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Instant Speech Translation – Hyperspeech Transfer Protocol (HSTP)

Multi-Language Instant TranslationGiving a new dimension to the internet, the Indian research arm of the US-based IT giant IBM has developed a technology that will allow users to talk to the web and create voice sites using mobile phones.

“People will talk to the web and the web will respond. The research technology is analogous to the internet. Unlike personal computers it will work on mobile phones where people can simply create their voice sites,” IBM India Research Laboratory Associate Director Manish Gupta said.

For this technology, IBM has developed a new protocol — Hyperspeech Transfer Protocol (HSTP) — which is similar to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

“India now has over 360 million cell phone subscribers. Last month we added 15 million,” he said pointing out that the research technology targets ordinary mobile phone users, all of whom may not be literate.

The spoken web is a network of voice sites or interconnected voice and the response the company got in some pilot projects in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat and the kind of innovations that people came up with were just mind-boggling, Gupta said.

Full article at Indiatimes.

Skype Application for iPhone

Skype and Apple announced the official Skype Application at CTIA 2009.

Via Cnet.com

Months after teasing us at CES with an announcement of Skype’s native VoIP client for the iPhone, the free Skype for iPhone will finally be available to download from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday. We got a chance to sit down with the application’s principal engineer before the announcement was made at CTIA 2009, to see Skype for iPhone do its thing. While most of the features aren’t too surprising–Skype does want to maintain some consistency across its mobile applications, after all–there are a few capabilities that are notably missing, and a few iPhone-only perks that are refreshing to see.

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Motorola presents iPhone rival Evoke QA4 at CTIA 2009

Full feature phone is packed with integrated widgets, real Web browsing and IM-style messaging

Motorola today introduced Motorola Evoke QA4, a socially-inclined device with a 2.8” full touch-screen that keeps you constantly connected. Evoke supports different messaging styles with a full touch-screen QWERTY keyboard and slide out traditional keypad. Customize the home screen content with integrated widgets and personalized RSS feeds, and use the full HTML browser to share pictures, videos and more online.

“We understand the importance of having a mobile phone that helps you stay connected simply and seamlessly with your friends and family, whether you prefer to talk, text or network,” said Mark Shockley, corporate vice president and general manager, Motorola Mobile Devices. “Motorola Evoke offers the cutting-edge convenience and instant gratification of a full touch-screen, intuitive online browsing and the ability to stay plugged in on your terms.”

Whether you stay connected through phone calls, messaging, Web feeds, social networks or all of the above, Evoke meets your preferences. The device offers multiple ways to make a phone call with a physical slider keypad and intuitive dialing features on the touch-screen. Equipped with an accelerometer, turn Evoke on its side to reveal a full-touch QWERTY keyboard for easy texting1. Home screen messaging icons, predictive text and IM-style messaging1 make it easy to follow the back-and-forth of multiple conversations. Evoke also places a premium on clear and convenient communication with noise reduction technology to help lower background noise on phone calls and Bluetooth technology to keep in touch hands-free2.

It’s easy to customize Evoke and bring the content that’s important to you straight to the display. Use integrated widgets1 to access real-time information, social networking sites, and personalized RSS feeds from the Web such as weather, sports scores, stock reports, news headlines and more1. You decide which widgets appear on your home screen and which are hidden.

Use Evoke to let others feel like they’re with you as you snap pictures and record video. Fast Web connectivity lets you easily publish photos and clips taken with Evoke onto your favorite blogs and sharing sites such as Picasa 1,3. Touch the screen for instant access to a full HTML browser1 and use quick-start widgets to easily bring up popular sites such as MySpace and YouTube 1,3. Built-in integration with MySpace also lets you keep close tabs on friends and post instant updates to your profile in one easy step.

Motorola Evoke QA4 will be available in Q2 2009. For more information, product specifications and images of Evoke, please visit www.motorola.com/mediacenter/ctia2009.

1 billion mobile broadband subscribers by 2013

Earlier this week, comScore reported that daily web usage on mobile devices had doubled in the last 12 months, with nearly 22.4 million U.S. mobile users using their devices to go on the web.

