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The Grammy Winners Are In!

Grammy Winners

This year’s Grammy Awards offered some big surprises and a huge night for Amy Winehouse. Get ringtones from the night’s big winners:

Amy Winehouse: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist
Alicia Keys: Best R&B Song
Rihanna: Rap/Sung Collaboration
Kanye West: Best Rap Album
Foo Fighters: Best Rock Album
Herbie Hancock: Album of the Year
Justin Timberlake: Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
Carrie Underwood: Best Country Song

 

New Cell Phone On Your Christmas Wish List?

This holiday season there are lots of great options. LG’s new Voyager and Venus are getting a fair amount of attention; as are the iPhone, Sidekick Slide, and Blackberry Curve.

There will be millions of cell phones purchased in the month of December, with many of them being activated on December 25th.

If you are one of the many looking to upgrade or are thinking of surprising a loved one at the last minute with a new phone, check out the LetsTalk site for some advice. You carry your phone almost everywhere, so it’s important that you find the model that’s right for you and works with your carrier.

And keep in mind as you shop… US carriers have now changed their policies on termination fees making it less expensive to upgrade in many cases. So if you really want that iPhone, it may be worth it to terminate and move to AT&T.

Happy Shopping!

Come on Amazon, You Can Do Better!

Can you believe that Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader sold out last week? Reportedly, within 5 ½ hours of hitting the shelves they were gone. Amazon hasn’t revealed how many it had in stock at launch, so maybe they didn’t have very many in the first place.

Does anyone else think the Kindle is a joke? This is 2007 – the year of the iPhone. Whatever you say about the iPhone it is a product that screams “Buy Me”. Its industrial design is second to none; it is an object of desire. The pictures of the Kindle (where did that name come from) remind us of something out of a 1980’s low budget science fiction TV show. And could some please explain why you need a tacky-looking QWERTY keyboard to read a book? The sad thing is that the e-ink display is very cool, and that Amazon has the distribution power to be able to make a product like this a huge success (but really guys, forget charging for blogs that you can read on the internet for free).

In short, despite the fact that the concept is appealing, we have never wanted a new technology product less in our lives. We would be embarrassed to show our friends, which isn’t quite the point of the supposedly latest technology marvel!

Speaking of iPhones and e-books, the Mobicious site has a large number of iPhone web sites and applications, as well as more than a few e-books available for your lowly mobile phone (could be a lot less expensive than the Kindle, especially if you have a high end phone with a great screen).

Some Thanksgiving Fun!

Yes, you can microwave a turkey! Get some last minute Thanksgiving help on your phone.

If you are like many of us at the Mobicious office, you may need some help in the kitchen Thursday. Compliments of our friends at 5min.com, you can download some quick tutorials to get you through the holiday.

Scrumptious Sides
Don’t settle for cranberry concentrate out of a can or jarred gravy! Learn how to prepare your own cranberry sauce from scratch and make easy, yummy homemade gravy.

Marvelous Main
Totally clueless in the kitchen? Learn how to cook a holiday turkey in the microwave (we promise not to tell)! And then carve it up, in a few easy steps.

Happy Turkey Day! Let us know how it all comes out.

Trick or Treat

Halloween is here. Looking for last-minute do-it-yourself costume ideas? Or want to get in the Halloween spirit with scary Halloween ringtones or downloadable games. Use Mobicious to put Halloween fun on your phone.

Halloween

Halloween Fun Facts

• Halloween is recognized as the third biggest party day after New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday.

• A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber.

• The biggest pumpkin in the world tipped the scales at a whopping 1,446 pounds.

• 26 pounds is the per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2006; it is believed a large portion is consumed around Halloween.

• 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

• Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

Boston College SuperFan? Red Sox Nation member? Justin Timberlake follower?

We have been hard at work over here, adding some organization to our growing database of mobile content, services, and applications. Now in addition to searching for your favorite mobile content, you can easily browse by theme and easily add your own user generated content to the collection.

Going to a playoff game this month, catching a college football game this fall, or attending a concert of your favorite artist? Snap a picture with your mobile and let others enjoy your money shot.

