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75 Apps and Mobile Sites From the US Federal Government

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Yahoo! Launches App for Emerging Markets

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Yahoo! laucnhed an app for consumers in emerging markets where lower-end devices are the point of entry for the Internet. The app lets users in these regions access Yahoo!’s services more easily and gives them access to mail, messenger, Flickr, Fantasy Sports and Finance, with fewer clicks. Features of the Yahoo! app include:

  • Once downloaded, it remains persistent on the device, making the full catalog of Yahoo! services easier to use and discover
  • Reduces need for typing long URL’s into the mobile browser
  • Surfaces Yahoo! services that consumers may not have known about
  • Makes it easier to discover snippets of interesting Yahoo! news, sports and financial information throughout the day by surfacing everything in one place

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Vlingo Unveil Top 10 Voice-Powered Mobile Web Searches of 2009

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Vlingo have put out the top 10 voice-powered mobile Web searches and social networks are at the top. The data was collected over the course of 2009, and shows that users want voice-search to take them to destination sites (eg YouTube), rather than specific terms such as “Michael Jackson.”
The Top 10 Mobile Voice Searches for 2009 after the jump

The adult entertainment industry on BlackBerry

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The adult entertainment industry is known for fueling a lot of growth on the web. According to Lewis Perdue, author of Eroticabiz: How Sex Shaped the Internet, “without business and technical pioneers in the online sex business, the World Wide Web would never have grown so big so quickly.”

The online world has several accomplishments to thank the adult entertainment industry for. For example, in the mid-1990s, Richard Gordon founded Electronic Card Systems, which “pioneered credit card transactions for a wide range of disreputable sites”, according to the New York Times.

Streaming media can attribute much of its success to sleaze as well. Danni Ashe, founder of seminal softcore site Danni’s Hard Drive, noted that “the adult entertainment industry was the first to use streaming JPEG push video, which was video that worked…in the browser and didn’t require a plug-in.”

That’s not to say porn is a driving force behind all things good on the internet. It’s also the driving force behind everything we hate about the internet. Spam, malware, popups and browser hijacking are all a direct result of harmful pornography sites.

When it comes to the BlackBerry, the mobile web has several forces behind it. RIM is constantly trying to improve the BlackBerry browser experience, and they’re making good progress. Third party browsers such as Opera are gaining incredible popularity in the BlackBerry community and are helping move the mobile internet experience closer to the desktop experience. The upcoming Skyfire browser boasts being able to provide your BlackBerry with all the functionality that the desktop can. So what, if any, impact will the adult entertainment industry have on BlackBerry web browsing?

As a side note, I once tried to purchase the domain blackberryporn.com and guess who bought it three days before me? RIM! Looks like RIM is trying to shut the industry out of some high value domain names and keep the adult entertainment beast at bay.

For more information about how the adult entertainment industry has fueled the web, see PC World’s article.

Americans and BlackBerry devices dominate mobile web browsing

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Opera has a regular research paper called State of the Mobile Web, and today they’ve published the most recent update. In addition to the top global trends and country snapshots, the report highlights trends in Africa and aggregate operator data for the top 10 countries.

The two biggest findings in this report show that Americans consume the most data intensive web pages, with BlackBerry devices being the choice platform for power users.

Global trends for Opera found in the report include:

  • In April 2009, Opera Mini had over 23.4 million users, up more than 140% compared to April 2008.
  • Opera Mini users viewed nearly 8.7 billion pages in April 2009. Since April 2008, page views have increased 249%.
  • Last month, Opera Mini users generated more than 151 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Data in Opera Mini is compressed up to 90%. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed up to 1.4 PB of data in April. Over the previous year, data traffic is up 295%.
  • Opera Mini usage in Nigeria continues to surge, pushing past Poland and taking the #9 spot.

Click through to see an interesting breakdown of mobile web research from Opera

Buzzd now offered as BlackBerry application in App World

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Previously available only on the mobile Web, buzzd delivers editorially driven event and venue information, along with up-to-the-minute reviews and ratings from other members of the buzzd community. With money from the BlackBerry Partner Fund, buzzd has created a BlackBerry app for their services.

Users can browse and search continuously updated event feeds, which include pricing, location, and event details as well as the firsthand ratings and reviews posted from the event by other members in real-time. Event and venue information is courtesy of Citysearch, Flavorpill, Time Out, MyOpenBar, last.fm, Clubvibes, Upcoming.org and many other local content providers. User-generated feedback for “real-time” activity about venues and events is also layered at the top of event listings throughout the platform.

New Features in the buzzd Application for BlackBerry Smartphones:

• Live Search which helps users find anything from an “Open Bar” to “Chinese Food”
• Compatible with BlackBerry® OS 4.2 and higher (including the BlackBerry® Pearl™ and BlackBerry® Curve™ series, as well as the BlackBerry® Storm™ and BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphones)
• Autodetection of location and proximity-based event recommendations
• Map integration
• Click-to-call venues
• Send events and listings to friends in your address book
• Add events to BlackBerry® Calendar
• Add venues to BlackBerry® Contacts
• Buzz updates also broadcast to Twitter
• Photobuzzing (tagging a photo from the camera to venue/event)
• 1.5 million venues available and over 50,000 events/month across US, UK, Canada

Check out buzzd on App World.