Posts Tagged 'mobile'

Baseball is Back!

MLB is BackSpring is here. After a long snow-filled winter, we welcome the warmer weather, budding flowers, green lawns, and the return of baseball. As American as cherry pie, baseball is one of those sports you can’t help but love.

For those of you who follow Major League Baseball, check out our Channels page. We have mobile content for over 30 of the league’s premier teams at your fingertips. Download wallpapers, at-bat ringtones, or sign up to receive in-game alerts from your favorite team. If you head to a game this spring, be sure to check the game-day weather forecast before leaving the house without a jacket (or umbrella for those pesky rain delays). Stuck at work during a day game? No worries – subscribe to MLB’s Gameday Audio Service and listen from your desk.

We also have some fun stuff for those of you hitting the little league fields on Saturday mornings. A Baseball Tracker for Blackberry allows little league parents and coaches to track multiple players batting averages while sitting at the game. Instructional videos are also available on the site, including a demo on “Working the Fence” in the outfield.

However you enjoy the game this spring, have fun and don’t be shy about ordering that hotdog. Go Red Sox!


Songs and Photos from South by Southwest (SXSW)

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Every year music artists, filmmakers and techies descend on Austin, Texas for the massive showcase event: South by Southwest (SXSW). This year is no different with over 700 participating musicians. If you’re a music buff, it’s a rare opportunity to see all these great bands in one place, but it’s impossible to personally catch them all. You’re likely to miss what could be your next favorite band, while listening to something you’ll probably never like. Luckily in this new age of Internet file sharing, a Bit Torrent file has been posted that features a song from each of the 764 bands at SXSW. This must be illegal, right? No worries. All of these tracks are digital rights management (DRM) free, so they’re just a click away. Once you find a couple of songs you like, you can make your own ringtone for free from any of these tracks.

If you found yourself wishing that you were in Austin, but couldn’t quite justify the time or cost, then check out the SXSW stream of candid shots on, a new mobile photo sharing community. Some people at SXSW are snapping photos using their mobile phones and immediately posting them, so it’ll give you a flavor of what’s happening in real-time. Check out SnapMyLife from time to time to see what you can look forward to next year when you actually get there yourself.

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).

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 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 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 with your suggestions or comments. In the meantime, have fun personalizing your phones.

Mobile Phone Wallpapers

On the Internet, you can easily share photos with friends, family, and the world. However, even if you have a brand new mobile phone, finding and downloading a photo of your friend, that beach you want to vacation on, or a wallpaper of your home sports team is far from easy. It doesn’t need to be the case.


In addition to the wide range of premium wallpapers from our partners, we have just added a great range of pictures from the public domain and pictures available under Creative Commons licenses. You can find this content on our site by searching on a topic or simply looking for free wallpapers. Just click on “Send to a mobile”, enter your number, and you can get the picture onto your phone. You can also upload your own photos and share them with friends, family, or the world.

In the future, we’d like to extend this and create a feature for Flickr in which you enter a search term and get an up-to-the-minute list of pictures using the Flickr API. In fact, we’re working with Flickr to make that happen. Note that this includes only pictures that have explicitly been made available by the photographer under the relevant Creative Commons licenses. In addition, we’ll highlight the most popular content, so you really can get great wallpapers onto your phone.

Another idea we are exploring is offering a service where photographers can sell their photos as phone wallpaper. We’d provide the service, make it really easy to use, and then share the proceeds with the original author – please tell us what you think?