Wednesday, 13th September 2006
Some Mobile Web News and a Compilation of a Few Favorite Mobile Web Resources and Tools
We've been posting mobile web resources, mobile search tools, usage stats, and more on our site for a long time. We've also talked about the mobile web and its use and importance for the info pro during many live demos and presentations.
Today, two news items and then a quick list of 20 sites we've mentioned over the years. The list could be much longer than 20 but info overload is even an issue for mobile users. :-) Of course, we will continue to share more on RS. No worries.
+ New Mobile Version of NY Times Now Online (via NY Times Co. News Release)
Direct to site at: http://mobile.nytimes.com
+ Search comes to Mobile
Wow, no mention of startups like 4INFO, Synfonic, UpSnap, and others. Don't forget that mobile cameraphone searching is also just around the corner with services like Mobot, Semacode, and research from MS and others. In-depth overview in this RS post. Also, take a look at the Semapedia project, cameraphone and Wikipedia in one.
Now, our list of about 20 cool info sites for mobile. More to come. We post mobile info, sites, stats, and more here. For everyone we list here we could have listed four or five more. Here are a few (very few) favorite sites and tools optimized for mobile web (in random order) that might be of value to some of you. Enjoy. More to come.
1) The mobile version of the very important SeatGuru.com.
2) The Official Government of Canada Mobile Site.
Robust (many options, alerts, ways to access).
4) Hoover's Business Research
Basic company info
5) TV Listings
UGuide (beta) app. Works on most Java phones and Treos. If you have a PC running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center (2005) you can also use your phone to program your PVR with UGuide. More on mobile tv listings here. Note: Wireless.tvguide.com does not seem to be working.
UPDATE: TiVo and TV Guide announce deal.
6) Amazon Anywhere or via SMS
7) Extremely localized (build your route(s)) via MSN Autos or Traffic.com
Delivered via SMS
8) Track Amtrak Trains, Make Reservations
New. Will recognize mobile browsers.
9) Global Subway Routes and Data
10) Real Time Bus and Public Transit info for Several Cities (including SF Muni)
11) Mobile Flight Lookup (Basic Timetables)
Easy and fast.
12) Real Time Airplane Tracking and More
This should wow them. U.S. and Canadian flights and flights to and from both countries.
To track a specific flight go to:
Airport & Flight Delays >> Individual Flight Status >> Then Select airline and flight number.
Here's what's returned for a specific flight:
Airline: United Airlines
Departure City (Airport): KANSAS CITY, MO ( MCI) Departure Time: 2006-09-12 16:56:00 [Actual]
Arrival City (Airport): CHICAGO, IL ( ORD) Arrival Time: 2006-09-12 18:22:00 [Estimated]
Flight Status: InAir
Altitude: 11100 Speed: 310 Heading: 55
They also offer an app.
14) CBC News
If you have enough bandwidth and the right type of device, stream LIVE radio stations to your phone. This is one site that can help save you time and clicks.
16) Bloglines Mobile
17) Wi-Fi Locator
19) State Dept. Washington File (Mobile Edition)
We could go on and on and on but that's enough to enjoy for a few hours. More on ResourceShelf along with mobile news and stats in this category.
Bonus: Many tools exist that will help take a regular web page and help make it more mobile friendly. We will list several of them over the next few weeks. One that we use regularly is Skweezer.
Bonus 2: Access Files from Your Hard Drive on Your SmartPhone with SoonR, Use Skype too! Mac version available.
Bonus 3: News from Today...Turn by Turn Directions from MapQuest Come to Some Sprint and Nextel Phones
More on MapQuest Mobile site.