Found On The Mobile Web #219

Yellow Peril Mobile

Found on the Mobile Web is a weekly WAP Review feature listing newly added and updated sites on the mobile portal and WapReview mobile site directory. With these latest additions the directory and portal now list 2257 mobile sites.


Yellow Peril Online office romance comic Yellow Peril and its creator Jamie Noguchi’s blog in a mobile view created with Mobify. The Yellow Peril comics combine several panels side by side in a single JPEG image. Mobify re-sizes the image to fit device screen width which makes the text too small to read on most devices. Jamie solves this problem by providing a text transcription below the panels which works out pretty well.
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Mobile Tech

WhitherApps  Mobile

WhitherApps A “bandwagon-busting” experiment from James Pearce, the creator of TinySrc, HWOF, Metajam and the lead developer of WordPress Mobile Pack. The bandwagon being busted here is the one of mobile applications. James intends to re implement popular free mobile native apps as pure webapps using HTML5, CSS and Javascript. The first target is the BBC News app for the iPad. Each post on WitherApps will be a detailed walkthrough of the process, starting with reverse engineering of the target app through all the steps needed to build it’s web based equivalent. WitherApps promises to be a great read for mobile developers.
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Social Networking

mig33 One of the largest mobile social networks in the world, Mig33 is strongest in Southeast Asia.

Mig33’s mobile site  features profiles, photo sharing, friending, chat rooms, micro-blogging, multi-player games, virtual gifting, forums and low cost international SMS and voice calling.

There’s also a Mig33 mobile app for Java ME, BlackBerry and Windows mobile. It supports all of the mobile site’s features, plus it includes a multi-network (AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk and Facebook) IM client.
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TimesLive Mobile

News – Africa

Times Live Mobile online edition of Johannesburg’s Times and Sunday Times newspapers carries breaking news, sports, inluding extensive World Cup reportage, entertainment and business news, reporter’s and  the publisher’s blogs and video clips of top stories. Source: mobiThinking
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World Cup

BPFanZone A different sort of World Cup mobile site from BP (yes that BP). Rather than scores, standings and live coverage, it has extensive background information, lists of star players, trivia and local lingo for the 9 FIFA top ranked and 6 African teams in the World Cup.

There is also lots of free content including downloadable audio clips and ring-tones of the countries’ national anthems, chants, cheers, songs and a directory of the official FIFA Fan Fests, where fans without tickets can watch the matches televised on a giant screen.

A BP station search and a page of gas saving driving tips  round out the offering. Source:
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Web Design & Development

SearchBliss is a collection of webmaster and SEO tools, some free and some not, along with a webmaster’s forum. The mobile version was created with dotMobi’s Instant Mobilizer, which seems to do a pretty good job. The site doesn’t look auto-generated and all the web forms and features I tried worked properly. Usability is somewhat hampered by what I consider an excessive number (12) of advertising links for a mobile site.
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Hotel Chains

Holiday Inn Find hotels, book rooms and view loyalty plan status for Holiday Inn’s in the US and Canada.
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Blinkx Mobile

Mobile Video

Blinkx Mobile edition of video and audio search engine Blinkx, which draws from over 750 content sites. According to Blinkx, it has indexed 35 million hours or over 4000 years worth of content. The mobile site lets you browse popular Blinkx categories or do a keyword search. Videos on Blink Mobile download rather than stream. They are rather big files at 640x360px and several megabytes in size. The ones I tried looked and played great on an HTC Evo Android phone but only the audio portion worked on a Nokia N95-3. I’m not sure why as they are H264 encoded in an MP4 package which the Nokia should support.
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Shopping – Stores, a big US based general merchandise online retailer, has redesigned its mobile site. The attractive, one size fits all mobile browsers design, lets shoppers browser product categories and sales sections or do a keyword search. accepts mobile friendly Paypal. or account holders pay using a stored credit card.
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GoTriangle Trip planner and interactive bus and train timetables for the Triangle Transit Authority which covers North Carolina’s Research Triangle region in Durham, Orange and Wake Counties.
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2 thoughts on “Found On The Mobile Web #219

  1. I’m greatly impressed by James Pearce Idea! Denniss I want your help in mobilizing my website. The problem is the content management system Joomla!. I don’t know how to mobilize the articles. Please help by reviewing my site. Thanks.

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