companies relying on ad revenue. She also took time to critique Facebook's recent IPO. According to her report, …
Iain Thomson, 30 May 2012
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Wonder tonic keeps mobiles pumping web for longer

Finnish boffins have developed a proxy to reduce the power required for mobile web access by up to 74 per cent, taking that consumption of power into the cloud instead. The proxy works in much the same way as Opera Turbo, or Amazon's Silk, in that it gathers the required content and pre-renders it before delivery. But by …
Bill Ray, 25 Nov 2011
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Frenchies, Germans wave fat pipes at embarrassed Brits

UK homes are less likely to have superfast broadband than anywhere else in the world except China. Ofcom's annual international communications report reveals that 0.2 per cent of UK homes have superfast broadband - the same as China. By comparison France has 1.1 per cent of homes linked up, Germany 2.0 per cent and Italy 1.4 …
John Oates, 2 Dec 2010
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Vodafone takes Opera to the masses

Vodafone has been working with Opera to customise Opera Mini for use on its networks in the developing world, pushing the mobile internet to those unfamiliar with the fixed alternative. The project will roll out in India, South Africa, Turkey, Tanzania and Egypt, and involves providing the Java-based Opera Mini along with …
Bill Ray, 7 Apr 2010

Vodafone gives away internet over Christmas

Vodafone UK is giving away internet access between Christmas and the new year, but only to those who have their APN set correctly. The promotional offer is an extension of the operator's free Fridays, and runs from Christmas morning until January 1st. But because it's aimed at those using the internet through a mobile phone, …
Bill Ray, 23 Dec 2009
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Virtualization moves to centre of mobile agenda

Six months after VMware announced plans for a mobile version of its virtualization platform – used to manage data center resources and PCs more efficiently – it says the technology will be seen in handsets next year, as it seeks to see off competition from mobile specialists such as VirtualLogix. Virtualization would enable …
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Fennec leaps into beta

Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox, has gone to beta. Though currently only available for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, it appears to be functional and stable. Firefox introduced many innovations into desktop browsing, most of which have since been emulated by the competition. On mobile phones the competition is already …
Bill Ray, 19 Mar 2009
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Firefox's Fennec trots onto Windows Mobile

Fennec, the mobile version of the Firefox browser from Mozilla, has reached a milestone release with a version for the HTC Touch Pro, though initial reports seem to indicate it lacks key functionality. The milestone release is intended for Windows Mobile devices with VGA screens, though the Fennec blog mentions the HTC Touch …
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2009

Mobile web access skyrockets

UK mobile internet use grew by 25 per cent between Q2 and Q3 this year, thanks in part to unlimited mobile data tariffs, market watcher Nielsen Online has discovered. Nielsen said that 7.3m of us accessed the web using a phone during Q3, up from 5.8m during the previous quarter. By comparison, PC-based web use grew by just …
James Sherwood, 25 Nov 2008

Brits more hooked on mobile tech than Yanks are

Britons are more mobile-obsessed than their US counterparts, a new survey has revealed. According to the latest edition of Carphone Warehouse’s Mobile Life Report, 94 per cent of British youngsters own mobile phones, compared to just 80 per cent of those in the US. CW’s report sought to analyse the relationship that 6000 …
James Sherwood, 18 Jul 2008
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It's time for a close-up look at mobile porn

Column Apparently, someone has discovered that you can watch videos on the iPhone, and that "videos" includes "porn." Mobile porn... wow. So I asked a purveyor of photo-porn on the web what made the iPhone special for his customers. "No idea, but we think it's the zoom," he said. "You can get to see the detail, you know?" What we …
Guy Kewney, 24 Jun 2008
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The mobile internet - always on our mind

Reg Technology Panel In the technology polls we've been running over recent weeks, we’ve been looking at the near-future of mobility, in terms of what configurations mobile users would find most beneficial (communications hub, anyone?) and what improvements they feel would make the most difference to their mobile experience (think: battery life and …
Jon Collins, 26 Nov 2007
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O2 serves notice on i-mode service

O2 has hit the red button on its i-mode service less than two years after it brought the Japanese mobile web technology to Europe. The Spanish-owned telco says "a limited range of devices has restricted its growth and we don't see that changing". It will support the service for another couple of years, but won't launch any more …
Joe Fay, 17 Jul 2007

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