Hyatt Hotel’s New Mobile Site

Hotel booking sites are traditionally the usability black hole of the mobile web. Finding and booking a hotel at the last minute is something every traveler occasionally has to do. The mobile web seems like an ideal way to do this, yet the major booking sites and hotel chains do not seem to have much interest in capturing this enormous opportunity. Most mobile hotel sites appear to be thrown together with no real usability testing or understanding of the unique … Continue reading

ezmogo – Get Discount Coupons for Local Stores On Your Phone

ezmogo is a mobile web service that lets you search for discount coupons and special offers on services, entertainment, retail stores, restaurants, and more in the U.S. Similar sites include Xtra! Coupons and PocketDeal in the U.S. and ActiveDeals for India. There are two ways to find coupons with ezmogo. You can browse through categories of offerings for your location or you can enter a “Quick Code” found on an ad, flyer or poster. To redeem a coupon just show … Continue reading

New Mobile Carnival

Over at VoIP Survivor, Tsahi Levent-Levi has just posted “The Carnival is Back in Town (Carnival of the Mobilists #158)“. The latest Carnival is full of great posts on the mobile experience and ecosystem.  Regardless of which areas of mobile interest you; hardware, software, marketing, corporate strategy, user experience, development or security;  I think you will find something of value in this Carnival. Thank you, Tsahi for including my “Transcoders and HTTPS” piece. There is also a great post by … Continue reading

G-SNAP – Mobile Social Datacasting

G-SNAP! is a new social network based around live updates from events. Users create “SnapCasts” which are channels dedicated to a particular a sporting event, concert, conference or  live news event. The person who created the SnapCast posts updates in the form of  text, photos and  videos.  SnapCasts are public, anyone can view a SnapCast and any registered G-SNAP! user can add comments to it.  SnapCasts remind me of Twittter hashtags but with multimedia  integration. They also have two features … Continue reading

Check Your Blood Alcohol With Your Phone

The Century Council, an alcoholic beverage industry group, is sponsoring a free blood alcohol checking site on the mobile web at  The idea is that before you go out to a party or a night on the town you use the site to calculate your projected blood alcohol concentration.  If the result is over the legal limit of .08 you are warned. if you plan on getting really sloshed by say, downing 10 shots in an hour you will … Continue reading

MySpace Mobile Adds Video

I just saw this on VentureBeat. MySpace has added video to their mobile site, Thanks to MySpace’s original association with bands and music, it has tens of thousands of videos, especially music videos. It makes sense to make them available on mobile. I took a look at the mobile video offering and it is live and it works but it’s very limiting and not particularly user friendly. To watch MySpace videos on your phone you have to jump through … Continue reading

Skyfire Browser Beta 0.85 for S60 – Full Review

Several readers have confirmed that the latest SkyFire Browser Beta can be downloaded and used anywhere in the  world.  Just point your mobile or PC Browser at and download.  No registration is required.  Skyfire runs on most Windows Mobile 5 and 6 and Symbian S60 3rd edition phones. I’ve been using the new Beta, v, on my N95-3 for a couple of days now – here are my impressions. Keep in mind that Skyfire is a Beta. There … Continue reading

NYC’s Mobile Train Schedule

Mobile Train Schedule ( is an interactive schedule for New York City’s three major commuter rail lines; The Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit and Metro-North.  This isn’t an official site, it seems to be an ad supported service from Actuan Mobile. The main feature is “Point to Point Train Times“, a simple schedule lookup (top image), where you pick the start and end stations from dropdowns, choose the time of departure and day of the week and get a … Continue reading