Today, another research firm, Infonetics Research reported that despite the global economic downturn, the demand for mobile broadband is only going increase. They expect that there will be more than 1 billion mobile broadband users by 2013 vs. 210.5 million at the end of 2008. These are connections that use 3G technologies such as W-CDMA, HSPA, CDMA 2000 and EVDO. The sales of mobile broadband PC cards (and embedded 3G modules) were around $4.1 billion in 2008 and show no signs of slowing down.

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Net-net, this is good news for mobile carriers, which raked in $49.8 billion in mobile broadband revenues in 2008. Infonetics predicts that these revenues will grow, percentage-wise, in the double digits over the next 5 years. In-Stat says that at the end of 2008 there were only 11% of worldwide wireless subscriptions were 3G but by the end of 2013, the percentage of 3G and 4G subscriptions will reach 30%.

If that is the case, then companies like AT&T need to improve their network quality. Right now, buying a 3G from AT&T is like buying a confiscated car in an auction lot: You just don’t know what you’re going to get.

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This mobile broadband growth is creating lot of opportunities for the entire wireless food chain, from interesting applications for Apple’s iPhone to backhaul equipment providers to equipment makers like Cisco Systems and Ericsson.

According to In-Stat, there were 132 announced deployments in the fourth quarter of 2008, consisting of 95 HSPA, 18 WCDMA, 12 mobile WiMAX, six CDMA EV-DO, and one TD SCDMA.

Is Mobile the next disruptive technology?

Not too long ago, the mobile industry was dominated by discussions about chipsets and back-end carrier infrastructure. Now, the conversation has turned to streaming video and iPhone apps – and there’s a whole cast of new characters that have a seat at the table, from Hollywood studios to web giants like Yahoo and Google. Who will be the dominant players, and what content will succeed in this emerging medium? These are questions that executives across an array of media sectors are trying to answer. This report provides insights into the future of mobile, with a particular emphasis on M&A and VC funding activity, and a glimpse into how mobile content (games, music, video, and social networks) will become a thriving business, through either paid or ad-supported models.

Their database of 1,115 transactions shows $343 billion of investment and M&A activity in the mobile sector over the past 38 months. While there has been a slowdown in activity, deals are still getting done and for good reason. There is no question that mobile is the next disruptive technology.

Increasingly, prognosticators are referring to phones as having the potential to be a mobile PC; while likely directionally correct, we think it is a premature call.

The economic downturn could hamper the ability of the carriers to grow the average revenue per customer/unit (ARPU) through content and service packages, but it could push more consumers to become wireless-only customers.

While mobile advertising and marketing has yet to live up to expectations, the medium is becoming increasingly accessible and scalable and the creative is improving such that there are a growing number of campaign success stories. Not with standing a weak economy, we think this is a sector that can do well near term as marketers seem to be embracing its lower out-of-pocket cost combined with targeting capcustomers.

Video usage should increase dramatically as theand hardware could mute near term growth.

Original Article:
The Changing Mobile Industry and What It Means for Media Executives
By Lauren Rich Fine, CFA, and Galen Vaisman

The full report can be downloaded at
http://www.paidcontent.org/reports

4.1 Billion Mobile Phone Subscribers Worldwide

Mobile Subsribers 200860% of the world’s citizens have access to mobile phones. This is according to a recently released UN report. Pakistan is mentioned as one of the fastest growing country for telecommunications.

The conclusion is that mobile phones help poor countries to improve their economy. That is a well established fact by now. However the more relevant question is how the governments can either support this growth or cause it to slowdown by a) excessive taxes b) poor regulation and c) policies which do not help with foreign investment and d) infrastructure issues. Of course political stability and lack of security is the overriding factor above all.

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Overall the magnitude of the global digital divide remains unchanged between 2002 and 2007. Despite significant improvements in the developing world, the gap between the ICT haves and have-nots remains.

When dividing the world into four groups of countries based on different ICT levels, a slight decrease of the digital divide can be observed between countries in the “high” ICT group and those in the other groups. This could be due to an increase in mobile cellular penetration levels in many countries that are part of the lower ICT groups. On the other hand, results also show that the digital divide between countries with “upper” and those with “medium” and “low” ICT levels is increasing slightly. This suggests that as information societies become more mature, ICT levels flatten out. Less mature, but reasonably advanced information societies grow strongly, thereby leaving behind those at the lower end of the scale.

