Tuesday, March 31, 2009

IPhone will get free calls on Skype

Skype will release a free application for the iPhone on Tuesday, enabling owners to make Internet calls via Apple's popular handset. Skype calls do not count against regular cellphone minutes.

Because of restrictions imposed by Apple, you can be on a Skype call only while you have access to Wi-Fi. In cellular-only coverage, you can chat only with Skype buddies.
Parhaps Apple is trying to keep its cellphone carrier partners happy. Skype calls could cut into AT&T's cellphone business.

Other restrictions: You can be on a conference call within the iPhone app but cannot initiate one. And you must be logged in to the app to receive an incoming Skype call.
Skype on the iPhone is welcome despite these drawbacks, especially if you communicate with friends and colleagues overseas and don't want to pay AT&T's lofty rates. As with Skype on your computer, calls to Skype members are free; you can call land lines and mobile phones at low rates. What's more, if you have a headset with a microphone, you can also now make Skype calls on an iPod Touch.

During a call, you can summon an onscreen dialing pad, place a call on hold or turn a speakerphone function on or off. You can display all contacts or only those online. You can consult your call history and change your "status" to indicate when you are online or want to be undisturbed.

Skype newbies can sign up from the iPhone. You can use the iPhone camera to shoot the little picture that will appear next to your name, or choose an existing picture. But you cannot make a video Skype call through the iPhone as you can on your computer. If Apple were to give its blessing, Skype says there's no reason why video calls cannot occur in the future.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

इफोने अड़ मर्केद पायस ऑफ़ तो AdMob

Mobile ad network AdMob has moved aggressively into the iPhone ad market, and it's paying off.
Last month, the company served up 1.2 billion ads worldwide to Apple (AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch devices, In Feb. 2008, it served up about 33 million ads to iPhones, or about 1.3% of its 2.56 billion total ad requests. So while AdMob's overall business has more than doubled year-over-year, its iPhone business has grown much, much faster.

Much of the credit goes to Apple: It's sold more than 30 million iPhones and iPod touches, most during 2008. But give AdMob credit, too: It's been a leader signing up iPhone publishers to its ad network, including iPhone-specific ad units for apps sold through Apple's iTunes App Store and delivered on the mobile Web.

TechCrunch got this line directly from AdMob's report -- but that's the problem. While the iPhone may represent 50% of smartphone traffic on AdMob's network, that is not necessarily an accurate depiction of the broader mobile Web. Why not? AdMob's stats significantly favor the iPhone because of its vast ad inventory in iPhone apps -- ads that are not available on other phones -- and on iPhone-tailored Web sites, which won't work on some phones.
So while AdMob's stats offer a nice look inside their mobile ad business and could be directionally correct in a broader context, they are not an accurate, normalized gauge of overall mobile Web traffic.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Google Friend Connect Launches API

Google Friend Connect, the tool that allowed web developers to add social networking to any site, has launched API. Here's what site owners and developers can expect:

Site owners
- Integrate Friend Connect more deeply into your site. JavaScript APIs allow you to integrate a social community directly within the markup of your page, and our REST APIs allow you integrate existing login systems and your existing data with new social data and activities. These are your visitors and this is your site, so you should be able to add social features the way you want.

Plugin developers
- Make plugins to integrate with popular content management systems, bulletin boards, or any open framework. To get you started, we have created open source plugin samples for WordPress, Drupal, and phpBB.

Gadget developers
- Make OpenSocial applications with greater control over how data flows across servers with signed requests. Use server-side authentication mechanisms so that a site with Friend Connect can act as an OpenSocial container.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Yahoo will gives us a new experience in Mobile Internet

Yahoo has announced an exciting new mobile experienced called Yahoo! Mobile.

This service will be available on the mobile Web, as an application developed for the Apple iPhone and for smartphones from Nokia, RIM, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Motorola as well as those powered by Windows Mobile.

“We think that the new Yahoo! Mobile will transform the way millions of mobile users around the world will interact with the Internet,” explains Marco Boerries, executive vice president, Yahoo! Inc. “Yahoo! Mobile will enable users to create their own Internet starting point on their mobile device so they can better discover, connect to and stay informed about the people and things that are important to them.”
There are several new features for Yahoo! Mobile including:

Yahoo! oneSearch - Yahoo!’s award-winning mobile search service providing the most current, relevant answers you need.
Today - The most interesting stories buzzing on the Internet right now, selected by Yahoo!’s editorial team.
Yahoo! oneConnect - Yahoo!’s service designed to provide consumers everything they need to stay in touch with the people about whom they care:
Email: Access to Yahoo! Mail and other popular email service providers, including Gmail, Windows Live Hotmail and AOL Mail.

Pulse: Access to their social networks, including Bebo, Dopplr, Facebook, Flickr, Friendster, Last.fm, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Yahoo! Messenger
Yahoo! Address Book
• Yahoo! Calendar
• Yahoo! News
• Yahoo! onePlace