Check out our new channels at http://www.mobicious.com. You can choose from over 100 sports, music and college channels, filled with the mobile content you want: ringtones, wallpapers, games, free text services and more…

As always, we would love to hear how we are doing. Please email us at info@mobicious.com with your suggestions or comments. In the meantime, have fun personalizing your phones.

iPhone Buyer’s Remorse – Where is My Mobile Content?

If you had told me a year ago that a high-end mobile phone would launch in 2007 with no picture messaging, no built-in or downloadable games, and no ability to set real music ringtones, I would have laughed. If you had told me that the device would cost $600, I would have known you were joking. Either that, or I would have concluded that Microsoft Windows “SmartPhone-2010” devices had arrived a couple of years early and needed a few gigabytes of memory to run. But on June 29 of this year, I joined half a million people to be among the first to unwrap a shiny, new Apple iPhone. It’s been nearly two months since that day, and this iPhone user is left wondering about the world of mobile content.

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Innovation
Yes, the hardware is not only drop-dead gorgeous, but also very durable and practical. Despite day-to-day use and carrying it in my jeans pocket, the iPhone is unblemished and has survived the real life drop test (at least for the several times I’ve dropped it so far). Hardware usability is “best of class” – the buttons are just, well, obvious. A simple slide switch puts the phone in silent mode while I’m in a meeting or at a movie, and there’s a sensible button to turn the phone on and off, making it virtually impossible to waste the battery and make random calls in your pocket. All tablet phones should be this way.

But the real differentiation is in the software. It’s the hidden 1’s and 0’s that enable the breakthrough user experience on the iPhone. The iPhone has a secure, proven, desktop operating system at its heart, and that’s what sets it apart from other phones. Other companies can and will try to emulate the look of the iPhone, but engineering the software to make the phone’s features easy to use is another matter – as picking up almost any other handset on the market today can easily demonstrate.

Where is My Content?
OK – it’s very cool being able to use this device as an amazing video-enabled iPod as well as a phone. For third-party applications developers, the only access to the handset is through the Safari web browser, so scores of developers are hard at work creating some very interesting iPhone web-based applications (see the iPhone directory at Mobicious). However, the iPhone is currently a nightmare for the much larger and open world of third-party content – downloadable ringtones, wallpapers, games and applications – the large number of purveyors of this content are largely shut out of the iPhone. Interestingly, this didn’t stop the folks at playboy.com, who were remarkably quick off the mark and created a compilation of content that you can load into iTunes and from there to your iPhone. I wonder why others haven’t followed this example.

Unlike other handsets, the good news is that with the iPhone, new features can be delivered literally by a software update that is as easy as loading a song onto your iPod. This is where I am hopeful that Apple will soon bring the iPhone into the world of third-party content providers…

My iPhone Content Wishlist

  • Ringtones – At a minimum, let me use my iTunes music as ringtones. In the ideal world, let me download an mp3 from a third-party site through the browser, add it to my music, and then use that as a ringtone too.
  • Pictures – I’d like to download a picture directly from a web link or from a web page. Yes, I know I can import an image into iPhoto and then sync it to the iPhone, but that’s not a great way of getting a cool wallpaper on the spur of the moment.
  • Games & Applications – Give me some third-party games and applications that don’t require a network connection…

So is the iPhone Going Back?
Well, to be honest – absolutely not. You know how certain products just make you feel good every time you use them? In the technical world, think of your first Walkman (if you’re as old as I am) or your first flat panel TV, or even your first iPod. This is the first phone I’ve owned that is just fun to use every time I pick it up, whether to receive a call, play some music, browse the web or check email. Using an iMAP email server (as good as Blackberry mail for me), it’s also the first phone that I can take on vacation without a laptop and still feel completely in touch while I listen to my music all day at the beach. I have to admit I would never go back to “an ordinary phone.” I’ll continue to enjoy using it, and I know it’ll get even better with the next software update….

In the meantime at Mobicious we will continue to catalog all those useful web pages and applications designed specifically for the iPhone, as well as for everyone else who is less fortunate, including you SmartPhone and Blackberry holdouts!