FirstNews Briefs June 15, 2009
• Mobichip has announced an Internet-based mobile parental control service for the iPhone, iPod Touch, some netbooks and other devices covered under the Mobicip.com service. The customizable service allows parents to use predefined age-appropriate content filtering levels that meet the requirements of the Federal Child Information Protection Act. Parents can also track Internet history on an external Web site.
• Openwave announced the Openwave Guardian, a network security service that allows mobile operators to guard against viruses, security threats and prevent unwanted content from reaching subscribers. Guardian also can protect minors from inappropriate content by way of access controls and safe search technology.
• A study of text message content conducted by market strategy consultancy iGR found that nine percent of U.S. consumers have used SMS text messages to end a relationship or cancel a date. The survey found that method was most commonly used by 18- to 24-year-olds, with more male consumers than female consumers sending and receiving “goodbye” messages.
• Cellular Specialties has expanded its public safety product line with the DSP85 Digital Repeater, which allows safety personnel to use former analog television frequencies. The technology meets all public safety SMR 800 banding requirements and features remote monitoring and control. Additionally, the technology uses digital signal processing and can be fine-tuned to avoid past difficulties like radio frequency interference from adjacent channels to the spectrum.
• gwabbit, provider of automated solutions for the contact cloud, announced that gwabbit for BlackBerry has garnered a coveted spot on BlackBerry App World’s “Featured App” list. gwabbit automatically searches and identifies contacts embedded in e-mails on a BlackBerry Smartphone and adds or updates that information to the BlackBerry Contacts. For those users syncing their contacts to Outlook, gwabbit’s automated capture keeps contacts updated globally.
• Gomez, provider of Web application experience management and Web performance benchmarking, released its Mobile Web Experience Benchmark report that showed five out of the top 10 airline companies scored top marks for their mobile Web sites' performance in May. Until this recent set of results, only three companies had attained the top possible score of "five bars." In the May benchmark, a total of eight companies attained this distinction.
• ChaCha ranked among the top 10 short message services with the most traffic -- including Facebook, Twitter and American Idol -- according to the newly released Q1 Mobile Messaging Report from The Nielsen Company. ChaCha says it is growing faster than any other SMS answers service, including Google SMS and Yahoo! SMS.