The Report also presents the latest, end-2008 figures for key ICT indicators. There has been a clear shift from fixed to mobile cellular telephony and by the end of 2008, there were over three times more mobile cellular subscriptions than fixed telephone lines globally. Two thirds of those are now in the developing world compared with less than half in 2002.
The report notes that digital divide is still a issue to be resolved.

The Evolution of the Mobile Phones

Handset Motorola 1985This Videos shows the Evolution of Mobile Phones from 2985 until today.

You’re bound to recognise a few mobile phones from your past as we take you from 1985 to the present day; and you can even learn a few interesting facts along the way.

For instance, did you know the first mobile phone to feature an internal camera was the Sharp J-SH04, released in Japan in 2001? Or that the billionth Nokia ever sold was a Nokia 1100, purchased in Nigeria, a model designed to be dust-proof for use in dusty, developing countries?

Starting with the earliest Nokia and Motorola handsets and ending with the Nokia N95 and Apple iPhone, we also give you a glimpse into the future, with a few concept phones that may make your current mobile look dated within a couple of years.

Mobile Payment: $860 Billion By 2013?

At the Center for Future Banking they are actively examining the mobile space and attempting to understand the technical, social and business drivers that will define the mobile payments ecosystem. Informa Telecoms and Media’s presented the report called “Mobile Payments and Banking” a few weeks back.

Since the turn of the millennium we have heard that one day the mobile phone could replace the humble leather wallet, by storing electronic cash and enabling convenient electronic transactions. Yet so far, except for a few isolated cases, there has been little evidence that the consumer has embraced this new paradigm despite the availability of mobile payment and banking services in most markets worldwide. However, according to Informa Telecoms and Media’s recent report, Mobile Payments and Banking: Worldwide Market Analysis, Strategic Outlook & Forecasts to 2013, this day is getting closer.

Informa Telecoms & Media forecasts that in 2013 almost 300 billion transactions, worth more than US$860 billion, will be conducted using a mobile phone – a twelve-fold increase in gross global transaction values in just five years.

There is no doubt that the mobile internet is entering a substantive phase. For many years, a myriad of factors have held back the development of truly breakthrough applications that would capture hearts and minds; applications capable of driving through obstacles hampering consumer adoption. In fact, until just the past year it seemed as if the potential of mobile and mobile payments related services to create much value at all would take many years to develop. And while the ecosystems from a non-US perspective are fairly robust, the US picture was moving slowly.

But that is changing. In April 2008, the number of cellular users worldwide passed the 3 billion mark and reached an estimated 4 billion by year end. Growth in third-generation (3G) penetration is also accelerating, reaching nearly 7 percent of the global population by the end of 2008. Now, it seems as if we are reaching an inflection point, one that could have dramatic impacts to current value chains. And even more dramatic effects for participants and current ecosystem players, with a potential to redraw the playing field.

Still, the remaining challenges are real, and will need to be addressed jointly by a wide range of participants, including telecom, banking, regulators and governments. And this does not even touch the potential for wide ranging cross-industry collaborations around mobile banking, media and health. There is no doubt that the stakes are high – we put them at somewhere around $860B.

Exclusive results of MOCOM 2020 at next conference in May 2009

On May 5 & 6 the next conference is taking place in Hamburg, Germany. Organised by SinnerSchrader, the next conference is one of the most important networking and trend conferences within the European web industry.

Rolf Hansen, CEO of Simyo, and Monty Metzger, CEO of Ahead of Time, will exclusively premiere the first results of the MOCOM 2020 project.

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next09 is gathering a hundred international speakers and more than 1500 participants, amongst them will be marketing decision makers of the media, technology and advertising sector, agencies, service providers and start-ups. It is the only conference that unites the Internet community with brands and leading companies.

Share Economy is this year’s theme of next09. This term is shaped by the economy theorist Martin Weitzman. His basic idea: The more we share our success with others, the more we profit ourselves. This applies to humans as well as brands. An outline of the topic and further information can be found in a brief summary of Share Economy.

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