Found on the Mobile Web is a weekly WAP Review feature listing newly added and updated sites on the YesWAP.com mobile portal and WapReview mobile site directory. With these latest additions the directory and portal now list 2366 mobile sites.
Top Gear www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/tv/topgear/ The mobile web companion to the BBC’s Top Gear TV series for motoring enthusiasts with features, videos and interviews from the program’s desktop website.
TechCrunch techcrunch.com One of the top tech web sites covering startups, gadgets and the web, TechCrunch launched its mobile version using the WPTouch plugin earlier this year. It looks good and works pretty well on a smartphone using a fast (and hopefully unlimited) connection. But as Andrea Trasatti points out, the 1.5 MB front page size is bad news for users with a basic phone or a slow or metered connection.
MobileSecurityGuide getunity.com/mobilesecurityguidemobi/ A catalog of security related software for mobile devices with reviews. Covers password, encryption, hotspot security, VPN and anti-virus apps with reviews and best practices. There’s some useful information on this site although I don’t agree with the premise that mobile anti-virus apps are needed or useful at this time
Microfinance News www.microfinancefocus.com/news/ An India based news blog with news, features and interviews from the world of microfinance, a growing international movement that aims to provide sustainable, quality financial services to the unbanked.
Where are you now? linkstore.ru/wayn/ The query “Where are you now?” is the most commonly sent SMS message, texted over 600 billion times per year in the US.
A new webapp called Where are you now? (WAYN) from the prolific Dmitry Namiot (Geo Mail, Geo SMS, Mobile Share) automates the asking and answering of that question.
Orange County CU www.myoccu.mobi With 11 branches in the southern Los Angeles area and over 79,000 members, the Orange County Credit Union is one of the larger regional financial institutions. The credit union’s mobile site lets members find branch and ATM locations, transfer funds between accounts and check their balances and transaction history. In addition to the mobile site, Orange County CU offers mobile banking apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry and lets users check balances and view recent ransactions using SMS. Source: GoMo News.
Adactio: Jeremy Keith adactio.com Web Developer Jeremy Keith’s Adactio, is a web design and development blog and showcase for Jeremy’s work.
Adactio was cited recently in James Pearce’s post “Not a mobile web, merely a 320px-wide one” as an example of the new school of “Responsive Web Design” which advocates using a fluid design and CSS media queries to create sites that adapt to a variety of viewport widths including those of mobile browsers. Pearce argues that making a page fit the screen’s width without considering document size and the different use cases of the mobile context does not give an optimal mobile user experience.
I agree with James but I noticed that, unlike his other examples of “Responsive” sites whose pages average hundreds or even thousands of kilobytes in size, Adactio’s pages, with the exception its image heavy portfolio page, are quite svelte – with the three I checked ranging in uncompressed size from 23 KB for the front page to 69 KB for a lengthy post.
CatchTube.mobi www.catchtube.mobi Search or browse for YouTube Videos. View low resolution streaming videos or download them in higher quality 3gp HQ, mpeg4 or Flash .flv formats.
Havana Times www.havanatimes.org An independent news journal by Cubans, both in Cuba and outside. Havana Times goal is to deliver “open minded writing from Cuba” without “…the hell presented by the foreign mainstream press and the heaven described by the Cuban media.”
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