Found On The Mobile Web #234

Wired 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 2348 mobile sites.

Tech News Sites and Blogs

Wired Wired magazine’s slick new mobile site features most of the content of in a very attractive touch mobile format that takes some of its design cues from the magazine’s acclaimed (and pricey) iPad app.

The one size fits all page design manages to look and work well with the iPhone, Android, Symbian, Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers. The 170 KB front page size might be too much for some feature phone browsers, however.

My only real complaint is that the many, great videos of the iPad and full web editions don’t seem to be working in the mobile web version. An embeded player is defined in the code but no player appears in the Android, Symbian or bada browsers. On the other hand, the site’s banner ads don’t seem to be displaying either.
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Vimeo Mobile

Mobile Video

Vimeo The popular video sharing site Vimeo is dedicated to true user generated content and doesn’t allow commercial videos.

There’s a lot of interesting content on Vimeo but it’s hard to access from any phone except an iPhone or Android device. There’s a bug in the site’s browser detection logic that redirects Symbian, bada, Opera Mobile, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and other mobile browsers to Vimeo’s desktop site even if the user explicitly enters the mobile URL!

The videos on the desktop site are Flash and don’t work on most mobile devices. The ones on the iPhone/Android Vimeo site are MPEG-4 packaged, H.264, AAC encoded and should work on most modern handsets – if only there were a way to get to them.
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Yahoo SMS


Yahoo SMS In addition to web based access to Yahoo Instant Messenger, Yahoo’s mobbile Messenger site now lets you send free text messages to mobile numbers on 43 operators in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, United States and Vietnam!

Just click the “Send Message” link at the top of the page and enter a phone number instead of a Yahoo ID. Source: Yahoo Messenger Blog
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Nokia Innovation


Nokia Innovation What began as Lenny Bonsignore’s personal blog, “Mobile Innovation“, has evolved this year into “Nokia Innovation” one of the leading US based Nokia specific tech blogs. Lenny’s been joined by 4 other bloggers and the site is now updated daily with fresh Nokia hardware and software news, reviews and tips.
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Tech News Sites and Blogs

Tech News Sites and Blogs

Techtree Mobile edition of one of India’s leading technology sites. Features reviews, news, and street prices for tech products available in India, as well as free downloads and newsletters about the Indian personal technology market.
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US Mobile


Us Mobile Owned by Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, US Magazine is a weekly celebrity news and gossip print publication. The magazine’s mobile site is focused on photo coverage of entertainment and media stars Key features are the “Fashion Police” and “Hot Pics” photo sections. There’s also a bit of celeb news and gossip. Source: Modny73
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Business News

Int’l BusinessTimes The global edition of a leading on-line financial publication with market, company, science, technology and business news from around the world.
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The CW

Entertainment – TV

The CW is a US cable TV network targeting the 18-34 demographic. A joint venture between Warner Bros. and CBS it gets its name from the partner’s initials. The mobile site has plot summaries, photos and videos from the network’s hit shows including 90210, Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, Smallville and America’s Top Model. There seem to beĀ  problems with the videos. Some of them played on my Android and Samsung bada devices, but many did not. None of the videos I tried worked on a Nokia N8.
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The New Fuelist Mobile

Environmental News

The New Fuelist An energy news aggregator, updated daily with the best headlines in energy and environment news. Many headlines link directly to non-mobile content. Mobile view by Mobify

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Local Search

City Forums A new geolocation enabled mobile mashup from Dmitry Namiot that creates a user forums for discussing local points of interest. City Forums uses you phone’s location to get a list of places from Foursquare. Tapping a place name opens a Discus forum where you can read and leave comments on the place. Works with mobile browsers with geolocation support (iPhone, Android, Samsung bada, Opera Mobile 10.1, etc.)
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