Mark Bridge writes:
It's hardly worth mentioning the new iPad, is it? Not because I'm unimpressed – although I'd describe it as more of an upgrade than a brand-new product – but because everyone else has been talking about it so much. And we'll be doing some more talking in Wednesday's podcast, so let’s move on...
The Bosch Group and Vodafone have announced a global partnership that involves them integrating their machine-to-machine platforms. Companies will be offered a joint solution designed to simplify the management of products with embedded SIM cards.
Products with embedded SIMs could include automatic warning systems in lifts, air conditioning systems and escalators.
Motorola Mobility Ventures has invested in Moblyng, a California-based developer of cross-platform games for mobile devices and social networks. Moblyng games have already been downloaded more than 9 million times to Android, Facebook, iOS and WebOS platforms.
As well as producing its own titles, Moblyng also works with publishers to extend their games and brands to mobile phones and social platforms.
The Layar mobile augmented reality browser is now available for a number of Symbian S60 and Symbian^3 handsets. It overlays online digital content on top of a ‘real world’ image from the phone’s camera.
Users with the Nokia N8, Nokia C7, Nokia C6-01, Nokia E7, Nokia N97 and N97 mini devices can download the Layar Reality Browser from the Ovi store.
Facebook has acquired cross-platform mobile messaging service Beluga. The service works with most mobile devices and desktop web browsers, enabling users to send individual or group instant messages.
In a statement on their website, the Beluga management team said “Beluga and Facebook are committed to create new and better ways to communicate and share group experiences. For now, Beluga will continue to function as it does today. We'll be providing more details on future plans for Beluga in the coming weeks.”