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Ford SYNCs with smartphone apps

Even though its just for Ford Festas the whole SYNC platform is making solid progress and its not hard to imagine some kind of open API for smart phone app developers to use to make their apps work with the voice control of SYNC.

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AT&T buys mediaFLO

AT&T paid Qualcomm $1.93B for MediaFLO to get their licenses for the 700MHz spectrum.

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Autobot: your car, online

The Autobot from Mavizon Technologies connects a users smart phone, computer and car for seamless control over your car’s functions as well as connectivity to information and entertainment online.

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Mobile Venture Capital

A new report on GigaomPro (subscription required) looks at the venture capital environment for mobile and wireless companies. This first chart shows the total VC investing from Q3 09 to Q2 10. The report cites two main factors that are driving VC investments, smartphone penetration and the Internet of Things. The first one is no […]

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Gannett’s 100 local mobile sites

Gannett launched 100 local mobile sites in support of its existing newspaper and TV stations. From the press release: “Breaking news, sports, weather and other must-have local information now can be accessed easily by mobile phone users in more than 100 local markets, Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) announced today. The local mobile sites are […]

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Smartphone browser shootout

Information Week looks at the Palm, Blackberry, HTC and the iPhone. Go read it all or just read this: “The good news, as you might expect, is the Apple iPhone. The genius of Apple is its ability, over and over again, to completely reinvent, from the ground up, the user interface for hardware, and to […]

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Digital Chocolate launches DeChoc Cafe

Trip Hawkins betting big on his mobile game philosophy. From Moconews: “Digital Chocolate has officially launched its DChoc Cafe Series, and claims that carrier launches are underway for more than 100 operators. In addition to the previously announced Nokia Ngage launch it claims games in the series are already available on 3, AT&T and T-Mobile. […]

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NBC: digital local content

NBC’s new O&O guy says digital content for local TV stations needs to focus on local. John highlights the need for “local portals” and hopes to have “laser beams” in a bid to become the “Diet Coke” of “local content”: just one calorie, not local enough. From Broadcast & Cable: “John Wallace, the new president […]

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Open Mobile Video Coalition doubles membership

The OMVC adds a number of new members: Cox Television, The Dispatch Broadcast Group, Freedom Broadcasting, LIN TV Group, Meredith Corp., Media General, Post-Newsweek Stations, Raycom Media, Schurz Communications, and the Association of Public Television Stations. Hilarity ensues. From the OMVC mission: “To accelerate the development of mobile digital broadcast television, and capture the full […]

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